LIFESTYLE

An Ethical gift guide

Christmas is only a few weeks away, and if you are aiming to shop more ethically this year but are still struggling to find the perfect gifts, then get inspired by our gift guide, collated by Lucy Saunders.

With moral principles behind each product featured, here are my top five ethical presents for him, for her and for kids this Christmas. Whether it’s a gift to pamper, to eat, to entertain or to look stylish we have it covered, saving you internet-trawling time and taking the shopping stress off your hands, leaving you safe in the knowledge your purchases are minimal in their harm to our planet.

FOR HER

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1/ Envelop yourself in the nostalgic hues of jasmine, bound with green thyme and warming black pepper. La-Eva products are made in the UK, certified organic and are suitable for vegans.

La-Eva facial oil, £25 - The Future Kept

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2/ Know a coffee lover? Treat them to a beautiful reusable cup, made from hand-blown glass. These are100% free of plastic and chemicals.

Sol Cup, £19 - Sol

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3/ Proud to support the UK charity Womankind Worldwide who work to empower women all over the world, Lauren Hunt’s jewellery designs are not just stunning but also support a worthy cause, and wherever possible Lauren uses eco-friendly recycled gold.

Opal & Gold Ring, £152 - Lauren Hunt Jewellery Designs

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4/ A fun four pack of soft, sustainable bamboo and organic cotton blend socks, which are breathable, naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. We especially love these ones from the Summer Vibe set.

Summer Vibe sock gift set, £24.90, Thought

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5/ This classic style vegan leather watch is a contemporary yet ethical choice for your wrist that works with any outfit. They come wrapped in an eco-friendly felt pouch and box.

Light Grey & Gold watch, £120 - VOTCH

FOR HIM

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1/ The George is the ultimate man bag. Handmade in Calcutta, using locally sourced materials and suppliers, this bag is ethically produced, as well as being a classic to last for years.

Messenger bag, from £165 - NV London Calcutta

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2/ This 65% dark chocolate has underlying coffee aromas which perfectly balances the sweetness of the malt barley. Handmade in East London, this chocolate in also vegan friendly.

Malt dark Chocolate, £6 - The Future Kept

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3/ Flourish Magazine is printed on FSC approved paper, has a underlying passion of sustainability within its written pages and is packaged using biodegradable tissue paper. An ideal gift for travel lovers.

Flourish Magazine, £10

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4/ This low-foaming, vegan friendly soap is free of synthetic fragrances and lightly buffs the skin with botanical particles. Made in Margate, UK.

Haeckels Small Exfoliating Seaweed Block, from £4 - Haeckels

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5/ These boots will add a little bit of sophistication to any outfit. Made from faux suede with a rubber outsole and elastic gore, the boots are vegan-friendly, as are all this brand’s shoes and bags.

Vegan Chelsea boots, £115 - Matt & Nat

FOR KIDS

91 Magazine Ethical Gift Guide

1/ Choose from three different designs of these sweet bib and rattle sets. The bibs are made from 100% organic cotton and backed with organic velour. 

Bib and rattle set, £15 - Julia Staite 

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2/ This very soft PJ set is made from 100% organic interlock cotton fabric to stay comfy all night long. Made ethically in the UK, this classic breton stripe design is suitable for both sexes and for all ages.

Classic Breton PJ set, £32 - Sleepy Doe

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3/ This organic and vegan chocolate comes with a cute cardboard toy to assemble, which is one of six designs to collect. A perfect stocking filler.

Vegan chocolate & toy, £4.25, Berylune

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 4/ Tomtect is a new construction toy using multi-length thin wooden blocks or planks, great for children’s fine motor skills and developing imaginations. Made in France with wood from sustainably managed pine forests. 

TomTect construction toy, £28 - Conscious Craft

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5/ This reimagined rocking horse is equipped with a winged saddle, footrests and an adjustable fabric backrest. Constructed from natural rubber wood and non-toxic water based dyes.

