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1. I'm back in London and it's Work Party O'Clock! Next week's session is in a fabulous Breather space in Clerkenwell and has a fabulous guest mentor in the form of my BFF Sharmadean Reid, founder of WAH NailsPlease come through! (All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire).

2. While we're on the subject of Work Parties: At our session in New York a couple of weeks back, I spoke to Alison E Roman about writing, eating, cooking, and the art of landing a really great agent. Plus, there was lots of chat about her forthcoming book Dining In which looks stunning and is available for pre-order here. You can watch the interview in full over on our Facebook page.

3. A topical read for many of us: How to take a guilt-free holiday as a freelancer, via Guardian Careers. 

4. Put those tips to good use with a little help from The New York Times, who offer a round-up of cheap Euro vacation deals righthere. (Only relevant to U.S. readers, alas! Sorry).

5. If a theme wasn't already emerging here: summer officially starts on Wednesday. Hurray! If you're a new(er) subscriber to The WW Club,why not spend some time catching up on the ten part Summer School podcast series and accompanying curriculum I put together last year? 

6. Looking for a perfect soundtrack to set the tone for your week? Check out SZA's dreamy debut album CTRL, if you haven't already. Follow up with this Vogue read on her refreshing approach to self-care and beauty.

7. And here's some gorgeous imagery to get your Monday off to a soothing and inspiring start: a guide to the colour palettes used by Sofia Coppola in her dream-like films.

8. "Victims don't succeed." This interview with real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran is like a pep talk from the terrifying but incredibly motivating professional coach you (sometimes) wish you had.

9. In case you didn't notice, our website got a little makeover.Take a look around!

10. In other news you may have missedI wrote a book! Read all about it.

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1. My heart was broken by the attacks in my hometown of London over the weekend, but I'm left feeling more determined than ever to uphold the values of tolerance, community, and creativitythat I was lucky enough to grow up around. i-D's recent Creativity Issue was a brilliant celebration of those values, as well as a great insight into the London-based names and talents who are pushing it forward right now. Special shout out to the PDA crew and the fabulous Maybury sisters - listen to Reba speak at one our London events here.

2. Man Repeller spoke to three women about what they've learned about life, work, and love in 70+ years of life, and theresults are just so lovely.

3. I love this gorgeous overview of the Memphis Design Movement, which is currently having a cultural renaissance. A timely reminder to embrace frivolity, playfulness, and colour. 

4. As a recent aficionado of rxbar protein bars (the chocolate and sea salt one is particularly good), I was interested to read about how the company recently underwent a huge branding overhaul and experienced a huge business boost as a result. 

5. Congratulations to my fabulous friend Marawa the Amazing, whojust published a brilliant advice book for teen girlsThe Girl Guide offers '50 lessons on your changing body' in a vibrant and non-patronising package. Perfect for your younger siblings and cousins.

6. BTS at Apple Park, Apple's new Cupertino mothership, which features a 'Breathing Building' and a 100,000 sq ft Fitness & Wellness Center among many other mindboggling delights.

7. Two cool new photobooks from women photographers:Noises in the Blood by Lua Ribeira, which documents dancehall rituals among British Jamaican women in Birmingham, and The Last Days of Summer by Akila Berjaoui, which captures beach life in all its saturated, sultry glory.

8. Breatherthe business that offers all the dreamy spaces where I host our Work Party sessions, has a cool blog which includes a couple of write-ups from me and other enthusiastic users of their services. Check it.

9. Thoughts on the rise of the 'gig' economy, and what it means for the future of freelancingvia Inc.

10. Another Magazine has some suggestions for brilliant things to do in the month of June. Let's make it a good one, shall we?

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1. Happy Tuesday! Hope you had a great long weekend and are feeling refreshed and inspired for the week ahead. If you're interested in writing/cooking/publishing a book/all of the above, you should probably come to next week’s Work Party with food writer/cook/soon-to-be author Alison E Roman in New York. There are only a handful of tickets left so be sure to grab yours now.

2. "Instead of bringing about a leisure class living in actual leisure, we have wrought a world where the upwardly mobile are instead obsessed with productivity. Indeed, productivity itself has become a kind of class signifier. Even recreation among the elite bears the hallmarks of work, with metrics and documentation governing all activity. As the increasing demands of work sow anxiety among the elite, leisure time has become a zone heavy with contradiction." Molly Young being brilliant as usual, on wellness, work, and so much more in The New York Times.

3. It’s no secret that I love an independent bookstore–and a woman-owned independent bookstore all the more. I was super-excited to see that writer Emma Straub has opened Books Are Magic here in Brooklyn. Go forth and support! (Londoners should check out Daunt Books and Los Angelenos should head straight to Skylight Books).

4. Speaking of bookstores... Last weekend I rediscovered Printed Matter - a brilliant independent artists’ bookstore and space here in New York. It reminded me how much I adore the self-published form (remember when I made my own book?!) If you’re looking for an IRL distributor for your own self-published manifesto, ‘zine, or catalogue, this is a great place to start

5.  “Be a feminist.” Helen Mirren’s 5 Rules for a Happy Life, from her recent keynote speech at Tulane University are worth watching and remembering.

6. If the past week’s global news has got you left you feeling raw, this open thread on Into The Gloss has lots of suggestions on how to take the edge off your anxiety - as well as serving as a simple reminder that we're all in the same boat. Hang in there.

7. A fascinating look into the merged future of technology and luxury through the eyes of Russian entrepreneur Mirsolava Duma, via the Financial TimesForward-thinkers, take note.

8. A familiar narrative: Women were killing it in computer programming before the tech bros came along and pushed them out. Sigh.

9. Tips for doing sh*t you really don't want to do, but, like, the *zen* way.

10. An alternative approach: Just don't do sh*t you don't want to do in the first place. Thoughts on that here.

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