Memories from MAGNIFY Laid Out
Our first event, MAGNIFY Laid Out, has come and gone. But it’s left us with plenty of beautiful memories. The theme of the evening was identity, and the night featured food, drink, and talks from some inspiring women, alongside music from singer/songwriter Lula and Burberry Acoustic star Roo Panes.
Guests were welcomed to delicious summery cocktails as they arrived at Paradise by Way of Kensal Green on Monday evening. After a long day at work it was great to unwind to the sound of Lula’s mesmerising vocals, kicking off the evening with the track Comforting Voice.
The first speaker of the night, Julie Galanti shared her incredible life story. Always passionate and honest, Julie spoke about love and faith. She opened up about her difficult family background, her own marriage and a recent battle with sickness. Reflecting on her own personal relationship with Jesus, her words left our audience with a simple message of hope: past events don’t have to define your identity.
During the first break we got to sample some delicious canapés, generously provided by the kitchen at Paradise, whilst Lula performed a brilliant cover of The Killers’ classic When You Were Young.
Guests were able to submit questions to our panel, which featured ethical fashion designer Amanda King, freelance writer and former TV-ad producer Carrie Lloyd, and TV production assistant Victoria Ayettey. Questions ranged from dealing with comparison in our everyday lives to learning how to be vulnerable in relationships, provoking some entertaining anecdotes as well as profound insights.
Amanda explained how she deals with perfectionism and ambition, sharing some career highs and lows. These included closing down her store when the business ran out of money, attending numerous fashion weeks, and designing clothes for a Fairtrade factory in India. It quickly became clear that all three women are committed to having a wider impact. From her experience at M&C Saatchi, Carrie learned the importance of recognising the unique talent of every individual and came to realise that ‘comparison is the absolute antidote to risk-taking.’ The youngest of the three, Victoria, spoke passionately about her long-term vision to employ the unemployable and encourage people to take second chances.
Incredibly driven in their careers, Amanda, Carrie and Victoria all emphasised how their faith has helped them deal with setbacks and success in both their professional and personal lives. Relationships cropped up several times, and since each member of our panel is at a different stage in the relationship game, it was fascinating to hear their different perspectives on love, faith and contentment.
After much discussion, the night came to an end with some euphoric tunes from the talented Roo Panes. His closing tracks captivated our audience as they tucked into some beautifully handmade cupcakes. Ruth, our founder, shared the story of her journey to faith. Finally, all of our guests left with some treats to take home in our MAGNIFY Laid Out totes, including: nail polish by Dielle, a selection of Maria Sharapova’s brand new range of Sugarpova sweets, and a discount voucher for Finlay & Co’s must-have wooden sunglasses – just in time for summer!
It was great to see so many women there, and we’re grateful to everyone who attended. If you were there, please let us know what you thought of the evening!
Check out more photos of the event here.