Last-minute Christmas Gift Guide

In need of a few last-minute gifts? We’ve done all the hard work for you, with four gift guides featuring local retailers to help you find something stylish and unique for everyone just in time for Christmas.

For the Cocktail Lovers

Give the gift of Cosmopolitans and Gin Sours to enjoy over the festive season.

  1. Mr Consistent Cosmo Mix, $35, Universal Store
  2. Fazeek Wave Coupe Set of 2 in clear, $119, David Jones
  3. Blood Orange Gin, $85, Australian Distilling Co.
  4. Dehydrated Oranges, $6, Ginny Pig Distillery
  5. Heritage Gatsby Polished Cocktail Shaker in Gold, $49.95, Myer Centre Adelaide
  6. Bar Station Extra Large Ice Cube Tray, $7.55, Dan Murphy’s

For the Adventurous Ones

We’ve got an experience for everyone; the foodies, the animal-lovers, the sports fanatics and more.

  1. Africola Duncan Welgemoed Cooking Class, $175pp, Outdoors On Parade
  2. Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight with Breakfast, $365pp, Barossa Valley Ballooning
  3. Swim with the Sealions in Eyre Peninsula, $200pp (adult), Baird Bay
  4. Town Square Kitchen – Shared, $180pp, Tasting Australia
  5. Tennis Tickets, $10pp+, Adelaide International
  6. Six Senses Penobscot Farm Tour, Six Course Degustation Dinner with Matched Wines or Mocktails, $275, Watervale Hotel

For the Skincare Junkies

Heavy-hitting hydration, SPF and a foundation-replacement that your skin will be thanking you for – here’s our top picks for skincare gifts.

  1. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream 50ml, $55, Mecca
  2. Rose Hand Cream, $32, Jurlique
  3. Fenty Skin Plush Puddin’ Intensive Recovery Lip Mask (15ml), $28, Sephora
  4. Medik8 Hydr8 B5, $90, Elixir Skin Fitness
  5. Naked Sundays SPF50+ Collagen Glow 100% Mineral Perfecting Priming Lotion, $39.95, Mecca
  6. Skinwear BB Cream, $74.95, Velo Beauty

For the Homebodies

Spoil that special someone in your life with these must-have pieces that’ll elevate and brighten their home.

  1. Al.ive Body Mango & Lychee Duo, $80, Twopairs
  2. Raawii Handmade Footed Bowl Large, $265, Outdoors On Parade
  3. Ethnicraft N701 Occasional Chair – Fabric, Beige, $1,660, Terrace Floors + Furnishings
  4. Ferm LIVING Speckle Pendant Large Off-White, $579, Asser + Co.
  5. Spanish Poolside Framed Print, $390, Bauhaus
  6. Tom Dixon Press Vase, $295, One Rundle Trading Co.

Get To Know Effie Vlachoulis From Harris Real Estate

Effie Vlachoulis from Harris Real Estate knows the importance of trust and relationships better than most, and now it’s paying dividends.

We chat to the property consultant to find out more.

You’re a property consultant now, but that hasn’t always been the case– tell me about what you were doing before Harris.

Before real estate, I owned and operated a fashion boutique in Burnside and Norwood called Niki Belle. I stocked some beautiful brands including Zhivago, Lexi, Viktoria & Woods and was the go-to for any formal occasion. Working in fashion introduced me to so many people; I formed so many great relationships and really became part of my client’s lives, helping them choose outfits for special occasions and enjoying their return clientele. Helping people gave me such a great sense of job satisfaction, and luckily for me I continue to enjoy this same job satisfaction as a property consultant.

So, what made you decide to make the move from fashion retail to real estate?

I have always had an interest in real estate and, after approximately 10 years in retail, I felt it was time for a change. Surprisingly, the two industries are really quite similar – it’s all about helping people, it’s about relationships and it’s about trust. I have been able to maintain many of the relationships formed during my time at Niki Belle, and some of these people are now also clients of mine at Harris.

This is obviously one of your key points of difference.

Yes, and this is because I understand the importance of trust and commitment. My clients know that I will put 100 percent effort into their property campaign, from arranging trades and getting them sale ready, to doing the negotiating and ensuring the settlement runs smoothly. When I am selling a property, all of my attention is about that property, I’m not just thinking of the next one.

