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Designer for Life – Sonia Stradiotto Cover Story – Jennifer Lawrence Rising Above Weight Stigma – WeightLoss Solutions Australia 12-Weeks to Wellness Program Test Drive – Electric Dreams, Porsche Taycan Travel – Where the Wild Things Are

FASHION 18 24 & 25 26 28 30 32 34

Fashion News Fendi Spring/Summer 2021, Paris launch Accessorise – New Season’s Trends Bold Reborn – Oroton revamped by Sophie Holt Luxe Leather Men’s Fashion Boots ‘n All


10 Tame Your Mane 12 Aroma Therapy 16 Nail Trends 20 Save Our Skin 22 Baselines 23 Beauty Heroes 27 Facial ‘Tweakments’ 33 Guy Grooming 35 Winter Wonders

EAT & DRINK 40 & 41 42 44 & 45

Taste Tests Drink – Cocktail Mr. Restaurant, Nobby Beach Recipes – Simple Italian

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Healthy at Home Soothing Hues – Pastels Work It! JW Marriott revamped OMB Solicitors – Retirement Village Living Back to Nature – Walks to inspire Books – New release titles Pets – Keeping our furbabies safe from poisons Coping with Pandemic Stress

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Socials – GC Wonder Women Lunch Socials – Red Boot Race Day Socials – Hard Rock Café Surfer Paradise Socials – Women of Influence International Women’s Day

Image Credit: BALLY AW21 Women’s Collection Cover Credit: Shutterstock






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LABEL LOVES Gathered from far and near, here are a few of our favourite things. Arabian Nights

Evoking an evening stroll through Dubai’s perfume souk at, this heady scent is rich with saffron and white oud, with middle notes including white rise and jasmine and a base of sandalwood and amber. Made in Australia. 250ml Fragrance Diffuser, RRP $49.95.

Anti-bac workout wonder

Following on from the success of Tesalate sandfree towels, the same company has introduced the antibacterial, odour-free workout towel with the same bold and vibrant vibe. Zinc is used in the construction of the workout towel fabric and this acts as an antibacterial agent. Unlike other antimicrobial substances such as silver and copper, zinc-based additives are broad spectrum antimicrobials. This means they are effective against not just bacteria but also the growth of fungi including algae, mould and mildew that cause odour build up. RRP from $49,

Luscious Lips

Biossance Squalane and rose lip balm nourishes and visibly plumps lips. This vegan formula now packs 10x more hydrating power to deeply moisturize, smooth and plump parched lips with a synergistic blend of ceramides, hyaluronic acid and sugarcane-derived squalane. Its luxurious rose wax is fragrance and essential-oil free, while Wakame Algae helps restore the look of lip plumpness within 14 days. RRP $14.

Vegetarian Delights

The Epic Air Fryer Healthy Cookbook by Michelle Anderson proves that the super popular air fryer can do truly amazing, downright delicious things with vegetables and meatless meals. Includes recipes for 100+ amazing vegetarian dinners, sides, snacks, desserts, and more. Murdoch Books, RRP $15. Win a copy of The Epic Air Fryer Healthy Cookbook valued at $29.99 email the prize name of the book and your contact details by May 28th 2021 to

Enter to win: To win a Shhhsilk pack comprising Face Mask and Pillow Case, valued at $130, email the prize name Shhhsilk and your contact details by May 28th 2021 to competition@ 6 / AUTUMN/WINTER 202 1

Silky Slumber

Save face while you sleep with the Shhhsilk white marble eye masks. Made from 100 percent 22 momme high grade 6A mulberry silk, they will help with the softest, most comfortable sleep yet. Also helps skin retain moisture and is naturally hypoallergenic. The same goes for their white marble silk pillowcase which ensures a crease-free face and frizz-free hair. Eye mask, RRP $55 and pillow case, RRP $95.


Seafood and eat it! Omeros Fishbar is the new sister restaurant to the iconic Omeros Brothers Seafood restaurant, Marina Mirage. Now ensconced in Benowa, the name synonymous with seafood brings you a casual, coastal-themed dining experience that encompasses many of your favourites, plus a mouthwatering menu made to share, salads and sides to make you salivate, kids’ menu and plenty of options even for picky eaters. Fresh oyster, garlic prawns and beer-battered Barra sit alongside lobster sliders, Moreton Bay bugs, seafood pasta, curry prawns steak Dianne and spaghetti Bolognese. The new venture is chic and fresh, with the same quality and superb service, with an intimate and family-friendly ambience. And of course, for locals and visitors alike, the most succulent fish and chips are available for takeaway. Fully licensed as well as BYO wine only Monday to Wednesday. OMEROS FISHBAR Shop 1B/203, Ashmore Road Tel: (07) 5679 2245 @omerosfishbar




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Curl Calmer Create defined, softened curls with the latest release from Pure Elements Organics - Pure Elements Organics Coconut Curl Texturiser. A certified organic Aqua-gel curl enhancer Pure Elements Organics Coconut Curl Texturiser defines curls and eliminates frizz. It contains a cool aromatic blend of essential oils and certified organic Coconut Oil, rich in lipids similar to the structure to natural hair oils. Suitable for all hair types and everyday use. RRO $39.50,

Take the tangles out and coax curls from frizz with the high-tech tress tamers from the haircare experts.

Silky Smooth White Sands Australia’s Curl Up in Silk Firm Hold Mousse redefines curls with its ability to change and provide a different type of wave pattern. The key is cationic or positively charged ingredients. The + charge makes the mousse’s ingredients adhere to the curl like it is magnetised. This attracts moisture, pulling it, sealing it and keeping it in each strand. Curl Up in Silk Firm Hold Mousse is not just for curls; this multi-purpose product offers thermal protection and is also ideal for round-brush styling for blowouts with body. RRP $39.95.

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Cherish your Curls The Rumbie & Co Curly Hair product line is curl confidence in a bottle for wavy, curly and Afro hair types. With 6 percent of the world’s population styling their curly hair every day, you can now experience no frizz, no frustration, just pure definition with the Rumbie & Co Curl range, developed by Master curl specialist and CEO of Australia’s leading curl specialist salon, Rumbie & Co in Sydney, Rumbie Mutsiwa. With no silicones, sulphates, parabens or drying alcohols, this low lather gentle formula effectively cleanses without stripping the natural oils and weighing the hair down. Range includes Deep Curl Cleanse shampoo, Leave in Curl Spray, Light Curl Gel, Strong Curl Gel and Curl Treatment, RRP $40 each.


Aroma Therapy The season’s most delectable fragrances.

Gucci Guilty

Inspired by women who seek freedom in self-expression and love, Gucci Guilty Eau de Toilette pour Femme is defined by the light, fresh femininity of lilac petals with a sparkling citrus twist on a trail of rich and sensual Amber notes and Patchouli. Opening in the mood of the scent’s signature, the luminous citrus top notes of Mandarin are blended with Pink Pepper for a bright and vibrant freshness. At the heart, the Lilac floral quality combines with the fruity blend of Peach and Raspberry and with notes of Egyptian Geranium to create a delicate and harmonious contrast. Finally, Patchouli and Amber notes reveal the warmth and creaminess of the dry down, echoing the base notes of the Eau de Parfum to bring strength and sensuality to the mix. RRP 50ml $124, 90ml $164. Available from Myer, David Jones and Sephora stores nationally.

Le Lion

With notes of patchouli, bergamot, lemon, and sandalwood, this scent is the latest from Chanel. Proud and passionate, Gabrielle Chanel fully embodied her astrological sign, Leo. The lion became her totem animal. Powerful and carnal, the ambery and leather notes of labdanum are softened and brightened by vanilla and bergamot. Le Lion de Chanel is a warm, majestic and refined fragrance. RRP 75ml $285.

Thrice As Nice

The new Jurlique Mini Mist Trio Set consists of three of Jurlique’s Iconic Mists: Hydrating Lavender, Balancing Rosewater and Sweet Violet & Grapefruit all in mini 15ml bottles with beautifully packaging featuring roses and landscape imagery from Jurlique’s South Australian Farm. Each farm-grown ingredient in the Mists range is harvested in the pristine environment of the South Australian Hills and extracted using Jurlique’s unique Bio-Intrinsic ™ method. This hand-crafted process allows us to distil and magnify the potency of the plant’s natural essence. RRP $30.

Pulse Perfume

Minenssey MINE is a beautifully orchestrated fragrance, with a floral bouquet of Linden Blossom, Jasmine Sambac and Rose that unfolds with the freshness of Pink Grapefruit, Mandarin and Neroli, with White Lotus at its heart. A botanical blend of natural essential oils help calm the mind and body, without causing irritation to sensitive skin. Roll on to the pulse points and allow the body’s warmth to emanate the essence. RRP $55.

Daisy Eau So Intense

Daisy Eau So Intense Eau de Parfum is a new, deeper interpretation of the original Daisy fragrance from Marc Jacobs. Celebrated in a stunning gold bottle and global ad campaign with Kaia Gerber, Eau So Intense is an uplifting reminder to savour the unspoilt beauty of nature and bask in the golden rays of the sun. The top opens with sparkling bursts of strawberry and pear leading to a sweet honey and elegant rosebud heart. The addictive base includes soft vanilla, together with a fresh and woody note of green moss. The perfume was created by world-renowned master perfumer Alberto Morillas. RRP 100ml $150, 50ml $120. Available from Myer and David Jones stores nationally.

ENTER TO WIN To win a bottle of Daisy Eau So Intense, email the prize name “DAISY EAU SO INTENSE” and your contact details by May 28th 2021 to

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Designer for life Spotlight on Sonia Stradiotto The new store is adjacent and double the size of the Marina Mirage boutique Sonia ran for many years until December 2020, when she closed its doors to transform the space into a new appointment studio. Now clients can browse the new Sonia Stradiotto Couture store and visit the studio next door, depending on the level of style consultation they desire.

Hot on the high heels of last year’s pandemic retail flatliner, Australian designer Sonia Stradiotto is celebrating a renewed focus on fashion for glamorous women, with the opening of her second new Sonia Stradiotto Couture store at Marina Mirage on the Gold Coast.

The multi award-winning designer with over 30 years success in the fashion industry has built up a loyal clientele of women, particularly in the 30+ age demographic, who appreciate her specialising in cultural sensitivity and anti-aging body contour technology. This, combined with importing unique fabrics from all across the world, results in Sonia Stradiotto Couture delivering finely crafted and customised designs. The new store will house pieces from her four Collections for Winter 2021, which she created during her ‘creative sabbatical’: Cafe Couture, Date Night, Business Chic and the Eclectic Collection. Sonia is already preparing her Spring/ Summer 2021/22 ranges from these collection themes and is excited to announce a fifth new luxe lifestyle collection she will be releasing for the next fashion season, “La Dolce Vita”, or “the Sweet Life”. Here, Sonia shares her thoughts on her inspiration, motivation and how the support and love of her family are key to everything she creates. How have your brand and business evolved over time? Evolution over time comes from listening to what the clients want and understanding what the industry needs. After 30+ years I have also learnt from the economic changes which have tested the business and strengthened the Brand. How did you adapt to changes in 2020?

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In 2020 I completely stopped to respect the request of the Australian

government when faced with a Pandemic. Until we knew what was happening, I decided that a full sabbatical was the best way to stop, stay safe, think, create and realign. I believe in the event of negative consequences beyond your control, you must observe and allow your creative juices to flow in order to rise above and apply your “Guts”, to invite new opportunity. Success comes from overcoming challenges and being a step ahead of the unexpected. What creative responses were you proud of in such a challenging year - any new inspiration or themes? I created a new way of doing business called SSC2U. It was very successful when borders closed using FaceTime, old fashioned service and parcels sent to your home. Our Social Media Team created a promotion where women sent in photos of themselves all glammed up doing household duties during lockdown. We gave away $10,000 of vouchers and it really was about women staying connected and lifting each other up. We had clients photographing themselves in ballgowns watering the garden to executives in glam suits spray and wiping with rubber gloves on. When we went back to doing our events, we turned our showings into small group hourly sessions that made up a Festivale. You had 55mins to do champagne socials and shop, then the bell rang and clients went to lunch on us. Something new – it was a hit! A lot of women (and men) threw in the towel when it came to fashion last year. How does what we wear impact our mood? During the pandemic there was a global crash in fashion trading with events and weddings on hold, a lot of retailers were forced to close or simply didn’t know how to make it through.

