Travel

Porlwi

Port louis mauritius sunset

Welcome to Mauritius!

If you’re the type who snaps a photo every 5 seconds whilst on holiday you might find yourself enduring a mild panic post-trip when you look at your frame count. That was me post-6 days in Mauritius! The trip, courtesy of Attitude Hotels, brought me to a meaty 2,000 photos although that’s nothing compared to my travel buddy Carrie’s 5k, but still quite considerable none the less. I’m pleased to say that my eyes couldn’t have seen any more things, my body not able to fit in one more activity and as a result, I have ALL OF THE PHOTOS. So sorry to me for giving myself so much to trawl through and sorry to you for taking so long to post on my trip of a lifetime, but hell it was WORTH THE WAIT!

Where better to start my Mauritius series than the capital? Come and take a tour with my travel group and I!

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ShinyThoughts

Interview: Kim Turkington, Love Cloth & Jigsaw

At the beginning of this year, I wrote about my career story so far – the good, bad and certainly ugly experiences I’ve had of working on both sides of the proverbial blogging fence. I must admit, I set myself up a little high as I’ve definitely not blogged as much as I should have lately and I definitely haven’t posted anything on the subject of Blogging advice which I had promised (*slaps wrist*).

I do, however, have an excuse. My blog post drafts have been jigged around a little as I’ve been preparing for a talk aaaall about that stuff for Blogtacular (I had to make sure all my juicy secrets weren’t given away all at once). If you’d like to catch said juicy secrets then please purchase yourself some nice comfy seats at Blogtacular’s London event in June where you’ll be able to hear me not only gabble-on about the best way to work with brands but also excellent advice from some proper experts. Take a look!

We are Social Media Girls

Meanwhile, I’ve been dying to share this interview with you for yonks! Please welcome my friend and founder of Social Gals (an informal network for girls who work in Social Media at lifestyle companies) Kim!

Kim has been running her beautifully refined fashion blog Love Cloth for the last five years, creating aspiringly high quality photos and wearing outfits you’ll want to steal right off her. Oh and she also manages to squeeze in a little full time job running Jigsaw’s Social accounts. Like me, she’s a Social Gal-slash-Blogger so I was really keen to find out how she started, how she juggled the workload, how her dual roles influence each other and her predictions for the future. Enjoy!

Kim turkington Jigsaw social media manager interview

 

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Events

save the date! Pastel Paradise at #TheBloggersMarket no.4

TheBloggersMarket 2017

#TheBloggersMarket is BACK!

London’s most blog-able shopping event, #TheBloggersMarket 2017 is here for round 4. (I can’t believe we’ve done so many!) On Saturday 1st April (here’s hoping we’re not fools), we’ll be welcoming you all to a pastel paradise inside Warren Street’s Camden Collective creative space. Think candy coloured tables, biscuits and workshops – we’ve got it all!

Carrie, Olivia, Kristabel and I will be filling our rails with all our best pre-loved pieces from coats to culottes, ASOS to Ann-Sofie Back. With prices from just 50p up to a tenner for most items, you won’t want to miss out on some special pieces you’ve seen in your favourite blog posts.

This time we’re very happy to welcome three special guests who will be joining us in selling their wares. Say hello to Kim from Love Cloth, Zoe from Zoe London and Reem from Five Five Fabulous!

For anyone not lucky enough to have come along to one of #TheBloggersMarket events before, it’s essentially a day of hanging out with your friends, meeting new people, nabbing a great bargain, learning a new skill and discovering new brands and creatives. There’s no lack of instagram fodder at #TheBloggersMarket so you’ll be confident your camera roll will leave just as full as your bags.

This time round we’ll be hosting events which you’ll be able to sign up to on the day:

  • A pastel marbling workshop will be held by the brilliantly sparkly creative designer-maker Pup Tart London.
  • My favourite indie stationery brand Ohh Deer will be providing everything you’ll need to create a bullet journal so you can start Spring right. Our friend Ghenet Actually will be hosting workshops to show you how to make the most of yours.
  • Insta-famous calligrapher The Lovely Drawer will be popping up with her own brush lettering gifting shop. Come with a word or phrase and she’ll magic it into a beautiful piece of art for you to take home.
  • You’ll be wanting to be pampered after all that shopping and making. Luckily Boudoir Beauty Parlour will be on-hand (literally), offering soothing mini-treatments.

After all of that shopping and making, you’ll be needing some energy! Dig into our SugarSin sweet station or pick up an almost-too-pretty-to-eat biscuit by Honeywell Bakes. To quench your thirst after all that fun, have a smoothie whipped up in front of you by the folks at PACK’D or dare to try something a little spicy by NIX&KIX. As always, we’ll be running our ‘Tweet to Eat’ bar – simply tweet or snap your treat to take it away.

Fancy coming along? Simply hit ‘attending’ on our Facebook event. We’ll see you there!

Saturday 1st April

Camden Collective, 110 Hampstead Road, NW1 2LS

11:00 – 16:30 

Cash only

A percentage of each of our profits will be donated to our chosen charities

See all our past #TheBloggersMarket events here.

London Love

A year in Hackney

Hackney town hall things to do in lower clapton

The great thing about having another half who doesn’t live with you is that you get to live like a local in two places rather than one. That means twice the local waterholes, more restaurants within 5 minutes of slumping, pot-bellied into bed to try and two times the number of coffee shops to have a barista know your order in. It’s two places for the price of one rent. I.e total win.

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