The Wingwoman

The Wingwoman

By Charlie and Frankie
Thirty-something life, honestly. Journalists and best mates Charlie Gowans-Eglinton and Frankie Graddon talk about everything from imposter syndrome and pandemic pregnancy to bad dates and worse hair days. Love, money, frocks and spots: it's all up for discussion
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26. Boris' BMI shaming, pregnancy body image and 'big' friendships
This week, the government's plans to combat obesity have got us talking about our relationships with food, from emotional to disordered - and why we don't think calorie counts on menus will solve anything.  Plus, Frankie's sharing the surprising impact that pregnancy has had on her body image, Charlie's realising that lockdown has made her less able to compromise, and we're sharing our tips for the best films, TV shows, books and articles this week - all over a glass of fancy Duskin apple juice for Frankie and a Tucci-approved negroni for Charlie. To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every Sunday. Email us at thewingwomanofficial@gmail.com Links from the episode: We need empathy, compassion and a focus on mental health - not calorie counts on menus - Daisy Buchanan for Grazia There's a divide in even the closest interracial friendships including ours - Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman for The Cut 'I want people to look around and realise the greatest romances of your life can be your friends' - Evette Dionne for Glamour Tiny love stories - The New York Times
43:24
July 31, 2020
25. Book thieves, patchy pubes and why we need to talk about unemployment
This week, Charlie is discussing the pressure to nail a reopening look and asking, why are women's appearances still allowed to be commented on? With unemployment on the rise, Frankie shares her own experiences of job loss and explains why shedding the stigma of redundancy is vital in a pandemic.  We're also asking, are you a book lender or hoarder? Plus, we share our recommendations of what to watch and read this week – all over a Sipsmith G&T for Charlie, and Luscombe Cool Ginger Beer for Franks.  To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every Sunday. Email us at thewingwomanofficial@gmail.com Links from the episode: You Write It And Now You Know It Sucks - The Cut White Supremacy Was Her World. And The She Left - by Seward Darby for The New York Times 
42:51
July 24, 2020
24. People fatigue, extreme paddleboarding, and #FreeBritney
This week, Charlie - having wanted nothing more than to socialise while she was in lockdown alone - is now finding other people exhausting, while Frankie's finally dipped a toe into Devonian waters with an ill-fated attempt at a paddleboard pub-crawl. We're discussing both over a glass of M&S Atlantis Santorini for Charlie and Sainsbury's alcohol-free rosé for Frankie. Plus, we're talking about the #FreeBritney movement and cancel culture, and sharing our recommendations for what to read and watch this week. To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every Sunday. Email us at thewingwomanofficial@gmail.com. Links from episode: Viola Davis: "My Entire Life has been a Protest" - by Sonia Saraiya for Vanity Fair (photography by Dario Calmese) Simone Biles on Overcoming Abuse, the Postponed Olympics, and Training During a Pandemic - by Abby Aguirre for Vogue
