A WEEK IN CANADA!
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A couple of weeks back I packed up my suitcase and hopped on a plane back home to Waterloo, Ontario, in search of some serious ~ chill~ time. It had been a whole 6 months since I was last in Canada, so I was super excited to spend some quality time with the fam, catch up with a few pals and cure those poutine cravings.
I’ve missed my family every day ever since I moved to London all those years ago, but since living in my new apartment I think I’ve started to miss them even more! I can’t tell you how nice it felt to spend a whole week at my Mom’s house with her and my Grandma (and Louis Duncan of course!) and just do nothing at all. Ahhhh….! I also went for Taco Tuesday with my brother and his friends and went road trippin’ with Eric and my Dad to go and see my Grandmama.
The UK has been experiencing a heat wave these past few weeks (IKR, shock!) so I was kinda worried that I’d miss out on all the sunshine while I was back home. Luckily for me, the weather was beautiful pretty much the whole time I was there and I spent most of my days on my cactus floatie in the pool…bliss! Mom and I also went on a cute little road trip to Grand Bend and spent all day paddling in the ocean and reading our books on the sand. I’m SUCH a Summer baby and I felt so content soaking up that Vitamin D in my bikini!
Me, my Mom, my Brother and my Cousin all have our birthdays during the Summer, so on my last night at home my Grandma threw us the cutest little birthday party in our back yard and made her *infamous* lamb cake (check out the vlog to see how it turned out! Lol!) I had the best week with my fam and I already can’t wait to book my next trip back home. I just wish I could bring my lil man Reggie with me!
I actually vlogged the whole time I was in Canada so defo make sure you watch the two videos below if you want to see what else I got up to while I was out there! I’d love to know what you guys are up to this Summer and if you have any vacations planned. Leave me a comment and let me know what’s on your radar for the next few months!
MY CANADA VIBE:
*Cat Eye Sunglasses
The shape of the season
*Striped Bikini Bottoms
Love the high waisted look!
I spent most of the week on this!
*Striped Bikini Top
I lived in this!
*Daisy London Rose Quartz Necklace
One of my favourites!
VALENTINES GIFT GUIDE
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I can’t believe it’s that time of year AGAIN but Valentines Day is almost upon us and the stores are stocked full of all-things-lurrrrrve. I’m not the biggest van of V day itself, but sometimes it’s nice to use the day to show someone that you love and appreciate them. For me, Valentines isn’t strictly for the gf’s and bf’s of the world, I think Feb 14th is the perfect opportunity to celebrate ANYONE who means something to you; whether that’s your bae, your bestie or maybe even your secret crush! I’m also a strong believer that showing someone you love them doesn’t have to mean expensive gifts, sometimes the smallest of gestures (like a cute mug or a cozy pair of socks!) can mean the most. With that in mind, I’ve tried to include a bunch of different stuff to suit every budget and every person, so I hope you guys find this useful!
First up I thought I’d kick things off with a little bit of giftspiration for bae. Since it’s V Day I couldn’t help but include something like this super cute *lacey bralet and *matching pair of briefs. I don’t know about you guys, but I think there’s something really special about receiving some undies from the one you love. I also think bath time gifts always go down a storm and this *Moroccan Rose Bath Oil by Ren looks like the definition of dreamy. For a smaller gesture, how about this pack of *Hi-Chew Grape & Strawberry Bites (I LOVE these!!)? You can never go wrong with something sweet, amirite?
I don’t know about you guys, but I find men SO hard to buy for…especially around Valentines day! Aslan likes to take care of his skin so I’ll usually treat him to something that he probably wouldn’t buy for himself like this luxurious *Aesop facial oil or one of those beautifully wrapped *soaps by Fresh. If your bf isn’t all that into skincare how about something like this adorable *‘Date Night Cookbook’? It’s packed with yummy recipes like baked bananas and campfire treats…delish! I also spotted this lovely *‘Mr.Cool’ mug on the Oliver Bonas site which I thought was really sweet. (P.S. You can never go wrong with a fragrance, right? The *‘Cannabis Santal’ Eau De Parfum by Fresh is the definition of dreamy!)
