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“Not doing enough research! The promise of an item on sale can be alluring enough to make us buy without shopping around for a better deal. I always try to crosscheck at least five-to-10 websites selling the same product before adding to cart. The only thing worse than buying something on sale is finding out you could have bought it for even less.” — Jen Nurick, fashion features assistant

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“Converting sizing. It’s best to know your measurements, either have a tape measure handy or write them down so you can always double check sizing as most brands are different.” — Rebecca Shalala, style content editor

“A lot of friends tell me they don’t shop online because they’re scared the item won’t fit. Most sites have a decent returns policy, and if you stick to bricks and mortar you’re missing out on competitive prices and amazing labels. Accessories are always a safe bet too for sizing!” — Alice Birrell, fashion features director

“Photos can be deceiving. Always read the fabric composition—fabrics can appear luxe in a photo that are actually very cheap and nasty to touch. And remember that clothing is made to be worn in real life rather than on Instagram. It may look chic in that still photo but is it a nightmare to walk/stand/sit in? We’re humans, not mannequins.” — Julia Frank, digital editorial director

“Going into a sale or a shopping event like VOSN and not having an idea of the key pieces you actually want or need is basically a sin. A well-consulted wish list based on what your wardrobe actually needs is a must.” — Danielle Gay, digital editor

“Not paying attention to the fabrication of the garment, it makes a big difference in the way the garment fits and falls on your body. Always try to opt for natural fibres as well.” — Philippa Moroney, fashion editor and market director

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“Check the returns policy of the website especially if it’s on sale. Some websites don’t return sale items, so make sure you know that you can return it if you need to before clicking the checkout key. Or, if you are going to buy sale pieces online, try to stick to brands that you already own so you know which size to buy.” — Lucie Clark, associate digital editor

“If you don’t love it as much once you receive it, return it. Having it sit in your wardrobe for weeks won’t change your mind, it will just never be used/worn.” — Dijana Maddison, deputy art director

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“Not taking note of the product’s description. Make sure you know what you’re signing up for before adding to your cart. Also, I’m finally getting into the habit of refining my search in order to avoid scrolling through 20 pages before giving up altogether. Hallelujah!” — Angelica Xidias, associate digital editor

“Buying an item of clothing that does not suit your style/wardrobe. Countless times I have seen an amazing piece that I will tell myself I will wear but it ends up sitting in my wardrobe, seldom worn (cream embellished jacket with mohair fringing, I am talking about you).” — Kaila Matthews, market editor

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The goalkeeper believes the star attacker’s injury will problematic for his club but hopes they can gift him a chance to play in the latter stages

Neymar’s absence against Manchester United is going to a problem for Paris Saint-Germain, according to goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

The star attacker went down in January against Strasbourg, suffering a broken foot – the same injury which sidelined him for most of the second half of last season.

His return date remains a question, but he will not feature for the Ligue 1 champions against the Red Devils when the sides face off in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Neymar will not be alone in his absence, as Edinson Cavani will also miss out after suffering a muscle injury Saturday while Marco Verratti may also be absent.

But the Brazilian’s injury is something Buffon has singled out as an issue for the capital club as they look snap a two-year streak of failing to get past the round of 16, this time facing a United side that have won 10 of 11 contests since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as manager.

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“I think this is a problem for us,” Buffon told CNN.

“I’m not sure if it’s a big problem or a little one. I hope it’s only a small problem and that we are nevertheless a team that can thrive without him. It would give us great strength and confidence.

“But I must say that without a player of Ney’s caliber, it’s going to be heavy going, particularly because in the last two or three months he’s been in excellent condition both physically and mentally and would have been of enormous help.”

However, Buffon is hoping the team can rally and get past this hurdle in order to make it to the Champions League quarter-finals – something they were unable to do without Neymar in the second leg against Real Madrid last season.

The goalkeeper thinks it would be a gift to the star man to make it to the next round of the competition, and believes Neymar would make certain to get fit in time to feature in those latter stage contests.

“But nevertheless we have to do our best in order not to have any regrets and play the quarter-finals and semi-finals with Ney back.

“This would be the best present we could give to him, and I’m sure he would return the favour by playing in those two matches.”

