Modern Woman Doing Great Things: Georgina Knapp

Georgina @theofficialgeorgelife, wearing Christy, is a blogger based in Swindon. She started actively blogging in 2018 and loves to post about fashion, beauty and brands that she thinks she can create a fabulous look! Before starting her insta journey, @theofficialgeorgelife, she was just another mum doing the school run and tying her hair back, popping on flats and a lick of minimal makeup. She was known as “Glam George” before having her twins so this has given her back her mojo and she loves to share her style and live with her fabulous followers!

FAVOURITE LOCAL HANGOUT?  

When I tell people I am from Swindon their reaction is usually a scrunched up face as they recognize it from the comedy “The Office”. It’s not known for being a pretty town, however there are places to visit that are fabulous. My favourite place is The McArthur Glenn Swindon Outlet. This place is perfect for me as I get amazing bargains and it’s great to window shop and get the kids playing too whilst I stock up on my caffeine levels:)

CURRENT BIGGEST CHALLENGE? 

Right now it’s homeschooling my five year old twins! I don’t have a great amount of patience and having to repeat the simplest of things 10x over can sometimes make me run out of the room! September cannot come soon enough. Hats off to the teachers all over the world! I could NOT do that job for a living!

SECRET WEAPON?

I am actually very good at word games such as Scrabble and Boggle so I guess I could always offer up a bet on these and know I stand a pretty good chance of winning.

WHAT WOMAN INSPIRES YOU?

There are so many that it’s hard to choose but one that I always think about is Princess Diana. For me she had such empathy and a massive amount of kindness about her.

QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?

“Keep your heels, head and standards high.” -Coco Chanel

Follow Georgina on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/theofficialgeorgelife/


Modern Woman Doing Great Things: Ana-Karina DePaula-Allen

Ana-Karina is a mother of three, cofounder of Albamoda Ventures and Watch & Fine Jewelry Director at British Vogue.

FAVOURITE LOCAL HANGOUT?  

Pavillion Road in Chelsea. My local gym, organic market and favorite cafes are all there!

CURRENT BIGGEST CHALLENGE? 

Teaching my kids the real values in life, and engaging them early on in charity work. I really want them to understand that they hold privileges and access to education that are not given to everyone. We donate toys and clothes to various children’s charities and I would like them to grow up with charitable values that become part of their essence.

SECRET WEAPON?

My Livotte Diana top which I have in black and white. I wear it straight from coffee mornings to board meetings.

WHAT WOMAN INSPIRES YOU?

Oprah Winfrey. Her life, her challenges, her lessons. She is a role model in every perspective.

QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”-Maya Angelou


Modern Woman Doing Great Things: Lucille Meyer

Lucille is one of our favorite NYC customers! She is a fabulous mother of two and currently supporting World Central Kitchen. https://wck.org

FAVOURITE LOCAL HANGOUT?  

Sushi Dojo in the East Village.

DAILY RITUAL? 

Green juice before my coffee and afternoon fresh air walks with the kids.

SECRET WEAPON?

My chocolate chip cookie recipe and my Livotte black Christy top!

WHAT WOMAN INSPIRES YOU?

My mother-the most selfless, generous person I have ever known with the best sense of humor.

QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?

“You cannot do a kindness too soon for you never know how soon it will be too late.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson


Modern Woman Doing Great Things: Dr Gill Berkeley

Dr Gill is a London based GP and mother of three.

FAVOURITE LOCAL HANGOUT?  

Pre and post lockdown: the American Bar at the Stafford-a secret gem. During lockdown: my kids trampoline in our garden:)

DAILY RITUAL? 

With the advent of lockdown, I am achieving runs three times a week for the first time since pre babies.

SECRET WEAPON?

My facials, Fran, at Lily and Lime in Battersea-she works her Guinot magic every time.

WHAT WOMAN INSPIRES YOU?

All women-aren’t we all amazing? From our biology, anatomy and emotional intelligence to our multi-tasking strength and humor.

QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?

“Life is not a dress rehearsal”


Modern Woman Doing Great Things: Tara West

 Tara West is a Boston-based stylist and pre-eminent fashion blogger.

FAVOURITE LOCAL HANGOUT?  

I love working with local retailers and designers all around Boston. Spending time in stores or showrooms [before quarantine] brought ne great joy! When I really need to unwind and feel centered I head to the beach. Being a California girl the beach reminds me of home and gives me a sense of calm.

DAILY RITUAL? 

I’ve taken up running as one of my daily exercises during Covid. I’ve never been a runner nor did I ever think I would be but being able to run clears my head and gives me the fresh perspective I need.

SECRET WEAPON?

A great top! If you have one or two great tops you can take on any Zoom call and it doesn’t matter what you’re wearing on the bottom.

WHAT WOMAN INSPIRES YOU?

I’ve always been inspired by strong, independent, creative women. People like Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Lopez inspire me as do some of the very talented female designers and boutique owners here in Boston.

QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?

“Don’t wait for opportunity, create opportunity!’


Modern Woman Doing Great Things: Sondra Fein

 Sondra Fein is a mother of two and cofounder of Skillern Fein Architects, a Washington DC and New York City based architecture and design collaborative focused on residential and institutional projects, interiors and exhibition design.

FAVOURITE LOCAL HANGOUT?  

Missing these! Sushiko in Chevy Chase for sushi with friends; Bar a Vin at Chez Billy Sud in Georgetown for great wines and bites.

DAILY RITUAL? 

Long runs outside-I get some solo `me` tim where I can exercise, clear my head and truly enjoy our extraordinary local landscape.

SECRET WEAPON?

