Last weekend I was talked into attending a fundraiser for one of the local schools. The idea of having to put on some make up and be social on a Friday night is a big ask for me these days (I'm a full time teacher - Friday night is considered a success if I'm curled up in my PJs nursing a fat sauvignon blanc, watching Netflix with no one else in the house talking). But I'm always up for a good cause and a chance to catch up with friends I don't see so often for all of the above reasons.
Another reason I couldn't bail is because I was asked if I could model a couple of outfits due to being a few bodies short, which was the realisation my insecure 16 year old self's dreams.
So with a glass of bubbles in hand on arrival and social anxiety levels rising as the reality of swanning around in front of 120 other women neared, the night began.
As a woman who has never really subscribed to the hype of fashion due to some ridiculously entrenched frugal tendencies and an overzealous appreciation of minimalism (sorry but those tiny empty houses are too cute), as well as a nerdish obsession for reading, I nonetheless was curious to see what was on offer.
And just like recent developments at Fashion Week in Sydney where older models were celebrated, so were we, traversing the stage in our delightfully diverse shapes and sizes adorned in a range of floaty and structured styles. Each model exuberantly expressed her own personality to the cheers of the friendly, and let's face it, fairly well lubricated audience. The designers at www.jolie.com.au, www.atriumstore.com, https://www.ecoeccentric.com.au, https://www.facebook.com/cocoashiraz.au and Willow Coffee and Gifts, were passionate about their flattering designs, which were ethically and organically sourced, and frankly felt amazing to wear. In between modelling sets the crowd was entertained by the irreverent comedy of the quirkily glamorous Simone Éclair. http://www.simoneeclair.com/ She educated us on the many uses of coconut oil and detachable shower heads, which lets face it we all know about but wouldn't necessarily admit as fearlessly as Simone of the amazingly sparkly silver hi-top sneakers.
And if I may have snuck out an hour before the usual pumpkin turning clock struck having spent the larger part of my day with several hundred teenagers, I nonetheless left feeling invigorated by the camaraderie, beautiful clothes and a desire to shop local to support our small business owners. I think I feel a shopping trip coming up very soon!