The report by SilverDoor Apartments ranks the cities according to four factors: average earnings, cost of living, number of paid leave days, and hours worked annually. Copenhagen comes out on top, with residents working an average of 1,711 hours a year and benefiting from 36 paid leave days. Paris comes fourth thanks primarily to its favourable working hours: an average of 1,662 hours annually, with 36 paid leave days.
The ONS said yesterday that there were 679,106 live births registered in England and Wales in 2017, with a massive 63,697 different names chosen for these newborn babies. Other popular boys' names included the very Royal-sounding Harry and George, as well as Noah, Jack and Muhammad.
Maybe they were in a long-term relationship that just ended. Maybe they were hurt so badly in their last relationship that they wanted to take a few years off. No matter the reason, it can be scary trying to get back into dating if your last first date happened several years ago.
In just a few short years, social media has slowly started to take over our lives. Larry Rosen, PhD, a research psychologist who explores our relationship with technology, says that over the years, we've become increasingly dependent on our phones, to the point that they're now just a part of our lives and how we communicate with each other. Dr. Rosen says that we've essentially created a sense of social responsibility based around communicating on our phones.
Aside from a serious slick back, there's only one other hair trend that reigned supreme at London Fashion Week – subtle, ethereal waves – and while the look is nothing brand new, the technique hairstylists used to create it backstage was entirely different to last season – and pretty clever, too. Instead of barrel tongs, curlers or foam rollers, hairstylists simply employed a pair of straighteners – but not in the way you're used to. If you've ever used straighteners to fashion a barely-there wave, you'll know that it can be quite difficult to nail.
Despite the emergence of the #MeToo movement last year, university campuses in the UK were still rife with sexism and sexual violence. Facebook messages from Warwick students, revealed rape threats disguised as ‘banter’: "Sometimes it's fun to just go wild and rape 100 girls.", another read “[I] need to be stacked so I can hold the freshers down." A survey even exposed that a third of students felt pressured into doing something sexual at university. While in Nottingham, first year students walked into their halls’ bathroom to find the message, “uni girls love rape”, sprawled across the floor.
The taboo-busting work, written by Eve Ensler, sparked frank conversations about the female anatomy and brought them to more than 140 countries in performances by celebrities and community theatre troupes alike. Two decades ago this year, the play also gave birth to V-Day, a global activist movement geared towards ending violence against women and girls. A lot has improved for women since its inception – talking about sexual violence has been normalised, with the #MeToo movement the logical escalation of this, and we accept that it's empowering for women to be well acquainted with their sexual and reproductive organs (even if there's still a long way to go on this front).
Evidently not when it comes to Halloween costumes. Yes, an online retailer really did not notice the irony in creating a sexed-up version of the modest red clothing worn by the handmaids in Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel (and award-winning TV show) to highlight their oppression in a cruel totalitarian society. Online lingerie and costume retailer Yandy described the outfit as a "Brave Red Maiden Costume".
London Fashion Week is over for another season, and while all eyes are now on Milan, we’re taking stock of the shows we saw, the moments we loved and the trends that emerged. There were the ones that - like all good moments in fashion should - made our hearts flutter, thrilled at the prospect of employing them with every inch of our sartorial arsenal come spring-time. Pieces with slashes both big and small popped up everywhere at London Fashion Week.
Fresh off the back of her London Fashion Week debut, Alexa Chung has more exciting news for us: thanks to her sell-out collaboration with Superga back in March, she’s joined forces with the footwear brand once again to produce a capsule line for autumn. Chung has worked with the brand since 2011, when she became an ambassador for Superga. “To work with Superga was an amazing experience," she explains.
It's safe to say that Anastasia Soare knows a thing or two about eyebrows. Founder of Instagram-famous beauty brand Anastasia Beverly Hills, she was one of the first to garner huge success from expert brow shaping, and is the brains behind a number of cult brow products which professional makeup artists, celebrities and beauty editors alike can't imagine their beauty kits without: Dipbrow, Brow Wiz... you know they're great.
This is what it’s really like to film a sex scene. “Oh it is”, actress Rebekah Wainwright insists. Chatting over Skype, Wainwright tells me that her first sexy scene was for The Tudors(the BBC Two show with Jonathan Rhys Meyers from Bend It Like Beckham), which was the first programme she booked after finishing drama school.
For Prada's spring 2019 womenswear show, the trek outside of Milan's city limits — which would be the equivalent of that trip to Brooklyn during New York Fashion Week we told you about — was worth it. Held at the Fondazione Prada, the Italian fashion house's namesake museum, the show made it clear that the meeting of two art forms, fashion and architecture, was about to ensue. A trio of leading female architects — Cini Boeri, Elizabeth Diller, and Kazuyo Sejima — lent their ideas to the vision of Miuccia Prada for a collection that embraced all aspects of womanhood, from shapely silhouettes to more structured ones.
