Fabulous Females Interview – Eileen Willett & Nancy Zeffman

Cucumber Clothing

It is said that behind every successful woman is a best friend giving her crazy ideas and in the case of my next Fabulous Females, Eileen and Nancy this is a reciprocal arrangement which they have turned to their advantage.

Their  idea, however, is far from crazy.  Recognising that women of a “certain age” struggle with hormonal fluctuations and over-heating, Eileen and Nancy pooled their extensive fashion and marketing expertise to develop a luxury sleep and loungewear range aimed at ensuring women stay cool and stylish, day and night.  The brand is Cucumber Clothing – an inspirational name that perfectly encapsulates their mission.

In a week when we have finally seen a record rise in the temperature, their innovative collection which uses a patented wicking fabric to quickly remove moisture from your body, may well be the 21st century rescue remedy to the nightmares of many midlife females – myself included.

Friends and sleep are precious commodities, whose values increase with age.  Eileen and Nancy have successfully used one to develop the perfect antidote to the other, making the midlife challenges for women easier, whilst disproving the theory that business and pleasure cannot mix.

Their story is a touching testimony of the value of female friendship as well as proof positive that midlife is a new beginning.  Here’s what they have to say about being fabulous females.

  • Who is or was your role model?

Eileen: Always my mother, blessed with inner and outer beauty and a truly loving and generous nature.

Nancy: My grandmother.

  • What motivates you?

Eileen: Permanent motivations are love for my family and love for life. I don’t want to waste any of it – there’s so much we can do.

Nancy: Being challenged, and my family

  • What are the values you hold dearest in life?

Eileen: The bonds of family and friendship have held me together all my life.

Nancy: My family and friends are the most important thing to me – good relationships with people who care for me.

  • What has been your biggest challenge so far & how did you overcome it?

Eileen: A death in the family, and holding our family together throughout.

Nancy: Overcoming a difficult relationship with my parents and coming to terms with it. Not sure I have overcome it yet…and they have both passed away now

  • What is your proudest moment?

Eileen: Perhaps a cliche, but no less true for that: becoming a mother three times over.

Nancy: Becoming a mother, three times over

  • What motto do you live by?

Eileen: The only constant in life is change. Something my father has always said and lived by.  It’s all about being able to accept change, something that keeps youthful perspective – and that’s from a 94 year old!

Nancy: Live and let live

  • What advice would you give to your teenage self?

Eileen: Be brave and don’t procrastinate.

Nancy: Do what makes you happy and don’t worry about what other people think of you. If you are happy and fulfilled, don’t worry how others judge you – it’s a waste of time. Be true to yourself. You are good enough.

  • Who gave you the best advice and what was it?

Eileen: My mother, “be kind”.

Nancy: My husband, “believe in yourself”.

  • How would your friends describe you?

Eileen: Calm, though from the inside out, I still can’t understand it.

Nancy: Energetic and enthusiastic

  • What makes you laugh out loud?

Eileen: My husband, every day. He is the wittiest man I know.

Nancy: Doing what I want and enjoying myself in the process. Happy!

  • What would your autobiography be called?

Eileen: The importance of being kind.

Nancy: You are better than you think you are.

  • What does being a modern midlife woman mean to you?

Eileen: To have the freedom to  live and love as I please. Growing a bit older has perhaps given me the courage, patience and thoughtfulness to truly feel able to live life to the full.

Nancy: Doing what I want and enjoying myself in the process. Being happy!

  • What would be your desert island essential?

Eileen: Waterproof mascara.

Nancy: Sun cream. I burn easily! If I’m allowed, a radio too.

  • What makes you feel fabulous?

Eileen: Sunshine

Nancy: A blue sky and a good blow dry

  • In your own words – ” A fabulous female is…..

Eileen: …someone who makes everyone around feel as fabulous as she does. The best women in my life do this, I always feel refreshed/energise/supported after spending time with them.

Nancy: …someone who makes others feel fabulous


If you are a female battling with the heat, both inside and out and are interested in finding out more about Eileen and Nancy’s Cucumber Clothing range you can find them here:

Business : Cucumber Clothing

Twitter : @CucumberClothUK

Instagram : @cucumberclothing

About Eileen & Nancy

Eileen is a Japanese-Canadian who met and fell in love with an Englishman, moved to London and never left.  She and Nancy have been friends since they met at the school gate eighteen years ago and now two of their sons are housemates. Eileen’s background is in fashion including working for Nicole Farhi Menswear and starting her own accessories company Wada Bags.  Nancy worked at advertising giant Saatchi & Saatchi, before like Eileen giving up her career to focus on her family.  With their children growing up they were both ready for a fresh challenge and now it’s Cucumber 24/7 and they are enjoying every minute.   


Editor’s Note :  Are you a Fabulous Female with a story to tell or do you know someone who is?  If so I am always on the lookout for more females and would love to hear from you.  Please get in touch via the contact form or email me direct at – jo@motherofteenagers.com



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