Valentines Day doesn’t have to be all about the baes, why not show your bestie how much you love them? I found myself scouring the *Skinnydip site and couldn’t resist including this adorable *‘girl gang’ pin and this funky *‘babe’ sticker in this post. Sometimes the smallest gestures mean the most, right? If you and your bestie like to do movie night on the sofa then you definitely can’t go wrong with something like a *snuggly sweater or a *cozy pair of cashmere socks. For the bff with a sweet tooth there’s this super cute *‘Best Friends’ cookie by Buiscuiteers…just make sure you remind them that sharing is caring!
Self love is important, right!? So on this day let’s not forget that it’s ok to treat ourselves to a little bit of something we fancy. Lately I’ve been OBSESSED with Rupi Kaur so I couldn’t help but include her new collection of poems *‘The Sun & Her Flowers’ in this post. I’ve also been swooning over the lingerie section on the &OtherStories site, they have the MOST beautiful selection of cute bras and knickers! I’m in lurrrrve with *this embroidered satin bra and matching bottoms! If you fancy treating yourself to something special, definitely make it your mission to pick up one of the *‘Rose Delight’ candles by Diptyque. I’ve been burning mine almost everyday!
I hope you guys found this useful! Let me know what you’ll be treating your Valentine to this year, I’d love to know if you’ve been inspired by any of my suggestions! I’m a strong believer in showing love to your baes EVERY day, but sometimes it’s nice to get involved in all the Valentines fun and use the day to show them how much you care. If you’re looking for a cute card then make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the post where I’ve linked to a bunch of my fave V Day options!
CUTE VALENTINES CARDS!
*I WANNA PIZZA DAT ASS
This one made me LOL!!
*MY MAIN SQUEEZE
*I LOVE YOU MORE THAN CHEESE!
But not more than double cheeseburgers hehe
*FRIES BEFORE GUYS
*YOU MAKE ME AS HAPPY AS FINDING FRIES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BAG!
That's a whole lot of happy
*BABES U RULE
Show your bff some love
*UR AMAZING K BYE
Short but sweet!
Sweet as a peach
*ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE YOU LOL
Do you olive me?
ON MY WINTER READING LIST
I’m a total book nerd all year round, but there’s definitely something about the changing of the seasons and the sudden drop in temperate (it’s frrrrreezing here in the UK even for a Canadian!) that makes me want to curl up on the sofa with a book and never leave! I’m constantly adding new books to my collection so I thought I’d show you guys what’s on my reading list for the next few months! I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into some of these in 2018! Shout out to any of my fellow book worms out there, this one’s for you!
‘Hotel World’ by Ali Smith – ‘Five people: four are living, three are strangers, two are sisters, one is dead. In her highly acclaimed and most ambitious book to date, the brilliant young Scottish writer Ali Smith brings alive five unforgettable characters and traces their intersecting lives. This is a short novel with big themes (time, chance, money, death) but an eye for tiny detail: the taste of dust, the weight of a few coins in the hand, the pleasurable pain of a stone in one’s shoe…’
*Since this post I have read this book and I really enjoyed it!
‘Beautiful Ruins’ by Jess Walter – ‘The story begins in 1962. Somewhere on a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and views an apparition: a beautiful woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an American starlet, he soon learns, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away in Hollywood, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio’s back lot searching for the woman he last saw at his hotel fifty years before. Gloriously inventive, funny, tender and constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a novel full of fabulous and yet very flawed people, all of them striving towards another sort of life, a future that is both delightful and yet, tantalizingly, seems just out of reach.’
‘Where I Was From’ a Memoir by Joan Didion – ‘A memoir of land, family and perseverance from one of the most influential writers in America. In this moving and surprising book, Joan Didion reassesses parts of her life, her work, her history – and America’s. Where I Was From, in Didion’s words, “represents an exploration into my own confusions about the place and the way in which I grew up, misapprehensions and misunderstandings so much a part of who I became that I can still to this day confront them only obliquely.”
‘The Lacuna’ by Barbara Kingsolver – ‘From Pulitzer Prize nominee and award winning author of Homeland, The Poisonwood Bible and Flight Behaviour, The Lacuna is the heartbreaking story of a man torn between the warm heart of Mexico and the cold embrace of 1950s America in the shadow of Senator McCarthy. Born in America and raised in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd is a liability to his social-climbing flapper mother, Salome. When he starts work in the household of Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo – where the Bolshevik leader, Lev Trotsky, is also being harboured as a political exile – he inadvertently casts his lot with art, communism and revolution. A compulsive diarist, he records and relates his colourful experiences of life with Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Trotsky in the midst of the Mexican revolution. A violent upheaval sends him back to America; but political winds continue to throw him between north and south, in a plot that turns many times on the unspeakable breach – the lacuna – between truth and public presumption.’
