Design: No woman is an island either…

Design: No woman is an island either…

I am not one of those people who loves isolation. Whilst I really enjoy my own company and would happily go to the cinema or eat out alone – it’s nice to have people around you. I’m of the opinion that we don’t truly thrive as humans in isolation.

As John Donne wrote, centuries ago:

“No man is an Island, entire of it self; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main.”

I think this is particularly true in Edinburgh. Whilst the rest of the world may have six degrees of separation – I would guess that Edinburgh has a maximum of two. It really is a village, full of wonderful and interesting people.

I really enjoy trying to celebrate everything Edinburgh has to offer here on my little corner of the internet – and that’s exactly what I’m going to continue doing… just with more support:

The wonderful Alison Soye has been providing beautiful illustrations for a while now, but you may have spied this style post or even this really cute squirrel craft post inspired by her new children’s book.

Additionally, you may have noticed the Instagram takeover thanks for Charlotte aka Mrs Pantry, but you might not have known how long she’s been cheering me on – giving help and advice when I’ve needed it. She’s also going to be writing a bit more over the coming months and popping up on Instagram.

So, I’m definitely not an island – and am delighted to introduce you to a new team member, Caroline Phipps-Urch. I few months ago, I was chatting to the beautiful Coo Clayton about the future of Edinburgh with kids and how to develop it. We thought it would be great to get more people writing regularly for the blog – keeping a focus on our local area but also exploring different aspects of being a parent- whether that’s style, mental health, philosophy or fitness. A few hours later, she messaged suggesting I meet with Caroline… and the rest is history!

We’ve got some great articles from Caroline planned for the months ahead but first, here’s a few fun things about her:

What’s your backstory?

I grew up in London and spent my teenage years reading fashion and car magazines! I disappointed by academic school by going to the London College of Fashion ​and have never regretted it! I spent a lot of time working out what to wear, trying too hard to be cool and hanging out in Soho! I went into fashion PR with my first job out of college working with Mary Portas just after she had started her agency.  I had always wanted to be a stylist so I made the leap to join the fashion department of GQ magazine two years later. Next came Woman’s Journal magazine and then going freelance with the move to Edinburgh for ‘love’ (I did end up marrying him!). Now I have menagerie of three boys, two cats, a dog and some hens….. I discovered yoga in my early 20’s and qualified as a Children’s Yoga Instructor in the summer of 2017. I’m currently studying ​with Yoga Scotland to become a qualified adult yoga teacher.

Read on a Kindle or paperback book?

Paperback book​, I’m old skool.

Go to a play or musical?


Travel by plane, train, or automobile?


Have a night out or evening in?

Night out ​always.

Favorite social media?


What does your perfect day look like?

A yoga workshop ​with wonderful vegetarian food and drinks/dinner with friends.

Favourite meal?

Anything at the Edinburgh Food Studio, they always wow me with their vegetarian creations.

Best place to shop?

Anywhere unique but I do love the shop at Jupiter Artland​.

Favourite place?

London because it’s ‘home’​.

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

Stuck on this one!!!! will get back to you….


Caroline and her family


Complete with dog…




… and other cat!

Thank you so much, Caroline! Can’t wait to read more of your posts!

P.S. You can find Caroline on Instagram and Facebook – and of course, on Edinburgh Life with kids – so watch this space!


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