Autumn Beauty Staples 2016
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As the weather began to chill and summer disappeared over the horizon, it suddenly occurred to me that I was also beginning to feel more like myself again. Or rather, my favourite version of myself. I was made for autumn colours and being back wearing them on my face and body made everything that little bit better. I’m continually astonished at the impact changing seasons can have, for better or worse. During the summer I wrote a post about the … Read More

Halloween Shopping 2016
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I’m a firm believer in the notion that Halloween should be a month-long celebration. Fun as it is to plan a costume for October 31st and make yourself queasy with a big sugar hit, I love that Halloween is becoming more of a season than a single day in the UK now. As the weather gets colder, it’s the ideal month to snuggle under a blanket and watch some horror films, play some scary video games, read a couple of … Read More

Season’s Eatings – Gizzi Erskine | Cookbooks
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I make no secret of the fact that I’m a fangirl for Gizzie Erskine. I love the chilled-out, cool vibe she lets colour both the style of her food and her own personal look. I love that she seems to have such an insatiable desire to explore and enjoy the culinary world. Most of all, I like that she’s unafraid of being just a little bit weird in an industry that can occasionally come across as manicured within an inch … Read More

5 YouTube Channels to Chill Out With
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Contrary to the overwhelmingly true advice that we shouldn’t look at glowing screens at night, I have for several years enjoyed watching YouTube before bed. Though, I will often knock the brightness down and set the colours to Night Shift if I’m using my phone over my XBox One. I’m quite particular about who I watch before sleep and anyone too shouty or overstimulating has to wait for the morning. That’s not to say that the channels I choose to … Read More

Truly, Madly, Guilty – Liane Moriarty | Books
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When it comes to her characters, Liane Moriarty is a sneaky writer. In Truly, Madly, Guilty, the latest addition to her growing library of novels, her stars are so ordinary you almost don’t notice them becoming fixtures in your life. Ordinary isn’t to be confused with bland, though. They all have enough neuroses, drama and humour to keep them sparking, it’s just that their suburban worries and spats are so recognisable that they become people you feel you know almost … Read More

10 Favourite Summer Style & Beauty Finds
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I talk all the time about my dislike of summer. I explained why in this post on the body and beauty products that were making it more bearable. Still, it’s been the source of some of my favourite style and beauty finds of the year so far. So I can’t meet it with complete disdain, even if I’m thrilled that it’s September in a few hours time. Also, despite my plan to lighten things up a bit, I bought so … Read More

Noma: My Perfect Storm | Documentary
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Few of us will have the funds or the free time to travel the world visiting the restaurants officially touted the best, though it’s certainly a nice dream. Despite swinging a personal pendulum between despising pretension in food and admiring the dedication it takes to care intensely about the placement of each micro-herb leaf, Copenhagen’s Noma always ticked a lot of boxes for me. In the new documentary Noma: My Perfect Storm, my inclination to applaud more than scoff is fully … Read More

Fantasy Styling Ghostbusters 2016
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Whatever you thought of the new Ghostbusters film, one of its biggest successes was establishing these new characters through their clothes. Yes, yes, yes, we all saw the overwhelmingly tedious side-by-side memes suggesting the originals were ghostbusters and these were just four amateurs in boiler suits. But their ‘workwear’ – the beige jumpsuits with orange piping – were the least interesting costumes in the film. After all, when they’re wearing them, they’re a team and deliberately indistinguishable from each other. … Read More

The Ten (Food) Commandments by Jay Rayner | Book Review
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On MasterChef, when contestants have the anxious challenge of feeding food critics, there’s something intensely comforting about the presence of Jay Rayner. It may make no difference to those plating up with trembling fingers, but as a viewer his seat at the table is something of a relief. He’s no less honest than his fellow diners, but Jay’s common sense approach to food is what elevates his significant likability above his curmudgeonly co-critics. The reason? He genuinely seems to adore … Read More

Everything’s gone to hell…buy the red lipstick
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During the Second World War, despite money being scarce and food strictly rationed, sales of red lipstick actually went up. Frivolous as it may have seemed when you’re stretching what you’ve got to feed your family, the 1940s were tough. They called for significant mettle just to hold everything together and make it through the day in a way we can’t completely comprehend now. Red lipstick and at least the appearance of silk stockings not only made women feel good … Read More

What I’m learning from 1880 letters
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  WANT AN AUDIO VERSION OF THIS POST? SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE. A few months ago, buoyed by the reminder that I’d always wanted to start a collection of vintage and antique ephemera, I bought a bundle of letters on Etsy. They were a punt of a purchase. I knew the 50+ letters and postcards had been penned during the late 1870s and early 1880s by a woman living in Pennsylvania, whose husband was working away in … Read More

Why we should let teachers keep their regional accents
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According to a report by linguistics expert Dr Alex Baratta at the University of Manchester, student teachers from the North of England feel pressured into relinquishing their regional accents for one more clipped. Mentors have suggested to some during training that their original accents weren’t clear enough to be understood by pupils, some have been ridiculed for their accents and were made to feel inferior, while in one case a participant reported that an interviewer contemplated stopping an interview due … Read More

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