Tell us about a woman who you find beautiful and inspiring?
My mama! She is so beautiful but she really does not know it at all. She is very petite and has the bluest eyes so in the summer when she goes the colour of a chestnut, they pop like aqua marine stones! Mum has never taken fashion too seriously, in fact she doesn’t get excited about it at all, unlike her daughter! It doesn’t matter though as everything looks so cool on her. As her children, we feel like we tower over her in every way with our loud, booming voices and frantic cackles! Poor mum ending up with four bossy girls! She is the kindest woman I know and happiest when she’s out walking in nature with our boxer dog, Goya. I find her gentle spirit and good nature more inspiring than anything and I hope one day I will be as good a mother as she has been to us.
Which accessory do you like to wear to complete your silhouette?
I have never been able to keep rings and bracelets on without fidgeting or sliding them off throughout the day even with the best intentions! For me it has always been the earring. The bigger the better and all the more dramatic with short, chopped hair. I have been through so many style evolutions over the years including an interesting Jennifer Lopez period but earrings have always been something I collected and treasured. One of my favourite pairs was bought in the V&A museum shop for a few pounds. I loved them so much I got them in orange and green.
What do you collect?
I collect earrings of course and have so many now that I divide them into colours! They don’t have to be expensive – I remember jumping for joy when I found a clip on pair with a large gold sun and moon on either side from Colombia Road Flower Market. I love anything bright and colourful or oversized. My Katerina Makriyanni fans in yellow and red are my pride and joy and I’ll never get over the disappointment at losing my green ones at a rave! Silly me for wearing them! But I think you should wear your things boldly rather than be afraid to loose them.
What object do you cherish most?
Being a very forgetful person, I have lost a huge amount of loved things over the years so I try my best not to get too attached to what’s in my wardrobe! I would say my Frida Kahlo basket bag by Lulu Guinness is an item I will treasure forever, if I don’t end up loosing it! It was hunted down after years of searching on Vestiaire Collective. As I have always bought pre-owned, I am a true believer that you can find the one that got away if you are patient and resilient in your hunt!
If you were a colour, what colour would you be?
I would be a Matisse blue or a bright poppy red! However, yellow makes me extremely excited and I adore deep shades of green and magenta. I use colour on a daily basis to lift my mood and raise my vibes, whether it’s admiring a painting or looking at someone’s jolly feed on Instagram. It really works and can transport me into a world of inspiration.
What’s your favourite smell?
You can’t really smell a holiday evening because it’s a combination of so many things. The sea air, buzzing plants all around you alive with crickets and sounds, the suncream and salt drying on your skin, the wafting scents of marinated delicacies grilling… if you could mix this all into one, that would be my favourite smell of all!
What’s your favourite dish?
Spaghetti bolognaise with a hit of chilli and a mountain of parmesan with home made garlic bread and rosemary. Or sausage and mash with leeks in cheese sauce!
Recommend us a book that changed your life?
Love In The Time of Cholera by my favourite author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. This is a book that mademe dizzy with the beautiful phrases and laugh out loud at the sweet ironies of life and love.
Recommend us a film that has stayed with you?
Belle Epoque directed by Fernando Trueba has always been my favourite film because it reminds me of my sisters. The story is of a Spanish military deserter in the 1930s who finds himself at a farm in the countryside where four sisters live with their father. Their mother is an eccentric Opera singer who ran off and left them to be with a director and I love this touch – that she left him in 1930s Spain! It stars a young and beautiful Penelope Cruz who I pretend is my sister Imogen! It is an absolutely hilarious comedy of errors as the handsome deserter falls in love with all four daughters. This hasn’t happened to us yet but maybe it will!
What piece of music defines you?
Elgar’s Cello Concerto performed by Jacqueline De Pre. I used to listen to it over and over when I was younger and played the cello and I find it so moving. The sound of the cello always makes me feel emotional!
Tell us about the most amazing place you have travelled to?
It has got to be Pushkar in Western Rajasthan, India. I travelled there with my three best friends (sisters but not by blood!) when I had just turned 18. I can remember the dusty, pastel light around Pushkar lake and the white stone steps with peaceful cows swaying as holy bells rang out calling for prayers. The energy here was captivating and although it was years and years ago, I can bring myself back to this feeling even now.