Here's a low-down of our incredibly breathtaking three-week tour of Slovenia, Italy and a dash of Austria.
We’ve just got back from our jam-packed roadtrip around Slovenia (hopping over into Italy and Austria too)! We spent three weeks travelling, eating, drinking (2 Euro cartons of wine only!) and sleeping in our rental campervan. From stumbling across local farm-stays, to swimming in pristine alpine waters. From ziplining (and simultaneously screaming/shitting/crying) our way through the mountains, to sipping on local wine in Slovenia’s answer to Tuscany. From sweating our way round 50 hairpin corners, to staring silently at green-screen views (#fakeviews). Its safe to say we listened to way too many Guilty Feminist podcast episodes on the road (we say 'on the road now', cos we're rad and cool and camp and stuff). I'm feeling #inspired to share our finds of hidden gems and must-sees in Slovenia and Italy!
Follow our route here - you have so much flexibility in Slovenia, since its such a small country. A change of heart can mean just a 1 hour journey to a totally new place!
As many of you requested...
After months of being wayyyy too emotionally invested in my Dissertation, this is the final copy that I am super excited to share with you. Feel free to comment on the findings...
The purpose of this study is to demystify the underlying motivations of the millennial women purchasing
feminist fashion, by identifying frequently occuring value chains. Following a means-end approach and
using in-depth laddered interviews of millennials who have actually purchased feminist fashion
commodities, this research found seven underlying values that drive their choice to consume feminist
fashion commodities. The ubiquitous ‘Girl Power’ narrative in fashion stores and online is unmissable. A
Fourth wave of feminism has descended onto the marketplace, fuelled by millennials who are using their
remarkable online connectivity and consumption habits to take a stand for social justice. Brands are
acknowledging the power of associating themselves with empowering female narratives, as a means to
expand markets and remain relevant to young consumers. The results offer qualitative insight into how
management should market fashion commodities with feminist signifiers, pointing towards a variety of
target segments: Educators, Rebels, Self-Expressors, Community Builders, Self-Esteem Seekers and
Helpers. Each segment is driven by a correlating underlying value including the desire to educate others
about feminism, rebellion in the face of society’s sexism, feeling a sense of belonging to a community,
self-esteem and supporting others. This study has identified that female millennial consumers purchasing
feminist commodities are not solely driven by the desire to present a positive image and/or the desire to
remain consistent with internal values, as presented by literature into prosocial behaviour (Kristofferson et
al., 2016). Instead, since the nature of feminist fashion commodities is controversial, millennial women
are also driven by the desire to disrupt the status quo.
Download the whole file below :)
"Can nakedness ever be empowering or have our nude forms been hijacked by the male gaze forever?
It feels as if nudity and sex are naturally intertwined, after centuries of patriarchal structures cementing this notion in place. Can we really look at our own bodies and breasts with a purely neutral mind, after a lifetime of conditioning that they are there for straight-male pleasure?"
I recently wrote an article for the trailblazing platform Temper Femina. They're dedicated to spotlighting women in the arts!
Last month we made our way down to London for a day of nakedness and celebration in a small studio, filled with amazing humans. The aim of the shoot was to respond artistically and powerfully to the recent deactivation of the Mude Threads Instagram account, after it was taken down for 'sexually explicit content'.
We wanted real people to bend the rules of gender, highlighting the hypocrisy of nipple censorship online. We wanted to challenge long-standing gender stereotypes by presenting soft-featured men, and power-posing women.
Mude has been featured in our first big print magazine...WHAT THEEEEEEE!?
"In The Moment is a beautiful, practical lifestyle magazine for the modern-thinking creative woman. Enjoy practical creative projects, positive features and stories to inspire, adventures near and far for a healthy body and mind, and ideas embracing every aspect of women’s lives: friends, family, self, work, rest and play! It has a sense of community and fun, and you will be informed and entertained by knowledgeable experts and humorous columnists. With content covering wellbeing, creating, living and escaping, its monthly publication will reflect latest trends and encourage you to make the most of each day by living ‘in the moment"
Grab a copy from WHSmith, and most of the big supermarkets.
I've teamed up with the Babes behind OHNE to create a badass tote bag, celebrating International Women's Day!
OHNE are dedicated to delivering (YEP! Straight to your door!) organic tampons, so you can be sure what you're putting in your body. Ever wondered why mainstream tampons don't have an ingredients list...yeah, worrying.
"Because we're calling bull on tampons made with pesticides and other junk being wrapped like harmless, delightful sweets (and we're pretty much done with heading out in our PJ's at 11pm to buy them, too)."
Get yo' hands on one of these FREEEEEE tote bags from OHNE, there's only 50 so make sure to get an order in soon!
Every order will now receive a ‘got your back’ postcard, so you can remind a gal pal you got them. Send nudes or send mudes 😏
Last weekend I travelled from my humble student abode in Leeds, into the wilderness of Scotland...St Andrews! After a jam-packed weekend of incredible speakers and eye-opening topics of discussion, I'm so pleased to say that my workshop was a huge, nakedness-filled success!
I met the queen of body-confidence, Danni, who is the founder of the Cha Chi Power Project: "My name is Danni. I started The Chachi Power Project in January 2017 to promote body positivity and to encourage everyone to improve their body confidence. I think learning to like, or even love, your own body can change your world and in turn, you might be able to change THE WHOLE WORLD" . Expect a blog post about this energising woman, who oozes self-confidence, very soon!
Thanks for having me, St Andrews Sexpression!
The process is wildly empowering and humbling and many women have chosen to do this as part of their self-development to become super confident and loving of their own bodies. The process takes from 1-2 weeks, as each commission is completely unique. Purchase your nude commission here
The images below have been shared with the consent of the women they are based on
1) When you're ready, you can send me a relaxed nude or semi-nude photo via email, Instagram or Whatsapp. This photo is stored in a passcode-protected and hidden file and is deleted after stage 2.
2) I translate every curve of your unique body into a line drawing that provides the blueprints for the final embroidery. You're turned into a piece of art!
3) You choose where you would like the line drawing to be hand-embroidered. A popular choice is a sweatshirt since the most empowering thing is wearing yourself, baring all and being unapologetic for it. I can hand-embroider onto a tote bag, a sweatshirt, a tee, a cushion or onto a fabric in a decorative hoop (perfect for hanging on the wall).
I will never share your design without your enthusiastic and explicit permission. It may be a personal journey for your eyes only and that is absolutely possible.
If you have any questions or would like to hear from women who have been through the process, email: