My heart sank when I spotted them. And suddenly the small gift shop felt even smaller and tight as if all of the air has been sucked out of it when I inwardly gasped. I remained cool though and, in Swedish, asked my Swede to take a picture of the Gollywogs while I continued my I’m just looking lap around the store.
Maybe it was my imagination but it felt like I was invisible, at least no one wanted to let me pass easily as I slinked around the shoppers looking at rows and rows of British beach pier souvenir junk.
So what do you do when they try to let the Gollywogs get you down? ou hold your head up high and take in the beauty that is around you. And then you go home and blog about it.
On Saturday 6th May Women for Women International set up shop at the home of London fashion, the Brewer Street Car Park, for a jam-packed afternoon of guilt-free retail therapy. The annual #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale, hosted by Alex Eagle and sponsored by Noor Fares and Venyx, has been dubbed “the most fashionable car boot sale in the world!”
Over 1,200 eager shoppers passed through our doors, picking up exclusive items from leading designers and fashion influencers, including Alex Eagle, Charlotte Olympia, Hikari Yokoyama, MatchesFashion.com, Refinery29 and many more. Bargains included exclusive sample pieces and designer items, with shoppers rummaging through a range of items from floor length dresses to chic t-shirts and accessories.
We are delighted to announce that together London’s most fashionable women and some fabulously fashion-forward men raised over £150,000 at the 2017 #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale! This incredible amount will enable us to empower and support more women, who have been the most deeply affected by war, violence and poverty.
Supporters included Black Women in Europe™ Power Lister Samata Angel.
Alex Eagle, Alexandra Meyers, Alexandra Smet, Alice Naylor-Leyland, Alice Temperley, Anna Foster, Annabel’s, Anoushka, Artbuddies, Bay Garnett, Belma Gaudio, Bespoke Your World, Brides Do Good, Brewer Street Car Park, British Fashion Council, Charlotte Olympia, Charlotte Tilbury, Clara Mercer, Cristina Rossi Photography, CRU Kafe, Cucumba, Curation Wall, Daniela Agnelli, Edeline Lee, Elizabeth Saltzman, Emma Grede, Eugenie Niarchos, Federica Fanari, Fjura, goo.ey, Hemsley and Hemsley, Hikari Yokoyama, Jade Parfitt, Jill DeMasi, Kim Whyte, Kurt Geiger, Lesley O’Mara, Lydia Forte, Malone Souliers, Maria Kastani, Mark Wadhwa, MatchesFashion.com, Max Mara, Mercedes-Benz, Michael Kors, Michelle Lu, Mimma Viglezio, Miranda Almond, Moncler, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Noor Fares, Owa Yurika, Paradise Row, Pippa Vosper, Portas, Prada, PROPERCORN, Quentin Jones, Rainbowwave, Red, Refinery29, Roger Vivier, Samata, Serefim London, Serena Hood, Sibylle Rochat, Simone Rocha, Skinny Dip, Sophia Pasetti, Stella McCartney, Tamara Rothstein, The Braid Bar, The Store, The Store Kitchen, The Vinyl Factory, Tiphaine De Lussy, TOD’s, Valery Demure, Venyx, Vestiaire Collective, W11 Studio, Wendy Yu, Yana Peel, Zara Martin and Zoe Kuipers.
Alexandra Burke starred as ‘Rachel Marron’ in the national tour of “The Bodyguard”, a part she also played in the West End. She originally rose to fame after winning the fifth series of The X Factor. Her debut number one single Hallelujah sold over one million copies in the UK, a first for a British female soloist. Burke’s first album, Overcome saw the release of her subsequent number one singles Bad Boys and Start Without You. In 2011 she embarked on her first solo tour and was invited by Beyoncé to support her I Am… Tour. Her second album, Heartbreak on Hold, was released in June 2012.
Based on the smash hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith, SISTER ACT tells the hilarious story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a Convent! Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.
SISTER ACT features original music by the 8 time Oscar and Tony Award winner Alan Menken. Alan’s credits include the films and stage musicals of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”, “Aladdin”, “The Little Mermaid” and “Newsies” as well as “Tangled”, “Enchanted”, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, “Pocahontas” and “Hercules” on film. His other credits include the film and stage production of “Little Shop of Horrors”.
This all new production of SISTER ACT is directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood with musical supervision and arrangements by Sarah Travis. Set and costume design is by Matthew Wright, with lighting design by Richard G Jones and sound design by Richard Brooker.
29 May – 3 June 2017 ABERDEEN – Performing Arts
6 – 17 Jun 2017 SOUTHAMPTON – Mayflower Theatre
19 – 24 Jun 2017 NEWCASTLE – Theatre Royal
3 – 15 Jul 2017 PLYMOUTH – Theatre Royal
26 Jun – 1 Jul 2017 CANTERBURY – The Marlowe Theatre
Botany was founded in 2014 by Angela Maynard, after a 12-year career in Product Development for various British brands. Botany is an independent plant & lifestyle store situated on Chatsworth Road in the heart of Hackney’s creative community. Her shop’s ethos: We believe that good, useful, ethical design and considered surroundings make for a beautiful and balanced life.
Angela Maynard grew up in a flat in central London.
“We rarely went on trips to the countryside. I spent a lot of time in Regent’s Park after school. I was also surrounded by plants because of my grandmother. She was Greek Cypriot and she lived in a tiny, tiny flat. She used to have plants outside and inside, she’d take care of the little garden in our square. It was very important to her.”
195 Lewis is an independent web series project about a Black lesbian couple in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn striving to practice radical honesty in their (newly) polyamorous relationship. Join us Oxford for an exclusive screening of season one!