48:45
July 17, 2020
23. Menstrual cups, Jess Glynne’s Sexy Fish and has lockdown signalled the end of city life?
This week, Frankie is negotiating beachwear in the depths of Devon, while Charlie welcomes her first house guest and introduces herself to the thrills (and spills) of menstrual cups. We discuss Jess Glynne’s Sexy Fish dress code mishap – joggy bots and lobster anyone? – and ask, what will happen to city life after lockdown? Plus, we share the articles, podcasts and audio books on our radars – all over a glass of Calcarius Hellen Rosso. To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every Sunday. Email us at thewingwomanofficial@gmail.com
45:45
July 10, 2020
22. 'Reopening' makeovers, comment-section trolls, and the summer holiday split
As lockdown loosens up, Charlie's mourning the return of FOMO - selfie on a yacht, anyone? - and Frankie's (quite nervously) heading off to visit her parents in Devon. But will this be the summer of the staycation, or will you be booking a flight sharpish? Plus, we're talking aubergine-related twitter shade, online trolls, and 'reopening' looks (think drastic dye-job), and sharing our book and TV recommendations, all over a glass of Elementa Organic Primitivo for Charlie and Fever-Tree Tonic for Frankie. To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every Sunday. Email us at thewingwomanofficial@gmail.com
49:56
July 3, 2020
21. How the pandemic pushed me into the role of a '50s housewife
This week, Frankie is discussing the negative impact lockdown has had on women, and explains why she suddenly feels like a 1950's housewife, while Charlie shares her experience of socially distant dating and asks, will flirting ever be the same again? Plus, with pubs and restaurants opening back up again, we wonder whether we're ready to jump back into the social pool.  We also share our recommendations for the week, from a picnic-ready recipe to a bingeable TV series and two books well worth adding to your reading list – all over a bottle of Calcarius orange wine.  To hear more form us, sign up at TheWingWoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every Sunday. Get in touch at thewingwomanofficial@gmail.com Links from the episode Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams Jamie Oliver's salmon tacos Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo Trigonometry 
51:50
June 26, 2020
20. How it feels to be pregnant during a pandemic
This week, Frankie's sharing some big news! But what's it like to be pregnant during a pandemic? From solo scans to a possible bout of Covid-19, she talks us through it all. Plus, we're sharing our recommendation of the week, from podcasts and telly to books and articles - all over a bottle of Chin Chin vinho verde from Quinta do Ermizio in Northern Portugal (at least Charlie can still enjoy it). To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every Sunday. Email us at thewingwomanofficial@gmail.com Links from the episode FT Culture Call: Photographer Tyler Mitchell on Black freedom Fashion wants to be less racist, but I know there's still work to be done - Elgar Johnson for GQ
43:19
June 19, 2020
Episode 19: Why wild weeing is a feminist issue
This week our hosts share the podcasts, books and articles they've been listening to and reading to further educate themselves around the Black Lives Matter movement and systemic racism. Scroll down to find links below.  Plus, Frankie is examining how her feelings about money have changed during lockdown, and Charlie is discussing the issue of wild weeing while public toilets remain closed (just don't ask her to use a Shewee) - all over a cold can of Beavertown Gamma Ray Pale Ale.  To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every Sunday. Email us at thewingwomanofficial@gmail.com Links from the episode  Farewell to America, by Gary Younge  Young Protesters On Why They Are Marching Against Racism, by Aamna Mohdin Unpretty Podcast  'Riots', 'mobs', 'chaos': the establishment always frames change as dangerous, by Keisha N. Blain and Tom Zoellner My Name is Why, by Lemn Sissay   
52:36
June 12, 2020
Episode 18: Anti-racism, the lockdown paradox and seminal bonkbusters
This week, as the Black Lives Matter protests against racism and police violence following the death of George Floyd while in police custody continue across America and the world, our hosts are recognising their white privilege and trying to educate themselves, and sharing resources for anyone else seeking to do so - we’ve linked to petitions and funds to donate to below, and shared a few of the books we’ve mentioned. Plus, Frankie’s admitting that part of her doesn’t want to leave lockdown, and Charlie’s sharing the paperback sex scenes that were seminal for her school friends (one name: Ralph). And we share our recommendations for the week - all over a bottle of organic Pura Sicilia Purato Rosé. To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every Sunday. Email us at thewingwomanofficial@gmail.com. What to read/listen to: 10 Steps to Non-Optical Allyship by Mireille Harper (originally published on Instagram; now reproduced by British Vogue) Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison Petitions to sign: Justice for George Floyd Run With Maud - Justice for Ahmaud Arbery Stand With Breonna - Justice for Breonna Taylor Justice for Belly Mujinga Where to donate: Since recording, The Minnesota Freedom Fund has suspended donations having received around $20 million, and is redirecting those wishing to donate to the organisations on this list compiled by Reclaim The Block. National Bail Out Black Lives Matter The Movement for Black Lives Other links from the episode: Why I'm Not Sure I Want to Leave Lockdown by Vicky Spratt for Refinery29 Fortunately... with Fi and Jane
39:21
June 3, 2020
Episode 17: What it's like to quit your job during a pandemic
This week, Charlie's sharing her experience of quitting the job that defines you - during a pandemic - while Frankie outlines her change curve a year-and-a-bit after she went freelance when the company she worked for folded. Plus, we're dissecting the appeal of the latest social media trend, Cottagecore, taking gardening tips from Monty Don, and sharing our TV and recipe recommendations - all over a bottle of Conte di Alari Gavi. To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every Sunday.
