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Leading ladies of the Gold Coast Our brightest in business


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11 Fashion spotlight: Sacha Drake 12 Secret City: Unique Easter experiences 14 Local profiles: Gold Coast’s leading ladies 18 Being influential: How to manifest success 30 Real Life: Yachting legend, Deb Miller 36 Travel: Wine country Fashion & Beauty 22 Luxe for less: Office babe to bar glam 24 Fashion forward: Dressed for success 28 Beauty: Autumn nailed Regulars 10 Win: A host of fabulous prizes 20 We Love: Chic accessories for today’s savvy business-woman 42 Recipes: Grape ideas 46 Out & About: Get it’s social scene: Have you been snapped? 49 Horoscopes: See what’s in your stars this month 50 Last Word: Jennifer Lopez

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From the editor SARAH BLINCO

Remember the 80s track, Sisters Are Doin’ it for Themselves? It’s been playing in my brain throughout the production of this March magazine. While yes, it’s becoming annoying now, it has served as an appropriate theme-song for what we’re celebrating in this issue. That is, our fabulous, fearless, female leaders, managers, entrepreneurs and ‘ideas’ people of the Gold Coast. We’re so lucky now − we have social networking, business coaches, mentors − resources to help us be the best we can be. Now that ‘idea’ is more likely to become a reality than ever before. How exciting! With this in mind, we’re saluting those here who are the epitome of success, in the hope we can all gain a little something from their passionate outlook on life. We had the privilege of liaising with many inspiring women for this issue. All business owners, leaders and that word again − entrepreneurs − of our fair city. We’ve compiled a special spread that showcases what they have to share: their stories, achievements and advice. Hard working, driven; many juggling titles of ‘mum’ and ‘business manager’ − these lovely, local ladies prove motivation, determination, a willingness to learn from others, and I’d suggest, being super organised, go a very long way towards turning what you love into a money-spinner. They demonstrate that ‘entrepreneur’ is more than just a contemporary buzz word or concept, but rather, a dedicated way of being, living and creating. Recently The Huffington Post ran a series of articles emphasising the importance of entrepreneurs to economic growth, reminding readers that it’s because of hard-working, ‘ideas’ people, leaders and innovators, that our economy keeps evolving; jobs and opportunities created. These were great reads, as news is too often negative. This month, we in turn are applauding all local movers and shakers, including the quiet achievers. We hope you’ll pause a moment to cheer them on in their endeavours, but also, that you’ll take inspiration from the stories featured across the coming pages. Whatever your aspiration − professional, personal, spiritual, health - this month we’d like to encourage you to go out there and... you know it... Get it!

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21 March Southport-Nerang Road, Ashmore Join the Opel team to celebrate the launch of their fabulous car showroom with a fashion parade, canapĂŠs and beverages. Meet the team and enter the prize draw for a chance to win a weekend away for two in Noosa, including loan of an Opel car to the value of $1100. To attend, RSVP ASAP to


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Surfers Paradise Festival Street Parade, Surfers Paradise Gather with other Gold Coasters to celebrate the coming of the Surfers Paradise Festival for 2013. A lantern parade peopled by community groups, school children, marching bands and acrobats will be a highlight. This mobile spectacle snakes through the streets of Surfers Paradise en route to the official opening on Surfers Paradise Beach, where a fireworks display launches to mark the start of four weekends of free community events and cultural activities in the heart of the city.


< Birdies Day Out 19 March RACV Royal Pines Resort Experience the Ladies Masters Tournament Course, meet new friends and win great prizes. The event includes 18 holes of golf and a 2 course lunch for just $79. PLUS take advantage of the new complimentary golf clinics run by Nancy Harvey, golf professional with over 20 years experience on the LPGA Tour! Bookings are essential, phone 07 5597 8700 or visit

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Date NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT with Missy Robinson



Manpower Lonestar Tavern, Mermaid Beach Australia’s number 1 male revue, Manpower Australia, is back in town after a whirlwind tour earlier this year. For more than 20 years, this home-grown sensation has gone from strength to strength − to think they’ve moved from such humble beginnings at a Surfers Paradise nightclub to a residency at the Excalibur Casino in Las Vegas! Heralded in the US as ‘Australia’s Thunder From Down Under’, Manpower Australia has worked in over 15 countries and delighted over 8-million women.

Danny Bhoy The Arts Centre, Gold Coast Letters. Funny old things? They can make you laugh. They can make you cry. They can make paper airplanes. This show features some of the letters you never got round to writing because you thought life was too short. This is a stand up show with some sitting down. ON STAGE – 1 MARCH


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Depeche Mode – Delta Machine Pioneers of the post-punk era, Depeche Mode have gone on to become one of modern music’s most influential groups with global sales in excess of 100 million. Formed in 1981, Depeche Mode – Martin Gore, Dave Gahan and Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher – continue to win critical and commercial acclaim around the world both in the studio and on the road. The band’s 12 released studio albums have reached the top ten in over 20 countries, including the US and UK. Their last album, 2009’s Sounds of The Universe, debuted at the #1 chart spot in 14 countries around the world.

Momentum Jupiters Hotel Gold Coast, Broadbeach Momentum heralds from the cultural melting pot of Tel Aviv and is a show that defies conventional classification, combining the energy of theatre, comedy, acrobatics, dance and live music performance. The staggeringly talented and multicultural cast of 10 are not only masters of their own skill-set but also flexible and coordinated enough to adopt other abilities with a sense of mischief, spark of madness and a special glow. Acrobats become singers, singers become actors, actors become beat-boxers, beat-boxers become dancers and dancers become drummers…and all possess mandatory rhythm!

