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CONTENTS Features 18 22 37

Big Win – Hiton + The King & I Turning the Page – Collette Dinnigan’s new book. Sophie Monk – Hometown girl

Fashion 32 38 40 42

Modern Classics – New season collection from Joseph Ribkoff. Bold Presence – The latest runway fashion trends. Radiant Orchid – Must have purple-themed fashion pieces. For the Love of Fashion – The revolution of online shopping.

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Tropical Splendour – Coconut infused beauty products. Sitting is the New Smoking 8 Minute Model Workout Eat Yourself Beautiful – New nutritious book by Lee Holmes. Caught in the Net – The new technology addiction. More Art than Fashion – Nail trends and styles.


70 Focus – Local business profiles. 72 The importance of a Will.

Home & Interiors 76 78 82

Radiant Orchid – Continue the purple hue into your interiors. The Modern Minimalist – A new home style. Thinking Inside the Box – James Dawson interior insight.


90 Bon Appétit – Delicious works of art by local cake designer. 92 Dish it Up! – Mouth-watering recipes from Hayden Quinn. 98 Dining Review – Videre, new chef, new menu, new heights! 100 Dining Review – TetsuAki. 102 Globe Trotter – Travel products. 107 Maldiving – The Maldives, a diver’s and diner’s delight. 110 Go by Boat – Life’s better by boat! 112 Cruise Control – Ship to shore.

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10 From the Editor 12 Issue Inspiration – Purple Reign. 14 What’s On – Regional events. 26 Entertainment – Books & Music. 114 Radar – BMW’s Electric Dreams. 116 Drive Guide – Stylish Volvo V40. 119 Socials – The GC’s best soirees. 128 Stars

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It has always been our I’ve just returned from the most amazing place – not a destination goal at Gold Coast as such, but a state of mind. I spent the weekend unplugged and switched back into family. Tech-silence can transform the wayto youshowcase Magazine see your world. the very best our region My kids hadn’t met the “fun mummy”, who stays and to playsoffer; Lego or this city has ponies with them. My parents enjoyed the fully-focused me, and I with cultural lingered long enough for a cuppa and a catch brimming up about rellies. a a hub of My long-suffering husband was impressed thatvibrancy, I made time for manicure and pedicure, then sat with him while he pottered around creativity if you like. We on the never-ending reno and talked about something other than nt you to discover for yourself what many of the locals have known for years; bills and our children! e café nooks, festivals, boutiques, markets, art galleries, community initiatives I submersed myself in the bath with a book, found peace savouring d restaurants that form important what my is essentially words read aforvery leisure rather thanpart work.of I counted blessings andthe Gold found them too numerous to list. ast’s own cultural flavour. It is the very essence of what makes our city tick, It might not beand a permanent state but itofwas a chance to reboot our identity, our history an indication where we are going in the in the areas that matter. Whether you take time away to retreat ure. I found four locals whoofare just life, as passionate about issue as I am. See from the noise modern or just swear off your this screens for one while you reconnect, it’s great for thepage soul and hat they had to weekend say in The Cultural Commentary on 16.the senses. On that Zen note, we present this issue with its share of health and

o in this issue, well-being we have everything you need to get ready for Spring including guidance: Caught in the Web, about how a fixation on technology has allTown the hallmarks is moment, e latest looks from Robina Centreof substance featuringaddiction; model Sitting of the the New Smoking; inspiration in the form of our travel feature on ystal Ford (see page 32). There is also the Melbourne Cup Venues Guide (see Cruising, leading lights in design, fashion and business, our annual ge 100) incase Interiors you haven’t secured your the big day,ofand a slimming & Renovation special, as seat well asfor reviews of some the Gold Coast’s top restaurants. d spa feature (see page 64) so you can indulge in a little rejuvenation and Therenot is anwant array oftoprizes win this issue too: a Brisbane getaway mpering. You will missto the exciting competitions we have up for two couples with tickets to the King & I, tickets to the Brisbane grabs in this issue either, including aMacbeth, weekend The Byron production of Shakespeare’s cookaway books,atmake-up and at Byron PLUS, you could win 5 nights at the incredible Dusit Thani sort and Spa, amore. $1000 Spring wardrobe from No. 1 at Island Emporium and resort in The Maldives, valued at $12,000. There’s something to whet Melbourne Cup package for the big event at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort your appetite . . . d Spa.

nally, it is with a heavy heart that I hang up my editor’s hat this issue. After six Jeni Bone and 25 issues as editor, I am leaving my position to ars with the publication and the GCM team mbark on my next journey, motherhood. I have loved every minute of my time th GCM and feel truly privileged to have been instrumental in the creation of hat it is today. WINTER WONDERLAND – The 2014 Bruce Lynton Charity Ball


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The 8th year of the annual film festival, runs from 29 February to 10 March. A Red Carpet Gala Closing Party will announce the events award winners, and the award for Best Film. Visit





William Shakespeare’s Macbeth is coming to Brisbane’s Playhouse Theatre, QPAC. Experience this classic dark and epic tale of murder, seduction, ambition, betrayal and ultimate consequences. directed by Michael Attenborough and running until 13 April. Visit

Gold Coast’s arts, music and beach culture festival is back this month until the 23rd. Bringing to the coast, contemporary live music, exhibitions, street parties, theatre and more. Kicking off the festival is the opening party at the Soundlounge in Currumbin. Visit



Experience the story of a nation at war, where cameras watch every move. This theatrical event is a tale of forbidden love and one man’s fight for freedom. Visit



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Queensland Symphony Orchestra is coming to Brisbane to perform a tale in music. Playing Stravinsky’s fable, about a deserting soldier who surrenders his soul to the devil, they spin a tale of vibrant colours and wild moods. Starting at 3pm at the QSO Studio, South Bank. Visit



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The legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The King & I, returns to Australia. Starring lead actress Lisa McCune, and actor Teddy Rhodes. A Triple Crown award winner, this production has been hailed as “the most ravishing show you may ever see on Broadway”. Playing at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre in Brisbane. Visit



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millions all over the world with its delightful story of Anna Leonowens, brought to the court of Siam as tutor to the King’s children.

The talented stars were first linked professionally last year in Opera Australia’s hit production of South Pacific.

The stage production is a triple crown award winner: The Tony, the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle for Best Musical Revival, and is described by critics as a dazzling show, a lavish and triumphant fresh new look at a time-honoured classic.

Lisa McCune will play Anna in the Rodgers and Hammerstein masterpiece, made famous by Deborah Kerr in the 1956 film version alongside Yul Brynner as the King. The King And I will premiere in Brisbane in April 2014, followed by Melbourne in June and Sydney in September. Described as “the most ravishing show you may ever see on Broadway”, The King and I is a dazzling musical celebration, a sumptuous production with stunning scenery and magnificent costumes, definitely an event not to be missed. For decades, the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic has captivated


The King And I is a story of love and joy, set to one of the most glorious, unforgettable scores ever written, including Shall We Dance, I Whistle A Happy Tune, Hello Young Lovers, Getting To Know You, I Have Dreamed and Something Wonderful. Tickets have already gone on sale for the Brisbane season, which starts 15 April with its Australian premiere at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), presented by Gordon Frost Organization and Opera Australia.

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Alongside much-loved Australian actress and four-time Gold Logie winner Lisa McCune and Teddy Tahu Rhodes is Chinese-born Australian opera singer, Shu-Cheen Yu in the role of Lady Thiang, the King’s chief wife. She is returning to the production 23 years after playing the young Burmese slave girl, Tuptim in 1991. Adrian Li Donni is Lun Tha, the Burmese scholar and envoy who is secretly in love with Tuptim, a role he played for the Production Company in Melbourne in 2010 and in the US the year before that. The King and I was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s fifth musical together and is considered one of the jewels in their crown. It was based on Margaret Landon’s 1944 novel Anna and the King of Siam, which took its inspiration from the memoirs of Anna Leonowens, a British governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam (now Thailand) in the early 1860s.

A hit on Broadway in 1951, where it starred Gertrude Lawrence (who died during the season) and Yul Brynner, the show ran for three years before touring. The first London production opened in 1953, enjoying similar success. In 1956 it became a famous film starring Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner who won an Academy Award for his performance. Christopher Renshaw will return to Australia next year to revive the production, with its stunning Thai-inspired set design by Brian Thomson, sumptuous costumes by Roger Kirk and lighting by Nigel Levings. Susan Kikuchi will recreate the original Jerome Robbins choreography as well as the choreography of her mother Yuriko who appeared in the 1951 Broadway production and the 1956 film. For bookings visit or phone 136 246.

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Life’s Milestones How we influence our children’s opinions, plus Collette Dinnigan’s new book detailing her experiences in the beauty and fashion industry.

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Variously described as memoir, diary, stream of consciousness and tribute tome, Collette Dinnigan’s book, Obsessive Creative is a work of art.


ustralia’s internationally esteemed designer has celebrated her nearly 25 years in the spotlight with the release of an historic account of her life and career: from the nomadic upbringing aboard a yacht, then in Australia and New Zealand, her early inspiration, influences and highlights of a profession which fortuitously, revolves around beautiful dresses, exotic locations, incredibly elegant models and more than her share of travel to the world’s fashion capitals. “My book is definitely not a novel,” she explained. “It’s a collection of milestones in my life, memories and behind the scenes. I never meant it to be so intimate – it was meant to be more about the work. But as I progressed, I realised they were so intertwined – all the exciting collaborations, the events, the complicated process of bringing a dress to life, of putting on a show in Paris.” Collette’s designs have featured in every major fashion magazine around the world. Her distinctive yet diverse gowns and garments are worn by an impressive list of leading actresses, celebrities and royalty, and coveted and saved for by the rest of us. The launch of her large, luscious and superbly crafted book almost eclipsed the shock announcement that this doyenne of exquisite fabrics and timeless designs had decided to take a break, shut up shop and live a little. Off the back of 24 years working 24/7, designing 13 collections per year, Collette revealed to a captivated audience at a recent lunch at Palazzo Versace that she “had earned some time off”. “I have two children, Estella and Hunter, and a lovely husband, my best friend, who I want to spend my time with. I want to work on projects that resonate with me. I would like to collaborate with people who I feel a synergy with. I want to be spontaneous!” In person, Collette Dinnigan is a compelling mix of wide-eyed naïf, with the unmistakable glint of an astute entrepreneur, who explains the intricacies of embroidery, as compared with those of French lace with wonder, yet technical precision. She is softly spoken, but her words are concise, her voice unwavering, conveying the determination it took to create a global name, which she states remains her own. “I could have sold my brand, my business, many times, for many millions, but I decided money can’t be the most motivating thing in life. It was the scariest decision I have ever made, but I want to make a difference, explore fair trade and work on things with integrity. In 24 years, I haven’t had time for fun, I’ve been too busy. Now, I want to savour this time, enjoy places and people, and be surprised.”

Referring to the book, Collette said she began writing by unravelling her DNA. She told of a charismatic dad, an adventurer with a love of travel. She recounted how her mum, who passed away 20 years ago, taught her the fundamentals of sewing and instilled in her a prodigious work ethic. “Living in New Zealand, I learned a love of the land. From my dad, I inherited a fascination with the world’s cultures. From my mother, I learned craftsmanship, the importance of sharing and valuing the human side of every process. My mum taught me to work hard, be focused and above all, be kind to people.” It was no coincidence Collette chose to announce her decision to wrap up her business, comprising boutiques in Sydney, Melbourne and London, and cease creating her range of high-end couture, bridal, evening wear and diffusion line, on her mum’s birthday, 29 October. “Today is my mother’s birthday, she died 20 years ago and that sense of loss never goes away,” she told media at the time. “I have two children of my own and I don’t want to miss any of those special moments with my children because my work got in the way. I have sacrificed a lot of family time in building and maintaining my business, now I want balance back in my life.” With deliberation, in an accent that retains traces of every place she’s called home: South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, Collette’s words resonated with guests at the luncheon, held just prior Christmas as people are perhaps, evaluating the year past and creating resolutions for the year to come. “If I had any advice, I would say ‘do something you love’. Be honest. If you’re not enjoying it, it becomes exhausting and demoralising, especially if you’re doing it 24/7.” Obsessive Creative, Penguin, RRP $100.

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The partnership is aimed at educating school-age children and their parents to “stay connected” and to reduce the number of children reported missing each year. “In the 2012/2013 financial year, 4,485 children under the age of 18 were reported missing in Queensland. While this represents a decrease from the previous year, (4,516 in 2011/2012) we are committed to helping reduce and ultimately preventing children from going missing,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Damien Powell of the Missing Persons Unit.

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Discovering your place in the world can be difficult, but sometimes even more elusive, is finding where you fit in your family. Peter Huang and his sisters grow in a house full of secrets. As the exalted only son, Peter is expected to be the embodiment of his immigrant father’s ideal of power and masculinity, but Peter has different dreams: he is certain he is a girl. Sensitive and witty, Kim Fu’s stunning debut novel lays bare the emotional hardships and costs forsaking the demands of others and discovering your own path in life.

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Two young, talented Gold Coast brothers are at the forefront of radical changes transforming the world’s music industry. Almost overnight, DJs Tyrone, 22 and Jesse Taylor, 20 have become the hottest artists to join the international dance music genre. Their music is played in literally thousands of clubs and dance venues around the world. Their music tracks and videos are being broadcast and purchased by tens of thousands of fans on i-Tunes, Facebook and other webbased social media sites. Performing together as New World Sound, the brothers supported Swedish DJ superstar, Avicii in his highly successful Australian tour during January, playing to thousands

such a popular destination for people of all ages. One very special event, presented by Opera Australia, is Opera on the Beach, a world premiere outdoor opera spectacular that will see Mozart’s The Magic Flute performed under the stars on the beach. Opera on the Beach plays just three performances 9 to 11 May 2014 at Greenmount Beach, Coolangatta as an extension of Bleach* Festival. Visit and

of eager fans at sold-out outdoor concerts in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. This month, New World Sound is due to depart for a European tour of major clubs followed by a US tour currently being finalised for June. The brothers are also talented composers, writing their own backing music and producing their own video clips. Following success with their early tracks ‘Peak’ and ‘Bantam,’ Dutch icon Fedde Le Grand propelled their third hit ‘Cube ’into Beatport’s Progressive House Top 100, spinning it in his podcasts and dropping it to thousands at EDC Las Vegas 2013. By June 2013, their next production, ‘Aye’ had been released on Avicii’s famous podcast. In conjunction with their London-based manager, Serkan Djemal, the brothers recently handled a re-mix for Lady Gaga. Ty and Jesse are the youngest Aussies signed to the Avicii label. Their latest track ‘Flute’ rose to number 4 on the Beatport’ chart during January, and entered iTunes Top 10 in a number of countries. “Dance music has a life of its own. It’s cool to see Aussie names among some of the hottest artists in the world,” says Ty. Visit and

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As we move from summer to autumn, the new season collection from Joseph Ribkoff is a versatile, classically tailored range that suits dynamic modern women.


he latest international trends are captured in the new season collection from Joseph Ribkoff.

