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2014 calendars // Because 2013 was sooo last year

I was looking through a male friend’s calendar the other day and every month he had written ‘P’. I was like “Dude, what’s the ‘P’ for? Is that when you get your period?”…

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Christmas gift ideas 2013 // For the girl who rides (not like THAT)

Christmas gift ideas for women who want to ride their bicycle; they want to ride their b-i-k-e… Alex Monroe bicycle necklace Bike jewellery usually falls into two categories; cutesy, vintage penny farthing pieces…

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No one takes Christmas Jumper Day more seriously than Sarah Lund

It’s December! That’s wonderful for so many reasons. Firstly, the mass shaving of moustaches and, well, Christmas, obviously. All year we have been embarrassingly having to wear our Christmas jumpers when we have…

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What’s big in our box // Nothing compares to mash-ups, not even open letters

Unless you’ve managed to stay away from all channels of social media this month, you’ll have probably read an open letter. Maybe you read the reply, the reply to the reply, the open…

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We’re dyeing to try Bleach London’s new range at Boots

Hands up who’s had a DIY hair dyeing disaster? Yep, us too. Almost all of us had an unfortunate encounter with Sun-In in the 90s. With recent trends including dip dyeing and pretty…

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How charming // Tatty Devine blings up Bestival

You know those people who wear their festival wristbands long after the hangover has subsided? Long after the ‘I haven’t come across a pair of scissors yet’ excuse has worn thin? Yep, some…

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Blow Out (and about) // Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait – at London’s Jewish Museum

When we are fabulous old ladies and we see young girls on their way to fancy dress parties dressed as Amy Winehouse no doubt we will be reminded of exactly where we were…

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Levi’s X Liberty // We love your babies

Sometimes people are made for each other. When they finally shack up everyone is all: ‘Why the heck did they not get together sooner, eh?’ A perfect example of one of these couples…

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Get lost in fashion // Map print is where it’s at

Do you have cartographic curiosities? Is ‘folding maps’ what you say is your weakness at job interviews? Remember the days before smart phones when people actually used paper maps? How delightfully retro. Aw12…

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Blow Out (and about) // Michael Caine Le Blows our bloody socks off with this exhibition

In celebration of Michael Caine’s landmark birthday, the Museum of London are showing some photographs of the man himself by photographers such as David Bailey and Terry O’ Neill as well as some…

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Monie Love// It’s a sha-a-ame they don’t make ‘em like this anymore

What a beautiful day. Here, have a bit of Monie Love. This Battersea born British em-cee and protégé of Queen Latifah is the epitome of 90s girl power. You might remember Monie Love…

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Och aye the noo! // Check out Burns Night in tartan

It’s Burns Night on the 25th January, sae let the Lord be thankit. This is the night where we celebrate the Birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns whose most well known poem Auld…

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Shape up in style // Five women’s running trainers that aren’t massively disgusting

OK, so Christmas was so last year – it’s time to get in shape or at least pretend we’re trying. If getting fit is one of your New Year’s resolutions here are five…

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Cancer Research UK’s Dryathlon // Go dry this January, if not for yourself but for charidee…

Are your liver and wallet still recovering from New Year’s Eve celebrations? Of course they are. January is a painful month spent cringingly reviewing sent text messages that start innocently at midnight with…

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It’s the end of the world as we know it // Doomsday films to watch to death

If the Mayans are right, the world is going to end tomorrow. So as we approach our date with destiny spend all your and everyone else’s money, leave the dishes, tell everyone you…

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Christmas gift guide // Five things to get the girl who is always soooooo coooooooolllld

Christmas gift guide So from September till May my catch phrase is: “I’m freeeeeeeeeeeezing”. A bit like Nikki Grahame in BB7: I wrap myself up in multiple layers yet still spend A LOT…

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Hippity hot-to-trot // We L’ove 80s Miami bass duo L’Trimm

These girls are SOOooo frickin’ adorable: They are Lady Tigra and Bunny D and they met when they were dancers in their early teens (in da 80s) and took female emcee-ing by storm….

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MC Luscious – BOOM! I Got Your Boyfriend // Yeah, you can have him, love…

Someone pointed out to me recently that the 90s weren’t ten years ago anymore. Where has the time gone? I’ll tell you. It’s been wasted worrying about Pussycat Doll Don’t Cha Wish Your…

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Spooky shopping // Top ten ‘trickle treats’ for Halloween AKA aren’t skeletons weird?

