Wednesday, November 23, 2016

36 hours in Brighton

Last weekend my girlfriends and I took a little weekend trip away to Brighton. We got the train down from London on Friday evening and settled into our Airbnb - it had a resident cat, so it was just like a home-away-from-home!

Friday PM:
Once we were settled and had a whistle-stop tour of the house, we set out for fish and chips - of course, then went for a drink. By this time it was nearly, 11 and with plans for Saturday, it was time to hit the hay.

Saturday AM:
Saturday morning came around, and the first stop was most definitely a leisurely brunch at Ostea Cafe. It just happened to be somewhere we can across whilst walking through the Laines, but it was possibly the best brunch I've ever had!! Service was excellent, it was a small but perfectly formed cafe. The food was delicious, organic and piping hot. I mean, just look....

After brunch we wandered through the Laines again, looking at Christmas gifts, picking up a few wintery-treats - I went crazy over this bobble hat and got it a rust orange colour and picked up this eyemask from Zara Home. There are THE most beautiful shops in the Laines, the Little Beach Boutique, had the most beautiful handmade artworks and home interiors and Silverado caught my eye because of the beautiful jewellery and not just because it stocked my favourite, Alex Monroe!

Little Beach Boutique
Saturday PM
After lots of wandering and shopping, we headed down to the beachfront and get caught in the start of Storm Angus!! There was nowhere to head for apart from The Belle View with it's windows that looked out to sea and the old pier for a hot drink to warm up. Needless to say, the look of the desserts was too enticing and we indulged. I had a chocolate torte with salted caramel ice cream - delicious!

Tired, wet from the rain and a little to full to function, we headed back to our Airbnb to recoup and catch Strictly!! We had eaten out quite a lot over the Friday night and Saturday morning and one of the great things about Airbnb is having your own kitchen, so we cooked dinner in on Saturday night.

We had planned to go out on Saturday night and heard great things about a bar, No.32.  The music was great, no queues at the bar and all in all a good vibe. Then it was time once again to dodge the storm (get soaked in the storm) and head back to our cosy little home for some shut-eye.

Sunday AM
We had to check out of our house by 11am, so then we headed straight for another brunch spot. Mange Tout. If I'm honest, it wasn't a patch on the little cafe we went to on Saturday, food was a little cold, part of our breakfast were forgotten and added on ... there were missing sausages, coffees taken to the wrong table ... you get my drift, a bit of a shambles.

After our brunch, the weather wasn't looking up so we wandered back to the train station to catch the 1.30pm train back to reality after a weekend of laughs, food and sea!

I'm making a concious effort to see more of the UK, so expect more posts from chilled weekends awat in the UK.


Insider Interview: Founder of Lookmate socks

In our next Insider Interview we chat to Vahan Hovhannisyan founder of emerging sock brand Lookmate, about his career so far, accountancy, engineering and designing the perfect stocking filler for your Xmas loved-ones this year.

 1. What’s your usual work day like?

It starts at 5:30am with my coffee ritual. I brew a nice cup of coffee, then I move to a local coffee shop where I work for two hours. The mornings are the most productive time for me, so I focus on main projects during this time.  Then I cycle to the office. In the evenings, I spend my time with family and friends, or you can find me running somewhere along the river Thames. 

2. What was your dream job when you were younger?

When I was a kid, I wanted to become an archaeologist. I was inspired by some adventure and treasure hunt movies. Unfortunately, that did not happen, and I went and did a degree in engineering but became an accountant.  Last year I started Look Mate London with my brother Vahagn. 

3. What's the best piece of career advice you've been given?

I think it will be this one: Where you focus your energy will determine where you will end up.

4. What's your number one style tip?

Keep it simple with attention to small details. I believe style is a combination of many elements of our outfit. Sometimes the most discreet detail, like the pattern of your socks, your cufflinks or a flash of colour, can be the most important.

5. If you weren't doing the career you are in now, what do you think you would be doing?

An alternative career path for me would have been to follow the steps of my dad and become a tailor. 

6. If someone was looking for a career change into your industry, what would you say is the best way is to start?

If you do not know the rules, it is easy to break them. So do not spend time learning how the fashion industry works. An outstanding product will get you a start, and a good story will get you going. The rest will take care of itself to begin with. 

