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Six ways to update your wardrobe for autumn on a budget Sian Bradley Kettlemag
Lazy summer days are coming to an end, September's here and what better way to welcome the new season than with some wardrobe updates. At this time of year my clothes start to feel a bit stale and I dream about an entire new look. Yet you don't need a big budget to freshen up your...
Labour clash with courts over new members vote rules
  A judgement will be made tomorrow on whether new members of the Labour party can vote in the upcoming Leadership election.  A High Court Judge has ruled that new members of the Labour party should be allowed to vote - after Labour's National Executive Committee tried to block this right.  Five party members had the decision overturned...
Unarmed therapist shot by Miami police as he lay down with his hands up
This shocking footage captures the moments before an unarmed therapist was shot by police in Miami, as he was trying to calm his autistic patient.   Video footage credit: The Independent.  Footage shows Charles Kinsey, a behavioural therapist, lying on the ground with his hands in the air. He tells police he is unarmed as his patient sits next to him on the street,...
Art isn’t dead, we just need to pay it more attention
I appreciate art museums. I appreciate how they are often free or reasonably priced, how each gallery features art I never knew existed. I appreciate how there is always someone being told off for taking a photograph despite the clear “no photography” signs. Most of all, I appreciate how I can see art, up close...
What does Brexit mean for the UK’s fashion industry? Sian Bradley Kettlemag
On Friday 24th June, the UK voted to leave the EU, sending the country into a state of panic about an uncertain future. Whilst nobody can say for certain what will happen when Brexit is implemented in the next couple of years, the global fashion industry may suffer some unprecedented damage- from a vote they didn't...
Corbyn’s leadership crisis: The story so far
Last week, Britain voted to leave the European Union, marking June 24th 2016 as one of the most important dates in UK politics. In the aftermath of Brexit, David Cameron announced his resignation as Prime Minister, the pound has dropped to a 31-year low and the Labour party MP's are due to discuss a vote of "no...
What pink cowboy boots taught me about style Sian Bradley Kettlemag
I was eight when I had my first memorable shoe crush. They were a pair of pink cowboy boots, the kind that you wear on a ranch with horses and hay. I thought they were the best shoes to ever have existed, and I wore them to the next primary school disco and two-stepped my way through...
A blanket ban on legal highs: unenforceable Ban on legal highs, sian Bradley, kettle mag
The desire to alter our consciousness is an age-old one. In the modern world, legal ‘replicas’ of controlled drugs have sprung up everywhere in response to tight drugs laws, and are being sold under household names such as “bath salts”. In response to this, the Psychoactive Substances Bill was made law on January 28. However,...
From Twitter to Downing street: Thousands chant for Cameron’s resignation Sian Bradley Kettlemag
David Cameron has had a bad week. Despite instant denials that the Prime minister was involved with his Father's tax evasion, he finally admitted he had benefitted from his late father’s Panama-based offshore fundmade As #CameronResign trends on Twitter, a crowd gathered in Downing Street on Saturday, in response to the panama papers leak, chanting "Tax evasion is...
Can feminism exist within fashion?
Feminism thrives off the liberation of women and the breakdown of gender binaries. This liberation may be expressed in the form of education on rape prevention, fighting to close the gender pay gap or by addressing slut shaming. Increasingly, women themselves are critiquing how they practice feminism, through the way they treat other women, and specifically...
Can journalism change the discussion on gender? woman, gender, journalism, media, Sian Bradley, Kettle Mag
The media landscape is shifting, allowing for more diverse and intense discussion on issues that affect or involve women. But are “women’s sections” really beneficial to journalism? As more people call for change and gender equality, journalism acts as a critical platform for the discussion to take place. Some newspapers, or their online versions, use...
Alexa Chung’s vintage revival for M&S Sian Bradley Kettlemag
She’s a Style Guru, co-founder of Villoid and a general social media force. She, who goes by the name of Alexa Chung, has been growing from strength to strength in her career lately, whether it’s her numerous modelling gigs or close relationship with Vogue. From this success comes the depth of her influence; the Alexa Chung seal...
Revolutionary female designers: 10 women who changed fashion
Throughout history, female fashion designers have revolutionised the way women dress. They have broken the mould of the female silhouette, stunning everyone with their fresh, new perspectives and an eye for craftsmanship. There are many genius creators in the world, but here is a look at small selection of the best. Coco Chanel A list...
