1 item, 3 ways: feat Jewellery Box.*

Disclaimer: this post features samplesI was gifted, as my own request, from Jewellery Box. What follows is my honest opinion. 

Good morning.-

*Wipes brow* its rather hot today, isn’t it? But happy bank holiday weekend to you all 😁 I’d also like to just say that Pura Cosmetics are giving away a free gift with every order; by going to my discount page, you can also get ten percent off…

Now, I love Roman; this shop, to me, seems to be bringing back style over what may be ‘on trend’. (Ugghh, I dislike that word!) But it has well cut skirts, boxy dresses, etc. For this post, I wanted to attempt a ‘1 item, 3 ways’, mixed in with some PR samples from Jewellery Box. (I had posted about my Blogger Mail a little while ago, which you can read here.)I had planned it to be a dress I had-but it shrunk-so here’s my Roman skirt. I adore lace! (Click here to buy it.)  

Taking photos yesterday was really difficult; as you could see over on Instagram, I had difficulty, largely due to heat, and deciding where to take the photo. (Including in a tree!) So, here is my ‘1 item, 3 ways’.

#1 The political guru look.

I think it’s fair to say that there is a lot more activism now, politically, maybe  then there ever has been before. I was inspired by the woman’s March in January, and I still feel gutted that I didn’t go. For this look, I used my ‘much loved’ 50:50 Parliament shirt; I loved how this campaign wants equal females to men in Parliament. You can buy it from their etsy shop by clicking here. The waistcoat is from New Look, as are the shoes; heels I feel give me a little bit more authority, as well as the waistcoat. There’s something commanding almost about them. (I don’t think they sell the waistcoat any more, so here is an alternative. The same for the shoes; but I liked these by contrast.)Whilst I study US politics, as part of my second year of A levels, part of the unit looked at how faith can influence legislation; therefore, I added this pendant from Jewellery Box to this look. (I’m not sure if it’s the same as the one I had, but there’s a lot on offer over at the website!)

I also felt really silly taking this photo…call it ‘an outtake’.

#2 The Student Look.

Yesterday was my final day at college, so I thought that there had to be a ‘final salute’ in this post. I feel that students can get a bad rap at times, therefore I tried to make this look just a little bit more formal. This Shirt is so old I can’t remember where it was from; just that I got it as a Christmas gift. The loafers are from Aldo, which you can purchase by clicking here. They are so comfy! I included more jewellery as people at my college would often come in really ‘decorated’; in this way, this is a homage to them. The bracelet you can buy here, but there are also a selection of charms which you can buy here. There’s a selection of rings, which you buy here. And the necklace is still the same, which you can buy here.

#3 The ‘Night Out’ look.

You won’t find me at a club, or a party; there’s far too many people for me to properly enjoy myself. I’m sorry if this sounds insensitive in the wake of the Manchester attack, but I love to go to concerts; just the raw vibe, seeing the artist live, all the fans singing. We have to keep going, you know? This is my ‘night out’ look; a formal skirt, but with a jacket for the cooler evenings. (Maybe you could say it has a ‘rock’ edge,or is that too cringey?) Anastacia has a similar jacket for her Ultimate Collection tour. You can find the jacket from Bersksha by clicking here, but select the colour you like. Again there’s a variety of rings if you click here; maybe you could stack them, just to garner a bit of an edge?  And some alternative heels? Click here. I wish I could walk in these!

See you tomorrow, 



Things A Woman Should Know About Style Book Review. (Currently I’m Reading…)

Disclaimer: this is a proof copy that I was sent to review, at my own request. What follows is my own opinion. Thank you to Chloe at Carlton Books.

Remember Fashion? That very controversial subject-it raged over the fur debate, is still a major industry, and bloggers are now sat on the front row, complete with its own hashtag. One thing that strikes me about this book is that it seemingly does not like fashion-and prefers style as the alternative. (Jacqueline Kennedy had style, yet it is her ‘look’ that endears today. Fashion comes, fashion goes, which is the most notable difference.) So far, so good.

