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More power to those successfully dating in a pandemic and flourishing, because a certain community on twitter persists in suggesting that lockdown has ruined dating. They say that getting to know someone new “Post-rona” is too long a wait. I guess these concerns makes sense in a world where ones love languages are a need of ‘attention’, ‘quality time’ and ‘sense of touch’. Hands up if you’ve (been personally victimised by Boris Johnson) been damaged beyond repair as a consequence of lockdown? …

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I don’t think we the people really take in the acts of ‘self-care’ and ‘self-love’ for what it is. If it wasn’t for this pandemic would we have gotten the chance to slow down and really tune into what our bodies were telling us, if not for just a brief moment.

Femininity is a strength that has been downplayed for so long, yet the characteristics such sensitivity, supportiveness, expressiveness, affection and more are big qualities we look for in other people to build friendships and create bonds in relationships. That’s how the realest relationships last. So who does that start…

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This year artists have not failed to keep us distracted even if for a few moments with the release of new music. Although every month most people have feared impending doom and the soundtrack to 2020 (Jaws film theme tune) grew louder, the precious sound of Disco heavily influenced many artists this year… though the genre in it’s purest form quickly became unpopular during the 70's era, elements of the genre morphed into many popular genres popularly listened to today.

A few albums that managed to transport me to an alternate reality were from the likes of Lady Gaga, Dua…

A lot of successful albums this year, but none that quite captured the WASTED POTENTIAL that 2020 has been. To be wasted is to be used or expended carelessly or to no purpose, while potential suggests having or showing the capacity to develop into something in the future. If these two definitions don’t descirbe what we’ve been through this year than I dont know what will.

Months wasted stuck and home, I think theres been an increase in people that have genuinely felt this was a waste of a year, with this last month looking forward to potential. …

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The two organisations are government tools that enforce law by ensighting fear and often murdering innocents. All to control the population using fear.

Simply put people have been protesting for basic rights also known as freedom to exist. It seems as though the older generation don’t want to see the future of their country run by the great young advanced, intelligent youth who genuinely care about their nation because corruption, fear and manipulation has long been the norm.

In conversation about BLM and police brutality with an family friend raised – as a black woman she rejected BLM and sided…

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Something about mother’s intuition, when she warns you about a bad friend before you see it…. (much to think about). Personally the end of one of my best friendships felt like I lost a part of myself. I found myself choked up a lot of the time because, I had moments to share but nobody I trusted enough to share them with anymore. All my hopes of future adventures and fun memories we’re destroyed. I’m incredibly loyal and trust my close friends until the wheels fall off, and when the red flags start waving I would sweep them under the…

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Watching back Ugly Betty over quarantine and it really made think about how fashion girls give us so many hacks. Particularly the episode where Amanda teaches us how to have an amazing free night in NY; her outfit consisted of high end clothing, followed by the a question wouldn’t you love to wear it just once? “TUCK YOUR TAG!”. In reality however we have clearly seen that the fashion industry and their products aren’t made for every kind of girl. Hence the influencer girl finding the limelight and connecting regular girls to affordable fashions.

Good fashion comes with steep prices and limited sizing. But the fashion girls have the tools and trickery up their sleeves to make pieces work for them all whilst not paying full price. They’re usually in the know of underground brands that cater to certain girls (i.e, black, curvy, transgender), other brands that have supported social reform, social inclusion, diversity and give back to the community. A skill set the rest of us lack.

As a regular girl I have watched both kind of girls do their thing and I’ve taken inspiration for my own personal style, as most of…

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Shuffling my “Rap girls” playlist in order to not feel lesser, whilst doing the dishes and Megan Thee Stallion ‘Neva’ comes on. Her powerfully playful lyrics reminded me of a relationship I recently untangled myself from… “I could tell these bitches spoil you, but I’m a player so I see the toy in you”. This is one of her many songs that make you sit back and reevaluate your dating life. Although men love to reduce Meg to “being tall and twerking” she is clearly multifaceted as she’s managed to achieve greatness in her early career. Holding two major collaborations…

“My favourite pastime is watching early 2000’s Ivorian music videos — so many fashions”. (I guess all my think pieces start with something I’ve initally tweeted). I realised that whenever I feel uninspired, I look to my roots, to get right back on track.

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The 2000’s era is iconic for many reasons, to this day we can see a lot of 2000’s western influence in music and fashion. Just like energy cannot be destroyed, trends always come back around. Today I want to talk about the contribution Africa – specifically Cote D’Ivoire’s diaspora made to reoccurring trends in those same fields.

Being half Cameroonian & Ivorian (born in France raised in the UK), I grew up with family and family friends in a time where our community was heavily influenced by music and fashion – my elders indulged in what brought joy during…

Amongst other revelations and revolutions taking place this year, there is one happening quite prevalently in the fashion industry. It roughly began when fast fashion overtook high end brands in production and prêt-à-porter.

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“Buy Less Choose Well Make it Last” — Vivienne Westwood

It’s time we all think about buying less and buying better, more than ever. Recently the “Buy Less, buy better ” philosophy has been gaining more and more traction, contrary to fast fashion brands pumping millions into ensuring customers follow trends. What is the meaning behind such an underrated expression you ask? Generally speaking it refers to a more conscious way to buy, no matter the sector…

Carla Aurelie

UAL BA Journalism Grad: carlaaureliem@gmail.com

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