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When out shopping you should know that, companies can print ‘not tested on animals’ on their packaging even if some ingredients they use have been supplied by a third party, who does test on animals. According to Choose Cruelty Free, in Australia, there is no standard legal definition for what cruelty free is, so companies are free to interpret this as they like. There are some fantastic resources that can help you find the products you are looking for, so get informed and inspired to support the companies who are truly cruelty free, and click through on the links listed at the end of this article. Some companies with a history of no animal testing, have been bought out and their parent company does not have the same ethics. It’s a tricky dilemma. Would you continue to purchase a product if you knew that it’s cruelty free stance was compromised by being owned by a parent company

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Hello Welcome back to another issue (No. 4) of Fashion Observer Magazine. Each issue is a fashion-forward exposé that supports all creatives worldwide! FOM espouses that all creatives play a vital role in the final production outcome, including Hair & Makeup, Stylists, Models, Photographers, Videographers, Musicians, Designers, Jewellers and more. We have virtually travelled high and low, toured Florence in Italy, observed the styles of Japan, experienced the fashion culture amongst war torn Israel and stopped over in America before returning home to Australia. We have seen so much, and are so excited to share our experiences with you. Fashion bloggers are currently dominating the Australian fashion industry and we really wanted to focus on their influence. This issue includes an edgey, attitude-filled editorial with Fashion Heist creator, Aicha. We also have our Blogger Love section featuring A Broke Girls Blog, Jesska Lee, Leigh and Lou and Off With Your Clothes. There are behind the scenes, runway and social shots & video from this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival in Brisbane. Cosmetic and jewelry product reviews, a ‘survival guide’ by model Riana Horner and an information-packed interview with the costume designer for QLD Ballet Company. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed putting it all together for you.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald Aicha Robertson won’t wait for anybody, but she will bring you with her for the ride. She is the street style blogger behind the Fashion Heist. For Aicha, fashion is about the people. “Fashion brings people together, and you never know who you will get to meet.” She is the girl you want to be your best friend. As down to earth as she is cool, she acts on her instincts and turns her passions into accomplishments. She exudes warmth and her aura is effortlessly cool. She styles and photographs her own looks when a vision bursts into her mind or a wave of inspiration takes over. Aicha has always loved writing and music. On top of her studies in Journalism, Popular Music and Film and Television at the University of Queensland, she has been involved in an independent journalistic project Axe.Twins. The Digital Fashion Platform has also snatched her up as their feature fashion writer, where she writes about international emerging designers and fashion weeks around the world. She is also one of Topshop Brisbane’s personal shoppers, not an easy title to land. I also work at Topshop and I can still remember the first time I met her at the training day, just before the big Brisbane store opening. She stood up confidently in front of about one hundred new staff in a white shirt dress and a gold chain necklace, with big hair and an equally big smile. I bumped into her at the end of the training day, and of course she said hello. I told her about a fashion blog I was just starting myself and she asked to see it. She had a big personality, but the best thing about her was that she made me feel big too. Unfortunately, the rise to stardom in the blogosphere can be fast, yet fleeting and imitation will only get you so far in the social media world where an image is so easily replicable. Getting a finger click, rather than a finger flick requires rawness, individuality and honesty. Luckily for Aicha, these are all features which shine through her blog.


Aicha’s powerful combination of originality, confidence and humbleness will catapult her fashion career. Rather than racing to the top and pulling other people down, she is courageous enough to take the steady climb and lift up the people around her.

Can you tell us how you got What advice would you give the job writing for the Digital to other bloggers seeking the confidence to start? Fashion Platform?

Pretty simple and lucky story, my editor Florence noticed my work on e-lance this online freelance job listing site and offered me the job. It was a perfect Do not be fooled by the name. The match! She is absolutely amazing and Fashion Heist is not about stealing I love international emerging talent so style. Aicha’s look is her own and her it was perfect. biggest thrill is in the chase.

When did you first fall in love with fashion? First time I officially fell in love with fashion, mmm so hard to think! I feel my mother has always been a real influence on my style and love for fashion. But the real trigger was Gemma Ward in Vogue, many years back she was so young and fresh, in the middle of a Morocco (I believe) in this photo-shoot it was so magical. I instantly fell madly in love with the ideas of dressing up and loving all things fashion!

What or who inspires your style? My style inspiration is definitely MaryKate and Ashley Olsen, I honestly couldn’t think of any better true style icons. Along with a touch of Anna Dell Russo and sometimes I bit of old school Bianca Jagger.

I think just do it and own your style. There is always room for another fashionista!

How did you come up with The Fashion Heist name?

Good question! I am an e-bay-a-holic! Which leads me to grabbing amazing Can you describe the writing pieces from around the globe, which and photography process when reminds me of man repellers approach you are putting together a to fashion. So I kind of felt, I was metaphorically speaking “heisting” story? women’s wardrobes! If that makes sense. Well I normally just getting a feeling and vision in my mind, sometimes from a movie or shoot I have seen. I didn’t know that you are also Then I write the story, I feel it’s just an amazing singer! What are finding something intriguing but full your plans for Singing With of passion when it comes to writing Coco? What is your favourite about designers or photographers. song to sing? My writing inspiration is Lesly Arfin, she had a column in Russh magazine Singing has always been my number a few years back and I would die to one passion, I plan to pursue my career read them. So casual but she really in song writing and maybe down the resonated with me. track get my album completed. So all fingers crossed! My favourite song My photography process is far different, would have to “When You Believe” as I mostly do the photography myself. Mariah and Whitney Houston duet, I get in the mood with my vision and Prince of Egypt really got to me or just do it and go with what works with anything from Anastasia the movie! the clothing, and then I edit the image myself. It is mostly done in the space What is your next big move for the of one day. future?

What has been the biggest Has styling in the Topshop Three big things! breakthrough in your fashion personal shopping suite career so far?

changed your style at all?

I feel I am yet to have one! I feel all my moments so far have been steps towards a bigger dream, landing a job with The Digital Fashion Platform would be one! And going to fashion week in Sydney, oh and helping backstage at a secret Chanel show in Brisbane with the amazing Kimberly Gardner is definitely on top of my list!

Starting a basics clothing line

If anything Topshop has taught me Album work to be more daring with colour, which is definitely not my strong suit! And Paris Fashion Week! (Thankfully to Adele it is now) Also it has instilled a lot of confidence in I’ll keep you posted, if it all works out! myself, I am very thankful for the experience.


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Noelene Hill

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How do you approach costumes?

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The role of the costume designer is multifaceted you have to know how to design clothes, understand colour, know your fabric and how it behaves, have a thorough knowledge of construction techniques and the history of clothing. The designer then has to bring all of these elements together to successfully give life to the design idea. I like to think of costume design as architecture for the body. First of all I consider the scenario or story; what period it is set in; where is it located, whether it is historical or fantasy; who the characters are; and what the mood of the piece is.

I do a lot of background research - looking through my library of books, trawling the internet, looking at art, architecture anything and everything really that might interest me in relation to the theme. It could be colour, shapes, textures or particular historical characters. I share images and ideas with the choreographer, and discuss and watch the choreography. I also work closely with the set and lighting designer in determining colour and the look of the production. Sketches follow, then discussions with the cutter and costume technicians on how the costume is to be constructed.

