Naomi Thompson, 33, is a writer, a retail assistant and self-confessed wheeler-dealer from Southsea. Naomi’s passion for all things vintage has inspired two books on the subject.
When did you last go away and where did you go?
My last proper trip was a September visit to Contes in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, south-eastern France. It’s so easy from Southampton, four hours door to door. My mum runs a B&B there, which recently featured in the French version of Four In A Bed.
What about the last theatre show you saw?
I went to see Alice in Wonderland at the Royal Opera House. My boyfriend’s mum got matinee tickets for my birthday. The costumes are divine and it is part-animated. Joe Black’s House of Burlesque (far right) is the best show we have down here.
The last book you read?
This is quite embarrassing, but probably my own. I spent most of the last year proof-reading Style Me Vintage Accessories (Pavilion, 2014). Prior to that, Jamaica Inn by Daphne Du Maurier. I love a bit of howling Gothic.
What’s your favourite way to relax?
Sleeping, preferably without my nine-month-old daughter draped over me! For rest of the mindful type, a seafront walk at a quiet moment. Early mornings are lovely.
What do you watch on TV?
I don’t watch TV per se, partly because after almost two years in our house, we still have not found the aerial connection. The last series I was glued to? True Detective.
Where do you shop?
Charity shops, Vintage at 97 on Elm Grove and John Lewis or Waitrose. Buying 90 per cent of what we use and consume reduced or second-hand means we can afford to spend money on the things we have to buy new.
Where do you eat out?
Sakura for cheap Japanese eats – there is 20 per cent off the bill, including drinks, at lunchtime. The lunchtime menu at Kitsch ’n’ d’Or is the best value for money I have encountered anywhere. Better quality food than many London restaurants I have had the good fortune to sample.
What about pubs and bars?
I have a bit of a confession, I loathe going out at night. I’ve never been very good at it. I much prefer frequenting bars and pubs (and restaurants for that matter) during the daytime. In the summer I love the Barley Mow for the beer garden, but be wary of the 6.8 per cent cider – it’s trouble! You can’t beat the view at the Still & West and the fish and chips for one are big enough for two.
Where’s good for a day out locally?
I never tire of walking along our coastline and we have plenty of it. I wish someone would do a foraging tour of Portsmouth, as there is an abundance of wild garlic on the island andI would like to
learn more about edible coast plants.
Do you have any hobbies?
I spend any free time visiting my vast family, who I’m sure make up at least a 10th of Pompey, plus snooping through charity shops and nagging my other half.