Ethos Mag: A Review

Hey sweet souls! How are you all doing?

Recently I received the super wonderful first edition of Ethos, an independent publication about ‘Good Stories, Good People, Good Business.’ (Get the first issue here!) Now we all know (or should know. If you don’t- yo gal Kimmy is quite the eco warrior/girl boss/wellbeing woman) that ethical business has its foundations of wellbeing. Some folk don’t really understand what ‘ethical business’ is- and its sure as heck a strange one for young people to think about, weaving that into the way of how they shop and feel. So let’s start with what ‘ethical’ is before we review…Screen Shot 2017-03-10 at 14.46.19

Being ethical is a lovely foundation of values that something is based upon. They affect how people make decisions and lead their lives. For example, if our personal thoughts and morals are ‘I believe in being kind to other people’- then that reflects the rest of your behaviour. This includes business, your relationships, everything. Believe in something good? Let it shine throughout whatever you set your mind to. That’s ethics- and to sum it all up, that’s Ethos Magazine.

The Review

From promoting good people and good businesses, the highest impact comes from the chosen front cover from Parley for the Oceans; an overwhelming message of how plastic is ruling our seas. The hard-hitting article on page 18, Plastic Fantastic tells us ‘We are currently living through a profoundly unstable geographical era, which will be characterised by fossils of plastic…we’re toxicating our planet right now and this is what we have to end immediately.’ It also tells the story of the organisation collaborating with Adidas on transforming plastic waste into footwear. A vital message with bold statements for social entrepreneurs and good people alike. Big corporations can make the transition into up-cycling and being more conscious in how they manufacture products. This article is an eye opener in the realm for environmental change.

Flickiimg_20170310_114134618.jpgng through the first parts of Ethos is beautifully constructed. The texture and layout is a dreeeaaam. An insight to the non-profit Crack + Cider, who’s mission is to change perceptions and force people to think about homelessness is a moving piece. Founded by two head strong ladies in London, Crack and Cider is a store where folk can purchase useful items for the homeless. Bringing an innovative movement of charity to the 21st Century. You can donate through their site that is linked previously.

It’s a vivid and strong willed publication. Packed full of inspirational individuals, businesses and infographic content about the world. It’s a refreshing testament to the world we live in, providing a collective of stories that can change how we see ourselves and the impact we have on everything around us.

A key article inside explores the rise of Etsy, the online marketplace for crafters/makers and small businesses. During the economic crash, Etsy thrived. Ethos discusses how a community of makers and creatives prospered by selling their products through the downfall of the stock market. Who knew how innovative and forward thinking Etsy was? I sure didn’t. The article goes beautifully into the ethics of the business and circulates back to the people ‘harnessing the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.’ With every page turn, I’m hooked.

img_20170310_114147907.jpgFrom my perspective as an Entrepreneur, I can’t wait to see what Ethos has in store for the next issues. It’s informative, yet cooly linked to the upcoming businesses and people with a conscious state of mind. From promotional content about people passionate in going green, upcoming events and conferences available around the world, to articles of what is happening right now; its a masterpiece that is up to date on the world of good. It’s not a publication to make us feel bad about the way the world exists- but aims to promote the good and see that change is happening.  Ethos, you’ve outdone yourselves. One loyal subscriber right here.

You can follow them here in their Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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10 Ways Back To The Light

Hey folks, I wanted to share with you an article I found on Psychologies by Jamie Rhodes author of ‘Instrumental: A Memoir of Madness, Medication and Music’ (purchase here)4e39e58e38bdf17dbffc00a175afaa34, and Matt Haig, author of ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’ (purchase here) about the top ten strategies that helped them through the more difficult times. These are wonderful, and I hope they help you too! (read it down below, or in the original article here) ❤

10 Ways Back To The Light

James Rhodes says:

Breathe – 10 minutes of meditation a day works wonderrs.

Make a cuppa “I’d somehow got enough clarity and self-awareness to know that I was able now to do all I could to get well… It was terrifying and exciting all at once. Time maybe to have a cup of tea and listen to Chopin’s greatest nocturne – the one in C minor Op. 48/1.

Talk to anyone friendly. “I like talking to strangers. I read a book about depression once where the protagonist was so lonely she used to join queues simply for the human interaction. And while things weren’t quite that bad yet, I did at times strike up conversations with people.

Do something creative (piano/writing for me, but there is an almost infinite choice for everyone) “Forgiveness and meditation, reading and writing, talking and sharing all help, creativity is, for me, one of the most profound ways through trauma.”

Find some perspective. Remember you’re a microscopic dot hurtling around the universe on a tiny planet in the middle of an unfathomable amount of space.

