Issue 1 of Quite Frankly Magazine

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Introducing… the Quite Delightful project

Back in September 2014, I placed an order for the the first issue of a new erotic magazine for women called Quite Frankly. Aspiring to promote an honest, intelligent and open exploration of female sexuality, this
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Fashion

Topshop Archive Collection Topshop Archive Collection

Last week I popped into Topshop at Oxford Circus to buy a gift card as a birthday present for my teenage niece and I spotted some clothing with a delightfully retro label. You can imagine my joy when a closer look revealed that this was a cute mini collection inspired by items from their archive! As a
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St Michael bras and girdles, 1966. Image © The M&S Company Archive Upcoming talks on the History of Underwear

Building on the research I did as part of my MA at London College of Fashion, I have a few exciting talks coming up in the autumn that will give me a chance to share my knowledge. On Saturday 17th October 2015, I will be presenting at the Costume Society‘s study day, held annually at
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Ring by Sophia Mclean, graduate of LCF's BA Fashion Jewellery course The A-to-Z of Accessories: Rings

I never really got on with rings. They always felt alien on my fingers and seemed to get in the way, catching on clothing and bags, or getting sticky with soap when I washed my hands. When I was younger, the only types you could get were the adjustable ones kids wore or something made
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Lingerie by AE Intimates London The Class of 2015: Lingerie Open Studio

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the open studio event for this year’s graduates of the BA (Hons) Fashion Contour course at London College of Fashion. I recently gave a talk to students on all years of this course about using social media (including blogs and bloggers!) to promote their work, so the
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Kiss Me Deadly "Cora" bikini Kiss Me Deadly: Swim with Sharks

As many of you lovely Rarely Wears Lipstick readers will already know, three years ago independent UK lingerie brand Kiss Me Deadly also started producing their own swimwear. Like the rather femme fatale lingerie styles offered by the brand, the swimsuits and bikinis have all had a lovely retro look and their die hard fans (called Deadlies)
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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

Issue 1 of Quite Frankly Magazine Introducing… the Quite Delightful project

Back in September 2014, I placed an order for the the first issue of a new erotic magazine for women called Quite Frankly. Aspiring to promote an honest, intelligent and open exploration of female sexuality, this
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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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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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