The Op Shop Ball

A rare event happened last night. Steve and I got to go out to a ball. Not just any ball and certainly not black tie.

The Op Shop Ball is run to raise money for children who are in foster care. The idea is that you buy your outfit at the charity shop, which helps the shop raise money, and then after the night you donate it back again. There were auctions on the night too and donations aplenty.

Steve and I donned our finest outfits (I had a bit of an 80’s vibe happening) and set off to the casino where the ball was being held. The cab driver dropped us off at the complex, but nowhere near the ballroom so we had to walk through, past restaurants , getting some very strange looks along the way.

We knew when we were in the right place when our outfits started looking normal and even a little tame by comparison. Jerry Hall was there, looking fabulous, and I have to admit to feeling a little start struck. I was very surprised that she wasn’t as tall as I had expected.

We danced the night away, had an amazing time and most importantly a lot of money was raised for a very worthy cause. We will definitely be going again next year.




About embracingtheimperfections

I am a mother of six children. My children's ages range from 20 down to 1, so we are dealing with a lot of different ages and stages, not to mention a lot of different personalities. One of my twins has cerebral palsy so that adds yet another dimension to our lives. Along my journey so far I have learnt that life is far from perfect and that sometimes it's the imperfections that round out the harsh edges and give it a quality that is precious and unique. My love of the imperfect extends into my home life too. I love all things vintage, hand crafted, home grown and home cooked. I love to be creative and I love learning. I am definitely not a minimalist! I aspire to be tidy and organized but I am realizing that with six children, three cats and a crazy black Labrador that is probably beyond my capabilities, so I embrace the beautiful chaos that ensues!
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