CHRISTMAS 2016 – BAGS OF KINDNESS

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Hey folks!

I realise there’s been a bit of radio silence on here – sorry, but work has taken over and sadly there’s only one pair of hands! Anyway, with the colder months fast approaching, I wanted to share this wonderful campaign with you. If you’re like me always looking for charitable ways to offer help or show a small act of kindness to those in need then this maybe something you can help with.

Bags of Kindness was started in 2015 by Lucy Williams, Kat Hill and Yolande De Vries, and the brilliant concept behind it is that each bag contains your absolutely essentials for unfortunate, homeless women, particularly during the winter period. Last Christmas, they rounded up 60 bags to the Crisis Women’s Drop In Centre and so they’re aiming for much more this year with our help. Unfortunately, the drop off points are currently based mostly around Central and Greater London but I’m sure if you contacted them via their Facebook page you could find a way to get involved from outside London. If not you can definitely send a donation via their Just Giving page!bags-of-kindness-02

Here’s a little blurb on the project by the founders:


We’re helping vulnerable women living on the streets. Often the reason why women end up homeless is because of abusive and unsafe relationships. Once on the streets it’s often a matter of time before the woman ends up sex working. The streets are not a safe place to live for anyone but even more so for women who sometimes have children with them too.

Having access to basic things like warm clothes and sanitary products can be hard or impossible when you are vulnerable and living on the streets. We’d like to make a difference this winter by creating bags of useful items to give to those in need. 

Bags of kindness gives you opportunity to create a bag or buy items to add to a bag, or to donate money towards delivering and distributing the bags to women’s centres. 

Donations can be made via our Just Giving page (by December 15th).

bags-of-kindness-04_essentialsbags-of-kindness-03_drop-off-pointsSo lovely folks, if you are in London/Greater London area and think you can help by putting together a bag of key items to help these women get through the winter months, then please join me in putting a bag  together for these women and/or spread the word around. I think this is a ridiculously wonderful idea which is totally achievable so every little help will go far! You will find above, a guideline to what to include in a bag along with all the key drop off points and dates. For more info, please do hop on over to their Facebook Page.

Have a lovely week and thanks a million! xxx

 

[IMAGE CREDIT: Bag For Kindness]

70s vibes with William Eggleston Portraits Exhibition

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Early this month, I had the wonderful opportunity to check out the William Eggleston Portraits exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery for a special night’s preview hosted by Rumour PR and Pop Boutique (thanks for the kind invitation!). The night included a private guided tour of the exhibit, check out the gallery’s 70s-inspired products as well as rummage through Pop Boutique’s pop-up store of vintage clothes and homeware, while sipping cocktails or fizz.

If like me, you haven’t really heard of William Eggleston, some of you may recognise a few of his iconic images (see below). Eggleston was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1939 to a family who had been cotton farmers. At a time where colour photography was predominantly used in advertising and other commercial uses, Eggleston was known for experimenting with colour as an artistic medium, particularly the complex ‘dye transfer’ techniques. He found a way to inject life, evoke moods, and set an atmosphere by banishing the staleness in the everyday and ordinary. And it’s this viewpoint of his that changed/influenced the art of colour photography.

The exhibition gives you a look into the world he captured back in the 70s, in hometown Memphis, the South, ranging from portraits of his family and friends to celebrities and strangers in dark nightclub settings. What I loved most this exhibition is the lack of description or blurb behind each of his work – there’s no political agenda or story to his subject matter which you typically find behind a lot of photography and art in general. You are simply left to observe, fully immerse and appreciate how wonderfully each of his muse are captured in such simplicity yet so vivid it leaves you wanting to know more about them or what life was like back then….

Anyway, if you guys are in London, I would totally recommend checking the exhibition out, which is on till the 23rd of October and includes a lot of the photographer’s unseen work too. Here’s a little peek of what you’ll expect (photographs, courtesy of Victoria Miller) but it really is NOTHING unless you see it up close and personal! Probably would be worth checking out the book too which you can buy at the gallery bookshop or online.

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‘I want to make a picture that could stand on its own, regardless of what it was a picture of. I’ve never been a bit interested in the fact that this was a picture of a blues musician or a street corner or something.’ – William Eggleston

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[All gallery/exhibit images above: ©Victoria Miller]

Oh and here’s a few pics from later that evening, after our little guided tour, rummaging through all the gorgeous 70s collection of fashion, accessories and homeware, courtesy of Pop Boutique which totally help set the mood for the night. Greet to see some old friends and meet some new ones too.

Thanks again to Rumour PR, Pop Boutique and the National Portrait Museum for a delightful evening!

