How to find yourself some biz besties
 

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt in the 5 years doing HH full time, it’s how isolating running your own business can be. It’s hard for other people with their ‘normal’ jobs to understand why you do what you do. When they think you spend all morning sleeping in, work for 3 hours then spend a leisurely afternoon relaxing into the evening. Because working for yourself is easy, right? Doing art all day is fun, right? RIGHT? What could possibly be stressful about that. 
I think running a creative business is particularly hard work and can put tremendous strain on you. Everyday you are putting yourself out there to be judged. When you create something you love and then try to sell it, you are asking people to confirm what you’re doing is worthy. Your fate is up to them. And quite frankly, some days can be really miserable because of it. But you know what I’ve found to be the best cure for that horrible "I’m no good, let’s give up now" feeling?

Business besties. 

I feel so so lucky to have found some really awesome friends who totally ‘get it’.

It’s so important to surround yourself with a supportive network of people who understand what you do. A group of cheerleaders who have your back when you get an awkward customer, to remind you it’s not the end of the world when your supplier messes up again, to confirm you’re not crazy for obsessing over your Instagram feed and to let you know you’re on the right track or help you get back on if you lose your way. 

What also comes from having a solid team of business babes around you is the constant feeling of awe and inspiration. I can honestly say I feel so proud every time we chat about their next new project or what they’re working on. It is such an honour to see their hard work come to life. To literally watch their labor of love from start to finish for a new product launch, or see them putting that new plan in to action, or to be totally bossing it on Instagram. It is a wonderful thing to be part of a group who are genuinely gunning for each others success. It gives me a whole new appreciation for the job I do and reminds me there is space here for us all. No you’re crying. 

I can see you nodding. That all sounds great but HOW do I find them? 

Well I’m glad you asked. 

  • First of all you gotta do some stalking. Get on the internet and find people whose work you love, whose ethos you admire and people who you think are pretty cool. 
  • Next get to commenting. Make an effort to comment on their blog posts, RT their tweets, go wild and DM them about their IG stories. Hopefully they’ll soon start to notice you too are pretty cool. 
  • Add them all to a group chat on Instagram where you can discuss biz things and share cute cat photos. Mustn’t forget the cat photos. Naturally things will begin to escalate in the group and you’ll be chatting business, life and learning lots about each other. 
  • Realise that Instagram DMs are the worst way to have a group chat, the app is so laggy and slow. Suggest the switch to a Whatapps group and to save the IG DMs for important cat photos. 
  • Don’t be shy about asking for feedback on your projects and give away your advice freely, even if you feel you don’t have much to give it will always be helpful. Everyone needs someone to listen. 
  • Invite them to a real life meet up! Now that you’re all reasonably confident none of you are serial killers now is a good time to pose the question of meeting up IRL. Maybe head down to a makers market or a workshop for a in inspiration session. 
  • Hopefully the meet up went really well? Yay! How about suggesting a regular face to face with everyone via google hangouts? You could have weekly meetings to set out your intentions for the week ahead and keep each other accountable, celebrate wins and brainstorm ideas.  
  • If you get to this point you no longer need my help tbh, congrats on finding your own business besties! 
     

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Top 9 First Rate Floofers You Need To Follow On Instagram
 
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As you know we're all about the cutes at HH, and our Instagram following list is no exception.
There is nothing that give us the feels more than seeing so many fur babies pop up on our timeline, and double tapping them all of course. Pet accounts are the ultimate declaration of how much you love your lil fur bae. A dedication to their precious face, a celebration of their unique character and let's face it, a gift to us all. 

Here are our top 9 favourite floofers on Instagram that you need to go and follow right now. 

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@misterstanleyman

LOOK AT HIS HEAD! Rescue kitty Stanley is the fur baby of mega babe illustrator and ceramicist Emma Carlisle, and the inspiration behind many of her creations ... can u blame her? Follow him for daily updates on his naps and the occasional appearance of his BSH sister #rubythechocolatepig

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@gimli_chihuahua

So smol. One of our new faves, Gimli is a very good boy. He's been a little bit poorly recently but we hear he's feeling much better now.  Sometimes seen with his cat sister, Rose who is also very cute. Would like to pet them both. 

