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10 Christmas gift wrap ideas

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If you’re on track with our suggestions to prepare for the festive season, then you may have started thinking about Christmas gift wrapping themes. For some this is the equivalent of a crafty activity to help unwind from work, but for others this can be yet another daunting “chore”. Who cares how gifts are wrapped anyway? Kids will enjoy the experience of ripping the paper to uncover the gift inside, regardless of what the wrapping looks like. However, nice wrapping isn’t as difficult to achieve as it may initially seem. Honestly. Are you still doubting? Let me share a few tips with you!

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5 eco-friendly fashion choices

The UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) currently running in Glasgow is coming to an end this Friday. The event takes place annually, but this year’s was of extreme relevance because this was the first time the Paris Agreement was revisited and countries needed to show how they met the national targets agreed in 2015. Despite some of the failures seen (like the overall inability to limit global temperature rise to 1.5C) there is some optimism in regards to the commitments already announced. We’re impatiently awaiting the outcome of the two-week event. In the meantime, this is a great opportunity to share a few eco-friendly fashion choices.

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Top 5 tips to plan for the festive season

Welcome November! Where did this year go? With the end of the year fast approaching, we’re now left with the most demanding planning of the year: Christmas and New Year. No pressure! The good news is that at least this year we’re likely to be able to spend the festive season with as many loved ones as possible. We know, we know. It’s still early, but with so much to think about, you may want to prepare yourself. And to help you do so, we decided to share our top 5 tips to plan for the festive season.

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What to wear to a job interview

And just like that we arrived at the last week of October. The weather is definitely cooler and the clock change this weekend will formally set us on “Winter mode”. What better time to reset and make some needed changes to our lives? Get a new job maybe? The post-pandemic job opportunities surely contrast with the wave of lay-offs and redundancies from the previous lockdowns. However, if you haven’t heard of it yet, the Great Resignation trend has arrived. Job seeking is no longer about companies assessing candidates. Candidates are actively evaluating companies and carefully selecting who they commit to. Switching jobs hasn’t ever been easier, but that doesn’t mean candidates don’t care. They still care… about the things that work for the company without impacting their personal lives. Long hours and no work/life balance? Thanks, but no thanks! So, if you’re considering a change, read on. This week’s blog is about what to wear to a job interview.

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A Place in the Sun

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As you may already know, I’ve been catching up on lost time with family and friends in a place in the sun: Portugal. Due to the pandemic and work arrangements, I was unable to visit the “motherland” for 2 nearly years. So, this time we took the opportunity to plan longer holiday in Portugal! Yes, we’ve been working, but remotely, and about to resume work in Edinburgh. During this time, we took the opportunity to do explore the surroundings to understand what has changed. A lot has changed!! Some for the better, some not so much, but overall, it has been great – as usual. So, in this week’s blog I’d like to share a few updates on what we’ve been up to.

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World Mental Health Day

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October 10th celebrates World Mental Health Day and this year’s moto is “Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality”. The World Health Organization recognises the COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on people’s mental health. After 18 months of pandemic, lives across the world have been disrupted. Essential workers were overworked and overly concerned about the prospect of exposing their families to an invisible threat. Families were kept apart and in my case for two years, but I’m finally “home”. As I write these words, I’m sipping a coffee and overlooking a sunny Portuguese landscape. Easing restrictions have finally allowed me to visit parents and friends and I’ll definitely be making the most of it. And obviously write a few words in Our Stories about mental health in support of World Mental Health Day!

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Stoma Aware Day

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This week sees the last day of September 2021. Where did nine months go? After everything that happened, are we more tolerant? Are we more accepting? I believe things have changed for the better. There’s definitely more openness to discuss subjects that a few years ago were still taboo. However, it’s never too much to raise awareness. Or learn about topics that aren’t common knowledge or simply visible. Like certain disabilities. World Ostomy Day will take place on October 2nd and this year’s moto is: “Ostomates’ Rights are Human Rights – anytime and anywhere!” So, in this week’s blog we’re getting involved in supporting Colostomy UK with their #StomaAware campaign.

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International Day of Sign Languages

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What a busy week! We finished our latest collection, managed to get product photography sorted and we’re currently working on the final details before uploading everything to Our Collection. So, watch this space. We’ll be taking a small break from next week to recharge as well as work on a few other things to expand our range. Exciting times and very timely as well. After the fabulous Mat Gala designs, it was time for London Fashion Week (LFW) to treat us with another feast of creativity. In case you missed it, this year LFW had an entire wheelchair collection brought to us by Faduma’s Fellowship. It’s great to see inclusion materialising across the industry. And on the topic of inclusion, tomorrow is International Day of Sign Languages!

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How to support independent designers

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After the weirdest of times we’ve been through, nothing screams “we’re ready to move on” more than the Met Gala this week. Political & social messages, men’s flamboyant fashion (Louis XIII step aside), and an array of the most extravagant interpretations of what it’s like “In America”. We’ve survived a pandemic. It’s time to resume life and live it to the fullest! Starting today! And since the Met Gala is the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute annual fundraising, what better opportunity to write about how to support independent designers? Keep reading if you want to find out more.

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