Taken in the library at London College of Fashion

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5 tips for returning to higher education

Ever since I finished my first degree, I always wanted to go on to further study. I got a place on a full-time MSc straight after my BSc but then, before enrolment, decided that I didn’t
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Fashion

Reger by Janet Reger at Debenhams Lingerie lust list: February

February’s Lingerie Lust List has stepped away from anything bespoke or luxury, with labels available on the UK high street grabbing my attention more than anything else this month. As I mentioned in January’s post, this series is for anything underwear-related that’s caught my eye and so not everything will necessarily be in my size,
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Fashion photography at LCF's MA15 Exhibition MA15: Fashioning the Future

Last night I went to the private view of the London College of Fashion MA15 Exhibition, featuring work from graduates in a diverse range of postgraduate fashion specialisms, including: womenswear, menswear, accessories, footwear, curation, costume
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Wolf & Whistle daffodil print tea dress Review: Wolf & Whistle daffodil print tea dress

A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by the lovely people at Wolf & Whistle to see if I’d like to review something from their site. They sent me their gorgeous blossom print peplum dress last year, and when they launched in 2012 I reviewed their Romany floral tea dress, so I was super
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Brigitte bra and briefs by Playful Promises Review: Brigitte, by Playful Promises

Last week, I posted my review of the Playful Promises Mia set and told you that they had also sent me the Brigitte fan lace push up bra and briefs, so here is review number two. My favourite thing about this bra, other than the wonderful shape it gives, is the removable ‘cookies’. I can’t
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Isabella Kerovirta with her customised Kurt Geiger tote Feminism Friday: From London With Love

What better way to celebrate the day before Valentine’s Day – otherwise known as Galentine’s Day – than with a Feminism Friday post celebrating women and the love we should have for ourselves? Last week
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Life

Taken in the library at London College of Fashion 5 tips for returning to higher education

Ever since I finished my first degree, I always wanted to go on to further study. I got a place on a full-time MSc straight after my BSc but then, before enrolment, decided that I didn’t
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Portrait by Olexandra Solomka History, culture and portraiture

It’s amazing what interesting and creative things people get up to during the time you don’t spend with them, and my course mates on the MA History and Culture of Fashion (now MA Fashion Cultures) at London College of Fashion are an excellent example of that. We came from all sorts of academic backgrounds and
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Love you! Seekrit Valentine 2015

A couple of years ago, I started a feature on Rarely Wears Lipstick called Seekrit Valentine, and it’s back for 2015. Inspired by the anonymous messages that used to be such a large part of
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Feminism

Isabella Kerovirta with her customised Kurt Geiger tote Feminism Friday: From London With Love

What better way to celebrate the day before Valentine’s Day – otherwise known as Galentine’s Day – than with a Feminism Friday post celebrating women and the love we should have for ourselves? Last week
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Portrait of Anna Piaggi by Jess de Wahls Exploring Creativity: The textile artist

I don’t think it’s possible to run a series on creative careers without looking at the work of an artist, and one I particularly admire is Jess de Wahls. Her portraits are especially fascinating because
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Protesters at the 1968 Miss America Pageant Did women actually burn their bras?

Recently I had the pleasure of speaking to the fantastic Helen Zaltzman for her new podcast about language called The Allusionist. As Helen was discussing the etymology of the word bra in the second episode, she wanted to speak to someone about the history of the garment and Amber Butchart very kindly pointed her in
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Sex / Relationships

Fifty Shades of Grey Fifty Shades of media saturation

So, the infamous film of the infamous book is now showing at UK cinemas and there can’t be a single person over the age of consent who has’t noticed. Everyone’s talking about how the lead actors didn’t get along and hated being in the film, the author and director disagreed, the trailer was terrible, and then there’s
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Ann Summers Erotic Writing Competition Ann Summers Erotic Fiction Writing Competition

Now here’s an interesting way to start 2015. Adult brand Ann Summers have launched their first ever erotic fiction writing competition. As their mission is theme is ‘to make women feel sexy, fearless and confident’ they have decided on a theme that will help inspire that and so they’d like to read your stories that
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Under the tree, by lipsticklori Recipe for a fun festive season

As we enter the festive season, designed to bring cheer to the dark days of winter, I thought I would share my recipe for the perfect secular Christmas. NOTE: All quantities can be adjusted to
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