If you’re looking for something new to listen to here’s two podcasts for women that make you feel like you’re hanging out with your girlfriends, even if you’re listening solo. 

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I’ve recently started getting into podcasts, especially on a drive home from work. It becomes the perfect time to unwind after a stressful day and depending on my mood I can choose the kind of patter I feel like listening to. 

I’m going to start sharing posts on podcasts, as and when I come across good ones. So, to kick it off, here are two that I started with and still listen to today. I’ve got lots more to share that I’ve been listening to so keep checking back for more podcast suggestions. 

Podcasts for women: Guys We Fucked

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If you’re on a car journey and your nan / in-laws / boss is in that car, maybe don’t offer to stream Guys We Fucked. However, if you want to be transported to Brooklyn, and be led by two New York women that don’t hold back on sex, politics, feminism and more, then Guys We Fucked should be in your downloads.

Known as the anti-slut shaming podcast with Krystyna Hutchinson and Corinne Fisher, who are both comedians, Guys We Fucked is opinionated, gritty and raunchy. The comedy duo’s dynamic works brilliantly together and often guests invited on to the show are comedians as well. As you might imagine this makes for a very entertaining podcast with lots of laughs and stories reminiscing about first times, worst times and the most recent times. 

And yes they talk about the guys they slept with (quite often they get said guys on themselves to interview them. Conversations often delve deep into the psyche behind why people behave certain ways in relationships and why people have certain sexual kinks. It’s very intelligent and interesting – and refreshing to hear people talk so openly about relationships, love, lust and psychology. Plus, they say ‘fuck‘ a lot. 

Podcasts for women: Table Manners with Jessie Ware

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Now, if the loud and proud Guys We Fucked isn’t really your thing, then jump back across the pond for Table Manners with Jessie Ware – the very polar opposite! Quintessentially British and quite frankly a sheer delight, Table Manners is something everyone of all ages can revel in. 

Jessie’s star power as a singer-songwriter means she is able to draw on her network of superstar friends as a guest list. With Table Manners, the topic for discussion is food, so make sure you are either cooking whilst listening or at the very least, snacking – otherwise prepare to feel very hungry. Guests, who have so far included the likes of Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Annie Mac and George Ezra, are invited around to Jessie’s mum Helena’s for a home cooked meal, a glass of wine and a good chat about their favourite foods to indulge in. 

Expect whimsical trips down memory lane with all the famouses talking about what their mum used to make and their favourite places to eat. If you’re from the North East or planning a trip to the North East, skip back to Sam Smith’s episode as he shares his favourite haunts of Whitley Bay, where much of his family are from (something I never knew!) And if you need me I’ll be hanging around Rendevous Cafe casually waiting for Sam to drop by for his favourite cup of Horlicks…

Also be warned: the episode with Will Young talking about prep school and tarte au pomme is possibly the most middle class thing I have ever heard – maybe even more so than Overheard in Waitrose. They say ‘darling’ a lot. And, come to think of it, ‘fuck‘ too, actually. 


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That’s all for now but I’m still listening to lots of random podcasts for women regularly, so when something stands out I’ll report back here so you too can feel like the lady above (maybe). What are you listening to? Do you have any recommendations to share?

Like this? You should try the Woman Crush Wednesday roundup for more inspiring females to follow. 

 

 

Looking for ideas for hen do abroad? This post has all the details for having the perfect hen do holiday in Hvar, Croatia. 

When people talk about the holiday blues, they have no idea. Unless they have been on the best hen do ever in Hvar, Croatia, of course! Looking back over the photos from this trip nearly made me cry. It’s. Just. So. SO. PRETTY! I remember I said every single day we were there (much to everyone else’s annoyance, I’m sure) that I felt like I was in a romantic movie from the fifties. I kept expecting to twirl around and see Audrey Hepburn next to me with a willy straw in her mojito and a ‘bride tribe’ sash slung over her shoulder. Alas, no, just me good old mates from Dartford. 

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Why have a hen do in Hvar?

