Harriet Williamson
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Harriet is a freelance journalist and has been published by the New Statesman, the Sunday Times, the Telegraph, the Independent and the Guardian. She writes about fashion, film, feminism, mental health awareness and higher education.

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Don't Criminalise Teens for Sexting: Educate Them Instead

(0) Comments | Posted 8 May 2015 | (00:00)

It's tricky to be a teenager in 2015. There are increased tuition fees to think about, the unaffordability of houses, the lack of jobs for graduates, and the spectre of zero hour contracts looming on the horizon. There are also more immediate concerns, like navigating the unstoppable tide of online...

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Outdated and Unreliable: Cosmetic Testing on Animals

(0) Comments | Posted 30 November 2014 | (14:40)

I'll start with a disclaimer: I love makeup. I love it, but I can't justify buying a product that isn't essential to my life, that has been developed by companies responsible for the suffering and death of animals, regardless of how good the discount is or whether Kate Moss appears...

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The Fashion Blogosphere: Rising Stars to Watch in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted 5 February 2014 | (19:52)

I guess I'm feeling a little jaded when it comes to fashion magazines. The shiny pages and the promise of cool stuff to cut out and stick on my outfit inspiration board just aren't enticing me like they used to. It might have something to do with my diminishing interest...

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How to Have a Holiday on Very Little Money

(0) Comments | Posted 3 November 2013 | (13:13)

I always start thinking longingly about holidays when it starts to get all dark and cold and generally unpleasant outside. However, if you're a student, or you've just stopped being a student, or you're generally not very flush at all, having a holiday can seem like a bit of a...

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Animal Testing on Cosmetics

(1) Comments | Posted 23 October 2013 | (12:35)

This article is NOT about testing on animals for the purpose of medical research. Instead, I want to talk about the testing of cosmetic products on animals and how to make consumer choices that are truly 'cruelty free'. I have two guinea pigs and two hamsters. The thought of them...

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AW13 for Men

(0) Comments | Posted 22 October 2013 | (11:35)

Catwalk styles for men can often look even odder and less applicable to real life than what's on offer for women. Puffa-capes for guys, anyone? However, AW13 contains plenty of wearable trends that can be found at more pocket-friendly prices on the high street. Seek out faux-fur trims on coats,...

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How to Choose a Watch

(0) Comments | Posted 4 October 2013 | (15:04)

For my 21st birthday I wanted a designer handbag. My Mum said no straight away, reasoning that in a year I'd be bored with it and be clamouring (fruitlessly) for a new one. Instead, I was given a watch as a joint present from both parents and grandparents and I...

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Who Are Urban Outfitters?

(0) Comments | Posted 28 September 2013 | (16:43)

I've always hate a love/hate relationship with Urban Outfitters, caught between my adoration for their clothes and my disapproval for the controversies they seem so adept at racking up. They might be known for their hipster beanies and shoes with crazy platforms, but who are Urban Outfitters? Who are they...

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Tattoo Shaming, Sexuality and Cheryl Cole

(6) Comments | Posted 25 September 2013 | (17:06)

Since Cheryl Cole's tattooist published a picture of her newly inked backside, the reaction from British tabloids has been consistent in its finger-wagging negativity. The Metro described the tattoo as a "garish new inking" and The Express mocks Cole's twitter postings urging people to accept her choice of tattoo, snidely...

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Autumn Officewear on a Budget 2013

(1) Comments | Posted 10 September 2013 | (20:36)

I wanted to write this for my female university friends who are going into the big wide world of work this September, who don't have a lot of cash but want to upgrade their look for a professional setting. Yes, it's time to ditch the tracky bottoms, slouchy leggings and...

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Depression at University

(1) Comments | Posted 13 August 2013 | (15:27)

I was depressed at university. I have friends who were depressed at university. Depression is the most common mental health problem in the UK, occurring in a fifth of adults, according to research by the Office of National Statistics. So why still is this admission accompanied by a sense of...

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My Shopping Obsession

(1) Comments | Posted 30 July 2013 | (15:43)

I love clothes. I love buying clothes. I love walking into a shop and browsing the rails, touching the fabric of garments, choosing something and taking it to the till. I always pay with a debit card because if I use 'real' money I might have a momentary flash of...

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Skinny and Boring

(1) Comments | Posted 8 July 2013 | (14:24)

I've just read the July 2013 edition of British Vogue and I'm seriously underwhelmed. Not because I don't enjoy the pages of glossy advertisements (as much a part of the magazine's content as the actual copy itself), the pictures of lavish clothes and jewellery that I can't afford, or the...

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What I Learned In Ibiza

(0) Comments | Posted 25 June 2013 | (13:53)

I'm no angel, so the Devil's Isle seemed like the appropriate destination for a five day summer break. I left my dissertation at home and prepared for sand, sun and some strong margaritas. I packed my best bikinis (the ones that don't make me look completely flat-chested), factor 30 and...

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2013 Summer Style for the Office and Interview Room

(0) Comments | Posted 10 June 2013 | (12:10)

It's so much easier to do office wear when it's cold outside. Rubbish weather gives you an excuse to cover up, skirts over the knee (to keep warm more than anything), legs hidden in opaque tights, and cardigans under blazer jackets. I suppose I'm typically British in that as soon...

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Company Magazine's Faux Pas

(0) Comments | Posted 31 May 2013 | (12:14)

The fashion industry is constantly under fire for its perceived permissiveness with regard to the promotion of unhealthily thin female bodies, both on the catwalks and in the pages of fashion publications. In April 2013, the head doctor at Sweden's largest eating disorder treatment centre spoke out about modelling scouts...

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My Financial Estrangement at a Top University

(2) Comments | Posted 27 May 2013 | (11:08)

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Warwick, a 'bubble' campus closer to Coventry than the town of Warwick and ranked fifth in the country according to the Guardian's University League Table 2013. Although it might not be Oxbridge, I felt like I'd done pretty well by getting...

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Budget-Friendly Summer Style 2013

(0) Comments | Posted 19 May 2013 | (16:53)

I'm lucky enough to be heading off to Ibiza next month, but compiling a beach-friendly wardrobe is usually a source of stress if I've already blown my cash on the flights and a gallon of factor 30. Looking like a cooked lobster doesn't exactly scream 'stylish'! However, this year I...

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F is for Femme

(2) Comments | Posted 12 May 2013 | (19:57)

The most offensive response I've ever received after mentioning my girlfriend to a new acquaintance involved a look of serious confusion on his part and the phrase "but you could definitely get a boyfriend if you wanted to". What I really wanted to do at that point was punch him...

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Budget-Friendly 60s Spring/Summer Style

(0) Comments | Posted 7 May 2013 | (11:12)

My sister and I often muse that we must've been born in the wrong era. We remain fascinated by 60s style and its icons, particularly Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton, Jane Birkin and Edie Sedgewick. Although I attempt to keep my style varied, I always fall back on certain 60s staples that...

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