With 2013 coming up there's nothing quite like cleaning out the wardrobe to make way for a new year of beautiful new purchases. We've found that while giving away clothes is a difficult task, giving away bras is much easier...and it may surprise you to know that there are organisations out there who want them. Initiatives like the Uplift Project collect second hand bras and distribute them to women in disadvantaged communities. They offer a great solution to help make space for next season's trends, and at the same time you'll be helping women who don't have access to a basic thing we take for granted.
Address Somers, Victoria, Australia Give Your old bras to women in disadvantaged communities. More Auswww.upliftbras.orgUK www.breasttalk.co.uk/bra-appealUS www.brarecycling.com Wearing... Stef Top Sabo Skirt Skirt Sportsgirl Shoes Jeffrey Campbell Sunglasses Sportsgirl Jess Dress Sabo Skirt Shoes Underground Sunglasses House of Holland Hat Zadig and Voltaire J&Sxx
After a morning spent on the beach, we escaped the 38 degree heat and headed over to Somers General Store, where we were happy to discover both the perfect thing to quench our thirst and a great feature for HTG Day 6. Thankyou Water is a social enterprise that sells bottled water and helps to fund water projects in developing countries. Buying one bottle of water will supply one month's worth of safe water to someone in need. The coolest part is you can track your bottle online and find out exactly which project you're helping to fund - turns out we're helping to fund water filters in Myanmar.
Address Somers, Victoria, Australia Give Clean water to communities in need. Morewww.thankyouwater.org Wearing... Stef Top Minkpink Shorts Minkpink Shoes Senso Sunglasses Dansk Jess Top Lenni Vintage Shorts Lenni Vintage Shoes Senso Sunglasses Dansk J&Sxx
Andable is an online marketplace where independent designers sell their wares. From clothing to collectables, not only do they have some serious cool stuff for sale, the Andable community helps people living in poverty by giving them access to basic financial services like loans. Each time you make a purchase, you'll be supporting an indie designer, and 10% of the money will help fund a loan, for example to be given to a young mother who owns a small business in the Philippines It may be too late to buy a present in time for christmas, but if you're a late giver or you're feeling the need to indulge a little for yourself, jump online and check it out - we're currently awaiting these awesome pictures of Paris!
Address Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
Give Yourself a present and aid to people living in poverty.
Here at HTL it's no secret that we have a love for all things animals, and perhaps a lesser known love for a good glass (or two) of wine. So when we heard about an initiative that combines these two loves, we were all over it. Friends of The Zoo is an Australian-based organisation that collects people's old corks and resells them to be used to make items ranging from placemats to shoes, and with the proceeds they fund various projects which benefit the elephants at Melbourne Zoo. With Christmas coming up and New Years following closely, keeping all the corks you pop out of those delicious bottles of wine is just a small way you can be giving back.
HTL's fave pup Bo has featured on the blog a few times now, but we've never actually told her story. She was abandoned in a car park at 4 weeks old with her 7 brothers and sisters, and they were sent to a local shelter to find new homes. There are now websites you can visit that feature animals from lots of different shelters so you can pick out your new pet as easily as you can buy those new pair of Jeffrey Campbells (but make sure you give this purchase a little more thought!). The number of dogs and cats abandoned often peaks over christmas, so what better time than to adopt your own furry friend in need of a loving home. After all, dog is man's best friends...and best accessory! Note: Walking the dog in heels was not our finest of ideas. Don't try this at home.
Address Melbourne, Australia Give An animal a new home. More Aus www.petrescue.com.au UK www.pets4homes.co.ukUS www.petfinder.com- Or contact your local shelters. Wearing... Stef Top Minkpink Jacket Topshop Shorts Art's L'Art Du Basic Shoes Jeffrey Campbell Sunglasses Sportsgirl Jess Dress Topshop Top American Apparel Shoes Gold Dot Sunglasses Sportsgirl
We all love a good shop every so often (or if we're being honest - very often), so why not combine what you're so good at with giving back! Indulge in some guilt-free shopping for someone else. Organisations like the Starlight Children's Foundation, who help seriously ill children and their families, will pass your gifts onto children who need a little brightening up this Christmas. Make-up or clothes could make a great gift for a young girl - think about how excited you'd be to get a Shakuhachi maxi dress or an awesome pair of platforms under the tree, and now imagine the smile on her face when she gets hers!
