Over the past week I’ve discovered some incredible Black owned businesses that I wanted to share in a blog post in more detail, to amplify and support these incredible businesses, and I wanted to expand on these in more detail, plus giving you all the links so you can shop. If you’ve followed me for a while you know I own a vintage shop, so it gives me so much joy when I find other incredible vintage stores to share with you, plus sustainable brands too of course! Which is why I think you’ll love the below brands as much as I do. I’ve already made a few purchases and I can’t wait to buy more.

Maison Archives

Maison Archives instagram 

This is literally my new favourite shop-I want everything on there! It’s hair clip heaven, I immediately ordered all the shell clips, but there’s so many to choose from, plus some seriously cute headbands, scrunches, hair bows bags, and jewellery too. So in love with all my new shell clips (you know how much I love shells), I got this, this and this, can’t wait to shoot them soon. Shop everything here

Brother Veilles

Brother Veilles instagram 

Ok… not officially a new discovery, but I’ve been following Brother Veillies for years, I am obsessed. I’ve wanted their yin yang boots for as long as I can remember, every single pair of shoes that make I fall in love with. Oh plus all their bags too. Everything is sustainable and handmade across the world. One day I’d love to visit their New York store, but in the meantime I’m saving for these mules.

Circantiques

Circantiques instagram

What an absolute treasure trove. Circantiques is an Etsy shop full of treasure run by Megan, who has such a good eye. There’s such beautiful antiques in her shop along with some hand picked vintage clothing too. I mean just LOOK at that 1930s velvet dress, it’s incredible. Plus on her instagram her home looks like an absolute dream too.

Page of Air

Page of Air instagram

Page of Air is an absolutely beautifully curated Etsy shop based in the USA with vintage ranging from the 20s-90s, everything is shot in such a dreamy aesthetic style, I basically want everything. This is the kind of vintage I wish I could find when buying in the UK. At the moment I’ve got my eye on this incredible 1940s peach gown.

Touch of vintage home

Touch of vintage instagram

A vintage homeware shop on Etsy to add some vintage to your home ! They specialises in mid-century homeware with some antiques too. An amazing selection of pieces, they are London based and currently have free delivery too. Absolutely gutted I missed out on those champagne glasses, how BEAUTIFUL are they !

Earth Toned Collective

Earth Toned Collective Instagram

ETC is a sustainable brand recycles and uses dead stock materials to make their beautiful collections. They are all made by hand, they work with local manufactures, supporting women artisans. I have fallen in love with their puff sleeve tops. Everything is sold out at the moment but I’m hoping they make more soon as I am desperate to own one!

Lait De Coco Studio

Lait De Coco instagram

Aside from having one of the most dreamy instagram feeds I’ve seen, Lait De Coco sell both vintage and handmade items, they do weekly vintage drops on their instagram stories, I would recommend putting your story notifications ON to grab their incredible vintage pieces as they sell out fast.

Elena Corolina

Elena Corolina instagram 

Elena Corolina is pearl heaven. A hand made jewellery brand based in the Netherlands using fresh water pearls to create absolutely beautiful jewellery. I’ve just ordered these hoops, and I’m saving for this initial necklace, because I absolutely need that in my life.

Roop

Roop instagram

Again not a new discovery but one I’ve been lusting after for a while. Manchester based sustainable  brand Roop hand makes furoshiki bags using remnant vintage fabrics and everything down to the packaging is green friendly. I’ve FINALLY got my hands on their pink gingham bag to match my sleeper dress! Everything is currently sold out but there will be more soon, the white satin one is next on my list ! There’s also an amazing raffle on at the moment organised by Roop to raise money for Black Lives Matter which you can checkout here.

Neutral Ground

Neutral Ground Instagram

Neutral Ground is US based vintage brand with an absolutely beautifully curated vintage shop selling timeless, neutral and classic pieces. They source vintage from all different decades and have an amazing designer collection too. The founder Alysha used to work for the iconic House of Halston (what an incredible job!)

Lucid Voyage 

Lucid Voyage instagram

Lucid Voyage is Texas based vintage brand with a mix of hand curated vintage and contemporary pieces and is an absolute online treasure trove. I immediately bought that pink floral scalloped swimsuit! Their online shop is full of pretty pastel pieces at the moment and next on my list is this incredible pink 70s nightie and duster 

Selenas Shop

Selenas shop instagram

Sheffield based hand picked vintage depop shop Selenas has everything from the 70s to the 90s and is basically maxi dress heaven. I only wish I discovered this sooner as everything I want is sold out-you’ve got to be quick with vintage !

