A luxury eco hotel called The Scarlett sits on the edge of the ocean in majestic Cornwall, England. Boasting glorious ocean views and a sense of serenity. The Scarlett considers itself a sanctuary where grownups can fully unwind. Their ethos to create unforgettable memories that do not harm the planet is echoed throughout their transparency. They publish their energy and waste data. No business is perfect The Scarlet is committed to reducing the amount of waste they send to landfills. They prefer to create rather than consume and source locally where possible. In an effort to inspire other business The Scarlet has set up a community fund to assist new and existing projects that improve the environment.
Luxury Eco Hotel Rooms
Voted one of the top 20 hotels by Conde Nast The Scarlet is a small boutique hotel. Each room has its own outdoor space from balconies, private courtyards, and terraces. No matter your budget everyone can enjoy outdoor space indoors. Rooms are arranged over five levels, each room enjoys views of the gardens, cliffs, sea and sky. Choose from well appointed modest rooms with a double bed right up to large suites with king size beds and a generous lounge area. Underfloor heating is every room, you can enjoy this luxury eco hotel any time of the year. All the beds in each room are extremely comfortable so plan to have a good nights sleep.
This spa runs a little differently than most spas. At this luxury eco hotel, the focus is on your holistic well-being body, mind, and soul. You have a choice of what you want to do at The Scarlet. A relaxation room is a favourite place to t be still and quiet after a relaxing treatment. Suspended pods gently swing from the ceiling cocooning you in your own private utopia. Treatment rooms are tented and lit by lanterns with views of the Atlantic Ocean or Mawgan Porth Beach. There you can have a therapeutic massage with a blend of yoga and breath work. Outside you can relax in a cliff top hot tub, or go for a swim in the pool. Pools are chemical free cleaned naturally by reeds.
Sourcing locally The Scarlet serves the freshest menu cooked in a modern European style with Cornwall at the heart of every dish. Menus change daily and with the season, expect to be surprised. Cornwall has a large array of sustainable growers, farmers, and fisherman to choose from. You can view sample menus on their site to get an idea of what delights might be in store for you. If you have any dietary restrictions, not to worry this luxury eco hotel is committed to caring for their clients. Just ask and it is given.
I decrease clutter at least four times a year. I use the changing of the seasons as a schedule to look around my home to get rid of things I’m not using or fix things I want to keep. So as spring is approaching, I started to take mental stock of areas I’d like to edit. Clutter isn’t something I live with because I can ruthlessly get rid of things. I’m not attached to much except my family history, and books. I’ve invested in my clothing, I don’t feel the need to buy a lot. I just edit. But like most people, we tend to forget about things or keep things a little longer than we should. So here are some tips on how to edit your home and prepare for a new season.
The Two Year Rule
I use this rule to decrease clutter in clothes, shoes etc. If I haven’t worn the item for two years, I get rid of it. It may be a perfectly fine item of clothing hence holding on to it. But it’s just taking up space. So here’s what you can do. Family heirlooms; I would suggest getting professionally boxed. Dry clean the item if necessary then ask your dry cleaners to store it in an acid-free box using acid-free paper. If you have a lot of designer items in good shape, join a facebook resale group or list your items on an online platform like Bad Borrow or Steal if their high-end designer items. Host a swap party. I did this and wound up with a great selection of clothes and accessories for the season. Specify what your guests should bring and make it a fun event by serving cocktails and hors d’oeurves.
Decrease Your Digital Clutter
I think we tend to forget our devices can serve as a place to hoard stuff. Doing a digital de-clutter frees up space on all your devices. Go through your apps and images on your phones and tablets and delete what you don’t need. Look at your music files and documents too. Do you need it all? Move items into labeled folders. Large files should be backed up to an external drive. Or you can backup to the cloud if you’re comfortable with that. A friend of mine had an incredible music library, he recently lost it all because he didn’t backup. If you’re not backing up on a regular basis, you should. Check with your local city hall on how to dispose of old electronic items.
Decrease Clutter In Handbags
I throw almost anything in my handbag, especially when I’m on the road. It ends up making its way to the bottom of my bag, never to be seen again. Business cards, brochures, wrappers and a bag of nuts is what I found in one bag. It made ask what else is in there? Checking all your bags for useless items creates more space. I once found a $50 dollar bill! Give your bags and briefcases a good vacuuming too, little bits of stuff increases over time and makes the inside of your bag look old. Cleaning your bag will make it look new again.
