the nature strip

White dress.
March 8, 2013, 10:59 am
Filed under: Charity fashion


Charity shops and me. A dangerous combination. I live near three of them and they have kitted out much of my wardrobe.

A recent purchase/donation was this white dress. $12.

Black is more my colour as white is just an accident waiting to happen. But I braved it and here it is.

Being a mother to a young baby, it is very rare, let me repeat, very rare, that I make it out at night, but with my mother in law available to babysit, my partner and I ventured to the bright lights of the big smoke to a music gig. It didn’t matter that everyone around me was at least fifteen years younger with fifteen less wrinkles. It was fun.

And it is Mardi Gras time in Sydney so I got to see a rainbow… on the road.

The Nature strip White charity dress

Towards the end of the night, my partner and I were starting to show our geriatric tendencies and needed to sit down. The only place was a ledge that people had been trampling over, spilling their drinks on, and pasting their chewed up gum.

My partner: ‘Should we sit here?”
Me: “Sorry, I can’t. I’m wearing a white dress.”



Actions & words: charity tee
January 29, 2013, 2:26 pm
Filed under: Charity fashion, Fashion


I found this cute little tee in my local charity shop haunt. Actions not words. A powerful statement.

When you love someone, a heartfelt cuddle, covering them with the umbrella when it is raining and offering to wash up means more than saying “I love you”.

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When people actually think and care where their food comes from, when they actually bother to turn the light off when not in the room, when they spend the time to separate their plastic from their glass… these actions say much more than simply saying, “I care about the environment and it’s future”.

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I’ll call you… and then they don’t.

As much as I love action, I love words. Poppies. Ooze. Sunday. Crisp. Shatter. Moon. Delightful.

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Charity threads
November 11, 2012, 9:59 am
Filed under: Charity fashion

red charity shoes

A couple of years ago I pledged to buy clothes second hand only. This translates to hours of fun trawling through charity shops and car boot sales.

I recently picked up a pair of red canvas boots from my local charity shop. Damage – $8. They make me feel all Dorothy. And they make me feel extra good as not only am I adding some colour to my wardrobe, I am helping those in need at the same time. What a great balance.

It’s hard to avoid buying something new at some point but when it comes to clothes, it is irksome to think about how much money people waste – let alone the number of sweat shops churning out cheap threads for cheap thrills. I ain’t no saint but I don’t think many of us actually think about the process of how that t-shirt came to sit on that shelf.

Anyway, let’s get back to the red boots. You can see me stomping around in these through the park, at the shops, at the library and in the kitchen.

Do you have a favourite item you purchased second hand?