London expat Natalie Fitch handmakes her delicate fine jewellery in Sydney, though the wide appeal of her elegant pieces means they're stocked everywhere from carefully curated boutiques, to Australian shopping icon David Jones. Natalie welcomed us into her effortlessly stylish coastal home – major kitchen inspiration ahead, we promise – to chat about the skincare products she relies on that allow her to keep makeup to a minimum, and her holistic outlook on health and wellness.
I am definitely a minimalist when it comes to makeup, as I prefer a natural, fresh, pared back look.
I tend to stick to old faithfuls – the majority of my everyday products I have been using for years. I rely on Chanel Vitalumière liquid foundation for a natural dewy finish, plenty of Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, Guerlain Terracotta bronzing powder, Laura Mercier powder blush and Lancôme Hypnôse mascara. I also make sure to fit in regular brow shaping and eyelash tints.
Mornings are always chaos – getting to work on time with a toddler in the mix can be a real challenge.
I am a little more experimental with skincare than I am with makeup, and try to continuously further my knowledge and invest in quality skincare. I see Joanna Newham for regular Omnilux facials, as she is amazing and I find these treatments very regenerative for my skin.
My morning routine consists of a quick cleanse in the shower, followed by Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic Acid and Retinol moisturiser, La Mer eye cream, then Alpha-H SPF15 Skin Perfecting Moisturiser and a spritz of Aesop Facial Hydrosol.
At the end of the day, I usually double cleanse using Avène foaming cleanser and Aesop facial cleanser. I then use Dr Dennis Gross peel pads followed by his Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster, and moisturise with La Mer eye cream and moisturiser.
I am very low maintenance when it comes to my hair.
I do have a semi regular trim, toner and treatment, but don’t invest too much time in styling. Though if I had more time I likely would! I use natural haircare products from Davines – their Love shampoo and conditioner keeps my hair fresh and tame so that I can wash it and run.
My personal style is relaxed and casual, yet finished, with a definite vintage influence.
My favourite brand currently is Dôen from the USA. I always invest in a couple of key pieces each season and they are my most loved pieces. I also love Jesse Kamm for staples, Zimmermann for lace, and summer essentials from Olive clothing out of London and local brand Unik Space.
I started working on my own brand as soon as I graduated from university. It was a side project for many years, and something I slowly built on and developed with time.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to do what I love and create work which I am passionate about, alongside my incredible team of creative, driven individuals (including my partner, Dan). Having your own business comes with its unique demands and pressures, and requires a huge investment of care, courage and resilience, but the reward is supreme. This is especially so when creating pieces for our bridal clients which represent precious connections and lifelong commitments. By far my favourite part of this work is seeing those pieces enter the world and become treasured parts of our clients’ stories.
I find it hard to fit in much time for exercise between running the business and being a mum.
I aim for an early morning reformer Pilates class at least once a week, and I try to ride my bike in to daycare drop off, then onto work, at least a couple of times a week, to squeeze in a little bit of cardio!
I have to be quite careful with my diet due to some ongoing digestive issues I have encountered since becoming a mum.
I do prioritise nutrition to set myself up for the day. This is really a part of my beauty routine too, as when I neglect it I see an immediate decline in my skin, hair and nails. The morning starts with a cold pressed celery juice, followed by a homemade smoothie filled with fresh veg and fruit and infused with Nutra Organics collagen and The Beauty Chef Glow supplements.
I really need sustainable energy to get me through busy days, so I try eat a wide variety of fresh wholefoods – fruits, vegetables, meat and fish. I have to avoid dairy and most gluten-based products and I try my best to stay away from refined sugar (most of the time). I recently bought the Deliciously Ella cookbook which I am calling on often to create family-friendly salads, curries and stews, which make for easy weeknight dinners and leftover lunches. Dark chocolate is my go-to treat, along with a glass of red wine.
I am quite passionate about alternative health care, and I use a variety of supplements, homeopathics, herbs and essential oils for the whole family when we face physical or even emotional challenges.
I receive regular acupuncture for general wellbeing and use Chinese herbs during times of stress or illness. These tools empower me to look after myself and those I love when they need it, and to keep us happy and well. We have an amazing naturopath, Katie at Whole Alchemy, who is my source for health advice.
This year our entire team undertook Vedic Meditation training via Jacqui Lewis of The Broad Place.
This practice has enabled me to pause on a daily basis, something I have struggled to make space for in the past. The practise has had a huge impact on our team, space, energy and creativity. Now I practice meditation for sanity, creativity and energy, and try to do a yin yoga class each week when I can, too.
My approach to ageing was always fairly relaxed, until I looked in the mirror a few months after having my daughter and realised I had aged about five years!
Since then I have been a little more mindful to invest time and energy in adequate self care. I hope to age gracefully and with confidence, while helping the process as much as possible. I will try to remember that when my little girl looks at me, in her eyes I am perfect just as I am.