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EVENT RECAP: A WOMEN'S DAY PARTY
 

To celebrate International Women’s Day last Wednesday, Women Who teamed up with multi-talented artist and print designer Kelly Anna to host a Women’s Day Party at Mother London – and what a night it was. 170 (!) of London’s creative women descended on Redchurch St (just a stone’s throw from where we hosted our launch event) for an evening of crafts, cocktails, and bonding over our mutual inability to colour within the lines (or was that just me?). It was the perfect way to spend International Women’s Day, and a reminder of the magic that happens when you get a bunch of women – and a couple of drinks – in a room together.

Huge thanks to all of the wonderful people who made it possible, including cocktail maestro Missy Flynn and the crew from Rita’s Dining, who whipped up those delicious Tanqueray-based cocktails using Jamu Kitchen’s zingy tonics; Zezi Ifore and Kim and Pia for the tunes; Winsor and Newton for all those marker pens; Blackwater Studios for the tshirts; and NikeWomen for those gorgeous (Kelly Anna-designed) tote bags!

And finally - given that the cocktails were such a hit, Missy has very kindly provided us with the recipe for both (below) - so you can recreate them in the comfort of your own home.. I'll drink to that!

The Photos

 

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The Cocktails

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RECIPE 1 - PINK GIN AND TONIC

  • Pour out your gin (we used Tanqueray No.10) into a jug and quick-infuse with dried hibiscus flowers - available online, or at plenty of Caribbean grocers as 'sorrel'. The alcohol will absorb the colour and flavour within 5-7 minutes, so don't worry about doing this too far in advance.

  • Strain off the flowers, squeezing out any excess liquid - you can keep these gin-soaked flowers to use as a garnish. The gin can be used immediately, or saved in the fridge until you need it.
  • Pour your preferred measure of gin into a glass filled with ice.
  • Add a good quality tonic water (e.g. Schweppes).
  • Garnish with a slice of lemon and some edible flowers - or the hibiscus flowers you used to infuse the gin.

 

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RECIPE 2 - GIN, JAMU AND TONIC

  • Pour a 25ml measure of Tanqueray No.10 into a glass filled with ice.
  • Add 25ml of Jamu (we got ours from Jamu Kitchen, but you can make your own at home!) 
  • Top up with good quality ginger ale (e.g. Fever Tree) - nothing too sweet, and not ginger beer as that will overpower the other flavours.
  • Garnish with a sprig of mint.
 

Aftercare

To keep your custom Women Who x Kelly Anna t-shirts looking fresh...

  • Hand-wash only (I know)
  • Don't iron the print directly
  • No tumble dryers

Over and out!

EVENT RECAP: MAKE YOUR OWN JOB

We live in an age where more people than ever aspire to start their own businesses – and nowhere more so than within the creative industries, which have always been characterised by original thinkers and people who want the freedom to realise their own creative visions. Female entrepreneurs in particular are also becoming a more dominant force - 80% of the newly self-employed during the last UK recession were women, and it feels like female entrepreneurs are finally getting their turn in the limelight. Given that, it seemed fitting to hear the stories of the women behind some of London’s most exciting creative brands and businesses, which is exactly what we did at last week's Make Your Own Job event.

Speaking to a room full of women lounging very comfortably on the sofas at the gorgeous Soho Works, panellists Missy Flynn (co-owner of Rita's/Quilombero), Anna Murray (co-founder of Patternity) and Lana Elie (founder of Floom) covered the ins and outs of setting up and running a successful business during a 90 minute (!) discussion that could have gone on for much, much longer. Check out photos from the evening below, then swot up on the useful resources they shared for budding entrepreneurs.

 

RESOURCES (UK-ONLY)

  • The British Library Business and IP Centre – a good resource to find the necessary statistics for your market research (very important!), without being charged a fortune.

  • The London Small Business Centre – which was also mentioned by Pip Jamieson at our Money Matters forum.
  • Hackney Business Venture - a government-funded resource, they have several useful templates for cashflow and P&L projections.
  • F6S.com – a network for startups and founders, where you can also get connected with accelerators, funds and investors. They have a comprehensive database of fundraising opportunities and competitions, which you can also apply for through them.