New Collection by Apres Ski

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We have a brand new collection in the Shoppe and now online by Apres Ski. The Apres Ski range is by Barcelona-based designer Lucia Vergara and combines vintage and hand-painted wooden beads to create vibrant limited edition designs.

This range looks super cool and contemporary, while the colour palettes of the new collection are reminiscent of 40′s and 50′s themed fashion and design; think cutesy pastel diners, meets Joan from Madmen.

We created a set on Polyvore, combining two key pieces from the range with a fun, glamorous retro 50′s look, partially inspired by the beautiful fashions worn by Maggie Cheung in the film ‘In the Mood for Love’.


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A stylish oriental 50′s themed look featuring items from the new Apres Ski collection.



Oriental Necklace, £50, Apres Ski

Sand Bracelet, £29, Apres Ski

Green Bambino Shell Drop Earrings by Rosita Bonita, £18.

Aqua Pom Hair Pin, £9, Ann Marie Faulkenr.

Revere Pencil Dress by Vanity Project £99.

Aquamarine Postcard and Sticker Set, £2.50, The Aviary.


Here are some other favourites from the new Apres Ski range:

As well as the Orchid Necklace, (pictured above) the Ebony Necklace has an oriental twist to it’s subtle 50′s style.


Ebony Necklace, £40.

The Desert Necklace combines mustard yellow with bold black and cream stripes as well as cute polka dots and checks. Although it looks strikingly contemporary, we could also picture this piece round the neck of Joan from Madmen.


Desert Necklace, £50.


This cute double-layered combines pastels and brights with fun polka-dot detailing and accented with vintage beads.


Congo Necklace, £50.


The Dizi bracelet complements the pastel bright necklaces in the fun, combines cute pastel colours with pops of bright colour and polka dots. A perfect gift!


Dizi Bracelet, £29.


Check out the full new collection in the Shoppe or online here.

It’s Sparkle Season! Day and Night looks with Wolf and Moon.

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We’ve been busy in the last few weeks updating our website with some fabulous new stock ready for the season of sparkles, parties and yes, ok, we dare to say the word ‘Christmas!’

The latest arrival has been from HZ favourites Wolf and Moon and are now available to buy online. We put together two looks on Polyvore  using Wolf and Moon’s statement Crystalised necklace (pictured here in the horn colourway).

Crystalised Necklace in Horn

Crystalised Necklace in Horn, £40.


The daytime look combines fun, autumnal mustard shades with a touch of sparkly gold and mirrored teal complete with a much-coveted grey fleecy cape and quilted biker-style boots.

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A fun, autumnal daytime look featuring some of our new Wolf and Moon collection.


For our night-time look we’ve kept the statement necklace, but slipped into a classic Little Back Dress along with some gold T-bar heels and a cosy teal shawl to keep us cosy on these cold winter nights.

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A teal and gold twist to the little black dress with some Wolf and Moon accessories.

Here are some of my other favourites from the new Wolf and Moon collection:

 I love the bright pop of yellow in this new Saffron version of the Chevron Point necklace. Perfect for adding an autumnal finishing touch to an outfit.

Chevron Point Necklace in Saffron

Chevron Point Necklace in Saffron. £17.


This striking new hexagonal design continues the trend for all things geometric and comes in an icy Frost colourway.

Hex Ring in Frost

Hex Ring in Frost. £18.


Our last delivery of Egyptian necklaces flew out of the shop really quickly, but we now have an array of designs available in the shop and online. My favourite is the the grape, wood and gold colourway.

Eqyptian Necklace in Grape

Eqyptian Necklace in Grape. £22.


These black and gold Hex earrings have a classic, art deco style.

Hex Earrings in Black and Gold

Hex Earrings in Black and Gold. £14.


The striking Irridescent Crystal Collar Necklace is a great statement piece and looks a different colour with every turn.

Crystal Collar Neckalce in Irridescent

Crystal Collar Neckalce in Irridescent finish. £68.

The new Wolf and Moon collection is now available in the Shoppe and online here.

Check out our Polyvore sets on the Hannah Zakari page.


