Episode 46. 2018 In Review: Our Highs, Lows And A Comprehensive List Of Favourite Things This Year

Episode 46. 2018 In Review: Our Highs, Lows And A Comprehensive List Of Favourite Things This Year

What a year it’s been! We can’t quite believe that we’re wrapping 2018. It’s been an incredible year of sharing on the podcast, and we are so grateful to you for listening, reaching out and letting us know how much you enjoy the show. We do a happy little dance every time we hear from you!

In this episode we’re reviewing 2018, our highs, lows and all of our favourite things. 

It’s so important to take time to reflect, and we hope that you’ll enjoy doing so with us. We also hope that it may help you to look back on 2018 too. 

Thank you so much for supporting the show! Happy holidays! 

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Episode 45. Beatriz Stix-Brunell, First Soloist Of The Royal Ballet, On Dancing In The Nutcracker, Life As A Ballerina And Festive Traditions When You’re Working

Episode 45. Beatriz Stix-Brunell, First Soloist Of The Royal Ballet, On Dancing In The Nutcracker, Life As A Ballerina And Festive Traditions When You’re Working

Nothing says Christmas quite like The Nutcracker ballet, and this week we’re over the moon to welcome Beatriz Stix-Brunell, a First Soloist at The Royal Ballet, to the show. 

Beatriz is dancing in the iconic role of the Sugar Plum Fairy this winter, and we’re diving deep into the magical story of The Nutcracker, and why the ballet is just so enchanting, with her. 

We also chat to Beatriz about the intense preparation she goes through for her work, as well as what it’s like to celebrate the festive season backstage at the Royal Opera House.

Beatriz opens up about her early journey into ballet, her incredible career focus and the intricacies of being a dancer.

Finally, we chat about one of our favourite shared hobbies. Can you guess what it is?!

This is a magically festive episode which is a must-listen for all fans of the ballet and anyone who loves a big dose of inspiration. 

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Episode 44. Cat Meffan On Approaching The Festive Season With A Full Heart & Healthy Attitude, Plus Tips For Getting Into Your Exercise Groove

Episode 44. Cat Meffan On Approaching The Festive Season With A Full Heart & Healthy Attitude, Plus Tips For Getting Into Your Exercise Groove

We are so excited to welcome wellness guru Cat Meffan to the show! Cat is a yoga teacher, wellness retreat host, Youtuber, blogger and all round sunshine-emitting lady. We met Cat a year ago, via our dear friend Kristina Karlsson, and since our first dinner together we’ve been hooked on Cat’s work. 

During our interview with Cat we discussed a whole myriad of wellbeing-related topics, including: comparison on the internet, finding your groove with exercise and how to approach the festive season with a healthy mindset. 

With Christmas right around the corner we can’t think of a better time to hone in on our health and wellbeing priorities, alongside a healthy (no pun intended!) dose of celebrating too. 

We feel so inspired by Cat’s approach to life, and we hope that you will too.

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Episode 43. Laura Jane Williams On Making Your 'Yes' Count, Letting Go Of Self-Imposed Guilt And Pursuing Your Own Path

Episode 43. Laura Jane Williams On Making Your 'Yes' Count, Letting Go Of Self-Imposed Guilt And Pursuing Your Own Path

Welcome to Season 6 of Let’s Discuss podcast! How quickly have two years of podcasting gone?! Thank you so much for listening and supporting the show!

This season we’ve invited a whole roster of incredible guests onto the show. We hope they’ll inspire you as much as they have inspired us, especially as we head into the festive season and think about 2019. 

To kick off Season 6, we chatted with the incredible Laura Jane Williams.

We had the pleasure of meeting Laura via work this year and we were immediately hooked on her hilarious story-telling, warm nature and no-bullshit attitude. 

Laura has so much wisdom to share, and we can’t wait for you to get to know her better.

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Episode 42. Taking Criticism, Milestone Pressures, Autumn Loves And SO Much More In Season 5's Q&A

Episode 42. Taking Criticism, Milestone Pressures, Autumn Loves And SO Much More In Season 5's Q&A

Wow! We can’t quite believe that we’ve come to the end of another season of Let’s Discuss! Thank you so much for joining us for Season 5. If it’s possible to choose a favourite season, this has to be ours so far. 

As per tradition, the last episode of this season is a listener Q&A. And you guys delivered! We have a whole host of juicy questions to answer from you. From career quandaries and love dilemmas all the way through to soul-searching discussions. 

This was a super fun (and at times high emotion!) episode to record. We hope you’ll love listening as much as we loved recording it for you. 

Enjoy this season’s Q&A and we can’t wait to be back with you again a little later on this year. 

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Episode 41. Holistic Health Coach Tori Boughey On Finding Balance, Chakras, Crystals & How To Listen To Your Body's Signals

Episode 41. Holistic Health Coach Tori Boughey On Finding Balance, Chakras, Crystals & How To Listen To Your Body's Signals

When you feel unbalanced, or have a niggling sense that something is ‘off’, what do you normally do? 

In this week’s episode we talk to holistic health coach Tori Boughey, of TBalance, all about just that. From chakras, to crystals and listening to your body’s signals, we discuss the many ways you can heal imbalances.

