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Five lockdown charity shop alternatives

Lockdown(s) have triggered us all to take conscious steps towards improving our lives. For many, this has taken the form of clutter clear outs and closet purges, making way for a minimalist ‘new you’. Now that the sunny weather is finally making an appearance in Edinburgh, your spring clean senses might be tingling even more. […]

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Racial bias in retail

There has long been a racial bias in retail, from racially profiling customers in corner shops, to a lack of diversity amongst make up products. The majority of people do not understand what a privilege it is to enter a shop and not have to worry about how you will be perceived by either the […]

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One-size-fits-all: except wait, it doesn’t

I vividly remember buying my uniform for sixth form college; the dress code was “business-like” (cue the eye roll) and so I found myself in H&M’s suit section, aged 16, hunting for the perfect pieces. I eventually bought three suits, all the same size, and that was that. Except it wasn’t. I’d only tried on […]

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Post-covid fashion: will it be the glitz and glam we imagined?

As we approach the one year anniversary of the first lockdown, it has become increasingly difficult to remember a time without masks, social distancing or loungewear attire every day. And at this point, I mean every day. With a very empty diary that I have meticulously filled by scheduling my daily walk, it has been […]

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The death of window shopping: Is browsing a thing of the past?

As with the majority of things in today’s world, the pandemic has completely reshaped shopping as we know it. Gone are the days of blissful browsing through Armstrong’s: instead ‘armchair shopping’ has become the only way for us to get our fix of retail therapy, and with the hefty predictions of the long-term impacts of […]

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Lifestyle Wellbeing

Curbing Coronavirus Spending

It is no surprise that with increased time at home and little to no activities to fill that time with, I find myself scrolling through a seemingly endless array of online shops. I might not be spending money on meals out or drinks with my friends, but the amount I’m spending online is definitely on […]

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Lifestyle

Saying no to fast fashion

It’s time we said no to fast fashion. Yes, that bargain jumper from H&M might seem alluring, but there’s a reason it seems such a bargain – it is likely to come at the cost of the labour force who produced it and the damage to the planet that it causes. We’re probably all guilty […]

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Hellish conditions of Amazon warehouses revealed in latest reports

Our society has begun to revolve around consumer needs, depending upon the speediness of one-day delivery and keeping up with the ever-changing system of the latest trends. The pressure placed on staff working in Amazon’s warehouses has been highlighted previously by the Channel 4 undercover series Dispatches: Secrets of Amazon. The constant demand of sales […]