We’re Champagne Cartel, and we’re here to remind you why it’s great to be you.
We love good vibes, positive conversations about feminism, and smart, sassy women who support other women. And we are dedicated to helping you embrace your whole self, flaws and all.
I’m Carolyn Tate – entrepreneur, writer, marathoner and mum of 3.
I’m Gillian Moody – entrepreneur, marketer, raving lipstick devotee, mum of boys.
We are Gillian and Carolyn, and we started this blog seven (!) years ago as a way to encourage women to take time out for themselves, and to be a part of a supportive lady-gang. At the time we were both married and on maternity leave with our youngest children (Carolyn has three and Gillian has two).
Carolyn was pissed off by the negativity being proliferated online – both in the way women spoke about themselves and the way some women tried to tear other women down. She wanted to create a positive space for smart women to gather and take some time out of their busy lives.
Since the beginning we have always emphasised the importance of women prioritising their wellbeing and health – making sure galpals and good times are included in the mix.
We relaunched as an online magazine in 2016 with a collective of writers on board. Having more writers and experts in various fields meant we could broaden the conversation and cover a more diverse range of topics.
Our content has always been opinionated, contributing to healthy and positive discussions for women everywhere. We’ve written articles about health and wellbeing, sex, indulgence, beauty and society, delivered with authority and our signature touch of irreverence. We launched a private Facebook group, Champagne Women in 2017. We believe that respectful debate is a healthy way to tackle difficult issues, so we love seeing the lively discussions that take place in the group.
And then of course, as happens to all of us, we were hit by some personal challenges. Life took some twists and turns and we each ended up separating from our husbands a year apart – and ultimately divorcing. Carolyn’s started at the start of 2017, and Gillian’s started almost exactly a year later at the start of 2018.
That’s why we’ve now created Surviving Separation. It’s a program we’re launching soon designed to help you to make it through the first stages of separation and step forward into your brand new life. We look forward to sharing this with you!
It’s been a hard slog, and we’ve learned a lot. And we’re always looking for ways to share those lessons and bring women together to achieve wonderful things.
Which brings us to you.
Champagne Cartel is for women who want to feel great about themselves.It’s easy to forget how great it is to be you, when you are constantly being told you aren’t good enough. Here’s how to: look younger, be thinner and sexier, parent better. Here’s the thing we hate about that. It’s all coming from a place of lack. You’re not good enough and you need us to help you be better. Bugger that.
You’re ace. You are enough. We want you to believe that, and live the life you want: a life of joy and kicking serious goals that make you feel like the glorious ladyhuman you are.
This is one hell of a long page, thank you for hanging on till the end!
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