My Favourite Independent Businesses
Being that I used to run my own business (literally all on my own, in my bedroom and then the spare room which I turned in to an office), I feel guilty for not featuring my favourite independent businesses more.
The thing is, I know so many people who either run a fully-fledged business or some who do it as a side hobby – and I’m spreading the word and shouting about it to my real life friends, but I get so side-tracked with things on my blog, I don’t get a chance. But that’s a really shoddy excuse and I will make it my mission to recommend independent retailers and artists on my blog, or at the very least, on social media. I get more reach on social these days (it’s a struggle on all channels at the moment, if I’m being honest) but I will make more of an effort, regardless.
Having said that, I’ve happily mentioned the three brands featured in this blogpost a lot in the past couple of years. Scroll down and you might recognise them from my past content.
Evermore London Personalised Coconut Wax Candle* (shop link)
I’m insanely proud of the mega babe behind Evermore London, my previous line-manager and someone who made my short time in London so much easier. For that I will forever be grateful.
Evermore have grown so much and the brand (and their range of candles) have evolved. They offer luxury hand-poured coconut wax candles with the option for beautiful calligraphy hand-lettered personalisation. It’s a really special brand, creating stunning products that sits well in any home.
Evermore’s last Christmas post date is Monday 18th Dec, but the candles make a great all-year-round gift, so make sure you bookmark their website for when you need to buy a unique present for a special someone.
Kiss Air Scented Soy Wax Candles* (shop link)
Another regular candle brand that I’ve featured a lot on my blog (incase you didn’t know, I really really like candles!).
And I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this before but the lovely gal behind Kiss Air is someone who I have known for years – come to think of it, it’s coming up to 9 years now. We started off with a professional, business relationship (Louise managed my PR when I used to run my own jewellery business – and a fine job she did too! Some of you might’ve seen my pieces in the national magazines. Well, that’s all down to Louise). But now we have a brand/blogger relationship and it’s amazing to see this girl boss grow her own business.
Kiss Air have changed their candle packaging from the tins to glass jars (£10 each). They look so cute, don’t they? The candles are made of soy wax and there are so many nice scents such as Toasted Marshmallows, Toffee Apple, and Cinnamon (I also recommend the cocktail range, and the tea and cake collection too).
Old English Company Hand-Lettered Goods* (shop link)
The very moment I laid eyes on Old English Company on Instagram, it was love at first sight. Stationery coupled with hand-lettered positive quotes got me double tapping like mad and typing heart-eyed emojis in the comments like an absolute Instagram stalker.
I’m just obsessed, ok?! Well, just look at them. Don’t tell me you don’t love Old English Co. either? Because you so do, right?!
The products range from homeware, to prints, to stationery (and I want it all!) They quotes on them are very Pinterest worthy too. There’s not enough positive vibes in the world so if you can be reminded by an every day item such as a coffee mug, a coaster, or a notebook, then I’m all for it.
I’ve ordered a few things for my sisters Christmas presents, including this super cute personalised Sisters Make The Best Friends print (it’s alright, my sisters don’t read my blog, haha! The surprise isn’t spoiled). And I might treat myself to a couple of the enamel pins in the New Year!