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12 Entertainment profile: Mahalia Barnes 15 Life coach: Spring clean your life 16 Fashion profile: Ashley Hart 18 Focus: Discovering dreams out of depression 32 Travel: The ultimate staycation, Palazzo Versace 38 Business: Be savvier about social media 48 Success: Troy Roennfeldt Fashion & Beauty 14 Beauty: Spa at home 22 Luxe for less: Spring time 24 Fashion: Spring Bloom Regulars 08 What’s on: This month on the Coast 11 Win: A host of fabulous prizes 20 We Love: Pampered pets 44 Out & About: Get it’s social scene: Have you been snapped? 49 Horoscopes: What’s in your stars this month? 50 Last Word: Eden Saul SPRING BLOOM PAGE 24

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A WORLD OF DINING At CHEVRON RENAISSANCE

From the editor SARAH BLINCO

Where do you see yourself holidaying next? The snow? A seaside resort? Perhaps a camping trip with the kids? Whether it is planned or but a dream, let’s try a little contemplation: After you read the following instructions, close your eyes (although be mindful of the boss if you’re at work...) and picture where it is you wish to escape to. Whether it’s Byron Bay or Barcelona, grasp an image in your mind, think about being there − sipping on champagne, shopping, swimming, photographing, writing or whatever you would be doing; take a few calming breaths on this image, as if you were really there. ... Now that you’re awake (I hope) and back here with me, I’ll admit, no, I probably shouldn’t be distracting you from the day ahead. However, in the office we’ve been considering the concept of ‘escape’, and have discovered we feel all the better for it. Leanne’s now in the process of manifesting her perfect getaway to the Greek Islands, “Sipping wine in little cafes in the hilltops overlooking the ocean”; and Aimi’s got a goal, “To visit my family in England, to stay with them in Cornwall, and at their holiday house in France − I would love to see Europe all over again!”

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It’s too easy to get caught up in the banal or stressful aspects of the daily routine, and before we know it, the sun’s down and The Workers are once again on telly singing “Goodnight” to the children of Queensland. While this issue is dedicated to the kind of getaway that evokes visions of palm trees, beaches, prawns and wine, and river cruising along the Rhine, I’d like to also champion the idea that we should ‘get away’ every day. Not just to daydream though, but to really take a moment for a ‘me’ escape − to clear the mind, set a positive intention, and to visualise where you’re headed, whether that be to a peaceful beach with your dog this afternoon, to the snowy summit of Mount Fuji at Christmastime, or into a quiet 15-minute period right now, with a piping hot cuppa as you read this new issue...

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Win!

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Getaway

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The 11th annual Swell Festival is set to be bigger and better than ever with over 50 Australian and international artists showcasing their talents. Sculptures of all shapes and sizes are on display and the all-hours festival has something for everyone. Wander through the sculptures in the twilight while enjoying live music. Experience the contemporary culture that is the Swell Sculpture Festival and stay for the evening film screenings; the kids will love it! Entry is free and the event is family friendly. swellsculpture.com.au

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7 September Paradise Showroom, Gold Coast Arts Centre Join local celebrity chefs James Brady, Tyron Meade and Brian Meade as they host a spectacular gala lunch where the secrets to some of their signature dishes are set to be uncovered. The mix of live cooking demonstrations, great giveaways and the nine-course lunch is bound to have your mouth watering. Matching beers and wines will complement the menu. Tickets are $130 (all inclusive) and are selling fast. theartscentregc.com.au

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29 September to 4 October The games are returning to the Gold Coast and this is your chance to witness Olympicgrade athletes perform in a friendly yet fiercely competitive environment. This year’s competition includes Australian Rules Football, Baseball, Cricket, Men’s and Women’s Hockey plus many more. Support your local university as the Coast plays host to sports stars of the future. unisport.com.au

September is all about the 70’s on the Breeze. If you know the songs of the 70’s, then register now at 1300 The Breeze & listen to Bruce Neels weekday mornings for your chance to win an AWA record player with iphone docking station. September 2013

Harrison Craig Live

28 September, Jupiters Theatre Harrison Craig (harrisoncraigofficial.com) is coming to the Gold Coast. The Voice 2013 Winner is set to commence his national More than a Dream tour with Queensland the first port of call. Don’t miss Harrison as he performs favourites like Can’t Help Falling in Love, Unchained Melody and his original single, More than a Dream. With tickets starting from $69, let Harrison show you why he has become much more than a household name. Tickets from ticketek.com.au


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Dancing is good for the soul, and this month there is a free Dance + Circus Party in the park at Oxenford (Damian Leeding Memorial Park, Watersport Lane), on Sunday 8 September from 10am until 1pm. Party along to old favourites like Nutbush, and contemporary hits including Party Rock Anthem and Gangnam Style. More on 5559 0318

Explore your backyard. This city is famous for Surfers Paradise but when was the last time you visited? Show the hard-working retailers some love, indulge in a gelato and contribute towards this precinct thriving once again. More at surfersparadise.com Nominate someone now for the Gold Coast Women in Business Awards, which recognise outstanding and successful businesswomen and industry achievers. The annual awards have been created to honour women who possess vision, innovation, entrepreneurial drive, leadership, individuality and tenacity. Entries close Friday 20 September and winners will be officially announced at a lavish awards lunch in November. More on 5504 6055 or Facebook.com/womenbusinessawards September is the peak of whale-watching season. There are plenty of tour operators hosting trips from up and down the Coast. Google ‘Whale watching Gold Coast’ and choose your own awesome adventure. Springbrook National Park offers a wonderful day out for the whole family. Take a picnic and enjoy spectacular views overlooking Cave Creek while relaxing to the tranquil sounds of the waterfall. Join the nocturnal tour to watch the delicate dance of the now famous glow worms. More at nprsr.qld.gov.au │ springbrook.info/glow_worms Learn how to overcome obstacles and achieve goals by attending the New Heights Wellbeing Workshop at Labrador Community Hub, 57 Billington Street, Saturday 14 September, 9am to 4pm. Three workshops and one mindfulness session will equip you with the resources necessary to respond masterfully to daily challenges. From $10 to attend, bookings essential. More on 0402 273 026 or email info@newheightswellbeing.com.au Wine and cheese, some of our very favourite things! Gather a group of friends and venture up-hill to Mount Tamborine. There are plenty of wine and cheese tasting options, like Witches Chase Cheese Company where the cheese production room is all glass so you can see the award-winning cheeses being hand-made. More at tamborinemtncc.org.au With 150 stalls including handmade fashion, jewellery and fresh produce, The Arts and Crafts Markets have something for everyone. Browse and bag a bargain on 15 September in Broadbeach, 22 September in Coolangatta and 29 September in Burleigh. More on 5591 6360 or artandcraft.com.au Sailing and kayaking at Paradise Point is more accessible than you might think. For just $10, join SAILS (a not-for-profit organisation that engages with the community through social and educational activities) on Saturday 7 September from 10am. All necessary equipment is provided. You should take personal gear such as bathers, hat, sun cream, water and food.Youngsters with disabilities welcome. Bookings essential. More on 0420 811 080 or gcparks.com.au │ sails.org.au Dogs aren’t just for guarding your yard − they’re man’s best friend, so act like a pal and take your pooch for a play at one of our amazing dog beaches. For a downloadable brochure of locations, visit gcparks.com.au. 9

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ENTERTAINMENT with Sarah Blinco

