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The Borrowed Nursery plants a new Brisbane location at Colwill Place
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The Borrowed Nursery plants a new Brisbane location at Colwill Place

While all eyes have been drawn to the work currently being undertaken restoring prominently positioned retail strip Colwill Place in Windsor, the revitalised hub's first tenant has already quietly opened behind it. Beloved Gold Coast-born plant, pot and gift store The Borrowed Nursery has just sprouted a second locale in an old mechanic shed at behind the precinct, establishing a must-visit treasure trove of locally grown plants, bespoke ceramic vessels and artisan-crafted gifts. Oh, and the space doubles as a venue for hire! Here's what you need to know about this charming newcomer ... more

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Step up your picnic spread with a little help from The Somewhere Co.
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Step up your picnic spread with a little help from The Somewhere Co.

If the swooping birds haven’t given it away, it’s officially spring, which means one thing – picnics! Rolling out a rug and whiling away the afternoon with a plethora of cheese and a cheeky pet-nat is undoubtedly one of our favourite past times. But somewhere along the line, someone made the executive decision that all picnic rugs had to be plaid. Well, to that The Somewhere Co. say nay. The brand is here to save you from the status quo with a stunning range of pretty picnic rugs, cooler bags and miscellaneous goodies. more

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Hoap for health and the planet one wash at a time
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Hoap for health and the planet one wash at a time

Since COVID-19 reared its ugly head, an estimated 20 million plastic sanitiser bottles have made their way to landfills or our oceans. Whilst it's of paramount importance to keep those mitts clean and germ-free, the increased reliance on single-use plastics is not particularly great news for the environment. Thankfully, there's hope – or should we say Hoap – it's hand hygiene, reimagined.  more

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Warrior playgrounds, frisbee golf and sun-soaked picnic spots – the best parks to explore in Brisbane
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Warrior playgrounds, frisbee golf and sun-soaked picnic spots – the best parks to explore in Brisbane

Sometimes it's good to get out and about for some fresh air – and there's no better place to do this than at a park! Brisbane is home to more than 2100 parks – all with unique locations, facilities and gardens. If you've been itching to explore some of Brisbane's natural surrounds, we've put together a round-up of Brisbane's best parks – from New Farm to The City, South Bank and beyond. more

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Catch all of the cuteness of Phillip Island's Penguin Parade via the park's live stream
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Catch all of the cuteness of Phillip Island’s Penguin Parade via the park’s live stream

Things are feeling pretty heavy right about now so if you're in need of a little light-hearted awwww moment, we highly suggest you set a reminder for 6:00 pm AEST to tune in to Phillip Island's livestream of its world-famous Penguin Parade. Live Penguin TV officially launched on Tuesday August 25 to a modest audience of 771,000 viewers who simply couldn't get enough of the adorable seabirds. more

Shopping steals and wicked deals – the massive Afterpay Day sale is back
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Shopping steals and wicked deals – the massive Afterpay Day sale is back

Sometimes a spot of shopping is all you need to boost your mood and put a smile on your dial – helllooo dopamine! If you want to indulge in a little bit (or a lot) of retail therapy, then we've got some good news for you! One of the biggest online shopping events – Afterpay Day – is just around the corner. Get those digits ready to click like the wind so you can nab some splurge-worthy deals. more

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Father's Day gift, sorted – Victoria Bitter has launched its first fragrance
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Father’s Day gift, sorted – Victoria Bitter has launched its first fragrance

Ahh, Father's Day. The annual occasion where we struggle to choose what gift we should present to our paternal figures. Will it be socks? A carton of beer? Maybe some barbecue tongs ... wait, did we buy any of those last year? We've found something original that your dad, grandpa or even your uncle won't have yet – Victoria Bitter's new fragrance. Boasting super-cool packaging and the unbeatable essence of the Super Pride hops used to brew the beer, we won't blame you if you put an extra one in the basket for yourself. more

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Go below the surface with acne-fighting skincare range tbh.
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Go below the surface with acne-fighting skincare range tbh.

