[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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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] DECEMBER 11
Laura Owens on a Monday.

Laura Owens on a Monday.

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1. Trying to build a digital empire in 2018? Refinery29 co-founder Christene Barberich has four key lessons to share with you (find more R29 words of wisdom from her fellow founder Piera Gelardi in The Working Woman's Handbook!)

2. I love the way my friend Naomi Shimada looks at - and lives in - the world. Her reading list is full of gems to add to your own festive period book pile.

3. If you're bored of the 'Millennials are lazy and entitled' trope, this article on why we're actually more productive than any other generation will make you very *smugface*.

4. Are you saving enough money? Or, like, any money? GQ has a helpful guide to figuring out the A to that Q. Key takeaway: start investing now!

5. The gift guides are coming thick and fast! Thanks to Taste the Styleand ELLE for including The Working Woman's Handbook on their round-ups. We have to agree that it makes a pretty perfect present :)

HAPPENINGS

NEW YORK

Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World
Guggenheim

A major exhibition of contemporary art from China spanning 1989 to 2008, arguably the most transformative period of modern Chinese and recent world history.

LONDON

Modigliani
Tate Modern

A retrospective of the e motionally intense portraits and seductive nudes that are now among the best-loved paintings of the 20 th century.

LOS ANGELES

Anna Maria Maiolino
MOCA Grand Avenue

This large-scale survey covers Brazilian artist Maiolino’s extraordinary oeuvre from the early 1960s to the present.

PHOEBE LIKES

These smokey champagne flutes are a chic way to do festive decor.

These smokey champagne flutes are a chic way to do festive decor.

My skin has been crazy recently andthis cream is the only thing that soothes and calms.

My skin has been crazy recently andthis cream is the only thing that soothes and calms.

Currently re-reading this and it's changing my life all over again.

Currently re-reading this and it's changing my life all over again.

A girl can never have too many hoodies! These are cheap enough to cop in every colour.

A girl can never have too many hoodies! These are cheap enough to cop in every colour.

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] DECEMBER 4
Jenny Holzer on a Monday.

Jenny Holzer on a Monday.

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1. We're back after a thoroughly cathartic Digital Detox (download the full guide to doing your own here) and ready to end the year with a bang! If your head is already in *2018 mode* and you're in the mood to switch.things.up. this article on making a big career change might be the kickstart you need.

2. The #MeToo movement continues to unfold with incredible momentum. While the endless stories of harassment and assault are horrifying, it has been amazing to see so many high profile men finally held accountable for their actions. If you're struggling to keep up, but want to, The New York Times has posted some key stories from the past few watershed weeks.

3. I spoke to MissBish about the trajectory of The WW Club, London vs. New York vs. LA, and the elusive 'work-life balance'. Have a read.

4. Some solid advice for anyone who might be feeling too emotionally attached to her job. *Ahem*. *Me*.

5. One to add to your Christmas wishlist (or gift to a friend) - Mfon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora - a new biannual featuring the work of female photographers from across the diaspora. Read more about it here.

HAPPENINGS

NEW YORK

Kahlil Joseph: Shadow Play at New Museum
Captivating short films conjuring the lush and impressionistic quality of dreams.

LONDON

Skate at Somerset House
Seasonal skating on London’s most beautiful rink.

LOS ANGELES

Ellen Gallagher: Accidental Records at Hauser + Wirth
New paintings, drawings, and film installations that continue the artist’s exploration of the complex histories of the Black Atlantic and ‘the afterlives of the Middle Passage.’

PHOEBE LIKES

Winter is upon us and pajamas feel relevant again. This Sleepy Jones pair is pretty chic (if a lil pricey).

Winter is upon us and pajamas feel relevant again. This Sleepy Jones pair is pretty chic (if a lil pricey).

Over in the *affordable luxury* department: Target's jersey sheet sets are cosy AF.

Over in the *affordable luxury* department: Target's jersey sheet sets are cosy AF.

Pair your jersey sheets with a silk pillowcase, to protect ya hair and skin.

Pair your jersey sheets with a silk pillowcase, to protect ya hair and skin.

My skin is already feeling tight and sensitive from the sudden temp drop.This glowing humidifier helps.

My skin is already feeling tight and sensitive from the sudden temp drop.This glowing humidifier helps.

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] NOVEMBER 27

H A P P Y  M O N D A Y !

We're taking a DIGITAL DETOX  - click here to download our full digital detox guide and worksheet pack - and will resume business as usual next Monday.

In the meantime, here's a selection of our favourite links from newsletters gone by.

See you on the Internet again very soon!

