McGrath Foundation – BP ‘Believe in Pink’ High Tea

Photos by Sherbet Birdie

Last week I was very proud to host a Vintage High Tea for the McGrath Foundation.

High Teas have been a tradition for the Foundation since its creation 10 years ago and was in fact the very first fundraising initiative organised by Jane McGrath and her best friend Tracy Bevan (Director of the McGrath Foundation).

McGrath hosts High Teas in Sydney and Melbourne as a way to connect with supporters and raise funds to continue their work in breast cancer support and education.

Much of their funding places Breast Care Nurses in communities across Australia. These nurses provide vital emotional support to breast cancer patients and their families and so far 105 nurses have been placed. When you consider it costs $380,000 to fund each breast care nurse for 3 years, you can appreciate the importance of their amazing fundraising programs.

Our event was held in conjunction with BP Australia who has been using their Australia-wide network of 1400 stores to help raise money for the McGrath Foundation. Our High Tea last week was held in one of their service stations to promote BP’s ‘Believe In Pink’ campaign – every time someone picked up the pump at a BP station between 1st – 7th October, BP was donating to McGrath. Last week they reached the wonderful milestone of giving a $1 million dollar cheque to the foundation which is the total money raised over the past 3 years.

Brook Miller presents Glenn McGrath with donation cheque.


















The aim of our installation was to raise awareness for the Believe in Pink campaign, the McGrath Foundation and Curve Lurve, which is the McGrath Foundation’s education initiative, aimed at increasing breast awareness in young Australians, with a particular emphasis on young women.

You can imagine the surprise and reaction of the customers upon entering the service station to see a lush and decadent High Tea set up complete with everything pink! A decadent flower wall, vintage inspired props, The Curve Lurve vintage caravan and ladies dressed in their finest pink vintage ensembles enjoying a beautifully catered feast.

Pia Andersen Ella Rose Corby and Courtney Hudson at 'Believe in Pink' High Tea

Sherbet Birdie photos of 'Believe in Pink' High Tea Pia Andersen and Friends

A network of fabulous women in pink, playing and posing in the morning sunshine started broadcasting an important message and sharing the event with their followers and friends on social media.

This meant the roll out was almost instantaneous and the Believe in Pink message was spreading quickly through the Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds of all in attendance and friends sharing, liking and commenting on the pretty in pink images.

There was an online High Tea hosted by wonderful Sydney food blogger @BreakfastInSydney held simultaneously to our BP event. This virtual High Tea helped spread the word about the campaign. Wherever people were, they could post a pic of their morning tea and show their support for McGrath.

Darling Sasha from Sherbet Birdie was also in attendance capturing some truly stunning images from the event seen throughout this blog post. Passers-by were stopping and posing for photos with us and it was an incredibly powerful and positive event. Just search for the #believeinpink hashtag on Instagram and Facebook to see all the fun we had and also the success of the fabulous virtual High Tea.












Don’t forget, throughout October, select BP sites are still collecting donations for McGrath You can see a list of participating stores here

I was thrilled to be apart of such an important initiative and will continue to support the McGrath Foundation however I can – and very importantly ladies, make sure you check your boobies!!


Sherbet Birdie photo of Molly Harries at 'Believe in Pink' High Tea

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Blackcats & Steamboat Joes

Blackcats and Steamboat Joe's Scrabble Text

Blackcats and Steamboat Joe’s Vintage Scrabble Text display.

2013 turned into my busiest year yet. In between styling for Marie Claire , Peter Alexander prop making and torching jazz all over town there really wasn’t much time for sitting in front of my computer. This New Year’s resolution was to find more time for blogging , posting and sharing my world. Ahem… easier said than done. It’s March already and only now do I find myself writing my first blog post. Not because I suddenly have the time just that I have been working hard on some exciting new projects that deserve to be shared. In fact I am so excited by these recent extensions of my business that I’m whistling dixie over my ideas. Ideas inspired from creative passions and a deep desire to follow my dreams.

So… have you ever heard of IconPark ? Perhaps not as it is the worlds first online Crowd-funding platform and real estate fund dedicated to bars and restaurants. It’s a brand new hospitality concept that invites and encourages people with ideas to put there hands up and share them and then provides a tailored platform and an exciting program to help turn those dreams into realities.

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Sydney Gin Palace Blackcats season one finalist for IconPark

Sydney Gin Palace Blackcats Season one finalist for IconPark





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Icon park Season One Team Blackcats

Icon park Season One Team Blackcats Pia Andersen , Jay Gray and Phil Tsompanis

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Styling for Peter Alexander

I first worked for Peter Alexander on his 1950′s styled mothers day catalog last year. This was a fabulous project that we shot in my house. I still get people contacting me from this series of images and recognizing my styling from them.













Since then i have been lucky enough to work with Peter and The Paper Stone Scissors team on a variety of shoots, calenders, online catalogs and product shots.

I love the tone, innocence and playful energy of the products and it is always a pleasure to be involved with these shoots.

Here is a small portfolio of some of the work we have done together.


























































































Peter Alexander RSPCA Calender

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For a Pittance – Photo exhibition at The Museum of Sydney














There is currently a photo of me in a exhibition at the Museum of Sydney.  It is a pho­to­graphic explo­ration of descen­dants of Australia’s early convicts.
I worked with the wonderful photographer Mine Konacki a few years ago whilst I was doing some promotional work for Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority. We had spoken then about my convict ancestry on my mothers side of the family as my family tree has a strong connection with the Rocks Area, Playfair street being names after one of my relatives.

As someone who loves and appreciates days gone by it was fascinating to take a step so far back into my own family history. I became aware of my convict heritage during the  1988  Bicentenary as there was lots of focus on convicts and Australia’s past. My mother was really passionate about our researching our family tree and connecting the dots that created our families journey.

In Mine’s own words about the exhibition  “As a pho­tog­ra­pher, what inter­ested me was the impact that the theft of objects—most of a rel­a­tively small value—could have on people’s lives. As a result, the pho­tographs depict the descen­dants with a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the item that their ances­tors had stolen; with the items rep­re­sent­ing a link between the ances­tor and descendant.”

Such a simple theft brought William Roberts my ancestor to Australia. It makes you stop and think about all of those small decisions, moments, happenings and where they lead you.

I loved working with Mine and am so thrilled that the collection of images that she was so passionate about creating is on display in such a fabulous location.

You can see more information about the exhibition on the For A Pittance website.

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