Saturday, 14 July 2018

Nancy's University Story

For the second in our university series, we have Nancy who helps create the Lucy Loves This marketing content, Nancy also styles and shoots the product photography. Today she will be talking about her experience at Newcastle College to celebrate the new collection of prints that champion university towns, perfect for anyone who is set to graduate this year.

After initially thinking I wanted to go to Edinburgh to study graphic design my mum convinced me to give the Art & Design Foundation course at Newcastle College a try. Once I’d had some time to think about it I realised that I wasn't emotionally ready to move away from home so I decided to stick to my home town for one more year and give it a try!

For me, the foundation year was the perfect stepping stone from school (where I thought I was a grown up, but actually wasn’t) to living life alone for the fist time at uni. I felt like a small fish in a big pond the first few weeks as I had come from a very small secondary school - there were six people in my art class at A Level! I soon got used to the new routine and made some amazing friends.

Everyone there was so different, all ages, all backgrounds and all nationalities which was really refreshing as my secondary school was an all-girls school. I learnt so much about myself and how there are many different personalities in the world (not just mean posh girls!). I flung myself into the work, I felt like we were all given the opportunity to play and explore lots of different art forms which was so fun. There was no pressure, all we had to do was try out every discipline before choosing our specialist subject. I studied, fine art, illustration, ceramics, sculpture, textile design, fashion design, photography and graphic design. Graphic design actually ended up being the one course that I really didn't like so thank goodness I went for the foundation year after all!

I found that I had a huge passion and talent for textile design, which was something I had never studied before. This lead to me choosing it as my specialist subject and I studied it for the remaining 9 months of the course. I was awarded a distinction and then went on to study Printed Textiles and Surface Design at Leeds Arts University.

Without the foundation year course at Newcastle College, I may be stuck in a graphic design job at the moment. Now have my own interior styling brand and I also get to help out lovely designers like Lucy too!


We would love to hear your own university tales so head over to our Facebook and Instagram accounts to leave a comment and join in the conversation.

Our full collection of uni town prints are available here if you'd like to purchase one for a recent graduate!

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Lucy's Must Have Baby Products

Very soon the littlest member of the LLT team will be joining us! We're so incredibly happy and excited to tell you that Lucy and her husband are expecting baby number two this summer. To honour this special (and adorable) occasion Lucy has picked out her favourite pieces from The Mamahood collective and online store.

Lucy Loves This is proud to be one of the designer-makers taking part in the Mamahood pop up shop. There are so many create brands involved so please do go along if you're able. You can find more details about the shop right here.

Flying zebra print - every child's room needs a whimsical and fun print for the walls and this one is extra fun thanks to the 3D elements.

1 to 20 Animals Aplenty book - Not only does this book feature really sweet illustrations but it also teaches children counting and rhyming skills. 

Lara & Ollie teething necklace - You would never know this necklace was made for teething babies! The mint green colours are so stylish and will compliment most outfits. 

Polar Bear Feeding pillow -  This is the cutest feeding pillow I've ever seen and it would look so wonderful in the baby's room!

Moulin Roty La Famille Mirabelle - I love these sweet mouse toys, they're bright and colourful enough that little ones love them but they're also designed to look lovely as a decorative item too.

Breton Baby Salopettes - These unisex trousers are the perfect combination of both style and practicality plus they're made from a super soft organic cotton.

Cactus kid leggings - These cactus leggings are the perfect amount of cute and trendy! I love that they're screen-printed by hand too. 

Art Cards for Baby - I love the illustrations on these cards, the bold black and white designs make it easy for babies to see the beautiful drawings.


We hope you loved Lucy's favourite baby product picks. I'm not sure about you but I really want to go shopping for some adorable baby gifts now! Don't forget that we also sell a selection of prints for kids in our online shop right here. 

Monday, 18 June 2018

Lucy's University Story

Today the founder and designer of Lucy Loves This - Lucy Stephens is sharing her university journey to celebrate our new collection of uni prints. We have recently designed a whole host of brand new prints that champion university towns, perfect for anyone who is set to graduate this year.

Now over to Lucy to hear all about her uni story...

I had a wonderful few years studying graphic design in Leeds, but it didn’t start off that great. I actually nearly left my course after the first year as I didn’t feel it was the right direction for me. But by that point, I had already made some great friends and as I’m not a quitter by nature I decided to persevere. I’m so glad I did. I came back in my second year to find the course had been completely changed, new staff new focus - and much more in line with what I wanted to do.

I learnt so much about designing in a commercial way which has no doubt impacted on the business I run today, it also led on to me teaching on the course after I graduated for several years - which I loved, and helped me grow in confidence as a young designer. For me though, probably one of the most important things that happened from moving to Leeds was meeting my husband. Corny I know, but he has been my partner in crime through the good and bad, and 12 years on we are stronger than ever. I would never have started the business without his support, he has been a constant source of advice and help over the years - from accounting to manning craft stalls in the early days. There wouldn’t be a business without him.

So the Leeds print would have to be the most important one in the uni collection for me. As a former student, I’ve tried to pick out some of the most iconic spots, from the Original Oak with it’s sprawling beer garden in Headingley to a nod to the infamous Otley run pub crawl which I’m proud to say I completed (if proud is the right word!). All these memories and landmarks make me so happy to be a Leeds graduate. 


Thanks so much to Lucy for sharing her story. Uni definitely has its ups and downs and we believe that graduating is well worth a big celebration! We would love to hear your own university tales so head over to our Facebook and Instagram accounts to leave a comment and join in the conversation.

Our full collection of uni town prints are available here if you'd like to purchase one.

Welcome to the New Lucy Loves This Blog

Hello There! It's fair to say that this blog has been forgotten about a little bit, but the Lucy Loves This team are determined to make blogging a regular feature on our site. Expect to see posts every two weeks all about everything we love. We'll be covering behind the scenes design processes from our studio, our favourite areas and spots in London as well as exciting collaborations and interviews.

We can't wait to show you everything we have planned and we hope that you'll really enjoy reading our posts and getting to know us a bit more.

Lucy and the LLT team x

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

New work

I've been a busy bee over the last few months, working on lots of lovely new products. Here's a sneak peek of some of them....

Thursday, 20 April 2017

This month Lucy Loves ...

Books! I love books and I always have a new one, or two on the go. After years as a book cover designer I'm more than a little bit seduced by a good cover - but the book has to live up to it. Here's a selection of brilliant books I've read recently which all have covers to match.