A Sentence a Day - 17 March 2017

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In 2017 I will be writing A Sentence a Day. You can read more about why here.

Today is the 17 March 2017.

Question:

Tea of coffee?

Answer:

Love coffee, but I'm such a tea monster I'll have to say tea; there's nothing a proper brew can't sort and I like mine almost black with just a dash of milk - if I could drink Kusmi Tea English Breakfast blend every day I would.

A Sentence a Day - 16 March 2017

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In 2017 I will be writing A Sentence a Day. You can read more about why here.

Today is the 16 March 2017.

Question:

One stationery item I couldn't live without...

Answer:

A notebook; I use them to scribble down my thoughts and ideas, draft blog posts, compile to-do lists and note down style inspirations - I always buy one if I'm in a gallery or museum (preferably fashion-y).

A Sentence a Day - 23 February 2017

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In 2017 I will be writing A Sentence a Day. You can read more about why here.

Today is the 23 February 2017.

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Question:

Tomorrow will be better because...

Answer:

It's one day closer to the weekend, hopefully #stormdoris will have passed and I'll be spending time with my husband and friends in London Town.

SONGBIRDS

Thanks to a certain person in a certain big white building in the USA, women’s rights have never been more precarious.

At the recent Women’s Marches following the inauguration of Donald Trump the message, by both male and female demonstrators, was that women’s rights are human rights and that “women won’t be Trumped”.

Sadly though, it appears it's still a man's man's man's world within the music industry. Artists including Bjork, Lady Gaga and Laura Mvula have been vocal about sexism in the industry, with Gaga speaking out about sexual assault and the desire to be taken more seriously as an intelligent and talented musician rather than being associated just with body image. A recent Guardian article reported that although women make up 59% of entry-level business roles, only 30% of women hold senior executive roles. 

But, there could be a change on the horizon. Music experts and celebrities alike are calling for women to be recognised in all aspects of the industry and Madonna's acceptance speech at the Billboard Women in Music 2016 event last year may have been deeply moving but was also rousing.

PRS for Music have previously reported that their membership of over 95,000 songwriters and composers is only 13% female and allegedly, there have been cases of female writers pitching songs under a male pseudonym to give themselves a better chance (very 19th century female author, don’t you think?). So, Laid Bare founder Rami Radi has started a campaign via 38 Degrees called #takehername to coincide with International Women’s Day on 8 March 2017. 

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The campaign is a call for action to encourage male artists to change their name across their social media platforms on IWD - to a female version of their name, in support of female musicians and songwriters in the industry. For IWD this year, women are being asked to ‘be bold for change’ but Rami wants to go one extra and encourage men to ‘change to be bold’.

You can be part of this amazing movement too. On Thursday 23 February 2017, Laid Bare will be staging an exciting event called Songbirds at London’s 93 Feet East on Brick Lanein support of this campaign and to challenge attitudes towards female musicians.

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It’s not just about activism on the night though - the event is also, importantly, about showcasing and celebrating technically gifted women in music who are excelling in their field. The all female line up will comprise of five London based musicians, and celebrated DJ, Jenn Crothers will playsome great tunes late into the night.

Laid Bare’s newest signing Sula Mae will launch her excellent new single, “Blind” on the evening. East London singer-songwriter Sula cites Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin as vocal influences. Her EP of the same name is largely influenced by the Bristol-bred Trip Hop sounds of Portishead, Massive Attack and Tricky. 

Also featuring are Cornish musician Polly Money who will showcase her melodious, sun-kissed voice and cheeky blend of pop and Bee Bakare whose upbeat, heartfelt tracks have earned her winner of the Future Music Songwriting Competition 2017. Completing the Songbirds all-female line up will be Brixton born and bred Elisa Imperilee whose debut EP is a melting pot of soul, R&B, jazz and hip-hop, and AutumnMusic who builds intricately-layered vocal loops live on stage, weaving her stories and experiences into songs that make her part singer, part producer, part poet.

It’s set to be an amazing evening - but with a purpose. “With almost 90% of the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame being made up of male musicians we need to move on from pigeon-holing female musicians by image and understand that good musicianship is all that counts” says Rami. 

Closing, with Madonna. In her BillBoard acceptance speech she called on women to “start appreciating our own worth, and each others worth” and encouraged them to “…seek out strong women to befriend, to align yourself with, to learn from, to be inspired by. To collaborate with. To support. To be enlightened by.

Songbirds is a very good place to start.

Songbirds takes place on Thursday 23 February 2017 at 93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, E1 6QL.

Doors: 19.00. FREE ENTRY

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A Sentence a Day - 20 February 2017

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In 2017 I will be writing A Sentence a Day. You can read more about why here.

Today is the 20 February 2017.

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Question:

On my wall hangs...

Answer:

My favourite Vogue prints (their neighbour on the opposite wall is an old Upton Park Bus Roll belonging to my husband Alex which creates an interesting juxtaposition - our interests collide).

A Sentence a Day - 19 February 2017

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In 2017 I will be writing A Sentence a Day. You can read more about why here.

