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CONTENTS COVER STORIES 17 WOMEN TO WATCH From CEO’s to the creative types, we’re celebrating #GOALS.


M EN ON A MISSION This year is already shaping up to be a seriously fashionable one.

34  E VERY LOVE, EVERY STORY ON THE COVER Photography Corrina Butt Couples Ryan Schoenberger & Scott Cooley, Christian Alexander & Simon Reader Hair and makeup Dale Dorning Location Spicers Peak Lodge ALL FASHION AVAILABLE AT WINTERGARDEN: (Cover) SCOTT WEARS: Oxford New Hopkins luxury wool suit jacket $649, Slim leg cotton linen trousers $169, Highbury linen shirt $149, Silk tie $89; Aquila Ward loafers $399. RYAN WEARS: Oxford Larkin checked blazer $399, Hopkins luxury wool suit trousers $349, Stretch travel shirt $129, Gingham check pocket square $59; Aquila Manson loafer $199. (This page) CHRISTIAN WEARS: M.J. Bale Fausto jacket $699, McQueen chino $129.95, Alghero shirt $129.95, Abe tie $79.95, Pocket square $49.95; Aquila Nicholls belt $179; OPSM Ray-Ban sunglasses $205. SIMON WEARS: M.J. Bale McQueen feather chino $129.95, Polka blazer $499, White shirt $109.95, White hankie $29.95

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40 A GUIDE TO LOVE We’ve rounded up the most exciting goodies for someone special.

WEDDINGS 38 IT TAKES TWO We’re celebrating some serious wedding inspo!


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f January has been anything to go by, 2018 is already proving to be the year of bold moves. We’ve seen women take resounding steps forward to forge exciting new paths, which led us to highlight all the Brisbane movers and shakers (pg. 17) you’ll want to keep an eye on this year. With that said, we haven’t forgotten the gents either. For our February edition, we’re thrilled to showcase the best in male fashion. Our collaboration with Wintergarden celebrates new-age men’s style at its finest and it couldn’t possibly look any better than against the backdrop of luxury retreat, Spicers Peak Lodge (pg. 28 & 34). With New Year’s Resolutions becoming a distant memory, hearing from cricketing champions Usman Khawaja (pg. 25) and Brisbane’s own Holly Ferling (pg. 16) is just the motivation we need to stay inspired. We draw back the curtain on two of the fashion industry’s leading ladies who’ve carved a name for themselves in the industry. Find out on page 20 why Amanda Shadforth and Brooke Testoni (pg. 32) are groundbreaking businesswomen in a league of their own. The wedding season is upon us, and there’s even more reason to celebrate love this year, thanks to the passing of the marriage equality bill in parliament. We couldn’t be more proud to present Scott and Ryan and Christian and Simon in this month’s edition as we celebrate every kind of love, in every setting. With love in our eyes, we’re gearing up for a Valentine’s Day that celebrates the little things and we can’t wait to share the love.


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(WINTERGARDEN) CHRISTIAN WEARS: M.J. Bale Bondini suit $898, Rico white shirt $109.95, Bow tie $69.95, Floral hankie $29.95; Aquila Nicholls belt $179, Brice slip on shoe $219. SIMON WEARS: M.J. BALE Fox Brothers Bath suit $1,495, Segoria shirt $129.95, Bandi tie $99.95; Aquila Slade sneaker $219.

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e’ve been hit by Cupid’s bow this month and are feeling the love. To celebrate, Spicers Peak Lodge, Wintergarden, and Style Magazines are collaborating to award one lucky winner the ultimate getaway. Whisk your loved one away for the night and enjoy the relaxed luxury of Spicers Peak Lodge, Maryvale with a one-night, allinclusive stay in one of their incredible Lodge Suites with a view. You’ll be treated to a delicious light lunch on arrival along with a five-course degustation dinner and paired wines. You won’t go thirsty, as all beverages throughout the stay (*excluding cellar master) will be included, along with a gourmet breakfast. And if you’re wanting to treat yourself to a wardrobe update, look no further than

M.J. Bale. Known for their unique range of supremely-tailored men’s suits, tuxedos, jackets, trousers and shirts. M.J. Bale should be your first point of call when adding newseason trends to your wardrobe. This season, we’re seeing an influx of clashing prints and updated separates in shades of grey, navy and white, paired with on-trend pocket squares and bow ties in bold colours. No matter your style or taste, M.J. Bale has a huge selection to suit all occasions. A luxury getaway, gourmet food and a wardrobe overhaul? Count us in! But get in quick, you won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to snap up this incredible prize. Put the romance (and style) back into your relationship and enter today for your chance to win this money-can’t-buy experience. WGARDEN.COM.AU SPICERSRETREATS/SPICERS-PEAK-LODGE

PRIZE BREAKDOWN: • 1 x $500 M.J. Bale voucher courtesy of Wintergarden. • One night all-inclusive stay for two people at Spicers Peak Lodge. • Light lunch on arrival. • Five-course degustation for two. • Gourmet breakfast. TOTAL VALUE: $1800 One entry per person. Non transferable. Not redeemable for cash. Entrants agree to be contacted by Style and their specific competition partners. Entrants must be Brisbane residents unless otherwise stipulated. The promoter’s choice of winner is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Prize is valid subject to availability. For further T’s and C’s visit

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OFF DUTY Take a peek inside the minds (and shopping carts) of the Style team this month.

Heels Vs flats: Obsessed with Birkenstocks this summer. Go-to store: Aje. Online Vs Instore: Instore. Last thing I bought… Flights.  Lusting after… Givenchy Pandora Bag. Drink of choice: Sailor Jerry and spiced ginger beer. I recommend following… @roxyjecenko.

Heels Vs flats: Flats. Song on high rotation: Norah Jones, Come Away With Me. Band I recommend: Cold Chisel. Drink of choice: Veuve Cliquot. Wardrobe MVP: My Stevie Nicks velvet coat. Beauty MVP: Yves Saint Laurent La Rive Gauche Perfume. Dreaming of escaping to... Venice. On the weekend, you’ll find me...Sleeping in.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder $67

Gucci Chainprint silk-twill scarf $560

Tom Ford Black Orchid EDP $260

Kookai Gloria heel $160


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Givenchy Medium Pandora bag $1,990


“I’m partial to a drop of bubbly!”

REBECCA HEATON Accounts & Operations Manager Priceline Pharmacy Yves Saint Laurent La Rive Gauche $135

Louis Vuitton Keepall Bandoulière 45 $2240

COURTNEY FRANK Journalist – Content Marketing Heels Vs flats: Sneakers or boots! Beauty MVP: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. Song on high rotation: I Fall Apart, Post Malone. Designer I’d sell my first-born for: Saint Laurent. Drink of choice: Red wine, always! Gucci Ace sneaker $745 Lusting after… Gucci Ace glitter sneakers. Last thing I bought: A double-breasted, check blazer. On the weekend you’ll find me... At the beach with a book in hand.

Heels Vs flats: Definitely heels! Online Vs Instore: Instore. Drink of choice: Amaretto Sour. Summer must-have: Thin gold jewellery. Wardrobe MVP: Denim anything. Beauty MVP: MAC Mischief Minx Palette. Dreaming of escaping to… Aqua Dome in Austria.



WE LOVE Say what you will about Valentine’s Day, it seems to have the ability to lift moods and spirits all February long. This month, I am wearing my heart on my sleeve (and my back) and embracing love in all its fabulous fashion forms.



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Specialising in custom-made jewellery and remodelling, I’ve dropped some hints to the other half about a few pieces from Brisbane jeweller, Bentley De Lisle this Valentine’s Day. Morganite is a heart chakra stone which is a personal favourite gemstone of mine. It carries the energy of divine love and compassion. BENTLEYDELISLE.COM.AU

Bentley De Lisle Pink morganite 18ct rose gold ring $3,960

Bloomin’ Lovely Capturing the spirit of the contemporary, diverse and authentic women of Gucci, Bloom, is creative director Alessandro Michele’s first fragrance for the House. Envisioned as a thriving garden of flowers, Bloom is created to unfold like its namesake. Notes of natural tuberose and jasmine leave an unexpectedly rich white floral scent on the skin. Rangoon creeper, a plant that changes colour when it blooms, infuses a powdery, floral edge.


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Floral Notes Ranging from French-lace eyelet dresses, to hand-crafted knitwear, to vintage-inspired Victorian pieces. LoveShackFancy offers sentimentally chic, versatile fashion that can take you to your dream escape on a whim. The brand has quickly gained a dedicated following for its luxury, travel-friendly pieces that effortlessly transition from day to night or from city to beach.  LOVESHACKFANCY.COM

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When it comes to starting your own business, it’s true that knowledge is power. But perhaps the one thing more valuable than knowledge, is passion. WORDS COURTNEY FRANK READ MORE ONLINE


small Instagram following and a blog are all it took for Rachel Aust to grow her audience into the hugely successful company, Eat Run Lift. Passion is key to starting a business. What are you passionate about? I’m passionate about sharing thoroughly researched and science-based health and fitness information, in the most visually pleasing way possible. When I first began my own fitness journey I was finding so many articles stating contradictory things and I felt confused with where to go and how to find what would work for me. I wanted to combine solid information that can help women along their journeys to discover what works best for their body, and share it in a way that appeals to my creative side. Why did you want to start your own business? I’ve always been very self-motivated, even when I was working under other people. I find that I have a lot of energy and can pour laser-focus into tasks when I’m interested in something. I wanted to share what I was passionate about and also give myself more opportunity to create content (visual or written) on a daily basis.

