Emily Duff

Emily is a Culture and Fashion Journalist | Founder and Producer of Darling, Assistant Director of Tits Upon Tyne CIC & Editor of Liberty Belle

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Hypocrisy in the International Women’s Day Posts and Adverts

International Women’s Day took place a few weeks ago (8th March) and is always something very controversial. A day to celebrate independent, female-owned brands or the special women in your life who inspire and support you are both amazing things. While something to be doing all year long, Women should be celebrated just like we would World Earth Day or World Book Day - those days don’t mean we don’t love books and the earth every other day. However, an ever-growing problem is the use of these

Tips on how to live sustainably at university

Sustainability and being environmentally conscious is not something we’re new to. Trying to find small changes to make in our day to day is pretty simple but can sometimes be very costly as well as there being little advice outside of the basic recycle and shop vintage suggestions we hear every day on TikTok and in our daily conversations. As a student, it can be hard not to feel like it's impossible to do your bit without breaking the bank and it being too time-consuming, however, I’m here to p

How to secure your funky Club Tropicana shirt

With cheap drinks and funky music all being provided by the Leadmill, all you need to do now is secure your tiki vibe outfit. I’ve helpfully made a rundown of the best places to buy your Club Tropicana funky shirts… First and most obviously is Freshmans. A local Sheffield vintage brand, it is home to multiple rails full of Hawaiian print shirts – as well as being a cave of other gems that you’ll probably be less embarrassed to wear out. Helpfully, they also offer 20% off Hawaiian shirts for Clu

Is Greggs x Primark the collection we didn't know we needed?

As a Geordie, I have many mixed feelings about the Primark x Greggs collaboration – and, thankfully, a lot of opinions on this very serious matter. Being from Newcastle, it’s a legality to love Greggs and indeed I do. It’s affordable, it’s filling and with there being one on every street – it’s accessible. I’m filled with Northern pride just thinking about it. In fact, everywhere but London (shocker), would pick Greggs as their go-to lunch. The brand has previously dabbled in Christmas jumper

Fashion at Euphoria High: The couture, cliche, and implausible

Rue’s style is easy but timeless. Tending to pair oversized tees or shirts with classic jeans and trainers, this combo doesn’t seem to have differed for the new season. This is shown most notably in episode three when Rue styles a vintage tee with khaki trousers throughout a lot of tense scenes. However, in the same episode, while informing us of “How to Get Away With Being a Drug Addict”, she is seen wearing a gorgeous deep red jumpsuit – potentially homage to a prison uniform. The show's cost

Tramlines Festival Announces Second Wave Of 2022 Artists

After a great first wave of artists being announced in November, we now have even more to get excited over including the full comedy lineup - something I love about Tramlines unique mix of genres making it accessible to anyone and everyone. With names like Bad Boy Chiller Crew, Lady Leshurr, Scouting For Girls, Alfie Templeman, Crawlers, and even my home-town cover band Elvana (Elvis meets Nirvana), we’re in for a good weekend this July. Comedy returns to Hillsborough with a huge Line-Up inclu

Review: Faye Fantarrow – ‘Noughties’ Single

Sunderland’s own Alan Hull Songwriting Award-Winner, Faye Fantarrow, has recently released her latest single, ‘Noughties’, a fun track about nostalgic clichés focused on giving light-hearted representation to the Gen Z’s of the early 2000s who often get missed out. With comments and name-calling such as ‘snowflake’ often being thrown around as descriptions of the youth from that era, Fantarrow writes this song as a bit of an “F You”, proving that her generation can still be carefree, goofy kids

New Year's Eve lookbook

Taking a look at the colourful fashion trends of 2021, I’m so excited to see the styles popping up ahead of New Year’s Eve. One of my favourite holidays, there’s nothing better than getting glammed up to celebrate with the people closest to you – especially to mark the end of another pretty rubbish year. To keep this outfit inspiration budget-friendly, I’ve provided links to many high street shops which tend not to be sustainable. However, in the run-up to Christmas I’d like to remind readers t

Indie Sleaze: The aesthetic that's taking over TikTok

As noughties style continues to make a comeback, from Juicy tracksuits to cowboy boots, TikTok trend forecasters say ‘Indie Sleaze’ is the next to be making a comeback. Birthed from Tumblr and MySpace, the i-don’t-give-a-f*ck trend merges a range of 2000s styles. Think moustache finger tattoos, smokey pencil eyeliner and logo tank tops. Do you think the grunge Tumblr phase should stay in the past or take over from the colourful Y2K styles we’ve been surrounded by recently? Here are some elements

