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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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How To Make ‘Old Fashioned’ Mulled Cider

Humbugs look away now because this post is unapologetically festive. For all its beautiful natural colour, freely given goodwill and perks like cosying up at home feeling warm and toasty, winter is a brilliant time and undoubtedly my favourite of the year. Disclaimer: I’m the sort of person who starts getting butterflies at the thought of Christmas Day being closer than ever in early September so my enthusiasm for winter is by no means shared by everyone. If however, like me you’re already fully embracing the thought of festive celebrations, you’ll love this recipe – one I whipped up after two…

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London’s Five Best Creative 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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The Five Best Vegan Pizza Spots in London

Vegan pizza can really be hit or miss. Luckily, the fair city of London has high standards when it comes to both Italian and V-friendly fare so rest assured that these five spots will leave nothing to the imagination. Voodoo Rays The ideal spot to sate a craving and discover heart-warmingly good veggie and vegan options, Voodoo Rays blends expertise in toppings with a downtown diner aesthetic. Visit the restaurant in Dalston, the new spot in Peckham or stop by the Boxpark or Camden pop-ups for New York-style pizza by the giant slice, bottled beer and fresh ingredients. Don’t forget…

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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…

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INTERVIEW: Illustrator Jade Spranklen

Jade Spranklen is an illustrator and 2D animation director known as Sprankenstein. Her wildly imaginative, free-flowing and often spooky style has become a trademark that’s easily recognisable on sites like ASOS and adorning anything from Doctor Martens boots to skate decks. Jade has been working as a freelance image maker for the past few years and recently joined us at our first community talks event as one of our inspiring speakers, sharing her journey as a UK-based creative with our young audience at Google Campus. Now, we’re catching up with her to ask her about her collaborative projects with the likes of Sony,…