Don't Bottle It - World Mental Health Day 2020

Don't Bottle It - World Mental Health Day 2020

An initiative that aims to provide support to addicts suffering from undiagnosed mental health issues, focusing on the cause of substance reliance without stigma.

A collaborative project - between George Hodgson (Maison de Choup) and Mickey J Ellis (Hit and Run).

The health system in the UK is structured so that addicts struggling with mental health issues are routinely not referred to psychiatric professionals while still reliant on their drug of choice – whether that be alcohol or other substances.

This addiction is more often than not a symptom of these untreated problems.

A Columnversation...with Hermione McNamara

A Columnversation...with Hermione McNamara

In the last week of every month, we'll chat to a creative - to highlight incredible work, stories, ideas and entrepreneurship. Hermione McNamara, it's your turn! 

How to wear...a face mask

How to wear...a face mask

This month on how to wear, we're looking at the most important wardrobe staple of them all...
Candle advice to live by

Candle advice to live by

So, you’re wanting to warm up the vibe of your room a little. Or, you’re feeling a bit spenny thi...
Quarantine Qomfort: the evolution of leisure wear

Quarantine Qomfort: the evolution of leisure wear

What exactly is comforting us, while going through a pandemic? Are you feeling very glamourous...or seeking solace in some holey tracksuit bottoms?
A Columnnversation...with Abi Lewer

A Columnnversation...with Abi Lewer

In the last week of every month, we'll chat to a creative - to highlight incredible work, stories, ideas and entrepreneurship. Abi Lewer, you're up!
Design dynasties: the fashion families you need to know

Design dynasties: the fashion families you need to know

Never work with animals, children...or your family - is that the saying? Well, the fashion world has NOT been abiding by that, with some of the best-known names all inhabiting the same family tree.
How to wear...a white tee

How to wear...a white tee

We've all got at least one (or...forty five) in our wardrobes...
Sustainability vs. fashion: who wins?

Sustainability vs. fashion: who wins?

If I had to ask myself, ‘do you know what makes a sustainable fashion item truly sustainable?’, g...
Maison de Choup, fashion, mental health

So...The Column is here, but what is it?

Don't worry though, you'll love it. I swear!
Standing with George Floyd

Standing with George Floyd

When the video of George Floyd being murdered by Derek Chauvin among other police officers went viral, we along with the world were shocked. Absolutely inconceivable actions from a person of the law, quite rightly he has been sentenced, but that is not enough. 

My Family and I Locked Down

My Family and I Locked Down

As the UK slowly eases its way out of lockdown, I wanted to share my experience of the situation, and how my family and I have coped throughout the pandemic. 

So! If you need some things to try at home: 

Sharing the Yoga Bug - Yoga Sessions

Sharing the Yoga Bug - Yoga Sessions

If you would like to take half an hour out of your day, I will be running the Zoom Yoga Sessions on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s every week at 3pm. Just click the button below to email and book your free space, you’ll then receive the Zoom session details.
WINNING DESIGN: Abbie Hopper

WINNING DESIGN: Abbie Hopper

After receiving many, many entries to the NHS Design Competition and with some fantastic responses the judging was incredibly difficult. We landed on Abbie Hopper's sunflower with the uplifting words of 'you are thriving'. 

The idea of a simple, but cute and impactful motif on a T-shirt portrays many things, positivity, encouragement and hope in a way that is relatable to everyone.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE - Mental Health Awareness Week

YOU ARE NOT ALONE - Mental Health Awareness Week

George, the founder of Maison de Choup, asked people to talk about their experience with a mental health illness. The response we got was HUGE. So many amazing, brave and incredible people have come forward with their stories. Below are their amazing stories INCLUDING notorious Mental Health Advocate and Blogger Hannah Rainey (The Little Thoughts Blog) Remember - YOU ARE NOT ALONE. 

NHS Design Competition - Maison de Choup

NHS Design Competition - Maison de Choup

Maison de Choup is running a competition to produce and launch a T-shirt design based around supporting the NHS workers. We’re inviting fashion and graphic design students and graduates to join the competition to come up with a new design.
Covid-19: Keeping Positive and Motivated

Covid-19: Keeping Positive and Motivated

It’s been a daunting month or so for us all and this whole situation is something I’ve found hard to wrap my head around. I suppose I’d have been quite naive to think the virus wouldn’t impact me (silly I know) but a global pandemic is really not what I had anticipated at the start of this year!
A letter from an Italian in Lockdown...

