Q&A Monday with Vicky Charles

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Hello and welcome to another incredible monday motivation Q&A. This week we are delighted to have Vicky Charles with us. Vicky is a single mum and a self employed copywriter and social media specialist based in Wiltshire.  Aside from creating content for her clients, Vicky also runs workshops and hosts her own podcast and blog, singlemotherahoy.com too. Continue reading


What’s in your handbag, Jehan Mir?

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We’re delighted to have Haute Couture Dress-maker Jehan Mir back with us today for some What’s in your handbag fun!

Jehan is our inspirational woman of the week and on Monday we talked about her business and passions, as well as the obstacles and lessons she’s found along the way.

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Finalist at the 2017 Handbag Designer Awards… & GIVEAWAY!

I’m super excited to announce our nomination in this years Independent Handbag Designer Awards!  The winners will be announced at an event ceremony in New York City on June 14th.  I cannot wait to get there and meet the other finalists, sip champagne and (fingers crossed!!) bring home the award for the Cutting Edge #GirlBoss bag.


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This bag has been created for fabulous women-on-the-go, who want to look and feel great at the same time.  Featuring a top handle and shoulder straps, it can be worn as a backpack, shoulder bag or handbag – giving you complete freedom on how to wear it.

Inside, it features all the organisation that made the Model KT work bag famous.  Yes, the bag that won two awards in NYC in 2015 – (thanks to ALL your voting!!).  Included in the design is a padded laptop sleeve, key chain and phone/purse/passport compartments.  The bag is lightweight so you can work from anywhere.

1500 ENTRIES!!

Now in its 11th year, the Independent Handbag Designer Awards received over 1500 submissions; sent from 5 continents and 28 countries!  I am totally blown away to have been selected and take a place on this amazing international stage.  Our bag is in The Cutting Edge Bag by Nasty Gal category and the winner will be chosen from five finalists by a panel of industry expert judges.

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Firstly is the Retail Award.  The winner of which will have their bag stocked in the luxury NY retail store Neiman Marcus – WOW!

And secondly is the ‘InStyle Audience Fan Favourite‘, as VOTED BY YOU!  The winner will be featured in InStyle magazine, the high street glossy fashion publication.  The exposure with this kind of opportunity is what dreams are made of!


You can vote for my design at http://bit.ly/Vote-For-JenniferHamley – simply click on the red arrow next to my sketch until it turns green, then your vote is counted!

As a huge thank you for voting, I’m running a GIVEAWAY to win the bag!  All you have to do is vote, then share on any social media with the hashtag #VoteForJenniferHamley (please use the hashtag so that we can count your vote).  You may vote and share as many times as you like – each share will get you an extra entry!!

GOOD LUCK and fingers crossed for all of us!

Jennifer x

  • P.S. If you want to vote more than once on your smartphone, simply follow these instructions.
  1. Vote and share with #VoteForJenniferHamley
  2. Close phone browser (Safari/Chrome/Firefox)
  3. Open browser up again
  4. Vote and share again
  5. Close phone browser
  6. Open browser up again
  7. Repeat!  GOOD LUCK!
  • On a PC
  1.  Open an incognito browser
  2. Vote and share with #VoteForJenniferHamley
  3. Close browser
  4. Open a new browser
  5. Repeat! GOOD LUCK!


Q&A Monday with Jehan Mir

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Hello and welcome to another dose of feminine business motivation.  This week our inspirational woman of the week is Jehan Mir,  a leading couture designer, dress-maker & stylist based in London. Her creations are things of beauty – as you will see shortly! Jehan is ready and willing to share some of her key insights into how she’s learnt to follow her dreams.

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What’s in your handbag, Holly Matthews?

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Welcome back once again. It’s Thursday and that means we get to look inside another beautiful handbag. This time we’ve got Holly Matthews, a business and mindset coach, actress, mum, vlogger and also the beholder of an incredibly infectious thirst for life.  You can find our Q&A monday article here, it’s full of motivation and support for creating the life you want to live!

Holly is also generously offering our readers £100 off her coaching services (just mention this blog). Her offer is valid until June 2017.

Over to you Holly, what’s in your handbag?

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1. My pink notebook – Full of secrets and plans for the future. I am a huge over thinker and this allows me to get my ideas down on paper. If anyone read this, I might look mental!

2. Books: She means Business, Carrie Green and E2, Pat Grout. Two books I’m reading right now, I always have a book on the go.

3. Maybeline.

4. lipstick (Soap & Glory).

5. Lip balm (Forever Living).

6. Leopard print card holder – this was a gift from my mother-in-law.

7. Pen – for all those ideas!

8. Hair slide- They are just always everywhere and never when you need them.

9. Hair bobble- Even when I wear my hair down I end up chucking it up by the end of the day!

10. iPhone 6 – I use this far too much, but I love my Skinny-dip case.

11. Awesomeness card – this was given to me by a young artist on a train to London. We got chatting and she had been drawing me without my knowledge. When she told me and I loved it, she handed me the card for being awesome (which was nice) and I am to pass it on to the next awesome person I find!

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Thanks Holly! It’s been an absolute pleasure having you here this week and we wish you the best of continued success for the future.  If you’d like to contact Holly, all of her links are listed below and don’t forget you can get £100 off coaching until June 2017 if you mention this article. (Not valid for the virtual BFF coaching package).

Enjoy the rest of your week and we’ll see you after the weekend for more inspirational stories.

Jennifer x






Q&A Monday with Holly Matthews

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Hello and welcome once again to our weekly Q&A.  It’s time to set your focus for the next couple of minutes as we have a big dose of #MONDAYMOTIVATION for you.  Today our Inspirational Woman of the week is Holly Matthews; actress, creative, storyteller, life coach and more.

Having been in the spotlight from a young age (Byker Grove anyone!!), Holly has continued to grow and change in her ongoing quest to develop her passions.  Along the way she has experienced a mixture of family trauma, revelations and insights.  Holly has a canny way of passing on what’s she’s learned so far, coupled with an infectious positivity and thirst for life.

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