Saturday, 21 November 2015

This Is Empowerment || Krochet Kids Intl.

Lately I've been thinking about ways I can be more ethical in my purchases, Krochet Kids was a company that kept popping up on my radar so I took the plunge and bought a beanie. 

edited with Krochet Kids  x VSCO 

Krochet Kids Intl. is a non-profit company founded by three friends who wanted to create gifts that gave back by empowering the ladies who made the products. I am inspired by their vision and ethos towards giving and helping people. They focus on helping people in the now and allowing them to support themselves. Their website is filled with great graphics showing how this approach changes lives, the children of the ladies are eight times more likely to go to high school and the ladies are 25% more likely to have a say in important decisions. These changes are important and will only continue to increase. 

One of my favourite features of Krochet Kids is that every item is signed by the lady who made it. Rosmery Shupingahu thank you for making my beanie, I love it! You can actually go onto their website and leave a thank you message for whomever made you item which is such a lovely idea. 

I think it's so easy to forget that fellow people were involved in making our clothes. Especially when you think of cheap labour and sweat factories, you would much rather not think about those behind the clothes. BUT it is our responsibility as consumers to think about the horrors of cheap clothes and products, someone always loses and it is never those in charge. I've been trying to buy more ethically recently which is hard as a student living in an expensive town. However, after purchasing from Krochet Kids I'm looking for other companies that can be held accountable and help those making the products. 

I've already put the standard tee and the arizona on my Christmas list! If you're looking for stylish, cosy and responsible Christmas presents I wholeheartedly recommend Krochet Kids!!.

*I am not being paid or sponsored to write this post, I genuinely recommend this brand*


I recently spent a couple of days in Brussels. I was mostly busy doing work things but I also got a chance to explore some of the beautiful city. Here are my photos; 

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Iphone Photography

As I mentioned in a previous post I am a huge fan of VSCOcam both for editing and displaying my photos. I have a 'proper' camera that I rarely use and it's cumbersome to carry around and I can take great photos with my iphone! I am lucky that I live in such a beautiful place which means I am constantly taking photos. 

I am also hugely inspired by photographers on instagram, seeing them make ordinary scenes look extraordinary is incredible. 

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Everyday Emily

  Foggy St Andrews days: 
Or as I like to call it haar; a cold sea fog common on east coast Scotland. 
There is something so magical and mysterious about the end of the street not being visible, only the street lights marking the way. I have 9am lectures in the quad (pictured above) and it just adds to the splendour. It is now November and it gets dark during my 4pm lectures. The December exam timetable is out and the town is covered in Christmas lights, I'm ready for the festive season. 

Elliot Erwitt

 Enjoying my degree; 
Sometimes I forget that I am at university because I want to be, not because I have to be. I am studying ancient history because I'm fascinated by the ancient world, my love of ancient history was reignited this week. A lot of the time I am reading about events or looking at photos of ancient sites,with nothing tangible available. I had a workshop on Roman numismatics or coinage as most people would recognise, this week and it was amazing. I got to hold and analyse a 2000 year old coin. I did have to wear surgical gloves and the coin itself was very tarnished but it was still a great experience. Next year I start studying archaeology as well which means even more opportunity to get my hands dirty and uncover history. 

Yuko Murata

Temple of Apollo
 Being creative again;
Over the summer I got back into drawing and even started making videos but as soon as the university workload hit me I stopped. I've been making a conscious effort recently to keep time aside to be creative, no matter how busy I am. I live in such a beautiful town and I am constantly taking photos of it, I am trying to do something with these photos rather than keep them on my phone taking up vital memory. I've also put up some of my art around the house which is a nice reminder of what I can do when I make an effort.