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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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How to feel confident in your own clothes?

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When you feel good about yourself, you project the best version of you to the world. Fashion is a means to express our individuality and it certainly influences how confident we feel about ourselves. Don’t think so? Remember Princess Diana’s “Revenge Dress”? There’s a reason it was a dress and not random jogging bottoms. So, given we’re still in a journey out of the recent draconian period in history we lived in, this week’s blog is all about how to feel confident in your own clothes. If fashion can help boost our confidence, then we may as well make the most of it!

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My top 5 accessories to transform an outfit

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No wardrobe will be complete without accessories. They can add “life” to a monochromatic and otherwise plain outfit or even help enhance the wearer’s beauty. We shouldn’t underestimate the power of accessories, which is why in this week’s blog I’ll share my top 5 accessories to transform an outfit.

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Back to work wardrobe

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Holiday season is ending, children are back to school and several companies are welcoming their co-workers into the office from September. After such a long time interacting with colleagues and management via Zoom calls in the comfort of your jogging bottoms, this may be a good time to start planning your back to work wardrobe.

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7 tips to help you decide before you buy clothing

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Have you ever bought something that looked great on the mannequin, seemed to look fine on you in the shop, was your size, but you put it on at home and it doesn’t feel right? I’m sure this isn’t an unfamiliar scenario. Online shopping is great for availability and reach, but if we can end with an unflattering item of clothing bought in person, things can get a bit more complicated with items we haven’t ever seen before. So, in this week’s blog post we share 7 tips to help you decide before you buy.

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10 items to pack for a weekend away

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The holiday season is here and we can finally make travel plans. However, with countries moving from green, to amber or red all the time you may be considering shorter breaks. If you’re thinking of a weekend away somewhere (maybe in Edinburgh while the festival is on) keep reading. In this week’s blog post we share the 10 items to pack for a weekend away. Continue reading 10 items to pack for a weekend away