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Notes on a Different Valentine's Day

If you’re anything like us, Valentine’s Day is normally just like any other day – maybe, if you’re feeling kind, there are some flowers or a wine involved, but there are no expectations or fancy dinner reservations. It almost feels like the idea of an overly romantic, expensive Valentine’s Day comes from marketing newsletters and Instagram adverts. But this year feels different. With long lockdowns, gloomy days and news that seems to take two steps into darkness before taking one into the light, it feels like a nice day is overdue. An excuse to do something different, if you will. Whether you live with your partner and you’ve survived (or even thrived) in the last year of 24/7 togetherness or...

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Culture Talk: Montserrat A. Alonso, the Girl With the Handmade Earring

When Montserrat A. Alonso moved to London in 2016, she already knew that she had a future in fashion. The intricate way in which fashion represents our own identity doesn't escape her, probably a result of growing up in a country where culture, identity and clothing are endlessly entwined.  We spoke to Montserrat about Maalo, her jewellery brand, falling in love with London, her favourite ways to bring a little bit of Mexico to her home, and the desire to be on a Mexico beach with a Mezcal in hand (which we can definitely relate to).        THE INTERVIEW: How would you describe what you do with Maalo? I’ve always loved jewellery, not just because it’s connected to fashion and...

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So you want to celebrate Day of the Dead?

The flower stalls are full of bright-orange cempasúchil (marigold), paths of their orange petals start to form on the outside of houses, papel picado (tissue paper cut in intricate shapes of skulls and parties) adorns the streets in every colour, photographs of deceased loved ones are put out proudly - with no pain attached, only celebration. It’s November 1st in Mexico and it’s beautiful to see. 

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The Summer Playlist: Vibras De Verano

Waking up to the sounds of waves, taking a dip in the pool in the morning before going out to walk on the beach (or do a bit of surfing, whatever floats your boat), lie down in the sun with some coconut dipped in chili sauce ready for piña coladas and margaritas in the evening. We know. It sounds like a summer dream straight out of a Mexican beach. While we can't all do that just now, we can definitely listen to the music that goes along with it. We've created a playlist to get you closer to your dreams, with the ultimate summer vibes playlist.  From us to you, enjoy our Vibras de Verano / Summer Vibes playlist:   Warning:...

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