Listen To The Latest Episode Of The Grazia Life Advice Podcast With Jane Shepherdson
By Rhiannon Evans Posted on 25 May 2018
Watch this, breathe like that, work out here, you must go there – modern life can feel like a barrage of people telling you what to do. But where do you turn for advice you can really trust?
The answer, of course, is the Grazia Life Advice podcast, in which we ask the smartest women around to pass on the six pieces of advice that have served them best – plus the worst piece of advice they’ve ever received. As well as learning from their wisdom, we hear the intimate and often hilarious stories that have brought them where they are today.
We release an episode every Tuesday, so subscribe now for weekly good advice from women worth listening to
This week we welcome Jane Shepherdson. As the former brand director of Topshop, Jane was one of the driving forces who transformed the shop into a high street hit; then she became co-owner of Whistles and worked the same magic there. Jane left Whistles in 2016 to travel, and is now back in the UK with her own brilliant podcast, Out Of Fashion. She talked inspiringly about the importance of bravery – and knowing when it’s time to move on and change things up.
This week’s guest is Sarah-Jane Mee, who you’ll know from Sky News’s Sunrise (6am to 10am, Monday to Thursday). It’s the highest-rated show on the channel, and Sarah-Jane became its first female anchor when she took over from Eamonn Holmes in 2017. Despite having been up since 3am, she was very welcoming when Grazia popped by her flat on a rainy day in November, and had great advice to share on the importance of self-belief, kindness in the workplace, and… safety pins.
Our guest this week is the one and only Mary Portas, founder of Portas Agency – you may know her as Mary Queen of Shops. Mary’s just published her latest book, Work Like A Woman, which sets out her manifesto on how we can be better, happier and more productive in our workplaces by breaking out of alpha culture. As well as sharing brilliant tips on being your best career self, Mary talked about life in the public eye, picking yourself up again after a failure, and why there’s no shame in admitting you can’t do it all.
Our guest this week is the wonderful Davina McCall – over her decades in the public eye, we’ve known Davina in many guises - as MTV presenter, Big Brother queen and now fitness expert.
We met her in a rather echoey north London gym where she was working with F&F to launch the new Activewear collection, which is available in select Tesco stores from January 1.
As well as giving advice on fitness though, Davina talked brilliantly about ageing, putting in the effort and mothering teenagers
Our guest this week is journalist and Channel 4 news presenter, Cathy Newman. After a decade on Fleet Street, Cathy moved to Channel 4 news in 2006, where she has become well known for her investigative scoops and interviewing expertise.
Cathy has just released a book – Bloody Brilliant Women, which tells the stories of pioneering women who we may not know as much about as we should.
We talked about her book – and everything from combatting worries to curly hair at her home in London, last month.
Our guest this week is singer Sophie Ellis Bextor, who after 21 years in the music industry is about to release a Greatest Hits with a twist – the album, The Song Diaries, out next year, will feature her biggest hits, like Murder on the Dancefloor, but reworked with grand orchestral arrangements. She also recently announced the album is also set to coincide with the birth of her fifth child, but she’ll still be taking the music out on the road next summer
Sophie has recently released a new single, Love Is You, and we met her at her absolutely gorgeous London home where she talked about everything from the terrifying prospect of being on Strictly Come Dancing to how best to cook fish
In partnership with Sloggi, our guest this week is singer, Ella Eyre – we met up with Ella at John Lewis’ White City store in their style studio. Ella is currently in the studio, writing new music, and was a brilliant guest, telling us about everything from her art gallery visits and switching off from social media, to balance and workouts at Barry’s Bootcamp.
Our guest this week is author Leni Zumas. We spoke to US writer Leni when she was visiting London last month about everything from reproductive rights to writing inspiration. We featured her books, The Red Clocks, on our Shelf Life page when it was released earlier this year – telling the story of a group of women in an American where abortion has been outlawed, the novel seems scarily prescient in today’s political climate across the pond. Even if you’re not familiar with Leni’s novels, she speaks beautifully on a whole host of relatable issues in this episode.
Our guest this week is businesswoman Jo Malone. During her decades in the industry, she has created two worldwide brands – firstly Jo Malone London, which she sold to Estee Lauder and eventually departed from in 2006, now Jo Loves, which she launched in 2011.
We met Jo in the her Jo Loves Belgravia store and she was a truly inspiring guest – she shared advice given to her by none other than Oprah, waded in on the problems facing the British high street and talked about why her dyslexia has made her who she is today. She was so great, that we actually allowed her to give us seven pieces of advice.