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Pumpkins, witches and scary spooks; Halloween is upon us at last! Without going too crazy, we have indulged slightly in some fun, spooky things in the Shoppe including gorging on chocolate eyeballs and making some lovely little kawaii decorations and garlands for the Shoppe using Asking For Trouble’s free downloadable pdf template.


Chocolate Eyeballs and Pumpkins!



Awesome kawaii ghosts and pumpkin decoration download available free from Asking For Trouble!


I also attended a really fun workshop last night making spooky flower arrangements using foraged flowers and a pumpkin as a vessel. The workshop was run by the lovely ladies from Pyrus Flowers and was held at Lovecrumbs, which meant there was a ready supply of rose and cardamon hot chocolate and pumpkin and choc chip bundt cake to keep us going!


Part of the MASSIVE flower arrangement I made at the Pyrus Flowers/Lovecrumbs workshop.



Pyrus Flowers pumpkin arrangement class at Lovecrumbs.

Whether you’re planning to don your finest zombie outfit covered in slime, or turn off all the lights, pretend you’re not in and hide from trick or treaters, we do have a few little seasonal goodies in the Shoppe to add a bit of Halloween spice to your life. Here are my favourites:

These cute leather and gold-embossed earrings and necklace are part of Rosita Bonita‘s new Black Cat range which can be bought online here:


Black Cat Drop Stud Earrings. £12.



Black Cat Necklace. £17.

This neon bright poster may seem a little morbid, but the highly factual message seems to put a smile on many people’s faces. Indeed it’s true; We’re All Going to Die!


We Are All Going TO Die Print by Lovely Jojo’s. £20.

Boo! Did I scare you? This friendly little kawaii ghost brooch  is super cute and great value at only £4!


Ghost Brooch by Asking For Trouble. £4.


Birthday Zine Interviews Pt 6: I Am Acrylic

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We’ve been having lots of fun these last few weeks, celebrating our 10th birthday and interviewing our zine contributors! Latest on the list is I Am Acrylic who we were lucky enough to hang out with in Edinburgh a few weeks ago. Again we asked them 10 questions and this is what they answered…

Brendan and Ruth - I Am Acrylic

Brendan and Ruth – I Am Acrylic

Did you have a childhood career ambition?

Ruth: Long distance lorry driver.
Brendan: I wanted to be a robot that turned into a car.

If you could go on holiday anywhere tomorrow where would it be?

R & B: We’d go straight back to Edinburgh (having just had the best holiday there!)

What is the best place to visit in the town/city you live? London:

R: The Geffrye Museum on Kingsland Road via Columbia Road Flower market on a Sunday.
B: Mama Thai, best place for lunch and just round the corner from us on Toynbee Street.

Tell us one thing we’d never know about you?

R: I’ve done a loop-the-loop in a glider – twice!
B: I buy my shirts from BHS Children’s school uniform dept.

What’s the best joke you know?

R: What did the cat get when she ate a ball of wool? Mittens!

B: My nephew sent me the best joke for my birthday: Why did the cow cross the road? To get to the udder side! (see attached photo)

Toby's joke.

Toby’s joke.

If you weren’t doing this for a living what would you like to do?

R: I’d be a super sleuth…a bit like Jessica Fletcher (you know…..her from Murder She Wrote)
B: I’d be a robot that turned into a car!

What music/radio etc do you listen to when you’re working?

R: BBC Radio 6music
B: Talk Sport – or my spotify playlist:

Who is your biggest artistic inspiration?
R: It changes all the time between various members of my family and famous artists and designers…currently my uncle who made my favourite ever wooden dolls.
B: Chris Burden (An American artist working in performance, sculpture, and installation art)

Ruth's Uncle is her current biggest artisitic inspiration.

Ruth’s favourite wooden dolls, made by her uncle.

Do you have a favourite feel good film of all time. What is it?
R: Desperately Seeking Susan ranks very highly as a favourite film.
B: Die Hard

Desperately Seeking Susan

Desperately Seeking Susan

Do you have a favourite quote or phrase?
R: Suck it up and stop crying!
B: Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker (you know…’s from Die Hard)

Coming soon we’ll have our very own version of I Am Acrylic’s zine contribution – a mechanical HZ world! You really don’t want to miss it!

