Simple Ways to Update Your Outdoor Space

Warm weather means entertaining makes the move outdoors, so we spoke to the talented team at Presenting Beautiful Homes for tips on how to spruce up tired alfresco areas.

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make sure you have plenty of seating

If you’re entertaining over summer, plenty of different seating options in your outdoor space is an essential. Whether you’re catering for small or large groups make sure you include table seating as well as casual seating options such as lounges so people can really relax.

add some personality

Styling with a pop of colour, soft furnishings and some of your favourite décor items will really bring your outdoor area to life. Statement pots and plants are another way to inject stylistic features into your outdoor entertaining space. 

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refresh tired areas

Taking the time to resurface or repaint tired areas in your outdoor space can make the world of difference. It might simply be a fresh lick of paint on your fence or verandah, pressure cleaning the pavers or recoating your deck. Tired areas might also include parts of your garden that are craving a bit of attention – weeding, pruning, mulching and fertilising your plants will make them feel lush and loved. 

bring some ambience with lighting

Festoon and fairy lighting always creates a lovely ambience outside and are a simple and cost-effective way to make an impact.

Words Mia Vidale

What Women Want

We chat to Lifestyle Medical’s Dr Katina Koukourou about new treatments and skincare misconceptions.

What is the biggest skincare complaint your clients have?
The most common complaint is people “looking tired”.  This can be sagging skin due to loss of volume and bone recession, as well as dull, dry, lined or pigmented skin. 

What treatments do women ask for the most?
The most common treatment I perform is facial volumising and improving wrinkles around the forehead and eyes. This combination of treatments is helpful in reducing and preventing that tired look. Replacing facial volume with dermal fillers and restoring the facial shape with either dermal fillers or facial threads can achieve the desired lifted and youthful oval shaped face. Wrinkle relaxants are used to smooth the skin.

What is the biggest misconception around anti-ageing treatments?
One of the biggest misconceptions around injectable anti-ageing treatments is that you will look unnatural and people will be able to tell you have had work done. This isn’t necessarily the case at all. Aesthetics definitely shouldn’t be about a one size fits all approach. A carefully mapped treatment plan looks at the ageing face as a whole. A skilled practitioner can target individual areas with a balanced approach using specific proportions and amounts to create a restored appearance, not necessarily an enhanced appearance. 

Another misconception is that if you start injectable anti-ageing treatments and then stop you will end up looking worse than you did before you started. The muscles may seem weaker initially, but over time they will re-build. With regard to filler, skin is generally elastic and will restore to normal if and when you decide to stop treatments. 

What new treatments should people try and why?
A new treatment we have are facial threads. This is an alternative or an adjunct to dermal fillers. It is something to perhaps consider if you have particular concerns about facial sagging. 

Lifestyle Medical
Shop 5/155 King William Road, Unley
08 8374 4909

Skincare by your Star Sign

For over 35 years, Jurlique have grown powerful botanicals on one of the purest places on Earth – the Jurlique Farm in the Adelaide Hills. Their potent crops, rich is a plethora of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, is thanks to a unique biodynamic zodiac calendar.

You may already know that Jurlique prides itself in its holistic and sustainable approach to agriculture, using certified organic and biodynamic farming methods to produce plants that are rich in nutrients. These nutrients are what make Jurlique products so powerful and beneficial for the skin. But what you might not know is that planting and harvesting at the Jurlique Farm is guided by a biodynamic calendar that is based on the moon and planet positioning.

The moon’s phase and the zodiacal constellation the moon is passing through determines when crops are planted and harvested. The constellations – air, water, fire and earth – have different energies, allowing Jurlique to work in harmony with nature to produce botanicals that are rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. An example is the Spilanthes Flower, which is grown on the farm and only harvested on days when the moon passes through the air and light signs of Libra, Gemini and Aquarius. This particular flower possesses naturally rejuvenating properties that plump and infuse skin with a youthful, hydrated glow.

If you would like to learn more about this unique farming method Jurlique Farm welcomes visitors for – it’s a great opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn more about the iconic Australian skincare brand at its source. 

