I really want my blog to have a large focus on female empowerment – of building other women up, of showing off our friends/peers and their talents, and of supporting each other no matter what. I really feel it’s so important that we vocalise our support and love of the women around us; whether that is people we personally know or don’t. I have lots of ideas for content that will surround this topic – I’m so excited to share these with you!
“There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” – Michelle Obama
As you can probably tell from the title, this post is focused around some of my favourite ladies. I wanted to post this as I feel like often women are accused of pulling each other down, or not being as open and grateful for each other as we maybe should be. I truly believe that to change the stereotype of women being ‘bitchy’ and/or ‘mean girls’ etc, we have to start with ourselves. As I wrote about in my Friendship post, I’ve certainly been mean about other women before and other women have certainly been mean about me; but why? What on earth can we gain from tearing each other down? So many women are doing amazing things for themselves and for each other, and I’d like to celebrate that. This post focuses on actresses, bloggers, presenters and a few incredible women I know in real life – people who I genuinely look up to, admire, and would love to sit down with for a cuppa!
*I’d recommend you sat down with a cuppa too, it’s a long one!*
Okay, so I could write post after post about Stacey, so *fair warning* this bit is going to be pretty long! Is it possible to be head over heels in love with someone you’ve never met? Because I am. (Sorry, Matthew!) For real, I have been watching Stacey’s documentaries since I was in high school, and I’ve essentially grown up admiring her and being inspired by her. First off, she is absolutely beautiful – inside and out. She has a heart of gold and is so personable, one of the things that makes her a great presenter.
Stacey has created so many incredible documentaries, it’s too hard to pick a favourite. I have learned so many things from her documentaries; there are so many horrible things happening around the world and you really don’t realise how small our little bubble is. If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t watched them, I’d highly recommend you watch every single one; the Stacey Dooley Investigates series is a bloody good one! She has been to some of the most dangerous places in the world and met all kinds of people, from families who have nothing, to feminists fighting for women’s rights, to people who have committed some of the worst, unthinkable crimes. You name it, she’s probably been right there in the centre of it!
One thing that astounds me in every interview she does, throughout every documentary, is how she shows respect and interest for everyone; no matter their background or her stance on the topic at hand. She is never rude but always tells it like it is and that is a quality I wish I had! As Stacey is an absolute Super Woman, she also wrote a book, called On The Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back and it is a fantastic read – if you haven’t already, I’d pick it up ASAP. She is an incredible story-teller, and she tells stories in writing the same way she does verbally, it’s very fresh and authentic. I’d also like to mention her interior design eye is amazing – I highly recommend a browse of her Instagram to see all the beautiful photos she shows of her house. While I’m at it, her fashion sense is second to none and I am forever wishing I could pull off her style! She is so madly in love with her boyfriend, Sam, and their dog, Bernie (I’m not quite sure who she loves more, to be honest!) it is very admirable.
Stacey spends so much time traveling and working, and let’s keep in mind that she’s not exactly living the life travelling either – she has visited some of the most dangerous places in the world with her job. It must be so difficult but she does it month after month, year after year, and I’m so thankful that she does because the content she produces with the BBC is incredible. I love that her personality shines no matter what; she is cheeky, funny and so full of life. She has recently been awarded an MBE and hand on heart, I don’t think anyone could deserve it more. It’s weird to say but I genuinely feel proud of her – she has done so much for women around the world, myself included, and it’s an incredible honour. Congratulations, Stacey!
My favourite blogger ever! She is hands down the most relatable blogger/YouTuber I have ever come across and I can’t imagine that ever changing. One of the things that drew me to Emma initially was her take on life; she is never one to hide what she’s thinking (good job, because her facial expressions would give her away in an instant). She is so bloody funny, and even funnier because she doesn’t realise! Emma started YouTube just over a year ago and her vlogs are the best… they span over the week and involve lots of footage of her babies (the cutest doggos you’ll ever see), dreamy OOTD’s and a large part of her home life with her husband, Simon. Simon reminds me of Matt in lots of ways – namely his ‘fashion sense’ – if you know, you know!
As much as I love her YouTube channel, I fell in love with her blog first. She writes on all different topics and her photos are always incredibly well shot. (That’s Simon, too!) I think her personality is incredibly refreshing and I have a lot of love and admiration for her and what she has accomplished. Emma is very upfront and I’d love nothing more than to sit down over lunch – I mean, we both love food – and have a good natter.
