It’s Over…ish.

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I won’t drunk text you for a shag. Pinky promise.

By Riley.

Well, shit. One day you’re in a relationship and the next you’re not. I tried to think of a clever, wittier way to open this post but to be honest, what’s the point? Time to be real here hun, you’re going through a break up. Grab a cuppa. Download Tinder. Let’s do this shit. Except, you don’t want to do this shit. You want to do that other shit – texting eachother about picking up bread, saying goodnight, Sunday afternoon delight. You want your normal back.

Breakups can entice a change in behaviour that’s as cliché as they come. Yet it knocks the wind out of you, as if you haven’t heard it a million times before in some doomed love song. You lose weight. You can’t sleep. Hermitic tendencies ensue, wrapping you in a forcefield of self-preservation. Friends quickly learn when to force entry armed with coconut milk lattes and when to sit on the sidelines. The words ‘order confirmation’ become synonymous with ‘break up’. Appetites — for food, for socializing, for life — are suppressed by something entirely different that fills your gut. While you could be tempted to find comfort in your banging break up bod, the quiet moments are there to remind you that you’re not out of the woods yet. Not even close.

Having spent years coaching my own friends through their messy breakups, I had no idea where to begin with my own. One thing I’d never accounted for when imparting my wisdom onto other broken hearts was the obvious — the searing pain felt when a heart has been broken. Not just an organ that pumps blood around the body, it becomes a vessel that holds a piece of someone else in everything it does. Without warning, mine had broken down and signed a DNR without my consent.

You start changing things. Recklessly, with no real plan. New clothes become new hobbies become new paint on the walls. You find yourself walking down the street looking at any man that passes thinking, what is my type? The thought of dating is about as painful as the break up itself. Then there’s the aftershock. What happens when you start to tell yourself that you’ll be fine without him, that maybe this was meant to be… then he asks you to lunch one day and he looks terrible, and before you know it you’re flirting via text and his toothbrush is back in your bathroom…or, our bathroom? What do you call a break up that never fully broke?

There comes a point (spoiler alert: it’s about 8 weeks later, sorry) where you see yourself differently. You’re not the girlfriend, or the breakup. You’re something entirely separate that you were the whole time. A person. Who is mind, body and soul entirely on her own. And whether this crazy thing called love works out or not, you can find comfort in knowing that there’s a best friend in there who’s got your back through all of it.

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Who You Need to Follow on Insta RN

By Riley.

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Sophie Brampton @sophierosebrampton
I’ve followed Robin Eisenberg (LA artist who draws colourful space babes) for a while now, so when I came across Sophie and I found that same cool, unapologetically female art that I love – I was like a pig in shit. Tits EVERYWHERE. SkinnyDip girl by day, bad ass illustrator by night, her page makes for a fun scroll.

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Sherrie Silver @sherriesilver
I first came across Sherrie’s page when I was nosediving into one of my favourite pastimes — looking at AfroDance videos on Instagram (I got all this junk in the trunk and no rhythm to shimmy it, such a waste). I was quickly drawn to her dance but she does a whole lot of activist work too… and at just 23, I bow down to her insane work ethic. A few weeks ago I was watching a video of a dance party she was hosting, then she struts through with THIS IS AMERICA and the world looks up. Hun, you’re gonna need a bigger booking team.

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Every Outfit On SATC @everyoutfitonsatc
The most fashionable fandom around has gone viral in recent months and I’m here for it. I’m not sure whether it’s run by Carrie 2.0 or the queen of all queers but either way they are doing a FINE job. Kirstin Davis and SJP are fans too, so we’re basically all sitting scrolling through it together over breakfast martinis at Sunday brunch in The Magnolia Bakery, right?

Beauty Tips For Lazy Girls

By Emilie. For easy wins with minimal effort.

Are you one of those people who snoozes your alarm at least four times every morning? Inspects your hair for signs of greasiness and then sticks it in a top knot? Does the sniff test on something you dumped in the washing basket three days ago? Good, us too. We might look groomed to the outside world, but the truth is, it’s all a façade. We’re cutting corners to get out the door the same as everyone.

Here are our favourite time-saving beauty heroes…

Fake tan that also doubles up as moisturiser. Can’t be bothered stripping down to paper pants and showcasing your dad bod during a spray tan? Good, us neither. Instead we choose to slather on gradual tanner after every shower. The Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Gradual Tanner  is our fave for an even natural-looking glow.

