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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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48 Hours in Marrakech

The first time I touched down in Marrakech was about 10 years ago and luckily, a long trip meant I was able to experience plenty of what the gorgeous city had to offer, from afternoons spent on sun-flooded terraces to happy ambles around the labyrinthine souks, it was pretty easy going. More recently, my visit was much shorter so I was determined to pack as much into the weekend as possible. Where to go in Marrakech? If you haven’t shopped in this city’s famous souks, have you ever really shopped? A wander around is a must and depending on where…

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How A Solo Trip Through The Himalayas Taught Me About Self Acceptance

Yes, I know, I’ve been going on and on about my trip to Nepal. Yes, it was spiritual, yes, it was life affirming and yes, I know exactly how I sound when I say that. I didn’t go there to ‘find myself’ or anything, but I had a pretty revelatory moment whilst I was there. I didn’t expect to experience anything close to that lightning moment on the side of a mountain but even now, I think about it at least once a day.  We all know that travelling stokes the mind, develops our characters and helps us to gain…

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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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INTERVIEW: Blogger + Creative Director Chidera Eggerue

Chidera Eggerue, also known by her alias The Slumflower, is a blogger and Creative Director, not to mention a notable social media activist. In all these pursuits she uses creativity and hard-won wisdom to propel and support open conversations about health, happiness, identity and self worth. Always rocking whatever feels good and inspiring others to do the same, it’s easy to admire Chidera for her style, showcased in the brilliant narrative shoots that populate her blog The Slumflower. Last year I invited Chidera to take part in my first talks event at Google Campus, to share her insights on life as a working creative….

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Why You Should Visit Quill

If you’re partial to a wander through the historic streets of central or easterly London, you might have spied a white-fronted shop with large Georgian windows boasting a host of inviting displays. Equal parts paper trove and luxe boutique, Quill is a stationery store like no other. Founded in 2012, the shop has grown into a well-loved purveyor of gorgeous products created by independent designer/makers and studios and a hub of creativity, hosting workshops and events. Today having made a decisive mark on London’s creative and commercial scenes with workshops and bespoke services, Quill proudly stocks its own goods as…

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How To Live with Zero Waste

If you think the 5p plastic bag charge was the worst thing that ever happened to Britain, this piece probably isn’t for you. If, however, you share my sentiments about the importance of living sustainably, read on. From shopping local, to opting for eco-friendly packaging and supporting unique cafes and restaurants, the benefits of a zero-waste life are myriad – as many bloggers, activists and sustainable lifestyle advocates will tell you. But what is ‘zero waste’ and who does it benefit? In essence, a zero waste lifestyle is about reducing your potentially harmful impact on the environment. This means considering…