Woman in Progress: Vicky Graham of Vicky's Donuts

This week’s Woman in Progress is a shot of pure sugar-filled joy, Vicky Graham of Vicky’s Donuts. I met Vicky in my sweet-making days, when she was my neighbour at a BBC Good Food Show where she sold out every day in just a couple of hours - it was clear then that her delicious donuts were going to prove massively popular - and they really have. Vicky’s Donuts were rated ‘best taste’ donuts by Time Out, have appeared on a episode of The Apprentice, and she’s even made dino and whale donuts for The Natural History Museum. We’re thrilled she’s agreed to answer our questions this week.

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Woman in Progress: Ondine Cowley at Nicky Clarke

Before I met Ondine, I’d never really understood the whole idea of being loyal to a particular hairdresser.  They’re all much the same I thought to myself. They aren’t. Ondine Cowley, 3rd Senior Stylist at Nicky Clarke in London and a wedding specialist, has been cutting my hair and telling me exactly what to do (and not to do) with it for years now. She also cuts the hair of celebrities and royals, but I guess she can’t cut my hair everyday... She’s also one of the most open, warm and lovely people you could happen to come across, even if they didn’t have a pair of scissors in their hands! We’re thrilled Ondine’s agreed to be our Woman in Progress this week.

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I am easily influenced

As I dipped in for a couple of minutes (ahem) on Instagram recently, one of the people I follow, Emily Johnston, was wearing a rather fabulous blazer. It had a cowboy lassoing something on it. She looked fabulous - happy, gorgeous, relatable.

Two seconds later…

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Woman in Progress: Katie Underwood

This week’s Woman in Progress is someone we haven’t yet met in real life, but pretty much stalk anyway as we’re always following in her wake around the loveliness of Cambridge as seen on her Instagram feed. Katie Underwood is, in her own words, a food lover and restaurant professional, now carving out her own path in the industry around her 3 kids, with her PR and social media business. And the access she has to Steak & Honour burgers…not that we’re jealous or anything. Her interview is such a great one - do check it out!

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Woman in Progress: Kath Austin of BeeBee Wraps

This week our Woman in Progress is Kath Austin, founder of BeeBee Wraps. Kath developed a plastic-free, compostable alternative to clingfilm in her kitchen, of all places, and two years ago launched the first BeeBee Wrap which was so well received that she now runs the business together with her husband David and a team of ten. If she wasn’t busy enough battling plastic pollution with her products, she’s also an award winning entrepreneur and Mum to two amazing daughters - here are her answers to our questions.

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Finding my 'thing'

Finding my thing: exercise, weight training specifically and how it isn’t just about my body or even my mood (though positive changes are a welcome bonus).  It’s about having something that is mine.  Something I do entirely for me, and my own enjoyment. The motivation for a different dress size is not the driving force anymore, I am.  I’m pushing myself and excited to see what I can do.  

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Woman in Progress: Becky aka Lady Bakewell-Park

It might have been a while, but our desire to tell stories of fellow women in progress hasn’t stopped, and we’re finally back to it. We’re really chuffed that this week’s Woman in Progress is Lady Bakewell-Park, also known as Becky, who we’ve been following on Instagram for ages now for her joyful, witty, and delicious biscuits. Her interview is a belter.

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Is it ok to just ‘not’ for a while?

Is it ok to just ‘not’ for a while?

We’ve been quiet of late.  If ‘of late’ can reasonably be translated as more than six months and not just a few weeks.  The blog has gone un-updated.  Our Instagram feed stayed silent.  

To be fair, no one has noticed.  And that’s eased our mild guilt about it.  But really there’s been no room for it.  It hasn’t been the right time.  So we’ve just not done it.  Not said anything.  Not pointed it out.  Just ‘not’.

