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Features 8

Date Night: Keeping you entertained this month

12 Inspiring locals: Meet Girls Night In ambassador Ra Churchin 18 Bitching on the job: Are you causing grief in the office? 30 Gold Coast Wags: Women of the GC600 38 Hitting the big time: Justice Crew Fashion & Beauty 15 Dress like an A-lister: Be your own style guru on a budget 22 Spring Racing: Looking sexy trackside 26 Beauty: Bronzed and beautiful Regulars 20 We Love: Pink for a cause 40 Dining: Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill 41 Lifestyle Recipes: Summer sensations 46 Out & About: Get it’s social scene: Have you been snapped? 49 Horoscopes: See what’s in your stars this month

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Be spoilt ‘top to toe’

From the editor SARAH BLINCO

I love this time of year on the Gold Coast. The sun is shining, water glistening, fast cars lap our city’s streets and the energy is electric. The Gold Coast 600 is on very shortly and I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings. I remember one year, my gorgeous mate Kellie, and I were hanging out with some of the crew from Conrad Jupiters. We were watching the V8s cruise around the track but were distracted ... as NRL’s Johnathan Thurston and Willie Mason dropped by for a chat. Giggling like school girls, we were ... or perhaps that was the champagne and sunshine (my nemesis). Three lovely ladies who know all about V8 Supercars, sporting celebrities, and champagne, no doubt, are the Gold Coast’s very own WAGS of motorsport, Julia Ingall, Bree Johnson and Janine Patrizi - we caught up with them exclusively for this issue! I have many favourite memories filed away from Octobers past - good times spent with friends. On that note, we’re proud to promote the Girls Night In initiative, raising money for women’s cancers, and a terrific opportunity to do something meaningful with your own mates. For this issue I had the pleasure of talking to Ra Churchin, Queensland ambassador for the event. If there was ever anybody to inspire us to support a worthy cause, it is this beautiful young lady.

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On a bittersweet note, the Get It girls wish to farewell Sam Bell, who has designed the publication since its inception but who has now moved on to pursue other innovative projects. Thanks for all your inspiration, Sam. We’re welcoming to the team however, Aimi Hart, and are all excited about what’s in store for the coming month. Hope you are too!


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Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise October 1-7 There will be daily kids movies, displays from the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and more!

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KRANSKY SISTERS The Arts Centre, Gold Coast Thursday, October 25, 2012 PIECE OF CAKE The Kransky Sisters “We’ve been told that the Spit on the Gold Coast is beautiful... We can’t understand how it can be any different from the spit outside the Esk Club Hotel” -Mourne Kransky Mourne, Eve and Dawn Kransky, three spinsters from regional Esk in Queensland, are hitting the glitter strip with a brand new show. Venturing out from the intensely private world of their family home, the sisters will bring stories and homespun renditions of the popular songs they’ve heard on their wireless. When talking to the sisters about their impending trip to the sunny Gold Coast, Mourne tells Get it ,“We hear there’s a lot of sun baking happening at the Gold Coast, so we’re going to bring some scone mix and sit on the beach. We would also like to know what sort of self-raising flour they use at the Gold Coast, as we are hearing all the time about the high rises.” In a quiet town in the middle of south east Queensland lives a huddle of strange sisters, who in between tending ants, knitting egg warmers, and hanging out cane toad skins to dry, travel around the country performing their popular musical shows to a growing following. With kitchen pot, toilet brush, keyboard,


musical saw, tuba, guitar and dueling tambourines these three unusual yet endearing spinsters present offbeat covers of songs ranging from Nana Mouskouri and Eurythmics to Talking Heads and The Bee Gees. The combination of the Sisters’ sheltered view of the world seen through their superbly droll comic dialogue, and alluring musical sound makes this night out with your strange old aunts an unforgettable experience. With their endearing naivety, this oddball comedic musical trio fuse real life stories with a host of unique arrangements of popular songs in an entertaining performance not to be missed!


We’re giving away two double-passes to The Kransky Sisters. To be in the draw, jump online and enter your details at www.getit-magazine.comau/ competitions. Good Luck! ON STAGE JABOWOCKEEZ Jupiters Casino & Hotel September 4 – November 1 Following record crowds, rave reviews and a standing ovation for the Australian premiere of their show, Jupiters Hotel & Casino is thrilled to announce an extended season for world-famous dance crew, Jabbawockeez. Their show, MÜS.I.C (muse-i-see) will return to Jupiters Theatre for an

DREDD 3D In cinemas 25 October DREDD takes us to the wild streets of Mega City One, an industrial Quasicivilisation dotting the landscape of the cursed earth, a wasteland spreading across North America. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is the most feared of the elite Street Judges, with the power to enforce the law, sentence offenders and execute them on the spot - if necessary. The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and the frenetic vision of director Pete Travis, bring DREDD to life as a futuristic neonoir action film that returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip.


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LOCAL PROFILE with Sarah Blinco

HEROES of the MODERN AGE Sarah Blinco meets Ra Churchin, Queensland ambassador for the Cancer Council’s Girls Night In, and a contemporary so inspiring she brings tears to her eyes. was recently introduced to Ra Churchin. She’s about my age, 34, young, I’d say. She’s a gorgeous Gold Coaster, former travel agent but particularly passionate about art and snowboarding. Like me, she’s got dreams for the future, loves spending time with girlfriends, is keen to globe-trot, and enjoys shaking her booty in Zumba class. Unlike me, she spends her days not sweating the small stuff because she’s had to go through something that I personally (and very fortunately) haven’t had to, nor could I imagine - breast cancer. They say Australian women have a one in nine lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. One in nine. That could be you; or your friend, sister, auntie, or as in my case, mum. It’s the most common cancer for women today, however it’s important to remember that thanks to fundraising, research is ongoing; and because of research, treatments, procedures, equipment and training improve every year. In fact, most women do survive breast cancer now. My mum is testament to this, as is the lovely Ra. In Ra’s case, there was no apparent reason for this cancer to have appeared. Her key message, especially given the young, supposedly ‘unlikely’ age of 32 when afflicted with the disease, is “listen to your body”. “Looking back, I feel that possibly some of the stress I felt the year before being diagnosed was my body desperately trying to tell me something was wrong,” she adds. Eventually a noticeable lump emerged, but at first Ra ignored it. “I didn’t want it to mean anything. It got to a point where it was an obvious though... I went to get it looked at. Initially I was misdiagnosed, [even following] a mammogram, ultrasound and three or four FNAs (like a biopsy)... That was around September 2010. Funnily enough, the body screams messages at you when things are wrong, so at the start of 2011 I went back for a routine check-up with my normal GP. I mentioned I had a lump that was apparently benign. She didn’t tell me, but she had alarm bells going off when she felt the lump and so ordered another ultrasound and biopsy which is when we found out I had cancer. Following October 2012

