Book Review: Life With A Sprinkle Of Glitter by Louise Pentland

Have you ever read a book and loved it so much that you don’t even know how you could have lived without it? That’s how I feel about “Life With A Sprinkle Of Glitter” by Louise Pentland.

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In case you have not heard of her yet, Louise Pentland is a rather popular British blogger and youtuber also known under the name SprinkleOfGlitter on the internet. Since I’ve been following her on social media for quite a while, love her videos for their very special, positive vibe and truly admire her as a person, I was absolutely delighted when she revealed that she was working on her very own published book and obviously didn’t hesitate to pre-order it despite being out of money (whoops-a-daisies).

As the book was supposed to come out on 2nd July, I was rather curious when my neighbour handed me a little Amazon package this Saturday and went a teeny-tiny bit bonkers when I realised it had arrived early. In all the excitement, I couldn’t help but forget about my maths homework, other school work and driving test revision and instantly crawl into bed to start reading.

Even after the first page, I was so impressed. Of course, I was aware of Louise’s talent before and was therefore expecting “Life With A Sprinkle Of Glitter” to turn out lovely, but little did I know that it was gonna be one of the most perspective changing books I’ve ever came across.

From the very first word on, it was so different from everything else I’ve read before because it was not just an author telling a story but so much more than that. The way it is written simply makes you feel like Louise is sitting next to you on the sofa, telling you little tales from her life, chatting to you about cringe-y incidents, sharing little tips and tricks to make life more enjoyable and giving you exactly the pieces of advice you need. Everything about this book is so personal that I almost feel like Louise has become the bigger sister I never had but always wished I had.

Covering topics like education, socialising, bullying, love and dating, anxieties but also rather practical things such as crafting, beauty, decorating and various DIY-ideas, it offers the perfect blend and will probably come in handy in so many different occasions.

The contents are very varied, but chosen so well and put in such a good order that they make a perfect unit. Of course, there are some chapters that didn’t fully apply to me but I still enjoyed reading them just as much as the other ones as they are all so divinely written that you simply have to love them.

One chapter I particularly liked was the one dealing with comfort zones and how to step out of them. Since this is something I’m personally struggling with a lot, I can very well imagine myself grabbing Louise’s book and re-reading the chapter whenever I feel anxious and want to chicken out of something to regain a bit of courage and find the strength to give it a whirl despite my fears.

Additionally, I loved the part where she talked about body positivity because this is certainly something that is, sadly, very rarely talked about in our society and often seen as something that is connected with arrogance or general cockiness (which it definitely isn’t). As many other people, I still frequently struggle with accepting my quirks and flaws and tend to forget about my positive features. Therefore, this was such a wonderful reminder that we are all beautiful in our own, individual ways and that being proud of your beauty and confident in your body has nothing to do with self-obsession, but only brings you one step closer to becoming a happier person.

Before I get completely lost in rambling about all the brilliant aspects of this book and take away all the suspense, I would just quickly like to take a moment to appreciate the design of every single page – ’cause, holy guacamole – it’s blooming gorgeous. On some pages, there are tiny highlighted quotes that are so great that you kind of want to paint them on your walls, write them on every single item you own and tattoo them all over your body. I can’t even describe the details to you without understating their artistry, so all I’m gonna say is that if it was possible to fall in love with a book’s layout, then I’d most likely already have proposed to and married this one.

I know it’s not very professional to not give a critical opinion on a work when writing a book review, but to be honest with you, I couldn’t think of a single little thing I don’t like about “Life With A Sprinkle Of Glitter”. Reading it has made me feel so inspired and I dearly hope that, if you decide to read it as well (which you really should), it will make you feel just as warm and fuzzy on the inside as me.

All the love, 

Greta xx

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Feminism #1: To Do Away With Stereotypes

“Feminists are so dumb, they’re just ugly, sad women who can’t get a man”

“That’s obsolete, women and men are already equal, stop being ridiculous”

“You call yourself a feminist? You actually believe women are better than men? How can you support such a horrible movement?!”
feminist-stereotypes.jpg?w=300&h=140These are all actual quotes from people I talked to about feminism. Unbelievable, isn’t it? But the sad reality is: a majority of today’s society still has a completely wrong association with the term “feminism”. The image that many people still have in their minds is that feminists are unattractive, whiny, frustrated and men-hating attention-seekers who get angry about imagined insults for no reason at all; an image that couldn’t possibly be any further from the truth.

In fact, the spirit is the complete opposite. Feminism is not about pretending that women are
better than men, but about equality between the sexes. It’s not about being angry at men, but aboutFeminism fighting for justice for all genders. It’s not about overreacting or niggling, but about having a mind of one’s own and using it. It’s not about being too ugly to get a man, but about not accepting unrealistic body standards and degrading social norms anymore. It’s not about fussing without a reason, but about women wanting to express their opinions and being taken seriously instead of being looked down on. It’s not about hating sex, but about stopping rape culture. It’s not about hating men or discrimination, but about creating a society that doesn’t make a difference between sexes anymore, a society in which every member is treated with the respect they deserve and offered the same chances, regardless of their gender.

All those prejudices that keep making their way into people’s brains have caused various false assumptions which is why it’s absolutely indispensable to try to abolish them, starting with spreading what feminism is really about and not being afraid to call oneself a feminist as it’s simply not the naughty word it is often depicted as.

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So if you belong to the rather large group of people who support equality, but don’t believe in feminism, then I’ve got some scandalous news for you: As a person who believes in social, economical and political equality between the sexes, you are, in fact, a feminist. Congratulations and welcome on board!

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Well, so this was my very first post about feminism. I actually didn’t intend this to become a series but after writing the first paragraph, I felt like the topic is too comprising to deal with it in only one short blog entry which is why I decided to split it up and only begin with one of the many different aspects I’m planning to talk about. As this is a subject that is really near and dear to me, I would be very happy to read your opinion on it and I’m of course also open for suggestions for special issues or sub-topics you would like me to write about, so don’t hesitate to leave a comment below. Thank you so much for reading, have a wonderful week full of joy. xx