podcast episode no. 18 with Lily Pebbles – how to curate your life

:: by Lizzie


Photography by Sussex food and lifestyle photographer Emma Croman


This week the podcast is back with an interview with online content creator Lily Pebbles. Lily has been blogging for over 8 years now and has seen the development of many a social media platform. Her lifestyle content now spans YouTube, Instagram, twitter, her blog www.lilypebbles.com, her podcast with fellow online content creator and friend Anna Newton, her book The F Word and even more I’m sure. She has had a lot going on over the last year or so particularly with the renovation of her new home among other things. We talk self employment, work life balance, what it was like back when blogging was new and the reality of a career in online content creation today. We talk about the future and what’s next for Lily – huge congrats Lily on your pregnancy! Find links to learn more about Lily below. I really enjoyed recording with Lily and hugely appreciated her openness and honestly. I hope you find it helpful too. Lizzie x


S H O W  N O T E S :


www.lilypebbles.co.uk – Lily’s website

www.instagram.com – Lily’s Instagram

www.youtube.com – Lily’s Youtube

itunes.apple.com – At Home With… Lily and Anna’s Podcast

www.the-smuggler.com – Episode no.1 with Anna Newton

www.gleamfutures.com – Lily’s Management

www.lizzieforsmug.com – Grow Your Brand Grow Coaching Programme

The F Word – Lily’s Book

www.ifeelsmug.com – Goal Setting Journal

www.trouva.com/lists My Trouva.com NEW IN wishlist

(use offer code SMUG at checkout for 10% off website wide)

Me, My Shop and I Trouva interview with Lizzie

Your Dream Life Starts Here – Book by Kristina Karlsson (Kikki.K)




podcast episode no. 17 with Lucy Ward – how to curate your life

:: by Lizzie


Lucy Trouva Portrait in Trouva boutique_2b


This week on the podcast I return the favour and interview Lucy Ward, Trouva’s Creative Brand Director. Lucy interviewed me at home earlier in the year and I quickly decided I needed to get her on the podcast so you guys could get to know her. Lucy is super likeable and, I feel, a really impressive women in the world of creative business. I think you’ll enjoy listening to how she’s got to where she is today and hope you’ll find our chat inspiring. We talk about alignment, landing your dream job, knowing when to step away from a difficult email and just breath, the struggles around attempting to own property in London, our rituals and routines, being a morning person (or not, as the case may be), finding the right people to surround yourself with and pottering at home among many other things! I hope you enjoy.



S H O W  N O T E S :


@wearetrouva Trouva’s instagram

www.trouva.com/lists My Trouva.com NEW IN wishlist

(use offer code SMUG at checkout for 10% off website wide)

Me, My Shop and I Trouva interview with Lizzie

@lucytward Lucy’s instagam


podcast episode no.16 – productivity within the context of work life balance

:: by Lizzie


Trouva_Issue 01_SMUG-16


Hey guys. Another solo show today. I wanted to focus a whole episode on where I’m at with productivity and goal setting within the context of work life balance. I talk about my own goals, hopes, dreams and how I try to get into alignment to give myself the best chance of being productive with and passionate about the task in hand. Thanks as always for reading and listening. If you’d be interested in applying for my Designer Maker ‘Grow Your Brand’ Coaching programme or buying tickets to my Goal Setting Workshop you can find the links below. Lizzie x



S H O W  N O T E S :


Designer Maker ‘Grow Your Brand’ – Group Coaching Programme

Crafty Fox Market Shopping with Soul event – The event I spoke at this week

Goal Setting Workshop with me upstairs at SMUG – My Goal Setting Workshop

2019 MiGoals Diaries from Moxon now available at SMUG – My 2019 Goal Setting Diary

3 Game Changing Productivity Tips – My blog post on Productivity

Your Dream Life Starts Here – Book by Kristina Karlsson (Kikki.K)

wearetrouva – Trouva’s instagram

www.trouva.com – The Trouva website

(use offer code SMUG for 10% off at checkout site wide)

