It’s nearing the end of 2019 and the rise of podcasts has been huge, just about everyone has a podcast and a long list of their own favourite podcasts they listen to. So here at Ruffles and Bells HQ, we’ve decided as avid listeners to many different podacasts to create a list of our favourite recommendations of what we think is worth a listen. We’ve made it easy for you by picking a variety of different podcasts that cover different topics, so you can get your wedding and events fix but also something a little bit different to take you away from that crazy world!

So get ready to put your phone down, and decrease that Instagram scrolling time and listen to some incredible podcasts, trust us you’ll thank us later.

1. Shameless

The pop culture podcast for smart women who love dumb stuff, hosted by Michelle Andrews and Zara Mcdonald. Every Monday they recap the week that was in the celebrity space, followed by an In Conversation episode on Thursdays! Two incredible inspiring Melbourne Journalists who as of August 2019, Shameless has been downloaded 3,500,000 times.

Episode to start with: As they drop episodes so frequently, it’s best to start with the latest Monday episode as it’s the most relevant, however if you want something else try their first In Coversation episode with Emma Hawkins.

(Our Stylist Ally highly recommends this podcast, she’s a HUGE fan, maybe a bit of a fangirl)

2. Seize The Yay

Sarah Holloway a lawyer turned funtrepreneur's, creator of Matcha Maiden and her investigation into how some of the world's most inspiring people find their "yay", whether it's through work, rest or play and any other pearls of wisdom they have along the way.

Episode to start with: #45 Cyan Ta’eed - An incredible episode that is truly inspiring.

(Our Stylist Ally highly recommends this podcast, she’s a HUGE fan of Seize The Yay)

3. Hitched

Hitched is a 10-week wedding crash course hosted by wedding planning guru, Aleisha McCormack in collaboration with Mamma Mia. A no-nonsense guide to planning a wedding without losing your mind. Super easy episodes to consume from a true industry insider.

Episode to start with: Coming Down The Aisle - The first episode so you can follow chronologically.

4. Dirty John

Now a Netflix mini series starring Eric Bana and Connie Britton, a ground breaking podcast that was one of the first big hits of the serial killer podcast obsession. Reported and hosted by Christopher Goffard from the L.A. Times, a story that is has complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial and survival.

Episode to start with: Introducing Dirty John - The first episode of the series, you must start here.

5. Offline

Hosted by award-winning Australian journalist Alison Rice, Offline is a series of honest conversations with the people behind our favourite Instagram accounts, and the teachers who help us on our way. Offline is a series of conversation between Alison and her guests where they get real about life on the other side of the filter and explore the often confronting concept of true self. (Our Stylist Ally recommends this podcast )

Episode to start with: Pip Edwards - Powerhouse Pip Edwards the co-founder and creative director of Australian Label PE Nation, an insightful look into her life.

6. Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

Hosted by actor and funny man Dax Shepard (any Veronica Mars Fans, Kristen Bells Husband), a conversational podcast “ that celebrates the messiness of being human”. Every Monday on Armchair Expert Dax interviews a range of people from other celebrity friends such as; Kristen Bell, Will Ferrell, Norah Jones and Ellen in a casual from but touching on deep topics.

Episode to start with: Sophia Bush - Yes Brooke from One Tree Hill, an incredible insight to the much loved 00’s actress and what she’s passionate about.

7. David Tennant Does a Podcast With..

David Tennant the man himself talking with some of the biggest names from TV, movies, comedy and elsewhere. Revealing conversation, surprise stories and lots of laughs. Easy listening and so insightful.

Episode to start with: James Corden - Hilarious of course but also a beautiful listen.

8. Stuff You Should Know

The two hosts cover everything you have ever wanted to know on nay topic from champagne, satanisim, Scooby Doo or true crime. Stuff You Should Know is an incredible podcast with heaps of knowledge to learn and touch up on things you’d forgotten you were interested in.

Episode to start with: How Pompeii Worked - One of the most famous natural distastes in history, such a deep look into the history of the disaster.

(Our Stylist Ally highly recommends this podcast, she loves to listen when she’s trying to get to sleep, it works a treat)

9. The Healthy Hustlers

A podcast hosted by self-proclaimed health enthusiast and full-time hustler Madelyn Carafa, The Healthy Hustlers podcast, a series of healthy conversation with inspiring hustlers. A combination of health and wellbeing, business this podcast will give you some guidance on how to kick butt in work and play!

Episode to start with: Leah Itsines - The self taught creative cook and author who is on a serious mission in the kitchen to show people that being healthy is not hard!

10. Rise & Conquer

The Rise and Conquer Podcast, hosted by Georgie Stevenson she dives deep into all things mindset, habits, career, health, relationships a podcast for women who want to rise up to be the best version of themselves. It will give you the tools & actionable steps to feel confident in yourself, inspired to take bold action and motivated to conquer your goals.

Episode to start with: #25 My magic morning routine: 5 habits to set you up for a successful day - Georgie goes through her mooring routine and why they are so important.

We were extremely lucky to be a part of the epic @riseandconquer.podcast and @thehealthyhustlers live show in Melbourne, stay tuned for photos from the epic live show event.

11. Glow Journal

Beauty writer Gemma Watts in conversation with some of Australia's, and the world's, biggest beauty pioneers. Listen as Gemma on Glow Journal picks the brains behind the beauty products that fill your bathroom cupboards- the CEOs, founders and creative minds heading the brands that shape the beauty industry.

Episode to start with: Elle Ferguson | Founder of Elle Effect - The entrepreneur, massive influencer and founder of Elle Effect.

12. The Cut on Tuesdays

From New York Magazine The Cut on Tuesdays brings you women’s voices on culture, style, sex, politics, and people. Join The Cut host Molly Fischer every week for arguments, obsessions, dissections, reflections, confessions, and other topics.

Episode to start with: Who Even Was Karl Lagerfeld? - A look into the genius, the man who hated sweatpants... They go into the lives of one of the greatest fashion designers of all time

13. Start Up Creative

Hosted by business coach and founder of StartUp Creative, Kaylene Langford, this podcast is an insight to its guests real and raw start up stories from their successful businesses. Each episode Kaylene Langford interviews a guest who chats about their business, allowing you to take in valuable how to advice, resources and recommendations for up-and-coming startups, freelancers and entrepreneurs.

Episode to start with: #1 The StartUp Creative Start Up Story - The first episode and a fantastic introduction on the backstory of Kaylene and her business.

14. Wilosophy

Australia’s be loved comedian Wil Anderson on his Wilosophy podcasts strives to asks smart people stupid questions and tries to find out the meaning of life, a vary of guests that include; Actors, Comedians and Athletes Wilosophy will fill your ears for an hour or so and give you an insight into some of Australia’s most loved talent.

Episode to start with: Andy Lee - One half of Australian powerhouse duo Hamish & Andy, this episode shows the humble comedian that Andy Lee is.

(Our Stylist Ally highly recommends this episode, she’s was a big fan)

15. Bridechilla

Hosted by Bridechilla Founder Aleisha McCormack the #1 wedding planning podcast. Described a your ‘New virtual bridesmaid’, this episodes will help you along your wedding planning, it will help encourage, support and guide you with your wedding journey. Aleisha covers every single topic relating to weddings you can think of, we suggest having a scroll and seeing what grabs your attention.

Episode to start with: #282 Bridechilla Wedding Planning Q&A - Bridechilla themselves suggest this episode as they chat about Bridechilla vendors who shared their most valuable advice for planning a wedding.


Ruffles and Bells Team.