Rocking Pegasus, £99.95 Conscious Craft

Happy ethical shopping! x

Slow living bloggers top tips for decluttering

Are you desperate to declutter your home but feel overwhelmed and not sure how to tackle it? Jessica Rose Williams shares some top tips and speaks to some other slow living bloggers about how they approach the task of decluttering and refreshing their homes for the season ahead. 

 Photo: Jessica Rose Williams

Photo: Jessica Rose Williams

It’s official! Minute by minute the days are getting longer and the mornings are getting brighter. It’s time to rise and shine. Slowly but surely, we are starting to feel more energised as spring bursts into bloom. Goodbye winter duvet and nights spent under a blanket binging on Netflix. Best of all, adios to that winter fatigue. 

A fresh season calls for a fresh start and we naturally feel more motivated to take action during times of transition. Now is the perfect time to take back control of your living space and edit out what is no longer serving you. 

My own tips - Jessica Rose Williams - jessicarosewilliams.com / @jessicarosewilliams 

The thing with tidying and organising is this; the easiest way to do it is to get rid of stuff. We stand in front of our overflowing wardrobes feeling overwhelmed and not knowing where to start. You can rearrange your wardrobe to your heart’s content but unless you get rid of all the clothes that don’t fit, make you feel uncomfortable or just don’t feel like you, you’ll never crack it. My advice is to start with whatever feels easiest, it might be your wardrobe, a junk drawer or your desk. Ask yourself this one question and you’ll soon see stuff start to disappear - have I used this in the last year?

Past predicts future and if you haven’t used something in a year, chances are you never will. Allow yourself to enjoy the feeling that comes from a wardrobe that’s only filled with your favourite things and give your stuff the care it deserves. This tutorial on how to fold your clothes is brilliant. Items take centre stage when they have room to breathe and you’ll appreciate them more. 

When it comes to your no pile, divide this into ‘sell’ and ‘donate’ piles. Be careful not to leave things you want to discard lying around. If you do that, you’ll lose momentum and they’ll end up stuffed in a cupboard, which defeats the whole point of decluttering. Ebay or Depop are great for unwanted items that others may find value in. I also find giving to charity really rewarding. The Salvation Army will make blankets out of clothes you may think are only good for the bin.

 Photo: Jessica Rose Williams

Photo: Jessica Rose Williams

Rachael Smith - www.ourbeautifuladventure.co.uk / @ourbeautiful_adventure

When it comes to tackling the clutter in our homes I think the biggest hurdle for a lot of people (and as a Mum of 3 I know it was for me) is time. We tell ourselves we’ll sort it next weekend, or next month and somehow it’s years later and we are still unhappy in our own homes. I found the best way to tackle this was to break the process down into smaller, more manageable tasks.

Next time you find yourself pulling out your phone to while away some time, decide instead to set a timer for just 15 minutes and pick a shelf, a cupboard, or surface to tackle and start sorting. When the timer stops you can go back to whatever you were doing but you will be surprised how much you can clear out in just 15 minutes. Doing this once a day, or even once a week, will help you to declutter huge amounts and you don’t have to find that elusive time to do it all at once anymore.

 Photo: Jessica Cresswell

Photo: Jessica Cresswell

Jessica Cresswell - thewoodlandwife.co.uk / @thewoodlandwife

We have very little storage in our home so we often feel the space we live in can become cluttered with items that we have accumulated. Spring is the natural time for a deep clean and de-clutter and I adopt a very simple method. Due to living with a chronic illness, rather than leaping in, cleaning and de-cluttering like a mad thing, I find the best way to approach things is to take my time to slowly sort our home.

It starts with getting a few boxes and a bin bag together and leaving them in our spare room. Every time I go about the house and see something that hasn’t been worn or used in a while, I place it in one of the boxes or bag. A few years ago I watched a film called ‘Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things’ and it totally transformed the way I think of material items in our home. As a self-confessed ‘second-generation hoarder’, I now adopt ‘The Minimalists’ approach to simplifying my life.

