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  • We Saw Captain America: Civil War Early!

    by Claire Low | Apr 29, 2016
    Since Captain America: Civil War is in cinemas today (28 April), we thought we’d share our random thoughts from last night’s super-exclusive screening (there were comic books on the seats, you guys!). Warning: spoilers ahead…
     
    1. Watching ScarJo’s Black Widow in butt-kicking mode is always epic, but why can’t female superheroes ever tie back their hair? OK, the reason’s pretty obvi, but come on, as if the Black Widow wouldn’t have an elastic on her wrist for this occasion.
     
    2. Yeah, sure Thor: Ragnarok is coming next year but that’s a looooong time to get a Thor fix, y’know. ~waits patiently for the hotness~
     
    3. What’s up with the way superheroes can take their masks off and look nice and fresh, even if they’ve been in an intense physical fight up until then? Like Black Panther takes off his mask and Chadwick Boseman’s looking all fantastic. He’s not even out of breath. Is this one of the many benefits of being a superhero? Anti-perspirant powers?
     
    4. Scarlet Witch is a babe, tho. Massive babe. Wardrobe also on-point.
     
    5. Watching Vision flirt with her is suuuuper cute. Who could fail to love a bright red super being with a posh voice?
     
    6. How adorable is fetus Tony Stark?
     
    7. How come Marisa Tomei still looks like that? She’s 51! #dayyyyuummm
     
    8. Epic battle scene is epic… but Hawkeye? Nah, bro. Katniss did it better.

     


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  • The Most Zen Thing You'll Ever Do

    by Sarah Tarca, Editor | Dec 11, 2015


    I may not be in high school any more, but I remember year 12 VERY clearly. Mostly because it was the most stressful year of my life. That epic last month of exams/crying/exams/ freaking out/more crying? Not keen to relive it.  Of course the pressure was entirely self-imposed, but it didn’t matter, or stop the tears. So when I finally came out of the fog that was high school, I didn’t want to go mental and party at schoolies. I didn’t want to be surrounded by a million people I didn’t know or like – I wanted a break. I wanted time out to sort my head out, and be still a while… and I wanted to do it with my mum or my bestie, who I hadn’t seen in like six months on account of my srs relationship with my text books. 


     
    So that’s why, at the end of this school year, I finally took the trip I wanted to take all those years ago. As I was finishing the year of working at GF, I flew to Bali and stayed at Bliss Sanctuary Spa for Women. OK, so they’re not kidding with the ‘bliss’ in the title. It was legit one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. And, even though an OS holiday might seem an exxy thing to pitch to Mum, not only is this totally affordable, it’s worth every cent – and she’ll love it. Trust me on that part. I came home, and everyone was all like “You look SOOOO well”.  I was one of those glowy holiday people that you kinda hate for looking so amazing and refreshed. Anyway, since I came back a ~changed woman~ I thought I’d tell you my top 5 reasons you need to do this trip.  


     
    1. The chill factor
    Bali itself can be pretty hectic, but they call this a sanctuary for a reason. When you walk through the door, you’re greeted by the amazing hostesses and feel instantly calm. There’s a definite feeling that this is how you should always feel. So what if you want to lie by the pool all day? You totally can, and that’s OK. 
     
    2. The lush “dream life” factor
    This is not a drill: each day you get a massage or facial, or treatment of your choice (included in your stay). Every.single.day. And not only that, your days are organised for you by the lovely hostesses, so all you need to think about is what time you want a massage and if you want to go to the beach or pool – or both. Oh yeah, and also the food is made for you and it’s just the most delicious thing ever. 
     
    3. The yoga factor 
    OK, so I’d only done yoga a couple of times before I got to Bali and I didn’t think I’d be very into it… but I’m a serious convert. You can do yoga daily (for free) here at a gorgeous resort called Desa Seni. It’s like doing yoga is paradise. You can’t help but love it. Also, if you’re wanting to rebalance the heart/mind/ body this is where you need to start. 
     
    4. The balance factor
    Speaking of balance, this was one of the main reasons I wanted to go on this trip. After a year of crazy I wanted to just chill and find the illusive zen. So, when I found out that you can see some ‘healers’ at the sanctuary I was THERE. First up I went to the traditional Balinese healer – Sami, who was there to sort out my physical issues. He talked a lot about balancing masculine and feminine energy (Yin and Yang) and how to achieve that balance by the food and drink you consume. Next, I saw Henry, who did colour puncture therapy (dw, there’s no actual ‘puncturung’ involved). He used colour and crystals to unblock any issues either emotional or physical. It was kinda amazing I have to say and the next day I felt so much lighter, and – you guessed it – balanced. 
     
    5. The bonding factor
    Hands down the best part of this trip was actually the people I met. Although the sanctuary is only small, everyone there was looking for the same calm and balance as me. I went there to have some ~quality~ time with my bestie (which of course I had oodles of) but I came out with new friends. Each night we ate together and there were girls from all over the world coming together. It was just incredible.  
     
    So yeah. Jealous yet? I mean I’m a little jealous of myself even re-reading this. So if you’re in need of that calm again after the epic year, I’d maybe show this little blog to mum with a winky face. 


    Images: Sarah Tarca
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  • Do you give a brick?!

    by Laura, Features and Entertainment Editor | Dec 23, 2014
    How many of you have ever shopped at Cotton On? Don’t tell me – I know, it’s HEAPS, right? 

    Well, in addition to their very cool clothes, and very well priced PJs, they have a charity – it’s called Cotton On Foundation. They’ve spent the last decade working in Southern Uganda and their current mission is to provide 20,000 kids with education by 2020. Sounds totally impossible to us, but these guys are, like, extremely good at their jobs. They’ve got a campaign running in November and December called I Give A Brick, and it’s super easy to get amongst and we’re on the home stretch and IT’S CHRISTMAS so come onnnnnnn guys. 

