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Looking Around London: Quill

β–Ό   Quill:  37 Amwell Street, London EC1R 1UR

β–Ό  Quill: 37 Amwell Street, London EC1R 1UR

Quill is a little gem straddling Clerkenwell and Islington, slightly set away from the main bustle of the nearby station but well worth seeking out if paper and calligraphy are your thing.

The shop is wonderfully curated in every detail, displaying perfect little collections of products by many international designers as well as personalised ones made in-house.

But nowadays Quill is more than just a stationery shop, as Lucy -the one behind it- also regularly hosts modern calligraphy workshops and event. In fact, she actually put on London’s first modern calligraphy workshop a few years back!

If you enjoy a clean and minimal aesthetic or wish to add a sophisticated touch to your office and stationery collection, Quill is where it's at.

It is also a great place to discover talented designers from overseas, especially the US and (more recently) Japan, that you wouldn't usually come by in other London-based shops.

I first visited Quill about a year ago for a book launch and got the chance to catch a glimpse of Lucy at work on her calligraphy and it was truly inspiring. Although I dabble in it already, I do have a calligraphy workshop to cross off my bucket list, and I think Quill will probably be where I'll go.


Have you ever been, or perhaps would you like to visit? I'd love to know! 😊

Ζ’. xx

Stationery Spotlight: Usem Cards

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I'm sure all of us stationery heads are always on the look out for the latest, prettiest bits of stationery on the market... but what about more practical ones? I must admit I often go for looks rather than function, but I've recently come across a product I thought was a game-changer.

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These are called Usem cards; simply put, they are note cards the size of a credit card. Their maker thought there was a gap in the market for a product of that size. What if you just need to jot down a short message for someone and don’t have time to go out and buy a full size card? I mean, you could use a napkin, but as romantic as it is, it’s not the most practical solution, is it?

This is where Usem comes to the rescue as thanks to their size, they fit perfectly in your wallet, business card holder, and they’re just easy to carry in general. I don’t know about you but I love this idea.

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I have the bad habit of tearing pieces of paper from my agenda when I need to hand someone a note - which leads to having a pretty ugly looking bunch of pages with missing corners throughout my diary and journals.

I also think that as much as we rely so much on our phone and apps, sometimes jotting something down on a piece of paper is much better - regardless if it's a reminder for yourself or a note to someone else.

I'm already using my cards for a couple of things: I've put one in my card holder, purse and wallet with an "if lost" message with my contact information (which were previously scribbled on the back of an old receipt, ha!) and I also carry some in bag in case of necessity.


Have you ever been blown away by something so simple yet genius? I think Usem cards did it for me, but I'd love to hear about your discoveries, too. ☺️

Ζ’. xx

Stationery Spotlight: Mustard

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After a year and a half, I’ve finally come to accept that my creative-mess desk days are a thing of the past; the desk in my flat is really small, so I have to keep it as tidy as possible if I want to be able to comfortably work on it.

That’s why I don’t really display anything on it anymore, except for a corner where I keep my corkboard, pen pots, books I’m currently reading, and the occasional bits and bobs I may have laying around (because let’s face it, there’s no way my desk would stay that tidy for longer than the time needed to take a couple of photos, no matter how I hard I try).

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Because the creative space is limited, I like to mix it up every now and again, so that I don’t get bored of it. My current setup is featuring lots of pops of teal (no surprises there) and a couple of pieces from Mustard, a stationery brand I've spotted in a few different shops in the past, but that I got to know better at the London Stationery Show earlier this year.

They specialise in very trendy, novelty stationery and accessories. They have several collections out now that I really like, but they all seem to be very fun and bright - which is something I can definitely get behind.

They kindly offered to send me a couple of things from their catalogue, and this is what I've picked.

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Cactus Push Pins: I don't think I need to say more.. just look at them! I was using just regular black push pins before and I don't think I can go back now!
Lucky Cat Pen Pot: I do love me a bit of Japan-esque decor, so this was an obvious choice. What really sealed the deal tho was the magnetic paw.. how genious is that? No more loose paperclips!

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Typewriter Sticky Notes: when I moved to London I had to leave behind my beloved typewriter - and because of the lack of space mentioned earlier, I can't see myself getting another one anytime soon - so this sweet sticky notes holder is the perfect compromise.
Metallic Notebooks: again, easy chioce! If I see a notebook I like, chances are I won't resist getting it.. even better if they come in packs of three AND are metallic, right? I love the plain yet stricking covers, and I am currently DIY-ing them, so stay tuned for the upcoming post.

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Have you added anything to your desk lately, that you really love? If so, please do let me know! ❀️

Ζ’. x

Discovering New Stationery at Pulse London

Back in May, I headed to the umpteenth trade show.. but what can I say, I just love having a browse - even more so if it leads to discovering new independent brands.

