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Six Easy Ways To Stop Using Plastic

I love April. The weather invariably affects my mood throughout winter so towards the end of March I start getting jazzed about the onset of bright sunshine and anticipating how good I’ll feel when I see blossom-heavy trees lining my street. April is also my birthday month so I know I’ll get the opportunity to hear from people I love and that generally, people will be nicer to me than usual, which I obviously look forward to. My birthday is 23 April but as I’m a hippy at heart, the day before is always pretty important to me too; 22…

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MAKER TO KNOW: The Things We Keep

Kay Wang is a designer-maker based in Brooklyn, New York. Handmade jewellery is her speciality, however it would be unfair to pigeonhole her as simply an accessories designer. Kay makes everything; from from linen kitchen towels and beautiful spoons to exceptional made-to-order jewellery, her creations are timeless, useful and beautiful. Since 2011, Kay has been at the helm of The Things We Keep, a minimalist jewellery and homeware business. Inspired by history, heirlooms and the precious treasures we collect during our lifetimes, the brand is a mix of architectural shapes, fairtrade and conflict-free materials and tactile finishes. Having worked in marketing for a fair…

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How To Style Up a Rented Home with Cox & Cox

So you live in rented digs. You can’t paint the walls or pull up the carpet lest you face the wrath of your landlord and a lot of the time it feels like the home you’re in doesn’t do a great job of reflecting you, or comforting you in tougher times. Living in a temporary home or rented room can cramp your style, especially if you’re a creative person with a big vision for the space you want live in. Sadly, if you’re renting, you won’t be able to make any massive changes to your home, but you can make…

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Six Green Beauty Travel Essentials I Love

It’s easy to assume everything we use on our skin and hair is gentle, fairly sourced and more-or-less derived from natural sources, because the marketing material used to sell it usually suggests this is true. But if you’re the sort of person whose skin shrivels at the thought of using a luminous product loaded with parabens, synthetics, silicones, sulphates and phthalates, which of course, many modern cosmetics are, you might think twice about something being labelled ‘natural’ or ‘gentle’. A good way to scope out products without nasties and that aren’t tested on animals to use on your own skin is…

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Meet the Green-Fingered Duo Behind London Terrariums

One of the problems of living in a city, as culturally rich and creatively diverting as it may be, is that we’re seldom granted a patch of green to call our own. Sure, we’ve got parks and some high streets go in for hanging baskets, but the dense tropical flora we usually crave is always out of reach. If you’re anything like me, you really go in for greenery in your workspace, home or studio. Plantlife is a friend to us all and boosts our wellbeing and creativity, but we don’t all have the privilege of a private garden to…

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Gather + See: My Favourite Conscious Shopping Destination

Meet Gather&See, a curated marketplace of sustainable style offering superb collections from the very best in conscious fashion from around the world. Showcasing designers that pride themselves on aesthetics and ethics in equal measures, Gather&See operate according to six amazing founding principles: Fair trade, Organic, Recycled, Eco-friendly, Handmade and Small Scale Production. I love their ethos, great taste and carefully selected brands so set out to find out more about the story behind the growing retailer’s mission. Founded by Stephanie Hogg and Alicia Taylor, Gather&See was born from a foray into the world of artisanal craft, garment production, and travelling the…

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INTERVIEW: Designer + Entrepreneur Lola Hoad of One Girl Band

Lola Hoad is a letterer, designer and small business coach based in Brighton, and one of my favourite people. Not only has she successfully honed an aesthetic and strong message that’s rapidly become synonymous with supporting independent brands and creatives, she has also developed a beautiful brand and powerful entrepreneurial ethos that propels her work and inspires others. Her ‘Shop Independent’ illustration has become the face of an online revolution and influenced a shift in the way we all think about what and how we shop and consume. In the last few years, Lola has founded LH design, a paper goods company,…