Women Who Work It: International Women’s Day 2018

As the queen of pop once said herself: “Who runs the world? Girls!” Happy International Women’s Day 2018! And thanks Bey.

Over the last three years I’ve been privileged enough to work with and interview a tonne of talented women. Editors, writers, moms, travelers, entrepreneurs, chocolate tasters, flower artists. You name it, women are working it. Today in honour of International Women’s Day, I thought I’d share some of these How Did you get that F*#king Awesome Job interviews with some kick ass women.

From globe trotting yoga instructors to ethical shoe makers, I’ve been lucky to chat with and meet so many inspiring women throughout the last few years. Women like Jackie Kai Ellis, who left a high powered career to learn to bake, open her own bakery and Paris tour company (and write a memoir) or Emily Wight a mom and science communicator who went from blogger to cookbook author.

Thanks to all the ladies who help me out day to day, week by week, year by year, make this little corner of the internet the bright, positive and empowering place it is! I hope you enjoy learning about the secrets to what it takes to do f*#king awesome jobs by reading the posts below.

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How did you get that f*#king awesome job Heather Moore?

Heather Moore in her Cape Town shop.
Heather Moore in her Cape Town shop.

Finding a good designer is like finding a favourite brand of jeans – you like how they make you feel, the way you (or your home) look and you realize you’ll go to great lengths to continue following their evolution as an artist. This is how I feel like South African designer Skinny laMinx, whose real name is Heather Moore.

Ever since I spent an afternoon in Stellenbosch in 2008 and bought a few of her pieces at a stylish boutique (the name escapes me: because, wine touring). Since then, I sometimes find Skinny laMinx stationary in places like Chapters or purchase some of her textiles online. Her designs are often simple and bright lighting up any room they inhabit. My favourite Skinny laMinx design of all time are her pin cushion protea fabric.

When I started following Moore on Instagram and heard about the classes she runs in India teaching people about textile printing and patterns, I added the trip to my bucket list. A hang out in India learning about design with like minded folks and a super inspiring artist, no problem. This past month, I finally mustered up the moxy to ask her for an interview, she obliged, therefore confirming yet another aspect of Heather Moore/Skinny laMinx that I adore: she’s a nice person, who also has a potty mouth.

Here’s an interview with Cape Town-based, Heather Moore of Skinny laMinx about what makes her job as an illustrator and textile artist so f*#king awesome.

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