The Monthly Scrapbook | August

August has been a pretty sick month. It started with me getting a little side job that includes writing articles for a blog just before I jetted off with Aaron’s family to Mallorca for a week’s summer holiday. While I was there I was messaged asking if I could come in for an interview at an Italian restaurant. And the next week, there I was, serving pizza and pouring Peroni. It’s been a hectic month but I definitely can’t complain. Below are three highlights from the wonderful month of August!

IMG_3600.JPGGoing on holiday has to be the first highlight. I took it as an opportunity to be truly lazy. I’m used to being all “go, go, goooo!” when I head off into the clouds and to another part of the world. Although we did explore a fair amount, I enjoyed simply slipping on my swimming cozzie and lazily cooling off in the sea. We stayed in an apartment in Port de Pollenca and it’s a really gorgeous location. Recharging the old batteries, reading a new book and eating as much ice cream as possible felt pretty five star as holidays go.

IMG_3972Another highlight is another event I’ve spoken about on the blog before. A couple of weeks ago, Aaron and I went to feed giraffes at Longleat Safari Park. Afterwards we got to make the most of the rest of the park and it was one of the best Sundays ever. I feel so childishly happy when I’m surrounded by animals and it was fun to have a busy Sunday to slot in between lots of days full of work either side.

IMG_4000Last Friday I visited my friend, Callum, from university. Since first year we both claimed we wanted to move to London after uni and he’s actually done it! After a terrible journey on the train, I was delighted to step into sunny London to catch up with my pal. We grabbed an ice cream and chilled for a couple of hours in Green Park. On our way to Covent Garden we took part in some light tourism before we purchased £5.80 beers (eyes widened as we reluctantly handed over our debit cards) and nattered until I had to go home.

Hopefully I’m now in the swing of this adult working business and September will seem less ohmygoodnesslifeissohectic. Although there’s nothing like a bit of self-induced stress which I have decided to give myself in form of challenging myself to blog every day in September. *Hides from Future Kat coming to tell me off.*

~ Kat ~


A Letter to Guest Writers | Feminism Up

To (Potential) Guest Writer,

Feminism Up is a monthly online newsletter that aims to encourage discussion about sexism, inequality and feminism. As a result, Feminism Up wants to encourage everybody to call themselves a feminist. Each month the newsletter includes six articles, featuring four fabulous guest writers to share their super duper important voices while I contribute two articles. Each issue of the newsletter will be released on the first of the month at 8pm. While it aspires to explore the global and terrifying issues that feminism faces, Feminism Up also wants to hear the stories of everyday sexism. Maybe if we start with what can seem like the little things, we can, by default, conquer the really big things.

If you’re interested in becoming a writer, there are just a couple of rules:

  • While I don’t want to agree with everything you say (I want to debate, understand and learn new things), if I feel the tone or argument of an article goes against what I wish Feminism Up to stand for, I may ask you to alter articles, explore another topic or consequently feel unable to accept an article altogether. I urge writers to understand this before sending Feminism Up any articles or thoughts.
  • My least favourite rule is the deadline rule (yuck!). I’m very aware that without writers Feminism Up wouldn’t work and therefore don’t want to put pressure on anybody but annoying deadlines are a necessity. If you want to contribute an article but can’t commit to a particular issue, that is absolutely fine and you can either take a slot for an issue however far in the future or even just make me aware that you, one day, want to be a Feminism Up contributor. If we’ve agreed on which issue you are contributing to, I ask to receive your article (to between the 20th and the 24th (at the very latest) of the month before the release date.

More about your article:

  • Your topic must link – in a discreet or an obvious way – to the need of feminism and/or suggest what feminism can do to help. Hopefully this will promote the idea that we should all call ourselves a feminist.
  • Your article must be between 700 and 1,400 words.
  • I don’t intend to control the topic of the article you write but if you’re stuck, I’m more than happy to have a discussion with you and throw some ideas around. I do like to to know any ideas before you submit an article.
  • Feminism Up wants anything from book reviews to thoughts on any relevant news topics to pieces about fictional characters that help or don’t help feminism. Articles can be a traditional essay or they can be satirical; they can take form in the shape of a letter, a script or a listicle.
  • If there’s more than one topic you’re excited about exploring then you can contribute again!

