Behind The Scenes with SHOW Dry

Early this year I visited SHOW Dry Wimbledon with my mum. I’d never been but on the few occasions I’d walked passed the salon I’d always wanted to go in. It’s picture perfect: plush cushions, roses, fun neon-signs and lots of rose gold so when my talented friend Lauren asked me to be part of an upcoming shoot I immediately said yes. (Obviously)

Early this year I visited SHOW Dry Wimbledon with my mum. I’d never been but on the few occasions I’d walked passed the salon I’d always wanted to go in. It’s picture perfect: plush cushions, roses, fun neon-signs and lots of rose gold.

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I recommended it to my mum purely on this basis. I had no clue if it would be good or not. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ But luckily, the team absolutely smashed it and my mum loved her hair. I cannot stress enough how impressive this is because my mum is very rarely happy when she goes to a new hairdressers. She’s still all about that 80s look. A “big bouncy blow dry” might as well be gelled to her head, in her eyes. ANYWAY, I’m getting off track.

My v. talented friend Lauren, who works as a make-up artist between the Wimbledon and Notting Hill salon, saw that I’d been there and asked me if I’d like to be part of an upcoming shoot. Obviously, I immediately said yes.


 

The day started pretty early and I walked into the salon make-up free and red eyed, meeting Lauren who looked AMAZING.  I was sat down in my SHOW gown after having my hair washed and wondered if I’d ever looked so ugly. Is it the gowns, or the wet hair, or the beautiful combination of both that makes you look like you should be starring in the next Lord of the Rings?

Luckily for me, the SHOW Dry #glamsquad were in full force. With a trim and a blow dry complete (well, pinned up), I sat down and Lauren made a start on my wee, tired face. We decided to go from a natural look and work our way up.

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I was really just here for the banter. (Also, has anyone ever look good with this hair-do?)
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Blow dry revealed *taadaaaa*
Lauren has the speediest hands in the west and in ~literally~ no time at all I was ready for my close-up. I am totally in love with the first look because my skin looked so glowey. I’m not joking. I looked healthy AF. The beautiful and fabulous @MissKateF was on hand to capture me feelin’ my look.

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Lauren’s hand making a cameo.
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Next on the menu was a Red Lip. Which meant that I wasn’t allowed to have popcorn *waah* (One of the few free treats that are offered to all customers btw…)

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Macarons *screams*
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I’m not usually brave enough for a red lip IRL but I was LIVVVINNN for this.

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Last but not least was full on smokey-eye but opting for a pink glossy lip, which I never usually do, mainly due to hair-stuck-to-lips type situations, but definitely a look I’ll be trying (emphasis on trying) myself at home. Since this was the last look of the day, I decided to serve some 50’s housewife realness and put on my polka-dots.

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The whole SHOW Dry team were so lovely and I can’t wait to go back and pamper myself with a blow-dry and/or manicure next time I’m in Wimbledon Village. Even just hanging out there, I’m 99% sure I became classier.

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You can check out the fabulous and talented ladies, who made this shoot happen, here:

Make-Up: Lauren O’Donnell @laurenod86

Photography: Kate Borrill @misskatef

You can book appointments at SHOW Dry Wimbledon, www.showdry.com. @showbeautyofficial

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My Spring Essentials

As the weather is trying to heat up, I’m finding myself stepping away from my signature polo neck and ankle boots wardrobe. I always think that spring is such a hard season to dress for, especially living in England, because it’s so temperamental. You wake up and sun is splitting the sky but by lunch-time, you start to wish you’d worn your wellies and/or balaclava.

When it comes to expanding my wardrobe, I thought that I should finally grow up into a proper sophisticated woman and look into buying  these “staple” pieces that I keep reading about. I constantly find myself going for statement (read: impulse) items and then not finding them less wearable, or getting bored of them as soon as I buy the next thing.

I recently discovered NoBasic; a brand who “set out to disrupt the fashion industry.” I loved their style and saw they had some of these “wardrobe essentials” that I was looking for but with a unique spin… *money flying away emoji*

THE DENIM JACKET

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A good denim jacket has always been on my ‘To-Buy’ list but I’m always left a bit bored by “regular” denim. Always a big fan of adding a bit of colour, I fell in love with this cropped, wide-fit denim jacket with floral embroidery.