With people staying home in PJs, depression was at an all-time high, and we began to think outside the box as they say. I created Café Couture because women with substance and stamina and self-belief decided they wanted to dress up and go to Cafés that were still trading through. Cafés seemed to be the new outing and with holidays and overseas travel restrictions right through 2020, the #supportlocalbusiness concept went viral. Café Couture has made women that follow our Brand feel spirited and look sensational which ultimately made them and those they mix with feel positive vibes. We also released an ‘isolife’ collection of basic tops made from exotic fabrics to invigorate your jeans and designer runners. All sold fast and set tongues wagging. Your mum and family are great sources of strength, how have they influenced you throughout your career and your life? Family is everything to me. My husband is our Operations Manager and my children have grown up involved backstage for events which has been a small part of why

they have grown into incredible humans who I am most proud of. My Mum is my rock and my biggest fan, a great support and mentor during the ups and downs of life. One of my favourite quotes of hers is “I never tell anyone what to do I only advise them, and strongly suggest they take my advice.” You are renowned for your inspiration from your international travels - what inspires you about your home, south-east Qld? I’ve travelled the world and there’s no place like home and this great country. I take great inspiration from the beach and also the Gold Coast Hinterland and Scenic Rim. I admit I love Italy, but it’s a permanent postcard memory etched in my mind. Looking ahead, what can we expect from SS in 2021? Our best collection yet with five fabulous ranges. My Studio Gallery Store officially opens April 14 at Marina Mirage, the home of designer fashion. It’s quite an eclectic mix of colour, texture, shapes and genres to cover almost any occasion. More at


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This winter, metallics, reds, and nudes are all the go, as well as shimmering glitter effects over the top. Chrome, hot chocolate browns, embellishments such as stars and stickers and gold foil over darker shades, silver tips, sunset gradient nails, ombre and abstract splatter patterns – nothing’s off limits.



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Adidas and Beyoncé have teamed up to present the third collection in their ongoing adidas x IVY PARK collaborative partnership. Titled “Icy Park”, the collection brings the streets to the slopes, infusing alpine-ready silhouettes with classic streetwear elements to deliver an array of apparel, footwear, and accessories.

The new collection is supported by a multi-media campaign with fellow celebs, including Hailey Bieber and models Akesha Murray, Shi Gray, and Kyla Coleman to celebrate freedom of expression. Apparel combines alpine silhouettes with faux shearling and performance terry towelling, plus five new shoe styles: Ultra Boost, Forum Lo, Forum Mid, and Super Sleek sneakers. Available at and selected retail outlets.

NEW HQ Gucci has opened its newly relocated store in QueensPlaza, Brisbane, offering a wide selection of men’s and women’s readyto-wear, handbags, shoes, accessories, watches, jewellery, eyewear and fragrances. The façade in Arabascato Orbico marble, the first of its kind in the South East Asia Pacific store network, welcomes visitors and sets the tone with its striking Rhombus pattern. In keeping with the elegant and contemporary eclecticism that characterises Gucci’s collections, the store sees the combination of traditional and modern, industrial and romantic. Contrasting merchandising elements represent different design codes, and these combine to create curiosity, inviting customers to feel like they are constantly discovering new aspects of the store. Each Gucci boutique is therefore a “cabinet of curiosities”, created to delight and inspire. Throughout the store are sumptuous velvet chairs, while vintage oriental rugs are layered over each other for a textured effect. The result is a space that entices, surprises and feels personal to Gucci. Gucci Brisbane, Queens Plaza, 226 Queen Street, Brisbane, Tel: 1300 442 878. 18 / AUTUMN/WINTER 202 1

Stockist of Joseph Ribkoff

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Soothe and nourish, heal from within and trust the science behind this latest line-up of supernatural skincare marvels. DETOX MASK

Like all Dr. Barbara Sturm’s products, this intensive face mask combines potent natural compounds with medical molecular active substances to protect, hydrate and detoxify your complexion. Featuring calming aloe vera and chamomile, as well as advanced antioxidants to fight free radicals and kaolin to impart silky-soft suppleness, this magical mask will soothe skin and relieve it from day-to-day stress. RRP $171.

PEEL PERFECTION The Goop Glow overnight glycolic peel helps refine, retexturise, and brighten skin while you sleep. Using glycolic acid at 5 percent, hyaluronic acid, mango, banana, yellow mombin, and Australian Kakadu plum extracts, the peel delivers fresh, soft, smooth and glowing skin. 4-pack RRP $68.

BACK TO BASICS Recommended by dermatologists, the Neutrogena brand has taken care of our skin for generations, since the company founder discovered a secret soap blend in Belgium in the 1950s, which was gentle on skin and produced real results. Today, with an expanded range, Neutrogena is just as dedicated to innovation and results. More at Neutrogena® Rapid Wrinkle Repair™ Regenerating Cream 48g. $48.99. Neutrogena® Youthful Boost Hydrogel Mask. $5.99. Neutrogena® Hydro Boost® Hydrogel Mask. $5.99. Neutrogena® Ultra Sheer® Face Mist SPF50 100mL. $23.99.

SUPER SUPPLEMENTS Beauty Boosters is an Australian-owned and made range of supplements specifically developed to boost skin health and vitality. With TGAapproved formulae, the line-up includes Collagen-C, combining amino acids, Proline and Glycine with powerful Vitamin C to enhance the body’s natural production of collagen; Glow Getter formulated with Zinc, Biotin, Silicon and Riboflavin, which are essential for growth and repair; and Complexion Perfection with a balanced blend of natural Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids to relieve dry skin and improve inflammatory conditions. Taking the three together daily produces the best results as they work in synergy to help skin achieve optimum health. No added gluten, lactose, dairy products, artificial flavours, sweeteners or preservatives. Starter set trio RRP $85, single from $29.95.

SERUM SALVATION Wrinkle Warrior Kate Somerville is a targeted 2-in-1 serum and moisturiser for lines, wrinkles and instant smoothing. It packs a serious moisture punch with three different types of hyaluronic acid. Also ideal to perfectly prime skin for a smooth make-up base. RRP $149.


To win a Neutrogena gift pack, valued at $84.96, email the prize name NEUTROGENA and your contact details by May 28th 2021 to

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Stila Tinted Moisturizer Skin Balm This sheer-to-medium tinted moisturiser leaves skin with a natural looking sheen. Formulated with vitamins C and E that work to provide antioxidant protection and grapeseed to help promote hydration and the appearance of a more even skin tone. RRP $51.

Base Lines Versatile and efficient, welcome a new crop of products that protect and serve. These foundations do double-duty, coverage and skincare in one. Kosas Revealer Super Creamy + Brightening Concealer and Daytime Eye Cream This medium coverage vegan concealer works to visibly brighten and hydrates the under eyes and calms blemishes around the face, but still leaves your skin looking like skin. The creamy formula is packed with potent botanical ingredients that leave the complexion with a smooth, radiant finish. RRP $45.

Natura Bisse Diamond Cocoon Sheer Cream A colour enhancing and fortifying facial moisturizer, this soothing cream blends with any skin colour to even tone and reduce imperfections. Powered by Detoxin obtained from peony roots and a natural trehalose sugar, plus Fermentus Glaciarum for potent anti-wrinkle properties. RRP $338.95. Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 This skin care-makeup hybrid contains anti-inflammatory niacinamide, moisturising bisabolol, aloe leaf juice powder, and two types of skin-plumping sodium hyaluronate, it doubles as a soothing serum for those with sensitive skin. Best suited for oily or balanced skin types. Made in 18 shades, it leaves a gorgeously dewy finish. RRP $86.

Ellis Faas Skin Veil Foundation A foundation with a medium coverage that provides a radiant finish. Suitable for all skin types, this vegan foundation will even out your complexion without masking it, add moisture and diffuse the look of fine lines and wrinkles. RRP $116. By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Foundation SPF30 Available in 15 shades to match every skin tone, this long-wearing ultrahydrating and vegan foundation instantly creates a flawless, radiant complexion. Formulated with Skin Fit Technology, SPF 30 and UV filters that help to protect the skin against environmental damage. RRP $96.

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BEAUTY HEROES HEY BUD Aussie natural beauty brand, Hey Bud uses hemp seed oil is for its natural moisturising properties in its range of products. Hemp seed oil contains a very powerful omega-6 fatty acid, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), which acts as an anti-inflammatory while promoting skin cell generation. Cannabis infused Hemp Clay Mask, Hemp Moisturiser and Hemp Face Oil naturally balance, nourish and hydrate the skin, leaving it supple and smooth and reducing the incidence of acne, blackheads, dryness and hyperpigmentation. Hey Bud Hemp Clay Mask & Brush, RRP $49.99, Hey Bud Hemp Face Oil, RRP $47.99.

SOPHISTA-SKIN Described as the “Holy Grail” of face masks, sophista-SKIN Lighten Up Pink Clay Mask is available in two formulas to cater to all skin types. It’s infused with CBD Oil to support healthy skin by hydrating, brightening, detoxifying and firming skin. Created by Danielle Kurukchi, a beauty professional with over 20 years’ experience, sophistaSKIN used Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (CBD Oil) rich in Omega fatty acids, nutrients and minerals making it an excellent nourishing oil to smooth rough textures on the skin’s surface, as well as Bear Berry Leaf Extract, an active ingredient that works to reduce pigmentation and Liquorice Root Extract a natural skin whitening agent. sophistaSKIN Lighten Up Pink Clay Mask-Normal to Dry Skin, RRP $69.95 and sophista-SKIN Lighten Up Pink Clay Mask-Normal to Oily Skin, RRP $69.95. To win a sophista-SKIN CBD-infused Pink Clay Mask, valued at $69.95, email the prize name SOPHISTA-SKIN and your skin type (normal, dry or oily) with your contact details by May 28th 2021 to

In the battle for smooth skin, luscious lashes and youthful complexion, some products deserve honourable mentions for service and results.

ENBACCI AGE REVITALISING EYE DEFENCE CREAM Capable of stimulating new stem cell activity in prematurely aged skin and reversing the effects of UV-induced cellular damage, stem cells harvested from a rare variety of swiss orchid apples, the Uttwiler Spätlauber, are purported to have the strongest anti-ageing evidence when used topically. Formulated in Enbacci’s pioneering Age Revitalising Eye Defence cream, this genus of apple supplies the skin with phytonutrients, such as quercetin and pectin, and provides cosmetic relief from dryness, sallowness, wrinkles, and fatigue. Rich in vitamins A, B, C and E, including a nourishing cocktail of amino acids, peptides, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, this stem cell infused eye cream boosts collagen production and protects skin from future free radical assault. RRP $88.


Win an Enbacci Age Retvitalising Eye Defence Cream Valued at $88 enter competition@labelmagazine. by May 28th 2021

MODELROCK MAGNA LUXE MAGNETIC LASHES For busy beauties on the go, Modelrock Magna Luxr Magnetic Lashes definitely deliver the ‘wow factor’! They are fast, easy to apply and have been created using Modelrock’s special ‘Micro Mini Magnet’ system that consists of 10-micro mini magnets along the lash band. Vegan, Cruelty-free and made with super soft and fluffy Faux Mink synthetic silk fibres. RRP from $20. For Stockists visit AUTUMN/WINTER 2021 / 23

FENDI forecast The Fendi Spring/Summer 2021 Haute Couture Collection launched in January at Palais Brongniart for Paris Haute Couture Week. It was star studded event with models Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Bella Hadid, Cara Delevingne, and Christy Turlington, adorning the runway, plus a cameo by Demi Moore. It was also a first for new artistic director, Kim Jones who must fill Karl Lagerfeld’s delicate shoes in the role he formerly held for 54 years. Themed in the spirit of Charleston Farmhouse, the 16th-century Sussex retreat of the Bloomsbury, the show conveyed “a dreamlike world”, as models walked the runway while surrounded by a maze of glass boxes implying homes and trees. Some pieces were strongly tailored, the next were romantically draped, and there was a selection of gender nonspecific. More at

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The sensuous contours and elegant shades of Amoli Gold and Teal Cuff Bangle add a timeless charm to your outfits.