What other attributes make you a great property consultant?

Being personable, friendly, genuine, approachable and humble are attributes that I believe make me a great property consultant. Positive energy and a capacity to work under pressure is also very important.

You made the change just before COVID hit, at a time when interest rates were low and house prices were on the increase – what impact did this have on your entry into the industry?

Fortunately, it was the best time for me to get into the real estate industry. Properties were selling quickly for increased vendor expectations. Everyone was very optimistic and everyone was getting great results. I believe you still need to work hard when selling a property in any market as there are high and low times and managing buyer and vendor expectations is essential.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

I hope to be able to help as many people buy and sell in Adelaide. I am committed to ongoing training and development and want to be known as Adelaide’s most honest, genuine and successful real estate agent

Effie Vlachoulis
Property Consultant
0412 677 189

Future Focused Learning at Walford

Walford Anglican School for Girls is preparing students for the real world with an innovative mentoring program.

Boutique girls’ school, Walford, focuses on knowing, understanding and supporting each student individually. In providing students with a progressive, gold-standard education they’ve created a new approach to mentoring senior students.

The Walford Student Mentor Program, which is part of a new future focused curriculum for senior girls, connects students with the world beyond school. The revolutionary program provides direction and networking opportunities for career development by including old scholars from various industries, such as law, to provide advice to students.

Keeping their goals and future in mind, each girl collaborates with a mentor teacher to create a tailored pathway. From Music to Engineering, each pathway reflects the student’s individuality and talents.

“The sky’s the limit when it comes to elective study, learning experiences and community service,” says Alice Speirs. Head of Senior School at Walford. “In Year10 our students have access to a range of new electives that will be multidisciplinary and therefore allow students to explore new areas and discover new interests.”

From Sports Psychology and Fashion Design for the Runway to Whodunnit (an introductory course in criminology and forensics), the electives cover a wide range of exciting career fields.

The future of learning also appears to have landed at Walford. Students use an online dashboard, recording their achievements and accomplishments. “Focussing on growth and a continued opportunity to improve and build on their portfolio, the dashboard will reflect each student’s pathway to Her Best,” says Alice.

From mock job interviews in Year10 to legal studies in Year 11, the opportunities are confidence building and create networks for the real-world after graduation. This innovative program, together with the resources and technologies available at Walford, ensure students are well connected with members of the community, providing valuable advice, stories and networking opportunities for a future that’s full of exciting possibilities.

The Principal, Rebecca Clarke, adds “Walford students are encouraged to select courses from a vast range of subjects and electives that will ignite their curiosity, challenge their thinking and expand their future ambitions”.

Walford Anglican School for Girls
316 Unley Road, Hyde Park
08 8272 6555

A Life in Design with Rayna Hooper

Rayna Hooper, creative director of Adelaide-based fashion house The Holiday Collective, on global exploration, inspiration and South Australian dedication.

Running one of Adelaide’s largest fashion houses from their operational headquarters in Hindmarsh, no two days are the same for founder and director of The Holiday Collective, Rayna Hooper. Beginning with a successful design career in homewares and textiles, Rayna’s wanderlust has taken her around the globe, where she has found endless inspiration for The Holiday Collective’s eight labels, Holiday, The Shanty Corporation, Brave+True, Talisman, Daisy Says, Home Love, Holiday Home and Holiday Life. But, despite her love of travel and the creativeness it inspires, she still calls South Australia – and now Adelaide – home, relocating from the company’s original base in Robe to the city outskirts at the beginning of 2020.

“Having the resources and infrastructure of a capital city has allowed us to grow,” says Rayna, who, along with the 60-strongteam, is currently operating out an historic presbytery on Port Road in Hindmarsh.“It has also enabled us to access talent and skill on a much broader scale, and to streamline logistics.”

Rayna, who is a self-confessed “achievement junkie”, opts for a hands-on approach and is subsequently involved in every aspect of the business. “I’m across all of the business functions, including finance, sales, marketing, warehousing and distribution. Making sure I’m across everything and giving projects the best chance of success is very important to me.”