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restigious Golf Club, Links Hope Island (, have this month handed their honorary club captain, Peter Senior, a ‘key’ to the club. In an intimate member event, the club hosted a cocktail evening to celebrate the milestone before he took off overseas again. Having such a notable captain is true testament to the calibre of the course, the club, and is certainly something worthy of wide recognition. The club also believes it is important to acknowledge the achievements of its members. General Manager, Mark Holland said, “It was a fantastic evening and we would like to thank Peter, June and his family for being there as well as our MC for the night, Duncan Armstrong. Peter was presented the ‘key’ to Links Hope Island which will be on display in the club next to his current ranking and competition (golfing pian), Peter Senior Armstrong (ex Olym nager Links Hope Island). an nc updates.” Du : ed tur Pic (General Ma

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FASHIONPROFILE with Missy Robinson

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SOPHISTICATION Missy Robinson talks with Brisbane designer, Sacha Drake, about the ‘Ultimate Black Dress’, her celebrity supporters and what’s in store for 2013…

You’ve just celebrated 10 years since launching in 2002; what made you decide to start designing? I started designing very young at 14 and was self-employed at 18. I worked in film and TV doing costume design through my midtwenties however felt that this was not what I wanted to be doing long-term so I travelled and then worked in corporate recruitment for a while. In my late twenties, trying to find a way back to channel my creativity I spent time in Melbourne, unsuccessfully looking for a job in fashion. During that time I researched and recognised a gap in the market for dresses for size 12 – 18, so I returned home to Brisbane and started a small party dress range in bright raw silks. This range was picked up by an agent and sold into boutiques. However, they bought the range in size 8 – 12. I realised I had a lot to learn about the trade and then spent the next couple of years doing small collections, selling to Queensland boutiques and learning the trade. I had to keep working a day job. I almost gave up, thinking designing would be a hobby however fate intervened when my then manager made the discovery that her favourite dress, recently worn to a wedding was in fact one of the few silk dresses from my first collection. By that summer of 2002, I found I was selling so much to various independent stores in Queensland, that I never had to go back to work for anyone else. When I invented the ‘Ultimate Black Dress’, which is still very popular now, new doors were opened. To build on my growing reputation for frocks, I created a versatile range of black jersey frocks to complement the cottons and silk and fashion print dresses. Cargo pants and peasant skirts were the key trends at the time and my dresses were fresh and unique. From a business angle, I quickly realised that women will always need dresses and will pay more for a dress than separates. This meant that I would have a label with longevity in the market. I feel very fortunate to have a natural design affinity for dresses. The label focuses on stylish, flattering dresses, and counts the likes of influential Australian women such as Georgie Gardner, Lisa Wilkinson, Natalie Gruzlewski and Shelly Craft as fans; what have been some of your memorable moments? The truly memorable moments are some of my experiences in the fitting room, helping my customer feel and look good. It makes me feel

amazing when one of my customers wears one of my dresses and feels good and likes the look of themselves. Especially the ones who have never owned a dress, and then they leave with three! The Mercedez Benz Fashion Festivals are always a lot of fun, and proud moments for all of my fantastic staff involved in the label. What are your views on Australian sizing and variety in the marketplace? Sizing is very complicated. You can’t govern it. 93 per cent of clothing in Australia is imported, so it’s very difficult to standardise. Our sizing is very consistent and we offer 8 – 18 and this works for us. Pricing is also impossible to govern. The key component is the customer’s perception of value. Is the quality of the garment up to the price tag? If you spend a million bucks on a dress, you hope it makes you look and feel like it! Women need to spend their money only on the clothes that really make them feel great. We’re aware you engage in in-store sessions offering free advice on how to wear different styles – what’s involved with these workshops? The workshops are about responding to our customer’s needs.We touch on a bit of education to help our customer find what styles to wear for her body. We listen to each customer and assist in building the perfect wardrobe for her lifestyle, and we address the needs of time-poor women by hosting shopping style sessions after hours, with a glass of champagne. What trends do you see coming in this year? There’s so many options in fashion at the moment. Some of them working for dresses are paneled, tailored frocks, halter-necks, florals, black and white for spring, 60s shifts. I really just do my own thing and if it works back with the trends then that’s great. What exciting things are in store for you for 2013? The label is celebrating 10 years and I am hoping to continue to design frocks that women love, and grow as a business. For 2013 I hope to meet a whole lot of new customers and introduce the label to them as this always inspires me to keep up the good work. 11

March 2013

SECRETCITY with Caroline Marquez

back to the bush

Tired of the same old boring holiday rituals? Caroline Marquez investigates six local experiences that will add fun and (chocolatefree) flavour to your Easter break



back to the bush How about this for a super fun land adventure − jump on a quaddie and go cruising around the Coast. ATV Adventures offers two-hour guided Quad Bike Safari tours of the Gold Coast Hinterland in Numinbah Valley, which takes in the surrounding Springbrook and Lamington National Parks. Be enthralled by spectacular mountain views as you navigate through sublime back-country rivers and creeks. All vehicles are automatic so you can focus on the fun experience, and everyone is supplied with the appropriate safety gear. More at

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horsing around Celebrate Easter with more than just a bunny. The Gold Coast Turf Club Easter family race day, Saturday 30 March, offers loads of giveaways and free entertainment including jumping castles, petting zoos, pony rides and face painting. There will be plenty to keep every member of the family amused for hours. More information at italian romance There’s no need to head all the way to Venice to enjoy a gondola ride when the GC offers its very own version of a fun Venetian-inspired experience! Whether you choose a more intimate setting for two, or take the whole family, wining and dining on our waterways was never more fun. More at

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wild side Get the adrenalin pumping in an extraordinary adventure on a Harley Davidson! Wildfire Tours will take you for the ride of your life − various options range from an hour cruising around Broadbeach, to Sanctuary Cove, the Hinterland, to an overnight adventure into northern New South Wales. More at March 2013

