Nikki Taia

Nikki and I at Garden Kitchen & Bar - Jupiters Casino sharing secrets to success.

Husband: Zeb Taia, 31

Children: Zali, 3 and a half, Haven, 20 months

Profession: Mumpreneur

How did you meet? We were 15 and met through Zeb's cousin, who was dating my best friend. I fancied him straight away.

Tell us about your life in France. Initially the transition wasn't easy, as Zali was six weeks old. But overall, living there for three years was amazing. I loved it, it was like a second home. The opportunity to live in a different country and experience a different lifestyle appealed to us, especially in the south of France.

You're starting your own business? It's a kids swimwear line called Ondine Swim which means "little wave". We are finishing our samples and production starts in six weeks. We are very excited to launch this summer.

Philosophy that you live by? Make the best out of every situation. If you have a positive frame of mind and outlook on life then you'll be happy.

What do you love most about being a mum? The girls surprising me. When they do something new or how caring they each are, I can see they are becoming the best of friends. It's reassuring that we are doing a good job.

Who is your icon? I would have to say my mum. She's hardworking, has always provided so well and she's extremely supportive.

Hobbies/interests? I am on a health kick with natural and organic products, from cleaning products to everything I use on my body. I love dogs, Pilates and interior design.

Describe your style? Neutral, feminine, edgy.

Fave swimwear brand? Mara Hoffman and Mikoh

Everyday essentials? Nappy bag, sunglasses and phone.

Greatest indulgence? Ice-cream.

What do you do as a family? We love trying new cafes. At the moment we are trying to find the best acai bowl on the Gold Coast.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Hopefully running a successful business with the third toddler in tow, fingers crossed it's a little boy.

What's Zeb like as a dad? He's amazing! He'll put on a tiara for Zali is she asks or happily have his hair brushed by Haven! He has the perfect daddy & daughter bond with both the girls.

Zeb's hidden talents outside of footy? He loves golf and is learning the guitar. He's trying to learn Justin Bieber's new song Love Yourself.

Any pre-game or game day rituals? Zeb likes to relax. I take the girls out for the morning while he chills and sleeps.

Something no one knows about Zeb/yourself? Not many people know that he proposed to me on a mad Monday when he played with the Knights. I told him I didn't believe him, but he then proceeded to call my parents at 3am to share the news! In the morning, I asked him if he remembered what happened. He did.

How do you treat yourself? Pamper when I can, hair and nails.

Celeb crush? Tyson Beckford

What would you tell your younger self? Don't sweat the small stuff.

How do you juggle it all? We take everything 50/50. Zeb cooks and I do baths. Planning is the biggest thing. I have a bit of OCD so I clean every day.

 

WE DINED - Garden Kitchen and Bar - Jupiters Casino Broadbeach

WE DEVOURED - Bruschetta, szechuan calamari, crab cakes, chefs rotisserie, garden pea risotto.

WE DRANK - Rose

NIKKI WORE - Sheike playsuit, Chanel watch, Kookai bracelet

KAYLA WORE - Stone Cold Fox trench dress, Zara shoes, YSL bag || MUA Janise Chan @jdolls