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The locals that

come to life after dark

10 +pages of need-it-now looks


Home edits (and other shiny things)

A reflection OF YOU

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W Hotel, Brisbane City


Inner-city style R O OM T O B R E ATH E

What is a hidden gem that you recommend to locals and visitors alike? All fashion available from Indooroopilly Shopping Centre: Cue Belted Wide Leg Pant $270 Cue Kimona Sleeve Button Front Top $225 David Jones Milana Scarf $39.95 Lovisa Metal Orb Ring $13.99 Lovisa Open Square Drop Earring $17.99 Mimco Pulse Platform Heel $199 Oroton Jerome Baguette Bag $529.

WIN 11

A VIP Gold Coast getaway


The new stylists at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre


Interview with the founder of IIXIIST


The face behind Derlot Group


Meet the after dark troopers


Sibling spotlight


Behind the beauty: meet the founder of Rationale


Gold Coast versus Sunshine Coast

ON THE COVER: All fashion available from Indooroopilly Shopping Centre: David Jones Bec + Bridge Lillian Midi Dress $300, Lovisa Square Edge Hoop Earring $13.99, Lovisa Metal 3 Stack Ring Set $15.99, Lovisa Metal Orb Ring $13.99, Lovisa Golden Star Signet Ring $10.99, Oroton Amber Cuff $99.95, Oroton Amber Ring $49.95, Stylist’s own cuffs. Shoot Director: Tracy Sinclair Photographer: Corrina Louise Talent: Christy Young, Chic Brisbane Stylist: Donna Kirby Stylist Assistant: Bethan Warrior Hair & Makeup: Ginelle Dale Videographer: Sam Fregonese Location: Marian House, Coorparoo by Bellevue Queensland.

FOR ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES: P 3356 4100 E PO Box 31, Wilston 4051 Publisher’s Indemnity: Those who make advertising placement and/or supply copy material or editorial submissions to Style Magazines undertake to ensure that all such material does not infringe any copyright, trademark, defamation, libel, slander or title, breach of confidence, does not contain anything obscene or indecent, or does not infringe the Trade Practices Act or other laws, regulations or statutes. Further to the above mentioned, these persons agree to indemnify the publisher and/or its agents against any investigations, claims or judgements. Stock images used are from Unsplash and Rawpixel.





MANAGEMENT General Manager Paul Johnston The Prawnster, Kangaroo Point. Editor Tracy Sinclair Stanley Restaurant, Brisbane City. Operations Manager Rebecca Cattell Valentino’s Cafe, Lutwyche. Content Manager Courtney Frank Savile Row, Fortitude Valley. EDITORIAL Deputy Editor Fiona Williams Next Episode, South Brisbane. Journalist Dinushka Gunasekara McFly’s Espresso, Kangaroo Point. DIGITAL Digital Journalist Georgie Murray Carl’s Wine Bar & Bistro, Newstead. Digital Content Coordinator Tai Johnston Sakura Sushi, Windsor. Social Media Coordinator Melissa Myrteza Colwill Place, Albion. PRODUCTION Senior Designer Sophie Benstead Vince & Louie’s, Everton Hills.. Designer Morgan Kelly Farrier Bar & Supper Club, Fortitude Valley. Photographer Corrina Louise Piggy Back Cafe, Jindalee – rainbow coffee’s! CONTENT MARKETING Journalist Jasmine Rolfe Teralba Park in Everton Park. Retailer Liaison + Videography Max Heaton Street Corner Jimmy, Teneriffe. Creative Assistant Bethan Warrior Sherwood Arboretum. ADVERTISING Senior Account Manager Chloe Lloyd Sushi Kotobuki, East Brisbane. Senior Account Manager Katie Otto The Rabbit Hole, Seven Hills. Senior Account Manager Valentina Trifunov West End Coffee House. Sales Admin Rhonda Baker The Black Market, Albion. OPERATIONS Distribution Bruce Thurtell The Boardwalk, Kangaroo Point Cliffs.




risbane in springtime. Is there anything better? Okay, maybe summer, autumn and winter. Let’s get real, BNE is all good, all year round. Yet, we locals know we’re way more than just our beautiful climate. We’ve got so much more going on. Brisbane is emerging as the enviable lil’ cuz to our Australian major city counterparts – we’re becoming quite the thriving metropolis. You can see this all around us – with abundant urban development, a bouyant property market, hip shopping and dining precincts and more. And like our ever-changing city, here at Style we too keep evolving to continually bring you the best of what Brissy has to offer. Like this new look magazine, our first print mag back since COVID struck, (BTW that’s the only time I’m mentioning that word). In this September issue of Style, we uncover our favourite hidden places (as chosen by our crew), talk to some familiar faces, present new season fashion (special thanks to our mag partner this month – Indooroopilly Shopping Centre), and essentially continue to support local business. We’re extremely grateful to the businesses who have advertised with us this month – we understand she’s a bit of a weird old market right now. Thanks guys! We’re a world class city to be proud of and a community that truly hasn’t lost its supportive, relaxed and friendly soul. Let’s go enjoy!





ur city has it goin’ on! By day, there’s no shortage of hidden haunts to visit and by night, Brisbane is alive with a hive of happenings while most of us are sleeping (more on that on page 32). We’re stoked to be back in your hot little hands this month with this glossy September edition. As our mag moves to quarterly print and monthly digital publications, it’s exciting to see it, touch it and relish in the traditional yet innovative collection of our city. Great things are coming, so dig in and feast your eyes on over 70 pages of everything BNE.


All fashion available from Indooroopilly Shopping Centre: David Jones Bec + Bridge Lillian Midi Dress $300, Lovisa Square Edge Hoop Earring $13.99, Lovisa Metal 3 Stack Ring Set $15.99, Lovisa Metal Orb Ring $13.99, Oroton Amber Cuff $99.95, Oroton Amber Ring $49.95, Stylist’s own gold cuffs

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ou’ve never experienced the Gold Coast like this. While it’s no secret our southside sister is born to host, with pristine seascapes, lavish getaways, and gastronomic destinations around every corner, this is your chance to live the best of it all. Your stay will start at Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort in Main Beach – the 5-star, oceanfront escape that doubles as a tropical paradise. And while each suite is most definitely sweet, you and a very lucky guest will be calling the cream of the crop home for a few days. With the keys to the Presidential Suite in your hands, you’ll be stepping across marble floors to a full wall of windows that guarantee panoramic ocean views. From the plush chaise lounge to the six-seater dining table, two LCD TVs and a plunge bath rain shower, rest assured that spending your holiday away from your room is very optional.

Each morning will start on the ‘right side’ of the bed with breakfast provided daily. Then, in between making the most of the Sheraton’s six hectares of sparkling lagoons and tropical gardens, you’ll both be fitting in a visit to the exquisite Pearls Bar for a High Cheese Experience, featuring three tiers of decadent cheeses in both sweet and savoury dishes plus a glass of wine each. You’ll also be heading straight to the top at Gold Coast’s literal biggest attraction. With complimentary entry to Q1’s SkyPoint Observation Deck, take in the hustle and bustle of a lively and dazzling cityscape over a drink per person. It’s almost hard to believe it’s all waiting just an hour away!

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Alexander Lotersztain With his roots starting in Argentina, Alex Lotersztain has called Brisbane home since he was 18 years old. Since then he’s added to the cultural backbone of our city’s style when it comes to quirky interiors and daring designs. Meet the edgy and eccentric founder of Derlot Group.












grew up in Argentina and came to Australia to study when I was 18 years old at Queensland College of Arts – Griffith University, graduating in design. My penchant for Brisbane started in West End where I spent most of my time. Soon after graduating, I moved to Tokyo for a couple of years working initially for GK-Design and then later for IDÉE under Teruo Kurosaki’s guidance. My parents had a fashion brand in Argentina and my mum was the lead designer, so I guess I was always surrounded by creatives, art and design. As a family, we used to travel a lot and always visited galleries, museums and cool architecture everywhere we went. These days, travel is my biggest inspiration along with my kids. At every level they are my grounding. My work has taken me all over the world to Buenos Aires, Brazil, Tokyo, Barcelona, Milan, L.A. and Havana. The ability to



move around has given me the opportunity to work on some deliciously diverse projects with remarkable clients. The idea of constantly seeking to innovate in everything we do at Derlot, and seeing it come to life, is probably the most rewarding aspect of the job. Across Brisbane, we have been at the forefront of many exciting projects such as Limes Hotel, Woolly Mammoth, Alfredo’s, Alfred & Constance, Chester Street Bakery, Morning After, Yolk, and PingPong. When it comes to design, I feel it must be at the forefront of the new normal. Innovation and design thinking will be a must for all aspects of life and I feel very optimistic about the future. Humanity is entering a new phase and it’s an opportunity for our world to come together and progress to a more sustainable and equitable future. We can’t afford to eff around anymore – this is a wakeup call! THERE ARE SOME VERY COOL PROJECTS IN THE WORKS FOR DERLOT GROUP AROUND BRISBANE, DISCOVER THEM ALL AT STYLEMAGAZINES.COM.AU






Backyards in the sky and a building that breathes is what Brisbane will soon experience. With a development lodged by one of Australia’s most awarded developers and a globally acclaimed architect, welcome to what will be the greenest residential building in the world.


anmade meets Mother Earth in the most ground-breaking collaboration Brisbane has ever seen – and we mean that literally. If your head has ever been in the clouds with dreams of living in a treehouse, your wildest fantasies will find their home in Aria’s latest venture to bring our city a living, breathing, urban forest. Soaring through the Brisbane skyline, residents will be in the company of five stars, as the project labelled ‘The Urban Forest’ will serve as the first stand-alone, five-star Green Star residential building in Queensland. Featuring five times the trees found in Musgrave Park, as well as high ceilings, over-sized terraces and lush greenery, the building embraces Brisbane’s subtropical identity to deliver an unprecedented approach to Australian apartment living. Those who don’t call

the building ‘home’ will also grandly benefit from its establishment, with a green spine serving as South Brisbane’s first new public open space since South Bank. Designed by Koichi Takada, who has hand paved the way to world renowned projects in Tokyo, Shanghai, Los Angeles, Doha and, most recently, the National Museum of Qatar, The Urban Forest implements his vision of mass greening for a sustainable and greener future. “We designed away the barrier between the building and nature,” he says. “It’s important to bring such a building to Brisbane as, unlike more populated cities, Brisbane still offers abundant opportunity to define and shift to a more natural and humanised approach.” TO ENQUIRE, CONTACT ARIA LIVING 2/56 BOUNDARY ST, SOUTH BRISBANE P 0499 033 280 ARIALIVING.COM.AU




buildin’ on up This is the future of BNE’s urban developments. Coming soon to our skyline, here are seven of the most groundbreaking ventures on the horizon.

EAGLE ST PIER Our iconic waterfront precinct will be looking a little different when a $2.1 billion facelift brings two new towers, riverside dining, retail outlets and public plazas to the area. The combined 120,000 square metres of vibrant retail, office and public space will reawaken stunning cityscape and river views that have been lost for 30 years, as well as a widened Riverwalk, a new river link and a bustling retail and café strip accessible 24/7.






QUEEN’S WHARF BRISBANE By the river’s edge will soon lie a new entertainment and lifestyle precinct that will skyrocket Brisbane to the top of every tourism and leisure destination list. Expected to open in 2022, Queen’s Wharf Brisbane is a $3.6 billion development, covering more than 12 hectares of the CBD. Beautifully repurposed heritage buildings will meet stunning contemporary architecture to house an exciting variety of cultural, retail, dining and tourist attraction spaces including a new Star Casino, replacing the existing casino and the Rosewood Hotel – Brisbane’s first 6-Star luxury hotel. QUEENSWHARFBRISBANE.COM.AU 14




Hectares of leafy parklands connected by cobblestone laneways will weave their way through specialty retail, contemporary apartments and townhouses, with the heritage-listed former Peters Ice Cream Factory as the centrepiece. 2021 will see a full-line Woolworths supermarket and liquor outlet, fresh food market, Goodlife Health Clubs and 35 food and specialty retailers join West Village. But, until then, check out Metro Arts – the new home of Brisbane’s contemporary art scene showcasing the creative work of all experience and disciplines. WESTVILLAGE.COM.AU




Morning commutes will become a whole lot more seamless with the new 10.2km rail line from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, including twin tunnels running under the Brisbane River and CBD. With high-capacity stations situated at Boggo Road, Woolloongabba, Albert Street, Roma Street, and Exhibition, not only will it generate thousands of jobs and activate urban development across the whole of South East Queensland, but it means more trains, more often – all you have to do is turn up and go!

A vibrant urban park will soon call Fish Lane home, with 3000 plants, public seating, lighting installations, projectors and vitrines set to strengthen the creative spirit that already infuses the lane. Designed by the architect behind the Calile Hotel, the expansive space will open up a multitude of opportunities for outdoor entertainment, dining and retail destinations, as well as laidback recreation. Welcoming new faces and framing old ones in a refreshed light, watch this space (literally).





