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How to advertise bras to grown ups

I know finding a bra that fits and is comfortable can feel like an exhausting never ending task. I know that sometimes, when you find one that ticks all the boxes and doesn’t make you
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Fashion

panache-role-model-video How to advertise bras to grown ups

I know finding a bra that fits and is comfortable can feel like an exhausting never ending task. I know that sometimes, when you find one that ticks all the boxes and doesn’t make you
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ARP pocket mirror from IWM shop Review: Fashion on the Ration

A couple of weeks ago, I visited the Fashion on the Ration exhibition at the Imperial War Museum (IWM). Having lived in London for almost a decade, I am somewhat ashamed to say that I hadn’t visited IWM before, despite having paid frequent visits to IWM North on Salford Quays back when I lived in
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Menswear by Natalie Kinch, BA Fashion Design and Development, LCF Men, style and fashion

Fashion is often still thought of as something that is only of interest to women. Despite centuries of astonishingly elaborate menswear before the Great Masculine Renunciation of the late 18th century, plus a recent resurgence of menswear, many people still believe that an interest in looking good is something rather feminine. The vast majority of
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Tara Starlet Sophia Huerta dress 5 Spring / Summer trends for under £100

While everyone’s talking about suede and shades of tan (see That M&S Skirt), I just can’t see the point of easily damaged suede and would rather not spend £200 on a garment that will look dated next season. I’m also not overly keen on the particular brand of 70s style that seems to be back
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Nubian Skin lingerie Lingerie lust list: April

In honour of the launch of Bluestockings Boutique – the online store founded on intersectional feminist principles and geared to the LGBTQ community – for my April Lust List I have decided to only select items that they sell. Set up by Jeanna Kadlec to ’empower people who have been marginalized by the mainstream lingerie industry and to
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Life

A feature in issue 1 of Wonderment Magazine Review: Wonderment Magazine

Much as I love digital, I am and suspect always will be a massive fan of print media. I think there’s something quite special about the feel and smell of sheets of new paper bound
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Guest blogger Clare Sinclair performing on stage On burlesque, performing and confidence

About eight years ago now, as a university graduate wet behind the years, I stumbled upon the burlesque scene in Scotland: a Ministry of Burlesque performance in Edinburgh, as it happened. From there, my long-term love of burlesque – and corsetry/costuming – was born. At the same time, I also found myself in the lucky
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Agender concept store at Selfridges Gender and Fashion: Selfridges ‘Agender’ concept

Last week, I visited Selfridges’ much talked about Agender concept space. When I walked into the Oxford Street department store, I had no idea where I was headed and so I sought the advice of a friendly customer service assistant who explained that there were three of the concept spaces throughout the store – one
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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

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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Geeked Magazine, Issue 5 GEEKED Magazine: Comics, culture, gender

Let me take a moment to introduce you to a friend of mine. We’ve been close for a couple of years now, after meeting at a party in Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road in London. They are geeky and feminist with a love of comics and we quickly bonded over discussions on popular culture
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Icon, edited by Amy Scholder Review: Icon

I was offered a review copy of a book published by The Feminist Press entitled Icon, edited by Amy Scholder and, to my great shame, it has taken me far too long to get around to writing about it. Described to me as “a collection of writings by prominent feminist writers, thinkers and performers, revealing their
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