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Every day we create our outfits based on who we are, where we are and the times we are currently living in. These important aspects to create a stylish outfit are the same as when Noelene Hill designs the perfect costume for a performance. Noelene is the costume designer for Queensland Ballet and has been for 11 years. During this time she has created stunning pieces that are not only gorgeous to look at but also communicate the story and embrace the characters of each performance FOM has been able to share Noelene’s experiences and discuss her attitude towards creating costumes.


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What parts of the costumes help to portray the characters? Costumes play an important part in helping the performer to portray their character. Every aspect of the costume has a role to play - the cut, colour, the type of fabric chosen and the way the fabric is treated. Different techniques are used to create a particular look such as art finishing, layering of different fabrics, dyeing, painting, printing and distressing in order to create texture and dimension that can help to illustrate the character being portrayed.

What has been your favourite costume design or has there been a particular stand out costume? I have had the good fortune to design a wide variety of different ballets both classical and contemporary, and have had many favourites in each production. Usually they are my favourites because all elements of the design have come together both in a visual and contextual sense to work perfectly within the context of the whole production. I find it difficult to single out a particular costume. A few that come to mind is the tutu that Swanhilde wears as the Coppelia doll in Greg Horsman’s Coppelia (the inspiration for this costume came from 19th century music box dolls); the fairy tutus from François Klaus’s Sleeping Beauty; and the tutus for Gareth Belling’s Refraction (a contemporary take on a tutu made from looped tubes of fabric inspired by a tubular light fitting). Has there been a particular character or entire production that was difficult to design for? I wouldn’t say difficult, but every production can have its challenging moments. For instance, designing a new production of a ballet classic such as Swan Lake or Sleeping Beauty presents a challenge to come up with a design idea that is uniquely yours, but still honours the classical tradition of the ballet.


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Do you have to work closely with the set designers?

When did you enter the field of costume design? What is your background?

Yes, collaboration is a quintessential aspect of producing a successful ballet. I work closely with all of the artistic team - the set designer, lighting designer, choreographer and dancers. It is important that all aspects work together as one.

I graduated in 1992 from QUT with a Bachelor of Arts in Drama specialising in Stage Design. I then went on to work as a freelance set and costume designer, costume maker and Wardrobe Coordinator for various companies in theatre, ballet and opera, and as Stagecraft tutor for QUT. In 2003 I commenced my current role as Wardrobe Production Manager and Resident Designer for Queensland Ballet.

Since particular ballets are done a number of times by different companies, do you always try to add in your own spin? Yes. While these ballets often require a certain style of costuming, I endeavour to create the costumes with a different interpretation that still pays homage to the traditional version. If so do you have a signature look/trait/ design? I would say this is illustrated by the fabrics I choose, the way I put them together and I am very particular about my colour palette, I tend to use a tonal colour palette that complement each other. The cut and fit of the costume is also very important, as well as illustrating the design it has to be perfectly balanced to the dancer’s body. What are your major influences and inspiration for your designs? Anything and everything.

If you ever danced, does this influence how you design your costumes? I was never a performer of dance, but have always had a passionate interest in dance performance. I am always very aware that the costume has to complement the choreography and be malleable to the dancers every movement.


It depends what I want the costume to do. I use a lot of silks for their diaphanous ethereal quality and the way it drapes on the body. I love fabrics with interesting textures. Comparisons have been made between couture design and ballet costume design. Do you see any areas of overlap between the two fields? Yes there are definite parallels. When we are first creating a costume it is a unique design made to measure for the dancer that will be wearing it. The costumes are created by a highly skilled team of costume artisans using specific techniques and finishes. How long can it take for you to complete one costume? Some of the more elaborate costumes can take a week or more to make. A tutu can take about 40 to 50 hours depending on the degree of decoration.

Ballet costumes have to meet so many practical needs: they must allow easy movement, communicate the story of the ballet, and suit the individual dancers. How do you balance all of these needs to dress a dancer? In the fabrics you choose, the design, cut and construction techniques. The style of the costume needs to reflect the character and the choreography the dancer is performing. For the Romeo & Juliet balcony scene for instance, you would choose a fabric that is light and diaphanous, that moves well and portrays her youthful innocent and alluring beauty. Whilst for her father Lord Capulet you would choose a heavier fabric that is rich and solid maybe heavily embellished that reflects his position and character of tradition and authority.

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What are your favourite textiles to use?


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Queensland Ballet showcases every aspect of their company’s talent through each performance that comes alive on stage.

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work glide upon stage the company will be touring To see Queensland with their performance of Cinderella throughout this month and October. If you miss out, there is the appropriately festive play, The Nutcracker, which will be performed during the holiday season.


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Forget Melbourne, Perth or even Sydney . . . Australia’s fashion capital is the small coastal town known as Byron Bay. I know that is a massive statement but hear me out – any city in Australia has amazing fashion, but it isn’t uniquely Australian fashion. It is our version of the fashion we see from New York or Paris. But Byron is different – people aren’t wearing what they saw out of a magazine, and labels do not matter. Byron Bay fashion is about selfexpression, and isn’t that what Australia and fashion in general is all about? Byron Bay is the home of untamed hair, easygoing living and of course Splendour in the Grass. I don’t know about everyone else but I am suffering major post-Splendour depression and I didn’t even go! Once a year our insta-feeds are covered with bohochic clothing, gypsy-inspired styling and tribal headpieces. But why? Do these people usually go for gumboots over a nice pair of Windsor Smiths or is it Byron effecting their usually conservative and relatively mainstream fashion choices? Splendour brings the Byron out in everyone. Byron Bay is the fashion hub for gypsy fashion. From patterned kaftans, to feathery accessories and leather boots – Byron’s fashion culture is unique. Take a trip to Byron I can guarantee you will see what I liked to call the ‘hippy effect’ – you will be walking around in a flowy white dress, with matted hair and no shoes before you realize it. Byron living is contagious.


Shopping The township is simple, humble and truly coastal. From the boutique stores, to thrift shops, to quiet cafes you will be sure to find something that you will love. You will find Arnhem Clothing, Drift Lab and a mixture of surf shops to empty your bank account at. Or for the ladies with credit cards waiting to be maxed out there is Mimco, Anna Middleton and Goddess of Babylon. Eating For the avid coffee-addicts like myself, I cannot go to Byron with stopping by the Three Sisters CafÊ. They have the best smoothies in town, not to mention amazing coffee and delicious food. Exploring Your stay at Byron MUST include the most beautiful beaches and hinterland on the east coast of Australia. And the Byron Bay lighthouse offers the most incredible views! Byron Bay is the home of bohemian fashion. The Australia’s fashion capital boasts tranquility, clean living and the most beautiful beaches to wash against our east coast.

Byron Bay truly is a destination for your bucket list.


