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Emma Victoria Stokes

  • Travel Trends For 2022
    by emmastokes on 12th January 2022 at 1:43 pm

    Ad – Sponsored post. In 2021, I had a Private Jet client land in my inbox. They chose me to support with design and copywriting. Understanding the travel sector definitely had its advantages and has meant I’ve had some incredible connections and better understand of how the wealthy get to travel across the globe. Just ... The post Travel Trends For 2022 appeared first on Emma Victoria Stokes.

  • Elio Café – Birmingham
    by emmastokes on 11th January 2022 at 4:21 pm

    Instagram-worthy Elio Cafe at Mailbox offers the perfect mix of dreamy pastel-clad decor, locally-sourced coffee and delicious bites to eat. It’s a most-welcome addition to Mailbox, Birmingham. The perfect spot to sit with your laptop, meet friends for brunch or to catch up over a coffee – Elio Cafe is a brand new picturesque cafe located ... The post Elio Café – Birmingham appeared first on Emma Victoria Stokes.

  • 11 Reusable & Eco-Friendly Advent Calendars For 2021
    by emmastokes on 7th November 2021 at 11:13 am

    A reusable & eco-friendly Christmas should be on everyone’s agenda this year. Together, we can take little steps to transform the way we buy, eat, bathe and care for our world this festive season. In a bid to save the planet, I’ve found some brilliant Earth-friendly, sustainable and upcycled advent calendars on the market that ... The post 11 Reusable & Eco-Friendly Advent Calendars For 2021 appeared first on Emma Victoria Stokes.

  • Eco-Friendly and Organic Cafe | The Hive Café & Bakery
    by emmastokes on 29th October 2021 at 11:06 am

    I run an eco-friendly plant business myself, so I know the importance of sustainability and using plastic-free materials. This is why I absolutely love Hive Cafe and Bakery, located in the Jewellery Quarter. They go one step above the rest to assure customers of its plastic free policy – something more places should inspire to ... The post Eco-Friendly and Organic Cafe | The Hive Café & Bakery appeared first on Emma Victoria Stokes.

  • Fillet of Soul – New Fish and Chips Restaurant | Birmingham
    by emmastokes on 7th October 2021 at 1:31 pm

    Birmingham city centre welcomes the highly anticipated Fillet of Soul – a brand new dine-in and takeaway fish and chips restaurant on Bennett’s Hill. After living in Stirchley and having one of the best fish and chips in the city just a few minutes away from my house, alongside having parent’s who source some of ... The post Fillet of Soul – New Fish and Chips Restaurant | Birmingham appeared first on Emma Victoria Stokes.

The Thing Thang

  • The ‘sticky sandwich’ nail hack to making polish last (ad•gifted)
    by Ting on 14th April 2021 at 5:30 am

    There is something a little bit throwback about the ‘sticky sandwich’ nail hack. I first discovered it years ago before gel nails became my go to. I’m hard on my hands so finding ways for nail polish to look good beyond two days is a challenge. With the ongoing pandemic restrictions, I’ve rediscovered the ‘sticky sandwich’ nail hack as a way to make regular nail polish last. The basis of this technique is to sandwich your colour nail polish between layers of a ‘sticky’ base coat. I love to use the Orly Bonder Rubberized Base Coat (£14.99). This works with any brand or colour […]

  • Pixi Beauty Rose Bodytreats (ad•gifted)
    by Ting on 26th March 2021 at 6:30 am

    I am a huge fan of the Pixi Beauty Rose range of skincare. It’s hydrating and caring for my dry and dehydrated skin. Excitingly, Pixi Beauty have brought out a range called Rose Bodytreats. This is what my skin needs in the lead up to spring. It’s a time when I might dare to put away those winter woolies and reach for the lighter layers instead. The first Rose Bodytreats product is the Pixi Beauty Rose Body Cleanser (£18). This is a nourishing cream body cleanser . The formula is rich in flower oils so it gently cleanses skin whilst also hydrating and softening. I found this rich cream […]

  • Dermalogica Hydro Masque Exfoliant (ad•gifted)
    by Ting on 18th January 2021 at 6:30 am