Showcasing the hottest looks for 2014, the new collection translates catwalk trends into a versatile and wearable wardrobe for women everywhere. For over 50 years, the Canadian-based label has been styling women, and is expert at the cuts, fabrics and detailing that make

Flattering cuts and clever design inspire comfort and confidence in the wearer. OPPOSITE: Promising a graceful silhouette, the classic black pant is reborn with an elegant chiffon overlay. THIS PAGE: Grecian-style draping and an asymmetric cut enhance the female form.

women look and feel fabulous. The new collection reaffirms the brand’s slogan ‘No one Knows Me Like Joseph Ribkoff,’ re-imagining the label’s most popular classics for the new season with a range of pieces to suit all shapes, sizes and body types. Graphic prints are set to be everywhere for 2014 and Joseph Ribkoff is embracing the key looks using geometric shapes and bold floral patterns to enhance its figure-flattering styles.


For 50 years, this Canadian brand has been making women look and feel their best, with attention to cut, fabric and detailing.


The strong black and white colour palette gives a fresh, modern feel while accents of orange and pink honour the season’s most popular colours.

Designed and made in Canada, Joseph Ribkoff promises quality as well as style, an assurance that was rewarded with the title of ‘Womenswear Brand of the Year’ for 2013 in the UK.

“The principles that this UK award recognises are the same values that Joseph Ribkoff delivers to its Australian customers every day,” says Head of Sales for Australia and New Zealand, Barbara Kessler. Contrasting bold, graphic colours and prints with softer nudes and sheers, this latest Joseph Ribkoff collection offers something for every style, taste and occasion.

With the label being sold in over 55 countries and dressing international celebrities and public figures like Miss America, the Joseph Ribkoff promise is one that resonates with women across the globe. The word is spreading fast down under too. With the brand becoming one of the top-selling labels in Australia and New Zealand, more and more women are discovering Joseph Ribkoff’s feel-good factor. This latest collection will only amplify the trend, promising style as well as substance to become every woman’s fashion favourite in 2014. Enquiries Phone (03) 9826 4404.

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e all know and love her for her golden-girl looks, winning smile and currently, her candid commentary in her role on 2DayFM, which has propelled her to radio’s “It Girl” status. But for Gold Coasters, Sophie Monk will always be a home town girl. Sophie Charlene Akland Monk began her rise to fame in 1999 as the standout talent in girl-group Bardot, going on to release several solo hits after the band’s demise. In 2006, she established herself in Hollywood, playing Marilyn Monroe for a high-budget telemovie “The Mystery of Natalie Wood” and starring in the music video “Always” for rock group blink-182. Several quirky commercials, movies including “Click” and “Date Movie” followed, and Sophie carved out a career in the highly competitive LA scene. The former Marilyn impersonator at Movie World who has no qualms about revealing all to a radio audience of hundreds of thousands, Sophie is back in Australia and hankering for some of mum’s home cooking. Here, she shares some of her travel tips, memories and favourite places on the GC.

What did you miss most about Australia while you were OS? I guess my heart has always been in Australia. My family who are the most important things to me are here and my extended family. LA was always like going to work for me, it was never home. Like everyone else it was a place you went to, to work. I was always “from Australia” and always measured my time by how long since I’d been home.

Is Hollywood as cut-throat as we hear? How did you manage the pressure? Yes, it is very cut-throat but in more subtle ways. People like to say one thing and promise the world but they might only have five percent of what they are talking about and the rest is just hot air. You learn quickly to try and look past all of the bravado of people and learn to cut through the BS really quickly. I came back to Australia for breaks and to recharge and to refocus. That was always

my coping mechanism.

What were some of the highlights of your time in LA? Working with people who I idolised growing up and counting them as peers. Working on movies with Adam Sandler was one of my highlights. I grew up watching his movies and to then be working with him and hanging out with him at his office most days was surreal to start with. Until I got used it (laughs)!

What do you like about your current radio gig? Well, I don’t like the hours but I’m getting used to them. I think I’m living on a time zone in Eastern Europe at the moment! I love working with Jules and Merrick they are like the annoying older brothers that I never had. I learn from them and I am loving having an structure in my life. Although there are some things I’m not cool with: I have so much washing to do and NO TIME! Ahhh!

What’s next for you in your career – movies in the pipeline, back to Hollywood, TV? I’m really happy with my radio work at the moment but have some projects coming up with Australian TV that I’m excited about, but I can’t talk about. Very mysterious . . .

What are your favourite places or things to do on the Gold Coast? My favourite place is the pool at my mum and dad’s house. I just love the weather and the people and how people there just don’t care about who you are and treat me as a local. I had a funny moment at a coffee shop in Helensvale: I ordered as normal and the man took my order and didn’t say anything. Then when my coffee was ready, another woman went to take it until the barista said loudly, “No that’s not yours, it’s Sophie’s!” It took me a second to realise he was talking about me!

What are your 5 travel essentials? A charger for every country, sleeping pants for the plane, Havaiana thongs, small moisturiser and chewing gum.

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The fashion world has crossed cultures with rich embroidery, drapery, graphic prints and tribal jewellery all appearing on this season’s runway. Use free-flowing fabric or clashing patterned prints to bring this trend home.

Enlist your inner romantic with florals, but don’t get lost in lady-like fantasies just yet as this trend can be just as daring and edgy as it can be soft and flirty. Floral has taken on a much bolder approach using brighter prints and colours.

Fashion has grown wings, with this seasons materials flying from the box. As seen in this season’s runway, feathers offer a fun, flirty embellishment to any look. Offering a soft glamour to evening wear and a fun twist to your everyday.

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Galleries have hit the streets, with art inspired prints, patterns and abstract geometrics. Sketch books have become the new accessory, designer illustrations the new print and graffiti is now haute couture. Let your inner artist shine!

Hippies rejoice! From evening wear to casual, cowgirl to flapper, fringing has swished, bounced and swung its way back into fashion. To bring a more modern approach to an old trend use luxe fabrics like leather and silk.

Shinny fabrics are making a major impact. Go bold, go big or go home. Embrace your inner Queen with all over shine. Braving the all-over shimmer may not be a style for everyone, if so, try a metallic clutch or accessory instead.

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GCM STREET STYLE with Logan Smith


FOR THE LOVE OF Founder of the online fashion boutique Another Love, Rochelle Miller has become nationally known and loved with her range of fashion-forward local and international brands.


s an experienced traveler, Rochelle found certain fashion brands difficult to source in Australia. “I’d fallen in love with international labels that I just couldn’t find online or in store. Not necessarily expensive labels, but fashion-forward and unique,” she explains. Her best-friend and London based business partner, Nadia Jones, has over 20 years experience in the fashion industry. It was with Rochelle’s dream and Nadia’s contacts and experience that Another Love was created. “We travelled between London, Paris and New York, meeting with brands, developing our branding and website and then launched in November 2012,” says Rochelle. This online boutique covers a broad range of fashion to suit all ages. “What you wear isn’t determined by your age. A woman in her 20’s can love the same brand as a woman in her 40’s,” she explains. Currently in stock are high end fashion labels such as Roksanda Illincic from London, Carven and Kenzo from Paris, as well as local Australian favorites: Willow, Camilla and Marc, Maurie & Eve and Senso. Plus Sass & Bide are set to join their extensive designer list this year. It is the customer care that makes this such a quality fashion location, with a free delivery and returns offer they have managed to create a well respected name and a loyal following of clients.

“We have our special VIP’s who keep coming back. We know their sizing and what items they already own, so that we can help them build around these pieces and give them ideas and advice on new trends and looks.” With summer styles on the runways, Rochelle gives us her takes on key trends. “Logo and slogan T-shirts are huge right now! People worldwide are wearing them with anything from distressed denim to leather pants and skirts. You can dress the look up with leather and heels, or down with denim and sandals.” “The distressed denim look is also hot right now. Simply swap your usual casual shorts for a pair of distressed denim shorts or boyfriend jeans. The boyfriend look can be worn with a T-shirt, silk shirt or a glamorous top and heels for a night out. A killer heel will finish off any outfit.” Rochelle’s dedication and love of fashion has created a remarkable high fashion site, that has become the ideal for all ages of modern shoppers. “I love trying new trends and experimenting with new looks. The brands we stock are from such amazing fashion houses. Seeing the beautiful fabrics and garment construction is so inspiring. Of course, travelling to Paris four times a year to buy a new collection is definitely a perk of the business as well!” Visit

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Jesinta Campbell Dress by Camilla and Marc, Shoes by Christian Louboutin and Hat by Embellished

Jana Dress by Hakaan Yildirim, Shoes by Betts and Bag by Prada

Kate Waterhouse Dress & Purse by Gucci, Shoes by CÉLINE and Hat by Nerida Winter

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With our mind on beaches and drinks with tiny umbrellas, here are some all natural beauty products that will leave you smelling like the exotic trip of your dreams.




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Schick Intuition’s Pure Nourishment razor features a moisturising solid that is infused with coconut milk and sweet almond oil. Designed to help restore moisture, nourish your skin and leave you smelling like your own tropical oasis. Kit RRP $12.69 and 3 Pack Refills RRP $13.49. Visit

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Curly Wurly Shampoo by Lush contains creamed coconut, coconut oil, moisturising vanilla, softening eggs and avocado butter to add moisture and help manage unruly and frizzy hair. This shampoo will leave you with great curly hair minus the frizz, plus it smells fantastic too. RRP $22.50. Visit

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Coconut oil is a 100% natural extract from coconuts. With various uses and applications one of the growing trends is its use in beauty products. Following the trend, here are our top tips and tricks on the different ways you can incorporate coconut oil into your beauty regime. •

Make-Up Remover – In replacement of harsh chemical removers, rub coconut oil onto your face, including eyes, and then wipe away using a cotton ball.

• Hair Repair – Rub onto dry ends to repair dry or damaged hair. •

Body Scrub – Blend the oil with sugar to create an all natural exfoliating scrub for your skin. You can also add an essential oil or fragrance to add a pleasant scent to your skin.

Acne Wash – Coconut oil has antibacterial properties to help fight acne. Combine the oil with baking soda to create a skin exfoliant.

• Mousse or Hair Gel – Add a drop of oil to your hair before styling in replacement for other chemical gels and styling products. •

Shaving Cream – This is especially beneficial to those with sensitive skin, and will leave you with smooth, fresh and nicely smelling results.

• Dandruff Shampoo – Use over hair as a mask to add moisture and loosen any residue in hair that causes dandruff. •

Anti-Ageing Cream – Coconut Oil is an antioxidant! Dab around eyes every night to help keep your skin looking young and fresh.

Brush Cleaner – Keep all of your make- up brushes looking new and clean by dipping them into this oil and wiping, the results are longer lasting bushes.




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he term “mummy makeover” has fallen into such common usage that it seems to have slipped seamlessly into our language. It has no specific definition, but is basically a reference to a collection of procedures that can be performed to the breasts and torso all basically designed to reverse some of the “damage” from child-bearing. Naturally enough choosing the right items from the “menu” is one of the keys to getting an optimal result. After pregnancy, the abdomen can show the results of skin laxity and the generation of extra skin to fit its previous expansion. In addition, the muscle wall of the abdomen can be stretched and the sheath portion of it in the midline may tear and create a defect and laxity there. The abdomen is a common place for women (and men) to lay down fat and commonly after pregnancy there is a deposit of fat in this region. If the tissues have coped particularly well with pregnancy, then minor liposuction to an accumulation of fat may be sufficient to restore a nice contour there. This has to be done with caution. Liposuction relies on good elasticity to smooth the contour there. Pregnancies can ruin this elasticity and if elasticity is poor, then a smooth contour may not result. Instead some irregularity and rippling may be apparent. If there is only a minor skin excess, then a limited abdominoplasty using a relatively short scar (similar to a Cesarean scar) may be possible. This can be combined with liposuction to the abdomen and even repair of the muscle sheath low down if such is required. This range of procedures is commonly referred to as a “mini-abdominoplasty” and tends to fit a fairly limited percentage of women whose skin has survived the journey particularly well. More commonly, skin laxity is the major feature of the aftermath of pregnancy and the classical abdominoplasty is required. This comprehensive procedure repairs and tightens the muscle sheath to restore the “hourglass” shape to the abdomen. Excess skin is excised and the scar kept as low as possible along the bikini line to make it less cosmetically obvious. The length of the scar is determined by amount of skin excess. Where skin excess is remarkable such as after large babies or multiple pregnancies then a longer scar is required to dispose of all that excess skin. Women vary enormously in the effect that pregnancy has on their breast tissue. Reduction or repositioning may be required to adjust size and correct sag or an implant may be required to fill an empty breast. There is often a combination of these problems and a procedure

such as augmentation/mastoplexy, combining a breast implant with a lift, may be required to overcome the sag and restore shape and size to the breast. These days, with a wider array of implant shape, sizes and designs available, it is more often possible to avoid a repositioning procedure in the breast with mild sag and mask this with adequate restoration of volume with a shaped implant of specific dimensions. However, caution must be exercised as if the degree of breast ptosis is more than mild an unattractive appearance may result with the implant sitting higher on the chest wall then would suit the nipple. This tends to exaggerate the appearance of sag rather than improve it. Breast repositioning attempts to move the breast higher up on the chest wall and make it more compact and “perky”. This is in contrast to the effect of breast augmentation which tends to expand the breast. As you can see these two procedures contradict and when performed at the same time there is a significant revision rate. In certain circumstances such as severe sag or a desire for particularly large implants, two-stage surgery may be recommended with the lift usually being performed first. Implants of different dimensions may be chosen to overcome any initial breast asymmetry and a small amount of breast tissue may be removed from the lower aspect of the breast to get away from that “bottom heavy” look and create a perkier breast shape. Whilst the breast surgery is commonly performed as a day patient, a formal abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) with a strong repair to the muscle wall is generally done in hospital. Special fine catheters are placed in the vicinity of the muscle wall repair and these are connected to a small pump which trickles local anaesthetic into the site for one or more days after the operation. This minimizes the discomfort and hastens recovery. Naturally enough, with pregnancy causing all of these problems to begin with, it is generally recommended that the “mummy makeover” be performed on women who have completed their child-bearing duties. Whilst there is no specific health risks to pregnancy subsequent to these operations, a lot of the good that is achieved may be undone by a further pregnancy. So, if you think it is time for the “mummy makeover”, see a qualified plastic surgeon and get advice on a tailor made operation that will suit your specific needs.

Women vary enormously in the effect that pregnancy has on their breasts.