[Image credit: ©MadebyMolu & Daisy Fay Interiors]

An evening with Birchbox + Habitat

MbM_birchbox-habitatNow there’s a partnership you wouldn’t initially put together, right? Beauty and home…..? Well, that’s exactly what I thought when I received a lovely invitation to the launch of their recent collaboration a couple of weeks ago. Anything to do with Habitat….a no brainer, but it was their joint venture with a beauty company that further intrigued me into accepting their invitation!

I don’t think I need to explain who and what Habitat (in a nutshell: the best place for furniture and homeware!) but Birchbox on the other hand, if like me, you’re unfamiliar with, are an online company that offer a monthly subscription service for those who want to know more about new, on-trend beauty products. The concept behind it being that in each monthly box, you are given samples of luxury products for your to try (they’ve teamed up with some great brands) and if you then like anything in particular, you then shop for that product off their website. It’s basically a great way to discover new products, before it hits the shelves, without having to fork a lump sum for the full-sized products and not knowing whether you’re going to like it or not. Not bad huh?

MbM_birchbox-habitat 02 MbM_birchbox-habitat 03The evening turned out to be a brilliant one. We were greeted with glasses of fizz (and constantly topped up through out the night!) and had the chance to mingle with other bloggers – a lot of them from the beauty and fashion world who I wouldn’t normally cross paths with at events I go to. We then sat down for our beautiful 3-course dinner over which the Birchbox and Habitat team presented to more about their products.

So what’s behind their collaboration? Well, beauty products means storage and that’s where Habitat comes in. They have paired up to provide storage solutions, with three of their gorgeous dressing tables; LimboFleur and Emil, along with some beautiful stacking boxes for all your bits and bobs, so that you have a clutter free area to work at….which is exactly what you need if you live in small compact spaces in London (or any big city for that matter!) I absolutely LOVE the stacking boxes, perhaps because it has that HAY-esque feel, similar to their Kaleido nesting tray set. And out of the three dressing tables, I must say the Limbo model took my fancy for the sheer fact it was minimal, compact and practical. The Emil would have been a contender for me too but from an aesthetic point of view, the storage element on the LHS didn’t quite do it for me. I love its clean lines but felt like the drawers should’ve been part of the table to avoid that lopsided heavy look on one end, kind of like Fleur but with the beautiful round mirror nicely centred. Anyhoo, that’s just my design preference ;) Overall, they’re all lovely pieces and I’d be lucky to have a dressing table in the flat if only I could manage to fit one!

So there you have it. A great collaboration to encourage you to discover new products in the comforts of your own home! I haven’t got the best beauty regime and while I love the art of make up, I’m never confident enough to try anything new, so this would in fact be great for someone like me. They have tutorials and know-hows included so if you are interested in giving Birchbox a go, then I’ve got a lovely exclusive little discount for you guys where you can receive your first Birchbox for just £5! All you got to do is sign up (which is free) and quote BBXHABITAT at the shopping bag page! What’s not to like eh?

PLUS…..there’s a chance to win one of the Emil birch dressing tables (worth £600) by referring a friend. Click here and enter your promo code MYBEAUTYHABIT at checkout. The more you share the more chances of winning! ;) Happy days!

Well, I’m off to give this whole using-lipstick-as-eyeshadow business a go (yep – that was one of the tips we got that night for a non-creasing and lasting eyeshadow alternative….who would’ve guessed!) In the meantime, do check out this video to get a better idea of how it all works and/or see what Birchbox Editorial Director, Jessica Diner has to share about your beauty storage solutions. Lots of stuff to discover!!

Have a lovely Friday and a fabulous weekend! xx

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[Image credit: ©MadebyMolu

Chocolate-tasting and screen-printing antics with Thornback & Peel

MbM_Thornback&Peel_event-10Last Tuesday, I was invited to go along to Thornback & Peel‘s exclusive screen-printing evening at their beautiful store in Holborn, where we bloggers got the chance at screen-printing some of their lush designs whilst indulging in chocolate tasting from Creighton’s Chocolaterie and glasses of fizz….how could you decline such an offer! :)

For those of you not familiar with Thornback & Peel, they are London-based designers who create the most beautiful and intricate hand screen printed homeware and accessories.  Their designs have a fun, whimsical play on British imagery strongly influenced by a mixture of Victoriana, Mr McGregor’s garden, Norfolk and Devon……which definitely evokes a sense of nostalgia, that I love most about. (Seriously, how fab is the custard jelly & cake design!?) Juliet Thornback and Delia Peel’s journey to becoming such a success is incredibly inspiring, having started their first collaboration back in 2003 and then setting up their first studio in 2006! You should totally check them out if you haven’t already done so!