This means a constant merry-go-round of daily meetings and communication with the local and internationally-based team. “It’s a never-ending juggling act,” she laughs. “Some days it really does feel like the circus. However, I am driven by making things come together and seeing the pieces of the puzzle fit. Collaboration with my team is a constant work in progress.”

That collaboration is set to become a little easier as The Holiday Collective’s showrooms, design space and marketing operations gets set to make its second move in just one year, this time to the neighbouring Hindmarsh Memorial Hall –right next door to their current offices.

“For the last four years our Adelaide operation has been run out of a beautiful church building, however, now that our entire team is here we have outgrown it and need a more contemporary and functional workspace,” she says.

With the functionality of the new workspace resolved, Rayna can once again turn her attention to the growth of her burgeoning Collective – although she’s quick to affirm that the travel restrictions forced upon her during 2020–2021 weren’t all bad, and in actual fact presented a unique opportunity for her to explore opportunities closer to home.

“When we couldn’t travel, I decided to promote the wonders of our beautiful state through our sales and marketing,” she explains. “Our photo shoots were all done in SA, using home-grown models, and our styles were named after local locations or people. We made SA the hero, and it built ongoing pride in our entire team for what we could achieve here.”

From meetings with designers, finance or marketing to photoshoots and fittings, everyday brings a different adventure. However, while the unpredictability is a guarantee, there’s one certainty – the dedication of her growing team of local talents, and, of course, her family. “I feel very, very grateful.”

White Wash Minimalism

It is time to bring the outdoors in with light and airy home interiors. The team at Oz Design Furniture show you how.

Minimalist, open plan homes with tonal décor are having a moment, but will this trend continue into the coming season? The experienced team at OZ Design Furniture say spring is all about having a fresh look and feel using vibrant colours to connect to nature. Natural textures will be huge, with handcrafted rattan furniture filling homes. Rattan can also be injected through décor such as baskets and lamp shades.

Slip-cover fabric sofas will also be resurfacing, providing both style and functionality. Easy to clean and offering the perfect relaxed look, slip-cover sofas pave the way for a fresh and light interior (the Whitehaven three-seater from OZ Design Furniture is our pick). Finally, the use of vibrant décor will see a shift away from winter with the use of oversized artwork, vases and table centerpieces.

Shop in-store or online at OZ Design Furniture and discover the latest sofas, dining, storage, homewares and more!

 Whitehaven Armchair in Skye Cloud, $1399; Airlie
Side Table in Natural Rattan, $399;
Simpatico Cushion 50x60cm, $109.95

OZ Design Furniture
800 Marion Road, Marion
08 8472 3630

Gepps X Home HQ750 Main North Road, Gepps Cross
08 8472 3640

Simple Ways To Add Value To Your Home

There is so much behind the scenes work that goes into preparing a home for sale. Nick Tirrell, project manager at Presenting Beautiful Homes, shows us through their latest transformation in Kensington Park.

The Brief

A rundown villa, set on 1227m2 of premium land in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs, had sat vacant for an extended period of time, and a lack of regular maintenance had the property in need of some love and attention before it hit the market for sale. It was important that the home presented as ready to move in and appeal to a broad demographic of buyers, including families and professionals

The Project

The goal was to return the run-down property to its former glory in a modern and sophisticated way, capturing the attention of as many potential buyers as possible. This involved updating the colour palette throughout, replacing and updating light fixtures and fittings, re-tiling, landscaping and more.

The Results

When the hard work and vision pays off for the owner – as it did with this project – it’s a win for all. This resulted in a staggering sale price of$3.15 million. More than 100 groups viewed the home throughout the duration of the campaign and there was a huge turnout on auction day with competitive bidding. The home also achieved the highest sale price in Adelaide for the week it went to auction.

“Presenting Beautiful Homes managed the whole process of delivering and project managing all required trades, and then furnished and presented the property magnificently during the sales period.”

Simon, client

Simple Alterations That Added Value

  • Interior and exterior painting with a modern colour palette of whites, greys and blacks.
  • Replacing old worn flooring and carpet throughout with lighter and more modern selections.
  • Updating old-fashioned light fixtures.
  • Repairing and installing new fencing along the boundary and a compliant pool fence to match the new exterior colour palette.
  • Retiling and filling the existing swimming pool.
  • High-pressure cleaning of all outdoor areas and paving.
  • Landscaping of property, including planting.
  • General maintenance repairs.
  • Full styling of every room.

