Since my last post featuring a few noteworthy websites went down so well (and about a decade’s worth of news has happened within the past few months), I thought it was about time I did an update. That and well, I’ve probably been procrastinating a little bit too much lately and need to turn some of my endless scrolling into content. This latest batch is a real mixture, from long-established sites that have evolved into millennial masterpieces, to up-and-comers that are hopefully destined for great things. Even though I’m going to need to ration my Internet time carefully (I’ve deleted the Twitter app temporarily), I know where I’ll be heading to once I’ve tackled my to-do-list.
If Man Repeller isn’t blogging goals, then I don’t know what is. Not only did founder Leandra Medine manage to add a new term to the lexicon that empowers women, but she’s also scaled up the site into a hub of democratic fashion and lifestyle content. I’ve found myself reading it a lot more over the past year and I’m actually pleased when their articles pop up in my Facebook feed. Anything goes and I’m pleased to see a diverse selection of women featured (I’m now aware of Nicole Chapoteau’s enviable wardrobe) and a willingness to tackle unconventional conversations. They’re also entirely transparent about how they make money and this post makes me want to up my game when it comes to collaborations.
This is another kind of site I could have done with when I was growing up. Never mind, thanks to the power of t’Internet Gal Dem now exists as a destination for women of colour, covering the vast experiences and complexities in the UK and beyond. Whilst there are the occasional light-hearted and inspiring stories (I loved learning about the work of Adama Jalloh featuring black hair salons), it’s provided an important point of view during a year of viral hashtags. It’s frustrating to read the news and feel like everything’s regressing but I can take comfort from sites that are continuing conversations and representing marginalised communities. There’s one brown girl’s perspective on Brexit, a whole lot about cultural appropriation and an interesting series on travelling to countries where you’re not the expected norm. If you’d like to see more articles I’ve collected covering the complexities of race, I’ve actually created a Pinterest board (don’t knock me, it’s just how I organise things). I’ve seriously read more stuff that I can relate to in this past year, than in my entire life.
The Financial Diet
Talking about money is awkward. I’ve pulled some faces during certain ‘Let’s split the bill’ situations plus I hate asking for money that I’m owed, even if it’s the equivalent of a weekly shop. The Financial Diet is a fairly recent addition to the list and even though it refers to a lot of American terms, it’s such a useful resource to have if you’re in denial about this area of your life. Think of it as a lifestyle site from a financial perspective. It covers serious stuff like investments, but also honest stories of people who’ve paid off debt, made mistakes whilst shopping and managed to save a decent amount in a short space of time. The founders are also pretty candid with their own situations (I love Chelsea’s insight into how she makes money as a blogger) and even though the click-baity titles have the potential for hours of distraction, it’s mainly useful stuff. It’s a shame that there’s not a UK equivalent, but it’s nothing that a browse on Money Saving Expert can’t fix.
The Fashion Law
If you want to be a bit more of an informed consumer, then The Fashion Law is a great resource. I ended up having a bit of a browse after reading about the Tuesday Bassen x Zara battle and there’s so much delving into the legalities and ethics of the fashion industry (occasionally it veers off, like with this piece on privacy issues related to Pokémon Go). I’m really drawn to the meaty articles that touch upon disclosure, whether it’s influencers (apologies for using that word) signing on for six-figure brand deals or journalists being whisked away for a fashion show abroad. Basically there’s a lot of secrecy throughout the industry and founder Julie Zerbo constantly covers things that certain brands don’t want to address. This one is a great read if you want to understand more about celebrity clothing ranges and who actually designs them.
I’ve still got a soft spot for Teen Vogue, even though I’m not quite the impressionable seventeen year old who lapped up all the O.C references. It was one of my favourite magazines back in the day, but deep down I didn’t always feel like I could relate to the aspirational content, perfect bodies and features with famous offspring. Fast forward over ten years and now Elaine Welteroth is at the helm as the youngest and first black editor-in-chief, steering the magazine and all its digital platforms through topical issues and celebrity culture simultaneously. They’ve been covering all aspects of the #BlackLivesMatter movement wholeheartedly and matters that everyone should be aware of, regardless of age, race, gender or location. It’s not always been perfect, but it does seem to be becoming more inclusive with stuff like this cultural appreciation feature. Although I don’t read the print edition (though I may need to hunt down their Gabby Douglas cover), I follow their colourful Instagram feed, plus Welteroth’s Snapchat gives a fun insight into what an editor’s life is like.
It’s funny that I should write this, when I’ve had to ration my Twitter usage (I did let myself watch Michelle Obama’s inspiring speech) and stop myself from clicking on too many links. Also apologies if this posts stops you from getting on with your day. Still, like Emma said in this post, it’s important to make your own edit. We’re lucky that so many people are creating amazing online content but it does get a bit overwhelming when it’s all posted within 24 hours.