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Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

This April sees the launch of a new major exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and one which is of particular interest to me as a lingerie blogger and underwear historian. Undressed: A Brief
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Fashion

Lori with an Edwardian parasol style umbrella The A-to-Z of Accessories: Umbrella

I’m finally getting close to the end of my A-to-Z of Accessories and it seems like a fitting month to cover U for… umbrella. (Although the only photo I have of me holding one is a parasol style brolly to protect me from sunshine rather than rain!) There are two main types of umbrella: folding and
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1950s Peter Pan 'Hidden Treasure' strapless bra Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

This April sees the launch of a new major exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and one which is of particular interest to me as a lingerie blogger and underwear historian. Undressed: A Brief
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Fashioning The Body: An Intimate History of the Silhouette by Denis Bruna Lust List: January

Last year’s Lust List evolved from lingerie that I spotted and loved (even if there was no way I could afford or fit into it), into a more inclusive monthly list of interesting underwear, swimwear or nightwear that I had discovered. I was going to start this year with a list of interesting sale items,
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AdoreMe Annabelle PJ set Sleepwear from Adore Me

Towards the end of last year, I discovered New York lingerie brand Adore Me and their rather lovely collection of sleepwear. I planned a post of chic yet comfortable things to wear in bed or while lounging around the house, and then promptly forgot all about it! The end of last year was extremely busy for me –
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Outfits from the Gucci Spring '16 catwalk, via Vogue.com New Year’s Fashion Resolution: Gucci Girl

Blogging is a hobby for me – something that I fit around my day job, which is the one that pays the bills. I’m lucky enough to work at London College of Fashion and, back at the start of December, I popped into a drawing class to see if the students had anything they’d like
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Life

Irreverent Dance's Showcase'15. Performance Photography by Matt Watling. New Year, New You? Get Moving!

Having just signed up to do even more pointe classes – because I want to wear those shoes again and I’m determined to improve this year! – I thought that some of you lovely people might also be keen to start the year by getting your body moving in an encouraging and inclusive environment. If
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Planning with the Year Compass Making Plans for the Year Ahead

At the start of 2015, I sat down with a small group of friends to complete the Year Compass. It was a great way to reflect on the previous 12 months and look at what you’d like to get out of the next 12, plus making time to sit down and do it in the
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Blogosphere magazine on display in WH Smith. Photo by lipsticklori My favourite posts of 2015

Quite a few bloggers I follow have been doing round ups of their most popular posts from 2015, so I thought I’d join in. Rather than simply sharing what got the most views though, I have selected a popular post from each month that I was the most pleased with. So here’s a quick summary
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Feminism

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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London College of Fashion panel discussion on women leaders in the fashion industry, 7th Oct 2015 Women Leaders in the Business of Fashion

Yesterday evening I attended a panel discussion on the topic of women as leaders in the fashion industry, hosted by the London College of Fashion’s Fashion Business School and held at the Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition space on the Strand. The panel was chaired by Professor Frances Corner, Head of London College of Fashion, and
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Reviews

Matilde balconette bra by Playful Promises Review: Matilde and Cristina, by Playful Promises

When London-based independent lingerie brand Playful Promises expanded their range to include E and F cup bras, I was very excited. Up until then, I’d been going for a sister size* as my usual 32E wasn’t in their size range. I reviewed their first larger cup style, Lily, back in March 2014 and, in February this year,
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Wolf & Whistle AW15 Winter at Wolf & Whistle

Have I raved about the AW15 collection at Wolf & Whistle yet? It’s full of stunning separates and beautiful dresses that are, as is usually the case with this brand, smart enough to impress at work or an event whilst keeping a sense of quirky individuality. The prints are their best yet, with big bold roses
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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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