• Christmas gifts for people you hate

    Wednesday, November 7, 2018

    In keeping with my current Christmas gift-buying obsession, here’s my fail-proof guide to gifts for people you loathe: A leaf blower: You hate them. Soon, everyone else will too. A chutney gift pack: Has anyone ever used a Christmas chutney? This will live in their pantry and/or fridge and be moved from house to house, […]

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  • Christmas presents for people like me

    Tuesday, November 6, 2018

    It’s around this time of year that I do terrible things to my credit card. I love Christmas and I love buying presents. If you are looking for gift ideas for middle-aged women who love Marimekko but wear K-Mart, here’s some things that I can personally recommend as being both ethical and excellent. Original artworks Art […]

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  • Love your skin suit

    Thursday, October 25, 2018

    Silence of the Lambs has made the concept of a skin suit a little bit too literal but stay with me folks. We are all born into a skin suit that is composed of pretty much the same stuff as everyone else’s. Our genes dominate what it will look like. Some people get an Armani, […]

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  • Losing babies

    Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    The Spark and I have lost three babies this year – one in January and two in the past week. Without going into the excruciating details, all I can say is that this is a very common experience. Every second person I speak to shares their story of loss. One of the midwives who looked […]

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  • Woo-Oahu! My stay at Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki

    Thursday, October 4, 2018

    Most of the time I am a suburban mum covered in toddler snot but occasionally – almost magically – I get yanked out of my leggings and sent spinning into a world of luxury. That’s what happened recently when I wound up at the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Waikiki. When I was dropped off at the […]

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May
2

Travel tales: Bessie Hassan

Name: Bessie Hassan Age: 32 Occupation: Head of PR at finder.com.au, soccer mum, reality TV lover. Favourite travel destination?: Hawaii has always been a family favourite for my husband and me – there’s great shopping and beaches, it’s family-friendly, and the food and culture are amazing. Worst travel experience?: Towards the tail end of my European honeymoon, […]

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Apr
19

Social media life

Social media life is not real life. Instagram is a strange land where people are constantly being photographed from behind looking at vistas, wearing bikinis in The Maldives and wearing floppy hats at music festivals. And Facebook? Well, it seems to have turned into a family photo album. I am just as guilty of this as […]

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Apr
7

Motherhood so far

I am one month into this whole motherhood caper and wow. It’s one of the few experiences I have had where all the cliches are true. I feel like a hermit crab with no shell, all soft and vulnerable. Also very hermit-y as I rarely leave the house. The weird thing is that I actually like it. […]

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Apr
6

Work break-up

A couple of my friends have recently been through what I would dub a ‘work break-up’; when you leave a role in a distressing or unresolved way. The psychological damage is profound. I have been through it and am currently seeing my mates go through it. Why is it so upsetting? It comes down to […]

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Mar
8

Sponsored Video/Post: Phillip Island Nature Parks

I have been on some fun work trips over the years but Phillip Island was one of the best. I had just started doing the PR for Sydney – Melbourne Touring and the client sent me down to check out their wares. It’s not every day that you get to wake up in a windswept […]

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Feb
27

Travel Tales: Krissie Rogers, Pearls of Style

Name: Krissie Rogers Age: 26 Current job?: Blogger @ Pearls of Style and freelance writer Where are you now?: Melbourne Favourite travel destination?: Greece. The beaches, the people, the food, the culture. It’s an all-round dream. Best meal ever while travelling?: I don’t think I can go past the €4 gyros I had in Mykonos. […]

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Feb
21

The right place

I read a lot of autobiographies of female comedians. Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders, Mindy Kaling … the list goes on. I’m even reading Dame Edna Everage’s ‘autobiography’ at the moment and, in a surprise bonus thanks to Glebe St Vincent de Paul, it’s AUTOGRAPHED and dedicated to John. Thanks […]

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Feb
20

Pieces of you

We are all made up of little pieces of each other. Whether it’s something tiny, like the way I chop vegetables (thanks Victor), to the way I fold fitted sheets (thanks Mum), there are a million little behaviours that I have adopted from my friends and family. I am always thinking of the people in my life […]

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Feb
15

Maternity leave

Going on maternity leave is surprisingly confronting. Under normal circumstances, the thought of taking 7.5 months off would be ultra-appealing. Hello South East Asian beach holiday! Hello road trip! Hello involved, self-indulgent creative project! But no, not this time. I’m headed for the unknown horrors of the post-natal gulag which is, quite frankly, scary. I […]

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Feb
10

Worst hotel stays ever

I just got off the phone from a lady who blew a tonne of cash getting to a very remote part of a very remote country to stay in a five star resort. The reason she called me was that I had written about this place on my work website; a piece that she’d read […]

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