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Moochin’ in Brighton

June 28, 2017

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Well what is better than a good mooch? Especially when it’s not in your own town and somewhere relatively new. Last weekend I was down in Brighton visiting friends to get my beach fix and supposedly good weather. I left my laptop at home and with it, all responsibilities. If my inbox could talk, it was screaming at me by Monday. I wanted a weekend to chill out and just hang out with some friends as my head is currently juggling the launch of a new website and possible projects for the months ahead.

On my last day before heading back, we headed into Brighton where the first stop had to be Silo. I think we all needed that coffee fix – me especially. From there we just wandered and headed into some favourites. It’s good to kind of spend a few hours where you’re not following a list of places you must go-to and just – as the blog title suggests – mooch.

For someone whose keeping one eye on where to move as I get older, Brighton has definitely made the shortlist.

Of course, there were a couple stores that drew us in. We went into Workshop Living for homeware goods and found some amazing Soh candles, Magazine Brighton for print reads where I left with the new issue of Lagom and Batch Coffee for that mid-afternoon energy hit. The last stop was Beyond Retro for a little bit of photobooth action at my consistent request! So worth it might I add.

It was only my second time in Brighton and I’m beginning to get the appeal. Close to the seaside, right next to the countryside and amazing independent stores and cafes opening up daily. You really get the feeling that people champion small businesses here. For someone whose keeping one eye on where to move as I get older, Brighton has definitely made the shortlist.

Thank you Aaron, Benji, Sean and Poppy for being ace tour guides!

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Desk Essentials

June 19, 2017

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The desk is where I spend most of my time. How much of that time I spend productively is questionable, but nonetheless I’m at it by 9am most mornings. And I’ll only feel ready to open up my laptop when I have a clean desk. Things come and go in order to keep things fresh, but for the most part, I keep it the same.

My desk was a DIY job courtesy of Bunker snr (Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there yesterday) and we just painted it white. At the minute I can’t justify a lot of money on a desk. When I do, I’ll be shooting Dan Marc a message – but alas, a dream for a future workspace.

So starting with what triggers most content ideas is my reading material. On the right of my desk is a print read or two for when I lack inspiration – currently it’s TMRW magazine and MR PORTER post. When I’m struggling for a turn of phrase, I find having a couple magazines nearby handy. On the other side, I keep my Moleskine notebook for jotting down ideas that come and go before I have a chance to write it down and my Bellroy passport holder that I take with me everywhere.

To be productive, it’s important to enjoy being in your workspace.

Next is stationery. Currently I have it down to a few items that are contained in my HAY ‘Uu’ organiser. Keeping it HAY themed I also have one of their laptop brushes. Some might call this unneeded, but there’s something about starting the day with a clean keyboard that sits well with me.

I think I’ve shared this with you before that to be productive, it’s important to enjoy being in your workspace. So having a candle burning while I’m working helps with this. At the minute I’m using a new candle from Hudson & Co. It’s one of those that still smells ace even when it’s not burning.

The last few bits that complete the make up of my desk are: a watch, my iPhone that probably hinders my workflow more than helps, and then some hand cream. I’m really interested to learn how everyone else stays organised to prevent wishing for extra hours in the day.

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Working collaboratively

June 5, 2017

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Though I may share the occasional moan and tweet about how much time I spend on trains, I always choose a day out over a day at the desk. I met up with Mat (I know what you’re thinking… again?) and Jake Millers in Sheffield last week as they were doing some commission work in the city. I took it as a chance to tag along and take some photos of my own.

This past month I’ve been fortunate enough to work on a few sponsored projects. It is great, but they all come with deliverables. I find it amazing that I get to work on projects with brands, but you have to think: messaging, photos, words and ensuring you get everything spot on. Having this pressure does allow for extra focus, but sometimes – like this day in Sheffield – it’s nice to have ultimate freedom, take photos without having to ‘think’ and make the link after.

We visited The Botanical Gardens that we’d seen so much through Haarkon, enjoyed some good coffee at Upshot Espresso that I missed on my first trip to the city earlier on in the year and then the well-stocked La Biblioteka.

I take comfort in the fact that I can call Mat and Jake fellow creative’s, friends and feel safe in the knowledge that working together really does produce the best results.

Surrounding yourself with good people and taking on new ideas allows you to push your own creative input. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jake and Mat on a couple of occasions now and they really do have ‘that’ eye when it comes to photos.

Discussions of community and supporting one another is something that quite a few people have been talking about recently. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet some good people through the job that I do and one of the things I enjoy is when we can come together to help each other out and improve our content. Within the group I’ve been able to become a part of, we all support each other and ignore negativity. It’s not about trying to be friends with everyone, but connecting with those that you respect and share common ground with.

Next on the list for me is LFWM. I’m heading down to London for Fashion Week on Friday and I’m sure they’ll be plenty of familiar faces around. If you’re there, make sure you get in touch! It’s a great chance to connect and collaborate with people I’ve shared conversations with online.