reusable notebook
Timeless. Innovative. Groundbreaking. They aren’t words I would ever imagine using to describe an A5 notebook.

Nonetheless, they fit my GreenStory notebook to tee. So much so I’ve decided to dedicate an entire blog to the humble stationary.

(Before you call the asylum, it’s absolutely worth your time to hear a sister out)…

I came across GreenStory a few weeks ago and immediately wanted to kick myself for not thinking it up first. Their concept is so simple, ethical and powerful it could drive a million earth-loving entrepreneurs mad.

Essentially, GreenStory sell reusable whiteboard notebooks. Notebooks that serve every conceivable schedule. Notebooks with endless add-ons and planners. Notebooks that are built to last through every idea, day, list, and project you need them for.

If you can’t tell already, I’m bloody obsessed with mine. I ordered the A5 all-in-one GreenBook, a luxe vegan leather notebook cover (in Sand), a handful of pens, and hit the ground running.

When everything arrived, my oft-troubled OCD went wild. Everything is customisable. The brand offer a huge range of erasable, ‘clickable’ pages and add-ons that allow you to fill your notebook with your exact needs. You can quite literally plan, list, and create to your heart’s content without ever having to throw something away.

You can simply erase small errors or completed tasks with the felt eraser on the back of your Magic Pen or erase full pages using the microfibre wipe and a few drops of water (their spray can also be used when your pages haven’t been erased in a while!).

Beyond the obvious eco benefits, you can also scan pages using the iOS ‘Notities’ or the Camscanner app for direct-to-digital backups (which I do, often!). It is also crazy light, crazy green, and crazy handy. The cover alone not only feels like velvet in the hand but is filled with pockets for everything (it has become my business card and receipt holders of choice).

It’s funny really, I used to be such a little notebook collector. Since my adolescent introduction to Harriet The Spy and her very important lined sidekick, I have kept an erratic slew of thoughts and lists in many forms. When I was in high school I opted for the sparkliest pads around and would doodle a whole lot of nothing in fruit-scented ink before airplaning pages to my friends. When I was going through a tough time as young adult I kept a white, pocket-sized notebook and used it as a tool to process hurt feelings, letting go as I recycled each day’s page. When I was getting my NCTJ, it was a veritable stream of illegible shorthand notebooks shoved into every bag I owned.

I lost the habit when I started carrying laptops, phones and cameras where my thoughts used to be.

It wasn’t until I was listening to an interview with one of my favourite chefs, Samin Nosrat, that I realised how much I missed the company of a notebook. She used her own as a manifestation journal, recording her goals and ideas so she could process them and remain accountable. It was a practice I had unknowingly adopted over many years and one I now believe made me stronger and smarter.

They don’t call it taking note for nothing, eh? The GreenBook is, undeniably, time and money well spent (and they offer a 10% student discount for those of you who need a helping hand like I did!).

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Bar a few ‘accent’ pieces, most of the non-sartorial things I own are so carefully compiled they can be thrown together anywhere I move and make a house a home. It was a conscious choice; I knew white, gold, black and reclaimed wood would always work together no matter what era or price point I found each piece in.

It has, however, meant I haven’t taken the time to update my ever-travelling home interiors in years. Even after moving into the refurbished riverside military barrack of dreams.

I needed to scratch the itch and was quite literally enveloped in the perfect way to do so while on a weekend trip to the seaside. Though I wouldn’t be able to fit the four-poster bed I was luxuriating in inside my own bedroom, I could make my own hotel bed at home.

Rather that simply changing the look of something, I could tackle the feel. I could treat myself to a hotel-worthy mattress and raid the end-of-season sales for luxe new bedding to match.

It was the mattress that stumped me. While I have always been able to find luxury shopping deals with Sherlock-style sovereignty, I had no idea where to start with mattress shopping. Then, along came Leesa. In an inarguable muddle of modern mattress ‘concepts’, Leesa piqued my interest with five-star review after five-star review. To which they’ll now have to add my own.

The Leesa mattress is different. It has been designed from the inside out and meticulously engineered to offer a universally comfortable sleep. Their three premium foam layers work together to contour around your body (squishy pressure relief, tick!), support your core (no matter how you sleep!), and regulate your temperature (unlike many mattresses that offer this level of comfort!). And they believe in it so much they offer a 100-night free trial with free delivery and returns.

They’re also wildly easy to set up. Your mattress comes wrapped up in a box – whether it’s a single or a super king – and you simply unpack it onto your solid or slatted foundation to begin. From there, you simply unwrap it from its plastic and watch it expand into its full shape.

From there, it’s love at first night. We were genuinely distressed to get out of bed the first weekend we set it up.

If you’re thinking about treating yourself to your very own, I’ve managed to wrangle a discount code for you to receive £100 off the Leesa mattress of your choice! Simply use the code LELALONDON at checkout (and know that each purchase does some good, as well, as Leesa donate one mattress for every ten they sell and plant a tree for each order)!

The Leesa mattress is also available to try in the London and Kingston-Upon Thames West Elm locations before using my discount code online.


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london-flat-tour-5
Last month, I moved into my most centrally-located London flat to date and have been on a manic spruce up mission ever since. And not without challenges. As London law goes (the better the postcode the smaller the space) this particular abode proved to be a bit of a storage/logistical nightmare.

Fast forward a few weeks and the puzzle is solved; gallery walls, gadgets, storage hacks, minimalist white & wood palettes, metallic design accents, and a fully personalised flat – just in time to throw a holiday party.

Welcome to the love shack, friends!

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ben allen artist
Thanks to my long-term love affair with LG, your home is about to get reaaaaaal fancy.

Over London Fashion Week, LG partnered up with the dynamic Ben Allen – contemporary artist extraordinaire – to reimagine iconic wash labels with the hope that the resulting artwork would raise awareness of the symbols and encourage people to educate themselves about how best to care for their clothes (keeping garments looking their best for longer). The outcome was a slew of perfectly pop-y canvases and, lo and behold, I have my three favourites (worth £2,250!) to give away to give away to one lucky reader – you just choose your favourite!

To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter widget below to:
1. Follow me on Twitter (@lelalondon)
2. Leave a comment below telling me which canvas you would like and where you would put it!

The giveaway will close January 28th, 12am GMT and I will contact the winner shortly thereafter to arrange delivery. Good luck!


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ben allen artist
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home truths
Over a lifetime of international relocations, I have found my personal belongings take on greater and greater levels of sentimentality. Almost every item I have held on to has a story of its own.

With this in mind, I made the brave and intrigued decision to let comedian Mark Watson rummage around said belongings and paint a picture of my personality. Before ever meeting me. The project – MoneySupermarket’s Home Truths – has just gone live and is all sorts of fascinating.

Have a watch and see if you can figure out which home belongs to me (all revealed at the end of the clips)!

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