Month: July 2018

It’s Good To Talk: Dealing With Depression

According to the leading mental health charity in the UK, Mind, ‘approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year’. Note: this isn’t 1 in 4 people during someone’s lifetime, this is per year. That’s a lot of people with a lot of problems. Although there is so much good work being done to support people’s mental health, and people are more openly talking about it, there continues to be stigma and a massive lack of education on the subject. Put simply, there’s still a lot of work to do in this field, and people still don’t seem to understand the scariest fundamental truth about mental health: not talking about it could kill you. I have always had a good life. I’m not saying I don’t have my fair share of problems, but I do have a loving and accepting family and wonderful friends. I went to a good school, a good University, got a decent grade and I never had to worry about money in any real way. …

How To Achieve Your Goals

One of my favorite questions to ask on consultation calls is this: What would be an amazing outcome for you in a year? People have great answers. They want to own their own businesses, make partner, find love, make six figures, have great sex, and learn to love themselves. I bet you have dreams you’ve been thinking about for years but never achieved, too. Why not? Because you haven’t taken massive action. And that’s the tool I’m going to teach you today. Massive action means acting consistently until you get what you want, no matter what. Most of us are willing to take a little action, some minor action, or occasionally some major action. We’re willing to try one thing, or three things, or maybe five things at once. Often when we think about trying to achieve a goal, we’re already anticipating failure. One of my favorite coaching moments ever was when a client sent me her business plan with the question, “But how do I know when it’s time to give up on this?” She …

Beauty Basics: UV-Proof Skincare

We’ve all heard the scary stories and seen the shocking images of the damage that UV rays do to your skin, but have they shocked us enough? Hands up if you don’t really take sun and UV protection into consideration when buying skincare and makeup? Well, even if you aren’t lucky enough to live in a sunshine state, the British Association of Dermatologists say that we should be using sunscreen with a SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30 every day. This is because even when it’s overcast and rainy, the sun’s two types of UV rays – A (longwave) and B (shortwave) – can cause serious damage to our skin (as well as causing skin cancers). Briefly, UVA is the more prevalent of the two and, because it penetrates skin more deeply than UVB, it is the one that causes the most skin damage in terms of wrinkles and ageing. UVB, on the other hand, is the radiation that is the main cause of sunburn. Both types can damage your skin all year round. And if …

Why Having Big Dreams Can Be A Little Scary

I am sure that most of us have at least one dream or goal. Maybe it’s to get a degree, start a business, make a name for yourself in your chosen career…whatever it is, I bet that at some point it has scared you. Why do our dreams scare us? Why is it that in one moment we can feel crazily excited and motivated, ready to take on the world and do whatever it takes to make the dream a reality, and in another moment feel the doubt creeping in – this probably isn’t going to work, how could I be good enough to to do that? – and see all the hurdles and hoops that you’ll have to get through along the way? You can picture what it is you want in your mind, you know who you want to be and where you want to go, and you have some idea of how to get there, but sometimes it can feel like you’re standing on the edge of a cliff; you know it’s …

The Edit

Welcome to The Edit, where we round up our favourite fashion picks of the month. All of the clothes featured in The Edit are from brands who have committed to sustainable, ethical and charitable fashion. That’s why you’ll see pieces from H&M Conscious, Mango Committed and ASOS Made in Kenya, along with other lesser known brands that are dedicated to making clothes to make a difference, both to the environment and to women. This month we feature pieces from Ninety Percent, a London based label that distributes 90% of its profits to charitable causes and makes most of its products from sustainable materials; H&M Conscious, a capsule collection made from organic and recycled materials; Mata Traders, a fair trade clothing company whose products are made by artisanal women in India and Nepal; Mayamiko, an ethical and sustainable brand whose clothes are made by women and girls in Malawi; the ASOS Made in Kenya collection, a partnership with the Kenyan social enterprise SOKO; and Sézane’s DEMAIN collection, a capsule collection whose profits go towards improving access …

Welcome to the very first issue of She! I say issue because my initial intention when I came up with the idea was that I wanted to create a magazine – something that is probably much easier said than done. So, I compromised and decided that a website would work equally as well, if not better. And here we are, about two months since I first had the idea and I am so proud of what has been produced in that time. I firmly believe in the importance of female empowerment – whether it is with regards to fighting for gender equality, becoming informed about important issues or simply having (or developing) the confidence in yourself to know that you are capable of anything. That’s where She came from; this belief that, as women, we should be helping to build each other up, rooting for each other and championing the important issues that affect us. Only through doing this can we hope to empower and inspire girls and women everywhere. This first issue is packed with …

Don’t Have A Squad? You’re Not Alone

‘Loneliness is one of the most frightening certainties of the human experience. Very few people are immune, and those who claim never to have experienced it are most likely unwilling or unsure how to identify it.’ In her recent book, The Friendship Cure, Kate Leaver argues modern society is making us lonelier, putting stress on our mental health and separating us from real human connection. Moreover, we are ignoring our own loneliness. How could we possibly be lonely when global connectivity literally lies at our fingertips? This is not a new line of argument; think pieces on the detrimental effect of social media on our health – somewhat ironically – manage to go viral more than almost any other topic. It is understandable, then, that in this climate of anxiety around loneliness we would want to combat being alone with having as many friendship connections as we can. Female friendship groups have a long history. Modern slang and hashtags are simply new labels for an old phenomenon which can be traced back to the 17th Century; philosopher …

Women in 2018

Before she became the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, in her role as UN Women’s Advocate for Political Participation and Leadership, gave a speech at the UN to mark International Women’s Day 2015. In it, she described being proud to be a woman and a feminist and talked about how far women’s rights have come. But she also hit on an important, and sometimes overlooked, point: we have come so far, but we still have a long way to go. The landscape of being a woman has changed massively over the last 100 years. In 1918, after years of the suffrage movement, women were finally granted the right to vote. This right was not extended to all women, however, with only those women who were over 30 years old and who owned a house (or who were married to a man who owned a house) being allowed to vote. Still, it was an important and crucial first step towards a more equal society and ten years later, in 1928, the women’s right to vote was …

The Edit – Home

Welcome to The Edit – Home, where we round up our favourite homeware picks of the month. All of the items featured are from brands who have committed to sourcing sustainable, ethical and charitable products. This month features products from Le Souque, a curated lifestyle brand that brings together ethically made products from around the world and donates a portion of their profits to the Malala Fund to support the education of girls worldwide; The Little Market, a nonprofit online fair trade shop that features products made by female artisans from across the globe; H&M Conscious, the capsule collection from H&M that uses organic and recycled materials; and Trades of Hope, an online marketplace that works with female artisans and organisations. Top left to right: H&M Conscious Leaf Print Duvet Set £39.99 (Editor’s note – I have this, it is so soft!) Le Souque Stripe Turkish Fouta Towel $34 The Little Market Ceramic Trinket Tray $26 Bottom left to right: The Little Market Striped Sisal Basket $26 Le Souque Glacier Handpainted Bowl $48 Trades of …