Do That Thing: Introducing Those Gals!

Gals 1At the start of the year, I wrote about making sure that 2015 would be the year that we all get out there and do That Thing. The thing that we’ve been putting off, that we keep daydreaming about and saying we’ll get around to doing. Today, I am super excited to share mine with you – a brand new creative project that officially launches RIGHT NOW…

Here’s something you may not know about me: I used to do radio. Yup! I studied radio broadcasting as part of my University degree, and for two years I even wrote, produced and presented my own show on campus radio. And the truth is, I’ve really missed it! Over the last year or two I’ve been toying with the idea of doing something fun with recording again, and I can now reveal that the result is Those Gals – a new podcast!

So, let me tell you a little more about what exactly Those Gals is and what you can expect. I’ve teamed up with my bestie, Elaine, and together we have created and recorded a show that we hope will reflect the kind of laid-back conversations that you have with your girlfriends. We’ve been hanging out for 14 years, and when we get together, we always have a blast – and talk about EVERYTHING.

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On the show we’ll gab about all of the things that we find interesting, silly or feel passionate about. From fashion to pop culture, to friendship, to those what-the-eff moments and more! In our first episode, we go back in time to when we first met, what things were like back then and how it has all shaped us into the gals we are today.

It was after spending a lot of time listening to podcasts that I realised this was the kind of platform I had been looking for. Podcasting allows me to start playing around with recording again – AND it was right under my nose the whole time!

We hope that you’ll give Those Gals a try on your next commute, when you’re relaxing or whenever you normally listen to something (I listen to my favourite podcasts while cleaning the house – strange but true!). We promise that we don’t take anything too seriously and if we can make you smile, laugh or say “I so remember that!” then that’s amazing too.

Those Gals has been approved by iTunes, and you can find our first episode HERE! 

It feels awesome to be doing something that I’ve been thinking about for so long – and to be creating it with my closest friend makes it even sweeter! If there’s something you’ve been meaning to do (no matter how big or small), now is the perfect time to get started, sunshine!

Sharing this new and exciting step with you guys today is pretty much the best way I could ever think of to start a new week! I feel like dancing on the ceiling – eat your heart out, Lionel Ritchie!

As always, I’d love to hear what you think so be sure to give me a little shout here or over on Twitter (you can also hit up Those Gals on Twitter from today, so come say hi!).

Oh – what a feeling…

Miss West End Girl x

 

Friday Hi-Fives: Cheese Fries and Cute Glasses

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Hola, amigos! Well, here we are at the start of another weekend and the end of another seven awesome days! How has your week been?

I’ve been spending a lot of time getting ready to launch a brand new project next week, be sure to check back on Monday for the big reveal! I am SO EXCITED about this one…

On Thursday we hit Ed’s Easy Diner and lived out all of my jukebox dreams while gorging on cheese fries – but much more on that in a full review coming soon! I’ve also been taking these new glasses (pictured) for a spin – they’re purple Vivienne Westwood frames from the lovely people at My Glasses Club, who’ve just launched their glasses subscription service. As you can see, they are the perfect accessory for all my silliest faces, too!

I just can’t wait to dive into the weekend, so let’s do this! Here are some of my favourites from this week to get things started:

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I’m swooning over Carin’s photos of Paris – just dreamy!

Helen chats about how blogging has helped her

Xandra just launched her new website and it’s all kinds of adorable – check it out!

I’m pretty much the worlds biggest fan of pizza – and this St Louis-style one looks yummy

Winnie’s wonderful celebration of Chinese New Year is a feast for the eyes!

 

Also Making Me Smile 

Planning a birthday brunch for my mum this weekend

Rainy day hangs with Gary – proof that we don’t need the sun to have a blast

Peanut butter milkshakes!

Seeing puppies first thing in the morning on my street (aww!)

Learning about other people’s Awesome DNA 

 

I hope this weekend you find time for relaxing and being around your favourite people. Tell me one thing that has made your week special!

With cheese fries and cute glasses,

Miss West End Girl x

 

A huge thanks to My Glasses Club for hooking me up with these frames! 

 

Being Yourself is Underrated

Being Yourself is Underrated 2Ask yourself a question, and be totally honest with the answer: When did you last feel most like your ‘you-est’? It could be when you were gushing about your latest obsession to your friends – or it might have been as recent as this morning, when you decided to wear that outfit (you know the one!) because it ALWAYS makes you smile!

Maybe though, it’s been a while since you last felt yourself. Going along with everyone else is so easy that it’s hardly a surprise that so many people fall into a long-time rut and find it overwhelming to get back out. For a lot of people, this can happen at school or college, where other people define the parameters of what is likeable and what isn’t (“Whaddaya mean you like to READ? What kind of alien are you?!”). Sometimes it happens a little later when you might be struggling to make friends at the office, or feel intimidated by the ‘norms’ of social media.

At one point or another, most people have probably felt too reluctant to show a side of their ‘true’ selves, and this stems from one simple thought: what if they don’t like it?

Today, I’d like to talk about why we should embrace what makes us all different (and strangely, all the same) – our quirks, our passions and personalities – because being yourself is underrated!

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Being comfortable in your own skin is not something that just happens, and it can take some of us longer than others. When I was a kid I knew what I liked and stuck to my guns, but it soon became clear that what I liked was not the same as what everyone else liked (or at least SAID they liked…). Anyone that’s ever been in that position probably knows what happens next. Despite being terribly determined (I was not prepared to pretend to anyone that I liked Steps or football…and I’m still not! See? Determination!) to be myself there was still a message that, for whatever reason, I was wrong.

Later, we realise that there is a huge world waiting after that!

The point I’m making is that at a young age, there is a risk that we will feel that the safer option is to not express ourselves. To hide the amazing things that make us unique and to feel embarrassed about admitting them. Personally, I love finding out weird and wonderful things about people – whether I’m meeting them for the first time, or uncovering fun facts about them over the years, I feel like I’m discovering treasure!

We’ll come back to that in a moment though…

Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no-one alive that is you-er than you. 

Dr Suess

Life would be so very boring if we were all exactly the same, don’t you think? Picture someone that you love, or at least admire: what is it about them that has you hooked? I bet it’s something really special, right? But that’s the thing – you also have something pretty fantastic that other people would mention if they were asked the same question about you!

I like to think of these traits as our Awesome DNA. 

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With that in mind, I’d love to find out a little more about what makes up your Awesome DNA – the things that make you so wonderfully YOU! So that it’s a fair trade, I’ll share a few of mine to get the ball rolling:

1. I am a massive Prince fan and have been since I was 11 years old

2. If I’m not wearing a hair accessory I feel pretty much naked

3. I have been known to eat a whole tube of Pringles all to myself

4. I’m kind of clumsy. OK, very clumsy! I fall over a lot and chopping vegetables gives me THE FEAR

5. When I was a kid my hair icons were Darlene from Roseanne and Keanu Reeves in Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey (!!)

Phew! So now it’s over to you! Be it celebrity crushes, favourite authors or unusual pizza toppings –  be sure to tell me something (or some things!) about you either in the comments below or tweet me!

I hope that today you’ll think about all the little things that set you apart from the rest, and celebrate them! And if you’ve been hiding some of them away, maybe this is a good day to start being a little braver and a little more you.

Here’s to individuality, because you’re pretty damn great.

Miss West End Girl x

 

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