England World Cup winner Gordon Banks passed away on Tuesday, and Brazil great Pele penned a touching tribute to his friend.

Brazil great Pele paid a moving tribute to England’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks following his death, lauding him as “magic” and revealing his gratitude for being denied by what became known as the “Save of the Century”.

Banks’ family released a statement through his former club Stoke City on Tuesday, confirming the 81-year-old had “passed away peacefully overnight”.

He was capped 73 times by his country and was an ever-present as Alf Ramsey’s team claimed World Cup glory on home soil in 1966.

But Banks, widely considered to be among the greatest goalkeepers ever, produced one of the World Cup’s most iconic moments four years later, pulling off an astonishing reaction save to keep out a header from Pele in Mexico City.

That save was the catalyst to a long friendship, and Pele penned a touching tribute to Banks on Tuesday.

A post on his official Facebook profile read: “For many people, their memory of Gordon Banks is defined by the save he made against me in 1970. I understand why.

“The save was one of the best I have ever seen – in real life and in all the thousands of games I have watched since.

“When you are a footballer, you know straight away how well you have hit the ball. I hit that header exactly as I had hoped. Exactly where I wanted it to go. And I was ready to celebrate.

“But then this man, Banks, appeared in my sight, like a kind of blue phantom, is how I described him. He came from nowhere and he did something I didn’t feel was possible. He pushed my header, somehow, up and over. And I couldn’t believe what I saw. Even now when I watch it l, I can’t believe it. I can’t believe how he moved so far, so fast.

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“I scored so many goals in my life, but many people, when they meet me, always ask me about that save. While it was indeed phenomenal, my memory of Gordon is not defined by that – it is defined by his friendship. He was a kind and warm man who gave so much to people.

“So, I am glad he saved my header – because that act was the start of a friendship between us that I will always treasure. Whenever we met, it was always like we had never been apart.

“I have great sadness in my heart and I send condolences to the family he was so proud of.

“Rest in peace, my friend. Yes, you were a goalkeeper with magic. But you were also so much more. You were a fine human being.”

Set against a 900-metre-long stretch of picturesque Caribbean Coast, Playa Papaya Project is a luxe hippie paradise in the middle of Telum, Mexico. The feel is commune-like and down-to-earth with holistic activities like yoga, tai chi and meditation, plentiful offerings of fresh local food, drink and snacks at the Beach Club and relaxing massages and beauty treatments. It’s the perfect place to unplug, reconnect with nature and just lie back in a hammock and listen to the melodic crash of waves.

Created as a collaboration between Design Hotels and owner Emilio Heredia, the vision was to create a sustainable, creative hub in the idyllic beach town but with a focus on social responsibility, through giving back to the local Mayan people and crafting ecologically built rooms with local materials such as palapa (thatched) roofing, timber/plaster composite walls and bamboo window coverings.

The property features 100 rooms of many types, from intimate casitas (with your very own plunge pool on the roof) to treehouse jungle hideaways, plus rustic thatched roof cabanas on the sand and three bedroom villas complete with numerous lounging spaces. Add to this a 20 person outdoor dining area, hammocks galore and a private pool, there really is something for everyone. The design is simple and organic, utilising natural and imperfect materials like varying shades of timber, grey linen, textured cushions and tactile, creamy rendered walls to give a rustic and authentic air.

If a dance is your thing, then the world’s best DJs head to the Mexican town to play their hypnotic beats almost every night. Full moon parties are notorious here. The communal areas are intended to encourage creativity and play – like the amphitheatre on the beach to facilitate performances and readings, and outdoor local art at every twist and turn of the winding pathways along the property.

If you manage to time your visit at the right time of year – between May and October, you may be lucky enough to witness a moonlit sea turtle nesting. Loggerhead and Green turtles travel across the ocean back to the exact same beach where they hatched from to nest. A magical experience.

Playa Papaya Project’s setting could not be perfect – it’s right in the thick of the buzzing Tulum main street where you can borrow a bike to get to plentiful nearby attractions. Another drawcard is the proximity to many types of must-visit, awe-inspiring Cenotes – refreshing natural springs all stemming from the one natural underground reservoir, only found here, in Yucatán, Mexico.

