Nothing sets you up for a full day of soaking up the sun like a good book to read. So, if you’re anything like us Miss S girls, you’ll need a library of novels to take on holiday with you. Here’s some of our fave picks…
The one turned into big screen : Big Little Lies – Liane Moriaty
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have heard of Big Little Lies and if you’ve managed to escape finding out what happens, then you’re in for a treat. The lives of three troubled mothers are intertwined when a murder takes place. BUT unlike other classic ‘who-dunnits’ you don’t find out who’s murdered, or who the murderer is until the very end…
Our Jersey MAA, Amie was hooked: ‘I couldn’t put the book down! The chapters were short and drama-filled which was great for frequent breaks to dip in the pool when it was too hot!’. Apply the sun cream and get ready to get stuck into this murder mystery with a twist.
The celebrity autobiography one: My Thoughts Exactly- Lily Allen
Always one to divide opinion, Lily Allen’s autobiography caused quite the stir when it was released. Love her or hate her, this memoir is incredibly captivating, and definitely makes you look at her in a different way. Despite what you think you know, she has a very different story to tell.
Lily charts her quick rise to fame and even quicker fall from grace in a funny, honest and at times difficult to read story. If you’re looking for a good celebrity autobiography for your holiday, this is definitely the one to grab.
The one that everyone’s talking about: Normal People – Sally Rooney
Becoming a cult phenomenon seemingly overnight, Sally Rooney’s novels are big news RN. Her second, Normal People, is at the top of everyone’s reading list at the moment and definitely one to pack in your hand luggage.
Normal People traces two people’s lives that ordinarily wouldn’t have collided but become interwoven in high school via their social circles and decisions. It’s easy to become invested in the characters and although there’s no real plot you constantly want to know what’s going to happen. Sounds heavy, but stick with it.
Also, the cover looks great on your Insta feed
The one that makes you think: Vox – Christina Dalcher
Looking for a book to really get you thinking? Vox is a novel set in a dystopian world where women are second-class citizens (*eye roll*) and are only allowed to speak 100 words a day or risk punishment. Digital Designer extraordinaire, Beth couldn’t put it down: “I really enjoyed The Handmaid’s Tale and this is a similar kind of thing, although the real-life parallels are quite scary!”
One to mull over post tanning session.
The one to keep you up at night: Behind Her Eyes- Sarah Pinborough
Love a thriller? Well, you’ve met your match. This is one to read in the daytime and not in the dark.
Behind Her Eyes centres around the life of single mum, Louise, who embarks on a risky relationship with her boss and ends up becoming BFFs with his wife. As Louise gets closer to them both she discovers all is not what it seems. Trust us, the ending will blow your mind.
Grab a beachside cocktail and buckle up…
The one you can’t put down: How Do You Like Me Now? – Holly Bourne
Meet the millennial Bridget Jones and your new BFF.
The book is about the life of Tori Bailey, an influential author and inspiration to thousands of women. However, she’s been living a lie and her real life isn’t anywhere near what she portrays. Luckily, she’s super funny and relatable, and you can’t stop reading!
Bex, the social controller LOVED it: “easily one of the best books I’ve read. I want to be Tori Bailey and be her best friend in equal parts. It should be a law that every girl reads this book.”
The one if you’re travelling solo: Everything I Know About Love – Dolly Alderton
It feels like every woman and their dog has read this book, but if you haven’t then read it and if you have, read it again.
Dolly Alderton begins her memoir with a chapter on MSN messenger and if that doesn’t have you hooked and thinking ‘OMG THIS IS BOOK IS ABOUT ME’, then you’re probably a lost cause. Her book of dating disasters, friendship and hilarious anecdotes is the ultimate solo travel companion.
Let’s not judge a book by its cover either, but this one is super cute.
The one you didn’t think you’d enjoy, but did: Educated – Tara Westover
If you’re after something a little different to your usual reads, this is it. The initial premise sounds like a fiction novel, but this story is actually true life. Educated is a fascinating memoir about a girl living in a Morman family, whose parents do not believe in education or modern medicine. It details her struggles and how she came to form a completely new life for herself.
Our Digital Marketing Queen, Georgie, highly recommends it: “the twists and turns of the plot are almost unbelievable. It was so interesting to read about someone whose beginnings were completely different to my own”.
