• Jaipur with Sustainably Mili

    Jaipur with Sustainably Mili

    If you find yourself in Rajasthan, a visit to Jaipur is a must. This month, we caught up with Shweta at @sustainably.mili to hear her top three places to visit. From gazing at the beautiful Hawa Mahal to sharing a cup of lassi with a stranger, here is Shweta's slow guide to the Pink City.

    We’ve also rounded up your most loved travel essentials in this Travel Edit. Waterproof pouches, belt bags, weekenders and backpacks, this will have you covered for your next adventure.

    A slow guide to Jaipur with Sustainably Mili

    1. Hawa Mahal

    There is something so fascinating about the grand Hawa Mahal. Have a wander around and take in the beauty of it. You'll find it difficult to take your eyes off it.

    2. Lassiwala

    My favourite place for lassi. There are always lots of people coming in and out and I believe there's a lot of joy found in sharing. So if you can, this is a good spot to treat strangers with a random act of kindness.


    3. Jal Mahal 

    Finally, stopping by Jal Mahal is a must, the magical palace in the middle of Man Sagar Lake.


    You can follow Shweta (@sustainably.mili) on Instagram here.

    Shweta wears the Halfmoon Backpack in Camel.


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  • Paris with Abigail Watson

    Paris with Abigail Watson


    Summer is here and adventure is calling. When it comes to travel, one of our favourite people to follow is Abigail Watson. From slow living by the sea, city exploring and more, Abigail’s posts and photography inspire us to pack our bags and get exploring. This month we caught up with Abigail to hear her top places to visit in Paris (with a handcrafted belt bag for company!)

    We’ve also rounded up your most loved travel essentials in this Travel Edit. Waterproof pouches, belt bags, weekenders and backpacks, this will have you covered for your next adventure.

    Here are Abigail’s Paris recommendations:

    The Louvre with a coffee from Terres De Café 

    Grabbing a coffee from Terres De Café and strolling around the courtyard grounds at the Louvre watching tourists play and locals bask in the sunshine with an aged novel.

    The charming Café de Flores 

    A must visit is the charming Café de Flores where people come for the picture and to experience the old coffeehouse. The waiters in bow ties and a line of eager onlookers excited to have their turn sitting in the cafe soaking up the warm ambience. And afterwards a walk around the Saint Germain des Prés admiring the artistic talent and diversity.


    The Jardin de Luxembourg with a pastry from Copain Paris  

    Sitting on the iconic chairs in the Jardin de Luxembourg with your best friend chatting, bathing in the sunshine in silence watching the children play and sipping on a glass of something cool with a pastry from Copain Paris to nibble.

    Sitting with a good book by the Seine

    Sitting on the riverbank of the Seine with a good book and a morning pastry. My choice is always a delicious strawberry tart!

    And of course some Eiffel Tower gazing

    And of course devouring a croque monsieur in the park gazing at the Eiffel Tower glistening in the sunlight.

    The Travel Edit

    We’ve rounded up your most loved travel essentials, from belt bags for hands free exploring, to block printed waterproof pouches, we have got you covered for your next adventure.

    You can follow Abigail Watson on Instagram here.

    Abigail wears the Belt Bag in Fog.


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  • Mothering Moments to Treasure Forever

    For Mother's Day this year, we spoke to our JOYN community and asked them to share a mothering moment they'll treasure forever. 

    We know being a mom comes with all kinds of ups and downs, but this year we wanted to celebrate those special moments, the ones that we cherish and hold on to forever.
    Enjoy a read through these mothering moments from the beautiful community that makes up JOYN; block printers, bag wearers, handbag makers, designers and more and a Happy Mother's Day to you.

    "The JOY to wake up every morning treasuring this time sitting on our sofa together, lots of hugs, kisses, pure talks and admiration. No stress and worries at this time of the day. Sweet talks and story telling about what we dreamt and trying to put the stories together. (some days it's fun and good dreams, some days it's scary like falling off daddy's scooter, haha) The purest joy I will treasure forever."

    – Shelma, JOYN Production Manager and Mother of one


    "Being a mom has changed me in ways I could never have dreamt of. My daughters are growing older and I feel like I’m getting younger. I think that’s the best part, is the opportunity to relive childhood again, to see the world with wonder again, to hear my oldest daughter’s little gasps as she sees something for the first time, something as small as a tiny flower or a crawling ant. Being a mom has made me less serious and forced me to laugh again, loudly."

    – Zoe, JOYN Lead Designer and Mother of two

    "I am very proud to be a mother to my beautiful daughter. The moment I will treasure forever is the moment my daughter performed her first ever skit at school when she was 3 years at playgroup. That was a very emotional and precious moment for me and I would like to make more memories with her and see her achieve all her dreams."

    – Dina, JOYN Handbag Maker and Mother of one 

    "The proudest moment of being a mother is when my second child was born I was so happy and filled with JOY and thankful to God for giving me a daughter and raising a daughter has made me learn and see my strengths I didn't know I had. And as she is growing up so fast and doing so well is all her responsibilities, this makes me feel very like a very proud mother and our friendship I will always treasure."

    – Santoshi, JOYN Handbag Maker and Mother of two

    "It's very challenging to get my family together as we are a family of 7. So when we are requested for a family photo we do it at night since everyone is at home at night. So taking photos of my family I always treasure and keep the photos well. There's no better way to make and preserve family memories than by planning a family photoshoot."

    – Bimla, JOYN Handbag Maker and Mother of three

    "Parenting has been a journey in my life bringing up 3 kids has been very different. I treasure all the good moments and grow from the taught challenging moments. The greatest treasure and moment to mothering is every evening when I reach home from work all three of my kids hop on me, we love to laugh, hug and share together. This time is very special."

    – Dineshwari JOYN Quality Control and Mother of three

    "The moment of motherhood I will treasure forever is the time when we eat dinner and share our full day with each other as a family. This is the only time we get to spend family time together as kids are busy full day with school and homework and I'm busy with my job. So dinner time is treasured as this is the family moment for us. We get to share our experiences and funny moments."

    – Meena, JOYN Block Printer and Mother of two


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  • Fair Trade Gift Guide

    Fair Trade Gift Guide
    This Fair Trade Month, we are reflecting on the importance of choosing Fair Trade. Choosing to put people first, always. From the very beginning of JOYN, that is what we’ve been all about. As we head into the season of sharing gifts, we thought we'd put together a gift guide of some of our favourite Fair Trade gift ideas.
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