When I Grow Up I Want to be a… | Copywriter

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QNameSally TorodeQ1A vet

Q2CopywriterQ3Writing for marketing and advertising

Q46/7 years

Q5Part hard work, part skill, part luck

Q6It’s high pressured and can be boring, but it can also be rewarding

Q7My dream job would be a playwright

Q8No – sorry!

When I Grow Up I Want To Be A… | Mental Health Worker

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This week, following World Mental Health Day, we have a guest post from Angela, who has been working in mental health for all of her adult life. Q1This seems to be a question that lots of young people are asked and I remember saying in response ‘I want to be a teacher’. When I think back to it now, it was based on the positive experiences I had at primary school. My memories of primary school are really happy, and the teachers there were warm, encouraging and supportive. I don’t recall having any idea about what it would involve or making any serious attempts to find out how I would go about this, so it was a pretty flimsy idea. When I went to high school, all such notions had left me and I found myself probably a bit like a lot of other young people at the time, not having a clue about what to do and not being fully aware of what the options were. I left school at 16, became a junior in an office for a while before deciding that I wanted to go into nursing around the age of 20. I decided on mental health nursing as a field, partly because my mum worked in this field but also because there were mental health and addictions issues within my family and I wanted to know more about it. Q2Funnily enough, I am now in Higher Education. I am a Nurse Lecturer, my field is mental health nursing. I work with both adult and mental health nursing students to promote good mental health care and treatment. Q3The main part of my job is teaching pre-registration nurses during their 3 year degree programme, although I do also teach on post-registration courses and supervise MSc students too. I have responsibility for co-ordination of modules within the curriculum, which involves planning and delivery, assessment and evaluation of these to ensure the learning outcomes are met and the students have the necessary knowledge and skills to nurse safely, effectively and with care. Nursing is a practice based role, meaning that nurses learn both in university and in clinical placement. Mentors generally provide most of the support to students whilst they are on placement, but part of my role is to ensure that I maintain good links with our clinical partners and ensure the students have access to high quality learning environments, this involves me visiting practice areas regularly. I also take on the role of personal lecturer – meaning I support individual students on their learning journey and provide academic and pastoral support where required. Q4I have been in this particular role for 4 years now. Q5In some ways, teaching was always an aspect of my role, albeit in a less formal capacity, for example, mentoring student nurses, facilitating anxiety management groups, or providing diagnosis education to people and their families. When I did my nurse training, registered nurses were not graduate and exited the programme with a certificate, so I didn’t go to university until much later in my career. I found that I really enjoyed the learning environment and could see the difference it made to my confidence and practice. Although I didn’t really plan to go into higher education as a career, following completion of a Masters degree and an opportunity to participate in a ‘training for trainers course’ in which I would be expected to train others; other opportunities opened up for me. This was probably the turning point when I started to think about education as a possible career path. I made links with my local university and was invited to do some teaching in a supported way which allowed me to try out the role. From there, I took on seconded part-time post before making the leap to a full-time role. Q6There are a few mandatory requirements, for example you must be a registered nurse, you need to have a relevant Masters degree (increasingly a PhD or willingness to work towards one is a requirement) and it is desirable to have a higher education teaching qualification, but this can be achieved whilst in post.

Being a competent, capable and credible practitioner is important in this role which in part comes from your nursing practice, so having a good few years and a range of  different experiences under your belt is very useful. Look for opportunities to undertake education/teaching roles within your current position to gain experience for example mentoring students, teaching skills, being involved in inter-professional learning, perhaps making links with the university to shadow or do a secondment to get a feel for the role is helpful in making a decision about whether this is the right move for you. Being politically aware, keeping up to date with current research and the future direction in your field is vital.Q7I love my job, so feel very privileged that I get to do it and can’t imagine doing something else at this time. However, if I could do anything it would be something creative – baking, pottery, quilt making – something with a pretty end product that I could sell in a little shop where I would sit, drink tea, read and chat to anyone who came by. Q8

 

 

 

Thank you to Angela for taking time out of your day to write for us!