Forget Madison Square Garden! Brisbane’s new state-of-the-art entertainment arena will hold up to 18,000 people in a much-need reinvigoration of our music scene. Sitting on top of the Roma Street railway tracks, the $400 million arena will sit alongside outward-facing retail opportunities such as outdoor amphitheatres, cinemas, restaurants, bars, hotels, and residences. There will also be a Sky Lounge, which can operate as a function space when there aren’t any events, as the icing on top of the highly anticipated cultural sector.

Get home quicker, safer and with an even better view thanks to the new green bridges connecting Brisbane on foot, by bike or public transport. Linking Kangaroo Point to the CBD, Toowong to West End, St Lucia to West End and adding a new crossing at Breakfast Creek, the $550 million transformation means you can spend less time bumper-to-bumper, and more time actually being where you want to be. BRISBANE.QLD.GOV.AU

LORD MAYOR ADRIAN SCHRINNER Despite the unimaginable challenges we have faced in 2020, I have bold plans for Brisbane’s future. Major projects will drive our city out of the economic doldrums, creating thousands of jobs and supplier opportunities for local businesses. From game-changing public transport projects to fasttracked river crossings and so much more, we have major investments kicking off that will help our city get back to its vibrant best and cement our reputation as one of the world’s most liveable cities.






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hether you’re Brisbane born and bred, or the River City is your new home base, there’s so much going on that it’s hard to believe it’s all in one place. It also means that supporting local doesn’t equal living small – our backyard plays host to a collection of exotic gastronomy and enticing places you’ll want to call home, so don’t be surprised if a trip around the block has you inadvertently packing your passport, too. The Brisbane recreation scene is filled to the brim with contemporary experiences for even the most seasoned Brisbanite, like everyday dining, STYLEMAGAZINES.COM.AU


which sees flavours and tastes from around the globe fall on neighbourhood plates. Take OTTO Ristorante, for example. The two-hatted ode to The Boot was named Best Italian Restaurant in Queensland in the Delicious 100 and it’s easy to see why. The delicious institution pulls the finest local ingredients into its kitchen and sends them overseas – culinary style – in a whirl of authentic pastas and antipasti. And while you may require a few more years of watching MasterChef before you can replicate their dishes at home, you can also shop directly from their local suppliers – Simply Fresh, Prime Cut Meats and The Fish Factory.


Or, if you’d prefer a bite of the Big Apple, head to the timelessly charming and historical home bringing the legendary steakhouses of New York to Brisbane with one twist – each carefully crafted dish is made with prized Australian beef. Walter’s Steakhouse is the result of three friends who fell in love with NYC, packed their passion in their luggage, and took it home to downtown Brisbane in the form of the best grain-fed beef that’s dry-aged in-house and aged for four weeks to create a genuinely superior steak. Similarly, crisp Australian produce is celebrated with a fiesta at Rico Bar & Dining, where Spanish and Latin fare meet at Eagle Street Pier. In zesty tapas and freshly shucked oysters, you won’t believe these flavours were grown in our own backyard. An escape also doesn’t mean you need to drive hours away! With the array of charismatic accommodation housed in our city, simply changing where you hit the hay is all it takes to break free (but it certainly helps when it’s with Brisbane’s best). To help you explore where you’ve never been before, we’ve found packages that will start the relaxation before you even arrive. Sip on sunset cocktails overlooking South Bank and Mount Coot-tha on the WET Deck at W Brisbane after unwinding with a 60-minute massage at their signature AWAY spa, or wake up and unleash your inner shopaholic thanks to NEXT Hotel’s prime location on Queen Street Mall. If you prefer to be sent into a tizzy by stunning architectural designs, the Hilton Brisbane is your place to be with its Harry Seidler touch, while those seeking the city’s pulse will enjoy Pullman’s chic atmosphere and rooftop bar, 16 Antlers.


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WELLDRESSED, without the stress

Introducing Indooroopilly Shopping Centre’s latest powerhouse styling trio. They’re Brisbane’s best when it comes to fun, free and zero pressure styling sessions for every fit and form. LIZ GOLDING, CATE MASSI AND STACEY MCGREGOR


here’s no doubt that Brisbane is fast becoming one of the most covetable destinations in Australia, and Indooroopilly Shopping Centre is at the forefront of bringing an enviable style and substance to people all over our city. One walk through the centre and you’ll find a diverse mix of high-end and street fashion from some of Australia’s most beloved labels such as Scanlan Theodore, Ted Baker, Zimmermann, Sass & Bide, Camilla, Aquila, Morrison, Oroton and Hugo Boss. Paired with their new collection of fashion forward stylists, your next wardrobe refresh is ready and waiting for you over three levels of carefully curated shopping. Brought together by Indooroopilly Shopping Centre are three talented stylists: Stacey McGregor, Liz Golding and



Cate Massi. Fun, fabulous and friendly, these experienced fashionistas are available to help you achieve your style goals, without any changeroom meltdowns. When it comes to a deep understanding of personal styling, Liz Golding has over 30 years of experience. “The staff at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre are fantastic and it makes my job so easy. I stay abreast of what new stock comes in and often I let my Indooroopilly clients know if something perfect for them has hit the shelves. I’ve made new friends from my styling clients and reconnected with old ones. One client I knew from work 35 years ago, she is in her 80s now!” Stacey McGregor brings a refreshing take on how shopping should make you feel, rather than how you look. “I believe in dopamine dressing, knowing that bright STYLEMAGAZINES.COM.AU


colours can help lift your mood. I’ll help you ditch the dull and fill your wardrobe with clothes that make you want to smile each day! I’ve personally been every size, from Australian size 4 to 18, and know that the number on the tag is totally irrelevant when you are wearing something that makes your heart sing and feel like a million bucks,” she says. If you’re unsure about what clothes and colours suit you, then Cate Massi is the stylist for the job. “I believe in ‘wearing your story’ and that means adding touches of your individuality into your wardrobe. These pieces will evoke a strong sense of self and release feel-good vibes,” she says. GET TO KNOW INDOOROOPILLY SHOPPING CENTRE’S STYLISTS AND MAKE A BOOKING FOR YOUR NEXT PERSONAL STYLING SESSION VIA INDOOROOPILLYSHOPPING.COM.AU.

All fashion available from Indooroopilly Shopping Centre: Liz wears: Country Road Print Frill Detail Blouse $159, Country Road Print Pleated Skirt $159, Lovisa Open Square Drop Earring $17.99, Mimco Vivid Statement Cuff Bracelet $149, Tony Bianco Blossom Heel $169.95, Stylist’s own rings. Cate wears: Dissh Flynnstone Pant $89.99, Dissh Iconic Knit Tank $29.99, Oroton Windowpane Check Blazer $599, Oroton Luna C Necklace $89.95, Oroton Luna M Necklace $89.95, Oroton Amber Cuff $99.95, The French Door Citrine Sapphire and Diamond Ring $2,750, Tony Bianco Liberty Heel $219.95, Stylist’s own earring. Stacey wears: Forever New Milly Collarless Blouse $79.99, Forever New Harper Pleated Skirt $99.99, Lovisa Marbled Acrylic Drop Earring $17.99, Oroton Cara Wide Belt $129, Wittner Hanina Heel $220, Stylist’s own cuffs and ring.

STYLED BY Cate Massi “I chose the relaxed linen suiting in mint green (the soon to be summer “it” colour) because it’s practical and gives a cool, effortless chic vibe. Lounging in tailoring is the new 2020 styling look. It may sound like an oxymoron at first, but, to me, it sounds fabulous and will be a super versatile wardrobe addition. I always like to integrate a little something special when I style someone, so when I saw the gold initial necklaces from Oroton, I couldn’t say no!”

All fashion available from Indooroopilly Shopping Centre: David Jones Saint Laurent Square Frame Sunglasses $455, Dissh Iconic Knit Tank $29.99, Oroton Amber Cuff $99.95, Oroton Amber Ring $49.95, Oroton Amber Small Hoop Earring $49.95, Oroton Belted Blazer $599, Oroton Belted Pant $429, Oroton Luna C Necklace $89.95, Oroton Luna Y Necklace $89.95, Oroton Jerome Woven Day Bag $699, Tony Bianco Stella Capretto Heel $199.95.




STYLED BY Liz Golding “This look showcases one of the top colours of the season – cinnamon. I love the fluid lines of the cut and fabric of the dress. High necklines are everywhere this season and they are a feminine trend that many have embraced. Tonal dressing is easy with more stock coming in weekly showing earthy hues and tasty descriptions like golden syrup, pumpkin, caramel and biscuit.” All fashion available from Indooroopilly Shopping Centre: David Jones Camilla and Marc Cannes Satin Dress $599, Georg Jensen Mercy Bangle $1,100, Georg Jensen Mercy Ring $450, Lovisa Organic Drop Earring $22.99, Wittner Hanalee Ankle Boot $320.





All fashion available from Indooroopilly Shopping Centre: Dissh Dionne Floral Shirt $89.99, Dissh Dionne Floral Short $79.99, Stylist’s own sunglasses.

STYLED BY Stacey McGregor “One of my favourite things about fashion is playing with colour, and particularly dopamine dressing. I truly believe we have the power to dress ourselves happy with the use of bold colours and fun prints! Yellow, the colour of sunshine, hope and happiness is just what we need more of in 2020. I love to create the illusion of a playsuit or dress using a matching set. As these can be tricky to fit our proportions, matching sets are a great way to recreate the look of a playsuit, jumpsuit or dress, yet ensuring the pieces fit perfectly by purchasing the individual sizes you need.” SEPTEMBER 2020





Simonett Nanu Top $97


Ksubi Graffiti Jacket $279.95


Manokhi Melina Short $1,449

Doodad + Fandango Feel the Noize Earring $95


Poppy Lissiman Bobby Bag $145

Senso Yarrah Heel $259






BOLD existence From launching her first label at the age of 24 while studying a double degree in forensic psychology, to transforming her business to a $7M a year venture, Rebecca Klodinsky has tackled some tough tasks head-on – all while navigating single motherhood.  Take us back to where it all started, Frankii Swim: I designed swimwear that didn’t exist at the time in 2013, such as bralettes and seamless basics. It was a venture I created to fill a hole in my bikini drawer, and evidently a hole in the swim market. And your next brand, IIXIIST? IIXIIST (pronounced ‘exist’) is just my sweetheart, girl next door brand, all grown up. This rebrand was a choice I made after years of watching the name Frankii become trendy. My once standalone name was catching on. It had started to become watered down and I felt my identity had become lost in a sea of like-minded names that all sounded the same. It was time for growth. Enter: IIXIIST. What is the meaning behind the IIXIIST name? The play on spelling is one done on purpose. After many years in business, I have seen and also experienced first-hand issues with like-names and copycat brands. I have taken the double “i” from Frankii, and the word exist is one I wanted to incorporate due to the identity crisis I faced once I had made the decision to rebrand. I thought, “If I wasn’t going to be Frankii, how will I exist?!” How did you feel when household names such as Jets and Seafolly went into voluntary administration?

Seeing news of brands suffering amid COVID-19 and the crippling economy really upset me. The impact has completely shaken the retail and fashion industries up, and sadly it’s also had a direct effect on both outdated operators and also fast fashion brands that entered the market via Instagram. IIXIIST has been built with a digital backbone, and as advancements in technology and social media don’t slow down, neither does our growth. In your opinion, what makes a great bikini? It starts and ends with a good fit. A bikini needs to SEPTEMBER 2020

fit your body with precision, hug you, support you and sit on you properly. Bikinis are supposed to be functional and actually stay on you without any awkward wardrobe malfunctions in the water. What does the future of IIXIIST look like? Diversification. We aren’t just a house of swim anymore – the future of this brand is limitless and I’m so excited for what’s to come! For now, I can tell you we’ve just launched a kids’ collection and resort wear is close to come. THERE ARE MORE STORIES ABOUT OVERCOMING CAREER CHALLENGES AND JUICY ADVICE FROM REBECCA WAITING ON STYLEMAGAZINES.COM.AU






From HR executive to local fashion designer, Andrijana Birtasevic of AB Label is stepping out with her latest collection of streetwear fashion – and we’re here for it.


o stranger to overseas travel, Andrijana Birtasevic became an expert when it came to packing her fashionable wardrobe into a solid suitcase to fly across the globe year after year. With her mother running a fashion business since she was young, the rag trade has been in her blood ever since she can remember. “When I was travelling, I realised that I was packing less and less but becoming more selective with my pieces. I found that packing a few diverse items that could be dressed up or down, that are comfortable, high quality and ontrend were the best pieces to pack and they were also the 5% of my wardrobe that I wore 95% of the time,” she says. This way of travelling became her inspiration to start AB Label – relaxed and casual streetwear inspired by revolutionary international designers such as Virgil Abloh, Maison Margiela, Balenciaga and Dior. Think logo t-shirts, oversized hoodies, deconstructed jeans and puffer jackets, perfect for the trans-seasonal Brisbane fashion scene. “It’s what I love about this city – we are mostly relaxed and casual however we can really dress up and show what fashion is all about,” says Andrijana. Just launched is their new Essentials and Nikola Tesla Collection. Yes, you heard right – the pioneer electric engineer whose name is glorified across those whisper quiet, modern, electric cars that grab our attention on the street. “Nikola Tesla is from Croatia/Serbian origin and is an inspiration to all ex-Yugoslav countries. I hope to inspire everyone, especially millennials, to do some research on Nikola Tesla, who is known as one of the world’s greatest inventors of all time for his ahead-of-his-time contributions to our modern world!” says Andrijana.

