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10 Minutes with... Myriam


Welcome to the first of a series you will see over the coming months, ’10 minutes with…’ where you’ll meet members of our team and friends of the Brand sharing a little bit about their life.

This week it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Myriam. We met many years ago when we were both working at M&S and subsequently became friends, with Myriam being part of the founding team that helped me set up Hope.

I asked Myriam to share some of the things that make her tick and are important to her. As always she’s been very open and honest, I hope you enjoy reading.


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10 Minutes with.....


Myriam, age 46, lives in London, with 2 boys age 17 and soon to be 16


My style is...
Well I would love to say that I have a specific style but to be honest I have quite  an eclectic and varied wardrobe but top of my list is comfort, versatility , anything black ,a good pair of skinny jeans, the hope black leggings and flat shoes I wish I could walk in heels but for the  life of me walk I can’t and I admire all the women that can!But my secret weapon and I have Hope and the team to thank for this: The Hope code. I think proportions all the time.

The things that are important in my life are...

I know it is cheesy and very predictable but I have to say:

  • My children, although they would probably disagree with me. As a single mum juggling both work and motherhood it is always a challenge and the guilt never goes away.
  • My family and friends, I am blessed with a large one and incredibly loyal friends to whom I am eternally grateful even if I am terrible at saying it. They are my safety net and rock.
  • The man I love. He really won’t like the mention so no comment.
  • My work, career and finding my purpose.
  • Last but by no means least: Food. I am known for eating my way through the day, carrying nuts everywhere I go alongside punnets of berries whilst dreaming of gelato and fighting my way into my spanx!  Although now I thank my lucky stars for the foundation range.


I'm happiest when...

Waking up in the morning and knowing a new adventure awaits

Nayna introduced me to The book of Joy by Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama who said “Every day is a new opportunity to begin again. Every Day is your birthday” I love that.


Personal Motto...

A Tibetan saying I read about in the book of Joy really resonated with me:

“Wherever you have friends that’s your country, and wherever you receive love, that’s your home”

I am an emotional being ruled by my heart.


Favourite Quote...

There are so many quotes that resonate, touch you stop you in your tracks and challenge your thinking that I can’t say that I have one favourite, I keep a list but there are a few that   I come back to time and time again:

Maya Angelou wrote:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel”


Mahatma Gandhi said:


“We must be the change we wish to see in the world”

Rumi wrote that:

“True lovers don’t finally meet somewhere they were in each other all along”


And finally I use Oscar Wilde thoughts on exercise to avoid the gym even though I know I shouldn’t :


“Whenever I get the urge to exercise I lie down and wait for the urge to pass”

What advice would you give your 20 year old self?

I recently read Richard Branson’s blog where he was challenged as part of #ChallengeRichard to write a letter to the 10, 25, 50 and 65 year old versions of himself. He decided to pen four separate letters. I certainly won’t be as eloquent nor as exciting but if I had to pen a letter to my 20 year old self I would like to say:

You have been blessed with amazing children, extraordinary family and friends, fallen deeply in love and despite the heartache of loss you will have the most exciting time so cherish every minute from the hard times which thanks to your parents unwavering support taught you strength, humility and determination to the best times which taught you gratitude, optimism and faith.

Indulge your sweet tooth and your love of ice cream but not too much, your body will bare the brunt of the family size peanut M&Ms. And your yo yo dieting will make a dent on your credit card and the size of your wardrobe. That being said carpe diem, don’t ever give  up, failure is part of the journey and nothing  is irreversible, so  forgive yourself and others. I recently read this quote from Hunter S Thompson which sums it up:

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!”

People are surprised that...
I know what it feels like to be every size from a 26 to a 10 and all the sizes in between and I have the stretch marks to prove it. It’s taken me 46 years to learn it’s not about a number.

My favourite pick of the new Hope June styles is...
I am a foundation addict I have every piece in every colour and, confession time, duplicates in some of my favourite styles. So I can’t wait to get my hands on the roll top wide leg trouser, the roll top skirt and the cap sleeve V Tee in white. I also know we have the most amazing dress being added to the collection and I am counting the days.

Foundation Roll Top SkirtFoundation Roll Top TrouserCap Sleeve Top
The Roll Top SkirtThe Roll Top TrouserThe Cap Sleeve Top
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4 thoughts on “10 Minutes with... Myriam”

  • A beautifully honest write up of you lovely lady! Made me
    giggle and my eyes sting too. Love it as I am sure will other ladies who see some of these things in them selves. Thank you for sharing, very inspiring. Xxx

  • Ahhhh loving this as I look through every email you send with the latest addition as the pictures are such good quality and so detailed of each item of clothing and you get to see the same faces pop up modelling the clothes so it's now great to see a little bit about each lady as all together they give a great representation of the ages, shapes and sizes of real women. Well done Hope, love it. Look forward to the next one xx

  • A lovely blog. So honest but uplifting too with a wonderful array of quotations to ponder on. You look wonderful in black - like an Italian film star! I too love the foundation range and it's been travelling with me from Antigua to Florence and now in Valdemossa, Mallorca. My coral dress has received so many compliments and it has given me the confidence to wear more fitted clothing. Hats off to your courage and determination to make the best of life.

  • Hi Being a newbie to Hope I have to say I am so impressed by the lovely simplicity of the styles. Also reading the blogs and being a lover of quotes here are a couple that inspire me;

    Take care of your body, its the only place you have to really live in.
    Enjoy your body and use it every way you can.
    Don't be afraid of it or what other people think of it. It's yours. You are unique and it's the greatest instrument you will ever own.

    Be careful what you say to yourself. There is only you listening so make those words empowering, positive and full of love.

    In my sixties I am now loving my new buzz cut hair, new complete grey look and embracing the fact that ageism is dead and that women of all ages are beautiful!

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