GIRLS WE LOVE | LEAH BRADLEY

"The earth tones on the cliffs at some of our favourite beaches, the sparkle in the ocean when the sun shines on it, and the pops of colour from the wildflowers on the sand all feed my creative soul". We chat to @leahpbradley on raising her two minis in the dreamy coastal town of Newport Beach.

GIRLS WE LOVE | LEAH BRADLEY on Zulu & Zephyr
We are so thrilled to have you on board for the launch of our new ZZ Mini Golden Stripe apparel collection. Tell us about shooting on the day with Zippy & Velzy? 
Thank you! The collection is beautiful! I didn't tell the kids we were shooting, they just slipped into the soft pieces and played as they always do on the sand while I captured a day in the life of Zippy & Velzy. Zippy played wardrobe stylist and dressed Velzy and then hung her golden stripes out to dry on a rock after they played in the water. It was a sunny and perfect day with them. 
Raising your two little ones in the sun kissed town of Newport Beach, California must never get boring. How do you feel living in this dreamy surf spot reflects your creative processes? 
Through the years i've found that being outside in the sun sparks my creativity. It's so nice to be able to hop down to the beach in minutes, it truly feels like a constant holiday. The earth tones on the cliffs at some of our favourite beaches, the sparkle in the ocean when the sun shines on it, and the pops of colour from the wildflowers on the sand all feed my creative soul. 
Leah wears the Tanlines Tri Bikini
As a mother of two always on the go, what does self-care look like for you?
This is something I am constantly working on as most days I find it hard to be able to sit to eat a quick snack or even shower before someone is needing me immediately. I have recently been challenging myself to read one book a week and this has helped me set my phone down while the kids play or nap, ignoring emails, texts, and the Instagram world - just taking a moment to myself. It's been amazing. After a long day I usually like to end it with a swim in the ocean too because it's so peaceful.
Your instagram is drenched in natural earthy tones and a laid-back, Summer aesthetic. How have you seen Instagram develop and evolve as a platform for creative people like yourself? 
Instagram has been amazing in letting people like myself have a place to share what inspires them. I think before I would have thousands of images of flowers, cliffs, the ocean and all things that I love, but didn't really have somewhere to share it with others. I always think maybe my kids will look back and get to see a visual journal of their lives growing up here with me as their mama as I captured everything they saw and touched in this little beach town. 
Who do you love to follow on Instagram? 
Leah wears the Sunseeker Bra Cup Bikini & Vintage Shorts
Who is your style muse? 
Honestly i've always been inspired looking through old film photos of my mum skate boarding along the beach in her high waisted cotton shorts and fitted tees. She had the coolest style - so relaxed, but flattering and fun. 
Shop the new ZZ Mini Golden Stripe towelling here.
 



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