Amy Bartle

Originally from Rotherham, South Yorkshire Amy cultivated her love for fashion, travel, flea markets and chocolate during a 2 year stint in Antwerp, Belgium when she was 17. After studying literature at university Amy headed for London where she lived in a shoe-box with her boyfriend and became a fashion editor for Red and Cosmo, eventually going freelance as a fashion stylist and working with brands like The White Company and Crew Clothing. A move back up north to Sheffield soon followed, and a baby not long after.

The baby is now an energetic 4 year old, and the occasional freelance job now pays for evening classes in photography, blogging, and web design [in her continuing search for the next chapter] and an unhealthy Pinterest habit. Her blog, Simple Style Notebook grew from her love for pared-down style: “my blog was an extension of my notebook, somewhere to keep my ideas and inspiration on all things chic, aspirational and accessible for real women like me”. Amy is also finally pursuing her dream of training to become a yoga teacher.

A few questions about nice things...

Who do you most admire?

Any person who is true to their authentic self, carves their own creative path with absolute conviction, and helps others along the way, so many people inspire me, I’m astounded every day.

What are your favourite possessions?

The ring my husband gave me when we first got together, my grandma’s gold bracelet and a Victorian pendant I bought at a boot sale for a couple of pounds – it’s so pretty and unusual. The only other things I couldn’t live without are my DSLR and my laptop – without an office these are my connection to the world.

Tell us about your perfect day or weekend...

The perfect day for me would have to involve the sunshine – not always possible in the UK but when the sun shines here there’s nowhere better. I’d be up early for a run and yoga outside before a good breakfast – hot buttered toast is my weakness! Time with my boys in the sunshine then a long lazy lunch – involving a bottle of rosé and a great British desert! Evening time would be for sharing with friends, so many of my girlfriends are far away that I really appreciate time with them.

What makes you happiest?

Good food, wine, friends and the beach [not necessarily in that order!].

What would you like to do in the future?

See my son become a happy, confident young man; the rest is just icing on the cake.