How I Curate My Home wishlist

Insidestore Trouva wishlist




podcast episode no.15 with Andrea Bates – how to curate your life

:: by Lizzie




This week’s ‘How to Curate Your Life – Work Life Balance for the Creative Entrepreneur’ podcast episode is an interview with Andrea Bates. Andrea is a fellow London based design store founder. Her interiors shop insidestore (which you may know as Future and Found – check out links below for their great new branding and website) opened seven or so years ago and Andrea and I enjoy discussing the highs and lows of being the founding member of a design store and what it’s taken to get ourselves and our stores to where they are today. We have very different journeys but in many ways, very similar experiences.


We even get talking about what it’s like having designer makers approaching you (often in person) regarding stocking their work and the need for some coaching out there on the best ways to do this. We see people getting it wrong time and time again and I joke about getting some training out there for designer makers wanting to grow their brand and get stocked in design stores.


Since recording this episode, I have done just that. My Designer Maker ‘Grow You Brand’ coaching programme launches in January 2019. If you would like to be part of the first ever cohort for this brand new programme (which has been years in the making) then follow the link for more info.


Scroll to the end of this post and click play for the episode or subscribe wherever you get your podcasts to have a new episode land in your playlist every week. Thanks for listening. Lizzie x



S H O W  N O T E S :


www.insidestoreldn.com insidestore website

www.instagram.com/insidestoreldn insidestore Instagram

www.wrapmagazineshop.com Wrap magazine

itunes.apple.com My interview on Fearless Hustle Collective podcast

www.trouva.com/lists My Trouva.com insidestore wishlist

(use offer code SMUG at checkout for 10% off website wide)

www.lizzieforsmug.com/goal-setting-workshop My Goal Setting Workshop

www.lizzieforsmug.com/designer-makers My ‘Grow Your Brand’ coaching programme

for Designer Makers


Trouva photo credit – Image featuring Trouva’s Lucy Ward to the left of Andrea and Mad About The House blogger Kate Watson-Smyth to the right.





podcast episode no.14 with Sarah Akwisombe – how to curate your life

:: by Lizzie




Hello lovely people. What a week! If you get my Lizzie for SMUG newsletter for creative entrepreneurs (you can sign up if you scroll to the bottom of my site here), you’ll know there’s been lots going on for me. I’m feeling sort of back on track, but still tonnes going on and a lot to juggle.


Firstly, I have a new podcast episode for you. It’s with Sarah Akwisombe who I’m a big fan of. I’ve known Sarah for quite a while now and consider her a friend in ‘the industry’. She’s wicked. She knows what she likes, knows what she thinks and isn’t afraid to shout about it which I love. She’s also a sweetie which you might not really realise until you meet her in real life and spend time with her. Sarah is shit hot at knowing her brand and growing her business and helps others do the same through her No Bull Business School – all links below in the show notes. I took one of Sarah’s courses a while back and got a lot out of it.


I really enjoyed recording with her and found listening back and editing our episode pretty inspiring. We talk about being ‘strong women’ who know ourselves, what it’s like working with your husband, the phycology around money and tonnes more. I hope it’s one you enjoy. I think you will. I pretty sure that I’m right in saying it wont be the last time you her mine and Sarah’s voices together – I really enjoy working with her and hope to do so again soon.



S H O W  N O T E S :


www.sarahakwisombe.com Sarah’s Website

@sarahakwisombe Sarah’s Instagram

www.nobullbusinessschool.com The No Bull Business School

www.sarahakwisombe.com/blog/interview Sarah’s interview with me for her blog

You Are a Bad Ass at Making Money Book by Jen Sincero

www.lizzieforsmug.com/smug-events My Goal Setting Workshop

www.trouva.com/stories/ Me Myself and I Trouva interview with me talking wellness

www.trouva.com/lists My ‘How I Curate My Home’ wish list on Trouva

** Use offer code SMUG for 10% off at checkout site wide **




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