Tell us a bit about yourself….
I am a Mum of two girls, and I live in Brighton with them and my husband, and our little rescue dog Olive. I always struggle to write down what I do, because it is a little bit of everything. But in a nutshell, I write a lifestyle blog, do styling and some photography work for small brands and magazines, content creation for my social media and occasionally client accounts. Most recently I have started exhibiting and selling my fine art photography, which is really exciting and something I hope to do more of. I also host lunches at my home every couple of months to give creatives who often tend to work by themselves, the chance to meet others, and in return I ask for a donation for the local Hygiene Bank.
What inspires you?
My photography tends to be heavily influenced by changing light and the seasons. We are so lucky in this country to witness such change throughout the year. But I am inspired by many other things too; flora and fauna, colour, texture, fashion, interiors. I also think these days we are so inundated by imagery on Pinterest, and via social media, it is hard not to be inspired and influenced by others, even if it is on a sub-conscious level.
What makes you happy?
It is such a cliche, but my children, especially the sound of them laughing uncontrollably, and when they reach for my hand as we walk along the street. My 12 year old still does that, and I know she won’t for much longer, so everytime she does it makes me smile. The feel of the sun on my face, living by the sea in such a great City, the smell of roses, delicious food, seeing other people in love, holding hands with my husband, a hot bath, coming home and lighting candles when it is wet and windy outside. When I start to think about it, there are so many things, simple pleasures I guess. I have been writing a gratitude diary every night for the past few months, and it really has impacted on how much I appreciate things on a daily basis.
Who is your style icon and why?
I don’t really have a style icon, but I have always been interested in clothes and fashion. I remember going to see the film Big when I was about 15 and I absolutely loved seeing all the outfits the main female character wore. I think for that reason, I will always have a soft spot for the late 1980s, the tailoring, not the giant shoulder pads! Even these days when I watch anything on TV or films, I always take a lot of notice of the costumes. I think for me, it is a general style that I am drawn to rather than an individual, I would say quite classic, but with a modern edge.
What are you reading and listening to at the moment?
I have the most eclectic taste in music, but at the moment, I am listening to Regina Spektor and Billie Eilish quite a bit. I also just downloaded Mark Ronson’s latest collaboration with YEBBA. My eldest daughter plays the guitar and writes her own music, so I try to share different genres with her, most recently we have been dancing round the kitchen to Grandmaster Flash.
I don’t read fiction really, but I have an embarrassingly large collection of self-help books. At the moment, I am obsessed with neuro-plasticity and journalling, and I have just finished reading The Meaning of Truth by Nicole J Sachs.
What do you like about SIDELINE?
I loved SIDELINE from the very first collection, of which I still have pieces I wear regularly. I think that is what I like the most about it, it is timeless and easy to wear again and again. People still comment when I wear pieces from older collections. Each item is beautifully finished with detailing that make it unique, and the colours and textures are always perfect.
Emma wears this seasons Teo Dress and reversible Leo Jacket available online here.