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Trapped at your desk or stationary playing games, FaceBooking or surfing the Net? You may be suffering Silicon Valley Syndrome.


chy, irritable, suffering headaches and insomnia? You could well be feeling the effects of an ailment whose name refers to the physical and mental health symptoms that arise from spending too much time sitting in front of a screen, whether that’s for business or pleasure. The results of a recent US study are perturbing: 60 percent of participants reported that they have experienced adverse health effects as a result of technology. Human beings were not meant to sit all day long, and the average computer worker could easily spend 48,360 hours sitting at work over a 30-year career. Back pain is a widespread and pervasive problem. About 80 percent of Australians experience significant back pain sometime in their lives. It’s a leading cause of missed work days, disability claims, and visits to the doctor, outnumbered only by the common cold. Technology is a reality, we all love it and used wisely, it can enhance your life, but as Brad Beer, Principal Physiotherapist & Director at Back In Motion explains, the risks of sitting stationary creates a build up of strain and load on the spine that can cause pain and a lifetime of problems. “The problem with sitting is the increased load that the spine (lower, middle, and upper) is placed under,” Brad says. “The lower back in sitting tends to ‘collapse’ into a rounded posture which places adverse pressure on the structures of the lower back (discs, Oscar Cullinan Oscar Oscar ligaments, joints, muscles). These structures are from designed to

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absorb a degree of ‘normal’ loading on a day to day basis. “This loading is safe for the spine. For example the back is designed to bend, stoop, extend backwards and sit for periods of time. The problem comes when we sit for too long.” While our computers and devices can help us feel more productive, studies shows that more people are using technology in ways that will devolve our bodies than those that are using it healthfully. This abuse of technology could very well set us up for a series of health pandemics in the future. Eye strain is the most common ailment, followed by back pain, neck pain, headaches, wrist pain, carpal tunnel, and insomnia. Women are also more likely than men to indicate symptoms from technology use, and are more likely to try and resolve their symptoms by taking a pill. Brad says the primary conditions that physiotherapists regularly treat that have sitting as a contributory factor are lower back pain, and neck strain. “With a rounded and stooped lower back posture the middle of the back (thoracic spine) will also be stopped and the resultant posture is one with the head ‘poking’ forwards. Such a head poke position will create a great deal of strain through the muscles on the side of the neck. We term this ‘postural strain’.” To ward off back strain and pain, Brad recommends “staying hydrated”. Tracey Hughes Mieka Hairdressing “Being in afrom dehydrated state adversely effects the quality of

our soft tissues and even joints. Make it your ‘job’ to stay hydrated!” Also, carrying extra weight spells danger for your spine. “Being even 5kgs over your body’s ideal ‘frame weight’ will create problems for your spine.” The most common measures to combat SVS are posture correction, stretching, taking breaks, exercise, and seeing a physiotherapist. “A physiotherapist can help in so many ways,” asserts Brad. “Physiotherapists are skilled at identifying the root cause of

injuries and treating the pain caused. Effective physiotherapy will deliver a timely reduction in symptoms and pain and often a complete ‘fix’ of the problem is achieved. Clinical pilates (pilates delivered by physios) is very effective at retraining and correcting postural related problems.” Brad Beer (B.Phty/B Ex SC) APAM | Principal Physiotherapist& Director Back In Motion Mermaid Waters and Bundall. Brad has created a clip about sitting/office set up you can see here:




Take regular sitting breaks-every 30 minutes stand up and move around or take a small walk. Ensure the office chair you sit in is ergonomically sound. A good start is to only use chairs that have a back piece that touches the base of the chair (vs one that has a gap between the base and back rest). Stretch after a day of sitting-the hip flexors, quadriceps, and bottom muscles.

The back is designed to bend, stoop, extend backwards and sit for periods of time.

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Brisbane Building on more than two decades of aesthetic and plastic surgery excellence on the Gold Coast, Dr Terrence Scamp, Maria Gambaro and the Esteem Medi Spa they created will soon bring their unique concept to Brisbane.


s Maria Gambaro explains: “In 1991 Dr Terrence Scamp, one of Australia’s leading Plastic and Reconstructive surgeons, recognised the leaps that science had made in anti-ageing treatments, and realised there were many options available that did not involve surgery or downtime. So, in 1991 Esteem Medi Spa became the Gold Coast’s first comprehensive anti-ageing Spa.” With a legion of loyal clients, many from interstate and overseas, Esteem has rightly become the preeminent destination for treatments that assist in stalling the hands of time. Crucial to the longevity of the Esteem concept, says Dr Scamp, is the commitment to training and the holistic approach to anti-ageing, 52 Gold Coast Magazine

involving the latest treatments and therapies in aesthetic, cosmetic and plastic surgery. “We provide a combination of surgical and non-surgical techniques,” says Dr Scamp, who himself trained in Scotland, London, Bristol, Belgium, Germany and the US. “Our objective is to tailor our treatments to the individual needs of each client.” The reality is, we are all facing the effects of the ageing process, amplified by sun exposure, lifestyle habits like smoking and diet, movement and the toll of simply living. “Skin sags and shrinks as we age, there’s no escaping it,” explains Dr Scamp. “Women, and increasingly men, are looking to achieve a natural look, relying on new techniques, such as new generation lasers and

injectibles, which deliver better results. Most of all, they’re seeking minimal downtime and discomfort.” Sophisticated and discrete, the décor of Esteem is conducive to utter relaxation and there’s no peach or pink in sight! “Our male clients enjoy the 5-star hotel

“In 1991 Esteem Medi Spa became the Gold Coast’s first comprehensive anti-ageing Spa.” ambience and everybody is soothed by the serene timbers, stone and subdued lighting,” says Maria. As part of the Esteem offering, there is a hair salon and spa with full compliment of services, from Vichy shower, facials, massage and hot stone therapy, to wedding and special occasion make-up. New in 2014 is the PicoSure laser, the absolute pinnacle of laser treatment for tattoo removal, making the process faster and more effective, with no damage to surrounding tissue. And now Brisbane is poised to welcome Esteem Medi Spa. Described by Con Makris, head of the Makris Group and new owner of Marina Mirage, as “a phenomenon, unique in the world”, Esteem is branching out in response to demand from a burgeoning client base in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. “It’s an exciting step for us,” says Maria, whose hometown is Brisbane. “One we’re proud and passionate about. We’re confident Brisbane will embrace Esteem. Just as Esteem at Marina Mirage has been the pioneer, Brisbane locations represent the evolution of the brand.” 9 Doggett Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane More at

“We provide a combination of surgical and non-surgical techniques, our objective is to tailor our treatments to the individual needs of each client.”

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ell, Christmas is over; summer is half way through and everybody’s kicked off those nasty New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s losing a bit of weight; attempting to stop smoking or just reducing the alcohol to weekends – I want to wish everyone “The Best of Luck”! The one thing we never see on any New Year’s resolution list is something that I think is the most important – looking great for your age. Now who ever writes in their resolutions, “Damn I want to look better next year?” Especially us men! Wouldn’t want the wife getting hold of that piece of paper. In reality, a lot of the things we are resolving to do, are based around looking better this year, and that includes our facial features. Reducing your alcohol content and stopping smoking will all add to a better complexion through less broken capillaries, rosacea, fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and overall skin texture. Most of us want to get a little bit (or a lot) fitter in 2014 and that will of course increase our cardiovascular system, blood flow and confidence. Now, if we combined all of these things, as well as having a plan to take advantage of the other benefits derived from your New Year’s resolutions, then we would be killing two birds with one stone. Looking good for your age doesn’t consist of getting Botox or dermal fillers straight away, because at the end of the day, you can have no lines or wrinkles, but you’re still going to have bad skin. So, my number one step for looking great in 2014 is looking after your skin.

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Consult your local skin clinic or medi spa and get professional advice about your skin type, its needs, and what product will benefit you to achieve a better complexion. Get your consultant to devise a step wise approach to treatment planning. Guys, this is not a one stop shop for the year. You’ll have to commit to coming in to your local clinic between six and eight times over the next 12 months. At the end of the day, they’ll help, but they’re not magicians!

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Your consultant will recommend a really good SPF sunblock. There are some great ones on the market which are SPF 50 and still under $100. This should last you about three months. This single product alone is like your insurance – whatever you spend on yourself and your skincare over the next 12 months will be worth nothing if you don’t use a sunblock every day. Don’t be surprised if your consultant recommends treatments such as microdermabrasion and low grade medical peels. These types of non-invasive skin treatments get results! We’re not talking your fluffy facials here, these treatments are the duck’s nuts and you will leave feeling bloody good. You will be recommended a couple of products for the morning and a couple of products for night. It’s really simple to follow, keeping your cleansers and scrubs in the shower and just applying the serums in the morning and before bed.

Such simple steps and advice can get your skin looking and feeling great within eight weeks. In my clinics, I get all types of men from tradies, accountants, and footy players to stay-at-home dads. All of them start on a basic skin care regime and get skin treatments on a regular basis. Bang for their buck, this is getting them the best results fast. Once your skin is looking good and you are ensuring your investment with a good SPF sunblock, then you can consider some of the more elaborate anti ageing treatments we have available. My next suggestion would be Botox… a bit of boyTox hurt no one!

Secret Men’s Business at Esteem Medi Spa Phone: 07 5539 1000 or visit Level 1, Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach



Supermodel Workout


t sounds too good to be true, but according to James Duigan, creator of Bodyism and PT to the stars (Elle Macpherson, Jennifer Lawrence, to name just two), you can work out and achieve physical excellence in just 8 minutes per day. James has been transforming bodies and changing lives around the world with incredible success for more than 10 years. He has crafted some of the world’s most famous bodies and his attitude and expertise has placed him in high demand on both sides of the Atlantic, from Hollywood to Kensington High street. As creator of the Bodyism system and bestselling author of “The Clean and Lean diet” book series, James believes in ‘total wellbeing’ through nutrition, regular exercise and a positive outlook. “Bodyism delivers cutting edge nutritional, movement and supplement protocols to achieve long, lean, athletic bodies.” Ok, so let’s get some of that! The 8 minute workout is basically a mini-circuit comprising hip extension, ideal for working the glutes, then a 30 second plank hold, followed by disco lunge, great for posture and fat burning, and finally, standing Ys, working the glutes again and tummy muscles. Breathe deeply during the exercises to relax and reduce stress. Stress floods your body with fatstoring hormones, making you put on weight. James suggests doing 15 of each at least three times a week, and walk or do a yoga class on alternate days.

Bikram Yoga DESIGNED TO SWEAT, STRETCH & IMPROVE OVERALL WELL-BEING, BIKRAM YOGA IS NOW STRONGER THAN EVER! The heat and humidity of Bikram Yoga gradually loosens muscles and allows the body to safely stretch deeper and longer than is possible with traditional exercise.While physical endurance is important to gain the full benefits, mental strength and endurance are equally important. Those who practice frequently say it improves their sleeping habits, increases their energy, and brings about an elevated, more stable mood. As with most types of yoga and meditation, Bikram Yoga facilitates stress and anxiety reduction, and has even been shown to improve symptoms of depression. The extreme sweating during Bikram Yoga flushes and cleanses the body. The high heat and humidity allows the skin’s pores to open and expel toxins. It also thins the blood to flush the circulatory system. Visit bikramyogasouthport. or BikramYogaSouthport

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Tattoo regret is something more than a quarter of people with tattoos experience. Now, they can wipe the slate clean with the painless, quick and effective PicoSure laser.


attoos are enjoying their zenith of popularity in Australia. We are the most tattooed generation to date, according to Choice which states that around one quarter of Australians under the age of 30 now have a tattoo, and more than a quarter of that group is looking to have a tattoo removed, whether that’s because they no longer want them, or want to renew their ink. This year, we are likely to see even more tattoo and artists on our small screens, with a plethora of series: Tattoo Nightmares, Bondi Ink, LA Ink and a new series about a tattoo school. So immune have we become to arms, legs, chests, necks and backs plastered with these once permanent designs, we accept that our libraries and schools give our kids temporary tatts as rewards for attendance and reading. Just until they are old enough for the real thing? I have a tattoo, I can’t lie. And I can’t wait to remove it, permanently. I don’t want to be among the ranks of Aussies with ink in their skins, much less now because I have two young children. I want to obliterate my tattoo now so my kids don’t come home with sleeves and say “well you have one”. Looking at my son’s alabaster skin – bad enough to think of him shaving – and my daughter’s peachy perfection, I hope the next generation will think twice, thrice or more, and NOT ink their skin. Experts are also concerned that early detection of skin cancer will now be hampered because of tattoos. I am currently undergoing tattoo removal so painless and quick, I can barely recall the process. My tattoo is just 5cm², which is likely to take three to four treatments of just 15 seconds each. The PicoSure is hailed as “the biggest breakthrough in tattoo removal technology in 20 years” – 10 times as effective as the

previous nano-laser method. The PicoSure laser removes tattoos totally, quickly, with no scarring and no damage to tissues, and almost no pain (none whatsoever compared to getting a tatt in the first place!) It’s many times more advanced than previous lasers, breaking up the ink particles so the body can break it down. According to Gosha Skowronek, who has undergone the training for the PicoSure laser and who is seeing steady increase in clients from all walks of life, the procedure is “like waving a wand over the tattoo”. “The laser hovers above the skin, there’s no heat or burning, no tissue damage, no scarring. The laser only works on the inked areas, blowing the ink into tiny pieces so the body can absorb it. There’s a zapping sound when it hits the ink and clients say it feels like scratching, but no real pain. For small tattoos, it’s quick, just like running the laser over the outline of the tattoo. Larger tattoos can be done in sections.” The PicoSure uses pico-second pulses, which is ten times shorter in pulse width than the previous nano-laser. The energy is delivered cleanly with no scaring or burning of the tissues and relatively little discomfort. “Tattoos are a fashion statement, and like fashion, people change their minds,” says Maria Gambaro, founder of Esteem Medi Spa, which has recently acquired the PicoSure laser. “We have had enquiries from men and women who say they want their tattoos removed because they no longer want the memory of the person or event that first inspired them, they’ve grown out of them, or they want to evolve their look. In some cases, they want to start afresh with a new style or design.”