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The evening kicked off with the screen-printing. We all had a go at printing three of their designs including their latest chicken print for their SS15 collection. The first two (the ‘bird & egg’ and the rabbit) were printed onto cards and then the chicken print onto napkins. I had dabbled in screen-printing once before with Zeena Shah a couple of years ago but I had forgotten how amazing it felt to be so tactile with this printing method. I would happily stay there all day printing! And the paint….I honestly could have walked out with that tub of teal paint it was THAT divine! ;)

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It was such a fun evening getting creative and catching up with old and new friendly faces. A heartfelt thank you to Rumour PR, Juliet Thornback, Delia Peel and the T&P girls for having me and being such great hosts. Oh and for the fantastic goody bag too!

For more on Thornback & Peel products, you can hop on over to their website where you can browse through by product type or by design. And you can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for all their latest news and events. As for all you chocolate lovers, definitely check out Beford-based Creighton’s Chocolaterie for their amazing concoction of flavours. I’m not a huge chocolate person but I can sure vouch for them after trying their new summer range….FYI that Key Lime Pie one….OMG, yum! You can follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too! (warning: you may end up salivating a lot!)

Well, enjoy the rest of your week folks xx

MbM_Thornback&Peel_event-11[Image credit: ©MadebyMolu]

 

[Workshop Shenanigans] Leather workshop with Sabine Gerth

MbM_Leather-Workshop_MAIN Earlier in the month, I got to pop along to Sabine’s workshop that was being held at her lovely new studio in Hackney. After having worked from her small kitchen for the last few years churning out all her beautiful leather wallets, bags and accessories, this big move to a much bigger dedicated studio space meant that she could accommodate the demands of her growing business. And a bigger space meant that she could also hold workshops under her own roof too.

So a bunch of us (Michelle, Viktorija, Jonna, Helen, Diana and myself) were invited to test run Sabine’s leather accessory-making workshop in her beautiful light and airy studio. This workshop pretty much introduces you to basic skills you will need to master the art of making simple leather accessories and in this case a lovely card holder, based on one of Sabine’s finest designs! It includes making a template, cutting leather, staining the edges and adding rivets (this is an alternative to sewing)….and you come home with a snazzy looking card holder! MbM_Leather-Workshop_4

MbM_Leather-Workshop_11All in all, it was such a fun evening getting our creative heads on trying something totally new. I’ve never worked with leather and I was amazed at all the beautiful kinds Sabine had in store. So if this is something you’d like to give a try (you don’t need any experience at all for this) then keep an eye out on Sabine’s twitter page for the next available dates which I believe will be sometime in July. I couldn’t recommend it enough and Sabine is just the kind of teacher you want…..without being too biased of course! :) xx

[For the Home] Donna Wilson and then some

MbM_ForTheHome_DW_10-WEBSo springtime is finally descending on us and after a month or so of horrible cold and wet weather I’m delighted to see rays of sunshine across the country over the last few weeks even with the occasional downpours! Not to mention the lighter evenings! I must admit however, that I’ve also been making a conscious effort in trying to bring more elements to our home that brought in a little springtime cheer. We’ve done quite a bit of home improvements and massive clear outs since the new year so I used those as an opportunity to brighten up the place either by redecorating or adding pops of colours or fresh flowers.

Well, you wouldn’t believe my joy when I heard about the Donna Wilson ‘sample sale’ that was held two weeks back. I’ve always been a big fan of her work but like many pretty things out there, most of them remained on my wish list. So although I wasn’t in any position to be splashing out on ‘luxuries’ (we’re saving up for our Big American Roadtrip this summer) I really couldn’t quite shake of the temptation of going especially knowing that you’d get at least 50-70% RRP. So I went with Viktorija and Sabine to make an evening out of it – and boy, did we do that! ;) I was so good on the Friday night (the first night of the sale) only spending £30 on bits and bobs like her plates, tea towels, make up pouch bag, plus some other little things by other artists…but it was later that night, especially when I got home, that I was starting to really regret not purchasing her lovely cushions! They were always my favourites aside from her crockery range…and it was her knitted cushions that got me all stewing at night! Well, you can guess what I did then, right? I actually got up the next morning and made my way for when they opened at 11am to pick up the knitted cushion I had my eye on…..uh-huh, that’s exactly what I did! Oh and as I was going over to the till, I then looked at the bright summer cotton cushions and thought….heck i’ll pick one of those up too. Compulsive I know but my gawd this was the ONE time I walked away without any buyer’s remorse! :D I was soooooo glad I went back as I know for a fact that I probably would not have bought them in a long while. And to top it all off, I actually got to meet her in person on the second day, and I told her how I couldn’t sleep knowing I never got the cushions which she thought was hilarious (or bonkers, who knows!) ;)  MbM_ForTheHome_DW_WEB

