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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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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…

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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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EAT AT: Bronte

Designed by Tom Dixon and his Design Research Studio, Bronte is a dream. Picture lofty ceilings offset by pink concrete, teal and emerald-hued banquettes and signature metallic lighting in brassy and rose-gold tones. Strange artefacts offset the smooth, streamlined aesthetic in some areas, whereas in others, you’ll find nothing but soft velvet curves, hints of malachite and bright lights. Bronte is a luxe central-London joint, and it knows it. What’s on the menu? The standard fare is pan-Asian with sushi, dim sum and bao buns on offer. There’s a choice of not one but three ‘sushi pizzas’ and for the less…

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10 Vegan Chocolate Brands to Know

Now more than ever, Easter is all about chocolate. According to a recent study, kids in the UK receive on average 8.8 Easter eggs per year and that friends, is a buttload of chocolate. Usually, Easter egg chocolate is on the cheap side and contains milk, whey and other animal derivatives, like jelly sweets made from gelatine. Personally, I’m not into the idea of consuming 8.8 crappy chocolate eggs, and much prefer the idea of receiving a beautifully-wrapped chocolate bar that’s top quality and free from any nasties. There are tonnes of inspiring indie chocolate brands out there and most…

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INTERVIEW: Illustrator Chloe Hall

Chloe Hall is a talented illustrator and designer-maker based in Leicester. Balancing her freelance career and part-time work with my friends at gifting and stationery brand Ohh Deer, Chloe creates colourful illustrations inspired by lush petals and foliage in her studio. Living on a narrow boat with two guinea pigs for company, Chloe produces dreamy repeat patterns and striking illustrations that have found their way onto all manner of stationery, into the pages of magazines and of course, onto the front page of this blog. I caught up with Chloe to find out more about her work, her inspirations and where to…