Every possession in our home, must either function as a ‘tool’ or add a positive aesthetic value to our life, so by asking myself “does this add value to my life?” I am then able to work out if an item serves a valid purpose or brings me joy. If it doesn’t, it goes in the box. This continues until I have enough to fill a box and then I will donate, dispose or store for the future.

As I write this, I am currently surrounded in boxes, as my Spring de-clutter began in January. I am gradually sorting, with the idea in mind that 2018 will be the year our home becomes as uncluttered as possible. I truly believe that there is no one tool I use to help me more than that one question I learnt from ‘The Minimalists’, and I now use it in making decisions when de-cluttering, as well as choices on any purchases for our home.

 Photo: Abi Dare

Photo: Abi Dare

Abi Dare - www.thesefourwallsblog.com / @thesefourwallsblog

Trying to declutter your entire home in one go will seem overwhelming, so my top tip is to begin with a quick-win area such as a shelf or drawer and then move on to another. When deciding whether to keep things or not, I always remember the words of William Morris, who famously said ‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful’. For every item, I therefore ask myself 'do I use it?' and 'do I love it?'. If the answer to both questions is no, I say goodbye. If there’s anything I’m unsure about, I just put it to one side and revisit it after a few weeks. If I haven’t missed it, I know I can let it go for good.

I’m particularly ruthless when it comes to home accessories, as I like to keep my house looking minimalist and clutter-free. But I still end up with more than I can display, so I store most of them in a cupboard and only have a few out at any one time. I love swapping things in and out according to the season and my mood, and it’s a great way to freshen rooms up without accumulating any more stuff.

We hope you find these ideas useful in your quest to minimise clutter in your home and restore a sense of freedom from 'stuff'. Do check out Jessica's recently published e-book on creating a year-round capsule wardrobe - something I'm sure we all strive to own!

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Shop indie this Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love but it’s also the perfect opportunity to spoil your loved one with a thoughtful gift. Whether it’s an item to wear, goodies to pamper with, something beautiful for the home, or a surprise weekend away, opting for something special from an independent shop will not only impress your loved one with its uniqueness, it also helps to keep our small business community thriving! Stylist Sally Meier has curated a lovely selection of items for both him and her to save you a little bit of work this February!

FOR HER

  Pressed Flower Glass Frame Picture,  Botanique Workshop , from £9.50   Real flowers are pressed and sandwiched between glass to create these unique framed blooms and leaves. Different sizes are available.

Pressed Flower Glass Frame Picture, Botanique Workshop, from £9.50

Real flowers are pressed and sandwiched between glass to create these unique framed blooms and leaves. Different sizes are available.

  Earl Grey Tea & Bergamot Dark Chocolate,  The Future Kept , £4.50    Crafted by Coco Chocolatier in Edinburgh, this bar is beautiful inside and out.  

Earl Grey Tea & Bergamot Dark Chocolate, The Future Kept, £4.50 

Crafted by Coco Chocolatier in Edinburgh, this bar is beautiful inside and out.  

  Row Bracelets,  Bohemia , £28   The Row Bracelets have a simple and delicate gold plated chain with a row of semi-precious stones. Hand-crafted in India and available in four colours, these bracelets are a perfect present, with a canvas gift bag included. 

Row Bracelets, Bohemia, £28

The Row Bracelets have a simple and delicate gold plated chain with a row of semi-precious stones. Hand-crafted in India and available in four colours, these bracelets are a perfect present, with a canvas gift bag included. 

  Jewellery Box in White Oak,  Tea and Kate , £99   A sleek, sculptural and entirely practical jewellery box for the lady who loves minimal.

Jewellery Box in White Oak, Tea and Kate, £99

A sleek, sculptural and entirely practical jewellery box for the lady who loves minimal.

  Woburn Bouquet,  Abigail Ahern , £110   Buy flowers that will last forever like these super-realistic faux bouquets from Abigail Ahern. 

