Netflix: Having found Making a Murderer fascinating, frustrating, confusing and thrilling all at the same time, I was ready to try another, similar series. This month I watched The Keepers which I have to say, is a slow burner but once the story starts to unravel, it is hard to believe what you are seeing and hearing. The story follows two American ladies, now in their 60s piecing together clues, evidence, and accounts following the murder of their teacher Sister Cathy Cesnick in the 1960s. As the story unfolds, it is apparent that this isn’t a cut and dry unsolved murder case, there is so much more to it involving authority corruption, some very damaged minds and the harrowing sexual abuse of young girls and boys and a very, very sinister Catholic priest.
Listening: I highly recommend listening to Stella McCartney’s episode of ‘Desert Island Discs.’ Stella comes across as a very zen lady and it is a joy to listen to her recount meeting David Bowie as well as details of her childhood growing up as the daughter of Linda + Paul McCartney. It is also pretty awesome to hear about her friendships with Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell and their recruitment in that infamous graduation show.
Reading: We all know I am a big fan of the journalist and beauty writer Sali Hughes. I pretty much love everything she puts out however, I was mostly in agreement (Read: nodding my head along furiously) with her article for The Pool ‘Rejecting the bikini body.’ It has some excellent key takeaways in it and I particularly love the following line:
“I don’t mind that I’m as pale as copy paper, or that my stomach is as soft as bread, not tambourine-taut. I’m relatively happy with how I look day to day, so I’m pretty sure it’s not embarrassment or body shame that prevents me from ever wanting to wear a bikini. And nor is it low self-esteem or perfectionism or shyness. I’ve just never fancied it and even I’m not entirely sure why.“
Sali really hits the nail on the head for me when it comes to swimwear choices. I just don’t fancy a bikini either, probably because i’m quite lazy! See quote: “I simply cannot be arsed with the prep. I reject the impulse to be thinking, even briefly, about keeping my stomach in while reading a Danielle Steel and planning my next Magnum Almond.“
I also really enjoyed the candidly honest and controversial piece written by ex Director of fashion at British Vogue, Lucinda Chambers. Lucinda clearly has a few things to get off her chest in her piece: ‘Will I get a ticket?‘ The article for Vestoj has since been edited following action from Vogue lawyers but the crux if it remains the same – British Vogue is actually like what we see in The Devil Wears Prada.
Finally, the topic of hustling hard and being a total #GirlBoss has been doing the rounds lately by way of opinion pieces written by bloggers and journalists alike. I really enjoyed Lucy Mangan’s piece for Stylist magazine: ‘Relentlessly, tirelessly ambitious isn’t for everyone.‘ Lucy explores the pressures that (inparticular) young women have thrust upon them to be a ‘girl-boss’ and never stop working. I like how Lucy states: “But everyone ultimately shares the same ambition: to be happy. And if that means being able to leave the office at six and pick up some extra loo roll on the way home.” – A really touching sentiment that rings true for me, yep I love working hard and progressing my hobbies and career, but I do like to take a break also and not feel guilty about it.
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