My role:

  • I’ll edit each piece and am happy to send back edited versions to the writer to check they’re happy with any changes (if requested). I may also contact you with suggestions or questions! Every article aims to remain at least 95% the same as the original.
  • I may ask if I can take photographs of you for the article and also use them to promote the newsletter and feminism across social media.
  • Similarly I may quote your article on Feminism Up’s Twitter or Instagram. Alternatively, if you wish to write a little something else for the Instagram, I’ll take some snaps of you and accompany an Instagram post with your words. These captions should be no more than 150 words long.

Unfortunately I can’t offer payment for articles but am happy to promote your social media, blog or anything similar if you so wish. If you live in the UK, I’ll most definitely send a “thank you” in some, way, shape or form. I’m very appreciative of everyone that helps my little project out and adore reading everybody’s words. You can contact me via email or any Feminism Up social media. I can’t wait to hear from you!

In the mean time, Feminism Up!

Love from,


Feminism Up needs you. I’ve recently written up a document I intend on sending to those who are interested in becoming a guest writer. I decided to publish it on the blog too in case anyone who comes across my blog wants to get involved. I want the newsletter to branch out; to hear as many different voices as possible. I’ve spoken about Feminism Up a lot on the blog but thought this letter might; 1. Give any of you an idea of what Feminism Up is looking for and, 2. Clarify as much as possible. I’d firstly recommend you check out the newsletter (which you can sign up to HERE) to work out if it’s the kind of project you want to get involved with. If you have any more questions, please let me know! ❤

~ Kat ~

A Sunday at Longleat Safari Park

After a wonderful morning feeding and admiring the giraffes, Aaron and I continued to explore the rest of Longleat as tickets to the park and safari are included with the VIP Giraffe Experience voucher we were gifted. Although the day was tiring and very long, we spent the whole day looking smiley because of how wonderful Longleat Safari Park really is. I had been excited for this Sunday in the weeks that preceded it because of the fond memories I associate with Longleat. And the park really, really didn’t disappoint. It’s a fabulous day out.

IMG_3982After grabbing a bacon baguette and a sausage bap at the pretty well-priced cafe that sits at the beginning of the safari, I purchased some giraffe ears (a necessity) from the gift shop and we said hello to the pygmy goats playing on their little goat park, the lemurs and the wallabies! After this we ventured through the drive through Safari for the next hour or so. We had a final wave to the giraffes and zebras at African village as we listened to the complimentary Safari drive-thru CD we were given. I adored all the animals but, because monkeys are my favourite animals, I fangirled a lot in the monkey drive-thru while Aaron feared for the life of his car. I also adored feeding the deer with a cup of food we paid for (£1).

IMG_3981We then leisurely dipped in and out of parts of the section of Longleat that feels like an animal version of Disneyland; only placed in the lovely destination of Bath. Aaron and I took on the “hardest maze in the world,” where, we beat what we considered to be the world record; getting to the middle within 12 minutes. *Grins bashfully.* I fed the gorgeous rainbow lorikeet and one sat on my head while zoo-goers laughed and pointed. Among visiting the homes of other animals, we queued up for the lovely little boat ride I remember from my childhood very well. I think, other than getting to see Kate (the giraffe) so closely and watching monkeys do their thing, it’s my favourite part of the park. It rained as we hopped on but it felt quite lovely. We spotted hippopotamuses while the guide told us scary facts about them. We admired the gorillas and “aw”d at the funny sealions.

IMG_3987IMG_3988IMG_3979After wandering around Longleat House, seeing the bats and taking on the mirror maze, we popped into the sweet shop to get ourselves some supplies for the trip home. We bought a bottle of red to work on my bottle-opening skills (I now work at an Italian restaurant), caught up on Suits (seriously, how good is this series?!) and cooked dinner together. I’ll remember Sunday 20th as one of my favourite Sundays and I completely recommend Longleat Safari to anyone and everyone- I bet it would contribute to some of your favourite memories too!

~ Kat ~

Feminism Up: Five Things I’ve Learnt

Feminism Up is a monthly newsletter I compile that aims to share the voices of anyone and everyone. It aims to encourage everyone to call themselves a feminist and, in turn, share their own version of feminism. In tackling every day sexism and archaic and disturbing sexism, I believe we can tackle the massive global issues feminism faces. I have definitely learnt a thing or five from this little passion project of mine. If you ever compile a newsletter or anything similar, you may find these tips and tricks useful in making the process a little smoother.


