THE AWKWARD RISE OF THE FRIENDSHIP PAY GAP – AND HOW TO COPE WHEN YOUR PALS EARN MORE THAN YOU

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May 2018, Glamour Magazine

I have a confession to make that will come at the detriment of my feminist credentials: I can blissfully ignore the pay gap, happily pretending that it doesn’t affect me. As a freelancer, if I’m not getting paid, it’s probably my own fault, not the Patriarchy’s. And though it has been pointed out that this is both problematic and untrue, the wage difference that really bothers me isn’t the one in my professional life. It’s the one that exists in some of …read more

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HOW VALENTINE’S DAY KILLED MY RELATIONSHIP DEAD

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14th February, Fabulous, The Sun

VALENTINE’S Day and I were not always a perfect match, to put it lightly.

Years of single Februarys had left me deflated and cynical.

When I finally did find myself in a relationship and with plans on February 14, it wasn’t the night I’d expected.

Instead, that Valentine’s Day spelled out the end for our relationship.

In fact, it went one step further than that and killed it dead. Then stamped on it, just to really make its point.

Let me set the scene: …read more

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OWNING PROPERTY? YOUR WORST INVESTMENT’

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January 2018, Grazia 

Amy Lavelle thought getting on the property ladder would bring security and contentment – but in an uncertain world it’s left her more anxious than ever

It’s been a year since I waved Generation Rent goodbye and slotted a new key into my new front door, one that I actually own. This, I thought – as I made my husband pick me up and took a dozen photos of him carrying me over the threshold until we had the perfect shot – was adulthood. The only things left to do were to paint the walls a bold but instantly regrettable choice and hang the art we’ve had propped against walls for the …read more

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I’M A MILLENNIAL WHO BUCKED THE TREND AND BOUGHT MY OWN HOUSE. NOW I SERIOUSLY REGRET IT

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December 2017, Independent

Homeowner. I feel like this will be the word that defines me, the epitaph that will one day be engraved on my tombstone (even if I fail to keep up with my mortgage payments and end up in a Dickensian paupers’ prison). Here lies Amy Lavelle: she owned a house once.

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll notice that this is the position that all members of my generation – millennials, and yes, I’m sure you’ve heard enough about us by now – …read more

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‘I’VE SPENT MY LIFE IN WOMEN-ONLY SPACES AND THIS IS WHY I DISAGREE WITH THEM’

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November 2017, Red Online

I’m fairly sure that what I’m about to say could forever lose me my feminist credentials, but here goes. There are 8,000 women on a waiting list for a women’s-only co-working space in SoHo and I have no idea what any of those 8,000 women are thinking. Why are they so desperate to get into the exact kind of space that I’ve spent half my life desperately clawing my way out of: the kind that’s single sex?

I’ve inadvertently and entirely against my will spent much of …read more

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WHY OUT OF SYNC FRIENDSHIPS CAN BE STRONGER FOR IT

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November 2017, Red Online

If I’d known the word ‘synchronicity’ growing up, I would have loved it. There was a word that perfectly described exactly what my friends and I were aiming for: the kind of lives you see play out in American sitcoms, ones that were completely entwined and entirely in-sync. For the most part, we managed it.

It’s easy to map out your life when you’re a child. Sure, you might be an astronaut or a lawyer, but more importantly, you’re going to do whatever your best friend does …read more

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SOD THE GROOM. WEDDINGS ARE ABOUT THE WOMEN AT THE HEART OF THEM

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August 2017, The Pool
Behind every bride, there is a group of exhausted women in coordinating dresses, forcing smiles while they wonder where the last 10 months went. Just ask any woman who has been asked to be a part of someone else’s special day: weddings aren’t kind to our female friendships. There’s no solidarity to be found in delving into your overdraft so you can attend a hen; being asked to dye your hair because your natural shade doesn’t match the …read more

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LIFE ADVICE FROM SANDY COHEN THAT’S STILL RELEVANT AF

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March 2017, Comedy Central

Let’s just say it: Sandy Cohen was the best TV dad. Way back in the 00s, he was the man you wanted to turn to if life wasn’t going your way and most of the time, he’d be there with the answers. The man was completely wasted on Seth Cohen (the absolute worst).

The show might have ended 10 years ago, but Sandy Cohen’s wisdom is for life. Let’s play a game of Sandy Says.

Come over to Comedy Central to read …read more

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DIVORCE LAWYERS ARE REVEALING WHY COUPLES BREAK UP

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March 2017, Comedy Central

Divorce lawyers have been all over Reddit sharing the bizarre AF reasons marriages have broken up. It’s an eye-opener.

Pro life tip: if you’re heading that way anytime soon, try to make sure these aren’t an issue for you and your boo.

1. THE CLIENT THAT WAS INTO GOAT PORN.

Comment from discussion Divorce lawyers of Reddit, what’s the best kept secret couples have kept from one another?.

2. JUST YOUR AVERAGE, SEMI-INCESTUAL AFFAIR HERE.

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3. THIS GUY WAS HIDING A SECRET OIL RIG. CASUAL.

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4. BESTIALITY IS A REAL ISSUE IN DIVORCE COURT.

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5. THE ONE WITH THE THREE SEPARATE FAMILIES.

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6. THIS FATAL ATTRACTION STORY.

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7. RIGHT OUT OF A CAMERON DIAZ MOVIE.

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8. JUST TAKE OUT THE BINS!

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WHAT HAPPENED TO THESE ICONIC ON SCREEN BABIES

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March 2017, Comedy Central

Ever wondered what happens to child stars? Or to be more specific, the kid actors in Hollywood that have starring roles when they’re tiny and don’t grow up to be the Olsen twins?

We have the answer for you. Here’s what became of the famous babies and toddlers that haven’t grown up to become the life lessons of Hollywood.

Find out …read more

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