Trash Fashion

Butterfly hairclips. Bandanas. Some things just shouldn’t get a second chance. But some things we're happy to see recycled — we’re willing to give the likes of plastic bottles, glass and fabric offcuts another chance. These good guys and gals are fighting the good fight in sustainable fashion. Turning waste into womenswear never looked so good.

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Letterbox love

Pretty sure we've never heard of anything more wholesome than a walking tour looking at the lovely letterboxes of the Jewellery Quarter. The cute Georgian details remain hidden in plain sight in our urban landscape. Learn more about the city's history and architecture on the next tour.

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Bon Appétit

What were you doing when you were 22? Louisa Ellis was beating thousands of applicants to take part in MasterChef: The Professionals, going on to compete against 48 chefs from around the country and eventually reaching the final three. Way to make us feel like underachievers, Louisa.  She is hosting a one-off evening at Harvey Nichols as part of Taste of the Mailbox weekend, happening Aug 3 to 5. Read all about it.

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In the garden

Defy the unpredictable British summer and bring the inside out, by giving whatever space you've got to call a garden some interiorsy touches. What's that you say, optimism triumphing over experience? Never!

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Introducing...

Tracey Emin said "It's harder to find a good female artist than a good prime minister." Not the case around these parts, Trace. The city’s art scene has always been pretty bangin’ and these young women are making waves in the art world in the Midlands and beyond. Get to know them.

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In-flight Skincare

Getting on a flight somewhere gorgey and hot soon? However many hours of recycled air you have to sit through, cleanse, moisturise and spritz your way to a positively hydrated glow on touchdown.

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Sunglasses

Maybe you’ve noticed? We’ve been seeing a lot more of that yellow ball in the sky than we’re accustomed to. Style out the rest of the glorious heatwave with these super glam, acetate sunnies.

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Am I too sensitive?

I can’t bear confrontation. I actively avoid violent or scary films with an 18 certificate despite being 14 years north of that number. I notice changes in temperature more keenly than most. And after a busy day with lots of social interactions, I need time to recharge on my own. I always thought these things made me inherently weak and mainly, a bit weird. But after watching a TED talk, I had a minor revelation — I’m an HSP.

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The P Word

Maybe it was ol' uncle Attenborough and The Beeb, maybe it wasn't, but in 2018, plastic became a dirty word. Rather than banging on about our increasing levels of guilt on the rare occasions we do end up using a 5p bag or disposable cup, let's talk about what our city is doing to help the enviro, and the little changes you can make to get on board.

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Jump in the pool

Swimwear shopping is up there with jean shopping in the list of Things We Try to Avoid. The perfect colour does not mean it’ll also be the perfect cut. And don’t even get us started on sizing, eesh. To take the pain out of perusing poolside fash, here's a round-up of your soon-to-be-fave maillots. Here comes a certain lifeguard-friendly shade, cut outs, the renaissance of the one-piece.

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Fancify your desk

Working from a kitchen table, bedroom desk or an actual proper office? If you're spending long periods of time staring at your laptop and PowerPoint presentations that never end, you might as well make your surroundings look exceptionally lovely.

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Notes on... The Staircase

Sounds like a 70s B-movie horror about a murderous flight of stairs and the uncanny number of accidents that befall those who descend them, right? It's not. But we'd probably watch that.

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The 4am Club

How often are you frustrated by the amount of sleep you got the night before? Discussions on 11pm til 7am (as if), seem to be part of our daily lexicon, and if you're aiming to create a peaceful bedroom, it's about more than just blocking out external noise and getting black-out curtains. The experts at Neptune in Edgbaston Village gave us the DL on how a soothing environment might help you achieve those elusive eight hours.

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New to Netflix

Consuming TV shows and podcasts at an alarming rate is kinda our thang. Why go outside and enjoy summer when you can watch this lovely crop of fresh newbies and unmissable sophomore efforts hitting Netflix this month? 

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Notes On... Dosa at Loaf

There’s a big difference between being a competent cook in your own home and being amongst a group of foodie strangers in Loaf's profesh kitchen. But if the idea is a bit intimidating, the reality is a delight.

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