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The great thing about denim jackets is that you can literally get away with wearing them with everything. Sundress? Denim Jacket. Night out? Denim Jacket. With a thick jumper? Get your denim jacket on that bishh.

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For me, the humble denim jacket is as versatile as it’s sassy leather sister. It’s the ideal day-to-night in warmer months and I think offers a nice juxtaposition with other, softer fabrics, especially in strong prints.

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You can get the ‘Floral Embroidery Light Blue Denim Crop Jacket’ from NoBasic here. I’m wearing a size S.

THE WHITE SHIRT

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I always love white shirts on everyone else but whenever I wear one I always look like I’ve just finished school. The chic, put-together look that I’ve envisioned never seems to be realised and I think the main issue is that, no matter how great I am at ironing, it always looks like I’ve slept in it.

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I’ve always wanted to be one of those girls who looks good in their boyfriends shirts but instead of sexy I look like a homeless person #hobochic but when I saw this long white shirt on NoBasic, I loved the slightly cropped sleeves and slits (oi oi!) and it seemed to give the option of being both fitted and tailored, while looking casual and effortless.

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The main thing I love about this shirt, that I didn’t realise before buying, is that it’s made of heavy brushed fabric, sort of like, almost fleecy on the inside. Not only is this so great for keeping you warm while the spring tries to decide what temperature it is, it also means that it doesn’t crush and crease easily and looks much more plush than my old school shirt. #winning.

You can buy the Blank White High Low Long Sleeve Shirt with Side Slit here. I’m wearing a size S.

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NOBASIC REVIEW

Using nobasic.com was easy. I like that there isn’t a huge selection because you can tell the items are chosen and selected specifically for the season and keeping to very on-trend.

Average prices for clothing are $40 – $60, which can seem a little pricey for some items but I do get the impression you’re paying for the unique, “one-off” type pieces, which I’d be prepared to pay a little extra for. Obviously, with prices in dollars, you can expect shipping costs to the UK to be quite high (£11) but the delivery arrived super quick which I was really impressed with.

They also have a loyalty scheme so that you can earn points as you spend to put towards your next purchase. I’m not 1000% sure exactly how much 1 point gets you but £1 = 1 point when you purchase and each item shows you how many point you’ll receive.

 

 

Smoother Hair at Home: Using Jerome Russell’s JPlex

I teamed up with Jerome Russell to let you know about their latest Bblonde products – now available in Boots.

So, what is “Plex”?

You might have already heard about Olaplex – if not, check out this Marie Claire article, I thought was pretty informative – it’s a hair treatment that basically strengthens and repairs broken and damaged hair, especially hair that’s been/being bleached or dyed.

Kimmy K sites it as her hair’s saviour when she went infamously went from black to platinum blonde and back again. (#goals)

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I’ve also had an Olaplex treatment before when I had my hair coloured (yes, me and Kimmy have SO much in common) and it was added in with my usual colour. They added this to the cost of my usual cut and colour too. *gulp*

To be honest, I didn’t notice a huge difference at the time but I always feel like my hair is usually super smooth and healthy after a long-overdue visit to the hairdressers.

But, what is Jerome Russell?

Good question. Jerome Russell is a world leader in the hair care industry with over 30 years experience. They are cruelty-free and do not test on animals – something which is becoming more important to me, especially as I learn how few and far between this is. Jerome Russell’s Bblonde is the UK’s No.1 ‘Blonding’ brand, selling everything “blonde” related from peroxide creams, highlighting kits to pink and silver toners.

I worked with Jerome Russell for another campaign at the end of 2016 so was really happy to be asked to work with them again for the launch of their very own “Plex” range.

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Filling your ears with some science and knowledge. #YoureWelcome

What is JPlex?

Jerome Russell is the first to launch bond building technology for you to use at homeThis makes this such a game changer for me because I just cannot afford to get a hair treatment ON TOP of my hair cut and colour (and blow dry, because in London apparently, that is an additional luxury…) Cool, no probs, London.

JPlex is a range of products formulated to improve the structure and condition of your hair, similarly to Olaplex.

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How do I use JPlex?

It literally could not be easier if you tried. I am not a professional (big shock) and I managed to get it right.