this experience, I’ve become an advocate of girls listening to their bodies and encourage everyone to follow up if something doesn’t feel right.” Ra is genuinely grateful that she always felt looked after following this diagnosis. “At first everything happened really fast... I felt an overwhelming sense of attention and safety though, and was blown away by the instant care.” Her personal journey, understandably, was tumultuous. “Emotionally I never really felt, ‘why me’; I just went with it. It’s like being on a conveyor belt, you just keep going in one direction to get through it... I went through some very down times. It was very confronting and emotional sometimes, but I always did that in my own quiet time,” she says. “I cried every time at chemo because it’s frightening. The first lot of chemo was the really hard stuff. I had severe nausea, fatigue. My hair fell

overcome fears. You begin to live a life without fear.” Ra adds, “While you can never fully come to terms with it [cancer], you do go a long way towards it because if you don’t, you’re going to live a life of great unhappiness... I still wake up in the morning and I smile. I use the good things in my life to be happy and positive about... Because of modern medicine, love and support from my family and friends, and a lot of positive affirmations, I have been able to get through all my treatment.” Ra is also working to raise awareness, and as such is this year’s Queensland ambassador for Girls Night In ( “I

the beauty in it [the experience] is being able to overcome fears. You begin to live a life without fear. out and my eyes were really inflamed. It gave me premature menopause, so I was on an emotional rollercoaster. At the same time, I was on steroids, which makes you climb the walls. You don’t sleep, and they cause all sorts of horrible side effects.” It’s at this point in my conversation with Ra that I realise she’s been putting on a particularly brave face. She swings from being positive about outcomes to recalling trying times, and it’s this raw emotion that really strikes a teary note with me as I hear what she has been through. Ra has had both breasts removed and endured twenty rounds of chemotherapy, but the tumour has been removed and thankfully there was no cancer in her lymph nodes. She’ll continue to be monitored closely, and after three years will be deemed ‘in remission’, and after five years with no further cancer she will be declared ‘cancer-free’. She tells me, “the beauty in it [the experience] is being able to 12

wanted to get on board with it because I’ve got firsthand experience in how far we have come in modern medicine, but there is still much more we have to learn... Girls Night In is a simple thing to do. Just register - it’s an opportunity to spend time with your friends and instead of spending money on clothes and alcohol on a ‘big night out’, put that money towards funds for the campaign.” On a personal note, this spirited survivor is looking forward to a future of global snowboarding adventures and is expanding her business ( / “Before I was lost, and I used to always focus on others. Now I identify with things that make me happy - like painting and snowboarding - and I pursue them. These things inspire me... I’ve just been signed up by an art gallery too, Rodney Ramage Art in Southport, where I’ll be selling my original work, so that’s exciting!”

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9. Infuse your personality into your look. Taking inspiration from celebrities is great but don’t lose yourself in someone else’s style. Always incorporate an element that is very “you” and unique. 10. Have fun with fashion. Don’t take it so seriously! It’s just fashion, have fun with it! 14

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photo shoot. Multi coloured with blue, green, pink, yellow. She had a head full of rainbow hair. It’s obviously not something I would do every day in the salon, so it was an exciting change to do this for a photo shoot. 7. What are the HOT new looks for this season? Short haircuts – anything pixie, if you can pull it off. For long hair we’re seeing a lot of sophisticated up-styles, cute buns to elaborate braides are taking place over wearing your hair down and out. 8. Hair trend that needs to go? Straight bob. There are so many new and improved bobs now and a bit more layering makes it so much more stylish 9. What differentiates Paul & Paul Salon from your competitors? WE LISTEN TO OUR CLIENTS NEEDS AND CONCERNS!!! We are always aiming for something unique to provide our clients.

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Paul & Paul Salon would also like to launch their exclusive new ‘Platinum Style Cut’ service. A visit to the hairdresser need not be the most expensive one. At Paul & Paul Salon we now offer all clients the option of our ‘Platinum Style cut’ service. Valued at $110 clients of any hair length may receive a Style cut & Blowdry as well as a take home 250ml Davines Shampoo & Conditioner of their choice. The Shampoo and Conditioner are valued at $29.95 each so essentially you are receiving your hair cut for $50. There are some salons out there that charge upwards of $100 just for a style cut! We at Paul & Paul Salon understand that sometimes it can be more affordable or convenient to purchase your hair care from the supermarket, but we take pride in our work and want the best for our clients so we are making this service a permanent fixture on our service menu and encourage all clients new and old to try this fantastic service. SOUTHPORT: Shop 2 7-9 Stevens Street Phone: 55271523 ROBINA: 217 Ron Penhaligon Way, Phone: 5575 8151‬ October 2012

COVER FEATURE with Sarah Blinco



Do you believe you contribute to a positive work environment? Or, are you one of some 86 per cent of professional Australian workers who have snubbed a colleague in the office? Sarah Blinco investigates surprising new findings indicating bad behaviour is indeed rife in Aussie workplaces, and seeks suggestions on how we can all make a difference.