House of Aama

House of Aama instagram

LA based brand mother and daughter duo House of Aama is just absolutely stunning. From the products (all handmade in LA) to the styling, to the photography. The items are handmade to order and I’m definitely saving up to invest in this dress, I can’t get over how beautiful it is.

Our Lovely Goods

Our Lovely Goods Instagram

Scottish based handmade brand Our Lovely Goods sells handcrafted wax candles and botanical skincare, all good for the environment as well as your home. And they work with Nigerian artisans for their beautiful collection of homewares. All their skincare is also cruelty free and vegan. All the candles sound like they smell heavenly, I can’t wait for a restock.

Small Needs

Small needs instagram

Smalls needs is a vintage shop on Etsy selling beautifully curated vintage pieces, everything again sells out so fast so make sure your post notifications are on as you don’t want to miss out on these incredible pieces. Again this is the vintage I absolutely wish I could find when buying ! Everything is just incredible.

I hope you like this selection, I wanted to highlight some in more detail over on this blog. If you love the brand but aren’t financially able to at this time I’ve left the instagram of each brand underneath so you can discover more on there and to support and follow them. I’d love to continue to do these posts and I’m already on the hunt and have lots more for my next post (as this round up only touches on some of the incredible Black owned brands out there) so if you have any suggestions too let me know!

 

 

 

 

 

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Hello ! It’s been a while. I’ve got to be honest my motivation has really gone out of the window recently and I’ve spent more hours laying on my bed staring out the window than I’d like to admit. Does anyone else feel like that? But this idea came to me at 2am so I thought it would be a great a post to share some of my favourite things.

So, welcome to a new addition to the blog…monthly favourites! Where I’ll be sharing with you my favourite products, clothing, etc with you that I’ve been using or wearing over the past month. I’ll also start to include favourite recipes, books etc but I’m not going to get ahead of myself just yet and for the first one I’ll stick to beauty and clothing. Also I’d like to point out I will be doing my monthly favourites from the month just gone, so these were from April. So without further rambling, let’s get started.

Loveshack Fancy x Superga collaboration 

First up we have the Loveshack Fancy x Superga collaboration which omg how dreamy are THESE ! I’m not usually a trainers kind of girl but I’m in love with this whole colaboration it’s perfect. And it’s getting me into casual footwear, win win really.  Lovershack Fancy have taken their signature elements (think pretty florals, pastel colours etc) and made a collection of Supergas that are like a work of art. These were kindly gifted and you can find them here and here – but hurry there’s not that many sizes left!

Crisp Sheets

Ok next up we have a new bed-ware (is that even a word?) brand I’ve discovered called Crisp Sheets. They make the most perfect bedding in beautiful neutral tones, which stay crisp after every wash-they’re specially woven to ensure the soft touch stays crisp, like you’ve just made your bed. Also (and this is what sold them to me) they don’t need ironing!! Not that I even iron my sheets anyway but they are so creased when they come out of the dryer. I bought the Purity Sand Dune duvet set, and because they had a sale on, treated myself to the nude towels I had my eye too, they’re 100% organic terry cotton. Because let’s face it, I’m spending more time in bed and towels than anywhere else these days. I’m so happy with both purchases ! They’re such good quality.

 

Living Proof/Trinny London/Soleil Toujours/Lottie London

A few skin/hair care products I’ve been using and I’m really impressed with this month (in no particular order) Let’s start with the Living Proof full thickening cream. I’ve got fine (limp) hair and when I’ve washed it looks even more flat when I blow dry it so this is a lifesaver. A little goes a long way-just apply to damp hair and blow dry and you can see the difference. I never blow dry without it.

The Trinny London BFF cream, this was originally a gift but I have repurchased and I will continue to repurchase forever because it is THAT GOOD. I’ve got oily skin with large pores and I’ve tried every CC,BB, primer going for my skin and none of them worked. Until this miracle product. I put it on as my last step before foundation and my skin has never looked so good. Goodbye pores and oil I don’t know how this magic cream works, but it DOES. Plus it has SPF 30 in it-even more of a bonus. You can also wear it on it’s own too, as  it adapts to your skin tone. See Magic! Or some great type of science.

