BLOG POSTS THIS MONTH:
As a teenager, my skincare routine was truly diabolical. My mum, bless her, did everything right, buying me whatever face wash, wipes and moisturises were being best advertised in Boots at the time, but to no avail: where my face was concerned, I was inherently lazy. (Actually, I was pretty lazy about most things....) I would remove my makeup with face wipes, something I hate myself for (read about why you must throw yours away immediately HERE) and let the remaining products sit, unused, pretty much unopened, in my wash bag...
How many times do you shy away from possibilities? How often do you bite your tongue for fear of sounding stupid, or let an opportunity pass you by in case you embarrass yourself? How many things do you say no to because you are frightened to say yes?
Taylor Swift has been sexually harassed. ‘Or so she says’, scream the anti-feminists who claim she is shining a light on this because she hates men. And the world is being weirdly quiet about the trial...
In April, plus size model, kick-ass blogger, total girl boss and all round hero of mine, Callie Thorpe ended up in Vogue. The photo of her in a bikini was put into an article alongside the likes of Kendall Jenner and Ashely Graham....
‘GLASTONBURY IS SO AMAZING, YOU HAVE TO GO’.
A sentence that I repeat time and time again to friends looking for a good time in June. I tell them great tales of how I met my boyfriend there seven years ago, of the atmosphere and of the incredible performances put on by the likes of Ed Sheeran. I tell them that I have the best weekends ever there and I’m not lying....
Daily I find myself complaining about how tired I am. I use it as an apology, perhaps when I feel that I am lacking enthusiasm for something that others had expected me to jump at. As an excuse, when I want to get out of something or avoid a task. As a mask to disguise other things going on, as a way of making me appear more busy or hardworking than I actually am and sometimes I just say it, and in doing so, I become it. And I'm not alone. From where I am sitting, everyone it seems is tired, all of the time....
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CAN I SPEAK TO SOMEONE IN CHARGE?
Written with gumption, fearlessness and sharp wit, Can I Speak to Someone in Charge? is a window into the ridiculous ideologies and the absurd expectations that shape the lives of modern women.
In a series of open letters, Emily Clarkson addresses all manner of subjects, from body hair to Facebook friends to the perils of wearing Lycra. She unpicks the validity of notions such as ‘the thigh gap’; questions the quotidian scrutiny by the media; ponders the etymology of the term ‘plus size’ and considers our unshakeable obsession with dieting, while wondering why some of us are still crying in changing rooms.
Full of vital life lessons, outrageous confessions and poignant reflections, Can I Speak to Someone in Charge? is a love letter to women everywhere; reminding us that being strong, being kind and being yourself is really what ‘normal’ should be.
‘Being asked to write a book was probably the best thing that’s happened to me – up until that point I was gravely concerned that my mum was the only person reading my blog. I hope this book will speak to a range of women, and men actually, I hope it will make people laugh, but more importantly I hope it will open people's eyes to the fact that we've got a lot to do if we want to make growing up in a good and kind world a possibility for our daughters.’ Emily Clarkson
BECAUSE LIFE IS A TRICKY OLD THING TO NAVIGATE: PRETTY NORMAL ME IS HERE TO HELP, IN WHATEVER WAY WE CAN, TO GET YOU THROUGH IT WITH A SMILE ON YOUR FACE.
WE'RE BORED OF ALL THE NEGATIVITY IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW AND AIM TO SHARE THE GOOD AND FIGHT THE BAD IN CURRENT AFFAIRS.