margh Margaret Hack

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Castles in the sky

Fairy tales and dreams are the very essence of romance, especially when thinking of castles and the charms that draw us to them.  Europe is rich in medieval castles and fortresses, and we discovered the best place to find them is in the Middle Rhine Valley, and the best place from which to view them...
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Keep your pants on

At long last the time has come when whatever style of pants you choose to wear, you’ll still be winning style points.  Gone are the anxious days of discarding your favourite style of trouser, to embrace the latest trend.  We are free to choose just what style of trousers we want to wear and when....
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An escape from reality

Years of glamour are on show at the National Gallery of Victoria’s current exhibition: The Krystyna Campbell-Pretty Fashion Gift.  Here is a glimpse of the exclusive world of couture fashion, that traces its history and its impact from the 19thcentury until today.   Soooooo romantic and sooooooo thoroughly gorgeous. The 150 garments by international fashion luminaries...
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Getting a head start

Your hair will look its best when it’s bright and shiny and that means paying attention to up-keep.  Focussing on a clarifying shampoo is a definite first step. It doesn’t take much for hair to become dull through a build-up of product and impurities.  We’ve discovered Paul Mitchell Shampoo Three is a game changer in bringing...
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What’s in the bag?

Whether you’re travelling private jet, economy or anything in between, whether it’s road, sea or rail, you will want to have a handy vanity bag for all your beauty essentials to keep you polished enough to go anywhere.   Square structured cases that are soft and pliable are the ultimate in design and allow for easy...
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A lady of style

Fashion icon, renowned beauty and celebrated international socialite,  Lee Radziwill, the younger sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, passed away at her home in Manhattan on February 15.  She was aged 85. Lee often remarked how she lived in Jacki’s shadow but her beauty and her innate sense of style, enabled her to shine her own beacon....
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Get packing to sail away

An ocean or river cruise comes with some serious thought as to what to pack!  Central to considering your options, is to make each item earn its place in your case.  With that in mind let’s look at the necessities that will get you through. The onboard dress up occasion can be dealt with easily. ...
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Surprise, surprise – magical dolls’ houses

On a visit to the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam it came as a complete surprise to discover these exquisitely crafted dolls’ houses.   If you have read the novel or seen the movie adaptation of ‘The Miniaturist’, you would be familiar with one of these treasures and its creator, Petronella Oortman,  who was the inspiration for the novel....
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Escher is here – are you ready?

Be prepared to have your senses tested when you visit the centre piece of National Gallery of Victoria’s Spring/Summer 2018/19  season – Escher X Neno   Between two Worlds.  This is an experience not to be missed.  The broad body of work by Dutch artist M.C. Escher draws you in to optical illusions and imaginary worlds.  It’s...
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A game changer for nails

Once in a while we discover a product that simply goes beyond being beneficial to being truly restorative. OPI Nail Envy is quite a game changer.  Here at last is a nail strengthener that really has a transformative quality. If you’re plagued by vertical splits, weak and damaged nails and in need of a formula to strengthen...
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Meeting Maxima

Everyone is excited about the royals and the European royals are making big news as their styling triumphs are hitting the international magazines and websites.  The perfectly polished Queen Maxima of the Netherlands turns enough heads to make cover pages everywhere. In October when attending a state banquet at Buckingham Palace she stunned in a...
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Not your average museum

Just 80kms south east of Amsterdam, in the middle of the Huge Veluwe National Park sits the iconic and truly amazing Kröller-Müller Museum.  Nestled in an incredible sculpture garden, it holds around 90 paintings and 180 drawings by Vincent van Gogh (the second largest collection in the world) as well as a collection of modern art.  It’s...
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In the city of canals

Amsterdam never ceases to charm and fascinate no matter how many times you visit.  The major attractions of the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank’s House and a variety of canal cruises get star billing on your ‘to do’ list, but once you get those over with, take time to check out Museum Van...
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It beats most creams hands down