Big thanks to Daunt Books for recommending this to me.
‘The Power’ by Naomi Alderman – ‘All over the world women are discovering they have the power. With a flick of the fingers they can inflict terrible pain – even death. Suddenly, every man on the planet finds they’ve lost control. The Day of the Girls has arrived – but where will it end?’
‘Mayhem’ a Memoir by Sigrid Rausing – ‘In the summer of 2012 a woman named Eva was found dead in the London townhouse she shared with her husband, Hans K. Rausing. The couple had struggled with drug addiction for years, often under the glare of tabloid headlines. Now, writing with singular clarity and restraint the editor and publisher Sigrid Rausing, tries to make sense of what happened to her brother and his wife. In Mayhem, she asks the difficult questions those close to the world of addiction must face. ‘Who can help the addict, consumed by a shaming hunger, a need beyond control? There is no medicine: the drugs are the medicine. And who can help their families, so implicated in the self-destruction of the addict? Who can help when the very notion of ‘help’ becomes synonymous with an exercise of power; a familial police state; an end to freedom, in the addict’s mind?’
*I finished this book last year and I must admit it wasn’t my favourite read of 2017. Very sad and perhaps I wasn’t in the headspace for it.
‘The Sun and Her Flowers’ by Rupi Kaur – ‘From Rupi Kaur, the bestselling author of Milk and Honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry. Illustrated by Kaur, The Sun and Her Flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming. It is a celebration of love in all its forms.’
*Stunning book. Highly recommend.
‘The People in the Trees’ by Hanya Yangihara – ‘In 1950, a young doctor called Norton Perina signs on with the anthropologist Paul Tallent for an expedition to the remote Micronesian island of Ivu’ivu in search of a rumoured lost tribe. They succeed, finding not only that tribe but also a group of forest dwellers they dub ‘The Dreamers’, who turn out to be fantastically long-lived but progressively more senile. Perina suspects the source of their longevity is a hard-to-find turtle; unable to resist the possibility of eternal life, he kills one and smuggles some meat back to the States. He scientifically proves his thesis, earning worldwide fame and the Nobel Prize, but he soon discovers that its miraculous property comes at a terrible price…’
‘Pussy, A Reclamation’ by Regena Thomashauer – ‘With this book, you’re being handed the keys to a turned-on life – a life that is authentic, radiant and open to pleasure and joy. Regena Thomashauer has long noticed that ‘pussy’ is one of the most pejorative words in the English language. No one calls you a ‘pussy’ when they want to tell you how radiant you look, how capably you work or what an inspiring life you lead. But all that’s about to change. In this remarkable book, Regena reclaims the word for what it rightly is: the highest of all possible compliments, a sacred living prayer. Pussy has been written to reacquaint you with your own power source. By turns earthy and erudite, passionately argued and laugh-out-loud funny, Pussy is your call to tune in, turn on and live more richly and fully than you ever thought you could.’
‘The Sarah Book’ by Scott McClanahan – ‘The Sarah Book is Scott McClanahan’s continuation of the semi-autobiographical portrait he’s been writing over the years about his life in West Virginia. This one is his portrait of love.’
As you can probably tell I LOVE to read, so if you guys have any book recommendations for me then defo let me know in the comments down below! Also if you’re as much of a book worm as I am then make sure you check out one of my previous ‘reading list’ posts to see what I was getting stuck into over the Summer! You can check that out > here < I’ve put together quite a few book-related blog posts over the years so if you fancy checking those out then just type ‘books’ in the search bar at the top of my site. Don’t forget I also made a video all about the books that I read in 2017! I’ll insert that video below if you want to find out what I enjoyed reading. Enjoy!
