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What I’ve learnt from a year of fear

First published on The Pool The Pool November 2 2016 From abseiling to half marathons, Lizzy Dening has deliberately spent 2016 doing things that terrify her We’re often encouraged – generally by shoddily Photoshopped memes on Instagram – to do one thing every day that scares us. Unless you’re a particularly anxious person, it’s a … Continue reading

8 easy ways to volunteer when you’re short on time

First published on Cosmopolitan UK on November 11, 2016 With the political turmoil of 2016, it’s easy to feel powerless; but the best way to fight fear is with love and hope. If work or study commitments take up most of your time it’s still possible to make a positive difference through volunteering. Here are … Continue reading

What happens when you IGNORE clothing care labels?

First published for FEMAIL on MAILONLINE on November 1 2016 One brave volunteer threw her woollens in the washing machine to find out (with some very upsetting results) Lizzy Dening says life is too short for carefully re-shaping knitwear But how accurate are labels and what damage can a machine really do? FEMAIL set out … Continue reading

6 Teenage Make Up Fails We’ve All Been Through

First published on Grazia Daily on 14th August 2014 According to a seriously depressing new survey, a fifth of girls aged 12 won’t leave the house without full makeup, which is frankly too much effort at any age, let alone when you could still get away with playing with the Sylvanian Families canal boat without … Continue reading

What To Do When Your First Friend Gets Engaged

Published on The Debrief on 19 September 2014 There will be a point in your 20s – probably around the time you’re deciding whether it’s acceptable to steal loo roll from work before pay day – when something strange happens. Your first friend gets engaged. I’m not talking about relatives or colleagues, but someone the … Continue reading