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Emily Beeson
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The underwear as outerwear trend certainly isn’t new. In fact, it’s been around since the ‘80s – see Madonna, Grace Jones et all – however, with temperatures soaring this summer, the lingerie by day trend is starting to sound a whole lot more appealing…     


Now, exercise judgement with this one because it may or may not be office appropriate, depending on the vibe in your workplace. Then again, it can definitely be rocked tastefully.   

Teaming a lacy camisole or slip dress with a crisp white shirt is a recipe for success and you can dress it up or down with luxe jewelry, smart shoes and cool wide-leg pants.   

Alternatively, pair a bralette with a boxy blazer or come the weekend, opt for a slip skirt and a simple logo tee. Our favourite take on this look? The bra over everything. Simply rock your go-to T-shirts and tops and add a cute crop top – opt for a slim-fitting top to avoid bunching.   

Want to try the look for yourself? Flick through our gallery for inspiration and shop the edit below for our favourite underwear as outerwear pieces and items to mix and match…   

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Marianna Nagy
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These striped tops are sporty, elegant, girly and cool. These tops are great with jeans, monochrome skirts, more elegant pants, shorts. You can wear them with slippers, high heels, sneakers. These ones are perfect for holiday, festivals, but you can wear it at your workplace as well. If I can give you a useful advice, put a special statement necklace on yourself. This will be great for your daily striped outfit. Will you try it? Say yes! ...and now check my list.

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Lina Psaila
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It's true that dressing for work everyday, especially if you work in the creative industries, can cause anxiety that you just don't need in your life. We’ve all experienced ‘decision-making stress’. It's actually why Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs used to wear the same "uniform" to work every day, so they’d have one less decision to worry about. 


There are plenty of times when a simple trouser and shirt combo will do, but we tend to fall into the outfit trap of looking samey, especially during the winter season, sporting the same sweater a few days in a row. 

How to create the perfect work capsule wardrobe…

Dressing for work shouldn't be difficult if you simply invest in a few key items. For example, opting for a versatile suit or a few blazers is a great idea because you can change the look up with shirts, jumpers or T-shirts. Then go for a really great pair of trousers coupled with work-ready sweaters. 

If you want to step outside of the usual blazer and trousers uniform, opt for a midi skirt, a pair of corduroy pants or, if your workplace allows it, a statement jumpsuit. If you own the key ingredients it should be fairly easy to mix and match in order to create an elegant outfit Monday to Friday hassle-free. 

 Want to build your own capsule wardrobe? Just head to our gallery for more inspiration and shop the best work outfits from our edit below…

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Lea Petermeijer
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The European court has controversially authorised the ban of the headscarf, taking its first official stance ever on the issue.


The ruling comes after a receptionist was fired from her three year job at the company G4S in Belgium when she started wearing a headscarf to work. The woman claimed she suffered religious discrimination and took her case to the Belgian court who referred it to the European Court of Justice.

The European court ended up ruling in the company’s favour, claiming that the firm’s decision was justified because it amended workplace rules to forbid staff “from wearing any visible signs of their political, philosophical or religious beliefs”. The court further claimed that the company did not engage in discrimination because the company policy covered “any manifestation of such beliefs without distinction”.

The ban was still heavily criticised by many religious figures, sparking quite a lot of controversy due to the recently hotly debated issue of the integration of immigrant communities in Europe. The most extreme criticisms of the ban interpreted it as Europe openly rejecting the Muslim community.

It is very important to keep in mind that the ruling should not be mistaken as a general ban of the headscarf in Europe. Far from that, the court’s decision simply states that companies have the right to implement a ban of all symbols without exceptions.

Of course, the problem is that Islam is one of the few religions in which women wear such an overt symbol at all times (whether you support that or not is another point), so the risk is that companies start using this ban solely to reject Muslim employees, which would of course contribute to the Muslim population’s isolation.

