The Unstated Guide to Work From Home

With the current state of affairs, many of us find ourselves working from the comfort of our own home, which is a circumstance that some will relish in and others will find troublesome, so weve put together a guide to make work from home a more natural experience. 

 

Develop a Routine

 

The most difficult aspect of working from home can be working without the set routine of wake up, shower, dress, commute and commence, so its important to develop a routine that you can uphold. For some this may mean waking up the same time that one would for a normal working day when working in the office and taking more time on usual on the work-day morning routine. For others, this may mean waking up later, spending the usual amount of time on the work-day morning routine, and for others your routine may be altered altogether, adding in a workout a brisk jog or vinyasa yoga flow are our picks. 

Whatever routine is the best fit for you, its integral to make sure its achievable and sustainable. 

 

Designate a Workspace

 

Its fair to say that not all professional workspaces are tranquil, but all workspaces are designed for work productivity and homes simply arent. Of course, many people have home offices (and if you have one, we recommend that work from it) however,  some dont and if this is the case we recommend finding a private, quiet spot in your home and designate this as your workspace.  This place will undoubtedly be different for everyone; perhaps you work more productively from your bed, or the living room sofa, or the dining table. Whatever space, claim it and work from it. 

 

Take a Lunch Break

 

This is something that many of us forget to do, even when working in the office, but studies have shown that taking a break for lunch is a must to productivity. When working at home youre presented with the opportunity to make this lunch a bit more special than a soggy sandwich or wilted salad, so even if the break away from your computer is taken whilst making a lunch thats a little more exciting and you still eat lunch at your desk,’ just be sure to step away from your monitor to give your brain a breather before proceeding with work for the latter half of the day. 

 

Find Your Working Soundtrack

 

Studies have suggested that background noise may improve focus on a task by aiding endurance, motivating and improving ones mood, and so its a good idea to find your working soundtrack. Whether its an eclectic playlist, rap music, classic, a movie soundtrack, the radio or podcasts, finding a good source of intentional background noise, that isnt distracting but helps you power through is discretionary but, immensely helpful. 

 

Keep Family and Flatmates Away Whilst Working

 

This only applies to people living with flatmates, friends, and family; keep your distance whilst working. Though imperative, this is one of the most difficult rules to follow particularly for those with young children as other members of ones household is often the biggest distraction. Though this relates to the first tip (designating a space), the best way to do this is find a space that isnt communal to work in and setting clear boundaries with the other members of your household, perhaps using your lunch break to socialise if theres a burning desire to. 

 

Dont Fret

 

Its natural to fret about your workload, more than you would at the office; communication with employees is restricted to video and audio calls, text messaging and email, you might feel as though youre productivity levels are lower, management may check in on you more than usual. The best thing to remember in these circumstances is that you can only do your best in the given circumstances. Stay motivated, manage your workload as usual and discuss any obstacles with your employer/employees. 

 

The Unstated Woman: Marre Muijs

Founder and Creative Director of sustainable footwear brand ESSĒN, Marre Muijs epitomises the unstated woman. Her innovative perspective on the fashion industry and femininity, are definitely accountable for the success of ESSĒN. 

We spoke to her about how the label, quality and craftsmanship, and her tips for dressing well. 

 

Tell us a bit about yourself and how ESSĒN came to be?


I have always loved shoes - even from an early age. 

Even though they are regarded as accessories, shoes are the foundation pieces of a well-curated wardrobe and a great outfit. Shoes carry us, add to our height, alter our posture and affect our confidence. I’ve always thought you can learn a lot about a person just by looking at their shoes; they hold character and allow you to play with aspects of your identity and the image we want to broadcast to the world. Many women are willing to play with their shoes in a way they don’t play with the other parts of their wardrobe. If you are wearing good shoes you can get away with just about anything. 

I founded ESSĒN as a response to a fashion cycle that overproduces more than it carefully crafts, chases trends more than it determines classics, and wastes more than it sustains. With ESSĒN, I strive to slow down that cycle so that we can focus on making every piece essential.  

ESSĒN encourages people to purchase less and choose better. I aspire to simplify women’s wardrobes, by helping them consider what they really need - nothing more, nothing less. That’s where the name comes from – essentials.

 

What inspired you to create your own brand?

 

I truly believe less is more. I encourage people to buy less, by buying better. The fashion industry has been oversaturated with disposable and poorly constructed products for far too long; ESSĒN was founded as a response. I aspired to create a brand that would uphold a more conscious pace and process, where things are made with genuine care and detail. 

Despite working in the footwear industry, I found myself searching to find sophisticated, timeless and comfortable shoes that were ethically made, without the designer price tag. A search that quickly proved that these were very difficult to find. 

After having this conversation with friends one too many times, I decided I was going to try and create the perfect collection of quality wardrobe staples myself. I’ve always thought great shoes are an investment – so for ESSĒN I combined the classic with the contemporary in the hope of creating timeless shoes you’ll want to wear for years to come.

With a conscious release of limited edition styles, the idea is to curate a range of purposely trans-seasonal pieces. This allows our customers to gradually assemble their ideal range of year-round footwear. With time, they will have the perfect pair to wear on the weekend, to work or out in the evening. 

 

What is the brand ethos?

 

ESSĒN offers timeless essentials that are aesthetically beautiful, supremely comfortable and ethically made.

 

Why are quality and craftsmanship important to you?

