Embrace the Awkward: A Guide to Self-Love and LSA Gems Offer

A couple of days ago, someone sent me a reminder (a loose term, as I’d never actually heard of it before) that it was “National Self Love Day”!

Narcissistic, vain, self-absorbed, egotistical, clap trap, was my first thought. My second was to read this nonsense.

And once my prejudice had died down a little, and on acquainting myself with the thought behind this very un-British phrase, I began to realise that, whilst I hated the title, the thought and observations behind “loving towards and accepting of oneself” are completely sound.

So, for example, it has this to say about mental health.
When you love and accept yourself, you are more likely to have a positive self-image, and experience lower levels of anxiety and depression.

A very similar take to Carole Ryff, whose theory I mentioned last week. 

So, after making a hasty judgement about the cringeworthy title, you may, like me, on mature reflection, see some of the advantages to accepting yourself warts and all….

The email went onto list the many benefits it says follow, if you can but acknowledge and accept your good, bad and ugly points.

They are as follows, although the more I read them the more the term “self-love” rankled. So, I used “search and replace” to remove it and replace it with “Self Acceptance”!

Improved Mental Health: When you love and accept yourself, you are more likely to have a positive self-image and experience lower levels of anxiety and depression.
Increased Resilience: “Self Acceptance” allowing you to bounce back from setbacks and challenges more effectively. It enables you to view failures as opportunities for growth rather than as reflections of your worth.
Healthy Relationships: When you appreciate and care for yourself, you are better equipped to form and maintain positive connections with friends, family, and romantic partners.
Physical Well-Being: The mind and body are interconnected, and self-love can positively impact physical health. Practices such as proper nutrition, regular exercise, and adequate sleep can be seen as acts of self-love that contribute to your overall well-being.
Increased Creativity: Loving yourself encourages self-expression and creativity. When you are comfortable with who you are, you are more likely to explore new ideas, take risks, and think outside the box.
Stress Reduction: Self Acceptance promotes self-care, which is essential for managing stress. Taking time for activities that bring you joy, and relaxation helps alleviate stress and contributes to a more balanced and fulfilling life.
Empathy for Others: Loving yourself enables you to empathise with others more genuinely. When you understand your own vulnerabilities and strengths, you can better relate to the experiences of those around you.
Increased Confidence: Self Acceptance is a key factor in building confidence. Believing in your worth and capabilities allows you to face challenges with a positive mindset and a greater likelihood of success.
Spiritual Growth: For some, “Self Acceptance” is connected to spiritual growth and a deeper understanding of one's purpose. It can lead to a greater sense of connection to oneself, others, and the Universe.

Cultivating self-love is an ongoing process that involves self-awareness, self-compassion, and intentional practices that prioritise your well-being. It's a journey of embracing your uniqueness, learning from your experiences, and treating yourself with kindness and respect.

To product.

LSA Gems Tumblers, Wine, Champagne, Cocktail and Hi Ball Glasses. As low as £29.50 (per box of 4).

Some time ago we bought in a line of glasses that we only tried to sell on the website. But for the most part it failed to materialise into sales.

The range comes in three colourways, in packs of four, with each glass a subtly different shade.

Really rather attractive I think, but there again it’s been known for me to get it wrong, and on this occasion it looks like I did, or maybe we just didn’t promote it well enough…?

So, this week we’ve transferred stock to the shops, and are selling it off at a generous discount (but you can still buy online, of course). 

It's normally £50 for a box of 4 glasses.

My offer to you is buy one box for £35.00.

Buy two or more boxes at £29.50 a box.


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I’ve run out of time again this week.

And yes, it was a self-indulgence (or was it Self Love?) that brought about this situation, because I took Monday to Wednesday off, to spend part of the time in Cardiff, with friends, and part in London (ditto) and as a result, I’m feeling somewhat pressured, trying to finish this on Friday morning.

But talking of self acceptance, I’m keeping the pressure under control with a dose of Jascha Heifetz playing Bach Concerto in D minor….remarkable what music can do for the soul, and a rising sense of panic…!

I hope you have a pleasant, peaceful and panic-less weekend.

Warm regards,


Andrew Bluett-Duncan



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