CHOOSING CRUELTYFREE BEAUTY Many of us have become aware that the luxuries of our daily lives, our hair care and beauty products come with a dark side, that they may be tested on animals. Looking for the right logo is important, but there are a few things that you should know as a conscious consumer to help you get what you are paying for when it comes to cruelty free beauty. A recent investigation by Choice found that major cosmetic companies are misleading consumers on their animal testing policies, with 40 percent making claims they were cruelty free while only a small minority are certified by an independent third party. In order to gain access to the extremely lucrative Chinese market, where eye and skin irritation tests are compulsory, certain companies are allowing their products to be tested on animals, despite telling Australian customers they are animal and cruelty free.

When out shopping you should know that, companies can print ‘not tested on animals’ on their packaging even if some ingredients they use have been supplied by a third party, who does test on animals. According to Choose Cruelty Free, in Australia, there is no standard legal definition for what cruelty free is, so companies are free to interpret this as they like. There are some fantastic resources that can help you find the products you are looking for, so get informed and inspired to support the companies who are truly cruelty free, and click through on the links listed at the end of this article. Some companies with a history of no animal testing, have been bought out and their parent company does not have the same ethics. It’s a tricky dilemma. Would you continue to purchase a product if you knew that it’s cruelty free stance was compromised by being owned by a parent company

without the same ethical formulations or finished standards. At the end of the products. day, where does your money end up? 3. www.leapingbunny.org The Coalition for Consumer CHOICE purchased 32 Information on Cosmetics’ products claiming to be (CCIC) Leaping Bunny cruelty free. Out of nine Program administers a products that carried cruelty-free standard and the logos which suggested internationally recognized certification by a third party, Leaping Bunny Logo for only four of them were companies producing genuinely certified. cosmetics, personal care and household products. What to support: Brands not tested on animals With such a huge range of (SOURCE: Choice cruelty free beauty products Magazine, May 2013) Aesop, now available it’s easy to buy Akin, Alchemy , Argan Life, products that will make you Australian Pure, Australis, feel beautiful both inside Aussie Mineral make up and out. Aveda, Bare Essentials, The Body Shop, Catwalk, The Cruelty Free Shop, Dermologica, Eco Tan Face of Australia, Gaia Skin Naturals, Inoxa, Jason, TriShave, Lush, Natio, Nature’s Organics, New Directions, Paul Mitchell, Smashbox, Stila Cosmetics, Sukin Organics, Trilogy Urbay Decay How to buy cruelty–free products: These websites provide a list of products which have not been tested on animals:

1. www.choosecrueltyfree.

org.au To attain Choose Cruelty Free accreditation manufacturers must sign an official declaration. The list also indicates which brands’ products are suitable for vegans.

2.

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As her fashion label ventures into new territory, Anna Hulm discusses how to balance a growing business, creativity and family life. Anna Hulm has been around the world. She was born in Russia, grew up in New Zealand and studied fashion in Paris. Her mother and grandmother taught her embroidery and knitting when she was young, and she always loved sewing and dancing. When it came time to decide whether to pursue fashion or dancing, she chose fashion and the journey has unfolded from there. After moving to Brisbane in 2008 during the financial crisis, Anna struggled to find work as an emerging designer. “Established designers were too small to take on an assistant, so I ended up working in retail for a year. I decided to start my own business since I couldn’t work with anyone else.” She sewed on the evenings, and sold at markets on Sundays. It was a very busy time, but as customers kept coming back to her stall week after week, Anna knew she was creating something special.

manufacturing, quality craftsmanship and sustainability in fashion. Just this year she has been invited to show at Undress Runways, QT Fashion Week, the Emerge Fashion Precinct and Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival.

shop opening, I had to work so much. I lost the balance, even though I love what I do and really enjoy it. I let go too much of my family and the creative part of myself. I have learnt that it is so important to keep that balance.”

While the fashion industry suffers from a stereotype of being superficial and out of reach for many people, Anna’s designs have received endless praise for being so inclusive. Her aesthetic and ideology is to include all sorts of customers. “I am very big on that. Because I have lived in so many different countries and I have met so many people of different sizes and different ages. I really want to include them all, and not feel that my garments are just for pretty twenty year olds. They are for women with real figures. That includes women who are over thirty, forty and fifty.”

Anna has now chosen a change in strategy and is planning to expand her label through wholesale and online. “I always want to set aside the time to plan and inspire myself. Even at the busiest times I must always make the point of growing as a person and as a designer. If all you do is work, work, work and sell, sell, sell, it is going to reflect on what you produce.” Anna is also trying to set an example for her daughter that one has to work hard, but at same time one also has to enjoy life.

The greatest reward for Anna is simply seeing women wearing her clothes

The greatest reward for Anna is simply seeing women wearing her clothes, particularly women she respects. “It is not about seeing a celebrity wearing my dress. It is a woman who is an artist, a scientist, anybody who is a good person. It does not matter whether she is a young gorgeous girl. If she is hard working, and studies hard, it is just so rewarding. I love seeing customers who are so transformed from coming into the shop in jeans and a t-shirt, to putting a gorgeous dress and heels on and just flourishing.”

As Anna’s label enters a growth phase, she also always wants to maintain the concept of merging art and fashion. “It is too easy to look at what collections are happening in Europe and to create some version of that, which is what a Comfort comes first and foremost in lot of brands are doing. I want to focus Anna’s collections, which are a fusion on my own design concept and start We all strive to pursue our passions, build a successful career and fulfilling of art and fashion. In Anna’s current from scratch for each collection.” relationships. However, as we race collection, bouquet, cherry blossom and abstract paintings by famous In order to maintain her creative onwards to drive our success, we often artists such as Cezanne, Klimt and spark Anna has to go to museums and hit a tipping point. Van Gough are digitally printed onto galleries, and read books on fashion. soft silks which drape the body with “It is a matter of setting aside the time. For Anna, “Fashion is for everyone. breathtaking movement and flow. If you do not watch movies, meet other It does not have to be a religion.” No Women’s eyes light up when they people or read books, you become just matter who you are, or what you do, “Don’t sacrifice your family, friends, or first come across Anna’s collection, a shell.” yourself.” because simultaneously feeling elegant, beautiful and comfortable is However, it would be misleading to such a rarity. say that pursuing her passion and career has not taken a toll on Anna’s The fashion industry is also catching family and creative life. After opening on to Anna’s inclusive designs. Her her first two stores this year, Anna was success can also be attributed to the caught up in a sewing frenzy. fact that she hand sews all of the dresses and works hard to promote local “Over the past few months after the


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As spring begins, it’s time to put the coats away and get the jewellery out to play. And what better way than with contemporary statement pieces by Sydney-based jeweller, Fairina Cheng.

Fairina’s modern designs are created for the girl who prides herself on being a little bit different. Traditional materials combine with contemporary processes to produce fashion-forward jewellery that crosses boundaries and defies expectations.

recommended Each piece is created with the attitude that in jewellery – just as in life – there are no rules. “I have always felt a certain affinity to things that appear one way but are actually another,” Fairina says. “It appeals to the part of me that secretly (or not so secretly) enjoys challenging assumptions. Standing out is highly recommended.” Each and every piece that leaves the studio is made by Fairina herself. Her signature Negative/Positive collection features statement silver bracelets, earrings, pendants and rings created using 3D-modelling technologies. Designs are drawn on a computer, brought to life on a 3D printer and cast in molten silver. Other collections subtly subvert the expectations of conventional jewellery. Gemstones are angled, bezels are offset and key features are hidden until closer inspection. The result is striking, high quality jewellery with a distinctly unique aesthetic. Fairina has recently launched a brand new website and online store, bringing her unique designs to collectors all over the world. Shop at fairinachengjewellery.com


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She is a dream enabler. She sees the power of imagination and helps ambition to flourish.

