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CONTENTS COVER STORIES 14 CREATIVE VISIONARIES Artisans defying the rules of design.
21 ODE TO PROHIBITION The tastemakers blending their own.
28 BEYOND THE STAGE
(COVER) Rocky Rafaela Balancai vest in zebra $849 (LEFT) Rocky Rafaela Balancai jacket in zebra $1,149
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PUBLISHER & FASHION EDITOR Tracy Sinclair (Johnston) TIME REALLY FLIES when you are having fun. It feels like the silly season only just ended, but now we’re at Christmas in July already. It seems to have arrived very quickly this year! Luckily for us, the festivities do not end there. With two of Queensland’s largest festivals upon us, we have gone behind the scenes and spoken to the people who create the magic we enjoy at Regional Flavours and Splendour In The Grass. While we’re behind the scenes, we take a look at the rise of the boutique breweries and distilleries that are changing our relationship with our favourite tipples. We talk with the artisans who are defying conventional rules by taking the artistic projects they created with passion in their home studios and sharing them with the world. We ask these artists what motivates them. This month, we introduce the designer doing things differently. Rochelle Gregory, whose statement leather jacket graces our cover, says she makes clothing for the woman who is done making excuses and acting small. Her brand, Rocky Rafaela, creates handcrafted leather jackets that withstand the test of time. Be sure to turn to page 10 to win one of your very own and page 34 to see more. And Brisbane’s booming foodie precincts – King Street, Westfield Chermside and Stones Corner – are bringing us a dining hit list worth drooling over. Flick through and whet your appetite.
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EFFORTLESSLY COOL A wearable talisman of cool, the leather jacket will never go out of style.
STYLE IS AN always-elusive and ever-changing concept, but overarching this constant conversation is the ultimate wardrobe staple: the leather jacket. Dating back to World War I, the first leather jackets were a practical way for fighter pilots to stay warm. Redesigned as motorcycle jackets a decade later when Harley-Davidson began selling them for $5.50, leather jackets soon began riding on to our movie screens. It wasn’t much of a leap from there before they became synonymous with fashion. This cultural emblem has graced the backs of heroes everywhere, from feminist rebels Amelia Earhart and Joan Jett, to bad boys such as Marlon Brando and The Ramones. Popularised in modern fashion by Balenciaga and Alexander Wang, the leather jacket has well and truly reserved its place in the sartorial Hall of Fame.
Now, Australian designer Rochelle Gregory has reinvented the legend with a re-imagining of the leather jacket. Using cowhide by-products from farms and the meat industry, her brand Rocky Rafaela uses ethically sourced leather to create garments that are elegant, luxurious, and durable. Style Magazines and Rocky Rafaela are giving one lucky Style reader their very own Rocky Rafaela leather jacket – the staple garment that every wardrobe needs. Complete your wardrobe with buttery-soft and supple leather, structured tailoring, and luxe silver hardware. More than just a beautiful vestment, wearing a Rocky Rafaela jacket means taking part in the rich history and tradition of the leather jacket. Is your wardrobe lacking? Enter now for your chance to win!
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WE LOVE The unpredictability of Queensland weather calls for an adaptable wardrobe, and this winter it’s time to embrace the art of layering. Don’t ditch the summer faithfuls as the temp drops. Give them new life by layering up with new offbeat combinations.
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ROCK IT Blurring the line between masculine and feminine, Australian label, Rocky Rafaela, has just launched their latest collection of 100 per cent genuine leather biker jackets and vests for women, and I’m obsessed. On page 34, I talk to Rocky Rafaela’s fearless designer Rochelle Gregory. ROCKYRAFAELA.COM
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SHRUG IT OFF Let the winter sun warm you up and say bye-bye to wearing your jacket “over the shoulders” and hello to the new street-style trend that is so crazy, it’s almost genius: shrugging. Perfect for when you want to tease a glimpse of a statement shirt without losing the complete warmth of a jacket. This season we’re taking cues from LA streetwear label AMIRI who have a knack for taking grunge and making it luxury.
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CHR ISSA AL EXION LOCATED IN THE illustrious James St precinct, the Chrissa Alexion boutique is a haven of edgy jewellery, handmade from brushed brass, natural stones and glittering crystals. Chrissa has always been drawn to the craft of jewellery-making. “If you gave six people the same jewellery components to work with, each person would design and create something different,” Chrissa says. “That’s what is exciting about making jewellery: the possibilities are infinite.” Having taken a brief detour to law school, owner and creator Chrissa Alexion has now turned her passion for creating artisan jewellery into a thriving boutique store. “After a short stint as a lawyer, my creative side felt quite neglected,” she says. “That’s when I decided to take the plunge and start making jewellery.” Like many creative types entering the industry, Chrissa began by selling her wares at artisan markets. Her passion to create was fuelled by the desire to one day showcase her designs in her own space, and to break into the business avenue of the industry. Having found her home on James St, Chrissa now balances the business side of her passion with the creative side, embracing the shift in focus and the unique challenges this development brings. “Change is inevitable and brings other opportunities as well ... I like the idea of deciding my own destiny come what may. Good or bad, it’s on me.” When Chrissa is not creating in her studio, she works alongside assistants Brie and Merilyn. With the online store set to open in coming weeks, Chrissa is excited to embrace the next stage of her journey. CNR JAMES ST AND ROBERTSON ST, FORTITUDE VALLEY P 0401 550 989
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GEOR GIA PER RY THE CREATIVE INDIVIDUAL behind the Georgia Perry brand is every bit as charming and eccentric as you would imagine, creating one-off art pieces, striking graphic designs, and internationally adored accessories. From small-town beginnings and a desire to create unique and exciting art, Georgia Perry’s collectible accessories are an injection of sunlight and brightness that wouldn’t be out of place in any wardrobe. Having realised early on her desire to create and design, Georgia worked in boutique design studios in London and Sydney before resettling in Melbourne to operate her own brand. “It was a way to truly be my own boss – to set my own briefs, test the limits on what I could make, and open up my audience,” she says. While her background as a graphic and visual artist initially grew her fan base, she soon expanded into designing graphic lapel pins and other accessories as a way to access a wider audience. While not everyone will commission a design piece, everyone can benefit from bright
accessories. Having initially stepped out on her own in January 2013, the Georgia Perry range is now stocked globally in more than 150 retailers, including Le Bon Marche, Shop Bop, and Nordstrom. This month will see the first brick-and-mortar Georgia Perry store open in Melbourne. P 0437 786 596 GEORGIAPERRY.COM Sketchbook print silk bandana $60
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TIF F MANUELL TIFF MANUELL HAS an unexpected approach to business. The fashion accessories brand does not release products according to traditional seasonal drops, and it never repeats designs – even when they are hugely successful. While this might sound like a radical approach for a boutique craft-cum-fashion brand, it is the essence of what Tiff Manuell has done with her beautiful range of handpainted accessories. All of Tiff Manuell’s creations begin life as a clear canvas, which is then handpainted with bright, playful designs. Working intuitively and with no expectations, Tiff and her team let the paints dictate their craft until an unreplicable and fresh design evolves. The canvas is then crafted into one-of-a-kind clutches, handbags and jewellery. Once items are sold out, the design is never recreated. Tiff has always felt the pull to large-scale painting. “It’s fast and energetic and I love the results and medium of acrylics on canvas,” she says. “I feel at home using it and the never-ending combinations of colour and texture keep me very inspired.” The simplicity and adaptability of the simple stylemagazines.com.au
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DINING HIT LIST King Street is a unique dining destination unlike any other in Brisbane. A melting pot of culinary diversity and brand new concepts, King Street is the home of an impressive line-up of restaurants, bars and cafés. These new additions are the first of their kind in Brisbane. GREEK
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From the same owners of Melbourne eater, NSHRY, these are burgers, but not as you know them. Super Combo draws inspiration from the classic arcade game, Street Fighter, to deliver impressive burgers that pack a punch. With a killer line-up of burgers and a selection of sides that will make your mouth water, Super Combo is a burger-aficionado must.
