Jane's diary: June 2015

A peek into the diary of Jane Shepherdson, our inspirational CEO. 

Dinner at Granger & Co

The newly opened Granger & Co in King’s Cross is a short walk from the Whistles office, so makes an ideal venue for an after work dinner date. Australian chef Bill Granger, who is really famous for his light and simple brunch-style dishes, founded the restaurant, and the menu did not disappoint. I ordered Bill’s Korean fried chicken and shrimp tempura – it came with a delicious salad that was super fresh garnished with mint. Delicious food, and worth a visit for the interior alone. 

Bailey’s Prize for Fiction & Grazia live at Royal Festival Hall

To celebrate the incredible power of books, I joined an inspiring panel of high profile and creative women at London’s Southbank Centre, chaired by Kate Mosse and in association with Grazia. The panel included director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti, columnist and broadcaster Grace Dent, award-winning author Aminatta Forna, and Polly Vernon, Grazia columnist and author. We discussed novels, written by women that have had the most influence on our lives and answered questions from the audience. My choices included The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and Union Street by Pat Barker.

Live on air - Woman's Hour 2015 Power List: Influencers

I was honored to be a fellow judge on a panel for BBC Women’s Hour Power List 2015. We spent days discussing ten women who we felt have made an impact on our lives. The top spot went to Nicole Sturgeon, fifth and current First Minister of Scotland – the first woman to hold either position, followed closely by the amazing Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue.

Largely, the list acknowledged inspiring women who influence from behind the scenes, including Guardian editor-in-chief Katherine Viner (the first female editor in their 194-year history) and Even Sia – singer and producer who wrote Rihanna’s Diamonds and Beyonce’s Pretty Hurts. Hollywood had it's moment on the list, Angelina Jolie was noted for her influence on women’s health and Caitlyn Jenner on transgender. 
BBC 4 Woman's Hour

Agnes Martin retrospective at Tate Modern

Visiting the Tate Modern is always uplifting – from the monumental building to the iconic views across the Thames. This month I went to see the retrospective of American artist Agnes Martin. The immaculate and extensive show was so serene, her signature grids and striped canvases in pale colour washes were truly beautiful. Martin was a key figure in the male-dominated field of 1950’s and 1960’s abstraction, and she spent a large amount of her life in New Mexico, where she created many of her visionary paintings. 

Agnes Martin, retrospective at the Tate Modern.

What I wore to work (in the summer heat)

Rejoice! The British summer has arrived, and with the warmer temperatures comes a wardrobe rethink. I found myself needing new cool solutions for office dressing. Time to invest in luxuriously lightweight tops like the Ally Side Belt Top, a versatile piece that instantly smartens your look, the nipped-in waist flatters and draped sleeves compliment the exposed upper arm. My go-to summer sandal is the navy Nevine Lacing Sandal, paired with a slim black trouser and the playful Fringed Bag, I'm ready to go straight from desk to dinner.