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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…

Everything a first-time mum-to-be needs to know….

There’s a reason we don’t often do Pregnancy & Baby Expos with our maternity collection by sorella organics. They are quite simply too overwhelming, too busy, too noisy, and (in my opinion) consist of just an unbearable amount of information for any one person to take in. With so many brands, in one HUGE venue, it must be so hard to make choices and decisions of what’s best for mum and her family? In fact, I wonder if some mums come out MORE confused than she was when she went in?!! There’s only one Pregnancy Event we are currently a part of, and the reason is simple – it’s a small, beautiful, stress-free event – full of great information and advice so first-time mums don’t have to spend their entire pregnancy…

If you can’t cope with my unhelpful-help, perhaps buy a headscarf?

You’ve read them too right? Those blog posts/articles/rants that do the rounds from someone on their high horse with their List of Things You Should Not Say To Them When They are in X Situation? I hate those lists.  25 things not to say to a woman who is struggling to fall pregnant 174 things not to say to a woman over 30 going through a break up 4062798 things not to say to someone with depression I really really hate those lists. If we all get around stifled with fear for saying the wrong thing, that means nothing will be said at all. And if nothing is said it all, surely we’d end up wondering why the bloody-hell no one cares? I get it. Sometimes when you are…

3 things no.4! || nina, sisters & puppies

Time for another edition of 3 things! (I can just FEEL your utter excitement. Yes. Read on my friend). 3 things I learnt/realised/randomly thought about this week || no.4  #1 That Offspring is over. For good. (Apparently) Nina makes me feel “normal”. If this is the end, who is going to make me feel normal now? Are you sad too? Group hug?   #2 I found the best birthday card

Hashtag Fever #YesAllWomen

You have probably seen the hashtag #YesAllWomen pop up in one or all of your social media feeds recently? Perhaps you have even participated? A quick take for those that haven’t – The hashtag stemmed from the murders in Santa Barbara earlier this week by a 22 year old man, allegedly with mental health issues, and openly motivated by sexual hatred. 6 people died and 13 were injured. In a self-recorded video prior to the killings he communicated why his plan was necessary. His day of retribution was to blame women for the failures in his own life. It has been reported as an act of violent hate fuelled by mental instability. Apart from providing a forum for people to share their sadness and confusion over the incident, the…

3 things no.2! || boobies, coconuts, birth

Did you like our first 3 things? Well then let’s not stop now. Here’s edition no.2! 3 things I learnt/realised/randomly thought about this week || no.2 #1 LITTLE KIDS ARE funny HILARIOUS I spent the weekend on the Sunshine Coast (Queensland) visiting my 3 nieces and nephew and apart from an education in Frozen, I came away with some gold-nugget quotes that are still making me laugh. This is perhaps my favourite – from my 4 year-old nephew who I guess has had a lesson or two at Kindy on God recently: “God is in your heart. Your heart is in the middle of your boobies”  Fair enough. #2 I WISH I INVESTED IN A COCONUT TREE PLANTATION 10 YEARS AGO Actually, also a Chia Seed farm, Quinoa farm, Cacao farm……

You want it? You got it.

While we are still only a baby of a label finding our feet, those that have found us have been devoted since their first restful night sleep in our soft organic Pjs. And they keep coming back for more. And it’s these dedicated fans that shaped our plans this year, and will continue to do so into the future. We have already managed to fulfill one big fan-based request – to launch a mens line. So it is with a big smile and a stack of excitement that we announce the launch of the 2nd big request from our awesome customers this year….The request was clear: “WE WANT IT IN BLACK” So it’s with much pleasure we can now offer all your favourite pieces in…

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…

Do we talk about Miley, or don’t we?