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surf’s up We live in an enviable location, but when was the last time you took the opportunity to play in the water? Swimming, surfing − sure, that’s fun. But how about parasailing, jet-skiing and riding in a jet boat! Exciting! The best part is, you certainly don’t need to own the relevant equipment to give these kinds of activities a go. Just hire from the pros! Details online at take to the skies The Gold Coast is surely one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and there’s no better way to see it than from above. Taking the family on a hot air balloon ride is definitely an experience everyone will remember for a lifetime, and there’s no better time to do it than now. More at

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Eggcellent Easter Events Easter Sunday Lunch at Kalinda Restaurant

Treat the family to an Easter Sunday Seafood Buffet Lunch with 3 hour beverage package and great live entertainment. There will be an Easter egg hunt and kids can enjoy the playground with swings, slides, and giant jumping pillow. $75 adult I $40 child (5-17 yrs) I Child 4yrs & under free

Easter Sunday High Tea at Videre Restaurant

Indulge with a glass of Moet and Chandon and our famous three-tier high tea, with a special selection of Easter treats and stunning panoramic views from level 21. $49 per person I Seatings at 10am and 12.30pm

Easter Hamper Workshop - Sunday 24 March

Join French Pastry Chef, Joel Helot to create your own eggcellent Easter hamper to take home. Make handmade Easter eggs, chocolate flowers and rich chocolate truffles. Adults only I $60 auto club members I $65 for non members

Bookings essential. Phone (07) 5597 8700 For further details see:

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This month Get it is celebrating successful women, so we’ve checked in with a few of the Gold Coast’s leading ladies, to find out what it means to be an influential leader and proud entrepreneur

Cathy Hardy


Owner, Shoetique Southport “I opened in 2007 and am still here! I’m proud we have loyal, happy customers who come from here and interstate... In business, it’s important to treat customers with respect and friendship; build relationships. I believe it’s what makes my boutique a great place to visit.”

Senior Sales & Marketing Manager, RACV Royal Pines Resort and RACV Noosa Resort ( “I enjoy my job. If you cannot honestly say that, you are in the wrong job. We are in the ‘people business’ and the public are astute judges and hardmarkers. It’s important to remember team leadership is all about proactive listening, empathy, persistence and knowing how and when you have to lift your personal output to ensure team success. Lead by example is an absolute truth.”



Founder, Designer Robes & Homewear (

Founder, Aurora Spa (

“We are the result of what we believe in. I’m personally driven by a desire get up every day excited about what lies ahead. I believe in setting goals and listening to my inner-voice. I challenge myself each year with something new and am not afraid to venture into the unknown. Consequently I notice the emergence of new ideas and opportunities. I’d advise budding entrepreneurs to pay attention to all opportunities that present, but choose which is best for you.”


ELIZABETH McMAHON Owner, Elisasi Fashion Styling (

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“Aurora is an ever-evolving brand... I look at what we’ve achieved and am proud that Aurora is driven today by what I was driven by 15 years ago – achieving the best results for clients... Having a healthy lifestyle and being fit is a priority for me; work/life balance is important. Great leaders are authentic and passionate - clients feel it. As an entrepreneur, remember to maintain a positive attitude, and acknowledge day-to-day achievements, big or small.”

Founder, Zen Soul Yoga, ( “There have been challenging but proud moments over the past five years; recent results of hard work include working with Kenny Smith (photographer) for a Flight Centre campaign and styling Broadway on the Mall’s Christmas catalogue. I believe in rewarding staff, wanting the best for them; and I try hard to ‘pay it forward’ by nurturing young stylists training with me.”


“I believe my positive attitude, energy and compassion have helped me progress in business. Recently a big success was the launch of my book, Zen Soul Your Life; it represents ideals including Yoga, nutrition and mindfulness, that I’ve used to help me since I was a teenager. I encourage rising stars and entrepreneurs to focus on your strongest talents and use these assets to help yourself and others. Believe in the power of gratitude and try to be a compassionate leader.”



Life Coach, In Spaces Between (

Owner/operator, Burleigh Bouncers Jumping Castles ( and MMK Training (

“I’m proud to have doubled the monthly income I was previously earning in my corporate job! I believe I bring to my business a great sense of positivity and purpose... For all budding entrepreneurs, my advice is to dive in and start before you’re ready because, honestly, there will never be a perfect time. Believe in yourself and surround yourself with an inspiring support crew.”

“I’m proud to have started my jumping castles business when I was in grade 10, with minimal outlay, then using it to fund my new venture, MMK Training. I’m good at negotiating and discovering untapped potential. As an entrepreneur, I get excited about public speaking because it’s an awesome way to share things we’re passionate about.”


Founder and CEO, Absolute Soul Secrets (


“Coming from a very poor childhood, my biggest obstacle was a lack of confidence. My self-belief has improved enormously and my business success serves as a positive indicator... My success tip is to discover your life’s mission... [Remember] discovery is a process not necessarily involving your mind, it’s more a feeling... be open to the desires of your soul.”

Director, Infinite Communication ( “Winning ‘Most Outstanding Woman in Business’ at the 2011 Westpac Queensland State Small Business Excellence Awards was a proud moment. I believe my love of learning has lead to successes. I love reading about successful businesspeople, and encourage budding young entrepreneurs to do the same. Business is all about learning and taking on challenges.”

GAEL mcDONALD Director, Williams Talent (


Designer/director Joanne Rahn Designs (

“It’s exciting providing audition opportunities to actors for roles in film, television and theatre, then celebrating their success on opening nights! I am a ‘people person’, and truly enjoy helping actors and artists achieve their dreams. To be successful in any field, time management skills are critical; that, and love what you do.”

“I’ve had amazing high points, but am particularly proud to bring fashion concepts to life. I have been entrepreneurial for as long as I can remember. My parents are also entrepreneurs and have been great mentors. Business is my hobby and passion. To succeed in business, you must have a good work ethic and be prepared to do what it takes. It’s a great feeling to know if it weren’t for you, certain things wouldn’t exist.”


