Loving the Ones You’re With

Today on Facebook I saw a very sad post from Peter Gabriel. It seems he lost his father on Friday and he shared this video of the beautiful song he’d written for him.

Now this really hit me. Not only because Peter Gabriel is one of my favourite humans, but because he is also a very big part of my relationship with my Father (as you can see in this post from September).

This past weekend I spent a lot of time reflecting on the importance of relationships in my life. Relationships with friends, relationships with family, relationships with co-workers and even with strangers.

My amazing, sweet and nurturing Mom and Dad with their brand new handful.

These relationships are really the best thing we have, and it’s so important to cherish and nurture them. This weekend I reconnected with a brother I have barely spoken to in the last 10 years, I had a repairing talk with my little sister and apologized for being self righteous with her, I thanked my parents for being wonderful and loving and always looking out for me while letting me be who I wanted.

My brother Ben and sister Katie – Two super awesome humans!

These conversations were nothing but giving credit where credit is due, but the result was ultimately so rewarding. I now have the opportunity to have wonderful new relationships wtih my family.

Giving the people in your life the gift of a thank you ends up making both them and YOU feel like a million bucks.

I encourage you to reach out to a loved one in your life today. Give someone a hug, tell someone how awesome they are – it’s the greatest gift you can give them – and yourself.

xo – Allison


What to Wear Wednesday: Happy Halloween from FC!

I love, LOVE Halloween. Getting dressed up is so much fun – it’s great to be someone else for a day and I tend to take my costumes very seriously.

Because I work at a bar, I often to get at least two Halloweens, which means at least two costumes. This year I got three!

Saturday night I worked and performed at an Alice Cooper Tribute night at Bovine Sex Club so obviously I took my character VERY seriously:
Sunday night I DJ’d a 90’s party at Margret in the Junction. I got the heady idea to recreate the album cover of my favourite record of the decade. After hours of body painting, wig styling and heavy cosmetics I achieved my goal:
Today I had every intention of doing the Manson costume again because it was so fun, but only having 2 hours between work for FC and the bar I won’t be able to achieve that same level of awesome, so instead I’m recycling a costume from last year that’s simple and fun. If you’re a fan of True Blood you’ll be proud of this one:

What are you doing for Halloween this year? We’d love to see photos! Tweet them to @FreshCollective or share them to our Facebook page and we’ll share our favourites!

Haven’t got a costume yet? I had fun with some Fresh Collective duds and created a couple simple ideas for you:

What to Wear Wednesday - Witchy Woman

Top: Brenda Beddome
Skirt: Kabuki (or SPOOKY KABUKI as Jane has dubbed it this week!)
Boots: Hush Puppies “Moorland”
Jewellery: Odd Bird

What to Wear Wednesday - Disco Diva

Dress: Mandala Design
Jewellery: Odd Bird
Boots: Miz Mooz