Fabulous Friday September 24: what’s made your week?

Nikki ParkinsonBeauty, Fashion 8 Comments

Welcome to Fabulous Fridays – my weekly blog and video blog (vlog!) about the things that have made my week.   It’s all about the positive – and yes, you’ll find a little style tip as well. Let me know what you think?  And most importantly, what’s made your week. 

  What’s made my week?


Me and Jen Hawkins (I'm the one on the left). I'm wearing a Hats by Sandy A headpiece, Salita Matthews necklace and EP by Easton Pearson dress


1.  Meeting Jennifer Hawkins.  I’d love to tell you that she’s not half as good looking in person as she is in her photos but I’d be telling you a big fat one.  She is gorgeous.  And she was a very good sport about all the requests she got for photos last Friday (yes, I was one of them) at the Wishlist Spring Carnival Gala.  I am just one of the committee members behind this event (the committee is chaired by Travis Schultz from law firm, Schultz Toomey O’Brien) and I’m incredibly proud to report that the 600 people who attended raised $114,000.  This money will be used to build a dedicated children’s section in the Emergency Department at Nambour General Hospital (this region’s major public hospital). Jen helped out the fundraising as well, bidding $6600 for a week in a luxury beach house on Sydney’s northern beaches.  The lunch started at 12noon and let’s just say I got home less than 12 hours later … just.      

Jen Hawkins and Sunrise's Natalie Barr get briefed before the event


Jen Hawkins is interviewed by Sunshine Coast Daily's Nathanael Cooper












Striking a pose


2.  A night away with my husband for our wedding anniversary.  This doesn’t happen often enough.  Sans-kids.  No schedule.  Hotel room.  Don’t panic.  There won’t be anymore details except to say that if you’ve never stayed at The Emporium in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, then put it on your must-do list.  James Street (fabulous dream shopping … Frockshop, Chelsea de Luca, Mimco, Witchery, Francis Leon, sass & bide, Libertine Parfumerie, Bettina Liano and Easton Pearson) is all just a stroll away, as is your pick of places to dine out and drink.  We chose budget Chinatown for dinner and cocktails at Cloudland and Zuri, ending with dessert at Freestyle Tout.   Think my priorities were in the right order (cheap dinner, expensive cocktails and decadent dessert), weren’t they? 


The Emporium Hotel Brisbane

It was the kind of bed you wish you could take home with you ...

3.  Thinking about my dream job … if I wasn’t a) over the hill and b) within cooee of a Westfield shopping centre.  You may or may not have heard by now of a great little initiative by Westfield.  They’re running a comp where one very lucky person gets to shop for a year and blog about what they buy.  Oh, and did I mention they’ll get paid a whopping $100,000 to do so?  Pity I’m slightly (ahhemmm) out of the demographic or I’d be putting my entry in pronto.  Think you’re more in line with what they’re looking for?  Find out more here.  

Want $100,000 to blog about shopping for a year? Yep, me too!

4.  Burt’s Bees’ Liptember.  Have you puckered up for women’s health yet?  All profits from sales of Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Rhubarb purchased at Priceline ($10) this month will go to Liptember’s first beneficiary, the Royal Women’s Hospital (Melbourne).  

Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer Rhubarb $10 at Priceline this month for Liptember

So, over to you … what’s made your week (and are you surviving the school holidays?)  

Oh, and don’t forget to enter the comp to win an escape to The Golden Door

Comments 8

  1. Moving into our new shiny house tomorrow, it’s been a long build but sooo worth it, AND there is a dish washer Oooooh the luxury! I think I’ll just spend the day tomorrow stroking the dishwasher. Actually it’s a toss up between that or the ensuite, we have been sharing a tiny bathroom for months! Although no doubt the family will still end up in whatever bathroom I am in. ;o)

    Have a great weekend

    W x

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  2. argh bad week,bad week – to top it off just tried to enter competition to enter the Golden Door comp and I had to register to enter and then when I registered it said “sorry this competition is only available to new members?! what the?!

    sorry Nikki i am not in the spirit of things here…

    best bit of this week is going to happen tonight (just don’t know what yet but have the faith after a bad, bad week!)

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