Chica Everyday Tote is a versatile tote bag for work, the gym, shopping, lunch, beach, boating or travel. The generous interior will hold your laptop and has four handy pockets for drink bottle, note books, phone and keys, plus a handy zipped purse to keep makeup or small valuables secure on the go. RRP $125. In the bag Kahoots Leisure Bag is the ultimate all-rounder and the only bag you need for fuss free downtime, no matter what you’ve got planned. It’s 6 bags in one and made of durable, water resistant fabric with adjustable, detachable cross-body strap. RRP $289.

It can be worn on its own paired with Matysa Teal and Gold Hoop Earrings. RRP $37.50.

ACCESSORISE Whatever your style, accessories make the outfit. Here’s our pick of the season’s top trends. Transformer pack Notabag is not only a bag but a smart combination of an eco-friendly bag and a backpack. With a single pull on the straps, it transforms itself from a sleek bag to an easy-to-carry backpack. Inside the bag, there is an attached pocket where a wallet or keys can be kept. When the bag is not in use, it folds into that pocket and becomes a hand-sized pouch. RRP $53.90.

Perfect pieces Established in 2015, with the vision to create a new luxury brand with an emphasis on a sustainable approach to design, Luke Rose jewellery is made by hand in Australia using responsibly sourced or recycled solid gold and silver. Linear Chain Studs in yellow gold, from $95. Diamond Baroque Pearl Earrings, from $995. Sun seekers Protecting your vision with quality and style is essential. You can never have too many sunnies and Sunglass Hut is sunglass HQ. Versace Sunglasses, RRP $390. Miu Miu Sunglasses, RRP $457.

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See clearly The perfect product for those who like to be able to see exactly what you’re carrying around in your cosmetic case, Clear Cosmetic Case stores all your beauty and skincare essentials in a stylish and travel friendly design. RRP $59.

Chain reaction Pair the Circa sunglass chain with any outfit to complete the look and prepare for heads to turn. This 18k gold plated chain won’t tarnish and fits any frame size. RRP $69.

High Tech Facial ‘Tweakments’ An insider’s guide to non-surgical procedures


Profhilo is a relatively new treatment promising younger-looking, glowing skin. Profhilo is an injectable treatment that can be used on the face or neck to improve skin quality. It uses hyaluronic acid which naturally boosts collagen within the body, giving great texture and brightness to dull, dry or ageing skin, and reducing crepey, sagging areas. Profhilo doesn’t give the volume that fillers provide, and it doesn’t change the structure of your face. It is simply about rehydrating the skin and making it appear more radiant.


Beloved by celebrities, AquaGold is a patented micro-channeling technology, delivering drugs or biologics directly into the skin, according to Sobin Chang, CEO of Aquavit Pharmaceuticals Inc. (the makers of AquaGold). It can provide thousands of microinjections per minute without pain or downtime, delivering beneficial ingredients, vitamins and drugs like Botox directly below the epidermis of the skin. AquaGold involves a customised concoction in a vial attached to needles, each smaller than a piece of hair. The needles are coated in gold, which the company claims creates less

chance of irritation or allergic reaction. Most importantly, they are hollow, so they transport the carefully concocted contents of that vial underneath the skin for maximum efficacy.


CoolSculpting is a non-surgical, non-invasive (no scalpels, no needles, no breaking of the skin) medical treatment that targets stubborn pockets of fat on the body. Considered one of the best treatments for tackling unwanted excess fat, with minimal downtimes and permanent results. It uses technology known as cryolipolysis: controlled cooling applied safely onto the area you want treated that freezes and be destroys fat.


Morpheus8 Radio-frequency Skin Needling delivers a targeted radiofrequency energy to each layer of the skin. Treating each layer of the skin provides not only a deep tightening, but a surface rejuvenation. RF (radio frequency) energy heats the deep layers of the skin in a controlled manner which revitalises the collagen. The treatment improves skin complexion and texture for a more radiant and youthful appearance.


Thermage is the skin fitness treatment that tones and tightens the skin on your face and body to give you a more youthful appearance. Thermage uses patented radiofrequency technology to give your collagen a workout, stimulating existing collagen and promoting new collagen growth and can help improve the appearance of sagging or loose skin, giving you a smoother, sleeker and younger look and feel. Thermage works in just one treatment with little down time and delivers a natural looking result.


The laser carbon peel uses liquid carbon and a laser, such as the Nd:YAG, over the skin on a lowenergy setting to absorbs oil, dirt, and dead skin cells from deep within the pores. The laser also heats up subdermal tissue, boosting collagen and plumping up fine lines. It’s used primarily by people with oily skin, acne, and enlarged or clogged pores. This treatment is also beneficial if you’re starting to see the effects of sun damage to your skin. People with sensitive skin or skin conditions like eczema will usually experience less redness and irritation after a carbon peel than from a chemical peel. AUTUMN/WINTER 2021 / 27

Reborn BOLD The iconic Australian label known for its leather accessories has had a new lease of life under creative director, Sophie Holt, who was poached from Country Road. Under her guidance, Oroton has modernised from classic bag-maker to ready-to-wear apparel. This season’s treats are totally covetable and span handbags, accessories and pared back casuals, office essentials, wool knits, statement pieces and basics in earthy and ochre tones.

Asymmetric Cardi & Knit Fringe Skirt, RRP $349

Soft Dress, RRP $499

Sleeveless Trench, RRP $699

Belted Blazer, RRP $549 and Full Length Pant, RRP $349

Oroton X Hemp Black Crossbody – Natural, RRP $329

Trench with Scarf, RRP $749

Eyelet Belt Dress, RRP $499

Knit Dress, RRP $499

Tucked Shirt, RRP $269

Short Sleeve Boxy Top, RRP $289

Oroton X Hemp Black Tote – Natural, RRP $499

Malin Croissant Bag, RRP $499

Fitted Blazer, RRP $599

Alva Day Bag, RRP $499

Asymmetric Cardi, RRP $299

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LUXE The catwalk doyennes have spoken: Leather is the look for Spring/Summer 2021. From sumptuous midi dresses with poufy sleeves at Gabriela Hearst to A-line maxi skirts at Paco Rabanne, and supple suiting and kaftan-style dresses at Altuzarra. Whether faux or the real thing, leather is never out of style. After last year’s obsession with earthy hues of sand, khaki and chocolate, leather is back in classic black in dresses, jackets, pants and skirts paired with simple T-shirts and turtleneck sweaters to luxe up everyday styles.

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BUSH TO BEACH Nautica’s AW21 Sportswear Collection offers new editions of the brand’s wardrobe staples and encapsulates the great outdoors. The collection broadens its scope with tartan print puffer jackets, warm plaid shirts and cosy knits in burgundy, forest green and butter yellow. Rounding out this season’s range, traditional polos and tracksuits that embody Nautica’s classic American Sportswear style and sailing origins. Available at David Jones, sports stores, More at






1. Sustainable Tee. The new Sustainably Crafted Collection features fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles, organic cotton and Modal, a beach tree pulp substitute for Rayon. RRP $59.95 2. Adventures in a plaid puffer jacket. RRP $269 3. Nautica Competition track set. Nautica Competition Collier Sweater RRP $139.95 and Nautica Competition Dodger Track Short RRP $99.95 4. Nautica Competition Roband Bomber Jacket. RRP $199.95 5. Nautica ¼ Zip. RRP $129.95 32 / AUTUMN/WINTER 202 1


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1. KMS Hair Play – Hybrid Claywax For a strong hold and matt finish, KMS Hair Play dries like a clay, molds like wax. RRP $32.95. 2. Next level Manscaping The Performance Package bundles all the products in the Perfect Package 3.0 with Weed Whacker™ ear and nose hair trimmer. Confidently trim below-the-waist with The Lawn Mower™ 3.0 waterproof trimmer featuring Advanced SkinSafe™ Technology. Tame wild nose hair with the all-new Weed Whacker™ nose hair trimmer. The Performance Package also includes Crop Preserver™, Crop Reviver™ and Magic Mat™, plus a free Shed travel bag and free pair of anti-chafing boxers! RRP $169.99. 3. Anti-Ager Kiehl’s Age Defender Moisturizer is a dual-action anti-aging cream clinically demonstrated to visibly lift and firm skin, while minimising the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Formulated with Linseed Extract and combined with Caffeine and Soy Protein, it helps to significantly improve skin’s elasticity and firmness, while visibly strengthening skin for a more youthful, energised appearance. RRP 50ml $69. 4. Skin cleanser Healthy skin starts with clean skin, and this system lifts impurities from your pores with ease. A must-have gadget for every man, The Clarisonic Alpha Fit Cleansing System will revolutionise the way you look after your skin. Designed specifically for men, this cleansing system works on the tougher, more resilient skin of a man. The compact, friendly design is travel-friendly. RRP $289. 5. The eyes have it The Dieux Skin Forever Eye Mask is a reusable eye patch that holds gels, serums and creams close to the skin for maximum absorption. These masks encourage products to fully sink in, leaving skin prepped, hydrated and looking heavenly. RRP $32.



BOOTS ‘N ALL Winter means one thing – stepping out in style! It might be brief and mild, but our winter requires nothing less than boots made for walking. Since its establishment in 2011, Australian footwear brand, Alias Mae prides has made a name for itself, here and abroad, for its exceptional quality, hand-made leather designs and exclusive small runs. More at

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Alias Mae, Eden, Tan Burnished, RRP $289.95.

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Winter wonders

Skin on the lips and face is particularly susceptible to environmental factors like wind, cold and sun damage. Moving into cold weather, delicate skin needs special protection and care. Take your pick from these soothing solutions. A-LIST LOTION – Beyoncé’s fave for a dewy complexion, Aquaphor is a multi-purpose ointment protects and soothes extremely dry skin, chapped lips, cracked hands and feet, minor cuts and burns, and many other skin irritations, so you can get on with your day comfortably. Available in a range of products. Lip Repair, RRP $7.27. Healing Ointment, RRP $8.28. BEE-HAVE – The iconic lip balm brand is equally renowned for its skincare, scientifically proven to increase moisture and reduce sensitivity to the elements. The range includes the Sensitive Skin Facial Cleanser, a soapfree cream cleanser that gently cleanses away dirt, oil and make-up without over drying or causing redness. Then there’s the Sensitiive Skin Day Cream, which is formulated with softening Cotton Extract to help skin replenish its outer layer and minimise the effects of potential irritants, all while Rice Extract moisturises and Aloe soothes your skin, and Sensitive Skin Night Cream, which helps hydrate sensitive skin overnight without causing redness or irritation. Sensitive Skin Eye Cream is specifically for the delicate area around the eyes, and helps skin replenish its outer layer and minimise the effects of potential irritants. Burt’s Bees hand creams too are in handy pocket sizes for all-day skincare and the Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is a Burt’s Bees classic. SENSITIVE SKIN FACIAL CLEANSER, RRP $19.95; SENSITIVE SKIN DAY CREAM, RRP $30; SENSITIVE SKIN NIGHT CREAM, RRP $30; SENSITIVE SKIN EYE CREAM, RRP $29.95. ENTER TO WIN

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Each September, the US recognises the challenges of obesity in a nationwide “Weight Stigma Awareness Week”, aiming to end “weight hate” and help the community understand why weight stigma should matter to everyone.

