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Meet Molly Gunn. Selfish Mother and socialiser. And we love her.

Posted by Juliet Kinsman on March 31st, 2014

Molly & sons at Camber SandsAfter years of cultivation, Molly thinks she might have chanced upon the ultimate freelance life (for now). Mum to two gorgeous boys Rafferty (3) and Max, aka The Fox (nine months) and lives in a rural idyll called Iden in East Sussex, a hop from Camber Sands (pictured, right). It’s bliss, but she still loves a weekly cosmopolitan London fix. 

As editor of blogzine, she’s on point with other likeminded mothers. As a lifestyle journalist of 14 years, she’s written for myriad publications including Red, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Observer, ELLE, and As co-founder of she runs an inspiring streetwear label with her husband, Tom… and now she’s our guest social editor for Smith & Family…

Dream holiday?
A week in a chic hotel with a private villa featuring endless sunshine and swimming-pool action. Long lunches of seafood, fries and rosé. Plus spa time, book-reading and beach walks. And long lunches. And did I mention long lunches?

Aromatherapy_Associates_Soothing_Face_Oil_15ml_1373617746Packing essentials?
Aromatherapy Associates Soothing Oil, lavender eye mask by Otis Batterbee, iPad stacked with films and toddler-friendly programmes, Coco Chanel: The Legend and the Life biography by Justine Picardie, Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, The Staves’ Dead & Born & Grown album, Fuji instant camera, Miu Miu shades.

Top travel tip?
Never be complacent that you have ‘loads of time’. My husband and I have a history of missing planes. We once missed an internal flight in Mexico because we were having lunch… in the airport. We missed the plane by two minutes… and had to wait eight hours until the next one.

Molly and familyHoliday horror?
The time when Rafferty was a tiny baby and he had an ‘accident’ at Heathrow that rendered his entire outfit unwearable. As a newbie mother I had forgotten the cardinal travel rule of always packing spare clothes. I was mortified to take him on the plane in just a nappy, telling anyone who so much as looked at me that I didn’t usually let him out like that.

Hit-list hotels?
Martinhal Beach Resort in Portugal (pictured, below) – it has everything a parent needs for a chic but super-kid-friendly stay. Babington House in Somerset – because it’s a classic that never dates!

Tweeps! Follow Molly’s Selfish Mother adventures on @Molly_Gunn and dip into our tales of @SmithandFamily shenanigans for practical travel advice, escapism and inspiration. Or find us on Facebook.




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