7. What's the best thing about your job?

At Look Mate we make exquisite socks in collaboration with creative people and the best part of it is that we all enjoy doing this while building a relationship with our designers. 

8. What's the toughest part of your job?

Saying no to some collaborations and business opportunities when they are not in line with our values. 

9. Most proud career moment to date?

Receiving an email from Daniel Forero  (our second designer) saying that he was wearing his first pair of Look Mate designed by Nick Rawclife (our first designer) while designing our next sock. It felt that we were passing the creative estafet from one designer to another and it was a proud moment. Both Daniel and Nick are now good friends. 

10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

Doing something meaningful for sure, but I do not have a 10-year plan.  

You can find Look Mate on Instagram, Twitter, or on Facebook and read more insider interviews here and look out for the next.


Sunday, November 13, 2016

10 times Donna Paulsen was full of sass

If you watch Suits you'll know that Donna Paulsen is quite simply the Queen-of-Sass (if you don't, you should!). Here's just a few times when her sass-scale was at it's highest and a few wise things to always remember from Donna:

#1. She always knows when someone needs an ear and is equipped with ice cream.

 “Do you want to talk about it? I have ice-cream.”

#2. She completely owns who she is, and isn't afraid to let anyone know it.

 “I am not apologizing for who I am.”

#3. She won't take any nonsense. Fullstop.

“And I have better things to do with MY time than to be spoken to like that.”

#4. She's happy to let fate take its course sometimes.

“Things will turn out the way they are supposed to.”

#5. In love, much like work, she knows her worth and won't settle for second best.

 “If you were ever lucky enough to have me, you wouldn’t want to share.”

#6. She says it like it is.

“You don’t have my sympathies for being so damn stupid.”

#7. She won't be interrupted.

“Don’t interrupt me.”

#8. She knows that timing is everything

“I prefer to appear at the exact moment I’m needed.” 

#9. All about the hair flick *sass-overload*

“I’m too busy being a badass and worrying about my hair.”
#10.  She knows margaritas = a good time

“This would be so much more fun with margaritas.” 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Make Your Office a Place You Want to Be In

The perfect office should be a place of creativity, motivation, hard work, a place where important decisions are being made and a place where your professional side is growing and developing. But no one ever says an office should be fun. Work and fun are not synonymous in our culture, but lately, this premise has been changing and it’s becoming more relevant than ever. Employers have come to conclusion that productivity levels are much higher when employees can relax in the office and feel like they’re at home, rather than in a stern, washed-out environment, where any kind of distractions are frowned upon.

So, your office can definitely make effect on your productivity and creativity levels, therefore make the effort and do what you can to change it a little. Depending on your position in the office, and your abilities, start with minor changes and work your way up. If you own a company have a meeting about what would be the best improvement for your office setup. An occasional meeting outside the office could make a difference.  

Let’s start with your office interior. If your office is cluttered, plain, with not a single sign of your presence there, then that’s where you should start. There’s nothing wrong with bringing in a few things to make your life at the office more comfortable, after all, that is a place where you spend most of your days.

You should definitely have some plants in your office, they are the bridge between indoor and outdoor, and they will bring some fresh air and balance to your space. You can go with perennial plants that don’t require special attendance, or few little succulents for a touch of green.

Walls are a big surface you can experiment with. Instead of white, maybe opt for  lighter shades of orange, beige, blue, pale green or soft yellow, all of which will bring serenity to your little space. Hang a few pictures that inspire you and make you feel happy, you can even frame quotes that you like, or your favourite poems. 

If you want to get more into balancing and introducing positive energy into your working space, research feng shui tips, and especially how to harmonize your working space. You don’t have to practice it religiously, but some of these rules can be very rewarding, like decluttering, minimalism and proper arrangement of furniture. 

If you have a nice portion of natural light during the day, use it as much as you can. Gloomy places with artificial light even when it’s sunny outside can rob you of your daily dose of daylight and can leave you feeling drained and tired. If you can, move your table closer to the window, and if this is not an option get a desk lamp or floor lamp with yellowish, atmospheric, candle like lighting, instead of harsh fluorescents.

