29 Sep, 2023

The Last… With Stacey Duguid

Moving to london from edinburgh in the 1990s, my younger years were, how do we put this, ‘interesting’. Running wild through london, things were different back then. Having spent my 20s working in PR, I went on to spend my 30s and 40s working in magazines, such as ELLE, where I worked for over a decade. I have two children, a boy who is 12 and a girl, 10. I no longer work for fashion magazines, at least not as an editor. Over the past few years, I’ve focussed my career solely on writing, and up until last year poured my broken, post-divorce heart into a column I wrote weekly for the telegraph. About to start a masters in Fine Art at St Martins, and now officially a published author, I’m beginning to wonder what my 50s have in store. How exciting.

The Last…

Time you danced?
Mid-August, 2023. Ibiza. DC!0. I hadn’t been for so many years and felt nervous to go, scared in case the place had turned into a sanitised version of the naughty club I once loved as a much younger woman. Newsflash: It didn’t disappoint.

Thing you bought from an actual shop?
Having given up many vices picked up over the years (see the book for details), shopping has taken a backseat. However, on a recent trip to Madrid, my daughter and I ransacked Zara. I bought a linen waistcoat, an oversized stripy shirt, a white mini skirt and a pair of see-thru wide-legged black trousers. I no longer panic buy stuff that doesn’t suit me, so feel confident I’ll wear these pieces for a long time to come.

Thing you brought online?
Flea tablets for the dogs. Worming tablets for us. Don’t ask.

Person you spoke to?
Kate Spicer. We were discussing Russell Brand in relation to our own experiences as young women, of men just kinda getting their own way, sexually speaking.

Podcast you listened to?
I don’t listen to them. I am neurodivergent and find them to be very overwhelming. I think it’s to do with the lack of visuals. I need to see people’s faces to fully take in what’s being said. It’s maddening, and through therapy and medication I’ve managed some of my other, shall we say, ‘quirks’. Perhaps it’s time to face this podcast shit head on!!!

New brand you discovered?
Completedworks. The most beautiful, sculptural, modern jewellery that won’t break the bank.

Film you watched at the cinema?
Elemental. I’m such a sucker for a well-written kids story. I always cry, especially as I went to see it with my daughter and the film is essentially about the relationship between mother and daughter.

TV series you watched at home?
See podcasts for details. I can’t really watch TV. I like documentaries. The last one I watched was about big pharma and the one before that about the idea of entitlement.

Restaurant you ate at?
A local place in Queens Park called Harvest. Very, very good food and wine, the place has an LA vibe.

Takeaway you ordered?
Oh come on! PIZZA! Has to be pizza, given it’s on the emergency menu (otherwise known as ‘mummy was too busy at work to buy food’)

Book you read?
The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’ Farrell. An extraordinary tale of a young woman living in Renaissance Italy. Born into royalty, from birth it was her destiny to be married off. O’Farrell writes beautifully, so between the politics, the violence, the interiors and the outfits, it’s a beautiful, heart pounding read.

Magazine you flicked through?
I love magazines and flick through them all. The kids are used to me by now, just casually flicking through pages of whatever, becoming engrossed in everything from ‘what bulbs to buy now’, to the sex lives of (insert name of current front page news celebrity).

Country you visited?
Menorca. I bought a small, rundown little house there 18 months ago. It’s bliss, but I’m going to rent it out in August from now on and lap up the quiet of the winter months over there instead.

Town you walked around?
Ciutadella – the Menorcan town where my house is. Small, it looks like a mini-Rome and the colours of the buildings are incredible. Soft pinks, blues and yellows everywhere.

Time you cried?
Today. Locked out of my banking app. Four phone calls later. And also yesterday. In therapy.

Time you laughed until you cried?
In Ibiza with my Sara. At DC10, we laughed and laughed and laughed. Everything was funny, as though we’d been laughing the gas.

Thing you do at night before switching off the light?
Remove ALL electronic devices from my son’s bedroom.

Meal you cooked?
Beef bolognese. Each Monday, I cook a large pot of minced beef (2 x packs of mince, 1 x onion, 1 x stock cube, 2 x tins of toms). On Monday – ta da! served with tortilla it’s ‘mexican’. The following day, – ta da! served with pasta it’s Italian! Three meals per night all under £20.

Cocktail you drank?
Negroni. Regrettably.

Play you saw?
Pass. Something with the kids. All I know is we ALWAYS get in a rickshaw afterwards.

Thing you baked?
HAHAHAH!!! I don’t bake. Well, I do at christmas just for laughs. I bake angels and tree biscuits that always come out looking like a penis.

Thing you burnt?
See above for details

Time you said sorry?
I’m always apologising. Not in a meek way, but I’m a firm believer in setting the record straight and admitting I was wrong. A week ago I said ‘sorry’ to my daughter. Sorry for splitting up the family, and sorry that it had made her so sad.

Website you bookmarked?
With ADHD, my brain already has 5,000 tabs open. But let’s have a look and see….OK. It’s a tough one. ‘Best Dog Crates for Whippets’, or Kelly Wearstler’s website.

Song you added to a playlist?
Man. Ok. I can’t do playlists either. It’s a well documented fact ADHD’rs listen to the same track on repeat.

Person you kissed?
My daughter. Or my son.

Travelled by bus?
Hmmm. No.

Radio station you listened to?
Classic FM during the week and weekends, Radio One’s dance anthems on a Friday night. Come on, Danny Howard!

Time you swore?
A moment ago, when I found out a shop in France has ordered over a 1,000 books and we can’t for the life of us think why (given the book is only just out and is yet to be translated into any other language).

Biscuit you ate?
Is this a joke question? RICH TEA, OBVS

Item of clothing you wore two days running?
I do this all the time. Currently it’s all about Tallulah and Hope throw-on dresses. I chuck one over my head, slip into a pair of Jigsaw clogs, and off I go. Note: no underwear. A french friend recently confided wearing no pants or bra is the key to a happy day.

Thing you smelt?
Inside my Dog’s ear. It smells like caramel and I don’t care if everyone thinks I’m weird.

Time you said I love you?
This morning, dropping the kids at school.

Follow Stacey: @staceyduguid