Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Kikki K Stationary Store

Wander down to Covent Garden and you'll find not one, but two Kikki K stores! Seemingly from no where this brand came into our lives and filled it with design and organisation. First introduced to this store by Tasha from Graphique Fantastique I will unashamedly say that I've been back fair few times. The brand has Swedish origins and everywhere you look your eyes are filled with pinterest-worthy merchandise.

The store on the courtyard is a pop up simply to introduce the brand and pretty larger and it such a prime location. The other is just around the corner and has a more cosy feel. All of the staff members were so kind and lovely, we ended up talking about glass pens, blogging and washi tape addictions.They have also just announced that their products will also be sold in Selfridges and are hosting an event with founder Kristina Karlsson tomorrow 3-6pm at the Oxford Street store! 

These photos are from the permanent store location in Covent Garden and showcase how well designed and wonderful everything is! Decorated with clean-cut wooden, white Dalahäst horses. From fake desk set ups and uplifting quotes, the brand also preaches a mantra of positive living. Many of their products are focused on organising our lives and encouraging better habits. Sharing mindfulness, great design and unique finance organisers. They even sell beautiful, minimalistic rosegold clocks!

Due to the company's Swedish heritage I felt it had a Tiger/Ikea vibe but mixed with a more British approach to store layouts. On my first visit I was offered a chance to join their membership but I'm always sceptical when ask to sign up to things so I enquired further. When I realised it was free, I get sent offers and invited to events I jumped at the chance! I was even sent an initial £5 voucher which I hoped to use for my 2016 diary but sadly it didn't come through in time. 

However when I went to buy it another member of staff asked me about my membership (which I wasn't going to mention as I didn't have the voucher) and gave me a free pen to compensate and made 1000% sure that my email address and everything was correct. My email address is so long that it's likely it was misread or misspelt the first time round, and I later received my voucher! And the pen writes gloriously. The customer service is excellent and I was so happy! I'll admit I've been back a few times just to lust over their merchandise. 

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Thursday, 21 April 2016

The 100 Day Project

All over instagram artists and creatives alike have taken up personal daily challenges and sharing them with us. From daily ink pieces and photography, it's truly inspiring to watch so many people come together and support each other follow their dreams and us this time productively. One instagram post a day really doesn't seem like a lot but when you factor in it's until July 27th(!!!) and that many people are physically creating something each day amongst their regular duties, it really is a task. 

I toyed around with the idea of participating for a while. I didn't want to commit to making something each day as I'm already working 6 days a week and have very little time. But I love the idea of something to help me move forward in my career. Eventually I decided that I could not only use this project to help myself but to help others. Researching artists is a huge part of my job and I eventually plan for my career to move into a curator role, so I have decided to highlight a new artist each day and promote my favourite pieces. 

Curating and promoting the work of others. At first I wasn't sure if I was technically cheating by not creating original work, but 'curating' does fit under the title of 'action' and already in it's beginning stages it has been incredibly well received. Each week I'm going to be focusing on certain themes, styles or mediums to navigate my curating and all will be shared with the #100daysofCurating hashtag. Make sure to follow me on instagram to follow along. I'll also be creating weekly round up blog posts celebrating each new theme! 

This project was first created by Elle Luna last year and was even featured on the instagram blog. Will you be playing along? 

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Thursday, 14 April 2016

Our 1st Wedding Anniversary

At the end of March we celebrated our first year of marriage with sunshine, art and pancakes. It was a perfect day, and while it's been a year we are often so busy and tired with trying to establish a starting point in our careers we often don't see much of each other. Meaning the gift of the day was truly being able to spend so much time together. 

We visited My Old Dutch pancake house for the first time and the pancakes were literally HUGE!! More than 3 times my hand across. I went for bacon, apple, maple syrup and cream with a smoothie to boost my energy for the day. It was so filling and delicious. We had such a lovely table right by the window and it really felt like summer. Followed up a walk along the river Thames and a visit to Somerset House to see their current free exhibition Venturing Beyond: Graffiti and the Everyday Utopias of the Street which was one of the best shows I've been to in a while. We both loved it!

The first few months following our wedding so many people would ask me what it's like being married and honestly for me it wasn't much different. The best way I could describe it was 'more and happier'. We waited until our wedding day to live together and I was so excited to able to expand our relationship. To give and receive 24/7 support and love one another while we work to make our lives into the adventure we want and to fulfil our aspirations together. Getting married felt like such a relief in so many ways, and this is coming from someone who didn't expect to even look at marriage until her mid-late twenties. I could finally have my husband in the fullest sense and all of it just made me so happy. 

When I turned down my mission call back in October 2014 I had no idea what would happen, and within a space of a few days got engaged. Bernard was my next step and I knew everything else would need my attention at some point e.g. figuring out my career; what and how, considering postgrad education, etc. But for a time our wedding was my focus point and that was what I needed then. To focus on the beauty of our relationship and the longevity of it. 

Since then so much has happened. My husband has interned in 4 different advertising companies across London and had his first cinema advert for none other than Cadburys chocolate. I worked part time as a waitress to fund my unpaid internships in the arts and have just started a (temporary) job as a Gallery Assistant which I am so in love with. It's incredible being able to work in the arts and since getting engaged I have been able to develop and explore so many ideas and inspirations for how I want my career to go! 

I do however long for the days when I don't work six days a week and get actual weekends with my husband!! 

So far, we have lived in a rented room above a pub with students and currently live in a hostel in the most beautiful part of London (in my opinion anyway). While life has been difficult with money, trying to start our careers and general stresses, being married is the most easy and happy thing I have ever experienced. I know it's only been one year but seriously being married is a breath of fresh air in my life. I couldn't cope as well as I have with everything without the constant love and support of my husband and I am so grateful that we got married when we did. He's the best.

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