It’s that moment when you wake up to the sound of your 5am alarm, you roll out of bed with #realstruggles and remember that it’s Monday. Your weekend of partying, binging on your fave foods and relaxing has come to an end. Although you feel like crying and want to get back into your warm cosy bed, you know deep, deep down in your heart that you have to power through. You can and you will get through it with a little bit of motivation and some quality memes.
1. Congratulations, you got out of bed today. Solid effort.
2. When you still haven’t really woken up yet but you’re expected to adult.
3.”I want that report finished by 9am Jenny.” Yeah ok boss. Sure.
4. When someone jumps in front of you in the coffee line and you remember you’re a sass queen.
5. Dabbing your problems away.
6. When you’re trying to do work and your co-worker is telling you their life story. ‘Mind-blowing Harry, please tell me more.”
7. When you’re in a staff meeting and your boss is regurgitating ‘team goals’. Yeah no, I’m out.
8. When you realise you’ve only been at work for an hour.
9. When you and your buddies get to do the office coffee run.
10. When the hot delivery guy comes to the office.
11. Its lunch time!
12. When you check the time and it’s not even 3pm yet
13. When your boss lets you leave 5 minutes early
14. Home time yassssss!
15. When you realise it’s still only Monday.
16. But then you remember that you have pizza in the fridge!
Words: Grace Holgate
Wedding season is nearly upon us, ladies. For brides, that means you’re hunkering down to fine-tune guest lists and book hair and makeup. Guests, you’re probably eyeing off the pile of pretty invitations as RSVP dates loom ever closer. In the age of wedding hashtags and Facebook invites, people can sometimes forget what’s required of them as either the people getting married or the lucky guests attending. We’re not here to reinforce archaic traditions; consider these our survival tips for the modern wedding season!
Some couples still love to send you the gorgeous paper invitations with an RSVP card included. In this situation, sending a text will not do. If you’re provided with an email address to RSVP to, send a short email with your yes (or no). However they ask you to respond is how you should do it. Remember, they’re keeping track of a lot of guests, so make it easier for them! Also, seeing the bride at Friday drinks and saying “By the way, I’m coming to the wedding!” doesn’t cut it.
If your invitation doesn’t say “and guest”, do not bring a guest, and don’t make things awkward by asking if your new Tinderfella can tag along. Couples have to factor in the cost of every single person they invite. If you have a long term partner, it’s expected that they be included in the invitation. If you’re single or just started seeing someone and it’s not serious, it’s perfectly normal that you don’t get a plus one.
Engaged couples, you’re perfectly within your rights to provide a gift registry. Guests, it’s a good idea to follow this, as often couples already have a lot of things once considered a good wedding gift. For example, if they’re living together, they’ve probably got a toaster! Gift cards and cash are totally acceptable wedding presents too. And it’s common practice to have a wishing well or similar to hold cash gifts at the wedding – but brides, don’t think you won’t get any physical presents. People love to give presents, so let them!
If they ask that you don’t take photos during the ceremony, don’t. Leave it to the pros they’ve hired. Trust us, your smartphone snap of the couple’s first kiss will not be as good as the photographer’s expert shot. And when walking down the aisle, the bride wants to see the smiling faces of her loved ones, not a bunch of arms holding phones up!
In the same vein, if a couple makes other requests, it’s important to respect them. If they choose to have a child free wedding, arrange a babysitter or ask if the couple can recommend someone. If they don’t want photos on social media until the following day, don’t post. Understand that this is their day and they’ve put a lot of thought into how they approach it.
It’s polite to thank a couple for having you at their wedding. Obviously you’re special enough that they wanted you there on their day; the least you can do is send a nice thank you note or email (a text is fine if they’re more casual people or you have that sort of relationship). And couples, it’s very important that you thank your guests for attending, especially if they brought a gift. You can hand write and post your thanks on pretty stationery or send well-written emails – as before, it all depends on who you are and who your recipient is. But however you choose to do it, you must thank your guests, and personalise the message with a comment about the gift they gave you. It may seem outdated in a world of instant updates, but it’s polite, and the personal thanks is appreciated.