I recently dyed my hair from my natural (ish) Bronde colour to dark brown using L’Oreal Casting Creme Gloss (which is a product I use every now and again, and love because it has no ammonia) but usually I find that after I’ve dyed my hair, the ends feel super brittle and my split ends are super obvious. I was determined to give JPlex a go.

Following the instructions on the JPlex ‘Professional Hair Bond Strengthening System’ kit:

1. The Bond Builder

You get two in a pack but it’s basically a cute little white bottle and you just rip the tab off and add the clear serum to your hair dye. You can also add directly to your hair if you aren’t dying it. Leave on for the duration of your hair colour, or around 30 mins. Rinse off hair thoroughly.

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2. The Bond Maintainer

This comes as part of the kit or you can buy separately to use a part of a weekly or monthly treatment to use at home. This is the next step which continues to help bind your hair and make sure its extra silky smooth. Leave in for about 10 mins or more if you feel your hair could use some extra TLC.

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3. The Bond Perfector

Keratin-based, this bad boy is one of my favourites and I’ll definitely be buying this one again and again. You can use this as part of your daily hair routine. After you’ve rinsed the Maintainer off and towel-dried your hair, spray in the Bond Perfector to your ends and lengths of your hair. Blow-dry as usual.

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The Results

I was a bit sceptical using the products because I’ve used pretty much everything I can think of to achieve smoother hair and it usually end up with a head full of olive oil while my bank account needlessly suffers. I have loads of hair so it can easily get bogged down with products and feel heavy.

BUT…the results speak for themselves:

Super shiny, healthy looking hair! Sorry about the moody selfie. #SorryNotSorry

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Okay, so how much are we talking here?

Are you ready for this? Currently, the Kit is £8.99 in Boots. That’s for the two JPlex Bond Builders and 100ml Bond Maintainer. You can buy the larger, 250ml Bond Maintainer and Bond Perfector bottles for £6.99.

Check out the Jplex How To video

And check out how natural I am at reading autocue…

N.B. I say that I’m a blogger, model and stylist at the beginning. All have varying amounts of truth but I feel dishonest claiming to be these things as if it’s my job and how I make a living, which is 100% not true (as much as I wish it was at times!) Anyway, hope you enjoy and thanks for reading.

Shooting with Anna Fowler

Exactly a year ago today I shot with Anna Fowler, a London-based photographer who specialises in making women look absolutely fucking amazing (excuse my French.)

I’d seen shots on a friend from Glasgow’s page back in 2011 and immediately knew that I wanted to shoot with her, but obviously as she was based down south it was always just on my ‘To Do’ list.

So in the summer of 2015 I finally decided to bite the bullet and emailed her. It’s actually her sister who manages her bookings so we went back and forth with dates and rates. I believe the rates run according to your ‘experience’ i.e. if you are just looking for “Pretty Pictures” (aka not a working model or dancer) the package includes 5 outfits and 8 retouched images. If you are a model or dancer you have a couple of options. All packages come with the option to have your make up done by the fabulous Ruth Reynolds.

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Because this was the first time I was going to be paying for a shoot and it was going to be a fair bit of cash I was doling out to work with Anna, I opted for the most images/outfits and to have make up with Ruth. If you are thinking about booking a shoot I would recommend that option. For the additional £50, its definitely worth it. Plus, you can pay more if there are more images you would like edited.

If you don’t know me, let’s get one thing clear. I am not a “professional” model. I wouldn’t even consider myself to be a model, but modelling is something I sometimes do and I really enjoy it. I’m signed with an agency in Glasgow and in London but as I’m only 5ft 5 and – let’s get this out there, have Dominos in my Favourites –  I’m not exactly about to become an Angel any time soon.

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ANYWAY, with the above in mind, I wasn’t sure what to take on my shoot. As I’d booked 6 months in advance I’d grand plans of losing half a stone and getting those rock-hard abs I keep pretending to work for. But obviously, the time rolls (pun intended) around, and me and 6-pack (of Diet Coke) were not feeling beach body ready. I was not #Goals.

When I arrived, make up-free on a sunny November afternoon, I was actually finding myself super nervous. Was Anna going to take one look at me and roll her eyes? I had this thought that I’d not be good enough at modelling or thin enough or pretty enough, and she’d think this was entirely a waste of her time – and that I should have definitely selected the “Pretty Pictures” package.

