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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 High Street Eats for Design Lovers

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…

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…

Why You Need To Visit The Doodle Bar

It’s a real challenge to pick a single favourite place in the entire city of London. However, when Eventbrite launched their Hometown Hunt project, I was ready to take on the challenge of picking just one spot that sums up my love for London. Eventbrite are pretty much your go-to for discovering fresh venues, staging your own events and sorting tickets for any number of experiences. They share some fantastic secrets on where, when and how to enjoy your city so I had to think long and hard about which of my favourite places I would share with them. In the end,…