I was gifted a new self tan to try from Soleil Toujours (in medium deep) and I think this is my favourite one I’ve tried. Now I’m no fake tan expert (and I’m quite lazy when it comes to tanning) but this one is such a lovely colour ! I was glowing. It was a very believable bronze, I was so impressed with it. There’s a cream for your body and a serum for your face and it’s made from 70% organic ingredients, (it’s also vegan and cruelty free) it lasted for days and didn’t go patchy either. Bonus points for the nice smell and lovely packaging too.

Lastly on the skincare front (and it’s not really skincare it’s just fun) is the Lottie London freckle tint which is just fun! I’ve ALWAYS wanted freckles, curly hair and freckles that’s what I wished for when I was little. And now I can have the freckle part! Dead easy to apply, just dot it on, then I like to pat with a makeup sponge to make them look more natural. Above was my very first attempt so they don’t look toooo natural? but still so cute ! Oh also this is also vegan and cruelty free!

Margaux Studios

A new brand I’ve recently discovered via instagram is Margaux Studios and everything is so beautiful ! It’s all hand made and sustainability is at the heart of everything she does. She kindly gifted me some beautiful pieces that I’ve not stopped wearing including this beautiful bow, hand made using fabric shop off cuts, ensuring nothing goes to waste, and the daisy pearl necklace  made from freshwater ivory rice pearls and a hand blown glass daisy bead. These are definitely pieces I will be keeping in my collection forever.

Arket

Right! A shirt I’ve been living in since it arrived is this Arket one ! Just look at that collar. I’ve been lusting after it for a few months now and it finally came back in stock and I could get it with my gifting allowance. And I’m so glad I did. It looks great on it’s own or worn under a cardigan/jumper with some vintage Levi’s-it’s basically the vintage shirt I wish I could find but never do.

Wacoal

An underwear set that’s so pretty you’ll want to show it off is this one from Wacoal. In the most perfect vintage pink colour (it’s listed as ‘rose dust’ on their website and I think that captures the colour perfectly) wear a la Carrie Bradshaw in SATC under a sheer blouse to show it off. Thank you for the lovely gift Wacoal.

Sleeper

And finally, I’m now a member of the Sleeper Dress club after finally getting my hands on the pink gingham Atlanta when Studio B had a sale,then because I couldn’t stop thinking about this floral one above, I just had to get that one too. They are so so pretty, yet so so comfortable, just like wearing your pyjamas. And of course they make pyjamas too, they are the world’s first walking sleepwear brand after all-those feather ones I’m sure you’ve seen all over instagram ! Perfect for staying at home. Plus these ones come with matching hair ribbons! i’ll link them here from their own website too as they are nearly sold out on Studio B they’ve been so popular.

And that’s your lot, if you made it to the end of this post, well done and thank you so much for reading! I hope this post has inspired you to maybe discover some new brands, or to add something to your wishlist.

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With everything that’s going on in the world at the moment, I know the easiest thing to throw on when we are all at home is loungewear-that’s if you plan on getting out of your pjs. As tempting as it to do this, what is the point of having a wardrobe of pretty clothes if you’re not wearing them-even if it is ‘just at home’. I’ve been lucky enough to work at home for the past few years and getting up, having a shower and getting dressed is an instant mood lifter for me. Plus I find I’m a lot more productive.

So here are three different outfits ideas that I’ve been wearing to work from home in that are just as comfortable as loungewear, I promise. And if you’re not buying anything new at the moment, these looks are so easy to shop from your own wardrobe.

comfortable trousers and a cardigan

Cardigan: Rouje, Trousers: Warehouse

Super chic and super comfortable, these trousers are a much more relaxed option than jeans but still looks stylish and put together, especially in a pretty Spring pattern such as gingham. And a cardigan (or a lightweight jumper) just adds to that cozy factor while you still look great, and perfect for a zoom meeting. A vintage cardigan would work perfectly here too, either plain or embroidered. Think pastel and Spring colours such as lemon yellow, cream, rose, lavender etc for a refreshing colour palette.

