Wedding stress

wedding stress girlUp until about three months ago, we weren’t feeling stressed about the wedding at all. Things were going smoothly, we were a picture of organisation (spreadsheets, lists, and spreadsheets of all our lists…), and it just wasn’t a big deal.

But then, as it started getting closer to the actual day – we became stressed. And now, with less than two weeks to go, I’m practically a walking meltdown in progress.

See, it doesn’t matter how organised you are. In fact, being more organised can make things worse, because you’re acutely aware at all times of the sheer volume of things that you need to to. All the little details that need to be arranged, purchased, decorated, sorted, transported; the people who need to be contacted and asked to help out; the contact numbers and exact times to put in the run sheet for the photographers. Continue reading

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How to find ethical fashion in Australia

how to find ethical fashion australia

Updated July 2015 to incorporate the latest ‘Behind the Barcode‘ report from Baptist World Aid Australia

It’s not easy to figure out where to shop for clothes in Australia if you want to be ethically-minded about it. There is no single resource to tell you which companies have traceable and transparent supply chains or are paying fair wages to garment manufacturers. The closest resource is website Good On You, which gives a simple rating of many clothing brands.

I was curious to know how all my favourite clothing stores stacked up when it came to ethics and social responsibility. Well, they’re not all my favourites (there’s quite a lot), but I decided to go through and list pretty much every store where I’ve made more than one purchase before. It’s by no means a comprehensive list, and is simply my attempt to track down as much information as I can find on the Internet about each clothing store where I have shopped in the past, or am considering for future purchases. Continue reading

Why “anti-rape” nail polish is empowering, not victim-blaming

anti rape nail polishA talented team of students from North Carolina State University have developed a nail polish called ‘Undercover Colors‘. As well as making your nails look pretty, the polish will also change colour in the presence of date rape drugs if your drink has been spiked. To double check your beverage is safe, all the wearer needs to do is dip a finger into the drink and give it a stir.

From their Facebook page, “while date rape drugs are often used to facilitate sexual assault, very little science exists for their detection. Our goal is to invent technologies that empower women to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime.” Continue reading