On the tour you’ll visiting the garden, seed propagation area, biodynamic preparation area and herb drying area. Afterwards, why not duck into the retail shop and stock up on your favourite products?

Jurlique Farm
31 Liebelt Rd, Biggs Flat SA

Celebrating The New Adelaide

These celebrated faces are in hot demand, appearing on the pages of fashion magazines globally and fronting campaigns for some of the world’s biggest brands. 

Left to right: Vaibhavi Lath, Hollie Brown and Madison Stubbington
vaibhavi lath

She’s fashion’s hottest new commodity, with premium labels vying to have her as the fresh face of their brands. The New Delhii-born beauty moved to Adelaide at the age of seven. Before that she spent time in Mauritius and London. Since her 2018 debut the 18-year-old has appeared in a long list of Australian fashion magazines such as Vogue, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar and has worked for iconic Australian labels including Viktoria & Woods, Aje and Nobody Denim.  

It’s been a speedy rise to the top since you were signed with Finesse back in 2018. What has that been like for you?
It’s been so surreal and incredible. I honestly can’t believe all the opportunities I’ve received so far. As I am still new to the industry it can get daunting. But I can say that I have definitely met some of the most humble creatives along the way. It has been quite the journey so far. 

You’re doing well nationally and have had some interest from international agents, tell me about this.
One day I received a call from my agent at Finesse informing me that I had a big international agency, Elite Worldwide, interested in me. That same night I did a conference call with three Paris agents, including the director of the Worldwide Women Division. Long story short, after my slightly nervous rambling and background conversations in French (which I couldn’t understand!), the agency decided they wanted me in Paris immediately. I was set to make my debut there at the end of 2020, however due to COVID my travel plans have been stalled.

What’s been your career highlight so far?
I have worked on so many amazing projects so far, it’s really hard to pick a single favourite moment. But I will never forget what started it all – walking for Paolo Sebastian at the Adelaide Fashion Festival in 2018. It is definitely a career highlight for me, working with such a renowned Australian designer. I am very proud of that achievement. 

Hollie Brown

Holly’s career kicked off when she was named as the face of the Adelaide Fashion Festival in 2018. She appeared in the Spring issue of South Australian Style that same month. Since then she has shot for some of the country’s biggest brands, gaining the attention of UK-based agents along the way.

Describe the moment you were announced as the face of the Adelaide Fashion Festival in 2018.
Being announced as the face of the Adelaide Fashion Festival was the most memorable moment in my career so far. I was so grateful and lucky to have been a part of such a great event, connecting with amazing South Australian creators and everyone that made the festival happen. 

We worked with you on a fashion shoot for South Australian Style during that same year (our Athletica shoot!), what have you learnt about the fashion industry globally since that time?
I have learnt so much. I have travelled to many different countries, [experiencing] different cultures and styles [while on] different shoots.

You were supposed to be in the UK this year but have remained in Australia due to COVID…
Yes, my plan was to travel to the UK to visit my family. I was also hoping to explore more opportunities in London with IMG Models. 

madison stubbington

She was hand-picked by Anna Wintour for US Vogue, has walked for Louis Vuitton, Gucci and YSL, and has been named as one of the top 50 models on the planet.

You started modelling at the age of 14 after winning a model search, describe what that was like.
Definitely unexpected. I went from being this shy year 10 who’d never caught Adelaide public transport by myself to suddenly being in Tokyo on my own, navigating my way around this new, busy city and shooting for magazines and fashion brands. It was a whirlwind and a major learning experience. 

You have now been in the industry for nearly 10 years and have been on the cover of some of the world’s biggest magazines and walked on international runways for some of the world’s most iconic labels. What has been your biggest ‘pinch me’ moment?
Yes, almost 10 years now, it’s pretty crazy! To pick that one favourite job or moment is difficult, because they all mean so much to me, but up there would definitely be my Gucci campaign. Seeing it on the side of the Fifth Avenue Gucci store in New York City and in airports all around the world – so surreal. 

Tell us about being hand-picked by Anna Wintour for US Vogue.
What a highlight that was! The story featured redheads of the moment and to be considered with the likes of Amy Adams, Jessica Chastain, Florence Welch and Julianne Moore was pretty crazy. Just a 16-year-old from Adelaide, picked by Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington to shoot with Annie Leibovitz (who has not only done portraits of the royal family, but almost every celebrity, too). This was one of the moments that really kick-started my career, so I’m extremely grateful. 