This famous Gold Coast restaurant is inspired by the flavours of a traditional Greek childhood. Finally in Brisbane, this modern take on the iconic souvlaki is a delicious reimagining of the classic Greek dish. @THELAMBSHOPBNE
A newly-opened addition to the precinct, this Melbourne favourite has finally made its way to Queensland. Evoking memories of authentic Vietnamese prepared at home, this authentic eatery celebrates the diversity of Vietnamese cuisine while introducing new flavours and concepts. @BANOI.AU
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Fusing Lebanese heritage with Australian culture, this new addition to the Australian dining scene has artfully crafted a menu of authentic Lebanese cuisine with modern, unexpected twists. With innovative flavours, exotic spices, and rich tradition, The Pine Kitchen brings Middle Eastern flair to the King Street precinct. @THEPINEKITCHEN
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UNLUCKY IN LOVE Breaking up is hard to do, writes Siobhan Taylor. I LEARNED A lot of life lessons from the highly successful HBO show, Sex and the City, one being “How Not To Dump Someone”. In season 6, our endearing-yet-infuriating protagonist Carrie is dumped by her boyfriend via a Post-it note with the scrawled message, “I’m sorry. I can’t. Don’t hate me.” Brutal. Carrie goes on to deliver one of the best monologues of the series, addressing some of the common courtesies of the modern-day break-up. Being on the receiving end of a break-up is about as fun as a frontal lobotomy, but if we are being honest, being the instigator is hardly any
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MEET THE TASTEMAKERS It’s time to raise a glass to your individual tastes, writes Emmy-Lou McKean. AFTER SEEING MANY distilleries start to operate in New York in 2012, William Edwards couldn’t understand why spirits weren’t being manufactured in Sydney, given its history of distillation. Not long after his trip, Will left the corporate world behind to chase his passion for making something from scratch that people could enjoy. And so Archie Rose Distilling Co was born. Since the inception of Archie Rose, Will has wanted to create the opportunity in his business for people to make their own spirits. “A big part of the Archie Rose ethos is to share and educate on the process of distilling, so I wanted consumers to be at the coalface so to speak, get their hands dirty and fully appreciate how spirits are made.” Archie Rose is the first distilling company in the world to offer a service like Tailored Spirits where people can create their own spirits online and have their personalised bottle delivered straight to their door.
CHRIS BEVIN EXPLAINS that the inspiration behind his brewery in Geebung began while living and working in Adelaide for a large wine company. After being booked in for a surprise beer and wine-making tour by his wife, it wasn’t long before he was hooked and his new passion drove him to start Hub Brewing here in Brisbane. From in-house brewing sessions to bottling your own beer, Hub Brewing provides people with the opportunity to create a brew to their taste. The business also gives people the opportunity to ferment, bottle, store or fill kegs with their beer or cider creations. “We always knew we wanted to focus on the fun and social element of brewing,” Chris says. “Everyone loves to make something! There’s a genuine sense of achievement when someone can proudly tell their friends that they made their beer from scratch.”
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STONES CORNER Just a stone’s throw away on the city fringe, Brisbane’s favourite foodie corner awaits.
Inspired by the five boroughs of New York – Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens and the Bronx – the menu at 5 Boroughs at Stones Corner uses fresh local ingredients to recreate popular street eats from the Big Apple. At 5 Boroughs, treat yourself to a mouthwatering selection of ribs, tacos and burgers, and wash it all down from 4pm ’til 6pm with a beer, wine or cocktail during the extended happy hour every day. 5 BOROUGHS P 3397 5695 5BOROUGHS.COM.AU
LOCAL LEGEND As the café name suggests, Suburban Café prides itself on offering new and local customers a relaxed and welcoming environment. Offering an extensive menu for breakfast and lunch, this spot never fails when it comes to fresh meals and attentive, old-fashioned service. Although the popular items stay on the menu year-round, Suburban Café constantly mixes up the specials to keep things interesting.
Stones Corner, once known as the outlet shopping hub of Brisbane, has just been through its most transformative period yet. Today, the tree-lined precinct in the heart of Greenslopes is still brimming with heritagelisted buildings, now home to several of Brisbane’s favourite cafés and bars. From cosy coffee nooks to authentic international street food venues, the precinct will satisy all your cravings. FACEBOOK.COM/OURSTONESCORNER
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TIME TO INDULGE Those with a sweet tooth will be delighted that the chefs who brought you Brisbane’s favourite sweet spot, Freestyle Tout, are back and better than ever. Groovy Dessert Bar offers a decadent dinner, dessert and bar menu designed to bring people together to indulge in share plates full of sweet treats. From breakfast and brownies to cocktails and coffee, Groovy is all about treating yourself when you deserve it the most. GROOVY DESSERT BAR P 3324 1371 FACEBOOK.COM/GROOVYDESSERTBAR
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TASTE OF ASIA With a soulful menu that draws flavours from Malaysian, Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, Indian and Singaporean cuisines, Street Food Asia is the ultimate Asian fusion destination. The casual, family-run restaurant aims to take you on a culinary journey that highlights the tantalising flavours of traditional Asian street food. If you can’t make it for lunch or dinner, satisy your cravings from home with UberEats. STREET FOOD ASIA P 3324 1088 STREETFOODASIABRISBANE.COM
GIVE ME MORE Nestled in the heart of Stones Corner, Moreish Café offers the ultimate escape from the winter chill with heaters and blankets plus a menu full of comfort meals. Owner Jeffrey Zaphiropoulos is committed to the constant evolution of his café. With a mix of modern and wholesome eats, the menu accommodates every palate by offering healthy options as well as indulgent favourites for breakfast and lunch daily. MOREISH CAFÉ P 3172 0655 INSTAGRAM.COM/MOREISHCAFE MOREISH CAFÉ
FLAVOURSOME TWIST Indimex blends the best of traditional northern Indian cuisine with punchy Mexican dishes to create a fusion menu. Described as a rule-breaking taste sensation, Indimex constantly creates new funky flavours for Brisbane foodies to enjoy. Priding themselves on their exceptional customer service, Indimex are known to be extremely helpful when it comes to accommodating customers with specific dietary requirements. INDIMEX CAFÉ BAR RESTAURANT P 3394 1000 INDIMEX.COM.AU INDIMEX
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ARTISTIC CHARM Fall in love with inspiring Sunshine Coast artist Elle‑Louise Burguez, who creates paintings that will lure you in and steal your heart, writes Kiri Johnston. HAVING KNOWN ELLE since I was little, I remember when we used to draw together while our parents were partying out the back. I have admired her natural artistic talent ever since, watching as her hobby grew into her dream, each collection showing a passion and creativity that reflects her personality. Not only does she paint with her heart – she sings, plays piano and writes poems and stories. She has several new adventures planned and loves to follow artists who inspire her. Tell us a bit about yourself. I’m a Leo, a woman in love, a girl obsessed with beauty in all its forms, a fearful person in search of pure peace, and a worshipper of animals and nature. How would you describe your work? Intuitive, messy, playful, simple, peaceful.
What inspires you? Anything that captures my eye and makes my mind feel either excited or calm. At the moment I’m inspired by Spanish music, other men and women who make their work with their hands, my friends who are mothers, books I’ve been reading by André Aciman and Isabel Quintero, Australian fashion and Sailor Moon. Which artists, music and cultures have influenced your work? I think a lot of my influence is subconscious but I would say Devendra Banhart’s and Blonde Redhead’s music, ’60s films, European culture, Persian art ... many more as well. Do you listen to music while you paint and, if so, what type of music? I always listen to either Devendra Banhart or Gustavo Santaolalla
… I am so drawn to Spanish music, and I think this is because it is so deep in my blood! When are you at your happiest? When I am laughing so hard that it is silent, I’m in the ocean, I’m hugging my love, I’m making food for people I love, I’m reading, I’m calm and painting. When you’re alone, where does your mind wander? My mind is so busy! I can get anxious and think too much about the future, but I also think about food and creative ideas. What can we see from you in the near future? I have a new series all in the colour red that I will release soon, a show coming up in Sydney full of all-new, unseen works, and I am hoping to release my book Honeyed Stories, which is full of personal poems and stories.
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THE CREATIVE MELTING POT Splendour In The Grass is more than just a music festival, writes Emmy-Lou McKean. EVERY JULY, PEOPLE from all over Australia (and the world) make the journey to the hinterland of Byron Bay for the annual music festival, Splendour In The Grass. While most festival-goers prepare themselves for three days of non-stop head banging, hip swaying and partying, there is another side to the festival that celebrates a vast selection of arts, crafts and culture. We chat to Tory Bauer, assistant general manager of Splendour In The Grass, who moonlights as co-producer of Splendour In The Craft, about her experience working with the festival for the past 10 years. How would you describe Splendour In The Grass to someone who has never been? Splendour is like a crafty Monaco in the 28
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HIT LIKE A SNARE Achieving global success for a sound uniquely their own, alt-J chats to Emmy-Lou McKean about their third album, Relaxer. ART-ELECTRO, MATH-FOLK, HYMNAL-ROCK, call it what you will. However you interpret the sound of alt-J, none of it is entirely wrong and all of it is completely inventive, unsettled and powerful. After the release of their debut album An Awesome Wave back in 2012, the Leeds trio were quickly recognised for messing with traditional pop sounds in the best way possible to create music that does not settle for a particular sound. Today, alt-J are one of the biggest British bands of the 21st century. Their just-released third album Relaxer invites the listener to interpret each melody, lyric, manipulation of strings, beat and chant any way they see fit. We chat to one third of alt-J, vocalist Gus UngerHamilton, about Relaxer and how a Tasmanian Devil inspired the lyrics on one of the tracks. stylemagazines.com.au
When working on Relaxer, did you have a particular direction or idea for the sound of the album? Not especially. We in alt-J have always enjoyed the freedom of not settling on one particular sound. But I do think we made an effort to make this album more diverse than either of our first two. How did you come to decide that you would include a reinterpretation of the classic tune, The House of the Rising Sun on Relaxer? It was really a case of Joe figuring out some nice guitar chords and finding himself singing the wellknown words to the song over them, with a new melody. Once he’d shown this to the rest of us, we all thought it would be a cool song to do a version of. Although it’s such a classic, no one has done a version of it in a while.