Anyway, here’s a few shots of my purchases taking pride of place in our home. I’ve been adding a lot of yellows, pinks and greens to the flat so the colours from the cushions and the other pieces all lend beautifully to the springtime colour palette. What do you think? Do you think I did well with these buys for the home? ;) xx

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MbM_ForTheHome_DW_8-WEBAnd don’t you just LOOOOOVE tulips? On its own it’s enough to brighten up any day or room! And as you can see below, I’ve been playing around with the placement of each piece both in the lounge and the bedroom. The bedroom, including my little workspace corner, gets decluttered every 3 months just so that it remains visually pleasing to the eye, especially when I have to work here most of the time. I revamped my pin board by painting it all white and having less stuff on there which makes it much cleaner looking. Anyway, there’s a lot more to share with you on our home improvements series so do keep an eye out for them! :)
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[Image credit: ©MadebyMolu]

[Dates for your Diaries] The Photo Hunt!

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That’s right folks….Bobbi, Ché and LuLu have confirmed the date for their second Photo Hunt event which will take place next Saturday on the 1st of March 2014, and this time it’ll take place in Southbank. So if you are a blogger or a creative individual of sort that would like to meet like-minded folk in London or simply fancy exploring London in a fun bloggers-networking, scavenger hunt, team-building kind of way then this is a great opportunity to do so. All you need to bring with you is a camera of some kind (your smart phone will do just rightly too!) and plenty of enthusiasm! On the day, you will be put into small groups of 4/5, before debriefing commences and you’re off to tackle your photo challenges….and there’s plenty of cool prizes involved too! My hubby and I had the pleasure of attending their first one last October which took place in Shoreditch and couldn’t recommend it enough, in fact I’ve signed up to it again for March…….so let me know if you’re going! :)

Ticket’s are now available so get your early bird tickets here and keep updated on all the latest news via twitter.or facebook.

I had hoped to blog about it back then but sadly never got round to it, so in the meantime, here are a few photos from some of the antics that took place last year.

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Ahhhh so much fun….and this is only a slight glimpse into it! ;)

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Kudos to the girls who did a fabulous job at organising this fun-fuelled networking event. You can read more from the other contenders here, here and here. Looking forward to seeing you next Saturday! xx 

A few recent purchases this Autumn…

The Autumn/Winter season brings with it many craft fairs, markets and events but I must admit the Crafty Fox Markets in Brixton and the most recent Renegade Craft Fair in Bricklane, have both exceeded my expectations. Every time I go to such events, I’m left hugely impressed (and overwhelmed, in a good way!) by the level of talent and craftsmanship out there. The hard graft, the perseverance, the determination and the creativity of all the designer-makers (many of whom I’ve had the pleasure to meet and get acquainted with) is both admirable and inspiring! Anyway, while I wish I was able to splash out on plenty more handmade goodies and bespoke pieces, here are a few of the recent purchases I’d like to share with you…… It’s good for the soul, I say! ;)

First up, is this adorable print from the lovely Louise of Louise Wright Illustrations that I bought from the Autumn Markets, hosted by Crafty Fox Markets at Dogstar, Brixton back in October.
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Secondly, we got this beautiful vintage map; J Bartholomewo’s Map of Ireland circa 1872 from Paul Vening at Spitalfields Markets, while galavanting around in Shoreditch for the Photo Hunt event we signed up to last month. Paul has a fantastic collection of authentic vintage maps and Fashion prints so his stall is definitely worth a visit if you’re there! Nothing like a owning a piece of history! :) MbM_BLOG_Spitalfields_Irish-Map-1 MbM_BLOG_Spitalfields_Irish-Map-2

And finally, from the Renegade Craft Fair held at the Old Truman Brewery in Bricklane last weekend, we bought a few pieces ranging from accessories to prints for the wall. Let me know what you think.

