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To catch up on past newsletters:
Friday 10th September: Our feral cat Julian’s £2.5k injury, the best afternoon tea in London, some late summer reads and a bit of ooh là là
Friday 30th July: Bittersweet endings, the sit mat of dreams, ultimate FitFlops, best summer fragrance and a bit of Shakespeare
Friday 23rd July: Chantal Coady, beach blouses, summer ponchos, Jerry Seinfeld and all the tow floats you need
Friday 16th July: Pool slides, lavender fields, summer fragrance, Barb and Star (again) and Dame Stephanie Shirley on How to Own the Room
Friday 9th July: Paula Hawkins on How To Own the Room, drunk Danish men and the redddest of red lipsticks
Friday 2nd July: Beauty writer Funmi Fetto, the bronze body balm from paradise, Malibu Rising, two Netflix recommendations and a flash of Brazilian fashion
Friday 25th June: Pandemic brain, Lorraine Candy on How to Own the Room, a diary worthy of J-Lo, In the Heights and the disco clutch bag of dreams
Friday 18th June: How to Own the Room is back: Series 13 launches with a double download. Plus: lipstick sealant, summer festivals and the perfect white dress
Friday 11th June: Sittingsuits from Norse Supply, Nomadland, Cruella, Mare of Easttown, Sophia Loren and a Malibu-based coconut cocktail
Friday 4th June: Vote for How to Own the Room at the British Podcast Awards! 🥳🥳🥳
Friday 28th May: Norma Kamali on How to Own the Room, Michael Lewis and the great New Orleans pilgrimage, watermelon daiquiri and the ultimate ridiculous eye pillow
Friday 21st May: Hollie McNish on How to Own the Room, Midnight Diner, the ultimate jumbo storage bag and top picks for reproduction vintage fashion
Friday 14th May: Anya Hindmarch on How to Own the Room, the best shampoo in the world, Barack and Bruce, summer dresses and The Handmaid’s Tale for the 21st century
Friday 7th May: Annaliese Dodds on How to Own the Room, the three best lipsticks in the world, Kate Grenville and the perfect French sweater
Friday 30th April: How to Own the Room with Isabel Allende, more on Martha Beck, open air theatre in London, a time to languish and… the best post-its
Friday 23rd April: Martha Beck on How to Own the Room, celebrating grumpy people, the joy of the jumpsuit and Nora Ephron documentary Everything Is Copy
Friday 16th April: Nicole LePera on How to Own the Room, the best poetry and art on Instagram, great English lidos and Ukrainian sourdough garlic buns
Friday 9th April: Yewande Akinola on How to Own the Room, Sharon Stone’s extraordinary double life, The Beatles’ Something and cooking with Kelis
Friday 2nd April: New How to Own the Room with Mel Giedroyc, truly beautiful underwear, a pinch of Stanley Tucci… and Katharine Hepburn’s brownie recipe
Friday 26th March: How to stay Zoom-sane, cheery cherry blossom cake, Beyoncé on a blouse, cowboy boots and Lift As You Climb being super-empowering!
Friday 19th March: Inner Voice on How to Own the Room, Beauty Pie Instagram Live, Iris Apfel, twenty years of failure and a hot tattooed silver fox (no, not me)
Friday 12th March: Storytelling Masterclass on How to Own the Room, the ultimate interiors fix, caffeine detox, cheap baubles and the most wonderful weird French film
Friday 5th March: New edition of Lift As You Climb, How to Own the Room mini masterclasses, the joy of the Do-Not-Do-List and glitter lipstick
Friday 26th February: It’s the end of the month, let’s party! With Vivian Gornick, “visiting cakes”, Cobra Kai and Charlotte Tilbury
Friday 19th February: Outdoor swimming, mask-scarves, comedy, Joan Didion and… remind me what I came here for?
Friday 12th February: Virginia Woolf refusing to be distracted from what really matters, Shahira Fahmy on How to Own the Room, mental health and the Queen on a silky blouse
Friday 5th February: Ru Paul’s must-read, The Writer’s Room, cashmere loungewear, fragrance discovery sets, Taco Tuesdays and sh*t sandwiches
Friday 29th January: What’s happening in Russia, Katie Piper on How to Own the Room, alcohol-free drinks and the last chance bobble hat
Friday 22nd January: New podcast download, Alan Arkin, meditation, yoga, Mary Gaitskill and beauty pick-me-ups
Friday 15th January: Reading Recommendation Special: Elena Ferrante, independent book shops, feminist inspiration and Victoria Hislop’s One August
Friday 8th January: New How to Own the Room podcast series, what to read in 2021, some lines of beautiful poetry and a little retail therapy
Friday 18th December: Tan’s house (for Queer Eye fans), cooking with cans, holiday muffins and Nina Simone sings Christmas
Friday 11th December: Big in Vladivostock, the new Nigella book, anti-decrepitude supplements and a home with a helipad
Friday 4th December: The film industry during Covid, Natalie Lété, champagne saucers and bobble hats
Friday 27th November: Unsung Heroines on BBC Radio 4Xtra, Comic Books podcast, vintage Christmas cocktail earrings and “Champagne for everyone!”
