Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett

30.9.16


Described as "engaging, hilarious and practical" by Sheryl Sandberg, Jessica Bennett's new book, Feminist Fight Club is an essential and witty read for all women in the workplace.

Feminist Fight Club blends the personal stories of a group of women who formed a secret group in New York City with research, statistics, and no-bullsh*t advice for how to combat today’s sexism. Bennett offers a new vocabulary for the sexist archetypes women encounter everyday—such as the Manterrupter, who talks over female colleagues in meetings or the Bropropriator, who appropriates their ideas—and provides practical hacks for pushing back. With original illustrations, Feminist Mad Libs, a Negotiation Cheat Sheet, and fascinating historical research – including a glossary of OG Feminist Fight Clubs – Feminist Fight Club tackles both the external (sexist) and internal (self-sabotaging) behaviors that plague women in the workplace—as well as the system that perpetuates them.

The super cool Jessica Bennett
Bennett is an influential voice in today's conversation about workplace equality and social issues. With experience of working at Newsweek, Tumblr and Sandberg's Lean In Foundation, Bennett is a modern day advocate for women and the issues we all experience in the world of work.

This is an essential read, and particularly great for those days that haven't gone so well at the office. Find out more about the book and the movement here. 

Thanks to the publisher for a complimentary copy of FFC. 

Judith Miller: Living with Art Deco Style launch

28.9.16


Judith Miller the undisputed Queen of Antiques will be launching her exciting new title Living with Art Deco Style in October 2016 and The Blanchard Collective is delighted to announce a book signing event at their Marlborough showroom on Wednesday 5 October from 11 am, in collaboration with the award winning Hungerford Bookshop.

Internationally acclaimed antiques expert Judith Miller will sign copies of her book and share her knowledge with visitors and a highlight of the event will be a panel discussion with Judith and Art Deco specialists at The Blanchard Collective, Peter Woodward and Philip Varma and guest specialist Art Deco dealer Jeroen Markies. The dealers will show a selection of star pieces from their own collections using Judith’s beautiful book to reference makers and influences from this illustrious era of early C20th style.
Judith Miller
For further information contact Gail McLeod at mail@antiquesnewsandfairs.co.uk.

Learn about Parliament with FutureLearn

26.9.16

© UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor 
The Westminster model of parliamentary democracy has been adopted by many countries across the world, and the UK Parliament has been described as the Mother of Parliaments. It's a tricky institution to master, with many rules, regulations and centuries old conventions that MPs and their staffers must respect. Even for the British public, Parliament has rules- particularly when you visit!

FutureLearn, the social learning platform, is partnering with the Houses of Parliament to run its first course: “Introduction to the UK Parliament: People, processes and public participation."

The course is designed to increase public engagement and the nation's understanding of the work and role of the Parliament.  The course will cover:


  • the difference between Parliament and Government 
  • the role, and the changing nature of Parliamentary debates, including new digital debates 
  • the steps and processes involved in making and changing legislation 
  • the role of committees 
  • how citizens can engage with Parliament 

The course will begin on November 14th to coincide with UK Parliament Week, a programme of events and activities that connects people across the UK with Parliament and democracy.

For more information on the course and to be a Parliamentary expert visit FutureLearn to find out more.

Elsa and Me Kickstarter

23.9.16

Elsa and Me
One of my favourite go to dresses is a black shift from Elsa and Me. Handmade and exquisitely crafted, I get lots of compliments when I wear it!

Now the brand has launched a Kickstarter to help fund their next project. To expand and improve their service for the fall season, ELSA AND ME is working to purchase its largest bulk order of fabric yet and is enlisting the help of its customers and fans through Kickstarter. Having an inventory of material will speed up their production process, shorten the time between ordering and delivery, and keep prices low.

With ten pledges to choose from starting from $15, there's an option to suit every price point. Plus you can donate to have a bespoke dress made in the style and fabric of your choice!


For more details on the Kickstarter and to pledge, click here

Theresa May at the UN General Assembly

20.9.16


The PM travelled to her first UN General Assembly in New York earlier this week. Addressing delegates, Theresa May spoke about the refugee crisis.


The PM also met with the Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon and other world leaders including the Prime Minister of New Zealand, John Key.


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The PM wore a black tailored skirt suit by Amanda Wakeley, a white shell top and oversized chain necklace. The look was completed with a pair of jewelled buckle black flats from Russell & Bromley.

The Sally Coat by Boden

19.9.16


I have a thing for coats and jackets, and if I have my sensible head on I really shouldn't be looking at any more. But... this Sally coat by Boden is utterly perfect!


Made from luxurious boiled wool and raw edges, the straight shape and unlined material make it perfect for the transition between autumn and winter. It comes in five cool colours (the navy being my fave) and would look ace with jeans, skinny trousers and a pair of funky flats.

I may have to give in...

AERIN Embroidered Suede Collection

17.9.16


This was quite possibly the chicest email that landed in my inbox this week - and I can't stop thinking about these gorgeous flats! AERIN's new Embroidered Suede collection features this fantastic suede ballet pumps with embroidered floral motif and a great grosgrain ankle strap. Hand made in Italy, the quality and finish is second to none.

And it doesn't end there! The embroidered suede boot is also terribly chic, and would look great with a pair of skinny jeans and a cute dress alike.


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