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 lag, its straight into the warehouse for Lauren, Amy & I.
Here I am counting inventory the next morning after I arrived.
Look at those empty shelves behind me where the STARFISH TUNICS are almost sold out. More coming next week - can't wait to get that new NAVY / WHITE one.
Seen here on the catwalk @SurfExpo.
The day after that we take the 2 hour drive up to Orlando.
Here is my baby sister Amy & myself - getting ready to concentrate on driving on the right side of the road.... see the boxes and sarongs packed in the van behind us.
When we get there we offload 2 vehicles in horrid Florida humidity and start building the booth.
Now we are a bunch of island girls, so our booth is "built" with ... sugar , spice & well..... packing tape mostly.
Then its off for dinner and nights filled with wine and sarong rolling....
This new sarong packaging was only supposed to be for the new 2017 sarongs going forward, but since EVERYONE loved it, we find ourselves rolling and tying EVERY sarong in the warehouse.
Worth it, cause it does look cute and does make it easy for you retailers to display them.
SHOW TIME.... love catching up with "island friends".... now everyone is giving me a hard time about this photo as I am clearly being a slacker, sipping tea while everyone else is working, but I had this 3pm jet lag SLUMP going on.... serious... there is such a thing!
We had a lovely surprise bridal shower for Amy.... complete with cup cakes, gifts and champagne.
...and now I am back home, FINALLY caught up on all the order entry. WOW it was a busy show.... BEST SHOW EVER actually.
Apparently you guys like what I have put together for 2017. So nice of you all to make all of my hard work worthwhile.
Thank you island friends xx oooh ok and here is the wedding photo !! tears of love x
Sorry... one more... not sure if it is something borrowed or something BLUE, but those were "my" favorite bracelets (wear every day of the week) last week !
How my sailing around the Caribbean over 10 years ago has grown into a journey of another kind..... with so many wonderful island friends.
How lucky we are x