About

About the London Lifestyle Blog Harlem Loves

I’m 30-something year-old Londoner with a love of many things and a passion for writing (even my absent-minded doodles are a string of random letters and words).

Early memories include raiding stationery cupboards to get paper for the novel I was going to write (but never did) and overly excited trips to the post office to fill out the many forms on display (sad but very true). Thankfully this passion was guided by a loving parent into journalism and my first byline appeared in the Observer when I was aged 12.

With such a relatively early start, I am personally surprised to calculate that my career in the media has spanned some 20 years already. Highlights of those decades include working for the BBC, ES Magazine, Pride Magazine and Virgin Media as well as a number of independent publications and not-for-profits.

Today, with several happy clients under my belt (including Virgin Media and ADRA-UK), I work as a digital content and marketing consultant helping businesses build their online presence. I’m also serendipitously the founding partner of Love Harlem, an online store selling natural hair care created from start to finish by myself and my sister.

Overall, when not honing my talents as a professional plate spinner,  I can generally be found being amazed by God’s faithfulness, hugging or being hugged, fabric shopping,  baking, praying to live and experience the fulfillment of my favourite texts (see other tab).

Well this is quite a short and sweet story. I’m Harlem by name rather than location. Harlem is in fact a nickname given to me by a friend one day. My vintage-styled curly do reminded him of the Harlem Renaissance and it all took off from there…

I launched Harlem Loves in October 2008 as a space to share the many creative inspirations and novelties I stumbled upon whilst foraging the world of fashion, music, literature and entertainment.

Several years and a six-month self-imposed social media embargo later, and Harlem Loves has evolved. Today, Harlem Loves has matured with me in a way I’d like to describe as less fizz and more depth of flavour.

So welcome to Harlem Loves, the evolving inspirations, observations, discoveries and delights of a woman in pursuit of the abundant life” and a welcome place for all pilgrims.

I have many favourite texts but these three always come back to me as important reminders of two things. One, what I should expect out my life and two, what my priorities should be:

…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

– JOHN 10:10 KJV

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

– 1 CORINTHIANS 13:13 NIV

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

– MARK 12:28-31 NIV

Testimonials

“Harlem Loves is one of those blogs which brings out the real beauty in things… but also embraces Harlem’s own inner geekery. Very rarely do I leave Harlem Loves without feeling inspired…”
– Ondo Lady‘s introduction to my interview.
“Harlem Rocks! Lovely interview, I’m continually inspired by her blog.”
– MsQuiche comments on my OL interview.
“Utterly Cool UK based blog”
– Doane Paper
“Miss Stylishly cool. She helps to keep me hip from London or at least make me think I am sort of hip.”
– Kwana Writes gave me a Your Blog is Fabulous Award.
“Her easy breezy blog sentiments and positive vibes just made me breath a sigh of fresh air. ”
– Get Togetha Blog introduction to my interview.
“Harlem is one of my regular stops in the blogosphere-I’m glad her awesome has spread!”
– T. Allen Mercado comments on GTB interview.
“One of the best looking blogs on blogosphere, Harlem’s sparkling prose exudes positive, feel good vibes.”
– Keysha of Cocoa Diaries shares in her interview for TwentyTen Club.
“I also bumped into fellow blogger Harlem of Harlem Loves – she was lovely so make sure you have a look at her blog too!”
– Becky of Blah Blah Becky reports on our chance meeting.
“…looking fwd to more niceness from www.HarlemLoves.com – one of the most aesthetically pleasing blogs there is.”
– @LetsGoDeeper shares on Twitter.