Due to frequent travelling last week I wasn’t able to post My week in Press, but here’s this week’s ! I hope you had a wonderful week and weekend. 🙂

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My week of press was full of fashion trends, celebrity diets, beauty tips, and philosophical reflexions.

Hope you had a lovely week!

Wednesday:

Stylist Danielle Nachmani Still Dresses How She Did in High School, Haley Nahman, Man Repeller

I Tried the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Diet, Harling Ross, Man Repeller

The Summer Trends Teens Actually Care About, Amelia Diamond, Man Repeller

Body Hair: Do You Shave, Wax, Laser or Leave it?, Haley Nahman, Man Repeller

Thursday:

Body Hair: Do You Shave, Wax, Laser or Leave it?, Haley Nahman, Man Repeller

6 Things That Are Aging You Inside and Out, Dr. Robin Berzin, Man Repeller

The Story of Your Life, As Told By Your Bras, Harling Ross, Man Repeller

In Defence of Discomfort, Betti Baudelaire, Love From Berlin

This Is How Fashion Editors Always Find the Best of the Sales, EMMA SPEDDING, Who What Wear

THREE REASONS WHY CULOTTES ARE STILL A GOOD IDEA, Media Marmalade

HOW TO PERFECT YOUR EVERYDAY WORK WEAR, Media Marmalade

I Almost Broke Up With a Guy Over His Myers-Briggs Results, Haley Nahman, Man Repeller

How Shopping on a Budget Changed My Style, Haley Nahman, Man Repeller

Friday:

When You Want Kids, But Your Partner Doesn’t, Amelia Diamond, Man Repeller

Saturday:

Poverty on the Brain, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Thrive Global

Ulla Johnson: I’m Newly Obsessed, Amelia Diamond, Man Repeller

What It’s Like to Have an Identical Twin, Haley Nahman, Man Repeller

Is My Mani/Pedi Habit Hurting My Nails?, Harling Ross, Man Repeller

“Millennial” should not be not a bad word, Ann Howell, Thrive Global

The Best Technology to Use to Find Work-Life Balance, Cha Tekeli, Thrive Global

Maximize Your Potential Through Lifelogging, Amy Blankson, Thrive Global

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Sharing with you this weekly round up of press, has inspired me to read more regularly, and to read a wider variety of articles. Here are some that I’ve enjoyed this week, that I wanted to share with you! Hope you enjoy, have a lovely week!

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This is the second article I’ve read on this particular topic: politics and the english language. How politicians give certain names to make events and facts more workable and less, shall I say, alarming than they really are sometimes.

George Orwell wrote a piece called ‘Politics and the English Language’, which was published in 1946. Orwell explains how certain writers tend to write in a way that removes objective meaning from their statements, instead of conveying pure facts in Modern English. He cites dying metaphors, operators or verbal false limbs, which, quote:

 “save the trouble of picking out appropriate verbs and nouns, and at the same time pad each sentence with extra syllables which give it an appearance of symmetry”.

Pretentious diction, “used to dress up a simple statement and give an air of scientific impartiality to biased judgements”. Meaningless words, “long passages which are almost completely lacking in meaning”. He particularly cites words like romantic, plastic, values, human, dead, sentimental, natural, vitality”, used in art criticism, as being:

“strictly meaningless, in the sense that they not only do not point to any discoverable object, but are hardly ever expected to do so by the reader”.

Orwell warns us how stale writing leads to sloppy thinking. He warns us that the ready made sentences which many politicians, or economists, or any other type of writer, use, often do nothing to convey meaning, do nothing to convey true, objective fact, and leaves a lot of room for personal interpretation, which does nothing to help create a commonly shared reality.

When I read this, like Kuttner, I find myself thinking about the way Trump communicates. Indeed, it seems that “Ignorance is Strength”, for the case of the Trump administration. And this is what happens: we invent phrases to dim the gravity of the real facts. Not just in Russia 70 years ago, but today in supposably the land of the free and the brave.

Kuttner puts forth that Trump’s “strategy”, is “flood the zone” (with lies, primarily). This seems incredibly accurate, considering the daily dose of scandals he delivers on a news platter every single day. He proliferates so many lies, that by the time one lie is rebutted, he has put out many more. What’s seems even sadder, is he seems to believe even the lies that contradict previous lies.

