[MONDAYS ARE FINE] FEBRUARY 12
Guerrilla Girls on a Monday.

Guerrilla Girls on a Monday.

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1. Although black women should be heard, paid, and elevated every month of the year, Black History Month is an opportune time to celebrate black-owned businesses. Black women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the US, yet received only 0.2% of all investment funding from 2012-2014. Keep an eye on our social media this month, where we'll be highlighting the work + advice of some brilliant black businesswomen.

2. Heads up: It's not too late to enroll the CLASS OF 2018! Sign up now and you'll still get all of the content, plus early access + 20% discount on our last two events of Q1 (details coming soon). Join here.

3. If the endless NYFW coverage has left you overwhelmed or just straight-up baffled, check out this Man Repeller piece on the deeper meanings of fashion for some clarification on the substance beneath the style.

4. The indomitable Mary J. Blige speaks on imposter syndrome, money troubles, and the creative and personal discoveries that can come later life. All hail.

5. Commuters rejoice: Still Processing, a podcast by NYT culture writers Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris, is back with a new season and just as insightful and hilarious as ever. The recent episode on Justin + Janet is definitely worth a listen.

6. NYLON Mag is back like it was never gone. Check out the now-defunct print magazine's major digital rebranding— which launches for February with a momentous cover shoot and story by Roxane Gay.

7. February moving a little too fast for comfort? Eleven really,really busy women share their tried and true secrets to getting + staying organized this year.

HAPPENINGS

NEW YORK

Stop by the opening reception of Real People. Real Lives. Women Immigrants Of New York at Queens Museum on Feb 17, featuring film screenings, New York’s best street food, and community conversations. The exhibition itself will run until March 18!

LONDON

You already know Jorja Smith is a queen, but if you aren't a Mahaliastan just yet, their Feb 14 show at O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire will convert you. What better way to spend Valentine's Day than at a concert showcasing two industry game-changers... who are both under 21?!

LOS ANGELES

The prolific culture critic and author of Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay, willread from and discuss her newest bookHunger: A Memoir of (My) Bodyat the Hammer Museum.

PHOEBE LIKES

Behold: the perfect raincoat by my girl Kai.

Behold: the perfect raincoat by my girl Kai.

If you're looking to do some luxe self-gifting this V-Day...

If you're looking to do some luxe self-gifting this V-Day...

If (like me) you're on a constant quest to drink less coffee, try this delicious turmeric latte blend.

If (like me) you're on a constant quest to drink less coffee, try this delicious turmeric latte blend.

Never too many scented candles. Who doesn't want their home to smell of lemon sugar and vanilla?!

Never too many scented candles. Who doesn't want their home to smell of lemon sugar and vanilla?!

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] FEBRUARY 5
Monica Kim Garza on a Monday.

Monica Kim Garza on a Monday.

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1. Our first event of 2018 is done and dusted! Massive thanks to everyone who came through on our #ArtDate. Highly recommend stopping by LaToya Ruby Frazier's show: it's free to the public and is a massively moving body of work on the implications of racism on healthcare, the environment, and economy. We couldn't have asked for a better way to start a year of CLASS OF 2018 events. See all the excitement on Insta here. (Feel free to regram + tag us @thewwclub!)

2. How is it already February?! And how's your Q1 going so far? Stay on track by enrolling in #THEWWCLUBCO18 for career content, online seminars, required reading lists and more to help you create a thorough + practical game plan. Or you can buy each worksheet individually for pages of creative exercises and advice, if you want to test the waters first.

3. Cecile Richards has stepped down as the President of Planned Parenthood. We've learned a lot from this fearless advocate for women's health—it only seems fitting to study up on her work routine while at PP. Check out her words of life and career wisdom on The Cut's "How I Get It Done".

4. You can do all the sheet masks and yin yoga classes you want, but the reality is: sometimes stress is self-inflicted. Here's how to get your perfectionism and soaring expectations under control.

5. Is it possible to pay off debt and invest in your future? The short answer: yes. In fact, according to Sallie Krawcheck, the CEO ofEllevest (an investment platform that caters to women), due to the gender wage gap, it's more important for women to start investing earlier on in life as a way of "catching up". Find out how.

6. Bookmark for next week: My friend and entrepreneurial geniusSharmadean Reid muses on how to best avoid those Sunday night blues. BTW, UK folks keep an eye out for the next issue of Courier(you can read clips from my bi-monthly column here), because Sharmadean is looking like an absolute boss on the cover!

7. Queen of the universe Erykah Badu talks staying sonically relevant, the importance of forming your own political options despite the hype, and how today's generation consumes music in a whole new way.

HAPPENINGS

NEW YORK

Cuban artist and activist Tania Bruguera stimulates all of your senses with her performance piece, Untitled (Havana, 2000), which closely examines the state of power in Havana. See it live at the MoMA until March 11.