50:12
May 27, 2020
Episode 16: Sexy summers, Julia Roberts' armpits and is this the end of the insta-interior?
This week, Frankie has got up close and (too) personal with the back garden nature set, while Charlie is getting a thrill from her new bin storage and Kate Beckinsale's pizza cat. We ask, will the pandemic signal the end of the insta-perfect millennial interior? And discuss whether the dearth of sexiness will have us lusting after Harry Styles' melons all summer. Plus, we share the books, planting tips and Instagram accounts keeping us entertained - all over a cold bottle of Laurent Miquel Nocturnes Viognier.  To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every Sunday. 
37:00
May 20, 2020
Episode 15: The surprising thing about figs, why we're feeling nostalgic and Engelbert Humperdinck's hair
This week, Charlie is contemplating where her fantasy travel bubble would take her, and compiling her dream holiday menu, while Frankie is finding  herself occupied by memories (mortifying ones) of bad dates past.  We're discussing new underwear habits and sharing the cooking tips, TV shows and Louis Theroux audio fixes keeping us feeling jolly – all over a bottle of French 75 from Three Sheets.  To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every Sunday. 
35:03
May 13, 2020
Episode 14: Skin hunger, bonnet watch and crushing on Connell's chain
This week, Frankie has developed a quarantine crush on Normal People’s Connell Waldron (and his chain necklace), while Charlie is baffled over Matthew McConaughey’s next film choice. We’re discussing the effects of 'skin hunger' in this isolation age and asking, will we ever go back to handshakes? Plus, we share the films, recipes and Twitter accounts entertaining us this week – all over a bottle of Bacchus Rosso Piceno Ciu Ciu. Cheers. To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every Sunday.
29:41
May 6, 2020
Episode 13: Nipple hairs, friend bubbles and the death of FOMO
This week, Frankie is discussing the Joy of Letting Go, and asking, will beauty standards be different after lockdown? Meanwhile, Charlie is constructing her fantasy friend bubble – Cher, expect an invite in the post soon. We're also talking baking fails, lunch discoveries and sharing our favourite reads and watches this week – all over a glass of Hecht & Bannier Languedoc red.  To hear more from us, sign up  at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every Sunday. 
37:11
April 29, 2020
Episode 12: Modern break-ups, the introvert/extrovert Zoom divide and what would Stanley Tucci do?
This week, Charlie is embracing her extrovert Zoom persona, while Frankie is discovering her surprise introvert. We're also discussing make-ups and break-ups in lockdown and Tom Ford's tips for getting an A-list camera angle - all over a bottle of perfectly pale Tour Campanets rosé.  Plus, we share our recommendations for what to watch and read this week.  To hear more form us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every Sunday
26:37
April 21, 2020
Episode 11: Celebrity clangers, #smugsolation, and new routines
This week, we're realising that not all pandemic lockdowns are create equal. Frankie's worried that she might be guilty of #smugsolation posts on Instagram while Charlie's sure that celebrities avowing to be 'just like us' are, in fact, nothing like us (we're looking at you, Madonna).  Plus, we're sharing our recipe, tv and book recommendations over a cold bottle of Azevedo Vinho Verde - and there's even a cameo from Frankie's husband Ben with some gardening tips. To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free newsletter every Sunday.
35:20
April 15, 2020
Episode 10: Productivity guilt, the future of body hair and the morality of pandemic shopping
This week, Charlie is full of the joys of spring, while Frankie is mulling over the future of bikini line grooming. We're discussing the pressure to be productive during lockdown and asking, should we be shopping during a pandemic?  Plus, we're sharing our recommendations – from period drama escapism to quick kitchen cupboard dinners – all over a bottle of Reserve De Gassac rosé. To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free newsletter every Sunday. 
37:08
April 8, 2020
Episode 9: Coping mechanisms, craft fatigue and silver linings
It's week two of lockdown, and Frankie's fallen out of her freelance working-from-home rhythm but discovered a new love for cooking. Meanwhile, Charlie's finding the joy in dressing up while keeping an uninvited house guest at bay. And while we might be catching up via Houseparty, there's still a bottle of Puglian red on the go... Plus, we're sharing our recommendations for the best telly, books, and podcasts - with a few of our all-time favourite weepy films thrown in for good measure.   To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our newsletter every Sunday.
