Newsletter, Jan 09

Hi friends,

So here we are in 2009. I wish I could say that I wasn’t daunted, or that I was rearing to go, but unfortunately, I’m feeling, well, a little flat. Is that sacrilegious considering the year is but an embryo? I can’t help feeling that 2009 is going to bring an abundance of change my way, and I’ll let you in on a little secret: change is not one of Jenny’s friends. But we know that our attitudes and thoughts lead to our circumstances, so despite a gloomy economy and a majority pessimistic outlook, I’m looking up and beyond, thinking good things and investing in the knowledge that what goes down must come up!

I had a splendid holiday soaking up the Cape’s sun (sunblock and wide-brimmed hat on, of course), and am now sitting down to plan my year, plan production of best-seller styles and plan which fabrics I think will be winners. Sometimes, ladies, it feels much like roulette deciding which styles to buy and which styles I think you’ll buy!

My autumn/winter plans for 2009 (yes, the SA fashion industry is long past summer and thinking of May onwards!) include layering and more layering and a move away from the shopaholic fashionista to the spendthrift recessionista. Recycling styles and buying long-lasting classic basics is the name of my game this year! Cash in on the sales (FriendsWithJenny is 25% off everything!) and spend your bucks on cheaper fashion items and more pricey quality basics to see you through autumn and beyond!

Enjoy the rest of your January gals!