Freedom Hunters Episode 10: Olly Bengough

Olly BengoughOlly Bengough started his first business in his twenties when he opened a bar on the King’s Road in London’s Chelsea neighbourhood. From there he went on to set up venues which have become London institutions, including Infernos in Clapham and Koko in Camden. Along the way he started up the music festival Lovebox with members of Groove Armada.

But it was Olly’s love of foreign and independent film that led him Continue reading “Freedom Hunters Episode 10: Olly Bengough”

Fingal Edinburgh

Fingal Edinburgh – Hotel Review

Upon arriving at the Port of Leith, we walked up the red-carpeted gangway and into the most elegant and quietly glamorous hotel reception you could imagine. This was the beginning of our weekend stay at Edinburgh’s newest floating hotel, and it continued in the same stylish way that it began.

The Fingal began its life as a ship that serviced the lighthouses in some of Scotland’s remote and storm-lashed locations. It now sits permanently Continue reading “Fingal Edinburgh – Hotel Review”

Freedom Hunters Episode 9: Tash Sefton

Tash Sefton Freedom Hunters

Anyone with a passing interest in fashion will have heard of my latest podcast guest, Tash Sefton. She is one of Australia’s most successful fashion entrepreneurs.

Tash started out her career in fashion manufacturing, and moved into a business role, overseeing production, manufacturing and buying for one of Australia’s biggest streetwear brands, General Pants.

But it was when she started a blog called They All Hate Us with her friend and colleague, Elle Ferguson, that work and life changed for Tash. Continue reading “Freedom Hunters Episode 9: Tash Sefton”

FREEDOM HUNTERS EPISODE 7: NAOMI MDUDU

Naomi Mdudu Freedom Hunters

Episode 7 of Freedom Hunters is out and this one is a fascinating one!

Naomi Mdudu started her career as a fashion editor for some of the UK’s biggest print publications. Several grueling years later, Naomi dreamt up a career which involved the creation of content which was meaningful to her. This led to her establishing the Lifestyle Edit, an online destination and podcast designed for and about women entrepreneurs, their experiences, their challenges and their achievements. In addition to this, she is a business coach and consultant for female business founders all over the world. Continue reading “FREEDOM HUNTERS EPISODE 7: NAOMI MDUDU”

Solo Travel

Solo Travel – 14 Tips to Make Solo Travel Awesome

If you have found yourself contemplating solo travel lately, then you’re not alone. The number of solo travel bookings in the UK has increased significantly in the last few years.

I have travelled solo for years, ever since I took a gap year and travelled on my own around Europe during my law studies. As much as I love holidaying with friends, I really look forward to my solo trips. It’s a time when I can do exactly what I want, where I push myself outside of my comfort zone, meet new people and make new friends.

But not everyone is as comfortable and at ease when travelling alone. And that’s understandable. Introverts can be pushed further back inside their shells and end up having a terrible time. But take it from this introvert, solo travel can be the best experience of your life.

Here are fourteen tips that have helped me become a better solo traveller and a better human as a result: Continue reading “Solo Travel – 14 Tips to Make Solo Travel Awesome”

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Clerkenwell & Farringdon Guide

Clerkenwell and Farringdon are areas of London which don’t have the worldwide fame of other neighbourhoods like Notting Hill or Soho, and I much prefer it that way. It keeps this creative and charming little enclave on London free from the tourist crowds.

Located side by side to the east of Covent Garden, Clerkenwell and Farringdon are home to creative agencies, renowned design houses, world class architecture firms, top restaurants, quirky cocktail bars and hip cafes.

Just to wander the streets of these two neighbourhoods is a treat. Eye-catching art-deco buildings are dotted amongst the beautiful Victorian houses, and independent boutiques are scattered around like little gems to be discovered. The creativity of the people who work in this area of London somehow permeates the air. There is a special vibe to Clerkenwell and Farringdon that has to be experienced to understand it.

And so it is a little reluctantly that I share (below) my little black book of the best of Farringdon and Clerkenwell. I really was tempted to keep this undiscovered area of London all to myself!  Continue reading “Clerkenwell & Farringdon Guide”

Sustainable fashion

Los Angeles Focus: the Rose Bowl Flea Market

If you are fortunate (or strategic) enough to time your trip to L.A. so that it coincides with the second Sunday of any given month, then you are in for a shopping treat. Because the second Sunday of every month is when the Rose Bowl Flea Market takes place. And it is truly awesome.

The Rose Bowl Flea Market boasts the West Coasts’ best and most extensive vintage clothing and furniture stalls. For any vintage enthusiast or keen bargain hunter, it’s like your Christmases have all come at once. From vintage cowboy boots to a 1930s chartreuse evening slip gown (which, while spectacularly elegant, sadly didn’t fit me), it’s a shopping-related dream come true.

The market is located on the east side of the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, and it is huge. So huge, in fact, that it is easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of treasure troves you feel you need to trawl through. So here are a few pointers to help prepare you and  avoid shopping fatigue. Continue reading “Los Angeles Focus: the Rose Bowl Flea Market”

FREEDOM HUNTERS EPISODE 6: EMILY JOHNSTON

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Today’s inspiring guest on Freedom Hunters is Emily Johnston, blogger, columnist and digital content creator. Originally from South Carolina in the US, Emily moved to London straight out of university to pursue her dream of forging a career in the art world. Early on, she found a role at an art auction house and worked her way there into a PR role for the auction house.

But it was when she started her fashion industry news blog in her spare time, that life started to change for Emily.  Continue reading “FREEDOM HUNTERS EPISODE 6: EMILY JOHNSTON”

Ski Trip – The Courmayeur Guide

My recent ski trip to Courmayeur was my first time skiing in Italy. And it will definitely not be the last.

Previous ski trips have taken me to France, Switzerland and Austria. So I have enjoyed all that those countries have to offer by way of ski resort, from fondues on the slopes to vigorous Austrian folk music in apres ski bars. What Italy brings to the ski trip party is so much more.

First up, there’s the Italianness of the people there. The attitude and style of the Italians is something that I am obsessed with every time I visit their fabulous country. And Courmayeur is ideal for people watching, both on and off the slopes. In Courmayeur I saw one guy skiing straight down a black run while smoking a cigarette, as nonchalant as you please. And then there was the guy getting on the ski lift wearing ski jeans and a bomber jacket as his ski outfit. Yes, really, ski jeans. The label on the jeans said ‘ski’ and they were of a special design that fit over his ski boots.

Second, and more importantly, the Italian ski resorts excel when it comes to food. And in Courmayeur all the food bases were covered, from refined Michelin starred delights through to hearty mountain feasts ending in a Euro-style disco atop a mountain.

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