Get Your Re-gifting Karma Right in 2018

Holidays are over, a new year has dawned on us with the promise of new beginnings. A niggling problem persists. After every Christmas, most of us end up with gifts we have no use for. Do we regift these unwanted gifts? Emotionally speaking, using a gift is the least we can do for someone who has spent time, money and effort to source the gift for us. Rationally thinking, re-gifting is not a sin. Re-gifting is recycling. It minimises waste. One man’s trash can be another man’s treasure. The digitally printed kaftan you received as a Christmas gift may be too flamboyant for you. It is an ideal regift for your cousin in Cairns who would love some colourful throw-overs for bathers.

Boxing Day Sale – How Not To Commit A Faux Pas

Boxing Day sale works around two myths.

Boxing Day sale is an annual event.

Boxing Day sale used to be a much awaited annual event. Since the economic downturn, markets have never recovered. Retailers are capitalizing on every opportunity to declare a sale. Easter weekend sale, Anzac Day sale, Mothers’ Day sale, Valentine’s Day sale, EoFY sale, they have it all. Boxing Day sale has lost much of its sheen. Before you flash your plastic fantastic, ensure the discounts  are genuine.

There are genuine markdowns on full priced goods at Boxing Day sales:

 This may be partly true, at best. Many stores create a ‘seconds’ line for sales and factory outlets.

 
Follow a few simple rules to shop savvy at the Boxing Day sales:

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Travel tip – how I survived a trans – hemisphere flight

Petrified! That’s what I was, faced with a 15-hour trans-hemisphere flight from Melbourne to LA! How did I finally manage to take off on a chilly winter morning and make a smooth landing on a sizzling LAX runway? I followed travel tip 1 – 5.
 

Travel tip – STACK UP THE LAYERS:

 For this long haul flight, I paired stretchy stovepipe pants with a crisp cotton top. A leopard print trench coat camouflaged the cotton top – an anomaly in Melbourne winter. After all, camouflage is the original function of leopard prints, isn’t it? When I reach LAX, a leopard print fringed cotton scarf replaced the leopard print trench coat. The leopard print scarf added an edge to a basic trouser-top outfit.

 Travel Tip – Go with the flow:

 
On board a flight, I abandon structured blazers in favour of flowing kaftans. Kaftans are lightweight and fuss – free. They travel well and are very comfortable on long – haul flights. Striped or digitally printed kaftans can be dressed up and down. These tunics work well across cultures and climates.
 

Travel Tip – Wrap up:

I cannot sing enough praise of my burgundy pashmina scarf I carried on my long haul flight. It kept me warm at Melbourne airport. On the flight, it doubled up as a throw and kept in – flight chill at bay.
 

Ease the crease:

Very often, I have to walk straight into a meeting from the airport. Crease free and lightweight tunics keep me from looking like a scarecrow and preserve my board room persona.
 

Be ready for the paparazzi:

On every trip, a couple of formal events seem to sneak up on me. In anticipation of this, I pack a couple of silk dresses, in vibrant colours like cobalt blue,  that roll up into nothing. Combined with a statement clutch bag, these dresses ensure I am ready for the red carpet.
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