Lifestyle & Leisure

Suzette Cassie launched Dermalogica in Australia 20 years ago – and has taken it to number one!

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In the era of botox, fillers, peels, lifts, implants, laser and other invasive therapies, Suzette Cassie faces considerable challenges at the Australian helm of skincare brand, Dermalogica.  (Today’s AFR Weekend – my “Enterprising Women” column – 31 May 2014) As Suzette says, Dermalogica products are for external use only, and…

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Gravity Co-working – the office alternative to get a toe-hold at the big end of town – launched by Jacqui Esdaile

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Jacqui Esdaile spotted a gap in the market for small companies needing a premium office space in the CBD, and set about creating a business to fill that gap. Her GravityCoworking venture provides quality serviced corporate office space, using a membership model where a start-up or emerging business can pay…

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Just William delivers the small pieces of luxury and indulgence – Suzanne Francis is the well-loved chocolatier

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It’s a little shop of happiness tucked away on a small side street in Sydney’s Paddington – and Suzanne Francis has been selling gorgeous chocolates from there for 30 years.  (Her story today – AFR Weekend – Enterprising Women 10 May 2014) Just William is the name of her “hole…

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Key points from the Fulworks Q+A speaker event, 6 May 2014, Sydney: “Family Business or business family – collaborations for commercial success”

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At Fulworks, we aim to bring together enterprising and entertaining Australians who share their personal and business insights and experiences with a broader audience.  It helps all of us consider other alternatives and options in our daily lives – the lessons without the textbooks. On Tuesday 6 May, we gathered…

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How Daniella Ehrlich, an opera cat, finds her core business by mixing arias with pilates

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It was a triumphant conclusion to a Fulworks Q&A event – Daniella Ehrlich brought the house down with a stirring rendition of the rousing “Habanera” aria from the Bizet opera (1875) Carmen – “L’amour est un oiseau rebelle” – (love is a rebellious bird).  (Full performance on my home page). Daniella…

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A model of sustainability with re-usable, re-purposed waste – Natalie Coulter a true urban pioneer and explorer

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Natalie Coulter has a message for us all, and her once lone voice is being heard by an ever-expanding audience.  She describes herself as an activist – in a gentle way – who uses repurposed rubbish to create brilliant window displays, installations, styling and events with a view to raising…

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Let them eat cupcakes! Daniella Boutros of Buttercreme Lane making the world a sweeter place.

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It is the product that lasts a lifetime, as the centrepiece of celebrations.  Imagine a party, a wedding, a special family occasion without a cake?  Everyone gathers, the photo is taken, and the image can be kept forever. That is what drives Daniella Boutros in her pursuit of making the…

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Bag ladies doing it for themselves with flair and affordability – meet the Pratten sisters

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Of course, Justine and Monique Pratten are not your typical bag ladies. They launched a business selling an affordable range of handbags, wallets and purses in eel skin or PVC – you’ll find them in retailers all over Australia, New Zealand and Singapore or at www.pratten.com.au. The coolest bag, I…

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Hey style sisters! Stylerunner.com putting Julie and Sali Stevanja ahead of the pack in activewear

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When it comes to being on trend and fashionable in fitness, the Stevanja sisters are on the money.  They spotted that we’re all into activewear these days and took a chance at building an online store, Stylerunner.com, to sell quality gear for people who want fashion as well as function….

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Lisa Roet – the marvellous Melbourne artist who found new inspiration after life-changing heart surgery

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We know it is the constant challenge for the creative writers, artists or musicians – where to find inspiration for their next body of work. Hard to believe that the acclaimed Melbourne artist, Lisa Roet, found hers in an aorta transplant!  As she tells me today (AFR Weekend – Enterprising…

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