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Christmas list for island girls

Christmas looms closer and our shopping reaches a level of harried craziness.  Just shop shop shop to check those names off your Christmas list.... done. done. done. This Christmas I was trying to create a LIST for us island girls.... something that you can just forward to your love ones to say - "well I love all of them, or I love no.2 and 3" subtle hints to ensure you get things you like.   AND if you are not sure you will get anything you like, what I normally do is, buy a few things for myself and wrap them up.  The card reads "Dear Kim, thanks so much for everything you do.  Love Kim" and one gift a...

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Come dance with us

SO, I got myself up off the lounge room floor and did the 5 hours drive north of my home to Brisbane.  My back is doing great actually, my sciatic pain is gone completely... I just have this lingering calf pain, but I am ok.  I decided to bring my daughter with me to this trade show, and its amazing how well this 14 year old is doing in the big city.She built most of the booth for me!  She is good with the tools (all of those years of her watching us build the house, she must have noticed something).Here we are on set up day. What a great helper ! Anyway we made a little silly video this afternoon, when...

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It's time for Summer Dresses

Living in Australia when most of my island friends are on US time zones, has its challenges for my business.  There are times when you guys email me while I am fast asleep, and must be left wondering why it takes me so long to respond, however today I realised that there is advantage to being on the other side of our planet..... I get to test run the entire island collection over Australia's HOT summer months, so that by the time summer arrives in USA, I know exactly which styles were my favourites.  Now we are well known for our pure cotton tunics that are soft and cool to wear, in beautiful island colors and coastal prints, but this...

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Caribbean island influences

At the age of 29 I had quit my high paying, high stress, glamorous job as Head Designer at Billabong South Africa to go sailing to the Caribbean.  Here I am in the messy chaotic design room at Billabong SA. My boyfriend (now my husband) and I had done navigation courses, and sailing courses with a tough old merchant sailor in South Africa.  He was in the business of training men to be commercial fishermen on the South African Coast.  I was only the 2nd woman to do his courses, and he was not very forgiving…. well the South African coastline (known as the Cape of Storms) is not very forgiving either. It sure was a steep learning curve.The day...

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