Address Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia Give Presents to a child dealing with an illness. More Aus:www.starlight.org.auUK:www.starlight.org.ukUS: www.starlight.org - contact your local Starlight Room to find out where you can drop off gifts. Wearing... Stef Dress Shakuhachi Shoes Jeffrey Campbell Sunglasses House of Holland Cuff Markit@FedSquare Ring Nasty Gal Jess Dress Shakuhachi Shoes Underground Sunglasses Dansk Choker Sass and Bide Cuff Topshop J&Sxx
Igniting Change, an organisation which inspires awareness of social issues and encourages people to get involved in community projects, has come out with these super cute bracelets. Not only do they make for an awesome Christmas gift, but you will also be supporting Cambodian artisans who make the bracelets from recycled bullet shells. They come in 3 different colours, each featuring a powerful word that holds a hidden meaning within. Keep your eyes out for more of these guys as they're teaming up with Willow in 2013 to create a limited edition piece of jewellery.
Address Establishment Hotel, Bridge Lane, Sydney, Australia
With Christmas just around the corner and the spirit of giving in the air, HTL is going to be transforming into HTG for the week. Don't worry, we'll still be delivering your daily fix of outfit crazy, but we'll also be giving you some great ideas of how you can give this Christmas, and of course we'll be getting involved with the giving too. We've had a look around and come up with a week's worth of great organisations who help in different ways - we're not representing any of these organisations, but have been inspired by each of them. Be sure to check back later as we'll be kicking things off this afternoon.
(Photo taken at Stef's French-themed Housewarming, in case you were wondering whether we were trying to bring berets back...) J&Sxx
So devastated that my week in paradise has officially come to an end, but not before a hilarious last night out at Cheeky Monkey with the boys and a late night stop at Abrakebabra. With my new flares in mind, I decided to channel Rainbow Brite and got my colour on in a big way. Judging by all the strange looks received I don't think Coolangatta Airport was exactly ready for me... although the guy at Newslink did compliment my shoes.. he obviously knows where it's at!
Address Coolangatta Airport, Gold Coast, Australia
Spontaneously made the decision to go on a road trip up to the Yarra Valley for a bit of a break, and it somehow turned into a day of winery hopping. From lunch at Red Shed Cafe at Medhurst Winery, to drinks at TarraWarra Estate, and finishing it off with dinner at Giant Steps/Innocent Bystander, it was an epic day of food, wine, and fun with the girls. I totally get why you've come up here so much lately, it always delivers. Not to mention that the most comfortable clothes you own are totally acceptable attire (notice I kicked off the platforms for the day?).
Address Yarra Valley, Victoria, Australia
Discovered There's a Yarra Valey Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery opening this weekend right near Healesville
Finally woke up to blue skies yesterday morning so headed straight to the beach for another amazing day. I spent the entire time reading my book (which is crazy and you have to read!) but obviously took a break for an epic lunch at Orgasmic Falafel. Picked up the most ridiculous pair of flares while here which you are actually going to die for... I think I'll have to post in them before home because I just can't wait for you to see!
When Nasty Gal asked if we would do a Vs shoot in their Leopard Print Hellbound Platform Boots by UNIF, our first reaction was: holy s$%t as if Nasty Gal knows who we are! Our second was that these are some of the most awesome shoes we've ever seen and we couldn't wait to get our hands on them. With Jess up in chilled out Byron and Stef in Melbourne, a city full of cool little laneways, we decided to style two different outfits inspired by our two different settings. Hope you like!
Address Byron Bay & Melbourne, Australia Get Yours From Nasty Gal Wearing... Jess Top Lenni Vintage Vest Vintage Skirt Nasty Gal Sunglasses A La Poupee Merveilleuse Bracelet American Apparel Stef Top Madlove Shorts Sportsgirl Socks ASOS Sunglasses A La Poupee Merveilleuse Cuff Sportsgirl Ring Nasty Gal J&Sxx
Last night I headed into the city to check out the opening of Comme Des Garcons Pocket. It's their first Australian store and stocks 'Play', their street wear line. It's a seriously cool set up, and I now have my eye on their neon accessories which were particularly amazing. Wasn't the same to not have my other half there with me (aka you) and I got asked more than a few times where you were - love that people have now learnt that we come as a twosome - but Kausy made a great stand-in and even managed to pull an HTL pout or two for the cameras.
Address Rankins Lane, Melbourne, Australia Afterwards Headed to the Stokehouse Cafe for their relaunch. Wearing... Top Topshop Shorts Sportsgirl Shoulders Sass and Bide Shoes Underground Socks American Apparel Sunglasses Dansk Bag Friend of Mine Sxx