• Fashion: Shwe love them

We weren’t too sure what Shwe Shwe was – it turns out it’s a fabric which was manufactured in Europe in the 18th Century and exported to South Africa and to this day it’s still used for traditional South African clothing.

So there’s your textiles lesson. Why are we giving it? Because British designer Ally Capellino has created twelve exclusive Frances rucksacks in the Shwe Shwe fabric to celebrate the African Street Festival and the Golborne Festival on July 27th.

The bags come in a variety of beautiful prints and two colour ways and will be available at the Calvert Avenue and Portobello stores.

Shwe Shwe Frances Rucksacks by Ally Capellino, £225
Shwe Shwe Frances Rucksacks by Ally Capellino, £225
  • Interiors: Being a bit of a skinflint

Featuring original salvaged lighting from the 20th Century, Skinflint Design is a lighting brand that’s right up our street! These reclaimed lights are all from industrial locations across Europe and can be customised to come in a variety of colours. They’re a little out of our price range at the moment, but they would look great in our new kitchen!

Reclaimed Polish factory lights
Reclaimed Polish factory lights, £380 – Skinflint Designs
  • Food: Bravo for bravas

Sunday morning and we’re snug on the sofa watching Sunday Brunch where Mr Simon Rimmer creates one of Mark’s favourites, Patatas Bravas. Well that was it, we HAD make it for our dinner. Being the little piggies we are we inhaled it before we could even think of taking a photo! If you’d like to try out the recipe then head here.

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Image courtesy of Sunday Brunch – ours certainly did not look this good
  • Places to go: Chilling out in the company of Kings

On the banks of the Regent’s Canal, there’s a small and tranquil spot just behind King’s Cross Station. Originally created as part of the Chelsea Fringe and covered in flowers, there now sits some wide steps covered in artificial grass where the young and trendy were hanging out. We stopped by on Wednesday for a little after-work/hump day tipple and took in the sights and sounds. It’s definitely a great place for a picnic!

Evening drinkies on #RegentsCanal at #KingsCross with @euan_plater and @davidwhite90 🙌

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  • Just because: Our latest music obsession

Here’s FKA twigs track “Two Weeks”, also check out “Water Me”, she’s awesome.

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