Picture from issue #4, to be released on September first.

Plan: From pictures to articles to spreading the word on social media, it all takes a lot of planning. Or it should do. Getting yourself into some kind of routine is vital. When Feminism Up is going smoothly is when I have at least three out of four of the next month’s writers ready to get writing while I’m sorting out the current issue. It’s when I have photos taken and ready to be edited half way through the month (I release the newsletter on the 1st of every month) and when the newsletter is completely edited and perfectly proof read three days before release.

Don’t be your own worst enemy: I can be so busy gathering articles from other writers and taking photographs of them that I put off writing my two pieces for an issue as well as putting off making the time to get the photos of me taken. It’ll be constantly on my mind that I haven’t written my pieces when this whole problem doesn’t make sense anyway… I adore writing about feminism.


Picture taken from issue #3, which you can receive if you sign up before 8pm (GMT) on September first.

Social media is your best friend: Despite all of its flaws, the array of social medias we use offer brilliant platforms to get your project heard; to gather some interest. You have to be pretty persistent. I find Instagram harder to post frequently (due to a lack of pictures) but Twitter is super easy to constantly update- not that I’m doing brilliantly with this tip. When I am, however, my project feels relevant.

Trust your writers: I have found that I have every reason to just trust what my writers are going to say. I have wonderful friends (and amazingly people I don’t even know) writing for my newsletter and, originally, I was simply grateful. I kind of thought they were just doing me a favour for the chocolate I’ve been promising them. But it’s nothing to do with me (hence a couple of writers I don’t know writing me awesome pieces). Feminism is a subject that inspires such passion and people love thinking about it; people love writing about it. It’s inspiring to know and gives me butterflies when I’m reading their pieces.

It doesn’t always go to plan: Sometimes things don’t go to plan. Whether someone who is supposed to help you doesn’t in the end or your newsletter doesn’t send properly (*nods knowingly*), that’s life and all that. When I sent out a draft of issue #1 rather than the actual copy (to everyone who had signed up), all I could do was face palm a couple of times, send it again and remember it’s a learning curve. *Shrugs triumphantly.*

You can sign up HERE but if you don’t, in the mean time, Feminism Up! ❤

~ Kat ~

P.S. You can follow Feminism Up on Twitter and Instagram or email with any thoughts, questions or newsletter entries at!

All that She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher

All that She Can See tells the story of Cherry; a baker who creates a little bit of magic to be tasted with every single bite. Only her bakery’s customers have no idea. But, after a slice, they do know they’ll be back soon. Once again, Carrie Hope Fletcher has written a story the oozes a heaped tablespoon of magic with a slice of an endearing love story. This time there is quite the portion of adventure too. Cherry has a party trick that proves to be a little more terrifying than rolling your tongue or crossing your eyes. She can see the worst parts of people; whether they are haunted by Loneliness or Mischief. Little does she know, she is less alone with this skill than she first thought.

IMG_3834.JPGWhile the book is endearing, charming and delicately so, it’s also exciting and adventure-packed. Essentially, it’s the whole shebang. The novel begins with sweet Cherry anxiously taking on the UK with her little bakery business and we soon realise All the She Can See is a story of our lovely protagonist’s progression. We egg her on to bake up some confidence and take on the local villain, Chase. He chooses to mess with the locals’ feelings rather than translate them into some goodness.

Maybe the most poignant theme of the novel is friendship. Cherry bakes up a summer day and brings it with her wherever she goes; creating friendships with all of the locals. Meanwhile Chase is baking up a storm and we, as readers, instead fall for the support Cherry offers, and the locals offer it right back at her. The calm, of course, does precede something less so tasty. I loved the pace of the novel; it developed gradually, allowing tensions to rise, eyes to widen and therefore, the pages to be turned more and more quickly.

I read this on holiday a couple of weeks ago and it was such a good sunshine companion. I highly recommend that you pack it in your suitcase if you’re going away because you click with Cherry instantly, wanting her to be your friend (and drooling at all of the cakes). Meanwhile you enjoy escaping to another world that oozes a perfect dusting of magic to accompany you on your own little escape to magic (sun, sand and water).