How did the Tassie Devil come to inspire the tune Adeline? The song was written when we were on tour – in Tasmania, naturally. It’s a beautiful part of the world, and quite inspiring to write about. The idea of an animal being in love with a human from afar is also quite a beguiling one. How do you think your sound has evolved from your previous records? I don’t think we have a particular sound – however, I do feel that on this record, we were particularly into the idea of offering listeners things they hadn’t heard before. Also, I think that as we mature as a band, we are becoming more confident with experimentation. What can audiences expect to experience at an alt-j show? Good songs, great lights ... average looks. READ MORE ONLINE
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FASHION HEART ON MY SLEEVE Rocky Rafaela is a brand for the woman who ignores anyone who says she can’t, because they’re wrong, its founder Rochelle Gregory tells Tracy Sinclair. and it wasn’t so easy to rip someone off. I wish How did you get into the fashion industry? you couldn’t just rearrange a few stitches in a I think a few things shaped my career in garment to call it your own. I am super-paranoid fashion. Travelling with my mother on buying about copycats. Copy all you want, but you will trips to France when I was young. Being highly always be one step behind. creative throughout school and only paying attention in classes that had some form of art What has been a pivotal moment in your or creativity. I think also having a natural eye career? I think when Ruby Rose wore the and love for fashion. I remember, when I was Balancai biker jacket on a Maybelline ad in younger, I loved getting ready for parties and New York. I think seeing that gave me a taste putting things together and ripping up clothes of what it was like to see empowered women to create my outfit for the night. in my clothing and I wanted more. Where are you from? I am Australian with What do you wish you knew early on in the Greek blood. Rocky Rafaela journey? To not get so stressed, upset and angry at myself when something goes What inspired you to start your label? After wrong because mistakes are the best way to learn graduating from university, I had such a strong and improve. I have learnt vision. I had my own flair stress and anger just attract and style, and I was too “WHEN RUBY ROSE WORE THE negative energy, which will stubborn to share my BALANCAI BIKER JACKET, IT GAVE make everything even worse. designs with anyone else. ME A TASTE OF SEEING EMPOWERED Now when something goes I wasn’t afraid to go for wrong, I have to say to myself, what I wanted. So yeah, WOMEN IN MY CLOTHING.” “This is out of my control. Ok, I had drive and a vision, how do we resolve this?”. It’s so I just went for it. just part of the journey and that’s life. Many of your pieces are so detailed and intricate. Where are they made and how long Describe your creative process? It’s always a does it take to create, say, a single jacket? thought, firstly. A vision. A lot of the time, I’m lying I produce all my garments out of Indonesia. When in bed, and I will have to jump out and quickly travelling around South-East Asia, I was inspired by scribble down a design or idea that’s popped into local artisans and their craftsmanship, and I quickly my head. Then I will make up some patterns and built great relationships with them. As the garments toile it up on cheap fabric. Next, I look at the fit and are highly detailed and all handmade, a custom design from sketch to 3D, and usually I will make order can take anywhere from two to four weeks changes until I am happy. Once I have approved to land at your door. Due to demand, I try to keep my design, it is created on the final material. as much stock in my studio as possible. I love that your pieces are hard and soft at the same time. What type of person is a Rocky What are three personal traits that have got Rafaela woman? She wants to be noticed. you to where you are today? Fearlessness, She dresses to impress. She’s done with making experimentation and passion. excuses and acting small. She’s learned to ignore Finish this sentence: I wish fashion ... anyone who says she can’t, because they’re wrong. Had stronger copyright laws to protect designers, stylemagazines.com.au
What’s the most influential piece of clothing that you own? Most definitely my Alexander McQueen blazer. It is special to me because he is, and has always been, my favourite designer. Since I knew what fashion was, he was my idol. I remember being in Milan, covered head-to-toe in his jewellery, and a head scarf wrapped around my head, jumping in the air because I was so excited to walk into one of his amazing stores. I still have the photo. I could also relate to his dark taste, over-the-top attitude and highly detailed garments. SEE MORE ONLINE
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Alyce Tran chats to Annabelle Beirne about taking the renowned Australian brand global. THE DAILY EDITED launched a major campaign this year with the Stallone girls (the daughters of Sylvester Stallone). This got us thinking! What does it take to turn a hobby into an international business? For those who are unfamiliar with the label, The Daily Edited is a brand that allows customers to purchase leather goods, then have the items monogrammed with their initials or names or whatever they like! It’s all about that personal touch. Annabelle took some tips from business co-founder, Alyce Tran. The Daily Edited – was there something in particular that inspired the name? The Daily Edited started as a blog. It was a daily edit of things that inspired Tania (my co-founder) and I. We then launched a fashion line that didn’t quite work out on the blog, and in August 2014, we launched our first accessories line under the label TDE. At what point did you realise there was a market out there for your product? When our first collection (which was intended for family and friends) sold out in a week. What is your #1 tip for all the women out there wanting to turn their business idea into a reality? Just go for it! You have nothing to lose. At what point did you realise you would expand internationally? Was this your intention from the beginning? Well, one of our first orders was from a customer in Dubai, so we were international from day one. I suppose that’s the nature of online businesses. In April this year, we opened our first physical shop in Robinsons (a luxury department store) in Singapore, and a few weeks ago, we opened a shop at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York. But before these physical stores opened, we had a substantial customer base in each of those locations which prompted us to take the next step with the physical stores. 36
What have you found to be the most challenging aspect about branching out to the US? Well, it’s almost like starting the business again from scratch: opening an office, training staff, working out how to get internet into the office. It’s like a new battle every day. Is there a personal quality you believe greatly contributes to your success? I work really hard and I keep it real. I am involved in every aspect of the business, from customer service (yes, I answer customer service emails for 5-8 hours per week, no matter where in the world I am) to directing our major global campaigns. Why did you decide to open a store in Brisbane? I love Brisbane, and we have so many customers there, we had to! What would you classify as the must-have item from the current collection? I am loving our box bag at the moment. It’s actually very versatile and works from day to night. The long strap allows you to carry the bag on your shoulder during the day, and then you can clutch it at night. We spied the American Riverdale cast with the latest collection! Are you a fan girl of the TV series? If so, favourite character and why? Yes, I love the show! Veronica Lodge, she’s a strong, loyal, multi-faceted character. Favourite spot for brekky in New York? ABCV. Last, is your favourite colour actually pink? Yes, I was into pink before pink became millennial pink. I wore pink to my formal, my 21st and my 30th, so I’m right into it!
