The Wingwoman

The Wingwoman

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Thirty-something life, honestly. Journalists and best mates Charlie Gowans-Eglinton and Frankie Graddon talk about everything from imposter syndrome and side-hustles to bad dates and worse hair days. Love, money, frocks and spots: it’s all up for discussion


22. ‘Reopening’ makeovers, comment-section trolls, and the summer holiday split
Jul 2 • 49 min
As lockdown loosens up, Charlie’s mourning the return of FOMO - selfie on a yacht, anyone? - and Frankie’s (quite nervously) heading off to visit her parents in Devon. But will this be the summer of the staycation, or will you be booking a flight…
21. How the pandemic pushed me into the role of a ’50s housewife
Jun 26 • 51 min
This week, Frankie is discussing the negative impact lockdown has had on women, and explains why she suddenly feels like a 1950’s housewife, while Charlie shares her experience of socially distant dating and asks, will flirting ever be the same again?…
20. How it feels to be pregnant during a pandemic
Jun 19 • 43 min
This week, Frankie’s sharing some big news! But what’s it like to be pregnant during a pandemic? From solo scans to a possible bout of Covid-19, she talks us through it all. Plus, we’re sharing our recommendation of the week, from podcasts and telly to…
19: Why wild weeing is a feminist issue
Jun 12 • 52 min
This week our hosts share the podcasts, books and articles they’ve been listening to and reading to further educate themselves around the Black Lives Matter movement and systemic racism. Scroll down to find links below. Plus, Frankie is examining how her…
18: Anti-racism, the lockdown paradox and seminal bonkbusters
Jun 3 • 39 min
This week, as the Black Lives Matter protests against racism and police violence following the death of George Floyd while in police custody continue across America and the world, our hosts are recognising their white privilege and trying to educate…
17: What it’s like to quit your job during a pandemic
May 27 • 50 min
This week, Charlie’s sharing her experience of quitting the job that defines you - during a pandemic - while Frankie outlines her change curve a year-and-a-bit after she went freelance when the company she worked for folded. Plus, we’re dissecting the…
16: Sexy summers, Julia Roberts’ armpits and is this the end of the insta-interior?
May 19 • 37 min
This week, Frankie has got up close and (too) personal with the back garden nature set, while Charlie is getting a thrill from her new bin storage and Kate Beckinsale’s pizza cat. We ask, will the pandemic signal the end of the insta-perfect millennial…
15: The surprising thing about figs, why we’re feeling nostalgic and Engelbert Humperdinck’s hair
May 13 • 35 min
This week, Charlie is contemplating where her fantasy travel bubble would take her, and compiling her dream holiday menu, while Frankie is finding herself occupied by memories (mortifying ones) of bad dates past. We’re discussing new underwear habits and…
14: Skin hunger, bonnet watch and crushing on Connell’s chain
May 5 • 29 min
This week, Frankie has developed a quarantine crush on Normal People’s Connell Waldron (and his chain necklace), while Charlie is baffled over Matthew McConaughey’s next film choice. We’re discussing the effects of ‘skin hunger’ in this isolation age and…
13: Nipple hairs, friend bubbles and the death of FOMO
Apr 29 • 37 min
This week, Frankie is discussing the Joy of Letting Go, and asking, will beauty standards be different after lockdown? Meanwhile, Charlie is constructing her fantasy friend bubble – Cher, expect an invite in the post soon. We’re also talking baking fails,…
12: Modern break-ups, the introvert/extrovert Zoom divide and what would Stanley Tucci do?
Apr 20 • 26 min
This week, Charlie is embracing her extrovert Zoom persona, while Frankie is discovering her surprise introvert. We’re also discussing make-ups and break-ups in lockdown and Tom Ford’s tips for getting an A-list camera angle - all over a bottle of…
11: Celebrity clangers, #smugsolation, and new routines
Apr 14 • 35 min
This week, we’re realising that not all pandemic lockdowns are create equal. Frankie’s worried that she might be guilty of #smugsolation posts on Instagram while Charlie’s sure that celebrities avowing to be ‘just like us’ are, in fact, nothing like us…
10: Productivity guilt, the future of body hair and the morality of pandemic shopping
Apr 7 • 37 min
This week, Charlie is full of the joys of spring, while Frankie is mulling over the future of bikini line grooming. We’re discussing the pressure to be productive during lockdown and asking, should we be shopping during a pandemic? Plus, we’re sharing our…
9: Coping mechanisms, craft fatigue and silver linings
Apr 1 • 34 min
It’s week two of lockdown, and Frankie’s fallen out of her freelance working-from-home rhythm but discovered a new love for cooking. Meanwhile, Charlie’s finding the joy in dressing up while keeping an uninvited house guest at bay. And while we might be…
8: Video dating, penis pasta and life in quarantine
Mar 25 • 40 min
This week we’re in lockdown, so recording the podcast over Google hangout from our respective homes… needs must! Charlie is navigating a new virtual dating scene, while Frankie’s negotiating quarantine cohabiting in a one-bed flat (don’t call the divorce…
7: Style ruts, corona etiquette, and why we need to talk about weight
Mar 17 • 36 min
This week, Frankie’s finding joy in small pleasures (like finally sorting out the junk pile at home) while Charlie’s dating life grinds to a halt - too many germy strangers. At least she still has her wingwoman to share a bottle of Barolo with… Plus,…
6: Surprise naked spas, emotionally detaching from work and is Love Blind?
Mar 10 • 34 min
This week Charlie is unpicking the Love is Blind phenomenon and discussing the politics of modern dating, while Frankie is finding it difficult to emotionally detach from work and separate self-worth from career success (and failures) – all over a bottle…
5: Red wine miracles, goat-fluencers, and the loneliness of city life
Mar 2 • 30 min
This week, Frankie’s missing a sense of community and tackling the loneliness that comes with being a freelancer in London - and, for Charlie, with living alone. Plus we’re talking wanderlust, holidaying in our 30s and the problem with natural deodorants……
4: The power of muting, dogs in pubs and the politics of going make-up free
Feb 24 • 23 min
This week, Charlie is conflicted over Goop’s latest celeb-filled party, while Frankie’s learning how to have a healthy relationship with Instagram –thanks to Elizabeth Day’s interview with Frankie Bridge – all over a bottle of Primitivo. For more from The…
3: Wardrobe hysteria, mushroom haircuts, and an orgasm deep dive
Feb 17 • 27 min
This week, Frankie’s avoiding eye contact discussing orgasms (inspired by Gwyneth’s Netflix series) while Charlie’s oversharing – and triggering her social anxiety in the process – over a bottle of Barolo and a box of inappropriately crunchy breadsticks.…
2: Money ostriches, sit-down gigs and holiday disasters
Feb 10 • 22 min
This week, Charlie’s celebrating her birthday - and worrying about ageing out of online dating brackets - while Frankie tackles one of her least favourite topics of conversation, money, all over a Buck’s fizz and a pain au choc. For more from The…
1: The cult of productivity, vagina eyes and ghosts of Bumble past
Feb 2 • 24 min
In this new weekly podcast, journalists, thirty-somethings, and best mates Charlie Gowans-Eglinton and Frankie Graddon share a bottle of wine and dissect the current obsession with productivity and personal branding, feeling starstruck, and modern dating…
The Wingwoman Teaser
Jan 30 • 1 min
Welcome to The Wingwoman! We’re journalists and best mates, and each week we’ll be delving into the realities of thirty-something life as we know it, from side-hustling to pay the rent and bad dates to bad hair days and existential crises after one too…