Heather Gwyther

United Kingdom

I am an editorial writer and digital content creator specialising in what I love: fashion, beauty and life in general.

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Beauty

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THE BIG BEAUTY SALON BEEF

The beauty industry contributes billions to the UK economy, so why does it not get the Government's respect?

Fashion

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BEAUTIFUL CORSETS AND WHERE TO BUY THEM

Recently, something Billie Eilish posted on her Instagram surpassed a million likes in six minutes. While this may have had a lot to do with the post being her British Vogue cover (and her status as the voice of Generation Z), there was another element to the image that might also account for its popularity: a custom Gucci corset.

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A SLIDING SCALE OF RESIN RINGS

If you frequent the likes of Depop and Etsy in search of new jewellery, you’re probably familiar with resin rings. But as popular as they are with the likes of Bella Hadid and Dua Lipa, the ostensibly Y2K ones – being chunky, colourful, embellished and admittedly somewhat juvenile – aren’t to every taste level. But they are to some. And so here we have a sliding scale of resin rings to appease everyone. May yours be as stackable as they are standalone.

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NEW JEANS SERVED THREE WAYS

In all seriousness, we'd be bereft without jeans. They're the sweet spot between a tracksuit and something inescapably formal. But, due to the pandemic, 2020 was not a stellar year for them - they were even the subject of derision on Twitter. Still, given that 2020 is now behind us, it's time to be excited by jeans again.

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FUN TIMES CALL FOR FUN TROUSERS

Lockdown easing has presented us with multiple opportunities for fun, but that’s not to say it’s guaranteed. In poor weather conditions, outdoor dining is somewhat of an ordeal. And the joy of sauntering to the pub isn’t quite the same when you have to book a table for the privilege. But, regardless of whether or not you will actually enjoy yourself, at least it’s an excuse to dress for fun. On that note, here are some of our favourite printed trousers.

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ADMITTEDLY WE LIKE MATCHING TOP AND SHORT SETS

So, the secret's out: whether they're matching top and trouser sets or matching top and skirt sets, we like clothes that match. With the accompanying stresses of lockdown easing, they just make life easier. And funner, actually! There's nothing like knowing you look fabulous to instil you with a bit of self-confidence.

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HOT WEATHER DRESSING FOR SENSIBLE PEOPLE

Given the fact that it's nearly summer, it seems appropriate that the coming days are set to be warm. Although whether this is a blessing or a curse is entirely down to personal preference, you'll probably still want to be comfortable in the heat.

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IT'S TIME FOR WRAP SKIRTS

We don't care what anyone else says, we love wrap skirts. They're a balmy day in an item of clothing and particularly forgiving after a large meal, which is very useful now that restaurants are somewhat open. They're also diverse: some are plain and some are patterned, some are mini and some are maxi, some are linen and some are denim.

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MATCHING TOP AND TROUSER SETS TO WEAN YOU OFF TRACKSUITS

It's fair to say that the most stylish iteration of WFH dressing has been the matching tracksuit. Now, with lockdown easing, it's time for a suitable substitute: matching top and trouser sets. Stop sighing! We know tracksuits are comfortable, but they don't make heads turn in the way that matching top and trouser sets do.

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BEADED JEWELLERY IS ABOUT TO HAVE A MOMENT

If you follow Diet Prada on Instagram, you may have seen one of their latest posts about Bottega Veneta. Its focus? A very expensive beaded necklace. But despite the criticism levelled at its price, we still found ourselves somewhat enamored with it. And all other beaded jewellery, for that matter.

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IT MIGHT BE TIME FOR FLORAL DRESSES

Well, what is there to say about floral dresses? Since examples of them sometimes seem infinite, lots of things. And we shall be saying some of them here - as we always do. Because floral dresses are often nowhere to be seen in winter, their appearance ought to signal the arrival of spring.

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HERE ARE THE SUSTAINABLE JEWELLERY BRANDS WE LOVE

If you’re appreciative of sustainable clothing brands, it stands to reason that you’ll be similarly interested in sustainable jewellery brands. So, in advance of Fashion Revolution Week and Earth Day, we gathered our favourites for your perusal.

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INDECISIVE WEATHER REQUIRES A SPRING MAXI DRESS

While you can get spring dresses with long sleeves that are also maxi dresses and spring maxi dresses that happen to have long sleeves, the main difference between them is this: spring maxi dresses are for those of us who will always be more hesitant to bear our legs than our arms. Bare legs are such a signifier of spring that they're basically a signifier of summer.

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OUR FAVOURITE VEGAN LEATHER BRANDS

These days, it's fair to say that vegan products are commonplace. You could sustain yourself solely on the wisdom of vegan cookbooks. Dart around only in vegan trainers. Use vegan shampoo and conditioner followed by a vegan hair mask. Anything, really. What we're basically trying to say is that you can now live a vegan existence without excessive fanfare.

