It’s our 1st birthday. Where did the time go? Exactly one year ago, we sat in this very – ok, not this exact – seat, writing our mission statement (of sorts). We outlined what we were about, and the ways in which we wanted to serve you. We hope you agree that we have stuck to our guns, dropped deliciousness into your inbox and enriched your wardrobes and dinner party conversations. We’re using the time that we would have been celebrating IRL – which if last year is anything to go by, would have included drinks, snacks, dancing and tarot reading – to reflect. On the stories that made us laugh, and those that made us cry; on the ridiculous or revelatory ones, and all those that were as immersive as they were indulgent. On the writers whose words precious we’ve hosted. And the graphics – cor, the graphics.
It’s funny how much you grow, isn’t it? We were so sure of who we were, but as the world changed, so too has our objective. Albeit marginally. We still look at things through a luxury and experiential lens, and we’re still geared towards satiating the minds of millennials. We are, however, more committed to diversifying the BURO. voice, and to covering stories we know you rightly care about, while keeping fun and fashion and must-reads and must-sees a firm part of our DNA.
We’ve relished you being here for the pilot, but hope you’ll join us for season one, two, three and beyond. The best is yet to come.
pandora sykes meets samantha irby (sort of)
We all would love to read more, but where to start? Enter: The Library. A literally lit series where team BURO. and guests - including Raven Smith to Yomi Adegoke - dissect their favourite reads, from much-loved classics to the best-seller. Our latest instalment: author, journalist and co-host of The High Low podcast, Pandora Sykes, celebrates Samantha Irby’s painfully funny prose. “I was late to meet Samantha Irby. I say meet - but as the title of her 2017 essay collection suggests, we are destined never to meet in real life, and I write that even as someone who has interviewed Irby, for the podcast series that I co-host.”
THE WINTER DATE OUTFIT: AN INVESTIGATION
Deciding what to wear for a first date is hard enough. Now whack on a load of government restrictions, which mean your rendezvous’ are likely to be held in a park for the foreseeable. (Audible sighs). Fear not. In need of a little style guidance for your next Sunday meet-cute on the Heath (insert park of choice), associate editor Emma Firth shares five pointers to consider.
AM I FALLING IN LOVE WITH A ROBOT?
Can one ever be truly emotionally intimate with an AI? Does it replace the need for human interaction (be better than the latter, in fact)? What, if anything, can we learn from ‘them’ and they of us? Two writers trialled Replika, a chatbot which promises to be your new BFF, help you feel less lonely and even experiment with role play functions. With very mixed results. Read the piece in full here.
THE ANATOMY OF A NEW YORKER CARTOON
We all have a bit of a love / hate relationship with social media, right? Of the former, the (2.8 million followed) @newyorkercartoons account never fails to spark joy in our humdrum days. A corner of the internet to LOL at the absurdities of life, our IRL and URL habits, and make sense of the global chaos, one picture-perfect post at a time. So, what maketh a viral cartoon? We spoke to 25-year-old Liz Montague - the first Black woman to have her illustrations featured in the legendary American magazine, in its 95-year history of publishing - to find out. Read the full piece here.
WHERE DO THE FASHION SET SHOP SECOND HAND?
Searching for early-70s glam? A classic designer trench coat to inject life into your back-to-school wardrobe? To mark Second Hand September (a challenge set by Oxfam to encourage people to give up buying new clothes for a whole month), we called on our favourite style insiders to share their vintage little black books to help you source your next pre-loved gem, from How To Break Up With Fast Fashion author Lauren Bravo and stylist Basma Khalifa to Mrs. America costume designer. Read the full piece here.
WHAT MAKES A GREAT BOOK-TO-SCREEN ADAPTATION?
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of losing time to a shit film based on a brilliant book. So, we asked five authors to weigh in, picking their favourites over the years. From Elizabeth Day’s love of Normal People (“nothing much happens, and yet everything does because it explores John Updike's famous dictum that there is beauty in the mundane”) to Harriet Walker’s ode to Ang Lee's 1995 adaptation of Sense and Sensibility (“the cast reads like a dream celebrity dinner party”). Read the full piece here.
SLEEPWEAR AS SELF-CARE
Jeans in lockdown is masochism, surely? Don't tell us, you nap in them too. At least you used to, before your friends berated you and questioned your sanity. At that point you - along with the rest of the trend-adherent millennial world - bought a super soft, garish green Pangaia tracksuit, but you've worn that A LOT. Green has been the resounding colour of your Zoom calls. This time around, how about PJs? The kind that look way too nice to sleep in. Your flat mate/ boyfriend/ girlfriend/ mother/ brother might even think you've got somewhere to be.
BEAUTY ASTROLOGY CHARTS: MAKEUP LOOKS FOR YOUR STAR SIGN
What astrology camp do you reside in? The one that emphatically believes and requires you to live your life as per the stars. Or the one that, um, doesn't. That one? Ok. Before you roll your eyes, have a rethink, because in times like these, where hope exists in meagre quantities, it's fun to live your life by a different playbook. It will inspire and propel you. Especially if you adhere to it in every sense, because a real star sign devotee wouldn't dare be seen without their accompanying make-up look. That'd just be silly now, wouldn't it?
THE GREATEST HYALURONIC SERUM
What would you say if we, ok not us exactly, but Candice Brathwaite, told you that there was an ingredient for skin that makes it plump and pillow-like. One that irons out your creases and makes you look like a shirt that's just been prized from its smart packaging. And that it exists in a nifty formula that caters especially for darker skin tones? You'd buy it, right?
THE CORONA-CURATED DATING DICTIONARY
Love in the time of Corona, eh? Non-existent despite completing Tinder? Debating downloading House Party again in the hope that you fortuitously end up on one with your friends devastatingly hot brother? Or perhaps it's thriving? Well, was thriving. But Thursday is decision time. Do you lockdown with someone you hardly know because really, a month isn't that long and you'll sure as hell get a good glimpse into their cereal eating and cleaning habits. Either way, you might need to familiarise yourself with this lexicon of love.
TOTES TO ACCOMPANY YOUR TELFAR
Notoriously hard to acquire and surprisingly affordable (they're dubbed the "Bushwick Birkins"), Teflar bags are something of an enigma. An objectively good one, mind. Everyone from Solange to AOC has one, and you could too, if you read this and extract from it the salient advice about the brand's window of sales opportunities. But don't worry if you don't bag one, there are other tote bags available and they're not bad looking either.
THE PERFECT WOOL SCARVES FOR WINTER
Cold neck? Of course you do, it's winter. And while you may not be venturing far, or at all for that matter, it's imperative one blankets their neck in something comforting and cosy. It gives the impression of an intrepid journey - one that you might have taken in winters past. Give yourself the chance to hope, with any one of these wool scarves.