There are a few things both "fashion people" and "non-fashion people" can agree on: a love of denim, the need for a good white tee, a desire for quality that will outlast just one wash. But fashion week is the time the industry likes to make everyone, well, a little mad — or, at least a little skeptical. It's a time when fashion doesn't hold back, and the weirder, the better.
Update: September 20, 2018: The GIFs you know and love in Instagram Stories are coming to Direct. Your Instagram Stories feed is about to be taken over by crying Drakes, flying wads of cash, and squirrels waving pom poms in the air. The news arrives following last week's reports that Instagram was testing the tool.
The first season of Serial was like the Fifty Shades of Greyof the podcasting world — not because of the subject matter, but because for a while there, everyone was talking about it. Producer Sarah Koenig tracked her process uncovering the details of 1999 murder of Baltimore teenager Hae Min Lee in real time. In this ambitious, sprawling season, Koenig examines the entire criminal justice system through the lens of the city of Cleveland.
Chinese actress Fan Bingbing has been missing for over two months. Fan, 36, China's most recognisable actress, hasn't been seen in public since July, going dark on social media roughly at the same time. A recent report from a government-backed agency has served to further smear Fan's reputation.
Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly are currently embroiled in some rap beef and fans are starting to get upset. The two white rappers have been calling each other out on their respective tracks (Eminem called out MGK's man bun, while Kelly called his daughter "hot"), but this mild feud isn't what has fans mad. Specifically, the hickeys he allegedly left on her neck. In the song, Eminem raps "Rihanna just hit me on a text / Last night I left hickeys on her neck.” And, as The Cut points out, Rihanna fans are A. calling bullshit, and B. pissed he'd use her celebrity status to rope her into this hip-hop shade-fest, which is male fragility at its finest.
Women and girls are seeking unnecessary surgery (labiaplasty) to get a "Barbie pussy," and are being vagina-shamed by ignorant people with a narrow conception of female bodies. Earlier this year, however, a team of Swiss researchers published a landmark study supporting what should have been clearer all along: the external female genitalia come in a huge range of shapes and sizes, and there's no such thing as "normal". Published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the study was the largest of its kind to date and was based on data from 657 white women between the ages of 15 and 84.
It may be cruel to end a relationship by simply refusing to answer any of the other person's messages or calls, but ghosting, as we call it, has become fairly common. A study from earlier this year published in Journal of Social and Personal Relationships found that out of about 1,300 study participants, 25% had ghosted people, and 20% of respondents had been ghosted themselves. Because the nature of ghosting means that you usually don't know why someone has suddenly cut you out of their lives, it's hard to know what to do or how to react.
Seven years have passed since Amy Winehouse tragically died, but there's no sign of the now legendary singer being forgotten any time soon. Case in point: an upcoming documentary, Amy Winehouse – Back to Black, follows her as she recorded her final studio album, which catapulted her to international superstardom and icon status. Released by Eagle Vision, the film features previously unseen footage of the singer and interviews with musicians who worked with her on the 2006 record, including Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, who share their take on her once-in-a-generation voice.
A traditional birth chart shows where the sun, moon, and planets were on the Wheel of the Zodiac at the moment you were born. One thing that your birth chart doesn't reveal in much detail, however, is the direction that the rest of your life might take (and how the cosmos may factor into it). For that, you're better off looking up your progressed birth chart, also known as a secondary direction chart.
For its latest exhibition, Milan's Fondazione Prada is celebrating Black culture through vintage photographs. Curated by Theaster Gates, an American social practice installation artist and visual arts professor at the University of Chicago, the foundation worked with the archives of the Johnson Publishing Company, which founded Ebony and Jet magazines in 1945 and 1951, respectively. Since their debut, the titles have remained committed to creating content that touches Black culture, from the March on Washington in 1963 to the accolades of Black celebrities, athletes, artists, and more.
There are lots of enviable things in everyone's new favourite TV show Killing Eve. Sandra Oh's hair, for starters, Jodie Comer in that Molly Goddard dress, Fiona Shaw's ability to look down her nose at anyone who displeases her in the most magnificent manner. Villanelle (Comer), international assassin and millennial psychopath, may spend most of her time travelling around Europe murdering all sorts of powerful people but in between jobs, she returns to her stylishly decaying apartment in Paris.
When was the last time you got through something you needed to do without taking out your phone and scrolling through Instagram? If it's been a while, don't worry — it's not really your fault (well, at least not entirely).