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Woman in Progress: Kim Palmer, creator of Clementine App

Our Woman in Progress this week is Kim Palmer, the creator of an app called Clementine. Clementine isn't "a spiritual, hippie app – it’s clever, sharp and aesthetically on-point. It’s for the modern woman to help balance, "to sleep better, feel calmer and be your best self." Something we could certainly do with, having been slightly less calm in recent weeks and not slept properly since 2011... In January this year, The Guardian included Clementine in their article ‘The Seven Apps every woman should own’. With a busy work and home life we are so grateful to Kim for kindly answering our questions and sharing her story with us.

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Woman in Progress: Alexandra Wood, Savile Row Tailor

Our Woman in Progress today is Alexandra Wood, one of the first female tailors on Saville Row.  Alexandra works from Saville Row and showrooms in Shoreditch and Bishop's Stortford and also has an online shop featuring her ready-to-wear collection.  Her beautiful work has been featured on celebrity clients and in magazines such as GQ.  She is well known for her style advice for the discerning suit wearer but today has a different, but no less special, advice for you here.  Thank you Alex for taking time to answer our questions. 

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Woman in Progress: Gabi Cox, founder of Chroma Stationery

Our next woman in progress is Gabi from Chroma Stationery.  We are always excited to champion young female businesswomen and so, given our ongoing stationery obsession, this week we're extra excited.  Gabi produces and collates vibrant, bright and happiness inducing products for her customers in the ever popular stationery market.  She's collaborated with another of our women in progress and is active in the Bristol community of inspiring women and entrepreneurs.  We are glad to have Gabi and to share her story and advice with you.  

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Woman in Progress: Sam Burgess, founder of Social Mouth

This week we have social media consultant Sam Burgess of Social Mouth.  In a nutshell she helps "small creative brand owners find their voice online."  We love that she is her own product - her clients get her honest and expert advice straight from Sam herself, no gimmicks.  Sam's own journey to Social Mouth wasn't entirely without unexpected events, find out more in her interview below.  Thank you Sam for being our Woman in Progress, we're so excited to have you! 

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Woman in Progress: Agi Lebiedz, Hush Pictures

We have a bit of a thing for photographers and today we have the pleasure of interviewing Agi from Hush Pictures.  She has an eye for highlighting the beautiful in the everyday and manages to capture those moments to be treasured forever.  We are excited to talk to her about how she came to do what she loves and her advice for other women who, like her, are living a little differently to their original plans.  Thank you Agi for sharing your story.  Do take a look at her website, her photos are lovely! 

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Woman in Progress: Deepa Mistry of Mela Jewellery

Deepa Mistry is our Woman in Progress this week.  We've been keeping our eye Mela Jewellery for a while and have mentioned Deepa's gorgeous pieces on the gift guide and mood board.  She manages a job, a business and a blog and has kindly taken time from juggling her busy schedule to tell us about herself and answer our questions.  Thank you Deepa! 

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Woman in Progress: Jo Smith & Chloe Webb of Smith Webb

Continuing our series of posts from brilliant Women in Progress, today we introduce the duo of women behind the amazing brand Smith Webb: Jo Smith and Chloe Webb.  We have been fans for a while so feel extra lucky to feature them.  If you don't know about them, we urge you to take a look!  Thank you both for taking time to give us an insight into you, your brand and campaign.  

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Food rituals: Hurray It's Thursday #OreoCookieQuest Cake

It’s now been six months since I introduced a new food ritual to our household.  Thursdays are now well and truly about Hurray It’s Thursday Cake.  The kids even get slightly cross if there isn’t cake on their return from school (as there wasn’t last Thursday).  I have created a monster.  

Clearly, this family tradition is well and truly here to stay, and this week became even more exciting as I combined cake with biscuits as part of The Great Oreo Cookie Quest.  

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Woman in Progress: Olivia Tripp of Weekend:IN

We're happy today to introduce our Woman in Progress Olivia Tripp, owner of Bristol-based business Weekend:IN.  Olivia started her business to help other independent businesses grow their audience through social media, influencer marketing and event organisation - stuff we need to be more familiar with ourselves.  She's been kind enough to get in touch with us and answer our questions giving us an insight into being a young Woman in Progress - thank you Olivia! 

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