Everything you need to know about Domayne’s HUGE one-night sale!

This Thursday Domayne Bundall is hosting their annual ‘Domayne at Home’ event where for one night only, shoppers will be treated to store-wide discounts, canapés, drinks and style advice from two of Australia’s leading magazine editors.

This really is a shopping event like no other!

Along with store-wide discounts, shoppers will have the chance to win a massive 50 per cent off their purchase on the night.  One lucky person will also win a stunning getaway for two to the swanky Byron at Byron Resort and Spa.

And if that wasn’t enough reason to flick your Thursday night plans, then this will be.  Style enthusiasts will be able to learn from the best in the business with Vogue Australia’s editor-in-chief Edwina McCann and Vogue Living editor Rebecca Caratti on hand to chat all things fashion and home trends.

Edwina McCann, editor-in-chief of Vogue Australia (left) and Rebecca Caratti, editor of Vogue Living (right) will be on hand to give advice on the latest trends

Edwina McCann, editor-in-chief of Vogue Australia (left) and Rebecca Caratti, editor of Vogue Living (right) will be on hand to give advice on the latest trends

With more than 20 years’ experience in the luxury fashion market, Edwina is one of the most respected and highly regarded editors in Australia. What Edwina doesn’t know about fashion, simply isn’t worth knowing.  She has been the editor-in-chief of Vogue Australia since 2012 and earlier this year was appointed Editorial Director of the Conde Nast brands in Australia – encompassing Vogue, Vogue Living and GQ.

Rebecca has an equally impressive repertoire of experience in all things design, interiors architecture, lifestyle, travel, and entertaining.

Together, Rebecca and Edwina will share the latest fashion and home trends to come out of Milan and how these trends will transform home interiors and outdoor summer spaces in Australia.

Brenton Lawrence, former Australian rugby league footballer and now an ambassador for Tempur and the player Wellbeing Manager for the Gold Coast Titans, will also be making an appearance.

Fancy sipping drinks while you shop up a storm in true VIP style? Then make it a date at Domayne’s exclusive ‘Domayne at Home’ event this Thursday from 6 – 9.30pm.

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Why don’t we talk about loneliness?

Considering it’s so common, loneliness is not something we often discuss. It can conjure up images of an elderly person sitting alone and has unhelpful connotations of being unpopular. None of these come close to reality.

Feeling isolated can have nothing to do with your age, how many friends you have around you, or even how busy your social life is.

The more I’ve read to learn about depression the more loneliness crops up as a contributing factor. This makes sense when you consider that lack of connection in any form can be the beginning of feeling isolated. So, feelings of loneliness and lack of connection can precede depression and floundering mental health.

Being alone and being lonely isn’t the same thing. There’s a notable difference between loneliness that’s draining and upsetting compared to restorative, chosen solitude.

Writing for Psychology Today, Gretchen Rubin from The Happiness Project identifies seven types of loneliness:

  1. New-situation loneliness. Such as moving to a new city or starting a new job.
  2. I’m different loneliness. Confronting feelings of standing alone.
  3. Being single loneliness. Of course there’s nothing wrong with being single but some miss having an intimate attachment.
  4. No animal loneliness. Felt after losing a much-loved animal.
  5. No alone time loneliness. You may have lots of friends around you but don’t feel that close connection.
  6. Un-trustworthy loneliness. Sometimes in life you can start to doubt that your friends closest to you actually have your best intentions at heart.
  7. Quiet presence loneliness. This is why some people struggle to live alone – they prefer to have the quiet company of another human being around even if they’re not in the same room or talking.
  8. These are all worth thinking about if you have a feeling of loneliness that you just can’t shake.

It’s worth investing time in really trying to identify what the root cause of your loneliness is. What is really driving your feelings? Is your loneliness causing unhappiness? If so, that’s something to address as lingering loneliness is not good for our mental health.

Psychologists often say that feeling connected to others is a key part of happiness. In this respect, the old cliché is true, turning the spotlight away from yourself and giving to others can be really rewarding. Volunteering can tick several boxes because you’re filling a need within your own community and making connections at the same time. Double win!