The further I progress through this book, however, the more I think it has a little bit of a snarky tone; there are claims such as ‘cheap clothes don’t look good on people over thirty’. What exactly are cheap clothes, anyway? Mine are largely pieces worn over and over, from places like H&M; I see nothing wrong with these. They fit well into my style of wannabe preppy student, anyway. 

However, my favorite thing about this book is that it uses history to back up its arguments; the twenties and thirties had style-courtesy of Coco Chanel, who is then partially quote on one of the pages. And it gives examples of fashion by era-seventies, eighties, nineties, etc.

This book is ideal for a style-conscious friend, a fashion blogger, even as a Mother’s Day gift. Yet, I’m not sure it’s entirely for me.

Rate: 8/15

Click here to buy the book.

Photo Diary: Day out to Brighton! 

Owing due to personal circumstance-being told I had “nothing to wear” to a party-I went down to Brighton not too long ago with a few realitives, in order to ‘remedy’ the situation. Whilst I was there, I took a lot of photos, enough for a Photo Diary Post-which I’m going to share with you now. 

(This won’t necessarily be in chronological order, due to varying quality of my photos, and the sequence of editing.)

I was fortunate enough to have lunch at Ed’s Easy Diner. This is a lovely American style diner that stays truely authentic to its USP; it has mirrored walls, graphics of the classical waitress, an all-American menu, and a lovely jukebox system. And the food is lovely! 

Although not full size, and sitting at your table, for every song choice you put twenty pence in at the top, and select the corresponding letter/number combination. Instead of playing at your table-imagine how noisy that would be!-it plays on the overhead speakers. (Fifties classics on the selection menu vary from Jailhouse Rock and Rock Around The Clock, to Hello Mary Lou and Johnny B Goode. Lovely!

I also tried a Cherry Flavour Pepsi Max; not being a big fan of fizzy drinks, I was pleasantly surprised-although this was a little bit too flat. (Too much ice!)

As a meat eater, I was pleasantly surprised at the range of meat; sometimes going round restaurants, I feel like the meat doesn’t vary a lot, and is often heavily greasy. (May not be suitable for vegetarians!)

The waiter was also lovely-very smiley with an easygoing manner. What more could anyone possibly want in a Diner?!

(Although next time I visit, I’m determined to try the desserts. But then again, Rees’ Cheesecake is not something that I can get on board with…) Give me a slice of chocolate cake and Icecream with caramel sauce any day! And there was also a possible side of sweet potato fries-I didn’t have them this time, but these are on ‘The List’ to try.

If you look carefully, you’ll be able to guess what I had to eat-although we shared a side of fries. 

Brighton is a lovely place, one of my favorite places there is; I love how there’s just a place for everyone-there isn’t a conventional standard to be followed, really.

Apart from it being utterly freezing-we had snow, people, snow!-I was happy to explore, despite being very cold at points. (Having left a spare jumper in the car, at points I was kicking myself.)


I can also report back that Waterstones has finally completed its general work and repairs; it now has a white exterior, marketed as a book cafe. The Romanovs was the book dominating the window display at the time; must read it soon!

(As you can see, I have a one track mind; books and food, books and food, books and food. Maybe Netflix ought to be added into the mix?!)

What’s not to love about a cat-themed beanie?!

I believe that I found this in H&M, although I may be wrong about that. It didn’t see, to be on their website, although you can find a different cat hat by clicking here.

This was a shirt that I felt particularly inspired by. Warning: a little bit of a rant coming up.

I really dislike the way that some clothes are marketed for my age range, in comparison to male counterparts; female clothing puts forward the perception of only being concerned with being a socialite, whilst male clothing is more to do with being brainy. 


There was one I saw online that particularly irritated me; being “allergic to algebra” is apparently a good thing in female clothing. I really disagree! 

Anyway, for once I spotted a shirt, retailing quite cheaply, and in correlation to my views. Finally!

(Sorry for the rant.)

I’ve also possibly found a replacement for my Starbucks-not that I drink it regularly-and that is probably far healthier.

