About

I’m Jacq.  Visit my old blog here.  Or visit my style blog here.

Or read this list: twenty facts about me. 

  1. I was born in New Zealand and have lived in the UK for most of the past 13 years.
  2. Yes, I still miss NZ: every day, in fact.  One day I hope that we’ll move there and settle down for good.  However, we both have good jobs in the UK and there are all sorts of benefits to living here: amazing culture (and we do actually take advantage of it sometimes); fantastic travel opportunities; nice friends here… life could be a whole lot worse.
  3. By ‘we’ I mean my husband (Tristan) and me.  And Tui, our dog; often referred to as ‘Tui the Wonder Dog’.
  4. I have dual NZ and UK citizenship and two passports, which is quite cool and can sometimes make me feel like a secret agent.  The photo in my NZ passport is fantastic: probably one of the nicest photos taken in recent years.  However, I use my UK passport for 99 journeys out of 100 and, sadly, my UK passport photo makes me look like a sex-trafficked Eastern European woman, circa. 1972.
  5. I work for a big law firm and I’m the Community Affairs Manager, which means that I give away money for a living and organise opportunities for my colleagues to volunteer and do pro bono work.  It’s splendid.
  6. I have two sisters and two parents back home in NZ.  And a grandmother.  And six nieces and a nephew.  And an aunt.  When I go home I invariably spend a lot of time catching up with everybody.
  7. I was born in 1975 and it really shocks me to think that I’m in my mid-30s.  Honestly and truly, I still feel like I’m in my early 20s.  It doesn’t help that I’m still good friends with many people I met when I was 16 (although nearly all of them live in NZ and Australia, so when I’m back home and aren’t catching up with my family, I’m catching up with all of them instead).
  8. Tristan and I have been together since October 1997 and got married in March 1999.  He’s handsome, clever, funny and a thoroughly nice chap.  Being married is really easy when you’re doing it with somebody like him.
  9. I was raised a Catholic and have been a practising Catholic again since 2006.  It’s probably worth noting that I’m definitely not a ‘hate gay people and don’t use contraception’ type of Catholic (and nor are any of the Catholics I know).  Tristan is agnostic and no, it doesn’t cause us any difficulties.  Live and let live, we both say. 
  10. I work in the City and live in one of the counties near London.  I get the train to and from work each day. 
  11. I’m quite a fussy eater.  I absolutely will not eat mushrooms or seafood.  Seafood, because it never agreed with me when I was a kid and so I never developed a taste for it.  Mushrooms, because they are the Devil’s Own Fungi.  Seriously, the smell of mushrooms cooking (or mushrooms on the plate of a diner sitting near me in a restaurant) is enough to make me want to be sick.  HATE.  If anybody accidentally serves me mushrooms I recoil in a very over-dramatic manner and somebody has to remove them for me.  I don’t mean to be a total princess about it, but I just can’t deal with the ‘shrooms.
  12. Actually, I am a bit of a princess in a lot of ways.  There.  I said it.  I like to think that it’s not the case – and when it comes to the crunch I can cope with things being less-than-perfect – but I am quite particular in a lot of ways.  And people tend to indulge me, possibly because they like to have a quiet life.  I don’t try to abuse the situation, I promise.
  13. Getting a dog was one of the best things I’ve ever done (the absolute best thing was getting married).  Tui is such a great pet: good fun, reasonably low maintenance and lovely company.  I feel quite sorry for people who don’t like dogs: they don’t know what they’re missing.
  14. I really like clothes and I’m always interested in style, but I’m not particularly interested in fashion – I don’t want to wear stuff just because somebody has decreed that it’s ‘the look’.  I think I’m old enough to wear what I like and what suits me.  I find it quite odd that women of my age still shop at the same places as teenagers and try to look trendy.  In case you’re wondering, I dress smartly during the week (and I’m a big fan of a quasi-1950s look: florals, fuller skirts or pencil skirts, blouses, cardigans, etc) and like a teenager in the weekend (hoodies, jeans, trainers).  I have a lot of clothes, but this is mainly because I buy good stuff and keep it for a very long time.
  15. I have diverse music tastes and a lot of the stuff on my ipod surprises people (particularly the hip hop and urban stuff: I am a very white girl and you’d think that I’d be more Jack Johnson or whatever).  Also surprising: I’m quite a good dancer.
  16. I am a vintage fan: fashion, accessories and furniture.  However, I’m 5’10” tall, so it’s rare that I can find vintage fashion to fit me.  Vintage handbags are a different story: a handbag is always the right size.  I hate buying shoes.  When it comes to furniture, everything except our bed and our sofa was inherited or bought second-hand.  Vintage furniture is of better quality and has much more character.  I find modern furniture a bit bland.
  17. I love books and reading and I harbour aspirations to write a novel.  I know that the only thing stopping me is a busy schedule and a lack of organisational prowess.
  18. I like making things: knitted baby hats and baby jumpers (I only like knitting small things because I get bored easily); embroidered samplers for friends’ weddings and baby presents; jam; banana loaf; fudge; basically – things that are nice, but not particularly useful. 
  19. I try not to take myself too seriously and I try to be a good person.  My guiding principle can be summed up thus: ‘Do unto others as you’d have them do to you’. 
  20. I give myself a hard time, nearly all of the time.  It’s something I’m working on, but old habits die hard.
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2 Responses to About

  1. Freddo says:

    Now you’ve got a few extra minutes of spare time in your life, may I recommend Badaude’s blog. (badaude.typepad.com)
    It’s like Auckland Street Style for people who love that Auckland of the Northern Hemisphere, Paris.
    She also reports from Oxford, London and the Eurostar terminal at St Pancras. (Passport required.)
    Hope things are working out OK.
    Freddo

  2. Freddo says:

    Sorry – I didn’t expect to come up here. I thought it was going to be a private email.
    Please read it and then destroy it – by eating it, if you wish.

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