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Work vs Life: How to love your job

Back in 2010, I attended a class at The School of Life entitled How To Find a Job You Love. Designed to help you think about what you really want from your working life, the
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Fashion

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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Turnbull & Asser Pocket Square from Mr Porter The A-to-Z of Accessories: Pocket Square

At the start of the century, finding a decent pocket square would have been rather tricky as they were somewhat out of fashion. Reserved only for gentlemen of a certain age who were a member of the sort of club that has wing-backed armchairs and doesn’t admit women, or for those wearing a suit in
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Style Me Vintage: 1940s Review: Style Me Vintage, 1940s

As I mentioned here last month, having already reviewed a couple of titles in the extremely accessible Style Me Vintage book series, I was asked by the publisher if I would like to review a couple more on Rarely Wears Lipstick. Obviously the answer was yes, and the second of the pair – Style Me
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Tovi Sorga tattoo print clutch bag Printed leather accessories from Tovi Sorga

I’m a sucker for beautiful, well made British design and am always keen to share. So, when an email popped into my inbox this week from Bristol-based British accessories designer Tovi Sorga, the words ‘printed leather’ grabbed my attention and I quickly clicked the link to his website, which is filled with beautiful bright prints
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Kiss Me Deadly sheer 'Star' Top 5 glamorous tops to wear with a corset

There has been much discussion in the press lately about corsets thanks to the debate surrounding the size of Lily James’ waist in the Disney movie Cinderella. I won’t go into this here, as Marianne Faulkner has already said it far better than I ever could on The Lingerie Addict, except to say that corsets
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Life

Image via Beverley Goodwin's Flickr photostream Work vs Life: How to love your job

Back in 2010, I attended a class at The School of Life entitled How To Find a Job You Love. Designed to help you think about what you really want from your working life, the
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Poster for Barelesque Anim8te at the RVT Barelesque Anim8te

Back in 2011, some fabulous friends of mine had an idea to create a burlesque event that dared to bare and raised money for a good cause into the bargain. Barelesque at the RVT was born and my burlesque alter ego was invited along to be part of the fun, as a model for the
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Style Me Vintage, Home Review: Style Me Vintage, Home

Having already reviewed a couple of titles in the extremely accessible Style Me Vintage book series, I was asked by the publisher if I would like to review a couple more on Rarely Wears Lipstick. Obviously the answer was yes, and the first of the pair – Style Me Vintage: Home – arrived in the post
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Sex / Relationships

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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Losing It, by Kate Monro Let’s talk about sex

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to a attend a small event to “discuss women’s sexual wellbeing in today’s culture and the myths associated with this subject”. It’s an interesting topic and one which I could debate on for hours when I have an appropriate space filled with interested people, so I said yes and hoped
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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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Feminism

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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Geeked Magazine, Issue 5 GEEKED Magazine: Comics, culture, gender

Let me take a moment to introduce you to a friend of mine. We’ve been close for a couple of years now, after meeting at a party in Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road in London. They are geeky and feminist with a love of comics and we quickly bonded over discussions on popular culture
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Icon, edited by Amy Scholder Review: Icon

I was offered a review copy of a book published by The Feminist Press entitled Icon, edited by Amy Scholder and, to my great shame, it has taken me far too long to get around to writing about it. Described to me as “a collection of writings by prominent feminist writers, thinkers and performers, revealing their
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