ach day when I head out to do the school pick-up - that is, collect my fiancé, a year five teacher - I glance around at what the little folk are up to. Generally it’s all still the same as when we were in primary school. Boys kick their footballs around, challenge each other to games of handball and occasionally give someone a cheeky nudge. The girls on the other hand are much more subtle. It’s often easy to spot the little kid who is out of favour for the day, in the corner on her own. If any woman can tell me they went through school without experiencing how downright nasty some other girls can be then I say, how awesome for you! We like to believe that schoolyard bitching is something that is grown out of, but is it? Does immature nastiness and teasing really dissipate as we ‘mature’? Findings have only this month been released from a study by SACS Consulting into counter-productive workplace behaviours (CWBs), and ladies, we ain’t looking pretty. General bad behaviour includes taking unnecessary sick days, ignoring OH&S policies or procedures, becoming distracted by non-work related matters, and, women were found more likely to infringe against the organisation they’re employed by! As in the schoolyard, safety and October 2012

bullying have emerged as major concerns, with one finding indicating 86.6 per cent of employees had ignored or snubbed someone at work at least once, and 41 per cent had done so sometimes or more frequently. Sadly, this type of behaviour often escalates, causing grief and emotional turmoil for many in the fold. Local marketing consultant, Wendy Hoffs, tells us how bitching escalated into something much more at a former workplace: “I once worked for a company that represented beautiful skincare and lifestyle brands.

we all have a moral responsibility to help create a positive, safe workplace As the organisation grew, more women were employed in various roles. Over time, I noticed that several of the staff tended to subtly pick on others or make their life hard in small but personally significant ways. Across a number of months, the nastiness escalated to the point of tears and incessant chatter, inside and outside of work hours, about what was going on. Even those of us who weren’t directly being victimised were being impacted by the negative energy at work. It got to the point 18

where everyone was seriously unhappy until eventually several staff left. With a new turnover of staff came an opportunity to implement strategies designed to prevent such negative behaviour reoccurring. It certainly reduced productivity, and I was fairly keen to move on to a new place of work following the experience,” she says. SACS Consulting, the Australian human resource and organisational psychology consulting firm who undertook the research into bad behaviour in the workplace, believe it is the first comprehensive study of its kind in Australia. Andrew Marty, psychologist and managing director of SACS Consulting says he was surprised by the relatively high levels of negative behaviour identified, and believes the findings have significant implications for Australian employers. He says many clients who had seen the findings were surprised and concerned by how common some behaviours are. “Identifying CWBs is important for employers as they can cause staff energy levels, drive and commitment to work to drop. They can also create a downward spiral into truly negative behaviour such as widespread bullying and harassment. This in turn affects productivity and profitability of a business and the overall quality of the workplace culture.” Is it only the responsibility of management to curb anti-bullying

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behaviour though? This is acceptable in school, when adults are often required to facilitate negotiations between otherwise immature minds. However, shouldn’t we as adults with fully developed, functioning brains, work to behave a little bit better if for nothing else than professionalism’s sake? The Australian Human Rights Commission website ( au) states that yes, employers do indeed have a legal obligation to provide a safe workplace, free of bullying and harassment. It also states that as bystanders “we all have a moral responsibility to help create a positive, safe workplace.” Boss, bystander, bully or bitcher - isn’t it time we just got on with our jobs? If you’re struggling with negativity for whatever reason, psychologists and business coaches agree - channel that energy into a positive activity like yoga, meditation, gym, karate or sport. Most of us spend a vast majority of our lives at work, and the days certainly run much faster when we’re free to be productive and happy. If you’ve experienced bullying or bitching in the workplace, or have some positive suggestions to share on how to curb negative workplace behaviours, please drop us a line on Facebook: or Twitter: @Get_It_Magazine.

Life and business coach, Lisa Phillips ( offers a checklist and advice. Do you find you can’t help but gossip about people at lunch? Instead of focusing on what you don’t like about someone, try to focus on what you do like. If you can’t find anything nice to say, then don’t say anything. Realistically, unless it is someone you know really well, your judgements are just based on your own perception and are often projections of our own behaviour traits. For example, if you bitch that someone always leaves the office at 5pm, this could be down to the fact that secretly you resent your own long working hours. We often bitch about someone, as deep down we may feel resentful or even envious of their behaviour or good fortune. If other people spend their time bitching to you, remember you don’t have to agree or buy into it. You can simply listen without passing any judgement. Don’t feel you need to feed gossip and negativity. Rather than bitching about work or other people, or even the fact you dislike your job, take responsibility and take action to resolve it! Do you find it makes you feel better to snap or be nasty towards co-workers or employees? Generally people are not fond of the office gossip, and snappy angry behaviour is not something to feel good about. Negative people spread resentment around the office, and always bear in mind that if you think it’s ok to bitch about 19

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Volley is supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation through sales of limited edition shoes and laces. More at www.

Bio-Organics (available at pharmacies nationwide) donates 10 cents from every cranberry product sold in Australia all year round to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and in October some products come packaged with a tweezer set featuring the pink ribbon logo.

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FASHION STYLE with Missy Robinson

“Bluey” wears Marilyn Van den Berg “Sandy”, $240.00,; Josh Goot Dress, $795.00,; Marilyn Van den Berg “Penelope”, $180.00,; CZ studs, $49.00,

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iecon Plaza, Broadbeach Mall, is turning pink this month in order to raise funds and awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). Breast cancer affects one in nine women and one in 125 men in Australia. Almost everyone these days has been affected by it in some way or another. Niecon Plaza is very proud to be supporting this worthy cause. All retailers and businesses in Niecon Plaza will be collecting donations during the month via donation tins which you will find on their front counter or reception. Alternatively, donate online - nieconplazagoespink, or drop some coins in the Niecon Plaza Wishing Well (Man from Snowy River Statue Fountain) - funds donated directly to NBCF. On Pink Ribbon Day, Monday 22 October, ‘I Love Pink’ merchandise will be available in stores, and all money raised from merchandise will go directly to the Cancer Council.