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The more dreams are imagined, the easier it is for them to materialise


Not only is Courtney Thorpe the Head of the Styling Department at the Australian Institute of Creative Design, she is also the fashion editor at GC Magazine. If that wasn’t enough, she just took out the crown of Miss World Australia 2014 and wrote her first children’s book, The Princess Boarding School. She has always loved children and is an ambitious woman who truly believes that, “with enough determination, every dream has the potential to become reality.” Becoming a national finalist in Miss World Australia, has given Courtney the perfect opportunity to fulfil her dream of writing a children’s book. Along with her fellow Miss World 2014 participants, she is tirelessly working towards raising as much money as possible for Variety the Children’s Charity, whose goal is to empower sick or disadvantaged Australian children to live, laugh and learn. The story is based around a young girl called Lisa who always wanted to be a Princess. Using her vivid imagination, Lisa decides she needs to learn how to be a perfect princess so she takes herself to Princess Boarding School. She soon realises that princesses can be all shapes and sizes, with different interests and backgrounds, and that all princesses are perfect, just the way they are.


Courtney wanted the book to be a happy place for disadvantaged children to “escape to and be a normal little kid again, and remind them that no matter where they are, or what is going on, they can always escape to their happy place inside their imaginations.” The story is showing children that they can use their dreams and imagination to rise out of a negative situation. Courtney’s inspiration for the book began at a young age. She used to spend hours playing with her next door neighbours in her front yard pretending to be princesses. “Some of my favourite childhood memories were spent in that garden, even if most of the memories were made up in our imaginations!” After doing her own time in Princess Boarding School, Courtney has created the life she has always dreamt of. She carries the Miss World Australia 2014 crown and is immersed in fashion and glamour of the beauty pageant world. Her own life is a perfect example of how imagination has the power to make dreams a reality.


Many people are unaware that finding their path and unearthing deeper ambitions actually requires mental practice. Neuroanatomist Pascual Leone famously explored this idea in his imagination experiments. Leone taught two groups of people who had never studied piano, a sequence of notes, showing them which fingers to move and letting them hear the notes as they were played. The “mental practice group” simply sat in front of an electric piano keyboard, two hours a day for five days and imagined both playing the sequence and hearing it played. The “physical practice group” actually played the music.


Surprisingly, by the end of the five days, the mental practice group showed the same physical changes in their motor system as the physical practice group. The accuracy of the performance from the “mental practice” group also increased substantially, and improved to the same level as the “physical practice” group when they were given just a single two hour physical practice session at the end of the five days. The experiment showed the strong link between imagination and action. This has powerful implications. The more dreams are imagined, the easier it is for them to materialise. You have the power to turn yourself into whoever you want to be, just with the power of thought.


Paulo Coelho explored this idea more philosophically in his famous novel The Alchemist, which encourages all individuals to pursue their “personal legends” and dreams. Alchemy is a chemical process which involves coaxing metal to achieve its own personal legend to turn into gold. In the story, Alchemy signifies that no matter what, “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Coelho actually wrote The Alchemist in only two weeks. He explained that as he wrote, the story materialised so fast because it was “already written in [his] soul.”


By living her dreams and writing her children’s story, Courtney Thorpe is helping Variety Charity to show children how they can imagine themselves out of any negative situation and turn lead into gold. “One of the biggest messages of the book is to encourage children to use their imaginations. Not only as an escape, but because children’s imaginations are inspiring and shouldn’t be taken for granted.” Any child can imagine and any child can realise their dreams regardless of their reality. This is the greatest gift of all for a young child who may be struggling with everyday life. Whether it comes down to neuroscience, or the universe and fate,

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” Paulo Coelho, Alchemist


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Living in the Holy Land of Israel is a daily lesson in tolerance, acceptance and compassion. A confrontation with ones deepest self that has many questioning the very essence of their existence on planet earth.

So it is no wonder that women today find it so difficult to know whether sexy is in or modest is better. In Jerusalem, I too have gone through the struggles of being true to myself whilst being true to my faith and people. We all have a need to belong and in our world today, belonging is about sameness, we gravitate towards those who are just like us in dress, attitude and belief and finding and living according to our own inner guidance becomes more difficult.

As the rockets rain down on many of our cities and the fight to survive becomes imbeded even more deeply into the psyche of the nation, finding peace within and without is of the essence. It is the daily agenda for the people as much as it is for the Prime Minister. Most recently in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Project EDEN was established as a local initiative a “Modesty campaign for girls” where every girl who comes to day camp dressed in modest attire (keeping necklines, elbows, knees and feet covered at all times) will receive an incentive card redeemable for ice cream. The campaign headline “As war rages in the holy land – is there anything else we can do to help our brothers in their time of need” with Life in Israel is governed by many rules, EDEN standing for Eat Ice Cream, modesty, religious and political. The while helping Defend Eretz Israel restrictions are not imposed but many Now. So how, exactly, do these ice of us feel them in the small details of cream eating, modest young women daily life. In Jerusalem the modesty plan to hold Hamas missiles at bay? wars are in full force, for women here The premise here is that female bodies it is a challenge to dress in a way that are used for the merit of Israel, young they are used to without succumbing women are being bribed and led to to the pressures of those around them. believe that flashing their elbows and Being religious means looking the part, collarbones can cause Jews to die in covering oneself to the extreme in the the Middle East and that covering height of the summer heat. The laws which the Jewish Orthodox abide by is “walk modestly with your God” and in Deutoronomy there is a prohibition against dressing in clothing of the opposite sex, so that women are not permitted, by Jewish law, to wear pants and they must adhere to strict modesty laws to cover their collar bones, arms, knees and feet. Women are surely beautiful creations of God, they are sensual, sexual and desired. Unfortunately many cultures around the world have tried to suppress the feminine both the body and the spirit. Women in some cultures can be killed for having a voice, an opinion, an expression of their most beautiful self.

their bodies can help save them, clearly as Israeli troops enter Gaza and fight to protect our freedom and very existence, modesty is needed; not prayers, not kindness, not good deeds or mutual understanding. Perhaps what’s needed is more elbow, knees and long legs, who wants to fire rockets when you have a beautiful woman by your side, who cares about land when you have love. The war is not only between nations and religions, each of us is fighting a war to feel free in the terrain of our inner self. From a young age we are conditioned to be a certain way, to believe that those who are different to us are not like us. We dress in ways that don’t reflect our true self because we really do not know who that self is, we try to fit in becoming lost in the maze of expectations and rules set for us by those around us, we know there is a better way but we don’t know what that way may be. The call for peace has been a long and arduous journey both for the land of Israel and it’s people but every year there are hundreds of young soldiers, girls and boys, who hang up their hats completing their Army Service to embark on another type of journey to find peace within, travelling from one Holy Land, Israel, to another, India.


