It was a ladies’ lime for a great cause!
And there were even a few gentlemen present as well at Hempstead House on Sunday when Islandista Magazine hosted its Power Dressing Party, which was held to assist the Business and Professional Women’s Club’s Safe House for domestic violence victims.
They came bearing gifts of business wear – dresses, blouses, skirts, pants, handbags and shoes, to be donated to current and recent residents of the shelter and help them on their journey to financial and emotional independence.
Attendees were treated to an afternoon of indulgence, including spa treatments from Chrysalis Studio and The Spa Lounge, mini makeovers from I Heart Makeup and some retail therapy with jewellery line Rock It Designz and millinery house Shev Kalekshan.
Patrons also indulged in treats from The Pretty Pink Chef and fun dress-shaped cookies from the Daily Cookie. Super Centre, Dacosta Mannings and Cost U Less also played a part in the event, as did the Barbados Workers’ Union which owns Hempstead.
Power Dressing partiers got a sneak preview of the 2013 Honey Jam line up as several of the artistes selected for the November showcase performed. In a poignant touch, the Honey Jammers performed songs which had special resonance for the evening’s cause. Tabitha started the vibe with a powerful rendition of Queen Ifrica’s Lioness on the Rise while Tyra, who performed Redemption Song, movingly shared the experience of a close relative who was no longer a “domestic violence victim but a domestic violence survivor.”
Publisher of Islandista Magazine, Amanda Lynch-Foster said she felt that after five years of publishing online and in print, it was time for her female-focused magazine to give back to Caribbean women.
“Our slogan is “celebrating the spirit and tempo of the Caribbean woman” and while we often focus on those women who are at the top, the BPW focuses on helping our sisters when they are at their lowest ebb,” said Lynch-Foster.
President of BPW Barbados Marrianne Burnham explained that the donations were especially welcomed as they would tie into a new project which her organisation is working on – a walk-in Crisis Centre. Burnham noted that the BPW had recently received US government funding to open a public Crisis Centre where they will offer psychological counselling, skills training and other services to supplement the work they do in the confidential Safe House.