podcast episode no.13 with Lola Hoad – how to curate your life

:: by Lizzie


Photography by Brighton and London photographer Emma Gutteridge


So this is the one where Lola essentially gives me a coaching session! I found creative business coach and ‘One Girl Band’, Lola Hoad, so inspiring to talk to. I also felt that we really agreed on so much when it comes to knowing yourself, being yourself and caring for yourself. I hope you guys enjoy this one. Lola is fantastic and you can follow the links below if you’re left wanting more (which I’m sure you will be). Huge thanks to Lola for coming on and for encouraging me to keep doing what I love and what excites me.



S H O W  N O T E S :


www.lolahoad.co.uk (Lola’s website)

www.onegirlband.co.uk (Lola’s CoWorking space)

One Girl Band the podcast (Lola’s podcast)

10 Ways to Cope with Anxiety (my blogpost on my experience of anxiety)

The Multi Hyphen Method (Emma Gannon’s recent book)

Curate Your Life CoWorking upstairs at SMUG

www.trouva.com (use the offer code SMUG at checkout for 10% off)

@wearetrouva (for lust-worthy retail interiors)




podcast episode no.12 – life update and launch of season 2

:: by Lizzie



‘How to Curate Your Life – Work Life Balance for the Creative Entrepreneur’ is back! I am so very excited to launch Season 2 at last. Thank you so much for all of your encouraging messages about season 1 and for letting me know that you’ve been looking forward to season 2. Your support has been really overwhelming. I’m so pleased that you found season 1 interesting, helpful and even inspiring. Huge thanks for listening and of course to my guests from season 1 and now season 2 as well! Thank you too for your patience. I know it’s taken a while to get season 2 launched (having a baby slowed me down) but I really hope you’ll enjoy season 2’s interviews (and having me back in your podcast playlist on a Tuesday morning).


I’m afraid this episode is just me though guys. No interview this week. Hope that’s okay!? I really felt like so much had happened that it might be a bit weird for me to just crack on with interviewing one of our season 2 guests without talking to you a bit about what’s happening with me. I asked on Instagram if you had any questions you’d like me to cover and so much of what came back were questions about being a mum, my new perspective on work life balance, if I’m fitting in any self care and how I’m essentially juggling everything, that I thought I’d better record a Life Update episode for you. Apologies if this isn’t so much your bag – next week I’ll be putting out an interview I loved recording with a special guest – but for now, it’s just me and you kid. Let’s catch up!


In this episode I share what I’ve been up to over the last several months, how I’m balancing work and baby whilst trying to stay healthy and inspired, what I’m finding hard to keep up with and feel like I might be failing you on, but also the exciting projects I’m working on and want to share with you as well as how I’m dealing with the sleep deprivation that comes with living with a 6 month old.


I also share the news that Trouva, the home of independent boutiques online, is the sponsor of season 2 of the podcast. Trouva is the perfect site to peruse for inspiration on How To Curate Your Home. Something as you know, I feel very passionate about. Thank you so much to Trouva.com for sponsoring season 2 of the podcast.


You can subscribe via iTunes, Acast (or wherever else you listen to your podcasts) now to be one of the first to hear each episode as it goes live every Tuesday. You can also listen to the trailer and released episodes on my website www.lizzieforsmug.com/podcast and check out the show notes below. Thanks so much for listening!