Lux Business Cards from Goodprint…

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It’s not often I’m offered freebies and even less often that I take them (I hate having useless stuff, even if it’s free), but when good pal Carrie asked if I’d like to try out the Lux Business Cards from Goodprint I was pretty excited!

I love the look of triplex cards but usually the choice of colours you get for the middle layer are pretty boring. Goodprint have fixed this and you can choose from 11 colours including some pretty pastels – perfect for Hannah Zakari!

Off I went designing some ‘thank you’ cards to use in webshoppe orders rather than the usual business cards. I spent a long time deciding if I should go with a pink or blue heart insignia for the front of my design but in the end plumped for pink (it is my favourite colour after all). Luckily Good Print had the perfect matching shade – just look at this:

Lux Triplex Business Cards from Goodprint

Lux Business Cards from Goodprint

When I received the cards (in about 3 days I think) they were even more pretty in real life. The finish on the card is so smooth, almost velvety to touch, the pinks matched just as well as they looked on screen and the cards are lovely and thick (I went for the 600 gsm, but they also come in 1000 gsm which is super thick!).

The perfect pink middle!

The perfect pink middle!

I’ll definitely be reordering these cards, they’re without doubt the best freebie I ever got!

the final design front and back

the final design front and back.

Birthday Zine Interviews Pt 5: Lucy from Eclectic Eccentricity

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Earlier this week we brought you the extended version of Lucy’s 10 Fun Space Facts from the Hannah Zakari 10th Birthday Zine and I don’t know about you, but I enjoyed them very much and have been wowing my friends with my knowledge all week!

Of course, we couldn’t let Lucy get away without answering our 10 questions interview and this is what she told us…

Lucy from Eclectic Eccentricity

Lucy from Eclectic Eccentricity

Did you have a childhood career ambition?

I was quite adamant that I wanted to be an astronaut. More specifically, I wanted to be the first woman on Mars (may still happen!) It’s a career ambition that carried through into adulthood and I even studied astrophysics at university – guess I found a niche producing space themed jewellery! As a child I was forward thinking enough to have back up plans though – if NASA didn’t come knocking then I would also have settled for being a geologist, geophysicist, volcanologist, palaeontologist, or a fighter pilot.

If you could go on holiday anywhere tomorrow where would it be?

I love shutting down from the world and escaping so somewhere in the middle of nowhere would be wonderful. My mind has wandered off to New Zealand a lot recently so I think a get away to the south island would be perfect. I’d get a remote cabin in the mountains with an amazing view and plenty of time for reading, hiking and watching the stars.

What is the best place to visit in the town/city you live?

Norwich is absolutely full of amazing places to go, it’s easy to take for granted just how much history you have right in front of you. If I could recommend one place, I’d say the Cathedral. It was built over 900 years ago and is one of the biggest in the country. It’s easy to lose hours in there and a wander through the beautifully tranquil Cathedral Close is lovely. Finish it off with a pub lunch at the nearby Adam and Eve pub – it’s the oldest pub in Norwich and it’s said the monks who owned the pub at the time gave drinks to the workmen building the Cathedral.

Norwich Cathedral

Norwich Cathedral

Tell us one thing we’d never know about you?

I invented the question mark in 1997. Okay, that’s not actually true. I’m really good at crazy golf and I can go round under par much to the annoyance of my boyfriend who plays golf every weekend. I offered to give him lessons but he declined.

Tea or coffee?

Coffee. We have shelves in our kitchen dedicated to different coffee beans. We’re something of a coffee obsessed household and life doesn’t start until coffee has been drunk in the mornings.

What’s the best joke you know?

Why do Christmas trees make useless knitters? They keep losing their needles!

What music/radio etc do you listen to when you’re working?

BBC 6Music mostly, the office favourite obviously being Lauren. If we’re mixing up our own tunes, it’s going to be made up of M83, The Black Keys, Augustines, Foals and the like. Near Christmas we break out the Christmas songs (much to chief maker Tom’s distaste) and have a bop around to She & Him.