 

Mental Health | Mental Health Day 2017

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One of the most important days in the calendar of “World Days”, “International Days” and “National Days” is upon us: Mental Health Day.

Why is World Mental Health Day still so important? Statistics suggest that one in four of us experience some form of mental health each year and we can all probably say that even if we haven’t experienced mental health problems ourselves, we know someone who has. And we all need to take care of our own mental health.

Mental health and wellbeing still has a long way to go to remove the stigma that surrounds it. Whilst we good ol’ British folks are terribly polite, we’re not very good at talking about our problems or airing ‘our dirty laundry in public’. Mental health can affect anyone, everyone and all of us and it’s so important to get the conversation going with friends, with family, with loved ones, with yourself to realise that we are not alone in our problems.

We have therefore compiled a list of our Athena top picks for social medias, website resources and local charities who can provide help. But most of all, we want to let all of our readers, followers, friends and members that you can always be you with us. We are here for you. Reach out and please don’t suffer in silence.

Scottish Association for Mental Health

This was recommended to us by mental health care professionals – they share great interviews and articles. You can find their website here or like them on Facebook.

Health in Mind

A great Edinburgh charity who not only provide support but they also advertise vacancies to those who work in the field as well as training courses. Their website is currently under construction but they do have some resources available.

Ruth Finn Leiser

Ruth is a mental health advocate who you can find on Instagram, recommended to us by one of our members.

guys…I think the day is finally here. after a good 8 years, my dance with the pink devil is finally over. today I made an appointment to change prescription this thursday, and today is day 10 without taking it aka the longest I've gone artificial hormone free since I was 17. and it might be confirmation bias but I woke up today feeling buzzing about just being a person on the planet for possibly the first time in quite some time. 💊 also seems a good day to get home and find this unprovoked & SO unbelievably appreciated gift from @roisainmcateer waiting for me with the post. coz while I might feel undeserving of such kindness, I can at least agree with the sentiment coz girls ARE strong as hell. choose between bleeding like a massacre victim with pain so bad u can't function for a week every month or choose a high stakes toxic lottery of birth control with literally any number of unforeseen combinations of side effects on both ur physical & mental health or choose risking pregnancy and with it the undertaking of motherhood OR the contempt of society for practising your legal right to decide it isn't the right time (but lol if u wanna make a well-informed independent choice to opt for sterilisation coz yr girl brain defs can't comprehend the long term consequences). let the horror stories commence! 💊 ps my initial plan is to go with another brand of combined pill (or the mini pill) n if it turns out that I just can't handle any hormonal one anymore then I'm going for copper coil. pps I know 'females' isn't the most inclusive term but we all know the sentiment with which it's meant so pls don't tell me I'm ignorant n shite. and kimmy schmidt forever obvs. GRL PWR FOREVER.

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The Junction

The Junction, amongst many other resources, offers free counselling to young people aged from 12-21 in Leith.

See Me Scotland

Using the hashtag #myunfilteredlife people have been sharing their mental health stories with See Me Scotland across social media helping to end the stigma. Their website also has lots of fantastic resources. One of our members shared her story:

An important #myunfilteredlife post from @laurakatherinenelson. The health and fitness industry can often portray unrealistic expectations on social media. Expectations that can make us feel bad about ourselves. But working out can also be great for your body and mind. Well done Laura! ———- This picture is not representative of how I felt for most of today. For most of today, I felt tired, deflated, stressed and run down. The absolute last thing I wanted to do after a packed week was to work out. But then something weird happened. I've been sticking with @lucywyndhamread's May Challenge and Cardio Character programmes, and for the first time in my life, today exercise actually made me feel better, more positive, less anxious and stressed, and as though I had done something really good for my body. Okay I'm still a tired sweaty mess, but I'm a much happier tired sweaty mess than if I'd just vegged on the sofa feeling sorry for myself. Thank you Lucy for your constant virtual encouragement and support. I'm nowhere near my end goal yet, but I'm certainly giving myself a fighting chance. 🤸🏼‍♂️ 📷: @laurakatherinenelson #myunfilteredlife #mondaymotivation #mentalheath #mentalhealthawareness #endstigma #enddiscrimination #mentalhealthmatters

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Sofie Hagen

Sofie is Danish comedian who now lives in the UK. Often, the topic of mental health is discussed on her podcast, Made of Human – in an honest, relatable and informal way with her interviewees.