Smooth is obviously a Smoothie drink franchise, that makes the smoothie up as you wait, in correlating to its menu. You can also choose your size-Kids, Small, or Regular.  (For this photo, I went for Regular-I was thirsty, after all!)

(Just as an aside: I don’t generally go around, taking photos of my food. To me, food is food; gotta eat or drink it that moment! I don’t mean this as an offensive thing to anyone who does-I just don’t want to be stereotyped as a millennial. Maybe I should do a post about that?)

But yes: eat, drink and be merry.


Continuing with the cat theme…

Funnily enough, I found a bow tie for cats. (Yes, really, you read that correctly.) I was t sure what to think, to be honest. To me, putting human clothes on animals seems really cruel-the same as putting them in prams, bags, etc. But who am I to judge? 

Additionally, I also began to notice that some clothing has begun to pay far more attention to internet phases and language. Just take a look at this shirt on the left…

(‘Salty’ is essentially being sassy, I guess, although I’m not really explaining it well, for those of you who don’t know..)

In targeting collections, I guess that this could be a good idea; it’s relevant to the buying demographic, which is why we buy X, Y, or Z, right?

But then again, I do feel that it can be a little bit patronising, in making up their own abbreviations. Online one particular brand had marked one such product as being O.C.D-Obsessive Cat Disorder. 


You read that correctly.

Basically; I’m on board if it’s fitting with actual slang, and is not used to stigmise a serious condition.

Plus, unicorns!

Generally speaking, whenever I think of an English high street, I see rain, and people dressed either in head-to-toe black, grey, maybe even brown. That’s quite a negative image, isn’t it? It just suggests boredom, trudging on, not caring.

One such marketing too, I would like to see is more of a ‘Unicorn’ vibe; putting back glitzy hues into our clothing. (Because unicorns are cool, right?)

Ironically enough, the shirt, pictured to the right, is what suggested the whole above commentary. And it’s grey!

Not that there is anything wrong with grey, it’s just running in contradiction to the point I was trying to make.

(This’ll probably be something in my next “Goals for….’ post.)

A few things I saw in Topshop!

Gotta keep teachers on their toes!

There was also a lot of stationary that made me feel very envious-for example, a kit basically making complimentary notes about somebody. What a good idea..

But then again, this epistle stack.

I’m not sure what to think.

What should I think?

And what do you think?

I’d love to know.

That way I can come to my own opinion.

Please help.

I am really not sure.

Moving on…to the final photo.

I feel in love with this leather jacket; it’s one of those garements that just seems to tick all the boxes needed. (And it’s a birthday present-I can’t wait!)

Have you visited Brighton?



Guest Post: Cat Hannah: Fashion Trend’s From The 1960’s

For a while now, I’ve been reading the blog Through A Cat’s Eyes, written by Cat Hannah (click here to view). A real mix of Books and Beauty, we are lucky enough to have Cat guest-posting for us today. Please note, none of these photos are ours:

 Fashion Trends From The 1960’s – Who Changed The Fashion World?

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn
When you hear someone say 1960s fashion and beauty, the first person who springs to mind is most probably Audrey Hepburn, especially when she played Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany’s. Audrey Hepburn is the epitome of 60s fashion. She oozed effortless elegance and sophistication and was undoubtedly a 60s fashion and beauty icon.

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Twiggy was ‘the world’s first teenage model’, starting out when she was only 16. She was tiny; weighing only 6 and a half stone and whilst she didn’t consider herself as beautiful, the industry saw her as the perfect young model. By the time she was 17, Twiggy was one of the most well-known faces in the world.


Jackie Kennedy
Jackie Kennedy was only 31 when she became First Lady, making her the youngest First Lady for over 60 years. She brought glamour to the role and was ‘the walking definition of class’. Jackie Kennedy was a role model to hundreds of young women, as well as bringing about new trends such as the bouffant hairdo, the low-heeled pump and the shift dress. (Click here to view our post about her style letters)

Don’t forget to have a look at Cat’s blog (Click here to view), and her Twitter page @TACEblog (click here)

Anyone else want to guest-post? Just email me through the contact form on this site!


Knitting in fashion: A guest post from Oberjean.