Apart from visual changes that you can make, you can also adopt few healthy office habits or behaviours. Maybe some of your coworkers will join you for a quick lunch break outside the office, and if not make it a habit of eating in a group instead of in front of your computer.

Sitting all day is the disease of modern world, and even if you’re regular in a gym, 8 to 10 hours of continuous sitting will cause many physical problems. Try to make a mini yoga or meditation breaks. Don’t be embarrassed, yes, work clothes are not suitable for exercises, but you don’t have to do headstands, just do some intensive stretches with a few really deep breaths. That little can make such a big difference.

This was a guest post by Roxana Oliver edited by The Pink Tank.

Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also an editor at Higstylife Magazine.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

insider interview: students of design

In this Insider Interview, we chat to founders, Lindy, Michelle and Anoesjcka, of new shopping platform - Students of Design (SODS) that provides a retailing platform for young and emerging designers:

What’s your usual working day like?
L: Everyday is different, summer has been full of graduate shows and industry exhibitions, I have been focused on finding new designers and looking after the exsisting designers so typically I run around a fair bit.
M: All of our days are different, this makes our work even more so exciting, meetings with new prospects & connections, exhibitions, shows, developing new ideas….sometimes I really welcome admin days!
A: Spinning plates of late. I have a design business also, a two year old and a renovation under way. I get up before my family wakes, make a big strong coffee, get to my e-mails, open for the builders and then off to meetings with my partners, designers, factories and potential business partners.

What was your dream job when you were younger?
L:I wanted to be a jewellery designer, I was all set to study Gemmology but had a last minute change of heart
M: I wanted to be an explorer….I’m always exploring…
A: I never knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to do everything and just couldn’t choose one thing for a lifetime. Working for yourself you have to pull information from various industries so you build a variety of skills which is the answer to my childhood indecision.
What's the best piece of career advice you've been given?
M: Do something you enjoy, when you stop enjoying it, it will become work and you will no longer drive your career with the same passion
A: Start with one thing and do it well from the incredible Mr Giorgio Armani

What's your number one style tip?
L: Accessories make an outfit
M: Never be afraid, try something new!
A: Dress for your body shape.

If you weren't doing the career you are now, what do you think you would be doing?
L: I'd be an Interior designer
M: Im going to throw in something that may surprise my partners :/ I think I would’ve been an anthropologist…
A: I would pay my bills by charging my friends for my spaghetti that they love, till I make it as a music producer.

If someone was looking for a career change into your industry, how would you propose the best way is to start?

L: With some research and a whole lot of passion
M: Work experience, do a variety of things within the industry, speaking and working with others!
A: If you want to be a fashion designer, get your samples made and call the UKFT for advise and guidance. If you want to start a marketplace make sure you have the right developers and buckets of patients.
What's the best thing about your job?
L:Working with exciting designers and talented people
M: Seeing so much talent, working with creative minds and seeing our work grow! Such pleasures!
A: Working with my friends, seeing what was only an idea come to life and ultimately seeing talent grow and succeed.
What's the toughest part of your job?
L: As a market place we are essentially doing two jobs, marketing to designers and to consumers.
M: Getting out there, biggest hurdle for all businesses
A: Having patience. Its a chicken and egg scenario. When you have the products, you don’t have the customers and when you have the customers you don’t have the products. It takes patience to bring it all together. We can finally say 'we did it'.

Most proud career moment to date?
L: First sale, euphoric
M: Agree with Lindy, best feeling ever!
A: With Students of Design it definitely was our first sale and seeing that the system we built came to life and worked from start to finish.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
L: I'm a believer, working at Students of Design, with my best friends and having helped numerous designers to kick start their careers
M: 10 years…ill be sitting next to these two beautiful women , although we will be a little more wrinklier than now, and looking at all the people we have helped launch their careers
A: In the Maldives laughing with my friends of all the uphill battles we went through and toasting with some bubbles for revolutionising the fashion & lifestyle industry.