Do you have a favourite feel good film of all time. What is it?

Elf; I know it’s technically a Christmas film but I really could watch it all year round. I absolutely adore Elf, everything about it is just perfect. ‘Did you hear that?’ – always has me laughing and feeling the warm and fuzzies!

Cats or dogs?

That’s a difficult one. I should say cats as we have two: Flo, my little black fluffy monster, and Timmy, who technically doesn’t live with us and we just get to visit. Timmy is the most laid back cat you could ever meet and lives to give you Timmy kisses. Having said that, I long for a dog and would love nothing more than to have a herd of German Shepherds!

Flo the Cat

Flo the Cat

Do you have a favourite quote or phrase?

Comparison is the thief of joy” – Theodore Roosevelt. When I first heard this phrase, something instantly clicked in my brain. In a time when the highlights of the lives of others are paraded on Facebook, Instagram and every other social media outlet, it’s easy to start to compare what you’re doing to that. Both on a personal and a business level, this phrase is a great reminder to focus on what’s important to you – everything else is just a background noise.

Thanks again Lucy!

Birthday Interviews Pt 4: Carrie Maclennan

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Next in our line up of interviews with our super duper zine contributors is the wonderful Carrie Maclennan, previously of Made In The Shade and The Maisonette in Glasgow, now of her hilarious blog Not The Kind Of Girl You’d Marry (and some other lucky lot in London).

Hannah Zakari is such a big fan of Carrie’s writing, and I’ve been unusually persuasive and manged to have her contribute a piece to our last 2 zines! You can read Carrie’s latest article about her favourite birthday (her 10th, natch) in this edition of the zine (find out how to get your hands on one here).

Here’s how Carrie answered our 10 questions birthday interviews…



Did you have a childhood career ambition?

When I was little, maybe about 4, I wanted to be a stripper. Can you imagine? And, on the basis that I enjoyed playing with plasticine and gooey stuff, I thought at one stage I wanted to be a butcher. That passed quite quickly. Of course, there were various moments at different ages when I wanted to be a singer or a musician and by the time I was 13 or so, I talked a lot about becoming a journalist. Or a psychologist. Or a journalist. Or a psychologist.  Or a journalist.

What is your favourite colour? Does this impact your designs at all?

I have to pick one? Nope, can’t do that!  I tend to gravitate to bright green a lot and to electric blue. I also love yellow. And shocking pink. And red. And orange. Mmmm, those three clashed together, preferably. I like quite loud, shouty colours so when it comes to discussing design at work, for instance, I need to remember that not everyone else does!  Sometimes I need to work hard to convince people to break the ‘rules’ of colour! Don’t get me wrong, I do like ‘matchy matchy’ and by god I love a colour wheel, but I get most excited about colour combinations that are a bit ‘wrong’, a little bit difficult to look at!  

Tea or coffee?

Tea.  Always tea. 

If you weren’t doing this for a living what would you like to do?

I’d like to be a rock star.  Or an actress. I’d like to open another shop. Or a super-fun B&B somewhere lovely. I’d like to write all day long and print as many magazines about as many things as I liked. I’d do a lot of things. 

What’s your best fashion tip for a timeless look?

I’m pretty sure my look isn’t timeless – but I’m not sure I want it it to be. Wear all the colours. 

Wear all the colours.

Wear all the colours.

If you had to predict the next next trend for fashion, what do you think it would be?

I think I gave up caring too much about fashion trends a long time ago – though I am rather enjoying the latest incarnation of the metallic theme and I am also loving the resurgence of (faux) fur.  When I was about 16, my black Miss Selfridge fur-fronted cardigan was one of my favourite things. I wore it well in to my twenties. Actually, I’m now wondering what happened to it… As for future trends, I reckon it can’t be long before elasticated waists become the next big fashion thing.  Fingers crossed. 

What music/radio etc do you listen to when you’re working?

When I’m working at home, I usually listen to 6music – all day. When I work from the office, I tend to plug in to my Spotify account.  I recently bought some very special headphones so ‘plugging in’ is a real joy. Yesterday I listened to Meghan Trainor, ‘All About That Bass’ on loop for about 8 hours. Today I’ve listened to First Aid Kit, ABBA, Connie Francis, MC Hammer and The Everly Brothers. I like to jiggle around in my chair when I write. Music’s very important. 