Whilst a lot of skincare ranges are aesthetically pleasing, sometimes they don't get to the root of the problem. That's where tbh. skincare comes in. This science-first skincare line is formulated with a patented technology – XBIO – that effectively kills the acne-causing bacteria that lies within your skin. Stress breakouts sorted. more


The Locals Next week: A BRISBANE LOCAL

Dr. Chris Gillies
There are lots of examples of how society can change behaviours and improve livelihoods, so the tools already exist for how we minimise the impact of these issues and improve ocean health ... ~ Dr. Chris Gillies more
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The Weekend Series: relax to the max – treat yourself at these roadtrip-worthy day spas
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The Weekend Series: relax to the max – treat yourself at these roadtrip-worthy day spas

Let’s just all agree that this year has been a pretty wild ride, which has probably (definitely) taken a toll on your soul and left your skin looking and feeling a little bit ordinary. The importance of carving out time for self care during times of increased stress cannot be understated – it’s not only good for your physical wellbeing but it’s imperative to keep your emotional and mental health in check. Sure, there are an abundance of day spas and salons within close proximity to your house but sometimes the very act of getting in the car and driving out of town for the day can be relaxing in itself. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some excellent day spas in Southeast Queensland and beyond so you can truly make a day (or night) of it – massages, facials, treatments, coffee, and most importantly, time to yourself – sounds pretty darn great to us! more

Don't be silly, wrap sustainably with plastic-free Great Wrap
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Don’t be silly, wrap sustainably with plastic-free Great Wrap

The use (or should we say misuse) of single-use plastics in the home is an issue we are tackling product by product. One nasty but need-to-have tool that we have yet to find a working sustainable alternative for is cling wrap. Of course, there has been a few biodegradable cling wraps that have hit the market, but these are usually made from regular plastic with an organic additive blended in. This means it disintegrates much quicker, but sadly it still breaks down into microplastics that then flow into our ecosystems and never disappear. In other words, these products are no bueno. Thankfully a new and improved product has arrived – introducing Great Wrap, and like its namesake infers, it is a great alternative for the environment. more

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Discover a whole new world at Australia's first underwater museum
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Discover a whole new world at Australia’s first underwater museum

Life on land is feeling pretty overwhelming right about now so consider this your official invitation to dive deep and live out your mermaid dreams whilst exploring the newest exhibition at Museum of Underwater Art (MoUA). From August 1, Coral Greenhouse is officially open to visitors giving recreational divers and snorkelers the first peek at the colossal installation. Weighing in at more than 58 tonnes, Coral Greenhouse is the first-ever underwater building created by world-famous underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor as a means to open debate about our relationship to our seas and highlight the importance of conserving them. more

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David Jones launches Mindfully Made so you can shop sustainably
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David Jones launches Mindfully Made so you can shop sustainably

It is widely understood that fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world (the first is oil, just in case you were wondering) but what isn't as straight forward is where or how to start your conscious shopping journey. One of the reasons for this is that the term 'sustainable fashion' is inherently loaded and to borrow from the beloved green ogre Shrek, it's like an onion in that there are many layers. To help you navigate the minefield, retailer David Jones has joined the likes of Net-A-Porter and The Iconic to launch a platform dedicated to share the stories behind conscious brands and makers to make it easier than ever to shop better. more

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Burberry showcases modernised creative vision at its new QueensPlaza store
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Burberry showcases modernised creative vision at its new QueensPlaza store

Burberry has been a stalwart on the global fashion scene since a very young Thomas Burberry created the company back in 1856 with the view that clothing should be designed to protect people from the British weather. A few years later, in 1879, Thomas invented gabardine – a breathable, weatherproof material and hard-wearing fabric that revolutionised rainwear. The resulting trench coat spurred a fashion empire that remains one of the world's most iconic and recognised fashion houses, Burberry. After almost six years in its original QueensPlaza space, Burberry has opened a striking new boutique in the mall, the first in Australia to encapsulate chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci’s new creative vision.  more

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Grow your own produce (and a green thumb) with airgarden
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Grow your own produce (and a green thumb) with airgarden

