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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,

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

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