Dior Beauty PR, Bridie Forster, has found one of those deceiving, seemingly small and non-descpript from the outside, Jumeirah villa gems. The bi-folding glass doors on her open plan living space open directly on to a lush, lagoon like pool, in a small community of eight villas that wouldn't look out of place in the hills of Los Angeles.
Bridie first moved to Dubai on her own in 2006, at only 21 years old. “I think people at home thought I was crazy! Fortunately, I fell in love with the city and the beach lifestyle and have now lived in Dubai for ten years, with a two-year stint in London during 2011-12."
“Living in Dubai for the second time means that we try to appreciate the sunshine and outdoor lifestyle as much as possible. We are lucky to live a couple of minutes' walk from the beach, so we try and go to the beach most weekends.”
Raef was a darling when I visited Bridie and of course she’s at a stage where things are starting to get so much easier. But, as with all mums, having a baby took some adjustment, she had challenges and found her own way of adapting to the changes “I am used to being very busy, and at the beginning, I found it quite isolating being at home alone all day so I went out to a baby class almost every day during my maternity leave; from baby yoga, baby sensory, baby swimming to baby massage. I was the first in my group of friends here to have a baby, so I thought I should make some new mummy-to-be friends. My husband and I went to antenatal classes at Healthbay, and I met a group of eight amazing new mums. We met up once a week during maternity leave and going through the same things with our babies at the same time has been a fantastic support network when you are away from your family.”
Enjoy a nose around Bridie's home and a snapshot of her experiences as a new mum...
“There is no better sound in the world than to hear your baby laughing. I have loved seeing Raef grow and change each month, now at 7.5 months he is full of fun. I am enjoying watching his little character developing each week. My favourite part of the day is seeing his big smile in the morning and cuddling him while reading him a story after his bath.” - Bridie
“My mum's age-old advice is also still my go to, "When all else fails, put the baby in the pram and walk." My friend in London, (a super-mum of 3 under 3 and a full-time lawyer) also told me, "There will be days when you don't know what to do, and you can't soothe him. Just look at him and remember you created this incredible little person and take comfort in that." Those two things helped me at the beginning when I was trying to figure things out with a newborn baby.” - Bridie
“I mostly shop for Raef when I travel to Paris with work as it's so much cheaper in Europe. I dress him in quite a classic baby way. I love Spanish style baby clothes from Normandie, Dulces, and Zara baby. I also love the French brand's collections for boys from Baby Dior, Petit Bateau and Dubai boutique Poupette a la Plage.” - Bridie
“We didn't find out the gender before Raef was born, so I decorated the nursery to be unisex. I looked at Style Me Pretty Interiors for my inspiration and ordered things from Olli Ella in Australia. I also bought some cute things from Caramel and Sun in Mercato in Jumeirah and the Bowery Company, the Dubai online store. The city prints are from Rifle Paper; they made our wedding invites for us, so it was nice to have something in the same style in the nursery four years later on.” - Bridie
“I definitely enjoyed a more relaxed look while on maternity leave, and since becoming a mum I spend more time in flats on the weekends, but overall I think my style has stayed the same. However, I don't think I can face wearing a shirt or shirt dress for a few more months, given my wardrobe consisted of them while breastfeeding.” - Bridie
“I took six months maternity leave which was quite a long time for this region and my industry, but I needed that amount of time to feel ok with my decision to go back to work full time. I am trying to find the balance between work and home life, especially as I travel a lot with my role, but overall I am happy to be back at work, and I appreciate the balance work offers me between being 'a mother' and being ‘me’." - Bridie
“I am really lucky to love what I do for a job, which makes going back to work after having a baby a lot easier. I have the opportunity to travel to incredible places around the world and to meet really interesting people with Dior. On a day to day basis I am planning events and presenting new beauty collections to press and influencers in the beauty and fashion community, so I am out and about and no two days are ever the same. There is something nice about getting dressed up for work and being in the office with all of the girls. We get along really well and that, of course, makes the return to work easier.” - Bridie in Dior Fine Jewellery below
“We hope to teach Raef to be confident and happy in who he is; to be kind and respectful, and to be brave.” - Bridie
“I love interiors, and I secretly love moving house as often as we do so I can have a new project. When we moved to this villa 18 months ago, it was all about the light and open spaces. I follow lots of different interiors profiles on Instagram. At the moment my favourite is Becki Owens, a California-based interior designer. I also love 'Live Simply by Annie' for her home organisation ideas.” - Bridie
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