Oh hey there long weekend! You’ve kinda been overshadowed by Easter this year, but you’re still special too. We’re dedicating you to… well, sitting inside and reading the entire internet, because it’s going to be raining (of course it is).

And if you’re going to read the whole internet, there’s nowhere better to start than right here! So here’s a round-up of everything we’ve been doing, loving and reading this week.

Emma Watson and Jessica Chastain talk about making mistakes

There’s something so wonderful about celebrities interviewing other celebrities. I always imagine that they’re having a conversation while they’re dressed in ball gowns, perched on a velvet chaise lounge (even though in this interview it’s clear they’re on the phone and Emma Watson explicitly tells us she’s in a bath, but whatever).

The entire interview is great, but the best bit might be when the two women talk about mistakes and E-Wats says: “I think my mistakes have made me much stronger. It’s nice to know that things don’t ultimately break you; that you need to go there to know.” Read the whole interview here.

Frozen 2 is coming soon… ish

Earlier this week Disney announced its line-up for the next few years and, we are excited and dubious in equal measure. For instance, we most definitely need an Incredibles 2 (June 2018) and Frozen 2 (November 2019). But I have my doubts about Toy Story 4 (can you really beat the perfection that was Toy Story 3? Or 2?) and especially The Lion King live action movie – because straight up, that film is gonna give a generation of kids nightmares in the way the cartoon version didn’t.

But they’re a multi-billion dollar film company and my main talent is that I really suit hats. So hey, maybe they know best.

Slim pickins

Guys, our parents have been lying to us this whole time. Remember when you were a kid and you’d go for a rummage around your nostril, looking to score some good bogies, and when you plucked one of those wonderful golden nuggets out of your nose, you’d pause to admire your bounty sitting all pretty on your index finger and just before you could get that bad boy in your mouth your parents would intervene: “Hannah, oh my god, stop it! That is disgusting.”

Well, turns out your mum and dad were wrong. Ha. Take that one, parents. Because bogies actually have loads of health benefits! A new scientific study out this week revealed that our snot contains something called salivary mucins, which form a barrier against bacteria. There’s also evidence to suggest that the mucus in snot could fight off respiratory infection, stomach ulcers and HIV. So, I guess… we’re going in for a rummage? I will if you will.

You’re a girl, and that’s a brilliant thing

One of our fave ladies in tech has written a really moving piece about her experience in the Industry. Katie Burke, a Chief People Officer at Hubspot, was told by one of her colleagues that she only got a promotion because “you’re a girl”.

She’s spent her whole life hearing that she can’t do things because “you’re a girl,” so she decided to flip the script: “I did, in fact, get the job because I’m a girl. A girl who was called bossy growing up. A girl who wasn’t afraid to play with the boys. A girl who didn’t hesitate to raise her hand if she knew the answer.” Preach, lady! Read her whole article here.

Everything, Everything: the emoji edition

We are so excited about this movie – an adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s novel of the same name, featuring Amandla Stenberg. And it seems like Warner Bros is too. Those guys aren’t even trying to play it cool. Not content with a regular trailer with clips from the film of real life humans doing things, they’ve made an emoji trailer. And I sort of hate how much I love it. I want to be above it and like ‘urgh, this is so obviously a publicity stunt, you can’t manipulate me that easily’. But the reality is, I am manipulated that easily, I know it is obviously a publicity stunt but I don’t care. I love it. What’s the movie about, you ask? I’ll leave it to the emojis to explain.

PLL recap

*from here on is just PLL spoilers*

Tbh, this week was a little short on drama for my liking. Sure, there was this Adison girl who is just mini Alison. And sure, Jenna reappeared with a posse of blind proteges in tow. I suppose there was the whole thing with Ezra and the weird photoshoot with Nicole and the strange chemistry between Aria and Holden. And the whole thing with Hannah’s dress and her getting locked in that cage in the cobbler’s office was a bit freaky. But that was pretty much it really. Where was Toby? Why was A.D. almost helping Emily? And what the hell does Jenna know?!

Happy long weekend all! X


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Emma Watson is a woman. And like lots of women, she has those lumpy things that come in various shapes and sizes and decorate a woman’s chest. You know, those things that get perkier in the cold and jiggle when you run down the stairs? Boobs. A girl’s breast friend.

