12 reasons to attend our Seek Inspire Create event this November!

We are thrilled to share the news that we are holding our third Seek Inspire Create day on the 4th November, this time in the beautiful market town of Frome, Somerset.

If you haven’t heard about these events, basically it is a full day of wonderful inspiration where we basically bring 91 Magazine to life. All those gorgeous independent shops you see on our blog or in the magazine? - you get to visit them in person! Those creative business features you read about how to improve your small business? - you get to hear some real life experts and ask questions! And those great crafty projects you see in the beautiful homes and studios we feature? - you get to make your own!

We will visit 3 gorgeous independent stores to meet the owners & shop -  Kobi & Teal ,  Frome Hardware  and  Resident

We will visit 3 gorgeous independent stores to meet the owners & shop - Kobi & Teal, Frome Hardware and Resident

We will enjoy a delicious lunch at  Eight Stony Street

We will enjoy a delicious lunch at Eight Stony Street

We will hear inspirational talks from  Fiona Barrows  and  Lizzie Jones  at  Fromie Gifts

We will hear inspirational talks from Fiona Barrows and Lizzie Jones at Fromie Gifts

We will make macrame plant holders with Lula amongst the greenery at her pop up  Pilea Plant Shop .

We will make macrame plant holders with Lula amongst the greenery at her pop up Pilea Plant Shop.

If you are still not convinced, then read on for 12 reasons why we think coming along to Seek Inspire Create in Frome will add value to your life and work….

  1. Frome is a wonderful town - one of my favourites. It is jam packed with gorgeous independent businesses and a real sense of creative community. Just being there will make you feel inspired.

  2. How often do you invest in yourself? Do you ever really give yourself a day away from work and family to indulge in things you enjoy? It’s super important to nurture ourselves - taking time out to spend time with like-minded people and get creatively inspired.

  3. You can make a trip of it and come to Frome the day before for the Frome Independent Market. It is a truly wonderful day out, shopping directly from independent makers and soaking up that creative energy. We will be going for a few beverages that evening, so you can come and hang out with us too!

  4. You may well make some meaningful connections with other attendees or creatives involved in the day that could led to exciting opportunities afterwards. Real life relationships are SO important these days & usually so much more beneficial than online ones.

  5. Hearing the stories of the independent shopkeepers we meet adds a whole other level to the shopping experience. It’s a reminder of how important it is to support our small businesses - they bring so much to our towns and cities and are truly passionate about what they do.

  6. You will get exclusive discounts on the day in the beautiful shops - so why not treat yourself!?

  7. Sitting down for lunch with a group of strangers (if you come on your own) can be daunting, but I can honestly tell you that all of our previous events have been full of like-minded chatter, where the attendees have bonded over business, social media and life in general. You may even make some new friends!

  8. You will have a gorgeous goodie bag to rummage through at the end of the day! As well as a copy of the latest 91 Magazine, they are always filled with lovely goodies - previously we’ve had succulents, candles, prints, beauty products - all supplied by the lovely indie brands.

  9. The speakers we have lined up are super inspirational and whether you are running a business already or thinking of starting, you will gain so much usual information to help you along the way. At previous events, even those who aren’t running a business say they felt hugely inspired by the talks.

  10. We’ve had wonderful feedback from previous attendees, who have commented on what great value for money the day was and how much they got from it. One lady said: "I wanted to just say how much I enjoyed Monday. It was a wonderful day. A truly lovely group of like minded people and the day seemed to flow from one gorgeous venue to another. I came away so excited and positive, thinking that anything might be possible if you open yourself up to it. It really was an inspiring day.⁣ I’m so glad I came and do hope to be part of any future such days."⁣

  11. There are loads of opportunities for great content for your social media feeds or blogs!

  12. You might just learn something about yourself or discover how to make the change you need in your life or work. You can’t put a value on developing yourself as a human!

We absolutely love to meet our readers in person. The fact that our team love creating 91 Magazine and our readers love reading it already means that we have lots in common! As the organiser of the event it can be stressful as we strive to make sure it is the perfect day for everyone, but I can whole-heartedly say that our two previous events have brought me so much personal enjoyment too and I have went home feeling tremendously inspired and uplifted. I truly hope those that come along will feel the same.

91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Frome, November 2019

You can see more photos and read about our last two events below:

Lewes in February

Hastings in June

Early bird tickets are currently available for the Frome event - but only until 11pm on Friday 13th Sept. Click here for the full details and to bag your ticket. We can’t wait to meet you! :)

Instagrammers guide to: Montreal

Did you know that 91 Magazine is now stocked across the pond in the US and Canada?! We are thrilled to forging connections with the creative community on the other side of the Atlantic and across the globe. 91 contributor Hannah Clugston gets to know the fabulous independent scene in Montreal, Canada with local photographer Valeria Bismar guiding the way and snapping the pics…

The largest city in Canada's Québec province, Montreal’s blend of French and English heritage makes for a vibrant city like no other where food is carefully prepared to be enjoyed slowly in stylish interiors and chic stores evolve in keeping with current trends. Named after Mount Royal – the three peaked hill in the centre of the city – and flanked by two rivers, Montreal is an intriguing place to explore with independent cafés and studios aplenty for the thriving creative scene. Every other shop, gallery or bar is multi-functional, serving up creative masterclasses against a backdrop of design-led products and delicious pastries.   

 We take a little tour of the best places to visit in the city…

Cafe Parvis, Montreal - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's Guide to Montreal, Canada
Cafe Parvis, Montreal - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's Guide to Montreal, Canada

Café Parvis

Apparently, a “parvis” is a place where communities gather after worship, and – although there is a church nearby – Café Parvis refers to the gathering of the local neighbourhood, either over a delicious meal or in the co-working space upstairs. Based in the historic fur district of Montreal, the café boasts a unique view over the back end of downtown and atmospheric, stripped down interiors with exposed plaster and wooden floorboards. The menu includes a range of small dishes, but the highlight is the selection of pizzas with slightly off-piste ingredients such as duck and squid.

IG: @cafe_parvis

VdeV, Montreal  - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's Guide to Montreal, Canada
VdeV, Montreal  - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's Guide to Montreal, Canada

VdeV

With shops in Montreal and Toronto, VdeV is a haven of botanical prints, muted soft furnishings and quietly patterned ceramics. Natural tones contrast beautifully with industrial materials to make for an enviable collection of homewares. The range is expansive, including everything from handbags to crockery, lighting, furniture, cushions and more. It is the carefully curated styling that pulls everything together, providing visitors with ample inspiration when creating their own well considered interiors at home.

 IG: @vdev_maison

BKind, Montreal, Canada - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's Guide to Montreal
BKind, Montreal, Canada - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's Guide to Montreal

BKind

Named after the ethics they hold dear, BKind (be kind) sells a collection of natural skincare and eco accessories. On a mission to “be kind” to the world – and the people and animals that inhabit it – Bkind design and craft their products in Québec, utilising recyclable packaging, donating money to animal welfare and couriering products on bike. The skincare range, which includes creams, sponges, masks, scrubs, bars, balms and nail polishes, is based around key natural ingredients. Witch hazel, shea butter, aloe vera, sunflower seed oil, lavender buds and other plant-based wonders are blended to produce a stunningly fragranced range that is both gentle and luxurious. Each item is packaged in beautiful illustrations, ensuring the remedies look as good on the shelf as they do on the skin. 

 IG: @bkind.products

Bref, Montreal - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's Guide to Montreal, Canada
Bref, Montreal - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's Guide to Montreal, Canada

Bref

One visit to Bref is likely to be entirely different to the next. A gallery, shop and event space based in the heart of Montreal, Bref evolves over the seasons to reflect current design trends. Founders Cynthia Moreau and Maude St-Louis wanted to develop a space to promote local and international artists, rejecting a static showcase and creating a dialogue between objects and the public instead. Previous display themes include animals, architecture, botany, colour and Scandinavian design. The Bref boutique, which is also available online, features vibrant graphic prints, playful ceramics and exclusive collaborations with other creatives.

IG: @bref.mtl

Boulangerie Louise, Montreal - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's Guide to Montreal Canada
Boulangerie Louise, Montreal - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's Guide to Montreal Canada

 Boulangerie Louise

Boasting the catchy tag line “Louise has the bread to go with your butter!”, Boulangerie Louise is the sort of local bakery that you can smell streets away. Open early and late, the bakery is primed to serve the local community all day long – whether that is during the breakfast rush hour or later on when there’s a spot of post-work grocery shopping. Loaves, baguettes and croissants are served fresh every day in the Petite Italie area of Montréal from a minimalist, concrete-walled café with a spot of light art that fittingly reads “chaud, chaud, chaud”.

IG: @louiseboulangerie

Petit Lapin patisserie, Montreal - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's guide to Montreal, Canada
Petit Lapin patisserie, Montreal - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's guide to Montreal, Canada

Petit Lapin Pâtisserie

When Viviane Nguyen discovered her 10-month-old son had numerous food allergies she knew it was going to be near impossible to find him a cake for his first birthday. So, Nguyen decided to develop a cake herself that was delicious and free from gluten, egg, nuts, dairy and soy. The good news is, not only did her son enjoy that cake, but so did the residents of Montreal and Nguyen has since founded two patisseries in the city. Regardless of dietary restrictions, anyone with a sweet tooth can enjoy pastel coloured macarons, delicately decorated cupcakes and chocolate coated cream puffs at Petit Lapin. And, the Bernard Avenue location features a candy coloured café that can serve as the perfect afternoon tea spot or a kid’s birthday party location.

IG: @petitlapin_mtl

Pastel Rita, Montreal - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's Guide to Montreal Canada
Pastel Rita, Montreal - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's Guide to Montreal Canada

Pastel Rita

Spotless cinematic styling is Pastel Rita’s calling card. In Montréal’s artistic Mile End neighbourhood, this café-come-factory is a blend of contrasting colourways, slick polished furnishings and giant windows. Co-owned by Véronique Orban de Xivry, the founder of leather-goods label Bouquet, Pastel Rita is home to the artisans that carefully craft the Bouquet products. Diners can watch the production line whilst enjoying avocado on toast or a shrimp salad. Although the interior is razor sharp, the vibe is very relaxed, and locals pop in for coffee and business meetings in the daytime and cocktails and live music in the evening.

IG: @pastelrita

Tommy Cafe, Montreal - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's Guide to Montreal, Canada
Tommy Cafe, Montreal - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's Guide to Montreal, Canada

Tommy Café

A visit to Tommy is like a trip to mum’s kitchen but with expert baristas on hand. With two locations in Montréal, Tommy’s interiors are laid back and homely with plenty of hanging plants, wooden furnishings and eclectic pieces of art and bric-a-brac. Into this relaxed setting, team Tommy serve every type of coffee (hot, cold, green), various juices and a plethora of cocktails. It’s not all about the caffeine fix though, there’s a lengthy menu offering up brunch, omelettes, sandwiches, salads and health bowls. If you’re still not convinced, it seems that Antoni from Queer Eye is a fan. 

 IG: @tommymontreal

La Dependence, Montreal - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's guide to Montreal, Canada
La Dependence, Montreal - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's guide to Montreal, Canada

La Dependance

La Dependance is really three places under one roof; Kiosk is a boutique, Alcove is a workshop space, whilst the Living Room is a café. In establishing a beautiful, calming space, the owners have curated an atmosphere that encourages creativity and the sharing of ideas. As the name infers, La Dependance is all about enabling designers to collaborate and create in response to the aesthetics and flavours on display at the café. There are workshops to help generate ideas too, participants can currently sign up to “The 5 golden rules of Scandinavian style” or “Who does what in design? Three professions to discover.”

IG: @ladependance.ca

Baltic Club, Montreal - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's guide to Montreal, Canada
Baltic Club, Montreal - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's guide to Montreal, Canada

 Baltic Club

The stationary at the Baltic Club is the stuff of dreams. The pastel colours, painterly illustrations and metallic shades are what freelancers see when they close their eyes and imagine what their home office could look like. This explains why in just five short years, founders Mélanie Ouellette and Brice Salmon have established multiple shops in Montreal, selling their unique range of greeting cards, stationary, desk accessories and prints. With Brice on business management and product development, and Mélanie on illustration and creative direction, the Baltic Club seeks to spark inspiration through simple design. The duo also hosts a number of workshops and coaching sessions to assist other creatives in the city.