Skin by Age

Our skin changes over time, and so too should our skincare. We chat to the team at Balabala Laser Clinic to find out what we should be doing to care for our skin, decade by decade.

Twenties
The first signs of ageing generally show up as you reach your thirties, but the effects can be significantly lessened by taking action early – in your twenties. For twenty-somethings, choosing good quality brands and always removing make-up before bed is imperative. Recommended treatments include the luxe Mesoestetic Energy C Antioxidant treatment to brighten uneven skin tone and combat pigmentation and the CosMedix Anti-Acne Treatment for those who are prone to breakouts.

Thirties
Cell turnover starts to slow as early as your thirties, so this is the time to dial it up a notch. Collagen and elastin also take a dip, so adding a collagen-stimulating treatment like Thermal FLX to your skincare plan is a good idea. Balabala says this treatment helps to lift and firm sagging skin, and is especially good for dull, dehydrated and uneven skin, as well as for combating those pesky fine lines that often start to appear during this decade.

Forties
During your 40s the collagen levels have dropped, and the result is loose skin, often around the jawline. This is a great time to try Ulterapy – a non-invasive, surgery-free way to lift and tighten skin. This pain-free treatment uses ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen production, counteracting the visible signs of ageing. PicoSure laser treatments also aid in skin revitalisation, reducing pigmentation and wrinkles.

Fifties
Hydration is a big deal when you enter your 50s as dropping estrogen levels affect the skin’s ability to retain water, resulting in dry, dehydrated skin. Ir’s therefore important to infuse the skin with moisture to soften lines and avoid dehydration, but it’s equally important to have an anti-wrinkle plan with targeted treatments. Balabala can customise a luxury treatment specifically for your skin’s individual needs.

Balabala Laser Clinic
Shop 1, 65 Grenfell Street, Adelaide
08 70781806
balabalalaserclinic.com

Summer Entertaining

Interior designer and the creative talent behind @thestylistloves, Marie Kargiotis, heads to Barossa Central to show us how to style the perfect entertaining area.  

Comfortable, functional and stylish outdoor seating
Has your outdoor setting had its day? Now more than ever our homes have truly become our sanctuary, so this is the perfect time to update your outdoor furniture. A comfortable and stylish outdoor setting will also encourage you to spend more time outdoors – Barossa Mitre 10 has a great three-piece wicker set that’s perfect for intimate entertaining.

Stick to a colour scheme
Set the table with your favourite china, cutlery and glassware. Don’t be too precious about it all matching, just stick with similar tones to create a cohesive look. All white or soft earthy tones make it easier to pull together. This grey and beige speckled Ladelle tableware from Barossa Homewares pairs beautiful with the timber accents. Inject that feel of luxury with crystal glasses and ornate cutlery.

Add some greenery
I love adding a touch (or a big bundle!) of nature to every table setting. It’s a great way to injected colour and add dimension to the table. Real flowers or foliage bring a table setting to life. You can get creative with the vessel too.

Create ambiance
Fairy lights and candles set the scene and will take your table setting to the next level. Candles create such a beautiful ambience. If you want to be dramatic use larger candles in clusters or if you prefer delicate and soft ambient lighting tea lights and fairy lights are a good choice. Hurricane lanterns, like the ones available from Barossa Homewares, make a great centrepiece.

A winning antipasto platter
The Barossa is synonymous with wine, and what goes hand in hand with wine… cheese! Barossa Fresh Foodland has its own cheese room that stocks more than 150 individual cheeses from over 20 of the best local and international suppliers. When creating a cheese platter start with your selection of cheeses, add variations of crackers, then fill the spaces with a combination of fresh and dried fruit and nuts.

Styled to perfection
It’s the finishing touches to a table setting that can truly enhance a dining experience. I created this table setting with products from Barossa Central, sourcing items from Barossa Mitre 10, Barossa Home Living and Barossa Fresh Foodland. Soft neutral tones mixed with the relaxed feel that nature offers creates a soft elegant style that is both comfortable and relaxed.