The story brings us moments that offer bittersweet discomfort; and thank-goodness-relief that makes up for it. All that She Can See combines a delightfully sweet tale with a sprinkle of fantasy. It’s sweet and sour and it’s bloomin’ brilliant at being just that.

~ Kat ~

Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel | Feminism Up

Not only do the strands of feminism differ slightly or even dramatically, but so do our own versions of feminism. I believe my feminism is different to anyone else’s as it’s shaped by my own experiences, my background and who I am. However, since compiling this newsletter that tells the experiences of men and women alike, one quality of many writers’ feminism appears recurrent: gender expectations. My own experiences have repeatedly seen my gender as a marker of how I should act, what I should wear and even what I should order at a bar. While they may sometimes seem trivial (and they sometimes are), they leave me questioning what birthed such thoughts. Most of the time, comments I experience laced with gender expectations appear to be children of that pesky patriarchy.

IMG_3768“Kathryn, that’s not very womanly of you,” “… For a girl” and “You want a beer?” would be the first three tracks of my debut album if someone would finally agree to fund it. However, with a glass half full attitude, if we keep addressing both the ridiculous and also frightening gender expectations, we really might be able to pour the notion down the sink once and for all.

1. Kathryn, that’s not very womanly of you

Track one’s inspiration began along time ago, in a place not so far away. While my character has never been traditionally “boyish”/”manly,” nor has it been traditionally “girly”/”womanly.” Once again, Feminism Up is no stranger to discussing this restrictive recipe for A Gin-der Exclusive Cocktail. It’s an impossible aim to suggest even one of us can fit the mould of a “manly man” or a “girly girl” perfectly. Yet, my love for Star Wars Battlefront 2, fashion choices that see me wearing a movie-print T-shirt and jeans instead of a dress and ability to out-burp any male I have come across yet, has always apparently warranted sexism on draught. Should my ability to belch not simply be disgusting much like that of a guy’s? Not a silly burden on my own gender.

2. … For a girl

Track two captures the notion of receiving a compliment before it is destroyed with three little words. For as long as I can remember, any achievements my female peers or I achieved in a traditionally male-dominated area produced further segregation between the two genders. We would have run “really well… for a girl”; we’d have said something “funny… for a girl.” I myself once claimed, after potting a ball in a game of pool, that “I’m pretty good for a girl, aren’t I?” Thankfully a (male- not that this detail is particularly relevant) friend corrected my mistake, “No, you’re just good.” Our talents (and, as usual, this isn’t a story that only tells the female’s story) are restricted by the Gender Rule Book.

3. You want a beer?

As a 21 year old, I listen to track three the most. So much so that I used to hope no one would notice when I nursed a FOR MEN ONLY beverage at the pub. One time, as a bartender pulled a pint of sexism, he took my order, seeming confused. “Wait, he wants a beer and,” *turns to me* “you want a beer?” *I responded that he was correct.* “You drink beer?” I’ve been a fan of beer from my first sip and yet I’m so often called out on it. I’ve patronisingly been called a lad as if I’m the punchline of a joke; I’ve been made to feel like I’m only drinking it to be a lad. And just like that we create a world where a drink – a drink – is gendered.

I think this discussion needs to continue. While I feel lucky that I am a victim of these kind of gender expectations rather than heavier social forces, the conversation needs to continue. If we keep bottling up our feelings about subjects such as these, far more generations to come will still be fighting the battle. Call me naive, but tackling issues that are close to home like these could help tackle the issues we are grateful to call so very far away from home. Now I’ve got that off of my chest, it’s time for a beer.

This is an article from issue #3 of Feminism Up, a monthly online newsletter (that gets delivered straight to your inbox on every 1st of the month) that aims to encourage discussion about inequality, sexism and feminism. All the while, it aims to inspire everyone to call themselves a feminist. If you wish to, you can sign up to the newsletter HERE, follow the Instagram HERE, the Twitter HERE or email at! In the mean time, Feminism Up.

