May 18

Editor’s Letter: Never Give Up

Let spring inject new energy into your grandest plans

Meet Freya Ridings, the Titian-Maned Goddess of Acoustic Pop

London’s rising vocal star shares her favourite mantras for health and happiness

Fashion

The Long and Short of It: How To Wear This Season’s Leg-Lengthening Smart Shorts

We’ll look like Kaia Gerber, right? Right?

Sundae Girl: Sweeten Up Your Spring Wardrobe With These On-Trend Gelato Hues

From minty-fresh tones to strawberry pinks, get the inside scoop on this season’s ice cream colourways

Stare at the Sun

Summer wardrobes are officially in play, and nothing heralds the new season like floral and foliage inspired prints in gossamer…

Amplified Nights

Lashings of leather, leopard and fringing – sometimes you just have to ask yourself, “what would Blondie do?

Bangkok Modern

A vignette of contemporary Thai fashion tells a story of artisan fabrics used to avant garde effect 

Shady Ladies

Our edit of SS18’s must-have, suits-everyone frames

Beauty

Rubber Face Masks? Pre-Biotic Moisturisers? May Beauty, You’re Spoiling Us

Fresh new colours, gel textures and anti-pollution tech await…

Take Another Look

The devil is in the detail with flushed cheeks, washes of painterly colour and dewy skin

We Road Tested Celebrity Style Tape Hair Extensions, and This Is What Happened

Can a low maintenance businesswoman rock Barbie locks?

Lifestyle

The 9 Absolute Best Things to Buy this May: From Rainbow Eyewear To Royal Wedding Condoms

Consider this your spirit-lifting spring shopping list

Shop Accessories Editor Lucy Kebbell’s Versatile Smart-Casual Outfit For May

A thigh-split midi, comfy tee and colour-pop accessories will take you virtually anywhere this spring

Have a Peek at Super-Buyer Claire Miles’ On-The-Go Handbag Essentials

The Head of The Shop at Bluebird gives us a glimpse inside her Chloe Pixie as she prepares to open…

Enter the Dragon: Resident Dragony Aunt Felix Le Freak Resolves Our Readers’ Most Troubling Issues

The award-winning, gender-fluid vegan performance artist dishes out life advice – with a side of sass

Is New Co-Working-Creche Hybrid Cuckooz Nest the Future of Flexible Childcare?

From its Instagram-friendly workspace to its top-class creche, this Clerkenwell venture is a haven for freelance parent

Get To Know Your Cabinet with Part Three of our Rookie’s Guide

Our Political Editor sharpens his claws for the third and final instalment of our who’s who series

Culture

9 Brilliant Things to do in May: After-Hours Museums, Open-Air Theatre and Multimedia Art

Spring clean your soul with our pick of London events

Homegrown Superstar Ophelia Lovibond on the Cultural Influences That Shaped Her

With a globe-spanning career, you can bet Ananya’s influences are as eclectic as she is

Relentless, Bloody and Deeply Entertaining: Revenge Reclaims the Female Perspective With Brute Force

Coralie Fargeat’s rape-revenge thriller is a gruelling, gender stereotype-slashing tour de force

9 Books In Translation That You Should Be Reading This Month

With the Man Booker International Prize awarded this May, it’s time to take the fear factor out of books in…

5 Things to Definitely NOT Do If You Want to Finish That Novel

PHOENIX’s digital editor and debut author Molly Flatt shares some hard-won wisdom about perfectionism, procrastination and lucky pants

Shake Up Your Spring Soundscape With 3 Fresh Young Country and Americana Singers

Time to add Nikki Lane, Phoebe Bridgers and Lauren Ray to your May playlist

From Peter Liddle’s Pastoral Folk to XamVolo’s Honeyed Neo-Soul, Spring Clean Your Ears With Our May Playlist

Seventeen of the finest new tracks to uplift, refresh and inspire

DJ and Presenter Arielle Free’s Upbeat Playlist Will Get You in the Mood for Summer

A National Treasure on the live electronic music scene, Free knows how to get us in the festival headspace

Books, Films, Music, Food, Dance, Yoga and, Er, Scarecrows: Our Editors Pick Their Favourite Festivals for Summer 2018

From desert debauchery at Burning Man to ad lib theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe, this is where the PHOENIX team…

Art & Design

How Hackney Baker and Entrepreneur Karen O’Donoghue Created Her Perfect Bathroom

Italian plaster and black taps create an indulgent escape for the founder of the Happy Tummy Company

From Nautical Stripes to Vintage Florals: Transport Yourself to a Rural Cottage With These Countrified Interiors

We secretly love a pastel-toned AGA – don’t judge us

Food & Travel

Live Out Your Narnia Fantasies In Sweden’s Snow-Capped Mount Åre

Go husky sledding, skidoo across vast frozen lakes, then warm up with reindeer stew in front of the fire

Zen Diving and Amazing Massage: Five Holistic Hideaways in Bali

Author Sarah Bladen explores the Island of the Gods to reveal the most divine eco retreats

Actor and Social Realism Photographer Yul Vázquez’s Images of Miami Reveal The City’s Grittier Side

These docu-style photographs go beyond the sun-kissed beaches to produce an alternative city guide 

Celebrate British Asparagus Season With These 3 Delicious Recipes

Head Chef Steve Groves of Roux at Parliament Square shows us how to serve these spring-fresh spears

Bring La Vie En Rose A Little Closer With These Spring Cocktails From The Coral Rooms

Indulge in a bit of old-world glamour in Bloomsbury’s need-to-know new bar

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