A hybrid brand between streetwear and luxury, AB Label reflects the most up-to-date trends from around the globe. “The brand is for all ages from 15 to 100 years old. With the Essentials line, we explore different concepts of branding, the spirit of a particular time and the expression of youth culture in the contemporary moment,” says Andrijana. When it comes to a younger crowd, AB Label is particularly passionate about what their clients not only want out of fashion, but life itself. “I believe that millennials are similar to previous generations when it comes to luxury fashion in that they demand quality, creative, desired and stylish pieces. The difference, however, between the digitally savvy youth and those who came before Google, is they also want respect. They want designers to honour the natural proportions and different sizes of the human body, and be more environmentally responsible,” says Andrijana. When it comes to the materials, AB Label fabrics are not only premium quality, but 95% of their fabrics are natural. “We pay close attention to how these fabrics feel. All our t-shirts are made from premium quality cotton, and the fabric undergoes a special moisturising treatment so that the t-shirts feel cooler and absorb body perspiration. I always believe that a piece of clothing tells a story. To me, a high-quality fabric is just as important as the design, however, it should also mean something. When someone thinks of AB Label, I would like it to take people to a different place because everything we do symbolises something. That, to me, is what a fashion designer is today,” says Andrijana.



QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS Dream ambassadors? Sport legends Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Novak Djokovic. Who are your style icons? Timothée Chalamet and Kendall Jenner. Favourite piece from the new collection? The pleated snake print dress/trench coat. Celebrity you would love to dress? Chris Hemsworth.






Dapper details at Brisbane Arcade

There’s no doubt that men can be notoriously challenging to shop for (and with) when it comes to personal style, a birthday, a thank you gift or even Christmas planning. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of big shopping centres and head to Brisbane Arcade. Offering a great shopping destination for men to shop at with timeless pieces and sophisticated style, it’s an easy and effortless space to unwind in the heart the city. 1.







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1. Indepal Leather Rustic Valet Tray Single $160, Double With Drawer $195, Bow Tie $60, Assorted Jewellery $32-$54 2. Brisbane Hatters Akubra Leisure Time Hat $195 3. Keri Craig Emporium Biplane Sculpture $275 4. Indepal Leather Beckwith Duffle Bag $420 5. Girls Love Pearls Nautical Rope Cufflinks $465 6. 20/20 Optical 18k Gold Plated Chrome Hearts Sunglasses $1,800 7. The Pen Shoppe Diplomat Pen Box $130, Pineider Arco Fountain Pen $525, Caran d’Ache Léman Fountain Pen $750 8. The Body Shop Activist™ Fragrance Kit $60 9. Brisbane Hatters Fine And Dandy Bow Tie $75 10. Vintage Watch Co. IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Watch $9,500 11. Keri Craig Emporium Leather Cocktail Shaker $280, Hip Flask $159, Wine Cooler $280, Tray $360, Horse Head $115, Horse Bottle Opener $21.50 12. 20/20 Optical Kuboraum Glasses $750 13. Indepal Leather VW Kombi $125 14. Issada Calm Balm $75 15. Citigold 18k Gold Diamond Set Band $995, 18k Gold Set With 22k Gold Coin Ring $1,850









Laser Clinics Australia is here for you and the way you want to look, with an exclusive offer. What began as a brand that carved an exceptional niche in the cosmetic industry back in 2008, has now evolved with a sprawling reign of over 150 clinics around Australia and New Zealand. It’s for good reason: the hard-working and dedicated team at Laser Clinics Australia offer affordable, accessible and reliable cosmetic treatments on the daily, with beautiful results that truly speak for themselves. Being the nation’s go-to for hair removal, cosmetic injections and advanced skin treatments isn’t a title they take lightly – the team’s continued commitment to client safety and hygiene has only strengthened over recent times. Now, the friendly smile you’re always

welcomed with is accompanied by a temperature check, and there’s a limit of one staff member per treatment room with protective equipment, masks and gloves worn at all times for your safety and assurance. Their clinics in our River City sit beautifully and conveniently at QueensPlaza and Myer Centre, where a team of experienced doctors, registered nurses and qualified therapists are available seven days a week with extended trading hours to suit you. And, if you mention Style, you’ll receive a free microdermabrasion when you book for a complimentary consultation! LASER CLINICS AUSTRALIA LOCATED AT MYER CENTRE & QUEENSPLAZA LASERCLINICS.COM.AU

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First discovered in 1783, tungsten is one of the toughest stones found in nature, and is more durable than gold, palladium, silver or platinum. Named after the strength of the stone and its atomic number, Forte 74 is a range of men’s tungsten rings exclusive to Argyle Jewellers that never requires polish and is highly resistant to scratching, corrosion or tarnish. So, when you ‘put a ring on it’ made out of this rare metal, your love will be just as strong!

The last thing a bride wants to worry about in the lead up to her big day is her skin! Beauty on Latrobe take that stress away with a wave of their magic wands, to make a bride’s skin dreams come true. Take your skin to the next level with bespoke programs specially designed to suit each bride. Being a full-service clinic, you’ll be treated to every skin and beauty need from lash lifts, spray tanning and injectables, to skin tightening, face and body treatments and more.




A beauty blessing There’s a reason why wedding diaries are an absolute necessity – from when you say ‘yes’ to when you say ‘I do’, your schedule will be jampacked with fittings, appointments and consults to ensure your big day goes down in history. However, to spend your prep with less scamper and more pamper, take a luxurious seat at this Bardon beauty boutique. Luxe Beauty Bardon has all your aesthetic needs sorted in one warm and welcoming space. From head to toe, you’ll glow up and glow on, all day long! The basics are covered with waxing (complete with added almond oil to keep skin 30


soft and supple), and the perfect spray tan using natural and organic solutions infused with aloe vera, coconut oil and Kakadu plum. They also offer CLATUU ALPHA – the worldrecognised and gold standard fat freezing treatment that delivers fast and effective results. Beneath your beautiful makeup (which can also be done by their resident artist), your skin will be radiant thanks to indulgent facials like the Aquapure. Then, complete your look with shellac nails for you and your bridesmaids, too! LUXE BEAUTY BARDON 1/1A STUARTHOLME RD, BARDON P 0483 205 116 LUXEBB.COM.AU




Every picture will be worth framing when you visit this hub of beauty.


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The day in the life of a wedding planner at Victoria Park. There’s no doubt that wedding planners are some of the hardest working people, especially when each and every client is your number one priority! Each wedding that’s planned is the most memorable day in someone’s life. We sat down with Victoria Park’s Senior Event Planner, Lauren Allen to find out what it’s like behind the scenes. What does a wedding planner do? We plan a couple’s special day from beginning to end, covering all details no matter how small (even making sure Nonna’s cannolis are fresh). I work closely with my couples to develop their ideas and family traditions into one memorable day. Why did you become a wedding planner? I have always been passionate about creating and design and I loved the idea of evolving someone’s Pinterest board of inspiration into the wedding of their dreams. What is the most surprising aspect of your job?  Bridezillas do not exist! The movies always portray this image of brides getting so stressed out, however, this is not the case.  Has the role changed the way you would plan your own day?  I would 100% invest in a stylist and not go down a DIY path.  What’s been the biggest last-minute challenge you have had to work with and how did you overcome it?  Only a few months ago we had a wedding book two weeks before their wedding date! Within our first meeting, we were able to get everything locked in, and the couple left with a huge weight lifted of their shoulders. VICTORIA PARK WEDDINGS 309 HERSTON RD, HERSTON  P 3252 0666 VICTORIAPARK.COM.AU






sleeping while you were


Forget the traditional 9-5 grind. For these late-night workers, an after dark roster is just part and parcel of a normal workday. As the sun sets over Brisbane, these are the locals who come to life.

KWAN LEIGH FONG, OWNER, MR MISTA What does a typical night at Mr Mista look like for you?  A typical night for me at Mr Mista normally starts around 6.00-6.30pm. It’s a slow start for me because at this time we are still a restaurant. At 10pm is when my night really starts – when the club gets going, that’s the fun part of the business. When 3.00am arrives and it’s closing time, we still have to clean, do the reconciliations, and get the venue ready for the next night. We generally leave around 4.30-5.00am. I will usually get to sleep about 5.45‑6.00am.   How does working through the night affect your routine and personal life?  If you had of asked this many years ago, I would have said it completely stuffed my routine but now I’m used to the hours and my body adapts a whole lot better.  As for my personal life, that’s still a tough one. I have two young princesses that I don’t get to spend as much quality time with on the weekends because of work. Hospitality is a tough industry if you have kids because when they are on holidays, it’s generally the busiest time in hospitality. One thing you should never say to a nightclub owner... That you know the owner when you are actually talking to the owner!  Tell us about your most memorable or crazy night at work... There has been so many crazy nights in my career in hospitality from hosting Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, NWA and even Stevie Wonder. But the most memorable night was 5th December 2018, when we opened the doors to Mr Mista. 32




2.33am DANIEL TRENT, CLINICAL NURSE, ADULT INTENSIVE CARE SERVICE, THE PRINCE CHARLES HOSPITAL What does a typical night in the ICU look like for you? A typical night varies depending on my role for that night, and this can change from shift to shift. Generally, I receive handover from the previous shift and then perform duties depending on the particular role I am rostered to do. When I have a patient, I introduce myself, see if they need anything, then go over any tasks that may be outstanding. Performing my safety checks is also a priority – so I check alarms, emergency equipment, that sort of thing. I then carry out my assessment of the patient and prioritise their care based on my findings. Regardless of which role I do for the night,

it becomes a balancing act of trying to allow patients to sleep, but also keeping a close eye on them and providing the necessary care, as well dealing with anything unexpected that occurs! What is a common misconception about working nights? That patients sleep all night and not much happens! Almost everything that happens during the day can (and sometimes does) happen at night, too. Without all the additional staff during the day, there is an extra vigilance required after hours. It is certainly not downtime. The most rewarding thing about your job? Two things for me. One is about my colleagues and being able to help them learn and do well. The other is finishing a shift feeling that the patient you spent all that time caring for is improving, or seeing a patient pull through and get discharged to the ward after a long stay. And sometimes seeing that person out in the community years later (whether they remember you or not) knowing they might not be around if not for their stay with us.


Why did you become a baker? Being a baker requires many technical skills, but also good physical resistance. To create bread, you need to be aware of all the elements that may affect the dough, such as humidity, temperature, etc. It’s a living thing and can change daily. I enjoy this challenge, along with the physicality of the work.


What does a typical night at Crust & Co. look like for you? I arrive at 11.50pm, get changed and have a coffee. I’m ready to start at midnight and we work through until 8.00am. Every day is different, there’s no routine, however there is a general process for the night. Our breads are slow fermentation and made on sourdough – time is an essential ingredient and steps occur over several days to make a loaf. What are your hacks for when you’re tired and need to carry on? A nice, big breakfast after work – with bread of course! Managing my sleeping times is crucial to staying healthy and being able to maintain a night shift trade. Plus, I stay fit with a one hour CrossFit class every day if possible, and I avoid coffee during the day so that I can sleep well. SEPTEMBER 2020




4.50am MADDISON NUNN, FIRE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER, QFES How did you get your start at QFES? I got my start at QFES when my Dad, a Station Officer on Brisbane’s northside, heard Firecom (Fire Communications Centres) were recruiting. I’ve grown up around the fire service, with both my dad and grandad spending most of their working lives as fireys. I love the clarity my job gives me and the problem-solving skills I have to use on a daily basis, so I knew this was the right place for me from the very start. What is your favourite part about Brisbane after dark? I’ve always loved Brisbane’s city lights and how they reflect on the river. We have a feed of traffic cameras on one of our big screens in Firecom, and one of the views overlooks the Story Bridge,


some of Kangaroo Point, and the Eagle Street waterfront precinct. It’s so beautiful to see at night, and then to watch it all change in the morning when the city wakes up and the City Cats start running. Your most memorable night shift? I was still very fresh to the job when a supercell rolled over Brisbane in November 2014, and I can honestly say it’s still the busiest night I’ve ever worked in Firecom. We walked in for a night shift right as severe weather conditions were being declared, and I don’t think things really calmed down until around midnight. From memory there would have been in excess of 600 incidents created in our system during that 14-hour night shift, and over 1,000 calls for help to the SES.

5.18am How did you first get your start as a hotel concierge? My father used to be a Head Concierge at a prestigious 5-star hotel in Park Lane, London. I followed his footsteps at the ripe age of 16 became a Page Boy at the Sheraton Park Towers in Knightsbridge, London, then at 17 became a trainee concierge at the Mandarin Oriental (formerly known as The Hyde Park Hotel) in Knightsbridge, London. Over the years I became the youngest Head Concierge in London at the age of 21 – which was unheard of back then! Eventually, I migrated to Australia and worked at the Stamford Plaza Brisbane, and eventually ended up at The Sofitel Brisbane. So, to summarise, I have spent a grand total of 45 years in hospitality and customer experience!





