• Prada Reinvents Its Iconic Nylon Bag With An Eco-Friendly Touch
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    Prada Reinvents Its Iconic Nylon Bag With An Eco-Friendly Touch

    As discussions around sustainability and ethical responsibility (at long last!) move to the forefront of the fashion industry, more brands are working to implement lasting, positive change — including Prada. In May, the luxury Godmother of global fashion announced the brand would no longer use fur. The entire collection is produced from environmentally-friendly materials, and features a chicre-interpretation of the signature triangular Prada logo we all know and covet.

  • We Found Out The Terrifying Meaning Of Gilead's Flag In The Handmaid's Tale
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    We Found Out The Terrifying Meaning Of Gilead's Flag In The Handmaid's Tale

    The flag of Gilead is all over Washington, D.C.. It tumbles down the side of stately buildings in long, vertical crimson swaths. Each flag is a reminder that Gilead is watching and enforcing its extremist principles. Gilead has never looked so openly and honestly sinister.

  • 5 Women With PTSD Describe What It's Like To Live With
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    5 Women With PTSD Describe What It's Like To Live With

    PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is an anxiety disorder estimated to affect one in 10 people. The national PTSD charity, PTSD UK describes it as "essentially a memory filing error caused by a traumatic event" – although not everyone who experiences trauma will go on to develop PTSD. Symptoms include increased anxiety and hypervigilance, avoidance and numbing, re-experiencing the traumatic event through flashbacks and nightmares, as well as self-destructive behaviours, feelings of guilt and shame.

  • Solo Drinking Is The Most Fun (& Most Frustrating) Thing About Travelling Alone
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    Solo Drinking Is The Most Fun (& Most Frustrating) Thing About Travelling Alone

    After a highlights rundown that mostly included tacos, gelato and quite a lot of wine tasting, I told her about a brilliant little bar I’d stumbled across, where the Manhattans were so good I’d ended up staying for three. As confident as I am with pretty much all aspects of solo travel, sitting alone at a bar still feels slightly out of my comfort zone — and it's the same for a lot of other women I know.

  • We Challenge This Denim-Hater To Wear Jeans For 7 Days Straight
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    We Challenge This Denim-Hater To Wear Jeans For 7 Days Straight

    My biggest concern with this challenge was that I might feel 'undone' in a professional environment. On cooler days I’d wear this with a chic pair of black leather loafers… Wait, did I just plan a denim outfit beyond this challenge?! I’ve changed. Usually I’d slip on something cute to whip up a spag bol, so pulling on a pair of jeans didn’t quite feel like the right mood.

  • 5 Slip Skirt Trends We Keep Seeing On Instagram (& Where To Shop Them)
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    5 Slip Skirt Trends We Keep Seeing On Instagram (& Where To Shop Them)

    Cast your minds back to '90s fashion, the era of rhinestone denim, literal rose-tinted sunnies and flatform shoes, and you’ll find slip skirts right at the helm. New York fashion pack favourite Collina Strada produced a contemporary all-white version for Spring/Summer '19, while at Rejina Pyo we saw a duck-egg blue organza fit complete with matching button-up blazer. Influencers have been heavily involved in reviving our slip skirt fantasies, too: Rouje founder, Jeanne Damas donned her ditsy floral slip with a square-neck vest, and stylist Monikh opted for muted neutrals.

  • The Photographer Who Travelled Alone Through The Matriarchal Communities Of The Himalayas
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    The Photographer Who Travelled Alone Through The Matriarchal Communities Of The Himalayas

    There is an image from German photographer Karolin Klüppel’s project Mädchenland in which a young girl is submerged entirely in a pool of water, holding her nose and staring directly into the camera lens from beneath the surface. The whole image conveys a strength and serenity that embodies many of the communities that Klüppel has travelled across the world to find. Klüppel began Mädchenland – or Kingdom of Girls – in 2013, after finishing up an artist residency in Goa, shortly after graduating from art school.

  • How To Balance Wellbeing, Fitness & Work – With Advice From Carly Rowena & Louise Aubery
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    How To Balance Wellbeing, Fitness & Work – With Advice From Carly Rowena & Louise Aubery

    When the demands of life become overwhelming, maintaining a healthy mind and body can fall low on our priority list. UK-based fitness coach Carly Rowena and holistic wellness influencer Louise Aubery from Paris both agree that the coveted 'balance' is something you have to work at every day – and it's not always easy. Water is vital for regulating body temperature, and keeping your mind clear and focused.