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THE BEST SLIT MIDI SKIRTS FOR SPRING AND BEYOND

Sometimes, the gulf between midi skirts and miniskirts can seem huge. Styled incorrectly, a midi skirt can feel like the frumpiest item of clothing in the world. And miniskirts just get dubbed 'inappropriate' no matter how they're styled. There's no winning. Uness, that is, you take to wearing a midi skirt with a slit.

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IN THE MOOD FOR NEW CLOTHES? CONSIDER THESE SUSTAINABLE CLOTHING BRANDS

It's hard to move through the world these days without encountering pleas and pledges for sustainability. That's a good thing, though. Without them, there might not be any world left to move through at all. From what we eat to where we travel, so much of what we adore is not sustainable in its traditional format.

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SO, WHAT'S YOUR BIRTHSTONE?

By now, you probably know what your astrological sign and your initial is. And perhaps so too does your jewellery box. You rarely need an excuse for new jewellery, but the opportunity to honour certain aspects of your identity is a decent one. Birthstone jewellery, then, ought to be your next target.

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YOU CAN'T FORGO SLEEVES JUST YET

Year after year, we are forced to accept that the promise of spring does not make its arrival any less laboured. One week, wearing a bikini on the balcony seems like a brilliant idea; the next, it's hard to see beyond balaclavas.

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SUMMER HATS FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

We know that hats can sometimes seem a bit de trop for the less flamboyant among us, but - alongside SPF - a decent hat will shield your precious face from UV radiation (which is as evil as it sounds) like nothing else.

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MATCHING YOUR SKIRT TO YOUR TOP MAKES LIFE SIMPLER

Since we recently used lockdown easing as an excuse to celebrate matching top and trouser sets (which are most certainly not to be confused with matching tracksuits), it's only fair that we do the same for matching top and skirt sets.

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SHOULD WE DITCH THE BRA ALTOGETHER?

The abandoned bra trope is not something that I have ever understood. I would not leave my bra – certainly not the I.D. Sarrieri one – in anyone’s musty bed no matter how quickly I wanted to scarper. That beloved thing would be accompanying me home come hell or high water! If the mattress had to be upturned at the expense of someone’s slumber to do so then so be it. Lie-ins are a waste of time anyway, I’d exclaim (definitely not believing it myself).

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YOUR NEW FAVOURITE BLACK SUNGLASSES

Rumour has it that spring is here. How lovely for us all! But, as lovely as the sun is, it's not particularly kind to our eyes. Some would say it's downright cruel! So cruel, in fact, that it can actually make you weep, ruining your mascara with it.

Sex & Relationships

Culture

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SOME WATCH WORTHY LOVE ISLAND TIKTOKS

Apparently - defying all predictions that single people in the nascent post-pandemic era would be particularly horny - Love Island is currently somewhat lacklustre. But while the 2021 season may (or may not) become more interesting as it bores on, what we can always rely on to entertain us is TikTok.

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OUR FAVOURITE LGBTQ DOCUMENTARIES ON NETFLIX

It is impossible to relegate the might of LGBTQ culture to a single month. There, we said it. So, to accompany the queer film and reading lists we published in June, we're entering July with a selection of our favourite LGBTQ documentaries on Netflix. Enjoy.

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TIKTOK HACKS FOR A BETTER LIFE

All facets of life can be found on TikTok. If you like plants, there are plant hacks to ensure that yours thrive. If you prefer tending to yourself, there are hacks for that too: makeup hacks, beauty hacks, hair hacks. If it typically involves staring into a mirror, someone on TikTok will have created content in its honor.

Food & Drink

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OUR FAVOURITE ROOFTOP BARS AND RESTAURANTS IN LONDON

While we’re glad that we no longer have to eat al fresco in the name of coronavirus restrictions, there are certain types of outdoor dining establishments in London that we love above all others: rooftop bars and restaurants. London’s rooftop bars and restaurants are magical places. In them, we take pictures of the sunset that – at the time – we believe are worthy of submission to National Geographic. We wonder whether we should have dressed more appropriately. We literally look down on people.

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INDIAN VEGETARIAN RESTAURANTS WORTH THE FOOD COMA

Realising things! We all do it. Especially when a pandemic punctures normality in its entirety and leaves us with a surplus of solitude. As of late, one such realisation of ours has been this: you do not need meat to have a good time. Nowhere is this more evident than at an Indian vegetarian restaurant.

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WHO SAYS YOU CAN'T EAT OUT AT HOME?

We miss London's restaurants. But while they will be able to serve customers sitting outside from April the 12th and fully from May the 17th (along with the rest of the country's), there is a solution in the meantime: London restaurant meal kits.

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TIKTOK FOOD HACKS TO ENTERTAIN YOURSELF WITH

Food, glorious food. Where would be without it? Malnourished, yes, but - if the past year is anything to go by - also bored. Whether it involves making fresh pasta or fancy restaurant meal kits, experimenting with food is one of the activities that has consistently delivered us from catatonia throughout lockdown - just like TikTok.

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