What would a typical night shift look like for you? Working nights is not for everyone – you are working when everyone else is either having fun or tucked away in bed! My shift back then was a 12-hour day – I started at 8:00pm and finished at 8:00am. My night started by meeting and greeting guests, delivering bags or parcels to guests’ rooms, etc. This went on until approximately midnight, then every hour, on the hour, I had to do a security check of the building. In between, I would deliver food/drinks to rooms, deliver the daily newspapers, clean any shoes that someone had left outside their room etc. Then, in the morning between 6:00am and 8:00am I’d finish off by welcoming guests again and helping with the breakfast service. What is your favourite part about Brisbane after dark? The best time for me was the stillness of dawn when the sun started to rise. I would always make sure that I stood outside to experience it!

How did you get your start as a florist? I always appreciated gardens and working with my hands. Having already been a hairdresser for seven years, there were a few transferable skills under my belt when I made the move into floristry. I learnt from the best creatives in Brisbane and Sydney, giving me the confidence to eventually go out on my own. What does a typical early morning at work look like for you? Going to bed early doesn’t work for me so when I wake at 3.30am I’m (temporarily) not thrilled! I live on the Gold Coast, so I need to leave super to arrive in time for the Rocklea Flower Market opening at 5am. The day improves from that moment! What are your hacks for when you’re tired and need to carry on? A jump in the ocean or a sing-along to some danceable 90s jams. The most rewarding thing about your job? Knowing I’ve nailed a floral brief and seeing clients respond accordingly.


A R T S & E N T E R TA I N M E N T

2014 was the aim of the game, but it turned out 2016 was more his tune. For Sami Afuni, it’s been one feat after the other. From two X Factor experiences, living in Kuwait and taking inspiration from Toronto’s music scene, Sami’s been grinding in the dark, but it’s all about to be put on full beam. We’re here for it and you will be too if you read on.


What was the inspo behind your latest track, ‘If You Don’t Mind’? I started playing with the idea of ‘If You Don’t Mind’ back in 2017 after someone told me to pretty much sell out my culture and moralities for a bit of hype. I take pride in the fact that I’m of Middle Eastern and North African descent, that I’ve lived overseas, that I’m Australian born and obviously a citizen – it makes me who I am. Everything that happened in my life made me who I am today, so I will never sell out on that. I think people often make decisions for shortterm success, even if it’s at the expense of their own moral compass, rather than looking at the long term and sticking to what brought them to where they are, and that’s what inspired the track. It explains my journey, morality and ethics that I’ve showed along the way.


Favourite line from the track? “Even when I got down I was up to something.” It reminds me that even on bad days, or when things aren’t going right, I need to stay focused, productive and zoned in. The ‘down’ is also in reference to me returning to Australia at 14 – I was up to something, on to my next move.

This creative is showing – not telling – how it’s done.

Describe your sound… It constantly evolves. I don’t like to limit myself to a certain genre, but what I truly love to create is vibey music. Almost like car or elevator type music in a sense.



Photography by Liliana Ritchie (@imagerybyliliana)





A visual


FEAST Over ten days from 9-18 October, the Noosa Open Studios Art Trail is returning with over 90 artists and galleries on show.



he road is calling for art lovers alike to feast their eyes on a record of 98 artists and galleries at this year’s Noosa Open Studios Art Trail – the second largest art trail in Australia. Across Noosa and beyond, locals and visitors will have the opportunity to experience the Sunshine Coast’s top artists in their private studios to see where the magic happens. Watch how they approach their creative processes, see their beautiful brush strokes in person and make a beautiful investment of your own. Start your trip at the historic Wallace House in Noosaville, where you can pick up your guide and discover an exhibition showing example pieces from every artist on the trail. “In the past, Sydney, Melbourne and even New Zealand formed a large part of our visitors. But in this unusual year, the visitors will come predominantly from the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and north to Rockhampton. We hope that the revitalised, enthusiastic local travellers will bring regional visitors


flooding in to be part of this year’s event,” says Trevor Purvis, President of Noosa Open Studios. To coincide with this year’s art trail, Noosa Open Studios have launched an exciting fundraising event. Along with artist Yanni van Zijl and Tourism Noosa, they have engaged 26 selected artists to each paint a canvas for a beach deck chair in their unique painting style. “Cooroora Woodworkers in Cooroy are making the 26 deckchairs from local red gum, and we will hold a viewing and auction at the Noosa Botanical Gardens in Cooroy on 3rd October,” says Trevor. This event will showcase Noosa’s local creativity, embracing the beach and culture of the region and in turn, establishing a permanent link in Noosa between beach and art cultures to all visitors. TO LEARN MORE ABOUT NOOSA OPEN STUDIOS ART TRAIL, VISIT NOOSAOPENSTUDIOS.COM.AU NOOSA OPEN STUDIOS P 0458 038 978





CASSARDI SHOE STUDIO If anyone can relate to your love of shoes, this family-owned business – who have been importing exquisite shoes for 30 years – can. Specialising in luxe European brands and ranging from stylish comfort to high fashion, Cassardi has a range of beautiful colours and styles for you to find the perfect fit.

There’s no doubt our riverside city has got it going on! With a waterside wonderland waiting for you to stop by and dine, drink, play and pamper, Portside Wharf is one of a kind when it comes to spending a little time doing what you love.



Let the team at KC Nails and Spa inspire your next pedicure, manicure or acrylic nail style with the staff ’s 10 plus years’ experience in the industry. With friendly service and exceptional attention to detail when it comes to creative nail art, you’ll be in the right hands with the latest trends to point out your personal style.


BOU’S FOR MEN Combining traditional barber skills with exceptional customer service, Bou’s for Men isn’t your average barber shop. Expect quality haircuts, wet shave treatments, cut-throat razor lather shaves, and men’s grooming services, plus quality cologne and primping products. While you’re there, stop by for a delicious brew or a quick grab-and-go option from their cafe. BOUSFORMEN.COM.AU


S E N S E O F TA S T E Pick up a bottle of your favourite wine with a difference. Featuring sit down tasting sessions, brewing stations for live demonstrations and take-home containers for your favourite tap beers, Sense of Taste conveniently offers a range of on-hand cheeses, cured meats and pastes to perfectly pair for your next charcuterie board. SENSEOFTASTE.COM.AU



WINE AND DINE BY THE RIVER Take a trip around the world via your plate right here at Portside. With flavours from all around the globe, the options to eat at Portside truly are endless. Dine in, sit back and relax by the river with the glamorous Phoenician themed Byblós Bar, or the succulent steakhouse that is Belvedere Bar N Grill. Or, get amongst Cruisers Alfresco, Gusto da Gianni, Sono Japanese and @Mr & Mrs Jones. There’s something to suit every palate at this waterside precinct. PORTSIDEWHARF.COM.AU




DEER SIR Immerse yourself in a world of antique and vintage fashion, homewares and fine jewellery at this Portside pocket with endless browsing. Stop by for a gander for yourself, the home or maybe even grab a special gift to brighten someone’s day.

It’s no surprise Tigerlamb has been named one of Style Magazines’ best hairdressers time and time again since 2015. With their tiger boss, Helen – the brains behind the edgy and creative salon – leading the way, Portside was crowned winner of AHIA 2019 Queensland State Salon of the Year.



JETTS Convenience has never felt so good. With 24hour opening times, tailored gym programs, one-on-one training, group fitness classes and boot camps, Jetts Hamilton offers more than just the standard gym. Experience great quality facilities and find everything you need for motivation, fun and the results you want to achieve this year. JETTS.COM.AU/CLUBS/JETTS-HAMILTON


Embracing your own unique, personal style is celebrated at menswear and shoe label, Urbbana. Choose from a variety of colours and fabrics sourced from around the world to suit casual to high-end style. With everything from shirts to shoes, and suits to pocket squares, select from a range of ready-to-wear or made-to-measure pieces.

Luxurious studios, expert instructors and intense total body workouts are what you’ll discover when gliding into a Studio Pilates space. Experience style and sophistication with the Ultimate Toning Workout™ while you’re portside and tone and sculpt your body using the Pilates Reformer.



D E N DY G I F T C A R D S The perfect gift for any movie lover is a Dendy gift card! Choose from a wide range of epic designs to suit anyone’s style by heading online, or purchase in cinema at Dendy Portside. DENDY.COM.AU/GIFTS





Spring dining

CRUNCHY SPRING GREEN SALAD AND LEMON DRESSING Blanch greens and dry. Make dressing. Place greens in salad bowl and dress just before serving. Sprinkle with roasted hazelnuts, seeds and roughly chopped herbs from the garden.



ith doors opening to let in the spring breeze, it’s time to welcome guests for spring home entertaining. The once novelty occasion is now hosted in a new light, so in the second bite of 2020, make a seat at the table for the team who have 16 years of expertise to bring. DALTON Catering offers hospitality in its purest form. “Our clients allow us to come into their home to cook, look after them and their guests,” says Founder, Jerome Dalton. “Hosting an event is always full of emotion, and we ensure it’s all positive no matter what curveball we’re thrown.” Take time to break bread, connect, laugh, sip and relish in great company, as DALTON offer a range of spring entertaining options. From partially cooked high-end meals that only require your finessing, to leaving the reins in their expert hands so you can focus on being in the moment, DALTON have everything considered when it comes to memorable meals at home, including a government-approved COVID Safe plan for private events for more than 10. This spring, let your food be real, seasonal and treated with respect. With crunchy, sweet and green serving as the flavours of the season, enjoy a small taste of what DALTON Catering can offer you with their DIY spring menu. 40


ARTISAN CHEESE Choose one or two standout cheeses, match with one or two accompaniments and serve with quality lavosh. Cut cheese and plate individually, covered with cling wrap until needed. Keep in fridge until main course is being served (never serve cold cheese).

SOMETHING SWEET Pick up something on your way home the day before – don’t sweat the sweet stuff!

A WELL PAIRED WINE WINSTON QUINN GIN CURED SALMON Cure salmon the day before. Slice salmon, plate, cover with cling wrap and put in the fridge. When guests arrive, dress with olive oil, lemon, salt, pepper and rémoulade.

ROLLED SPRING LAMB AND CREAMY PARMESAN RISOTTO Prepare and roll lamb the day before. Roast, then while the lamb is resting, cook risotto. Serve risotto, lamb pieces and salsa verde. STYLEMAGAZINES.COM.AU


Champagne, always. Try something Chardonnaydriven, a French Syrah or Pinot Noir. DALTON CATERING 22 PROSPECT ST, FORTITUDE VALLEY P 0402 219 757 DALTONCATERINGBRISBANE.COM.AU @DALTON_CATERING

For the full menu delivered by DALTON, head to news/spring-dining-with-daltoncatering-brisbane



URBAN JUNGLE While a hotel and restaurant combo is nothing out of the ordinary, this duet takes on a life of its own. By DINUSHKA GUNASEKARA


ny wander down to the Valley will hit pause at Ovolo’s doorstep, where the award-winning work of both global and homegrown designers and artists collide to create offbeat beauty. Tapping into the pulse of the neighbourhood with its iconic history and culture, acclaimed international architecture firm, Woods Bagot, collaborated with the Sydney-based architecture and interior design firm, Luchetti Krelle. From the public spaces to the suites and rooftop pool, expect exotic magnificence within this urban retreat. Each playful piece throughout the hotel was chosen to build a character that exudes fancy, while the plush paradises that serve as guest rooms colour effortless living in bold strokes and fabulous tones. With art curated by the world-recognised Kathleen Wilson and commissioned works from emerging artists complementing the vivid wallpaper that overlooks each eclectic nook, a stay here can easily be spent in awe. On the ground floor, ZA ZA TA Bar & Kitchen takes the iconic conservatories of the Victorian era and fills them with refined quirks to captivate,

while celebrating ethical eating and conscious cuisine. Inspired by a traditional Queenslander home, you’ll be enticed by the soulful flavours wafting from the melting pot of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean vegetarian cuisine by Israeli-born Executive Chef, Roy Ner. However, it’s the lavish eccentricity of the thoughtfully designed space that will make you stay. In lush velvets and swirling marbles, guests are taken on a journey of discovery that weaves through Persian-style rugs and diverse vintage furniture from all over the state. From The Parlour that harks back to 1940s cocktail glamour, to The Library that hides behind reclaimed leadlight doors, each space plays host to unexpected delights. The true main event however, is The Conservatory, which offers a casual yet elevated dining experience on tessellated tile floors, as curious jungle animals watch from the walls. Pops of colour double with functionality through the fierce designs of porcelain prodigy, Samantha Robinson, while the sweet tunes curated by the renowned Andrew Lewis, season each dish with expert taste. OVOLO THE VALLEY 1000 ANN ST, FORTITUDE VALLEY P 07 3253 6999 OVOLOHOTELS.COM





Riverside FEAST

Gather your work wives and hustle your husbands for a city lunch under $20 and experience the flavour, fun, fast eats, and beautiful water views at Riverside Centre Food Court.

HUSTL N GRIND If morning coffee is crucial to your day, then make sure it’s a cup filled with the roast at Hustl N Grind. It’s best enjoyed with a side of their brekkie rolls, Açaí bowls, fresh seafood dishes, gourmet burgers, or large range of daily sandwiches.