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Fashion designer Juli Grbac was the darling of Brisbane’s fashion scene, then she fell off the radar. She chats with Tracy Sinclair about where she’s been and why fashion, airlines and NYC are still inspiring her daily. So it’s pretty clear that fashion was always going to be in your blood, with your mother being a dressmaker. How has she influenced your fashion career? Oh gosh, my mum is my biggest inspiration. I always think back to when we were kids – she got herself a sewing machine and taught herself to sew. I watched her progress into an amazing career woman from Macedonia who couldn’t even speak English when she was 21. When I started my own business, she worked alongside me. I always feel like I picked up where she left off, and every win that I have is like a win for both of us. Ten years ago, you had much success with Project Runway and winning the Virgin Australia uniform design gig, then you just fell off the radar. Where have you been? Well, I have to say my life has been very exciting, with many ups and downs, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. After I did Virgin, which was amazing – one of the highlights of my career – I moved to New York. I thought it was time for a change, and I lived there for a couple of years, travelling between NY and Brisbane. It was fabulous. I’ve been stalking your insta feed and I see you have an absolute love affair with New York. When friends come to visit, where do you take them? Once of my favourite places is Mercer Street. It has the Mercer Kitchen which is a restaurant downstairs that has the best burger in New York. I’m more of a downtown girl, so I like to stick around Soho, TriBeCa and, if I do go uptown, it’s always Bergdorf or Saks. New York always has new things opening, and I like to keep an eye out for new places to go to. You designed the original Virgin Australia uniform. Is there anything you wish you could change about the uniforms? Well, the wonderful thing is I still work with Virgin, so I’m constantly 38
making changes to improve the uniform. We are constantly changing fabrics, improving the scarf or any type of function. But the one thing that I wouldn’t change is the red dress. That’s become a bit of an icon, and that is my favourite design. Tell me about your new collection, Grace on Mercer. Firstly, how did you come up with the name? Grace has always been one of my favourite names, and it’s a version of my higher self. So whenever I go into meetings or interviews, I step into Grace and become the best version of myself. Mercer Street is one of my favourite streets in New York. This collection was about making women feel they were stepping into the best version of themselves. How do you describe the collection’s aesthetic and style? The collection is very versatile and very easy. What I found myself, and with a lot of women around me, is there’s not a lot of time anymore. You know, someone’s picking up the kids or they’re travelling or there’s no time to iron. So I created a small capsule collection that sort of covered the casual to dressy and made it easy for travelling, so there are some pieces that don’t crease. So it’s all about efficiency and making life easier for women. So while you’ve been away, what have you noticed about fashion in Brisbane? I really, really love coming home. I remember thinking, “I’m going to go to New York and everyone’s going to look like Carrie Bradshaw”, and they didn’t. And then I would come to Brisbane and go to Harveys and the women are just fabulous. It’s like straight off the runway. So I just love, love watching Brisbane women. Choose one brand to wear for the rest of your life. This is a really hard question. If I had kids, it’s like asking which is your favourite? I dare say Valentino – always. He’s always
been a favourite. Between him and Karl Lagerfeld. When you’ve had a rough day, how do you deal with that? Look, I always say the glass is half full rather than half empty but we all have our down days – it’s a part of life. I’m thankful I live alone so no one gets to see it! Usually I’ll buy some Ben & Jerry’s, sit on the couch and mope. But I give myself one night. I say, “Ok Juli, you can be sad tonight, but when you wake up tomorrow, you have to be a queen again”. Life’s hard, there’s ups and downs, but you need to allow yourself to be sad sometimes. Every time I’ve tried to just push through and think, “I can do this, I can do this”, it just pushes me back further and further. So now I just feel the emotions and get on with it. What’s the most influential piece of clothing that you’ve owned or created? Probably the dress that I made for Kelly Rowland. That was a really hard dress to make but on Project Runway everybody loved it. After Project Runway, it was my signature, and I made many more for my label. People still remember those designs, and people still own them. GRACE ON MERCER BY JULI GRBAC GRACEONMERCER.COM
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EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED Offering a mixture of all things old and new, Avenue J arouses curiosity in every customer. WITH 20 YEARS of industry experience under her belt, last year Sue Gaylard decided to follow her passion to the beautiful coastal town of Mooloolaba to start her own store, Avenue J. Sue’s passion for unearthing unique antique and modern jewellery means she has handpicked every exquisite piece found in her store. At Avenue J you will find an extensive selection of jewellery from the Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco periods right through to modern, handmade pieces from all over the world and creations by Avenue J’s in-house jeweller. Whether you’re exploring the Mooloolaba Esplanade or searching for something special, each visit to Avenue J will see you immersed in an amazing shopping experience. The extensive collection of jewellery at Avenue J is
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constantly evolving with new modern pieces, original antique pieces as well as classic designs full of old-world charm. Sue and her Avenue J team pride themselves on being the antique and fine jewellery specialists people can turn to. If you have a dream antique piece in mind but don’t know where to start searching, Sue and her team of specialists will be able to assist with sourcing pieces from all over the world and offer many services, including resizing, repairing, rethreading, remodelling and valuations. Providing a service people can trust has seen many of Sue’s clients follow her to the coast store for her expertise. Despite the sea change, Sue still has a strong connection with her Brisbane clients and welcomes them to her new store.
TURN AROUND BRIGHT EYES Legally, you don’t have to make a statement to be arresting. But we recommend that you do, writes Annabelle Beirne. THERE’S A PAIR out of sunglasses to suit everyone’s personality. Add the right pair of sunglasses for you to any outfit and you’ll feel put together! This season it’s all about coloured lenses, glitzy embellishments and quirky frames. Don’t be afraid to branch out of your comfort zone!
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STYLING FOR THE SEASON
COPING WITH SEPARATION
HOW TO BE AN IDEAL BORROWER
FOR YOUR NEXT event, take your cue from the season and inject a dose of winter warmth into your styling. Creating a theme for your event is essential, as it gives a cohesive effect and helps you cultivate ideas to suit the occasion. This will help all the components combine seamlessly. Start with a carefully curated selection of neutral textural basics such as cane chairs, timber tables and white linen. Next, bring in layered detail with textures such as fabrics seen in curtains, ceiling draping and cushions. Finally, finish the look by accessorising with pops of moody blues accompanied by sleek and sophisticated greenery. The key to making this ensemble a success is keeping the palette neutral and using textures and tones to bring it to life. This winter look works particularly well with corporate events when you want to add some impressive yet effortless flair. It also translates from daytime to evening, with the concept suited to anything from a power breakfast to networking cocktails.
LEAVING YOUR CHILD at an early learning centre for the first time can be a stressful experience for both your child and yourself. Separation anxiety is normal in the early weeks and is something that can peak between the ages of 14 and 18 months. This feeling typically decreases throughout early childhood. Some children will throw tantrums or refuse to get out of the car when they are about to be separated from their parents. Understanding this behaviour and staying calm is important. Speaking softly and cuddling may help. Taking your child to visit their new centre for orientation, and to meet the educators before the first day, will help to calm the nerves. Be sure to talk to your child about what will happen at the centre, and reassure them as you leave that you’ll come back. Working with your child’s teachers and educators is ideal as they have plenty of good ideas and reassuring advice. Goodstart Early Learning Centre now offer three CBD locations in Fortitude Valley, Ann St and Adelaide St.
BEING A GREAT loan candidate doesn’t always come easily. But with a little guidance, you can achieve your home-owner goals in no time. Here are my top tips to becoming an ideal candidate for a home loan: • If you have any type of loan, be sure to always meet the minimum repayments. • Limit the amount of credit inquiries you make. Applying for multiple credit cards, store cards or loans before selecting one will affect your credit score. So it is important to research first or speak to an expert. • Pay off all consumer debt as soon as possible. This demonstrates your ability to reduce debt quickly and improves your overall position. • Start setting yourself financial goals. Whether you have debt or not, this is a great way to reduce debt or save money. Set a dollar figure that you hope to have paid off/saved by a certain date. • Budget! A well-controlled budget is a game-changer when it comes to acquiring more finance.
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AS INNOVATIVE ROASTERS, we are taking a stand against landfill by focusing on sustainable initiatives. One way we do this is by encouraging our discerning customers to adopt drinking habits that will help combat the 1 billion coffee cups thrown away each year in Australia. Research has confirmed that handcrafted, specialty coffee is best enjoyed in porcelain, ceramic, glass or china. Next time you stop at your local café, stay a few extra minutes to enjoy your coffee in a porcelain cup and enjoy some quality time before your day starts. As responsible business operators, we endorse a simple principle: dine-in beats takeaway any day! One reason our café-loving country has fallen victim to the paper cup is the convenience of it. We understand that life moves fast. If you don’t want to be slowed down, treat yourself to a reusable coffee cup (such as La Bontazza) to keep you on the go. It’s time for Australia to ditch the takeaway cup once and for all!
SINCE THE INCEPTION of the Wil Valor label 12 years ago, we have created and delivered more than 25,000 garments, 20 of them velvet jackets. Although a velvet suit jacket may not be an everyday necessity, it is a statement piece that should reside in every gentleman’s wardrobe and here are the reasons why: • It feels amazing on. Not only is it soft to touch, but it hugs your body beautifully. • It’s the perfect alterative to a sports jacket for after-5 and cocktail events. • Works as a versatile jacket that can be used for formal occasions, too. There are two types of velvet: silk velvet and cotton velvet. Silk velvet is quite delicate and soft to touch, giving it an amazing look and feel. Cotton is always great, but it is what you will find in cheap menswear stores and doesn’t have the depth of colour or the lustre of silk. If you’re looking to invest in the best, look no further than German velvet as it is the best in the world. German fabric is what we use at Wil Valor to create our tailored velvet garments.
GLAUCOMA IS A worldwide problem that leads to blindness if not detected and managed. In its early stages it is asymptomatic, which means up to half of all people with glaucoma don’t realise they have it. Glaucoma is a common, slowly progressive, potentially vision-threatening disease that causes damage to the optic nerve inside the eye. One of the greatest risks for glaucoma is a family history of the disease. Patients with known first-degree relatives diagnosed with the disease should have regular glaucoma screening with their optometrist, at least 10 years earlier than the disease onset in their relatives. This will provide individuals with the greatest possible chance of maintaining their eye health and vision. Known associations include high myopia (short-sightedness), eye pressure, diabetes, sleep apnoea and high blood pressure. Glaucoma can be investigated as part of a routine eye examination. Book an appointment with us to take steps to preserve your vision.
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GIVING EVENTS A WOW FACTOR
THOUGHTS KEY TO WELL-BEING
HOW TO ENGAGE WITH CONTENT
FROM HIGH-END CORPORATE conferences to intimate business evenings, event management is about creating an all-encompassing experience for your guests. Successful corporate events are about more than just the venue and logistics. They are about creating unique “wow” moments that will stun your guests and create an incomparable experience that people will rave about to their acquaintances. These special touches can be as simple as personalised place settings, or as extravagant as live sashimi carving stations, and are appropriate for large industry events through to smaller business-to-business evenings. These interactive experiences ensure your guests are active participants in the event. By keeping your guests engaged, businesses are able to reinforce positive industry relations. Memorable and enjoyable corporate events are not impossible to achieve when you approach them with logistical planning, industry knowledge, and a strong understanding of what guests want to experience.
