Without a doubt, 2016 has been a strange year internationally and it’s definitely passed its influence onto everyone else. There’s a really strange vibe as this year closes, people are worried and many wanting to break away to help their well-being. Who can blame us really with a rich idiot becoming the most powerful man on Earth and a rather major fuck up when it comes to Brexit, plus the fact that there’s a whole bunch of people who don’t seem to see that these things are dangerous, which is equally worrying. Pile on top of that the number of heroes and icons we lots this year, the number of bombs dropped on innocent people, the increasing suffering of refugees and a load more nasty stuff, something has definitely been on the blink. However, let’s not let all this chaos distract from moving forward and trying to do the best we can. Here’s my little blogging tradition, a look back at what happened for me this year and some thoughts.
2016 has been actually ridiculous, we all know that. I’ll be writing my stuff that happened in 2016 post very soon once I’ve had a proper think about it all, as it’s going to be very long. Anyway, in the meantime, as many of us have I jumped on the Instagram best nine bandwagon to find out which posts were my most popular this year, here’s what came up and to be honest it made me feel a bit sad.
In recent years awareness of mental illness has increased. New studies teaching us more about how these might work, new practises and a new acknowledgement of being able to talk about the topic more openly. Topics of mental illness are now accepted parts of the content being put out, particularly with certain blogging categories and music and art circles. With this new context, we can now see these patterns of mental illness within stories of some of histories greatest creatives too, whereas at the time they may have been ignored, either way it’s not a new thing. There’s always been mental illness, we just didn’t know how to talk about it and we probably won’t ever see the whole picture, it’s complicated.
If you want to watch some awesome films about context in relationship to some of histories influential creatives check out Big Eyes, Love & Mercy or give the Kurt Cobain biography Heavier than Heaven a read. There’s a gazillion other examples.
One of the most frustrating things as a creative person is having an idea which you don’t have the time/energy/money to see through to the end. For me personally, it’s always a massive de-motivator which has frequently stopped me from starting projects in the first place, which is of course, puts you back at that cycle of wanting to do something but not quite getting there. So, to help me get over that barrier, I’m pleased to announce my first Mercht campaign, which is live for the next 8 days only, you can find it here.
Another brand that I’m not sure how I stumbled upon, I think I found them on Instagram originally and totally dug their concept. Oh Deer Sugar is an Australian based brand run by two vegan friends Shani & Nikki and they’ve been baking up non-edible bakery goods since 2013. They now have an Adelaide based store, a totally divine Instagram account and an online shop that normally offers international delivery.
Here’s another brand that I can’t even tell you how I found them, it was another stumble upon on Instagram style story and I instantly fell in love. La Vidriola are based in Valencia in Spain, but ship worldwide, they’re made up of Pablo & Blanca, essentially a Spanish version of the awesome Sugar & Vice but with their own look and aesthetic. I haven’t shopped with these guys yet, but the wishlist is as long as my S&V list.
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Here’s something a little different. I’ve been aware of The Sad Ghost Club for AGES as their branding is so cute and recognisable, but it wasn’t until recently that I noticed how popular they are within the music scene that me and Miz are involved with, via a Facebook group, that I truly realised how amazing the concept actually is. This Bristol based girl powered duo are pretty damn special.
Running a little behind on this project, but oh well! There’s bigger things in the world to be worrying about right now. Anyway, time for a double whammy of day 9 & 10 on the same day you lucky people, I hope I can brighten your day even just a little bit with some creative, indie biz loveliness. Today is my 7th Blog Birthday too, WTF?
Anyway, I met the lovely lady behind Silly Old Sea Dog at London Edge last year via the magnificent Perelandra and instantly fell in love with the brand. Everything is made in the UK and they cater to sizes 6-24 including custom designs. They have a gorgeous range of practical, vintage inspired silhouettes in a variety of kitsch, colourful, cute and playful prints. It’s pretty much my ideal dress brand.
I love Etsy so much. It’s such a great platform for indie and small brands and creatives to get started with a business in a professional and efficient way. There are SO many talents on there too and an incredibly community around the world too. One of the gazillion talented people on Etsy is Brighton dweller, Toby who is the bright spark behind I Like Cats.
There’s a discount code at the end if you can make it that far?!
CutECOsmetics have been part of my life for quite a long time now. I knew the original owner very well, helped with odds and ends and they are now one of my oldest freelance clients and a brand that is extremely close to my heart. They’re a husband and wife team who stock the best indie, cruelty free, vegan and eco friendly beauty brands from around the world. Great products, excellent speedy customer service and you’re supporting a family business too. Awesome.
Pic from Popcorn & Glitter
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