Fashion / 13/04/2021 The best sustainable period products for all budgets

Reducing our single use plastic consumption is something we should all be trying to do wherever possible, especially when it comes to period products. Every year, 200,000 tonnes of waste are produced through disposables such as tampons, applicators and sanitary towels. However, with period poverty rates constantly increasing and sustainable products costing significantly more than...

Fashion / 13/04/2021 The best of Glossier (from a self-confessed Glossier obsessive)

When a rare 50% off Glossier discount was leaked a few weeks ago, social media went into a veritable meltdown. Friends feverishly passed the code around Whatsapp group chats; friends of friends retweeted it to their followers on Twitter. The code in question, aptly titled ‘friendsofglossier’, got you 50% off everything at checkout – unheard...

Fashion / 13/04/2021 From filters to fillers: plastic surgery in the public eye

Plastic surgery is a controversial debate, but should we look to hold social media accountable for exacerbating people’s desire to undergo it? My stance is firm: absolutely.  Let’s talk about filters. Social media giants Snapchat and Instagram are a huge part of our daily lives. With the click of a button on these apps, a...

Fashion / 13/04/2021 The rise of the Y2K aesthetic

The phrase ‘Y2K aesthetic’ refers to all things 2000s nostalgia and, at present, it’s enjoying a bit of a renaissance, resonating in particular with young adults who grew up watching shows like Lizzie McGuire and The Powerpuff Girls on TV. Fashion brands have been quick to notice this trend and incorporate nods to it in...

Fashion / 23/03/2021 Tik-Tok’s damaging haul culture

Tik Tok hauls are consumerist and damaging. We’ve all heard the phrase ‘Tik Tok made me buy it’ but I wonder if this is downplaying what is ultimately a very serious issue: irresponsible and unsustainable spending. By blaming Tik Tok for our shopping habits, we admit how influential the app really is and, as a...

Fashion / 23/03/2021 A Lacquer of Shame

The theme was ‘60s; my costume was gaudy. Wearing a floral shirt, long white flares, and an extravagant amount of glitter, I spent the night dancing with friends. Lighting up my nails was a sloppily-painted mix of dayglo yellow and fluorescent pink. My glasses? Rose-tinted, of course. Looking back this was a night that changed...

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The best sustainable period products for all budgets

Reducing our single use plastic consumption is something we should all be trying to do wherever possible, especially when it comes to period products. Every year, 200,000 tonnes of waste are produced through disposables such as tampons, applicators and sanitary towels. However, with period poverty rates constantly increasing and sustainable products costing significantly more than…

Fashion

The rise of the Y2K aesthetic

The phrase ‘Y2K aesthetic’ refers to all things 2000s nostalgia and, at present, it’s enjoying a bit of a renaissance, resonating in particular with young adults who grew up watching shows like Lizzie McGuire and The Powerpuff Girls on TV. Fashion brands have been quick to notice this trend and incorporate nods to it in…

Fashion

Tik-Tok’s damaging haul culture

Tik Tok hauls are consumerist and damaging. We’ve all heard the phrase ‘Tik Tok made me buy it’ but I wonder if this is downplaying what is ultimately a very serious issue: irresponsible and unsustainable spending. By blaming Tik Tok for our shopping habits, we admit how influential the app really is and, as a…

Fashion

A Lacquer of Shame

The theme was ‘60s; my costume was gaudy. Wearing a floral shirt, long white flares, and an extravagant amount of glitter, I spent the night dancing with friends. Lighting up my nails was a sloppily-painted mix of dayglo yellow and fluorescent pink. My glasses? Rose-tinted, of course. Looking back this was a night that changed…

Fashion

My Big Fat Rixo Wedding (or not)

It was not a shock to me in the slightest that luxury fashion brand Rixo had come under fire for their supposedly ‘inclusive’ bridal collection, available in sizes 6-16. I doubt it would be a shock to any other plus size person reading this, come to that. The fashion industry has repeatedly made it clear…

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Tracy Reese: female fashion pioneer

Tracy Reese is an African American designer who has had an incomparable influence on contemporary female fashion. Educated at the prestigious Parsons School of Design,  graduating in 1984, she soon began working for French fashion designer Martine Sitbon at the small firm, Arlequin. Reese went on to work in multiple notable fashion houses, including Perry…


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