Culture

7 ways the patriarchy has failed me, personally

Let's get a few things out the way. I am a very privileged woman. I grew up with parents who told me I could be anyone I wanted to be. I've always been surrounded by strong women. I am relatively middle-class living in a modern, multi-cultural city. I've never been assaulted, raped or abused. I… Continue reading 7 ways the patriarchy has failed me, personally

Culture

How to be a basic bitch when the sun comes out

Last week, the sun finally came out in London. The parks were full of sunbathers, the beer gardens full of revellers, and the whole city (particularly South West) was absolutely swarming with basic bitches. It's not that they weren't there in the winter - the basic bitch is instantly recognisable in the colder months too.… Continue reading How to be a basic bitch when the sun comes out

Interviews

Talking self-doubt, imposter syndrome and doing the things that scare you with Stevie Martin

If you bump into me on the Jubilee Line on a Tuesday morning, I should warn you that I won't take my headphones out to say hello because I'll be listening to the Debrief podcast. If you haven't already listened (or heard me rambling on about it), it's a weekly show hosted by writer/journalist/comedians Tessa… Continue reading Talking self-doubt, imposter syndrome and doing the things that scare you with Stevie Martin

Culture

The February Round-Up: Depressing documentaries, drag queens and all the Glossier

Oh look, it's your favourite #Influencer back with her monthly round-up of all the things she's been watching, reading, listening to and obsessing over (it's a few days late, but that's fashionable, right?) February has been a very busy and eventful month for me. I got a Monzo card, and subsequently gave everyone I know… Continue reading The February Round-Up: Depressing documentaries, drag queens and all the Glossier

Essays

My version of love

I have to admit, I'm not the biggest fan of the cultural phenomenon that is Valentine's Day. There's something mildly icky about panic-buying the same old bunches of roses, boxes of chocolates and cringey cards, paying double for hotel rooms and sitting knee-to-knee with other couples in overpriced restaurants with heart-shaped confetti all over the… Continue reading My version of love

Essays

Relationship status with social media: ‘It’s Complicated’

I know what you're thinking: Arielle, you love social media. You're always tagging friends in memes on Facebook, drunkenly snapchatting your friends singing in ubers, tweeting #JournoRequests and writing excessively long captions on Instagram. Yes, yes, I know. I live in the social media bubble just as much as the next millennial. I probably unlock… Continue reading Relationship status with social media: ‘It’s Complicated’

Culture

Why you (a fully functioning adult) need Disney to keep you sane

I've developed a new addiction these past couple of weeks while I've been sick with bronchitis (ain't nobody got time for dat). I'm not talking about painkillers - although that has happened before, but that's a different story for a different day. No, I'm talking about a movie that came out last year. It's called… Continue reading Why you (a fully functioning adult) need Disney to keep you sane

Culture

How to be a graduate basic bitch in London

Those of you who have been fans of my work since the beginning (hi Mum) will remember my groundbreaking article on The Tab, 'A comprehensive manual on becoming an EX4 basic betch.' It was, I'm told, an incredibly useful guide on becoming basic enough to fit in at Exeter. I've lived permanently in London for… Continue reading How to be a graduate basic bitch in London