Vestibule, Montreal - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's guide to Montreal, Canada
Vestibule, Montreal - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's guide to Montreal, Canada

Vestibule

Named after the hallway at home where you find a little bit of everything, Vestibule is a carefully curated selection of fashion, homeware, skincare and jewellery. Founder Audrey Morissette is fond of simple, classic design that is both feminine and timeless. Her shop on Mile End is immaculately styled, showcasing subtly patterned dresses and minimalist accessories against warming wooden floors and peachy painted walls. The chic collection that effortlessly manages to unite vases with sunglasses and garden accessories, is arranged on pastel coloured plinths and shelves creating the sensation of walking into a welcoming house. A recent addition to the store is Audrey’s sustainable fashion range which is top quality for longevity and is all made locally. To find out more check out our current e-zine, available by subscribing to our mailing list.

IG: @boutiquevestibule

91 visits... Hotel Henriette, Paris

91 contributor Jessica Rose Williams enjoys a few slow summer days in the French capital, with Hotel Henriette as her base. She tells of her ‘home away from home’ stay at this bohemian design hotel, as well as a few favourite spots to visit close by…

Photo: Jessica Rose Williams

Photo: Jessica Rose Williams

Photo: Hotel Henriette

Photo: Hotel Henriette

Photo: Jessica Rose Williams

Photo: Jessica Rose Williams

Photo: Hotel Henriette

Photo: Hotel Henriette

Since my first school trip visit, Paris has become one of the greatest influences in my life. Despite my feeble attempts to learn French, it’s by far my favourite city in the world. From the shiny tourist beacons such as the Eiffel Tower to the off the beaten track narrow streets of the Latin quarter, Paris never fails to inspire or move me. Every inch of it oozes a cocktail of art, history, creativity, romance and adventure. All that before we even get to the smell of fresh croissants that curls out of the cafes each morning. 

I like to stay somewhere new each time I visit and this time around, as the grand finale of our French road trip for my friend’s wedding in Loire Valley, I chose Hotel Henriette. Hidden down a cobblestone street in the 13th arrondissement it lies far enough from the crowds whilst still remaining within walking distance of many of my favourite nooks of the city. If you’re not a walker, there’s a metro stop nearby and provided you can read a map you can access the entire city easily this way. Failing that there’s always Uber. 

Photo: Hotel Henriette

Photo: Hotel Henriette

Photo: Jessica Rose Williams

Photo: Jessica Rose Williams

Photo: Hotel Henriette

Photo: Hotel Henriette

Henriette is my favourite kind of city shelter - a boutique design hotel. There are just 32 quiet rooms, each one complete with beautiful interiors to inspire. Our room was small and didn’t have a balcony but the lust worthy windows complete with flower boxes more than made up for it. The tucked away location felt as though we’d found our own slice of quiet and tiny touches like Nuxe toiletries were an unexpected treat. 

Photo: Hotel Henriette

Photo: Hotel Henriette

Photo: Hotel Henriette

Photo: Hotel Henriette

Photo: Jessica Rose Williams

Photo: Jessica Rose Williams

 Things to do nearby

Enjoy the idyllic vintage courtyard at the hotel - discovering hidden Paris remains a treasure hunt of sorts to me. I’m always on the look out for an abandoned garden, off the map courtyard or left open gate into the unknown to explore. We didn’t have to look far this time as Hotel Henriette has its own secret garden that’s open to guests all day. Enjoy a coffee here in the afternoon or a full French breakfast in the morning - the croissants were a 10/10. 

Shakespeare and Company book shop - the 13th arrondissement fringes the Latin Quarter so you’re never far from old picturesque Parisian streets to explore. Visiting the historic Shakespeare and Company book shop is one of my favourite things to do in Paris. Even after I’d rummaged through the books, stared out of the window in front of the little writing desk long enough and had my book fix, I still wasn’t ready to leave. With this being a slower paced trip we decided to wallow away a few hours outside at the adjoining cafe. The people watching and the tea are both excellent.

Place Saint Sulpice - my favourite part of Paris and the centre of the Patisserie scene. There may or may not be a queue outside Pierre Herme, but if there is - trust me, it’s worth it. Take your treats back to the hotel with you for later or sit on the fountain across the road and enjoy some of the best people watching Paris has to offer.

Jardin du Luxembourg - it was 28 degrees during our time in the city and this royal garden felt like the perfect place to escape the heat with its water features and abundance of shade giving trees. Bring a book, pull up a couple of chairs (a recliner to sit in and an upright for your feet), take a deep breath and relax. This garden is just as beautiful in the winter, with a good selection of cafes bordering it. Angelina’s sits by the entrance, where you can sit in or out with the dessert of your choice (the eclairs were delicious). 

 Place Georges Moustaki - we stumbled across this little oasis by accident - the best way to find any new watering hole. A short walk from the hotel you’ll find a cobbled roundabout overflowing with flowers. Surrounding this centrepiece is a collection of cute cafes filled with locals and serving excellent breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks all day long.

Hotel Henriette made the ideal retreat at the end of a day spent exploring. Right now it’s one of Paris’s best kept secrets and I’d happily return in a heartbeat.

Our Seek Inspire Create Event in Hastings

At the end of June, we hosted the 2nd in our series of Seek Inspire Create days. For our summer event, we decided to head to the coast, to one of my favourite seaside towns - Hastings. I’ve you’ve missed what these events are all about, it is basically a chance for us to bring the magazine to life - visiting in person some of types of beautiful independent stores we feature in the magazine as well as meeting and learning from inspirational creative women and getting the chance to make something beautiful with our hands. The days follows the structure of Seek, Inspire, Create - this is a little run through of the day, with beautiful images by SarahLou Francis.

SEEK

The first part of the day took in three of my favourite independent shops in the town. We featured all of these shops in our Instagrammer’s Guide to Hastings post, and I always pop in when I visit the town. What makes the visit extra special when part of our event is that we get to hear direct from the owners all about the story behind their business and have the chance to ask questions, before browsing and shopping with exclusive discount. I’m pretty sure our whole group treated themselves to some goodies, it was hard to resist that’s for sure!

91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Butlers Emporium
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Butlers Emporium
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Butlers Emporium
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Butlers Emporium
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Butlers Emporium

We kicked off the day at Butler’s Emporium, a shop I have visited for many years now. Sadly owner Rose was away on a buying trip to Morocco when we were there this time, but her colleague Julia shared a little bit of insight into how they go about sourcing their eclectic mix of products from around the world as well as from British independent makers. The shop used to be a traditional hardware store, and Rose has kept lots of the original fittings to display her wares, so the bones of the space itself are just as interesting as what she has filled it with! It’s unlikely you will leave this shop without a little treat for yourself or a gift for someone.

91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Warp and Weft
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Warp and Weft
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Warp and Weft
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Warp and Weft
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Warp and Weft
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Warp and Weft

After a quick coffee stop, we headed to Warp and Weft, just a few doors down from Butler’s Emporium. This store is incredibly unique and one of the most interesting shops I’ve ever been in. Owner Leida was a wonderful host, giving us a tour of both floors of the shop as well as their workshop area. Leida and her team design and make all the garments in their classic collection of clothing for men and women, which can all be tailored to fit perfectly. While they’ve been doing what they do for years, it feels even more relevant these days, as we all become more akin with the idea of buying clothes to last. Again, the shop is housed in a beautiful old building which is steeped in history and oozing character. Make sure you don’t stroll past it’s narrow store front on your next visit to the town.

91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Reste
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Reste
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Reste
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Reste
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - Reste

The last stop on the SEEK section of the day was Reste - a treasure trove of rattan, plants, ceramics, magazines (including 91!), stationery, beauty products and much more. Owner Jacqui is so lovely and told us about how different her previous business was - running a party-ware shop! Now, her focus is very much on sustainability and helping people create a home that is filled with natural materials, greenery and eco-friendly products. I’m pretty sure I could spend a good hour in here (at least!) poring over all the beautiful items, trying to decide what to treat myself to! On this visit, one of the gorgeous rattan mirrors made it’s way back to 91 HQ!

91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - The Crown pub for lunch
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - The Crown pub for lunch
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - The Crown pub for lunch
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - The Crown pub for lunch
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - talk with nutritionalist Daniela Exley
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - talk with ceramicist Pip WIlcox

INSPIRE

After a morning of shopping, we were all ready for a sit down and some food, so we headed around the corner to our table in the friendly Crown Pub. Goodie bags awaited our guests as did a delicious light lunch menu. After filling our tummies, we bundled into the cosy snug at the other side of the pub, where we were met by two inspirational women, ready to share their wisdom with us. First up was Daniela Exley, a naturopathic nutritionalist, who runs Beets, Pulse and Thyme. Daniela really does know her stuff when it comes to all things healthy eating and we all learnt so much about easy changes we can implement in our diets. Everyone in the group scrambled to snap up one of her ‘28 Day Mind and Body Reset’ books at the end of the session! Following Daniela, was Pip Wilcox, a ceramicist who has made Hastings her adopted home. Her move to the town was part of her story which she shared with us whole-heartedly, focussing on the how and why involved in making a big change in your life. Pip’s words resonated with all of us in the room, and afterwards we all admitted to getting a little bit emotional! Thank you to both ladies for being so incredibly generous with your knowledge and advice.

91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - candle making with Lagom at Cake Room
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - candle making with Lagom at Cake Room
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - candle making with Lagom at Cake Room
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - candle making with Lagom at Cake Room
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - candle making with Lagom at Cake Room
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Hastings - candle making with Lagom at Cake Room

CREATE

Feeling inspired, we chat all things creative as we take a stroll along the seafront to our final venue. Stepping into Cake Room we are immediately hit by the most amazing aromas and met by the creator of these delicious scents - Thabi - owner of Lagom candles. (You may have spotted her in our current issue too!) Thabi has prepared mini candle making stations for us all, and we spend the first part of the session learning all about essential oils and the different types of wax used for making candles. (Paraffin wax is a bad choice - avoid at all costs folks!) We all then had a chance to make our own soy candle which Thabi later posted to us to enjoy at home. The day was, of course, rounded off with tea and cake - a delicious vegan gingerbread and cola cake no less!

Like with our previous event in Lewes (you can read about that one here) it really was my ideal day out - shopping in beautiful stores, chatting with like-minded folk, being inspired by other creative women AND getting to make something wonderful to take home! I know that some people have perhaps been put off by the ticket price, but for everything that the day offers I really think it is great value. Sometimes we need to invest in ourselves - give ourselves time away from the every day and spend time with others who ‘get’ you.

The plan is to hopefully do one more of these events this year, so I really hope to see some more of you at that one. If there is anything you’d love to see us do at future events, please do leave a comment here, or via social media or email. These events are for our readers and we want them to be everything you’d love from a day built just for you.

Thanks to everyone that was involved in our day in Hastings - it was simply fabulous!

All photography: SarahLou Francis

91 visits... the Barbican Conservatory

91 editor Caroline spends an afternoon exploring one of London’s best kept secrets - the Barbican Conservatory.

I love London, I really do. What I love is that no matter how long you live here there will always be something new to discover, or somewhere that’s been there forever but you just never knew about it. This was the case for me with the Barbican Conservatory. Nestled in the heart of the Brutalist complex, that Londoners either love or hate (I love), is a verdant oasis - in fact the second largest conservatory in the city, after Kew.

Barbican conservatory, London

The conservatory is only open to the public on certain Sundays and bank holidays, so best to check online before you plan a trip, but the added bonus is that it offers free entry. Plant lovers will most likely lose a few hours wandering the leafy pathways and exploring the various levels, viewing the vast collection of tropical plants from all angles.

Barbican conservatory, London
Barbican conservatory, London
Barbican conservatory, London
Barbican conservatory, London
Barbican conservatory, London

As someone who has become a tad houseplant-obsessed over recent years, it was so interesting to see so many of the varieties that I have added to my own home is this environment, where they’ve been allowed to run a little bit wild. I was in awe of the giant, unruly monsteras, the roof-skimming fiddle leaf figs and the hefty pileas. I’ve since discovered that you can do a 60-minute guided tour of the conservatory with their resident gardener to find out more about the history of the place and it’s immense collection, for which tickets are just £12.50. Alternatively, you could treat yourself to afternoon tea amongst the greenery, with the cakes and savouries all inspired by a fruit, flower or herb grown in the conservatory.