LONDON

Can't think of a better pre-Valentine's Day date than an afternoon spent at the Orchids Festival in Kew Gardens. Opening on Feb 10, this year’s botanical celebration is inspired by the vibrant plant life of Thailand.

LOS ANGELES

Your favorite early-2000s duo is officially back, sharing the stage for a 3-month U.S. tour. Catch Ja Rule and Ashanti at Club Nokia on Feb 7 for a wave of beautiful nostalgia.

PHOEBE LIKES

2018 is already moving fast! These Sleep Drops are helping to calm my overactive mind.

2018 is already moving fast! These Sleep Drops are helping to calm my overactive mind.

I like the brain-soothing design of this planner. One day at a time...

I like the brain-soothing design of this planner. One day at a time...

Not going out cos it's too cold = a good excuse to buy gorgeous, expensive candles.

Not going out cos it's too cold = a good excuse to buy gorgeous, expensive candles.

I love everything from Nubian Heritage. Smells pricey, but isn't. A rare feat.

I love everything from Nubian Heritage. Smells pricey, but isn't. A rare feat.

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] JANUARY 29
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1. Happy birthday to us!!! It'd be an understatement to say the last three years have a been a wild ride for  myself The WW Club - from turning an LA pop-up space into a global community of working women, to publishing a book, to most recently launching a year-long program for building creative careers, the Class of 2018. Thank you to all the wonderful women who have been there from the start, and ever since. Here's to many more years of propelling each other forward. *Pops champagne*

2. Issa Art Date! New Yorkers get ready for our first 2018 event: On Feb 3, we're taking an intimate tour of LaToya Ruby Frazier's photo exhibition at Gavin Brown's Enterprise, followed up by a conversation with the woman of the hour. Grab your tickets fast. (And don't forget, both members and tier 2 Class of 2018 students get first priority + 20% off all events, so join up now - your future self will thank you).

3. After taking a moment to reflect on the Women's March, now is the time to ask yourself how you plan to show up this year for your country, for all disenfranchised groups, and for yourself. Start with thisbeautiful poem by Cleo Wade.

4. Had a chat with the always fabulous Atelier Doré on the power of investing in yourself, letting go of financial fear, and what my own personal version of "success" looks like.

5. Kimberly Drew, the Social Media Manager at The Met, is on a mission to change the that ways in which we access and interact with the art world. Thanks to *the internet*, there are more opportunities to connect with culture and history every single day...without even stepping foot in a museum. (Although if you do have the chance to catch the David Hockney exhibit before it closes on Feb 25, we would highly recommend it!)

6. Can we make our collective 2018 resolution to get rid of imposter syndrome? Repeat after me: "I deserve to be here."

7. Hard to believe it was 2 years ago at Making It Work: London that Dolly Alderton dropped all kinds of life and working wisdom on us (which you can listen to here). Just recently, she spoke to i-D for theirNotes On Being A Woman series and confirmed what most of us already know: that the best part of womanhood is "the tenderness, solidarity and strength, intimacy, fun and screeching, breathless, hysterical laughter that can be found in friendships with other women."

HAPPENINGS

NEW YORK

Over 25 emerging women artists explore the intersections of sexuality and art consumption at the Museum of Sex's exhibit NSFW: Female Gaze.

BERLIN

Dinner party meets virtual reality at Care Stranding, an experimental event hosted by art collective Keiken that will merge technology with contemporary artwork and performances (including one by our talented friend, Suzannah Pettigrew).

LOS ANGELES

Stop by the Future Feminine exhibit at the Fahey Klein Gallery before February 24 for a group exhibition that co-opts the male-dominated photography industry and tells intimate stories through a female lens. 

PHOEBE LIKES

Just bought a Jade Roller to use with my serums. Not sure if it's working but it feels gooooood.

Just bought a Jade Roller to use with my serums. Not sure if it's working but it feels gooooood.

NikeLab ACG = ideal winter workout gear.

NikeLab ACG = ideal winter workout gear.

Back in a 'chairs phase'. This onelooks even better IRL.

Back in a 'chairs phase'. This onelooks even better IRL.

A non-hideous shower curtain is suprisingly hard to find. This one is cute, though.

A non-hideous shower curtain is suprisingly hard to find. This one is cute, though.

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] JANUARY 22
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1. It's time to learn a new (dare we say, better?!) way to work: The WW Club Class of 2018 is officially in session. Enroll in our Q1 course now - theme: WORKING IT OUT - for three months of worksheets, creative homework prompts, online seminars, and exclusive events, all designed to help you launch or grow a creative, self-made career. The early bird special runs until tomorrow, so sign up ASAP.

2. As you probably know by now, I'm fascinated with the routines of other creative women. I shared my own morning schedule with Milk, and learnt a lot of tips and tricks from the other amazing women who are featured.