Shop new and emerging designers at Students of Design and you can follow SODs on Instagram, Twitter and read more Insider Interviews here and look out for the next.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Insider interview: meditation guru Rajesh Ananda

In this Insider Interview, we chat to meditation guru Rajesh Ananda

What’s your usual working day like?
I am usually up by 6am – and then I check my email messages are a number of our centres at hours ahead of us.  I then do 30 minutes meditation after which I will run for 20-30 minutes or do a weight programme.  This is followed by a light breakfast and its back in the office. We have around 30 events per year in all countries, so I am usually coordinating these.  There is often daily contact with our PR company and I may have to write or assist with press releases.  All of this is interspersed with enquiries from new people and I may have at least one teaching session per day.

What was your dream job when you were younger?
I wanted to be a pilot!  I have traveled around the world several times now and I am glad I did not follow that career, albeit a fabulous job – traveling is very tiring and when I get off a long haul, I am glad that it will be a while until the next one.

What's the best piece of career advice you've been given?
Always move from a position of strength and not weakness.

What's your number one tip?
Be totally absorbed in what you are doing but in a relaxed manner!  This does not mean you will not have objectivity, if you are relaxed, it will be there.

If you weren't doing the career you are now, what do you think you would be doing?
Probably working in software development or something with computers. 

What's the best thing about your job?
I am instrumental in changing people’s lives.  I can’t walk the path for them, but I can be very instrumental in their change process.

What's the toughest part of your job?
Seeing the suffering of others – when they do not have to!

Most proud career moment to date?

When I made a video in dedicating to my wife and co-founder of FISU to celebrate a big birthday.  It was a poetic tribute followed by me singing to “I dreamed a dream”.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Spreading my message in different parts of the world.  I speak Spanish well and would like to improve this,  so that  I can speak more publicly and on TV using my languages.

To find out more about Fisu visit the website or follow Rajesh on Twitter and Facebook.
You can read more Insider Interviews here and look out for the next. 


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Insider Interview: Amy Heath, Hair Stylist

In this Insider Interview, we chat to hair stylist Amy Heath about 3.15am wake up calls and working on Strictly Come Dancing:

1. What’s your usual working day like?
My usual day starts around 3:15am waking up to start work at ITV Good Morning Britain at 4:30am, I get all the presenters ready for the show to start at 6am then do all the guests until the show finishes at 8:30. I then jump on the tube to go to FOUR London for 9am to start my salon day.  Every day is different in the salon working with regular and new clients. Cutting and styling their hair to their desired looks and needs. I finish at 6pm and hop back on the tube home.

2. What was your dream job when you were younger?
I was lucky that when I was younger I always knew I wanted to be a hairstylist, it had always been my dream to work in London.

3. What's the best piece of career advice you've been given?
My best piece of career advice would be no matter what you want to do, make sure you have a passion for it. You spend more time working than anything else so you need to be happy. I remember my school trying to sway me into A levels and university as I was really good at English, but I had no interest in that career path. I can honestly say I have never woken up in the morning hating my job or dreading going to work - even with 4am starts

4. What's your number one style tip?
My number one style tip would be that everyone should learn to work a tong!  Waves are the easiest and most versatile look, add Texturising Spray it can last for days.

5. If you weren't doing the career you are now, what do you think you would be doing?
If I hadn't taken up hairdressing I think I would have ended up becoming a nurse.  I'm a sucker for hard work but I love working with different people everyday.

6. If someone was looking for a career change into your industry, how would you propose the best way is to start?
If anyone was looking to change their career path to hairdressing my advice would be to make sure they get into a fun, fast, busy, fresh salon in a city as an apprentice.  It is hard work but being hands on is where you learn the most skill.  I was so pleased to join FOUR London, it is a great salon to work in and the whole team all get on very well and often socialise together after work.  The FOUR Directors, Maleeka, Brooke, Charlie and Denise are really fair and give their stylists and colourists lots of opportunities to expand their career into other areas of hairdressing.  When you work with an excellent team it does rub off on you.  Without their help I may not have progressed my career quite so quickly.   Oh and comfy shoes are a must! You won't know what hit you if you're not used to standing for 8 hours a day!

