This week is a little different. I felt that so many things I’d read this week were pretty depressing, and nothing blew me away enough to work it into the normal STOAS format. So, I decided to offer some escapism instead and share seven of my favourite fashion and lifestyle bloggers I follow who are currently lightening my internet stress levels with their inspirational content. I have read blogs since they were nerdy things no one really understood (circa 2008) and watched a fair few of the women I mention below grow up online and see their blogs flourish into…

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Calligraphy is officially a thing. You can’t move on Pinterest or Instagram for a beautifully inked quote. Quill London started two years ago first as a stationery shop before expanding to modern calligraphy classes to fill the gap to learn how to make your own beautiful invites/cards/Instagram-worthy quotes. Calligraphy has come a long way since the stiff, conservative lettering I knew at school, and towards the end of the two and a half hours I really felt like I was making art in the class, not just copying someone else’s lettering. Quill does classes across London and now in Brighton…

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I have struggled this week. My foot isn’t healing as quickly as I expected and walking around, doing simple things like getting to work is really hard. It’s also strange and foggy and cold and I’ve felt a bit disorientated by the weather, anyone else felt the same? I’m also doing a LOT, and possibly slightly overcommitting myself here and there (something I’ve talked about before) but those commitments have been with friends, and sometimes those moments feed me more than staying home thinking about feeling tired, or ruminating on my sore foot. I met an old friend for her…

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I couldn’t march this weekend, H had a bereavement in the family so we wanted to go back and spend some time with his parents in the countryside. I would have loved to have joined in, but the pictures my friends shared from Liverpool to London and New York kept me going yesterday. It was so so brilliant to see so many women across all seven of this planet’s continents marching together, supporting each other, and speaking out. The little girl I quote in the feature image for this post is from the New Yorker article (#2) below and she…

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It’s taken a long time for me to realise that strict, meaty New Year’s resolutions don’t do that much for me. I’m very good at setting a huge list of BIG things I need to do every January to make me a ‘better person’ without thinking about how realistic they are or thinking about it and then ignoring it. I’m a Type A person who holds myself to account against a sometimes unrealistic view of what I think good looks like and so failing at new year’s resolutions hits me hard. It’s good news then that research now tells us…

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