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Happy Pride! Annually during the month of June, people around the world celebrate and uplift the LGBTQIA+ community, while honoring the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York.

While many Pride marches, parties and large gatherings were canceled this year due to the global pandemic, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still show your love and support for the queer community. Donating what you can to charities and organizations that help uplift LGBTQIA+ people is a great place to start, and this charity navigator is a fantastic resource if you’re in need of a few suggestions. You can also show your pride by waving or

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Everything you need to know about wedding dress shopping post-lockdown

A couture bridal design by Phillipa Lepley - Phillipa Lepley
A couture bridal design by Phillipa Lepley – Phillipa Lepley

Weddings are back! On Wednesday, the government announced that from July 4, ceremonies could resume in England with up to 30 guests. Small weddings have been allowed in Wales and Northern Ireland since mid-June but they are yet to get the go ahead to make a comeback in Scotland. 

For many brides, this will be the cue to get serious about wedding dress shopping again – whether you’ve already chosen your gown, put the process on pause during lockdown, or are just getting started. 

Choosing a wedding dress is, most of us hope, a once in a lifetime experience so it’s understandable that you might feel wary about beginning the process at such an uncertain time. But as someone who has recently dipped my toe in the water, I can assure you that bridal designers are full of ingenious

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The new reality of wedding dress shopping, from prosecco on Zoom to virtual fittings

When I’d imagined what searching for a wedding dress might be like, I can’t say it had ever crossed my mind that, on my first appointment, I’d be wearing my slippers and the designer would be warning that her four-year-old son, dressed as a dinosaur, might roar into the room at any moment. But such is the new reality of the search for the perfect look. 

Weddings may have been suspended since March, but the bridal style industry is still in full swing, confirms Kate Halfpenny, renowned for her modern spin on bridalwear, who is preparing to re-open her Bloomsbury boutique in the coming weeks, ready to welcome 200 brides who are awaiting fittings. In the meantime, she’s been using Zoom to consult with new clients. 

I got engaged in February and, as a fashion editor, my thoughts naturally turned to what The Dress might look like, well, years before

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18 Online Shopping Traps and Scams To Watch Out For

Online shopping can help you save money and access a wide variety of products, but there are downsides, too. Hackers and other online criminals are constantly trying to scam shoppers by offering fake deals and discounts. In fact, according to a recent Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker report, online purchase scams are the second-riskiest type of fraud after employment scams.

Although shopping online doesn’t always result in identity theft, there are other risks, too. You might lose money, get a bogus product or not get anything at all — and you might even be convinced to spend more than you planned to.

By knowing the most common scams and traps that online shoppers encounter, you can set your finances up for a better future.

Last updated: April 7, 2020

Requests To Pay With Wire Transfers

Sound the alarm if a retailer asks you for a wire transfer, a money

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What will a shopping trip to H&M look like post-lockdown?

Like many non-essential retailers across England, H&M has confirmed that stores will be reopening on 15th June. 

It will be welcome news for fans of the fast fashion behemoth’s affordable, trend-led clothing, especially now that the days are getting warm enough to stock up on easy sundresses and sandals. Of course, H&M has maintained its e-commerce operation during lockdown, but there’s no substitute for browsing the store and stumbling across a treasure, magpie-like, that you didn’t know you needed.

With new Government guidelines to protect customers and staff from transmission of Covid-19 though, the shopping experience at H&M post-lockdown will look very different from the one we’ve come to know.

“There will be many restrictions in place meaning conditions will remain challenging and we are flexible and humble about the fact from one day to another, the situation may change,” H&M said in a statement announcing the new protocols.

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