3. The trick to actually sticking to those New Year resolutions?Don't be afraid to pivot if your plans don't work out.

4. When it comes to finding tunnel vision focus, Refinery29's Global Editor-in-Chief, Christene Barberich swears the most important tool is open communication. When she's feeling overwhelmed, she asks herself: "Do I need support or do I need space?" Whatever the answer may be, the only way to get the help you need is to vocalise it.

5. Although only a few episodes in, culture critic Ira Madison III's new podcast Keep It is already becoming a fast favourite. Particularly satisfying: listening to him list actors who have worked with Woody Allen and are yet to utter a word about the #MeToo movement.

6. Just in case you needed another reason to jet off and get gold, no spray tans, here are some travel destinations you'll want to hit up in 2018, courtesy of The New York Times. Colombia, Nigeria, and India are all topping my list.

HAPPENINGS

NEW YORK

Take a closer look at the East Village creative space that shaped New York City's club scene from the 1970s to today, at the MoMA's Club 57: Film, Performance, And Art In The East Village.

LONDON

Spend an evening at the Museum of London for Futureshocks: Human, part of a series exploring how technology is changing our identities, bodies, and interactions in urban environments.

LOS ANGELES

Stop by the Ace Hotel for Ladies Get Paid, a town hall-style meeting for women to share their stories about making major career transitions, from asking for equal pay to switching careers post-maternity leave.

PHOEBE LIKES

These. Are. Excellent. Via Aussie brand POMS.

These. Are. Excellent. Via Aussie brand POMS.

Shout out Dr Teal's Epsom Salt. We're gonna make it thru winter together.

Shout out Dr Teal's Epsom Salt. We're gonna make it thru winter together.

I didn't realise I needed Wu Wearuntil now. 

I didn't realise I needed Wu Wearuntil now. 

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] JANUARY 15
Mickalene Thomas on a Monday.

Mickalene Thomas on a Monday.

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1. If you follow us on social media, you know that something new and exciting is coming soon. Stayed tuned for announcements on #THEWWCLUB2018. Any. Day. Now.

2. Still riding the New Year, New Everything wave? If switching from full-time work to the freelance hustle is at the top of your list, here are my top 5 rules for building a sustainable freelance career, as told to Miss Selfridge. (Then, fill up your work roster or hire some extra help at #TheWorkspace - scroll down for this week's listings).

3. The fabulous Doreen St. Félix sits down with Tracee Ellis Ross forThe New Yorker Radio Hour to talk feminism, 'lady tasks', and why it's more than OK to not be everyone's cup of tea.

4. As the controversial (and until last week, undisclosed) creator of the 'Shitty Media Men' listMoira Donegan's brave open letter is worth your time. One part that resonated: "And this is another toll that sexual harassment can take on women: It can make you spend hours dissecting the psychology of the kind of men who do not think about your interiority much at all."

5. What can a year without shopping show you about your relationship with your humanity? (Shouts to my good friend Zenobiafor putting me on to this!)

6. After all those 2017 highlight reels on social media that failed to mention a *single* low, feeling a little burnt out from the overkill optimism of social media? Here's a reason or two to deactivate, even if just for the weekend.

7. Or, instead, pull a Michaela Coel and binge-follow accounts that reinforce how beautiful and enough you are. In her interview with W Magazine, she also talks about loosening the reigns on her hit show "Chewing Gum"—which she wrote entirely by herself—by finally bringing on other writers. We could all use a little practice asking for help when we really need it. 

HAPPENINGS

NEW YORK

Looking for some Monday stimulation? Drop by Studio Museum Harlem tonight for Black Spatial Cultural Memory: an evening of conversation on the preservation of black culture through visual art, architecture, and photography.

LONDON

Science Museum's Illuminating India: Photography 1857-2017 explores the scientific and artistic developments of photography in India from the Year of Mutiny to today.

LOS ANGELES

Discover the cultural contributions of today’s artists with Chinese descent in Jamaica, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, and beyond at the Chinese American Museum's Contemporary Chinese Caribbean Art exhibit

PHOEBE LIKES

Quick! Uniqlo cashmere is on sale.

Quick! Uniqlo cashmere is on sale.

...as are these Maryam Nassir Zadeh investment boots.

...as are these Maryam Nassir Zadeh investment boots.

The Ordinary has landed at Sephora. Rejoice.

The Ordinary has landed at Sephora. Rejoice.

Tropical climates are a distant memory right now. Fake the vibes with this.

Tropical climates are a distant memory right now. Fake the vibes with this.

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] JANUARY 8
Naomi Campbell by Albert Watson on a Monday.

Naomi Campbell by Albert Watson on a Monday.