If you jumped on the gardening bandwagon during the last few months, you likely learned the saying that 'it ain't all sunshine and roses' rings very true. With the knowledge that growing your own greenery isn’t as easy as it looks, brother and sister team Tom and Prue Bauer decided to take matters into their own hands. Inspired by horticulturist-approved technology, the pair nurtured and grew a leaf-covered solution – airgarden – an easy-to-use aeroponic garden that will help prospective fresh-produce growers to sprout up to 150 fruits and vegetables in less than one square metre of space. more

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Make your morning routine plastic-free with Zilch's self-care box
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Make your morning routine plastic-free with Zilch’s self-care box

Last week, we compiled five (hopefully) helpful ways to reduce the amount of plastic in your life. If you missed it, you can take a peek here and look, we don't want to rehash all of the grim details but the sad truth is that almost every piece of plastic ever created still exists in some form today. By 2050, reports indicate that the oceans could have more plastic than fish – let that sink in for a moment. Given its widespread use in literally every facet of life, reducing your plastic consumption can feel pretty overwhelming at the start – a feeling that Rachel Sebastian knows all too well. In fact, it was this exact sense of unease that motivated her to create Zilch – an online marketplace committed to turning your daily routine into a plastic-free one. more

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Go crate digging at Paddington's new record emporium Dutch Vinyl
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Go crate digging at Paddington’s new record emporium Dutch Vinyl

Any music lover or audiophile will tell you that there's no sweeter feeling than lightly dropping the needle on a brand-new record. Although the act of buying a physical release might seem like an outdated way of digesting tunes to some, vinyl records have continued to increase in popularity and so too have record stores. Last weekend Paddington welcomed a brand new music house called Dutch Vinyl, a Melbourne-born business that has expanded north, bringing with it a curated collection of new and old records and an atmosphere that makes flipping through wax an immeasurably enjoyable experience. more

Plastic not-so-fantastic – five ways to help you reduce your reliance this July
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Plastic not-so-fantastic – five ways to help you reduce your reliance this July

Plastic has emerged as one of the greatest man-made environmental disasters of our time. Synthetic pliable polymers made from petrol have transformed the way we live – it's cheap to produce and long-lasting. Unfortunately for planet Earth, it is those very attributes that have cursed the eco-system as nearly every single piece of plastic ever created still exists in some form today. It has infiltrated every aspect of modern life – from the devices we are using to bring you this article to the cars we drive, the bottles that house our shampoos and cleaning products to the cling film that is keeping your lunch fresh in the fridge – it's all plastic and it will outlive you by a few hundred years. In a perfect world we would all pledge to go plastic-free for good, however, the reality is that it may not be possible to do all at once. Anne Marie Bonneau aka The Zero Waste Chef said it… more

Giddy up – a whole Wild West town is for sale in New Zealand for a cool $11 million
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Giddy up – a whole Wild West town is for sale in New Zealand for a cool $11 million

Look, we are all craving an escape right now and waiting for this dreamed-up Trans-Tasman bubble is like waiting for rain in a drought – all we can do is cross our fingers and toes. So, entering our lives with perfect timing is this advertisement for a gloriously OTT Wild West-themed town in New Zealand. The best part? It can all be yours for just $11-million dollarydoos. If you're keen to live in your own Westworld (without all of the killer cowboy robots, of course) then read on ... more

Seven powerful page-turners by Indigenous authors to add to your reading list
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Seven powerful page-turners by Indigenous authors to add to your reading list

Over the last few weeks we've shone a light on some beautiful beauty brands and clothing labels that are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owned and operated, or in support of local Indigenous communities in Australia (you can check them out here and here if you missed them) as well as some incredible artists, designers and jewellery makers (check them out here). This week, we're turning our attention to literature penned by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors (and illustrators) – from novels to non-fiction, poetry to compilations and even a little something for the wee ones. While this list has barely even begun to scratch the surface of Indigenous literary talent in this country, here are seven sensational and powerful page-turners to get you started. more