I always thought it was ‘trickle treat’. It’s not. Aaaaanyway, the Christmas lights are up on Oxford Street just waiting for some D-list celeb to turn them on which can only mean one…

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Last of the Summer Rhymes // The Le Blow hip hop summer playlist

The British Summer has been working part time, hasn’t it? Just when we think it’s finally starting to sort it’s life out for the home stretch, it throws out another day where we…

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Wimbledon 2012 // British brands that give you the SW19 look. Ace!

It’s that time of year when television programming gets messed up because all the BBC want to do is Wimbledon stuff. I like tennis, what I mean is I like playing tennis. It’s…

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Jubilee hip-hop playlist // Ten top tunes one can shake one’s thang to

Now, I haven’t paid much attention to the finer details of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, but none of my friends are DJing at the palace this weekend. To prevent one of the…

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Cool canvas based collaborations // Though you may risk getting trench foot this summer

Last year I spent most of the summer almost getting trench foot by wearing Converse to festivals. This year I probably haven’t learnt my lesson as I’m massively perving on these two collaborations…

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A nostalgic Magic Step back in time // The Clarks shoes every girl wanted (and I had them)

It was the 1980s and I was the first girl in my class to get Clarks Magic Steps shoes. The ones with the key in the sole. They are perhaps responsible for many…

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Sports Luxe // Stella McCartney kits out Team GB for the Olympics 2012

Get ready boys and girls, this summer we are going to have visions of perfect, buff bodies EVERYWHERE. Stella McCartney and Adidas have kitted out our Olympians with what I think is a…

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Blow Out (and about) // Spend St Patrick’s Day with The Commitments (what could be more irish than that?)

It’s that time of year again: St Patrick’s Day, a blessing and a curse. Blessing? Guinness. Curse? Guinness hats. The film The Commitments was a pretty big deal in the early 90s. I…

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Blow out (and about) // Say happy birthday to Abbey Road Studios (celebrating 80 years of recording)

If you’re anything like us and insist on dancing the night away in insanely high heels you’ll be no stranger to a bare foot journey home and channeling your inner Macca. What am…

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Blow out (and about) // Film screenings at The Yard (cult movie classics AKA films everyone needs to see before they die)

Who: The Yard Theatre What (it says on the flyer): The Yard is being turned into a cinema. We’re offering a new film experience by hosting the brilliant Rooftop Film Club. Where: Queen’s…

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London Fashion Week // PPQ Supreme Style Bikes are so hot right now

Haven’t you heard? Cycling is the new bunting, it’s so hot right now. With the Olympics coming up we are soon going to have images of buff toned athletic Olympians shoved in our faces making us…

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Happy ‘throw money at rubbish gifts and a pricey meal’ Day!

Valentine’s Day is a weird one. Who actually likes it apart from Americans and eight year old girls? If you’re single, you are reminded of this. A LOT. If you are in a…

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Happy Chinese New Year! // Enter the Dragon (inspired products)

When I was a kid I always said I wanted to have Chinese babies. When quizzed, my reply was not “because they are soooo fricking cute” or “because I have an Asian persuasion”….

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Christmas Hip Hop playlist // Christmas rapping in Santa’s Ghetto…

As an alternative to “We want Shakin Stevens but will accept Wham”, here is my Hip Hop Christmas playlist… 1. Run DMC: Christmas in Hollis Top of my list every year. Everything you…

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Christmas gift guide // what to get the girl who rides bikes

This list is for girls who ride bikes. Not motorbikes. Real bikes. Bicycles. She’s the girl who arrives places with her right trouser leg tucked into her sock and helmet marks on her…

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Must-dash out and buys for Movember // Girls can get in on the act, too

Jude, you must be the first person to ever spend their lunch break making moustache head pieces Said one of my colleagues last year as I cut paisley shapes out of fabric. I…

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Pimped up Pudsey Bear // Designers do their bit for charideee

Originally a quick five minute radio clip on Christmas day way back in 1927 Children in Need is now a firm fixture of our childhood memories. The one-eyed bandana-wearing bear Pudsey has been…

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Don’t look a fright on Halloween night // Ten tricks (or treats) to vamp up your look

This is how Halloween goes for me: I spend an afternoon stuck indoors battling with a glue gun, cutting out cat ears, sticking them to a headband and stuffing a pop sock to make…

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Blow out (and about) // Have a haute halloween (not a frightful night)

London is the setting of many a Gothic horror from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde to accounts of Jack the Ripper. The scariest story I have ever heard happened far more recently in…

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Disney Couture + Mawi = Minnie Mawi (see what they did there?!)

