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12 success – the ideas man

Noel Harris

14 view – from library to limo

Jayne Keogh

16 people – queen of cuisine

Anne Marshall

18 lads at lunch – marriage: for better or worse?

Is marriage an outdated institution or a bubble of bliss?

26 cover – one chic geek

Nikki Parkinson

56 travelfile

We look at where to go and what to do in Syndey

70 the last word

Tracey Madden

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58 on the table

6 pinboard

60 abode

8 he says, she says

64 business

30 profile

68 win

50 life

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ell, here we are. Three years since the launch of the very first profile magazine, and what a ride it has

been! In 2008, I launched profile magazine during the very un-timely GFC, to the most fabulous reception ... and we are still here today. Hooray! In this period, I have seen ups and downs in the market, and have watched businesses come and go, but I have also met and introduced our readers to some brilliant and inspiring Sunshine Coast locals. There have been awards won, glorious stories written, and some truly beautiful cover photography, including a favourite of mine – our organic cabbage couture dress (Feb 2011 issue). Profile has grown from strength to strength thanks to the commitment of you, my readers, and of course our advertisers, and the loyalty and hard work of my dedicated staff. And in fact, we now find ourselves doing it all over again … Yes, right now, profile magazine is in expansion mode and we will be launching our second publication in August in Tropical North Queensland (my hometown) and then Brisbane later in the year. Just call me Ita! I have loved every minute of running and producing my beautiful magazine and have now

joined forces with two amazing business partners, Alli Grant (profile editor, writer and PR expert) and Hamish Rose, (a former general manager within the Prime Radio network). Together we will be taking our brand and our publications to the next level and moving one step closer to world domination! Well, you know what I mean ... these are exciting times! This month, please join us in celebrating our third birthday with the stylish (yet self-confessed geek) Nikki Parkinson on the cover, along with a plethora of outstanding professionals from the media and communications industry: Jayne Keogh, PR guru, Noel Harris from super creative design agency Harris and Harris, and former New Idea food columnist Anne Marshall. Read our regular Lads at Lunch where our newly appointed editor, Jessica Jane Sammut, asks the blokes if they believe in the holy union of marriage, and we chat to first-time author, Tracey Madden, who visits the Sunshine Coast this month to launch her novel featuring our very own Sunshine Coast. Thank you to our readers, advertisers and supporters and we look forward to producing your profile magazine for many more years to come.

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july 8-10 garden expo

Queensland’s premier gardening event is on at Nambour Showgrounds, offering a great day out for the family. With more than 360 exhibitors, 40,000 plants for sale, landscape garden displays, free workshops, advice from leading experts, entertainment and a kids’ playground, there is something for everyone.

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It’s the Sunshine Coast Grammar School’s 15-year anniversary this month, with a special Foundation Day assembly to celebrate, including a number of presentations and activities.

With exciting exhibitors, the It’s My Wedding Expo is guaranteed to offer brides everything they need to plan their idyllic wedding day, Noosa-style. Tickets are $10 per person, with goody bags for brides. Keep an eye on profile magazine’s Facebook page in July to win one of six double passes.

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ll photography ben stone With Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Linkedin, YouTube and Pinterest coming at us from every angle in the social media world, and nine-year-old children educating us ‘adults’ on how to operate them all, is it just getting too much? Regular columnists and radio hosts from Hot91.1FM Todd and Sami tell us what they think.

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o, there’s defs no way too much techo garn goin’ down in our hood. I’m well up for all forms of social media, bring it on! Now I don’t want to get all up in your grill ‘bout how fully sick ‘the tweet’ and ‘the book’ and their counterparts are ... but let me tell ya’ll, they help me stay ‘cool’ and in touch with the yoof (youth for the squares) of our society. As a mid-30’s dad of four, I wanna keep my finger on the pulse when it comes to how my wee-uns communicate. You feeling me dawg? Man I’ve been poked by folk I don’t know, gifted pretend beers, joined up the ‘Burt Reynolds Moustache Rocks’ Facebook group, and hell, I’ve even tweeted irrelevant stuff like ‘Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, Chuck Norris was the first man to walk on the sun.’ ROFL (‘rolling on the floor laughing’ for those who prefer long-hand). I’ve got 41 followers apparently, I’m not sure what they follow, I follow the NQ Cowboys and any order given to me by my wife! Now I don’t know about you, but I’m seriously addicted to YouTube. I can spend hours perusing this little gem as I head back in time watching old TV shows, commercials and music videos. Plus ‘the Tube’ is totes educational. Thanks to YouTube I recently found out that the bald monk from the TV show Monkey Magic was in fact a woman playing a dude! Bewdy, YouTube! As for the concern that our nine-year-olds are helping us navigate the web and the world’s new forms of social media, I’ve gotta say, since the dawn of time kids and technology have gone hand in hand! They’re like chips and gravy, Arnie and infidelity, the French and defeat ... they belong together. Our kids can surely handle the pressure of teaching us how to play Fruit Ninja on the iPhone, right? Righto, off to fire up YouTube and get lost in a world of California Highway Patrol. An old episode of Chips is just a click away …

You aren’t really anybody if you’re not on TV because what’s the point of doing anything worthwhile if nobody’s watching?” Nicole Kidman’s twisted femme fatale character made those lines famous in the satirical comedy To Die For. Wow! A thought pattern that was a glimpse into the future, considering anyone who is anyone is now watching everybody. Or is it in fact a case of everybody is watching simply anyone? Because anyone can now be an instant celebrity. Facebook and YouTube are the new TVs and everyone can now communicate instantly with an audience. All it takes is a few taps of an iPhone, which is always tucked away in our back pockets. Quite simply, I think social media is way out of control. Technology and the use of social media is as rampant as cane toads, and just like the ugly pests, we have no cure to stop its spread. In fact, checking in with social media is the first thing many of us do in the morning and the last thing we do at night. But, despite all this amazing social media technology, you know what? I actually have less time than ever before to see my friends. I daydream of having long dinners where I spend hours in an actual real-life conversation with my friends. Instead, they more often than not get a few kisses and hugs sent in a rushed Facebook message. Even Dancing With The Stars now manages to make me feel unsettled because it is no longer just about watching the actual pretty dresses and dancing. Cruel, but often witty, tweets spit out at an alarming pace at the bottom of the screen, with scathing messages aimed at the poor unfortunate dancers with two left feet. Sitting on our rumps in a world of self-accolades busily trying to create our own 15 minutes of fame cannot be making us well-rounded human beings. I think it is simply making our bottoms well-rounded.

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I was good at one thing at school. Art.”

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Noel Harris knew early on that he was happiest when he was drawing, pencil in hand. He just didn’t know how this interest and talent would manifest itself. Noel chats to Angela Bueti about how his love of drawing and creating ideas has enabled him to forge a highly successful career in the advertising industry over the past four decades.


dvertising agencies – they conjure up visions of young, funky Gen X-ers developing big ideas on the latest slimline Macs and i-everything-elses in slick boardrooms in bustling CBDs. But as soon as I meet Noel Harris, creative director of Harris and Harris Advertising and Marketing, I realise this is an advertising agency with a difference. Noel’s tools of trade are his black felt tip pen and a sketchpad. His boardroom is a sunny, compact deck sitting on the water surrounded by rainforest. Noel and wife Annabel, the other half of Harris and Harris, recently moved their home, and hence their office, to the tranquil surrounds of Twin Waters. I must admit, I was intrigued when I spied the bits of paper overflowing with little sketches spread across the outdoor dining table that Noel calls his office. 12


Is this really how creatives ply their trade? Not a Mac in sight. It’s precisely this factor that is Harris and Harris’s point of difference. They are big on ideas and small on unnecessary bells and whistles. Forget the latest technology. “Our currency is ideas,” Noel tells me. “A Mac is a tool. It can’t think for you. If the idea is bad it’s not going to get better by making it look fancy.” Noel does use a PC but he prefers to spend time on the deck with his sketch pad, or to meditate while running to clear his mind, thus allowing ideas to flow. “As my left foot hits the ground I count – maybe up to 50 or 100. If I lose count I start again. If I’m on flat ground I might close my eyes.” Noel explains that his mind then becomes a funnel with stacks of ideas flowing

in (he is drawing on his sketch pad to illustrate the point) and eventually the best ideas will come out through the spout. He’s a traditionalist at heart. He draws storyboards, thumbnails and sketches, and makes little books out of folded pieces of paper – as an aside he tells me it’s impossible to fold a piece of paper more than seven times. He should know! Noel speaks my language and we banter about how the physical act of drawing or writing on paper gets the brain synapses firing, producing ideas and concepts that banging away on a keyboard could never do. Born in New Zealand, Noel refers to himself as a, “passport-carrying Australian who cheers for the Wallabies.” He’s been living in Australia since the 1970’s so I guess he qualifies. “I was good at one thing at school. Art. That was about it. I started out in the industry as a display artist, moved into graphic design and then I discovered that art directors exist. I don’t have any formal qualifications.” Noel jokes that he used to say he was Noel Harris QBE (Qualified By Experience), but it’s precisely his experience that makes him a leader in his field. From his hometown of Auckland, Noel landed in New Farm on Brisbane’s snaking brown river a week before the great flood of 1974. With flood waters wreaking havoc he thought Australia was a crazy and wild place. He fell in love and has felt at home ever since. His first job in Brisbane as a junior art director earned him $100 a week and life was good. He was doing what he loved. Over the years, Noel climbed the ranks becoming creative director at some of the biggest multi-national advertising agencies in the country, such as Mojo (where he stayed for 10 years) and Saatchi and Saatchi, winning a swag of industry awards along the way. “Awards are nice to get, but you can’t eat them,” Noel says quite rightly. He has called Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne home while working with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry at the time. If you were a ‘60s kid you will remember the fabulousness of Dragon, LRB (The Little River Band for those who are too young to know) and The Knack. Noel worked on the black and white film clip for their hit song My Sharona. Noel remembers the personalities with nostalgia and fondness. “Mark Hunter from Dragon was such a talent. He really didn’t know how good he was. Sadly, he died of throat cancer in 1998.” Then Noel launches into a story about the irreverent and unpredictable comedian Spike Milligan. “I had written a television ad for the first ever fruit flavoured mineral water and Spike was endorsing it. He read the script and yelled, ‘Who wrote this?!’ I was nervous thinking he hated it. Then he added, ‘Pretty zany stuff, man!’” The ad was a hit, with Spike embellishing the idea even further by throwing fruit around and adding his crazy wit while standing in a white lab coat. However, working at the top of the food chain meant less and less time on the creative stuff which Noel so dearly loved. “You end up running a kindergarten,” Noel says of managing employees. It was time for a change. Having met his second wife Annabel in Brisbane in 1996 (the couple has six children between them) they set up Noosa Fine Art where they could both explore their artistic talents. Annabel is a respected painter and “hippy at heart”. Then 10 years ago Harris and Harris Advertising and Marketing was born. “It was a chance to go back to what I love,” explains Noel while gesturing to his sketches. Together Noel and Annabel make a formidable force. Harris and Harris has a proven track record producing some of the most memorable print, radio and television advertising on the Coast for clients such as Oaks Hotels and Resorts, My Property Preview, Next Property Group, and the new Maroochy RSL campaign for Queensland Advertising, to name a few. They support numerous local charities and work particularly closely with the Wishlist Foundation, using their creative talent to develop the brand, jingle and advertising. They enjoy it and explain it’s their way of putting something back into the community. In his career spanning nearly four decades, Noel has gone full circle, from a young lad who was interested in art, to an executive managing multi-national advertising agencies, and now back to his first love, playing with ideas and pictures. The smile on his face and layout pad in his hand affirms that he is in exactly the right place. july 2011




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In this fast-paced world, businesses need to be savvy when it comes to marketing, or they’ll get left behind. One useful tool in any marketing belt is PR (public relations) – the art of raising the profile of your business and efficiently communicating to your customers, and it’s best done through a professional, like Jayne Keogh. Alli Grant caught up with Jayne to learn more about her stellar communications career.


Noosa-based PR expert, Jayne Keogh, began her stellar career as a librarian – a far cry from her big hair and big limo days of PR in the ‘80s.



ayne Keogh is a one-of-a-kind. In fact, I would go so far as to describe Jayne as an original – flamboyant, eccentric, effervescent, confident, colourful, caring, creative and a brilliant communicator. And I should know. Jayne Keogh was my first official ‘boss’ and is still one of my closest friends today, 17 years later. She took a chance on a naïve 19-year-old business student (with no experience and big dreams) who wanted to be in PR (public relations). I’d watched Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders in the British TV show Absolutely Fabulous – PR was all about parties, pretty frocks, celebrities, champagne and fun … right? Working with Jayne certainly was fun, but PR, well, that’s a tough game, especially as a self-employed operator, something Jayne (owner of JKPR) knows all about. Maybe that’s why I jumped the fence over to the dark-side – to the world of writing? I do know I wouldn’t be where I am today without Jayne, and all that she taught me. But Jayne wasn’t always a flamboyant ‘sweetie darling’ communications type. She started her professional life as a librarian. Yep, a librarian. I smile as I type the word ‘librarian’ – those who know Jayne know she is anything but a librarian type. She is loud, boisterous and creative, three words not generally associated with librarians. ‘Quiet please’ just isn’t in her genetic make-up. “My friends think it’s hilarious that I was a librarian,” she smiles, and I know exactly why. A woman who in the ‘80s and ‘90s was known for her flamboyant dress sense (a love of patterns and bright colours), her obsession with stilettos, an exuberant laugh and big hair, has no place working in a library! A creative at heart, Jayne’s dream was to become a commercial artist. But she changed path a little and ended up pursuing a career in archaeology, although I’m not sure how Jayne’s trademark black coif would have dealt with helmet hair on a dig site. This is a woman who climbed to the peak of Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa with a gas hair curler in her back pack. “I have always loved learning about ancient civilisations and history, particularly the Egyptians, so I completed a degree in arts focusing on history, English and politics. “I ended up working as a librarian as there weren’t many jobs in the field.” Great news for her hair! Not surprisingly, Jayne found herself yearning for something else – a more creative outlet for her energy, and so completed a Bachelor of Business majoring in public relations and advertising (completed part-time over five years). She was offered a job with Myer as public relations manager for their Queensland stores.