Woburn Bouquet, Abigail Ahern, £110

Buy flowers that will last forever like these super-realistic faux bouquets from Abigail Ahern. 

  Green Fig Botanical Candle Co,  Midgley Green , from £14   These generously sized and practical soy wax candles will transport you to beneath a rambling fig tree in a sunny courtyard. 

Green Fig Botanical Candle Co, Midgley Green, from £14

These generously sized and practical soy wax candles will transport you to beneath a rambling fig tree in a sunny courtyard. 

   Old Park Hall, Devon  - from £160 per night   This quintessential country pile on the Devon and Dorset border is so much more than a B&B. Beautifully decorated, amazing food from local producers and in-house treatment room to enjoy full relaxation. While you are there, visit or even book a cookery course at the local River Cottage!  

Old Park Hall, Devon - from £160 per night

This quintessential country pile on the Devon and Dorset border is so much more than a B&B. Beautifully decorated, amazing food from local producers and in-house treatment room to enjoy full relaxation. While you are there, visit or even book a cookery course at the local River Cottage!  

  Moroccan Rose Bath Salts,  The Future Kept , £10   These luxurious bath salts are not only pure indulgance, but have healing properties too. Crystals of Himalayan pink salt are hand-crafted with dried petals of rose and scented with Moroccan rose essential oil. 

Moroccan Rose Bath Salts, The Future Kept, £10

These luxurious bath salts are not only pure indulgance, but have healing properties too. Crystals of Himalayan pink salt are hand-crafted with dried petals of rose and scented with Moroccan rose essential oil. 

  Bouquet Man Card,  Botanique Workshop , £3.50   A pretty card that says it all. 

Bouquet Man Card, Botanique Workshop, £3.50

A pretty card that says it all. 

FOR HIM

  Theo 'Slow Brewer' Coffee Brewer,  Oggetto , £52.95  Danish design brand Stelton's award winning Theo range is a perfect gift for lovers of slow brew filter coffee.

Theo 'Slow Brewer' Coffee Brewer, Oggetto, £52.95
Danish design brand Stelton's award winning Theo range is a perfect gift for lovers of slow brew filter coffee.

  Juniper and Raspberry Dark Chocolate Bar by Caro,  Caro Somerset , £6.50   Caro has partnered with award-winning chocolatiers, The Chocolate Society, to create chocolate bars inspired by the countryside. 

Juniper and Raspberry Dark Chocolate Bar by Caro, Caro Somerset, £6.50

Caro has partnered with award-winning chocolatiers, The Chocolate Society, to create chocolate bars inspired by the countryside. 

  Y Studio Brass   mechanical pencil,  Tea and Kate , £90   This mechanical pencil is exquisitely crafted in brass and copper to provide the optimum weight, with a smooth and steady feel when writing or drawing.

Y Studio Brass mechanical pencil, Tea and Kate, £90

This mechanical pencil is exquisitely crafted in brass and copper to provide the optimum weight, with a smooth and steady feel when writing or drawing.

  These Islands Book,  Midgley Green , £45   These Islands is a gorgeous book for any photographer, landscape lover, explorer or coffee drinker looking to be taken away from it all for a moment, or to inspire future trips in the British Isles. 

These Islands Book, Midgley Green, £45

These Islands is a gorgeous book for any photographer, landscape lover, explorer or coffee drinker looking to be taken away from it all for a moment, or to inspire future trips in the British Isles. 

  Moebe Oak Frame,  Tea and Kate , from £25   Frame a photograph or a special memory in this stylish and simple frame. Available in different sizes and finishes. 

Moebe Oak Frame, Tea and Kate, from £25

Frame a photograph or a special memory in this stylish and simple frame. Available in different sizes and finishes. 

  Liberty Print Bow Tie,  Botanique Workshop , £29   Made from Liberty print fabric, these bow ties are available in three different prints and will add style and colour to any dapper gent's outfit. You can also purchase a gift set of a matching bow tie and pocket square. 