Young Women’s Movement Scotland

A wonderful resource for a wide variety of topics, what we particularly love are the regular reminders on Facebook and Instagram that self-love and self-care are really important.

Kara Brown

Kara is the CEO and Director of Young Women’s Movement Scotland (their youngest ever) and is a vocal advocate of ending the stigma around mental health. She regularly shares her own stories on Instagram.

 

When I grow up I want to be a… | Biologist

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Remember careers advice at school? When they’d roll out some old, unrelatable, “teacher” to tell you what to do with your life? Well, we’re doing careers advice – the Athena way! In our weekly feature, we’ll spotlight one of our members – what they do and how they got there. Let’s go smash those glass ceilings, shall we?

QNameMary Westwood.

Q1Neil deGrasse Tyson has this quote, “the great thing about being a scientist is you never have to grow up.” I think this is entirely true – especially for biologists. When I was little I spent all of my time outdoors, and as an adult, I’ve done a lot of the same. I haven’t lost the curiosity I had for nature as a child, I’ve just honed my skills as a scientist throughout my education.

I’m not sure I had a firm grasp on science as a potential career when I was young, but I did know that if I could explore the world like the people I saw on National Geographic, I wanted to pursue that. My goal has shifted a bit as I’ve gotten older in that I would ultimately like to become a professor.

Q2I am a biologist who is interested in the evolution and ecology of vectors and vector-borne diseases (a vector is an organism, such as a tick or mosquito, that can transmit pathogens). Currently, I’m working towards a PhD in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Edinburgh.

Q3I get to think and read a lot about evolution and ecology, create hypotheses, test those hypotheses, and interpret the results. For my Masters, I focused on the disease ecology of ticks in the upper-midwestern United States. For my PhD, I am working towards understanding the evolution of biological rhythms in malaria infection.

As a postgraduate student, I get to attend scientific conferences which allow myself and other scientists from around the world to share, discuss, and critique each others ideas. I have also had the opportunity to teach freshman biology laboratory courses as a graduate assistant, which can be a lot of fun.

Q4I am just starting my PhD this fall, so I haven’t been working on this project for long. I completed my Masters, which took two years, this summer. Before that I completed a BSc in Biology.

Q5The long answer would be that I’ve been working towards this point essentially my whole life. But, for the sake of brevity, I completed a Bachelors in Biology and a Masters in Biology, then was accepted into the PhD in Evolutionary Biology program here in Edinburgh. As a Bachelors student I involved myself in numerous research projects and worked as a tutor for biology courses, which helped to set me up for my Masters and Doctorate. Generally, it is not enough to simply complete coursework to become a successful postgraduate researcher; doing undergraduate research can really give you a leg-up with applying for Masters or Doctorates and will give you insight into whether or not research is something you actually want to pursue.

Q6If you want to be a scientist, you have to be truly passionate about the research you are pursuing. Otherwise, the likelihood of your success is really slim (plus, if you don’t love what you do, don’t do it!). Academia is a really long and hard road to go down. It involves years and years of school with minimal pay and a lot of long nights in the lab or long days in the field. I’ll be 30 when I finish my PhD, and I’ve likely got another few years as a post-doc after that before I can obtain a professorship.

On the flip side, there are a myriad of perks to being an academic. You get an honest opportunity to follow your passions, be creative, and create your own schedule. As a scientist you are constantly challenging yourself to grow and learn new and exciting things. It is so cool to realise that at the end of a project, you may have made a discovery that, for a short time, you are the only person in the world who knows.