Do you think having a strong passion for something is enough to ensure success? Passion is an important foundation, but not the ‘be all, end all’ to success, in my opinion. Along with it I believe you must bring modesty – to see where you’re falling short and bring other people on board who can help fulfil your vision with their skills. Patience, to recognise that sometimes things don’t work out and to keep trying if it’s what you truly want to achieve. I also believe that you must have morality, to ensure that you are doing right by your customers and audience. What keeps you going through the tough and tumultuous times? I try to remain grateful. I know I’m in a position that some people are working towards and I put a lot of work into getting there myself. So when I do encounter tough patches I remind myself they will pass and remember all the things I love about what I do. One piece of advice you’d like to share with Style readers: Listen to your gut! Some people (even those that are close to you) may think they have a great idea for something that will help your business, but if your gut is telling you no, don’t do it. FEBRUARY 2018


or Brett and Alison Hutley, the thought of sending out beautiful, healthy food into the community was the driving force behind their passion project, Botanica Real Food. How did you transform your passion into a successful company? It takes a lot of hard work. Passion is important but it’s taking action that gets you over the line. There are many sacrifices involved in creating a successful business and turning a passion into a company is a lot more work than play. Do you think having a strong passion for something is enough to ensure success? No. Of course, it is vitally important to have a passion for your business and be genuine in your drive. But no amount of passion will survive without the hard work and dedication it takes to get a business up and

running and thriving. When you encounter tough times, what is it that keeps you going? There is no alternative, if you don’t keep going, no one will do it for you. You just have to push on and learn what you can from the tough times. In six years of business we have had a lot of big lessons and each one makes us stronger and more passionate about Botanica Real Food. What do you know now, that you wish you knew back then? That it will all be worthwhile. When we opened Botanica I was three months pregnant with our first child. We had just left two high profile rewarding jobs in Sydney, relocated to Brisbane and had no idea if anyone would think our concept for a salad shop was as great as we did. I need not have stressed so much about that.



im Johnson spent over 20 years working in the hospitality business before making the decision to go out on his own. Now, he’s the Director of some of Brisbane’s most loved hospitality venues, Comuna Cantina and Corbett & Claude. Tell us about the passion that fuels your company: I think it begins with a genuine love for hospitality; making people feel good and creating a place they love to be is at the core of everything that drives us. It’s an addictive feeling making people happy and hospitality provides an opportunity to make this happen hundreds of times a day. What was your motivation for starting a business? I began working in hospitality when I was 13 and within a couple of years had become obsessed with the industry. Throughout my time working for other people, I became really passionate about the need for freedom of thought and creativity and the ability to create a culture I believed in, as well as providing an experience for the guest that I felt would leave them feeling uplifted and valued. Do you think having a strong passion for something is enough to ensure success? STYLEMAGAZINES.COM.AU

“I think passion is what makes you begin, and then drives you each day.”

I think passion is what makes you begin, and then drives you each day. However, for a company to be successful and sustainable it needs detailed layers of systems and structure operating within a proven business model in order to be successful long-term. What do you love most about being a business owner? The ability to be creative without boundaries, working with a culture and team that I’m proud of and the fact that I’m constantly being challenged.




Women in sport have come a long way, but there’s still a way to go, as Brisbane Heat Fast Bowler Holly Ferling reveals. WORDS BY TAMILLE HEAD


hey play, train and work like all sports professionals, but still, sportswomen aren’t paid on the same level or given the same amount of media coverage as their male counterparts. Now at the height of her sporting career, Holly Ferling reflects on her awareness of the inequalities growing up. “I remember writing speeches for English in year six about the pay disparities between women and men in sport as well as the difference in how each athlete was treated. As I got older, my eyes have been opened to the fact that it isn’t just an issue unique to sport,” Ferling says. “There’s that old saying that goes, you can’t be what you can’t see. And that was all too true for me growing up in a small country town. I had no idea at the age of 12 that girls played cricket, let alone at the elite level.” Fast forward ten years and Ferling is regularly approached by young girls telling her that they want to play for the Brisbane Heat one day. “It’s super humbling, but it’s all because the coverage has increased. This is where the next five years is super exciting, and those young girls starting out their careers will walk into something incredible in the future,” she says. Crediting the inspiring sportswomen of the past for paving the way for girls in sport today, Ferling wants to make sure her generation leave the legacy of women in sport in a better place than where they found it to inspire future female sporting heroes. “The exciting thing now is that things are changing. It’s an exciting time to be a woman.” READ MORE ONLINE


The Melbourne three-piece used their recent Falls Festival set to call out festival organisers on the lack of female talent on the lineup.



Lisa famously left her decade-long post at The Today Show after the Nine Network refused to match her salary to that of co-host Karl Stefanovic.


SAMMY POWER CEO Jan Powers Farmers Markets As the daughter of the market’s namesake, Sammy Power’s initial role entailed walking around sampling the fresh foods. Now she runs the show and has implemented systems and strategies for every area of the business. “My philosophy is to hire great staff and then let them do their job. I am not a micromanager. I am the face of the markets so I do a lot of that side of things and I like to take the macro approach and look into the future for opportunities. We have a few new markets about to launch this year which is wonderful,” she says.



As one of Australia’s leading Organisational Psychologists, Kelly knows what it takes to make a great leader. “I’m inspired by people who are living their dreams; I’m excited to work with leaders who make a difference in their workplaces,” she says. LEFTFIELDCO.COM.AU

LOUISE OWEN ARTIST Elaurante 2018 will be a huge year for the self-proclaimed creative, imaginator, fashionista, colourist and texturist, who will be holding her first full exhibition in the second half of the year. She is also a mother of two and wife to her best friend. “I’m excited to share my love and passion for my work globally, let the world know who Elaurante is and share the passion and love I have for people and life,” she says. ELAURANTE.COM   




Ladies first! From CEO’s to the creative types, we’re celebrating all the Brisbane movers and shakers. STYLEMAGAZINES.COM.AU


SAL OLIVER LANGE DIRECTOR Barefoot Physio In 2017, Sal won the Business Achiever Award which recognises leadership and business acumen. For Sal and Barefoot Physio, 2018 promises to be even more exciting. “2018 will hopefully be the year where things really take off. I’m excited to focus on really growing the business further as I’ll be freed up by having a Clinic Manager. While we will bring all the fireworks that a usual year at Barefoot entails, this year there are going to be even more.” BAREFOOTPHYSIOTHERAPY.COM.AU

PENNY WOLFF CEO Wolff Coffee Roasters In addition to managing the operation and marketing side of their burgeoning coffee business, Penny is also passionate about implementing social change. “Our vision is to create strong coffee connections with our farmers, immersing them in our business so they can witness first-hand how their beans are enjoyed and how the market reacts to their product,” she says. WOLFFCOFFEEROASTERS.COM.AU



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As the head strength and conditioning coach, Rebecca works with many elite dancers and athletes. 2018 is set to be massive, as she embarks on creating an online platform, among other things. “I’m one of the lucky ones though, that can say I have never worked a day in my life,” she says. METHODX.COM.AU



With over 15 years training brow artists, sisters Chernae and Briarna Silk are passionate about great brows.


CHERNAE SILK DIRECTOR The Brow Bar For Chernae, 2018 brings great opportunities for both personal and professional growth, with The Brow Bar expanding their services and cosmetic brand into salons globally. “I love inspiring women to chase their dreams. They need to know there is no glass ceiling. That the sky is the limit and by taking action you can achieve anything. Do not hold back! You are in charge of your own destiny. Dream it, then do it!”

As a publicist, Natalina assists her clients with PR and Digital Marketing to take their businesses to the next level. With an extensive client base here in Brisbane, Ford PR is looking to expand to Asia in late 2018. “I had a drive and ambition to work for myself and working with others versus just working for one organisation. When I was ready to make the leap into the unknown, I did – and I have never looked back.  Sometimes you’ve just gotta go for it!” FORDPR.COM.AU


CAROLINE MCCULLOCH DIRECTOR & DESIGNER Frankie4 Footwear In 2017, Caroline was awarded the Lord Mayor’s Business Person of the Year, and 2018 looks to be just as big, as she aims to build her brand awareness internationally. “Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. Embrace the fear, I’m terrified quite often, but I don’t let it stop me from moving forward,” she says. FRANKIE4.COM.AU





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With 1.5 million followers and counting, discover the story behind one of the world’s most recognised fashion destinations, Oracle Fox. WORDS BY EMMY-LOU MCKEAN


hether she’s looking through her camera lens or developing campaigns for international luxury retailers, you can spot the Oracle Fox aesthetic a mile away. Today, Amanda Shadforth, the founder and creative director of Oracle Fox travels around Australia and beyond with the kind of enviable dynamism that sees her acknowledged as a highly respected photographer, creative strategist, fashion illustrator and stylist. But it wasn’t always high fashion shoots and luxury label campaigns. From humble beginnings raised on a cane farm in Queensland, Amanda grew up as a tomboy with a family of civil PAGE 20

engineers and earth moving contractors. She always knew she was a black sheep. Throughout high school, she gravitated towards art and English but knew that the idea of becoming a fine artist in the future wouldn’t float well with her family. After finishing school, Amanda worked with a local signwriter for three years before starting her own business as a chalkboard writer. Working with clients all over Queensland for eight years; this is where she learned how to be a creative and run a business. “I knew there would be a timeline on the popularity of chalkboards.” She jokes.“I got to a point where I got sick of doing barbecue

chicken shops and would often be on scaffolding on the side of a highway painting truck yard signs, and would think, this is really not where I thought I would end up.” During that time, Amanda would often paint for herself and enter local exhibitions, which eventually gave her the confidence to become a fine artist and open her own gallery on the Sunshine Coast. The more inspired Amanda became, the quicker her studio walls would fill with endless mood boards, which led her to start a WordPress website as a side project. “I started my site as a space for my personal inspiration and also as a space for me to archive things that inspired me and to hopefully meet other creatives, mostly artists,” she explains. “When I realised I could monitor my following, I found I had 300 followers and that made me really nervous.” It didn’t take long for Oracle Fox to be recognised and promoted by sites like Bloglovin’. Within weeks the website gained a huge following, increasing by the thousands. From then, almost instantly, Amanda had brands contacting her to work with them and she began formulating a creative strategy, realising she could make a career out of her Oracle Fox work. “It’s not that I wasn’t loving what I was doing as an artist, I’d just hit a dead end in the space that I was at and I thought why not take the risk and move into the digital space.” READ MORE ONLINE FEBRUARY 2018

Going, GOING, GONE! We’ve got all the tips you need to know before it goes under the hammer.


o, you’ve finally found your dream home or investment property after months of trawling through listings and it’s up for auction. Forget what you’ve heard, buying a property at auction needn’t be a stressful ordeal. We spoke to Glenn Bool from Place Bulimba to get some inside knowledge ahead of auction day.

Do your homework I would always suggest that people do research on the area, know recent sales information, and attend as many open homes as possible to get really strong local knowledge. In most cases, the agent will be able to provide a building and pest report as well, these are done by registered companies and in most cases, are fully transferrable to the new owner.

Speak to an agent An agent is the main portal for information, use that resource. A good agent will have as much detail about the property as possible, all the information a buyer will ever need. Ask questions, there is no such thing as a dumb question. I personally like to have buyer’s specific questions to me in writing and I will source that information from the seller, if not already known, so the responses are direct and factual.

