How to begin introducing someone’s whose work I admire so much? Over the last three years, I have become a big fan of Carol’s work. She has single-handedly brought us a brand with timeless style and quality. Quality, in the final products and also in the lives of the makers.
It is my great pleasure to Introduce Seek Collective, sometimes referred to as “Seek” for short, a name which inspires thoughts of searching for better, looking and learning about better practices and doing it together.
Seek Collective as a brand has become very close to my heart and of course the strong woman behind it. I have been lucky enough to meet Carol through a serious of fortunate friendships, so I know not only does she make some serious fashion waves but she is also a really great woman to hang out with.
Since posting about our travels around California last year, we have received a lot of questions. Asking how we got around and travel tips we can share. I love writing about our American adventure, so I’m more than happy to talk about our time spent on the road. I hope it helps answer any questions people may have, and inspires you to take a trip of your own.
While Josh and I were on our travels we stopped at some great places (read about Yosemite and San Francisco) but most of our time was generally spent on the road, seeing what some might say the real America. Travelling with destinations in mind and stopping off where ever took our fancy along the way. This might be some peoples idea of hell, but we enjoyed the freedom and the challenge of going back to basics for a while.
Today we are joined by Joey Taylor, the creator of the fashion blog, Northern Magpie. I had the pleasure of working with Joey a couple of years ago, she is a fellow designer and a fellow northerner, hence the name Northern Magpie. Needless to say, we clicked straight away and I am really happy to say we are still good friends. We have enjoyed many an in-depth chat about all that is good and bad about the fashion industry, and I can say that she has truly been an inspirational influence.
No one can deny that this woman has style in spades and we want to learn from her. Joey has been kind enough to agree to collaborate with us sharing some of her fashion advice. Often seen contrasting her fun and vibrant outfits against the urban background of London, I could easily spend hours scrolling through her content. Joey provides the honesty I crave from a blog. Not only giving us outfit inspiration, but also tips on how to get the most out of our purchases and even talks about the days we all have when we just don’t feel all that.
Reading up on Northern Magpie recently a couple of articles caught my attention. The first talking about “being in a style rut” the second talking about getting back to her true identity after a period of getting distracted.
Today I want to discuss why “IT IS COOL TO CARE.” The concept for this post came when looking for inspirational quotes, because who doesn’t love a good quote, and who is more inspirational than Safia Minney? She coined this phrase and has used it in many interview style articles when asked, If you could say one thing to consumers what would it be?
I think Safia Minney is the coolest of the cool. She’s the founder and CEO of People Tree, a Fair Trade fashion label and online retailer, and the first clothing company in the world to guarantee Fair Trade and environmental production practice throughout the supply chain. Committed to empowering the poor, protecting the environment and changing the kind of world we live. Drop the mic. That is my idea of cool.
So using this quote as inspiration I am going to open up a conversation in the hope that it speaks to anyone out there who really does, well, care.
As we are all aware Christmas is right around the corner. We hope you are readying yourself for the festivities. If you still haven’t got to the shops yet because you are very busy, or like us avoiding them like the plague, or maybe you just want to add the final touches to a gift but are not quite sure what with. You might even be sitting in your kitchen stressing about what to give your nearest and dearest over a nice piece of toast?
Then a thought comes into your head, “Jam!” you cry! “Yes, I will buy them all a pot of jam.”
No, that’s no good. Make it! Twice as fun and twice as thoughtful, AND cheaper. Better still you can finally use all those old jars. Maybe we are just hoarders of old jars, but we have loads, so we’re very glad to put them all to good use.