Q7.jpgI would do exactly what I am doing right now. I feel comfortable in saying I am working towards exactly what I want in life. My long-term goal is to become a professor at a University and be involved in both teaching and research. It is a good idea to consider careers beyond academia (because professorships can be really hard to come by), however, I have to admit I haven’t put much time into thinking about other career paths.

Q8To clarify what the heck is going on, I am using forceps to remove a tick from a tick drag (a tick drag is a white cloth used to collect ticks in the field)!

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Our Guide to This Year’s GBBO Contestants | 2017

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WRITTEN BY KIM STEELE

It might have defected to Channel 4 and lost some die hard fans who can’t live without Mary Berry, but love it or loath it, GBBO is back on our screens for the next few months.  Will Prue Leith be able to come up with a better catchphrase than soggy bottoms? Only time will tell…

Here is your guide to this year’s contestants:

Kate

The scouser. Paul’s got himself two young ladies to be lusting over this year (ugh) and poor Kate is one of them. Kate is a history buff and is showing her brains off beside her baking skills.

Julia

Siberian Julia is also getting adoring glances from Paul (ugh). Julia is set to be the one who cries every week.

Flo

Oh Flo, you absolute wee cutie. She’s the token oldie who wins everybody’s heart and breaks our hearts each week if she doesn’t do very well. We’re routing for you Flo!

Steven

The teacher’s pet. Won Star Baker twice already. Nuff’ said.

Yan

A molecular biologist by day, dark horse baker by night. Could be one to watch.

James

Another cutie, quiet, not had much screen time yet. Keep an eye out for him.

Sophie

Another sideliner, you’ve probably not learned her name yet. She might just come up and steal Steven’s crown from him. Also she’s training to be a stuntwoman. Love her already.

Tom

Our one Scottish entrant this year, Tom is this year’s posh boy. His architect background might mean we get to see some impressive cake structures…

Stacey

The hardworking mum of several children, who really, really tries but just doesn’t quite get there.

Liam

The young, cute, male eye candy for old women who will say he’s a lovely boy.

And for those we’ve already loved and lost..

Chris

The eccentric loveable one who’s shit at baking and we don’t know how he got there.

Peter

Will go down in history for that bread cake.

The Great British Bake Off is on Channel 4, Tuesdays at 8pm.

All photos copyright of Radio Times.

Edinburgh Fringe 2017 Top Picks

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With the Fringe in its 70th year, this fantastic festival brings thousands of people, performers and patrons to our streets and brings them alive. It transforms Edinburgh as we know it; but with literally thousands of shows to choose from, the trouble is knowing where to start. With the action kicking off on the 4th August, we’re ready and raring to go.

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So, here are our top picks to get you going…

Quarter Life Crisis | 3-13, 15-27/08 | From £6.50

“Alicia is a hot mess”. Now, if this doesn’t speak volumes to you, you mustn’t have reached your quarter life crisis stage yet. Lucky you. Promising to mix addictive basslines, spoken word and audience participation, we’re not quite sure what to expect but we know it sounds good!

Hot Brown Honey | 2-8, 10-13, 15-20, 22-27/08 | From £10

More than just theatre or cabaret, Hot Brown Honey are on a mission to fight the power – with a bit of panache (and dance, poetry, comedy, circus, striptease and song of course). This is set to be the beginning of a movement. Let’s be there with them.

Showhawk Duo | 24-26/08 | £10

Massive Ibiza tunes, played on acoustic guitars…! The whole room will be jumping and they were apparently discovered playing on the Royal Mile in previous years so these shows are set to be extra special.

Avocado! |  2-11, 14-23, 26-27/08 | From £7.50

The avocado has in essence become our icon of the decade – even becoming its own emoji due to popular demand. The boys at Avocado! are set to sketch out scenes I’m sure we’ll all be familiar with and what it means to be a 20-something in this day and age “flat whites and flats we can’t afford”.

Erin McGathy, Murdertown | Aug 2-13, 15-28 | From £8

Erin hosts a podcast called “This feels terrible” where she is very open and vulnerable, but quite hilarious and this show sounds like it will be a departure from her usual style with a one woman murder mystery.