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Luckily, as soon as I arrived, Anna was super friendly and put me at ease. Although, Anna did make some pretty quick (read: ruthless) choices about my wardrobe selection. *Gulp*. I didn’t count if there was exactly 10, as mentioned in my package, but she has obviously done these shoots one hundred million times so I trusted her every judgement.

Ruth opted for a smokey eye and Anna, for wavy/natural/not-too-done waves (which is pretty much my signature look – see my previous video haha) As soon as they’d finished I was feeling super happy and confident – there is nothing worse than looking in the mirror after having your make up done and having to pretend you want to get 400 photographs taken of your face.

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Anna shoots from her flat, which is crazy because all of the images I saw from her instagram made me think she had this huge studio, but her flat is perfect and beautifully decorated. We started with a sort of plain background and then branched out into living room and bathroom before heading outside while we still had the light. I left feeling super happy and that we’d got some amazing shots.

A day or so later Anna had uploaded one of the images to her instagram – and as ever, I didn’t love it. I’m always so critical of how I look, especially in modelling images. She shared another before I got my contact sheet through around 2 weeks later.

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To tell you the absolute truth, I was totally gutted when I saw them. Gone were any remaining delusions that I was actually Adriana Lima, and back to reality that I have bad angles/have no idea what I’m doing. [UPDATE: Sometimes I hate my face, never Anna’s work!] But! I knew that Anna was yet to work her magic; the magic that had drawn me to shoot with her in the first place.

I selected my 10 images and patiently waited for them to arrive and its safe to say I was pretty happy with these final images. In a good and bad way, they don’t really look like “me” but who wants to looks to look like yourself when you can look like you’re shooting with Anna Fowler.

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10 Tips from Instagrammers: How to Get More Followers

People ask me all the time how do you gain followers on Instagram. I’m sitting at around 2,900 followers as I write this but I was inspired to write this post after gaining an extra 300 this week. Now, since that is merely (metaphorical) pocket-change to many, I felt a little under-qualified to be preaching about how’s best to improve your feed and gain followers. So, I spoke to some girls who have gained some serious recognition on Instagram and asked them for their thoughts…

Meet Emma S, who has over 9k followers and owner of @houseoflbd. Her posts range from #ootd (Outfit of the Day), to brunch flat-lays, selfies and beauty products.

Rebecca D, 13.6k followers, stylist & model at @ColoursAgency. She posts a lot of fashion images, selfies and product pics.

Lastly, Lacey M, 26k followers and, like all of the ladies above, from Glasgow. Lacey’s feed is filled with her amazing pre-night-out outfits, selfies and gym/fitness posts.

I asked them all questions about their instagram habits, their dos and don’ts and if they had any tricks up their sleeve to gaining more notoriety on instagram.

1. Engage with your would-be followers

Spend time online building relationships with pages you like. Emma gave me super practical advice like, “Like at least 3 pictures on any page you visit, and commenting really helps to gain followers too.” It’s bascially going, “Hey guys, my page exists!” which could then prompt them to follow. Emma said it’s a good idea to go “through people who look like they have a similar style to you” as they will be more likely to enjoy your content!

Forbes.com says, “Really engage. All the tips, tricks and strategies in the world can’t compete with really engaging on the platform. Be intentional about liking photos, and leaving thoughtful comments. Regularly find new people to follow, and engage with them by responding to comments and questions.”

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2. Use hashtags

Speaking to the girls about this, you either love hashtags or hate them, but hashtags have become such a big part of our social media lives, it can be hard to avoid them. If you’re just getting started on your account, it’s a great way to ensure that people see your page, as they can search the hashtag and your picture will appear. Emma says she feels its a way to ensure her content will be seen even after it’s been posted for a few days.

“Creating more links to your post could mean more engagement.”

Rebecca D, also suggested tagging brands your wearing or places that you are; especially if you know this is a brand that frequently regrams its followers. If the brand/place re-posts your image this is a great way to increase your follower count.

Sometimes, like Lacey, I feel like hashtags can be so cringe. So don’t hashtag too much. No one wants to see #girl #woman #blonde #food #me #green #tea #door, try to keep it simple and relevant.  Hootsuite blog advises against using hashtag gimmicks such as #likeforlike, #tagsforlikes, or #followme. It’s pretty much only spammers and people interested in you following them—neither of which will help you build a meaningful, engaged community on Instagram.