If you feel unsettled, have a niggling pain or your confidence is low, this episode is an illuminating look at a holistic approach to finding balance again. 

Tori’s work is absolutely fascinating, and we hope that you’ll enjoy virtually sitting down with her as much as we did!

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Episode 40. Working As A Friendship Duo - A Look At Our Partnership As Co-Hosts & BFFs

Episode 40. Working As A Friendship Duo - A Look At Our Partnership As Co-Hosts & BFFs

As best friends in real life, and now partners in work too, we often get asked about our dynamic.

What’s it like working with a friend? Is it a good idea? How has it affected our friendship? 

We love working together, but we understand peoples’ concerns 100%. In this episode we’re opening up about how our partnership on the podcast came about, how we prepared for it and what we’ve learnt working together over the past two years. 

If you’re thinking about going into business with a friend or family member, or are simply curious about the dynamic of working friendships, this episode is for you. 

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Episode 39. Eco-Friendly Habits And Choices

Episode 39. Eco-Friendly Habits And Choices

Making more eco-friendly lifestyle choices has been at the forefront of our minds this year. In this episode we’re delving into the habit changes we’ve been making, as well as the areas of our lifestyles we’d still like to work on. 

From daily commitments, to clothes and ‘voting with your wallet’, this episode is full of recommendations and conversation around the things we can all be more conscious of when it comes to the environment. 

Plus we share the mantra which we’ve adopted to make sure that we’re getting the full life cycle out of everything we own. 

We hope that you’ll enjoy this episode, and if you have any recommendations for us about more eco-friendly choices we can make, tweet us on @LetsDiscussShow or individually on @CocosTeaParty and @MonicaBeatrice

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Episode 38. Naomi Mdudu, Founder Of The Lifestyle Edit, On Leaving London To Live In New York & Her Advice On Making A Big Move

Episode 38. Naomi Mdudu, Founder Of The Lifestyle Edit, On Leaving London To Live In New York & Her Advice On Making A Big Move

Naomi Mdudu is the founder of The Lifestyle Edit, an incredible website sharing long-form interviews with creative entrepreneurial women. Since its inception The Lifestyle Edit has expanded into other areas including creative retreats, coaching and more. 

Naomi is one of our great friends, and we admire her on so many levels, not least for her courage in leaving London to set up a new home in New York!

Naomi now lives full-time in New York, and we were dying to virtually sit down with her and discuss all things related to moving countries in your twenties. 

Making any big life decision, be it for work, love or something else, is taxing . . . choosing to move countries is surely one of the largest you can make?!

We are so excited to share our heart to heart with Naomi which goes deep into the practicalities of moving countries. We talk about how to know if it’s the right move for you, how to set yourself up with professional and personal contacts, and what the most important things are to focus on.

Our time with Naomi was so inspiring, and we hope that you’ll love sharing her journey with us.

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Episode 37. Photography Tips: Creating A Consistent Aesthetic, Our Favourite Editing Apps & Much More

Episode 37. Photography Tips: Creating A Consistent Aesthetic, Our Favourite Editing Apps & Much More

As bloggers and content creators photography plays a huge part in what we do. A well planned out Instagram feed, editorial photos and a consistent aesthetic are just a few of the ways we ensure that our visual game in on point. 

In this episode we’re opening up about all the tools we use to create the images we share. We’re diving deep into the equipment and apps we love for a whole myriad of uses.

With 18+ years of blogging between us, we’re also looking back on some of the biggest photography lessons we’ve learnt, and the mistakes we’ve made. 

Plus we share the photographer Instagram accounts we love to follow!

This episode is perfect for our fellow bloggers, Instagrammers and content creators, and anyone interested in curating a gorgeous Instagram feed of their own. 

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Episode 36. A Look Back At Our Teenage Years - The Shows, Albums & Fashions We Loved + Other Teen Fascinations

Episode 36. A Look Back At Our Teenage Years - The Shows, Albums & Fashions We Loved + Other Teen Fascinations

Step back in time to the early 2000s with us as we take a nose around our teenage years!

We’re leaping back in time and talking all about the shows, people, cultural influences and more that shaped our teen years. 

From The OC, to The Hills, through to Justin Timberlake and our Nokia phones, there are so many hilarious snippets from our teen years we loved reliving in this episode.

Do you recognise any of our obsessions?

We hope that you love taking a trip down memory lane with us!

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Episode 35. Our Journeys With Anxiety + Expert Insight From Chloe Brotheridge, Author Of The Anxiety Solution

Episode 35. Our Journeys With Anxiety + Expert Insight From Chloe Brotheridge, Author Of The Anxiety Solution

Anxiety can manifest itself in many different forms, and we’ve both suffered with it at different points in our lives. 

In this episode we're opening up about our experiences with anxiety - the points in our lives when it's affected us, the symptoms we experience and how we've learnt to recognise our anxiety and overcome it. 

We’re over the moon to welcome Chloe Brotheridge to the show in this episode! Chloe is a coach, hypnotherapist and author of The Anxiety Solution. Chloe’s advise in this episode is SO helpful.

