“Buy Better Clothes. Buy less of them. Wear them more.” – from journalist Marc Bain in this great Quartz article.   I love shopping and I love clothes. I love finding a bargain, pairing things together that shouldn’t work but do, getting dressed up, having fun with clothes, feeling inspired by fashion, bargain shopping with my mum or splurging H… I. Really. Love. Fashion. I don’t love the amount I have spent on clothes (I dread to add it up, so I don’t), I don’t love how crammed full my wardrobe is, how hard it can be to choose something…

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For the first of my So She Did Diaries I met Lucy Edmonds, founder of Quill, a stationery store and creator of waiting-list-popular modern calligraphy workshops (of which I went to recently and they are   ACE). This lady is responsible for the swirly, beautiful influx of calligraphy you see on everything from wedding invites to furniture ads. She spotted the trend in the US and made it part of her business here in the UK setting up Quill in 2012, and hasn’t looked back since (she’s so busy, she literally hasn’t had time!). She’s even got a book out this…

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Calligraphy is officially a thing. You can’t move on Pinterest or Instagram for a beautifully inked quote. Quill London started two years ago first as a stationery shop before expanding to modern calligraphy classes to fill the gap to learn how to make your own beautiful invites/cards/Instagram-worthy quotes. Calligraphy has come a long way since the stiff, conservative lettering I knew at school, and towards the end of the two and a half hours I really felt like I was making art in the class, not just copying someone else’s lettering. Quill does classes across London and now in Brighton…

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It’s taken a long time for me to realise that strict, meaty New Year’s resolutions don’t do that much for me. I’m very good at setting a huge list of BIG things I need to do every January to make me a ‘better person’ without thinking about how realistic they are or thinking about it and then ignoring it. I’m a Type A person who holds myself to account against a sometimes unrealistic view of what I think good looks like and so failing at new year’s resolutions hits me hard. It’s good news then that research now tells us…

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I am fascinated by bravery and confidence – how do we find the courage to do something out of the ordinary, something risky, something that, whisper it quietly, might fail? I’m not the only one, and over the past year (and more) conversations around bravery, risk and feeling vulnerable have been brought to a bigger stage by amazing women like Brené Brown and Elizabeth Gilbert who between them have inspired me book, by book, for years with their no holds barred advice. And that’s great, anything that inspires more of us to go out there and chase those dreams can…

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