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I’m writing this post from the comfort of a pillow-soft, king-size red at the QT Hotel in Sydney. It’s about the third or fourth time I’ve stayed here and I just love it. I love that this hotel chain thinks outside the square and breaks the rules of hotel decor. The reason for my stay

My top books for Christmas 2014

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Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas at our place without the giving of books. We are readers throughout the year but there is something about the promise of slower days and afternoons spent diving into a book that gets me thinking about book buying as gifts. The most tricky part of the whole book buying thing is

It’s a wrap

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I’m just going to pull out my small soapbox to end off the week and quickly add my two cents’ worth to a couple of things that have emerged via two Australian media personalities. Let’s call those personalities Tracey and Karl … because those are their real names. Karl (Stefanovic) made the revelation that he’d

It’s a wrap

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It’s a wrap! All the Mr Bigs of the world (and their thousands of minders and media followers) are in BrisVegas this long weekend for the G20 Leaders’ Summit. Most of BrisVegas is heading to the beach. I’d be heading there too if I’d decided more than two weeks ago that getting out of town

DIY rice paper rolls

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Sponsored by Westfield Garden City I’m one of those people who find cooking relaxing. It’s my time out. My hobby, if you like. I’m also lucky that Mr SY likes to hang out in the kitchen. During the week it’s all about getting something nutritious on the table with the minimum amount of fuss as

It’s a wrap

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It’s a wrap! Hello Friday. I see you and you’re looking mighty fine. This week has been a mixed up bag of fun and work thrown in for good measure. Queensland doesn’t even have a public holiday for Melbourne Cup but it felt like I did. There’s something about tanning and frocking up mid-week and

10 tips for surviving the party season

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Sponsored by Female for Life There is a pile of washing folded on my bed. Most of it is active wear. When I travel, my suitcase always contains a set of said activewear and my sneakers. I don’t even know who I am any more. But I do like this person I’ve become. I don’t

Christmas giveaway: Win 1 of 18 prizes worth $4717

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Can you believe that it’s the silly season already Stylers?  As scary as that may be, the good news is that it’s time for the Styling You Christmas giveaway! We have 18 prizes valued at a whopping $4717 for you to fill your own stockings. How does that sound? Depending what is on your wish

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

5 ways to create Champagne moments in your life

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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

Taking stock

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Fabulous blogger and author and crafter and all-round good person Pip Lincolne started this idea of “taking stock” way back at the start of the year. She’s even including the below list in her upcoming book. I joined in then and really did mean to do this once a quarter but, you know … life

Make health your priority for lasting change

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Sponsored by Fernwood Fitness I’m not a health professional and I’m not a fitness guru. I’m just a woman who has always had to work hard at losing or even maintaining my weight. An underlying health issue – Hashimoto’s – does not help my efforts (you can catch up with my back story on that

Share your favourite wedding day moments

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We’ve been celebrating for a week now but today is the actual day of our 10th wedding anniversary. Mr SY and I were married on a balmy and breezy afternoon at Mooloolaba on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. We chose a long lunch over a long evening event, wrongly guestimating that this would reduce the champagne and

7 more reasons to love The Whitsundays

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We’ll be back. I uttered these three simple words in enthusiastic passing to the general manager of Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island as we stepped into the silver mini van which whisked us to the airport for our homeward flight. And just a few hours later we WERE back. Those seemingly benign words turning unbelievably and wonderfully

Where to eat and drink in Brisbane: Fortitude Valley

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I’m changing things up here on the blog today. If you’re new around these parts, when I’m not talking fashion or beauty, I indulge my passion for food, drinks and travel. And often the best of those three things is found on your doorstep. It’s eight months since we made the move from the Sunshine Coast to the

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