Matt Haig says:

Slow down. “Anxiety runs your mind at fastforward rather than normal ‘play’ speed, so addressing that issue of mental ‘pace’ might not be easy. But it works.”

Go for a run and then do yoga (the golden bullet for my anxiety) “I was a yogaphobe, but am now a convert. It’s great, because unlike other therapies, it treats the mind and the body as part of the same whole.”

Get off the internet. “I might – if I am going through a neurotic patch – do a quick ego search, or check out any new Goodreads or Amazon reviews of my books or go on Google and type in a list of real or imaginary ailments to see which terminal disease I am currently suffering from.

Talk to people you love. “Words. Comfort. Support. It took me more than a decade to be able to talk openly, properly, to everyone, about my experience. I soon discovered the act of talking is in itself a therapy. Where talk exists, so does hope.

Stare at the sky. “Look at the sky. Remind yourself of the cosmos. Seek vastness at every opportunity, in order to see the smallness of yourself.”

Book-it List

Hey folks! It’s a fabulous Friday and I have made a sillywpid-img_20151002_095530.jpg pun out of what my post will be today (sorry). I thought I’d share with you some of my books on my bucket list to read. As a lover of all those glorious hardbacks and wonderful stories that many an author has shared with the world; it’s time to get salvaging my pay day pennies for a new book or two…or three.

My favourite book I read this year has been Patti Smith’s Just Kids. It’s not everyday I find a book that just resonated with me as a creative person. It inspired me so much that I gave it to my Auntie to read, so it can inspire her too. Lending and borrowing books off family and friends is one of my favourite things!

So here’s my top 5 in my Book-it List! I researched the most affordable places to go pick up a copy, the links are in the title! ❤ much love, and as always- Keep Real! x

  1. The Coral Sea – Patti Smith
  2. Clothes, Music, Boys – Viv Albertine
  3. Anger is Energy – John Lydon
  4. The Book of Disquiet – Fernando Pessoa
  5. Nausea – Jean Paul Sartre

Keepin’ Up With Kimberley #6

It’s been a whirlwind of little events this week. Plusss this weather here in the UK has been crazy! I’ve been designing, reading, working, running and organising some cool thaangs. Everything seems to be in full swing, plus I turn 21 next week! Rad!

I’ve started to read Patti Smith’s Just Kids, which is her autobiography (purchase it here).download (1) Now, this book has been on my wish list for a good year and I have only just got around to purchasing it. So far, I cannot recommend this book enough! In case you don’t know who Patti Smith is, she is an Artist, Writer and Performer (she’s an all-round creative) who gained recognition in the 1970’s in the Punk Rock movement. I find myself reading it whenever I can (mostly on trains and buses!), it leaves me feeling extremely passionate and driven to do what I want to do creatively through Keep Real, as well as work hard and get to where I want to be. If you’re feeling a bit of a creative block, read Patti Smith’s memoir. I cannot praise it enough.

wpid-img_20150701_175503.jpgAlso this week, I’ve been working on some designs for the new collection as well as some pieces for other people. It’s been slow going, as cultivating a theme of mandala inspired works has left me with the laborious task of dotworking large pieces bigger than my head! It’s quite therapeutic creating what I’m creating though. I’ve been trying out varied techniques such as cross-hatching, which so far seems to be working a treat!  wpid-img_20150704_121440.jpg

Last night I had the privilege of seeing Alkaline Trio and NOFX at the 02 Academy in Leeds. The last time I saw Alkaline Trio, it was 2008 and I was the ripe ol’ age of fourteen. I remember them playing at a festival in Sheffield and hearing ‘Time To Waste’ which blew my tiny little mind. So to see them now at nearly 21- brought back a lot of memories of being that awkward teenager who still wore fake converse and studded belts. NOFX however, were incredible. I did get a little battered in the pit- but I LOVED it. Probably the most fun I’ve had at a gig in a long time.

I’m also organising which events I will be running in to raise money for Rethink Mental Illness. I have to calculate how long it will take me to have the justified amount of physical health, in order to for me to feel comfortable in running. I’m thinking of doing a 5k run, then a 10k run later in the year. Plus I want to do the Three Peaks Challenge next year! It has been fairly hot temperatures lately, but doing a tiny mile run round the woods near my home should be sufficient in the meantime every day.

Hope you are well and as always- Keep Real! x

Keepin’ Up With Kimberley #3

Hey lovelies, hope you are all well! I’ve managed to be quite the busy lady lately, as I’m moving out of my house and going back home to my family for a while. The University life has come to an end, so it’s time to pack up my bags and get back to the shire until I move out after Christmas! Plus, I’ve been working both my jobs and making the most of the West Yorkshire life (which means lots of wine, lots of friends…and lots more wine)!