~ Kat ~

A Run with a View | Port de Pollenca

We don’t typically associate exercise with holiday. We go on a few more walks than normal but as soon as we’ve arrived back at Holiday HQ we’re looking forward to a few beers and a lot of tapas. And there is nothing wrong with that. While we wind down in the humid holiday heat, the much cooler morning will be promising to arrive and slipping on your trainers as the blue sky is already ready and waiting will be far more inviting than you might first assume.  I have aimed to run everywhere I visit. I haven’t entirely stuck to it, but on my holiday to Mallorca a couple of weeks ago, I did. It was wonderful and made me want to write about why you should run on holiday. Spoiler: I’m going to preach about why you just must run on holiday…


  1. Feeling fresh – Although running on a hangover has been proven to be a bad idea (among other reasons, it dehydrates you further- not good!), if you’ve had a pretty chilled evening in terms of the infamous holiday boozing, it could make you feel super fresh to start the day with a run! I go from feeling holiday groggy (I seem to just want way more sleep than I ever need at home when on holiday) to feeling pumped to get the next sunny day on the road.
  2. Happy and healthy – Along with feeling relaxed, making the most of the wonderful fruit abroad and making a few healthy choices here and there, running is going to make your body give you a round of applause. And it’s a good idea to let it praise you a few times on holiday.
  3. Adventure time – As I often insist this, I’ll insist again: It’s such a brilliant way to explore a place. You might find a few restaurants you want to try out, a quieter slice of beach and that ice cream flavour you’ve been waiting to try all week (just me?). The best way to get to know a place is by foot. Change up the walking for a run for one or two mornings during your stay!
  4. An early start – If you want to beat the intense midday onward heat like most of us, you’re gonna kick off your day pretty early. If you want to spend the day exploring, reading and finding the best food, a day inspired by an early morning run is a wonderful idea.
  5. That after-run dip – When your sprint finish is greeted by a delicious dip in the water, it will be confirmed that you could never regret a run on holiday. Whether you simply walk around, have a paddle or make it a full on biathlon, the water cools you down tremendously; and those endorphins, I believe, love your choices even more!

HolidaayPort de Pollenca provided us with the tastiest views. It was around about 30 degrees at seven o’clock and Aaron and I enjoyed the challenge. We ran all along the bay, finding new places to drink cocktails and headed all the way along to where I stayed seven years ago. Nostalgia flooded in and I smiled remembering little parts that make up the very lovely area of Mallorca. As runners, we were far from alone. They whizzed past us as we gulped our water too quickly and dreamt of breakfast. Shortly after holiday I surprised Aaron with a gift that revealed he is to run the Edinburgh half marathon with me next year. I’m just the worst loveliest girlfriend. It was fun to run alongside him for the first time in for ever, without him knowing that’ll it’ll become a regular occurrence as we train for 10 more miles than we ran that morning soon enough!

I’m a big believer in shoving some trainers in your suitcase (or popping them on for the flight for weight purposes). Get the whole family out or drag along your friend. You’ll laugh at the sweat dripping off of your forehead while fellow runners who are used to it look as if they have their own air con system. But it’ll all feel well worth it in the end!

~ Kat ~

The All Kicking and Splashing Workout

When I excitedly tell a friend that I will be attending my local Aquafit class on a particular evening, I’m greeted with the same response: I bet it’s full of older ladies and pregnant women. I’d be lying if I wasn’t expecting this to be the case when I first tried out the class. Of course it wouldn’t have mattered if the stereotype was true but I can confirm that it is, in fact, not true. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the class itself when I stepped into the pool early last month but, long story short, I’ve been once a week since.

Upon returning home from university this year I decided that I wanted to up my swimming game whilst also having a gym membership. For this reason I chose to sign up for the all-inclusive membership. Although people gasp at the monthly price, I have more than made my money back and a weekly class has definitely allowed this to be the case. Aquafit does me the world of good. You feel silly in the most fun kind of way. And *shock horror* you feel it. 

My mum has been injured for the last few months and since Aquafit is tagged as the perfect exercise for those who are injured, we knew the class was for us. Even if this is one of its main selling points (alongside a really brilliant selection of fitness benefits), it doesn’t mean that it’s not amazingly challenging. While the instructor demonstrates at the pool side, we amusingly struggle to keep up- the water naturally stopping us from being quite as speedy as them. From running to punching to side stepping, you immediately feel the brilliant struggle. Many exercises in our class also involves noodle water floats which assist exercises that more than make you feel the water resistance. It feels just as challenging – sometimes more challenging – than exercises I do in the gym that target the same areas!

