Are Styled in Japan’s vintage bags vintage in age or simply in style?

Recently I started selling vintage Japanese handbags and clutch purses in my Etsy shop, and posting some photos to my Facebook page.  One of my friends asked , ‘Are these bags vintage in age or simply in style?’   Continue reading Are Styled in Japan’s vintage bags vintage in age or simply in style?

Unpredictable Brisbane weather: what kind of umbrella is best?

One moment it’s blue skies and sunshine, then torrential rainfall.  On days like this I recommend carrying a Cool Plus sun umbrella. Continue reading Unpredictable Brisbane weather: what kind of umbrella is best?

Sydney in the rain

Sydney in the rain

Thanks for lending me your mini folding Cool Plus sun umbrella, Yvonne.  So handy to have something that fits into your daypack or handbag to use in either sun or rain!

Haori: a versatile Japanese kimono style jacket

Haori are traditional Japanese jackets that are worn over the top of kimono.  They have long sleeves similar to a  kimono, but are worn without a sash or obi.  They are usually  loosely fastened  at centre front with a decorative ‘himo’ tie, but you can leave it open if you prefer. Continue reading Haori: a versatile Japanese kimono style jacket

Parasols keep you cool and protected from the sun

One of my customers Kitty said,  ‘I feel much cooler under a UV block parasol.  I’ve got to get one for this summer’.

She’s right! Continue reading Parasols keep you cool and protected from the sun

How skin cancer inspired my anti-UV parasol business

Skin cancer.  The words no-one wants to hear from their dermatologist.  In 1993, on the eve of my departure to work in Japan, I was diagnosed with skin cancer – a melanoma on my forearm. Continue reading How skin cancer inspired my anti-UV parasol business