Keep or Cull set to help fash­ion trag­ics

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - SALLY COATES

HAVE you ever won­dered if you’re ac­tu­ally a fash­ion tragic, but ev­ery­one is too po­lite to tell you?

And they ac­tu­ally don’t love your flu­oro green leop­ard print tights?

Next Satur­day Ma­rina Mi­rage will host Cull or Keep, a spring clean­ing event ded­i­cated to dish­ing out the hon­est truths about your wardrobe items and turn­ing fash­ion night­mares into fash­ion­istas.

For­mer fash­ion edi­tor and la­bel owner Kel­lie Al­der­man and me­dia per­son­al­ity Damien An­thony Rossi will sort the trash from trea­sure – all in the name of fash­ion.

“Cull or Keep is more fun than a strictly fash­ion event,” Ms Al­der­man said.

“We are ask­ing people to come along with items they might not be sure if they should keep or cull.

“Spring is a good time to do a clean-out, spring clean­ing and all, and we need to get rid of cer­tain things to make a place for the new.

“I think we all get stuck in a wardrobe rut, wear­ing the same things each day – we’re time poor, we get up and reach for some­thing be­cause it’s easy.

“I think this is the per­fect

Any­thing that hasn’t been worn for two years

If it’s still got a tag after a year

You wore it once, but never again

You thought it would come back into fash­ion but it never did

You bought it pre-baby and haven’t gone back

op­por­tu­nity to give ev­ery­thing a good shake up.”

While Ms Al­der­man agrees style is a per­sonal pref­er­ence and that there’s no “wrong” way to dress, some­times

Any­thing you truly love, like vin­tage or spe­cial pieces

The ba­sics — black pants, white T-shirts, for ex­am­ple

The mo­ti­va­tional item you aim to get back into

State­ment pieces for when you’re feel­ing con­fi­dent

Per­fectly good pieces that need re­pairs – just don’t leave them too long!

a sec­ond opinion can be use­ful.

With this in mind, she and co-host Mr Rossi will be direct about their advice, but not harsh.

“I would say style is re­ally about dress­ing for your­self, dress­ing for what you love to wear and how you want to ex­press your­self,” Ms Al­der­man said.

“It’s such a per­sonal, in­di­vid­ual thing, no­body should tell you what to wear, but a lot of ladies need help.

“It’s about be­ing kind – we’re not in the busi­ness of of­fend­ing – but it’s im­por­tant to be direct in that sit­u­a­tion. “Kind but direct.”

To take part in the Cull or Keep event, reg­is­ter at the Ma­rina Mi­rage web­site. Four fi­nal­ists will each win a $250 Ma­rina Mi­rage gift card to help their spring wardrobe. A $100,000 re­ward has been posted to catch Queens­land’s straw­berry spiker as the food sab­o­tage scan­dal spreads.

Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk stumped up the re­ward for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the cap­ture of those spik­ing straw­ber­ries with nee­dles.

The re­ward came as the tam­per­ing spread, with up to six brands now affected na­tion­wide.

“They are not only en­dan­ger­ing people’s lives, they are threat­en­ing an en­tire in­dus­try,” the Premier said.“We’re not go­ing to stand for it. We have to come to­gether.”

Queens­land’s Chief Health Of­fi­cer, Jean­nette Young, yes­ter­day pulled a third brand – Don­ny­brook Berries – from the shelves of Coles, Wool­worths and other re­tail­ers after nee­dles were found in Don­ny­brook straw­ber­ries pur­chased in Red­bank Plains, Ever­ton Park and Tweed Heads.

The na­tional sup­plier has three farms in the Ca­bool­ture area, close to the first affected sup­plier, that of Berry Ob­ses­sion and Berry Li­cious straw­ber­ries, which have also been re­called. “This has be­come big­ger, and it’s even more im­por­tant that people cut straw­ber­ries be­fore eat­ing them,” Dr Young said.

The num­ber of re­ported in­ci­dents is in­creas­ing, with NSW Po­lice sus­pect­ing van­dals have hit six brands: Berry Ob­ses­sion, Berry Li­cious, Love Berry, Don­ny­brook Berries, De­light­ful Straw­ber­ries and Oa­sis.

NSW mother Chan­tal Faugeras posted to Face­book about her young child find­ing nee­dles in straw­ber­ries bought at Coles on Tues­day.

Queens­land Health is yet to re­call the brand, say­ing it is as­sess­ing re­ports as they come in.

“When we get three (re­ports), it sug­gests there’s some­thing go­ing on that we then need to with­draw that en­tire prod­uct,” Dr Young said.

Act­ing Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Terry Lawrence said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was com­plex, and wouldn’t com­ment on if po­lice had any sus­pects.

Pic­ture: RICHARD GOSLING

Yea or nay? Ab­bie Fowler with pieces that may, or may not, be worth keep­ing ahead of the Keep or Cull event.

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