Bid with confidence Upwards of 80 per cent of the time, the first bidder at auction ultimately becomes the final bidder and secures the property. STYLEMAGAZINES.COM.AU


Know your budget I feel that it’s important to understand your budget and have your figures written down so you can refer to that during the auction. Perhaps two figures, how much you would love to buy it for and also how much you are prepared to pay.

“80% of the time the FIRST BIDDER at an auction ultimately wins.”



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Comedian, TV producer and rapper Matt Okine is a triple threat. We chat to the former radio host ahead of his Brisbane Comedy Festival appearance.

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ff the back of the success of his breakout TV series, The Other Guy, Brissie boy Matt Okine is preparing to take his new stand-up show, The Hat Game, on the road later this year, stopping off in the River City as part of the Brisbane Comedy Festival. Last year was a massive year for the comedian, who won the hearts of many during his three-year stint behind the desk on Triple J mornings, along with co-host and good mate Alex Dyson. Fresh from a two and a half month-long trip travelling around Europe, Matt has had some time to reflect on his accomplishments. “I learnt a lot last year. In terms of how to write a show and the process around that, but also about managing myself and not wearing myself out. There were times where everything was going great, but I got tired. I got really tired in the middle there,” Okine muses. “I also got fat. I just ate and drank every day PAGE 22

(of the trip) without any regard for my body whatsoever, and it turns out my body keeps a tab on all these things and is not letting me go lightly. I’ll be paying the price of that trip for a few years to come.” With his sole focus for the start of 2018 being stand-up, The Hat Game promises to be peppered with the trademark Okine humour we’ve all come to love. “I’ve got a bit more time on my hands now to make a really good show. There are few things going on in the world that I want to get my hands on and flesh out. There are things in the last 12 months that I can’t not talk about. I try to ride the line between saying something worth saying and absolute stupidity. While I was thinking about intense things such as the national plebiscite, I also thought about how envelopes are basically just shit origami. There’s always an element of stupidity in everything I do.” It’s this element of stupidity that has fans of

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his Stan series eager to see a second season of his semi-autobiographical show. “If it was up to me, and solely me, we’d be filming right now. There are so many different parties involved in making a TV show. All I can really do is come up with a good reason to make season two.” But for now, the multi-award winning comedian is just looking forward to getting back to his hometown to perform. “It never stops being fun for me. Brisbane is so my home. If my dad wouldn’t get so angry with me, I would get a #4000 tatt on my neck.” READ MORE ONLINE FEBRUARY 2018

Winn Lane Before 2010, Winn Lane was nothing more than an empty space. Now home to a variety of independent businesses, it has hosted many events from yard sales to dog shows, as well as being the backdrop for the St Jerome’s Laneway Festival.

Down the lane

Bakery Lane Bakery Lane started as an idea to revitalise an under-utilised laneway. The lane opened in early 2015, surrounded by heritage buildings from the 1800s which originally housed tailors, watchmakers and other artisan businesses. The lane’s namesake, Bragg’s Bakery, was a family run business that opened in 1864 and ran for over 40 years.

How one family sparked an entire laneway culture.

California Lane


ombining sub-tropical Queensland elements with the industrial landscape of the Valley in their design, Brisbane’s Apostolos family have been paramount in the development of the city’s laneway culture; supporting small independent businesses along the way. “We tried to make them a sunny respite with lots of greenery, away from the hustle and bustle of the Valley. Where people can shop,



The newest development under the Apostolos family umbrella, California Lane, is currently under construction and due for completion in July 2018. Inspired by one of Brisbane’s oldest cafés, The California Cafe, bought by George Apostolos in 1951. George was well-known for his trademark white apron and legendary breakfasts. After a few years of hosting a 7-11 in the late 90s, the café is now back up and running as part of the Apostolos empire.



browse, sip coffee, eat, drink, gather and relax,” Arthur Apostolos says. “Our Laneways have another interesting dimension in that they are all set behind or among heritage-listed buildings, some of which are amongst the oldest commercial buildings in Brisbane.” Blending old and new, the laneways have added a historical dimension to our growing foodie scene.


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Going for GOLD


Sarah Tayler chats to Delvene Cockatoo-Collins to find out the story behind the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games medals.

rtist Delvene Cockatoo-Collins has had many roles over the years. From working in retail to working at a university. And from modelling to youth work, and now raising her three boys. Starting out creating art and jewellery as a hobby, then expanding to sell her creations at local markets, Delvene is now a full-time artist with a permanent studio and retail space in her hometown of Dunwich on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). Delvene’s brand, Made in Minjerribah, began with ceramic whales; inspired by a sighting of Migalu the white whale with her family on Minjerribah in 2014. She then branched out into other ceramics, jewellery, screen printing and homewares. Despite her growing success, everything is still made by hand at her studio in Dunwich. For Delvene, her work is a family affair, taking inspiration from her Quandamooka ancestors, the history of the land, and spending time with her relatives on the island.

A lot of her work centres around recording stories by responding to them in a material form – whether that be sculptures, installations or ceramics. That way others can access and appreciate the stories and ensure they are passed down through the generations. Her days on the island are spent with family, creating works of art in her studio and spending as much time as she can in the natural environment that inspires her work. Delvene was approached to design the medals for the Commonwealth Games, which are being held on the Gold Coast in April 2018. The final medal design was revealed at a ceremony in November 2017. We caught up with her to find out about her life on the island and the story behind the medals. Can you tell us a bit about your design for the Commonwealth Games medals? The designs on the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games medals are the soft sand lines which shift with every tide and are symbolic of athletic achievement. In the

ribbon, the pattern is the woven strand of the freshwater reed ‘yungair’, it is three reeds woven together to form a series of triangles. The medals are partly inspired by the Gold Coast coastline – what is your favourite thing about living by the ocean? My favourite would be the choice to walk on the beach every day. It really is a privilege.  Have you ever won a medal? Yes, I used to run. I always did ok at local and regional level. I’m pretty sure there were some gold medals in that mix.  READ MORE ONLINE

“The soft sand lines which shift with every tide and are symbolic of athletic achievement.”



A day in the life of:

USMAN KHAWAJA A sneak peek into the life of the Australian Test player and Queensland Bulls Captain. WORDS BY COURTNEY FRANK


e all love to know what a typical day in the life looks like for other people. Especially celebrities. When it comes to a national sporting icon like cricket player, Usman Khawaja, we couldn’t wait to lift the veil on his private life. The international cricketer has amazed Australia with his performance on the pitch, but when he’s not hitting sixes, Brisbanebased Khawaja loves the simpler things in life. MORNING: I typically love to sleep in, so if I have nothing on, I’m not an early starter. But during the season, I usually have training in the morning so it really just depends what I have on. As soon as I get up, the first thing I do is shower, get ready, and complete the first of my daily five prayers. After that, I make sure I get some fuel in! Breakfast is so important – I don’t function well on an empty stomach – especially in the morning. If I have a big fitness session first up I sometimes skip breakfast – otherwise it might come back up during training! I’m big on a low carb, high-fat diet so a typical breakfast includes eggs and meat protein or spinach. I live on the south side of Brisbane, so if I head out for breakfast, Bulimba or Camp Hill are my usual hangouts. DAY: There isn’t really a ‘normal’ day for me, it changes all the time. Cricket is a very rare game STYLEMAGAZINES.COM.AU

where there are three formats. So my training is very specific in terms of what and how much I’m doing. For example when it’s pre-season and we aren’t playing, a normal training week consists of lots of gym sessions mixed in with anaerobic cardio and high-speed running sessions. On the flip side, if I have an off day, I love to get out and play a round of golf at Brisbane Golf Course. Other than that, I just try to relax, since we don’t get a lot of downtime or time at home during the year. EVENING: As soon as I walk through the door from training, I always greet my fiancée Rachel with a smile and a kiss and spend time with my favourite man, LeBron (our puppy). We typically stay in for dinner since Rachel is a great cook – she’s the chef of the house. My specialities are pretty scarce! My fian cée Rach After dinner, I usually watch TV el and our pupp y, LeBro and finish off my day with the n. last of the daily prayers and try to switch off my mind before heading to bed. I’m not really a man of routines so I don’t have any particular night-time habits. Every day in my life is different!

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Minutes in Tinsel Town In the studio with Brisbane designer, author and creative, Rachel Burke. WORDS BY TAMILLE HEAD

I’m obsessed with your tinsel coats. When did you start making things from unexpected materials? My first tinsel jacket was made for my good pal Patience Hodgson (The Grates) to wear in her Splendour in the Grass performance. I received such an amazing response from the costume and decided to begin experimenting with how I could make a simplified, more wearable version. I began uploading my designs to social media and the response was crazy! My next collection is a little more complicated in terms of design and pattern...I’m so excited to share it! Why the fascination with tinsel? Years ago, I used to make the occasional jacket out of leftover Christmas tinsel. This was just for fun, and I really never thought much of it, until one day I had some leftover lametta strips lying around. As soon as I began experimenting with the tinsel and realising the effect it created, I just became obsessed with the silhouette

it made. The more I used the material, the more I became hooked. It’s become somewhat of an obsession now. In a past life, I was a performer, and I guess I just really connect with the drama and spectacle that wearing one of these pieces seems to create. How long does a typical garment of yours take to create? The average tinsel jacket takes around three hours to make. The larger and more complicated jackets can take anywhere from six to ten hours depending on the complexity of my design. Where do you do all your work? It’s usually me sewing alongside my sausage dogs, Daphne and Daisy, listening to a podcast or watching something fun on Netflix. Sometimes my husband will come and work in the studio too. He is a lawyer, so we jokingly call it the ‘Craft and Draft’ room. It’s a name that has really stuck! READ MORE ONLINE

Who would you most love to see wear your designs? Karen O, Tavi Gevinson, Petra Collins, Lorde...Oh gosh, just so many powerful ladies! It’s hard to pick a favourite! Follow Rachel on Instagram @imakestagram






Planning a walk down the aisle this year? You’ll find all the suppliers you need to make your big day one to remember at one of Brisbane’s premier wedding venues – Customs House.

It’s the most romantic night of the year, so why not go all out this Valentine’s Day. Pack a picnic rug, treat yourself to something from one of the food trucks, and enjoy a free screening of Crazy Stupid Love.



