#Makeithappen – International Women’s Day 2015

Today it’s International Women’s Day 2015, and the theme this year is #MakeItHappen. As a Coach, that’s what I strive to help my clients to do, although before we get there, you might identify a whole load of reasons that hold you back so “it” doesn’t happen.

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Uma Thurman – were people too quick to judge her makeup?

A couple of weeks ago, Uma Thurman was photographed, and the tabloid press were quick to judge her since she looked quite different to previous photographs that had been taken.  Now, a lot of the photos that they were comparing her to were quite old, and yes, she did look different, but the assumption was that she must have had some *work* done on her face.  Her make-up artist came out in her defence to say it was because she had gone out without mascara.  

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Breaking the rules about what to wear

I've seen a few blog posts and campaigns on the internet around which decry the idea that there should be rules about what to wear to flatter the body you have.

"How dare somebody tell me what to wear!  That's body shaming"

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Hat Hair

There's a reason I don't like wearing hats much - hat hair!  I have a physically large head, so it's difficult enough for me to find a hat to fit, but it's the aftermath of hat hair that stops me from wearing a hat more often.

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Keeping up appearances – do you?

I’ve just read an article in the Metro that reports on a survey carried out. The survey identified the lengths to which some women are keeping up appearances. Apparently one in twenty of the 2000 surveyed will not allow themselves to be seen without a full face of makeup by their husbands or boyfriends! [Read more…]

The Things People Say About Themselves

I frequently hear the things people say about themselves in very unguarded and honest moments.  My heart goes out to them as they open up about how they feel about how they look in the mirror, and what they see is not what I see.  It's not what you would see.  But it's what THEY see - and that often feeds into a cycle of criticism that has such wide reaching effects.

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Former Fat Person

Does anybody ever get over their body image when they lose a significant amount of weight?  It was Kelly Osbourne who first coined the phrase "Former Fat Person" when she was talking about how she viewed herself after losing 70lbs.

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Kim Kardashian’s Bottom

The only way you will have failed to have an awareness of Kim Kardashian's bottom over the last week is if you've been cut off from the Internet, radio and any TV news. I don't think she managed to #breaktheinternet but she has generated a huge amount of discussion (and an equal or greater amount of parody) as a result. Everybody has an opinion!

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Nervous as a kitten

Do you wonder what the internet is for other than watching videos of kittens? I confess, I get sucked in a little too often, and last week I found myself watching a video of a kitten falling asleep whilst sitting up (scroll down to see that). It reminded me of the day that that my cat, Fergus Mackenzie, arrived as a 6 week old bundle of fur and he went from full of beans to fast asleep in a blink. I knew there were photos of him doing this and I went searching on my laptop to show them to my chap.

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How to feel beautiful

Over the years Dove have run a number of campaigns to improve women’s confidence and self esteem.  I came across this video of a campaign earlier this year which suggests there was a patch to help women how to feel beautiful. [Read more…]