Time to increase the baggage allowance with all these to fit in…
Name of the Promotion: Rooftop Film Club competition
Country: Only open to residents of UK
Opening date: 00:00:01 22/07/2019
Closing date: 23:59:59 29/07/2019
How to enter:
Make sure you’re following both Miss Selfridge and @RooftopFilmClub on Instagram
Like this post, tag the 4 friends you would bring with you and make sure they are all following both accounts too
Number of winner(s): 1
How will the winner be chosen? The winner will be picked at random and contacted by Miss Selfridge via DM by 02/08/2019
Prize: 5 x lounge seat tickets to a Rooftop Film Club Screening, including bottomless popcorn and 1 x drink each! Tickets can be valid for any screening at the Peckham (Bussey Building) or Stratford (Roof East) locations from Monday – Thursday before the end of the season (approximately end of September
Tailoring just got a lot cooler. Working in much the same way as the humble trouser suit, the short suit is the answer to all style dilemmas. Looking effortlessly Instagram worthy, these perfect co-ords can be worn with any footwear and any top to suit the desired occasion. Plus mix and match the blazer and shorts with the rest of your wardrobe and you’ve got chic outfits all summer! You can thank us later…
2. Slip dressing
The big sister to the bias cut slip skirt, the slip dress is your ultimate summer staple. From desk to bar, occasions to festival, there’s nothing a slip dress cannot accommodate for. Throw a t-shirt underneath and pair with trainers for a laidback, casj feel, or glam up with heels and a beaded bag for the wedding season. Trust us when we say you need one in every colour.
3. Cycling shorts
Don’t be fooled by these ‘90s throwbacks, they’re an easier trend to pull off than one thinks. Cycling shorts are the answer to those weird weather days, when it’s hot but not and you still want to look hella stylish. Best served with anything oversized to balance out the tight leg fit. Your classic jeans and a nice top just got a SS19 revamp.
4. Gingham (anything)
Nothing quite says summer like a checkerboard print, whether it’s on your picnic blanket or your clothes. Gingham works in any colour, any style and is the ultimate co-ord combo, so there’s really no excuse. Keep it classic with blue palettes or inject some sunshine with mint green and coral hues.
5. Rope bags
Summer just isn’t the same without a rope bag anymore. Instantly updating any outfit with their holiday vibes, rope and woven bags are here to stay so invest quickly. Your go-tos are the macrame and beaded styles that look like they’ve come straight from an exotic market. The perfect finishing touch to an outfit for the beach, city break or just a day in the office.
A festival-ready playlist created just for Miss Selfridge by RINSE FM DJ Emerald Rose Lewis (coolest name EVER), get ready for your soundtrack of the summer
Emerald plays at the first edition of Afro Nation festival taking place in The Algarve in Portugal 1-4th August alongside the likes of Burna Boy, Wizkid, Davido, Femi Kuti, Ms Dynamite, Stefflon Don, IAMDDB, Octavian, Not3s, Steel Banglez. Get your tix here: https://afronationfestival.com/
Need more summer inspo? Head here, fellow traveller.
Your summer holiday just called, she’s on the way. Whether you’ve had your beach festival planned since last year or you’ve just decided on a weekend getaway, here’s some serious packing inspiration.
Beach: Ibiza, Mexico, Lagos, Puglia
Photo by Mikulas Prokop
Packing for a summer holiday should be easy but we’ll always end up Googling ‘what to take to the beach’. Getting dressed in regular clothing after spending all day dozing by the pool is no easy feat, so your best bet is a bold and bright playsuit for those sweet summer nights.
Halterneck one-pieces are trending right now in a retro kinda way. Paired with a fluid, feminine beach skirt, it’s the perfect combo. What’s our top pick? This fresh white playsuit with concealed shorts
City break: Valetta, Calabria, Andalucia, Madrid
Photo by Johan Mouchet
So, you’re off on a city break. We recommend lightweight culotte trousers for easy, breezy metropolitan chic styling (seriously, the moped drivers won’t know what hit them). Broderie just screams ‘summer dreaming’, so all that’s left is to find your perfect sandals to slip around in.
Festival: Hideout, Primavera Sound, Boomtown, Glastonbury
Photo by Anthony DELANOIX
Nothing says festival like neon brights, co-ords and cute shorts. If you’re not into the whole bandeau and cycling shorts shebang, opt for a mesh long-sleeve (your layering masterpiece) or an asymmetric crop ready to dance all night in.
This week we’re reminiscing the life lessons learned from 10 Things I Hate About You, because this perfect rom-com officially turns 20! A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s Taming Of The Shrew, we fell in love with this cute flick instantly. Starring the late, great Heath Ledger (sob) as Patrick Verona, Julia Stiles as riot grrl Kat Stratford, Larisa Oleynik as princess Bianca Stratford and the adorable Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Cameron, let’s start from the top.
