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When I was younger and arguably impulsive, on the ‘big’ life issues (relationships, career, family and so on), I recall mostly acting according to what was in my heart, rather than logic battling to be heard in my mind. After a while I decided this was getting me into all sorts of trouble. Evidently it seemed I was messing everything up and worrying those around me who cared most for my future’s prosperity. I’d forgotten about all this until recently when, following numerous surreal events and chance meetings, I realised I was doing it again − making choices not from a rational, sensible standpoint, but instead on what I was feeling. Again, managed to get myself into all sorts of personal turmoil, or so it seemed.

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I considered though, is it all for a ‘bigger’ reason? Instantly I think − sorry, ‘feel’ the answer is ‘yes’. While I can identify snippets of my life where I would have happily stayed hidden under the doona, bottle of red and boxed set of Downtown Abbey at the ready, there’s nothing I’d do differently. In fact, reflecting on all the crazy times I acted to a feeling, hunch or ‘according to my heart’, it’s all turned out the right way. The challenges or judgments that seemed so great were short-lived, in the end.

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m a g a z i n e

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Date NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT with Missy Robinson


BIG DAY OUT Gold Coast Parklands Big Day Out is sure to be one of the best festivals of the season! With headline acts such as rock’n’roll legends, Red Hot Chili Peppers, alongside The Killers and the explosive Yeah Yeah Yeahs − it’s the ultimate 2013 summer festival! This year will see the introduction of Chow Town, offering revellers a chance to sample cuisine from the best of every city, in one place; and Lucha VaVOOM, who are headlining the El Jimador Mexican Wrestling bar. Tickets from



X FACTOR TOUR Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Broadbeach Samantha Jade has been crowned with the title of The X Factor winner 2012 and will be the headline act for the series’ live tour that hits the concert halls this month. Samantha will perform alongside the other top finalists: The Collective, Bella Ferraro, Nathaniel Willemse, Shiane Hawke and Jason Owen. FESTIVAL - 11-13 JANUARY

RIHANNA – UNAPOLOGETIC This is Rihanna’s seventh album in as many years featuring some crazy dubstep beats alongside her usual ballads. If you can get past the fact this album is an ode to her relationship with Chris Brown, there are definitely a couple of chart worthy hits like Right Now and Jump. Featuring collaborations with Eminem, Chris Brown, Future and Mikky Ekko, the album has all the ingredients for a huge success although It’s clear Rihanna is certainly “unapologetic” for her lifestyle choices and this album is sure to make some of her most loyal fans question their support. Dirty lyrics and an unashamed plug of her wealth will certainly have listeners sitting on the fence. AT THE FLICKS – 24 JANUARY


REECE MASTIN Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre Broadbeach To celebrate the release of Reece Mastin’s sophomore album, Beautiful Nightmare, Reece will be heading out on the road to share the songs that he has created over the past 12 months. Joining Reece on The Summer Nights Tour will be Justice Crew and The Janoskians. January 2013

SURF N INK TATTOO FESTIVAL Radisson Resort Gold Coast SURF n’ Ink’s artists have amazed millions of tattoo and art lovers, both young and old. If you have tattoos, have thought about getting one, or are simply interested in the art, you’ll love SURF n’ Ink! The event’s new venue, the Radisson Resort Gold Coast, will feature outdoor entertainment by the ‘oasis’ pool. Plenty to keep you entertained, the 2013 show offers music, live art creation, circus acts, buskers, seminars and much more WIN! We’re giving away a double pass to Surf n Ink on Sunday 13 January, to be in the draw, jump online to 8

THE IMPOSSIBLE A powerful story based on one family’s survival of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Maria (Naomi Watts), Henry (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. On the morning of December 26, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her.Based on a true story,The Impossible is the unforgettable account of a family caught, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time.. To be one of the first to see this movie RSVP to to receive an invitation


stage spectacular Australia’s most successful theatrical global sensation, Tap Dogs, has finally returned home having toured continuously throughout the world for the past 18 years ap Dogs is set on a construction site in the steel work’s town of Newcastle, just north of Sydney, and features high-energy dance, theatrical performance and live music. With a show that is part theatre, part rock concert and part construction site, the energetic cast of six dancers and two musicians will bring the steel works to life in a fast-paced, unstoppable spectacular that will entertain the whole family. Created by Dein Perry, Tap Dogs is an 80-minute show combining the strength and

power of workmen with the precision and talent of tap dancing.Whether they are in water,upsidedown or jumping through scaffolding, the Tap Dogs have been performing to the beat of their own drum since their world premiere at the Sydney Theatre Festival in January 1995. Major ilestones for Tap Dogs include an Oliver Award-winning six-month run on London’s prestigious Shaftesbury Avenue, conquering New York and America, and winning over 15 international awards for the show’s creators Dein Perry (choreographer), Nigel Triffitt (designer/ director) and Andrew Wilkie (composer) including a Pegasus Award at the Spoleto Festival in Italy and an Obie in New York.The story of the Tap Dogs has even been immortalised by Hollywood in the movie Bootmen. Tap Dogs have brought their fast-footed

frenzy to Jupiters Theatre for a strictly limited season with nightly performances Tuesday through Saturday at 7.30pm, Sunday Matinee at 4pm, Wednesday 1pm Matinees and a Saturday Matinee starting at 3pm. Show only tickets are $59 for adults, children and seniors Wednesday through Sunday with a special ‘Tap Dogs Tuesdays’ ticket price of just $49! For the complete sensory feast, enjoy dinner before experiencing the shuffle-hopstep spectacle of the Glitter Strip’s latest stage show with dinner and show tickets from an incredible $69. Tickets through Ticketmaster: or call 1300 888 086. Don’t miss your chance to see the Tap Dogs unleashed on Australia’s newest stage at Jupiters Hotel & Casino – where the world comes to play.

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escape to the cinema Deemed the greatest manhunt in history, Zero Dark Thirty chronicles the declassified true story of the relentless pursuit by an elite team of secret operatives aiming to identify the whereabouts of the most wanted man on the planet. Directed by Academy Award winner, Kathryn Bigelow; starring Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, James Gandolfini. We’ve got 10 doubles to give away.

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FASHIONPROFILE with Missy Robinson


i n n a l a G Missy Robinson discovers designer Lenna Vasilas’ secrets behind her exquisite couture designs for Galanni

What was the driving force behind its creation, and what does ‘Galanni’ mean? Galanni was launched in 2004. The Galanni flagship boutique opened in 2010. The driving force was to design unique creations breaking away from the traditional mainstream look and to be Australian-made. Galanni means ‘blue’ in Greek; I was born with blue eyes and was nicknamed as such. The colour tuned brown as I grew older, but the nickname stuck. Who is the Galanni wearer? Galanni wearers are strong and classy women − women who are comfortable with their femininity. What is the concept behind Galanni? The concept is a simple recipe combining couture creations exploring the woman’s silhouette with an essence of femininity, risqué and savoir faire.

embellishments jewels, sheer silks and lace.

What is the theme behind your most recent collection, The Artistry of Love? The Artistry of Love collection explores the theme of romance, showcasing an alluring array of hand-sculptured creations using

Do you have any designer icons? I keep in my own creative bubble. I don’t have a designer icon or a favourite but I do admire the journeys they have taken to build their labels.

Where do you get your inspiration? Intuition. All I need is a pair of scissors in one hand and fabric in the other and off I go! What has been your label highlights so far? Definitely X Factor winner Samantha Jade wearing Galanni at her performances, and Jessica Mauboy wearing Galanni at the ARIA Awards night. What is in store for 2013? Wherever my intuition takes me. What do you love about the Australian fashion industry? The fact the Australian fashion industry is open to new ideas and not tied down in what the rest of the world is doing. More at


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LOCAL PROFILE with Tiffany Breed

Michael Diamond is one of our most accomplished Aussie sports stars. He’s a proud competitor, family-man and mentor who has a particular soft spot for the Gold Coast. He recently spent time recalling his adventures with Sarah Blinco. must admit to being just a little bit starstruck by the opportunity to chat to Michael Diamond. As athletically challenged as I am, I was still right there in front of the tele cheering on our Aussie stars as they battled it out in their individual arenas during last year’s London Olympics. After all, they’d given up a lot to be there in the first place, and they are indeed, the elite. It’s amazing, and very cool! Michael Diamond was one of our local stars in the mix. Professional target shooter with over 21 years in our national team. Now that’s dedication! Checking out all his stats prior to our conversation − 8th in Athens (2004), 4th in Beijing (2008), and gold in Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000), not to mention a string of other accolades − I was a touch nervous calling this Olympic star. Turns out that was ridiculous, because Michael Diamond is one of those nice, charming,down-to-earth Aussie blokes.The kind who you just know would pull up a chair, order a beer and chat with you at the pub any given Sunday afternoon, about life and the lessons he’s learned throughout his extraordinary ride. London was Michael’s sixth Olympics, and while not necessarily his most successful, he still relished the opportunity to be there.“It was quite good. I was in London three months prior to the Olympics and it was cold, miserable − London! But come the Olympics we had a great time and fantastic weather for our event. The lighting was fantastic, and the atmosphere was everywhere. Really great. The Olympic Village was fantastic. It always is. There were so many new faces in the Australian teams this time around. The weather put a bit of a dampener on the events sometimes, but generally it was a great experience. You can never get used to it. I mean, it’s good to be able to get used to the events that are coming up, but every Olympics has a different feeling, and I always get nervous before competing − but I thrive on those feelings,” he says, speaking like a true champion. Six Olympics and over twenty years at the top of a game would usually mean a competitor would be considering taking a step back, but not so Michael. He’s gearing up for 2016.“Absolutely I have my sights on Rio. Fortunately our sport isn’t such that you have a small window − you can keep going on,” he enthuses as excitedly as I’m sure he has done for many years. Michael goes on to explain:“The gold at Atlanta in 1996 changed my life. From there I decided I had to chase it all a bit more seriously. My routine for some time now has been to go to gym four to five days a week. I have a personal trainer too, to keep fat levels low. All the bits and pieces on our January January 2013 2013


