Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The Hero of the day!

How do you a cheer up a wet, dismal Monday morning? Well you meet up with some fabulous friends and take yourself off to the pretty Hampshire town of Stockbridge and indulge in some retail therapy in the gorgeous world of the life & style shop Hero of course! After all their ethos is "finding the perfect way to make each day better..."

Myself, Amanda ( The Online Stylist) and our friend Jennie did just that yesterday. The brainchild behind Hero is our friend Laura, author of My Pollyanna, and we've all been dying to catch up with her and toast her success on launching the shop some two months ago now.

Laura runs the shop with the lovely Ailie Williams (who also has a gorgeous blog "Thank You Please To You"). With Laura's brilliant eye for style and Ailie's love of unique and interesting home wares, Hero is a beautiful fusion of the quality, sophistication and chicness we all aspire to in our wardrobes and our homes.

The smell of the gorgeous Connock Kukui Oil Fragrance Diffuser filling the air; vignettes of pretty House of Rym china that you just want to sit and drink endless cups of coffee from; divine Balsam & Cedar Christmas candles to warm up a winter's evening; beautiful stationary which will take pride of place on your desk; it's hard to decide where to look first!

Style comes in the form of simple understated luxury. Denim from Donna Ida, James Jeans and Denham; Cashmere from Needle; the perfect flats from Jemima Vine and chic accessories that just give you a touch of everyday glamour. It's all in the detail.

And that is exactly what Hero is all about - the little details that make every day just look and feel that little bit better - whatever the weather or the day!. Whilst Laura and Allie take a well-earned rest on a Sunday, there's still the Hero Recipe File or their Track of the Week to keep you smiling.

A purchase was inevitable and I'd had my eye on these "Be Happy Pencils" for a while and who can resist a new notebook to inspire the creative juices! Just having your purchase wrapped in tissue paper and placed in a hand stamped white bag, with a lovely hand stamped thank you tag that's been dipped in gold glitter makes you feel special. As I said, it's all in the detail.

Hero is a truly beautiful shop; a place for inspiration; a place for escape; somewhere that makes you feel happy. We all just want to move in! Congratulations to Laura and Ailie for having such a wonderful vision.

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