Posts in Woman in Progress
Woman in Progress: Esa Evans, jewellery designer

Esa Evans is our Woman in Progress this week. She is an artist and founder of her jewellery brand of gorgeous limited edition collections and fashion and charity collaborations. We discovered Esa on Instagramand instantly coveted her “females unite” necklace (which arrived in the post box shortly after thanks to her kindness #gifted!). We were taken with her clever mixing of message and style and keen for her to join our wonderful Women in Progress.

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Woman in Progress: Alexandra Olivier, Restaurant Twenty Two

This week we have Alexandra Olivier, co-owner of Restaurant Twenty Two in Cambridge as our Woman in Progress. If you live anywhere near Cambridge, or anywhere in east Anglia really, and haven’t eaten at Restaurant Twenty Two, then you really are missing a trick and a glorious meal. Along with an insight into career change, being an employer and her plans for the future, Alex has advice on the importance of switching off and how being a Woman in Progress is just a woman doing the best she can in the circumstances she faces and trying, as much as possible, to enjoy life along the way. 

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Woman in Progress: Rosie Davies-Smith, Founder of PR Dispatch

Introducing Rosie Davies-Smith, lover of dogs, tea and diet coke but more importantly the founder of PR Dispatch - the UK’s first and only PR membership platform dedicated to the success of product-based businesses and founder and director of LFA, The Lifestyle and Fashion Agency.  

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Woman in Progress: Elly Jayne Moyser, Make Up Artist

Our Woman in Progress this week is Elly, a makeup artist and hair stylist based in Cambridgeshire.  She’s worked alongside some of the best makeup artists in the world at London Fashion Week, The Baftas, The Laurence Olivier awards, and many other red carpet events.  Since going it alone in April 2015 she has gone from strength to strength and is now highly sought-after by brides and magazine stylists alike.  Thank you Elly for fitting us in during the busy wedding season. 

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Woman in Progress: Tessa Kiros, food writer

Our Woman in Progress this week is Tessa Kiros, food writer and lover of travel. Tessa has written several award-winning cookbooks about food from all over the world. Her book ‘Falling Cloudberries’ is one of my favourite cookbooks - and I own A LOT. I fell in love with the cover, and even more in love with the writing and recipes (I make the slow-roast greek lamb from this all the time). If you don’t already have one of Tessa’s books, please do treat yourself to one. They're so evocative of places and memories, and are full of truly brilliant recipes and stories. We’re thrilled Tessa’s agreed to be our Woman in Progress this week.

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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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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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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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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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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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Woman in Progress: Sara Delaney from Notes from a Stylist

We're so excited for this week's Woman in Progress, Sara Delaney.  Sara is a fashion stylist and blogger who first came onto our radar when we did an Instagram course together (not that Sara needed it!).  Since then her blog, Notes from a Stylist, has become a bit of an addiction for us - not always feeling the most fashionable ourselves, style is something that we can at least aspire to.  Sara's blog is gorgeously written, accessible and full of style tips and advice, as well as food, travel and tips for those with kids and teens.  Thank you Sara for answering our questions!  

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Woman in Progress: Caroline Arthur, bridal design

With a Royal marriage later this year we thought we'd get in early and interview a bridal designer.  Our latest Woman in Progress is Caroline Arthur, couture designer, who launched a successful business by teaming her creative talents and eye for the beautiful with what many women anticipate as the best day of their lives.  If I had a wedding to plan Caroline would be on my list of people to meet!  Thank you for taking time to answer our questions and for the insight into your life.  Photo: Gabriella Norton

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