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Get your fanciest collars on, a popup pampering party for dogs is coming

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Rejoice, doggos and doggo-owners alike: A party is coming and you’re invited. Hooray!

On Wednesday 8 November and Thursday 9 November, two Malin+Goetz stores will transform into pamper parties for humans and their pooches.

Malin+Goetz has teamed up with ‘dog lifestyle company’ Fetch + Follow to create two popup parties to celebrate a new collaborative gift set – the Dog’s Holiday set, which includes a collar, dog shampoo, and mini peppermint shampoo and cilantro hair conditioner for humans.

In the boutiques across two nights, dogs and their owners will be able to pop in and get groomed, pampered, and styled, and emerge from the shop with glossy fur and a chilled out mindset.… Read the full story

Money for nothing? Here’s a guide to financial domination for beginners

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Every now and again, there will be a resurgence of the mythical ‘Money Slave’ kink.

Sordid documentaries or ill informed articles will tell you there’s a group of people out there who would love nothing more than to give you their money for absolutely nothing in return.

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Could this be true? Is this a real fetish? Well, yes and no.

Financial domination, like many BDSM activities, just isn’t that easy or straightforward for either party.

Money slaves… Read the full story

This resort has Instagram butlers to make sure you get sweet pics for the ‘Gram

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Did you really go on an amazing holiday if you didn’t fill up your Instagram grid with candid pics sipping cocktails and splashing in the sea?

It’s a truth now acknowledged that if you’re going away, there’s pressure to capture the best moments for social media.

Not only do you need to document the amazing view, your amazing hotel room, and Boomerang the waves crashing on the beach, but you also need a few shots of yourself looking incredible.

That can be a struggle – unless you’ve got a very patient Instagram husband who won’t complain after the fifteenth identical shot of you awkwardly crouching in the sand.

One resort has an answer.

The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has… Read the full story

Men who complain about using condoms are the literal worst

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It’s an unfortunate fact of life that many of us who enjoy having sex really aren’t ready for babies. 

It’s another unfortunate fact that some infections can be spread by having sex.

(I realise that this isn’t exactly new information, but bear with me here).

In order to avoid both catching an infection and unwittingly creating new human life, we have condoms.

Condoms are freely available, easy to use and if used correctly will almost certainly mean you don’t end up ill, or knocked up.

You would think that something as simple and effective as a condom would be cherished. Beloved. Celebrated.

You are wrong.

Despite the fact it’s the easiest and arguably the best form of… Read the full story

Escapade is being criticised for selling a ‘lunatic’ Halloween costume

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Two weeks after being called out for selling a ‘psychotic zombie nympho’ costume, London-based costume shop Escapade is being accused of stigmatising mental illness again – this time for a ‘lunatic’ costume.

The ‘lunatic’ costume features a straitjacket, orange trousers, and a mask that shows a face being stretched into a smile with metal hooks.

‘This outfit will assure you a real lunatic aspect,’ reads the product description. ‘With this top, mask and trousers you will be able to mess up everything in the next Halloween party!’

The costume has been accused of stigmatising mental illness and patients of psychiatric hospitals.

‘Do you really think your “lunatic” Halloween costume is in any… Read the full story

Sofia is the most popular girl’s name in the world

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You might not know that many yourself, but Sofia is the most popular girl’s name in the world.

While it ranks just 29th in the UK (according to data from the Office of National Statistics), Sofia and its varying spellings (Sophia, for example) are top choice in Mexico, Russia, Argentina, Italy, Switzerland, Estonia, Chile and Slovakia

‘It just blew me away that so many different languages and cultures would arrive at the same sound at the same time,’ Laura Wattenberg, founder of babynamewizard.com (who conducted the research), told Live Science.

Sofia means ‘wisdom’ in Greek and is thought to be so popular in various parts of the world because it’s easily pronounced in a number… Read the full story

Attention: The world is about to have a croissant crisis

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Pastry enthusiasts, you’d better relish that croissant on your desk as mornings may never be the same again.

France is currently experiencing a butter shortage as well as reduced milk production (yep, really) which has led to prices of our favourite pastry rising. Sob.

As prices have soared, reduced supplies mean deliveries have halted with some ‘considering passing higher costs onto retailers and shoppers’.

And spare a thought for French shoppers who have had to contend with empty butter shelves, with some supermarkets displaying signs to explain the absence of certain brands.

This all comes amidst President Emmanuel Macron’s attempt to fulfill his election pledge to make the food system fairer for farmers.

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Alopecia sufferer is campaigning against taxing medical wigs

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Stefanie Hodgson has had alopecia since she was just six-years-old.

The incurable condition left her completely bald by the time she started high school and she says that she feared she’d be a ‘freak forever’ after being subjected to incessant bullying.

To make matters worse, the Australian government has a tax of medical wigs, making them prohibitively expensive.

Stefanie, 21, says that they make $2.5 million AUD (£1.45 million) from the wig tax every year – while in other countries, such as the UK, wigs bought by those suffering from medical hair loss are tax-free or deductible.

‘My journey was particularly difficult because my hair kept falling out and growing back, so I was constantly swimming between… Read the full story

Women who ‘don’t get on with other women’ should be avoided at all costs

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I haven’t collected much wisdom in my 26 years of life, but here’s what I’ve got. 

You never need a seventh glass of wine, people who regularly quote Marilyn Monroe are unhinged, and women who claim that they ‘don’t get on’ with other women because they’re ‘bitchy’ are the spawn of Satan.

