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My So-Called Secret Identity

I still don’t quite know why I never really got into comics. I’ve always loved engaging stories, illustration and superheroes. Comic obsessed television characters like Tim Bisley and Sheldon Cooper resonate with me for a
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Fashion

Lingerie designed by LCF gratuate Lulu Pettinger Lingerie Lust List: June

I’m rather late with this month’s Lust List, but it’s a very exciting one indeed. I visited the open studio event for the BA (Hons) Fashion Contour students at London College of Fashion yesterday afternoon, and saw so many wonderful designs that I knew straight away I was going to need more than one blog post
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Snapped at the Nautical Chic book launch by Luka Marchant On not dressing like a ‘grown up’

A couple of months ago I spent a morning at work admiring a senior colleague’s utterly immaculate all black ‘power femme’ outfit and wondered, as I often do, if I will ever get the hang of dressing like a grown up. You know, someone who always looks well turned out and appropriate in every setting. Occasionally I
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Taken by lipsticklori at the #LCFBA15 catwalk show The Future of Fashion: #LCFBA15

On Monday afternoon, I was lucky enough to get to see the London College of Fashion catwalk show, featuring the Class of 2015. Collections that were a result of collaborations between selected students on the womenswear, textiles, menswear, fashion design and development, contour, and jewellery courses showcased a brilliant combination of creativity and technical skill
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Freya Active crop top sports bra Lingerie Lust List: May

Another month, another excuse to go rummaging around online and in shops to find some gorgeous undies to share with you all. I’ve called this feature my Lingerie Lust List because I adore alliteration, but that doesn’t mean I’m only going to share feminine styles from the womenswear department. It’s all about whatever catches my
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Lori wearing the Lady Voluptuous 'Bellatrix' dress and Tatty Devine jewellery Review: Lady Voluptuous ‘Bellatrix’

When I heard that Georgina from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust had designed a range of dresses for independent brand Lady Vintage, I couldn’t wait to see what she’d come up with. Named Lady Voluptuous, the range initially had three styles in a variety of gorgeous colours and prints, in UK sizes 16-32, but has since been
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Life

Adams Plaza Bridge, Canary Wharf Crossrail station. Photo by lipsticklori Making time and getting organised

You may have noticed that, over the last few months, my blogging has tailed off somewhat. I’ve been trying to find the time to write, and time to plan what I want to write, but it never seems to come together. I used to have lists of ideas for blog posts in the notebook that
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My So-Called Secret Identity My So-Called Secret Identity

I still don’t quite know why I never really got into comics. I’ve always loved engaging stories, illustration and superheroes. Comic obsessed television characters like Tim Bisley and Sheldon Cooper resonate with me for a
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Illustration of lipsticklori by Stuart F Taylor Finding a new me, via illustration

Back in 2010, I snapped a self portrait with my phone using an app called Toy Camera. As this was the first ever Android phone, and so it would be another two years until I could install Instagram, I was still trying to find a camera app that would recreate some of the features that
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Sex / Relationships

For Books' Sake presents... Tongue In Cheek For Books’ Sake presents… Tongue in Cheek

For all the women who love reading and women who love writing, there is a wonderful organisation called For Books’ Sake which aims to champion female writers, challenging inequality and empowering women and girls of all backgrounds to tell their stories and have their voices heard. You may have heard of them already. Perhaps you’ve
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Giles moulded metal mask, from Ann Summers Ann Summers Erotic Fiction: The winners

The winners of the Ann Summers Erotic Fiction Writing Competition were announced back in February and I’m a really bad blogger for not sharing them with you sooner. The judging panel were inundated with entries from across the globe and received over 400 stories that shared an array of fantasies, experiences and sexual role play.
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Losing It, by Kate Monro Let’s talk about sex

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to a attend a small event to “discuss women’s sexual wellbeing in today’s culture and the myths associated with this subject”. It’s an interesting topic and one which I could debate on for hours when I have an appropriate space filled with interested people, so I said yes and hoped
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Feminism

My So-Called Secret Identity My So-Called Secret Identity

I still don’t quite know why I never really got into comics. I’ve always loved engaging stories, illustration and superheroes. Comic obsessed television characters like Tim Bisley and Sheldon Cooper resonate with me for a
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Stylist Magazine's Ask A Feminist feature Ask A Feminist: Stylist Magazine

If you’re missing my dear departed Ask A Feminist series, you might be pleased to hear that Stylist Magazine’s website have started their own weekly Ask A Feminist feature. It’s been running since March and so far, they’ve covered topics like: Calling people on their sexist bullshit What makes a good role model? Who has
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The Gentlewoman editor-in-chief Penny Martin interviewed by Lou Stoppard for SHOWstudio Feminism Friday: The Gentlewoman ‘In Fashion’

For Feminism Friday this week, I couldn’t resist sharing this fascinating video interview with The Gentlewoman editor-in-chief Penny Martin, that was conducted by SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard as part of their ‘In Fashion’ series. Martin admits to not being interested in ‘fashion’ as a teenager, but that she and her peers were reveling in the
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