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).

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.

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!

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.

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

ƒ. 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.

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.

I'm already 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.

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

ƒ. x

Everyday Inspiration: Lettering Around Edinburgh

Last year I began a series called "Everyday Inspiration: Lettering Around London" where I would post pictures of beautiful signs and lettering found during my explorations. I only wrote two posts [part 1, part 2], which is a shame considering I still have lots of photos to share, so I decided to resume the series and to kick things off with something a bit different, actually: inspiration from Edinburgh's shop fronts.

Back in March, my boyfriend and I headed to Scotland for a weekend for my birthday, and albeit short, we truly enjoyed out stay and really loved the city.

It was impossible to walk for 10 minutes and not spot a colorful shop, so I obviously had to document!

▼ The Cat's Miaou, Elm Row, Edinburgh EH7 4AH

▼ Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8PD

▼ Greyfriars, Edinburgh EH1 2QQ

▼ Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8BN

▼ N W Circus Pl, Old Town, Edinburgh EH3 6ST

Do let me know if you like to see more of this series ☺️ I hope you'll find some inspiration, too!

ƒ. xx