Can you share with us a little bit about what you do?
My Tall Year, the 12 months I dedicated to embracing my height, sparked a need for community so I started a Facebook group to house the #teamtall tribe before starting Tall Guides Magazine. We host a global conversation about fashion, lifestyle, work and wellbeing with an inspiring international community of like-heighted women. Our exceptional team of contributors are talented bloggers, writers, artists, coaches and experts, all of whom have built relevant and meaningful relationships with an audience who think, feel and often look, just like they do.
What are the highs and lows of building a global brand?
The high point for me has unquestionably been people. The low point for me has been time! As well as delivering brand and community building workshops for women, I work as a business consultant. I’ve been in start-up mode with this online publishing platform for a little over six months now and, although I love the pace, variety and energy of it all, I’m fairly close to full capacity!
Tell us about your recent #teamtall celebrations.
They were for our #teamtall community who gathered on three continents to celebrate the Facebook group’s first year. We organised a series of like-heighted social events, which saw over 100 tall women gather in the UK, USA and South Africa. Our partygoers ranged from 20-somethings to 60 somethings, standing at around 5’9” to 6’9” - without heels! Although we are all connected by height, the diversity we saw at these events was a beautiful thing!
I would like to tell all tall girls to 'love your difference!'
What are your goals for Tall Guides Magazine?
It’s still very early days but as a specialist in rapid growth businesses, I would like to continue to grow the brand through advertising and partnerships, whilst continuing to deliver an intelligent and creative mix of fashion, lifestyle and thought-provoking features to the taller female each week.
You accomplished so much in 12 months. What would you say your biggest achievement was?
Sticking with it! I have accomplished a lot in my life and I already knew that no amount of achievement can fix how you feel on the inside. Although My Tall Year had to start with me, this journey was never going to be about personal success. It was bigger than that. It was about community.
Are there any key lessons learned that you will always carry with you?
I have learned that the depth of friendship does not depend upon length of acquaintance. Most of the relationships we form throughout our childhood, teens and early twenties are circumstantial. Especially as you get older, finding friends you share a genuine connection with is a rare and splendid thing. I have made several new friendships with tall women who I speak to on a daily and weekly basis, and I already know that we will be friends for life!
Regardless of height, my top style tip is to be mindful in your wardrobe choices and ALWAYS wear clothes that make you feel good!
We love your stationery. What inspired you to go down that route?
I have always loved stationery. Possibly a little too much but on many an occasion, the right notebook and pen has played a significant role in unleashing my creative potential… and when you combine this with a seductive promise of organisation, I simply find it hard to resist!
We don’t just organise our lives in diaries and notebooks; we confide in them and share our deepest thoughts and feelings. Spending so much of our lives online has made writing by hand feel like we’re somehow beating the system, stealing minutes out of the day to dream, to plan and to remember.
I wanted to introduce a product range and notebooks were an easy choice - each one is a safe place where ideas are encouraged and welcomed. Their crisp, blank pages are ready and waiting for thoughts, dreams and aspirations… all of which could one day change the world.
So, what does downtime look like for you?
If you took a looked at my downtime, you’d see nature… and my French Bulldog! I love spending time outside among fields, hills, forests and mountains or when I can get there, beaches, oceans, lakes and rivers!
Ok, let’s talk style! If you could have anybody’s wardrobe, whose would it be?
I’m torn between whether I’d have Jenna Lyons’ work wardrobe or Gisele Bundchen’s off-duty model pieces. Seeing as this is a hypothetical question, I’ll take them both!
Describe your staple shoe.
A pointed 3” stiletto court for work and evenings. I also love pairing smart trainers with tailored clothing and I head straight for a pair of flip flops anytime there’s even a hint of a warm weather on my days off!
What are your go-to pieces from the High Summer collection?
I’ve just ordered a pair of the NYDJ jeans as jeans play a starring role in my entrepreneurial fashion choices. I’m currently living in my Mixed Media Shimmer Vest; I pair it with tailored trousers for a bit of sparkle in the office or with skinny jeans if I’m in the mood for some art school cool! If I had a wedding or a special occasion coming up, the standout Side Floral Scuba Dress would be my top choice as I love the overlay detail. I’ve also got my eye on the Plisse Cami as I’m slightly obsessed with blush!
I love how the Long Tall Sally brand has grown, diversified and offers clothing that fits both my body AND my taste!