3. Create unique content

Obviously it goes without saying but ensure that you have fun, interesting content that people will want to engage with.

Rebecca D suggests, “finding something that makes you different from every other Instagram”, which I completely agree with. Not only does it mean your constantly finding and creating unique things to post, over time you will find “your thing” that people identify you with. Harpers Bazaar advises to “give yourself a set of style rules and stick to those constraints. This will give your overall feed consistency.”

One of my favourite pages is Lydia Millen’s instagram. As soon as I see a picture you can identify it as hers right away. Her page is all about beauty, fitness and her lifestyle. She somehow lives in an ever-white, clean world. Honestly, I don’t know how she does it.

I love this post from Hubspot about how to take great pics with your phone. Just goes to show that you don’t have to own a DSLR to get great content.

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5. Look at your feed as a whole, not just individual photos

One of my favourite sites, Make Light has a really useful Insight tool, which helps you find your “palette” which means you don’t always have to post the same kind of image but just by sticking to the same colour palette, your page will really come together.

People will judge your instagram based on the top 6 to 9 posts (maybe 12) so being mindful of your colours and looking out for them when you’re taking or posting images can have a huge impact on how consistent and attractive your page will be.

Rebecca D also suggests keeping a theme with your Instagram so that when people click onto your page they see consistency rather than loads of random things.

6. Update to a business account

Emma S, suggested to me about updating to a Business Account, as allow you to view vital sights to your page like your top posts and new followers info as well as being able to Promote your posts. To update to a business account, you do need a Facebook Page however this is not actively linked, however it will take the “Category” information onto your Instagram. So just be wary you’ve linked to a Food/Beverages page. PRO TIP: Select Blogger in the People category.

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7. Find your peak times

One of the first thing Lacey M said to me was that she 100% only posts between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. Rebecca D too, mentioned that she usually posts after 7.30pm or before 9am. These are great times because generally this is the “commuter” crowd; people checking their feed from their bed before getting up, on the train or at home from work/school. However if you’re targeted audience is like, stay-at-home mums, you probably wouldn’t need to follow these types of timings. Get to know who you are targeting so you can understand/get to know their social media habits to ensure maximum engagement!

Although Instagram has changed their algorithm which means you’ll see posts appearing from all over the clock, usually people will see your new post at the top of their feed.

8. Make a plan

If you’re really keen on regularly posting but your work schedule is giving you the big, ol’ thumbs down, take the weekend (or another free day!) to create content that you can space out during the week. You can also use Hootsuite to schedule your posts to ensure you don’t miss the peak times.

I find it really fun to set aside time to take “outfit” posts or take relevant images to run alongside my blog posts. I know, Lydia Millen has mentioned that “Sundays were outfit shoot days” so it’s worth preparing if you are serious about offering a consistency and the type of posts that your audience likes to see!

 

8. Be consistent 

If I’ve learned anything from speaking to the girls today it is to be consistent with your posts. All said they try to post at least once a day, with Lacey adding that she doesn’t like to post more than twice in a day. No one likes a spammer.

9. Find out what’s popular and follow suit.

I hate to encourage sheeps but you can use the Trendspottr app in Hootsuite to search for the most popular hashtags related to your product, service, or industry. Then jump on that shit and run with it.

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How to get engagement on your posts (according to actual science!)

Post photos with things that are blue. I’ve heard this on several occasions but apparently, research suggests these types of posts get 24% more likes than photos that are orange or red.

Post photos of your face! That’s right, everyone loves a selfie; Dan Zarella found that images with faces received 35% more likes than those without.

Sorry, Amaro but it’s time to ditch the filters. Photos where no filters were used get way more engagement than those with. Plus don’t over edit, photos with low levels of saturation get about 598% more likes!

 

If you have any other tips or things that work well for you, please comment below! Plus, don’t forget to follow and/or subscribe for email updates!

My Top 10 Podcasts You Need To Listen To

It all started with Serial (Season 1), a podcast from the creators of This American Life. It was one of those things, like Fifty Shades, or Making a Murderer that somehow everyone is in to. My Podcast app was sitting comfortably with my Stocks app in a folder I’d named “Apple Extras” and had never seen the light of day before I decided to see what all the fuss was about.