The ban must also be put into context. In France and Austria for example, it can be understood, as the countries have already forbidden wearing any religious symbols in public places, including the burqa for example. 

However, the ban would be out of place here in the UK, home to arguably the most cosmopolitan city in the world, given our strongly ingrained values or tolerance and acceptance, and our belief that everyone should be free to express their political, religious and philosophical opinions freely. It is therefore a little worrying that the ban is implemented on such a general level, given the diversity of countries in the EU, even though we probably won’t feel its affect for too long because of Brexit…


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Payal Shah
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As we gear up for another gruelling work week, it's important to keep things fresh and exciting in the workplace. This can mean adding a little personality to your own workspace, by using some adorable decor that makes you smile. And boy, do we have the products for you! 


Use some of our tips and tricks below to make your workspace something to look forward to - 

1) Add a pop of colour: 
By incorporating bright colours and prints into your workspace, you will not only brighten the look of the room, but will have an eyecatching piece for you to look at as well. You can do this by adding cushions and drapery that add a fresh and fun aesthetic to your space. 

2) Scent it up: 
Scented candles are all the rage right now, and with good reason. Your sense of smell can highly impact your mood, which in turn affects your productivity. So pick up candles that have a scent of your choice, may it be a floral scent or a more musky one. You will immediately find yourself more energised and ready to take your work by storm. 

3) Make it personal: 
Add some photos of your loved ones or even your celebrity crush into photo frames that you can add to your workspace. Make sure they are photos of fond memories or happier days, so that you have something to cheer you up on your more dull or stressful days. 

4) Always have a snack: 
Ain't no comfort like comfort food, right? So keep a stash of a few chocolate bars and some dry fruits by your desk. Crunching an munching on these throughout the day will keep your energy levels up, and your mood bright and shiny. Try it out! 

Shop our edit below for some decoration inspiration, and make your workspace something you look at with a smile!

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Chloe Laws
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Mila Kunis, a powerhouse of talent and intelligence, has written an open letter, published on A Plus responding to the sexism she's faced in her industry, and how she's taking a stand. 

She is "done compromising; even more so, I'm done with being compromised", and so are we.

Read the open letter below...

" 'You'll never work in this town again.' A cliché to be sure, but also what a producer threatened when I refused to pose semi-naked on the cover of a men's magazine to promote our film. I was no longer willing to subject myself to a naïve compromise that I had previously been willing to. "I will never work in this town again?" I was livid, I felt objectified, and for the first time in my career I said "no." And guess what? The world didn't end. The film made a lot of money and I did work in this town again, and again, and again. What this producer may never realize is that he spoke aloud the exact fear every woman feels when confronted with gender bias in the workplace. 

It's what we are conditioned to believe — that if we speak up, our livelihoods will be threatened; that standing our ground will lead to our demise. We don't want to be kicked out of the sandbox for being a "bitch." So we compromise our integrity for the sake of maintaining the status quo and hope that change is coming. 

But change is not coming fast enough to help my friends, my peers, or even our children. In fact, a recent study by the American Association of University Women shows that the pay gap is closing at such a slow rate that it will be 136 years before women are paid equally to men. 136 years. And the pay gap is but one clear quantification of the acute undervaluing of the contributions of women in the workplace. 

Throughout my career, there have been moments when I have been insulted, sidelined, paid less, creatively ignored, and otherwise diminished based on my gender. And always, I tried to give people the benefit of the doubt; maybe they knew more, maybe they had more experience, maybe there was something I was missing. I taught myself that to succeed as a woman in this industry I had to play by the rules of the boy's club. But the older I got and the longer I worked in this industry, the more I realized that it's bullshit! And, worse, that I was complicit in allowing it to happen. 

So, I started my own club. I formed a production company with three amazing women. We have been hustling to develop quality television shows with unique voices and perspectives. Since our inception, we have been lucky enough to partner with incredible producers, male and female, who have treated us as true equals and partners. Recently, we signed on to partner with an influential male producer on a project that would shine a light on an important social issue — ironically — inclusivity and our shared human experience. 

