A key element to mind-blowing sex is desire. When you first hook up with someone new, this is a driving force and provides a passion that is addictive and unmistakable. You yearn to be with together and are constantly thinking of what you’re going to be doing when you next see each other in private. However, when you have been with a partner for a while, the desire can come and go. Sometimes it rages, and other times it fades quietly into the background. If this sounds familiar, don’t worry

The system used for labelling the sizing of women’s clothes is a mystery to most of us. When the various standardised systems were first introduced, it became easier for women to buy clothing off-the-peg and know which garment would be most likely to fit them. However, since the 1980s, UK manufacturers have individually been slowly straying away from these standard size recommendations to the point where not only is it impossible to buy vintage clothing based solely on the size in the label, but it is also extremely tricky to

It’s been over a year since the death of Alexander McQueen and his name still has the ability to grab my attention. His combination of creativity and technical skill was surprisingly rare, resulting in some truly unique, striking and beautiful collections. I have learnt much about costume and fashion from attending exhibitions at the glorious V&A, to see original pieces up close and to find myself inspired by a particular designer, era, accessory or muse. I heard that the museum was happy to host a touring version of the, now

The only reason that this entry is still considered part of an ‘alternative’ A-to-Z of sex rather than an ‘essential’ one, is because it’s sadly not the most obvious relevant c-word. In fact, straight away I thought of three others that people may have chosen first… an orifice, a word that is a synonym for The Big O and something that, legend would have you believe, many heterosexual men can’t find. However this c-word is the thing that no sex should be without. No matter what your gender, orientation or

Making my mark

I’ve wanted a tattoo for years. I love the way a good design looks and the way it becomes part of a person. I love the way they can mark a moment in your life and make you look at your own body in a new light. I love the way it’s a beautiful piece of artwork that you can carry around with you for the rest of your life. I wanted a design for a tattoo I was sure I would love forever but I could never think of

As my involvement in burlesque has developed, so has my interest in lingerie. It seems to be an appropriate thing for me to write about on this blog too as lingerie pretty much sits at the intersection of feminism, body image, sex/relationships and fashion. However, although I have done a couple of short courses that have expanded my knowledge on how the garments I wear are constructed (Beginners Corsetry at Prescott & Mackay and Knockout Knickers at The Make Lounge), I don’t really have a great deal of general knowledge

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