Set against a 900-metre-long stretch of picturesque Carribean Coast, Playa Palaya Project is a luxe hippie paradise. The feel is commune-like and down-to-earth with holistic activities like yoga, tai chi and meditation, plentiful offerings of fresh local food, drink and snacks at the Beach Club and relaxing massages and beauty treatments. It’s the perfect place to unplug, reconnect with nature and just lie back in a hammock and listen to the melodic crash of waves.

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Four points enough for Brumbies

September 29, 2019 | News | No Comments

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham isn’t worried about leaving Perth without a bonus point, after a 31-14 win over the Force.

An 80th minute  Josh Mann-Rea try was the Brumbies’ fourth of the night, which would have handed them a bonus point under the 2015 system.

This season a three-try advantage is needed over your opposition to clinch a bonus point and with the Force scoring two tries, the Brumbies fell one short.

It’s a kink that some players are still yet to fully commit to memory but Larkham said his first concern was always on the win.

“I think there was a call from some of the boys at the end saying, ‘We get this try, we’ve got a bonus point so I think there’s still a bit of confusion around that,” he said.

”The goal for us each week is to take four points away.

“We can probably look at every game last year and say we could’ve scored more tries and it’s the same this year.

“We could’ve probably scored more tries but the main thing is getting that win.”

While the Brumbies have scored at least four tries in every match this season, Larkham said it wasn’t a try at all costs mentality, when it came to decision making on the field.

“That’s the decision Squeak makes on the momentum of the game,” he said.

“The beauty of this team is we’re able to play different styles of footy.”

Larkham was quick to shell praise on to the Force for their increased versatility too.

“Foles (Force coach Michael Foley) has been talking to me about that new attacking game they’ve got and they showed a bit of that tonight,” he said.

“They’re a much better side this year than they were last year.

“We probably didn’t see that in the first two games, in reviewing their first two games we didn’t see it but tonight we certainly saw the full brunt of the Force.”

Brumbies breakdown maestro David Pocock was back to his best against his former side after working his way into the season, including a trademark gushing of blood.

The Brumbies head to South Africa next week to take on the Stormers.

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Hurricanes claim first Super Rugby title

September 29, 2019 | News | No Comments

Tries from Cory Jane and Beauden Barrett have given Victor Vito the perfect send-off as the Hurricanes claimed their maiden Super Rugby title with a 20-3 win over the Lions.

Vito was able to celebrate his 100th and final match for the Wellington-based side in style on Saturday night as the Hurricanes finally ended their title drought.

Tries were at a premium in the wet, cold and windy conditions as the match became a battle of attrition rather than an exhibition of free-flowing rugby.

But the Hurricanes – who were boosted by the return of captain Dane Coles to their starting line-up – have shown in recent weeks just how good they are at soaking up pressure then pouncing on opportunities.

It was no different in Wellington as Jane and Barrett scored off Lions mistakes and Barrett chipped in with 10 points from the boot to spark joyous scenes in the capital.

The Lions, who had been perennial strugglers in the competition even before South African rugby politics resulted in their relegation in 2013, have come a long way.

But in the white-hot atmosphere of a final they couldn’t find a way to unlock the Hurricanes defence, while No.10 Elton Jantjies had an off night in front of goal, missing two of his three kicks.

Going into the match, the Lions had scored 81 tries, while the Hurricanes hadn’t conceded a try in 221 minutes of rugby, and it was the Hurricanes defence that held sway, keeping the Lions to just two shots at goal in the first half.

The opening 10 minutes saw Jantjies miss an early penalty and then Jane have a try disallowed after the TMO ruled Brad Shields had knocked the ball on in the build-up.


But the veteran winger was not to be denied on 22 minutes, when the Hurricanes defence again proved its worth.

Jantjies threw a wild pass under pressure in his own 22, which forced Rohan Janse van Rensburg to kick, but the ball went straight to Jane, who raced in at the corner.

Barrett slotted the conversion to add to his 11th-minute penalty to give the Hurricanes a 10-0 lead.

Jantjies reduced the deficit with a penalty three minutes later.

The remaining 15 minutes were an arm wrestle as both sides continued to struggle to hold on to the wet ball and turned instead to kicking for territory.