equipment are tailor made to us individually.The dimensions of a gun are affected by your weight. I’ve got to be at fighting weight. You’ve got to remain at your best in all sports. I don’t mind staying fit though. It keeps the eyesight good and reflexes sharp. Staying fit means I’m feeling good − our sport is very mental, and being fit, feeling good − it means you feel mentally good too.” He’s one of our best shooters, and it’s obvious to me he’s reached this level not just through talent and a pretty good eye, but sacrifice and encouragement too.“I have missed out on a lot of things my friends have done. I didn’t even really start going out until I was about 21 or 22. I was dedicated to gym work and my sport. I still don’t really drink very much... I’ve sacrificed a hell of a lot, and still am sacrificing time with my family. But I’ve never looked back. I’m really lucky to be doing what I enjoy at this level. I couldn’t imagine not doing it right now.” Michael explains that his father is really to thank for this dream being discovered. “My father was doing it [shooting] when I was five. I used to tag along to the gun club with him. He bought me an air rifle, and my friends and I would practice shooting tin cans out of trees when we were little. At age eight when he said, ‘do you want to have a go at the real thing’? As a junior I was beating men in competitions. It was his foresight that kept me going. I could have pulled the pin on the sport many times during the years because there’s so many sacrifices; but I loved it because I was doing the same thing he was doing. It hit home for me in 1984 12 12

when he was watching the Olympic Games (Los Angeles). Dean Lucin won gold for Australia (weightlifting) and dad was hysterical. I realised that what I’d like to do is represent Australia at an Olympic Games. I was only 12 but made the step and started competing with Olympic discipline.” When he isn’t competing, Michael is coaching and mentoring − sharing the passion he has for his sport in what he affectionately terms, “the Michael Diamond experience”. He says, “I’ve become a lot more mature with my sport, and business-wise the lessons I’ve learnt in competition have helped me incredibly. I now have my own corporate shooting days where I instruct business clients. To see those people enjoy the experience is unreal. I make a difference to their day! It’s all very gratifying. I enjoy motivational and guest speaking too.After Atlanta this aspect of my life really grew, and I continue it to this day. I enjoy that side of things. Seeing the smiles on faces, especially the kids. I find it fulfilling to see what the kids get out of what I do and what I teach them... I teach about

discipline because you have to have discipline to continue in sport or achieve whatever they want to achieve...They definitely look up to you by the end of the day.” On the family front, Michael is evidently proud of his three little girls, aged ten, seven and one. “They’re all like their mum and dad determined, competitive... If they want to get into shooting that’s fine by me. They all love coming to the gun club. The [older] girls love tennis though, and if they’re going to continue to pursue sport at a professional level, we’d like to see them go for a high paying one,”he laughs.

As much as Michael loves his sport, he admits the sacrifices made to be on the road competing all the time are getting harder to make because he misses his family.“The kids are getting older and leaving the family gets harder and harder each time. It will be right though... It’s been a great experience so far, I hope the journey continues. We’ve got five world cups in one year [2013]. Competing at all those events means we get a world ranking... It’s a good warm up for 2016 [Rio], and I certainly wouldn’t stop there with Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games on the way! That’s going to be unreal.”

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2013STARS with Lana Jackson




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Our very own Astro Girl has compiled a special edition feature for January. What lies ahead for you this year?

H Aries March 20 –April 19 There will be mixed blessings with your career between January and June with prosperity and communication. Throughout June to December, your focus will shift to real estate and home matters with a change of address or a property sale. Lessons of tough love concerning trust, intimacy, sharing in partnerships and loyalty may leave you feeling restricted. Let your inner rebel out and be yourself and focus on networking or team work to bring out your entrepreneurial skills and competitive edge. Your spirituality, along with your connection with governments and corporate organisations will also be amplified. Professional aspirations, leadership ability and public reputation will be an important focus as you climb the ladder and increase your finances. You are a natural leader, so get to work. H Taurus April 20 – May 21 Personal wealth, security and self worth will be significant and you will do well in the areas of writing, speaking and increasing your net worth between January and June. Moving from June to December will be positive for business or work opportunities and you will have more time to enjoy the company of family and friends. You will be tested with marriage, friendships and business, work rivals or competitors, making you review your moral and ethical approach. Problems with government and bureaucracy will arise; however you will also be inspired and feel compelled to seek your professional or spiritual independence. Long distance travel and global awareness will spark your interest and inspire you to be passionate and tenacious about making your dreams come true. H Gemini May 21 – June 21 Focussing on your identity, personality and appearance between January and June will make you really assess yourself in these areas. From June to December, identifying personal wealth and self worth will bring January 2013


in more abundance and prosperity with personal savings and stronger connections with your family. Finding the right career direction this year will be challenging with minimal movement ahead. Take a step back and focus on your health. Meditation and connecting with your spiritual path will help with this. Socialising and team work will be important for 2013. Don’t try to fit in, be true to yourself and go where you belong. There is strong romantic energy for you regarding trust and sharing, joint finances and joint ventures. Your instincts will lead the way. H Cancer June 21 – July 22 Between January and June, you will have a positive attitude and focus on emotions and spirituality, bringing you more joy, emotional stability and a sense of achievement. June to December will bring out your nurturing, empathic and compassionate side with children and the elderly, new projects, activities and events. Your happiness will be challenged regarding personal pleasure, love and romance, creativity, children and pets leaving you to figure out the right direction for you and loved ones. Technology and teamwork will help to boost your professional image and networking ability, bringing you success with your professional goals and leadership. Connecting with relationships, close friends and business partnerships will bring fantastic opportunities for romance, trust, passion and intuitive understanding. Business partnerships will be progressive and profitable. H Leo July 22 – August 23 Friends, teamwork and professional associations will bring great financial opportunities during January to June. Between June to December you will feel more positive, adventurous and spiritual regarding your wellbeing and emotional stability. Lessons regarding real estate and housing matters, along with parenting and children will require deeper analysis 14

to create a sense of security and safety. Finances will come and go, however peace of mind will be more important throughout the year. Opportunities for travel, mass media and global networking will be prominent, exciting and fun. Relationships will also be tested by traditions and personal ideals. It will be easy to earn a living with strong energy for increasing your net worth through progressive energy around coworkers and productivity to get the job done effectively. H Virgo August 23 - September 22 January to June will bring great opportunities for starting a new job and achieving professional goals with a promotion or leadership role. Making new friends and enjoying more social outings throughout June to December will be important as your focus shifts to friends, teamwork, social networking and social activities. Interpersonal communication with family, friends and neighbours will be tested. Take time to fine tune the delivery of your thoughts and opinions. Challenges will arise regarding your sex life, intimacy, sharing and trust. These areas will be exhilarating, yet chaotic. Finding happiness in personal pleasure, romance, lovers, children and creative projects will be important for healing old wounds. Be careful not to romanticise the concept of marriage and relationships, this may come back to bite you. H Libra September 22 – October 23 Opportunities for personal growth through long distance travel, politics and the law will be positive during January to June. Openings for leadership roles or climbing the ladder of success will be presented during June to December, boosting your reputation and recognition of achievement. Challenges regarding your personal wealth, income and self worth will make you rethink your financial strategies, budget and spending habits. You will be tested in relationships, with your partner and friends

H Capricorn December 22 – January 20 Get ready to climb the ladder of success in 2013 Capricorn. Throughout January to June, exercise will be a good motivator and put you in the right frame of mind to be both productive and innovative. There will be positive energy from June to December regarding romance and social interaction, business and career. You will experience challenges with friendships, networks and group activities, making you reassess whom you have chosen for friends and work colleagues. Use your intuition when communicating with family and friends will have an effect on relationships and personal choices. Make changes in your own life and then help others as you go. Taking initiative with business, romance and leadership will rely heavily on your ideas of self image, identity and personality.

going through a chaotic period in their lives. This will challenge how you cope with chaos and extreme behaviour. This is a great time for creating a safe, loving and financially secure home. Home renovations and home based businesses will be bring very positive outcomes for you and your family members. H Scorpio October 23 – November 22 Allow yourself to be optimistic from January to June as trust, caring and joint assets increase profits for your household, and bring positive energy. Opportunities will be presented during June to December for adventure, a holiday or relocating to another city. You will be faced with challenges regarding personal presentation, who you are and what you believe in, with judgment and criticism testing your self confidence and self worth. Career opportunities will allow you to move into something more meaningful and matching your core personality traits. You will find it easier to get your point across through negotiations to get what you want,

bringing positive outcomes and personal pleasure. Creative projects will allow you to find joy in helping others through your compassion and idealism. H Sagittarius November 22 – December 22 2013 will begin with great energy regarding relationships and business partnerships. Singles have a bounty to choose from throughout January to June. Between June to December, more love and profits become available to you. Throughout the year, you will be challenged with facing the reality of your attitude and self destruction and will need to find the inner strength, peace and sanctuary to move forward. Creativity, inspiration and romance will bring you happiness and the ability to pay attention to how this affects those around you. When purchasing property, look out for any loop holes that may exist. Family and a roof over their head will also be a major focus. Financially it will be easier to earn money, increasing your net and self worth.

