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Women are fighting back

As the fight for for equal treatment on all fronts gathers pace, its increasingly women who are the driving force for change.

Our winter 21/22 print issue’s Covergirl Shelly Palmer survived an abusive relationship for years to write a brilliant handbook on the red flags in toxic relationships.

Evie Smyth from Russell-Cooke gives you your legal options, empowering women to get out of these relationships and she gives some legal and moral support to deal with threatening partners. Whether you love or hate Greta, shes raised our consciences on rebelling against climate change. Mary Hanover brings us her report straight from COP26. The season of giving can be done with a lot less impact on our planet, and by instilling the right values in our children too. And if fighting real fires appeals to you, read why Kathryn Duncan loves her job in the fire service.

Dont miss our competition! Enter our December prize draw at online Darling for a chance to win a fabulous double prize: 2 top price tickets to Russian State Ballet of Siberias Romeo & Juliet, Nutcracker or Swan Lake – the choice is yours. February 2022 at New Wimbledon Theatre + a dinner for 2 at The Ivy Café Wimbledon.

Best wishers, Editors Karine & Marja-Leena xx


Our passion for supporting female entrepreneurs continues 

Meet the founders behind our beautifully curated products in Shop With Darling. We sell carefully curated ethical brands by wonderful small indie businesses. Take a look and support a small business next time you are looking for ethical buys. Our skin and hair care products, scented candles, jewellery, activewear, collagen supplements, fabulous art prints, mulberry silk pj’s or a hat to keep you shaded and looking stylish are just some ideas.

Like so many of our advertisers and contributors in South London and Surrey, we’ve had to tighten our belts and take it on the chin. We’ve used this more leisurely pace by filling our Darling online magazine with plenty of stories and features.  

We have nice prizes and fun competitions in store for you too

Try you luck and subscribe to our magazine newsletters and / or shop news and offers. Or subscribe to both!

Happy reading,

Karine & Marja-Leena xx


Karine & Marja-Leena. Photo by Annie Armitage.

You may also enjoy reading about Karine’s journey here.

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