I discovered my love of Kate Spade New York on one of our trips to the Big Apple. Wandering around Soho, we came across the whimsical corner store and in I went. I was hooked by the quirky, fun, stylish clothes and the beautiful accessories.

Since then, I’ve bought a couple of bags and some other accessories. My favourites of all the Kate Spade things I own are the gorgeous jingly-jangly bangles. I have at least one on most days, coordinating – or violently clashing – with whatever else I am wearing, frequently livening up my ‘Melbourne-Girl-Black’.

But the thing I love most about them is the secret message imprinted on the inside of each bangle. I actually didn’t know about these inscriptions until quite recently when it was pointed out to me by one of their sales staff.

For years, I’d been wearing them without knowing that there was a cute or inspirational or just plain silly little message concealed away. The inscriptions says thing like ‘It’s written in the stars’ or ‘Life’s a breeze’ or ‘Here comes the sun’. But they are hidden away. No one would ever know.

People are often surprised to learn that I have diabetes. (There was one time that a certain former Health Minister who may or may not now be PM – for a few more days anyway – looked surprised when told that I have diabetes and responded with ‘Really? You don’t look diabetic’.)

I’m not sure what people with diabetes are meant to look like. I have dozens and dozens of friends with diabetes and I’m yet to find the common characteristic or style that we all have in common. You can’t ‘tell a person with diabetes’ just by looking at them. Despite what Sarah Wilson says.

I was reminded of this the other day when I caught up with a friend I’d not seen for some time. Facebook updates have kept me across what she has been up to, but I was surprised when she told me that she had been having a really tough time, ‘diabetically-speaking’.

She didn’t tell me what had been going on until we’d been speaking for some time, talking about the great things she has been doing at work, a recent trip to Queensland and plans for a further family holiday to the U.S. We spoke about my family holiday and we chatted about our kids heading back to school.

And then she told me the rest of what she had been managing and it was huge. I looked at her and then said four stupid words ‘But you look fine.

I immediately apologised. Of course she looks fine. Diabetes is invisible, even at its nastiest. I think of the most horrid diabetes things I’ve had to deal with and they are relatively minor. Yet even at the most difficult of times, most people don’t know. Unless I tell them.

If I had a secret message inside of me which explained my ‘diabetes state of mind’, it would change every day. Most of the time it would be probably say something like ‘Yep, it’s still there!’ And nothing more. But other times it would say ‘today is tough’ or ‘I want off this BGL roller coaster’ or ‘I don’t want to do this anymore’. Because that is how I feel inside some days.

Today, the secret message in my bracelet says ‘Like Hotcakes’. I’m pretty sure it is referring to the saying ‘Selling like hotcakes’, however I’m going to interpret it as a command. Lunch is sorted!


Today’s arm candy.