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Meet Lulu, my first Sales Rep....

I was exhibiting at my first ever trade show in St.Kitts back in 2006 when Lulu Emery visited the booth.  Lulu represented various gift lines in the Virgin Islands and LOVED my pure cotton sarongs, (something not easily found in the Caribbean) and that was the beginning of a long term friendship.  My first sales rep is still with me after 11 years.  Here we are together in St.Thomas back in 2006. In November 1982 (hmm back when I was in Junior school) Lulu in her youthful search for adventure, left her comfortable Stateside life (she is a California girl) and set sail on a small boat with 3 other people from Fort Lauderdale to St.Thomas, she spent the next 6 months...

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How to pack for your island vacation

Today I want to give you some tips on what to pack andwhat NOT to pack for your island vacation. Take heed of the old rule for packing ... Pack everything you think you need onto the bed,then put half of it back into your cupboard.You will seriously wear the same things over and over again. WHAT TO PACK for your island vacation.  Passport 2 Swimsuits 2 cotton sarongs (they have a million uses) 4 lightweight dresses (preferably cotton or linen) 4 lightweight tunic tops (again cotton or linen are best) Two pairs of capri pants to wear to dinner (cotton or linen) colors that work back with your tunics & tops Two pairs of shorts Two t-shirts or fine cotton...

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Eating out in the Caribbean

Eating out in the Caribbean can be an experience not unlike eating out in the US, but only if you stick to the hotel or cruise ship buffet bar.  For me the highlight of eating out in the Caribbean is more about the setting, the view,  and the smiles. Imagine sitting on the beach, with an umbrella overhead, your toes in the sand and the occasional wave washing over your feet and cooling your ankles.  The kids are playing happily in the water nearby, leaving you and your partner the peace to actually hold a conversation.  As a mother of 3 young children, peace features strongly on my wish list. You watch the sun set over the sea, as you sip...

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How I designed the 2017 collection

A lot of you have been emailing me lately to sayhow much you are enjoying my stories.... thank you!  I love hearing from you.Would you be interested in a 5 minute peek "behind the scenes" as I explainhow I go about the design process for each collection?Click here to watch this video. I would love to share some of my island knowledge with you, how to pack for your island vacation, how to wear a sarong, the advantages of wearing cotton.... are just some of my ideas.  What are yours?

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Long haul

I live in a small town, 1 hour flight north of Sydney, Australia.  I have travelled to USA three times in the last 3 months to show the new collection and catch up with island friends at 3 different shows.  Each time I arrange a schedule for my husband, mum and mother-in-law to fill in my role with our 3 children (3, 5 and 12) for their various weekly activities. The journey to Florida takes between 24 to 30 hours by the time you add up flying time and airport waiting time.  It's crazy.  Here is a photo of my flight over Sydney Harbour.  WOW, always stunning, even on a grey day. Once in Florida I am at work.... no time for jet...

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