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Stow your stuff in a stylish (and sustainable) bag from Simétrie
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Stow your stuff in a stylish (and sustainable) bag from Simétrie

It was a case of once you know, you know for Melbourne's Simone Agius. Working in the industry, Simone became increasingly dissatisfied with fast fashion and the devastating impact our fashion choices were having on makers as well as the environment and set out to source an alternative. She sought to strike more of a balance between aesthetics and ethics and so began the Simétrie story. If you appreciate minimalist design, sustainable materials and honest production, read on. more

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Practice Studio showcases the best of considered fashion and sustainable making
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Practice Studio showcases the best of considered fashion and sustainable making

Australian consumers are making the shift to slow fashion in greater numbers, opting for handcrafted and sustainably crafted garments instead of mass-manufactured pieces from large conglomerates. The tricky aspect of slow fashion is discovering these artisan makers, many of whom are independent or small-scale operators. Fortitude Valley's Practice Studio is a unique resource for both designer and buyer – one part store and one part workroom, it aims to bridge the gap between emerging makers and those seeking consciously made clothing. more

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Seven energy-saving tips to help your power bill (and the planet) this summer
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Seven energy-saving tips to help your power bill (and the planet) this summer

Nothing says summer like a huge power bill. In an attempt to beat the heat we often find ourselves pumping the air conditioning and spending more time indoors on our electrical devices. Wish you could stop your costs rising like the mercury on your thermostat? Us too, but it can be tough to know where to start. To help you keep your cool (physically and financially) we’ve done our research and put together seven tips for conserving energy on hot days. Plus as an added bonus, your reduced energy consumption will also benefit the environment. more

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The most effective ways you can support bushfire relief efforts
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The most effective ways you can support bushfire relief efforts

Our country is on fire. Every day our feeds are flooded with the news of conditions worsening and fires spreading and sadly, at this stage, there is no end in sight. Lives have tragically been lost. Homes have been lost. Acres upon acres of land has been destroyed. Millions of wildlife have perished. We are in a state of emergency. Australia's incredible firefighters and volunteers are working around the clock to help manage this crisis and – especially for those of us not directly affected – it's easy to feel helpless when you're not on the front line. One thing that is very apparent is that the affected communities and fire services need our support – but where should you start? There are a number of incredible charities and organisations that are focusing their resources on bushfire relief, assisting firefighters, refugees and wildlife by means of shelter, financial… more

Five simple ways to transform your bathroom into your happy place
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Five simple ways to transform your bathroom into your happy place

Controversial opinion – the bathroom is the most important room in the house. It’s the place where we get ready for some of life’s biggest moments … and when haven’t our showers been there for us after a long, hard day? Unfortunately we don’t always treat our bathrooms with the TLC they deserve and renovations take up a lot of time and money. Our friends at Spotlight get this. While you might think of it as your crafternoon destination, it’s also the perfect spot to find everything you need for a mini bathroom makeover. Here's five tips to get you started. more

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Happy campers – tips for a trip everyone will enjoy
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Happy campers – tips for a trip everyone will enjoy

Camping holidays with your nearest and dearest make for some of the most fun times that can be had outdoors. Ideally, camping trips would be all kumbayas and not much else, but we’re not all built to rough it in the great outdoors. Luckily, Anaconda has the tools you need to take your mini-break to the next level so nothing gets in the way of your happy holiday. Here, we’ve hand-picked five items to add to your pre-camping shopping list. more

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Shop for a good cause – a list of labels that are donating to the Bushfire Disaster Appeal
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Shop for a good cause – a list of labels that are donating to the Bushfire Disaster Appeal

The ongoing catastrophic Australian bushfires have left us all feeling helpless, but the overwhelming number of generous individuals and businesses stepping up to support the victims and our firefighters – whether it be by donating funds, spreading awareness, volunteer efforts or fundraising – is nothing short of an amazing feat. Through tough times such as these, our Aussie spirit of kindness and generosity never ceases to prevail. Here is a list of homegrown brands and labels that are donating part (or all) of their sales profits to the Bushfire Disaster Appeal and related charities. more

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Are you going my way? DiDi launches innovative carpooling service in Brisbane
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Are you going my way? DiDi launches innovative carpooling service in Brisbane

Once upon a time, if you wanted to go somewhere and didn't fancy driving, you dialled a 13-number on your landline and then sat idly waiting for an undetermined amount of time for your ride to arrive – it could be five minutes, it could be 45-minutes, nobody knew! Thankfully, things have changed and we're pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to getting from point A to point B quickly and cost effectively, but just when you thought you had it all figured out, along comes DiDi Share to change the game, again. more


The Locals Next week: A BRISBANE LOCAL

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Enjoy room-ready plants straight to your door with The Plant People
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Enjoy room-ready plants straight to your door with The Plant People

Plant murder – it's a crime that many of us have unwittingly committed with either too much love or not nearly enough. But, in our defence, household varieties can be notoriously tricky creatures. Whilst some thrive on neglect, others are needier than your overly obsessed ex and even the slightest deviation can result in imminent death. It's a tough gig this plant parent thing but lucky for you, The Plant People are here to help. more