And so began Jayne’s career in PR. She loved her time at Myer as it was the ‘80s – big budgets, fabulous parties, stretched limos, gala parades and celebrities. In 1989, Jayne decided to take the plunge into the world of small business, launching her own agency in partnership with a very good friend. When he left the business, Jayne decided to seek the safety net of a large, national firm – Javelin Communications, who took over her business and left her with free reign to grow their brand in Queensland. And this was where I first met Jayne, sitting behind a perfectly pink desk next to a perfectly pink couch in a riverfront office on Coronation Drive in Brisbane. Today, it’s a much more competitive world when it comes to marketing spend than it was back then, as businesses are far more savvy. It doesn’t help that many people still don’t understand PR – it’s no longer about media releases and boozy schmoozing. “People think PR is simply advertising, but it’s not. It’s all about using the right angle to secure a story in the media, for free. And this ensures credibility as it isn’t paid space – it has earned its right to be there. PR people understand what is needed to secure a story – plus they have the contacts. “But this is PR in its most basic form. I have seen lots of changes in my time. Social media is definitely the way of the future – we do a lot of work with Facebook and Twitter, which works really well when you need to get to your target audience quickly.” Back to Jayne’s career. Javelin closed their Brisbane operation around the time of the Sydney Olympics, as the company had become a sports PR business. Those who know Jayne know that sport isn’t really her thing (although she has recently learnt how to play golf and is partial to polo players, but that is another story!), so it was time for Jayne to move on. “So off I went with my clients, and their blessing, to start again on my own, and JKPR was born.” Eleven years later, Jayne has a thriving boutique PR business, with a gaggle of high profile clients who call on her expertise and contacts on a regular basis. She has worked with a range of businesses, from global hotel chains to special events to international sporting apparel brands. Jayne embodies old-school PR – she has an incredibly hands-on approach to dealing with the media, an approach that enables her to list the who’s who of the national media landscape as some of her closest business associates and even personal friends. “I have been really lucky actually – so many of my clients, and media for that matter, have become really close friends.” Jayne firmly believes that the key to success in any ‘people’ business, especially PR, is reputation and trust. “It may seem old fashioned, but potential clients do judge you on your personal integrity and values, because that is how you build relationships. And that is what clients pay us for, our networks and experience. “I think it’s important, especially as a woman, to look out for and after each other, particularly in this business.” After 30 years in the PR industry, Jayne has earned the respect of many in the game. “The key is understanding the angle and target in your approach. So many PR professionals have lost that ability to target in what they do, which is a shame.” For the last 10 years, Jayne has shared her time between Noosaville and Brisbane, managing to perfectly balance the fast-pace of Brisbane city business with laidback Noosa lifestyle. Jayne is a people person – she loves catching up with friends, travelling and hosting dinner parties. She’s quite the cook, her themed dinner parties are legendary, with everything made from scratch. Friends still talk about how Jayne deems a blow torch a necessity on boat picnics to the North Shore so as to perfectly caramelise the crème brulee. She’s a lover of high energy living, which is why the world of PR perfectly suits Jayne. If Jayne’s list of friends and colleagues is any measure, Jayne is a woman of substance.

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If ever there was a busy lady, Anne Marshall is it. One of the first cooking ‘personalities’ on radio and television, the author of 22 cookery books, the former principal of her own exclusive cookery school in Sydney and a corporate and political culinary mastermind to boot, this lady is one clever sausage. Profile magazine’s Jessica Jane Sammut finds out more …

Anne Marshall


hat do the Sunshine Coast, Yorkshire, Sydney and Murray Bridge all have in common? Anne Marshall. Yes, this extraordinary professional foodie and food stylist can name all of these areas as places she has lived, with Noosa home to her current abode (forever more, she confides). “A typical Virgo,” Anne Marshall has lived a life of great variance and complete passion. Born and raised in Yorkshire to Scottish descent, Anne still retains the beautiful lilt of the North of England, but her drive, ambition and love of Australia could not have taken her farther from it. The youngest of three, Anne’s maternal grandfather was a chef in the Royal Navy while her paternal grandfather was a farmer in Scotland, leading to Anne’s immense understanding and love 16


of food from an early age. “I gained my knowledge of where food came from, along with the desire to turn it into something delicious, from my grandfathers,” Anne explains. “It was always going to be my destiny. It was in my blood.” On attending the Gloucestershire Training College of Domestic Science, Anne graduated with a diploma of education in home economics, and with it safely tucked under her arm, along with the bright spirit of an adventurous 21-year-old, she headed straight for London, securing an apartment on Kings Road and a fabulous teaching job to match. Life was rosy ... on the outside. Little would anyone have guessed that this brave young girl was actually going through a personal tragedy at the time, having lost her mother while

she was still at college studying (“Finish your education,” her principal told her), then losing her father soon after she moved to London. Dealing with the grief and the effect it had on the family, however, caused Anne to fight back, making her even more determined to create a life of success. “It was not long after my father’s death that I decided to travel,” Anne remembers. “And so in this way, Australia became my home.” Landing at Murray Bridge in Adelaide where Anne was posted to a teaching job, she was thrown into a completely different way of life. “It was a huge culture shock at the time,” Anne smiles. “The food, the lifestyle, the attitude, it all was so far removed from what I had known.” In a quest to feel more settled, Anne moved onto Adelaide and then to Sydney, with a brief stint in


It [food] was always going to be my destiny. It was in my blood.”

Canberra, all the time teaching adults and children about the art of food. It was then that Anne got restless and returned to the UK – and this marked her first move into the corporate world, securing a job with Unilever in public relations. But as is the case with many a traveller who crosses Australia’s shores, this land down under never left Anne’s side emotionally, and after two years in London, Anne once again found herself back in Sydney. “It was then that I was offered my first position as a cookery editor,” Anne recollects. “I loved it! In three years I edited 30 books and undertook a huge amount of food styling. It was then that I realised I could do this myself. So I wrote my first book! It was an immense occasion and from there my career spiralled. New Idea took me on as their cookery editor and I wrote many more books. july 2011

“I then hit 37 and I thought ‘What next?’ I was naturally a workaholic and a high achiever. I had spent the last 10 years submerged in cooking, writing, editing, styling, teaching and consulting. But something was missing. I suddenly wondered what I was doing it for. I became overwhelmed with the urge to have a baby.” Not one to mess around, Anne did just that, and a year later Anne’s pride and joy, Natasha, was born. “The first year of having Natasha was the happiest of my life,” Anne beams. “I loved being a mother, it was incredible and although it was hard due to my commitments, I made it work and it was worth it.” Soon after Natasha’s birth, Anne set up a private cookery school in Sydney where she taught the art

of food. Anne also kept up with all her publishing and editorial deals, and over time became cookery editor for the Australian Home Journal, Cleo, Successful Entertaining, Prevention … the list goes on. “I then did something rather foolish,” Anne grimaces. “I bought a restaurant at Lennox Head and moved up there. It was a wild thing to do and one which sadly did not pay off. The people there were not ready for my food! After two years, I had to call it a day and Natasha and I returned to Sydney with our tails between our legs.” But not for long, for as soon as the word got out that Anne was back in town, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries snapped this culinary maestro up in a twist noone would have seen coming. Yes, Anne found herself in a role helping to promote the fresh produce of New South Wales, a move she says which really made her think about what she put in her mouth. It was soon after this that Anne, lead by Natasha, became a vegetarian. “Becoming a vegetarian was an enlightening experience, but interestingly it also had an effect on my career,” Anne explains. “I started to get asked to write vegetarian books and columns. For The Completely Vegetarian Cookbook, I was given just six weeks to write 300 vegetarian recipes! It was crazy!” For the next decade or so Anne continued in this vein, moving from one successful position to another – Dairy Farmers’ cookery consultant, Kenwood consultant, Readers Digest editor, What Food Is That editor – as well as continuing to style food for high profile television shows and at the same time writing The World’s Healthiest Food cook book (among others), which became a runner up for a James Beard Award in New York, The Oscars of the cookery book world. Phew! And then it was time for a well-earned rest. “In 1999, I escaped to paradise – Noosa. I had always enjoyed beautiful holidays in Noosa and so it was my dream to end up there in my retirement. After my Lennox Head disaster, I was cautious about making another mistake, but my move to the Sunshine Coast has been the most incredible success.” Having been the Secretary of Noosa Slow Food for four years, Anne is well-loved in her local community and is passionate about getting kids to eat healthily. A self-confessed Radio National snob (Anne cannot stand commercial radio) and a stickler for speaking correctly, Anne now spends her days enjoying the ballet, theatre and arts along with the occasional baking session; what a perfect end to a wonderful career. Yes, it is fair to say that if Anne’s life could be described as a menu of exciting flavours and sensational aromas, this queen of cuisine is now enjoying her sweet desserts. profilemagazine


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Marriage is a good institution which settles men down.


1. the view from saltwater@kings 2. matt gould 3. a sample of the cuisine at saltwater@kings 4. paul christie 5. john anderson 6. matt van mourik 7. the main dishes at saltwater@kings are renown on the coast





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marriage: for better or worse? words jessica jane sammut ll photography belinda brill ll sponsored by genesys wealth advisers and boq maroochydore

“I was made for loving you baby, you were made for loving me,” so sang Kiss. So is marriage still as popular in today’s world as it has been in years gone past, or is it a stale, outdated institution that actually leads to a life of misery? Profile’s Jessica Jane Sammut finds out.


as anyone seen Moulin Rouge? Oh my. The glitz, the glamour, the sparkles, the singing, the music … it truly is one of my all-time favourite musicals. And one of my favourite scenes is that of the Elephant Love Medley (in fact I am listening to it now on full volume for inspiration. Thank goodness I don’t have neighbours). And in this beautiful song we hear the following words: Christian: “Love lifts us up where we belong. Where eagles fly on a mountain high.” Satine: “Love makes us act like we are fools. Throw our lives away for one happy day.” So does Satine have a point? Her view is a cynical one, but is it a view of realism? Do the heady ‘throes’ of love literally cause us to ‘throw’ our lives away for one happy day? Which brings me to the topic this month: Is marriage for better or worse? Joining me to discuss this rather controversial topic are five very brave men; men who have surely had to sneak out of the house this morning, leaving their unsuspecting wives and girlfriends at home with no clue as to the secrets they are about to divulge; or men who have perhaps confessed the topic to their ‘better’ halves only to be given a strict reminder of how lucky they are to come home to such hot temptresses each night (“say something nice, or else the flannelette pyjamas are coming out and staying out”). Either way, these men are troopers and I can’t wait to see if it is just we girls who love the idea of a wedding, a marriage, a lifetime commitment; or whether the boys are just as into it as we are. Our co-host for our Lads at Lunch is Laurie Clarke, owner-manager of BOQ Maroochydore, happily married with a four-year-old daughter, newly born twins (so newly born, in fact, that Laurie had to come from the hospital to this lunch, congratulations Laurie once again!), and two teenagers from his first marriage. Our guests are John Anderson from Asset Agents, who has been married for 25 years; Matt Gould of Savills, who has been with his lovely wife for 11 years; Anthony Walsh of RBS Morgans, married for 15 years; Paul july 2011

Christie from Intelligent Automation, married 11 years; and Matt Van Mourik of Condon Treasure, the only species at the table who has not married (… yet – read more on this revelation later!) And then there is Belinda Brill of profile magazine, who waited eight years to marry her hubby, but has now been happily married for 10, and myself, married for five years to my gorgeous Maltese stallion. Yes, I am feeling the love today, it is Friday and I am listening to Moulin Rouge … what can I say? profile: So gentlemen, marriage – is it for better or worse? anthony: It has got to be for better. I believe you are definitely better off married. matt g: I love being married, but I must admit, at the beginning I did feel it was the ‘right’ thing to do – so, a duty almost. anthony: I agree that I think there is always a level of expectation to formalise a relationship by your family and friends. laurie: Well, Debbie and I were a shot gun wedding! I wanted to formalise our relationship before our little girl was born. That was important to me. I am old fashioned that way. matt g: What’s the saying ? ‘God gave the male the head, and he taught the female how to turn it!’ I got married at 27 for love. Marriage is a wonderful safety blanket. profile: So what is marriage about? anthony: I have always thought that a relationship is about lust, whereas marriage is about love. Proposing is very scary. I proposed at sunset on the Great Ocean Road – I realised I was totally vulnerable at that moment. laurie: A way to show women you love them is to get married. After all, actions speak louder than words. paul: I met my wife on a bus, proposed on a plane and got married on a boat! john: I have been married twice. My first marriage was completely different to my second and I have been happily married now for 25 years. laurie: I have also been married twice and if I didn’t survive this marriage, I wouldn’t do it again.

profile: For those of you who have been married twice, why do you think your marriage didn’t work the first time and has worked the second? john: I was too young when I got married the first time. laurie: I was naive and optimistic the first time I got married, and we weren’t suited. When Debbie, my current wife, ‘threw herself’ at me [profile: Deb, wait for the later comment before you belt him] after my first marriage, I couldn’t resist. I needed an intellectual equal such as Deb, plus she has a great rack [profile: Deb, I think this forgives the earlier comment?]. profile: And having a family? Is it important to be married? anthony: Family is important – you want the package. It is important for kids to have a stable home life. bel: Yes, I wouldn’t want to have a different name to my kids and hubby. matt g: Yes, marriage shows commitment and is the best foundation for a family unit. john: My parents got divorced when I was 15 years old and I hated it. I would hate to do it to my kids. anthony: My mother is a nurse in a hospital and sees women coming in having their seventh child to their fifth partner … what chances have these kids got? Marriage gives structure and a base from which to develop a family. profile: So ‘Matt-Not-Married’ … you are very quiet. Why aren’t you married? (Matt is only 29 so fair enough, but he is rather lovely so I can’t imagine why he is single). matt v: I was in a relationship for four and a half years and marriage was looking like the next step. But we both knew it wasn’t right. So we split up. We are still great mates though. I have a new girlfriend and we have been together eight months. She is pretty amazing. If I could write down 10 things I would want in a girl, and then you were to come up with 10 further qualities I hadn’t even thought of, that would be her. [profile: Matt smiles and reveals to me the note from inside his fortune cookie he was given with his meal. “Don’t be afraid to take the big step,” it says, causing a ripple of jeers around the table.] profilemagazine


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“Anyone who says

they have the perfect marriage is lying.

