When I set up the Let’s do Lunch Network blog, it was with an intention share my experiences as a young (self-)educated Londoner living in Soho (a unique perspective I still haven’t made the most of sharing), with a drive towards success – by way of self-fulfilment. I figured a short cut would by via the path of making the right contacts. So I set that as my mission – An Urban Girl’s Guide to Making Contacts – And Keeping Them… Even it it means crossing the skies to reach that goal! Continue reading
Happy International Women’s Day to all the women on their hustle, often unnamed and unseen… #PressForProgress includes your struggles too! Continue reading
As though I wasn’t already wowed by the BRAID COUTURE catwalk showcased at the very first Black Beauty and Fashion Awards (BBFA) on the 23rd February, when I discovered the whole collection is made from 100% braided hair – I was intrigued to discover more!
There’s a lot of talk around diversity happening
Yet the talk doesn’t seem to be transending into action, especially when it comes to race equality agendas such as representation of intersectional black women in senior positions of various industries. I run a platform Diversity Matters which unapologetically leads with race when tackling diversity for 2 simple reasons; race is usually the most uncomfortable of the diversity categories to speak about – often left unaddressed in the workplace in hope that avoiding it means avoid facing any issues around it (actually does the reverse in damaging degrees), and secondly, race is the only diversity category which represents those most marginalised right across the diversity categories (when was the last time views of black trans women were discussed in the workplace, black people with disabilities represented in media? And for the record, a white man isn’t the only representation LGBTQ).
Representation matters, so investing in race agendas is investing in diversity. Continue reading
The month of ‘love’ has flown by (apologies for the late wrap-up!), though not without my fair share of courageous ventures including finding the confidence to take my platform Diversity Matters to the next level… and a more coy venture which involved butterflies in the stomach thanks to a special someone (I’ll save the details of the latter for another post!) Continue reading
One of my top tips for urban girls wanting to get ahead and expand their networks is – travel. Sometimes getting out of your ‘comfort zone’, your usual routine, can be enough to re-spark some vitality, or simply help you re-focus on your goal. Besides, it’s a great way to make new contacts, not to mention create meaningful connections outside your usual circles.
So I took my own advice and found myself heading to Stanstead airport last Saturday to czech-in for a flight to the Czech Republic… And no, it wasn’t to Prague this time. Continue reading
I had the honour of attending the first ever Black Beauty and Fashion Awards (BBFA) which took place at London’s Porchester Hall on the 23rd March. Styled by my friend, fashionista and style icon Julius Reuben, I wore a hot pink long straight glitter dress from his Untribe Collection, accessorised with my side hustle Wrap Star Accessories, for a seat at a VIP table in honour of an awards show celebrating people of colour, particularly black women, and their contribution to the beauty and fashion industry… Continue reading
I arrived back from a mini break in Hradec Králové, Czech Republic to be met by a snow storm as I arrived into London. The Serbian weather I’d been expecting in the -11 temperatures of my city break, took me face-on with on Tuesday afternoon – nothing short of a ‘welcome back to London’ surprise. I marvelled at the sight of lashings of snow falling in Central London as my bus took a turn onto Regents Street. I exited for home through Soho, braving the cold winds and and freezing temperatures to take some pictures on my DSLR which was conveniently at hand. Continue reading
When Global Dinners co-founder Ricardo Tannus reached out via LinkedIn to hear more about Let’s Do Lunch Network, it wasn’t long before the conversation went from email, to a meal! I met up with Ricardo at Whyte & Brown in Kingly Court for lunch, and it turns out food isn’t our only common interest. Brazil, Ghana, student-initiative-turned-business, promoting diversity and connecting people through sharing of food are just some of the things which connected us! Continue reading