Bit of a squeeze

I am not a Melbourne Cup person. I was planning to ignore the event, but a client invited me to lunch. So I squeezed into my Spanx, cracked out a new disposable face mask and headed into town.

Speaking of Spanx … I was blown away by what the founder, Sarah Blakely, did for her staff after selling her company last week.

(And slightly jealous that the sale price was $1billion. Yowser.)

Blakely posted a video of the announcement on LinkedIn and wrote: “It was an emotional announcement filled with happy tears acknowledging how far we’ve come. And then the tears really started to flow when I surprised everybody with 2 first class Delta Air Lines plane tickets to anywhere in the world and $10,000 cash to spend on the trip. I really want every employee to celebrate this moment in their own way and create a memory that will last them a lifetime! Cheers to 21 years of magic and many more to come.”


“I’m heading to Japan,” said a Spanx worker in the video. “I’m going to go on my honeymoon with my fiancé and we’re going to Bora Bora,” squealed another. One bloke even said he planned to elope with his girlfriend in Sweden.

That’s a pretty awesome boss.

I’m also a big fan of the client who bought me a schnitty yesterday. He’s a thoroughly nice bloke who treats people with respect and kindness.

There’s not nearly enough of that in the corporate world these days. Although I’m hoping The Great Resignation puts bad bosses on notice.

As for my outfit yesterday, it was a silky bedazzled number that hasn’t seen the light of day since an outing to Opera Bar in 2015 (pictured main with a clean-shaven DD).

You will note from the photo above that I have forgotten how to apply make-up correctly during lockdown.

I was also worried that I wouldn’t fit into the dress due to COVID kilos, but it just made it over my Spanx-encased belly.

Sadly, there were no drinks with DD at Opera Bar this time. He was at home getting his deck stained and I ducked away from the lunch before the big race to collect the youngest for skipping training.

It’s a glamorous life.

Song of the day: Hot Chocolate “Everyone’s a winner”

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