Barbican Conservatory, London
Barbican Conservatory, London
Barbican Conservatory, London
Barbican Conservatory, London
Barbican Conservatory, London
Barbican Conservatory, London
Barbican Conservatory, London

Make sure you scale the steps to the top of the glasshouse where the arid room is located. This was one of my favourite areas - packed with an impressive collection of cacti and succulents, wonderfully established jade plants and the most phenomenal burro’s tail I’ve ever seen!

An excellent way to spend a carefree Sunday in the city and will likely encourage even the least green-fingered amongst us to acquire a potted friend or two!

Details of opening times can be found on the Barbican’s website.

Instagrammer's guide to: Sheffield

Sheffield is emerging as one of the most creative cities in the north of England, with lots of interesting businesses opening up to serve the creative community. Karen Barlow shares with us a few of her top spots for eating, shopping and taking photos around the city.

Despite being only about 90 minutes away from my home in Manchester, until quite recently, I had only visited the city of Sheffield once before. In recent years - and mainly because I became infatuated with the beautiful Instagram feed of Sheffield florists Swallows & Damsons (more on that later) - I became curious to know more about this city.

Home to the world’s most famous steel, Henderson’s relish (Sheffield’s version of Worcestershire sauce) and the Arctic Monkeys, this former industrial city is on the verge of big changes. The city’s brutalist architecture maintains it’s urban edge while many quarters have been gradually gentrified. Many new food destinations, craft ale bars and cool coffee shops have popped up and it’s development is rapid. What gives the cityscape it’s energy is it’s diversity. Beautiful Victorian villas overlooking charming parks contrast with edgier, alternative and characterful neighbourhoods - each area feeling like a separate town within one city.

 Below are a selection of my favourite spots I’ve discovered as I have got to know this interesting and vibrant city…

Tamper Coffee, Sheffield - Instagrammer's Guide to Sheffield by 91 Magazine

Tamper Coffee

Every day should begin with coffee and there are many great cafes worth a visit in and around Sheffield. My favourite - serving freshly ground offerings, New Zealand style - is Tamper. Located at Sellers Wheel, a fantastic former 19th Century Silversmiths, it is in the heart of the Cultural Industries Quarter. This area is an interesting place to start and get a sense of how this city would have looked during the industrial revolution - it’s full of renovated factory buildings and mills, none more impressive than Sellers Wheel. You’ll find other branches of Tamper at Westfield Terrace and Kommune (see below).

IG: @tampercoffeesw

The Blind Mole

The Blind Mole

Kelham Island

For an afternoon of mooching, head over to Kelham Island. This area is still undergoing lots of change and redevelopment, but it’s home to some interesting independents, such as The Blind Mole antiques and the Peddler night market, a popular venue for street food, craft beer and music, held on the first Friday and Saturday of each month. Cutlery Works at Kelham Island, is the largest food destination in the north of England, with a range of permanent and pop up eateries and bars, located over two floors in a former factory building. Just across the road, overlooking the river Don, is Church, located in a former steel works factory. Opened by Oli Sykes, front man for the band Bring Me Horizon and his wife, and appropriately named Temple of fun - in part due to its selection of retro arcade machines, play stations and pool table -the restaurant and bar are 100% vegan.

IG: @the_blind_mole/

IG: @peddlermkt/

IG: @cutleryworks

IG: @templeof.fun

Kommune

Kommune

La Biblioteka

La Biblioteka

Kommune  

Recently opened in a former Co-op store In the heart of the city, you’ll find Kommune which houses a selection of food and drink destinations, The Viewing Room art gallery and La Biblioteka, an independent bookstore, which sells a selection of gifts and specialist art and design magazines (including 91!) Kommune is closed on Mondays, but open every other day of the week.

IG: @kommune_castlehouse

IG: @labiblioteka 

collard manson, Sheffield - Instagrammer's Guide to Sheffield by 91 Magazine

Collard Manson

Vintage fans should head to Devonshire Street where you’ll find some of the city’s best vintage clothes shops, such as Vulgar and Mooch Vintage and just around the corner, Cow Vintage. Collard Manson is also located here - something of an institution in Sheffield. The owners have been trading in beautiful homewares, gifts and clothes since 2002. It is exquisitely and cleverly merchandised with a distinctive style; walking into the double height store almost feels like being transported to European destination - somewhere more akin to Amsterdam or Berlin – well worth a browse.

IG: @collardmanson

Moonko, Sheffield - Instagrammer's Guide to Sheffield by 91 Magazine

Moonko

Further along onto Division Street, you’ll come upon Moonko, another independent store channeling a European aesthetic and vibe. Against a backdrop of white walls sit a selection of homewares, artwork, stationery and ceramics, all nestled amongst an array of indoor plants, creating what can only be described as an urban jungle. The owners and staff have in-depth knowledge of how to care for each species should you need any advice or guidance on looking after your purchases. Their products, mainly crafted by independent makers, have been carefully selected according to their eco-credentials.

IG: @moonko____

Photo:  @Haarkon_

Photo: @Haarkon_

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

If plants are your thing, then look no further than the Botanical Gardens just off Ecclesall Road in the centre of Sheffield. Over 150 years old and listed by English Heritage as a grade II site of special historic and architectural interest, the glasshouses are full of rare species of plants from tropical countries and are a horticulturist’s dream, not to mention being extremely photogenic. There is also a tea room and a calendar of events, including a 3-day music festival every July.

Cocoa Wonderland

Also on Ecclesall Road is Cocoa Wonderland, a must-visit for chocoholics and the sweet-toothed. The café and shop transport you back to a fantasy land of nostalgia with shelves of sweets and treats from a bygone world in glass jars and indulgent hot chocolate and cream teas served from vintage china.

IG: @cocoa_wonderland

Sheffield antiques centre - Instagrammer's Guide to Sheffield by 91 Magazine

The Antiques Quarter

The Antiques Quarter is situated at Abbeydale Road and is dominated by an impressive former ballroom now known as The Abbeydale Picture House. This independently run venue is the location for live music events, cocktails, craft beer and street food plus the monthly Pedlars Corner Flea Market. This area is home to over 60 independent bars, restaurants, delis and bakers, florists and small businesses.

IG: @sheffieldantiquescentre

Swallows and Damsons 

In the same area is the shop that led me to Sheffield in the first place: Florist, Swallows & Damsons. Initially drawn in by their popular Instagram feed, in real life, the shop owned by Anna Potter, is equally as inspiring. A mix of gorgeous flowers and plants, are complimented by a varied selection of pots and vessels for your blooms, and its wooden-panelled tongue and groove walls and vintage style display units make for some great Instagram shots for your own gallery. If you can’t make it to the shop itself, grab a slice of the floral action via Anna’s first book, The Flower Fix, which has just published, showcasing her beautiful space and floral arrangements.

IG: @swallowsanddamsons

Forge bakehouse, Sheffield - Instagrammer's Guide to Sheffield by 91 Magazine

Forge Bakehouse

Not far away is the Forge Bakehouse, where everything from the seasonally-changing bread, pastries and even the fillings for the patisseries are handmade on the premises. It’s so good that it’s almost impossible to get a shot of the bakery fully stocked, so get there early before they sell out. As well as baked goods to take away, food and drinks are served from breakfast until dinner within the lovely light-filled glass extension on the side of the bakery, with a further seating area upstairs.

IG: @forgebakehouse

Bragazzis, Sheffield - Instagarmmer's Guide to Sheffield by 91 Magazine

Bragazzis

 If you are a bit of a foodie and fancy picking up some Italian groceries to take home with you while you’re here, head further up Abbeydale road to Bragazzis deli and café. Here you will find the finest Italian anti pasti, olives and bread, or sit inside and treat yourself to a range of paninis and salads and of course, great quality coffee.

IG: @bragazzis

Words & photography by @karen_barlow, unless otherwise credited.

Instagrammer's Guide to Sheffield - by 91 Magazine

91 visits... the Jurassic coast

Some of your may have followed my recent trip to the Dorset / Devon coast over on Instagram Stories, when we stayed just outside Lyme Regis for five days. In between enjoying the beaches and the lovely Easter holiday weather, I managed to get to a few of the shops and cafes I’d been desperate to visit, as well as discovering some new little gems. If you haven’t visited this part of the south coast, it is most definitely worth the trip; here are a few of the top spots I recommend shopping and eating at…

Ryde and Hope, Lyme Regis
Ryder and Hope, Lyme Regis
Ryder and Hope, Lyme Regis
Ryder and Hope, Lyme Regis

Ryder and Hope, Lyme Regis

Ryder and Hope are a 91 Magazine stockist based in the heart of Lyme, and I’m not ashamed to admit that for ages I have wanted to see that pink sink in person! It didn’t disappoint and I spent ages browsing every corner of the shop. The store is filled with beautiful items from independent brands such as MOA, The Basket Room and Arran St East, as well as stationery, books and plants.

Swim, Lyme Regis
Swim, Lyme Regis
Swim, Lyme Regis

Swim, Lyme Regis

If you have our latest issue, you will probably recognise this place as it was featured as our restaurant tour. As soon as Kath (our ex-su editor and now contributor) suggested this place, I knew I had to have it in the magazine AND pay it a visit! I didn’t make it to the shoot that photographer Maria Bell did for us, so I was so pleased we could fit it in to our family holiday. Located right on the seafront, Swim’s interior is gorgeous plus it didn’t disappoint in the food department. We went for breakfast and I had the french toast & fruit, although everything on the menu sounded amazing. A must if you are in the town.

Lyme Bay Cafe, Lyme Regis

Lyme Bay Cafe, Lyme Regis

On the same day, we ate lunch in an equally scrummy cafe - the Lyme Bay Cafe. The weather was lovely and we were lucky enough to bag a table outside overlooking the sea. I didn’t get many photos inside due to where we were seated and it was also very busy, but the interior is lovely with a modern industrial vibe and nice touches, like my favourite La Eva hand-soap in the bathroom. Food was really tasty - I had the crab sandwich in a pretzel bun - delicious.

Rise, West Bay
Rise, West Bay
Rise, West Bay

Rise, West Bay

One of our days out took us to Bridport and West Bay where I didn’t have much luck on the shopping front. I managed to completely miss Yellow Gorse on the high street which I was gutted about when I realised as I love their products and the shop looks stunning - get a peek here. Also, Old Albion was on my list, but after a bit of a long hunt to find it, we discovered it was closed. Thankfully, we did find Rise - the sister cafe of Swim. It is in a lovely location in West Bay, surrounded by water, with lots of natural wood, colourful textiles and plants - right up my street! We had already eaten, so we just pop in for coffee and ice cream - a lovely spot to rest your feet whilst exploring the area.

Holy Water, Beer, Devon
Holy Water, Beer, Devon
Holy Water, Beer, Devon
Holy Water, Beer, Devon

Holy Water Apothecary, Beer

Holy Water Apothecary was a complete chance discovery after we took a little excursion to the village of Beer. I spotted the shop front as we drove in the village and made a bee line for it immediately! Inside did not disappoint, with a lovely mix of some of my favourite brands as well as a few new discoveries. Owner Alyssa was incredibly welcoming and in fact, we have a Shopkeeper Spotlight post coming up soon, so look out for that to hear more about her story.

Collate, Axminster
Collate, Axminster
Collate, Axminster

Collate, Axminster

Another of our morning drives took us over to the town of Axminster, where we had brunch in the River Cottage Kitchen, before popping into Collate for the browse. The original black and white tiled floor has been restored by shop owner Naomi, who explained during the shop’s previous incarnation as a pharmacy the floor had been covered over! Naomi curates a unique collection of vintage and antique pieces alongside handcrafted items from local makers. There were lots of lovely finds, from ceramics and textiles to skincare and books. A lovely shop that’s a little bit different.

Rousdon village bakery
Rousdon village bakery
Rousdon village bakery
Rousdon village bakery

Rousdon Village Bakery, Rousdon

Our accommodation was actually in Rousdon, about 5 minutes drive from Lyme Regis, and we’d noticed a bakery that appeared to be located in an old petrol station which was always busy when we drove past. So, after a local recommendation that added to our curiosity, we decided we should pop in before we made the journey back to Surrey. The actual bakery itself was lovely, although had pretty much sold out of everything by the time we made it there! But, adjacent to food area was this lovely retail space, which I was instantly drawn to - quickly forgetting the lack of pastries next door! It felt very relaxed (in fact I wasn’t even sure where or how to purchase anything if I’d wanted to!) with a lovely array or cookware, ceramics and utility items.

