In the midst of the daunting, overwhelming and somewhat stressful environment of the internet, I decided to create a blog to serve as a form of positive and productive escapism…hence the name.
Hopefully, through this blog, I can provide entertainment, relatability, reviews and advice for others, covering light topics such as fashion, lifestyle and travel in addition to important discussions about mental health, discrimination, social controversies and more. Hopefully there’s something for everyone!
My name is Grace and I’m currently studying for my A Levels in English, Psychology and Philosophy, Ethics and Religion. Finding a balance between school and a social life can be a struggle, however, I strongly believe having a break from work and enjoying other hobbies and interests is incredibly beneficial. As a student myself, perhaps this blog could help others who often feel trapped, stressed and anxious about their workload or future.
As cringeworthy as it sounds, you’re never alone in your mentality, even if it often feels that way. Having somebody to relate or talk to can lift a weight off your shoulders. Ideally, I’d love my blog to be a catalyst for open conversations and a support network for anyone that needs it.
So, welcome to my blog, thank you for reading and I hope you visit soon.
March 2020 will be described as bizarre, monumental and intense by many including myself, however, I’m dedicating this post to positivity and my favourite things I discovered and enjoyed during the month despite the circumstances.
WHAT I WATCHED
If you haven’t watched it already, ‘This Country’ on BBC is the best mockumentary series I’ve ever watched and I thoroughly reccomend it. The characters are so endearing and everything about the programme is hilarious. I watched it with my family and we laughed our way through the series within days.
On YouTube, I’ve been watching ‘Freddy My Love’ who creates aesthetically pleasing, girly videos on all things fashion. Take one look at her channel and you can see the worthwhile effort she puts into making her content beautiful.
I also really enjoy watching interviews of actors and actresses after I watch a certain movie or tv shows, infact I’d love to become a show business journalist myself one day. Throughout March, I watched many Timothee Chalamet interviews because his dedication to his art is amazing to watch and hear about. With reference to earlier, I’ve also watched interviews about This Country to get more information on the creative process of creating such a raw, funny programme.
WHAT I LISTENED TO
For my birthday, I received a Google Nest speaker and the volume and quality are incredible, it’s certainly one of my March favourites as I’ve been playing all my music on it whilst relaxing at home.
My top 3 albums to listen to recently have been Fine Line (Harry Styles), The Divine Feminine (Mac Miller) and Lust For Life (Lana Del Rey), none of which were released this month but I just adore them all. My Harry Styles concert has been postponed until 2021 so I have to make up for that by having virtual concerts in my room.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for a podcast to listen to rather than music, The Receipts Podcast should make you smile. The girls are down to earth and consequently hilarious, perfect to listen to if you’re ever feeling down or lonely during self isolation.
WHAT I WORE
I’ve been wearing comfy clothes most days for obvious reasons (staying at home) so my favourite pieces have been casual. Mens Primark joggers are so comfy and the right fit if you size down. During February, I went to a Vintage Kilo Sale and bought oversize jumpers which have also been perfect in March!
I’ve spent most of my days with a bare face but sometimes I put some makeup on to make myself feel better, even if I’m just staying at home. This may sound ridiculous to some people but I know many girls who are the same. Bad Gal Bang from Benefit is my current favourite mascara which is great for adding volume to your lashes and you only need to use a tiny amount! Additionally, I’ve started doing winged eyeliner (also using Benefit!) which I found impossible at first but have now mastered the right technique with this easy to apply eyeliner. The final makeup product to mention is Gimme Brow eyebrow gel which I use on days when I’m creating a minimalistic look.
Ultimately, my favourite thing in March has been writing. Starting up this blog again and planning new ideas has been really exciting. Similarly, I’m currently taking an online course in fiction writing which has kept my brain active and occupied.
Thanks so much for reading. I hope April is happy and healthy for you! Feel free to share your March favourites in the comments below.
Yes, I’m still spending most days in my pyjamas and have been restful and languorous, however, I have recently decided that I would feel better if I could still be productive and positive during this unexpected free time.
(I understand not everybody has this privilege, such as key workers and those who need to maintain their jobs and income. I applaud these people for their persistence and hard work despite these chaotic and scary circumstances. A future post about supporting them is coming soon.)
To begin, here are some apps and websites that I’ve enjoyed utilising during this quarantine. (all free)
1. For anyone who is struggling with poor mental health/ loneliness/just wants to track their feelings, REFLECTLY is a daily mood journal that you can add to as frequently as you like, providing an opportunity for contemplation with daily questions. Personally, I use this app every night before bed to reflect on my day and find patterns in my mentality. Writing down and sharing your emotions is a great stress reliver so I highly recommend downloading this app, hopefully this can improve your mood during a difficult time.
(available on the app store)
2. PINTEREST is my current addiction. I always feel creatively motivated after scrolling through my feed and boards. There is certainly something for everyone (DIYs, interior design, makeup, comedy, celebs) but I mainly use it for fashion inspiration, pinning any outfits I like and trying to find similar pieces to incorporate into my own wardrobe. A potential idea during quarantine is to create a bucket list board of things you want to get done during lockdown and another of things you look forward to when we enter normality again.
