"ESTEE LAUDER SAID THAT ‘PERSISTENCE IS THE IMMOVABLE STUBBORNNESS THAT WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO CAVE IN WHEN EVERYONE SAYS GIVE UP’. I AM LEARNING TO LIVE BY THESE WORDS…"
I always said when I was younger that I was never going to be the type of girl who would sit in an office doing a 9-5 job, so I love the variety of life my role gives me – even when I’m in a store at 4am! Watching a project come together after months of work gives me the greatest sense of ‘hurrah’ in the world. There is an amazing combination of business and creativity within my role which feeds me – I feel like it keeps both sides of my brain constantly moving which I suppose is the reason I still love what I am doing after ten years.
I try to keep my wardrobe quite capsule for the office – so COS is generally great for giving me interesting shapes in cool fabrics that I can wear in a corporate environment. I tend to keep to grey, navy and black but team with a stand-out trophy jacket, pair of heels or statement earrings. A bright lip and a spray of a new fragrance for me adds the POW…am completely loving Ermenegildo Zegna’s Acqua di Iris right now.
Nothing will ever go as you plan if you plan too hard…you need to be open to what the future throws at you and be prepared to learn from mistakes. When I was younger - I spent a long time being disappointed that my ‘perfect plan’ didn’t always go perfectly. I made a huge move away from a job and people that I loved to try something new which ended up being a very wrong turn for me - both in my career and personally – the outcome changed my life and I spent a long time feeling angry at my decision rather than looking for what I could learn from it; you have to seek the positive in what may seem like a negative situation and try to turn the biggest mistakes in life into the biggest learning curves.
I can never complain when a product launch goes to number one! So much planning goes into each launch and toward the end they are so complex you’re juggling small armies of people to get everything delivered on time and looking perfect – it sometimes makes your head spin…so when the launch exceeds expectations it’s a very proud moment. Guerlain reaching the Top 3 Brands in the Salon de Parfum at Harrods was extremely exciting.
At the moment I am completely addicted to GlamGlow facemasks – Supermud is completely incredible at fighting that grimy feeling you get working in Central London. I also cannot stress enough my love affair with Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro Rouge 401 and Maestro Skin Foundation – despite having worked for more than a handful of cosmetics brands – I always go back to Armani Make up…and these two are must haves…
I am very fortunate to work in an industry that has so many strong women in the mix. I count myself lucky every day to be in an environment that values women – who stands and openly say ‘leaders must make sure everyone understands the power of talented women and all they achieve for the company’ That being said – I am also just turned thirty and am having very real conversations with my closest friends who are starting families and struggle with the concept of ‘having it all’ a career and a family – it seems crazy that in this agile working era we are supposedly living in, that women still find it hard to raise their family as well as raise their career.
"I love the variety of life my role gives me – even when I’m in a store at 4am! Watching a project come together after months of work gives me the greatest sense of ‘hurrah’ in the world."
1. Be organised - realistically, it’s great you can draw pictures but can you plan a critical path and a budget? 2. Love the product – Working at L’Oreal taught me very quickly to have a ‘Sensitivity to the Metier’ – a sensitivity to the subject with which you work. You have to love your brand. 3. Become accustomed to criticism and learn to take it well – working in design, your proposals face a lot of scrutiny because design is subjective – meeting a project brief and making it look great is one challenge – but making a sales/marketing/training/PR team love it is an entirely different one.
Estee Lauder is a pretty strong icon in my life right now – she said that ‘no-one every became a success without taking chances’…2017 has so far been my year of taking chances and so far they are paying off… She also said that ‘persistence is the immovable stubbornness that will not allow you to cave in when everyone says give up’. I am learning to live by these words…
I love my weekly fix of Stylist and ES Magazine, which makes my commute home a little more bearable – but also can’t live without Living Etc or Elle Décor. For work I keep one eye on BOF and RetailDesignblog.net
Whatsapp – I use it for everything. Having this form of IM makes my life so much easier - in meetings for last minute notes to suppliers or if I see something in store and what to get it to the team quickly… more recently my field photographers are using it to send me snaps before they actually shoot so I can tweak the styling remotely…it has changed the way I can do my job for the better.
I finally took the trip to India I’ve wanted to do for a really long time. It doesn’t sound fearless, but to me, giving myself a break away from life to decompress and do something personal was a huge deal. I came back a happier person.
I have finally found my peace with Yoga so try to practice as often as possible, but my true love in life is cooking and more importantly cooking for friends and family – I love to get creative in the kitchen and tend to get more than over-excited VM’ing the table. It is generally the more the merrier at my house.
I have an addiction to anything interior design so imagining myself as an interior architect or stylist. I once seriously dallied with the idea of becoming an equine vet…