This rite of passage is one that many of us need to take, not only to discover Incredible India and see the greatness of the Taj Mahal but to enter into the depth of our heart, find the authentic self behind the beliefs of our society and find our own greatness. So just like the Israeli Soldier straight of the battlefields, I embarked on a journey to discover my true identity and to ask myself the deep questions to which I found the answers from the small yoga town of Rishikesh to the Himalayan mountains at Ananda Spa.   India is everything people say it will be and more, the streets are filled with people, men in Kurtas, women in their coloured Sari’s, cars, cows and the remnants they leave behind. No one gets used to this side of India but the people who come always end up finding more than what one can feel with the five senses. Rishikesh is a small town on the banks of the Ganges River and ever since the Beatles rocked up at the Ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh yogi in the late 60’s, people have been coming to this town in search of self.


Ashram life is not for the faint hearted and a week at Parmath Niketan Ashram was enough to send my ego packing or maybe it just drowned in the Ganges where I, like thousands others bathed each day in this river that rushes forth from the Himalayas and purifies all who bath in it, giving life, carrying purity, bliss and liberation. Parmath is known for it’s very famous Sunset Ganga Aarti Ceremony and draws between hundred and thousands of visitors each day including a recent visit from Prince Charles and Camilla. The power of the Aarti transcends the borders and boundaries of laungauage, culture and religion and dives straight into one’s heart, carrying one to heaven. The divine light ceremony is filled with song, prayer, rityual and a palpable sense of the divine. Aarti is the beautiful ceremony in which dias (oil lamps) are offered to God, the essence of the ceremony, is that all day long God offeres us light – the light of the sun, the light of life, and the light of his blessings. Aarti is the time to say thank you and we offer back the light of our thank you, the light of our love and devotion. It is time to break free from the normal stresses and strains of everyday life and gather together in joy, reverence and peace. As the week drew to a close, I began to see my own truth so very clearly. I understood that our life is not about sitting around doing nothing, swimming on the banks of the river, meditating, being, just surviving and that a life of poverty and renunciation is not what God intended for all of us. We are not here to beg for our livelihood but to create it by using the talent with which we have been endowed, the question is how do we bring the ways of the East together with the West so that our lives have both meaning and material success and in India answers are always found in the most unlikeliest of places and little did I know that finding bliss would be as easy as a 45 minute ride to Ananda Spa in the Himalayan Mountains. Living the holy life just got a whole lot better.


Arrival at Ananda is an experience beyond words, as the Palace doors swing open the feeling is one of having arrived. A special welcome includes receiving a beautiful Radraksha mala necklace and your very own personal butler to escort you to the room. The resort is built around a Maharaja’s palace and features a restored Viceroy’s Palace, world-class Spa, 75 deluxe rooms and suites and 3 villas with breathtaking views of the Ganges River but the soul of this place is the wellness philosophy which they teach with such service and love and the people who make all of this possible but at the heart of this incredible retreat are the teachings and principles of the East and the West. The focus is on rediscovering happiness and self-contentment, something we’re all searching for everywhere else outside of ourselves instead of within. Ananda offers a plethora of treatments, activities, food choices, wellness techniques, detox cleansing practices and yogic teachings of Vedanta, where I learned that spirituality, Religion and God is possible within the material existence and that achieving success is not against God but can only be achieved with God. To create a life that is rich both spiritually and materialistically takes great skill. We must all strive for a better life in every way possible and through the Vedanta classes at Ananda, I finally rid myself of the guilt for wanting to live with the standards with which I do. Frugality is not for everyone, it is given to a Brahman, not everyone is here to live like a Gandhi, there are standards for us all and achieving that standard is what will bring us happiness, peace and contentment.


With the highest standards of service, luxurious accommodations, breathtaking mountain views and innovative dining with the finest of Ayurvedic, Asian and Western cuisine based on the values of traditional cooking, Ananda is an internationally recognised oasis offering an enriching experience designed to restore, renew and revitalise. As a guest I immersed myself in a complete rejuvenation experience in the 21,000 square foot spa, with an extensive selection of therapies in the 21 treatment. The Spa also features luxurious hydrotherapy facilities, a Beauty Institute, outdoor temperature-controlled swimming pool, sauna, steam rooms, fully equipped gymnasium. Experiencing the way of life at Ananda I learned to embrace and honor the standards by which I wish to live. To design a life with meaning and material success, there was still the lesson of being free to be me that I was yet to conquer. As in Israel, the women in India also find it difficult to feel free to wear what they want, to dress in a way that is comfortable for them and not be ruled by the outdated “laws” of modesty. The Hindu belief is that modesty through appropriate dress has the energy to transmit spirit and substance. The Sari worn by Hindu women covers her navel and legs in contrast to the dress of Hindu deities and other symbolism in Hindu temples and the art works of Hinduism which is explicit, celebrating eroticism and human sexuality. Modesty laws vary in degrees from one culture to another with each major religion having developed their own set of moral codes covering issues of sexuality, morality and ethics. This outdated “law” was created by man, not by a creator who made us beautiful and sensual. What I’ve come to understand is that modesty can mean many things and that the lustful stares of men should not have women running for cover and as Kurt Cobain said “I’d rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not”. I believe we all need to be true to ourselves, however that may look and that not covering our shoulders, wearing jeans or exposing our knees, doesn’t need to mean that we are not respectable women. What I discovered in India was a great appreciation for myself, my style and my soul and maybe we should all stop following the modesty advice from our Rabbi’s or Popes and listen to Marilyn Monroe instead “Your clothes should be tight enough to show you’re a woman, but loose enough to show you’re a lady”.


Peace can only come from a love and acceptance for ourselves and others, not an encouragement of separation, division and difference. The Indian mystic, Osho put it so beautifully, “If more and more people can become aware, the world will be a totally different place. If the world becomes a little more conscious, soldiers will throwaway their arms and hug each other, sit down together under a tree and gossip. The politicians and religious leaders cannot force all the armies to kill, to murder, to convince anybody that for God’s sake you have to kill. Strange, because God has created everybody and whomsoever you are killing, you are killing God’s creation. If it is true that God created the world, then there should be no war – it is one family”. There are times in life where we are called to travel to faraway places, we may not know why this particular place calls us and just as my fellow Israeli soldier who embarks on this journey leaving one holy land for another, I too now understand him wanting to leave the rules behind, to embrace life instead of death, learning to be free from the inside out and finding the peace inside oneself, taking it back to ones homeland and learning how to live that peace in daily life.


