"My female icon is my fiercely independent grandmother. She went dancing twice a week with her girlfriends until she was 86, worked until she was 88."
Travel. I am fortunate enough in my role at Mr & Mrs Smith to be able to travel a fair amount with our hotel curation team (yes, that’s actually a real life job). Our curation team look after our global collection of properties and as part of this, they’re often on the road seeking out the next hottest hotels and destinations. It’s important for me in my role to have an extensive knowledge of our product, so where I can, I tag along! I once had an evening meeting in Santorini overlooking the Caldera with the sun setting and a glass of champagne in-hand, it was a bit of a ‘pinch me!’ moment!
Coming from a fashion background pre travel, some of my outfits do cause a stir in the office (we’re very casual here). I have a skirt from Whistles that I bought a few years ago, the only way I can describe it is black, slightly sparkly and almost looks hairy. My friend and colleague on our editorial team says I look like a ‘jazz labrador’ whenever I wear it - I don’t know what that means, but I like it.
Believe in yourself and have confidence because you can do it. I used to get very anxious and always think that what I was doing wasn’t quite good enough - once I actually gave myself a break my career really took off.
I lead a project last year at Smith where we partnered with luxury nightwear designer, Olivia von Halle. She re-designed our Get a Room! gift card for hotel-lovers inspired by her Marrakech collection. Aside from Olivia and her team being a total dream to work with, it was one of our most successful PR campaigns to date with an insane amount of pickup. We hosted two launch parties with Olivia’s team, one in London and one in New York - both had such a brilliant response and the synergy between both brands couldn’t have been more aligned.
Avene Micellar water for my skin. I don’t feel normal without some sort of vibrant lipstick too - I love the Tom Ford ‘true coral’ shade.
Sadly, I think women generally still have a long way to go to better gender equality in the workplace. It extends way beyond pay scale differences, there’s various issues around perception and expectation. I am fortunate enough to work in a very collaborative environment where I have opportunities, am encouraged to speak up and have scope to develop.
"I used to get very anxious and always think that what I was doing wasn’t quite good enough - once I actually gave myself a break my career really took off."
1. Almost goes without saying, but a huge passion for travel is key. I spend a lot of time talking about new hotels and exciting destinations on the up to journalists, so it’s incredibly important that I am clued up and have a vested interest in both. 2. Network where you can and take every opportunity to meet people. So many positions are filled by word of mouth recommendations. 3. Choose people who you’ll be working with first over money: the one thing that’s made a huge impact on my career is the people that I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside. You want a boss and a team that you can learn from, money is important, but for me it comes secondary to the people that have defined my experiences and got me to where I am now.
My fiercely independent grandmother. She went dancing twice a week with her girlfriends until she was 86, worked until she was 88 and was an incredible support to my brother (and best friend) when he came out as gay. A brilliant and truly inspirational woman.
Literally almost everything across fashion, lifestyle and travel - all the usual suspects! I do absolutely LOVE The Pool which I check in on every day for both work and personal.
My phone for sure, although I am usually about 10 years behind everybody else with updating any kind of tech I own.
Last week. Better to be honest and speak your mind than not at all, there’s just a right way of saying it.
I socialise a lot with friends inside and outside of work. I’ve met some of my closest and best friends through work as you naturally spend a lot of time together. I’m also a big foodie and love cooking, so my husband and I are often hosting our mates at our place or we’re in the pub with our working cocker spaniel, Olive. My biggest love and hobby is horse riding, I tend to only get to ride when I am back in my home town of Whitstable - I meet my friend Shelley early on a Saturday morning and we take croissants and coffee flasks in our saddle bags, it’s heaven!
A show jumper!