• The Secondhand Luxury Watch Market Is Bigger Than Ever, Here’s Why

    It’s no secret that the resale market is booming. But in the past year, one accessory, in particular, has risen to the top of the most-wanted list: watches. According to The RealReal’s 2021 resale report, customers are spending $1,600 (£1,207) more than last year on secondhand luxury watches. Meanwhile, on online consignment retailer Fashionphile, searches for the term “watch” have increased by 73% since 2020. According to McKinsey, a U.S.-based consulting firm, the pre-owned luxury watch market

  • What We Lose When We Focus On Whiteness In Interracial Relationships

    The way interracial relationships are talked about in the West — especially in media, entertainment, and social media — is often reductive and harmful. In these discussions, the focus is usually on interracial relationships between non-white people and white people, so whiteness is constantly centred and anything outside of that is “othered.” In a world that places so much value on representation, it’s important to point out when the representation we’re given is shallow or toxic. To me, it’s pr

  • Why Do Long, Aimless Drives Feel So Therapeutic?

    The day I got my driver’s license was one of the most transformative experiences of my life. I’d been looking forward to this moment for months — years. As a kid raised in the suburbs, in a town without public transportation, I was excited to be able to see my friends or run an errand without having to negotiate a ride from my parents first. But more than that, I couldn’t wait to head out on a long, peaceful drive with no particular destination in mind. An aimless drive is, perhaps, an odd thing

  • Can It Be ‘Too Soon’ To Meet Someone’s Parents?

    Your partner has impressed all your friends, charmed your coworkers with their social grace, and even bonded with your sibling that one time. In theory, they’re ready to meet the final bosses: your parents. Or are they? At a certain point in your relationship, it’s not a question of if you’ll meet your partner’s parents, but when. Ultimately, there’s no “right” time, because every relationship progresses at different speeds, says Catherine Salmon, PhD, professor of psychology at the University o

  • Pale & Numb Fingers? You Might Have Raynaud’s Disease

    Much in the way that Karen’s boobs in Mean Girls apparently know when it’s about to rain, I know when a cold snap is about to hit (or if the heating is acting up, or I’m particularly stressed). My toes and the pads of my feet go a numb, yellowish white. More often than not, my fingers do too. This effect ranges from the tips of my fingers and toes being dotted with white splodges while the rest of my digits flame red to, if it’s really intense, covering the whole of my extremities. I lose all se

  • Money Diary: A 23-Year-Old Brand Executive On 33k

    Welcome to Money Diaries, where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking a cross-section of women how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period – and we're tracking every last penny.This week: "I’m a 23-year-old brand executive, working from home in Shropshire for a London-based hospitality company. I’ve only been in my current role for two months after moving from the automotive industry. My role is very similar to my previo

  • Friendship Group Falling Apart Right Now? Ours Too – & That’s Okay

    The first pictures of me on Facebook are from 2007. I’m 13 years old. My hair is meticulously straightened. My eyes are raccoon-like, coated in layers of black eyeliner. I’m sitting in front of a row of lockers with a group of six other girls, each with her own straight hair and blackened eyes. Their names are burned into my memory as a kind of tuneful list: Sarah-Annie-Ellie-Amanda-Maggie-Sophie – and me. Even now I can recite it with the same ease as the alphabet or the national anthem. In tho

  • The Very Best Skincare Advice We Were Given In 2021

    From mandatory mask-wearing and facing the polluted office commute again to finally enjoying a proper summer with friends and family, 2021 is bound to have taken a toll on your skin.You might have had to contend with maskne, heatwave-related sun damage or stress-induced spots to pinpoint a handful of gripes. Through it all, the industry's best skincare experts have been on hand to impart their stellar advice.Over the past year we've spoken to some of the biggest names in beauty for their take on

  • Sexual Assault & Memory: Upending Common Narratives In Rape Culture

    “All I really remember is retching in the street afterwards,” says Lee*, 29. “And being absolutely terrified that he was going to pull me into the car.” Leaving her house in Sussex on a sunny Saturday afternoon, she hadn’t thought twice when a car pulled up at the kerb and a man stuck his head out, asking for directions. She can’t remember what street name the man said but she can remember that when she stepped forward, he tried to grab her wrist with one hand; with the other, he was masturbatin

