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Inside the four-day working week, ‘relationship escalators’ and a live beauty Q&A: what not to miss this week on Stylist Extra

From an inside look at the reality of the four-day working week trial taking place across the UK to one writer’s decision to step off the ‘relationship escalator’ and a live beauty Q&A with Stylist’s beauty editor Morgan Fargo, this is what to expect from Stylist Extra this week.

Stylist Extra is our shiny new platform dedicated to unmissable, thoughtful journalism, covering everything from culture and relationships to psych insights and the latest lifestyle trends, alongside regular live events and interactive career clinics. Here’s a rundown of everything we have coming up over the next week…

Join us in getting some expert beauty advice from Stylist’s very own beauty editor, Morgan Fargo, who was in conversation with Stylist’s editor-in-chief, Lisa Smosarski earlier this week (watch on demand now). Expect guidance on everything from building an effective skincare routine to which viral beauty products are worth the investment, alongside insight into this year’s biggest beauty and hair trends and the skincare heroes she has on repeat. No stress if you weren’t able to catch the livestream, as it’s available to watch on demand now, simply click on this link to watch.

I'm Sorry You Feel That Way
I'm Sorry You Feel That Way by Rebecca Wait

Elsewhere, writer Poorna Bell will be recounting how and why she’s decided to step off the ‘relationship escalator’, the heteronormative track for dating which means aiming for a slow progression from meeting the parents to sharing a house to marriage. 

If you’ve dreamt of being able to work more flexibly (52% of women said a lack of which has made them consider leaving a job according to a recent LinkedIn poll), then our piece exploring the reality of the four-day working week, which is currently being trialled across 70 companies in the UK on full pay, will be a must-read. One woman, who has been taking part over the last month, will be sharing her key learnings along with the unexpected hurdles. 

Later in the week, Stylist’s Leah Sinclair will be diving into the phenomenon of why so many of us feel stuck perpetually on autopilot at the moment, and how to jolt ourselves out of it. Hard relate. 

Meet Stylist's beauty editor
Meet Stylist's beauty editor

When it comes to advice, we’ve also got you covered. Stylist’s fashion and beauty director and columnist Billie Bhatia will be addressing the dilemma of not wanting to attend a pal’s wedding because the bride is the only person you know among the entire guest list. And in this week’s Honest Boss column, our anonymous columnist with 25 years of career coaching experience helps one woman navigate the tricky situation of being promoted and becoming her friend’s boss. 

In the world of fiction, hunker down with an exclusive extract of writer Rebecca Wait’s much-talked about new novel I’m Sorry You Feel That Way, exploring complicated sibling relationships and the effects of intergenerational trauma all in sparkling prose. 

Finish the week with writer Amelia Tait’s long-read on the burgeoning women’s self-defence industry on TikTok – think bubblegum pink pen knives and glittery key rings laden with alarms and knuckle dusters. While kitsch and useful, Tait questions whether putting the onus back on women to protect ourselves in this way is in fact the answer to growing issues surrounding women’s safety. 

Happy reading!

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