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Rise & Shine Hamper from Harvey Nichols...

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So imagine it, Christmas morning.  You have woken to the sound of your children unwrapping their stocking, or perhaps you are unwrapping your own.  You wander down to the kitchen bleary eyed to make breakfast.  What would you have on Christmas morning?

Well, it's probably something you've always had, a bit of a family tradition.  Bucks Fizz, good coffee, croissants or smoked salmon bagel.  Something indulgent & perfectly delicious.

So with this in mind, why not treat your family, or perhaps friends, to a rise & shine hamper from Harvey Nichols.  It contains almost everything you will need for a perfect Christmas morning.  A bottle of Prosecco, breakfast blend ground coffee, English breakfast loose leaf tea, gooseberry preserve & strawberry preserve (for your croissants), acacia honeycomb honey, and two mugs.

A perfect treat for Christmas morning, or any morning for that matter.

This post was written in collaboration with Harvey Nichols, all thoughts and words are my own.

Meet the Shop - Seven Boot Lane + giveaway!

Every Autumn, there is that eternal search for a great pair of boots.  A pair of boots that will keep you feet cosy throughout Winter, that look stylish and cool.  A perfect pair of boots should see you through all types of situations, from work, to play, to kicking autumn leaves in the park.  Yes, a perfect pair of boots is what we all deserve, right?

Well, let me introduce you to my latest sponsors, Seven Boot Lane.  A local West Country family business who make the most stylish boots in the softest of Spanish leather.....
Owner of Seven Boot Lane - Sebastian Edwards
Please can you introduce yourself and tell us a little about what you do? 
After working for 15 years at a major shoe company I began to dream about setting up my own footwear brand. I had worked with some of the best manufacturers in Europe and there was no doubt in my mind that boots would be our specialism. There is something beautiful about a great pair of boots: the shapes, the leathers, the hardware, and I love the way boots seem to hold a superior status in people’s wardrobes. Since then (2 years ago) we have enjoyed a roller coaster of excitement as our young company has gradually become established. 

What is your inspiration behind opening the shop? 
Our business is mainly wholesale and online, but we felt it was really important to have a place where the brand could ‘live’ in a tangible environment: somewhere where the whole collection would be available in all its glory. We chose Bath partly because it has become a major shopping destination – both regionally and internationally – and partly because the city feels like a good fit for our brand. 

How would you describe the feel of your shop? 
The shop is simple and beautiful. It has a clean layout, which is designed to make the most of our boots. We are lucky to have a big space that allows us to display the collection really effectively. We also stock a Danish clothing brand called Second Female, which complements our footwear perfectly and gives the store a really warm feeling. I hope it is a welcoming and relaxing environment: shopping for boots is not something that should be rushed. 

I love your lookbook, could you tell us your inspirations behind the collection? 
This autumn’s collection showcases what’s most important to our brand: effortlessly simple design that is timeless and transcends seasonal fashion; beautiful materials and colours, complemented by individual details that set our boots apart from the rest; the key profiles that our customers are looking for this year – bikers, heeled western boots, Chelsea boots, equestrian styling… I particularly love our rich deep suede colour palette – the charcoal and bordo, and the copper trims we used – which worked really well on our shoot and lend a strong autumnal feel to the collection. 

Your boots are made in Spain, could you tell us a little about your factory there? 
One of the greatest things about starting your own company is that you choose who you work with. And one of the greatest things about our company is our factory. Our partnership with them has only been going for a couple of years but already we are like family to each other. Not only do we share the same values on design and quality, but we also have become close friends and we love working together. Theirs is a small family-run operation, just like ours. All the people who work there are highly skilled craftsmen and women who take great pride in their work. Rightly so, because the end product is stunning. 

What is a typical working day for you? 
There is no such thing! Each day throws something new at us because we are small and growing fast. It can be frustrating because time is hard to manage, but it’s also revitalising to have different challenges all the time. In one day I might well spend a couple of hours planning the next collection, then a couple of hours doing some accounts, and finish up by packing and shipping the day’s orders. Because we have a large wholesale business, and we sell to the trade up to 6 months ahead of the season, we are always managing 3 different seasons at once so there’s never a dull moment! Customers take a lot of looking after too, and we pride ourselves on providing the best service possible: when you run your own business, your customer is your boss. 

What do you love most about what you do? 
Making beautiful boots and seeing people wearing them. 

You regularly donate to two charities, could you tell us a little about this? 
We have a lot of pairs of samples and end of line stock which we are really glad to be able to donate. The two organisations that we work with have managed to establish a premium charity shop model which generates considerable income for the charities. Mary Portas was instrumental in creating the concept of the Save the Children Living and Giving stores – there are 15 of these now and they are as beautifully merchandised as some of the best boutiques you will see. If we donate to these kinds of shops, they are able to command a higher price for the product, so everyone’s a winner. 