DEPRESSION IS A leading cause of ill health, along with cancer and cardiovascular disease. When serious psychological distress is at an all-time high, it can significantly affect quality of life and life expectancy. Research is clear: psychological therapy and lifestyle choices help eliminate symptoms and improve wellbeing, and therapy’s effectiveness is equivalent to medical intervention. Psychologists help people change their thinking patterns and improve their coping skills, thereby equipping individuals to deal with stressors and conflicts. As well as supporting recovery, therapy helps people remain well by identifying and changing unhelpful thoughts and behaviours, enabling them to build a balanced and satisfying life. There are many effective psychological treatments for depression as well as options for the delivery of therapy. Most people prefer to work one-on-one with a psychologist, while some prefer a group. Online programs and apps are also useful.
CONTENT MARKETING IS more than just advertising. It is about formulating tailored strategies to reach and engage your audience through experiential marketing, social media engagement, and traditional media content. As branding evolves to be more than logos and websites, it can be difficult to ensure your business keeps up. With more tools at our disposal than ever before, the only limit to what you can create is your ability to innovate and think beyond convention. Using available web channels and generating specific marketing collateral is central to our strategies. This can include social media platforms, your very own magazine or newsletter, eDMs, blog posts, photoshoots, and video content. Combining these tools with effective strategy and planning elevates the capability of the content to reach your audience, build brand recognition, and develop audience trust. Combining strategy, innovation, and tools, we can make heads turn, clicks happen, and scrolling stop.
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EXPLORE ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES Clayfield College invites families and locals to visit the school to celebrate the big return of the Clayfield College Fair. THIS AUGUST, CLAYFIELD College will highlight its many facets with the return of the Clayfield College Fair. For the first time in four years, the College will welcome the school community, locals and future school families to join the festivities. The College invites you to enjoy a day of food, tours and fun activities for the whole family. On the day there will be many rides for all ages, an animal farm, food stalls and arts and crafts. Clayfield College offers a stimulating academic curriculum and an impressive variety of
co-curricular opportunities. These will be explained during personal tours of the campus, which will be available between 11am and 3pm on the day. Discover the unmatched opportunities the College has to offer by watching the students’ many music and language performances as well as a thought-provoking debate between students and teachers. With the whole College open to the public, there are many opportunities for visitors to discover in a relaxed and welcoming community environment the qualities that set Clayfield College apart.
Clayfield College Principal, Mrs Kathy Bishop, together with the teaching staff, College Leadership Team, and College school captains, Nicola Crowley and Madeleine Haeusler, welcome you to the Clayfield College Fair on Saturday, August 5, from 11am to 3pm. CLAYFIELD COLLEGE 23 GREGORY ST, CLAYFIELD P 3262 0262 CLAYFIELD.QLD.EDU.AU
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CELEBRATING GRATEFUL HEARTS AND OPEN MINDS Loreto College empowers girls to realise their potential. LORETO BELONGS TO a global network of more than 150 schools that have been educating women for more than 400 years. Loreto students consistently achieve high levels of academic success because the College’s curriculum is relevant and challenging with a focus on the development of the whole person. It promotes creativity, divergent thinking, intellectual rigour and reflective dispositions. It also builds confidence, ignites passion and nurtures a generous spirit. Loreto schools empower girls to think beyond the limits of stereotypes. Consequently, each year more than 99 per cent of Loreto’s OP-eligible
graduates secure tertiary placements. Loreto students are encouraged to involve themselves in the enriching co-curricular program. These include an extensive range of sports, plentiful social justice and leadership opportunities, extensive cultural programs and pursuits, international immersion and exchange trips, musical and stage productions and performing arts tours. Loreto’s unique educational philosophy aims to empower and motivate young women to use their individual gifts with grateful hearts
and open minds. Our reputation for educational excellence comes from having a holistic, faith-based approach. We invite you to discover the perfect balance for your daughter at our Open Day on Sunday July 30. Come and meet us and explore the academic and co-curricular opportunities on offer. Student-led tours of the campus provide a genuine insight into the Loreto community. LORETO COLLEGE 415 CAVENDISH RD, COORPAROO P 3394 9999 LORETO.QLD.EDU.AU
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FUTURE THINKING Mount Alvernia College students prove they’re up for the challenge. AT MOUNT ALVERNIA College, Years 7 and 8 students are involved in the Thinking Science program. Throughout this program, students are presented with science tasks requiring them to think critically and creatively. Teams of Year 7 students put their learning to great use earlier this year when, along with about 600 students from south-east Queensland and China, they battled it out at the Green Heart Schools Future BNE Challenge as part of the World Science Festival. Students were asked to complete a series of quick tasks testing their skills. They evaluated local and global water use and recorded a video pitch to present and explain their solution. Mount Alvernia’s
impressive presentation resulted in the girls taking out the major prize, and they will now travel to the Melbourne Water Kids Teaching Conference to present their ideas. College Deputy Michael McDonald said the girls’ success owed much to their critical-thinking skills developed through the Thinking Science Australia program. “Not only does the program challenge students to think more deeply, it allows teachers to move
away from traditional classroom instruction as well as facilitating and guiding students through their thinking, conversations and decision-making,” Mr McDonald said. Mount Alvernia College is passionate about inspiring young women to fulfil their potential by recognising the talents of each student. MOUNT ALVERNIA COLLEGE 82 CREMORNE RD, KEDRON P 3357 6000 MTA.QLD.EDU.AU
KIDS CRACK THE READING CODE Giving a child the best opportunity to learn and develop their skills starts with the right education. AT ST MARGARET’S Anglican Girls School, the prep students are achieving impressive results in early reading and writing with the use of an evidence-based phonics program. The Get Reading Right program helps children to read and spell by teaching the 44 sounds, or phonemes, and how to blend and segment them, essentially providing them with an alphabetic code to get them reading and spelling. St Margaret’s Assistant Head of Primary Trudi Edwards explains that “since introducing the explicit and systematic teaching of phonics in the classroom, we’ve noticed every child’s reading and spelling skills flourish at a rapid rate. “Get Reading Right not only teaches phonics in
a way strongly supported by research, but it builds on the comprehensive phonological awareness program we use. These phonological skills enable students to discriminate sounds in words, providing the tools to crack the reading code,” Ms Edwards says. Each morning Prep students dive into a range of fun and engaging literacy activities, learn common words by sight and how to apply phonics to reading and writing. Phonics practice is followed up with reading and writing activities to help reinforce what students have learnt, enrich vocabulary, model and practice fluency, and teach comprehension as well as how to create well-written texts.
Parents can witness learning in action at the St Margaret’s Open Morning on Tuesday, August 15 from 8am to 11am, with the opportunity to meet the principal, chat with leadership staff and tour the school. Register your school visit online. ST MARGARET’S 11 PETRIE ST, ASCOT P 3862 0777 STMARGARETS.QLD.EDU.AU
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FULL BEAN AHEAD Brisbane’s northside caffeine scene is taking your morning cup to unfathomable new heights, writes Jade Horrobin. GONE ARE THE days when grinding run-of-themill beans from large-scale roasteries was the norm. Northside baristas are now importing green beans from sustainably sourced single-origin supply chains and roasting them hyper-locally. With customisation from beginning to end, this trend is spicing up the coffee scene more than any other movement to hit the industry in the past decade. Where once a café would serve up the same blend as the place next door, in-house roasting raises the bar on what consumers can expect. It’s not just millennials who are suckers for artisanal coffee anymore – every coffee consumer is increasingly aware of how the bitter bean is prepared. The surburban coffee race has shot into the spotlight in the past few years, as the high expectations of Instagram-worthy CBD cafés stylemagazines.com.au
permeates into residential areas. Leading the pack are northside institutions like Elixir at Stafford and Brendale’s Cleanskin Coffee Co. Elixir and Cleanskin Coffee Co roast their beans in-house, and both boast exceptional custom brews. Specialty coffee takes on a life of its own at Dandelion and Driftwood at Hendra. Owned and operated by the lifeblood of Brisbane coffee, Penny and Peter Wolff, the coffee is roasted hyper-locally with Wolff Coffee Roasters. With complete control over the flavours and roasting process, customers are able to choose between two exceptionally different blends – both crafted from the same green beans. Those of us with coffee pulsing through our veins will be familiar with the prayer-emoji-worthy process that is cold press. Kings of cold press, Blackstar, have been on the precipice of what’s cool in coffee for more than a decade now. Inspired by the delicious cups of specialty coffee they encountered on a trip to New Zealand, the Blackstar boys were inspired to create their own finely crafted blend. The desire to create something new also drives cafés like Blackstar and Fonzie
HYPER-LOCAL ROASTING IS LAUNCHING SUBURBAN CAFÉS TO THE FOREFRONT OF COFFEE CREATION. Abbott at Hamilton to hyper-local roasting. The crews here are serious about their beans – but don’t mistake this for hoity-toity coffee snobbery. Hyper-local roasting is bringing suburban coffee up a notch or 10, transforming local hubs into the home of specialty beans. Watch out, Melbourne: The northside is coming for you.
