Our occasional series continues, where we ask leading specialists, for their ‘how to’ tips in their field.

In this Valentine month, Cucumber is investigating the ideas of self-love, self-care and wellness. Who better to ask than the lovely Rosie Speight, one of the founders of Equi London, makers of exceptional nutritional supplements that ensure the body’s 8 interconnected systems are balanced, allowing our bodies to be energised, physically and mentally stronger, and our health, wellbeing and beauty optimised.

And catch Rosie speaking on Cucumber's new IGTV channel!

(*transparency alert - as you may have guessed, here at Cucumber HQ, we are massive fans!)

What does Valentine’s Day mean to you?

We’ve been together for 12 years, but my husband and I still make an effort for each other on Valentine's Day with cards and a little present. We’re pretty good at taking stock regularly, but the day does signify a moment to be grateful for what we have. I actually spent Valentine's with my girlfriends the other year which was really fun and we celebrated our friendships…. so the day can and should mean love on many different levels as we all have several people in our lives who contribute to our ’support bubble’ (and not the covid kind) in different ways.

I never leave home without …

My phone. I tell myself it's so that I’m always contactable for my children, however the reality is that I’m completely addicted to it…

My signature style piece is

I’m good at either getting really dressed up, or being in my activeware /loungewear….and less good at dressing in-between. However, if I want to feel spruced up even if I’m casual, my go-to is a necklace my husband gave me after I had our children. We spent months designing it with our amazingly talented jeweller, it’s a very special and sentimental piece and something I love to wear with simple jeans and a t-shirt to add a little bit of sparkle.

My top grooming tip?

I’m all about efficiency. With 2 small children and a busy business, anything that saves me time in the morning is a winner. So I try to opt for products that are multi-functional… as with Equi products which are a full-spectrum supplement regime in one, I love skincare products that are formulated to do more. Serums which include a whole array of ingredients, creams which double up as spfs, night-time face masks, makeup that includes skincare. I also never leave the house without my eyebrows filled in and set with a gel, I’m too scared to get microblading, but really wish I wasn’t as i think it would save me days over the course of a year!

What are you most proud of?

Besides my wonderful daughters and all of the achievements and awards we’ve had with Equi to date…not to mention the many happy customers who tell us they feel and look so much better having taken our supplements, I’m very proud of my signature chocolate trifle which never fails to impress… very much looking forward to making it for friends again soon.

Best piece of advice you have ever been given?

“Life isn’t black or white, but many shades of grey.”

A very wise women told me this a few years ago, and as someone who can take an all-or-nothing approach to certain things in life, this helped my outlook which has been useful.

Where next for Rosie and Equi London?

There is tons going on behind the scenes at Equi as we add to our sales channels and bring more people on to the team. We’re working on some great new products having seen a few trends in the questions we get from customers, which we’ll hopefully release in the Spring. It always feels like it’s all systems go, but we’re on a mission to raise the bar in the supplement industry with products that live up to their claims and make a real, noticeable difference to how people look and feel. There is such a huge amount of mis-information and ineffective, yet expensive products on the market and we want to help change that. As the science evolves, we think the market should keep up and that’s what we’re trying to do with Equi.

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