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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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2.9 Cheugy shame, Billie Eilish's Vogue cover, and the joy of work wives
This week, we're facing the latest attack on millennials: being labelled 'Cheugy'. Would you mug shelf and pasta preference betray you? We're alsotalking about Billie Eilish's vogue cover, the sexualisation of teenage celebrities and the curse of being labelled a role model, and we're defending work wife culture (though only as we know it). Plus, we're talking about Frankie's rainy holiday in Devon and Charlie's polling station meet-cute fantasy, and sharing our pop culture recommendations of the moment. To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every other Sunday. Or get in touch with any questions or feedback at thewingwomanofficial@gmail.com. Links from the episode: What is 'Cheugy'? You know it when you see it - Taylor Lorenz, The New York Times Turns out I'm pretty Cheugy - Mia Mercado, The Cut 'It's all about what makes you feel good': Billie Eilish on new music, power dynamics, and her internet-breaking transformation - Laura Snapes, Vogue The History of the work spouse - Katie Heaney, The Cut 'We may have been alone, but Covid mums shared a unique experience, one defined by the depths of female strength and resilience' - Jess Brammar, Grazia Hay Festival 2021
39:25
May 8, 2021
2.8 Generation BO, wardrobe crises and socialising after lockdown
This week, we're talking about our firsts after lockdown: first lunch with friends, first browse of a bookshop, first deathly hangover as a parent... Charlie's realising how much she missed conversations with strangers, and Frankie's struggling to rediscover her personal style after a year of big changes.  Plus, we're talking about caterpillar cake wars and how hygiene standards have slipped during lockdown, and sharing recommendations for our favourite articles, podcasts, films and documentaries of the moment. To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every other Sunday. Or get in touch with any questions or feedback at thewingwomanofficial.com. Links from the episode: 'I wash my hands and genitals - the rest I gave up': how the pandemic changed our hygiene habits - Emine Saner, The Guardian Our social muscles have broken down. Here's how to build them back up - Sadhbh O'Sullivan, Refinery29 I've lost my conversational mojo - can I relearn the art of small talk? - Rhik Samadder, The Guardian Life on a Plate with Tom Allen A frou frou boob-tube and metallic pink trousers: the outfits readers can't wait to wear - The Guardian Checks and Balances - Otegha Uwagba, British Vogue May issue (not currently online) My Octopus Teacher BAFTA acceptance speech
36:39
April 24, 2021
2.7 Khloe Kardashian's bikini, an examination of procrastination and have I forgotten how to eat in public?
This week, Charlie explores her inability to stop procrastinating, while Frankie realises that after a year of sofa dinners, she's forgotten how to eat like a grown up. We discuss Khloe Kardashian's controversial bikini photo asking, should she have removed it from Instagram and how did we reach peak filter? Plus, we share the interviews and dodgy TV shows on our radar. To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every other Sunday. Or get in touch at thewingwomanofficial.com. Episode links: What Does Procrastination Tell Us About Ourselves - James Surowiecki, The New Yorker BBC Radio 6 Festival - Michael Kiwanuka at Alexandra Palace Conversations on Love How to Fail with Adrian Dunbar