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Hello Mademoiselle readers! I’m Jean, from over at OBERJEAN (click here to view her blog) , and probably two of my most favourite things in the world are knitting, and fashion, so what better to display my enthusiasm than to showcase the interesting history knitting has had in the
fashion world? It’s not always been that comfortable and fashionable knitwear has existed, and even  as recent as the 1980s, knitwear was seen as dowdy and old fashioned. So, what changed?


Chanel wearing one of her infamous striped jersey tops.

Knitting itself has existed for hundreds and hundreds of years, and the practice itself  saw a sharp decline in popularity in the 19th century when the industrial revolution began and the use of machines caused many families to stop hand-making clothes and
undergarments, because many had to instead spend most of their time working. Knitwear never really came to the fore until Coco Chanel completely changed the course of fashion. Chanel is of course known for the classic Chanel suit, now seen as being made from tweed, but it was her use of jersey, a type of loose knit (which, at the time, was made from wool) primarily used for men’s underwear which caused a furore and a change in women’s clothing. Instead of suffocating and constricting clothes, Chanel herself wanted to wear more comfortable clothing which allowed ease of movement. Her answer was to use a cheap fabric like jersey (because she hadn’t much money) with quality techniques in order to appeal to her clientele. Using the jersey in her Chanel suits and in striped tops saw the beginnings of not only knitwear in fashion, but also the beginnings of modern fashion for women.


A postcard encouraging Americans to knit for the troops

A postcard encouraging Americans to knit for the troops


Now with knitwear seen in fashion and not just in lacework, underwear and hosiery, knitting’s popularity grew with leaps and bounds as the First World War saw many women “Knitting For Victory”. Knitting soon was seen less as a hobby and more a
valuable occupation, as many knitted socks, jumpers and hats for soldiers. Then, in the 1930s, knitwear became practically commonplace as the Great Depression meant many people then resorted to knitting their own jumpers, cardigans and more, just because knitting was a cheaper option than buying already made clothes. Just as in WWI, the Second World War saw women breaking gender stereotypes and working in hard, laborious jobs that previously only men were seen “fit” to do. Again,
using knitting, a hobby increasingly seen as being “feminine”, to help the war effort was hugely liberating.

The 50’s and 60’s saw colour being injected into fashion and along with that, knitwear became very fashionable. Chanel, after being seen as too luxurious during the 30’s and 40’s, re-introduced her Chanel suits which cemented it as a classic, and continued
to use innovative fabrics. However, what changed in these decades was that knitwear began to actually be seen
on the catwalk. This was thanks in part to the so-called named “Queen of Knitwear” Sonia Rykiel. Her re-invention of the bulky, dowdy, jumper which became known as the “Poor Boy Sweater” literally took the world by storm when fashion was quickly
adopted when introduced through magazines and television.What was different about her sweater? It clung to the figure (much to the dismay of the older generation) and used a much lighter type of knit which allowed for a far more comfortable experience whilst wearing it. It clung to the figure (much to the dismay of the older generation) and used a much lighter type of knit which allowed for a far more comfortable experience whilst wearing it.

“The Rykiel skinny-rib jumper was born. It was short, finely knit, close-fitting and fluid, brightly coloured
and with long sleeves. No one had ever seen anything quite like it.”


In 1963, ELLE used one of Rykiel's jumpers on the cover. In a time when only  haute couture was used on the cover, it caused a massive stir and saw the popularity of Rykiel's jumpers sore hugely. A jumper like this is easily still seen today.

In 1963, ELLE used one of Rykiel’s jumpers on the cover. In a time when onlyhaute couture was used on the cover, it caused a massive stir and saw the popularity of Rykiel’s jumpers sore hugely. A jumper like this is easily still seen today.

However, the rise of a consumeristic and materialistic culture which began in the 1970’s, saw knitting and knitwear suffer a brutal period in the 1980’s. Mass-production meant it was so much easier just to buy clothes rather than to make them yourself, so the love for hand-knitting plummeted, and with that knitwear began to be seen as drab and old-fashioned. A popular culture against the old-fashioned meant knitwear was superbly unpopular in the 80s, but countering against that meant knitting became much more “artistic” than “fashionable” and this decade saw the beginnings of guerrilla knitting and yarn-bombing, which are now still seen as popular ways of making comments on society and politics.

