When it comes to winter warmth, merino wool has got you covered. Considered to be the world’s finest wool it's soft, drapes beautifully and is machine washable. What's not to love? I have a few merino wool sweaters that have…
Today I realised, after much self-reflection, that I have too much of a good thing in my life – coffee tables. In my small, two-bedroom apartment I have found myself with seven coffee tables. Admittedly I don’t drink much coffee,…
Deb Wilson is a Sydney-sider who loves food, cooking, eating out and reading cookbooks for pleasure. She is the mother of two grown sons and is still married to their father! She has been blogging on travel and food for some years now. Deb works full-time in the computer industry (as a writer) but spends most of her spare time in the kitchen cooking, or in front of a computer writing about food. When she's not travelling, that is.
Melisande Clarke has worked as a writer and section editor for many of Australia's leading magazines and newspapers, and international titles, including Cleo, Who Weekly, InStyle, The Australian Financial Review Magazine, Sunday Life (Sun Herald), Wish (The Australian newspaper), The Sydney Morning Herald, People (Time Inc New York) and Los Angeles magazine. Melisande was also Associate Producer for The Andrew Denton Breakfast Show (Triple M) and has written a book, The A-Z of Pregnancy and Childbirth (Text Publishing).
Nell Connor is a Sydney-based social worker, with a passion for homewares and all things beautiful. Nell spends most of her spare time shopping online, visiting unique independent stores, second hand shops, and when possible travelling the globe. Her never ending collection of second hand wares is forcing her to start considering home ownership. Until then she continues to indulge in her passions whenever her time and wallet permits.
Marilyn Mortlock is a Sydney based interior designer who began her design firm Thirdman Design in 2001with exhibition, hospitality, commercial and residential design commissions. Previous experience as a photographer and metalsmith give inspiration to her designs. She is currently developing a fabric range based on original artworks.
Josephine Brouard began her career as a newspaper and television journalist in South Africa where she covered crime, politics and current affairs. She also had a stint as Fashion Editor of South Africa’s biggest daily newspaper, The Star. She subsequently migrated to Australia where she graduated from Cleo celebrity interviews to editorship of New Woman and later Pink Ribbon magazine. Since going freelance, she has written the business tome, Chief Executives Unplugged, (EOWA, 2002) and the best-selling travel memoir, Monsoon Rains and Icicle Drops (Murdoch, 2006).
Megan has worked in the fashion industry for over 25 years. As a National Sales/Marketing Manager she has represented everything from swimwear to designer labels. Her strength has always been her ability to build down-to-earth relationship between manufacturers and retailers. Megan loves Australian fashion and is an enthusiastic promoter of home grown talent and businesses.
Bernadette Ni Beirne
Bernadette Ní Beirné has spent most of her life writing in one capacity or another, mostly in and around the groves of academe. In between times (and sometimes concurrently) she has sashayed forth into worlds outside the supposedly ivory tower, at various times keeping body and soul together by working as a go-go dancer at the Cavern; cook on a prawn boat; labourer on a flower farm; proof-reader/editor of academic theses and academic journal articles; production line worker on the night shift in a pharmaceuticals factory; a musician; market researcher; and, to her own bemused astonishment, as a public servant. She is a qualified dog obedience instructor and in her spare time regularly teaches obedience classes. While this list is far from exhaustive, it’s fair to say that she has been many things, but bored isn’t one of them.
Isobel Green is a Sydney-based graphic artist who loves food, travel and craft. Always eager to experiment in the kitchen, she has been inspired by alternative cooking, including vegan and gluten-free baking. With her recent acquisition of a Kitchen Aid Mixer, you will usually find her in the kitchen, whipping up a batch of gluten-free muffins or making her never-fail vegan chocolate cake. More than a one trick pony, Isobel also enjoys sewing and crochet and has several creative ventures on the go at any one time. Look out for some of Isobel’s latest cooking and craft projects on the pages of Bellaloopa.