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What’s your earliest memory of performing? I remember being at gigs from the time I was really little, and I’m sure I was always putting on a performance around the house as a kid. I think my first real memory of performing would be recording When Your Love Is Gone with Dad [Aussie rock icon, Jimmy Barnes] when I was about 8, and we all joined him on stage for the tour that followed. You’re surrounded by entertainers, your dad, Jimmy, and hubby, Ben, are just two; Do you get star struck often? I love meeting other artists and seeing what motivates them. There have been a couple of moments that I’ve had to pinch myself! The most amazing was a while back, my husband and I were in the States and had a few days off so we flew to Dallas to see Aretha Franklin play live. She’s one of my biggest influences. The Queen of Soul! We saw the show which was incredible, and went back to the hotel and were sitting in the lobby bar having a drink and debriefing − we were both in shock that we’d seen Aretha Live! All of a sudden, her whole touring party walked into the hotel. I was really nervous, but Ben encouraged me to go over and say hello. I introduced myself and thanked her for all the music and inspiration. Amazing. You’ve done amazingly well with Weight Watchers having lost 20kg! What is your favourite thing about this particular program? I’ve never had any interest in ‘dieting’. September 2013

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I’m not the type to worry about how I look, or fitting into a pair of jeans. I’m very lucky that I have never really felt insecure or ashamed of how I look. Also, I LOVE food. I am such a passionate foodie, it’s all about family, friends, music and food! I love to cook too, so the thought of giving up the food I love or having meals delivered was very unappealing. The best thing about Weight Watchers is that it’s realistic and it works. It’s not extreme, it fits with your lifestyle, whatever that happens to be. It is flexible and all about making little lifestyle changes, so I really believe it is a long term solution as opposed to a quick fix. I actually feel like I’m learning about making good choices and I really like that I am very much in control. What’s your top health/fitness tip learned throughout this journey with Weight Watchers? Balance. Awareness. I think the thing that really surprised me is how much the incidental exercise like walking around, walking to the shops or taking the stairs instead of the lift, makes such a big difference. It’s not about making drastic changes that will be hard to maintain. It’s often the small changes that make a big difference. The program asks you to track your food intake. It seems like such a simple thing, but writing down what you eat is a huge thing, and I believe one of the most important things. It really makes you think about what and why you’re eating. Are there any cities/venues you’d love to perform in one day that you haven’t already?

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LIFE COACH with Pat Mesiti

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Mindset expert, Pat Mesiti, shares five top tips on how to get yourself out of a rut in time for Spring

at Mesiti is one person who understands what a rut is, and how to go about getting out of it. He grew up in a volatile home riddled with alcoholism, endured a marriage break down, and “For 18 months I battled and struggled with the deepest darkest depression.Three times I tried to commit suicide. Fortunately I failed.” Upon a decision to start fresh, he turned his life around − so much so, he’s now a selfmade millionaire, world renowned motivational speaker, author of eight books (the latest being Pathway to Prosperity), and has even raised over half a million dollars for charity. Whether the love of your life has left you, you’re not happy with your body, you’ve lost your job, or you just feel stuck in a rut, there comes a time in everybody’s life when starting fresh is the only (positive) option. Pat explains, “We all have to realise that in life, setbacks and failures are common to everyone.” If your life is in need of a Spring clean, here’s what you could consider as part of a moving on towards happiness action plan:

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Ask yourself, what is it that I can control? There are some things you will never be able to control. However, you’ve got to look at what you can control. Look at the worst case scenario and ask yourself,‘how bad is it really?’ Many of us lose perspective in a crisis. We need to realise that all of us, when it comes to our setbacks, need to envision what’s possible in the future. We need to explore other options. We need to evaluate the situation and see if it’s going to really work.

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We need to realise in these words: “This too shall pass”.No crisis lasts forever. Understand that one of the greatest things that you can learn in the crisis when you’re feeling lost is that how you leave the situation will determine how you enter the next. Pat Mesiti’s brand new book, Pathway to Prosperity is available now. More at patmesiti. com or Tweet him, @ PatMesiti

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FASHION PROFILE with Missy Robinson

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Earlier this year iconic label Mambo signed Australian model, Ashley Hart, as the latest Mambo Goddess and face of the new women’s winter campaign. Missy Robinson chats with Ashley hot off the heels of a shoot… What has your journey been like with Mambo? I signed with Mambo for their Christmas campaign last December and I was lucky enough to re-sign with them as the face of the 2013 winter campaign. Mambo is such an iconic Australian brand that we have all grown up with. It’s a privilege to be part of the Mambo Goddess ‘club’ and work with the Mambo team who are all lovely and so creative. You’ve followed your sister’s footsteps as a Mambo Goddess; did you wear the brand as a kid? I love sharing this experience with Jess. Some of Australia’s most gorgeous faces have been Mambo Goddesses over the years − Jodhi Meares, Cheyenne Tozzi, Jessica Gomes, Erin McNaught and Barbara Palvin − who I most recently shot the upcoming summer campaign alongside! Of course I wore Mambo! It wasn’t a Christmas without receiving my Mambo tees with the fun artwork. I lived in them!

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When you’re not killing it as a supermodel, what do you like to get up to in your spare time? That is very sweet, but I wouldn’t call myself a ‘supermodel’ I am so lucky to be doing such a rewarding job that I love. I get to travel around the world, and while I am busy, I still make time to teach meditation and yoga, which I am qualified in and is a big passion of mine. In my spare time I love to practice meditation and yoga, and spend time with my boyfriend, Buck, of course! You’re currently based in LA, do you get back to OZ much? LA is a great base. It is such a laidback and happy lifestyle here with gorgeous beaches and people − it reminds me of Australia. I come home as much as I can though as I have my family still there. I am lucky that I am working with an iconic Australian brand like Mambo who is based on the Australian

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beaches, so I have more reason to come back home! Nothing is better than having the opportunity to shoot campaigns at home. You’ve also just recently shot the Goddess SS13/14 campaign (released August) with Hungarian Victoria Secret Angel, Barbara Palvin, you guys looked like you had so much fun. Do you have the best job in the world?! It was so so fun! Barbara is gorgeous and the Mambo team are so easy to work with − it was a full day shoot yet didn’t seem like work – and I think you can see this when looking at the campaign images. Modelling can sometimes mean a lot of travelling and long hours – but when you get the opportunity to shoot with a hugely loved, laidback and respected brand like Mambo, it makes me realise how lucky I am. What are you top five styling tips? Wear what makes you feel good! It is important to feel good in what you wear so you enjoy it and are confident − this shines through even when you don’t realise. Own your own style – fashion is so much fun, especially when people wear things their own way. I love to mix girly with tomboyish pieces. So, often in pretty dresses with sneakers or something. Colour! I think adding colour to your wardrobe brightens up your day. The Mambo collections also have lots of colour and gorgeous prints – you can’t not be happy when wearing them. Wear everything with a smile. A smile makes people feel good and it is the best compliment for every outfit! A smile can’t ever go wrong.

