IF You’re Going To Procrastinate On The Internet…
The Lifestyle Edit
I think the most useful thing in today’s Instagram obsessed world, is knowing how people got to where they are. That’s why I’m obsessed with the Career Talk section of The Lifestyle Edit in particular, you’re able to find out the journey some seriously successful women took towards their current roles and realise that there’s a lot of hard work involved. It’s an inspiring read that celebrates women and is aspirational, without seeming alienating (I have no reason to buy Farrow & Ball paint but even I found this interesting). I defy you to read it and not want to shake up any dodgy employment situations, asap.
It’s nice to read something online that’s on your side. After meeting editor Sam Baker whilst on my Blogtacular panel and hearing what led her to start The Pool, it’s now become one of my favourite sites to dip into every so often. It’s handy as it estimates how long it’ll take you to read a particular article (I pride myself on beating this), so you can fit articles into a short lunch break or procrastination stint. There’s a real mixture of stories that you can cherry-pick from depending on your mood and it has an honest, relatable tone of voice. The recipes look good too.
One site that has been sharing the diverse experiences of black women, way before the #BlackGirlMagic hashtag is Black Ballad. I guess the aftershocks of my great 2013 quarter-life crisis have led me to think a lot about race, primarily how I navigated my identity growing up and how I feel about it now with the Oscars shining a light on a major diversity issue. I can relate to much of the site personally and I hope that by sharing it here, it can lead those of you from different racial backgrounds to gain a greater level of understanding. This site gets across the complexity of the Black British experience, breaking down stereotypes and causing discussion on anything from mental health to natural hair festival tips. It also highlights amazing women who have started businesses, co-founded orchestras and made history on British television. Founder Tobi Oredein has also written for Buzzfeed and The Independent.
This site is basically inside my brain. From their changing room selfies (I pop up from time to time), to their articles about embarrassing body hair, The Debrief isn’t afraid to talk about the things that make you uncomfortable but are just a fact of life. It reassures you that being in your late twenties without the foggiest as to what you are doing is okay, but also shows you others who have used that uncertainty to propel themselves forward. Think of it as a millennial sort of therapy service, guiding you towards the right thing for your own personal situation rather than what worked for someone else.
The Business Of Fashion
This is the one e-mail I have to open without fail every morning. It’s been amazing to see the Business of Fashion grow over the years into an indispensable information resource. It’s not afraid to cover controversial topics within the industry and add some broader context, dismissing anyone who thinks that it’s all just a frivolous pastime. It all comes down to the numbers and it’s interesting to read analysis on the trajectory of well known brands. The Daily Digest is also useful, aggregating relevant articles from all over the web and giving an insight into anything from factory conditions abroad, to the secret world of couture.
So there you have it, a pretty varied list of reads, which range from light-hearted to extremely thought-provoking. It’s a really interesting time for media right now and perhaps rather telling that I tend to consume a lot of wordy, super-relatable, think-pieces online rather than in print. Let me know any of your favourite sites and whether your reading habits have changed over the years. I obviously got sucked into the allure of Twitter whilst writing the above lines…