So this one time I had an interview at Disney’s London HQ. It was going really well. They asked me what my favorite Disney film was and I replied, ‘Mary Poppins, obvs’. I…

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Style bite // Mary Katrantzou S/S’12: carnation catwalk + mismatched prints

The Mary Katrantzou S/S’12 show notes summed up the collection: Man meets machine meets mother earth, an army of petal, metal, print… And we loved the prints which ranged from vibrant florals, hazy…

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Style bite // Meadham Kirchhoff S/S’12: bonkers fashion at it’s best

When Jeremy Scott did his (slightly bonkers) thing with Adidas we were BIG fans. See, we love a bit of playful irony, but Meadham Kirchhoff’s S/S’12 collection takes playful irony, pumps it up like…

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Liberty gets down with the kids

Eleventy million years ago Natalie and I worked in fashion buying for a Lady who had once worked at Liberty. She began every sentence with, ‘When I was at Liberty…’ and before we…

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In the bag // Kipling X Jean-Charles de Castelbajac

It’s that time of year again. Even though I have not set foot in a class room for longer than I’d care to admit, the back end of August is synonymous with power…

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How to do The Notting Hill Carnival // without the carnage

How to do The Notting Hill Carnival. By someone what knows (too much, probably)… Start early Many a year I have made the mistake of waiting in different places, pre gaming in houses,…

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Miu Miu bling bling // sparkly sneakers? Sure.

No caps, no trainers? I challenge any doorman to turn you away from their establishment in these blinged up kicks. These new Mui Mui trainers are seriously sparkly with appliqued crystals and embellished…

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Buy a Uniqlo T-Shirt and save Japan (well, you might need to buy a few to save them entirely, but it’s still a good thing to do)

A Birthday card appeared on my desk for me to sign the other day so I wrote in it the generic “Happy Birthday, rave it up” message I write in all whip round work…

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Blow Out (and about) // Sexual Ealing at the Jazz Festival

Ealing Jazz Festival, Walpole Park, W5 27th – 31st July 2011, £4 entrance (kids free) As an Ealing girl, born and bred, I am familiar with the annual tradition that is the Ealing…

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Pandas and leopards and bears // OH MY GOD Adidas x Jeremy Scott

With festival season in full swing our dress sense has a tendency to become somewhat more experimental (read: ridiculous). And a festival is not a festival without animal-eared hoodies. Enter Adidas x Jeremy…

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Blow Out (and about) // Prints Charming: Collier Campbell exhibition

If you, like me, were a child of the ’80s, the fabrics of Collier Campbell would have been the back drop to your childhood too. I spent many a game of hide and…

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Blow Out (and about) // I’m a Barbie girl. In a Barbie World. Or UNIQLO.

She’s the reason we all have unrealistic expectations about hair. That Barbie has a lot to answer for with her teeny tiny waist, constant tip-toes, all over tan and wardrobe that rivals ours….

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Our three favourite Steven Meisel SS/’11 campaign vids

Someone’s been a busy boy. Namely, the American Photographer Steven Meisel AKA the man behind Madonna’s 1992 book Sex (remember the noise they made about that? Sheesh). He’s photographed a number of campaigns…

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Blow Out (and about) // Slut Walk London

Who: Slut Walk What (it says on the flyer): “…marching, stamping, rolling, shouting and hollering through the streets.. to tell the world that rape is never, ever the fault of the victim –…

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Pimped up kicks? The Converse and Marimekko collab (we think it’s pretty ‘meh’)

We could barely contain our excitement when we heard Marimekko and Converse were collaborating on women’s specific collection for Spring 2011 Converse ? Marimekko. It sounded like a marriage made in heaven, combining the classic…

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How to… bring a baby into the office for ‘Show & Tell’

I know it as soon as I hear people doing high pitched cooey baby voices: someone’s bought their new baby in. I like babies. They are way up there with unicorns and rainbows….