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Five meaningful (and eco-friendly) gifts for the toddlers in your life
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Five meaningful (and eco-friendly) gifts for the toddlers in your life

For tiny humans, toddlers sure take up a lot of room in your heart and home. As they grow, so too does the stuff. It multiplies with every holiday or occasion that passes and before long, the room that was once your living room resembles a kindergarten with a sea of brightly coloured plastic all vying for your little one's attention. If you're keen to cap the tyranny of toys and would prefer to invest in quality pieces that will help them grow, play and learn (and won't end up in landfill), we've round up five meaningful and eco-friendly gifts for the little people in your life. more

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Step up your race-day style with four chic fashion trends to nail this summer
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Step up your race-day style with four chic fashion trends to nail this summer

If you thought the racing season finished with the Melbourne Cup, think again. In fact, it's just getting started! This summer, the Aquis Park Gold Coast Turf Club is rolling out a series of high-fashion events at its ultra-exclusive pop-up The Beach Club by Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial. The theme for the luxe experience is French Riviera so whilst spring racing is all about pastels and florals, summer is all about chic Mediterranean vibes like you've just stepped off a plane from Côte d'Azur. Here are four trends to nail the summer racing theme, for guys and girls. more

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Honest luxury – Public Figure pioneers Australia's first sustainable shopping platform
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Honest luxury – Public Figure pioneers Australia’s first sustainable shopping platform

If you are one of the many Australians who have pledged to be a little more conscious when it comes to the labels you support but don't necessarily have the time for endless scrolling and researching, we have some good, nay, great news! Public Figure is an online shopping destination for sustainable luxury that brings together some of the world's best conscious labels, all in one place. more

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It's showtime! Red Hill Cinemas opens to the public
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It’s showtime! Red Hill Cinemas opens to the public

The film industry is in the midst of a love affair with reboots and sequels – head to the movies lately and you’ll certainly spot a trailer for the newest iteration of Charlie’s Angels, Bad Boys, or Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Call us pessimists, but we don’t have the highest hopes for these flicks. Nevertheless, there is one cinematic reinvention we can get behind – Red Hill Cinemas. The latest addition to the Five Star Cinemas portfolio pays tribute to the venue’s rich entertainment history while offering all of the mod cons you’d expect from a premium theatre experience. more

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Ditch the plastic and lather up with a bar of Shampoo With A Purpose
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Ditch the plastic and lather up with a bar of Shampoo With A Purpose

We all know that plastic isn't so fantastic, but in Australia 5.3 million consumers – that is 27.1-percent of the population – purchase single-use plastic bottles on a weekly basis. Most of which, let's be honest, are destined for landfill, where it can take between 20 and 1000 years to degrade. If that makes you feel all of the things, you're not alone – but together we can make small changes that have a big impact. One of the easiest changes we can make is to switch to a shampoo bar from Shampoo With A Purpose once your current supply runs dry. more

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Home is where the heart is – spots to tie the knot in Brisbane
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Home is where the heart is – spots to tie the knot in Brisbane

Look, we hate to admit it but Brisbane is often overlooked. For what, you ask? A lot. If we’re not missing a tour stop by an international musician, we’re losing out to Melbourne for the title of Australia’s most liveable city. We think enough is enough and there’s one element of Brisbane that refuses to be ignored – it’s wedding venues. Brisbane is home to some ideal settings for your big day so, before your eyes wander interstate or abroad, look around – you might just fall for a local. more

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Put your best foot forward in a pair of Nelson Made’s sustainable shoes
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Put your best foot forward in a pair of Nelson Made’s sustainable shoes

Like most movements that originally set out to challenge the fashion system – punk, normcore, dadcore – sustainability has been turned into a trend itself. We’ve even invented a word for it – greenwashing. With big brands making big promises and adding leaves to their logos, it can be tricky to know who to trust. The answer? Turn to the experts. Designers like Jamie Nelson whose years of experience as a footwear designer in the fashion industry prompted her to start Nelson Made, the sustainable shoe brand that stands by its statements. more

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Unplug to unwind – QT Hotels & Resorts launch Power Down
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Unplug to unwind – QT Hotels & Resorts launch Power Down

Just like our smartphones, tablets, laptops and fitbits, we all need to recharge to function correctly. Unfortunately, our favourite devices are often the cause of our exhaustion – even in our designated down-time we struggle to put down the tech. With the growing popularity of smart home devices like Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa it’s starting to feel like there is no total escape. This is where the concept of Power Down originated, QT Hotels & Resorts’ new digital detox package. The holiday makers are offering to take charge of your devices while you enjoy a detoxing hotel escape – a rare chance to disconnect from tech and reconnect with yourself. more

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You beauty! Five simple ways to get healthy, glowing skin
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You beauty! Five simple ways to get healthy, glowing skin

It’s important to love the skin you’re in, but it can be difficult when that skin is dealing with cystic acne or hyperpigmentation. Sometimes we need a little extra help getting to the L-word stage with our complexions. Unfortunately, in the search for that help, we can quickly find ourselves buried in advice about ten-step skincare routines and bone-broth diets. It’s enough to bring on a breakout – not ideal. In an effort to save you all of that trouble, we’ve put together a few simple tips to help you get healthy, glowing skin. more