Ever since I was a little girl I’ve been a natural leader. People would always call me a ‘bossy boots’ (I’m imagining my brothers right now, haha). I just enjoyed taking the lead, rather than blending in I suppose.
I’ve also been incredibly driven and hardworking all of my life. I swam competitively from a young age and was very disciplined in showing up and giving it 100% every race or training session I went to.
When it came to my career, I decided to go to college and study fashion after becoming obsessed with it when I started watching MTV’s ‘The Hills’. My friends and family were quite surprised at first when I chose fashion, but I loved it and worked hard to get to University. Throughout my time at University a few years later, I worked my socks off to get an internship because I knew it was what I needed in order to stand out when I graduated. The constant emails paid off, as I managed to get my absolute dream internship working on the X-Factor as an assistant stylist!
I kept in contact with the head stylist of the show and amazingly a year later when I graduated I sent him a text to let him know that I was available and he phoned me to say he needed a new assistant asap! I couldn’t believe it. I moved to London a few days later and started working for him as an assistant stylist, it was literally my dream job!
One of my favourite jobs whilst working in London as a stylist- Frankie Bridge & her son Parker on the cover of OK magazine
During the year I worked in London for him, it was like something just wasn’t quite right. It wasn’t this glamorous job that everyone thought it was. I was working ridiculous hours for little pay. I didn’t know anyone in the city, so felt lonely. But something that kept bugging me was that I was working so hard and doing such a good job for someone else to have the rewards. I thought “If I can do this for someone else, why can’t I do it for myself”? So I phoned my dad, told him my idea of starting my own business and handed my notice in.
I moved back home to my parents and instantly felt a massive sigh of relief. I’m so much happier now, which is the most important thing. If you’ve ever considered starting your own business but haven’t made the leap, join my Facebook Group where I share my experience and tips.