65 - New Stockist - Hero


I've been a bit slow to share (appologies) but am pleased to announce that the lovely ladies at Hero are the latest addition to the Alfies Studio stockists list. Their Hampshire based fashion and lifestyle store is about curating items with a timeless style and easy elegance that elevates the everyday, in other words, a perfect fit for Alfies Studio.

All images taken from Hero social media and web site.

64 - Underworld Live


A teenage dancing queen. Music to write a dissertation to. Festivals, early twenties. A Neoclassical courtyard, a Wesleyan Chapel. Typographic champions. Tomato. Mmm... Skyscraper, I love you. His energy is infectious. I dance because I can't help it. No longer a slinky girl, but I don't care.

Rabbit warren Albert Hall - I want to visit you in the daylight and explore. Underworld - I promise not to leave it so long til the next time.

63 - Mountains


Alfies Studio Blog Post 63 - Mountains - Snowdon
Alfies Studio Blog Post 63 - Mountains - Ben Nevis
Alfies Studio Blog Post 63 - Mountains - Ben Nevis
Alfies Studio Blog Post 63 - Mountains - Scafell
Alfies Studio Blog Post 63 - Mountains - Sigiriya
Alfies Studio Blog Post 63 - Mountains - Cadair Idris
Alfies Studio Blog Post 63 - Mountains - Cadair Idris

Lately I've been getting out more, investing in some new clothes (I've become a little North Face obsessed...) to take me back to the old me and have enjoying putting one foot in front of the other.

I've always been a walker, always loved being outdoors and roaming for hours on end. The past couple of years I lost my way a little, drifted away from who I am and if I'm honest took a leave of absence from living at all during the dark times. Somehow now I feel like I'm back, I've returned to my former self and I'm done with surviving and ready to start living again, more than that, catching up on lost time and making it all count. I've been through the toughest, hardest, worst time of my life and feel like if I've been there and done all that I can somehow manage almost anything.

Being honest, over the past decade I've let myself go. The hardest part of fixing that is realising it in the first place. I'm walking around ten miles a week now (not including the general up and down and round the house which, being four storeys tall probably notches up a mile or two without even really trying) and determined to get fit enough to hike mountains again by increasing this little by little (along with turning that extra length in to extra altitude).

To see where I'm hiking (usually on Sundays) follow me on over on Instagram.

From top to bottom: Snowdon - Wales, Ben Nevis - Scotland, Ben Nevis - Scotland, Scafell - England,  and a couple I've already done: Lion's Rock, Sigiriya - Sri Lanka (not technically a mountain but uber cool all the same and a difficult "climb" up), Cadair Idris - Wales, Cadair Idris - Wales. These images are not my own and the original sources can be found by clicking through.

62 - Now at Workshop


I have a new stockist that I am excited to share news of... I'm now stocked at WORKSHOP in Brighton. These guys have a truly wonderful aesthetic and seek to share their passion for items created with a simple approach to design and functionality. They believe in the little guys like me and have a beautifully curated store filled with well designed and crafted items.

You can take a look online at the edit of their store here or head on over to 13A Prince Albert Street, Brighton (my goods are available in-store only at the moment).

61 - Best Made Co


This years extended summer weather seems to have brought with it a huge wanderlust for me. I'm itching to get out under canvas, learn some new skills, start fires from scratch with fire steels (I tried the friction/stick thing and am surprised we as a race are still here - how do I make it work?) and figure out survival skills that mean I can live outdoors without running to the car or rucksack every five minutes for forgotten this's or that's to get by with.

At the very first Good Life Experience I learnt of a brand that will feed my every desire for camp related articles - Best Made Co. The only draw back, they are NYC based (but luckily being stocked in store at Pedlars). In their own words "Best Made Company® is dedicated to equipping customers with quality tools and dependable information that they can use and pass down for generations. We seek to empower people to get outside, use their hands and in doing so embark on a life of fulfilling projects and lasting experiences".

They create just about everything that's on my mind at the moment. With autumn/winter edging its way in I am secretly hoping that a hand axe/hatchet will be under the Christmas tree this year for chopping the pain-in-the-behind bits of wood that are too big to fit in the burner (and generally feeling bad-ass about owning an axe) and feeling the need for a cosy blanket or two to layer up on the bed that remind me of nights spent under canvas.

All items below available from www.bestmadeco.com. I kick myself for not buying their "Maps" notebook when I had the chance with true thing of beauty that it is and have never felt particularly lusty over a first aid kit before, until now. Best Made Co really do live up to their name it seems.

Just to be clear - I like to share brands that I think are particularly spectacular and may be of value to you. This post is not sponsored or paid for in any way shape or form.

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