Marketing and Partnership Manager, Arts Centre Gold Coast (

“My proudest achievement is rebranding and repositioning The Arts Centre... I am incredibly proud of where we are three years on, and how we continue to strive for excellence... The ability to adapt with industry, internal and community expectations is critical for business leaders. Young entrepreneurs, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty; maintain conviction. Always strive towards the end game.” We know there are heaps of awesome business-women on the GC, and we want you all to meet each other. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page soon for details of the very first Get it get-Together. Let’s support each other on our paths to success! 15

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SMART DECISIONS Angela Summerville is a life insurance advisor at LifeWise Wealth Protection, and she explains to Get it why she’s so passionate about her work What’s your aim through your work at LifeWise? To increase public awareness about the importance of having adequate life insurance cover in place, as Australians are predominately very underinsured. As a Breast Cancer survivor, I know first-hand how critical it is to be financially secure so you can concentrate on getting better and not worry about finances. Throughout my journey I met many woman who had the added pressure of suffering financially. Imagine having to work full-time while being treated by chemotherapy as you cannot afford to stay home. I don’t know how they managed as I felt dreadful and would spend the first few days in bed. Imagine having to travel 180 kilometres daily for radiotherapy because you cannot afford to use the private health system. While having radiation therapy I got very tired and the thought of travelling such a distance was appalling. Some people

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believe you have to pass away for your family to receive benefits, but there are a variety of options available. For example, depending on your type of cover, you can receive a lump sum if diagnosed with a serious medical condition. What inspires you? Making a difference to people’s lives when they need it most. What are you proud to say your business’ main points of difference are?

BEAUTY AND BUSINESS Managing Director of Skin 02 and Alive Clinics, Alison Atia, shares with Get it some ‘beautiful’ secrets to success Any key rituals you try to include every day? I always do my daily facial rituals, morning and evening, using Skin O2 daily cosmedical skincare and make-up to cleanse, exfoliate, balance, treat and protect my skin; plus daily mummy cuddles with my precious and very cute Atia boys (and my and labradoodles)! Why are these important to you? It’s all about feeling good about yourself and then sharing the love − this way I can always face the day with a smile. What inspires you? Helping people learn the truth about good skincare and make-up and seeing joy when they discover visible results. What are you proud to say your business’ main points of difference are? We are an Australian, Gold Coast based family business, so every product we make is what we use on ourselves or our children.For us it is a lifestyle choice. Every single ingredient needs to be of the highest quality, potency (to be most clinically effective) but always non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic, free from pore clogging or irritating chemicals and perfumes found in lots of other cosmetics. There’s absolutely no animal testing, we use 99 per cent organic ingredients and eco-friendly packaging. March 2013

Alison Ati


What influence do you have over how your brand is represented? I am lucky because I get to have huge input − along with our dynamic team of expert skin lovers at Skin O2 HQ − into getting our brand message across. Also to educate our aesthetic industry and future generations about skincare anti-aging myths, what ingredients really work to get clinical results and what marketing hype to avoid. How important is it to be an ‘influencer’ in your industry? It is very important because there are so many multi-national cosmetic companies who through huge advertising budgets influence 16

It’s the little things we do that make a difference. As a boutique family business we understand the importance of customer service and encourage face-toface meetings so we can really get to know and listen to our clients. We have access to a wide range of insurance providers to offer cost-effective and strategic solutions through the development of an affordable and relevant protection plan. Our ongoing service includes annual insurance reviews to ensure cover is upto-date, and most importantly when a client needs to lodge a claim we provide guidance in the comfort of your home. Which of your personality traits do you think has made you so successful at what you do? Bubbly personality, motivation to achieve, and being passionate about people. I also ensure I have plenty of ‘Ange’ time, as its important to me to achieve work/life balance, knowing life can change in an instant. What’s the best advice a mentor gave you? Remember the past, plan for the future, but live for today, because yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come. the market into skincare choices that are often not for the benefit of the consumer, or endline patients who use the products hoping to live the dream of the advert, but then end up with sensitive or irritated skin. Thousands of patients around Australia would come and see Dr Atia and myself at Alive Clinics on the Gold Coast about their acne skin problems and antiaging concerns and we originally just made prescriptive products for individual patients. We soon found word had spread and we became inundated with patients, doctors and skin specialists from across Australia demanding the rapid growth of our brand. Secondly, I believe it’s absolutely not necessary to cruelly test cosmetics on animals or use bad grade packaging or production methods that are damaging and very unfriendly to our environment. I adore how our Skin O2 customers appreciate our make-up refills which are both better for the budget and a more ecofriendly way to shop. What’s the best advice a mentor gave you? That the most successful people are the ones that bounce back the most when they get knocked down. Also, “never lose your love and passion” − personal advice from Hugh Hefner! What’s new for 2013? We are excited to represent the Gold Coast overseas, both in Asia and Dubai, and share the passion of our quality Australian cosmedical skincare, and fresh new attitude when it comes to providing a better choice in daily makeup and skincare for both him and her – yes, ‘him’! To find out more, join us on Facebook, Skino2Australia.


A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND Kelly Warne is the dedicated Brand and Marketing Manager of LeGassick, and she shares a few insights into the highlights of her enviable job... What do you love about working with LeGassick? After a successful 20 years, LeGassick were ready to take the brand to the next level to attract new clients. I am the first, full-time Brand and Marketing Manager for LeGassick and I love the challenges that brings. Everything is new and in many ways, a risk. When all the ideas come together to create a beautiful campaign, it’s so very rewarding. I love the freedom I have in my job to be creative and of course, to work with the some of the world’s most beautiful diamonds. What inspires you? I am inspired by the world of fashion. The designers sketch, textures in materials, the way photos and text can come together on the pages of a magazine to create a sense of desire in the reader; it’s a beautiful thing. I spend hours on fashion blogs to find images of inspiration, colours and textures that make me feel intrigued. I take inspiration from them