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An excellent bronzer is a must. We use Bourjois Bronzing Powder and it’s perfect for dusting onto the apples of your cheeks, a little bit of contouring (build it up gradually for a notable contour effect) and even to perk up sleepy eyelids. Plus, it’s flecked with gold and smells of chocolate. What more could you want?

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Dry shampoo. It’s a no brainer really, but as the owner of a fringe this one is particularly important. For fine haired girls like myself, dry shampoo is also excellent for adding much needed body to my otherwise limp locks – hey, sometimes I put it on clean hair just for the extra texture. I like Batiste Dry Shampoo Light.

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Vaseline. Myself and my two best friends are absolute Vaseline fangirls, so much so that whenever we go out we always end up with three different coloured Vaseline tins on the table. It’s great for your lips, lashes, brows, eyelids, dry bits of skin and pretty much everything else in between. It’s a classic for a reason.

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Nars Multiple. Yes, OK… this one is not quite so budget friendly as the rest. But once you factor in the fact that it does about a hundred jobs at once then you’re still getting excellent value for money. It has added life to our poor tired cheeks on many an occasion and you can also use it on your lips and eyes.

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How To Not Hate Your Home

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Gettin’ hygge-y with it.

By Riley.

Social media gets a lot of flak these days. From unattainable highlight reels to misleading paid partnerships, we give ourselves a lot of reasons to question how genuine Instagram really is. But one thing you cannot fake is a fly home. And Instagram’s got thousands of ’em.

Since decorating my flat, it took approximately 2.5 finger scrolls to realise that I hated every nook of it. While I suppressed the pain for a few months, it only took a trip to Elle’s house recently to remind myself how wonderful hers was and how shit mine is (I may or may not have panic bought a sideboard, cushions and a shower curtain that night).

While I know I’m a long way off finishing my flat (let’s all just appreciate that I’m now organised enough to keep up the application of gradual tan), Instagram has definitely inspired me to Pinterest my tits off until I get there. Here are just a few Insta faves giving me aaall the interior feels!

Kate La Vie
Kate’s feed is full of polished #ootd pics and lots of interior inspo. She and Jordan live in Glasgow and every corner of their flat is a dream. If you’re around, this dreamy interior has spilled over to their coffee shop, @marketgla.
@kate.lavie
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Home Adore
Join two million of us as we scroll open-mouthed through an absolute doozy of interior lush-ness. With over 3600 posts, I dare you not to feel inspired/sick with jealousy.
@homeadore
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Marjorie Vidal
Marjorie is a French blogger who is passionate about decor. She’s not afraid to add texture and depth to her rooms — offering a breath of fresh air amongst all the immaculate, minimalistic interiors we’re seeing so much of recently.
@le.temps.dune.deco
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Reena
Public service announcement: I LOVE GREY. You can imagine my joy when I came across Reena’s account. Far from dull, I find myself taking the time to stop and look closely at every shot from inside her Cardiff home. SLOW CLAP FOR REENA.
@hygge_for_home
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Lucinda Mitra
I found blogger Lucinda’s account as she started decorating her home and felt compelled to check back for regular updates. Her bio says ‘slowly doing up our first home’ and she describes her style as an eclectic mix of rustic, Scandi and industrial — which I LOVE.
@nest_twenty_eight
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Got a home crush to share? Want us to visit your gaff on the next season of MTV Jaded Cribs? Link us in the comments!

Spring Summer Make-up Trends (You Can Actually Wear)

By Emilie. A 90 second run through of the looks we love.

1) Black eyeliner – as seen at the Marc Jacobs SS18 show. Think graphic, exaggerated flicked out liner. We like this look A LOT. We’re also enjoying the rounded liner look (almost like a thumbprint) which offers a fresh take on the trend.

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2) Complexion matching foundations. Rihanna set the trend with her Fenty Beauty collection, which has 40 shades to choose from, so we’ll be seeing more of the same.

3) High shine lips. Kylie Jenner’s matte lips might have owned 2017, but this year it’s all about lip gloss. Our 14-year-old self is bloody raring to go on this one.

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4) Gold highlighter. Another one from the Fenty Beauty line, this shade is called Trophy Wife and it’s going to be EVERYWHERE. Use it on your eyes, cheeks and lips.

5) Less is more. The natural look is back – so less high coverage and contoured, more fresh-faced and dewy. Victoria Beckham coined the look ‘spa skin’.

