I was born in Cornwall, moved to London when I was twenty-four, turned from a country girl to a city girl almost overnight, had a brief spell in Los Angeles (lucky me), moved back to London and then to Dorset.
As a little girl I loved to declutter – strange but true. You should have seen me on a Saturday morning! I would clean my bedroom and then go about re-arranging everything – the furniture, my posters (mostly of David Cassidy) and all my clothing, lining it up perfectly. And don’t get me started about lists! It’s funny how your ‘winning formula’ for life defines who you laterally become. With these organisational skills it was a good fit for me to eventually become a Personal Assistant. I was lucky enough to work in a variety of businesses from TSW in Plymouth (yes, I did know Gus Honeybun personally) to an advertising agency in London and then latterly for the music company HHB.
On returning to London in 2002 from Los Angeles, with backs firmly against the wall, my husband and I set up a business called SkinBrands for the distribution of SkinCeuticals skincare products, a well-known skincare brand in the US. We had the business from 2002 to 2013. It was a delight and privilege to represent such an amazing brand and to work hand-in-hand with L’Oréal for over six years. During this time, I extended my skills and learned how to run a business and the marketing of the products at trade fairs. I also learned makeup skills whilst working with a makeup artist in Selfridges. However, the business and distribution of the products was always focused on giving the best advice to my customers and how SkinCeuticals products could enhance and improve skin. I think I can say that they liked this personal and honest advice as many of them became my friends and still are to date.
In 2014, after twenty-one years living in London, I moved to Dorset. How was a city girl going to manage to live in Highcliffe? This turned out to be a bit of a shock to me – both good and bad. I opened a lifestyle shop in Highcliffe to help rejuvenate the high street, was a member of the Highcliffe Centre Partnership with other local residents, litter picked alongside a trusty band of volunteers and painted some bollards with a friend, Helen, and set up a social media account named ‘Love Highcliffe’ on Facebook and Twitter to keep other residents informed about the improvements and events.
I love to keep fit and go to the gym three times a week to do boot camp style classes. I am probably the slowest but you know what they say about the Tortoise? I love to party and can be found out and about in Bournemouth most weekends. In my old age, I have a renewed love of dancing and a new energy too and have decided to dance for as long as I can. 🙂
I always loved beauty, from nature through to aesthetics and how things look. I love architecture and design and everyone says I have a good eye for interior which I have put to good use over the years.
I recently started volunteering for Boscombe Chine Gardens as I do love a spot of weeding and also with the Alzheimer’s Society. I am passionate about mental health, in particular the concerning and rising amount of young people who are suffering from mental health issues. I strongly believe it should be spoken about more, although this is now happening more openly in public, but I think more work is needed and social taboos need to be removed for more people to come forward. Our brain health needs to be treated as important as our physical health. And if you do not feed your brain with good words and happiness, your body suffers too.
I see my life as an evolution and constant learning curve. In 2017, I moved to Bournemouth as a divorcee and bought my own apartment by the sea, life changes but there is always good in any situation. It is a glass half full situation and if you only ever come from a place of love you are 99.9% there.