Sunday, November 16, 2014

Cut for Evans

My Look /  Dress -Made it / Boots-New Look  / Makeup NYX on the eyes / Peach Lips
Met these blogger beauties Nancy, Rosie & Becky. 

Two weeks ago I attended my very first unofficial blogger event in London. Even though I've been off the blogger radar for a while, it was nice to dress up, go out and meet new friends. Since arriving in London we've been extremely busy basically setting up our lives and doing boring stuff like work and we're usually buggered by the time the weekend hits.

So after randomly bumping into Callie at the Portobello Road Markets in Nottinghill, she invited us to come and check out the new Cut for Evans range launch at the Marble Arch store. We were running late and we didn't know what to expect, but we were surprised at the turn out of wonderful bloggers, fun music and flowing drinks.

My highlight was meeting the lovely bloggers, I recognised a few from Full Figure Fashion Week in NYC. It's also so nice to know that there are real things happening in Plus Sized Fashion here.

It's pretty exciting to witness young female designers have their dreams recognised. I'll applaud Evans on providing that opportunity and for being open to new ideas when it comes to plus size fashion. They definitely hosted a fun evening. My fave piece was the Purple Digital Print Bomber Jacket and that retails for 55 pound. Be sure to check out the collection and shop it HERE.

Managed to snap a quick shot of Ellie who designed half of the collection. Doesn't Cheryl Fergison look glam?
Doing those cool 'robot-arm' poses

Meeting these beautiful blogger babes <3 Picture from @daniellevanier
 Big Love,

Falala Mele

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Beautiful people: CJ Wello

Our beautiful Koori girls sang and brought down the house. Keep an eye out for them in the future.

The visionaries of Waminda and current CEO of Waminda Faye Worner.

Proudest moment watching my best friend shine <3 You're the bomb sis!

Two months ago I was invited to attend the Waminda Ball that was held to celebrate 30 years of service to the Aboriginal Women on the South Coast in New South Wales. I've known of Waminda for as long as I can remember because my best friend's mother had worked with them for years.

It was a familiar office that we'd call into when walking through town. We would see the same faces and feel that sense of community when walking through the door. When you're a young Polynesian girl growing up in a predominately white community, you find community in a sense of familiarity and belonging and this was one of those places for me. 

As I've grown up and gone out into the world, I've had the good fortune of possessing a loving family, a hefty collection of true friends and a chance to travel and see outside of my community. I seem to come and go on the regular and upon my return I notice that too many things remain the same. Same jobs, same pubs, same people, same story; so much so that I could only ever seem to stomach the place for a good couple of months before getting itchy feet again. 

But when I arrived home late last year, I was eager to be back to rejoin with my Dead or Deadly Sisters. Dead or deadly is a well-being program offered by Waminda to Indigenous women in the community. This program taught me so much about health and well-being. It taught me how to move my body, how to increase strength and how to grow and encourage others to train and make healthier choices. 

Not only do Waminda offer programs led out by local Indigenous women but they are also committed to training their workers. These women are valued and it shows as they are paid above award wages. Waminda offers a whole bunch of SERVICES to the community and are continually growing every year. Services like this don't just pop up over night. Services like this are rare and I'm so proud of the women who continue to pursue the dreams of their Elders who envisioned a service to help Koori women thrive.

It is something that I am honoured to have witnessed. I've watched women walk through the doors and have been transformed mentally into a whole new vibrant life force. I was so caught up in my passion for this particular program that I failed to notice the metamorphosis of my very own best friend. 

The once well-known 'shy girl' -who asked if I could attend school Koori camp with her because she didn't know anyone else- was standing up in front of a room full of Elders and politicians proudly directing guests to their seats. I don't know how the hell I missed this one.

CJ was far from the quiet Koori girl who would only write me letters with the initials of the boys that she loved inside them. She had outgrown the girl who'd preferred not to walk to the school canteen alone. 

She was exactly what she was meant to be. 

A strong, knowledgable woman of culture and apart of Australia's future. She is driving towards closing the gaps of inequity for her people. She is a special soul sister and I'm thankful I was home to witness this. To Waminda and every woman who is apart of this service, thank you. 
I can't wait to see your achievements in the next 30 years.

Big Love,

Mele Falala

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Shein + Jadey

A few weekends ago I met up with my wonderful college friends to celebrate Jadey's lovely little bundle of joy. Shein and Jadey met whilst studying nursing and they've basically been inseparable ever since. Jadey is such a loyal and giving friend and she was so nice to allow my sister and I host the event before we moved to London and we thought it'd be fun to arrive with baby bumps of our own.

Jadey loves all things novelty so we picked up anything that was fun or cute. All of our friends were given an item of food to bring or to organise a game and it meant that everyone contributed to a relatively stress free baby shower.

Worn: Thrifted skirt (it was a tiny waisted dress and I chopped it because I wanted it so
badly! Worn with my thrifted floral blouse and a Kmart tee. Probably still in store now.
Also my thrifted vintage earrings found in original package and only 20 cents. WINNING!

Time to put the diapers on!

Pauly was an awesome games host. Guess the baby food flavour?

It was so lovely to catch up with our college friends. Such fun crammed into a few hours and it's something we need to do more of. Lol, so who's having the next baby??

Big love,

Falala Mele