I get the feeling Miley wants us to talk about her.  But, like a lot of people, I also get the feeling we shouldn’t. That we shouldn’t give the situation oxygen. A couple of weeks on from MTV’s Video Music Awards and the world is STILL talking about her and still twerking to inanimate objects… And she is rolling all the way to the bank (hopefully via some sort of therapy). But then again maybe we should talk about it? Maybe we need to sit and take heed of Miley’s clear public announcement through use of a foam-finger and that tongue that Gen Z – more specifically our girls – clearly need some help. Serious help. A whole truckload of commonsense with a couple of…

Bookie Wookie

A little weekend trip to country Victoria recently found me at a small independent bookstore. I know – a real-life bookstore. Prehistoric. And this place had all the trimmings of an old-school bookstore that real bookworms love – a quiet, private, all-consuming space of fresh pages ripe for the picking, moderately supervised by a softly spoken bookie who is more enthused about which best-selling author has just released their next piece than actually taking your money. I totally get the love of a bookstore. But I am not a bookie. I have tried. Often after a really good juicy novel that’s taken me away to another time and place I get so excited to find something else to devour. I love the sense of achievement…

The day I got into the shower and looked down – and realised I had a big problem.

It’s one of those things we usually do quite mindlessly. Without effort. Without ceremony.  Yet on this occasion, stepping into the shower pieced together a chain of events and associative symptoms that has led me to where I am now – sitting here sharing this, a little burnt at the edges. One night last week, I took my regular evening shower. I stepped in and took the relief of the hot water streaming over me.  I was finding showers particularly comforting lately. Like a big warm hug they not only cleansed me of my day, they made me feel a little loved. A little worthwhile of the precious thing that is my council water. But on this occasion, something felt weird. Something wasn’t right… I…

The girl has a voice

It’s not every day you get to say one of your besties is a rock star – even if in response to that title, this friend would say that’s the most ridiculous thing she has ever heard and end up in a fit of laughter. The laugh is infectious. As is the voice. I’m sitting here in the sorella & me office listening to her EP (which our neighbours also get to hear on repeat most days), and I think if anyone has an EP on iTunes, I have paid good-hard-earned money for it, and I really really love it… then said person meets the definition of Rockstar in my book. Meet Livi Robins. Friends since we were 18, Livi and I lived together in…

New styles, photoshoots, and awards!

Hard to believe we are through half of another year isn’t it? Time seems to be flying by, and life with sorella & me has been a big part of that. We have been super busy and have so many exciting things to share with you in the coming months – the first of which is our photoshoot next Friday…. if you think this might indicate we are adding new pieces to the current collection, you’d be right! Stay tuned for some behind the scenes photos next week for your first look of what’s coming!

30 by 30. It’s time to start living.

Super excited to have our little sister Zara guest post today for the sorella-hood. Thanks so much for sharing and giving us a kick up the behind Za!  Who knew little sisters could be so clever! One year ago I was at a very real and very painful low point in my life. A long term relationship that I thought was going to be … ‘it’ … came to a very sudden and painful end. My life turned a complete 180 and I had to try to find myself amongst the heartbreak, tears, depression, gin and tonics (and Maggie Beer Ice Cream). I woke up one morning recently with an overwhelming realisation that I was pushing 30. A year ago I would have hid in…

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…

Capturing the love of a mother with her newborn child

My husband bought LittleOne baby magazine for me when I was pregnant years ago.  I hadn’t seen the magazine before and knew straight away there was going to be something special inside the glossy pages! It has remained as one of my favorites.  I especially love the features they do on children’s bedrooms titled “Baby’s Space’. The current issue of LittleOne baby is no exception and has a beautiful feature on new mums- real mums in the hospital just days after giving birth. Amy Doak mentions in her Publisher’s letter that there is nothing quite like “the look of love on a new mother’s face” (LittleOne baby Issue 10 p8). Photographer Kate Monotti has certainly captured this in the recent shoot. And we were thrilled…

Get out of my way and let me run

There has been an increase in incidents around Melbourne recently of attacks on children and women. This, added to some truly horrific random incidences of violence against women in the past 12 months – which in some cases resulted in death – have really stirred up some anxiety in me this week. I have only just recovered from an incident I was involved in while visiting my parents on the Sunshine Coast (Queensland).  A male approached me while I was running along the beach, exposed himself and chased after me. After working with the police I was informed he had done the same thing to a 12-year-old girl just days earlier. 12 years old. As a result of this incident, and an attack on a…

