Venetia Archer talks Somali piracy, beauty and more

If you’ve not yet tried on-demand beauty app Ruuby, prepare to download your latest obsession.

Written by The Sette February 2, 2021

Founded by Cambridge graduate and Forbes 30 Under 30 Venetia Archer in 2015, Ruuby brings the best beauty therapists right to your door and has won praise from Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, to name a few. When she’s not breaking barriers in the tech world, Venetia spends her time browsing recipes on Instagram, making roast chicken (a Sunday night special) and ordering the odd treat-day takeaway. For a special occasion, she’ll add flowers, The Sette’s ivory linen napkins and – an essential dose of fun – party hats and balloons. 

The most used appliance in my kitchen is…
My saucepans. I do love whipping up a meal on occasion…
The one cookbook everyone should own…
I’m all too millennial. I copy dishes I spot on Instagram or Google ideas and start with the first recipe I see.
In my fridge you’ll always find…

Vegemite! 

Favourite item from The Sette is…

Ivory French linen napkins. How to elevate a dinner party in one fell swoop.

My most memorable meal…

I never forget a family meal on Christmas Day. This year was smaller, but no less special as it was the first with my new baby, Penelope. 

No celebration is complete without…
Party hats and helium balloons.
When I’m invited to dinner I always take…

Flowers. 

The restaurant I’ll be rushing to after lockdown is…

China Tang. Everything about it is divine and often I’ll pop in on my own for lunch for a dumpling or two.

My guilty pleasure is…

Deliveroo.

For dinner tonight…

A roast chicken (Sunday night special). 

Jet-sette… favourite holiday spot?

The Maldives or Hotel du Cap. No half measures here! 

Sette the record straight… something people might not know about you?

I used to be an expert on Somali piracy. I’d speak with locals on the ground and decipher what was happening with recently hijacked ships. A surprise I know given my more recent career in beauty! 

Sunrise or sunsette… favourite time of the day

Sunrise. I wake up very early and love getting a head start on the day. 

Heart sette on… what’s on your wishlist?
Everything. Since lockdown my online browsing habit has turned up a gear. I have recently extended to interiors and my tablescapes are looking all too fabulous thanks to the Sette!