Meet writer Jane Seaman from Maidstone
PUBLISHED: 11:30 02 August 2014 | UPDATED: 11:30 02 August 2014
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Jane discusses her personal style, why she loves town life and is a fan of charity shops and colourful socks
Tell us a bit about you
My name is Jane Seaman, and I’m a writer. I use my birth name, Ayres, for my teenage pony novels and had my first short story published in a UK magazine at the age of 14. I work freelance at the moment, teaching business skills to writers, and I’m enjoying new challenges fundraising for arts projects and charities. At 52, I’m also a mature student, studying part time at the University of Kent for an MSc in Science, Communication and Society – and I love it!
What are you wearing?
I got the white cotton dress when I was visiting the V&A Museum Shop in London, they were having a sale and it was reduced to £15 and it was a rare impulse buy. I love the pink embroidery, which goes with my favourite baby pink platforms (a tenner from Camden market).
I’m a big fan of socks, the more colourful the better, and the stripy ones were a present from my partner (I like to team them with open-toed sandals). My favourite orange scarf is a gift from a dear friend.
The 1960’s-style dangly earrings are plastic and cost £2 from a charity shop, and the shell bracelets were also a present from my partner, brought back from Vietnam.
The orange top was from a discount clothes store in the Mall in Maidstone, and my hat is from Sweatshop at Newnham Court Shopping Village, also in Maidstone.
I can’t imagine spending more than £30 on a handbag (one of my favourite bags cost £6 and I also love my messenger bag from Next children’s department). I find the idea of spending thousands on a designer bag (or clothes or jewellery for that matter) incomprehensible.
Where do you live?
Originally from Peterborough, I’ve lived in Maidstone now for nearly 27 years. I like being a short walk from the town centre and a slightly longer one to Bricks, my favourite coffee shop at Newnham Court Shopping Village. Although I appreciate the Kent countryside and love being a short drive from the coast, I’m a townie at heart.
Where do you like to shop?
I don’t have a favourite place, but I do love bright colours and my style is quite eclectic. I prefer going to charity shops – there’s more choice and I like a bargain.
I stopped dyeing my hair a few years ago (it has been a range of colours in the past, from pillar box red to purple) so I’m trying live with the grey now.
I get it cut by the brilliant Lucy at AJ the Barbers in Starnes Court, Maidstone. I used to have really long hair, but I like it ultra cropped now – although it’s hidden by my hat in the picture today.
I’m pale skinned so tend to cover up in the sun, and down by the River Medway in Maidstone it can be surprisingly hot! n