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Six Easy Ways To Cut Down On Using Plastic Every Day

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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How To Balance Your Career With Your Creativity

We live in a society where ‘by day and by night’ careers are commonplace. Many of us work at typical full-time vocations between the hours of 9am and 6pm and feed our creativity by the waxing and waning light of the hours either side. Some sit at desks for nine hours a day and still manage to make a relative success of part-time exploits. Motivated individuals the world over are nailing the ominous work/life balance. So how do we do it too? The main element in balancing creativity with a traditional career is applying yourself. There are not and never…

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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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Sketch London: Go For the Pink Velvet Interior and Stay for the Champagne Bar

If you haven’t heard of Sketch, you’re in for a bizarre treat. One of London’s more eccentric offerings, this Mayfair spot is a hit among fans of pastel pink, which is basically the entire blogging community of London under the age of 24, right? Comprised of lounge-style restaurant named The Gallery, filled with kitsch pink velvet seating and white tablecloths, the walls are lined with illustrations by one of my favourite artists, David Shrigley. Even the crockery is jazzed up with his signature hand-drawn messages and unnerving doodles. I love this place for its aesthetic — especially the giant egg…

Where To Eat On The High Street If You’re Too Boujee For Nando’s

If you’ve made a tonne of money-saving resolutions this month and are trying not to break the bank by splurging on eating out, it’s likely you’ll end up looking to the high street for an affordable meal or two. Now, the high street isn’t usually our first port of call for great design, inventive cocktails or great veggie and vegan options, however, you’d be surprised at how well some cafes and restaurants are doing at hanging dull dining out to dry. There are now plenty of easy-to-come-by places that really embrace aesthetics, as well as unique, authentic and quality food and drink. So, if…

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Why We Need Women’s Co-Working Spaces

In the past few years co-working spaces have become a big hit, especially for small business owners, freelancers and entrepreneurs. Any creative working in the UK will know that hiring private space can be expensive, working from home can be isolating and that planting yourself in an environment where there isn’t room to grow, or at the very least be yourself, can undermine your process and your goals. Now, in 2017, co-working spaces are a normal and viable option for many people and are talked up by single workers and business owners all over the world due to the supportive,…