S H O W  N O T E S :

@ifeelsmug (my Instagram)

www.youtube.com (my YouTube channel – Lizzie for SMUG)

Trouva.com/ifeelsmug (Trouva – use offer code SMUG at checkout for 10% off)

The Lifestyle Edit – Naomi Mdudu (my business coach)

@beautifulhomesandinteriors (Fiona and Felicity’s Instagram)

Me, My Shop and I – Trouva interview with Lizzie

Tell Your Friends – M.Hulot interview with Lizzie and her mum Margaret

Baby’s First Holiday – Blog post for Baby Jogger

Glucose tablets

Workshop with me and Esther (meet up Saturday 22nd September)

@origami_est (Esther’s Instagram)

www.lizzieforsmug.com (my website)



podcast episode no.11 season round up – how to curate your life

:: by Lizzie




Bonus episode anyone? I hope you don’t mind but it just felt right to do one last episode – a solo show – in order to round up season one. Have a listen below for my key takeaways from the series as well as news on season 2 and the best ways to stay in touch to keep our conversation going. Thank you as always for listening, sharing and reaching out to me to let me know what’s most resonated with you. Speak soon. Lizzie x



podcast episode no.10 with Naomi Mdudu – how to curate your life

:: by Lizzie




It’s very nearly time to wrap up season one of my podcast ‘How to Curate Your Life – Work Life Balance for the Creative Entrepreneur’. We couldn’t go out with a better interview in my opinion. Naomi is hugely inspiring and is offering so much to creative entrepreneurs that I feel very happy to introduce you to her (if you don’t know her already). I really suggest you spend time reading her website ‘The Lifestyle Edit – Toolkit for Creative Working Women’, listening to her podcast and signing up to her amazingly insightful and generously personal newsletter also for creative entrepreneurs.


Of course I want to take this opportunity to say a huge thank to Naomi and also to you guys. I had no idea when I originally set out to create this podcast, how many of you would not only end up listening and finding the content helpful and inspiring but also the number of you who would regularly get in touch to let me know that and share the podcast with your friends and followers. I am so grateful to you all. Thank you, thank you. I have felt so inspired myself by the process of bringing this podcast to you and the conversations we’ve had together. You can listen to this weeks episode to hear more about what’s next for me, the podcast and how we can continue to stay in touch and grow what we’ve built together until season two launches in the spring of 2018. The current plan is to record a solo episode to wrap the whole season up so do keep your eyes open for episode no.11 coming to you next week :) Until then, Lizzie





S H O W  N O T E S :


The Lifestyle Edit – www.thelifestyleedit.com

The Lifestyle Edit Podcast – soundcloud.com

The Lifestyle Edit Newsletter – thelifestyleedit.lpages.co

Trello – trello.com

Kristina kikki.K – www.kikki-k.com

The E Myth by Michale Gerber – www.audible.co.uk

Calendly – calendly.com

Buffer – buffer.com

Egg Shop – www.eggshopnyc.com

Iconosquare – pro.iconosquare.com



podcast episode no.9 with Liv Purvis – how to curate your life

:: by Lizzie




Hello wonderful people! It’s time for episode no. 9 of my podcast ‘How to Curate Your Life – Work Life Balance for the Creative Entrepreneur’. This week’s guest is the gorgeous and lovely Liv Purvis. Liv’s blog www.whatoliviadid.com and her youtube channel of the same name, are two of my fave places on the internet (and not just because she has occasionally mentioned me or SMUG :) – although I do rather enjoy that – thanks Liv!)


As well as everything she has to share about personal style, beauty, travel and more, Liv knows a thing or two about working for herself as she’s been doing it forever and is wise beyond her years. She’s an honest breath of fresh air and a rather fabulous person to spend an afternoon with. Thank you so much Liv for coming on the podcast and for always being so quick to say yes and/or try to help and be supportive. You’re an absolute peach!




We’ll have some more news to share on what Liv is up to and the exciting projects she has in store for the rest of the year and 2018 very soon. But for now, the episode can be found on iTunes, or you can scroll to the bottom of this post to have a listen right now. If you’d like to review the podcast on iTunes I would LOVE that and actually what I love even more, is when people get in touch to let me know what they thought of the episode – what was particularly helpful or interesting etc etc. So please leave a comment below or contact me via my instagram ifeelsmug.