It was more of the same in the second half as the Lions continued to run into a yellow-and-black wall and the Hurricanes soaked up the pressure.

Barrett extended his side’s lead to 13-3 with another penalty midway through the second spell.

And the match was effectively sealed 11 minutes from fulltime when the Lions botched a lineout clearance close to their own line.

Replacement hooker Ricky Riccitelli hacked the ball on and the All Blacks fly-half pounced on it in the in-goal area for his side’s second try.


Hurricanes 20

(TriesL Jane, Barrett Cons: Barrett 2 Pens: Barrett 2)

Lions 3

(Pens: Jantjies)


27th Sep 2019

As yet another year rolls around, so too does the abundance of talent within the Australian fashion industry. Particularly at this time in the year, our awareness of those creatives who possess the kind of talent we’re talking about becomes increasingly apparently, with the finalists for the Australian Fashion Laureate being announced on September 23.

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As the country’s pinnacle fashion industry honour—established by IMG and the New South Wales Government in 2008—the many categories covered by the Laureate acknowledge those industry figures who have, over time, made a significant contribution to the growth and development of our local fashion industry, with awards in the past received by our very own editor-in-chief, Edwina McCann, together with designer Dion Lee, Zimmermann and Carla Zampatti.

In addition to the Australian Fashion Laureate’s primary lifetime achievement honour, a number of additional awards also recognise additional accomplishments across categories including womenswear, menswear, retailer, and accessories, as well as ‘Model of the Year’, ‘Outstanding Creative’ and ‘Emerging Talent’.

And 2019 has also seen the introduction of a brand new category dubbed ‘Sustainable Innovation’, an honour that is extremely reflective of the eco-conscious direction the industry is moving towards. The inaugural award will recognise brands that are pioneering best practices, implementing long-term strategic goals, or otherwise demonstrating leadership in sustainability.

“With the introduction of the Sustainable Innovation award, we are celebrating the Australian industry’s growing dedication to lessening fashion’s impact on our environment,” said IMG Australia’s executive director of fashion, Natalie Xenita. “This award category complements our existing accolades, which not only celebrate Australia’s exceptional talent, but highlight the most noteworthy innovations shaping our industry and its future.”

This year, nominees for the 2019 Australian Fashion Laureate include Bernie Leser, Laura Brown, Maggie Tabberer and Malcolm Carfrae, who were each nominated by a voting panel of more than 30 industry leaders, including media, buyers, communications professionals, brand executives, creatives and designers, called the Australian Fashion Industry Alumni.

Across the additional categories, Australian labels including Bassike and Lee Mathews have been nominated for a number of awards, models including Charlee Fraser and Duckie Thot are being recognised, and Vogue Australia’s fashion director, Christine Centenera, is in the running to receive the laureate’s Outstanding Creative Award.

As for who will be taking out each prize, you’ll have to hold your breath until October 23 for the celebratory luncheon where each winner will be announced.

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Congratulations are in order for Princess Beatrice and partner Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, with news of their engagement breaking just minutes ago.

As was confirmed by both Buckingham Palace and the Duke and Duchess of York via Twitter, Princess Beatrice and her property tycoon beau are set to tie the knot.

According to the palace’s official announcement, which they themselves had posted to the social media platform, the newly-engaged couple became engaged while vacationing in Italy earlier this month, with their nuptials anticipated to take place some time in 2020.

With the palace confirming that more details surrounding their royal wedding are soon to come, we wait with bated breath and filled with excitement for yet another royal wedding!

Following the palace’s official announcement, they had also issued a statement on behalf of the newly-engaged couple in which they express their excitement for the happy occasion: “We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement. We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can’t wait to be married.”

In addition to the sweet words in their initial statement, the couple went on, issuing yet another comment on their impending nuptials of the Duke and Duchess of York’s Twitter page: “We share so many similar interests and values and we know this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness.”

Of course, sisters being sisters, Princess Eugenie also wanted to send well wishes to her sister and her newly-minted fiance, sending her very own congratulations via her official Instagram account.

“Beabea – wow! I’m so happy for you my dearest big sissy and dear Edo. It’s been a long time coming and you two are meant to be…” And much to our delight, her congratulatory posts came with a whole lot of photographic evidence captured by her of the newly-engaged couple, with a number of them putting Princess Beatrice’s gorgeous engagement ring on full display.

