Tessa Talks with Fashion Entrepreneur Sara Crampton
If you’re ever looking for classic style inspiration, Sara Crampton is your woman. As an influential fashion blogger for over a decade through her blog Harper and Harley, Sara’s stunning taste very much lends to the ‘less is more’ philosophy, building her aesthetic on a timeless minimalist aesthetic.
Her career has led her to work with iconic global fashion and beauty brands including Estée Lauder, Jaguar, Dyson, Loreal, YSL Beauté, Uniqlo, Gucci and Nike. In 2016, Sara launched her online shop The UNDONE – an online boutique for ‘the effortless minimalist’.
We reached out to Sara to ask about her career, her beauty must-haves, her inspirations and more.
Q: Where were you born and raised?
A: I grew up in Brisbane, Australia and then moved to Sydney when I was 21. Brisbane was a great place to grow up. It’s located close to all my favourite places like Noosa, the Gold Coast and Byron Bay. I spent a lot of my time outside, at the beach and in the pool as it’s pretty much always sunny and warm. I love Sydney, but I do miss the warmer weather and water temp from up north!
Q: How did where you were raised influence your healthy habits?
A: I acknowledge my privilege in that I was able to partake in lots of sports from a young age. I danced, swam, played tennis and was constantly moving my body. Nowadays, I love to go on long walks and do pilates, but I definitely need to move my body every day, it has such a big impact on my mood.
Q: What is one of your daily rituals?
A: At the moment, my days revolve around my 8-month-old baby boy and running my business, but I try to carve out of few me moments like ensuring I always have a shower, do my skincare and put on a little makeup as it makes me feel good. Even if I’m spending my day in activewear and not seeing anyone, I like to do those things for me.
Q: What are you currently working on?
A: Personally, I’m currently working on being a new mother and finding ways to feel like myself. It’s a big adjustment and identity shift and I feel like I’ve only just come out of the fog.
Professionally, 2020 has been a big year for reevaluating the business, and I want to ensure The UNDONE takes all the lessons this year has given us and takes action.
Q: What is one of the biggest challenges you have faced in your life career wise?
A: An ongoing challenge is definitely going to be how I balance being a mother with running a business and trying not to feel like I’m failing at both. What I’ve learned so far is that I can’t be two things at the same time. I need to be in mum mode or in work mode and create some physical space to separate the two to help with creating a clear mind.
Q: What are some ways you handle stress and pressure?
A: Breath work for me really helps, and if I’m really stressed and anxious I cut out coffee for a while. I also ask myself ‘what can I control?’ and then work through those points.
Q: What is your greatest strength?
A: Being empathetic and kind, first and foremost.
Q: What is your greatest weakness?
A: I can procrastinate on tasks that make me uncomfortable.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: I’m surrounded by so many beautiful, talented women who also run their own businesses and some are also doing so alongside motherhood. I’m so fortunate to have them in my life and they constantly lift me up and inspire me.
Q: What inspires you?
A: People who are passionate about what they do.
Q: How is sustainability a part of your life?
A: It’s been an ongoing learning experience for me on how to make my business and also my shopping habits more sustainable. Understanding that no business and no one can be completely sustainable and to not greenwash is really important, but be open to learn and to constantly make changes moving yourself in the right direction. Listening to the podcast ‘Wardrobe Crisis’ by Clare Press has been a fantastic resource for me and I recommend it to everyone in the fashion industry as a starting point.
Q: What is your biggest wellness indulgence?
A: Reformer pilates and at home pilates. I’m actually just booking myself into an infrared sauna as we speak – a total indulgence but I’m excited to get back into them!
I’ve also been reflective of what constitutes as ‘wellness’ and ‘self-care’ after coming across a post written by author Brianna West who spoke about self-care also being the ‘ugly’ things that you have to do, like cutting a toxic friend from your life, spending a day doing your taxes or making a spreadsheet of your debt. Things that if you don’t do would cause anxiety and eat away at you and acknowledging that you need to do these things for your short and long term wellness.
Q: What are your 3 clean, non-toxic beauty must-haves?
A: RMS illuminator, RMS foundation – obsessed, Sans Ceuticals cleansing oil.
Q: What are your 3 wellness must-haves?
A: Sleep, fresh air, moving the body.
Q: What’s your ideal way to switch off?
A: I love podcasts, long walks with my baby and taking a nap.
Q: What are you currently reading, watching and or listening to?
A: Listening to lots of podcasts – I love them. I don’t get to listen as much these days as I used to listen as I drove into work. But a few I love are Offline, The podcast, Glow Journal, Wardrobe Crisis, The High Low, and The Grace Tales.
Reading: Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe.
Q: Where is your favorite place to travel?
A: The Byron Bay hinterland. We got married at my partners family property coming up to three years ago and it’s my favourite place filled with beautiful memories.
Q: What do you eat for breakfast in the morning?
A: Porridge with honey.