Kate Middleton was ‘shy’ on early virtual engagements but has now ‘really come into her own’

Kate Middleton was ‘a little bit shy’ on early virtual engagements but has now ‘really come into her own’ on Zoom calls, a royal expert has revealed.

The Duchess of Cambridge, 38,  and Prince William, 38, have spent lockdown at their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall with children Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.

The royals started conducting engagements online and sharing video messages in April, with royal expert Omid Scobie saying the Duchess was initially a little unsure of the virtual practice.

He told the Heirpod podcast that Kate had become ‘quite a pro at Zoom’, explaining: ‘What started out as, perhaps, a little bit of shyness on these calls, she’s really come into her own.’  

Kate Middleton, 38, was ‘a little bit shy’ on early virtual engagements but has now ‘really come into her own’, royal expert Omid Scobie has revealed (pictured, the Duchess during a call with London school children on Friday)

Discussing her latest virtual visit to discuss tennis tips and lockdown stories with pupils from Bond Primary School in Mitcham, south London, Omid added: ‘It always helps when she is doing an engagement with children.’ 

Prince William and Kate have since been at the forefront of the Royal Family’s response to the global crisis. 

They have continued to operate behind closed doors, conducting virtual engagements via video call, while homeschooling their three children.

And with lockdown restrictions easing, the duo have slowly returned to public engagements – with Kate taking a trip to family-run Fakenham Garden Centre mid-June.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been conducting engagements virtually since April (pictured, speaking with BBC Breakfast during lockdown)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been conducting engagements virtually since April (pictured, speaking with BBC Breakfast during lockdown) 

She helped to pot plants and herbs during a visit to The Nook in Framlingham Earl, Norfolk – one of the three East Anglia Children’s Hospices – a week later. 

Most recently, the pair visited Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn as part of the NHS birthday celebrations on July 5 in Norfolk.

The comments come days after royal commentator Duncan Larcombe suggested Prince Harry, 35, and Meghan Markle‘s decision to step back as senior royals may give Prince William and Kate ‘space to focus on the job they’ve got to do.’ 

Speaking to True Royalty Tv, Duncan said: ‘Despite all the noise around Harry and Meghan, the reality is William and Kate have got a pretty important job to do.

The royal expert said the Duchess had become 'quite the pro' at Zoom calls, days after she joined Sir Andy Murray, 33, to speak with children from London. Pictured, Kate on the video call

The royal expert said the Duchess had become ‘quite the pro’ at Zoom calls, days after she joined Sir Andy Murray, 33, to speak with children from London. Pictured, Kate on the video call 

‘This is giving them space, and to some extent the Prince Andrew ongoing Epstein saga, it is giving William and Kate the space to focus on the job they’ve got to do.

‘And I think at the moment, they are doing very well.’

On Friday, the Duchess, wearing a £665 dress printed with tennis players, surprised children with Sir Andy as a special guest, interrupting her virtual royal visit to introduce the tennis player. 

Sir Andy, who shares three children with wife Kim Sears, admitted he has found home schooling ‘difficult’ and said it has been a challenge to find creative activities to keep the family entertained.  

The Duchess briefly turned interviewer, asking father of two Sir Andy about his lockdown experience and whether he had kept up with training.

The Duchess surprised the children with Sir Andy as a special guest, interrupting her virtual royal visit to disclose that she had someone waiting on the line. Pictured, on the call

The Duchess surprised the children with Sir Andy as a special guest, interrupting her virtual royal visit to disclose that she had someone waiting on the line. Pictured, on the call 

Saying he found the first five or six week manageable, he admitted he had ‘started to find it probably a bit harder to find things to do for the kids, to stay creative with ideas and games for them to enjoy. 

The Duchess told him: ‘There’s lots of budding tennis players here at Bond Primary School as well. Have you guys got any questions you want to ask Andy?’

‘And Andy, have you got any tips for these guys if they want to take up tennis a bit more professionally?’ asked Kate.

