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Interview: Jess Sims, freelance & former West Elm

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In the second part of my series heroing talented peers from my Social Gals networking group, I chat to my social media manager friend in an interview with Jess Sims!

As we wander around Covent Garden (and ogle the new Bluebird store), Jess spills all the gossip from her former role, tells me all about her struggles going freelance and what she’s learnt along the way. Jess speaks her mind so grab a comfy seat for an insightful read into her predictions for the future of social media and her career so far.

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Style

Visit Port Anotonio in Jamaica

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Things to do in Port Antonio

So you’re planning a trip to Jamaica and you want an authentic experience. You want to travel around a bit, live the life of a local as well as kicking back and sampling some of the Island’s little luxuries.

If Port Antonio has tickled your fancy then let me tell you this one thing first – it’s wet.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, you’re ready to explore! Pack your brolly and some reliable trainers and note these places on your map.

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Food

A lazy Spanish lunch with friends

Paid partnership with Campo Viejo wines

#LiveUncorked

I’ll admit it. I’m terrible at being a host. Not in the sense that I leave my guests hanging for hours or that I only provide Sainsbury’s dips and tortilla chips (quite the opposite in fact, I have to stop myself going overboard) but more that I only ever invite friends over for meals about once a year, if that. #BadFriend

Campo Viejo (aka my hands-down favourite wine) asked me to show you how I can live my life a little more ‘uncorked’ – that’s to say, a little more spontaneous, a little more slow paced, a little more with friends, a little more… Spanish. After all, it’s all very well me picking up a bottle of their Rioja Reserva every weekend but if I’m just going to sip it in my dressing gown in front of the TV on a Friday night then I’m really experiencing it properly am I?

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Style

5 ways to brighten up your February

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They’re blue, yellow, red, pink and green

…and they’re coming to put the win back into winter.

Stand back black, go away grey – there’s enough of you in the sky to wear you on our bodies too. We don’t need any more of your darkness, we need colour and light to fill the gaping gap in the spectrum at this time of year.

To fill this said gap, my photographer friend Xanthe Berkeley came to me with a plan; to make up for all the lost colour by overloading and filling the frame will ALL of the hue in a dedicated photoshoot. It would be a bit of fun, a photography passion project we could do at the weekend that wasn’t for anything other than just to bring joy to ourselves and the good people of Instagram.

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