the lads (and lady) outside saltwater@kings

profile: So Matt, if your girlfriend rocked up in a white dress and said let’s go and get married … would you do it? matt v: Yes! [profile: Cue more whoops around the table]. profile: Why do affairs happen do you think? john: I wouldn’t look at another woman. I wouldn’t not want my wife in my life. paul: It’s okay to look at the menu! john: Affairs are stupid. That road is a rocky one and ends in misery. Look at Arnold Schwarzenegger! paul: The sad thing is the how the family unit is affected by affairs. profile: What about those of you who have daughters. Would you wish for them to get married? laurie: I have two older daughters and if the boyfriends are suitable, then yes, it is something I would want for them. anthony: I agree. bel: Yes, marriage is very relevant still. matt g: It is not a decision I would want them to rush into lightly or too young. Being high school sweethearts is not a good basis for marriage, I don’t think. john: My son has recently proposed to his girlfriend of four years, so I am thrilled for them. profile: So why do marriages break down? laurie: Women have changed through their marriages; times have changed. Men haven’t changed. Actually scrap that, I think coffee is to blame. Every time Deb goes out for a coffee with the girls, she comes back with attitude! john: It is now a two-way street in a marriage. Women don’t need men. profile: Wedding days – big or small? Does it make a difference to the marriage? matt g: A wedding day is a wonderful opportunity to share and declare your love to family and friends. bel: It is lovely to share. It doesn’t have to be super expensive. We had a fabulous intimate cocktail style wedding (no sit down) of 50 people at 20


Watson’s Bay, with a band, and it was so sociable. I wore a red cocktail dress. paul: We had 50 people at our wedding and saved our money for a six week honeymoon. john: I went to an absolutely super wedding recently which was so relaxed, everyone really enjoyed themselves. anthony: I often think the day is more for the bride than the groom. profile: If your wives had said they would have been happy to have just had a casual BBQ for your wedding day, would you have agreed? anthony: I wanted to marry in a church, so no. matt g: I would have been guided by my wife. profile: So what are our gold nuggets of wisdom as to what makes a good marriage? bel: Marriage is a work in progress, always. Anyone who says they have the perfect marriage is lying. john: Shared interests are vital. laurie: Marriage is not 50/50. Each partner contributes in a different way; the balance might be 80/20. Whatever it is, both parties need to know where they stand. Communication, and knowing where the balance is, is key. anthony: Trust. paul: Involve your kids and family in your lives. At the end of the day, marriage is a good institution which settles men down. So there you have it. Men love being tied down. Not one of my lads at lunch moaned or groaned the way I thought they might. No griping, no macho showing off, just love and respect for their partners and it was a beautiful thing to see. While we women are often busy organising our men / kids / own selves, purchasing shoes or generally attempting to run the world (and we can, right?), our men are quietly thinking ahead, planning practical life manoeuvres and securing their (and our) futures … and why? So they can be the best husbands possible. And that is true. Men may not always seem like they care what is going on, but they do. As Mignon McLaughlin said: “A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”

Saltwater@kings, caloundra Saltwater @ Kings is a relaxed, seaside restaurant that boasts ocean views from every table. With an atmosphere to die for, Saltwater is one of my favourite eateries on the Sunshine Coast, offering it all – a sensational, fresh, vibrant menu of dishes, excellent service, killer scenery and that holiday vibe which makes you feel like throwing caution to the wind, cracking open a bottle of bubbles and cancelling all your appointments for the rest of the day. Offering a range of gorgeous delights to start, we were served a selection of fish finger snapper fritters with banana coriander salsa, japanese crumbed calamari with wasabi aioli and wakame salad, cheesy pumpkin and parsley arancini balls and goat’s cheese salad, greek lamb with sweet baby beets served with hummus, and Atlantic salmon with crème fraiche and baby capers. Delicious! Mains consisted of a delectable choice of a fish and chip platter, braised lamb shank with a truffle oil mash, seafood risotto, pork belly with prawns, pasta marinara with king prawns and snapper, barramundi fillet with a haloumi green bean salad, and eye fillet with a sweet potato soufflé and mushroom tart. We all found it hard to decide what to have with such a stunning menu! And of course, being a Friday afternoon, the wines, bubbles and beers flowed and we all settled into the start of the weekend with ease. Just perfect. Saltwater @ Kings is open seven days a week from 9am for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with snacks and coffee on the go all day. Rolling Surf Resort, 8 Levuka Ave, Kings Beach 5437 2260

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Ellerfield Financial Planning is a leader in its field, its success backed by ethics, a long history of helping individuals reach their financial goals, and a ‘family’ ethos. Ellerfield would like to introduce Rachel Hutchison, who has been kind enough to share her family’s experience of working with a financial planner. Rachel is married to Stephen Hutchison and lives and works in the beautiful Twin Waters here on the Sunshine Coast. Together, they have two primary school-aged children – Emily and Thomas. What prompted you to consider working with a financial planner? We were doing our tax returns and had a couple of questions for our accountant at Keating and Associates regarding the best way to redirect some extra money we were trying to save, as well as the CPI increase in our salary. He recommended that we have a chat with Ellerfield as he realised that he was not able to answer some of our more involved questions and they were best qualified.

going to be able to achieve our longer term goals in regards to a comfortable retirement, private schooling, and also how to have that overseas holiday we have dreamed about. Could you explain how “ellerCentral cash flow management” has helped your family on a day to day basis? We have always had a budget, and we follow budgets and forecasts at work, so we knew what they were. Ellerfield made us realise that unless you are constantly reviewing and following it, it is easy to just spend the extra cash in the bank account on a whim. I now know exactly where we spend our money on a weekly and monthly basis. We know that we are rapidly reducing our mortgage and also making more conscious and informed decisions on whether we really need that impulse buy. I still can go shopping and buy the clothes I like, the household bits and pieces, and the gifts I like to spurge on, but I also make sure that it fits the budget we have created. Could you explain what the Ellerfield “MRP” is and why you chose to implement this strategy for your home mortgage?

We had several meetings with the Ellerfield team before any firm plan was implemented or any fees discussed. We felt that they wanted to get to know us on a personal level first and then on a professional level. We have made, and will continue to make all decisions together with their team – nothing is assumed, and everything is discussed at length to make sure that we are comfortable with their recommendations.

Ellerfield’s Mortgage Reduction Plan is tailored for each client. For us, it meant small but important changes to how we could reduce our morgage quicker and more effectively without having to sacrifice. We had the standard variable rate home loan but changed it to a line of credit. We now have our salaries paid directly to our line of credit each week, which in turn reduces the interest calculated on a daily basis. Our day to day expenses are all paid for on our credit card which we pay in full at the end of the month. I also update our monthly budget regularly so I can see how much we have spent for the month and make sure we are not overspending. Simply by doing this for the past eight months we have already made big inroads into reducing our debt.

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We knew that we could afford to repay our current mortgage, but it was probably going to take until we were approaching retirement the way we were going. We needed to consider how we were going to afford to retire and still live the great lifestyle we were used to. We also needed to look at being able to afford private schooling for our kids – this was always our dream, but we were not sure it was financially possible with such a short time frame as our oldest child was already in Year 6.

We had no life insurance, income protection insurance or serious illness insurance, so if anything had happened to either of us we would have had to sell our beautiful home just to keep going. Ellerfield is also about to help us with improving our superannuation situation – that is the next step.

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Would you recommend your financial planner to friends and family? Without hesitation! They have certainly made us feel more in control of our financial future and we are very much included in all the decision processes. They have the expertise to guide us, but we do not feel that they have taken over. We feel more in control of our finances and future than ever before.

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Social media – love it or hate it, it’s the future of communication. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin, YouTube – using the world wide web to connect is not just commonplace, it’s the norm. Yesterday’s email is today’s tweet. And at the forefront of the social media world is a little thing called a blog – a simple idea that has turned regular people into global megastars. Self-confessed social media pariah Alli Grant met with local blogger and styling guru Nikki Parkinson to find out more about her blogging success.


s a ‘communications professional’ who has spent some 18 years working in marketing, PR and the media, I have an embarrassing confession to make. Scrap that. I have several embarrassing confessions to make. Number one. I don’t blog. I can’t blog. In fact, truth be told I don’t really understand blogging much at all. I know it has something to do with a website, writing, sharing thoughts and opinions, and lots of people reading stuff, and that it can be done from your lounge room in your PJs, but that’s really where my blogging knowledge starts and ends. Number two. Twitter’s just not that into me … or me him (of course Twitter is a male!) I mean seriously, does anyone really want to know that I have just put a load of washing on or that I’m watching The Wiggles with my son (relayed to the world in 140 characters or less)? I think not. No tweets from this little black duck. Number three: I’m not overly Facebook savvy. Now, I’m on Facebook. Yep, you can type Allison Grant and up I’ll pop. Hello! But if you do happen to submit a friend request, don’t be offended if you don’t hear back from me for, say, at least six to eight weeks. So while I’m ‘on Facebook’, I’m not regularly ‘on Facebook’. I like hearing from my friends, and the voyeur in me does like a bit of sneaky ‘what’s she been up to and what does her new boyfriend look like?’ action, but Facebook and I are not bosom buddies. Frankly, I don’t have time (that’s my excuse!). Really I’m no loss to Facebook, as my 196 ‘friends’ would attest to. While I’m confessing, I’m not linked in to Linkedin. I thought Flickr was a horse from an old black and white movie, (but apparently it’s yet another social media thingy), and as for Pinterest … what the? But I love a good chat – I could talk under wet cement with a half sucked mango in my gob and my mouth taped shut. This is reflected in my writing. I haven’t been able to stick to a word count since, well, ever. And text? I’m the queen. My friends call me Lightning Fingers Grant. Okay, that’s a lie, but you get the idea. I’m mad for a text – a long, wordy text. But that’s where my tech savvy ends. I am ‘old school’ (although I have advanced from using courier pigeons and telegrams to communicate – just), and I’m absolutely aware that I am being left behind. Fast. As far as the information superhighway goes, I’m still back at the bus stop waiting for the 142A to Tech Town. If I am a technophobic Luddite, that makes this month’s cover girl, Nikki Parkinson, a geek. And I mean that in the nicest possible way.

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She’s a stylish geek. Yes, an oxymoron up there with ‘fun run’, ‘good morning’ and ‘faithful Arnold Schwarzenegger’. And Nikki is a proud geek who manages to make a damn fine living out of social media … blogging, tweeting and Facebooking (and other stuff I should know about). She may have just turned 44 but she’s totally down with the young kids today. Nikki is the owner and founder of Styling You (www. – a personal styling and fashion / beauty blogging business which has received a swag of awards this year, just in its third year of business. But this local style icon hasn’t always been at the forefront of technology. In fact, up until a few years ago she made a living out of old school media – the type of journalism that once involved a clickity-clack typewriter (think opening titles of Murder She Wrote). Nikki was a print journalist who made a considerable name for herself in regional media as a journalist and magazine editor with The Sunshine Coast Daily (where she worked for 16 years). Born and bred in Maryborough, Nikki is a true-blue country girl, having also lived in Gympie and Goondiwindi, with a brief stint in Brisbane along the way, finally settling on the Sunshine Coast. And while she smiles fondly when we chat about her upbringing (she’s the eldest of three kids, with two younger brothers), as with every tale, Nikki’s family has faced it’s fair share of hideous challenges. “We grew up with Dad and my step mum. Mum and Dad split up when I was six and we stayed with Dad. Looking back now it’s obvious she had post-natal depression, but back then it was called a nervous breakdown. There was no help for her.” I ask Nikki about her relationship with her mother. “She lived in Brisbane and we used to see her about once a month and in the holidays, but she moved to New Zealand when I was 14. Our relationship certainly wasn’t as close as it could have been. But 16 years ago when my eldest was born she came over and we sorted through a few things.” Nikki’s eyes soften a little as her story takes an unexpected turn, illustrating just how important that time sorting through her issues with her mother was. “Mum and my step dad both died in a drowning incident four months later. They were doing this thing called ‘tramping’ – hiking through national parks [in New Zealand], and they were really experienced. But they were camping beside a creek and it started to come up … no one really knows what happened … Mum was found with her back pack on and it looked like she had slipped and hit her head … My step dad wasn’t a good swimmer.” With every interview I do, I am made more acutely aware that we all have



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I achieved the goal of working in magazines – and running a weekly magazine was certainly fast-paced.”

Nikki Parkinson has made the smooth transition from print journalism to online publisher, managing her Styling You empire from her lounge room.



challenges to face, hurdles to overcome. Life can certainly be cruel. So how did Nikki end up in the media? “I didn’t really get that much help deciding what to do. Kids get much better guidance these days. I was good at English so my teacher said I should do an Arts degree. My parents moved to Brisbane when I finished high school, so I went with them and did my degree at the University of Queensland.” Incidentally, Nikki was in the same year as Nine’s Heather Ford, and Fiona Simpson. Did she consider TV journalism? “Yes, definitely, but I wasn’t really a natural, not like Heather. She had a gift. But I always had TV in the back of my mind. It was a very tough media market – so hard to get a job.” But Nikki did land a job – back in her former home town of Maryborough, scoring one of two coveted cadetships with the then Maryborough Chronicle (now The Fraser Coast Chronicle), alongside one of her best friends. “It really was a fun time. As happens in country towns with so many itinerant workers, you have to make your own fun.” Two and a half years later, Nikki made the “big move two hours down the road” to the Sunshine Coast to take up a sought-after position with APN News and Media’s flagship publication, The Sunshine Coast Daily. It was a significant promotion, although Nikki confesses to “actually doing less”, compared with the level of responsibility bestowed on the young cadet in Maryborough. While she initially started out in the Noosa office and did her fair share of time in ‘daily hard news’ land, Nikki’s passion for fashion and beauty was bubbling away. She loved feature writing, so focused on a new goal – becoming the editor of a national magazine, in Sydney, no less. “I was a magazine freak and it was the time of Lisa Wilkinson. I even had interviews [in Sydney] and was offered a job as a sub-editor with a home magazine.” Nikki didn’t take the job, and I’m curious as to why. “I decided to stay here and I accepted a job in PR with the Hyatt [leaving APN]. As it turned out, I ended up with chronic fatigue syndrome – I’d had glandular fever in 1991 and 18 months later I fell into a heap.” While recovering, Nikki was offered a part-time role back at The Sunshine Coast Daily, a role that would take various forms over the coming years and would see her through three pregnancies. Nikki was happy in what she described as a “flexible, family-friendly working environment”. Opportunities started to present themselves. Additional focus was placed on beauty and fashion pages within the paper. She helped develop the features section and created APN’s first glossy lifestyle magazine, Revive, most certainly a feather in Nikki’s journalism cap. Nikki was fulfilled. “Finally I was doing what I wanted to do. It was so exciting [to launch Revive]. We received such an amazing response from our readers – they loved seeing people they knew in the mag. Really, Revive was the glossy pioneer within APN. “I achieved the goal of working in magazines – and running a weekly magazine was certainly fast-paced.