In her latest shoot for Vanity Fair magazine, Emma Watson showed some of her boob. Not the whole knocker, though that would be fine too, but this was just underboob. And in a shocking turn of events, certain people of the internet went batsh*t about it.

For some reason, people took issue with the fact that Emma Watson, a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN who is one of the most outspoken celebrities advocating for gender equality… had boobs? Showed her boobs? Wore a ridiculous looking and highly impractical top? Oh god, it’s just so confusing and stupid and WHO EVEN CARES?!

They’re her boobs to do what she wants with – if Emma Watson wants to knit nipple covers and wear them like tea cosies, that’s her prerogative. If she wants to guard them like a state secret, that’s cool too. If she wants to photocopy them and put them on every billboard all over the country, bras off to her.

Thankfully, there are loads of people on the internet who understand that feminism is about choice and that you can be a feminist and do whatever you fancy with your boobies.

But no one said it better than Emma herself, who defended the shoot during a press junket for her upcoming film, Beauty and the Beast.

Wow, all those haters must be feeling like real tits right now.

Watch the full interview below:

Image: Getty

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IT’S FINALLY SNOWING and we couldn’t be more excited. There’s something magical about snow that makes everyone immediately revert to their five-year-old self; catching snowflakes on your tongue, building snowmen with carrots for noses, belting out all the songs from Frozen as you hurtle down the nearest hill on a bin bag (oh, just us?).

So while the flakes fall outside, settle in with a hot chocolate and read about some of the other things we’ve been reading, watching and loving this week.

The Emma Watson doll looks like… Justin Bieber 

The internet collectively lost its mind this week when Disney released a Belle doll ahead of the release of the new live action Beauty and the Beast film (eeeeeek). There is one slight snag though. The Emma Watson-inspired doll looks… weirdly like Justin Bieber. Justin Bieber wearing a wig and a big yellow dress.

Biebs, sorry to break it to you, but we’re not sure canary yellow is your colour. Even our mama agrees.

Parliament votes against compulsory sex ed

Despite three quarters of young people believing that sex and relationships education (SRE) should be taught in schools, parliament has voted against the legislation. SRE aims to give students a more well-rounded education about sex and relationships. Rather than just learning all the birds and the bees lark, SRE would provide information about consent, LGBT+ relationships and the emotional side of sexual relationships too – because we all know that stuff is just as important as *what* supposedly goes *where*.

If you want to get involved in the campaign, you can check it out here. Or watch our video with our Shero Laura Bates, founder of Everyday Sexism about her involvement in the SRE campaign. 

iPhone turned 10 this week 

A whole decade ago today, we welcomed the very first iPhone into the world. It weighed 135 grams, had a glossy black finish and changed the way we communicate forever. Happy birthday, dear iPhone! We couldn’t work out what to get you – after all, what do you get the phone that has everything? So we settled on a gif of a grumpy cat at a birthday party. Nailed it.


Sasha Obama must have had some serious FOMO on Tuesday

It always sucks when your parents say you can’t go to the cinemas with your friends because you have to study. But the Obamas took it to a whole new level this week when they said Sasha couldn’t come to watch President Obama’s farewell speech because she had an exam the next day.

Yep, while her mum and sister were sitting front row, proudly beaming as her father bid farewell to millions of people, Sasha was at home with her textbooks. No matter how she does in the exam, we’re giving her an A+ for effort.


Aubrey Plaza is on Instagram & Chris Pratt is excited

Parks and Recreation star and all-round comedy queen Aubrey Plaza has finally joined Instagram, and her TV husband Chris Pratt is pretty excited. He posted this adorable throwback of the two of them from their Parks and Rec days with the caption: “Please follow my TV wife @plazadeaubrey Aubrey Plaza AKA Janet Snakehole. She is new to Instagram. 👍🏼🙏😉😊 She is going to post really weird and funny stuff.”

You heard the man – go follow! You can’t say no to Star-Lord.