If you’ve ever experienced anxiety, think that you may be going through it currently, or are interested in an open discussion about the pressures of life and your mental health, this episode is for you!

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Episode 34. How Reading Has Impacted Our Lives + Our Top Book Recommendations

Episode 34. How Reading Has Impacted Our Lives + Our Top Book Recommendations

Reading is a big part of both of our lives, and in this episode we're excited to geek out with you on all things books!

We’re opening up about our favourite authors, favourite books and our top tips for incorporating more reading into a busy schedule. 

Reading has helped us to learn so much about ourselves, life in general and our businesses, and we can't wait to share our experiences with you!

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Episode 33. Weddings - Monica's Engagement, Our Favourite Famous Wedding Dresses & Advice For Being A Bridesmaid

Episode 33. Weddings - Monica's Engagement, Our Favourite Famous Wedding Dresses & Advice For Being A Bridesmaid

Hooray! We’re so excited to welcome you to a brand new season of Let's Discuss!

To kick Season 5 off we are discussing all things wedding-related.

Between now and last season Monica and her boyfriend Oli got engaged, there was a big royal wedding (congratulations Megan and Harry!) and as twenty-somethings, many of our friends are thinking about taking that next step. 

We couldn't think of a more fun and love-filled way to start Season 5.

Whether you're in a relationship, are celebrating your friends, or just love a good stalk of a wedding hashtag, we hope you'll love virtually chatting all things weddings with us. 

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Episode 32. Decorating On A 20-Something Budget - Our First Ever LIVE Recording With Sainsbury's Home & Argos Home

Episode 32. Decorating On A 20-Something Budget - Our First Ever LIVE Recording With Sainsbury's Home & Argos Home

We’re so excited to share our first ever LIVE show recording with you, in partnership with our great friends over at Sainsbury’s Home and Argos Home. 

On a balmy summer’s evening in central London, we hosted a room of Let’s Discuss listeners, live from the Sainsbury's Home and Argos Home AW18 Press Day, for a discussion all about decorating on a 20-something budget. 

We also had the pleasure of sitting down with Andrew Tanner, design manager for Sainsbury’s Home and Argos Home, to get the scoop on how the brands’ stunning home collections come together. We also quizzed Andrew on his own top tips for decorating your space . . . we could have spoken to him for hours!

This is such a fun episode, and the best way we can think of to pre-celebrate Season 5 of Let’s Discuss! (Coming up very soon!) 

If you're moving into a new place, want to refresh your current home, or need to know how to put your stamp on a shared rental, this episode is for you!

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Episode 31. Relationship Lessons From Our 20s + A Q&A With Ask A Straight Guy

Episode 31. Relationship Lessons From Our 20s + A Q&A With Ask A Straight Guy

Whoah! We’ve made it to the end of Season 4 in what feels like the blink of an eye!

To round off the season we’re delving into our top lessons learnt from our dating experiences in our twenties so far. From what it’s like to have been in a relationship for almost ten years (Monica), through to how to navigate dating in the social media era (Ella), we hope that our top takeaways can help you to navigate your own romantic ebbs and flows.

PLUS we have a very special guest in the form of Coco’s Tea Party’s resident dating expert - Ask A Straight Guy - AKA Monica’s boyfriend Oli, lending a guy’s take on your dating conundrums!

This is a SUPER fun episode, and we hope you’ll join us in celebrating another Season of Let’s Discuss!

We’re already SO looking forward to sharing Season 5 a little later on in the year.

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Episode 30. Moving House - Lessons Learnt From Our Simultaneous Moves

Episode 30. Moving House - Lessons Learnt From Our Simultaneous Moves

If you follow us on Instagram it’ll be impossible not to have noticed that we’ve both recently moved house.

Moving is harder than we both anticipated, and we would LOVE to be able to help you to be more prepared than we were.

This episode is perfect for anyone about to move house, someone thinking of doing so, or anyone struggling with their own move.

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Episode 29. Sex and the City - Friendships, Fashion & Love Lessons From One Of Our All Time Favourite Shows

Episode 29. Sex and the City - Friendships, Fashion & Love Lessons From One Of Our All Time Favourite Shows

Hooray! We are SO excited to share this episode with you!

We’re reliving one of our all-time favourite TV shows - Sex and the City! We're discussing the fashion, friendships and romance of the series, as well as the reality of what the show means to us now.

Plus we chat about the modern-day TV series we feel live up to SATC. They're BIG boots to fill! 

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Episode 27. Making Friends In Your 20s

Episode 27. Making Friends In Your 20s

Friendships are some of the greatest happiness boosters in our lives. Friends support us, share triumphs and challenges, and make navigating life a whole lot more fun.

That being said, it’s completely normal to go through spells of loneliness. It’s not a guarantee that you’ll meet your tribe in your teens or twenties. Some of our greatest friendships have been formed later on in our lives.

In this episode we take a close look at friendships in our 20s, how to go about making new friends, and how to transition an acquaintance into a true friend. 

This episode is perfect for anyone looking to make new friends, and especially for people who have recently moved cities or jobs. 

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