EXCUSE ME, MISS FROM THE DUO BEHIND NEW FARM’S LITTLE LOCO, DANIEL AND HANNAH BOWLES HAVE JUST OPENED THEIR NEW CAFÉ, MISS JONES. WITH SPECIALTY COFFEE, A KICK-ASS MENU, AND A MILLENNIAL-PINK NEON SIGN, WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE? INSTAGRAM.COM/MISSJONES.CAFE
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CHAMPAGNE AHOY SYDNEY’S FAVOURITE OCEAN BAR, SEADECK, IS ABOUT TO MAKE A SPLASH AS IT CRUISES INTO BRISBANE FOR 11 WEEKS FROM SATURDAY JULY 1. IF CRUISING DOWN THE RIVER WITH FRIENDS, BOTTLE SERVICE AND TUNES ISN’T ENOUGH TO GET YOU EXCITED, THE A LA CARTE MENU SURE WILL. CRAFTED BY DREW BOLTON OF QUAY AND ARIA RESTAURANTS, THE MENU FOCUSES ON LOCALLY SOURCED SEAFOOD AND SUSTAINABLE PRODUCE. BRISBANE, GET READY TO LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL! SEADECK.COM.AU
LET’S GET REGIONAL BRISBANE’S LARGEST FREE FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL IS BACK AGAIN, AND FULL OF FLAVOUR, FOR ANOTHER YEAR. ON THE WEEKEND OF JULY 15-16, SOUTH BANK PARKLANDS TRANSFORMS INTO A FOODIE’S PARADISE FOR THE REGIONAL FLAVOURS FESTIVAL WITH FREE ENTERTAINMENT AND DELICIOUS FOOD, BEER AND WINE.
BRISBANE FAVOURITES ALFRED & CONSTANCE HAVE LAUNCHED THEIR WINTER 2017 MENU IN THEIR BEER GARDEN, THE VANGUARD. WITH AN INDULGENT MENU THAT FEELS LIKE A COMFORTING EMBRACE, AND A DRINKS LIST THAT WILL WARM YOU UP FROM THE INSIDE OUT, ALFRED & CONSTANCE IS THE DREAMY DESTINATION TO KEEP YOU COSY ALL SEASON LONG. ALFREDANDCONSTANCE.COM.AU
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THE DAILY GRIND JUST GOT BETTER
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Melbourne coffee expert Grinders moves to Woolloongabba. BRISBANE’S THRIVING COFFEE scene has long rivalled even Melbourne’s café community. Now Melbourne institution Grinders Coffee has moved its boutique café from Teneriffe to Woolloongabba and paired it with a barista training facility. Emanating from the desire to create a tailored coffee experience, the Logan Road boutique celebrates the entire coffee experience, from the growth of the bean, the process of preparing the perfect coffee, and the taste of the final product. Head of café operations, Andy Easthope, describes the menu as a carefully selected rotation of hand-roasted African blends and seasonal single origins. With a keen focus on showcasing the skills of the barista, the café also extends to a state-of-
the-art training facility that specialises in training baristas in specialty coffee preparation. By locating the training facility next door to the café, Grinders Coffee is able to showcase what can be achieved with specialty coffee. The tip-totail learning experience is headed by key trainer, Michaela Gerard, a highly regarded member of the coffee community who has judged at World Barista Championship level. The innovative design of the café and training facility elevates the coffee experience. More than
just a place to stop by to pick up a coffee on your commute to work, Grinders Coffee is a destination café for coffee enthusiasts and java junkies alike. From the simple food to the clean and warm décor, Logan Road perfectly showcases the passion of the Grinders Coffee team for doing a few things really, really well. At the end of the day, the experience is all about the coffee. GRINDERS COFFEE 7/11 LOGAN RD, WOOLLOONGABBA P 1300 736 377 GRINDERSCOFFEE.COM.AU
GET DOWN TO THE UNDERGROUND Brisbane’s backstreets and basements harbour some of its best watering holes, writes Jade Horrobin. BROOKLYN STANDARD Brooklyn Standard boasts funky American dive-bar vibes and live blues music every night of the week. Hidden behind a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it doorway in the depths of Eagle Lane, Brooklyn Standard is home to an impressive bar menu, knowledgeable bartenders, and funky interiors lifted straight out of downtown Brooklyn.
ELECTRIC AVENUE Amping up Woolloongabba’s social status is Logan Road’s Electric Avenue. With a nod to the suburb’s history as an antique shopping mecca, this bistro bar is decked with a whole lot of charming vintage bric-a-brac. With more than 75 wines and 140 whiskys, Electric Avenue has something for everyone (keep an eye out for hidden doorways).
SAVILE ROW Hidden away behind an unassuming orange door, Savile Row brings effortlessly cool London-esque vibes to Ann Street. With more than 900 spirit bottles adorning the multilevel bar and an elegant cocktail menu, it brings grown-up classiness to Fortitude Valley. Moody lighting, decadent booths and the centrality of the bar oozes opulence.
FARRIER BAR Farrier Bar is the answer to Brisbane’s late-night prayers. It strikes a balance between comfort and style and is open until 2am seven days a week. Decked with backlit sandstone walls, vintage armchairs and cowhide stools, you can sip your way through the bar menu or tuck into their pan-Asian eats.
HEYA BAR Heya Bar is guaranteed to have you feeling all kinds of swanky as you venture through the subterranean maze of doorways, secret rooms and dimly lit corners hidden in this hideaway bar. Head downstairs into the printing-press basement of the old Sun newspaper building and leave Brisbane behind. It’s way too easy to lose track of time as you immerse yourself in the Tokyo-esque vibes of this bustling bar. 49
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VEINS NOT JUST A FEMALE PROBLEM
HIDDEN SUGARS BEHIND DECAY
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ONE OF THE most common misconceptions about varicose veins is that they only affect women. But the truth is, veins don’t discriminate. They do affect both genders. With years of experience in the industry and research at our clinic, we’ve seen that varicose veins in men present much later and often quite severely. This can result in a greater risk of ulceration as well as permanent skin damage. It is thought the reason for this is that often men are not so concerned about the visual appearance of veins. However, men can still suffer from symptoms such as aching legs or discomfort at night, particularly if their line of work requires them to be on their feet for long periods of time or if they participate in highintensity sport or fitness. If you’re time-poor, the non-surgical techniques now offered mean your leg vein treatment won’t cause you to take any time off work for recovery. And with our after-hours appointments, you could be walking out of the clinic within an hour or two.
IT’S NO SECRET that the hidden sugars in western diets cause not just obesity but dental decay. Sugar appears in many forms, so being aware of what you’re consuming is the best way to improve your dental hygiene. Dental decay is created by a perfect-storm environment in your mouth. To avoid decay caused by bacteria, limiting the frequency of your sugar intake is considered more important than the amount consumed in any one sitting. Other hidden risks include consumption of soft drinks, sports drinks, smoothies and dried fruit as well as mouth breathing. The areas most prone to decay are in between teeth and on chewing surfaces. Sealants help prevent molar decay while flossing daily protects the spaces between your teeth. Remember: only floss the teeth you want to keep! Now is the best time to start being proactive about the health of your teeth, as prevention is always better than a solution.
DO YOU WANT a brow that leaves you feeling fabulous, fresh and fashionable? When it comes to your brows, it’s not just about the arch and shape. At The Brow Bar, we offer an intricate and personalised consultation as part of the Brow Lift-Shaping signature service to ensure we create and maintain brows that are specifically designed for you. A key part of this service is a technique I created called Brow Whispering. This technique is a browreading service that is exclusive to The Brow Bar. It’s all about understanding the client’s facial features in order to style a brow that compliments your features, complexion and shape to guarantee you are the envy of others. How do we do that, you ask? Simple. The Brow Bar’s Arch Angels are trained to look at your facial features, natural brow shape and preferred brow design to tailor your brows. This technique of brow shaping has even graced the likes of The Veronicas and former Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice. Let your brows do the talking!
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AS WITH MANY health issues, chronic migraine is best treated by preventing its occurrence in the first place. Risk factors for chronic migraine include an increase in headache frequency, overuse of acute headache medications, obesity, anxiety or depression, and poor sleep. Patients with migraine need to completely avoid the use of strong opioids such as Endone, OxyContin and pethidine. Many patients are also not aware that common over-the-counter medications such as Nurofen Plus, Panadeine, and Mersyndol contain codeine, which is a weak but potentially addictive opioid. Patients should undertake a regular exercise plan and introduce a weight-loss program if they struggle with weight, as well as treating any co-existing disorder of mood or sleep. If your headache frequency is increasing, arrange for a review with a migraine specialist, who will provide you with a treatment plan. Don’t wait until your headaches occur daily before you seek professional help.
AS EVERY MUM-TO-BE has discovered, many people are quick and eager to impart their personal views and birth sagas. As an obstetrician, my foremost duty is to guide each woman or couple through this process, taking into account previous pregnancy outcomes, medical history, problems encountered during pregnancy and, of course, each unique birth philosophy. There is no “one plan fits all” and it is far more important to carefully discuss facts (not anecdotes) while educating, empowering and navigating this exciting and nerve-wracking time. In my practice, these conversations range from planned water birth to booked elective caesarean, with time taken to monitor baby’s growth and development, and dispel any myths surrounding pregnancy, labour, epidurals and birth choices. Only by individualising care and providing accurate and unbiased education can women and their families fully understand their options and feel in control of their decisions and, ultimately, their entire birth experience.