Today is the 19 February 2017.

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Question:

My guilty pleasure is...

Answer:

Watching old episodes of America's Next Top Model with Tyra Banks, Miss J. Alexander, Jay Manuel and André Leon Talley - pure fashion entertainment.

A Sentence a Day - 18 February 2017

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In 2017 I will be writing A Sentence a Day. You can read more about why here.

Today is the 18 February 2017.

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Question:

Who is the biggest influence in your life right now?

Answer:

Apart from all the strong, creative, working women I know, I would say it's my little baby Evan - he has transformed the way I approach and think about things and has given me a sense of perspective, of what's really important in life; he keeps me grounded.

A Sentence a Day - 17 February 2017

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In 2017 I will be writing A Sentence a Day. You can read more about why here.

Today is the 17 February 2017.

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Question:

How do you feel about money?

Answer:

I think it can be helpful and although sometimes I wish I had more, I feel so lucky and so give myself a talking to; besides I'd rather have great experiences and build happy memories than acquire lots of material things.

A Sentence a Day - 16 February 2017

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In 2017 I will be writing A Sentence a Day. You can read more about why here.

Today is the 16 February 2017.

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Question:

Where do you work?

Answer:

At Breast Cancer Care, as a Senior Human Resources Manager, but I'm on maternity leave at the moment; it's the only UK wide charity providing care, information and support to people affected by breast cancer and I'm proud to work there.

A Sentence a Day - 15 February 2017

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In 2017 I will be writing A Sentence a Day. You can read more about why here.

Today is the 15 February 2017.

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Question:

The best part of waking up is...

Answer:

Seeing my husband - we are ships in the night since our little baby was born and get very little time together so it's nice to see him first thing. *passes sick bucket*

A Sentence a Day - 13 February 2017

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In 2017 I will be writing A Sentence a Day. You can read more about why here.

Today is the 13 February 2017.

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Question:

What's on your wish list?

Answer:

That I can carve out some time for myself to write and add content to my website; I have easily over 20 blog posts in draft at the moment and words constantly tumble around in my head but there's such little time to write and this makes me a bit sad.

A Sentence a Day - 12 February 2017

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In 2017 I will be writing A Sentence a Day. You can read more about why here.

Today is the 12 February 2017.

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Question:

What made you laugh today?

Answer:

Every time I put my baby Evan's little beanie hat on he popped it off again and this continued at least ten times with both of us laughing; it made me think of the The Daily Mash post 'Child Bends Time To Make Minutes Seem Like Years'.

A Sentence a Day - 11 February 2017

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In 2017 I will be writing A Sentence a Day. You can read more about why here.

Today is the 11 February 2017.

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Question:

What makes your house a home?

Answer:

Aesthetics are important and I love all the books, photographs and fashion memorabilia, but it's the people in it and the good times we share, the laughs we have and the mess we make that makes my house a home.

A Sentence a Day - 10 February 2017

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In 2017 I will be writing A Sentence a Day. You can read more about why here.

Today is the 10 February 2017.

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Question:

List three things that went right today.

Answer:

1. Me and Evan made it on time to his Baby Sensory class by the skin of our teeth. 2. My family and friends remained safe and well. 3. Thanks to Auntie Jo, me and my husband had our first date night in months and went to see Two Door Cinema Club at Alexandra Palace and they were BRILLIANT.

A Sentence a Day - 9 February 2017

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In 2017 I will be writing A Sentence a Day. You can read more about why here.

Today is the 9 February 2017.

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Question:

What would your perfect day look like?

Answer:

After a night of uninterrupted sleep I'd wake early to cuddles with my baby and husband and head off for some me-time at the gym before breakfast, then we'd head into London town (I'd read all the way on the tube) and hang out; a fashion exhibition, some shopping, mooching about and going to The Palomar for lunch and champagne -  we'd head home, I'd have two hours of solid writing time while the boys snoozed, just about time for a game of tennis, then we'd head off to a huge house in the English countryside where all our friends and family would be waiting for a big party with great music before crashing out in a huge comfy bed and reflecting on my perfect day - doing the things I love with the people I love.

*too much in one day?

** I can dream, right?

A Sentence a Day - 8 February 2017

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In 2017 I will be writing A Sentence a Day. You can read more about why here.

Today is the 8 February 2017.

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Question:

Who would you like to thank?

Answer:

(1) My Mum who helped looked after my baby today and used her Nana Superpowers to restore me and the house to some semblance of order and calmness and (2) My big sis who, despite being crazy busy in and out of work and raising her own children has offered to babysit so me and my hubbie can have our first date night for 9 months - I'm very lucky.

A Sentence a Day - 7 February 2017

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In 2017 I will be writing A Sentence a Day. You can read more about why here.

Today is the 7 February 2017.

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Question:

When was the last time you were ill?

Answer:

I honestly can't remember; since I had my baby boy Evan at times I've felt a little under the weather - but one of the things I've learnt about being a parent is you haven't really got time to be sick and I've learnt to power through...