As a born and bred Essex girl, the petition to remove the stereotypical definition from the dictionary is one I wholeheartedly agree with. Shows like TOWIE have raised the profile of the ‘Essex Girl’, putting my home county on the map and boosting sales of false eyelashes, fake tan and lip fillers. But, as someone who loves fake tan, has worn false eyelashes religiously on nights out since the age of 15 (when there was only a selection of around 5 lash styles to choose from – CAN you imagine?!) and loves nothing more than a good makeup splurge, does that mean I’m reduced to a stereotype too?

I have debated starting a blog for a long time, as it does mean putting yourself under a degree of scrutiny, from strangers, acquaintances and friends – something I wasn’t sure I was ready for. Plus, with the blogging world being so saturated, I was apprehensive.

Then it got me thinking, as an ‘Essex Girl’, or indeed a female, we are always in the spotlight, being judged for our looks, body types and career goals.

So I’ve decided to stop overthinking, go for it and launch this blog – to show that This Essex Girl is more than just a pair of white stilettos!

Please feel free to get in touch with me and connect on social media too, if you like.

And remember, it’s fine to ‘fake’ it!