In the process of pitching this show to a major network, the typical follow-up emails were sent to executives at this network. In this email chain, this producer chose to email the following: 
 
"And Mila is a mega star. One of biggest actors in Hollywood and soon to be Ashton's wife and baby momma!!!" 

This is the entirety of his email. Factual inaccuracies aside, he reduced my value to nothing more than my relationship to a successful man and my ability to bear children. It ignored my (and my team's) significant creative and logistical contributions. 

We withdrew our involvement in the project. 

 Yes, it is only one small comment. But it's these very comments that women deal with day inand day out in offices, on calls, and in emails — microaggressions that devalue the contributions and worth of hard-working women. 

Subtle gender bias is oftentimes nearly imperceptible, and even wholly undetectable to those who share the bias. It became clear in later emails from this producer that he was totally unaware of why his words were so appalling. What he characterized as a "lighthearted" comment was actually deeply undermining to my contributions and ability to be taken seriously as a creative partner. 

I have no interest in vilifying this man. Blind gender biases are embedded in every facet of our life. They are reinforced by our educational institutions: men dominate the figures we study in history, the luminaries of math and science and technology about whom we learn, and the authors of political discourse we are taught to revere. We are inundated with tales of male superiority that blind us to the architecture of our own relationships. The very word "blind" informs us of everything. No one gets upset when a blind person bumps into a wall, but the wall does not cease to yield force. 

I'm done compromising; even more so, I'm done with being compromised. So from this point forward, when I am confronted with one of these comments, subtle or overt, I will address them head on; I will stop in the moment and do my best to educate. I cannot guarantee that my objections will be taken to heart, but at least now I am part of creating an environment where there is the opportunity for growth. And if my comments fall on deaf ears, I will choose to walk away. 

If this is happening to me, it is happening more aggressively to women everywhere. I am fortunate that I have reached a place that I can stop compromising and stand my ground, without fearing how I will put food on my table. I am also fortunate that I have the platform to talk about this experience in the hope of bringing one more voice to the conversation so that women in the workplace feel a little less alone and more able to push back for themselves. 

I will work in this town again, but I will not work with you."

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Lily Niu
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It's not uncommon for someone to wonder whether their workplace behaviour is questionable at times, or to be in need of a guide with which to compare the practices of that of their colleagues! Keeping in mind that workplace etiquette can differ from industry to industry, there are general dos and don'ts that apply to every work environment... 


Do: Wait patiently in line for the printer/coffee machine/restroom. No-one likes to be rushed when machinery and/or bodily functions are challenging enough to control as it is. 

Don't: Complain loudly about slow wi-fi, broken air conditioning/heating, or the continuous blare of someone's car alarm for a prolonged period of time. Chances are, everyone around you will be experiencing the same frustrations so unless something can be done about it ASAP, either A) become part of the solution or B) STFU. 

Do: Own up and apologise if you've made a mistake or did something wrong. Avoid being defensive and take constructive criticism with dignity, even if it's killing your pride or you have to hear it from someone you don't like in the slightest (like the office gossip who blabbed about your hangover to management last Wednesday). 

Don't: Steal other people's stuff. This might sound like a given but no matter how well you get along with someone, don't assume it's okay to use up the last of their almond milk without asking. It's the little things in life that can really brighten someone's day and you never know how much an almond milk chai latte can help their workflow.

Do: Get mad inwardly. If someone's annoyed you or let you down, let it go but CHALK IT UP! It's not holding a grudge so much as getting on with it and keeping note of who and who hasn't been supportive, dependable, or willing to learn. This could come in handy in like, 50 years time when you've finally landed your dream role and need to surround yourself with the right people. 
 
Don't: Be a suck up. People can see right through it and it's really, really embarrassing. Treat everyone with dignity and respect and not just the select few you wish to impress. 