Liberty Print Bow Tie, Botanique Workshop, £29

Made from Liberty print fabric, these bow ties are available in three different prints and will add style and colour to any dapper gent's outfit. You can also purchase a gift set of a matching bow tie and pocket square. 

  Lens Champagne Saucer,  Caro Somerset , £14 each   These beautiful champagne saucers are the perfect gift combined with a bottle.

Lens Champagne Saucer, Caro Somerset, £14 each

These beautiful champagne saucers are the perfect gift combined with a bottle.

  Caroline Gomez Destination Guide,  Tea and Kate , £18   A great gift, especially with an accompanying plane ticket tucked inside! The destination travel guide series explores cities from the inside, meets with fascinating people and takes time to see new places in a different way. 

Caroline Gomez Destination Guide, Tea and Kate, £18

A great gift, especially with an accompanying plane ticket tucked inside! The destination travel guide series explores cities from the inside, meets with fascinating people and takes time to see new places in a different way. 

  'Cat Love' Greetings Card,  Wrap Magazine Shop , £2.50   A fun, simple and romantic card illustrated by Cari Vander Yacht.

'Cat Love' Greetings Card, Wrap Magazine Shop, £2.50

A fun, simple and romantic card illustrated by Cari Vander Yacht.

A gorgeous selection of goodies I'm sure you'll agree?! Forward this post on to drop major hints, or simply treat yourself - why not eh?! Happy Valentines Day all! x

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10 minimal Christmas decorating ideas

How are you feeling about the imminent arrival of the festive period? Excited? Indifferent? Anxious? For many, with so much to organise it can become an overwhelming, stressful time, which it definitely shouldn't be! Jessica Rose Williams shares her tips for having a more minimal Christmas in a bid to alleviate those frenzied feelings.... 

Minimal Christmas decorating

It’s easy to feel like we should be doing all the things at Christmas time. There’s the tree, the second tree, the food, the decorations, the stockings, the ornaments, the lights, the outside lights and we haven’t even got to the gifts yet. It goes on and on and it can be exhausting! 

There’s an antidote to this madness; did you ever consider how Christmas might be better with less? For me, a minimal Christmas holds endless benefits. It’s a liberating feeling to boycott all the madness and consequently we’re only left with the good stuff, the stuff that really adds value.

Christmas is the perfect time to embrace some simplicity so we can enjoy all the festivities instead of overloading ourselves and our homes with too much stuff and pressure to create the elusive ‘perfect Christmas’. There’s beauty in simplicity and Christmas is no exception.

If you can relate to the above, here are ten minimalist decorating ideas to consider this Christmas that are really simple and easy to achieve.

Minimal Christmas decor ideas
minimal Christmas decorating ideas

1. Think less is more - Never underestimate the power of a single statement item surrounded by space. Allow the few items you really love to stand out by resisting the temptation to surround them with other stuff. 

2. Fairy lights - Lights are the easiest way to create mood. Decorating the tree with fairy lights only can make a real statement but still create a calm and cosy mood without feeling stark and bare. 

simple Christmas decorating ideas

3. Stick to a neutral colour scheme - I opt for as much white as possible at Christmas. It’s my favourite colour to decorate with anyway and Christmas is the perfect time to run with that as much as possible. White also evokes a feeling of calm.

4. Embrace black - Don’t be afraid to use non traditional colours in your decorating. Black can add striking contrast and a dash of elegance. 

minimal Christmas decorations

5. Decorate with intention - Having more lights up than the neighbours will not make an ounce of difference to your Christmas. It’s easy to slip into feeling competitive, but decorating with things because we want to not because we think we should makes much more sense.

6. Learn to say no - It’s ok not to put up that old ornament you secretly despise - nothing horrendous will happen. Tune into your intuition and only use things you really love. 

7. Bring the outside in - Festive foliage creates a comforting natural mood. You don’t have to be a professional stylist to have a go at this either. Keeping things really simple and DIY looking can still have a dramatic effect. 

minimal Christmas decorating ideas
minimal Christmas decorating ideas

8. Candles - Using a variety of candles, ideally at different levels, will create a cosy ‘Christmas Carol’ like mood in an instant. 