Deans Court, Wimborne
Deans Court, Wimborne
Deans Court, Wimborne
Deans Court, Wimborne

Dean’s Court, Wimborne

To break up the drive home, we decided to stop off in Wimborne. We didn’t spend long there, other than a little visit to the cute model town there which my 4 year old loved, followed by lunch and a browse at Dean’s Court. The shop here is a lovely space housed in an old squash court with a really eclectic mix of homeware, beauty, and some clothing, mixing one off vintage finds with independent brands. I didn’t leave without treating myself to a few goodies and even my other half bagged himself a lovely vintage workwear style jacket. The perfect way to end our trip!

I really enjoyed exploring this part of the UK - it has a perfect mix of places to feed the design lover within me, but also lots for outdoor types and kids with the stunning coastline and scenery. Thank you Jurassic coast! We will be back!

An Instagrammer's guide to: Folkestone, Kent

In the latest of our Instagrammer guides, blogger Clementine May takes us on a tour of her home town of Folkestone.

Located on the south east coast of Kent, Folkestone is a seaside town with a thriving artist community and a unique selection of independent shops. It’s just an hour from London by train and makes for the perfect day trip. In the summer months people flock to the Harbour Arm to enjoy street food, pop up bars, live music and even a champagne bar in a lighthouse. But a walk along the cobbled streets of the Old High Street is the perfect way to spend a couple of hours anytime of the year. This part of town (also known as the Creative Quarter) is where independent shops nestle alongside artist studios, coffee houses and a mix of old and new architecture.

Kitty McCall shop in Folkestone, Kent
Kitty McCall shop in Folkestone, Kent

Kitty McCall

Located on the bustling Old High Street, this shop is like a breath of fresh air with its colourful and vibrant designs. Catherine Nice (founder of Kitty McCall) is a graphic print designer living and working in Folkestone. With fourteen years experience working in the creative industries this shop has become home to her bright, bold, tropical prints. Her beautiful designs adorn a whole host of lifestyle products ranging from lampshades and stationary to framed prints and wrapping paper.

IG: @kittymccall

Moo Like a Monkey, Folkestone, Kent
Moo Like a Monkey, Folkestone, Kent

Moo Like a Monkey

This shop is a little gem; filled with beautifully designed toys, books and clothes for children. There are handmade wooden toys, a unique selection of clothes with colourful Scandinavian designs and a selection of books celebrating diversity and the individual. Although Moo Like a Monkey has only been open a year, the ethos is strong and all items have been thoughtfully sourced from new designers locally and from around the world. Everything is unique and sustainably made; making this the perfect place to pick up a special gift for the little ones in your life. The shop is also brilliantly child friendly; the kids are encouraged to play with anything within their reach so they are kept entertained while you can relax and browse.

IG:@moolikeamonkey

Workshop Number 29, Folkestone, Kent
Workshop Number 29, Folkestone, Kent

Workshop Number Twenty Nine

Although this shop is compact it is filled (inside and out) with a selection of beautiful objects. Everything ranging from old posters and signs to chairs, tables and light fittings. I love looking through their selection of kitchen utensils and the more useful, everyday items like clothes pegs and door knobs all with individual style and attractive detailing. The items have been artfully curated from architectural salvage and lovingly restored. When the weather is fine, pieces are stacked up outside the shop making it almost impossible to walk past without feeling the need to step into this elegant shop front for a closer look. Keep an eye on their beautiful instagram account to find out opening times (currently Saturdays only).

IG: @workshopnumber29

The Potting Shed, Folkestone, Kent
The Potting Shed, Folkestone, Kent

The Potting Shed

Also located on Rendezvous Street and just opposite Workshop Twenty Nine is The Potting Shed; a new take on the old antique shop. With a selection of decorative pieces and furniture, each object is unique and with a story to tell. When I visited there was a 1940s hand-painted fairground sign, mid-century armchairs and a selection of ceramic and glass vases. Everything has been styled to create a beautiful setting against the backdrop of the shop’s very own indoor potting shed.

IG: @tpsfolkestone

Pot and Vessel, Folkestone, Kent
Pot and Vessel, Folkestone, Kent

Pot and Vessel

This little plant store is an oasis of succulents and cacti with a range of beautifully made ceramic and terracotta pots (both modern and vintage). All the plants are lovingly tended to and with so much choice there is a plant here for everyone. This shop is a little further out of town but it’s worth the walk. It's hard to leave without picking up a little plant complete with pot and a whole wealth of plant care knowledge and advice. Keep an eye on their Instagram as they quite often have workshops and pop ups on the old high street in town and elsewhere in the area.

IG: @pot_and_vessel

Folkestone Beach Huts
Folkestone Beach Huts

A walk to Sandgate village

If you have time for a wander along the coast then I would recommend walking through the Lower Leas Coastal Park that stretches from Folkestone to the little seaside village of Sandgate.  Pick up the path at the old vernacular Leas lift and follow it through the gardens and adventure playground or veer off onto the pebbled beach promenade. This shoreline route will take you past the Mermaid Beach and ice cream coloured beach huts. With a farmers market on the first and third Saturday of the month and numerous antique shops, Sandgate is full of mooching potential. I like to explore the quaint fisherman’s cottages that are dotted around the back streets (Wilberforce Road offers a pretty selection) and if you are feeling energetic take the footpath at the end of this road (you will find it in the car park) to the woods behind the village.

Orchard Lane Coffee House, Folkestone, Kent
Orchard Lane Coffee House, Folkestone, Kent

Orchard Lane Coffee House

This little coffee shop on Sandgate high street serves an impressive range of vegetarian food and vegan cakes. Just a stone's throw from the beach it’s a perfect place to grab lunch or a bite to eat after a walk along the coastal path. If you don’t manage to make it down to Sandgate then Orchard Lane also have a coffee bar in Hot Salvation Records. This laid back record store sells a wide selection of old and new vinyl on Rendezvous Street (just next to the Potting Shed) so you can browse their records while enjoying the Lane’s excellent coffee and vegan muffins.

IG: @orchardlanecoffeehouse / @hotsalvation

Photo: Sophie Rowell

Photo: Sophie Rowell

Photo: Sophie Rowell

Photo: Sophie Rowell

The Bayle Folkestone

This beautiful Georgian house located in the pretty Bayle area of Folkestone has been stylishly renovated and decorated by Sophie Rowell (owner of Folkestone based interior service Côte de Folk). This elegant location house is available to rent. Sleeping eight people it is the perfect place to bring friends and family for a long weekend by the sea. Sourcing objects from Morocco and France as well as closer to home, Sophie has created a beautiful, functional and serene home from home. Cote de Folk is involved in a number of creative projects across Folkestone, you can find out more via their Instagram account.

IG: @cotedefolk / @thebaylefolkestone

Photography by Clementine May unless otherwise stated.

Our Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes

Nearly three weeks ago we hosted our first ever ‘reader event’. I came up with the concept for a day event last summer, and decided 2019 was when we would launch them. (I was fully aware of how much planning goes it to running events!) It’s always nerve-wracking launching something new. Good old self-doubt tends to creep in, and initially I found myself fretting over whether the tickets would sell. Was my idea of a dream day out going to appeal to anyone else?!

91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes

Thankfully, it turned out it was, and tickets were sold out about a month before the event. Phew! For me, curating a day out for 91 readers was done in the same way I curate the content for the magazine. The idea was to bring the magazine to life and literally base it around things that I love - independent business, beautiful shops and spaces, inspiring people, great food and creativity.

The structure of the day is led by the hashtag I came up with a couple of years ago #seekinspirecreate (also the name of our popular e-zine), with the day being split into three parts - Seek, Inspire and Create. I’m so thrilled that our very first event which happened in Lewes, East Sussex in February went so well! We had a lovely mix of creative women come along (although men are very welcome too!), some who lived quite locally, but some who had travelled the whole way from Manchester to join us! Here is a little insight into the day, with some lovely images taken by SarahLou Francis.

SEEK

For the first part of the day, I wanted to take everyone to a few of my favourite independent shops in the town. Whenever I visit anywhere new, I am always seeking out beautiful stores to browse, and Lewes is certainly packed with lots of them! We of course couldn’t get round all of them, so I selected three very different, but equally dreamy shops.

91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes

First up was Marchand Son, the most unique paint shop you are ever likely to come across. Owner Simon previously ran a shop in London called 'Colour Makes Me Happy’, but moved himself and his business to Lewes around 6 months ago, bringing his quirky style to the town. Simon chatted to our group about the many myths surrounding paint, explained how he taught himself to make paint and shared the stories behind his brilliant paint names. He is a true creative who has built something entirely unique and it was wonderful to learn more about his business. He even mixed us little pots of ‘91 Magazine pink’ paint for our goodie bags!

91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create Event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes

Next, we walked around the corner and onto the high street to visit Freight HHG. This beautiful store is run by Adele and her mother, and is a mix of homeware, clothing and lifestyle items. What makes this shop different is that the two women design or commission most of the items they sell. Adele chatted to us about how they avoid the usual trade fairs and prefer to seek out talented makers to craft their wares, with everything being made within the UK. Designs and materials are carefully considered to make products that last. It was lovely to hear the story behind how they have created their unique brand and everyone had the chance to ask lots of questions as well as to shop with our exclusive discount!

91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes

Our final stop for the Seek part of the day was From Victoria in The Needlemakers. This gorgeous shop is an absolute treasure trove of homeware, gifts and plants. I could spend hours poring over the pretty things in every corner of this space run by the lovely Victoria. Surrounded by unusual hanging plants, cacti and tropical beauties, Victoria gave lots of sound houseplant advice to the group during our plant Q&A. Then we all eagerly browsed the goodies with many of us leaving with little brown paper bags filled with treats to ourselves!

91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes

INSPIRE

We were extremely lucky with the weather with the event falling during that really warm spell we had at the end of February. As we walked to the lunch venue where the INSPIRE part of the day would take place, we were shedding our jackets and talking of how spring-like it felt. The group were giving me slightly strange looks as I led them along the road to an industrial estate, I’m sure all wondering exactly where we would be eating! But, stepping through an unassuming door and passing by a noisy workshop area, all was revealed as we entered kitchen makers Inglis Hall’s beautiful showroom. The space is a working kitchen, so was perfect for out caterers Caccia and Tails to come and prepare the delicious lunch while we all mingled and chatted.

The table looked beautiful, decorated with plants from From Victoria and gorgeous flowers by Bulb Floristry. Jam-packed goodie bags awaited our guests on their seats too. The food was truly delicious, with meat, vegetarian and vegan versions of mac ‘n’ cheese along with an amazing salad and focaccia bread.

After eating and chatting, we then had two excellent talks to listen to. Firstly, Dorte and Georgie of Curly Carrot talked us through using Pinterest for business. So much useful information was shared and I have a renewed love of Pinterest ever since! Next, Jade Golding, a creative business coach (and owner of two other businesses!) talked about how to inspire your customers online. She explained the difficulties faced with selling product online and then provided useful ideas on how to overcome these and create an inspiring online shopping experience.

91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes
91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes

CREATE

With tummies filled, brains inspired and goodie bags in hand, we set off to our final destination for the CREATE part of the day. Inside the fragrant AS Apothecary store, we were warmly greeted by owner Amanda who quickly made us feel at home in her beautiful space. Her small-batch natural skincare products line the walls, styled to perfection with plants and other natural objects. Amanda chatted to us in depth about natural skincare and how she creates her range from flowers and herbs that they grow and harvest in Sussex, Scotland and Greece. She has a wealth of knowledge on the subject and I’m pretty sure most of us were converted by the end of the chat. (Many of us were purchasing her products before we left!) We then got the chance to mix our very own beauty balm, which we worked together to make under Amanda’s careful supervision. We all got to take away a little pot of what we made, and I have not stopped using it since that day!

91 Magazine Seek Inspire Create event in Lewes

The day was rounded off the only way it could be; with a cup of tea and some delicious (and beautiful!) cakes supplied by Flint Owl Bakery! yum!

As I said during my introduction at the start of the day, I basically wanted to create my ‘ideal day out’ and as the event drew to a close, I was happy to confirm that it had delivered exactly that! It was so lovely to be able to share it with a wonderful group of like-minded women and it reminded me how good it is to step out of your usual day-to-day and just enjoy some time doing things you love, meeting new people and discovering new things.

