On May 15, 2012, Julia Restoin Roitfeld gave birth to her daughter, Romy Nicole.
Immediately she was exposed to a new world—the one of motherhood. Yet, in this rewarding new life, She faced the challenge of finding a publication that spoke to her as a mother determined to retain her sensuality and femininity. Motherhood should not signal the end of these things.
Rather, it should heighten them. With this as her inspiration, She decided to share her discoveries with other women.
Romy & the Bunnies is a place for new and expectant mothers to find inspiring stories of family, always with an eye toward style, beauty, and joy.
Here is the interview of
MIROSLAVA DUMA AND HER SON GEORGIE, 3 YEARS OLD
Mira you are always impeccably dressed and very versatile when it comes to fashion. What was your favorite look while pregnant?
Probably the Bohemian look, when I had my long hair under a head band, and wore a long comfortable dress. I felt so light and free in it. I was lucky to be pregnant during summer time when I could wear light, hippy style dresses.
And when you were away from the cameras, can you describe your day-to-day pregnancy look? Did you have any favorite pieces or brands to wear?
I loved everything that was not too constraining and let me move easily. I had always dreamt of being a mother and honestly every time I bought a dress, or a coat, anything – I would think about how I could style it with a bump 🙂 So really, I was prepared way in advance, even before I was pregnant!
What do you enjoy doing the most with Georgie?
I love doing anything with him. He is my biggest love in life so every single second spent with him, may it be cuddling, playing, watching pirate cartoons, or even just walking in the park, is precious for me. We read books and Russian classical literature together. We talk a lot. His favorite question now is “Mommy, why?” I explain to him many things like why his parents have to work and why he has to go to kindergarten, why we need to read books, why we need to eat fish but not chocolate all day long, why the sun shines, and why we must be good people and help those in need. I explain to him every single little thing as if he’s a grown up person. We talk a lot. We discuss things, ideas!
As a mom what are your favorite go-to spots in Moscow?
Great children’s play spaces like Viki Land which is a day club for children that my friend started, or beautiful parks and playgrounds like Gorky Park and Garage Art Center where there’s so many great developing activities for kids!
What are your favorite children’s wear brands?
I love dressing little Georgie like a mini man! Jacket and tie! Recently I discovered Zara Kids and I adore it! I also like Ralph Lauren, Moncler, Bonpoint, Jacadi, andGAP!
Can you describe your beauty routine during and after your pregnancy? Did you have any favorite products or creams to use for the body?
I used a lot of oils and creams on my body to prevent stretch marks, and I found that they helped a lot. Vitamin E oils are very good! Cacao butter is the best anti-stretch mark ingredient a pregnant woman can apply. It’s all-natural, although the smell may case a tiny problem for sensitive women. But personally I loved it. It smelled like chocolate!
You must have traveled the world with Georgie. How is he on the plane? Can you share some tips for ensuring a smooth, fun trip with a baby in tow?
I’m very lucky that he’s really a great little flyer! A tip is to have his toys, iPad, books and things of interest to him handy to occupy his time. Make up a story before you go on board that there is a very tough policeman looking after us on a plane and if anyone behaves bad he will get us off the plane, and if we behave well, he will give us a lollipop when we land. It works with Georgie every single time! He waits for a lollypop throughout the whole flight and keeps asking me, “Mommy, am I behaving well? Will I get my lollipop?”
Last but not least, what you love most about being a mother?
All of it! I love my son more than anything in the world! I am deeply in love and I have never felt like this my whole life!
Photographed by Ernest Yakovlev