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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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How I Manage The Surprise Skin Problems That Started in My Twenties

When it comes to my skin, I’ve always been lucky. Instead of my teenage years being blighted by acne, I had baby-smooth skin that happily endured all manner of products packed with irritants. Ok, I was super pale and often streaked with orange after fake tan mishaps, but for the most part my complexion was pretty good. I can probably count the number of really bad spots I’ve had as a teenager on one hand and that’s no lie. But this isn’t a post about my great skin as a teenager, it’s about my skin now. As soon as I…

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BRAND TO KNOW: Rose Rankin

If like me, comfortable, good-looking crepes are your go-to, you’ll no doubt appreciate my latest style find. Rose Rankin is an eponymous footwear label created by a talented designer that’s successfully piqued the interest of everyone from sneaker heads to supermodels and national press with its bold and beautifully formulated designs. Specialising in designing and crafting unique trainers, London-based Rose Rankin studied computer aided fashion design and footwear design at Central Saint Martins. Now her creations can be found at some of our favourite boutiques in the city and around the UK. I had the pleasure of meeting Rose and at The…

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London’s Five Best Indie Salons

Since moving to London a good few years back, I noticed that a quick Google of the words ‘best hair salon’ or ‘best place for nails’ proffers two options: very expensive celebrity hair stylists and their new expensive hairdressing outlets or discount deals for places you’ve never heard of. Finding a place in which you feel comfortable enough to let a stranger loose on your hair is difficult when you’ve just moved to a new city, or indeed if you’re already rooted somewhere and want to  switch things up. Apps and sites that offer discounts can be misleading and in…

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How To Style Up a Rented Space with Interior Design Experts Cox & Cox

So you live in rented digs. You can’t paint the walls or pull up the carpet lest you face the wrath of your landlord and a lot of the time it feels like the home you’re in doesn’t do a great job of reflecting you, or comforting you in tougher times. Living in a temporary home or rented room can cramp your style, especially if you’re a creative person with a big vision for the space you want live in. Sadly, if you’re renting, you won’t be able to make any massive changes to your home, but you can make…

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Six Easy Ways To Cut Down On Using Plastic Every Day

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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How To Balance Your Career With Your Creativity

We live in a society where ‘by day and by night’ careers are commonplace. Many of us work at typical full-time vocations between the hours of 9am and 6pm and feed our creativity by the waxing and waning light of the hours either side. Some sit at desks for nine hours a day and still manage to make a relative success of part-time exploits. Motivated individuals the world over are nailing the ominous work/life balance. So how do we do it too? The main element in balancing creativity with a traditional career is applying yourself. There are not and never…