Always the best Mother’s Day Gift

Every woman will tell you a new pair of Pjs, a sleep in, and perhaps a meal cooked by someone else, all make the perfect gifts for Mother’s Day. Lucky for you we can help with one of those things on her list – sorella & me’s best-selling sleep & lounge pant is back in stock just in time for the Aussie winter and also just in time for Mother’s Day!! You can’t go wrong with soft organic cotton (fair trade too of course), lace trim detail, and comfy drawstring waist. This pant also comes in a rollover band waist for those who like a loser fit or are expecting.  Available in 2 colours – evening sky and pink blush. Unsure about size or colour?…

Moving forward following miscarriage

Today on the blog, a very courageous woman shares her deepest sadness. We thank Alli from Alli & Genine for allowing us to share her story with the sorella-hood and also thank her for her being so brave in this mostly taboo subject of miscarriage. We hope her experience provides comfort to those women in the sorella-hood community who have suffered a miscarriage and also provide a little insight for those of you who know a beautiful woman who has endured a similar loss. We send positive energy to Alli, and to you all with the hope that by sharing her heart-felt words with you today, strength is found in moving forward, and as Alli herself expressed – “I want other women out there to feel…

A sweet Easter treat! 25% off storewide at sorella & me

We all know how much I love chocolate (hey, who doesn’t?). But really is there anything sweeter than a sale?!!! Enjoy 25% off the entire sorella & me collection over Easter! Plus free shipping for all orders over $100. Why? Just because we can! Are you an Aussie sorella?  It’s time for you to experience our best-selling luxuriously soft loungewrap for the cooler nights ahead… And don’t forget some new PJ pants for winter! Don’t miss out! We are almost sold out in all sizes! Are you an over-the-high-seas (aka an international) sorella looking forward to everything that the summer sun has to offer? Enjoy our lightweight organic cotton sleepshirt, sleepshorts, tees and shorts – and relax in style. International shipping is FREE for all…

A sweet Easter treat! 25% off storewide at sorella & me

We all know how much I love chocolate (hey, who doesn’t?). But really is there anything sweeter than a sale?!!! Enjoy 25% off the entire sorella & me collection over Easter! Plus free shipping for all orders over $100. Why? Just because we can! Are you an Aussie sorella?  It’s time for you to experience our best-selling luxuriously soft loungewrap for the cooler nights ahead… And don’t forget some new PJ pants for winter! Don’t miss out! We are almost sold out in all sizes! Are you an over-the-high-seas (aka an international) sorella looking forward to everything that the summer sun has to offer? Enjoy our lightweight organic cotton sleepshirt, sleepshorts, tees and shorts – and relax in style. International shipping is FREE for all…

Beware of the fiery Dragon in her make-shift cyclone bunker. She will eat you up and spit you out if you don’t put that camera away.

WARNING: today is a rant-fest. It’s no secret that we are paying too much for the same product a US or UK shopper can purchase it for.  Regardless of its country of origin, they can have the same item significantly cheaper than we can in Australia.  Some products I have come across are somehow miraculously 70% more expensive as soon as they land on our shores and into our shops. And that, to me, stinks. In case you weren’t aware, we offer the sorella & me women’s and maternity collection to anyone in the world for the same price an Australian pays for it. Why? Because why should an international customer pay more than an Australian customer? They shouldn’t. Why should they pay less than…

A G-string is like a landline telephone – no longer necessary

It’s exactly 7 days til my wedding – which is why I am taking the lazy sensible option and re-blogging one of our most popular posts from last year – and it’s timed well given it’s the big V day next week (fyi, no I’m not getting married on Valentines Day, we are the 15th! So no excuses for J1 not to give me flowers 2 days in a row!). I think you will enjoy it – and I thank you for giving me the grace of re-posting while I madly dash out to sort out my fiance’s tie (because apparently I am marrying a man who doesn’t feel the pressure of an important deadline)…. According to a study in 2008, French women spend 20%…

“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…

What did you miss in 2012?

