Popular Abu Dhabi-based fashion blogger Dana Ahmed may seem like she has the perfect life from her fabulous Instagram feed – and she definitely does. However, that doesn’t mean she won’t go through the same guilt many other mothers can feel, particularly when it involves leaving your children to go to work. Luckily, Dana has found a wonderfully supportive community after starting her blog – which has seen her collaborate with some superlative brands including NET-A-PORTER, Dior and Max Mara. She talks to us about balancing work and parenting, what her life was like before becoming a mum to two-year-old Adnan and what her biggest take away she has learnt becoming a mother.

Life and career before becoming a mother.

I used to work at an insurance company full time and had my fashion blog as well.

How life changed once she became a mother.

First, I quit my job at the insurance company – I wanted to spend time with my firstborn kid more than anything. But at the same time, I kept my social media accounts and I tried to share my journey as a mum with my followers. I’ve noticed that I gained so many wonderful mum followers who loved reading and following my journey. To be honest, I couldn’t give more to my office job anymore. I wanted to do something I love, whilst having my baby next to me.

How quickly she returned to work after having her son.

As a fashion blogger, I took a very short break when I first delivered as I was so overwhelmed with everything happening. Then I went back to sharing my diaries with my followers, but this time as a new mum.

The hardest thing about being a working mum.

I think the hardest thing is when I have to leave my baby for a whole day shoot, or travel without him.

How her style has changed since becoming a mum.

I don’t think my style changed, now I just like to go more with casual or street style looks – and thankfully it’s so trendy at this moment. It’s more comfortable, especially I will be running around with my kid, carrying his bag, my bag and sometimes carrying him.

How her beauty routine changed since becoming a mum.

I’m focusing more now on skincare routines, because the better your skin is, the less makeup you need and as a mum, and now I have less time for makeup than before!

Her top parenting tips.

Be you, follow your instincts and don’t compare yourself to any other parent. Yes, take advice, but sometimes what works for others might not work for you.

The biggest thing she’s learnt since becoming a mum.

The biggest take away since becoming a mum is how my priorities have changed, material items mean less to me.

Dana’s Beauty Hero Buys

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer Dhs125 sephora.ae; Benefit Cosmetic Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain Dhs156 sephora.ae; Clarins Double Serum Dhs537 sephora.ae

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