Author archives: Nicole

4 Life Lessons from the first Women’s Sport Film Festival

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A women’s soccer team in Zanzibar. The first all female Palestinian race-car team. A world record holder swimming from Cuba to Florida in shark-infested waters. What do these firsts have in common? They’re all part of the world’s first ever Women’s Sports Film Festival. The atmosphere was electric as audience members were transported around the globe throug[...]

How to find Hope in a Difficult World

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People of 2016.. We're living through some intense times. Between attacks of terror, conflict, terrifying political leaders and police brutality, the world can seem anything but hopeful. I don't know about you, but event after event brings me anger, confusion and a continuous state of wondering how we got to this point. In much need of a little light, a litt[...]

The Beginning: A word on starting over

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You right now, exhausted and a little shaken, are at the start of an incredible journey. This journey can and will be whatever you make it. Embrace it, start over. Embrace that which comes your way with open arms. Challenge your negative thoughts, when your mind says 'You aren't good enough', or you've 'Never done that before'. Say YES to life. Say yes t[...]

The Anatomy of a Troll

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Packed train. 5pm. Commuter rush hour. My cheek is mashed into the arm of an older white man in his late 50’s as he focuses on his phone. Eyes down, music blaring into his ears, he disconnects from his surroundings and lets his fingers move across the screen. The unspoken rule of commuting is in play - anything on a phone during rush hour is fair game.[...]

Why You Should Help Yourself Before Helping Others

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In this clip, Jada Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow, and mother, in all their beautiful realness, focus on the question - 'How hard is it being a wife and mother?' The ensuring answer applies not just to mothers, but also to women in the twenty-something stages and more. As women, we are often programmed to throw ourselves into something so hard, that we [...]

Creating a new nude - Ade Hassan, Queen of Hosiery

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Creating a company from scratch, changing the game in women’s lingerie and receiving Kerry Washington’s blessing - all in a days work right? Ade Hassan is the founder and CEO of Nubian Skin, a women’s lingerie company created with women of colour in mind. We catch up with Ade to talk business, Kerry Washington and underwear at her office in Bloomsbury, Londo[...]

How to Change the Face of The Outdoors: An American Ascent

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As a traveller and lover of the outdoors, be it hiking, camping, (attempting badly) to surf, running, wakeboarding etc, I love being outside. Along the way, I have noticed that the media's depiction of the great outdoors is often.. somewhat limited. There is a trend right now (with Instagram being a serial offender) of slim, caucasian women with long flowing[...]

Behind the Veil: Sara Shamsavari

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Upon meeting Sara Shamsavari, one can tell that fear isn’t often an emotion she publically conveys. Confident but kind, her demeanor holds a strength and wisdom seen through the fearless work she creates. A multidisciplinary artist, Sara was born in Iran in the midst of the Islamic Revolution, fleeing the country before settling in London. Her emotiv[...]

5 Reasons 'Wild' Will Make You A Badass

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‘Wild’ tells the true story of Cheryl Strayed’s 1,100 mile solo trek from California to Washington State, on the Pacific Crest Trail. I finished this book in three days flat, voraciously guzzling page after page. This book is everything a woman should, at some point in her life, experience. Strayed is a legitimate superhero!! Wild has been adapted for the b[...]

Launch Update: Story Behind the Shoot

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What a day of firsts - Our first time shooting for Alturus, my first time as creative director, and the first team get-together (away from skype/facetime!) ….. It was incredible! I’ve been unsure for weeks about how this would go, mostly because of my inexperience in the photography world. But as a wise businesswoman told me, when you don’t know something[...]