Blogging, social media and the Internet as a whole has no doubt opened up the world and broken down barriers between people. It’s easier than ever to get in touch with family and friends on the other side of the world but at the same time, we are more cut off from each other than ever. Of course the ugly side of social media is the rise in recent years of cyber bullying. The increase of suicides caused by cyber bullying is truly devastating but we can start making a difference, even if it is a small one.
Come down to the Flyrite Night Markets this Friday to shop mine and 6 other Perth Fashion blogger wardrobes. I’ll be selling heaps of stuff including shoes, accessories, clothes and even my beloved fur vest… sob! I’ll also be selling a bunch of my Restyle outfits with all proceeds going to the RSPCA.
On Saturday night the fashion dedicated braved the wind and rain to watch four of WA’s best designers at PFF’s Designer Capsule Two. Wild Horses kicked things off with a range of gorgeous mettalics, pastels and monochromatic black and white. Leather trim and some amazing accessories tied the collection together.
Perth Fashion Festival is well and truly in full swing and I was lucky enough to attend the Designer Capsule 1 last night featuring Alister Yiap, The Butcher & The Crow, Megan Salmon and Empire Rose.
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.
Hey big city and hello pinks and reds! Isn’t this colour combo such a nice contrast to the dreary blacks and greys that fill out cities everyday? Coming from she who has a wardrobe full of black and grey!
This adorable little red, wool shift dress was found at the RSPCA Society Store in Palmyra for a bargain $4. I knew straight away it would be the perfect colour combination with this pink knit cardigan. It was a little too short to wear with bare legs so yes, I succumbed and paired with some black jeans… look, it’s a hard addiction to break ok?
Shift dress: RSPCA Palmyra, $4
Knit: Zanthus Australia
Jeans: Cheap Monday
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
I am so excited to be able to announce that I am one of 7 bloggers taking part in Perth Fashion Festival’s Restyle campaign for 2013. Restyle is now in its 5th year and is a fantastic initiative championed by PFF and supported by Lotterywest to highlight the benefits of opshopping and the value it brings to the community.
For the month of August, myself and 6 other Perth fashion bloggers will reveal how we restyle our wardrobes for less and support the community at the same time by blogging our daily opshopped outfits. Yep, that means opshopped items only for one whole month!
This year there are 7 local charities involved including Anglicare, Australian Red Cross, Good Sammy, RSPCA, Salvos Stores, Save the Children and Vinnies. I’m the lucky gal who has been teamed with RSPCA and I can’t wait to show you what I’ve got planned!
And the best part is that this year, you can get involved too. In 2013 we’re also going to be participating in a photo a day challenge which all of our readers can join along with! Stay tuned for more info on the details, they’ll be released shortly.
I had a ball taking these photos with the rest of the girls and had a small heart attack when I got to team this amazing opshopped skirt with new collection Mosman and Betts Shoes. We were so lucky to work with an amazing hair and makeup team and stylist – I’ll be posting a behind the scenes photo diary very soon so you can see all of the shenanigans.
- Little Miss Monbon
- Where The Styled Things Are
- Vintage Chic
- Love Thread
- The Harbour Master
- Modern Girls In Vintage Pearls
Eeeeek! I’ve got a big couple of months ahead but can’t wait for the challenge!
A huge thank you to everyone who was involved on the day of the shoot:
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.