Our guest this week is model and presenter, Vogue Williams. Last month, Vogue gave birth to her first child with reality TV star Spencer Matthews – Theodore. But we spoke to Vogue earlier last month, just before she was due to give birth. She was in amazing spirits, and was a really good laugh, full of brilliant advice and really candid about loads of different areas of her life.
Our guest this week is award-winning broadcaster Mishal Husain, who you’ll know from a range of BBC news shows, from Today to BBC News at Six.
Mishal has just released a book called The Skills, from first job to dream job, what every woman needs to know. It’s a great mix of practical career advice, Mishal’s own experiences and interviews with experts – and so when we met her at New Broadcasting House, she had loads of brilliant advice to share
Our guest this week is Dutch model and Victoria’s Secret Angel Romee Strijd. Romee has been an angel since 2015, but has also modelled for everyone from Alexander McQueen to Prada. Romee was in London last month for just a day, promoting Victoria’s Secret’s Secret Bra Fit Experts service, aimed at helping women find their best fitting bra – and we had a very short amount of her time. We talked about exercise, staying grounded and, of course, bras.
Our guest this week is comedian and podcast star, Deborah Frances-White. Many of you will know Deborah thanks to her incredible podcast, The Guilty Feminist and now she has written a book with the same title. A book, like the podcast, about embracing both feminism and our imperfections, it also features appearances from performers, activists and thinkers – not to mention an incredibly supportive quote on the front from none other than Emma Thompson, who calls it ‘essential reading for the planet’.
This week we’ve teamed up with No 7 to bring you an interview with broadcasting legends Fi Glover and Jane Garvey.
Fi and Jane have been broadcasting for the BBC for years and are now both hugely popular members of Radio 4’s line-up – you may have heard Fi presenting The Listening Project, or Jane Woman’s Hour. But in recent times they’ve teamed up to present the podcast, Fortunately, where no subject is out of bounds and they interview stars of Radio, TV and podcasting, getting them to share stories that they probably shouldn’t.
A new series starts this Friday, September 7 – but we caught up with them before their summer break to talk about motherhood, diversity, trolls – and other stuff like berets and cheese scones.
Our guest this week is Arsenal and England football captain, Alex Scott. One of our finest female footballers, Alex recently retired to become one of the BBC’s key pundits on both the men and women’s game.
Having been at the top of her game, and spearheading its rise and rise, Alex is a really inspirational character and you can practically hear her positivity beaming through the mic – we talked about loads of things, from tackling trolls, being a mentor and Notting Hill carnival
Our guest this week is Giovanna Fletcher, who is the epitome of multi-hyphening your career. Her Instagram bio lists her as a Sunday Times bestselling author, actress, blogger, vlogger, presenter, podcast host, mum and wife. You may have read her book Happy Mum, Happy Baby, listened to the hugely successful podcast of the same name, or be one of her million Instagram followers. The main thing is she’s got plenty of really varied advice to give – and we ended up chatting about everything from books to boobs…
This week’s guest is Maria Hatzistefanis, beauty entrepreneur and founder of Rodial.
Building up her business from nothing, after being fired from a job in finance, 19 years later, her skincare companies, Rodial, Nip and Fab and Nip and Man are worldwide brands, backed by the likes of Kylie Jenner.
Basically, if you’ve got your own business – or are considering taking the plunge – you could do a lot worse than turn to Maria for advice.
She gives advice on everything from ‘having it all’ to taking risks – and if, after listening, you want more advice, she has a book out, called How To Be an Overnight Success
Our guest this week is journalist, broadcaster and eco lifestyle expert Lucy Siegle. Lucy has recently published her new book, Turning the Tide on Plastic, described as an accessible and practical book that not only serves as a much-needed call to arms to end the plastic pandemic, but gives useful tools on how to make meaningful change in our everyday lives.
It can be hard, wanting to make those environmental changes – whether that be in plastic or fashion – and knowing how to do it, so this podcast contains lots of great, practical advice from Lucy. But we also had a
This week’s guest is Jasmine Hemsley. Wellness expert Jasmine first came to fame through her business with her sister Melissa, and the pair published books on healthy eating and even hosted their own TV show as Hemsley + Hemsley.
In recent years, solo, Jasmine’s interest in the Ayurvedic tradition has taken her into new arenas. Her recent book East by West is inspired by her travels in Sri Lanka and India and she also runs a sound bathing company, Sound Sebastien.
Calming and thoughtful, Jasmine offered loads of practical advice on things that can help you navigate modern life - from meditation to tongue scraping
This week we have our first ever male guests, the cast of Queer Eye.