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If you’re looking for hen do abroad with a difference then Hvar in Croatia is the one. None of us had been before but it was on all of our hit lists. It’s also a good time to go as although it is growing in popularity with British tourists, it’s still relatively untouched compared to most of our typical European holiday destinations. Think glittering turquoise seashores that grow a deep inky blue as you plough out into the ocean, on your way to the next hotspot. 

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This trip was all planned by my good friend Maddie who was pregnant and therefore, unfortunately, couldn’t even come along for the ride! Follow Maddie’s careful planning for a hen do in Hvar, and you can’t fail to have a good time amongst Croatia’s pure Adriatic bliss. 

Split to Hvar Airport Transfer

OK, so first things first – the absolute best thing about a hen do in Hvar? The need for water taxis. And unfortunately the best way to travel from Split airport to Hvar is by speedboat – I know, how tragic? Flying about on boats is what really made this trip so spectacular. We booked our transfer with Dalmatia Express, which also included a bus from the airport to the jetty, and cost 720 Euros for a private return hire. It kicked party proceedings off on the perfect note. After being delayed by EasyJet by over four hours in Stansted, then arriving to then step out on to our own private speedboat pretty much set the tone for the next few days. Arms in the air everyone! (Sorry for the cheese, if you were there, you would have too). 

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Pharos Bayhill Hotel Hvar 

We stayed at the Pharos Hotel which was a little walk up a hill through the trees – so don’t bother unless you can pack lightly! However if you can, it’s worth it. It’s a very modern and stylish hotel with a bar, pool and dining – all you need really. The views are pretty breathtaking – BUT – be warned – unfortunately for different reasons, so was the faint whiff of sewage around the pool area! We shared our stay with a biker club, which made a nice surprise to be greeted by rows of gleaming motorbikes upon arrival (and so began the Hollywood movie vibes). 

Daytime Party in Hvar

Word on the Hvar party scene was that Carpe Diem Beach was the place to be – for day time and all through the night. AND you had to get a boat there – check! So we got glammed up to the eyeballs with all the traditional hen do clobber (body glitter, willy paraphenalia, sashes etc) and headed down to the marina to find the water taxi rank. Now, I will say the first two local ladies we spoke to were very confident – I will give them that. However, their confidence did lead us to believe that Carpe Diem was shut during the day. It wasn’t. Luckily, we didn’t take their word for it and eventually managed to find a water taxi driver who brought us to the Carpe Diem shore.

On the other hand, one thing the ladies didn’t get wrong, was that it was slightly out of season when we were there. So it wasn’t the jumping party atmosphere we had expected, but it was so very idyllic we didn’t mind at all. We spent the day laying on sunbeds, eating fresh seafood and pasta, listening to laid back beats and drinking lots of cocktails and shots before catching the last boat back into the Hvar marina. 

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Hvar Nightlife

I believe we managed to sample a good selection of the nightlife Hvar has to offer (hic!). There were three main bars we visited: Kiva, Hula Hula and Pink Champagne. 

We stumbled upon Kiva on our first night. After enjoying a civilised beverage (civilised for a hen do in Hvar) next to the marina we asked the waiter where was good to go, he said nothing livened up until about 11pm. So we ordered another drink and waited. A little later we took a stroll to find another bar and heard distant music – and quickly decided to follow that beat! This lead us down what at first seemed like an alleyway but was in fact Kiva Bar!

As it got later the alleyway got packed and the bars either side were rammed with people doing their best lunatic dancing (me included). Music-wise you can expect crowd pleasers and sing-alongs here – so make sure you’ve warmed up with a few cocktails beforehand. There were plenty of other bars near here if you fancy crawling through them, so head to Kiva then work your way up past the marina towards Pink Champagne.

I didn’t actually go into Pink Champagne myself. I’m not really a nightclub kinda gal anymore. I was also well past my prime and thought it best to give it a swerve that night. However, some of the girls did go here and if you are looking for a proper nightclub experience this is the place to go and it leads on nicely from the bars around the marina. 