Always be yourself.
Case in point, Kat Stratford. From her first scene blaring Joan Jett anthem “Bad Reputation” at the traffic lights, to table-top dancing and telling Joey “Eat Me” Donner exactly where to go, Kat Stratford is and always will be our girl power icon.
Late ’90s style was the best.
On the cusp of ’00s and ’90s, this one’s more of a style lesson from 10 Things I Hate About You. Whether you’re into Bianca’s oh-so cute floral dresses and cardigans or Kat’s grunge khakis-and-a-top combo…
There’s a difference between like and love.
Just in case you didn’t know.
Widen your vocabulary
Whelmed. Verb: past tense: whelmed; past participle: whelmed. To engulf, submerge or bury.
Tempestuous. Adjective: characterized by strong and turbulent or conflicting emotion.
We even learned a little French. Use this one on your crush.”Laissez-moi vous poser une question, Cameron. Quand allez-vous me demander de sortir?” which translates to “Let me ask you a question, Cameron. When are you going to ask me out?”
More life lessons learned from 10 Things I Hate About You. Feeling a little unsure of yourself? “You don’t always have to be what they want you to be, you know?”. Imposter syndrome? “Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want”. Unsure about what to do next in life? “I don’t like to do what people expect. Why should I live up to other people’s expectations instead of my own?”. The inspiration is endless.
Gina Martin is an out-and-out #MissBoss. Just 27, she’s managed to rack up a CV that’s totally inspiring us, just in time for Women’s History Month.
So Gina, tell us about your career journey so far – we’re dying to know about how you got started on the road to making history.
I studied Advertising in University and then moved to London, working unpaid for nine months, living in the storeroom of a pub for free until I landed my first big ad campaign. I worked in that crazy industry for six years and then in July 2017, when I was at a festival, some guys who were hitting on me took photos up my skirt to teach me a lesson for rejecting them. I handed the phone, pictures and one of the guys into the police but was told they couldn’t help me, so I set about putting my knowledge of social media to work and started an online campaign which led to me getting a lawyer and lobbying the government!
Were there any moments where you thought ‘this might not happen’? What did you do to encourage yourself?
Yes. A lot. The only thing that really kept me going was deciding that the process doesn’t get to decide when I stop. I decide when it stops because I created it. I used to say to myself “whatever happens, whatever goes wrong, I will do it simply because I just won’t stop.”
How do you feel about social media and it’s impact (positive or negative) at the moment?
I feel like there is a huge amount social platforms need to be doing to make their spaces safer and better regulated. I feel like there is a HUGE opportunity for good with social media and all of us need to be better bystanders online.
What does Women’s History Month mean to you?
An opportunity to reflect on what we’ve achieved in the last year, ask ourselves some uncomfortable questions and reset our goals for the next year.
Inspiration wise, what helps when you’re feeling stuck?
It’s easier for me now as I’m surrounded by, and work, with inspiring people every day. But when I was doing this work with no recognition I used to listen to a lot of podcasts and read to keep my brain switched on to the problems. I also met up with close friends who cared about the same issues as I did to keep the conversation and challenges fresh in my head.
Do you have any advice for other women who want to make changes in everyday life but perhaps don’t know where to start?
Think about what you’re good at, then think about what you care about most (the kind of issue you can’t stop talking about after a couple of drinks!). Put those two things together. That’s where the magic happens.
What’s next for your career?
I’m writing a book called BE THE CHANGE: A Toolkit For Activism which is chock full of all the things I learnt through this work that I never could have Googled. It’s full of practical advice on how to push for change at any level. Generally, I want to show people that us “regular people” can change things in a big way.
That’s amazing news! Your (perfectly designed) Insta caption definitely inspired us to be ‘activitists-in-training‘. What would you say is the best career decision you’ve ever made?
Deciding to leave a job when I still loved it. Staying until you aren’t getting anything more from it is a waste of time. Get what you need from that job, when you feel yourself starting to coast, get out and get challenged again.
Such good advice, especially when most of our parents come from the generation of staying in a job for 10 years+. Okay, last question – who’s a #MissBoss in your life?
My sister, Stevie. She works so insanely hard as a comedian, writer, podcaster, activist and journalist. I’ve never met someone so resilient in my life.
Gina, you’re a star. For more #MissBoss wisdom, head here and here.