Balloon Kings and Total Talent are donating their time to maintain the centre’s pink themes with special balloons and streamers; and you’ll even catch the Breeze FM team broadcasting live from Niecon Plaza every Wednesday in October. There’s live entertainment every

Friday and Saturday night from 5.30 to 8.30pm. And speaking of entertainment you won’t want to miss the Pink Ribbon Morning Tea, Saturday 27 October, 9am to noon in the Niecon Plaza foodcourt. There’ll be plenty of entertainment for the whole family, and it’s all free - guest speakers, prizes, giveaways, live entertainment, as well as cupcakes and merchandise for sale. All money raised will go to NBCF and Cancer Council. nieconplazagoespink au/nieconplazagoespink

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WOMEN of the GC600

With the Armor All Gold Coast 600 heating up the city this month, Sarah Blinco stepped out in her stilettos to meet the GC’s very own WAGS - the sexy ladies behind some of our coolest motoring superstars

hundering noise, indescribable energy and tonnes of fun trackside it’s time for the Gold Coast 600, and we’re excited! While the faces of drivers will no doubt grace many news pages over the coming few weeks, we thought it might be nice to meet the local women of motorsport. Did you know a number of the WAGS (that’s, wives and girlfriends) live it up right here on the Gold Coast? It’s our pleasure to introduce you into the glamorous lives of Julia Ingall, wife of two time Bathurst 1000 winner, Russell Ingall; Bree Johnson, wife of V8 Supercar driver, Steve Johnson, and Janine Patrizi, wife of Michael Patrizi. Bree Johnson Day job? At the moment I’m enjoying being an at-home mum. I have less than six months until our youngest starts school and I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to be able to stay at home with her. How did you meet Steve? We met through a mutual friend. We were not too keen on each other at first. It took quite a while for us to get to know each other, and Steve in a dress (that’s another story!) to spark something. Were you interested in motorsport before you got together? It was definitely something I had to learn about. I’d never even seen a race before meeting Steve, I was more into motorbikes. I grew up with a brother who raced motocross and I raced myself from the age of three until I was about ten. October 2012

What’s the coolest part about being married to a supercar star? I’ve come to really love the sport itself but it’s also opened up a world of great opportunities. There are definitely perks - we’ve been to great events over the years and met some really exciting people all through being involved with V8 Supercars. My most memorable moment would probably be having a hot lap with Steve – it really gives you an appreciation of how tough it is to drive those cars around a race track.

Aside from the upcoming supercars challenge on the Gold Coast, what are you most looking forward to over the coming year? I’ve always loved the Gold Coast race... Apart from that, I absolutely love Bathurst. Steve and I drive down in a motor home which we stay in at the track and it’s also another opportunity for us to spend some time together - I always love a good road trip.

You’re evidently ‘the woman behind the man’ – how important is the role of a supportive partner? I think anyone’s role as a wife is important but I guess with motor racing - as with other sports - you need to be quite selfless. It’s a very consuming industry... but I wouldn’t change it for the world - I love our crazy life.

Day job? I work for Gold Coast Oral, Maxillofacial and Implant Surgery administration and patient coordinating. I’ve had a few different jobs over the years due to us moving all over the place, but this is something different for me and I’m really loving it.

Your hubby obviously loves cars and racing. What are your favourite things in life? I’ve found I really love baking cupcakes. I’m forever getting requests for my cupcakes, especially for my ‘Jim Beam and Honey’ ones, so I’m in the process of designing a webpage where I’ll make cupcakes and also sell some lovely decorating items and gift ideas. It’s exciting and nice to have something of my own to focus on. Is Steve away a lot, or does your family travel with him? He is away a lot, this is the most difficult part of what he does. We miss out on a lot things like weddings and birthdays which is unfortunate, but we always make sure we have at least one family holiday a year. 30

Janine Patrizi

How did you meet Michael? We met just over ten years ago at an AFL game in Perth. I was only 16 at the time! How time flies. Were you interested in motorsport before you got together? I had no idea about motorsport before I met Michael, but over the years I’ve developed a bit of an interest in it. I think I’ve had to! I really love watching Formula 1 - and V8 Supercars, of course. What’s the coolest part about being married to a supercar star? It’s totally unrelated to the sport, but I would probably say his cooking! He is a great barista too. You’re evidently ‘the woman behind the man’ – how important is the role of a

Bree supportive partner? The ‘supportive partner’ role for me has been a big one. Over the years we’ve moved overseas and back twice, then to Melbourne, and now we’ve been on the Gold Coast for just over three years. As much as I miss home (Perth) and my family, I wouldn’t change anything we’ve done. Your hubby obviously loves cars and racing. What are your favourite things in life? My favourite thing to do in my down time is spend time with my husband and two dogs, Narla and Buddy. Because Michael is on the road (or in the air) quite a bit, I really enjoy it when we just have a weekend at home to relax with the dogs. I also love a bit of online shopping. Is Michael away a lot, or do you travel with him? I like to travel to Michael’s races because his racing is part of my life too, and I don’t want to miss any of it! I don’t like watching it on TV because I like to know where he is on the track and know his times and if there’s anything wrong. I also want to be there to see him on the podium, which will hopefully be very soon. I’m very lucky my work is flexible and happy to let me go with him. Aside from the upcoming supercars challenge on the Gold Coast, what are you most looking forward to over the coming year? I am very much looking forward to the upcoming Gold Coast 600, but I am really excited about Bathurst this year. Being the 50th Anniversary of the great race, it’s going to be a huge event, and I think it’s going to be a very close, exciting race too.

Janine Julia Ingall Day job? I’m a full time mum to two awesome, vibrant little girls and in my spare time, handling all of Russell’s business affairs. How did you meet Russell? I met Russell when I was 14 and Russell was 22. Russell was racing go-karts and so was my brother. We clashed immediately. Over the next few years we bumped into each other around the karting circuit but never had any interest in each other. Russell moved up to Formula Ford and I started in motorsport photography in the late 1980s. We met up at the Adelaide Grand Prix in 1988 where I had gained accreditation as a photographer and he lived not far from the track. We spent a bit of time together that week and starting dating not long after. Were you interested in motorsport before you got together? I was really interested in motorsport photography as a teenager and started following the Australian Touring Car Championship in the 1980s where I was getting work from a few of the publications and teams. It was my love of motorsport that led me into photography and I have always loved all forms of motorsport from Formula 1 to V8 Supercars. What’s the coolest part about being married to a supercar star? We have travelled to some of the most amazing places around the world and met so many interesting people... Aside from the obvious things like when Russell won his two Bathursts or the Championship... a highlight has been meeting my childhood hero, 31

