Belvoir

The other night I invited some friends over for a movie night and one of the guests brought the most exquisite drink. As soon as she stepped in the door, the bottle immediately caught my eye; a tall glass bottle covered with a stylish handwritten font. I then took a sip and I was sold!
I know I’m late and most of you probably know and love all of Belvoir‘s yummy organic drinks, but heck, I’m officially obsessed.
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Belvoir Fruit Farms has been making organic drinks in the English countryside for almost 30 years. Although renowned for the delicious elderflower drinks, the company also offers ginger beer, pomegranate + raspberry,  lime and lemongrass beverages…
If you want to learn more about the brand or even order these naturally delicious drinks, go here.

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Honey, you so sweet

The lovely thing about indulgence during the holidays is that you can correct these habits come the New Year. In a quest for natural health solutions to kick off 2015, I am looking to honey. It turns out that for as yummy as it tastes, it boasts a plethora of health benefits.

HISTORY & CULTURE 101 No one real knows how long honey has been around but there have been several ancient sightings: cave paintings in Spain from 7000BC, fossils of honey bees dating back to about 150 million years and the earliest record bee hive keeping was found in a sun temple erected in 2400BC near Cairo. Deemed as a gift from the gods, honey and bees are a symbol for royalty, productivity and transformation. Beautiful social and modest creatures, bees were also believed to possess special powers hence its association with magical health properties.

Philopsophical Honey | School of Thought  We are eager to get our hands on some Philopsophical Honey. Yes, you heard right. Each jar is sourced from the birthplace of one of the great Greek philosophers and brings to mind their pointed and useful insights. Or so they say…

honey packaging design brandingJust in case you are feeling up for a dose of greatness, here other honey-esque products that we fell for due to its pleasant, well-designed, witty packaging making use of the honeycomb shape, warm colour palette and translucent touches.

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Roots x NFB

The winter season beacons the holidays, hearty meals and cocooning. For many Canadians, it also harks the hockey season.

nfb_roots_the_sweater_tamsam_1 Roots, once famed for being the official outfitter for members of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Teams and The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) recently launched the perfect, iconic Canadiana’ t-shirt which features two nostalgic animated shorts, The Sweater, 1980 and the Log Driver’s Waltz, 1979. So much Canadian goodness wrapped up in one. This limited edition collection ranges from $44 to $98.

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Watch the short films below.

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Playlist: Ibeyi (ee-bey-ee)

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Ibeyi, Youruba for ‘twins’, are melodic sisters and daughters of the late percussionist Anga Diaz for Buena Vista Social Club. Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Díaz’s soulful, French/Cuban music, is haunting and timeless.

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Made You Look Trailer

One of the many, many reasons, I moved to London was to further pursue my passion in design. I am a huge fan of British creativity and graphic art scene. London seemed like a perfect fit. Not as though you need confirmation, but check out Made You Look: a film about creativity in the digital age, the rise of analogue techniques and the British ‘DIY’ graphic art scene. A perfect glimpse into this world by Look & Yes collective.

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King and Queen

The simple tee just got more hip thanks to King and Queen. I first came across this brand at one of MTV’s UK pop-up shops. I fell for the simplicity and design of Russell and Luke’s pieces.

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Synonymous with British fashion and street loyalty, King and Queen, was funded by The Prince’s Trust and promotes positivity through its slogan, ‘Honour Love Respect’.

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Smythe x Beaufille

We heard it through the grapevine.

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In our eyes, Smythe’s collaboration with Beaufille, created by sisters Chloé and Parris Gordon, is one of their best yet and we’re eager to get our hands on this must-have piece. It couples, Smythe’s classic Smoking Jacket silhouette with custom jacquard to create a beautiful juxtaposition of feminine and masculine aesthetic. The blush tuxedo piece is perfect to dress up any outfit.

Looking forward to Spring 2015!

 

 

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Tongoro!

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Earlier this week, we heard of the launch of Tongoro a new online shop featuring sophisticated clothes made in Africa. Crafted in Dakar, Senegal with fabrics from Ivory Coast, Ghana (…) Tongoro which means means star in Sango, the primary language of the Central African Republic stands for:  Africa, beauty, style and poise.

The brainchild of Saraf Diouf of Ghubar fame, Tongoro is a refreshing addition to the ever-growing market of African e-shops (Zuvaa, MoonLook, MyAfroFashion…) and we can’t wait for the official launch this Spring.
For more info and behind the scenes photos, visit the website.

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Happy 2015!

As we reflect back on this year, we are grateful for so many exciting moments: from Tam’s cruise that took her from London and beyond, to Sam’s crazy adventures in the Big Apple; 2014 was certainly a good year for both of us.
So on the eve of the new year we want to wish a new year year full of of good health, fun moments and creativity. And, thank you for loving our blog as much as we do!

T + S

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Ouro: Our Shiny December List

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If you’re regular reader of the blog, you know how much we heart all that shines. The Holiday season is here and most of us are scrambling to get our Christmas shopping done!(Props to those of you like my friend who have already bought and wrapped their gifts).
This list is not so much a set of items that you should buy for this particular season but more so pieces that you can get all year long, for your friends, family or for yourself (You know you deserve it!)

PS: Ouro means Gold in Portuguese

1. Pochette Akata – Nash Prints It  | 2. Vintage Brass Clock – Mighty Vintage
3. The Love Cage Earrings – Melody Ehsani | 4 .The Kensington Watch – Nixon | 5. Gold Electroformed Ring | 6. Color Film for 600 Gold Frame – Impossible Project | 7. Hello Gorgeous-Home Print-Gold and White Print – Print Design Studio | 8. Le Wrap – Eyeglasses Case – Bonlook

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6 Favourite Advent Calendars 2014

AllIWantForXmas_tamsam_advent_calendarDecember is one of my favourite months primarily because it holds Christmas. While the anticipation of this holiday is no where as intense as when I was a child, the joy is still real. One of my treasured memories is the counting down of the days, until the 25th, with the aid of old school chocolate filled advent calendars.

Fast-forward many years later and boy, times have changed. Some of our favourite brands are offering splendid calendars packed with surprise goodies, yummy treats and beauty crushes. Mini luxury presents before Christmas, too good to be true — perfects for you and yours!
xx,
Tam

advent calendar1. Liberty, £149 2. Boots No.7, £35 3. Jo Malone, £250 4. Selfridges, £85 5. L’Occitane, £45 6. The Body Shop, £50

 

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Fifi Lapin x Petit Bateau

Apart from Little Miss X, there’s no doubt that Fifi Lapin is one of the most stylish fashionistas out there (And I know Tam definitely agrees with me).
For her most recent collaboration, the “the world’s most stylish bunny” has teamed up with French label Petit Bateau for a limited edition set of three designs.
Now, this collaboration holds a special place in my heart because growing up, Petit Bateau was one of my favorite brands, and, it actually still is. Nothing beats the comfort and quality of their classic pieces.

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The capsule collection features tees for both adults and kids alike and can be purchased here.

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The Planthunter

 

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 I came across and fell for The Planthunter, an online magazine devoted to celebrating plants. The inaugral issue focused on death. It’s probably fair to say to the premier issue sounds morbid but the alluring styling and magical photograhy of each degraded specimen produces a dynamic piece. Found on Steller app, it is not just for green thumbs, but a visual story.

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Images by Anna Thomas

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