We are already starting to plan the next of these events. It will follow the same format but in a different town with different businesses and people. I honestly can’t wait! if you’d like to hear about when tickets go on sale for it, make sure you sign up to our mailing list for updates.

A HUGE thank you to everyone involved in our day down in Lewes. It was truly magical!

All photography: SarahLou Francis

An Instagrammer's guide to: Bordeaux

While Paris may be known for being the fashion capital of France, it’s the more southerly city of Bordeaux that we are heralding as the place to visit for great lifestyle shops and trendy cafes. The Shopkeepers are back with their top spots to head in between strolls along the Garonne and sipping French wine.

September is the perfect time to visit Bordeaux. The sunny, warm weather is perfect for exploring this French city that befits a Disney-themed princess set. Luckily I had a local guide (and her dog) to show me around this charming destination. I happily abandoned maps and GPS tools, whilst we strolled the cobbled streets. I loved walking around Bordeaux. There are wide swathes of paths for walking and cycling along the river Garonne, and there is limited traffic in the town centre. The historic old city of Bordeaux is on the UNESCO world heritage list. The majestic buildings in the old city serve as wonderful facades for their charming shopfronts. I stayed at the Mama Shelter hotel, conveniently located in the old city, perfect for exploring the streets, shops and cafes.

Sip Coffe Bar, Bordeaux - 91 Magazine's Instagrammers Guide to Bordeaux

Sip - We started our day with flat whites at Sip Coffee Bar, a lovely vintage-style interior with high ceilings and lots of seating options to sit and plan our day.

@sip_coffeebar

le local, bordeaux

Le Local is one of the most beautiful food shops I have ever visited. Crates of colourful, local produce displayed against the framework of the stunning original architectural features of the building, and neat rows of speciality goods line the walls.

@lelocalstore

Amour de Fleurs, Bordeaux

Amour de Fleurs - The day we visited Amour de Fleurs we were lucky to witness the owner changing the shopfront decor from summer to fall. Inside it is bursting with beautiful blooms and houseplants, which you may not be able to transport home but you can certainly admire and enjoy.

@amour_de_fleurs_bordeaux

La Garconniere, Bordeaux

La Garconnière - Behind a facade with dramatic soaring windows, is menswear lifestyle shop, La Garconnière. This beautifully designed store has a coffee shop, delicatessen, and barbershop, as well as men’s clothing and accessories.

@la_garconniere_

coutume, Bordeaux

Coutume is a modern hardware store with goods for the home and garden. The shop, with distinctive graphics, is divided into sections such as table, office, bathroom, kids and garden.

@coutume.store

Pow Wow Kids, Bordeaux

Pow Wow Kids is an enchanting children’s lifestyle shop. The displays and merchandising is charming, with clothing to the front of the shop and furniture and toys are displayed against a forest of wallpapered-trees at the back of the shop. There is a scandi feel with an emphasis on natural materials.

Mariage de Fleurs, Bordeaux

Mariage de Fleurs - Bordeaux has an abundance of beautiful flower shops. Across the street from Pow Wow Kids is Mariage de Fleurs. Plants decorate the unique teal green shopfront and inside plants are displayed on vintage furniture and crates.

@mariagedefleurs

Herbes Fauves, Bordeaux

Herbes Fauves - Yep! Another one for you greenery lovers! An abundance of colourful floral stems and foliage are grouped on a collection of tables in the centre of Herbes Fauves. Vintage furniture is used for the shop counter and a multitude of plant pots are displayed inside a cabinet.

@herbesfauves

Apache, Bordeaux

Apache - This pretty boutique with its natural wood fixtures and pastel painted walls offers handmade jewellery inspired by Native American influences.

@apachebijoux

Be sure to head to The Shopkeepers website for more beautiful shops and eateries to drool over. Their Instagram feed is particularly fab. Thanks for sharing guys!

An Instagrammer's guide to: Greater Manchester

We head north for our latest Instagrammer’s guide to discover the most stylish spots to shop, eat and drink on the streets of Manchester and it’s surrounding neighbourhoods. Blogger and Manchester resident Susan Earlam shows us around…

Leaf

Tea heaven is just off a busy thoroughfare in city centre Manchester. Leaf offers 50 different flavours of loose tea and a delicious menu across the course of a day. The space was previously an art gallery and it has been beautifully converted into a welcoming, warm space which is cleverly divided into different areas. With gorgeous wallpaper, eclectic furniture and the industrial heritage also on show, this place is a combined feast for the senses and a refuge from the busy street outside.

IG: @LEAFonPortlandSt

91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Manchester Beaumont Organic

Beaumont Organic

Originally selling online and at trade shows Beaumont Organic opened an emerald green fronted shop in Manchester’s Northern Quarter in September 2017. Hannah is at the forefront of the ethical and sustainable clothing movement and the shop regularly holds events to support causes worldwide. The clothing comes with no icky feeling about where or who made it. It’s classic yet contemporary.

IG: @beaumontorganic

Form Lifestyle Store

Tucked away, deep in the Northern Quarter and housed in a blue plaque building dating back to 1787, Form is gorgeous example of how brilliant it is when old buildings are re-used. It has the most instagrammable spiral staircase in Manchester, perhaps even the North West. But aside from that it’s a haven for great, independent, small designers. (Find out more about Form is our August 18 e-zine)

IG: @formlifestylestore

Photo:  Alex Ward

Photo: Alex Ward

The Winter Garden at Refuge

If you've ever wondered what a grown-up version of Narnia would be like, The Winter Garden at Refuge would be a good place to start. The real trees inside this beautiful atrium sparkle day and night. It is opulent and magical. You step inside and feel worlds away from life outside. From afternoon tea to cocktails and mocktails, this is the place to bring your Manchester visiting friends or anyone you'd quite like to impress.

IG: @therefugemcr

91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Manchester - Moth

Moth

Sat on the leafy Burton Road in West Didsbury, Moth is a longstanding haven for stylists and homemakers with an eye for effortless style. It’s minimalist but with life and texture. From lampshades and rugs to handbags and jewellery. Buy something from Moth if you want chic but not showy. A neutral colour palette is easy on the eye and I’d be surprised if you are able to visit this gem without making a purchase.

IG: @mothstyle

91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Manchester - Idaho

Idaho

Riding on the crest of Altricham’s recent revival, Idaho is somewhere I go for the perfect gift. It stocks a great range of greetings cards, long live the cards I say, it can be a small designer’s bread and butter. I always find things in here that I’ve not seen elsewhere, except, yep, you guessed it, Instagram. From jewellery and posters to planners and beauty products and even chocolate. This is where to visit for the difficult to buy for, but uber stylish friend.

IG: @idahoaltrincham

91 Magazine - Instagrammer's guide to Manchester - Rose and Grey

Rose & Grey

Before Rose & Grey opened their showroom they were an online shop for many years. Now the thrill of seeing their products and furniture in real life is always exciting. The showroom is set up in such a way that makes you feel at home. It often makes me want to redecorate too! Its an inspiring place that entices you to be bold and individual with your home décor.

IG: @roseandgreyinteriors

Photo:  Alex Ward

Photo: Alex Ward

Rare Mags

Perched midway up the cobbled street of Hillgate in the Old Town part of Stockport sits Rare Mags. Proving the naysayers wrong, those people who believe print is dead; well, here it is alive and kicking. Rare Mags understand that people like to touch what they read. Our brains interact with information on paper in a vastly different way than they do with something on a screen. The magazines sold here are tomes of creativity, including 91 Magazine of course. (I highly recommend stopping for tea and vegan treats at Hillgate Cakery which is directly opposite)

IG: @rare_mags

Object Style

Husband and wife team Rachael and Alex have poured love and devotion into their cosy Chorlton shop, Object Style, and the personal service you get on a visit is so warm and authentic. Selling clothing, textiles, houseplants and vast range of handpicked home accessories, the shop and the stock is always beautifully merchandised, I defy you to come out empty-handed. (see more about Object in our Feb 18 e-zine.)

IG: @object_style

Photo:  Scott Rhodes

The Creameries

A bakery and kitchen that is aiming to be zero waste, caters brilliantly for kids, offers a seasonal menu and looks good? It’s all here at The Creameries and it has the original tiles from its previous guise which was a dairy in Edwardian times. What is it about tiles from that period? I love seeing the layers of history that places like this help keep alive. If freshly baked bread and authentic food from the heart is what you love, then be sure to pay this gem a visit.

IG: @hellocreameries

Head to Susan’s blog for more tips on Manchester as well as interiors and fashion inspiration. Follow her on Instagram too.

London indie events this weekend

As Christmas is now on the horizon lots of fabulous events are starting to pop up to fill our weekends with finding the perfect gifts for our loved ones. My aim this Christmas is to buy most, if not all, my gifts from independent brands, and luckily this is made easier by lots of the indie markets being held in coming weeks. There will be lots going on all over the country, so do check out what is happening local to you, but I just wanted to highlight five events that I am hoping to attend this weekend in London, or over the next few weeks - if I can make it to them all!

And Agency London pop up event November 2018

And Agency Pop up store

The first event is actually one 91 is taking part in. It is a pop up store run by And Agency which will feature a carefully curated selection of independent brands, including Blasta Henriet, Barton Croft and Undercover Living plus a selection of lovely ethical fashion and jewellery brands. It is happening in the heart of Shoreditch and will run from the 16th - 30th November. You can pick up copies of both our AW18 issue as well as the SS18 issue at the event. See more of what you can expect via their Instagram feed.

32 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3PB

16th - 30th November 2018

Mon-Sat: 11-6pm, Sunday: 10-5pm.

www.andagencyldn.com

The Assembly Market, Stoke Newington

The Assembly Market

The Assembly Market is happening in Stoke Newington and is an ‘assembly’ of independent designers in the fashion, accessories, homeware & art sectors. Brands include P.I.C. Style (pictured above), Under the Cloth and Paper Covers Rock. The two day event has focussed on bringing together designers who have a commitment to sustainability as well as beautiful aesthetics - you can view the full list of those taking part here or follow along on their Instagram.

Abney Hall, 73A Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0AS

Saturday 17th November - 11-6pm

Sunday 18th November - 11-5pm

www.theassemblymarket.com

Occasional Home store Christmas event 2018

Occasional Home Store Winter Weekend

The Occasional Home Store is back with their popular event mixing vintage and contemporary brands in one shopping extravaganza. Not only this, they will have a programme of events happening over the two days to keep you busy, so do check out their listings. You will find Pea Style there (whose home is in our AW18 issue!), as well as designers such as Ondine Ash and Meylor Paper Goods.

West Reservoir Centre, Green Lanes, London, N4 2HA

17th & 18th November 2018 - 10am - 4pm

www.occasionalhomestore.com

The Mamahood Winter pop up

THE MAMAHOOD WINTER POP UP

The Mamahood supports independent businesses run by mothers, the 16th November sees the opening of another one of their popular shopping events in East Dulwich. There will be 80 brands on sale, so it’ll be pretty tricky not to find something you love! Sellers include Little Carousel, Button and Blue (pictured), and Julia Staite. You may just get your Christmas shopping done in one fell swoop!

7 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, London, SE22 8EW

16th November - until mid-February (when the Spring pop up will immediately follow!)

Mon - Sat: 9.30am - 5.30pm, Sundays: 12-5pm (closed between Christmas and new year)

www.themamahood.co.uk

Creoate pop up, Covent Garden

Last but not least, is a pop up store I stumbled across while wandering the streets of Covent Garden last week. Creoate are an organisation who bring together retail products and experiences for independent brands. I was excited to see a platform for female independent brands right in the heart of Central London which is often dominated by the big corporate names. They’ve also got a plethora of workshops happening too. There’s a wide range of items from homeware and beauty to fashion and art, so do pop in - they are there until the 23rd December. Discover some of the brands they stock on their Instagram.