When reading up about Aquafit before heading to the pool, I read an article that insisted it beats other workout classes because people can’t see what you’re doing- if you mess up, it’s all good! This is often the case which removes any WHAT IS HAPPENING anxiety. However, the instructor did once correct something I was doing which makes me question just how terribly I was carrying out that particular exercise! The workout class is just under an hour’s worth of fun, though. Rain or shine I feel as though I’m on holiday, giggling away in the pool while mum and I feel the burn, simultaneously questioning if we are doing anything at all right.

To conclude: Aquafit is stupidly fun and amazingly rewarding. Being in the pool relaxes my whole being (so zen). With a layer of dancing, punching and kicking, it’s easy to understand its popularity. If you’re wondering whether you should attend your local class or have never heard of it before, I more than recommend it. Workout classes can provide such quality social time and it’s awesome to have an hour a week with my mum, splashing and laughing on a Tuesday or a Thursday evening!

~ Kat ~

Skip Benefit, Not Class | Feminism Up

Feminism Up issue #3 is live and you can sign up to read it HERE! The August issue is full of interesting thoughts by brilliant writers. One thing I decided to personally address was Benefit’s Skip Class Not Concealer advert that attracted a lot of ugly attention- and, rightly so. Below is the first article of issue #3 and I’d love to find out what you think in the comments. Is it a step too far? Has it made you reconsider their values?

Issue threeeeBenefit Cosmetics is a popular beauty brand that sometimes packages its products with entirely unintelligent designs. I have been a fan of their They’re Real mascara for years now and have been delighted to open up minis of their products at Christmas. Their daring packaging is sometimes brilliant, but when it’s not, it’s really not. And their recent “Skip class not concealer” advertising has been well and truly dumped in the This Really Sucks pile. Rightly so, too. The advert sees a young woman who has just woken up accompanied by this tacky slogan that proves to be far more alarming than the clock in her hand.

So many girls around the world are forced out of education; so many aren’t even given the chance. Benefit’s advertising makes a mockery out of the education the girls purchasing this concealer are receiving. While education should be the norm, we must not take it for granted. Education should be celebrated, not considered unfashionable. Benefit have foolishly decided to promote the ugly idea that our looks may only be valid with the help of their concealer; that looks should always be placed above intelligence and working hard. A message so many high-profile figures have been working hard to abolish. Michelle Obama, Malala Yousafzai and Emma Watson are just a few that spring to mind. More than ever before, it’s cool to be smart; it’s cool to try hard. Let’s not undo all of this hard work with this advert so devoid of hope.

This campaign encourages (predominantly) young girls to feel uncomfortable in their own skin; a message we, of course, don’t want to be sending. The advert suggests using concealer is a necessity, not a choice. Young people (or anyone) should never feel pressured into wearing make-up and they most certainly shouldn’t be exposed to advertising that puts education as second best. So why are one of the world’s leading beauty brands choosing tacky and uninspiring advertising, over advertising that encourages us all to feel comfortable and empowered by our make-up choices?

Since my eyeliner-winged eyes widened at the sight of Benefit’s new icky advertising, I have done my research and found a handful more adverts that lack elegance. The company has not been shy of depicting a no make-up look alongside the word (wait for it… it’s a good one) “yuck.” The second picture will feature the same woman with their promoted product showcased and the word “wow!”… “Rolls eyes until develops a headache.* You don’t need to google for long to continue finding questionable adverts.

Make-up is an area that has always interested me in terms of feminism. Ever since I can remember the phrase, “She wears too much make-up” has been carelessly thrown around. Referring to people the speaker did know; referring to people the speaker didn’t know. When a male would wear make-up, this was also a noteworthy occasion; someone just had to say something. No one should be shamed for how they present themselves. Make-up or not make-up; female or male. Benefit’s recent advert puts pressure on the young girl that already feels alarmed by what she “should” and “should not” be doing or wearing, encouraging her to wrongly conclude that it’s far cooler to use make-up than to make the most of education. Feminism has also challenged the person who believes, in order to succeed, women must wear make-up. Benefit unfortunately doesn’t disagree, encouraging young girls to cover up imperfections before skipping class, thereby suggesting make-up is a marker of success; not engaging with education. Choosing to wear or not to wear make-up should be a choice; a choice that should never be considered influential in terms of one’s success.