H Aquarius January 21 – February 19 Enjoying yourself will be important to assist with broadening horizons, having fun and learning something new between January to June. The focus will shift to your professional and health goals for new work and more productivity from June to December. Be careful not to get too overloaded by taking on too much or biting off more than you can chew. Be persistent and don’t give up on your career aspirations, you will be learning lessons relating to your professional success. The ladder is there for you to climb. There is potential for a major job or career change creating openings for education and expansion on your knowledge. Trust your intuition regarding finances and investments, your gut instinct will tell you everything you need to know. H Pisces February 19 – March 20 Throughout January to June, your attention will be centered on family, home and close friends. A change of address, renovations or redecoration is likely. From June to December romance is on the cards and you will be in a position to love the way you have always wanted. Be prepared for challenges and differences of opinion with others. Don’t allow your fears to get in the way of paving new ground to move forward. Finances and personal wealth will lead to independence, allowing you to feel more confident. Your spiritual path is opening up, creating a stronger sense of personal security and power. Teamwork and social connections will increase your ability to trust your instincts about who you can trust now and in the future.

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Already dreaming about your next relaxing getaway? Sarah Blinco ‘researches’ five destinations in Queensland that offer peace, quiet, luxury and an opportunity to reconnect with your inner self Gwinganna Health Retreat Gold Coast Hinterland


Idyllic, peaceful and exclusive, Gwinganna is the place you escape to when you want to find yourself. Enjoyable, healthy living is a way of life here, and the expert team are always on hand to offer information and advice on cooking and nutrition, exercise, and spa treatments designed to boost overall wellbeing.There’s nothing quite like practicing Yoga, Qi Gong and meditation at Gwinganna. The tranquil surrounds of the Hinterland offer unsurpassed positive energy which blends beautifully with these peaceful practices. Keep an eye on Gwinganna’s website for yearround package options that mean you too can regain balance and energy during 2013.

Qualia Hamilton Island, Whitsundays The fact that this sensational destination was named ‘Best Resort in the World’ in the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards really says it all. Qualia is set within Hamilton Island, but guests who stay here enjoy private use of Qualia’s facilities, including spa, dining rooms, beach, pools and much more. Exclusive Yoga sessions during the morning overlooking the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef feel utterly indulgent; it’s certainly difficult to return to your usual gym sessions after this experience! It’s truly inspiring to rest, relax and rejuvenate at Qualia, a place that definitely tops the list as one of the most beautiful in the southern hemisphere.

The Golden Door Health Retreat Gold Coast Hinterland Another divine retreat nestled right on our doorstep. Take a break away from the daily grind in order to refine negative habits of body and mind. The Wellness Coaching program was Introduced during 2012, and means you have an opportunity to not only relax and January 2013

Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Maleny, Sunshine Coast

re-energise in sublime surroundings, but you have access to a trained coach who will assist in defining and pursuing goals relating to all aspects of your life. Of course all the delicious ‘regular’ options are on offer here too: spa treatments, outdoor activities, healthy living seminars, lovely accommodation and much more, just 45-minutes from the Gold Coast. 16

Spicers Tamarind Retreat Maleny, Sunshine Coast Hinterland Situated near a waterfall in a stunning rainforest within the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, just three kilometres east of Maleny, this destination offers an intimately unique escape, where Thai style meets the

Thala Beach on sunrise

Golden Door, Willowvale

Qualia, Hamilton Island, Whitsundays

Gwinganna Health Retreat, Gold Coast Hinterland

Rediscover your Zen by the wood-burning fireplace, outside in the cedar hot tub on your own balcony, or by indulging in a spa treatment. Engage with nature through a stroll along Obi Obi Creek and nearby Gardners Falls; witness nature at its finest

tranquility of the Australian bush. Rediscover your Zen by the wood-burning fireplace, outside in the cedar hot tub on your own balcony, or by indulging in a spa treatment. Engage with nature through a stroll along Obi Obi Creek and nearby Gardners Falls; witness nature at its finest, clear the mind and soothe the soul.

Thala Beach Lodge Port Douglas, NortH Queensland A unique gem in North Queenslandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s glimmering crown, Thala Beach Lodge would remain a secret to those who favour it as an escape,but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re here to spread the word.Nestled on a spectacular piece of land overlooking the ocean between Cairns and Port Douglas, this 17

fabulous destination is blissful day through night. The expert team here will organise all sorts of magic packages - private beach picnics, turtle spotting adventures, star gazing into the clear northern night, guided bird-watching and nature walks, and personalised Yoga classes. Body, mind and soul, all completely nurtured, in luxurious and scenic surrounds upon the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. January 2013

COVER FEATURE with Sarah Blinco


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A young reader of Get it contacted us recently with a true story on anorexia so raw and honest (not to mention well-written) we felt it was critical to share it with you. She too wanted to share her message, albeit anonymously, but we hope you’ll take heed and remember, you really are beautiful, just the way you are. – Sarah Blinco, ed

had seen t-shirts stating, ‘Society Killed The Teenager’, but before I became an anorexic I had no idea how easily that can actually happen. When I researched anorexia for school projects it made me scoff: “This isn’t a mental illness, it’s just a silly girl taking low self esteem to an unhealthy level”.I found out (the hard way) that until it happens to you, you have no idea how easy it is to turn bad days into a hospital stay. I had always been a very sensible girl but I developed my ‘woman’s body’ very early compared with my friends – by thirteen I had the full figure of an eighteen year old. While my friends (who were busy stuffing their A-cups with tissues) were envious, I was confused with why I had hips while everyone else was still ‘normal’. Going to an all-girls school also made me more aware of the differences between girls during puberty. Looking back, I should have realised I was very lucky, but back then I couldn’t see it when my parents and friends said I had a great figure. The media was also an enormous driving factor for me – every time you turn on the television or look in a magazine you see a ‘stunning girl’ – who is a size six. We were all aware of the airbrushing and retouching techniques that are done on photographic models, but does that stop a confused teenager subconsciously comparing herself to the beautiful (albeit fake) image? Sadly, no! The Christmas after I turned fifteen we took a family holiday and as one does on vacation, I January 2013

gained some weight from all the amazing food. However, when I returned home I decided I would lose the holiday weight and perhaps a bit more. I was determined I would look prettier if I was the same weight as my friends (who are mostly petite and slim as well as being a head or two shorter than me). I started exercising whilst continuing to eat healthily. I lost the holiday weight and then a little more, so I was a couple of kilograms less than my original weight.This is when it should have been enough for me and I should have been satisfied with my reflection. Somehow though, my perception became

and not even a hot shower could warm up my body. It was shutting down. I could feel myself getting more and more tired and withdrawn from my friends and family, but I kept pushing myself to do more exercise and eat less food. I refused to acknowledge that I was doing myself any harm, because now I was at a ‘healthy’ weight – everyone else just didn’t understand. I spent months walking around like a zombie, not laughing or smiling, cold to the bone all the time. My own loving parents could barely look at me because I had become so pale, drawn, huddled with cold and emaciated. After

I spent months walking around like a zombie, not laughing or smiling, cold to the bone all the time. My own loving parents could barely look at me because I had become so pale, drawn, huddled with cold and emaciated very much distorted – I actually couldn’t see I had lost the necessary weight and so just kept going. Unfortunately, I believed cutting down my food, shrinking my stomach and exercising more intensely would be the answer to my problems, and guarantee my model body. Unknowingly, I had lost all sense of logic and had no control whatsoever over my mind anymore. I would eat a strawberry for breakfast, a cracker for lunch and throw away all the food my parents thought I was consuming at school. Once I even hid my dinner in my underwear draw because I felt that the noodles would make me fat. At this point I was constantly cold 18

much discussion and a doctor’s visit, I accepted the fact that I must have an eating disorder.That was the scary thing – my desire for the ‘perfect’ body prevented any concern I should have had for my health. I began seeing a psychiatrist who strongly suggested I stop all exercise immediately and eat as much as possible to nourish my brain before I/he could even commence mental treatment.This is the scariest thing you can say to an anorexic – the very idea feels like someone putting seventeen blocks of lard on you at once. I would feel so guilty about eating anything that I kept exercising secretly in my room, and this showed when my weight

6 things you don’t know about Anorexia -via The Butterfly Foundation 1 90 per cent of 12 – 17 year old females are on a diet of some type. 2 According to the Mission Australia National Youth Survey, body image is one of the top three ranking issues of concern for 15 – 19 year olds nationally. 3 Suicide rates for anorexia is 32 times higher than the average. 4 Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness.

continued to drop. On my‘sweet’sixteenth birthday, I had a scheduled psychiatric visit. I was told by the psychiatrist that I had now lost 25 per cent of my original body weight and had to be admitted immediately into hospital. My heart (along with other organs) had shrunk to such an extent that I was a heartbeat away from a heart attack. I was totally distraught. Wasn’t I too smart/in control to for this to happen? In hospital they inserted a feeding tube down my nose and my throat and I HAD to eat hearty meals six times a day. I wasn’t allowed to go to the toilet or shower without being wheeled in a wheelchair to prevent burning calories or passing out due to muscle weakness. I was hooked up to a heart monitor 24-hours a day, as my heart had become so weak from lack of nutrition it was at risk of stopping during the night. This was the wake-up call I needed to realise I was literally killing myself with my desire to look ‘perfect’, by media standards. After two weeks in hospital I was released – two weeks early because of my determination to gain weight as fast as possible to go home. I somehow turned the determination away from losing weight to gaining weight, if it would get me out of hospital. However, I was still not recovered. Hospital stay does not and

