Inspiration is everywhere...
International Women’s Day is just over a week away (March 8th) and we’re feeling a chain reaction of positivity sparked by Women for Women International’s ‘She Inspires Me’ campaign. We hope you’ve been uplifted by the stories of women from all around the world, now try our top five things to inspire you this season.
Read: What is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi. Short stories are perfect for when you have a few minutes of snatched time and this highly anticipated collection is certain to offer a moment of escape. A series of intertwined tales built around the idea of keys spanning different times and landscapes, the book is actually released on International Women’s Day so pre-order it or get to a local bookshop for your copy.
Watch: A movie directed by a woman. Female directors are woefully under-represented in the film industry but here are some outstanding contributions to cinema from women around the world that you need to see (or revisit). Caramel is a Lebanese film about a beauty salon in Beirut and its role as a safe haven for the many women who visit it. For award-winning animation, see Persepolis, a tale about growing up during the Iranian Revolution from the perspective of heroine, Marji. Old and new India collide in Monsoon Wedding, the story of an arranged marriage with a joyful ending.
Eat: bentonite clay. You might think that this is something to put on your face (you can actually use it to make a mask) but it has been hailed as the superfood to try in 2016. This clay has been used for centuries to detoxify the body and with our modern, stress-filled, urban lifestyles, one could argue that we’re more in need of its bodily benefits than ever. Try dissolving ½ teaspoon in water each morning and drinking.
Go: back in time. With regards to your exercise, that is. For while new fitness classes that employ all the mod cons to raise our heart rate and boost our muscle mass are excellent for maintaining our health, the benefits of actually doing an activity that our ancestors might have enjoyed could have many plus points. Think riding, running, and swimming, learning to rock climb or even practising your archery skills. These functional activities stimulate brain and body – and more often than not, have the added benefit of getting us outdoors into the fresh air.
Carry: a Matt and Nat accessory. From weekend bags to satchels, handbags and tablet cases, this 100% vegan brand has been hotly tipped by fashion editors as the one to watch. So get inspired by brand fans, Fearne Cotton, Natalie Portman and Charlize Theron – and start shopping the ethical way.
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