Sunset Bar in Hvar

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My favourite place, which unfortunately we spent the least amount of time at, just because we discovered it late, was Hula Hula Beach Bar. After talking to other tourists on the previous night out, we found out this bar, nestled on a perfect point of the bay, was THE spot to watch the sunset. The day we went it was a bit cloudy – but the view was still impressive – as is every vista around Hvar! Now, if I’m honest I can’t really remember the style of music, but there was a DJ and I think it was a bit more dancey, classy and cool than Kiva bar… don’t take my word for it though. It was an ideal stop off for a hen do in Hvar. 

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Travelling to Split from London

We flew from Stansted as we were travelling on the end of May bank holiday weekend. At the time of publishing this article, the cheapest flights start from ยฃ35, flying with Norwegian Airlines, from Gatwick, in early October (when the weather is still good). 

Travelling to Split from Newcastle upon Tyne

Flights to Split from Newcastle upon Tyne start in June. At the time of publishing this article, the cheapest flights start from ยฃ31, flying with EasyJet, from Newcastle, in late August.

A hen do in Hvar still not your thing? 

Check out my other post for a trip to the classic hen do destination, Ibiza… READ: An Ibiza Hen Do – Totally Off Season, but Totally IN

Woman Crush Wednesday – October Roundup

Woman Crush Wednesday – The October Roundup

Every Wednesday on The B-Line’s Instagram I share a post on who I am loving following on social media at the moment. And here I am doing the first ever roundup from the past month of who featured and why.

So let’s introduce this random bunch of awesome women. Check back every month for more inspiring women doing weird and wonderful things. 

Baddie Winkle

  • 3.2million followers on Instagram
 

It’s all good ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒผ

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Baddie is bad aaassss. She has inspired a huge social media following with her unique sense of style. She wears what she wants, looks incredible doing it and never stops having fun travelling the world showcasing her iconic looks. Baddie even had a campaign with Missguided in the UK last year. Her fresh attitude towards dressing in your later years teaches us to never lose our sense of individuality and to remember: you can wear whatever you feel – whatever your age or size. It’s your body after all, so express yourself how you feel is right.

Jessie Ware

  • 226,000 followers on Instagram

 

 

When I realised I was being photographed for a menโ€™s mag ๐Ÿคฃ

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Jessie is class, sophistication, outspoken and talented, topped off with a down-to-earth sense of humour. 

Everyone loves music and everyone has their own connection with it – Jessie’s songs come straight from the heart. If you ever need to get in touch with your emotions put on some Jessie Ware and you’re there! Her new album Glasshouse saw her work through becoming a mum and in her own words:

The past couple of years have been eye opening and intense. Wild highs and nerve-wracking lows. I started a record, decided to become a mother, and then kind of restarted the record. This became Glasshouse. 

I’m now looking forward to seeing Jessie in March 2018 at the O2 in Newcastle (tickets arrived this week!) Having never seen her live before I’m looking forward to her chatty approach to connecting with the audience and unbelievable vocals!

Malala

  • Not on Insta – don’t worry about it she doesn’t need to be.

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This was a special #WomanCrushWednesday as it happened to also fall on #internationaldayofthegirl. As someone who has done so much for girls all over the globe there was no one better than Malala for this special edition. Earlier that week Malala started her course at Oxford University with a powerful message to girls everywhere: 

5 years ago I was shot in an attempt to stop me from speaking out for girls’ education. Today I attend my first lectures at Oxford.

It’s so important to remember there are girls in every country of the world that do not have equal opportunities to other girls elsewhere or their male counterparts. Malala does her best to remind people of that and work towards change for the better.

Polly Nor

  • 774,000 followers on Instagram
 

Long days & Short Nights

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Polly’s artwork explores the secret world of women and their inner demons. Sounds interesting right? Ohh it is interesting! Think drawings of women unzipping their skin to reveal their inner demons carrying out their private habits (check it out!). Polly’s work is now turning into a cult movement with a clothing line and fans even committing to getting tattoos of her artwork. 

I haven’t gone that far myself but I do now own the tshirt. Probably going to invest in a printed illustration at some point too. And would love to visit one of her interactive exhibitions. But no tattoos. Yet. 