Kelly Warne in building campaigns for LeGassick. What are you proud to say LeGassick’s main points of difference are? I’m proud that LeGassick is a business that isn’t afraid to take risks and to try something new. The brand is innovative and eagerly adopts new ideas. But with the new, LeGassick hasn’t forgotten what matters most to our clients; quality pieces and genuine service. I love receiving emails from our clients who are writing to simply say ‘thank you’, it’s very rewarding. What influence do you have over how

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your brand is represented? I’m very lucky to be the main influence and driver of the LeGassick brand. Everything you can see, from online to advertising, window displays to staff uniforms, is my department. To influence how clients view the brand, a luxury brand, is exciting. I love to read all the posts from client on the LeGassick Facebook page. How the public see the brand is right there in black and white. From 20-year clients, to young women who desire to one day have a LeGassick engagement ring. What’s the best advice a mentor gave you? The best advice I’ve been told is that, no matter the pressure or deadline, if I’m not 100 per cent happy with it, don’t send it out. When there’s so much time and money invested, I simply won’t sign off on anything I don’t love. I’d rather take the time to send it back, make changes or review it one more time to know that when it is released, it’s perfect. What advice would you pass on to those in pursuit of a career dream? Take the time to think about what you really love, then do your research on how to do it for work. I’ve always loved luxury brands and creative arts but I stayed in unfulfilling jobs simply for security of an income. When I wrote down what I loved, it was easy to pursue a role that would make me happy to go to work every day. Brand and Marketing Manager for LeGassick really is my dream job!

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SUCCESSFUL Do you have designs on a higher profile in 2013? Dallas McMillan investigates tactics you can utilise − today − to become more influential, no matter what field you work in

e can all recall people, experiences, books and ideas which have changed our life. What motivates you, your dreams, and your passion? What have been your key ‘influencers’? I bet you can trace back to an inspirational person (family, friend, coach, business mentor), or a great book you read, an experience you had − positive or negative. I’m sure those entrepreneurs, managers and leaders among you have also been motivated by amazing business-women, such as Australian of the Year, Ita Buttrose. In such instances, we’re inspired ‘from a distance’; someone like Ita might have inspired through business, charitable or even political endeavours − hence, has created a positive effect (even from afar) by way of ‘influence’. Not only can a figure like Ita generate positive change around her, but a ‘high-profile’ works in other ways too. It leads to business success, enhanced opportunities to learn, travel and grow. Evidently, in many cases, such ‘influencers’ are rich, well-known or even celebrities. It may seem like this sort of influence is difficult to replicate if you are none of the above. Not everyone can be an editor for Women’s Weekly, or appear on Sunrise (although, there’s no harm in trying), however times are rapidly changing. The good news is social media and the Internet have offered us all not only the opportunity to be online publishers or TV moguls, but the chance to create an influential space around us within any given field. With the right strategies, skills and attitude, you can become recognised as a leader in your own area of expertise, and enjoy the benefits this brings. Why not try some of these strategies this month? 1 Find a mentor, be a mentor It is difficult to move from being unskilled or unsuccessful at something, to thriving and appearing as an ‘expert’, unless you have a role March 2013

model. Witnessing a model of what ‘successful people’ do, how they think, who they connect with and what they focus on can fast-track your own success. Find a mentor who has already achieved your goals, and learn from them. You will get even more out of having a mentor if you are also mentoring other people who want to learn more about the skills or success you have. Make time to help and support someone who is where you were a year or two ago: an added benefit is that the way to master anything is to teach it. Helping someone else learn will accelerate your own growth. 2 Do the work Successful people do the work. We all have great ideas (remember how you were going to create a social network just like Facebook, but Mark Zuckerberg took your idea?). The difference is the most successful people focus on one idea at a time, work hard at it and follow through. 3 Believe in yourself and your vision In order to succeed in anything worthwhile, we need to face adversity and challenge. The people who persevere can do so because they believe in what they do, and have the ability to sell others on it! If you want to succeed you need to believe passionately in what you do so others are drawn to share your vision. Choosing the right project to commit to is a big part of making this possible. Additionally, if you don’t consider yourself strong in the areas of ‘self promotion’ or ‘selling ideas’, research relevant courses or coaches in your area who can assist you to confidently develop such skills. 4 Surround yourself with successful people Take a good look around the business/ organisational/company landscape near you. Soon enough you’ll notice a trend; that is, 18

the most successful people you know hang out with other successful people − both in business and personal time. You can kickstart this by networking with some of the top people in your field. Again, social media makes it easier than ever before to connect with other successful people, to share ideas and discover new opportunities. If you haven’t already, start by creating/updating a profile on LinkedIn, follow groups, companies and people relevant to you, and commence interacting. Don’t stop at online social media though – a lot of the biggest opportunities come from real-life meetings. Look out for opportunities to network with people in your industry, at local Chamber of Commerce or business networking lunches, and with prospective clients or business partners.

5 Using social networks and the Internet to research, learn and become ‘better at your passion’ The internet means we have a wealth of information available at our fingertips, however, as you may have already identified, often there’s so much detail that it is overwhelming. In fact, we need experts more than ever to help us interpret and navigate. Learn to use tools like search engines, alerts, social media and productivity APPs to master your time and area of expertise, so you’re picking up only the relevant information that teaches and benefits you. Similarly, utilising available tools effectively means you can also share your passion and experience faster than has previously been possible. Share knowledge with friends and colleagues in an authentic, enthusiastic and helpful way, and you will steadily build a reputation as the go-to person for ‘your thing’. There’s a wealth of free and fun ways to train in many new areas, and you don’t have to be rich to keep learning. Invest time in webinars, join mailings lists, read blogs and online media

