5 mins with PANDORA SYKES

Previously Fashion Features Editor at heavyweight weekend mag Sunday Times Style and known for her intuitively relatable column Wardrobe Mistress, it's no wonder Pandora Sykes has acquired a cult-like social media following. Witty, glam yet down to earth, it's also easy to see why designers and retailers are chomping at the bit for Pandora to inject her unique brand of cool into styling and consulting projects globally. 

Now working freelance, starting the day right is key "Before I take my phone off airplane mode, I wash my face with Avene face wash, brush my teeth and fling open the shutters. Then I feel ready to face my messages!”. Not only is Pandora a stylist and writer of everything from travel to working conditions in the fashion industry - she co-hosts The High-Low with Dolly Alderton, a weekly podcast about the trivial and the political, the serious and the silly and everything in-between. It’s addictive (I still laugh out loud thinking about the episode that Pandora thought R. Kelly was in the Lighthouse Family).  

I'm keen to know how one so busy manages to chill "I run a bath and add some Lime, Basil and Mandarin bath oil by Jo Malone; read a good book by Jami Attenburg or some of Roxanne Gay’s short stories; listen to a podcast of Woman’s Hour on Radio 4, or The Guilty Feminist podcast and burn Feu de Bois by Diptyque”. A native Londoner, Pandora also knows where to get her foodie fix "For breakfast it would be sweetcorn fritters at Granger & Co on Westbourne Grove. For lunch I love gyoza from Borough market in London Bridge and for dinner I would have to have a stack of ribs from The Hillgate or chorizo hash at The Shed, in Notting Hill". And what about beauty? “ I might fling on a sheet mask, if someone’s given me one!”. Tbh, she doesn’t need much else.