Sarah Nettleton – summer style

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It’s summertime, and with the longer days, BBQ evenings and buckets and spades comes a desire to infuse some of that summer feeling into everything. A bit of frivolity, joie de vivre, light heartedness. And everything includes our clothing and accessories. Sarah Nettleton, Founder and Designer, of aMuse Fashions aims to bring a bit of the season into her jewellery pieces, and the Paper Sailboats, Fish ‘N’ Chips and Lollipop collections are perfect for this.

But as I found out from her, it’s far more complex than simply looking at a bucket and spade.

http://belleabouttown.com/belle-style/fashion-belle-style/down-by-the-sea/

Lazer Cake

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We’re from short in music with an eighties influence, but that’s not to say there’s not room for more. Rhythmic synths throb under exultant melodies and chiming beats through songs designed for twitching nervously on the dance floor. Earnest vocals from singer/drummer Robby Sinclair are backed up by a dynamic wash of synths Alan Markley, swaying guitars from Tom Deis and Grant Zubritzky’s punchy bass. Lazer Cake are like the early hours of a party when all is a little hazy – and you’re not too late to join them.

Yoga for eating disorders

One of the most wonderful things about yoga, in all its forms, is that it can be all things to all men and women. Debates rage as to whether yoga is a science or an art, a physical, mental or spiritual practice, an exercise or meditation. For this very reason it can provide a nourishing tool for everyone – including those suffering from eating disorders.

http://www.trueyogacollective.com/#/yoga-for-eating-disorders/

Local Finds: Norwich

Two nights in Norwich simply wasn’t enough to explore all the art, culture and history that this city has to offer. Staying in The Maid’s Head hotel, the longest running site of hospitality in the country, built on the site of the palace of the early Norman Bishops, and drinking in its oak-lined Jacobean bar, before heading for bed in the Tudor Rooms (where Queen Elizabeth I also stayed) was a heritage-fuelled delight in itself, but there’s so much more to see in this fascinating city, as I discovered…

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Swinging Through The Blitz, Shoreditch

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Walking around Shoreditch on Saturday night, you might have thought that you’d stepped back in time. A faint sound of swing music coming from the alleyway, faint glowing lights in a blackout, the gentle rumble of dancing feet and chatting friends – it’s Bourne & Hollingsworth’s Blitz Party.

http://imalondoner.com/blitz-party-bloomsbury/

Getting crafty with Homemade London

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As adults we often neglect creativity in our lives, instead focusing upon the efficient and effective achievement of a useful goal. To play, to create, to make, to be frivolous just for the sake of it – surely that’s kids’ stuff. Well no. studies have proven that the benefits of creativity include stress reduction, positive emotions, connections with inner ‘flow’ and a general feeling of well being. I know I like making things (including a mess), but the trouble is that I’m not a painter, a sculptor, a sewer, a butcher, a baker (well) or a candlestick maker. Thankfully, at Homemade London, the independent craft workshop in Seymour Place, London, you can be all, as my taster of their offerings proved.

Sustained by Earl Grey gin fizz cocktails, rose and thyme vodka mules, mini English sandwiches and Eton mess in china floral teacups, a group of London bloggers were given the chance to try out some of the classes on offer in the charming and colourful store.

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We kicked things off with paper craft, embossing on card and making crepe paper flowers. Later on we tried printing on fabrics, by making our own block stencils and leaving our marks on small napkins. The highlight for me was definitely the perfume making session. Founder and owner of Homemade London, Nicola Barron is a perfumer, and her knowledge and dedication to the coordination and concoction of the perfect scent for each person stirring. Using only natural oils and aromatherapy techniques we all came away with a fragrance suited to our skin type and personality, as well as new knowledge.

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Their motto is ‘create the things you love’, and I like to think that this is not just about having things in your home that you love, but creating them. In the days of convenient mail order, flat pack pieces and off the peg homogeneity, there’s something wonderful about putting your effort into making thing, your heart into your home. All around are inspiring examples of craft and art, with quaint pieces poking out of stylish décor, and the staff are helpful and reassuring.

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So on offer, as well as the above, is sewing, candle making, knitting, paper cutting, chocolate truffles and lingerie making. If you can’t decide what you want to make from their dizzying array of options, there’s always the £10 mystery workshops. Each is an hour long and have included jewellery making, personalised mugs, drawstring bags and machine-stitched notebook covers. A feeling of contentment and a creative gift to take away with you, for a tenner in London. Bargain.