Lessons From Katie Price on Personal Branding

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PERSONAL. BRANDING.

Those two brilliant buzzwords that I often talk about even though it often makes most people roll their eyes. I know it sounds like awful men-in-suits-marketing-jargon but there’s never been a better time to be good at self-branding. We all make mistakes, but knowing the solid foundations for building a strong brand of who you are (especially when promoting yourself online) isn’t a bad thing really is it? Continue Reading

#GIRLS sleepover at The Hoxton Hotel

Monday was VERY fun indeed. I went along to the Girls HBO Blogger Sleepover, hosted by HBO and Birchbox at the absolutely gorgeous Hoxton Hotel. The evening was to celebrate HBO’s Award-winning comedy series Girls: The Complete Fourth Season and we stayed up until midnight so we could digitally download Season Four on iPads and watch it in bed after necking a bottle of champagne. BEST MONDAY NIGHT EVER?

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It’s no surprise that I am a HUGE fan of GIRLS and have watched them all religiously. I even wrote An Open Letter to the cast recently because I felt connected to them. (I also absolutely ADORE Lena Dunham and think she is a g.e.n.i.u.s). Continue Reading

Things I Learned When I Told My Story At The Moth

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This article was first printed in The Independent. 

The Moth, which first arrived in London last September, returned last night and sold out almost instantly – The Book Club’s basement in Shoreditch soon filling with about 100 supportive beer-drinkers drawn from East London’s literati. The event, which is extremely good fun, lasts about two hours, including a half-time loo break. With a comedy host guiding the evening, that leaves room for 10 stories at five minutes each – so it has to be tightly run. Continue Reading

Books, Books, Books: March 2015 Top Picks

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WOOPSIES. I haven’t done a book round-up for a while. The *idea* was to do them monthly….but somehow life got in the way. I really want to start documenting and sharing what I’m reading because I always find book round-ups super helpful on other blogs whenever I’m stuck for ideas on what to start reading on the commute or on holiday or what to pop onto my beside table.

So – here’s the stuff that I’ve had my nose in recently: Continue Reading

A Vintage Day Out: Posing In Dawn O’Porter’s Amazing ‘BOB’ Dresses

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Sometimes an email pops through that gives me so much excitement that I have to do a little secret squeal. On this occasion it was an invite from Dawn O’Porter’s press team with a lovely invite: “come and hang out, have a drink and play dress up as part of a #BOBTAKEOVER”. Ummmm, 100% yes please. If you weren’t already aware, Dawn launched her very own fashion empire at the end of last year: BOB by Dawn O’Porter. Dawn designs her own BLOODY AMAZING RANGE (with dresses named after her best mates and skirts with tampons on) as well as curating some epic vintage finds on her website. And these vintage gems are found all over the world. Continue Reading

New Discoveries Down Under

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Ahhh holidays. That small fragment of the year where you get to smugly put your out of office on with an automated response that basically says SEE YA WORLD! I’M OFF TO BE FREE! You also get to update your Instagram feed with lots of very blue, serene pictures. Not a grey cloud in sight. Oh, what a far-cry from the daily grind. The experience is also made even more magical because you know it’s temporary; your out-of-office has a sell-by date. But let’s not think about that.

So for the past two weeks I’ve been living the vida loca in Australia with some of my favourite people ever in the blissful sunshine; seeing the sights, discovering new things and just relaxing away from the stresses of London. (Writing this post it feels like it never happened. Was it a dream? Was it?) Continue Reading

A Short Ramble

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Sometimes I worry that my generation, our generation, “the Y-ers” aren’t creating anything as ‘solid’ as we wish we could. You know, those things that stick in the sand. Creative people are everywhere, that’s not changed; but the way we consume content is different and it’s more throwaway. People don’t like hearing that, especially when they’ve worked hard on something: a video, a piece of writing, an illustration that took hours. It’s bookmarked, it’s watched, then it’s binned.

The Internet brings fluidity, flexibility and instancy. We’re lazy and desperate for the new and now. Our social platforms bring huge reach, wireless fun and ideas that spread. We write blog posts, quick quips, tweets, statuses, share links without explanation. We throw stuff at each other daily. It’s virtual ping pong. 

