No two love stories are the same–whether it’s romantic love or the bond between a mother and child, each journey is unique. In celebration of this, Gritty Pretty, in partnership with Georg Jensen, recently sat down with Carla and her daughter, Jeet, to discover more about the special bond they share...
"'I didn’t really have any expectations of motherhood, only what I knew of it from observing my own mum,' Oates tells Gritty Pretty. 'She was incredibly kind and gave us complete, unconditional love. I now understand why, because you only want the best for your children, and are often prepared to move mountains for them. For me, finding that balance of helping them – but letting them learn on their own – has always been challenging. Because of course, my instinct is to always want to help them.'"
"Oates has two beautiful children – one of them being 22-year-old Pavlovic. Oates describes their relationship as deep, complex and a lot of fun: 'She has really taught me so much about acceptance and patience and being a better, more open-minded person.'"
"As she moves further away from her teenage years and closer to her mid-twenties, Pavlovic is now a young woman. Throughout this transition, the relationship between the mother-daughter duo has blossomed into the 'really beautiful friendship' that they share today. 'Now that I am older, I am able to empathise with my mum – something I definitely didn’t do when I was younger,' Pavlovic says. 'It’s a very mutual relationship, we both have each other’s best interest in mind. I back my mum, she backs me.'"
"'It probably sounds cliched but my mum is the most beautiful, interested, kind, caring, creative, strong-minded and devoted person I know. My mum is home.'"
"While being extremely similar, Oates and Pavlovic are, of course, different too. 'We are both creative and I think very happy when we are in that space,' Oates shares. 'We are also very, very sensitive (and stubborn), so I really understand [Pavlovic] on a cellular level – although we express our sensitivities often differently. We love similar things, especially music, food and having massages. She is an exceptionally kind human, she is more open-minded than me and she questions me on my way of thinking. I really appreciate this. While we both enjoy socialising with people, at heart, I think we are both introverts.'"
"For the most part, we humans are sentimental beings – women especially. The enduring nature of high-quality jewellery makes it the perfect hand-me-down between generations. Oates plans on sharing one ring in particular: 'There is a beautiful ring that was my mum’s and she gave it to my sister and I when she passed away. It’s a ring that’s full of my mum’s life and energy and it’s something that we really want to give and share with [Pavlovic] and my niece.'"
Photography: Tane Coffin @ Vivien's Creative
Digital Operator: Patrick Mackey
First Assistant: Charlotte Aitken
Film Director: Arielle Thom
DOP: Tiana Koutsis
Film Production: Cinema Thom
Stylist: Hayley Bonham
Makeup Artist: Aimie Feigbeig
Hairstylist: Keiren Street