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The Power of Three: How Not To Do It All

Three. That's the number of things from a set list you can prioritise on any one day. Choose; focus; and give your all - rather than trying (and failing) to do everything well. Sound intriguing?…

LifeWomen

#InspiringWomen: Julia Yule and Christina Moss of Bloom & Blossom

Meet Julia Yule and Christina Moss. Sister-in-laws, businesswomen, mothers and forces of nature. There are people who talk about making things happen - and then there are the people who get out and do it. Julia and Christina are the women behind Bloom & Blossom - the natural skincare brand for mamas and babies which quite literally started life around the kitchen table and is now a household name, favoured by a certain Duchess of Cambridge.…

LifeWomen

Meet your new favourite shopping destination (and be inspired by its owner)

As much as we love the high street is for a quick fix, as we get older we like to make sartorial investments. Our secret weapon on such occasions is a boutique where the owners' taste tallies so perfectly with your own that it's as though they've edited the collections just for you. A boutique like Iris, for instance. It now has eight gorgeous branches across London (and a burgeoning website), selling exactly what we want to wear. Co-owner Annie Pollet tells us about building a business, having an eye for a great brand and somehow managing family life on top of that. …

LifeWomen

Life Lessons: 10 Things I Know at 40

Last year, I turned 40. (40! How did that happen? I don't have a problem with the age itself (it doesn't feel like particularly big deal these days - just me?) but where did those years go? I swear I was 27 about five years ago.) I've been meaning to write this for a while - the life lessons I've learned in 40 years, what I know now to be true (for me), and the opening of a new year seems as good a time as any. …

LifeWomen

A Confession…

…I am a woman conflicted. This sounds far more dramatic than it actually is – but I am. Why? The age-old work/family debate, am-I-doing-the-right-thing angst has me lying awake at night.…

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Needle Knits’ Founder Lizzie Burckhardt on building a brilliant brand

Needle is destined to become one of those great British brands: covetable, luxe knits that are high quality, thoughtfully designed, perfectly made – each one a wardrobe enhancer. Founder Lizzie Burckhardt talks frankly about going in feet first, finding the perfect partnership (and the perfect name), surviving mistakes – and combining a new business with a new baby (think zero maternity leave). …

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How I make it work by Chloë Luxton of Bramley Products

We love a brand with a kick-ass woman behind it and Bramley is one such brand. Inspired by the beauty and therapeutic properties of plants and made in the British countryside, it a gorgeous natural collection for bath, body and home products . Masterminded by Chloë Luxton, who used to work for Cowshed, and now lives in Wiltshire with her husband and 3 children, Bramley not only smells divine, but has some of the prettiest packaging I've ever seen (which let's face it is important!) To find out how she manages juggling a small, growing brand whilst at the same time looking after 3 growing smalls, it's over to Chloë....…

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Artisanne: Baskets, Women, Feminism

I am, as you know, a big fan of a basket. You’d do well not to trip over one in pretty much any room of my house. When Elizabeth de Vise emailed me about Artisanne, the company she set up with her sister, producing ethical, beautiful baskets which also empower local women, she had me at ‘baskets’.…

LifeWomen

Business in Brief: Naomi and Sarah of Seven Seventeen

  So, you’ve got this idea for a business with one of your best friends? Sounds good, right? And, according to Sarah Slade and Naomi Reilly, the founders of luxe candle brand Seven Seventeen, it really is. Oh, and all about timing, hard graft, late night phone calls and DIY delivery. …

LifeWomen

Maternity Leave: How was it for you?

Did you watch The Replacement last night? It tackles the age-old issue of maternity leave and so, in the style of Carrie Bradshaw, we got to thinking: how was it for you? Did you love it? Desperate to get back to the sanity of work? Haunted by the thought that your cover was out to steal your job?  …