If I had to have a Man Repeller-style theme for this month, then it would have to be ‘I was in denial about the end of the year, until the 1st of December happened.’ All of a sudden I’ve gone from freaking out about not achieving certain goals to thinking ‘GIVE ME ALL THE PIGS IN BLANKETS.’ The festive season is a great distraction and I’m all for it.
So how has the last month been? On a personal level I was probably the last person to discover Big Shaq but professionally I’m a little more on the ball. I spent a day at the Chloe Digital townhouse for a Creative Cultivate-style conference, which was all kinds of enlightening. It prompted me to spend my Saturday night recategorizing posts (I now have my lifestyle, shopping tips and racial identity posts highlighted) and start thinking more positively about what I provide here. I’d definitely recommend scheduling in some ‘inspiration days’ if you’re feeling a little stuck, whether it’s bouncing off ideas with a friend or building on certain skills. Sometimes getting out of our own heads is all that’s needed.
A special shout-out has to go to Gretchen Rubin’s podcast, which I’ve been bingeing on all week. I did her Four Tendencies quiz and worked out that I’m a Rebel, as I resist inward and outward expectations and I don’t like being told what to do. This explains a lot. If Lucy mentions that the bins need to go out I will resist (even if it’s overflowing), yet I will clean the bathroom without being prompted as it’s my decision. I’m going to try and get all my friends to do it, in the hopes that we can communicate better.
I’ve also really enjoyed reading content by Racked, as they delved into the sheer amount of gifting that goes on at magazines and worked out the value of everything they received in a 6 month period. I did this privately with the blog a few years ago and it was eye opening and it’s great to see an established media brand being so transparent. SEO companies take note, this is an infographic that’s actually interesting.
Here’s to ticking off the rest of our 2017 goals and stalking all the canapes! These posts will be gradually transitioning to a more grown-up newsletter format in the new year, so make sure you’re subscribed in preparation. I’ll treat you well, don’t worry.
Find out how much gifting went on at Racked over a 6 month period plus the secret resale economy. Yes, editors sell their shizzle too.
We can be happy for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (Twitter will be lit that day) but still aware that her proximity to whiteness affords her certain privileges. We need to be aware of all the grey areas.
Can the new British Vogue change the nepotism and privilege inherent in the fashion industry?
Why we shouldn’t compliment people on weight loss.
Sexism is rampant for female fashion photographers.
I’m feeling rather inspired by the evolution of Chriselle Lim’s blogging business plus her practical checklist.
As someone who dreamed of having her own label, I found this interview with Regina Pyo fascinating. Being close to failure can actually be a positive thing.
Don’t tell me that black cover models don’t sell.
I probably need to start a Sharmadean Reid category here. She is so generous with her knowledge via Future Girl Corp (this is how you create your vision statement), plus she’s shared her beauty secrets and love of Jamaica.
You need to watch Grace’s amazing TED talk.
This conversation between Reni Eddo-Lodge and Nish Kumar is hilarious. I’ve also featured her book ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race’ over on YouTube.