A lot of the old “rules” of weddings have gone out the window, such as the bride’s parents having to pay for the whole thing. But there are some things that are still the politest course of action, such as RSVP-ing, and not wearing white if you aren’t the bride. Remember, you’re a part of the couple’s special day, so respecting how they want to do things is the best way to ensure everyone enjoys themselves.
Hanna Sloan is studying a Creative and Professional Writing degree at QUT. She grew up wanting to be either a writer or a professional dancer, or both. Nothing has changed. She is passionate about performance, fashion, and social progress, and is a confirmed #NastyWoman. Hanna is the proud curator of a shoe collection surpassing sixty pairs, and always thought Andie Anderson in 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days' was crazy for not wanting to write about shoes for a living. In her spare time Hanna can be found devouring a book or magazine, watching 'Friends' or asking her parents for Snapchats of the family’s two beagles.
So, you've nabbed the attention of the opposite sex and now you're about to go through the many emotions of finding out how to date in the present.
It's not your first time on the merry-go-round, but it sure as hell doesn't feel the same.
Here are the 34 thoughts women have when they start dating, again.
1. Cheers! Men still find me attractive.
2. I haven’t done this in a while. Sh*t...
3. What do I say? What do I do? Or worse, what do I wear?
4. Does he call first or do I?
5. When should I text him?
6. Look! He just sent me a message.
7. He has suggested we do dinner and drinks.
8. I know it's just a message, but I'm pretty sure he's the one. I can feel the connection through his thumb-typed words. I'm on the way to being a wifey!
9. Hold up. I need to calm down and breathe. He would probably freak out if he knew I was already planning our future.
10. I’ll simply text back. "Great. See you at 7:30pm. I can't wait."
11. I have 8 hours to maintain my current mess of neglect.
12. I'll start with waxing. My nether regions are unpleasantly overgrown. Hey, it's been a while, don't judge.
13. I'm not doing it for him. I want to feel like there isn't a cushy forest in between my thighs.
14. No, I’m not planning on sleeping with him. (am I?)
15. Eyebrows need to be on fleek, my crusty feet need a pedicure. My dry locks need a treatment and I should put on a face mask.
16. I didn't realise I had so much hair on my body? These legs though...
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17. I don't have any clothes. My wardrobe has somehow become home to oversized tops and leggings.
18. Gym? Nah. But I’ll skip dessert. That will help.
19.Wait, this little black dress at the back of my wardrobe with a deep v looks perfect.
*Tries it on
20. Oh god! I’m not 18 anymore!
21. This flouncy pink top and tiered circle skirt could be cute. OMG did I die or something? What the hell is this concoction?
22. I found it! My fail safe red number – demure, sexy and age appropriate.
23. Girl, I’m ready to slay.
24. Except I have zero, I repeat zero lingerie. I have underwear, but it's not saying take me off. It's stretchy, saggy and hella-comfortable. I'd look like I have a baggy mess under my dress.
25. I need something that isn't a g-string. A Brazilian cut sounds better.
26. Again, he won't see them. (Repeats another 3 times)
27. I'm simply going for a lingerie look that says 'Hey baby' rather than 'Hello grandma'. (Get my drift)
28. Getting back to this whole dating thing. Do I kiss him on the first date?
29. Dating has changed so much since, well, I was last on the dating scene.
30. I’m so nervous.
31. What if he doesn’t like me?
*Starts writing down all the topics I shouldn’t bring up.
*Phone starts ringing.
32. He is here to pick me up! I’m ready … I’ve got this.
33. Sh*t – I’m actually going on a date.
34. I’m just going to grab protection in-case. Look, it’s been a while!
Do you let your partner walk all over you? Are other people taking advantage of your kind giving nature? Is it time you stopped bending over backwards to please others?
Other people treat you the way you treat yourself. Think about how important you are in your life:
• Do you put yourself first or do you put others’ needs before your own?
• Do you feel guilty if you do something for yourself?