It’s not racist to fear the ‘colossal’ migrant crisis, Archbishop of Canterbury says Sian Bradley Kettlemag
It's 'absolutely outrageous' to say people who fear the effects of migrant are racist, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.  Justin Welby told House Magazine that some people genuinely fear the impact the “colossal crisis” will have on jobs, the NHS and housing in Europe, and these "reasonable" anxieties should be listened to.  In relation to the EU referendum he said that the...
Social media and the murder of fashion week
Whether it's floating cloaks at Mcqueen, cow print at Jeremy Scott or a literal chandelier dress at Moschino, these past few weeks have been a visual fashion feast.  New York, London Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks have drawn to a close, and whilst I didn't attend any of the events, I had to ask myself; how much...
Scientists find cancer’s ‘Achilles heel’ for new breakthrough treatment
Scientists believe they have found unique markings of a tumour which could allow the body to realise cancer is the enemy. The marking is being called cancer's "Achilles heel" and has the potential to create highly personalised treatments, which differ for each patient.  This "Achilles heel" was discovered when scientists noticed that even as tumours grow the...
Here’s some examples of when Kanye was the best thing on Twitter Kanye West, stage, tweets, twitter, list, music, rap, social media, controversy, kettle mag, sian bradley
Twitter is a great way to waste time. After you've managed to exhaust the enjoyment out of your newsfeed, there are some 300 million different users left for you to stalk. To save you the time and energy required for finding a useful candidate, I can expertly suggest you settle for Mr.mogul himself, Kanye West. ...
New York Fashion Week and the era of experimental fashion
In the midst of New York and London Fashion Week's, the fashion lovers among us are being bombarded with new trends, old favourites, risk takers and, in every case, beautiful clothes. And we love it. Beneath all the noise, however, there is one mainstay attraction from some of these designers. They are breaking the barriers and...
Labour is ‘not letting Muslim women become councillors’ Sian Bradley Kettlemag Labour discrimination
Alledged racial discrimination and misogyny within the Labour Party has angered Muslim women up and down the country. They claim their election chances are being thwarted by men in the community. The Muslims Womens Network has written an open letter to Jeremey Corbyn informing him of the problem and demanding he look at why this minority is being...
What to wear for Valentine’s Day: Men’s edition Sian Bradley, Kettlemag, Style,
A fun day out If you and your Valentine have an exciting day of activities planned which don't take place in a fancy restaurant, button yourself up in a bright and bold patterned shirt to show your fun side in some wavey garms.  We Are Cow, 'Art Deco Print Shirt Large;, £18.00 Pair with some...
What to wear for Valentine’s Day: Women’s edition Sian Bradley, Kettle mag, Style, Valentine's Day, Women, clothing, fashion
The Day of Love is just around the corner and those amongst us who have a romantic date planned will be wondering what to wear. So how can we dress to impress our Valentines? Here’s a low down of the best high street finds for every one of your needs.  Date night Of course, if...
Alan Rickman’s finest film moments
Some news is very hard to bear. Today, word spread that Alan Rickman has died of cancer, aged 69. The British actor was well-loved by many for his phenomenal portrayal of characters across some of the biggest films, spanning decades. He was an inspiration to both people he worked with and people who watched him,...
Weird and wonderful statement bags: Would you wear this? Weird, wonderful, statement, bags, fashion, style, Kettle mag, Sian Bradley
The term statement accessory is one that the style savvy among us hear on a regular basis, splashed across fashion magazines and pegged as the 'new season' look. Whilst a brightly coloured bag or dangly earrings can make a fashion statement beyond the ordinary outfit, surely a bag is still, well, just a bag?  Not, it seems,...
The tracksuit: Would you wear this? Tracksuit, fashion, revival, style, Kettle Mag, Sian Bradley
Everyone loves slouching around in tracksuits on a lazy Sunday, choosing comfort over style as we loll about in front of the TV. It might come as a surprise, then, that tracksuit trousers are no longer the premise of chavs, Vicky Pollard or gym goers, but are actually gracing the catwalk.   Image: Facebook /...
Kylie Jenner causes outrage after posing in golden wheelchair
For some people, a wheelchair can be an integral part of their daily life, and something they can’t live without. For Kylie Jenner, it was used as a prop for her fashion photoshoot with Interview. The TV socialite posed, pouting and doll-like, dressed in black latex and draped over a golden wheelchair. The shoot used...
