marimekko bags
Australia, blogging

Is Buying Vegan Better?

I 'm the type of girl who’s rarely without some kind of handbag, or tote. I have many. My so-named 'bag-robe,' consists of various D.I.Y. constructions, which have either been recycled, or have recycled fabric or zips incorporated into them. Many I've hand-made or hand-painted. There's one exception to this and it's that one exception that had me… Continue reading Is Buying Vegan Better?

Australia, Community, Environment, Food, Gardening

REKO – Covid safe drive through food

By the time the humble spud or apple reaches your supermarket shelf from its trek from the farm, it could be up to three weeks old, due to storage times: days waiting for freighting in trucks, sitting in the open air at wholesale markets, transportation to distribution centres and then to individual supermarkets. Then, there… Continue reading REKO – Covid safe drive through food

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blogging, Philosophy

Are You Ready Yet? How We Shop

"Are you ready yet?" My other half, aka the 'Moth,' called out - anxious to leave for another shopping expedition. Meanwhile, I tapped away on the keyboard writing yet another blog post. "I won't be long," I distractedly shouted back down the hall. But time then slowed for me; I was engrossed in getting my… Continue reading Are You Ready Yet? How We Shop

market
blogging

When Marketing Gets It Wrong

Do you read Product Reviews before buying a product? The content of product reviews are increasingly influential for the public, when it comes to future purchasing choices. The opinion of the majority, or, the 'herd,' also known as 'Group think,' is seen as paramount, as we discussed in a previous post . Marketing techniques that… Continue reading When Marketing Gets It Wrong

shopping centre with consumers
Australia

Post LockDown Possibilities for Retail Centres

Worst-case Scenario I think we all are aware that brands and stores may not survive the financial hiatus resulting from the pandemic. Together with the shift in the popularity of online shopping, the enforced elimination of in-person appointments and alternative home delivery methods, what if shopping malls could become a relic of the past? Already… Continue reading Post LockDown Possibilities for Retail Centres

Australia, blogging, Food, Mental Health, Philosophy

Hollow Online Experiences

When the internet came along, it was suggested that everything would be done online, from shopping to employment and communications. Individuals would not need to leave home to live their consumer lives. The public however, has shown that we are primarily social creatures and are reluctant to embrace a completely virtual lifestyle. Whilst online shopping… Continue reading Hollow Online Experiences

Community

Buy one thing

Come on Aussie, come on. Support our smaller shops doing it tough. Buy just one thing from our smaller gift shops to keep them going through this crisis, or when it is over, we won't have those beautiful shops to browse through. Your purchase doesn't have to cost much. Australians are renowned for their community… Continue reading Buy one thing

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Community, Environment

All Sorts of Crap and the PKR

It was a Saturday morning, 2012 and my phone rang impatiently. When I picked it up, an unfamiliar voice asked, "Is that Amanda?" "That is me," I answered. "Yeh?" [pause] " It's Susie. I' ve got your crap here." "Sorry," I said, about to hang up, thinking that this was a prank call. But then… Continue reading All Sorts of Crap and the PKR

Community, Photography, Travel

Takeshita Day Trip

Living in the wide open spaces of Australia, taking a "day trip" is something so commonplace, it is almost obligatory, but rather than showcase my own backyard, I have chosen a recent day trip in Japan, for this week's Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Day trip. Making our way to Yoyogi Park via the highly efficient… Continue reading Takeshita Day Trip