It’s been a while since I’ve updated you on what’s happening behind the scenes at The Petite Bijou .com. We’ve had a whirlwind season this fall – from new logos to finally getting a redesign scheduled. A custom site is very existing.
But I have even more exciting news. We have our first long term contributing writer joining the team.
And it’s one of our very own readers. Earlier this year, I put out a call to my readers and followers. I was looking to bring on a few writers from different parts of the world that my readers were in. Since I am based in the US, I needed a writer from the UK and from France, the place where we have a lot of readers too. It’s so exciting to know that this blog gets read all over the world.
So today I want to introduce you to our UK contributing writer, Rachel Berry. Rachel is going to share with us her life living in the UK. She’ll be chatting with my readers about culture, traditions, wellness, travel, and more. Rachel has been a long time reader who is also the perfect fit for my brand. She is the epitome of a well read and well versed woman who enjoys learning and has a classic style.
Without further adieu, here is our welcome interview with Rachel:
Hi Rachel, tell us about yourself! Where are you from and how did you get started blogging/writing?
I grew up in the northwest of England, which is home, but I’ve moved around a fair bit since I turned 18. I went to university in St Andrews, Scotland before spending some years working in London. I spent the last four years living in Wellington, New Zealand and now I’m back in the UK with my family, living in Edinburgh. I’m married to Matt and mum to Alexandra, who’s just turned one.
I’ve always been a writer. When I was young, I put together a couple of issues of a magazine for my grandmother, called Cool Gran! It contained a lot of information about the Spice Girls! Since then, I’ve worked as a writer and editor for non-profits in the UK and New Zealand. And I finally started my own blog, Fern & Rose, after my daughter was born last year. It’s about family, flexible working and living internationally. The name comes from the New Zealand fern and the English rose, which is a reference to Alex and my family’s experiences as expats.
How did you find The Petite Bijou? What made you want to join as a contributing writer?
Personal style is something I’ve been thinking a lot about recently. I’m shifting towards a ‘fewer, better things’ approach to my own style, trying to be more thoughtful about my purchases, and taking inspiration from various sources online. I came across The Petite Bijou on Instagram. I really connected with the idea of classic style as uplifting and accessible to every woman. I loved the commitment to positivity and wellbeing. So when the opportunity came up to write for the blog, I jumped at the chance.
What are the subjects you enjoy writing about the most?
What I’m really interested in right now is the extraordinary moments in ordinary life. Everyone’s doing exciting things, but we don’t necessarily share too much about it because we either don’t want to brag or just see what we’re doing as normal. I think every person has a story to tell about the hard work and inspiration behind their outward success – whether that’s with a business, going above and beyond in their careers, as a volunteer, as a parent, whatever. I love digging out those stories and giving unsung heroes a bit of a platform to inspire others.
Tell us about what it’s like living in the UK. What’s your favorite part about living in Edinburgh?
Because I only moved back to the UK in July, I have the privilege of seeing my own country with fresh eyes. I’m really appreciating the age and the history here. Edinburgh has beautiful architecture that dates back generations. I’m also really enjoying discovering small British brands and seeing how many people are creating beautiful products with a bit of a unique twist. And, of course, my favourite tea is easily available!
Name 2 of your favorite UK brands and why you like them
Joules is my go-to for everyday wear, because it’s stylish, comfortable and quintessentially British. I live in their Harbour tops. And I love the designer Jenny Packham – so elegant. The Duchess of Cambridge has worn a stunning teal Jenny Packham dress a couple of times that I think is perfect.
Tell us what hobbies and interests you have apart from writing.
I love to read. I love to cook. I’m a runner, which still surprises me a little bit as I was a confirmed couch potato until three years ago! I’m trying to re-learn my high school French at the moment. And I’m a big tennis fan, too.
And lastly, what’s your favorite spot in Edinburgh?
Inverleith Park. It has lots of open space, a sweet little duck pond and tree-lined pathways from which you can see the city skyline. It’s peaceful and very beautiful.
Welcome to The Petite Bijou team Rachel! It’s good to have you join!
Please give Rachel your warmest welcome in the comments below and let us know what topics you would love to see her write about! If you have any questions about UK culture and travel, let us know in the comments.