7. What's the best thing about your job?
The best thing about my job is the satisfaction of happy clients, be it salon clients, photographers, editors or producers. It's a great feeling when you have made people feel good and someone is thrilled with something you created.

8. What's the toughest part of your job?
The toughest part of my job is sometimes the sacrifices you make on family/friend time.  As with any career you have to put your all in and say yes to everything to become established. It's 100% worth it though and I wouldn't change a thing.

9. Most proud career moment to date?
The proudest moment of my career to date would probably be more to do with how proud my Mum and Nan were of me when I started working with the stars of Strictly Come Dancing - I do the hair behind the scenes. They are massive fans of the show.

10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
In 10 years time I hope to still be as busy as I am now with a few more magazine covers under my belt, a lovely family and working on a hair product range.

Amy works at salon Four London, you can follow Amy on Instagram and read more Insider Interviews here and look out for the next.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Hats off to major girl boss Lauren Conrad

Once the girl next door in Laguna Beach 10 years ago, Lauren Conrad is now (dare we say it) solely responsible for the ombre hair craze, our instagram mogul and our mega girl boss inspiration! Not only does she run her own website and her beauty website The Beauty Department, LC also has her name to a line for US brand Khols, LC by Lauren Conrad, entailing clothing, shoes and home interiors. Not content with these businesses, Lauren then went on to start her own more luxury fashion line, Paper Crown and ethical emporium The Little Market.

Not really sure how she has time to run all of these businesses, become a wife and now a mumma too.

Hats off to you LC, you are quite a major girl boss and our now our business inspiration too!


Sunday, August 28, 2016

Insider Interview: Sophie Cameron Davies

In this Insider Interview, we chat to luxury womenswear designer Sophie Cameron Davies who specialises in creating beautiful tailored silk shirts and dresses.

1. What’s your usual working day like?
Running my own fashion business means every working day is different. I have many different hats from finance, sales and marketing through to design and overseeing manufacturing. I enjoy the variety that running your own brand entails. 

2. What was your dream job when you were younger?
Since a very young age I have always been creative, and after my very first textile lesson I knew I wanted to be a fashion designer. Everything I did from the age of 11 was focussed on developing that passion. My studio walls display a collection of posters that I have collected over the years from every fashion exhibition I went to.

3.    What's the best piece of career advice you've been given?
Make a career out of your passion. I think it is incredible important that you enjoy your work. The majority of our adult life is spent at work and so if you don’t enjoy your job or your industry then it has a significant effect on your happiness.  There will always be up and downs in any career but the positives will always out way the negatives if you are following a passion.   

4. What's your number one style tip?
Less is more. I think it is important to invest in a few high quality garments that are versatile and can be worn for many occasions. I have a few go-to timeless pieces that have a beautiful fit and can be worn endlessly. I feel this age of fast fashion means products are bought and dispersed of too quickly. For me the SCD Bow Blouse is a style staple I can dress it up or down, for work, weekend of evening cocktails.  

5. If you weren't doing the career you are now, what do you think you would be doing?
This has been an ambition since I can remember so it is hard to imagine doing anything else. I think I would still choose to do something in a creative industry as that is naturally what I am always drawn too. Whether its photography, drawing or simply cooking at home I love experimenting and creating something new.

6. If someone was looking for a career change into your industry, how would you propose the best way is to start?
The fashion industry is incredible tough and competitive. Whether you want to design for another company or start your own label it is important to have your own identity as a designer. Distinguish what is your aesthetic, whether its intricate and feminine, monochrome and minimal or just conceptual. Then ensure you start by gaining initial experience at relevant brands and continue to develop this individuality.

7. What's the best thing about your job?
I love seeing the new collections come to life at the seasonal photoshoot, creating beautiful campaign images.  The design inspiration, marketing concepts and brand ethos visually unify in each and every image. This is shown throughout the composition; from the garments, to the location and the model, through to the mood lighting. Working with a team of such talented creatives at the photoshoot is such an inspiring day. The images always encompass the brands philosophy; creating garments empowering women to feel feminine, elegant and alluring in their everyday life.

