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sophia stuart is an award-winning digital strategist and runs thedigitalcheckup.com in Los Angeles. She is also a foreign correspondent for Bazaar, Esquire, PCMAG and Red and the author of How To Stay Sane In A Crazy World (Hay House Feb 2014). Voted one of the “Top 21 Social Media Superstars” by Min Online in 2009, she won multiple awards during her time as a digital executive at Hearst Magazines.

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(Still) Daring To Be Different in Dr. Martens

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 7:27 PM

Growing up in Brighton, England, I would see them strutting brazenly down the streets between the tattoo parlor, the art house cinema and the sleazy end of the Pier.

Dr. Martens shoes.

Not boots; those were the signifiers of skinheads and so-called Bovver Boys -- no, the Dr....

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London To Los Angeles: Emigration Tales

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 12:32 PM

I arrived in Los Angeles on August 16, 2001. Eleven hours (and counting) before that, I had boarded a plane in London. I told the lovely Virgin Atlantic staff on the check-in desk that I was emigrating. I did my most winning smile. They upgraded me. I slid into seat...

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A Beach Hut, a Dream and a Set of Power Tools

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 2:42 PM

Sophie Pawson used to be a fashion buyer (River Island, Arcadia, ASOS) and then, in February 2013, after 12 years of doing that, she walked away. She realized she was no longer in love with fashion. In fact, she felt burnt out and empty. But she was only...

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How The Digital Realm Reinvented Cozy Heartwarming Kindness

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 3:19 PM

Digital is the best thing that ever happened to women because it signals the end of the middle man and the beginning of all us being connected to one another, in a lovely and deeply practical way.

Perhaps you've heard the phrase "Disruptive Technologies", which was coined by

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I've Got You Under My Skin

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 1:55 PM

Leo Tolstoy, in Anna Karenina, wrote, "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." American families, in their pursuit of happiness, as enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, take great measures to avoid pain. Lynn Shelton in her movie Touchy Feely examines what happens when...

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Love, Eventually

(2) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 5:13 PM

"Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance."
Jane Austen

In Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen's heroine Elizabeth Bennet has few choices in life, while the world is Mr. Darcy's oyster. How times have changed. Where once people longed for love and settled for security, now modern...

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A Room Of Your Own (Online)

(10) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 4:39 PM

To echo Virginia Woolf in her essay "A Room Of One's Own," every (person) needs a place of their own where they can dream and write and create. In Woolf's day, she was talking about the importance for female writers of solitude and space. But the analogy of...

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Red 2: You're Never too Old to Kick Ass

(3) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 6:46 PM

Do not go gentle into that good night

Old age should burn and rave at close of day;

Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Dylan Thomas


Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) knows where all the bodies are buried -- and that's not a metaphor. He...

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When the Hunter Becomes Hunted

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 11:46 AM

Mads Mikkelsen delivers what might turn out to be an Oscar-winning performance for The Hunt, (although this being a foreign language film makes it rather unlikely). He has already won Best Actor at Cannes and deservedly so, his acting is an astonishing tour de force, tight-of-jaw, cut-glass cheekbones, seething with...

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Women With Balls and Hot Flashes

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 12:19 PM

To paraphrase the great Mary Poppins, if you want to deliver a serious message (such as, "When it comes to breast cancer, early detection saves lives"), try a spoonful of sugar. The Hot Flashes is definitely sweet -- and pretty salty too -- with a witty script from Brad Hennig...

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Alain Resnais and the Sensuality of French Film

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 4:19 PM

The Académie française has been waging its battle to protect France from Anglo Saxon idiom since 1635. Yes, that's 378 years of sighing hopelessly as their nation absorbs such atrocities as "email" and (Le) "Weekend". They can take a break, at least for Les Grandes Vacances, because director Alain Resnais...

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An Unfinished Song Which Completes a Life

(2) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 2:24 PM

The movies rarely examine the natural end of life (unless the whole planet is doomed and we're all going down). Which is why Unfinished Song is so unusual and very beautiful. It talks about the pleasures of having lived a very long time -- a whole lifetime -- and then...

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The New Hollywood (Digital) Dating Rules

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 1:35 PM

Dear Movie Studios

Do you know how to date? Because having a one to one relationship is the only way to digital success these days. You can't ignore fans between releases and expect them to show up opening weekend. They don't know you care. So why should they? And you...

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Family Man, Not Superman: Why Brad Pitt Is the Hero for Our Age

(18) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 1:04 PM

Lynda Obst, in her new book, Sleepless In Hollywood, calls them the "Man Movies" -- films with "Man" in the title and "Man" as the prime directive force behind plot, theme, casting and well, everything. Superman, Iron Man, Spiderman -- you get the idea.

When I was working on...

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Reality Bites in Before Midnight

(4) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 2:14 PM

Movies are escapist fantasies. While the world falls to pieces outside, you can feel uplifted by the magic unfolding on the silver screen.

At least that's the idea. But Richard Linklater plunged us into reality instead for his latest movie, Before Midnight. The big question is why? Or more...

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