Meet the three women who have teamed up with Nissan Juke Envy and Stylist to reveal what drove their success. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be speaking to footballer Steph Houghton MBE, Stylist’s executive fashion director Kitty McGee, and recipe writer and food Natalie Seldon on why envy is a positive emotion to harness.
Ever scroll through your Instagram feed and find yourself thinking, “I wish that was me”? You’re not alone. Whether provoked by the sight of someone celebrating yet another promotion, brandishing an engagement ring or sunning themselves on a beach for the tenth time this year, we all fall prey to those moments of envy.
Admitting that somebody else has achieved something truly incredible can deliver us that much-needed nudge of inspiration we all require from time to time. After all, if it’s possible for them, it could be for us, too.
With that in mind, Stylist continues its partnership with Nissan Juke Envy to create ‘The Envy Sessions’ – a series of interviews with women who have achieved enviable levels of success. From leading the country’s women’s football team to victory to becoming a best-selling author, each woman admired another’s achievement and used that as a springboard for furthering her own career and aspirations.
Executive fashion director It’s safe to say that when you hear what Kitty does for a living, the phrase ‘dream job’ will immediately spring to mind. As Stylist’s executive fashion director, she is at the forefront of the industry, attending the most exclusive shows at the ‘big four’ fashion weeks and seeing new collections at their first reveal. In the last year alone, she has flown to countless designer destinations, including LA, New York, Milan and Paris, in pursuit of fashion’s most compelling stories.
Kitty’s sartorial love affair began the minute she was old enough to start dressing herself. Having found a creative outlet she loved, she started her career in the press office of the British Fashion Council. It was here that she got to see her first fashion runway show – Mary Katrantzou and Peter Pilotto exhibiting back to back. She was instantly sold on the industry and knew she wouldn’t want to do anything else. After a stint in the Selfridges press office, she made the transition to journalism, joining the Stylist team in 2012 as a fashion editor and gradually working her way up. This was the most arduous time in her career, filled with 7am starts and 2am finishes, and many weekends spent working as she pursued her passion to land her dream role.
Now, as executive fashion director of one of the UK’s most widely read women’s magazines, Kitty is a regular at the British Fashion Awards – the most prestigious in the business – and can count dancing on stage with Pharrell at the Calvin Klein after-party during a rainy New York Fashion Week among one of her many career highlights.
Steph Houghton MBE
Manchester City’s captain The 29-year-old is one of the best-known faces in women’s football, thanks to her position as captain for both her country and Manchester City. Steph’s introduction to the world of football came early on in the school playground, where she discovered that lunch-break games brought out her fierce competitive streak. Driven to prove that she was just as good – better, in fact – than the boys in her year group, her playing impressed local football scouts, who saw her potential.
Renowned for her versatility on the pitch, Steph started playing football professionally at the age of 14, switching between attack, midfield and defence over the course of her career. Since joining Manchester City as a star signing in 2014, the centre-back has skippered the team to new heights, winning both the league and the FA Cup last season, and hoping to guide City to glory yet again when the champions defend their title in the Continental Tyres Cup Final in March.
Honoured with an MBE in 2016, Steph plays an active role in helping emerging female talent stay in the game. She is passionate about her role as a mentor and actively supports her club’s local foundation, City in the Community, by giving advice and sharing her experiences with emerging talent.
Food writer and stylist An award-winning food writer, cook and stylist, Natalie Seldon seems to go from one enviable job to another. Having started her career as a fashion designer under Alexander McQueen, she then decided to change paths and follow her true passion for food. Moving into food journalism, she spent 10 years styling and capturing beautiful dishes, through both her photography and her writing.
Best known for her vibrant seasonal recipes, Natalie has worked with some of the industry’s biggest names, such as Jamie Oliver, Diana Henry and Nigella Lawson, and showcases her recipe-writing talent on her blog, www.prettyediblestylist.com, which was voted one of the top five food blogs in 2017 by influencer platform Blogfoster. Her debut book, The Goodness Of Nuts And Seeds, became a best-seller last year thanks to its nutritious recipes channelling the health benefits of these vegan stalwarts. Despite branching out from fashion, Natalie still occasionally channels her former career. One of her highlights involved developing a luxury high-tea inspired by London Fashion Week, complete with Manolo Blahnik biscuits and Marc Jacobs monochrome-layered dress cakes.
Nissan Juke Envy has all the necessary tech to keep you online
Take one look at its outstanding special features and you’ll agree that the Nissan Juke Envy is aptly named. Featuring a host of built-in state-of-the-art technologies, the Juke Envy possesses everything you need to make your life a little easier and a lot more enviable. Take, for instance, the NissanConnect system, which connects to your smartphone and hosts all of your audio and navigational essentials in one place. Or the innovative i-Key, which lets you unlock the car doors without having to rummage around your handbag for your key. Meanwhile, the Juke Envy’s clever colour-reversing camera makes tricky city parking a breeze by giving you a clear view of what’s behind you. Throw in a distinct signature style, including red wing mirror covers and interior pack, plus 18” black alloy wheels, and you have a ride that’s as unique as you are.