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For a video of the PicoSure process visit Esteem Medi Spa Level 1 Marina Mirage/74 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach Tel: 07 5539 1000 Visit after one picosure treatment


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Eat Yourself


eauty really does come from within. Author and fervent advocate for “supercharged foods”, Lee Holmes believes you truly are what you eat, or better still, what you absorb. She has come out with a new tome, Eat Yourself Beautiful which promotes achieving inner and outer health and ageless beauty through simple, delicious recipes using nutritionally rich, anti- inflammatory ‘super’ foods. Lee Holmes is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, wholefoods chef and author of Supercharged Food - Eat Your Way To Health. Lee says she is on a new mission to change the way we look and feel about ourselves and discover lifelong health and beauty. Lee’s first book came about after she successfully used food as medicine to overcome an auto immune disease using supercharged recipes to heal and nurture her body. Eat Yourself Beautiful is an inspiring and practical book that contains a range of gluten, wheat, yeast and sugar-free dishes, each identified by at-a-glance icons. Also included are beauty-friendly menu plans and shopping lists; advice on what foods to avoid; how to detox; and advice on identifying hidden food sensitivities, allergies and inflammation. Recipes range from super smoothies and health drinks (including ‘The fountain of youth’ and Complexion blend tea) to delectable breakfast treats such as Quirky quinoa muffins and Almond and apple pancakes. Lighter options include energy

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snacks such as Tamari nibble mix and summery salads including Spinach, almond and strawberry as well as a range of warming soups. Lunch and dinner are covered, too, with frittatas, pizzas and pasta dishes, stir-fries and curries. Desserts to eat in the name of beauty include Foolish fudge brownies, Raspberry-studded pumpkin pie and Healthy carrot cake. Lee, a long-time proponent of eating anti-inflammatory foods, says “Spinach and coconut water are a lot cheaper than a cosmetic surgeon”. “My motivation to write the book came from wanting to explore and share with you more foods and recipes which contain antiinflammatory ingredients to heal the body from the inside out and lower inflammation levels. “I’ve been indulging in anti-inflammatory recipes for over a year now and have never felt better. In fact at nearly forty-seven I feel better than I did in my twenties. The wonderful bonus about eating this way is that you’ll not only feel healthier, more energized and vital, you’ll notice changes on the outside too, clearer skin, healthier hair, stronger nails and less wrinkles! “Edible beauty is the key to a healthy life, so get ready to throw out restrictive fad diets for good, enjoy your food and eat, drink and be beautiful!” Eat Yourself Beautiful, Murdoch Books, RRP $35. Visit

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Also referred to as minimal access or keyhole surgery, this approach has changed many procedures in gynecology, reducing pain due to smaller incisions and resulting in shorter recovery time and less scarring.


n laparoscopic surgery, slender instruments are inserted through the belly button. The uterus is pulled back into its proper place and reattached to the supporting ligaments using permanent stitches. Laparoscopic surgical techniques can be used for fertility treatments, hysterectomy, benign ovarian and tubal disease, prolapse and endometriosis. One of the common consequences of vaginal birth, pelvic organ prolapse means that the uterus and/or the vagina have fallen down from its normal position in the pelvis. This prolapse is probably caused by injuries sustained during childbirth, aging, a woman’s tissue composition, chronic coughing or heavy lifting. In addition to sagging of the bladder into the vagina (cystocele), pelvic prolapse can result in bulging of the rectum into the vagina (rectocele), and/or bulging of the intestine into the top of the vagina (enterocele). An urethrocele or decreased support of the tube leading out of the bladder is commonly seen with a cystocele. If you have not had a hysterectomy, the uterus (womb) may drop to varying degrees (uterine prolapse). Mild pelvic prolapse requires no treatment.

If treatment is necessary, it is best to treat all of the support problems simultaneously to get the best long-term results. Pelvic prolapse is caused by tears in a tissue called fascia. Fascia is a strong canvas-like tissue that supports the bladder, vagina, and rectum. It is also found in many other areas of the body. Factors that increase the likelihood of pelvic prolapse include: • multiple pregnancy with vaginal delivery • obesity • chronic coughing (such as with smoking or chronic bronchitis) • heavy lifting and frequent straining • hormone imbalance If surgery is necessary for treatment of pelvic prolapse, several different procedures can be performed. The choice of procedure(s) depends on the specific problem(s), any associated problems, and the preference of your physician. Dr Gary Swift is an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist specialising in complex laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis and reproductive medicine. He is able to evaluate and treat patients for all causes of infertility and provide IVF and other assisted reproductive treatments as a senior clinician with Queensland Fertility Group. Visit

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Caught i n t h e Ne t Are you addicted to your device – smart phone, tablet, laptop, PC, Mac? If you suspect you are, you’re not alone. Experts say growing numbers of people are addicted to their screens, leading to calls for internet addiction to be treated just like drugs and alcohol abuse.


hile most people associate addiction with substances, such as drugs or alcohol, experts recognise addictive behaviours as well, such as gambling, self-harm or any other activity that gets in the way of a productive, happy existence. Addiction can be defined as: “needing more and more of a substance or behaviour to keep going. If the person does not get more of the substance or behaviour, they become irritable and miserable.” Smart phones and tablets have made it easy to get online anytime and anywhere, but for some, going offline and returning to real life is the challenge. Compulsive internet usage meets the criteria of addiction, with addicts demonstrating severe withdrawal symptoms: becoming angry, violent, or depressed, refusing to eat, sleep or interact with their friends and family if they’re cut off. Technology commentators and researchers say girls in their early teens are finding it difficult to disconnect from social networking sites like Facebook, while boys are more likely to be addicted to video games. According to the Australian Communications and Media Authority, smartphone ownership among Australians aged 14 to 17 rose by 30 percent in the past 12 months. Dr Philip Tam is an Australian psychiatrist who specialises in treating internet and video game addiction. He describes problematic internet usage as “a 21st Century disorder”.

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He consults with patients and their families at the Rivendell Child and Adolescent Unit at Sydney’s Concord Hospital and is a board member of the Network for Internet Investigation and Research Australia (NIRA). Dr Tam has been contacted by young people and families from all over Australia seeking help for internet and video game addictions. During treatment he conducts long interviews with the young person and their family, to determine if there are underlying problems like depression, anxiety or family dysfunction. “In my clinical experience, such factors are commonly teenage depression/ anxiety/ low self-esteem, family strife or difficulties, problems with social skills etc. That is why the ‘anonymity’ of both the Social Networks or online games can be so appealing and attractive. Another interesting point is that, on, say ‘World of Warcraft’, you take on an Avatar, literally becoming someone else, similarly in ‘Second life’ and other parrallel universes type of games. “There is a very interesting philosophical, existential process going on here, I think, in that one’s ‘Imago’ (to use a psychoanalytic term) is quite different from what one is in reality. One becomes someone else in these worlds. Of course, this process has been happening in movies and books, when one identifies with, say James Bond or a superhero, but the interactive nature of the Internet makes this process more powerful. This vulnerability model and transactional model is what is well-known in things like

problem gambling, and even stronger addictions like with heroin and alcohol.” Dr Tam approaches problem internet behaviour much as he would with other addictions. “You have to undertake a holistic, thorough and empathic family interview, and then ultimately you’ve got to treat the cause, which almost always [is] one of those underlying mental health conditions,” he says. Dr Tam says the biggest hurdle for young people in getting treatment is the reluctance of many to accept their online activities are causing problems. Those in regional areas or disadvantaged communities face further barriers with no access to psychologists who can recognise and treat the condition. Then there’s the failure of adults and GPs to recognise the problem even exists! “Since this is such a very newly emerging disorder, there probably are very few GPs and psychologists and even school counsellors who really know how to handle this disorder, because it’s really only been with us for a few short years,” he says. Dr Tam hopes the increasing recognition of internet addiction as a legitimate health problem will mean more Australian health services offer treatment. “Hopefully there will be in the years ahead, a kind of network of interested clinicians, that are skilled in treating what is a very complex disorder,” he adds. Treatment for video game addiction is similar to detox for other addictions, with one important difference. Computers have

become an important part of everyday life, as well as many jobs, so compulsive gamers can’t just look the other way when they see a PC. But like a food addiction, those who are vulnerable have to learn to live with technology. Because video game addicts can’t avoid computers, they have to learn to use them responsibly. Dr Tam says that means no gaming. As for limiting game time to an hour a day, he compares that to “an alcoholic saying he’s only going to drink beer”. The key, he says, is to show gamers they are powerless over their addiction, and then teach them “real-life excitement as opposed to online excitement”. Boundaries and encouraging children to have a range of experiences are key to avoiding addiction. Dr Tam says education programs to help young people and their families set realistic boundaries about time spent online are essential. “The message is this needs to get taken seriously, not just by government, but by schools, by families, and by parent groups,” he says. Vocal experts are calling for funding from the State and Commonwealth governments for treatment and education programs to aid in achieving balanced use of smart phones and social media. The federal Health department says it provides funding to organisations like Headspace to provide mental health services, including treatment for internet and video game addiction. March/April 2014 63


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tiles create a feeling of “back to nature” and the herringbone effect of woven vinyl matting is like a natural weave. The One Spa experience begins at the reception and relaxation lounge where cocoon-like seating creates privacy which is enhanced by sculptured screens. A sense of intimacy and luxury extends from the lounge to the treatment rooms, which are bathed in diffused natural light cast from skylights and screen ceilings across contemporary timber furniture and organic form lounges. In the hydrotherapy area, the light-coloured palette continues the perception of cleansing and Zen. The barefoot experience of textural surfaces is complemented by tactile walls bathed with soothing light. The completion of One Spa will significantly expand the range of quality services and experiences available at RACV Royal Pines Resort. Further development at the property will continue with work beginning on a new world-class gymnasium on lobby level. RACV Royal Pines spreads across 100 hectares and incorporates a 27-hole composite golf course. The golfing complex is acclaimed and the home for championship golf on the Gold Coast, hosting both the Australian PGA Championship and the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters. To find out more about the new One Spa at RACV Royal Pines Resort, Phone 07 5597 8700 or visit

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his seasons nail trends have taken an adventurous leap into the daring side of art. No longer content with a plain lick of colour, we can now adorn our extremities with graphic prints, bedazzled jewels, bright colours, metallic tones, bold patterns, sharp claws and so many more styles, as seen popping up on the Spring/Summer runways. Certainly not for the faint-hearted, as these trends are bold, bright and the new must have accessory. Some of this seasons standout runway nails were Kenzo’s nocturnal wave effect, Burberry’s collage of bold and bright shades, Giles Marian Newman’s silver and charcoal adorned with Swarovski crystals and 3.1 Phillip Lim’s bright gold and Metallic shades. Nicole Hague, owner of Gold Coast nail salon, Adore Dolls Parlour, has been a certified nail technician for four years and specialises in nail art. She explains that her most popular trends at the

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moment are bright and vibrant colours, lots of prints such as chevron, leopard, tribal and different colour gradients. “My favourite designs are sculptured art, which is where we sculpt bows, icecreams, hearts or any other designs you can think of. We do all this by hand using colour acrylic,” says Nicole. Another big trend, one also loved by Nicole, is the use of sparkles and crystals to create shimmering and bold nails. “You can never have too much sparkle on your nails!” she says. It’s time to lay to rest your neutral colours and let shine your inner artist. With bright colours and big shine nails have become the stand out of any outfit. “The best thing about my job is making people happy! My customers get super excited after I have finished and it makes my day!” View more of Nicole’s designs on Instagram @adoredollsparlour or Visit

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Based at Helensvale Homeworld on the Gold Coast, Hemisphere is a small, family owned business that caters for all interiors from apartments to the large family home. As direct importers of quality furniture and homewares their goal is to search for those new and special pieces that will help you to create your own unique look. Solid timber furniture is their specialty with the majority of the ranges crafted from ecologically sustainable or recycled timber. Over the past three and half years Hemisphere has expanded their ranges considerably and are now known for their fantastic and different decor and soft furnishings - those little touches that make a house a home! Have you been to Hemisphere lately?

Asharna ladies’ resort wear label offers the perfect fashion choice for a day at sea, the beach or marina living. The design inspiration came from years of travelling to warm and exotic places in order to create fabulous all in one dresses that can take you from a day at the beach or at sea, to sunset drinks at a cocktail bar or dinner at a waterside restaurant simply by adding a pair of wedges and clutch. Made from imported stretch Lycra they offer two different style choices, one with a canoe neckline and the other a backless version, both with an Asian influence of kimono like sleeves.

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Motor Yacht Seven Star delivers the ultimate superyacht experience. MY Seven Star is a 98-foot Azimut Leonardo luxury yacht that epitomises seven star service. Cruise the majestic Gold Coast Broadwater, Brisbane River or north to the Whitsundays. With our highly trained staff and skipper, and all catering taken care of, MY Seven Star is a floating office, magnificent meeting venue and your own luxury charter yacht that will make a lasting impression.

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gcm REVIEW with Carmel Gardner

Have you planned for the inevitable? Carmel Gardner, Representative - Associate Principal, Crowe Horwath - Gold Coast (Phone 07 5644 6100) When meeting a new client, the first question I always ask is: “Do you have a Will?” More often than not, the answer is either “No”, or “Yes” swiftly followed by “But it hasn’t been updated for years and no longer reflects my circumstances”. Nobody likes to contemplate their own mortality. However, a far more sobering thought is the prospect of your hard earned wealth not passing into the right hands once you’re gone. Plus inadequate estate planning can be a heavy burden for family members at an already distressing time. A Will is the critical first step to ensuring your estate is distributed according to your wishes. Without one, the law sets out who receives your estate, and a court controls distribution.

Be prepared as best you can A well structured Will is your best safeguard to ensure the wealth you have built is transferred smoothly. Some key points to consider when preparing your Will: • Nominate executors who are likely to survive you and ensure they understand your wishes clearly. You should also nominate alternative executors. • Nominate beneficiaries for the whole or part of your estate, and nominate second choice beneficiaries. • Leave bequests as a sum of money or a percentage of your estate rather than specific assets, as there is a risk that certain assets may no longer exist when your estate is distributed. • Nominate money to be held in trust for beneficiaries under 18, like funds for your children’s or grandchildren’s education.

Tax effective asset distribution A Will can also establish a testamentary trust upon your death, which can be a tax effective tool for distributing your estate. A discretionary testamentary trust enables your trustee to decide the best distribution of capital and income to beneficiaries, taking into account their tax situations. Some advantages for beneficiaries may include taxation planning and asset protection. Additional benefits may flow in relation to social security and family breakdown.

Do I need a Power of Attorney? While discussing your Will it is also important to address the issue of Power of Attorney, which allows your affairs to be conducted appropriately before you die if you cannot conduct them yourself. There are three types to consider: General Power of Attorney – Provides restricted or unrestricted authority over your financial affairs, except when they apply to

your health care, but the power of attorney lapses if you lose mental capacity. Enduring Power of Attorney – Provides restricted or unrestricted authority over your financial affairs until you die, except concerning health care. It continues even when you lose your mental capacity. Enduring Medical Power of Attorney – Provides authority to make decisions about your medical needs if you are unable to make those decisions. Attorneys are not permitted to do anything illegal while operating under a Power of Attorney. Nor can they prepare a Will on your behalf, or transfer the Power of Attorney to someone else unless you specifically granted that right under your original Power of Attorney.

What about my superannuation fund? Superannuation generally does not form part of your estate when you die, because the superannuation trustee must distribute funds in accordance with the fund’s Trust Deed. Theses funds, known as your death benefit, include the withdrawal value of your superannuation account and any life insurance payable from the fund. If you want to control the distribution of your death benefit, you must make a Death Benefit Nomination, your instruction on how and to whom your benefit should be paid. There are two forms of Death Benefit Nominations – binding and non-binding. For both, your death benefit may only be paid to a dependant as defined in superannuation legislation, or to a legal personal representative – the executor or administrator of your estate.

