Monday, July 6, 2009

The Lady, The Switch and The Wardrobe

I wanted to say a huge thank you for all the GEMS ladies at Living Hope Community Church for organising such an amazing event last Friday.

The aim of GEMS is to give a relational focus to ministry, being Christ-centred in our approach to each other and those around us.

We all took part in our first ever "Swish" or "Switch". The concept was to bring along three garments/jewellery pieces/shoes which you no longer loved in exchange for tokens. You could them use your tokens to exchange for any of the items on offer.

Also on the night was fantastic entertainment from singer/songwriter Becky Wright and dance performances too. The food was lovely too, especially the chocolate fondue!

We aslo found out more about what GEMS will be doing throughout 2009 and beyond, including the up and coming Mosaic Conference in November this year. In addition, I really enojoyed hearing evertone's reports from Cherish, a Christian conference for women held at Abundant Life Church in Bradford. I have this in my diary :)

I went along to the event with my Mum. There were so many things which I liked and she kindly gave me some of her tokens too!

Here are the goodies I picked up:

A gorgeous coin neckelace with beaded detailing. I love the peach/pink colour.

A stunning turquoise vest top from Warehouse (still with the label on it, priced £35). I can see myself wearing this with a white skirt, chunky banges and some nice shoes on holiday.

A really nice pair of brown loafers from Per Una. I can tell from the soles that these have only been worn a couple of times). These will look great with jeans in the day and are a really comfortable height.

A lovely teal coloured pencil skirt from Dorothy Perkins (again with labels still on, priced £20).

All this was taken home in this pretty pink bag with matching tissue!

Thank you again GEMS ladies, it was a great night! More photos by fantastic photographer Kate Teare can be found here.

Have you ever been to a swishing party?

Lottie x x x

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  1. I like the look of that turquoise top! I've never been to a swishing party..but now you have me thinking of what I would bring if I did!

  2. Amazing haul.. the shoes look cute but comfortable! xx

  3. I've held 2 swap parties for my last 2 birthdays - I love getting new things for free! I also tried holding one at my church too but unfortunately not so many people came. must try again!

  4. Amazing finds! Never been to a swish party, but they sound great.

  5. Thanks guys! I think it's a really good idea, especially given most people's spending capacity atm! @GinaG Let me know if you want me to put you in touch with the organisers for ideas and tips, I'm sure they'd be happy to help! x