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ISSUE 01 | MAY 2013 Tanya AlLison

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Weaving Wellness Into Your World Use sage to cleanse your environment, light candles and burn the scrap paper with your written words of release under the glow of the moonshine. Do not forget that all crystals are so much more than their mineral composition; rather they are tools of the lightworker, in service to humanity with specific healing roles and capabilities and need to be a part of your full moon ritual. Optimal cleansing and clearing of dead energy is bathed away ready Ritual reconnects us with the wisdom for activation with the new intentions of the ancients; those that have walked of the lightworker. before us, who understood the passage of the moon, the cycles around the New moon ceremony prepares the sun that resonated with their entire way for new beginnings - the medicine way of life and survival. The full moon of manifestation – What do you wish represented completion of a cycle, to create in your world on a physical an ending and a release, just as a tree level? Relationship level? Planetary shakes away its dead leaves, so the level? This is a time to recognise your full moon gifted the tribal circle with gifts of service and allow yourself to an opportunity to end a cycle in the receive love and guidance from the spirit world, prompting your intuitive physical and the spiritual. spark of Divine intelligence to move Full moon ceremony is a time to let forward with a clear vision for yourself go. Meditate on these areas; where are and your community as a whole. you stuck? Where is there dis-ease or This is a beautiful period to begin disharmony? Are your relationships relationship anew; with self or with nurturing or negative? Are you another and to call back your spirit willing to change this now? Write and begin a fresh, empowering cycle. down all that you wish to release on scrap paper and with a clear, authentic Ground your energy and plant your voice announce your intention to the soul seeds in the abundance of Earth universe to now release that which no Mother; soil or sand under your feet, longer serves you and therefore the listening to the sounds and song of planet – “I am the change that I wish nature, an ocean swim or a bush walk. The veil thins dramatically at this time, to see and my purpose is just that!” Meditation is a powerful practice to incorporate into our daily routine. Ceremony, in a prepared sacred space can further enhance and nurture our connection to the Divine outside of busy lives and the struggle against the dense energies of city living and a high tech society. The full moon and new moon cycles are an idyllic time to reclaim ritual and illuminate your journey.

INTRODUCTION TO MEDITATION

BY TANYA ALLISON

a natural phenomenon that many do not realise but should instantly understand because if the sun is Source energy than it’s very shadow is rich with the vitality of knowledge and clear- seeing vision. Open to the realm of magnificence and your mind will naturally quieten in awe of who you really are – meditate upon your Divine intentions, or even better, join a group and create ritual together. By using your crystals to form a grid, your prosperity prayer is magnified and the new moon magic transcends limited mind to unlimited consciousness. All ritual remains an act of love for self, a freedom to express our life force. Remember that you are not doing inner work to become more, you are doing inner work to reveal more. More of the perfect and powerful essence of you that already exists within the depths of your Being – weave wonder into this world and contribute a wealth of love and abundance that illuminates sacred steps for all Soul Travellers to follow.

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What made you want to create your own label? After making our own jewellery, our family encouraged us to join forces and create our own label and hence Charli Bird was born!

How do you hope your What has been the most clothing will affect the satisfying point of your women who wear your line? journey so far? We want our customers Seeing our product and to feel comfortable and brand advertised in leading confident yet fashionable. magazines and newspapers. What have been the major obstacles/challenges you have encountered to get to this point?

Fashion is one of the toughest industries to break into but with your friend by your side it can be a fun and successful adventure. Charli Bird was created by two women from Melbourne with a friendship of 20 years. They left their jobs in retail and embarked on the suggestions from family and friends to start their What inspires your designs own line. and the choice of carefully selected materials? Now Kerryn Russell and Julie Wyss have a very We choose products that unique line that features fit in with the relaxed beautiful handmade Australian lifestyle. Items designs. that are easy wearing and pieces that can be mixed and matched with their wardrobe to create different looks and moods. How did you find a unified vision for your label and what inspired the name Charli Bird?

Selling online and trying to reach your target market. How will you continue to develop your label and where do you see it going?

When you first became We want to continue friends, did you bond over sourcing beautiful fashion fashion? accessories that our customers have to come to No - over wine! love. What is it like having your best friend as your business partner? A lot of laughs and fun. One lucky reader will have the opportunity to win a Charli Bird cashmere poncho. Did you see an opportunity in moving away from retail and establish your own label? Has this change allowed you to have more time for yourself and devote time with family and friends?

We are lucky that we have similar tastes and therefore agree on most things but are still able to be honest with Check out FOM’s five each other if one of us strays minutes with Charli Bird. off track a little! The name Charli Bird - no outrageous How did you first develop story, just a cool name that an interest in the fashion seemed to suit our vision. We have only ever been industry? an online business, and although it is open 24 After careers in the retail hours a day, 7 days a week, industry prior to having being online allows us the children, our love of fashion flexibility to work from led us to making jewellery home and around family for family and friends. commitments.

Handmade in Nepal and woven in traditional looms, the Charli Bird cashmere ponchos are of the finest quality, sourced from goats in the Himalayas.


The 10 step survival Whether you are an aspiring model, make-up artist, fashion designer or photographer; or you

have already hit it big time in the magazines, there is no hiding the fact that the fashion industry is one of the toughest out there. It can seem almost impossible to get into, and even once you have cracked it you appear to be on a never ending spiral of disappointing people, and yourself. I am not just talking about the late night runway shows, the last minute prep of costumes you forgot to sew up or the countless times you have had to cancel on your friends because you just received your 4am call time. I am also referring to the mental health issues that the fashion industry can bring. Body issues, depression and the agony that you are not good enough. Without a slight word of warning, what seemed to be your dream job is causing you misery and stress. Sound familiar? But take a deep breath. Here are 10 steps every fashion fanatic should follow in order to get through this emotional yet amazing roller-coaster that the industry brings, so you can enjoy the success you have worked so hard for and deserve.


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1) Follow your passion and believe in yourself Ask yourself this question. Is this the career I really want to be in? If you have found yourself dreading going into work the next day because you don’t enjoy it, then maybe it is time for a career change. However, if this has always been your dream you should never let someone stand in your way. Start with yourself. You have to believe in yourself before others can. When someone knocks you down, you need to get back up and prove the world wrong. Look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself “I can do this, I deserve this.”


2) Listen to people’s advice

As much as this hurts to say, sometimes our elders do know best. They have been there before and have experienced the things we are aiming for. So suck it up and listen to their opinions and advice. This does not mean you have to agree with them, but it does mean that you will have a broader outlook on the industry (which is something you can never get enough of).


3) Ignore negative people We have heard this a million times from our parents, but maybe they were onto something. The fashion industry is tough and sometimes it is best to brush all negative comments aside. A little bit of constructive criticism can be good to help us improve and achieve what we have set out for, but if someone is putting you down and not believing in you it is mostly out of jealously. Take a look at yourself and remember why you started in the first place. Because you loved and enjoyed what you were doing.


4) Get a healthy lifestyle balance

It is all too easy to get caught up in our careers and let them take over. This can be fine until it starts to effect our health and personal lives and so it is important to eat properly, get enough rest and exercise. These factors can effect how we perform in our jobs, so by not looking after yourself actually damages your future career and well-being. So this means no more skipping meals, you are never too busy. Take time to go on a stroll around to park to stretch your legs after hours worth of editing photos on the computer. And it is ok to stay in to watch movies on a Friday night if you are feeling tired from a week of runway at fashion week, there is always next weekend! Your body is the most important machine, and it is time to look after it. You and your job will thank you later.


5) Keep your loved ones close

Negatives can all too easily override the positives of the day. It is good to be able to come home and let out your worries to people close to you. Whether it is your mum, boyfriend, a close friend or a councillor. Whoever you feel most comfortable talking to is who you should confide in. It is also a good idea to think about the positives of the day. Writing down just three good things that have happened to you in the day has been proven to train your brain to think more positively. It is time to get happy again!


