Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle - Belinda Cipriano

FASH­ION blog­ger LeiLei Clavey has de­scribed fel­low blog­ger Adelle Cousins’ idea of send­ing anony­mous “pretty lit­tle pack­ages” to strangers as a bea­con of light in the dark­ness.

South Perth res­i­dent Ms Clavey (27), who runs the blog Lei Lady Lei, said she wanted to get in­volved in the ‘pay­ing it for­ward’ ini­tia­tive be­cause she loved the idea of bright­en­ing some­one’s day.

“There is so much neg­a­tiv­ity cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia and I love the idea of mak­ing some­one’s day or bring­ing a smile to even a stranger’s face,” she said.

“The thought that goes into th­ese pack­ages you cre­ate for some­one takes you out of your daily rou­tine and forces you to think about what would bring a smile to their face.”

Mrs Cousins said it was the on­line bul­ly­ing and sui­cide of Char­lotte Daw­son that spurred her into ac­tion to make a dif­fer­ence within the on­line com­mu­nity.

“I am an emo­tional per­son when it comes to things that hap­pen in the world such as sui­cide, poverty, de­pres­sion, an­i­mal cru­elty – I find it so daunt­ing to do any­thing about it, they are big prob­lems that one girl can’t fix,” she said.

“So I started read­ing a lit­tle more into it and I read an ar­ti­cle which said peo­ple in very sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions may have felt bet­ter if just one per­son smiled or waved at them.

“Then it dawned on me – a smile or wave is so lovely to re­ceive, a text ask­ing how you are makes you feel great, a let­ter is even bet­ter, but when you re­ceive a pack­age, es­pe­cially one with so much thought put into it, it can re­ally make a per­son’s en­tire week.”

She said it was from here her Pretty Lit­tle Pack­age con­cept was born.

“I think peo­ple go about their lives so rushed th­ese days, glued to their phone, and I think we all need to slow down and think, re­spect and talk to our friends and fam­ily and maybe smile at a stranger,” she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit wherethe styledthingsare.com

Pic­ture: Mar­cus Whisson

Fash­ion blog­ger Lei Lei Clavey and Pretty Lit­tle Pack­age founder Adelle Cousins.

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