Category Archives: shop


ODE / our daily edit

April 23, 2017

our daily edit


o u r  d a i l y  e d i t .

this store in brighton is a fucking dream. i could spend all the monies in here on every perfectly curated piece that sits dreamily alongside each other in perfect cohabitation. a place to discover brands you maybe haven’t heard of before. and definitely get inspired to shop less to shop better.

they say  “Stocking the latest emerging and contemporary designers … our aim is to provide an edited collection of clothing, footwear, bags & accessories for modern men and women”
+ they do. so well.

my picks (if i absolutely had to really had to pick just these) > the beton cire miki hat in khaki  /  norse projects jane block sock in dark navy  /  the nude label basic bra in rust  /  instrmnt 01 – A watch in GM/T  /  story MFG short-on-time jacket in biotic brown corduroy  /  wood wood virgo sunglasses in black + tortoise  /  sideline nix trousers in bleach indigo

AND this bag and these trousers and this shirt and all the wood wood underwear . . .

help me you’re welcome. i’m buying that bra today. ole.

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slow down studio

February 14, 2017

slow down studio

S L O W D O W N  S T U D I O

limited runs of 100% cotton woven blankets created in collaboration with handpicked artists and illustrators from around the world. the aim is to celebrate individuality + artistry by making small batches of super functional, versatile yet beautiful + unique pieces available to us  A L L  by the generous means of FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING.
unreal. so good. let’s all buy blankets. shop here. you’re welcome.

read into each pattern + design on the slowdown studio website from makers such as fun fun colour mad print illustrators – french duo A T E L I E R   B I N G O  .. heads up > instagram fodder at it’s colourful splashy best.

long may it last this era of creative bonhomie in life business + art.

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wool and the gang

February 23, 2016

wool and the gangWOOL AND THE GANG have started a knitting revolution and i want to be a part of it.

i’ve been planning to take up knitting for about 10 years now… another of those things on my life to do list that i haven’t really got around to just yet (laid back earth mothers definitely knit right?!) but when i started following these guys last year – learning to knit (again) moved back up the list (again) . . .

wool and the gangpowered by makers all over the world – the WOOL AND THE GANG concept is amazing. designs can either be bought ready to wear or as a kit – including pattern, yarn + needles if needed. everything – everything – on the site can be MADE BY YOU or MADE BY THE GANG. materials are carefully sourced to reduce impact on our environment and nothing is mass produced. each item is handmade by either the original gang at WATG or amazingly by one of the 3000 odd knitters signed up to the network who buy the patterns + yarn on site + make from home – replacing the factory with a movement of makers to create a sustainable fashion brand.

Our knitting revolution is growing — our makers are involved in every step of our process from design and production through to passing on knitting skills at our Parties. Anyone can be a Gangsta — simply purchase a Kit and learn to knit, support a fellow Gangsta by buying their handmade pieces, or pass on your skills to others. Get involved, join the Maker Revolution and make a change!

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WOOL AND THE GANG inspires me massively.  the knits are beautiful – the range is vast (hats, scarfs, bags, jumpers, dresses, baby bits + more) and you can shop the knit kits by level – beginner through to advanced – by season or by yarn too. the blog is packed with how to videos, editorial fashion shoots, knitwear styling ideas and inspiration, behind the scenes, meet the makers, collaborations + a shit ton more. you can spend a long time exploring the website + i can’t tell you how much i appreciate the concept and thought behind this revolution.
i absolutely want to be part of the gang.

join a WATG party and get your knit on at DRYGATE in glasgow – find dates + info here

let’s know who made our clothes.

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the future kept

February 16, 2016

the future kept

“The Future Kept is an online purveyor of well designed, durable, meticulously chosen goods for you to cherish and keep. 

