The Great Woman Weekend – June 23

Continuous partial attention – a name to what drives me (and my kids) crazy – parents with small children in tow focused almost entirely on their phones.

This excerpt from a 1996 GQ article  with the author writing about his Dad’s devotion to style.  He put the nail on the head in this distinction between the contrasting and unconscious approaches to men’s and women’s clothes, and which holds true today, “… in my father’s view a man is not allowed irony in the wearing of clothes. Irony is for women, because for them clothes are all about play, all about tease and preamble—because for them dressing is all about undressing. For a man, though, clothes both determine and mark his place in the world; they are about coming from nakedness, rather than going to it—and so irony spells diminution, because irony says that you don’t mean it…and you have to mean it. ” As a culture, we are so imbued in this thinking we don’t question it.  But we should and we must.

Addressing climate change with paint.

Bette Davis:   “I was thought to be ‘stuck up.’ I wasn’t. I was just sure of myself. This is and always has been an unforgivable quality to the unsure.” More great quotes here. (thanks to Swissmiss for the lead)

I’ve just started listening to Seth Godin’s podcast, Akimbo.  When common sense sounds revolutionary.

Do you find your partner interesting?  Barack Obama’s relationship advice.  The best I’ve heard.

Have a lovely weekend!


The Great Woman Weekend – June 16

Women are buying more sports bras than push-up bras. It’s part of a fundamental shift – I hope.

Tom Hiddleston (and Sam Rockwell) can dance!

A great woman of physics you’ve never heard of.

I’ve never thought of mental progress in this way.  Makes sense and is a better description for ‘deep work’. (via Swissmiss)

Women CEOs don’t expect or receive much support at home or at work.  I hope the next generation corrects this failing.

I love signet rings.  Everyone should have one.

Have a great weekend!



The Great Woman Weekend – May 12

Strictly speaking the products and the philosophy behind this company have nothing to do with great women or women at all – it’s just so amazing how almost everything in this world has been developed to meet the needs of the white male.  Until now.

Elon Musk’s mother is one Great Woman. (via Swissmiss)

Female military pilots speaking about ‘being the first‘.  The common compulsion was to keep their heads down and just fit in.

I could listen to this Great Woman for hours.  Experienced, intelligent, gracious, funny, direct – what more could you ask for?

If you aren’t already an Isabella Rossellini fan – now she’s raising chickens!

For those of you caught up in the Mother’s Day frenzy, the founder’s vision has been lost to the profiteering of the usual suspects.  All I want from my children is unabashed adulation.  🙂

Have a great weekend!



The Great Woman Weekend

The influence of cycling on women’s clothing.  Wish my city was safe enough to cycle without a helmet!

What I’m reading:  The psychology behind Wonder Woman and why she is one of the few female superheroes who has endured.

Real clothes for real women – follow Great Woman Approved on Pinterest!

The Wim Hof method might just change your life.  Here’s the app.  I just did the breathing exercise and it was amazing. If you want to try it watch this first!

Have a lovely weekend!

The Great Woman Weekend

A few fun reads and videos to kick start your weekend!

A common sense approach to eating right

A very positive shift in thinking around hair for women of colour.

Don’t want to have children?  That’s perfectly normal.

Baby elephants who want to be lap dogs.

A wake up for me – Microaggressions are a problem

What kind of leader are you? (via swissmiss)


Have a wonderful weekend!

The Great Woman Weekend


A grandmother’s wisdom in 19 great truths.  A reminder to me of how much I have yet to learn

I’ll be kicking off my weekend with a classic Tom Collins only with lime not lemon.

The Japanese craze for doing the splits.  Are you up for it?

I’m watching How to get away with murder on Netflix, and loving it.

My Great Woman Approved board on Pinterest is growing.  Have a look and then why not follow?

Two of my favourite men together in perfect harmony.

Have a wonderful weekend!