Tag: championing women

The Pregnancy Diaries: Part Two

PREGNANCY: WEEKS FOURTEEN TO TWENTY-FOUR I’m a feminist but… I’m a feminist but (#theguiltyfeminist) I’m quite enjoying the fact that people (mostly men) want to lift, move, get and do stuff for me because I’m pregnant. And even though I’m perfectly capable of lifting, moving, getting and doing, I’m accepting all offers because I believe […]

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Book Review: Slutever (Dispatches from a Sexually Autonomous Woman in a Post-Shame World)

OK, first of all, it seems (unfortunately) we’re not quite ‘post-shame’ yet, because when I asked my dad to enquire about this paperback he returned empty handed claiming he was reluctant to say the word ‘slut’ out loud at Waterstone’s. Perhaps if enough of us read this semi-autobiographical compendium of sex anecdotes, one day we’ll […]

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Close ties: An Interview with Shibari Rope Bondage Model Sophia Mindus

Sophia Mindus’s Instagram feed is a glorious eye-gasm in celebration of the female form. The majority of the posts which you can admire here are of her tied up and sometimes suspended, because she practices the Japanese art of Shibari rope bondage. The simplicity of the shapes her body creates when tied in rope are satisfying on […]

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Cold snap: 6 women designers to warm up your winter wardrobe

December is upon us. That means the sunset-orange glory of Autumn is over for another year. Trees which once resembled Beyonce in mustard yellow Roberto Cavalli now look more like the child-catcher in his ragged black tailcoat. Gone are the outfits where your scarf’s function was 93% aesthetic; layers are now essential. You probably fall […]

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Book Review: Swing Time by Zadie Smith

What appealed to me most about Swing Time were the significant similarities between the main character’s life and Smith’s own. You will always have me at ‘based on a true story’. Zadie Smith was born in 1975 in Brent, north-west London to a Jamaican mother and an English father. The novel certainly feels like watching a slow-motion dance routine; giving its reader time to frown and ponder the intricacies of the footwork and the interactions of its four starring women.

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Pip & Nut

Pippa’s Nut Spreads With No Palm Oil

Pip Murray, 28, is the founder of this award-winning nut butter brand. She came up with the concept for the brand in 2013 while eating lots of peanut butter to support her marathon training. Following a successful crowd-funding campaign, Pip & Nut landed on the shelves of Selfridges in January 2015. Since then, the brand has gone from strength to strength, turning over more than £3m in its first full year of trading. Pip & Nut is now stocked in over 3000 stores in the UK and Ireland, including Sainsbury’s, Ocado, Holland & Barrett and Whole Foods.

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Claire’s Aurelia BioOrganic Skincare Range

Claire’s story starts working for one of the world’s largest global pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline, as a Director within their Global Dermatology Centre. She was on the team that launched the first vaccine against cervical cancer! Realising that there was a gap in the market for skincare with a good ingredients policy and ready to take all her knowledge and passion for dermatology, she founded Aurelia Skincare in 2013.

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Daphne du Maurier's "Rebecca"

Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca”

With its haunting exploration of societal expectation and idealised womanhood, Daphne du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’ is still as relevant today as it was in 1938.

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