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Ode to mammograms

Ode to mammograms

A very funny and oh so true ode to mammograms, I especially agree with the last verse! Kindly sent in to realwomen by Carol C. of Oamaru. For years and years they told me, ” Be careful of your breasts. Don’t ever squeeze or bruise them And give them monthly tests.” So I heeded all [...]

Polycystic ovary syndrome

This syndrome is one of the leading causes of infertility yet the chances are you’ve never even heard of it. As many as 1 in 20 women suffer from this condition not to mention those who remain undiagnosed. It’s effects on the body include increased facial and body hair, acne on the face, chest and [...]

Machine embroidery made easy

Machine embroidery made easy

Machine embroidery is a simple and incredibly effective way of decorating clothes, furnishings and other cloth items. It does take a bit of practice but the results are well worth it. Patternwise, simple, linear patterns are the easiest and have great impact. I work out a design in felt pens, one in each colour. This [...]

Colours and your sexual personality

The clothes you wear, the way you decorate your home and the car you drive all give clues to your sexual personality. The key is the colours you choose for your possesions. Most people claim they haven’t a favourite colour. But look around you, and you’ll notice a pattern, especially in your clothing and home [...]

Wedding diary 1

Well, there are only 79 sleeps until the big day, seems like a long time when I say it like that, but so much to do! Having been in the business for so long, I’ve naturally opted to do quite a few things myself – making mine, the bridesmaid’s, and the flowergirls’ dresses, waistcoats and [...]

Not bad, for a fat chick!

Over the past weekend, I attended a workshop on leadership training. One of the many areas where we receive feedback is on physical presentation. This is my second time through this six month long course, and each course has four workshops, so it was my sixth time at the blocks. My first weekend, I got [...]

Andie’s tale

For all my life I have been consumed with my looks and dress sense. At the age of 5 if I got a tiny bit dirty I would go and change my entire outfit and it had to match. It drove my mother mad! I also refused to wear anything for more than one day. [...]

Reinventing your self-expression

Letting go. A deeper look at reinventing your self-expression. Ages ago I wrote an article called Find Your Own Style. If you haven’t read it, I think it is worth a visit. This is because this approach to style has been transforming the lives of people around me, all kinds of people, and I want [...]

Body fashion

I seem to devote a lot of words in here to distinguishing style from fashion. Fashion is merely a tool available to one’s style, a context for it at best. Now I can almost understand fashion when it comes to clothes, music, hairdos – things that can be changed regularly with little inconvenience. But has [...]

Lost in paradise

Lost in paradise

The most exciting thing happened to me this week – heading home one night about 6pm, I got lost. I do this a lot being unfamiliar with Auckland and its wily ways. Anyway suddenly I was in the midst of an unfamiliar group of shops – only a dozen or so, and shining like a [...]