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Valentine’s Day in Brisbane

posted by Emmy O'Neill February 6, 2017 0 comments

With Valentine’s Day less than eight sleeps away now is the perfect time to drop some oh-so-subtle hints to your oh-so-special someone. And don’t stress if you are single… grab a friend and head out anyway! Whether you’re into V-Day or not it is still a perfect excuse to go out mid-week and celebrate. Any excuse to eat great food or see a movie… #amiright? Casual dinner, romantic table for two, picnic in the park, theatre show or a night at the movies; Brisbane is serving all the goods! Here are some of our Valentine’s Day in Brisbane favourites. Oh and remember you can celebrate V-Day all week long if you want to squeeze in some more special moments.

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International Eats in Brisbane

posted by Michaela Petrofes February 3, 2017 0 comments

Are your wanderlust and taste buds dying to go on an international adventure but your bank account isn’t quite letting you jet set across the ocean? Not to worry, we’ve rounded up the best international eats in Brisbane so you can wine & dine your away around the world without needing your passport.
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Triibe Bedroom Styling Workshop

posted by Danielle Lewis March 24, 2015 0 comments

Do you scroll through your insta-feed envious of the perfectly put-together bedrooms of celebs, fashion bloggers and designers? Well, envy-no more! Our gorgeous friends at Triibe have come to the rescue. Triibe co-founders Jessica Stewart and Christina Symes are bringing their interior styling talent up from Sydney for one day only, to share their industry knowledge, tips and tricks with you!

Jessica and Christina are holding a 2-hour bedroom styling workshop on Saturday March 28th at Metro Arts in the Brisbane CBD. And with backgrounds like working as an Interior Stylist for Swedish company Fantastic Frank in Berlin, and Interior and Exhibition Designer for GoMA, they know their stuff.

The ladies will talk you through and demonstrate step-by-step how to translate a bedroom into your own signature style by creating 3 different schemes from scratch.

In this 2 hour bedroom styling workshop you will learn key tips and solutions about spatial planning, how to identify your own individual colour scheme, tricks on how to introduce and display art, as well as learning what the key necessities are to tie a space together.

Get ready Instagram, we are just about to up our bedroom-style game.

But hurry, tickets are strictly limited.


March 28, 2015, 10:30am-12:30pm


Metro Arts Studio 4.2
Level 4 / 109
Edward St, Brisbane


$120 per person, light refreshments included.

Purchase here. 

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Unlock Your Style with Nikki Parkinson

posted by Teagan West June 18, 2014 1 Comment


Ultimate style guru Nikki Parkinson knows where it’s at when it comes to fashion and beauty.

The local Brisbane blogger is the face behind www.stylingyou.com.au a.k.a a woman’s BFF! But we’re sure you’re already a fan of her fashion savvy advice dished out in an interactive format and accompanied by quips, anecdotes and real-girl tips.

She also dips into travel, lifestyle, shopping guides, homewares (cushion fetish?), and one very particular Nina Proudman from Offspring outfit inspo series. Her blogging excellence requires a whole other article to give her the credit she truly deserves (is my girl crush to obvious?).

So what’s new you ask? A lot actually! She’s releasing a book!

It’s called Unlock Your Style and it’s due to be released on July 29 in all of its beautiful glory.

Unlock Your Style started off as a series on her blog, and when it finished, readers demanded it become an e-book, which was produced and sold in April 2013.

Unbeknown to Nikki, among the e-book lovers was a commissioning editor at Hachette Australia who saw the gap in the market Nikki was taking by storm. And the rest, as they say, is history. (You can read about Nikki’s journey from blog to print here)

Nikki said “Unlock Your Style is part storytelling, part work book and hopefully part illustration.”

Flicking through Unlock Your Style you’ll find a mixture of Nikki’s personal stories, advice and ‘homework’ to work through in each chapter to develop and foster your unique style.

She said as women go through different stages of their lives, they sometimes lose a sense of who they are and how to express their style and confidence.

“I want women to have the tools for unlocking or re-creating their personal style,” she said.