9. Use natural textures - Material is the easiest way to add texture and cosiness to a room. I’m not sure you can beat that feeling of snuggling under a blanket with a warm drink on the sofa during those dark cold winter nights. 

minimal Christmas  - make your own cards

10. Focus on the moments

The true meaning of Christmas doesn’t lie in 'stuff'. It lies in whatever it takes to make your heart sing. For me, it’s getting cosy under a blanket and putting my favourite Christmas film on (White Christmas incase you were wondering) or sitting by a roaring fire with a friend and stuffing our faces with mince pies. 

You can find oodles more minimal Christmas inspiration on my Pinterest board

Thank you Hubsch InteriorsRose and Grey and North East Chandlery for kindly gifting the items featured. 

Wishing you the merriest of Christmases everyone! 

Thanks Jessica! We can't wait to do less this Christmas! Make sure to take a few quiet moments to enjoy Jessica's peaceful and calming Instagram feed too. 

Teaching children the origins of food

It sometimes might not look or feel like it, but summer is in full swing here in the UK, as are the school holidays. It’s the perfect time to spend your free hours outdoors with the kids, (when the weather permits!) so, why not use this opportunity to teach them all about the origins of food?

It’s essential that our children value the importance of knowing about what we’re eating, where it comes from and the benefits of organically grown produce, as well as acquiring it locally or growing it themselves.

Veerle Evens shares a few tips on the best ways to introduce your children to the joys of growing your own, buying locally and learning about food in the most fulfilling way…

Buying Local
I can remember when I was six or seven, one of my primary school classmates was convinced chocolate milk came from brown cows.  Many kids today are growing up in cities and larger towns, where we do all our shopping in large commercial supermarkets. It’s very convenient, but it also means the younger generation aren’t discovering the origins of our food - picking strawberries, visiting the local farmer to pick up eggs and veggies, hearing the chickens in their coop and smelling the cows.

When I was growing up, I loved joining Mum’s weekly trip to the local farm shop. It was always a surprise to see what was available, depending on the season and how the weather / harvest had been. No strawberries in January here! It made me realise how hard the farmers work to put food on our plates, and that they deserve our local support. It’s so unnecessary for our food to travel thousands of miles before reaching our plates, adding to pollution and damaging of our environment. In order to cut that out, we need to accept that we can’t have every product we wish, on demand, all of the time.

Being close to the source makes this so much easier. Seeing the excitement of the local farmer about his new harvest makes you want to taste it! Of course, you may be thinking, 'I live in a city, visiting a farmer is not an option', but in fact, there are many great local farmers markets on every week all over the country, in cities, towns and villages. To find your local farmers market or farm shop, check out: www.farma.org.uk

If you are in the capital, here are a few of my regular haunts in the North / North East part of the city:
Alexandra Palace Farmers Market (every Sunday, 10 AM – 3 PM)
Parliament Hill Farmers Market (every Saturday, 10 AM – 2PM)
Broadway Market (every Saturday 9 AM – 5 PM)
Find more on the London Farmers Markets website.


Nurture & Harvest: Easy plants to grow
If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor space that can be used for growing plants (or even just a balcony), there are many vegetables and herbs that are easy to grow and maintain, and that the children can help you out with planting and nurturing. Your meals will taste even better after you’ve just been out to your growing space to gather the ingredients and the kids will be more likely to eat them as they’ve had a role in their growth. Plus, as you only pick what you need, there’s no waste (of food and money). Herbs are a great starting point for kids - bay, thyme, rosemary and mint are very hardy, and don’t need much attention. Just make sure you plant your mint in a separate pot away from others, as its roots take over the entire pot and will kill other plants!