36:48
April 10, 2021
2.6. After a year of lockdown and pandemic living, is there even a 'normal' to go back to?
This week, we're taking stock a year after the first lockdown was announced, and wondering whether it will take finally going 'back to normal' for us to realise how much has changed. Plus, Charlie's dipping a toe back into the app-dating waters (with pub-garden dates a possibility again) and Frankie's taken her first step back into the world of work after having a baby - but with no childcare, it's just as hard as you'd imagine.  Plus, we're talking eye-gazing and Instagram buddhism (thanks to Orlando Bloom) and discussing wine in a tin - is it the future? To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every other Sunday. Or get in touch at thewingwomanofficial.com. Episode links: Hollywood, Anti-Asian hate and me - Charlotte Mei, Buro 247 #StopAsianHate 'We Need To Understand The Often-Hidden Racist Rhetoric In The UK, That Has Been Omnipresent All My Life' - Susie Lau, Grazia Change.org: COVID19 Anti-Racism Group (CARG) against Racism targeting British East Asian People Go Fund Me: #StopAsianHate Emily Ratajkowski has posted pictures of herself in labour. That’s nothing . . . - Frankie Graddon, The Times Orlando Bloom on life with Katy Perry and their new baby, Daisy - Hannah Swerling, The Times NICE - Malbec in a tin
46:59
March 27, 2021
2.5 Why "text me when you get home" shouldn't have to be said
Trigger warning: in this episode we discuss sexual harassment, suicide and mental health This week the abduction and murder of Sarah Everard as she walked home shook women all over the country. We’re discussing why this case has hit so close to home - but also questioning how much more attention these cases get when the victims are white. We also discuss the British media's reaction to Meghan following the Sussexs’ Oprah interview, and look at why the 'difficult woman' narrative is so damaging. To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every other Sunday Or get in touch at thewingwomanofficial.com You can contact the following organisations for support with your mental health: Mind, NHS, Samaritans. Episode links: Letters Live Open City Millennial Love  Redemption Roasters
49:37
March 13, 2021
2.4 Centre partings, bottled martinis, and making plans for post-lockdown life
This week, we're making plans for our post-lockdown lives - but while Frankie's booked a haircut and a British minibreak, Charlie's worrying about socialising fatigue. We're also talking about the generational parting war (are you a centrist or a sidey?) and the danger of group texts. Plus, we're sharing our podcast, TV, and article recommendations over a martini - Frankie's is from The Berkeley's Blue Bar, and Charlie's is Daffy's martini with orange blossom. Cheers! To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every other Sunday. Or get in touch at thewingwomanofficial.com. Episode links: Grace Dent on In Writing with Hattie Crisell  British grief centres mainly around the making of sandwiches - Grace Dent, The Guardian Oh la la! Why I'm staying in with the French - Charlie Gowans-Eglinton, The Times
35:22
February 27, 2021
2.3. Cats in court, caesarean stigma, and how we failed Britney Spears
This week, Frankie's sharing her emergency caesarean story - and scar - inspired by Amy Schumer, and Charlie's gone down a DIY rabbit hole. We're talking about the Framing Britney Spears documentary, and how we failed one of our generation's formative icons - and wondering if things would really be any different if it all played out now.  Plus, we're sharing our book and article recommendations over a glass of Casina Tavijn vino rosso for Charlie, and Love by Leoube rosé Côtes de Provence for Frankie. Cheers! To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every other Sunday. Or get in touch at thewingwomanofficial.com. Episode links: How complicit are we in the downfall of Britney Spears? - Marie Claire Chappet, Harper's Bazaar People Like Her, Ellery Lloyd 'I'm not a cat'
39:31
February 13, 2021
2.2. Liz Hurley’s snow boobs, internal monologues and, help! I can’t stop online shopping
This week, Frankie has become addicted to buying storage solutions, while Charlie has just completed her first tax return and only cried twice - oh the joys of January. We discuss Liz Hurley’s topless snow day picture and ask: why is it still deemed inappropriate for a woman over forty to show some skin? Plus, with so many of us spending more time by ourselves, now’s the time negative internal monologues can run rampage. Frankie’s found some helpful suggestions for keeping it quiet. We also share the telly shows, articles and gymnastic routines getting us through the week - all over half a tin of Fortitude Imperial Stout (Frankie) and glass of Sea of Dreams Garnacha (Charlie). Cheers! To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every Sunday. Email us at thewingwomanofficial.com.
37:07
January 30, 2021
Season 2. Episode 1. The realities of giving birth, a rethink on being single and let's discuss SATC
We're back and this week there's a lot to catch up on. Frankie shares her experience of having a baby in a pandemic and what the first few weeks of motherhood have been like. Meanwhile, Charlie examines how lockdown has changed her dating attitude and why she's only got one resolution this year. Plus we discuss the SATC reboot and share the telly, books and recipes on our radars. All over a glass of Sainsbury's Barbera d'Asti (Frankie) and Ping Pong Carignan (Charlie). To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every Sunday. Email us at thewingwomanofficial.com.