We were planning ahead but also having to make daily deadlines. It was creative, fun and definitely rewarding.” (We are momentarily interrupted by a delivery of some kind of fabulous beauty freebie – commonplace in the Hubbard-Parkinson household. More on that soon.) We chat for a while about the working mum thing. Nikki tells me she took three months off after the birth of Ben, 16, and six months off after the births of Alex, 14, and Flynn, 6, returning relatively quickly for “financial reasons”. “I do think the break is a good idea, but it’s about finding a middle ground. The whole paid working mum vs non-paid working mum debate actually annoys me. I think it’s time we give other mums a break. There is no perfect formula. We all have our own juggle.” Amen to that, sister! And Nikki’s juggle is managed with the help of her husband of almost seven years, Kester Hubbard. “Kester is happy for me to be who I am. He (mostly) puts up with my online addictions … he cleans and irons and is an amazing back-up, especially on the weekends [as he works in Brisbane during the week so isn’t home much]. It’s really about team work. He certainly keeps it fun, that’s for sure.” Back to Nikki’s stellar career. With such a fulfilling career in print media, why the move to the online world? As it turns out, it wasn’t necessarily a strategic decision. “I went on a media trip to Gwinganna health retreat in 2008. At the time I didn’t have a lot of time for me and here I was presented with this gift. For three days no one needed a piece of me … I needed the space to think and also not to think, if that makes sense. I came out thinking ‘it’s now or never’. I knew it was time to leave The Daily. “I had to work out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. At the same time, Kester had accepted a job in Brisbane. I knew that if we were both tied to an employer we would have challenges if the kids needed us. It was all mulling around in my brain, and the weekend away allowed me to go with it.” Styling You was soon born. “I was pretty naive. I was used to getting paid weekly – the drop of cash would just land in the bank. For 21 years I worked for someone else and now I had to worry about billing and getting invoices paid. It was certainly a steep learning curve. My business was about my time and contacts and what I could offer people.” Initially, Nikki had planned to use her PR work to complement her styling work – her true passion. She certainly has a gift for making even the most challenged of fashionistas look and feel like a million dollars. Over the past three years she has styled 100 individual clients, from a size 6 to a size 24. “If I didn’t have access to so many real women I certainly wouldn’t be an expert [in the blogging world].” And, three years after launching Styling You, that’s pretty much what Nikki has become – an expert fashion and beauty blogger. She dropped her PR work about nine months ago, realising that the future of her business was social media. Time to kick it up a notch! Nikki decided to focus on the growth of her blog and she hasn’t looked back, quickly becoming one of the most respected and sought-after fashion and beauty bloggers in the business. Earlier this year she won the Best Australian

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This has probably been my biggest discovery – that women do so much online and they really want to connect with other women, from all over the world.”

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Blogs 2011 competition run by the Sydney Writers’ Centre (also taking out the business category), and was recognised for the best blog post on fragrance in the Jasmine Awards. With the high profile in the blogging world not only comes great prestige and opportunity … but also more freebies! “As a beauty writer, you do get a lot of products, and I won’t ever write about a product unless I have trialled it. And yes, sometimes I do buy products! But if it’s bad I won’t review it. My grandmother always said that if you didn’t have something nice to say it was better to say nothing at all.” This former-print-journalist-come-blogging-guru is living the dream – she’s master of her own domain, creator of her own destiny, and she gets to do it all from the comfort of her home … in lounge pants. So what does she love most about her new life? “The flexibility – working around the kids, definitely. I can always be available for my family, and this still far outweighs the stresses of not having a regular drop into the bank account.” Flexibility is definitely important in Nikki’s world. When I met Nikki at 10am for our chat, she had already dropped the kids to school, picked up the groceries and completed a radio interview. Wow – a multi-tasking, goal orientated woman. And what about working from home? “On a dream day I’m still in my trackies (lounge pants!) until lunchtime – not often enough. In the beginning I was doing one appointment a day, then I worked out it was best to stack them on one or two days. For me, people expect me to look put together, I have to make an effort, but I love days when I can just be daggy at home. Working from home certainly

doesn’t make me work any less.” So what’s the future for the Styling You online world? “I absolutely want to continue to grow that side of the business. I love seeing clients one-on-one but there’s only so many I can see in one week. I need to make the business transferrable and portable. The growth opportunity is the blog and I definitely have plans to make the blog profitable. “I’ve built my traffic – and my community to 25,000 unique readers and 100,000 page views a month so national brands are starting to see the benefits of being aligned with me. “At the moment my income is about 50 percent styling and 50 percent from the blog. I have an agency who manages me and I’ve picked up a few sponsorships [enough to make a girl green with fashion envy]. “If I were looking for someone from the online world to emulate, I’d probably say Mia Freedman’s Mama Mia [] business model. Mia has been incredibly successful in the creation of her online community, and women love this sense of community. “This has probably been my biggest discovery – that women do so much online and they really want to connect with other women, from all over the world.” Has Nikki definitely embraced her inner geek? “Absolutely! I call it geek chic! I started as a journalist at a typewriter with copy paper and now I’m an online publisher. The irony is that I didn’t mean to do it. My website was originally a marketing tool. I just knew I wanted to keep writing, and a website I could update myself – a blog – was the perfect platform. My critics are now my readers, not my bosses. I’m my own boss!” And a stylish boss with a fabulous wardrobe, shiny hair and perfect skin, at that.



profile Each month we profile a number of successful locals making their mark in their chosen profession. Do you know someone worthy of profiling? Email

Joshua Gurnick Kooshka Hair and Fashion Joshua Gurnick of Kooshka Hair and Fashion is a man with magic hands. Having spent 10 years in the hairdressing industry, Joshua’s reputation goes before him as the go-to man for glamorous, corporate city / chic hair styling. Trained at the Wynne-Hoelscher Academy, he has won several national competitions in his career and has also been a finalist several times, most recently at the American Crew Face Off. Further, Joshua has had his work published nationally and has styled and coiffed hair back-stage at a number of high profile fashion shows, such as Ksubi and Alex Perry. His dream clients are David and Victoria Beckham and Drew Barrymore, who are “always on the fashion front and look amazing,” says Joshua.

Dr Chantal Henderson Buderim Chiropractic Buderim Chiropractic welcomes back Dr Chantal Henderson. She comes from a family of five chiropractors and hence has grown up with strong health and wellness principles. Dr Chantal has a special interest in craniopathy and is passionate about promoting a healthy and vibrant life through chiropractic care and optimal lifestyle choices. Her passion in natural health and wellness has led her to seek further studies in anti-ageing and functional medicine, where she begins her fellowship this year externally through the American Academy of Anti-ageing Medicine. “I enjoy experiencing all life has to offer – vibrant health, wellbeing and exercise, organic sustainable philosophies, and balance in all areas of life,” Dr Chantal states. “I believe our daily lifestyle choices have a huge impact on our current and future health.”

Hugo Pin Sunshine Vein Clinic Moffat beach’s Dr Hugo Pin is passionate about the Sunshine Vein Clinic, an entity he launched in 2010, five years after moving from France to Australia. “I have worked in many different environments, from being an emergency doctor to an ultrasound specialist,” says Dr Pin, “and I am now happy to focus on the non-surgical treatment of varicose veins.” Such an important health issue, Dr Pin’s goal is to make high quality modern treatments affordable and available to everyone suffering from painful varicose veins and unsightly spider veins. “I love the ‘after’ visit, when patients tell me they have been able to wear a short dress after years of hiding their legs,” says Dr Pin.





can you beat the bowser?

the latest in hearing technology

with Craig McPherson

with Bettina Gainer

It has been said that the recent increases in fuel prices have been the equivalent of three interest rate rises.

Hearing loss can be so gradual you may not even know you are missing interesting and even vital sounds.

I often get asked, “What is the best car to buy to save money on running costs?.” In this edition I will try and demystify some of the options.

Did you know you can retrain your brain to hear again?

The first bit of advice I normally give is “Don’t rush!” You need to consider a lot of factors such as comfort, space, power, towing, parking, your inner green and lots more. Downsizing your car: This seems to be the most popular option at the moment. We have seen a large shift towards people back-trading into cars like Fiesta and Focus. Upsides: Cheaper on fuel, easy to park, better on the environment. Downsides: Small cars are actually small, loss of power and towing capacity, not as comfortable, plus they don’t tend to fit in all the ‘kid things’. Choose a diesel engine: Years ago, you could not give a diesel passenger car away. Now, one in every five passenger cars sold is a diesel. Upsides: Substantially better fuel economy, more get up and go from the lights, better towing capacity and better resale value. Oh, and you satisfy your inner green with lower CO2 emissions. Downsides: They normally cost more and you will need to travel about 25,000kms per year or hold the car for four years to get your money back. The diesel engine is noisier than the petrol, however, due to modern sound proofing, this is not as noticeable inside the car. Convert to LPG (liquid petroleum gas): Taxis cottoned on to this years ago, and with government rebates it is a worthwhile consideration. Upsides: Government rebates may be available and Autogas is much cheaper than petrol at the pump. Downsides: Fuel economy is not as good, loss of boot space due to the gas tank, limited availability of Autogas at service stations. Hybrids / electric cars: It is still a bit early to comment on these cars. The volume of sales is quite low because they are an expensive option and generally only purchased by movie stars. There is no doubt this is the way of the future, but the infrastructure will need to catch up before we see more on the road.

Your ears and brain are both critical for hearing. If you’ve suffered gradual hearing loss, your brain’s ability to process sounds will have weakened without you realising. By wearing a personalised hearing device, your brain can begin to retrain itself naturally. Have you heard about the new hearing technology which ‘reads’ your environment? Ground-breaking developments in hearing instruments mean that adaptive directional microphones can detect unwanted background noise (like wind on the water or the golf course) and reduce it. This means you can not only enjoy a natural listening experience, but you won’t miss out on the most important sounds around you. Not ready for hearing aids yet? If you’re ignoring hearing problems, asking people to talk louder, turning to your ‘good’ side and trying to guess what people are saying – it’s not helping. In fact, it’s similar to ignoring a lump, a dodgy mole, or persistent headaches. Letting your health deteriorate because you’re unwilling to face the truth could make your hearing harder to treat. Would you like to trial the latest breakthrough in hearing technology for FREE? You can experience the most advanced technology in the new Ambra or Lyric range exclusively at Connect Hearing on their 30 day free trial.* Trial the latest digital Ambra hearing aids and hear conversations up to 40 percent better in noisy situations. You can also trial Lyric, the completely invisible ‘set and forget’ hearing aid you wear around the clock for over three months at a time while you sleep, exercise, talk on the phone – you can even shower in them! For your FREE trial* call Connect Hearing today on 1800 500 922. You’ll hear the difference straight away. *conditions apply

I trust this gives you some assistance in trying to ‘beat the bowser’. If we do see the introduction of a carbon tax in Australia, these decisions may become more commonplace. Should you have any queries in relation to your motoring needs, do not hesitate to contact us at

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scbwn feature The Sunshine Coast Business Women’s Network (SCBWN) is a dynamic force on the Coast. Boasting more than over 400 members and a plethora of knowledge, the network provides inspiration and connections for women in business. As an advocate of women in business, profile magazine is proud to highlight some of the talented SCBWN members in our new quarterly feature. Enjoy meeting the members! For more information on the network and how you can join, head to


MELISSA HOMAN The Perinatal Mental Health Service is a fantastic program offered by Melissa Homan, Director of Mental Health Consulting, located at Nambour Selangor Private Hospital. With the perinatal period covering the time immediately before birth, to two years after birth can be a very emotional time of your life. Established in 2001 and nearly ten years old, The Perinatal Mental Health Service is an outpatient individual counselling service available to all women and their families on the Sunshine Coast. Its objective is for early detection, assessment and treatment of antenatal or postnatal anxiety or depression and it also provides grief counselling for parents who have experienced a miscarriage, mid pregnancy loss, stillbirth or neonatal death. The foundation of the service promotes a balanced lifestyle with healthy sleep habits, healthy eating habits, regular exercise and deep muscle relaxation and abdominal breathing techniques. After acute symptoms have eased the treatment then moves on to improving life skills in areas such as emotional management, stress management, changing distorted thinking to more rational, reasonable self talk, communication, assertion and conflict resolution, increasing social confidence and parenting skills training. Melissa is a credentialed mental health nurse with 25 years experience in individual and group therapy, so you couldn’t be in better hands. Phone 0416 224 573 32






Yogita Bali is the manager of Excellsior holiday accommodation in the heart of Mooloolaba. Offering one and two bedroom holiday apartments together with the perfect location and great rates, Excellsior is hard to beat for a break in the sun.

ANZ connects customers to opportunities locally and internationally.

She studied for a Bachelor of Commerce at Auckland University. After her move to the Sunshine Coast in 2005, she got involved in hospitality, taking up an accounts position at Ramada Pelican Waters (now known as Crowne Plaza Pelican Waters). Yogita then moved to Excellsior in 2007.

This is where local ANZ relationship manager for business banking, Gayle McGinn, comes in. With more than 24 years experience working at ANZ and living on the Sunshine Coast, Gayle McGinn has gained quite the reputation for being the best in her field.

Yogita’s passion and enthusiasm comes from seeing her guests happily enjoying their stay at Excellsior during their holidays. She says the best feeling is when her guests re-book their holidays again and again with Excellsior – she knows she must be doing something right. Being a business owner and manager in today’s market is challenging. Yogita believes the key to success is to have faith in yourself and never stop learning. She is constantly undertaking workshops, learning from fellow business comrades and discovering what matters to her guests. Yogita believes going on holiday is not just a trip, it’s an experience. “We all need to have time off to re-energise body and soul,” she smiles. Phone 5477 5555

When it comes to business success, having access to the right financial advice and solutions can make all the difference.