All products can be sourced from Barossa Central
3 Murray Street, Nurioopta
08 8568 6000

Table Setting Tips

Cutlery and its impact on a tablescape can’t be ignored. It is one of the smallest details but can make the biggest impact on the overall look and feel of your dinner party vision. We chat to the experts at Gold Cutlery Hire for some top table setting tips.

Choosing the right cutlery for your occasion. 
First of all, it’s important to make sure your cutlery is good quality. This can be determined by its strength, thickness, style and most importantly, its weight. A standard setting comprises of an entree knife, entree fork, main knife, main fork and dessert spoon. You can add or take away items depending on your menu selection. 

There is no ‘best’ style or pattern, it is all personal preference and determined by the overall look you are trying to achieve. Matte/brushed metal offers a more contemporary look, while mirror/polished metal is a more formal look. Mixing and matching can also work, as long as it’s either all gold or all silver. 

The perfect table setting 
Place dinner plates approximately 2cm from the edge of the table, this gives you an indication of spacing. Next, place the main knife on the right-hand side of the plate with the blade facing inwards, making sure the knife is beside the plate, not under the rim of the plate. The entree knife should follow the same guidelines, to the right of the main knife. The dessert spoon should then be placed 2cm from the table edge next to the knives, while the main fork belongs on the left-hand side of the dinner plate, 2cm from the edge of the table. Not under the plate, but to the side. The entree fork to follow, to the left-hand side of the main fork. 

Glass wear should be placed directly above the knives and the napkin can either be folder and placed on the fork side or you can get creative and use it as a table feature. 

Table setting tips
1. Set your table the night before 
2. Sometimes less is best 
3. Cutlery is placed in order of menu choices, beginning furthest away from the dinner plate and working your way towards the dinner plate. 
4. Use white cotton gloves when placing cutlery to avoid fingerprint marks
5. Have fun!

Gold Cutlery Hire

The Importance of Good Design

What is good design? And why is it a vital component of a beautiful home? We chat to the team at Urban Habitats to find out.

William Valimitis, architect at Urban Habitats

What separates good and bad design?
The time and effort you spend on it.

How should the location, environment, material selection and consideration of light be approached? 
Carefully and thoughtfully. The location is ultimately driven by the client, which in-turn informs the environment. Neutral and simple material palettes with large expanses of north facing glazing provide inviting and well considered spaces. 

What makes some designs really shine? 
Architecture that is responsive to its surroundings and environment often stands out from the rest. Buildings that respond to a client brief while maintaining the balance of form and function are ultimately beautiful.

Ash McCammon, interior designer at Urban Habitats

How should the location, environment, material selection and consideration of light be approached? 
These elements should be approached with great attention to detail. The location always inspires the form, the people inspire the materiality and the way that people will move through the spaces inspires how we filter and play with light. These elements enable us to create meaningful homes that promote great living.

Your designs often reference Palm Springs modernism…
We embrace the connection between the indoors and outdoors and we aim to achieve timeless, sustainable outcomes that can stand the test of time. The team at Urban Habitats, led by directors Josh Semmler and Jock Merrigan, find a lot of inspiration in architecture such as The Cree House by Albert Frey. We don’t over complicate our designs and we are drawn to clean lines and honest materials.

What is good design?
Good design is thoughtfully and carefully curated. It responds to the clients brief, the site and the surroundings. 

Urban Habitats
96 King William Road, Goodwood
08 8373 1731

Tips to Treat Dry Skin

Is dry, flaky skin getting in the way of that glow you’re chasing? Here are six moisture-injecting tips from the team at Adelaide Laser Skincare

Avoid harsh exfoliants

Rather than using a harsh exfoliant to sloth away deep skin cells use cleansers containing AHA’s (alpha hydroxy/glycolic acid) and BHA’s (beta hydroxy/salicylic acid). Glycolic acid will get rid of dead skin cells, while salicylic acid will purge out the pores and keep your skin clear of bacteria.   

fRAGRANCE-FREE AND NON-FOAMING

Cream-based cleansers are a good choice if you’re battling dryness, although foaming cleansers are not as severe as you might think. It is important, however, that you choose one that is right for your skin type, ensuring it balances the pH levels of your skin to avoid stripping, which will make your skin even more sensitive and reactive. Fragrant cleansers may irritate the skin and cause dry patches, itchiness and breakouts. 