5 Disordered eating is emerging as a norm in Australian society with 90 per cent of 12–17 year old girls and 68 per cent of 12–17 year old boys having been on a diet of some type. 6 Anorexia Nervosa is the third most common chronic disorder affecting adolescent girls with a lifetime mortality rate of up to 20 per cent, a rate higher than for any other psychiatric disorder.

cannot cure anorexia. For months after I had to stay quietly at home – no school or social life. I had to keep up the same high-calorie intake as when I was in hospital. When you put your body into starvation mode, it burns calories extremely quickly when you try to put weight back on, so any movement at all is detrimental to calorie building. Only recently have I gained enough weight to walk a little around the shops again. Medical checkups and therapy sessions are a weekly routine to try and repair the damage I have done to my body – and it only took five months! If I could turn back the clock to the beginning of the year I would tell myself daily ‘you are perfect as you are’. Eating disorders are the biggest killers of any mental illness and affect not only your body but also your mind. 19

The Butterfly Foundation offers telephone and email counselling support for those with eating disorders and their family and friends. This confidential and supportive service is available on 1800 ED HOPE (1800 33 4673) or email at You lose complete control of yourself and it has been the hardest thing I have ever had to do to try and get back control of my mind – and I still struggle on and off, every day. Seeing how it affects the people you love and who love you is too terrible. I hurt my parents and my friends because I was destroying the person they loved as she was, the girl that was already beautiful. Young girls are so impressionable, and you don’t realise just how much until it all becomes too much to handle. I truly believed I was impervious to the hype of media and society, but still I fell victim to this horrible, lifethreatening disease. I don’t wish it on my worst enemy. One thing I urge every girl to remember every day, is that they are beautiful exactly the way they are. January 2013


Sport, fitness and outdoor fun: the coolest new gadgets and accessories

healthy habits Fitbit One Wireless Activity + Sleep Tracker – tracks steps, distance, calories burned, even stairs climbed, and also monitors how long and how well you sleep, $119.95, Harvey Norman or

home fitness Adidas Fitness Swivel Push Up Stands set, $79,

weigh it up Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scales (calculate weight, % body fat and BMI), available in black or white, $149.95, Harvey Norman or

a sound invention Yurbuds, earphones designed to never fall out, with ultra-soft earbuds featuring patented TwistLock technology, $79, from Myer and Rebel Sport

game changer GolfBuddy Voice is the first talking GPS rangefinder which is as small as a golf ball and approved for competitive play, $220, from all major golf retailers

Smart • Casual • Fun!

Shoes shoes shoes – a girl has to have shoes and handbags. You deserve to be the star at any event whether it’s shopping, lunch, a special dinner or formal occasion. January 2013


smart technology Imagine firing up the spa on your way home from training, or turning on your pool cleaner from the golf course. The iAquaLink gives you exclusive access to the settings of your pool using any smart phone, tablet or web-connected device - anywhere, any time, $499,

one direction Nike+ SportsWatch GPS powered by TomTom, black/ volt, $199 from all-in-one Altitude, location, speed, heart rate, weather conditions are all at your fingertips thanks to the Suunto Ambit GPS Watch, $549.95,

action cam New, the GC-XA1 ADIXXION is an action camera thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ready to capture movement in any situation. Pocketsized, lightweight and waterproof, among many other features; $299.95, right on time Timex Personal Trainer Analog, $169,


essential convenience The SPIbelt is sleek, expandable, secure and best of all, does not bounce, ride or slip during physical activity. Ideal for carrying iPhone, keys etc. $29.95,

January 2013


FASHION with Missy Robinson

Looking for some stylish, low maintenance attire to take with you on that fabulous summer holiday you’ve got planned? Check out these luxe for less options

KATIES Bag // $49.95 //

JORGE Fountain of Youth short // $69.95 //

DIVA Orange cuff // $12.99 //

MISSGUIDED Anissa Lace Panel PlaysuitScarlet // $40.42 //

COLIN HEANEY Miami Leggings // $160 // KATIES Dress // $49.95 // HARRIS SCARFE Jungle Print // $49.95 //

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Luxe for less

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ZIERA SHOES ‘Toby’ sandal // $179 //

KATIES Dress // $59.95 //

LEVI’S Denim dress // $ 129.95 // 1800 625 603

For more styling tips and advice check out our Fashion Stylist’s blog for bonus ‘Luxe for Less’ looks.



HIDDEN GEM It’s one of our new favourite boutiques on the Gold Coast thanks to a vast range of super sassy lines and styles – have you visited Miss Darcy yet?


rom finance to fashion Melanie Darcy has followed her dream and two months ago opened her very own boutique in the trendy district of Chirn Park. Nestled away in an unassuming part of northern Gold Coast is a modern and beautifully decorated store catering for sizes 6 to 14/16. Swimwear to evening wear, Miss Darcy has high street fashion at prices that won’t break the bank. Stocking labels such as Mink Pink, Elliatt, Pink Lulu, Tiger Frame and Rodeo Show, Miss Darcy is proud to support up and coming Australian designers along with accessories and giftware. Open six days a week and late night Thursday, Miss Darcy caters for every fashionista. For those online addicts or interstate customers free postage is available. For beautiful fashion every day, look no further than Miss Darcy.


beautiful . fashion . everyday

Ladies Wear for all ages and every occasion Labels we love: Mink Pink | Elliatt | Rodeo Show | Pink Stitch | August St | Palma | Cooper St | White Verve LTB Jeans | Miss Cocoa | Hunt No More | Honey & Beau | Staple the Label | Millie Loves Min | Bellissima hosiery & bodysuits|PinkLouLou Jewellery | Nikki Baker Fine Jewellery – exclusive to Miss Darcy | Disney Couture

1/41 Musgrave Avenue, Chirn Park P. 5532 4000 23

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FASHION STYLE with Missy Robinson

Jets Infinity Halter 2pc // $179 // Jets Watermelon Mesh Maxi // $139.99 // Villa Coco Seashell White Necklace // $25 //

Holiday Love

Styling by Missy Robinson | Photography by Dan Molloy Shot on location at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa

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Hot Pink Fiesta satin headband // $45 // White Strapless // $100 // Tangerine Necklace // $25 // Cameo Walk a mile short // $95 // Telephone Wire Bangle Blueberry // $32 ea //


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Inoa Kaftan // $120 // White Rouched One Piece // $100 //

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Serenity Scarf // $110 // Red Polka Dot One Piece // $100 // Silver Curb Chain Necklace // $79 //

Model: Sarah @ One Life Models, Make up: Satya Schmitz, Hair: Lauren @ Paul & Paul Salon 27

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Summer is fun but sometimes the heat, sea and crazy weather can wreak havoc on hair, so we’d like to suggest some of our new styling faves...



2 1. Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine provides an invisible veil of pure, luminous shine, and is infused with argan oil to protect hair from damaging effects of UV rays and free radicals. $34.50, 2. Toni&Guy Casual Forming Spray Gel’s lightweight formula enhances waves and layers for texture that has flexible hold and natural movement. $15.99,


3. Fudge Textures French Styling Milk (includes French Green Clay ingredient) is amazing for defining longer hair (the more layers, the greater the texture achieved). $22.95, 4. Revive, restore and rejuvenate tired tresses with the divine Al’chemy Gingko & Jojoba Intensive Moisture Vitamin Masque. $19.95, from David Jones, Priceline and selected pharmacies


5. Eleven Australia Miracle Hair Treatment is a new, unique all-in-one, leave-in treatment and styling product that delivers eleven benefits your hair will love, leaving it smooth, rejuvenated and protected damaging elements. From $24.95, 6. Seven Wonders Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner is free from harsh

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7 chemicals, works to repair and strengthen, and will leave your hair feeling luxurious and healthy. $24.95 each, 7. Taft Full On Smooth Operator Anti-Frizz Lotion shapes, smooths and controls fly-away hairs, while protecting hair against heat and UV damage. $6.99, stockists 1800 022 219



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At Envy boutique, south side of Thomas Drive you will discover a fabulous selection of fashion-forward footwear and matching accessories. Even though the shoes will make you look and feel a million dollars, their prices are realistic, and Envy stocks only cool designer brands. As part of Envy’s mission to help you find the right look, their shop is laid out in such a way to make it easier for you to see all styles and colours. Envy offers shoes for every occasion, from your wedding day to formals, all-night parties, poolside and even some to brighten your workday. Brands include: Siren, Nude, RMK, Miss Sixty, Skin with Verali and Bonbons. The team is available to help you, so don’t bother going to the big department stores, waiting ages for a member of staff to attend to you - be looked after by Envy’s informative, friendly and fashion-conscious staff. If you want to be in with what this season is all about, then make Envy boutique your first point of call! As the Envy team says,“We love shoes just as much as you!”

Envy is located on Chevron Island which means two hours free parking on the front and all-day free parking around the back. It’s nice and easy to pop in during your lunch hour or why not make a day of it and bring some friends along for a girls day out. There are lots of alfresco dining options and plenty of boutiques and gift shops for you to explore, so relax and do what we ladies do best, let your feet do the talking.