37 Neal Street, London, WC2H 9PR

now until 23rd December

www.creoate.com

Instagrammer's Guide to: Oslo, Norway

So far, our Instagrammer’s guides have featured Scandi cities Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen & Malmo and now it’s the turn of Oslo. It’s safe to say those Nordic destinations are an Instagrammer’s dream! Writer and blogger Claire Holland recently travelled to the Norwegian city with her family and here she shares her top spots for shopping, eating and entertaining both kids and adults…

I've never been very good at early morning starts. But I was up with the lark (or rather the seagulls) in excited anticipation of our morning arrival into Oslo. We'd taken the overnight ferry from Copenhagen as part of a four week road trip to visit my brother, who moved to the Norwegian capital a couple of years ago.  As the early morning sun began to fill our cabin, I peered out of the window and caught sight of some of Norway's traditional brightly-painted houses, nestled like tiny dolls’ houses along the fjord archipelago. Before long, we were showered and dressed and up on deck, cameras in hand, ready to capture our first glimpse of the city rising up into the mountains through the morning mist. 

KollektedBy, design store in Oslo, Norway - Instagrammer's Guide to Oslo - 91 Magazine
KollektedBy, design store in Oslo, Norway - Instagrammer's Guide to Oslo - 91 Magazine

Kollekted By

Minimalist design store, Kollekted By offer Scandinavian-designed lighting, furniture, skincare and more, all curated by design and interior stylist duo Kråkvik&D’Orazio. The highlight for me was how beautifully, and seemingly effortlessly, the objects are presented within the space in little vignettes that could be found in someone’s home. Among the many things I found to covet were a solid brass incense holder and a leaded glass mounted wall vase. But I’m afraid to say that it was all a little beyond my budget!

IG: @kollektedby

Fransk Bazar, vintage store in Oslo - Instagrammer's guide to Oslo - 91 Magazine

Fransk Bazar

For people who prefer to own things with a past (and a lot of Oslo dwellers do!), Fransk Bazar is where secondhand industrial chic meets charming bric-a-brac. Run by Norwegian and French couple, Nina and Didier, this diminutive space is a cornucopia of unique furniture, costume jewellery and vintage prints. I spied a lovely rattan-seated bentwood bistro chair for 1000 NK (around £90) that would have been coming home with me had there been room in the car.

IG: @franskbazar

Fuglen cafe, Oslo - Instagrammer's guide to Oslo - 91 Magazine
Fuglen cafe, Oslo - Instagrammer's guide to Oslo - 91 Magazine

Fuglen

The Norwegian’s take their coffee very seriously (as do I). The black coffee served at Fuglen is from a choice of four different roasteries in the Oslo area, is selected seasonally and offered brewed in a variety of methods. Located in downtown Oslo, set slightly apart from the main streets, Fuglen have served coffee since 1963. But although the interior of the original shop has been kept intact, in its most recent incarnation, Fuglen’s highly stylised design pays homage to the 1950s and 60s - the golden age of Nordic design. And everything at Fuglen is for sale: from the chair you're sitting on, the lamps and original prints on the walls, to the table you put your cup down on. Students from the nearby university and young businesspeople keep it busy during the day, while in the evening it comes alive as a cocktail bar dominated by a younger crowd.

IG: @fuglenoslo

Vigeland Sculpture Park, Oslo - Instagrammer's guide to Oslo - 91 Magazine

Vigeland Sculpture Park

Eating out in Oslo is phenomenally expensive, so most days we packed sandwiches. But there are plenty of public spaces to sit and eat while taking in the view, and none is more inspiring than Vigeland Sculpture Park. Set in the grounds of Frogner Park, it’s the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist. It is one of Oslo’s most visited tourist sites, but is really is a sight to behold and therefore a must-see. Over two hundred of Gustav Vigeland’s bronze and granite sculptures exploring the human form - and human relationships (some are quite comical, others profound and touching) line the park’s boulevard. But make sure to arrive early to avoid the inevitable crowds – they’ll ruin what could be some of your best photographs.

Vippa, Oslo - Instagrammer's guide to Oslo - 91 Magazine
Vippa, Oslo - Instagrammer's guide to Oslo - 91 Magazine

Vippa

When we did choose dine out, we were picky about where we went.  Vippa is a laid-back street food court in an old sugar warehouse on the edge of the harbour, and does the city’s best street food. Newly opened, it serves dishes from all corners of the world, with a focus on organic food - and most of the food stalls also have vegetarian or vegan options. It’s a great place to grab a snack or a light lunch and a beer. We ate some delicious Thai prawn dumplings and noodle-filled veggie spring rolls. During summer, it was the perfect place for outdoor dining in the sun – but expect it to be packed on the outdoor terrace, where there’s a great view of the fjord. The giant outdoor mural makes it super easy to spot from the water, and the tall orange towers of the waterfront promenade help guide you there.

IG: @vippaoslo

Skaperverket, Oslo - Instagrammer's guide to Oslo - 91 Magazine
Skaperverket, Oslo - Instagrammer's guide to Oslo - 91 Magazine

Skaperverket

If it’s a bohemian vibe you’re looking for, head for vibrant and arty neighbourhood Grünerløkka in the east end. It’s edgy and unique, and known for its street art, cool bars, relaxed cafes and independent boutiques selling design objects and secondhand furniture and jewellery. This is where we came upon Skaperverket, on Markveien, Grünerløkka’s main street; a charming shop showcasing the work of local independent designers, makers and artists who make up the Oslo-based design collective of the same name. I came here twice to fully take in the array of handmade children’s clothes, art prints, ceramics, jewellery and more. The wooden cutwork necklaces made by Tjasa Mavric and Oyoy Living Design’s neat little ceramics particularly caught my eye.

IG: @skaperverket_oslo

Territoriet wine bar, Olso - Instagrammer's guide to Oslo - 91 Magazine
Territoriet wine bar, Olso - Instagrammer's guide to Oslo - 91 Magazine

Territoriet  

You can’t buy wine in the supermarkets in Oslo, you have to go to specialist wine shops, so at the end of an afternoon mooching around the streets of Grünerløkka one day, we stopped for a cheeky glass of Riesling at ultra-cool wine bar, Territoriet next door to Skaperverket. There was certainly no shortage of wine on offer here. Territoriet pride themselves on offering over 400 different varieties – and most are available by the glass.  But this is Oslo, so it doesn’t come cheap. We sat at the window and sipped slowly, while idly watching the locals peruse the secondhand market over the road. We then took some photographs of the oh-so cool interior and then fled to save our bank balances!

IG: @territoriet

Teknisk Museum, Oslo - Instagrammer's guide to Oslo - 91 Magazine

Teknisk Museum

With kids in tow, we were mindful of keeping them contented and occupied, and with a rainy afternoon on our hands, we headed to the National museum of science and technology. Otherwise known as the Teknisk Museum, it is a paradise not only for curious kids. With over a hundred interactive installations, musical machines and instruments, and a vast transport exhibition, we were all kept happy and busy until teatime.

IG: @tekniskmuseum

 

Street art, Oslo - Instagrammer's guide to Oslo - 91 Magazine

Street Art

When the weather is less soggy, one of the pleasures of strolling around the streets of Oslo is chancing upon one of the enormous murals that decorate parts of the city, often filling entire walls with colour. The surrounding area by alternative music venue Blå is one of the highlights of Oslo’s street art offering. Every wall is covered, many by some top artists including M-City. Nip through Ingens gate and onto Brenneriveien for a full street of some amazing, Insta-worthy work.

Oslo Raw, Instagrammer's guide to Oslo - 91 Magazine
Oslo Raw, Instagrammer's guide to Oslo - 91 Magazine

Oslo Raw

One lazy, late morning, we popped into Oslo Raw on Adamstuen Torg for a coffee, but on spying the delicious-looking, pretty cakes, we decided to indulge in a few treats. As the name would suggest, Oslo Raw specialise in raw, organic and vegan food. It all sounds very worthy and healthy (and it is!) but it’s also extremely yummy. The space is small and intimate, with a relaxed vibe. The decor is airy, bright and modern, with beautiful pressed flower artworks on the walls.  I was more than happy to stay a while, and I was feeling peckish, so ordered the brunch plate of kale and avocado layered on top of a crunchy pumpkin seed cracker, with chia pudding, and two little squares of cake on the side: one zingy passion fruit, the other, raw choco nut brownie. The children shared a choco-peanut cake with creamy hot chocolate on the side. Rest assured, whatever you order it will be served up looking as pretty as a picture and well worthy of your Instagram grid.

IG: @osloraw

Oslo Opera House - Instagrammer's guide to Oslo - 91 Magazine
Oslo Opera House - Instagrammer's guide to Oslo - 91 Magazine

Oslo Opera House

The Oslo Opera House is the centrepiece of the fast developing waterfront. Walk on the roof – a sleek patchwork carpet of marble - and you’ll get wonderful views of the city and the mountains beyond. The building’s architect, Snøhetta apparently drew inspiration from icy glaciers and when I stood at the top and looked down over a sea of shiny white marble, I got a definite feeling that it’s somehow part of the surrounding nature. Inside, the perforated luminous wall panel that hides the supports for the ceiling - designed by Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson - is equally dazzling.  It’s almost as photogenic inside as out.

Instagrammer's guide to Oslo, Norway by 91 Magazine

Words: Claire Holland / Photography: Charlie Bibby - www.paperthinmoon.com

indie shopping at The West Collective

Last weekend 91 took part in the first ever event hosted by The West Collective. The concept was created by three London girls, Kirsty, Alexia and Christine, who found they were constantly travelling across London to the east end of the city to enjoy the kind of creative, independent markets they loved attending, so they decided to launch their own - but in the west. 

The West Collective fair July 2018

Held at quirky venue Duke of London, usually a classic car showroom, the bright warehouse space was peppered with trendy neon signs, taxidermy, plants and striking artwork. The girls had gathered just under 30 independent makers and sellers with a wonderful mix of homewares, jewellery, skincare, stationery and art. There were a few brands that we already know and love, but there were also many new-to-us makers that we were thrilled to meet. 

91 Magazine at The West Collective fair London
91 Magazine workshop - Get your indie brand noticed: PR & Photography

After setting up our stall, 91 photographer Jemma Watts and I braved the sweltering heat in the upstairs space to host our workshop entitled 'Get your indie brand noticed: PR & photography'. We had a group of 16 lovely ladies and we talked solid for 1.5 hours about the importance of great imagery for your brand, approaching editors and bloggers, creating & sending press releases, as well as a mini masterclass in photography.

The West Collective fair, London

Following that, I spent some time browsing the stalls, snapping the wares and chatting to all of the lovely sellers. I think this is one of my favourite things about taking part in these kinds of events - everyone is so lovely, and it is great to meet so many kindred spirits in one place. It really was tempting to buy something from everyone, but I managed to restrain myself and bought just three items! Of course, lots of you will not be near enough to have attended the event, so as we don't want you to miss out on discovering all of these lovely independent makers, I wanted to share each and every one with you, so you can go check them out online....

and 91, of course! you may spot that we were selling some back issues of the S/S 17 issue (middle one on the stand). These are seconds - so very slightly damaged or have a small printing defect. If you are interested in one of these please drop me a line. They are reduced to £5.50, but I have limited stock.   @91magazine

and 91, of course! you may spot that we were selling some back issues of the S/S 17 issue (middle one on the stand). These are seconds - so very slightly damaged or have a small printing defect. If you are interested in one of these please drop me a line. They are reduced to £5.50, but I have limited stock.

@91magazine

Duke of London - venue for The West Collective fair

So, there you go, the full line up from the event! Plenty of internet browsing to keep you busy for a while! Do give your faves a follow, some of them are recent graduates and just starting out, so any support we can give these talented folk is going to encourage them that they've made the right choice to go it alone! And do follow The West Collective for future events too - we think these girls have a great eye for curating a lovely collection of makers, so we're sure the next one will be bigger and even better! 

91 visits.... Isle of Wight

If you follow us on Instagram, you may have spotted that I recently spent a weekend on the Isle of Wight - thank you so much for all the suggestions of places to visit, they came in very handy! More on that later...

The trip came about as the lovely folk of Tiny Home Holidays invited us to come and spend a couple of nights in one of their sustainable cabin-style homes set in lush countryside near Newport.

Tiny Homes Holidays - sustainable cabins on the Isle of Wight

After a speedy crossing with Wightlink from Portsmouth, and a quick drive across the island, we were greeted by a serene meadow setting and these three compact structures, hidden away from the road.  

Tiny Homes Holidays - Isle of Wight
Tiny Homes Holidays - Isle of Wight
Tiny Homes Holidays - Isle of Wight

Stepping inside our cabin - Hygge - we discover how well thought out the space is. Clever storage solutions and spatial planning mean that while it is certainly compact it doesn't feel cramped. There is a living space with a sofa that converts into a comfy bed, as well as a desk area and a wood-burning stove. The kitchen has everything you need to cook a meal as well as a BBQ out the front of the cabin. A sliding door hides the bathroom with a shower, sink and composting toilet. Climb the ladder, and you'll find another sleeping area with a double bed as well as a storage area for hanging clothes and stowing bags.