We don’t even write long texts anymore, we WhatsApp in chunks. We are shortening everything we type, summing up emotions into frivolous emojis, and explaining and expressing ourselves in little corners of the Internet. Comments that don’t matter. Noise. Clogging up our online spaces. Filtering ever so slightly as we go. We can go back and edit something we screwed up. We write things and we later delete. Deleting as we go seems more promising.

Where is our ‘work’? Where is the stuff we want to last, to be shared, to be saved for the future? The stuff we daren’t ever delete?

Are we writing or creating anything that will stick, or is it all boiled down to things that we want to read quickly on the train, or email to a friend on their lunch break? Studies say we can’t even read novels anymore; that we skim, we cheat, or we download the audio so we can carry on tweeting. 

Books are being published off the back of YouTube careers, but even they are still just curated bits of content, with each page being a nugget of information from the online version: smaller chapters, bigger fonts, guidebooks, advice. Coffee table books. Stocking fillers. Urban Outfitters tills.

Michael Keaton’s character in Birdman finds himself frustrated because there’s some sort of block between him and his artistic aspirations; unable to feel satisfied. Itching. A viral clip on YouTube doesn’t fill the gap. The numbers weren’t his priority, his small and intimate audience was. Or maybe the idea of ever being truly iconic or respected. Lasting.

I can’t help but feel we need some Terry Pratchett quotes drilled into us.

When The Internet Gives You Lemons

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“You will always be too much of something for someone: too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy. If you round out your edges, you lose your edge. Apologise for mistakes. Apologise for unintentionally hurting someone — profusely. But don’t apologise for being who you are” — Danielle Laporte

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For me the internet has always been a blissful world of connecting and communicating with like-minded individuals. Every day I stumble across something that adds a spark, big or small, to my everyday life. A song, a joke, a new book recommendation, a column or a blog post that makes me pause and look out of the window for a few minutes. I find myself chatting to familiar faces and discovering new creative individuals every day who want to share their life aspirations, ideas, advice and knowledge with the world. Continue Reading

Lemme Femsplain Something To You

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“Men get so much further ahead when they’re risk takers. Women on the other hand can plan and overanalyze. Then when we come back around to it and we never actually do it.” – Amber Gordon, founder of Femsplain in New York Observer

When I discover cool ladies doing cool stuff online I get a shiver down my spine and a tingle in my fingertips. So IMAGINE my delight when stumbling upon FEMSPLAIN.COM: a new online community for anyone who identifies as female, a place where trolls are NOT allowed. Continue Reading

I Thought It Was Time To Write A Manifesto

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Manifestos are pretty important. Most companies, or magazines or people have them tucked away somewhere. A document that says “this is what we think!” and makes sure everyone within the organisation stays on the same path. My good friend Laura William’s has a manifesto on her blog and I thought: HEY, THAT’S A REALLY GOOD IDEA! But y’know, she is full of good ideas. I mean, she lives in Bali for goodness sake.

So what does it mean exactly? “A manifesto is a published verbal declaration of the intentions, motives, or views of the issuer, be it an individual, group, political party or government” according to good old Wikipeeds. Sounds pretty scary and formal, but really, when all boiled down, it is simply just a list of THINGS you BELIEVE. And try your hardest to stick to. So, I thought it was about time to do one, for myself. Continue Reading

Do We Really Want Our Politicians On Social Media?

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This was first posted on thedebrief.co.uk

Russell Brand has more followers on Twitter than the whole House of Commons put together (OK, I haven’t done the math, but it’s a fair assumption with his 9.11 million followers). But is this real political influence? Probably not. After all, Russell Brand has said time again when asked by angry QTers why he won’t stand for parliament: ‘I’m a comedian, mate.’

So how important is social media in getting people to vote? And do we even want our politicans on Twitter? Continue Reading

How To Get Stuff Done Even When You’re Mega Busy

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Time management and organisation. Coolest words in the dictionary, right?

But being headless-chicken-crazy can actually be a good thing. The more you’ve got on – the more you’ll probably get done because you have to slot it all in. It forces you to be organised and extra pedantic with your diary. Empty days stretched out ahead of you can be a bad thing for productivity, in my opinion. Continue Reading