DATE AND TIME
Fri, May 5, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM BST
Investcorp Building, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford
Calling all hairstylists promoting your work on Instagram! Are you #AHBL’S next top hairstylist? Do you have what it takes to be Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE’s Instagram Hair Stylist 2017? Get your photographs ready for the launch of #AFROHAIRSHOWCOMP our brand new Instagram hairstylist competition! For a chance to get through to the finals taking place at Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE on Sunday 28th May 2017 and win great prizes for your business. Bring your A-game styling skills, fresh to death photographs, follow our Instagram account@afrohairandbeautylive and don’t forget to include the hashtag #AFROHAIRSHOWCOMP
Here’s What You Need To Do
Upload your photographs onto your Instagram profile, follow @afrohairandbeautylive and let us know that you’re entering by using #AFROHAIRSHOWCOMP. The photographs with the most likes will be the lucky finalists going forward to the main competition. Judging will take place on Sunday 28th May at Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE 2017.
All entrants must upload pictures to their own Instagram profile, include the hashtag #AFROHAIRSHOWCOMP and follow @afrohairandbeautylive
Only photographs posted on Instagram using #AFROHAIRSHOWCOMP with profiles following @afrohairandbeautylive will be eligible for entry.
All entrants must be the sole owner and originator of his/her entry.
Entrants must be able to attend the finals at Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE on Sunday 28th May 2017
The competition is ONLY open to hairstylists based in the UK and Europe.
Keep up to date with competition updates by following our hashtags #AHBLIVE2017 and #AFROHAIRSHOWCOMP
Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE 2017, the biggest and best show dedicated to black hair, beauty and lifestyle in Europe is back! The 36th edition kicks off with a bang on Spring Bank Holiday 28th & 29th May 2017 at Business Design Centre 52 Upper Street Islington London N1 0QH
BRAND NEW: FOR MEN ONLY
Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE 2017 welcomes the launch of Afro Man the brand new destination for male grooming, hair and lifestyle products. Calling all barbers! Have you got what it takes to go into a barbering & beard styling battle? Sign up and get your clippers ready for up for Lusters SCurl Battle of the Barbers & Battle of The Beard Stylist competitions. Exciting news for hair loss sufferers, be amongst the first in the UK to see My Hair Bar’s exclusive live demonstration of The Man Weave technique, the non surgical hair unit for men. Men’s grooming product junkies, look out for skincare by Bump Patrol and S-Curls beard grooming range by Lusters.
HAIR, HAIR, HAIR!
NEW for naturals. From the USA, Monique Rodriguez of global and viral sensations Mielle Organics, and organic haircare lines Camille Rose and Carol Brown’s O’Natreal. Look out for Tangle Teezer are back with their popular hairbrush lines Thick & Curly and Blow-Styling. Get ready to slay that lace front, learn how to make wigs at home on your sewing machine and treat yourself to the latest wear and go hairstyles at the Wig Boutique. Don’t forget to pick up your goodies and give-aways to take home from Design Essentials,Hawaiian Silky, Vitale Olive Oil, Crème of Nature, Lottabody, Sofn’free and GroHealthy.
Could you be the next #NewFaceofPink? Head over to the Lusters stand and enter the Face of Pink competition brought to you by Lusters Face of Pink in collaboration with Black Beauty & Hair Magazine. Lusters Education Team will also be on hand demonstrating styling techniques, hair analysis and tips on how to keep your hair healthy.
FEED YOUR SKIN
Feed your skin with Phyto Botanicals the premium hair and skin care range of oils, balms, soaps and body scrubs. DivaWorld will be at the show with tips on how to achieve flawless beautiful skin free from artificial, colourings and perfumes. Mature skin will love Aviela, visit their stand and experience the nourishing, softening and anti-aging powers of Shea butter.
For beauty at your fingertips, the glam squadess’ will be on hand with make-up and brushes for your kit. Brand NEW to #AHBLIVE black|Up Paris for women of colour, be sure to get in line for free makeovers, goody bags and make-up masterclasses. ONES TO WATCH, straight from the pages of Harper’s Bazaar UK Peach & Pearl, showcase their beautiful range of rose-gold vegan make-up brushes. Hit Congolese make up brand Kitoko, will demonstrate how to rock their matt liquid lipsticks. Try before you buy and get the perfect shade for your skin tone.
STYLE + BOOTIQUE
The Afro Chic Boutique and catwalk will once again showcase clothing and accessories from U.K, European and African designers. Sponsored by Palmer’s, this year’s show will be edgy with creative street style looks styled by Chi-Chi Chinakwe, with hair by award winning My Hair Bar and make up looks by Kitoko. Look out for your favourites Afrocentric850, Aso-Global, Eldimaa and more!
Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE FREE Seminars is our exciting education hub brought to by trusted experts and professionals. Get in line to be motivate, inspire and empower your hair and beauty routine. Arise and Shine Cosmetics and Restored Naturally bring you the Real Hair Food seminar on nutrition for healthy hair growth. What’s your hair type? Find out at the Get To Know Your Hair Type with Cantu. Multi award winning hair stylist and colourist Victoria Akuagwu of Ziuzo. Tickets to all seminars are free, so get in line early to secure your seat. With so much variety, new brands and great quality products there’s something for everyone at Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE.
Keep up to date, follow our hashtags #AHBLive2017 #AHBLAfroMan
This influential memoir and handbook includes ‘My Journey as a Mother’ which tells the tale of how I conquered an abusive relationship, the tragic loss of my second son, homelessness, and cancer. But it’s not just about me, this book is spoken by mothers from all walks of life. It reveals how complex being a mother is, and how we intuitively take on many unpaid roles in today’s chaotic world.
For each copy sold £1 will be donated to Women’s Federation of World Peace (WFWP)
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