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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

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Unlock Your Style + peonies

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

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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

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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

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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

DIY rice paper rolls

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Sponsored by Westfield Garden City I’m one of those people who find cooking relaxing. It’s my time out. My hobby, if you like. I’m also lucky that Mr SY likes to hang out in the kitchen. During the week it’s all about getting something nutritious on the table with the minimum amount of fuss as

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It’s a wrap! Hello Friday. I see you and you’re looking mighty fine. This week has been a mixed up bag of fun and work thrown in for good measure. Queensland doesn’t even have a public holiday for Melbourne Cup but it felt like I did. There’s something about tanning and frocking up mid-week and

10 tips for surviving the party season

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Sponsored by Female for Life There is a pile of washing folded on my bed. Most of it is active wear. When I travel, my suitcase always contains a set of said activewear and my sneakers. I don’t even know who I am any more. But I do like this person I’ve become. I don’t

Christmas giveaway: Win 1 of 18 prizes worth $4717

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Can you believe that it’s the silly season already Stylers?  As scary as that may be, the good news is that it’s time for the Styling You Christmas giveaway! We have 18 prizes valued at a whopping $4717 for you to fill your own stockings. How does that sound? Depending what is on your wish

This is what smoking does to your skin

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Sponsored by Queensland Health I do not know how I did NOT become a smoker. At one point in my young life, my boyfriend, both parents and two brothers all smoked. Inside the house. When I started work as a journo, many of my colleagues smoked. At their desks. It’s quite incredulous today to believe

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