The sorella-hood’s top 10 essential items to pack in your hospital bag – for MUMS!

It’s fair to say an expectant Mary Poppins would be well prepared for her pending hospital visit, but what about the rest of us that aren’t lucky enough to have bottomless luggage?

There are many ‘What to pack for your hospital bag’ lists out there, so the difference with the sorella & me list? Well, it is compiled by our sorella-hood readers – AND their suggestions focus on Mum’s needs only! (A big thank you to all those who contributed!)

So here we go – the Top 10 essential items to pack in your hospital bag – for MUMS!

1. Comfy Sleepwear (that doubles as day-wear!) 

You have to be comfortable, but you don’t want to be in clothes that will have you diving under the covers when visitors turn up! And you’ll need lots of changes, especially items you can discretely breastfeed in that won’t make getting your breast out difficult (!!) or make you feel self-conscious about your belly. It’s no surprise our sorella mums very kindly recommend sorella & me organic sleep and loungewear. Tried and tested, they think the collection is a perfect combination of style, function and comfort.

sorella & me organic nursing nightie – http://www.sorellaandme.com.au

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Australian fashion is loaded with toxic chemicals – Organic & Natural fibres are the way to go, says Choice

It’s no surprise for us here at sorella & me to read a report this week by independent consumer watchdog Choice on the toxic chemicals found in Australian clothing and the damage they are doing to our health as well as our environment.

In Choice’s report, Andreas Schimkus, a Senior Advisor from the Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia (TCFA) states:

The most dangerous way for a toxin to enter the body is not through the digestive system, but through the skin

Therefore, any garment in contact with the skin can easily transfer the toxic chemicals used in its manufacture and finishing through to the individual.

Toxic Chemicals are found in garments

Image via Choice ‘Chemicals in Clothing’

Further, and perhaps even more alarming, Schimkus says:

“Products that are made in China for the Australian market could not even be sent back to China, as many of them would not meet the Chinese product safety standards but are acceptable here.”

This is terrifying!

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New designs coming soon from sorella & me maternity sleepwear

Just a brief post today because alisha & I are up to our eyeballs in fabric samples, lace, Pantone colour cards and lots of sketches! After an incredible response to our launch collection, alisha and I are really excited to be back in design phase – Yep! We are in the midst of adding a few new swanky pieces to the collection. Yay!

anna & alisha of sorella & me maternity sleepwear

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Celebrating World Environment Day – 10 easy everyday tips to get green and help our environment!

Sometimes it sounds all a bit too hard. Sometimes it feels like I can’t really have that much of an impact as one lowly individual. Sometimes I feel like such a big problem can only be fixed by big solutions.

But the truth is – all the little things count. It really can be so simple to do a few small things in your everyday life to have a lasting impact on our environment.  And since today is World Environment Day, it’s the perfect day to acknowledge we can make a difference – so it’s a great day to get started!!

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A stunning butterfly I found hanging out enjoying my veggie patch

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Being fair can go a long way. This Fairtrade Fortnight – ask some questions!

It’s Fair Trade Fortnight! This a great opportunity for us to understand how making more informed choices on the products we buy can have a huge impact on the lives of those less fortunate.

Fairtrade is described by the Fairtrade Association of Australia & NZ (an arm of Fairtrade International) as:

Better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. By requiring companies to pay sustainable prices, Fairtrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade, which traditionally discriminates against the poorest, weakest producers. It enables them to improve their position and have more control over their lives.

Fairtrade International have developed a strict global certification process to allow consumers greater confidence when buying products that may have come from areas where working conditions and prices paid for goods can be questionable.

I have worked in India with Oxfam, and Vietnam with CARE Vietnam and I have seen first-hand how the cycle of poverty can grip communities when they are treated unfairly.  Why should we have the benefit of paying just $10 for a piece of clothing if it means a family can’t afford to eat? That doesn’t seem very fair does it?

Anna in India with Oxfam

Me with a local Health Worker visiting the Pune Slums in India

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Our view from the 2012 L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival

sorella & me was lucky enough to attend the Opening Event of the 2012 L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival (LMFF). The plan was to post a few pics on our Facebook page, but with so many delightful bits and pieces, we felt a post was a more respectable dedication to the incredible Aussie designers who featured.

Now I’m not skilled with an iphone at the best of times – and I’m pretty sure Steve Jobs didn’t have the bright lights of a runway in mind when he designed it – so apologies for the low quality in sound, vision and position from the bleachers. It had NOTHING to do with the fact that I had enjoyed a couple of wines prior to the show. There are some great videos posted by the LMFF crew on YouTube so head to their channel to get a closer squizz at the gorgeous pieces from the Opening Event and other runway shows from the festival.

The 2012 event catalouge

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A green-carpet army in Valentino

As is usual, there has been a lot of post-Oscar frenzy about who were the Best Dressed, along with the (sometimes more entertaining) Worst Dressed. But did you notice there was no mention of best ‘Sustainably Dressed’? It may surprise you that this however is becoming increasing likely for future events.

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Noted as some of the best dressed at this year's Oscars - But who were the best Sustainably Dressed? Image via The Sun (UK)

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