ZAMBRERO Enjoy a burrito or break it down with a barbacoa beef, chicken, pulled pork, cauliflower, or vegan bowl at this Mexican favourite. Relax with freshlymade salsa and crispy corn chips, as they donate one meal for each of yours to someone in need.






HIVE EAT HOUSE Fast food takes on a new meaning here, fuelling execs in a rush with inventive home-style dishes. Quick meets quality in specialty sandwiches, vegan salads, oven cuts, bakery pastries and freshly squeezed juices.

LR SUSHI Sushi is the obvious choice for the person on-the-go, but this isn’t your average California roll. LR Sushi is renowned for their fresh range and array of options that are as satisfying as they are delicious. They even do catering!

LITTLE SAIGON GRILL Stopover in Vietnam at this canteen grill serving up street hawker-style food. Modern dining backed by tradition will grace your plate, including laksa, pho noodle soup and pad thai. Perfect for a long lunch during spring.






The SPRITZ you MISSED The little slice of Italy at Howard Smith Wharves is welcoming you back to its riverside eatery – Ciao Papi.

If your fork has missed the feel of rigatoni smothered with slow braised pork ragu or spaghetti entangled in garlic-soaked prawn and chilli, then we bring you much anticipated news: Brisbane’s Casanova for Italian food lovers has opened its doors once again! You know Ciao Papi as the place that turns the New Farm end of Howard Smith Wharves into Positano on any given night, with signature Italian dishes seasoned by spectacular views of the Story Bridge and city skyline. Opening for dinner Thursday evenings and lunch and dinner Friday to Sunday (including Aperitivo from 4-6pm on Thursday to Sunday), this time round, Head Chef Giacomo Favotto – whose previous kitchens include Michelinstarred restaurants like Le Gavroche in London, L’Andana in Italy and Ryu Gin Restaurant in Tokyo – will also be slinging a new range of woodfired Napoli and crispy thin pizzas with San Daniele prosciutto, chilli-laden Moreton Bay bug or local mushrooms in taleggio cheese. “As always, I’ll be keeping it simple and relaxed at Ciao Papi,” says Giacomo. “Some of the best food you can eat is also the simplest!” CIAO PAPI HOWARD SMITH WHARVES 5 BOUNDARY ST, BRISBANE CITY P 3188 9090 CIAOPAPI.COM.AU

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To turn your weeknight meat and veggies into Michelin-starred meals, enlist the help of the high-calibre butcher that’s sure to make the cut. Every day and every occasion are catered for you with the best quality halal, gourmet meat and deli products at Amin’s Butcher and Grill. Or, choose your cut and they will turn it into a delicious meal for you at the adjoining restaurant. After a year as the go-to butcher for West End locals and beyond, the demand has overflown into a second and third location that are in the works. The choice is yours with the handpicked selection of free-range and organic meats, including wagyu and specialty sausages. Meanwhile, the restaurant offers a cook-your-own option, as well as Middle Eastern mixed grill plates, juicy burgers, saucy ribs, wings, and premium steaks that taste divine. AMIN’S BUTCHER AND GRILL 2/69 VULTURE ST, WEST END P 3844 6618 AMINSBUTCHER.COM.AU









It’s the perfect catch up spot except for one thing – it may be hard to chat when the food is this good!


simply perfect sandwich really does come down to the formula. From the filling combinations to the right ratio of sauce to bread, the method is key in adding extra to the ordinary. It also helps when the meats are roasted on site, cheeses are hand sliced, sauces are homemade and the bread is baked fresh every day, and that’s exactly why DannyBoys have superstar sandwiches down pat. Brisbane’s favourite subs actually began whilst sailing in the Mediterranean Ocean. Founder and Director Daniel McKennariey was working as a private chef on super yachts and private estates when

DannyBoys was born. “My original plan was to open a restaurant back in Australia,” Daniel says. “However, my vision shifted after travelling through the USA and seeing the deli sandwich shops spotted all over town, particularly in my wife’s hometown of St Louis, Missouri. I was also fuelled by my passion to make the simple sandwich the best it could be.” The menu began with the ‘Hero’, which is still one of their most popular sandwiches. Free range chicken breast, mozzarella, red onion and DannyBoys homemade ranch dressing and buffalo sauce lies between their signature, baked-in-store, preservative and sugar free bread for this crowd favourite. From there, the menu expanded to include peppered pastrami, Italian salami and sliced turkey breast, as well as


four homemade soups that have remained on the menu since day one, including the insanely loved broccoli cheddar. “I was told I was crazy for doing soups in sunny Queensland,” Daniel says. “Now we sell over 400L every week at our Kelvin Grove location alone.” ‘Rockstar sandwiches’ is no empty label, with the guys behind one of the biggest selling apps, Fruit Ninja, inventing DannyBoys’ popular ‘Halfbrick’ sandwich, and star-studded regulars visiting when they’re in town. And now the doughy love can be felt even further, with the opening of their Brendale store. Plus, if you want the recipe for success, DannyBoys offer exclusive franchise opportunities – just head to their website to find out more! DANNYBOYS MULTIPLE LOCATIONS DANNYBOYS.COM.AU




Bulimba, Hawthorne & Morningside

Whether you’re strolling down Oxford Street with boutique bags in hand, or skirting the sun-streaked river while pooches pass you by, Bulimba and beyond is the leafy place to be. Get to know the familiar faces and warm smiles at these welcoming local haunts.

Hawthorne Garage Keep a farmer happy and learn why fresh is best.


lthough this old school garage has swapped wheels for meals, the traditions of excellent service live on with a fresh twist. A peek into the fridges and pantries of in-the-know locals is sure to find crisp produce,



specialty ingredients and deli delights from one homegrown icon that’s cemented itself into the community – Hawthorne Garage. If you’re already familiar with the fresh brilliance that can be found at the Brisbane Fruit Markets at Rocklea, then it should come as no surprise that this is where Hawthorne Garage source their stock from to ensure only the best. Everything you need for any culinary endeavour can be found on the shelves of their ever-growing grocery section, including a great range of Winston’s specialty meat. And, if you’ve been searching high and low for that one last ingredient, all you have to do is ask the friendly team and they’ll source it for you. Whether it’s a morning grocery run, an afterwork swing-by or anything in between, from 6am to 8pm, a visit to Hawthorne Garage will energise you in all the right ways. Their extensive health and lifestyle section also covers many gluten free and paleo options, along with a great organic STYLEMAGAZINES.COM.AU


grocery range. Plus, if your cooking forte is much more tap-and-go, leave it to the professionals at the delicious deli. You’ll find it all in the store that caters for everyone in a convenient location with excellent parking and exceptional service. HAWTHORNE GARAGE 285 HAWTHORNE RD, HAWTHORNE P 3899 5511 HAWTHORNEGARAGE.COM.AU



Friday’s at Merci Usher in the weekend with relaxed luxury (and a cocktail or two). Experiencing the cosy and lush vibes of Merci was once reserved for special occasions, but now every Friday is something to celebrate. The boutique private function space is forgoing the guest list on Friday nights to welcome locals and the weekend in the right way. The luxury home-away-from-home feel that made Merci’s intimate events standout is now also the perfect backdrop for post-work drinks. Backed by carefully curated cocktails, cheerful luxury and the belief that making memories should be life’s top priority, the Friday night bar exudes charm and calm. As for the rest of the week, the heritage-

style building is still the perfect place to house your memorable event. Whether it’s a beautiful bridal shower or a birthday celebration, you’ll enter the light-filled space in awe and assurance that all the details have been taken care of by the attentive team. Leave it to the professionals and be spoilt to the max with a Queensland-meetsHamptons inspired aesthetic, gourmet grazing tables, chef-curated canapés and a menu of Instagram-worthy cocktail creations that taste even better than they look. MERCI EVENT SPACE & BAR UPPER LEVEL 274 HAWTHORNE RD, HAWTHORNE P 0410 965 919 MERCIEVENT.SPACE @lxocreativestudio

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Function meets fashion in a seamless collaboration at this distinctive optical boutique. With a clear vision to deliver the next look for Brisbane, this independent eyewear store has proven quality and expertise is worth looking for. Temple Eyewear was born to combine outstanding optical craftsmanship, superior technical knowledge and optometry with customer service at its heart. Their customers love this approach – since opening in March merely 10 days before lockdown, all eyes have been on them. Each frame in the relaxed and beautiful space is handpicked to offer Brisbane a stylish collection for all, and fitted with high performance lenses sourced right here in Queensland. Featuring independent brands that distinguish themselves SEPTEMBER 2020

through outstanding design, quality, sustainability or craft, like Blake Kuwahara, Anne et Valentin, Coblens, L.A. Eyeworks, and Otis Sunglasses, there’s no shortage of beauty or excellence. From the bespoke handmade wooden frames made on the Sunshine Coast in Fritz Frames, to the recycled and biobased frames at Eco Eyewear, Temple Eyewear isn’t here to sell the same frame over and over – they’re devoted to finding eyewear as individual as you. TEMPLE EYEWEAR 166 OXFORD ST, BULIMBA P 3153 2044 TEMPLEEYEWEAR.COM.AU





S O H O B AY Make the most of the stunning Australian landscape we call home with unique designs and lifestyle products that complement its beauty. Soho Bay was born to offer the homewares and fashion that inspire you at an affordable price, so you can live the life you want. In the soothing atmosphere you’ll find niche gifts for you and yours, including gifts for men across clothing and fragrances. And for those further south, they’re opening their third store in Coolangatta mid-September!

Aspiring to help people through the varied journeys their skin takes them on, a treatment at this specialist skin care centre is the beginning of a long relationship with caring and responsive reception staff, experienced nurses and specialist dermatologists who know skin best. From medical dermatology, skin surgery, cosmetic and medical grade laser treatments, and now an exclusive personalised medical skin care range – Universkin – Bulimba Dermatology will take care of you and your skin. BULIMBA DERMATOLOGY LEVEL 2, 90-94 OXFORD ST P 3399 1100 BULIMBADERMATOLOGY.COM.AU






Feel like you’re catching up with an old friend, who also happens to be a national cutting and colouring extraordinaire here. Your visit into this luxe and leafy hairdresser hub will begin with a signature herbal tea and mini hand scrub, before New York Fashion Week-approved stylists create beautiful blow drys, face-enhancing highlights and clever cuts that work for you. Expressive, expert and exceptional, it’s all about beautiful hair for lovely people here.

Walking into this gorgeous children’s toy store is like entering wonderland. Toys and gifts of beautiful quality, sourced from all over the world, fill every nook and cranny. You’ll find something for every occasion in boutique children’s clothes, crafts, books, wooden toys, science sets and dolls. As a muchloved part of the community for over 14 years, they make ‘playing big’ their speciality, even offering complimentary gift wrapping and free delivery to 4170 and 4171.







Starfire Diamond Jewellery Inspired by the brilliance and fire in diamonds, these pieces are meticulously designed and one-of-a-kind. As one of the very few female diamond wholesalers and retailers in a male dominated industry, Shweta Khan truly knows that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Fuelled by her sheer determination to be different, the founder and designer of Starfire Diamond Jewellery carefully crafts each piece of jewellery in her unique collection, with no two diamonds alike. Whether you’re looking for an engagement ring, wedding band, push present or anniversary gift, the impressive team of diamond experts, gemologists and jewellers understand the significance of the purchase and will always rise to the occasion. The beautiful jewellery showcased

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in every cabinet throughout the space are oneoff designs, with gorgeous interpretations on current trends, including the most popular cut for engagement rings – oval diamonds. While the exquisite showroom is renowned for making all of its visitors feel desired and special, the same outstanding experience can now be found online. With digital consultations and stunning videography, the reinvention of their e-commerce website means you can be empowered with the rare and inimitable characteristics of diamonds without leaving your home. STARFIRE DIAMOND JEWELLERY 162 OXFORD ST, BULIMBA P 3399 1176 STARFIREJEWELLERY.COM

COCONUT AÇAÍ BOWL Your go-to locally owned bulk food store will fill your pantry with everything but the plastic. With over 400 bulk products including nuts, seeds, cereals, dried fruits, flours, grains, beans, pasta, herbs and spices, superfoods, snacks and confectionary, as well as cooking oils, sweeteners, locally sourced raw honey and kombucha on tap, you’ll find something for the whole family. The Source Bulimba has measuring cups and scales on hand so you can measure out exactly what you need, without paying for any nasty single-use plastic packaging. You can even BYO jars and containers to refill! To taste the difference yourself, try their coconut açaí bowl recipe with most of the ingredients available in-store, including the coconut bowl and wooden spoon. SEPTEMBER 2020

• 2 tbsp organic açaí powder • 1 tbsp maca powder • 1 tbsp chia seeds • 1 frozen banana • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup • 1 tbsp cacao nibs • 1 cup coconut milk • 1 cup ice cubes

TOPPINGS: • Toasted coconut chips • Berries or fruits of your choice

METHOD: • Combine all açaí bowl ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. • Pour into a bowl and generously add toppings. THE SOURCE BULK FOODS BULIMBA 1/126 OXFORD ST, BULIMBA P 0466 252 721 @THESOURCEBULKFOODSBULIMBA




Morningside Medispa When it comes to a personalised experience and passionate service, Morningside Medispa is a must visit space. Empowered by her international roots and the beauty she’s discovered all over the globe, Founder Sandra Findlay is now making moves in the cosmetic world within a gorgeous boutique clinic where the number one priority is you. From their genuine care to bespoke corrective programs, it doesn’t matter whether you’re receiving skin needling, brow laminations, dermaplaning, fibroplast skin tightening or massages – your treatment will be completely tailored to you. As the one stop for all your beauty needs, the team are always evolving to meet all your skin goals with plenty of personality and professionality to spare! Morningside Medispa

know you’ll want it all, which is why they’re offering the first of its kind in beauty with unlimited treatments for $295 per month! If you want your pampering to know no limits, contact Sandra and her team to secure your subscription. MORNINGSIDE MEDISPA 10/18 THYNNE RD, MORNINGSIDE P 3103 3804 MORNINGSIDEMEDISPA.COM.AU

R E V E L B R E W I N G C O. Whether you prefer your sips filled with tropical fruit flavours or a salty sour is your go-to, there’s something for everyone at this laidback, independent brewery. From their handmade gnocchi to their hand-stretched woodfired pizza, Revel pairs their indie craft beers and wines with delicious food and even better times. Grab the gals and your furry friends too, because supporting local has never tasted so good.

