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8 Feb

Girl Power for Galentines Day

Girl power is the way forward this Valentine’s Day. Female empowerment is now a huge part of society, thankfully and finally! But the most important factor is our friendships. Where would you be without your girls? We all have a few girls that spring to mind when you think ‘GIRL POWER’.

But what does girl power actually mean?

It’s a phrase we see thrown across every social media channel, especially from this generation. We’re here for it, getting the message out loud and clear! It’s about being whoever you want, doing whatever you want, wearing whatever you want and having the confidence to empower others to do the same. Young women in this generation are slowly realising that girl power is a strong force.

Girls are no longer looking for a knight, we’re looking for the sword.

Self-esteem is something everyone struggles at some point and believe it or not, we have all been there. When that dress doesn’t fit like it did on the girl on Instagram, you’re automatically the ‘wrong body shape’, or having a breakout that just won’t go away because you’re ‘not good enough’. We need to understand that those things don’t matter, and we are the culprits of keeping them alive in our own minds, feeding into the negative thought process. No one else would ever dare say these things to you, or others, so why say it to yourself? Once we realise it’s the most un-important opinion, we can learn to be confident and happy.

Comparing yourself is toxic, which is why social media can be a toxic environment. As a young woman, now is the time to start loving yourself. Confidence shines through and however you feel on the inside shows in everything you do. If we start to love ourselves, the way we see ourselves will change and you will stop feeling the need to compare yourself to others and start feeling good! Why waste your life away feeling down about yourself when it’s in your own hands to change your own mindset and start being happy?

Friendships are the most valuable thing to anyone, especially us girls. We can use girl power within our friendships to help lift one another up and empower each other, because that’s what friends do.

This Valentine’s day, or should I say Galentine’s day, let’s appreciate the friendships we’ve made and help boost each other’s self-esteem. As friendship is the key to girl power. Here’s a few ways you can empower each other together…

PAMPER NIGHT

Why not have your girls round and pamper yourselves with some inspirational music and drinks. Whether you go for some R&B with a side of mango smoothies, or some indie classics and bucket of pink gin, just enjoy some quality time with your friends. Talking to one another can take a lot of weight off your shoulders, so take silly photos, do face masks, paint your nails and remember who you are without comparing yourself.

WINE AND DINE

The best thing to do when you need a self-esteem boost is to get glammed up with your girls. Listening to some music that makes you feel confident will get you off to a good start and we all have that one song that hits our soul differently. Channel your inner Beyonce babe.

Getting glammed up with the girls is always a fun few hours, experimenting with your makeup and just being creative! And remembering it’s ok to laugh at yourself and not to take life too seriously! Once your all glammed up, who said anything about going out? Start by cooking together, wining and dining the Valentines way, (or just order a takeaway, because let’s be real, did somebody say Just Eat?). Then you can decide whether to hit your favourite club after. There’s no better feeling than dancing the night away with your best friends.

BREAKFAST & SHOPPING = YES

Take a break from your phones and get yourself up early and out for breakfast. Yes early! You won’t be missing out on much, just the same girls posting the same Pandora rings that their boyfriends only got because they hinted it to them. This will give you a fresh and clear start to your day, taking off all the pressure of ‘Valentines’ and embracing ‘Galentines’. A breakfast date with your friends can often solve all your problems, even if you didn’t know it. Head out shopping after and treat yourself, because what’s Valentine’s day without self-love and girl power?

Georgia Leigh Rhodes

Thank you for reading! Im currently A Fashion Marketing Student at Leeds Beckett University and i’m obsessed with clothes! As YSL says "Fashions fade, style is eternal.”

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