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Why is it so Hard to Write About Me?

Working on a new website has been an existential ordeal, and nowhere more so than writing my "About Me" page. I've sat at my laptop unravelling my own personality, juggling my desire for authenticity with what and how much personal information...

How To Start A Supper Club

I didn't start my supper club Creative in Residence by logically thinking "How to Start a Supper Club" and working methodically through the list. Rather, I focused on my goals, which thankfully were a shared a vision with my co-host - wellness...

The Personal Development Book That Changed My Life

I don't think I had ever picked up a personal development book before 2018. Formally known as "self-help books", it was a section of Waterstones I had never explored, put off by the strange stigma that surrounded the kind of people who sought...

I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas

For this post, I interviewed three stylish entrepreneurs who are each dreaming of a green Christmas. If you are still searching for gift ideas, but looking for something a little unusual with a big heart, please have a read and let us know if...

3 Tips for Environmentally-Friendly Gift Wrapping

At some point during the 35 degree heat of Summer 2018, I boldly declared that my Christmas 2018 would be Sellotape-free. Christmas is a time of huge wastage in terms of packaging (amongst other things) but as December draws near, I'm very...

The Creative Process: Behind the Scenes of a Styled Shoot

"I love to create," says Victoria Vaught, founder of Ivy Amelia Florals. But in business, our creations are usually subject to a client brief. It's a complex creative process and one that fascinates me with its subtle twists and turns. We are...

5 Tips for Creating a Natural Family Photoshoot

My husband and I have several shared To-Do Lists in the brilliant life-hack app Wanderlist. One list is titled "Fun Stuff", and it's full of ideas for when we are not in the mood for the dull list (inheritance planning, buy new parking vouchers...

My Prickly Pear Illustration in The Pink House

Stepping into The Pink House is a curious combination of being on the set of a magazine shoot and visiting any of my mum-friends at home. And it's oddly familiar for somewhere I've never visited before, because for the past year I've been an...

Why I Started My Creative Business For Me

A creative business may be born for many reasons. Redundancy, frustration, impulse, illness, lifelong ambition, the need for flexibility, or change in circumstances such as the arrival of babies - all reasons I've hear over and over again. In...

Botanical Illustration for high street fashion brand Wallis

In January, I wrote down "2018 objectives" for my my business - including collaboration commissions with botanical, bridal and fashion brands. I fixed this list up on my pinboard, with all the open-hearted optimism the New Year offers. So I was...

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