Ghosting – is this just real life, or should it be fantasy?

Boo it’s a ghost, and not even a cute Casper-like cartoon ghost we know and love, I’m talking about the ghosts in your closet. And tbh, however much we wish they would stay there, this closet doesn’t have a lock, and anyway – ghosts can walk through walls remember? They can’t be trapped away by…

Vanity Care on Valentines

What is value? Well, it can revolve around a lot of things. Summer Scott explores her own Self Love and Vanity Care in a Valentines photo series. Vanity Care is a term I use to refer to outright self-indulgence in the mental well being of ourselves. We are starting skin care routines but for the…

Happy Galentine’s Day!

A cat lady is a cultural archetype often depicted as a woman, a middle-aged or eldery spinster, who owns many pet cats. The term traditonally considered negative, though in 2019 being a cat lady is something to strive for; an independent icon. This photo series by Bethany Vargas depicts our only mood this Galentine’s Day. ❤ Photographer:Bethany Vargas…

Purple Girls, Purple Girls.

Love is in the air, and Polyester carries on our LOVE WEEK feature with this poem by Eleanor Alice Hurley, on how ‘Purple Girls Inspired Me to Be a Woman’ Purple Girls inspired me to be a woman,  I realised,  After tireless disappointment, uncertainty, a disassociated glance in the glass,  Running a race where I…

Valentines week love potions for your lover, friends or self

Sarah Strongarms, tattooist based in London has concocted some love potions for this week of Eros ; True Love, Self Love or Friendship. True Love Potion A little concoction for true love. A sprig of rosemary, a branch from a wild rose and a rose quartz in their oil.  – Rosemary can cleanse the bad energy…

How (NOT) to talk to guys at parties…

An ode to straight guys and their broken flirting sensors (or their entitled toxic attitude related to “the chase”). From the guy who mistakes basic conversation with flirting and who’s girlfriend follows closely oozing passive aggressiveness, how does one politely drop “I’m not actually interested in you, you’re reading this situation wrong” mid-chat? To the guy who goes from…

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Listen to the first episode of our podcast!

We’re taking our first steps into the world of audio communication with our very own podcast series – hear the first offering right here. Bridging the gap between our online platform and the biannual print zine, we’re super excited to be exploring the world of podcasts with an eight part series getting under the skin…

So totally BOR3D

Our complete January mood tbh. BOR3D is a tale of 10 eccentric female characters by French photographer and art director Pol Kurucz. Through visual allegories and pop aesthetics each character uses their own singularities to provoke the viewer and challenge social and aesthetic norms. The series mixing fashion and fine art features atypical models and creations from…

The artist giving emotional labour 4 FREE

Bex Ilsley is an artist based in Coventry who started her career on Instagram and has even been promoted by Miley Cyrus. Ilsley explains her work, Fire Sale! about women’s emotional labour. “Fire Sale! was a streamed performance which was projected live onto a huge wall at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea in October 2016. I…

Invisible & III

Having a healthy mind is just as important as having a healthy body. We all have good and bad days, but in the last decade the number of people affected by mental health issues has steadily risen and experts are now calling it a ‘slow-growing epidemic’. Mental health embodies so many things and cannot be…

Will AI make the beauty industry less racist?

The beauty industry is rarely recognised for its racial inclusivity. Primarily, because it’s lacking. Ill-informed in-store consultants ​and ​brands that perpetuate insensitive racial stereotypes​ ​only scrape the surface of the problems that lie within an industry that has never succeeded in catering to non-white customers. But Artificial Intelligence experts and entrepreneurs believe that with recent…

Oh, heck. Titanic.
Monthly alternative movie poster comic by the fabulous Charlotte Tymm