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Fiji – The damage & what they need (it begins with C and ends in ASH)

  So this week I moved house. And in that move I lost 3 boxes full of my most sentimental possessions. They are gone. Precious items my late-grandmother passed, gifts from my friends and family. Treasured items I have collected over the years on my travels and with past loves now gone.   Out of the 28 boxes I moved, they are the very 3 I did not want to lose. They are me. They represent me and the last 15 years of the woman I have become.    But, at the same time this has all transpired, I have also been talking with our production team in Fjij following the cyclone that hit over a week ago.    The people of Fiji have lost…

The faces of Sorella: Fashion Revolution – Who Made Your Clothes?

“On 24 April 2013, 1133 people died in the Rana Plaza catastrophe in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A further 2500 were injured. They were killed while working for familiar fashion brands in one of the many ‘accidents’ that plague the garment industry.” – Fashion Revolution Have you seen some of the following images throughout your social media feed over the past couple of weeks? Have you been asking: What do they mean? Why are they asking this question? How does this affect me? 

The case of the mysteriously appearing Nappies

Regulars to the sorella-hood will know that I recently moved house (- and survived, although this mid-move pic may lead you to believe otherwise): Moving house provides the opportunity for discovery: That earring you lost 2 years ago The spare car key (you blamed your husband for losing) in the pocket of the shorts you wore all summer The receipts you desperately needed for last years tax return And then there are the discoveries of other things. Things that you had no idea were residing in your house in the first place. Here’s an example: Three quarters of a pack of boys nappies There’s nothing extraordinary about these nappies. They are just your regular run of the mill disposable nappies. The extraordinary part is that I don’t know…

I confess. I find it hard to get completely nude.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you walk into the ground floors of major department stores, don’t you think? Dazzling lights. Floor to ceiling images of photoshopped glamazons with ethereal skin staring with judgement at your dull epidermis. Their faces represent the health I crave. I want that frigging glow dammit. So you find yourself pulled into the beauty vortex, the assistant with her hands inappropriately all over your face.  Your phobia of abused personal space is pushed to its limits. She’s talking AT you as if you are some sort of recluse given your lack of knowledge on the importance of niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. And you leave, feeling slightly inadequate and definitely overwhelmed, but somewhat hopeful armed with a stash of samples containing…

Improving Australian children’s health – 1 step at a time!

If you’ve been a follower of sorella & me for a while, you will already know we value the work of the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute works towards “finding preventions and treatments for hundreds of common and rare childhood illnesses, so that kids everywhere can have a healthy future”. Such critical work requires community support and donations. So we want to make sure you know all about their latest fundraiser: Step-a-thon!

I will use my Lady-Card. And you should too ~ The Great Australian Gender Card Debacle

I’m confused. Since when has our (now unfortunately former) Prime Minister Julia Gillard played a type of game where a deck of cards are involved? Did our PM unfairly present some sort of ‘Pass Go and collect $200’ card when in 2012 she was faced with cartoons of her naked and wearing a dildo that were emailed to all federal parliamentarians? Did she unfairly play her lady-card in this now infamous speech or was she simply saying, “That’s not acceptable”, and at the same time sending a very crucial and over-due message to the women of Australia who needed to hear it. It seems that as soon as any high profile woman raises questions about comments, judgments or decisions made blatantly to vilify or humiliate…

Think. Eat. Save.

It’s World Environment Day! Celebrated every year on June 5th, World Environment Day is a campaign run under the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) aiming to raise awareness and bring about positive environmental action. This year, the campaign’s theme is Think. Eat. Save – which encourages us to be more aware of our food choices, and the carbon footprint we are creating through such choices and waste. The UNEP provides a couple of great ideas to easily get started: “Purposefully select foods that have less of an environmental impact, such as organic foods that do not use chemicals in the production process. Choosing to buy locally can also mean that foods are not flown halfway across the world and therefore limit emissions.”    We all…

My top 5 (okay, 6) brands to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight!

It’s Fairtrade Fortnight! This a great opportunity for us to understand how making more informed choices on the products we buy can have a huge impact on the lives of those less fortunate. Fairtrade is described by the Fairtrade Association of Australia & NZ (an arm of Fairtrade International) as: Better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices, Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives. Fairtrade International have developed a strict global certification process to allow consumers greater confidence when buying everyday products that…

“I cannot believe I still have to protest this shit”

Earlier this week we saw the US president inaugurated and get started on tackling another term. And what we heard him say, among many things (war, security, blah blah blah), was the need to focus on a couple of key issues that (it would be fair to say) a large majority of people – US citizen or other – to this day have ignored. Gay equality. Climate change. Equal pay for women. The point that seemed to immediately cause ringing in my ears was was when Obama stated: “For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.” But my immediate reaction was not of joy. I did not experience relief that The US…

No one likes a dud Christmas present.

4 years ago my friend woke up on Christmas morning to a glistening diamond and a proposal for marriage.  By wake up to – I literally mean poked and prodded at the crack of dawn to a handy-cam in her face and before she had time to wipe the sleep from her eyes, her besotted boyfriend was on one knee asking for her hand. (Asking if she wanted time to wake up first prior to asking her to be his wife probably would have been helpful, but he was excited, and bless him he just couldn’t wait). She said yes, of course. What a happy Christmas…. But this poor guy is going to find it hard to top that gift for sure! There are just…

I quite fancy the idea of being Nigella Lawson’s sister!