My favourite actress and the best talk show guest ever, in my opinion! She could only be beaten on the latter by her husband, John Krasinski, but this is about the best ladies, right!? I, like I’m sure many of you, knew Emily originally from The Devil Wears Prada, and I just think she is one of the most amazing actresses of our generation. She adapts so well to each role – I realise that is the point, but watching her in one movie to the next it’s as if you’ve never seen her in anything else before. She is an amazing example to all women as a working mother, and she just seems like the kind of lady I’d love to go for a drink with, to be honest. Emily and John are my favourite celebrity couple, they are adorable; they clearly have so much love for each other and it radiates between them. They poke fun at themselves and each other, and I really think their relationship is part of their character – the love they have for each other is so beautiful. I especially love how she tells stories during her interviews – I’d love to pick her brains about the industry she’s in and just see how she stays so real about everything.
Emily is the founder of Glossier – one of my all time favorite brands and possibly the most high-profile Millennial beauty company right now. I have known of Emily for years due to my love of The Hills, she was a ‘Super Intern’ for Teen Vogue and quite clearly a boss back then too. It’s ironic really, because her drive and early success in the show made her an ‘enemy’ and essentially, put her down in contrast to the rest of the cast members. I don’t truly know how much of The Hills was staged, but it’s uncomfortable to think someone was so harshly put down simply for being good at what she did.
This clearly didn’t hold her back as she started her blog, Into The Gloss and the rest happened as a result of this. Emily created Glossier because there was a niche in the market missing – she didn’t like that the makeup and skin care world was so rule-based, so she changed it. Amazing. She is so humble and talks very openly in all of her interviews, another quality I admire! I find often when entrepreneurs are interviewed in magazines, or on YouTube etc, they seem to give very generic answers and almost seem bored – however she is so animated and you can really see the love she has for the brand she created. She also kills it in the fashion department – I’d just about die to raid her wardrobe!
The lady behind The Anna Edit, and one of the main reasons I started blogging. I have read Anna’s blog and watched her YouTube videos for years. She is also incredibly relatable and is a planner, just like me. She is extremely ‘normal’ though and I genuinely feel like I know her after all the years I’ve spent reading/watching her content. Anna’s wedding day involved a house party and Domino’s for goodness’ sake – could she be any more down to earth?! I love Anna’s approach to life; she is extremely organised, lives a fairly minimalist lifestyle (seriously – her capsule wardrobe is a thing of dreams, although I could never do it), and focuses her energy around the good things in life – like Glossier pouches and The Office… I love all of her content but my favourite by far is her vlogs, and I wish she would vlog more! Anna and her husband, Mark, are such a sweet couple and she shares lots of their home life and trips, something I find genuinely interesting. I am a huge fan of her podcast with one of her best friends, Lily Pebbles, and I love her attitude towards life. She is so deserving of all her success and I can’t wait to see what she has coming up next.
Family and Friends
Now, I couldn’t write this post without talking about the people closest to me who I admire and look up to every day. My mam; June, and Matt’s mam; Debbie are hands down my favourite ladies for everything. They are so strong and work so flipping hard; they’d do anything for anyone and they both add so much to my life. We can always have a giggle together but no topic is ever off limits; mam’s are just great for being so understanding and knowing what you’re thinking/feeling without you having to say it. My mam and I have always been so close; I feel very lucky to say she’s as much a best friend as she is a mother to me. When Matt and I first began dating, I really hoped we’d build a relationship, but I never expected I’d gain a whole other family! That’s exactly what happened, his family feel like my own and I’m grateful every day for that. Debbie is like a second mam to me, and I am so thankful for her. I adore you both and I’m so grateful for everything you do; for both Matt and I!
Jessy, my dearest Jessy. We go so long without seeing each other (yep, life gets in the way) but nothing ever changes between us. Every time we’re together it’s like no time has passed, and we always have so much fun. Jess and I are about as similar as chalk and cheese, yet we’re also 100% on the same wavelength at all times – weird, I know. She has a quality I don’t think I’ve ever seen in anybody else; she truly wants the best for everyone around her, and can remove herself from any situation to give a different perspective. She is strong, inspiring and smart and an absolute angel in every way. She has an infectious energy around her at all times; she is hilarious and can always spin things to be positive. I look up to Jessy (ironic, she’s about a foot shorter than me!) more than she knows, and I am so stinking grateful for everything she has done for me. When Matt was away recently I was feeling very sad *cringe*, and I genuinely can’t imagine how I would have felt better without her input! She can make me laugh when I don’t feel like it and can always make a bad situation better. Jess also taught me about The Worry Tree – I highly recommend a good google search of this if you’re a worrier when have a spare five minutes, it’s life changing! A good life long friendship is hard to come by, but I know that’s what we have. So much love for you JB, so much love!
Well there you have it; the women I look up to the most. I’d love to know which women inspire you, and for what reason? If it’s someone you know personally, why don’t you tell them? Let’s build each other up, together 🙂