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that would send me on this downward spiral. They would feed my lack of self-esteem and provide a situation for me to pin my emotions onto. I thought if I found the love of my life that all my worries would dissipate. It was the case when I did find him, but the pain and struggle with everyday life persisted, and eventually I admitted that it might go a little deeper. A week later I was, not surprisingly, diagnosed, and it It [depression] is not something you can talk yourself out of. was ironically the best thing that ever happened to me. It’s not something you can fix on your own or ignore until it gets better. With the help of both a psychologist and some I was finally It does not mean you’re weak and it does not mean you’re failing at life. medication, on the road to recovery. After diagnosis I decided to become a dating coach so I could insecurity and despair. It became exhausting, started to suffer; I had little energy and lacked put to use all that information I absorbed and constantly blaming myself for not being any enthusiasm which soon started to show. about relationships and men. I now teach what that guy wanted left me hating myself One day a close friend and my partner women, through my coaching and writing, and wondering who I really was. At the time, took me out for a seemingly innocent coffee. that both confidence and self-respect are to help me understand what I thought I They told me outright that they thought I some of the most important traits essential was doing wrong, I analysed every detail might have depression; I told them I was fine. for keeping your sanity on the dating scene. on dating and men, in books, in movies, via They told me I would have nothing to lose Not surprisingly, they are also rated in the top my friends and parents − the psychology and if my doctor didn’t think I had depression, three things that men find sexy in women! I behind it fascinated me. Sadly, on a number of she might still be able to help me find the want to be that positive influence for women, occasions these failed relationships led me to answers to my problems. I now know that to show them that it’s attitude not (physical) some pretty dark places, which only now do my previous bad relationships were not attributes that will get a guy to fall for you; It’s I recognise were my first signs of depression. necessarily the cause of my depression, but not about having flawless skin, the latest look It was by chance that five years ago I these negative interactions provided a trigger spent over ten years in and out of destructive relationships, believing that each time they failed it was because of something that I had done, or not done. If only I had been sexier, skinnier, less demanding, more demanding... I truly believed the reason they hadn’t fallen for me or had fallen out of love with me was because of something that I had yet to change about myself. I don’t know if I was born with this selfdoubt or whether it manifested from being in relationships where I wasn’t valued. It was a vicious circle, and a downward spiral of

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found myself in a beautiful relationship, with a sweet and caring guy who was everything I had always wanted. All my insecurities drifted away and for almost two years I was on cloud nine with not a worry in the world. It crept up slowly, but as time went by I seemed to be getting increasingly over-emotional, anxious, and my confidence soon started to plummet again. I started to question why someone would love me and why they would want to be with me. I didn’t enjoy social events anymore; I felt I was boring and that people were constantly judging me. My work life also

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or reaching your ‘perfect’ weight. I wish I had known this when I was single and falling in and out of fragmented relationships. Things could have turned out very differently for me of course, but despite the pitfalls and heartache of dealing with bad relationships and depression, it all worked out for me in the end. If it hadn’t been for that trail of bad relationships, I wouldn’t have spent countless hours over-analysing and researching human behaviour. Without this, then I certainly wouldn’t have the experience and the empathy that I do now; and I certainly wouldn’t be in the position to help women feel empowered and inspired through my work. If it hadn’t been for that friend having the understanding and courage to tell me that something wasn’t quite right, I may have lost my job, my boyfriend, or maybe even worse. Depression is not a life sentence, but it’s not something you can control. It is not something you can talk yourself out of. It’s not something you can fix on your own or ignore until it gets better. It does not

mean you’re weak and it does not mean you’re failing at life. All it may mean is that you are lacking certain chemicals in your body that others take for granted. It’s no different than if you had any other medical condition. Would you expect a diabetic to manage their own blood sugar? Or would you demand an asthmatic to control of their breathing? One in five Australians aged 16 to 85 will experience a mental illness this year; That means either you or a close friend may already be showing (and/or feeling) symptoms. Take that first step today to help turn someone’s future around − or even help yourself − to have that future you never dreamed was possible, as is the situation for me. 19

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Celina Comninos is founder, author and coach at MissGuided. She completed her BSc in Microbiology at Bristol University in England and spent the following few years travelling the world. She studied Life Coaching in the UK, but has settled on the Gold Coast with her partner and has based her coaching business here. Tweet her, @MissGuidedCoach, search for Miss Guided on Facebook, or take a look at Celina’s new eBook at Miss-Guided.com.au. For more information on signs and symptoms of depression, visit beyondblue.org.au or consult with your General Practitioner.

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6. Scientific Powerhouse: A study (Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology, 2005) on a standardised Rosehip powder indicated that 82 per cent of Osteoarthritis patients had a reduction in pain after three weeks of treatment with the powder. 7. Look out for GOPO. This is the key compound which is activated during the special drying process of the Rosehip which acts as a natural anti-inflammatory. Only one Rosehip product in Australia activates this special compound. Try RoseHip Vital with GOPO (rosehipvital.com.au). 8. Sleep well with Rosehip. Those struggling to combat joint pains and aches often have to fight for a good night’s sleep. Patients who’ve taken Rosehip powder with GOPO for long periods of time have noticed improved sleeping patterns and reduced morning stiffness. 9. Protect Cartilage. According to a scientific study (biomedcentral.com/14726882/11/105), a standardised Rosehip powder may help protect the cartilage cells which facilitate joint movement, allowing for more flexibility and mobility. 10. Well tolerated and non-allergen. If you’re wondering about the additives in Rosehip you can lay fears to rest. Rosehip powder is free from wheat, diary, sugar, shellfish, lactose, GM ingredients and preservatives. It is also 100 per cent plant based and suitable for vegans. 11. Better skin with Rosehip. Rosehip has always been a popular ingredient in skincare, with its potent regenerative properties aiding in hydration, scarring, and irritations. Want to nourish your skin 24

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Our September holiday issue is designed to inspire your inner adventurer to plan a trip somewhere... anywhere. If that’s not possible though, or you’re seeking additional insight, enjoy a read by one of these intrepid travellers... Losing sight of the shore Victoria Ugarte A gorgeous, thoughtful book by a highly experienced traveller. The story unfolds over five decades and takes the reader through tales of resilience, hard lessons learnt, relationships, love and loss. Victoria is also the founder of ExploreMyWorldTravel.com. Purchase from: exploremyworldtravel.com

The Food of Vietnam Luke Nguyen Join celebrity chef, Luke Nguyen, on a culinary and cultural journey though his homeland, as he winds his way through the south of Vietnam to the north. The charm of Luke’s country of heritage is captured through stunning photographs, paired with flavoursome traditional Vietnamese recipes. Purchase from: amazon.com (available from October 2013)