WINTER IS A time for hibernation and rest, and the perfect time to rejuvenate and focus on your skin health. My personal favourite treatment for the cooler months is the Fraxel Dual. The Fraxel is a group of lasers that are great for improving the tone and texture of skin, helping to minimise pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkling, and reducing scarring. Although initially created as an aesthetic tool, new research indicates that it reduces pre-cancerous sunspots and can help reduce the progression to skin cancer. Fraxel is a relatively comfortable procedure with minimal downtime. The skin may exhibit sunburn-like flaking for a few days, but the result is refreshed skin and a healthy glow. It is important to remember that not all Fraxel is created equal. Be sure to check that you are getting an experienced practitioner who is using the genuine device – do not trust your body to less qualified imitators. Rejuvenate over winter and emerge from hibernation a new you in time for spring!
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RIDICULOUSLY RADIANT SKIN If there is one thing to be said about the perfect go-to beauty look, it would be that confidence is key. This season it’s all about the base. Embrace your natural beauty and start taking a less-is-more approach by applying a thin layer of tinted moisturiser. If an imperfection arises, spot correct with a touch of concealer. For the perfectly imperfect brow, embrace your natural arch but keep them tame with a swipe of clear brow gel. Since this look is all about the skin, the humble highlighter should be your go-to product and will quickly become your beauty bag’s most valuable player. Accentuate your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and your Cupid’s bow for a subtle but sexy glow. 52
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GET YOUR WINTER GLOW ON! Avoid dull and tired skin this winter. HERE ARE OUR tips for smooth, fresh, glowing skin: 1. Exfoliate twice a week using a peeling cream with a non-scratching granule. This allows your moisturisers to penetrate deeper for fresh, yummy-looking skin. My personal favourite is Dr Spiller Jojoba Peeling Cream (RRP $69). It hydrates as it exfoliates and also visibly defuses redness. Love it! 2. Once a month or so, treat yourself to a professional in-salon all-natural mini herbal peel. It’s quick and you will see immediate results. 3. For mature or problem skin, a professional
Herbal Aktiv Peel is like an exfoliant on steroids, without added synthetic acids or chemicals. Herbal Aktiv peels work on your skin’s own natural renewal process of regeneration. The results of these professional peels are natural and medically proven, and absolutely beautiful. And that, my lovely, is how you get beautiful skin as soft, smooth and clear as a baby’s bottom. Get a facial on your own and enjoy some “me time”, or get your girlfriends to join you and have a catch-up and a cheeky G+T at our licensed bar afterwards. Love, Brookie
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BURLEIGH GIRL ELIZA Landgren has had a unique approach to business, distilling the essence of her huge global following into a neighbourhood studio. After struggling with scoliosis – an abnormal curvature of the spine which causes chronic back pain and a constant feeling of being unwell – Eliza began doing basic daily stretches in her bedroom. To check her alignment, she would film and photograph herself on her phone and began sharing the photographs on her Instagram account. After gaining a steady following, she created @elle_fit – an Instagram account dedicated to her stretches, progress, lifestyle and fitness. Her next move was to establish Elle Fit Active , where her unique approach to holistic well-being and fitness is explained in a series of posters and e-books: Get Bendy, Get Split and Get Inverted. “From the beginning, my mission with Elle Fit Active was to provide and share tools that can help others take charge of their lives,” Eliza says. “When people approach me to share their positive stories about coming off pain medication, managing their scoliosis, finding some light after being clouded by depression or the excitement of nailing their first headstand, it’s pretty cool and I am constantly inspired.” Now with 197K followers, Eliza is focusing on the next step of her journey: Get Bendy Studios. “I have been online for three years and it’s been 54
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an amazing way to connect with people, but I guess I have been craving more human interaction and the ability to bring people together locally,” Eliza says. Located at Burleigh Heads, Get Bendy Studios possesses a philosophy of “Stretch Your Body, Stretch Your Mind”, and is designed as a sanctuary to help people negotiate their physical pain, and even anxiety, stress and depression. Being so intrinsically linked to her brand, Eliza has managed to strike a happy medium of sharing her business online, while still being true to her experiences and growth. “We are all human, and although we live different lives, we all experience the same spectrum of emotions,” she says. “So when I am open about what I am going through, there are always others going through something similar in their own life.” READ MORE ONLINE
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EARTHLY WONDERS While we love scientific beauty breakthroughs as much as the next person, sometimes Mother Nature knows best. ROSE Channel your inner Cleopatra, and spritz yourself with a petal-infused mist. Ideal for irritated, inflamed skin, rose water also has antibacterial qualities, which makes it perfect for blemishes. Try this: Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater. MATCHA The powdered form of green tea provides a potent dose of antioxidants, but you don’t need to be chugging matcha lattes to get the boost. Matcha supports the skin by increasing skin elasticity, while also fading hyperpigmentation. Try this: RitualiTea Matcha Madness Revitalizing Cleansing Body Mask.
FLAXSEED Eager for long, luscious hair worthy of a shampoo commercial? Flaxseed oil is the ultimate treat for dry, damaged strands, working to nourish your locks with the help of essential omega-3 fats. Try this: Aveda Control Paste.
TURMERIC Are you struggling with dull skin in the cooler months? Turmeric is a natural brightener that has Indian brides turning to this golden spice for a guaranteed glow on their wedding day. Turmeric also does the heavy lifting when it comes to anti-ageing benefits – hurray! Try this: RMS Beauty Oil.
CHIA These nifty little seeds have found their way into puddings, pancakes and protein bars, so it’s no surprise that the beauty world wants a piece of the action! These tiny balls are packed with fibre and omega-3 fatty acids, which explains why the word chia is derived from an Aztec word meaning “oily”. Try this: Sukin Super Greens Nourishing Chia Seed Oil.
WHEATGRASS Not keen for a morning wheatgrass shot? Cheat your way to skin bliss by sneaking this superfood into your breakfast smoothie. This chlorophyllpacked supplement can also help to heal acne, eczema or psoriasis. Try this: WelleCo Super Elixir Alkalising Greens.
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WINTER WARMERS Wesley LifeShape Clinic manager and dietitian Nicola Moore explains how to nourish your body with healthy, hearty dishes this winter. “IT’S COMMON TO crave comfort foods in the cooler months,” Nicola says. “However that doesn’t mean we need to swap healthy choices for high-fat and high-carbohydrate ones.” For something warm and filling, Nicola recommends hot porridge with skim milk and stewed fruit for breakfast, and a vegetable-based soup with a multigrain bread roll for lunch. For a delicious dinner, enjoy lean protein with baked vegetables like pumpkin, beetroot, and cauliflower sprinkled with low-fat feta. “Plan meals in advance so you have healthy ingredients and use a slow cooker to prepare soups and stews in the morning, so they’re ready when you get home,” Nicola says. If your repertoire needs a shake-up, look for exciting new recipes in other cuisines.
“Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines use spices to add a flavour punch, as will Indian dahls or curries using ricotta instead of cream,” she says. “In Japanese noodle dishes, go for goodquality broth and Slendier Noodles, or zucchini or pumpkin noodles. If you’re stuck for healthy winter meal ideas, our weekly cooking demonstrations will show you how to efficiently prepare delicious food for the season,” Nicola says. The clinic’s demonstrations cost $44 per head, and include the preparation and eating of two courses in their state-of-the-art kitchen at Milton. Dinner and lunchtime demonstrations are available. WESLEY LIFESHAPE CLINIC LEVEL 1, 19-23 CRIBB ST, MILTON P 1800 567 348 WESLEYLIFESHAPE.COM.AU
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’TIS THE SEASON TO BE HYGGE When the days turn grey, it’s time to hygge up and get cosy with your gang, writes Jade Horrobin. THERE’S NO DOUBTING the hygge lifestyle has swept us like a tidal wave. This wholesome Nordic style of living has no true English translation. The best we could do would be to describe hygge as the vernacular love child of “cosiness” and “contentment” with just a hint of “kinship”. If you’ve ever read an article on hygge, it would most likely have come with a pronunciation guide. (We found “hue-gah” or “rhymes with cougar” to be the most helpful.) Unlike the minimalism trend spearheaded by Marie Kondo, you don’t need a guide on “how to hygge” to embrace this Danish way of life. There’s nothing more hygge than burning scented candles and sharing a warm hot chocolate with friends in a cosy nook of your home while wearing fuzzy socks. Although hygge is often marketed as artisanal this and homemade that, it’s more about the purposeful creation of intimate moments than the number of knitted throws you own. It’s no secret that the Danes are the happiest people in the world. In a climate typified by
17 hours of darkness a day and consistently below-freezing temperatures, they’ve mastered the art of creating special moments from strikingly simple occurrences. Stocking up on candles in calming scents is the quickest and easiest way to add a little hygge to any space. Danes burn more candles than anywhere else in the world and it’s no surprise why. A gently flickering flame creates instant atmosphere. Once you’ve got your lighting sorted, play with textured rugs, cushions and throws – anything that tickles your fancy. Complete your cosy nook with a few top-notch books and remember that a few house plants can go a long way towards making a space feel nurturing. Infusing your home with hygge vibes doesn’t have to cost a fortune – after all, at its core, hygge is about finding joy in life’s simple moments. All you need is atmosphere (candles), presence (there’s an off button on your phone for a reason), gratitude (#blessed) and comfort (whip out those Ugg boots). Embrace your inner Dane and hygge-up your space this winter. 2.
