Annabel Rivkin and Emilie McMeekan Event At The Ivy Review

The Ivy Tower Bridge welcomed Annabel Rivkin and Emilie McMeekan, the best-selling authors and renowned founders -of Mildult™ for one night only on Wednesday, 16 January. OnIn.London were invited along to discover an evening with the two award-winning writers to delve into their recently released book, I’m Absolutely Fine! A Manual for Imperfect Women.’

For £30 per person, guests were able to meet Annabel and Emilie while they read excerpts from their book which focused on both the glamour and indignity of being a grown-up woman in today’s world, as well as what it means to be absolutely fine in the age of anxiety.

The back of the book tells us: ‘I’m absolutely fine but I slightly need to pee, I followed the road less travelled and now I don’t know where the hell I am, I may bleed to death shaving my legs, my soul aches, another week has ended without me becoming accidentally rich, I just put my keys in the fridge, unexpected object in the bagging area, I’ll have a café mocha vodka Valium latte to go please, where’s my phone? My anxieties have anxieties, no… not like that – here, I’ll do it, do I have to do everything? WTF?’ Is it just me? We gnaw on that, don’t we? Is it just me? Well, look around. Look at the rage, the resolution, the ‘hear me roar’, the panic, the power, the chin hairs, the shame, the empathy, the conversation, the sheer potential. Welcome to Midulthood. A place where we recognise that we are all more alike than we are unalike. Of course it’s not just you. If we’re not in it together, we’re not in it at all… From sex (What Could Possibly Go Wrong) to self-image (Does This Straightjacket Make Me Look Fat?), I’m Absolutely Fine is a wry look at real life, real wisdom and real information framed in fun.

It was a great evening spent laughing with the two women as they shared their stories, overlooking the gorgeous London Sky Line and enjoying champagne and canapés. The Ivy always delivers and The Ivy Towerbridge is one of the most stunning venues they own.

We left the evening wanting to purchase I’m Absolutely Fine! A Manual for Imperfect Women.’ Especially as a woman in today’s day and age, this really hit home. Anxiety remains a stigma. It’s time to embrace that anxiety is a way of life that effects all women and we need to support one another. Annabel and Emilie have achieved this with this book. I can’t wait to purchase it soon and read it from cover to cover.

Written by Tegan LeBon