Celia Imrie by Idil Sukan, National Portrait Gallery

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Exploring Creativity: The photographer

The first 2015 interview in my series on creative careers is an in-depth discussion with Idil Sukan, who is a photographer working in entertainment and the Creative Director of West London agency Draw HQ. She
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Fashion

Donna Loveday, curator of Women Fashion Power at the Design Museum Lady Gaga outfit added to Women Fashion Power

As if I needed another reason to return to the Design Museum’s Women Fashion Power exhibition, they have added another outfit to the Arena of Power section. This is not just any old outfit though. This is a Gareth Pugh creation worn by Lady Gaga for an O2 TV promo for her ARTPOP album, and also
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Pretty Honest by Sali Hughes Review: Pretty Honest

Now that I am 40, I realised that I’m probably going to have to make some changes to my lifestyle, particularly where my body is concerned. It’s not just my fitness (or lack thereof) that I can no longer afford to ignore, my skin could do with a bit more attention too. I bought Pretty
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Protesters at the 1968 Miss America Pageant Did women actually burn their bras?

Recently I had the pleasure of speaking to the fantastic Helen Zaltzman for her new podcast about language called The Allusionist. As Helen was discussing the etymology of the word bra in the second episode, she wanted to speak to someone about the history of the garment and Amber Butchart very kindly pointed her in
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Ronke Fashola, founder of Love ur Look Style with Ethics: Love ur Look

I first discovered Love ur Look via a Retro Chick blog post back in 2012 and I’ve seen their styles crop up on her other blog too, We Want All The Dresses. Like Gemma, I’m not a fan of text speak so the name didn’t really appeal to me and I’d not paid Love ur
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Artwork by Alison Hansen Illustration for Simply Be Simply Be: ‘Real Moments, Real People’

Have you ever looked at clothing in adverts and thought that it looked great but so very impractical? You know, the sort of clothing that looks great in a beautifully styled photo but that you probably wouldn’t be able to sit down in, wear a coat over, run for a bus in, or fasten a
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Life

Celia Imrie by Idil Sukan, National Portrait Gallery Exploring Creativity: The photographer

The first 2015 interview in my series on creative careers is an in-depth discussion with Idil Sukan, who is a photographer working in entertainment and the Creative Director of West London agency Draw HQ. She
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Magic Cone Review: Magic Cone

When I received an email from French company Pissedebout about the launch of their Magic Cone product in the UK, I was intrigued. First of all, there was the name – pisse debout means ‘piss standing’ – then there was the image on the right. I do love a company with a sense of humour!
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Fashion blogger Callie Thorpe The Super Humans of 2014

For the last three years, I have posted my own Rarely Wears Lipstick Women of The Year lists as a way to celebrate the wonderful women I have come into contact throughout the previous 12
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Feminism

Protesters at the 1968 Miss America Pageant Did women actually burn their bras?

Recently I had the pleasure of speaking to the fantastic Helen Zaltzman for her new podcast about language called The Allusionist. As Helen was discussing the etymology of the word bra in the second episode, she wanted to speak to someone about the history of the garment and Amber Butchart very kindly pointed her in
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Telegram's Marilyn Monroe sticker Telegram stickers and diversity

Like many of my friends, I use a messaging app called Telegram. Today a few of us noticed that starting a message with certain emoji caused a cartoon image to pop up, and we found out through their blog that this was a new feature called ‘stickers’. I’m not entirely sure what the point of
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Meadham Kirchhoff's SS12 collection, A Wolf In Lamb's Clothing On reclaiming girlishness

Earlier this month, I was alerted to a new project on the SHOWstudio website, entitled Girly. Created by editor Lou Stoppard and director Nick Knight, Girly aims to unpick fashion’s relationship with overt, cartoon femininity and it does so in typical SHOWstudio style via a series of essays and interviews, a fashion film and a
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Sex / Relationships

Ann Summers Erotic Writing Competition Ann Summers Erotic Fiction Writing Competition

Now here’s an interesting way to start 2015. Adult brand Ann Summers have launched their first ever erotic fiction writing competition. As their mission is theme is ‘to make women feel sexy, fearless and confident’ they have decided on a theme that will help inspire that and so they’d like to read your stories that
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Under the tree, by lipsticklori Recipe for a fun festive season

As we enter the festive season, designed to bring cheer to the dark days of winter, I thought I would share my recipe for the perfect secular Christmas. NOTE: All quantities can be adjusted to
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Image via Tom Bricker's Flickr photostream On Walt Disney, masturbation and love

In America – the country of liberalism, self-determination and the promise of happiness for everyone – a new phenomenon is becoming more and more common. Organised group of people meet on regular basis to masturbate
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