‘Hotel World’ by Ali Smith
‘Beautiful Ruins’ by Jess Walter
‘Where I Was From’ a Memoir by Joan Didion
‘The Lacuna’ by Barbara Kingsolver
‘The Power’ by Naomi Alderman
‘Mayhem’ a Memoir by Sigrid Rausing
‘The Sun and Her Flowers’ by Rupi Kaur
‘The People in the Trees’ by Hanya Yangihara
‘Pussy, A Reclamation’ by Regena Thomashauer
‘The Sarah Book’ by Scott McClanahan
CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2017
I don’t know about you guys but for me, there’s something about finding THE perfect gift for someone that feels SO satisfying. Although I usually leave it to the very last minute (and I NEVER know what to get anyone!), Christmas shopping for the friends and fam is something I actually really enjoy doing…usually from the comfort of my own sofa mind you. You guys seemed to love my Christmas gift guide posts last year so I decided to put one together for 2017 too. I’ve put TONS (and I mean tons) of ideas together for you guys and since it’s Cyber Weekend (as I write this) I’ve also included a huuuuuuge list of sales and discount codes down at the bottom of this post so you can get your Christmas shopping done for less this year! P.S. Stay tuned to the end to see my Christmas Gift Guide video where I mentioned loads and loads of different stuff! Put the kettle on, let’s get Christmas shopping SORTED!
FOR THE FREQUENT FLYER!
1. ‘AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 COCKTAILS’ | 2. TRAVELLERS TRIVIA GAME | 3. PIXI SUN MIST | 4. WORLD SCRATCH MAP | 5. TRAVEL SIZE CAUDALIE BEAUTY ELIXIR | 6. INVISIBOBBLES | 7. MINI FRESH ROSE FACE MASK | 8. STELLA MCCARTNEY X ADIDAS WEEKENDER BACKPACK | 9. GHD TRAVEL HAIR DRYER | 10. TANGLE TEEZER | 11. CASHMERE EYE MASK | 12. NEW BALANCE ‘FLEXONIC’ SNEAKERS | 13. HAY TRAVEL PILLOW | 14. ALPHABET WASH BAG
FOR THE BEAUTY ADDICT!
1. LANCOME HIGHLIGHTER PALETTE | 2. DIPTYQUE CANDLE DISCOVERY KIT | 3. DIPTYQUE PERFUME DISCOVERY KIT | 4. LANCOME TEINT IDOL CUSHION FOUNDATION | 5. PIXI ‘BEST OF BRIGHT’ SET | 6. PAT MCGRATH ILLUMINATOR KIT | 7. NARS ‘THE MULTIPLE’ | 8. FRINGED WALL MIRROR | 9. BRUSH CLEANSING PALETTE | 10. LAURA MERCIER STICK EYE COLOUR COLLECTION | 11. AESOP HAND BALM | 12. ‘LOOKING GOOD’ POSTER | 13. PIXI ROSE CAVIAR SERUM | 14. LIPSTICK SCENTED CANDLE (!!) | 15. FRESH SUGAR SWEETIES SET | 16. BY TERRY BAUME DE ROSE KIT
FOR THE STYLE KING!
1. ‘NEVER GIVE UP’ RING | 2. ‘BE BRAVE’ RING | 3. PANASONIC WET/DRY SHAVER | 4. HORN-EFFECT TAIL COMB | 5. CASIO WATCH | 6. ADIDAS TREFOIL ‘DAD CAP’ | 7. LE LABO PERFUME DISCOVERY SET | 8. PAI ‘CAMELIA & ROSE’ GENTLE HYDRATING CLEANSER | 9. UCON ACROBATICS BACKPACK | 10. COMMON PROJECTS CARD HOLDER | 11. HERSCHEL SUPPLY CO SLING BAG | 12. LE LABO HAIR STYLING CONCRETE | 13. ADIDAS EQT SUPPORT SNEAKERS | 14. THIS WORKS DREAM TEAM SLEEP DUO | 15. LE LABO SHOWER GEL
FOR THE STYLE QUEEN!
1. INTERSTELLAR NECKLACE | 2. MARC JACOBS ‘DEW DROPS’ HIGHLIGHTER | 3. ADIDAS BY STELLA ULTRA BOOSTS | 4. SHOOTING STAR EARRINGS | 5. ‘DAY SLEEPER’ TEE | 6. NARS LIQUID BLUSH | 7. CANDY STRIPE SOCKS | 8. BABY PINK SOCKS | 9. BLACK STRIPE SOCKS | 10. TRIANGLE STUDS | 11. CASIO WATCH | 12. SEQUIN GALAXY BAG | 13. RODIN ‘WINKS’ LIPSTICK | 14. RODIN ‘SO MOD’ | 15. RODIN ‘TOUGH TOMATO’ | 16. RODIN ‘RED HEDY’ | 17. YELLOW BEANIE | 18. HAIR TIES | 19. DAISY LONDON BRACELET | 20. PEACH LENS SUNGLASSES | 21. AMAZING GALAXY BOOTS
FOR THE HOME BODY!
