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An afternoon in Paris with Carla Coulson

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Paris dreaming. Yes, it’s still happening here. Did those two days really happen? They did and I have some photos to prove it. Not just any old photos. NO. Carla Coulson photos to be exact. Carla is an incredibly talented Australian photographer married to an Italian and living in Paris. She’s photographed six books and

Beauty travel essentials (plus essential extras)

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I am a lover of beauty products. If you are a regular around here, you already know that, right? If you’ve landed on this page in the hope of finding the secret to packing light when it comes to beauty travel essentials, I have to warn you. This IS my version of packing light when it comes to

How to set fitness goals and keep them

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Sponsored by Female for Life My name is Nikki and I’m missing my regular exercise routine. Yes, I don’t know who I am either. On my recent holidays I was definitely active. I managed a couple of quick yoga sessions using an app on my iPad and we did some serious walking most days (hello 7km

Italian inspired flourless chocolate hazelnut torte

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Editor’s note: please make today’s guest welcome, Kristie Welsh, PR and Comms wonderwoman who runs her own agency called Communicated. From now on, Kristie will share monthly recipes with all of us, so that we can wow our friends and family with her achievable but delicious creations.  Hands up who’s been following Nikki’s travels through Europe, wishing

How to beat jet lag

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Apart from waking up at 3am each day like I’m ready for an evening out sipping prosecco and downing a caprese salad, I really can’t tell if I’ve been jet-lagged since returning from Europe last Friday. Reason being: I’ve been battling a lovely lurgy picked up two weeks ago while in Italy. That’s energy zapping

What to do in Milan in a day

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Europe is dotted with some of the most incredible cathedrals in the world but there is so much about Milan’s Duomo which is captivating in its design. It makes it impossible not to gravitate towards it. My gravitation had nothing whatsoever to do with the shops and boutiques lining the streets immediately around the Duomo. Who

What to see and do in Puglia, Italy

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I’m sitting on a beach chair under an umbrella staring out at a sparkling sea of turquoise and sapphire hues. It’s near lunch time and the only thing beckoning is a Spritz* and anti pasti at a nearby trattoria. Life IS good. It’s something I’ve hashtagged a lot this past week. When my beautiful friend

Styling You finalist in 2015 Telstra Business Awards

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Note: This is Kim here, Nikki’s assistant. I’m hijacking her blog to share some really exciting news! I might get in trouble for sharing it with you all, but I thought you’d love to congratulate her along with me!  While travelling through Paris last week, the most romantic city in the world, Nikki received some

What to do in Paris in summer

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It was Easter 1980.  My grandparents, parents and brothers and I were on a European adventure. Two small cars loaded to the max and ferried across the English Channel on an evening where the seas were far from calm. It wasn’t long until the floors of the area in which we were seated were awash

Interiors style – give your living room a makeover

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Editor’s note: Please welcome today’s guest blogger: Kristie Castagna from Elements at Home. Kristie is a professional blogger, interior stylist and colour consultant so who better to give a living room a makeover? Let’s update the Living Room together. I can’t help myself, I constantly change things around in my home and to my Husbands credit he

Search for Mr Darcy at Chatsworth House

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I blame Jane Austen. I blame Mr Darcy. But mostly I blame Colin Firth. In vain I have struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. My one (touristy) wish when visiting my parents in the UK (they

June 2015 favourite reads

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Editor’s note: Please welcome back Deborah from Debbish dot com. Deb and I go way back … to primary school in regional Queensland. As a nine-year-old I was in awe of her jazz ballet skills and as a fellow 40-something, I’m in awe of her voracious reading. Each month she’ll now also be sharing her favourite

13 things to do in London in summer

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As we walked through Green Park and saw the green and white striped deck chairs lined up and ready for London’s sun worshippers, I smiled We really were in London. For summer. The expected top of 21 degrees was bound to bring out office workers on their lunch breaks. Truth be told, the deck chairs

What to pack for a European summer holiday

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This would have to be my biggest packing challenge to date. Well, since I started seeing every trip as an opportunity to better myself in this game the experts call packing light. I need to be upfront with you from the outset, if you’re looking for a “how to pack for three weeks in Europe with

My health story – an update

Editor’s note: This is not medical advice that would necessarily work for you – please see your health care professional/s and work together on a plan that works for you. My alarm went off at 5.30am this morning. Like it does two mornings each week so I make it to my 6am yoga classes. There

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