New Year’s Resolution...more shoes!

Shop 1, 62 Thomas Drive, Chevron Island Phone: 5531 5245 • 29

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REAL LIFE with Sarah Blinco


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Three years ago Carolyn Broomfield’s life was out of control - she was obese, unwell and depressed. Now she spends her days inspiring women to move on from tough times, and is a popular local personal trainer. She tells Sarah Blinco what inspired her to turn her life around...

Tell us a bit about you... I had a happy childhood and was brought up in an active sporting family... I married the love of my life when I was 20 and recently celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary... The majority my married life revolved around my husband, family and children – the most important people in my life. Taking on the role of ‘wife extraordinaire’ was time consuming and at times stressful... As well as running a sometimes crazy home and helping my husband with his business, I was also running my own business, which sadly closed down in 2008. When you hit rock bottom, what happened? With the downturn in the economy and closing down my business, I was absolutely gutted. My weight kept increasing and I became very miserable. I had NO idea what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, I became depressed and bored... I hated myself and felt like a frumpy old woman. Buying nice clothes was an absolute nightmare... At size 24, feeling more depressed and lonely than ever, I then used alcohol to numb my pain. What was it that made you snap out of the low you were trapped in? I had a light bulb moment when I lost two friends to cancer. Deep down in my heart, I was fearful that if I didn’t make serious lifestyle changes, I would be facing an early grave too. In 2009 my husband bought his first Triumph America cruiser; but then I panicked and realised that I would never fit on the back of that bike at my size. I also wanted to look trim for my daughter’s wedding. One day I looked in January 2013

the mirror. I was disgusted. I fell in a heap on the floor and cried. Then I thought I’d really ‘put the nail in the coffin’ by weighing myself, something I hadn’t done in months and months. 110.7 kilograms. Here I was, approaching 52, someone who puffed and panted to climb the stairs in our home – I was at a loss where to start. My worse awakening was the drinking problem – every night of the week. I knew I could not keep doing this to my body, or to my family. How did you find inspiration and motivation to change your life? I drew my motivation from my family as I wanted to see my children grow. I started by quitting drinking during the week and saved a couple of red wines for the weekend. I also switched from white to red wine... I joined a gym and approached a personal trainer... Initially, I was totally

On the encouragement of my personal trainer, I became a Certified Personal Trainer myself in 2010. Fast forward to today, with my own private ladies studio, I continue to train with a personal trainer who keeps me accountable and pushes me to extreme limits... Along my journey, I became inspired by good nutrition, and now I am studying for a Certificate in Food Coaching, followed by the Diploma – together with Diploma in Weight Loss Consulting as an add-on to my personal training business. What are your top tips for turning your life around? Move your body every day. Set realistic and achievable goals. Hang out with positive like-minded women. Make breakfast your most important meal of the day, and cut right back on caffeine, refined

There were times when I wanted to give up, but I’d made a promise that I’d keep going. After my first month, the first of many, many more to come, I felt great. I was exhausted, but the sense of achievement was enormous. embarrassed to be so heavy and wondered if I was kidding myself to think I could lose five kilograms, let alone 30. I trained three times a week and exercised every other day – Sunday was my rest day. Not once did I miss a training session with my personal trainer; she made me accountable... There were times when I wanted to give up, but I’d made a promise that I’d keep going. After my first month, the first of many, many more to come, I felt great. I was exhausted, but the sense of achievement was enormous... 30

sugar, alcohol and processed food. Use a smaller sized dinner plate, so portion size is not compromised. What have been the overall results of your own personal life makeover? I have reclaimed my health and happiness. I have incredible amounts of energy and increased self-confidence. I enjoy a really active lifestyle with my entire family. Physically, I am quite strong and love weight training. I dropped from an overweight size 24 to fit and healthy size

14... My husband thinks he’s got a new woman! What is your advice for other women who are currently going through what you did? Recognise and acknowledge you need help. Source a gym or private studio where you feel comfortable. Find a personal trainer or mentor who is supportive, motivating and goes that extra step to help you with your goals. Learn all you can about how to eat (and cook) clean, healthy food. Find a training buddy. Do something once a week that you enjoy, just for yourself. Are you now helping and mentoring others, if so, how may they contact you? Yes, I am helping and mentoring other women, teenagers and children, whether it be for weight loss, strength training, getting health back on track after an illness/ surgery or just simply wanting to feel good about themselves. More at or find us on Facebook, NewHorizonFitness. What are you most looking forward to for 2013? Continuing to make a difference in the lives of other women... Completing my studies. Starting up series of walking/ outdoor group activities for like-minded women. Touring Tasmania on the back of our Triumph America (something I’d never thought possible at size 24) and finally, I’m open to anything that comes my way.

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To celebrate new beginnings, Troy Haines has devised an exclusive motivational checklist for Get it readers, to help you succeed this year ou survived the end of the world, now what? You can bounce along experiencing glimpses of happiness or you can chase the magic. Given we just beat 2012, I vote we chase the magic! The following is a no nonsense list of motivational tips/agreements for those of you brave enough to listen to your hearts and go for it. Tick to agree to act on them and give it to a friend as confirmation of your determination.

Building a core of confidence in 2013

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Exercise. Start where you are at, but start. It is one of the best techniques we have to release tension and build confidence. Your body is a machine, fuel it with quality fuel not B-grade rubbish. What is quality fuel? Food that has captured the energy of the sun (life force), that is, vegetables, nuts, fruit, and so on. Avoid processed food. Take up Yoga and/or meditation. No longer just for monks and hippies, practicing mindfulness allows the space for inspiration and wellbeing to grow (it will change your life).

Living with purpose in 2013


Listen to your intuition. Start a practice of listening to that inner voice (your gut instinct). Ask it questions and act on the answers, for example, should I sleep with this guy? Listen to your heart (not your head).


Be in allowance of people’s judgements of you. It takes courage to be you, others will judge you, but when you are in allowance (not acceptance) you are free.

Advice to support you with tips 1 to 6

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Analyse your need. Desire is insufficient. Compulsion is mandatory. Find a coach or someone (a friend) that can hold you accountable. We all need support from time to time.

Connect with people who already have the habit you are looking to create and spend time with them.

Rekindle a love of learning. Audio books are a great way to learn new information when you’re busy.

Failure is the way. Embrace it as an opportunity to learn. Get up and keep going!

Lastly, don’t settle (in love, in work, in life) if you haven’t found it keep looking.

Troy Haines is a busy entrepreneur who works with founders of start-ups to master their inner game. With ten years experience in meditation, nine years experience in business,Troy is bringing together the mastery of the mind through the practice of Zen with his passion for helping people turn their ideas into reality. He calls it being a Zenpreneur.Troy is the founder of a Queensland-based creativity and innovation hub for budding entrepreneurs. Follow on Twitter, @itshainsy or Facebook. com/thespace1

If your job is not fulfilling, work to change it. Tips 1 to 5 help you to develop a growing sense of passion. Start refining it, acting on it.


January 2013

Take 100% responsibility. It is only then that you have the power to change it all.


Caring for you and your family! A Medical Approach Focussing on Women and Families in the Community he Wellness Medical Precinct is a General Practice incorporating allied health services, psychology and sleep care. Together with General Practitioner Dr. Corne Mare a comprehensive team approach is in place to support women in general as well as the whole family in the areas of Nutrition, General Wellbeing, Exercise, Mental Health and Sleep Care, as well as the specific treatments in underlying disease processes. We would like to introduce our friendly team and staff. In the upcoming months we will discuss specific areas of health concerns. Pregnancy Care by Midwife Judy Schooley Antenatal care at The Wellness Medical Precinct is women and family focussed. Judy, our midwife, provides one on one antenatal appointments – allowing time to listen and discuss your individual questions, concerns and wishes. Appointments are scheduled to suit your needs and those of your growing baby and changing body. Judy has a large bank of resources to offer should you require any further information or support. She delights in being part of your pregnancy journey and providing information, guidance and care. She can also offer early postnatal care with a special interest in breastfeeding and helping adjust to life with a new family member. Focus on WomeN Physiotherapy Focus on Women Physiotherapists Michelle O’Malley and Jenny Nucifora established the practice in 1996. As Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapists they have in depth

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knowledge of pelvic floor problems: management of these involves more than pelvic floor exercises. We help to educate about healthy bladder and bowel habits and general exercise patterns, pelvic pain, antenatal and postnatal, muscle and joint pains as well as treat Lymphoedema. Mind HQ Mind HQ provides holistic sport psychology services aimed to enhance psychological well-being and maximise performance in sport, work and life. With diverse experience in the mental health sector and high performance sport, Ruth Anderson has established Mind HQ to provide innovative services designed to increase understanding of your psychological functioning and develop resiliency. The range of services provided include mental health assessment, counselling for interpersonal issues, and

psychological skill development to enhance well - being and cope effectively with stress. Pyschologists Dr Ron and Suwanti Farmer are two psychologists with over 30 years of experience in helping families and individuals, adults and children, with a wide range of problems. Their treatment approaches include cognitive behaviour therapy, mindful parenting, discovering true womanhood, self-help therapy CDs, simple meditation and the newly-invented emWave Biofeedback for balancing heart rhythms to defuse stress. Their working philosophy is that we need to clarify what we stand for in life , to act on those things that truly matter deep in our heart and move in directions that we consider valuable and worthy. nutritional medicine practitioner by Emile Cloete ND Women and children are the heart of our busy family lives. We’re passionate about providing natural support to ensure your family’s health and wellbeing. Our clinical programs are tailored to support your family for: • Fatigue, stress and increased energy • Weight loss • Allergies, intolerances, food sensitivities • Clinical detox for conditions like ADHD, autism, learning difficulties • Lifestyle medicine and wellness programs for the whole family • Healthy ageing and regenerative

Come and meet our amazing team of professionals

support for young and old! • Food plans, nutritional supplementation and exercise support for mum, dad and kids. Other practitioners working at The Wellness Medical Precinct is General Practitioner Dr Tarique Islam and Psychiatrist Dr Susan Roberts.

