Fix Those Stuff-Ups!
It’s okay, you don’t need to move to Siberia. Here’s how to fix them – fast!
Stuff-Up: You say something bitchy about someone… and they’re standing behind you
Fix It: Basically, what you’ve done sucks and you’ve got to own your mistake and apologise, says Kylie Dunjey, senior manager and counsellor at Relationships Australia. “Say, ‘I’m sorry, that was really out of line.’ This is not the time to justify your behaviour – an apology is diluted by anything you offer in your own defence,” she advises. This is a breach of trust and Dunjey says you have no rights when it comes to demanding forgiveness. You’ve just got to wait it out and empathise – how would you feel if you heard someone bitching about you? This will help you be more patient with their process. And above all, learn from your mistake.
Stuff-Up: You’re the designated baker for your bestie’s birthday cake... and the top’s burnt but the middle’s still soggy
Fix It: Don’t freak out – it can be rescued! In their book How to Repair
Food, authors Marina and John Bear, and Tanya Zeryck suggest making up a food “band-aid” for your creation. “Cut away the browned parts and cover the wounds with a first-aid dressing made from a beaten egg mixed with one teaspoon of brown sugar. Brush it on and continue baking (lower the oven temperature by 25 degrees celsius).” If your cake’s cooked but is burnt, cut off the burnt bits and cover with icing. Too small now that it’s had the chop? Slice into layers and sandwich back together with yummy filling (think butter cream frosting) to bulk it up.
Stuff-Up: You’re out for drinks with the girls... and you spill red wine all over your new white dress
Fix It: For your best chance of saving your beloved new outfit, you’ve got to get onto that stain straight away. Luckily, your saviour is right behind the bar – white wine. Pour the wine gently over the stain and carefully blot from the edges inwards. “Don’t scrub at the stain – it will only make it worse,” says Caroline Roessler, author of The Modern Household Manual. “Just blot it gently with whatever’s handy, like bathroom paper towel.” But forget hot water to blitz the blotch. “That can set the stain even more,” says Roessler.
Stuff-Up: You stand up from your desk to grab your Monday morning coffee… and hear your skirt riiiiiiiiip
Fix It: The key is preparation, says CLEO Australia’s junior fashion editor Rebecca Rac. “I always carry a mini sewing kit with me for minor fashion emergencies. Grab one from the supermarket and keep it in your handbag or desk drawer.” “Safety pins are obviously your friend in this sitch, but wide packing tape will do if you’re seriously out of options,” she adds. “Go to the bathroom, turn your skirt inside out, and tape the split together on the inside, lining up the seams if it’s the stitching that’s split.” Then go and buy yourself a new one, stat!