Oreo Cadbury Creme eggs are a thing now

It’s still the early days of January, so obviously supermarkets are already stocking Easter eggs. All the old regulars will be there; the giant one filled with Smarties, the Lindt ones with the soft centre and, of course, the egg that needs no introduction: the Creme egg. Only this year, Cadbury is stepping it up a notch (ok, blowing all our minds) with the Oreo Creme Egg. We’ve got three months to get used to the idea… but all the delicious sugariness of a regular Creme egg mixed with Oreos? We’re egg-cited.


Laura Marling’s voice will keep you warm this winter

Laura Marling has released a new single and we are in LOVE. It’s the perfect track for sitting near the window and watching the snow fall outside while cradling a hot beverage, maybe with a fire flickering gently in the background. And a cat gently purring on our lap. Not that we’ve thought about this or anything.

A Series of Unfortunate Events 

The Netflix adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is out today, and there’s nothing unfortunate about that! After all, you’ll need some consolation when the snow melts.

Have a great weekend y’all!

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Get excited – we are declaring this a Presidential Election free Zone. No Hillz, no Trump. Instead, we’re talking about important things much closer to home: the latest emojis, Zayn’s mental health struggles and how much we love Emma Watson.

Here’s our weekly round-up of everything we’ve been reading, watching and loving this week.

Life is complete – we have a shrug emoji

iOS have announced the latest batch of emojis and there’s plenty to face-palm about. No seriously, they’ve added a face-palm. Also making their debut are the avocado, a female firefighter and for some bizarre reason, a hard boiled egg. So basically all the things a modern girl needs in 2016.


Zayn opens up 

Since leaving One Direction (and simultaneously breaking ten million hearts), Zayn Malik has been pretty busy. He’s released a solo album, an autobiography, and has found love with Gigi Hadid (he even makes her Yorkshire puddings, sigh).

But in his new book, Zayn talks openly about his anxiety and reveals that while a member of 1D, he suffered from an eating disorder. “It was more down to losing track of, you know, actually eating, and being super busy and getting caught up with other things…” he explained to the Associated Press, though the day before the book was published he also posted this heartfelt note on Instagram. We’re glad you’re happy and healthy Zayn.

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We are #ForTheGirl

Sadly, 70% of girls aged 11-21 say that sexism has a negative impact on most areas for their life – and Girlguiding has decided to do something about it. The organisation has launched a new campaign, #ForTheGirl, which aims to create an equal future for girls and boys and empower girls to overcome the challenges and inequality they face. Sign us up!

Soggy bottoms forever

If you’re anything like us, your Wednesday night felt empty this week, void of Mel and Sue’s perfect puns and Paul and Mary’s soft buns. But this print from oh gosh Cindy will let us keep Mary in our hearts and on our walls forever. If you haven’t started a Christmas list yet, now’s time.


Mary Berry, oh gosh Cindy, £9

Vagina, Vagina, Vagina

In a 2015 survey from the UK, 66% of women between the ages of 18 and 24 said they were embarrassed to use the word “vagina” — even with a doctor. The Legalize V campaign is trying to change all that with this hilarious video, which they shared on Facebook… only for Facebook to swiftly take it down again, citing “profane language.” Puh-lease.

So using the correct anatomical name for our lady parts is profane? Balls. Or rather, vagina. Vagina, vagina, vagina!

Emma Watson had a novel idea

Is it just us that thinks Emma Watson would be the ultimate BFF? She cares about human rights, she’s funny and smart AND she loves to read. So much so she’s starting a feminist book club. This week she hid copies of Maya Angelou’s ‘Mom and Me and Mom’ around the London Underground in collaboration with the Books on the Underground Project  with a special note from Emma inside! Race you to the tube.

betty is #UnpickingPerfection

For the month of November betty is tackling the idea of ‘perfection’. We firmly believe that perfection is overrated, potentially damaging and basically a big ol’ waste of time. Instead we are all about getting real on social media, spilling yoghurt on your top and spreading the message that flaws are fun and flawless is boring.

Read our imperfect articles, watch our imperfect videos and follow us on Twitter @bettycollective and Instagram @bettycollective to see more of #UnpickingPerfection this month.

That’s all! Have a lovely weekend, we’ll see you Monday.