When it comes to businesswomen, few compare to PR maven Roxy Jacenko. Join her at The Star Casino to hear her tips and tricks on how to build your business, ask questions, and gain valuable insight.

Ready to prioritise your health in 2018? The annual MindBodySpirit Festival, held at the Brisbane Convention Centre, brings the very best in health, wellness and spiritual guidance to Brisbane for three days.

Forget Valentine’s Day, it’s all about the girls this February at Brisbane Racing Club’s Sofitel Girls’ Day Out. Dress up with your gal pals, pop some bubbles and take in all the action on the track. $5 from every general admission ticket sold will be donated to Cherish Women’s Cancer Foundation. Silk Laundry Tobacco

slip dress $169

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Lack of Color Love Lost fedora $69

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Festival season isn’t over just yet! Make your way to the Brisbane Showgrounds to catch a knock-out lineup which includes Mac Demarco, Odesza, Amy Shark, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Hatchie, Father John Misty and Wolf Alice.




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The indie-pop favourites are heading back down under this month, kicking off their Aus tour by taking to the stage at The Triffid. The Californian five-piece are much-loved for their catchy, feel-good, dance tracks and energetic live sets.

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SUNSHINE COAST COLLECTIVE MARKETS This is no ordinary market. Held monthly, the Sunshine Coast Collective Market is a collective of local Sunshine Coast creatives. Make the journey north and enjoy the relaxed Sunday vibe. @sunshinecoastcollectivemarkets

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We may only be a month into 2018, but this year is already shaping up to be a seriously fashionable one. We’ve collaborated with Wintergarden to showcase the latest trends for men. When updating your wardrobe or shopping for a specific event, start with a staple colour. Navy, charcoal, and neutrals are enduring sartorial choices and it’s easy to see why. They are versatile, immune to the effects of fleeting trends, and are perfect for both summer and winter seasons. Starting with this timeless foundation means you can add some fun to your look by incorporating new-season features such as vintage checks and vertical stripes. Wintergarden is the ultimate destination for a fashion-forward look with brands such as M.J. Bale, Peter Jackson, Oxford, Rodd & Gunn, Aquila and OPSM. This season we’re seeing an influx of clashing prints. A floral button-up shirt or fresh new stripe may be all your wardrobe needs to update your existing looks. Pair a tailored jacket with a casual boat shoe or fresh white sneaker to give your look a more relaxed, street edge. Accessorise with a bold pocket square and round-frame sunglasses to further elevate your style. WGARDEN.COM.AU






ALL FASHION AVAILABLE FROM WINTERGARDEN | THIS PAGE: SCOTT WEARS: Oxford New Hopkins luxury wool suit jacket $649, Slim leg trousers $169, Highbury linen shirt $149, Silk tie $89; Aquila Ward loafers $399. RYAN WEARS: Oxford Larkin checked blazer $399, Hopkins luxury wool suit trousers $349, Stretch travel shirt $129, Gingham pocket square $59; Aquila Manson loafer $199. OPPOSITE PAGE: 1. CHRISTIAN WEARS: M.J. Bale Fausto jacket $699, McQueen chino $129.95, Alghero shirt $129.95, Abe tie $79.95, Pocket square $49.95; Aquila Nicholls belt $179; OPSM Ray-Ban sunglasses $205. 2. SCOTT WEARS: Rodd & Gunn Newmarket sports fit polo $89, Flaxton slim fit short $139; Aquila Ganon loafer $399. RYAN WEARS: Rodd & Gunn Windermere sports fit shirt $159, Gladstone classic pant $139; Aquila Manson suede loafer $199. 3. SIMON WEARS: Peter Jackson Serge suit $699, Navy floral print shirt $110; Aquila Nicholls tan belt $179. CHRISTIAN WEARS: Peter Jackson Bradley charcoal windowpane suit $699, White twill dress shirt $120. 4. SCOTT WEARS: Oxford New Hopkins luxury wool suit jacket $649, Slim leg cotton linen trousers $169, Highbury linen shirt $149, Silk tie $89; Aquila Ward loafers $399. RYAN WEARS: Oxford Larkin checked blazer $399, Hopkins luxury wool suit trousers $349, Stretch travel shirt $129, Gingham check pocket square $59; Aquila Manson loafer $199. CHRISTIAN WEARS: M.J. Bale Fausto jacket $699, McQueen chino $129.95, Alghero shirt $129.95, Abe tie $79.95, Pocket square $49.95; Aquila Brice slip on shoe $219, Nicholls belt $179; OPSM round mental sunglasses $205. SIMON WEARS: M.J. Bale McQueen feather chino $129.95, Polka blazer $499, White shirt $109.95, White hankie $29.95; Aquila Slip on shoe $199. 5. CHRISTIAN WEARS: M.J. Bale Bondini denim suit $898, Rico white shirt $109.95, Bow tie $69.95, Floral hankie $29.95; Aquila Nicholls belt $179, Brice slip on $219. 6. RYAN WEARS: Rodd & Gunn Harris Bay shirt $199; Lambton custom short $139; Aquila Manson loafer $199.





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Jasmine Garnsworthy

My beaut

The Buff Customised Facial Oil $42


Lush beauty products, linen dresses and local beaches. @jasminegarnsworthy @itsthebuff

Go-to karaoke song Tina Turner – What’s Love Got to Do With It.

Signature scent Tom Ford Black Orchid.

Occupation Writer and Founder of

Describe your style

Wardrobe MVP I’m wearing a pale pink linen dress from MLM Label so often right now that friends are questioning whether I own anything else.

Jasmine should stop buying white lace dresses.

Best skin tip you’ve ever been given

The first thing you did this morning

Use a jojoba oil-based face oil on my breakout-prone skin each night. It’s liquid gold, friends.

Hit snooze. Second thing: play NPR’s Up First news podcast.

Artist you’re obsessed with

Go-to Aussie designer Fame and Partners, C/meo, The Daily Edited.

Interior must-have An Arc + Family pot. Or five.

On Sunday, you’ll find me: Napping, at the beach, or eating pasta somewhere.

Favourite beach: Whale Beach, Sydney. Zimmermann Painted heart folds dress $1500

CJ Hendry.

Holiday destination you’re booking next

One label to wear for the rest of your life

Bruges, Belgium for a wedding.

Is it free? Then Zimmermann.

Avène face mist.

Drink of choice

I most admire…

Vodka, ice, fresh lemon.

My mum.

Instant pick-me-up

CJ Hendry Print POA

Binge watching The Crown and The Sinner.

Can’t-put-down read The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.







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EASY ON THE EYE Your choice of specs should do more than just enhance your vision, hide a hangover, or make a statement. They should reflect who you are. MADONNA RIGNEY OPTOMETRY P 3844 4648 MADONNARIGNEYOPTOMETRY.COM.AU

1. Kaleos $550 2. Ahlem $730 3. Face A Face $665 4. Res Rei $550 5. Francis Klein Paris $695 6. Francis Klein Paris $820 7. Blake Kuwahara $785 8. Am Eyewear $455

STYLE TIP: This season, we’re seeing a move towards round frames and cat eye styles. Can’t pull them off? Think again! STYLEMAGAZINES.COM.AU



Classic cool The birth of Rylan: we follow the journey from blogger to handbag designer. WORDS BY TAMILLE HEAD


rooke Testoni has built a career that many can only dream of. Her eponymous blog serves as a visual diary showcasing her ability to mould trends to fit her own personal style. With an extensive background in the fashion industry, it was only a matter of time before the Brisbane-born beauty added the title of ‘designer’ to her skill set. You’ve been in the fashion industry for over a decade, what prompted you to launch your label? Yes, time goes fast doesn’t it! About two and a half years ago, I was searching for my ‘ideal’ bag. That being: inspired by the past, classic in style, without statement branding, and underneath the $1,000 mark. Unfortunately, there weren’t any that I was excited about. This is how the Rylan brand was formed. How long did it take you to develop? From the initial concept to the launch of the brand in August 2017, it has been around two years. I had hoped to launch a little earlier, but it was important not to rush the process and to be sure it is exactly how I had envisaged the brand. Where do you draw your design inspiration from? Music and furniture design have always been my biggest inspirations. I could put on an Otis Redding or a Bill Withers record and instantly have new thoughts and ideas run through my mind. Growing up, my Dad was in a band, so I have always been around old music. It truly brings me so much peace and joy. My husband and I collect vintage furniture and art. Each piece has inspired me in some way. Your husband also works in the fashion industry, did he have some input? He definitely has input. For those who know him, he is such a great guy and is a mentor to a lot of people in the industry. I have been so lucky to have him mentor me on the business side of the brand. I personally am a creative type, and PAGE 32


he has more of an analytical approach. Who is the Rylan girl? To me, the Rylan customer loves her fashion, yet isn’t one to label herself with obvious branding. She has a love for the mid-century era and has a classic yet effortless style. How would you describe your own personal style? My style is quite classic, effortless, androgynous. Lately I’ve been adding a bit of femininity. What’s your go-to outfit? High waisted denim, RM Willams boots, a t-shirt, gold jewellery and the small black Rylan satchel. However, for Summer, I would opt out of the jeans for a mini skirt and flats.


“These brows are from my Dad. He probably has some of the thickest eyebrows I have ever seen! Don’t let them fool you, a lot of maintenance has to go into them unfortunately! They aren’t the cheapest asset to have, haha! In regards to product, I don’t need to fill them in, but simply use a clear eyebrow gel or some hairspray to keep them in place,” Brooke says. READ MORE ONLINE



It IS Easy Being Green We decipher the new wave of sustainable fashion so that you can do good while you look good.

functional pieces that can be layered and treasured and that age with grace. Stepping away from fastfashion and its culture of “use once and throw away”, Akazi creates garments that are designed to be a timeless part of your wardrobe. When it comes time to part ways, the plantbased fabric decomposes and gently returns to the earth as compost. Following their first anniversary, co-owners Tracey and Pia are planning to visit Lithuania to further explore linen production, as well as experimentation with natural dyes.



We love fashion. Slip dresses, plaid blazers, maxi skirts and everything in between. However, it’s becoming more and more clear that this love affair can be damaging to our planet. In response to this, some savvy companies have created innovative ways of implementing greener, more sustainable practices. Akazi (@akazidesigns) is a Gold Coast based label reinventing the way we look at “second life”. Using natural plant-based fabrics such as linen and bamboo, this motherdaughter duo create timeless, Tilly Jewellery x Lovetwain The small star hoops $99

Joseph Noon pussybow striped silk blouse $355.59

Cool, Calm &

Find your Corporate style …

Collected J Brand Joan distressed denim shorts $257.58

Dapper and darling. We’ll be rocking stripes, stars and denim all summer long.