Austentatious |3-14, 16-28/08 | From £11.50

A choose your own adventure romp through Jane Austen’s back catalogue. They’ve been to the Fringe before; it’s a funny, silly, hour and you won’t be disappointed. 

Sara Pascoe Ladsladslads |2-13, 15-27/08 | From £7

Ridiculously intelligent, comedian and now published (and lauded) author, Sara Pascoe uses her intelligence and wit to create thought provoking but hilarious comedy shows. Once you’ve seen her, go and buy her book ‘Animal’. You can thank us later.

Tessa Coates: Primates | 2-26/08 | From £6

An up-and-coming new(ish) comedian to the circuit whose Debrief podcast is gaining popularity which she co-hosts with previous fringe performer Stevie Martin (not Steve). The preview info doesn’t give much away but we’re waiting in anticipation to see how this debut show goes.

Nina Conti | 17-27/08 | From £12

Nina actually has two shows this year – “In Your Face” which is like the plastic mouth they use in Celebrity Juice for an hour of improvised “witchery” and her second show “In Therapy” features the ventriloquist monkey she’s become known for. Again, a return performer who’s tried and tested.

#Dave: Literally the Best Magician | 5-27/08 | Free

A magician / comedian / mind reader. It’s completely brilliant and it’s free! You’ll leave the show laughing, a bit confused and completely blown away.

The Guilty Feminist | 4-5/08 | From £13

Panel based discussion and comedy show about ‘noble 21st century feminists goals and the hypocrisies and insecurities which undermine them’. It’s relevant, at times poignant and always funny. Each show opens with panellists admitting “I’m a feminist but…”

Skin | 2-13, 15-28/08 | From £7 

“This is not my body”. A dance show which will tell the story of a boy’s journey through gender transition. The critically acclaimed group will perform an ’emotionally driven story of identity and belonging’.

EIF Fireworks Concert | 28/08 | From free

Of course we have to go out with a bang. These fireworks will be some of the best you’ve seen in your life – mind blowing, goosebump inducing, breathtaking. Choreographed to a score by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. You can either watch for free from Princes Street or pay for a better view from Princes Street Gardens. Not to be missed.

What else are you planning to see? Hit us up with your recommendations!

 

 

 

5 Shows to Rebound with Now Love Island is Over

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WRITTEN BY ALLANAH LANGSTAFF

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Confession: I’ve been having a summer romance with ITV2’s Love Island. For those on the outside, it may seem like a tawdry reality series banking on backstabbing, sex and hot bods in a state of undress to draw in an audience. However, the series’ enduring popularity has proven that it takes so much more than that to keep viewers switching on six nights a week for eight weeks. My Love Island Addicts WhatsApp group have shared over 1000 messages; I have people I’ve not been in touch with for years in getting in touch just to have someone to talk to about it; I have the app installed on my phone to vote for my favourite couple. The series has explored feminism, body image, masculinity, anxiety and been unapologetic about having a good time.

But now it’s over. So instead of being a total melt and mugging myself off, here are the shows I’ll be watching to fill the void.

Game of Thrones | Sky Atlantic | Mondays | 2am & 9pm

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Get yourself a honey to watch GoT with who looks at you the way Tormund look at Brienne

Summer is over. Winter is Coming. We are one week in to what promises to the most epic series to date of the on screen adaption of A Song of Ice and Fire. Thankfully, living in Edinburgh means you don’t have to feel bad about shutting the curtains in July to get the full atmospheric effect of George R R Martin’s world brought to the small screen.

Shark Week | Discovery | Begins Sunday 23rd July

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Shark week is probably one of the biggest events of the year in Natural History programming. This year Michael Phelps is racing a Great White Shark on Monday 24th July.  Enough said.

Girlboss |Netflix

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According to TV critics this is a series you aren’t supposed to admit liking. Look, I get it, the titular character Sophia, based on Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso, is a total jerk.  And it is quite hard to root for a character and their business having read the unflattering depictions of its real life inspiration. That being said, I’m enjoying it as one of those shows you stick on in the background. Britt Robertson gives a great performance, it’s stacked with early 2000s pop culture nostalgia and it’s set in San Francisco which makes me extra forgiving of even more terrible shows and films. See movie The Sweetest Thing.

