Monday, November 28th, 2016
I don’t know about you but the older I get the more conscious I am about what I buy. That’s why I think now it’s even more important than ever to pay attention to local shops. As you know, I am a huge fan of everything art and design related so that’s why I think the Oxo Tower Wharf is one big hidden gem in central London. Well, it’s not really hidden but I have the feeling not a lot of people know that it accommodates over 25 independent shops located on two floors in the front and the back of the building. It’s also surrounded by art such as the Mise-en-abyme created by artist duo de Allegri & Fogale.
Many of the local shops at Oxo Tower Wharf are studios as well as shops so you sometimes will be able to see the designers in action. Just like Doreen who makes beautiful scarves on her weaving machine. What else can you find there? Jewellery, fashion, textiles, ceramics, glass, lighting, product design and interior accessories. I can’t tell you which shop is the best to be honest because they’re all so unique. It really depends on what you’re looking for but I’m 100% sure you will find something amazing.
Every year it’s almost a torture to find the right presents for my family. I have the feeling I gave them pretty much everything already. So it’s nice to actually tell them a little story about where their gift comes from and who the person is behind the design and the product. I love these little details and I think people with a conscious mind are looking out for products which are different and tell a story. It feels so much better than receiving a gift every second person will receive on Christmas. Would you agree?
Last but not least, if you’re interested in art and design exhibitions it’s worth checking out the back of the Oxo Tower Wharf and look for the premises of Bargehouse. From 2nd to 4th December 2016, The London Illustration Fair returns to the Bargehouse. I can’t wait to see the exhibition… and maybe go shopping after.
Have you been to Oxo Tower Wharf before?
Hadron Lighting Collection by Bodo Sperlein
Black Tree Glasses Set by Snowden Flood
CORE Clear & Smoked Lights by Innermost
Cross Stick Map by SUCK UK
Colour Venn by Mr Jones Watches
Sunday, November 13th, 2016
It’s that time of the year where I can finally start to think about Christmas again. Yay! Therefore, I couldn’t resist selecting the best Christmas gifts for him this year again. Yes, again! Because last year, my gift guide was a success. Finding a present for your friend, boyfriend, brother or father is not easy but I have found the coolest gifts for Xmas this year. Have a look at the below gifts and let me know what’s your favourite.
I’m always curious to discover new Xmas gift guides and I hope you’ll pick one of the best Christmas gifts for him this year. Unfortunately, I can’t reveal what I’m going to give to my boyfriend but I’ll let you know as soon as he unwraps the present. Luckily in Germany, we celebrate Christmas on the 24th of December so we don’t have to wait until Christmas Day.
Stay tuned for another gift guide soon! I have found so many amazing gift ideas but the worst is that I want to give them all to myself. I know, I know. That’s obviously super selfish and I’m not going to buy them (all) for myself. At least, my friends and family know that I really like the gifts because I would give them to myself. Is that bad or good?!
Back to the gifts for him… My favourite is the Tom Dixon Coffee Maker. I’d love to give this to my boyfriend as a present but unfortunately, he’s not a coffee drinker so it would be a little bit too obvious that this would be a present mainly for me hahaha
Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
What’s your favourite stationery brand? I think I will never stop writing about stationery because I love it so much and I hope you do, too. This time, I want to introduce you to 3 amazing stationery brands you need in your life. Why? Because they will inspire you to be creative both with their designs and their blank papers. Where else is the best place to jot down your creative thoughts, right?!
I discovered Katie Housley Stationery only recently and I really love her style. Especially her new collection is gorgeous. She hand-paints the illustrations and sometimes adds a little touch to it, like gold paper. Her new collection is all about nature and I love the simplicity of her drawings. But I’m also a fan of her geometric cards which are so minimalist.
Check out her beautiful stationery brand here!
Do you remember Lonetree? I had an amazing interview with them on my blog already, therefore I couldn’t resist including them in my top list of amazing stationery brands. I love that they’re experimenting with nature but also humour. What a wonderful combination. ‘Milk & Gold’ as well as ‘Geometric in Nature’ are their latest collections, which were selected as finalists for the recent PaperAwards in both the Emotive and Exciting Use of Colour categories (love these categories). Congratulations to the team!
