margh Margaret Hack

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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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Casual glamour for day or night

If you haven’t noticed then you haven’t been looking, plush velvet is the way to add a regal finish to your style. Get on board this look by slipping into a velvet loafer or crafted slide and you’re well on your way to laid-back opulence. Cropped black trousers can get a regal finish with a...
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Check it out

Bold and beautiful, larger than life, checks are on trend and going global in the coming autumn/winter 2017 collections. Front runner of the trend is Balmain giving a modern feel to the classic black and white houndstooth. Dialling up the impact, Balmain also showed some strong attitude with bold coloured plaids. Calvin Klein kept up the...
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The Great Wave beckons

The great wave off Kanagawa is the major draw card to the National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibition Hokusai which showcases 176 works of the celebrated Japanese artist, Katsushika Hokusai.  This is an ideal opportunity to acquaint yourself with the art of Japanese woodblocks and in doing so, you will join the ranks of Monet, Degas and Gaugin who were all...
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TLC for blondes

Whether or not you have natural blonde hair or yours is colour processed, the right maintenance regime is essential to maintaining healthy hair. Shampoos – Invest in a purple or silver shampoo that is designed specifically to maintain and protect color. Most are not overly clarifying and are sulfate free to help prevent dryness. Conditioners...
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C’est Chanel, c’est magnifique!

If you’ve managed to catch a look at the Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2017 show you will have noticed, with great relief, that classic wearable designs are back in vogue. How refreshing is it to discover that designers are creating for real women in real life situations? The overall colour palette saw greys and blacks...
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Lanvin – a distinct air of romance

Jeanne Lanvin (1867-1946) is the original fashion designer who has transcended all trends.  Her designs remain as relevant today as they were 125 years ago.  Elegant, distinctive, graceful and stylish, all this and more can be used to describe the creations that bear the name, Lanvin. Jeanne Lanvin began as a milliner but it was the birth of her...
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Henry Jones Art Hotel – history revamped

If you want to experience Hobart’s unique blend of history and modernity, there’s only one place to stay – the Henry Jones Art Hotel on the picturesque waterfront. It’s ideal location places it walking distance from the town centre and it’s many historic sites. Add in the views of the city and it’s majestic backdrop...
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Brushing up

Reset your body beauty routine and gain an extra dimension with dry skin body brushing.  Discover the why and how. Plentiful rewards at a glance Increases blood circulation Exfoliates and removes dead cells to improve the skin’s texture Clears the pores enabling the skin to breathe Keeps skin fresh and boosts overall radiance Stimulates and invigorates The...
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Charlotte Gainsbourg – show stopper

Show stopper, It Girl, Muse, Actress all this and more describes Charlotte Gainsbourg. She has featured in 12 movies and has made 4 music albumns as well as emerging as bona fide style icon. Daughter of the equally cool Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, it’s little wonder that Charlotte possesses the kind of ease of...
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Lucas Pawpaw Ointment – star performer

For those in search of a conditioner for dry or chapped lips, nothing beats Lucas Pawpaw Ointment but this little star performer has a lot more going for it than that.  There’s just so much to love about this product.  It’s a natural antiseptic as well as a healing product. This means it can be called...
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Just in case

Let’s face it, packing a case for any trip is an immense challenge, but it can be made easier if you select the right pieces – think functional, versatile and interchangeable. Choose pieces that have multiple uses to take you from day to night and everywhere in between.  T shirts that tuck in or out in neutral...
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The elegant Block

The City of Melbourne has many fascinating lanes and shopping arcades, but there’s one iconic walkway that rises high above the rest, it’s the heritage shopping gallery known as The Block Arcade. Opening in 1892 this L shaped arcade was inspired by the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan. Natural light was to be a major charactistic of...
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Babe Paley – the essence of style

Her only fault was to be perfect – so said Truman Capote novelist, playwright, screenwriter, (think ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’). Barbara Cushing Mortimer Paley (July 5, 1915 – July 6, 1978) – better known as Babe Paley was no ordinary woman. Maintaining a quality and style that became impossible to ignore, she reigned for three decades...
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Make a clean getaway with Lancôme Gel Éclat

The best way to start the day is with a clean, smooth complexion and a great way to achieve this is with Lancôme Gel Éclat Clarifying Cleanser Pearly Foam. This is the perfect complement to your night time make up removal routine. Use in the shower, and it will soon slip into your beauty routine....
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Van Gogh and The Seasons – NGV Winter Masters Exhibition

The National Gallery of Victoria’s annual ‘Winter Masterpieces’ series opened this week with another great blockbuster Van Gogh and the Seasons. If you’re lucky enough to be living Melbourne, or to be visiting here before 9 July 2017, then make sure you don’t miss this. Unlike many blockbusters, this exhibition presents the 50 or so works...
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Energy and impact – it’s Furla

The Italian designer, Furla, has long stood for quality and craftsmanship in all that they do and now They’re bringing us some quirky, playful designs that are set to add impact to your look like never before.  Start by discovering the playful Metropolis design.  You can go quirky or classic or both.  The design allows you...
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