A perfectly manicured and curated digital feed is the norm these days. Perhaps that’s why an increasing number of people are setting up second Instagram accounts: a private “Finstagram” to their public-facing “Rinstagram.” Think of it as your weekend, sweatpants-wearing self (Finstagram), lurking in the shadows behind your buttoned-up weekday self (Rinstagram). I explored this in a feature for The New York Post...
This time last year, my homie Lauren Mahon was diagnosed with the bitch that is breast cancer. Almost precisely 12 months later to the day, after a year of gruelling chemotherapy and radiation, she was declared tumour-free. Taking to her social media to provide an inspiringly honest and frank look at the low-lows of the battle, Lauren birthed a movement she hashtagged #GirlVSCancer.
It's funny to be writing this the day after taking to my Instagram stories for a cry about how hard it is at times to be freelance. That's the thing about being self-employed, there are lots of really cool highlights, but there's a lot of uncertainty, self-doubt and imposter syndrome etc, too. I wrote about being freelance a couple of months ago for success.com, you can read it here. Despite my little temporary black hole I found myself in yesterday, September's brought some pretty cool things with it, too.  TBH, writing this has made me feel a millionnnn times better and I guess maybe that's partly the point of it. We tend to give so much more importance to the negatives than the positives for some reason, and I guess this is partly my attempt at combatting that. From attending Rihanna's Fenty Beauty launch party to shooting for Marie Claire Arabia and more, highlights of the month below...
If you follow me on Instagram you might have gauged that I'm pretty much addicted to matcha. I first discovered the green-tea derivate in LA (where else!?) when I was there for a couple of months earlier this year. Coming back to London I couldn't tell if it was a case of what you look for you find but I suddenly saw it EVERYWHERE and have thus proceeded to guzzle my way around the whole of London. Along the way I've pretty much discovered everything there is to know about matcha including how extremely good it is for you. Finally something I'm obsessed with that isn't bad for me! Sharing is caring so now that I'm finally comfortable and secure enough in my relationship with matcha to know you can't steal her from me, here's the goss...
This month L'Oreal have been in the headlines quiiiite a bit. And not really in the all publicity is good publicity kind of way. The reason for the storm is the firing of Munroe Bergdorf, a black, transgender model who was part of their recently launched 'True Match' diversity campaign. When Munroe took to her private Facebook to express her feelings over the horrific situation occurring in Charlottesville she was branded "anti-white" and subsequently let go for the comments she made.
Potentially one of my biggest achievements to date was this summer being recognised as part of a new generation of "globetrotting Arab women" in the July / August issue of Harpers Bazaar Arabia. I have strong ties with my Middle Eastern heritage, as well as with my London roots, and so it was such an honour to be included in the latest issue of the magazine...
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