READ MY LIPTEMBER

Dear Internets,

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Some of you know the month just ending as September. In the name of women’s mental health, we know it as Liptember. Some of you playing along on instagram, may have noticed bright lipstick replacing my usual tinted lip balm. Liptember has been a colourful and fun way of raising awareness of the really serious , dark and sometimes awkward issue that is depression and anxiety. It’s often hard to address as a friend and as a clinician, there’s still so little we understand about the human brain.

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Hopefully the funds raised from donations and purchasing official Liptember lipsticks such as those I’ve been wearing from the W7 range in Chemist warehouse or Carmex (for the less lipstickally inclined) will go some way to help those who are currently suffering and able to reach out to the center for women’s mental health or lifeline. For those of you who are quietly effected or suspect a friend or family may be, please reach out to Lifeline, Beyond Blue or the black dog institute.

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It’s something that has affected me personally and continues to affect the lives of people I love. Each day is a new opportunity. I hope your tomorrow is filled with light. For now I’ll enjoy the last few days of Liptember hoping to have made a difference.

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MINNIE MOUSEKETEER

Dear Internets,

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There are some misconceptions that are made as you get older. My love for cartoons dissipating is one.I’m a proud cartoon lover even though I may not always own up to it. While I’m waiting on my car to be serviced and an employee comes in profusely apologizing that the remote has gone missing, having notice the Disney channel getting a work out, I probably won’t volunteer the fact that I actually flipped it to this channel using effort and buttons on the back of the screen that the current generation don’t even realize exists.

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Having a two year old sort of fuels the fire despite having had just about enough of Thomas and his friends. If you need to know anything about steam trains though, I am probably your girl. Minnie mouse, however, is a little old school for him but the new Vans X Disney collaboration will definitely get that conversation going.

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The shoes start at the most adorable tiny toddler sizes ,working their way up. They feature Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Pluto and Winnie the Pooh – famous enough to just go by their first name, like Madonna or Cher. The high tops are especially rad and a great unisex option.

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For the more Disney princess-hearted, there’s Ariel sweatshirts, and princess socks, hats, backpacks tees and high tops though I’ve yet to find the elusive last item. The whimsical perfection is seen in he attention to detail of a hidden mickey in each print. If you ever see me staring down at my Minnie mouse Vans, I’m probably looking for him. Comfortable and true to fit, my slip-ons have been providing a pop of fun as I try and avoid muddy puddles. Combined with my W7 liptember lips from chemist warehouse, kissing away the bad day blues is super easy.

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Hit up Platypus shoes, Glue StoreGeneral Pants and many more to wear your heart on your soles, so to speak. AND, if you see those Disney princess shoes, you’ll let me know won’t you?

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Who’s your favorite Disney character?

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