Do you have a favourite feel good film of all time. What is it?

I bloody love Calamity Jane.  I also bloody love The Jolson Story – though I’m not sure if that’s particularly ‘feel good’. Oh – and I find myself watching Crazy Stupid Love more regularly than is normal.

Cats or dogs?

Cats!  My cat is called Bruce.  I’m quite sure I love him more than he loves me, but that’s ok. I am scared of dogs. Well, I am scared of dogs I reckon could kill me – or I suspect might try to kill me. 

Bruce the Cat

Bruce the Cat

Thanks Carrie!

New Designer: Each To Own

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I love sparkly things and I love Australian designers, put the two together and you get something that I love so much I look like a walking glitter explosion!

Each to Own is made by the lovely Kirstin Devitt at her home studio in Brisbane. After admiring her pieces on Etsy for a long time I thought it was about time we get them in our wee shoppe.

Here’s some of my favourite pieces from the collection…

Poppy Lush Drops

Poppy Lush Drops


Lush Glitter Scallop Necklace

Lush Glitter Scallop Necklace


Sunny Scallop Necklace

Sunny Scallop Necklace


Lush Glitter Pineapple Brooch

Lush Glitter Pineapple Brooch

You can browse and buy the whole collection of sparkly goodness with pineapples, hearts, clouds, little rocks, statement jewellery and more on the Each To Own designers page at Hannah Zakari.

Birthday Interviews Pt 3: Marceline from Asking For Trouble

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Asking for Trouble is my favourite purveyor of kawaii characters, it seems like Marceline can make anything cute – from a planet to an aubergine!

Since we also both have a love of Japan I asked Marceline to contribute her top 10 tips on what to do in Tokyo for our 10th Birthday Zine, and I can’t wait to put some of them into action on my next visit.

Of course we asked Marceline to answer our 10 questions interview and here are her replies…

Did you have a childhood career ambition?

I wanted to be an astronaut! My parents let me stay up to see Halley’s comet when I was 11 and I still have my lovely vintage Japanese telescope I got for Christmas a year or two later. There’s little chance I’ll make into space now, but I can at least draw the Solar System.

Marceline can make anything cute!

Marceline can make anything cute!

What is your favourite colour? Does this impact your designs at all?

My favourite colour is grey, so that really doesn’t work with my kawaii designs. I find I always default to blue but I also like to combine lots of bright colours in my artwork, as well as my outfits and home decoration.

If you could go on holiday anywhere tomorrow where would it be?

Japan. Always Japan. I miss Tokyo so badly, but I would also like to visit Kagoshima on the southern island – it’s sub-tropical and has an active volcano – what more do you need?

What is the best place to visit in the town/city you live?

I’ve only lived in Helensburgh for 7 months but it’s got to be the seafront. The views over the Clyde are lovely in all weathers, the Waverley paddle steamer stops by in the summer and there are multiple ice cream parlours (try Dino’s), chip shops and charity shops.

Helensburgh Sea Front

Helensburgh Sea Front

Tell us one thing we’d never know about you?

I’m half Dutch and my family’s windmill Het Pink ( is a working museum in Zaandam. You can even view a bust of my Great-Great-Grandfather in the windmill museum!

Marceline's Family WIndmill - Het Pink

Marceline’s Family Windmill – Het Pink

If you weren’t doing this for a living what would you like to do?

I would like to work in an antiquarian bookshop or a very specialist library so that I could spend all day reading about 1950s expeditions and studying out of date maps.

What music/radio etc do you listen to when you’re working?

I find English lyrics extremely distracting when I’m trying to work so I mostly listen to J-Pop (Perfume, Capsule, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu) and instrumental bands (Mogwai, Errors, Tortoise).

Who is your biggest artistic inspiration?

Far too many to mention! If I had to pick one, I’d go with Bill Drummond, who’s been such an amazing cantankerous hero of mine for decades. He doesn’t directly inspire my work, but he reminds me that making art is a form of madness and that you should never follow the rules if you’ve got a better idea.

