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Festive fashion, beauty, reads, recipes + inspiration Happy Holidays How to be stress free this Christmas

The kindness conspiracy Are we on the GC naughty or nice?

Holiday It’s time for the good times

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Contents

BOUTIQUE PARADISE POINT

Features 14

Holiday spotlight: Top 31 things to do this month

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entertainment: Cheyenne Tozzi + Josh Mullane are Van Hoorn

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the Kindness Conspiracy: Are we on the GC naughty or nice?

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Local profile: Adam Wildman

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Christmas: Gift guide

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Health: Tension free this festive season

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travel special: Where would you like to go?

FasHion & Beauty 22

Luxe for less: Coast heat

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sun Kissed: Sexy swimwear

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Beauty: Glamour on the go

reguLars

Be spoilt

‘top to toe’ in glamour and style in 3

affordable steps

1. Fabulous Fashions 2. Glamorous Shoes 3. Designer Handbags & Accessories

POINTS BOUTIQUE...

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Win: Cool Christmas giveaways

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We Love: Beach essentials

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recipes: Malaysian spice

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out & about: get it’s social scene: Have you been snapped?

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Horoscopes: See what’s in your stars this month

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Last Word: Guy Sebastian

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Everything you need for Christmas cheer!

From the editor SARAH BLINCO

Merry Christmas ... happy New Year ... it’s all come about so quickly. On reflection, it usually does. Once past the age of 23 life seems to speed up. I can’t complain about this year though, it’s actually turned out to be pretty great. I’m particularly proud of where we’ve come to with Get it. A huge congratulations must go to our publisher (and awesome boss), Leanne, for taking the publication from strength to strength (even during challenging times). I know she’s going to throttle me when she reads this (I’ll have to get the note passed through production before she eyes it). Regardless, she deserves a little Christmastime praise. We’re also grateful to all of you - your interaction and engagement with our team is truly appreciated. When you leave comments on the website, Facebook and on Twitter, we do take notice (and reply where possible). In fact, we’re compiling all your feedback in an effort to continue improving Get it throughout 2013, and so we feature the stories and information you want to read. Enough on work though, it’s almost holiday time. What’s the plan for your days off this year? Dining, travel, music, laughter, presents, time spent with loved ones ... hopefully all of the above?! Whatever’s on the agenda, we’d like to encourage a back-to-basics approach to the holiday season: remember to take time for yourself, be mindful and kind to others; seek inspiration and motivation for the year to come. We’ve included features in December’s Get it that will hopefully assist on your path to achieving such goals. There’s also plenty to do this month on the Gold Coast, so we’ve compiled a few extra guides to ‘what’s on’ around town. Get your family and friends together, it’s time to indulge in a little festive fun - take advantage of all on offer in our beautiful backyard, and of course, have a very happy Christmas.

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Until next year...

Sarah x What gets you going? sarah.blinco@getit-magazine.com.au www.getit-magazine.com.au December 2012

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Contributors editor Sarah Blinco sarah.blinco@getit-magazine.com.au oWner/advertising Leanne Hart leanne@getit-magazine.com.au FasHion & LiFestyLe Missy Robinson missy@getit-magazine.com.au art direCtor Aimi Hart aimi@getit-magazine.com.au ContriButors Lana Jackson | Troy Haines | Caroline Marquez | Tiffany Breed | J’aimee Brooker Partners Division Model Management Dan Molloy Photography Breeze FM editoriaL enquiries info@getit-magazine.com.au saLes enquiries sales@getit-magazine.com.au 0414 946 361 Printing Fast Proof Press, Nerang Get it Magazine PO Box 7602 GCMC QLD 9726

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m a g a z i n e

Festive fashion, beauty, reads, recipes + inspiration Happy Holidays: How to be stress free this Christmas

The kindness conspiracy: Are we on the GC naughty or nice?

Holiday It’s time for the good times

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To let us know about your upcoming event email missy@getit-magazine.com.au

< GOLD COAST SWIM FESTIVAL

4-6 January 2013, Surfers Paradise Gold Coast will be hosting an exciting new swimwear fashion festival in the New Year that will culminate with the Bikini Parade 2013 World Record Attempt on January 6, which will see the Coast attempt to win back its Guinness World Record for the world’s largest bikini parade from China. The festival will showcase swimwear from leading Australian designers, emerging designers and student designers on a beach stage on the stunning Surfers Paradise Beach. The aim of the new festival is to establish the Gold Coast as the swimwear capital of Australia and Southeast Asia. The festival and world record attempt will be another exciting chapter in swimwear history on the Gold Coast after the Glitter Strip’s grand dame of fashion, Paula Stafford first launched the bikini on Surfers Paradise Beach in the early 1950s. goldcoastswimfestival.com

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Rabbit & Cocoon, 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami. Miami Marketta is more like a pocket sized festival than a market. Fashion, live music, art exhibitions, food and bar. Situated in the grounds of Rabbit+Cocoon, the new arts precinct on the Gold Coast that is heading the cultural wave of the area. Miami Marketta arts creative will host 55+ exhibitors in market stall format as well as amazing food and live entertainment. miamimarketta.com

BOOK LAUNCH & ULTIMATE LUNCHEON WITH PETER BUTT > Links Hope Island, Hope Island Road, Hope Island The bizarre deaths of Mr Gilbert Bogle and Mrs Margaret Chandler have become one of the most mysterious cases in Australian criminal history. With no clues as to how they died, the half-naked bodies of the brilliant physicist and his lover were found beside the Lane Cove River on New Year’s Day, 1963. Adding to the mystery was the strange manner in which their bodies were covered. Thus began the enormous surge of conspiracy theories and public mistrust. Join author Peter Butt as he gives the most up-to-date, detailed investigation so far over a delicious two-course lunch. To book call 5530 9025 or email events@linkshopeisland.com.au

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Hilton Surfers Paradise Sass Management has announced the first in a series of up-market summer events to be held at The Deck, Hilton Surfers Paradise’s spectacular poolside area. Ticket holders will have the opportunity to relax around the hotel’s pool area as a line-up of national artists, DJs and special guests set the mood with a range of funky and fresh commercial and house beats. Individual VIP cabanas will be catered for by hosts serving gourmet tapas by celebrity Chef, Luke Mangan, and cocktails created by some of the country’s finest mixologists. Tickets: ticketek.com.au, and more information at facebook.com/ sassmanagement. WIN! We have a double pass to give away to Splash 2012. To enter just go online to getit-magazine.com.au/competitions

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Date NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT with Missy Robinson

IN STORE

ON STAGE — NOW TIL END FEBRUARY 13

LUNCHEON — 14 DECEMBER

ON STAGE

LANA DEL REY – Born to Die Paradise Edition Breakthrough artist of 2012, Lana Del Rey, has captivated audiences around the world. To celebrate, Lana is releasing the Born To Die Paradise Edition, which includes all the songs that made her famous and more! Her refreshingly eclectic style has been praised in British Vogue, and New York Times’ T Style Magazine, and she’s graced a dozen covers including Billboard, Complex, Q, NME, British Vogue, Wonderland and GQ, where she also won the accolade of ‘Woman Of The Year’. Lana is currently planning a worldwide tour for 2013. lanadelrey.com

LEOS LATINO BAR & GRILL The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove Indulge in a fabulous two-course Mediterranean lunch and a glass of bubbles whilst enjoying fabulous fashions from local Sanctuary Cove retailers presented by the Get it Magazine team for just $55 ph. Come along and join us for an afternoon of bubbles and fun. Call 5577 8555 to book. ON STAGE — 18 DECEMBER