  • Midsommar Makes Haunting Horror Out Of Sunlight & Flower Crowns
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    Midsommar Makes Haunting Horror Out Of Sunlight & Flower Crowns

    In many ways, Ari Aster’s debut feature, Hereditary, and his upcoming follow-up, Midsommar, are binary opposites. Florence Pugh plays Dani, an American psychology student who has just experienced a devastating loss. To make matters worse, her relationship with her boyfriend, anthropology grad student Christian (Jack Reynor) is on shaky ground.

  • This New Campaign Features Models With Pubic Hair — & It's About Time
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    This New Campaign Features Models With Pubic Hair — & It's About Time

    "Every summer, the media pressures female-identifying individuals to achieve that 'beach body,'" Ashley Armitage, the director and photographer of this campaign, tells Refinery29. The ad comes one year after the release of Billie's Project Body Hair, which was the first-ever women's razor campaign to show people actually shaving (as opposed to gliding a blade over already hairless skin). "I think when we brush topics to the side and don't address it, it’s a form of body shaming," Georgina Gooley, the co-founder of Billie, says.

  • 6 Black Celebrities Who Prove Red Is Summer's Hottest Hair Colour
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    6 Black Celebrities Who Prove Red Is Summer's Hottest Hair Colour

    For many black women with dark hair, committing to a new hair colour means bleaching your strands first (unless you get a bomb wig, of course). According to Jaxcee, colour director at Hair Rules Salon in NYC, various tones of red were super popular back in the day because lightening the hair ahead of time isn't required. "It's one of the only dramatic shades that pick up on dark hair without bleach," she previously told Refinery29.

  • What Exploring Lesbian Nightlife Around The World Taught Me About Myself
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    What Exploring Lesbian Nightlife Around The World Taught Me About Myself

    With my nearest and dearest beside me, sipping long-haul flight freebie wine and battling with an in-flight entertainment system, I made the decision: The Big Gay Trip. The idea was prompted by a feature in the in-flight magazine, some corporately branded, sleek promo piece on Pride events in European cities. With no voice of reason around, only like-minded queers full of youthful energy, the decision was made.

  • 3 Ways To Elevate Your Summer Whites This Season
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    3 Ways To Elevate Your Summer Whites This Season

    Sure, denim and florals during summer is fine, but bringing out the white in your wardrobe is mandatory when warmer weather hits. Sometimes with white, simplicity is key – a small sprinkling of brilliant white staples will elevate dreary neutrals and amplify pops of colour.

  • Glastonbury Festival Is Unrecognisable In These Incredible Photos From 1999
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    Glastonbury Festival Is Unrecognisable In These Incredible Photos From 1999

    Whether you’re a Worthy Farm veteran, visiting the Pyramid Stage for the first time this year or happy to absorb the excitement via Instagram alone, there’s no denying that there's always been something very special about Glastonbury festival. What sort of dancing would you find further afield at Glastonbury 1999, you ask?

  • Money Diary: A 21-Year-Old On A Solo Trip To Florida
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    Money Diary: A 21-Year-Old On A Solo Trip To Florida

    Today, in honour of Flying Solo, our week all about women travelling the world alone, we hear from a traveller who took a five-day solo trip to Jacksonville, Florida, with a mission in mind: to claim back the money her old university owed her.... Earlier this year, I went to Jacksonville, Florida for five days, alone. "See, a year earlier, I had attempted a semester abroad at university in Jacksonville.

  • One Of Marchesa’s Founders To Exit The Brand
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    One Of Marchesa’s Founders To Exit The Brand

    After news broke in late 2017 of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct, which dismantled his career and inspired the #MeToo and #TimesUp initiatives, many wondered how the scandal would affect his estranged wife Georgina Chapman and her fashion line Marchesa. Although Chapman and her co-founder Keren Craig skipped the traditional runway show to present their fall 2018 collection, at the time, Craig insisted it was business as usual. "While I have made the difficult decision to part ways with Marchesa, I have tremendous pride in the company, the team, and the many successes achieved," Craig says in a statement, Fashionista is reporting.

  • I Got A Lash Perm – & Now I Can Officially Break Up With Mascara
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    I Got A Lash Perm – & Now I Can Officially Break Up With Mascara

    Watch as needles pierce earlobes, ink swipes skin, and eyelashes adhere to eyelashes in these hypnotisingly detailed videos, all while the science behind the magic gets unveiled. Have you ever wondered whether or not waterproof mascara really works? Not to be confused with a keratin lash lift, a lash perm curls the lashes using an alkaline solution and a silicone rod.