Play Like A Girl

As Australian women in sport reaches an all-time high, Seymour College is providing pathways for students to advance their athletic abilities with its high performance sports program, coordinated by elite AFLW player Angela Foley.

Seymour College is helping develop the sportswomen of the future by taking a balanced approach to elite sport.

Their High Performance Sports program, now in its third year, aims to advance high-performance athletic capabilities in a range of sports such as rowing, gymnastics, swimming, netball and AFL. Once accepted, students receive weekly theory classes in psychology, nutrition and biomechanics, as well as strength and conditioning training, providing them with the building blocks necessary to become high-level athletes.

As a two-time AFLW premiership player, program coordinator, Angela Foley, knows better than most the importance of balance, on and off the field, and this is a pivotal part of the program’s teachings.

“It provides girls with tools they can use to better understand and manage themselves,” says Angela. “It’s also about giving the girls confidence to go out into the big wide world knowing they are capable of reaching for the stars. I also speak about resilience and the ability to deal with challenges – not everything in life will go your way.”

Year 11 student Abby says she has learnt that being a good athlete is about more than just your physical capabilities. “To be successful, you need to be well-rounded, mentally strong, have good nutrition, be a good teammate and have time management skills,” she says. “Having this knowledge has significantly helped me achieve in my sport.”

While the High Performance Sports program provides girls the opportunity to enhance their athletic abilities, Seymour College says they are conscious of not specialising in one area. Instead, the school understands that the key to a well-rounded education is nurturing individual capability and confidence in each field – whether it’s in sport, academics or performing arts – and celebrating the overall success of students. This has seen Seymour achieve high-level ATAR results annually, aligning with the College’s idea that success is a derivative of ‘strength, justice and optimism’.

“It’s our job to give students opportunities and pathways to reach high places,” Angela says. “At Seymour, we’re preparing the girls for the future and this program is helping them in leadership and resilience.”

Seymour College
546 Portrush Road, Glen Osmond
08 8303 9000

Shop + Stay at Mayfair Hotel

Need a reason to shop? Then this is quite possibly the best excuse ever…

It’s is the ultimate weekend (or weekday!) indulgence – guilt-free shopping, fine food and wine, and a night of luxury at the Mayfair Hotel, one of Adelaide’s most sought-after premier hotels.

Spend the day shopping up a storm in Rundle Mall before retreating to the comfort and luxury of the elegant Mayfair Hotel, thanks to this too-good-to-miss Shop + Stay experience. The tailor-made experience begins with a welcome glass of South Australian sparkling on arrival. Drop your bags off in one of the Mayfair’s Deluxe King Rooms and then head to the long list of fashion boutiques in nearby Rundle Mall to spend your $100 shopping voucher (one voucher per room), which is included as part of the package.

You’ll also enjoy complimentary parking and a delicious breakfast for two in the Mayflower Restaurant. Luxurious and indulgent, without the post-shop guilt (thanks to your bonus shopping dollars!) this bespoke Mayfair experience makes for the perfect couple’s retreat or girls’ weekend getaway!

Not available with any other offer. Subject to availability. Additional enhancements available upon requests. Blackout dates may apply.  

Mayfair Hotel
45 King William Street, Adelaide
08 8210 8888

25 Percent Off Dermaplaning and HydraFacial

Dewy, radiant skin is this season’s best accessory – and, to achieve the glowing look we’re all lusting over, it’s time to re-invest in our skincare routine. Dermaplaning and Hydrafacials are a great way to smooth skin texture and boost natural beauty, leaving you confident and fresh-faced.

The professionals at skin care clinic Laser Hair Removal at the Bay and on Unley, are experts at delivering high-quality, non-invasive treatments in a safe environment. Both the Glenelg and Parkside clinics use only medical-grade equipment and employ registered nurses to perform treatments like dermaplaning, HydraFacials and laser hair removal.