Books And Magazines
The best and easiest way to downsize your literary collection is to give it away to doctor’s offices, hair salons, dentist’s office. In fact anywhere that has a waiting area. I take a handful of magazines or books and drop them off on my travels. In my city you can drop a book on a bench and someone will pick it up and take it. You can also resell these items if you wish. Ebay is a great resource for selling magazines and books, check it out and consider this an option. Also resale shops may be interested in seeing what you have. If they like it, they’ll list it as stock and you can make a little money from your gently used books or magazines.
Kitchen Clear Out
Open all the cabinets and stand back. Whatever catches your eye first, start there. What don’t you need is the question you should ask here. If you have never used it in two years, again get rid of it. If you know dedicated bakers or people who cook, you can have a kitchen swap party here too. I have brand new items that I want to get rid of, but I’m now considering a swap party. Any vintage items? List them on Etsy or Ebay. You’d be surprised how much space you will free up for items that are on your counter. Get rid of food that has an expired date. This a good time to clean the cupboards and change the liners to something completely different. If you’re really feeling enthusiastic, give your cupboards a fresh coat of paint and update the pulls. Change is good for the soul. Decrease clutter makes room for new things to come into your life.
Falling in love with the world’s smallest camera sounds silly right? If you’re a blogger or an adventure junkie this could be the answer to creating some of your social media content on the fly. The Pogocam is the length of three-quarters so it’s really tiny. It can shoot 2 minutes of video, and a maximum of 100 photos. It doesn’t have any wireless technology and it’s only 5MP. But what it lacks in technical goodies, it makes up for in size. It can easily clip onto your glasses.The company Pogotec is working with glass manufacturers to include a magnetic strip called the Pogotrack. You may see glasses with a magnetic strip for sale in the future when this company floods the market.
Expect to use the world’s smallest camera when you want to be discreet. Because of its diminutive size, it can go unnoticed. So it’s perfect for getting those exclusive shots at trade shows, or conferences that may not be readily available. I love capturing natural images of people, but when a camera appears, people can act a bit stiff. Getting close up shots with this little treasure is a no brainer. Just clip on, turn on and you’re ready to record or photograph.
“Eyeglasses are arguably the world’s oldest, most successful wearable technology,” says Richard Clompus, VP of Communications and Consumer Interaction for Pogotec. “Pogocam upgrades this wearable platform with the ability to capture visual memories without the intrusion of holding a camera or looking through the screen.”
The world’s smallest camera should be on the market in March 2017. Just in time for the summer. However, it won’t be as expensive as Google Glass or Snapchat Spectacles. Rumour has it the price will be $130, but when they launch it’s best to check back with the company for price and shipping details.
Let’s start by answering what are ethical home accessories? What makes a product ethical is the materials used. They are usually made by hand. And artisans are paid a fair wage for their craft. I think people want to buy consciously and wisely. Especially in today’s market where nothing is for certain. People want to invest in things that will last. Remember that concept? Well, it’s making a comeback because no one has a disposable income anymore. If you’re a smart shopper you’ll want to learn more about these ethical home accessories. Because not only will they freshen up your rooms, but you’ll feel good about purchasing these products. No child labour was involved. And these products are non-toxic. Mother’s with small children who put things in their mouths; this post is especially for you.
If you’re like me, you want everything when you visit Anthropologie. I could spend a small fortune in there but I tend to walk the store once. Then I return to what I liked a lot and what fit my budget. Small Tip; Anthropologie online has an ongoing sale section. I`ve heard people say it`s expensive. Did you know you can buy items that are under $20 at Anthropologie.Small Tip: Build a collection of items whilst staying in your budget. Builld a collection of mismatched bowls on your Easter table and this could be the start of a family tradition.
This is an online store that I have been coveting lately. Everything on this site is supporting local artisans. Your purchases go towards independent growth in areas of the world where women and children are still treated as third class citizens. Small Tip: Pick a neutral paint colour, then build your accessories with one pop of colour.