How to talk to your doctor about mental health
Talking to your doctor about mental health can be really hard, and a source of anxiety or worry for some people. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and alone when dealing with a mental health problem, but your GP isn’t just there to talk about your physical health. They don’t just prescribe medicines for mental illness, they...
The glove shoe: Would you wear this? Style, Fashion, Shoes, Glove shoe
First, we have the glove shoe. You, like myself, may never have heard of this strange footwear before and are probably wondering what I’m actually talking about. Hospital shoes? They're defined by Vogue as, “a shoe that sucks to your foot like a glove, via thin kid leather and an elasticated vamp.” Put simply, they're a bit...
How the British Fashion Awards made style inclusive
Fashion can often feel like a dog-eat-dog world, but the recent British Fashion Awards have shown us that UK fashion mavericks aren’t afraid to support each other, and that fashion is everything from the local to the global. Each year, the best names in fashion are celebrated during a 2000-strong ceremony, known as the British...
Here are the toddlers who have more followers than you.
London Scout strikes pose after pose in front of the camera, flaunting her pink overcoat and silver Wellington boots. She’s done this before, and is no stranger to the process. Neither is her photographer, who knows how to capture her best angles.  Child fame Although she has 100,000 Instagram followers just like other successful models, Scout isn’t...
#TrainLikeAnAngel: Fitness inspiration or unachievable ideal?
Angel-mania has sprung up this year and everyone is going crazy for the models that will strut down the infamous runway. Some articles even gave us tips on how to look like these perfectly sculpted women. The catwalk goddesses launched themselves into intense fitness regimes so they could #TrainLikeAnAngel. The idea is they can’t just...
Is the War on Drugs a redundant battle?
News has arrived that safe injecting centres will be set up in Dublin, and Ireland’s drug minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, is pushing for the decimalisation of possession for personal use.  This move is part of a “radical cultural shift” in place to eradicate the culture of addict shaming. The injection rooms will be clinically controlled and will be there to...
Facebook have announced plans for in-app purchases.
Internet shopping is rising in popularity and fashion brands are making a conscious effort to draw users to their online stores. We expect to visit sites like Asos, Topshop and Missguided when we want to browse for some new garments, but will we soon be visiting Facebook for this instead? We use the social media site when we...
Do feminists hate men?
The simple answer here is that the majority of feminists don't hate men. Feminism isn’t a fight against individuals; it’s one against actions which harm women and men alike. Anyone who wants to give it a chance will look past actual or proposed misandry and see what the movement is truly about. When people want to insult...
The fast fashion debate: How are your shopping habits impacting the world?
We all love a bargain and indulging in impulse or occasion buying, but do we realise the impact our shopping habits are having on the rest of the world? In the not so distant past, there were two fashion seasons, correlating with the Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter designer’s collections. Now, things have changed, and apparel companies...
Raf Simons and his legacy at Dior.
The fashion world was rocked on October 22nd by the announcement on that Raf Simons would be stepping down as Creative Director Christian Dior. Dior’s CEO confirmed the move and thanked him for his “exceptional contribution to the house”. Simons wanted to ensure we knew the decision was based on personal reasons, and he said:...
Rick Owens models wore human backpacks for Paris Fashion Week. Kettlemag, Rick Ownes, Paris, Fashion Week, Style, Sian Bradley
Paris Fashion week had it all. Kendall Jenner, lace slippers and...women used as human backpacks. Fashion, like any art form, is all about self-expression and pushing the boundaries past the norm. Of course, we cant pretend it isn't actually supposed to be about the clothes. During his SS16 show at Paris Fashion week, Rick Owens showed...
University of Sheffield freshers week: The tweets Freshers Week, University of Sheffield, student life, Sian Bradley, Kettle Mag
Freshers' Week has drawn to a devastating close, and hungover students are realising that we are actually here to study, and lectures begin tomorrow. As a second year at the University of Sheffield, I had the delight of witnessing wide-eyed freshers roaming around the local shops, wondering what to do with their new found freedom. Of...
Villoid: The app that will change how you dress Villoid, Style, App, Sian Bradley, Kettlemag
Playing dress up was the staple of many a childhood playtime, and I was born in the golden age of the website Stardolls, a cyber-version of the original paper dolls. There was something delightfully engaging about creating an outfit of your imagination and seeing it come to life on virtual females. Transport to 2015 and...