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> Review your online profiles – make sure they send the right message; encourage people to connect with you > A professional and appealing photograph on social network profiles and your website helps people put a face to the name and build trust > Follow and connect with the top people in your industry; ‘like’ and interact on social media, their blogs and so on > Become a publisher. Choose a platform such as a website, blog, e-book, videos and so on. Use your own content on a blog/website, and build an audience through use of social media > Take your online relationships to the real world – organise a gettogether of people who share your passion > Be a leader. Set-up a community, help out a charity, educate a group of business owners or students about your passion and area of expertise

from around the world. If time management is an issue, experts recommend ‘scheduling’ time for online each day. For example, for strictly an hour from 9am, then again from 4pm (or however you decide to pencil this ‘online personal development time’ into your week). Over time you will develop your own take on things – especially if you target a specific area that you love and people need. 6 Become influential in your industry – build yourself a platform As your expertise increases, you can leverage by publishing a blog or website and being active on social networks. Your unique take on things – your ‘voice’ and face have something to contribute. Share your ideas, help people and build a network via your favourite publishing platform(s). Choices you may consider include: • Starting a YouTube channel, Pinterest board or sharing presentations on Slideshare. • Creating a website or blog using Wordpress, Blogger or Tumblr. • Expanding your reach via social networks

like Facebook, Twitter or Google+. • Showcasing your portfolio on your own website or a social media platform designed for this purpose. Sharing ideas on a blog, website or through social media channels helps you ‘become’ influential and be perceived as an ‘expert’, rather than as a ‘know-it-all’. Use social media and networking to expand your reach, connect with people in your market and to build visibility and credibility. Many people make the mistake of trying to ‘sell’ products or services to people via social media, but I liken social media more to a party or networking event, not a sales meeting. No-one likes a pushy sales person at a party! You’re much better off forging friendly connections, telling interesting stories, sharing helpful facts, listening and learning about people, and telling them about what you do. 7 THE SECRET They say, the real secret of success is helping other people – start doing that now, consistently, and you won’t need to go after success – it will find you! 19

> Build deeper relationships. Commit to calling three people in your network to follow-up, catch-up or offer assistance. You will make a great impression. > Do what you love. What have you been missing, or been meaning to do? Start it now.

About Dallas McMillan Dallas owns and operates Influential, a digital branding and marketing company. Influential helps people turn their passions into a social business, and also facilitates free training on how to create a professional digital publishing platform, and using social media to become more successful in your business or career. Connect with Dallas online: or Tweet@influentialidea March 2013


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AwesomeAnime The Arts Centre will host the Evangelion Art Exhibition, Gallery 2, April 17 to May 5, as part of 2013 QPOW. Engage with an extensive collection of original concept and production art, character drawings and other key artifacts from the famed Evangelion anime film series. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss this unique opportunity to see

how original drawings, computer graphics and animation for these films were created. The Evangelion Art Exhibition is part of the inaugural Queensland Pop Culture Week (QPOW), which is an initiative of the Gold Coast Film Festival and the City of Gold Coast working in collaboration with The Arts Centre Gold. Coast, Gold Coast Tourism, Supanova


Pop Culture Expo, Broadbeach Alliance, Dreamworld and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. The festival presents a week of popculture related events, staged at various venues, exclusive to the Gold Coast. QPOW is set to explode on the Gold Coast in April 2013. Check for dates and details.

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FASHION STYLE with Missy Robinson

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AUTUMN OPI sets the record straight for Get it on what’s trending this season at a beauty counter near you...

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LOSE WEIGHT and change your life Janet Hughes shares her Kudos success story with Get it


became a member and completed a 12week fitness and weight-loss challenge at the beautiful Kudos Health Club on the Gold Coast. At 55-years-of-age, I was overweight with at least 10-kilos to lose, and my fitness level was slightly above couch-potato status, so both were in desperate need of attention. I blamed my protruding belly, tuckshop lady arms and thunder thighs on age, menopause and any other excuse I could muster! The truth of course was a self-inflicted increase in both my food intake and sedentary life over the past 20 years. The 12-week challenge was lifechanging for me. I lost almost 9-kilos, can now run 10-kilometres and have changed my body shape. There’s still work to be done, but I feel fantastic. I had a consultation with the club nutritionist and then I set-up a diet plan where I could choose to eat whatever I liked – provided once I hit my daily allowance,

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REAL LIFE with Marina Thomas

Racing in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race onboard the winning Gold Coast Australia boat in 2011-12 changed the lives of all the amateur sailors onboard. Marina Thomas meets emergencynurse and grandmother, Deb Miller, who was part of that crew, and discovers adventure may always be on the horizon, if you’re brave enough to pursue it. t was when she was writing her adventurous father’s eulogy that Surfers Paradise resident, Deb Miller, realised she was living in an absolute rut. Deb had been pounding away on the corporate hamster wheel working two jobs and doing 70+ hour weeks to escape a marriage that was on the rocks. The mother of two realised something had to change. She discovered the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race a year later through an encouraging friend who was participating, and saw that anyone could take part regardless of age or experience. Deb, aged in her forties, decided to set aside work, friends, family, and do something just for her for the first time. She had only ever sailed once but her late father’s love of the sea and boating inspired her to start a journey in memory of him as well. Deb’s marriage had also ended – her sons thought she was having a midlife crisis but supported her quest for a new challenge. Deb was able to take extended leave from her Queensland Health role as Director of Health Systems and Clinical Innovation and applied for the race in February 2011. A few months later, she joined the 30 odd other Australians onboard Gold Coast Australia in the fleet of 10 yachts competing in the 40,000 mile ocean odyssey. The groups of strangers ranged from bankers to farmers, midwives, lawyers and chefs from around the globe. Many others had also never sailed before prior to four weeks’ compulsory training. The Clipper Race is the world’s longest and toughest yacht race and competitive Australian skippers and boats have won the last two contests with a high Antipodean crew contingent. Over 11 months, there are 15 different races over eight separate legs visiting 13 countries where crews can travel and sightsee during stopovers. Deb endured frightening weather patterns and freezing conditions, four-hour watch rotations, toilets with no doors, no showers and basic food as well as three major incidents onboard where her nursing and communication skills were tested. However, she says taking part has been one of the best life decisions she has ever made. “The experience I have had, what I have learnt March 2013


