My 5 things on a Friday


Hi, how are you on this Friday? Good I hope. I hope you have a lovely weekend planned.

I’ve been feeling poorly this week (violins at the ready) as I got the dreaded man-flu. It really hit me hard for a few days, which I was quite pissed off about, because I find being ill terribly inconvenient and utterly boring. However, I’m pleased to report that I am feeling much better today and now back and ready to get on with my weekend!

So as it’s Friday (YAY!) here are the 5 things that I wanted to share with you guys that I’ve been into this week:


I’ve just finished this new book by Katherine Ormerod which I really enjoyed. It’s quite factual, with many statistics, as well as Katherine adding in her own experiences as a journalist and influencer. I found the book validated what I had been thinking recently, i.e. about how some elements of social media can potentially make you feel negative and how it does rule our precious down-time. Remember sitting on a bus on the way home from work, staring out of the window, just thinking? Me neither. We pick up our phones so much and watch other people’s lives on there/consume data/are influenced that we simply don’t allow chunks of time for our minds to wander, or relax.

I have thus taken so much away from her book, especially as a parent of two children and the impact my relationship with my phone has on them. I am thus vastly aware of spending less time on it for mindless activity and instead am now intent on using social media for good causes and for a more positive impact.


I posted on Instagram Stories that I haven’t bought anything related to Christmas (there, I said it), nor have I written out *the* important to-do list yet. Many of you pointed out that you were almost finished with your Christmas shopping now, so thanks for that, lol. Although (thankfully) quite a few of you were in my gang of still having rotten pumpkins on your doorstep too. I am going to get organised next week *makes a promise* and will start fully embracing everything festive. More to come soon. Ho Ho Ho.


I really enjoyed this weeks episode from The High Low team (although lets face it, I enjoy it every week), where journalists Dolly and Pandora interviewed Olivia Sudjic, author of the book, Sympathy. They discuss anxiety in the modern world, especially amongst women. Sudjic discuss what it means to be a published author, divorcing yourself from your art and why anxiety, when correctly managed, can be a positive force: a galvanizing ‘self-awareness’, which keeps you writing. I have subsequently ordered her book and can’t wait for it to arrive.


I absolutely loved this article in Stylist by Kayleigh Dray about the Argos book at Christmas, because this was 100% mine and my Sister’s childhood too. It was a very serious and important part of the run up to our Christmas’s and totally dictated whether or not you got crap or cool presents from the Big Man himself. Go and read if you remember using the “Argos Bible” to pick out your toys too.


And finally, here’s what I’ve picked out of the UK high street to share with you today. It’s mostly knitwear focused today because it’s all I have been wearing this week with a pair of leggings. Here for you if you do need a seasonal update or just want to see what styles are in fashion this season.

Happy weekend and take care guys.

Love, Jess x

Jess Soothill

Jess is a Mother of twins, blogger and writer.

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  1. November 10, 2018 / 3:10 pm

    Love that Argos article. I picked up a catalogue for my little boy recently just to carry on the tradition of sitting there with a red biro. I’m not impressed by its size though, it’s like a flimsy paperback compared to the huge bulky thing we had as kids. He thought it was the best thing since sliced bread of course and even asked me if Father Christmas needed the codes written on his list as well as the names of the toys he wanted – couldn’t help but giggle.

    I need to read that book. It’s been on my to read list for ages. Although it’s kind of hard not to let social media take over your life as a social media manager. I do often need to switch off at times as it gets so samey. I’m with you on the Christmas thing. I’ve got like 3 presents. I don’t even know what we’re doing Christmas Day yet!

    Have a good week!

    • Jess
      November 12, 2018 / 2:43 pm

      Thanks and for the brilliant comment 🙂 Good luck with the shopping and here’s hoping we get there soon!

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