Proudly Australian, the Salus products are most definitely on our side – especially with this highly effective hand cream.  In bringing us their Lavender & Mandarin Hand & Cuticle Cream, they’ve cleverly combined restorative plant extracts of lavender, mandarin, chamomile patchouli and vitamin E to lock in much needed moisture.   And who isn’t constantly in need of...
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Strasbourg captures the heart

There’s more to Strasbourg than the famous sausage that bears its name or it being the formal seat of the European Parliament – it’s a wonderful place to visit for so many different reasons.   What makes it so special is the Grande Ile, Strasbourg’s Unesco World heritage listed island bordered by the River Ill...
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It’s oh so very chic

Every now and then a little luxury item pops up to ignite our feminine energy. A luxuriously perfumed soap is one such pleasure that keeps on giving. With Christmas just around the corner (yes it is), it’s a great time to give some thought to a favourite soap to add to your wish list. We are...
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River cruising is effortless travelling

The thought of packing and unpacking a suitcase as well as checking in and out of accommodation is enough to make you think twice about travelling at all.  Even ocean cruising has its drawbacks – think sea sickness – but experiencing the delights of river cruising is like travelling in another realm. In July we...
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Going garment-free at Friedrichsbad

Travel is all about experiences so when the opportunity to experience the world renown historic Roman-Irish spa Friedrichsbad, in Baden-Baden presented itself, it had to be seized.  The catch was that total nudity was required or, as the brochure neatly said: ‘traditionally garment-free’. Fortunately, on the day we went, men and women bathed separately except in the final...
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Setting the brow

There’s no better way to frame the eye than with a well groomed brow and a well groomed brow deserves a brow gel that is budge-proof.  We’re over excited to have discovered Benefit 24-Hr Brow Setter that holds stubborn hairs in place and seals on make-up true to it’s name. This invisible gel has a fantastic...
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Elegance at Ayers House

Walking historical North Terrace, Adelaide is a must for any visitor and a stop over at Ayers House to enter the glamorous world of 19thcentury Adelaide is a must.  This regency styled 40 roomed residence was created by Sir Henry Ayers who arrived in Australia as an assisted immigrant to become the wealthiest and most...
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MoMA at the NGV – ways of imagining art

MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art  – The National Gallery of Victoria has done it again, this time bringing to Melbourne a mesmerising exhibition of more that 200 works drawn from New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).  It truly is a stunner, tracing the development of art and design over the past...
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A secret to share

We know, but do you?  There’s a readily available body lotion that is a stand out performer called Aveeno Stress Relief Moisturising Lotion.   There’s simply so much to love about this moisturiser that we give it a ★★★★★ rating in our amazing products listing. The consistency is smooth, creamy and not at all greasy.  The...
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Capturing colour and light

Colours of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musee D’Orsay at the Art Gallery of South Australia features an outstanding selection of 65 Impressionist works curated to trace the use of light and development of  colour. The big names are there – Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, August Renoir and Paul Cezanne and other well known...
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Pom tiddely pom with luxe

Get a head start this winter with a fur pom pom beanie and start humming.  It may not be what Winnie-the-Pooh had in mind, but this warm and cosy head gear takes on a luxe look too chic and comfortable to resist. Warm neutrals, or this season’s blush pinks, are to be found in cable...
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One royal to watch – Queen Letizia

Chic style and casual sophistication is what makes Queen Letizia of Spain a royal style icon.  Since coming to international attention with her marriage to King Philipe VI in 2004, she hasn’t ceased to dazzle with her elegant fashion statements and polished look. Her classic looks are enriched with subtle make up that produces understated...
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Scrubbing up

There’s no doubt that exfoliating scrubs can tone and refine uneven texture, leaving a cleaner and smoother skin.  Choosing the right exfoliating scrub can be a torturous exercise given the huge range of products readily available.  One stand out performer, we’ve discovered for all skin types is Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub that combines a unique combination...
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Banish in a minute with Hourglass