Julia Ayrton Senna, in 1993 - one of the most memorable moments of my life! You’re evidently ‘the woman behind the man’ – how important is the role of a supportive partner? I think for the wife to be supportive is key as this is not a normal life. There are massive stresses on a race car driver and a lot of time away from home. If the wife cannot accept and support this, it just makes things more difficult and ultimately will not work. Your hubby obviously loves cars and racing. What are your favourite things in life? I love to travel and fortunately motorsport has taken me to some pretty unbelievable places. Is Russell away a lot, or does your family travel with him? Russell is away a lot. Not only is he away for the racing schedule, there is also PR and sponsor commitments that have him on a plane, sometimes several times a week... Now the kids are older, I have very supportive family close by that help so I can travel with Russell more... Trying to work out everyone’s timetables is a constant juggle, but I am getting better at it. Aside from the upcoming supercars challenge on the Gold Coast, what are you most looking forward to over the coming year? I am really looking forward to our annual Christmas family holiday. Where that is going to be we are still negotiating, but most of all, looking forward to Russell signing a new deal for next year and going out and giving the championship a good shake up. October 2012

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FASHION with Missy Robinson


FASHION WHITE SANDS SWIMWEAR Designer – Leah Madden whitesandsaustralia. com You’ve recently returned from Miami Fashion Week and MBFF Sydney, to back it up with MBFF Brisbane as well - must have been a whirlwind month! ‘Whirlwind’ is the perfect word. This time of year is always very busy, but it is also exciting as you get to see everything fall into place. I’ve been really excited to release this collection so it was great to be able to launch it in both America and Australia within a matter of months. Tell us about this collection? The ‘Violet Hour’ is a very feminine collection, it’s based on feminine floral prints mixed with blocks of vivid pastels. The collection includes 100 per cent silk resort-wear and also some really beautiful full pieces What was your inspiration? I recently fell in love and have been getting spoilt with bouquets of beautiful flowers and whisked away to romantic destinations sipping cocktails by the pool. This collection is all about feeling beautiful and falling in love. White Sands has really taken off in the US, was that surprising for you? It’s definitely a surprise how well the label has been received. White Sands has been showcasing in America for four years now and it’s really great that we are getting taken notice of and also taken seriously. October 2012


Even being Australian-based it’s amazing how much attention we get internationally. You’re starting to delve more into outer garments, can we expect to see more clothing from White Sands in the future? Ideally yes, I love designing resort-wear, as this is what I wear; it’s what I live in! We definitely want to grow the resort collection. What is next on the cards for White Sands? We have already started working on a 2013 collection, which will launch in Sydney at Australian Fashion Week next April. It’s always exciting looking ahead and growing our international market is definitely something that’s on the cards for us. MOLLY & POLLY SWIMWEAR Designer – Kirsten Beck mollyand This has been a crazy year for you launching your first collection at Gold Coast Fashion Week, have you been overwhelmed by the response? Yes, it has been a very busy and exciting year for the label since launching at Gold Coast Fashion Week in February. I have had a great response to the new collection, ‘Sugar Mountain’, which was released at MBFF last month. Since then we have seen our fan base and customers multiply which is great and I could not have dreamed for more. We currently have 12 Australian stockists of our designs for our Summer 2012/13 collection so it will be very exciting to see our colourful new range in stores. 36

Meegs boutique is a one stop shop supplying all the best labels including gabriella Fratini, Mela Purdie, Joseph ribkoff, Mel and Mcjay pants and many other european, nz and Australian labels. this amazing shop is situated in the oasis shopping Centre Broadbeach on level one just above the news agency. For one on one friendly fashion advice you can’t go past Meegs boutique. Meegs Boutique Ph 5592 3099 Level 1 the oasis shopping Centre, Broadbeach


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Where did ‘Molly & Polly’ come from? Molly & Polly are my two hand-raised Indian Ringneck parrots, they are a huge part of my life. I love animals and they are such cheeky little things. When it came time to name my label, the answer was right in front of me.

tRoPiCAL BAtique tropical Batique designs with the principle that each piece can be individualised and carry a woman’s own style. the tropical Batique woman is confidently beautiful and captivatingly feminine which carries the essence of summer lifestyle living. “Refresh your lifestyle” with tran seasonal and fashion pieces to achieve a sense of individuality and the power of expression through your wardrobe.

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Swimwear is such a competitive category, especially coming from the swim capital of Australia, how do you differentiate yourself from other labels? We differentiate ourselves from other labels by our colourful fabric prints. We have a large range of styles to fit all different body shapes and we are also very proudly Australian made. Your stretch wear has been a huge success, what has been your highlight to date? MBFF would definitely be the biggest highlight to date, as I have been working on the ‘Sugar Mountain’ collections for years now and it is so rewarding to see all your hard work get such a great response when showcasing it for the first time.

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eveRgReen neW to tHe oAsis! evergreen has recently relocated from Bundall but continues with its iconic mix of style. We are a treasure trove of exquisite giftware, coral and shells, silk flowers, cushions, Citta towels, baby gifts, designer pieces and more. our fashion is the perfect lifestyle range with cottons from namastai and naudic and the beautiful White Label noba. Completing the style we have triple scented glasshouse candles, diffusers, body bars and creams in fragrances such as Coconut and Lime and Burnt sugar and Fig. A destination not to be missed. shop 10 Level1 oasis shopping Centre, Broadbeach Ph: 07 55 317895 www.



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Hitting the

BIG TIME With a number one hit on the charts and now a tour with international artist, Jay Sean, this is just the start for this power-house crew. We caught up with Samson Smith from Justice Crew to talk about their shot to stardom and impending tour.

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really do come true and a lot of our fans relate to our story. What has been your highlight so far? Having a number 1 hit, Boom Boom. What advice do you have for the dreamers out there slugging it out? Don’t ever give up what you really want! Working hard is the key to every success. Also any opportunity that comes up that’s along reaching your dream, take it.... You can catch Jay Sean & Justice Crew on Sunday 28 October, 2012 at Jupiters Casino and Hotel, Broadbeach. Tickets available from Ticketmaster on 1300 888 086 / www., and more on the group at


oat enthusiasts and families are expected to flock to the Gold Coast Marine Precinct this November 2, 3 and 4 when the Gold Coast International Marine Expo returns for the second time. This years event boasts a number of ‘firsts’ including an abundant of new product releases, new attractions and more interactive displays, making it one of Australia’s most innovative boating lifestyle marine expositions. Gold Coast International Marine Expo spokesman Stephen Milne said more than 20,000 people are expected through the gates over the three-day, free admission event. “These brands will be displayed over a 2.5 kilometre circuit and the Expo will once again support our valued community groups, the Rotary Club of Coomera River, Sailability, Wasp Creek Rural Fire Service, Paradise Kids and the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter Rescue Service. The not-for-profit event will showcase the latest products and services from Australia’s