DEIN PERRY’S TAP DOGS Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Broadbeach The global sensation has returned home having toured continuously throughout the world for the last 18 years with performances in over 330 cities, across 37 countries, on six continents, boasting an audience of 12 million people. This toe tapping phenomenon is set on a construction site in the steel works town of Newcastle, and features high-energy dance, theatrical performance and live music. With a show that is part theatre, part rock concert and part work site, the cast of six dancers and two musicians will bring the steel works to life in a fast-paced, unstoppable spectacular that everybody will enjoy. Whether they are in water, upside-down or jumping through scaffolding, the Tap Dogs have been performing to the beat of their own drum since their world premiere at the Sydney Theatre Festival in January 1995. A show not to be missed! jupitersgoldcoast.com.au/tapdogs

IN! We have dinner at W Osteria Vivo and show tickets for two

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adults to see Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS to giveaway. Enter at getit-magazine.com.au/competitions

DEGUSTATION DELIGHT — 6 DECEMBER

SUMMAFIELDAYZE Doug Jennings Park, The Spit Sun, babes, beats, fashion, life, love. Australia’s most iconic summer festival is back with an incredible line-up featuring The Chemical Brothers, M.I.A, HOT CHIP, SBTRKT, Fedde Le Grand, Mark Ronson, Kimbra, Booka Shade, Eddie Halliwell, AN21 & Max Vangeli, Carl Craig 69, Maya Jane Coles, Disclosure, Erol Alkan, Fake Blood and more. Tickets from $99 + BF via Oztix or Ticketmaster. summafieldayze.com a double pass to SFD. IN! Enter at Wgetit-magazine.com.au/competitions December 2012

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JLO – DANCE AGAIN WORLD TOUR Brisbane Entertainment Centre Global superstar Jennifer Lopez (aka JLO) will be touring Australia for the first time ever in her impressive 13 year long career! JLO will be touring as part of her ‘Dance Again World Tour’ which has already visited countless cities across North America, South America, Europe and Asia in recent months. JLO’s impressive catalogue is also celebrated on her recently released greatest hits collection Dance Again... the Hits (out now through Sony Music Australia). jenniferlopez.com

LUST RESTAURANT 6 Course degustation Don’t miss out on Lust’s special event, 6 course degustation, including matching wines for just $85 pp. Come and experience our brand new menu. Limited numbers. Bookings essential. Phone (07) 5539 9114 Shop10/ 17 Albert Ave, Broadbeach lust4.com.au

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For your chance to WIN enter your details online at getit-magazine.com.au/competitions SWEET SERENITY Colour is king this summer and now you can bring style into your home with the stunning new Decorator candle collection from Dusk. Brighten up your home this Christmas - dusk.com.au. WIN gorgeous candle packs this month! Valued at $45 each.

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SExY EYES Take a ride in a fashion time machine with eight new designs from SIN Eyewear’s S/S 13 collection that draws inspiration from 60’s through to the 90’s mixed with on-trend looks. New collection available in stores and online at sineyewear.com.au with FREE shipping - the perfect stocking filler! We have two prize packs to give away valued at $50 each.

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Get yourself a VIP Pass and enjoy unlimited fun at Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild Water World until 30 June 2013. Slither down the belly of the snake on the new Constrictor at Wet’n’Wild. Ride into battle on the world’s first Justice League 3D – The Ride. And enjoy a feeding session with the seals at Seal Harbour, opening this Christmas. Get set for summer and let the good times roll with your very own VIP Pass, just $99.99 when you pre-purchase from ThemeParks.com. au or call 133 FUN.

Because it’s Christmas, we’re giving away FIVE double VIP Passes! For your chance to WIN leave your details online at getit-magazine.com .au/competitions

All I want for Christmas...

What do we want for Christmas? What we geT will all depend on whether we’ve been naughty or nice...

LEANNE, PUBLISHER “I want a Weber Q BBQ... and Manpower to cook it”

SARAH, EDITOR “Snow... and an iPad although after reading Missy’s request, I’m going to add Ian Somerhalder to my list also”

MISSY, FASHION & LIFESTYLE “All I want for Christmas is Ryan Gosling, and a Beach Cruiser”

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AIMI, ART DIRECTOR “Ear muffs to block out the sound of my husband’s newly acquired glossy black cockatoos! Plus a stocking full of guilt-free wine and chocolate”

HARRY & EDDIE, OFFICE PALS “Chew treats, balls, maybe one of those shell pools for when it’s hot, new toys, more food and... a never ending bag of bones!”

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FESTIVEFUN with Caroline Marquez

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Take your dog for a fun, relaxing afternoon or morning play along The Spit Dog Beach, where pooches of all breeds and ages socialise (and it’s a nice outing for humans too)

Take part in the weekly Coomera Parkrun, increase your fitness and make new friends, at Tallowwood Park, 22 December from 7am. More at park.com.au/coomera

Get your health regime back in order by jogging along the shore at Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach. The council has installed a number of fitness stations here too - get fit, in an inspirational environment, all for free

Ride the elevator to the top of Q1 in the late afternoon, just in time to settle in with a glass of wine as the summer sun sets over our beautiful city. More at q1surfersparadise.com.au

Browse our city’s extensive collection of art pieces on a free tour at the Gold Coast City Art Gallery. More at gcac.com.au

Travellers visit from all around the world to go swimming, surfing or people watching at Surfers Paradise Beach. Is it time you rediscovered this national treasure (just remember to slip, slop, slap!)? More at surfersparadise.com

Make a promise to yourself to experience the new show at Draculas Cabaret Circus. If you haven’t been for years you will be more than impressed. It’s one New Year’s resolution you don’t want to break. More at draculas.com.au

When was the last time you meandered around Sanctuary Cove or Paradise Point? Choose a serene location and ‘just be’ this holiday season

Organise boat or jetski, plus old friends, and take to the waterways on a day off. Sun, blue skies and the open water are good for the soul

Rainforest walks, markets, quaint shopping, tea and scones: fall in love (again) with the leafy escape that is Mt Tamborine. More at tamborinemtncc.org.au

Organise your girlfriends for some spa time this holiday season. We’ve got plenty of amazing retreats to choose from on the GC, so book a pamper session in today Picnic or cook up a barbeque storm by the water at peaceful Varsity Lakes. Laze around in the sun, sleep under a tree, or explore by walking the path that lines the lake’s edge Groove to music from the 50’s at 40s Plus Social Dance for Singles & Couples at The Boathouse Tavern, 8 December from 7:30pm, tickets $12. More at facebook.com/ shakerattlerollsocialdance Don’t miss Community Christmas Carols celebration at Burleigh Fire Dragons, 9 December from 3pm. More at burleighrotary.org.au

Unleash your inner rock star at a free karaoke night at The Grand Hotel, 10 December from 7pm. More at thegrandhotel.com.au December 2012

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Reconnect with nature, walk amongst pure wonder and indulge in breathtaking views at O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat and its popular Tree Top Walk. More at oreillys.com.au Celebrate Christmas spirit under the stars and take pleasure in the incredible fireworks display at Broadbeach Carols Kurrawa Park, 15 December from 3pm. More at broadbeachgc.com Indulge in a romantic night out at Marina Mirage’s waterfront dining precinct while relishing in the magnificent ocean breeze. More at marinamirage.com.au Check out Robina Town Centre’s spectacular Christmas Wonderland on The Promenade. More at robinatowncentre.com.au

Spend a delightful afternoon in Burleigh Heads National Park and bask in the ambience of pure southern Gold Coast beauty Visit the newly renovated Broadwater Parklands with the kids for a fun-filled family day out, you won’ be disappointed. More at gcparks.com.au Laughter is the best medicine at The Court House Hotel Southport’s Sit Down Comedy Club, 20 December 7:30pm, tickets $7. More at courthousehotel.com Wind down with a glass of bubbles and complementary bites at Stingray Lounge Social Club Fridays. More at qtgoldcoast.com. au/food-drink/stingray

Cap a gorgeous GC weekend off with a relaxing visit to Springbrook rainforest to discover natural treasures like glow-worms and waterfalls. More at epa.qld.gov.au Not keen on cooking this Christmas day? There’s a myriad of lunches, cruises and events happening all around the Coast for Chrissy - check local hotels and council websites for further inspiration