  • Of Course Succession Fails Its Black Women Characters — It’s Succession

    This story includes Succession season 3 spoilers. If you’ve ever been a Black employee in boardroom full of white executives — truly, my least favourite place on earth — you know that watching HBO juggernaut Succession is like getting a perverse peek into what horrible things those horrible bosses say and do when they’re not on their best (read: still horrible) behaviour in your presence. On the rare occasion that there are Black characters in the room on the show, specifically Black women this

  • Black Women Gamers Aren’t Unicorns — They’re The Future

    Many people still think that being a gamer and a Black woman is a juxtaposition. It’s not. We’re not unicorns. Just like in any other industry, there are content creators, industry professionals, and consumers, and Black women can be found in all of these categories — but they’re often overlooked, underestimated, or outright ignored. So Black women are taking their spot in gaming for themselves. If you’re not familiar with gaming, let me briefly explain how we got here. Gaming started with simpl

  • LGBTQ+ Streamers Still Need Answers After This Summer’s Hate Raids

    DashDividers_1_500x100 In early August, LGBTQ+ Twitch streamers began sharing clips of a growing and frightening phenomenon: hate raids, in which mass bot accounts would spam offensive speech and threats to active streamers in their chats. Raids were designed to be a positive way for streamers to direct their viewers to another person’s channel and help them grow a following. But after Twitch implemented dozens of identity tags to better connect sub-communities, from Black to Transgender to Anxi

  • Resetting The Game: How The Unbreakable BrookeAB Took Her Life Back

    Twitch streamer BrookeAB can’t stop smiling. The gamer lights up the studio as she walks onto set, having traded in her hoodie and biker shorts for a carrot-coloured top, sheer cropped jacket, and white biker skirt. A swath of flaming orange eyeshadow dances across her eyelids while tiny tangerine orbs top her fiery coffin nails. The look — from our gaming-meets-glam photoshoot — is an elevated reimagining of Phoenix, an agent Brooke, as everyone calls her in chat and IRL, often plays on Riot Ga

  • Gaming Is Becoming Accessible, But We Need To Keep Asking For More

    DashDividers_1_500x100 On her left arm, Twitch streamer LittleNavi has a tattoo of WASD, the four keyboard keys PC gamers typically use to move their characters. “It’s ironic, though, because my left hand is the hand that has lost the most function over the years,” says Lorelei, who goes by LittleNavi online to preserve her anonymity. She was diagnosed in her 20s with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis, a chronic condition that affects her central nervous system. “I remember thinking, ‘I can

  • Welcome Balloon Trousers: The Denim Trend That’ll Convince You To Give Up Skinny Jeans

    It’s been a difficult year for skinny jeans lovers. In February, TikTok, Gen Z’s go-to platform, declared the It denim trend of the ‘00s “uncool” alongside side-parts and the laugh-cry emoji. Since then, it has left many millennials wondering, “What do I wear now?” Our suggestion: balloon jeans, also known as bubble and barrel trousers. They’re loose, like the straight-leg styles that Gen Z approves of, but also boast a millennial-approved high-waist and tighter ankle hem. Even if you don’t base

  • Machine Gun Kelly’s Nail Brand Is A Little Wild

    Colson Baker, better known as Machine Gun Kelly, just came out with his own nail polish line. (Make room, Harry Styles.) However, MGK’s creation, UN/DN LAQR, looks very different than Pleasing‘s sheer, pearly polishes with caps made of weighted marble. Instead, the UN/DN colours are pigmented, the bottles evoke an industrial, graphic vibe, which corresponds with the tagline: “Don’t huff the paint.” More to the point, Baker views his nails as a medium for disruptive art — like ten small-size canv

  • Country Or City, These Are The 13 Best Airbnbs For UK Festive Escapes

    Whether you’re planning a city jaunt for the festive lights and markets or you want to swap hustle and bustle for something truly remote, there’s nothing quite like a Christmas getaway. It’s one of the reasons why The Holiday remains one of the very best festive films (well, this and Jude Law in glasses). Escaping normality feels exciting at the best of times but throw carols, mulled drinks around the fire and the possibility of snow into the mix and it’s positively magical.With the disappointme

  • TikTok Is Obsessed With This Retro Hair Removal Technique

    TikTok is renowned for reinventing retro trends and making them cool again. Recently, beauty enthusiasts made a case for skinny brows (dividing attention as you might expect). Then there was the lip gloss revival and the ‘70s blonde hair comeback, not forgetting scene kid makeup. This month, an old-school hair removal method is making waves on the app. Enter: electrolysis. On TikTok, the hashtag #electrolysis has amassed 48.3 million views and counting, with millennials and Gen Z bingeing satisf