A letter from an Italian in Lockdown...

On the 7th of March, I went to visit my parents. We often discuss politics and news, and of course, we ended up talking about corona-virus.

"Mum don't be so dramatic, nothing is going to happen, you really have to stop watching the news so much" 
COVID-19 - Updates

COVID-19 - Updates

During these very uncertain times, Maison de Choup is still operating, albeit in self-isolation at home. There are 2 of us as a team. Items can still be purchased however there are a few things to note when ordering; 
Covid-19: The Char Char Edition

Covid-19: The Char Char Edition

Greetings folks, reporting from my bedroom floor on Wednesday March 18th 2020

I’m sure a lot of you are thinking “TAKE US BACK TO 2019, WE ARE DONE WITH YOU ALREADY 2020”. To say this year has been a slap in the face energetically is a gargantuan understatement! First, Kobe, then Caroline and now Covid-19…. HOWEVER, amidst all of the craziness currently going on globally, I thought I’d drop by and shine some positivity on your quarantined asses...

Things I Wish I Knew Before Graduating

Things I Wish I Knew Before Graduating


Thoughts of ‘what next?’ and ‘where do I go from here?’ crept in regularly and I realised that graduation was fast approaching and I really had no idea what direction I wanted to go in.
Travelling to the Middle East to share my story

Travelling to the Middle East to share my story

Being invited by the Middle East Youth EXPO to present in Abu Dhabi was an honour which I did not believe could be true. With an open mind and a hopeful heart, I travelled with the wish to share the magic of creation, to teach how mental health is not a dead-end. 

Beating The January Blues

Beating The January Blues

January is often regarded as the gloomiest month of the year. With the excitement of New Year celebrations winding down, bank accounts dwindling and the dull and rainy weather, it’s no wonder January gets such a bad name. And with blue Monday just around the corner, here are some top tips for beating those January blues…
LAST ORDER DATES FOR CHRISTMAS

LAST ORDER DATES FOR CHRISTMAS

Christmas is fast approaching and we want everyone to send and receive the gifts they love.
Loneliness at Christmas - Red Bauble on Tree in Snow

Combating Loneliness at Christmas

Loneliness is often associated with the older generation, but a study conducted by the Co-op and The British Red Cross shows that over 9 million people across all ages are either always or often lonely, and the Christmas period can play a role in exacerbating these emotions. 

Mini Easel & Canvas - Commissioned Work Case Study

Mini Easel & Canvas - Commissioned Work Case Study

One of our favourite customer orders to date though is the mini easel & canvas. We have started to introduce positive affirmations written on a mini easel and canvas, and when this one came through we were beside ourselves. 
The Determination Series: Fight or Flight. George Hodgson

The Determination Series: Fight or Flight. George Hodgson

After his panic and anxiety attacks became too much to handle, George decided that something had to change ❤️🙌
The Giveback Gift Guide - Maison de Choup

The Giveback Gift Guide - Maison de Choup

Welcome to the Maison de Choup Giveback Gift Guide. Each and every gift on this list givebacks something or to somewhere whilst also being a fantastic gift to give someone this festive season. Got your pen and paper? Good, let's get to work. 

Shining a Light on Students - Solenne Moore

Shining a Light on Students - Solenne Moore

I think the hardest part might be getting burnt outwhile working. It will be difficult to remain positive while being surrounded by a lot of negative emotions, ensuring that you keep the hope on behalf of your patients.

Borrowing from the boys

Borrowing from the boys

Girl wearing boys shirt..borrowing from the man in her life is the now not-so-secret style hack of the 21st-century woman.
this & that

this & that

Starting your own business is hard, really really hard. And can be very lonely. 

Welcome to my mind...

Welcome to my mind...

Hello, 

I am George David Hodgson. This is my personal blog space on Maison de Choup, where I get to write down all my thoughts and muses. You may find at times they are rather strange and a little bazaar, but welcome to the inside of a severe anxiety sufferers mind. It's a beautiful place here.