Nestled on the south coast of England, we design and carefully source items from independent designers, makers, artisans and entrepreneurs who are creating products that are better for our world, becoming part of your life story, forming an intimacy between you and your belongings. “

T H E  F U T U R E  K E P T was one of the first shops i chose to share here just over a year ago. and is one of my favourite online spaces still. i can’t tell you how much i appreciate the work and thought that goes into this beautiful website. from the mindful curation of products to the thoughtful styling of each item. i always take time to gander the newsletter jeska & dean email out to celebrate new product releases and inspire gift ideas – a rare thing – and the instagram feed is a dream of slow-living adventures & inspiration.

on my wish list for long, slow days in #thebigkitchenlife reading books under blankets & drinking tea playing cards :

//  hand mixed egyptian mint + eucalyptus bath salts
//  fat + the moon all natural all cream
//  lambswool wrist warmers (to give my ever-worn hilary grant mitts a break)
//  aphrodite organic facial oil
//  hand thrown ceramic mountain mug
//  washable paper uashmama carry bag / grey
//  detox herbal tea
//  100% wool blanket / grey
//  ceramic incense dish

if you haven’t already – go for a look on the website + read all about jeska and deans process – the goal – and the adventure they are on with the future kept. if you like what i like.. you’ll like it there.
they want to inspire. and they absolutely do.

be mindful. buy less. buy better.

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laura spring / homewares

December 20, 2015

laura spring

the  mighty LAURA SPRING recently launched her new collection – and with that came a line of HOMEWARES. oh boy. i am best pleased.

expanding her existing collection of classics – lauras signature bold prints and bright colour ways (including fresh neon touches) are now available on a brilliant new array of beautiful functional kitchen accessories and decor items. MY FAVOURITE. plus those cleverly perfect wrist pouches above.

in a past post i spoke of lauras ‘friendly’ print series… namely tea towels called dave. and i am so merry to announce –  as well as more designs based on other lovely people in her life – you can now don a dave apron or wipe your christmas face/mess with a dave napkin too.

(the design below – in the ‘von’ print – is on #thebigkitchenlife wishlist. i’ll need it in 2016 when i become the amazing laid back big kitchen cooking earth-mother lady i seem to think i almost am but am not.)

the colour pattern textile wizard.
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very cool designs from a very stylish lady.

gift someone a laura spring piece. shop small. give something that has been thoughtfully designed and handmade to last. ethically too, with quality and functionality in mind. something for taking on missions and adventures. a helpful ‘friendly’ kitchen piece. a tea towel people will notice. a pencil case the other kids haven’t seen before. something to be used and kept for years and years. the collections are so collectable you could even add to it every year.

FREE SHIPPING still available on orders place today! (& special delivery up until Tues) see all of lauras designs (which have been featured in VOGUE & THE GUARDIAN this winter – just saying) over on her website.  

or if you are in Glasgow – crazy Christmas shopper – take a break from the high street & pop in to the tea green event at the lighthouse today and see Lauras goods in person!

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gift list 2 / kitchen colour

December 15, 2015

kitchen gift guide

cake & biscuit tins by hemingway design  /  unique and unity

tea towel  /  laura spring

oven dish by bisotti home  /  unique and unity

i know how to cook by ginette mathiot

mug by de terra  /  unique and unity

cake stand  /  howkapow

chocolate bars by arthouse meath*  /  unique and unity

i don’t think we have the most distinct kitchen style. my love of kitchen bits is almost confused. i want all of the bright colours and heavy patterns. AND any and every imperfect-perfect natural, ceramic or stone piece. so I buy them all. its a miss mash of beautiful messes and muddled objects in #thebigkitchenlife. and it works. for me …

but i’ve narrowed things down for a list easier on the eye. i know not everyone likes a mess. even a beautiful one.

shopping for our home is (in the words of John torrode) a lovely lovely thing. and receiving a house gift – something i wouldn’t have bought myself, or couldn’t afford, have never seen before or a piece that has been given to last a long long time (sentimental again i know – i cried looking at johns few grey hairs the other day.. it’s a very romantic idea this big kitchen life with a husband getting older with me in it) gifts like those – where did you get that tin? ah we were given it back in 2015. it has seen many a biscuit/Christmas/kitchen – gifts like those are perfect.

a basket of bits or a bundle of tea towels. an oven dish or a collection of spoons.


the above are some of my favourite more colourful ones. (and a beautiful chocolate bar with a great story behind it the packaging)