This spring, we’re putting our best face forward with the help of Laser Hair Removal at the Bay and on Unley. Until October 31, new clients of Laser Hair Removal at the Bay and on Unley can receive 25 percent off their first dermaplaning or HydraFacial treatments when they use code SASTYLE. Call 08 8295 7070 to book.

What is dermaplaning? 

Dermaplaning is an exfoliation treatment and procedure that smoothens, tightens and brightens your skin complexion, removing dry skin and rough texture from your face. During the treatment, a sterile surgical blade gently removes the top layer of skin, shaving away dead skin cells and the dreaded ‘peach fuzz’. It’s recommended clients receive dermaplaning monthly.

Who should have it?

Dermaplaning is effective for those who have acne scarring, an uneven skin tone or experience dry skin. It’s also believed to help aging skin as it helps remove the build-up of dead skin cells, which increase with age.

What to expect 

Dermaplaning takes less than 45 minutes to complete and is a painless treatment. A combination of deep cleansing, dermaplaning exfoliation and a post-treatment enzyme peel is used to remove remaining dead skin cells. Dermaplaning is available at both the Glenelg and Unley clinics and costs $150.

What is a HydraFacial? 

A HydraFacial is the best gift you can give your skin, the treatment is a unique, non-invasive facial that boosts your beauty instantly. The treatment cleanses, exfoliates and hydrates through a patented spiral tip that clears pores and releases serums co-currently through a painless suction. A HydraFacial delivers a vortex fusion of antioxidants, peptides and hyaluronic acid performed on the face, neck or décolletage.

Who should have it? 

A HydraFacial doesn’t discriminate – with the treatment perfect for all skin types, textures and ages. Whether you want to address fine lines, sagging skin, enlarged pores, texture troubles or vibrancy, HydraFacial targets all areas of concern with its nifty all-in-one approach. 

What to expect

A HydraFacial takes less than an hour, and the results are immediate. Leave the skincare clinic feeling your best, with the treatment easy to squeeze into any busy schedule. It’s recommended clients receive a HydraFacial once a month. The treatment feels like a cool brush moving across your skin, with results sometimes lasting over seven days. HydraFacials are only on offer at the Glenelg clinic.

Face – $170
Face + Neck – $195
Face + Neck + Decolletage – $220

LHR At the Bay is open every Tuesday to Friday for appointments and every second Saturday. Shop 1/61 Tapleys Hill Road, Glenelg North, call 08 8295 7070 to book.

LHR At the Bay is open every Tuesday to Thursday for appointments and every second Saturday. Shop 16/13 Unley Road, Parkside, call 08 8295 7070 to book.

Find out more about LHR online here, and follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

Meet the Future Faces of Fashion

Meet the future faces of fashion: they’re bold, brave and breaking into South Australia’s industry with energy and style.

Now, perhaps more than ever before, the spotlight is set on emerging South Australian fashion talent. We’re producing some of the best in the country, with many landing career-starting internships and building their own successful brands post-graduation. Kick-starting the journey for many is the renowned Bachelor of Creative Arts (Fashion), which is an industry-focused degree delivered in partnership with TAFE SA and Flinders University.

The three-year course marries practical experience with the tools needed to succeed in fashion. Lessons in pattern making, garment construction and design are taught alongside marketing and fashion history classes, providing students with skills, opportunities and pathways into an industry that is often hard to crack.

We spoke to four recent graduates about their career ambitions, industry challenges and how their studies have shaped their entry into the fast-paced world of fashion


Describe your label in five words.

Flirty, quirky, artistic, colourful and bold.

What was the inspiration behind your graduate collection?

I saw a tutorial for pom poms on Pinterest and loved it – that’s when I knew I wanted to use them in my collection. The whole collection flowed from the pom poms, including the colour scheme, shapes and silhouettes.

How have your studies at TAFE SA prepared you for a career in the industry?

I loved the degree as I was surrounded by like-minded peers and lecturers who have worked in the industry. I hadn’t sewed much and didn’t know much about the industry when I started. Now I know there are so many other opportunities in fashion besides designing. The third year was my favourite as we could be as creative as we wanted yet always had the support of the lecturers. Since graduating, I’ve had a few lecturers help me with the launch of my brand.