It needs to be made known that we should not just turn a blind eye to campaigns such as these. Before last month I hadn’t thought twice about Benefit’s advertising; blindly taking part in consumerism without properly engaging with the thoughtless words. (And I’m an English graduate.) The “Skip class not concealer” advertising has definitely made me think twice about where my pennies are spent. I have decided I don’t want to pump money into a company that aren’t celebrating us all. For this reason, I will shortly be ditching my They’re Real mascara in exchange for a product that draws attention to my eyes that are eager to be educated.

Benefit: Detention for you.

~ Kat ~

Feminism Up: Issue #3

Pinch punch first of the month, sign up for Feminism Up issue #3 (for free!) and no returns! Feminism Up is the newsletter that encourages EVERYONE talk about feminism, sexism and equality, aiming for everyone to share their experiences in the newsletter and/or on the Instagram feed. Feminism Up wants to encourage as many people as possible to call themselves a feminist. You can sign up for the newsletter HERE, follow the Instagram HERE or Twitter HERE or contact me with any articles, ideas or questions at! You’ll receive issue #2 if you sign up before 8pm (GMT); if not, you can enjoy issue #3 with a cuppa whenever you like! Today, after discussing the brilliant articles in this month’s issue, I thought I’d talk about the people and things that influenced me to name myself a feminist.

FU3 (1).jpgIssue #3, like the other two issues, brings a collection of thoughts about sexism and feminism together in the most brilliant way. I’m super proud of it and the wonderful pieces the guest writers have written. Brooke (from over at The Coffee is Calling– go check her out!) has written about feminist books and how there is no “right” way to be a feminist. She also includes a fabulous reading list for those wanting to read up on feminism and I will certainly be dipping in and out of it! Next, my friend Sarah has written a brilliant piece about body expectations and why we need rid everyone of the weight of them. Marianne has explored subconscious sexism through highlighting lazy utterances from men and women alike that leave her feeling deflated. I promise you’ll read the post thinking, “I’ve heard that before.” Laura has written about why feminism is entirely compatible with her faith- a read I find massively interesting!

In my first piece I investigate Benefit’s new and terrible advert, “Skip class not concealer” as well as a few others that have caught my eyeliner-winged eye since. I will be posting this article over on the blog tomorrow because make-up and feminism has always been a topic that has interested me. My second piece explores gender expectations and a few that have been held against me; a few set utterances I have been a victim of, just because of the societal construct that is gender.

FemUp3.jpgAs I wrote in issue #1, the f word was (and still is) an icky word; a frightening word we should all leave in the history books. I knew years and years before I finally popped the letter F after my name (the easiest qualification one could ever achieve) that I admired the suffragettes and I believed in and wanted to promote equality. But something (called society) made me feel uneasy about the movement and, in turn, ignored it. Ignorance is bliss and all that. Towards the end of secondary school I felt quietly confident that I was everything a feminist stands for; by the end of sixth form I would call myself a feminist if it came up in conversation. After watching Emma Watson, Carrie Hope Fletcher talk about feminism as well as other YouTubers and reading How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran, I was ready to chat. *Claps for past Kat.* It’s about time.

Whether we’ve all noticed or not or if we’ve even cared or not, I believe everyone has been the subject of sexism at least a handful of times. At least. When I was younger, I found it funny that we’d learn about the suffragettes, my history teachers celebrating their efforts even though the movement seemed frozen in time. I found it funny we’d analyse and roll our eyes at adverts from way back when that displayed product promotion at the expense of women, but I was also getting told by my peers that I belonged in the kitchen- a “joke” that’s so tired and old and yet shrugged off (I have never not shrugged it off) repeatedly. Left, right and centre I was being sent conflicting messages.

While I try not to push the label “feminist” and prefer the belief is understood first and foremost (even if the aim of the newsletter is to spread the term), I so (hopefully not naively) believe we could all benefit from this term that can capture any person’s version of feminism. I began using the term “feminist” and talking more about the movement because why not have a HQ for all of our thoughts, worries and experiences? Please let me know any thoughts you have about the newsletter if you do sign up! And if you’d be interested in writing a piece (for the newsletter and/or Instagram) I really would love it if you got in touch! If not, in the mean time, feminism up!

~ Kat ~