Despite decades of knitwear being seen again as dowdy, the latter part of the 90s saw the rise of the “Handmade Revival”. This can be explained in part because of the spread of the Internet and people sharing patterns, stories and more about knitting. Hand-knitting again became more popularised, and with celebrities seen knitting it only increased more in popularity. The 21st century has seen knitwear become a staple in fashion, regularly seen in runway shows and championed by hundreds of fashion designers.
Knitting and its past of being seen as dowdy has enabled its future to be seen as innovative, and if you walk into any retail shop today and you will see a knitted item within seconds. I just hope this love for knitwear and knitting itself continues to grow and grow. My only problem is that I can’t wear a jumper in summer!I hope you found this little post on the history of knitting in fashion interesting, and if I sparked anyones interesting in knitting that would be absolutely amazing.

Thanks so much for having me on Mademoiselle!

(Click here to view her blog) ..


Glamour’s Jo Elvin. Part 1.

So, it’s the twelfth of December- and we have a little something that special for you. For today’s post, we have an interview with Jo Elvin (part one, as the answers are so in depth)

Hello Jo, thank you for agreeing to this interview .

 +Whilst growing up, did you ever know that you wanted to be a journalist?

Yes, I knew from about the age of 14. I loved magazines and I was obsessed with British magazines. I also did really well in English and creative writing at school, so it seemed to make sense to me from an early age.

+As the editor of Glamour, you came to the UK to launch it in 2001. To you, do English magazines differ from Australian magazines?

I came to the UK in 1992 and worked on three magazines (including launching the teenage title, Sugar) before I launched Glamour in 2001. I think there are actually a lot of similarities between British and Australian magazines. Key is the sense of humor, I think Australians and Brits both enjoy wry, slightly cynical humor.

Was it hard, making the jump from there to here?

It had its challenges. But they were mainly things like learning how to make a very small wage stretch for a whole month in London (thanks Benjys). In terms of the magazines, it was just learning a whole new frame of references for culture, expressions etc But that doesn’t take long.

+As the oldest of four siblings, did you ever feel any pressure to become really successful?

I never felt any undue pressure. But my parents were extremely encouraging of all us to just go for whatever career we wanted. I always put a lot of pressure on myself to succeed but it didn’t have anything to do with being the oldest of four kids.

+How do feel Glamour has changed since day one?

It’s evolved to meet the different demands of its audience. So that means, naturally, we are a print title but also an ipad title, a phone title, a website and with any social network presence you can think of. The core spirit and content of the magazine hasn’t altered that drastically, which I’m really proud of. I take it as a sign that we launched a really great magazine. The first issue still stands up really well in my eyes, which is rare. As the world has changed, we have evolved to reflect more breadth in our content, and address more serious concerns of our readers than we perhaps did in that first year.  That’s the biggest difference but I still see us as primarily a magazine you read when you want to be entertained.

+For us, can you describe your job on a day to day basis?

It varies. There’s a fixed monthly calendar of things that need doing, so this week is press week so it’s a very desk-bound week, reading, reading, reading, devising the cover from image to words and design. But then the day can involve meeting contributors and key contacts, generating ideas with the team, approving rails of clothes and layouts. Some of the day is usually devoted to working on big, future projects. Then there’s the unexpected things like, yesterday I was on a judging panel for most of the day for the Dulux Let’s Colour Awards. I represent the magazine at lots of things like the British Fashion Awards which were on Monday night. Then this afternoon I’m doing some stuff with Radio 4 to talk about Glamour. It really is all sorts!

+Do you have any specific advice about writing a good cover-letter and building contacts in the industry?

Proof read it several times. I’m quite unforgiving of covering letters that contain spelling mistakes, or god forbid ones accidentally addressed to another editor or another magazine.  Demonstrate in a paragraph what it is you like about the title/company you’re applying to work for – I like to spot someone who has clearly really understood Glamour’s place in the market and what it is we try to do.

