I Love You Just the Way You Are: Why Self-Acceptance is The Key to Mental Health

Amanda Seyderhelm | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Amanda Seyderhelm

Some days I look in the mirror and hear, 'urgh, not today'. My hair isn't right, my face looks dull and carries the marks of yesterday's mask, the one I have worn to face the day. Other days I take a peek and say, 'yeah, bring it on!', and for sure the day goes better. I might look the same, but I'm more self-accepting, less critical.

Tricks, Treats and Mean Time

Caragh Little | Posted 25.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

It's Halloween again. Whether it's fancy dress parties or trick-or-treating at neighbourhood front doors, it's a bit like the simple escapism of the nostalgic world of 1970s children's TV character, Mr Benn: step into the fitting room, try on a costume, and walk away, through the curtains on the other side, into a whole new world where adventures happen.

Mask-Making: The Revelation and the Freedom

Katherine Templar Lewis | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Templar Lewis

The anthropologist Rapport, who wrote extensively on ritual, noted that masks do not always disguise, they often transform and actually display identity. They "coordinate the iconicity, the signs of identity in any particular cultural context." Rather than conceal, they become an agent of revelation.

The Power of Mask Making

Charlotte Tiley | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Tiley

It is a very personal journey to make your own mask and I have seen a pattern emerge over the years of observing people make their totem piece - the mask takes form and then the maker cannot help but reveal a part of themselves through the design, build and decoration.


Amy Anka | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Anka

I believe that we all wear masks. The mask of perception. The way we would like to be portrayed. The one where we appear a certain way, yet we have this other part to us, that we don't allow anyone to see. So is it actually a mask of deception?

Vice, Virtue & Sardines (Barcelona Carnival & Beyond)

Andrew Matthews | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Matthews

For starters let's get the terminology right. Don't be running around asking the good people of Barcelona about Carnival, it's Carnestoltes. As a side note, Catalan is widely spoken in Barcelona so no one really expects you to use anything but your own language.

The Carnival of Venice Unmasked

Andrew Matthews | Posted 29.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Matthews

Something very special that happens every year without fail and without any doom nor gloom, just plenty of elegance, colour and tradition. It is the event of the year in Venice's calendar and it explains why you'll find rows and rows of masks in the souvenir shops and how you will find the magic of Venice is still alive.


Caragh Little | Posted 27.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

Maybe the masks of Halloween aren't so very different to the masks we all wear, every day, at every time of year. I do this all the time. We all do, I think.