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@yoshithepomchi

FLOOF! Yoshi is an instagram baby, shiny and new and literally the cutest pupper we've seen! Pomeranian / Chihuahua mix seems like the perfect combination if you ask me. We can't wait to see more of this little lady and watch her grow up ... but not too much pls. 

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@montysmashface

 IS THIS REAL LIFE? A prime example of a 1st rate floofer, likes to steal your seat, coat of dreams. What more do you need? 

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@ryowithay

Our new Best Bae, you might recognise Ryo from our latest lookbook. This 3 year old Shibe from London is our new fave Doge. Very selfie. Much hashtag. So wow. 

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@noodthedude

I CAN'T EVEN. nope. Nood the dude. Come ON! What a name, lives with blogger mom Jojotastic in a v. stylish home. Often has cute friends. Follow for hilariously short legs.

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@margotthebsh 

Meeko's doppelgänger and the sassiest BSH we know, Margot Makes her emotions known and is the epitome of 'Can U Not'. Also has a Twitter. 

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@holythepug

UGH. So cute. 12/10 for squishiness and neck rolls, this lil meatball is livin the pug life in Madrid. Enjoys eating shoes and following his mum around. 

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@jetaime.barneby

Not one but THREE fur babes right here : Mainly pics of Barneby the Frenchie but often features his ridiculously fluffy Chow siblings, Tofur & Molly for floof and squish combined. We would like apply to join their gang. 


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How To Stay Chill Around Doggos
 

It's happened to us all. You’re walking down the street/getting on a bus/sitting in the park (ok, maybe not in this weather, brr) anyway you’re generally minding your own business when all of a sudden wandering over towards you is your dream bae. 
A perfectly fluffy, happy looking pup. 
Wuuuuut! Omg. 
You feel the chill of excitment rush over you and you try to hold back an over enthusiastic squeal as you start to freak out.

Social expectations have conditioned us to feel awkward for screaming ‘OMG SO CUTE’ the moment we catch sight of a dog but really it’s the only logical reaction. And totally 110% natural. It’s hard to keep your calm in such a emotional situation but we’ve got some steps you can take to hopefully make you look a little less crazy. 

First of all remember to breathe. And smile. You can’t look crazy if you smile. Okay, maybe smile a bit less than that. 

Try not to run directly towards the floofer. It's tempting to sprint full speed ahead, arms spread in the little pupper’s direction but this can be a little intimidating. Watch for traffic if you need to cross the street. 

We all know you’re excited to meet him, but try not to ask 100 questions immediately after each other. Give him time to answer. 

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If the opposite happens and you’re totally starstruck (understandable given the situation) try not to be overwhelmed, remember dogs are people too. 
Say hi, offer to shake their paw and introduce yourself. Here are some good entry level questions : Who’s a good boy? Why you so cute? Omg look at your ears (technically a compliment, not a question) What’s your name? Remember to wait for a response. 
Speaking to their human is optional, usually just a 'hello' will suffice. Don’t worry they’re used to it. 

Remember to keep breathing. 

If you’ve made it this far and managed to keep your chill, congratulations. You’ve done better than most. Now might be time to offer your hand out to the doggo for a stroke. Don’t be worried about rejection, all dogs love a scratch behind the ear, a pat on the back, a rub on the belly. 

Try not to cry. We know it’s a perfect moment and maybe you won’t ever experience happiness like this again but force yourself to hold back the tears. At least til after they’ve gone. 

Photos taken from our brand new Free Hugs Lookbook. Thank you Ryo & Winston for being such good boys whilst we totally lost our chill.

Photo Credit : Rachel Oates. Models : Ryo, Winston & Chariza. Collars by Lurril. Collar Tags by Hello Harriet


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3 (Selfish) Reasons You Should Shop Small This Christmas
 
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I don't know about you but when I'm buying gifts I like the experience to be as stress free as possible and I never want to be left with that horrible worry of 'will they like it tho'. Some of the best and, more importantly, most well received presents I've given have been ones I've bought from independent brands and makers. 
We've heard the list of why shopping independent helps the economy, supports the families of makers and doesn't line the pockets of huge fat cat bosses blah blah, which obvs are all great points and very true but I wanted to share some of the (totally selfish) reasons why I will be shopping small this Christmas (and why you should too).