Have wonderful weeks people. Thank you as always for listening and for your ongoing support. Speak soon! Lizzie x




S H O W  N O T E S  :


Sign up to my newsletter – www.lizzieforsmug.com

NME – www.nme.com

Cosmo Blogger Awards – www.cosmopolitan.com

Pearl Lowe – www.pearllowe.co.uk

Carrie – wishwishwish.net

The London Beauty Tourism Directory – whatoliviadid.com

Rosie Lord – rosielord.squarespace.com

The Pool – www.the-pool.com

The Debrief – www.thedebrief.co.uk

Joe Galvin – www.josephgalvin.co.uk

Charlotte Jacklin Podcast interview – www.the-smuggler.com

Elizabeth Gilbert –  www.elizabethgilbert.com

The Little Black Book – www.harpercollins.co.uk

Jess Lively – jesslively.com

What Olivia Did – whatoliviadid.com

Red Magazine – www.redonline.co.uk

Paddington 2 – www.imdb.com

Liv’s Living Room Tour (and expressive arms) – www.youtube.com




podcast episode no.8 with Teri Muncey – how to curate your life

:: by Lizzie




Episode no. 8 of my podcast ‘How to Curate Your Life – Work Life Balance for the Creative Entrepreneur’ is now ready to share with you. I hope you find it really interesting and inspiring. I loved recording it with Teri from The Lovely Drawer. As you guys know, I’m expecting a baby now, and talking to Teri about how she has navigated having her baby Magda whilst being her own boss, was super helpful to me. I hope you find the same. However, do not fear if you’re not preggers – we talk about lots of things – from Teri’s career journey, her beautiful home, work-life balance, challenges and growth in her business and how she curates her life and ‘makes it work’. So I think there’s something in here for everyone.


Huge thanks again to Teri for recording with me and being part of season 1 of the podcast. Only 2 episodes left after this one!!! Thanks guys so much for listening and for sharing. I’m already looking forward to introducing to you the ways in which I’m wanting to move the topics we’ve been talking about on the podcast forward. Sorry if that sounds a bit cloak and dagger! More on that coming soon :)






S H O W  N O T E S  :

The Lovely Drawer – www.thelovelydrawer.com

Lizzie for SMUG – www.lizzieforsmug.com

Manolya Isik – www.manolyaisik.com

Weekend:IN – www.wkndin.co.uk

Anna Rifle Bond – www.instagram.com/annariflebond

Teri’s Workshops – thelovelydrawer.com/workshops

The Smuggler – www.the-smuggler.com

Sign up to my Newsletter – www.lizzieforsmug.com





podcast episode no.7 with Donna Wilson – how to curate your life

:: by Lizzie


AW17 - Gareth Hacker - Donna Wilson portrait_square


Episode no. 7 of my podcast ‘How to Curate Your Life – Work Life Balance for the Creative Entrepreneur’ is with the wonderful Donna Wilson. I’ve known Donna through the design/retail/wholesale world for yonks and as well as being a brilliant and original designer with a successful business and career, she is a lovely, down to earth, humble and encouraging women and mother.


In this weeks episode you’ll hear all about how her business started and grew, what she’s struggled with and learnt over the years, how she’s developed what she does and curated her life to work better for her, her business and her family and her advice for those starting out on a creative career.



AW17 - Gareth Hacker - Cushions


As you can imagine it was a pleasure to record with Donna and I think and hope that you’ll find listening to her story and encouraging words both interesting and inspiring. Thanks so much as always for listening guys. I’m still loving recording these episodes for you and I really hope you’re still enjoying them. If there are specific topics you’d like me to cover or even people you’d like me to interview please do get in touch – either in the comments below or through my instagram ifeelsmug.



Donna Wilson Ceramics SS 2017_3


To listen to this week’s episode you can scroll to the bottom of this post and click play (you’ll find our show notes there too) or you can follow this link to the series on iTunes.


