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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


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


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


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


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

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

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

What to do on Valentine’s Day – loved up or not

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I was on location working yesterday with lots of beautiful young women around me. Valentine’s Day came up in conversation and one of the women said that she was flying out to Adelaide for the weekend to escape the day. It got me to thinking – and reminiscing (can you reminisce if something is a

9 Tasmania holiday tips

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Sponsored by Spirit of Tasmania We were just about to switch the lights out on the first night in Tasmania when my young travel companion said to me, “Mum, Tasmania has all your favourite things: cheese, raspberries, chocolate, salmon and wine.” Wise boy that Master SY. In one simple sentence, he succinctly summed up why

How to take a selfie

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Sponsored by Olympus Australia When I first blogged about how to take a selfie – in 2012 – the whole concept of a selfie was seemingly reserved for bloggers. In 2015 you’d be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t taken a selfie. Even big name celebs who have their photos taken by professionals (granted,

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