leading marine manufacturers, from kayaks to superyachts and everything in between. More than just a boat show, the GCIME has been dubbed Australia’s “working boat show” as it features live technical demonstrations and attractions every 30 minutes over the three action packed days. The GCIME also provides a unique and educational behind the scenes view of the marine industry. There will be a significant number of ‘firsts’ and new releases at this year’s event including the new Kawasaki 3013 ultra 300x Jetski launched by Jetski World; Tailored Marine’s new TMA27 Recreational Centre Console trailer boat; the new 445 SUV from Riviera, which has never before been seen at a Queensland boat show and the new generation of wind generators by Silentwind which has just arrived in Australia; just to name a few. “We also have an exciting line-up of entertainment this year with the RAAF Roulettes performing an aerial acrobatics

display at 12 noon each day, the Yamaha Supertank Travelling Fishing Show, the Jetlev Jetpack Flyer Australia, a Class 2 Offshore race boat display and the opportunity to meet the drivers from the Queensland division of the Australian Power Boat Association. We will also once again have the Artists’ Quarter, the Little Pirates Kids’ Club that will entertain the children with a jumping castle and face painting and there will also be a host of international food stalls and live entertainment. “The Saturday night Shipyard party that is open to the public with free admission, is expected to be one of the many highlights of the Expo which culminates with a spectacular fireworks display at 7pm.” The second annual Gold Coast International Marine Expo will be held on November 2, 3 and 4 and will be open to the public free of charge from 9am to 5pm over three action-packed days. To find out more visit

SO Much MOre than a bOat ShOw Freeadmission Freeonsiteparking 2.5kilometredisplaycircuit Livetechnicaldemonstrations andattractionsevery30minutes Operatedbyanot-for-profit association Meet the marine industry’s master craftsmen Hundreds of boats and specialist displays Marine artists quarter Power boats, sail boats, kayaks to super yachts on display Tours of the largest boat manufacturing plants and shipyards in Australia New and brokerage boats 150 exhibitors took part in 2011 15,796 people attended in 2011 Saturday Night Expo Shipyard Party - all welcome


t’s been two years since you won Australia’s Got Talent, are you still pinching yourself at how far you’ve come? Every time we are together we always pinch ourselves to wake up! It feels like we are living our dream! But it seems unreal because we are! What was your initial vision for Justice Crew, and do you think you’ve stayed true to who you are and what you wanted to achieve? What we live by is when any opportunity comes up, we take it. We do have a vision and that’s to have that academy running with a good team bringing up talent and giving the kids opportunity to live their dreams Being a crew of seven, do you find that you butt heads creatively or are you pretty much all on the same page? Haha - No we all listen to each other and we respect each other! Being creative by yourself is sometimes challenging so it’s so great we have each other. Your latest single Boom Boom has gone through the roof, what’s it like having such a massive hit in the charts? It’s unreal, you get treated like royalty. It still hasn’t hit us as a group that we have a number one hit. You’re supporting Jay Sean (who wrote Boom Boom) at Jupiters, coming from such humble beginnings how do you keep your feet on the ground preparing for a gig like that? We always think what a privilege it is to be asked to support an international act! It’s crazy from two years ago practicing outside windows to on a massive stage in Jupiters Casino. Your fan base is huge in Australia and outside, what do you think has been the major contributor to that? Keeping interactive with our fans. Posting up everything, where we are and so on. We are a living testimony that dreams


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The Wine Bar + Grill, Broadbeach Having lived on the Coast for a couple of years I had heard from many a people about the fabulous steaks at Moo Moo but apart from attending a couple of ladies lunches, which I might add, are an institution in themselves, I was yet to be part of the privileged many who had succumbed to the delicious meat fest located in the heart of Broadbeach.

s the name suggests, Moo Moo is renowned for their delicious array of bovine feasting however, unlike the traditional “steakhouses” of the past this stylish venue has gone above and beyond to make your dining experience one to remember. Although swathed in leather and cowhide, the interior is far from masculine. Sleek, sophisticated and with a vibrant atmosphere this iconic venue caters for an after dinner drink with friends or work colleagues as well as an unforgettable dining experience. From the moment of arrival greeted by experienced friendly staff, we were met by a Host with extensive knowledge and passion, not only for the restaurant but also in life. After discussing our dietary requirements (my allergy to mushrooms) we gave our fabulous Host free reign on our orders. What came out was a feast fit for a King! With a menu that includes some of the most incredible cuts of steak, it’s no wonder the awards just keep on coming for this fabulous venue. Crispy pork belly, pan seared scallops with raisin dressing, Mooloolaba tiger prawns with angel hair pasta and rosemary gnocchi with braised wagyu – and that was only for entrée. Although renowned for steak, Moo Moo’s menu also includes fresh oysters, chicken, fish, pork and duck.

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Vegetarians are also catered for with main options as well as an extensive list of sides. When it came to ordering the steak, it was refreshing to be able to be educated by our experienced waiter who not only gave us a lesson in marble scoring (the quality of the meat). When Wagyu or meat is graded it is scored on several factors, including fat and meat colour, and marble score. The marble score ranges from 1-12, with 12 being the highest score. In Australia we are not yet certified to score above 9, so if the assessors think the meat is of the highest quality they score it with a 9+. Generally good Wagyu ranges from 6-9+. We were lucky enough to have a cut of wagyu that had a marble rating of 9+ and it was like nothing I’d ever tasted before. Buttery, tender, moist, no other steak can ever compare. The sides were incredible; broccolini and snow peas with chilli + garlic, Hand picked green beans w. sambal oelek, coconut cream + eschalot and Roasted baby carrots, cummin + preserve lemon all just as delicious as the mains. 40

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Desserts to follow of hot passionfruit + marshmallow soufflé w. blood orange sauce pot + burnt caramel ice-cream and Hot fudge sundae ‘Moo Moo’ style - rich chocolate brownie topped w. vanilla bean ice cream, lashed w. hot fudge + finished w. house made crunchy honeycomb. Beyond amazing. Incredible, delicious, satisfying. An exceptional dining experience, not to be missed. 41

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Eskal Marshmallow

and Passionfruit Dip

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INGREDIENTS • 1 x 180g packet of Eskal Gluten • Free Marshmallows • 3 fresh passionfruit • 1/2 carton of whipped cream • 1/2 small tub of Farmers Union • Natural Greek Yoghurt METHOD

With Summer just around the corner it’s time to start trimming the fat from all those winter feasts with this great easy dinner for two, and yummy allergen (and guilt) free snack and dessert!

