What is Entertaining? Entertaining can be as simple as a platter of cheese and dips.

What is ‘Entertaining’?

Entertaining is a general term which covers all types of activity of inviting people into your home or hosting large events at a restaurant or event facility. You are entertaining when you ask a neighbour in for coffee, as well as when you invite a large number of people for a business lunch or dinner. The common denominator is the time and effort spent in creating a connection with others, regardless of ...

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A Timeless Look. The key is always to keep your look fresh, updated and understated.

A Timeless Look

One of the first steps to achieving a timeless, elegant style is to pay attention to your personal grooming. To be perfectly honest, it is absolutely impossible for someone to exude elegance without being immaculately groomed. So where do we start? At the very least, you must have a clean face, neat and presentable nails, and most importantly, you need to smell fresh. What I mean by fresh is having showered and not reeking ...

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Fashionable Paris at Christian Dior

Fashionable Paris

As you know if you’ve watched the episodes of Sex and the City where Carrie drools over the Eiffel Tower much to the disdain of her lover’s daughter, I never did like Petrovski. Paris is after all, not only historical but also a fashion lovers paradise. For inspiration, book tickets online for a visit to the Musée Yves Saint Laurent for a lesson in chic. Now you can mortgage your house ...

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Country Cottage Luxury at Wishbone

Country Cottage Luxury

If you’ve watched The Holiday more times than you care to admit, you’re either heading for the gorgeous house in LA or hankering after the perfect romantic getaway in a picture postcard English village. If your search for “country cottage” on Google has brought up numerous properties that Laura Ashley has thrown up the décor or were interior designed by Helen Keller in the 1950’s you may have given up on ...

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Paris for the day. Bonjour Musée Rodin, Paris.

Paris for the Day

Trips to London can often be tiring, especially when coming from the southern hemisphere, so all the checking in and out of hotels with a big suitcase doesn’t always make for joyous travel experiences. Paris is only 2 hours and 10 minutes away on the Eurostar, which makes it just as perfect and a shorter ride than going to Bath, for instance. It is essential to book in advance and do yourself ...

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Your Estate Awaits. Cliveden House, UK

Your Estate Awaits

If you’ve been watching The Crown, you’ll know that Her Majesty the Queen is at heart a country woman, but an invite to Balmoral or Sandringham is possibly not en route to your post box. If you’ve taken in every moment of Downton Abbey and have thoughts of spending a week at Highgrove, also not possible. So where to go to really get the experience of being in a grand country house ...

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Making the Right Impression. First impressions are lasting impressions.

Making the Right Impression

First impressions are lasting impressions and social skills play a key role during that very first encounter. The purpose of discussing social skills is to provide you with guidelines about the how, what, where, when and why of social graces. In arming yourself with the necessary knowledge, you develop greater self-confidence, an increased sense of security and minimise any sense of awkwardness. Times are tough and yet there is an incredible energy and ...

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The Art of Entertaining. Beautiful tablescape featuring a floral centrepiece.

The Art of Entertaining

In the majority of cultures, it is the ultimate point of acceptance to be invited into someone’s home. Entertaining is an important skill to master in life and provides the perfect stage to demonstrate a host’s genuine leadership abilities. Entertaining guests is about creating an experience where colours, lights, scents, flavours and sounds work together in perfect harmony to create joyful, unforgettable moments. The secret is to provide warmth with personality, in ...

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What is a Charmed Life?

It begins with knowing how much compassion, gratitude and energy truly matters in creating a beautiful life. It’s about embracing happiness, building enduring relationships and helping others. It’s bringing an updated sense of good social skills and flair into everything we do. It’s taking the time to be generous and thoughtful, despite the frenetic pace of the world we live in. In other words, it’s all about being gracious. It’s all about turning our backs ...

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Hamilton Island Sojourn. Heavenly Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands, Australia

Hamilton Island Sojourn

Hamilton Island has become the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Whitsunday Islands and it certainly didn’t disappoint.  The island reflects a stylish harmony of nature in well-appointed accommodation set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Coral Sea. A Whitehaven sojourn to one of the world’s most spectacular beaches is an absolute must.  Exquisite in every way, put simply it’s heaven on a stick!   While some beaches may boast softer granules ...

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