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About me

Well hello there. I'm Emma and thank you for stopping by. Seeing how you've come this far I'll tell you a little about myself. This is me. Sometimes I hide behind my hair. Which never works because it's a beacon of red that will not be hidden.

And this is the story of how Bella & Bear started.

Early in 2012 I was bumbling happily along as an expat housewife and mum to two under fours, living my idyllic dream in a beautiful seaside town in New England. Then it all fell apart, spectacularly. This type of personal calamity is spelt D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Everything I had been working toward in the previous decade was gone and for a while so was I. In the twelve months that followed I moved myself and my children (Annabel and Bear) back to London (via a stint in Devon) and began the process of healing our family. As you can imagine this is no overnight fix, it's ongoing.

After our first summer in London I knew I wanted a creative focus that wasn't all about Annabel and Bear but still included them. I've always loved to write and so it seemed a natural step to write about our adventures in a blog. I love fashion and anything that involves good food, good design and good times. I also understand only too well how easy it is to loose a part of yourself after having children or post divorce. I don't bombard readers with unachievable lifestyle images, Bella & Bear is about sharing our lives and the little things that make us happy. It's about finding the details that make life sparkle.

Join in with us and shine.


  1. Your children are adorable! Such lovely names..I always enjoy reading your blog,and as you know I'm rather fond of South Devon myself ( I'm not biased at all) haha xx

    1. Thanks Kim!! I agree south Devon is one of the world's perfect places.

  2. So glad to have found your blog. Been in the same position myself and being a single mum is hard work. Hats off to you. Look forward to reading more of your journey.


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