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Scientific studies have documented clear, consistent evidence that overweight people face discrimination in employment, education, and health care. In Australia, where 25 percent of young people and 67 percent of adults are overweight or obese, weight bias affects millions, at a steadily increasing rate. In Australia, according to ABS figures 2017-18, an estimated one in four (25 percent) children and adolescents aged 2 to 17 were overweight or obese – 1.2 million children and adolescents. An estimated two in three (67 percent) of adults over 18 were overweight or obese. That’s around 12.5 million Aussie adults. According to Felicity Cohen, CEO at WeightLoss Solutions Australia (WLSA), information compiled by the Obesity Action Coalition proves weight bias and weight stigma have adverse effects on people’s mental health their prospects in their careers and their lives. “The experts have found ‘weight hate’ is considered the last form of acceptable discrimination – but it shouldn’t be. It should be deemed as unacceptable as sexual or racial discrimination. “Obesity is no longer considered a cosmetic issue that is caused by overeating and a lack of self-control. The World Health Organization (WHO), along with international medical and scientific societies, recognise obesity as a chronic progressive disease resulting from multiple environmental and genetic factors. The stigmatisation of people with obesity is widespread and causes harm. Weight stigma is often propagated and tolerated in society because of beliefs that stigma and shame will motivate people to lose weight, however, rather than motivating positive change, this stigma contributes to behaviours such as binge eating, social isolation, avoidance of health care services, decreased physical activity, and increased weight gain. Weight bias can have a significant impact on social, economic, psychological and physical health. Social and economic consequences include social rejection, poor quality of relationships, worse academic outcomes and lower socio-economic status.

people from all walks of life to address their weight concerns. “From the start I have been passionate about helping people gain control of their weight,” she recounts. “My mum struggled with weight throughout her life, and we all know somebody in our circle who has experienced this kind of struggle. The reality is the numbers are growing. Currently, two in three people suffer some kind of weight problem and the health issues associated with that. “Over the past 20 years, I have learnt that the complications and ongoing issues of being overweight have devastating impact on people’s lives, and I have seen that what we can achieve through a multi-disciplinary approach changes people’s lives for the better.” In 20 years, technological advances to diagnose, assess, evaluate and support patients have meant treatment can be entirely customised to suit each individual, not a “one size fits all” program. “I am a firm advocate for the patient population,” says Felicity. “I have made a lot of noise in this industry over the past two decades and I intend to continue to make an impact towards change, not just around weight bias, but also resolution of comorbid conditions and quality of life outcomes.” WLSA harnesses the skills and expertise of respected GPs, RNs, Dietitians, Psychologists and Physical Therapists to develop a holistic approach to each patient’s goals and requirements. “Using our multi-disciplinary team support, we tailor a holistic plan to suit each person and ensure it’s effective and sustainable. Our process creates new pathways to a total lifestyle and behavioural change with the objective of restoring people’s confidence to go after jobs, form enduring relationships and pursue their dreams. “Our mission is to advocate for patients suffering from medical concerns and how society views them is our focus. There is no judgment, no discrimination here.”

Health consequences can include behaviours such as binge eating, unhealthy weight control practices, which may contribute to physical health problems and increased weight gain.

In October 2020, Felicity and her team were honoured with three prestigious 2020 Stevie Awards for Women in Business: a Gold Stevie Award in the category of Female Entrepreneur of the Year and two Bronze Stevie Awards, the first for Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Asia, Australia-New Zealand and the second for Most Innovative Company of the Year.

“The disease of obesity is extremely costly not only in terms of economics, but also in terms of individual and societal health, longevity, and psychological well-being. Due to its progressive nature, obesity requires life-long treatment and control.”

“What drives me every day is seeing results, seeing people get rid of their medical comorbid conditions, living their best lives and the self-esteem outcomes. Patients improve their physical health, which is prevention for their health in the future.”

In 2000, when Felicity established WLSA she was motivated by helping

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12-Weeks to Wellness Program s s e n ll e W

After a year marked by various challenges, including periods of ‘iso’ and for some, inactivity and stress-eating, now is the time to get serious about your health and strive for well-being for a lifetime.

The WeightLoss Solutions Australia “12 Weeks to Wellness Program” is an innovative system that leads to life-long readjustment to nutrition, fitness and improving your relationship with your body. “It’s a collaborative program that fills a gap in the market,” explains Felicity Cohen, CEO at WLSA. “A massive amount of work has gone into the 12 Weeks to Wellness Program. It’s not just reliant on medicine, an operation, or a diet plan, it’s based on 360-degree, wraparound guidance and support towards a long-term outcome.” Best of all, it’s suitable for everybody and online modules and telehealth options mean ease of access to the expertise of the entire WLSA team.

shift 10kg to those wishing to make a total lifestyle change and drop 20kg or more.” The process begins with consultation with WLSA doctors. As Felicity explains “We have two GPs on our team who assess patients on their eligibility for medication. There is an entirely new generation of medications that work to supress appetite and manage addiction, with very few side effects, allowing patients the space and time to work with professionals and start a new way of life.” Working with Nurses, Psychologists and Dietitians, patients are fully supported throughout their journey, with online modules, worksheets, meal plans and an interactive app, along with emails, regular phone calls and in person/ virtual appointments to keep on track. “This holistic approach is vital,” Felicity says. “People are much more than their weight. Very often, people find themselves in a rut, whether that’s the result of a negative experience, hormonal changes, divorce, finances.

“It’s all about prevention, longevity and maintaining health, mobility and function,” says Felicity.

“They benefit from an expert team that’s on their side all the way with proven methods of addressing concerns and adopting different habits and strategies to build resilience and create a pathway to being healthy, fit and well.”

“The program suits everybody, from those wishing to regain stamina, return to fitness,

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TASTE TESTS Wrap your mouth around these delicious tempting treats.

Every day rosé Specialising in new wines from emerging regions, Dejavu Wines distributes handpicked drops from all over the world. Founded in 1718, Chateau L’Escarelle located in the fertile hills of Provence – France’s oldest wine region – is known for its varied rosés. L’Escarelle ‘Jardin des Secrets’ rosé 2018 is a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, and certified organic. Not only a summer tipple, rosé from this high-altitude region tends to be crisp, dry and refreshing, making it

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the perfect partner to a broad range of cuisines. The brand’s vineyards are now certified High Environmental Value (level 3), and currently in the switch-over phase to organic. Since 2014, L’Escarelle has been committed by protecting the environment with organic farming methods as well as sustainable management of the estate, which has a butterfly garden open every Saturday and is a popular place for picnics. More at

NUDO-Mare NUDO is a premium non-alcoholic spirit that delivers the flavour explosion of gin, without the guilt or need for a limit. Using only natural ingredients, without the nasties of artificial flavours or preservatives, NUDO is the new benchmark for non-alcoholic beverages. Produced by the Belgium distillery, Spirits By Design, NUDOMare embodies existing gin recipes remastered into a nonalcoholic version. The adaptation allows NUDO to highlight and emphasis the complex citrus and bold bitter flavours distinctive of the world’s best gins. Utilising the unique and innovative processes of cold press and extraction, NUDO captures the smell and flavour of traditional gin without the alcohol. Embodying its Italian meaning, ‘naked’, NUDO delivers the flavour of gin but without any of the associated cons. NUDO is completely sugar, salt and of course alcohol free. Employing a complex pallet of spices, zests, and flowers, NUDO creates a zingy, citrus based non-alcoholic drink that is well worth your while. RRP $42. Stockists select BWS and Independents. Enter to win: To win a sample pack of NUDO-Mare, valued at $42, email the prize name NUDO-Mare and your contact details by May 28th 2021 to

Olivebox Olivebox is an Australian Oil Olive, produced in South Australia. Unique for its authentic Olive Oils and Vinegars, sustainable packaging and carbon neutral delivery, the young start-up is revolutionising the Australian Olive Oil Industry. Offering a range of Extra Virgin Olive Oils, Infused Olive Oils and Vinegars, Olivebox caters to the needs of everyone. Olivebox’s ‘Bag-in-Box’ is a sustainable game changer for oil olive. Unlike traditional glass options, the cardboard alternative is 100 percent recyclable. Its geometric shape allows for more efficient transportation, which means lower transportation and production costs. Made from bio-degradable material the packaging creates 10x less carbon than the standard bottle process. Olivebox’s Olive Oils and Vinegars are able to remain fresher and hold their qualities longer, as the carboard packaging limits the effects of air and light. Fragrant and delicious, OliveBox’s cold-pressed olive oil is healthy, sustainable and as fresh as it gets. RRP $45. Find stockists online at Enter to win: To win an Olivebox kit, valued at $45, email the prize name OLIVEBOX and your contact details by May 28th 2021 to

Tantalising triumvirate Misono restaurant at JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa has branched out into three elements, now featuring the vibrant and communal favourite teppan dining experience, a new live sushi bar and cosy whisky bar. Misono forms a variety of themed atmospheres, from the sushi bars exacting knifes, and the teppan Chef’s flying rice, to the savouring sips of Japanese whisky in the bar overlooking the hinterland’s golden sunset. They are distinct offerings that can be enjoyed independently or in a series to suit the customer. The teppan experience is known for being a family fun favourite, but now you can have an elevated teppan dining experience just for adults in a private room, showcasing matching sake, sophisticated flavours and performance. Sashimi is a skilled art form and a lesson in quality seafood preparation, and now you can learn the skills. Delivered by trained Chefs, there’s classes for the whole family. More at AUTUMN/WINTER 2021 / 41

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Mr. Restaurant Nobby Beach is a versatile venue that transforms into a casual, sophisticated and romantic space for drinks, tapas and dinner. Featuring an innovative menu using the freshest seasonal ingredients with an emphasis on indulgence, it’s a place where the flavours of north, east, south and west blend beautifully! To complement the menu, a varied wine list and a creative cocktail menu – including the Vera Wang (below) – are sure to please every palate. More at

Vera Wang Ingredients: 45ml vodka 15ml Cointreau 30ml lime juice 30 lemon juice 15ml bubblegum syrup Instructions: Shake and top with fairy floss.

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Its name is derived from the diminutive form of the Russian voda (“water”), but the origins of Vodka are a matter of debate. Some claim that it originated as early as the 8th or 9th century in either Poland or Russia. Chances are, some form of vodka distillation was going on in both countries for centuries. A distilled liquor, clear and colourless and without definite aroma or taste, Vodka was popular in Russia, Poland, Sweden, Finland and the Balkans. Soldiers returning from World War II exported the beverage to the United States and the rest of the world. Although legend states potatoes were traditionally used, potatoes didn’t make it from South America to Europe until the 16th century, so it’s likely cereals formed the basis of the beverage before that time. Today, Vodka is mostly grain-based, with a wheatbased vodka often lighter and whey or potato-based vodka slightly creamier. There are plenty of brands in the top echelon, such as stalwarts Absolut, Smirnoff, Belvedere, Stolichnaya and more recent addition, Grey Goose, and increasingly, vodka from boutique distilleries, including Southport’s own, Panezski Artisan Distillery and Granddad Jack’s at Miami.


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Simple Italian In Simple Italian, Silvia Colloca shares the essential dishes and techniques that are at the heart of the world's most popular cuisine. With 100 recipes and countless tips and tricks, you'll be cooking like a nonna in no time. Create silky smooth pasta, find out which shapes go with which sauce and learn the secrets to achieving perfectly creamy risotto and soft gnocchi every time.

Alongside chapters on pasta, gnocchi and rice, you'll also learn how to create stunning antipasto spreads and cook hearty mains and elegant sides to go with them. Whip up light and airy focaccia, then turn your leftover bread into delicious meals, such as meatballs or deep-fried mozzarella toasties. And don't forget the sweets - nothing fancy here, just the simple cakes, biscuits and tarts that Italians actually eat at home. If you have always wanted to be able to cook like an Italian, this book is for you. Silvia's food is authentic, fresh, simple and delicious. No fussy or elaborate techniques and nothing but the best produce and ingredients. These are the meals that Italians can't live without - and soon you won't be able to either. Simple Italian by Silvia Colloca, Published by Plum, RRP $39.99, Photography by Rob Palmer.


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The beauty of cannelloni lies in their versatile nature. They can be filled with a rich meat ragù or a wonderfully nutritious vegetarian alternative. In my experience Italians are pretty evenly divided into these two camps, but speaking for myself, if ricotta and spinach is ever on offer it will always trump any carnivorous option.