One example can be given in the form of local Sunshine Coast ‘Exporter of the Year’, Susan Daley, who realised her expanding international business, Patchwork with Busyfingers, needed the support of a financial institution with international networks to help her business succeed. Susan enlisted the support of Gayle. “Gayle drew on her experience and really took the time to understand me and my business, providing relevant solutions to suit our needs,” Susan says. Gayle is very proud of being able to help her clients and does so with passion, great expertise and pride. “I’m really pleased that we’ve been able to provide a great outcome for Susan’s business,” says Gayle, “and I’m really looking forward to continuing to build relationships with Sunshine Coast clients to support their growth.” Phone 0435 655 805

scbwn feature Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic

Sandra Reardon Sandra is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the Sunshine Coast Haematology and Oncology Clinic, the first free-standing day hospital to treat cancer patients in Queensland. Sandra obtained a Bachelor of Science degree at Griffith University and a Diploma of Education with the University of Queensland and went on to be head of the biology departments at Trinity Grammar, Sydney. After assisting her husband to establish his medical practice, Sandra soon realised the lack of specialised cancer services on the Sunshine Coast. In 1996, a proposal was submitted to Queensland Health to build a hospital from the patient’s perspective, a unique and innovative idea. Patients can receive chemotherapy and blood transfusions in a homely environment. The clinic has won numerous excellence in service awards and is inducted into the Sunshine Coast business Hall of Fame. Sandra has been a Queensland finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards also. “It is a visionary project – one of care and compassion. You could never measure in terms of millions of dollars, the care and quality of life this Centre will bring.” Mike Horan, Minister for Health. Phone 5479 0000

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MICHAELA CAREY Michaela joined Garland Waddington Solicitors, a local law firm located in Maroochydore, in 2010 as a commercial lawyer. She has experience in business transactions, leasing and wills and estates. Upon joining Garland Waddington, Michaela was impressed with the high level of service and quality of advice given to clients. Garland Waddington also offers expertise in commercial litigation, family law, residential and commercial conveyancing and estate planning. In addition to her day job, Michaela also volunteers with the Suncoast Community Legal Service and advocates the importance of people on the Sunshine Coast having access to legal advice and referral information. Michaela grew up on a small farm outside of Clifton and attended boarding school in Toowoomba from the age of eight. After graduating from Griffith University in 2007 where she achieved honours in her Bachelor of Laws degree and her Bachelor of International Business, she commenced her legal career at a large law firm in Brisbane, before making the move to the Sunshine Coast. She thoroughly enjoys the lifestyle – taking her dogs to the beach, fishing and camping. Michaela looks forward to establishing her legal career with Garland Waddington Solicitors. Phone 5443 4866

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Schultz Toomey O’Brien Lawyers

Megan Dunne Megan joined Schultz Toomey O’Brien Lawyers in 2010 and has quickly become an integral part of the commercial and property team. She handles all aspects of a client’s needs when buying or selling residential property, and enjoys helping to make the process as easy as possible for them. Megan appreciates the complexities involved in the sales process and understands that it is often a very emotional time for people. Her expertise helps to make the whole process easier. Originally from Victoria, being involved in the law has always been a part of Megan’s life. After finishing high school she completed an advanced diploma in business (legal studies) before embarking on travel around Australia. Upon returning to Victoria, Megan worked in law firms in Melbourne for a couple of years, and later moved to Emerald where she continued to work in law. However, it was her love of the Sunshine Coast and its warm and welcoming people that soon drew her to settle in Buderim permanently with her husband Sean. With a passion for good food and wine, Megan loves going to the food and wine fairs on the coast and often spends her weekends exploring the hinterland, camping and bushwalking with friends. Megan has a love of travel having travelled around the world, and hopes to soon venture back to Ireland and the United Kingdom. Phone: 5413 8949

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scbwn feature Australasian Leadership Academy

Lynne Stephens Lynne is the founder and director of the Australasian Leadership Academy, a multidisciplinary, Coast-based business which combines expertise in leadership and culture development with process improvement and performance measurement. The academy develops customised learning and development solutions to support organisational development and growth – its people, outcomes and performance. Lynne’s point of difference is her ability to design best practice leadership and management programs tailored to an individual or organisation’s specific needs. This includes face-to-face / virtual workshops, one-on-one coaching, e-learning content, webinars, pushcasts, workplace improvement projects and events. The academy provides nationally-accredited development solutions through their partnerships with Australia Pacific Leadership Group, the Australian Institute of Flexible Learning, Deloitte Leadership Academy, SkillSoft Asia Pacific and Sunshine Coast TAFE. Lynne is very excited about the academy’s newest alliance with Edge Coaching and Consulting which gives her the opportunity to offer her corporate services to individuals and small to medium enterprises here on the coast.


NATALIE TINK Natalie Tink is co-owner and director of advertising for the national real estate magazine, Coast to Coast. As an ambitious 17-year-old, Natalie was employed at Coast to Coast in a sales position. At just 21, Natalie became an active partner and took on the role as the national director of advertising sales. In just a short time, the magazine’s distribution has broadened, the clientele has grown and the quality of the magazine now enables it to sit comfortably on the shelf next other successful publications. The business and property magazine initially focused on private sellers. However, it now holds strong relationships with developers, real estate agents, business brokers, builders and finance companies. The magazine began 27 years ago and under Natalie’s direction, the business has gone from strength to strength. Sold in Australian newsagents as well as via isubscribe and, Coast to Coast reaches out to all major, minor, rural and local communities. Advertisers are automatically placed in Coast to Coast’s online database and innovative Buyer Match-Up Program, enabling them to gain access to the ever growing qualified buyers who show a strong interest in purchasing with Coast to Coast.


AMANDA CANDY Amanda Candy is a psychic/medium and one-to-one certified life coach, providing individually tailored self-improvement programs for personal and professional development. A neuro-linguistic programming practitioner, crisis counsellor, reiki practitioner, angel intuitive and intuitive healer, Amanda offers a wealth of knowledge in getting the best out of ourselves. Having lived in six countries, Amanda has been exposed to the wonders of alternative therapy and has witnessed first-hand its immediate benefits. Amanda connects intuitively with her clients, owning the unique ability to get straight to the core of what is happening in the present moment of their lives, revealing hidden insights and unfolding true gifts. Be it a business or personal issue, Amanda has the ability to tap into her clients’ specific needs to help them move forward in a positive way. Now living on the Sunshine Coast, Amanda is enjoying supporting others on their life’s journey. Incorporating her natural gifts and life experience, it is her hope to demystify the spiritual world and bring it into main stream use. Phone 0420 983 305 Phone 1300 793 792 Phone 0439 876 901

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n the second of these monthly ‘getting to know you’ chats, we meet Paul Bell, property consultant with Henzells Agency. Paul has worked with Henzells Agency for four years and is married with three children.

What drew you to a career in real estate? A change in career path was the main motivating factor. I was undertaking a Diploma in business and marketing and my lecturer suggested real estate and it progressed from there. What do you love the most about your role? The real estate industry is definitely a dynamic industry and one that rewards effort. It is not your typical nine to five job and rewards those who are motivated, organised and have excellent communication skills. This industry throws up new and exciting challenges everyday and is not for the faint hearted, this is what I like about it. What is the most frustrating part of your role? It is a fact in this industry that you cannot keep everyone happy all of the time, and for those new to the industry it can become disconcerting. I figure that if I have given my vendors 100 percent commitment and have been open and honest with my communication there is not much else I can do. Aside from your job, what is your true passion in life? Without doubt my family, and spending quality time with them in one of the best places to live in the world, is my passion. Do you have any unusual hobbies? How do you spend your time off? I love taking the kids to the beach and trying to get the odd game of golf in at Pelican Waters Golf Course. If you could be on any reality TV show, what would it be? I have two left feet when it comes to dancing so Dancing With The Stars is out plus I am a terrible cook, so it’s a no to MasterChef. Being in real estate I would have to say Hot Property! What do you love the most about living on the Sunshine Coast? The Sunshine Coast is a great place to raise a family with great diversity all within easy reach. I love the fact we have a choice of any number of beautiful beaches and can drive 20 minutes from the coast to the Hinterland; all within an hour’s drive from Brisbane. Three words to describe you? Won’t sit still. Something most people wouldn’t know about you? Played for 10 years in the NRL. Describe your dream home? Being surrounded by property everyday, I am fortunate enough to view some of the most beautiful homes on the Sunshine coast. My dream home is one that my family is happy and healthy in.

ll photography shawn abrams The big, wide, wonderful world of real estate can be a daunting beast, with so much money on the line and people’s lives and family homes at stake. So it stands to reason that you wouldn’t want to trust the sale of your property to just anyone. You have to have someone you can trust impeccably on your side. With this in mind, meet the stellar team at Henzells Agency, Caloundra – a team of honest professionals who live and work in the local community. Professionals who, after all, are just like you and me.

How do you unwind? I unwind by taking the family to the beach or a round of golf at Pelican Waters Golf Course. Motto you live by? Don’t die wondering. paul bell, shot on location at Caloundra RSL. AGENCY

Henzells Caloundra 49 Bulcock Street, Caloundra Qld 4551 Phone: 07 5491 2000 Fax: 07 5491 5166 Email:



your ultimate guide to fashion and beauty

a fashion voucher

july 2011



window shopping

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my favourite things ... What’s news in the fashion world? Well, this month I have been to Cairns, the Sunshine Coast and Melbourne, and boy have I seen some differences in fashion. From all black in chilly Melbourne to bright corporate frocks in Cairns, we Aussies are a mixed bunch, in the fashion sense! But one thing that remains consistent, no matter where you live, is that you cannot go past a winter staple … Ugg boots! But make sure you don’t wear them to the shopping centre … ever. Uggs are strictly ‘wear only at home’ items. No exceptions. And yes, you know who you are … (Pamela Anderson). And make sure you book your tickets for our Spring Fashion Fiesta at Garry Crick Prestige this coming August (invitation on page 15). Who doesn’t love a good fashion event? Yours in fashion.

This winter, the must-have in your daily wardrobe is boot tights. Gone are the days of doin’ the daggy and wearing socks over tights to ensure comfort in your winter boots ... these tights almost magically turn into socks at either the mid calf or ankle, making them ideal for any boot height. Plus, they are nice and warm at 80-denier thickness – my drawers are full of them! Voodoo Boot Tights, RRP $24.95.

gingers is on the move Gingers Boutique in Buderim is on the move. Look out for Gingers new store location … don’t worry, it’s not going too far! The new shop will open July 2 at Shop 2, 56 Burnett Street. Pop in and see the new look store and their great labels, including Didier Parakian, Banana Blue, Katherine, Meredith and Faye Brown. Phone 5445 6616 Gabriella Frattini Beaded Tunic $129. gingers, buderim. phone 5445 6616

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With the cooler months well and truly upon us, now is the time to find yourself the perfect pair of Uggies … classic, chic and comfortable – not to mention loved by celebrities all over the world. EMU Australia is the genuine sheepskin must-have, and now I love EMU Australia even more as it has brought out a range of leather boots. Mmm … boots.

on the cover: Millie Loves Min Body Blazer in Pop Orange, RRP $179.00. Available from

happy birthday suite three This month is not only profile magazine’s turn to turn three … our good friends at Suite Three share our same birthday! A big congrats from myself and the profile crew to Maria and her team. Suite Three has achieved a lot in their three short years, including working on the launch show of GHD’s new gold styler range; on Alex Perry’s show in Brisbane and Australian Fashion Week; and on L’oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival. They were also a finalist in L’oreal ID Artist team and worked on the Brisbane leg of Katie Perry’s California Dreams concert. Wow, what a busy three years! Congratulations. 3 Ballinger Road, Buderim. Phone 5445 6700

EMU Australia ‘Armadale’ Leather Boots RRP $239.

bag it I love a good handbag – they look great with anything and always fit – you never have to worry about how much extra you have put on over the winter months! I’m loving this brogue tote by Colette at the moment. Colette Accessories Brogue Tote, RRP $54.95.

ultimate fashion event on the coast Join profile magazine at Garry Crick Prestige on August 26 for the Spring Fashion Fiesta featuring a runway catwalk show, champagne and nibbles and paparazzi … of course! View fashions from Europe and Australia by Gingers Boutique, featuring local couture designer Eva Lilly who will be showcased at this year’s Mercedes Fashion Week in Brisbane this August. To purchase tickets, head into Gingers Boutique or phone 5445 6616 40


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profile: What looks can we expect to see this season? bianca: In jewellery, this season it’s all about big, bold, colourful pieces and fabulous chandelier earrings. Our new Rocktails range is all about warm winter coloured stones in emerald green, amethyst purple and fancy yellow gemstones. profile: What must-have item do you think we should all have in our wardrobes? bianca: A pair of sequined ballet flats in silver. profile: Who is your favourite fashion designer? bianca: Tom Ford for Gucci ... sigh ... it’s over. profile: How would you describe your own style? bianca: Simple. I’ve worked out over the years what suits me and I stick to it. I keep all the staples updated so they look new, and add coloured pashminas and jewelled ballet flats to suit. profile: What is your fashion inspiration? bianca: I love flicking through designer magazines and being inspired by the different stylists and how they are layering pieces. We have so much in our wardrobes, we sometimes don’t realise that if we put it together in different ways, we have so many looks already there. profile: What and where is your favourite boutique? bianca: I buy lots of my clothes overseas. I have picked up some really nice things at Rodney Clarke in Noosa ... when they are on sale, of course! profile: What is your fashion fetish? bianca: Shoes, shoes and more shoes ... I’m a sucker for a gorgeous ballet flat.

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making waves with Wade Blackford Click to create smooth waves! The wave.clip is a fabulous new multipurpose tool that smooths out frizz and fly-a-ways on naturally curly hair, enhancing waves to make them smoother. The wave.clip will also create smooth waves on straight hair, adding a natural wave without frizz or fly-a-ways. The wave.clip works whether your hair is curly or straight. Simply click onto the hair after applying product and heat with your hair dryer.

The key to getting these to work in your hair is easy. First of all, use a good quality product to help set the hair. I suggest anti.gravity by Kevin Murphy. Dry the product into your hair. Secondly, you want to take really big sections of hair; the bigger the section, the less time it takes and the more natural the result will be.

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Next, simply clip the wave.clips into your hair and press each one down until you hear a click. This means your clips are secure. Heat the wave. clips with your hair dryer for at least 10 minutes and then leave your wave.clips in for a further 10 minutes, or until totally cooled down. This is important because the cooling process is what really sets the wave in your hair and will make it last all night long. Once cooled, simply remove your wave.clips, shake your hair out, and before you know it, you’ll be walkin’ out that door with some seriously bangin’ hair!