‘The most important thing is to have fun,’ said Sir Andy. ‘If you’re enjoying it, you get more out of your lessons and your practising. Listen to your coach, that’s very important. That’s the two most important things at your age.’ 

Man who turned his baby fat into a six pack shares recipes and tips to be happy as well as healthy

A health-enthusiast has revealed how he transformed his body and mind after attempting to be ‘the healthiest human in the world’ for one week. 

Chris Dixon, from Jersey, in the Channel Islands, told his 4.98 million YouTube subscribers that he would undertake a new NHS-recommended meal plan and exercise plan for seven days to try to increase his overall health and lengthen his lifespan.  

Meanwhile he also tried intermittent fasting and meditation to encourage mindfulness, explaining: ‘I’m going to perfect my diet, exercise, sleep and mental health etc this week.’

Despite eating more throughout the week, Chris revealed he lost 1kg over the 7 day period and said his mood had increased, explaining: ‘I have enjoyed this week. My mood was very high throughout it.’

YouTuber Chris Dixon, from Jersey, in the Channel Islands, shared his weekly plan in order  become ‘the healthiest human being in the world’

The YouTuber applied portion control to his meals by meticulously measuring everything he put in his plate (pictured, one of the meals he enjoyed during the week)

The YouTuber applied portion control to his meals by meticulously measuring everything he put in his plate (pictured, one of the meals he enjoyed during the week) 

In the video, Chris revealed how he felt motivated to undertake the project after doing a body transformation a year and a half ago.

He explained: ‘After doing my body transformation a year and a half ago, I decided that instead of putting so much effort into making myself look good, my happiness and mental health is what I would much rather invest time into.’  

He used the NHS-recommended meal plan for each meal, and used the US government’s ‘My Day’ planner to determine how much of each food category he should be eating each day. 

Following health recommendations on dieting and exercise, Chris measured every of his meal with a cup.

Chris MD’s week-long plan to be ‘the healthiest human being in the world’ 

SATURDAY 

DIET – Meal 1: 

  • 3 slices of bread, 3 cups of salad
  • 2.5 oz of chicken, cucumber and tomatoes
  • 1 cup of fruit yogurt

Meal 2: 

  • 4.5 oz of chicken
  • 0.15 cups of veggies
  • 3.5 cups of rice

Snacks: 

  • 1 cup of fruits
  • 1 cup of yogurt
  • 4 cups of tea

EXERCISE – NONE 

MONDAY

DIET – Meal 1:

  • 2 slices of bread, 
  • 2 eggs
  • 0.25 cup of veggies, 
  • 1 cup of fruit

Meal 2: 

  •  3.5 oz of pasta
  • 3.23 oz of veggies
  • 1 oz of salmon
  • Broccoli

Snacks: 

  • 2 cups of yogurt
  • 1 cup of fruit
  • 3 cups of tea

EXERCISE – 45 minute run 

MINDFULNESS – Mindful eating, mindful shower, 30 minute body scan 

SLEEP – 8h

 WEDNESDAY

DIET –  Meal 1: 

  • 4 slices of bread
  • 3.5 oz of chicken
  • 2 cups of veggies

Meal 2: 

  • 3.5 cups of pasta
  • 3.oz of chicken
  • 1.5 of veggies
  • 0.5 cup of cheese and pesto

Snacks: 

  • 1 cup of yogurt 
  • 1 cup of fruit

EXERCISE – Running 

MINDFULNESS – Mindful body scan 

SLEEP – 7h30

 FRIDAY 

DIET – Meal 1: 

  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1 cup of fruit

Meal 2:

  •  3.5 veggies
  • 6.5 chicken
  • 0.5 cups of cheese
  • 6 tortilla wraps
  • 1 cup of yogurt

EXERCISE – Football

MINDFULNESS – Mindful bodyscan 

SLEEP – 7h30  

SUNDAY 

DIET – Meal 1: 

  • 3oz of oats
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 cups of fruit and raisins

Meal 2: 

  • 1 slice of bread
  • 6.5 oz of chickpeas
  • 1.5 cups of vegetables

Snacks: 