One that stood out to me in particular, was All The Ways to Say, a paper goods brand based in France. Their collections are original and beautifully illustrated, with lots of attention put into the colour combinations to really complement the designs.

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Jacqueline Colley is an amazing artist (and lovely lady, which I had the chance to meet a couple times now) and her stationery line is simply stunning. Everything - from the colour palette to the lettering - is on point, and if you're enjoying the tropical trend look no further and feast your eyes on her illustrations.

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I already am a big fan of Katie Leamon's creations, but I thought it was worth mentioning her new marble line; I personally love the whole marble trend, but I feel like sometimes it can be quite plain and predictable, so it was very refreshing to see Katie's take on it, which includes bold colours and very intricate patterns that really stand out.

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Is there any trend you're loving at the moment - especially for stationery and cards?

Ζ’. x

#natstatweek: London Stationery Show

Yesterday, Natasha and I ventured to the Business Design Centre for the London Stationery Show. Much like Top Drawer, the event is mostly for traders, but we still managed to find a few gems hidden in between the very corporate/basic office supplies stands.

Some that stood out are:

1 // NU Notebooks - you'll probably all familiar with the brand (I personally loved using their notebooks back in my Uni days), but perhaps you did not know that they also have a more on-trend line called Nu:Era, perfect if you like your journals to be more stylish and luxurious (they even have a pen holder and several slots for your cards!).

2 // Origin One - is a collection of everyday stationery made in India "made for the design-loving global nomads" which is surely a message I can get behind! All the products are nicely designed and there's lot of attention to details while still keeping it pretty minimalistic, which again, I love ❀️

3 // My Pretty Circus - is a relatively new German stationery brand that mostly focuses on reversible wrapping paper and greeting cards. All their patterns are really colorful and they sell blank note cards that come with occasion stickers, so you can stick on whichever you need and be all set - genious if you ask me!

Lastly, a special mention goes to Manuscript Pen Company that was having a live calligraphy demo by the super talented Joyce of Artsy Nibs, who was kind enough to beautifully write my blog name for me ❀️


Have you got any new brand under your stationery radar? βœοΈπŸ‘€

Ζ’. xx

#natstatweek: Sketching on The Go

It's day 2 of #NatStatWeek! The official theme for to day is 'get crafty', but I'm paraphrasing it a little bit and using it as an excuse to share what I carry with me when I wanto to sketch on the go, as well as some of my latest drawings.

When I decide to take my supplies with me, I always make sure to bring just the essentials. I find having too many things it's not only impractical but also distracting: most of the time when I'm sketching outside I just want to capture what I see in the simplest way, I don't want to worry too much about the outcome in terms of quality, but instead, use it more as a subject to practice with.

Here's what I carry with me:

  • Derwent Graphik "Inspire Me' sketchbook: it's very compact, the pages are suitable for markers and it also has several patterns printed throughout (grid, dotted, isometric...)
  • Copic Multiliner 0.3: 0.3 is my favourite tip to use for base lines.
  • Pencils: I mostly use a regular graphite pencil, but sometimes also a thin 0.4 mechanical one.
  • Sharpener + kneaded eraser

and only when I'm travelling, I also like to carry my watercolours and water brush.

Do you like sketching on the go? If so, do you have a kit of things you like bringing with you? I'd love to know!

Ζ’. x

#natstatweek: Pen and Pencil Day

In the UK, today is the first of seven days dedicated to celebrating all things stationery, aka National Stationery Week. As per their program, the first day is dedicated to pen and pencils, so I thought I'd update you on my current faves.

I don't know about you, but I own way too many writing supplies. I love having a variety of pen and pencils to use for different purposes, but I've noticed that on a day to day basis I tend to always use the same ones. At the moment, my absolute favourites are the Pigma Micron 03 and the Tombow Dual Brush in 243 (which is a nice pastely mint green shade).

Everyone and their nan uses these two pens, so I thought I'd throw in a more unique one as well, which is a star tip highlighter I got from an Happy Mail box. These are also my must-haves when it comes to bullet journaling, so I always carry them around with me.


What's that one pen you keep reaching for? ✏️

Ζ’. x

Discovering New Stationery at Top Drawer #2: Imogen Owen

You may remember my post about Top Drawer a few moths back where I showed you one of my latest stationery crushes (Paperboy London ), and today, on the same note, I want to share with you the wonderful work of Imogen Owens.

Imogen designs and illustrates beautiful letterpressed greetings cards and stationery. Her designs range from more luxurious and polished to quirky and fun.

During the brief chat we had a Top Drawer, she told me that she enjoys writing letters too, and her passion for snail mail is perfectly reflected into all of her products, especially her gorgeous correspondence sets.

So, if you love quirky designs and beautiful calligraphy (and don't mind the occasional cheeky swear) make sure to have a look at Imogen's lovely collection!


What do you think of Imogen's work? β™₯

Ζ’. xx

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