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peregian springs feature Peregian Springs is one of the more recent additions to our beautiful Sunshine Coast, perfectly positioned adjacent to the Noosa National Park and only a short distance from Noosa, Coolum, Peregian Beach and Maroochydore. The community boasts an array of lifestyle facilities including a private golf course, a shopping and medical centre, first-class educational facilities, cafes and restaurants and more. Profile magazine meets some of the thriving local entrepreneurs.


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Lisa Stewart is the owner of Canine Master Groomers, a boutique dog grooming salon located in the Peregian Springs Estate. Like so many of us, Lisa is a dog lover. She was initially inspired to become a groomer 10 years ago, and driven by her desire to exceed client expectations Lisa gained her international certification in 2008. Lisa then went on to travel extensively throughout the USA, further developing her skills under the guidance of some of the best groomers in the world.

Kerry O’Mahony and Kerry Littlejohn are the proud owners of TTK Property Styling, a newlyestablished business offering home owners the opportunity to improve the value and appeal of their property prior to sale.

Deborah Preece-Brocksom ARAD BA (Hons) is a former ballet soloist and ballet company director. After a 25-year successful career dancing and choreographing all over Europe, Deborah and her husband Richard from the Royal Ballet, England, opened The Dance Centre Peregian Springs. They offer highly professional dance classes for recreational and vocational students seeking a fulfilling and enriching dance experience in a caring and nurturing atmosphere.

As one of only 21 internationally certified master groomers in Australia, Lisa’s passion for perfection is comfort to her clients when she is working with their dogs. “In an industry largely unregulated, putting your faith in someone to look after your four-legged family member can be a daunting experience for a lot of people,” says Lisa. Whether your best mate is a perfect pedigree who you would like to keep in ‘breed trim’ or a knockabout larrikin you just want to have looking their best, Lisa can transform them into something special. “Clients are often overwhelmed when they collect their dog for the first time. It is a wonderful feeling to have someone tell you that their dog has never looked so good.” Phone 0400 713 903



The two Kerrys have always had a passion and an innate talent for styling homes, enabling them to achieve record sale prices for their properties. Their talents also extend to the outdoors, and as avid gardeners they have created many impressive landscapes. TTK Property Styling’s focus is to make a home instantly more appealing than the competition to attract a greater share of potential buyers. After a short consultation with Kerry and Kerry, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover how a few simple and affordable changes to your existing décor can result in an amazing transformation. An investment in property styling is a far better option than reducing the price of your home. In a slow market, many property owners are encouraged to drop the price of their home to secure a sale. Kerry and Kerry can show you how a small outlay of funds can enhance the property’s appeal and greatly improve the chances of selling the property quickly for the best possible price. Phone 5471 2620

An important part of The Dance Centre is Pilates Peregian, a boutique pilates studio run by Susie Harrison, a highly qualified pilates instructor. The studio offers both mat work and private classes taught with a high level of professionalism and attention to detail. Not only is Susie a highlyqualified pilates instructor, she also has a large amount of dance experience, giving her the ability to work with the dance students from The Dance Centre. Serena’s Image is also situated at The Dance Centre Peregian Springs, so you can learn how to be a model or just look like one! If you think you have the potential to model or act in TV commercials or on film and would like to get paid for this exciting work, Serena’s Image offers courses in deportment, grooming, modelling and TV commercial acting. New deportment and modelling courses start in July. Phone 5448 3513

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JACINTA LINDSAY PEREGIAN SPRINGS NATURAL THERAPIES Jacinta Lindsay from Peregian Springs Natural Therapies is a medical herbalist and remedial massage therapist. She is passionate about natural therapies and helping others so that they may live healthier and happier lives. Having qualified at the Australasian College of Natural Therapies in Sydney in 1992, Jacinta is also an accredited member of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society Limited, and has years of experience behind her. So, what is herbal medicine and how can it help? Herbal medicine is medicine made exclusively from plants. It works to enhance the body’s natural healing abilities. Body systems such as the digestive, immune, lymphatic, reproductive, nervous and circulatory systems all benefit from herbal medicines. Herbs act to nourish and support the body’s organs, restore and strengthen damaged tissue, as well as to detoxify and eliminate waste. What about remedial massage? Remedial massage can be used to treat specific health problems or provide relaxation to sore muscles. It helps to relieve headaches, back, neck and joint pain as well as anxiety and stress. Remedial massage is deeply relaxing, nurturing and therapeutic, not only on a physical level but also mentally and emotionally. Phone 0422 320 416





Serena’s Image offers courses in deportment, grooming, modelling, TV commercials for junior, teens and adults, make-up artistry, Personal Image & Style for Women and interior decorating courses and services.

Raising the ‘benchmark’ in Peregian Springs is new owner Jill Wallace, along with husband and chef Simon. A fresh new look has been given to the former Chez Andre Restaurant on the corner of Peregian Springs Drive and Balgownie Drive with the launch of their eaterie, Benchmark. Now also catering for weddings and special events, the husband and wife team are delighted with the response to their new look and menu. The indoor-outdoor feel is so appropriate for the great Sunshine Coast lifestyle, and Jill’s goal is to establish the community hang-out for locals and their guests at a warm, friendly inviting café-style restaurant and bar, where people can relax and enjoy the atmosphere.

Model, talent manager and finishing school proprietor Serena Keenan is always on the lookout for models and talent to join her team at Serena’s Image. If you want to be a model or just look like one, Serena’s Image has courses that can teach you manners and etiquette, posture and deportment, how to create a positive impression with the art of good speech, how to dress well, how to apply make-up on yourself and others, or how to combine it all to achieve that overall ‘look’. You will learn how to walk with correct style and posture, as well as catwalk routines, choreography and technique. You will be taught the art of photo posing, identifying your best angles, and working to camera. Find out how to get a portfolio together and what makes a good composite card. Discover secret make-up techniques. Serena’s Image graduates have gained state, national and world titles, as well as success in Hollywood and on Australian Television. Students from all over Australia come to get inspiration and world-class training with Serena. Phone 5448 1887

Benchmark already plays host to regular meetings, and will roll out the red carpet for the fashions on parade at the upcoming family fun day. High teas will be served, so make sure to book your seats early. Benchmark is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7:30am until late, Monday through to Saturday, and Sunday, 7.30am until 11am. If you cannot come to Benchmark, Jill and Simon can come to you. With their love of food and wine, Cream Catering can deliver the most delicious food and is fully licensed. Just email Phone 5448 1911

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beauty across the ages with Dr Alison Jamieson Celebrating a milestone birthday? How do you feel as you come closer to turning 30, 40, 50 or 60?

note that fine lines, dark spots and rough texture are common concerns of this age group – all signs of photo-damage from the sun.

Women approaching their 30th birthday are twice as likely as those approaching 60 to say they feel anxious because they are getting older. It’s the first big birthday as an adult. Physicians say women approaching 30 are usually concerned about preserving the health and appearance of their complexion, and keeping their youthful look.

At 40: Women say their hands most reveal their age. The top three aspects they most want to improve about their skin are the wrinkles / fine lines, uneven tone / texture and a tired / dull complexion. Over half say they would want a cosmetic physician on their ‘beauty dream team.’

At 30:

Women approaching their 50th birthday say it makes them feel optimistic because they are wiser and smarter and excited because they are looking forward to what the future holds. According to physicians, women in this age group tend to want simple aesthetic solutions that help them look as good as they feel – and to minimise signs of photo-damage.

•• Women most want to improve their uneven skin tone and texture, facial redness and dull complexion. •• Women say the number one body part that reveals their age is their eye area. •• Nearly half have done something to try to appear younger. Women approaching the ‘big 4-0’ say the number one thing they would have done differently is to have used sunscreen more often. Physicians



At 50: Approximately one in three women want to erase their skin’s fine lines / wrinkles. Women believe the body part that most reveals their age is the

eye area, followed by hands and facial skin. Women approaching their 60th birthday say the gift they want is to look 10 years younger. Although the majority is optimistic about getting older, more than three women in four have done something to appear younger. At 60: Common concerns at this age include deeper wrinkles, advanced photo-damage and skin laxity. Whether you choose to embrace or delay the ageing process, we can certainly achieve our goals gracefully and in a personal way that is appropriate for each stage of life. Information obtained via an independent survey commissioned by Cutera.

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making the right decision with Denise Donati

We often get asked “How do I choose a fertility clinic or a specialist doctor?”

is also extremely important to ensure the clinic you choose has a sufficient number of doctors.

Today there are many fertility clinics and specialists to choose from, so many in fact that it is often difficult for patients to know which is the best for them. It is important to look at the following areas when investigating a fertility clinic.

To help you make your choice, you can search the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website at Registers-of-Practitioners.aspx.

High quality laboratory The laboratory must be of a high quality. ‘High quality’ means the laboratory strives to achieve and maintain optimal results. This success, however, is dependent on a large number of factors, including physical facilities, equipment, supplies and laboratory staff. A laboratory manager who holds a PhD is also considered an advantage. High quality clinical care A fertility clinic must have high quality clinical care. This requires fertility specialists who not only have had adequate education and experience, but it

Extensive services Fertility clinics should provide extensive services. At the very least, laboratory services should include intra uterine insemination (IUI), in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). Patient choice Quality fertility clinics must provide consultation services that explain all possible options so that patients can make the most appropriate informed choice for themselves. The best choice is the one the individual or couple makes for themselves after they have been fully informed about the possible options.

Cost-effective care Fertility clinics should practice cost-effective medicine. This requires that clinics only provide services that are clinically appropriate for the patients. It also means that clinics constantly strive to reduce their costs and always provide best practice services for their patients. Psychological support It is important that clinics recognise the impact that infertility can have on individuals and couples, and that they provide access to counsellors and offer emotional support. Ethical care A quality fertility clinic practices medicine ethically and always strives to achieve best practice. Good luck! Fertility Solutions 1300 FERTILITY (337 845)

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stress, it’s a fact of life with Dr David Hendrey According to research, high levels of emotional stress not only trigger back pain, but may also prolong discomfort from traumatic injuries. Stress, say researchers, can propel an acute injury into a long-term condition.(1) Yes, stress. We all experience it every week; moving house, a bad driver, the children screaming and fighting, disturbing emails, work deadlines and customer complaints. Tension builds, our shoulders start to rise, our stomach churns, we clench our jaw and we get irritated. Our nervous system controls and coordinates internally our physiology and prepares us to respond to the stress. This is known as the fight or flight response. Stress inhibits the delivery of cytokines (chemical compounds that trigger healing) to wound sites.(2) A stress reaction takes the following form: •• cortisol is released into the blood stream; •• adrenalin soon follows;

•• the heart rate increases; •• blood pressure rises; •• nerves get pre-excited; •• muscles begin to tighten; •• our immune system is down-regulated (deliberately suppressed). This coordinated internal response is fantastic and prepares the body to takenimmediate intense physical action. Very rarely though, is the action of fight or flight appropriate in today’s world. You can’t run away from an email, you can’t punch a phone bill and you can’t wrestle a deadline into submission. If we don’t find a way to re-balance our internal physiology, we become run-down and prone to disease and illness.

life and how well we handle stress. The study of 747 candidates demonstrated that people who receive chiropractic care respond better to stress by 34 percent. This is amazing. How would your work improve? How would you better handle customers? Would you be a more confident mother or father? Don’t let tension build up in your system; be at your best. 1. (Aust N Z J Surg 1996: 66(5):294-7). 2. Archives of General Psychiatry 1999; 56:450-6

Hendrey Chiropractic 5437 7222

Heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure have all been linked to this hyperexcited stressed-out state. Professor Robert Blanks conducted a study to measure quality of

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Not as happy as you used to be? Is stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, or ADHD overwhelming you? Are anti-depressants not working for you? FIND OUT WHY! Are you not as happy as you used to be? Is stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia or ADHD overwhelming you? Do you find yourself irritated, not able to feel excited, or constantly thinking negatively? Do you have trouble sleeping – your mind unable to stop racing / or waking too often through the night? Do you get anxiety at bed-time where you can hear your heart beating while your head is on the pillow?

One single underlying issue can cause all of the symptoms above, including anxiety, nervousness, depression, or lack of excitement / motivation for life. Palpitations, excessive heat in the body, tingling in the hands or feet, irritable bowel syndrome, foggy brain and lack of concentration including ADHD in children, can also be present. Often these symptoms have been going on for months, years or even decades. You may suffer just a few of the above symptoms or perhaps all of them.

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The cause has been found in the gut and seems to be widespread throughout the community. It is a malicious infection mainly picked up from travelling overseas, or having contact with someone who has travelled, and it is often only detected in specialised testing. This infection has been shown to release a neuronal toxin, affecting the nervous system physically and mentally. It has not often been associated with mental health conditions even though studies are available showing its impact on the brain. It can be passed on from person to person very easily, so more than one person in a household may be suffering from similar symptoms and both may be affected.

for one month, improved out of sight. Other patients have shown improvement after just one week of treatment.

Often, sufferers are able to correlate the first sign of symptoms as coinciding with a trip overseas which precedes a tummy bug causing diarrhoea or vomiting. Australia is so close to the Indonesian countries it can be transmitted from, and Australians travel there often for their holidays, so imagine the number of people coming back who could be infected and how it can be passed on quite easily through schools, daycare centres, or places of work.

Bacterial infections are just one part of a seven step process for permanently treating mental health conditions. These steps have been proven with testing to improve the brain function immeasurably in adults and children without the help of medication for all mental health conditions. If you would like to know more, call the clinic on 5443 1987 for a FREE half hour consultation to find out how this process can help you.

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Fortunately it is quite easy to address, and most symptoms are relieved as soon as the infection has been eradicated. Patients who have suffered depression for four decades, have after treatment




happy gums, happy heart with Dr Simone Ricketts Brushing and flossing your teeth not only benefits your pearly whites, it also decreases your chances of suffering a heart attack. Worldwide, there are many scientific studies linking poor oral hygiene with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Several different studies conducted by cardiologists (heart specialists) and periodontists (gum disease specialists) now suggest that there are several connections between dental health and heart disease. In an Australian study, 77 percent of a group of 80 patients requiring heart transplants had periodontal (gum) disease. In addition, many other studies reveal that people who have suffered heart attacks or have needed transplants or other heart surgery, are much more likely to have dental problems. One theory notes that several species of bacteria that cause gum disease have also been found in the atherosclerotic plaque in arteries in the heart. This can lead to artery blockage.