Tiny Homes Holidays - Isle of Wight
Tiny Homes Holidays - Isle of Wight
Tiny Homes Holidays - Isle of Wight
Tiny Homes Holidays - Isle of Wight
Tiny Homes Holidays - Isle of Wight

The eco-credentials encourage mindfulness in terms of how you use the space and it's amenities. They are solar-powered and you must conserve water as much as possible. But it's clear that owners Helen and Frazer have not neglected making their tiny homes welcoming and homely too - they have put lots of thought into the decor also. The wood cladding made the space feel cosy and cabin-like, and lots of contemporary and vintage touches create a real home-from-home feel. We were also provided with a few essentials such as tea, coffee and milk and a lovely treat of homemade chocolate brownies - not something you'll receive in a faceless chain hotel that's for sure! 

Sustainable holiday cabins - Tiny Home holidays - Isle of wight
Sustainable holiday cabins - Tiny Home holidays - Isle of wight
Tiny Homes Holidays - Isle of Wight

Our evenings were spent out on the deck, chatting over a bottle of wine, listening to the sounds of nature and simply appreciating those precious moments spent with family. 

Harbour Kitchen, Cowes

With just two days to explore the island and a recommendation list as long as my arm, we wasted no time and headed first to Cowes for a spot of lunch at The Harbour Kitchen and a perusal of lifestyle store PHG Interiors. This store really stood out amongst the other coastal/island-inspired shops we came across, mixing contemporary, utilitarian and vintage looks as well as stocking a selection of clothing and skincare products. 

PHG Interiors, Cowes
PHG Interiors, Cowes
PHG Interiors, Cowes
PHG Interiors, Cowes
PHG Interiors, Cowes

Visiting the island during a heatwave inevitably means gravitating towards the coastline and it's many beautiful beaches and we managed to spend time on a few - The Needles (great for kids as there is also amusements and a sweet factory which offers demonstrations), Compton Bay (a vast sandy beach) and Steephill Cove (a small yet perfectly quaint spot). We also visited Ventnor briefly before heading home, where my daughter enjoyed the paddling pool and we all enjoyed an ice cream from Crave, who serve an ever-changing menu of intriguing flavours. My daughter devoured her Lego ice cream! 

The Needles

The Needles

Compton Bay

Compton Bay

SteepHill Cove Isle of Wight
Steephill Cove

Steephill Cove

Crave Ice Cream, Ventnor

No trip to the Isle of Wight could be complete without a visit to stunning jewellery store, Rust. If you've got the latest issue of 91, then it's likely you have already been swooning over this gorgeous shop, and the home of owner Artemis Russell. I can report it is equally as lovely in person as it is in print, and Artemis and her husband Nao's talent for both jewellery making and product design is second to none. Save up your pennies and get over to the island and treat yourself to a lovely piece of jewellery - I, for one, didn't leave empty-handed!  

Rust Jewellery, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
Rust Jewellery, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
Rust Jewellery, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
Rust Jewellery, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight

Many thanks to Tiny Homes Holidays for our stay and to Wightlink for our complimentary ferry crossings. And thanks again to our Instagram followers for the fab recommendations! 

All photography: Caroline Rowland

WHERE TO STAY EAT & SHOP ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

An Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards

The seaside towns of Hastings and St Leonards on the south coast of the UK both have a thriving community of independent businesses, with certain streets such as George Street, Norman Road and Kings Road being particularly great spots to focus your shopping trip. When 91 visited we discovered that a number of stores are closed on a Monday, while others opt to take a Tuesday or Wednesday as their day off, so to take full advantage of the selection of great shops, aim to visit at the end of the week or a weekend.

91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - Reste
91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - Reste
91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - Reste

Reste

A long time friend of 91, (she took part in our West Elm pop up in 2016) Jacqui Martin opened her petite boutique on George Street in 2017, two years after launching her brand Reste online. Jacqui supports and celebrates indie makers and traditional craftsmanship, and puts a lot of time into finding new designers and makers to stock. The store itself is compact, but beautifully merchandised, with a mainly neutral colour palette and lots of greenery. Ceramics, baskets, textiles, candles, organic skincare and a carefully curated selection of books and magazines (including 91!) fill the shelves, and Jacqui will happily fill you in on the story behind each and every object on display.

IG: @reste

91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - Butler's Emporium
91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - Butler's Emporium
91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - Butler's Emporium

Butler’s Emporium

Directly opposite Reste you’ll find Butler’s Emporium. This charming lifestyle store was once a hardware shop, and dates back to 1832. What makes this store special is the fact that owner Rose has kept a large proportion of the original fixtures and fittings intact. The weathered timber, peeling paintwork and original cabinets seem to have layers and layers of life within them. Rose utilises these features in how she styles the shop and explains that her taste is eclectic, so there is a real mix of wares, but that all work together, offering shoppers goods for the home as well as skincare products, jewellery and accessories. You can now also purchase a selection of their range online via Trouva.

IG: @butlersemporium3

91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - AG Hendy & Co
91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - AG Hendy & Co

AG Hendy & Co Homestore

Before continuing along George Street, make sure to take a detour up High Street, as AG Hendy & Co Homestore is not to be missed. This Grade II listed Georgian town house is a sight to behold in itself, with an intriguing history which you can read about in detail on their website. Owner Alastair Hendy brought the building back to life when he took it over in 2008, completely restoring it to it’s former glory after many of it’s original features had been covered up in an attempt to modernise it in the late 20th century. As for what’s on sale, it is a mix of new and vintage homewares with a utilitarian theme tying them together. On the weekends they open their kitchen and dining rooms to serve a menu of mainly seafood, and they also run workshops in cookery, food styling and photography. A truly aspirational lifestyle brand that is accessible and welcoming.

IG: @a_g_hendy_co_homestore

91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - Warp & Weft
91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - Warp & Weft
91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - Warp & Weft

Warp and Weft

Back along George Street, and yet another beautifully styled store, this time with a focus on lovingly-crafted garments. Owner Leida Nassir-Pour has created a stunning space across two floors, again maintaining much of the building’s original features. Warp and Weft’s clothing, footwear and accessories are set against muted tones - whitewashed exposed brick downstairs and earthy, rustic wood upstairs. The emphasis on craftsmanship was brought into focus for us when we were given a peek inside the store’s workshop, where tailor Bret and his colleague Katie were busily constructing bespoke garments for customers via their made to measure service. Attention to detail and passion were clearly evident here, with vignettes of the small selection of home goods carefully styled and the rails of softly neutral garments complementing each other. A space not just for shopping, but for soaking up creativity and serenity.

IG: @warpandweft

91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - The Clockwork Crow
91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - The Clockwork Crow
91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - The Clockwork Crow

The Clockwork Crow

Just next door is The Clockwork Crow – a jam-packed emporium of eclectic persuasion. Plants feature heavily, with a number of more unusual varieties creating mini jungle-like scenes around the store. The building was originally a grain mill, and if you weave your way to the back of the shop, you’ll find an intriguing ‘cave-like' space where you can rummage through a collection of architectural salvage finds, more plants and other unusual objects. Not everything here was my cup of tea, but with such an assortment to explore, there is certainly something for everyone and they cater particularly well for the current boho / global trend in home décor.

IG: @theclockworkcrowhastings

91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - S Forrest
91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - S Forrest

S. Forrest

There’s no mistaking that dried flowers can be equally as beautiful as their fresh incarnation, and of course longer lasting! The place to go to find an unusual and wide range of dried blooms in S Forrest, also conveniently located on George Street. From classic lavender and hydrangea through to delphiniums and phalaris, the store smells divine and also offers a selection of teas, herbs and spices and some kitchenware items.

IG: @sforrestuk

91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - Simply Garden
91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - Simply Garden

Simply Garden

There is certainly no chance of plant lovers missing out on their botanical fix when visiting George Street, as yet another shop along this stretch is overflowing with greenery! Rustic scaffold boards, crates and an old workbench hold a variety of houseplants, pots and other plant care necessities in Simply Garden whose aim is to make gardening simple for all. Treat your home to a teeny cactus or go bold with a statement palm.  

IG: @simply_garden

91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - Dyke and Dean
91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - Dyke and Dean

Dyke and Dean

You could easily fill a whole day wandering the streets of Hastings Old Town, but if you have more time, stroll a little further west where many new businesses are setting up shop. There are still some empty units vacant which crying out for creative types to occupy them. Unfortunately for us, many places are shut on Mondays, one such place being Dyke and Dean, where instead we gazed through the large windows of the former printworks at the stylish counter space, colourful homewares and clever display ideas. Run by Oliver Dean and Eddie Lloyd-Dyke, two product designers, who met while studying at Central St. Martins, the shop stocks a range of contemporary homewares, utilitarian items as well as their own lighting designs.

IG: @dykeanddean

91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - Cake Room
91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - Cake Room
91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - Cake Room

Cake Room

I’m gonna be honest with you here… we sadly didn’t have time to sample the goods in this Robertson Street café, as we’d spent far too long gabbing with the shopkeepers back in the Old Town and ran out of time! But if the interiors are anything to go by, Cake Room is a place that takes pride in its offering. The tiles, the wallpaper, the plants, the furniture - we loved it all, and it certainly seemed a popular spot with the locals. If anything, it’s worth a visit just to Instagram the interior!

IG: @cakeroomhastings

91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - St Leonards Modern Goods
91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - St Leonards Modern Goods

St Leonards Modern Goods

Venture further west yet, and you will arrive in neighbouring St Leonards, where St Leonards Modern Goods is located, set up by "K" Avery-Stallion on Norman Road following a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2016. As well as stocking her own leather goods which she’s been producing for around 8 years, K also stocks a selection of British made clothing and homewares from other independent designers. She also hosts intimate workshops in leather craft on Mondays when the store is usually closed.

IG: @stleonardsmoderngoods

91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - Little Mashers
91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - Little Mashers
91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - Little Mashers

Little Mashers

Little Mashers on Kings Road is sure to bring a smile to any little ones' faces who have patiently endured your lifestyle store shopping trip to this point! Filled with fun clothing, kitsch toys, beautiful picture books and colourful kids décor, the shop has been cleverly put together by husband and wife team, Clare and Andrew. Their own clothing range is screen-printed using unique inks including glow in the dark and chalkboard designs, that both kids and parents will love. They also host screen-printing workshops for kids in their studio at the back of the shop, and are part of a kids-focused festival happening in August called Fun House Festival.

IG: @littlemashers

91 Magazine - Instagrammer's Guide to Hastings & St Leonards - Fika@44

Fika@44

Again, we sadly didn’t get a chance to experience this coffee shop – it actually closes at 3pm on Mondays and doesn’t open on Tuesdays, but the rest of the week you can enjoy this light bright café which apparently has a courtyard at the back. Reviews online of this place are very complimentary, so it seems the coffee and food are just as delightful as the interior.

IG: @fika.coffee.44

All Photography by: Jemma Watts

91 Magazine's Instagrammer's guide to Hastings, UK

An Instagrammer's guide to: Malmo and Skåne County

Five years ago it is probably fair to say that not many of us Brits would have been able to tell you where Malmö was on a map. But then along came Saga Noren and a perfectly written slice of Scandi crime drama and this lovely little city in Southern Sweden is no longer such a secret. It looks across the water to Copenhagen but there is no need to cross the bridge in search of lovely places to eat, sleep and shop (although if you want to, check out our guide here!). There is a thriving cultural, dining and design scene within Malmö, and if you jump in the car and head out of the city, within an hour you can be walking the cobbled streets of impossibly pretty fishing villages. Rebecca Lawson travelled there recently and shares a small selection of her favourite places that all travelling instagrammers should visit....

Story Hotel - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's guide to Malmo

Story Hotel

There are plenty of great places to stay in Malmö but the Story Hotel is the only one that has a rooftop bar with stunning views of the harbour and the field of Japanese paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling as you walk into the bar will have you desperately trying to locate your camera. The décor is pared back and industrial without ever feeling cold and uninviting. Concrete ceilings in the bedrooms are blended with deep colours and soft textures in the furnishings to create a stylish, warm atmosphere. Downstairs, the lobby restaurant Lokal 17 is well worth checking out with waterfront views. If you are staying with your family then check out the OhBoy Hotel which has mini apartments near the regenerated docks with free bikes for all hotel guests.

