The It-Shoes

The great thing about this trend? It won’t break your bank or your feet. Pool slides, comfy sandals and ergonomic flatties – the ugly shoe is the only footwear to choose this summer. Here’s our edit…

 

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Stop Being Busy

“I’m so busy” – sound familiar? Yes, these days we’re all just so busy, ticking off endless tasks on our to-do lists. So what’s the solution? Keep fighting, desperately trying to catch up and become less busy? Or maybe it’s a mental shift which can change everything – forever.

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Most time management advice rests on the unspoken assumption that it’s possible to win the game: to find a slot for everything that matters. But if the game’s designed to be unwinnable, you can permit yourself to stop trying. Read more: The Guardian.

Spring Salads

Fresh, green salads full of vibrant, seasonal flavours is what we’re enjoying right now. Crisp asparagus, colourful slaws and fragrant herbs – these sastifying salads are anything but boring…

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Now that spring is officially here, we’re ready to put aside the hearty winter salads that have gotten us through the cold months and move on to something new. Something fresh, crisp and, most importantly, green! We’ve pulled together 20 of our favorite spring salads – recipes to make as soon as you get home from the farmers’ market. Read more: The Kitchn.

Choosing Empathy

“Rarely can a response make something better. What makes something better is connection.” You may think you’re empathising, but empathy is quite, quite different to sympathy. And here’s why.

What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities. See the full talk here: RSA YouTube.

Sofa Cinema

In our box-setted on-demand digital world, it’s oh so easy to gorge ourselves on episode after episode of the latest everyone’s-talking-about-it series or trashy reality show isn’t it? Just before you dive back into another nine-series long binge of American comedy show/Scandi cop thriller, why not try something a little different?

No commitment mind, just one box set of Serious Films that you should definitely have watched. Start with a selection of critically-acclaimed award-winners: The Palme D’Or collection. Featuring Emir Kusturica’s magnificently epic Underground alongside two powerful and haunting films: The Child and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, it’s around six hours of some of the best cinema to have been made in the past 20 years.

Or why not try the Rafi Pitts collection, including three of the Iranian New Wave director’s must-sees, or the four emotionally-charged films featured in cinematic superstar’s Claire Denis’ box set. Just a few suggestions, but we’re willing to bet you’ll see the difference. Swapping TV junk food for Michelin-starred cuisine? Yes please.

The Art of Standing

Can your body language really shape who you are as a person? You betcha. Here’s why you should take two minutes to reconsider how you sit, stand and move – it might just change your life.

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success. Read more: TED body lTalks.

The C-Word

So you may or may not be au fait with the fact that the Oxford English Dictionary has added no less than four variations of the word (ahem…) cunt to its lexicon. How do you feel about the c-word? Is this a feminist victory? Do we need to reclaim the word? Here, feminist blogger Clementine Ford considers why we need to stop being delicate about the word “cunt”.

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The ‘c-word’ (as it is so delicately referred to) has long been held in disgrace as ‘the WORST word you can ever say, particularly around a woman. Considered light-years beyond the gutter, it apparently gathers the most hateful aspects of misogyny one could possibly imagine and wields it in an aggressive vocal attack that oppresses women the world over. Read more: Clementine Ford.

Which Way To Heaven?

Scarves have to be the simplest – and chicest – way to upstyle even the most basic outfit. Jeans and tee? Add a scarf. Boring shift dress? Add a scarf. You see where we’re going with this?

This Way To Heaven scarves

London-based label This Way To Heaven‘s whimsical art-inspired scarves feature the work of established artists and photographers, making for pretty darn eye-catching accessories. From digital photographic prints to bright graphics and ethnic-style patterns, the scarves are unique, stylish and super versatile.

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And thanks to our exclusive designer deals, you can get discounts on This Way To Heaven’s  wearable art until April 6th. Your wardrobe will thank you. See our Members’ Only deals here.

Shakespeare 2.0

Innovative theatre companies are bringing Shakespeare into the 21st century and making Britain’s best-loved playwright ever more accessible with brand new ways of staging his plays. These five come highly recommended…

King Lear at the National Theatre – London

Directed by Sam Mendes, Soviet-style designs and the play’s menacing swarm of soldiers add a twist to one of the most eagerly anticipated Shakespeare stagings of the year, with Simon Russell Beale as Lear. See the National’s website for more information. Tickets are currently on sale for dates up to the 28th May. Tickets for later dates will be released in the spring. 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Globe – London

Another Shakespeare performance with a difference at The Globe, as deaf-led theatre company Deafinitely Theatre stage a British sign language performance of one of the bard’s best-loved comedies.  See The Globe’s website for more information. On stage 2nd – 7th June.

Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won at the RSC – Stratford

The RSC marks the centenary of the First World War with this pair of plays. The first is set in 1914, with the threat of war looming as the play ends. In the second, we find ourselves in 1918, with Benedick and Claudio returning from the trenches. See the RSC’s website for more information. On stage September 2014 – March 2015.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Comedy of Errors – venues around the UK

Acclaimed all-male theatre company Propeller are touring their lively productions of two of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. See Propeller’s website for more information. On tour until June 2014. 

All’s Well that Ends Well at The Globe – London

20th century India is the dazzling backdrop for The Globe’s foreign language production of All’s Well That Ends Well, with visual jokes and sung soliloquies helping non-Gujarati speakers to keep up with the action. See The Globe’s website for more information. On stage 5th – 10th May. 

RIH Drinks

Sloe Bloom Gin plus Prosecco is our new favourite discovery, allying two of the nicest libations out there: gin and fizz. With its subtle, lightly floral sour cherry aromas, Bloom’s sloe gin is the perfect partner for Prosecco. Warning: these are extremely moreish and very, very drinkable.

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Sloe Bloom Fizz

Take 50ml of Sloe Bloom Gin. Top with Prosecco and serve in a chilled champagne glass. That’s it. No crazy mixology skills or bonkers ingredients needed.