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vintage or vintage style maxi dress

Dress: Kitri, Slippers: Onaie (both gifts)

I don’t know about you but dresses are my favourite thing to wear ever. They are just as comfortable as loungewear if they are loose enough (and then they can allow for all that isolation snacking without you feeling uncomfortable-not the case for jeans!) and they are an instant mood lifter. The possibilities are endless here of course with dresses, but my personal favourite is a floral maxi. Throw on your favourite vintage dress and you’ll feel instantly better I promise. Bonus points if can co-ordinate your slippers to your outfit.

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Cute matching co-ord

Striped Top: H&M, Striped Bottoms: H&M, Loafers: Rouge Matilda (gifts)

Now, this one is the closest thing to wearing loungewear but a lot chicer. I feel as chic as a french girl in this matching set from H&M but I’m as comfy as if I was lying in bed. The added ruffle details elevate the set and this looks just as good out of the house (on your daily walk) as it does inside. Just make sure it’s matching-you can even recreate this with similar items of the same colour/pattern in any material you want. I’ve included the faithfull set below as another example, and a skirt option. These loafers in a contrasting pattern add a quirkiness to the outfit to break it up, or you could go full tonal.

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Recently I’ve just switched over to my Spring summer wardrobe as soon as the weather got a bit brighter and sunnier and I’ve LOVED discovering all my dresses from last year. The majority of the ones I own are super comfortable and they’re so easy to throw on, yet you look like you’ve made an effort.

I posted my first outfit video on IGTV here if you need some more ideas.

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This week I’m feeling Spring flowers, floaty dresses, escapism, shells, pearls and puff sleeves. Dreaming of shooting in fields barefoot. The warmth of the sun of my skin. Spring is in the air.

 

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Wow, where to start with this post. With everything that is going on, I’ve felt overwhelmed to say the least. Shutting the shop, everything shutting, adjusting to working from home for the foreseeable future. Now I work from home 80% of the time anyway so this wasn’t an adjustment for me-but having my boyfriend here at the same time, ALL OF THE TIME, I’m finding it so much harder to concentrate on anything, the flat is tiny so I can’t really shoot or do videos unless he goes on his once a day walk.And he’s now become my new photographer so I’ve had to patiently wait to shoot content (although he takes present bribes). Plus I do like to overshoot so I’ve stockpiled a ton of images so there’s no chance of running out of that.

I’ve got the worst organisational skills at the best of times, so trying to organise shooting ideas or videos is out of the window right now as they usually come to me in the moment. Plus the flat is an absolute state as we’ve had to take most of the vintage out of the shop to shoot, that’s all over the place, and guess who is our only cleaner? yours truly. Mini-rant over as it’s not that bad is it, in the grand scheme of things. It’s really not, I’ve actually never been so grateful to have someone here with me, and Stan too.

I’ve seen so many people over instagram being super productive and shooting videos/scheduling blog posts and Getting.Things.Done. And I just haven’t felt like doing anything and my motivation has really dropped. I’ve got anxiety I’m not going to get anymore work. I’ve got anxiety about my family-both my nana and grandad are 91 and my mum is on her own. My emotions are all over the place and I feel like I can’t concentrate on anything until this situation becomes almost….normal? Will it become ‘normal’?

This is a surreal situation that no one really knows how to navigate. There’s no right or wrong way. If you feel like you’re the most creative of your life-go for it. If you need time out to pause and reflect and look after yourself, now is the time. There is no right or wrong way to react to this situation as we’ve never been in it before, and I must admit when I’m sitting in the flat the outside world can almost feel as though nothing is happening and it’s just me sitting in, but what it is so important to remember is that we are all in this together. And it will pass.

So I just wanted to try and carry on as ‘normal’ as I possibly can, whatever that may mean in this current situation. Which doesn’t mean that I’m being ignorant to everything going on right now, but the absolute best thing for all of us is to stay at home, with the incredible NHS workers and everyone on the frontline of this pandemic holding our country and healthcare system together, we will be forever grateful. (PS: If you want to become an NHS volunteer I’ll leave the link here)

I’m just trying to provide some escapism for people, through my instagram and blog (and maybe YouTube if I get my act together) because creating content and posts is what I really enjoy, and to me, this provides escapism. That sounded very serious like some kind of school essay. Actually if it was a school essay I’d probably get told to use a different word than escapism twice. Oh god I’m trying haha.

Shot by Beatrice Rigby for a campaign for Arket, but too pretty not to post here.

Dress gifted by Arket

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