Let’s Talk Stationery, Luxelu London

A few weeks back I had the opportunity to attend the Amazon Academy event at the Celtic Manor, Newport. I went there for work on a mission to get a taste of what is happening in the entrepreneurial world, and to meet some amazingly talented people in Wales.  SME’s and amateur entrepreneurs gathered to get tips from the pros. And just like that, the magic started to happen. I love events like this one!

One of the speakers was Gayle Hunter, founder of Luxelu London. Luxelu is “an independent British lifestyle concept and webshop on a mission to help you cultivate your perfect lifestyle.”Luxelu.com

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At the event, Gayle spoke about her journey to entrepreneur queen. It is so empowering to see women being “Girl Bosses” and challenging the status quo by setting up to shine, do business and look after their families.

“I started Luxelu as I saw a gap in the market for these kinds of Lifestyle products at affordable prices. Also, the business model allows me to determine how best to spend my working time, and has given me the opportunity to spend more time with my family,” said Gayle.

Luxelu London is a bloggers paradise! they offer a range of curated, sophisticated and divine products that go from home accessories to stationary and everything in between. Her brand is clean, ethically oriented and beautiful.

Every purchase made through Luxelu.com does something life-changing for people around the world. They work alongside an organisation called ‘B1G1’ buy 1, give 1. This organisation provides education, clean water, aid, business and a brighter future across countries worldwide. With every purchase you make, a small portion of that is going to a great cause!

After meeting Gayle we connected online and we soon discovered we the same passions. She offered to send me some of her signature collection notebooks (which are vegan-friendly) and I am in love with them!

The notebooks are girly but subtle (no glitter and sparks here) and have a high-quality feeling. The pen glides over the soft silky paper pages and it is discrete and professional enough to use at work. They come in a range of colours and I absolutely Love the autumn vibes these two amazing notebook/planners bring to my stationery collection.

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I urge you to go check Luxelu.com out this holiday season. I am sure you ‘ll find a perfect gift for your co-worker, mum, sister, friend or even yourself!

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See you soon!

 

 

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Repurpose Spring, and Fall into Autumn with IKEA

So spring is far gone, does that mean you can’t keep your gardening herbs on? No, it certainly doesn’t! I keep a healthy basil going all year long and I have been able to do so both while living in England and in the USA.
Looking for some alternatives to indoor herb gardening I found a fantastic little product. IKEA Socker Greenhouse in white ($19.99) provided by IKEA for the purposes of this blog post. (Thank you IKEA)

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The IKEA Socker Greenhouse is small and versatile, perfect or the urban gardener. Easy to assemble and small enough to be part of a small kitchen or windowsill. You can fit around 4 medium size pots, or you can have one medium-big and two small like I did here. It is the perfect way to keep your herbs and small plants cozy during the colder autumn days. You can also open the vents to let air circulate for warmer days. I am in love with it! so versatile it works for both Spring and Fall.

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Keep your eyes open for a Halloween Greenhouse post coming soon!

Planting: I planted a small Stevia plant, yes Stevia the one used for the making of the much more popular Stevia sweetener. You can add Stevia leaves to your drinks, crush them slightly and add a lovely natural and tangy flavor to your beverages. Another great herb to have (not pictured here) is sweet mint, also very delicious when added to water or drinks. You can also make a delicate tea for  or for those colder days by infusing the mint leaves in hot water.

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I also planted basil because i simply love basil even if its more of a summer herb. I use it all year round! the amazing aroma enhances anything with cheese, or tomatoes in it. It is very easy to look after basil I have had so many basil plants all sprouting amazing leaves and flowers all year round, definitely a must have! specially for new herb gardeners since its so easy to manage basil. And last but not least I planted some Aloe Vera. I bought an aloe vera at the start of summer and it has grown so much that I repotting and maybe using as Thanks Giving Presents for close friends. (will post about that too!) Aloe Vera can be used for many purposes from face treatments, burn treatments to digestion aid. Aloe Vera is one of those things that you should always have in my opinion, besides it is very low maintenance, easy to keep up with.

IMG_7080So there! there are many seasonal fruit and veg that can be planted during early fall. Keep your eyes open for lovely red cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, chives, butternut squash, and beets this fall! umm did anyone said recipe ideas time? Oh yes I can savor them all already.

IKEA Socker Greenhouse Product info:

Product dimensions
Depth: 8 ¾ ”
Height: 13 ¾ ”
Width: 17 ¾ ”

Depth: 22 cm
Height: 35 cm
Width: 45 cm
IKEA toll-free phone order number: (800) 434-IKEA (4532)
IKEA web site address: http://www.IKEA.com
*Other materials used for this picture found at Michael’s.
This blog is not sponsored by Michael’s