Forget stripes and polkadots, prints are getting fruity this summer with watermelons making an appearance on everything from phone cases to watches? We’ll take one of everything, please!
Archive of ‘inspiration’ category
Christmas, there are many reason why this is our favourite time of the year. From wrapping up in cosy jumpers, day dreaming of sitting by a fireplace with a mulled wine or hot chocolate, filled with marshmallows naturally…. and Christmas.
So this year we’ve picked some of our favourite gift ideas if you need some inspiration for finding that perfect present, or just something to treat yourself! We won’t tell if you won’t….
Engraved pastel pencil set, Etsy
If you find yourself at a loose end this weekend and want to soak up a bit of culture, why not take a trip to the National Portrait Gallery to check out the William Eggleston exhibition
Eggleston revolutionised colour photography back in the 1960s and ’70s by experimenting with colour transparency film, and his vivid and mysterious images have become iconic. Eggleston rarely captioned his images, leaving you to interpret each photo in your own way and although he’s photographed celebrities, his images of the ordinary people in his life are often far more interesting.
Many film-makers, such as Sofia Coppola, credit Eggleston as an inspiration for their work and he’s provided album covers for a whole host of musicians, including Big Star, Primal Scream and Vampire Weekend.
We were lucky enough to take a peek at the exhibition a few weeks ago, and also visited the all-important gallery shop on the evening they collaborated with the fabulous Pop Boutique, giving us a truly 70s experience.
The team at Gallery Shop have curated a collection of books, clothing and homewares that refelect the photographer’s work. You can find mini prints of his work and even a limited edition, signed exhibition book, as well as vintage cushions and scarves (the perfect 1970s accessory!). We highly recommend taking a visit! You may even find a few images you recognise…
It’s time to share another one of our favourite Instagrammers and this week it’s Bristol used photographer and fellow coloured door fan, Jess from @Porthjess.
Jess definitely has a keen eye for snooping out the most colourful doors and buildings on her travels and always brightens up our instafeed with her snaps! We definitely recommend checking out her Instagram page to explore some of her favourite places…
If you want a New Year’s resolution that you can actually keep, why not make a pledge to look after your mind? Our lives are getting busier by the second and it’s now more important to schedule an appointment with yourself so you can unwind and switch off. The perfect way is to learn how to meditate.
Meditation began thousands of years ago in Asia. It became popular in western countries in the mid 20th Century and is thought to be one of the most powerful techniques to train your mind. Buddha is a renowned figure associated with meditation, in fact, the word means ‘the enlightened one.’
Meditation increases mindfulness and attention to the present moment, minimising the time that we’re distracted by worries and stress. Sounds easy enough but it’s more complex than sitting in a room being quiet. Meditation is a skill that takes time to learn and once you’ve mastered it, you’ll reap the benefits.
It’s not just a technique to improve mindfulness, meditation is also a healing therapy. GPs recommend it as a treatment for patients with mental health problems and it can have positive effects on patients that suffer from anxiety, depression and chronic pain. It also improves the positive state of mind and immune system of non-clinical patients.
The best way to start your journey is to meditate for as little as five minutes a day. Meditation can be done at any time, though some experts recommend first thing in the morning to give that initial boost to the day.
To begin sit in a quiet room in a chair or on the floor with no distractions; switch off your phone, light a candle and close your eyes noticing the sounds around you; become aware of your body and focus on your breathing, counting your inhale and exhale. Creating a personal mantra and a positive affirmation is also a good way to remain focused. You can gradually up the time that you spend meditating and even try increasing to two sessions a day.
For beginners who are unsure about where to start, apps such as Headspace are useful as a guided meditation. The app includes podcasts and videos about the science behind mindfulness and meditation, as well as a variety of online resources to help guide you.
So give your mind some TLC this year and bring meditation into your daily routine. It might just transform your life but if you don’t try it, you will never know what it feels like to be enlightened.
Words by Laura Dunham
It’s time to share another one of our favourite Instagrammers and this week it’s collage artist, illustrator, pattern maker & blogger Lauren Redburn, otherwise known as @Carboardcities.
Lauren’s feed is full of colourful, interesting shots and she often finds the most beautiful patterns and shapes in everyday objects and places that we’d usually just walk straight past. She helps us to see that art is everywhere! Check out her feed for some inspiration…
It’s time to share another one of our favourite Instagrammers and this week it’s photographer @leannedixon. Leanne has a knack of finding some of the best hidden spots in our wonderful city – London! We definitely recommend checking out her Instagram page to explore some of her favourite places…
We share another one of our favourite instagrammers, this time in the shape of colourful stylist @CharlotteLovely. We love her use of shapes and colour to create some fun posts that always brighten up our feed and never fail to raise a smile or two!
September always gives us that lovely back to school feeling. Who can forget that first day with a brand new pencil case, new shoes and new coat – with name tags firmly sewn in by mum, of course!
Even though we’ve moved on (a little), we still love to surround ourselves with some new stationery to start off the new term in style….
1. Keep all your good ideas noted down in this pretty notebook.
Marble Blank Notebook, Poketo
2. The only bag our stuff will be seen in, the essential satchel and we couldn’t resist this cute pastel hue.
Baby Blue Double Pocket Leather Backpack
3. Let everyone know it’s yours with this personalised pencil case.
Striped Pencil Case, Tillyanna
4. Who says your pens can’t look pretty? Even when writing boring notes! And these ones even come with some sweet compliments…
Sweet Talk Assorted Pen Set, Ban.Do
We share another one of our favourite instagrammers, this time in the shape of Jess Powderly from @FoodfromJess. She shares some beautifully styled recipes as well as cute little foodie spots that we can’t wait to try out ourselves. Warning, it will make you hungry!
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