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How to dress for Melbourne Cup Day

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In two weeks’ time you’ll either be waking up fresh as the day or wondering why your fascinator is still attached to your head. Yes Stylers, the race that stops a nation is off and runnning in under two weeks. Are you planning to be at trackside at Flemington in Melbourne, at a fancy lunch or

This is what smoking does to your skin

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Sponsored by Queensland Health I do not know how I did NOT become a smoker. At one point in my young life, my boyfriend, both parents and two brothers all smoked. Inside the house. When I started work as a journo, many of my colleagues smoked. At their desks. It’s quite incredulous today to believe

The Model and Me: Binny


I have a lot to thank Offspring and Nina Proudman for. For starters many of you first found this blog while searching for something Nina Proudman-style related. For seconders, the show’s costume designers introduced me to a number of Australian labels I’d previously not known. Binny is one of those labels. Binny is a Victorian-based

It’s a wrap

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Oh hello Friday. I see you. I embrace you. My weekend is a little crazy and involves a little work and a little play but I thought I might end the week and look towards the weekend with a new idea for an end-of-week post. This isn’t something that I’ll necessarily publish every week but

Save your soles with FRANKiE4 Footwear shoes


Sponsored by FRANKiE4 Footwear This year my lifestyle has changed hugely since swapping the beach for inner-city living. There is less reliance on our car – we’ve actually gone from owning two cars to one – and more emphasis on walking. I like this for a lot of reasons. I like it for the incidental health

8 spring 2014 fashion trends – on everyday women

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This is the post where I apologise profusely. Since Unlock Your Style launched at the end of July, I’ve still be adding my daily contribution to #everydaystyle on Instagram and Facebook but I’ve not had the chance to share with you some of the amazing outfits that the real women of #everydaystyle have been sharing.

15 fake tan tips

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As you know, I’m vain. This very fact ensures that I put a fake tan on my list of beauty things to do throughout spring and summer. I understand this is not for everyone. And that’s ok. I have many a pale-skinned friend who is very happy in their porcelain perfect skin – I wish

The Model and Me: Adrift


I don’t know about where you live but here in Queensland, the summer switch as well and truly been flicked on. Even in Sydney on the weekend there was no hint of cooler days and nights. Everyone was out enjoying the sun – at the beach, along Oxford Street at Paddington and at the races by

Indulge with new NIVEA in-shower body lotion

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Sponsored by NIVEA Australia Oh HAI! So you’re new around these parts? Welcome. Depending on just how new you are, you may or may not be aware of my lazy-girl beauty tendencies. I’m not so lazy-girl that I don’t do anything in the beauty department. No, I’m too vain for that. My lazy-girl tendencies are

What to wear on a road trip

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Last week our reduced family of three set off on an adventure. It was an idea thought up over a couple of wines one Friday evening and then scaled back a little the following Friday. Our original plan had been to drive all the way to Adelaide for the very RAD Unlock Your Style book

How to style jackets for spring

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Sponsored by Blue Illusion If I had to nominate one clothing piece that offered the most outfit versatility across most of the year, the jacket would win hands down. Or should that be, arms in? A jacket has the wardrobe power to change a casual outfit to semi-corporate; a jeans and tee to a night

The Model and Me: Birdsnest boho bird

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With conflicting reports (here and here – you be the judge) as to whether Offspring will ever return to our screens, today’s Model and Me is an ode to Nina Proudman … because even if she never returns to our screens, her style will always have a place in my wardrobe. I’m far from a fully

5 ways to create Champagne moments in your life


Sponsored by Piper-Heidsieck I’ll be upfront with you. I do not struggle to create Champagne moments in my life. Far from it, I excel at it. Champagne is my celebratory drink of choice. Every milestone moment in my life – and plenty more in between – have been marked with Champagne. From the moment I

Beauty favourites September 2014

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Technically it’s October but stick with me … I’m playing catch-up here. September just disappeared and I hadn’t had a chance to share with you my beauty favourites for September 2014. And they call me a beauty write. SHEESH. Pick up your game, Parko. I’ve got a mixed bunch for your this month, so let’s

I’m an ambassador for Female for Life activewear

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Sponsored by Female for Life If someone had told me a year ago that my first blog ambassadorship would be an activewear brand, I think I would have fallen over on the spot. I’m not a fitness blogger or a nutritional guru. I’m just a 40-something chick who 12 months ago decided to take charge

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