"A moment I’ll always be really proud of was interviewing Olivier Rousteing for Bazaar; I had never done an interview with a designer and I felt like meeting Rousteing was slightly in at the deep end! but we had a really fun conversation about feminism and diversity in the industry and we even did a selfie!"
The aspect of my job that I love the most is that I get to be creative every day. The main part of my workload is to compile trend pages, so I’m constantly thinking of ideas and concepts. A very close second would have to be working with the Bazaar team – I’m so lucky to work with a group of women who are so kind and passionate, the job wouldn’t be the same without them.
Haha! I’m not quite sure I ever feel ‘POW’ but I have a few key pieces which always make me feel polished like a navy cashmere coat from Joseph or my silk Celine skirt. My favorite outfit right now is a thin knit roll neck with cropped kick-flare jeans and boots. Adding a special piece of jewellery always adds a little confidence.
The best piece of advice I ever received was ‘you haven’t failed until you give up’. I wish I could tell my younger self that a lot earlier – it’s a great mantra to keep yourself going.
A moment I’ll always be really proud of was interviewing Olivier Rousteing for Bazaar; I had never done an interview with a designer and I felt like meeting Rousteing was slightly in at the deep end! I was ushered into a queue of journalists and told I had two minutes with him, but we had a really fun conversation about feminism and diversity in the industry and we even did a selfie! I don’t exactly look like a Kardashian but it’s a very fun souvenir.
I’m a bit ‘Ray Mears’ when it comes to beauty. I use coconut oil to take my make up off at night and rose water as a toner. I have really sensitive skin so I have to be careful about what I use. I love Aesop’s moisture facial hydrosol to wake me up in the morning and I keep Gypsy water by Byredo on my desk.
I feel very lucky to work in a female dominated workplace, I’ve always had strong female role models in jobs that I look up to which is a privilege that many women do not have. I know a lot of women my age who earn less than their male colleagues, and work in industries with no women in senior positions. I think that sexism in the workplace is dying out, but it’s still a challenge each of us faces every day. I think our best defense is to look out for one another and to speak up against prejudice.
"My female icon is my Hearst-bestie, Billie Bhatia, who holds a similar position to me at ELLE. We were both at Vogue together when we were first starting out so I feel like I’ve grown up with her throughout our careers."
Persistence. Confidence. Dedication.
My female icon is my Hearst-bestie, Billie Bhatia, who holds a similar position to me at ELLE. We were both at Vogue together when we were first starting out so I feel like I’ve grown up with her throughout our careers. We’ve faced similar challenges and obstacles but I’ve always admired her so much for how she handles herself. She is amazingly talented and I’m so proud of everything she’s accomplished. When in doubt, I try to be more Billie.
I genuinely do love Bazaar online – we are often the first to reveal fashion news so it’s a good one to keep open throughout the day. I also love W Magazine for it’s art content and the FT Weekend Life and Arts is always great for opinion pieces.
Apart from the obvious computer and phone combo, I couldn’t live without my Amazon Fire Stick – it has changed my life. It’s great for binge-watching TV shows or renting films.
I think that sometimes being honest is one of the most fearless things you can do. I recently had a difficult conversation with someone in my family and although it was hard at the time I think a lot of people have benefitted from it.
I think working in the media can make it difficult to switch off. Reading magazines or even watching films is now something I associate with work so I think it’s really good to look for activities which hold no associations. I go to yoga classes with friends who don’t work in fashion, and my boyfriend and I have a ‘no phones’ policy in the evening.
A career I always considered was architecture. My grandfather was an architect and he travelled the world with it. One of his many treasures was a ceremonial knife that had been given to him in Nepal in exchange for building a temple. I remember being struck at a young age at the power of creating something beautiful that people would live their lives in, I think fashion had a similar draw for me.