Professional advice is sound advice Estate planning is a complex area. When commencing an Estate Plan, it’s important to discuss your situation with a professional that provides financial, taxation and legal advice, and who understands current legislation and how it will affect the treatment of your estate.

About Crowe Horwath Crowe Horwath provides practical accounting, business and financial advice that delivers the right outcomes for its clients. Our complete range of services and advice gives you peace of mind that all your accounting, financial advice and insurance needs are being looked after by specialists who understand your situation and objectives. Whatever is right for you over the short and long term – we have it covered.

Carmel Gardner is a Associate Principal with Crowe Horwath. For an appointment phone 07 5644 6100.

This article is for general information only. Any advice in it has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. You should therefore not act on it without first taking those things into account and seeking professional advice. While all reasonable care is taken in the preparation of this article, to the extent allowed by legislation Crowe Horwath Financial Advice Pty Ltd accept no liability whatsoever for reliance on it. All opinions, conclusions, forecasts or recommendations are reasonably held at the time of compilation but are subject to change without notice by Crowe Horwath Financial Advice who assume no obligation to update this article after it has been issued. Crowe Horwath Financial Advice Pty Ltd is a member of Crowe Horwath International, a Swiss verein. Each member of Crowe Horwath is a separate and independent legal entity. Crowe Horwath Financial Advice Pty Ltd and its affiliates are not responsible or liable for any acts or omissions of Crowe Horwath or any other member of Crowe Horwath and specifically disclaim any and all responsibility or liability for acts or omissions of Crowe Horwath or any other Crowe Horwath member. Crowe Horwath Financial Advice Pty Ltd ABN 51 060 092 631 AFSL No. 238244

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As autumn sweeps in to cool and calm us, thoughts turn to cosying up. On the Gold Coast, dwellings are designed for catching sea breezes and creating shade and shelter from the heat. But during the colder months, we can

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T H E M O D E R N M I N I M A L I S T When it comes to interior design, Leah Taylor is keeping it simple – with clean lines and crisp colours. In 2011 she founded her online homewear store, The Minimalist, where her exclusive range has brought an enlightened modern approach to home style. Describe the concept behind The Minimalist?

Describe the style of your home?

It is all about unique, limited edition and designer made products from around the globe. Everything from hand crafted lighting, textiles, prints and home accessories to the clever ‘Stop the water while using me!’ range of soaps and shower gels, as well as a small selection of jewellery.  We aren’t necessarily about buying less, but buying better.

I try to keep it as simple as possible, but our home is quite eclectic. Our house is a very old terrace in Surry Hills that was actually Porters Paints in its past life. So the exterior is a stunning dark coloured lime washed finish, and we have high ceilings and equally huge windows and doors. Our interior is partly dictated by the uniqueness of the building itself. I am always rotating my favourite new prints from the store throughout the house. Black, white and timber feature heavily. It’s hard to pinpoint a style as it is always evolving.

The store was founded by you and your husband, Darius Taylor. How was the idea born? I used to run a small design practice that was focused on highend residential and commercial projects. I was always seeking out unique lighting or prints for my clients, and after constantly being asked ‘Where can I get that?’ we decided to open a small online shop. We thought it could be a fun little side project, we never imagined it would blossom into the store it is today.

What do you look for when importing a new brand or collection? We seek out designers not currently in the mainstream market to bring the most unique pieces to light. We often collaborate on special editions exclusive to our stores, and we aren’t afraid of the unusual. We love pieces made by hand by the designer themselves or made from unusual materials or techniques. We look for products that fit our personal aesthetic, so lot’s of black and white and almost anything geometric.

What is your favourite piece this season? I couldn’t pick just one! My favourite new pendant light is our extra large ‘Completed’ pendant in crisp white. And my favourite print right now is ‘Melting’ by Kristina Krogh.

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What has been the greatest moment of success for you and your business? There have been so many great moments! I remember seeing a piece from our store in a magazine for the first time and being so excited! I think the fact that our little online store has just grown and grown over the past couple of years from something so small has been so unexpected, but exciting at the same time. We have learnt so much and met so many talented people and the fact that people have loved our concept and embraced us in that short space of time continues to amaze us.

What are your future plans and goals? We have just opened our first bricks and mortar store in Surry Hills to compliment our online store. And we launched a sister site to The Minimalist that is based in the United Sates to service our US customers, and to help promote all of the talented designers from Australia and New Zealand late last year, so we have a very exciting 2014 ahead! Visit

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gcm ARCHITECTURE with Paul Uhlman

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et the light flood in, create some voluminous spaces and connect us to the outdoors” . These were the main requests from the young couple that approached architect Paul Uhlmann to renovate their beachfront home on the Gold Coast. The couple had a young child and planned to extend their family in the near future. It was therefore important to create a connection from the internal living spaces to the outside spaces that the children play in. The existing two storey beachfront residence was replanned for the new owners to create a direct relationship from the living spaces to the lawn and beach. This was achieved by moving the first floor living areas to the ground floor, allowing living spaces to flow out to the external deck and lawn. In the east façade full width glass sliding doors retract in a wall cavity to allow maximum connection to the outside.  A section of the first floor was removed from the north east corner to allow solar access through to the new ground floor living area. This allows penetration of afternoon sunlight into an east facing building. The double height void allows for views through this space from both the main ensuite and master bedroom. Sound transfer within the void is controlled with the use of the sliding glass panels. The internal spaces which were once mean in height and light are now flooded with light throughout the day. Cork pendant lights are used to illuminate the main living space and create a soft lighting effect at night. The design of the ground floor allowed for a future connection to a proposed pool area located to the north west of the building. This pool area is removed from the strong coastal breezes that are often found on the beachfront. A timber pergola covers the pool and spa area and provides screening from the adjoining apartment building and a covered link to the proposed

carport. A large flat lawn area is located next to the pool area to encourage the playing of rugby and cricket at home. The Mediterranean nature of the original building, with its rendered walls and terracotta roofs was replaced with a timber cladding and metal roof which reflects the local character of the beach houses in the area. The external finishes where also taken inside with timber batten ceilings and polished timber floors. The internal joinery continued the idea with the use of timber bench tops and painted timber cabinets.

The existing beachfront residence was replanned to create a direct relationship from the living spaces to the lawn and beach. The builder, Nat Johnston of Measured Up Builders, provided great craftsmanship in the timber detailing used throughout the renovation. The owners are “stoked” with the result and commented that they found comfort in using an architect that has dealt with the extreme coastal conditions on other beachfront projects. To view more images of this project or other works by Paul Uhlmann visit Photographer: Remco Photography

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nterior designer, James Dawson brings spaces to life with his eye for detail, phenomenal skill set and remarkable designs. As an award-winning designer and principal of the Brisbanebased design firm, James Dawson Interiors, James “captures client’s aspirations and captivates their imagination.”

“As an interior design firm a big part of our job is getting people to think outside the box, whether it be for a product or a concept,” says James. His career in interior design began with his venture into real estate. “I bought and sold a few properties, then I decided to study and I have been designing ever since,” he explains. Founded in 2012, his firm has built up a team of experienced designers and architects, who work together to create and refine ideas and designs. They push the boundaries of conventional interiors to create truly unique spaces that are ingeniously modern.

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When asked to describe his most difficult design job to date, James tells of his own home, explaining that “it is constantly evolving and growing with the end result still a mystery.” “I generally get a sense of the style I will create for a client as soon as the first meeting, but for me it’s about keeping on track as there are so many ideas and things that I want to do.” Recently awarded the 2013 HIA Gold Coast Interior Designer of the Year award, James’ passion lies in haute couture, architecture and the smooth flowing, Parisian-chic way of life. He creates modern interiors which are young and playful, yet elegant. To add interest and originality to a space James explains that he loves “bringing together textured wallpapers, art work, mirrors, marble, woods and unique furniture pieces sourced from here and overseas”.


The firm’s philosophy is to bring spaces to life by capturing the clients aspirations and captivating their imagination. The firm is committed to client satisfaction and with the team’s cohesive support and clever designs, they are working on compact apartments, major renovations and designing commercial spaces with a sharp, modern approach. From private homes, apartments, hair salons (Studio 23 pictured), offices and more, James has designed spaces that are true works of art, and yet remain functional for clients. When asked what his favourite space is to design, James explains he finds the whole process exciting. “I really love every part. I wouldn’t really say that I have a favourite space, no, I love them all!” Of the company plans and his personal goals he says “We are currently re-branding and have a few projects lined up interstate, which is fantastic.” Visit

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Creating the


e all know just how important it is to create the right first impression: Whether it’s preparing for a first date, applying for a new job, or entertaining a new director we like to think that people will be influenced by their first impressions. Gold Coast Unique Homes has been building customdesigned luxury homes for over 30 years. Managing director, Jim Taylor says regardless of the overall budget, creating the right first impression is usually high on his clients’ list of priorities. “Most of our clients are leading business people,” he said. “For many, their home is not only a statement of their personal achievement but a reflection of their tastes, personalities and individual lifestyles.” Mr Taylor said first impressions are usually created as one approaches a home. If you drive through an area where the lawns and gardens are all well maintained, your impression will be that this will be a nice area in which to live. “Again, as you approach the front door, your perceptions will be influenced by the home’s gardens, lawns, pathways and outdoor lighting features. “On entering the home, your senses are again aroused by the

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general ambience of floor coverings, wall treatment, staircase and light fittings,” he said. The designers at Unique Homes spend considerable time with clients to ensure that the home achieves the right balance of architectural innovation within the context of the site on which it is to be built. Chris Garfoot, who has designed many of the company’s recent homes, cites how he incorporated some eye-catching features to lift the approach to the homes and create an additional ‘wow’ factor. “The front elevation of this suburban home was in keeping with others in the street; just a few metres from the fence line. We incorporated an attractive motif in the driveway and mirrored this in the custom-built timber and glass front door. With professional landscaping, the result creates an attractive first impression as you approach the home,” he said. Another home, designed for a couple who are keen golfers, incorporates imposing flying buttresses, cleverly designating the approach to a separate two-buggy garage. An elevated roof provides added protection from the heat of the sun as one

approaches the front entry. A luxury home of grander design incorporates a cooling water feature either side of the pathway approaching the front door. Attractive glass panels bridge the water at the front door and entry to a separate office. Mr Taylor highlighted the fact that every home built by his company is designed in full consultation with his clients. “Each home is designed to suit its particular site, to maximise the benefits of available environmental assets and to ensure that our clients are able to fully enjoy their homes as soon as they are in residence,� he said. Gold Coast Unique Homes offers free design and free interior decorating assistance with every home the company builds. This family-owned company is a member of the Queensland Master Builders Association and provides an unconditional 25-year structural guarantee with every home. Visit

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hile the Gold Coast enjoys year-round warmth and our share of long, bright days, its denizens do savour the chance the swap tropical prints and graphic designs for something more cosy once the cooler months roll in. Sonia Su from Design Initial says a simple and cost-effective way of warming your home interior is to use colours, fabrics, textures, accessories and lighting. “Making the change to autumn in the home need not be expensive,” she says. “You can use warmer, darker colours, fabric lounges, throw rugs, and soft LED lighting to create a welcoming glow throughout the home, and even outdoors. Art work too can provide the motifs and colours that make a room feel warmer.” Design Initial has an expert team of sales staff, some of whom are qualified interior designers, on hand to help with decisions about

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combinations of pieces, colour palettes and incorporating key trends into your existing décor. “Our emphasis is on the whole home – dining, living, bedroom, entertaining areas.” Design Initial specialises in Italian leather and a vast range of fabric options, also from Italy, for their lounges, which boast a quality that is second to none. “And our 2-pac coatings on cabinetry and dining furniture, in beige, white or charcoal is very different from what’s available on the market,” explains Sonia. “It’s very thick, shiny, smooth and durable, right to the edges.” Visit

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our home, specifically your lounge room, is your very own place to relax, to unwind and to entertain. It figures then, that your sofa is one of the most important pieces of furniture in your living space and it’s where you’ll spend a great deal of time. The experts at Plush want you to come home to a sofa you love! They pride themselves on being “Australia’s Sofa Specialists”, with a huge range of sofas to suit your home and personal style. And while comfort and quality are paramount, they offer much more… Choice is also key to the Plush experience, with a wide range of designs, available in many configurations and your choice of leathers and fabrics. From recliners to modular and even sofa beds – your dream sofa is covered. Here are three different looks to suit three different aesthetics: Do you need a sofa with flexibility? The Archer Reversible Chaise (shown here in Plushtex fabric in ‘Steel’) is now $1599 ($2299 After Promotion). This sofa has been designed to move with you, and features a reversible chaise and an optional built-in sofa bed. Perfect for tight or tricky spaces, you can arrange it the way that best suits you and quickly transform it into a comfortable guest bed when needed.

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Is it comfort and relaxation what you crave? Offering you the very best of form and function, the Carlton Modular combines recliner comfort and clean contemporary style. Lumbar support, soft pillow arms and your choice of electric or manual recliner functions make this the perfect modular for the whole family to get comfy on. Shown here in Smooth 100% Genuine Cowhide Leather in ‘Cement’, is available now for $2999 ($6499 After Promotion). Do you want an affordable, yet stylish sofa, big enough to seat your whole family? The Cooper Modular sofa (shown here in Mondo fabric in ‘Nutmeg’) is one of the best value family sofas on the market and will be just right for you! From its timber feet, right up to it’s gorgeously upholstered and comfortable back cushions, the Cooper looks and feels just right. Its contemporary look is perfectly suited to any living space and right now it’s only $2799 ($3999 After Promotion). Enjoy the confidence that Plush sofas are built to last. They are hand-made using top quality materials and come with a comprehensive 10-year warranty. Visit




Dish It Up! Cook up a feast with Hayden Quinn’s new recipe book. Plus, travel to the Maldives, the rise of cuising and must have travel accessories.

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tarting out at local weekend markets selling cake pops, cupcakes and sweet biscuits, as well as working as a pastry chef on the Gold Coast, Bree Meldrum has grown in name and reputation. She is now known as one of the most popular cake designers on the Queensland Coast. “I was working as a pastry chef and really wanted to step out and have the freedom to bring my own designs to life,” says Bree, of the launch of her full time business, The Cake That Ate Paris. “I went on a road trip around Australia with my husband, and when I returned I finally had the confidence to actually start my own business. The Cake That Ate Paris was born!” This unusual yet charming name of her business was chosen simply “because it was something out of the ordinary,” says Bree. Further explaining that she “wanted something different to what was out there, and with ‘cake’ and ‘Paris’ in the name how could you go wrong?” Bree creates both exquisitely designed and delicious works of art for a loyal following of clients, from Brisbane to Byron Bay.

