PHILIPPA COOK - OWNS IMPULSE & LUMIERE WITH HER HUSBAND SCOTT AND HIS MOTHER JULIE. IS OUR BELOVED BUYER, MANAGER, PR WHIZ, PART TIME MODEL, SHOP INTERIOR DESIGNER, MASTER OF PUNS AND GENERAL LADY-BOSS!
A quote you love...
Did you hear about the Italian Chef who died?
He pasta away
We cannoli do so much
His legacy will become a pizza history
Here today, gone tomato
So sad that he ran out of thyme
You never sausage a tragic thing
Sending olive my thoughts to his family.
Favourite body part?
I think it changes weekly! Growing a human is a pretty incredible achievement which certainly gave me more respect for my own body. I've always liked being tall and backing it up with good posture from years of pilates and dance in my youth. That and a good smile has always done me well.
Favourite exercise / wellness activity?
Pilates. I started after my back gave up on me after backpacking overseas and it changed my life. Pilates has carried me through two pregnancies and gives me the core strength I need. I can’t see myself ever giving it up.
Besides that anything outdoors. Hiking around the foothills near my house, Stand up Paddling Boarding with the kids in tow, Water skiing on the Murray and especially hitting the snow. Here in Australia or somewhere in the Northern Hemisphere, there is nothing quite like an alpine holiday.
How do you spend your down-time?
Currently you'll find me in my garden. I love the Mediterranean climate here in Adelaide which perfectly suits after being inspired by the gardens in my travels of Sardinia and the Balearic Islands in Spain. Recreating these sculptural, hardy landscapes is a growing obsession. I read somewhere- "To plant a garden is to have a plan for the future".
Favourite spot to eat/drink right now?
Pizzateca at Mclaren Vale for authentic Italian pizzas in a relaxed setting. Anywhere I can sit in the sun and drink wine and my children are entertained!
At what age did you become an adult?
Ummm, is this a trick question? Becoming a mother definitely changed my perspective on life. Having a greater sense of purpose and letting go of the things that just aren't important is a very satisfying feeling.
Three style icons:
Erin Wasson- my all time muse. Can I just be her? She exudes the perfect combination of feminine/ grunge/ boho/ gypsy cowboy and just freakin owns it. Plus her legs go on forever.
Emma Watson- although she has a completely different style to my own I think she makes incredible choices for such a young woman in the spotlight. Her ethical influences are always showcased in a polished way.
Instagram - As creepy and stalker-ish as it sounds, social media has really opened up a huge world of inspiration. I am guilty of getting way too sucked in and letting myself be bombarded by a variety of influences. I love seeing the way people interpret different looks and trends, and like to steal a little bit of everything from everywhere. At the end of the day its all an act anyway, so as much as I'd like to exude high fashion one day and gypsy boho goddess the next, I'm comfortable with the fact that I know what I like and can choose to share it with whoever I please. Note* I totally suck at taking selfies!
Must have item of clothing / accessory:
Jeans. I've lost count of how many pairs I own but it's totally justifiable when I live in them all year round. Black skinnies on high rotation, and then move to denim cut offs when the weather warms up.
Top style tip:
Know what styles and silhouettes suit you that make you feel great. Feeling like yourself in any outfit will give you the confidence to own it. Avoid trends that don't do anything for you. There's no point jumping on the wagon if you feel completely ridiculous in it, and lets be honest, fashion can be utterly over the top.
Sunscreen. My mum gave me an SPF moisturiser when I was 14 and told me to put it on my face, neck and the back of my hands every day. Now into my 30's I am seeing it has paid off! Looking after your skin is a no brainer and you feel so much better for it. Moisturise every god damn day, head to toe.
What is one of your favourite quotes?
"Be groovy or leave, man." - Bob Dylan. Sums up my attitude to everything, really.
What is your favourite body part?
All of it! It's an incredible machine that we should love and respect daily - never take your hearbeat or your legs working for granted.
What is your favourite form of exercise/activity?
I love team sports and played a lot of volleyball in high school, but these days I have a side job as a Barre Fitness instructor. Barre is a combo of pilates, yoga and ballet strengthening and training exercises that really works wonders. It's a low impact workout perfect for all bodies, all ages and all fitness levels, and my favourite part is it is very mentally engaging.
What do you do in your down-time?
I run a handmade jewellery label, called BaseBorn ( www.wearebaseborn.com) featuring simple and modern silver, brass and gold designs so I'm spending all my spare time working on that these days! My other favourite thing to do is simply to spend time with my loved ones - my partner, my whippets, friends and family - wine and sunshine in the garden is ideal!
Favourite spot to eat/drink right now?I
I am utterly in love with The Aristologist at Summertown, Adelaide Hills. They are 100% organic, growing most of their own produce locally, they change the menu weekly and have the friendliest, loveliest staff ever.
At what age did you become an adult?
Hah! Well, I pay my own bills and don't listen to any music that came out in the last 5-10 years, does that make me an adult?
Three style icons :
Taylor Tomasi-Hill - she's a fashion rule breaker but always gets it so right, and man am I coveting that red hair of hers...
Francoise Hardy, perfect seventies style - that cat eyeliner and enviable french way of putting things together à la perfection.
David Bowie - no words needed.
Must have item of clothing / accessory
Always Jeans - currently living in our A Gold E Sophie Crop and Indigo Skinnies. Plus good quality shoes - this season I got myself some RM Williams Adelaide boots and I have honestly worn them almost every day since. I am all about locally made, high quality goods. Fast Fashion is killing our planet and I am really doing my best to only buy good quality, timeless pieces locally made from organic fibres if possible. I want my peers and their children to have a future on this planet.
Top style tip
Invest in good quality items that will last, and that fit you really well. You will feel more confident when you know your clothes suit you, feel great to wear and exude luxury.
Have a wardrobe that is 80% timeless and versatile and 20% highlight pieces such as bright colours or bold prints that you can add to seasonally. Invest in great jewellery and shoes - they can make any basic outfit look expensive and polished.
All the most beautiful people in the world seem to constantly put their beauty down to a simple 2 litres of water a day, regular exercise and a balanced diet... I hate to say it but ( beside being genetically blessed ) I think they might be onto something.... !
Failing that - good quality sheet masks full of hydrating ingredients worn for half an hour before an event will give you that "just had a facial" glow.