EARLIEST LONDON MEMORY?
Visiting the Design Centre on Upper Street in Angel when doing my Graphic Design A-Level. I loved the buzz and vibe with the little boutiques and eateries. I remember thinking I want to live here one day. Seven years later I moved to London and lived on Upper Street just a few minutes walk from the Design Centre. It is still one of my favourite places in London.
UNFORGETTABLE LINGERIE MOMENT, GOOD OR BAD?
I actually wore one of my mums vintage see through nighties out when I was at university! It was pale blush mesh with spaghetti straps and completely see through! I actually can’t believe I stepped outside in it!
MOST ROMANTIC THING SOMEONE’S DONE FOR YOU?
Definitely the day Mark proposed. It was a Friday morning and he went off to work as usual, but called to say he'd left his laptop at home so was heading back to the flat. He came in and said there was a parcel for me, but I was dismissive as had a big print deadline for my new collections. With a little persistent he managed to get me to open the parcel. It was a scrap book of our four years together, with photos, receipts, tickets, greetings cards and all our little memories. He then got down on one knee in my office, I was in complete shock and didn't say yes for what he said felt like ages!
BEST LONDON MEAL?
I've been having a month of indulgence with lots of celebrations so have been lucky to visit quite a few great foodie places. My absolute fave was Frenchie in Covent Garden. Run by one of Jamie Oliver's original 15 trainee chefs, the food is simply delicious with a stylish decor and a New York vibe. My fave dish had to be their signature savoury bacon scones with maple syrup clotted cream.
FAVOURITE LONDON DISCOVERIES?
When not busy with my business a day exploring London is one of my fave things to do. A while back I bought a selection of beautifully designed maps by Herb Lester and I love to get them out and pick an area to explore.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD?
We moved to Leytonstone just over two years ago and have really settled here. The Red Lion pub offers yummy Sunday roast and Saturday night DJ sessions and the Wild Goose Bakery has scrumptious home made cakes and breakfasts. And you are only a short journey into central London or a walk away from beautiful Epping Forest.
WHO DO YOU CALL WHEN YOU WANT TO HAVE FUN?
BUILDING YOU’D MOST LIKE TO BE LOCKED INSIDE FOR THE NIGHT?
Shoreditch House - you can sleep, swim, eat, relax and party all under one roof!
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?
Saying yes to everything at the beginning of setting up a company seems the best thing to do, but not everything is right for you and your business. You have to follow your gut. If you are not excited about the opportunity then don’t take it.
IF YOU COULD WORK WITH ANYONE WHO WOULD IT BE?
Anna Bond from Rifle Paper company. She has built a beautiful illustrated lifestyle brand that has kept true to her style and beliefs. I was lucky to meet her at a workshop dedicated to all things paper and she is so sweet and humble too.
WHAT DO YOU COLLECT?
Stationery and little styling props. I must have about 10 pairs of scissors and so many little ceramic dishes and vases.
LAST ALBUM YOU DOWNLOADED?
Mark will say when he met me I had the worst taste in music! It has improved since we have been together, but I still love a little Olly Murs or a Disney soundtrack occasionally! I steal his Spotify and listen to whatever he downloads now.
FAVOURITE LONDON SHOPS?
Liberty London, especially at Christmas. Selfridges for having everything you ever need. And Quill London for stocking the most beautifully curated stationery and paper products.
AT THE MOMENT YOU ARE...?
In my home studio working on new collections for 2017. I am way behind on everything but have a table full of scribbles and abstract paintings that hopefully will become beautifully designed greetings cards to showcase at Top Drawer in January.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
Great design and fashion.
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST RISK YOU’VE TAKEN?
Booking the largest trade fair in Birmingham before I launched Raspberry Blossom with not one card designed for it. It was the best decision though, as it gave me a deadline to work to and put my little company in front of lots of buyers. From that show I had several small boutiques ordering my products and Paperchase became my first big multiple to place an order.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
It would have to be either setting up my business Raspberry Blossom and soon to launch Lola & Blush. But one person I am most proud of is my mum she has been through a lot in her life however is always still laughing and if it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t be able to pack and send out all my products to my lovely stockists.