8. What's the toughest part of your job?
The toughest part of my job is the fact I am not just under one job title, I cover them all and have to become a businesswoman. For me it’s not just about designing a beautiful collection but learning to juggle the responsibilities of different specialisms.  As the fashion industry works so far in advance I am normally working on 2 or 3 seasons at once and then within that designing, marketing and manufacturing at the same time.

9. Most proud career moment to date?
After always dreaming of having my own brand it is the most rewarding thing to see my pieces desired and worn by women. Recently the Hollywood actress Christina Wren was photographed wearing the SCD Lace Back Top to an event in LA, that was a very proud moment.

10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
I would like the brand to be established as a leading luxury ready to wear label known internationally for beautifully fitting shirts and garments. My focus is on growing a successful label that continues to provide a consistent fit, quality and design for elegant women year after year.

You can find Sophie on Instagram, Twitter or on Facebook and read more Insider Interviews here and look out for the next.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

5 daily mantras to remember

A mantra is a phrase that has powerful meaning and significance and reminding yourself of these in any period of time, regardless of what you’re doing can bring a little positivity into your daily life.

I surround myself with positive energy
Your personality and character will much depend on your surroundings. People you interact with every day, and situations that you go through will affect your life and shape you in some way. Therefore, repeat & remember this mantra every day and maybe you’ll stop surrounding yourself with people who transfer the negative energy to others including yourself.

You are beautiful enough, smart enough, enough to be loved and so much more. Therefore, the next time you might be thinking you’re not worthy enough, just remember this mantra. You’re always doing your best and completely dedicated to everything you do, therefore you’re enough. However, if you wish to grow more and explore different aspects of your life, feel free to do so. Being enough doesn’t mean you should stop with self-development, it just means that you are already enough, but that you can grow.

I will look for and see beauty around me
Beauty is everywhere, so it’s important for people to recognize it. People, nature, art and architecture are filled with aesthetic beauty. Additionally, strength, behaviour and frailty also carries beauty in itself. It’s important to learn the difference between looking at beauty and seeing the beauty. Once you start saying this mantra, it will be much easier for you to recognize the beauty in every single thing.

I find love everywhere I go
Saying mantras to attract love into your life is one of the dating tips many people accept. They don’t say“Think positive, and positive things will happen” for nothing. Therefore, when you think about giving up on love, just remember the power of positive thinking.

I love myself
People who don’t love themselves can’t love others either. What’s more, if you don’t love yourself you can’t expect other to love you either, and love is the driving force for everyone. Once you let love lead you and be present in your mind, you will be able to attract positive energy, and love from others. This mantra is perfect for building confidence, self-love, overall healing, and finding strength and compassion through times of adversity. You are your best friend, and you can do anything if you love yourself.

This was a guest post by Roxana Oliver edited by The Pink Tank.

Roxana is a travel enthusiast and lifestyle consultant from Sydney and she loves to write about her adventures. You can find out more about her writing following her on twitter and facebook. She is also an editor at Higstylife Magazine.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Insider Interview: Lisa Maree

In our next Insider Interview we chat to Lisa Maree about building her eponymous designer label.

1. What’s your usual working day like?
From the moment I wake up, I'm checking emails and social media, I race to the gym, walk my dog and am on my way to the office, or to the airport by 8am. Meetings throughout a usual day, home in the evening and generally checking emails until I get to bed. Because I am currently living in Australia, with offices in Los Angeles and a global company, my day never stops!

2. What was your dream job when you were younger?

I wanted to be a Veterinarian when I was very young! I still love all animals immensely.

3. What's the best piece of career advice you've been given?

Never give up, no matter how many times you fall down.

4. What's your number one style tip?

Accessorise! I believe less is more and a simple outfit can really wow with the right shoes/bag/accessories.

5. If you weren't doing the career you are now, what do you think you would be doing?

I would definitely be a business owner, I'm not the type of woman that would be satisfied working for someone else.

6. If someone was looking for a career change into your industry, how would you propose the best way is to start?

Get experience, volunteer to get your foot in the door as an intern or anything that leads you to be in an office environment where you hope to end up. I know most business' would prefer to hire someone who they know and who has on the job experience, rather than an outsider.