It was my birthday yesterday, and my fiancé had no chance of winning the gift giving competition when my friend handed me a copy of Nigella Lawson’s new cookbook signed by the Queen of Cookery herself. The message was as sweet as I expect her Nutella chocolate cheesecake will be (page 175). There has been alot of discussion about the inevitable demise of physical books from our lives. Page-turning is a dying pastime and instead, more and more of us are finding ourselves giving up and joining the masses in tablet reading.  Even my future mother-in-law has recently acquired an iPad – and this paper-page turning aficionado has confessed that she loves it. It will only be a matter of time before we see a…

It’s a very pink day today. And it’s fabulous!

Today is ‘Pink Day’ at my “other job” when not working on sorella & me…as secondary school teacher! Seeing 14-year-old boys with balloons for breasts and wearing pink bras, I’ll admit, makes me feel a little uneasy (!)… But their dress-ups and spirit is heart-warming and for a great cause – we are fundraising for Breast Cancer research as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And today, I remember my beautiful Aunty who lost her young life to Breast Cancer.

The sorella-hood’s top 10 essential items to pack in your hospital bag – for MUMS!

It’s fair to say an expectant Mary Poppins would be well prepared for her pending hospital visit, but what about the rest of us that aren’t lucky enough to have bottomless luggage? There are many ‘What to pack for your hospital bag’ lists out there, so the difference with the sorella & me list? Well, it is compiled by our sorella-hood readers – AND their suggestions focus on Mum’s needs only! (A big thank you to all those who contributed!) So here we go – the Top 10 essential items to pack in your hospital bag – for MUMS! 1. Comfy Sleepwear (that doubles as day-wear!)  You have to be comfortable, but you don’t want to be in clothes that will have you diving under…

The Battle of the Boob

It’s the final day of World Breastfeeding Week (1-7th August) – a really important world-wide awareness campaign on all aspects of breastfeeding. Although I’m yet to experience the lows and highs of breastfeeding (the lowest I’m guessing being the actual lowest point the breast can get post-breastfeeding); I have had many friends go through this incredibly anatomically intricate, yet completely natural process to have a little insight into it. Plus given Alisha and I design maternity clothes to make breastfeeding comfortable and easier for a living, it’s pretty important I know what I am talking about!! My breastfeeding summary: breastfeeding can be exhausting, difficult, sometimes impossible, and often just a big pain in the bust. It can be a stressful battle of the boob. It…

A reminder of our obligation to Women & Girls who are not yet in a position to be heard

I come from a family of four girls, and in my family it was imparted on us that girls could do anything. That girl’s voices should be heard.  That we were equal to the boys who lived next door, equal to the boys at our school, and equal to the man that we may one day marry (should we choose to marry and should that person be a male). This was not done through any sort of formal teaching. My parents did not sit us down and hold tutoring sessions on “women’s rights” (that would have been weird). An understanding of these rights were simply transferred through everyday actions of my parents during our development: Supporting our goals. Nurturing our self-worth. Celebrating our successes. Helping…

A reminder of our obligation to Women & Girls who are not yet in a position to be heard

I come from a family of four girls, and in my family it was imparted on us that girls could do anything. That girl’s voices should be heard.  That we were equal to the boys who lived next door, equal to the boys at our school, and equal to the man that we may one day marry (should we choose to marry and should that person be a male). This was not done through any sort of formal teaching. My parents did not sit us down and hold tutoring sessions on “women’s rights” (that would have been weird). An understanding of these rights were simply transferred through everyday actions of my parents during our development: Supporting our goals. Nurturing our self-worth. Celebrating our successes. Helping…

Celebrating World Environment Day – 10 easy everyday tips to get green and help our environment!

Sometimes it sounds all a bit too hard. Sometimes it feels like I can’t really have that much of an impact as one lowly individual. Sometimes I feel like such a big problem can only be fixed by big solutions. But the truth is – all the little things count. It really can be so simple to do a few small things in your everyday life to have a lasting impact on our environment.  And since today is World Environment Day, it’s the perfect day to acknowledge we can make a difference – so it’s a great day to get started!! We thought we would join in the celebrations of World Environment Day today by putting together a list of things that do make a…

Being fair can go a long way. This Fairtrade Fortnight – ask some questions!

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It’s Fair Trade Fortnight! This a great opportunity for us to understand how making more informed choices on the products we buy can have a huge impact on the lives of those less fortunate. Fairtrade is described by the Fairtrade Association of Australia & NZ (an arm of Fairtrade International) as: Better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices, Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives. Fairtrade International have developed a strict global certification process to allow consumers greater confidence when buying products that…

Our little miracle

Today is National Premmie’s Day. We are so fortunate to have our friend Aleisha share her son Charlie’s story and his fight for life, born at just 28 weeks. Looking at my 5 year old boy, you would never have known he was born at 28 weeks, 12 weeks early and weighing 860 grams.  He came into the world on a Monday morning with the help of an extremely large team of Doctors and Nurses, and was immediately whisked away into the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), where he would spend the first 50 days of his life.  It was 7 days before I was able to hold him for the first time.

A Day with the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

For regular sorella & me fans, you will already know that we went to the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute annual Discovery Day on Sunday. It was a privilege to be part of the day, supporting such a great cause, while also meeting some lovely volunteers, staff, and families.  It was set amongst Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s Cruden Farm – which was simply stunning.  It was the kind of Melbourne morning where the sky was pure blue and the grass all delicious and dewy. And, although Alisha & I danced our hearts out the night before at Lenny’ Kravitz’s concert, being up early taking in this beautiful scenery was such a joy. We couldn’t resist sharing with you:

A green-carpet army in Valentino

As is usual, there has been a lot of post-Oscar frenzy about who were the Best Dressed, along with the (sometimes more entertaining) Worst Dressed. But did you notice there was no mention of best ‘Sustainably Dressed’? It may surprise you that this however is becoming increasing likely for future events.

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