Thank you, thank you. Have wonderful and inspiring weeks and remember to take the space you need, where you can, to be still and quiet. I find that’s the time that things I’ve been worrying about or working hard on fall into place. Lizzie :)



AW17 - Charlotte Love - Fee and Fish


S H O W  N O T E S  :


RCA – www.rca.ac.uk

Textiles MA – www.rca.ac.uk

Freddie Robins – www.freddierobins.com

Karen Nicol – www.karennicol.com

Couverture – www.couvertureandthegarbstore.com

Designersblock – www.verydesignersblock.com

Embracing Winter – www.bezalel.org.uk

Bezalel Instagram – www.instagram.com

Photos by Gareth Hacker / Charlotte Love




podcast episode no.6 with Emma Sibley – how to curate your life

:: by Lizzie




Whoop whoop! Episode no.6 of my podcast ‘How to Curate Your Life – Work Life Balance for the Creative Entrepreneur’ is here. I loved recording this episode for you as it meant I got to have a proper catch up with Emma Sibley and visit her new London Terrariums shop. FYI, it’s beautiful – see below.


This episode is about having an idea, committing to it, working hard and seeing it grow, all whilst trying to go with the flow. We talk about how London Terrariums first started, what it’s become, what growing the business looked like on a day-to-day basis for Emma and how things are continuing to progress now.


Emma knows loads of cool creatives who we mention in the episode so make sure you check out the show notes below for links and details on those brilliant folk too.


Thank you as always so much for listening. I feel like I’m starting to sound like a broken record but I can’t thank you enough for all of the encouraging messages relating to the podcast. It’s so wonderful that it’s resonating with you and I really appreciate your feedback. Thank you, thank you, 100 times thank you.


You can scroll all the way to the bottom of this post and click play to listen to the episode or follow this link to iTunes. If you fancied subscribing on iTunes that would be amazing – you could even leave a review or rate the podcast :) – as this is the best way for others to find the podcast and grow our HTCYL community. You’re the best! Lizzie x








S H O W  N O T E S  :


London Terrariums Shop – londonterrariums.com

London Terrariums Instagram – instagram.com

YCN – ycn.org

London Terrariums Workshops – londonterrariums.com/workshops

Jenny Webber Wild Life Drawing – wildlifedrawing.co.uk

YMC – youmustcreate.com

Isabel + Helen – isabelandhelen.com

Sophie Sellu – grainandknot.com

Spread Supper Clubs – spreadlondon.co.uk

Emma’s first book – Urban Botanics : An Indoor Plant Guide for Modern Gardeners

Emma’s second book – The Little Book of Cacti

Grow London – houseandgardenfestival.com

Adidas Meets the Creatives – link coming soon








podcast episode no.5 with Emma Gannon – how to curate your life

:: by Lizzie


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I can’t quite believe it! We’re halfway through season 1 of my podcast ‘How to Curate Your Life – Work Life Balance for the Creative Entrepreneur’. Time is flying by, which as I say, means we’re at our halfway point. This in turn means that it’s time for my episode with podcast queen Emma Gannon!


Emma, if you don’t already know, is an author and podcaster, among many other things. She’s written for pretty much every newspaper under the sun and has had exciting and creative jobs at various magazines and marketing agencies too. In 2015/16 she wrote a book, Ctrl Alt Del, and is now working on her second. She is famous in the podcast world for her podcast of the same title – Ctrl Alt Del, as well as her second and brand new podcast ‘Get it off Your Breasts’. I’d very much recommend both.


I met with Emma for the first time when the HTCYL podcast was just a twinkle in my eye and she filled me with info, inspiration and encouragement. It’s safe to say that without that, my podcast may have never made it to your earbuds. So thank you Emma. And thank you for coming on the show at this special halfway point and for sharing so openly and honestly with me and the HTCYL community.


