How You Can Help Your Friends With Small Businesses

You know I’m passionate about supporting small and/or local businesses in as many categories as I can manage. It’s not easy when there’s so much choice and the easy option is to hit the high street or the big internet companies and pick the cheapest or most convenient choice at any moment 24/7. Since the start of having our purchases and service choices influenced by social media and the internet, the dynamic has changed extremely quickly and is still changing now. Once upon a time it was simple to start a new business, pop it online and share it among your network and you’d probably make ends meet, it’s still easy to set up a new business but to have it successfully continue to pay your bills is a bit more challenging in a modern day, social media driven world. It’s becoming increasingly difficult for small business to stand out from the crowd, the ones with the biggest marketing budgets continue to win and the small ones are struggling to keep up. Changes in the economy and politics alongside all this add other pressures to the mix and is causing many small businesses to have to close down or find a chunk of money from somewhere to keep things going.

Sunflower Edit

Artwork by me. More on Instagram @JayneKitsch

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New Biz: Food Scouts…

If you don’t follow me on at least one social media platform than you don’t know this already. So, to most of you I apologise if I’m boring you with yet another post about this, but I’ve got shit to sell and bills to pay, as I’m sure many of you can relate to. This Summer, Miz and I started a new business, Food Scouts. It’s evolved several times since we first had the idea to do something food related, but we’re now happy to present you with an alternative streetwear apparel brand with designs inspired by food and punk rock. Bear with me, there’s more to it.

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#IndieLove: 8 Twin Peaks Inspired Gifts & Accessories

Can you believe that I only started watching Twin Peaks properly this year? Despite been a film and TV nerd for my entire life and spending 3 years studying the subject at Leeds Uni, I somehow, managed to miss out on this hype. I think I tried to watch the first episode a few times and just did not get it. I’m older and wiser and more widely watched (is that a phrase? Like widely read?) Miz and I thought we’d try it again. LOVED IT! We’re not fully up to date just yet, but well on our way through Season 3, special shout out awesome artist pal AlabamaThirteen for subliminally promoting David Lynch to me via her Instagram over the years.

Anyway, with a Twin Peaks vibe in mind, I hope you’re enjoy my Etsy Edit of some of the damn fine stuff you can buy from indie makers and creators. Let me know if you’ve spotted something else cool, I’ve always loved finding new small businesses to support. By the way, this edit is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to incredible Twin Peaks inspired creations on Etsy, so beware, you may spend hours browsing like I did.

Twin Peaks Sheriff Department Beanie Hat from YouCantGoBack £14.99, Hand Knitted Pie Sweater from VidaKnitworks £163, Women of Twin Peaks Illustrated T-Shirt by ThatSparrowBoy £20, Hand Embroidered Red Room Brooch by ZeliaJones £27, Made to Order Red Room Chevron Skirt by EmeraldAngel £70, Damn Fine Coffee Wooden Brooch by Kate’s Little Store £20, Leo Johnson Party Card by Rattycatcat £3.50, Hand Knitted Chevron Bobble Hat by knittingfromthevoids £20.

Remember, when you buy from a small business or indie maker or creator you’re funding dreams and not greed. To continue to enjoy awesome art and creativity on all platforms, we need to be willing to fund it. So if you see something you love, shout about it, help a small business owner do a happy dance today.

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What I Learnt in a Year of No Selfies…

This is an unusual anniversary to celebrate, today it’s been a whole year since I posted a selfie to my personal social media. Yes, I’ve still be in photos, but none of my usual posy, look at how fabulous my make up and colourful hair is type of post that I was so regularly sharing. So, why have I been selfie free for a year and what did I learn? Here’s some musings from me sin selfie.

Blue in Wonderland with Flowers Edit

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An Honest Beauty Regime by an Ex-Beauty Blogger

It’s been about two years now since it became clear that I was definitely no longer a beauty blogger and I haven’t even posted a selfie since October 2016. I never wanted to fit neatly into one blog category, beauty was just something that I got so involved with that meant it only seemed natural to focus on it for a period of time. In fact, in reality, I never really wanted to be a blogger, funny how things pan out.

Now I’m no longer working exclusively with beauty brands in my personal or professional life, things are different and a lot has changed, I’m also re-learning who I am as being a beauty blogger became such a huge part of my identity and it wasn’t healthy for me personally. I don’t attend blogger events anymore and I don’t receive endless supplies of free products, things in my beauty world have changed a lot! I do still love beauty, but my priorities and circumstances have changed. I’ve had a complete overhaul of my regime as I can no longer afford to buy some of the luxury products I was accustomed to trying for free and I have so much make-up now that I don’t feel like spending my precious spare income on yet more make-up, when I’ve got much bigger plans in my head and other things give me more joy these days than a new lipstick.

Blue in Wonderland with Flowers Edit

Illustrated self portrait in the style of Alice in Wonderland. 

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