Check out their new collections here!
This luxury stationery brand was the first one I ever introduced you to on my blog – twice (here & here) – and I’m still a massive fan. I’m always curious what Katie Leamon Stationery is coming up with in their next collection and they never disappoint. Have you seen their gorgeous notebooks? I still have the Marbled 07 Notebook and guess what it’s still untouched, just because it’s so beautiful and precious. I want to save it for the perfect content. I know, I know, it’s ridiculous but I like the thought that it’s waiting for me there. One day…
Can’t get enough? Discover more here!
Monday, August 15th, 2016
Last week, I went to the Mayfield Lavender Fields close to London. It was such a cool trip that I needed to share it with you. There were several reasons why I wanted to go there.
Number 1: I barely leave London so this was a great destination to finally leave the big city for a few hours.
Number 2: I wanted to find a really nice location to take photos of the Föllinge products (more about it in a second).
Number 3: I can finally go on adventures during the week because I’m freelancing so that was the first big chance (silly reason, I know).
So I went to Mayfield Lavender Fields with my friend Emelie last Friday – we’re in the middle of organising our event at the moment (coming soon on my blog). She is also the one who introduced me to an amazing organic beauty brand: Föllinge. You can see a couple of their products below. Föllinge is a Swedish product – so is my friend (not a product though) – and it was founded in the north of Sweden in 1985. I’m very happy they made it to the UK (and other countries – you order their products here). I’m a huge fan of Swedish design and I can tell you that their beauty products are as amazing as their design. Well, at least Föllinge is. Their organic products are divided into products for your face, for your body, and wellness. I just started trying a few of their products and I love how they feel on your skin.
Although I could not travel to the north of Sweden to take some beautiful photos of the products, I thought the lavender fields are very suitable to take some nice photographs. England meets Sweden, right?!
As I mentioned before, it was a great day and I could refuel my creative juices. If I wasn’t concentrating on taking photos of Föllinge I would have sat down to work on my art journal. And if the lavender fields wouldn’t be a 4-hour journey in a day I would spend more time there for sure. BUT, sometimes you just need to put a little bit of effort into something in order to get good results. For me, it was taking 2 hours to get to the lavender fields and 2 hours back. I had a wonderful day of sunshine, treats, and fun, and of course, I couldn’t resist buying some lavender for the house, too.
Do you have a favourite place where you can feel the magic?
Monday, August 8th, 2016
Meet the gorgeous stationery brand Lonetree and its founders, Sara and Emma, a lovely sister duo (see image below). They got in touch with me a couple of months ago on Instagram and it took a lifetime to finally introduce them to you on my blog. Life gets always in the way… You know I’m a stationery fan and I’m so happy Lonetree found me. Their stuff is absolutely my cup of tea. Emma and Sara introduced themselves as paper-holics which I thought is an amazing description. You can definitely see the love for paper in their stationery products. I’m also very jealous that they work from an old converted stable block on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. Sounds dreamy!
Without further ado, please get to know the faces behind Lonetree below.
Have you heard about Lonetree before?
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
This is a blog post I wanted to write forever. I love journals and I’m sure you have seen some of my journals here or on my social media channels. So it’s time for a great selection of journals now. I searched all the corners in my flat to get all my journals together. I only chose the ones I really like and are worth showing on my blog. Not all of them are used yet but I kind of like the feeling of having an empty journal where I can put all my thoughts and ideas in it. It can also be scary though because I always have the feeling this is going to be special and I don’t want to screw it up.
In my childhood I had a few journals where I ripped out pages because I thought it looks ugly. I ended up with an ugly journal at the end. I never want to do this again. So I think a lot how I want to use my journal before I start. I still end up not using it at all if I’m not convinced of its purpose. Let me now introduce you to the great selection of journals and tell you what I’m using it for or what my plans are with them. After all, I have nine journals to fill!!This is a great collection of journals! I need to share mine soon as well! Shared via @foundsomepaper Click To Tweet
This Paperchase journal is super new and I got it from a bloggers event at their shop in London recently. I will tell you more in another blog post but they’re planning some really cool craft workshops everyone can attend.
