After five years working as a copywriter at Vogue House, Hattie West decided to take a leap of faith when she left work in 2014 to concentrate on her blog HattieWest.com full time. Since then, Hattie's blog has gone from strength to strength, with the Evening Standard recently featuring her in their Top 25 London Lifestyle Influencers to follow on Instagram...
Having left your position at Condé Nast to go freelance, when was the moment you decided to press the reset button on your career? And what motivated you to make the switch?
I'd been working at Vogue House for 5 years, first in the digital team writing for Vogue.co.uk and then as Tatler's print copywriter - I was coming into the third cycle of the magazine and decided to take a leap of faith and see what else was going on outside those four walls.
Going freelance can be a scary prospect, what would you say to someone contemplating taking the plunge?
Be brave and get out there as much as you can - its all about building relationships. And enjoy it!
Any “wish someone had said that to me” advice?
To live abroad.
How do you achieve balance in your everyday life?
I'm learning the art of diarising nights at home.
Describe how your approach to fashion has evolved since changed your career path?
Become a lot simpler, look for less trend-led, more classics with a twist.
What is the most surprising thing you’ve learned along the way?
What’s your ‘pinch me, I must be dreaming’ moment?
I was recently featured in the Evening Standard's Top 25 London Lifestyle Influencers to follow on Instagram which was crazy.
Who or what inspires you?
Friends and other young, independent women around me who are leaving office jobs in favour of starting their own businesses – be it starting new brands, running successful blogs, working as florists, wellness coaches, travel book authors and even one friend starting a sauna business – there’s so much more to all of it than meets the eye. It’s great to see women building each other up.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Don't over think it. And don't compare.
What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
Go and live abroad!
What did you want to be growing up?
Sky Sports News Presenter/Blue Peter Presenter.
When are you happiest?
On a beach, snuggling with furry animals, exploring, eating out or watching live sport.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Convincing my husband we should have a dog...
And what would you like to achieve next?
Way down the line I like the idea of working with animals and pets as therapy.
When was the last time you laughed out loud?
My dog Luna just proudly brought my bra through from the bedroom. She has a thing for bras.
Fantasy Dinner Party. You get to choose six guests – dead or alive – to spend the evening with. Who would you choose? And where would you go?
Sally Phillips, Gael Monfils, Brigitte Bardot, Robin Williams, Will Smith, Meredith Grey (is fictional allowed?). Catherine's beach restaurant in Antigua.
At hush we value female friendships - what qualities do all your friends share?
Good fun and ambitious.
What’s the one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?
I love cricket.
What are you reading/watching/listening to at the moment?
Reading My Name Is Lucy Barton, binge watching virtually all seasons of Grey's Anatomy and going through a blues phase music wise.
What’s your top tip to unwind?
Yoga and puppy cuddles.
Over or under dressed?
Summer or winter?
Leather jacket for winter denim jacket for summer.
Favourite Instagram account?
Tough one, @blackjaguarwhitetiger @fingermonkey @adenorah @collagevintage and @stoned_immaculate_
Desert island beauty product (we’ll give you sunscreen)?
This Works pillow spray (do I get a pillow on the desert island).
Take each day as it comes.
Can’t live without…