 

  • It looks like you've made LOADS of effort ... I mean, technically you have. it's not like you just nipped down to Tesco and bought the first thing on the shelf. But makers make it so frickin easy to choose the best, unique, super special gifts which will make your friends and family think you've hunted for days (maybe even weeks) to find. 
    Every maker and their dog has an online shop / website / Instagram just waiting to be found. Search some hashtags from the comfort of your sofa! (Here are some to start you off 1,2,3) There is also an extensive list of independent shops and ethical brands here. And if that's even too much effort you just need to look on Etsy to find literally TONS of incredible gifts. 
    Sometimes us makers even gather together for markets where you can shop IRL from a whole bunch of us at once and make a total day of it, we're making it really easy for you guys. 
    ... And when you find your favourite makers & small brands follow them online and join their mailing lists so you can keep up to date and be ahead of the gift buying game. 
     
  • You get great service so less stress for you! When you buy from an independent brand or maker they really *really* want you to love that thing you've just bought. (We're v needy and like to know you dig what we make). There's nothing worse than your online purchase arriving, only to be disappointed as it's not quite what you expected. The great thing about shopping small is that you're generally dealing with the actual human being who made/designed that brilliant gift you're about to buy ... not just a customer service rep who's got a script to follow. So if you have a question or aren't sure about something, you can literally just ask them. Crazy right! They'll make, package and send it with care, so no bad surprises or awkward returns for you to deal with. 
     
  • It means you'll get better gifts in return ... hear me out for a second here. I know this sounds super selfish, but the best thing about Christmas is getting presents (don't lie, we all know it's true). Quite simply the better you give the better you get. Showing your friends and fam your gift giving skills will give them the guilts for gifting you another pair of socks. Got a list of items you're wishing for? Make your own gift guide featuring your fave makers on Pinterest and start dropping those hints!

If you'd like to indulge in some selfish Christmas shopping check out our events page on FB and RSVP or shop online right here! 

 
U CAN'T SIT WITH US *antisocial survival kit*
 
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Sometimes you just don’t wanna talk to people and that’s ok. Sometimes people don't get the message and that's THE WORST.
You know the ones, people who don’t know the meaning of personal space, who try to talk to you in lifts and waiting rooms, the type who cough and sneeze loudly with no sign of a tissue. 

Let them know you're not one for small talk by having these vital accessories on your person at all times. 

  • Passive aggressive jewellery - a bit like leaving a note to your annoying housemate on the fridge, our sassy necklaces let people know your inner monologue without you having to utter a word. 
     
  • Nail polish - Nothing like partaking in a little self care especially in a confined space like a train or study room to make people avoid you and that unpleasant (but not embarrassing) smell. 
     
  • This perfect tote bag from Heiho - Could it be any more perfect? Extra useful for putting on the seat next to you for ultimate *this seat’s taken* effect. 
     
  • Headphones - I’m sorry, what? I can’t hear you. 
     
  • Your house keys - Coz let’s face it, you can’t wait to get home. 
 
Renegade Craft Fair London

Your weekend plans - sorted! 

We know shopping from the comfort of your bed or sofa is like the best thing ever, but sometimes it's nice to go out in to the world and do stuff IRL. This is one of those times. 

So get your ass down to The Old Truman Brewery this weekend and get a head start on your Christmas shopping (sorrynotsorry) 

See the full line up of stall holders & official info HERE.

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Best Fur Friends - tips on introducing cats
 

Guess what?! Today is Yoshi's 3rd Birthday 🎈It'll be a year next month that we welcomed him into our gang, and Meeko had the unpleasant realisation she was no longer an only child.
We adopted Yoshi from a wonderful shelter who rescue mainly pedigree cats and kittens, under the one condition he wasn't an only cat. Thanks to his previous owner he is pretty terrified of humans, and still gets totally freaked by new faces and loud noises. Meeko tho, he totally adored from day one - much to her dismay. She's taken her time but she's starting to like him, in the way a teenager likes her younger, annoying little brother. y'know, coz she has to... 

Nevertheless they get along thanks to these simple steps! 