Building on an apprenticeship in the NSW Hunter Valley, and experience in two restaurants before her work as a pastry chef, Bree developed a phenomenal skill set and with her flare for design creates true works of art. Describing her major point of difference, she says: “it’s my unique style and designs. I work really closely with my clients to create their dream cake from cake flavours through to design. I started my own business in cake decorating because I thought it really needed a serious update!”

Bree offers each client a private consultation, discussing in detail the customers desired style and flavour in order to ensure their dreams are brought to delicious fruition. This private consultation also includes delectable tasting plates of popular flavours. Of her greatest achievement to date, Bree says it is that she has managed to run a successful business. “I never thought I had enough experience to go out on my own, but I have learnt a lot by just jumping in.” With so many incredible designs for past clients, it was a delight to discover that the cake Bree is most proud of is her very own wedding cake. “I procrastinated about it for months, and couldn’t come up with a design. I think it was about two weeks before the wedding that I though of something and stuck with it. It’s my favourite cake that I have ever made, and what was even better is that I got to eat this one!” She says. Just a few weeks in to the New Year and Bree anticipates a flurry of exciting events, the highlight being the birth of her first baby in April. Of her future plans, Bree says she would love one day to own a small but prominently placed shop frontage. With her focus remaining on wedding cakes, she is currently taking orders as far ahead as September and expects to be very busy come wedding season! “It’s so nice after all the creating, planning and hard work to see the clients faces, and know that I got it right – I still get such a thrill from it!” Visit

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asterChef’s Hayden Quinn presents his first book, Dish it Up, a beach-living inspired kitchen repertoire packed with punchy flavours from around the globe.

Energy packed breakfasts and post-surfing power foods accompany travel-inspired street food, retro classics, backyard feasts and special occasion meals. The guiding principle to these delicious dishes is that they are enjoyed best when shared with family and friends! In Dish it Up, Hayden’s recipes are easy to navigate, complete with helpful hints on cooking techniques and the best places to source key ingredients. Hayden’s enthusiasm for good food and his easygoing cooking style make this the perfect recipe book for cooks who aspire to fresh, healthy, mouth-watering food that’s easy to prepare and share - and guaranteed to make you smile!

Hayden is a lover of food, travel, culture and all things outdoors. Growing up on Sydney’s Northern Beaches with his family, Hayden was never far from the ocean or from cooking with his mum and family, who served up incredible meals night in and night out. It was hard for him to not fall in love with food, the ocean, good people and of course the healthy lifestyle he loves so much. Cooking is second nature to Hayden and it was his passion for travel and experiencing new food and cultures that led him to apply for the series 3 of MasterChef Australia. Find out more about Hayden at Dish it Up is published by Allen and Unwin, RRP $35 Visit: Photography: Alan Benson & Ben Dearnley

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Bali-style pancakes with Banana, coconut and honey

If you’ve been to Bali you’ll know these classic crepe-like pancakes — often served with banana in the centre, a little honey, some fresh coconut and a kick of lime juice. Feel free to fill your pancakes with whatever fillings you like or enjoy them as is. Sift the flour into a large bowl and make a well in the centre. In a jug, whisk together the eggs, milk and water. Slowly add the mixed wet ingredients to the flour, combining with a fork until you have a smooth batter. Strain through a fine sieve. Stir in the melted butter, then cover the batter and set aside for 30 minutes. Heat a 16 cm (6¼ inch) crepe pan or large flat-based frying pan over medium heat and grease with a little butter. Pour 2 tablespoons of the batter into the hot pan, tilting the pan so you cover the base with a nice thin layer of batter. Cook for about 1 minute or until golden on the underside, then flip (with some flair) and cook for another 20–30 seconds. Slide the pancake onto a plate. Wipe the pan clean with paper towel and repeat, using a little more butter and batter to make 12 pancakes. Stack the pancakes in a pile to keep them warm. Take the warm pancakes, place a few slices of the banana in the centre of each pancake and roll them up. Sprinkle with the shaved coconut and drizzle with the honey. Squeeze a little lime (or lemon) juice over the pancakes and serve immediately with extra lime (or lemon) wedges.

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225 g (8 oz/1½ cups) plain (all-purpose) flour 3 free-range eggs 200 ml (7 fl oz) milk 125 ml (4 fl oz/½ cup) water 60 g (2¼ oz) butter, melted, plus extra for cooking 6 large bananas, sliced on the diagonal fresh coconut, shaved honey, for drizzling 3 limes (or lemons), cut into wedges, to serve




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PreParation time: 25 minutes (Plus 5 hours marinating time) Cooking time: 15 minutes serves: 4

persian laMb With poMegranate, pistachio and orange couscous

Lamb has a special place in my heart, and I think nearly every mate of mine would have the same fond memories of cooking lamb on the back deck at my house when we were growing up. My old man loves it, and loves sharing it with all our friends. This is a lamb dish that I have given my own little twist. The beauty of the couscous salad is that it can be served warm or cold and it will impress no matter what. If figs are in season, you could substitute them for the fresh dates. For the Persian marinade, whisk all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the lamb to the marinade and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 5 hours or overnight. Meanwhile, using a sharp knife, cut the pomegranate in half. Over a large bowl, hit the back of one half with a wooden spoon — the seeds will fall out easily. Discard the shell and white pith. Squeeze the juice out of the other half — you’ll need 2 tablespoons. For the couscous, bring the stock to the boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Transfer the boiling stock to a large heatproof bowl. Stir in the couscous and olive oil, cover with foil and stand for 5 minutes or until the stock has been absorbed. Fluff the couscous with a fork to separate the grains, then add the reserved pomegranate seeds and juice, the watercress, pistachios, dates and orange zest. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste and stir to combine. Preheat a lightly greased chargrill pan or barbecue chargrill plate to high. Cook the lamb, turning frequently, for 2–3 minutes for medium or until cooked to your liking. The cooking time will also vary depending on the thickness of your lamb pieces. Rest the lamb for 5 minutes before slicing to serve. Divide the couscous among serving plates and top with the lamb. Serve with some chargrilled flat bread and yoghurt if desired.

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4 lamb backstraps, about 250 g (9 oz) each, trimmed 1 pomegranate 250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) chicken or vegetable stock 200 g (7 oz) couscous 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 cups (firmly packed) watercress 75 g (21/2 oz/1/2 cup) roasted pistachios, coarsely chopped 115 g (4 oz/1/2 cup) fresh dates, halved, pitted and thinly sliced zest of 1 orange sea salt and freshly ground black pepper chargrilled flatbread and yoghurt, to serve (optional) persian Marinade

2 garlic cloves, bruised 1 cm (1/2 inch) piece ginger, finely grated 1 tablespoon unsprayed dried rose petals, coarsely chopped (optional) 1 teaspoon ground cardamom 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cumin 80 ml (21/2 fl oz/1/3 cup) extra virgin olive oil


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PreParation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 5 minutes serves: 4

white peaChes, riCotta, honeY and rose petals

I love this dessert, it’s a bit Middle Eastern, a bit summery, and completely delicious. The bonus is it’s quite a healthy dessert. Heat a heavy-based griddle pan over medium–high heat. Place the butter on the pan and spread evenly on the surface. Place the peach quarters on to the griddle so you get nice char marks. Caramelise the peaches on each flesh side for 1–2 minutes. In a bowl, combine the ricotta, rosewater and lemon juice. To serve, spoon a dollop of the ricotta onto a plate, delicately place the white peach quarters around the ricotta, drizzle with ½ tablespoon of honey and garnish with almonds and rose petals. note

~ If you can’t find fresh unsprayed rose petals you can use dried baby rose petals, available at some Asian grocers and certain delicatessens.

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20 g (3/4 oz) unsalted butter 3 ripe white peaches, quartered 240 g (81/2 oz) firm ricotta 1 teaspoon rosewater 11/2 teaspoons lemon juice 3 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted 1/4 cup fresh, unsprayed rose petals (see note)

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gcm DINING with Jeni Bone

Romantic Reflection Unrivalled on the Gold Coast for views and ambience, Videre is a special occasion venue par excellence.


n the summit of RACV Royal Pines, Videre, the name derived from the Latin word meaning “to see”, or “to reflect upon”, occupies an almost surreal vantage point above the verdant golf course to the brilliant blue merging of sea and sky. From your window seat, you can see to Burleigh and the Tweed, and to the north, along Surfers to the Broadwater. “Videre represents the best of the Gold Coast with panoramic views, contemporary setting and warm and genuine service. We pride ourselves on showcasing the finest Queensland seasonal produce sourced from suppliers who care as much about their ingredients as we do,” says newly appointed Chef de Cuisine, Grant Parry.

On our visit, Valentine’s Day, the degustation menu set the mood, bursting with exotic ingredients and combinations that were visually exciting and a pleasure for the palate. Butternut squash soup with a bite-sized nugget of parmesan and amaretto tortellini and a drizzle of sage oil was the starting dish, washed down, as every grand occasion should be, with a glass of NV Moet & Chandon Champagne. Next, the beef Carpaccio topped with truffle, honey-mustard and summer salad leaves was a dish redolent of a high-end French bistro. A portion of Lobster and salmon ravioli followed, sweetened with maple chutney, basil and shellfish emulsion – so good, each of us was eyeing the other’s plate for any remnant.

Parry, who joined Videre from the Hilton Northolme Resort & Spa in the Seychelle Islands and previously worked for Gordon Ramsey as Executive Chef in three different countries, the UK, Dubai and Qatar, has taken to the new role with aplomb. He says he’s eager to incorporate as many of the Gold Coast specialties as possible. “The new menu will boast all aspects of the location to ensure guests truly experience finest cuisine. It includes entrees of Fraser Island spanner crab and avocado salad, tomato confit and pickled cucumber, a Beetroot and goat’s cheese salad with crushed hazelnuts and herb salad and a marinated steak tartare with grain mustard dressing and a radish and mushroom salad.” Drawing on his background leading teams in some of the world’s finest kitchens, Parry says he will introduce a number of new techniques such as Sous Vide – cooking at low temperature, using airtight bag and water bath – and Gueridon – preparing and cooking in sight of guests – albeit “with a modern twist”. “This is an exciting change and rarely seen on the Coast,” he says of the innovations, set to be revealed when the new menu is introduced in March.

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Fillet of Lamb with confit of tomato, artichokes and sun choke puree was the fourth dish in our degustation experience, the lamb expertly tenderised with the acid of the tomato, literally inspiring us to rebook for next upcoming milestone, my 44th Birthday. A small, sweet and superb palate cleanser preceded dessert – prosaically named Strawberry Champagne soup with vanilla mousse. I love a double dessert and this was Heaven. When the Valrhona manjari crème brulèe arrived, complete with Baileys ice cream and poached pears, matched with Sirromet Private Collection late harvest wine, we all but licked the plates! There is nothing more romantic than chocolate to cap off a sensory voyage through the world’s favourite culinary traditions. With the glittering neons the GC is renowned for, strung beneathe us, reminiscing about our 10 years together, Videre was the pinnacle of perfection for reflection. Visit

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gcm TRAVEL DINING REVIEW with Maria Gambaro

A Taste of T

Japan PLUS

he spotless nature of the restaurant as we walked towards it reminded me that Japan is the cleanest country that I have travelled to. The speedy greeting at the door and the warm smiles further reminded me of the Japanese way, greeting their customers as family. Tetsu Aki is a unique Japanese restaurant featuring modern Japanese food in a part of the world that probably has more Japanese restaurants per head of population than most. The 8.8m sushi bar is a wonder in itself. With three chefs, including one who did his training and many years honing his craft at a 5-star hotel, dedicated to the sushi, sashimi and hot dinner menus and a leaning towards fusing east and west in their cuisine, it is a complex restaurant that is hard to categorize. It offers a great luncheon with noodle soups, sushi, sashimi and the Japanese lunch box, the Bento Box. The restaurant is fully licensed with a concise wine list, Japanese beers and a selection of Sakes on offer.

The speedy blow torching of the fish changes the texture to that one would be more accustomed to with cooked seafood, but the light fresh nature of sashimi survives. An old friend with a mixed tempura plate and very light dipping sauce followed on from thisVarious vegetables all encased in the lightest of tempura batter and what we and hundreds of other devotees have decreed are the best ever Crispy Prawns. At this stage it became rather concerning that we may not make our way through all we had ordered. But such as the mystery of Japanese cuisine that despite being on our eighth plate, we still had some room when the braised pork belly arrived. This is more hail and hearty than the traditional light ethereal Japanese cuisine. It certainly filled any gaps in our hunger and had enormous flavour to it. All the time glasses were topped, tea replaced and dishes came and went with flawless service. One can’t help but be struck by the multi-faceted nature of this restaurant. The hot meal choices offer an interesting fusion

From the Sake list, we tried Sake Kimbakurini, which is unique for the gold flake leaf floating within. Served cold as all good Sake should be (unless you’re up to your waist in Nagano snow), it had a light and smoothly citrus taste to it. Some lovely Sencha (Japanese green tea) accompanied this so that the Sake bottle didn’t disappear too quickly. The sashimi platter was exquisitely fresh and there was fresh wasabi to mix into the soy sauce, with quite a different taste to the usual tubed variety. Salmon, tuna, king fish, sea scallop and snapper disappeared in no time. The fresh oysters that followed had a delightfully light and flavorsome ponzu sauce, so different in character to the bottled versions that are generally on offer. Lightly-seared slices of tuna tataki arrived with the first hint of fusion cuisine – slices of jalapeño chili a top the lightly blow-torched fish. They gave it a little bit of zest without being over-powering. Sushi in the form of vegetarian rice balls were served next, presented in the manner of traditional fish sushi. East met west again with the next oyster offering. The oyster miso mornay looks very much like an oyster mornay although the cheese topping is light and moist despite the grilling. However a taste of miso further adds intrigue to this long standing flavour combination. A sushi platter of varied fish varieties and one steak shard arrived next all lightly torched in the Aburi style. This is a great intro for people who may baulk at raw fish.

of east and west cuisine, or a western staple reworked in the Japanese way. There were many more dishes on the menu that I would have liked to have tried and the wagyu steak particularly caught my eye, however, we were indeed struggling with our final course. The restaurant has an extensive take-away menu. The wonderful Bento Boxes, noodles and soups , traditional sushi and their own unique special rolls are a world apart. It is a restaurant where you can take the whole family with the younger family members feasting on the sushi that they’re accustomed to while the older and wiser heads explore the more unique aspects of this restaurant’s menu. Living close to Surfers Paradise as I do, I hadn’t been to Paradise Point to eat since my favourite Italian restaurant disappeared. However the unique and intriguing nature of the Tetsu Aki menu will draw people from a distance away as well as being a real pearl for the inhabitants of the northern Broadwater. Open Monday to Saturday, bookings are essential. When Emperor Meiji ascended the throne in the late 1800s he decreed that Japan should retain its culture but embrace the “best of the west”. I think he would be pleased with what he would find here. Visit Phone 5577 1110 or Email

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Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris by Ann Mah When journalist Ann Mah’s diplomat husband is given a three-year assignment in Paris, Ann is overjoyed. She immediately begins plotting gastronomic adventures à deux. Then her husband is called away to Iraq on a year-long post, alone. Journeying through the regions of France, Ann combats her loneliness by seeking out the perfect pain au chocolat and learning the way the andouillette sausage is really made. Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books. RRP $28.99

Bubbly Nights in Brisbane Keep Stylish & Carry On The name in secure and sturdy baggage, and second to none in the style stakes, Samsonite has all your gear taken care of in this new model, Spin Trunk. The first of its kind, it features flip-opening, soft side functionality with the durability of a hard case. Made from 100% polycarbonate, in various hues, this one, in Pantone’s colour of the year, purple. Available in 55cm, 66cm & 75cm. Visit

Spa Spritz You can’t cure it, but the zesty Jet Lag Spritz from Spa Fresh Blends will reignite your travel batteries. Beneficial to stave off fatigue, alleviate anxiety and stress, this in flight relief gets you back on track so you arrive feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. It contains therapeutic and mood boosting 100% pure essential oils such as Peppermint, sweet Geranium and Lime Oil to lift your spirits. RRP $29.50 for 100mls.  Buy online at

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You don’t need a reason to celebrate with a night at the Hilton Brisbane with this landmark hotel’s “Bubbly Nights in Brisbane” package. Hilton Brisbane is inviting guests to put their feet up and relax in the lap of luxury while enjoying a limited edition bottle of Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2004 Champagne, the House’s 64th Vintage. The “Bubbly Nights In Brisbane” accommodation package includes overnight accommodation for two in a Hilton guest room, a complimentary bottle of Veuve Clicquot Vintage 2004 (RRP $90), a Vintaged Bar + Grill dining voucher, 15% off Monili Jewellery (located on Elizabeth St) and late check out the following day, all from $255 per room per night twin share. Hilton Brisbane General Manager, Ronald van Weezel said Hilton hoped the new package would entice couples to take some time out of their busy schedules to rekindle the romance with an inner city sojourn. “From city shopping, to culture, art and dining, Hilton Brisbane is ready to spoil our guests with this first-class getaway,” he said. Book at and select “Bubbly Nights In Brisbane” or contact Hilton reservations 1300 445 866 and quote PRB44BU.


