The Handmade Festival with Kirstie Allsopp returned to Hampton Court Palace this September and Olive and I were lucky enough to attend. Spending a sunshine filled Friday browsing the many lovely craft stalls, participating in a stamping workshop with The English Stamp Company and sampling are way round the delicious food stalls!
When the sun is shinning we love nothing better than heading to the park with a picnic hamper full of our favourite food bits accompanied by a large jug of homemade fruity iced tea. Grab a frisbee, some speakers and a large picnic blanket to host all of your friends and you have yourself the perfect recipe for a great summer day out.
With Mothers Day just around the corner (10 days in fact!) Olive and I have put together a Mothers Day gift guide featuring some of are favourite and inspirational brands who create some really lovely sustainable and ethical products. From beautiful natural skincare by Evolve Beauty to gorgeous handcrafted home accessories at Nkuku there really is something for every Mum to enjoy.
Olive and I have been practising yoga for a couple of years now and have become completely obsessed. There is nothing better than the relaxing feeling after a evening yoga class particularly on a busy working day. You are then almost guaranteed to have the most amazing night sleep too afterwards, waking up in the morning feeling energised and refreshed ready for the day ahead. As we continue on our quest to live as sustainably and ethically as possible we have been searching high and low for sustainable yoga wear and have come across some pretty fabulous eco- activewear brands that we just had to share with you guys
A couple of weeks back Blanch and I watched Stacey Dolleys BBC documentary Fashions Dirty Secrets and were shocked to see the effects our never ending appetite for cheap clothing has on the environment. Like majority of our friends we enjoy heading to the high street and treating ourselves to a new outfit or following the latest fashion trends on insta and therefore were pretty horrified to find out that the fashion industry is the fourth biggest polluter in the world following closely behind oil and agricultural. In the documentary Stacey explains how our demand for fast fashion means we are producing over a massive 100 billion new garments on a global scale each year which the planet simply cannot sustain.
Recently Blanch and I have been undertaking a little competition of who can stay vegetarian for the longest….What started as a month long friendlyish competition between sisters back in June has now turned into something a little more serious, a little more kinder to the plant and a feeling of being that little bit healthier.
Blanch and I love our beauty products especially when made from organic, natural ingredients that haven’t cost the earth. There are so many great brands to choose from nowadays that contain sustainably sourced ingredients that are also produced in lovely recycled packaging. Natural organic beauty products are derived from nature without the use of any pesticides which in turn creates products that softer, kinder on the skin as well as minimising the impact on the environment. Its a win win situation!
Olive and I have some exciting news for you all…. we have been asked to be insta reps for the lovely BlueBird Tea Co We cannot wait for the tea drinking to commence!
After a very wet and grey Blue Monday, I immediately headed home popped the kettle and sunk into a squishy armchair to write a post on finding joy in January instead of those dreaded blues. If like me you feel a little overwhelmed at the start of the new year, with the Christmas festivities now over and the dark, wet mornings seemingly never ending. I thought I would put together a list of all things I am looking forward to this January as well as a few tips to banish those Winter Blues.