Lighten Up

Lighten Up

It occurred to me this morning that I don’t have enough lamps. I can honestly say that I have never given any thought whatsoever to my personal collection of lamps. They consist of (and I hope I’m not alone here) the finest Ikea has to offer. The shades are tatty, the off-white is now just ‘off’, and I’m worried friends may think me unkempt. This needs remedying immediately.  Continue reading



I’ve always enjoyed reading the stories behind businesses. The more honest and relatable the story, the better – I find them so inspiring.

My interest is the art of living. I love my website because it’s a user-so-friendly portal into my mind – which I hope is that of an alpha-woman entrepreneur. This is something I work at every day.

Over on NYLon Black Book I’ve written my own story of where my motivation came from to create the website. The feedback I’ve received from my story has been so wonderful – in honesty I was overwhelmed! I couldn’t have wished for a better response. Which goes to show the power of an honest relatable story.

Get the Look!


Today’s an exciting day for NYLon Black Book! Today I’ll be rolling out the ‘Get the Look’ feature over on NYLon Black Book! This unique feature gives you the option to peruse those items you love from the places featured on the site. Whether it’s a lamp that would go beautifully in your bedroom, to a VW camper van! With options to suit your price range, getting the look you love is within easy reach.

A ton of hard work, late nights and passion has gone into every one of these pages so I’ll be giving myself a little high-5 in celebration! It’s all about the little things.

Follow over on the NYLon Black Book Facebook page or over on Twitter for updates!

Escape the City

Shortly after I launched NYLon Black Book, I was interviewed by Escape the City. The response to my interview knocked my socks off! I was so happy to hear that my story encourages and inspires others to create something they can be proud of. We spend most of our lives at work – it makes complete sense to do something you love. By building NYLon Black Book I have developed a unique set of skills which I hope to use to re-shape my career. Whilst I loved being a PA for 9 years, I have changed and feel excited to explore other opportunities.


Bringing it Home

As a planner, I am very much enjoying collecting inspiring images and creating mood boards for our new flat.  Here are the beginnings of my inspiration.  Whilst I think it’s important to actually live in the space and get a good feel for it before jumping right into adding items, there are a few things I know I’d like to do to make the flat feel like our home.

All images snatched from lovely pinners!


Take me there

I’m very excited! … And nervous, and apprehensive and then whipping right back round to excited again!  It’s the new flat, you see.  I’ve gone and done what I always do and let myself get carried away – like I’ve met the *perfect guy (*Mike), bought a love fern, replaced my surname with his, and made a photoshop collage of what our children will look like.  (NB I only did one of these things when I met Mike). Continue reading

The Parlour

The Parlour Brooklyn

Getting my hair cut has always been something I dread.  It’s not the hairdresser – it is entirely my problem.  Having said that, you could argue that the ‘issue’ arose from a dodgy hair do and ever since that fateful day I’ve been scarred.  So it was most out of character when I decided to not only try a new hairdresser, but to visit one in a totally different country.  Have you ever had your hair cut in a different country?  It’s an odd thought… as if having your hair cut in your own county somehow provides some sort of comfort blanket.  I think we’ve established that that isn’t true!  So with that in mind, I was fairly fearless when it came to deciding to lay my precious locks in the hands of a stylist across the Atlantic.  My salon of choice: The Parlour Brooklyn.   Continue reading