Moving on to vegetables, an easy growing plant is chillies. Buy an organic chilli from a market or store, and keep some seeds to plant. Once they sprout and have grown a bit, they only like being watered every so often, so easy for kids to care for. You can let the soil dry out, and they love it. Just put them in a nice sunny spot in the windowsill or outside. Other easy growing vegetables are lettuce, salad leaves, potatoes, tomatoes, beans and peas.

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How to: Learn it local
Another fun way to combine learning about produce and spending time outdoors is to visit a pick your own farm, or join a local community garden or city farm that offers volunteering or educational programs. There are many community gardens around the country, where you can learn actively about growing your own vegetables, fruits and herbs. Most of them don’t have a minimum age, so the whole family can get involved with growing your own food.

For community gardens and farm gardens in and around London view this map of the city.

If you have caught the growing / gardening bug, The Royal Horticultural Society hosts the RHS Harvest Festival Show in London on the 3rd & 4th October 2017, with lots of information on growing, harvesting, using garden produce, competitions and tastings! More details here

Veerle has been working with stylist Lauren Becker on a project visiting community gardens around London, photographing the beautiful produce that grows there, then cooking up a dish from the harvested produce. They recently visited the Urban Growth project in Camden and cooked up a delicious recipe with fresh courgettes and nettles, which you will find in the first edition of Seek Inspire Create by 91 Magazine - our new free quarterly e-zine which is out very soon! To receive the e-zine, simply register your email here.

Let your home inspire your wedding

New 91 contributor Caroline Elvin explains how interior trends are a great place to glean inspiration for your wedding decor. If you are getting married this year or next, read on to see how ideas are closer to home that you might have thought...

The intricacies involved with planning a wedding can sometimes seem a little overwhelming. As well as all the other planning involved in creating your perfect day, picking a theme and finding inspiration for your decor can be challenging.

In recent years, we’ve seen wedding themes align rather conveniently with the current trends in home decor. If you’re getting married and have found that picking a theme can be a little tricky, you may not have to look much further than your own home.

Here’s some current home decor trends that can be tweaked to create a striking theme for your wedding.

 L: Photo by  Katharine Peachey  for 91 Magazine / R: via  Deer Pearl Flowers

L: Photo by Katharine Peachey for 91 Magazine / R: via Deer Pearl Flowers

Bringing The Outdoors In

With greenery being named Pantone’s Colour Of The Year 2017, it’s unsurprising that this theme has caught on. The idea of adding hints of green into your home is popular, with many choosing succulents and other plants to create the basis of their style.

Greenery has found its way into wedding palettes across the world. This look is all about the floristry, so pick a florist whose tastes match your own. Just as in the home, you can go all out or just use hints of this colour to create a stunning display. If you’re on a budget, the minimalist greenery look might be the one for you.

Get the look - To create this look for yourself, look for inspiration in West Elm, Zara Home & the home section of Urban Outfitters.

Rustic

The rustic theme has withstood the test of time and has proven a popular choice for interior savvy individuals year after year. Many houses lend themselves to this theme by providing beautiful open brick backdrops and sprawling wooden beams.

The popularity of the rustic theme as a wedding look is mainly down to the rise in barn and outdoor weddings. Similar to cottages and older houses, the barn lends itself to a modern rustic look. This theme also works well if you’re planning on creating your style from scratch as the materials you need - from jam jars to apple crates and wooden cake slabs - are widely available for a good price.

Get the look - To create this look for yourself, look for inspiration on eBay, Etsy & at your local farm shop.

 L: via  Nyde  / R: via  100 Layer Cake

L: via Nyde / R: via 100 Layer Cake

 Scandinavian

The Scandinavian theme is perhaps one of the most popular home trends of the year. Clean lines and muted colours are accented with geometric prints and draped faux fur. Along with the Scandinavian lifestyle, this look has played a pivotal part in both high-street and high-end interior design.

This theme has been effectively added to many weddings in the last year. Statement lighting provides the basis of this look, whilst everything else looks simple and muted. This style works well for budget weddings as it doesn’t require too many table decorations to make a statement. Getting married in winter? A Scandinavian, cosy winter wedding - complete with throws for your guests to sit outside - is the ultimate in wedding chic.

