If you follow the blog you will know I am big on Sustainable Style and teaching clients and followers to #CurateDontConsume.

I am also an Ambassador of the Endeavour Foundation promoting opshopping, upcycling  – and so anything I can do to change some mindsets  about opshopping is a good thing in my book (check out my DIY fashion posts here)

Anyway – Brisbane City Council ran a cool second hand festival  REVIVE to promote waste minimisation and so when asked if I would be a speaker I immediately said sure thing.

I spoke about how Style is an inside job and starts with understanding your triggers to shop and buy. How to train yourself towards more Conscious Consumption,  how to have sustainable style & curate a killer wardrobe.


What I am wearing: Thrifted Back to the Future Tshirt, Vintage Turban with vintage 60s brooch, Vintage raffia belt, thrifted bracelet, Doodad & Fandango Jeepers Peepers Earrings,  Bespoke ruffle skirt from vintage fabric and my old sofa Dragon print fabric by @songbird_thelabel, Gold heels from Swop






What is REVIVE ? 

This one day community event returns to the Cultural Forecourt, South Bank Parklands for its second year, promising to be bigger and better than 2016.

Partnering with Endeavour Foundation, Lifeline Shops Queensland, Salvos Stores and Save the Children Australia REVIVE is a pop up second hand festival, an initiative by Brisbane City Council to promote waste minimisation and upcycling, recycling and reusing clothing.

The event will be held on Friday 18 August 2017 in the lead up to National Op Shop Week and will feature local charities, retailers, students, crafters, clothes vendors and stylists to offer a fun fashion-focused program of activities, such as markets, runway shows, styling and live entertainment, as well as food from some of Brisbane’s best food trucks.


Why do we need to #CurateDon’tConsume ? 

Australia is the second largest consumer of textiles and accessories behind the US.

Australian has twice the global average (13kg) consumption of textiles 26 kg

Only 15-20% of opshop donations actually find an owner in Australia.

2/3 of clothes are now made from petroleum based textiles – not good on any level for our environment .






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SPEAKER lineup

3pm Faye Delanty – Style Revivalist and Runway Curator

3.30pm Nancy Brown Dyeing workshop

4.00pm Jane Milburn – Rethinking clothing culture

4.30pm Monika Holgar PHD Fashion Study

5.00pm Sally Steele, STEELE My Style – How to Have Sustainable Style – Some Easy Tips

5.30pm Wendy Small – Saving textiles from landfill.

6.00pm Jill Chivers – Shop your wardrobe

6.30pm UnMaterial Girl – Slow fashion

7.00pm Panel Discussion – Every Garment has a story Jill Chivers, UnMaterial Girl & Never Pay Retail



REVIVE festival 

12 – 9pm Friday 18 August

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