GIRL ABOUT ESSEX
Hi there, I’m Katie!
I’m here to shine a light on our gorgeous bit of the country and bring awareness to all the amazing things it has to offer. I’m also delighted to be the first ‘girl down south’ to join the team!
I live slap-bang in the middle of Colchester, which is Britain’s oldest recorded town, or perhaps city – but that’s another story. Colchester is great. There’s a bit of everything round here: it’s got a town-y buzz and is an hour from London, yet you’re never more than a stone’s throw from rolling fields or woodland. That said, my dreams of a Colchester Pret don’t seem to be getting any closer to reality, sadly. (Probably for the best, to be honest. Their macaroni cheese should be illegal.)
I’m getting married in October to my brilliant partner Mike. I know everyone says they can’t wait but… I can’t wait! We recently had our pre-wedding practice shoot with our photographer, which was a lot of fun, and had our dogs involved for the first 10 minutes. Yep, they were wearing little bowties. Yep, they looked adorable. (Dogs are the best, no?)
I’ve recently moved into the world of digital marketing. I love all things online – my career in journalism started out around the time Facebook and co. were taking off, and it’s been fascinating (and a bit terrifying) to watch them develop into the beasts they are today – although my weekly Screen Time report definitely leaves a bit to be desired.
I’m a pop culture geek – and culture geek in general, actually. I’m a cinema addict and a total bookworm, and am as likely to be reading a biography of Charles Dickens as catching up on the latest episode of TOWIE or Made In Chelsea. Also partial to a good Netflix series – any recommendations, please send them my way!
There are so many other things I could tell you but I’ll leave it here for now. In short, I can’t wait to start sharing Essex gems with you – all the brilliant places there are to explore and visit round here. See you soon!
10 facts about me:
- I love dogs. Like, love They’re the best! I spent my childhood begging for one and then, when I was 20, we got Archie, who’s a Cocker x Cavalier Spaniel. Mike’s family own Archie’s younger brother and sister, and they’re the sweetest little trio around.
- Despite the fact I used to edit a wedding website and a magazine all about wedding blooms, I still don’t know anything flowers really apart from the fact I love peonies. (Well. I think they’re peonies…)
- Mike and I live in a lovely flat that’s in a Georgian building that used to be a school. I’m itching to paint or wallpaper or something but we can’t do much as we rent – though I have just overhauled our balcony, which I’m really pleased with. I’ve put a little bird feeder out there but the birds still haven’t used it yet. Turns out birds don’t have noses! Who knew?! (Me. I knew. Mainly because I Googled ‘can birds smell stuff’, like the competent researcher I am.)
- I’m a bit of a workaholic, in a good way. I love what I do and feel so lucky to get to dabble with things that I find interesting and exciting on a daily basis. I have a creative, curious mind – she says, modestly – and am always full of plots and plans.
- I’ve planned awards ceremonies and conferences at a variety of London’s biggest and best hotels, including The Ritz, The Savoy and the Four Seasons.
- I wrote a book when I was 13! Okay, technically I self-published it – I collected tokens from a newspaper for weeks so I could get it printed. One day I want to write a book that I don’t have to pay to get published. And yep, you guessed it – I’m a total bookworm.
- I ran a half-marathon for the first-ever time in March. Before that, the furthest I’d run was about six miles, once. Still not really sure how I did it, tbh – and am definitely not still feeling twinges in my hips all these weeks later… That said, I’ve just signed up to do it again next year!
- LOVE leopard print. And red lipstick. And a little slick of highlighter. But still learning how to master eyeliner. One day I’ll nail that cat flick…
- I make colourful art in my spare time – namely, quotes on bright backgrounds. Check out #ChintzAndPrints on Instagram to take a look!
- I run a Colchester branch of the Red Box Project, which is a nationwide initiative that tackles period poverty among school girls. One-in-ten girls across the country are affected by it, which is heartbreaking.
Brands We Love
I’m a primary school teacher and I’m a mum to a beautiful, bright and bubbly six-year-old. I witness the ups and downs of wellbeing in children every day. Every parent faces the same dilemma – how to ensure the wellbeing of our children – particularly from a mental health perspective in a world that is more pressured than ever in more ways than one.
It was a great way to see parts of Leeds you might otherwise miss on your daily commute. We had some delicious and varied food choices accompanied by some nice drinks along the way. I’d genuinely be so happy to get this as a Christmas present. I always imagined food tours might be a bit pretentious and maybe not the kind of thing my other half would enjoy, but this wasn’t at all. The type of food offed, as well as the beers, sampled definitely kept him happy!
GREAT GIFT IDEAS FOR HIM | He’ll love this immersive Crime Scene Investigation Experience in Yorkshire
Anyone who fancies themselves a bit of a sleuth. If you’re an armchair detective and work out “whodunnit” before Poirot even twiddled his moustache or love watching real crime documentaries then this CSI Experience in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire is for you. Vouchers don’t have to be bought in pairs but I would say that to get the most out of the experience you’d be best off going with likeminded, crime-fighting friend.
If you love food and don’t know Sheffield very well then the Kelham Island Food Tour could be the one for you. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon, filled with many tasty delights whilst discovering new places around the much loved industrial part of town. The first time I ventured away from my city-centre haunts was shortly after finishing uni, when we discovered the Fat Cat pub and (more importantly) £2 pints of ale. It dumbfounded us that we’d never even heard of this part of town, so finding such an amazing place to drink after four years living in Sheffield was quite a late discovery!
I am a pub girl through and through and a glutton for a good, hearty menu. Forever hunting out new locations to catch up with my friends or to go for lunch with the family, so was super excited to discover this little gem situated in the beautiful Sutton.
I had already heard good things about Elements. Despite only just celebrating their first birthday, they’ve been nominated for two awards in Marketing Derby’s food and drink awards (Best Newcomer and Best Customer Service). Thanks to their beautifully curated Instagram feed they were firmly on my Girl About radar.
So when Elements got in touch to invite us to try their teddy bear’s picnic themed children’s menu I jumped at the opportunity. I can’t tell you the last time I enjoyed a delicious lunch out with my toddler. We have loads of fun but I’d pretty much resigned myself that civilised lunches at nice places were largely a thing of the past. I was intrigued to see whether this was the answer. In the week or so before, Lily was bubbling with excitement. I remained somewhat sceptical.
Thursday night a couple of weeks ago and my Dad was in town. My step-mum had gone to an ABBA event at the O2 and he didn’t really fancy getting all dressed up like a Super Trooper, so we decided to go out for a bite to eat. I’d been to The Stratford once before when it first opened in the summer and was impressed with their Stratford burger, so thought it was worth having another look.
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