Head to your favourite shopping destination for fantastic Boxing Day deals... because every girl needs more shoes / jewellery / clothes. You know what we mean Spoil yourself with well deserved ‘me time’ and head to Main Beach to read a book and relax to the sound of the crashing waves Grab a friend and get to Harbour Town Reading Cinemas where you can score amazing movie meal deals in conjunction with Fasta Pasta. More at harbourtown.com.au Take a trip to Paris via the Gold Coast Arts Centre, at the ‘New Years Eve Parisian Showgirl Spectacular’ dinner + show, 31 December, 7pm. More at theartscentregc.com.au End the year with a bang and get all your family and friends together to witness the largest fireworks display in Queensland at Surfers Paradise, 31 December from 7pm. More at surfersparadise.com Fish ‘n chips and/or ice-cream by your favourite local waterfront precinct. That is all

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ENTERTAINMENT SPOTLIGHT with Missy Robinson

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Cheyenne Tozzi and Josh mullane from Van Hoorn chat to missy Robinson about their exciting foray into the world of music Who is Van Hoorn? Van Hoorn is international model, Cheyenne Tozzi (Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and more), and guitarist, Josh Mullane (Australian actor/musician). Their first recordings were garnished out of a barn in the south of Sydney and have accumulated a huge response. They’ve opened for shows such as Vogue, David Jones, Mens Style and The Iconic, also playing alongside some of the best musicians in the world (The Kooks, Guy Sebastian, Van She...). Where did the name come from? Cheyenne’s mother’s maiden name (Dutch). How would you describe your sound? If Jack White and Lauryn Hill had a baby, Van Hoorn would be born. Cheyenne, is music your number one focus now, or are you going to be a slashie? Modelling is always going to be a big part of my life, but music at the moment has really taken off. I guess I’m going to have to sit in that slashie category for the moment! Has this always been the plan or was singing something you fell into? I’ve sung my whole life but never really took it seriously until late last year. It’s been a great journey. Has it been hard to step into a musician’s realm from the fashion industry, or have you found your reputation and contacts have helped? The fashion industry and music work hand in hand but I think there is a very fine line between falling into the category of ‘not another model turned singer’, and a model that has worked really hard to create such a unique sound as a musician. My band and I work long hours in the studio - just as hard as any other artists, so my reputation and contacts are delighted to help in any way. When is the first album due and what can we expect? We have just finished our first EP which is ready to rock ‘n roll. Think rustic vocals and solos. Not overly produced. It’s organic and raw. What is your touring schedule like for the next six months? We will be touring Afghanistan very soon, which we are super excited about. I think it’s great to show a little Christmas spirit for the people away from loved ones. Any gigs coming up on the Coast? At this point we are fully booked in Sydney and Melbourne; the Coast is calling though and we love playing up there in the sunshine. facebook.com/vanhoornmusic 15

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COVER FEATURE with Sarah Blinco

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Can kindness really make the world go round? in the spirit of Christmas, Sarah Blinco decided to find out how well received kindness is right here on the gold Coast

hristmas, it’s a time for giving, but in a world that’s become so ‘sad news heavy’, not to mention competitive, is there really kindness left out there; and is there indeed room for kindness anymore? Sadly, it seems kindness is more often than not dismissed as ‘weakness’. When the emphasis is on how badly we need to win jobs, houses, boyfriends, girlfriends, places in The X Factor - or how our big city streets are now seemingly saturated with crime, how can we consider that kindness is a positive personal attribute? While I agree senseless crime is rampant, and many in the world are scrambling over themselves and others for a slice of the so-called ‘better life’, I hate to think we’re really that selfish we forget a small act of kindness can go a long way to making the difference in the life of another person. On the flipside, are we so used to a lack of kindness in the world that we perceive a nice person as crazy, or sweet gesture as a threat? Following a good natured debate about this with friends, I decided to put ‘kindness’ to the test here on the Gold Coast. A number of my fab affiliates offered to assist with the experiment, in order to see what feedback we’d gain following a totally random act of kindness towards a stranger. Julia Wilson of Cubic Collective boutique in Surfers Paradise, and Lorraine Dawson in Coombabah both randomly offered to assist strangers who were struggling with bags of groceries. Julia says, “there was a lady in her December 2012

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late thirties waiting at the traffic lights with her hands overflowing with grocery bags. At intervals she would place them on the ground to give her hands a rest - they were obviously too heavy to keep holding up while waiting for the green man. I looked, hesitated thinking she may think I am some crazy thief, and then said, ‘would you like some help with your groceries?’ She was a little startled at the offer and politely declined. She did say very sincerely and in a semi surprised tone, ‘thank you though. That is really... really... nice’. It is almost never that someone offers to help

flurry of, “oh no, honestly you don’t need to do that... why would you want to buy me a coffee... I insist you don’t buy me a coffee.” She adds, “It was getting busy and I didn’t want to hold up the line and turn a kind offer into an argument with a stranger, so I let it go. I have to admit, I felt a bit foolish in the end. I honestly meant well but the lady (aged 40-something) behind me wouldn’t have a bar of it.” Mum of two, Kellie Leigh (Pacific Pines) wasn’t too sure when or where her opportunity to perform a ‘random act of

Kindness can be considered as the act of being considerate, respectful, caring, and showing charitable behaviour towards ourselves or other people. Kindness is also considered to be a virtue, which essentially means it is a positive quality, and morally good. someone else in the self- concerned society we live in. I think that is why her response was so surprised. Unfortunately though, most of us now play the devil’s advocate and sadly assume the worst”. Lorraine’s experience on the other hand, ended with her giving a stranger a lift home with her groceries; she says,“the lady was most surprised by my offer, which she very much appreciated”. Nicole Anderson (Arundel), decided to try a suggestion we’d all talked about - shouting the person in line behind her at Zarraffas a coffee. When she turned around to make the kind offer however, she was met by a

kindness’ would arise, but on a trip to a shopping centre it wasn’t very long before she had a chance to shine. “After our quick visit to Coles, we stopped at the sushi bar to grab a quick bite to eat. After collecting our rolls we walked around the back of the bar to the seats to eat. There we were greeted by a lady who was looking a bit weary, with her two kids - a boy and a girl - just a bit older than my two. There was quite a bit of mess on the table, and the kids were wrestling, both with drink bottles in their hands. She was doing her best to calm the situation, being in a public area, and all the eyes that are quick

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Christmas kindness: 7 suggestions Obviously we’d advocate a nice attitude at all times, but in the spirit of the season, here are seven ways you might consider being kinder this Christmas. 1 The gift of charity.Did you know 70 per cent of us have bought a charitable gift in someone else’s name? Not only is this a terrific idea for those hard-tobuy-for family and friends, but it does the world some good by being a gift that keeps on giving. 2. Smile or say hello to strangers passing you by on your morning/evening walk or run.

