10 writing Questions with Brianna Wiest

I first stumbled across Brianna Wiest’s work a few years ago via Thought Catalog, I think. I’d become really into the Thought Catalog (in it’s fresher, earlier days), following my favourite writer’s new pieces religiously, mainly Brianna, Jamie Varon and Ryan O’Connell. Finding new writers that you immediately connect with is one of the best things of the Internet in my opinion. It’s such a great feeling when you find a backlog of work of someone new that you can read over a cup of tea. I found Brianna’s writing when I was going through a bit of a “meh” spell where I was finding so much comfort from reading people’s personal essays. I guess I was also still working out the stuff I wanted to write myself, so I’d read and read and read. I’d get lost in lots of writer’s books, articles and most importantly, their honesty. So I Googled Brianna… View Post

Shaking Off Labels

Label: something placed most commonly on: jars, bottles, soup cans, tins and sometimes, people. At an event, or a dinner party, or a thing: someone may ask, “what do you do?” as a conversation starter. This can be totally innocent of course, just another way of being able to starting up a chat. It’s a way of asking specific questions around a topic, to get to know you and what interests you. When you ask another person what they “do” you appear polite and intrigued. But how do you sum up in a sentence what you “do”? Even if you’re a full-time teacher, what if you are a painter too? What if you work in sales but you write on the weekends? It’s hard to condense ourselves down into a bite-size Twitter bio. I re-write mine constantly. I find it interesting what people write first, too. Like “mother, sister, CEO.”… View Post

Books, Books, Books! September top picks

Books I’ve Read This Month: Why Not Me – Mindy Kaling (Ebury Press) I’ve reviewed this book here outlining the “8 most relatable moments”. I really enjoyed this book. Basically if you loved “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me” you’ll adore this follow up. It’s more of the same: witty, relatable essays. I especially enjoyed her honesty around confidence, and failure. You’re Never Weird on the Internet – Felicia Day (Touchstone) I enjoyed this, but it felt a little young for me. Towards the end of the book Felicia starts to covers serious topics such as Gamergate and feminism activism and they are extremely well-written. Definitely worth a read even to read about Felicia’s unconventional and very cool Internet/YouTube career. The Most of Nora Ephron (Doubleday UK) The most brilliant collection of Nora Ephron’s books, foreword by India Knight. A book I will keep forever. I LOVE NORA EPHRON. It’s so brilliant to… View Post

When women’s bodies aren’t up for public debate, feminism will have won

I am bored of it. I’m upset, too. (I can’t go on blaming Mercury Retrograde). I’m sick of the “news stories” surrounding the smallest imperfections of a woman’s body. A wrinkle of cellulite here, the slightest indication of a double chin there, or a strand of hair out of place. I just feel like screaming: LEAVE US THE FUCK ALONE. That’s what I feel like screaming. I feel embarrassed that in 2015 we still live in a culture where people feel entitled enough to wade in on a debate around a person’s body, a body that belongs to no-one else but the owner. I feel embarrassed that we still live in a world where products are still sold off the back of women’s insecurities. If all women weren’t made too feel insecure about something, many businesses would crumble. If we ALL loved ourselves all the time, then the companies that sell £80 anti-ageing cream would… View Post

Things I’ve Discovered This Month

This blog is my diary after all, just wanted to capture some good finds from this month. <3 Brené Brown’s new book. Discovering Brené Brown’s book Rising Strong. I was already a huge fan of her Ted Talk on the power of vulnerability but you get to know her more personally through her books – it is very honest and practical. It’s confirmed thoughts in my head that I had but couldn’t properly make sense of. Thinkergirl podcast. I’m going on this podcast as a guest in a few weeks hosted by two very cool Australian girls – excited! Although I am having to do it at 7.30am cos they are Down Under. But I can already tell it’ll be worth it for the chats. Check them out here. How much I love Medium. Mainly to read personal essays. Also The LightHouse which is a section all about connection and communication. My post featured… View Post

Why we shouldn’t shrug off our successes

“The best moments in reading are when you come across something—a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things—which you had thought special and particular to you […]And it is as if a hand has come out and taken yours.” ~ Alan Bennett, The History Boys This is an exciting guest post from Katy Birchall, Deputy Editors at Country Life magazine and the author of The IT girl series (Egmont). In August this year, Vogue published an interview with Harry Potter actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, Emma Watson, in which she admitted that on receiving recognition for her acting she feels uncomfortable and tends to turn in on herself: ‘I feel like an imposter’. Sorry. ARE YOU SERIOUS, EMMA WATSON? Did a wizard use magic to OBLIVIATE the crap out of your mind and make you forget all those huge grossing MOVIES you’ve made and all those kick-ass SPEECHES… View Post

8 Extremely Relatable Moments From Mindy Kaling’s New Book

1. Wanting to be liked In Mindy’s introduction she explains that she was the needy clingy kid that wanted so desperately to be liked and would bring in a family sized bag of Skittles into school in order for all the other kids to like her. I related to this A LOT because I was that kid too. Maybe I still am. There’s always lots of chat surrounding the age-old debate of whether it’s bad or good that “women want to be liked”, but I think it’s human nature. Then comes the part of deciphering which people you should care about liking you or not, and not letting other people’s opinions get in the way of you living your best life. Quote from book: “I’ve always put a lot of energy and effort into people liking me. That’s why I’ve never understood the compliment “effortless”. People love to say: “She just… View Post

A cup of coffee with Jessie Cave

Was it your first time at Edinburgh Fringe performing? I can’t wait to see your show at the Soho Theatre. I did my first year in 2012 and I did like a performance that was the launch of a book club. I was the leader and I was a massive fangirl. The idea was that I had to con my way into Harry Potter. It was kind of massively playing on the fact that I’d been in Harry Potter. I find the whole fangirl thing so fascinating. Was it a show for young girls? It was targeted at fangirls; I feel really connected with them because they’re so passionate and keen and I’m just so innately eager, I’m always just so obvious about the things that I love. How did your role, Lavender Brown, in Harry Potter come about? Getting the job in Harry Potter was a complete fluke. The reason… View Post

How to manage a job and a blog

I know a lot of people who have blogs and have a full-time job too. It’s possible, but keeping up a blog is also hard work at times. There can be simple ways to help keep your blog ticking over with regular fresh content going up, without losing your mind over it. I’ve being balancing a full-time job and a blog for about six years now, so I thought I’d take the time to share what I’ve learned, and how I personally make time for this blog (because I bloody LOVE writing on this blog) while also get all my other shit done too. P.S. this is just stuff I do, so I’m not saying that these are the golden rules or anything. It’s simply some things I do that really help me balance a lot of stuff and make sure I’m happy and fulfilled. 1. Be kind to yourself This is rule number one, for… View Post

An Interview and OOTD with Primark

“You can’t wear all black to Fashion Week,” I read on a blog somewhere. Pah. Personally, I think just wear whatever makes me feel happy and allows you to walk and move properly. Whatever makes you feel good. I love experimenting with different styles. I don’t take what I wear at all seriously. It makes me happier to know that whatever I wear is just representative of how I feel that day. Sometimes it’s a pair of statement sunnies (I have an absurd collection of strange glasses), sometimes it’s a huge jumper or a scarf that covers my whole body and sometimes I want to wear a posh frock and get my legs out because YOLO and Sally Hansen fake tan is a genius invention. Anything goes basically. Sometimes I actually like it when someone wrinkles their nose at something, like my leopard print culottes in the previous post. It makes me want to wear… View Post