My belated 2012 roundup!
Well what a year it’s been! For me it hasn't EVEN been a year since Cassie left us for the bright lights of Melbourne and I took over the reigns of 'Store Manager' here at Ra Ra! Soon after I started Kathy was off to Thailand designing the Summer Collection … and I got a well and truly crash course in running Ra Ra!
I then had time to settle in..... cue lots of silly photo albums - 'shoes at night' anyone?, I fell in love with Brianna Milne's editorials, organised our very fondue-tastic Winter Warmer Soiree (where my warm spiced cider was a hit but mum and dad's 70's fondue set nearly burnt the shop down....) and developed an addiction to Johnny Depp's singledom that nearly got me admitted.....
Then preparations for the warmer months were in full swing starting starting with a whole lot of amazing Spring vintage from the U S of A (swoon)! Our bright, fun, 60s Florida inspired Summer Collection started to get me all excited! After a recent trip to Florida I was obsessed with flamingos, gelato coloured vintage cars and beachy tunes.. so I was in my element! Preparations for our Collection Launch meant lots of late nights sewing goodie bags, organising DIY days, model fittings and baking.
And thanks to an amazing group of helpers the night was a total success - the pictures speak for themselves really... The models looked fantastic, as did our brightly dressed guests, tables laden with sweets and punch and of course the clothes with our new Ra Ra designed and hand screen printed fabrics!
With dreams of one day having a café we got our usually muddy side area turned into a ridiculously awesome patio that is now home to our succulent collection, a table for crafting and a very overgrown vine that has been recently sprouting pretty pink flowers and attracting bees!
Next thing you know it's time to start thinking festive! Our Paddington Up Late was an AMAZING night full of hoola hoopers, eggnog cakes and merry making and that was just here at Ra Ra! The surrounding shops all stayed open late and had exciting things happening - I wish I was able to visit them all!
You may think that we spend our days crafting, taking photos of pretty girls, dreaming up ideas, cooking cupcakes and trawling the net for inspiration…. And you would be right!! We also blog about it! From DIY to film style to baking and playlists. It has been seriously lovely getting to know our talented, creative bloggers, editing posts and letting our imaginations run wild together!
The hugest thank you to all of the amazing customers who make our job so lovely as well as our interns who inject the shop with their time and most importantly creativity. Looking forward to another fun filled year with you all!