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After the first episode, I was completely hooked. My 30 min commute turned into an hour as I opted to walk home instead of taking the tube the usual 4 stops. The story was told so well, since we were learning about the story around the same time Sarah Koenig, Serial’s presenter, for every answer we had we had two more questions. Plus, like Making a Murder, there are some “what the hell, America” moments when you seriously start to consider the competence of the police and justice system.

Anyway, you get the gist. Download it now! Since Serial, I’ve been obsessed with Podcasts. I don’t know if it’s just my age but not only are some of them laugh-out-loud-on-the-tube hilarious, but some leave me with new insights to places I’ve never even heard of, connected to people I’ve never met. Plus, it means I usually am able to contribute to conversations I might not be able to: “I was listening to this podcast and they said…” is a common phrase to come out my mouth these days.

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Here is the run down of my favourite apps. Perfect for when you’re sick of listening to the same Playlist on repeat (or is that just me?

1. This American Life

The people who brought Serial into my life were the second to be added to my collection. Presenter Ira Glass (who just performed in the play Three acts, Two Dancers and One Radio Host) takes us though two or thee acts per podcast, all to do with the set theme. Each story usually vastly different from the last, and ordinarily presented by another person. Sometimes the stories are super funny, sometimes harrowing, but always interesting!

The episodes or usually around an hour long so I save these for longer commutes on the train or put them on in the car if I’m stuck in traffic.

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2. Invisibilia

Invisibilia is about “the invisible forces that control human behaviour – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and emotions.” This is THEE podcast I continually refer to when I’m the “Actually, I was listening to a podcast and they said…” person. From “Did you know society actually holds back blind people” to “The clothes you wear can change how you think”, this is definitely up there as a favourite. They have just finished their Season Two, where co-hosts Lulu Miller,  and Alix Spiege were joined by Hanna Rosin.

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3. 99% Invisible

If you want to fall in love while listening to a Podcast, this is the one for you. Presenter Roman Mars’ voice literally sounds like melted chocolate mixed with comfy pillows on a bed of marshmallows. Just wait until you hear those words, “This is 99% Invisible, I’m Roman Mars”.

This show is perfect for anyone who loves or is just interested in design: it’s about “all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world”.

The first show I ever listened to was about Basketball, and as someone who has literally yelled “Go Sports!”, I still think about that podcast all the time. Maybe I’m a complete sado (which is possible, but honestly, take listen and tell me its not interesting (and that you’re not in love with Roman Mars.) Spoiler: You can’t

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4. Criminal

It took me a minute to get into this one, mainly because I don’t LOVE Phoebe Judge’s voice and the way she speaks when she presents – she says Bond like BAWND. But once I got past that, like all of the shows above, I was hooked.

Criminal is about crimes (bet you didn’t see that coming!) but, more specifically, its about “stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.”

From tree burning to patient poisoning, assisted suicide and baking pot brownies, I’ve never heard a Criminal story that I didn’t enjoy. Plus the podcasts run for about 15-30 mins so this is great if you’re walking to the station or on your lunch break.

 

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5. Mystery Show

This one is kind of a just for fun one that I discovered last year on holiday. It’s hosted by Starlee Kine – who you might have already heard of – who is the sweetest person ever.

The Gilmet Media website simply says that Mystery Show is “a podcast where Starlee Kine solves mysteries.” Very helpful.

But, it’s not just any old mysteries, she isn’t allowed to use the internet. My favourite episode is about this really unusual belt that someone found on the street and they ask Starlee to help her find it’s owner. No spoilers but it’s a goodie.

Sadly this has only run for 1 short season (only 6 episodes in total) but Starlee’s infectiously curious attitude will make you want to ask more questions (and be a nicer person to people you speak to on the phone.)

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6. The Mortified Podcast

If you embarrass easily, this one might not be for you, especially if you don’t like giggling on public transport, but as someone who keeps a diary myself, this is one of the funniest podcasts around.

Mortified is gives listeners an all-access pass to Mortified Live readings plus interviews that pick up where the stage show ends – bascially, adults telling stories about their lives by sharing their most mortifying childhood artifacts (diaries, letters, lyrics, poems, home movies)… in front of total strangers.

As you can imagine, people say the weirdest shit when they are 13. It’s nice to know that you’re not alone!

