Stories of 2019 #46: International Women’s Day

International women’s day is upon us! A day to celebrate the amazing women which paved the way to a better future for us, the women working tirelessly to make change, the women who you meet for coffee, the women who are your mum’s and all the other trailblazing women there are in this world today.

There really are some truly inspiring women today and I think it is so amazing also, that you can follow them on social media. Which more often than not leads me down the road of becoming a complete fan girl, scrolling down until I am back in 2010 or something… Admit it we have all been there!

To celebrate such a day, I thought I would tell you my ultimate female inspirations.

Serena Guen

She started one of my favourite magazines at the age of 22, whilst still undertaking her third year of university in Paris. Now, her innovative and beautifully crafted magazine is printed in 35 different countries alongside their ever-expanding website bursting with content. To take such a big step, where you have had to learn everything about the magazine industry, is truly inspiring and something, as a magazine journalist, would love to do. She had a passion, found a niche and went for it! Being 22 myself now, I am blown away buy her guts to just go for it. Taking inspiration from that, let alone all the other achievements Suitcase magazine has achieved.

Venetia Falconer

If you speak to me often, you will know I speak about Venetia a lot. She is my go-to podcast (Talking Tastebuds), YouTube channel and Instagram for all things sustainable, plant-based and food related. Her views on sustainability and the clothing industry have made me question my purchasing habits, which I never thought would happen, and made me think twice about the things I am consuming. Not only this but she is super cool and so creative with her food. I mean, just look at that bowl of goodness below…

Ella Mills

Sorry, another plant-based inspired pick but Ella Mills and her husband Matt, of Deliciously Ella have done so so well in building their brand and changing the way people see plant-based or vegan food. I recently bought their cookbook, which contains their whole business story, and it was really inspiring to see how they got started to where they are now. They simply began in a tiny kitchen serving their dishes through delivery apps to having their own deli in the center of London, a range of frozen meals and protein balls and two cook books, which is growing into three. I am also a big fan of their podcast where they discuss all issues surround health and well being, including lessons in happiness, diet myths unpicked and marathon training 101.

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Chocolate chip pancakes with chocolate sauce and raspberries. Happy pancake day 🥞 To make these… and don’t forget we’re making pancakes all day at the deli too! For the pancakes 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1 teaspoon of chia seeds, 1 tablespoon maple syrup, 400ml almond or oat milk, 200g plain white self-raising flour (we use a gf one), 150g Deliciously Ella Bircher Muesli (or you can use porridge oats), 2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted – plus more for frying), handful of chocolate chips, pinch of sea salt. For the chocolate sauce: 280ml coconut milk (from a carton, not a tin), 4 tablespoons cacao powder, 70g coconut sugar, 1 teaspoon arrowroot powder dissolved in 2 teaspoons warm water (this thickens the sauce but you can skip and just have less milk), pinch of salt salt To make the sauce, simply heat the ingredients in a pan over a medium heat for 8–10 minutes, whisking until it turns into a smooth, creamy sauce. Then set to one side while you make the pancakes. To make the pancakes: Stir all the ingredients together to form a smooth, thick batter. Warm a tablespoon of coconut oil in a pan over a medium heat. Once the pan is hot and the oil has melted, spoon in a large tablespoon of pancake batter into the pan. Cook on one side for 3-4 minutes until it’s golden, before turning and cooking the other side for 2-3 minutes until cooked through. Remove and repeat until all of the batter is finished 🙏🏼

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Fearne Cotton

Selfies at five in the morning, stories of her doing yoga at sunrise and images with wonky pears – this is why I love Fearne. She tells it how it is. She uses Instagram how it is meant to be used, uploading relatable and unstaged images, creating the instant effect. Her captions also have a big impact, speaking a lot about her mental health and the daily life of Fearne Cotton. Her unfiltered way she uses social media I think is inspirational within itself. (Also, another one with a great podcast… Happy Place)

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Bryony Gordon

I did not know much about Bryony, until I was listening to a podcast where she was a guest and was speaking about her experience with mental health and running (she ran a marathon in her undies – amazing). Interested by what she was saying, that night I started reading her book, Eat, Drink, Run. I think I finished it within a few days, I was so engrossed. She has suffered so much with her mental health and the way she has gained so much confidence through running is so motivating. Her story really brings to light how much people can be affected by mental health. Not only has she wrote books sharing her experiences but she has raised money for charity, created a meet-up with people sharing the same mental health experience which has gone world-wide and she completely is herself on social media which I think is amazing. I love her – simply put. Also, her and her husband make me laugh in the book! Highly recommend reading.

Loraine and Sian Paine

Awww, I had to include my mum and sister! Wonder women in my eyes. They both work so hard, look after their homes and deal with me (lol I know can be hard) and are both so loving and kind. What I would do without them both, I do not know. But they constantly inspire me so I saved the best till last.

Which women inspire you?