Do you have a favourite feel good film of all time. What is it?

Probably My Neighbour Totoro. I saw it at the cinema about ten years ago and was completely charmed and then spent many hours trying to win a copy of the DVD off eBay. I love all the Ghibli films and can watch them endlessly but Totoro is so simple and perfect.

Do you have a favourite quote or phrase?

Say aye tae a pie!

I must say I loved these answers, especially the windmill one! How cool is that?!

Remember you can get a copy of our zine – find out how >here< and you can visit Asking For Trouble at

Rachael x

10 Fun Space Facts with Lucy from Eclectic Eccentricity

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Eclectic Eccentricity are one of our ‘oldest’ designers at Hannah Zakari and we’ve been stocking their beautiful jewellery since 2008. We love their inspired designs, but also loved that Lucy gave up a career in Astrophysics to pursue her jewellery making dream!

We asked Lucy to contribute 10 fun space facts to include in our birthday zine and here’s the extended version of her facts!

I Just Need Some Space, Man.

I Just Need Some Space, Man.

There are 10 times more stars in the visible universe than there are grains of sand on all of Earth’s beaches and deserts. At the other end of the scale, a single grain of sand has more atoms than there are stars in the visible universe.

Venus has a longer day than it does a year – it completes one orbit of the Sun in less time than it takes to complete one full rotation on its axis. Venus is also the only planet within our solar system to rotate on its axis in a clockwise motion, known as a retrograde rotation.

The sun doesn’t actually burn (which would require oxygen); instead it glows. Heat is generated by a nuclear reaction where hydrogen is fused into helium. It’s going at quite the rate with the core releasing the equivalent of 100 billion nuclear bombs every second.

The universe is 13.8 billion years old. To put that into perspective, if all of time until now was represented as one year with the Big Bang occurring at midnight on January 1st, then humans would only show up to the party at 10.30pm on December 31st.

Looking up at the stars is like looking back in time – due to the time it takes for their light to reach us, what we’re actually seeing is what the object looked like hundreds or thousands of years ago. The most famous example is the ‘Pillars of Creation’ image of the Eagle nebula, photographed by Hubble back in 1995. These beautiful gas clouds were actually destroyed by a supernova approximately 6000 years ago, but it will take another 1000 years for us to see this destruction take place.

Despite what Stars Wars would have you believe, traveling through an asteroid field is actually quite safe. Our asteroid belt, located between Mars and Jupiter, has a total combined mass of only 4% the mass of the Moon; in fact of that total mass, most is made up of just four asteroids with the remainder being tiny tennis ball sized meteroids which are hundreds of thousands of miles apart. Even the four large asteroids (Ceres, Vesta, Pallas, and Hygiea) will only have, on average, one collision every ten million years.

There is a diamond star called ‘Lucy’ (or more technically, BPM 37093, a collapsed star located 50 light years from Earth). Discovered in 2004, the star is 10 billion trillion trillion carats and is 4,000km across.

Despite venturing to the Moon, the Apollo 11 astronauts still had to clear customs upon their return to Earth. Arriving at Honolulu airport, they declared Moon rock and Moon dust samples as their cargo and listed their departure point as the Moon.

There is no such thing as a ‘dark side of the moon’. Due to tidal locking, the moon rotates on its axis in roughly the same time as it takes to complete an orbit of the Earth. Because of this, we always see the same side of the moon pointing towards us. However, the side we don’t see will still receive sunlight – it’s not a cold barren place after all!

Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is on a collision course with our cosmic neighbour, the Andromeda galaxy. Although we’re speeding towards each other at 402,000 km an hour we don’t have to worry about our meet up for another 4 billion years. Even then, due to the distances between stars within each galaxy, very few will actually collide so statistically speaking, we’re quite safe.

If you’d like a copy of the zine to see Lucy’s illustrated contribution and all the other wonderful stuff, you can find out how to get your mitts on one here.

We’ll have an interview with Lucy coming up very soon indeed so keep your peepers peeled!

Rachael x