Feminism: Freedom to Choose

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I am grateful for my freedom to choose. Today and every day from this moment forward I am truly grateful for who I am. Although my life is far from perfect, today I banished all negative thoughts that my incessant mind conjures up about my body, my circumstance, my upbringing, my social status, my faults. Today I consider my self lucky. Fortunate to have been born in a western society where women have the freedom to choose.

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In Search of Vintage Treasure Along The Legendary Portobello Road

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On my first visit to Portobello Road, which houses the famous Portobello Markets, I had the most interesting and colourful experience. Perhaps I was expecting too much. Its just that I love good quality, stylish vintage, the kind you find in well-curated vintage brick-and-mortar or online shops. Emerging from the Notting Gate Hill tube station and orienting myself with grateful assistance of Google maps, off I went carrying my eager anticipation in search of unique vintage treasures. What amazing vintage clothing would I find at this legendary market?

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Fortnum and Mason: Magical Winter Wonderland

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With less than a week to go and the Christmas frenzy careering frantically towards Christmas Day, now is the time to stop, breathe and soak in the joyful spirit of Christmas. There are things you can do that don’t involve trawling through endless gift guides or brick-and-mortar shops and ending up with self-induced migraines brought on by trying to find the perfect presents to buy for family, friends, relatives and people you barely know.

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Solo Travel Adventures: Dining Alone in Paris

This is a little anecdote I wrote about dining alone in Paris one Saturday evening. My penchant for solo travel means I have endured many dinner-for-one experiences in foreign cities. This one stuck in my mind. The first two sentences below were scribbled in my note book on the evening in question and dated ‘drunk in Paris, 2015’.

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6 Easy Ways to Embrace Sustainable Fashion

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Embracing sustainable fashion is critical. Just like fast food is unhealthy for the body, fast fashion is unhealthy for the environment. Over consumption of anything is unhealthy, and the challenge is educating the vast majority of the population on the negative environmental impacts of fast fashion, over consumption and instant gratification consumerism.

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London Guide: Regents Park Rose Lovers Delight

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Two months into my London relocation and I am still struggling to cope with the car pollution and passive cigarette smoke which dirty my lungs on a daily basis. So when the weather forecast indicated the sun would be shining today, I packed my camera and headed off to spend the day enclosed in the boundaries of beautiful Regents Park. No cars here, just plenty of fresh air, sunny autumn skies and beautiful serene nature.

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Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair: Vintage Heaven Under One Roof

My idea of vintage heaven – the Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair. The irresistible allure of 50 vintage fashion traders under one roof at the Finsbury Town Hall. Since moving to London, wandering around this intimate and enchanting art deco building with adorable vintage traders has quickly become my favourite place to source vintage fashion. And the recent autumn Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair certainly didn’t disappoint.

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Saatchi Gallery And An Unexpected Odour

Stumbling upon the unexpected is one of the great joys of life. I made an unplanned detour to the Saatchi Gallery whilst walking down Kings Road on my way to an antiques fair at the Chelsea Town Hall. The gallery had been on my gallery must-visit list for ages and little did I realise an unpleasant odour would be linked to the highlight of my visit.

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London Guide: Columbia Road Flower Market

Sundays should be for lazy days and sleeping in. However, Sundays are the only day you will experience the wonderful delight that is the Columbia Road Flower Market.

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Perils of Online Vintage Shopping

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Educated, independent, smart. All of these qualities are meaningless when faced with certain real-life practicalities. Practical actions that should typically take minimal thought and effort such as getting dressed. The moment you realise you cannot fasten the vintage garment you bought online, delicate profanities erupt spontaneously from your mouth into the surrounding air.

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