LIFESTYLE | WELLBEING DURING SELF ISOLATION

LIFESTYLE | WELLBEING DURING SELF ISOLATION

April 01, 2020

With the latest government advice urging everyone to stay at home outside of essential trips for food, medical reasons or essential work, the lockdown period means we will all be spending a lot of time at home. This big change in lifestyle can take a toll on your mental health and wellbeing, as we're forced to adapt to a slower pace of life. To help you keep a healthy attitude and a positive mindset we have compiled a list of things you can do that may help you relax and improve your mental wellbeing. Remember to take care of yourself, check in with those around you and follow government advice #StayHome.

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COMMUNITY | MARGATE INDEPENDENTS LEND A HELPING HAND

COMMUNITY | MARGATE INDEPENDENTS LEND A HELPING HAND

March 28, 2020

Margate has a fantastic sense of togetherness, with many projects, local charities, independent bars, restaurants and small businesses forming the heart of the community. There's never a day that you stroll through town, or take a leisurely walk on the beach without seeing a friendly face or hearing a cheery “hello".

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LIFESTYLE | HOW TO SUPPORT INDEPENDENT STORES DURING COVID-19

LIFESTYLE | HOW TO SUPPORT INDEPENDENT STORES DURING COVID-19

March 25, 2020

We know there’s a lot going on at the moment and everyone feels a little lost in all the uncertainty. With the situation and guidance changing every day, we - as a small business - have a lot to think about, including how we can continue to provide our services for our customers and our artisans.

As a sustainable business, we try our best to be as transparent as possible, especially concerning our supply chain. We know all of our artisans personally and have spent a long time forging friendships and working relationships together. Many of our small scale producers rely on our trade as their main source of income, shopping small has a direct impact on these communities. The same can be said for all small businesses, buying their products or using their services has a direct impact on the owners, their families and the groups of people that they work with.

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Mother's Day Musings by our Co-Founder, Bee

Mother's Day Musings by our Co-Founder, Bee

March 22, 2020

It's Mother's Day 2020 and here I sit in our beautiful and closed shop in the Old town of Margate.  The sky is blue, the sun is shining – everything looks normal. I'm in sorting out a few bits and bobs.

We are living through an impossible time.  I really don’t know if I am coming or going.  I haven’t stopped thinking about this for weeks now. 

I have a son who lives on the other side of the world and today I wanted to write about being a mother in this time of uncertainty and instability.  We were so excited a few weeks ago.  Amy and myself were off on a development and sourcing trip to India in April.  Plans were being made and the agenda was set.  Part of the plan was to celebrate my son’s birthday on 16th April with him and his girlfriend.  He has been living in Dubai for 4 years and is now taking some time off in Australia.

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SUSTAINABILITY | THE NEW SPRING CLEAN

SUSTAINABILITY | THE NEW SPRING CLEAN

March 21, 2020

It’s time to give the house some new life with a much-needed spring clean after a very cosy winter. Here’s a guide to our favourite natural spring-cleaning products that are plastic free or recyclable to get your home looking and smelling fresh.

Ideas around harsh chemicals to ‘destroy’ germs can lead us to take plastic in cleaning products for granted. Its easy to assume that plastic bottles are necessary to protect us from what’s inside them, but we hope we can convince you that its possible to go plastic free and still have a clean house – and we don’t just mean ‘wipe it with a wet cloth’ clean.

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INTERVIEW | JEMIMAH KUTATA ATTENDS AFRICA SEXUAL HEALTH & RIGHTS CONFERENCE

INTERVIEW | JEMIMAH KUTATA ATTENDS AFRICA SEXUAL HEALTH & RIGHTS CONFERENCE

March 08, 2020

We have previously spoken to Jemimah Kutata, Programme Co-ordinator and Resource Mobiliser for APDK (Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya), we recently spoke to her regarding her attendance of the 9th Africa conference on sexual health and rights for women, in which she was a speaker.

Jemimah was the first female with a disability to fight the practice of Female Genital Mutilation which was practiced widely in her community. The recipient of numerous awards for her passionate advocacy of Disability rights for rural girls and women.

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EVENT | INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY, MEET OUR TEAM

EVENT | INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY, MEET OUR TEAM

March 02, 2020

This International Women's Day the world is celebrating #EachFor Equal a campaign for a more equal world. The perfect opportunity to ask our all female team what they think is the most pressing issue, when it comes to equality between the sexes.

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EVENT | PANCAKES AROUND THE WORLD FOR SHROVE TUESDAY

EVENT | PANCAKES AROUND THE WORLD FOR SHROVE TUESDAY

February 24, 2020

Shrove Tuesday, celebrated yearly in the UK by skilfully throwing fried batter mixtures into the air and hoping for the best. It is also known as Pancake day or Mardi Gras to Catholics. It signifies the last day of eating traditionally fatty foods such as milk, butter and eggs before fasting, 40 days for lent. Pancakes, however have been a staple food in many cultures for years, so we thought we'd investigate some famous pancake recipes from around the world.

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EVENT | TOP SUSTAINABLE INTERIOR GOODS INSPIRED BY LONDON FASHION WEEK

EVENT | TOP SUSTAINABLE INTERIOR GOODS INSPIRED BY LONDON FASHION WEEK

February 18, 2020

London Fashion week has come under scrutiny in the past few years, with questions about sustainability sitting front row. It is no longer acceptable for fashion to be disposable. We believe that the most impactful of fashion statements are those that are timeless, effortless and desired to be re-worn.

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WEDDINGS | CO-FOUNDER AMY'S ETHICAL DAY

WEDDINGS | CO-FOUNDER AMY'S ETHICAL DAY

February 10, 2020

Planning our dream wedding was incredibly challenging and wonderful. Finding suppliers that aligned with our values of being kind to people and the planet took a lot of research, it wasn't always successful. On the day all the effort that had been put in made it feel really personal, not just to us but to the many friends and family members who had been so heavily involved in creating our vision.

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POLITICS | HOW WILL BREXIT AFFECT OUR BUSINESS?

POLITICS | HOW WILL BREXIT AFFECT OUR BUSINESS?

February 04, 2020

We've had a few customers asking if the current political climate will affect our British business, so we thought we'd let you know as much as we do. As the UK does not currently have a trade deal with Europe, it is difficult to predict exactly what this will mean for small business like ours. 

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VALENTINES | OUR TOP PICKS FOR YOUR LOVED ONE

VALENTINES | OUR TOP PICKS FOR YOUR LOVED ONE

February 04, 2020

We've transformed our winter woodland shop windows for Valentines Day. Our aim this year is to show our lovely customers that Valentine's needn't be a wasteful affair. From fun decoration ideas to thoughtful gifts, we've got everything you need to show that special someone that you care.

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