to judge. I gave her the sympathetic, knowing smile, and she replied, ‘I shouldn’t have left the house today’, with a cringe on her face. As she said that, the water bottle propelled out of her son’s hand and landed all over the seat, floor, kids and us. This was a woman in need of a random act of kindness. I jumped at the chance to run and grab tissues, and help her mop up the mess. We both calmed the situation together and she thanked me quickly and walked away. A few minutes later she walked back, with a big grateful smile on her face and said,‘thank you so much for your help again!’ I genuinely think this act made a big difference to how her day was turning out. As a mother of two myself, sometimes when things just don’t seem to be going the way you planned for the day, and the kids are running rings, it takes that intervention from a third party or even a random stranger, to put you back on track”. Interestingly, it seems we’re all shocked and surprised when someone is indeed kind to us for no reason. How did we come to perceive ‘kindness’ as a foreign concept - have we forgotten what it is and why we need it in the world? Nadine Hamilton, psychologist from Positive Psych Solutions (positivepsychsolutions.com.au) in Oxenford explains a little further: “Kindness can be considered as the act of being considerate, respectful, caring, and showing charitable behaviour towards ourselves or other people. Kindness is also considered to be a virtue,

which essentially means it is a positive quality, and morally good. When we are kind to someone (and feel good about it), our body releases endorphins (or ‘happy chemicals’), which help us to feel good. If we have values around kindness, respect, and so-on and we are able to fully live in line with our values, this can then result in a sense of well-being (as our values are being met). If these values are conflicted, then we may experience some level of suffering (as our values are not being met)”. “There is continual research emerging in relation to the health benefits associated with kindness (or ‘positive emotion’), such as the field of Positive Psychology and research conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health. Positive Psychology encourages the use of random acts of kindness and gratitude, to assist us in achieving a sense of well-being. For most of us, we feel good when we are able to make someone else feel good - and likewise, it feels great to be on the receiving end of kindness,” Nadine concludes. In fact, it seems being kind extends to improving productivity in the workplace too, with the Australian Institute of Management magazine recently publishing: “Being nice is better for your bottom line. A major new research study by the Australian School of Business has shown a powerful link between productivity and compassionate leadership” [Management Today, October 2012]. It seems the majority of Gold Coasters are 17

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3. Dine and shop at Chevron Renaissance (chevronrenaissancecentre.com) this month as the centre raises money in support of Rosies’ (rosies.org.au) important local charitable efforts. Check details in the centre for ways you can help. 4. Organise a collection of clothes, books or toys for a charitable organisation. 5. Help wrap Christmas presents for shopping centres or organisations arranging gifts for the less fortunate kids in our community. 6. Offer dog walking services at the RSPCA or local animal shelter - this is a difficult time of year for these organisations as fewer volunteers are available, while a greater number of thoughtless and irresponsible purchases of puppies and kittens are made. 7. Make sure your family members, neighbours and friends all have someone to share Christmas with! indeed doing their bit for the sake of being kind, but in the spirit of the season, perhaps this piece might serve as a gentle reminder. It costs nothing to smile, to be polite, patient or offer a helping hand. We challenge all of you to do one selfless thing this week - perhaps you’ll even keep your kind act a secret? Pay it forward this month, and bring the true spirit of Christmas back to our sunny shores. December 2012

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anctuary Cove’s festive season has kicked off with the raising of a Norfolk Pine Christmas tree at the entrance to The Marine Village, marking the start of a range of exciting school holiday events. Mulpha Sanctuary Cove general manager for marketing and events, Sue Thomson, says The Marine Village will be bustling with activity over the school holiday period.“We’ve really beefed up our events calendar over the holidays with a focus on free family events. All the events are about the community coming together to enjoy the lifestyle we’re so lucky to have at Sanctuary Cove”. Festivities will kick off on Sunday December 2 when The Marine Village comes alive to the sound of classic Christmas tunes, with Carols at the Cove providing a free evening of song and celebration for the whole family. Hosted by Channel Nine identities, Paul Burt and Libby Stone, the evening will feature performances by the Les Wilson Swing Force Big Band, Australian Girls’ Choir, young local

talent and guest artists, and will conclude with a dazzling fireworks display. Just two days later Sea World Cruises will commence its 2012/2013 season of Broadwater cruises - an opportunity to live the Gold Coast high life for a day while cruising past some of the city’s most lavish homes. The cruises, which run until mid-May 2013, will dock at Sanctuary Cove with a special offer for visitors to cap off their journey lunching at Leo’s Latino Bar and Grill before exploring The Marine Village’s range of specialist boutique retailers. Continuing the family entertainment line-up, Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium will show at The Village Green from 7pm on Friday December 14, the first of four free outdoor movie events to be held at Sanctuary Cove each over December and January. The Muppets, Red Dog and Dark Shadows will also show on 28 December, 11 January and 25 January respectively. Movies are shown on the

second and fourth Friday of each month rain, hail or shine, with wet weather screenings moved into the Village Theatre. For those catching up on last minute Christmas shopping, free festive entertainment and activities will run outside the Village Theatre from Wednesday December 19 to Monday December 24. Kids’ Christmas craft will run from 11am-1pm daily, with bauble, stocking and biscuit decorating promising hours of entertainment as roving street performers spread Christmas cheer throughout The Marine Village. School holiday entertainment will continue into the New Year, with free train rides, an interactive jumping castle and adventure playground running from 11am-2pm daily from Monday January 14 to Sunday January 20 on the Village Green. For more information and to view Sanctuary Cove’s event calendar, visit sanctuarycove.com/events.

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Diana Ferrari Morgan Shopper, $99.95, www.dianaferrari.com.au

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Tivoli Audio PAL+ portable radio, $399, tivoliaudio.com.au

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as much as we dread this time of year, it’s time to get that bikini body out and flaunt what your mama gave you. Here are a few fabulous options that will hug all the right places no matter what your shape.

Riviera top // $39.95 // Riviera brief // $29.95 // (03) 5222 8881 Festival Full Piece // $95.00 // mollyandpollyswim.com.au

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Tabatha Multi kaleidoscope // $187.00 // amoreandsorvete.com

Baku bustier // $94.95 // retro pants // $69.95 // bikiniisland.com.au

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Camilla Minotaure Bikini // $195 // camilla.com.au Black Resin Crystal Leopard Head Earrings // $49.00 Snake Charmer Bracelet // $29.00 Palazzo Necklace // $59.00 Crystal Animal Print Bracelet // $59.00 all from wildbling.com.au

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Surrealist Xanado Lace Up One Piece // $250 // camilla.com.au Crystal Bracelets // $42 ea Resin Glitter Stone Necklace // $49 Sparkling Metallic Necklace // $59 all from wildbling.com.au

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3. Enrich your travel experience with this complete set for women from Molton Brown. Includes bath and shower gel, lotion, hair products, hand and foot rescue remedies – you’ll be looking (and smelling) your best, from top to toe, on the go – $95, moltonbrown.com.au

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5. This Christmas, live the luxe jetsetter life with Benefit’s posh and polished make-up kit for eyes, lips and cheeks. Benefit She’s so…jetset! – $89, stockists 02 8353 5000 6. Discover Kosmea Kit, features a set of six divine products including the original, versatile Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil – $39.95, kosmea.com.au

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The only inspired Hammam on the GC id you know that Lella Hammam in Bundall offers pampering options available nowhere else on the Gold Coast? The new purpose built premises is the only Moroccan inspired Hammam (‘warm room’ or ‘bathhouse’) in our region, and includes a divine new Moroccan steam room. An entire spectrum of services is on offer at Lella Hammam: Facials, body scrubs, massages, hair,hand and feet treatments,body pampering - soothing, exfoliation and detoxifying - using exotic aromatic oils and scents. While ‘hammam’ means ‘warm room’, ‘lella’ translates to ‘princess’, which is exactly what you’ll feel like following one of Lella Hammam’s exclusive treatments. This ancient tradition dates back 1500 years, and is still an essential treatment for men and women in the Middle East/northern African regions. Lella Hammam makes it possible for us to experience this pampering in the most authentic way, right here, using pure Moroccan traditions and the same natural products people used 1500 years ago. One such treatment, the Royal Hammam, has proven to be very in-demand! Following a body rinse, your therapist will firstly apply

Moroccan black soap on the body, which has special properties to help skin get rid of extra oils and toxins. You’ll remain in the steam room for 15 minutes, then transfer to the Hammam room which is warm with a heated bench. While you lie down, water will be poured all over the body with a copper bowl. Following, you’ll receive a herbal body scrub; the herbs being a combination of neutral henna, lavender and rose. A foot scrub is next; and a rose petal powder facial, massage using Argan Moroccan oil, completed with Indian clay mask (while your body is still covered with herbal paste). As your facial mask works its magic, you’ll relax throughout a hot oil head and hair massage. The Hammam therapist will then wear the

