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Change things up for 2015 (it’s not too late)

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Were you ready for March to arrive? Me neither. How we got here so quickly I do not know but what I do know – and have learned from previous years – is that just because you may have let good intentions slide last month doesn’t mean that it’s not too late to change things

The Model and Me: Belle Bird

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Over the past couple of years, retailer Birdsnest has been developing its own stable of labels to sit alongside its mix of brands that appeal to women of all ages. It all started with That Bird Label, then came Bird Keepers and Boho Bird. All labels were developed based on feedback from Birdsnest’s huge customer base.

What to pack for Europe in spring

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When not one but three SY readers email me with questions about their May visits to Europe,  requesting some packing tips, I take it as a sign. A sign to explore these questions further … and not be at all envious that Jo-Ann, Rhonda and Lesley are planning and dreaming about Venice, Barcelona, Paris and London

How to take a flat lay photo


Sponsored by Olympus Australia So you’re not a fan of the selfie when it comes to sharing photos on Instagram or other social media or blog platforms? That’s ok. I get that. There is another way to otherwise tell a story or give people a visual insight into your daily life, your wardrobe, what you

How to make a blow dry last

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It’s no secret that I believe in the power of a good hair day. If I have only time for one grooming thing in the morning, hair will always win out. After all, I can add a pop of lipgloss on in the car and keep my sunnies on to fake the rest of it.

The Model and Me: Anannasa


For a moment on the weekend I got a little excited about the possibility of cooler weather and switching to my trans-seasonal wardrobe. Silly me. Of course as soon as Cyclone Marcia moved on, the rain stopped and the sun came out, the humidity took an horrendous turn and I peeled off any layers I’d

Bring 2015 red carpet trends into your home

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Sponsored by Valspar Future of Paint It’s no secret that I like to change things up in my wardrobe on a semi-frequent basis. I don’t do so without being mindful of what’s in there already but I do like to keep things fresh. I’m not a slave to fashion trends but I do take note as

10 things I learned from Bobbi Brown


Bobbi Brown not only gives good makeup, she makes running a multi-million business look easy. I’m sure it’s anything but easy knowing the power of a good lippy must surely help. I had the pleasure of having lunch with Bobbi in Brisbane yesterday. Well, we were in the same room at lunch time. I’m not

Your style questions answered

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The year has got off to a flying start and with that has come a tonne of emails into my inbox. I’m doing my best to stay on top of them but I am only human. Whenever I get a fashion or style question that I think others may be interested in, I’ll answer it

13 tips for professional business photos

Nikki Parkinson of Styling You.Photo by Sarah

Late last year I coordinated and organised my own photo shoot. For the seventh time since I started Styling You. Sounds conceited and up myself, doesn’t it? Here’s the thing. It’s not. If you’re a business owner, a corporate employee often called on for expert opinion, a blogger, a writer … anyone with a professional

The Model and Me: Motto

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When I wrote this post about the 2015 autumn-winter fashion trends, I flagged “graphic content” as one of those so-called trends. The thing is – like most trends – it’s a trend that’s been around for a few years now. Especially in the form of printed pants. As a result of that trends blog post,

Fifty Shades of Grey movie review

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I’m not generally known for my choice of high literature when it comes to reading. My Dad – a former school teacher and head of English – told me many years ago that as long as I was reading something then that was better than nothing. I may or may not have taken Dad on

February 2015 beauty favourites


This comment was left on my Top 20 beauty products for 2014 list last year and I’m sharing with you here to reinforce that I don’t recommend beauty products that I truly don’t think are worth you trying. I have tried several of the products that you have recommended over the last year or so

What to wear for a date night

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Hello love birds. It’s Valentine’s Day Week … or Love Week as we like to call it in our house. Last week I talked up gift ideas, my obsession with anything with a heart on it and what to do on Valentine’s Day but this week it’s all about what to wear – for ANY date

Styling You home office 2015


I really wasn’t at home much in January. And when I was it was a crazy blur of school holiday and work juggle. The essential stuff got done while each day my office became less of the haven it was meant to be and more of a cluttered, heaving mess. A mess, I decided to ignore

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