Welcome back to the sorella-hood for 2013! We hope you had a wonderful time over Christmas with your family and set for another fantastic year! As parents start to get the back-to-school preparations started, and men and women over the country groan their way back to work (dreaming of any sort of opportunity to be able to quit work and financially fund a permanent residence at the beach), Alisha & I are so excited to be reaching sorella & me‘s first birthday later this month, and can’t wait to see  where this year will take us (it’s going to be hard to top an amazing 2012!). Aside from a overwhelming love of our sleepwear collection, a very surprising aspect of sorella & me last year…

40 ways out of trouble with Fashionista’s Australia

We got lots of great feedback (and sighs of relief) when we posted last weeks round up of the best Christmas gift guides. But there has been one more guide pop up this week we just have to share because a) we know you will love it, b) these girls know what they are talking about when it comes to beautiful things, and c) we are certain it will save you those likely headaches over the next 5 days trying to figure out what your sister really needs as opposed to what she is telling you she wants…. Emily Power and Antonia Acott are Fashionista’s Australia (a must read site to subscribe to by the way!) and they have put together an (aptly named) Last Minute…

There’s no place like home…

Many parts of Australia are experiencing a heat wave over the coming days. But 40+ temperatures are the summer-norm for some and is just one of the many challenges living in outback Australia… Being a new first-time mother with limited support and resources is another, and today on the blog my good friend Peta shares her story (which never ceases to blow me away everytime I think about it!)… I live in a small town.  No, not small like Toowoomba, Dubbo, or Bendigo, small like a place you’ve never heard of, on a road not many travel. Eighty-ish people live in my town, and I know them all; by name, occupation and preferred drink.  When I had my first child they knew all about it…

OMG you have been such a jerk today!

Sometimes my fiancé J1 and I can have a good-old fashion barney. Not often, but let’s say more regular than a solar eclipse. I know – so crazy right? Here you were thinking I was one of those people with such a level of high emotional intelligence and a perfect relationship meaning I never have disagreements with my partner (I will assume you are either new to our blog and/or haven’t read this post, or this post, or this post )…. With us both being a little ‘strong-willed’ in our approach to life, sure makes for some interesting conversations now and then. Sometimes these conversations end up making me not want to talk to him for a certain period of time. Basically for as long as…

Get Christmas wrapped up early with up to 40% off sorella & me

Looking for special Christmas gifts that are kind to the environment, ethically created, and beautifully designed? sorella & me has an extensive range of organic sleepwear & loungewear to suit every woman in your life. And with a special Pre-Christmas sale of up to 40% off storewide + free shipping on orders over $100, now is a great time to shop! There are beautiful pieces to suit every women in your life: And don’t forget that in addition to our women’s collection, sorella & me has has an extensive range of maternity sleepwear and loungewear – a special gift for any friend who is currently pregnant or recently a new mumma! All pieces are available from the online store www.sorellaandme.com.au with free shipping on all…

Get Christmas wrapped up early with up to 40% off sorella & me

Looking for special Christmas gifts that are kind to the environment, ethically created, and beautifully designed? sorella & me has an extensive range of organic sleepwear & loungewear to suit every woman in your life. And with a special Pre-Christmas sale of up to 40% off storewide + free shipping on orders over $100, now is a great time to shop! There are beautiful pieces to suit every women in your life: And don’t forget that in addition to our women’s collection, sorella & me has has an extensive range of maternity sleepwear and loungewear – a special gift for any friend who is currently pregnant or recently a new mumma! All pieces are available from the online store www.sorellaandme.com.au with free shipping on all…

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.

It’s time to give your ‘Mum Uniform’ a comfortable but stylish overhaul

Sitting at the Brisbane airport recently waiting for a flight, I (for a change) was early and this gave me plenty of time to ‘people watch’. Boy there are some colourful characters in the world! It instantly became a reminder for me not to get caught up in the safe world of “mummy fashion”.  You know the style – the good old comfy uniform of ballet flats, slouchy tee, skinny jeans and swipe of lip gloss. It always looks good, but let’s face it, it’s certainly “safe”. There’s nothing like sitting in an airport and a trip to the big smoke to remind us folk from smaller, often more relaxed and casual pastures, that just because you’re 30 plus (plus a bit more!) and a…

A happy marriage. What’s the magic formula?

