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Ramblings of a First Time Dater

Entering the dating scene, so far, has been relatively painless but wildly confusing. I’ve always been one for dating within childhood friendship groups – you have the safety of knowing who they are, where they’re from, what they do, what they’re like – but I’ve recently branched out to meet up with ‘strangers’.   At [...]

How Long Should You Mourn A Past Love?

When you break up with your (now ex-) other half, you feel as if your world’s shattered. All those plans and sweet promises you’ve made to each other over the time of your relationship have been obliterated, and you ask yourself: what do I do with myself?   After reading many articles and anecdotes by [...]

The Block Heel

In Celebrity Ville, the block heel was reintroduced by Mary-Kate Olsen about 2 or 3 years ago, and it’s only recently I’ve fallen in love with the design. I’m disappointed by how slow I was to find such a shoe! Better late than never, eh?   If, like me, you enjoy the classic feel and [...]

Little Trinkets

When I visit my other half in Sheffield, I make it my mission to find some clothing or jewellery that I haven’t seen in Manchester. And here they are: a moustache ring and scrabble earrings of my initials.   These little finds are quirky, cute and fun. Boutiques such as Magic Vintage and Don’t Feed [...]

Used and Abused Knitwear

I am a knitwear addict.   As the transition between autumn and winter quickly occurs, I’ve been on ugly knit patrol, sifting through endless second hand shops and vintage fairs. Not to toot my horn, but I’ve found some wonderful knitted jumpers that haven’t destroyed my bank balance. This particular jumper that I’m about to [...]

Halloween Horrors

After finally settling into my new humble abode in Manchester, my favourite time of the year is looming its frightening face: Halloween.   I love Halloween. I love the gore, ability to look like a juvenile fool, and the sweet treats in every bakery window calling my name. Not only do I gain a couple [...]

The Stress of University Packing

When it comes to the mammoth task of packing for university, all I want to do is weep and cradle myself in the fetal position. After brainstorming ideas for my next article, I sort inspiration from the pile of clothes sprawled in front of me. Which top, dress, jeans or jacket do I take back to university? Will it [...]

Not Letting Go

We’re often ordered to evolve and develop our fashion by absorbing and buying the newest catwalk or designer trends. By doing this, we’re apparently a walking version of Vogue: the most fashion forward individual tottering around. I often try and follow fashion trends just to be ‘in’; however, I can’t help but look at garments [...]

Tattoo Ardor

Tattoos no longer affiliate the bearer with criminal antics, the Navy, gangs or prostitution in today’s culture. People of all backgrounds and ages (above the age of 18, mind you) are tattooing their memories, passions, desires and personal mantras for an eternal keepsake.   Internationally successful  catwalk models Freja Beha Erichsen (who graces Vogue’s September [...]

Say “No!” To Pro-Anorexia Clothing

Images of ultra thin, photo-shopped models have consumed the visual aspect of the media. At least 1.1 million people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder, with those in the age-group 14-25 being  of most risk.   Women and men alike are now expected to be the most thin, toned and beautiful people sauntering the streets; [...]

Look Book: Zooey Deschanel

After watching the indie hit 500 Days of Summer, starring 10 Things I Hate About You‘s Joseph Gordon-Levitt, I challenge you to not fall head-over-heels in love with Zooey Deschanel’s vintage style on and off screen. I very much doubt you will succeed.   Unlike most Hollywood starlets, Deschanel shuns the million dollar film scripts in [...]

Mascu-women Feelings

A fusion of masculinity and femininity is hitting the high street for the autumn/winter season.   Past seasons have depicted this blending of sexes, yet with a seductive and romantic edge. Clean-cut shirts unbuttoned to the bra and cinched in with a thick black waist belt, emulating the iconic hour-glass shape of the 40s.  However, [...]

Arty Love

Gracing the autumn/winter catwalks for 2011 are opulent, multi-textured and new-shaped garments. These evoke the styles of the modernist and expressionist artists, as well as highlighting the skill of the designers and their dress makers. A breath of fresh air is about to envelope the high street, throwing away the short lengths and patchwork patterns [...]

Going The Distance: Can You Maintain Your Relationship?

When geography is against a couple, the well-being and nature of the relationship can be put under mammoth strain and it either crumbles or survives. I can speak from experience as my boyfriend and I have been travelling to be with each other for over two years now, and we’ve definitely experienced our fair share [...]

Back To The Wild

I live by the mantra that animal print is an absolutely timeless classic. With fiery frontiers of fashion such as Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Kate Moss leading the leopard print pack over the decades, it’s no wonder that high street shops are pushing the pattern into the modern ages.   It’s safe to say that [...]