[1] The ‘Architect’s Watch‘ by designers and watch-makers May28th. Okay, I know it’s very clichéd but what the heck – it had my name all over it and as soon as I spotted it, I knew I had to have it! Worked out well considering I had been looking to replace my ‘everyday’ watch that was starting to look rather worn out. Meant to be really! ;) Oh and FYI – why May 28th? Well, it based on the date that designer Agni Tilla, got engaged on….cute huh? :)

[2] This stunning bookmark or ‘Mark for Books‘ as it’s called, by Pink Tank Ltd, depicting the NYC street map, was a must-have. Whether it was the architects in us or just being design geeks in general, we were both immediately drawn to the fabulous collection of bookmarks, not to mention the geometrical-patterned pendents. All the products are etched out of thin sheets of stainless steel; it’s intricate, beautiful, industrial and architectural in many ways that we were glad we stopped by (like three times!). Totally impressed with the style of work, design ethos and little stories that go behind it, I’m happy to tell you that I’ll be featuring Chelsea in the New Year…..and I cannot wait!! :)

MbM_BLOG_Renegade-London_14MbM_BLOG_Renegade-London_15 MbM_BLOG_Renegade-London_13[3] Hand-pulled screen prints by James Brown Prints and Telegramme. We’re both very much into all forms of art, graphics and typography especially vintage/vintage-inspired ones so we are delighted to add these awesome prints to our growing collection! Really chuffed with them actually. Just need to get them framed (along with a couple of other prints we bought in the year i.e. our wedding anniversary presents!) and get them up on the wall soon! Next DIY HOME project coming right up! :)

So that’s it folks. I do hope you like the little bits and bobs we picked up this autumn. There’s soooooo much out there its hard not to come back without a little something! And if you know exactly what I mean, and have bought a few things yourself, then please do share! Always great to come across more talented artists and designers!! ;)

Oh and if you’d like to nosey through more photos from these events go over to my Facebook Page!

Bye for now! xx

[Image Credit: ©Made by Molu, all photos taken using my DSLR and iPhone 4s]

[What’s On] This weekend: The Renegade Craft Fair, London 2013!

 

london-renegade-snowflake-finalOne more sleep till the Renegade Craft Fair here in LONDON! woo! :)

This will be my first ever visit! Having heard soooooo much about the Renegade Craft Fair (massively renowned in US, hosting events in several cities since 2003 and now on our shores holding their 3rd event in London!) I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to dropping by tomorrow afternoon to check out all the wonderfully talented designer-makers that will be showcased there. There will be a few friendly faces I hope to catch up with again (And Smile, The Fox In The Attic, Make Thrift London, Zeena Shah to name a few) and of course, meeting new ones too! :) I will also be on a mission, looking out for some potential Christmas gifts so let’s hope I don’t get into a coma from scouring through all the amazing handmade goodies! ;)

To learn about the Renegade Craft Fair or to find out more on all the autumn-winter events being held this year (see which one’s are near you!) and a list of makers for each city, then do have a look at their website. Once you’re on their homepage, simply click onto the hosting city that you’re interested in which you will find on the top of the screen. (as seen below)
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So then…. if you’re in London and looking for something to do this weekend (9th and 10th of November) then pop along to the Old Truman Brewery, in Bricklane (East London). There’s going to be lots of makers, workshops and entertainment on both days……and it is free to enter! Seriously….how can you possibly not have this penciled into your diaries?! ;)

Oh and if you use Instagram, Twitter, Facebook be sure to follow all the creative antics using #renegadecraftfair and for when tagging your own images and posts too!

Have a lovely weekend folks whatever you chose to do!! x

 

[Image credit: The Renegade Craft Fair]

[London Design Festival encounters]: Imprint at Craft Central

BLOG_STRIP_Imprint-Exb_WEB-3Last Tuesday, we went along to the private viewing of the Imprint Exhibition (as part of the London Design Festival and the Clerkenwell Design Quarter) held at Craft Central in Clerkenwell – our first LDF13 event of the week –  that showcased the works of a broad range of designers who use various methods of printing or mark-making to their designs. With glasses of fizz in hand we meandered through the many displays of ‘printed design’ that ranged from screen prints and letterpress to digital and 3D printing, ceramics to furniture and many many more. It was a wonderful evening, buzzing with creativity and excitement, that we left feeling so inspired ourselves! And how cool are the screen-printed posters for the exhibition by Turnbull Grey?! I just LOVE the flourescent orange exclamation mark against the somber grey background colour – very slick indeed!

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And here are some of the designers that caught our eye that night.

BLOG_STRIP_Imprint-Exb_WEB-1 1. Marby & Elm  |  2. Bronagh Kennedy  |  3. Esther Coombs   |   4. Kate Sutton  |  5. Katie Brown  |  6. -7. Regina Heinz

BLOG_STRIP_Imprint-Exb_WEB-6BLOG_STRIP_Imprint-Exb_WEB-2 8. Karen Lowes   |  9. Laura Slater  |  10. -11. Kethi Copeland  |  12. Annabel Williams  | 13. Katherina Manolessou  | 14.  Fanny Shorter

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