A few months ago I received a letter in the mail asking me if I would like to host a Girls Night In charity event for the Cancer Council to aid research into all womens cancers. Having irregular cells found on my cervix when I was only seventeen and the subsequent preventative treatments, Girls Night In always resonated with me personally as funds went towards Cervical Cancer research amoung others.
So I got thinking about what sort of event I could host, who I would invite and how I could raise funds and still have fun. I’d met up with a few plus size bloggers in Sydney and there had been a few mentions of having too many clothes and needing to sort out our wardrobes so I thought a Curvy Clothes Swap Party would be perfect. Attendees would pay a set donation amount to attend the event which would go directly to charity, we’d all get together somewhere nice and swap our clothes and accessories… too easy!
It turned into so much bigger than I could have hoped and I’m beyond pleased with how it all turned out, so much so that I’ve decided it will be my annual charity event. Everyone who was able to attend had a blast and we all went home with less old stuff and more new stuff without having to part with a single cent. There are so many photos, too many for me to include them all in this post but you can find the rest here.
I booked a three bedroom apartment at World Tower Sydney and it was magnificent. We were on the 68th floor and the views were amazing! There was plenty of room for everyone to get around without feeling like we were on top of each other, lots of bathrooms and bedrooms for trying on our new items and a big kitchen to mix drinks. Without the generous financial support of TS14+ and Virtu getting accommodation this beautiful and perfect would not have been possible, I’m forever grateful.
All the clothes were put in the main bedroom and laid out in no particular order. I did have a system in place for fair swaps but in the end we decided to wing it which worked out well as there was only a few of us and we were all friends.
Not only were we swapping clothes but shoes, bags, jewellery and accessories too!
Free bling is always a winner!
Corrine eyeing off some of the dresses on offer.
Hayley getting fabulous.
Caitlin shocked over the shoe choices.
Me in my beautiful “new” black suede silver studded Wittner heels.
Gisela’s pretty happy about all the prints.
Lovely Little Parties supplied all the party decorations for the event and they looked so magical. Virginia did a fantastic job of bringing together a beautiful colour scheme for the event and supplying the finishing touches to take it from so-so to so-freaking-awesome! Most are from the Martha Stewart collection so be sure to check them out, I’ve stashed these beauties away for next time.
Angels Florist in Windsor kindly donated a beautiful giant bouquet of flowers for the event. Aidan and I walk past their shop everyday and we always stop to smell the roses. Their display really did take center stage and they’re still sitting pretty on my dining table as I type.
Pretty pops of pink were everywhere, perfect for a Girls Night In.
Dominos were absolute champions, coming on board to donate all the pizzas for the event as well as free pizza coupons for the goodie bags for each of the attendees. Dominos were really great to deal with and didn’t think twice about showing their support. Their website was packed full of information which made pre-ordering a diverse menu for those with allergies, watching their weight or creating vegan or vegetarian options easy. It’s a shame the delivery guy was too shy to take a photo with us.
Rekorderlig, an unofficial sponsor of the event. I really should have taken a photo of the fridge because it was jam packed with all the different flavours, an accidental state of awesome, almost all the attendees brought along a few bottles each without planning too. Hopefully they get the memo for next years event… hint hint.
The week before the party I scored a wicked coupon deal from Ouffer which got me a dozen cupcakes from The Cupcake Bakery for only $20, a dozen is usually almost $50! I got a lot of different flavours to suit everyones tastes and they looked so beautiful, even more so in the patty cases from Lovely Little Parties.
Not only did TS14+ and Virtu help secure us a gorgeous venue, they also supplied all the gorgeous glittering goodie bags as well as a truckload of sweet surprises inside. The team really did go above and beyond. I remember the day it all arrived at my house, I called them up and left the longest voicemail filled with lots of OMG’s and squeals and THANK YOU’s… they just get me, what I do and support me above and beyond.
It was such a pleasure to hand them out to each of the ladies and see their faces light up when they looked inside. Each item in the bags took countless emails but it was totally worthwhile. I love sharing brands and products I love with my friends, on my blog and off.
Needless to say Melissa couldn’t wait to get her hands on her goodie bag.
Proud Gooide Bag Sponsors of Danimezza’s
Girls Night In Curvy Clothes Swap 2011
- Simply Stated
- Benefit Cosmetics
- Cadbury Bubbly
- Original Mineral
- White Glo
- Gisela Ramirez
- Bio Oil
Do you think Fiona Falkiner would want to come along next year?
As a special treat Gisela treated a few of the attendees to gorgeous Shellac manicures.
Loving the funky gloves and attention to detail.
Everyone was feeling pretty and polished. Hayley chose “Barbie Pink” which is my new favourite shade, so fun and perfect for the event.
Time to draw the prizes!
Melissa won a Style Inspirations pack thanks to Remington.
Corrine won a $100 voucher to spend at Stevie English Hair.
Liz also won a $100 to revamp her violet hair with Stevie English Hair.
I had one auction prize on offer, a $250 Stevie English Hair voucher and Caitlin outbid everyone to claim it for herself just in time for her 21st birthday bash this weekend. Her winning bid becoming an extra donation to Girls Night In.
After the swap and prizes we all got dressed up in our “new” favourite pieces for a group photo. It was so bizarre to see everyone else wearing your things as their own, new treasured items for their collection given a new lease on life. A few girls were unable to make it at the last minute but in the end I was glad the group was small, we really got to chat and get to know the real person behind the blog as most people had never met each other before.
The #GNID11 Gang (clockwise from front)
- Gisela – www.giselaramirez.com.au
- Liz – www.lizosaurus.com
- Laura – www.rainbowtatt.com
- Corrine – www.frockandrollonline.com
- Hayley – www.fashionhayley.com
- Melissa – www.sugercoatit.com
- Leigh – www.absoluteleigh.com.au
- Danielle – www.danimezza.com
- Caitlin – www.closet-confessions.com
In the end we raised several hundred dollars for Girls Night In and I couldn’t be more proud of the girls efforts. The rest of the night was a hilarious blur of memories reserved just for us. After all, what happens at the #GNID11 after party stays at #GNID11 after party but Instagram pics are fair game… enjoy!
So… who wants to come next year?
Please note: All photographs not watermarked with Danimezza.com were taken by Liz as she was my second photographer on the night. A few of the Instagram photos were taken by Melissa but just had to be included.