From The Archive: 2013

With magazine placements on the side, 2013 was the last year I juggled blogging as a side gig. Things get a bit girlier in the style department too, with a lorra love for the sixties and a 'hive!

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‘I have actually seen loads of dead bees this year’
– Joe’s younger sister, Molly

I think it was a couple of months back that I read an article in ELLE magazine about bees. I can’t think of the name, I can’t remember which issue it was- but it really struck a chord with me, and it wasn’t until that day that I properly realised how important they really are to us.

Aside from that infamous Alex Monroe piece, listening to ‘Queen Bee’ herself (always) and biting into a Crunchie (which I realise has little connection to the honey bee) I never stop to think about how hard these little creatures really work, and how important they really are to us. Plus, although the quote above was said in slight jest, it pretty much hits the nail on the head, and brings light to a pretty sad and serious message. In short; these creatures are one of the major pollinators of the crops we need (and love), and by using harmful pesticides, they’re slowing dying out- meaning there’s no one to spread the seeds of these crops, and keep the food we love growing and the people on the planet full of goodness and fresh nutrients.

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So- the Environmental Justice Foundation have created the ‘JUST… BIG TREES little bees’ campaign- in order to raise some pennies to prevent the worst from happening. With this, they’ve also opened a wee pop up shop tucked away just off of Carnaby Street in Kingsly Court, open until the middle of September. With t-shirts created by The Rodnik band, Vivienne Westwood, Kenzo and Luella (safe to say I made a purchase- come ON, Luella) and some exclusively designed bee inspired t-shirts (with new ones dropping this week) as well as vegan leather rainbow backpacks and gorgeous handmade accessories (plus, honey- duh)- we’ve been pretty spoiled. So, if you’re in the area, or y’know on the internet (which you certainly are, young lady/man) then please head over here for a quick peek- and help a brother, and the bees out- they’re worth it.

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‘JUST… BIG TREES little bees’ is open Monday to Saturday 11am – 6pm and on Sundays
12pm – 6pm until mid-September. You can also buy online here

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