A must have tool for successful concealer application is the Hourglass Concealer Brush No 5.  The crafted tapering of the thickly packed bristles perfectly controls the direct application where you need it – banishing dark circles under the eye, as well as skin discolouring plus those annoying blemishes. We love the balanced metal handle.  Guiding...
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Stepping out

You won’t have to look far to discover this season’s go-to shoe – the slipper mule is reborn and on the front foot.   In simple terms, these oh-so-easy slip-ons, pair with anything from trousers, skirts or shorts, nothing is out of bounds.  They bring a perfect balance of comfort and flair, taking you from day...
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LBC – the essential throw on and go

The little black cardigan (LBC) is ever ready to throw on and go which is what makes it the hardest working acquisition you may ever have. Weather forecasts aren’t always reliable, but the LBC is the piece you can depend on when you’re in a fix.  Functional and versatile it will team with almost anything, taking...
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Get blown away

We’re excited about discovering a superstar hair dryer that will take your hair styling to the next level – it’s the Parlux Advance Light Hair dryer.  There’s a whole bunch of reasons this is a stand out performer so read on to learn more. The powerful 2200w motor delivers airflow of 83M3/h s0 there’s limited exposure to heat and...
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Escape to a Convent

This is not a joke.  If you’re a lover of a little taste of opulence that blends smoothly with outstanding comfort, then from the moment you arrive at The Convent, in the New South Wales Hunter Valley, you will know that you have chosen well.   The lengthy tree lined driveway opens to reveal a faultless entry to...
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Twinkle, twinkle African star

Have you ever wondered what is the most magnificent diamond in the world?   Then it’s time you checked out the Cullinan I, better known as The Star of Africa (530.2 carats pear cut stone).  Nothing quite matches this little twinkler. A close second, is it’s most esteemed ‘relation’, the Cullinan II, (317.4 carats rectangular cushion-cut stone) known...
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A new kid on the block

If you find there’s something familiar about the gorgeous face of Kaia Gerber, but can’t quite get there, it’s because this lucky teenager has inherited her stunning looks of super model mother, Cindy Crawford. Wow, oh wow! Kaia’s dramatic rise to fame is no accident. Her outstanding good looks, photographic poise and amazing statue are deeply rooted...
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A clean winner

We love the new Lancôme cleansing formula Bi-Facil Visage that works as a bi-phased water based make-up remover and cleanser.  Our try out gives it five stars as an effective cleanser for the gentle removal of stubborn long lasting make-up that remains ever so mild on the skin.  We think this is an all round winner. The blue layer is the oil phase designed...
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2018 Spring in full swing in Paris

It’s that time again – couture and ready-to-wear shows are in full swing in Paris so to inspire and to dream we have highlighted the evening gowns that we find classically feminine and perfectly styled.  The exciting new trend that was visible in most collections, was the inclusion of flat shoes which we welcome with...
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Simply white

Any season is the right season to reach out to white – it’s simple and chic and presents a clean look that carries through all season long and into the next. Fashion is constantly evolving but the uncluttered openness of white is enduring. White is unrivalled for summer. Nothing beats the cool and breezing look...
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Guo Pei – Couture inspired by legends

There’s nothing like seeing fashion in real life to experience exquisite craftsmanship and creativity. The outstanding exhibition showcasing the Legend collection of Chinese couturier, Guo Pei currently on display at the National Gallery of Victoria, is in a class of its own. Guo states: ‘Legends have always been one of my greatest sources of inspiration, unlocking...
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Damage control for nails

There’s nothing more maddening than a damaged finger nail.  All it takes to prevent the damage going further, is to temporarily patch up with a dab of Manicare Glam brush on nail glue.  It won’t hold for really bad breaks, but it’s a nifty little trick to hold a crack together for a good long time...
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Edith Head & Hollywood – a show stopper

