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Inspirational women – Paula Penfold

Five quick-fire questions with inspirational women …

A few weeks back I was thinking about my friends, the women I’ve met and and some of the other fabulous women you see and read about in the media.  It struck me then how inspirational many of them have been to me in one way or another, and so I decided to do a little series on my blog, acknowledging some of these gorgeous women.

When thinking about the questions I wanted to ask, I decided I needed to put a couple of rules in place – only so as to ensure I got diverse answers!  You’ll see what I mean when you see the rules!

The rules:
1) You can’t choose your children as your greatest achievement – even though they are!
2) You can’t choose your Mum or Dad as your most inspirational person, even though they may well be! 

So … I am very honoured to introduce, as the very first inspirational woman in my series, the fabulous Paula Penfold.

MumptyStyle.com Paula Penfold

Paula is an award-winning producer and journalist for TV3 – you’ll probably recognise her from TV3’s current affairs programme, 3rd Degree (8.30pm, Wednesdays, TV3.)

Q1.  In 10 words or less, what are you most proud of?
A. Being able to speak for people who don’t have a voice.  

Q2.  Can you give me two habits that make you successful at what you do?
A. I’d like to be able to say “have lots of self-belief”, but unfortunately I think it’s the opposite: continual self-doubt makes me keep trying hard!  But I do also still care deeply and believe in the job that I do and the stories I tell.

Q3. What do you do for yourself that helps keep you going?
A. They’re completely paradoxical – exercise and chardonnay!

Q4.  What’s the first name that pops into your head when I ask who inspires you?
A. Mike McRoberts, my husband.

Q5. Why?
A. Because he’s the best journalist I know.  He’s a brilliant writer and a fearless reporter who is genuinely concerned about the people in the stories he does.  I’ve learnt so much from him. 

Why I find Paula so inspiring …
I went to intermediate school with Paula and back then, admired her perfect blend of “cool kid” and “brainiest kid in the class.”  Plus, when all the other girls wore pants as their school uniform, Paula wore a skirt, and I thought that was sassy!  I’ve so enjoyed watching this gorgeous ex-Hamilton girl forge a formidable career over the years.  To me, and to many other women, she is inspirational.

Thanks so much for your answers Paula – they made me tear up a bit!

Follow Paula on Twitter … @paulapenfold

Enjoy …


MumptyLoves 31/10/2014

These are the things Mumpty loves this week – 31/10/2014

♥ Karen Farley Age-Defying Intensive Moisturiser
MumptyStyle Karen Farley

This was SUCH a timely little suprise when it arrived in my mailbox!  I had run out of moisturiser a week or so ago; the Sukin sample I’ve been using is just not heavy enough for me and I am waiting for my “courtesy of Flybuys” Trilogy Rosapene cream to turn up.  So getting back to the Karen Farley moisturiser, I ordered a sample of this AGES ago off their website and had forgotten all about it to be honest, so when it turned up, I was happy, happy!  Their products are all-natural and organic so that’s a nice start.  I’ve been using it for three days now and so far I’m loving it; it smells fabulous, feels luxurious to put on and my skin feels plump and hydrated in the morning (my butt feels plump in the morning too, but I think that’s just too many carbs!)  I’m liking this one and think I might buy a full-sized one when my Rosapene runs out.

♥  The Louis Vuitton Icons collection – Cindy Sherman
MumptyStyle Iconoclasts Messenger
In last week’s MumptyLoves we looked at Louis Vuitton’s collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld.  This week it’s the Cindy Sherman collaboration – Cindy created one of the most gorgeous, limited edition items I’ve ever seen; the “Studio in a Trunk” featuring silk-screened patches that recall vintage hotel labels; a luxurious vanity case; a camera Messenger bag and a total of 31 drawers to accommodate treasures large and small.  The colours dazzle and are based on the hues of Cindy’s pet macaw, Mister Frida; there’s even a fold-up stool!  Louis Vuitton has only created 25 of these, so if any of my photographer friends are keen, you’ll have to get in quick!

MumptyStyle LV Cindy Sherman
Louis Vuitton Iconoclasts collaboration with Cindy Sherman – the limited edition, Studio in a Trunk

♥ My new skirt from Pinup Girl Clothing … the Jenny skirt in the Dancing Horses print

MumptyStyle Dancing Horses Jenny

I’ve been wanting this for a while so when it came on sale, I decided I was just damm well going to get it.  And guess what?  It fits; it’s pretty and it’s very, very girly!  ‘Nuff said.  And goodness; the shipping was fast.  I ordered it on Friday and it arrived Tuesday lunchtime – impressive huh.  Especially since the Monday was a long weekend.  Well done PUG – you rule!

♥ Lime Crime Velvetine in Suedeberry 

Mumptystyle Limecrime Suedeberry

I love the Lime Crime Velvetines – they go on well, last forever (like FOREVER!) and although I love the bloody-near-impossible-to-find Red Velvet, I am still very much enamoured by the gorgeous hue known as Suedeberry – particuarly with summer coming up.  The picture above is a bit rubbish when it comes to demonstrating how great Suedeberry is, but it’s all I could find OK?!  I did a little review of the Velvetines here – it was a facelip-off between OCC Lip Tars and Lime Crime Velvetines – check it out!

♥ Blogging

Top L-R: Joanne Gair, Miss Victory Violet, Elvis Presley. Middle L-R: Marilyn Monroe, Paula Penfold. Bottom L-R: Kylie Bax, Miss Chevious Cinders, Kirsty Leigh

Even though I’m still only a “baby blogger” and have only been blogging five minutes in the scheme of things, I’m absolutely loving it – I can’t believe I didn’t start my wee blog AGES ago!  If you’re reading this, I hope you’re enjoying my blog as much as I am – check out all the awesome people I’ve been able to talk to already – so cool – and I’ve got lots more in the pipeline too.  If you want to read any of these Q&A’s, click here.  

♥ Lewis Road Creamery Chocolate Milk … 

MumptyStyle Lewis Road

If you’re in New Zealand and you haven’t heard of the cult-like Lewis Road Creamery Chocolate Milk, you must have been living under a rock!  Billed as the “perfect marriage” between Lewis Road Premium Whole Milk and Whitaker’s  5 Roll Refined Creamy Milk Chocolate – and it is DIVINE – you will not taste better!  Hunt it down …

And finally … these!  Aren’t they bloody gorgeous – and so understatedly (!) glam !  The Christian Louboutin Pensee – these would SO match my earrings *wink*

MumptyStyle Louboutin Pensee

What are your favourite things this week?

Enjoy …