June/July in Australia is typically ‘sale’ season in Australia and as I love nothing more than a bargain, I’ve indulged in a few goodies, paid for with rewards points (Flybuys and credit card points can come in handy!)
My haul included a slow cooker which was marked down to thirty dollars (reduced from $70), a bright yellow hand mixer (not pictured) reduced from $140 to $55 and a Lorna Jane top marked down from $65.00 to $35.00.
I have taken to doing a big meal prep session on a Sunday and often I will cook multiple meals in the slow cooker. Having two of them means that I can do it a lot faster. Slow cookers are wonderful in that they use far less electricity and due to the nature of how they work you can also use cheaper cuts of meat etc. I’ve been experimenting with dishes like pulled pork and beef and cooking them in the slow cooker for over 24 hours. There is nothing more simple than chucking a bit of meat and vegetables in a pot with some flavourings and letting the slow cooker work its magic. Then it is very easy to put everything into containers and defrost when needed and serve with steamed vegetables.
My original hand mixer which has served me faithfully for many years died unexpectedly a few months back, so I could not resist the urge to replace it for such a good price.
And finally we come to my Lorna Jane top – purchased just before the furore of Lorna Jane advertising for the combined role of a receptionist/model for sample stock fitting. There has been outrage on the Lorna Jane Facebook page from women claiming that the ad was discriminatory against the many shapes and sizes we women come in. Personally, I think the advertisement was an error of judgment on their part – any person with any nous would realise that to do a cracking job as a receptionist does not hinge on size or what you weigh. In a fashion business, it’s apparently commonplace to use various models for sample pieces etc. But where Lorna Jane has completely stuffed up is combining the two roles into the one ad! Many women are calling for a boycott of Lorna Jane, whilst others are marvelling at how such a blooper has shone the spotlight onto her business and upped her PR credentials.
Personally, I’m not going to be boycotting Lorna Jane products, particularly if I happen to scoop up a good special on gear that I love. But I will be silently hoping that she apologises for her gaffe and employs a receptionist who is fantastic at what she does and is a great role model for good customer service – for one, this is what draws me back to a business time and time again, rather than odd PR stunts. Lorna, take note!