  • 1 cup of yogurt, 
  • 1 cup of fruits
  • 4 cups of tea 

EXERCISE – Golf, 20 minute  workout

MINDFULNESS – Mindful eating 

SLEEP –8.5h  

 TUESDAY 

 DIET –  Meal 1: 

  • 2 eggs 
  • 0.5 cups of milk
  • 2 slices of bread

Meal 2: 

  • 1 cup of veggies
  • Halloumi skewers
  • 3.5 oz of chicken
  • 1 cup of veg
  • 1 cup of dairy
  • 5 slices of bread 
  • 1 cup of dairy

Snacks: 

  • 2 cups of fruit
  • 2 cups of tea

EXERCISE  Surfing 

MINDFULNESS – 30 minutes body scan 

SLEEP – 8h

 THURSDAY 

DIET – Meal 1: 

  • 0.5 cup of  yogurt
  • 1 cup granola
  • 1 baguette
  • 3 oz of chicken
  • 1 cup of veggies 

Meal 2: 

  • 2.5 oz of chicken
  • 0.5 of nuts
  • 2.5 cups of veggies
  • 1 slice of bread
  • 3 cups of tea

EXERCISE – None 

SLEEP – 7h30 

 NOTES

One cup equals 128g, or 4.5 oz. 

 

 

The YouTuber, who has almost 5 million subscribers, tried a variety of exercise throughout the week including surfing

The YouTuber, who has almost 5 million subscribers, tried a variety of exercise throughout the week including surfing

During the diet plan, Chris organised meals as per guidance from the US and the NHS, and carefully measured ingredients for each meal using cups

During the diet plan, Chris organised meals as per guidance from the US and the NHS, and carefully measured ingredients for each meal using cups 

Each day, Chris separated his diet into different cup sizes to ensure he ate the recommended totals, and aimed to eat 2 cups of fruits, 3.5 cups of vegetables 9oz of grains, 6.5oz of protein and 3 cups of dairy each day.

Is intermittent fasting good for you?  

A study in December 2019 revealed that intermittent fasting may help you live longer and improve your overall health.

While many fad diets, such as keto, have been proven unsustainable or even, in some cases, harmful, intermittent fasting has by and large held up to scientific testing.

Intermittent fasting diets, fall generally into two categories: daily time-restricted feeding, which narrows eating times to 6-8 hours per day, and the so-called 5:2 intermittent fasting, in which people limit themselves to one moderate-sized meal two days each week.

According to a recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, the benefits of intermittent fasting includes improvements in ‘glucose regulation, blood pressure, and heart rate’.

In the study, Johns Hopkins University neuroscientist Dr Mark Mattson writes that intermittent fasting may be able to help many health conditions like obesity, diabetes, mellitus, cardiovascular disease and cancers.

Meanwhile he also tried intermittent fasting, an eating pattern with period of eating and fasting.  

He tried the 16/8 method, which means your eating period spans 8 hours while your fasting period each day spans 16 hours. 

The YouTuber also ditched alcohol for the week-long project. 

On top of the dietary changes, Chris practiced 45 minutes of exercise five days of the week as per the NHS recommendations.  

He alternated between several activities, starting with golf on Sunday, running on Monday, surfing on Tuesday, jogging on Wednesday, and football on Friday. 

He also looked into the NHS recommendation into maintaining a good mental health, which includes five main points: connecting with other people, exercising, learning new skills, giving to others and practicing mindfulness. 

He then added 30 minutes body scan to his routine, and made sure to practice mindfulness during moments we usually do on ‘autopilot,’ such as eating and taking a shower. 

The YouTuber went on to introduce a sleep regime, and aimed to get between 7 and 9 hours shut-eye every night. 

At the end of the week, Chris had lost 1kg and reflected on trying to be the ‘healthiest human being in the world.’

‘I really enjoyed the week in terms of life choices and what I was doing,’ he said, discussing the different activities he had tried. 

He said he definitely felt happier as a result of regularly practicing mindfulness and different physical activities. 

