Are you lounging on the sofa? I am, after a lovely weekend in Oxford where we caught up with friends, ate like kings and queens and made lovely little discoveries in a city we don’t know that well. I hope you had a good week and a top weekend. I’m coming out of a three week cold which has been lingering around and making me feel pretty down. I didn’t realise it until I’ve shaken it off now, but I probably should have done a bit more resting than I have done. I’ve been tired, snotty and a bit grumpy.…

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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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This week is a little different. I felt that so many things I’d read this week were pretty depressing, and nothing blew me away enough to work it into the normal STOAS format. So, I decided to offer some escapism instead and share seven of my favourite fashion and lifestyle bloggers I follow who are currently lightening my internet stress levels with their inspirational content. I have read blogs since they were nerdy things no one really understood (circa 2008) and watched a fair few of the women I mention below grow up online and see their blogs flourish into…

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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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I have struggled this week. My foot isn’t healing as quickly as I expected and walking around, doing simple things like getting to work is really hard. It’s also strange and foggy and cold and I’ve felt a bit disorientated by the weather, anyone else felt the same? I’m also doing a LOT, and possibly slightly overcommitting myself here and there (something I’ve talked about before) but those commitments have been with friends, and sometimes those moments feed me more than staying home thinking about feeling tired, or ruminating on my sore foot. I met an old friend for her…

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