We talk about saying no, time saving, burn out, celebrating the small wins, being yourself/doing you and so much more. I really hope you guys enjoy this episode as much as you have the previous 4. I’d like to say a huge thanks to those of you who have been in touch with feedback and encouragement, particularly on my solo episode. It’s so helpful to know that what I’m doing is resonating with many of you. Thank you for your support and as always, for listening. You can either scroll to the bottom of this blog post and click play or you can find this episode of the podcast on iTunes here. Show notes below as always. Speak soon, Lizzie x





S H O W  N O T E S  :


Ctrl Alt Del – The Book

Ctrl Alt Del – The podcast

Liz Gilbert – www.elizabethgilbert.com

Big Magic – The Book

Big Magic – The podcast

Liz Gilbert Egg Timer 1 Task

Get it off Your Breast – The podcast

Seth Goden Episode – podcast episode

Islington Design District – www.islingtondesigndistrict.com

My experience with anxiety – www.the-smuggler.com




podcast episode no.4 Q&A with Lizzie Evans – how to curate your life

:: by Lizzie




You know those days when you’ve been working really hard on something you’re super proud of and it all falls apart? There’s a technical glitch and you lose everything? Computer says no. Or you are asked to speak on a panel and say the wrong thing and feel like a complete tit!? Sometimes it’s really hard to give yourself a break, find the best way forward and move on out of the mess. Episode no. 4 of my podcast ‘How to Curate Your Life – Work Life Balance for the Creative Entrepreneur’ is entirely focused on this subject. Finding a positive outcome after disappointment or failure. 


Lizzie SMUG - Amber-Rose Photography 48


I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who got in touch with a question. Each question answered in the episode is listed below including the person’s instagram handle. Feel free to get in touch with each other to discus these topics further. Some people wrote really interesting and insightful questions and comments that you might want to feedback on yourself.


You can listen to the episode on iTunes here, or simply scroll to the bottom of this blog post and click play. Scroll down too for show notes. Thanks so much as always for listening. I’ll be back on Tuesday with a brand new interview based episode. Thanks for bearing with me this week.


Lizzie x


@ethicalcreature – What do you do on days where you run out of motivation or it all gets too much? I’m just starting out and sometimes it all gets a bit overwhelming.


@sarahstranguk – Moments of failure are often associated with the phrase “it’s how you deal with it” – what are three action points or series of steps in your creative process that represent for you, “dealing with it?”


@thesumofthings – I ‘tryyy’ to channel my frustration into something else worthwhile… also go out for a drink with friends, buy myself something small but lovely, eat really good food etc…


@quittingquince – Why is it that failure is perceived as a bad thing? And how can we REALLY manifest the mantra of “failing forward” or “failing is part of success”? I know all this in theory and I still struggle.


@thecoachingdiva – To cut a long story short, I moved to Melbourne and I had to wait for my visa for ages. I could only see limitations and I felt defeated until the day I made a conscious choice to see this situation in a positive light and focus on what I had control of. You cannot control whether or not you will fail but you can control your attitude. SO whilst I was waiting for my visa I designed notebooks and my business is launching in December. Try and see what doors the universe is opening for you rather than staring at the closed ones.


@matusbalogh – What was a lesson you learned from one of your failures that you then incorporated into your daily life?


@han_ratcliffe – Have you always felt creative and therefore felt justified to start SMUG? Growing up I have loved crafting, art and design and tried it all but don’t feel particularly good at one thing. I’d love to start a personal blog but my fear of a ‘lack of talent’ is holding me back… Loved your last podcast and looking forward to the next!


@laurenwelland – So sorry to hear about the files but this sounds like a great idea. My question would be – What’s the one thing that at the time felt like a big fail in your business but in fact turned into something positive?





S H O W  N O T E S :


Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk – www.glossier.com

Glossier Haloscope in Quartz – www.glossier.com

Ottolenghi Islington – www.ottolenghi.co.uk

Sarah Akwisombe – www.nobullblogschool.com



Photos by Amber-Rose Photography