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Sometimes it is personal...

Its funny.. all the years in business you are told to not take it personally but come on.. if it is actually your OWN business how the hell can it not be personal?

I care about the people I approve to be on DTLL.
I worry if they are not selling loads.
I know a whole host of back stories to most that mean I am desperate to see them make some cash quick smart.
I have heard from them what their dream is and I want to help them get there.

Ok so that is mine to own as I take on the need and want to see them succeed but how could I not?

The other day I had someone call me out as not being part of the cool crowd as I was still using gender specific gift guides on the website. That I was backwards and behind the times as all toys are unisex so why have guides for each sex?

I am so NOT gender specific when it comes to buying gifts or how should wear what and play how. I was REALLY insulted!.

My daughter is tomboy, just as I was.
The quantity of pictures with Harrington dressed as a mermaid, merrily drinking from pink cups have me proud as anything that he isn't "just into boys colours'. Hell, just last weekend I have one of him skateboarding in his sisters neon floaty shorts!!

We have gender specific guides to suit the masses, to help the time poor and to create better chances of sales for our stores.

I said to this person when she said we don't need to offer the two categories..

"Yes we do.. our customers would like guidance as to what to buy for a boy, what to buy for a girl. They can shop from both, one or none. The stores choose which item of theirs is represented within that page.

If they are buying for a boy they want simply 20 options that will suit their grandson, nephew, son, whatever.. whilst a boy is for sure welcome to and possibly may want to wear the pink bunny play dress with floral ears there are not many people that would buy it as a gift. "

Why am I here telling you all this? Well it is still bothering me a few days later. I feel like I have a finger pointing at me saying your are a gender racist or something like that..

So am I wrong? Please tell me if I am.. Is it really bad to have a gift guide for boys and a gift guide for girls that are separate?  

Time for Tea

This time of year I really start to struggle with my health, not the getting ill type of thing but more the time to exercise, the time to take time for me and the time to slow down and destress.

It happens year on year and last year I worked out what to do about it.

I slow down my exercise and take it to walking the dog and Pilates, I eat more salads and I carry a massive bottle of water at all times.. I try to keep my hydration up as much as possible and as I am not a fan of plain water I use the tea bottle and infuse my water with whatever fruits are in season and yummy.

Once in a while I substitute that for Green Tea as I know how good that is for me but my top favourite is herbal tea which is why I am showing you this store today..

They have a cute gift pack perfect for Christmas as I love the idea of little test tubes to add to my gift packages !!

Are you a tea drinker?
Do you get run down at this time of year?
Do you drink enough in a day? 

Take me to The Taylor Clinic

OK so I turned 40 the other month.. now I will admit I have been a tad lazy with my skin routine in my life and it appears the new generation are starting Botox from 25 as a preventative which I don't think was even available when I was that age.

Its not that I feel I look bad but I am thinking that if I look like I do now at 40 and my 30 year old mates are taking care of themselves from such a young age by the time they are 40 and I am 50 I will look 80 whilst they still look 30!!.

With the greencard from hubby to start getting into a facial routine or at least visiting a beauty therapist ( I have been waxing myself, dying my hair and basically DIYing since he met me) I took up an offer at The Taylor Clinic to come and see what they can do.

I had the PicoSure Laser Treatment to my face it is perfect for me and pretty much an Aussies as regardless of how hard we try we are in the sun so much of the year that our face is bound to suffer from some pigmentation from the sun.

I have freckles and always have but since being in Australia some are almost a birthmark as they have grown so much!!.  That was my main reason for going but the added bonus of this treatment also stimulating the production of elastin and collagen for up to 3 months post treatment was a brilliant bonus.

Here is a before and after.. do you see any difference?

So what did it feel like and will I go back for more?

Ok so beauty does not come without a little bit of discomfort and yes I did know there was a laser there but it took 15 minutes top and was like any laser (I have had my legs lasered so knew what it would be like) a little like someone flicking an elastic band on my face? No where near as bad as a tattoo and not even enough to make my eyes water. Does that describe it well enough?

You can see me at my most red stage in the image above and that was all gone by the evening..

Will I go back? Yep for sure.. I am planning to do this Coolsculpting for sure and I have a few girls talking about us having a girls day and all having breakfast somewhere nice then going in for the Laser Resurfacing but I think I might talk them into buying themselves a bit of a gift and doing the Pico again as it is shorter time and does even more :)

I will embarrass myself and report back on the CoolSculpting post that as I am planning to do that on that little bit around my belly button that has just never been the same since the kids despite all the exercise I do!..

Do you do facials?
Ever had lasering?
Tell me your secrets....

Taking memories to the important events

I am sure cufflinks are not something as many people wear daily as they used to do but I know lots of lovely gents that wear double cuffs daily and I know my husband always wears them for special events.

I love cufflinks as a gift for the guys. I know quite a few women that wear them for work too so need to discriminate but how nice is the idea of your families special moments or proudest achievements accompanying them to work each day or those special occasions?

There are way more fabulous things from this store including some new Christmas Brooches I just saw added but the images I chose above are my favourite picks for fab Christmas gifts.

Do any men in your life wear cufflinks? 
What is your favourite memory you would want on yours? 

Good Clothes are hard to find...

I don't just mean good fitting or even just good quality but I mean the whole package.. good for the environment, made to last, classic styles .. all that jazz..

I love having pieces that are on trend and make me feel like I am in with the cool crowd but that passes and what I really love is things that hang in my wardrobe season after season as I can't let them go..

A classic black shirt, any easy maxi dress that I can dress up or down to suit the occasion. The store I am sharing today is just that. All made from Bamboo that is not only eco friendly but a fab material all year around as it helps regulate body temperature and evaporates moisture keeping you cool and dry in summer and warm in winter.

These are my favourite picks.. I am such a fan of  a solid colour base as it gives me an opportunity to play with shoes colour and jewellery. Check out their full range here 

What is your favourite material to wear? Do you have a set colour in your wardrobe?