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The princess’s mother, Sarah Ferguson, also pitched in with posting photographs from her daughter’s engagement, as any proud mother would.

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According to the Duke of York’s official website, Mozzi designed the ring—which features a round brilliant cut diamond cushioned between two rectangular baguette diamonds—in collaboration with the British jewellery designer Shaun Leane. No further details on the diamond yet, so watch this space.

But what we do know is who designed the dress in Princess Beatrice’s engagement portraits, and it’s none other than Australian label Zimmermann, selecting their Allia floral print linen dress for their shoot, as identified by Metro UK. We love to know that Australia had some small part in the happy occasion!

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Smith happy to call Brisbane home

September 29, 2019 | News | No Comments

For Queensland Reds recruit George Smith, there was never any doubt as to where he would resume his glittering Super Rugby career.

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With a young family to raise, the 111-cap Wallaby and his family had their hearts set on the laid back Brisbane lifestyle after seven years of Smith playing rugby in the UK and Japan. “The decision was made a while back and it was very much a family based decision,” Smith said.

“My wife and children wanted the opportunity to live up here in Brisbane and it was hard to move away from the Northern Beaches in Manly but we made the decision a while back and I still feel I’m playing really competitive rugby at the moment.”

The 36-year-old was also enticed by the chance to join forces with fellow recruits and returning Reds, Stephen Moore and Quade Cooper.
“The squad that the staff have put together and the management have been fantastic,” he said.

“We’re not here to just play competitive football, we want to be up there with the best teams.

“It’s up to us players to be detailed in our analysis and in our work to be a better team and turn around the fortunes for the Reds.”

With his Wallabies days behind him, Smith also jumped at the opportunity to work with some of Queensland’s best young talent – including highly touted openside flanker prospect Michael Gunn.

“Having played the game for a number of years the experience does flow off into the younger group and I will try to mentor players as much as possible.

“In saying that, I don’t want to participate within teams, I want to be a dominant players in the teams that I’m a part of.”

He also dismissed any concerns regarding fitness after playing non-stop rugby for almost three years.

“I tend to go well backing up and playing – I’ve played a lot of games over the past few years but my body is just built for that and I enjoy that,” Smith said.

“The more I play, the better I feel, the more I can contribute to the team.”

Larkham's Brumbies ride rollercoaster of emotions

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Not only was it the win the Brumbies desperately needed, it was the win they dearly deserved.

After two losses by a combined margin of nine points to start 2017, coach Stephen Larkham and captain Sam Carter cut relieved figures immediately after their 25-17 win against the Force last night.

The Canberrians looked bound for another bonus point loss before Ross Haylett-Petty’s yellow card turned the game on its head with 10 to play, the home side scoring two tries to notch a tough win.

“There’s a good feeling in the group at the moment,” Larkham said.

“It was certainly an emotional rollercoaster through that game but we showed much better composure at the end and superb execution to finish the game off the way we wanted to finish it off.“We’re not getting ahead of ourselves but we will certainly enjoy that victory because it’s been a long time coming.”

Larkham’s faith in the halves pairing of Joe Powell and Wharenui Hawera is paying dividends, as the combination starts to gel as he envisioned.

“Our halves has been fantastic in all three games so far but I think we learned some lessons as a group and lessons you probably wouldn’t learn in your first two games of the season,” he said.

“They’re quick learners.

“We’re very happy with the way we played and I think our discipline was superb tonight.”The coach was also quick to compliment the cool head of new co-captain Carter.

“Carts is doing a fantastic job leading and he has composure all the time,” he said.

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“The boys feed off that and there was never any stage over the last three weeks where we lost our confidence or our direction.”

Larkham said Scott Fardy would be refreshed after the week off but stopped short of declaring him a certainty to start in round four.

He added that he was impressed with the performance of Fardy’s replacement, Ben Hyne.

“I was always looking at Hyney’s game pretty closely and that was effectively his first Super Rugby game.

“He came into the game off the back of a five-day turnaround and played 60 minutes there and backed it up with a pretty good performance tonight.

“Fards is a world class player and we are just being smart with how we are managing him.”