Furthermore, experts are also now linking periodontal disease with other chronic inflammatory conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular (heart) disease. People with poor oral hygiene and gum disease also tested positive for bloodstream inflammatory markers. Inflammation plays a major role in the onset of atherosclerosis (blocked arteries). The implication is that gum infections seem to add to the inflammatory burden on individuals, increasing cardiovascular risk. Another intriguing American study has suggested that people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to have heart disease. In addition, the study found that the presence of common problems in the mouth including gingivitis, cavities and missing teeth, are as good as predicting heart disease as cholesterol levels!

cardiovascular health from that perspective. Missing teeth or loose dentures may mean a softer unbalanced low-fibre diet (lack of crunchy fruit and vegies). It is therefore important to get replacement teeth or crowns if you lose a tooth. The moral of the story is … brush and floss daily, see your dental hygienist for a six-monthly professional clean, replace missing teeth as soon as you can and you will go a long way towards having happy gums and a happy heart! Smile by Design 5443 2888

A further connection between dental health and heart disease is the theory that tooth loss may actually change the diet and cause poorer

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mothers-to-be deserve our respect with Dr James Moir Having your first baby is simultaneously exciting and nerve-wracking. Pregnancy is such a new and different experience that no amount of research and preparation can truly prepare you. It’s a great joy, but it can also be one of the most difficult and uncertain times in a woman’s life. The last thing that any pregnant woman needs is unwelcome comments from others. For some reason, we seem to think that when a woman is pregnant we all have the right to pass judgment on their progress – or even worse, to treat their bodies as community property and start touching their tummy.

be eating more!” “You’ll find it hard to lose all that weight once you’ve had the baby, dear”. These are all comments that have been directed at my patients over the years – and some are even worse than these. How would you feel if a stranger in a department store started to make disparaging comments about your weight? Most people are well meaning. They don’t realise that their uninvited commentary can be distressing to a first-time mother-to-be who is trying to do the best possible job she can for her unborn child. Pregnant women need our encouragement and support on the wonderful but difficult journey that they are undertaking.

ways to convey your displeasure as well – but we won’t go into those in this column! Perhaps we should have some T-shirts printed up for patients to wear during their pregnancies with the motto “I’m not too big. I’m not too small. Hands off.” So next time you meet a pregnant woman, here are a few suggestions: Firstly, don’t touch their ‘baby bump’. Secondly, take a moment to consider the impact of your words before you open your mouth. Remember that this time is one of the most important periods of their life and that a few words of support, encouragement and affirmation can go a long way.

Moir Medical 5444 0799 Pregnant women hear these comments on a regular basis from friends, relatives, neighbours As I explain to my patients, the only opinions that or just from strangers in the street. Often these truly matter are hers and her partners. We welcome you at Revival Clinic Peregian people think that they are being helpful. They’re not. So, if you’re havingadvantage a baby soon, howof should youmost sophisticated Beach to take the deal with unsolicited comments like these? The early warning system available for preventative breast “Gosh, you’ve gotten big – having twins are you?” polite way is to explain that “My doctor says I’m “Oh, you’re very small for six months – you should just right”. I’m sure there are some less than polite health.

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Eclectic yet elegant, metropolitan yet beautiful, urban yet surrounded by blue waters and golden sands, Sydney is one magnificent city. Home to some of the world’s most iconic buildings, Sydney offers gritty culture, sensational food, arts in abundance, great shopping and famous beaches, In fact, there is something for everyone, as John Alwyn-Jones finds out. ll with John Alwyn-Jones

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ydney never ceases to amaze me. Having lived in Sydney for more than 10 years, you might think I would be immune to its glory, but whenever I visit, that final approach by air to the wondrous city always sends a shiver down my spine. With stunning views over the CBD, the glistening and often brilliant blue Sydney Harbour, the incredible Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the masterpiece of the Sydney Opera House, I smile as I look down on those jaw-dropping icons beaming back at me. With Sydney’s entertainment and what-to-do scene appears to change more that any other city in the world, so one thing you have to do before you visit is to go to the official Sydney website to see what is currently going on ( Personally, I just love wandering around Sydney. Such a safe city, and there is so much to do. If you’re brave, one activity that I would be so bold as to call my favourite (especially at night) is the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb. For those wanting to wander around narrow streets and alleys stuffed with shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants, Sydney offers The Rocks, plus its rather more recent and flashy cousins, Cockle Bay Wharf and Darling Harbour, providing world-class dining and entertainment options together with spectacular water views. And when you are ready for a pit-stop, Sydney proudly boasts a worldleading botanical gardens just a stone’s throw from the CBD, the perfect place to have a rest and catch some rays. Sydney also has some great tourist attractions. Where else in the world can you go to a top quality zoo perched on the edge of a harbour? Taronga Zoo. Plus there is the Sydney Tower, right in the heart of the city, where from the observation deck Sydney is spread out below with views as far as the Blue Mountains. You can also visit the amazing Sydney Wildlife World, where right on Darling Harbour you can see koalas, crocs and more. And if that is not enough, next door you will find the world famous Sydney Aquarium, where you can walk through a see-through tunnel while turtles and even sharks glide over you. Finally, let’s not forget the classic Sydney attraction, Luna Park, a superbly restored 1930s amusement park just on the north side of the Harbour Bridge.



There is, however, much more to Sydney than just the CBD. The suburbs of Sydney are also great places to experience as you get to see how the eclectic mix of Sydney-siders live. The beachside surfing suburbs Manly (to the east and north), Bondi and Coogee (to the east and south) and Mosman (on the north shore), compete to be the smartest places to live, and as such these places are certainly worth a visit. The cool and laid-back northern beaches and the trendy suburbs of Balmain, Leichhardt, Glebe, Newtown and Paddington, are also worth a look; while the sometimes outrageous Kings Cross, Double Bay and Darlinghurst are amazing and unique in their own way. These places are what make Sydney such a great city to get out and about in. A world-class pastime has to be the walk along the cliff tops from Bondi to Coogee, which offers stunning sea views. You might even be lucky enough to experience Sculpture by the Sea, which takes place around October and November ever year. My favourite Sydney walk has to be the Spit Bridge to Manly walk, which clings to the harbour alongside multi-million dollar waterfront mansions In terms of getting around in Sydney, taxis are generally good value for money in Sydney although some taxi drivers seem to be linguistically challenged, so I suggest make sure you know where you want to go and have a map, but buses and trains also make getting around very easy. Visit for all bus, ferry and train times and routes. You can also catch a ferry from Circular Quay to pretty well anywhere on the harbour, even up to Parramatta and the Sydney Olympic Park, but my favourite is the ferry to Manly, probably the best value scenic trip in the world, with Manly a great place for that lazy weekend brunch. So, where better to take that well-earned weekend or winter break that to this gem of Australian cities, where not only can you eat and sleep in luxury, but you can also walk off any excesses in the morning in a stunning and very unforgettable manner!

... that final approach by air to the wondrous city always sends a shiver down my spine.”

john’s hot tips for eating in sydney


ith Sydney being one of the most international cities in the world offering the most eclectic mix of food, it is the perfect place in which to investigate great eateries while sampling some of the most spectacular food ever … For me, the most enjoyable way of discovering a city’s culinary offerings is to just wander the streets, browse menus, peep inside restaurants, and go with what looks interesting while also suiting the hunger pangs of that moment. In doing this, you can stumble across some great food gems. And Sydney is no exception. Offering a plethora of restaurants that serve beautiful wholesome food, with great value for money and good service, you don’t have to break the bank when eating out in Sydney. Staying at the very smart Fraser Suites on Kent Street, near the QVB, Town Hall and Chinatown, I was not limited to my choice of restaurants with many nearby and some only a cab ride away. So I set to work! With breakfast a most critical meal of the day, if you want to wander out of the CBD and find somewhere quirky and different, grab a cab and visit Yuga Flora Cafe and Gallery), again in Glebe, but on St John’s Road. Amazingly, not only do they serve great breakfasts and superb coffee, but it is also a flower gallery and shop offering the most stunning floral displays. Whatever your taste, I reckon you will find it in Sydney and probably not far from where you are staying, but hey, in Sydney, nowhere is far away. My tip is do what you want, eat what you want, explore, tantalise your taste buds and discover the undiscovered, because that is what eating in Sydney is all about.

john’s hot tip for a great place to stay in sydney


ith masses of accommodation in Sydney to choose from and with many having been around for a long time, when I was in Sydney it was refreshing to be staying at one of the city’s newest hotels – the very chic and absolutely fantastic Fraser Suites, Sydney, in Kent Street. Located in a spot of ultra convenience in the heart of the CBD just a stone’s throw from the QVB, Darling Harbour, the Convention Centre and China Town, and only 20 minutes by taxi from the airport, staying at Fraser Suites was an easy delight. Designed by internationally-renowned architects, Foster and Partners, Fraser Suites Sydney takes its form as a magnificent 201 apartment 42 floor tower with beautiful panoramic harbour views, a gym and a 20-metre heated indoor pool. Even the foyer has a spectacular, six-metre rainfall chandelier, with such décor continuing throughout the building right up to the two spectacular duplex penthouses (which are set over two floors). For more information visit

travelling to italy? with Sonia Baldissera Why go to Italy? Sunshine, beautiful scenery, splendid art and treasures and rich historical past are just a few of the reasons. From Rome to Florence and Venice, the architecture is dazzling. It’s the land of effortless style. Italy has lured pilgrims, adventurers and writers seemingly forever, but it is important to remember that it is a relatively modern invention. It celebrates this year its 150 years of Independence called Risorgimento Italiano. The diversity of cuisine, art, outlook, landscape is one of the great joys of the country making it a pleasure to visit and revisit. Here are some of them. Venice. It is the most beautiful and romantic city in the world. It is a place where you can forget cars exist for a few days and instead ride in a gondola, then lose yourself in the maze of the winding alleys. Crucial to see is the Rialto bridge lined with its quaint little boutiques. At the center of the island is the St Marks Square, considered once the finest drawing room in Europe, its elegant arcades and cafes with grand and intimate atmosphere. At one end stands the Basilica of San Marco, a sumptuous Byzantine church. Next door is the Doge’s Palace, a masterpiece of Venetian Gothic architecture, connected to its dungeons wing by the famous Bridges of Signs (Ponte dei Sospiri). Globaltraveller, july 2011

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t is traditionally very high in saturated fat, so you will rarely see me in an Indian restaurant. Indian food is normally packed with butter, ghee, oil, salt and ground cashews among other ingredients, all of which make the dishes really tasty, but OMG I can feel the fat sucking to my thighs even as I think about eating such food! I love the flavours of Indian cuisine but instead of eating the high-fat meals, it is possible with Annette Sym to make a healthy version in your own kitchen. Welcome to my healthy Symply to Good To Be True version of Tikka chicken! I serve this curry with basmati rice and a side Author of salad or steamed vegetables, along with microwaved poppadums. Happy cooking, Annette. Indian Tikka Chicken Serves: four •• 500g of skinless chicken breasts •• one onion •• cooking spray •• one teaspoon of crushed ginger (in jar) •• one teaspoon of crushed garlic (in jar) •• four tablespoons of tikka masala curry paste •• one teaspoon of salt-reduced chicken stock powder •• one 400g can of no-added-salt chopped tomatoes •• one 375ml can of evaporated light milk •• one teaspoon of cornflour •• one teaspoon of imitation coconut essence •• half a cup (10g) of fresh coriander leaves

Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. Peel and cut the onion into quarters, then slice. Generously spray a non-stick frying pan with cooking spray and sauté the chicken, ginger and garlic for three minutes. Add onion and toss with the chicken, cooking for a further two minutes. Coat the chicken with tikka masala paste and then add the stock powder and canned tomatoes. Combine well. Once boiled, reduce to a slow simmer until the chicken is cooked through. Mix the evaporated milk with cornflour and essence. Add to the pan with coriander leaves and mix well. Once the sauce has boiled, serve. Variation: Replace the chicken with lean rump steak, lamb leg steak or firm tofu.

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ontinuing on from last month’s NZ yap on Martinborough, this month I am looking at the Plonk caravan’s move further south to the land of Lord of the Rings – Central Otago. So while Mrs Plonk indulged in her Christmas present – a photography course run by ‘Lord of The Lenses’ Jackie Ranken and Mike Langford in Queenstown – I sniffed, swirled, slurped and spat my way around the wineries. The King of the grapes is pinot noir. The winemakers conjure up an alluring drop that could have seriously derailed Frodo’s efforts. If Pinot is King, then the Prince is Grant Taylor from Valli Wines, which makes incredible expressions of sub-region Pinot from Gibbston Valley, Bannockburn and Waitaki. Names growing in stature and demand include Felton Road, Mount Difficulty, Peregrine Estate, Amisfield and Gibbston Valley. Smaller producers that you should definitely track down include Olssens, Mt Edward and Bannock Brae. The last being the only winery from which I sent two dozen Pinots home. As the wife continued her snap-happy time up and down gorges and dirt tracks, young Miss Plonk and I attended the Clyde Food and Wine Festival. A special moment was having a glass of pinot with actor / winemaker Sam Neil. Sipping on his top-end brooding, dark, cherry, well-structured 08 Pinot from Alexandra was a treat indeed, only to be shattered by my daughter who peered up with a face covered in sticky toffee apple and fluff, pointing at Mr Neil and declaring, “Dad who is he again? Can we go now?” Ah well, always leave them wanting more, as they say …

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Vixen rug Colour, vibrancy and rich luxurious textiles come to life in the Vixen Chinoiserie rug from Designer Rugs. 200 x 300 cm, $4,950. Available at Designer Rugs, Brisbane, phone 3852 6433

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With smooth moves and curves of romance, fall in love with the Kelly Sofa. Made to order in a wide selection of fabrics. From Jardan, Brisbane, phone 3257 0098

Ancient indigo bedlinen Inspired by journeys to far away places, the Ankita’s deep saturated indigo recalls ancient cultures and quieter times. RRP $219 for a queen. Available at Myer stores nationally

July is the month for fashionistas – friendly bedlinen, a rocking Acapulco chair, vibrant designer rugs and much more. Be inspired in your home this July.