  • Landscapers Is Olivia Colman’s Darkest Role Yet

    As far as true crime stories go, the tale of Susan and Christopher Edwards collects the genre’s key elements like unsavoury souvenirs. From large-scale cover-ups to frantically fleeing the country, on the surface the murderous couple could be seen as the East Midlands’ answer to Bonnie and Clyde. It is no surprise that the murky details of the story are being explored in new Sky Atlantic/HBO drama Landscapers. With Olivia Colman in the starring role, the four-part series sets out to explore how

  • The Ordinary Has A New Serum For Breakouts & I Had To Try It

    When it comes to acne-prone skin, The Ordinary knows its stuff. TikTokers, beauty editors and dermatologists alike are obsessed with the brand’s Granactive Retinoid 2% In Emulsion, £8, which minimises spots and smooths skin texture over time, while the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, £6.80, recently went viral for helping to fade hyperpigmentation and skin staining left behind by breakouts. This week, The Ordinary has rather excitingly added another soon-to-be buzzy product to its skincare dyn

  • I Tried The Natural Botox Trick All Over TikTok & Here Are The Results

    As a millennial, TikTok has become my go-to for uncovering the latest skincare hacks, makeup dupes and trend-led hair and beauty looks. But when Gen Z beauty enthusiasts flag a product (often propelling it to viral status), I really sit up and listen. Recently, the hashtag #botoxinabottle has amassed an enormous 16 million views and counting, with skin-Tokers mixing two buzzy skincare serums. They claim that together, the products serve up similar results to Botox: smooth, glowing skin and minim

  • 19 Winter Outfit Ideas To Keep You Warm From Head-To-Toe

    Ever stand in front of your jam-packed closet, staring at more than enough clothing options, and think: I have nothing to wear? Same. But perhaps the issue isn’t that you’re out of viable outfit choices. You just need a fresh dose of inspiration to help you see your wardrobe in a new way. That’s where Outfit Dump comes in. On the first of the month, every month, we supply you with enough ideas to fuel your style until the next drop comes along.Every year, the festive cheer is so exciting you lik

  • Painsomnia: The Torturous Nightly Routine Of Young Women With Chronic Pain

    It’s 3am on a Tuesday and my boyfriend sleeps soundly next to me as I contemplate getting up for the day. Tossing and turning since midnight, I have watched an episode of Gilmore Girls and listened to my meditation tracks. I have taken melatonin and CBD. I have ice packs and heat pads and yet I am still awake, and still in pain. I check Twitter and as always there is an internet friend or stranger online if I search for ‘painsomnia’. Under the search title there will be a group of night owls dis

  • Salary Story: I Got Tactical With My Salary & Now I Earn 93k

    In our series Salary Stories, women with long-term career experience open up about the most intimate details of their jobs: compensation. It’s an honest look at how real people navigate the complicated world of negotiating, raises, promotions and job loss, with the hope it will give young women more insight into how to advocate for themselves — and maybe take a few risks along the way.Been in the workforce for at least five years and interested in contributing your salary story? Submit your info

  • Why Are Christmas Films Obsessed With Rewarding Toxic Men For Bad Behaviour?

    Christmas rom-coms tend to fall on the ‘so bad, it’s good’ side of cinema. Simple plotlines and gushy moments make them easy and enjoyable viewing, particularly at Christmastime, when you’re feeling that little bit more sentimental. However, rewatching some of my old favourites like Love Actually and The Holiday, and discovering new takes on the genre – mostly courtesy of Netflix’s original holiday films A Christmas Prince, The Knight Before Christmas and, most recently, Love Hard – I realised t

  • I Was Double Dosed On The Morning After Pill Because Of My Weight

    When 26-year-old curve model Lucy Bennett broke a pandemic-imposed dry spell in her sex life, she was pretty delighted. But any initial excitement turned to anxiety when a mishap with the condom meant she might be in danger of becoming pregnant, something she very much did not want to do. As someone who has previously had an abortion, Lucy was adamant that she not take any chances. “I track my ovulation on an app and noticed I may be in my fertile window,” she tells me over coffee in east London