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THERE IS NOTHING quite like a Saturday morning coffee to kickstart your weekend the right way. But more often than not, a café with good design, branding and décor is what sets one perfectly brewed cup of coffee apart from its equally good neighbour. Perhaps it’s simplistic to suggest people decide where to have their morning cup of joe according to their Instagram aesthetic. But there is no denying that patronising a coffee shop that is rich in atmosphere adds to a paying customer’s overall experience and sense of value. In Brisbane’s competitive café industry, there is only one chance to make a great first impression, and these days a café’s interior design can subconsciously influence choice. Café design is personal and each customer will visit and return based on their experience. Whatever theme is adopted for a venue – be it Scandinavian minimalism or a rustic and cosy vibe – each design element contributes
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They say you make your own fun, but the laughs are laid on so thick and fast in Vanuatu that amusing yourself isn’t necessary, as ‘big kid’ Tracy Sinclair discovers. I’M A WEIRDO. Anywhere I visit, I like to come up with a tourism tagline, like “Fiji, the way the world should be” or “Queensland, beautiful one day, perfect the next”. Ok, they’re not my creations, but you get the gist. So after swinging, zipping, paddling, and bashing our way around Port Vila, morphing from Jungle Jane to an extra out of a Mad Max movie, I knew my slogan had to capture the fun of Vanuatu. I had four days to figure it out. We arrive at the Ramada Resort Port Vila late at night. It’s warm and humid, and has that smell; that tropical “air” that lingers after a downpour. (One of the girls at work says the word for it is “petrichor”, meaning the pleasant smell that accompanies the first rain after a long dry). Gawd, I love that smell. I lived in Fiji as a kid, so the petrichor brings back memories. I’m keen to see how Vanuatu compares, but right now all we can really think of is sleep. 64
We are transported to our rooms by golf buggy. I like it! Nothing says island resort like a buggy, right? The resort is new, so my Junior Suite is immaculate and beautifully appointed. The air-con is perfect, the large bed looks more inviting than a cold beer on a hot day, and I resist the urge to open the curtains, opting to surprise myself in the morning. I’m up and at ’em early, and drawing back the curtains, the balcony overlooks the magnificent lagoon. It’s early so there’s a layer of mist over the water. It’s stunning and I’m excited. Breakfast! Our party meets at the resort’s Akiriki Restaurant, an open pavilion by the lagoon. The buffet breakfast is delicious. I learn that every meal here is so tasty because all the produce is organic. Vegetables are grown without pesticides, so lush and bountiful is the earth, and Vanuatu is famous for its world-class beef for the same reason.
We spend the morning at Port Vila township, browsing the market’s fresh produce and handmade wares. It’s a riot of colour. The women wear bright floral dresses, but are camouflaged among hundreds of buckets of flowers so massive and vivid, it’s as if the flowers are on steroids. But it’s the zipline we’re all excited about. Ok, I’m not excited. I’m terrified. Heights are not my thing. But before long I’m harnessed, attached to the zipline (can’t back out now) and yahooing as we soar above the jungle canopy. Vanuatu Jungle Zipline has over a kilometre of ziplines and two suspension bridges, and if you can relax enough to take in the view, it is such a buzz as you whizz over an 80m canyon and magnificent waterfall. Tip: Get a GoPro as photos don’t do it justice. JULY17
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Air Vanuatu will take you there.
The zipline soars over the canopy.
Cocktails that evening find us at the laid-back Banyan Beach Bar, with reggae playing. And later, the food next door at Tilly’s restaurant is outdone only by the glorious sunset. Next morning, we board the Vanuatu Eco Tours bus, a troop-carrier with open sides for taking in the countryside as we tap our toes to more reggae blaring from the speakers. Vanuatuans love Bob Marley, and so do I. I’m in my element, mun! We arrive at a private property where the flora is splendidly lush and Pascal, the owner of Vanuatu Eco Tours, and his 2IC, Bosco, are getting the kayaks ready. You can choose a single kayak or sit back and enjoy the ride in a double kayak with Pascal or Bosco paddling. Not that it’s hard work. It’s a leisurely kayak safari along a freshwater river. Pascal started the business more than seven years ago and points out interesting bits of the landscape and information about the wildlife. It’s a typically warm, cloudless day and we reward ourselves at the halfway point by swimming in the crystal-clear water. Heaven! Back at the property, kayaks packed away, someone spies a rope dangling over the river. It’s like bees to a honey pot as we all egg each other on to have a swing. It’s crazy how, the older you get, the more fearful you are. But I’ll have a crack at anything, and it’s the most fun I’ve had in ages. I’m screeching with laughter as I let go. Sure, no big deal if you’re eight, but if you haven’t swung over a river since you were a kid more than (cough) 30 years ago, it’s bloody good, clean fun. Tip: Get someone to record you on slo-mo. Hilarious! After lunch at the resort, we board the Reef Safari Tour, and moor just off Iririki island. Is the water blue or green? I can’t work it out, but it
is crystal-clear so you can take in parrotfish, butterflyfish, clownfish (think Nemo), seahorses and turtles as they eat out of your hand! Tip: An underwater GoPro is a good choice here. As if that wasn’t enough, the next day really takes the fun level up a notch. I’m a rev head at heart, and strapping into the off-road buggy, my adrenalin is pumping before we even leave the shop! Off-Road Buggy Adventure is owned by Aussie bloke Frank and his wife and is the best fun you can have on four wheels. The tour takes us off-road, through jungle and, because there’s been rain, on to muddy tracks – hurrah! I don’t know what happens to me when I get behind a wheel, but I become a bloody demon. Luckily, it has been raining for days so as I’m tearing up dirt tracks, I’m doing all I can to manoeuvre my fellow “buggers” into pools of mud. My co-pilot and I are screeching with glee as our mates are covered in mud from our burnouts! Mind you, it backfires a few times and we, too, are plastered with mud – hair, mouth, eyes, everything. Thankfully, the last stop is the most pristine, private, white sandy beach where we clean off in the water. Tip: Take your licence because you can’t drive without it. I know I’ve overused the word fun, but I don’t really know how else to describe Vanuatu. It’s a place where you can challenge yourself, be active, overcome fears, act like a kid, and more importantly, get back to nature. Whether you’re paddling on it, driving through it or zipping above it, there’s nothing like Vanuatu’s natural beauty and happy, humble people to remind you what life is about. And if you belly-laugh so hard it hurts, it’s because there’s “So much fun to do in Vanuatu”.
There’s nothing like Vanuatu’s natural beauty and happy, humble people to remind you what life is about . stylemagazines.com.au
the river with
A banana-leaf platter of
Vanuatu Eco To
fresh fruit – island-style.
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IT’S IN THE STARS
Stella Stargazer looks to the skies for a “tongue-in-chic” take on your horoscopes.
LEO JUL 24-AUG 23
SAGITTARIUS NOV 23-DEC 22
ARIES MAR 21-APR 20
Brace yourself for big changes this month, Leo. Mars has been poking around in your life and it’s all about to come to a volcanic head!
July holds a special milestone for you and plenty of reasons to celebrate. The influx of good energy will keep you in high spirits all month!
VIRGO AUG 24-SEP 23
CAPRICORN DEC 23-JAN 20
You’ve been distracted by your professional endeavours for the past few months, but bring your focus closer to home this month to unwind and recharge.
If you’re preparing for something big – a career change or a declaration of love – then here’s the sign you’ve been waiting for: go for it!
LIBRA SEP 24-OCT 23 Venus is in town, and that means love is in the air! But don’t be greedy – share the love around this month with compliments and affection.
SCORPIO OCT 24-NOV 22 You might find yourself extra busy this month, but if you can hang tight, your dedication will pay off in August with an all-time energy high.
The full moon this month is bringing nothing but good vibes and bold confidence! Lucky you, superstar.
AQUARIUS JAN 21-FEB 19 June was a crazy month for you, but the skills and experience you gained are invaluable. Put them to good use this month! #girlboss
PISCES FEB 20-MAR 20 Your bold personality can sometimes rub people the wrong way. Be unashamedly yourself, but also dedicate some time to nurturing your relationships this month.
TAURUS APR 21-MAY 21 Hello, social butterfly! This is a lively and exciting time for you, as your engaging personality brings joy to those around you. You’re the life of the party this month!
Cancer JUN 22 – JUL 23 You’ve been working hard and this month it pays off! You might be tired, but now is not the time to slow down. Big things are heading your way …
GEMINI MAY 22-JUN 21 It’s possible you’ve been feeling a bit worn down recently, internalising negativity that surrounds you. Hunker down and ride out the storm – August will bring clearer skies! RIGHT: Tony Bianco Caya block heel mule $190
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