My amazing networks, both professional and personal=they have been great sources of knowledge, strength and inspiration, especially during these very trying times.

WHAT WOMAN INSPIRES YOU?

Haha, see above! I am constantly inspired by my network of amazing women-working, parenting, struggling, succeeding. We lean on each other, we show each other how to lead by example-we’re in this together!

QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”


Modern Woman Doing Great Things: Andrea Pardo

 FAVOURITE LOCAL HANGOUT?  

Greenspears, I miss the turmeric lattes, snacks, sunlight and girl time!

DAILY RITUAL? 

Since I can’t get my SoulCycle fix, I tune into @Rowenaida for a live class or workout to one of her several pre-recorded sweat sessions.

SECRET WEAPON?

My gut she stone-not only great for relaxing but also great for hay fever season.

WHAT WOMAN INSPIRES YOU?

I am truly inspired by all women, the ability to balance so many things at once in their lives and the level of love and compassion we give one another- it is really beautiful.

QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?

“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.”-Cesare Pavese


Modern Woman Doing Great Things: Chrissy Sundt

Chrissy is the director and founder of Silverlinings Retreats, a wellness company dedicated to holistic, transformational retreats in magical places. She combines her work as a teacher and curator of wellness experts with her work as a dance choreographer. She is passionate about movement, travel, wellness and helping her clients achieve real change. https://www.silverliningsretreats.com

 FAVOURITE LOCAL HANGOUT?  

When we are not in lockdown, I am lucky enough to divide my time between London and rural Hampshire. I am still making discoveries in my local area which is fun and I’m a huge fan of a day out in Winchester and some retail therapy at the lifestyle store, Hambeldon. When I am in London, I spend a lot of my working and social time at the Conduit Club, it’s a great place for meetings, a healthy bite or a naughty cocktail.

SECRET WEAPON? 

Apart from a Livotte top or two in my suitcase for retreats, I need the following:

A Sweaty Betty Super Grip Mat for my daily workouts. ( usually mix it up, Pilates, Yoga, Barre, Tabata…keeping it interesting and challenging is the key!

An occasional 1 or 3 day cleanse with Radiance to reset the digestive system.

Music. I am lucky enough to have spent my whole career working with great musicians -when I was a dancer and now as a choreographer and teacher. It’s the big mood changer for me and working with the DJs at Not Entertainment on curating our retreat sound is one of the best parts of my job.

CURRENT BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

We just delivered our first SLR@Home retreat program as a response to the challenges our clients face during lockdown. I was on a pretty steep learning curve when it came to filming and editing my own classes but I think the end result has been something that I, and my team at SLR, can be proud of. https://www.silverliningsretreats.com/slr-at-home

WHAT WOMAN INSPIRES YOU?

So many…

Tamara Rojo-director of English National Ballet

Maria Grazia Chiuri-Creative Director at Dior

Crystal Pite-Choreographer

Taryn Toomey-Creator of The Class

…my mother, my sisters, my colleagues, my clients, my wonderful girlfriends. I am just in awe at how they all keep the plates spinning with grace and a sense of fun!

QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?

Over the door in his New York studio, Joseph Pilates had written “one hour then hit the shower’ and this is just so true. You do not need to train for hours and hours. You need to be smart, consistent and totally committed for that hour and then get on with all the other things that your day has in store for you.


Modern Woman Doing Great Things: Juli-ann Gorgi

Juli-ann wearing Lucille

1. FAVOURITE LOCAL HANGOUT?  

Granger & Co (and I miss it!)

2. SECRET WEAPON? 

Sarah Chapman face products, my gorgeous Livotte tops for Zoom calls…I instantly feel put together!

3. NEW DAILY RITUAL?

Morning home-made double espresso (2 of them) and outdoor fitness with my 2 boys before dinner. 

4. WHAT WOMAN INSPIRES YOU?

Happy women! I’ve been so lucky to have been surrounded by joyful women like my grandma who lived the happiest life until 102 and never complained about anyone or anything, my mom, my sister and so many wonderful friends and cousins!

5. QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?

“No matter what happened today, the sun will always rise tomorrow.”


Modern Woman Doing Great Things: Sophie Stanbury

Stunning in Sienna!

Sophie is best known for her role on the hit Bravo TV series  Ladies of London.  It is this role that has led her to become a successful influencer. Sophie lives in London with her two boys and runs Sophie Stanbury Interiors Ltd bringing her contemporary classic aesthetic to both residential and commercial projects in London and around the UK. http://www.interiorsbysophie.com

Sophie believes that sharing her life- running her business, sharing beauty tips and staying fit and healthy not only empowers women by giving them confidence but helps them be more successful in achieving their goals. Sophie has gained a lot of experience in running a successful business and juggling two little boys and truly believes it’s how you feel on the inside that leads you to the path of success. 

1. FAVOURITE LOCAL HANGOUT?  

I love to start the day with my dog on Barnes Common, a wide open space near our new home where I can exercise, clear my head and start my day feeling great in the fresh air. In the evening there is nothing like a cocktail at the bar at Chiltern Firehouse with girlfriends

2. SECRET WEAPON? 

Staying positive, manifesting your goals and what you hope to achieve and looking after yourself so you can best achieve those goals.

3. BIGGEST CHALLENGE AT THE MOMENT?

Home schooling and juggling work.  

4. WHAT WOMAN INSPIRES YOU?

There are a few:

Kelly Wearstler; I love the bold statements she makes with her interiors.  

Meryl Streep for just being totally fabulous.

Dame Judy Dench – what a brilliant lady.

5. A QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?

“Dance like no ones watching” -my current favourite. 

A dance a day really lifts your spirits especially in the current climate!


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