Our parents are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this week. When you stop to think about it, it’s a big achievement. Massive. Just think, 40 years with that one person. My mum married my father as a sweet 21 year old – so she has spent two-thirds of her life with him. She wouldn’t know a day without him, and he without her. And let’s face it. It’s especially awe-inspiring with a current divorce rate of 2.3 divorces per 1,000 population (2010 figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics). That’s 50,200 divorces. That’s 100,400 unhappy people (or happy people, depending on how you look at it). That’s 1 in 217 Australians getting divorced every year!

Gettin’ bloggie with it!

sorella & me at the ProBlogger Training Event 2012

If you’ve kept an eye on the sorella & me facebook page over the last few days you would have seen that Anna and I were fortunate to spend two days at the ProBlogger Training Event in Melbourne – getting our bloggie on!! The event brings 300 bloggers of all levels together to learn and network. Anna and I really enjoy writing the sorella-hood blog and connecting with you all here, sharing our observations on ‘life’, and hopefully providing you a place to have a laugh (at our expense) or learn something new.  We were grateful for the opportunity to find out how do this better by attending the ProBlogger training – it was such a treat to take some time out to listen and…

Great Expectations: How you can be your own worst enemy when locked out of the house on a cold afternoon.

I was chatting to a girlfriend recently about the ins and outs of relationships and we realised that sometimes we are guilty of deliberately going about things to set our partners up to fail.  I listed a couple of doozies of when I had done this recently, and my friend fessed up to her less than appropriate behavior too. Why on earth do we do this? It seems like the exact opposite of what you should be doing in caring for your partner, but I guess sometimes love makes us do stupid things? Sometimes we hurt the ones we love the most, and the reason for inflicting that hurt is hard to understand (without the help of psychologist at $200 per hour)? Is this something…

The journey continues for a courageous friend of the sorella-hood: Living with the BRACA1 Gene (Part 2)

October is Australia’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month – a time to show support for women, men, and their families who are affected by breast cancer, as well as raise awareness to aid in the early detection and prevention of this disease. Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in Australian women, with one in 9 Australian women diagnosed before the age of 85 (see more info & stats at www.nbf.org.au). It’s for this reason that ‘Pink Month’ is so crucial for fundraising efforts in driving ongoing research to understand this cancer better, and improve prevention and treatment options. And most importantly, to hopefully find a cure. Last week we re blogged our dear friend Elise’ post on part 1 of her journey to prevent developing…

Elise shares her story for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

It’s October! And it’s certainly very hard to ignore the amount of wonderful pink pink pink splattered everywhere at the moment meaning it’s also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is a very important time for alisha & I because, like so many people, we have had some friends and family close to us lose their battle with breast cancer. However thankfully survival rates have improved more recently and this has a lot to do with the tireless efforts of many to raise funds for research which in turn leads to improved detection and treatment options. Back in February of this year, we shared our dear friend Elise’s story with you. Elise was faced with a very difficult choice when she found out she had the BRACA1…

When destiny takes hold of your child and shouts “Enjoy the Ride!!”

I grew up around a lot of pushy stage Mums. Luckily I didn’t have one, and I’m determined not to be one! So much so I have held my daughter who is now 5, back from classes or specialist lessons, making a rule with myself that I would wait till she starts school. I grew up in the ‘theatre’. I danced, sang and acted my way through my childhood and teenage years, with a little bit of piano on the side.  I have wonderful memories of my weekends treading the boards (while poor dad sat out in the car waiting).  Like many young girls, this very early became my thing. I knew my whole life what I liked and what I wanted to be. I…

Grace Kelly: 30 years since her tragic death

It’s 30 years this week since Grace Kelly tragically died in a car accident.  I blogged about my small but significant crush on her earlier this year, so I thought I would share it again today for those who may have missed it, along with this gorgeous pic I only recently found with her son Albert II. She was known to be an exceptionally dedicated mother. Enjoy! x anna ______________________________________ I adore Grace Kelly… image via Harper’s Bazaar I don’t know how or when it started – I can’t remember the first time I saw her but I suspect it had something to do with driving our mother crazy and her needing some quiet time.  She probably plonked my sisters and I in front of…

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