Girly Marigold Rug Embrace your feminine side with this handcrafted Marigold rug, $450 from Armadillo. Available at Noosa Classics, Noosaville, phone 5474 1577

Cool coral Make a coastal statement with these red flocked coral cushions – $35 each. From Early Settler, Kawana Home Shopping Centre, phone 5437 9108

Jungle-inspired aura Welcome to the jungle with the elegant earthiness of Inka Fig Quilt from Aura Lifestyle. RRP $169 for a queen. Available at Myer stores nationally

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The iconic Acapulco Chair can now be found in a rocker, in both retro and contemporary cool. Rocker $655, foot stool $325. Available at JRAE, Brisbane, phone 0424 754 844

The Pillowy Cumulus Light is a new design from Beacon Lighting. Soft and contemporary, it makes a fabulous statement. Prices start from $129. Available at Beacon Lighting, Maroochydore, phone 5479 0411

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What better way to mark an occasion with these uber cute and collectable Kate Grenier magnets; vintage-tastic. $24.95 for a pack of six. Available from Kindred Gifts at or phone 1300 606 390

it’s time to celebrate! To coincide with the celebratory mood of the profile magazine office this month as we mark not only profile’s third birthday, but our impending expansion also, we take a look at some gorgeous little nuggets of jubilation. Any party room isn’t complete without a splash of funky wallpaper. Studio 465 London Chandelier and Damask Patterns, $115.50 per roll. Available from Rosemont Decorator Showroom at or phone: 1300 765 511

fix your own drainage Drainage can be an ongoing problem if not addressed. If you have wet and muddy areas the kids and dogs can’t help but play in and make a huge mess then you have drainage problems. In most cases ,this is easily fixed. Simply dig a trench 300mm wide and 300 – 400mm deep, going from your highest point to the lowest point. Materials required consist of aggie pipe, drainage gravel and geo fabric, and of course, a well-trained shovel! Follow these simple steps to regain control of your outdoor space. 1. Dig trench to the lowest point, gutter or water drain.

In the Dogeared range is this ‘Something Blue’ heart, the perfect gift for a glowing bride-to-be. RRP $39.95. Available from Kindred Gifts at www. or phone 1300 606390

2. Lay a small layer of 20mm drainage gravel and then lay aggie pipe (available in different sizes) over the top. 3. Fill trench in with rest of drainage gravel, making sure the aggie pipe stays on the bottom of the trench. Fill to approximately 100 – 150mm from the top. 4. Lay geo fabric over gravel to stop any soil from seeping through and blocking the aggie pipe. 5. Fill in with a good quality top soil. 6. Lay turf, grab the hose (and a cold beer or champagne) and congratulate yourself on a job well done. For any further information contact your local landscape supplies outlet.

If you are looking for the ultimate private party venue to wow your guests, Nomadic Tents offers a fresh new look in marquees, bringing style to all outdoor functions. Available in various shapes and sizes. Contact or phone 1300 160 566



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domestic violence and family law with Leisa Toomey When dealing in family law matters, I pretty much see it all. Sometimes I see the best in people, but sadly, I also see the worst. And when it comes to domestic violence, protecting a child while trying to balance the relationship a child has with an abusive parent or parents is not always as clear cut or as easy as you could imagine.

For the first time, the bill also sets out a statutory definition of ‘exposed’:

In an attempt to find the right balance, the government currently has a bill before the Federal Parliament seeking to amend some of the deficiencies in the current legislation, while at the same time improving the ability of courts to protect children who might be at risk from family violence.

Examples of situations that may constitute a child being exposed to family violence include (but are not limited to) the child:

In short, the bill is seeking to widen the definition of ‘abuse’ to include psychological abuse and serious neglect, such as stalking, repeated derogatory taunts, social isolation and withholding financial support.

2. Seeing or hearing an assault of a member of the child’s family by another member of the child’s family; or



‘For the purposes of this Act, a child is exposed to family violence if the child sees or hears family violence or otherwise experiences the effects of family violence.’

1. Overhearing threats of death or personal injury by a member of the child’s family towards another member of the child’s family; or

3. Comfortingorprovidingassistancetoamember of the child’s family who has been assaulted by another member of the child’s family; or

4. Cleaning up a site after a member of the child’s family has intentionally damaged property of another member of the child’s family; or 5. Being present when police or ambulance officers attend an incident involving the assault of a member of the child’s family by another member of the child’s family. The bill makes it abundantly clear that a child’s right to be protected from family violence is greater than the right of the abusive parent to have contact with the child or children. Family law disputes are hard for everyone involved – particularly children. It may be difficult, but it is vital to ensure their wellbeing at all times, particularly when emotions are running high and the temptation is there to say or do things you wouldn’t dream of saying or doing under normal circumstances. Schultz Toomey O’Brien Lawyers 5413 8908


don’t travel alone with Zoë Sparks ‘Without a travel agent you are on your own.’ This is one of our favourite quotes and is the current slogan for our industry body, AFTA. It’s also a quote which has been proven to be correct, time and time again. So here are my top 10 reasons why I believe you should always use a reputable travel agent when booking your holidays. •• One-stop travel shop: Travel agents can handle all aspects of your trip – flights, accommodation, tours, car hire and more. •• Time-saving: Travel agents are experts and will do the time-consuming work of planning your itinerary, no matter how complex. You will be given a variety of options to choose from, without having to spend hours researching the options. •• Expert travel advice: Travel agents are experts in their field. Not only will they give you travel suggestions, they will give advice on passports, visa requirements, travel insurance, currency options, immigration, duty free shopping etc.

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•• Up-to-date information: Agents are constantly updated on airline information, hotel options, and travel advice on any ‘situations’ that may be occurring at the time of your travel, and also on numerous ‘specials’ that come into the marketplace. Use the knowledge they have. •• Best value for money spent: Agents can make your dollar stretch further by taking advantage of current travel offers. Prices will also be all-inclusive with no hidden extras (which is often not the case with internet bookings). •• Amendments / cancellation assistance: When changes need to be made, things get tricky if you don’t have a travel agent. •• Discounts: You may be eligible for senior, student or children’s discounts, and travel agents can advise on this. There may also be a number of ‘stay/pay’ deals, and added bonuses or credits on offer.

Comprehensive •• Documentation: information, details and documents are given by agents for all items booked, ensuring you have everything you need before you go. •• Exotic / unique experiences: Recommendations for once-in-a-lifetime experiences can easily be given by a travel agent. It makes sense to use a travel agent. Take advantage of their knowledge, expertise and first hand travelling. When you’ve found a travel agent you can trust, you’ve made a friend for life. Happy travelling! Travelworld Mooloolaba / Spectacular Events Pty Ltd 5444 3766




does your interest rate suit you? with Linda Ireland At the beginning of each month, variable rate borrowers turn their attention to the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) in anticipation of the latest interest rate decision. Running through their minds is ‘will it go up and cost me more, stay steady and offer me a reprieve or, better yet, go down and help me save money?’ Although the RBA’s cash rate decisions offer a good indication of where interest rates are headed, what really impacts borrowers’ hip pockets is the rate charged by their lender. Lenders’ interest rates are also based on a multitude of other factors such as their funding costs, competition for retail deposits, whether or not the customer is new or existing and the size of the loan amount applied for. Sometimes, if you take out a larger loan amount and have other accounts or debt commitments with a lender you may end up receiving an interest rate discount. However, property buyers should always aim to borrow within their means (and

then some) and avoid the potential for mortgage stress. For this reason, it is worth shopping around and visiting a reputable mortgage broker to find a lender and loan amount to suit your individual needs and circumstances. Keep in mind some lenders will also offer a rate discount if you are contributing 25 percent or more deposit to the purchase, meaning your loan-to-value ratio (LVR) will be 75 percent or less. Having an LVR below 80 percent of the purchase price will also help you avoid paying lender’s mortgage insurance, which can be a costly expense for borrowers. Professional packages are another consideration, often offering a discounted interest rate and lower monthly fees, and features such as a credit card.

but they usually come with a lower interest rate and a reduced or no monthly fee. Often, rate discounts may be outweighed by the potential savings that can be made via loan features such as an offset account or increased repayment options. Now is a really great time to look at your options, as there are some very competitive products out there for borrowers and if you’re self employed and you’re getting your documents ready for the end of the financial year, it’s the perfect time to assess your home loan. Mortgage Choice 5476 9333

With further interest rate rises almost certainly on the horizon, if repayments are really going to be a struggle you may wish to consider a ‘no-frills’ loan option. Basic variable loans are just that. They do not offer many features or added extras,

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same old, same old ... with Melanie Jacobson Before PJT Accountants was formed, the old business which stood in its place had a recurrent business plan to increase revenue by 10 percent. That’s it, the same five words every year. No reason, no strategy, and no accountability. It was just expected to happen. Unfortunately however, profits never increased, but wages and insurance costs did. When my partners and I turned the old business into PJT, we knew things had to change immediately – we had a large business loan and we didn’t want to stay up all night worrying about whether we could meet our commitments and keep our homes. The first thing we did was put a business plan in place, and in less than a year, we went from stagnant profit to growth, smashing our goals. I am continually amazed at how many businesses do not have an active plan for what they want to achieve. Business owners tell me that they want to increase their profits, improve the value of their

business or just get their team to work better, but they are not doing anything to make this happen. They turn up at work each day doing the same things they’ve always done. With the business climate being what it is on the Sunshine Coast, can you afford to keep doing what you are doing? If not, what are you going to do that is different this financial year? Ever thought of having a ‘planning day’? We do this every year without fail at PJT, and sometimes we have another one through the year if circumstances change. We determine our goals and how we are going to achieve them. We look at our numbers from the previous financial year and use these as a guide. We cover anything from:

After doing this, you’ll realise you were running blind for years! You’ll kick yourself for not doing it sooner. If you’re reading this thinking, “a planning day sounds great, but I don’t know where to start” – see your accountant for guidance. They can be part of your planning day and will ask you all the right questions to get you thinking. PJT Accountants and Business Advisors 5413 9300

•• new client leads; •• products and services offered; •• who is responsible for what and what they need to achieve; and •• targets, budgets and rewards.

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win a night of winter decadence The Sheraton Noosa Resort and Spa is the ultimate location for a relaxing yet decadent weekend away. Located on Hastings Street, the Sheraton is set in beautiful, tropical, spacious surrounds, while just metres away are the perfect sands of Laguna Bay, the Noosa National Park and the high fashion of Hastings Street. Together with profile magazine, the Sheraton Noosa is offering one lucky profile reader and a friend the chance to experience this quintessential Noosa getaway. Arrive in the heart of Noosa and enjoy overnight accommodation in a deluxe room, complete with sparkling wine and a sumptuous cheese platter on arrival. Wake up to Noosa’s best buffet breakfast in Cato’s Restaurant, then relax with an indulgent treatment in the Aqua Day Spa. Valued at $1650, this prize is perfect for a girls’ getaway or a romantic couple’s escape. Enter online at

It’s time to celebrate profile’s third birthday and what better way than with a bit of sparkling, a touch of pampering and a whole lotta shopping? win a touch of party pink The nose bursts with exotic aromas of lychee and honeysuckle and the palate is alive with red berry fruit flavours. Wirra Wirra has produced the perfect party pink – Mrs Wigley Moscato. It’s a little bit fizzy, a little bit sweet, and a little bit lighter at just 4.5 percent alc/vol. Profile and Wirra Wirra Vineyards have four six-packs of Mrs Wigley Moscato to giveaway, valued at $111 per pack. Enter online at

win a MOR pamper pack Treat your body and soul to time-out with a MOR pamper pack, consisting of the MOR Cassis Noir Body Lotion, a MOR Marshmallow Teacup Candle, and the MOR Lip Delight, courtesy of Madison Fragrance, Noosa, and profile magazine. To win, simply head to

win a fabulous shopping spree at the natural foodstore Win $100 to spend at The Natural Foodstore’s brand new store in Forest Glen, the biggest, most unique organic and wholefoods supermarket in Australia. With an enormous range of fresh organic produce, green skincare and phosphate-free cleaning products, it’s the most natural grocery store you will find anywhere! Head to www. for more information. Enter online at

win luxurious bath towels In-store now at David Jones, Onkaparinga’s new luxurious bath towel collections are woven from the finest cottons, delivering an ultra smooth finish and softness you will enjoy getting out of the shower for, even in winter. Profile magazine and Onkaparinga have two bath towel sets to give away, each valued at $200. To win a set, simply head to

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Say goodbye to bad smells and dampness in your home, car, caravan and boat and hello to freshness with Pure Bamboo. Pure Bamboo offers a range of natural, environmentally-friendly products that powerfully absorb nasty odours and moisture from indoor living areas and confined spaces. Profile magazine and Pure Bamboo have 10 gift packs to give away, including a wardrobe protector, clothing protector and drawer sachet. To view the range, visit To win, simply head to 68


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the last word

tracey madden

Tracey Madden is an author, interior designer and passionate cook whose new romance and food-infused novel The Essential Ingredient – Love features many iconic Sunshine Coast hot-spots such as Bistro C, Sails, Massimos, Gusto and Season. Now that’s inspiration …

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one person I would like to meet is ... my new grandbaby coming from South Korea.

Author Tracey Madden loves nothing more than a holiday in Noosa ... and chocolate!



I start my day by … doing a 20 minute yoga stretch, a one hour walk with my husband, downing a super food smoothie before my weights, and then I begin work. I would love to be better … at saying “no” to chocolate! When I am not working I am … still coming up with ideas for story lines for my next novel. I wish I could … be better organised in the office, but something in my brain will not allow it! I think it prefers me to be creative. The best meal I have ever had … was a duck and shitake pie while dining in Season’s restaurant, glass of Verve in hand, watching the last rays of sunshine disappear over Laguna Bay. My favourite restaurant is … Bistro C, where our daughter and her husband had the perfect romantic wedding. My favourite holiday spot is … anywhere there is sun, water, sand and phenomenal food … sounds like Noosa.

Most people don’t know that I … am not as brave I make out. When I was growing up I wanted to be … an author, and although I became side-tracked, I never forgot that dream. My all-time favourite movie is … The Way We Were. I cry even now. I couldn’t live without … smiles from my 14-month-old grandson. My greatest achievement is … having the first print run of The Essential Ingredient- Love sell-out within three months of publication. My most annoying habit is … not shutting up. What makes me laugh out loud … Modern Family. The number one person I would like to meet is … my new grandbaby coming from South Korea. My hidden talent is … that I have the willpower of a D9 bulldozer.

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