• Lara Vrkic and son, Hudson

    Hudson has taught me to be more forgiving to myself if I do slip from a routine which I think is a really important...

  • A Dialogue

    Lara Vrkic



    Founder and editor of The Ladies Network - a multiplatform agency for female identifying and gender-fluid creatives.

    • — What I love most about being a mother...

      Ah everything! I love appreciating life again in a very basic way. Learning things for the second time, singing and dancing always and realising the influence we hold as adults in the world.

    • — Most surprising thing about motherhood...

      How much it changes your perspective of the world. It gives you a lot of clarity and empathy.

    • — First thing you do together as a family on the weekend...

      Hudson is going through a crumpet craze and a sleeping in mumma’s bed phase. So we wake up, cuddle in bed for a little bit and then have a crumpet on the balcony. When we aren’t taking it easy we’ll be at Orange Grove Markets buying plants and eating dumplings.

    • — Describe your approach to health and wellbeing...

      I don’t put too much pressure on myself. Some weeks I’ll make it to pilates every morning, and then I might not make it for a month after that. Having Hudson has taught me to be more forgiving of myself if I do slip from a routine which I think is a really important for your mental wellbeing too. To accept that life will get in the way sometimes is important.

    • — What is your beauty routine? Any go to products that you use daily?

      I’d really rather have a coffee and sit on the couch in the morning for a minute than spend time in the bathroom with a beauty routine so I’ve had to force myself to get into taking care of my skin. I love Philosophy products and use their cleanser and moisturizer daily and I carry around Mario Badescu Rose Water Spritz as a replacement to makeup. I also use Mario Badescu’s night seaweed mask a couple of times a week.

    • — Biggest challenge of being a working mum...

      I work full time at my “real job” and work pretty much full time on The Ladies Network so it makes things very busy in our house. I think the biggest thing working mums face is the guilt of not spending every second with their kids helping them become little people. The best thing I learnt quite early on is that kids are so resilient and getting people to help you out when you can’t be everywhere at once, is not the end of the world. I do think about him all day every day which makes things difficult when I can’t be there.

    • — How will you be spending Mother’s Day?

      I’m a single mum and live with my parents so my dad and brother do a really good job of making me feel special on behalf of Hudson. I think this year we are going to spend the afternoon with a picnic at Balmoral Beach. The Vrkic’s don’t need an excuse to put together a cheese plate.

    • — Tell us about your own Mum…

      She’s a very funny lady. I admire her honesty and work ethic especially. Her willingness to acknowledge when she’s messed up or made a mistakes has made me much more confident in raising Hudson based on my own intuition rather than in a prescribed way which I am so grateful for. She also makes an effort to acknowledge when she has been really impressed by something I’ve done which helps to keep me motivated when I’m having a difficult week. Other than that she has impeccable taste and she really fostered my interest in art, interiors and fashion.

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