Chidera Eggerue Creator of #saggyboobsmatter on beauty, blogging and speaking your truth

Chidera Eggerue, also known by her alias The Slumflower, is a blogger, social media activist and creator of the #saggyboobsmatter movement. In all these pursuits she uses creativity and hard-won wisdom to propel and support open conversations about health, happiness, identity and self worth. Always rocking whatever feels good and inspiring others to do the same, it’s easy to admire Chidera for her style, showcased in the brilliant narrative shoots that populate her blog The Slumflower. Back in 2016 I invited Chidera to take part in my first talks event at Google Campus, to share her insights on life as a working creative….

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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…


Sketch London: Go For the Pink Velvet Interior and Stay for the Champagne Bar

If you haven’t heard of Sketch, you’re in for a bizarre treat. One of London’s more eccentric offerings, this Mayfair spot is a hit among fans of pastel pink, which is basically the entire blogging community of London under the age of 24, right? Comprised of lounge-style restaurant named The Gallery, filled with kitsch pink velvet seating and white tablecloths, the walls are lined with illustrations by one of my favourite artists, David Shrigley. Even the crockery is jazzed up with his signature hand-drawn messages and unnerving doodles. I love this place for its aesthetic — especially the giant egg…


Meet Olga Kott The Photographer Hooked on Accidental Beauty

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…


How To Get Serious About A Zero Waste Lifestyle

If you think the 5p plastic bag charge was the worst thing that ever happened to Britain, this piece probably isn’t for you. If, however, you share my sentiments about the importance of living sustainably, read on. From shopping local, to opting for eco-friendly packaging and supporting unique cafes and restaurants, the benefits of a zero-waste life are myriad – as many bloggers, activists and sustainable lifestyle advocates will tell you. But what is ‘zero waste’ and who does it benefit? In essence, a zero waste lifestyle is about reducing your potentially harmful impact on the environment. This means considering…


Meet the Green-Fingered Duo Behind London Terrariums

One of the problems of living in a city, as culturally rich and creatively diverting as it may be, is that we’re seldom granted a patch of green to call our own. Sure, we’ve got parks and some high streets go in for hanging baskets, but the dense tropical flora we usually crave is always out of reach. If you’re anything like me, you really go in for greenery in your workspace, home or studio. Plantlife is a friend to us all and boosts our wellbeing and creativity, but we don’t all have the privilege of a private garden to…


The Five Best Vegan Pizza Spots in London

Vegan pizza can really be hit or miss. Luckily, the fair city of London has high standards when it comes to both Italian and V-friendly fare so rest assured that these five spots will leave nothing to the imagination. Voodoo Rays The ideal spot to sate a craving and discover heart-warmingly good veggie and vegan options, Voodoo Rays blends expertise in toppings with a downtown diner aesthetic. Visit the restaurant in Dalston, the new spot in Peckham or stop by the Boxpark or Camden pop-ups for New York-style pizza by the giant slice, bottled beer and fresh ingredients. Don’t forget…