Born and raised in Marylebone in the heart of London, I’m one of seven children; five girls and two boys.
I count my blessings every day that we are all so close and such best friends.
Life growing up was always exciting and busy.We spent many holidays down in the south west of England with our golden Labrador, building sand castles and riding bikes.
During the week if we weren’t doing a ballet class, horse riding, scouts or girl guides, we were making up plays to perform to mum and dad. I was always the one to boss everyone around (I’ve not changed!).
From the age of 5 to 12 yrs old, I went part time to Sylvia Young Theatre School.
There, I did tap dancing, ballet, modern, jazz, drama and singing.
I was fortunate enough to feature in a handful of tv commercials, music videos and a west end theatre production alongside Michael Gambon and Samantha Bond.
My child star days are a distant memory, but a fond one at that.
My sisters and I went to an all girl’s school, where I completed A-levels
Afterwards, I took a year out to work in Harvey Nicholls to save enough to travel in my gap year. What was supposed to be 3mths of exploring South East Asia, turned into 3mths of island hopping around Thailand (why not?!), sunbathing, sightseeing, dancing and drinking copious amounts of Sangsom buckets!
Following my year out, I went on to study an Art Foundation Course at UWE, Bristol, then returned to London to work in Fashion Buying.
After a short stint assisting at Austin Reed, I landed my dream job as a Buyers Assistant at Topshop. Surrounded daily by bursting sample cupboards, rails and rails of garments, sparkling shoes and accessories – this was my idea of heaven.
It wasn’t long before my studio flat on Portobello Road became an enviable fashion haven full to the brim of all things Topshop and vintage! My decision to leave fashion a few years later was the beginning of a new chapter of my life.
I’ve lived in Notting Hill now for over 10 years and it is here where I met my wonderful husband.
What pursued was a whirlwind romance (consisting mainly of me being a dedicated groupie to his then band and DJ career!), marriage within a year and closely followed by the arrival of our first son Harry in 2009.
I get my maternal side from my mum and coming from such a large loving family, I always knew that I would have a family of my own one day to protect and raise as magnificently as my parents have strived to do.
Being a wife and a mother is a work in progress
But it’s an enjoyable and rewarding one at that! Along with my obsession with all things creative, glittery, crafty and textured, I dedicate all of my time to my growing family. Our long-awaited baby boy Stanley joined us in 2014, making our family complete (well for now at least…..sssshhhh don’t tell my husband!).
Among school runs and the daily routines of dirty nappies, homework, cutting, sticking and boys eating until the cows come home, we can often be found trudging through Hampstead Heath with wellies on and sticks in hand (goes without saying).
When I get a moment to myself, I am usually planning my next creative project, browsing Portobello and Golborne markets, or sitting in a coffee shop squeezing in my 5th cup of tea of the day lapping up ‘me time’ before I get woken up by the reality of ‘go go go’!