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Ever heard of The Body Shop at Home? It’s basically like a Tupperware party but with products from the Body Shop. A friend of mine is a seller and invited me to have a party at my place. I’m usually not a fan of these sorts of things, either because the products are too expensive (e.g. $30 for a lunch box) or they aren’t something I want to purchase in front of family and friends (e.g. lingerie).  Then there’s the overwhelming obligation to purchase something – even if I pick the cheapest thing, I’m normally out $20+. And it always ends up being something useless like a rolling pin.

Anyway, I decided to go ahead with the party and invited a heap of friends around for lunch. I also told them that there was no need to buy anything if they didn’t want to – I had a few things on my personal shopping list but was willing to pay full price for them. The party started with an icebreaker game where names were pulled out of a hat, prizes were handed out, then they were stolen from each other as more and more names were drawn out of a hat. After that, we broke into two groups and took turns doing hand spas, trialling a range of different soaks, scrubs and moisturisers. While this was happening, a selection of products were laid out for everyone to try and experiment with at their own leisure, without the sales pressure that normally comes with visiting a Body Shop store.

The ordering process was quite easy – there were a heap of catalogues and order pads scattered around the room. Orders were delivered within the week so it was great for everyone trying to finish off their Christmas shopping before the silly season well and truly starts.

The benefits of being a host are amazing and make hosting a party truly worthwhile. A mixture of free product, half price product and discount product allowed me to get everything in the photo above for around $100 (retail value of over $240). It was a great opportunity for me to stock up on everyday items and try a few new things for little cost.

The items I chose were:

Peach Body Butter $27.95

Cranberry Joy Body Butter $27.95

Earth Lovers Cucumber & Mint Shower Gel $14.95

Fruity Butter Trio $31.95

Spa Wisdom Africa Shea Butter & Sesame Oil Body Balm $38.95

Fuzzy Peach Bath and Shower Gel $12.95

Mango Body Scrub $27.95

Pink Grapefruit Body Scrub $27.95

Sweet Lemon Body Scrub $27.95

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For party info:


Daylight savings has started and the nights are slowly getting warmer, which means it must be almost time for Moonlight Cinema to start again, right? Going to an open-air cinema is one of my favourite things to do in summer – it’s the perfect excuse to catch up with friends in a relaxing, scenic environment. While The Rooftop in Swanston Street is a popular choice for the latest and greatest films, I prefer Moonlight Cinema for the scenery – it’s located in the perfectly picturesque Royal Botanical Gardens, complete with the infamous bats swinging in the treetops overhead!

Where is it?

Royal Botanical Gardens, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne (Melways reference 2G A12)

Accessible by car or public transport (catch the number 8 tram from the city and get off at Park Street).

How much does it cost?

$18 for adults, $16 concession, or $11 if you join the Movie Club.

What movies do they show?

A mixture of old and cult classics as well as the latest releases.

My picks? Grease for a good ol’ fashioned sing-along, Toy Story 3 for the nieces and nephews, Top Gun to please your man or The Town for action, suspense and the gorgeous Ben Affleck!

You can view the full 2010/2011 program here: 

What time does the movie start?

As soon as the sun goes down.

My tips for a great night at the movies:

  • Get there at least an hour before the movie starts so that you can get a good possie on the grass. The idea is to set up camp early and enjoy some drinks and nibbles with friends before sundown.
  • Save time by pre-booking your tickets online at
  • Hire the beanbag – if you want to be comfortable, it’s the best $7 you will ever spend!
  • Bring snacks and drinks (yes, you can BYO alcohol!) or money if you’d rather buy from the venue, insect repellant, a picnic rug and a blanket.

The 2010/2011 season commences on Thursday 16 December – visit for more information.

Spring Racing Look from Witchery

Posted: October 20, 2010 in Events, Fashion
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I headed out to Caulfield two weekends ago for the beginning of a Melbourne institution – the Spring Racing Carnival. We were blessed with gorgeous weather – 22 and fine – so a sundress was an absolute must. I picked up the majority of my outfit from Witchery:

Silk Drape Front Tank Dress – $189.95

Sofia Pin Stripe Sunnies – $29.95 (on sale)

Rachel High Heel Platforms – $169.95 

I went out at lunchtime in search of a purse, finding this cute cream ruffled clutch at Forever New for only $39.95…

…and my boss was kind enough to lend me this gorgeous fascinator!

TIP: If you’re anything like me, you have a wardrobe full of hats and fascinators, none of which you would consider wearing twice. Instead of purchasing yet another, why don’t you swap with a friend or colleague?

This year’s trackside trends were bright floral prints and bold block colour (very popular given the abundance of sunshine), as well as nude tones and draping (see below for Megan Gale’s take on nude – stunning!). Fascinators are still very much in vogue – the bigger and brighter, the better! – as are ladylike accessories such as lace gloves and pearl necklaces.

New to Spring Racing? Here’s a short list of my do’s and don’ts…


  • Bring a cover-up in case of cold weather – I recommend a tailored blazer.
  • Protect your feet! Wear comfortable shoes (wedges, heels with a platform), have plenty of bandaids on hand and pack a pair of flats for the walk back to the train station.
  • Wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water – a long day feels even worse when you have sunstroke!
  • Drink and gamble responsibly!