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TRAVEL with Chris McLeay

ClassANDCookery Chris McLeay enters a world of delicious decadence in our own backyard, with a staycation at Palazzo Versace and a unique Chef Masterclass experience

rom the moment you enter into the marbled foyer of Palazzo Versace, it is clear to see no expense has been spared. The prestigious hotel (located at Main Beach) boasts floor to ceiling glass windows that lead to stunning water views. Versace furnishings adorn the lavishly coloured entrance that exudes class and style. I was thrilled to be here, invited to attend one of Palazzo Versace’s Chef Masterclasses. The classes are run by one of Palazzo Versace’s talented pool of chefs, with Vanitas Restaurant Chef de Cuisine, Paul Froggatt, leading the Masterclass I was to attend. My experience began the night before as I stopped-over in one of the Superior Suites that overlooks the pool area on the first floor. The luxurious space is elegant, with the neutral colour scheme delivering a sense of supreme relaxation. The Italian marble bathroom is brimming with Versace-branded personal accessories that will ensure you are pampered throughout a stay. Palazzo Versace offers several dining options that cater to all kinds of appetites. My dining choice, Il Barrocco, was welcomed by my partner. We enjoyed the buffet that was overflowing with an array of culinary delights and presenting only the freshest of local seafood. The dessert buffet is a sweet tooth’s delight, and as I moved towards the display, I reluctantly accepted the warning of moderation from my partner. After the sumptuous meal we relaxed in the hotel lobby bar, Le Jardin, where I sampled one of the boutique beers on offer from the extensive menu, while my partner indulged in her favourite, Lychee Martini. It would have been easy to carry on enjoying ourselves in the September 2013

bar, but cooler heads prevailed. I was looking forward to the Masterclass, which after all, was why I was here. As I rose at 7am and opened the heavy Versace curtains, I was greeted with a rolling mist of fog that hovered over the pool just outside my door. I made sure I had time to revisit Il Barrocco for breakfast, which I was looking forward to. I managed a quick bite before meeting the other participants in the hotel foyer and once again food was offered. Delicate French pastries and coffees were delivered as we ran through the morning’s briefing. The other participants were all as excited as I was as we made our way through the hotel and over to the Marina Mirage Farmers Markets. Here we walked through the markets

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and sourced produce which we would later see being prepared by Paul at the Masterclass. After enjoying our market tour, we were all ushered back to Vanitas where the restaurant had been transformed into an amphitheater for culinary art. Paul was about to run us through the day’s theme, ‘How to throw the Perfect Dinner Party’.The plan was to start with canapés through to entrée, main and finish with a handcrafted dessert. The bonus of ‘sampling as we go’ sat well with the enthusiastic crowd. All the guests were issued with recipe cards so we could see exactly how Paul constructed his dishes. Being an interactive cooking demonstration, Paul was kept on his toes answering some great questions from the crowd. We all took notes and heeded Paul’s


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message that creating an amazing dinner party does not have to be difficult. He suggested making dishes that would allow you to attend your party, rather than being stuck in the kitchen while your guests have fun without you. Once the demonstration wrapped up, all guests were directed to the grand dining table where we had our lunch. We were to taste the menu that we had just been shown how to construct. The entrée of Soy marinated Tuna with Dukkah Spice and Olive Oil was delicious and an interesting mix of flavours that worked well together. The main dish, Poached Chicken Breast with Sage Crust and Potato Gnocchi was so juicy and tender, and all I saw was nodding heads of appreciation around the table as the plates were almost licked clean. Dessert of Churros, Lemon Curd and Tea Ice Cream was a mix of bitter sweet that hit the spot. The whole menu was carefully designed and the comments from the satisfied customers reflected the day’s offerings. My experience at Palazzo Versace was fantastic.The staff are attentive and professional, and it is not hard to see why Palazzo Versace is the benchmark for high-end hotels in Australia. The Cooking Masterclasses are an excellent way to learn or hone your culinary skills, and are run every second Saturday of the month (throughout 2013). Classes are $195 and include the Marina Mirage Farmers Market Tour, Cooking Masterclass and a fantastic meal including wines complementing the day’s theme. Find out more: palazzoversace.com.au

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READER’SCHOICE

What do you love, and where can it be found on the GC? Cycling routes, sushi restaurants, fruit & vege markets...? This month, Get it reader and recent graduate in a master of organisational psychology degree, Emily Johnson, shares seven of her favourite South East Queenslandbased online shopping experiences

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MaternityBag maternitybag.com.au I discovered MaternityBag at the last Mummy Tree Market in Robina. As my little one wouldn’t stand still long enough for me to decide which lovely bag to choose from, I later perused their website. As well as labour bags, they also sell all-inclusive pre-packed bags for baby and for dad! A perfect gift for baby showers, or even yourself.

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Outdoor Warehouse outdoorswarehouse.com.au I found out about Outdoor Warehouse on a recent camping trip with friends when we ended up fighting over whose turn it was to go on the new queen-sized hammock! These guys don’t have a shop front; rather sell online and at set-up showcase stands at agricultural conventions. They sell everything for outdoor types and even have a gift suggestion page which helps for the wannabe Bear Grylls in the family.

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shopping at a retail store, this is the perfect way to do it – and shipping is free. Boutique for bubs boutiqueforbubs.com GC born but now Toowoomba-based, Boutique for Bubs sells gorgeous baby and toddler products. My daughter loves their handmade hair clips and flower headbands. They also sell trendy shoes for little boys and colourful harem pants which make the perfect ensemble for fashion conscious little girls. Fantastic place to shop if you’re looking for that ‘something different’ gift.

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Kaftan Queen kaftanqueen.com.au They had me at ‘one size fits all’. Sanctuary Cove-based designer, Tania Smith, started making and selling kaftans for friends out of her guest bedroom 18 months ago. Now, her gorgeous kaftans have burst onto the fashion scene through her label Kaftan Queen, and are available through this (her) website.

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Orchid Treasures Australia orchidtreasures.com.au Orchid Treasures, based in Byron Bay, design and make the most exquisite, real life orchid jewellery. Each piece is set in resin to preserve the shape and colour. As well as necklaces, they skilfully make earrings, rings, brooches, and hair pieces from handselected orchids. The jewellery is completely unique and feminine.

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The Gold Coast’s very own champion ironwoman, Hayley Bateup, on her official ambassador role with James Frizelle’s Gold Coast Volkswagen... What are some of the coolest things you’ve been able to do over the past year thanks to your involvement with Gold Coast Volkswagen as their ambassador? To drive the fantastic cars! I’ve always loved Volkswagen and by being the Gold Coast ambassador I’ve had a chance to try all the cars. Your Body Blitz (bateupbodyblitz.com.au) team all drive Volkswagens too, what are their favourites? We have so many Volkswagens betweens us it’s unbelievable! I guess the Blitzer’s would say their Volkswagen is the team’s favourite. We have lots of Golf’s and Golf GTI’s amongst us, Polos and Polo GTI’s, Eos convertibles, Tiguans and Passats. It’s great turning up to training seeing the fleet there. What is there not to love about the Volkswagens? They look great, they have got a lot of go in them, they are sporty and yet really practical and an affordable German car. Tell us something about driving a Volkswagen that we might not know? They are so sporty yet modern and I love that I can fit so much in there. As a professional athlete and also a personal trainer I need to have a lot of gear with me and all of the cars are so roomy inside. I drive a lot so diesel with the ‘blue motion’ means the car is reliable, economical and yet has all the mod cons − and they look hot! What’s your favourite drive in or around the Gold Coast? I love cruising in my Volkswagen down around Currumbin Valley or Currumbin Alley!

