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Woohoo, it’s my favourite week of the year – London Design Festival! London really pulls out all of the stops to celebrate design; I’m talking installations, experiences and events. For 2018 there are now more Design Districts than ever before, which is great news because it means every part of London can join in the design fun! On Friday I was so happy to attend the LDF press tour for a first look at what...

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May has been quite a crazy month for me so far (and there’s still a week left!) but I love to keep busy so it suits me! If you follow me on Instagram you might’ve seen that I’ve been painting with Hattie Stewart for her installation at NOW Gallery in North Greenwich. When Hattie posted a call out for painters on Instagram I applied without really thinking about it – I definitely didn’t think I’d get picked...

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Ever walked past somewhere so many times whilst thinking ‘That looks like a cool place, I need to pop in soon…’ but never actually getting around to it? Me too. But last weekend I said enough is enough and opened the door of Libreria, a super cool but cosy book shop just off Brick Lane in East London. I will hold my hands up and admit that I definitely don’t read as much as I...

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Today is a special day; it’s Wednesday. And on Wednesdays we wear pink, right? But that’s not why it’s special… Last year I put together a little post sharing a few of my fave ladies making creative things happen. Well when I looked in my diary and saw that International Women’s Day was coming around again I thought ‘OK, what can I do this year?’ I decided that I wanted more. More women. More inspiration. More Girl Power (like...

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If you bring it back to basics, greetings cards are about sending a message; letting someone know you’re thinking about them. And I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that you don’t have to spend £3.50+ to do that! If you’re a cynic like me, you’ll think that Valentines Day is basically just a commercial holiday to fill the gap between Christmas and Easter. No amount of chocolates, roses or jewellery will ever be...

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Cafes. There are hundreds (maybe even thousands?) in London, each with their own style and atmosphere. From the swanky coffee bar to the greasy spoon, they are a hub for people meeting friends, working away from the office or just relaxing. They all have that in common. But what about if you’re looking for something different to the norm of coffee and brownies? You’ve probably heard about the Cat Cafes popping up, but if you...

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I don’t usually like to start the day with maths, but I felt like it is appropriate in this case… 7 tracks + 7 inches + 700 record sleeves = Secret 7 @ Sonos Studio. ALL OF THE 7s! If you’re not familiar with Secret 7, where have you been? it’s a cool concept where anyone in the world can submit their interpretation of 7 selected songs as a 7 inch record sleeve. The team at...

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Hands up if you like collecting nice looking things for inspiration or making mood boards…? Pinterest has been helping us with our desire to stay both inspired and organised at the same time. You can pin for any occasion; deciding on a new haircut, a halloween costume, redecorating your flat or planning a wedding (Apparently every girl has a secret wedding Pinterest board, but I don’t… yet). I often use the phrase ‘Pinterest-worthy’ to describe beautiful...

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Despite the gender split being quite even on creative courses at University level, the design industry is heavily dominated by males. If I asked you to draw me a sketch of a Graphic Designer, what would you draw? I’m 99.9% sure it would be a middle aged male with glasses. Am I right? I have a lot to say on the gender disparities within the design industry (I wrote my dissertation about Women in Design, y’know?),...

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Last year I was really excited to attend a blogger workshop at Paperchase – you might remember my food themed Christmas tree? Yum! Anyway, I was lucky enough to be invited to another blogger evening for a preview of the new organisation ranges, some creativity (of course) and catching up with some of my fave bloggers including Tessa from All Things Stationery and Lauren from Britton Loves. From practical (folders, lamps and pens) to pretty...

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Whilst London has been grey, windy and bitterly cold for the past month, at Oliver Bonas the team are embracing pattern, colour and even bikinis with the SS16 collection. The first day of Spring is technically 20th March, but I’m so ready for more sunshine and longer light and wanted to get you excited about it too! The other week I popped in to their showroom to see what treats OB has planned for the warmer...

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I love living in a digital age – I can’t imagine what the world would be like without the internet or Photoshop!? But sometimes it’s nice to step away from our keyboards, go back to basics and keep things simple; collage. It’s so therapeutic to spend an afternoon getting creative with some scissors, a magazine and your imagination. Ok, so I don’t think collaging is really considered to be ‘cool’, but that doesn’t stop me! It’s...

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Last week I posted 21 creative bloggers you need to follow which proved to be very popular, so this week I thought I’d share some of my favourite creative Youtubers. For ages I was clueless about Youtube. At Uni I remember my friend Emma being really into Youtube, but I just didn’t get it – I thought it was just cat videos, people doing silly stunts and beauty bloggers. I can’t remember what changed my mind, but last year...

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Although I’ve been blogging for 7 years now, I don’t think I realised that creative bloggers existed until 2014 – I was just doing my own thing on the internet. Since 2013-ish I struggled to describe my blog, usually settling for ‘design blog’ which was correct I guess, and still is, but nobody really ‘got’ what that meant. Like most non-bloggers, my introduction to blogging (pre-2009 when I started my blog) was via fashion – the first...

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