Bonjourno! Well I know it's been a while since my last post (uni has taken over my life) but I'm back briefly, before the very last hurdle of the school year begins. But I thought this would be the perfect time to do this post, for all those guys n gals finishing their school/uni/college year and are stressin' out. I'm not gonna lie, i've probably had a countless amount of meltdowns, but who better to give some stress-bustin' advice than me?! Probably someone with their life a bit more together, but i'll do it for now eh.
It's mega important to take some time out and recharge your batteries every now and then. If university work is getting a bit on top of you then it's best to take a breather, relax then go back to it with a clean slate, just like you wouldn't try and drive a car without petrol...that car just won't go anywhere, ya get me? You won't be productive if you're stressed to da max!! Here are some of my top stress-bustin' tips:
Try out some of those beauty products you got for Christmas/your birthday etc and take a nice bath, pick a film on your laptop and just sit in that bath and LOVE LIFE. Baths are actual therapy. My flat this year at university has a bath and it has changed my life, FOR THE BETTER, fo realz. I even bought a tray with a wine glass and book holder, no I am not 40 years old btw. Even getting ready to go out can make you feel great too...when i'm feeling crap, I do my make up, yah yah *vanity* but when I look better I feel a lil better too, plus make up is fun to do. Or if you wanna unwind after a long day, try out a face mask, lotion, face wash, body butter or bath bomb (hello, Lush). Take care of ya bodyyy!
Movies & chill
Whether it’s a rom-com, film night with a friend, or just a cheesy comedy, it can do wonders to help you forget all your worries. So pick out your favourite bevvy, your comfiest pyjamas and pop on a film you always love watching, or a new one of a similar genre. If you can't think of or find a film you would like to watch then check out whichmovienext.com. This website is a great way to find a movie catered to your specific tastes! So if you're a fan of The Hangover for example, then WhichMovieNext can find similar movies by tallying up other movies with related storylines, actors and genres...I love it and it's easy peasy to navigate around!
Happiness is CARBS
Nothing feels better than eating whatever the heck you want when stressed. If you've had a crappy day/week/month/year (lol) - choose a food you love, eat that fave meal you haven't in a while, or have a glass of vino or eat some chocolate - whatever your favourite, of course, everything in moderation and all that lark!! Can you imagine a night with everything i've just mentioned? A bath, followed by a movie and your favourite food? Dunno about you but I need to do this WAY more often. Let's get physical, physical...no, really
Go for a walk, or a jog, cycle - just get mooovin'. Exercise not only allows you to clear your head, but the endorphins are going to naturally enhance your mood, then you can go back to your coursework or whatever it may be, with a fresh mind! Some other ways to bust dem stresses are: getting your nails done, going for a spa day, listening to your favourite record, painting, getting creative or going to a comedy show, play, concert or the cinema. Hope you enjoyed this post, and see you in June when blogging will be full steam ahead!!
I think my slogan T collection is getting out of hand, but how can I resist when this one popped up on my Instagram?! At £15, I was sold. Nothing says you're gonna have a good day better than a t-shirt that says girl power on it, right!!! I love the pop of red and the little rose design, that match these denim rose-embroidered beauties from Primarnie so well. I finally made a UNIF order, which i've been wanting to do for so long. I went for the Dolly sunglasses, this denim bomber (with padded red lining) and a stripey jumper, which I'm sure will appear on here sometime soon! I love everything about UNIF and what i'm wearing here is reminiscent of the models on their site - casual but a bit quirky, a pop of colour and all the 90s vibes.
I love Réalisation Par. I first saw one of their blouses styled by my favourite blogger What Olivia Did and it played on my mind ever since. RP are based in Aussie and they do gorgeous blouses and dresses in dainty star/polka dot/floral prints in flattering styles that quite literally suit everyone, from the small chests to the bigger ones...it's a super versatile blouse that can be tied as tightly or loosely as you like. I can be quite self conscious about my chest area, which may come as a surprise, as I know some people would love to have a fuller bust, whereas i'm always a little reluctant to flaunt that, ahem, area. I don't want to draw attention so i'll literally push them out of view (no, really)...but this blouse has definitely given me more confidence to show off what I normally wouldn't in a not too over the top way...i've tried to take attention away by adding a little star choker necklace which ties in so well with the blouse print and the silver bag I got for Christmas (inspired by Abigail!). With the weekend approaching and Spring showing little hints of arriving, this blouse will be seeing me right through nights out and late Spring/Summer evenings, worn alone like above if you're feelin' a bit racy or worn over a t-shirt as an open blouse style shirt.
Also I chopped my hair off and dyed it, that yellow hair had to go!!
>>> Billie Walker is talking all things International Women's Day, what's going on in Liverpool and how you can get involved...