MEET THE GOLD COAST VOLKSWAGEN TEAM > Tania Webbern, General Manager Has worked at Gold Coast Volkswagen for nearly 15 years What’s your favourite vehicle? Hard to choose but the Eos hard-top convertible is my emotional choice. It’s sporty and robust but certainly has all the bells and whistles us ladies like, but being a turbo it’s so quick − it’s a little wolf in sheep’s clothes. I like the roof down with my butt-warmers on. What’s your number one reason for promoting to people they should buy a Volkswagen? We are a brand built on tradition and heritage. I like this history of the company and its longstanding deeply entrenched values as it’s in sync with those family values at James Frizelle’s. Between the two companies it all translates to a quality product offered with good old fashioned customer service. All of which I pride myself on providing to our customers. I have a great team who all work toward the shared goal of offering this service to our VW and Skoda Family. Where’s your favourite place on the GC to drive your Volkswagen to? Home! > Alyce Loughnan, Brand Specialist Has worked at Gold Coast Volkswagen for two years September 2013

PASSION + DRIVE What’s your favourite vehicle? VW Tiguan − it is such a versatile vehicle, compact on the outside but plenty of room on the inside. Easy to park and great visibility being that bit higher off the ground. What’s your number one reason for promoting to people they should buy a Volkswagen? German engineering − you can’t beat it. Where’s your favourite place on the GC to drive your Volkswagen to? Up the winding roads to Mount Tamborine. > Eva Neshat, Brand specialist Has worked at Gold Coast Volkswagen for nine months What’s your favourite vehicle? Touareg V8 r-line − drive it and you will understand why. What’s your number one reason for promoting to people they should buy a Volkswagen? It’s a great brand, reputable company, fantastic service, friendly team. Where’s your favourite place on the GC to drive your Volkswagen to? Nobby’s Beach. > Renae Rice, Sales Consultant Has worked at Gold Coast Volkswagen for a year and a half What’s your favourite vehicle? I love the Beetle and Golf Cabriolet, I think they’re fun and different! They have their own style and I love to drive them. What’s your number one reason for promoting to people they should 36

buy a Volkswagen? People should buy themselves a VW because they drive positively differently to other models, hold the road beautifully and their style never dates. Where’s your favourite place on the GC to drive your Volkswagen to? Driving around Springbrook is the best, I love the way my VW sticks to those windy roads. > Linda Pedersen, Sales Consultant Has worked at Gold Coast Volkswagen for six months What’s your favourite vehicle? Passat Alltrack with the Tiguan, CC and Golf, 7 close behind. The Passat Alltrack just has everything included you could think of at a good price. The diesel AWD with extra ground clearance makes it a great all rounder vehicle that doesn’t feel like a big car to drive. Plus the little luxuries like touch tail gate, you can fold the seats down from the boot, rear view camera and Sat Nav, and electric, leather seats all inclusive. I love selling this car! What’s your number one reason for promoting to people they should buy a Volkswagen? Solid, safe and well engineered cars; value for money. Where’s your favourite place on the GC to drive your Volkswagen to? Mount Cotton Skid Pan, or a cruise down to Byron Bay or up to the Glass House Mountains.


Not your average gift or

homewares store...

Fine teas, new and vintage jewellery, giftware and accessories ...Chai Baby is a hidden treasure on the Gold Coast, waiting to be discovered when you’re next at Paradise Point. his shop is funky, cute and full of surprises! You’ll discover an eclectic mix of amazing gift ideas, exclusive jewellery, handmade bags, scarves and quirky, out-of-theordinary items for personal and gift shoppers. A delectable range of teas and elegant teaware is available too, and in fact, Chai Baby began life as a shop dedicated to tea, but has since evolved to stock a reflection of all that’s unique and beautiful that catches the owners’ eyes. Take a look at the Facebook page (Facebook.com/ChaiBabyParadisePoint) for the latest in store. Some of our favourite items include brightly coloured and beautifully designed backpacks from Peru, superb and affordable limited-edition prints by Victorian artist, Kristina Sostarko, and divine hand-painted ceramic drawers from India. Fabian the French Bulldog and his other Erstwilder friends are so sweet too! Paradise Point locals are well aware of this gorgeous store, and they know only too well that once you’ve been to Chai Baby, you have to keep returning as stock changes regularly. Sourced locally and internationally this friendly happy shop will delight all your senses.You could search a hundred stores or websites to find a few cool, unique items, or you could just visit Chai Baby, where the owners have done the searching for you, and compiled so much that’s wonderful under one roof. Chai Baby really is a treasure trove of gifts and homewares, not to be found anywhere else on the Gold Coast. Chai Baby, 6b, 6-8 Grice Avenue, Paradise Point.

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DIGITALSUCCESS with Sarah Blinco

6 ways to be savvier ABOUT

With advances in digital technology moving nearly as swiftly as the speed of light, sometimes it really is difficult to keep up. Here’s a social cheat sheet − aim to try at least three of these out this month... 1 Learn the difference between a Facebook profile and Facebook page. This is particularly relevant for those of you who manage a ‘business page’. Remember, when you’re ‘in’ Facebook (facebook.com), you’ll note your name (eg. Sarah) in the top right hand corner of the screen.This means you’re dwelling within your personal profile (the feed designed to share with family and friends). When your name is up the top and you write (post) an update or share an image, you’re sharing within your personal profile. To change (toggle) to a (business/hobby/organisational) page you manage, you need to select the button to the right of your name (looks like a little spinning wheel), and you’ll be presented with an option to “use Facebook as”. Select your page option, and post accordingly. This page will host information that is relevant/useful/ fun/engaging for the professional/interested audience following your business space as fans (that is, they’ve LIKED your page). Remember, if you are creating or hosting a Facebook space for anything other than personal use, do not utilise a profile (where users need to request being your friend); you should have a page where users have the chance to LIKE it, as you’ve most certainly liked other pages on Facebook yourself. Start here to create a Facebook page: Facebook.com/pages/create/ 2 Don’t just use YouTube to browse videos of interest, set up an account and make the most of the platform.YouTube (youtube.com) is owned by Google, so to create an account on this video sharing site, you’ll need to have an account with Google too. If you’ve already got one, simply sign in to Google (follow the signin prompts from either Google or YouTube), and add any personal profile identifiers you like (profile picture, contact details, web links and so on). Alternatively, from YouTube, follow September 2013

the sign-in options, and you’ll be redirected to Google (Google+) to finalise some basic information about yourself. You can choose to add as little or as much as you like, but effectively, once you’ve organised yourself a sign-in, you’re set to go. You’ll note in the top right hand corner of Google+, a Google search or in YouTube, your name will now appear. Now, as you watch YouTube, you can subscribe to channels that play clips that interest you, whether these be work, sport, hobby or interest related. For example, as I come across them, I follow channels that post videos about travel, fashion, magazines, Yoga and meditation. Each time you visit YouTube.com, your home-screen will resemble Facebook a little, in that it will now consist of a newsfeed promoting videos from channels you like, and is therefore a customised experience that you can learn from and enjoy simultaneously. Tip: Search for a clip within YouTube.com, “how to set up a YouTube account”, for step-bystep instructions that will have you organised with your very own YouTube channel in under ten minutes. 3 Use Facebook to learn about new things. Have you liked many pages on Facebook? Liking pages by businesses, people, organisations or even television series’ means their updates will appear in your own news stream, and you’ll be entirely up-to-date with what’s being presented as news in cyberspace, whether it be about the brand new season of The Vampire Diaries or the latest on the election − whatever floats your boat! 4 Sign up for Mashable’s (mashable.com) email subscription, or follow on social media. This is one of the world’s best news sources on all things tech and digital, but the stories are presented in such a way that you’ll learn something every day, whether you’re a novice or an IT pro. Additionally, discover Laurel 38