B E L L A B R O N Z E TA N With a team of expert tanners who were all clients before they were hired, a glowing tan is guaranteed in this house of beauty. The unwavering passion of Jasmine Scarr, whose love for all things bronzed turned a mobile tanning service into her own coveted unique tan solution, their results are always flawless. Alongside their new sister business, Bella Body Sculpting, visit the salon for a tailored tan to suit every skin and style.










How did SCinjectables begin? After working in one of the big chain clinics, my focus shifted to how I wanted my patients to feel. I wanted to spend more time learning their concerns and earning their trust. This can’t be done in a 15-minute window. So, I took the leap and started my own clinic, offering ample time for the consultation to make sure every patient is truly being listened to with treatments tailored to them.

Meet Su-en Chow: an absolute boss solo practitioner, who knows the importance of attentive care and empowering women to feel their best. Get ready to achieve impressive yet natural results at her Morningside clinic. What treatments can be found at SCinjectables? For the past six years, I’ve focussed on anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers that help you be the best version of you! Now, I’m super excited to introduce a new treatment called matrix PDO threads. This is absolutely wonderful for skin tightening, improving fine lines, and volumising the face and neck, by stimulating the production of collagen to create a firming effect for 6-12 months.

What do you love most about what you do? I adore helping people feel better about the way they look! There is no “in and out” mentality in my business, and I truly believe this is the key to achieving great results. Learning the tools of the trade is one thing, but being able to really listen to your patient’s concerns before tailoring a treatment plan that achieves the best results gives me an irreplaceable sense of accomplishment. SCINJECTABLES 1/676 WYNNUM RD, MORNINGSIDE P 0490 810 943 SCINJECTABLES.COM.AU

Place Bulimba – Carla Haddan While it’s no secret that Place dominates the Bulimba market, it’s their experts at the helm who make all the difference. We spoke to 17 year veteran Lead Agent Carla Haddan about what it takes to top the industry.



Let’s go back to where it all started, why did you join the real estate industry?  After 10 years as a wholesale fashion agent for designers like Zimmermann, Charlie Brown and Nat-Sui shoes, I wanted to merge my love of real estate and design, while being rewarded for hard work. Fittingly, my best friend’s partner, Damian Hackett, owned a progressive real estate business called Place. Career highlights? Winning the REIQ Community Individual Award 2020 and receiving the Place Value Award in 20182019. When you have so much goodness in your life, you have to give back and I want to lead by example for my son, which is why I’ve raised nearly $1 million for Queensland charities. I established SEPTEMBER 2020

the Helen Hackett Foundation in memory of my best friend and with her husband, we raised over $550k for two digital mammography units at the Wesley Breast Clinic. In 2013, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma and created the annual luncheon, Big Mumma’s Italian Feast for Mummy’s Wish, raising over $300k. What makes a great real estate agent? Great relationships built upon trust, which leads to a great referal business. I’m proud to have won the Rate My Agent Bulimba award twice as Bulimba’s most recommended agent. Many of my clients have become great friends of mine – handling their biggest asset is a responsibility I don’t take lightly! CARLA HADDAN PLACE BULIMBA 140 OXFORD ST, BULIMBA P 0411 300 660 CARLA@EPLACE.COM.AU



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Hoarder house revival Once a run-down and tired Queenslander in need of some tender loving care, the well-known ‘hoarder house’ in Coorparoo has had a seriously envious make over. Style Journalist Jasmine Rolfe spoke to the visionary behind the transformation. The Queenslander home really is a trademark of our city. A Sunday afternoon drive through Brisbane will find streets lined with these beauties. But as much as they’re characteristic of the sunshine state, some have seen better days. Luckily for this Coorparoo ‘hoarder house’, Bellevue Queensland property developer and builder, Julian Zullo, saw the potential, and now the Marian Street mini-mansion has pride of place. Hi Julian! Could you kindly introduce yourself to our readers? Hi all! My name is Julian Zullo. I was born in Brisbane and love to travel. I studied a construction management degree at RMIT (Melbourne) and QUT (Brisbane) and have a huge passion for design and anything architectural. 52


Tell us a bit about your company, Bellevue Queensland…. Bellevue was founded 33 years ago by my father who now has taken a back seat. I personally have been running the company now for six years. We enjoy building anything from highly dilapidated Queenslanders and high-end childcare centres, to 10-story highrise buildings. What was it about the Marian Street property in Coorparoo that caught your eye? I have always lived in Coorparoo and drove past the house every day to work. On the day of the auction, I noticed several people outside STYLEMAGAZINES.COM.AU


FEATURED ON OUR FRONT COVER! the house (around 50 people) so I stopped to check it out. It just so happened that there was not one bidder. I had no idea I was about to purchase it when it happened. The house was in the worst possible state. 20 truckloads of rubbish, 100 trees, and a substantial amount of time and money needed to bring it back to life. I saw past all of that and took it on as a passion project. Why do you think the Marian Street home has received so much interest in the press? I honestly believe people love the transformation of Queenslanders. The new homes these days seem to have all the latest tech and cool functions, but often lack character and a real homely feel. The moment you step inside the house it has great warmth.

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Do you have a checklist when selecting a property to develop? Yes, definitely! Location is number one. The saying ‘Worst


house on the best street’ definitely comes to mind. For Marian, it ticked all the boxes. Great street with awesome views, close to highly-regarded schools and, to top it off, has a park on the next street. Your #1 piece of advice for an aspiring developer… If you look hard enough for a site, the right one will present itself. Try not to buy the first thing that pops up, take your time, do your research, and make sure you are committing to the right site. Remember, location is everything. There have been many projects where I fell in love but after a bit of research, the bottom line just didn’t stack up. What’s your favourite part about Brisbane? I love everything about this city! The weather, the people, the cafés, the culture! And the best part is that we have the north and south coast at our fingertips. FOR MORE TRANSFORMATION INSPIRATION VISIT STYLEMAGAZINES.COM.AU.



Q UI CK FI RE QUEST I ONS: Your interior style in three words or less: Scandi/coastal. The feeling of finishing a major project in one word? Emotional. Go-to café in Bris? Morning After in West End. Favourite Spotify playlist to listen to while on the job? Afternoon Acoustic. Go-to home and interiors store? Jardan and Globe West (snuck in two).





Perfectly placed With a passion for property and a burning desire to succeed, Lead Agent at Place Estate Agents, Michael Hatzifotis, is the name to know south of the city.


hen it comes to selling your home or buying your first, choosing a real estate agent is one of the biggest and most crucial decisions you’ll ever make. Life is full of meaningful moments, and real estate is certainly one of them. That’s why it’s important to find the right agent. A stone’s throw away from the Brisbane River are the team at Place Estate Agents. Established in 2015, the award-winning team pride themselves on the expert local knowledge of the Brisbane market. One lead agent in particular is Michael Hatzifotis. Committed to providing world-class service for inner city apartments, houses, and off the plan apartment sales, Michael prides himself on delivering the best results for real estate in South Brisbane, West End and Highgate Hill. There’s no doubt that property marketing has changed dramatically over the years. The days of sticking a signboard up and waiting for a buyer to 54


come are long gone, so it’s important to find an agent who has a deep understanding of the full suite of digital tools. Michael and his team are especially passionate about marketing and are experts in their field when it comes to innovative advertising. “One way our agency really stands out amongst the industry is our atmosphere, energy, branding and the presence throughout Brisbane,” Michael says. With un-matched enthusiasm, energy at each facet of the process and an always positive attitude, Michael’s traits when understanding his client’s needs and brokering the right deal are unsurpassed. “My favourite part of the job is the excitement,” he says. “Meeting different people allows me to be so diverse within my communication and interpretation. Every day there is something different and being able to help people with the next chapter of their lives really is life-changing.” STYLEMAGAZINES.COM.AU



“There is no better time to look at your first home or an investment property in South Brisbane, as the Brisbane property market has remained remarkably resilient. In terms of fundamentals, it’s well placed for buyers and I’m excited for what is to come for 2021,” Michael says. So, when it comes to being perfectly placed in the industry, choose the team who have grown and evolved with Brisbane over the years. Michael and his team are ready to help guide you through your next life-changing decision in property. MICHAEL HATZIFOTIS 0414 048 604 MHATZIFOTIS@EPLACE.COM.AU





at Oak & Ave

With one of a kind pieces not available anywhere else in Brisbane, Oak & Ave are not your average retail offering. From custom-made furniture, hand stitched textiles from Marrakech, statement lighting options, gorgeous storage products and work from local creatives, it’s where quirky meets considered. If you’re looking for pieces that have your guests asking, “where did you get this from?” there is always something different at this breezy boutique, including commission artworks and free design consultations – just bring a photo of what you like.


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Main Image: Oak & Ave Recycled Timber Queen Bedhead $1,500, Oak & Ave Recycled Timber Table $750, Oak & Ave Lamp $590, Marty Steel Art Original $1,500 1. Oak & Ave Vintage Kilim Cushions $90-$120* 2. Formantics Ceramics By Susan Christie Vase $199, Platter $199, Small Vase $49* 3. Oak & Ave Hand Built Clock $599 4. Oak & Ave X Billeta Coffee Mug $40, Treat Dish $25, Vessel $90 5. Marty Steel Art Galah $1,500 6. Albi Imports Spectacle Holder $29 7. Oak & Ave Vintage Kilim Cushion $90-$120* 8. Oak & Ave Copper Topped Console Table $990 9. Oak & Ave Copper Topped Side Table $390 *also featured in main image OAK & AVE 227 RAINBOW ST, SHORNCLIFFE P 0415 525 211 OAKANDAVE.COM.AU SEPTEMBER 2020




Casa e Cucina Lovely Linen


While most would steer away from moody hues come spring, there’s something to be said for going against the grain for a high-end look. Focus on the simple luxury of choosing linens in charcoal or deep violet and complement with gold décor, crystal servingware and a drink on arrival. Speaking of drinks, how gorgeous is this bar cart by Oz Design Furniture! It’ll be an evening your guests won’t soon forget.

Entertaining this spring? We’re digging this dark and moody table spread.

Pillow Talk Helios Decorative Plate $39.95

Adairs Botanical Berries Stem from $16.99

Space Kartell Matelasse Vase $220

Brosa Trapez Dining Table $897 Horgans Amaro Dinner Plate $33.55

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Dogs, decoded. A perfectly behaved pooch is always possible with the help of these dedicated dog experts. By BETHAN WARRIOR


ou may have noticed an increase of furry friends across your screen recently and it’s not by coincidence. Time in isolation has seen dog adoptions skyrocket, with many people viewing it as the perfect time to welcome that darling doggo you’ve been dreaming about into your family. As any dog lover will tell you, there really is no limit to the boundless joy and unconditional love that dogs can


bring you. However, there is no denying that there is a lot of hard work involved in owning a dog, much of which is often underestimated prior to bringing them home. As such, many in the industry are fearful that the rise in adoptions will also see a spike in dogs re-entering shelters as restrictions ease and a somewhat normal life resumes. To help address this issue, we chatted with Kelly McClelland, a dog behaviour therapist and trainer from Bark Busters to tap into the wisdom that over 14 years of working with dogs has gifted her. Both Kelly and Bark Busters believe there is an extremely slim minority of bad behaviours in dogs that cannot be addressed, with rehabilitation always a possibility. Bark Busters was founded out of frustration with the number of dogs being surrendered to shelters because of issues that could be corrected with the right technique and time. As such, their therapists are highly trained to address a variety of issues with a practical, personal service and a lifetime guarantee. Their techniques are founded in calmness and kindness to animals, backed by years of research and animal psychology. Kelly tells us that it is not a ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to dog behaviours, which is why their lifetime service is so brilliant. You pay a one-off fee to have access to unlimited sessions with your trainer for the lifetime of your beloved pet, ultimately leading to the most consistent and effective results. Learn more about the im-paw-tance of Bark Busters on BARK BUSTERS P 1800 067 710 BARKBUSTERS.COM.AU OFFICE@BARKBUSTERS.COM.AU






With an assortment of Brisbane’s most exciting, creative and fashionable spaces, a wander through Latrobe and Given Terrace will be sure to elevate your day.