And through Styling You, Nikki has become a superhero of style. So there’s no doubt Unlock Your Style will be full to the brim of wisdom and style advice as Nikki continues her foray to help the women of Australia look and feel fab.

And it’s good news for us Brisbane folk! Nikki said because she has lived in Queensland her whole life, there is definitely a collective of styling tips women of the sunshine state will appreciate.

She said, “The influence of our relaxed lifestyle and a warm climate will filter through” in the book, however Unlock Your Style is relevant to all women with a passion for fashion.

Nikki said, “We should all honour who we are, and our personality, and dress according to that and our lifestyle. Never feel you have to dress the same as the next person. Dress to feel good. Scrap that – dress to feel FABULOUS. Every Single Day.”

We’ll cheers to that!

Here’s a sneak peak of the front cover of the soon-to-be-published book!


Unlock Your Style will be on the shelves in all good book stores on July 29, 2014 and is available as an e-version through iBooks, Amazon and Google Play.

To pre-order head to http://www.stylingyou.com.au/pre-order-unlock-your-style/



Mimi’s Foodie Hit List

posted by Teagan West May 27, 2014 0 comments


This week we caught up with Brisbane food blogger Mimi Hyll of http://mimimusttry.com/ to chat all things Brisbane food, fashion and experiences.

Mimi is in the know when it comes to Brisbane’s tasty treats and she’s always on the hunt for something new to sink her teeth into.

After relocating to Brisbane from Adelaide, Mimi decided to share her adventure with cyberspace, chronicling on her blog the places she was experiencing in her new backyard. So, how does she like her adopted home city? Mimi said Brisbane is “a city with atmosphere and character without being overwhelming or pretentious – instead there is a real sense of local community with buzz and excitement.” And what about the food? “We are so spoilt here in Brisbane! The quality of the produce offered and the pride in provenance is amazing,” Mimi said.

So without further ado, here is Mimi’s Brisbane Hit List

A Faithful Breakfast:

Sourced Grocer, Newstead

Pablo, New Farm

Double Shot Espresso, New Farm



Sourced Grocer


A Casual Meal:

DA’Burger, Newfarm – for “their approach to making good, healthy burgers with local produce – the BBQ Lambsie and the Bus Stop are amazing.”

Francie Mays, New Farm – “for their Kung-Fu Tofu and Popcorn Prawn”

Tippler’s Tap, Newstead – “the beef brisket is my favourite, followed by their wings.”


Tippler’s Tap


Somewhere Special:

E’cco Bistro, City

Alchemy, City

Malt Dining, City


A Coffee Hit:

Pablo, New Farm – “reigns supreme for me with their Genovese blend”

Fonzie Abbott, Hamilton

Fitch Espresso, Newstead

Larder 2, Newstead







Eagle Farm Markets – “I love the acai bowls from Kiss The Berry, a cappuccino or hot chilli chocolate from Mr Coffee and I’m a sucker for Okonomiyaki with LOTS of pickled ginger.”

Jane Powers Farmers Markets at the Powerhouse

Eat Street Markets, Hamilton – “a fabulous concept and MKR Jake and Elle’s Chitty Banh Banh Banh mi rolls are epic.

Davies Park Market, West End – “great for an edgier vibe”

 The Young Designers Market, South Bank

 BrisStyle Indie Markets, Brisbane City Hall

The Finders Keepers Market, The Old Museum

(Above three for: Locally made and handcrafted fashion, accessories, artwork and home wares)



Chitty Banh Banh @ Eat Street Markets



Thousand Island Dressing, New Farm – “A visual feast”

House of Cards, Winn Lane Fortitude Valley

Elizabeth Arcade, City – “trawling for a bargain piece in the kitsch-cool noutiques that line Elizabeth Arcade.”

James Street, Fortitude Valley – “for retail therapy”


Favourite Brisbane Events:

 The Teneriffe festival (July) – “making my way through incredible food and buying one off artworks and accessories”

Brisbane Comedy Festival

Paniyiri (24 & 25 May)

Southbank’s Regional Flavours Festival (19 & 20 July)



The Teneriffe Festival


Day Trips:

“Mermaid Beach and Bureligh (Gold Coast) have some fantastic cafes and you cant go past the beauty of Montville.”


