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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

Birthday giveaway: win 1 of 13 prizes valued at $2538

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already June, which means that it’s time for Nikki’s birthday, and time for YOU to receive the birthday presents in a bumper giveaway. We have 13 wonderful prizes for you valued at $2538. For your wardrobe, we are giving away a gorgeous accessories pack from Advika, a sweater from

16 best shops Paddington Brisbane

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It’s 18 months since we made the move from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane. EIGHTEEN months. In some ways it feels like it’s longer. In some ways it seems like yesterday. We’ve very much settled into our new environment. We’re fortunate to have made some beautiful new friends, have re-connected with old friends and completely

May 2015 favourite reads

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Editor’s note: Please welcome back Deborah from Debbish Dotcom. 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 reads

5 Sydney foodie experiences for your next visit

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I may be able to sniff out a shopping or spa opportunity on any given holiday or weekend escape but another special skill I have is seeking out good foodie experiences. It’s no secret that I love food, whether that’s eating out or cooking up a storm at home. Just quietly, I don’t mind an

How’s your pelvic floor holding up?

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Sponsored by PeriCoach Squats. Star jumps. Laughing. Sneezing. Coughing. Dancing. Splashing around in a pool. Bending over. Jumping on a trampoline. Doing the dishes. Lifting up a heavy suitcase. Downward facing dogs. What do all these things have in common? The ability to bring on a bladder leakage, that’s what. Well, they do in me.

8 tips for life from Lisa Messenger

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Here’s where I confess to executing a total fan-girl moment. It’s true. It happened last Friday when I was in Sydney for my sponsorship and advertising agency’s annual conference and third birthday celebrations. Founder of the Collective Hub magazine (and author and speaker) Lisa Messenger was our final speaker for the event. Talk about end

How to update your bedroom

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Sponsored by Valspar – The Future of Paint It’s no surprise that I like to update my wardrobe but unless you follow me on Instagram you may not be aware that I also like to update things around the home. The first thing I did more than 12 months ago when we moved into our Brisbane

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