Your biggest fashion faux pas, or a regrettable style phase:
I have a bad habit of biting my nails, even at age 28. Early in Fair Ivy’s history I was the model for all the product shots, even the hand jewelry. I spent a large amount of time wearing fake nails!
What do you love most about your work?
I absolutely love working with small businesses. There’s no better place for discovering wonderful creativity and unique, friendly people.
One piece of advice you would give your 18 year old self:
Don’t stress so much about little mistakes. I can now look back and laugh at how much I overreacted to silly things, thinking they were going to ruin my life. None of them did, and most of them didn’t even make a dent in my path. You’ll end up where you’re supposed to be, regardless.
Your last great read and why you enjoyed it:
I’m currently helping edit my boyfriend’s first novel, called Run Project Five. It’s about enhanced child soldiers training to save the world from…well, I can’t quite reveal that yet. But I’m really excited about it—I think it’s going to be a hit (plus, there is a character in there named after me).
The pair of jeans you will never grow tired of:
I have a pair of sturdy denim Topshop jeans that never get old – they serve equally well for gardening and for a night out.
A charity you support:
Ministry of Stories was inspired by 826 valencia in San Francisco. They are free themed writing schools for kids, run entirely by volunteers. The school in London is hidden behind a real operating shop called ‘monster supplies’, which sells things like jars of snot and blood lollipops, and the writing school is behind a trap door. It’s amazing.
Where does your credit card get the most use?
I adore using Airbnb when I travel. It’s not so much about the savings, but it’s great for meeting locals and getting a proper feel for what it’s like to live in the place I’m visiting.
Your motto in life:
If not now, when?
A secret talent we should know about:
I am pretty good at taking nothing and turning it into something. I craft a lot and most of the things that I make use simple items from around the house, or upcycled furniture – I’m most proud of my outdoor dinner table, that I made out of palettes! My personal blog is called The Surpriseaholic, where you can see some of my upcycled crafts.
The trend you hope never goes out of style:
I hope jeans never become unfashionable. I don’t care if I have to change the fit, color, or brand, but jeans in general better stay forever. I honestly don’t know what I’d wear otherwise.