• Would you move heaven and earth to help others, yet you neglect yourself?
• When was the last time you did something nice for yourself?
• Are you constantly giving to your partner, yet rarely receive in return?
• Do you feel resentful or unappreciated for how your partner, family and friends treat you?
• Do you love yourself or are you constantly putting yourself down and judging yourself?
How important you are in your life is a reflection of your values and beliefs. Values determine our priorities, what motivates us and what is important to us, and, therefore how we spend our time. If you place yourself as a low value/priority in your life, you will spend little time doing things for yourself.
Your beliefs also play a key role in how you treat yourself, and therefore, how others treat you in return. For example, if you believe that you are not important in your life, then you will demonstrate that to others through your behaviour. This in turn, will be how they treat you. If you are constantly doing things to please others, this also reflects your beliefs eg. fear of rejection, fear of being alone, not being good enough, etc.
Most of our past fears, self doubts, limiting beliefs and values are developed in the first twenty one years of our life, many of which are formed in the first seven years of our life.
While the past can influence our actions and how we treat ourselves now, the past is the past and can be changed. Rather than forgetting about the past, it is more empowering to learn from the past and to then let it go. That is how we can set ourselves free to be who we want to be, and have our partner treat us how we wish to be treated.
Stop being a doormat and start turning this dynamic around by taking a stand for yourself right now. Make a congruent decision that from now on you will make yourself a priority. Think about one thing you could do today to demonstrate to yourself that you are a priority in your life. Then do it! This in turn will show your partner, family and friends that you make yourself a priority, which will help them to see you in a different light, and to treat you differently.
For example, could you make time to do something that you have meaning to do for a while, and that you have talked about to your family, friends and partner, and never actioned? Could you show them your commitment to yourself by following through on what you say you will do for yourself? Imagine how empowered you will feel doing something you really want to do for yourself, and making yourself a priority.
Dr. Vesna Grubacevic is an author, speaker, media commentator, the founder and Performance Transformation Expert® with award-winning company, Qt. She is the creator of breakthrough behavioural change techniques, holds a PhD, a BEc and has over 35 years’ business experience. She is passionate about helping people to improve their relationships and confidence. Her Amazon best-selling book, Stop Sabotaging Your Confidence, has also been gifted to Hollywood and Australian award winners, nominees, hosts and celebrities. For more free resources on improving your relationships, please visit www.qttransformation.com.
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Going to the gym is HARD. Just getting there can be a process in itself - you've got to find the coolest gym clothes, curate the perfect workout playlist, get your gym gear ready and of course, actually get to the gym. I'm tired just thinking about it!
For those days when you literally can't be bothered, here are some completely legitimate reasons not to go to the gym.
1. I went yesterday.
2. I'll go tomorrow.
3. It's always SO busy at the gym during the week. It makes more sense to go on the weekend instead.
4. I really need to vacuum.
5. I can't find an empty water bottle anywhere. It would be a waste to buy one for just one workout.
6. I'm in a relationship. Who am I trying to impress?
7. I can't find my gym playlist anywhere so it's pointless going because my rhythm will be all off. Spotify, it's your fault I can't go NOT MINE.
8. What if my ex is there?
9. I mean, I've already worked out once this week. I don't want to get TOO muscly.
10. The gym? On a Monday? Haha very funny. No thanks.
11. I'm still hungover from the weekend.
12. I've got really bad period pain. I don't care if all the experts say exercise helps. Chocolate and lying in bed helps more.
13. I've completely run out of shampoo so how am I supposed to wash my hair after?
14. My dog needs a bath.
15. I really need to floss.
16. What if mum calls? She gets really annoyed if I don't answer her calls and I just don't need that negativity in my life.
17. I mean, it IS the weekend. Weekends are made for DVDs and lying around all day, not exercise.
18. I had such a small breakfast. I really haven't consumed enough energy. Going to the gym would just be flat out dangerous.
