Monday, July 13, 2020

Well, it's been 6 months since I have written..

Only today I noticed that I haven't written anything on my blog for 6 months. Out of sight and out of mind it seems. The COVID-19 thing has turned the entire word on its head.

And we at Spirit of Life have been impacted just a little too.

During this pandemic the Boutique now closes one hour earlier each day. But apart from that it is business as usual. The shop is sanitised several times a day and masks are mandatory in the fittings rooms for both us and you. And yes, we will supply you with your own new mask when you visit.

You cannot be too careful!

On a sad note, I read today that Kelly Preston has lost her battle with breast cancer after 2 short years. Kelly was John Travolta's wife and this must be a huge emotional upheaval for John and family. Their son Jett died at only 16 in 2009.

John Travolta & Kelly Preston in happier times. ©Hello Magazine


Of course the media always report on these sad events that befall the stars and A listers. But breast cancer is sadly a fact of life for many women all over the world. Fortunately as more research is being done all over the world including some first rate work here in Australia, survival rates are going up.

October is breast cancer awareness month, so if you get the chance attend a fund raising event for breast cancer research or even just give a $5 donation, please put your hand in your pocket.  Breast cancer touches so many lives. Those who are diagnosed are somebody's daughter, somebody's sister, somebody's partner or mother. it spreads far.

Breast cancer has struck in my own family, in Mark's family and Mark also lost a past partner to this insidious disease.

Dig deep, find $5 for breast cancer research.

On a positive note new stock lines are coming to the shop, stay tuned and I will get them up here as soon as I can.


Cheers


Debra

Saturday, February 1, 2020

It's amazing.. you must see this.

After being in this industry for nearly 20 years, I can hostly tell you this is big. Our good friends at Amoena have introduced a new breast prosthesis that contains an air chamber. By increasing or decreasing the amount of air you get the perfect fit.

The idea is so good, both Helen and I are just over the moon about it. Stocks (lots) of this form arriving early February.





I even ducked into Mark's studio to make this quick video to talk about it. On Monday Julie Gallagher will be talking with me about it.. look out for that post too!


Thursday, January 23, 2020

Checking in on our newsletter production

Today I dropped in to check on the production of our newsletter. This will be arriving in your mail box late February, so just a few weeks to go. I can tell you there will be lots of great new things in there.. Helen and I are are really excited about this upcoming newsletter. Keep an eye out for it!

Debra.

Coming along nicely!



Monday, January 20, 2020

Cool spot on a hot and humid day..


Today in Brisbane has been very hot and humid. And seeing as how we have just received a new batch of scarves from our seamstress, I thought I might join Mark in his studio while he photographed them for me. His studio is so cool.. a nice quiet spot to work. No wonder he is always in there.

What Mark & his camera sees.


How it looks post production.

These scarves are our own design and manufacture and are very popular for ladies going through chemotherapy. You'll find more of these on our website, just here.


See you soon.

Debra.

Friday, January 17, 2020

2020 and we've hit the ground running!

After a well earned Christmas break, Helen and I are back on deck and my how busy we have been.  Lots of lovely ladies coming in for bras, forms, swimsuits and swim forms. As fast as our stock comes in, it's going out again. This Christmas/New Year has been sad for Australia with all of the devastation caused by the bush fires. Mark & I have friends in some of the affected areas so we spent a lot of time sending emails and texts to ensure all are OK.

We bank with Bendigo Bank and they have a Bushfire appeal. I would encourage you to donate to this worthwhile cause. Just go without a coffee and send them even just $5. It all helps.


These guys are real heroes.



Next week I have Mark shooting some new styles in his studio for me and once those pictures are done they will be up on our website.

We have some exciting new products coming in 2020 and we cannot wait to be able to present them to you. So keep an eye out both on our website and also for our newsletters.

Helen and I wish you all the very best for 2020 and look forward to seeing you in the Boutique soon.

Cheers

Debra



Monday, December 23, 2019

And so this is Christmas.....


Well another year is drawing to a close. Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and also my birthday. They just keep rolling around every year with a bigger number on them.

2019 has been an amazing year at the Boutique for Helen and me. Sales are up substantially and we are ever so grateful and humbled by the support and custom that you, our customers show us. In a year ending in drought and bush fires we know a lot of people are doing it tough. We have donated to the farmer's drought appeal and would encourage others to do likewise.

Still we are visited by ladies from the bush for their prostheses and bras and they amaze me. They are made of tough stuff and just keep on keeping on when it comes to battling the elements. They really are inspirational to us and we salute them. Also this year we have had a very big increase in the number of ladies visiting us from New Zealand. We always have had our New Zealand cousins in the shop since back in 2002, but this year saw a large increase. We welcome you and love taking care of you.

So as we look down the barrel of 2020, it is time to be thankful for our lot in life and keep a look out for those less fortunate than ourselves. My late father in law always said to live life by the following motto: "Service before self, always!"

Helen and I want to take this opportunity to wish all a most happy Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. We thank you all for your support, we thank the medical professionals who send ladies our way knowing they can reply on us to take care of them. And of course we thank the ladies themselves who give us their support.

The Boutique will be closed from noon on the 24th of December and reopen on Tuesday the 2nd January at 9:00 AM.

Merry Christmas


Debra T


Saturday, November 30, 2019

And next comes Christmas....

Well what a month October has been for us at the Boutique. History is important in business, you look at sales for October last year and make stock solutions and choices based around that. Well this year we were tracking along and then in the last two weeks we were much busier than I expected.

To this end we had to do a top up order of 60+ breast forms to carry us through again.... and to be sure 99% of our ladies leave with their new forms when they come in.

Helen and I have had an awesome month at the shop, we love coming to work, we have fun working together and we love looking after our special ladies. Helen and I worked together in my Simone Perele days many years ago.. she is a very talented lingerie fitter and her skills have found her a natural home here at Spirit of Life. We work very well together. Being a cosetier takes a lot of skill and training. When I started out many, many  years ago every fitting I did was checked by a superior to ensure it was right for quite some time. I learned fast and I guess that is why our reputation as skilled fitters is now known far and wide. So many women either don't get a professional fitting or else get a poor professional fitting. Either way they end up in an uncomfortable bra. Sadly we see this every day at work. But they always leave with a smile on their face.

You know, it is true... There is life and lingerie after breast surgery. And the looks of delight on the faces of our customers after we have fitted them, shows us they feel great about themselves again.

And that is what Spirit of Life is all about... helping you to look and feel your old self again.

Helen and I thank you for your continuing support of Spirit of Life and always look forward to seeing you in the Boutique. We shall both be having a short break between XMAS and the New Year but will be back refreshed to take care of you in 2020.

2020! Cannot believe that. This year marks 15 years since I purchased the store from its owners. I was managing Spirit of Life before that for a couple of years. The time has gone so fast. I have been meaning to drop in and chat with Julie Gallagher in her studio again.. probably won't happen until January. I shall let you know.

Once again, thank you for your patronage.. looking forward to seeing you soon in the Boutique.

Debra