    There’s nothing more satisfying than finding a decent face mask to pep my skin during all this time at home. It’s so important to use a good exfoliating product once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells. This helps active skincare products to absorb better into skin, helps makeup apply better and improves the general health of bare skin. I have been using the Dermalogica Hydro Masque Exfoliant (£55) in my Sunday self care routine for the past few months and loving it. The Dermalogica Hydro Masque Exfoliant is a hydrating and exfoliating mask treatment. It suits all skin types but […]

  • Little Blackwood bao at home | pandemic life
    by Ting on 14th December 2020 at 6:30 am

    Trying to arrange a birthday celebration during a pandemic is challenging. Our usual celebrations involve meals and possibly drinks out with friends and family. Maybe even multiple outings depending on the occasion. With the current pandemic, we are adapting so we marked my husband’s birthday with a Little Blackwood bao takeaway. We had some good fortune that Little Blackwood were doing their bao specials at the right time. It’s not their usual offering but with covid19, businesses are doing what they can to adapt to ever changing guidelines. We ordered a Family Bao Box (£79), with 20 […]

  • The ethical Christmas jumper to wear all year round
    by Ting on 7th December 2020 at 6:30 am

    Trying to dress more sustainably for me involves thinking about all the ways I can utilise what I have. I don’t want to keep buying things for one specific occasion without considering longevity and cost per wear. Given that most of my clothes are currently in storage whilst I await my house move, I was considering how I was going to dress for the colder British winter – and Christmas. I found a few great options but this ethical Christmas jumper (£34) from Rock on Ruby is perfect as it works all year round – not just the lead up to 25th December. Firstly, the slogan speaks to my […]

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Strangeness & Charm

  • The Benefits of Solo Travel
    by Hayley on 3rd January 2022 at 1:00 pm

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go on a solo travel experience? Travelling is one of the most rewarding and eye-opening experiences that anyone can have. It gives you an opportunity to explore new places and cultures and learn more about yourself than anything else could. In this blog post, we’ll discuss why everyone should try a solo travel experience, as well as all the benefits that come with exploring on your own! #1 You have complete control If there’s one thing that can be said about travelling solo, it’s that you have complete control over your own experience. […]

  • Thinking of older relatives this festive season
    by Hayley on 18th December 2021 at 2:04 pm

    While everyone tends to be excited for the upcoming festive season, we need to make sure we are being inclusive while planning our celebrations. At this time of year families and friends will be getting together to celebrate. It’s definitely going to be a big one this year after the restrictions that we had in 2020! If you have elderly relatives that you would like to see over the festive season, you need to make sure that you can accommodate for them and their individual needs. Over the past few years I have noticed that my grandparents’ mobility is not what it used to be. They struggle […]

  • My 2021 favourites with Notino
    by Hayley on 16th December 2021 at 2:34 pm

    In 2021 I discovered a lot of new products thanks to working with Notino each month. I love how they have so many different brands available that are not easily accessible on the UK high street. I have been able to get my favourite candles from Bath and Body Works, try Korean skincare I’ve not heard of before and delve into the world of natural beauty products. Here are some of my favourites from this year. Revolution Skincare I have been a big fan of Revolution Skincare since they first launched, however I have tried so many more of their products this year. I am particularly a fan of the […]

  • Things To Think About If Going Away On Holiday This Summer
    by Hayley on 13th December 2021 at 10:22 am

    In a covid world, taking the right level of preparation when you go on holiday could never be as important as it is now.  With travel lists changing on a frequent basis from the UK to foreign destinations, it is crucial that everyone keeps well informed or they could find themselves unable to travel or stuck in another country having to quarantine.  Although the UK trend seems to be continuously improving, this is not the trend in all other countries.  The vaccine rollout is the key to unlock a lot of these travel restrictions and the containment of any infectious variant.   Holiday […]

  • A Christmas gift guide with Notino
    by Hayley on 10th December 2021 at 4:21 pm

    Christmas is fast approaching and I’m sure we have all got most of our shopping done by now, however if your’e struggling for those last few gift ideas, then I’m here to help! Notino have a great range of products perfect for all of the family. It doesn’t matter who you are shopping for, there will always be something for everyone! Gift sets At Christmas, you can’t go wrong with a gift set! I personally love receiving gift sets as it means that I get to try out a few items from the same brand that I wouldn’t usually have picked up for myself. This year I am hoping to get a couple […]

