Friday, 29 April 2016

Put Pen to Paper with Passion

Stationery... We all secretly geek out over it (admit it you're addicted!), we use it pretty much everyday and majority of people spell it wrong (it's station-e-ry not station-a-ry! A sureway way to drive me mad - goes hand in hand with people that write your instead of you're, or there for their - arghhh!)  You have a drawer full of notebooks yet you simply must pop into Kikki K (which has just launched in Selfridges - to add to its' already excellent stationery edit) on the way home from work (just to have a look...) and end up buying yet another one...or maybe this is just a true story!

Anyhoo, it's that time of year again - National Stationery Week - running all week until 1st May. It's a celebration of putting pen to paper, and the power of the written word. In today's super social, connected and digital world, we are constantly attached to our phones, tablets and laptops, and yet writing by hand still matters and is as important as it ever was. In fact, according to a YouGov survey commissioned by National Stationery Week, 92% of adults said they think writing by hand is important, and 97% of those polled said they believed it was important to children to be taught to write. So you see writing by hand definitely matters! Whether it's a personal daily journal, a thank you card, a love letter or travel diary, just put pen to paper and start writing!

To celebrate my most favourite week of the year, I've pulled together an edit of my current stationery favourites. You can never have too much stationery (aka my new motto and enabling mantra!).

Top L-R: 
Marble Daily Journal, £15, Urban Outfitters - Organise your days with this super chic planner!
Let's Squawk Leather Notebook, £14, Paperchase - Absolutely love this botanical print!
Studio Sarah Ideas Journal, £14.95, Liberty London - Love this grey and pink notebook with gold foil lettering!
Christian Lacroix Paseo Arty Print Notebook, £15.50, Liberty London - Absolutely adore this stained glass inspired kaleidoscopic print!
Kaweco Classic Fountain Pen, £21.50, Quill London - This duck egg blue 'grown up' pen is so chic!
Katie Eary for IKEA Giltig Notebooks, £3 each, IKEA - Fashion designer Katie Eary has collaborated with IKEA on a bold and bright collection - these notebooks definitely pack a punch!
Kate Spade Floral Thank You Cards, £15 for ten, Quill London - Send a chic handwritten thank you notecard - you will definitely impress with these vintage floral printed cards featuring gold foil lettering
My Bucket List Journal, £20, Urban Outfitters - Get round to compiling that bucket list in this tome featuring extras such as incredible stories from inspiring people who have pursued their bucket lists!
3AM Journal, £10, Kikki K - For all you night owls that have your brainwaves at 3am, jot those ideas down in this apt journal, featuring beautiful paper and inspiring quotes.

Why not take your writing to a whole new level by taking a class in modern calligraphy? Immerse yourself in new creative skill; learn about letter forms and then develop your own lettering style at this fun and rewarding workshop. For more details of workshop dates, click here.

Beginners Modern Calligraphy Workshops at Quill London

Where is your favourite stationery from? What do you like to write? Post pics to Instagram tagging me @msns_bowstreet and use hashtags #natstatweek  #writingmatters #lovestationery #stationeryaddict #keepwriting
Fascinating must read: The A-Z of why writing matters

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Hip Happenings | Avocado Brunch Club

If you worship at the temple of avocado and dream about it morning, noon and night, then your dreams have just come true. The avocado trend has reached the highest pinnacle, joining forces with the other huge trends of brunch and pop-up experiences, resulting in the mother of all pop up events...

Celebrating the humble avocado
Calling all London based avocado brunch aficionados: the Avocado Brunch Club is here! The first of its kind 'Avo-Brunch Pop up' launches this weekend and sticks around for six dates in total at Clerkenwell's Printworks Kitchen. A £55 ticket gets you a five course avocado inspired brunch menu plus an avocado Margarita to wash it down with, followed by DJ spun weekend tunes for a post brunch boogie sesh. You'll even get your own avocado kit to take home so you carry on the party!

If this sounds like your cup of tea, take a look at the sample menu below and book tickets here. Be quick! I'll see you there...  All hail the humble avocado!


Monday, 4 April 2016

Interiors | Quick Updates: The Washi Tape Gallery Wall

A really quick and easy way to liven up a plain and boring wall with an injection of colour is via a washi tape gallery wall. They can work in almost any room and on many different wall space sizes, and you can personalise them to create a look that’s completely personal to you and your space.

Washi tape gallery wall inspiration - all photos courtesy of Pinterest
I recently updated one patch of wall in my daughter’s bedroom with a washi tape gallery wall and it took all of thirty minutes. I’m really happy with the result and it really brings a pop of colour into the neutral scheme. It really lifts the space too, taking it out of nursery territory as she transitions towards age two and a ‘big girl bedroom’!

My top tips for creating your own washi tape gallery wall:

  • These days you can pick up chic but cheap washi tape from supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury's, as well as Paperchase, Hobbycraft, IKEA and of course Amazon. Start collecting washi tape in lots of different prints, colours and colourways, as well as basic colours like black and white. On darker walls, brighter hued tapes such as neons really pop!
  • At the same time collect postcards, prints, photos, personal mementoes (such as ticket stubs), magazine cuttings and even free printables for your chosen wall(s).
  • You can theme the gallery wall by subjects such as travel, fashion or quotes, or keep it completely organic and creative and just start building and see where it takes you!
  • If you want a colourful result then use a variety of washi tape in different colours, prints and finishes – I used cream with gold dots, black and white, pink glitter and gold glitter. Also, pick out the most eye-catching and colourful art to tape up!
  • If you want to unify the gallery wall with an existing interior scheme then try using washi tape in just one or two colourways – such as all black or alternating between black and white, which would perfectly complement a monochrome scheme. Pair black tape with black and white photography, postcards and quotes in black type on white background.
  • Experiment between taping corners and sides for a more casual effect, or only tape either corners or sides for a more uniform, polished look.
  • For a unique look, use the washi tape to create the frames around your artwork. You can keep the frames really simple or add geometric or chevron detailing, in either a single colourway or multicolours for a rainbow effect.
  • Use your instinct and start the wall where you see fit, then keep adding to it with your art and taping till you’re happy with the final result. You can make it as small or large as you like, and don’t forget you can keep adding to it!
  • Stand back and admire your handiwork!

Will you be having a go at creating a washi tape gallery wall? If so, don’t forget to tag me in your pics – @msns_bowstreet on Instagram or @meerashah on Twitter!

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