50:59
January 16, 2021
40. Goop's ridiculous baguette lamp and how are you feeling about lockdown 2.0?
This week, Charlie and Frankie discuss their thoughts on the second lockdown, from what's making them feel anxious, to coping strategies and distraction techniques (takeaway coffee for Charlie, early Christmas trees for Frankie).  Charlie enlightens Frankie about voice memo dating, while Frankie runs through the weird and wonderful buys she'd like from Goop's brilliantly ridiculous gift guide – bread lamp anyone? Plus, we share the books, TV series, podcast and website currently on our radar. To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every Sunday. Email us at thewingwomanofficial.com. 
40:03
November 5, 2020
39. Why are we embarrassed to talk about masturbation?
This week, Charlie's sharing her.... unusual first vibrator story, and Frankie's wondering why she's never felt particularly comfortable talking about masturbation. Plus, we're talking about tipping culture, and the cult of the Instagram 'expert'. Plus, our guide to the best TV of the week, and a new addition to the Top of the Chocs pain au chocolat guide.  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. Episode links: Women and sex: what we don't reveal - The Times These women paid an Instagram influencer to help them manifest money. Now they're not happy - Vicky Spratt, Refinery29
41:57
October 29, 2020
38. I posed naked in a national newspaper - here’s why
This week, Charlie got her kit off to pose for a nude portrait in a bid to reframe her body image. She tells Frankie about the catalyst behind it, what it’s like to have your bare boobs immortalised in pastel, and how it’s changed the way she considers herself. We also discuss ‘Zoom Dick’, our ghost outfits and Matthew McConaughey’s book bio, plus share our recommendations of the week. To hear more from us, sign up at TheWingoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every Sunday. Email us at thewingwomanofficial.com Episode Links: I had body issues - so I posed nude for artists Hester Finch – Charlie Gowans-Eglinton, The Times As dramatic as it sounds, this was my destiny - Jessica Diner for Vogue Lunch Hour Links
35:37
October 22, 2020
37. Extrovert shame, career-switching, and the joys of being basic
This week, Frankie's revelling in the joys of autumn... even though they might be considered 'basic' by some. Doesn't that just mean they're good enough to have widespread appeal? It seems Emily in Paris got at least one thing right. Meanwhile, Charlie's wondering if she's really the enigmatic introvert that she hoped she was, or something altogether different (and far needier).  Plus, we reveal our government-assigned new careers, though there might be a bit of a problem with Frankie's... 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.  Episode links: The arts aren't a luxurious hobby, Rishi Sunak. They're a lifeline for millions - Tim Burgess, The Guardian In defence of pumpkin patches, Halloween, and being an all-round autumnal basic bitch - Rhiannon Evans, Grazia I have come to the humiliation conclusion that I am an extrovert - Molly Fischer, The Cut On Reflection podcast, hosted by Funmi Fetto Why is your skin so good, The Cut
43:46
October 15, 2020
36. The positive power of fashion, and the end of the cinema as we know it
This week, we're talking about the positive impact that getting dressed in the morning (and we don't mean into lockdown leggings) can have on how we feel, and discussing the end of the cinema as we know it. Plus, we share our weekly recommendations, from Tom Hollander's viral day in the life to Emily in Paris - is it the next Sex and the City? 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. This episode is sponsored by Tu, and the Dress Well, Feel Good campaign.  Episode links:  I wouldn't go on a date to the cinema. What does that mean for its future? Charlie Gowans-Eglinton, The Times A life in the day: Tom Hollander, The Sunday Times Magazine
36:51
October 8, 2020
35. Friend paranoia, pandemic wedding guests and why we should all approach winter like a Norwegian
This week, Frankie's exploring the phenomenon of friendship paranoia and looking at how 2020 has altered our relationships, while Charlie examines the Norwegian art of 'mental framing' in preparation for a potentially tricky winter (it's all to do with hot wine and festive security lights).  Plus, we put on our glad rags and go to a pandemic-era wedding, and share the TV documentary that's moved us, podcast we've loved and toilet-roll holder that's proved horrifying – all over an Oatly Barista oat milk latte.  To hear more from us, sing up at TheWingwoman.co.uk to receive our free weekly newsletter every Sunday. Email us at thewingwoman@gmail.com.  Episode links: Dreading a dark winter? Think like a Norwegian – David Robson for The Guardian  Are all my friends mad at me? - Katie Heaney for The Cut  Home cooking with Samin Nosrat and Hrishikesh Hirway
