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Work That Works: Louise, Co-founder of Julian Joseph

December 18, 2017
cosy corner - Julian Joseph

Tis the season to curl up in comfy chairs!! Only kidding. If you’re me, every season is the season to curl up in a comfy chair, not just this one. With sleep at a premium in this house I take every single chance I can get to engulf myself in a soft-furnishing cuddle, the most recent source of which is my new chair from Julian Joseph via Wayfair. While I was deliberating over which of their gorgeous pieces to install…

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Work That Works: Mel Bound, Founder of This Mum Runs

November 20, 2017
Mel Bound This Mum Runs

I always think the most inspiring women-in-business stories arise when life circumstances lead to new career opportunities borne of passions. And this is certainly true of Mel Bound, who founded fitness-based This Mum Runs when she popped a Facebook post up to search for new running buddies while recovering from a back injury. Fast-forward three years and TMR has become the leading running community for Mums not only in Bristol, where Mel is based, but in London and Bath, too.…

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Balancing My Business With Motherhood: A Disaster Story

October 5, 2017
balancing business with motherhood

Today I’m supposed to be travelling into London to speak on a panel at the Festival of Marketing with three incredibly inspiring women. Instead I’m on the sofa in front of a looped Spider-man, nursing a 5 year old’s tummy bug. The subject of the panel? Making business and motherhood work harmoniously. The irony of this situation is not lost on me.…

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On Following Your Dreams

September 1, 2017
Following your dreams

It’s always important to have many an impossible dream in life, I reckon. As I heard Tamsin Greig say recently, “if something looks completely impossible, it’s probably the very thing you should be doing”. Which is why, at different times in my life, I have had aspirations to do the following: own a restaurant, star in Hollyoaks and/or Neighbours, write a book, have three kids, live by the sea, own a business, do stand-up comedy and fall in love. Some…

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Work That Works: Jenni Retourné, Founder of Willowberry Natural Skincare

August 30, 2017
Willowberry Natural Skincare

One of the wonderful things about my job is that over the course of the last few years I’ve met an amazing amount of inspiring women. Mothers, leaders, entrepreneurs… if I’m ever struggling in one area of my life I know there’s a woman I can look to who will help re-ignite my mojo, re-discover my purpose and enthusiasm. Jenni Retourné is one such woman. We met a few years ago when she was running a successful beauty PR agency…

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Work That Works: Hayley Southwood

July 3, 2017
Hayley Southwood

Truth be told, my friend Hayley Southwood used to intimidate me a little. Successful entrepreneur, mother and social butterfly, she seemed to have so many plates spinning that I didn’t know whether to be impressed or jealous of her multi tasking business skills (still don’t, actually ;) Having got to know her over the last six months I’ve become in awe of just how kind, open and talented she is. Whether that’s welcoming members of her networking group, The Southwood…

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Work That Works: Founders of Mush, Katie and Sarah

May 15, 2017
Mush app founders

Without a doubt, becoming a mum is the loneliest thing I’ve ever done. As many others do I gave up a thriving career – I led a marketing team for a big media company – to spend time at home with my baby.  A baby who cried at everything, never slept more than two hours straight and near enough chewed my nipples off, natch. I was the first person I knew to have a baby so felt very much on my…

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Work That Works: Laura, Hero of Stockbridge

April 26, 2017
Laura Hero of Stockbridge

When you become a mother your world flips upside down. Your whole identity – which for so many of us is based on our careers – is removed from our core, and we’re expected to adapt to a new and foreign persona: MUM. For me I remember this entry into motherhood being incredibly jarring. I went from ‘having it all’ – a Marketing management job at Vice.com, a professional reputation, a team, fancy event invites – to responsibility for one tiny mewling person…

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Could This One Productivity Trick Change Your Life?

February 27, 2017
Donna Ida

Last week I had the absolute pleasure to spend the day with Donna Ida at her flagship boutique in Chelsea, working with my lovely client TUSTING on the launch of their (brilliant) new Spring/Summer collection. I’ve long been an admirer of Donna, who is arguably number one in the business of denim. And so I was totally delighted to have the chance to interview her on all things British business for the TUSTING blog. I couldn’t resist asking her the…

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