about myself and others when they are placed in such extreme circumstances is something that will influence me in my life ahead and the pathway that I’ll now take. The experience was about really discovering who I am – I found ‘me’ over that year. I discovered my inner strength and it gave me an opportunity to reflect on how I want to spend my next 30 years. The race gave me a renewed respect for the beautiful oceans, sea-life, wildlife and environment that we are connected with.” Deb was only originally due to do legs five and six from the Gold Coast to Singapore through the East China Sea and then to Qindgao, China and through the Pacific to San Francisco. However, after completing the two highly challenging legs among a close and competitive Gold Coast crew, a fire was ignited in her belly for more adventure and she ended up spending seven months at sea. She enthuses that highlights include racing down a monstrous wave in the Pacific engulfed in a tube of water reaching speeds up to 27 knots. And she recalls sitting on the rail under a full moon with thousands of stars sparkling in the night sky and the waves glowing with phosphorescence as they hit the side of the boat and splashed up over her. “It was like a 30

scene out of the movie Avatar,” she adds. Deb helped Gold Coast win the epic marathon in July 2012 after securing a place on the last leg across the North Atlantic from Canada back to the UK. “This was the leg where I really pushed through any previous apprehensions and really got out of my comfort zone and enjoyed being on the bow being thrashed as we did sail changes in the North Atlantic.” One particularly frightening and memorable time came when Deb was washed down the side of the boat and left hanging by her safety line. Sunshine Coast crew member, Lisa Blair, came to her rescue and she was able to move through the fear and really get a kick out of pushing herself. “I always knew I had capacity to respond well to challenges, but the Pacific tested me physically, mentally and emotionally in ways I had never imagined. It was very tough, but new lifetime friendships were forged in that leg.” Despite the harsh and sometimes dangerous conditions, Deb realised an inner peace. “Before getting on the boat, I rarely remembered my dreams – if in fact I had any. On the boat my dreams were vivid, colourful

and alive. I can still hear and miss the sound of the water slapping against the side of the hull and the movement of the boat slicing into the waves as I drift off to sleep.” Now after six months back home and at work in Queensland, Deb is determined to keep a better career/life balance. She regularly sails around the Gold Coast and is planning trips to Europe to reunite with other Clipper crew members. She counts the achievement of winning the race as one of the biggest accomplishments of her life and says she is doing things she never would have done in the past. “I am no longer prepared to compromise and will pursue my goals now with renewed energy and enthusiasm without the fear of failure. I feel that given what I have been through and achieved – I can literally do anything.” This year, more than 50 Australians will compete in the race. For details on how you can join them, visit

The experience was about really discovering who I am – I found ‘me’ over that year. I discovered my inner strength and it gave me an opportunity to reflect on how I want to spend my next 30 years

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our mouth is more than just a pretty smile. It’s also a gateway to overall health, and keeping that gateway clean may keep you healthier longer. The health of your mouth affects your whole body. Simple habits like daily brushing and flossing are more important than you might think. To appreciate how the mouth can affect the body, it helps to understand what can go wrong in the first place. Bacteria that builds up on teeth makes gums prone to infection. The immune system moves in to attack the infection and the gums become inflamed. The inflammation continues unless the infection is brought under control. Over time, inflammation and the chemicals it releases eat away at the gums and bone structure that hold teeth in place. The result is severe gum disease, known as periodontitis. Inflammation can also cause problems in the rest of the body. Cavities and gum disease may contribute to many serious conditions,including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory diseases, premature and low weight babies and untreated cavities can also be painful and lead to serious infections. Maintaining good oral health includes keeping teeth free from cavities and preventing gum disease. Poor oral health can affect your appearance

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WINECOUNTRY Tiffany Breed goes in search of wine experiences offering the discerning traveller something a little extra special this Easter

Cedar Creek Estate, North Tambourine Mountain One of the most famous of Cellar Doors in the Mount Tambourine region, the picturesque Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery ( is only minutes from the Gold Coast. Boasting a notable variety of wines, from Sauvignon Blanc to port. Between glasses, take a stroll down to the art gallery dedicated to Arthur Hamblin. Kids will love the underground Glow Worm Cave too. With a restaurant and bar to boot, and minutes from Tambourine rainforest walks and eco tours, this excursion should be on your 2013 ‘to experience’ list.

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INGREDIENTS • 1 cup mix of whole red and green grapes plus another 2-3 whole grapes for garnish • 50 grams of good quality muesli • 1/2 cup of good quality Greek yoghurt • Fresh mint sprigs for garnish • 1 tablespoon of honey METHOD 1. Using 6 x 250ml capacity glasses, place a generous amount of yoghurt in the bottom of the glass followed by ½ of the muesli, all the green grapes, another dollop of yoghurt, red grapes, remaining yoghurt and the remaining muesli 2. Garnish with a few mint leaves and 2 whole grapes 3. Drizzle with the honey and serve immediately

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H Pisces February 19 – March 20 March will see your financial situation swimming along smoothly throughout most of the month and this will assist you in many ways. Your psychic ability and intuition will be at an all time high and you will be very sensitive to others in your environment. Try not to take on other people’s problems as yours this month, it will weigh you down and hold you back from pursuing your own desires.

