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Indie shopping: Alice Caroline

So I’m a little obsessed with Liberty print …

… the most beautiful patterns …

… the lightest, strongest cotton …

… the history behind the prints.

Snowy Liberty

But let’s face it, £22+ for a metre is quite steep. Which is where one of my most favourite online boutiques comes into play.

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Crafty Fox: Peckham roundup

So I wasn’t able to make Crafty Fox Peckham in the end (we made a last-minute trip to Cambridge to go blackberrying with Ted’s lovely parents) but here are my top picks from the Peckham event traders on the Crafty Fox site. There were some lovely things.

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Indie shopping: Bonbi Forest’s Indian Summer collection

Lee May Foster-Wilson has been creating lovely things from her studio in Cornwall for some time – she was one of the first new-wave British designers that came to my attention some years back.

Her work is centred on whimsical illustrations of horses, cottages, moons and stars. It’s naïve, but not childish – it resonates with me because I grew up in the countryside, but there’s an edge to it that works in the city.

Her new, limited-edition collection, Indian Summer, celebrates the last, late golden days of the year before winter sets in. Take a look:

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Crafty Fox highlights: 5 designers I loved

Yep, it’s that time already – Crafty Fox came to the Dogstar in Brixton a little earlier than usual this year. I went along on Sunday – here are five designers I loved.

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Brixton Farmers Market: Autumn vegetables are here!

Back last night from Malta, which was so summery – and I’m feeling excited/delighted that autumn has arrived here in London.

(Yes, it’s a cliché, but the thing with clichés is that they’re true.)

We welcome summer with joy, our arms open, embracing the warmth (so longed for after the cold winter), the feel of grass on our feet, our faces lifted up to bask in the light, cold drinks in our hands, long evenings spent chatting outside with friends and family.

But by September, the heat has turned my limbs lethargic, the dryness has left summer’s freshness a little dusty, my wardrobe’s looking a bit wilted and my toes are dying to ditch the flipflops for Proper Shoes.

There’s something about that first crisp autumn evening, the golden light, the smell of leather handbags and the sense of Things to be Done that’s as exciting as the start of a new year – but without the pressure and diet advertisements.

And the bounteous vegetables.

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Indie shopping: Ohh Deer

So I was pottering about on Pinterest the other day, when I stumbled across an illustration stocked by Ohh Deer.

They’re an indie design collective whose members live all around the world and include artists you might already love, like Gemma Correll.

An hour or so later, both my wallet and my mood were lighter. Is your willpower stronger than mine?

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