Jewellery designer Roxanne First on mind-clearing walks and sleeping in her necklaces

First, 35, shares a typical day in her West London life

Roxanne Firse
Credit: Charlie Dailey

I wake up at around 7.30am and make a peppermint tea. Then I take my rescue dog, Boicey, for a walk in the park. I use this time to clear my mind before I head to the studio. The biggest lesson of lockdown has been recognising how important this daily routine is for my mental health. 

I never plan what I’m going to wear but recently I’ve leant towards comfortable bottoms, an oversized shirt and tie-dye socks. I also always wear several necklaces from my collection; I even sleep in them. 

I drive to my studio. Recently we’ve been preparing to launch a new website, so my days have involved a bit of everything, from overseeing campaign imagery to designing pieces. 

One of the highlights since I launched in 2018 was when actor Paul Mescal designed a chain with us following the success of  Normal People last year – that was really cool and exciting.

I stop for lunch at around 2pm or 3pm. As my studio is in Notting Hill, there are some lovely local delis. Often I pick up some soup or rye bread with avocado.  When I get back home, I like to take a bath, with some sort of bath salt popped in, and have a gin and tonic while I’m soaking.

Then I change into old-school pyjamas for the evening.  I usually cook with my flatmate. We love Italian food so pasta al pomodoro is often on the menu. Before bed, I like to put a series on TV, although I am still on my phone, checking emails. My mind is always on my work.

My favourite...

...Insta inspo

I love Marianne Theodorsen’s style, particularly the way she dresses with colour.  

...bedside read

Many Lives, Many Masters, by Brian Weiss. I’ve learnt a lot about personal development from this. £13.99, books.telegraph.co.uk

...home must-have

 These Anatomē essential- oil diffusers are amazing. Fragrance for the house is important – it’s another way to relax. £95, anatome.co

...comfy treat

 Thelma & Leah Haathee printed pyjamas. I love a matching cotton pyjama set – these prints are so fun. £130, thelmaandleah.com

...binge watch

 Scandal on Netflix. I like the romantic and political storyline. It gives a sense of escapism for me.

...gadget

 Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer. It’s great. My  hair condition is a lot better for it. £299.99,  johnlewis.com

...exhibition

 Andy Warhol at Tate Modern I saw this before lockdown. It was amazing. 

...lockdown buy

 ‘No Problemo’ tie-dye sweatpants. During lockdown I invested in a fabulous Aries tracksuit. £275, ariesarise.co  Yoga is my go-to workout. I have an amazing teacher called  Emily Cohen.

As told to Emilie Hill