100 g (1 cup) freshly grated parmigiano or pecorino 150 g (1 cup) shredded mozzarella or torn bocconcini extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling FILLING

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove, bashed with the back of a knife 300 g baby spinach 400 g fresh ricotta 2 eggs 75 g (�⁄4 cup) freshly grated pecorino or parmigiano �⁄2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg finely grated zest of 1 lemon 3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper SAUCE

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 onion, chopped 600 ml Quick and Easy Passata (see page 29) 200 ml hot water salt flakes handful of basil leaves, plus extra to serve PASTA DOUGH

300 g (2 cups) plain flour 3 eggs salt flakes coarse semolina, for dusting SERVES 4–6


To make the filling, heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and spinach, then cover and cook until just wilted. Transfer to a bowl and set aside to cool. Discard the garlic, then mix through the remaining ingredients. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes. To make the sauce, heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat, add the onion and cook until soft and translucent. Add the passata and water and bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low and cook gently for 15 minutes. Season with salt and stir through the basil leaves. To make the pasta dough, place the flour in a bowl, make a well in the centre and drop in the eggs and a pinch of salt. Combine using your fingers or a fork, then knead for 3–4 minutes to release the gluten and bring it together in a smooth ball. Add up to 1 tablespoon of water if it seems a bit dry. Wrap it (I use beeswax wraps) and let it rest in the fridge for 30 minutes. Dust your board with flour or coarse semolina, and cut the dough into quarters. Work with one piece at a time and keep the rest wrapped up to prevent the dough from drying out. Flatten the dough with the palm of your hand, then pass it through the pasta machine’s widest setting three or four times, folding the dough into three each time. Continue passing the dough through the machine (no further folding required), each time through a thinner setting, until you get to the second-last setting or the sheet is roughly 2.5 mm thick. Cut the pasta into 15 cm x 10 cm rectangles and dust them with semolina. Get your filling and sauce ready to start assembling the dish (you don't want to leave the sheets of pasta too long, otherwise they will dry out). Preheat the oven to 200ºC. To assemble, smear a few tablespoons of the sauce over the base of a 40 cm x 30 cm baking dish to create a cosy bed for the cannelloni. Spoon 2–3 tablespoons of filling onto each pasta rectangle and roll up to enclose, then place, seam-side down, in the dish. Spoon the rest of the sauce over the cannelloni so that each roll is positively drowning in it. (You can add a little water to the sauce if you don’t have enough.) Sprinkle the cheeses over the top and finish with a drizzle of olive oil. Bake for 30 minutes or until nicely browned on top. Cover with foil and rest at room temperature for 20 minutes, then scatter over a few extra basil leaves and serve.


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Once you master this, you will have the confidence to attempt more complex risotto recipes. But don’t be fooled by the humble appearance of this dish – it is rich and flavourful, especially if you build on the solid foundation of a robust stock.

parmigiana 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 50 g butter 1 white onion, diced 350 g carnaroli or arborio rice 200 ml dry white wine 2 litres good-quality chicken or vegetable stock, brought to a gentle simmer 50 g (�⁄2 cup) freshly grated parmigiano, plus extra to serve (optional) salt flakes and freshly ground black or white pepper SERVES 4


Heat the olive oil and half the butter in a large heavy-based frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until soft and translucent, but not caramelised. Add the rice and stir until well coated in the oil and butter. Add the wine and allow the alcohol to evaporate, stirring occasionally (this will take 1–2 minutes). Reduce the heat to medium–low and start adding the stock, a couple of ladlefuls at a time, giving it the occasional gentle stir. Keep adding the stock until the rice is al dente, about 16–17 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and add a final ladleful of stock, the parmigiano and remaining butter. Taste for salt and adjust to your liking, then season with pepper. Stir vigorously to release the starch and create an all’onda texture. Cover with a lid and let it rest for a few minutes to create the perfect mantecatura (creaminess). Ladle into shallow bowls and serve with some extra parmigiano and black pepper, if you like.

Mamma’s frittata con scalogni (frittata with shallots) is one of the best uses of these small onions, gently stewed in good olive oil, salt and a touch of balsamic until they surrender their natural sweetness. A classic antipasto dish.

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Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a medium non-stick frying pan over medium heat, add the shallot and a pinch of salt and cook for 3–4 minutes. Add a splash of water if the shallot starts sticking to the base of the pan. Pour in the balsamic vinegar and cook for a further 2–3 minutes or until the shallot is soft and caramelised. Season with salt and pepper, then transfer to a plate and set aside.

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Wipe out the pan and heat it over medium–high heat. Meanwhile, mix the egg and milk in a large bowl. Season well with salt and pepper. Add the remaining olive oil to the pan and swirl to evenly coat the base and side. Drop in the egg mixture and swirl to spread it out evenly. As it starts to set, move it slightly with a spatula to allow the liquid mixture to get in contact with the base of the pan. When the egg mixture looks like it’s three-quarters set, arrange the shallot mixture on top. Cover with a lid and cook for 1 minute, then slide the frittata onto a plate and flip it back into the pan (see instructions on page 159). Cook for 30 seconds, then slide the frittata onto a plate to cool slightly. Cut into squares or wedges and enjoy. Any leftovers can be eaten fridge cold the next day.



You say tart, we say crostata, but what really matters is that we all love a good flaky pastry latticed over a sweet, jammy filling. Mamma’s recipe for this delicate pastry shell works every time; the trick is to freeze the butter and then whiz everything together in a food processor. It’s genius!

250 g (2 cups) raspberries Place the raspberries, caster sugar and butter in a saucepan and stir A N T I PA STO , G R A Z I N G B OA R D S A N D T H E S I M P L I C I T Y O F I TA L I A N G AT H E R I N G S 163 (fresh or frozen) over low heat until the berries have released their natural juices and 100 g caster sugar (add more the liquid has reduced by one-third. This will take about 2–3 minutes. if you like it very sweet) Stir in the cornflour, then cook for a further 2 minutes until the filling 20 g butter starts to thicken. Remove from the heat and allow to cool at room 1 tablespoon cornflour temperature (you can refrigerate it for up to 3 days). SimpleItalian_PAGES SI_JW lightly SI.indd 163 12/11/20 1 egg, beaten To make the pastry, place the frozen butter cubes, flour and sugar in granulated sugar, for sprinkling a food processor and pulse until wet crumbs form. Gradually add the whipped cream, to serve water, starting with 2 teaspoons; keep pulsing and adding more drops (optional) of water until you have a soft dough. Tip the dough onto a floured surface and press with your hands to smooth it, then flatten it with FLAKY PASTRY your palms to form a disc. Wrap it in plastic wrap and rest in the fridge 100 g butter, cut into cubes and for a minimum of 30 minutes or up to 3 days. frozen for 30 minutes Preheat your oven to 180°C. Grease and flour a 20 cm tart tin. 185 g (1 �⁄4 cups) plain flour, plus extra for dusting Roll out the dough to a 3–4 mm thickness. Cut out a circle slightly 1 tablespoon caster sugar larger than the base of the prepared tin, then use it to line the tin, 1–2 tablespoons cold water gently pushing it into the edge and up the side to form a rim. Pour in the filling. SERVES 8–10

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Gather up the remaining pastry and roll it out to a 3–4 mm thickness. Cut it into 2 cm wide strips and gently arrange in a lattice pattern over the berry filling. Brush with the beaten egg and sprinkle with some granulated sugar, then bake for 30–35 minutes until golden and gorgeous. Cool at room temperature and serve as it is or with whipped cream, if desired.


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She has graced the big screen for over a decade, in films that cover the gamut of genres; scifi, romcom, adventure and horror. Declared the most successful actor of her generation, Jennifer Lawrence was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015-16 when The Hunger Games films grossed over $5.5 billion worldwide. At 22, she won an Academy Award for Best Actress for the David O. Russell film “Silver Linings Playbook”.

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Born in 1990 in Louisville Kentucky, Jennifer, known as “JLaw” in the tradition of contractions, began on the path to acting in Church productions. “My nickname was ‘Nitro,’ as in Nitroglycerin,” she told British Vogue in a piece about her rise to fame. “I was hyperactive, curious about everything. When my mother told me about my childhood, she always told me there was like a light in me, a spark that inspired me constantly. When I entered school, the light went out. We never knew what it was, a kind of social anxiety.” She turned to acting as an outlet and it worked. “I begged my parents to take me to a casting. We went to New York, and that’s where I started acting. Just on stage, my mother saw the change that was taking place in me. She saw my anxieties disappear. She found her daughter, the one who had this light and joy before school. I finally found a way [to] open the door to a universe that I understood, that was good for me and made me happy, because I felt capable.” During the trip to New York at the age of 14, she was cast in an ad for fashion behemoth H&M. At the shoot, an agent spotted her and invited her to the studio for another audition. The agent encouraged her mum, Karen to allow Jennifer to spend the summer in NYC, and she appeared in commercials and scored a role in the movie, “The Devil You Know”. With opportunities coming in constantly, Jennifer and her family relocated to LA, where she was cast in a sitcom, “The Bill Engvall Show”, and a few arthouse movies. Her big break came in 2010, in the form of the role Ree in “Winter’s Bone”, which attracted the Academy’s attention and an Oscar nomination, Golden Globe nomination and a gig with the X-Men franchise. Then followed what Jennifer describes as “the role of a lifetime” when she was cast as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games in 2012. The film was a global hit and propelled Jennifer to the A-list. Three Hunger Games sequels followed, and a flurry of critically acclaimed films such as “Silver Linings Playbook”, “American Hustle”, “Joy”, “Passengers” and “Red Sparrow” kept her in the public eye. After a couple of years acting hiatus, Jennifer is currently working on a star-studded Netflix series pitched as “a political satire disaster comedy” that totally captures the madness and chaos of 2020. “Don’t Look Up”, written and directed by Andy McKay the comedic team behind “Anchorman” and

“Step Brothers”, tells the story of two junior astronomers who undertake a worldwide media tour to warn mankind of a giant, approaching asteroid that will destroy Earth in six months, only to find an unreceptive populace. Alongside JLaw and her co-star Timothee Chalamet in what is definitely the biggest title on its 2021 Netflix slate are luminaries the stature of Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Ariana Grande, Matthew Perry, Ron Perlman and many more. Jennifer explained her brief absence from the limelight as fearing fans were getting sick of the sight of her. “We were in Whole Foods and I was on a lot of the magazine covers. And I was like God, I’m going to be one of those people everybody hates, because it’s like, ‘Hey here I am!’ like all the time and it’s just like ‘Get out of my face’.” Despite the fame and the high-profile romances, luxury homes in New York and LA, her aim is to stay unaffected. “I want my life as normal as possible,” she said. “One of the dangers in the film industry is that things are too fast … I want to keep it simple.” And to that end, she says she tries to be as unincumbered as possibly with the trappings of the “celebrity lifestyle”. “I do not have an assistant!” Instead, her best friend of 22 years, Laura Simpson accompanies her on location. “At the end of a day of shooting, I can go home and hang out with her. Do what we do … and not share time with someone who works for me.” In October 2019, she married art dealer, Cooke Maroney, in a match-made by Laura. Said Jennifer at the time on podcast “Naked with Catt Sadler, “I definitely wasn’t at a place where I was like, I’m ready to get married. I just met Cooke and I wanted to marry him. We wanted to commit fully. He’s my best friend. I want to legally bind him to me forever. And fortunately, the paperwork exists for such a thing. You find your favourite person on the planet and you’re like: You can’t leave.” For millions of girls the world over, the arrow-slinging Katniss in The Hunger Games was an inspiration. Jennifer says she understands she is a role model for women and takes that seriously. “It would be hypocritical of me to deny that girls take me as an example, and say that I don’t have responsibility to them, because clearly, I have. I know the influence of celebrities on young people. I was a teenager, and I want to send a positive message.” Speaking to the media after her Golden Globe win for Best

Supporting Actress in “American Hustle”, the actress said her advice for young women would be “Be strong. Don’t be a follower”. “Always do the right thing. If you have a choice between the right or wrong, do the right. Always be nice. It’s never not cool to be the nice girl.” She said she owes her squeak-clean reputation to her ability to stay grounded, thanks to the people around her and keeping busy. “I have a good group of friends. I have an amazing family. I’m just

“One of the dangers in the film industry is that things are too fast … I want to keep it simple.” always busy. I don’t have time to get in trouble,” she said. Commenting on her infamous fall on the stairs at the Academy Awards on her way to accept the Oscar for Best Actress in “Silver Linings Playbook” in 2013. She recovered quickly and laughed the whole thing off, but said it stayed with her for a long time, particularly when critics called the episode “fake” and “attention seeking”. “They call my name and I’m elated and in shock, and then I fell – I mean, look at my dress – and it just erased everything from my mind. My brain went blank. I can look back at it now that I’m a little bit older fondly, but for a very long time the fall thing was very sensitive.” Thankfully, she has thick skin and a sense of humour in her impressive arsenal of weapons. “I’m a big believer of accepting yourself and not really worrying about it.” AUTUMN/WINTER 2021 / 47

Wellness Warriors

Felicity Cohen, the dynamo behind WeightLoss Solutions Australia, is sharing the world’s collective wellbeing wisdom with a wider audience through her podcast, the culmination of two decades dedicated to combating obesity. Reflecting on her 21 years at the helm of WeightLoss Solutions Australia (WLSA), Felicity Cohen was overwhelmed with the impact of hundreds of patients and their individual journeys. “They shaped my career and the evolution of my business,” she says. “There are hundreds of stories of women and men making the decision to embrace lifestyle changes that benefit them for the rest of their lives. “For example, one lady underwent surgery 18 years ago and went on to achieve more than she could have ever dreamed. At 53, she walked the Great Wall of China. Some years ago she joined us in a combined staff and patients team event – in the 10km leg of the Noosa Marathon. So inspiring!” Then there’s the impact of dramatic

weight-loss on and lifestyle change within a patient’s entire family.