Tomorrow is International Women’s Day, a day created to celebrate women, shared in over 100 countries around the world. Its popularity has grown a lot recently, in particular from the grassroots organisers who brought together the Women’s March in Washington just a few months back (which triggered women’s marches across the world) to now having organised A Day Without A Woman, for International Women’s Day 2017, awareness of this day will most likely skyrocket by next year.
I spoke to Penny Dimond, founder and writer for The New Factory of the Eccentric Actor, whofor the last twenty years has produced shows at the Marxist Memorial Library in London to celebrate International Women’s Day. Penny explained her reasons for celebrating and partaking in International Women’s day for the last two decades: “it’s a good time to recognise how far we’ve got and how far we have to go, it’s not stuck in the past, it’s aim is to look forward”.
Although it is an over used adage, it’s undeniably important that to know where you are going, you must know where you have been - and most of us are unaware of the origins of IWD. Like a lot of our history, this day’s origins have been retold and edited to maintain a perception. It has been told by many and assumed that it was a day established to mark protests by New York’s garment and textile workers. However it emerged in the 1980s that this origin was manufactured in an effort to separate the day from it’s Socialist roots. It was in fact Russian women who left their factories and took the streets on March 8th 1917 to march for “Bread and Peace”. In Russia’s then capital, Petrograd, the Army backed demonstrators of Tsar to be toppled and as a result of the days events, women were granted suffrage. In the early years of International Women’s Day, all celebrations and protests were organised by communist and socialist movements in Europe. However, as the day has grown in popularity, the political aspects of it have changed to be part of all women’s movements, not just that with socialist political aims. Many events today are celebratory rather than political, which is why it is great to know that the creators of the Women’s March will be bringing the day back to it’s roots of protest.
There are many events happening all across Liverpool throughout March to celebrate women, looking at their influence, stories and power. The Girl Geeks are supporting and promoting the empowerment of women with their event at FACT in which they will be showing the film Code Girl, with a panel discussing ways we can be bold for change. When I asked Chelsea Slater, Co-Founder of Girl Geeks why this day was so important to GG, she said "International Women's day is more than a news feed full of love for inspirational and courageous women. There are thousands of events all over the world that bring us together through workshops, debates and discussions around the subject of inequality that still exists in the world. We've made a lot of progress over the last 50 years however, it's important to know that we're still fighting, marching and taking action. IWD is a way we can be heard."
Liverpool Small Cinema is another of our cities great independent business and they are endless advocates for the representation of women in film. Over the last year with their ongoing initiative showing and celebrating the 58%, those films were made by women trans and non-binary filmmakers. This year for IWD they are celebrating middle-eastern women with two showings tomorrow evening. Kicking off with Balls, Barriers and Bulldozers, which looks at woman’s football tour to West Bank Palestine. Followed by Speed Sisters, the story of the first all-women racecar driving team in the Middle East. All in all, it looks as if the Liverpool Small Cinema will be hosting a very energetic night!
I often feel so happy to have chosen Liverpool as my home, as it is host to so many strong communities of women, which celebrate each other throughout the year such as the Grrrl Power art collective. In their own words they seek “to readdress the gender inequalities in contemporary art, literature and music. Over the last four years, women have consistently made up around 63% of creative art and design graduates in the UK, but earn up to £2,000 less then men working within the art sector.” To them, International Women’s Day is important because of the issues it brings to our attention such as the unfair pay gap. Grrrl Power argue that “women are just as creative, hard-working and valuable as men, and this needs to be recognised and reflected not just in the work place, but also in wider society.” They are currently in the midst of the Lonely Girl Phenomenology creating an online archive of essays on sexism experienced “by women and non-binary people within the realms of relationships, romance and love”.
An event that I am personally looking forward this Saturday is Gal-Dem’s talk at the International Slavery Museum. It will address the creation of the magazine they have created to “champion the writing of ‘women of colour’”, as well as an exploration of the “erasure of Black Women in History”. Women’s influence in Britain has so often been eradicated and I strongly believe that is our responsibility to readdress history to fix the tale we have been told.
With so many amazing events to go to around Liverpool, addressing so many different subjects such as women in history, women in sport and women in tech, it almost feels as if their should be more than just one day a year in which women should be celebrated.
I am extremely grateful to groups such as Girl Geeks, Liverpool Small Cinema, Grrrl Power and Gal-Dem and many others who have made it their mission to continuously celebrate and empower all women.
For all those who do not live in Liverpool, the International Women’s Day websiteis a great way to find out what is happening in your city. Whether you are using this day to protest, give back, or learn something new I am wishing you all a great International Women’s day and I hope it leaves you feeling empowered for the whole year!
By Billie Walker Follow Billie on Instagram: @lady_bill_ and read more of her work here