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Lingerie vs underwear: It’s not about sex

The word lingerie is a loaded one. It doesn’t just mean underwear, it means women’s underwear. Specifically women’s underwear designed in an overtly feminine style and, more often than not, women’s underwear that is designed to
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Fashion

Alexander McQueen ready-to-wear red dress Fabulous Fashion Fabrics: Viscose

Viscose is one of my favourite fibres. As a self confessed fabric nerd, I can spot this manufactured fibre a mile off as its beautiful handle and drape is quite distinctive. As a teenager in the early 1990s, I owned many long skirts and flowing dresses with a beautiful softness and a fluid-like drape to
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Bra by Neon Moon Lingerie vs underwear: It’s not about sex

The word lingerie is a loaded one. It doesn’t just mean underwear, it means women’s underwear. Specifically women’s underwear designed in an overtly feminine style and, more often than not, women’s underwear that is designed to
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Lido print silk scarf and jewellery by Lou Taylor The A-to-Z of Accessories: Silk Scarves

I have a growing fondness for silk scarves and think they might be the most useful accessories in my wardrobe. I tie them in my hair and round my neck, plus the long ones make a good belt substitute if you need to bring more colour to your outfit. A silk chiffon scarf holds a knot
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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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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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