everyday scents……

i can’t help but try and support small producers, so whenever i see them pitch up at events and fairs, i always give them a try.  i think since i have been doing all these pop up shopping events myself, i have totally appreciated the time and effort that you put into them.

kindred + wild, who make small batch apothecary oils and balms; i love the rosemary and thyme, perfect for your handbag and for smoothing your hair once you arrive somewhere and its gone all wild and frizzy.

maya njie has a lovely range of perfumes, light and fresh, they are made with natural oils and are a change to the mass produced perfumes on the market.  i  dont like commercial perfumes, and stick to rosewater,  but these are delicate and not overpowering.  i bought nordic cedar, which apparently was her first creation. now this is my scent of everyday.

suneeta creams are all handmade and natural – i saw them pitched outside the beigel shop on brick lane and bought a turmeric cream for dry patches – its incredibly soothing and moisturising and gave my daughter alice some as she suffers from excema now and again, and she really liked it.  its very good value and the few things that i have tried (cleansing cream and eye gel)  are impressive.

Mauli is the perfect gift for anyone, the oil is just divine and i am already addicted to the aroma – smooth it over your skin and hair – its become my daily ritual.  the sandalwood makes a good weekly scrub, gently exfoliates the skin and keeps it fresh.  the bottles and packaging are just divine too.

some of my favourite products  are from  santa maria novella – the rosewater is delicate and not too overpowering, plus the packaging is beautiful and the Picadilly shop makes shopping such a pleasure; and from aesop – the camelia nut moisturiser is very nourishing for this time of year, especially after a dehydrating summer and the approaching wind and central heating that we now face for the winter.   their hand cream is a perfect xmas present – the prices may seem higher, but the products go a long way.

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Maya Njie

I first discovered Maya’s beautiful perfume in Greenwich, at one of Wayne Hemmingway’s outside fetes, this was a few years ago.  I was drawn, not only to the soothing aroma, but the bottles, photography and presentation of her products, and also to Maya herself.  She has such a striking, individual and elegant look that I had to visit her stall.  her first creation Nordic Cedar is my favourite perfume – as you can guess perfume is not my big thing, but hers is not at all like the commercial brands that you are used to – its light, subtle and the scent just stays with you.  she has lots to choose from, and each one is reminiscent of a place or inspired by a memory that Maya has experienced.  Maya is also one of the creative women that I have recently photographed.

 

E5 bakehouse

I finally made it to E5 bakehouse – friends have brought me bread from there and I have known about the bread making courses for a while.  housed in 2 neighbouring railway arches next to London Fields, its a little of the beaten track, but everyone seems to know about it as it was a busy hive of sit down coffee and cake, late breakfast, lunch and lines of people buying their breads and cakes to take home.  at least half of the vast space is dedicated to actual baking bread – its great to sit amongst the sacks of flour and stacked crates of bread and watch the machinery at work.  artisan sourdough bread seems to be all the rage – I am so glad because my favourite food is a crusty piece of freshly baked bread with jam.   not sure if they do gluten free bread, so sorry for all you gluten free folks.

just around the corner is Bonds – also serving coffee its a stylish gift shop selling candles in jars (made at the premises), lovely scissors, incense and other gifts, including my favourite perfume Maya Njie.   you can also see in the back room preparation for a candle making session – what a great gift idea.

a short 10 min walk away is Wilton Way – a strip of independent shops, including the lovely Japanese run gift shop Momosan – beautiful stoneware ceramics exquisitely wrapped soaps, beeswax candles and lovely jewellery – it nestles amongst cafes, the restaurant Pidgin, a vintage dress shop Retrouve.  Another short walk through london fields takes you to the ever busy broadway market which just about has everything from gifts, food, basket wear, speciality teas  – you need a few hours there to explore it in depth.

everyday scents……

i can’t help but try and support small producers, so whenever i see them pitch up at events, i always give them a try.  i think since i have been doing all these pop up shopping events myself, i have totally appreciated the time and effort put into them.  recently at the greenwich festival, i spotted a few of these quality companies.

kindred + wild, who make small batch apothecary oils and balms; i love the rosemary and thyme, perfect for your handbag and for smoothing your hair once you arrive somewhere and its gone all wild and frizzy.

maya njie has a lovely range of perfumes, light and fresh, they are made with natural oils and are a change to the mass produced perfumes on the market.  i  dont like commercial perfumes, and stick to rosewater,  but these are delicate and not overpowering.  i bought nordic cedar, which apparently was her first creation. now this is my scent of everyday.

suneeta creams are all handmade and natural – i saw them pitched outside the beigel shop on brick lane and bought a turmeric cream for dry patches – its incredibly soothing and moisturising and gave my daughter alice some as she suffers from excema now and again, and she really liked it.  its very good value and the few things that i have tried (cleansing cream and eye gel)  are impressive.

Mauli is the perfect gift for anyone, the oil is just divine and i am already addicted to the aroma – smooth it over your skin and hair – its become my daily ritual.  the sandalwood makes a good weekly scrub, gently exfoliates the skin and keeps it fresh.  the bottles and packaging are just divine too.

some of my favourite products  are from  santa maria novella – the rosewater is delicate and not too overpowering, plus the packaging is beautiful and the Picadilly shop makes shopping such a pleasure; and from aesop – the camelia nut moisturiser is very nourishing for this time of year, especially after a dehydrating summer and the approaching wind and central heating that we now face for the winter.   their hand cream is a perfect xmas present – the prices may seem higher, but the products go a long way.

29Jun2014_0221

small producers

i can’t help but try and support small producers, so whenever i see them pitch up at events, i always give them a try.  i think since i have been doing all these pop up shopping events myself, i have totally appreciated the time and effort put into them.  recently at the greenwich festival, i spotted a few of these quality companies.

kindred + wild, who make small batch apothecary oils and balms; i love the rosemary and thyme, perfect for your handbag and for smoothing your hair once you arrive somewhere and its gone all wild.

cakehole, great cakes, doughnuts and all things naughty. – they also make birthday cakes .

maya njie has a lovely range of perfumes, light and fresh, they are made with natural oils and are a change to the mass produced perfumes on the market.  i  dont like commercial perfumes, and stick to rosewater,  but these are delicate and not overpowering.  i bought nordic cedar, which apparently was her first creation.

suneeta creams are all handmade and natural – i saw them pitched outside the beigel shop on brick lane and bought a turmeric cream for dry patches – its incredibly soothing and moisturising and gave my daughter alice some as she suffers from excema now and again, and she really liked it.  its very good value and the few things that i have tried (cleansing cream and eye gel)  are impressive.

beggars velvet have a wonderful range of gifts incorporating text that are both functional and beautiful;  colourful blocks of soap, boned spoons, beautiful carved wooden kitchen implements, linen aprons and an original piece of jewellery made with vintage coins and other found items – all of a high quality and packaged simply.

i have been doing up my sheds in suffolk, hoping to spend more time creating there – painting, making, reading, thinking – even a few pop up sales….