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1. Here's an interesting article series on building bulletproof brands from retail analysis site, Loose Threads. The section on networks - which uses Supreme, Glossier, and Peloton as case studies - is particularly fascinating.

2. My appetite for reading about other people's work and life routines is apparently insatiable. I'm currently devouring everything on Extraordinary Routines, especially the pieces on Ann Friedman (she's in the book!) and NY-based writer, Ashley Ford. Fellow lifestyle voyeurs (is that all of us, now?!) - enjoy!

3. Milk Makeup just launched a new editorial platform - called VIBES, appropriately enough - and I'm honoured to be the first subject of its Book Club. Read the full interview over here.

4. In my most recent column for British business magazine Courier, I explored The Rise of the Influencer, aka "the most powerful figure in modern marketing" (to quote, erm, myself). Have a read.

5. I always enjoy the Longform podcast and I especially enjoyed last week’s episode with GQ staff writer Caity Weaver, who explains how she went from attending one of the worst schools in Pennsylvania to being the only woman Elon Musk follows on Twitter. She’s also hilarious.

6. Make sure the stuff you’re getting done is actually the stuff worth doing. Inc. offers advice on how to prioritise the strategic rather than just dealing with the urgent. The Monday morning tip is one I might have to adopt.

7. If you're interested in how/why I wrote The Working Woman's Handbook in the first place - I broke it down in a piece for i-D. Read it here.

8. Innovation inspiration! Fast Company lists the companies who are doing it bigger, doing it better, and doing it differently to everyone else.

9. If you haven’t yet made the jump to freelancing - but kinda want to - The Cut’s brilliant ‘Money Mom’ column has some advice for you. (When you’re finished reading that, definitely give the archives a scan as well.)

10. If you only click one link on this list make it this article titled ‘Maybe You Should Just Be Single’. It’s a must-read. I’ll leave it at that.

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] NOVEMBER 20

H A P P Y  M O N D A Y !

We're taking a DIGITAL DETOX  - click here to download our full digital detox guide and worksheet pack - and will resume business as usual on Monday December 4th.

In the meantime, here's a selection of our favourite links from newsletters gone by (don't worry, there's another one coming your way next Monday, too!)

See you on the Internet again very soon!

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1. Brand-building 101: A comprehensive overview from the crew over at Bond St.

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.  “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.

4. 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.

5. An intriguing article on one woman's 'relationship contract' - read'The 36 Questions That Lead to Love' first, if you haven't already' - that got me thinking about human relationships in general, and how our lack of transparency and direct communication is perhaps the source of all our interpersonal woes. What's your take?

6. 'Famous on the Internet, Broke IRL': This episode of Refinery29's Strong Opinions, Loosely Held podcast is honest, relatable, and highly necessary. (Thanks to GG for the heads-up.)

7. "No matter what you do for a living, the only thing you’ll get more and more and more of is hard work. So figure out what kind of hard work feels satisfying to you. Learn to enjoy the hard work, and learn to enjoy the times when you’re not working, and you’ll learn to enjoy life itself." This week's 'Ask Polly' is another banger. Read read read.

8. My friend Missy Flynn wrote a great piece for The Debrief sharing lessons learnt from running the sorely-missed London restaurant Rita's (where we once hosted a dinner party and panel for The WW Club -listen back to the conversation here). An important reflection on managing our ideas about how success really looks and feels

9.  In case you didn't know: AWAY has a great podcast called Airplane Mode, and I'm featured as a guest on the most recent episode. The theme is 'Work Trip' and so naturally I talked all about work + travel + The WW Club. Listen up. (I also featured on their new site HERE earlier in the year - peep the interview).

10. In related news - I recorded a special edition of the Make It Work podcast, dedicated solely to sharing my experience of publishing a book (the good, the bad, and the hard-learnt lessons along the way) and answering any questions you might have about doing the same. Give it a listen.

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[MONDAYS ARE FINE] NOVEMBER 13

Something slightly different this week...

...we're taking a digital detox and we want you to detox with us.

Click here to get your full digital detox guide and seven page worksheet pack, which will help you to:
 

  • Assess your most-used digital tools (and figure out the amount of time you’re spending on them).
  • Identify recurring feelings - negative and positive - that result from your digital usage.
  • Plan your 72 hour digital detox - perfect for doing over a long weekend/personal or public holiday (like Thanksgiving!)
  • Establish new and healthier habits when the detox is complete.
  • Create a new, happier and healthier weekly routine for your digital life.

 

DOWNLOAD THE DIGITAL DETOX GUIDE

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