Emilie The Sensitive


With Emilie's impressive literary and cultural background, it’s no surprise she landed her dream job at the famed Musée d’Orsay in Paris, bringing exhibitions to life through the museum’s publications. The newfound curves of pregnancy suit the 30-something beautifully, and now seven months pregnant, she seems perfectly cool, calm, and collected as she awaits her first baby.

Girl or boy… did you find out or have you kept it a surprise?

We wanted to find out - I was actually quite impatient. It’s a boy! Personally, I needed it to become a reality in my mind, and knowing the gender helps give them an identity. It gives you something concrete, otherwise, it can all feel so abstract.

You crave… strawberries or an extra large steak?

Since melon season began, I must have eaten twenty! As it’s summertime, I’ve been craving a lot of fruit so I’ve sent my husband out to buy me nectarines. I also can’t get enough gazpacho and when I’m really starving, I go for a veggie burger.

9 months of pregnancy… too long or too short?

There’s no typical day in my pregnancy. Some days seem very long, while others just fly by. I guess it all depends on my level of fatigue. In general, I can say I really like being pregnant – I sometimes surprise myself by not wanting it to end!

If you could have anything that’s forbidden right now, what would it be?

I love yoga, and certain postures are off-limits these days. I feel limited in how far I can take it, and that can be frustrating. I would love to do a yoga session where I wouldn’t have to say to myself, ‘Emilie, you can’t push that pose any further.’ Oh, and after that yoga session, I’d have a nice big plate of sushi!

When you announced it, was it tears or smiles?

This pregnancy happened very quickly - I expected it to take weeks or even months to get pregnant, but we got lucky! When I told people I still couldn’t believe it – I had a huge smile with little tears in my eyes. The baby’s father was so surprised at how quickly it happened, but so happy too!

What’s the most beautiful thing you hope to pass on to your baby?

Honesty and sincerity really matter to me. So does strength. I learned how to fight for what I wanted and I never gave up, so I want to pass that on to him.

Changing the topic to fashion: what’s your most important fashion item?

I started to show in the spring, and then summer rolled around… So I’d say a light and comfortable, form-fitting dress. Something you can wear anywhere, anyhow.

If someone asked you to describe Envie de Fraise, what would you say?

Envie de Fraise is the perfect balance between maternity and femininity. It’s a brand that made me feel great when I discovered it. I was so scared of sack-like maternity clothes. I found the clothes beautiful and practical. It really saved me. Staying a woman while becoming a mother is so important.

A final message to your baby?

I’m not sure I can even think of the right words. What I’m experiencing is so strong and intimate, it’s beyond anything I’ve ever known. At this stage, what I want to say to my baby is too fragile, too secret, too personal to express or to share…

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