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Design Bubble - Shop Dreaming #2

I have previously mentioned my long held dream to open my own shop one day - not sure if it will ever happen but it's a little something to hold onto and inspire me when my 'real' job seems like too much and somewhat unfulfilling (which it seems to be this week!).. anyhow I digress...

Someone who was feeling equally uninspired in their first job, Natalie Bloom, took her own hobby of making cards, gifts and candles and 16 years later she is in charge of an international beauty range which includes cosmetics, skincare and body products. I heart Bloom cosmetics and you can obviously see Ms Bloom's creativity across the brand including the whimsical and playful logo, lovely packaging and the merchandising of her flagship store. The inspiration wall in her home office says it all really - I hope one day my shop looks a little like hers!


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I used to be really up to date with music, read music blogs and keep up with new songs, artists, go to gigs.. but this has sort of faded out in the last few years. These days I seem to rely a lot on Spotify and their playlists and recommendations which is great for busy people!

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