Papworth’s (laurelpapworth.com) spaces and connect with her online. She is one of Australia’s leading social media experts and has been presenting at the forefront of this interesting industry for many years. 5 Now you’re feeling your way around the social media space, start sharing with friends and followers. You could share videos, news stories, interesting features and funny images. If you notice the URL (website address) of the page you’d like to share is really long however, utilise a service called TinyURL (tinyURL.com). Here you can input your lengthy web address (which you would have copied from the original site you wish to share) and it will generate a ‘tiny’ address, ideal for sharing, making you appear super ‘social’ as you post clean, succinct (one to two sentences) updates and links. 6 Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube... whatever you’re using − or considering trying − keep it ‘social’ (it’s “social media”,after all). This means increase engagement with other users (friends or fans) and support people who are doing something that’s funny/new/engaging/interesting − it makes a huge difference when you like, share or comment, so take two seconds to do it if something stops you in your tracks − it’s good (social media) karma. By the same token, being ‘social’ means reducing regular complaining and negativity in the public space, as well as excessive posting of wedding (or Bridezilla) updates, or baby, kids and PDA images. Apologies to any inadvertent “over-sharing” offenders, but it’s good to keep this social media etiquette in mind so you don’t see friends dropping off your radar. Got a question that Google can’t answer? Drop us a line, sarah.blinco@getit-magazine.com.au, Facebook.com/Get.it.Mag or practice using your favourite social stream and look me up: Sarah Blinco.


dining

DINING

REWARDING

Have you been to Arundel Tavern recently? Sarah Blinco is reminded of what she’s been missing...

cocktail sauce just to name a few. I’m not actually a ‘seafood person’ (I do however, “see food and love to eat it”); but there was something about the garlic prawns with jasmine rice and crusty bread that had me, so I decided to try something different and went for it. Turned out it was a bright move. The creamy galliano infused dish really set the taste-buds into a satisfied frenzy and the prawns were delicious, encased in just the right amount of sauce. The perfectly cooked jasmine rice and extra delight of crusty bread strips to collect the remaining sauce made me feel it would be rude to leave food on the plate. The meal was light enough to not have me feeling like an afternoon nanna-nap was in order, but at the same time hearty, fulfilling all foodie cravings that had emerged on this busy, chilly day. Overall, really delicious and highly recommended. If you enjoy a venue with a warm atmosphere and substantial, scrumptious (not to mention excellent value) menu, add this spot to your ‘to visit’ list today. If you’re in the area frequently and could see yourself as a ‘regular’ here, sign up for the new 5-Star Rewards programme − just $5 for the year (or $10 for three years). Essentially, every dollar you spend gives you points which are

roovy music, spacious surroundings, absolutely lovely staff, and an easy vibe are just a few of the things I’d forgotten I liked about this place. I stopped in for lunch while working in the area recently, and already hope to return soon. The only challenging part of the experience is actually choosing what to eat from the BJ’s Restaurant menu. I scoured the wide array of options to an enjoyable soundtrack of Icehouse and Escape Club, as other happy revellers − groups of friends and family units − gossiped and laughed around me. Did you know BJ’s offers a delicious lunch menu selection? Order a main for just $12, two courses for $15 or three (if you’re extra hungry, or just interested to try more of what’s on offer) for $20. You might select a combination of the soup of the day and Ol’ English Bangers and Mash, or perhaps a Chicken Schnitzel or Beer Battered Barramundi. It all sounds good − best of luck deciding! The general menu includes breads, salads, grills, seafood, pasta, fish and of course, a delightful range for the kids. If you can handle it, there’s a coffee, tea and liqueur-coffee menu, and desserts − CoffeeGarlic Brulee (I know, but you have to try it to believe how amazing it is) , fresh cheesecake and lots more. Yummy. However, the Lunch Specialities menu is what captured my rumbling tummy’s attention. There’s a choice of Sweet Corn Fritters with rocket and parmesan complimented with a spicy chutney, Fresh Prawn and Apple served with a lemon and

the equivalent of cash! As a member, you’ll enjoy the privileges of unbeatable meal-deal options like Members Night on Wednesdays, and every Thursday 50 per cent off a second main meal. Additionally, there are member offers to take advantage of all throughout Arundel Tavern each week, and during the month of your birthday you’ll receive a $25 food voucher and $10 drinks voucher! If you weren’t hungry before, I’ll bet you are now. Arundel Tavern, BJ’s Restaurant 226 Napper Road 5574 4854 arundeltavern.com.au

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of Italy

Chris Mcleay heads into Surfers Paradise for lunch at one of the Coast’s favourite Italian restaurants

he eclectic style of Baritalia’s decor has helped to establish this restaurant as a regular haunt for locals and tourists alike in the heart of Surfers Paradise. The bookcases are stacked with cookbooks that beg to be read while you sit and enjoy a freshly roasted coffee. Owners Simon Vella and Stacey Cameron have adorned their business with decor that inspires the foodie in all of us. The painted metal chairs seem like they arrived straight off the plane from an Italian café and the faux grass bench seats are strategically placed, adding a splash of colour. From the Italian tomato tins that hold the neatly wrapped cutlery, to the cooks’ pot that houses the climbing rose garden, Baritalia provides a relaxed comfortable atmosphere with a rustic outdoorsy feel. The cuisine is Italian by nature and each dish has been carefully produced with a modernised twist that must be tasted to truly appreciate. When I dropped in The chalkboard specials are updated weekly and present many culinary delights. for lunch at Baritalia, I sampled one of the pastas from the $18 Pasta e Vino menu. The A tried-and-tested antipasti menu is perfect for customers to enjoy, special menu includes a glass of red or white wine and runs Monday to while lounging in one of the deceivingly comfortable wooden Thursday; lunch through to dinner. The Macaroni and Cheese was delicious, full bench seats that wrap around the restaurants façade. of flavour and had the long stringy cheese that gets caught on your chin. It was served in a ceramic bowl on top of a wooden chopping board, adding to the charming character of the place. The accompanying glass of chardonnay was bold, fruity and a wise choice on a warm day. The menu has been slightly revamped to reflect the season; all the while staying true to the modern Italian theme. The chalkboard specials are updated weekly and offer some culinary delights. The tried and tested antipasti menu is perfect for customers to enjoy, while lounging in one of the deceivingly comfortable wooden bench seats that wrap around the restaurants expect; the Italian Sour, the Milano Punch façade. The hand-made wooden tables have and some new talent like the Aperol Spritz. a generous amount of space so that when The alfresco setting really sets this your meal arrives, you have room to enjoy restaurant apart. In the afternoon the north it. Every inch of Baritalia has been carefully easterly facing spot catches the best of the constructed with the customer in mind. afternoon sun, making it the perfect place Baritalia is fully licensed and offers for an ice-cold Peroni straight from the tap. Italian wines and beers, along with selected Baritalia is open seven days a week from Australian varieties. The cocktail menu is 8am till late. For more information visitlarge and has all the favourites you would baritaliagoldcoast.com.au 41

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4 eggs 180g cold smoked trout fillet, skin removed and flaked ½ small red onion, finely sliced 65ml low fat mayonnaise ½ tbsp wholegrain mustard 1 tbsp lemon juice Freshly ground black pepper 4 wholemeal mountain bread wraps 60g rocket or watercress

METHOD Place eggs into a large saucepan Cover with cold water and bring to the boil; cook for seven minutes or until hard boiled eggs Drain, refresh with cold water and peel. Cut each egg into quarters and combine in a large bowl with flaked trout and red onion. Mix mayonnaise, mustard and lemon juice together and season with freshly ground black pepper. Toss gently through trout mixture to coat evenly Lay out wraps and spoon mixture along the end of each wrap. Add rocket or watercress and roll up; serve immediately TIP Canned tuna or salmon can be used in place of smoked trout

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Vegetable Baked Eggs ServeS 4

INGREDIENTS • 2/3 cup chicken stock • 1/2 cup couscous • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil • 1 tbs chopped chives • 1 tbs chopped basil • 4 large tomatoes (about 250g each) • 4 eggs METHOD Preheat the oven to 180C. Place the chicken stock into a small saucepan, cover and bring to the boil. Add the couscous, stir once. Turn off the heat and stand, tightly covered, for 5 minutes. Drizzle with the oil and fluff up the grains with a fork. Stir in the herbs and season with freshly ground black pepper. Cut the tops from the tomatoes, and scoop out the seeds and core. Pat the insides dry with paper towels. Divide half the couscous evenly between the tomatoes, and place onto a baking tray. Carefully break an egg into each one, and bake for 20 minutes, until set. Serve immediately, with the remaining couscous on the side. Hint: you could also cook these in 2 medium red capsicums (about 300g each), halved lengthways with the seeds and membrane scooped out.

