Does anyone else plan things in their calendar and think that it’ll all run smoothly? I guess this is my long-winded way of saying that I’ve let things slip a little. My bad. I didn’t expect for the month of May to be all about the U S of A, especially after not popping across the pond for the best part of 6 years. I tried to prep as best as I could (there is a Dropbox folder called ‘It’s gonna be May’ because you have to maximise the N’Sync reference) but after a while, I treated it as a bit of a break.
There’s nothing like taking a breather from your usual surroundings to refresh yourself a little. My NYC trip was a bit of a treat to myself as I know this is the time of year where I can get a little bit down. It’s something I’ve only really realised after a couple of years of freelancing and after listening to this Behind The Brilliance episode, I wanted to perk myself up with some travel. I’m now back with plenty to write about and a focus for the next few months (hint hint hint, the big 3-0 is looming). Amongst the fried chicken and posing on street corners, these are a few other things that have peaked my interest lately.
@walltravelled – This does what it says on the tin, a beautifully curated feed filled with colourful walls from around the world. Is it bad that I want to use it to plan my next trip?
@noelledowning – My admiration for this lady has increased after meeting up with her in Greenpoint last week and I can’t wait to share my interview with her! Follow her for snippets of NYC, cute dresses and bikini inspo.
@simplycyn – I also managed to chat to Cynthia for my blogging series and she has some serious drive and wisdom. She’s also fond of a colourful wall plus her smile is infectious.
@francescasaffari – No need to traipse around the High Street thanks to Francesca’s feed. You’ll find all of the cute mini dresses, gingham and slogan tees you need for SS17.
Now we’re getting into fully-fledged newsletter territory with this lot. If you’ve ever wondered how to get to 200k organically on Instagram, then Courtney’s post is definitely worth a read. She guides you through her journey milestone by milestone and realises quickly that being herself is key. Racked is also becoming one of my fave sites for diverse fashion and beauty content and they look at who really gets to be low maintenance when it comes to celebrity culture. Does it come with its own level of exclusivity? Also major props to Hannah for being honest about seeking therapy and what to expect.
This is the Best Way to Focus
An Interview with Sophia Amoruso & Visiting The #Girlboss Costume Department
The Rise and (Maybe) Fall of Influencers
Who Gets to Be Low-Maintenance?
Interview: Kim Turkington, Love Cloth & Jigsaw
Let’s Talk About Therapy
Blogging Outside The Lines
Architexture Feeds To Follow On Instagram
Dear White People – When your housemates are away for the week, it’s prime Netflix pinching time. I watched all of the episodes within 48 hours instead of editing my video and I regret nothing. I guess this is what happens when you wait almost 30 years for a show that reflects so much of your experience (when Coco took aspirin for her freshly-laid weave it took me back to many an uncomfortable night). Now excuse me whilst I read all the thinkpieces…
Taraj P Henson’You Can’t Do This, Are You Crazy?’ video – This got retweeted into my timeline at the right moment and reminds us to never let the preconceptions of age hold us back.
So what’s the plan? I can’t wait to share more from my travels plus I’m hoping to tackle this work/life balance thing again. You may also want to keep the 17th June free for a certain event…