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6. My Dad Wrote A Porno

The newest addition to my podcast collection, My Dad Wrote A Porno does actually what it says on the tin.

“With the help of his friends, James Cooper and BBC Radio 1’s Alice Levine, Jamie reads a chapter a week and discovers more about his father than he ever bargained for.”

Not only it is terribly written and one of the most cringy, feel-your-body-clench-up-from-the-inside things you could ever listen to. The fact is narrated by the author (Rocky Flintstone)’s son, and analysed by this friends makes it even better.

The story’s heroine Belinda Blinks – see, you’re hooked already – who works at Steeles Pots and Pans and her escapades to get to the top. You can only image what the hell your (or someone else’s) dad might write if they tried their hand at an erotic novel.

The Stylist called it “Hilariously perverted” so yeh, that about sums it up.

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7. Anna Faris is Unqualified

If you know your Hollywood actors, this is one of the best podcasts to listen to them answer ridiculous questions and give advice as Anna and her celeb guest help people with their problems.

I love Anna Faris so it’s lovely to hear how sweet she is trying to give advice, as well as chatting about the acting industry/hollywood with her actor pals. So far, Anna has sat down with people like Lisa Kudrow, Ellen Page, Chris Evans, Olivia Munn and Shaquille O’Neal!

The only issue I had with this is that sometimes I didn’t know the guest at all and would have to IMDb t find out who they were and if I’d seen them. Also, heads up, Michael Rapaport’s ep is hard to listen to, he seems like an arse.

This is one to listen if you’re travelling long distance or have loads of time to kill. Each ep is around 40 – 60 mins long and many come in two parts.

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8. How Sound

If you are interested in how podcasts are made and what goes into making a podcast (like me!) then you’ll love this one.

Describes as “the background to great radio storytelling” and hosted by Rob Rosenthal, not only do you get to listen to great stories, you get to hear from the creator and how/why they decided to tell this story and the challenges that they faced.

Episodes are usually short and sweet at about 20 mins long.

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9. The Ricky Gervais Show

So I’m kind of cheating, but whatever it’s my blog. The Ricky Gervais show “podcast” is available on YouTube and is an animated version of Gervais’ podcasts that “earned a spot in The Guinness Book of World Records for the most downloads.” If you already know about the Ricky Gervais Show, you’ll know that it features Ricky, Steve Merchant and Karl Pilkington (now of The Moaning of Life and Idiot Abroad fame).

It’s one of the funniest things I’ve listened to and even when I’ve listened and watched the series 8530852 times, it never failed to make me LOL.

You can also listen to the Radio 2 and XFM shows on YouTube too.

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Let me know if you have any podcast that you can’t live without in the comments!

 

Clean Slate

Hey, welcome to Rebecca James.

As you may have noticed, this isn’t my normal website (or name) but following a few days off work I realised that my blog needed a bit of a revamp. This look – however you are seeing it now in October 2016 – isn’t how it’s always going to look. I may be able to migrate some posts over from whateven.org but until then, this will be my new page/place to post all of my pictures, videos, how-tos etc.

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As of today, I’m feeling pretty good about my blog and excited about creating more content. This comes and goes a lot; somedays I am recording 3 videos and taking photos and thinking up new ideas for even more stuff to post, and other times I am totally uninspired, unimpressed and generally shite at it. Plus, I often have these moments of “why am I doing this?” because, as many bloggers and YouTubers mention, this never seems like a worthwhile vocation to those looking in. It seems silly at best, narcissistic at worst.

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What keeps me going are the people (bloggers, YouTubers, friends and family) who constantly inspire me to keep going. Every person who DMs to say how much they enjoyed my last post or anyone who even mentions to me that they saw my blog that one time and it looked good.

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This is the new (maybe not improved, but we’ll see) website where I’ll continue to post beauty, fashion, adventure and my general life sights. The name Rebecca James was born for my own distaste for my name as a logo (Rebecca has 7 letters, Ross has 4… symmetry nightmare) and I wanted to create more of a site which is not just about me. This isn’t my diary so I wanted to create more of a “neutral” place where I can add content and hopefully (in the future) have other people contribute too.

Anyway, hope you enjoy this sight and please feel free to comment and subscribe.

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All images taken on Olympus PEN E-PL 7