margh Margaret Hack

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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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Albertines – the idyllic getaway

Nestled in historic Beechworth, North Eastern Victoria, this exceptional guesthouse is one for the bucket list.   Ten years in the making has ensured there are many things to love about Albertines.   Within minutes of arriving you’ll find yourself dumping the suitcases and heading for the extensive gardens. This is artistry at work. There’s love and outstanding design...
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Marimekko – having fun with colour

Marimekko hit the headlines in 1960 when Jacqueline Kennedy appeared on the cover of the December issue of ‘Sports Illustrated’ wearing a Marimekko styled dress, one of seven purchases she made at that time. Established in 1951 the Finnish heritage brand now has 154 stores worldwide and for good reason. The clever use of colours in eye catching...
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Not just any old mascara

  Not all mascaras are created equal. French cosmetic house, benefit’s ‘they’re Real’ mascara, comes with a high precision large brush that has a nifty dome end ready to conquer those outer lashes that tend to escape most other well intentioned wands. The significant difference between ‘they’re Real’ mascara, and the others is the high precision large brush...
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Play with grey on any day

Seasonal trends come and go so fast it’s a struggle to keep up.  Style guides herald one colour over the other, prints of stripes over checks and on it goes. What does remain a constant is the chic and versatile colour  grey. It’s many shades make it an essential go to colour for all seasons....
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Versailles: rich and dazzling glimpses

Splendor, magnificence, extravagance, unique design and artistry, these are the words that come to mind when you visit the National Gallery of Australia’s current exhibition Versailles:  Treasures from the Palace now in Canberra.  This wonderfully curated exhibition invites us to glimpse the art de vivre that has vanished in the mists of time.  A rare opportunity to be seized...
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Night time is prime time

Night time is the time to repay your hands for the hard work they do each day.   Crabtree & Evelyn’s new approach to hand care embraces a revolutionary primer designed to join forces with the overnight hand therapy  producing results that are addictive. The primer is delivered using a one pump action best applied to the back of each hand, massage...
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A stone with a gift

Ireland is home to many wonders, and if you happen to be in the south and especially visiting Cork (highly recommended), then a trip to Blarney Castle is a must-do. Famous for the Blarney stone that is said to give ‘The Gift of Eloquence’ to all who kisses it, Blarney Castle is the major draw card....
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Pure Fiji – bring it home

You don’t need to go all the way to Fiji to indulge in one of its personal luxuries. The brand Pure Fiji has developed a hydrating body lotion that brings the gifts of this South Pacific paradise right up close and personal. Available in eight tropical fragrances, the botanical ingredients are sourced from Fiji communities...
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David Hockney: Current

Contemporary art lovers, and those who are interested in the fusion of technology with art, will not want to miss this amazing exhibition of work by one of the most influential artists of the past century.  David Hockey: Current is open until 13 March 2017 at NGV International, Melbourne. This solo exhibition is mind blowing, not only...
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St Collins Lane – sophisticated retail therapy

There’s no shortage of style at Melbourne’s new fashion destination, St Collins Lane, so don’t hesitate to check this out. A reconstruction of the old Australia on Collins building, has created a pedestrian link between iconic Collins Street and Little Collins Street, to form a luxury shopping and eating precinct in keeping with Melbourne’s sophisticated fashion...
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Making friends with ‘Edie’

Making friends with the ‘Edie’ shoulder bag by Coach, is a great way to capture a little of New York.  This top-seller comes in a choice of sizes, leathers and handles and is big enough to handle the workload, but not overpowering in proportion. It can travel from work to weekend with ease and unlimited...
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Make it your choice

If you’re on the lookout for a radiance boost to your skin, then Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Serum is good value . This is a cost-effective serum that provides all the beneficial properties found in expensive formulas. With this choice, the money is in the formula and not in the packaging or high-end advertising. The benefit...
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Bulgari and the Stars

Italian Jewels:  Bulgari Style is in its last weeks of showing at the National Gallery of Victoria.   If exquisite gems excite and cause you to gasp, then hurry and don’t miss out.  This is a star studded exhibition. The collection includes emerald and diamond jewellery from the personal collection of Elizabeth Taylor as well as curated...
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Prime time – Primer ByTerry