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Psychologist Dr Ron and Suwanti Farmer


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Entertaining Essentialse Summer Trends For Your Hom

With home entertaining becoming increasingly popular, here are some exciting 2013 trends you may want to implement for your next fun night in recent report from IBIS estimates the Pubs, Taverns and Bars industry revenue will grow by a meagre 2.1 percent in the next year, indicating that consumers are swapping a spot at their local for the comforts of home. Whether it’s to save a bit of money or enjoy the company of friends and family in comfort, home entertaining is ‘in’. But just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you have to keep things low key. Fine Finger Food Small entrées and tapas are hot for summer. People are once again developing knowledge about cuisine, and food has become a focus of dinner discussions. With small food you can have a mix of options for guests to choose from. This can range from putting together chicken tacos with a variety of filling options for guests, to simply wrapping corn and chilli in tin foil to throw in the barbeque. The other great thing about serving smaller food is you can bring your guests into your cooking experience and enjoy the process with them − which also allows the odd sip of wine for yourself. Extending the Inside Out Another growing trend, which can really ramp up comfort levels, is to actually extend your home. Before you go seeking permits for house constructions, the trend is really about ways in which you can utilise your current space and turn your backyard into the new ‘room’ for entertaining. More lounge style pieces of furniture are being made to withstand outdoor areas, and even bringing older furniture from inside the January 2013

house out can add a touch of style to backyard entertaining − perfect for summer. You can further this ‘inside out’ trend with ambient lighting (some chic lanterns can add a touch of glam), comforting pillows and blankets (perfect for warming the space – but be sure to be mindful of weather), and proofing the space for any climate (think outdoor heating options and cooling awnings to battle the elements). Technology leads the way Technology is another great trend adding to your ability to entertain in style. Summer entertaining has always been a large part of Australian life and with new technology, outside areas are becoming more than just the traditional barbeque. New appliances are meeting the demand of outdoor entertaining. For example, ASKO’s release of Australia’s first dishwasher specifically designed for outdoor use is sparking the beginning of advancements for the ultimate cooking area, the Alfresco kitchen! The ASKO Alfresco Dishwasher is built to withstand any Australian elements, with advanced corrosion protection, insect protection seals and electronics and wiring protected from any harsh weather. Summer entertaining at home is trendy. Try some of these ideas to make your house the ultimate entertaining spot;not only will it change up your Friday night routine, you may find yourself being dubbed the neighbourhood’s new ‘host with the most’. Trends supplied by the ASKO Australian and Swedish design teams. For more on the latest in cooking and cleaning technology visit 34



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Get it catches up with Brenden Huntly from Village Furniture & Homewares to find out what’s in store on the home front in 2013 What inspired you to create Village? It’s been a journey of love and passion within the industry from the early age of 17 that has lead me to where I am today.

What home trends are you most excited about for 2013? I am loving the new colours! Soft palettes with natural timbers styled with something unique and a talking point of the home. I’m particularly looking forward to the beautiful linens, dusk blues and grayed jade. Are you innovators or renovators? Innovators absolutely! Village is a trendsetter not a follower as we are always discovering new products and creating our own unique style.

What do you love most about working in this industry? The ever-changing inspirations, creativity and design. What’s the most valuable business lesson you’ve learned over the past year or so? The most valuable business lesson overall is that you always maintain strength in the marketplace by continually evolving and setting trends.

Describe the ‘Village customer experience’ in three words? Luxurious, inspirational and creative. What’s the best advice you can pass on to those looking to spruce up their homes this summer? Take the time to create a space that is unique to your own style. Create visual impact with bold ideas and be sure to check in with any of the team at Village for all the assistance you need.

What point of difference do you aim to maintain over other competitors on the Gold Coast? Creative advice, exceptional customer service and inspiring ranges of furniture and homewares. Brenden Huntly 35

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WHO ARE ounded in 1862 in Rüsselsheim Germany, Opel is one of the most technologically advanced automobile manufacturers in Europe. Opel has a long and rich history. This company is shaped by their passion for cars. Together with Vauxhall, our sister brand in the U.K., they sell vehicles in over 40 markets in Europe. Opel operates 11 vehicle, powertrain and component plants in 6 countries and employ around 40,000 people. Many additional jobs are provided by some 5,000 independent sales and service outlets. Opel not only build cars, we live for cars. Outstanding design, innovative technology and environmental friendliness are the hallmarks of Opel vehicles. One of our most exciting steps for 2012 was the launch of the Opel GTC OPC sports Coupe. Opel’s roots go back more than a century. More than 110 years of looking confidently to the future, of putting all our energy into making your drive more rewarding. More

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than 110 years of passionate engineering summarized in the three words of our new guiding principle: “Wir leben Autos”. Wir leben Autos: The living expression of Opel’s values “Wir leben Autos” does not only refer to our German roots and the love we share for German engineering, it also expresses the strong emotion and passion that influences everything we do.The “Wir”communicates our shared enthusiasm and a strong positive “can do” attitude that enables us to develop clever, surprising and innovative products for our consumers. But we do not only build cars, we live for cars and the word “leben” expresses our high level of energy which can be felt by everyone whose life is touched by an Opel. They may feel this through the wealth of purposeful Opel features, insightful innovations or simply by our appealing, contemporary design.Last, but not least we believe that also in the future


“Autos” will mean much more to people than just transportation. Opel cars are not just about driving, but an essential part of our everyday lives.We combine our personal experiences with those of our consumers in order to make their daily mobility easier and more rewarding. We never stop thinking about new and sustainable ways in which we can positively influence – or energize – people’s lives through every contact with the Opel brand. “Wir leben Autos” is our passion, our involvement, our attention to detail, our responsibility, our intention and – yes – our confidence. Come Visit our State of the Art facilities at 333 Southport Nerang Road, Ashmore and experience one of Germany’s finest automobile manufactures to enter the Australian Market. This is who we are. Opel. Wir leben Autos.

GET CLEVER WITH I am Mark Robinson, an accredited practising dietitian with accompanying undergraduate degrees in Exercise Science and Psychology. I work as a Private Dietitian at Kudos Health Club in Bundall, as well as a Dietetic Consultant at Robina Hospital. It is with great excitement that I introduce myself to you all as a regular contributor to Getit Magazine. How many of you find yourselves walking into a supermarket with the intention of making healthy choices, only to find it’s a struggle to understand what food labels really mean? What likely follows this experience is the throwing into the trolley of the cheapest and most eye-catching choices, justified by thoughts like, ‘why do they make these things so complicated to read anyway, they cannot be very important ’. The truth is, food labels provide the key to unlocking a healthier you! Using the label to accurately distinguish between healthy, and potentially harmful, food and drink products, is like judging products not by their cover but by their true traits − that is, their macronutrient content. Here are some useful, simple tips which will make it easier for anyone to make an accurate comparison between products prior


to purchasing. It could make all the difference to achieving your health goals this year: 1. Make your comparisons in the 100g column of all products, as this provides a standard measurement across the board. That is, the ‘serving size’ usually differs in weight per product, which can give you bias interpretations. 2. Assess the ‘total fat content’ of each product. The aim here is to choose a product that has less than 5g of fat per 100g. The fat macronutrient carries the largest contribution towards ‘total calories’ or ‘weight gain’, thus it is a good idea to prioritise this result. 3. Check the sugar content. Sugar is a subset of the carbohydrate macronutrient, and a major contributor towards various forms of diabetes, obesity, as well as infant behaviour


disorders. Aim for less than 10g of sugar per 100g. 4. The final necessary comparison to make is that of the protein macronutrient. Aim to choose the product that has the higher protein reading, because protein functions in muscular development and immune system strength. Now it’s time to try putting these simple tips into practice. Make it a reality that your next food shop will indeed be healthier than your previous foray into the supermarket. Remember it all counts, so any improved choice you make is one that your body will thank you for.