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Blow Out (and about) // Stuff to do this Bank Holiday weekend

So no one is getting married or crucified? What’s this bank holiday for? Not that we’re complaining, we’ve got loads of stuff to do… Lomography Sports Day Saturday 28th May 1pm, Victoria Park,…

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Blow Out (and about) // swingy swingy, watchy watchy! < it’s not what it seems, honest

If the long weekends have left you with feelings of shame and self loathing, chances are… you were drunk. If so, you’re probably now swearing off drinking, raving, chocolate and extreme patriotism –…

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Royal Wedding street (party) style // royally good looks

Ah, the Royal Wedding. Let’s face it, apart from getting shit-faced, all we were interested in were the outfits. Yeah yeah, K-Mids looked divine; Posh’s shoes made up for her moody face; Chelsy…

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Blow Out (and about) // festivals in London

I thought about swimming to Bestival this year. It’s only about a four mile swim to the Isle of Wight through freezing choppy water. I didn’t want to do it for the glory…

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Blow Out (and about) // Apparently there’s a royal wedding this week?

We made it through the first four day bender sponsored by Jesus. If you have a proper grown up job, you’ve only got three days to sit in the office planning your outfit…

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If your name’s not down, you’re not coming in // Observations of a Door Whore (heh)

If you’re a regular raver you will probably have countless stories about unreasonable door staff. From the bitches with clip boards to power tripping bouncers. Well, I’ve been one of those bitches and…

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Stylish sneakers you say? What a fackin’ Liberty!

If, like me you are one of those hyperactive sporty types you’ll be familiar with the battle I have finding stylish sportswear. Trainers are a particular problem because I don’t like the ones…

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Blow Out (and about) // ‘Can’t Buy me Love’ Vintage Market Jumble Sale

Who: ‘Can’t Buy me Love’ Vintage Market Jumble Sale What (it says on the flyer): Vintage + Records + Clothes + Cakes + Books + Zines + Jumble + Art+ Crafts and MORE…

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Blow Out (and about) // Cakes for Japan AKA have your cake and save the world (sorta)

Who: Cakes for Japan What (it says on the flyer): a pop-up sushi inspired cake shop raising funds for the Red Cross following the devastating events in Japan. Where: Maiden, 188 Shoreditch High…

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Blow Out (and about) // St Patrick’s Day: a blessing and a curse. Blessing? Guinness. Curse? Guinness hats.

My parents have this pen by the phone that one of their lame friends obviously impulse bought them back from a trip to Ireland. It’s big and green with a hairy leprechaun head…

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Blow Out (and about) // Happy Saint Pancake’s Day!

I intend to eat pancakes for every meal this pancake day. I also intend to have a starter, main and dessert pancake at each meal. So including snacks it could turn into a…

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Blow Out (and about) // We Wish we were in Rio

Who: Guanabara What (it says on the flyer): Rio Carnival 2011 Where: Parker Street, WC2B 5PW. When: Thursday 3rd March- Tuesday 8th March. We thought it was was getting warmer. It lied. Just to…

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Blow Out (and about) // Sharpen Your Elbows: Secret Sample Sale

Who: Secret Sample Sale What (it says on the flyer):At the SECRET SAMPLE SALE we bring together London’s fashion designers, agents and retailers to sell their studio, showroom or catwalk samples and clearance…

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Blow Out (and about) // Rock A Hula

Who: Rock A Hula www.rockahula.org What (the flyer says): Rock n roll, hula hooping and swing dancing. Valentine’s Special. Where: Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes. When: Last Friday 18th Feb. I wear a lot of…

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Blow Out (and about) // Nathan ‘Flutebox’ Lee

Who: Nathan ‘Flutebox’ Lee www.myspace.com/nathanfluteboxlee What (it says on the flyer): ‘Eclectica Fusion’ A night of live experimental, electronica, pop, trip hop, jazz, soul… Where: Ginglik. 1 Shepherds Bush Green, W12. When: Last…

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The Missoni Spring 2011 Campaign Video Ad is hip hop-tastic and we want IT ALL.

Can’t see a way out of your multiple layers? Feeling like Summer is a bazillion years away? Here’s the perfect cure for the Winter blues. Inspired by Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band…

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