Healthy Lentil and Tuna Frittata

with Tomato Salad (serves 4)

FRITATA • Frittata • 8 eggs • ½ cup low fat milk • 1 can lentils • 1 onion, diced • ½ red capsicum, diced • 1 can tuna in spring water • Pepper to taste • Spray oil TOMATO SALAD • 4 tomatoes, medium sized, cut into wedges (use different colours and shapes if available) • ½ red onion, diced • ½ bunch chives, chopped • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar • 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil • Pepper to taste Method Preheat oven to 180c. Crack the eggs into a bowl add milk and whisk. Spray an ovenproof pan or dish with oil place onto the stovetop and heat. Add onions and capsicum and sauté lightly. Add tuna and lentils, stir and then add the egg mixture. Stir and place into the oven for around 15 minutes or until cooked. In the mean time place tomatoes onto a plate, sprinkle with onions, chives and drizzle with oil and vinegar, season with pepper. Remove frittata from oven, leave to cool for 5 minutes than remove from pan and cut into portion size triangles. TIP Use fresh basil leaves instead of chives. 43

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Casey Parsons, Alisha Love, Maria Simon

Natasha Doumani, Maria Al Shabeeha

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Sam Peters and Korey French

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Githa Silvester, Jan Kelly, Jenny Jenkinson, Kylie Dowse, Barbara Whiteman and Janetter King Claire Ball and Emma Freedman

Jacqueline Hellyer

Susanne Thiele, Annette Stubbs, Lisa Purvis and Anne Musch

Kim Reeson, Lyn Hines & Sam Karooz

Michelle Craik and Angela Bound

Michaela Ireland,Penny Hennock and Jane Playle

Dianne Brocklebank

Toll Classic Charity Classic RACV Royal Pines was host to the Toll Ladies Charity Lunch. Emma Freedman was MC and guest speaker Jacqueline Hellyer entertained the girls while they sipped on bubbles and raised valuable funds for the Ponting Foundation.

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Madison Hebbard and Tracy Willis

Federal MP Karen Andrews, Pindara CEO Trish Hogan and Debbie Buckley Catherine Pevy-Trewart, Judith Jackson and models.

Catherine Pevy-Trewart and lucky winner., Irene Scott

Dr Dan Perera and Dr Craig Layt

EARY RISERS Early Risers guests took the opportunity to take a stroll along the beautiful Surfers Paradise foreshore before enjoying a delicious brekky at Seduction. The sparkling blue ocean matched the jewellery from My Jewellery Shop and was a magnificent backdrop for the fashion parade .

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SUCCESS with Sarah Blinco

Need a job and a sea-change? Sarah Blinco catches up with young entrepreneur, Troy Roennfeldt, mastermind behind surfcareers.com, a site which aims to provide users with just the thing − a job by the sea!

What’s your background; what brought you to this new endeavour? I have an IT / accounting background, which doesn’t sound all that exciting, but it gave me the opportunity to work for the European Headquarters of an American company and travel all around Europe to work on their accounting systems. It also meant I was able to surf in France, Morocco, Spain, Portugal and even Italy and The Netherlands. How did you come up with the idea for SurfCareers.com? When I returned from Europe I started up a recruitment business specialising in accounting systems personnel; my business partner had started up a job website in the accounting systems niche as well − we ended up developing those sites and then selling them. After a few years away from the job website game I am now combining my skills with my passion which is surfing. Who is your target market; how does the site work? Our target market is anyone who has a passion for surfing, combining a career with a passion leads to a higher level of job satisfaction for employees. We are not limiting the types of jobs on the site, we have had jobs for chefs in the Mentawai Islands, Surf Instructors in Morocco, but then we also have retail staff positions in suburban Melbourne. Employers sign up for a membership and can post jobs, search through our growing resume database, set up resume alerts and post news and information about their company and why people should work for them. Job Seekers can apply for jobs, create an resume that employers can browse and set up job alerts so they are notified as soon as their dream job is posted on SurfCareers. com What has the response been like so far? Overwhelming. I’ve been very pleasantly surprised by the positive response and feedback we’ve been getting from people September 2013

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all over the world as well as the number of jobs, applications and resumes being posted already. What are a couple of your best tips for using the site to score a dream job? There are two things a job seeker can do to ensure they are in with the best chance of getting their dream job. Number one, sign up for a job alert, this way when new jobs appear on the site you are emailed to notify you. And two, not all jobs are posted on the site, some employers prefer to search the resume database, so job seekers should create a resume on the site. As an entrepreneur, what are you most excited about with regards to this particular business? While in the planning and development phase you aren’t getting much feedback from others on your idea and while you think you have a great idea it’s not yet validated. It’s not until you release it into the wild and start getting feedback from others do you 48

really see whether an idea has potential. Fortunately SurfCareers.com is starting off exceptionally well. What advice do you have for other young entrepreneurs looking to start an online (or any) business? Try and get your project live as fast as possible, don’t worry about all the bells and whistles before launch. Once launched you can flesh out your product once you see there is interest for it. Start marketing before launch, that way when you do launch you have a platform to start from. SurfCareers. com for example had over 10,000 Facebook fans at launch, 20,000 Pinterest followers, 2200 Instagram followers and 800 twitter followers. We knew before launching that there was a demand and an interest. Plus we have immediate targeted traffic we can push to the site. Ensure your start-up is in an area that you have a passion for. Start-ups take a lot of time and energy, if you love what you are doing then it doesn’t seem like work.


LIFESTYLE STARS H Virgo Aug 23 - Sept 22 Happy Personal New Year Virgo’s. Your personal energy is high and this will impact on your financial success, so use your energy wisely this month. There will be some negative energy and sudden expenses developing mid-month. This will be temporary; however you will still need to avoid unnecessary risks. H Libra Sept 22 – Oct 23 You will have more clarity with finances as the planets align for you to move forward and make sound economic decisions. Your personal charisma is at an all-time high and your unique sense of style will attract attention. Make the most of this opportune time to use this energy wisely. H Scorpio Oct 23 – Nov 22 The hard work you have put into your career is now paying off and your social connections will reinforce this in a positive way, moving you ahead. However, there may be challenges with your partner or family members and this will take patience on your behalf to see this through. H Sagittarius Nov 22 – Dec 22 This month is the time to take stock, reflect and review your image and personal appearance in order to see where improvements can be made. Your career is still at a peak and you will be making the right connections, so keep a strong work ethic and reap the benefits.

