In My Bag

So­phie Ames opens up her hand­bag

EDP Norfolk - - Inside -

SO­PHIE AMES and her hus­band Iain run The Nor­folk Light­ing Com­pany and, as the busi­ness pre­pares to cel­e­brate its sec­ond birthday, she says they are gear­ing up for their busiest time of the year.

“As win­ter closes in and the fes­tive sea­son ap­proaches, peo­ple start to use their light­ing so much more as the nights draw in; many re­alise they need bulbs, oth­ers want new lamps or to com­pletely trans­form their light­ing sys­tems. And with Christmas, peo­ple love our strings of un­usual dec­o­ra­tive lights or nov­elty lights for chil­dren.”

The Nor­folk Light­ing Com­pany, which is in the court­yard at Taverham Gar­den Cen­tre, sells a huge va­ri­ety of high qual­ity light­ing – from be­spoke fab­ric lamp­shades and vin­tage pen­dants to stun­ning state­ment pieces to il­lu­mi­nate your din­ing room ta­ble and el­e­gant lamps.

The team can also pro­vides a full fit­ting and de­sign ser­vice and spe­cialises in smart tech­nol­ogy.

So­phie, whose back­ground is in HR, says since hav­ing her chil­dren her hand­bag needs have changed.

“I ab­so­lutely love hand­bags, it’s def­i­nitely my thing, al­though I am not into any par­tic­u­lar la­bel. But in the last few years, I have gone for smaller across the body bags – like my Yves Saint Lau­rent one – as I am al­ways car­ry­ing a big, packed change bag for the kids as well.” The Nor­folk Light­ing Com­pany, www.thenor­folk­light­ing­com­pany.co.uk; 01603 866627

BareM­iner­als Mar­velous Moxie lip gloss, from £17 It has a slightly minty taste and is re­ally nice to wear. I stocked up on them as I thought they might stop do­ing them. I don’t wear lots of make-up but I do love to have a lip gloss to pop on.

Anti-bac­te­rial hand gel, from 99p I don’t like get­ting ill so I al­ways try and keep my hands clean. Hav­ing two young chil­dren and con­stantly un­pack­ing boxes, han­dling stock and set­ting things up at work means I get pretty grubby so this is a must.

Mul­berry purse, from £275 Al­though it has been chewed by my tod­dler daugh­ter and is quite old, I love Mul­berry and love this purse. I can cram ev­ery­thing into it. I never used to carry much cash but since I’ve had the chil­dren I seem to al­ways need small change for some­thing.

iPhone 6 I put ev­ery­thing in my cal­en­dar on my phone – work and home. Mine and Iain’s cal­en­dars are synced up so ev­ery­thing should be there – if one of us for­gets to add it in and there’s a clash, we’re not go­ing. It’s caused a few rows!

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