‘Moving forward in the future i’m gonna have less sugar, less salt, more wholegrain, less alcohol, less fun,’ he joked.  

The health-enthusiast made sure he followed diet recommendations by measuring each meal in cups

The health-enthusiast made sure he followed diet recommendations by measuring each meal in cups 

On top of his physical activity, Chris practiced 30 minutes-long full mindful body scans to improve his mental health and daily meditation

On top of his physical activity, Chris practiced 30 minutes-long full mindful body scans to improve his mental health and daily meditation

The common consumer myths that could be leaving YOU out of pocket

In these uncertain economic times, everyone could do with saving some money.

And one unlikely way of leaving yourself better off is to understand your rights as a consumer. 

Personal finance experts at UK-based website TheMoneyPig.com have revealed the rights shoppers might not realise they are entitled to, including being able to return faulty goods without a receipt. 

They also explained the shopping myths that might catch out ill-prepared customers, like the commonly held belief that you are automatically entitled to a refund. 

Here, FEMAIL shares some of the most common dos and don’ts so you are better prepared for your next shopping trip…   

Personal finance experts at UK-based website TheMoneyPig.com have revealed the rights shoppers might not realise they are entitled to. Stock image

YOU ARE ENTITLED TO A 14-DAY ‘COOLING OFF’ PERIOD ON ONLINE ORDERS   

Your rights for online orders are more complicated than those for in-store purchases, though arguably better. While an in-store contract is made when you have paid, for an online store you may not have your contract until your item has been sent to you.

This means you might not have a contract even if you’ve received a confirmation email, and your order could be cancelled if the price was mistaken. You’ll need to check the terms and conditions to see when your contract would begin.

On the plus side, you do legally have a 14-day ‘cooling off’ period for online purchases from businesses (not private individuals), starting from the day you receive the item. This is to enable you to see the product properly before you make up your mind, so you can return it for any reason.

There are exceptions, such as if the goods are bespoke or perishable.

YOU DON’T NEED A RECEIPT TO RETURN FAULTY GOODS 

You don’t need a receipt to return faulty goods, although you may need to prove purchase somehow, such as a bank statement. If the item is faulty, not as described or doesn’t work as it’s supposed to, you are entitled to a full refund, unless you knew the item was faulty when you bought it.

YOU’RE NOT ENTITLED TO A RETURN

If there’s nothing wrong with the item and you’ve just decided you don’t like it, you don’t actually have an automatic right to a refund.

But most shops have policies for returns and will honour them, even though they don’t legally have to, and will often extend the return period after Christmas. Keep the receipts and original packaging.

The exception is if you’re within the 14-day cooling off period for an online purchase, as above.

Some goods, such as earrings for pierced ears, may not be returnable even under a shop’s policy.

Make sure you return the item as quickly as you can once you’ve noticed the fault to ensure the return goes smoothly. 

It will also reduce the likelihood of being asked if the fault is through wear and tear. If you caused the fault you cannot return the product.

THE POSTAL SERVICE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE IF YOUR GOODS DON’T ARRIVE 

The seller has the legal responsibility to ensure delivery, not the courier. If your item doesn’t arrive within 30 days of purchase, or by a date you agree with the seller, they owe you a replacement or refund.

Contact the person or company you bought the product from as soon as you can. They will hopefully send you a replacement or be able to track the parcel and let you know where It is. 

If your order hasn’t arrived within 30 days you can also cancel the product with a full refund, as per the Consumer Contracts Regulations. 

YOU CAN RETURN A GIFT WITHOUT A GIFT RECEIPT 

As we know, shops don’t have to refund you, but probably will if you can prove purchase and the goods are unused.

Gift receipts are likely to speed up the returns process so if offered, it’s often very helpful to take a gift receipt just in case. 

‘No matter how perfect the present may be for someone, they may have spotted something else they’d prefer from the shop – or you may know them too well and they already own the item!

If gift receipts aren’t available, you can ask the shop assistant to write ‘bought as a gift’ on the receipt and this will hold weight when it comes to returning the item. 