1. Cut the 3 passionfruits in half and remove the pulp with a teaspoon. 2. Melt the marshmallows and passionfruit pulp together in the microwave until dissolved. Allow to cool at room temperature. 3. Fold in natural yoghurt and whipped cream. Pop into the fridge for a further 20 minutes and you’re ready to serve. 4. BON APPETIT!

Chicken Fettuccine

with Vegetables

(serves 2)

INGREDIENTS • 250g SlimOrganic Fettuccine • 400g Lean Chicken breast, sliced into strips • 100g Cherry Tomatoes, cut into halves • 1 Small Brown Onion, sliced • 50g Baby Spinach Leaves • 1/4 Cup of Red Capsicum, thinly sliced • 1/4 Cup of Yellow Capsicum, thinly sliced • Cup of Light Cream • Tbs Olive Oil • I Garlic clove, crushed • Salt & Black pepper add to taste • Parsley to garnish METHOD 1. Prepare SlimOrganic Fettuccine as per directions per pack. 2. Heat oil in fry pan, add chicken cook until browned and remove from pan. 3. Add crushed garlic, onion, red and yellow capsicum cook until just tender. Return to pan, add cream and heat through. 4. Add SlimPasta Fettuccine to pan and toss thoroughly, add spinach leaves and cherry.


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INGREDIENTS • 85g Eskal Noble Choice Dairy Free Dark Chocolate • 45g Eskal Noble Choice Dairy Free Dark Chocolate (chopped for topping) • 75g Nuttelex (non-dairy butter alternative) • 3 free range eggs • 275g golden caster sugar • 85g gluten free flour • 40g pure cocoa powder • 1/2 tsp salt METHOD 1. Pre-heat oven to 180 C or 160 C fan-forced. 2. In a double boiler, gently melt 85g Eskal Dairy Free Dark Chocolate with the Nuttelex. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. 3. In a separate large stainless steel bowl, using an upright mixer or hand-held beater, whisk the eggs and golden caster sugar together until doubled in size. The mixture will appear to be a pale golden colour. Have patience as this may take anywhere from 3-8 minutes depending on your equipment. 4. In three parts, fold your melted chocolate and butter into the egg and sugar mixture. Then sift the gluten free flour, cocoa powder and salt, fold in until just combined. Do not over mix. 5. Line a 10 x 14 cookie tray with baking paper. Pour in the brownie mixture and spread evenly. The trick to this light, rich brownie is baking it thinner than traditional size. Cover with chopped Eskal Dark Chocolate pieces. 6. Place tray on middle rack in pre-heated oven. Bake for 20 minutes; gently shake the tray to see if the middle ‘wobbles’. If yes, bake for another 5 minutes. Check again; it should be soft to the touch and just hold its shape when the tray is moved. Allow to cool completely before removing from ray. When ready, cut into desired shapes with a clean, sharp knife. 43

Suggestion A great addition to the fruit platter is Eskal Gluten Free Marshmallows half dipped in melted chocolate. Refrigerate until the chocolate sets and then alternate between dipping chopped fruit and chocolate-coated marshmallows. Yum!

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MELBOURNE CUP BISTRO ON3 AT SOFITEL GOLD COAST Tuesday 6 November 2012 from 12 noon Get on track this Melbourne Cup day and indulge in a succulent international buffet at Bistro On3, in the heart of Broadbeach. International buffet, house wine, sparkling wine and beer included. $109 per person For bookings call 07 5570 0396 or email Pre-payment essential

Mario’s Italian Restaurant Enjoy Melbourne Cup Day with lunch at the famous Mario’s Italian Restaurant. Our special 3 course lunch menu for only $45 per person includes arrival drink, and features some of the most popular Mario’s dishes, as well as sweeps and prizes, and plenty of screens to view the action. Dress up, put a group together for a great day in the heart of the Gold Coast in Broadbeach Mall. Phone 07 5592 1899 Beach end, the Oasis, Broadbeach Mall



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Videre Restaurant on level 21 will be offering an exquisite 5-course degustation menu with matching wine for $160 per person Kalinda restaurant is serving up a delicious seafood buffet including a 3 hour drinks package for $79 per person Both venues will host a fashion parade, sweepstakes, lucky door prizes and raffles. For bookings phone 5597 8700


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H Libra September 22 – October 23 Happy personal New Year Libra. Enjoy the opportunities for pleasure this month. This is also a great month to improve self confidence and self esteem. Health is improving and you will feel like you have more energy to take initiative. You are in a period of personal power and independence.

H Aquarius January 21 – February 19 You will be earning your success through determination and on your own merit. Stick with it, there is light at the end of the tunnel. On the love front, you will be much happier. Singles will have the opportunity to find love with someone who will stimulate intellect and contribute to personal growth.

H Scorpio October 23 – November 22 Whilst your finances have been favourable, October will be the month to review. You may feel restricted at times. Don’t panic, you are very resourceful and with mental clarity, will work through this. This is a time for reflection, so avoid making any important purchases, investments or financial decisions until you have all the facts.

H Pisces February 19 – March 20 Career will be a strong focus. Give yourself time to take a step by step approach and avoid shortcuts. Your adaptability and reputation will put you in favour with superiors and potentially increase income. The opportunity to pursue love will also be prominent and you may be feeling more sexually active than normal. An increase in social activity and meeting new people will bring openings to improve love in your life.