New Discoveries:

Samson and Sophie, Teneriffe – for “their locally supplied Veneziano Coffee

Kiss the Berry, Creek St CBD – for “their snickers bowl, although the original KTB bowl is still my favourite.”

The Eatery, Brisbane – “at the recently opened Four Points by Sheratin Brisbane which serveds a 3 course lunch for only $30. The food is prepared and made with wonderful local and fresh ingredients in a stunning open kitchen… great for CBD lunches.”



Samson & Sophie


How many of Mimi’s Hit List have you tried? Quite a few are our favourites too, and have appeared in a number of our top foodie lists over the years! We can’t wait to try more!


Follow Mimi’s food blog here – http://mimimusttry.com/

*Note: All image credits belong to Mimi Hyll



Autumn makeup tips with Haley McGregor

posted by Teagan West March 20, 2014 2 Comments

Image from http://www.fashionsweethart.com – Claire Nada

Autumn has kicked into gear without the majority of us Brisbane folk noticing the apparent change of season that is most anticlimactically felt in our sunshine state. But even though the weather, for the most part, remains the same, our beauty and skincare routines are no doubt on the cusp of change.

New trends are coming into play and our skin starts to become more needy and stubborn, so, I sought expert advice from one of the many local Makeup artists practicing their trade in our city. This is where I introduce you to Haley McGregor, a Brisbane-based makeup artist, qualified through the Napoleon Perdis Makeup Academy, who roves the city, specialising in special occasion makeup sessions and collaborations with bloggers, photographers and models.

Here Haley shares her key makeup looks for the autumn season ahead and gives her advice on achieving the look that is a modern hybrid of cool and glam. She also tells us what her must-have beauty products for autumn are and gives us her number one DIY skincare tip.


As summer draws to an end, the weather cools down and our skin sees less of the sun. Most people will need to change their foundations to a lighter shade as our skin looses its summer glow.

Colour palettes:

We will be seeing the return of a stronger colour palette for autumn and winter, especially for the lips. The colours will reflect the autumn season – oranges and browns will be on trend – but to keep them looking fresh and subtle work them with matte textures and team with a pale base.



Powders and gels will be perfect for achieving strong brows without going over the top.


A good makeup application starts with a good base and as the weather is drying up so to is our skin, so be sure to regularly moisturise your face and exfoliate to remove any dead skin cells and keep your skin nourished.


What is your favourite trend for autumn 2014?

At the moment it’s bold lips. Summer was all about bright pops of colour but in autumn we will be seeing deeper colours and lips are an easy way of bringing this trend into your makeup look. I like to achieve this by lining my lips with a lip liner, using a colour that will match my lipstick. Then, for longevity, I will colour in my whole lip with the pencil. Then I will go over with my lipstick (using a brush is great for those who are just starting out) and blot off any excess with a tissue. Then I will go over with lipstick again, line the lips with the same liner and add gloss depending on the look. When using darker colours on the lips, try to keep the eyes lighter to keep the attention and focus on the lips.


What is your ‘must have’ beauty product for autumn?

My Sleek “I-Divine Eye Palette in Au Naturel”. This palette boasts 12 stunning natural shades that can be mixed and matched to create endless looks. There are gorgeous chocolate browns for smoky eyes and shimmery baby pinks for the ‘barely there’ look, which is perfect when teaming with a bold lip.

What is your most unique skincare tip?

DIY skin masks! They are a great way of ensuring your skin receives some TLC – Tender Loving Care. My favourite is mashing together 1 avocado and 1 banana. That’s it! It’s unbelievably refreshing and hydrating and is a fraction of the cost of buying one in-store.


For more information or to make a booking contact Haley on 0424 171 772 or email [email protected]

Makeup portraits (image 2 and 3) by – Nilvone Proenca Photography – www.nilvoneproencaphotography.com.au and Carlos Mayenco Photography


Brisbane Blog to Watch – Fashion’s Sweethart

posted by Teagan West February 9, 2014 0 comments

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She’s classy with a bit of sass, unique and on-trend simultaneously, and quirky without confusion. She’s Claire Nada, brains and beauty behind Brisbane blog Fashion’s Sweethart, her four-year-old passion project.