Moroccan mitt and work to exfoliate feet, legs, tummy, chest and neck, removing tired, dead skin. By the time the new skin is exposed and pores are open, the therapist will apply the Moroccan black soap again, to further cleanse skin. Moroccan clay from the Atlas mountains is then applied to the body, face and hair, left for 10 to 15 minutes. Hair and body is then cleaned, prior to application of Moroccan oil to the body as a decadent moisturising treatment. It’s one and a half hours of pure indulgence from top to toe; authentic, and just $160. 56 Ashmore Road, Bundall p 5679 5330 lellahammam.com.au

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HEALTHANDWELLNESS

TENSIONFREE

this festive season What if letting go of anxiousness was really possible in just a few minutes a day? Troy Haines explains how you can enjoy Christmas too...

hether you love the festive season or not, it can be a stressful time of year. Juggling work, school holidays, family visiting, food preparation, the Christmas shopping, money, money, money, the list goes on and the inevitable outcome is we can end up more stressed than ever. It doesn’t have to be that way! What if stress was just like holding a glass of water? If you had a glass of water and you held it out to your side for five to ten minutes, we could all do that ok. What if we held it for 60-minutes, three hours, eight hours? We’d be in so much pain we’d be ready to snap. The same can be said for holding onto stress. Stress only becomes a problem when we hold onto it. The following is a simple technique that will help you to release stress periodically throughout the day, so you can stay in control this festive season. 2 MINUTES TO TENSION FREEDOM Sitting at your desk, in your car in traffic, on the couch or laying in bed – any of these is fine!

Gently close your eyes. Allow yourself to sink into the surface that your body is touching. Let go some more. Bring attention to your breath. Breathe all the way in, deep down to the bottom of your lungs, down into your diaphragm; on the outwards breath, become aware of any tension or tightness you have in your body and ask it to release, relax (feel it, see it releasing). Once again breathing in, filling all of your lungs; on the outwards breath, become aware of any remaining tension or tightness and ask it to release, relax. This time become aware of any tightness that you might feel around your eyes and consciously visualise, see it, feel it relax.Take that relaxation down into your cheeks, your face, head and scalp, down your neck and into your shoulders, feeling and seeing the relaxation flow down into your arms and through to your hands. Then back up your arms, down your chest, back of your shoulder blades, lower back, stomach, bottom, thighs, calves and down into

your feet, feeling and seeing the relaxation sweep through your body as finally you let go of the feet, and toes, feeling any remaining tension, tightness or anxiety seep into the earth. One last time, bringing attention back to your breath, breathing in, filling all of your lungs... let go even more deeply, enjoying a renewed sense of ease, an allowance of what is, and a knowing that whatever is happening now, everything will be - and you are more than capable of responding to it. Open your eyes. Repeat often. Practice a few times a day over the duration of a week. You will soon find it quicker and easier to release stress, to the point where you can simply bring attention to the muscles around the eyes and sweep the relaxation down your body in seconds. Have fun with it.

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

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Christopher Godwin

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Get it gets up-close-andpersonal with one of Paul & Paul Salons’ most popular staff members, superstar apprentice, Christopher godwin

How long have you worked with Paul & Paul, and how did you get chosen for this opportunity? Three years. I worked with Paul at a salon in Brisbane, he got to know the quality of my work and decided he needed me in his new salon! What three words would you use to describe your experience there? Educational, enlightening, entertaining. When and why did you decide to get into hairdressing? My sister is a hairdresser, and one of the most influential people in my life, so I first became interested in hairdressing because of her. When do you finish your apprenticeship? I will complete my apprenticeship in early 2013, it has been three years in total. What element of the job do you love the most? Hairdressing is more than I thought it could ever be. The opportunities to do exciting things like work on photo shoots and enter competitions is amazing. Mostly I like coming to work and being part of a great team of people and making my clients happy. What are the most valuable lessons you’ve learned ‘on the job’ at Paul & Paul

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that you’ll take with you throughout your career? You have to really love what you do, otherwise there is no point. I really enjoy hairdressing and that shows in my work. The most valuable lesson I’ve learnt at Paul & Paul would be to care about everything you do. Most memorable part of the experience so far? For me it was finding a salon that wanted to help me become not only a hairdresser, but the best hairdresser I can be. The training in the salon has been amazing and has advanced me so much further in my apprenticeship that I’m now doing all services on the floor; I couldn’t be more grateful to Paul & Paul. How would you describe Paul & Paul Salons’ point of difference? At Paul & Paul we are on the level with you. We are professional, honest and always educate our clients on how to best achieve their desired look. We don’t over-promise and treat everyone like a valued customer – not a patient.

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What advice would you pass on to other aspiring hair stylists wanting to follow in your footsteps and embark on an apprenticeship somewhere like Paul & Paul? You have to be committed to the apprenticeship and to the salon. Make sure you have a solid relationship with your employer, the whole experience will run so much smoother this way. What are you most looking forward to for 2013? Getting my qualification and going to hair expo with the salon – free holidays are awesome! paulandpaulsalon.com Southport: 5527 1523 Robina: 5575 8151

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SHOPPING

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HOWARDS STORAGE Chill Balls -$29.95 - intelligent icekeeps drinks cold, without watering downHowards Storage World, Homeworld Helensvale www.hsw.com.au

DUSK Limited edition collection of unscented candles in a carnival of colours, including Waterfall, Golden Poppy, Blazing Yellow, Lollipop, Lilac Chiffon, Paisley Purple, Deep Claret and Golf Green from $8.99. Available from Dusk. dusk.com.au

SECRETS Classic Round Brilliant Tennis Bracelet Available in white, yellow or rose gold. $680 B90080Y. Secrets Pacific Fair.

HARBOURSIDE MARKET Celebrate in style this Christmas at the t-House. High teas, tea cocktails, and a unique range of gifts. t-House has something for everyone. t-House, Harbourside Market, Biggera Waters (opp Harbour Town)

SANCTUARY COVE COUNTRY CLUB Gift Vouchers now available for The Palms Golf Course. Enjoy 18-holes on our championship golf course for only $150 per person including cart. Ph. 5699 9000 www.sanctuarycovegolf.com.au

SLINKS FOOTWEAR UK shoe sensation, Slinks are now available in Australia. Interchangeable uppers in ten different styles. Bases RRP $69 and Uppers range from $39 $70 www.slinksaustralia.com.au

RACV ROYAL PINES Complete 2 hr Body Blitz For just $247 autoclub members $288 non member pricing. Revive yourself completely from head to toe with a complete body blitz. A full body exfoliation, wrap, facial,massage, vichy shower, hair and scalp treatment. RACV Royal Pines Resort Ph. 5597 8700 www.racv.com.au/royalpines

GOLDEN DOOR Purchase a gift voucher from The Golden Door before december 24th to receive a 20% discount*. Give the gift of luxury this Christmas at The Golden Door. In two great locations Salt Village, Kingscliff (02) 6674 3233 and Main Beach (07) 5588 5000. www.goldendoor.com.au

SAMSARA Designer Cushions (18 colours) 40cm $34.95 60cm $65.00 Samsara Homeworld Helensvale. Ph 5572 6727 December 2012

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SECRETS Desire by Secrets Gift Set Platinum on silver round brilliant earrings with matching round brilliant pendant & chain. $95 XM12GS11SS. Secrets Pacific Fair.

SECRETS Circle Of Life Pendant Available in white, yellow or rose gold. Chain sold separately. $290 PF81410Y. Secrets Pacific Fair.