Top of the Lake | BBC2 | Thursdays | 9pm

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For those of you mourning the end of The Handmaid’s Tale this coming Sunday you have a few more weeks of watching Elizabeth Moss on the small screen. The follow up to the 2013 series returns this week with what is being billed as an incredible performance from Nicole Kidman. No subscription required.

Ozark | Netflix

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Comparisons are already being drawn to Breaking Bad for it’s ‘family man turns to wrong side of the law’ storyline as Jason Bateman’s financial advisor character turns money launderer for a drug cartel in the back woods of Missouri. I haven’t seen an episode yet but the trailer hooked me in with the moody colour palette and presence of Laura Linney. Another one to watch with the curtains closed.

What else will you be watching?

 

How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget

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WRITTEN BY DEBBIE SMITH

It’s no secret that weddings cost a lot, with the average in the UK now costing £27,000 (yes, really). When my best friend asked me to marry him, I couldn’t wait to get planning our special day. But if you’re like us: on a budget and dreading the thought of a two year engagement then there are plenty of options out there to explore. Let’s face it, wouldn’t it be better to save some of that cash for a gorgeous honeymoon or perhaps a deposit on your first home? Here are some tips from an Athena bride to be on how to plan a beautiful wedding, without the hefty price tag!

Invitations

There are a ton of cute, free wedding invite templates online that you can download, edit and print off to send to your guests. Just pick up some lovely craft paper and voila, a beautiful invite that costs next to nothing! Wedding Chicks is a fab website full of free printables for all you budget conscious brides-to-be and they have hundreds to choose from.

Ceremony


Did you know that you can get married anywhere in Scotland? You can tie the knot up a remote, scenic hill in the highlands, or even in your neighbour’s huge garden! All that’s required is your marriage notice, fees and hiring a celebrant. The basic cost for a ceremony is only £125. Other options are registry offices, they are cheap and often in beautiful old buildings which will look great in the photographs!

Reception


It’s worth looking into your local town hall as often they are free (or very cheap) to hire and come as a blank canvas for you to decorate how you choose. Get on eBay and buy some bunting, lanterns and table covers for a small price and you’ll have the place looking beaut in no time! Some bar/restaurants have large function rooms for hire for a small fee or sometimes they’re even “free” if they work on a minimum spend at the bar.

Outfits


Now we’ve all heard from a friend how much they’ve spent on a wedding dress and thought “that’s more than my rent!” but if you’re savvy and have a look online, the web is bursting with budget bridal boutiques and second hand bargains on eBay. ASOS do a fabulous bridal range and have some gorgeous suits for the groom all at reasonable prices.

Flowers


If you’re having a small wedding and only require a few bouquets, some florists will do a deal for around £100-£150. If you like a challenge and fancy having a keep-sake from your special day, look into brooch bouquets on Pinterest. You can buy one ready made or get creative and make your own! Baby’s breath (or gysophilia) is a beautiful and cheap flower to use for a cool, bohemian look.

Music & Entertainment 


Hiring a band or DJ can soon ramp up the cost of your big day. Why not have an evening in with your other half, open some wine and get on Spotify to make a playlist bespoke to your day. That’s what we did and we also included song request slips in our invites for our guests, to make the day more personal. Photo booths are all the rage these days, but can cost a lot. Get on eBay and you’ll find props for under £10! Throw in a Polaroid or a camera on a tripod and you’ve got yourself a make-shift photo booth your guests will love – and you’ll love looking through the photos as your keepsakes of the day!

Photographs & Cake


Wedding photographs can cost upwards of £1000 but, whilst they are special, there are ways around the large sum! Check with friends and family, you may have a budding or qualified photographer in there who would take your photos for you at mates rates! Get on to local universities and check for students looking to build a portfolio, they’d be happy to help. As for wedding cake? Have a go at making your own! You can get as creative as you like and there are tons of cute cake toppers online to pop on top of your creation ready for the big day. Failing that, get on to the friends and family, there’s surely a keen baker in there somewhere!