“What stood out to me is the multigenerational impact on families,” says Felicity. “Changing habits influences children as well. One patient came to us weighing 200kg. She used to spend all day in her house and was very unwell with various life-threatening illnesses. After gastric band surgery, she found a new lease on life and decided to travel and see the world. She even went bungy jumping!” As the definition of wellness evolves and expands and more disciplines join the cause, Felicity was motivated to take her message to a broader audience through her podcast “Wellness Warriors”. As Felicity explains, “Wellness Warriors is a movement that exists to help you to improve your wellness, lose weight and grow the levels of energy and vitality that feed your life. I speak with experts in their fields in the worlds of health and nutrition to inform and inspire people to pursue a future of holistic well-being.” She continues, “I have seen so many changes over the past 21 years and want to share my interest in all strands of health. We know that weight gain is linked to so many lifestyle choices and health issues. I wanted a means to present them all and have experts to discuss them.”

The beauty of a podcast, according to Felicity, is that listeners can experience Wellness Warriors while driving, at the gym, at home or on the go. “Each episode is dedicated to delving into the research and advice of health professionals – surgeons, psychologists and leading experts in their respective fields. “I have interviewed a chef who focuses on nutrition, trends in food and food waste, a fertility coach, and a paediatric sleep consultant. We also feature the stories of many of our patients and how they went from barely surviving to thriving.” In 2021, Wellness Warriors will cover alcohol addiction, nutrition, mindfulness and meditation. “We have so much coming up! For instance, Dr Karen Coates has specialised in nutritional medicine for 20 years and works with clients in the areas of fertility, hormones and optimal wellness. She is leading the industry in how these areas overlap with obesity and weight-loss.” Tackling these issues with the same vigour as her work at WLSA, Felicity asserts her passion has only grown over the past two decades. “My objective is to help people change their lives – not just their image and self-confidence, but also their prospects and quality of life for their whole lives. That’s the best reward.” Access Wellness Warriors through Spotify, Apple or via @iamfelicitycohen

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Healthy at Home Being physically active is more than burning kilojoules and building muscle; it’s also fun, social and essential for your health and well-being.

The COVID-19 pandemic means that more of us are staying home and limiting our social interactions and outings. It’s a challenging time for many and it’s easy to put our health on hold. During these times it's so important to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Things like keeping active, putting your mental wellbeing first and enjoying a healthy balanced diet can help strengthen your immune system and lower the risk of depression and anxiety. It might be pretty obvious that being active is really good for you – it gives you more energy, increases your self-confidence and may even help prevent serious illness such as heart disease. Balancing the energy you eat and drink with the energy your body uses when exercising can seem fairly simple. But do you really know how long you need to work off that slice of cake? If you crunch the numbers, you can determine just how much exercise you'll need to do to burn off some high-kilojoule foods. For example, one 50g packet of chips would require 25 minutes of fast step ups, and a single slice of pizza requires 60 minutes of sit ups. 50 / AUTUMN/WINTER 202 1

For adults, the recommended exercise guidelines are: • Ideally, you should aim for 30 minutes of activity every day • Doing any physical activity is better than doing none. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some, and gradually build up to the recommended amount • Accumulate 150-300 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 to 150 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity each week (or an equivalent combination of both moderate and vigorous) • Be active on most, preferably all, days every week • Do muscle strengthening activities on at least two days each week. A busy life can make it hard to stick to an exercise regime. There are several easy ways to build a bit of extra movement into your daily routine. Instead of sitting down to take phone calls, walk around, instead of social media or watching TV after work, take the kids or dog for a walk around the block, walk or ride a bike for trips that are short distances, take the stairs instead of the elevator. The Healthier Queensland website has a range of tips, home workouts, expert advice, mental well-being and healthy recipes for families and people keen to improve their fitness and stay healthy. More at

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DREAMS The Porsche Taycan, the first allelectric Porsche sports car, links the company’s history to the future. It marks a start of a new era. The 2021 Porsche Taycan has arrived in Australia, with the first units of the all-electric sports sedan now on local roads. The Taycan 4S, Turbo and Turbo S are now available in Porsche Centres around Australia, with the Porsche Car Configurator now live with local specifications and pricing. The four-door sports sedan is a unique package, offering typical Porsche performance and connectivity with everyday usability. It has the soul of the Porsche, electrified. Porsche Centre Gold Coast 1 Harvest Court, Southport PHONE 5555 7911

Performance meets efficiency The flagship Taycan Turbo S can generate up to 560 kW / 761 PS* (horsepower) of overboost power in combination with Launch Control. The Taycan Turbo S accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds, the same acceleration figures as a 911 GT2 RS. It has a combined range of up to 405 km# when the battery is fully charged. The Taycan Turbo generates up to 500 kW / 680 PS* (horsepower) of overboost power in combination with Launch Control and completes the zero to 100 km/h sprint in 3.2 seconds with a range of up to 420 km# when the battery is fully charged and a top speed of 260 km/h. Completing the line-up is the Taycan 4S, which produces up to 390 kW / 530 PS* (horsepower) of power and 640 Nm of torque, performance output coupled with a two-speed transmission and powered by a 79.2 kWh Performance Battery. The Taycan 4S accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h. The range is 365 km# when the battery is fully charged. The Performance Battery Plus package on the Taycan 4S is available as an option. It increases battery capacity to 93.4 kWh resulting in a notable performance increase of up to 420 kW / 571 PS* (horsepower) of power and 650 Nm of torque, as well as an increased combined range of 414 km#. Charging the Porsche Taycan in Australia The Taycan is the first production vehicle with a system voltage of 800 volts, instead of the usual 400 volts for many electric cars. This enables consistent high performance, reduces the charging time and decreases the weight and installation space of the cabling. It also boasts a maximum peak charging capacity of 270 kW (Performance Battery Plus).

Australian models come with the Mobile Charger Connect as standard, providing intelligent charging functions as well as a Charging Cable (Mode 3) for use at AC public charging stations. For charging at 400 volt charging points, a 150 kW on-board DC-Charger is standard in Australia. In Australia, owners will have several ways to charge their Taycan, including High Performance Charging, Home Charging and Porsche Destination Charging. High Performance Charging Porsche Cars Australia has partnered with Chargefox, Australia’s largest EV charging network operator. Taycan owners will receive a complimentary three year subscription to the Chargefox Ultra-Rapid DC charging network (up to 350 kW), and complimentary charging at selected Chargefox-managed Fast DC charging sites (mostly 50 kW)&. The complimentary subscription period begins on delivery of the vehicle. Owners can download the Chargefox app via Google Play or Apple App Store. Home Charging When purchasing a Taycan in Australia, Porsche Centre sales consultants are able to arrange a Home Check service in order to determine installation requirements for charging at home. For that Porsche Centres have partnered with JET Charge who can deliver expert advice on home charging solutions. The Home Energy Manager can dynamically optimise the charging process in terms of performance, time and costs. This standard specification item, correctly integrated into your domestic power network, continually monitors the power requirements of your Taycan and the available output of the power supply. Porsche Destination Charging When on the road, the Taycan, as well as Porsche plug-in hybrid models, benefits from the expanding Porsche Destination Charging network being installed across metro and regional sites.


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where the wild things are So, you’re a bucket list fanatic? Pick a number: five, 10, 101 things or more. The possibilities are endless when it comes to ticking off a “To Do” list on the Great Barrier Reef – an icon that tops its own list as the largest World Heritage Area on the planet. Enough said. For the ultimate bucket list of activities, look no further than where the richest concentration of wild things are.

Map your adventure: The Great Barrier Reef promises a whole lot of something for every visitor, whether a drool-factor luxury escape or windswept sailing, eco-adventure, lip-biting adrenalin rush or opportunity to dive into the realworld set of “Finding Nemo”, packed with more than 1,600 fish species. The only conundrum is where to start. First up, it’s important to mentally step through the Reef’s five distinct experience precincts: the Wild North – Cape York and Torres Strait (marine wilderness expeditions); Cairns and Port Douglas (adventure and adrenaline); Townsville North Queensland (history and learning); Whitsundays and Mackay (stylish island resorts and sailing); and Southern Great Barrier Reef (uncrowded getaway). Then, pack for every adventure. You won’t regret it. Great expectations: You know you’re onto a great thing when Sir David Attenborough says it’s “the most 58 / AUTUMN/WINTER 202 1

magical thing you ever saw in your life” and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation trips over its superlatives when defining the Reef’s outstanding universal value, topping all four natural criteria to make the World Heritage List. The traveller’s bible, Lonely Planet, in its Ultimate Travelist ranked the Great Barrier Reef at No. 2 in the world’s mustsee 500 destinations, behind Cambodia’s Temples of Angkor, but ahead of Peru’s Machu Picchu, The Great Wall of China and India’s Taj Majal. While these are all man-made wonders, the Great Barrier Reef, as the largest structure ever built by living things (and the only one visible from outer space), is the work of billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps and has evolved over millennia. Bucket List #1 – Pay it forward: Help keep the ‘Great’ in the Great Barrier Reef by signing up to citizen science projects and reef research encounters, not to mention taking action to adopt environmentally-

friendly initiatives at home. A good place to start is Townsville’s Reef HQ Great Barrier Reef Aquarium, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s (GBRMPA) state-of-theart education centre, which last year scooped TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Award for the second year running. Home to the world’s largest living coral reef aquarium, the centre also manages a turtle hospital, showing first-hand how human-created problems, like marine debris, can have a fatal impact. Out on the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is as close as you’ll get to a carbon-neutral model, offering behind-the-scenes tours of its “green” infrastructure. The resort generates its own power, desalinates seawater for drinking, maintains a wastewater treatment plant, recycles and stopped selling bottled drinking water in 2012. It also developed the first dedicated Climate Change Trail and Tour.

Bucket List #2 – Big is beautiful: From North to South, the wild things are hard to miss when they’re as big as whales or take the form of inquisitive potato cod, weighing up to 110kg – found in the Wild North (don’t miss the Cod Hole, near Lizard Island, or a once-in-alifetime opportunity to swim with dwarf minke whales, which visit between June and July each year, representing the world’s only predictable aggregation). Down south, Lady Elliot Island stakes its claim as “Manta Heaven”. Indeed, PADI lists it in the Top 5 locations on the planet (alongside Hawaii, Galapagos Islands and the Maldives) to encounter manta rays; gentle giants with wing spans up to seven metres and the largest brain to body size ratio of any living fish. Renowned as being interactive with divers and snorkelers, mantas also perform a fascinating mating ritual, known as the “courtship train” – a bit like an underwater conga line, when males follow and mirror a female’s every move… sometimes for days. Other big personalities on the reef, taking their place in the ‘Great Eight’, include Nemo-like clown fish, 120-year-old giant clams, Maori wrasse, turtles and, of course, sharks. Most recently, the largest fish in the sea has cruised in – groups of whale sharks, the gentle giants of the sea and long-range cruisers. Bucket List #3 – Into the deep: SCUBA diving is the best way to explore the Reef’s underwater wonderland, representing the greatest example of biodiversity on the planet. And, as the father of scuba diving, Jacques Cousteau, proclaimed: “The best way to observe a fish, is to become a fish”. A big fan of the Great Barrier Reef, Cousteau named Heron Bommie (one of 16 dive sites within 15 minutes of Heron Island in the south) among the world’s top 10 dive locations, with SS Yongala wreck (off Ayr, near Townsville) also consistently rated in the top 10. For keen divers, a live-aboard boat is the best option, facilitating trips to outer reefs and, for the more experienced, plummeting Coral Sea wall dives, including the opportunity to witness a live shark feed on Osprey Reef (a beacon for many pelagic species including barracuda, dogtooth tuna and mackerel, and a stunning shiver of

