outdoors wishlist

Sunday, 25 January 2015


our family is passionate about the outdoors and any occasion is good for a dip in the water or a walk on the beach. but sometimes when the temperature has dropped and rain is pouring, the motivation to get out there can easily dissipate by a look out the window.

this outdoors list is what will get me out. if i feel comfortable, warm and dry in the clothes i am wearing, i shouldn't be able to find any excuses not to get out. this list contains a few items i already own and love (in italic), and a few i am planning to get soon. i picked them because they are versatile, light and practical.

a. finisterre merino wool base layer bundle  naturally anti-bacterial, breathable and body regulating.

b. finisterre beanie  i often find an umbrella irritating and unreliable, so if it's a bit wet and cold, i like to wear a beanie, it keeps my fringe in place and keeps me nice and cosy.

c. patagonia torrent shell — my next purchase to complement my down jacket, on sale at the moment here.

d. rab gloves — when it gets very cold you'll be thankful to have a good pair of gloves at hand.

e. camelbak water bottle — a study showed that people using bottles from this range drink up to 24% more water than when they use other reusable bottles or disposable plastic bottles, so if you struggle to keep hydrated this bottle may be the answer. it is bpa-free but they also make a glass version if you don't like plastic.

f. patagonia down jacket  my best recent buy, the down fill helps regulate your body temperature, it also folds into its inside pocket, which is brilliant for travelling, on sale at the moment here.

g. mountain warehouse head torch   just in case you get lost along the way.

h. reebok trainers  i bought these a couple of weeks ago and already love them! i have to admit i fell for the colour, i am slightly obsessed with it. they are extremely light, perfect for training or simply going for a run. plus they are half price at the moment here, everyone loves a bargain.

i. topo design backpack — if you need a day pack, which isn't too big or too small and waterproof with a laptop sleeve this is the one.

j. finisterre shirt — a pretty and comfortable shirt in case we decide to stop at the coffee shop on our way home.



what are your outdoors essentials? is there any outdoor brand you're particularly fond of?

charities pick for 2015

Wednesday, 21 January 2015



it is the beginning of the year and as i try to get the year organised, i like to choose the charities i will be helping for the next 12 months or more. i usually pick organisations that reflects my passions and interests. i believe that by picking three you can become more engaged with the work they do and attend local events. it is also easier to commit to them budget-wise. here is my pick for 2015:

a. surfers against sewage  this is an obvious choice for us, our proximity and relationship with the ocean means we can only care about it. surfers against sewage works towards the protection of uk's oceans, beaches and waves putting issues such as water quality, marine litter, shipping, climate change, wave protection and toxic chemicals, at the centre of there campaigns. they also have a pretty awesome shop.

b. trees for life  inspired by the concept of rewilding itself, trees for life was set up in 2008 purchasing an area of 10,000 acres of wild land with the mission restore the caledonian forest. the prospect of one day reintroducing missing native species into the scottish highlands echoes deeply to my heart.

c. reporters without borders — recent events talk for themselves, close or far away from home. freedom of speech and freedom of the press are key to democracy, fundamental rights.
that's why i believe it's important to support the work of journalists, reporters, photographers and cartoonists around the globe, who risk there lives everyday to bring us information. reporters without borders publishes every year a freedom of press index so you can check the current status of your country and keep track of incidents in each country.



we will also be continuing to support the rnli for keeping an eye on us in the water and the national trust for preserving and maintaining amazing places all around the country such as kingston lacy that we both love to explore.



i always love to discover the extraordinary work of people around the world, who are you supporting or carry on supporting this year?

creative coveting

Saturday, 17 January 2015



a little list of creative items i am currently coveting for my imaginary studio:

one / 2015 health wreath wall calendar by katie vernon, i found myself pining quite a few of katie's illustrations, i particularly love her work on wreaths and their meaning. make sure you check her website to see more of her illustrations.

two / fox faunascape plywood print by whatwedodk, discovered recently on etsy, whatwedodk's plywood prints make me dream of hiking in scandinavia spotting wildlife along the way.

three / spearmint sewing machine by john lewis, i have had my eyes on this one for months. i keep mentioning to jack hoping that he will eventually give in.

four / knit earrings by polli design, an australian brand i fell in love with when i was living in newcastle, new south wales.

five / painted wooden hexagon bead necklace by polli design, a lovely statement necklace to lift up an outfit.

six / kånken backpack by fjällräven, you can never have too many backpacks.

seven / clear rosa iphone case by rifle paper co, whether it is their stationery range or art prints, i can get enough of it.

eight / oh comely magazine is one of my favourite british publication, fresh, whimsical and always inspiring.

nine / radio sewing basket by cath kidston, in the sale at the moment, plus it would go very well with the spearmint sewing machine...

ten / cliffs of insanity soy candle by frostbeard studio, candles set the mood so what better scent that this one to feel inspired and creative!



what would you like in your imaginary studio?
 

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