35:54
October 1, 2020
34. Remote red carpets, achievement addiction, and lockdown 2.0
This week, Charlie's making plans for lockdown 2.0, while Frankie's wondering if success can be dangerously addictive - and whether it can even really make us happy. Plus, we're watching a lot - and we mean a lot - of TV, from illuminating documentaries to guilty pleasures, and sharing our alternative life milestones (there's a roast chicken involved), all over our morning coffee. 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. Episode links:  Why success won't make you happy - Arthur C. Brooks for The Atlantic The art of happiness, with Arthur Brooks
33:20
September 24, 2020
33. Alone time, egg freezing and would you date for friends?
This week, Charlie is switching her alone time for new work colleagues, while Frankie is experiencing her first days of flying solo since lockdown – and rather enjoying it! We also discuss the phenomenon of dating for friends, and explore the experience of egg freezing thanks to Sophia Money-Coutt’s brilliant new podcast. Plus, we share talk holidays for one, and which new Netflix series has got us hooked - all over two iced Monmouth coffees. 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. Link from the episode Egg freezing: expensive, unpredictable and harrowing. So why is it on the increase? - Sophia Money-Coutts for The Times  Freezing Time - Sophia Money-Coutts Ticket For One - Kate Wills 
35:47
September 17, 2020
32. Full bushes, grown-up dating etiquette, and struggles with self-promotion
This week, Frankie's struggling to find her 'personal brand', while Charlie's reflecting on another non-starter of a date and asking herself: am I the arsehole? Plus, we share the podcasts, TV shows and films we loved this week, and crack open a bottle of Salice Salentino Riserva. 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: Code-switching - Lucrece Grehoua, Seriously... BBC Radio 4 Why it's never too late to master the art of self-promotion - Clare Thorp, Stella Magazine  Success secrets of a shameless self-promoter - Emma Gannon, Medium
37:26
September 10, 2020
31. First days in the office, Mariah Carey's memoir, and falling back in love with London
This week, Charlie is getting ready for her first day in a proper office since March, and wondering what the etiquette is now that handshakes are off the agenda. Meanwhile Frankie's trying not to hug strangers in the street and asking, have we lost the art of non verbal communication? We discuss the future of fashion week (welcome to the Zoom frow) and how to fall back in love with the city after lockdown.  Plus, we share the books and celebrity interviews that currently have us hooked, as we toast the end of white wine season with a glass of Terredavino Gavi Venturina (for Charlie, Franks is having a water - snore).  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:  Jerry Seinfeld: So you think New York is 'dead' (it's not) – Jerry Seinfeld, The New York Times You don't know her - Alison P Davis, New York Magazine Loving a champion hugger in an air-hug season - Arielle Cook-Shonkoff, The New York Times
42:55
September 3, 2020
30. Bagnums, Paris Hilton nostalgia, and playing Pollyanna
This week, Charlie's indulging in a bit of pop-culture nostalgia with a Brangelina update and news of Paris' new favourite word... while Frankie confirms - from personal experience - that her iconic baby voice is bogus.  Following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, Frankie's highlighting the difference between amplifying Black voices and amplifying Black trauma. Plus, we're sharing our reading lists for the week, and discussing a new podcast that highlights the power of optimism. And, since the episode was recorded in the morning for a change, we swapped the wine glasses for coffee cups, and a bag of Monmouth's organic espresso beans. 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: Sorry, consuming trauma porn is not allyship - Ashlee Marie Preston, Marie Claire Petition: Justice for Jacob Blake Donate: Justice for Jacob Blake Donate: Black Lives Matter Donate: #EachDayEveryDay - The Black Heart Foundation (UK) Paris Hilton: 'I never got to live my childhood' - Laura Pullman, Sunday Times Style The Cut Podcast - Avery Trufelman Redundancy: how it changed my outlook - Alexandra Stedman, The Frugality Anna Whitehouse, aka Mother Pukka: 'I was like a laptop slowly shutting down until only the basic keyboard function was there' - Grazia  Things you only know if you've had postpartum psychosis - Laura Dockrill, Grazia  
37:45
August 28, 2020
29: The power of low-stakes productivity, when horoscopes go wrong and what’s happened to my eyebrows?
