Happy International Women's Day

Every year on the 8th of March the world celebrates International Women’s Day and this year the Joy team wanted to join in and celebrate the women online that bring us joy every day. We strive to celebrate women every day of the year not just on the 8th of March but we couldn’t resist the opportunity to shine a spotlight on two of our favourites. Jess Marriner (@abrunetteedit) and Maria Larkin (@thatgirlwiththebob) are as obsessed with fashion as we are and create inspiring content regularly on their Instagrams. We asked both of them a few questions about female empowerment and what being a woman means to them. Take a look at their answers below!

JESS MARRINER @abrunetteedit

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

International women’s day to me means celebrating and thanking the amazing women in my life that bring a smile to my face, bring me up when I’m down and are there for me whatever the distance or time between us. Those women who you can turn up on their doorstep on the darkest of times and no words are needed, they put the kettle on, listen to your woes and help you put the world to rights.

Celebrate yourself and your achievements for a moment. What are you proud of?

My proudest achievement as a woman had to be raising my 7 year old daughter to be a kind, thoughtful and inspirational young women who cares so much about how other people feel and how she can make them smile (this is why she was Little Miss Sunshine for world book day!) How do you support the women around you? Women supporting women is so important to build community and kindness especially in the world of social media. ‘Have friends that applause not bring you down’ is so true and I think it’s all too easy to stop celebrating other people’s success and only focus on our own goals. Cheer on the women in your life, share their successes and in turn your community grows stronger.

What do you wear to feel extra confident?

Rocking a red lip is my key to confidence! If you are too scared to go bold with colour try it out and I promise you’ll feel like you are owning the day!

How do you treat yourself?

My own way of treating myself is through self care. I feel very passionate about women being able to love and enjoy beauty and not be ‘pigeon holed or labelled’ for doing so. People are always surprised when I say I’m a social worker - yes I have a serious job which is worlds away from the beauty and lifestyle industry but I can also appreciate and indulge in beauty without it undermining my chosen career. Putting a slick of Chanel coco rouge on in the morning is part of my ‘let’s do this’ routine and gives me that extra boost of confidence to know I can achieve whatever I put my mind too!

MARIA LARKIN @thatgirlwiththebob

** Dress coming to stores online in April

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

A day for celebrating women and their achievements across the globe and an opportunity to make real change towards equality for women especially in countries where the rights we take for-granted are still being fought for.

What woman comes to mind when you hear the words ‘badass babe’?

A strong inspirational woman. Someone who’s not afraid to stand up for either themselves or give a voice to those who need it most regardless of the consequences.

If you could change one thing for women in the world right now what would it be?

Equality from an early age and access to schooling and education for all girls.

Celebrate yourself and your achievements for a moment. What are you proud of?

Working hard in my career and achieving my goals but most of all being mum to my two gorgeous girls and watching them grow.

How do you support the women around you?

By being there for each other through thick and thin. One of my favourite quotes is; ‘Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.’ (Vivian Greene) For me this sums up the foundation of all good friendships.

What outfit do you rock to feel extra confident?

I love my biker jacket and throw it over the top of jeans and dresses. It always makes me feel good!

Name your favourite feminist.

Michelle Obama - in her own words; “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.”

What is your favourite thing about yourself? and/or your body?

Probably my hair. I hated it when I was younger but now I’ve learnt how to manage it I love that it’s so thick – although it’s still a nightmare in any humidity! How do you treat yourself? I love a lazy day with my family or lunch with friends. My other fav treats or pick me ups are shopping or a pilates class and my ultimate treat is a spa day but they don’t come around very often!!

Aren’t they both just fab? Go and check out their Instagram feeds for more inspiring content. International Women’s Day is a great day to support the women you know but also the women you don’t. Support can be as small as following your favourite gal on Instagram or buying something from a woman owned business. We hope you have an amazing International Women’s Day and have fun celebrating the power of woman.