If you could see a pair of your boots on a celebrity who would you choose and why? 
Kate Moss, because she has style and coolness that has endured. 

What do you think is going to be a ‘hot’ fashion trend for this season? 
Well you should always dress from the shoes up – obviously – so make sure they are making enough of a statement – chunky is good. Then go for super skinny or boyfriend jeans, and a big shearling coat. These contrasts work well, they are flattering and they lend a touch of attitude. 

Where do you like to shop for clothes and interiors? 
Mimi Noor in Bath is one of our favourite stores. Mimi has an amazing selection of denim as well as some great every day casual wear. We are always sending our customers there for jeans to go with our boots. Interiors are tricky – many of my favourite things have come from Glastonbury Reclamation. 

If you were stranded in the wilds what item would you want with you to survive? 
My family. 

Where would you like to be in ten years? 
I would be very happy to be here, managing a successful shoe brand. Or possibly two! 

Seven Boot Lane's boots are just perfect.  You all want a pair don't you, I can tell! Well Littlegreenshed and Seven Boot Lane have teamed up to giveaway one  pair of boots of your choice to a lucky Littlegreenshed reader!  OMG!  It's true, really!

All you need to do is fill in the little raffle widget below.   Winner will be announced next Friday 7th November. Good luck! 

In Clover Magazine - a review...

A few weeks ago I was lucky to receive a copy of the brand new magazine - In Clover.  It was love at first sight.  Slightly smaller than the average magazine, but oh does it pack a punch.  It is beautiful.  From cover to cover.

Let me tell you about their story...

In Clover is the brain child of Bryony, a Cornish fashion journalist student.  With a love of print, she decided to create her own magazine.  In Clover.  The idea came about after watching her mother bake, seeing how happy and absorbed she was, gaining pleasure from the process.  In Clover promotes offline pursuits and slow living in the form of art, food, culture and sustainable fashion.

As a person whose job it is to be online all the time, I relish the chance to switch off.  Go outside, walk in the woods, bake, craft... take life slow.  So the idea of a magazine that actively promotes this to me is wonderful.

Each article is thoughtfully written with astonishingly beautiful photographs by some very talented photographers.  I particularly loved the piece on Italian photographer, Massimo Vitali.  His images of bathers taken from a far are just incredible.  Using the whole landscape around him, each photograph has a very over exposed quality, you can almost feel the heat of the sun, and hear the sounds of the busy beach life.

From off-line getaways, interviews, foraging tips, recipes, fashion spreads, this magazine has something for everyone.

After reading it, I now want a tattoo by MISO, escape to the cabin in the woods, and forage for my candle lit supper.  In Clover magazine has done it's job - now to turn off this computer!

If you'd like a copy of In Clover magazine then head over to their shop.

All images (except the top one) are by In Clover Magazine.


Mr Roe by A Wooden Tree on Folksy
A couple of weeks ago I started working freelance as Digital Editor (at large) with the brilliant team at Folksy.  It has been such an honour and pleasure working for these guys.  Folksy is really cool!

As part of my job, I get to look at beautiful handmade items, uploading my finds to Instagram and write lovely interviews with some incredible creative people  - dream gig!

As I flick through the pages on the Folksy website, I have discovered many perfect items of homewares, clothing, jewellery, stationery and craft supplies. Mentally making my dream Christmas wishlist, and also pinning to my new Pinterest board - Folksy Findings.

So if you are looking for some birthday or Christmas inspiration - or just wish to discover some new talent, hop over to check it out... (oh and if you are a Folksy seller, please let me know!).

Time to light up the dark with Cable & Cotton lights...

Dark, grey days need a little sparkle.  I love having a mix of lighting sources in the home. From floor lamps to candles, table lamps and of course fairy lights.

I adore my new set of Cable and Cotton lights... they are perfect.  Giving a warm happy glow to my living room corner - in fact it feels like I have the fire lit when they are on, such is the lovely light.

I chose the standard set called Glow.  A mix of neutral tones, grey, cream, taupe and white, that compliments the colour scheme in my lounge.  But there are many different colour-ways to choose from on their website.

At the moment, they are a jumble of glowing balls on the floor, lighting up a dark corner and my newly painted cabinet.  I may hang them up at some point, but I quite like them like this - informal and pretty.

*I was sent a set of cable and cotton lights to review. All views and opinions are my own - as always.  Thank you cable and cotton for such lovely lights.