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gcm DRIVE GUIDE with Paul Maric

? s y a d n u s Whit Where else but


ome the cooler months and our thoughts turn to FNQ. In fact, over Easter, sun-chasing southerners from Melbourne and Sydney make up the majority of the domestic tourists who migrate north, seeking warmth, wilderness and welcoming hospitality of the Whitsundays.

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Then there are the Europeans, Americans and British who also clamour for the clear azure waters and pristine coral cays, dazzling white beaches and miles and miles of underwater wonders to explore. In fact, 1.6 million people head to the Great Barrier Reef each year, with many thousands of kilometres of islands and mainland to share, minus the pace and panic of the big cities. The Whitsundays are made up of 74 islands, right in the heart of the Reef. The stunning natural landscapes of coast and islands are dotted with secluded beaches and historic towns. Based on shore or any one of the habitable islands, you can explore the incredible diversity of the sea on a charter yacht or day trip, and drop anchor for a quick snorkel or scuba dive. For those seeking solitude, head to Oprah’s favourite, the now world-famous Whitehaven Beach. On the mainland, Airlie Beach promises plenty to savour and experience, or you can wander off the beaten track and enjoy hillside national park trails on foot or mountain bike.  Airlie Beach is at the heart of the Whitsundays and the main

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launching pad for activities and adventures. It feels just as tropical as staying on an island, but with the conveniences of modern life like supermarkets, banks, restaurants, shopping and access to the delights of north Queensland. Just minutes from Airlie Beach, discover quiet, undiscovered coves, beaches and rainforest, and a diversity of landscapes so contrasting to the blues of the ocean. Travellers are offered a great variety of accommodation from backpacker hostels to 5-star luxury hotels and resorts and everything in between. Being the hub of the Whitsunday Coast, Airlie Beach is the best place to base yourself for a Whitsunday holiday to give yourself freedom and flexibility in your choice of activities and tours, sailing, snorkelling, bushwalking, relaxing and of course wining, dining and the famous nightlife. Locals say “it’s Saturday night, every night in Airlie”! Is there a best time to visit the Whitsundays – which apparently figure on the Bucket Lists of millions the worldover. The sheltered waters of the Whitsundays offer great conditions for sailing and diving virtually all year round, but dry season which runs from April to November is generally the most reliable and visitors are rarely inconvenienced by tropical downpours in those months. Visit

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Maldiving The sublime resort of Dusit Thani, on Mudhdhoo Island in the Maldives can still be considered a hidden gem, set amid glorious azure seas and sky, teeming with aquatic life, spa delights and tantalising Thai cuisine.

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espite living on the Gold Coast, I am really not a hot weather person. This fair skin is not designed for soaking up the sun’s rays. But then again, what skin truly is?

So when it comes to the Christmas break I am usually thinking north… mountains… snow! However, having reluctantly agreed to try a warm weather vacation at that time of year and acting on favourable reports about the Maldives from a colleague, we set sail to the Dusit Thani Resort in the Maldives on Mudhdhoo Island. The Maldives is a chain of 1,200 tiny islands and coral atolls to the south of India. It is not far from the equator so regardless of the time of year, we expected it to be warm at the very least. Turns out that the year round average is only 28 degrees C. Many of the islands are tiny and Mudhdhoo is one of these. The island is accessible by 35 minute seaplane or domestic flight transfer from Male, the capital of Maldives. Because we arrived late at night, the journey there was by a smaller plane to an adjacent island and then a speed boat across in the dark. Despite the late hour of our arrival our butler met us at the jetty and escorted us to our very luxurious but comfortable beach villa. The island has a range of accommodations. The “huts on stilts” or Water Villas and Ocean Villas out on the water initially appealed to us most but these were all booked out long in advance. Our beach villa was large (with effective air conditioning!). We had our own little stretch of white sand beach with warm water and coral on our door step. Although I would be interested to try the “huts on stilts”, I have a feeling that our spacious villa with direct access to the beach was as good as it gets.

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Now because I don’t like being hot and because I don’t like being in the sun , I decided that I would do my best to spend my time underneath the water. So I enrolled in a scuba diving course and managed to complete my PADI open water qualification in the week that we were there. The instructors were helpful and patient and managed to keep me out of trouble, despite my tendency to lose track of depth! The islands are truly built on top of the corals. Whilst snorkeling 10m off the beach, I saw a range of marine life including an octopus of reasonable size. You can see most of the marine life you need with a snorkel alone but scuba gear helps you blend into the marine environment more and is an interesting skill to acquire. Otherwise, the island has the usual water sports available and boat cruises to various local features. In addition there are tennis courts and a large swimming pool beautifully set between one of the restaurants and an adjacent bar. My partner was amazed by the range of treatments, and the quality of services available at the Devarana Spa within the resort, and her therapist for the aromatic pedicure, Ms Siri, was brilliant with her attention to her patient and the procedure. Dusit Thani is a Thai chain of hotels and resorts and one of the three restaurants of Mudhdhoo is predictably a Thai signature restaurant, Benjarong. The restaurant is also set on stilts over the coral with a bar upstairs where guests can sit and watch the sunset. The temperature is perfect for dining al fresco at night gazing across very serene water. Benjarong offers the usual array of tasty Thai dishes with wines, beers and spirits to pair. The staff are super attentive and the service is


flawless. She and I were just stunned in the cool of an air conditioned room at the personal attention devoted but outdoors beneath the palm trees to us by the Restaurant Manager, looking across the ocean is a much Ms Rungnapa Phanpatum, who more attractive option. You can always had a personally decorated even watch the island’s two rabbits Two lucky people could be spending and positioned table from which at play (don’t worry – they’re both 5 nights at Dusit Thani. Find out we were able to enjoy the sunsets, males). prior to dining. We also had the how you could experience all the Children are well catered for with a pleasure of meeting Desmond kids’ club and an array of activities. tropical tranquillity of this slice Hatton, the General Manager, and There is a small gym as well as the Thanos Lionsatos, the Director of of paradise in the May-June tennis courts and a jogging path if Sales and Marketing, an Australian, and you’re so inclined. Adults are free to be as issue of GCM. also a native of the Gold Coast, and it was active or as inactive as they desire and as a easy to relate to their Mission Statement of special bonus at the time, being close to India, treating every guest just like family. It would the satellite sports channels had live coverage of the be hard to find a more amenable and accessible Ashes cricket so I could stay up to date! management team anywhere. The villa was spotlessly maintained and the outdoor bathroom was The Sea Grill is adjacent to the infinity pool. The executive chef a particularly nice feature. A butler is available to meet any special James Williams is English but lived and worked in Brisbane for some requests or needs. years so we had much to talk about (including the cricket which was proceeding in very favorably at that point in time). The clientele of the resort are a mix of honey-mooning Asians, and Europeans escaping the winter chill, with an increasing number The chef sources his food both locally and from afar. The beef of the guests coming from Russia. I believe we were the only came from the Darling Downs! The menu is expansive and there is Australians on site, so it seems that this little gem of a resort in the a nice mix of European and new world wines to match each dish. ocean may have escaped local awareness. Again alfresco dining is to be recommended with the stunning views at hand. Amusingly, despite my fears of being hot there, the island was at one stage 11 degrees cooler than Brisbane! So if you are looking to Breakfast can set the tone for the whole day and the breakfast buffet scuba or to simply spend some idle time in a serene and idyllic part at Dusit Thani is particularly remarkable. There is a virtual rainbow of of the world you may well find that the Dusit Thani Maldives and fruit to choose from with slivers of mango freshly sliced and slid onto Spa Resort at Mudhdhoo Island is the slice of paradise you were your plate. In addition there is a wide range of western and Asian dreaming of. breakfast options to choose from, and one would be particularly difficult to please if you left less than fully satisfied. One can dine Visit

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In the pursuit of happiness…

Go by boat

Words: Darren Finkelstein


ustralia is an island. We are surrounded by water, a lot of water in every direction. We are truly the lucky country when it comes to waterways, with some of the best navigable and cleanest waters in the world. Right now there are over 1.6 million people boating on rivers, lakes and oceans around Australia. They must be onto something! Most of us have driven to a marina or the local boat ramp with fish n’ chips in hand, and parked the car to watch the boats and all the activity surrounding them. No matter your age, it’s truly fascinating — us landlubbers have a real curiosity with the water. Perhaps it’s that little voice inside our head that says “I wouldn’t mind doing that”, or watching the kids grab the ropes to help out, families working together as a team and great mates having a good laugh together. Even just watching people living on a larger boat, thinking to yourself “wouldn’t that be a nice way to enjoy life”. They are all a great way to let your worries simply float away, and good therapy for the soul.

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Boating is a great way to get the younger generation off the computer and Playstation, instead spending time outdoors undertaking healthy activity (without technology drawing us to constantly check our inbox!). All this whilst learning something new; now that’s a win for everyone! Give boating some attention, a bit of patience and a good dose of humour and it will give you back so much more in return. Is a quiet cruise or taking time to enjoy the journey of exploration of interest to you? Some prefer to teach the kids to waterski or tube. This can be wonderfully fulfilling and a unique way to connect with your children, and maybe even your grandchildren. Perhaps, it is to go fishing and try to catch the one that got away, so many years before. Revenge is so sweet. Even a great chance to just talk with your mates about blokey stuff, which is good for the soul and great exercise for your mind too. Regardless of the activity, many of us boaties have strong memories of the time we first went boating. For me as a 12 year old, it is the experience of catching a fish for the very first time and being so

excited to tell my parents. Others remember when they first learnt to waterski, or that house boating holiday with the cousins or family friends, all those years ago.



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This is the essence of why we go boating. It’s to connect and in some cases reconnect with those that are important in our lives, because it’s all too easy to get caught up in the day to day struggle of our work, forgetting to share quality times with family and friends. So let’s put everything into perspective — it’s all about lifestyle, and life is, sadly, too short. Boating will make you more active, have you laughing out aloud with those that are important and, above all, you’ll have a blast. Just remember that “Life Is Better With A Boat”. Darren Finkelstein is the author of Honey, let’s buy a BOAT! Boat Ownership - Everything you wanted to know about buying (and selling) a power boat but didn’t know who to ask. RRP$29.95 available from

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gcm TRAVEL with Jeni Bone

Cruise Control

It’s official! Australians are the world’s most avid (and affluent) cruisers. We can’t get enough of ocean, river, canal cruises and charters.


ccording to a report from Cruise Line International Association Australia (CLIA), Australians’ passion for cruising surged to a new high in 2012, reaching a record 694,062.

holiday has more than doubled from 330,290 in 2008 to almost 700,000, while over the past decade we’ve seen an average annual growth rate of 20 per cent - a remarkable result for any industry,” he said.

For the second consecutive year, the growth of the Australian cruise passenger market has surpassed other major cruise markets, with last year’s 11 percent increase equalled only by Germany. By comparison, North American passenger numbers grew by 2 per cent in 2012 and the UK remained steady.

“There’s also an increasing awareness among Australian holidaymakers about the tremendous value of cruising and the wide range of cruise holidays available, from relaxing river cruises to fun family breaks and adventurous expedition voyages.”

The 2012 Australian Cruise Industry Report also shows that the local industry now has the second highest population penetration rate in the world, with the equivalent of 3 percent of Australians taking a cruise last year. Only the long-established North American cruise market had a higher penetration rate at 3.3 percent.

We are fans of the diversity and the convenience cruising offers with its all-inclusive pricing.