ONLINE Balenciaga Classic City leather tote $2,435



Golden Goose Deluxe brand Super Star glittered velvet sneakers $590


Every LOVE


f there is one story that transcended all the political and social dialogue in Australia during 2017, it was the journey we took towards legalising samesex marriage. For the LBGTQI community it was a celebration of their love and rights, and for the nation, it was a major leap towards equality and fairness for all. Officially signaling the beginning of a more inclusive Australia. This win belongs to us all and is reflective of the Australian culture – fair, diverse, loving and filled with respect for all of its citizens. In partnership with Spicers Peak Lodge, we are celebrating everything that this pivotal moment in our nation’s history stands for. Style is a strong believer in equal rights, and we’re proud to present our first ever cover featuring a samesex couple. What better way to mark this occasion than with a beautifully styled shoot in an enviable location. SPICERSRETREATS.COM/SPICERS-PEAK-LODGE


(WINTERGARDEN) SCOTT WEARS: Rodd & Gunn Chedworth shirt $159, Blackpol custom short $149, Cactus Bay hat $119; Aquila Slade sneaker $219. RYAN WEARS: Rodd & Gunn Harris Bay sports fit shirt $199; Lambton custom short $139; OPSM Ray-Ban sunglasses $205; Aquila Manson loafer $199.



(WINTERGARDEN) SIMON WEARS: M.J. Bale Fox Brothers Bath suit $1,495, Segoria shirt $129.95, Bandi tie $99.95; Aquila Slade sneaker $219.CHRISTIAN WEARS: M.J. Bale Bondini suit $898, Rico white shirt $109.95, Bow tie $69.95, Floral hankie $29.95; Aquila Nicholls belt $179, Brice slip on shoe $219.





From venues to catering services, we’ve rounded up all the wedding inspo you’ll need for planning the big day.

EATONS HILL HOTEL 646 South Pine Road, Eatons Hill With fourteen rooms and open areas over four levels, the Eatons Hill Hotel offers a picturesque venue suitable for any style of ceremony and reception. From a formal sit down dinner in the ballroom to a lowkey cocktail celebration on the terrace rooftop. RSVP now to attend their open day on Sunday, February 4 from 10am-2pm. EATONSHILLHOTEL.COM.AU

VICTORIA PARK 309 Herston Rd, Herston February is a big month for engagements and weddings, and this year there is even more to celebrate with Australia finally legalising samesex marriage. For Victoria Park it’s business as usual, having performed numerous same-sex couple commitment ceremonies and reception parties over many years. Home to eight character-filled function spaces, boasting some of the best views in Brisbane, the venue certainly puts the ‘special’ in what is sure to be your most special day. VICTORIAPARK.COM.AU

GALLERY OF MODERN ART (GOMA) South Bank, Brisbane GOMA’s spacious Roof Terrace offers an unforgettable backdrop for your wedding reception. Breathtaking panoramic views of the Brisbane River, Kurilpa Bridge and the city, along with world class cuisine, make this one of the city’s most desirable and exclusive event spaces. The covered open-air venue takes full advantage of the beautiful Queensland climate and is an ideal setting for cocktail or sit-down wedding receptions to celebrate all couples. Every wedding is unique, which is why the team at GOMA offer a range of reception packages to suit all styles of celebration. QAGOMA.QLD.GOV.AU/WEDDINGS



PERFECT PARTY CO. Brisbane Hand in hand with planning a wedding comes an overwhelming number of vendors to contact and decisions to be made. Entrust your planning, styling and floristry to Perfect Party Co.’s phenomenal creative director Amey Rosenthal. Whether you’re searching for impeccable attention to detail, flawless execution, a show-stopping bouquet or all of the above – make Perfect Party Co. your first call. THEPERFECTPARTYCO.COM.AU

“More than just a drink” GATHERING EVENTS Gordon Park, Brisbane Making the bar an integral part of your wedding isn’t just about serving expensive bubbles. Gathering Events makes the drink service a stand out part of any occasion, with their gorgeous vintage caravan bar, a range of pop-up bars, and a swanky lineup of talented bartenders. It’s much more than just a drink. The team will help you craft a bar experience your guests won’t stop talking about. GATHERINGEVENTS.COM.AU

LITTLE PEACH CO. 663 Stanley St, Woolloongabba From save the dates to thank you notes – make your wedding stationary memorable. Little Peach Co. work closely with each client to craft stunning stationary your guests won’t take off their fridge for months after you say ‘I do’. Jason and Zoe ooze creative genius and can make your custom-made invitation dreams come to life in their boutique letterpress studio. LITTLEPEACHCO.COM.AU



It takes two

Beauty by the Books First comes love, then comes planning. From the dos to the don’ts, the whens to the whys – here’s how to nail that pre-wedding glow. WORDS BY JADE HORROBIN

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Gradient Glow $38


ou’ve got the dress, booked the venue and taste tested all the cake options. While there are still a billion and one things left to plan, your bridal beauty prep is something you’re going to want to make time for. Whether you go all out or keep it low-key, this comprehensive guide will help you avoid any last minute beauty fiascos while you’re busy glowing your way through your “I dos”.

6 Months Before If you’re thinking about growing out your hair or experimenting with a new colour, now’s the time to run through the plan with your stylist. While we’ve all dreamt of rocking an edgy pixie cut à la Anne Hathaway on our wedding day, it is probably safest to stick to what you know. Opt for a look that will make you feel like the best version of yourself. Now’s the time to make consultations with potential makeup artists, too. Take pictures of your makeup and actually analyse them to help you select a style that accentuates the parts of your face that you love, without overdoing it.

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3 Months Before Get serious about skincare. The occasional cleanse here, and less-than-enthusiastic scrub there, is simply not going to cut it. Even if you’re fairly happy with your skin, now’s the time to implement a consistent regime. Book in for a gentle peel and start using a brightening compound with vitamin C to bring out that elusive glow. Consider consulting an expert dermatologist or making monthly facial appointments if you’d like to have dark spots and pigmentation treated.


Infused with coconut, rose hip and jojoba, this gradual tan doubles as deep hydration.

1 Month Before Invest in a Keratin treatment for your hair to up the shine factor, get your eyebrows professionally shaped and get that tan situation sorted. Opting for a spray tan just before your wedding can be risky. Like a knight in shining armour, this is where gradual tanners come to the rescue. Start now so you have time to figure out exactly how often you need to apply gradual tan to achieve perfect sun-kissed skin. If you’re considering eyelash extensions, now’s the time. With four weeks to go, you’ll have time to adjust the length and volume if necessary before getting them retouched a few days before your bridal moment.

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Myer Aesop Rose Hair & Scalp Moisturising Masque 500ml $105

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If you’ve been looking for a unique and magical wedding venue, then look no further. Take a tour of our Heritage-listed venue spaces at Eagle Farm Racecourse, perfect for ceremonies and receptions. Find a blend of unique character and old-world charm in a romantic setting, with stunning leafy gardens and picturesque scenery. BRC.COM.AU/WEDDINGS • (07) 3268 2171 • EVENTS@BRC.COM.AU



It takes two

Say yes to the venue Getting hitched? We’ve got just the spot to take your big day to new heights. Imagine sparkling city views at sunset. Enjoying canapés, cocktails, and your Bridal Waltz surrounded by the dazzling night lights of Brisbane. Romance is an inherent and distinguishing feature of weddings held at the Summit Restaurant. Nestled in the bushland of Mt Coot-tha, the Summit is only seven kilometres from the CBD. The magnificent panoramic views of Brisbane and beyond are the ultimate backdrop for any wedding. At the heart of a successful wedding is exceptional service, incredible styling, and exquisite food; all of which the Summit proudly present. The venue has been a finalist for best restaurant reception,

ceremony venue and wedding coordinator in the Australian Bridal Industry Academy Awards for the last four years in a row. Offering flexible, all-inclusive packages which are designed to accommodate weddings of all sizes and budgets. The Summit offers reception only options, or the entire wedding, with a beautiful ceremony location to wow your guests as you say ‘I do’. The personal service from your experienced wedding coordinator will ensure that your day reflects your individuality, vision, and outshines your expectations. SUMMIT RESTAURANT AND BAR 1012 SIR SAMUEL GRIFFITH DRIVE, MT COOT-THA P 3369 9922 BRISBANELOOKOUT.COM


PLANNING YOUR BIG DAY? Head along to the Summit Restaurant Bridal Showcase on Wednesday, February 21, from 6pm – 8pm. Entry to this impressive showcase is free and an RSVP is essential.

Photos: Florido Weddings Planning/Styling: Main Event Weddings




Lannah Dunn Aquamarine diamond ring $4250,

Bentley De Lisle Art Deco18ct yellow and white gold ring with 0.865ct of diamonds $5,220

The Daily Edited Pale pink travel case $129.95


Style has rounded up the most exciting goodies to help you snap up a fabulous gift for your special someone.

Starfire Diamond Jewellery Open heart diamond necklace, 18ct rose gold $1270.50

Bianca Mavrick Jewellery Nilo earrings $189

Starfire Diamond Jewellery Pear stacker rings, 18ct white, yellow and rose gold $915 each

Lannah Dunn Monogram rings in white, yellow and rose gold from $399 (silver from $119)

Starfire Diamond Jewellery Mod diamond constellation ring, 18ct white gold $2021.75

Wild Heart Jewellery Nuray gold bracelet $45

Krystle Knight Jewellery Misty shaddows earring set $139




A (somewhat) rational modern woman’s approach to Valentine’s Day.


hop windows fill with pink and red hearts, Facebook ads urge you to shower your lover with expensive gifts and Hallmark clichés reign supreme: Valentine’s Day is on the horizon once again. Despite the plethora of things that have changed since this time last year, the expectations of February 14 remain exactly the same. In fact, not much has changed at all since we started celebrating Saint Valentine’s martyrdom back in the fourteenth century. Most of us have the introspective ability to see the commercialised version of Valentine’s Day for what it is – a ploy to sell chocolate and overpriced roses. It’s not all bad though. Although Valentine’s Day is mostly just a repetitive series of obligatory gestures, expectations and inevitable disappointment, it does give us a chance to stop and smell the metaphorical roses. Love is beautiful. It’s intimate, complex and fills us with the kind of giddy joy that’s mostly reserved for five year-olds holding pink fairy floss. It’s finding someone who makes your soul happy. Love gives you the confidence to actually write that previous sentence, knowing how horrendously trite it sounds.

