Posts tagged woman in progress
Woman in Progress: Jen Wright, Silly Heart

Hi! I’m Jen. I work as a coach and mentor to creative entrepreneurs who want to build their own business in a purposeful, mindful way, and particularly mothers looking to find a better balance between being self employed and the chaos of family life. My focus is on slow, sustainable growth, knowing your worth (a.k.a. charging the right price for your work!), and working in rhythm with your own needs so you can make the most of your energy and productivity, and rest when you need it.

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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: 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: 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: Stacey O'Gorman

Stacey O'Gorman, co-founder of Meringue Girls, food stylist, recipe writer, author and now yoga teacher, has kindly taken time out from from her adventures to tell us her story in her own words and, of course, answer our questions.  "Be grateful for everything you have and take time to reflect on your achievements.  Above all, be playful and don’t ever take life too seriously!" 

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Woman in Progress: Molly Aldridge, M&C Saatchi PR

Our next Woman in Progress is Molly Aldridge, mum to two gorgeous young boys and global CEO of M&C Saatchi PR.  Before joining M&C Saatchi, she set up her own PR firm, SLAM, which she grew from a team of four to over a hundred (whilst having a newborn - we're exhuacasted just writing this).  She combines this with being huge fun and one of the reasons we miss London so much.  

We've also completely abused her inability to say no (see below) by asking her to answer our questions.  Thanks Molly!

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Woman in Progress: Laura Lea from Laura Lea Design

Our latest Woman in Progress is Laura Lea from Laura Lea Design.  Laura founded her Leytonstone boutique three years ago, and in that time her business has gone from strength to strength.  Laura's shop stocks fantastic artists and designers whose work can't be found on the high street (it's a must-go place for great gifts) and Laura also organises pop-up exhibitions around London to expose the artists and designers she represents to new audiences.   We're delighted she's taken the time to answer our questions.

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Woman in Progress: Tabitha Mackness, creator of Lil' Cubs

Our latest Woman in Progress is Tabitha Mackness, owner of Lil' Cubs, wife and mother to two boisterous boys.  Tabitha started Lil’ Cubs in 2015 creating gender neutral fabrics for must have childrenswear (bibs, muslins, zipper baby grows, leggings etc).  Her designs are modelled across the country and by lil' cubs belonging to trendy celebrity types too.  Branching out into illustrated prints and badge pins for grown ups, Lil 'Cubs Tabitha continues to grow her brand .  She's taken time from her hectic schedule to answer our questions - thank you. 

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Woman in Progress: Lucy Elliott from Creighton's Chocolaterie

Our latest Woman in Progress is Lucy Elliott, Creative Director of the brilliant Creighton's Chocolaterie.  With a chocolate shop in Leighton Buzzard, and stockists ranging from Liberty, Fenwicks (and many others), Lucy and her mother, Andrea, create award-winning, delicious chocolate that also has a sense of humour. 

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Woman in Progress: Rachael Marsh, Ickle Pickles charity

Our next Woman in Progress, Rachael Marsh, is the co-founder of the Ickle Pickle charity which raises funds to support sick and premature babies by purchasing vital life saving equipment for neonatal units around the country.

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Don't worry, be app-y: my favourite apps for children

Obviously my children (aged 6, 6, and 4) have never even held my phone, let alone played games on it.  But hypothetically, these are the apps that, if they did, would successfully keep them entertained, happy and quiet on a 6 hour train ride to the south of France...

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Woman in Progress: Rebecca Strickson, illustrator and artist

Our latest Woman in Progress is Rebecca Strickson, freelance illustrator, artistand do-er of things, based in southeast London.  She has kindly taken some time out to answer our questions and we love her answers. 

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Why everyone blogs about blogging - but should we?

Nicky and I are new to blogging.  We didn’t even (whisper it) really read blogs before we started our own.  One of the things I’ve noticed though, in various Facebook groups that we’re now part of, and internet searches that I’ve done when I really should have been sorting out the washing, is how many bloggers blog about blogging.    But why, and should you?  Isn't it all a bit dull?

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Books to read when you're short on time

Ah time.  I remember it well.  Once you feel like you never have any of it, you bitterly resent your younger-self for wasting so much of it.  Time to yourself is something which, during the school holidays, is very difficult to get hold of.   And occasionally I feel guilty that I no longer read as much as I used to.  I used to read at every opportunity - now - well, I read social media far too much.  I thought it might be nice though to get myself back in the reading habit - but to do so requires books that you can read even if you are short on time.  Here are my top 5 recommendations.

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July Moodboard: Summer fun for all

Summer is here apparently!  Blame the holiday mood for the later than usual monthly moodboard. 

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Woman in Progress: Bonnie Chung from Miso Tasty

Our next Woman in Progress is the fabulous Bonnie Chung, founder of Miso Tasty, a fast-growing food business whose mission is to make tasty and nutritious Japanese food easy for anybody to make themselves.  Bonnie came up with the idea for Miso Tasty when she was 24, whilst working as a chef, and today their soups, miso pastes and noodle kits are stocked in Waitrose, Sainsburys, Ocado, Wholefoods and so many other places.  Miso Tasty is one of those food start-ups that others look to in admiration (and a bit of envy!).  Bonnie's also recently published her first cookbook.  Not that we're jealous or anything.

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