Ah, Tiger! I love this Danish shop. I always end up buying half of the shop. That’s probably why I try to avoid it… They have a lot of craft and art materials.
Cordello Home is a recent discovery. Although their focus is on home design they do have a stationery collection and I love it. You will see that you can do a lot with the shape of a heart. They’re so creative! PS: There will be an interview with them on my blog soon.
Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
Since I’m a freelancer I go to even more networking events. So it happened that I met the lovely Elina from Coco’s Liberty one day and heard all about her jewellery startup. I wanted to know how she started, where she gets her inspiration from and what it looks like to have to manage your own brand. Please let me introduce you to Coco’s Liberty – fierce minimal Scandi chic jewellery paired with a London edge.
I have always been into jewellery – I find jewellery super exciting because the right accessories can totally make an outfit from simple to stunning.
When I quit my lawyer job from one day to the other because it hit me that I don’t want this to be the rest of my Life – I applied to study jewellery design at Central Saint Martins, and while currently on a break from my studies, I started with Coco’s Liberty because more and more people asked me where I got my jewellery from, so I figured I could turn my passion for jewellery into also selling my jewellery.
I get a lot of inspiration from every day surroundings like industrial things like screws or even toothpicks. I find every day things can look very interesting and usually I transform something I see immediately and imagine how it could look as jewellery in my head. After I have an initial idea – I try to come up with matching items, a whole collection – usually that works best when I sit at my workbench and just start creating the pieces.
I really like the freedom to do whatever I want with the business and the flexibility around it. I don’t have to justify ideas and plans to any bosses. I also like the freedom around it: I’m a total night owl – so I love working at night-time when every body is asleep. Running your own business comes with tons of challenges I’ve never thought about before – but when you find the solution, you can be super proud of yourself.
Be passionate about your own business and never give up! There will be hard times, esp. in the beginning but if you are passionate about your own business eventually the people will follow.
Not one day is the same to be honest. From Mondays to Wednesdays I alway have a lot of office work, which can be anything from invoicing to dealing with press/magazines and our stockists and everything around that. But it might be that I’m a lot of the time in Hatton Garden for example to source gemstones and materials. Currently I’m also planning the next Look Book shoot; thinking about which photographer, which model, when it should be done etc…
I also try to deal with customers and their orders directly because I love to see what they order and like to hear their feedback. Most of the times I don’t end up making the items any more, but we do have a lovely Coco’s Liberty goldsmiths team who are making the jewellery pieces.
I usually only sit down at the workbench these days to make bespoke customer pieces like engagement rings which mostly is on Fridays or when I design the new collection. I usually end up being at my studio a lot during the weekends because I have a bit of quite time then to sit at the workbench and create new ideas.
Last week I was in Germany to launch my new upcoming collection to the German market, so this week was completely different again. But that’s the beauty of being independent and running your own business – not one day is the same.
If you want to meet Elina and get a feel for her jewellery she’ll be at The London Artisan on Sunday, 15th May. I’ll probably pop by as well.
I love Elina’s little studio where she makes her jewellery. Find below a few behind-the-scenes pictures of the Coco’s Liberty studio!
What do you think about Coco’s Liberty?
Thursday, March 24th, 2016
Two weeks ago I signed up to The London Artisan bloggers brunch. I learned more about the new market in Shoreditch and hung out with the lovely bloggers Natasha, Jesse and Jaye, and host Verity (such a beautiful name). The London Artisan started last year in November on Brick Lane and is a hub of crafters and designers. I could have spent hours there. Well, I did and I talked to quite a few artisans.
The London Artisan takes place every Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm and you can buy a variety of handmade products from new and established makers and designers. I couldn’t resist and bought the cutest ‘fox’ print ever, illustrated by Maria from Volpine (see below). I actually have a new goal and I started with this print. I want to collect prints from new designers from all over the world and I like to dedicate a wall in my flat just for those prints. A wall of stories in pictures! What do you think?
