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The Corona Chronicles - Barbara

The Chronicles are back! I'm excited to introduce not only another creative friend but also a new and improved Chronicle series.

Personally I felt that the films weren't doing the interviews justice and you don't really get to know the vibe of the person. This time around, I've aimed to have a more conversational approach that is down-to-earth and personal. Get to know not only myself, but the featured friends of M-SEW that little more better. Since this takes more time to edit and prepare to get to you, the Chronicles will be monthly for the time being.

If you haven't read the series so far, what are you waiting for! Click around the blog and have a good read :) Many thanks to those that have been keeping with the series from the start. I hope you enjoy what's in store for the next Chronicles!

So, let's get to it.

For this Chronicle, we linked up with former colleague now good friend Barbara. Working together in retail was fun along with Pedro (read his Chronicle in the blog) as we had good ups and downs whilst in London.

Originally from Italy/Brazil, she came over to London to pursue acting in the U.K. I can recall her grind with shooting her reels and other works. She relocated back to Brazil for a few years then earlier in 2020 - chillin' on the gram - I received a DM stating "I'm coming back to London!" Out of all the years to come back, she chose 2020 right before the second lockdown ha.

It's always a pleasure to see her and catch up. Read and watch her Chronicle to get to know her better.



Actress/Hospitality pioneer


M-SEW: Where did you grow up?

BARBARA: I grew up near Milan until I was around 11 and then I moved to Rio de Janeiro. Where’s your favourite place to live? I love Italy - Milan is a great city. What’s your personal lockdown/WFH style? Working with hospitality WFH was never really an option. And during lockdown, the baggier and comfier, the better. How have you changed during lockdown? My hair colour (a couple of times, btw) and I've changed the country where I live, does that count?

What new skills did you learn during lockdown? I'm not sure if I would call it a "skill", but I've learned to be a little bit more patient.

What’s the most surprising thing you learnt about yourself during lockdown? How I feel like a different person every single day. Some days super productive, some days a lazy potato.

What was your favourite book/film/song during lockdown? It is hard to pick one, I read quite a lot these past few months and binged waaaay too many series.

What artist/creator did you discover during lockdown? It's not really a creator, but I've been watching loads of old films and I'm absolutely in love with Sophia Loren.

What’s your look for your first lockdown outing? I will depend on the weather, urgh London. I would love to wear a nice skirt.

Favourite meme during lockdown? All the cats' ones. Literally, send me as many cat memes as possible.

Film: Original music by Aden Peets.

Where’s your first trip post lockdown? I would love to visit Rome.

Who’s your inspiration? Hard to pick just one. But the first name that pops is AOC.

What’s your favourite spot in your house/room/space? I love sitting on the floor in my bedroom, reading and watching series :)

What plans did you have that were cancelled thanks to Rona?

I wanted to spend my birthday in Venice. I was about to get promoted and many other things, but I honestly try not to think too much about it.

Favourite inspirational quote during lockdown? I'm not a big fan of inspirational quotes to be honest, but I guess I love Neil Gaiman's "It's like the people who believe they'll be happy if they go and live somewhere else, but who learn it doesn't work that way. Wherever you go, you take yourself with you. If you see what I mean.”

Who did you talk to the most during lockdown? Myself.


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