As you’ll know from our previous posts, we had a stand at the Women of the World festival last Friday 7th March through til Sunday 9th March. Taking place over International Women’s Day and embracing creative, strong and inspiring women from all over the world, it’s no surprise that the Southbank centre was super busy all weekend.
We made sure everyone’s nails matched the pop art themed logo…
…and the Asha charity opposite us were dishing out amaaaaazing henna hand tatts!
With speakers ranging from the incredibly brave Malala Yousafzai, to the legendary Vivienne Westwood, and to our very own Sharmadean Reid, the schedule was truly overflowing with inspiration.
Check out this total multi-tasking babe. She had come down to lend a hand on her daughter’s stand, proving that no matter how old you get, you can always use your mum’s help!
Girl power is what WAH was built on, and we really were honoured to be part of such a great event. Make International Women’s Day every damn day!
WoW aka Women of the World, is a festival of talks, debates, performance and activism celebrating women and girls from Wednesday 5th - Sunday 9th March at London’s Southbank Centre.
Natch this is right up our street! Nothing says girl power like fierce nails, so the WAH team will be down Friday through til Sunday, from 10am-6pm doing special WoW manis from £10.
Head WAH Woman Sharmadean Reid will be sharing her pearls of wisdom on Friday, alongside Southbank Centre Patrons Manager Joanna Newell and author and journalist Hannah Pool on the topic of Why People Fail, commenting on the rules of Simon Reynolds’ book ‘How People Fail’. The talk will be chaired by editor of Cosmopolitan Louise Court, and cover strategies for defeating negativity, whilst discussing empowerment, entrepreneurship and helping women to find confidence, passion and drive.
So if yesterday’s post on the success story of WAH left you wanting more, grab some girlfriends and come down to pick up some tips from the bo$$ herself, some cute nail art and get inspired! Tickets are only left for Friday so get ‘em whilst you can…
As it’s International Women’s Day this Saturday 8th March, we thought we’d give a bit of a WAH history lesson to celebrate. Gather round, class is in session…
As most of you are probably aware, WAH started life in 2005 as a small London zine for girls into street wear and hip hop, dreamed up and put together by Sharmadean Reid. You can still check out her original blog, WAHappenings which goes all the way back to 2006 (ancient in Internet years). WAH sounds like a pretty cool word, but what does it actually mean?
"We Ain’t booty shaking video girls but We Ain’t ashamed of our bodies. We Ain’t gonna stand back and go unnoticed. We Ain’t trying to be something we’re not. We Ain’t gonna moan about the lack of women in hip hop. We ain’t obsessed with our appearance. We Ain’t gonna follow the rules. We ain’t stupid. We Ain’t Hoes."
This may’ve been written almost ten years ago, but the attitude is still as
fresh as it was in 2005 when Sharmadean wrote her first editor’s letter…
"We can do anything we want, and do it equally, if not better than the boys. This magazine started as a seed in my head a long time ago and if I can water that seed, so can you. Stick to your guns and do what you believe in. We’re all about women in hip hop. What are you all about?"
From this, to a salon, to a Topshop concession, to events around the world, to two published books, WAH stands as pretty strong proof that anything is possible if you really put your mind to it.
The International Women’s Day website writes, “think globally and act locally! Make everyday IWD. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.” So ask yourself - what do you care about? What do you want to change? Cos in ten years time, it might be you writing this.
BeautySpotter is the UK’s first mobile app for hair and beauty salon discovery. It’s kinda like Instagram - scroll through pics of hair, nails and make up in locations around you, so you can get an idea of what they offer before you book. Pretty cool right? The BeautySpotter gang had a pop up at Box Park Shoreditch (which brought back sweet, sweet WAH memories) from February 19th-23rd and obvs we were invited.
To celebrate the launch, we offered amazing custom BeautySpotter nail art dreamed up by WAH girl Ellie…
…and here she is doing what she does best!
We managed to fit in a few glasses of champagne, cake pops and even a mini photo shoot between painting. Dreamy. We held down the fort on Thursday and Sunday, but tonnes of talented individuals graced the days in-between; Radio London Hair Salon, Cheeky Parlour, Josh Wood Atelier and The Painted Lady to name a few. Check out the BeautySpotter Facebook page for all the deets on the pop up. Head to the app store to download BeautySpotter now and be sure to look out for WAH!
You know here at WAH, we care about our style as much as we do our manis. So it comes as no surprise that we’ve been helping out at London Fashion Week this season, with our nail pens at the ready to match finger art to the collections…
First up was the killer Nasir Mazhar’s show last Friday at Somerset House. Square, super long and metallic - these talons were not for the faint hearted. Base colours of pink, blue, gold, red, black and white were decorated with deconstructions of Nasir’s logo. His mash up of subcultures saw gothy New Rock boots teamed with TLC style ‘boxers’ and label emblazoned, sporty crop tops. Gelled kiss curls and dark lip liner completed the ultimate street wear look, all topped off with smatterings of fur and gas masks - we seriously dig. (Photo credits: Piczo for i-D Online and Suleyman Karaaslan for Opening Ceremony Blog)
Tuesday was time for Fashion East and our girl Ashley Williams, who was showing at the Tate Modern’s huge turbine hall.
She was feeling all American this season, taking inspiration from Houston Texas baaaaaby (well not specifically Houston, but why not throw in a Beyonce quote hey?) Nails were super cute, rounded and short, featuring cats, pigs and ponies. Stars and stripes, sweet slogans from the collection and the shape of the Texas state were also included on matte pink and black, bright yellow, silver and girly white florals. Enviably sleek, straight hair paired with oversized dungarees and lashings of mascara helped make up Happy Ashley Land for Autumn/Winter 2014.
Check out Nasir’s full collection here, and Ashley’s full collection (with the rest of Fashion East) here.
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