Friday 20th November: The Italian Riviera, Julia Samuel, Santa Baby in diamante and the best novel I’ve read in a while
Friday 13th November: How to Own the Zoom Part II, Seth Godin on creativity, the surprising joy of LinkedIn and the pom pom disco jacket of dreams
Friday 6th November: The Fonz, Lipcote, a great new podcast, the ultimate Christmas jumper, face masks and the magic of mushrooms
Friday 30th October: Cathy Newman on How to Own the Room, Ghosts, John Cusack, singing yourself lucky and the Nobel Prize for Literature
Friday 23rd October: The Secret History of Wonderwoman, Hilary Mantel’s journalism, Selling Sunset and espresso martini candles
Friday 16th October: How to Own the Room reviews, hair masks, vermouth and the woman who read 95 books this year
Friday 9th October: Violinist Tasmin Little on How to Own the Room, Hot Priest reading poetry, retail therapy and cosy blankets
Friday 2nd October: New series of How to Own the Room podcast, Persian Love Cake, Margo face masks and the best of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Friday 25th September: Posh Garibaldi biscuits, the world’s most explicit painting, a peaceful corner of England and Series 8 How to Own the Room
Friday 18th September: Jazz hands, Dame Judi Dench, social awkwardness and what the heart really wants
Friday 11th September: Otis Redding, Pandora’s Jar, How to Own the Room audiobook and a cat being attacked by origami
Friday 4th September: Shoulder pads, Imelda Staunton, vintage Desert Island Discs and people who don’t do their homework
Friday 28th August: Fame take two, Cassidy Janson, pretend alcohol and the aromatherapy face oil of dreams
Friday 21st August: Au Revoir, Tristesse in Los Angeles, Michelle Obama, street dance and a drunken baby bear
Friday 14th August: Murano, courgette fritters, tequila, Kamala Harris and another great poem
Friday 7th August: Comets, meteors, the whole of the moon and Drunk Women Solving Crime
Friday 31st July: Cronut joy, Hawaii’s Covid story, the three best films ever and AOC’s speech
Friday 24th July: All the poetry you need, lockdown cocktails, a new play and Tracey Ullman
Friday 17th July: New episodes of We Can Rebuild Her, a guide to the Women’s Prize shortlist and Frilly Knickers Scabiosa (it’s a flower)
Friday 10th July: Back on Radio 4’s Saturday Live this week, counting birthday blessings, livestreamed cabaret, 1920s photography and armchair travel to Greece
Friday 3rd July: Presenting BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live, double podcast extravaganza, solitude versus loneliness and my book of the summer
Friday 26th June: Exclusive… My brand new podcast WE CAN REBUILD HER; Katy Brand on How to Own the Room; and the book you need to read right now
Friday 19th June: Film director Coky Giedroyc on How to Own the Room, award-winning photography, Clara Amfo’s party playlist & the joy of falling asleep in your clothes
Friday 12th June: New episode of How to Own the Room, Toni Morrison, 1970s interiors, French intellectuals, funny women and poetry from Bristol
Friday 5th June: German film club, British-made denim dungarees, French cabaret and a dose of Reese Witherspoon
Friday 29th May: Tulips, a thousand words of summer, the top three funny books you need to read right now and opera live in your home
Friday 22nd May: Three prescriptions for hope, comfort and joy
Friday 15th May: French toast, pandemic survival rules, big fat reads and freshly caught fish
Friday 8th May: Elena Ferrante, lovingkindness, vegan brownies, footballers and the ultimate beach-free beach hat
Friday 1st May: Wearing and sharing art, Hope in the Dark, the 3 Rules Masterclass, quarantined stuntmen and The Crate of Wine.
Friday 24th April: Happiness during a pandemic, Women’s Prize shortlist, best lockdown TV
Friday 17th April: Guilt free chocolate, crate of wine, nostalgia of Obama’s campaign, working-from-home tribes and Germaine Greer with a headless goose.
Friday 10th April: Age of the Amateur, Anne Enright, quarantine photography, vintage prints from Yorkshire and letterbox cocktails
Friday 3rd April: Store cupboard cake, Zoe’s Extraordinary Playlist and everyday philosophy.
Friday 27th March: How to Own the Room Masterclass plus skincare tips with Trinny, PE with Joe Wicks and old Russian ladies in go-go boots.
Friday 20th March: Managing uncertainty, tons of book/podcast/TV recommendations, Cocktail-making kit of dreams and a posy of wild meadow flowers.
Friday 13th March: Five stars for Lift As You Climb, Look Fabulous Forever on this week’s podcast, the secret of asking for more money and Barry still being Barry
Saturday 7th March: New book, Women’s Prize longlist, Elizabeth Warren and a hot Dutch guy called Barry.
Friday 28th February: New pop-up miniseries HTOTR, Hillary the documentary and Hilary Mantel’s new novel.
Friday 21st February: Lift As You Climb in Miami, 50 million books to read and France’s answer to Kate Bush.
Friday 31st January– Finding your voice, supercharging your ambition and Lizzo’s Grammy wardrobe.
Friday 24th January – Digital business, “squiggly” careers & Meghan Markle’s tights
Friday 17th January – Are you winning at January?
Friday 10th January – Speaker tips from Barack Obama, why it’s good to cry at work and the return of the prodigal fingerless gloves
Friday 3rd January – Welcome to the new decade!
Friday 27th December – Happy New Year!
Friday 20th December – Wassail, double podcast, Elf viewings etc
Friday 13th December – Fa la la la !
Friday 6th December – Reeling from Hillary and Chelsea
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