19. I can't find my headphones. I absolutely can't exercise without music. That's just madness!
20. What if I miss an important phone call?
21. It's probably closed anyway.
22. What if it rains? Then the roads will flood and I'll get trapped in my car and DIE.
23. My runners are dirty.
24. I sneezed yesterday so I'm probably coming down with the flu. Better stay in.
25. What if my house gets broken into while I'm gone?
26. Sex is supposed to burn just as many calories as exercise anyway and let's face it, that's WAY more fun.
27. I've just fake tanned. Surely if I exercise now, the sweat will just make it go all streaky and there's no way I can risk THAT.
28. It's really bad for your hair to wash it too much and I just washed it this morning. I can't exercise without washing my hair, therefore I can't exercise.
29. I can't find a hair tie anywhere.
30. Ugh, I'll just go tomorrow.
Emma is just your average book loving, tea drinking, story writing, narcissistic millennial on an eternal quest for the perfect t-shirt. Ever since she picked up her first copy of Dolly when she was twelve, she always knew she wanted to work in magazines. She would describe herself as a bit of a hopeless romantic with an obsession for true crime and horror and a love for red wine, whiskey or a stiff gin and tonic. When she's not binge watching Netflix or buying things she can't afford online, she spends her weekends trawling through bookstores and eating her way through Brisbane.
It’s no secret that perfect brows have quickly become a way of life for us self-confessed arch addicts. When done right, these daily essentials bring youthfulness and symmetry to our faces. Yet, mastering the technique can prove to be a timely and costly challenge. If you find that you tend to look more Beauty and The Beast than Cara Delevingne when filling in your brows, we’ve found the answer to having perfectly groomed face framers every time. Introducing Sibina Cosmetic Tattoo Art, the highly sought after brow experts who will instantly define your beauty look.
Located on the balmy Gold Coast, Sibina Murvat-Roughton is a leading Tattoo Artist and Medical Aesthetician who has been enhancing beauty for the past 9 years. Traveling across the globe to master the latest techniques and having strong connections with famous tattooists spanning from Beverley Hills to Germany, it’s safe to say your arches are in the hands of the couture queens.
Brows are one of the most important features on our faces, so it’s crucial to find a cosmetic tattooist who has at least 2 years’ experience before entrusting anyone to alter your shape. Unfortunately, Sibina consults many clients to help correct the mistakes that other 'artists' have made.
Sibina Cosmetic Tattoo Art.
"Cosmetic Tattoo services have been evolving and expanding at a tremendously fast pace over the last 5 years. There has been many new sophisticated technologies available and clients feel a lot more comfortable with having these more natural treatments done." said Sibina Murvat-Roughton from Sibina Cosmetic Tattoo Art.
She continues, "Latest trends have shown that the general public (clients) are after only enhancing their natural beauty and improving upon it without doing drastic measures such as surgery brow lifts or face lifts."
Sibina Cosmetic Tattoo Art: brows before and after.
With a passion to deliver only the highest of quality results in their industry, Sibina and her team boasts an impressive client list including social media stars, Ashy Bines and Brittney Lee Saunders. But it doesn't end there, as they have an array of bookings from ladies who travel from across the country and globe to experience the transforming 3D Feather-Touch Eyebrow Art.
If you’re exhausted from taming your framers, or your brows are more barely there than on point, then this is a treatment for you. Fine, delicate strokes are added throughout the landscape of your brows for a totally refreshed, naturally defined shape. Prior to any tattooing a compulsory consultation with a skilled artist is booked to discuss your desired results. Included is a skin and face analysis, pre-drawn template and a range of colours to ensure the ultimate brows are designed especially for you. Plus, with results lasting up to 2 years, say goodbye to arch struggles and hello to permanently on fleek framers with minimal effort!
Sibina Cosmetic Tattoo Art: lips before and after.
It’s not only brows that Sibina Cosmetic Tattoo Art specialises in. They also offer lip treatments to enhance the shape of your pout and semi permanent eyeliner for a delicate yet elegant finish. They also perform paramedical micropigmentation, a technique suitable for scars, hair loss and aesthetic concerns. A popular treatment is 3D nipple and areola procedures; a service that boosts breast cancer survivor’s confidence through visually restoring this area with natural and undetectable results.