IG: @storyhotels

AB Smaland - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's Guide to Malmo

AB Småland

If you only have time to visit one shop when you are in Malmö then make it AB Småland. It is modern rustic heaven with two floors of beautifully curated homeware, plants and fashion with a café dotted with vintage wooden tables and giant indoor olive trees. Even children will want to linger as they have a lovely corner with a huge chalkboard for kids to doddle on as well as a sweet selection of vintage toys.

IG: @absmaland

Malmo Saluhall - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's Guide to Malmo

Malmö Saluhall

No trip to Sweden is complete for me without a fresh attempt at eating my own body weight in cinnamon buns.  Some of the finest I tasted whilst in Malmö were located in St Jacob Stenugnsbageri in the Saluhall, which brings together a host of delicious food and drink stalls in a renovated warehouse. Against a bare brick backdrop there are pale wood communal tables and festoon lights criss crossing the industrial ceiling. There is a gorgeous florist at the entrance and if you have any elastic left in your trousers after sitting down for Noodles at Papi or a salad at Holy Greens, then make sure to have an ice cream at Favvo Glass. The rhubarb flavour is a complete game-changer.

IG: @malmosaluhall

Slottsgarden - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's Guide to Malmo

Slottsträdgårdens

If you need to walk off your lunch after a trip to the Saluhall, then a gentle stroll around the corner is the Malmohus castle which has a lovely little aquarium to entertain kids and some great art exhibitions to meander around too. Continuing on will bring you to the Slottsträdgårdens - just one of the many beautiful parks in Malmö. You can pick up a pedalo and gently bob along the river that runs through it or stay on dry land and head for a cup of tea and some fika at the Slottsträdgårdens Kafè. You can sit outside under the shade of rippling trees or duck inside the greenhouse strung with bunting and dotted with candles.

IG: @Slottsträdgårdens Kafè 

Malmo Art Museum - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's guide to Malmo

Konst Hall

Another lovely cultural highlight located near the Opera House is the Konst Hall, a modern art gallery situated in an old orangery building with a beautiful, secluded and leafy courtyard café. The light-flooded gallery space is not huge but there is plenty to while away a happy hour. If you are with kids, they also run free crafting workshops in a room off the main gallery space.

Vastra Hamnen - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's Guide to Malmo
Vastra Hamnen - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's Guide to Malmo

Västra Hamnen

Our favourite place to end every day was in Västra Hamnen, a former shipyard which has been transformed into a sustainable area of contemporary housing with a harbour bobbing with boats. There are stretches of wooden walkways looking out towards the sea, dotted with beautiful Scandinavians (young and old) who have come to enjoy the sunset and a swim in the sea off bleached wooden pontoons. Vespa is a great spot to grab a pizza and glass of wine and watch the sun go down and look out for the famous turning torso building behind you.

No.6

No.6

Söderberg & Sara

Söderberg & Sara

Spoonery

Spoonery

No.6 / Söderberg & Sara / Spoonery

Scandinavians know how to do a good café and there are plenty of contenders for the title of best place to grab a Macchiato in Malmö.  However, if you are pressed for time, I would recommend that you head to the St.Knut area of town which has a lovely village-y feel and three sublime cafes - No.6, Söderberg & Sara, and Spoonery. I came away from No.6 wanting to go home and triple the number of pendant lights hanging in my kitchen as their collection of vintage lighting looks so effective grouped above the coffee bar. 

Hus 57 - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's Guide to Malmo
Hus 57 - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's Guide to Malmo

Hus 57

Just an hour outside of Malmo are stretches of beautiful coastline to explore. If you are looking for an affordable option with bags of great design then make Hus 57 in Ängelholm your base. It brings a strong lobby game with velvet button back sofas in rich dark greens and mustard yellows, mingling with statement lighting and plenty of great coffee book reading material. It has a contemporary restaurant serving a Scandi menu with a modern twist and a small spa, gym and games room to boot.

IG: @hus57engelhom

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Mölle

There are lots of lovely little fishing villages to explore. Our favourites were Torekov (the rumoured  home of Hugh Grant’s wife, leading to lots of reported sightings of the floppy-haired one) and Mölle. Both have cobbled streets dotted with whitewashed clapboard houses and Molle is also home to a lovely little pottery studio called the Mölle Krukmakeri which has a garden café with lots of quirky touches including a stuffed tiger dressed as an airline pilot (trust me it works).  The Grand Hotel at the top of the hill is the perfect spot for a cocktail as the sun goes down with an amazingly instagrammable view.

IG: @mollekrukmakeri

Bastad - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's Guide to Malmo

Båstad

There are lots of beaches to chose from along this stretch of coastline but our favourite was in the smart town of Båstad (pronounced Borstod - just to stop you making the 'bastard' mistake!).  It has soft golden sand and a pier stretching out to sea with a sauna at the end in a contemporary larch clad building. If you have worked up an appetite after sweating and swimming then smarten up and head to Hotel Skansen (@hotelskansen) behind the dunes which has a restaurant with floor to ceiling windows leading out onto decking covered by white linen sails. Or for something more casual head to the Två Män café.

Hoganas Saluhall - 91 Magazine Instagrammer's Guide to Malmo

Höganäs Saluhall

I had to double check the map when we arrived at a slightly unpromising industrial estate off a dual carriage way to visit the Höganäs Saluhall for lunch. However my fears were quickly allayed when we located a gorgeous former warehouse that has been transformed into a foodhall showcasing the best of Swedish fresh produce. The café is set on the floor above the foodhall in a stunning industrial space and serves up delicious buffet lunches.  Once you have eaten, return downstairs and explore the surrounding warehouses which have a brilliant mix of lifestyle boutiques with gorgeous homeware from the likes of Tine K and Lene Bjerre.

IG: @hoganassaluhall

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Enkla Ting

Making your way back to Malmö, make sure to stop off at Enkla Ting on the way. Set in the rolling green fields of the Skåne countryside in whitewashed converted farm buildings, is the shop I have always fantasised about opening. It blends relaxed luxe fashion with contemporary/vintage style Scandi homeware and has a café you will want to linger in all day. I defy you to visit without coming way with arms groaning with shopping bags and a camera roll full of photos of the gorgeous courtyard.

IG: @enklating

Rebecca (AKA Malmo & Moss) visited Malmö and Skåne County as the guest of Visit Sweden. Follow Rebecca on Instagram

91 Magazine's Instagrammer's guide to Malmo and Skane county

91 visits.... Green Rooms Market

As the appetite for greenery in the home continues to grow, more and more plant-based businesses are popping up - either selling those on-trend plants that we are all after, making beautiful pots to display them in (equally as covetable!) or taking inspiration from the botanical world to create items that need a little less care and attention - art prints, jewellery, textiles and stationery. For us plant fans, what could be better than bringing all of these green-loving indie brands under one roof?! Green Rooms Market's first event, held in Peckham in the 27th May did just that. 

The market is the brainchild of identical twin sisters Annie and Jemma Charman, who came up with the idea while both on maternity leave when they had their first babies within months of each other. Their shared passion for all things botanical, inspired by their green-fingered parents, drove them to launch the event, despite both having more corporate careers - Jemma as a Homeware buyer for Marks & Spencer and Annie as a Digital Marketing Technology specialist. 

Held at Peckham Springs in south London, the event was buzzing- the May sunshine beating down on shoppers as they weaved through the carefully curated stalls of leafy lovelies and handcrafted vessels. Firm 91 favourites Botanique Workshop and Forest London featured, while we discovered many new-to-us makers and designers. We were thrilled to spot our latest issue of the magazine had even made an appearance on Albert and Moo's stall! 

Albert and Moo

Albert and Moo

There were over 20 stallholders, with plants as the overarching theme, yet there was real variety in what was on offer. Concrete planters, pots made using a 3D printer, embroidered plant pictures, macrame holders and of course an abundance of plants from cacti and succulents to ferns and cheese plants. There were even some felt plants for the not-so-green-fingered! 

If you had kids to entertain or just wanted a break from shopping, there were a few workshops taking place during the day - macrame, pot painting and mini garden making. 

Annie and Jemma are already planning their next botanical market for July, so make sure to follow them on social media to keep updated on when and where. It's an event that's a must for every plant lovers calendar! 

Green Rooms Market on Instagram

Green Rooms Market on Twitter

Instagrammer's guide to: Mexico City

Back in March, 91 travelled to Mexico City as media partners for Caravana Americana. (You can read more about our favourite Mexican designers at the event in this post.) While we were there, we got to spend a few days exploring this richly diverse city. Steeped in history and culture, but with its finger firmly on the modern design scene pulse, we were wowed by its super stylish shops, beautiful eateries, photogenic streets and cultural venues. Here we highlight a few of the locations we discovered that are a must for your Mexico City itinerary.

Hotel Carlota Mexico City
Taxonomia, Mexico City
Taxonomia, Mexico City
Taxonomia, Mexico City

Hotel Carlota & Taxonomia - While we sadly didn’t stay at Hotel Carlota, it was a perfect breakfast spot – set amongst the hotel’s striking concrete and glass surroundings, overlooking the centrally-located swimming pool. The urban-chic rooms mix concrete, wood and textiles with subtle pops of colour. The hotel also houses design store Taxonomia, which stocks a mix of clothing, accessories, homeware and cosmetics – with many of the designers we met at Caravana Americana on display.

IG: @hotelcarlotamx / @taxonomiamx

Barrio Alameda, Mexico City
Casa Salt, Mexico City
La Azotea, Mexico City
Decoreria La Suculenta, Mexico City
view from Barrio Alameda

Barrio Alameda - Barrio Alameda is located within a restored Art Deco building and is a collection of independent shops and food and drink establishments, each within its own unit off the balconies surrounding a central concourse. Greenery was in abundance, indoor planting clearly as popular here as it is in the UK. Not every store was open during our visit, but we enjoyed a browse around Casa Salt, which stocks quirky lifestyle products from Mexican designers. We had fun eating whole grasshoppers (!) on the rooftop at laid-back bar /restaurant La Azotea, and while sadly closed, we peered in through the glasshouse of Decoreria La Suculenta, which we found tucked away in a corner of the rooftop. There is also a spectacular view across the historical centre area, and the Central Alameda Park – the city’s oldest public park.

IG: @barrioalameda

Chaya B&B, Mexico City
Chaya B&B, Mexico City
Chaya B&B, Mexico City
Chaya B&B, Mexico City
Chaya B&B, Mexico City

Chaya B&B - Also situated within Barrio Alameda is a beautiful plant-filled retreat – Chaya B&B. Featured on the 91 blog back in 2016, this place was already on our radar, and it was a pleasure to spend a few moments away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the oasis they have created. It is a photographer’s dream with a mix of leafy tropical plants, cacti and succulents set against bright yellow walls; the city’s historical architecture rising up behind. For a more detailed review and a peek inside the rooms, head to this previous post.

IG: @chayabnb

Utilitario Mexicano, Mexico City
Utilitario Mexicano, Mexico City
Utilitario Mexicano, Mexico City
Utilitario Mexicano, Mexico City

Utilitario Mexicano - A few streets away from one of the city’s main thoroughfares, Insurgentes Sur, is Utilitario Mexicano. Mexico City’s answer to East London’s Labour and Wait. It’s one of those shops where you have to purposefully visit, as its unassuming location means you are unlikely to stumble upon it. The large store stocks a wide range of utilitarian home goods, all 100% Mexican in design – from enamelware to feather dusters to kitchen utensils. All displayed with pleasing symmetry on floor to ceiling peg boards or simple metal shelving. It was impossible to leave without a bag of goodies from this functional yet stylish store.

IG: @utilitariomexicano

Querencia, Mexico City
Querencia, Mexico City
Querencia, Mexico City
Querencia, Mexico City

Querencia - Just around the corner is Querencia, a relatively new lifestyle store, filled with plants, ceramics, jewellery, homewares and a small selection of clothing. With a strong emphasis on the botanical trend, this delightful little shop again proudly stocked designs from Mexican makers, all beautifully merchandised, making you wish you’d brought that extra suitcase! We certainly did not leave empty handed!

IG: @querenciamexico

Loose Blues, Mexico City