Turning it up A new independent boutique agency has hit the block in the heart of Paddington. With Alison Turner at the helm, Turner Property is here to deliver your next polished and exceptional real estate experience. DIRECTOR ALISON TURNER AND SALES AND MARKETING ALEXANDRIA KNIGHTS


efore starting a degree in business, Alison Turner always knew she wanted to carve out her future in real estate. Majoring in public relations, she has always been a people person at heart – the forefront of a great real estate agent. These days, she runs her own quality-driven agency, Turner Property in Paddington. “Turner Property is a forward-thinking, full-service agency; we embrace new ideas and take an innovative approach to real estate,” she says. “Our focus remains firmly on how we can better our service and enhance our results, embracing industry innovations and new ideas for the benefit of our clientele.” Delivering the full scope of residential end-to-end sales, Turner Property specialises in Brisbane’s thriving inner city and northern 58


suburbs, from Paddington, Bardon, Ashgrove, Auchenflower and Toowong, to Windsor, Wilston, Newmarket and Alderley. Alison and her team’s capabilities extend from marketing substantial family homes and large-scale residential projects, townhouses and apartments, through to property management. When it comes to running your own independent agency, there are some surprising benefits. “Being an independent agency, we provide a fresh approach to the sale of your property, with the ability to tailor marketing packages to best suit. It also provides the ability to competitively structure our fees as we do not have the fees associated with a franchise. We’re able to provide a more fulfilling and cost-effective experience for the vendor,” Alison STYLEMAGAZINES.COM.AU


says. The result is a perfectly tailored property transaction, as well as the development of a collaborative relationship where both parties are mutually benefitted. Amidst the spring market – or, as Alison likes to call it, the spring selling season – now is the perfect time to experience the honesty and transparency that makes up the pillars of Turner Property. On top of their agility and adaptability, which allows them to rapidly respond to changing market conditions and industry innovations, you’ll find a team with a friendly nature who will work tirelessly for you. They’d love to have you pop in to say hello! TURNER PROPERTY 181 LATROBE TCE, PADDINGTON P 0419 981 510 TURNERPROPERTY.CO



F R I D A’ S S I P N ’ PA I N T Whether you’re a first-time painter or Picasso in the making, this is a paint and sip class worthy of a masterpiece. Paying homage to the artistic talent that was Frida Kahlo, Frida’s Sip n’ Paint Studio is where curious creativity can be unleashed, in a luxurious and cutting-edge environment. Sure, there may be more sipping on your BYO bubbles than painting for some, but it’s the ambience and artistic energy in this luxe studio that has people coming back for more. Pair your painting with catered artisan cheese boards (the perfect creative snack), under sparkling chandeliers and amongst lavish timber benches. Ideal for those who are looking for something other than just dinner and drinks, it’s the perfect place for a fun and exciting catch up, remembered for years to come. FRIDA’S SIP N’ PAINT 219-233 GIVEN TCE, PADDINGTON P 0402 100 991 FRIDAS.COM.AU

BELLA BOTIQO Take a stroll through layers of lovely linen and stylish silks (all at affordable prices and free sizing) at this gorgeously light-filled fashion boutique in Paddington. Stocking the ever-elegant label straight from Italy, Imagine, you’ll also find an array of trendy accessories to pair perfectly with your next outfit. With Paddington being the perfect place to pick up a unique present, stop by Bella Botiqo for a thoughtful small gift or something for yourself. BELLA BOTIQO 244 GIVEN TCE, PADDINGTON P 0417 636 454 @BELLA_BOTIQO

ELLA BACHÉ PADDINGTON Making a name for themselves in the beauty industry for over 25 years, Ella Baché Paddington’s destination only adds to their glowing reputation. Their skin therapists offer the latest in high performance treatments and skincare, including one of their most popular services, microneedling. This advanced treatment features electroportation, which increases the permeability of the cell membrane. In other words – faster and more effective results on signs of ageing, wrinkles, pigmentation, scarring, acne and congestion! And now, the Paddington salon is offering a limited time only microneedling experience for $159. ELLA BACHÉ PADDINGTON SHOP 4, 244 GIVEN TCE, PADDINGTON 07 3367 2500 ELLABACHE.COM.AU/PAGES/PADDINGTON







LUXURY Founder of Beauty on Latrobe, Clare Lamberth celebrates 14 years of blissful beauty, and tells us what it’s like to be nominated for the World Luxury Spa Awards.

Take us behind the beauty… I created Beauty on Latrobe as a beautiful and tranquil space where our guests can take a moment to care for their skin and themselves. When we feel and look our best, it extends to so many other aspects of our lives. We embrace a progressive over aggressive approach to skin therapy, treating the skin’s health first and identifying underlying causes for skin dysfunction, like gut health or barrier impairment. Once these are aligned, we’re able to achieve truly incredible results for our clients. Who are the Beauty on Latrobe team? Our team comprises of skin, brow, beauty, and makeup experts who thrive on building meaningful and lasting relationships with our clients, to help them achieve their skin and beauty goals. Dermal therapists Shannon and Calina have over 10 years’ experience, Scarlet is our Canadian import and customer service support genie, and I bring over 20 years industry experience. What services do you specialise in? Our caring team of skin therapists use a blend of the latest technologies, treatment philosophies and cosmeceutical formulations to deliver our guests happy, glowing and healthy skin. Being a full-service skin and beauty therapy clinic, we offer a wide menu of services ranging from lash 60


lifts, waxing and spray tans, to permanent hair reduction, bespoke facials and more specialised services such as injectables, collagen induction skin needling, and skin tightening treatments.

everything and having to rebuild and adapt to every changing situation has made both me personally, and us as a business, stronger. It’s one of the reasons we are still here today.

Tell us about the business turning 14 – what have been some career highlights? Most notably would be winning an Australian Beauty Industry Award, two times Ultraceuticals National Clinic of The Year, as well as several local Business Achiever Awards. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing though. In 2013, we lost everything to an arson attack and had to rebuild the business from scratch while I was heavily pregnant with my first child. I feel the experience of losing

What is it like being nominated for the World Luxury Spa Awards? It’s one of the most incredible moments to have our clinic recognised on the world stage! It’s our first time to take part in anything like this and we are all really excited. It’s a special way to celebrate the clinic turning 14!















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Beauty blueprint

Luminous skin for life sounds like a far-fetched wish, but the dedication of Richard Parker – the founder of the revolutionary skincare brand RATIONALE – will grant it. With the opening of their new flagship James Street space this September, we spoke to him about how it can become a reality for you. What inspired RATIONALE? As a teenager, I was referred to a dermatologist and I was fascinated by his vast knowledge. He encouraged me to explore the speciality. I believed I could make a difference in the wellness and luxury fields of skin health and beauty through the formulation side of skincare. I studied cosmetic chemistry and developed the six pillars of skin radiance that became known as the RATIONALE Essential Six – Resilience, Vitality, Brilliance, Integrity, Clarity and Renewal.

What does luminosity mean to you? For years I’ve said luminous skin is your calling card; your presentation to the world. It both shapes and expresses your inner confidence. Glowing, healthy skin makes us beautiful at any age. I believe radiant skin is your reward for preventing and reversing environmental damage What is the RATIONALE process? I believe the most important first step toward luminous skin for life is a comprehensive skincare

consultation. We customise a treatment plan for skin success that includes both your daily at-home skincare ritual and professional facial treatments, performed within our flagship spaces. The relationship between a client and a RATIONALE consultant is lifelong, based on a deep knowledge of your skin’s changing needs throughout life. RATIONALE RATIONALE.COM


Body talk Let’s discuss breast augmentation, with Dr Matthew Peters from Valley Plastic Surgery. There are many women of all ages and backgrounds who seek augmentation for differing, personal reasons. Whatever your reason is for undergoing the procedure, we spoke to Dr Matthew Peters to help you navigate your first consultation with your plastic surgeon. 62


What are the main reasons for clients wanting a breast augmentation? Some are wanting to restore volume and shape following breastfeeding or weight loss, maintaining as natural a look as possible. Others are happy with their shape but want more volume to achieve a more proportionate size that suits the rest of their body shape. Could you explain ‘CC’ size and why it matters? ‘CC’ is a measure of volume. It is the product of width, height and projection measurements that we take into account when determining the look and shape requirements the patient desires. How long does it take to achieve your desired results? It takes six weeks for 90% of the swelling to settle and to achieve a firm idea of how things will look in the long run. Patients routinely report it takes up to nine months, though, before everything completely settles in terms of shape and movement. STYLEMAGAZINES.COM.AU


How can this procedure drastically change lives? Restoration of shape following breastfeeding or massive weight loss, congenital asymmetries and developmental irregularities as well as reconstruction following breast cancer surgery or trauma. Everyone has a genuine need and thankfully we have techniques available that can address these, usually in a manner that improves our patients’ quality of life. How can Valley Plastic Surgery help? All of our surgeons are FRACS Specialist Plastic Surgeons that have undergone specific training in breast surgery. We offer a comprehensive, non-judgemental, confidential, professional and personal surgical consultation, experienced operative planning and techniques, and followup procedures and protocols that aim to ensure an outcome that both us and our patients are happy with.  VALLEY PLASTIC SURGERY 51 BALLOW ST, FORTITUDE VALLEY P 3488 8118 VALLEYPLASTICSURGERY.COM.AU


Shaping the future

With a bright outlook of high standard innovation and less invasive procedures, the team at Valley Plastic Surgery discuss what the future of plastic surgery and dermatology looks like.

DR RAYMOND GOH Specialist Plastic Surgeon Director, Valley Plastic Surgery I think the two words which will shape plastic surgery in the near future are “subtlety” and “regenerative”. People are not wishing to be noticed after having plastic surgery. They want to change an area of their face or body that bothers them for themselves, not for the rest of the world to see. They want to feel more confident, in order to reach their full potential in life. We have to throw out the concepts of an ideal nose, an ideal breast, or a perfect body. The other exciting area of plastic surgery involves utilising patients’ own tissue for the purpose of enhancement and regeneration. This includes using patients’ own fat for breast and body work, and the use of concentrated growth factors and platelet rich plasma (derived from patients’ own blood) for facial and skin work.



Specialist Plastic Surgeon


Director, Valley Plastic Surgery In the short term, I expect to see the continued refinement of procedures and techniques that we are currently offering. Body contouring makes up a large percentage of my current clientele, and I see this moving towards a more 360-degree approach. There have also been some exciting advancements in fat transfer techniques, making this a more viable option for many patients.   Ultimately, artificial intelligence will have an increasing role to play in the future of plastic surgery, with potential for assisted assessment and operative planning. There have also been developments in custom-made growth factor laden implant scaffolds that the body takes over. While this is exciting, there are some things that cannot be replaced by a scalpel held by a skilled human hand. 

DR ALYS SAYLOR Specialist Plastic Surgeon I’m looking forward to a future of innovation in science and surgery, and especially advances that provide less invasion when patients seek to restore or improve form and function. I’m very hopeful these advances can comfortably co-exist without people sacrificing mental, emotional or physical health to achieve optimal health.

Our skin is a billboard to the outside world. Every spot, every wrinkle and every scar tells a story, and history to date shows we are keen to erase, camouflage and inject to modify our stories where we can. I see the future of dermatology soaring, with artificial intelligence already here. With machines like the VectraVB360 used in public hospitals in Brisbane, they’re able to take 360-degree views of the whole body to identify all skin lesions on a patient. I see these machines better able to discriminate between benign and malignant, avoiding the need for a skin biopsy by a simple flash of the robot camera. I see 3D printers also in our future dermatology world. Skin will be perfectly matched, fully functional, and without the need for surgery, needles or discomfort.








Who would’ve thought a chiselled jawline only takes 10-15 minutes!