1. FLUFFY SLIPPERS | 2. ‘SNOW LEOPARD’ FURRY ROBE | 3. CUTE FAIRY LIGHTS | 4. HEAT UP HUGGABLE SLOTH (OMG!) | 5. THIS WORKS DEEP SLEEP BATH SOAK | 6. FRESH LEMON SUGARBATH CUBES | 7. FRESH SEABERRY EXFOLIATING SOAP | 8. THIS WORKS DEEP SLEEP OIL | 9. COZY BLANKET | 10. HYGGE HOME DIFFUSER | 11. DIPTYQUE CANDLE DISCOVERY SET | 12. GREEN CRYSTAL RING HOLDER | 13. PINK CRYSTAL RING HOLDER | 14. SNUGGLY CUSHION
FOR THE HEALTH & FITNESS GURU!
1. NEAT NUTRITION MULTIVITAMINS & MINERALS | 2. NIKE INTERNATIONALIST JERSEY TEE | 3. MIO DRY BODY BRUSH | 4. ‘BED OF NAILS’ ACUPRESSURE PILLOW | 5. MOON JUICE ‘POWER DUST’ | 6. ADIDAS PERFORMANCE SPORTS BRA | 7. INVISIBOBBLES | 8. YOGA MAT | 9. NIKE FREE RUN SNEAKERS | 10. ‘THE BEAUTY CHEF’ BOOK | 11. MIO LIQUID YOGA SPRAY | 12. MIO ‘CLEAN SLATE’ WORKOUT WIPES | 13. FJALLRAVEN MINI BACKPACK
FOR THE LUXE LOVER!
1. TOM FORD LIPSTICK | 2. CUTE MOON NECKLACE | 3. COSMIC STAR BRACELET | 4. STARLIGHT STUD EARRINGS | 5. SILVER COMMON PROJECTS | 6. BELLA FREUD SWEATER | 7. MONICA VINADER RINGS | 8. B&O WIRELESS SPEAKER | 9. SLEEPER PYJAMA SET | 10. FORNASETTI CANDLE | 11. MARBLE SUNGLASSES | 12. HOURGLASS ‘AMBIENT LIGHT’ PALETTE | 13. FOREO LUNA 2 | 14. TOM FORD CREAM & POWDER SHADOW | 15. BY TERRY COMPACT | 16. BY TERRY DAY CREAM | 17. LE LABO ‘THE NOIR’ | 18. CULT GAIA BAG | 19. SARAH CHAPMAN OVERNIGHT EDIT | 20. MY FAVOURITE HEADPHONES
GET MONEY OFF THIS CYBER WEEKEND WITH THESE DISCOUNT CODES!
Most Cyber Weekend deals end at midnight tonight (27/11/17) so make the most of the discounts while you can!
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MY FAVE PICKS!
FOR MY MOM!
Fun for Christmas Day!
Lipstick scented candle? YES PLS
I just know he would love this
That man is fragrance mad
Come to mama
THE HEART OF IT • 'TRAVEL'
REGGIE LALONDE X WILD AT HEART FOUNDATION
This week was especially exciting for me (and Reggie!) because I finally got to reveal something that I’ve been working on with ‘Wild At Heart Foundation’. Wild At Heart Foundation are a charity who help animals all over the world and they’re an organisation that I’ve been following and supporting for quite some time. Wild At Heart fund and support animal welfare projects all over the world but one of their main aims is to reduce the world’s population of 600 million stray dogs. Most of you will know by now that I’m incredibly passionate about animals (especially doggo’s!) so when Wild At Heart agreed to let me work with them on a special project I jumped at the chance. The charity work super hard to read their goal and they do this by rescuing and re-homing dogs, as well as neutering and providing educational programmes to children and adults around the world. Wild At Heart Foundation are a small charity with BIG dreams and I’m so happy to be involved in something that will ultimately support the hard-working team and their mission to help animals all over the world.
