The flexibility of freelance

February 24, 2017


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The freedom freelancing gives you means it allows opportunities to travel and work anywhere. When I was coming to the end of my degree, I considered different career paths and there wasn’t a job that excited me. But the idea that I could go anywhere and work (as long as I have my laptop and camera) did and is something that excites me every time I open up my laptop. Being able to dictate where, when and how long I work for suits me perfectly.

Nottingham is a short journey away and for a couple days I met up with Mat to spend time meeting a few of the creatives that keep the city ticking over. Going to a new city is great. Finding the independent stores and cafes that really make a city individual. Luckily for Nottingham there’s plenty of these spots. As a freelancer, they make it easy to get more done on the road before seeing what’s next on the to-do list. Our first coffee hangout was over at Outpost Coffee to get some thoughts down using the Bellroy notebook. I’d also recommend checking out Cartwheel if you’re in the area.

With some freelance work done and a blog improvement chat with Mat – we’re both redesigning our websites – we then headed to Universal Works, Rough Trade and Aesop. Universal Works is offering solid menswear pieces to Nottingham and we even headed to the UW offices the next day to see what’s in the pipeline for the future.


Photography by Matthew Pike

We also visited designers, Lane, located in Primary Studios, friends Ian and Felicity from Campbell Cole and Norm from Waste Studio whose work might be familiar to those who checked out Realm & Empire from my trip to Brighton.

Doing what I do puts me in a very privileged position to be able to have interesting conversations with the people that make the brands what they are. It’s important to me to try and meet the people behind the emails and Instagram accounts and make real connections. Only then do I feel I’m able to get a real understanding of a brand. It helps me learn what work has gone into a product and learn information that gets left off press releases. It also means by the end of the campaign I end up working for friends rather than ‘just another job’.

Having the ability to work wherever is handy. You only need a pen, notebook and cardholder to get things moving.

As a freelance writer, I’m in charge of where I am and when. To make sure everything gets done, I’ll plan ahead on the Sunday evening before the week begins. Take this week for example. Knowing I was going to be away, it meant assigning what needed to be done on my weekly to-do list. I save this on my laptop in order to try and stay organised and free up some headspace. So on Monday’s list it included packing in the evening to make sure I had my essentials, including my cardholder and key cover.

For sometime now I’ve been using a cardholder instead of a wallet. It’s a lot more practical and helps prevent receipts from building up. It’s all part of trying to stay as organised as possible by staying on top of small tasks like clutter. I don’t want to be pulling out last month’s train tickets and invalid passes while looking for my card. I’m always recommending them to friends and they honestly keep things light for short trips.

Having the ability to work wherever is handy. You only need a pen, notebook and cardholder to get things moving. The latter to pay for the caffeine fuel that is customary when working to freelance deadlines. Time to recharge, spend some time behind the desk and start planning the next trip.


This post is in partnership with Bellroy, although my views on visiting new cities, how useful cardholders are and my joy in meeting new people are all my own.


My Stuff #3

February 17, 2017


I always enjoy putting these together and with plenty of new things to share from Christmas and New Year, it was perfect timing. With January momentum fading, a small pick-me-up purchase isn’t the worst idea. Whether it’s a magazine, candle or something else, it’s nice to buy yourself something in reward for working damn hard.

1. Lagom magazine

This is a magazine I picked up on a trip to Leeds at Village. The guys in store recommended it after I said I was looking for something that involved a mix of interesting interviews with creative’s, coffee and fashion. Normally if a magazine has say around four interesting pieces inside it, I’ll buy it. But Lagom is a page-turner from cover to end. I can’t recommend it enough.

2. Earl of East candle (Smoke & Musk)

A present from my sister at Christmas, this candle has been put to good use! I lean towards more musky candles and this Earl of East candle is a treat when I’m burning it. Even when I’m not, I’ll unscrew the lid and have a quick inhale when it’s on the desk – that’s not weird, is it?

3. NAB notebook

Not-Another-Bill sell the most brilliant subscription gifts and this little embossed notebook is one of them. It’s pocket-sized so it’s perfect for when I want to go old school with my to-do lists and write something down quickly.

4. Brixton flat cap

For those that follow me on social and have read previous fashion blog posts, you’ll know I’m a big hat fan. I’ve picked up a couple new ones from Brixton and this flat-cap style is definitely something new for me. I’ve had a couple digs from family members, but I think it’s such a cool hat to try out.

5. HAY pencil tray

A trip to Copenhagen isn’t done properly without a couple purchases. I bought this pencil tray from HAY House (it’s called a UU) and it sits proudly on my desk without fail.

6. Common Projects Achilles Low

These trainers weren’t necessarily something I was actively looking to buy, but when END. had a 25% sale on almost everything, these trainers went straight into my basket. I’m praying I keep these clean.

7. Cactus (and plants in general)

Often left with plant envy from Instagrammer’s Haarkon, I have an urge to turn one corner of my room into a plant haven. My cacti collection is up to five, with this one being my most recent. I’m eyeing up a swiss cheese plant, but I can’t seem to find one locally.


Shades of grey

February 13, 2017


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Photography by Matthew Pike

Probably taking inspiration from a rather drab start to the year in terms of weather, my fall guy when it comes to dressing is grey. It’s an easy option, just like black and navy, where you don’t necessarily have to think. But if you do, they can be more than just safe options.

Take the above for example. I’ve picked out varying shades of grey along with wearing some different textures and this subtly goes a long way in achieving a well thought out look. I style myself a little left of centre, sticking to most of the sartorial rules (if there are such a thing), but then offering my two cents on it. A slightly higher trouser to reveal my socks and a Reiss half zip-up allows me to show off some pattern underneath and bring in some depth to my outfit.

Spending the afternoon in Nottingham at Nottingham Contemporary, it was warm enough not to wear a coat. If this rare feat didn’t happen, I’d of probably been wearing a grey overcoat, or even a denim jacket.

I’m wanting to connect with more creatives in Leicester. Content creators, freelancers, photographers and bloggers… let’s meet up.

The trip was a well-timed break from working on the website redesign and some much needed headspace from what’s turned out to be a very busy couple of months. Also, it was a chance to meet up with some very creative guys in the city. It was cool to see so much happening in Nottingham and I’m interested to find people in Leicester. It would be great to connect to more people in Leicester doing creative things. Consider this an open invitation to those wanting to grab a coffee together.