 

The best shoes in the world are made by craftsmen in ItalyPortugal and Spain, so that’s where I went to create the shoes. I was careful about how I sourced suppliers, and am fortunate now to work with the best shoe factories in the world – the same ones that produce much of the footwear for luxury brands. 

Because I wanted to do it right, I started small. All styles are handmade by local, family-run factories in Italy, Portugal and Spain by expert artisans who have been making shoes for generations. They are responsible for the construction of every pair we make. From the leather selection, the engineering of the lasts and the hand finishing of the shoes; the entire range is handmade by people who care about every single pair produced. It’s why I love doing this, tapping into the pleasure of knowing you are making something of real quality. In the process, I’ve become good friends with everyone involved; we’ve sat at the kitchen tables of our suppliers, shared wine and listened to their advice. 

 

The pieces are very refined yet, contemporary. They could be said to embody modern femininity, what does ‘modern femininity’ mean to you? 

 

For me, modern femininity is about knowing yourself and being true to your own individual style. My shoes & understated designs are the building blocks that complement this type of woman and allowing her to move seamlessly throughout her day. As we get older we get more comfortable in our own skin. There is nothing more stylish than a wardrobe that truly reflects who you are! 

 

What kind of woman do you design for?


I’m not designing for one type of woman, I’m inspired by modern women all over the world. My aim is to make women feel like their best selves. I believe that what you wear has a direct impact on the way you feel, which can have a profound impact on every aspect of your life. 

My designs are inspired by the modern woman’s day-to-day realities. My shoes are hardworking classics that are aesthetically beautiful, supremely comfortable and ethically made. They allow you to move seamlessly and confidently through your day, without compromising on style, comfort, and craftsmanship. They’re the type of shoes I believe a woman will not only feel great in but do great in day after day.

My designs are worn by women who embrace their femininity whilst pursuing their goals. It’s about giving her autonomy and allowing her to fulfill whichever role she wants to fulfill, whether that’s being a stay-at-home mum or being a creative director or lawyer. 

 

What are your tips for dressing well?

 

I’m always looking for simplicity and confidence in what I wear: classic pieces, with a twist; an outfit that gives me confidence for the day. 

By tapping into my own needs while designing the shoes, I can not only curate a more conscious collection, but also a more authentic one. One thing I never compromise on is quality. For ESSĒN,  every shoe and every decision is made with this in mind.

London Guide: Brunch

London is a big city with an abundance of places to dine, dance, soak up culture or simply relax, and so we’ve started a series of guides that will help you find some of the spots that (in our humble opinion) surpass their competitors. 

For our first guide, we’ve looked at one the city’s inhabitants most-loved activities, brunching. And in order to brunch well, one must find a restaurant with a great menu, ambience and location, and so we’ve composed a list of places that rate highly in every criteria. 

 

CARAVAN

 (Various Locations)

With an extensive menu the caters to everyone – be they vegetarian, plant-based, gluten-free or dairy-free – and a cool industrial, yet refined interior, Caravan is the perfect spot for brunch with large groups of friends or slightly more intimate affairs. They don’t take bookings, so be prepared to wait for a table.*

*Insider tip; the Fitzrovia location is quieter, so it’s the best bet for a table on weekends. 

 

GLORIA 

(Shoreditch)

The first London location for the much-loved Parisian restaurant group, Big Mamma, Gloria has fast become a must-go for foodies in the city. The Italian-inspired brunch menu ranges from classics such as pancakes and avocado toast but extends to burrata, salads, pasta and pasta. The dishes have a homeliness that brings to mind a meal cooked lovingly by a mother (Italian in this instance) and the conscious clash of textiles and patterns in the eclectic decor only heightens the cosy, homespun dining experience. 

Expect a queue, as most of the tables are for walk-ins, however bookings can be made, just make sure you do so well in advance as slots go quickly. 

 

GRANGER & CO

 (Various Locations)

Created by Australian restaurateur Bill Granger, the namesake restaurant chain is another spot the people will queue to dine it. The healthy dishes are full of with flavour, the coffees are first-rate and the atmosphere lends itself to pre/post-gym catch-ups. 

We’d recommend the ‘granger greens’ smoothie, which is packed with more nutrition than your typical green smoothie and a lot tastier too. 


26 GRAINS 

(Covent Garden)

Apt for those health and ethic conscious, 26 Grains sources the highest quality produce and ingredients for its dishes. Refined dishes with a touch of hygge, served in a space that could be described correspondingly, 26 Grains is a no-fuss or frills place for a quiet Sunday morning. 

 

FARMACY

(Westbourne Grove)

With a menu entirely plant-based menu that offers many gluten and nut-free options, there’s no wonder that Pharmacy fast became a London staple. The menu takes brunch classics and alters them for people with diets that are often neglected at restaurants. Though all the dishes are delicious, we’d recommend the ‘earth bowls’ and house pancakes. 

 

The Unstated Woman

Unstated (adj.)

Not stated or declared.

‘a series of unstated assumptions’

 

It’s somewhat futile to try to define an entity that is ‘not stated or declared’, yet we will try to describe the unstated woman.

 

She is a curious woman; a woman inspired by creative souls, a woman who delights in the new and unknown. 

 

She is an individual; she is driven to design a character of authenticity, she walks a path paved by her own inclination.

 

She is a progressive woman; a woman unafraid of the uncharted and undisclosed possibilities of the future. 

 

She is compassionate; a humanitarian with benevolence and empathy, to inspire and nurture. 

 

 

 

She is undefined. 

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