(available in browser and on the app store)
3. For those who are struggling during lockdown because they crave the satisfaction of achieving something or alternatively have left education early due to the virus, FUTURE LEARNis an amazing platform I discovered only two days ago but was immediately impressed by. There are hundreds of free courses provided by universities covering various subjects, most of which are only a few weeks long. Personally, I’ve joined a courses on fiction writing, studying English, mental health, gender equality and fashion. Once I have completed a few courses, I’ll share my thoughts and feedback in another blog post but so far, I’m really excited by the concept.
(available in browser)
4. CALM is a well known meditation app that is perfect for relaxation. If you find yourself overwhelmed or struggling to sleep, Calm has music and masterclasses to help relieve stress, body tension and anxiety.
If you are concerned about your screentime during this lockdown or just want to be productive without needing the internet or your phone, here is a short list of potential activities to engage in.
1. Cooking/ baking. Be it Michelin star standard or shop bought cake mixtures. (For me, the latter is more likely)
2. Reading. I’ve been reading Educated by Lara Westover and recommend this to everyone!!
3. Exercising. You could create a home circuit or go for a walk/ run (Obviously only once a day in the UK)
4. Home organisation/ cleaning. Spend this free time organising your home or just your bedroom. Maybe move around the furniture so it feels like a new and exciting space. There are probably many jobs around the house that have been put off for years that could be completed during this lockdown.
5. Listening to music. (I’ve had Harry Styles’ Fine Line on repeat)
Long time, no update… I don’t have much of an audience so doubt anyone noticed my absence HOWEVER, I’m hoping to continue regular posts for the foreseeable future!
Many things have happened since my last post… I started driving lessons, I stopped driving lessons, had a great summer, went to lots of concerts, turned 18, began revising diligently for A Levels until yesterday.
Yesterday, as most people know by now, the news broke that A Level exams are cancelled due to the global pandemic, the coronavirus. Despite being devastated that my school experience was cut short and I didn’t have time to mentally prepare for my last day, this is all for the greater good. I’m counting my blessings that I am healthy and can self isolate at home with my family and food as not everybody has those privileges.
There is a huge amount of uncertainty regarding the virus, lockdown and prolonged deprivation from social contact, which may have a detrimental affect on people’s mental health. I would love to use this blog as a form of positive escapism, as that was my goal when originally creating it.
Sending everyone lots of love and strength during this time.
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A summary of the different waves of feminism, presented in pictures.
the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.
19th – Early 20th century
First Wave Feminism. Focus primarily on legal issues and the suffragette movement which resulted in women having the right to vote.
Second Wave Feminism:
Intra-feminism and tackling issues such as sexuality, equality and discrimination.
Black feminism rose in popularity. The civil rights and feminist movements collided.
French Feminism: Écriture Féminine (feminine writing) Helene Cixuous: one of the early thinkers in poststructuralist feminist theory. She founded the first centre feminist study at a European university.
Difference feminism (there are differences between men and women but that no value judgment can be placed upon them and both genders have equal moral status.)
Third Wave Feminism – Individualism and Diversity redefining feminism.
Early 1990s: Riot Grrrl
Combination of feminist consciousness, punk style and politics.
Punk culture and individual expression in forms of music, art, dance, literature and film. This movement promoted individual freedom.
Fourth Wave Feminism is heavily associated with the use of social media.
~Street & Workplace harassment
~My body, my choice
~Gender pay gap
Women still continue to unite and protest for equality as marches such as the ‘Women’s March’ take place yearly, all around the world.
Celebrities have a larger influence than ever, using their large platform to emphasise their political views, encouraging young women and men to smash the patriarchy and fight for their rights.
While planning and writing this blog post, it just so happens that American politicians have tampered with women’s rights once again. Abortion is now illegal in Alabama, meaning that women will be imprisoned and punished (serving more time than potential rapists!!!) if they chose to have an abortion, irrespective of the reasoning. Even though women make up 51% of Alabama’s population, the lawmakers are 85% male. There are only four women in the 35-seat Alabama Senate, and they are all Democrats. This situation is a huge reminder (if there weren’t enough) that feminism is 100000% still relevant.
Below are some posts from social media that encapsulate feminist views on this horrendous abortion ban.
Finally, this isn’t only an issue in Alabama. Other similar restrictive bans have been passed in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Dakota and Ohio. And that’s just America.
Similarly, abortion bans exist in:
Northern Ireland, Liechenstein, Andorra, Monaco, Malta, Poland, San Marino and in many more locations.
The fight isn’t over. Here’s a link to a Vogue article that gives helpful information on where to donate and how to keep abortion legal:
Thank you so much for reading. It is so important to understand the history of feminism and know where feminism stands today.
Comment any thoughts you’d like to share! Additionally, please let me know what else you’d like from this blog. Perhaps I could publish another post about feminism, female empowerment music/literature/art for example? Feel free to leave opinions and recommendations.