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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,

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

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