Shops aren’t legally obliged to refund gifts, however if they offer gift receipts it’s a good way of showing they’ll likely accept gift refunds.

SHOPS ARE NOT OBLIGED TO HONOUR THE DISPLAYED PRICE  

A shop does not have to sell you an item at its displayed price if it is a genuine error, although it is illegal to mislead consumers deliberately. 

This falls under the Trade Descriptions Act which makes it an offence for businesses to sell a product based on misinformation. 

This means that shops have to, as far as possible, tell the truth when it comes to products, prices and services.   

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank join Ellie Goulding at a trendy Notting Hill restaurant

A royal night out! Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank hit the town with popstar Ellie Goulding and her husband Caspar Jopling to celebrate the end of lockdown at a trendy Notting Hill restaurant

  • Princess Eugenie, 31, and her husband Jack Brooksbank, headed out for dinner
  • Joined friends including Ellie Goulding to eat at a trendy Notting Hill restaurant
  • The couple returned to their Kensington Palace home Ivy Cottage in June 
  • They spent lockdown with Eugenie’s parents at the Royal Lodge in Windsor 

Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank celebrated the end of lockdown by joining celebrity friends for dinner at a trendy Notting Hill restaurant this week.

The Queen’s granddaughter, 31, and her partner were joined by popstar and close friend Ellie Goulding, 32, and her husband Caspar Joplin as they hit the town for a night at Casa Cruz on Thursday. 

Princess Eugenie donned a pair of black leather leggings and a bold scarlet coat for the outing, while Jack looked opted for a more relaxed look in jeans and a blue pull-over. 

The couple returned to their Kensington Palace home Ivy Cottage in June after spending lockdown with Eugenie’s parents Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew at the Royal Lodge in Windsor. 

Princess Eugenie, 30, donned black leather leggings and a bold red jacket as she and her husband Jack Brooksbank joined friends for dinner at a trendy Notting Hill restaurant this week 

The royal, who has taken an active role in praising frontline staff who have been working tirelessly amid the coronavirus pandemic, could be seen beaming as she strolled out of the restaurant with her beau.

She teamed her all black outfit with a bright red jacket and black high heels, and swept her hair back into a neat ponytail.

Princess Eugenie is known to be close with the popstar, with Ellie singing at both the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding party in 2011 and at Princess Eugenie’s wedding to Jack Brooksbank in October 2018.  

Meanwhile Eugenie and Jack were also among the guests when Ellie and Caspar were married at York Minster last summer. 

The royal was joined by friends including popstar Ellie Goulding and her husband Caspar Jopling at Casa Cruz

The royal was joined by friends including popstar Ellie Goulding and her husband Caspar Jopling at Casa Cruz 

Prince Andrew and Fergie’s daughter once worked with art dealer Caspar’s uncle, Jay Jopling, at New York auctioneers Paddle8. 

The night out comes after Princess Eugenie joined her sister Princess Beatrice for an emotional video call with an award-winning fundraiser, who admitted her charitable efforts make her ‘feel closer’ to her grandson after he died from cancer.

The royal sisters called Teenage Cancer Trust Award winners last week – which included both fundraisers and frontline workers – to thank them for their contributions to the charity.

During the chat, they spoke with Enid Waterfall, 85, from Wrexham in Wales, who is said to be an ‘unstoppable fundraiser’ because she wants to show appreciation for the care her grandson Richard received when suffering with rare bone cancer Ewing’s Sarcoma, aged 21.

Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice (pictured) became tearful during an emotional video call with an award-winning fundraiser, who admitted her charitable efforts make her 'feel closer' to her grandson after he died from cancer

Princess Eugenie (pictured) looking tearful during the video call

Princess Eugenie’s night out comes days after she joined her sister Princess Beatrice (pictured left and right) for an emotional video call with an award-winning fundraiser, who admitted her charitable efforts make her ‘feel closer’ to her grandson after he died from cancer

During a chat with Teenage Cancer Trust Award winners, they spoke with Enid Waterfall (pictured), 85, from Wrexham in Wales, who is said to be an 'unstoppable fundraiser)

During a chat with Teenage Cancer Trust Award winners, they spoke with Enid Waterfall (pictured), 85, from Wrexham in Wales, who is said to be an ‘unstoppable fundraiser)

He sadly passed away in January 2018, and Enid dedicated her award to her grandson – causing the Queen’s granddaughters to become quite emotional.