Digital Birmingham

  • New support grant for businesses amid Omicron concerns
    by suritasolanki on 19th January 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Birmingham City Council is continuing to deliver its mission to support independent businesses with a new round of business grants. Following the Government’s latest announcement, businesses impacted by Omicron in Birmingham can now apply for the funding from a new grant scheme.The council has received more than £8.3million from Government for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme, enabling further support to struggling businesses during the pandemic. Businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors in England will be eligible for one-off grants of up to […]

  • Community Digital Skills Pathway - funding applications open
    by suritasolanki on 5th January 2022 at 8:00 am

    Digital inclusion charity Good Things Foundation has more than £850,000* of funding available for organisations in the West Midlands, North of Tyne and Greater Manchester to equip people with the essential digital skills they need to seize new opportunities online. The funding available as part of the Community Digital Skills Pathway project will empower places to explore how best to tackle local challenges. Good Things Foundation will be running the three Projects in parallel as a single programme. Digital Future - West Midlands Breaking Digital Barriers - Greater Manchester […]

  • How the Breathing Space debt respite scheme is supporting Birmingham residents
    by suritasolanki on 3rd January 2022 at 8:30 am

    Our government estimates that there are around 9 million people in the UK burdened by debt, of which only around 1.1 million receive debt advice each year.  Lack of knowledge, stress and anxiety can all contribute to people’s attitudes towards their debts, which can lead to them not seeking the right advice and further stress when creditors take enforcement action. In 2020, the Breathing Space Debt Respite Scheme regulations were introduced across England and Wales to help those struggling with debt to have certain protection from debt collection activities, including […]

  • Seasons Greetings from the Digital City team
    by suritasolanki on 21st December 2021 at 11:00 am

    Thank you for your continued support in 2021. We look forward to working with you in the new year to collaborate and create innovative solutions that will help transform our city.  With best wishes for Christmas and the New Year,Dr Peter Bishop, Director - Digital and Customer Services, Birmingham City Council

  • Sharing developments & best practise about open innovation eco-systems in the city of Birmingham, UK
    by suritasolanki on 16th December 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Birmingham City Council is the largest local authority in Europe, serving 1.2 million citizens.  Birmingham is experiencing one of its most exciting periods of regeneration and development in recent times. We aim to be a city of growth where every child, citizen and place matters - and Birmingham City Council wants to make a positive difference, every day, to people’s lives. The pandemic has challenged many of the tried and tested models and approaches we used to manage our cities and places, it exposed weaknesses in our infrastructure, logistics, skills and capabilities.  It has shown […]

John Tyrrell

  • DE-COLONISING EDUCATION: EMPOWERMENT PROJECT. D.E.E.P.
    by John on 17th April 2021 at 5:21 pm

    ISSUES & RESOURCES Sign posting human & multi-media resources to schools & beyond to combat inequalities, racism and injustice arising from our colonial experience.  ISSUES Introduction A group of teachers working through 70s, 80s and 90s, much of the time in Birmingham, are responding to requests for help and support in the present climate when

  • The Sewell Report
    by John on 14th April 2021 at 8:51 am

    2021 and another report on racism. Following on Black Lives Matter and the inequalities laid bare for all to see by Covid 19 and once more a disproportionate proportion of the burden on the Black community, particularly those working at the front line, in hospitals, in the care services. This latest report requested by the

  • Black Lives Matter. Implementing Rampton and Swann
    by John on 4th March 2021 at 6:30 pm

    In 2020 Black Lives Matter became a universal cry after another death of a Black person, George Floyd, caused uproar re-opening the Civil Rights’ Movement action 4 decades earlier. At the same time the pandemic, Covid 19, also laid bare gross inequalities, not least Black people, many of whom were prominent on the front line

  • Marketing Covid 19. Why testing won’t work in the UK
    by John on 17th September 2020 at 10:47 pm

    Testing for the presence of the Covid 19 virus was put into private hands like everything else in the world of neoliberal ideas – more or less dominating the whole of planet Earth. Questions were asked from the very beginning why Serco should be entrusted with tracking and tracing when they have shown themselves to

  • Re-opening schools
    by John on 26th May 2020 at 8:53 am

    The Socialist Labour Party issued the following statement from its Leader, Arthur Scargill on 2nd May, 2020 No Schools, Colleges or Universities should be re-opened until there is a drug to cure anyone infected by the virus or we have a vaccine to prevent it. In the event that a decision is made to re-open

Kristy Marie

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