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Bronte: A Restaurant Imagined by Tom Dixon And Loved By Bloggers

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…

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How Trouva’s Making it Easy to Shop Independent this Christmas

If, like me, you’re in favour of supporting independent businesses, shopping local and small where possible, then great. But if, also like me, you sometimes shudder at the thought of dragging yourself to the shops, squeezing as much gift collection as possible into limited time slots to avoid hordes of other shoppers as festive preparations ramp up, I might just have the solution for you. I was lucky enough to join Trouva for a peek at their 2017 Christmas showcase – a collection of beautiful pieces from an array of different indie stores around the UK. In case you aren’t…

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London’s Five Best Indie Salons

Since moving to London a good few years back, I noticed that a quick Google of the words ‘best hair salon’ or ‘best place for nails’ proffers two options: very expensive celebrity hair stylists and their new expensive hairdressing outlets or discount deals for places you’ve never heard of. Finding a place in which you feel comfortable enough to let a stranger loose on your hair is difficult when you’ve just moved to a new city, or indeed if you’re already rooted somewhere and want to  switch things up. Apps and sites that offer discounts can be misleading and in…

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BRAND TO KNOW: Ola Studio

Whether you’re seeking out a card for somebody special or a beautiful notebook for all your beautiful ideas, head straight for Ola Studio. An independent paper goods brand specialising in traditional, quality manufacturing, Ola’s lovely aesthetic and considered approach has helped it to stand out from the crowd. Founded by creative Katy Goutefangea in 2014, Ola Studio is a hot label in the world of stationery, primarily because it takes a painstakingly precise and considered approach to creating each collection. Working only with local manufacturers and using time-honoured methods. Katy’s background as a studio printmaker and bookbinder, along with a deep…

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Six Books You Need to Read this Spring

With so many bank holidays peppering our British springs, you’d be forgiven for allowing yourself a day or two to laze around with a good book. I’ve dedicated hours and hours to trawling awards shortlists and seeking out new reads to invest in for days such as these, and while I could compile an exhaustive list of the many wonderful works I’ve discovered and devoured, I’ve decided to share just six that I’ve been enjoying instead… 1. Living with Plants Purveyors of all things botanical and hosts of wonderful workshops on urban planting and growing, Geo-Fleur Founder Sophie Lee has produced a…