Track ready
Dhav Naidu
Cast aside your job interview clobber if you’re heading to the races; the Spring Racing Carnival is the occasion to refresh your wardrobe. Steer away from the too-tight dark suit, white shirt, slim tie and dark sunglasses combo that I have christened “the pall-bearer’s uniform”. Instead break-up your suits and mismatch them, make a statement with colour, clash your stripes,... ... >>MORE
Virginia Trioli.
Good luck, Virginia
Virginia Trioli
I am lucky to be part of a formidable generation of women journalists, at the ABC and the commercial stations, who are all going to become wiser, better and older in front of your eyes: you OK with that? ... >>MORE
One lucky TWR reader will win the everything on this page and celebrate the Melbourne Cup with our Spring Racing Hamper. Leanne Tolra reviews the contents. ... >>MORE
The talk is over, it’s time to walk the walk. In the past six weeks I’ve endeavoured to provide you with the keys to a happy home-buying life. I promised to give you advice that’s worth $1 million in your pocket. Will you take that gift and walk into a life of reasonable affluence or will you remain a victim of your preconceptions, impulses and habits? Do you have the gumption to... ... >>MORE
Fast talking
Sarah Marinos
Will Hagon is in a dilemma of the best possible kind. The veteran motor sport commentator has just sold his home overlooking Middle Brother National Park, between Taree and Port Macquarie. The plan was to downsize to the Hunter Valley so he and his partner, Helen Daly, would be midway between their two sons – Toby, a journalist (), and Kym, a country vet. But Hagon has just received a phone call... ... >>MORE
The sound of the first barrier opening at the beginning of the spring carnival used to signal the start of the champagne season. Thanks to a strong dollar and a flood of well-priced, high-quality champagnes from little-name growers, it’s now a year-round drink.

There has never been a better time to be a champagne lover. The big champagne houses have never been cheaper, either. ... >>MORE
Ladyboy Dining
Kendall Hill
Is there a Thai renaissance afoot in Melbourne? If so, why didn’t anyone tell me? One week I turn up to Ladyboy Dining in Richmond and have a fun night of fast Thai food among the bright lights of Bridge Road. The next I’m over the border in Abbotsford, tasting fantastically authentic Thai and Issan dishes while seated in an airy warehouse space. Honestly, I thought I’d died and gone... ... >>MORE
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MAArvelous Millinery
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...