“If you’re looking for original and thoughtful gift ideas, We Are Not A Shop is the online store for you. Particularly if you’re shopping for those tricky people who just seem to have everything – there’s bound to be something for them, too!”
You may recognise Lorinda Mamo from her popular Instagram account @abirdwithafrenchfry, where she documents life with her son, Henry – a charismatic young man and survivor of PBS (prune belly syndrome), currently living with CKD (chronic kidney disease).
But Lorinda is also a graphic designer, blogger, interdisciplinary creative, and founder of HappyPlayCo – what can’t she do, right? Today, however, she’s taking a short break from her many jobs to sit down with us to discuss all things We Are Not A Shop. Find out what she had to say below.
Lorinda, we’re so glad you could join us. Could you talk us through some of the items you selected today?
Thank you for inviting me, I’m very excited to be here.
To kick things off, this book really caught my eye. I love homemade things, so this is right up my street. I wanted to crack open the pages as soon as I saw the cover.
Then, I picked this mystery puzzle box, because, frankly, I had seen it before and couldn’t stop thinking about it. It’s full of little details and intricacies which I find so magical.
This ring is beautiful, too. I don’t know what to say other than that it’s gorgeous. I’m really into my statement rings and this one finds a perfect balance between boldness and classic elegance.
I also must confess that I am big on stationery. I’ve been collecting stationery items since I was a young girl, so, when I saw these fun pencils, I simply had to have them. I’m a fan of their colour and the quotes written on them. From a graphic design perspective, I think the font is great, too. They’ll definitely bring a smile to my face the next time I’m writing out a to-do list.
I also picked this super elegant evening bag from your jewellery and fashion section. I recently had a gala event and had to scour most of Malta looking for a black evening bag – to no avail! This would have been perfect, though. It’s such a timeless piece which I can see myself wearing over and over again. I always prefer classic clothes to very trendy pieces, and this fits the bill.
Then, this music box instantly reminded me of my son, which is why I gravitated toward it. I sing this song to him myself, so it’s a bit sentimental I suppose.
Now, I’m admittedly not a huge makeup person, but this vintage powder and lipstick set was too gorgeous to leave behind. I mean, look at that impeccable mother of pearl detail.
My last item was this letter sealing set, which screamed out to me because of my love of stationery (which we’ve already established). It’s just fantastic. Why don’t people still seal letters this way?
Those are some great pieces, Lorinda. Now, what was your most surprising selection?
The mystery box! I’m still not entirely sure what’s inside it, so it’ll definitely be a surprise when I figure it out.
Did you have a favourite section of the website?
The curiosities section. There are just so many unique pieces I’d never seen before.
What do you like about the We Are Not A Shop concept?
Well, for starters, I love how well-curated the website is and the wide selection of items available. There really is something for everyone. There’s everything from quirky vintage greeting cards to exquisite jewellery, and even one-of-a-kind kids’ toys.
How would you describe We Are Not A Shop to someone who doesn’t know about it?
As a unique online concept where all the proceeds go to charity.
Buying from We Are Not A Shop is also very exciting because you know that all the items are one-of-a-kind. So, if you’re not quick to snatch something up, someone else might grab it before you!
Would you recommend We Are Not A Shop to a friend?
Absolutely. If you’re looking for original and thoughtful gift ideas, We Are Not A Shop is the online store for you. Particularly if you’re shopping for those tricky people who just seem to have everything – there’s bound to be something for them, too.