GETTING TO KNOW YOU >>
Where is home?
Three reasons you love where you live?
This is the fourth time I’ve lived in Jesmond! It’s such a great place being so close to the city and great for the local schools. We are lucky to have so many green areas such as Jesmond Dene and the Town Moor, which are great for walking the dogs and jogging.
THE DAY JOB >>
What do you do for a living?
I’m currently concentrating on a new venture that I’ll hopefully be launching soon. The children, my charity work and then my social life keep me very busy. I feel very lucky to have a great balance.
A day in the life of you?
It’s making sure the girls get off to school on time and the dogs have been out on a walk, and then I’m usually doing something relating to one of the charities I’m involved with. I try to fit in my exercise three to four times a week too. I also make time to see my friends, whether it’s a coffee, lunch or a glass of wine and a catch up. I always enjoy spending time with them and have made a resolution to keep this up! Keeping in touch with my ‘tribe’ is super important to me.
Any upcoming or ongoing projects we should know about?
This is mainly my new business which, without giving too much away, is concentrating on home decluttering and organisation. I’m also working on a few charity events for the Newcastle Cat & Dog Shelter which include another black tie event, a golf day at Close House and many more. Both of these events were hugely successful last year.
What does downtime mean to you?
Usually doing something I love and keeping busy like attending dog shows, horse riding with the girls or shopping in Newcastle. On the other hand, some weekends are about family time – we have days when we put on a movie or watch Netflix and chill out all day, it’s heaven!
LESSONS IN LIFE >>
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I actually dreamed of being a jockey, Frankie Dettori was my hero.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
To be the best version of yourself and always be realistic with your expectations – that way you’ll never be disappointed.
What is your greatest fear?
Which living person do you admire most and why?
I have to say probably my twin daughters. One has the most gentle soul and the other is so brave. For being so young they have taught me so much.
LIVING LUXE >>
What is top of your bucket list?
Probably a holiday home in the Lakes – it’s my ‘happy place’.
What is your most treasured possession?
My health and my ‘tribe’ – they know who they are.
What does the weekend mean to you?
Sometimes they are hectic and they fly over, especially when we have crammed in riding lessons and activities and trips to the cinema. I love visits to the Lake District and having time away with my girlfriends at local spas. But generally, weekends are so precious and I’m always grateful for whatever we do. I’m always refreshed and raring to go again on Monday. I love routine!
A memorable holiday?
Probably a trip to Las Vegas a few years ago to watch the boxing.
My black Yves Saint Laurent velvet evening dress which still has the tag on – I really need to stop keeping things for ‘best’ and enjoy them!
Who would be your top three dinner guests?
Theresa Caputu (a medium from Long Island), Cillian Murphy and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The last place you ate?
The Ship Inn at Staithes.
The last book you read?
Healing is the New High by Vex King.
The last thing you listened to?
The ‘Happy Place’ podcast by Ferne Cotton.
The last thing you watched?
Iron Man 1 with my twins.
Your three luxe things in life?
Hard question, to only pick three. For a fun luxe night out, it has to be Boulevard Cabaret in Newcastle to see the amazing Miss Rory and Danni Dee and his dancers. For a luxe special treat it has to be Lauren Perrier Rose, and for a luxe meal out with friends, it has to be Harry’s Bar in Newcastle.