With an understandably lengthy waiting list to receive the clinics superior services, there’s no better time to book your appointment than now for enviable and defined brows!
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How are those fitness resolutions going? Have you fallen off the bandwagon because sofa time is way more appealing after a long day than turning up the heat in a Bikram class? Yep, we know we’re not the only ones. In our never-ending hunt to find a healthy balance, we’ve been on the lookout for a #fitspo secret that will entice us to work up a sweat. That’s why we’re excited to introduce you to Kula Athletic, the highly anticipated activewear label that will seriously inspire you to instantly kick start your fitness journey.
Officially launching on 1st April, 2017, the Sydney based label’s contemporary designs are already making a major impact on the workout scene. Capturing their love of movement, travel and classic style in completely functional performance wear, it’s forgiven that these timeless designs will quickly become a part of your daily wardrobe staples.
Deriving their name from Sanskrit, ‘kula’ is defined as a “community of the heart” when describing a group of individuals who have shared values and beliefs. That’s exactly what every wearer becomes as they're welcomed into the sisterhood of #wearekula.
It’s no secret that we’re besotted with fashion. So why can’t we fuse our passion and slay while we work up a sweat? What we love about Kula Athletic is that they’ve mastered the off-duty supermodel aesthetic. Their chic activewear wouldn’t go astray on the likes of Gigi Hadid and Karlie Kloss while they flaunt it between boxing classes. Plus, with the label using high quality technical fabrics complete with four way stretch, we're certain you'll strut like your own type of supermodel in Kula Athletic.
The brand's first collection, 'Havana' has been inspired by the tropical hues of the picturesque Caribbean and comprises of effortlessly cool compression leggings, sports bras, crops, tees and tanks. Coming in a variety of coastal shades, regardless of the fitness class, you’ll feel both fierce and supported to reach your maximum results.
What are you waiting for? It’s time to throw your hair up in a top knot, lace up your kicks and work it with Kula Athletic!
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Rarely do you ever hear of a global retail giant collaborating with local leaders. But to our surprise, UNIQLO have done exactly that alongside sharing the spotlight on their 1st year anniversary.
With an aim to support artists and businesses at the heart of the Brisbane community, they've activated a campaign to bring local arts, culture and craftsmanship together.
We spoke with UNIQLO's Marketing Director, Tracey Lang who commented on the collaboration saying, "Craftsmanship in particular is relevant for UNIQLO because there is so much care and attention that goes into our products. So we looked for ... retailers who celebrated that."
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Noosa Longboards and Nook were announced as their birthday partners. To kick start the party, all three locals will have their products sold in the UNIQLO Queen Street store and in turn, they will also house a selection of UNIQLO products in their own stores.
Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) was first up on their list because of an on-going relationship they have in New York.
"Goma was the instant first choice ... [and] then we thought about what's the lifestyle looking like and what is it about Brisbane that makes it unique," said Lang.
I asked why they chose Noosa Longboards?
She replied, "Noosa is iconic, surfing is iconic and then we spoke to [owner] Michael Holmes who seemed great to work with. In fact he loved UNIQLO so much that when we opened our store in Indooroopilly, he had driven all the way down from Noosa to go to the opening."
Their next step was to think about their female demographic which secured Nook as retailer number three.
If you haven't heard, Nook has been a local favourite that is tucked away in a quiet corner of West End. They boast a carefully handpicked selection of ceramics, greeting cards, teas, home and garden goods, creative cookbooks, architectural and craft reading, clothing and quirky accessories.
"We spoke to [owner] Michelle Gilles and she said to us instantly, 'Oh my god, I've been on trips to Japan specifically just to buy UNIQLO and half my wardrobe is UNIQLO.' So it was just a perfect fit," said Lang.