6) Stop comparing yourself to others

We are no Miranda Kerr, unfortunately. And no matter how hard we try, there is nothing we can do to change who we really are. There is always going to be someone with shinier hair, whiter teeth, taller than you who seems like life is perfect for them. Well I shall let you in on a secret. Life is not perfect for them and they have their own problems and insecurities too. The worst thing you can do is compare yourself to someone else and try and compete. The only person you should compete with is yourself. Bettering yourself is the only way forward. You have your own strengths, positives and potential. Ask yourself, what do you like about yourself? How have you improved? What are you good at? You will find more things than you believed you could.


7) Keep organised

Being unorganised and feeling a mess is a key cause of stress. It is very easy, when you have a busy scheduled, to feel all over the place which can cause you to lose sleep, be late and even forget important details (like forgetting your nude heels to a shoot resulting in wearing your beach thongs- not a good look!) Keep a diary of all your important dates, what you need to bring and essential phone numbers you may need on the job. That way you won’t be worrying last minute that you have forgotten something and you can concentrate on getting all the beauty sleep you need.


8) Budget yourself

Unfortunately the fashion industry is one of the few industries where you often don’t know when your next pay check will be. Where there is uncertainty with money, financial anxiety is far more likely. It is very important to keep a small amount of savings, and yes that means not blowing all your pay check on take out! Sure you can treat yourself (you work hard and deserve it) but try putting at least 10% away in a separate savings account for those dreaded dry periods of work.


9) Dress to impress

There is a reason this saying is cliché, because believe it or not first impressions do count. For example, castings are all about your first impressions and more often than not you don’t get a second chance. So dress to impress. Invest in a wardrobe that makes you stand out from the crowd. This doesn’t mean you have to spend fortunes on designer clothing that your budget can’t stretch to, but a nice silk shirt and black clean stiletto heels are far more approachable than a baggy tee you just threw on in your manic morning rush to get coffee.


10) Keep your connections And finally, connections are the way forward in this industry. We have all heard it before: it isn’t always what you know but it’s who you know, and this can certainly prove true. Keep a connections diary of everyone you speak to on jobs, they could be an important contact later on. It can also be handy to jot down small things about them, like if they have children or who they are married to. Showing a small interest in someone’s life can really go a long way in helping you to collaborate again.


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Fashion trends come and go but your wardrobe is not complete until it features these five staple pieces every girl needs. A piece of leather If you’re looking to put your hard earned cash into a wardrobe staple this year, leather’s your go to investment piece. Perhaps a leather jacket, a skirt, or you may even be brave enough to don a pair of leather pants? These feature items are bound to come in handy on those days when you change clothes five times and create a closet disaster on your floor, before leaving for an important event. It’s the stylish alternative to throwing on a sweater and it will take your look from just rolled-out-ofbed to effortlessly chic in no time.

Classic white tee Dress her up, dress her down or match her with a classic black blazer. Change the way you view the classic white tee. The ease, wear-ability and natural look a plain tee conveys makes this piece a must have. And, whether you’re a scoop neck or a v-neck kind of girl, the humble white tee is the go-to item you can always rely on.

A perfect cut of denim Perfect denim for you might be ripped jeans, stovepipes, bootlegs or even the ultimate pair of cut-offs. Whatever shape and cut your denim takes, you must ensure that your butt loves your denim and your denim loves your butt. Putting on your favourite pair of jeans should feel like a warm hug - it’s a bond that will last a lifetime.

The Trench Now that we’ve found ourselves in the thick of the cooler weather, there’s no better reason to start looking for that seamless trench. It’s practical yet stylish and it will see you through from day to night as you traverse through city alleyways.

The LBD The acronym that has women nation-wide in a quiver – the little black dress. She’s your saviour on a Saturday night when you have a date with Him, however tracking down the LBD can be a difficult task (because it’s a critical task). The power of the LBD can never be underestimated. She’s classic, typically sleeveless, demure (cleavage has to be contained) and undeniably versatile. That’s why every girl needs one! @UniHillFO www.uhfo.com.au www.facebook.com/UniHillFO


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Pili Pala

Jewellery Review Knotlace

Pili Pala is a line of jewellery that has a real earthy and organic feel. Each piece is a fine crafted wood decorated with intrinsic designs made in Hobart, Australia. The vintage patterns are from the 1800’s to early 1900’s. The new age twist gives these pieces a real quirky look. The FOM team recommends the necklace would best dressed with a white tailored button up.

The Knotlace is a versatile piece of jewellery that allows you to become the artist and create your own accessory. This piece can not only be a cool necklace but can also be worn as a bracelet. The simple design allows for you to wear it with anything! FOM absolutely adores this creative piece!

White Tiger Designs Sally Green Sally Green has created a line of jewellery that is made from coloured glass. The glass used gives these pieces a unique look along with the fine detailing. These pieces will make any outfit stand out. They are statement pieces that will never out date. FOM is amazed by the incredible detail and craft.

White Tiger Designs has displayed a new way of mixing old with the new. This necklace is uniquely made up of a mix square cats eye beads in ice, knotted on black silk cord. The dash of an antique look silver heart pendant gives an edgy look to this beautiful work. By the designer herself, White Tiger Designs, where everything is made by hand with passion and enthusiasm by a real person. FOM could not agree more!


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Photography: Carlene Raschke www.studioflamingo.com.au Video Production: Peter Campbell www.thatsmyentertainment.com Model: Sarah Beveridge www.katzmanagement.com.au Stylist: Hannah Wakefield www.hannahwakecollective.com/ Makeup: Holly Bell www.facebook.com/holbellbeauty Hair: Amy Cash www.facebook.com/amy.l.cash.3

THE THRILL IS IN THE CHASE

Photography: Elise Walsh www.offbeatimaging.blogspot.com.au Video Production: Peter Campbell www.thatsmyentertainment.com Model: Blogger . . . Aicha Robertson www. thefashionheist.com Stylist: Aicha Robertson www. thefashionheist.com Author and Coordinator: Caitlin Bennet www.sundholmstyle.com Wardrobe: www.ametrine.com.au and www.percivalluto.com

COSTUME COUTURE

Interviewee: Noelene Hill Costume Designer www.queenslandballet.com.au Images C/- QLD Ballet Contributor and Article Coordinator: Isabella Argyros www.instagram.com/isabella_argyros

SPLENDOUR IN THE FASHION

Photographer: Shiva Nassab www.facebook.com/SKNProductions Model: Alex Chipman www.facebook.com/alex.chipman.3 Hair and Makeup: Rachel Brozovich www.facebook.com/rachbmakeupartist Author and Coordinator: Carly Shearman www.facebook.com/carly.shearman.3 Wardrobe: Qui Qui Clothing www.quiqui.com.au Swimwear Lisa Blue www.lisablue.com Ninique Designs www.niniquedesigns.com

CRUELTY FREE BEAUTY

Contributors: Natalie Penn & Debbie Kertesz www.consumewithcare.org


BACK TO BASICS

Interviewee: Anna Hulm www.annahulm.com Photography: Michael Greves www.michaelgreves.com.au Video Production: Peter Campbell www.thatsmyentertainment.com Author and Coordinator: Caitlin Bennet www.sundholmstyle.com

