• Dear Aunty Em: Should I have a baby?

    Monday, May 14, 2018

    ‘Should I have a baby?’ – Maybe mama  Dear Maybe mama, a) Go and stand in the card section of K-Mart and check out the Mother’s Day range. Absorb the pinkness, the flowers, the sense of gratitude. b) And then go stand in the homewares section, preferably the boring bit, near the pegs, mops and […]

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  • Dear Aunty Em: Knob job

    Thursday, May 10, 2018

    “Would you judge a guy based on his work? I was chatting to someone online and turns out he works in the gaming industry selling slot/gaming machines. It’s been his career for ages and I think he does well out if it. It’s such a turn-off for me – is that wrong? Am I being […]

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  • Becoming your authentic self

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    I am evolving in isolation down here in Camden, NSW. I’ve got to say, it’s making me weird. When you are protected from the influence of society, a funny thing happens. Parts of you grow that were previously trampled. Take my dress sense. I have always been sartorially challenged but I am reaching new lows. […]

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  • Meet the artist: Louise Man

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018

    A change of country prompted a change in direction for the very talented Louise Man. This accomplished PR and editor has now added another talent to her sizeable stash; that of a painter. Read on to find out what inspires her. How long have you been working as an artist? I’ve always enjoyed painting, but […]

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  • Note to my girls

    Monday, April 23, 2018

    I have two step daughters and three nieces and there are a few things I want them to know. The first thing: you are not here to be decorative. People will comment on your looks. They will compliment your figure, and tell you that you’re pretty. You will hear other women complaining and comparing, fretting […]

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Apr
19

Wedding = worth it!

There’s a lot of conjecture as to whether there’s any point getting married. It’s expensive (yep), statistically likely to fail (yep) and it’s only one day of your life and then everything goes back to normal (nope). Well, I’m here to say GET WED PEOPLE. Sure, there are plenty of reasons you shouldn’t get married […]

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Apr
15

Where to eat in Waikiki

I can’t even pretend this is a comprehensive listing but we did stumble across some pretty fantastic places. We were staying in the ultra-luxe Starwood properties on Waikiki beach – The Royal Hawaiian, Sheraton Waikiki and Moana Surfrider – so it was only right that we checked out their bars (their restaurants were a little too […]

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Apr
14

A Hawaiian Blessing

You know how sometimes there’s this weird thing you want to do and you don’t quite know how to explain it? Well, I wanted a Hawaiian wedding blessing. I have previously identified as atheist but Hawaiian spiritual practice makes me feel things. It’s like someone is playing energetic piano scales down my spine; I get all goosebumpy and feel light […]

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Apr
13

Italian decorating inspo

Italy is home to some of the best brands of industrial and home decor design in the world. With 70+ years of experience, not to mention the inter-generational expertise in artisanship and mixed manufacturing/refinement techniques, Italian top brands like Minotti, Zanotta, Kartell, Poliform, Vitra and Poltrona Frau have made Italy a leading trendsetter in the industry for generations. […]

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Mar
30

Kings Canyon day tour: A review

Anyone who knows me, knows that 3.45am is not a time of day I see a lot of. Journalists are a fairly evening-centric bunch seeing as though it’s still frowned on to start drinking before noon. It was with some shock that I almost enjoyed sunrise as the AAT Kings coach bowled along the long, straight road towards […]

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Mar
30

Hotels vs serviced apartments

Do you have a preference? I have just compiled the annual Hot 100 Hotels, Resorts and Venues for the magazine that I edit and I’ve noticed that a lot more serviced apartment hotel brands have sprung up. What’s even better is that they’re kinda sexy. In the old days, serviced apartment hotels were only a […]

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Mar
30

The world’s best race days

So The Spark and I are wondering: what are the world’s best race days? We have decided that we are going to go to one race day a year that we have never been to before. The problem is that we don’t know where to start. Country, provincial or metropolitan races in Australia? The Spark is a race buff […]

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Mar
22

Field of Light Uluru: A review

Last night, I stood in the Central Western Desert looking out over auburn sand and scrubby Desert Oaks; Uluru in one direction and a totally wacky art installation in the other. Bush flies were buzzing around my head, my Champagne glass was half empty, and the stars were pushing their way through the gauzy blue […]

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Mar
22

Can all flowers be delivered safely?

You may not be able to remember it, but there was a time when people used to call at a flower shop or stall to buy flowers in person. Of course, that can still happen, and some people prefer the peace of mind of knowing exactly what they are buying because they can see the […]

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Mar
14

Sydney’s best theatres

It seems that I spend half my life in a theatre of some sort. Whether it’s a movie theatre or theatre venue, Sydney has plenty of hidden gems. From the very obvious to the totally obscure, here is a list of Sydney’s best theatres where you’re guaranteed to find some culture to sink your teeth […]

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