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Dress Me Up – Embrace your Style is a charity fashion event being organised by creator and founder Kristy McPhillips from Sash & Belle handbags.

The first Dress Me Up event was held in September 2014 where we raised $2602 for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. It was extremely successful event with 155 attendees, amazing fashion show and prizes won.

This Dress Me Up – Embrace your Style fashion event is being held on Saturday 8 October at the CARDIF Collective in Kingston, Canberra from 3pm – 6pm.

All proceeds will go to the Olivia Lambert Foundation (www.olivialambertfoundation.org.au). Olivia Lambert was a gorgeous 8 year old that was sadly taken too early by neuroblastoma, a rare and aggressive childhood cancer in 2012. The Olivia Lambert Foundation was established to help lessen the financial burden on families with children who are suffering neuroblastoma or other aggressive forms of childhood cancer.

Here is a run-down of events:

3pm – Arrive and enjoy canapes and bubbles (beer, wine and soft drinks for those that don’t like sparkling wine) You will also have time to mingle and shop the new Sash & Belle handbag Spring Collection and other local designer’s products in the CARDIF Collective. Sash & Belle will also be launching our Timeless Collection that is available for wholesale.

4pm – Styling session with Fiona Keary of Style Liberation (www.styleliberation.com.au) – Fiona created Style Liberation because she wanted to work with organisations and individuals to find their way through the maze of do’s and don’ts to achieve a look that suits their position, personality and lifestyle. Fiona says “so much of our confidence and self-esteem is linked to how we look and although there are many things that we can’t change, we can enhance our appearance by doing some simple things like choosing the best colours and shapes that flatter our colouring and body shape”.

This style session will be interactive and lots of fun.

Hear from Leanne Shea Langdown about building confidence, recognising your own individual strengths, embracing our unique style and ageing positively. If you have ever heard Leanne speak then you know you will walk out of the room ready to make those changes or do that thing you always wanted to do! Leanne is also an Australian children’s book author, most recognised for her Cheer Chick Charlie series of novels (www.cheerchickcharlie.com). In addition to her children’s books and blogger adventures (www.deepfriedfruit.com.au), Leanne runs a success consultancy to assist people achieve their goals and live happy and healthy lives (www.achievebeyond.com).

5.15pm – More drinks, canapés, mingling and shopping. The CARDIF Collective is the retail arm of CANBERRA AND REGION DESIGNERS IN FASHION (CARDIF) and supports local and regional designers and makers. You can browse the collections and shop local if you like.

6pm – Grab your girlfriends and kick on for dinner in Kingston or the foreshore.

So, if you live in or around Canberra message your girlfriends and buy some tickets (www.ticketebo.com.au/dressmeup)  and help raise money for the Olivia Lambert Foundation while have some fun.

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