This leads to extreme confusion among citizens of the United States, but also, worldwide confusion, as everyone in the world is touched by the actions of the United States (think NATO, Paris agreement, Middle East deals, to start with). “Trump has embellished this technique by lying, then accusing his critics of lying, until the debate is hopelessly scrambled. Trump manufactures phony stories, then accuses the media of “fake news.””

“Adolf Hitler was the first to describe the technique of repeating a lie so often that people would come to believe it. He called it the “Big Lie.””

Trump denies the denial. He lies, gets caught for lying, and then denies that he lied, and then when that lie is exposed, he denies that he said the lie in the first place.

“Trump may wish he were a total dictator, but this is still a democracy. Lies can work during campaigns but at some point, when you try to govern, reality has a way of intruding. Eventually, the truth does get its boots on.”

 

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Hey there you guys! I’m back with a weekly round up of nearly all the amazing things I’ve read on the internet this week. Maybe you’ll enjoy some of these articles as you’re sipping you nice cup of tea and savouring your delicious smoothie bowl in your PJs! Happy Sunday!

 

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Leandra Medine shines light on what it’s really like to get older (well, in her view at least). This article is about how your mind view of ageing evolves over the years and decades, and how you should react when you start seeing the physical (and mental) signs of ageing.

When you’re young, you imagine that when you get old, you’re going to take it on all so graceefully – because rational as you are, you know there’s nothing you can do to stop the process of time. But then again… is there?, you start (disillusionally) wondering as you notice that first wrinkle coming in. Could modern science do the magic we need it to do to stop the appearance of time?

For Leandra, it could. She’s thought thoroughly about it. But do you really want to stop your body from being who it is and what it does? Do you really want to sweep the appearance the extra years you’ve taken on under the rug? Could you live with yourself knowing that you’ve messed with the effects of time passing?

It’s basically just another one of those dilemmas: stay wrinkle free for a few more years (or decades) masking the fact that you’re ageing, or age gracefully and honestly, and look exactly how you were meant to at your age. Views of Botox are often very different. And Botox is very tempting, especially for women, because lets be honest, most people judge a woman by her appearance more than anything else (often times).

But the final truth will always remain, no matter what you do, and Botox doesn’t fix all the “problems” of ageing. No matter which side of the spectrum you are (pro or anti-botox), you will inevitably feel the test of time. There’s nothing you can do, and your control-freak-do-i-need-botox mind has to come to terms with that.

At 20 years old, we’re naïve or innocent enough to believe that we’re going to accept getting old gracefully. But the years leave marks and wrinkles. And thankfully, marks of wisdom. But we often are submerged by the belief, or the fear, that everything goes down hill the minute you turn 30. Or at least, that’s what we tell ourselves. (Maybe if we spent less time worrying about ageing, we wouldn’t have so many wrinkles!)

But what we seem to automatically forget the moment we hit the higher age groups, is that ageing also comes with great wisdom. As Leandra Medine put it, “Decades grace us with their wisdom at different stages.”.

And quoting the end of her post, because it sums it up all so well…

“You hit the social basics between ages 7 and 9, the formative years of learning your cues. You are your most emotionally fertile between 15 and 17. And by the time you hit 28? You are practically emerging from an existential birth canal wherein you think you know yourself, you realize you don’t, you start learning yourself and then…I don’t know, I’m still in the birth canal. I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, I am probably not going to get Botox. It feels like reacting to a headline without actually having read the article. An inkling of emotional response, but not enough information.”

 

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Happy Sunday all of you! This week went by so fast. Seriously. A lot of what I read this week is from Man Repeller and Girlboss, because honestly – they’re my go to places on the Internet. Hope you will find these articles as fun and interesting as I did!

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I just recently rewatched Sex in the City, so this article was sort of just hilarious to me, and bitter-sweet reminder that you shouldn’t believe everything you watch on television.

Tuesday:

Beautifully written, inspiring, and amazingly honest article by Callie Ahlgrim at Man Repeller.

What if day time socializing  was the great new thing? A contemplation.

 

Friday:

The title  of this article actually holds truth. Haley Nahman discusses life with Lauren Handel Zander, and some actually helpful life tips emerge! I think I will be reading the book soon! *immediately buys book on amazon*

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Hi there! Sunday recap of the highlights of the press I’ve read this week is here. These are all articles that were the most interesting to me, that I think everyone should read. All these pieces have an incredible story, are well written, or simply share information that I find relevant – and maybe you will too!

Happy Sunday!

