YOU HAVE RECENTLY BECOME A FIRST TIME MUM TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER INDIA. HOW ARE YOU TACKLING MOTHERHOOD WHILST DEALING WITH THESE UNPRECEDENTED TIMES?
India's blissful innocence helps me every day. A glance at her little smile puts everything important into context. It's hard not to have family and friends visiting, particularly our mothers who were angels of hugs, wisdom, cakes and cups of tea in the first weeks. But the fact that there's no reason to step out of the baby bubble, to venture beyond our neighbourhood and this cocoon of newborn, well, that's very special indeed.
YOUR FAVOURITE PODCAST YOU HAVE RECENTLY LISTENED TO?
Lucy Siegle and Livia Firth's new podcast 'Fashion Critical'. It's high time these two leaders in sustainability (and the women behind True Cost) came together on a podcast. Like so many of us, they have found creativity in adversity, and launched it. They speak to real insiders; it's a fascinating take on the industry.
YOUR BEST SELF-CARE TIP WHILST STAYING AT HOME?
Fabulous nails! Every time you glance down to type, read or make a coffee, they're there, shining back at you! I've taken to doing an ombre of one shade from left to right or a rainbow of pastels. I may not have salon-level skills but any errors are covered up by the distraction of delightful colour. It's all about finding these inexpensive, quick fixes that lift your mood each morning.
YOU LOVE EXPERIMENTING WITH COLOUR IN YOUR WARDROBE. WHAT’S YOUR BEST STYLE TIP TO ANYONE WHO MAY BE AFRAID OF LOTS OF COLOUR AND SPARKLES?
Dip your toe into the paint palette of colour without leaping into the full rainbow! For example, start with a fabulous pair of statement earrings. You can wear those with jeans and a t-shirt. Instantly, you're sparkling. Then try separates like the Kalptaru skirt. Pairing with a white body or a knit makes it an easier way to try colour. See how it makes you feel and wait for the compliments to roll in!
YOUR FAVOURITE NEEDLE & THREAD LOOK FOR DRESS UP FRIDAYS?
It has to be the Rosalie Gown. From the frill on the cuffs to the iridescent roses in sorbet colours, it makes me think of midsummer nights. Even if they're spent at home, how fabulous to slink from sitting room to kitchen table in this confection of romance!
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU’LL DO ONCE LOCKDOWN IS LIFTED?
I'm hatching quite the plan: my husband and I will drive straight to my parents' house in the Cotswolds. I've missed it so much: the views, the birds, the blossom... But obviously most of all my parents. I can't wait to show India every corner of the garden. Especially a swing under the pear tree that was a wedding present from my mother. On the way, we are going to stop off at Waddeson Park - a French Renaissance-style chateau owned by the National Trust. My husband and I love a National Trust visit - I cover our annual subscription and he covers the scones!