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After sharing my Style Journey (how I introduced more colour into my wardrobe), I felt it was only fair to help get you guys started with some tips on how to style colour. I’ve scoured the internet for some of the best ways to get on board with colour, even during the misery of winter! Full disclosure: some of the links are affiliate links which means if you do decide to make a purchase I’ll receive...

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At the start of the year I painted my first mural – a bright burst of colour inside my co-working space in Camden. I instantly caught the painting bug and wanted to work on more painting projects (and luckily had the opportunity with Hattie Stewart and recently as an artist in residence with West Elm), so when Jacqueline Colley posted a call out for some painting help on her Instagram I volunteered straight away. Strike...

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I’ve always loved colours, patterns and prints – in art, design and advertising. I guess that’s one of the main reasons I was drawn to becoming a Graphic Designer – so much creativity, expression and fun! Which is so ironic, as the typical Graphic Design ‘uniform’ is to keep it very simple and wear all black. In recent years I’ve found myself rebelling against this stereotype and becoming #confidentlycolourful instead – celebrating my creative taste through style....

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I’ve been visiting London Design Festival for a few years now and admiring all of the exhibitions, installations and events with a hint of jealousy; I wanted to be involved, but I didn’t know how. Little did I know it, but 2018 was going to be different from my usual LDF experience! When the team at homeware brand West Elm said that they liked my mural and asked if I’d like to be an artist in...

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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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Some people holiday in Lanzarote or Barcelona, but when you’ve got a perfectly good Seaside just a train ride away (1 hour 30mins from London Victoria), why not stay in the UK? I’d heard a lot of good things about Margate and as I hadn’t had a proper holiday for 3 years, I was ready for some sea air and sunshine – luckily we booked right on time for this year’s summer heatwave. Emma, Josh, George...

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Sleep – you can’t live with it (ok, during) and you can’t live without it! It’s an everyday essential that we all have to embrace and structure our day around. Everyone’s sleep experience is different, but the average adult needs 7-9 hours a night so best to make it a good one. I think I have quite an unusual relationship with sleep; I don’t really rate it much. I know I need to sleep, but...

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It’s common knowledge that I love a good wall. When I say ‘a good wall’, I mean a wall decorated with a mural/street art painted by a talented artist. (If you share this love, come say hi to me on Instagram btw.) Last month I shared a snap of an amazing mural by Hixxy alongside my frustrations on crediting (or lack of) Artists and it started a bit of a conversation… 🌿The shade of it all…...

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Hello sunshine! The majority of Britain is over the moon about all of these blue skies and sunny sun – everyone seems a bit happier anyway. Londoners are embracing the heat; walking instead of sweating on the tube, eating lunch in the park and meeting for drinks in the evening because we need to make the most of every second of this unusual summery summertime. Plus, you know us Brits love a bit of small talk...

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June: Rainbow I know what you’re thinking: ‘Rainbow isn’t a colour’. Well no, it’s better than ‘A’ colour – it’s ALL of the colours! ha I know for some people rainbow stripe can be a bit much, but it seems to be everywhere I go at the moment and with it being Pride month it felt only right to celebrate with a colour calendar. Somewhere over the rainbow So let’s talk about the power of...

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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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CIAO Bellas! Last month I joined the rest of the design community in the annual pilgrimage to Milan for a celebration and prayer to the design trend gods; Milan Design Week 2018. From Hermes to HAY and Wallpaper* to Toiletpaper, brands and designers worked together to create atmospheric installations, experiences and visual delights around Milan. It was my first visit to Milan/ MDW so I went with an open mind, not really knowing what to expect… other...

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I should probably begin with a little confession; I am a bad reader. Yep, I hold my hands up. I used to really love reading, and in fact at one point I had worked my way through the whole Young Persons section in my little hometown library – I even started requesting books from other libraries in the county. I would inhale a Nancy Drew/Gossip Girl book for breakfast! Things have changed quite a lot...

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As a Graphic Designer, colour is important to me. I can spend hours looking at colour palettes, adjusting hues – it’s a game of tones all in the name of design. The good news is; I’m not alone! A few weeks ago I headed South of the river for the Mapleton Crescent SW18 Design supper club hosted by Pocket Living at Flotsam and Jetsam. We ate, we drank, we talked colour – it was a...

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As I sit in my East London flat just down the road from where the Suffragettes were living, campaigning and fighting, I can’t help but think that it’s all pretty crazy. Over 100 years on from what these women began and a lot has changed, but there is still so much work to do. We’re still challenging stereotypes, equality and tampon tax in 2018. Happy International Womens Day, although it’s kind of a shame that we...

© Natasha Nuttall | February 2020