On beauty: Part one – Botox and the Pretty Filter.

I’ve been watching a lot of movies from the 80’s recently, taking particular note of the female leads. Jennifer Grey. Sean Young. Anjelica Huston. Ali Magraw. Meryl Streep. Great performances, incredible stage presences, legendary films. Watching, though, I can’t help but wonder if any of them would get a role in a Hollywood film in…

I once stole a self-help book

“I just want to be happy”. It’s a pretty familiar sentiment, and one that seems so achievable, so modest. Surely everyone has a right to be happy? There are countless articles, both scholarly and otherwise, tracking the paths to happiness, studies devoted to it, books promising it, inspirational quotes urging towards it. But most of…

Forget Wellness: Practice Self-Care Instead

This is not a self-help post. This is not a post about how to achieve the best version of you. Nor is it about how to achieve all your dreams by setting #lifegoals or meditating your way to millions. By reading this post, you are not going to learn how to get the body of…

Write Your Own Ending

A friend recently had the most delightful suggestion for herself, myself and the third spoke in our wheel. She was sick of waiting around for a guy to take her on a nice date, or for a wedding to come along so that she could dress up and feel a sense of occasion, so she…

Being a person that writes things

God forbid I actually call myself a writer. That would be delusional, right? And people might know that I really want to be a writer, that I have that ambition and that I think I’m actively pursuing it. How dare I. No, I’ll just be a person: a business development lead, a girlfriend, a clean…

Life Lessons from Linda Rodin

In addition to a rosy outlook on life, good skincare and great company should be part of every person’s self-care routine. They are non-negotiables for us. So when we heard that the inspiring and iconic Linda Rodin was in town to launch her eponymous beauty line, RODIN, at Mecca, we made it our mission to…

Things they don’t tell you about being thirty

Before I turned thirty, I heard people talking about how terrible it is and how afraid they were of ageing all the time. Dirty Thirty. You’ve seen people do it – the roll of the eyes, the sigh, the birthday blues. Accordingly, I decided that I was also terrified of turning thirty, because being old is…

A study in pink

Pastel, blush, peach and dusty: Pink is nostalgic, feminine, divisive. Existing somewhere between red and white, pink implies a sense of softness, an injection of colour, an enigma. From pink skies at night, through to the short-lived, pastel-pink cherry blossoms we celebrate at the beginning of spring, pink signals a transitioning of things: day’s transition to night….

Are we too focussed on doing things properly?

To be called a True Professional is the highest compliment in the working world; the best LinkedIn recommendation you can get. True Professionals get headhunted and hired. They are the ones you want on your team. They are the mysterious, functional ones that listen to podcasts about marketing or finance or startups in their free…

Chatting online with Louise Zhang

Louise Zhang is a Sydney-based multi-disciplinary artist who works across sculpture, painting and installation. She’s fascinated by the thin line that separates the grotesque from the cute, which is pretty evident when you spend any amount of time in front of her work. It’s like being on a foreign planet that’s erupting with sugary, hypercoloured happiness, while simultaneous being in the presence of something much darker. It’s this paradox…

Life Lessons from: Joan Didion

For those not already acquainted, Joan Didion is an essayist, journalist and purveyor of stories drawn mostly from her own life. Her appeal lies in the ease at which she unravels the universal truths about the things we often can’t make sense of ourselves. Her stream of literary nonfiction is natural and intensely human, but for…