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A MONTH IN REVIEW: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Words by Lucy Grubb With her debut novel, Where The Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens makes originality look effortless.  The book has come at a time when truth is an all-too undervalued currency in our society. Its worth has become rather lost somewhere over the years as people become more interested in the things they can…

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How Misguided is Missguided?

WORDS BY ROSILY ROBERTS Increasingly, the word ‘fast’ has negative connotations. In a world that once heralded acceleration as an emblem of progress and modernity, now there are growing efforts to slow things back down to a comfortable, even-breathed pace. Take fast food, for example. There was a time when fast food represented the height…

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Fashion Revolution Week: Reflections on consumerism in the midst of a crisis

Words by Rosily Roberts Fashion Revolution Week happens every year in the week surrounding the 24th of April, the anniversary of the 2013 Rana Plaza disaster, when a factory making fast fashion in Bangladesh collapsed, killing 1,138 people and injuring over 2,000 more. It was the fourth largest industrial disaster in history, and the vast…

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Working Women: Five minutes with Nyayo magazine’s editor

As part of our Working Women series, we spoke to the editor of Nyayo magazine, Gemma D’Souza. Gemma provides the perfect paradigm of young female success, and her story is all the more heartening after hearing about the sexism she’s overcome to establish herself. The word ‘Nyayo’ in Swahili directly translates to footprints. Gemma’s magazine…

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Comparison culture: Learning to resist in an age of optimisation

Words by Emma McCormack As the saying goes ‘comparison breeds discontent’ and never has this been more relevant, in an age where we can compare every aspect of our being to almost the entire planet, just by logging in.  Moving away from the narrative that you have to do everything with a sense of immediacy…

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A month in review: Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino

The self-explorative nature of essay writing can often feel cathartic and freeing, allowing for a rambling chat with your thoughts that would in any other form — having read the thing aloud, for instance — by the end leave a room full of your dearest and most encouraging friends talking distractedly among themselves. This collection…

Working Women: Five minutes with owner of Depop vintage shop

As part of our Working Women series, we caught up with ultimate style icon and owner of vintage venture Selena’s Shop, Selena Williams. We chatted about how fashion is woven into the fabric of her upbringing, her journey from clothing aficionado to cultivated content creative, and the unique friction felt as a young woman of…

A guide to black-owned beauty brands

Skincare guru Lily Roberts introduces us to a few of her favourite beauty brands, while highlighting the lack of representation in the world of beauty that we’re all on a mission to rectify. Our regular media sources over the last few weeks have been saturated with devastating stories of police brutality, the murders of innocent…

An introduction: hanging fast fashion out to dry

Our Style and Sustainability Columnist, Rosily Roberts, thought we should bring it back to basics to give our readers a little taster of the textile industry, to help us understand what we can do to stitch up some serious sustainability issues in the world of fashion. Sustainable fashion is undeniably gaining traction in mainstream consciousness.…

A month in review: In The Dream House by Carmen Machado

Words by Scarlett Mansfield In the Dream House is a memoir that innovatively explores the topic of domestic abuse in a same-sex female relationship. While I had my reservations about the book, I understand that it treads a relatively untrodden path in its crucial pursuit to purvey the concept of queer assault. As a historian,…

A letter from Calais: the meaning of privilege in a pandemic

Words by Maddy Bloxham I’m sad and mad. All the time. My emotions have completely engulfed me and I’m carrying their weight, every day. They’re smothering my every thought and action as I witness what a pandemic really means for migrants and minorities. Coronavirus has affected people in a magnitude of ways: loss, upheaval, uncertainty,…

A Zoom with a view (of myself)

Words by Immy Patron We’re spending more time than ever before familiarising ourselves with our own facial expressions on video calls, but what does this mean for those searching for romance? Immy Patron reflects on how her impromptu Zoom date held up a (rather revealing) mirror to her instinctive resistance to finding love online. I…

Prawn and white wine spaghetti

Recipe by Ollie Tarrant This is an absolute staple of my cooking repertoire. I’ve tried to pick something for you that’s still luxurious enough to impress the family, without requiring a labyrinthine concoction of strange ingredients. This is a deliciously well balanced dish; the sweet and tangy pop of the tomatoes peppers the rich silk…