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Escape to the QT Gold Coast


Since we moved from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane so many have asked us whether we miss the beach. DER! Of COURSE we miss the beach. Having it on our doorstep was something we tried not to take for granted when we lived at the Coast. This meant that most holidays and long weekends we’d

Escape to the Crown Metropol Melbourne

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A few years ago Mr SY called me from a hotel in Melbourne where his employers had put him up for the night. To tell me how GREAT it was and how much I would love to stay there. So instead of cooking dinner or something equally mundane, I took to Google to take 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

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

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

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

Whitsundays- Whitehaven Beach

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

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