7. What's the best thing about your job?

Working for myself, and being the one I have to answer to. This makes me more responsible for my actions and decisions.

8. What's the toughest part of your job?

Never stopping, I honestly do not stop working, I live and breathe it. Sometimes when I am lying in bed I actually have to get up, send an email or jot something down so I take care of it or I can't relax.

9. Most proud career moment to date?

Debuting our collection in the USA in 2009 and Net-a-Porter picking the collection up on first debut! Incredible and so exciting to be recognised by an Industry leader.

10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

Creating fabulous works of wearable art that women feel absolutely amazing in!

You can find Lisa Maree on Instagram, Twitter or on Facebook and read more Insider Interviews here and look out for the next.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Insider Interview: Holly Simpson founder of Teddy Maximus

In our next Insider Interview we chat to Holly Simpson founder of luxury dog accessories brand, Teddy Maximus, and her empire that is fast becoming the leading luxury brand for pampered pooches.

1. What’s your usual day like for Teddy Maximus?
There’s never a normal one!  Teddy (my long haired miniature dachshund) usually wakes me up and then I’ll check on emails and deal with any urgent actions.
We are all about fun, luxury British style so I ensure everything we do reflects this.
I’m most creative at the weekends when my mind relaxes and I do a lot of my planning and thinking then. All of our products are made in the UK and most of our materials are carefully sourced here too. So I could be calling the foundry for more brass supplies (for our dog collars/leads) or visiting the leather works for more carrier straps for our dog carriers. Social media, inventory planning, accounting, trade shows and marketing all have to be fitted in too!
I always finish the day with a cuddle from Teddy – people say he has the softest fur :-)

2. What was your dream job when you were younger?
I went through a few stages – when I was a child I wanted to be a shop owner. I used to spend my holidays making things for it and planning out the layout and I guess this is where my business/entrepreneurial side comes from! At school I made jewellery and sold it at craft fairs and got a taste for making my own money.
Then as I got older I wanted to be a journalist or a pilot – I didn’t do either!

3. What's the best piece of career advice you've been given?
•    Put yourself forward – because no one else will
•    Find a mentor and work with people who inspire you
•    Never give up – nothing happens without a lot of hard work

4. What's your number one style tip/mantra?
In 1930, Vogue proclaimed, "The next best thing to having the world at your feet is to have a dog at your heels” – I fully agree with this!

5. If you weren't doing what you do now, what do you think you would be doing?
It’s hard to imagine something else as I love what I do! I really enjoy meeting people, creating business opportunities, travelling, eating and building new relationships, so something which somehow combines all of these!

6. If someone was looking to set up a business, how would you propose the best way to start?
For someone looking to set up their own business, start with doing a lot of research, but learn to go with your gut. Get to know who you’ll be selling to and don’t expect things to happen overnight. Be patient but persistent.

Find people who believe in your vision and want to support you – it might take time but it’s so important that you have the right people on your journey with you.

Don’t underestimate the amount of capital required for a start up – plan and then build in a buffer! Starting something on a small budget forces you to think creatively and carefully.

7. What's the best thing about having a business?
It has to be seeing lots of happy pooches, hearing great feedback from people who love Teddy Maximus and what we stand for. It literally makes my week when someone takes the time to send a tweet, post an instagram or facebook  picture or write an email to tell me how much they are enjoying their Teddy Maximus purchase. 

8. What's the toughest part of having a business?
When you work with a passion it never feels tough, but the main challenge is never knowing when to stop. Having friends and family who understand how much hard work is required in getting a business off the ground is really important. I’m fortunate to have a very supportive network around me.

9. Most proud Teddy Maximus moment to date?
Seeing the brand in Vogue was pretty awesome.  Being listed on top sites such as Pets Pyjamas, Ocado’s pet site and Not On The High Street has been another.

10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Successful in business surrounded by lots of dachshunds. Plus being able to look back on an intense period of hard work feeling really proud of my achievements thinking it was so worth it!

You can find Teddy Maximus on Instagram or on Facebook @TeddyMaximusUK and read more insider interviews here and look out for the next.