The princesses remarked on the never-ending fundraising efforts Enid and her family have undertaken following Richard’s death – having raised more than £28,000.

Princess Eugenie said: ‘First of all, to hear about your grandson Richard – what an amazing thing to do, in honour of his memory. It almost chokes me up a bit because it must be so difficult to do that.

Enid wants to show appreciation for the care her grandson Richard (above) received when suffering with rare bone cancer Ewing¿s Sarcoma, aged 21. He sadly passed away in January 2018

Enid wants to show appreciation for the care her grandson Richard (above) received when suffering with rare bone cancer Ewing’s Sarcoma, aged 21. He sadly passed away in January 2018

The grandmother replied: ‘You feel closer to Richard when you are doing it. It’s not me, it’s the people who give, the people who work with me and who keep giving money time after time. 

‘This really is for all those people, my family and for Richard who did so much fundraising before he died. I’m delighted to win this award.’

She apologised as she smiled and wiped away a tear and Princess Beatrice also dabbed at her eyes as she said: ‘Thank you for all your incredible work… for you and also for Richard’s legacy – thank you for everything.’

Designer reveals she’s made £7,000 A MONTH in lockdown by printing companies’ logos on face masks

A mother-of-two has revealed how she’s made £7,000 a month in lockdown by printing companies logos on face masks.

Dani Turner, 31, from Yateley in Hampshire, was working two or three days a week before the Covid-19 pandemic, taking home around a £1,000 a month as a freelance graphic designer.

But when the pandemic hit she saw a chance to pick up some extra cash working from home, and increased her monthly income sevenfold, while looking after her three-year-old daughter Mila and 10-month-old Paige.  

She told FEMAIL: ‘I noticed everyone was wearing surgical masks when I was in the supermarket. I thought how scary they looked and clinical. 

Dani Turner, 31, from Yateley in Hampshire, was working two or three days a week before the Covid-19 pandemic, taking home around a £1,000 a month as a freelance graphic designer. She set up DCT designs and is taking home £7,000 a month by making masks for businesses (pictured in one of her designs)

The mother-of-two has revealed has now worked with estate agents, hairdressers and make-up artists. Pictured are hairdressers wearing masks branded with their salon's logo

The mother-of-two has revealed has now worked with estate agents, hairdressers and make-up artists. Pictured are hairdressers wearing masks branded with their salon’s logo

‘I also thought about what would happen to the demand for masks if they were to become a part of everyday life. Would the NHS have enough?

‘I thought about how masks could be the new normal, perhaps a uniform staple for companies. 

It was from there Dani came up with the idea to print logos onto company masks, and soon was taking home £7,000 a month, charging £56 for a pack of four reusable masks. 

‘I have to work around my daughters and work really late nights when they are asleep. I have toys in my spare bedroom set up as my office as a little place for them to play while I work. I pray for naps in the day!’

Dani said she got the idea when she realised masks were going to be 'the new normal' and 'a uniform staple for companies'. It was from there Dani came up with the idea to print logos onto company masks, and soon was taking home £7,000 a month, by charging £56 for a pack of four reusable masks

Dani said she got the idea when she realised masks were going to be ‘the new normal’ and ‘a uniform staple for companies’. It was from there Dani came up with the idea to print logos onto company masks, and soon was taking home £7,000 a month, by charging £56 for a pack of four reusable masks

When the pandemic hit Dani (pictured) saw a chance to pick up some extra cash working from home, and increased her monthly take home seven-fold while looking after her three-year-old daughter Mila and 10-month-old Paige

Dani told FEMAIL: 'I noticed everyone was wearing surgical masks when I was in the supermarket. I thought how scary they looked and clinical'

When the pandemic hit Dani (pictured) saw a chance to pick up some extra cash working from home, and increased her monthly take home seven-fold while looking after her three-year-old daughter Mila and 10-month-old Paige.

