Friday, 4 October 2013

Make Them Pay - and pay this forward

It's not often I hop onto my political hobby horse on the blog, but I do know that most, not all, of my readers are women and one topic that fires everyone up is how much we get paid.  When I read about Elle's Rebranding Feminism project,I thought it was an incredibly important thing to get behind and encourage others to find out more.  It's already had a huge impact (as you can see if you follow them on Twitter) and hopefully will only grow from here as more people join the conversation.  

Three feminist ad campaigns have been created for the project. One in particular, Mother’s call to action to 'Make Them Pay', addresses pay inequality - according to the Office of National Statistics, women working full-time in Britain earn 17.8% less than their male counterparts.

Mother have created a dedicated website so that you can find out if your pay is fair in comparison to your male counterparts.

The results are astonishing – make sure you visit the site - Make Them Pay - and for the record, I'm paid nearly four thousand a year less than a chap in my job. Grrrrrrrr.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Darcy is DEAD!

Oh good lord - BREAKING NEWS! Helen Fielding will be releasing the third in the Bridget Jones book series, Mad About The Boy. The book – which will be available to buy from October 10 – has already attracted much hype, after it was revealed that Bridget's true love, Mark Darcy, has been killed off. Does this mean that the naughty Daniel Cleaver will be back on the scene? Has Bridget finally given up on fags and Chardonnay? Will we all love it as much as the first? We'll know in a week!

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Babycakes! - Introducing J Crew 'Crewcuts'

At last, J.Crew devotees can deck their babies out in the same striped T-shirts and Italian cashmere sweaters they rely on for their day-to-day wardrobes. (But obviously the looks are even cuter because they are SO TINY!)

“For Baby, specifically, we are definitely keeping it to styles and silhouettes that cater to the tiniest among us,” Crewcuts head designer Jenny Cooper said at an editor brunch celebrating the new line for newborns to two-year-olds. 

“I know how squirmy and wiggly they are so we’re making everything very soft and moveable and also considering the adult who has to get them in and out of it. One of the perks of adding Baby is that we get baby fit models in from time to time, complete with chubby thighs and tiny toes.” Oh the cuteness!

To accommodate them, she added easy snaps and openings to J.Crew staples from the main line and combined them with fun, colorful prints from the Crewcuts collection. Some of my favorites are the tongue-and-cheek phrases, like ‘Heartbreaker’ and ‘Tres Cool,’ on the sweaters. The 71 different styles are available in US stores and online at now. We may also be getting them in the UK store when it opens in London later this year but at present I can't find any info on that, if you can, let me know!

I would totally wear both of these items!