This week, Charlie’s horoscope has got her questioning her emotional state, while Frankie is coming to terms with the reality that her eyebrows have done a runner. We discuss the comparison culture of pandemic productivity and why celebrating small wins could be the answer we’ve been looking for. Plus, we share the articles and TV shows on our radars this week – all over a bottle of Tesco Finest Chianti for Charlie and Oatly Chocolate Drink for Frank. 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 The Power of Low-Stakes productivity - Leah Fessner, New York Times Lockdown Revolutionised The ‘Respect Your Elders’ Dynamic With My Parents – Yomi Adegoke, Vogue.co.uk
28:57
August 21, 2020
28. Doomscrolling, the joy of saying no, and the death of 'flattering' fashion
This week, we're talking about the dangers of doomscrolling during a pandemic, taking a leaf out of Nancy Mitford's book when it comes to our workloads, and questioning whether it's time to retire the word 'flattering' when we talk about fashion.  Plus, we're sharing our recommendations - and discussing why Selling Sunset is as problematic as it is addictive - over a bottle of Cocio chocolate milk... well, we did record this episode during a heatwave. 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: Are you guilty of doomscrolling? How the unhealthy new social media trend is eroding your mental health - Beth McColl, Glamour 'Doomscrolling' during Covid-19: what it does to you and how you can avoid it - Christopher Curley, Healthline The new taboo: how 'flattering' became fashion's ultimate f-word - Jess Cartner-Morley, The Guardian
45:16
August 14, 2020
27. Toxic spirituality, debunking the beach body ready myth and have staycations signalled the end of silly swimwear?
In this week’s episode, Frankie’s new supermarket purchase is making her consider how staycations have changed swimwear, while Charlie’s trip to the seaside has put a new – and far more pleasant – spin on what it is to be beach body ready. We discuss the pitfalls of the positivity industry in a pandemic and ask, why aren’t women better at attributing success to their own abilities. Plus we share the pieces and podcasts that have piqued our interest – all over a bottle of Terra Organica Primitivo for Charles, and a glass of Belvoir Elderflower and Rose Pressé for Frank. 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: Has Coronavirus Finally Put a Stop to Toxic Spirituality - Vicky Spratt for Refinery29 The Michelle Obama Podcast Bipolar Disorder: Why We Need to Keep Talking About it After the Headlines Fade - Sally Newall for Harper’s Bazaar You Don’t Batch Cook When You’re Suicidal (formerly: The Price of Potatoes & The Value of Compassion - Jack Monroe for cookingonabootstrap.com ‘Indian Matchmaking’: The Dark Reality Behind Your Latest Netflix Binge - Meehika Barua for vogue.co.uk
43:54
August 7, 2020
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 
42:52
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
48:46
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
45:46
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
49:57
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
43:20
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.
50:13
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. 
35:04
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.
29:42
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.
35:21
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. 
37:09
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.
36:43
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
23:45
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.
27:54
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
22:04
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
24:21
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! 
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January 30, 2020