V-Day is more than just an excuse for freshly loved-up couples to grope each other in public. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in the love bubble of a new romance, sitting pretty with your long-term sweetheart or enjoying the unadulterated pleasure of starfishing across the entire bed that comes with being single. February 14 isn’t an “entry by invitation only” affair; it’s for everyone. When it comes to actually celebrating Valentine’s Day, think beyond the basics. The most romantic gifts will always be the most thoughtful. Whether it’s for your partner, best friend or your “this might actually be going somewhere” Tinder date – don’t just follow the formula. Be original, thoughtful and imaginative. Don’t think of Valentine’s Day as an obligation, but instead an opportunity to remind ourselves of all the little things we can do to show intimacy and sincere affection to those we love. Buying someone an expensive piece of jewellery doesn’t make up for being an awful companion the other 364 days of the year. Throw the store bought roses in the bin. Turn off your phone and give your person your whole self. Listen. Kiss tenderly. Say “I love you”. Actually mean it.




The Gresham Orphan Barrel Barterhouse $35 per glass


THE NAKED WHISKY BAR Over 300 whiskies adorn the shelves of this Woolloongabba bar. Hidden within the Morrison Hotel, you’ll find at least one bottle from every Australian distillery, a whopping 18 Aussie drops in total.

Whisk(e)y ROMANCE Nothing says romance like a tipple for two. Champagne is for celebrating, but whisky is for lovers, writes Jade Horrobin.

Sipping a sparkling or two with your beau may be as synonymous with Valentine’s Day as Cupid himself, but as with many of February 14’s cliché tropes, some rules are made to be broken. Valentine’s Day is a time to cheers to love, and there’s no better way to do that than clinking together two glasses of Glenlivet on the rocks. While champagne is the elixir of giggles

and dancing, whisky is the beverage you sip when wistful gazes and dark romance are on the menu. Whether you’re partial to a whiskey (Irish and American drops) or a whisky (Scottish, Japanese and Aussie tipples) is irrelevant. Brisbane is overflowing with incredibly stocked bars that are guaranteed to have you seeing through rose-coloured glasses this Valentine’s Day.

THE GRESHAM Sinking into a deep chesterfield couch for two while slowly sipping a whisky or three is a foolproof recipe for romance. The whisky cocktails are a stellar option for those not quite up to sipping it straight.

COBBLER Sure to keep you entertained for hours, Cobbler is a West End bar. This side street bar is the epitome of cool. Keep an eye out for their annual Valentine’s Day event and bring along your lover or “friend” for an afternoon filled with trillions of tipples to try.


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Libertine Parfumerie Dear Rose Sympathy For The Sun EDP $229



Get date night off to a fragrant start this Valentine’s Day.

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WORDS BY JADE HORROBIN what they have worn in the past and we can identify the notes from that scent and recommend something similar. Finally, buy niche – a niche fragrance provides uniqueness and tells an amazing story. Is perfume an aphrodisiac? The sense of smell is the most direct and most sensitive of the senses, it is also the most intimate. This link between odours and emotions results primarily from the structure of the brain, so odours have a direct influence on emotions and memory. What are your top fragrance predictions for 2018? Crisp, fresh and smooth notes will hero early 2018 scents, perfect for the fearless, seeking undeniable luxury.

Libertine Parfumerie Lalique De Lalique EDP $199

The day for romancing is creeping closer, and with it comes a slew of cheesy commercials advertising perfumes that smell like either motorcycles or peonies (apparently there’s no in between). Whether you’re searching for a stellar gift or a covetable new fragrance to spritz on for the big date, delve deeper than the latest Chanel or D&G and invest in a compliment-worthy scent. The king of all things olfactory, Libertine Perfumerie’s Nick Smart, gives us the whiff down just in time for Valentine’s Day. What are your tips for selecting a perfume as a gift for that special someone? Think carefully about whom you are buying for before you visit a perfume boutique. Identifying some of their personality traits will help match them to a perfume. Find out

Libertine Parfumerie L’Artisan Parfumeur Arcana Rosa EDP $299

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L IM IT E D OFFE R - TH R E E N IGHTS ALL- INCLU S IV E FOR THE P RICE OF TW O Now the festive season has passed and we’ve welcomed 2018, it’s time to start on your new year’s resolutions. Top of everyone’s list this year is to not only travel more but spend more time with family and friends.  Our Stay 3, Pay 2 Getaway can help you do just that and includes: • Three nights luxury accommodation for two

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with Brendan Cummings

MEN’S FASHION with Mark Ferguson


with Megan Austin

Styling for the month of love

Trousers are on the rise

Navigating the world of jewellery sales

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, what better way to celebrate all things love than to show you how to add those romantic touches to your soirée? Whether you’re creating an intimate dinner for two or a wedding for two hundred, these tips are a sure-fire way to create the perfect romantic atmosphere for your special day. Nothing says romance like the warm glow of candlelight and lots of it! Try adding pillar candles in vases of varied heights to your table – it will create a softness in the room and make even the largest of function spaces feel intimate. Want to give the traditional pink and red Valentine’s Day colour palette a new twist? Deep berry tones and smoky purples contrasted against blush pinks and soft apricot will create a sophisticated colour palette with depth. Incorporating these tones into your floral arrangements will stand out in your guest’s memories.

The high-waisted trouser is circling back into fashion. Men are getting their trousers tailored to sit higher, a vintage look reminiscent of a bygone era. Fashion labels are running the line between formal wear and casual wear, and the runways are surging with this high-waist sensation, which is currently a major source of inspiration in men’s fashion. More men are starting to appreciate the personality that your style can express; chasing individuality and something a little different, these high-waisted styles are booming. Not only does the trouser itself offer a new look, but the styling opportunities it opens up are endless. Low-rise trousers will always have a place in the tailored world but for those who want to be a little adventurous – high-waisted is the way to go. As long as the lines and shape flatter your body and style – there is no reason not to bring back an old school look. 

Want to sell your unwanted jewellery but aren’t sure how to go about it? Here are some tips to get you started: The first step is to obtain a current valuation certificate so that you know what you have and its potential worth in today’s market based on a percentage of the value. Prepare your jewellery for sale like you would a house – invest in some minor cosmetic improvements like cleaning and polishing and where possible, undertake small repairs so that your jewels look attractive and saleable. The next step is to choose a selling platform that you feel comfortable with. Generally speaking, you will receive the best price for your jewellery by selling it privately to another member of the public, for example a friend or a family member. If you are comfortable with online trading platforms, then eBay or Gumtree could also be a good option.









UNFORGETTABLE EVENTS with Marianne & Helena



with Madonna Rigney

Can’t stop that mercury rising

Keep your stress levels down

The long and the short (sighted) of it

Summer has certainly arrived in Brisbane. As the mercury rises, so too does the interest in cold brew coffee. In the past, hot coffee sales lagged during our hot summers and rose again during the winter months. However, the love of a good cold brew is alive and kicking in our town, attracting a new audience of youngsters, millennials and hipsters who are now making this their drink of choice. The Cold Brew preparation involves steeping coffee grinds in ambient water for twelve hours, creating a delicious concentrate that can then be diluted with water, milk or sweetener added before bottling. This process creates a very different flavour profile to hot coffee, which is less acidic with more variance in sweetness. At Wolff Coffee Roasters we are delighted to offer a range of Cold Wolff as our cold brew alternative. Bottled, iced cold and ready to go. Enjoy!

Planning an event can be a stressful ordeal. Here are some tips for how we manage the stress surrounding events: Make a checklist: This is vital to the success of any event. It is also super satisfying to physically cross things off a list. Delegate: If you are lucky enough to have a team around you, delegating tasks based on your team’s expertise helps take some of the pressure off. Allowing you to concentrate on other areas. Deadlines: With so many moving cogs to an event, it is imperative to set strict deadlines for each sector. Setup: Allow as much time as possible to set up an event. Don’t be afraid to ask your venue for early access. Calculate your timings and, if possible, add an extra hour. Smile: There are so many ways to destress but at the end of the day, as long as you are able to smile and release some endorphins, you are doing well.

Myopia is a common condition that affects millions of Australians. Patients experience blurred vision at long distances and generally require glasses, contact lenses or surgery to correct the problem. Most young myopic patients will experience increasing blur as the eyeball grows longer. Lenses required for higher prescriptions are aesthetically poor and more expensive. In 2018 there are a number of myopia control strategies aimed at reducing the rate of myopic progression in children. Specialised spectacle lenses, hard contact lenses, soft contact lenses and specially compounded eye drops are all proven strategies for myopia control in children. The take-home message? Early intervention is key. Regular eye testing is a must for young people with blurred vision or myopic parents.







Let Your Light Shine at Clayfield Discover excellence in education at Clayfield College’s first Open Morning of the year. There are many advantages to an education at Clayfield College, such as an outstanding record of academic achievement. It benefits from a central location with on-site ovals for students, global learning opportunities, small class sizes, and the excellent relationships that are built between students and staff. In music, visual art and drama, students are encouraged and supported to produce work of the highest quality; whilst in sport, as a small school, the determination and spirit of the students consistently produce results above and beyond expectations.

Clayfield College Open Morning Thursday, March 15, 8.45am to 11.00am Register at PRINCIPAL KATHY BISHOP AND 2018 COLLEGE CAPTAINS REBEKAH MEYER AND RENATA HASELL

Clayfield College is a strong community and values the support of all its members including students, staff, College alumni, and the parents of both current and former students. “At Clayfield, we are proud to live by our motto: Let Your Light Shine,” Principal Kathy Bishop says. “I believe the supportive environment at the College gives girls and young boys the confidence to explore options in the

knowledge that they will be mentored and nurtured to achieve their best, while at the same time enjoying the experience. I encourage you to come along to our Open Morning. I would be proud to show you our wonderful College in action and enlighten you to the educational opportunities that exist for your child as a Clayfiled College student.” CLAYFIELD COLLEGE P 3262 0262 CLAYFIELD.QLD.EDU.AU

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Local school with a global outlook With cultural literacy and international excursions, St Margaret’s is doing things differently. Preparing students to engage with and operate in an increasingly global world is an essential competency schools must impart. Core to this is cultural literacy and expanding the horizons of students to develop this global way of thinking. St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School in Ascot is committed to providing the right opportunities and environment in which to achieve this. “Whilst we are in one sense a very local school, located in a beautiful and safe and secure enclave in Brisbane’s inner north, we


draw students from all over Brisbane, and, being a boarding school, from all over Australia and the world,” says Principal Ros Curtis. “This diversity adds a cultural richness to our smaller sized local school, creating a unique sense of community and enhanced cultural awareness.” In addition, there are many opportunities for students to gain overseas experience, as well as language trips and music tours.