I fully admit that I’m a girl’s girl. Always have been, always will be. I’ve talked before about how I don’t have any male friends (I actually do have two, since time of publication, but the point stands).

So perhaps I’m just extra sensitive to this trope, but honestly every single woman I’ve ever heard say that she can’t… Read the full story

World’s happiest exercise class launches to help tackle SAD

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Get in on the trick-or-treat action this year with these chocolate-covered brussel sprouts
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Halloween is fun. 

Any kind of event which involves sweets and dressing up sounds good to me.

But, as well as planning an outfit and letting your kids bounce off the ceiling with excitement, it’s also worth having a think about Halloween, specifically how it can affect older people, especially older people with limited mobility or who might be nervous around unexpected guests – particularly those wearing masks, asking for sweets and potentially making threats.

There’s no doubt that Halloween has gained momentum as the years have worn on, and it’s a bigger deal now than it used to be.

But, for… Read the full story

The best Halloween party decorations to scare your friends

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If you’re getting scared about how quickly Halloween is approaching and how unprepared you are for making your house a fright fest for guests and trick or treaters then listen up.

There are several ways you can make your house the best haunted, scary experience your friends have ever seen and all it will take is a few hidden surprises and other obvious ghoulish effects.

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Whether you’re just looking to scare trick or treaters, or if you’re having a huge Halloween gathering, you have got to add these decorations… Read the full story

This is what it’s like to live with agoraphobia

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I’m always up for talking about my anxiety disorder, I will discuss my panic attacks until the cows come home, and I have no problems talking about depression.

But I struggle to be honest about agoraphobia.

I call it ‘the least sexy’ of my mental illnesses.

It’s hard to put a funny spin on being unable to leave your own house.

The NHS describes agoraphobia as ‘a fear of being in situations where escape might be difficult or that help wouldn’t be available if things go wrong.’

It’s a fear that’s vague enough that it can apply to anything, anywhere – any situation or location.

It dictates where you… Read the full story

15 easy and delicious vegan recipes that anyone can make

Easy vegan recipes that anyone can make
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Vegan cooking doesn’t have to be difficult. If you’re not used to cooking without meat, fish, dairy and eggs it can seem tricky at first but if you know where to look there are plenty of easy and simple vegan recipes out there.

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Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced vegan cook looking for some simple weekday meal ideas you’ll find plenty of inspiration here.

Some of the recipes below take just minutes to prepare. And they’re not just… Read the full story

10 of the best Halloween sweets to get for trick or treaters

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Halloween is nearly upon us and it is time to get the sweets out.

Trick-or-treaters will be out in full force, on the hunt for delicious, sugar-filled sweets.

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And if you don’t give them any, you run the risk of having your house or car egged or even have loo roll all over your driveway (not talking from experience here!).

So either get involved, embrace it, give in to all those kids who will be donning ghost, witch and clown outfits and pestering you for treats.

Here are some tasty treats: 

Spooky… Read the full story

Why does outdoing an ex feel so good?

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Love them or loathe them (let’s face it, it’s probably the latter), exes are a formative part of your life.

No one knows this more than Lauren Goodger who’s had to face accusations that she’s not over her ex, Mark Wright. And according to recent reports, the reality TV star is considering a spot in the I’m A Celebrity jungle in a bid to outdo her ex, Mark Wright.

While many people would balk at the idea of seeing their ex – let alone being on a reality TV show where the entire nation is silently judging to see if she really IS over him – I… Read the full story

Big news: London’s first vegan pie and mash shop has just arrived

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Have you ever thought that going vegan sounded like a kinda decent thing to do but you were worried about missing out on all the comfort food you’ve learned to love?

Well, Young Vegans are here to tick all the boxes.

Is London ready for a vegan cheeseburger pie?

Having made their name at street food events around the UK over the past two years, Carla and Marco Casadei have taken their pie and mash business to the next level by opening a bricks and mortar location in Camden Lock Market.

The Young Vegans outlet in Camden is home to… Read the full story

Noble pit bull who was abandoned for only having half a nose has finally been adopted

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This sweet pit bull is Kia.

She was born with a cleft lip, which means that she’s missing part of her face and her teeth have grown up the left side of her face, rather than straight.

It also means she snores really loudly.

And Kia has finally found her forever home after being abandoned three times.

Lindsey Christiansen, from Utah, rescued Kia from the Cache Humane Society and says that she thinks her previous owners gave her up due to her deformity.

But Kia is the most gentle pooch you could ever dream of, says Lindsey, and she wants people to know that she’s just like any other dog.

Can we please stop saying that all women are beautiful?

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Advertising changed in the mid 00’s.

It might have been a reaction to the saturation of thin, white, blonde women selling products. Or perhaps it was an attempt to do something new, something creative. But whatever it was, the central theme of the adverts I was surrounded by growing up, was this.

‘All women are beautiful’.

‘You are beautiful’

‘Curvy women are beautiful too!’

Nice, right? Totally innocuous.

Only the thing is, it’s actually not nice. It’s a problem.

A Black Girls festival is coming to London next weekend

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Black History Month is nearly over and to finish with a bang, the first ever festival dedicated to celebrating Black British women and girls is coming to London.

Black Girl Festival is happening on Sunday 29 October in Old Street and it’s going to be a hive of arts, music, culture and conversation.

It’s the brainchild of activist artists, Paula Akpan (co-founder of I’m Tired) and Nicole Crentsl (founder of Unmasked Women – an exhibition that explores the black British female experience through art).

‘We want to create a space for Black British women to see themselves within their local London community,’ Nicole tells Metro.co.uk.

‘We wished something… Read the full story

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