We’ve all been there: the camera flashes on a candid look that seemed perfect in your head, but one look at the shot (and your double chin), and that picture goes straight to the Instagram graveyard. The solution? If you’re a less-ismore kind of person, then removing a double chin is easy with help from the passionate expert team at Cosmétique. Fat dissolving injections are a highly effective way to remove fat under the chin without the need for surgery. The simple yet innovative treatment works by breaking down the membrane of fat cells, which are then absorbed by the body and progressively eliminated by the kidneys. As fat cells are a hard thing to replace, the overall number of your fat cells will decrease, thus providing a permanent result. Not only can you say goodbye to your chin’s twin, but the skilled injectors at Cosmétique can help redefine your jawline and slim out the area. Painless, impressive and requiring less time than an episode of Younger, talk to the team about how they can keep your chin up! COSMÉTIQUE 298 GILCHRIST AVE, HERSTON P 3184 4548 AUSTRALIANCOSMETIC.COM

Sport support If you’re always on your feet, you may need a leg up over this common issue. Athletic people frequently present with varicose veins, as the increased load on the venous system during intense physical activity can damage the vein walls. The Leg Vein Doctor sees many patients who’ve deferred treatment for too long, to avoid interfering with their sporting schedule. The longer the delay, the higher the risk of microcellular damage around the lower leg. Endovenous Laser Ablation or Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy are walk-in/walk out, non-invasive treatments. They are clinic-based procedures which don’t require hospitalisation and are easy to schedule into a busy life. Downtime is negligible, with no need for hospitals or general 64


anaesthetic. You’re literally back on your feet for a 30-minute walk immediately after the procedure and you can drive home. Using upper body weights can continue following treatment, as can low impact exercise. Short intensity running and cycling can recommence within a fortnight, as long as you’re cautious and remain alert to your body. At the initial consultation, you’ll be provided with a treatment plan, valid for 12 months. Our reception team will happily work with you to find appointment dates that fit around your training schedule and events. THE LEG VEIN DOCTOR 465 MILTON RD, AUCHENFLOWER P 3720 9912 THELEGVEINDOCTOR.COM





Set the

P CE Internationally recognised and multiple award-winning Australian hairdresser, Justin Pace of Co and Pace Salons, opens up about his impressive career and admirable reputation within the Brisbane hair scene. Your portfolio and accolades are very impressive, what’s your secret? Determination and hard work sounds cliché, but I believe you must find the drive to keep going somewhere. To push through the tough times you also have to rework known weaknesses. I never consider myself to be number one or at the top because if I did, there’d be no room to grow. What’s your definition of great hair? Great hair should be shiny, healthy, wearable, and easy-to-maintain. It should also appear the same between salon visits (unless changing looks). Great hair is about customising the right hairstyle to the presented personality, aesthetic and lifestyle. What experience can people expect at a Co and Pace Salons appointment? Upon walking into an aesthetically pleasing environment, clients can expect to be greeted with a friendly smile, then sat down with a hot towel to refresh. Alongside custom-made biscuits, clients can select from a menu of hot, cold, or alcoholic beverages. For those who love to read, there’s a variety of up-to-date magazines, for others who need to work, there’s high-speed WiFi. SEPTEMBER 2020

What gets you excited about hair? Changing the way people feel about themselves for the better, therefore the way they look at the world. Working with hair is similar to configuring a puzzle, as you have to align a client’s wants and needs with their hair type and look. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a client walk out with a massive smile on their face and confidence in their demeanour. Tell us about the recent renovation of your salon… After being in my current premises since 2007, I’ve taken inspiration from Italy and Japan to renovate the space. Italian features include black and white tiles, chairs and glassware; Japanese qualities incorporate black repetitive timber slats and castiron tea pots with handle-less cups. All materials are authentic. NO BLUNT ENDS HERE, THERE’S MORE ON JUSTIN AT STYLEMAGAZINES.COM.AU CO AND PACE SALONS 160 ANN ST, BRISBANE CITY P 3220 1595 COANDPACESALONS.COM






VARICOSE VEINS with Dr Nicholas Kemp

Expertise and excellence

In your genes

When I went to university, I wanted a career and life that I could be happy with, be proud of and excel at. I learnt that there was no research to support the idea that excelling in anything is a consequence of possessing innate gifts, and there would be periods of failure before achieving success. No one is born to greatness. Those who develop expertise or excellence have one thing in common: deliberate practice tailored to the task and individual preferences. We know that successful people consider where their performance is currently; identify goals that stretch beyond their current ability; engage in exercises designed to reach new milestones; integrate ongoing feedback on their effort and outcomes and continually refine over time. So, if you’re open to improving, just start!

Do varicose veins run in families? Unfortunately, yes. If one parent has varicose veins, your risk increases. If both parents are affected, the risk jumps to 90%. Quick lesson: arteries carry blood from your heart to your body. Your veins carry ‘used’ blood back to the heart. When veins have trouble returning blood, it can pool in the leg veins. This is called venous insufficiency and symptoms include aching, swollen or itchy legs, nocturnal cramps, restless leg syndrome, eczema, brown staining or skin hardening. If you have a family history of venous disease, we recommend visiting a phlebologist. At our clinic, all initial consultations include an ultrasound investigation. A GP referral is recommended, but not required. THE LEG VEIN DOCTOR 465 MILTON RD, AUCHENFLOWER P 3720 9912 THELEGVEINDOCTOR.COM








STYLING TIPS with Mark Ferguson

TRAVEL HACKS with Natalie Gruzlewski

Local threads

Homegrown getaway

With international travel off the cards (and probably will be for some time), there’s no better time to appreciate our own backyard. Sure, we’re exploring this with local holidays, but it’s time to also focus our attention on local designers and labels. The number of high-quality Brisbane designers per capita is quite astonishing. One of my favourite events of the year is MercedesBenz Fashion Festival, which usually showcases these labels, but alas, not in 2020. Luckily with Laura Churchill at the helm of Brisbane Fashion Month, which runs for the entire month of October, Brisbane will have premier fashion events to attend. I am personally looking forward to showing our new season women’s suiting collection.

Just one hour from Brisbane, in my hometown, is the 5-star luxury of Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Gold Coast. This iconic hotel is set amongst 6-hectares of sparkling lagoons, commands a perfect beachfront location, offers world-class facilities, chic styling and exquisite cuisine presented with creative flair. Popular since it first launched, this hotel has hosted the most discerning global guests and earned its reputation as the Gold Coast’s finest. Not only can you find idyllic relaxation while sipping Instagrammable cocktails at the swim up bar, but now you can indulge in a High Cheese Experience at the elegant Pearls Bar when you book a My Queensland holiday package. Reacquaint yourself with local beauty and luxury on your doorstep! MY QUEENSLAND 1300 000 753 MYQLDHOLIDAY.COM.AU





isabella & roman longginou Creativity must grow on the family tree, because this brother and sister duo are flourishing with it. While one wields a sewing needle and the other a charcoal set, they both create beautiful pieces in the world of fashion and art. @ILONGGINOU @ROMANLON G G I NOU


Designer dressmaker and founder of Isabella Longginou

What was the catalyst to your career? I actually had no background in the fashion world at all – I wanted to be a stylist before any of the dressmaking came about. I thought studying fashion design would lead me down the “styling” path, but it turned out the sewing, pattern making and designing came quite easy to me. I think these skills were passed down from my nonna and mum, who actually inspired my brand.

Describe the Isabella Longginou woman… Someone who isn’t afraid to wear multiple frills, colour and have fun. They definitely don’t want to be wearing the same as anyone else. That’s the beauty of having something custom made – 68


the dress design can be the same, but you can mix up the fabric, lengths and fit to make it yours.

How did you develop your creative style? I believe my creative style comes from my mum – she is so chic and works with me in the studio. However, it’s mostly from trial and error. It’s a lot of playing around with design ideas, dress samples and then deciding what fabric looks cool with what design.

Who is your style icon? Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino – they’re a little bit of fun and a little bit chic.

What do you love about Brisbane style? Whether it’s their lipstick colour, shoe or accessory, Brisbane girls aren’t scared to take risks.




Where are you the happiest? Definitely in my studio! It’s my creative cave and happy place. If I’m feeling a little down, I’ll go straight to the studio, blast a bit of Marvin Gaye and create something new.

What’s in store for the Isabella Longginou brand? 2020 has been a tricky one. Despite the ups and downs, I’ve been able to design my own fabrics this year (keep an eye out for them) but I’m also super excited for my online store and growing that side of the business!



Describe your work in three words… Black and white

What do you love about drawing? There’s something quite beautiful or even romantic about the immediacy of drawing. Every mark that’s made on the paper has a kind of permanence about it. One thing that’s always brought me back to charcoal is the depth of black, and range of tonality that you can achieve through the medium.

Have you always been ‘arty’? I was that kid at school who drew all over any paper in front of me. It was like a natural compulsion – a need to fill an empty space with pictures of some kind. Studying art definitely helped me figure out how to turn those ideas into something bigger.

What inspires you? I really love looking through archival pictures of historic items, museum catalogues, and antiques. I’ve recently become fascinated with archaeology and sartorial Instagram accounts, too. I also love looking through magazines, advertisements, and basically any kind of visual media. Besides that, I try to see as much artwork as I can and read quite a bit – mostly the classics and some theology.

What’s your favourite piece from your latest collection? A drawing I’ll be showing in November titled ‘Illusions of Grandeur’. It’s a three-panel picture of crumpled aluminium, a suit of armour and a car headlight laid against each other. This set the formula I followed for the rest of the works in the show.

Soundtrack to sketch to? I’m really big on jazz. I’ve got this 25-hour long playlist of mellow jazz tracks that I always come back to. Otherwise, if it isn’t jazz, it’ll be a podcast or two.

Any exciting projects coming up? I have my first solo exhibition in Sydney with Jerico Contemporary. This will be held in November. After that, I’ve had a few opportunities to do photographic works, so I’m pretty excited to see where that leads.




My corner of the


It’s the great travel debate of South East Queensland – who reigns supreme? The Sunshine Coast or the Gold Coast? Courtney Frank chatted with two respective locals who each make a compelling case for their beloved beachside home. SUNSHINE COAST JAHARN GILES @MISTERWEEKENDER Tell us what you love most about life on the Sunshine Coast:  What I love most about life on the Sunshine Coast is that it’s laid-back and unpretentious. I live at Sunrise Beach, which is a beautiful beach at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast, right next to Sunshine Beach and Noosa National Park. I am so lucky to live within walking distance of the beach and we can see the ocean from our home. I’m also madly in love with Noosa National Park and I hike the trails there a few times a week. The food scene here is outstanding – we have some of the most incredible restaurants and cafes, and the local produce is undeniably some of the best in Australia.   How would you describe your coastal community?  The locals are so friendly, everyone knows each other, and everyone says hello. It’s a nice, community-driven feeling. Life by the ocean is very relaxing and we all know we live in a special place where people can pay thousands of dollars for a holiday. Everyone supports local business and often you’ll find that we don’t like telling everyone how much we love it up here because we want to keep it all to ourselves! I love it when we go to the beach because Jason (my husband) will always swap surf notes with other locals. That has never happened to him on the Gold Coast.

HIDDEN GEMS: Fave brekky spot: Vanilla Food at Noosa Junction.

Why should people visit the Sunshine Coast over the Gold Coast? This is easy, we never have traffic. From Noosa to Eumundi and down to Coolum, there are only two traffic lights. There are less crowds and not thousands of cars and hotels or multiple roads running parallel to the beach. Our coastline is untouched by dominating high-rise hotels and apartment buildings, so we don’t have to worry about the beaches being drenched in shade in the early afternoon when the sun starts to set. What I love is that the Sunshine Coast has not been taken over by social media personalities or celebrities. We are the quieter, littler sister of the Gold Coast and not one single local will ever complain about that.

Planning a beach day, where do you go?  Alexandria Bay in Noosa National Park, Little Cove just up from Hastings St, or Sunshine Beach next to the cliff. Hinterland spot you love: Maleny for a road trip on a rainy day. For something a little closer to home, we love Cooroy, Mary Valley, Kenilworth and Conondale. Fave local boutique:  Hello Trader.







GOLD COAST ELIZA LANDGREN @ELLE_FIT Why did you decide to call the Gold Coast home: I have always wanted to be by the ocean. I grew up in Cairns where nature is a bit of a tease (crocodiles, jellyfish, no surf), so I wanted to live somewhere I could actually enjoy it and be in it. I spent a few years on the Sunshine Coast but was always drawn to the southern end of the Gold Coast. Palm Beach is home for me now and there’s nowhere I’d rather be. How would you describe your coastal community? I think a lot of people assume the Gold Coast is a tourist destination, but each beach has their own little community. Palm Beach feels like a small town. There are plenty of cafés, restaurants and options for exercise, so I’m always running into friends without having to organise a catch up. I love that aspect of it. I’ve never experienced a community like this before – all of my friends live within 10 minutes of each other. At the moment we head to Pilates in the morning and then catch up with whoever happens to be at our local coffee shop, Watson Bloom. 99% of the people I know here have moved here as adults. It’s a choice we have all made, as opposed to growing up here. It’s a pretty incredible spot to call home. You’re planning a day out with friends – what are you doing and where are you going? On Saturday mornings we catch up at the Palm Beach markets and have a MIO “buckie” wrap – it’s my favourite meal of the week. We usually spend a fair bit of time here chatting, listening to live music, and grabbing food for the week. Depending on the weather, we might have a beach day and surf either before or after the markets. There are great paths along the coast so going for a ride and grabbing a coffee or açaí bowl is on high rotation during the warmer months. Lately we have been having margarita nights at home with the Mr Consistent cocktail mixers – highly recommend! Everything is cruisy and spontaneous down here, so we don’t plan much. I live across the road from the beach so catching up for the sunset is always magical.

LOCAL LOVES: Fave brekky spot:  Barefoot Barista in Palm Beach. Planning a beach day, where do you go? Across the road from my house in Palm Beach or to a point for a surf – either Burleigh or Currumbin. Hidden hinterland spot you love: Cougal Cascades in Currumbin Valley. Best view on the coast: The lookout at the top of Burleigh Hill.



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