Fashion’s Sweethart was born in 2008 and reborn in 2010 after the blogs cyberspace readership fought back against Claire’s apparent absence from the website that she thought had “burned and died.”  However this gal’ was wrong, and within no time Fashion’s Sweethart, or “new addiction” as it’s affectionately nicknamed, returned with Claire and her constantly changing hair back in action, connecting with designers, photographers, makeup artists and industry people, consistently building the network of creatives she works with today.

Slowly her connections and constant networking flourished into collaborations with a number of local labels including Evelyn Curtis, Nicki Derrick, Jessica Tovey The Label and House Of Cards, all of whom have helped build Fashion’s Sweethart beautiful content. The blog has grown so much that in a recent post, Claire welcomed new clickers from Poland and Ukraine to the ever-growing posse of local and international readers.

So, how does each post come together, and what is the collaboration process like you may ask? Claire said the collaboration process often begins with a chance meeting at a social event or creative place and is followed by consistent flattery from both parties until a collaboration is inevitably scheduled.

“Sometimes I’ll be at a fashion show or marketplace and spot a new designer who awakens my inspiration fairy and I decide I simply have to collaborate with them. Other times I’m approached by the designer and we bounce some ideas around before deciding if our images mesh together well.”

Claire said the best part about the working relationship is when she is able to create and carry out her creative vision with complete freedom. “I love when a designer will let me just run with an idea I have for a shoot. It makes the project so much more alluring,” she said.

A recent shoot with clothing label Along Came Poppet was exactly that. It began with the stylish bloggers ‘Where the Wild Thing are’ concept and culminated into a fantastical series of images adorned with facial whiskers, a DIY “wild things” crown, sequins, ruffles, free-flowing silhouettes and the most perfect moss green bushland.



“It was her clothes, my choice of team and my creative direction that resulted in my final product,” Claire said of the project that is the first of three instalments with Brisbane based designer Cat Mapusua.

When asked where her inspiration comes from Claire said books and films, coupled with the sight of a stylish stranger, are her biggest source of creative stimulation for scheduled shoots with designers and her own sense of style that she describes as “energetic,” “feminine” and “classic upturned.”

A style that fits perfectly into the Brisbane blogging community that Claire loves for its causal vibe and inclusive way of being.

“Brisbane is different to other cities in the sense that I believe the “blogger-sphere” hasn’t quite made it here yet… and therefore it’s a nice party anecdote that I’m a blogger and its not seen as some big prestigious thing,” she said.

“I love that I can mix and mingle with photographers, makeup artists, designers, models, hair stylists and other bloggers at events that may not require a gold ticket invitation.” Claire said that even when she is invited to an event, it is almost always suitable and accessible to her non-blogger friends, a feat that is perhaps not so apparent within the fashionable blogging hubs of Sydney and Melbourne.

As to weather or not the blog is profitable Claire said Fashion’s Sweethart is solely a passion-filled hobby, although at one stage it had been financially sustainable through official partnerships and affiliations with brands before the pressure of keeping the blog lucrative took its toll on her creativity. At that stage Claire reverted the blog back to its fundamental onus and now relishes in the fact that she is “making magic” purely for enjoyment with her creative teams.

You can visit Claire and her journey with Fashion’s Sweethart at http://www.fashionsweethart.com or make like the Brisbane blogger and celebrate everything that Brisbane has to offer with Claire’s top picks to eat, drink and play around the city.


Dinner: Libertine, Petrie Terrace

Tea: French Twist, Bulimba

Brunch: Spring, Brisbane City

Tapas: Ole, Southbank


Cocktails: Cloudland, Fortitude Valley

Tea: The Tea Centre, Brisbane City


Picnic: Roma Street Parklands

Dance: Alfred & Constance, Fortitude Valley

Market: The Young Designers Market, Southbank


All images from http://www.fashionsweethart.com


Photography Credits

offbeat imaging

Carlos Mayenco

Make-up Artist Credits

Molly Dunkle – dunkle authentic

Haley Mcgregor – Hayley Mcgregor Makeup Artistry