     

    cotton-on foundation


    Basically, you can share the hashtag on social media (check out the Insta tags to see what your fellow humans have been doing), or you can pick up a delightful little treat in-store (or online at cottonon.com - just follow the links to the Foundation page). I can personally recommend the sour watermelon mints – which were a great crowd-pleaser at the GF Christmas Party this year – and the sweet as sugar, hand-made jewellery. Who doesn’t need more fluoro pink pom-poms in their life? NO-ONE, that’s who. Pom-poms for President! 

     

    cotton-on foundation


    There are also some really neat little friendship bands that cost… wait for it… two dollars. All this money raised goes into a big jar (well, not literally) and the COF are hoping they can make it to one million buckos. That figure seems ‘uuuuuge, but it’s just enough to build a really great school in the town of Nubbunga, complete with 10 classrooms, a staff room, teacher’s housing for 5 people, a playfield, a kitchen, two offices, toilets, a veggie garden, access to clean water, 2 meals a day for all students, and areas for cows, pigs and chickens. YEP, ALL THAT. Pretty amazing, huh? As COF very excellently put it, “We are not just building a school, we are building a future for an entire community.” 

    I totally get that sometimes you do not want to haul your butt out of bed and sit through double history and study for exams, but these very special people would do anything for that chance. It makes you realize how blessed we actually are. So in the spirit of being an absolute legend, and Christmas and that, give the gift that keeps on giving this festive season and spread the love a little further. 
     
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  • Do you give a brick?!

    by Laura, Features and Entertainment Editor | Dec 22, 2014
    How many of you have ever shopped at Cotton On? Don’t tell me – I know, it’s HEAPS, right? 

    Well, in addition to their very cool clothes, and very well priced PJs, they have a charity – it’s called Cotton On Foundation. They’ve spent the last decade working in Southern Uganda and their current mission is to provide 20,000 kids with education by 2020. Sounds totally impossible to us, but these guys are, like, extremely good at their jobs. They’ve got a campaign running in November and December called I Give A Brick, and it’s super easy to get amongst and we’re on the home stretch and IT’S CHRISTMAS so come onnnnnnn guys. 

     

    cotton-on foundation


    Basically, you can share the hashtag on social media (check out the Insta tags to see what your fellow humans have been doing), or you can pick up a delightful little treat in-store (or online at cottonon.com - just follow the links to the Foundation page). I can personally recommend the sour watermelon mints – which were a great crowd-pleaser at the GF Christmas Party this year – and the sweet as sugar, hand-made jewellery. Who doesn’t need more fluoro pink pom-poms in their life? NO-ONE, that’s who. Pom-poms for President! 

     

    cotton-on foundation


    There are also some really neat little friendship bands that cost… wait for it… two dollars. All this money raised goes into a big jar (well, not literally) and the COF are hoping they can make it to one million buckos. That figure seems ‘uuuuuge, but it’s just enough to build a really great school in the town of Nubbunga, complete with 10 classrooms, a staff room, teacher’s housing for 5 people, a playfield, a kitchen, two offices, toilets, a veggie garden, access to clean water, 2 meals a day for all students, and areas for cows, pigs and chickens. YEP, ALL THAT. Pretty amazing, huh? As COF very excellently put it, “We are not just building a school, we are building a future for an entire community.” 

    I totally get that sometimes you do not want to haul your butt out of bed and sit through double history and study for exams, but these very special people would do anything for that chance. It makes you realize how blessed we actually are. So in the spirit of being an absolute legend, and Christmas and that, give the gift that keeps on giving this festive season and spread the love a little further. 
     
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  • Do you give a brick?!

    by Laura, Features and Entertainment Editor | Dec 22, 2014
    How many of you have ever shopped at Cotton On? Don’t tell me – I know, it’s HEAPS, right? 

    Well, in addition to their very cool clothes, and very well priced PJs, they have a charity – it’s called Cotton On Foundation. They’ve spent the last decade working in Southern Uganda and their current mission is to provide 20,000 kids with education by 2020. Sounds totally impossible to us, but these guys are, like, extremely good at their jobs. They’ve got a campaign running in November and December called I Give A Brick, and it’s super easy to get amongst and we’re on the home stretch and IT’S CHRISTMAS so come onnnnnnn guys. 

     

    cotton-on foundation


    Basically, you can share the hashtag on social media (check out the Insta tags to see what your fellow humans have been doing), or you can pick up a delightful little treat in-store (or online at cottonon.com - just follow the links to the Foundation page). I can personally recommend the sour watermelon mints – which were a great crowd-pleaser at the GF Christmas Party this year – and the sweet as sugar, hand-made jewellery. Who doesn’t need more fluoro pink pom-poms in their life? NO-ONE, that’s who. Pom-poms for President! 

     

    cotton-on foundation


    There are also some really neat little friendship bands that cost… wait for it… two dollars. All this money raised goes into a big jar (well, not literally) and the COF are hoping they can make it to one million buckos. That figure seems ‘uuuuuge, but it’s just enough to build a really great school in the town of Nubbunga, complete with 10 classrooms, a staff room, teacher’s housing for 5 people, a playfield, a kitchen, two offices, toilets, a veggie garden, access to clean water, 2 meals a day for all students, and areas for cows, pigs and chickens. YEP, ALL THAT. Pretty amazing, huh? As COF very excellently put it, “We are not just building a school, we are building a future for an entire community.” 

    I totally get that sometimes you do not want to haul your butt out of bed and sit through double history and study for exams, but these very special people would do anything for that chance. It makes you realize how blessed we actually are. So in the spirit of being an absolute legend, and Christmas and that, give the gift that keeps on giving this festive season and spread the love a little further. 
     
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