August might be over but Restyle isn’t quite done yet. Myself and the other op-shopping loving bloggers will be hitting the runway as part of this year’s PFF.
And that’s a wrap. 31 of days of op-shopped items and I loved every minute of it! I loved seeing all of the amazing creations that you all came up with, I loved my weekly visits to the RSPCA Society Stores and most of all, I loved being part of something important.
When I tell people that I’m involved in this years Restyle Campaign and I’m blogging exclusively for the RSPCA, I usually get a blank stare back. What do you mean RSPCA? You’re shopping in a pet store?
Well the truth is that I didn’t realise the RSPCA had op shops either. There are 4 Society Stores around Perth which sell a combination of clothing, shoes, accessories, furniture, antiques and other second hand items.
I was lucky enough to take a tour through the RSCPA Care Centre in Malaga last week, I met some of the amazing rangers who dedicate their lives to helping animals in need, and of course, I got to snuggle some four legged friends. I also got the chance to hear about how all proceeds from the four Society Stores go towards helping disadvantaged and abused animals that the RSPCA works so tirelessly to take care of. That includes all medical costs, food, blankets and rehabilitation costs.
While I was at the Care Centre I got to speak with Tim, Media and Communications Manager and Clare, Marketing Coordinator. They told me the heartbreaking but uplifting story about Trevor, an 18-month-old white Staffordshire bull terrier cross that was found in an suburban backyard. Trevor was not only starving and seriously underweight, he was also deaf.
Within two weeks of being in RSPCA care, Trevor had gained 3.5 kilos and was well on the way to recovery. Now he has been re-homed into a loving family, weighs a healthy 20.6 kilos and is undergoing specialist training with RSPCA involving the use of hand signals and other specialist techniques.
Trevor the dog’s story is just one of hundreds of cases of horrific cruelty and neglect the RSPCA investigates each year and that is why the charity needs the support of the community. As well as funds generated from the Society Stores, RSPCA’s annual fundraiser Cupcake Day, is designed to help raise much-needed funds to help dogs like Trevor lead a fulfilling life.
The concept is simple – during the month of August you can hold a cupcake day event at your workplace, at home or with your friends with every dollar going to help animals like Trevor. You can register online at www.rspcacupcakeday.com.au.
The Care Centre is also in desperate need of newspapers, shredded paper and blankets to help with the large number of animals currently in care. These can be dropped at the RSPCA Care Centre in Malaga and if you have any queries please call RSPCA staff on 9209 9323.
Today I had the absolute pleasure of shooting with two very talented photographers – Melissa of Melissa Mills Photography and Aimee of Aimee Claire Photography. I can’t wait to show you the amazing shots we captured for the Restyle Photo-A-Day Challenge. Here’s a little sneaky peek…
Photo by Melissa Mills Photography
Drum roll please…. the Restyle Photo-A-Day-Challenge prompts are finally here! So that means you, my lovely readers, can start planning and prepping your own opshopped outfits and play along at home with the Restyle bloggers.
Please feel free to share the prompts across your social networks and get your own readers and followers to play along too. We want to spread the message of the importance of op-shopping as much as possible during the Perth Fashion Festival.
And to help you get ready to participate, over the next couple of weeks I’m going to be spilling my top tips for op-shopping so stay tuned!
The dust has settled slightly after my Restyle announcement a couple of weeks ago and I can finally start planning, shopping and photographing outfits for the Restyle Photo-A-Day Opshop Challenge. I thought it would be a good time to show you how much fun we had behind the scenes at the photo shoot that took place a couple of months ago.
We had so much fun getting primped and primed and playing in Emily’s amazing wardrobe of clothes and accessories. The girls at Renos on St Quentin and Lauren Wood did such an amazing job on transforming the group into op-shop ready bloggers!
Do I look scared?
Bloggers helping bloggers!
Angeline’s amazing accessories!
I’ve been a regular at the RSPCA Society Stores the last couple of weeks and I’m pretty happy with my haul so far. I’ll be able to share the official Restyle Photo-A-Day Opshop Challenge list with you very soon so you can all join in on the fun xx
It’s a funny thing, this fashion blogging caper. It often leads you to creeping around public parks secretly rejoicing when no one is around so you can contort your body into strange positions and take photos of yourself. And lets face it, all of the planets have to align… good lighting, good hair day, good weather and just plain ol’ good luck. And every now and then when it all comes together, you do a little jump for joy!
If you’re itching to know more about your 2013 Restyle Bloggers, the very beautiful Adelle of Where the Styled Things Are has written a great piece on all 7 of our style quirks.
Oh and don’t forget Google Reader is shutting down next week so if you haven’t switched already, Bloglovin is the perfect alternative xx
I swear sometimes I feel like I’m dicing death on my daily walks to the office. Keep left or risk getting knocked into the river with the dolphins, as you can see by the cyclist whizzing past me in snap one.
This H&M vest was the perfect addition to my wardrobe, versatile enough for work and play. And I kid you not, this Body & Soul jacket is about 8 years old. Still on trend and still one of my winter regulars.