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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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Why You Should Shop at my Favourite Indie Store Shedquarters

Shedquarters is an independent shop that I’ve loved, admired and promoted for pretty much as long as it’s been around. Launched in 2014, the store is an online purveyor of stunning, handpicked pieces crafted by talented makers and designers. Run by two lovely people named Hayley and Ross and born from a shared love of high-quality products and contemporary design, the shop is based out of a converted shed in Cambridge, hence its name. ‘We want Shedquarters to be a place where people can come and buy modern homeware at an affordable price’ say founder Hayley. ‘We also want to…

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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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Why I Checked into a Sunny Spanish Health Retreat

I love juggling lots of different things day-to-day, it’s part of what makes life interesting. However, doing too much can, as we all well know, have adverse reactions on your physical and mental health. Though I often post positive, upbeat articles about artists, indie stores and experiences I love, we thought it might be time to open up a little and share an experience I recently had, along with some tips and info on a place I really rate. Over the years, this blog has gone from strength to strength fo which I am grateful  However, it’s always been a passion…

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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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Folk-Inspired Portraits by Illustrator Ayumi Takahashi

Born in China and raised in Japan by a family of artists, Ayumi Takahashi is an illustrator and graphic designer with an exceptional flair for creating colourful images with a wonderful sense of character. From portraits to editorial illustrations and brand identity projects, Ayumi’s simple graphic style communicates a sense of joy and positivity that’s refreshing to see in each image. Having graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, USA, and Central Saint Martins, London, Ayumi now lives in New York working on her paintings, drawings, textile pieces and graphic design. Her travels around the world to live, work, study and explore seem…

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INTERVIEW: Cockpit Arts CEO Vanessa Swann

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you might have noticed that I’ve recently been dedicating a fair bit of air time to the discussion of why supporting independent businesses is important. At this time of year, I feel that buying direct from makers and shopping from independent stores and ventures can make a positive impact, not just on the quality and meaningfulness of the gifts we give and receive and our greater impact on the planet, but on the people that craft and sell them with passion and great attention to detail. I recently caught up with Vanessa Swann,…