Commenting on the report, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia Chairman, Gavin Smith said 2012 was the eighth consecutive year of double digit growth for cruise passenger numbers, underlining Australians’ increasing enthusiasm for cruising. “In only four years, the number of Australians taking a cruise

“Cruising really has become an extremely popular option for travellers, mostly because of the convenience and the choice,” explains Chip Popescu from Select World Travel on the Gold Coast. “If people have a couple of weeks to see Europe, they don’t want the hassle of driving, booking hotels, packing and unpacking each time.” With both ocean and river cruising, packages are all inclusive, covering meals, accommodation, entertainment, some day trips. The quality is exceptional and it’s on tap. River cruising throughout Europe, and barge canal cruising through the wine

regions of France, which is becoming increasingly popular, appeals to the 55+ market, says Chip. “It’s very gourmet, quite a premium experience and very authentic. You cruise at night and wake up in another city – there’s no bags to carry, nothing to unpack. Each day you explore a new city by foot, bike or with a guided tour.” The traditional cruises from Amsterdam to Budapest along the Danube are perennial favourites. “You can add options such as Paris and Prague to the route as well. And there is a range of new itineraries taking in Spain and Portugal. You can cruise rivers most of the year, but of course, spring and summer are the most popular – April to October – since they are less impacted by the cold European winters.” The Christmas river cruises are the exception, and are also more welcoming to families with children, as they visit the quaint towns along the way, stopping for festivals, Yuletide celebrations, Christmas markets, carols and mass during the festive season. Ocean cruising on the other hand, is big all year round, with itineraries as diverse as the people who chose them. “Cruise ships work the Pacific, Mediterranean, USA, Mexico, Caribbean – wherever there’s ocean,” says Chip. “And they cater for all budgets and all types of traveller from the connoisseur to families happy to share the experience with thousands of others onboard the Disney cruise ship.” Some, such as the luxury cruises to Alaska can cost hundreds of thousands, while some of the newer options in the Mediterranean, cater to singles and a younger demographic

and are excellent value. You can time your cruise to coincide with events, such as Formula 1 or Olympic Games, seeing the spectacle from a waterfront vantage point, experience a festival like Carnaval in South America, or a different culture aboard a traditional yacht such as the Turkish Gulet or Croatian “Old Timer”. Some of the new cruise options from Venice to Croatia and Montenegro explore cities and regions that are ancient and as yet, unexploited. “You can travel from the Mediterranean down to Egypt, or for something really different, there’s the new range of soft adventure cruises, which can take you to the Kimberley and up to Lombok, or to Antarctica!” Cruising is booming, its marketing and word of mouth referral helping spur on its popularity. “The repeat factor of cruising is over 90%. Cruising has that effect on people.” So, having whet your appetite for cruising the big blue, or its smaller cousin, the river, the first piece of travel advice is to consult the experts. “When you are qualified by an expert, your requirements and style will be matched to your ideal experience,” says Chip. “There are dedicated cruise agents who are experts from first hand experience, training and being up to date with all the deals, options and latest offers,” advises Chip, referring people with a penchant for seeing the world by boat to the team at Select World Travel, Emerald Lakes. Visit

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ELECTRIC DREAMS Looking about as cute as a compact can (step aside Beetle and Mini), the new BMW i3 is electrifying! The first fully electric car from BMW, the i3 has already been hailed as a game changer – the model that will make us think electric cars should be the norm. The i3 is BMW’s first zero emissions mass-produced vehicle due to its electric powertrain, and BMW is the first company to launch a volume production vehicle on the market featuring carbon-fibre reinforced plastic to improve the vehicle’s energy consumption.[ The lads from Top Gear UK were impressed. They described their first drive in July last year as feeling “so incredibly natural that you rapidly fall for the idea that electric drive should be an idea that nobody questions”. Judged on performance and responsiveness, handling and get up and go, they concluded “for smooth and silent movement, electricity is the way to go”.


Described as a woody-oriental, Tom Ford’s new fragrance, Sahara Noir is composed around a frankincense-amber scent. At the top, the fragrance opens with orange, cistus, calamus and cypress. The heart intertwines frankincense, cinnamon and papyrus with rose, jasmine and beeswax. The trail is composed of amber, labdanum, ambreine, benzoin, vanilla, cedar, frankincense resin, oud and Peru balm. Ladies, this is one you will want to steal!

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The i3 rechargeable engine has a maximum output of 125 kW/170 hp and peak torque of 250 N·m (184 lb-ft). Power delivery to the rear wheels is via a single-speed transmission. The li-ion battery pack lies under the floor and can deliver an all-electric range of 160 km, but a gasoline engine referred to as “REx”, can be added to extend the car’s range to 320 km. BMW HQs believes nearly all i3 buyers will use it as a second car and so won’t be doing extremely long journeys. Living up to its eco-badge is this little gem’s ethos of ecotips, which you can switch off if they become too demanding. Dashboard displays such as “Tip: accelerate moderately”, or “Tip: take foot off accelerator: speed limit ahead”, show the Teutonic caution BMW is known for. For city driving and short jaunts down the highway, this is the emission-free, guilt-free alternative. Visit


A Prisoner in the Garden: Opening Nelson Mandela’s Prison Archive In 1977 the South African prison authorities allowed a number of journalists to visit Robben Island. On their tour, the journalists encountered a tall, thin man, leaning on a spade. The man was Nelson Mandela, in his 13th year of incarceration on Robben Island. Today the photograph, captioned ‘A Prisoner Working in the Garden’ by the prison authorities, forms the centrepiece of the Mandela Prison Archive which, when viewed as a whole, constitutes a living record of Mandela’s more than 27 years in prison and his fight for freedom. Compiled by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Penguin, RRP $22.99.




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n years gone by, you never would have pictured a Volvo as a trendy choice in family motoring. The Swedish car company covers a huge subset of demographics with its range of vehicles and has most recently diversified offerings even further with the V40 Cross Country.

The V40 received rave reviews when it was launched in Australia last year. Yours truly was impressed with the levels of comfort, ease of driving and its dynamics. It’s the right size for a couple with kids on the way, or a couple with small kids and ticks all the boxes when it comes to safety, pricing and features. One of the only things missing from the V40 was some of its elder XC60 sibling’s traits. Volvo decided to tackle this gap head on with the introduction of an XC60/V40 hybrid, aptly named the V40 Cross Country. Fitted with meaty wheel arches, increased ground clearance and a tougher on-road stance, the V40 Cross Country aims to tackle campgrounds, snowy ridges and mud trails that would otherwise leave the V40 stuck helplessly.

the largest of objects without a fuss. It wouldn’t be a Volvo if it wasn’t built with safety in mind. Thankfully the V40 Cross Country scored a maximum five stars in recent crash testing. The score comes courtesy of eight airbags (including a knee and pedestrian airbag), stability control and traction control, along with a system that will automatically brake to a complete stop in the event of an impending collision at lower speeds. The V40 Cross Country is available with two engines. The 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine produces 187kW and 360Nm of torque, while the 2.0-litre five-cylinder turbocharged diesel produces 130kW and 400Nm of torque. Both options are only available with a six-speed automatic gearbox and consume an average 8.4L/100km and 5.3L/100km respectively.

Despite a sexy outer shell, the interior arguably attracts the most attention.

Despite a sexy outer shell, the interior arguably attracts the most attention. A floating centre console offers extra storage space and creates a talking point amongst passengers. The floating centre console houses the car’s controls, which include audio, navigation and an ingeniously sculpted human cut out for climate control. Even the speedometer moves away from the norm, featuring a large colour LCD screen that dynamically displays speed, fuel and economy readings. The V40 Cross Country also reads speed limit signs and displays the speed on the speedometer to remind drivers of the speed zone. Interior room up front is exceptional with ample leg and headroom. Visibility from the driver’s seat is excellent, making the V40 Cross Country a cinch to park and squeeze into tight spaces. Rear seating is comfortable for two, but a bunfight for three. Boot space is huge and increased even further when the second row of seats are dropped. The boot opening allows you to fit even

Starting from $47,990 for the diesel variant, the petrol offering increases to $52,990. While the pricing is a little on the higher side, both models come loaded with standard features.

Behind the wheel, the turbocharged petrol really shines. The eager engine takes advantage of the large five-cylinder engine, which is then improved by the use of a turbocharger. Press the throttle in any gear and the V40 Cross Country wants to run away at a sports-car-like rate of knots. The steering and brake package is refined, direct and communicative. The added 40mm ride height improves visibility but doesn’t impact on handling, even when the car is pushed closer to its limits. Despite the fact it’s not equipped to conquer Mt Kosciusko, the V40 Cross Country will happily handle its fair share of mud slinging and rock-hopping. The four-wheel-drive system has been designed in such a way to maximise traction both on and off road. If you are in the market for a new family car, but don’t want to buy a giant SUV, test-drive the Volvo V40 Cross Country. It takes practicality, style and safety to an all-new level. Visit

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A galloping good time It was a glorious day last month as we all gathered in celebration for the annual tradition that stops the nation. Naturally, ladies were dressed immaculately from headto-toe, but the gents this year showed some impressive fashion flair in our sunny city. Delightful lunches were served at venues such as Koi, Aura, Moo Moo, BSKT and of course hotels including The Marriott and Palazzo Versace pulled out all the stops for this special event. The stand out venue was Jupiter’s Hotel & Casino, who created an incredibly luminous feel in their ballroom, and provided the best race viewing possible for the event.

p U t i e k Ma by Ali Rose Time and time again I hear girls saying “oh my god, her cheekbones are amazing”, or “how does she get her make up so perfect?”. The secret language of girls who seem to effortlessly pull off a look that is synonymous with that of one who has her own makeup artist on hand, seemed to be one that I would never be able to translate or learn to speak myself, in order to move to the land of perfectly proportioned and luminous faces. And then I made friends with my bronzer and concealer. The secret to perfect make up is contouring and highlighting, and most of you already have all the products you need. My suggestion is to start off small and just play with applying a layer of concealer under the eyes, and brushing your bronzer under your cheekbones and down the length of your nose, however if you want the full low down, You Tube is a click away. Check out Carlibel, her video on contouring and highlighting explains everything perfectly and she uses a great range of products. Tip: The nose, eyes, cheekbones and jawline are the easy to add to your daily make up routine. Happy contouring!

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Style File

Autumn is here, and with it the ‘layered look’. Polished preppies are opting for navy blazers over their sweaters and untucked tartan shirts, and fashion chic beauties are mixing colours and textures with their ripped boyfriend jeans and pale pink Valentino rockstud heels. This trend has filtered through to menswear too, so don’t be afraid to pull off a T-shirt and an open, striped, button up shirt under your favourite leather jacket or bomber. Think Johannes Huebl. Don’t be afraid to play with colour – contrasting is the new black. There are no rules to fashion anymore, as trends are constantly evolving, which gives everyone room to express themselves though what they’re wearing. And that is exactly what style is all about.

Burleigh Bound for Supper A favourite for many, but newfound gem for some, Burleigh is a great spot for locals to escape the hustle and bustle of all too familiar faces, and a perfect destination for visitors to discover. Adorned with chic new restaurants and bars, the newest hot spot Cavalier is making its mark. The supper club boasts one of the most stylish fitouts around, and the upstairs dining offers a divine menu. Cavalier Bar & Supper is open until late from Wednesday to Sunday. To book phone 07 5535 9220.


Friendly strangers. A bad day seems not so bad, and a good day is made even better when passers by smile or a new colleague feels welcome. Spread the love.


Rainy days. This is simply not the time of year to be rugging up with a hot chocolate and watching a dvd, as enticing as that sounds. Fingers and bikini strings crossed for plenty of sunshine before winter kicks in!


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(Jun 22 – Jul 23)

March starts off with generous planet Jupiter in your zodiac sign making positive connections to the Sun during the new moon on the 1st, making you the beneficiary of much goodness. Cancerians born 2 July are well positioned to reap the benefits of what’s on offer. With Mars retrograding through your family sector this could put the spotlight on your household. If there are items on the “to do list” – now’s the time to do them.



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The new moon lands in your zodiac sign on the 1st of the month. If you need to initiate a new project or idea, now’s the time! Pisceans born around 1 March are on a lucky streak as the new moon connects favourably to generous Jupiter. Indulge yourself in all things fun loving and pleasurable particularly if it involves children. Consider yourself the healer and teacher that brings wisdom and hopefully some solutions to problems.


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Prepare to take a back seat Aries: your ruler, feisty Mars has turned retrograde and will be moving backwards for the next two and a half months. That means the brakes are about to be put on to whatever you’ve been working on. As progress slows it provides you with the opportunity to review your current situation and make adjustments where necessary. You can be passionate and fight for what you believe. Just be careful not to go overboard with your enthusiasm.


(Apr 21 – May 20)

This month Mars turns retrograde in your daily routine sector for the next couple of months. This could slow things up on the job and in everyday tasks. Its review time for the way you expend your energy in service to yourself and others. It’s equally important to check-in on your health status and amend any bad habits with healthy practices. Discovering what you truly believe in is the agenda particularly for Taureans born around 19 May. Move out of your comfort zone and express yourself.


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After a month full of techno glitches and mis-communication you can breathe a sigh of relief as your ruler, Mercury turns direct and builds up speed in the sign of Aquarius. Now you can make a little headway with those relationships you’ve been endeavouring to forge. Be quick though – Mars turns retrograde in your close friendship sector for the next couple of months. While he’s here you have the opportunity to assess how much the friendship with your BFF meets your needs. For singles this can extend to love affairs and igniting exciting flirtations. If you are planning to travel expect delays to limit your capacity to get from A to B.

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Stop before you act Leo. Whilst you’re on fire with exciting things to do, it could easily get you into trouble. The problem is you are likely to go overboard. But what you see as enthusiasm can be viewed as cocky over-confidence by others. Coupled with the confidence you’ve been feeling your self-esteem should be going through the roof. Shine brightly, but ensure you include them in the limelight.


(Aug 24 – Sep 23)

You start off the month with the new moon falling in your partnership sector on the 1st. For those in a relationship this is a monumental moment for creating a little romance that connects you closer to your lover. For singles here’s your chance to turn that fantasy into reality, so make yourself visible. Virgos born 3 September are ripe for experiencing connections that lift the soul. You’re in the right place at the right time and can reap rewards from past efforts.


(Sep 24 – Oct 23)

The brakes are on as Mars begins his two and a half month retrograde phase through your zodiac sign. His been orbiting through your zodiac sign since December helping to build your assertive muscle. Now, during his retrograde period, he puts you in review mode to appraise your progress. Have you been connecting with your desires? If the answer is a resounding yes then you’re in synch with the cosmos. Alternatively if you’ve been feeling frustrated, it’s likely you’ve been resisting the growth Mars is bringing to your doorstep.


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With Mars retrograding through your spiritual centre for the next two and a half months you could have some deep soul searching to do. Nostalgic thoughts may make you smile while others have you revisiting painful experiences. What you learn from your past can be useful if you learn new strategies for old problems. Revelations come when someone examines your thought processes. You’ll be more attuned to what brings peace and contentment as you seek a safe haven to retreat to.


(Nov 23 – Dec 21)

Your ruler generous Jupiter connects favourably with the Sun on the first of the month to illuminate your life. Grandiose plans and optimism filtrate your being so make the most of this sunny period and expand your horizons. Mars retrogrades through your social sector for the next two and a half months you’ll have plenty of opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals. Venus moves into your communication sector to increase your appreciation for sharing ideas.


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It’s a profound time for Capricorns born around 4 January as you are required to step up and show your almighty power this year. While Mars is retrograding through your career sector for the next two and a half months you get to review your choices. How do you wish to expend your energy providing for your fellow man and bringing in an income? The clearer you are the more capable you are able to pursue your employment goals when Mars goes direct late May.


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Your mind and beliefs are up for review over the next two and a half months while Mars retrogrades through your higher mind sector. What you would normally let ride may be more difficult to ignore as you’re more prepared to speak up. Equally you’re willing to fight for the underdog. With seductress Venus moving into your zodiac sign you’ll be lent a dose of charm to help you in your quest. You may also experience an urgency to beautify yourself and/or your surroundings. Just watch out for any garish purchases that could be later regretted.

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