If You’re Gonna Bother With Valentines Cards, You May As Well Support A Good Cause In The Process

We'll take ‘Man’s Not Hot, But You Are’ card

If You’re Gonna Bother With Valentines Cards, You May As Well Support A Good Cause In The Process

by Jazmin Kopotsha |
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I’m sure we’ve all had our fill of bullshit Valentine’s Day advertising by now. It’s awkward if you’re single and don’t want the world telling it’s wrong to be alone, and it’s awkward if you’re in a perfectly happy relationship and aren’t really into the elaborate showcasing of how much you love each other.

If there’s one thing that Disney taught me, it’s that romance is a full-time gig, folks. Not a token commercial holiday that’ll cost you an arm and a leg (and a heavy heart) to be a part of. But whatever. Kill-joy cynicism aside, Valentine’s Day is very much a thing. You know what they say – if you can’t beat them, join them. But if you’re going to join them you may as well do it in a non-cheesy way that'll make a positive impact.

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That’s where Girls Done Good come in. They’re a London-based collective who have created some cool, minimal, mush-free Valentines cards that might twist your reluctant arm into buying one this year.

The cards have been launched in support of the Bloody Good Period organisation who supply tampons and pads to food banks and drop-in centres to help provide period supplies to asylum seekers and those who can’t afford them. 100% of the profits made from these cards are going to the cause and if you’re going to bother with the V-day card thing at all, you may as well make it one of these gems.

If You’re Gonna Bother With Valentines Cards, You May As Well Support A Good Cause In The Process
If You’re Gonna Bother With Valentines Cards, You May As Well Support A Good Cause In The Process

You can opt for a card that reads ‘Man’s Not Hot, But You Are’, or perhaps ‘Lovin’ You Is Easy ‘Cos You’re A Feminist’. The more sentimentally inclined might prefer the ‘Love is Love’ option, or if you’re not on board with the holiday but quite enjoy the novelty of sending post, go for the ‘Valentine, Schmalentine’ option.

Interested? Of course you are. The cards are £3 each and you can order them over on Etsy. If you're organised about it you'll have one on your doorstep in time for the big day.

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Debrief How To Take A Nude Selfie

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Step 1: Ask Yourself Should You Take A Nude Picture And Send It To Someone?

Firstly, you'll need to decide if it's morally OK for you to bless a recipient with your nudeyness. Thank God, then, that there's a really simple test to answer this you send the naked picture to somebody who would appreciate it?If YES, continue. If NO, forget this whole thing and go make yourself a nice cup of tea/put some clothes on.Do you want to send this nude picture?If YES, congratulations! It is acceptable for you to send a nude picture. If NO, forget this whole thing and go make yourself a nice cup of tea/put some clothes on.

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Step 2: Make Sure It's Not Hackable

Now it's time to ensure you've got to grips with your phone's privacy settings because, sadly, the world is a shit place and some arsehole might think it's OK to hack into your iCloud/Google account (for Androiders) and show the world your tits.Your iPhone will be storing photos on your phone, but also in the iCloud as a sort of automatic backup that can be accessed by arseholes. To prevent this, go into 'Settings', then 'iCloud' and manually disable 'My Photo Stream'. With Android, you need to go into your Gallery, hit 'General Settings' and then slide 'Auto-Backup' to OFF. Easy (naked) peasy.

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Step 3: Get The Lighting Right

'The first thing is lighting. If you have poor lighting, which in most cases you will, it all looks a bit rubbish,' explains Leigh, the photographer for Mighty Aphrodite, the UK's longest running nude and erotic photography service. 'What I would suggest is as much natural lighting as possible. Take them in the day, and maybe next to a window so you've got daylight streaming through. Net curtains will also diffuse the light, giving a really nice effect.'Unfortunately, many of us get the urge to send naked pics after we've had two glasses of wine in the evening and are sitting around bored because the WiFi has stopped working. Not much daylight to be had there. But don't worry, evening shots do work as well – you've just got to be savvy.'Try not to use overhead lights, because they'll create shadows on your face and body; use desk lamps and keep your crops a little tighter,' he adds.

