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Back to school cool: Small businesses to brighten up your desk

notebooks and pencil on the pink surface

If you’re anything like us, apart from getting some peace and quiet back into the house after the chaos of the summer holidays, back to school season is a great excuse to bring some new life to your desk. No matter if you WFH or you just want to add some pizazz to your office cubicle, these small business finds are perfect for easing you back into the last quarter of the year in style.

Random thoughts memo pad’ – Bittersweet Apathy, £5.50

Ever find yourself scrambling for a pen and paper only to write that all important note on an envelope which you promptly loose…us too! No more thanks to this stylish desk pad from Bittersweet Apathy complete with tick boxes so you can get that dopamine hit of saying ‘completed it mate’!

‘Personalised calligraphy print’ £35, Letters From Mae

Add some style to your walls with a personalised print that’ll give you all the feels when you look up from your emails. This keepsake piece is a beautiful reminder of when your little ones came and brightened up your life whilst adding some contemporary style to your interiors all at the same time.

Stickers and Washi tape, from £2.50, MLTYUniverse

Is there anything more satisfying than using stickers in your notebook as an adult? No, no there isn’t which is why we’re obsessed with the collection from colourful indie brand MLTY Universe. From Kawaii cats to fruits and other adorable shapes, level up your notebook with these stylish stickers – it’s a must!

Blue Kente inspired coaster, £16, FNIC Designs

Stay hydrated in style thanks to these Kente inspired coasters. Not only are they a geometric dream but they come as a solo coaster or in a handy pack of four, if like us you end up with one of every type of drink on your desk by the end of any given working day.

Sunflower notebook, £4.99, Let Go To Hold On

Make note taking a fun task with this gorgeous notebook full of sunshine! Featuring hand illustrated sunflowers and and cute, calligraphy ‘notes’ on the front, you’ll be hard-pressed not to find yourself scribbling with a smile when you crack this beauty open

Colourful key chains, £7, Jammy Weekend

And something we loved, which could be great for little ones or big ones going back to school! Add a little colour to any bag, lunch bag or set of keys with these gorgeous colourful keychains. There are a few options to choose from Jammy Weekend’s colourful range too.

For more gorgeous desk-worthy treats for your or a loved one, why not visit one of our events which is often jam-packed with small business treats that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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Think pink, shop small 💕

It’s Barbie week (finally) and according to reports, searches for ‘Barbie’ and ‘Barbiecore’ have seen a sharp rise since the trailer for the film of the same name dropped earlier this year. With brands like Chanel, Zara and even Burger King jumping on the trend, it’s time to do our own spin – the shop small version and trust us when we tell you you’ll be saying ‘Hi Barbie’ to all of these gorgeous independent goodies.

Lelowa Candles, Teddy Bear candle, £5.50

This little cutie from Lelowa Candles is not only perfectly on brief for the kids toys nostalgia kick we’re currently on, but it’s a perfect addition to your shelfie space if you’re looking for some independent candle action. Available in pink or course, you can also grab one in a range of different shades, although why would you want to?

Midas Touch, Floral Resin Geode Coasters, £30

Thinking of hosting a Barbie party this weekend? Then these coasters from Midas Touch are a must. Featuring real flowers in the colours of your choice (pink is of course the only acceptable shade) they’re hand finished in eco-resin and topped off with a metallic edging which just sets the whole thing off.

Cinco Skin, Rose Quartz Candle, £28

We’re obsessed with these Rose Quartz candles from Cinco Skin, not only are they vegan and lovingly hand-poured but they also feature two Rose Quartz tumbled crystals. Rose Quartz is the love crystal which is said to fill your home with harmony, love and compassion – dreamy.

Rose Quartz Dual Triangle open ring, Hutke Jewellery, £48

This limited edition Rose Quartz Dual Triangle ring is the perfect piece to finish off all your Barbiecore looks. Finished in 18ct Gold Plated brass, the great thing about this piece is that it’s adjustable so you can move it around depending on what your jewellery plans are for the day.

Only fancy a hint of pink? Then these AndRuz Studio marbled book ends are perfect for you. Each one is marbled in eco friendly resin alternative, Jesmonite and we love the chunky, contemporary design of these. Pair them up to create an aesthetically pleasing book shelf or use one solo as statement decor.

Looking to shop pink in person? Don’t forget, our Westfield pop-ups are now open and we have lots of small business goodies for you to shop. For more details on both of them, visit our What’s on page here.

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5 Independent brands to help you shop small this Father’s Day

The month of June marks Father’s Day and no matter who the father figure in your life, we love to shop small for thoughtful, personal gifts. If you’re looking for some inspiration when it comes to picking the perfect gift, here are 5 of our favourites.

1. Beard Surgeon, Daily Package £21

Does your dad need to up his beard game? Then look no further from The Daily Package from Beard Surgeon. Value packed with a beard oil and balm in one of four delicious scents. Founded in 2021 and run by two University friends, their brand ethos is Look good, feel good, smell good and doesn’t your dad deserve that?

2. Mocaro, Bespoke bow tie from £195

Mocaro creates bespoke, statement accessories for men, all designed in London and forged with meticulous British craftsmanship, incorporating precious metals and the world’s finest fabrics. If you’ve got a dapper dad then one of these beautifully made pieces will be the jewel in his formalwear crown.

3. Hillery & Son, Rum Punch £3.49

Looking for a gift on a budget? Hillery & Son’s delicious Rum Punch is the perfect accessory for the foodie father. Either treat him to a solo bottle of this double award winning drink or why not package it up into a hamper of indie treats? Either way, don’t expect this to hang around for long!

4. EsQue Parfum, Caville Blanc Parfum, £26

Fragrance is a classic gift for dad and why not – there are so many options for every different type of dad. We love these unisex fragrances from EsQue Parfum, with a blend of bergamot, geranium, lavender with a twist of patchouli and a touch of class. You will smell citrus and fruity accents with a hint of spice creating an incredibly nostalgic scent.

5. Health and Holistics, The gift of health, £49.99

Give the gift of health, literally thanks to this set from Health and Holistics. This gorgeous set includes contains a 30g pouch of wildcrafted Sea Moss, along with 2x 314ml jars of Sea Moss gel (original) and 3x50g bar of nourishingly natural Sea Moss soap (original) to boost dads immune system this season and beyond.