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1. Happy 2018! If you haven't already, download #MAKEITWORK2018 to go into the new year feeling cool, calm, and focused. You've got this. *Bicep emoji*

2. If one of your resolutions is to read more this year, sign up for Well-Read Black Girl's newsletter for stellar recommendations by, and interviews with, brilliant Black women writers - sent straight to your inbox.

3. From the infallible Solange to the first female director of the Tate, these are the top 25 people who defined the visual culture of 2017, via Artsy.

4. In a world of start-ups and side-hustles, have the blurred lines of work-life balance changed the meaning of leisure time? As WeWork offices replace Midtown New York's historic Lord & Taylor department store, The New York Times examines how work has replaced personal pleasure in the pursuit of escapism: "With the rise of the internet, shopping came to look like work, and work, in many instances, came to look like leisure..."

5. Want to know what's now and next for the year ahead? Pinterest has an entire insights team who will do that for you. They just released their 100 top trend predictions for 2018, covering the spectrum from home decor, to fashion, to travel.

6. After nearly a decade, Phoebe Philo is leaving her position as Creative Director of CélineWhy Philo's exit might also signal the demise of a 'slower era'.

7.  A concept to ponder, amidst the frantic gym-going and puritanical healthy eating: What if you already are your best self? Here's to 2018 being a year of self-acceptance, first and foremost.

HAPPENINGS

NEW YORK

Celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by volunteering at one of the Brooklyn Children's Museum programs on the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King's contributions, running from Jan 13 to 15. 

U.K.

Surrealism In Egypt: Art Et Liberté is an exhibition at Tate Liverpoolfocusing on a collective of Surrealist-inspired artists and writers in Cairo during the late ‘30s and ‘40s.

LOS ANGELES

Learn a thing or two from the Museum Of Failure, a pop-up at the A+D Museum that pays tribute to failed inventions and business ventures.

PHOEBE LIKES

I recently discovered I'm severely deficient in Vit B-12 - taking thisevery AM has done amazing things for my energy levels.

I recently discovered I'm severely deficient in Vit B-12 - taking thisevery AM has done amazing things for my energy levels.

One of my NY resolutions is to buy only one new item of clothing per month. A possible candidate for Jan. 

One of my NY resolutions is to buy only one new item of clothing per month. A possible candidate for Jan. 

I discovered this Chai mix while staying with a friend who loves it, and now I do, too.

I discovered this Chai mix while staying with a friend who loves it, and now I do, too.

In an attempt to go gel-free, I'm strengthening my natural nails with this tried+tested wonder potion.

In an attempt to go gel-free, I'm strengthening my natural nails with this tried+tested wonder potion.

 

 

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] DECEMBER 18
Kenesha Sneed on a Monday.

Kenesha Sneed on a Monday.

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1. "My life is mine." Tracee Ellis Ross speaking at the Glamour's 2017 Women of the Year Summit is my 2018 mood, defined.

2. This year, women's voices have been heard in new and highly important ways...but where do we go from here? Rebecca Traistermakes a compelling argument for why the #metoo moment is more about work than it is about sex, and why she fears the struggle has just begun.

3. Can we all unanimously agree to give IG influencers a little less digital space in 2018, in order to make room for people who are shaping online culture in genuinely important and thoughtful ways? People like Kimberly Drew aka @museumammy, who features in Sleek's 'Influence Now' series.

4. Ruth Saxelby on writer Maggie Nelson on nuancevia The Fader.

5. Arianna Huffington's 'no brilliant jerks' theory is a workplace rule of thumb worth applying to all areas of your life.

5. On a final note...2017 is almost done! What a year it has been. From international Work Parties, to International Girl Crew collaborations, to the publication of The Working Woman's Handbook, it has been a wild, wild ride for myself and The WW Club. Thank you to everyone who has shown their support and joined me on the journey. I'm excited to keep riding the wave in 2018 (after a long nap).

HAPPENINGS

SINCE YOU PROBABLY WON'T BE HANGING OUT IN MUSEUMS OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS...

Good ways to get your culture fix online.

JOAN DIDION: THE CENTER WILL NOT HOLD
A brilliant insight into the life, work, and times of an iconic writer.

EAMES: THE ARCHITECT AND THE PAINTER
The story of Charles and Ray Eames; two of the most influential designers of the 20th Century.

JAMES BALDWIN: I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO
Enlightening, prescient, important.

PHOEBE LIKES

New year, same me! But hopefully a little more grateful and gracious, with help from the Five Minute Journal.

New year, same me! But hopefully a little more grateful and gracious, with help from the Five Minute Journal.

...and hopefully a lil' more glowy, if I remember to reply this prettyexcellent retinol by Skinceuticals.

...and hopefully a lil' more glowy, if I remember to reply this prettyexcellent retinol by Skinceuticals.

My friend Scarlett's new lingerie line Figs was made for luxurious lounging.

My friend Scarlett's new lingerie line Figs was made for luxurious lounging.

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