In my personal life I have always been the first to shy away from publicity, keeping a low profile on social media and hiding behind others when the cameras are out. How things have changed since setting up Wines With Attitude.
After an audio podcast with e-commerce guru Chloe Thomas late last year, I have now even braved the cameras and feature in the March issue of Woman & Home. What an experience!
The focus of the article was women who have moved out of careers in the large corporate world to set up their own small businesses, the aim to provide inspiration to others. Although I have told the story of my journey – from heading up a corporate client relationship management team in the City to selling wine online – many times before I was quite nervous about my interview. I needn’t have been as journalist, Samantha Downes, soon put me at ease. I can still recall clearly the moment of my epiphany mentioned in the article – my “Plan B moment” which set me off on the track of gaining the WSET Diploma in Wine & Spirits and sowing the seeds for the business.
The thought of the next step – the photo shoot for the article or glam shoot as W&H called it in November – was the most painful for me because of my uncomfortable relationship with the camera. For the W&H team however – picture editor, photographer, stylists and hair & make-up ladies – it was all in a day’s work. It was more relaxing than I had anticipated – all decisions re outfit, hair, make-up, the general “look” and even the poses were all made for me.
Fortunately the three of us featured were all available on the same day – a greater degree of flexibility is one advantage of working for yourself – so we had the chance to meet face-to-face and have our photo taken together. We had not met before the shoot but immediately clicked, having so much in common; we have met up since that day, laughed at the thought that we no longer have any stress in our working lives and continue to share our connections and our experiences of developing our businesses. We are already looking forward to our next catch-up.
Through her company, Mosami, Sarah Greenaway, works with talented British designers to create contemporary and unique jewellery with timeless style and elegant design. Each beautifully crafted piece is mindfully sourced from small and artisanal businesses that genuinely care about their people and environment so you can wear it in the knowledge it is doing good for the people who made it.
It was inspiring listening to Sarah’s story and her passion for ethically produced jewellery – Mosami is proud to be one of only ten jewellers in the world to pioneer Fairtrade silver. She really gave me food for thought.
Jennifer is making a huge splash in the petite fashion world with her brand, Jennifer Anne. Having struggled when she was a City lawyer to find stylish clothing designed exclusively for petite women, Jennifer decided to create her own range despite having no experience in the fashion business. Each piece is meticulously and creatively designed with everything in proportion specifically for the smaller figure; and everything is made in the UK using high quality fabrics. Any petite-sized working ladies looking for smart, tailored outfits will find inspiration in her collection.
I hope we do provide some inspiration. A big thank you to Woman & Home for bringing us together!
P.S. Several people have asked me about the boots – they are from L K Bennett!
I am passionate about good quality wine and set up Wines With Attitude to share that passion with other wine lovers. If you’re feeling sociable why not follow me on social media or share my blog with others?
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