Celebrating Amazing Women With #ARWoman

Fun at the fair

When you think about the women in your life, most people will think of their mum, their best friend, their gran. Some of us are lucky enough to be surrounded by brilliant, strong women, and it’s often something we take for granted. We take them for granted. I’m really big on celebrating women and I’m definitely a girls’ girl. I mean, I enjoy the company of men, but give me a group of female friends and a bottle of wine (or two) any day.

So the #ARWoman campaign by Atterley Road is something I’m totally on board with. The fashion brand is asking bloggers to talk about a woman who inspires them and I’m spoilt for choice. I’m inspired by fellow female bloggers like Erica, whose ability to style an outfit leaves me open-mouthed, Katie, who has a beautiful eye for photography, Fritha and Lori, whose blogs make my life a brighter place, and GillMolly and Katrina, who are talented writers and brilliant friends. Then there’s my best mate Kim who has been with me through thick and thin since we were 15 and bonded over our love of Take That. And Fee and Sarah, who joined me in taking that love of boybands a little bit further (like around the UK and Ireland doing a tour of concert venues, posh hotels and airports…)

But the woman who inspires me the most – as unoriginal as it may seem – is my mum. Apart from being generally ace, she’s so utterly supportive of her children and always has been. She’s such a positive person – always looking at things as ‘challenges’ rather than problems and refusing to dwell on the negative side of life. She’s determined and a great organiser – skills I know I’ve got from her. But most of all, she’s the kind of person I’d be friends with, even if she wasn’t my mum.


Who’s your #ARWoman? Post a photo of her on Instagram or Twitter, tagging @AtterleyRoad and tagging it #ARWoman. Let’s celebrate the women we love and admire!

• Big thanks to Atterley Road for commissioning this post on #ARWoman. For details of how I work with brands, see my Work With Me page.



  1. February 21, 2015 / 9:40 pm

    Your mum must be beaming with happiness reading that!

  2. February 21, 2015 / 10:22 pm

    Aww Alison, this is a beautiful post. I love the campaign & it’s so great to be open & celebrate women, for the stars that they truly are. Your words about your mum resonate with not only me but I’m sure most of us, & I feel privaledged to have met mama P! & from the short time I saw her- her positive attitude radiates through! 🙂 xx

  3. February 22, 2015 / 9:04 am

    I love your mum too and I’ve never even met her! Lovely post, thank you for the mention.xxx

  4. February 23, 2015 / 7:39 pm

    Such a lovely piece. I think we need to support and be more positive to each other as women – there’s far too much jealousy out there. We should be grateful for what we have and appreciate other people’s talents and virtues.

  5. February 25, 2015 / 7:46 pm

    Ahh it’s lovely to have your mother and I would have too. I went the media superficial way of inspiration but we are lucky to have so many strong supportive and inspiring women in our lives including ourselves. I would love someone to pick themselves because that would be awesome too. As women we should all support and inspire each other and lift each other up. I love this campaign and loving all the post of inspiring women to read about.

  6. February 25, 2015 / 9:38 pm

    I love the #ARWoman campaign, as a dad of a little lady I love anything empowering women, especially after reading everyday sexism project today (scared the proverbial out of me for my daughter).

  7. February 26, 2015 / 11:14 am

    When you don’t have a mother like this – you appreciate posts like this all the more.

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