If you’ve never used a primer for your eye make up, then 2017 may be the year to give it a go.  There is a huge range to choose from but, if you’re overwhelmed by choice, then starting with the ByTerry Hyaluronic Eye Primer is a safe way to go. The use of a primer as...
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White is right

If you haven’t noticed, then you haven’t been looking. The white sneaker has been trending over the past seasons and indications are it’s going to be the flat that keeps on giving. This is a great way to achieve that off duty look.  Keeping it simple is what it’s all about.  Teamed with a sheath...
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Lancome Effacernes Longue Tenue – Concealing all

Christmas celebrations closely followed by New Year celebrations and everything in between, often result in skin problems, if not tired circles under the eyes.  Time to reach for this trusty concealer by Lancome This product is a secret weapon with high powered credentials. It comes in a variety of shades and is just so easy to work with....
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The year that was – 2016 best picks

Check out the popular posts for 2016 and review what you might have missed! Keeping up appearances in transit A successful in transit wardrobe lies in the edit where comfort meets style. Here’s how you can keep up appearances and transition from one zone to the next feeling fresh, polished and ready for action. Read more Gems unzipped...
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Twinkle toe it this season

These great slide on/off sandals are something not to be missed for slinking around during the summer months or taking on vacation – anywhere! NINE WEST has done us a great favour with these super comfy, fully practical, go with anything sandals they call DONT JUDGE. Unpacking the design reveals refreshing attention to the slip factor....
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We should be so lucky …

Kylie on Stage – you don’t have to be a Kylie Minogue fan to appreciate this great exhibition at the Arts Centre Melbourne.   It’s a celebration of Kylie’s highly acclaimed concert tours over three decades as seen through the prism of her costumes.  There are some amazing gowns by international designers that are not to...
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Viktor & Rolf – expect the unexpected

Seeing is believing and so it is with this truly fabulous exhibition showcasing the provocative work of these self-proclaimed fashion artists, Viktor & Rolf. The exhibition Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists is a show stopper. Featuring 40 cutting edge haute couture garments, 22 dolls in miniaturized couture, fabulous archival videos and photographs and more, this...
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A Jewel in the Cornish Crown

Where the Cornish coast meets the rolling Bodmin Moor, you will find the small village of Polperro nestled in a charming little harbour at the mouth of the River Pol.  Here lies a true gem. If arriving by car you will need to leave it at the main car park at the top of the village, but...
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Loving Iceland – Jokulsarlon Lagoon experience

There are many things to love about Iceland and if icebergs and tumbling glaciers ‘float your boat’, then head for the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon in south-east Iceland and be prepared to be amazed. Located 379 kilometers east of Reykjavik you can do a long day trip or choose a more leisurely overnight stay in nearby Skaftafell.  ...
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TOMS Alpargatas – the feel good shoe

Cool, casual and classy TOMS Alpargatas are the go-to shoe for busy feet that want to keep up appearances. Rarely do you find a shoe that’s genuinely comfy straight out of the box. These are your little workhorses to throw on when on the run, padding about a resort and everywhere in between. The classic TOMS...
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Sonia Rykiel – Queen of Knitwear

We all yearn to look stylish as well as being comfortable and Sonia Rykiel nailed it for us by transforming the way we embrace knitwear.  Known as the ‘Queen of Knits’, Rykiel opened her first boutique on the fashionable Paris Left Bank in 1968. She very quickly became instantly recognizable – her striking red hair styled...
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Hands up!

Here comes the sun (at last!) and it’s time to reach for the sunscreen.  As you do, consider your hands in the application. Always exposed, the backs of our hands can very quickly become sun damaged. You don’t need to go bankrupt buying expensive sunscreen but you do have to pay attention to ‘use by’...
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What’s in the bag

The star in the transit sky, is the tote bag – it’s the companion to share your journey and service your needs. It holds all your must-haves. Size matters. It should be roomy enough for your tablet, cosmetics and other personal items Light-weight with handles or a strap to wear over the shoulder and be...
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