+ On any day, what essentials can we find in your bag, that helps the production of Glamour?

The essentials of producing Glamour are the living, breathing humans who make our wonderful team. Besides them, I need my phone and paracetamol.

+Is the running of Glamour easy to fit round family life?

‘Easy’ is not the word I’d use. But you do have to be very organised.

+How did you start out becoming the editor you are today?

I interned at a teenage magazine in Sydney for about six months before they offered me a full time job.

+Features at Glamour often meet great acclaim, as part of the UK’S number one magazine. How are they put together?

That’s very kind of you! It’s a team effort, led by our brilliant features director, Claire Matthiae.  It’s all about ideas, which we get from all sorts of places. It might be an idea sparked by a story in a newspaper, something a freelancer has brought to us. More often than not, people bring ideas to the table as a result of something that came up while chatting to their friends at the pub. Then it’s a case of  our experience kicking in and working out, as a team, the best way to present and sell the feature in a Glamour way, that we think will be appealing to our readers.

+Do interns play an important role in Glamour?

Yes. We pay our interns – I know not everywhere does but we do – because we expect them to work hard and be as committed to the magazine as the rest of us. It’s a fantastic place to learn about all aspects of magazine, tablet and website production.

+How did working as a publicist for Neighbours benefit your career?

It helped me to realise how much I loved being a journalist!

+For freelance journalists to contribute to Glamour, can you give them any advice specifically?

Read at least six months’ worth of issues before pitching anything. Often I get ideas pitched that we have actually done recently. It will also help you to get a feel for what sorts of ideas will interest our editors. Be concise in what you’re pitching. Give me a headline, and sum the article up succinctly in two or three sentences. If you can’t do that, you haven’t yet found the heart of the idea. It needs to be able to be sold/understood quickly, otherwise readers lose interest.

+Is there any “glamour” in the running of Glamour?

Er, not a lot! We have a great deal of fun, but we work in a messy office and we spend most of the time at our desks reading and writing. We do have fun, particularly with things like the Glamour Women of the Year Awards where we all get incredibly dressed up and have a fun night with a lot of celebrities. But even that is months of hard and decidedly unglamorous work!

+What is the hardest lesson you have learnt as an editor?

That you can’t be friends with everyone you work with. You can get along really well and have a great working relationship, but when you’re the boss, inevitably you’re the one who has to deliver bad news, make tough and unpopular decisions. So you have to accept that people will have a bitch and moan about you and they probably won’t invite you to the pub because that’s where they want to do it!

Tune in again soon to see part two!

Interview: Victoria White, Editor of Company Magazine.

This is an interview, from a while ago ,  I did  for Jump for journalism, however not all of it was included. Victoria was really lovely, and she answered all my questions in such a great depth.It was scary asking her, as Company is such a big magazine.  Company magazine is a monthly glossy fashion mag, which has the new seasons must haves, great real life articles, and funny comments from Columnists. At £2.50 a month , you really can’t go wrong..So lets take a look at what Victoria has to say about behind the scenes of Company HQ, and be sure to hover over these pictures, as there may be some exclusive content for you to see:

As the Editor of Company, you are often regarded as a very prestigious Editor. Could you tell us a little bit about how you got to where you are today?

I started out doing work experience on a long gone (sadly) teen mag called TV Hits moving over to do work experience on their sister mag Inside Soap where I stayed for the next four years! By then I was features ed and was offered a job launching a TV mag in Australia so I jumped at the chance to live overseas and take on such a massive challenge. While there I was offered the job as LA Correspondent for a group of Australian magazines so I moved to the US where I had friends and family so it really was a dream come true. But I always really wanted to work in women’s magazines so when the job as Deputy Editor came up back in the UK on a magazine called B I applied for it and got it so returned to the UK. From there I made the move to Company as Deputy as it was my dream magazine to work on, even back then. In 2004I got the job as editor.

Did you ever specifically know that you wanted to be a Journalist/Editor?