Primary students can participate in a cultural trip to Japan, while the school’s unique Global Exchange Program offers year 10 students the chance to study for a term in one of ten schools worldwide. Other opportunities include language trips and music tours. Families can learn more at the school’s Open Day on Saturday, March 10. ST MARGARET’S P 3862 0777 STMARGARETS.QLD.EDU.AU

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GRAZE Armed with a professional suite of seafood dishes this is the local that shouldn’t keep the noise down, writes Christie Sutherland.


alking into the perfectly positioned Queenslander on a corner in Kangaroo Point, a pink swept skyline made for the perfect evening. Banter Bar, owned by Craig Singleton, recently opened its doors with a fresh, fun and youthful demeanour. Born with the love of locals in mind, Banter is an eye-catching venue suited to every occasion. The polished yet textured weatherboard flooring, rose gold accents, neon blue features and white wall canvas most certainly set the expectation for some fine fish and chips – Hamptons Style. The bar is open and inviting and sets the pace for an evening of delving into craft beer or a cucumber gin spritz and a plate filled with beer battered chips. The wine list was carefully curated and the half bottles of champagne were a delight to see on the menu! With experienced seafood chef Daniel Miletic at the helm, the food was guaranteed to keep us coming back. The catch of the day was kingfish, an all-time favourite of mine. It had a perfect crispy delicate skin and was served with chips, dill-infused tartare sauce and a Greek salad. Before that though, there had to be half a dozen seasonal oysters with a pomegranate vinaigrette as well as the classic prawn cocktail with crisp cos lettuce, fresh prawns and drool-worthy seafood sauce for the entrée. Back to the mains – the seafood taster is a great option for the indecisive diner who appreciates all manner of great food. Filled PAGE 48

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with battered prawns, calamari, scallops and baby whiting fillets, it was to die for. The batter on the seafood was filled with flavour and perfectly highlighted the seafood. When coming to the end of the platter, mac and cheese stole our attention in the sides selection, and let me tell you, the carbs were worth it. Dessert was not needed, but how do you go past a deep-fried Mars bar and a signature pavlova, so dainty and light. The Mars bar was gooey, hot and just as heavenly as the pavlova. The perfect end to a great dining experience. Make sure your next meal has a side of Banter. BANTERBAR.COM.AU


FORK TALK With January resolutions out of the way, get stuck in to Brisbane’s delectable dining scene.

Venetian valentine If you want to wow your valentine, book a Golden Gondola cruise on the Brisbane River. Bring the romance of Venice a little closer to home as you cosy up to your date and take in the view across the water. Offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner cruises; plus a host of BYO sunset cruise options, you can work this into your perfect Valentine’s or Galentine’s day out. GONDOLA.COM.AU

Tac-to-me Brand new for 2018 we are pleased to welcome $3 Taco Thursdays to our weekly ritual. The Coop Bistro announced the taco special last month along with the release of their new summer menu. This welcome addition joins our existing weeknight fave, Parmy Wednesdays, and their scrumptious signature cocktails. THECOOPBISTRO.COM.AU

Gin Sanity Love gin? You’ll love this. Think local Brisbane bands, innovative signature cocktails and appearances from international gin distilleries. All for just $15, which includes your first G&T. This pop-up gin festival is landing in Bakery Lane on February 17, for one day only. EVENTBRITE.COM.AU


Sipsmith G&T; hailing from London, this gin was the first to be made in the city for almost 200 years.

Free-flowing champagne lunch Back by popular demand, Saké Restaurant & Bar on Eagle Street Pier will be offering their Champagne Lunch again this year. Featuring dishes from their enticing menu along with free-flowing bubbles every Saturday and Sunday. The two-hour lunch sitting is $75 per person, plus $99 for the Veuve Clicquot package or $69 for Chandon Vintage package. SAKERESTAURANT.COM.AU






with Chernae Silk

VARICOSE VEINS with Dr Nicholas Kemp

Maintain the skin you’re in

Step away from the scissors

Is it really all in the genes?

Facials usually come with a ‘no pain, no gain’ mantra. However, new HydraFacials are changing the game with the VortexFusion technology that replaces the harsh exfoliation and extractions of traditional facials. The three-step process can reveal new, healthy and rejuvenated skin with very limited downtime. The treatment begins with a cleanse and gentle exfoliation. Debris from pores are extracted with a painless suction technique. The area is then nourished with intense moisturisers to give it back its freshness. To finish, the skin is saturated with antioxidants and peptides to maximise the glow. HydraFacial is a treatment designed to improve skin texture, decongest skin, eliminate enlarged pores and revive dehydrated or oily skin. Immediately following treatment, the skin looks refreshed, hydrated and glowy. The perfect treatment for skin that is due a bit of TLC.

Cutting brows results in unnatural blunt cut brow hairs, this can create inconsistencies and gaps. You want better brows than that! So, number one cutting or hedging brows with scissors. If you suffer from long, unruly, bulky, wire-like brows there are several techniques that can give you the look you want without going to town with a pair of scissors. The Brow Bar’s Brow Lift-Shaping Experience can tame your eyebrows without cutting them at all. They use a combination of techniques including their secret ‘Brow Debulking’ tweezer method which is a must for fuller-looking weightless brows; while their coveted ‘Brow Tipping’ tweezer procedure lightly feathers, shortens and shapes your long brow hair. You won’t find the use of stencils or cookie-cutter brows at The Brow Bar. Simply free-hand artwork, creating individual, natural, fuller looking brows.

The development of varicose veins is all about your genes. That’s DNA genes, not the blue ones! In 1892 Dr. Osler stated that “varicose veins are the result of an improper selection of grandparents.”   Varicose veins develop due to vein incompetence, which is largely caused by leaky valves in the vein. If you have leaky valves, chances are you inherited this from your parents and grandparents. If both of your parents have varicose veins, you have a 90 per cent chance of developing them. Lifestyle choices can help reduce the risk and slow down venous disease for example moderate exercise and maintaining a healthy weight. Thankfully there are now more treatment options available to help get rid of them. With endovenous laser ablation, vein glue and ultrasound guided sclerotherapy even the most severe varicose veins can be treated in a minimally invasive fashion. 










with Dr Anne-Maree Cole



Romance and new love at every age

Time to spit the dummy

Decoding the 5 love languages

Love in later life is not something that should be dismissed. The wish for love is a psychological need that happens at 40, 50, and beyond. Although people midlife and later may have some psychological baggage, midlife allows for clarity. One sees the big picture; life is finite and a desire to have fun, friendship, intimacy, and a connection is what really matters. Romantic relationships midlife and beyond are freed from stressors associated with raising children, developing a career, accumulating resources, and accruing novel encounters. The focus is on appreciating experiences and relationships that are pleasurable and meaningful in the moment. You have the relationship you think you deserve, so do the work to make yourself available to romance and love by focusing on what really matters. As Browning said, “Grow old along with me; the best is yet to be.”

A recent newspaper article recommended avoiding cross-contamination with dummies, but should a dummy be adopted at all? Much of our growth and development is occurring in those very early years. The body unfolds its genetic template depending on the function of the soft tissues attached to the bones. Habits like thumb sucking ultimately change the jaw development, facial appearance and may lead to a bad bite.  In very early primitive times, our survival depended on breastfeeding. There were no artificial dummies or bottles. The function and soft tissue stimulation is dramatically different between these actions. With breastfeeding, the breast tissue changes shape to fit the function and shape of the mouth but with bottles and dummies, the mouth changes shape to adapt around these artificial devices. Think about the developmental aspects when considering the use of dummies.

Whilst some Valentine’s dates go swimmingly, others can have the appeal of soggy sandwiches. To ensure the date goes well, consider the five languages of love, and which language your date might speak. Acts of Service: This could be anything as simple as opening the door for them. Gifts: These people enjoy giving gifts as much as they do getting them. Physical Touch: This language is not just physical intimacy, but rather closeness and connection such as a hug or holding hands. Words of Affirmation: Being told you are loved, caring and valued can do amazing things for these lovers. Quality Time: These people just want to spend time together, talking, listening, and connecting. Make sure to give them your full undivided attention. So, take the time to understand the love language of your special someone. Trust me, your Valentine’s Day will be better for it.






BE A GLOW-GETTER Who doesn’t want to glow? It’s the essence of beauty and these beauties are essential! WORDS BY KIRI JOHNSTON

Illuminate Me How gorgeous is this luxe palette box that opens to reveal a blooming tree? The six coordinating blush and highlighters are a shimmering selection that you can mix and match for a radiant glow.


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The Skinstick that highlights, blushes, bronzes and enhances. They’re long-wear, light-as-air and come in 10 shimmery colours. This one’s Starstruck - Iced Out Pearl.

Napoleon Perdis Nail Polish $19

Where it all started for Frank Body – the coffeebased scrub that created messy images all over social media. If you love smooth, soft skin (and coffee), this is the body exfoliator for you.