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hilary grant knitwear

December 7, 2015

hilary grant knitwear

winter is my favourite season. i love the cold dark days – layers and lamps, candles and blankets, pubs and pints. being cold – and more often than not soaked – and then getting warm. never appreciating being cosy more than if you have been outside in a wet winter. the rush to get in from the weather and take your sog off turn the heating on and put on an oversized jumper and thick socks. warm sweetened whiskys or chocolatey stouts. roasting hot tea. reading books under blankets. cooking and steaming up windows. realising that although its been dark for hours.. it’s only 7oclock and you have the whole night to spend. i get very nostalgic in winter.
then there’s the rush to get out into the most beautiful of days –  a crispy winter sun one –  putting on all of the layers, boots and hats, and bundling outside for a walk and into an old comfy pub (never a bar) feeling festive and merry and warm.

HILARY GRANT KNITWEAR is all about those feelings. staple winter accessories with a nod to classic shapes and craftsmanship. blankets that could easily become heirlooms. modern, yet almost traditional nostalgic pattern designs and subtle wide-ranging colour ways. this is the kind of knitwear that you keep for a long time. and cherish. the kind of things you look after.  handcrafted from the softest lambswool and designed with durability in mind – hilary, based in the highlands of scotland, wholeheartedly believes in making pieces that last. winter after winter.

we complain about the weather in this country so often, but i feel very lucky to need such beautiful practical pieces in my wardrobe all year round. especially when they look like hilarys autumn/winter collection..
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any of these accessories would make a special gift this festive season. trendy yet classic. super wearable but with personality and style. and so importantly in this throwaway culture we’ve created – handcrafted in scotland by a young talented designer who believes that everyday items should still be beautifully made. and made to last.

GO. check out hilarys beautiful website and give someone – maybe you? – a bit of woolly joy this winter. and if you are in Glasgow – come along to the grey wolf studio sale this thursday and hand pick from the hilary grant a/w collection in person. good luck choosing a favourite….

[all images by the ever talented CARO WEISS. fun fact 6: caros most used word? douchebag.]

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emily mcdowell studio

December 1, 2015

emily mcdowell

i believe in giving people the right card. these are SO GOOD.

E M I L Y  M C D O W E L L

honest & inspiring & often rude.  the empathy cards are brilliant. when you don’t know what to say – swear and tell the truth. shipping is only about a fiver from the site (bargain i say). but you can also find some designs in PAPERCHASE.

“emily mcdowell – chronicling the human condition since 1976”

emily mcdowell

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giftlist 1 / the kiddos

November 25, 2015

giftlist for the kiddos
knitted guy by lucky boy sunday / THE PIPPA and IKE SHOW

up my street by louise lockhart / THE PRINTED PEANUT

box of colour by pantone / SCOUT and CO KIDS

capybara beanbag by donna wilson / TEA and KATE

oh, if i were prime minister book / VIOLET and PERCY

how to catch a star print by OLIVER JEFFERS

nesting animals by wee gallery / QUINCE LIVING


merry almost-december to all. shopping for kiddos is such a treat. every year i spend a huge chunk of the festive sitting on the floor in waterstones picking out books for the little kids in my life and, from the sofa with a baileys trying to narrow down the massive list of beautiful babin bits i’ve found and bookmarked online throughout the year before a small fortune is spent and i have no monies left for cheese.  we must keep money for cheese.

another chunk of festive shopping is spent merrily stressing about ‘the pyjama tradition’
something i started with two of my nieces years ago… and now is of upmost importance should christmas BE christmas … serious stuff. i buy their xmas eve pyjamas. it is the first present they open EVERY YEAR. if i am not there to witness the opening and changing into The Pjs – we facetime. its kind of a big deal. but every year i can’t decide on the right pyjama. and if i do happen to find them in good time – they are out of stock or the sizes are wrong.  because THEY MUST HAVE MATCHING ONES. and they are not the same age. my idea. good at the time because they were both wee people and super cute – now they are older (one almost IN HIGH SCHOOL *eye-covering monkey emoji*) and it’s a bit tricky. they are less cute, more… cooler than me. TOUGH CROWD.

i’ll keep you posted.