Missy Robinson chats with Kirsten Mitchell, director of Division Model Management, about life behind the scenes of a modelling agency When did Division Model Management (DMM) launch? Division was launched in 2007. It was a little idea to begin with that grew and developed due to some wonderful support and passionate people surrounding me. What is your background? My own modelling career began at the tender age of 13 and I enjoyed a long and eventful career. My journey as a model has given me a lot of life experiences and lessons that I have been able to pass on to my models. What is Division’s point of difference? For DMM, we pride ourselves on our uniqueness and that we are a boutique management agency. For Lauren (head booker) and myself, our focus is on making sure our personal relationships with our models are our priority no matter where thy are in the world. It brings us just as much joy to see them achieving their dreams and goals! What is the modelling industry like in Australia compared with Europe/USA? Culturally, each country is different in their requirements and needs of their models. The main need within the industry is always the

same no matter where you are in the world. We are all looking for models who are healthy in mind and body with a positive outlook on the industry and life. Highlights for DMM? This year has been an eventful year for DMM on an international level as well as locally. Not only have we seen some of our top girls beginning to achieve greatness in their careers internationally but locally, we have seen many of our future faces graduate Year 12 this year and have done so with remarkable effort and success. There are many exciting opportunities for the beginning of 2013 for these models also which we are incredibly excited about. What are some of the most important things you teach your models? Number 1, communication! We also aim to impress in our models the importance of being healthy and positive within themselves and their careers. In turn, this promotes proactive behaviour which can only lead to success. What do you look for in a new face? We are looking for freshness, enthusiasm and of course beautiful bone structure. 37

What is in store for 2013 and beyond? We have a great deal in store for the coming year, some expansion within our brand is coming but I am passionate about ensuring this happens as organically as possible. Most importantly is continuing to foster and develop our current models and ensuring we keep our core values of the company strong. January 2013

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LOCAL DINING with Caroline Marquez

Broadbeach Dining Review

rom the minute you walk in, Lust’s intimate atmosphere summons a remarkable dining experience. Under new management, the welcoming and friendly staff could not be more attentive to your every need and are extremely knowledgeable on the dishes they have to offer. Our mouths watered as Kent, one of the most delightful and efficient restaurant managers on the Gold Coast, explained the Garlic King Prawns and Marinated Eye Fillet entrées we ordered. As we happily waited for our dishes, we indulged in a glass - possibly two - of Tasmania’s Cape Grim Water; the purest water in the world. It felt like I was drinking liquid air, so light and fresh - probably because the government’s own Scientific & Research organisation identifies it as containing the cleanest air on Earth! Our entrées arrived shortly after, exquisitely presented and rather large in size. The King Prawns were to die for and were served on a bed of delicious basmati rice; the Marinated Eye Fillet invigorating and succulent. The main thing I loved about my Lust experience was the short wait for orders, whether it was drinks or meals, the timing was prompt and yet allowed enough gap in between meals. I found this element to be very efficient. After a lovely chat with Kent, our mains arrived; once again the presentation was flawless. We enjoyed the delectable Chicken Aria and famous Slow Roasted Pork Belly - both meals were enchanting.The chicken breast was filled with sundried tomato and bocconcini cheese accompanied with perfectly cooked seasonal vegetables and the creamiest mushroom sauce I have ever tasted. I never believed I could fall in love with

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food until I tasted the Slow Roasted Pork Belly! Accompanied with apple puree, cabbage and sweet potato mash, words cannot describe its soft, sweet texture and flavours. It literally melts in your mouth, and every bite tempts the next. After our wonderful meals, we relaxed enjoying and appreciating the fresh ocean breeze surrounding our alfresco table. Nothing but a fantastic experience made possible by the caring, attentive and talented staff at Lust. I would definitely recommend Lust to everyone. Whether your are after a cozy and intimate date location, or want to treat yourself or friends to delicious food and beyond remarkable service, Lust, located a block away from the beautiful oceanfront at Broadbeach, is a true Gold Coast dining experience you simply can’t miss out on. Lust Cafe & Restaurant Shop10, 17 Albert Ave, Broadbeach. Phone 5539 9114 40




hink you’ve discovered the best of vegetarian cuisine on the Gold Coast? If you haven’t dined at Giri Kana Cafe yet, then think again! Just one quick glance at their Facebook site will demonstrate this place boasts true fans, and they all have a varying favourite dish. Admittedly, we think it’s difficult to choose a favourite when faced with mouth-watering options from the new menu, like cheese and spinach filos, delectable vege burgers, kofta burgers, roast pumpkin pepita salad, and basil pesto salad. Don’t even get us started on the breakfast menu: Organic Acai Berry Blend, Hash Brown Potato Cubes, Organic Bircher Delight, Tofu Scramble, and Kitchari (a healthy combination of lentils and rice loaded with vegies and flavour)! There’s no doubt vegetarian restaurants are gaining popularity in Queensland, probably because dishes on offer promise fresher, more wholesome variety than the majority of dining venues around. Options on the northern end of the Gold Coast are slim, however, Giri Kana bridges the gap, providing an oasis of contemporary goodness for us daily, if we so choose.

If you’re seeking a special treat to get you going for the day, Giri Kana offers a divine selection of Quest Organic Coffee, as well as teas and drinking chocolate (hot and cold), all made with Barambah organic milk. Fresh fruit juices and smoothies on the menu include tasty (and nutritious) options like Balasana (orange, pineapple, raspberry, ginger, mint), Tulasana (orange, banana, mango, passionfruit), Acai (acai berry, apple, banana) and Mixed Berries Smoothie (frozen mixed berries blended with soy milk). Yum! Especially popular are Giri Kana’s exquisite desserts, with Carrot Cranberry Cake, Honey Layer Cake, Banana Bread and Sweet Sago Bowl (lush tapioca pearl pudding) being among some of the regular fans’ favourites. Vegetarian and gluten free options; delicious for all discerning palates, on sale at reasonable prices. Giri Kana Cafe is open Monday to Saturday, 6.30am to 8pm and offers dine-in, take-away and even event catering. Giri Kana Cafe Corner Nind and Marine Parade, H2O Broadwater, 82 Marine Parade, Southport. 5591 3555



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Host of Channel Seven’s Great Outdoors, former Miss Universe Australia, Celebrity MasterChef runner-up and new face of Australian summer stonefruit, Rachael Finch, is inspiring people across the nation to start the year on the right foot by committing to exercising regularly and eating plenty of fresh local produce.


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INGREDIENTS • 2 cups (180g) rolled oats • 400ml apple juice • 2 white nectarines • 1/2 cup roughly chopped dried fruit, such as figs, prunes, dates • 50g macadamia nuts, roughly chopped • 1 cup (240g) vanilla yoghurt • 1/3 cup moist coconut flakes, toasted • 1 punnet raspberries METHOD 1. Combine oats and apple juice in a medium glass or ceramic bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight to soak. 2. Coarsely grate 1. nectarines, discarding skin. Add grated nectarine, dried fruit, macadamia nuts, yoghurt, raspberries and two-thirds of the coconut to oat mixture and stir to combine. 3. Thinly slice remaining nectarine. Divide bircher muesli between glasses and garnish with remaining nectarine and coconut. December 2012



and Peach Salad

Serves 4 as a light lunch or starter

INGREDIENTS • 2 x 240g smoked duck breast, thinly sliced • 3 ripe yellow peaches, cut into wedges • 1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced • 4 cups picked watercress • 100g firm ricotta, broken into large pieces HAZELNUT VINAIGRETTE • • • •

80ml (1/3 cup) hazelnut or extra virgin olive oil 3 tsp Dijon mustard 60ml (1/4 cup) verjuice 1/2 cup (60g) hazelnuts, toasted, skins removed, roughly chopped

METHOD 1. To make vinaigrette, whisk oil, mustard and verjuice in a bowl until emulsified. Season and stir through hazlenuts. 2. Arrange salad ingredients on a platter or large wide salad bowl. 3. Drizzle with vinaigrette and serve.


With Blood Plum Sauce

(serves 4)

INGREDIENTS • 1 tbs ground five spice • Freshly ground white pepper • 2 tbs peanut oil • 4 x 200g Frenched pork cutlets • Steamed Chinese broccoli and steamed rice, to serve BLOOD PLUM SAUCE • 1/2 cup water • 75g (1/3 cup) brown sugar • 3, about 250g blood plums, quartered • 1 tbs Shao Xing rice wine • 1 cinnamon quill • 4cm piece ginger, julienned • 2 star anise • 2 tbs fish sauce • 2 tsp malt vinegar METHOD 1. Preheat oven to 180°C fan-forced. 2. Combine five spice, pepper, oil and salt in a shallow dish. Coat pork cutlets in marinade. 3. Heat a large non-stick ovenproof frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook cutlets for 2 minutes each side, then transfer to oven for a further 5 minutes. Remove from oven, transfer to a plate, and cover loosely with foil. Allow to rest for 5 minutes. 4. Meanwhile, to make sauce, combine water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until dissolved. Add plums, cinnamon, star anise and ginger, stir to combine. Bring mixture to the boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and continue to simmer, covered, for 6 minutes or until plums are tender. Add fish sauce and vinegar, stir to combine. Remove from heat and keep warm. 5. Serve pork with plum sauce, broccoli and steamed rice.


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MOO MOOS Moo Moo Restaurant held their last iconic ladies lunch of the year with Magic Mike and Dame Edna Christmas Tree providing the entertainment. It was a soiree to remember to cap off a memorable 2012.

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Women in Tourism Christmas Breakfast The Ladies were out in full flight and in full colour for the fabulous Women in Tourism Christmas Brekkie at Sofitel Broadbeach. As promised the food was fab, the entertainment was fun and the company was great. Thank you to all the guests for their generous giving of gifts for local charities.

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H Capricorn December 22 – January 20 You are starting to see all your hard work pay off and feeling a lot more secure than you did in 2012. However, you will have expenses with social outings, group activities or networking that will cost more than you anticipated. There will also be karmic lessons around your relationships, so pay attention. H Aquarius January 21 – February 19 January is the time to focus on your professional development. You may face challenges from authority figures regarding choices or your level of professionalism. Don’t take this personally, use it as an opportunity to reflect and anticipate your next move. H Pisces February 19 – March 20 Your attention will be centered on spirituality, politics, religion and culture and this may cause some disagreements, challenges or frustrations with the direction that society is heading. Take some time to vent frustrations with family and friends in order to get a different perspective. On the home front, your finances and connections with loved ones will be positive.