If you’re used to spending a lot of time alone, and have a feeling that it’s no longer serving you well, you may need to remind yourself to make time for others if you need to until it becomes a habit.

Some people are naturally more sociable than others but you don’t have to swing from one extreme right over to the other. Little pockets of time with others can start to break down that wall. A quick chat with a neighbour on your morning walk or with the person who makes your coffee can chip away at feelings of isolation. You don’t have to suddenly cram your diary with events and late nights!

As with many things in life, being aware of loneliness can be the beginning of changing it. By its nature, loneliness can make people feel more negative or critical so they may push friends away rather than seeking them out. Even taking that on board can be the start of fixing it.

Good vibes and sunshine, The Village Markets is the place to be this Sunday

The Village Markets line-up is always on point – and this Sunday will be no exception.

Held on the first and third Sunday of each month at Burleigh Heads State School from 8:30am – 1pm, TVM is more than just a market, it’s a community of creative entrepreneurs… and you’re invited to come hang!

Equipped with coffee in one hand, market basket in the other – head along and discover the best line-up of boutique market stalls, street eats, live tunes and TVM’s pre-loved designer & vintage clothing rack sales.

Shopping can be tiresome, so once your basket is bursting with TVM finds grab a feed from a variety of gourmet street food stalls, pull up a picnic rug and soak up the winter sunshine, live tunes and good vibes!

The Village Markets PHOTO: Mel Pinn

Dogs are always welcome at TVM too – so bring your pooch and make a morning of it!

Editor’s Note: This article is for general information and entertainment, and is the expressed opinion of the author and not a paid advertisement. All details were correct at the time of publication. Be sure to check the currency of information directly with the venue/service in advance of any booking/purchase.

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Unleash your imagination with these creative workshops

The Gold Coast is jam-packed with fun workshops designed to feed your creative soul. So whether you’re looking to learn a new skill or re-ignite an existing one, unleash your imagination with these inspiring workshops.

The Craft Parlour | Pottery, Cake Decorating, Macramé, Kokedama, Resin Art – the list goes on!

When it comes to getting arty, The Craft Parlour in Palm Beach is Da Boss of creative workshops. Offering a plethora of possibilities including cake decorating, hand-lettering, pottery, macramé, kokedama, resin-art and more – the only thing left to do is grab a bestie or your boyfie (guys can get creative, too!) and book in. The hardest part will be choosing which workshop!

The Craft Parlour

The Craft Parlour PHOTO: By Melissa Pinn

Moss n Stone | Floristry

Budding florists will love Moss n Stone in Chirn Park, offering a series of fun workshops designed to equip flower fans with the basic concepts of floral design. Grab the gals and spend the afternoon crafting flower crowns, or for the hostess with the most-ess, a lesson in creating the perfect table centrepiece will wow the pants off guests at your next dinner party.

The Burleigh Common | Alcohol Inks

Relax, unwind and unleash your creativity at The Burleigh Common, a space designed to connect, create and inspire like-minded creatives. Settle in for 2 hours of exploration, uncovering the medium of alcohol inks. Be mesmerised as the inks blend and flow together and lose yourself in creating your own artwork to take home and proudly hang on your wall.

Salts Meat Cheese | Cooking

Unleash your inner chef at Salts Meat Cheese in Surfers Paradise, with hands-on pizza and pasta masterclasses. Strap on an apron and learn step-by-step how to craft the perfect dough or pasta from scratch, before enjoying your delicious creation with a well-earned glass of wine.

Brush & Barrel | Painting

Brush up and wine down at Brush & Barrel, a dedicated Sip N Paint studio in Surfers Paradise. Get a group together, or go solo and uncork your creative juices – paintbrush in one hand, wine in the other. Feel like you’re missing that creative gene? Don’t worry! No skill required – just BYO fun attitude and your favourite bottle of wine.

Artable | Painting

Grab a smock and channel your inner Picasso with Artable’s collection of painting workshops across the Gold Coast. Dabble in acrylics, get whimsical with watercolour or play with pastels with guidance from some of Australia’s best art teachers. All materials are supplied; all you need to is book, show up and let your inner artiste shine!

