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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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BRAND TO KNOW: Olive Clothing

Olive is a British contemporary clothing brand with a big fanbase here in London. The creators of these comfy, directional and ethically-focused pieces are however, based in Cheltenham where their flagship store lives. Now, I don’t like to spoil the joyful surprises of Christmas day but I’ve been dropping plenty of hints in the lead-up to that day of gifting; suggesting a bunch of items from this fantastic little store. Pulling together and combining vintage looks, street style, androgynous cuts and fabrics and presenting layered outfit ideas, Olive is everything I dream of when it comes to casual fashion and…

Why You Should Pay the Ohh Deer Shop a Visit

Stationery fiends, gift-wrapping experts and fans of all things illustrated, it’s time to celebrate because the long-awaited Ohh Deer shop is finally here. Hitting Loughborough’s streets at the end of last year, the physical manifestation of the hit online gifting store has been a huge success, offering creative stationery and beautiful bits and pieces that shoppers can browse and buy in-store. The Ohh Deer shop is situated close to its founder’s homes, going their local community a nice little boost and its residents a place to shop for gorgeous gifts. Despite the fact that the shop isn’t quite local to us, we love…

The Best Small Business Sales to Shop

It’s sale season once again and of course, that means it’s the perfect time to support small businesses. Whether you’re paying full price or grabbing a bargain, every penny counts for an independent venture. We’ve picked out a few of our favourites, whose January sales are packed with beautiful, handmade things, from stationery to art supplies, conscious fashion and homewares. Happy shopping… Thornback and Peel A quintessentially British brand and one that we love, Thornback & Peel specialise in luxury screen-printed goods for your home. Choose from cushions, handkerchiefs, deckchairs and lampshades to brighten up your home, office and studio…

BRAND TO KNOW: Pirates & Violets

Crafting bespoke shopping baskets and woven pouches, Pirates & Violets is an independent, family-run business based in Yorkshire. Every design is made from natural fibres and attributed with great touches, such as pastel-toned pom-poms, tassels and hand-painted stripes and monograms. Inspired by classic French style and the sun, sea and sandy beaches of exotic coastlines, the oversized basket bags tap into one of this summer’s big trends but we like it most for it’s ethos. With an eco-friendly and sustainable attitude towards running an indie business, Pirates & Violets is partnered with a team of mothers in Morocco. These women…

READ: Makers of East London by Hoxton Mini Press

Hoxton Mini Press have been popping up all over the shop of late and no wonder. With a focus on the unique climate of east London and a generous flair for putting together the most outstanding imagery with winsome words, the independent publisher creates books worth cherishing forever. Their latest creation is unsurprisingly something very special. From the folks that brought you the illustrious Haircuts of Hackney comes MAKERS OF EAST LONDON. A triumph in the making, this beautiful book documents all things lovingly handmade. Exploring the craft and skill of a group of talented creatives, the publication celebrates the processes…

MAKER TO KNOW: Emma MacLeod

Emma MacLeod is a wonderfully creative contemporary jeweller based in Scotland. From her Dundee workshop, she draws inspiration from industrial construction and fabrication methods, producing miniature, wearable structures. Her unisex jewellery, much of it a homage to Dundee’s docked rig legs, features sharp lines and geometric shapes. Winner of the Neo Design Award, it comes as no surprise that Emma’s stylish and astutely rendered pieces have been featured by British Vogue. I was keen to find out what led her to jewellery design and which influences shaped her work’s distinctive and characterful style. She says, ‘I was first introduced to jewellery…