CreatHers Event Rouge and Teal – The Look

A week later and the CreatHers: Envision My Dreams event is still on my mind! It was an exciting time for me as it was the first ever event that I co-founded and organised from start to finish. As much as it was an incredible experience, it was also a very busy one too. I was working full-time and rushed off my feet like I was being chased by a tornado.

This event had to have a name attached to it – it had to be the event where people would remember this occasion for its classiness, sophistication, maturity and vibrancy all at the same time. Well I hope so at least. For this reason, my outfit had to speak in volumes but for all the right reasons. This was definitely not the event for me to be walking into in tracksuits (I don’t actually wear tracksuits anyway).

Chantel from Chany Personal Shopper approached me and was like, ‘girl I’d like to style you for this event… you need to look fly’. Perhaps not in those exact words but close enough. It was certainly an offer I could not refuse, besides, I’ve never been styled before for anything, I’ve always styled myself.

I must say that as much as I love styling myself, having a personal shopper helped more than I would have ever realised. It took the strain of me from having to find my own outfit amidst all the chaos involving the event preparations. To add, it opened me to the endless possibilities of being introduced to various outfits I would have possibly never considered. Chantel, chose my teal coloured ¾ length jumpsuit and my perspex heels. We also discussed how I would wear my hair and what earrings I would put on.

I love jumpsuits, but I’ve never thought of wearing 3/4 length trousers of any kind before. This is primarily because it can make you look slightly frumpy and unflattering if not worn properly. This teal coloured jumpsuit is very comfortable, loose fitted and is the right length.

I love the symmetric shaped design at the top half and the bow in the middle. The pockets also really help to make the outfit as I love jumpsuits and dresses that have pockets in them. They are just so handy.

The heels are amazing! They are classy, unique, very fashionable and on trend. The perspex heels matched perfectly with this jumpsuit.

As much as the outfit looked great on its own, I certainly needed a classy coat to match. I absolutely adore this coat due to the colour, material and the quality of it. To me, it looks expensive. Did you know that dark green and red go together so perfectly?

I styled my hair and wore my earrings which I love and vuolah I was hitting those streets feeling uber-confident.

Ry_1shot, the photographer who took  these photos is incredible! He can turn what may look like an ordinary background into an extraordinary shot.

On another note, if you follow me on Instagram you’ll notice that I love to create quotes and publish them on my page. One thought springs to mind, ‘It’s not how you look, it’s how you feel’.

What do you think of this outfit?

Photographer: @ry_1shot

Personal Shopper: @chany_personalshopper

 

 

HettyAsh xx

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CreatHers: Envision My Dreams Event Highlights

Hey lovelies,

 

The CreatHers event has finally happened. All we have heard since the event is how brilliant it was and that it looked like so much money had been spent on the event. People were approaching us asking about whether we would be doing another event. I am so happy about what we have achieved. Thank you to all who came.

Myself and the co-organiser wanted to create an event where we could arrange for female creatives and entrepreneurs to be in one building. The notion was to enable females to network and potentially collaborate with like-minded individuals.

 

I believe we both have come across so many professionals who have started their own brands and businesses. They want to be the next generation of visionaries making waves. Hence, we created the opportunity for small brands and start-ups to attend the event as vendors, thus allowing them to sell their products and services.

 

 

 

Vendors and Sponsors

The vendors we had at the event were:

Consult Nessy

XseeLense

KOKO Maria

The Soap Connoisseur

They are all very different and unique brands. I even bought a pair of spectacular sunglasses from XseeLense. I witnessed people cueing up to look at their products and purchase items from them.

 

The networking area looked stunning. The sponsors we had did incredibly well through their displays, treat tables, designs and backdrops. These were supplied to us by Boateng Events, Sparkle and Sequin Events, Cakes by Shenna Darcheville, Glance Cupcakes and Leopard and Bows Events. We had the privilege of being sponsored by major brands, including Propercorn and Candy Kittens. For the full list of our sponsors visit my Instagram post.

The fabulous goodie bags included wonderful hair and skin care products courtesy of Pure Goodness and discount vouchers from Hair-iD VHS and Hustle and Heels.

We also had two amazing spoken word artists, Stephanie Ampofo and POAMZ. They spoke about the value we should place on ourselves as women.

Industry Panel Discussion

We had three specific topics that were centred around the industry panel discussion.

 

On the panel were the following:

Joanna Abeyie – broadcast and print journalist and founder of Hyden Talent

Vaby and Joanne – Nunude, skin coloured clothing brand

Jen Scott & Jay Tav – Hustle and Heels events and Hair-iD Virgin Hair Specialists

Jade Keshia Gordon – JKG Photography

 

Topics Discussed

  1. How one can launch a career within a competitive industry and stay relevant, whilst gaining continuous work.
  2. The Importance of branding and marketing.
  3. Networking and maintaining relationships.

I wish I could state in detail everything that was discussed but unfortunately, I can’t. The panelists had a wealth of knowledge which they so kindly shared with our guests.

 

Research and Launching a Career

 

First and foremost, think about what you’re passionate about and think about what you have to offer. There are many people doing one thing but nobody can do it like you.

 

Jen & Jay researched extensively before starting their events and hair brand. Research is not only what you find online or read in books, but research can be much more practical. They went to America to conduct research there. They said that even if you’re working for someone else and you don’t want to, be thankful as they are investing in you. They are funding your business and training you.

 

The Importance of Branding

 

Branding is very crucial. It is how people can know what you’re about in an instant and differentiate you from the next brand. It is important to find specific colours for your brand which are known as Html colour codes. Whatever colours you choose, ensure to stick to them. Establish your brand and publish it on various mediums such as business cards, flyers, t-shirts and posters.