Since they burst into our lives at the beginning of 2018 on Netflix, the guys have won fans and awards worldwide with their kindness and warmth, rebooting the noughties makeover show and helping people by each transforming a different aspect of their lives each.
For this special episode, we recorded each guy – Tan France, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan van Ness - separately, getting them to share the best and worst piece of advice they’d ever been given.
Queer Eye is available on Netflix
This week’s guest is broadcaster, author and columnist Gemma Cairney. Gemma’s used to giving good advice - she’s presented The Surgery Show on Radio 1 and in 2017 released her first book, ‘Open, a toolkit for how magic and messed up life can be’.
She came to the Grazia offices a few weeks ago to share the advice
This week’s guest is Meg Mathews. The original Britpop queen, Meg first entered the nations’ consciousness in the 90s as the wife of Oasis’ Noel Gallagher – they later had a daughter, Anais, together. Part of the Primrose Hill set, including the likes of Kate Moss and Sadie Frost, we were used to seeing pap shots of her partying days.
When we met Meg in her North London home recently though, it was a different story, now a menopause campaigner, her website, Meg’s Menopause is now her passion, trying to bring better awareness to the topic which many women face silently.
As well as talking about that, Meg gave us advice on everything from addiction to feminism, via drinking enough water.
This week’s guest is the brilliant journalist and broadcaster Emma Barnett.
From tech journalist to women’s section editor, Emma is now better known as a broadcaster. A BBC Five Live presenter, her work regularly hits headlines – notably that Theresa May interview where she admitted to shedding a tear on election night and or the Woman’s Hour interview where Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn messed up his sums.
Desperate to chat to Emma, we spoke to Emma on her first day of maternity leave, before the birth of her child a few months back. She brilliantly gave us way more than six pieces of advice, which you can put into practice no matter who you’re working with… even the Prime Minister
This week Alice Liveng is our guest on Grazia Life Advice - the podcast where we ask our guests to tell us the six best pieces of advice they’ve ever been given… and the one worst.
A personal trainer, bestselling author and fitness Instagrammer, she hit the scene as Clean Eating Alice and amassed thousands of followers, before being hit during the clean-eating backlash. But now, a qualified personal trainer and ditching the ‘clean eating’ moniker, she’s still going strong and has even recently launched a workout collection with Primark.
I loved meeting Alice, who – despite a cold – was a lovely ball of energy, brimming with positivity. She had a real range of advice for life and business embracing what she calls ‘healthy selfishness’ – and there’s even some advice from her grandad in there
For the first time, we’ve got two guests joining us this week – supermodel Natalia Vodianova and Valerie Messika, CEO and Creative director of diamond house, Messika.
For the last three years, Messika have been part of Natalia’s Fabulous Fund Fair – an annual event during fashion week which raises loads of money for Natalia’s charity, Naked Heart Foundation. However, during this time, the pair have developed a really lovely friendship, bonding over the charity, business and lots more, as you’ll hear.
We met the pair on the morning of most recent Fabulous Fund Fair in a West London hotel (so you may here a bit of hoovering and tea cups clinking), where they talking about everything from smiling to sexuality. It’s a really interesting chat with two switched on, intelligent women at the top of their games and there’s plenty of advice in there for everyone.
This week’s guest is Tanya Burr. Tanya is an influencer and actress and when we caught up with her she told us more about this career path. For years Tanya has been training, and she is currently starring in the play Confidence at Southwark Playhouse – a run that ends this week. Growing up with that first YouTube generation, Tanya is used to giving out advice and she didn’t let us down – passing on advice about everything from list-making and visualization to which pub will let you bring your dog
This week Maya Jama is our guest on Grazia Life Advice - the podcast where we ask our guests to tell us the six best pieces of advice they’ve ever been given… and the one worst.
Presenter, model and DJ, Maya is an absolute force to be reckoned with. We met Maya her at her work, Radio 1, and she was speaking to us as part of an O2 campaign to get the nation to share their Unforgettable Gig stories, so she has some good, practical advice around that subject as well as lots of relatable, down-to-earth stuff too. Just listen up, because she talks VERY quickly
This week Dolly Alderton is our guest on Grazia Life Advice.
Journalist, author and podcaster Dolly has had a phenomenal year so far, following the release of her memoir, Everything I Know About Love. You’ve probably also heard one of her podcasts – The High Low Show and Love Stories.
We met Dolly in her London home and talked friends, love, life and career, as Dolly gave us what she described as the ‘rose wine and box sets… basic b*tch of advice’. And we loved it all.
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