34:54
April 2, 2020
Episode 8: Video dating, penis pasta and life in quarantine
This week we’re in lockdown, so recording the podcast over Google hangout from our respective homes… needs must! Charlie is navigating a new virtual dating scene, while Frankie's negotiating quarantine cohabiting in a one-bed flat (don’t call the divorce lawyers yet). Plus, we’re discussing online communities and sharing some of our book, TV and podcast recommendations for keeping entertained at home – all over a bottle of Primitivo and a chocolate Easter egg, why not? To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our newsletter every Sunday.
40:33
March 25, 2020
Episode 7: Style ruts, corona etiquette, and why we need to talk about weight
This week, Frankie's finding joy in small pleasures (like finally sorting out the junk pile at home) while Charlie's dating life grinds to a halt - too many germy strangers. At least she still has her wingwoman to share a bottle of Barolo with... Plus, we're talking about body image, weight taboos, and the pressure to conform to beauty ideals, with some discussion of eating disorders. For help or support with these issues, call the Beat charity helpline on 0808 801 0677.  To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our newsletter every Sunday.
36:42
March 17, 2020
Episode 6: Surprise naked spas, emotionally detaching from work and is Love Blind?
This week Charlie is unpicking the Love is Blind phenomenon and discussing the politics of modern dating, while Frankie is finding it difficult to emotionally detach from work and separate self-worth from career success (and failures)  – all over a bottle of Beefsteak Club Malbec.  For more from The Wingwoman, sign up to receive our newsletter every Sunday at TheWingwoman.co.uk
34:15
March 10, 2020
Episode 5: Red wine miracles, goat-fluencers, and the loneliness of city life
This week, Frankie's missing a sense of community and tackling the loneliness that comes with being a freelancer in London - and, for Charlie, with living alone. Plus we're talking wanderlust, holidaying in our 30s and the problem with natural deodorants... all over a bottle of Tesco's Finest St Chinian. For more from The Wingwoman, sign up to receive our newsletter every Sunday at TheWingwoman.co.uk.
30:20
March 3, 2020
Episode 4: The power of muting, dogs in pubs and the politics of going make-up free
This week, Charlie is conflicted over Goop's latest celeb-filled party, while Frankie's learning how to have a healthy relationship with Instagram –thanks to Elizabeth Day's interview with Frankie Bridge –  all over a bottle of Primitivo. For more from The Wingwoman, sign up to receive our newsletter every Sunday at TheWingwoman.co.uk
23:44
February 25, 2020
Episode 3: Wardrobe hysteria, mushroom haircuts, and an orgasm deep dive
This week, Frankie's avoiding eye contact discussing orgasms (inspired by Gwyneth's Netflix series) while Charlie's oversharing – and triggering her social anxiety in the process – over a bottle of Barolo and a box of inappropriately crunchy breadsticks.  For more from The Wingwoman, sign up to receive our newsletter every Sunday at TheWingwoman.co.uk.
27:53
February 18, 2020
Episode 2: Money ostriches, sit-down gigs and holiday disasters
This week, Charlie's celebrating her birthday - and worrying about ageing out of online dating brackets - while Frankie tackles one of her least favourite topics of conversation, money, all over a Buck's fizz and a pain au choc.  For more from The Wingwoman, sign up to receive our newsletter every Sunday at TheWingwoman.co.uk
22:03
February 11, 2020
Episode 1: The cult of productivity, vagina eyes and ghosts of Bumble past
In this new weekly podcast, journalists, thirty-somethings, and best mates Charlie Gowans-Eglinton and Frankie Graddon share a bottle of wine and dissect the current obsession with productivity and personal branding, feeling starstruck, and modern dating gripes. Read more from Frankie and Charlie in their weekly newsletter: subscribe at TheWingwoman.co.uk
24:20
February 2, 2020
The Wingwoman Teaser
Welcome to The Wingwoman! We're journalists and best mates, and each week we'll be delving into the realities of thirty-something life as we know it, from side-hustling to pay the rent and bad dates to bad hair days and existential crises after one too many glasses of wine. Join us! 
01:58
January 30, 2020