 

Always ensure you have some form of business cards on your person wherever you go. Lack of finances is not an excuse to not have business cards. There are websites which create unique and professional cards for affordable rates, such as Vistaprint and Moo. You can also use your home printer or go to internet cafes.

 

Joanna spoke about her change and transition from one company to another, within the same industry but on the opposite spectrum. She had to change her approach and her target audience, including what she would post on her social media platforms. It is important that you are consistent in every area of your brand.

 

Networking and Maintaining Relationships

 

Jade spoke about treating people how you would like to be treated. Imagine going into a shop, how would you like the sales assistants to treat you? People talk whether it’s good or bad. You may provide a service to someone that was great. They may not use you again, but they will certainly talk to others about you and their associates will come to you.

 

Social media is not necessarily the best way to promote and market your brand. Sometimes it’s more beneficial to go out on the streets, hand out flyers and talk to people. Additionally, find out what social media platform works best for your brand, some of your customers may not use Twitter for instance.

 

Joanne and Vaby spoke of their customer base and how important it is to request for feedback. If a customer returns an item they want to know why, why have they returned it? Why didn’t they like it? They are more concerned about the customers that don’t come back than the customers that do.

 

Final Notes

 

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are times when you may need someone to help you with your project but can’t afford to pay them at that time. Ask them for help and tell them that you will repay them. It might not be in a financial way but in a form of a favour.

 

Everyone hears negative voices that may attempt to bring them down or discourage them. Don’t entertain these thoughts, whether they are voices in your head, friends and family projecting negativity or even strangers.

 

Have tunnel vision, it’s not very often that you will hear someone say this. Nonetheless, it is crucial that you are not distracted by other businesses and what they do.

 

Boss ladies who came to the event, what did you think of it?

 

Visionaries who didn’t attend the event, what do you make of these notes? What are your thoughts?

 

Photographer: ry_1shot and guests

HettyAsh xx

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CreatHers Event – Guest Speakers, Early Bird Tickets and More, 23.4.17

This is for the creative, professional and ambitious ladies out there!

How are you girls doing?

I have to say that I’m so excited about the CreatHers: Envision My Dreams event. It will be a three hour, power packing, fun jerking, career focused event for female creatives, entrepreneurs and business women.

It will be held at a fancy hotel in Blackfriars, London on the 23rd of April at 4pm until 7pm. Doors will open at 3pm and close at 4:45pm.

This fabulous, ambitious and exciting event is specifically for those who want to network, collaborate and envision their own ambitions and goals within their career.

The networking segment will be the perfect opportunity to build contacts and network with likeminded individuals, sharing your experiences, career journey and everything in between. There will be performances by two amazing spoken word artists known as, Stephanie Ampofo and POAMZ. There will also be a singer with an incredible voice called Diamantina.

I have frequently been asked what a vision board party is so here’s my go at explaining it as concise as possible. A vision board party is where people get together in a form of an event and create their own unique vision board to help them undertake their goals, plans and ambitions for the near future. It usually consists of magazine cut outs, pictures and sometimes specific items and materials. The purpose is to assist you in enacting your future plans in an organised, efficient and fun way.

There will be a vibrant and energetic DJ, known as DJ ST. She is the station manager at Roundhouse Radio and has previously worked for Capital Xtra and Reprezent Radio.

Of course, we had to have an industry panel sharing their nuggets of wisdom on the day. The aim is for each guest speaker to be able to provide a different outtake and perspective to a variety of creative industries.

Our guest speakers are:

Joanna Abeyie – Journalist and founder of award winning Hyden Talent and Shine Media. Joanna is a true inspiration. Have a look at her Twitter profile to find out more on the programmes and masterclasses including the BBC Journalism Workshop. I remember attending one of her ‘An Audience With’ events. It was so insightful and inspiring. I attended the ‘An Audience With Sir Trevor McDonald’. How amazing!

Vaby and Joanne – founders of Nunude, a brand that provides clothing for all skin tones.These ladies are amazing. These businesswomen saw a niche and a demand in the fashion industry that just had to be filled. Not only do they work to ensure that nude coloured clothing is nude for all shades, but they also champion diversity within their campaigns.

Jen and Jay – founders of Hustle & Heels Ladies Lunch and Hair-iD Virgin Hair Specialists. These ladies are really making waves. They host their own unique events where they bring together female professionals in a relaxed restaurant environment to have lunch whilst learning from industry leaders. They also own an online hair boutique that specialises in pure, unprocessed virgin hair extensions and installation techniques.

Jade Keshia Gordan – freelance fashion and beauty photographer and creator of JKG Photography. Jade knows how to work the camera. Her work has been featured on Thrds, Cosmopolitan and Elle. She photographs social media influencers and big names in the blogging sector. Although photography is a very competitive industry, she has been able to make a name for herself and succeed, not only as a photographer but as a freelancer also.

Each guest who purchases a general admission/early bird ticket will receive the entire benefits of the event, including a goodie bag each and the chance to participate in not one, not two but a minimum of three giveaways!

Did I mention there will be free confectionery and a bar available?

Oh, yes, you read right, there are early bird tickets on offer, but only until Wednesday the 12th of April. There are limited spaces available so ladies, grab your tickets whilst they’re still available.

Tickets can be purchased here

 

HettyAsh xx

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CreatHers: Envision My Dreams Tickets

Hi ladies!

 

I am so excited to let you all know that tickets are out now for the CreatHers: Envision My Dreams event. It will be held next month on April the 23rd at 4pm.

This event is for female professionals, entrepreneurs and businesswomen who want to network and collaborate with like-minded individuals. There will be guest speakers, freebies and giveaways.

To purchase a ticket and find out more click here

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