When Jones isn’t at her 9-5 as a talent manager, she balances being a greeting card designer, a mum, and a columnist. If that wasn’t enough she still found time to have a chat with us about all things Mother’s Day. Over on Instagram Jakki shares her experience of motherhood with her 3 year old daughted, Riley, using the #LifeofRiley. Check out her Instagram here.
As the wife of Stereophonics front man Kelly Jones, what does a typical Sunday look like for you?
When I was a little girl, I would attend mass every Sunday morning with my Mum and Dad. As I have got older it has become a tradition that I like to continue with Riley. It’s one hour a week where we have some quiet time; we light a candle and remember to be thankful for everything in our lives. Then the afternoons usually involve making a cottage pie with my step-daughter Misty, drinking red wine, and chilling out in the house!
As Mother’s Day is a special Sunday, how do you like to spend the day?
I love to take my mum for lunch, and in most recent years I have had the pleasure of taking Riley with us. Last year my husband bought my mum and I a voucher to have afternoon tea in Claridges. That was very sweet, it was a first for us and such a special treat! Just being together is the most important thing.
What is one of the nicest things you’ve done for yourself?
My Mum and I spent a weekend with The Retreat People in France at the end of last year. We had 4 days of rest, relaxation, yoga and guided meditation. Taking time out was incredible for both of us, it was most definitely experience that I cherished and would love to do again.
How do you balance work and parenthood?
Ummm….I try and try and try. I don’t know if I have the balance right, but I try my best. I aim not to look at my phone or emails between 5 pm and 7 pm, that is 2 hours where I can be with my daughter before bed. This gives us enjoyable one-on-one time where we sing, play, read, and I make her smile! Then in the evening, I am usually on my emails most of the night with Netflix playing in the background. It’s not perfect, but I love my job and I have high standards. I want to be the best I can possibly be, I want to make my daughter proud and be someone she looks up to, just as I did with my own mother who taught me the importance of working hard and being kind.
What’s the best advice you could give to new Mums and Step-mums?
Firstly, I would always recommend to sleep when the baby is sleeping. Even though Riley is 3 now, I still nap when she does at the weekend. Take those moments!
I would also say not to put too much pressure on yourself. Take little steps in the first few weeks and months. Remember you are doing just great, have self-confidence and don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Every family is different.
Try where possible to be patient, and remember that every stage is just that – a stage. Once you are through it, you will probably miss it, as crazy as that sounds.
What’s the best advice your mum has given you?
‘Just show them you can do it!’ (When somebody says you can’t do something you just go out there and show them that you can!)
What is your favourite part about being a Mum?
Everything! My heart explodes, being a mum is just the best thing and I couldn’t wish for anything more. Riley brightens up every day.
What is the funniest memory of you and your daughter?
We have recently started enjoying doing concerts in the house for our family. Most notably she loves the songs from ‘Sing’. Riley has taken to the centre stage very well, I really don’t know where she gets it from!
What similarities do you see between you and your child?
We love fashion, we love singing and we love Daddy!
Riley’s style is fun! What inspires her looks?
She really loves clothes! This has obviously come from me flourishing it and making it fun! We like choosing outfits and I think that she looks at me with all my accessories, sunglasses, and hats, and she just mirrors it. It’s amazing how much children pick up and are influenced from such a young age. I love it! Having a little girl is so much fun.
Did your style change when you became a parent?
Not really…I just now have a mini-me to dress so I have double the fun planning outfits for both of us. My clothing addiction has gone from buying clothes for me, to buying clothes for Riley.
How do you use eyewear to express your style?
Sunglasses and glasses have always been an easy, yet amazing way to vamp up an outfit. I don’t usually play it safe, I like quirky and vibrant styles that perhaps most people wouldn’t choose! I always get lots of compliments on my eyewear and I love David Clulow for the vast amount of designers and choices of frames that are on offer. It’s a very expensive addiction!
What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
I used to work for Warner Music and they threw a themed party and afterwards sent me a carousel which is perfect for Riley.
What do you wish most for your child?
That she grows to be happy.
Finally, we love your doodles, In what ways has Riley inspired these?
Riley inspires me every day, she is constantly coming out with hilarious one-liners! I always scribble things she says down into a notebook which gives me inspiration for doodles and short stories.