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Shopcade
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Your Friday Fashion Fix! What do you wear when you need to zip straight from the office to dinner & drinks? We've gathered together some options for you below: neutral colored heels that are equally suitable for both a workplace and a club. 


Another hot tip: heel condoms! If you haven't heard of these, you're in for a treat. These shoe accessories tie around the bottom of your heels, then wrap around your ankles. Kick your shoe game up a notch this season!

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Saloni Dahake
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We all love dresses, but what's quickly becoming a visual feast this season are the long, bell sleeves that everyone is seem to be loving. No matter the length of your dress, something dangling from your arms, a little something to twirl around with, a little something to protect your bare arms is always a very comfortable thought. 


For this reason only, we have brought to you a collection of dresses with long sleeves so you can stay chic just about anywhere -- workplace or an evening out with friends. Well, just consider these sleeves as an accessories because that's exactly what those are!

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Lily Niu
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Bored at work and in desperate need of a mental pick-me-up? From tips on determining your level of Facebook stalking to plenty of celebrity news (think Orlando Bloom's big paddle boarding reveal), Shopcade is here to amuse and inspire you - wherever you may be! 

If that happens to be at work, here are ways you can work smarter, not harder at getting away with browsing NSFW content without getting fired...

1) Do it on your phone, duh.  If you're in an environment where you're able to pretend reading an urgent message from a loved one (this works particularly well if you have children) or shove in a pair of earphones to appear like you're FaceTiming an ageing relative, you're all good to go!

2) Work in an office? Here are some keyboard shortcuts for hiding tabs and windows (assuming you've joined the rest of the world in using Chrome)...

PC - Close current tab (Ctrl + w or Ctrl + F4) Minimise current window (Alt + Space + n)
Mac - Close current tab or pop-up (Cmd + w) Minimise window (Cmd + Shift + w)

3) Can't get onto Facebook or any other site that's even remotely interesting? If your workplace has blocked access to all your favourite sites, check out Hide My Ass Proxy to reclaim the web!

4) Need to erase all traces of having wasted your employer's precious time and resources? Use Incognito Mode on Chrome - Ctrl + Shift + n on PC or Cmd + Shift + n on Mac! Depending on how sneaky your employer is (heh heh), they might have installed software on company computers/laptops to monitor your activity...in which case you're better off making an excuse to go outside and check your phone!

5) If you're convinced no-one in the office will have thought to install spyware on your computer, be assured that the majority of sites are now "https://" vs "http://" The "S" stands for "secure", which means your employer can't see what it is you've done/looked at/searched for on that particular site.

7) Perhaps the most important rule of all when browsing NSFW videos or posts at work is to maintain a neutral or serious facial expression at all times. This may be hard if you're staring at yet another Kardashian nude selfie, watching a video of cats flushing toilets, or scrolling through memes on Twitter but ultimately, what's more satisfying to you: getting away with being paid to kill time or being caught out by the boss man/lady? (Rhetorical.) 

8) If you're going to misbehave, make sure you misbehave with confidence. Like everyone between the ages of 12-18 knows, when being caught out, showing no surprise whatsoever can actually work in your favour. Acting like you're doing nothing wrong can potentially disarm your supervisor and convince them you're just doing what you were supposed to all along.

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Chloe Laws
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The workplace comes with some inescapable situations, like after work drinks, which makes having an office beauty draw a necessity. That day you come to work makeup free is always  the day your colleagues are going out for dinner- it's sods law. 


To make sure you're always prepared you need these products featured in our edit below on hand....

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Amanda P
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Shirt dresses are just about everybody's favorite spring/summer 2016 trends, and it's not hard to see why! These cute dresses are perfect for the workplace, easy to base an outfit around, and super comfortable. 


They go well with heels, flats, boots, even a nice pair of white sneakers. They don't require a lot of fuss - toss on a statement belt if you're feeling adventurous - this dress is an outfit on its own! From bright coral to sheer black mesh to crisp white linen, find your perfect dress.

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