The designer has since worked with Hun Wines, a canned wine brand that's a favourite of Amanda Holden. Pictured are Hun Wines employees wearing the masks

The designer has since worked with Hun Wines, a canned wine brand that’s a favourite of Amanda Holden. Pictured are Hun Wines employees wearing the masks

Dani said she started the designs because she saw the chance for companies to advertise their brand and protect their employers at the same time. 

She realised it would be a way to ‘slow the spread of Covid-19 and to support the NHS by sourcing their own face coverings instead of using surgical masks’. 

‘All companies advertise,’ she said. ‘This was a way they could do it free of charge protecting their employees, and those around them, walking around and travelling and at the same time being less intimidating to the clientele. 

‘I can make the mask any colour with any logo. So each mask can completely match a company’s branding.

Dani  says she can match the exact hue of the company's logo and print on a design of their choice. Pictured is a Beauty Emporium employee wearing a mask

Dani  says she can match the exact hue of the company’s logo and print on a design of their choice. Pictured is a Beauty Emporium employee wearing a mask

The designer has since worked with Hun Wines, a canned wine brand that’s a favourite of Amanda Holden, and Make Up By Carmen, a beautician who works with celebrities including Meghan Barton-Hanson. 

‘I have made masks for estate agents, personal trainers, hairdressers, make-up artists, receptionists, plumbers, electricians and restaurants,’ she said.

‘I wanted to provide masks that were good quality/comfortable and that lasted.’  

Dani added that she was worried at the start of the pandemic, but her business idea quickly saw her luck turn around.  

Dani said: 'I have made masks for estate agents, personal trainers, hairdressers, make up artists, receptionists, plumbers, electricians and restaurants. Pictured beauty salon employees wearing the mask

Dani said: ‘I have made masks for estate agents, personal trainers, hairdressers, make up artists, receptionists, plumbers, electricians and restaurants. Pictured beauty salon employees wearing the mask

‘In the beginning, because my partner and I are both self-employed with no holiday or sick pay and two small children not in school, we had no idea how we were going to pay our mortgage, bills, and do the food shop. 

‘My partner works on a building site which was closed due to Covid. I had no design work coming in and we did start to panic. 

‘I had to think of a way to change the way I worked to adapt to what was going on around us. 

‘I started off just selling them to friends who owned salons and as they received their masks, they put them on Instagram,’ Dani added. 

Adam Pigott, an estate agent said that he 'couldn't resist a bit of branding' and bought masks from Dani

Adam Pigott, an estate agent said that he ‘couldn’t resist a bit of branding’ and bought masks from Dani

‘Then it spiralled from there, with more and more orders coming in. Some single orders, some in the hundreds. I targeted larger companies with established branding with lots of employees.

‘Some celeb make-up artists contacted me and they also posted on their Instagram accounts with large followings, so that really did help. More and more orders kept coming in.

‘I have had to get a friend to help me with my invoicing and accounts to keep up with the order process.’

Dani said at the moment she just has her friend Daniela Meluzzi working as virtual business PA for her.

‘I have had to get really organised with the amounts of orders coming in, so I design to make the masks look great with a company’s branding, logos and colours, and Daniela streamlines the order process.

Dani added that she was worried at the start of the pandemic, but her business idea quickly saw her luck turn around. Pictured is a clients wearing her personalised logo masks

One client shared a snap to Instagram writing 'personalised logo masks, loves it. Thank you @dct_designs'

Dani added that she was worried at the start of the pandemic, but her business idea quickly saw her luck turn around. Pictured are two clients wearing her personalised logo masks

One jewellers local to Dani ordered logo masks and said they 'couldn't recommend them enough'

One jewellers local to Dani ordered logo masks and said they ‘couldn’t recommend them enough’