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For creatives in London, the London Design Festival (affectionately known as LDF) is the highlight of the year with exhibitions, events and generally just a celebration of all things design. From textiles and flooring to colour theory and social change, there’s lot to see and be inspired by and I’m expecting LDF 2017 to live up to the hype. If I’m honest I usually follow my friend’s recommendations, but this year I wanted to be...

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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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If you’re like me, you might be a last minute Larry or Lara – even though I have lists written weeks in advance I don’t actually act on them until I REALLY need to. (Procrastination – we’ve spoken about this before right?) Like buying Christmas presents for example – I will keep looking until I’ve found the illusive ‘right’ gift. Does that really exist?! OR will buy something ‘ok’ simply because it’s too late. Anyway,...

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It seems like forever ago now but back in July I was 1 of 10 bloggers that took part in a secret challenge involving printers, filming and HP. I’d signed myself up for it without really knowing what it was BUT I do love a challenge and printing so didn’t think it could go too badly wrong. Waiting with the other bloggers, we chatted through some ideas on what we might be doing – obviously it...

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Papergang from Ohh Deer is the latest craze: a subscription of stationery to feed your habit every month! Over the past 3 months I have been enjoying the novelty of stationery being delivered to my door and have filmed a Youtube video or three of the unboxing process – and if you haven’t watched them, WHY aren’t you subscribed to my Youtube channel!? There are a few other creative bloggers who are also making unboxing videos...

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Love travelling but hate being away from home? I’m sure you’ll have heard about airbnb, but have you stayed in one yet? This weekend (16th-19th June) airbnb are opening the door on one of the beautiful London apartments to showcase the airbnb experience. What’s it like being a guest in someone else’s home? Well, let’s find out: Firstly, what an amazing front door. I’ve walked past this house so many times before and never knew it...

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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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Some of you might remember that last year I challenged myself with #The100DayProject? For 100 days I posted a photo featuring a triangle to my Instagram account, with weekly round ups on the blog too; #100daysoftriangles was probably the biggest challenge I’ve ever set myself. But I’m so glad that I did… I’ve managed to keep my blog running for 7 years now, but other than that I’ve never really stuck at anything for a...

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Following on from my creative Blogger and Youtuber recommendations… Hands up if you love Instagram? Me too guys, me too. I spend way too many hours scrolling through inspirational imagery – I don’t know why but there’s something quite addictive about Instagram. Some people post fluffy bunnies, some post cars. Some feeds have a look and feel – a theme, and others are… a selfie-loving, filter-overloaded mess. I’ll admit, it is a bit sad that Instagram isn’t so...

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With everyone focused on Christmas presents, I thought it was about time the stocking got some attention. I loved waking up and finding a stocking at the end of my bed when I was younger – a sign that Santa had been! Stocking fillers might be small, but that doesn’t make them any less important. And what better way to fill a stocking, then with some fun personalised things from Snapfish? So how did I...

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So I realised that I mentioned Vlogmas the other day and didn’t explain what it is. Vlogmas is basically vlogging (video-blogging) at Christmas – posting a video everyday from the 1st to 25th December. It’s a made up word coined by a Youtuber (although I don’t know who by) and although I have seen it happen via twitter for the past couple of years, I couldn’t find any rules online. So with recent events meaning...

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As a Boxing Day baby I’ve always found it quite hard to enjoy Christmas. I know, 98% of you will be thinking ‘WHAT!? Everyone loves Christmas!’, but when tinsel and turkey has always overshadowed my special day can you blame me? I’ve basically been the Grinch for 25 years now – BAH HUMBUG. Anyway, now that I’m older I hold less of a grudge against Jesus’ birthday. This year I’ve found myself feeling uncharacteristically festive and...

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After reading about it for a couple of weeks now, at the weekend Lucy, Jack, Nadia & I decided that it was time to book in a visit to the British Museum of Food. A pop-up by experimental creatives Bompas & Parr, the BMoF is currently housed on a corner of Borough Market alongside the duo’s other project of the moment; Alcoholic Architecture. With no idea what to expect, we entered the museum with open...

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As a Boxing Day baby I’m not the biggest fan of Christmas and I usually avoid any mention of it until there’s a D in the month. However when Oliver Bonas invited me to their Christmas in July press day I found it hard to say no! I know, I know, it’s WAY too early to be thinking about the C-word in July, but someones gotta do it I guess, or there wouldn’t be lovely things...

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Any regular readers will know about my love for print – there’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly squeegee-ed ink on paper. Nowadays I spend most of my time sat at a white desk with a white keyboard staring at a computer screen – sometimes I might go crazy with a highlighter, but in general I live a very digital life as a Graphic Designer. Last month you might remember that I shared my printing...

© Natasha Nuttall | February 2020