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL

Photography: Carlene Raschke www.studioflamingo.com.au Video Production: Peter Campbell www.thatsmyentertainment.com Model: Sarah Beveridge www.katzmanagement.com.au Stylist: Hannah Wakefield www.hannahwakecollective.com Makeup: Holly Bell www.facebook.com/holbellbeauty Hair: Amy Cash www.facebook.com/amy.l.cash.3

CARNIVALESQUE

Floral Design & Creative Concept: Flowers by Julia Rose www.weddingflowersbyjuliarose.com Photography: Camilla Kirk Photography www.camillakirk.com Make up: Erin Stuart Styles www.facebook.com/erinstuartstyles Greenery Wholesaler: Premium Greens www.facebook.com/pages/Australian-Flora-CorpPremium-Greens-Australia Model:  Renee Le Jambre www.facebook.com/renee.lejambre

STANDING OUT

Contributor: Fairina Cheng, Jeweller www.fairinachengjewellery.com

BEAUTY AND BRAINS

Head shot photographs Elizabeth Grinter www.elizabethgrinter.com.au Miss World Australia photographs Natalie Roser www. natalieroser.com Interviewee: Courtney Thorpe www.facebook.com/courtneythorpemwa14 Author and Coordinator: Caitlin Bennet www.sundholmstyle.com

MAKING WAVES

Photography: Phi Hung Le Vu www.plvphotography.info Model: Isabella Jacuzzi www.katzmanagement.com.au Hair and Makeup: Ebony Jessup www.facebook.com/EbonyRoseMakeupArtist Coordinator: Isabella Argyros www.instagram.com/isabella_argyros Wardrobe: Running Bare Clothing www.runningbare.com.au

STYLE, WAR AND PEACE

Contributor: Mia Sudakov www.miasudakov.com.au

BLOGGER LOVE

Contributor: Isabella Argyros www.instagram.com/isabella_argyros


MODEL SPOTLIGHT

Photography: Taryn Francis www.tarynfrancisphotography.com Photography: Maleika Halpin www.houseofavalon.blogspot.com.au

MASERATI

Photographer: Myuran Ganesh www.mginspired.com.au Model: Fatimah El Hair: Priya Chandra Wardrobe and Makeup: Jyoti Chandra www.facebook.com/fashion.styling.makeup.beauty

EVE

Photographer: Janna Park www.jmparkphoto.com Creative Director: Brittney Flanders www.facebook.com/brittney.flanders Model: Baylee Terry Assistant: Katelyn Owen

CRAZY IN LOVE

Photography: Connie Puntoriero www.conniepuntoriero.com Makeup: Micheal Huxley www.huxleyschoolofmakeup.com Wardrobe: www.anotherlove.com.au

MOON MEDITATION

Contributor: Tanya Allison www.facebook.com/tanya.allison3

SPLASH OF MOSS AND SPY

Photography: Sunny Lim www.cliq-fashionphotography.com Video Production: Dion Soejoedi Model: Courtney Flanagan www.londonmgtgroup.com Eleanor D www.brazenmodels.com.au Stylist: Shanya Suppasiritad www.stylistmelbourne.com Hair and Makeup: Rebecca Kate Amoroso www.facebook.com/rkmakeup Wardrobe: www.mossandspy.com.au Assistant: Linda Nguyen

SKINCARE REVIEW

Author and Coordinator: Carly Shearman www.facebook.com/carly.shearman.3

FASHION ART

Contributor/Artist: Melissa Corsari www.fashionillustrationsbymc.altervista.org

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Special Thank you to Abi and Joseph www.abiandjoseph.com


MYSELF IN COLOURS

Photography: Andrea Miliotti www.artside.it Model: Ekaterina Krupnova www.urbanmanagement.it Stylist: Cherry Blossom www.paolobaroncelli.com Makeup: Serena Palma www.serenapalma.it Post Production: Laura Daria Pezzini www.lauradariapezzini.com

CHARLI BIRD

Designers: Kerryn Russell and Julie Wyss www.charlibird.com.au Contributor: Isabella Argyros www.instagram.com/isabella_argyros

SURVIVAL GUIDE

Contributor: Riana Horner www.simplystyling.wordpress.com

FAIRY TALE ROMANCE

Photography: Kavita Singh www.kalpanaphotography.com Hair: Teresa Au Hair Stylist and Tom Ly www.expertease.com.au Floral Designer: Catherine Machell www.thewillowbranch.com.au Makeup: Kira Marie Hundal www.facebook.com/kiramariemakeupartistry Models: Joy Bailey www.starnow.com/joybailey Dannii Rigon www.facebook.com/elle.nette13 Jewellery: Jeanette Maree Jewellery www.jeanettemaree.com Wardrobe: Zsaneta Bridal Couture www.facebook.com/Zsaneta.Zsaneta

UNI HILL’S TOP PICKS

Contributor: Uni Hill Factory Outlets www.uhfo.com.au www.facebook.com/unihillfo

FASHION REVIEW - MBFF 2014

Photography: Taryn Francis www.tarynfrancisphotography.com Photography: Maleika Halpin www.houseofavalon.blogspot.com.au

SPRING SHAPES

Photographer: Sunny Lim www.cliq-fashionphotography.com Stylist: Joolz Makim www.facebook.com/joolzjewels Model: Celeste Astorino www.celesteastorino.wiz.com Makeup: Shula Keyte www.facebook.com/ShulaKeyteMakeUpArtistry

JEWELLEY REVIEW

Author and Coordinator: Isabella Argyros www.instagram.com/isabella_argyros


SAVAGE

Photographer: Brett Cassin and Jody Savage savagecassinphotography@gmail.com Headpiece Designer: Helen Maalouf @ Helena Rose www.facebook.com/helenarose.design Models: Kerry-Anne Peterson www.facebook.com/kerryann.peterson Laura Brunskill-Modelpage www.facebook.com/lauraashleymodelpage Emily B-Model www.facebook.com/emily.burden.10 Hannah Marie www.facebook.com/hanna.ymodel Tanja Meyer www.facebook.com/tanja.meyer.16 HMUA: Mickeela Toneycliffe www.facebook.com/mickeela.toneycliffe Melissa Bolton www.facebook.com/melissa.p.bolton.9 Eve Adele Mua www.facebook.com/awesomeevie Designers: Tarese Klemens www.facebook.com/tarese.klemens Aneta Rycombel www.facebook.com/aneta.rycombel.9 Ashan Winslow www.facebook.com/ashan.winslow

WIND RAISER

Photographer: Michael Anthony murasakininja976@yahoo.com Model: Yanlin Bradley www.facebook.com/Ybradley91 Makeup: Christina Duran Rodriguez www.facebook.com/christina.d.rodriguez.5

VINTAGE

Photography: Andrea Miliotti www.artside.it Model: Carolina Rosini www.facebook.com/carolina.rosini1 Stylist: Cherry Blossom www.paolobaroncelli.com Hair and Makeup: Iacopo Nucciotti www.paolobaroncelli.com Post Production: Laura Daria Pezzini www.lauradariapezzini.com

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