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Career Crush: Travel, Work and Friendship

The summer time for many people means that the holiday you booked and planned months in advance is finally near. You get to go out and purchase new swimwear, research the best beaches and finalise your travel itinerary. 

We do this because let’s face it; work sucks. Holidays are when you switch off the work email and have fun with friends. But what if your holiday was your job, and your work colleague was your best mate? And you basically got paid to travel? Whaaaaaat?

Well that’s what Natasha Oakley and Devin Brugman, or Tash and Dev as they call themselves, have achieved with absolute perfection, with their blog and brand, A Bikini A Day

A Bikini A Day Back Story 

It doesn’t sound like it was much of a rough starting point to the average girl living in the North East England as such, but it’s definitely a small-time to big-time success story. So, Tash and Dev were living and working in Hawaii shooting look books and videos for local swimwear brands. Sounds like a pretty good job so far, right?

Then they went travelling but kept their connections with the swimwear brands and started sharing pictures wearing said bikinis on the relatively new social network, Instagram. They took this simple idea and turned it into a fully fledged blog with travel and swimwear related content and named it, A Bikini A Day. Amassing a huge following this hobby quickly became a full-time job for both women.

A Day in the Bikini Life

OK so a comparison here would be helpful…

My social media: A snap of my lunch, quick video of my dogs and possibly a picture of my trip to the gym for good measure. 

Their social media: exclusive fashion party in the Hamptons, photoshoot on a beach in Turks and Caicos and definitely boat trips off the Amalfi coast. (I would love to share tons of their pictures but can’t because they aren’t my pics to share! – So head to their Instagram here or I have embedded a few Tweets of theirs throughout). 

This might make some people envious or slightly irritated. But these women are always working. The difference is they have managed to carve a career out of doing something they love and other people want too. In Tash’s own words:

“It’s a full-time, all-consuming job to be constantly creating content.” – Harpers Bazaar, 2016

Moral of the story is: find something you love and turn it into something that’s useful to other people too. 

A Blog that Works

With an endless stream of the type of share-worthy content everyone loves; from bikini reviews and healthy recipes, to the best suncreams and stylish beach bags, A Bikini A Day is a blog designed to fuel the ultimate traveller day dream. 

Starting out as photographers and bloggers themselves, Tash and Dev have continued to shoot and edit their own blog content, even with an audience well into the millions, located all across the globe. 

Making Waves

Tash and Dev now have their own bikini brand; Monday Swimwear. The reason for the name..?

“Because when you’re in a bikini on a Monday, you’re having a good day.” – Monday Swimwear

Fair play. As bikini experts they have managed to source the best fabrics in mix and match shapes and sizing to suit a variety of body shapes (only up to size 16 though I would mention as a downfall). But I really want one. They price at around ยฃ120 though, so this is unlikely for me. They also launched an activewear range; Monday Active and have multiple design collaborations with brands including Guess, Revolve and over in the UK, Missguided

Travel and Life Inspiration

If you’re looking for travel inspiration, or even if you have just booked a holiday, don’t forget to check in with A Bikini A Day blog as they have lots of tips for the best products for skin and hair protection in the sun as well as unique places to visit. Plus, if you have started working on a project with a friend that you love, just look at how it’s turned out for Tash and Dev – anything is possible. Dream big, work hard and have fun.

This Girl Can – and Phenomenal Women Will

Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign sparked a conversation a year ago that hasn’t stopped. It returned to our TV screens and social media a week ago and is already having phenomenal impact – especially with it’s new message to women; that it’s OK to start again. 

You’ve got two burpees left and your legs feel like two planks of wood, but you’re not stopping when every single person at the bootcamp is screaming your name. You sit down at the leg press machine at the gym and today, you’re going to push yourself a little more, so you move the metal pin down a notch pressing the heaviest weights you ever have *smug face. There’s never enough hours in the day, but a quick run around the block is better than nothing at all, so you go for it and with your short window, you actually achieve a personal best… 

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Lydia, 29, hated P.E., loves roller derby.