Sunday, August 14, 2016


If Olympic fever has got you going for gold in the gym here's a sports shopping list for you to get started:



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Insider Interview: Nia and Akilah Barnabie of Safiyas Cakes

In our next Insider Interview, we chat to sisters Nia and Akilah Barnabie of Safiyas Cakes to see how they made their passion for baking into a sweet success.

1. What’s your usual working day like?
Our Day starts Early - we usually begin with a review of our orders, contacting clients and keeping up-to-date with all our admin. music in the background and cakes in the oven. its always busy in our kitchens, with orders  trying out something new and perfecting something we already do. - We always have someone willing to taste a cake or dessert.

2. What was your dream job when you were younger?

Akilah: Interior design - being able to create and visualize something and then create it from scratch. i loved the opportunity to create something new and different and have something come to life.

3. What's the best piece of career advice you've been given?

Akilah : Perfect what you are already good at. feel confident in making mistakes and look to learn from them. be willing to try something new and stay positive in what you can do.

4. What's your number one style tip?

Go with what you love. be confident in you and what makes you smile.

5. If you weren't doing the career you are now, what do you think you would be doing?

Working with people creating in some way - i have a bucket list of things id love to do. hopefully ill get  to explore some of those.

6. If someone was looking for a career change into your industry, how would you propose the best way is to start?

Nia: Genuinely find out what makes you happy - what excites you. create a vision board - let that drive guide you to do what you are passionate about. We are all different and we can all bring something different to the table.

7. What's the best thing about your job?

Time management - being able to use my time effectively within the day and doing something with it that i truly enjoy. People often arnt able to have that luxury.

8. What's the toughest part of your job?

Nia: On a personal level I feel that finding enough time to spend with friends and family can be the toughest - We work  constantly - and while i love my job. Fining the balance between the two proves to be hard as you have to give your all to making the business flourish.

9. Most proud career moment to date?

Recognition -  from international peers - people that you have admired as well as family. seeing the things you have been able to achieve.

10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

Still doing a job i love, :)

Follow Safiyas Cakes on Twitter and find more insider interviews here and look out for the next.


Monday, June 27, 2016

Staying professionally social media savvy....

For some of us our career revolves around social media, it has become an intrinsic part of new media, a platform for commercial success for companies, a generator of new business for freelancers and a major sore point for those who ignore the professional code. Needless to say it's important to remember the do's and don'ts for staying professionally social media savvy.

DON'T use social media networks as a place to rant about your employer. They can find out and most probably will, so keep it for out of hours drinks or the weekend chats!

DO re-tweet your employer. It shows you are personally invested in the firm and that you are a complete ambassador for the company.

DON'T release sensitive information on social channels. It's call internal communication for the sole reason, it is for internal eyes only. Don't be the person that promotes unapproved internal codes of conduct and contract wins on social media.

DO use your channels to create your own personal brand. There are so many opportunities for private consultancies and freelance work, your social media channels could open up to a new line of work for you. If you portray a personal brand image that is professional, engaging and loyal this could get you noticed by future employers.

DON'T broadcast your interview plans or success if you are job seeking. This may seem obvious, but I've seen it happen. If you are planning to leave a job, you want your employer to hear it from you first, not your timeline!

DO share relevant professional content on your timeline. That article in the Guardian on legislation - share it! Show that you are in touch with your industry news.

Finally, if you do persist in doing all of the don'ts - at least make your profiles private for your own sake!


Sunday, June 26, 2016

REVLON Lip Butter: Summer Shades

The REVLON Colourburst Lip Butters £7.99 are my new staple for summer. Sometimes, I just find a lipstick slips too much on the tube & the smeared lipstick look is just never a good one! The lip butters give a less defined lip line and are less pigmented giving a more subtle colour - so for me its the perfect go-to summer staple! I tend to wear pinks and reds, however this Juicy Papaya shade has a strong orange undertone, a key beauty trend for summer and something a little different from my usual colour choices.

On the downside, and yes there is one despite my previous raving - the product needs reapplying throughout the day - after a coffee, although the hydrating effects of the product still linger, the colour has nearly all but vanished! I end up reapplying up to 5 or so times a day, but at least my summer lipstick smears are gone for the moment!

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