Some designers are at the market every Sunday others come and go. Below is a list of my faves from that weekend but I will definitely go back and discover more creative people.
ShamCityRoasters – such good filter coffee… I had no idea
GRAYJAY – beautiful jewellery or should I say pieces of art
Ros Shiers – for dog lovers (me!!!)
Alchemy Craft – a bit of an old school website but his pieces are simply amazing (it’s made of real leaves)
Herald Black – very creative prints & collages
Crystal & Stone – can I please have all the pretty rings?!
Volpine – very cute prints
Discover more designers & makers at The London Artisan or online here.
Don’t forget to participate in their latest competition. You can win a lot of self-made products from the designers of the market. Here’s what you have to do.
I can’t wait to go back. Have you already been?
Friday, February 26th, 2016
I love how creative subscription boxes are. I can’t wait to introduce you to the 10 coolest subscription boxes (I found so far). I’d love to interview each one of the founders to ask them how they came up with their idea. I’m a freelancer at the moment, i.e. I’m poor, but I really want to test all of the below subscription boxes. Let me know which one is your favourite!Here are 10 cool subscription boxes, from stationery & notebooks to magazines & flowers! Click To Tweet
#1 Stack Magazines
I know we all live an intense digital life but do you remember the excitement when you bought a magazine and you couldn’t wait to read all of the interesting articles? There are two types of magazine readers: the ones who read a magazine from start to end (me!) and the others who look out for the best articles to read first even if it’s on page 100. Stack Magazines sends you each month an independent magazine – it’s a surprise! I couldn’t believe how many magazines exist. They have a pretty cool Instagram account which introduces you to so many.
#2 Ink Drops
Moving on from good “old” magazines to good old letters. “Do you love handwritten letters, crave old-fashioned communication and adore receiving parcels in the post?” Yes, please! Ink Drops delivers surprise boxes full of cute stationery. It celebrates everything around writing a letter. I experimented with it a couple of months ago when I asked people to participate in The Letter Project. It was definitely a great feeling sitting down and creating a letter in order to make someone happy. We can never have enough stationery, can we?
#3 London Sock Company
I mention this cool company because I love buying socks for my boyfriend. He likes the quirky and unusual ones so when I discovered this subscription box, I was like ‘yessssssss’! I really like that they’re elegant and bohemian, a perfect mix. I’d probably sign up to the subscription box myself because I get holes in my socks all the time and it’d be wonderful to get a surprise pair each month. London Sock Company is one of my favourites!
I’m so getting hungry right now. As far as I know Graze was one of the first companies to introduce “delivered” snacks to the world. Their selection is phenomenal and I think I really like everything. They actually have over 100 snacks to choose from. Yummy!
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
Seriously, you need to show some love to yourself. Therefore, let’s not think too much about the other half (sorry, boyfriend!) and let’s treat ourselves. It’s time for some Valentine’s Day gift ideas for yourself.
I don’t know if you remember my five Christmas gift guides from last year (for creatives, for him, for her, for book lovers, for everyone)? It seems such a long time ago… Every now and again I go back to these posts and have a little peek because frankly, I chose all the products which I would give to myself. That’s what a best friend would do, right?
So this time you can be certain that these gifts are totally amazing. I only mention a few because we still want to be modest human beings. It’s just a little ‘I appreciate myself’ gift on Valentine’s Day.
Which one is your favourite?
Last but not least, I also recently discovered the online workshop ‘Artful Hands’ by artist and blogger Alisa Burke. I thought that could be an amazing gift for yourself. Or maybe you fancy some wild flowers sent to your home? A friend of mine introduced me to these delivery flowers called Bloomon. So pretty!
PS: Okay, I also actually got some absolute cute baby clothes from Petit Bateau but I couldn’t include them in this post because it’s a surprise for my sister and my best school friend who are both expecting soon. You see I don’t always gift myself at Valentine’s Day…
*Disclosure: I was lucky enough to be gifted a few of the items mentioned in this post. All products were chosen by me.