This Girl Can – but how do you get there?

Working out can fill you with an enormous sense of pride and achievement, but what about if you stop? When you stop for a week, a week can easily become a month and a few months all of sudden can become a year. The impending doom felt walking back into that class, gym or just stepping out solo on the tarmac, is enough to weigh heavy on anyone’s shoulders. Quite frankly, it’s awful. 

I used to go to dance school three or four times a week plus doing sports at school. During uni and my working life I’ve tried a few different things; I tried the gym and even going to dance classes again. But the gym was a whole new world of intimidating machinery and dancing felt embarrassing as I couldn’t do anything I was able to do all those years ago. Group classes at the gym were tough and without even a basic fitness level, (I smoke cigarettes and drink wine like it’s water) I started telling myself I needed to go to the gym alone before starting again at a group class, just to make sure I could do it (excuses, excuses). 

This Girl Can – and it’s OK to feel nervous

When I looked into the latest campaign for This Girl Can, I was actually relieved to see so many other people shared this feeling of anxiety about getting back into working out (not that I want people to feel anxious, but it’s nice to know you’re not alone).

“Many of the women weโ€™ve featured talk about stopping, then starting again. It can feel like the hardest thing in the world to return after a few weeks off, when you fear youโ€™ve lost ground or fitness, but we want to surface this as a discussion point, to say itโ€™s normal to take a break, but that neednโ€™t stop you for good.”

 – Sport England chief executive Jennie Price, Feb 2017

This year, I have a motivating factor that I’m getting married and I just want to be fitter and healthier. So I’ve started learning kickboxing, because I need something that keeps me focused on learning something new (running on a treadmill is mind-numbing to me). My partner and I also do a weekly strength and conditioning session together with our trainer. Plus, I’m starting to get into weights more at the gym in my own time. 

So I’ve finally found my way back to sport and more than anything I feel like me again. I always considered myself a busy and active person, and now I really am, plus I’m aiming to be the fittest I’ve ever been. Because, why not? 

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This Girl Can – and she’s going to make waves

Sport England has returned with it’s latest advert for the This Girl Can campaign to keep the positive momentum going and to continue to inspire and connect with a female audience – because believe it or not there is still a big gender gap in sport participation. 

“…the job is far from done. With a gender gap of 1.73 million fewer women playing sport compared to men, we need to keep getting the message out there that women come in all shapes and sizes and levels of ability, and they should all feel able to exercise and play sport.”

– Sport England chief executive Jennie Price, Jan 2016

This year, the target age demographic has widened; originally targeting 14-40 year olds, this year’s campaign focuses on 14-60 year olds. If the success of the original campaign is anything to go by, with a whopping 2.8 million women saying they did more sporting activity as a result of the campaign, (Sport England, Feb 2017) then this year’s is set to inspire even more, including that older demographic.

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Sue, 67, cold water gives her a buzz.

Just check out 67-year-old Sue who enjoys cold water swimming (!) To overcome the anxiety of getting back into something, or even starting something new, maybe consider what motivates you to be active then find the right activity to suit your lifestyle – there’s so much out there to choose from! There’s everything from aerial trapeze to rave trampolining, but cold water swimming is absolutely not for me. I couldn’t possibly think of anything much worse, but props to anyone that chooses to do this! 

This Girl Can – and nothing will stop her

Personally, I have always whinged about going to fitness classes. My mum used to tell me as she pushed me towards the car, “you’ll be fine when you get there” (a phrase that covered a multitude of foot-stomping situations, see also: ‘getting to school when feeling sick’). But I always was fine. In fact, I was more than fine, I was really happy. So take the advice from my mum, because ‘Mum knows best’ and tell yourself, ‘you’ll be fine when you get there.’ Then you can feel extra surprised when you feel phenomenal when you’re done. 

This Girl Can – watch the full advert

 Click to watch the full 2017 This Girl Can advert from Sport England.

Featuring words by Maya Angelou and soundtrack by Beth Ditto. 

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