French Girl Le Lip Tint $16


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Wax On, Wax Off In the month that has become known as the month of love, we’re talking Brazilians. Brooke Jesberg and the team at Brooklyn Beauty have literally done bazillions of Brazilians. Which is what you want in a therapist. Experience is the key to great waxing. You do not want any hesitation or inexperience when it comes to hair removal, especially Brazilian waxing. The quicker and more efficient, the better. The pain that’s sometimes associated with waxing is mostly caused by the anxiety and tension you feel in anticipation. The more relaxed you are, the less painful the experience will be. For this reason, the girls at Brooklyn Beauty recommend a little G&T or glass of bubbles at their bar beforehand. The hair to be waxed should be about the length of a grain of rice, to allow the wax to grip around the hair. To prevent ingrown

hairs, exfoliate vigorously but gently the night before and apply a non-perfumed moisturiser. Avoid tight underwear – wear cotton seamless knickers on the day of your wax. For 48 hours after your Brazilian wax, avoid anything starting with the letter S – sport, sweat, sun, sauna and solariums. And whatever you do, don’t exfoliate the waxed area for one week afterwards. If it is your first time waxing, or a long time since your last wax, refrain from shaving for at least two weeks before your appointment. After your first wax, it is recommended to wax every three to four weeks. Then go home and throw your razors away, because you’ll never have to shave again. BROOKLYN BEAUTY BAR 5/15 JAMES ST, FORTITUDE VALLEY 61 PETRIE TCE, THE BARRACKS P 0421 202 447 BROOKLYNBEAUTYBAR.COM.AU


MUM’S the

With four kids between them and a job that requires a pre-dawn alarm, the beauty routines of the ladies behind Those Two Girls, Lise and Sarah, need to be low-maintenance and budget-friendly. DON’T CLEAN THE BATHROOM MIRROR.


Let the film of dried water and splashes of toothpaste serve as life’s original filter.

days we can go without washing follicles, the better. Just spray it, tease it, and jack it up to Jesus. 

GO SHORT OR GO HOME. We’re both big fans of pixie cuts these days, thanks to our stylist extraordinaire, Jo Twidale, who keeps our locks fresh. 

STAY OUT OF THE SUN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. You can achieve this by lying in bed watching Netflix; bathed in screen-light, not sunlight. Much safer. Seriously though, even though we have polar opposite skin tones (Sarah’s fair to Lise’s olive), it’s slip-slop-slap all the way, every day. 



to be a pretty darn special occasion for us to go above the knee. 


Macadamia Hydrating Oil by Thursday Plantation – on face and décolletage, nightly. SARAH LOVES:

Dior Addict EDP (never ever on the discount table at the chemist so hoping someone sends me a free bottle after reading this).


Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Collagen Active Lip Gloss $49



DDED BONUS, this is a look that will take you no time at all. Don’t forget the MASCARA!

Flirty & Fresh

Natio BB Cream 50g $14.95

We’re here to share five sneaky products to work into your summer date night routine. These will help you create the look that anyone would swoon over in no time. • Apply BB cream as soon as you get out of the cold shower. • Powder your cheeks with a little bronzer or blush – pinky tones are a favourite to

Australian Skin Institute Cherry Blooms Lash Extensions $69

‘Tis the season for summer flings and sun-kissed skin. But, picture this. You are hastily preparing for that long-awaited date on a steamy evening and putting on your makeup seems like an unachievable task. We’ve all been there. Summer temperatures don’t help the nervous sweating when the humidity levels are already through the roof.

Benefit Rockateur Blush $51

Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Sheer Candy Glossy Balm Crystal Colour $55

Sometimes that natural glow just needs a little encouragement to break through, writes Annabelle Beirne

complement summer ensembles. • Apply a peachy lipstick for that super sweet look. It will also add a subtle pop of colour to your face. • Slick on lip gloss with a hint of collagen. • Mascara is a must! Two layers are all you will need. Thick and long lashes are essential for all of that fluttering.

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Trend Report: The New Balayage



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As the ancient proverb goes, ‘new year, new me’. Balayage is nothing new, but the technique has evolved and moved away from the heavy two-toned effect into a more three-dimensional effect with the contrast in the colours being a lot softer. The lighter tones are much higher and spill through to the rest of the hair, to create movement and texture. There’s no denying that balayage is the ideal colour for summer, but it’s best to have it applied by an expert.


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Harrolds Pre-Polo Brunch Harrolds, the fashion partner for Magic Millions 2018, held a Pre-Polo Brunch at QT Hotel with Veuve Clicquot. There were well-known fashion faces and fabulous celebrations.

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KAS Living Superpom natural throw $229.95

Blush, baby A celebration of everyone’s favourite pigment.

Linen House Patti wall hanging $99.95

In your home Pink is soft and elegant, yet unexpectedly mature. It is a colour that is impossible to ignore this season. Top tip – do not overdo it – a little goes a long way! KAS Australia Cahil Euro $59.95

This is not a trend that will last forever – keep it contemporary and interchangeable. LINEN HOUSE

KAS Australia Chachi cushion $59.95

Southbound Seagrass placematt $14.95 Koh Living Textured vase $14.95


BOOK IN A CRAFT-A-NOON Get involved with a DIY project and sink your teeth into it! Knit a wall hanging! It is simple!


Country Road Kimi paper basket $59.95

Country Road Bay single wick candle $39.95

Country Road Jaspa table lamp $249

Freedom Ottoman $799



That Hamptons feeling Style My Home expands as demand for Hamptons style grows.


n Australian furniture and décor retailer, Style My Home is inspired by all things Hamptons. Originating in Sydney, they’ve made the move to Brisbane, recently opening their doors in Newstead in February 2017 and Noosaville just last month. We spoke to one of their most loved customers, Kristy Giumelli, who has recently built and furnished a dreamy Hamptons family home, to get some tips. How can we achieve the Hamptons aesthetic? Remember to leave room in the budget for wall panelling or wainscoting to take your space to another level. Plus, lots of doors and windows to let in plenty of natural light and bring the outdoors in. When decorating use natural fibres and textures and choose coastal colours such as blue and white. Add classic furniture and lighting pieces that will stand the test of time. What’s your favourite new piece in the house? I adore the ‘Bobbin’ linen and oak armchairs as they are so comfortable and timeless. Also the Jessica glass display cabinet I have used in the main bathroom.  What’s your top tip to minimise spiralling costs? I would have to say, preplanning is crucial. I have designed the entire space from start to finish and I am so happy with how it’s all turned out. I took control of ordering and buying absolutely everything and I think this kept the cost down immensely – especially if you have expensive taste like I do! I have been speaking to our suppliers and STYLEMAGAZINES.COM.AU

Style My Home in particular for more than a year throughout the build. I think the best decision I made was to build in their beautiful cabinets into the wall and I also used their consoles as vanities. We are so thrilled with the overall result and it was less than 50 per cent of custom cabinetry. What was your favourite aspect of working with Style My Home? My experience has been exceptional from start to finish. They have the most beautiful range of furniture and décor, but the stand out for me

was their personalised service. The in-store team is so accommodating and helpful – I will be a lifelong customer! STYLE MY HOME 32 DOGGETT ST, NEWSTEAD P 3666 0324 4B/1 GIBSON RD, NOOSAVILLE P 5447 1972 STYLEMYHOME.COM.AU







ll the little coastal towns along this winding and protected part of the Adriatic Sea have a similar theme. Orange rooftops stacked from the shore to the amazingly high and rugged mountains. The fortified town of Kotor itself, thought to be built in 168 BC and later fortified in the early Middle Ages, is equally as spectacular as the entrance of the bay. A few steps through the ancient arched gateway we found Kotor’s Cathedral of St Tryphon standing proudly in the centre of the main square and surrounded by quaint cafés and restaurants. We stopped for a coffee in the square for a rest and one of my favourite pastimes – people watching. Afterwards, we headed into the labyrinth of cobbled streets and laneways. Discovering tiny spaces for doorways and stairs to where the locals live and even tinier spaces for street-level shops below. Offering everything from ‘I Love’ t-shirts and souvenirs to antique rugs. If you love cats, then this medieval town is the place for you. They’re not my favourite animal, but how can you resist the descendants of seafaring felines that bask in their hundreds beneath the morning sun. Balancing lazily on tiny windowsills or lolling around on cool cobblestones in the

Montenegro Magic We arrived Viking-like by sea, and at dawn, and it was the most spectacular entrance into the Bay of Kotor, writes Rhonda Baker. PAGE 58

shadow of wedged-together buildings and towering church steeples. After our maze adventure amongst the narrow thoroughfares with lines of fluttering laundry above, we went to the lido where we discovered a bustling boat-hire trade. Available by the hour, half-day, or full-day. We opted for a halfday speedboat tour with our very own handsome Montenegrin skipper. He sped us away to the Blue Cave on the Lustica Peninsula, a few hours boat ride from the Old Town. The iridescent blue in the cave is created from sunlight hitting the sandy seabed and reflecting up through the oh so clear water, just divine to dive into. We then sped back to Perast, a tiny township not far along the coast from Kotor. With its palm tree-lined lido and lively restaurants and cafes along the waterfront. We were there to visit the unique and quaint Our Lady of the Rocks church – jutting out of the sea on a manmade islet a literal stone’s throw from Perast’s waterfront. With the first stone thought to have been laid in 1452, the little church and museum sporting vibrant blue domes, were a welcome calm away from the busy tourist crowds on the mainland. Montenegro, meaning black mountain, is anything but … its mountains are rugged and majestic, its shoreline villages vibrant and bustling. It’s a must-do destination where old is cool – and cats are cooler! FEBRUARY 2018

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Deep-diving convos with your trusted tribe will help replenish your strength as the year comes to a close. Review and refresh! Oct 24 - Nov 22

You’ll be thrown into difficult situations that make you feel like a fish out of water, but hold tight. The payoff will be worth it.

An electric month is on your horizon and will bring exciting new opportunities. Be open to fresh and creative challenges.

Widen your gaze this month. As the sun enlightens your zone of learning, immersing yourself in the unknown will help you grow.




Mar 21 - Apr 20

Jul 24 - Aug 23

Nov 23 - Dec 22

There’s a delicious sense of celebration in the air this month. Don your fave party dress and let your hair down for once!

Your month will be fueled by fire, Leo. Trust that your flame will only burn brighter when it mingles with the light of others.

As the sun floats into your ruling house of new beginnings, it may be time to release control. Embrace change and newness.




Apr 21 - May 21

There are some challenging conversations in store for you this month. Approach them with openness and empathy.


Aug 24 - Sep 23

Your daily routine needs a shake-up, and some rare planetary alignments will give you the energy boost you need.

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After some close calls and near bullseyes, true love is going to make its way into your powerhouse this month.

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This month’s energy is inviting you to approach challenges with open arms and excitement. Your positivity will be infectious.

Dec 23 - Jan 20

Take the time to pause this month, Capricorn. You’ve been busy for a while, but now it’s time to rest in the midst of flow.



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STYLE | February 2018  

Style Magazines. Style is a vibrant, monthly magazine capturing the essence of the metropolitan lifestyle in Brisbane.

STYLE | February 2018  

Style Magazines. Style is a vibrant, monthly magazine capturing the essence of the metropolitan lifestyle in Brisbane.