ENVY SHOES Sasso by Skin. 3 colours to choose from. Envy on Chevron Island www.weloveshoes.com.au

VILLAGE GALLERY Trojan Wooden Horse 65cm - $249.00 Village Gallery Bundall www.facebook.com/villagestores

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Tiffany Breed meets adam Wildman, an enthusiastic 18-year-old gold Coaster who is leading the charge promoting an exciting up-and-coming water-sport - flowriding Have you always lived on the Gold Coast? I was born in Blackpool, England and moved to the Gold Coast when I was three. I now live in Arundel. How did you get into flowriding? I first got into flowboarding on a cruise (Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas) in the Caribbean with my family, then I discovered it on the Gold Coast shortly after and began riding and honing my skills. For those who don’t know what it is, explain a bit more about flowriding? Flowriding or flowboarding is a sport in which a rider has either a bodyboard or a stand-up board, which they use on the wave... It’s essentially a cross between surfing, bodyboarding, snowboarding and wakeboarding... The wave is a thin sheet of water pushed across a trampoline type base at anywhere between 30-60 kilometers an hour. There are over 120 flowriders worldwide in over 20 different countries, with world championships held every year. What is it that you love so much about the sport? You can express yourself in so many different ways! It’s such an amazing feeling gliding through the water and landing all the tricks you’ve been working on for a while. Plus you meet great people and always have a laugh when you get smashed trying a new trick. December 2012

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What have been your greatest achievements in the sport so far? My first ever competition which I placed 4th in, the Junior Australian Championships (2010), the year after I also placed 2nd in the Junior Australian Championships (2011). Also getting sponsored is such a great achievement in my eyes - by a local footwear company, Willi Footwear, and a US board company, WCB World Class Bodyboards. Who are the best flowriders in the world, and who do you look up to as your hero? My heroes in the sport and current world champions are Sean Silveira and Nick Nguyen, and also my good friend here on the Gold Coast, Nick Edmunds, who is Australian and Asian Champion 2011. What would you like to see happen for your sport in the future? I’d like to see the sport grow into something like you see with skateboarding or surfing. With big name sponsors, thousands of people at competitions, actually being able to make a career out of it, and hopefully one day make the Olympics or X Games. What are you doing in regards to helping promote flowriding? Here in Australia flowboarding doesn’t have a lot of support but we are gradually getting it out there. I have set up Facebook pages (AdamWildmanFlowboarder, or A Flo Team),

Instagram (@Ausflow and @adamwildman) and YouTube profiles (GoldieCoast), all about Australian flowboarding and also sent out a bunch of emails to clothing brands, magazines, local news and basically anyone that could help us get some publicity and support for our sport. What are your future flowriding aims? For the next three to four years I’d like to build the sport into something big in Australia. I’m also travelling to Europe next year to enter the European Championships which, if I win, would secure me a spot on the European team and a ticket to World Championships. My main goal in the next few years is to always keep improving, helping out beginners and introducing people to the sport; meeting new people in the flow world, publicising the sport and myself and, hopefully one day making some sort of career out of it. Where can we catch flowriding action in south east Queensland? Locally, flowriders are at Dreamworld and Wet’n’Wild and generally operate all year round. Why do you think flowriding is an awesome sport for Queenslanders to get involved in? Anyone can do it! You don’t have to be really surfy or anything; you can express yourself in so many ways and it’s just extremely addictive. If someone is interested in getting into the sport, what advice would you give them? Keep at it. Sometimes it takes a while to land that trick you’ve been trying for ages but the more you ride the better you get. Also never be scared to ask one of the pro’s for some help. They are always up to help and tutor people on how to ride.

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itting with the agent and booking the tickets for our once-in-a-lifetime, fourcountries-in-three-weeks adventure was one thing. Booking accommodation added to the enthusiasm and the reality we were going. By the time we were deciding on must-see landmarks and attractions, the excitement was palpable. It was only in the last week before leaving that the realisation hit — three kids under eight and backpacking through Europe for three weeks—what on earth were we thinking!? With so much to see, do, and absorb in Rome and only four days to experience it all, the glorious city quickly became a blur of highlight after amazing highlight. A guided tour of the Colosseum and the obligatory photos with the ‘Gladiators’ are definitely a must-do. After sampling our way through Rome, consuming more pizza, pasta, and gelato than I thought was humanly possible, we headed north to Verona (home of Romeo and Juliet) then across to Venice for a gondola ride and a day-trip out to the surrounding islands. Sondrio, in northern Italy, was our next stop then a little further north to my family village of Caparé (Capararo) which is nestled perfectly against the Italian Alps. The Alps themselves are simply breathtaking — as imposing as they are stunning, with entire townships carved rustically into the mountainsides. We visited Colico, a northerly point of Lake Como, which offers an eclectic vibe appealed to both backpackers and wealthy alike. For us, this meant a massive wood-fired pizza lunch (of course!) for just 5. A quick border-hop into Switzerland provided an opportunity to take in the December 2012

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spectacular Lake Lugano area and a spot of shopping at nearby Foxtown Mall. Knowing that the Italian leg of the trip was coming to an end was a little sad but the next stop was Paris — that seemed to help us all find some solace, especially the kids who were stoked to be spending three days at Paris Disneyland. Pre-purchased Disneyland tickets saw us avoid the hour-long queue for entry, but unfortunately did not help with the hourplus queues for rides inside the park. My only advice, wear sensible shoes and don’t believe the ‘happiest place on Earth’ hype — waiting in line for over an hour to sit on the Teacup ride for two minutes sparked many a tantrum (parents and kids). Our last five days spent in Paris were truly remarkable. Thoughtfully planned and impeccably clean, Paris is deserving of the title, ‘the City of Love, if only because it is so darn easy to fall in love with the city itself. We took in most of the key sights via a hop-on hop-off bus tour, on foot, river cruise, and by horse and carriage ride (all pre-booked). Paris offered many highlights, my fondest being a picnic lunch with a collection of the best cheeses, breads, macaroons, chocolates, and a bottle of French Champagne in Champ de Mars breathing in the Parisian lifestyle and the gorgeous Eiffel Tower. While the kids didn’t always understand the historical significance of the landmarks and attractions they saw, the perspective gained through experiencing diverse cultural influences (languages, foods, music, currency, lifestyles) has been invaluable. My number one tip to parents travelling abroad: book as much as possible prior to

> Rome National Museum overlooking Via del Fori Imperiali, Rome Go for: A breathtaking juxtaposition of old history melded with the modern. > Piazza Bra’, Verona Go for: Verona’s largest piazza and considered Italy’s largest too. Spectacular shopping and café culture set against the Verona Arena. > Burano, Venice Go for: Traditional lace-making demonstrations and purchases. Delectable venetian Bussola biscuits! > Rue Cler, Paris Go for: One of many back streets in Paris, about a 15-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower. Home to authentic Parisian delicatessens, cafes, restaurants. > Fauchon store, Paris Go for: From their trademark hot pink branding to the to-die-for macaroons, chocolates, and a cellar that is simply divine, Fauchon is an attraction all of its own (and you can buy online too)! Want to book your own trip to Europe? Call our travel guru Cathy at Harvey World Travel Hope Island on 5530 8633 leaving —accommodation, tours, day-trips are easy to book through websites like booking. com and viator.com. Pre-booked attraction tickets or Skip-the-Line tours can save you hours waiting in lines (one lady we spoke to had waited four hours to get to the front of the Eiffel Tower queue) – imagine doing that with kids! Find J’aimee on Twitter, @Jaimee_ Brooker or read the family’s travel blog, brookertraveladventures.posterous.com