  • The Rainbow Tattoo I Waited Forever For
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    The Rainbow Tattoo I Waited Forever For

    When I told my dad I was gay over text, I waited frozenly for the ding of my phone to indicate his response. When I told my mom I was gay during a car ride — as Adele’s “Love In The Dark” played in the background — I waited frozenly again for the end of the chorus. Each time my brain raced as it tried to piece together what they could possibly be thinking, and what they’d say to me in the coming seconds. Pessimism clouded my mind.

  • The Simple Way To Wear Instagram's Trendiest Manicure
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    The Simple Way To Wear Instagram's Trendiest Manicure

    For some, the rainbow manicure trend — with every fingernail painted a different colour — might feel a little intimidating. It's hard enough to pick one polish colour, so the thought of curating five that play well together (undertones and all) brings on a massive headache. Ahead, we've rounded up photos that showcase exactly how to pull off the pastel rainbow manicure.

  • Netflix's A-List Musical With Ariana Grande & Meryl Streep Is Already Causing A Stir
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    Netflix's A-List Musical With Ariana Grande & Meryl Streep Is Already Causing A Stir

    Ryan Murphy can't be stopped, but when he's casting people like Ariana Grande and Meryl Streep in movies, why would you want to? Deadline reports that as part of the American Horror Story creator's five-year deal with Netflix, he'll be directing and producing a feature adaption of The Prom, a Tony-nominated musical about two Broadway legends who try to revive their careers by publicly supporting an Indiana high-school senior who isn't allowed to take her girlfriend to prom. Murphy's adaptation, called just Prom, already has some big names behind it.

  • Jenny Slate Says Her “Life Fell Apart” — Here’s What She Learned
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    Jenny Slate Says Her “Life Fell Apart” — Here’s What She Learned

    Jenny Slate has brilliantly entertained us, usually by making us laugh, on Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, web series Marcel the Shell, The Secret Life of Pets(and its sequel), Zootopia and abortion dramedy Obvious Child, among other highlights. “The past five years of my life, from age 32 to 37, have been the best years of my life...the hardest years I've had so far,” Jenny tells Christene. In the aftermath, Jenny realised, “I really needed to figure out what I thought about myself when a man was not defining that for me.” It didn’t matter, she says, that she had a fulfilling creative career, or felt engaged and focused in her work for reproductive and social justice.

  • A Brief History Of Boris' Most Sexist & Homophobic Comments
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    A Brief History Of Boris' Most Sexist & Homophobic Comments

    It's looking most likely that our next prime minister will be one Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson. The Tory MP, former foreign secretary and ex-London mayor has never been discreet about his hunger for the top job, but now it's almost reality – a reality that is filling some people in this country with fear. Perhaps, given the shambles that is Brexit (Boris was one of the most vocal protagonists on the Leave side) and the shock election of Donald Trump in 2016, we should've been prepared for the fact that a self-styled clown with a history of making racist, sexist and homophobic comments and a CV of professional failures and misjudgements, is to become head of the UK government.

  • Lizzo's Wood-Grain Nail Art Is About To Be Everywhere This Summer
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    Lizzo's Wood-Grain Nail Art Is About To Be Everywhere This Summer

    Sunny skies and warm temperatures make us gravitate to colourful nail trends — lavender marble (co-signed by Rihanna), neon tie-dye (recently worn by Bella Hadid and Kylie Jenner), and 3D resin nails are all on our must-try list — and we tend to reserve our earth-toned favourites, like tortoiseshell art, for when fall rolls around. Ahead, you can get a better glimpse at Lizzo's wood-grain mani, and find more ways to wear wood nail art this summer and beyond. Celebrity manicurist Eri Ishizu was responsible for Lizzo's wooden nails for the 2019 BET Awards.

  • 10 Skincare Products For Humidity - Because Your Complexion Suffers Too
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    10 Skincare Products For Humidity - Because Your Complexion Suffers Too

    “In simple terms, humidity is the amount of water vapour held in the air," says facialist and Time Bomb skincare expert Michaella Bolder. "During periods of high humidity our skin tends to produce extra sebum and sweat which can lead to clogged pores and breakouts," continues Michaella. "Everyone needs to ensure they are cleansing their skin twice a day, every day during hot summer months.

  • I Spent An Hour With Beyoncé's Nail Artist & Learned So Much
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    I Spent An Hour With Beyoncé's Nail Artist & Learned So Much

    From Lady Gaga to Beyoncé (and Jay-Z, too), professional manicurist Miho Okawara has tended to the nails of some of the biggest celebrities in the world. Famous for her innovative trends using beads, wire, chains and more, it's safe to say she knows a thing or two about what makes nail art Instagram-worthy. Thanks to celebrities like Kendall Jenner, cow print nails are huge at the moment, but Miho has seen a movement away from traditional black and white.