Fashion Communication Graduate and Founder of The London Lonely Girls Club
" Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, female or male, we all need human connection to survive and thrive. "
We love Holly! She is creative, an advocate for mental health and all about friendships. We asked Holly a few questions so you can get to know her and see just how amazing she is!
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and The London Lonely Girls Club
I’m 22 and a Fashion Communication & Promotion grad. I’m originally from Stoke-On-Trent in the Midlands, however in autumn last year I upped and moved my entire life down to London.
When I moved to London I was craving connections and friendships, like the ones I’d had at university, but finding ways to meet people in a new city, especially when you don’t know anyone is super hard! After some googling I found an app (Bumble BFF) created specifically for people to meet others of the same gender, in the same geographic location as them, who were also wanting to make friends.
Being on this app was like a lightbulb moment for me! I suddenly realised that there were tonnes of other girls out there in the exact same situation, that it wasn’t just me feeling this way.
From this, an idea was sparked - What if I could bring some of these girls together? Take the conversations offline, and remove some of the awkwardness around meeting a stranger one on one for the first time.
And so The London Lonely Girls Club was born! A group created specifically to bring girls together, make memories, form friendships, visit fun places and make London life a little less lonely.
What makes The London Lonely Girls Club different from other similar groups is that we have regular events, that we call meet-ups. These happen between 1 and 3 times a month, and are an agenda free space for girls to meet-up, hang out and make connections. An opportunity for people to get to know each other IRL, rather than just through chatting on messenger, and to find others that they may have similar interests as.
Really excitingly our Facebook group very recently hit 300 people! Which is absolutely crazy to me, as I thought if we got a couple of people in the group, and I made a friend or two it’d be a success. But the fact that the whole idea and basis of the group is resonating with, and potentially helping so many people, is just an absolute dream!
2. Top 5 most instagrammable places in London?
London has so many cool and photogenic places, perfect for taking Instagram photos, or just photos in general really!
God’s Own Junkyard
Nail’d It, nail salons
Milk Train Ice Cream bar
3. We love that you are so open about mental health. How do you use your platform to inspire and encourage women struggling with mental health?
Growing up, mental health isn’t something I really knew about and is something we definitely weren’t taught about when I was at school, I really wish it was something that was talked about publicly back then as it would have helped me and so many others.
Over recent years talking about mental health has become much more common, however, there are still a lot of taboos, stigmas and stereotypes attached to it. As someone who has struggled with my mental health for years, and experienced some of this negativity first hand, I think it’s important for us all to do our part in trying to challenge these negative stereotypes, and help to build a society that accepts and understands mental ill-health just as much as it does physical ill-health. This is both for ourselves and those around us, but also for those to come. As sadly the numbers of people struggling with their mental health are raising. So if sharing my story, experience or thoughts can help or resonate with just one other person, then it’s worth putting my neck on the line or being vulnerable.
4. Why do you think it's so important for girls from all different walks of life to come together and do life together - Why is sisterhood so important?
We were not made to do this life alone. Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, female or male, we all need human connection to survive and thrive.
I think it’s super important to have connections and friendships where you can be your true self, and share where you’re at, both during the good and bad. A phrase I love is, find your tribe and love them hard. For some people, this is just 1 or 2 close friends, and for others, this is a bigger group of people. Whatever your preference, just having that tribe and those people around you to fill your life with love, laughs, safety and friendship is essential to navigating this crazy world we live in.
5. What are your favourite party décor trends at the moment?
For me, I love anything bright and colourful, flowers are always super cute! Really anything I can take fun pictures of. I love a good novelty balloon or floral wall too!
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