Yes from about the age of 16 – I didn’t really know what it all meant but I figured I’d get to meet pop stars etc and I loved clothes and fashion. I’m from Newcastle though and there aren’t many fashion mags there so I did all the related work experience I could find working on local newspapers and TV stations.

As a magazine that often works with Bloggers, do you find some of the content is something that Company never may have come up with?

I think its important to get ideas from all different places. My team at constantly coming up with amazing ideas and I love that about them.

How much of what goes on the office (gossip wise) goes into the magazine, e.g. “Would you rather?” from the Ibiza issue?

Company’s tone definitely comes from the office ‘tone’ and if we find something funny in the office then we hope readers will find it funny either in print or more often online – like the time we did Desk Safari on our website where we all had to be an animal!(click here to see it)  It was one of our highest rated pages that week.

You have your own blog, over at Weboughtafrenchhouse.wordpress.com. (click the image to see it) Is it easy to fit round the demands of being an Editor?

Actually it’s really tough. I started it as I wanted to really get a feel for how good blogs work and I’ve realized that the writing bit isn’t hard – its the marketing, getting your name out there, commenting on other like-minded blogs to try to spread your word. That takes a lot of time.

Cover shoots are often set up, months before that specific issue will be on Newsstands. Do you play any role in being “on set” in the shoots?

I try to always be on cover shoots as I like to make sure the look and feel are just what I am looking for that particular month or celebrity. However my top team of Associate Editor and Creative Director are more than capable of doing it without me (sobs)

 After the relaunch/remake of Company, after you became Editor in 2003, Company become more of a brand, and became similar to Cosmopolitan’s “Cosmo Girls”, as any reader became a “Company Girl”. What was the idea around this?

Well the relaunch was actually only two years ago so a long time after I became editor. We did however want to create a club atmosphere and produce a magazine that you either were or weren’t a fan of. Obviously I’d like it if everyone could be a ‘Company Girl’ but I suppose for some its just not their thing. Those who are Company Girls now though seem evangelical about it which is great.

What do you have to be, to be a “Company Girl”?

Be creative, opinionated and cool (but not scary cool!)

What do you think is the value in discussing fashion, within a magazine?

For many women its a vast topic and one that they feel really passionate about. It inspires and gives them a ‘voice’ also I find fashion is a bit like football for men – its that common ice breaker conversation for most women.

Is pink in or out?

In this winter

As a game in Company’s office, the game “Would you rather?” has been the subject of many pages of Company. Would you be prepared to play it?

If so , here are some for you..

Would you rather…

Beauty or Fashion?

Fashion just because I love clothes and obsess about my outfits every day

Magazines or books?

Magazines obvs but I refuse to get a kindle and still read paper books

The Devil Wears Prada, or How to lose a guy in ten days?

H2LAG – it is one of my fave films EVER and the yellow dress Kate Hudson wears in it still tops my dream film dress list

What do you look for, in a cover letter and CV, if someone is applying for a job at Company? Passion, enthusiasm and good grammar and spelling.

Is technology knowledge essential, being a magazine brand that works with Bloggers? More and more yes as my team work across web, print and increasingly video content. You don’t need to be a total techy but you need to understand consumer consumption of all media

For a freelance Journalist to apply to write features for you, is it better to email you, or email the features director?

Features director – I hardly ever answer

Do you have any tips for applying for a job at Company?

Come up with something I’d NEVER have thought of myself that could change the face of Company print or online proposition!!

Could you describe your job on a day to day basis for us?

It is totally different every day

In a blog post from Gem Fatale, it said that a food is a prominent feature in the Company offices. Is that true? 

Haha yes we do like snacking….

What are your handbag essentials, for a day working at Company?

iPad mini, purse, phone, lipgloss, smints, pencil (I don’t like pens) and sunglasses

Is it advisable, for any journalist to carry round a notebook?

Not really – I use iPhone notes

Random question:  What do you prefer out of the following, and why?


Cheese cake

Millionaire’s shortbread

Fudge Cake

Chocolate éclair

Cheesecake –   I don’t actually like sweet things – prefer a bag of nuts or crisps – I read that Posh Spice is the same too!