The Pool

We’re somewhat addicted to The Pool, an online resource, news-site, advice centre, and community, with great fashion, beauty, arts, culture and opinion sections. It was founded mere months ago by journalist Sam Baker (previously editor-in-chief of Red magazine) and broadcaster and  writer Lauren Laverne, but it’s already garnered a huge following. It describes itself as ‘a pool of women like you – who actually like you – bringing you the pass notes on the day,’ and this is accurate. It is a brilliant pass notes site, yes, but it doesn’t just compress headlines and news, and give you useful nuggety bits of information (everything from why no one is buying the Apple Watch and why you should know about 20-year-old politician Mhairi Black, to how to wear an army jacket), but it offers up real opinions and is as thought provoking as it is useful. We love it because it is written and put together by a bunch of women (columnists and writers include Sali Hughes, Laura Craik, Viv Groskop, Thomasina Miers and our very own Alex Peake-Tomkinson), who are juggling busy lives just like us, and it feels like it is informed by that experience, rather than that being magically airbrushed out – as is the case with so much of what you read.  As well as all this, it tells you how to make gnocchi, the best TV to watch, discusses sex, lands fab interviews, and even offers up great playlists. Just one of its clever design features is an icon which tells you how many minutes it takes to read each article. Log on now.

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— Daisy
22nd July 2015