Sometimes when scrolling through Instagram or Twitter, I’ll spot a familiar view – a local cafe or recommendation of a pub just down the road. I know there are pockets of social media collectives all over the place but I love coming across fellow residents of south and south-east London because it makes me realise that it’s not just me in my little corner pom-pom waving.
One of those fellow residents is the lady I know as ‘Lotty Marie‘ (owing to her social media handles!) who lives round the corner from me and is a fellow cat-lover. Loretta is a Stella & Dot stylist and as someone who knows all about the trials and tribulations of running a business I’m delighted to ask her a few questions about her business and let her share her favourite parts of South London.
1) Tell us a little bit about what you do.
I’m a Stylist for Stella & Dot the concept is simple, I sell jewellery and accessories online and in person at Pop-Up Boutiques that I take to peoples homes and workplaces. Stella & Dot is born from my lifelong desire to work in fashion. Becoming a Stylist has given me the opportunity to fulfil that ambition. I’m so grateful that when the role was offered, I was able to take the good fortune and run with it. Quite honestly wearing the jewellery everyday as an ambassador of the brand is not a hardship! I love it, and seeing my customers happy with their jewels & accessories makes the hard work exceptionally rewarding. As well as Stella & Dot, I blog at www.lotty-marie.com and have been blogging my lifestyle for nearly two years, I love my little corner of the Internet and have met some amazing people through it and had some memorable experiences, that I’ve been able to share on the blog.
2) What advice do you have for someone setting up their own business/franchise?
Never underestimate yourself or what you are capable of. Believe wholeheartedly in your plans and your ideas. If you don’t believe in yourself, how will you ever convince anyone else to.
3) What would like like for the future of your business?
I want to spread my passion for Stella & Dot as much as possible and to accomplish that, Stella & Dot with my blog would have to become a full time business, that’s hopefully in my future.
4) You live in south/South-east London – what are your three best tips for people who are visiting? Where would you take them?
Call me biased, but it really is the best part of London. There are some wonderful hidden gems in South London below are three of my current favourite places to visit.
Dulwich Picturehouse – A very small local cinema. My family and I are huge film buffs and this is our favourite place to go and see a film. They have a cafe on site that sells the most amazing gluten free cakes, which I like to take into the theatre with me, much better than popcorn. They also have sofa style seats available if you prefer to share, all this in a small intimate setting. They show current blockbusters as well as small independent films, something for everyone.
Beckenham Place Park – If you’re a runner or just like to have a walk on a Sunday afternoon with the family, this is a beautiful place to visit. it’s the largest green space in my borough, covering 98 hectares, with large areas of ancient woodland making it ideal for walks.
Image courtesy of Chai Naasto
Chai-Naasto – We eat out often and our favourite restaurant at the moment is Chai-Naasto in Beckenham. Amazing Indian style street food with a seat, If you love Indian food you’ll love it here. You have to book as it’s always extremely busy.
Thank you so much to Lotty, Stella & Dot stylist for featuring in my South London Showcase. All images courtesy of Lotty unless otherwise stated. If you’d like to be featured then please get in touch.
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