H Sagittarius November 22 – December 22 Your personal power and independence will continue to get stronger until the end of the year. You will be motivated to explore and revaluate your spiritual philosophies on true wealth and the meaning of life. This is a time to discriminate between what serves you and what you no longer need in life. Your personal freedom and independence will be very important. Think about your own needs, wants and personal goals. H Capricorn December 22 – January 20 Pay attention to your health by making sure you are getting plenty of fresh food and water. Your body is your temple. Take time to enjoy the fruits of your success. Social groups and organisations or networking will bring you cooperation, and leadership skills will be enhanced. Focus on long term goals; you will be in a position to advance yourself by being in the right place at the right time.

H Aries March 20 – April 19 Your health will be important Aries. Looking after yourself will increase vitality and give you more energy to achieve goals. Legal issues may arise this month, expect hold ups and complications. Be patient, ensure you read between the lines and be prepared to find that loop hole or an alternative. H Taurus – April 20 – May 21 Expect to be supportive of your partner regarding financial matters this month. They will need to be cautious with finances. Remind them to do their homework before making decisions. Don’t make any rash moves regarding your career goals and objectives, but be prepared to make your move when the timing is right. Avoid stressful situations and make sure you don’t burn the candle at both ends.


H Gemini May 21 – June 21 Abundant energy and physical exercise will leave you feeling footloose and fancy free. This is a great month health wise, so take time out to pamper yourself. Personal pleasure will be important and food for the soul. Whilst love has been positive this year, this is now a time for you to reassess your view on relationships and see where improvements are needed.

H Cancer June 21 – July 22 Home and family are still dominant with a major focus on children and their leisure activities. Using your creativity will make this a happy time for your family. It will also make you the flavour of the month. You still need to pay attention to health by eating fresh food and drinking plenty of water. Your financial judgments are sharper and you will enjoy earning money a lot more. Relationships are also good, with you having more fun with your partner and friends. H Leo July 22 – August 23 Staying positive and optimistic may be a challenge for you Leo. But with your determined and positive attitude towards life, anything is possible. You will take on extra responsibilities with family and finances, and you will need to find the ‘right order’ to make things work. The good news is, your financial intuition will be rather sharp and you will see beneath the surface and identify the underlying realities. H Virgo August 23 - September 22 Finances will continue to be rather positive for you. However, there may be some unexpected expenses around home. Financial prospects are opening up. Your personal appearance and image is important, bringing openings in other areas of life.


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with Sarah Blinco

Does reality


Can cooking, dancing, finding love, singing and losing weight in public really make you happy? Sarah Blinco discusses the realities of ‘real-life TV’ and seeks insider tips from Beauty and the Geek’s, Hadassah Venn. t seems, for better or worse, reality television has made a come-back. For a while there I honestly thought it was all subsiding, but with the return of Big Brother (and the insanely long audition line it attracted in Brisbane from 2am on try-out day), perhaps I was wrong. I wasn’t ever partial to reality television. I don’t quite understand why people are so obsessed with watching it. Then there are those obsessed with being IN it. Instant celebrity equals instant millionaire which of course means an easy ride into the future - doesn’t it? Admittedly this year I’ve been hooked by a few ‘reality’ productions (much to my fiancé’s disgust). I’ve checked into Farmer Wants a Wife, The X-Factor and Beauty and the Geek (c’mon - there’s a guy who can roar!). Then there’s my other ridiculous obsession, Made in Chelsea. They’re rich, bitchy, sipping endless glasses of champagne and wearing (or buying) expensive clothes in the heart of London. I love it! The glamorous life we’re invited to indulge in. That said, how ‘real’ is this ‘scripted reality’? Perhaps a topic for another time. What is it really like for the cast ‘behindthe-scenes’ (ie. the edits left on the cutting room floor)? And what happens to them afterwards - is it really fame and fortune? More realistically, it appears as if it’s an ‘opportunity’: evolved networks and an enhanced profile. I’ve had the pleasure of working with a few past reality stars. They’re pretty cool people, and to their credit, they’ve used their ‘reality fame’ in positive ways, subsequently forging careers - not without a lot of hard work though! Rebecca Dent, Gold Coast gal, Big Brother 2007 star, and now popular radio host for the Southern Cross Austereo Network has spent years dedicating the majority of her week to presenting breakfast radio shows, television music specials and live event broadcasts. Long hours, hard work - not instant millionaire stuff, but rewarding all the same. Similarly, the lovely Hadassah Venn (pictured), who also hails from southOctober 2012

east Queensland, has used her sometimes challenging experience on 2009’s Beauty and the Geek (BATG) as a pinnacle in her evolution to confident, well-connected beauty business entrepreneur. Hadassah was just 22 when she starred in the series. She’d never had designs on being a star. In fact, she’d always had one of two occupations in mind for when she finished high school - hairdresser or policewoman. Being thrust into the BATG scenario therefore was challenging for this mild-mannered lass.“Everyone else in the series had weeks to prepare themselves, but I was selected late in the process, arrived there with nothing, and to make matters harder, some of the group were not overly welcoming - it was a tough, emotional start... It’s extreme being mum and sister. “One thing lead to another filmed 24/7 too and without contact with and now it’s my own little baby!” the outside world for weeks.” Hadassah says she’s learned so much Throughout BATG, Hadassah over the past few years, and now lives by the encountered ups and downs, but all in all mantra, ‘never give up’. “You can be enjoyed a successful faced with the biggest You can be faced run, making it to the challenges, but keep second-last episode. pushing through; every with the biggest Above all, Hadassah day try to do something challenges, but keep says the experience towards your goal, just built her confidence. one little thing at a time, pushing through; every “I was very settled at you’ll get there.” day try to do something andOften home before this, but I the ‘reality TV’ towards your goal, just felt I wanted something experience is not what more exciting in my life. one little thing at a time, you would imagine, If it wasn’t for the show, but Hadassah insists it’s and you’ll get there. I wouldn’t have ended important to have fun. up outside my comfort “Really be yourself. You zone. It turned my world upside down, but are usually in lockdown while filming, and because of that I started dreaming bigger.” there’s only so many days you can put on Following the series Hadassah met an ‘act’... Additionally, don’t let anxiety get to various contacts who would set in you. At some point you need to let your hair motion many entrepreneurial dreams, down and have a laugh at yourself... Time including that of co-owning her own goes so quickly. It will be over before you business, Hadassah’s Hair & Beauty (www. know it, and inevitably it turns out to be the with her experience of a lifetime.” 50

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