Our guide to the best of Sheffield's vintage stores

Concerns for climate change and environmental impacts are ever-growing. We find ourselves in a modern society filled with sustainable focused lifestyles from swapping plastic straws for reusable metal, to the vast expanding vegan lifestyle- and fashion has no escape from that standard. Although trends continue to come and go, young people want to find these pieces in more ethical ways. From online resources like Depop and Vinted to high-street chains like Cow (R.I.P) and Beyond Retro- there’s no

Tramlines Festival 2021 Confirmed For Events Research Programme

Sold-out Tramlines Festival will go ahead at full capacity in Sheffield’s Hillsborough Park from July 23rd to 25th as part of Events Research Programme following the likes of Download Festival that successfully took place over the 4th-6th or June. Announced just twenty five minutes ago (12pm, June 29th) that it will join the third phase of the Government’s Events Research Programme, this means the sold-out music festival will definitely take place at full capacity on 23rd to 25th July. With hu

Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend

Wolf Alice are back with their third album, Blue Weekend. Formed in 2010 as an acoustic duo, the outfit have come a long way with their sound and image in the past eleven years. Opening with ‘The Beach’, we hear lead singer Ellie Rowsell’s whispery vocals that immediately present the sense of rawness and vulnerability that can be heard throughout the album. Although mainly made up of catchy tracks sandwiched between light and airy intros and outros, a handful of grunge singles like ‘Lipstick on

Single Review: ‘Strife’ - Trish Discord

Alternative New York musician, Trish Discord, has just dropped her latest single, ‘Strife’. Inspired by the grunge scene in Brooklyn, Discord also presents a similarity to The Cranberries and Evanescence - each of these being opposite styles and showing her wide range and capability. Opening with an intense electric guitar and moody vocals, this track takes on a more emo EDM style with Discord’s voice often being distorted within the chorus. Beginning slow and melancholic, Discord then presents

Is it second time lucky for 70s trends?

As always, what’s currently in style is a blast from the past. Although 90s and Y2K trends have a special place in our hearts and wardrobes, we’re moving towards the punk rock and old-school patterns, colours, and materials of the 70s. Beige and brown took us by storm this year, starting with the brown North Face puffer jacket that was whisked off the rails after taking over TikTok. This neutral colour palette seems to be everywhere – and I love it. You would’ve expected us to leave it in AW20,

Tramlines Festival: The Start of Gender Balanced Lineups?

With festival season on the horizon and after a year away from them, everyone has been highly critical of the performers and lineups expected to be seen over 2021. With huge festivals like Reading and Leads (RandL) and TRNSMT being slated for their lack of diversity, I’m proud that a festival local to me seems to be disregarding this trend. Although the big headliners remain male, the rest of the lineup is sprinkled with female acts across the whole weekend. Taking place in the beautiful Hills

King No-One make their return with heartfelt release, 'Obsolete'

Their new single, 'Obsolete', follows on from their previous release 'Bad Porno' which dropped in March. Forming in 2013, the group fast made a name for themselves by busking their original tracks up and down the UK. Quickly gaining a following they have had a massive wave of sold-out shows, proving themselves to be one of the best up-and-coming live performers in the country. King No-One take inspiration from a huge array of genres, decades, and artists, and a quick look on their social media

Fashion at the BRIT's: Stars wearing stars

After waiting for so long, events are finally happening in person again, allowing us to fully critique each and every celeb look. With colours coming back for summer, the brown and neutral colour trend refuses to budge along with the comeback of Old Hollywood style looks on the red carpet, paying homage to the 1920's. This year's BRIT’s looks encapsulated this range of fashion. Here’s a run down of some of my favourite and least favourite styles seen: Rising star winner, Griff, wore one of the

Film Review: To All The Boys: Always and Forever

The third in the To All The Boys trilogy, Always and Forever follows Lara Jean in her senior year of high school. After returning from a family trip to Korea, she is faced with decisions surrounding college and the future of her relationship with Peter. Although equally as cheesy as the previous two films, Always and Forever manages to remain a lighthearted distraction from reality without becoming ‘cringe’. The Netflix rom-coms haven’t resorted to simplistic plots that rely on the common tro
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