Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Lovely to have visitors in the Boutique today.

 Today we had the pleasure of welcoming some folks from Amoena. Kevin from Amoena USA, Renee, Sophie and Roxane from Amoena Australia and also Oliver from Amoena in Germany. Great folks and good to have time out with the to discuss new products etc. 

There is no doubt that Amoena are at the top of the game with their quality products and we are proud to represent them in the store.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

We've had a freshen up!

 Coming up for our newsletter and specials in April. Running for approx 6 weeks this time as we find so many people want to come in. 

Also we have had a freshen up with new carpet in the boutique. Helen and I look forward to seeing you soon. And keep an eye out for your "Boutique news" in your letterbox any day now.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Welcome to 2022, a year of milestones for us.

Happy New Year and may it be a softer and kinder year to you. The Dutch word for soft and mild can be the same. (Zacht) My dear friend Jeanine from Holland used to refer to mild days in Australia as soft days when she was here many years ago. So perhaps here's hoping for a soft year for us all.

2022, who would have thought it would be with us so soon and that COVID-19 would still be an issue for us all? 

But for me, 2022 marks a few milestones along the way.

20 years since I became manager of the Spirit of Life Boutique.

18 years since I bought the boutique from its multinational Danish owners. 

(And 58,000 Amoena items sold later)

10 years since we moved to Clayfield and a much nicer, "cosier" shop.

4 years since Helen has joined us. She is delightful and is a breast cancer survivor herself.

Our Helen with a gift from a customer.

And all along this journey it has been our absolute pleasure to serve you all when you visit. We do appreciate your support and the fact that you refer your friends to us too. We always try to offer the widest range of mastectomy lingerie and swimwear to help you feel good about yourself. The range available was so bland and basic when I came here 20 years ago. White, off white, beige, bone and ivory seemed to be the choice. From my previous decades as a lingerie fitter I knew this was just not good enough and so we set about changing all of that. And that is because we firmly believe that "There is life and lingerie after breast surgery."

Our sales figures reflect your continuing and growing support and it is appreciated by us. We know you have a choice where you spend your money, so we thank each and every one of you for choosing Spirit of Life to shop with. And we also appreciate the cards, letters and emails from you all telling us that you are more than pleased with our service. They put a smile on our faces and give us lift :-)

Chloe and Debra in the studio

Best wishes.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Lovely meeting all of the Breast Care Nurses.

 This morning I was fortunate to be included in a conference (including on line) with Breast Care Nurses in QLD. Just awesome to get to know more of you. They graciously gave me around 45 minutes to tell them about what we do at Spirit of Life and how we can help their patients.

Thank you so much ladies.

That's me right up the back on the LHS.

Many thanks ladies.

Friday, November 12, 2021

So where has the time gone?

 So it's more than 18 months since I have taken the time to update my blog.  We definitely live in "Interesting times" right now. Masks, limited number of people in shops and always wondering when or if our lives will get back to normal.

The Boutique has been surprisingly busy of late. Due to supply issues we ran our newsletter special in October this year instead of September. A couple of great offers from our friends at Amoena which resulted in us selling a staggering amount of prostheses and partial forms. Just like the old days. The only real difference for the customer experience was that we did a lot more appointments and a lot less "walk ins". 

Obviously everybody is welcome, no matter whether you book or walk in. But you usually get in and out a lot faster with a booking. 

We have had lots of interesting new bras and prostheses this year and they are proving quite popular with our ladies. I note on the news tonight that Germany is having a real upswing in the number of COVID cases so factories will be working with lower staff numbers for health reasons. We are starting to see some supply issues  already with some prostheses so if yours is worn or leaking, then don't delay coming in to see Helen or myself.

From a photoshoot for a new AV for BCN.

We have just produced an "info" AV for Breast Care nurses and for this we needed some updated images. Above and below you will see some of these. If you are a Breast Care Nurse or Doctor then please email me at and I will make sure you get a copy. (Runs on PC or MAC)

Our delightful Helen.

And you are always welcome at Spirit of Life.

As I type this Mark has just reminded me that last month marks 17 years since I bought Spirit of Life from its Danish owners. And next year will be my 20th year of running the Boutique. I have met so many wonderful ladies and a lot of their supportive husbands during this period. It really has been a privilege to be able to serve them all. And now that I have Helen back with me (we used to work together at Simone Perelle) it is also just that little bit better. The ladies love Helen who has had breast cancer herself and she takes so much care to get a great outcome for them.

Till next time.. Debra.

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.



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!