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6) Red lips. This one has never really gone away, but they are back in a big way.

7) Big lashes. Full-on-but-not-quite Twiggy lashes are also back, and we’re delighted.

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8) Glitter eyes. We’re not gonna lie, we love grown-up glitter and we definitely think there’s a place for a minimalist placement under the eye – or dotted around the lids like in the look above. Leave the rest of your face bare for maximum impact.

What trend are you most looking forward to wearing?

Who You Need To Follow On Insta RN

By Emilie. What can we say? We spend a lot of time on Instagram.

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 @Sophiemilner_fs

Followers: 83.6k

Best for: Fashion picks and interiors inspo

First of all: the clothes. She makes us want to buy every piece in every beautiful London street shot, esp that jumper. But our obsession was cemented by her flat tour. Her living room is basically how we want our house to look and we’ve pretty much dumped our entire Pinterest board and started again. Luxe on a budget it is.

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@celine_bernaerts

Followers: 104k

Best for: Make-up tutorials 

Bored of your usual make-up? Want some new inspiration? Then we’ve found her – from graphic eyes, Kat Von D lipstick, and even a Star Wars-inspired look, Celine’s got you covered. Plus, we love anyone that can rock a buzz cut as well as she does.

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@Notskinnybutnotfat

Followers: 62.3k

Best for: Totally #relatable memes

We actually stumbled on this a few weeks ago but everything on it is on point, with a side helping of sass. One of those peeps that you need to have in your feed just to know that those weird things you do, well, everyone else is doing them too.

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@aliceliveing

Followers: 624k

Best for: workout inspo and positivity

We’ve mentioned Alice on here before (Stan, much?) but we actually love her for just being that proper positive person on our Insta feed – any day we can’t be bothered dragging ourselves to the gym, her work out vids and yummy food pics get us there. A great example of how being healthy doesn’t have to be complicated.

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@zannavandijk

Followers: 205k

Best for: Plant-based food ideas and travel

We’ve mentioned before that we’re not vegan or vegetarian, but that doesn’t mean we’re not adverse to #meatfreemonday and incorporating more plant-based food into our diet in general. And if there’s one person that could convince us that there’s still loads of really nice things to eat, minus the meat, then it’s this girl. She also travels a fair whack (we’re not jealous at all) so she’s great for a bit of travel inspo.

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@angelicahicks

Followers: 55.9k

Best for: Actual laugh-out-loud illustrations

Sometimes it just takes one post to cheer you up on those dark weekday mornings and Angelica is that for us. Covering everyone from Karl Lagerfield to Kris Jenner to Donald Trump, the illustrations are beautiful and the wit is razor sharp.

 

 

Here’s Who I’m Currently Stalking on Instagram…

By Elle.

Valentina — @valentina_muntoni

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This woman is everything I’ve ever wanted to be and more — a bad bitch with a bangin’ bod, effortlessly sexy style and a creative eye that most ‘grammers can only dream of. In a nutshell, she travels the word being cool as fuck. Valentina co-founded online fashion brand Rat and Boa — I’m working myself up to buying something from it. Y’know, when I feel worthy enough lololololol.

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Style Pantry — @stylepantry

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Fash blogger Folake is the reason I’m trying so hard to introduce colour into my wardobe. I’m obsessed with her styling. Her use of bright, bold pieces is genius, and I love the fact that all her outfits are genuinely wearable and flattering for almost any woman. Also, read her bio — SHE’S 40 AND HAS 3 KIDS! A lot of her clothes are by her own brand, Loft324, which annoyingly doesn’t have a UK stockist.

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Dupe That — @dupethat

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Where do you go when you NEED to know if that NYX liquid lipstick is an actual contender for the Kat Von D one? Here. My favourite thing to do when struggling to fall asleep (apart from replay my worst moments in my head) is scroll through Dupethat’s endless lipstick swatches, weighing up which ones to buy. The account is run by ‘K’ and ‘L’ who happen to be cool and funny too.

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Violette — @violette_fr

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Please permit me to use the term ‘girl crush’ just this once, cos Violet is mine. A French makeup artist who seemingly just throws on a red lip, ruffles her hair and walks into the Paris night to live out my dreams. She now has an amazing YouTube channel which provides the perfect antidote to the sea of dull influencers whose repertoire is limited to ‘contoured’ and ‘contoured to fuck’.

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OK, now spill — who you stalkin’?