Jeremy Corbyn generates new “Minister for Mental Health” role to support workplace representation Kettlemag, Politics, Jeremy Corbyn, Labour
As the dust settles behind the announcement of the new Labour leader, Corbyn-mania is at its peak. Newspapers aren’t sitting on the fence when it comes to Jeremy; they are very vocal in their intense opposition or support for the socialist. Now he has dedicated a senior parliamentary role to support treatment of mental health....
How 5050 Parliament is talking about gender politics and why we should listen. 50/50 parliament, kettle mag, sian bradley
Politics drives this country through giving MPs the power to change laws, hold debates and make campaigns. The most important decisions of our country are made in the Commons, decisions which change the course of our lives. The question therefore remains; why are these decisions made predominantly by men?  50:50 Parliament campaign Frances Scott asked this question, and...
The blurred lines between modelling and sexual harassment. Kettlemag, Style, Modelling, Model, Sian Bradley
Modelling is a heavily criticised career; whether it be the size zero ideal or unethical clothing, the public has plenty to say. But what happens when someone on the inside, someone who works as a model herself, speaks up about a personal experience which blurs the lines between ingenuity and sexually suggestive? She’s only 23,...
Slut shaming: How women are held to a different standard than men. Kettlemag, Sex, Relationships, Slut Shaming
I, along with many other women and men, am guilty of calling someone a slut, a whore or a slag. These are terribly derogatory terms, but I’d been conditioned to believe they were suitable. The idea that it’s OK to call a woman a slut is because we live in an environment of double standards,...
Bic’s blunder: A regression in gender equality.
We can learn a lot from advertisements, and companies use a myriad of techniques to get us to use their product. Bic, however, decided their chosen technique was blatant sexism with a hint of 1970’s misogyny. This technique didn’t take very well, as their Women’s Day campaign, sparked outrage as it told women to “Look...
I don’t know how to flirt.
I don’t know how to flirt. For me, flirting is a bit like trying to run in quick sand. The intention and knowledge is there, but really you just end up stumbling, flustered and embarrassed. I have pinned my largely unsuccessful love life down to my often laughable and poorly judged attempts at letting my...
Colouring books for adults: Mindfulness and meditation? Kettlemag, Books, Colouring, Sian Bradley
We all remember colouring books as kids, trying really hard to keep inside the lines and making animals multi-coloured. They served as entertainment, to keep our growing minds distracted and engaged whilst learning how to be a little bit gentler with our fourth pencil set.   Bestsellers Now, perhaps in an ode to our younger...
New assisted dying bill will end patients suffering Kettlemag, Politics, Assisted Dying, Suicide, Sian Bradley
On September 11th, the UK will see something happen that hasn’t happened in 18 years.  The assisted dying bill was put forth by Lord Falconer last year, but ran out of time in Parliament. Now, Labour MP Rob Marris has given another chance to Dignity in Dying. After Jeffrey Spector died in Dignitas, a Swiss assisted-dying...
Has David Cameron given us the chance to close the gender pay gap? Kettlemag, Women, Gender Gap, Pay Gap,
We have been fighting for a long time to close the gender pay gap and make sure women are treated equally to their male counterparts. Now, there is a bright light on the horizon, as companies which pay women less for equal work would be acting illegally. This is because David Cameron has joined the cause,...
SS/15 style: A highstreet lookbook Kettlemag, Style, Lookbook, Top Shop,
Summer's in full swing, and so are the hottest trends for this season. The 70's and 80's are the key looks you should be investing in this summer so here are our high street roundups. 70's [Image source: Topshop.co.uk] Flares, patterns, platforms, crochet, fringing and denim... 70's fashion is all about being fun, vibrant and unashamedly so. This era is an...
Haute Couture: Top 15 looks KettleMag, Style, Haute Couture Week, Paris, Sian Bradley
Haute Couture week took the Paris by storm at the start of the month; living up to its name with an array of elegant custom made pieces. Full of sequins, glitter and sheer fabrics, designers showcased their artistic flair and eye for style.  From the gorgeous, to the quirky and finally the downright weird, here arecsome of my favourite pieces...
Harriet Tubman to be the new face of the $10 bill. 720x405-10dollarbill_tubman.jpg
A recent poll revealed that Harriet Tubman is the favourite to feature on the new $10 bill, but wait a second before you break out party hats and cake. The celebration for this decision should be put on ice. New face of $10 bill It was announced last week by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew that...