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How to keep makeup from sliding off your face

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This week we had a brief respite from the hot, sticky mess that is summer in Queensland. I even trotted out a pair of jeans for the day and skipped the primer in my morning get-out-the-door makeup routine. I KNOW. January. No PRIMER. Don’t worry, it was situation normal yesterday, with a high probability of

How to take a selfie

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Sponsored by Olympus Australia When I first blogged about how to take a selfie – in 2012 – the whole concept of a selfie was seemingly reserved for bloggers. In 2015 you’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t taken a selfie. Even big name celebs who have their photos taken by professionals (granted,

What to wear to the office – summer

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This is probably the most difficult time of year to get dressed for work – if you work in an office environment. The high heat and humidity factor is just not conducive to feeling anywhere near fresh and let’s face it, January feels like one giant resort holiday even if you’ve rocked up to work

7 tips for getting your healthy living routine back on track

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Sponsored by Female for Life I don’t know about you but January is a pretty silly time of the year, isn’t it? Even if you don’t go away on holidays, there is just a more relaxed, non-routine vibe in the air. I actually crave that non-routine silliness after a busy, scheduled year. Not having to

What to wear on the school run

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I’ve got extra kids around this week (their parents are teachers so are already back at school) and yesterday I took them to a newish “super” park in Brisbane. There was seemingly a collective vibe – judging by the simmering tantrums (and that’s just from the parents) everyone is VERY ready for school to start. I think

57 ways to change it up in 2015

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We’re 21 days into the New Year. I love a list of goals like the next wannabe-over-achieving person. The trouble is that January always feels like one glorious, balmy (see I’m even romanticising the hot, humid weather) holiday. Even if I’m not on one. Over the last few years, I’ve learned to just go with this feeling

The Model and Me: Surafina

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I’ll tell you something for nothing … there was a lot of perspiring happening this past weekend. It was more than a small shock after five days in Tasmania where I even got to wear jeans and a cardi. The week before we spent at the beach in NSW. It may have been hot but the humidity

9 tips for packing clothes for a trip away

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I’m travelling again this week. This is far from an unusual occurrence. I’ve spent the best part of the last six months packing and unpacking … for mostly work trips. The thing is, I don’t think I can hang on to my notoriety as an over-packer any longer. Well maybe just a little bit. Necessity

The Model and Me: Bohemian Traders

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Every so often a frock style comes along that just captures my wardrobe heart. Oh who am I kidding? SO many summer frock styles capture my wardrobe heart. It’s my favourite way of dressing as it only takes one garment to create an outfit. But. This summer I’ve been well and truly seduced by the

Bells at Killcare day spa – and restaurant

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I am a Spa Rat from way back. This is not news to anyone who’s been a regular around here. For new SY readers, a Spa Rat is someone who will purposefully book a holiday around its location in relation to a day spa. A Spa Rat will spend hours scrolling through websites and social media to

Meet the personal trainer for your pelvic floor – the PeriCoach

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Sponsored by PeriCoach Hands up if one of your goals for 2015 was to get your pelvic floor muscles in tip-top condition? Yep, didn’t think so. I don’t think it would have been one of my goals either until I heard about the PeriCoach device. I guess the easiest way for me to describe the

The Model and Me: Mojo Beach

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Hello. It’s me. ANNOYING me on holidays. At the beach. Does it help if you know that this post was written BEFORE we went on holidays? Good. Let’s go with that shall we? I’m talking about shorts today. Specifically wearing shorts. In Queensland there are some days that shorts are the only thing you can contemplate

Make the most of summer holidays

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When I was a kid the summer holidays used to stretch on forever. There was the pre-Christmas part and the post-Christmas part. Six weeks beautifully divided by a much-anticipated day in the middle. Most years we’d spend the first half at the Gold Coast; the second half at Hervey Bay. Our original Gold Coast holidays

Shopping staycation at Hilton Brisbane

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My friend Smaggle recently posted about how to shop on Boxing Day like a boss. It’s an extremely useful blog post and I wholeheartedly agree with all of her tips … but I now have a new one to add to her list. If you REALLY want to shop the sales like a boss and

Model and Me: Bella Lido

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I had to think last night was day it was. That’s a good sign, don’t you think? That I’ve let go of the everyday routine? That I’ve slipped into a go-slow period that’s very pleasing? This time last year we were packing to move to Brisbane and I can tell you there was no time

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