One of the ways that the Wild At Heart Foundation raise money is through their beautiful collection of hand-printed sweatshirts which are literally the cuuuuutest things I’ve ever seen! Over the past few months I’ve been working closely with Wild At Heart and artist Simeon Farrar from Black Score to product our very own REGGIE sweatshirt and I’m so so SO excited to share it with you! I absolutely love Simeon’s illustration of Reggie because I feel like it really captures his personality and it was super special to see the drawing come to life on the sweater. The sweatshirts are quite expensive at £50 but that’s because they’re made from top quality, fair-trade and organic material. Not only that but every SINGLE PENNY goes straight to the charity. This sweater is one of the softest, snuggliest things in my wardrobe right now and I wish I never had to take it off! Click > here < to get yours! The sweaters come in sizes S, M, L and XL and can be shipped INTERNATIONALLY!
A few weeks back I actually went along to visit Simeon’s studio with Nadine who is the co-founder of Wild At Heart and I also brought Aslan along to capture the special day on camera. While we were there Nadine talked us through a little bit more about the work that the charity do and how the money from the sweaters helps to fund their important projects. Definitely make sure you head over to my channel if you want to learn about Wild At Heart and see me hand screen print the first ever REGGIE SWEATER! I really hope you guys love the sweater just as much as I do. Wild At Heart are such a special charity and I’m really honoured to be a part of this project. Don’t forget that you don’t have to buy the Reggie sweater to get involved in helping the charity, you can donate as much or as little as you like via their website. In this case, every penny really does help! If you do decide to buy the sweater I would LOVE for you guys to send me photos of you wearing it. Head to the Wild At Heart Foundation website for more details and watch the video to learn more! This is officially my favourite item of clothing EVER! Reggie, I love you!
GET THE LOOK!
Classic Camel Coat
Love this Topshop one
Silver Common Projects
I'm a proud Mom!
Snuggly Bobble Hat
A must for autumn walks
Topshop Ripped Jeans
THE HEART OF IT • 'MOTHER'
FAVOURITE STATIONERY STORES IN LONDON
Columbia Road is one of the streets in London that I love the most. If you take a walk down this road on a weekday you would probably be surprised to discover that every Sunday morning the quiet street is transformed into one of the busiest flower markets you will ever see. The reason Aslan and I decided to wander over to this side of town is because Columbia Road is home to one of our favourite stationery stores, Choosing Keeping. Stepping into Choosing Keeping is like stepping into stationery HEAVEN. This place is like no other stationery shop in the world and every time I set foot inside the front door and onto the teeny weeny shop floor I’m reminded of just how quaint and unique Choosing Keeping really is.
TAKE A PEEK AT THESE CHOOSING KEEPING GOODIES!
Tell your story
Gold 'Leaves' Scissors
Hand Marbled Pen Pot
Your desk needs this
4 Colour Ball Point Pen
Hand Marbled Paper
Wrap it up!
The other week Aslan and I made our way over to Shoreditch to check out the pop up Papersmiths store in box park. I’ve been known to place a few orders on the Papersmiths website over time (I really have no self control on this site lol) and they also have a store in Bristol which looks like a dream come true. If pink interiors are your thang, you neeeeeeeed to take a peek for yourself. Before I even had a chance to check out the stationery options I was completely heart-eyed over the floor to ceiling pastel pink tiles and white neon sign in the doorway. Trust me when I say that this place is pure stationery (and interior) goals.
Papersmiths was actually founded by super cool duo, Sidonie and Kyle who are also co-founders of design studio, Studio B. They relocated to Bristol in 2012 where they decided to split the space into two to house their design studio in one half and Papersmiths in the other. The duo’s design-led eye is clear to see through their choice of unique stationery and homeware pieces. I could literally spend hours in their store! I have hearts in my eyes just thinking about it!
Papersmiths is the kind of stationery store that pretty much stock everything you’ll ever need for not only your office, but your home too! You can pick up anything from artists pens and pencils, to CANDLES, ribbons, books and cards. Of course I couldn’t leave the store without a pen or two (or ten) so I just had to pick up this beautiful pack of Artline Fine Pens which come in every colour under the sun. (I’m living for that peach colour!) Expect my notebook to start getting VERY colourful from now on! Of course I’m attracted to anything pastel blue like a magpie so I ended up coming home with one of their beautiful leather pouches to keep all of my brand new pens inside! Things like this make me way more happy than they should #obsessed.