  • Take it slow, baby
    In case you didn't know cats can be sassy af and won't do what you want them to do. Ever. Whether you decide to stagger their first introduction or just let them 'get on with it' don't try to force a kitty friendship, coz ain't gonna happen. Listen to your cats and decide what introduction method would suit them best. 
     
  • Gimme some space
    Make sure both kitties have plenty of space to themselves so they don't feel the need to fight over resources. Give them lots of places to hide, climb up high & lots of toys. Also make sure they have their own food bowls & litter trays. 
     
  • Break it up
    Move round some of your furniture to disturb kitty no.1's territory a little. It will help make her feel less possessive and will allow kitty no.2 to claim some space of his own. 
     
  • Nothing to see here
    Like we know you're super excited and a bit nervous, but try to act normal - would you be relaxed if your parents were pacing round the room staring at you the first time you met someone new? Probs not.
     
  • Natural Highs
    Pheromone it up with some Feliway plugins for naturally laid back kitties. 
     
  • Reward the good behaviour and try to ignore the bad
    It's totally normal to expect the odd hiss or even a few swipes, and of course step in if things get out of hand. Try not to shout, chase away or scare the cats if they fight, it will only make them relate those bad feelings with each other. In the same vein, go OTT with the rewards when you see them being lovely together. Treats, toys, fusses, you name  it! Meeko & Yoshi have learnt they'll get an abundance of treats if they touch noses. Wins all round! 

Have you successfully introduced a new fur bae into your home? Was there anything you did that eased the process for all involved? Let us know in the comments or by tweeting us 🐱💖🐱 

 
Sassy accessories for you (& your fur bae)
 

TFW your cat hates you. Our latest collection of accessories are inspired by our sassy mascots Meeko & Yoshi. Whilst we like to think they love us, we get the feeling they're secretly whispering behind our backs, so we created some collar tags to express their inner monologues. 

But the fun doesn't end there ... these super shiny pendants double as necklaces for you! So now you can twin with your fave fur bae! or, y'know just wear them yourself if your love is one sided #sadtimes. 

Obvs we had to arrange the *cutest* photoshoot as an excuse to play with as many fluffy kittens as possible. omg. We had such a fun day with Rachel and Pearlescent Cat's gang of British Shorthairs shooting this lookbook - see the full edit here! 

 
New stuff is here & it's ugh, so cute!
 

We've been working really hard behind the scenes recently on our shiny new website and brand new summer collection ... and today we can finally share it with you! OMG! 

You'll find a bunch of new additions to the shop, as well as a complete re-design to the layout ... hopefully this means you'll find it easier to navigate around the website to find what you need! We've added an FAQ page to answer some questions you might have (let us know if you think we're missing anything!) and a sub-menu to the shop page to sort through everything and make it easier to find what you're looking for!

We've also decided to trial something new - free shipping for all UK orders! Coz ugh, paying for shipping is so annoying.

SOOO, what do you think? We hope you love it as much as we do!! 

 
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3 Terrific Reasons You Should Come To Native Makers!
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We’re so super excited to have our first stall at Native Makers next month. Here are three super reasons why you should stop by …

1 - You’ll be supporting the makers themselves! Markets like this are an amazing place to find new favourite designers and emerging talent … and with over 45 stalls you’re gonna find something you love!

2 - It’s free! There aren’t many fun things you can do on a Saturday for free, just sayin. 

3 - You can shop our *brand new* range IRL! omg. We’ve been working away behind the scenes to get our new collection online ASAP (it’s coming super soon, promise!) but you’ll be able to see it in the flesh FIRST at Native Makers! Some of it won’t be released til August so you’re getting a super early preview of all the good stuff!

See you there, yeah?

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Easter freebies!
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At HH HQ we love an excuse to consume as much chocolate as possible and surround ourselves with bunnies! Hopefully you've got the chocolate sorted so here's a cute bunny to carry in your pocket all day.

Download the iPhone background here

& the Desktop version here!

Oh, and in case you missed it, we're having a little giveaway on Instagram this weekend to celebrate reaching {and passing!} 10k followers! Tag a friend in the comments of this photo to in with a chance of winning a kitty pins each.