sharks, from white-tips to Grey Whalers, Hammerheads and Oceanic Silver tips). SCUBA’s not your thing? Try a Seawalker tour (helmet dive) off Green Island. The Great Barrier Reef, as one of the world’s most accessible reefs, is also a snorkelling paradise. So, get out there and discover your inner Mermaid by diving and snorkelling every precinct on the reef. Bucket List #4 – Love actually: coral spawning, aka the Mount Everest of reproduction in nature, was first discovered by James Cook University researchers back in the early 1980s. One thing’s for sure: it takes the cake on Sir David Attenborough’s bucket list, erupting each year on the reef after a full moon in late spring or early summer. Cairns-based dive operators Tusa Dive and Quicksilver’s Silverswift offer special night diving and snorkel tours around the event. In the mood for love? Hollywood’s Kate Hudson reckons Lizard Island Resort is “the most romantic place in the world”. For something different, hop aboard Cruise Whitsundays’ Reefsleep adventure on a floating pontoon on Hardy Reef (maximum of nine guests) or pop the question on a scenic flight over Heart Reef. Bucket List #5 – Land ahoy: Coral reefs may have made the Great Barrier Reef famous, but only comprise seven per cent of the Marine Park and World Heritage Area, also punctuated by 600 continental islands, 300 coral cays and about 150 inshore mangrove islands. No bucket list is complete without a turtle encounter, with the reef home to six of the world’s seven species of marine turtles. While Raine Island, the largest green turtle rookery on the planet (on the Reef’s remote northern tip), is not accessible to the public, other popular mating and nesting sites can be found on Lady Elliot Island, Lady Musgrave Island, Heron Island, Green Island (the only one with a rainforest), Fitzroy Island and Bundaberg’s Mon Repos Beach (don’t miss a Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangerguided turtle encounter at Mon Repos Turtle Centre). November to March is turtle nesting and hatchling season. Bird watchers are also in for a treat

on the reef; home to 215 species of birds, including 22 nesting species of sea birds and 32 species of shorebirds. Accessible from Port Douglas, Low Isles is made up of two islands; Woody Island and Low Isle. Offering the best of both worlds, Woody Island is uninhabited apart from a large bird population, while Low Isle resembles a picture-perfect tropical island, hugged by coral reef that you can snorkel from the beach. Lady Elliot Island, Lady Musgrave Island and Heron Island (all being true coral cays or sandy islands atop the reef) offer a similar prêt-à-snorkel adventure. Still have energy to spare? For the adrenaline junkies, there’s reef skydiving from 14,000 feet; helicopter fishing expeditions; ocean kayaking; yacht racing; and Seabobbing… to name just a few. Golf aficionados: head to Dent Island, Australia’s only 18-hole championship golf course that occupies its own island. If camping’s your thing, pitching a tent on the Great Barrier Reef is a unique way to get back to nature. You can camp on several islands on the reef (most are national parks and require a permit). Alongside luxury resorts of the ilk of InterContinental Hayman Island Resort or Qualia on Hamilton Island (where pop superstar Taylor Swift chillaxed), there are close to a dozen idyllic camping sites in the Whitsundays. Other popular spots include the uninhabited Lady Musgrave Island, perhaps best known for its massive, protected lagoon (ideal for families and learner divers), Lizard Island, Orpheus Island and Dunk Island. For the ultimate cashed-up Robinson Crusoe escape, rent Haggerstone Island. And if you’re still looking for a million and one things to do, the Great Barrier Reef hosts an annual round-up of world-class events, including the Captain Cook 1770 Festival, Great Whitehaven Beach Run, Great Barrier Reef Swim (Heron Island), Airlie Beach Race Week, Hamilton Island Race Week, Great Barrier Reef Marathon, Cairns Airport Adventure Festival, and Mackay Airport Beach Horse Racing Festival. More at By Shelley Thomas Images: Tourism Queensland

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A Gold Coast icon has revamped and rebranded, stepping up the standard of luxury and service. After months of renovation and an investment of $35 million, the transformation of Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa into JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa is complete – the first JW Marriott property in Australia. Named after the founder of the Marriott Corporation, the JW Marriott brand, with its distinctive luxury philosophy, will resonate with discerning travellers who seek “exceptional, thoughtfully crafted services and experiences”. Each of the 223 rooms and suites has been upgraded with décor and a soothing coastal-inspired palette. This theme continues throughout the hotel, from its two restaurants and lobby lounge and bar to the new Japanese whisky bar with outdoor terrace and café and in-house provedore, JW Market. The major drawcard, the resort pools

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include a saltwater lagoon that is home to 300 tropical fish and a freshwater pool with a children’s slide, and guests can rent snorkels, flippers and underwater scooters. Plus there are private cabanas, lounge areas and poolside dining options. Citrique, the signature all-day dining restaurant features an interactive kitchen presenting fresh local produce and seasonal specials, while the famous Teppanyaki restaurant, Misono is expanding to incorporate a sushi offering and Whisky bar. The JW Marriott Concierge Library is a space of comfort representing a balance of local culture, well-being, and culinary insights within a welcoming bookstore-like setting. The inclusion of Secret Spots, thoughtfully designed resting spots, provide a space to pause and take in the moment for oneself. For families, Family by JW is an interactive program which promotes engagement and enrichment through culinary

experiences, activities and creativity. From express treatments to full-service indulgences, every aspect of the day spa experience is thoughtfully customised to provide a holistic approach to wellbeing in mind, body and spirit. For events and conferences, level two of the property is dedicated to private celebrations and corporate functions, whatever the occasion, with 2,000 square metres of event space, featuring 10 scalable spaces, including the JW Ballroom and pool-view Junior Ballroom. Visitors and locals alike will be thrilled at the re-imagining of what is a Gold Coast landmark, now elevated to a beacon of hospitality dedicated to selfcare and creating family memories. JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort & Spa 158 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise Phone 5592 9800

Weekday Escape. Indulge in a weekday escape and receive $70 food and beverage credit. Indulge in new luxury accommodation with panoramic views of the ocean and hinterland. Enjoy a poolside retreat in a private cabana and snorkel in our iconic saltwater lagoon. Stay Sunday through Thursday using the unique code ZZ1 and receive $70 food and beverage credit to use in one of the many restaurants and bars. Enjoy the excitement of Japanese artistry with Misono’s traditional teppanyaki, sushi table and Whisky bar. Citrique’s seafood market offers paddock to plate dining with fresh and locally sourced cuisine. Chapter & Verse is famous for crafted cocktails, served with local knowledge and quality ingredients, or enjoy an award-winning high tea in the resorts tropical oasis surroundings. Use code ZZ1 when booking. Valid until November 30, 2021. *Terms and conditions apply, subject to availability.

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RETIREMENT VILLAGE LIVING... but who’s retired?

Retirement Villages are often placed in the same basket as aged care facilities. Most of the us don’t actually understand the difference between a retirement village and aged care. In a hot property market, retirement villages are increasing in demand and becoming popular on people’s radar. The diverse lifestyle choices that are provided by a retirement village as well as the extended bracket of ages in which people are eligible to buy into a retirement village have significantly increased the demand for this type of living. Retirement villages are fast becoming an option for the ageing population with benefits of flexibility of your living arrangement within, the village and no actual need for “retirement”. The operation of retirement villages creates a unique means of living through which the person will essentially purchases a long-term lease gaining an exclusive right to possession over a lot without owning a lot in the same way the purchase of property traditionally occurs. Through the payment of weekly charges which operate in a similar way to body corporate levies, retirement villages are able to maintain a plethora of facilities and grounds which would otherwise not be available. There is equally extensive legislation which seeks to protect persons buying into and looking to reside in retirement villages. 62 / AUTUMN/WINTER 202 1

When people are looking to buy into retirement villages, prior to signing the contracts, a comprehensive review of the documentation is essential. Specialised legal advice should be considered with respect to purchasing in a retirement village as well as the associated amendments to your existing property and estate planning documents. At OMB Solicitors we have a specialised property team who are passionate about providing advice and guidance to you. OMB Solicitors Level 1, 9 Seabank Lane, Southport Tel: (07) 5555 0000

Back to Nature Taking a break in the wilderness has long been linked with well-being. Now, new research published in the journal Scientific Reports used brain scans, heart-rate monitors, and behavioural experiments to uncover the physiological benefits of immersing ourselves in nature. Researchers at Brighton and Sussex Medical School in England tested people on their physical responses to various sounds to investigate the connection between the brain, the body and background noise, monitoring heart rates and changes in their breathing, blood pressure, temperature, metabolism and digestion. They noticed that the sounds of nature prompted slower heart rates and more “external-focused attention”, an optimal relaxed state. Lead author Cassandra Gould van Praag PhD says the study’s findings may have real-world impacts, especially for people with high stress levels. “I would definitely recommend a walk in natural surroundings to anyone, whether they're currently feeling frazzled or not,” she told Health via email. “Even a few minutes of escape could be beneficial.”

Top reasons to take a walk in nature: 1. Vitamin D Vitamin D helps maximize calcium absorption, promoting bone and dental health. It can also elevate mood, improve blood flow and lower blood pressure by literally relaxing your blood vessels. 2. Natural light and exercise positively impact your sleep A dose of sunlight can help regulate your body’s melatonin production. Melatonin is a hormone that controls your body’s internal clock (basically, it makes you sleepy). Exercise such as hiking or yoga will release your “feel good” endorphins, improve your fitness and wear you out in a good way!

4. Breathing deeply is a stress-buster Slow, deep breathing stimulates the body's parasympathetic reaction, which calms us down. Levels of oxygen in your brain are tied to levels of serotonin, the neurotransmitter that affects your mood, appetite, memory, social behaviour and other processes. Too much serotonin and you can become irritable and tense, but too little serotonin and you can become depressed. Breathing fresh air can help regulate your levels of serotonin and promote feelings of well-being. For inspiration on great Queensland National Parks to explore, visit

3. Unplug Some downtime away from devices, work and routine can help you relieve stress and fully unwind. Heading out into nature is a calming way to centre yourself and reassess your priorities.




The Range Rover is the epitome of luxury – taking design, comfort and craftsmanship to extraordinary heights. With a striking and timeless body and a meticulously refined interior that features handcrafted grained leather, elegant wood veneer and contemporary finishes. Exceptional levels of comfort and technology bring you a heightened sense of effortless sophistication and a truly first-class driving experience. Visit Gold Coast Land Rover *Offer applies to new and demonstrator Range Rover models sold and delivered between 01/01/21 and 31/03/21 while stocks last. Consult your Retailer for terms and conditions of 5-year Service Plans. ^5-year warranty includes factory 3-year warranty plus 2 additional years. Land Rover reserves the right to extend any offer.

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Gold Coast Wonder Women Lunch The Glasshouse, The Island

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Jodi Williamson, Janine Rowe & Deb Hopkins

Tracie Worth & Heidi Maddern

Cindy Butler & Julie Breadmore

Nicole Cronin & Christie Mills

Leanne Perkins & Silvia Williams

Amanda Rogan, Paola Gomez & Cecilia Picaut

Rebecca Pask & Veronica Lehndorf

Jean Kwon, Bianca Phillis & Ellen Kelly

Barbara Schaal, Lesleigh Gibson, Pam Sturgess, Rebecca Ogge & Dianne Baker

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Laeticia Andree & Lauren Bryant

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The Glasshouse, The Island was the marvellous venue for the first GCWW event for 2021, hosted by charismatic MC, Karen Phillips. Dressed in summer finery, the women and some men enjoyed a tasty 3-course lunch, including dessert buffet and French champagne, and enjoyed some personal insight from special guest, Bianca Dye. Prizes and gift bags were exceptional and guests lingered long into the evening to celebrate a return to our colourful social events.

Kelly Charity, Nicole Carter & Renee Polden

Karen Phillips & Bianca Dye

Lisa Greentree & Lisa Sheldon

Audrey Goetz & Jenny Yuen

Melissa Routledge & Katherine Riely

Trina Henry, Trish Gowans & Karen Gheerbrant


Red Boot Race Day Gold Coast Turf Club Function Centre

Michelle Dessaix & Maggie Palmer

MC Bridget Brousard

Lauren Silver, Maddy Briggs & Courtney Baker

Lauren & Shayne Massey

Simone Sherrin & Kate Bennett

Carlie McGrath & Kiara Balhatchet

Ryan Macanally & Viktoria Radeva

Barbara Nichols, Sharon Lally, Ellouise Seaton & Natalie Green

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Leisha Hay & Guy Wright-Smith

Dress code was “Gold Coast Glamour” when Red Boot Race day returned to Gold Coast Turf Club for an action-packed day in the Events Centre trackside. The annual charity racing event raises funds to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities South East Queensland, who provide essential accommodation and support services for seriously ill or injured children and their families. It’s always an exciting day of racing, great hospitality, fabulous raffles, prizes, auctions and entertainment while enjoying Queensland’s third richest two-year-old race, The Jewel.