Monday:

 It’s sort of stupefying to realise that minds from 70 years ago could forespeak the world we’d be living in today. Or, more accurately, it’s saddening to recognise deceit and lies cannot be vanished just by shinning some light on them. We might all believe it’s obvious, that everyone is aware of what is happening in our political environment. But if everyone knew the darker reality of things, they wouldn’t be happening. And if no one had any investment into preserving this cascade lies, none of this would be happening.

When there’s so much investment in sinister ideas or a mistaken beliefs, they will stay alive. However they will inexorably be living on some kind of spurious life support, because no lies truly live. They will still exist, like dark filters over a picture, dimming details and hiding the facts of our objective reality. That is, until someone pulls the plug, lifts the filters, and theres no longer enough structure or sense to preserve the illusion.

This was the best article I’ve ever read about writing tips. If you’ve ever wanted to write, you need to read this. It seems to be addressed to fiction writers primarily, but I know that no matter what kind of writing you do, this is a great resource. It’s a long article, so read it when you’re in the mood and have time. I couldn’t recommend it more.

From the Photo London event, to the prestigious Biennale di Venezia, and the Frieze Art Fair in New York… All the cool places we all wish we were visiting this month!

Tuesday:

I’ve always known that words largely influence the world and environment we live in. We use words to interpret the world around us, transfer information, beliefs and thoughts. You yourself have your own vision of the world, and everyone else has theirs. You don’t have to see, feel or think the same way as others do. It’s the greatest expression of freedom of you have.  However, it does become a problem when your words stop meaning anything, and your conversation is blurring the lines between truth and lie, real life and illusion. Just like actions, when your words start hurting or infringing on other’s freedom, it’s not okay.

And it becomes a problem, when you’re a person in power, spreading conflicting information and lies. Because, while we all may be entitled to our own perspective, there is such a thing as Real facts and made up ones (or contorted ones). And if you want to see and experience the world as it really is, you can do so only by understanding it as something that is shared by many people. Only in the freedom of our speaking with one another does the world, as that about which we speak, emerge in its objectivity and visibility from all sides.

Some of today’s politicians are assigning the wrong words to things, events. They are changing the meaning of something, by assigning it a different name to make it more “workable” for them. And it seems that no one is being held accountable for false information being spread. Are the lines between good judgement and bad judgement slowly being erased? Is the world we live in today becoming hinged by the ill-assignment of language? Why is the leader of the free world, a man who is against freedom of speech, and incapable of an objective and open mindset? Why has lying became the new norm?

Great thought article from The New York Review of Books, a must read!

This article is about the history of women’s participation in Science, particularly women mathematicians during the Space Race, and the important role they had in landing the first man on the moon (and getting him back safely).

I really recommend reading this article if you’re into science, history and/or women movement! Also , check out these books about the history discussed in this piece, I know I will!

>Books mentioned in this article:

Hidden Figures : The Untold Story of the African American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race;

The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars ;

Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars;

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This article shun some light on a topic I had vaguely thought about before in the past, but never read about anywhere. Why are there so many stressed women (and some men) out there? Why are women more at risk for depression than men? Taking in account all the biology that comes into play, the place of women in society has taken a heavier load. First taking in account the transition from the pre-feminist movement, to the post-feminism society. A lot has changed. We’ve fought to create a society in which women can live equally along men. And we’ve gone a long way from where we were 50 years ago. As women, we know what our rights are, and we stand up for them. We work, we have families, we create things, we build companies, and we manage them. We take off more than we can chew, because we like it. We like bitting our teeth into challenges that are difficult. Challenges that makes us become better, stronger, smarter. Challenges that chases out our fears by confronting them. We take on a lot of responsabilities, because we like it. But what do we like about it? Do we like being stressed? Are we “pro-stress”, of is stress just inevitable? Has our life became about finding things to stress about? Has stress became some sort of social status currency? Is that what our culture has been teaching us? (Turns out, yes. Check out this other article.)

We’ve been living the saying that “whatever comes easy, isn’t worth having”. And it’s true; in many ways, for a lot of things. But does that necessarily mean that we can’t be happy, and have all the great things that we want? Do we really have to give up our own happiness and well being, in order to accomplish amazing things? There’s no right or wrong answer. But like the article says “Don’t be afraid to say no”. I guess it’s our job just to choose the right things to say no to. And our happiness and well-being are probably not the right ones to neglect.

Check out this very interesting article on Girl Boss! Must read!

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