Get the look - To create this look for yourself, look for inspiration on made.com, Oliver Bonas & Amara.

 L: Photo by  Jemma Watts  for 91 Magazine / R: via  Want That Wedding

L: Photo by Jemma Watts for 91 Magazine / R: via Want That Wedding

Neutral Tones

Based on our love of Scandinavian simplicity, neutral tones have found their way into our homes. Rather than accent walls, many style their homes with white or pale grey walls and choose to accent them with the furniture and art they put in the room. With many people moving into newly built homes, this rise in neutral tones has only grown in the last year.

A great way to add a neutral feel to your wedding is by the underlying colours you use for your whole day. Think light grey bridesmaid dresses and a no-thrills cake. You may worry that basic looks like this may appear plain and uninspiring, but if you bring them altogether, you can create something very special.

Get the look - To create this look for yourself, look for inspiration on Rose and Grey, French Connection Home and H&M home.

 L: Via  @thejungalow  instagram / R: via  Festival Brides

L: Via @thejungalow instagram / R: via Festival Brides

Boho

This is perhaps the only theme that is more popular for weddings than it is for homes. Boho is the ultimate in laid-back luxury and leaves your guests feeling relaxed and carefree in the process. Unlike the other decor styles, the boho home is identified by the colours within it. From tapestries on the walls to mosaics on the floors, a boho home is never short of pieces collected from all over the world.

Strangely enough, a boho wedding doesn’t have to be underpinned by a kaleidoscope of colours, but it does have to have a laid-back feel to it. To create a boho wedding, think flower crowns, colourful picnic blankets and naked cakes. The idea of a boho wedding is to ensure your guests feel at ease and relaxed and having fun with the food, colours and style is a great way to do this.

Get the look - To create this look for yourself, look for inspiration in Anthropologie, Graham & Green and Sass & Belle

Happy wedding planning brides-to-be! 

Win £250 to spend with Thought

We at Team 91 share a love for beautiful, well-designed classics: from the interiors of our homes, to the clothes that we wear. This is why we're excited to share with you Thought - formerly known as Braintree Clothing.

Thought's motto is: 'we believe that contemporary fashion and sustainability go hand-in-hand' and they have recently completed an exciting rebrand, beginning a new chapter with a name that reflects their philosophy on sustainability, echoes their ethics and builds on their slow, 'thoughtful clothing' message. 

Thought's elegant pieces are made from naturally grown bamboo, cotton, wool and hemp. They offer the ideal blend of simple lines and considered detail, in a beautifully coherent colour palette that ensures it's a breeze to mix and match items from their collections into contemporary outfits that you'll want to wear again and again. In fact, Thought encourage their customers to adopt the mantra. "Wear me, love me, mend me, pass me on." as a reminder to look after what we own.

A self-confessed denim addict, I fell in love with the Frances shirt dress and found myself irresistibly drawn to the seventies-style Alfreda Midi Skirt, which is perfect to team with a pretty knit and a summer cape. A soft bamboo scarf is a dreamy way to add colour to any outfit, not to mention a useful addition for those unexpectedly chilly spring breezes.Whatever your style, Thought's tempting new collections are sure to have something that will catch your eye.

We think you'll be excited to hear that we have teamed up with Thought to offer one 91 Magazine blog reader the chance to win £250 to spend on their website! You could treat yourself to a whole new spring outfit, and you'd be able to feel good about looking good, safe in the knowledge that Thought work in an ethical and sustainable way to produce their clothes.

The giveaway closes at midnight on Sunday 21st May 2017. A winner will be selected at random and Thought will contact you directly if you are the lucky one. Do pop over to the Thought website to browse their gorgeous new collection. 

Simply CLICK HERE to enter.  

Good Luck readers! x

This post has been sponsored by Thought. All styled images are by Laura Pashby, images featuring models are by Thought. Opinions are those of Laura Pashby, deputy editor of 91 Magazine.