Alice Mathews

Freelance Journalist || Culture & Trends Consultant

United Kingdom

Features and lifestyle writer.

Culture & Trends Consultant specialising in retail and fashion trends.

Illume Stories - The fashion dilemma: speed vs sustainability

At the same time, fast fashion - an increasingly dirty word - still taps into many of our basic human needs: the desire for instant gratification and self-expression. With the rise of individualism, we've been told to focus on how we're looking, how we're feeling, and how others perceive us.

I Love Manchester (MCR)
6 unmissable gigs coming to Manchester this summer | I Love Manchester (MCR)

Even the casual music fan would recognise Manchester's rich musical tapestry - a sonic melting pot of musical innovators and new talent taking that meteoric leap into the music industry. The city is alive with its own eco-system of live music venues showcasing every genre.

Bitter Sweet Symphonies
SONG OF THE WEEK: Fenne Lily - 'What's Good'

Bristol based singer-songwriter Fenne Lily has been far from idle over the last year, closing 2016 with a special one-off support slot for Lucy Rose as well as embarking on her first UK headline tour. In addition to the flurry of live activity, Lily released 'What's Good' and now we've been treated to a brand-new promo video with a cut for the latest single.

Bitter Sweet Symphonies
FESTIVAL REVIEW: Liverpool Sound City 2017

A decade of reinvention has transformed Liverpool Sound City from its modest beginnings back in 2007. Earlier editions saw ticket-holders venue hopping around the city centre's independent bars to catch intimate performances from a left-field line up.

Liverpool Noise
Liverpool's Best Beer Gardens & Outdoor Spaces * Liverpool Noise

When that elusive British sunshine puts its hat on and temperatures rise here in Liverpool, there's only one thing we want to do - drink! Nothing beats spending a summer evening sipping on an ice-cold beer or fruity cocktail in a sun-drenched beer garden. But where are the best outdoor spots in the city?