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Instagram: @the.pilates.space

Honestly, it’s not like Pilates had ever gone out of fashion. But lately, it’s as if every Hollywood babe, KPop starlet and fitness influencer has jumped onto the Pilates train.

Upon closer look, it’s actually not hard to understand.

Pilates, with its focus on core strength and building lean muscles, is the weapon of choice for many looking for a lithe, slender physique. It’s also a highly recommended exercise for people with neck, shoulder and lower back pain.

Whether you’re purely inspired by all the sudden hype or you’re looking for a new rehabilitative workout regime, here’s what Pilates beginners need to know before their first class. …


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Instagram: @timmymahahaha

You know you’re knee deep into Spring when pockets of Sydney start exploding into a sea of jacaranda purple. Peaking in mid-November and finishing in mid-December, jacranda trees magically turn even the city’s plainest streets into magical photo-ops. Get out there with your camera and check out Sydney’s most spectacular jacaranda blossom viewing spots.

Instagram Icon: McDougall St, Kirribilli


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Instagram: @sisucake

Who else has YouTube recommending them a splattering of aesthetic home cafe videos? Whether it’s the mouthwatering cafe fare, gorgeous plating or stunning dinnerware, there’s no looking away once you’ve clicked into one. Ever sat back and wondered if you could pull off a cute cafe weekend at home? Here are the easiest home cafe recipes this side of the internet, with a difficulty level of zero.

Almond Tuile


#AussieMade

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Credit: Anna Shvets

Was it that long ago when personal protective equipment (PPE) was only the domain of medical professionals? With Coronavirus infection rates accelerating, the world has taken to wearing face masks as a way to combat COVID-19. Whether you want to support a homegrown business or need some peace of mind when it comes to quality assurance, here’s a list of local manufacturers and where you can buy their Australian made surgical face masks.

Med-con

Med-con has been manufacturing surgical face masks in Shepparton, Victoria since 1989 and was Australia’s only surgical-grade face mask producer at the start of the Coronavirus pandemic. …


Inexpensive at-home beauty hacks you can do right at your desk!

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Credit: Cottonbro at Pexels

Times are a-changing.

You don’t need to venture into a salon or clinic for an effective beauty treatment. There’s a truckload you can try while working from home and even a few you can do while on a video call. So here is my gift to you, my dear friends — my shortlist of at-home beauty treatments you can do right at your WFH desk.

Hand Treatment


‘One of everything, thanks!’

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Instagram: @monkeyscorner

What?! You haven’t been all over Sydney’s endless truffle menus this winter? You’ve literally got a few weeks left before you’ll have to wait until 2021. Don’t miss out on a good thing! Put on your puffy jackets and head out to these spots for some 10/10 truffle menus in Sydney this Truffle Season.


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Instagram: @kevinhorax

Everyone and their mum knows that a visit to Hong Kong is incomplete without a plate of scrambled eggs from the Australia Dairy Company (not, Australian Dairy Company!) in Jordan. Best described as a no-frills, fast-talking and fast-moving ‘cha chaan teng’ or Hong Kong-style café, this foodie spot is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Here are 5 things you need to know before arriving.

Customer Service is Non-Existent


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Lunar New Year is the biggest celebration on Asia’s calendar and it’s one of the liveliest times you can be in Hong Kong. Watch in awe as the city transforms into a colourful walkway filled with red lanterns, gold ornaments, auspicious handwritten blessings and lucky blooms. If you’re in town during the 2019 Chinese New Year celebrations, take part in these events and see just how magical this time of the year is.

30 January-5 February: Chinese New Year Flower Markets


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Facebook: Zephyr Bar

Downing a cold one outdoors, high above the ground sounds like a great way to start and end a day. Thinking about gathering up the mates for a few rounds? Sameee. Here’s 5 rooftop bars in Sydney’s CBD for all seasons, all occasions.

Sunset Drinks: Zephyr


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Facebook: Allegro Restaurant

This sponsored story originally published on Travelog.me

A well-deserved break off work, Christmas carols and fireworks — now that’s what we love about this time of year! But who can forget that the most important part of the festive season is sharing some great eats and catching up with family and friends? Whether you’re planning on doing something extravagant or super casual, we’ve got the lowdown on THE best places to wine, dine and party this festive season. Ready? Let’s go!

Classy After Work Drinks

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Digital Content Strategist @ A Fourth Place (www.afourthplace.com) | Big fan of early 2000s R&B, ceramides and flat whites (in that order)

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