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Step 4: Get The Location Right

You don't want to be snapping your breasts while on the loo or surrounded by piles of clothes. 'The worst is when there are GHDs in the background, or the plug for your laptop. It just looks rubbish, so make sure there's no clutter in the background,' Leigh advises. 'Ideally, you want to be standing in front of the window and have the camera along the window towards you because then the light will fall on you.'Leigh's pretty obsessed with windows, but don't worry if you've not got a good one to hand because a bed will do just as well: 'Positioning yourself on your bed and switching a mid-height bedside lamp on will also work well.' And talking of positioning...

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Step 5: Sort Your Position Out

Georgie, who's in a long distance relationship and sends naked pics to her boyfriend all the time, is a big fan of secret heels if she's doing a standing pose: 'Wearing heels with your feet out of shot is good because it makes your legs and bum look great and your posture is good without them seeing that you're wearing them.'Yeah, Georgie is a genius. In terms of posing, she's a fan of what we'll be referring to as the Peek-A-Boob: 'A good position is where you face 45° away from the camera with a view of your bum. Stick out your bum and push your shoulder forward so there's a peek of boob behind your arms.' Classy.'Another good position is where you're lying on your front, as it shows off the curve of your back and bottom,' says Leigh. 'A boob shot is fine, but not from arm's length as it just looks rubbish – try lying down on your side and, if you've got a set of GG boobs, stand up and raise your arms above your head to put your breasts in a different position.'

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Step 6: To Self Time Or Not To Self Time?

The optimum is, of course, using a self-timer because then you don't get your massive forearm in shot and your proportions aren't all skewed. 'Try and get a gadget to hold your phone, Gorilla Pods are good because you can stand it on a surface or wrap it around something,' Leigh says.Georgie hasn't splashed out on a Gorilla Pod, opting to just stand her phone up on various shelving units and sideboards, but has a sneaky tip for getting around the self-timer issue: 'I take a video and then just get loads of screengrabs from it. The quality might not be as brilliant but you can get a whole range of positions and it saves time – sometimes, you don't want to be constantly fiddling around with settings.'

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Step 7: Consider Additional Extras

Leigh suggested a pearl necklace, causing me to snort down the phone like a child, but then also advised spraying water onto yourself to create a sexy sheen, which sounded like a very attractive prospect. 'Water can look good, especially for boob shots. It's all about thinking outside of the box.' Pun not intended (BOX HAHA SNORT).Georgie's done shower nudes before, the ease of which depends on your bathroom layout, but if you can set up a phone in there (Gorilla Pod or otherwise) then opting for the 'shoot a video then take stills from it' might work best. Or, at least, turn the shower off once you're wet in order to take the photo.If you're putting your face in the frame, then a bit of slap can up the sex factor: 'If you don't want your whole face in, then crop it to just above your mouth with a slick of red lipstick,' suggests Leigh. 'If you want your face in the shot, then you don't necessarily have to look at the camera. It's sort of voyeuristic and sexy to look away...'

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Step 8: Flash, But Don't Use The Flash

'A flash will give a very flat, even lighting which destroys the shape of the body. Plus, it's unflattering and, if you're doing an arm's-length photo, you're way too close for it,' says Leigh. Unless you want the 'no nose' look. Like a sexy Voldemort.

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Step 9: Filter The Crap Out Of It

'Warming filters make everyone look that little bit hotter,' says Georgie. 'Also, that slider on Instagram that picks out detail and sharpens your pics work well because any defined feature you have will look loads better.' Make sure you don't actually Instagram the pic though, just take a screenshot, yeah?Leigh agrees with the warming thing: 'Some of the filters that desaturate to give a warmer sepia tone are nice, but I'm not a fan of the filters that give too much of a vintage effect. Everyone seems to be using one at the moment that gives a cross-processing look as though it was taken in the 70s. You can't go wrong with black and white, mind.' Hear that? Leave the Kelvin and opt for monochrome.

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Step 10: Feel Great Because You're An Independent Woman With A Kick-Ass Bod

And check those security settings on your phone again.

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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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