Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

10 books to read right now

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Editor’s note: Please welcome today’s guest blogger: Deborah 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 reads with Styling

Mother’s Day giveaway: win 1 of 21 prizes valued at $3152

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It’s that wonderful time of year, when we celebrate the mothers in our life. You may be a mum yourself, and choose to keep your prize, or perhaps you plan to give it to a special mother you know could use a reminder of how loved they are.  Either way, you’ll really want to enter

Escape to Byron Bay

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The family and work planets aligned on the weekend and planted us back in Northern New South Wales’ beautiful Byron Bay – almost a year since we last visited. Miss SY had a 21st to attend and is still trying to get her hours sorted for her licence so wanted to drive. Mr SY wanted to

Escape to the QT Gold Coast

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Since we moved from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane so many have asked us whether we miss the beach. DER! Of COURSE we miss the beach. Having it on our doorstep was something we tried not to take for granted when we lived at the Coast. This meant that most holidays and long weekends we’d

What to pack for a health retreat holiday

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Sponsored by Female for Life Somebody pinch me. In less than a month I’ll be winging my way to Koh Samui, Thailand, to spend the good part of a week at a health retreat. Absolute Sanctuary to be exact. Now, the last time (and my first visit) I visited Koh Samui, it was our honeymoon – 10

Escape to the Crown Metropol Melbourne

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A few years ago Mr SY called me from a hotel in Melbourne where his employers had put him up for the night. To tell me how GREAT it was and how much I would love to stay there. So instead of cooking dinner or something equally mundane, I took to Google to take a

How to pose for photos + WIN an Olympus selfie camera

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Sponsored by Olympus Australia I have two friends who are former models. The only former thing about them is that they no longer model professionally. They are utterly gorgeous, tall and know how to pose for a photo. Now, most people might shy away from being in a photo with a model – former or

The Model and Me: Maiocchi

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The majority of my wardrobe is what I classify as smart casual. This makes sense as I work from home. But. I do attend networking functions and business lunches or meetings. For those times, I need to have a number of go-to frocks on hand to meet the occasion. Ideally, they’re frocks that don’t require

One pot wonder recipes to make your life easier

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Towards the end of last year, when I was well and truly over the nightly catering gig and the teenagers had moved back home – meaning the catering was essentially now for four adults and one child – I cottoned on to my mate BabyMac‘s biggest cooking secret. The harnessing of the large Scanpan roasting

Home office ideas from SY readers

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Last month I shared the 2015 SY home office space. It came on the back of a long-overdue tidy up. You’ll be pleased to know that I’ve kept it in a tidy state and in order. One of the things I mentioned that I needed to address was the issue of my office chair. Well,

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

How to take a flat lay photo

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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

End of summer giveaway: win 1 of 10 prizes valued at $2463

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Who can believe that summer is nearly over?  In order to get you prepared for the fact that autumn is just around the corner, we have a bumper end-of-summer giveaway for you.  With a chance to win one of 10 prizes at a total value of $2463, you’ve got to be in it to win it,

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

13 tips for professional business photos

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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

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