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 North Face x Gucci: a dreamy collaboration

Remember DofE? Those practical, waterproof, sturdy boots teamed with rustling, generic, boring, hiking clothes? A fashion sin! For years, outdoor apparel happily paralleled the world of high fashion.  Different audiences, different aesthetics and different intentions ensured that the two worlds underwent little collision. The North Face x Gucci’s latest collaboration changes all that, for it…

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The Ultimate Independent Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – when retailers throw discounts, sales and exclusives in our faces, enabling us to do our holiday shopping with minimal human interaction. Whilst online shopping is definitely more convenient, especially with the current additional risks of shopping in person, small businesses everywhere are taking steps to try…

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Sex sells? The return of Playgirl, the rise of Fenty, and fashion’s new gaze

‘Sex appeal’ has long been disgracefully two dimensional and exclusive: cis-gendered, slim and pre-dominantly white. The fashion industry’s concept of beauty (and consequentially their selling of sex), as derived from this appeal, is incredibly problematic. Today, however, we are travelling towards a more inclusive vision, a concept of beauty and sex appeal free from binaries…

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From page to screen: fashion on film

Costumes are fundamental to any film, but they are particularly important in adaptations of literature, an aspect that is often forgotten amid changes to plot and character. Costumes help bring characters to life on screen, and they are fantastic visual tools for telling us just who these characters are. The recent Netflix adaptation of Daphne…

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What self care means to me

I’ll begin by saying that the generally accepted associations of the term ‘self-care’ as I have known them are very different from the way I now understand the practice. Conventionally promoted methods of self-care, from bubble baths to retail therapy, are not only incredibly general but are primarily guided by consumerism: a capitalisation of the…


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