Happy Easter! I thought I’d share another assortment of links just in case the chocolate overload is real (or like me, you’re attempting to Marie Kondo your room for the 25th time)…
This selection consists of what I seem to have on my mind these days, primarily musings on blogging and racial identity (plus plenty of imagery featuring monstera leaves). These are uncertain times (and Twitter does take me on an emotional rollercoaster every day), but the news of Edward Enninful as editor of British Vogue has given me some hope. I also received the Insecure DVD this week, so no doubt I’ll be laughing along to that for a bit of light relief.
This pic may seem random but I’m looking forward to enjoying these bits over the next few months!
@lucie_ellen – Ever since I interviewed jewellery designer Lucie Ellen last year, I’ve been following her feed closely and obsessing over all the colourful triangles. Her snaps give an interesting insight into how she runs her business, seamlessly managing production, marketing, accounting and customer service from her garden office. Expect snippets of inspiring exhibitions, works in progress plus she announces her sales here first.
@sarahkbenning – In a similar way to Lucie, Instagram has really helped shine a light onto traditional crafts and Sarah’s hand embroidery account has over 400k followers. Not that the numbers swayed me mind, though it is amazing to see people get behind these contemporary designs featuring plenty of greenery. She also sells patterns via Etsy and I bet we’ll see these hoops as part of next year’s mindfulness ‘trend’.
@agraylife – Step into creative coach Renie’s world of artfully arranged coffees, calm interiors and enviable plant arrangements. She’s building a real sense of community with her cliche-free motivational captions and plus her musings on being adopted really made me think.
@hannahfaith_ – Talk about insta theme goals. Hannah Faith is a London based photographer and DJ with a sun-bleached, 70s aesthetic. Her aim is to show that beauty can be seen everywhere and I’m sure her imagery is on many a mood board.
10 Fashion Bloggers on What Their Jobs Are Really Like – Another great read from Man Repeller for those of us who are curious as to what life looks like for those with oodles of Instagram followers. There’s also a pretty interesting debate in the comments about the authenticity of it all, which I hope they’ll address in future articles.
6 Steps To Writing The Perfect Email – I apologise to anyone who emailed me between 2009-2014, a time when I was ridiculously blunt and thought that an ‘x’ at the end meant a marriage proposal. This post would have been a great read back then, but better late than never I say! It’s a great checklist to remember, especially if you want your pitches to be read at the optimum time.
How To Successfully Manage A Blog Collaboration – The Online Stylist is killing it with her blogging series! Her posts are thorough and there’s plenty of honest advice that will benefit you whether you’re new to working with brands or just looking to make things run even smoother. I still fail to work backwards from a deadline! There’s great guidelines for a Content Agreement (for situations where a brand doesn’t send one over), which just adds an extra bit of professionalism.
Michaela Coel Is Doing Whatever The Hell She Wants – I am so happy that Michaela Coel exists. I’ve already written about the effect that limited representation has had on my life and although I did my best to adapt role models like Oprah, it’s been amazing to see someone who reflects my millennial mindset a little better. I’ve pinned many interviews featuring Coel, but I loved this one where she opens up about dating struggles whilst black (yes, some guys really do say things like ‘I’ve never fancied a black girl before’) and hiring a diverse crew.
41 Women of Color Get Real About Beauty and Diversity – This is also an insightful read from Allure, gathering numerous perspectives and showcasing the diversity within diversity itself. There’s quotes from models and media types and I found the conversations around formulating make-up particularly interesting. Did you know that there can actually be an area of violet in darker skin tones?
The High Low – I mentioned Pandolly a little while ago and then felt like I’d jinxed things as they went on a break, but thankfully The High Low carries on perfectly from where they left off. It’s now run independently by Dolly and Pandora, so there’s great book recommendations and spirited debates amongst the meme mentions. Only they could make me laugh repeatedly at ‘shapely shanks’ when discussing that infamous Daily Mail cover story.
Women Of The Hour – The best thing about being late to a particular podcast party, is that there’s always loads to catch up on. This is handy when it comes to Lena Dunham’s series. Even though the episodes are a little irregular, it’s nice and evergreen featuring topics like love, body image, work and friendships. It’s far from self-indulgent and there’s plenty of different perspectives (plus any interview with Hari Nef is a good ‘un).
The Receipts – Think of this as being able to live vicariously through a particularly lively Whatsapp conversation (especially if your love life is ‘on a break’). Hosted by Londoners Tolly, Milena, Phoebe and Audrey, it’s a no holds barred chat with the girls describing dodgy dates (when the DLR is involved, it’s never good news), workplace microaggressions and being cheated on. I’ve found myself laughing out loud due to some of the awful situations and it’ll also leave you rooting for them.