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Simone Sherrin, Julie Maher, Michelle Dessaix & Shelley Mason

Jane Dunn & Lizzy Tanner

Andrea Steel & Tara Parnell

Melissa Rigby & Eddie Turner

Paul Finn & Tara Parnell

Matt & Alex Innes

Ryan & Jane Massey

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BOOKS Modern Slow Cooker Viking by Alyce Alexandra

Slow cookers are the ultimate way to cook if you want to save time, money and effort while still enjoying delicious home cooking. Appliance queen Alyce Alexandra is here to show you that with the right recipes, slow cooker meals can be vibrant, interesting and full of flavour. The 85 foolproof recipes cater to vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nutfree and soy-free diets – though you won’t hear any complaints from the meat eaters at the table, either!

The Mind Strength Method Murdoch Books by Dr Jodie Lowinger Dr Jodie Lowinger, clinical psychologist, executive coach and founder of The Anxiety Clinic offers a logical and practical toolkit using the best evidence-based techniques to overcome fear-driven thoughts and behaviours and turn them into empowered action, break free from being bossed around by worry and your inner critic and build a resilient, highperformance mindset.

Influence Little, Brown by Sara Shepard and Lilia Buckingham

Get ready to see the world of teen influencers they’d never want you to share . . . From the bestselling author of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS Sara Shepard and actress and social media star Lilia Buckingham. To everyone clicking, DMing, following and faving, these girls are living the dream; but are they really? The sun is hot in California . . . and someone’s going to get burned.


Snuggle up or get creative in the kitchen with inspiration from this season’s pick of top titles.

Sumac Murdoch Books by Anas Atassi

Born in Homs, Syria, Anas shares recipes from the Syrian kitchen, aiming “to build a bridge between Syrian culture and the rest of the world, with food as common denominator”. Sumac is a deep red spice that adds a vibrant lift to all kinds of food, and is a prized ingredient in both traditional and contemporary Syrian cuisine. This book includes over 80 recipes inspired by Anas Atassi’s family recipes and travels, as well as the stories, celebrations and memories of loved ones in Syria that inspired the recipes.

The Home Edit Life Hachette Australia by Clea Shearer & Joanna Teplin

Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin want to bring function and beauty to your everyday life. In The Home Edit Life they show you how to contain the chaos when it comes to absolutely everything: your work, travel, kids, pets and more. Because the truth is, you don’t have to live like a minimalist to feel happy and calm. You simply need to know how to set up a system that works for you so you’ll maintain it for the long run.

Emotional Female Penguin Random House by Yumiko Kadota

The Russian Penguin Random House by James Patterson

Rise Hachette Australia by Mark Bouris

The Chase Penguin Random House by Candice Fox

My Daughter’s Wedding Hachette Australia by Gretel Killeen

Vegan Intermittent Fasting Murdoch Books by Dr Petra Bracht and Mira Flatt

All Yumiko Kadota ever wanted was to be a surgeon. Young, gifted and dedicated, Yumiko was on her way to becoming an outstanding plastic and reconstructive surgeon. In 2018, she quit. 14 years of working towards her dream had taken its toll. Female charts Yumiko’s journey through ambition and dedication to exploitation and eventual collapse – and beyond.

In the middle of the scorching Nevada desert lies Proghorn Correctional Facility. When the 653 men housed there are released – from serial killers on death row, to white collar criminals – they immediately scatter. The biggest manhunt in history is underway to bring them all back before too much carnage and chaos ensues. Death Row warden Celine Osborne has one thing in mind: find prisoner John Kradle and bring him back. For Celine, it’s not just business; it’s personal.

Weeks before NYPD Detective Michael Bennett is to marry his long-time love, Mary Catherine, an assassin commits a string of murders. All the victims are young women. Bennett uncovers multiple cold-case homicides across the country that fit the same distinctive pattern. Bennett promises Mary Catherine that the case won’t affect their upcoming wedding, but may be walking into a deadly trap.

A heart-aching comedy about three generations of mother-daughter love Nora Fawn has spent four years without her daughter, Hope, who only maintained contact her big sister, Joy. One night, out of the blue, Hope rings to say she’s coming home to get married and it’s her mother’s job to organise it. My Daughter’s Wedding is both hilarious and profound as it explores the confounding complexity, wild terrain, mountains, valleys and quicksand found in three generations of mother-daughter love.

At a time of ultimate global disruption, who better to guide us as we re-set our goals and our lives than Mark Bouris, one of Australia’s most respected mentors and business leaders. ‘Anyone can better themselves, better their life, better their situation. You’ve got to think big. People have lost faith in the system, it’s time to empower yourself.’

The definitive (and first!) vegan guide to intermittent fasting for weight loss and improved health-with over 80 plantpowered recipes to keep you fuller longer. In the popular 16:8 method, you eat 2 to 3 times over 8 hours, then fast for 16 hours (which, of course, includes time spent asleep). The result can be astounding: weight loss, a stronger immune system, increased longevity and so much more. Satisfying vegan recipes including Rainbow Summer Rolls, Smoked Tofu Potato Salad or Chili sin Carne and healthy desserts like Chocolate Cardamom Truffles.

Win a selection of books. Email the prize name AUTUMN BOOKS and your ENTER TO WIN contact details by May 28th 2021 to

keeping pets safe from poisons Plenty of hazards lurk in our homes that can be fatal for our furry friends.

While we all know pesticides and metal objects such as batteries can poison pets, did you know grapes, sultanas, currants and raisins can cause kidney injury in dogs? The cause is unclear. It is possible that grapes either contain a compound that is directly toxic to the kidneys or that they result in severe fluid losses (vomiting and diarrhoea) that may predispose dogs to kidney failure. If your dog has a habit of stealing food off the table, be sure to put dried fruit out of reach (including, fruit cakes, hot cross buns and raisin toast). Then there’s chocolate, a staple of most households and appealing to both cats and dogs. Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, collectively known as methylxanthines which are responsible for chocolate’s toxic effects in animals. Unlike humans,

chives, leeks and other Allium species contain the same compounds.

many pets do not have the ability to effectively metabolise theobromine meaning that it remains in their body, sometimes reaching toxic levels. Signs of chocolate toxicosis may include vomiting, diarrhoea, increased thirst, increased urination, hyperactivity, tremor, increased heart rate, arrhythmias and possibly seizures. Onions too are toxic to cats and dogs. Onions contain compounds called disulfides and thiosulphates which can cause minor gastrointestinal effects or potentially serious, life-threatening haemolytic anaemia, depending on the size of your pet and the amount it ingests. Poisoning has occurred from the ingestion of whole raw onions, but also from chopped, cooked and dehydrated onions as well as products containing onion powder. Garlic,

Whilst most small ingestions of plants may be benign, a number of plants are poisonous to pets. Some exposures can result in serious poisoning or even death. Lillies and cats do not mix, and even brushing up against them can be life-threatening. There are many plants which can result in varying degrees of toxicity, it is therefore important to check the safety of any plant before placing them around pets. These are just some the most common poisons that dogs and cats may come across in or around the house. Call the FREE Animal Poisons Helpline on 1300 869 738 for advice. More at




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25 years of Hard Rock Café Surfers Paradise Celebrating 25 years of burgers, beers, music and memories, the Hard Rock Café Surfers Paradise invited 400 guests to party and toast the next half century. Australian rock legends Shannon Noll and Thirsty Merc performed as well as the local house band, The Hard Rock Heroes. $10 from every anniversary tee sold to guests at the party went to Support Act, Australia’s only charity delivering crisis relief and mental health & wellbeing services to artists, crew and music workers who are doing it tough. First opened in 1971 in London, Hard Rock Café now boasts over 200 locations in 74 countries and it is one of the most globally recognised companies in the world.

Ben Hannant, Bianca Dye and Dan Anstey

Becky Coy, Kath Rose and Eliza Elliott

Brooke Lee and Mel Greig

Mike Goldman, Kath Rose and Kate Bennett

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International Women’s Day Breakfast

Celebrating the achievements, resilience and strength of women in every field and endeavour, this year’s Women of Influence event returned bigger and brighter than ever at RACV Royal Pines, more than 400 women and equally enthusiastic gentlemen. Dr Ruth Knight from Griffith University was the special guest speaker and she inspired and encouraged everybody present to “Choose to Challenge” themselves to make a positive difference in our communities, however we could apply our energy and skills. More at

Niki Schneider, Katherine Gibbs & Nina Forbes

Robyn Russell & Abby Corcoran

Lou McGregor & Renee Henville

Dr Rachel Wyndham , Dr Drew Moffrey & Dr Monpetta Brunt Mackenzie

Stephanie Van Vimmeren & Isabella Maimone

Sarah Kennedy, Chloe Woodroffe & Hannah Carter

Sarah Knight, Tori Tye, Belinda Sawden & Kym Basoka

Kathy Bateman & Paula Torii

Sally Thibault, Savannah Falzon, Janet Culpitt & Kathy Bateman

Nicola Buchanan & Scott Euler

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Mel Morey, Belinda Gray & Stephanie Murray

Niki Schneider, Katherine Gibbs & Nina Forbes



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Coping with pandemic stress How did 2020 impact your productivity? Was “lockdown” or “iso” a period of incredible productivity as you adapted to the restrictions with creative solutions and positive impetus? Or did you barely manage to limp through the day, procrastinating on projects or anything that required planning and focus?

Experts studying the impact of Covid-19 have some insight into how the proliferation of stress affected us in different ways. Many successful people thrive on periods of stress. Operating with heightened adrenaline and cortisol, the primary stress hormone, is a common factor in driven people. But in times of chronic stress, for instance when a pandemic results in confinement, loss of job security, financial worries, home-schooling or relationship issues, our adrenal glands continue to release increasing levels of the stress hormone cortisol that is detrimental to our health, mental and physical. Prolonged stress can impact our sleep, energy levels, metabolism, and libido, and lead to declining productivity levels, fatigue, weight gain, constipation, poor concentration and even depression. Flooding your brain and body with cortisol has a knock-on impact on

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white blood cells, which are our first line of defence in our immune systems. Essentially, your entire brain and body system is fighting harder just to regulate the basic functions essential to your survival. Add virtual meetings, more household chores and uncertainty, you can see why resources are diverted away from the higher functions of the brain and saved for our vital organs.

the impulsive limbic system may win out and that’s when we put off challenging tasks for the temporary relief offered by binge-watching a Netflix series, scrolling social media or cooking up a storm!

Neuroscientists have found procrastination is a battle between an ancient part of the brain called the limbic system, which controls basic behaviours such as the “fight or flight” response, as well as emotion and pleasure-seeking, and a relatively younger part known as the prefrontal cortex.

A study by the University of Southern California and the University of California found that 58 percent of insomniac participants showed significant improvements in sleep quality with regular meditation. At the end of the study, 91 percent had been able to come off or reduce the dosage of their sleep medication.

The limbic system is most often linked to impulsive behaviour and a desire for instant gratification.

Women who practise yoga for 90 minutes twice a week display lower stress scores and serum cortisol levels than age-matched controls.

The prefrontal cortex is responsible for more complex thought and behaviours such as planning, preparation and creative thought. When strong emotions such as anxiety and fear become overwhelming,

This is where the benefits of meditation, yoga, mindful eating, regular exercise and walking in nature are brilliant remedies for reducing stress and the hormones it releases.

Take time out from the demands of life for 30 minutes of reflection or exercise each day and the benefits will impact every system of your body. Source:



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A favourite for locals in the know, Sunset Café Bar & Grill is idyllically situated on the waterfront with views over the marina – the perfect vantage point for savouring the sunsets. Breakfast, brunch and lunch are just as delectable sourcing local Aussie produce and our talented team can cater for events and functions. Watch pelicans soar where boats moor. Meet friends. Experience the perfect food treat at Sunset Café Bar & Grill, Marina Mirage’s hidden delight.

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