Local Chick… Emma Saddington from BronteEmma Saddington has lived in Bronte for nearly a decade. Just over a year ago, Emma and her friend Abigail launched MochO, a business selling premium ocean ponchos for women. Emma shares her local favourites with The Beast…
How long have you lived here?
We moved up from Melbourne for a 6-month job – that was over 9 years ago and we never left.
Why do you live here?
Living so close to a stunning surf beach in a capital city is the dream. Throw in perfect weather and the question is: “Why would you leave?”
What’s your favourite beach?
I love them all but Bondi is my fa- vourite. I can never get enough of the energy of Bondi. I learnt (and am still learning) to surf at Bondi Beach and I met my business partner on the beach in the process. It’s a truly wonderful place.
What’s your favourite eatery?
Favoloso for my coffee and a chat with Nick, and the Brazilian restaurant Bronte Belo at Bronte Beach, but North Bondi Fish is hands-down my favourite.
Where do you like to have a drink?
Bronte Surf Club on the weekend and North Bondi Fish – the view is astonishing and Benji the manager is the best!
Best thing about the Eastern Suburbs?
It’s got to be the people. I moved to Sydney with two young kids and didn’t know a soul. People were so friendly and everyone is always up for a chat or a party. It attracts all sorts of people from all over the world and it has an incredible energy.
Worst thing about the Eastern Suburbs?
Maybe it’s the neverending building going on, but to be hon- est I really had to search to find something bad about living here.
Do you have a favourite sporting team?
I don’t know if they qualify as a team but I love watching Stephanie Gilmore, Tyler Wright and any of the Aussie girls surfing.
What music are you into at the moment?
I have to admit my husband is the DJ in our home. At the moment it’s the new album by Fat Freddy’s Drop, ‘Blind’ by Hercules & Love Affair and a Spotify playlist from Daniel Wang.
Who is your favourite person?
My daughters Ivy and Vivi, and my husband Jonny. He’s a very funny man.
What do you get up to on the weekends?
Kids sport with the beach squeezed in or hanging at home with the husband while the kids play with the neighbours’ kids on the street.
What do you do for work?
My friend Abigail and I launched our business, MochO, a year ago, selling premium ocean ponchos for women. We’re very proud that they’re made in Australia from imported European terry towelling with an original design created by us.
What’s your favourite thing about work?
Abigail and I have to get in the water to use our product! And having meetings overlooking the beautiful beaches is fantastic.
Do you have a favourite quote?
“Everything in moderation, including moderation.”
Any other words of wisdom for readers of The Beast?
Get in the water whenever you can, and then throw on a MochO après aqua!