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7 tips for getting your healthy living routine back on track


Sponsored by Female for Life I don’t know about you but January is a pretty silly time of the year, isn’t it? Even if you don’t go away on holidays, there is just a more relaxed, non-routine vibe in the air. I actually crave that non-routine silliness after a busy, scheduled year. Not having to

57 ways to change it up in 2015

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We’re 21 days into the New Year. I love a list of goals like the next wannabe-over-achieving person. The trouble is that January always feels like one glorious, balmy (see I’m even romanticising the hot, humid weather) holiday. Even if I’m not on one. Over the last few years, I’ve learned to just go with this feeling

9 tips for packing clothes for a trip away

9 tips for packing for a trip away

I’m travelling again this week. This is far from an unusual occurrence. I’ve spent the best part of the last six months packing and unpacking … for mostly work trips. The thing is, I don’t think I can hang on to my notoriety as an over-packer any longer. Well maybe just a little bit. Necessity

Bells at Killcare day spa – and restaurant


I am a Spa Rat from way back. This is not news to anyone who’s been a regular around here. For new SY readers, a Spa Rat is someone who will purposefully book a holiday around its location in relation to a day spa. A Spa Rat will spend hours scrolling through websites and social media to

Meet the personal trainer for your pelvic floor – the PeriCoach

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Sponsored by PeriCoach Hands up if one of your goals for 2015 was to get your pelvic floor muscles in tip-top condition? Yep, didn’t think so. I don’t think it would have been one of my goals either until I heard about the PeriCoach device. I guess the easiest way for me to describe the

Shopping staycation at Hilton Brisbane

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My friend Smaggle recently posted about how to shop on Boxing Day like a boss. It’s an extremely useful blog post and I wholeheartedly agree with all of her tips … but I now have a new one to add to her list. If you REALLY want to shop the sales like a boss and

The best of Styling You 2014

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I’m spending Christmas Eve attending to my roots. Not sure why I thought a Christmas Eve booking for a cut and colour was a good idea but it’s happening and I will be blonde for Christmas. Because that’s important, right? Tonight we’ll sit down to dinner – the five of us will all actually be

Say hello to the Olympus selfie camera

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Sponsored by Olympus Australia I can remember my first camera. Can you? It was rectangular in shape, had a basic point and shoot action and a flash. The subjects of my photos were always off centre and I’d make each roll of film last as long as possible, knowing the cost of having it processed was

Girlfriends escape to Marriott Brisbane Hotel

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Yesterday I blogged about how to buy a beauty gift for another woman. I hinted at the ultimate beauty gift being one that includes a beauty experience; a chance for a bit of pampering. For me, any chance to share the pampering experience makes it all the better. Last weekend I was invited to do

Love your body: WIN a $10K wellness trip to Thailand


Sponsored by Female for Life Take that mince pie out of your mouth (well put it down for later) because have I got the ultimate motivation to love your body through the festive season? A 7-night wellness retreat to Absolute Sanctuary, Koh Samui, Thailand. YES! One very lucky Styling You reader will get to join me

It’s a wrap

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Today is a super special day in the SY household. The beautiful and smart Miss SY turns 18. She’s managed to get through her first year of uni under-age and is very much hanging out to join her friends out and about at pubs and clubs. That starts tonight with drinks at a hotel before

It’s a wrap


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

Cheveux Design and Espresso

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

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