20 Kent women you need in your life
Girl power! 20 key contacts every Kent woman should have - to help boost your physical, mental or emotional health - here's your ultimate Little Black Book.
1. MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS
LUCY PARKER, co-founder of FLOW Yoga in Tunbridge Wells is not only a yoga guru but also a brilliant meditation teacher. Learn how to silence your monkey mind and boost your mental health – personally tried and tested!
2. STAYCATION IN STYLE
Family breaks or couple overnighters are important – and they certainly don’t have to be abroad. We love the selection of hand-picked self-catering from our new favourite holiday escape experts, Bloom Stays. With a passion for travel, founders ROWENA OWEN & NICKY RUSSON have built up a selection of gorgeous, luxury properties all right here in Kent – whether you want a romantic break à deux or a weekend away with the girls. They always go above and beyond and are happy to answer any of your questions – whether you’re looking to book or someone with a property to rent out.
3. FAMILY LAWYER
The reality of life is that sometimes it throws us challenges. CARYS MASON, is a Kent-based Senior Associate at Keystone Law and specialises in family law. She’s friendly and approachable, making her the ideal person for support with a whole range of options from marriage counselling and mediation to separation and divorce.
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4. PROPERTY FINDER
Fourteen years ago FIONA PENNY founded Fiona Penny Bespoke Home Finders, a property finding service that can help you find your dream property in Kent and East Sussex. The housing market is fierce right now and if you’re considering using a property finder we can vouch that Fiona knows both the property industry and this area of the country inside out.
5. SUSTAINABLE FASHION
BECKY LEESON founder of Becky’s Wardrobe, motivates and coaches women to rediscover their identity and to own their own style. Don’t underestimate how extremely cathartic a wardrobe edit can be – decluttering your closet can be like decluttering your mind. What we also really love about Becky is her passion for sustainability. She rents her own personal wardrobe to clients and can teach you how to shop vintage and second-hand, helping you to navigate these stores and find one-off treasured pieces that you’ll love.
6. HAPPY HORMONES
Registered Nutritional Therapist VIRGINIA HILLS is on a mission to support women to feel their best and boost energy levels – whilst balancing stress and hormones. She focuses on optimising your gut health to achieve this and is so approachable with absolutely any health question you might throw her way. Book a free 30min call with her now to find out exactly how she can help you.
7. HASSLE-FREE HOSTING
For the ultimate hassle free hosting offering, you can’t beat SET founders SARAH BATTY & ALEX ELLVER‘s creative tablescaping – choose from their tabletop style collection, let them lay the table and then their catering partners, Three Sisters, can take care of the menu.
8. INTERIOR DESIGN
BETH BARKER of Beth Barker Designs is based in Tunbridge Wells but covers all of Kent and is someone we’ve personally used in our own homes. Plenty of things test the strength of a relationship: Christmas, breaking down on the motorway, emptying the dishwasher. But right up there as the culprit for family strains is embarking on a property renovation project. Whether you require a complete design service for your entire property or just need help with the finishing touches to a specific room that you want to look special – Beth will alleviate your stress and work wonders with your interiors.
9. LIFE COACH
CAROLINE HART, Kent Life Coach, has 17 years experience as a Qualified Life Coach and helps clients (adults or teens) work through emotional shifts and build the life they want. From Life Coaching (exploring what you want in life and how you can achieve it) to NLP (understanding our behaviours and breaking negative patterns) – and even Laughter workshops – everything about Caroline is positive and light-hearted, even when dealing with very emotive and tough feelings.
10. BEAUTY SOLUTIONS
CARLY WOPLING is an experienced aesthetician , who works at No.6 Clinic in Tunbridge Wells and has been doing her job for over 25 years. Whether it’s a skin breakout, fixing pigmentation or varicose veins – Carly will work her magic. She loves to help people feel confident about themselves and their skin and this makes Carly excellent at what she does.
11. YOGA FOR MENTAL HEALTH
NATALIE CHAPONNEL of Flourish Wellness – set in the spectacular wooden eco-building at Kingdom, Penshurst – specialises in teaching yoga poses to help reduce nervous energy in the body coupled with physiological cues to help you find inner resources and build resilience. In her Yoga Therapy for Anxiety courses you can learn breath practices which can be used as self-regulation tools to balance the nervous system in your day-to-day life.
12. FEEL GOOD FASHION
GEMMA HOLMES is the owner of ODYL fashion boutique, in Cranbrook, (and the online store). We love Gemma because she offers free style consultations either in store or on a Zoom call and is ace at boosting your confidence through clothing – whatever your shape or size. (We have it on good authority that she dresses some well-known TV celebs).
13. ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
MILENA MOORE is a consulting medical herbalist based in Apotheca – the centre for natural health which offers expert treatments, over the counter advice, natural remedies and beauty products, in the heart of Faversham. We have benefitted first-hand from Milena’s expertise which (alongside traditional medicine and advice) helped alleviate our allergies.
14. COOKING COURSES
Stuck in a cooking rut? Fed up with churning out the same old recipes and family meals? Look no further than PIP PORTER and her Sevenoaks based cookery school, The Cooking Apple where she runs regular group courses. She’s also available for Private Classes – for adults or kids (after school or in the holidays). The pre-university private classes can ensure your teen is sent off ready to cater in a small kitchen and on a budget.
15. WINE EXPERIENCES
As brand manager of The Wine Garden of England, there’s not much JO SMITH doesn’t know about our wonderful Kent vineyards. But with each and every one of them offering a unique and special experience – how do you choose? You don’t have to! The Wine Garden of England can take you on a hand-picked selection of all the best local vineyards – offering individual experiences along the way.
16. TEENAGE SUPPORT
ALICIA DRUMMOND is an author, therapist, parent coach, speaker and founder of Teen Tips. Whether it’s a downloadable talk on a really current topic – or individual advice for a very specific concern – you can get all the support and advice you need for parenting this age group. (We’ve read the book and listen to her podcasts!)
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17. HAIR GURU
She’s the reason her Canterbury salon, The Chair, was Winner of Best Hair Salon in Kent in the Muddy Stilettos Awards in 2022. KATIE HANCOCK is a pocket rocket of energy and positivity and will tackle your tresses no matter what. In fact she specialises in more challenging hair types – curly, thick or fine… she always goes above and beyond to make you feel your best.
18. BRILL BAKING
LUCY NETHERTON is the brains and the baker behind Baking You Better – the creators of bespoke cakes and bakes for any occasion. She’s a fully qualified chef, food writer & food stylist and will come up with a unique design just for you or make something you already have in mind.
19. NATURAL SKINCARE
Louisa Tidy set up in her Floragy studio in the garden of her home in Faversham. From here she combines gentle-on-the-skin, plant-based ingredients – creating a beautiful range of 100% cruelty free and vegan-friendly products. From the reviving Face Masks to the super conditioning Hair Oil – these products are so effective – it’s no wonder this tiny brand has made the big beauty world sit up and take notice.
20. FAST FITNESS
Fitness trainer, SARAH BEST, founder of FindurFit has created online workouts aimed at busy women that want to stay strong through their midlife. You can follow her free instagram Live sessions or sign up to her Bitesize classes – all under 15 minutes. These are really effective short, pre-recorded workouts, that you can easily fit around your weekly schedule – and the results are real. We’ve tried this one out ourselves and have really felt the benefits.