Each Spring Racing Carnival the temptation to go bigger and better is overwhelming.

This year take a step back, be the epitome of restrained style and stand out in the crowd. ... >>MORE
Time for a good dose...
Virginia Trioli
It’s a trip you have to take some day, some time: and unless you’re there to have a baby or visit a baby, it’s usually a trip you would do anything to avoid. Our family has been through a health crisis – happily resolved – that involved the emergency trip to the public hospital. Yes, that brooding monolith a couple of suburbs away that seems always to be surrounded by... ... >>MORE
Matilda Brown photographed at QT Hotel Sydney.
Generation Next
Peter Wilmoth
At six, Matilda Brown found it hard to reconcile that the man sitting next to her on the couch – her father, the actor Bryan Brown – had just been shot on the TV screen. For a little girl, the drama and reality sometimes got a bit mixed up. “It’s the strangest thing when you’re a kid and you watch your dad get shot. I would find that really hard. And dad dies in a lot... ... >>MORE
Burnham Beeches
Leanne Tolra
Before the world stops and we all get off, I recommend a leisurely drive to the Dandenongs and a rendezvous with a few cherished chums at Burnham Beeches.

Sorry if I sound a little doomsday; it could be the result of having just dined in the former piggery that is part of the latest project by Vue de Monde’s Shannon Bennett. As though it’s not enough that world-conquering chefs pen cookbooks,... ... >>MORE
Leanne Tolra
The name of Hannah Collinson’s café was inspired by a True Blood character, the werewolf Alcide Herveaux, and by the mediaeval Spanish warrior El Cid. He “was courageous and cheeky, which is sort of how I roll”, the owner says.
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For designer Sam Firestone, the move from the hustle of Melbourne to the family holiday home was a short-term plan. ... >>MORE
Adrian Li
Michelle Ostrow
Adrian Li is the epitome of Gen Y. He’s tech-savvy, well-educated and über cool. He saunters as he walks, is often late and has a slight obsession with his hair. Li even emails and texts in chat abbreviations.

He went to show me his kitchen tools, only to sneak off to add product to his hair. But don’t let any of that youthful self-awareness fool you; he is not conceited. ... >>MORE
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MAArvelous Millinery
The Millinery Association of Australia brought together Australia’s finest milliners in a showcase cocktail party on October 2.  MAArvelous Millinery was held at the Arts...