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Buy-Nothing Challenge

I’ve always loved acquiring things. Objects that may not have any meaning to others, but which all have a reason to be in my possession. In recent years, most of these acquisitions have been purchases
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Fashion

Protesters at the 1968 Miss America Pageant Feminism Friday: How technology saved us from burning our bras

People often mention ‘bra burning’ when they speak of second wave feminism, as if an allegedly oppressive undergarment was the most important thing that the feminist movement fought against in the late twentieth century. They also talk about it as if this were complete and utter truth, when it is more likely an urban myth.
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A skirt I was lusting after in H&M, March 2016 Am I ‘fashionable’? Musings on following trends

I’m always surprised when people think it makes sense that I work at London College of Fashion, because of the way I dress. Although I have a very distinct personal style, I wouldn’t describe myself as a ‘fashionista’ and I haven’t kept up with trends in a very long time. About the same time that
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The AW16 bras Lori tried on at the Selfridges Body Studio AW16 bras at Selfridges’ Body Studio

After visiting the Fit Studio at Selfridges’ Body Studio when it first opened in April, I was already pondering a return visit. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I received an email asking if I’d like to book another bra fit appointment to check out the AW16 stock they’d just received. The message promised a
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Photo by Faby and Carlo London Boudoir Photography National Underwear Day 2016

I’ve seen quite a few underwear brands and lingerie bloggers posting on social media today for National Underwear Day. Call me cynical, but my first thought was… when they say ‘national’ do they actually mean American? I did a bit of digging and found out that this ‘national holiday’ was indeed from the US, started
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Lori's Wardrobe Buy-Nothing Challenge

I’ve always loved acquiring things. Objects that may not have any meaning to others, but which all have a reason to be in my possession. In recent years, most of these acquisitions have been purchases
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Sportswear from Elle Yeltrab Lust List: July

I’ll be the first to admit that it’s been another quiet month here on Rarely Wears Lipstick. When running a blog alongside a full time job, life sometimes gets in the way of writing, but this isn’t always a bad thing as I’m often filling my spare time with interesting fashion-related things. So… apart from
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Collective205-2016-1 The Class of 2016: Lingerie Catwalk Event

This week I had the pleasure of attending an event organised by this year’s graduates of the BA (Hons) Fashion Contour course at London College of Fashion, UAL. The glamorous gathering was held at Hoxton
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Life

A sunset over the Thames Talking about mental health

It’s not something I’ve really talked about but, in recent months, I have felt so overwhelmed that I started to feel physical effects from the stress. Work was hectic, I had lots of side-projects on the go and fitting general life-admin around a social life was proving to be more and more difficult. Making an appointment
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Lori's Wardrobe Buy-Nothing Challenge

I’ve always loved acquiring things. Objects that may not have any meaning to others, but which all have a reason to be in my possession. In recent years, most of these acquisitions have been purchases
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Cheerz strips, featuring lipsticklori's Instagram photos Review: Photo printing by Cheerz

I have loved making photographs for a great many years. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, digital photography and social media, many more people than ever before are taking photographs of themselves and their surroundings but, with a little bit of knowledge and thought, you can make photographs. Ones that you created and are, quite
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LGBTQ

Cover of the UK Metro newspaper, 14th June 2016 Orlando

In the early hours of the morning of Sunday 12th June 2016, a gunman opened fire at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Florida, killing at least 49 people and injuring dozens before he was shot dead by police. Last night a vigil in Soho, London (and many others across the country) showed that the UK LGBTQ
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Make up image via Mariana Athayde's Flickr photostream FEMME: A Story of Empowerment and Erasure

1999. I am going to a job interview at a lesbian bar. The manager, a butch, opens the door: ‘What are you doing here? Are you in the right place?’ ‘I am here for the interview’ She looks at me up and down with suspicion. ‘You don’t look gay!’ ‘I am here, for the same reason
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Selfridges' EveryBODY campaign Lust List: April

This month’s underwear Lust List is inspired by my visits to The Body Studio at Selfridges and the Undressed exhibition at the V&A, plus my many lunch time window shopping trips on London’s famous Oxford Street (having a day job that’s based at Oxford Circus can be dangerous!). I can’t get enough of the wonderful
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Feminism

Protesters at the 1968 Miss America Pageant Feminism Friday: How technology saved us from burning our bras

People often mention ‘bra burning’ when they speak of second wave feminism, as if an allegedly oppressive undergarment was the most important thing that the feminist movement fought against in the late twentieth century. They also talk about it as if this were complete and utter truth, when it is more likely an urban myth.
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STOPJECTIFY-Indiegogo Art + Feminism = STOPJECTIFY

Back in February 2014 I wrote about a fundraising campaign for a feminist art exhibition called Big Swinging Ovaries. Created by London-based Berliner artist Jess de Wahls, who I interviewed for my Exploring Creativity blog
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Image from Neon Moon's beautiful inclusive lingerie photoshoot Giveaway: Neon Moon bra

Earlier this month, feminist lingerie brand Neon Moon revealed their fantastic and inclusive #IAmNeonMoon campaign images, which aim to fight transphobia and body shaming. Featuring three gorgeous models – including a trans woman and a woman of colour – plus the Neon Moon CEO, the photoshoot looks like it was loads of fun and everyone
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Reviews

Cheerz strips, featuring lipsticklori's Instagram photos Review: Photo printing by Cheerz

I have loved making photographs for a great many years. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, digital photography and social media, many more people than ever before are taking photographs of themselves and their surroundings but, with a little bit of knowledge and thought, you can make photographs. Ones that you created and are, quite
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Lori wearing the Love ur Look Dot Dash A-Line Dress Review: Love ur Look

I first wrote about Love ur Look last year and have been keen to try on some of their lovely vintage-inspired dresses ever since. Well, it finally happened this weekend, as Love ur Look are running a pop-up shop with Lady K Loves, Silly Old Sea Dog and Innabox over at the Old Truman Brewery in east
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Fashion & Freedom exhibiton at Manchester Art Gallery Review: Fashion & Freedom

On Thursday 12th May, I headed up to Manchester for the launch of Fashion & Freedom at Manchester Art Gallery. The exhibition is part of 14-18 NOW, a five-year programme of arts events connecting people with
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