How will you make your mark in the Australian fashion industry?

With love and lots of colour. I want my love of colour and print to be all over Australia.

How do you think emerging designers are overcoming obstacles in the fashion industry?

The fashion industry [has the potential]to be very isolating, but I’ve had the amazing opportunity of becoming a part of an initiative called The Fashion Est. The designers I share the space with are supportive and I love the little family we’ve become. We bounce ideas off each other and can always ask for advice.




Describe your label in five words.

Feminine, elegant, sophisticated, confident and alluring.

What was the inspiration behind your final graduate collection?

Citrus Sun was influenced by the Amalfi Coast. Lemon trees are found along the crystal blue coastline, which inspired me to paint the watercolour lemon floral print featured throughout my collection. My label, Zetii, is a resort wear brand reflecting warm summer days with modern-day romance.

What does the future of Australia’s fashion industry look like to you?

I would love to see the future of Australia’s fashion industry become less reliant on off-shore production. We have an incredible amount of talent in our country, and I hope Australia continues to develop and support its local fashion footprint.

How have your studies at TAFE SA prepared you for a career in the industry?

I didn’t have any experience with a sewing machine before my enrolment at TAFE SA. Pattern making was a crucial technique that we learned, and essential computer skills required for design are also a skill that I [now] use daily at my current workplace. I’m very grateful for my time at TAFE SA and Flinders University; [for me, it has] led to a Fashion Design Internship with Australian Fashion Group, Keepsake the Label.

Who would you credit as your biggest fashion inspiration?

Both of my grandmothers are my biggest fashion inspirations. They both worked at Hodders Furriers in the Adelaide Arcade in the 60s. My grandmas have always dressed with style and have incredible sewing skills. I think they undeniably influenced my interest in fashion.



Describe your label in five words.

Modern, timeless, sophisticated, imaginative and elegant.

What was the inspiration behind your graduate collection?

My graduate collection, La Fleur Éternelle (The Eternal Flower) Spring/Summer 22, was inspired by the florals from my garden. The collection centres around organic shape, dimension and movement, and finding a balance between imperfection and beauty.

Why did you decide on a career in fashion?

I was drawn to fashion as it is a way to build my confidence and express who I am. Working in fashion gives me the opportunity to help others feel empowered and beautiful, so they too can have the freedom to express their unique style, personality and beauty.

How have your studies at TAFE SA prepared you for a career in the industry?

TAFE SA has taught me everything I need for my fashion career – from the creative process of designing to the technical aspect of sewing and pattern making.

How do you plan to carve out your own niche in fashion?

I plan on getting as much experience as possible by working for other amazing designers and brands. After this, I plan on focusing on creating my own brand, starting locally and online.



Describe the style of your label in five words.

Cool, classic, modern, timeless and chic.

You’ve just graduated and have already been featured in Vanity Fair UK. How does it feel?

It was honestly so crazy to be featured in Vanity Fair UK. I had manifested featuring in a magazine for my fashion designs, and then they somehow stumbled upon me!

What was the inspiration behind your graduate collection?

I had designed a completely different collection at first but changed it all before the pattern making and sewing started. I’m glad I did! My idea was to design something cool, simple and timeless.

How have your studies at TAFE SA prepared you for a career in the industry?

The TAFE SA course was very hands on and being taught by lecturers who have worked in the industry was highly beneficial.

What does the future of Australia’s fashion industry look like to you?

I hope more fashion brands incorporate slow fashion, decrease landfill and reduce clothing production. The next generation is more conscious of climate change and slow fashion is becoming more mainstream.

How do you plan to carve out your niche in the Australian fashion industry?

With LIAN BY LIAN, I plan to keep my production numbers small – I don’t like the idea of overproducing. I’d also love to incorporate my Malaysian background into my designs.


Course Specs:

The dual-award course delivers the TAFE SA Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising [MST50119] co-currently with the Flinders University Bachelor of Creative Arts (Fashion).

Duration: Three years full-time
Prerequisites: None
Delivered: At the TAFE SA Adelaide City campus.
SATAC Code: 224901
Applications are now open for 2023.
To view the full range of fashion courses offered at TAFE SA visit