New trends and end of eras

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Isn’t she a beaut! The front cover of April 2018’s Natural Beauty News is all about the phenomenal male grooming category, which is at last achieving some tangible disruption in the world of natural beauty. Jam-packed with insightful opinion pieces and trend watches, this latest issue is a bitter-sweet one for me; it opens the door on a flurry of new growth in the market, but it closes on my much-loved stint as Editor.
I’m sad to say goodbye to the publication after so many years at the helm, especially one that started out in life as a nugget of an idea I had over 10 years ago, but I fully understand and support the team at Diversified’s decision to lead their editorial from in-house, especially now that they have Rosie Greenaway on board at NP, who is doing such a fabulous job.
It’s been a real pleasure working with both my Diversified family and colleagues in the wider industry, and I, of course, remain a strong advocate of the natural beauty sector and all that it stands for. It also goes without saying that my wings are now free to explore new territory ‘conflict of interest’-free, so if any brands in the beauty sphere require anything editorial, I welcome you to get in touch.
So long NBN, I wish you well.

It’s live. It’s clean. It’s a Fairline dream.

The new Fairline Yachts website, which showcases the Targa range, Squadron range and much anticipated F-Line, has gone live and looks stunning. Designed by digital agency Shotgun Front, and copy written by myself, the fluid, user-friendly website lets the yachts speak for themselves. It’s been a pleasure to be involved in this project.

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Arriving back at the start

Ever since I was little, I had two main goals in life. The first was to make it to university to read English Literature, and the second was to become a writer. In 1999 I realised my first aim when I embarked on my English Lit degree at the University of Sussex.

Boasting the greenest campus in the UK, not to mention some pretty decent student digs, it was a hot bed of impassioned student activity, world-leading academics and a thriving literary scene. It’s now 15 years since I graduated from Sussex, and in that time I have managed to realise my second aim working as a freelance professional writer and editor.

It was with great joy, therefore, when my two loves came full circle this month and I had the opportunity to work as the copy editor on Falmer magazine, the University of Sussex’s annual publication for alumni.

Embodying all that sums up the ‘spirit of Sussex’, the magazine has undergone a fabulous design refresh, and issue 55 is set to be one of the best yet!

Fresh as a sweet Sunday morning

You’re looking at freshly shucked Pacific oysters sourced straight from the salty waters of the Portuguese Ria Formosa nature reserve. Assisted by my trusty guide ‘Ze’ (pictured above) the local fisherman who has been at one with these waters all his life, I had the pleasure of sampling these delights – the best oysters I have ever tasted in my life.

And all in the name of work. Currently in the final throws of amends, tweaks and proofs, the latest issue of UNIQUE magazine – the official publication for luxury golf resort Quinta do Lago – is soon to be hitting the press. Commissioned to editorially manage the magazine, as well as write many of the features, I immersed myself in the Quinta way of life for four whole days to truly understand what it is to be at one with an abundance of wildlife and have indulgence on tap.

From morning Pilates on the shaded decking and gorging myself on succulent rare steaks cooked by head chef Liam Kirwan of Hawksmoor fame to experiencing my first ever golf lesson and cycling the bike trail that meanders through the natural salt marshes, I returned home with sun-kissed skin, a full tummy and a love of the Algarve.

Soon to be set in print, I can’t wait to hold the finished product in my hands.



A fond farewell


The world lost a shining beacon of talent and inspiration last week when pre-eminent yacht designer Ed Dubois passed away. He was not only hugely talented and passionate when it came to yacht design, but he was a fun-loving, vivacious character with a skill for story-telling, which he always did with an enormous smile stretched across his face and a level of eloquence I so hugely admired.

I had the enormous pleasure of working with Ed on one of his latest projects – a book about his life growing up and the success he experienced in his professional career. Although not as yet published, I wanted to share a small excerpt from the manuscript as a celebratory tribute to Ed, the man, the sailor, the designer, the traveller, the writer.

For Ed – you will be missed.

“My first experience on a full-sized yacht was when I was ten, when there were still four single-sailed eleven foot boats for hire on The Regent’s Park Lake in London. On pleasant summer days these boats were kept moored up against a pontoon, their sails set and ready for hire.

On a summer trip with just my mother we came across these boats and I asked if it was possible to have a go. The next thing I knew I was being propelled by wind on a sail for the first time in my life across a limited (but to me utterly unlimited) expanse of that lake.  It is no exaggeration to say that I felt the sensation to be heavenly. 

We went again and again and finally my ‘instructor’ said I would be allowed to take the boat on my own. I proudly took my mother, and told her about tacking and jibing.   

And then, some three years later, came the gateway to my career; my mother’s discovery of a boys’ sailing camp in Milford Haven, Wales.”

Crunching the cloud


I’m thrilled this month to have joined the team at Brighton-based digital hub of innovation Crunchboards. Having been commissioned to help out with the company’s copywriting needs, I’ve been learning all about the surprisingly interesting world of cloud accounting!

Who’d have thought all this virtual stuff could be so engaging to a good old-fashioned print-loving gal like myself. But I am now fully up to speed with cash flow forecasting, creating business budgets and tracking KPIs too!

And if you’re a small business owner – and yes that includes all you media sole traders out there – regardless of what industry you’re in, you need to be getting in on the action too. Crunchboards have basically done for cloud accounting software what WordPress did for web design. It’s nothing short of revolutionary.

If you’re in need of copywriting or proofreading assistance, you can reach me on

Making a splash

It’s here, issue 44 of Sunseeker magazine!

I’m so proud to have worked on this beautiful publication as the acting editor and editorial project manager – such a wealth of creative skill on display from the writing and design to photography and artworking.

And the impressive front cover featuring an image by talented photographer James Meakin looks even more stunning in the flesh.

Well done team!


NEW! Commissioning editor on Fraser Yachts magazine

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I am truly delighted to announce that I have been appointed as commissioning editor on the beautiful, luxury magazine for Fraser Yachts – Fraser magazine. Having worked with this prestigious superyacht brokerage firm for a number of years now, I am very happy to be joining a new and exciting team putting the 2015 edition together. Packed full of insightful and intelligent editorial, not to mention the latest in Fraser Yachts sales and charter, this year’s issue looks set to be one of the best yet.