H Aries March 20 –April 19 Your hard work in 2012 has paid off and January is where you will enjoy a great deal of positive energy around your career. Success is now yours for the taking both professionally and financially. Don’t get too comfortable yet though, you will



be challenged by authority figures who may disagree with your methods and try to throw a spanner in the works. H Taurus April 20 – May 21 Brace yourself for the roller coaster ride with your partner.There may be a bit of trouble in paradise as the year begins with your partner challenging your professional and financial choices and methods. On a positive note, you have great energy around your career, with things moving in the positive direction you have been working towards. Try not to take it to heart and take time to quietly reflect on direction and look for practical solutions to achieve your goals. H Gemini May 21 – June 21 Whilst challenges with communication and language barriers may put a dampener on you professionally, you will still rise above and overcome. Take time to learn from these challenges and identify how you can grow. You will be profit driven and technology will be your greatest asset to help you to think on your feet and achieve goals. H Cancer June 21 – July 22 Trust and patience in relationships will be the emphasis for you. Healing emotional wounds and learning to trust others will help you to build solid relationships and bridge any gaps that have formed over time with your partner. Make sure you take time to have fun with the ones you love and allow yourself to learn from them as they learn from you. Watch spending this month and

LIFESTYLE STARS don’t allow generosity to exceed bank balance or create problems with your partner. H Leo July 22 – August 23 This is a great time to join a committee, travel or get involved with a cause close to your heart. The karmic connections with your partner and loved ones will be tested leaving you feeling like you can’t get anything right. Sit tight and remember that everything is temporary; nothing is set in stone. H Virgo August 23 - September 22 Service to others and work is what you stand for; professional and financial goals will be in alignment this month. The green light is shining and making everything easier for you to succeed and take on the initiative to share your ideas for greater workplace effectiveness. Relationships will be strained, try not to be too critical of your partner. H Libra September 22 – October 23 January is the time for you to take some initiatives in relationships. Singles, this is a great time to find your soul mate and couples, seize the moment to connect with your soul mate. Financially you will feel a little challenged, so take a step back and reflect on budget and spending patterns. H Scorpio October 23 – November 22 You may feel like you are on a rollercoaster ride. On one hand, things appear to be a total mess. On the other hand, you have excellent opportunities to bring in a more positive energy with your romantic and financial stability. Whilst it may feel a bit chaotic trying to juggle everything, things are actually coming together better than you think. H Sagittarius November 22 – December 22 Positive energy around your relationships will give you a great boost when you are expanding on knowledge and wisdom. January will see you focus more on the start of new projects or the maintenance of those already established. Make the most of the opportunities to learn from and understand the behaviour of those around you.

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LAST WORD with Sarah Blinco

JENNIFERHAWKINS She’s one of the nation’s most beloved personalities, and 2013 is set to be even brighter for Jen Hawkins as she takes on an enviable role hosting Australia’s favourite model search challenge anyone who ‘isn’t partial’ to Jennifer Hawkins to give me a good reason why. I, like most, have always thought she was not only naturally lovely, but also an easy going, nice Aussie girl. It was quite amazing to see someone like her − a down-to-earth, albeit totally stunning entrant, win Miss Universe in 2004. In fact, she’d only just started modelling when she won the title! The first blonde winner since 1989, and the first Australian Miss Universe title-holder since Kerry Anne Wells won in 1972, Jen always seems so sweet, not fake, like many others in entertainment and fashion. Her crowning that year in Quito (Ecuador) was memorable for patriots ‘back home’, and refreshing, giving hope to the rest of us that nice girls (and guys) don’t “always finish last”. Filming begins this month for the brand new season of Australia’s Next Top Model. Chances are you’ve seen an episode or two of this show, being that it has been rated the number one series on Foxtel for the past five years! A new host was required for 2013, and unsurprisingly, Jennifer Hawkins scored the gig. Jennifer follows high-profile Aussie models come presenters Erika Heynatz, Jodhi Meares and Sarah Murdoch in the host’s chair. If the rumours are to be believed, as reported by Melissa Hoyer on late last year, Jennifer“was up against Naomi Campbell,Nicole Trunfio, Elle Macpherson, Alyssa Sutherland and Miranda Kerr” for this coveted new on-air role. I like how Melissa’s described the reasons Jen would have come up ‘on top’ for the role: “Her mass appeal and commercial ties are her trump card. She is well liked because she is believable, approachable and non-threatening and in fashion and TV an authentic face is worth a lot.” The pretty model, hugely successful brand ambassador and businesswoman is naturally

thrilled about hosting the highly-anticipated, eighth instalment of the popular reality series. She says, “When Foxtel approached me to host Australia’s Next Top Model I was so excited.To me, this is an awesome opportunity to be part of an iconic TV show and I can’t wait for production to start.” With prominent modelling contracts and esteemed ambassador roles across some of Australia’s biggest brands, Jennifer is one of the most in-demand and popular profiles of our nation − definitely a role model to follow the footsteps of. She’s also a long-term advocate of healthy eating and exercise as the ideal option for maintaining positive body image. Among many other interviews over the years, she told Marie Claire in 2010 she understands she’s a role model to young women. She takes the job seriously, doing her utmost to impart that she’s always eaten healthily and stayed active to maintain a slim, athletic figure.“It’s a shame”, she adds,“that young girls worry about their bodies, when for so many years, later in life, you have to worry about that”. Jennifer’s also an advocate of organisations like The Butterfly Foundation (, which operates to support young eating disorder sufferers, adding in her Marie Claire interview, “I like what they stand for.” Foxtel Executive Director of Television, Brian Walsh, commented on her casting recently, saying, “We are thrilled to bring Australia’s Next Top Model back to Australian television screens with such a star as Jennifer. Jennifer represents everything all models aspire to be. She’s successful, popular, hard-working and has truly made her mark in this country. As our new host, she will bring her own personal experience, style and brand to the series, giving the aspiring contestants a once in a lifetime opportunity to

learn from one of the best.” As far as her own presenting experience, Jennifer has reported that she’s been watching and learning from the best in the business in recent years, honing her skills so she could be ready for the next big break. She says the show will offer new elements during 2013, and that judges are on the lookout for contestants of all body shapes, but the underlying prerequisite is that all would-be models represent and abide by a healthy lifestyle. Glamour, fashion, fabulous runway shows, photo shoots and inevitably the odd cat-fight! I’m sure you’ll join me in checking out what surprises the new series holds. Aside from this prestigious presenting role, Jennifer is also getting married this year, to long-time partner, Jake Wall. They’re certainly a cute couple, and have overcome their fair share of relationship ups-and-downs, some of which were no doubt spurred on by the lives they lead in the limelight. Either way, here’s hoping we can all have a 2013 as promising as Ms Hawkins’ is already shaping up to be. Want more? Check out and FOX8.TV


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AstrA 3tourInG WAGon CorsA Door HAtCH

$16,990 26,990


$39,990 27,990



• 1.4L Turbo manual • ABS Brakes • 16” alloys • Bluetooth • Six airbags • Stability & Traction control DrIVEAWAY Add $500 for automatic


• Ergonomic leather sports seats • Satellite navigation • 20” alloys • 6 speed manual S/N 677659

• Daytime lights • 1.4L Turbo 6running speed automatic • Emergency • Steering wheelbrake audioassist controls 5 Star Euro NCAP rating • 5•Star Euro NCAP rating DrIVEAWAY • 5 speed manual S/N 676747 DrIVEAWAY

AstrA3tourInG WAGon CorsA Door HAtCH

26,990 $16,990


$39,990 27,990


1.6LPetrol TurboTurbo manual• 17 ‘’ alloys • •2.0L Rain sensor wipers seats • •Leather appointed Dual and zonerear climate • •Front parkcontrol assist • Automatic headlamps

summEr DEmo DEAls


2012 CorsA EnjoY 2012 AstrA sElECt $30,497 EDItIon HAtCH 5 Door HAtCH $19,998 4,980

2012 CorsA Colour



sAVE $5,019

sAVE $5,419


sAVE $5,340



• 1.6 Turbo Petrol control ••Cruise control • 1.4 manual • 16” alloys • Cruise control • Lowered chassis ter• 1.4 automatic • Climate • Automatic Leather ergonomic sports seats • 16” S/N alloys • Front fog• lamps. S/N 652688 • Sports pedals • Funky design. S/N 696699 wipers. 663411 Dual zone climate control • Electric park brake. S/N 663400

2012 AstrA luxurY HAtCH


2012 Cors 2012 AstrA sElECt 2012 CorsA EnjoY $30,497 $24,980 EDItIon H HAtCH $19,998 5 Door DrIVEAWAY


sAVE $6,523

sAVE $5,019

sAVE $5,419


sAVE $5,340

• 1.4 Turbo Petrol • 1.6 Turbo Petrol • Manual • Cruise control with speed limiter• 1.4 automatic • Climate • Automatic Leather ergonomic sports seats control ••Cruise control • 1.4 manual • • Front and rear park assist • Rain sensor wipers. S/N 663411 Dual zone climate control • Electric park brake. S/N 663400 • 16” alloys • Front fog• lamps. S/N 652688 • Sports peda

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