I can’t be the only person in the world who gets excited about greetings cards, right!? Papersmiths literally have the most amazing selection of cards I’ve ever seen so of course I couldn’t resist picking up a couple to add to my ever growing collection. Papersmiths is one of the most beautiful stationery stores I’ve ever laid my eyes on so if you’re as office-supply-obsessed as Aslan and I are then definitely head over to their Bristol store or visit their pop up. Although I would definitely recommend going to see the shop IRL I will say that the website is just as beautiful so make sure you hop online and check that out if you can’t make it down to either of the stores. Make sure you follow Papersmiths on Instagram > here < and check out their Bristol store at 6a Boyce’s Avenue, Clifton Village, Bristol, BS8 4AA and their London pop up at Unit 7, Boxpark, 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London, E1 6GY.
I COULDN'T RESIST PICKING THESE UP FROM PAPERSMITHS:
For bright ideas
Nahe Plastic Case
Tidy desk, tidy mind
Light Blue Leather Pouch
Cute for sunglasses too!
Inspire! Achieve the impossible!
Artline Fine Pens
Draw your dreams
PRESENT AND CORRECT
If you’re into the world of graphic design, Present & Correct is guaranteed to make all of your stationery dreams come true. Founded by two graphic designers, Present & Correct is your go-to destination for nostalgic pieces that will transport you straight back to distant (or not so distant) memories of school supplies and office knick knacks. Out of all the stores I would have to say that Present & Correct have the most varied selection of goodies on offer, with everything from rubber stamp sets and ink pads, to vintage inspired stamps and vibrant prints. I’d kind of forgotten just how MUCH I love Present & Correct, but as soon as Aslan and I stepped inside the store and shelves lined with funky erasers, chunky staplers and reems of coloured tape, I fell head over heels in stationery love all over again.
The first thing that caught my eye as soon as we made our way inside the shop was this amazing 1970’s hardboard clock. I know you guys might be thinking I’m crazy for buying this, but as soon as I saw it I was just instantly transported back to sitting cross-legged on the classroom carpet in elementary school! Anyone else getting those flashbacks too? I don’t know if it was a Canadian thing or if any of you guys will remember these clocks too, but all I know is I simply couldn’t leave the store without one! All the while that Aslan and I were in the store I just kept getting these crazy memories pop up in my head. I love that Present & Correct have so many amazing vintage stationery pieces that I totally forgot even existed!
Aslan thought I was kinda crazy when I walked out of the shop holding a big box of 15 rubber stamps…lol…but how could I resist something so beautiful!? Even if I don’t end up finding a use for this stamp set, they sure do look amazing propped up on the shelf in my office! Much like Choosing Keeping, Present & Correct have some really unique pieces in their store aside from your usual pens and pencils, which makes it a great place to pick up some really thoughtful and original gifts. My Grandma loves birds so I think I’m going to pop back to the store some time soon and pick up a set of these beautiful Bulgarian Bird Stamps for a Christmas gift. I could go crazy in this store!
What I love the most about Present & Correct is that everything within the walls of the store has been so thoughtfully curated. I mean, just look at the bag that I was given to put all my purchases in!? Make sure you follow Present & Correct on Instagram > here < to get a taste of their unique aesthetic. If you find yourself in London then definitely try your best to get your butt into the store itself, I just know you’ll have hearts in your eyes as soon as you step in the front door. Visit them at 23 Arlington Way, London, EC1R 1UY.
PRESENT AND CORRECT MAKES MY HEART HAPPY!
Be the envy of the office
1970's Edu Clock
All the nostalgic feels
Colour Block Pen
Cute Leather Envelopes
Perfect for pens and pencils
15 Shape Rubber Stamp Set
This brings me so much joy
So those are our 3 all time favourite stationery stores in London. I don’t know about you but just looking at these pens and pencils brings me sooo much joy! If there’s any stationery addicts out there please let me know if you have any recommendations of stores I should visit to fuel my obsession! I’m always excited to visit new places and see what goodies they have on offer. Aslan and I had so much fun filming the video so we would love it if you gave it a watch. We love filming videos like this so if there’s anything else that you guys want to see from us on our #InTheWorld series then leave us a comment down below and tell us what it is!