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Fashion

Why Fashion Matters Why Fashion Matters

When I tell people I’m studying the history and culture of fashion, I get a mixture of responses. Perhaps because I’m female and dress to stand out rather than fit in, people often react as if I couldn’t possibly be studying anything else. Some folk take the opportunity to declare that they, personally, know nothing
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Retro lingerie by Kiss Me Deadly The tale of a lingerie obsession

I have always had a passion for clothing and, more recently, underwear. A personal search for a decent suspender belt a decade ago began an obsession with the design of lingerie, and my subsequent discovery of several UK-based retro brands gave me a surprising insight into the lingerie styles and tastes of the mid 20th
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Advert from Draper's Record, 1950 Fashion Theory: The Joy of Archives

I’ve always had a fondness for old clothes. Whether I’m looking through my mother’s lovingly saved garments, rummaging in a vintage shop or browsing an antique market, touching a piece of the past has always been my most powerful window into history. Whilst looking at images of what people used to wear is fascinating; being
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Lily balconette bra (DD-F cup) by Playful Promises Review: Lily, by Playful Promises

Calling all E and F cup ladies! You may have heard that one of my favourite independent lingerie brands, Playful Promises, have expanded one of their new bra ranges into F cups. The cute and frilly black satin Lily range is available in sizes 32A-32F, 34A-34F and 36B-36DD, adding four new sizes on top of
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Sex / Relationships

Image via Mario Antonio Pena Zapatería's Flickr photostream Allice Darke: A submissive’s story, part 2

When we last left our heroine, she was on the brink of a great self-discovery regarding her submissive tendencies. Shall we peek in and see what all of the little clues and heated moments have been leading up to? Join me on a little journey to the past, where kisses are sweet but bondage is
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Image via Darwin Bell's Flickr photostream Lacey Nicholas: Keeping the spark alive

Sex with a new person can pretty much tick every box. It can be wild, exciting, disconnected, passionate, awkward, clumsy. If you are in or entering into a relationship with that person then chances are you will experience regular genital interaction. Whether it’s the lust or need to practice some other force at work, couples
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Image by arimoore Rubyyy Jones: Marvellous Mutual Masturbation Month!

Hello my darlings! Here we are again and it is March already! It is bound to be a very sexy stormy March with Mars in retrograde, the planet ruling S-E-X, blowing the lid off our
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Feminism

Image via Bo Nielsen's Flickr photostream Ask A Feminist: Street Harrassment

This month, the Rarely Wears Lipstick ‘Ask A Feminist’ panel have been asked the following question: Do you have any tips on how to handle street harassment? I emailed the panel and have reported the resulting conversation in full. I hope you find it interesting and/or useful. Feel free to add your views (and suggestions
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Image via xlordashx's Flickr photostream Feminism Friday: Wowzers!

Saturday 8th March is International Women’s Day, so what better time to celebrate the achievements, creativity and talents of women and girls around the globe? Well, that’s exactly what Wowzers Festival will be doing in
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Image via Tamara Craiu's Flickr photostream Ask A Feminist: Intersectionality

This month’s question is: How do you think intersectionality can become the norm, as opposed to it often being seen as an oppositional ideology? The first couple of replies were sent directly to me, but
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Life

Jasmine Dusk. A cocktail in the Gilbert Scott Gin Garden. Photo by lipsticklori On hiatus…

I’ve been throwing my opinions at the internet for quite some time now. Even if you don’t include the stuff I wrote before I got my own domain, or the inane hand coded HTML updates
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Image via flik's Flickr photostream To Do list vs. Social Life

Right now, I have a bulging To Do list and very little time in which to get it all done. I wanted to tell you about the interesting play The Mistress Contract that I went
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Image by lipsticklori Seekrit Valentine 2014

Last February, I wrote about how much I missed the anonymous messages that used to be such a large part of Valentine’s Day. From the notes that we sent each other in school, to the
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