Food & Drink


Whilst I’m sure we’d all love to treat our guests to a lavish three course meal, but it can really add to the bill. Opt for a buffet instead, most venues will offer deals on a substantial buffet or may even let you bring your own. Get all the family round to help make the sandwiches and whatnot and you can save a fortune! Drinks packages also drive the cost up so try negotiating a corkage fee with your venue and BYOB. Most of the popular supermarkets do bottles of Prosecco for £5-£6 each, so you can save a pretty penny on your bubbles for the toasts!

So there you have it, some simple ways to keep the cost of your big day down. With some careful planning and personal touches, you can make the wedding of your dreams on any budget!

Have you planned a wedding on a budget? Share your top tips with us in the comments!

5 Podcasts to Feel Empowered

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WRITTEN BY KIM STEELE


There are loads of great podcasts out there to make you feel empowered and and galvanised for action. The beauty of podcasts is that when you mention your favourites, everyone has more recommendations for you and before you know it, you’re a podcast queen. 

Here are five of our favourites:

1. The Guilty Feminist

Hosted by Deborah Frances-White and featuring a plethora of badass co-hosts and guests, the podcast aims to “explore the noble goals of a 21st century feminist and the insecurities and hypocrisies that undermine them”. This one can make you laugh and cry at the same time. Her recitation of Once More Unto the Breach (episode 34) is goose pimple inducing.

2. Heroine Addicts

Join Alice, Emma, Louise and Miztli as they explore the lives of their favourite heroines episode by episode. That’s heroine with an e. The theme tune is super catchy and their subjects are varied, whether actual or fictional, but always about kick ass females throughout history. From female wrestlers to Moana, it’s a surprise and a treat each fortnight when a new episode drops.

3. Guys We F****d

The anti-slut shaming podcast. This one does exactly what it says on the tin: hosts Corinne and Krystyna literally interview the guys they f****d. Makes for interesting listening. Viva la sex. 

4. Girlboss Radio

Everyone and their cat has now heard of Sophia Amoruso author of Girl Boss book and about who the Netflix (now cancelled) series was loosely based on. In this podcasts, Sophia chats to other amazing bosses. You’ll finish them feeling inspired and ready to be a boss too.

5. We Should All Be Feminists

A TED Talk from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie believes that we teach girls to be successful, but not too successful otherwise men will be threatened and that needs to change. An empowering, touching, and sometimes funny half hour TED talk that will leave you invigorated and ready to go out into the world to make change.

What are your favourites? Tell us in the comments below…

 

The GLOW Edit: 5 Things You Need If You’re Obsessed With GLOW

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WRITTEN BY KIM STEELE

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80s, catfights, wrestling, women’s empowerment, fighting the patriarchy, friendships and kicking ass – GLOW’s got it all.

The void left once you complete the box set can be filled with these five items inspired by the show.

A Glittery Swimsuit

Cos, obvs. No GLOW fan could possibly be without one of these. This shimmery number from New Look is perfect to channel Ruth (pre-Zoya).

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Wrestling Belt 

Every wrestler needs a belt. These are cropping up all over the high street so we’re calling it now that this will be a big thing in the coming months in the afterglow (see what we did there). Cinch that waist and kick some ass.

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Biba T-Shirt

Justine is the QUEEN of cute tees . You’re unlikely to get them on the high street, though. We’ve set up an alert for Biba t-shirts on eBay. Fingers crossed!

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Cat Ears

Pair this cute fascinator with some heavy eyeshadow and a hella’ eyeliner and you’ll be feeling your inner Sheila in no time.

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Velour Track Top

We’re not quite ready to make a return to the heady mid-noughties Juicy Couture days, but we can sneak a little bit of velour back into our wardrobes with this perfect cropped hoody from Urban Outfitters.

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What are your other favourite costumes in the show?