Uncommon Goods is great market place to shop for unique products since they stock products from independent artists and small manufacturers and so you can support local and independent businesses. They offer an array of different items which are suitable for birthdaysanniversaries or any other special occasion since some of the available items can be personalised! Another plus is that Uncommon Goods promotes being environmentally friendly, socially responsible and sustainable (yay!) so you can shop without any guilt!

But with the new academic year coming around, I thought it would be fitting create an home interiors wishlist for any returning students and any freshers looking for inspiration to decorate their new space, and I'd definitely recommend visiting Uncommon Goods for some unique and artisanal items for your new home! I compiled a wish list of items that will make your new home cosier:

Shop the Gala Photo Display by Sung Wook Park (£17)
Perfect on your windowsill, desk or bedside table – it provides a great way to display photos and mementos of your friends and family. An added bonus is the attached succulent pot, adding a bit of greenery to your room. 

Shop the Homesick Candle (£25)
Fitting for those who are from the U.S. and are studying abroad, they remedy any homesickness you may encounter, since their candles are inspired by different states. The candles are hand-poured and made of soy wax, which gives a cleaner burn that typical candle waxes. 

Shop the Matcha Green Tea Set (£53)
Ditch coffee, and opt for a more natural energy boost. Matcha has so many health benefits! This set is perfect since it has a bamboo whisk and ceremonial grade matcha (i.e. the best quality) which is necessary to make delicious matcha lattes from home. 

Shop the Travel Cord Roll (£15) 
This makes a great accompaniment if you use a lot of tech since you can store your laptop charger, other wires and earphones without it all getting tangled together in your bag, and also perfect for your travels.

Shop the Match Striker (£20)
Perfect for those who are candle lighters, like me. A nice and aesthetic way to display your matches, ready to light your candles to feel hygge after a long day.

Shop the Bedside Essentials Pocket (£15)
If you're residing in student accommodation, the dorm rooms tend to be quite snug, and it might not be possible to have a bedside table so I'd recommend purchasing this compact and convenient pouch to keep your bedside essentials – your phone, a book and some handcream.

Shop the Emerald Ink Tidal Print by Jen Rork (£30)
Rented places and student accommodation tend to be quite strict on nailing frames and ruining the walls, so I'd recommending getting a few prints framed and leaning them against the wall by a mirror or on your desk to add some colour and character to your bedroom/study space, and this print is perfect for that. 

Shop the Planter and Disk by Kristen Saksa Juen(£35)
Add some greenery to a yet otherwise dull bedroom by planting some succulents and cacti to these beautiful hand made planters. Succulents and cacti tend to be a lot less high maintenance than other typical plants so I'd definitely recommend them. 

Thank you to Uncommon Goods for sponsoring this post.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Back to University Wish List: Uncommon Goods


A classic summer staple – a black swimsuit. It's versatile, not a trend item so it doesn't go 'old' and it can be styled as a beach item as well as a casual day-time piece too. My all time favourite swimsuit is one I purchased this summer, Weekday's Atlantic Swimsuit, which retails only at £20! I'd recommend sizing down since it does give way as you wear it! 

Saturday, 19 August 2017 Old Havana, Cuba


Brunch at El Cafe in Havana, Cuba : fluffy pancakes with fresh fruit and honey, served with iced coffees, fresh juice and espressos.

El Cafe, a five minute walk from Plaza Vieja in Old Havana, was reminiscent to a hipster cafe in Shoreditch. Despite occupying a small space, the cafe had so much character - the floor tiles were patterned, ones which reminded me of Vietnam, but it complimented the tables and odd, mismatched chairs of the cafe, with a chalkboard menu and books and little mementos scattered across their shelves behind the bar.

Open 10am till 6pm, they served big plates of food and fresh drinks - coffee, juices, lemonade too! They give the option of customising your juice, I opted for beetroot and carrot, which was (expectedly) earthy. We all ended up ordering their pancakes after seeing someone's plate. The pancakes were unbelievably fluffy, and delicious with the sweetness of the fresh fruit of the pineapples and mangos, with a drizzle of honey for the extra sweetness. 

If you're in Havana, looking for some similarity, (feeling slightly homesick maybe?) delicious food, and a place for good conversation, I'd recommend visiting El Cafe.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017 #358 La Amargura, Cuba

El Cafe


A few shots from the streets of Havana..

Havana was the perfect location to take outfit photos since there were painted colourful walls splattered across the city. This was located in the centre of Habana Vieja, the old part of the city. 

A classic boyfriend style shirt is the ultimate piece for any summer getaway, since it keeps you cool, covers up your skin so you don't get sun damage and pairs well with any bottom. It's such a versatile item - over your swimsuit, a pair of trousers to create a more evening look, or more casually, in the daytime. 

So I paired my favourite white shirt by H&M with these denim cut-offs from Topshop to create a casual and effortless look. I've been loving these denim cut-offs since they're not too short nor too distressed which is so hard to find! 

Friday, 11 August 2017 Old Havana, Cuba

The Boyfriend Shirt


I love these culottes shorts in the summer. I purchased these two years ago now (!!!) during my gap year in Vietnam, and I still bring it out every summer to wear. It's such a versatile piece – you can basically pair them with anything – making them an ideal piece to have in your holiday suitcase. 

It's so easy to style these culottes. Today, I've gone for something really basic and simple – pairing it with a classic red striped tee from Zara and again, and a summer cult classic – a pair of comfy black Birkinstocks. (However, the tan lines are not forgiving at all!!) I love wearing stripes, especially in the summer, since it adds that pop of colour that I would typically not wear. 

Photography by Josh Theobald

Monday, 7 August 2017 Santa Clara, Cuba

Palm Leaves


Hey guys! I'm finally back from my two week trip in Cuba, hence the absence from my blog and Instagram, but I'll update you all about my trip in the next post! I thought I'd keep this first post back short and sweet, with an outfit I wore during my trip. 

In the heat, I love wearing loose and flowy items so nothing feels like it's sticking to my body and sweat. So I love this wide strappy top from H&M I recently brought. Since it's wide cut, I can wear it with a triangle bralette (because ew, bras in the heat; and it's flowy-ness and thin breathable material makes it an ideal piece for the summer, and it's such a versatile and basic item too! It's still available online at H&M and I'm sure in stores too, and the black one is currently on sale for £3. All items are linked above!

Talk to you soon! 

Photography by Josh Theobald

Friday, 4 August 2017 Old Havana, Cuba


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