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H Taurus April 20 – May 21 Earlier in the month, romance and social interaction will be the theme, leaving you feeling that the possibilities are endless. However towards the end of the month, things will turn and you and your partner will feel more challenged with each other making it harder to find compromise and balance.

H Capricorn Dec 22 – Jan 20 Make the most of the strong ambitions you have right now and channel your energy into proactive projects that allow you to delegate and be productive. This will help to avoid taking a toll on your health and unnecessary stress, which will have an effect on your wellbeing if you’re not careful.

H Gemini May 21 – June 21 Enjoying life with family will bring positive experiences for everyone. This month relationships with family members will create harmony and secure foundations in the right order to move forward. Positive love energy will present singles with some great opportunities to meet that someone special towards the end of the month.

H Aquarius Jan 21 – Feb 19 Changes are happening all around you and this will put you in a positive light to move in the right direction for you and your aspirations. Get ready for things to come your way by planning and being organised now. Complications in love will change your mood, thinking and attitude.

H Cancer June 21 – July 22 You are feeling more dynamic in the earlier part of the month, with your independence at an all time high. Your personal charisma and sex appeal will draw the right attention, giving you the Midas touch with everything. Family members will also feel your devotion with a very positive response.

H Pisces Febr 19 – March 20 Expect more clarity with your social sense and judgement of character. However you still need to avoid destructive criticism and looking for perfectionism in everyone around you.There is potential for changes to your job conditions or employment towards the end of the month, so avoid conflict in the workplace.

H LEO July 22 – Aug 23 Finances are very positive and you will have some great opportunities and windfalls. Job seekers will have success with securing suitable employment opportunities. Love will be complicated, leaving you feeling more distant with your partner without the conflict. Don’t panic, this is a short term situation and will pass quickly.

H Aries March 20 –April 19 Your career gets the kick start you’ve been manifesting and its full steam ahead towards the end of the month. Don’t be tempted to burn the candle at both ends. Taking it easy and resting when you can is really important for you to keep up with the fast pace.

Uncover the opportunities that await you for 2013, book an accurate reading with Lana Jackson – one of the country’s leading Psychic Astrologers. For more information, phone: 0414 621 107 email: bookings@lionesspride.com.au or visit www.lionesspride.com.au

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REALLIFE with Chris Mcleay

COSTUMES

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Batman, Superman and Spiderman are all names synonymous with saving the day, and as Chris Mcleay discovers, a few local heroes known under the umbrella of Drawn 2 Life, should be added to that list rawn 2 Life is a not-for-profit group specialising in bringing smiles to the community through the various costumes they wear at charitable events throughout southeast Queensland. It seems that attending an event as a recognisable character is an ideal way to interact and raise support for any charity that needs assistance. Executive Officer, Matthew Zydeveld (aka Renaissance Turtle), tells me the concept of forming a troop of likeminded costuming enthusiasts was a born out of necessity. “There was a massive desire within the world of costuming for people to get out there to try and make a difference,” he explains. Aaron Watson, Alex Hollingsworth and Aly Williams conceived the original concept of Drawn 2 Life in early 2012. The trio noticed a void in organisations that allowed for high quality, authentic costuming throughout Queensland. The 501st Legion, although a terrific troop, only represent Star Wars and therefore a niche market. On this realisation, the newly formed Drawn 2 Life team sprung into action faster than a speeding bullet, and created a unit that would appeal to the masses. Since the launch in June of 2012, the team has steadily grown and currently boasts 25 active members. In total there are 37 different costumes and characters the team has access to, and the Drawn September 2013

2 Life website includes a database that houses a photo gallery of all that’s on offer for special events. Matthew says in the early days of Drawn 2 Life, the group focused mainly on superheroes and super-villains but in the past 13 months they have broadened the types of characters to cover a wider range of genres. All the favourites are there, including Spiderman, Superman, Captain America and Batman. Alice in Wonderland and Esmeralda from the Hunchback of Notre-Dame feature in the character line-up too. The costumes are so detailed and accurate of the original character, that prices can range from $1000 to $5000 for a single one. To be a member of Drawn 2 Life requires dedication and an eye for detail; the willingness to become a role model, and of course the ability to fight the good fight! Costumes must be of the highest quality to make the encounter for crowds as real as possible. Suiting-up for an event can take upwards of an hour, but is worthwhile to see the reactions from enthusiastic supporters. The Drawn 2 Life members attend any occasion where there is a chance to bring a little joy. Matthew recalls the most memorable event for the team so far has been the 4KQ 2012 Special Needs Children’s Christmas Party. The event embodied more than just raising money for an intended charity; it was about interacting with the children themselves and 50

seeing the smiles that the costumes could bring. A reflective testimonial from a member of Drawn 2 Life, Phoenix (Spider-Man), best sums up the experience: “It has taken me over a day to process this event. Firstly, the energy present at this event was phenomenal! The positivity shone from each and every individual there. We were all there with a purpose, to give those in need − children and families − a day they wouldn’t soon forget”. It is not only the children that get a thrill from the troop’s efforts. “Quite often we’ll have many lone adults come up asking, ‘Is it ok if I have a photo with you? For my kids!’ We always wonder if the photo is really for their kids,” Matthew smiles. The future is certainly bright for this innovative clan. The next major appearance for the team is a Relay for Life event being held in the region this month. A crew of 15 members will be walking throughout the night raising money and awareness. Matthew says it will be a wonderful team-building exercise and a lot of fun for both the Drawn 2 Life group and other event participants. Drawn 2 Life continue to grow and are always on the lookout for likeminded costumers to join the fun. For more information on Drawn 2 Life and the wonderful impact they have on the community, visit drawn2life.com.au


LASTWORD with Sarah Blinco

surfinspired Recently we were given word on a cool Currumbin local who shapes super custom surfboards and distributes clothing under the label Dead Kooks. Evidently he’s not hard on the eye either. 5 minutes with Eden Saul Do you have a favourite of the boards you’ve designed? At the moment, it’s my Nausea model log. It’s been a slow evolution and constant tweaking of rocker and outline but I’m really stoked on where that’s at right now. The Hellhound has been my other shape that I get a constant buzz off. It’s a singlefin with a bit of a teardrop outline and wing-pin tail. That’s a shape I’ve been playing with for a while and is my go-to board for a lot of waves here on the Coast. What apparel do you distribute? I get ideas and bring in people with the knowledge and know-how who are on the same wavelength to bounce designs off and make it all happen. We’ve done short runs of surf trunks with local brand Salty’s, and a bunch of tees. The range of tees was more

of an excuse for me to work with artists I admire. Getting to print original work by Ty Williams, Josh Galletly, Hannah Carrick and more recently working with Stevie Gee for the Save the Kimberly campaign has been really cool. Looking into the coming summer there are some exciting little collaborations and projects on the way. When you’re not working, where can you be found? I surf the southern points mostly and the local beaches around there. If there are no waves I’m out on my bike in the hinterland behind Currumbin, Springbrook and the Tweed Valley − that’s the best of the Coast right there. Then it’s coffee at Good Day Coffee or Barefoot. In three words, what does the Gold Coast mean to you? Right hand points.

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You’re most looking forward to.... ? Doing more of what I’m doing. This year has been a blast so far, it’s almost over but I’m trying to fit in as much as I can manage.

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