To help customers celebrate UNIQLO’s one year anniversary, a number of free events will take place in store at UNIQLO in collaboration with each partner including:
-FANCY FREE PART I: AN ART EXPERIENCE, presented by QAGOMA. Hands on workshop hosted by renowned Brisbane artists Rachel Burke (artist, stylist, and photographer, designer) and Patience Hodgson (lead singer of The Grates, co-owner Southside Tea Room). Attendees will learn how to turn a humble pair of socks into a masterpiece. The first 100 customers to attend this event will receive a free pair of socks to beautify. All materials provided.
Friday 31st March
-FANCY FREE PART II: ANOTHER ART EXPERIENCE, presented by QAGOMA. Hosted again by Rachel Burke and Patience Hodgson customers can attend this art experience and create a truly unique wearable piece of art. All materials provided.
Friday 7th April
- TOM WEGENER, presented by Noosa Longboards. Customers will have an opportunity to meet Tom Wegener, 'world surfboard shaper of the year' as voted by Surfer Magazine USA. They can also see Tom work his magic while putting the finishing touches on one of his world renowned longboards. Tom will be available for book signings of his title "Surfboard Artisans: For the Love”.
Customers are welcome to attend for just a few minutes or the whole session, in a rare opportunity to see a master shaper at work, with a chance to win their very own hand crafted masterpiece created by Tom.
Saturday 29th April
10:00am – 1:00pm
- WEST END TEA TASTING, presented by Nook. Customers will be able to unwind from a busy week or to kick off their weekend with a brew from West End Tea, proudly serving the finest, hand-blended tea in Brisbane.
Friday 5th May
4:00pm – 7:00pm
- KESTER BLACK NAIL ART BAR, presented by Nook. Customers can get ready for the weekend with help from the ultimate Nail Art Bar. Nook will be showcasing the unique Kester Black range as well as some of Brisbane's finest nail artists. Customers are advised to arrive early as queues are expected.
Friday 12th May
4:00pm – 7:00pm
Further information will be available via UNIQLO Australia’s Facebook page ahead of each event.
Saying goodbye to your pre-loved clothes should be as easy buying new ones, but for some reason, it’s really (I mean really) hard. I know that whenever I decide my wardrobe needs a freshen up, I get emotionally attached to my Veronicas enthusiast shorts from my teenage years or my pink pumps that should have never seen the light of day.
And if you’re anything like me, you’ll understand the emotional turmoil of bagging up these precious pieces of clothing. However, after it’s all done, you'll feel like a new women; empowered, enlightened and oh, did I mention the extra wardrobe space?
Here’s how to be out with the old with “no ragrets.”
The struggle is real when you’re getting ready for a catch up with the girls and your favourite pair of skinny jeans won’t zip up. Have no fear my friend, this has happened to all of us! Instead of breaking down and deciding not to go out, just relax. Remove the old ones from your wardrobe (unless you are keeping them for motivation to fit back into) and replace them with a new pair that will make you feel #flawless.
You know that old T-shirt you wear that has so many holes it could pass for fishnet stockings? Even though the fabric that is still intact is super soft to sleep in, you need to let it go. Just bin it girlfriend. And if you’re having some serious issues going cold turkey, turn the T into a cleaning cloth for your car or even your bathroom. (though, I feel like that hurts more: out of sight, out of mind)
If you have enough shoes to start up your own boutique, it might be time to sift through your collection. Go through your pumps and sort them out from most worn, to sometimes worn, to “wait, when did I buy these?” After that, share some shoe love by donating your never wears to charity. Not only will you feel good, but you’re doing something great for others.
There’s nothing to say about this one. Bin it, burn it, be rid of it.
It’s the clothes that hang in your wardrobe that belong in the “I’ll have an occasion for that someday” genre. But let’s face it, that occasion may never come around and you’ll have that jungle costume for the next 10 years. Instead of just throwing clothes out, make a fun day out of it! Sell them for a little extra cash-ola, donate them or even go to a suitcase rummage with your besties!
Just remember ladies that letting go of your old fashion faves is not abandoning them! It’s something that is going to make you feel fabulous, your wardrobe will be organised and uh duh, extra closet space means room for new goodies!
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Words: Grace Holgate