How can you help change a life?

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Miann Scanlan and Mia Konig wearing Wil Valor

How do you dress for a job interview? Maybe you buy a new white blouse and shoes, or get your hair blown out. Maybe your boyfriend might buy a new tailored suit, a new watch, or expensive french cuffs to impress the potential new boss. But what about those  in the community that are disadvantaged? Those who are more concerned with where their next meal might come from, or where they will sleep that night?

Suit of Change Day works in conjunction with Unlimited Potential (UP) – a social initiative founded by Brisbane tailor Mark Ferguson of Will Valor – and encourages Brisbane families to donate their pre-loved men’s attire.

A suit can change a life. Find out how below.

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The science behind style: algorithms, algebra, and analytics.

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In an effort to expand their presence in the realms of fashion and e-commerce, everyone’s favorite search engine  Google has just set out to issue twice-yearly trend reports based on their most popular user searches. Each report determines what’s in and what’s out based on the search result data, and then separates the results into subsections. Where once it were magazine editors determining what trends we wore, now we have confirmation that this fate lays in the consumers hands (or rather, fingertips). To shop the results of their latest trend report, click here.

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To cleanse or not to cleanse?

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I have endless gratitude for the girls over at Sol Cleanse for introducing me to cleansing. If it weren’t for their encouragement and support, I would never have thought to try it. They are always available via email and happy to answer so many questions. I’ve done two cleanses with them now and wanted to impart some of my wisdom onto anyone who is curious. Click below to see the rest of my tips.

1. Prepare beforehand

Spend a few days before your cleanse is due to commence preparing by slowly decreasing your portion size and introducing lots of herbal teas. Shrinking your stomach will help curb hunger cravings, while ceremoniously enjoying delectable herbal teas will help you become more present and mindful in each day – which is vital for your cleanse. If you want to use the cleanse to help you quit coffee, do this two or three days before hand, so that when it’s time to cleanse, you’re already over that hump…

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She sacrificed her own happiness to give me mine

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I normally wouldn’t ask this kind of favour from my amazing readers, but I have a very special lady, by far the most important person in my life, who could do with your help.

Over here on the Esteem Medispa Facebook page  I’d adore it if you could kindly vote for my amazing mum to win her a weekend away and a little spa pampering that she deserves. Her story inspired Gold Coast Magazine to select her in the top 20 entrants for the special prize. Now we need your help! All it takes is a single click here.

I employ you to read the story of a young single mum who gave me my beautiful barefoot childhood by the beach. She was the big sister I never had, my best friend, and played with me instead of giving me toys. She sacrificed so much to show me the beautiful, fun, bright side of life, while she quietly and humbly struggled through the darkness. However it wasn’t until much later in my adult life that I realised the reason we didn’t have toys was because we couldn’t afford most of things other families could….

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Plus a bonus smoothie recipe!

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Okay so I have to share with you how much I’m obsessed with my new Spirulina by Nature’s Way Superfoods because it actually tastes amazing!

It’s been a while since I’ve added a green superfood supplement to my smoothie. Partly because I ran out of the brand I used to use and have been too lazy to buy another, but also partly because I’ll be the first to admit that the taste is kind of hard to stomach! In my previous experience, spirulina can be a taste that takes some getting used to, and if you travel as often as I do you’ll know it’s hard to take your favourite smoothie add-ons with you everywhere. The downside to this is when I get home after travelling I feel like I’m back to square one and have to re-train my tastebuds to ignore the distinct earthy green flavour to my morning smoothie. But not anymore!

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How do you describe yourself?

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In my early twenties there came a point where I had totally lost my grip on reality. That is, life as I know it now. Back when I was a PR girl living in the eastern suburbs of Sydney I didn’t know there was a life outside of the office, beyond the commute, external to the weekends that were spent dreading Monday. My soul was drowning in a schedule that had spun its way in repetitive cycles around my life and bundled my grey existence neatly into heartbreaking seven day packages. Sound familiar?

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Windows down, music up

Anyone who knows me knows I have an undying love for the desert of California. To me, California has always felt like home, even though it never has been. I find comfort in the explainable sense of familiarity I get when wandering the streets of Venice, similar like how the coast line of Orange County feels like faint memories from childhood. But there’s no where that speaks to my soul quite like the desert of California: Barron rocky landscapes, tumbleweeds and cactus, palm trees that sit at the foot of enormous mountain ranges.  The quiet back-water towns, the deafening silence in the vast valleys, the stinging hot midday sun that’s contrasted by cool desert nights curled up by the outdoor fire.

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Look white hot in new season leather

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I love the power of manifestation. For a month I’ve been visualising the perfect leather jacket. Not too cropped, ribbed contrast arms, moto style, can be dressed up or dressed down, and most importantly won’t break the bank. Enter stage left, The Fuse by Cabin and Cove. Pre-order now!

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Jeans: Current ElliotClean Slate, Boohoo, New Look, Mango
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A quick and easy lunch-break solution for amazing skin

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I seriously adore going to Esteem Medispa on the Gold Coast. All of the staff are so accommodating, unbelievably knowledgable in each of their specialised fields, and happy to take time to explain the intricacies behind each treatment or product. Today marks two weeks on from my first appointment at Esteem Medispa. You can read more about that here. As I mentioned in my previous post, my pigmentation had minimised dramatically and a lot of the really fine lines caused by the sun seemed to basically disappear. I’ve kept nourishing around my eyes with organic argan oil, as it’s a very dense oil which is great for anti ageing.

My laser today felt a little warmer than my last appointment…

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It all started with an intention

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Mum and I, circa 1992

Ever since I can remember, I have envisioned myself sliding across the face of a wave, making tracks up and down a vintage mal with not a care in the world. To this day, even holding that vision in my mind envelopes my soul in pure bliss. When I was little, I wanted to be the girls in the photos lining the walls of my local surf shop. I wanted to be surfing with my mum, walking out as deep as my little toddler legs would take me until I had to let go of her hand as she jumped on her board, paddled out into the vast ocean and ushered me to go back to the shore. But for some reason, I never really tried and my parents never really pushed me.

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