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How To Successfully Ask For A Pay Rise At Work

Regardless of how much you might love your job, there are some aspects of working life that can prove difficult – like discussing salary increases with your boss for example. Studies in the UK suggest women are less likely than their male counterparts to ask for a pay rise, and in some cases, when women do ask for more money, they lose out to those who make a more convincing case. Our confidence, intuitiveness and the way in which we ask for certain things has a lot to do with whether or not we’ll be afforded them. So, if you…

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Six Easy Ways To Stop Using Plastic

I love April. The weather invariably affects my mood throughout winter so towards the end of March I start getting jazzed about the onset of bright sunshine and anticipating how good I’ll feel when I see blossom-heavy trees lining my street. April is also my birthday month so I know I’ll get the opportunity to hear from people I love and that generally, people will be nicer to me than usual, which I obviously look forward to. My birthday is 23 April but as I’m a hippy at heart, the day before is always pretty important to me too; 22…

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48 Hours in Marrakech

The first time I touched down in Marrakech was about 10 years ago and luckily, a long trip meant I was able to experience plenty of what the gorgeous city had to offer, from afternoons spent on sun-flooded terraces to happy ambles around the labyrinthine souks, it was pretty easy going. More recently, my visit was much shorter so I was determined to pack as much into the weekend as possible. Where to go in Marrakech? If you haven’t shopped in this city’s famous souks, have you ever really shopped? A wander around is a must and depending on where…

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How A Solo Trip Through The Himalayas Taught Me About Self Acceptance

Yes, I know, I’ve been going on and on about my trip to Nepal. Yes, it was spiritual, yes, it was life affirming and yes, I know exactly how I sound when I say that. I didn’t go there to ‘find myself’ or anything, but I had a pretty revelatory moment whilst I was there. I didn’t expect to experience anything close to that lightning moment on the side of a mountain but even now, I think about it at least once a day.  We all know that travelling stokes the mind, develops our characters and helps us to gain…

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Why We Need Women’s Co-Working Spaces

In the past few years co-working spaces have become a big hit, especially for small business owners, freelancers and entrepreneurs. Any creative working in the UK will know that hiring private space can be expensive, working from home can be isolating and that planting yourself in an environment where there isn’t room to grow, or at the very least be yourself, can undermine your process and your goals. Now, in 2017, co-working spaces are a normal and viable option for many people and are talked up by single workers and business owners all over the world due to the supportive,…

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MAKER TO KNOW: The Things We Keep

Kay Wang is a designer-maker based in Brooklyn, New York. Handmade jewellery is her speciality, however it would be unfair to pigeonhole her as simply an accessories designer. Kay makes everything; from from linen kitchen towels and beautiful spoons to exceptional made-to-order jewellery, her creations are timeless, useful and beautiful. Since 2011, Kay has been at the helm of The Things We Keep, a minimalist jewellery and homeware business. Inspired by history, heirlooms and the precious treasures we collect during our lifetimes, the brand is a mix of architectural shapes, fairtrade and conflict-free materials and tactile finishes. Having worked in marketing for a fair…

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INTERVIEW: Photographer Olga Kott

Olga Kott is a multidisciplinary photographer and image-maker based in London. When she’s not delivering talks to inspire the next generation of creatives, shooting on site with brands and magazines, or creating self-directed work as part of Olga & Kay, Olga travels to all manner of new places in search of inspiration. Having joined me as a speaker at YOUNG GOLD TALKS last year, I caught up with Olga to find out what she’s been working on since then and what a day in the life of a professional photographer looks like… Why photography? How did you discover that you loved…