H Aries March 20 –April 19 Connecting with your sensitive side will give you a bigger picture perspective during March. This will be an intuitive month for you, giving you the opportunity to identify how you can influence the masses in a way that allows everyone to benefit. Patience will be a virtue as you wade through the sea of emotions around you. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day and you will experience minor delays with your plans. H Taurus April 20 – May 21 Get those creative juices flowing throughout March, this is a great time to be innovative. Change is imminent, but you do have control over how it is implemented. Don’t be too proud to let others help you when you need it; this is a great time to have some fun with friends, whilst getting the job done. Trust your sixth sense with financial investments and don’t forget to read the fine print. H Gemini May 21 – June 21 Career, business and money matters will be a strong focus for you during March. Challenges will be presented in these areas and hidden agendas will be exposed and you will soon



know what you’re working with. Hang in there, all will be revealed in good time. This can work to your benefit, so avoid any negative thoughts, change is your forte and you’ll be ready when the time comes. H Cancer June 21 – July 22 Now is the time for you to trust gut instincts and go with what you feel. You may feel a bit more emotionally sensitive than normal and you will pick up on a lot more energetically than you expect or want to. Be careful not to take on too much where family are concerned. You will also be feeling more philosophical and reflecting on what you know and what you need to learn. H Leo July 22 – August 23 March will be an interesting month for you.Stand in your own power, but try not to stand over others as you do. You will feel very empowered this month and the resources you need to get things done will be at your fingertips. Try not to be too intense with everyone around you and remember they don’t have to have the same passion as you do to get things done. H Virgo August 23 - September 22 Work life balance is always important for you Virgo, and during March, you will feel it even more so. Don’t be afraid to dream and allow yourself to see the bigger picture. With the majority of planets in Pisces, your opposition, March will be an opportune time to connect with your spiritual side, allowing you to go with the flow more and to see new ways of doing things.You may also be feeling a little more tired than usual. H Libra September 22 – October 23 March is the time to take in both sides and weigh things up to find the balance.

Connecting with work colleagues and business networks will be a strong focus, along with paying attention to detail and identifying the organisational structures you are working with. Allow creative juices to flow, but be mindful of the hidden agendas of others when you share your thoughts and ideas. They may not be as honourable as you are. H Scorpio October 23 – November 22 March is the time for you to get organised and connect with the resources you have available to you. Creativity and individuality should be your focus, so don’t allow yourself to be clouded by other people’s needs and wants. This can influence your judgement and interfere with your path. Allow your sixth sense to communicate with you, have some faith and trust in yourself to do the right thing by everyone. H Sagittarius November 22 – December 22 You will be making big decisions regarding home, family and property this month Sagittarius. Take time and make sure you read between the lines and get all the facts before you head in any direction. Be mindful there is always room for expansion and now is the time to do it. It’s always good to do your research first in order to make educated decisions that won’t cost you more money in the end. H Capricorn December 22 – January 20 Take the time to connect with your intuition and allow yourself to learn from everything you experience this month. Remember that good leaders can lead and be led and this is the time to listen to others and learn from their experience. Communication will be very important and your priority should be to pay attention to the messages you are receiving,rather than what you are delivering.This will serve you well in the end. H Aquarius January 21 – February 19 March has the potential to be very challenging for you Aquarius, but it will all depend on the choices you make and how you interact with others. Compassion and empathy will be very important, along with your ability to see the bigger picture. Finances and building for your future will also be a primary focus. Just don’t over think it all and everything will work out for the best.

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This month we’re talking inspiring and influential, and evidently there’s few who do this better than J.Lo I remember when Jennifer Lopez became ‘famous’ the first time around. She was likable on film, (re)branded as J.Lo, and released some cool dance tracks we used to rave the night away to ‘back in the day’; then she disappeared into the sunset with third hubby, Mark Anthony, for a while. Ten years on (from my raving days, that is) J.Lo ‘returned’. I believe she even references the likes of me, and ‘new me’ in her song, On the Floor (2011), “It’s a new generation of party people”. Now, seemingly at the height of her fame, the singer/actress/dancer we knew as ‘Jenny from the Block’, rockets to the top of the 2012 Forbes Celebrity 100 power list, and ranked #38 in the magazine’s international Power Women list, #10 TV/Radio, #13 in web influence. The break that set this lucrative reincarnation about was her appointment as judge on mate, Simon Cowell’s, American Idol in 2010. In the two years since, she’s undergone great personal change (divorce, becoming a single-mum), scored profitable endorsement deals with brands like L’Oreal and Gillette, has continued to release popular fragrances under the Coty umbrella, recorded more chart-topping singles, designed fashion ranges, toured the world ... and somewhere in between found time to mentor on Idol. Being influential, setting trends − the 43-yearold (really?) is an example of publicity in its most successful form. Whether you perceive J.Lo as an example of a successful personality, brand or simply as a famous person,there’s no arguing she is in an influential position − 6.6 million followers on Twitter, and 12 million fans on Facebook, copious sales on J.Lo branded goods, and let’s not forget Idol ratings: that’s a wide reach. Sure, there’s been plenty of press regarding

her marriages, booty and occasional alleged diva behaviour, but it’s all lead to a nice place, I’d say − $52M in earnings in 2012 and the title of most powerful entertainer on the planet (for the timebeing, at least). It used to be enough to do one thing really well − bat a ball, strum an instrument, sing, act, design. Now to be considered a true success you need to firmly position that ‘entrepreneur’ hat, think ‘outside the square’ and design a wide range of complementary branded services and products that will have you noticed from “Brazil, Morocco, London to Ibiza, straight to LA, New York, Vegas to Africa”. Actress, musician, personality, philanthropist, as far as saluting successful women, we have to give some credit to J.Lo. She’s a branding power machine that perhaps we could all look to for a little entrepreneurial inspiration. The rest of us may not have made $52M last year, however may I suggest a few success lessons we could take from Ms Lopez (and her ‘team’)... > Be friends with other influencers > Surround yourself with a team of great people, including confidants, mentors, and experts in areas you’re not strong in (eg. book-keeping, social media, Public Relations etc.) > Dress to impress > Offer a varied range of products or services, but ensure branding is clear and interconnected > Be a leader (ideas, positive behaviour), not a follower > Consider how you could use your influence for good > Don’t be afraid to promote your achievements (no one is going to‘PR you’if you don’t try to‘PR’yourself) > Be real, be yourself > Take a chance on new things; adapt and diversify

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