ADD HYALURONIC ACID

Highly concentrated hyaluronic acid immediately plumps and increases moisture for all skin types. It’s a moisture magnet that leaves the skin visibly smoother and plumper with more resilience. Popular hydrating treatments include our LPG Endermologie Facial, LED light therapy, sonophoresis and our HydraFacial.

introduce a facial oil

Bring back radiance to dull, tired looking skin with our Image Skincare Vital C Hydrating Facial Oil – it’s an ultra-lightweight oil that hydrates, nourishes and soothes dry, dehydrated and sensitive skin. Packed full of moringa, sea buckthorn and grape seed oil, as well as stabilised antioxidants to brighten and help rejuvenate ageing skin, it is just the pick-me-up that your skin needs.   

moisturise!

Moisturising is a must – morning and night. Our skin is the largest organ in our body and just like your internal organs need feeding, so too does your skin. Our hero moisturiser is the Environ Skin Essenstia Vita-Antioxidant AVST Moisturisers 1-5. These ingenious moisturising creams contain a selection of vitamins, peptides, botanical extracts and antioxidants, all expertly selected to assist in moisturising, softening and smoothing the skin while helping to promote a natural, fresh radiance. It is a step-up system and contains a low concentration of vitamin A in the form of retinyl palmitate, as well as vitamin C. 

Adelaide Laser Skincare
1/455 Greenhill Road, Tusmore
08 8332 4590



How You Can Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Can a visit to the dentist really help you get a better night’s sleep? We ask the team at Azura Dental.

What is sleep disordered breathing?

Sleep Disordered Breathing is where a person has either partial obstruction or full obstruction of their airway during sleep, causing them to either stop breathing for periods or have trouble breathing. This can lead to lack of oxygen or low oxygen, or the person waking often so they never really get to deep sleep. The person may or may not be aware that they stop breathing or snore or are waking frequently during the night. This can affect anyone at any age, including very young children.

what are the signs to watch out for?

The signs can vary greatly and can be very different in a child compared to an adult. Some of the signs may include waking up tired, waking up with headaches, snoring, being tired throughout the day, having dark circles under the eyes, teeth grinding and clenching, waking up coughing and gasping and breathing predominantly through the mouth instead of through the nose.

can a dentist make the diagnosis

Dentists can identify the signs and symptoms and manage diagnosis by referral to the appropriate practitioner. Dentists can also assist in the management of sleep disordered breathing with special oral appliances.

how important is early detection?

Early detection is vital to prevent future health conditions, early learning developmental delays, behavioural challenges and to improve quality of life. 

is sleep disordered breathing more prevalent in people with periodontal disease or other disorders?

Although it is not necessarily more prevalent in people with pre-existing conditions/diseases, there are some medical conditions that can either contribute to sleep disordered breathing or make it worse. There is ongoing research that suggests some conditions may occur as a result of sleep disordered breathing, such as high blood pressure, reflux and others that are currently being investigated with further research. If left untreated, sleep disordered breathing can have long term health effects including increased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and depression. 

what kind of treatment options are there?

Depending on the cause, there are several options for treatment. For some patients, a simple mouthguard-like device (called a mandibular advancement device) can be all that is required, for others they may require surgery or use of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. An oral appliance is a custom fit dental device recommended for patients with mild to moderate sleep disorder breathing or for those patients who are unable to tolerate a CPAP machine. A CPAP machine is recommended for those with moderate to severe symptoms and is a machine that delivers pressurised air through your airway while you sleep. Surgery is considered for those patients with an obstruction within their nose and/or airway causing a blockage. There are also conservative management methods including weight loss (being overweight increases the chances of airway obstruction within the throat), positional therapy (as apnoea mostly occurs whilst sleeping on your back), and also the use of nasal sprays to treat allergies can be helpful. 

Azura Dental
644 Grange Road, Henley Beach
08 8353 8221