V’s Guide to Charity Shopping Your Wardrobe

by V.

photo by david cohen

The concept of ‘fast fashion’ encourages, like so many things in modern society, disposability; you could walk into a charity shop today and find last month’s trends hung up on the rails. We have created an accelerated demand for fashion that is wasteful, environmentally destructive and socially damaging. This is why I choose to buy as many of my clothes and accessories from charity shops or thrift stores. After several years of doing this, the majority of my wardrobe is thrifted, gifted or vintaged and the practice not only cleans a tiny spec of my conscience, but has encouraged me to diversify my style and feel more confident in what I choose to wear.

Charity shops offer cheap clothes and a philanthropic, non-consumerist shopping experience. Even if you regret buying an item, you donated to charity and can just take it to another shop to be re-sold or gift it to a friend—win, win! And the benefits do not stop there: charity shops provide a far more laidback shopping experience than the glossy-floored, glassy-walled, high street stores. The clothing is often not sorted by size, but colour or product; this allows you to forget, more than in most clothes shops, our socialised ideas of fashion and beauty that relate largely to body type. No longer are you comparing your changing room reflection to the hip shopping assistants or the docile mannequins; you’re not shopping for ‘petite’, ‘curve’ or ‘tall’, instead you’re free to try on clothes at your leisure, the primary qualification being how they make you feel.

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An Identity in Flux // Notes on Genderfluidity

P writes about her experience of genderfluid identity. 

Grace Jones, pioneer in Genderfluidity discourse in pop-culture

In June I, very slyly, came out as Genderfluid in a piece which was published on Boshemia Blog as part of the “Letters to June” series.

In the millennial age, a range of newly accepted sexualities and gender identities are becoming more widely accepted, but from my experience, I have found that there seems to still be quite a bit of misunderstanding surrounding what it means to be Genderfluid. Many people I speak with seem to be under the impression that this is a form of Trans, or that it is synonymous with Non-Binary. In this piece, I’m going to do my very best to dispel assumptions about what it means to be Genderfluid, and clarify what exactly Genderfluidity is. Continue reading “An Identity in Flux // Notes on Genderfluidity”

What a Soldier Is and Isn’t // Personal Thoughts on the Soldier’s Creed

I am an American Soldier.

NOT: I am a heterosexual, white, male Soldier.

I am a Warrior and a member of a team.

NOT: I am a judge of my teammates’ life choices.

I serve the people of the United States, and live the Army Values.

NOT: I choose who I serve and when.

I will always place the mission first.

NOT: I will put my personal feelings ahead of the end goal.

I will never accept defeat.

NOT: I will give up when my comrades are targeted.

I will never quit.

NOT: I will allow discrimination to go unchallenged.

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It’s alarming, truly, how disarming she can be // A Personal History Through Lana Del Rey


Last week, when Q and E listened to Lust for Life, we got deep in our LDR feels and spent a while recalling our favourite Lana-inspired memories.

Here’s an annotated discography of Lana Del Rey nostalgia.

Photographer:  Nicole Nodland

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An Island in the Rain

L muses on July in her love note to the sea and the sublime.


I’ve been feeling melancholy this July—

yet also euphoric.

The anticipation of change as autumn clambers closer is invigorating me, I think, but it dulls all within the interim.


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A Letter To My Fresher Self

Dear Me

Congrats! Your 24 year old self just graduated medical school and is about to start work. As a doctor. A real one in a hospital and everything. You’ll make it. Pretty soon, you’ll figure out that it’s just beginning, and that there’s a whole minefield of a world outside medical school, but that’s future us problem.

If I recall correctly, little baby 19-year-old Sarah in her lame band t shirts and lack of lipstick (that’ll change SOON) was spending the summer of 2012 panicking; what if you don’t get the grades to get into med school *again? What if you get in and immediately flunk out? You’ll read a blog called “The Secrets of Peninsula,” and freak the fuck out – what kind of medical school makes first years sit 5th year exams four times a year?


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Letter from the Editor // Updates from the Feminist Press

When last I wrote a Letter from the Editor, Boshemia Blog had been publishing online just shy of two months. Now, it will be one month since launching our print magazine.

On June 16, some of our closest friends, family, and people who came in from the street gathered around The Marina Bar in Plymouth, England, to celebrate our magazine launching.  We sold a batch of copies of our first printing, drank a fair bit of gin, and read from our magazine to a happy crowd, all bathed in pink and lavender lights.

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the editorial team

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