Artable

Artable’s creative studio PHOTO: By Melissa Pinn

Paradox Coffee Roasters | Coffee Making

If you’re a ‘life starts after coffee’ kind of person, Paradox Coffee Roasters in Surfers Paradise have workshops to feed your caffeine addiction. Step into The Paradox Lab and learn the art of making great coffee – from discovering roast levels, to flavour profiles and brew methods. Upon completion, you’ll be frothing milk like nobody’s business!

Clean Beauty Market | Make-up

Keen to spruce up your appearance or touch-up on make-up techniques? Clean Beauty Market in Nobby Beach offer relaxed workshops where you can learn about the best non-toxic natural beauty products and how to apply them like a pro! This hands-on 4-hour workshop is perfect for those wanting to make the switch from mainstream products to cleaner, cruelty-free alternatives.

Clean Beauty Market

Clean Beauty Market PHOTO: By Melissa Pinn

HOTA | Life Drawing

Embrace the opportunity to sketch nudes when HOTA throws open its doors for Life Drawing on the second Thursday of every month. Artists and wannabe artists are encouraged to come for the live music and stay for the life drawing, with the guidance of an experienced teacher in a relaxed and friendly environment. Doodling never looked so good!

Editor’s Note: This article is for general information and entertainment, and is the expressed opinion of the author and not a paid advertisement. Be sure to check current activities, prices, addresses, opening hours and contact information directly with the venue/service in advance of any booking/purchase.

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Learning to manage depression

Looking back, I think depression first kicked in for me as a teenager but I had no idea what it was then. For many years I stumbled along self-medicating and probably in denial. I didn’t know where to begin unravelling all the confusion that swam around inside my head, I didn’t want to tell anyone how dark my thoughts were and I didn’t know where to begin getting help.

I wish I had known then what I know now, it could have avoided years of heartache.

Now, I manage my depression. It’s medically defined as ‘clinical depression’ or ‘major depressive disorder’. It comes and goes. There are weeks or even months that pass and it doesn’t even cross my mind; I’m happy, focused and in-the-moment. But when it descends it makes everything difficult. I’ve now designed my life so that I can be kind to myself when carrying the fog rather than trying to pretend to the world that I’m ok.

Managing major depressive disorder can be incredibly hard work. It’s taken me many years to spot the signs of the fog descending and force myself to follow a self-care plan during those times.

Dark spells pass – and that in itself is one of the most important things to remember if you’re living with depression or someone close to you is.

There are days when I have no energy; I struggle to get out of bed. I have no interest in human connection. Those are days where I avoid people and turn to my dog for company!

It’s defined as being a “persistently depressed mood or loss of interest in activities, causing significant impairment in daily life”. That sounds about right.

Some people never have a bout of depression, some have it once in their life, and others manage it on an ongoing basis, as it’s a recurring theme so they proactively try to avoid crashes.

Once you have had one episode you are at a higher risk of having another.

It can occur from one generation to the next in families but that’s not always the case. It can also affect someone with no family history of the illness.

While depression is more commonly reported among women, men are less likely to seek help or even talk about their experiences.

What to look for:

  • Biological, psychological and social sources of distress.
  • Research suggests these factors may cause changes in brain function.
  • A persistent feeling of sadness that you just can’t shake.
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt.
  • Changes in sleep, appetite, energy level, concentration or thoughts of suicide.
  • Substance abuse can be a cause or a result of depression.
  • Life triggers can often be around loss. So, losing a job, a loved one, divorce or separation for example or loneliness. Also major life changes such as retirement or job change.

What to do:

  • Go to see your GP.
  • Your GP will help you understand what’s causing your altered brain activity.
  • Your GP may suggest medication, therapy or both.
  • Many people are hesitant about taking medication. It’s a personal choice. There is growing research that suggests taking medication can actually normalise brain changes that can be experienced with depression.
  • There’s no blood test or x-ray. Your doctor may however, run blood tests to help detect any other medical problems that they want to rule out before diagnosis (such as thyroid issues that can cause some similar problems).