Lydhurst Cottages: Sustainable Retreats without boarding a plane

The last long-bank holiday past I was determined to make something of the 3 days of expected blistering sun. Let’s face it, when the sun hits the UK it brings out a different side of people and makes everyone friendlier and way more approachable. No longer able to safely board a flight, I set about looking for country retreats with a focus on the natural and sustainable. Why should boarding a plane always equate a holiday? Even when you approach it from the sustainable side of the conversation, driving a few hours outside of London and setting up camp for equal doses of heat and tranquillity is a hugely reduced carbon footprint compared to that of boarding a plane (even if for a short flight). Especially if you are covering countryside miles in a TESLA.

Take our destination of West Sussex for example, where you still get the perks of endless miles of coastline, picture perfect treks and popular beach locations – Bracklesham Bay looks out onto the Isle of Wight and the English Channel – but with less time spent travelling for a 3 days or so our bank holidays usually afford us. I am not against the idea of flying away for bank holidays, but I wish more people would look closer to home because this was a truly magical experience for all of us. Armed with books, games, a car full of friends, food and trekking gear, we made the short drive of 1.5 hours to Warninglid and set up camp in The Farmhouse at Lydhurst.

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Organic pregnancy style with Boob!

So, even though my first trimester was pretty immobile and horrendous, I knew that as soon as I felt better I wanted to be able to work out and get into shape again. Fitness was at the top of my agenda for the new year before I even found out. Having spent 3 months in bed more or less feeling all the stages from sickness to hot flushes to fatigue resuming some form of exercise became near essential to me. On the hunt for sustainable but comfortable work-out gear and generally laid-back maternity every day wear I came across Boob! The brand caters beyond fitness with ready to wear, day to night pieces which feel so incredible, smooth, silky and beyond comfortable. I literally forgot I was even wearing their trousers, that’s how much of a second skin they became. On more than one occasion I have had to pull myself off the bed just to remove them and change into nightwear after a tiring day. I can’t say enough about the quality of these pieces and the level of fit and comfort.

What should you expect? Organic cotton maternity clothes which are fairtrade, sustainable and eco-friendly – ranging from everyday clothes across to office and even including swimwear, ‘Boob’ has it all for minimal, easy maternity style. Think design-led comfort and unquestionable style. Read more…

Copenhagen Fashion Summit Dinner Style

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Ace & Jig

Founded in 2009 by Cary Vaughan and Jenna Wilson, Brooklyn-based label Ace & Jig specialises in effortless clothing made from custom woven fabrications, made on ancient wooden hand looms by artisan weavers in India. With a focus on craftsmanship and fabrications, the result is effortless basics with a hand-spun twist. 

Within the business much can be learned by aspiring eco brands about how to create sustainable fashion authentically. For example, scrap fabric from Ace & Jig collection is frequently used to make pieces ranging from fabric flags to patched quilts, whilst some scraps are used in collaboration with other artists for further interpretation and others donated to schools for educational projects. Given the fact that we throw out nearly 14 million tons of textiles each year, every little bit helps. Read more…

Interview with Sarah’s Bag founder

We have posted about this incredible brand before and were over the moon when Sarah’s Bag founder Sarah Beydoun shared some insight into her story with us. Beydoun is a passionate entrepreneur and leader, with a brand dedicated to empowering women. Have a look at what she had to say about her incredible brand below…

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The Medieval Fairy-Tale Town in Belgium: Feel the Spirit of Brugge

A perfect destination for celebrating the New Year’s Eve, Christmas, or this holiday spirit in general, Bruges (or Brugge in Dutch) is a small town in Belgium where time has stopped for good. Cascading colorful houses, peaceful canals, greenery in abundance, and of course, ample beer, chocolate and famous Belgian waffles, among other things will make you weak in the knees as soon as you catch a glimpse of this vivid city and its diverse tastes.

Bruges seems to be a town made to tease your palate, pamper you with a lush stay in a boutique hotel that gives you an even more profound feeling of time coming to a full stop, and treat you to a voyage into the past with its numerous museums, galleries, horse-drawn carriages and streets cobbled to perfection. But don’t be fooled – this little town is well-versed in all things modern and advanced, as well! Read more…