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missy Robinson discovers a rainforest retreat that’s just a short drive from the gold Coast but seemingly a whole other blissful world away... ituated on a private estate in a section of sub-tropical rainforest on beautiful Mt Tamborine, Pethers Rainforest Retreat is the perfect place to indulge, unwind and escape from the stresses of everyday living. Surrounded by local wildlife and magnificent scenery, from the moment you drive down the winding tree-lined corridor to the gated entrance you gain a sense of peace and serenity. Pethers, opened in 2002 by PM John Howard, offers 10 luxurious and secluded ‘tree-houses’ all furnished and decorated with Asian overtones featuring unique antique pieces. Each tree-house includes a fireplace, large two-person spa, expansive dining area and kitchenette as well as a shower built for two, all with exceptionally high ceilings and uninterrupted views of the rainforest. The minute I walked into my home for the next two nights I was blown away by the instant comfort and isolation; the perfect escape. You may choose to enjoy seclusion at Pethers, visit a winery, explore this exquisite region, or simply indulge in views; either way, everyone and everything moves a little slower at Mt Tamborine, so take your time and relax. Packages at Pethers are available to suit all needs, whether it be for a mid-week or weekend stay. The staff are incredibly December 2012

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friendly, and I particularly love that breakfast is delivered to your door each morning in a delightful hamper with fresh juice and pastries. Here it feels like all requirements are catered for, which ensures a pleasant and peaceful stay. Guest facilities also include full spa services so you can enjoy a massage in the comfort of your tree-house. The restaurant is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights (and last Sunday of each month for lunch) to off-site diners as well as

for salmon. The main of tender, moist spring lamb fillets with seasoned vegetables left me feeling incredibly satisfied as I dined next to a large open fire listening to the classic musical voices crooning over the speaker system. To be able to dine like a Queen and within minutes be soaking in a spa bath overlooking some of Australia’s most beautiful flora is a magical experience and something I recommend for everyone, be it as a couple or a single.

The minute I walked into my home for the next two nights I was blown away by the instant comfort and isolation, the perfect escape. guests. Chef, Kristian Eggleton, changes the menu monthly ensuring a mixed variety for his diners. Produce is proudly locally sourced, but Kristian boasts international training in Switzerland, and his love of ‘street food’ also influences the cuisine and his desire to serve food as naturally as possible. An entrée of citrus marinated Atlantic salmon with fennel, orange and rocket salad blew my socks off and was like nothing I’ve ever had before – fresh, light, zingy (and a generous portion). This dish has now cemented my love

How lucky are we to be able to live amongst the best of both worlds - mountains and the ocean? There’s nothing quite like disappearing into the cool, energising air of a rainforest retreat though, and if you’re seeking a little bit of luxurious down time to get your thoughts together again, Pethers is certainly the place to do it. Pethers Rainforest Retreat North Tamborine p 5545 4577 pethers.com.au

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Sarah Blinco discovers how to take a trip to paradise on the Great Barrier Reef, and spend as little (or as much) as you like. r&r At Airlie BeAch sAve It’s completely free to wander around beautiful Airlie Beach, laze in the sun on the esplanade or sand, and soak in the Whitsundays vibe. We’re relaxed just thinking about it. splurge Organise in-room pampering through Airlie Day Spa & Hair Studio (airliedayspa. com.au). The professional team will deliver massages, therapies and beauty options direct to your hotel door. Perfect for a weekend away with the girls, or with that special someone.

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Fitness Blitz sAve Did you know there are many delightful bushwalking tracks surrounding the popular Whitsunday Islands, including Airlie Beach, on Hamilton and Hayman Islands? Self-guided tours are simple, and while you will work up a sweat (some of the hills are certainly a workout in themselves) the views, and in some cases, deserted beaches and coral cays you’ll discover at the end of the journey are well worth it. If you’re exploring Hamilton Island, you can now download a free iPhone APP (available in five languages) that offers commentary on where you’re walking, the history of the area and details on the flora and fauna encountered along the way. December 2012

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indulgent paradise could still yet be yours for a holiday this coming year. splurge For the ultimate Whitsundays reef adventure, book in a scenic sea plane flight with Air Whitsunday (airwhitsunday.com. au). Soaring across aqua blues of all shades, stunning islands as far as the eye can see, and beaches such as famous Whitehaven, you’ll soon realise sea planes are a truly fantastic way to journey. Then, being dropped off in Hayman Island’s backyard is really about as good as it gets. getting there: Flights from Brisbane to Proserpine (Whitsundays Coast) or Hamilton Island airports. AccommodAtion options: Pinnacles Resort & Spa, Airlie Beach (pinnaclesresort.com), Reef View Hotel, Hamilton Island (hamiltonisland.com.au/reefview-hotel), Hayman Island (hayman.com.au). more information: tourismwhitsundays. com.au and view Sarah’s 60-second video on her extraordinary seaplane flight at tinyurl. com/8fjy67h or search ‘Whitsundays’ at TravelLiveLearn.com


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ingredients Homemade Peanut Sauce • 1-2 Tbs tamarind paste from a jar • 2/3 cup brown sugar • 1 tsp salt + more to balance at very end • 1L water • 2 Tbs lime juice + more to balance at very end • 500g salted, roasted, crushed peanuts Rempah (wet spice paste) • 20 dried, long red chillies*, deseeded*, soaked in boiling water until soft, drained and chopped • 2 cm (thickest part) galangal, peeled, thinly sliced, chopped • 2 stalks lemongrass, thinly sliced (use pale part only and remove any dry outer layers) • 8 cloves garlic, peeled, sliced • 15 small red eschallots or 3 medium Spanish onions, peeled and sliced • 200 ml vegetable oil Chicken or Beef Satays • Skewers soaked for an hour • 2 kg chicken thigh fillets, cleaned of sinew and fat OR 2 kg chuck steak Marinade • 2 cm (thickest part) galangal, peeled, thinly sliced, chopped • 8 stalks lemongrass, thinly sliced • 2 Tbs ground turmeric • 4 clove garlic, peeled, sliced • 10 small red eschallots or 2 medium Spanish onions, peeled and sliced • 1/2 cup brown sugar • 3 tsp salt • 1/2 tsp dark soy • 1/2 cup vegetable oil • 2 Tbs ground coriander • 2 Tbs ground cumin December 2012

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Accompaniments (also to be dipped into the peanut sauce) • 2 cups jasmine rice, washed and drained • 4 cups water • 1 tsp salt • 1 fresh pineapple, skin and core removed, cut into 1cm thick triangles • 2 Spanish onions, peeled, diced into large 2 cm cubes and layers separated • 2 continental cucumbers, quartered lengthways and then sliced into 2 cm pieces MetHod Blend rempah ingredients until you achieve a fine paste. Set aside. Pour rempah into a heavy bottom saucepan or wok and bring to a medium heat. Stir continuously to make sure the bottom isn’t catching and cook until there is very little steam rising from the sauce. At this stage, the oil will have split from the spice paste, caramelising into a lovely dark red and developing a beautiful fragrance. Add water and bring to boil. Add tamarind, lime, sugar and only 1 tsp of salt and half the crushed peanuts. Bring to boil again, remove from heat and set aside until required. Add the remaining nuts and give sauce a stir just before for a nice bit of crunch. At the very end, TASTE. If you feel something is lacking, the sauce just needs some balancing with more seasoning or a squeeze of lime juice. Set aside. Cut the meat against the grain, no more than 2 cm wide at its widest, 1 cm thick and 3-4 cm long, irregular in shape but similar in size. Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate in a large mixing bowl. To start the marinade, blend all marinade ingredients to a fine paste. Tip all the meat and marinade into a snaplock bag. Massage meat through bag. Refrigerate for at least 5 hours or overnight. Grill for 15mins, turning sparingly. Serve with rice. 46

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ingredients Pandan Crepes • 1/3 cup plain flour • 2 free range eggs • 1/4 cup full cream milk + extra to thin down if needed • generous pinch of salt • 1/2 cup coconut milk, fresh or tinned • 1/4 tsp pandan aroma pasta*/pandan paste • Vegetable oil for greasing Filling • 1/2 cup coconut cream fresh or tinned • 110 g Gula Melaka or dark palm sugar • 1/8 tsp salt • 1 cup dessicated coconut or freshly grated coconut MetHod In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, eggs, 1/4 cup full cream milk and salt and whisk until silky smooth. Add a dash of the coconut milk and pandan aroma pasta and whisk until combined. Add remaining coconut milk and stir in gently with a ladle. Heat a 20-23cm non-stick frypan on a medium heat. With some paper toweling smear the tiniest bit of vegetable oil onto the entire surface of pan. Start

