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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

7 more reasons to love The Whitsundays

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We’ll be back. I uttered these three simple words in enthusiastic passing to the general manager of Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island as we stepped into the silver mini van which whisked us to the airport for our homeward flight. And just a few hours later we WERE back. Those seemingly benign words turning unbelievably and wonderfully

Where to eat and drink in Brisbane: Fortitude Valley


I’m changing things up here on the blog today. If you’re new around these parts, when I’m not talking fashion or beauty, I indulge my passion for food, drinks and travel. And often the best of those three things is found on your doorstep. It’s eight months since we made the move from the Sunshine Coast to the

More Sunshine Coast top things to do

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It’s been five months since we packed up and left the beautiful Sunshine Coast for our new home of Brisbane. Five months of absorbing all that is fun about city living. Five months of embracing the hills, the river, the lack of salty air. And then the opportunity arrives to return to your former home

Escape to Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa

Heritage Suite private pool Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa

A girlfriend of mine memorably once quoted that she doesn’t do camping – that the only stars she sleeps under are the five stars of a hotel or resort chain. I looked up from the deck of my stand-alone suite at Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa last week and thought she’d be pretty impressed

What to do in Byron Bay

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It’s almost six months since we made the move to Brisbane from our beachside home of many years. Whenever I meet someone new or catch up with an old friend, the first question I’m usually asked is, “do you miss the Sunshine Coast?”. I do. And I don’t. This move of ours was a long

Escape to Spicers Hidden Vale

Spicers Hidden Vale

For the past two months or so, I’ve been absorbing everything city life. I’ve been asked on many occasion if I miss the beach after our move from the Sunshine Coast. This question usually illicits a tilt of the head and a few seconds’ contemplation on my part. And then a, “no”. For now. The

Farewell Sunshine Coast. It’s been swell

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As you read this post, our “life” is being loaded on to a big truck. Destination Brisbane. This farewell has been a long time coming. It’s been part of our long-term plan since Mr SY took his first job in Brisbane five and a half years ago. Planning and prepping for this moment does make

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

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

How to pack for a trip to Europe


Returning to England on a fairly regular basis is something I love to do. It’s where I was born and my roots lie deep and strong in the old country’s green and pleasant land – despite my new love for Australia, particularly Western Australia which I now call home. But it doesn’t matter how many

Things to do on the Gold Coast that don’t involve the beach

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The Gold Coast and I have a long-standing relationship. The Glitter Strip was our Mum’s Christmas holiday destination of choice through the 1970s and early 1980s. Although, to be honest, there was not much glitter involved in these trips. Christmas lunch was held in a hot, fibro shack at Mermaid Beach. We feasted on a

7 reasons to love Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat

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I was a guest of Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat* It may have been five and a half years since I’d driven up the very steep driveway that leads to Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat but those five plus years disappeared in a breath. Specifically a deep breath. Deep breaths being the only kind of breathing encouraged at this

Postcards from The Whitsundays

5 things to do in The Whitsundays, Queensland, Australia

What makes for a great escape? For me, it’s the SMALL things that make for the BIG memories … The scent of aromatherapy oils wafting from a vapouriser lit in your bathroom. The genuine smile on the faces of EVERY staff member you so much as walk by. White ginger and pear herbal tea served

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