Bassingthwaighte is one of those women you can’t help but envy. She’s gorgeous, smart, talented but also extremely grounded.


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Despite owning an extremely successful career in acting and singing and her new business Chi Khi, she cites her biggest life achievement as “having children and being married to the most wonderful man”. There’s no denying she has her priorities right.

“When you get married and have children, your whole life changes. They become your focus and what’s important in life,” she says.

Bassingthwaighte and her music producer husband Cameron McGlinchey have two gorgeous children, Harper, 5, and Hendrix, 3, who are admittedly the reason behind her new business Chi Khi (pronounced cheeky), a collection of kids clothes and skincare for children with sensitive skin. She’s also launched a newborn line. “I wanted to create a range, especially for newborns up to Size 2 minis, of items that could go from day to night and sleep to play, essentially be comfy enough to sleep in while cool enough for hitting the streets with Mum.”

“Chi Khi was inspired by my children in every way. My kids have really delicate skin. “Harper hated anything that, as she would say, was too itchy or scratchy.  So comfort was key. And as a mum I wanted things to be super stylish with practical elements.”

Aimed at ‘cool kids’, Bassingthwaighte  discovered a niche in the market for clothes that are ‘edgy’ and ‘urban’, but comfortable at the same time. “I searched high and low to get the right fabric and found this gorgeous bamboo cotton, perfect for sensitive skin.”

The new range features animal prints, black-and-white checks, mesh bomber jackets and mesh sports tanks.  While her skincare range features two products aimed for those suffering with eczema and dermatitis. “I got one mum to trial out the cream on her daughter and after one week the results were amazing!” She enthuses.

Both Bassingthwaighte and her husband work from home so they get to spend as much time as they can with their kids.

Her slick office comes complete with a mini desk and chair set for Harper and Hendrix so they can play close by – she’s a real hands-on mum. So how does she balance her work life with motherhood?

“Anything is possible if you set your mind to it. It helps to have a great support network, but it’s all about balance. I think it’s great for my kids to see us working and that we love what we do, but I also know my kids will grow up so fast, so I spend as much time with them as possible,” she says.

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  • It is hard work sourcing 100% cotton fabric – no synthetic fibres which seem to be the main cause of skin irritation. Some synthetic fibres don’t allow air circulation and it makes you considerably more prone to heatrash and other skin problems if you get the slightest bit too warm. Have skin problems in our family and have tried various remedies, visited dermatologists, allergists to trace alllergies. Tried more creams than we care to remember, found out some soaps have caustic in them. We swapped to non-soap cleansers. shampoos, special laundry products. Main problems were synthetic fabric and chemicals in what is supposed to be good soap.


  • Natalie has a contagious personality and it’s lovely to see that she can balance her family life and work. Good on her.


  • What a gorgeous and talented woman. Thanks for the insight into her life.


  • Wishing her all the best, such a gorgeous talented woman.


  • Interesting to have a bit of a read about her after not seeing her on telly for a while. Thanks for the story.


  • She certainly seems very sensible.


  • She is a real treasure – I love her earthiness and groundedness


  • She is fantastic. So down to earth and sounds like a great mum.


  • oh that sounds like a great line of clothes


  • aww how sweet is that photo above :) Wow I didn’t know she had her own business now – all the best to her and her little family


  • What a clever lady. I hope she comes back to tv


  • Good on her for being positive and creative and clever.


  • Hope her new career works out and bet she will keep acting too. She’s too nice to lose completely from our TV screens.


  • Certainly kicked a lot of goals in her life – congrats to her.

    • Love to read about people that ‘kick’ goals – inspirational!


  • What a clever mum. How lucky to have the money behind her to be able to set up her own business. I wish her luck


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