Kicking off the first film in our new Let’s Talk About series, journalist Jessica Jonzen discusses the myriad forms of love with our brilliant guest panel of women: actress and comedian Isy Suttie, body positive activist and Instagram influencer Natalie Lee AKA Style Me Sunday and Laura Mucha, author of Love Factually: The Science of Who, How and Why We Love.
Our film explores the various definitions of love, how to recognise the difference between love and lust and what exactly forms the basis of a long-lasting romantic relationship. We also look at how social media has changed the landscape of love, how we communicate the language of love with those around us, and the growing importance of friendship as we get older.
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Co-founder of online interiors magazine and content consultancy The Home Page, Jessica carved out a career as a journalist working for titles for The Times and The Telegraph, as well as Net-a-Porter and Matches Fashion. She joins us as host for the first segment in our Let’s Talk About film series, leading the debate on the topic of all things love, where she poses questions to our guest panel such as: are the blueprints of our relationships based on familiarity and instinct? How does having children impact on relationships? And has social media changed the landscape of love?
My definition of love has changed over the years. It’s more about kindness. Kindness is so much more important than I used to give it credit for
Actress, comedian and writer Isy Suttie (of Peep Show fame) is well versed on the theme of love, having hosted a podcast called The Things We Do For Love, and written a 2016 memoir called ‘The Actual One’ about her avoidance of all things expected of adulthood until she met her one, fellow comedian Elis James. Two children later and Isy’s embarking on a new literary project, telling the story of a woman in her 30s who moves back to her sleepy childhood village after she discovers her fiancé has been having an affair.
As I’ve gotten older, the love I have for my friends has become incredibly important
Former midwife Natalie Lee knows a thing or two about encouraging women to feel good about themselves. She first rose to fame through the success of her hugely popular Style Me Sunday fashion blog and Instagram account of the same name. Now a podcaster, she refers to herself as a body positive activist, having recently launched ‘Feeling Myself’, a series of events celebrating women. Natalie lives in East London with her two daughters and husband. Motherhood and self-acceptance are two recurring topics within Natalie’s work.
Friendship is the basis for successful, long-term love. There is an attraction there but it’s not the same intense obsessiveness. This sort of love is more of a choice, more of a skill and is more difficult
Former international lawyer, Laura Mucha embarked on a career change following a heart attack aged just 29. Now an author, poet and broadcaster, she’s also something of an expert on the subject of love, having travelled to 40 countries to interview 300 people as part of her brilliant book Love Factually: The Science of Who, How and Why We Love .
It’s a fascinating insight into the secrets of finding love and the science behind it. Her next project is an audiobook titled: ‘We Need to Talk About Attachment’, exploring the attachment theory.