The Most Popular THINKmag posts were a surprise to me. After checking my statistics, it occurred to me that 2016 was a very good year for this site. My pageviews increased dramatically. I made some interesting contacts and grew my instagram page past my target number of 300. I know it doesn’t sound like much but I started the year with over 400 Instagram followers and counting. So I decided to do a round-up of the success of THINKmag in 2016 and list the most popular blog posts.
First on the list is not a blogpost at all. I know there was a blog post written about it so it’s not entirely a fib. But the upcycle issue of my magazine where all the designers showcased used waste to design something new was a popular destination to visit on THINKmag. This was one of the most enjoyable issues to curate. It was challenging to find all the designers in this issue, but that was also part of the enjoyment. The cover was shot in Spain by Ruben Iglesias who also designed the chair on the cover. We chatted about what I wanted to see on the cover for weeks. I skyped in for the shoot at 4:30AM in the morning. It was a great way to start my day whilst I had my breakfast.
I had great response to both my vegan fashion posts. The feedback on Instagram was fantastic. I received a lot of reactions to both the vegan shoe and the vegan bags blog post. People seem to think vegan shoes look terrible. They used to look really geeky, but these days there have been some great shoes to hit the market. They don’t scream vegan treehugger either. What they do say is I’m sexy and I know it. I learnt a lot from the designers too. They are all very careful about how their shoes are made. So if you do invest in a pair of vegan shoes, just know that a lot of loving care went into making these shoes.
This post was popular because there was a free download accessories guide at the end. I decided to make a shopping guide to help people find a lot of these products. I know you’re interested in shopping ethically so it only made sense to create a shopping guide to make life a little easier. The guide only listed the best in quality, style, and uniqueness. I wanted it to be special enough that you’d want to keep it as a reference forever.
4.Neal’s Yard Remedies Contest
Another popular blog post saw a lot of traction on instagram. It led to a quite a few people entering to win $222 worth of Neal’s Yard Remedies. I intended to announce the winner at Christmas. The holidays came up so fast coupled with a few family emergencies delayed the announcement. The contest is still open to Canadian Residents only. So if you’re reading this and you’re in Canada, click here to enter at the bottom of this blog post. I have only three more products to include. The winner will be announced by the end of January,2017.
5.Do You Want To Create Your Own Digital Magazine?
I decided to open the vault to create a resources section for independent ethical designers to launch and sell their own products. Creating editorial for your products gives you another revenue stream that can increase your bottom line. Some remarkable things happened in 2016 because of THINKmag. I had more interesting freelance work in 2016. Curating an archived clothing collection for auction was one last year’s highlights. I worked with another designer on her first capsule collection. The landing page for THINKmag got finished by yours truly. And I have to say the feedback has been quite good. It also forced me to a look at my content more closely to decide the editorial line-up. If I didn’t have a digital magazine, I don’t believe I would have had so many opportunities.
I’ve been waiting patiently to get my hands on some of my family’s artefacts from our residency in Singapore. In particular this mercury glass ice bucket and glass set. It always looked glamorous and it’s still one of my favourite pieces. I’ve seen this type of set used on Mad Men, it looks as chic there as it does on our family’s table when it’s used. We tend to bring it out on special occasions. Little did I know mercury glass was created to mimic silverware by candlelight in the mid-1800’s. Also known as silver glass, it contains neither mercury nor silver. In fact, it’s actually clear glass with a double wall and coated with a silvering formula.
Don’t Call It A Comeback
It first gained popularity in Germany, then made it’s way to England and France. There, it became widely popular and produced vases, goblets and spittoons. Critics felt it didn’t look like silver at all and slowly fell out of fashion. Today it’s having a revival and is highly collectable. Since the turn of the century, prices have increased, but you can still pick up mercury glass for a reasonable amount. Some of the best places to find mercury glass are estate sales, second-hand shops, and they can come up at auction. Do your research first, some prices are inflated and if you’re not in a hurry and you love a hunt, scout around for mercury glass that fits your budget.
Collecting Mercury Glass
One of the best online sites I’ve found is Etsy. There is so much choice and all the sellers are competing for the sale that you can barter the price if you find duplicates at varied price points. Another great place to find mercury glass is Ebay, again a lot of competitive sellers are on there too. Make sure to see a variety of pictures with different angles. Mercury glass can fade in some places if it wasn’t stored correctly, or someone accidentally put it in the dishwasher. You can still find mercury glass Christmas ornaments too, they make great gifts and still create that wow factor.