With the giveaway of last year’s collection happening at the moment, I’ve been doing a hell of a lot of scrapbooking for the new collection. I’ve accumulated a huuuggeee amount of labels, wpid-img_20150604_184839.jpgsketches from KR, notes and cards from different independent brands and local stores. It’s a great source of inspiration for new ideas or ways to evolve the Keep Real brand. Research is key!

Also, I’ve become an Activist for Mental Health with ReThink Mental Illness!! I’m trying to find ways of raising money for charities at the moment- but blogging about mental health is so so important to me. Let’s see where the Activist journey takes me!

I’ve been doing a lot reading recently- especially ‘The Quantum Universe- Everything That Can Happen, Does Happen’ by Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw (you can purchase it here). Its so beautifully written, with the advantages of not making the reader think their IQ doesn’t qualify for such a read. It talks about quantum physics, coursing through topics of historical beginnings to understanding what surrounds us today. My mind has been blown this week, so thanks Brian & Jeff!

I haven’t had the chance to do mindfulness mediation recently, and in all honesty I’ve noticed the difference. I still feel good and take the time out to write, wpid-img_20150604_185243.jpgbut man is my sleeping game poor! I’m restless and unable to sleep the night through. It’s time to get back into meditation to heal my little hobbit soul.

Hope you are all well and having a wonderful time, wherever you are in the world ❤

Read Happy

Even if you’re not an avid reader, or hate the thought of reading for ‘fun’- there are quite a few posi/ happy books out there that aren’t full of jargon and long dreary sentences on ways to make you feel better, or provide long paragraphs on what steps to take to achieving happiness.

Feeling a bit inspired after walking through Waterstones with my girl Charlotte (it’s her birthday today! Go check her out on twitter here!) looking through all the sections from Mind and Body, to Smart Thinking. I thought to have a flick through and do my own bit of research to recommend some books I think are fab for little pick me ups and ways to de-stress.download (1)

A really good book I found which is really wonderful to flick through and read is by Michael Acton Smith, called ‘Calm’ (purchase it here on Amazon). It has really quirky pages in, that you can just read or actively colour in or you can write things down in it too! Great for on the go, or just a book to pick up now and then.

I’ve also been researching the use of adult colouring books, that seem to be circulating at the moment- and seem to have caught on with high demand! A fantastic one that I love downloadis by Emma Farrarons called ‘The Mindfulness Colouring Book’ (purchase it here on Amazon). Most of my designs revolve around themes of mindfulness and symbols that help de-stress and promote positivity. These books are fantastic, so you can just sit down, have a cup of tea and get your pens and pencils out!

One last book I recommend is a book by Andy Puddicombe called ‘Get Some Headspace’ (purchase it here on Amazon). I recently got the free app called ‘Headspace’ which focuses on mindfulness meditation in ten easy and quick steps. download (2)You can fit it in around your work and lifestyle and talks you through the ten minutes of relaxation in a lovely way. This book is a wonderful add on to the app, making it easy to flick through and see some of the techniques you can use.

All of the books I have recommended are at really good prices on Amazon (I’ve done the research to find you the best deals!) and I really do suggest picking one up…even if it’s just for fun!

Have a wonderful day xx

Hardbacks, Backpacks & an Invitation

I finally had the time to visit my family in the York – ‘Shire’ which was a long time coming. It was completely lovely, reminding me how precious the time I have with them is. I have a weird schedule these days, and I never want to just see my family for two days. I want to soak up as much Robinson things as possible- so the 5 days I have had has been bliss.

While I was home, I had a crazy cool email from the Exhibition Manager of an Art Fair down in Chelsea, London. I had the opportunity to display my work down there, having been asked last year to do so.However I couldn’t afford the space for the few days it was held. So the Manager emailed me the other day with a special guest invitation to the preview at Chelsea Town Hall. How amazing!! Typing this down all sounds so posh to me and otherworldly. Kimberley Robinson…being invited to a London Art Exhibition? So I better lose the strong Yorkshire accent, put on my fancy clothes and hand out some business cards. This could be an amazing opportunity to gather connections.

While I was travelling, I couldn’t stop thinking about my ever growing list of books I want to read. The last two books I bought and read within months (Prozac Nation- Elizabeth Wurtzel and The Picture of Dorian Grey- Oscar Wilde) so it’s time to wander through Waterstones and some second hand book stores to see what catches my lil’ eye.

However, here are some books I’m meaning to get a hold of!

  1. Not That Kind of Girl – Lena Dunham
  2. Just Kids – Patti Smith
  3. Heartburn –Nora Ephron
  4. Nausea – Jean Paul Sartre
  5. Bossypants – Tina Fey
  6. Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words – Joni Mitchell and Malka Marom