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Styling You’s 2013 highlights

Featured Happy New Year

I’ve been getting a bit reflective – as I’m wont to do at this time of year. Reflections are good, don’t you think? For me, it’s a chance to stop and actually take stock and be grateful for everything that’s happened in 2013 – personally and professionally. And it’s been a big year on both

My 2013 health story

The SY 2013 health story

Hello my name is Nikki and I’m a much healthier person than I was this time last year. Yes, I may have indulged in one too many glasses of champers over the past few days but I’ve done so in the knowledge that I think I’ve finally come up with a health formula that works

It’s Christmas time

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I was flying back from my quick trip to Sydney last week and was flicking through the inflight channels when, lo and behold, I found the Max channel was streaming some 1980s Christmas gold. George Michael appeared giving his heart only to have it taken away. And then the original BandAid song, Do They Know

How to cope with stress at Christmas

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Sponsored by NIVEA Australia It’s December. There is no longer any hiding from Christmas and all the silliness that goes with it. I’m guessing that most of you are thick in the middle of the silliness right now. If you’ve got kids, school has either finished or you’re spending every second evening at end-of-year concerts.

How to serve one Christmas cake three ways

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Although I’m perfectly comfortable tackling sexy subjects like mojo and bondage on my blog – Keeping Up With The Holsbys  – I did not come to visit Nikki to talk about ménage a trois as such. I’m actually talking about a trio of cake. Sincerest apologies if I snagged you under false pretences. After juggling

The farewell party

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I was wandering around Cotton Tree this morning, as is my weekday morning ritual of checking the PO Box, grabbing a few bits and pieces for dinner at Cotton Tree Meats and Get Fresh, picking up some peonies from the florist shop and staring in the window and lusting at Willow & Bird. And I

Weekend recipe: iced black coffee

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Sponsored by L’OR Espresso There are two gadgets on our kitchen bench that get daily love – our Thermomix and our Nespresso machine. The Nespresso machine cost us about about a eleventy billion times less than the Thermo and, if I were inclined to do the numbers, which I am not as I’m not a

An update on the Styling You book


It’s four months since I signed the Styling You book deal with Hachette Australia. Can’t quite believe it really as so much has been jammed into that four months. I’ve been reflecting on that a bit this week and thought I’d share with you here what’s been involved to date and where I’m at in

Christmas giveaway: WIN 1 of 21 prizes valued at $7552

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With Christmas only just around the corner (sorry if that scares you Stylers) we have our biggest ever giveaway to help get you in the mood for giving. With 21 prizes valued at $7552 this one is all about treating yourself or a loved one to something special. From some gorgeous wardrobe pieces thanks to LBD,

How to create a gluten-free high tea menu

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Sponsored by Woolworths I took you through my gluten-free story here. It’s something that resonated with many of you and I’m glad I opened the discussion here about it. Making the decision to eliminate a whole category of food from your diet is not something to be taken lightly and is preferably done with advice

Why my feet and calves won’t ache this summer: Revitive LV


Sponsored by Revitive LV Are you ready for another of my health confessions? This one’s not new. It’s related to my auto-immune thyroid disorder, Hashimotos, which I’ve talked about at length before. One of the many and varied symptoms I have with this condition is what I like to affectionately dub, the Summer Cankle. See,

9 tips for a girls’ getaway to Bali

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A little over 12 months ago we were standing under a big, old mango tree, solving the first world’s problems over champagne while celebrating my girlfriend Simone’s 39th birthday. As the mango flowers dropped around us, a seed was planted for her 40th. I didn’t think much more of it (blame the champagne) until March

It’s World Psoriasis Day. Don’t hide

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Sponsored by Janssen Today is World Psoriasis Day. I wrote about my experience with this auto-immune condition here. Writing about it or even telling a friend I have psoriasis is something I thought I’d never do. I was just too embarrassed. Up until a few years ago, the only people who knew I had psoriasis

The Model and Me (Bali edition): Binny

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There’s no escaping the humidity and the heat when in Bali. Except, of course, if you remain in an air-conditioned room or standing in a pool drinking cocktails. I totally endorse those two options – and may have employed them myself while in Bali last week – but there comes a time when you need

The Model and Me (Bali edition): iAllure Kaftans

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You know my love of a kaftan, don’t you? Can’t get enough of them. My love of them is probably equal to the places I like to visit where kaftans are appropriate attire. If you could see my suitcase for Bali this week, you’d find day and evening kaftan options. It’s just how I roll

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