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lue Lantern Mediterranean Bistro & Bar has been operating in Southport now for around six weeks, and has already swiftly - developed a positive, popular name among regulars. The proudly family-owned restaurant offers a critical point of difference - special request meals. You won’t be frowned on, stared or smirked at if you request food that caters to dietary or health requirements. Whether you’re vegetarian, coeliac, allergic or monitoring weight, cholesterol or any other factors, the friendly, expert team here - lead by Emily in front of house, chef, Andrew, and your host, Jo, will make it happen with a smile. Further to this, Blue Lantern’s management guarantees the quality of their recipes, because they go to much effort to source fresh, local ingredients for all dishes breakfast, lunch and dinner.Their aim is to offer patrons healthy Mediterranean-style cuisine that utilises key components like pesticidefree vegetables and extra virgin olive oil. Many elements, including sauces and pastas are

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H SAGITTARIUS November 22 – December 22 This year has been very good to you, and December will not be left out. Your appearance will shine and you’re at a personal power peak. Independence is strong, leaving you in the driver’s seat of your own happiness. H CAPRICORN – December 22 – January 20 You will be making rapid progress towards goals this month, contemplate carefully. With your personal New Year on the doorstep, it’s a good idea to take some time to look at the spiritual aspects of your progress thus far. You will have breakthroughs in understanding, so take a step back and allow yourself to see beneath the surface to identify the bigger picture.

H AQUARIUS January 21 – February 19 Trust instincts to create the life you want for yourself and be accountable for your own happiness in December. You will be making a lot of progress towards goals this month and this is a great time to sit back and watch the things you have manifested come to fruition. Love opportunities will present themselves through social activities. H PISCES February 19 – March 20 You may feel like everything is slowing down where career is concerned during December. Have patience,you are not being blocked,Jupiter is in retrograde and this will create some delays. Stay on task and focus on goals. Social activities and celebrations will help you to move forward.

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LIFESTYLE STARS energy will need to be preserved, with the kidneys and the hips being prominent areas. Love and finances will also be strong this month and you will see expansion in both areas. H LEO July 22 – August 23 You will be in the mood to party this month, and you’ll be the life of the party wherever you go. Finances will also be very positive and you will be much happier earning your keep and more. Love will also be encouraging. Your loyalty and devotion to loved ones will be rewarded with more clarity in your relationships with them. H VIRGO August 23 - September 22 You will be more concerned with home and family throughout December and this can make you more emotional than normal. Stepping back and looking at the bigger picture will give better insight regarding relationships with family members and you will interact with them in a much better way. You will also have financial support from family and if you are considering investing, business, property, restaurants or hospitality would be positive investments right now. Just make sure you act with due diligence before you commit. H LIBRA September 22 – October 23 Communication and intellectual development will be powerful this month and this is an opportune time to catch up on any correspondence with family, friends or business colleagues or embark on a path of study. Socialising with family will be the top priority over the holiday season and you will feel more loved than ever. Romance is on the cards for singles and you will need to move slowly to allow the time to get to know each other, whilst enjoying each other’s company. H SCORPIO October 23 – November 22 The future is looking very bright, however during December you will need to focus on holding onto the image of where you want to be when you are successful. Remember, feeling right is just as important as doing right. Finances will increase, however you will still need to pay attention and be cautious where necessary.

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LAST WORD with Sarah Blinco

GUYSEBASTIAN He’s been the voice of reason on Channel 7’s The X Factor, mentored the series’ last two winners, and has achieved international chart success with a brilliant 2012 single, Battle Scars - this Christmas, we’re loving guy Sebastian

t was over a late night planning meeting for the December issue of Get it that we started talking about Guy ‘Go the Fro’ Sebastian and how much he has achieved since we first met him on Australian Idol in 2003. Hard to believe it’s been that long since this charming (then) music teacher won our hearts with his truly beautiful, unique voice. Over the years he’s released many singles,all securing relative success within Aussie shores, but his profile has catapulted thanks to the success of The X Factor, and his mentorship of many a rising star. While all the judges on The X Factor come to the panel with their own set of worthy credentials, Guy has always stood out as the judge and guide who could truly empathise with contestants. On one hand, he’s got the musical knowledge and training to be able to genuinely advise performers on technicalities that need to be developed. On the other, he’s been all the way to the top of the mother of all music casting calls and competitions. In fact, the Idol he won when he was just 22 was the first of the series we saw here in Australia - it really set the bar for the national music competitions we’re now all so addicted to. Guy’s been a judge on X Factor since 2010, mentoring 2011’s popular winner, Reece Mastin, this year’s gorgeous superstar winner, Samantha Jade, and offering a wealth of sound advice to the talented line-up of 2012 acts. On top of his television commitments though, Guy’s had an exceptionally huge year. He’s a new dad to super-cute baby, Hudson, and he’s released his seventh, chart-topping album, Armageddon. The humble artist scored his sixth number one single in Australia from this release, making him one of the most successful charting artists in our history, alongside the likes of Kylie Minogue and Delta Goodrem.

LIKE IT LIKE THAT: 12 reasons why we love this nice ‘guy’ of Aussie pop-R’n’B: 1. He prompts us: Don’t worry, be happy (we haven’t had that musical reminder since 1988 (YouTube it if you don’t know what I’m talking about)! A nice sentiment though, no matter what decade we have it sung to us. 2. He co-starred with the ever-lovable Jennifer Hawkins in his music video for Elevator Love (2006). Could she be any more beautiful? 3. His exotic pedigree is intriguing. He was born (1981) in Malaysia to his father of Sri Lankan and Portuguese descent, and mother, of English and Portuguese descent. Further to this he was raised in India. He has three brothers, and his family migrated to Australia in 1988. 4. Guy’s represented us all over the world, including at the G’day USA showcases in America in 2011 and 2012, and of course the World Idol competition. 5. He writes great songs, for unique events. Receive the Power, a song written by Guy and Gary Pinto was chosen as the official anthem for the Roman Catholic Church’s XXIII World Youth Day (WYD08) held in Sydney in 2008. 6. Among many charitable commitments, Guy is currently an ambassador for the Australian Red Cross, World Vision Australia, and Golden Stave (the Australian music and entertainment industry’s charity fund raising organisation). 7. He’s a giver: Guy’s songs are frequently featured on charity albums, and he’s been known to make unofficial appearances at hospitals several times a year. 8. He’s done Grease, with Olivia Newton-John! For the Olivia Newton-John & Friends Concert in September 2008, held at the State Theatre in Sydney, Guy was chosen to sing a duet with

Olivia - none other than the iconic track, Summer Nights. 9. Guy and Ronan hit the stage in the UK too, in a really huge concert tour! He supported Boyzone - the Irish boy band that included fellow X Factor judge, Ronan Keating - on their 2011 UK ‘Brother Tour’, in memory of the group’s fellow band-mate, Stephen Gately, following his shock death in 2009. 10. Guy’s a grounded celebrity who has been with his partner, Jules Egan, for around 13 years, and married for four. 11. He’ll be enjoying this time of year with the rest of us, but particularly because Guy loves his cricket! 12. His brand new single, Get Along (from the album Armageddon) is about encouraging us all to make the world a better place. He recently told Sunrise on Seven that the video for the track was strategically shot all around the world, to “represent global life and love”, reflective of many of the lyrics in the song, such as,“it’s easy if they’re faceless to hate the other side”. For December, the Get it girls would like to say, good on you Guy! We’re excited to see what’s ahead for you in 2013, and we’ll certainly be spinning a few of your tracks this holiday season. You can follow Guy on Twitter, @guysebastian or find him on Facebook and at guysebastian.com.au

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