The Costume Designer: Edith Head and Hollywood  at Bendigo Art Gallery, September 29 to January 21, 2018  is an exhibition not to be missed. The glamour of Hollywood comes to life with this exclusive showcasing of the multi-award winning Hollywood costume designer, Edith Head. Much is owed to her inimitable talent and skill in designing costumes...
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Tame the mane

Let’s talk about taking control.   Taming the hair to pump up volume and gain control calls for the addition of  PAUL MITCHELL Extra-Body Sculpting Gel.  Sure, there is any number of styling products available, but if you want a product that is body-building and preps your hair for obedient blow drying, then this will pack...
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Carine Roitfeld – chic and unique

If you’re a ‘dedicated follower of fashion’ then you’ll be familiar with Carine Roitfeld and her individual style.  This former Vogue Paris editor is decidedly sexy in that ‘oh so cool’ French way. Her key to looking chic and glamorous is knowing what looks good on her and being comfortable in what she is wearing. She...
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Make mine a Fedora

When the sun comes out or the clouds turn grey, there’s always a time for the Fedora.  First popularised in the 1890s, later adopted by Hollywood’s leading stars such as Marlene Dietrich, Ingrid Bergman and Katherine Hepburn, the Fedora has become a fashion staple. And who could deny the moody glamour it adds to this image of Brigitte Bardot?...
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Joining the dots

There’s a retro-cool trend showing up in the latest designer collections and it’s all about being spot on.  Carine Roitfeld (former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris), has long been a champion of the polka dot.  Here she is exuding quality and class with a discreet nod to the dot. She looks timeless and sassy and totally cool....
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Flawless finishing

Get ready to love this Kakubi brush by Paris cosmetic house, BY TERRY that caters for our on-the-go lifestyle.  What sets is aside from the many Kakubi brushes on offer, is its retractable functioning case. It has a dome shape that makes it super adaptable.  We love the feathery light synthetic bristles that allow you...
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Time to spritz it

Spritz it high, spritz it low – it’s time to splurge on a new fragrance.   For a feminine and romantic transformation, we turned to Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf. Every woman knows that nothing beats the inner thrill of unwrapping the box and revealing what’s inside. This beautifully packaged fragrance is elegant and modern and...
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Brush up and get a head start

Choosing a barrel styling hairbrush can be a daunting task as much depends on your hair type and styling requirements.  We’ve narrowed down the choices and the publicised advice to give you some rules of engagement. First there’s the bristle choice. Natural bristles are less damaging, combat static and are ideal for fine or thin hair....
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Altogether too, too gorgeous

First out of the starting gate, Mimco debuted their spring racing line up ‘Just add Glamour’ today, available in store and online from 21 September, 2017 with a stylish breakfast showing that included a range of chic accessories taking glamour right up to the rails. Derby Day wasn’t scratched from the field, with attention paid to the traditional black...
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An oil that multi tasks

Bio-Oil is popping up everywhere from pharmacies to supermarkets, so we decided to trial it and see whether it passed the Rs test – Repair, Renew and Relax – to truly rate as a  ‘Multi Tasker’. What we found – ✔ Repair Our hard working hands called out for hydration and cuticle care. Bio-Oil proved to be a highly effective and affordable...
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Christian Dior – 70 fabulous years

The National Gallery of Victoria is presenting the world-premier exhibition The House of Dior:  Seventy Years of Haute Couture with a spectacular display of over 140 garments from Christian Dior Couture designed 1947 to 2017.  Inspired by the iconic staircase from the Paris couture house, the exhibition features a lavish staircase to a mezzanine level and well designed...
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More Dior to explore

From the beginning, Christian Dior envisaged an entire look for the well-dressed woman that included, shoes, bags, make-up and fragrances which he initially designed himself.   Later, the House collaborated with milliners such as Stephen Jones and shoe designer Roger Vivier. For over ten years, the French shoe designer Roger Vivier was enlisted to create...
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