• cass

    She was diagnosed with brain cancer when she was 16.

            By CASS NASCIMENTO My name’s Cass Nascimento. I’m 19 years old and have been struggling with brain cancer for the past three years. I was first diagnosed when I was 16, I had been having crippling headaches, nausea, double vision, and I had gone to the hospital with a letter from [read more]

  • Screen Shot 2013-10-20 at 9.50.04 AM

    The $5 secret to getting Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s hair.

          by NICKY CHAMP BREAKING NEWS: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have divulged their hair secrets. Stop what you’re doing and… oh, wait you’re already reading this… carry on then, because this is going to be life-changing. The 27-year-old twins always nail that effortless just-rolled-out-of-bed boho chic look that if us mere mortals attempted [read more]

  • Geraldine Cox

    This woman is a ‘mum’ to over 400 kids.

        By SIMONE HEYDON Geraldine Cox was in her early 20s she found out she couldn’t have children. Her fiancé promptly and ignominiously dumped her, so she embarked on a worldwide journey with the Department of Foreign Affairs. Cambodia was her first posting in 1970 and it made a huge impression on her. After [read more]

  • fitness

    You’ve never really exercised but want to start. So now what?

            By NATALIA HAWK So you want to take up yoga but you have literally no idea what to do. And you’re a bit nervous about going to a class, because you don’t know what to expect and what if all the other people are all professionals and they laugh at you [read more]

  • diet plate

    Ordering the vegetarian meal? There’s more animal blood on your hands.

    By MIKE ARCHER The ethics of eating red meat have been grilled recently by critics who question its consequences for environmental health and animal welfare. But if you want to minimise animal suffering and promote more sustainable agriculture, adopting a vegetarian diet might be the worst possible thing you could do. Renowned ethicist Peter Singer [read more]

  • Alex Lilly

    ‘I’m 20 years old and I’d let my parents arrange my marriage.’

          By ALEX LILLY I’d let my parents arrange my marriage. Wait. Although my mum’s side of the family is Indian and arranged marriages have happened within my extended family, I’m not talking about that kind of ‘arranged’, the one that involves a 12 year-old girl being whisked off to somewhere like India [read more]

  • Books

    The book we can’t stop talking about.

          By REBECCA SPARROW “Oh my God, you HAVE to read this book.” It’s been a while since I’ve uttered those words. Partly because I don’t read as many books as I used to. (Assuming we’re not counting Where Is The Green Sheep? which I read oh, about 300 million times a day. [read more]

  • Lucy Ormonde

    Challenge: I’m going to drink a little less vino, and walk more every day.

      By LUCY ORMONDE We had a dog when I was growing up. Cool story, I know. Her name was Molly and she was a border collie x kelpie which (if you’re not a dog person) is kind of dog that needs constant exercise. If Molly was kept inside for too long she’d go a [read more]

  • Screen Shot 2013-10-20 at 1.02.27 PM

    Sunday’s news in under 2 minutes.

              1. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has revealed the first instalment of the government’s new education scheme, confirming that he wants to make public schools “independent”. According to News Corp the plan, which is set to begin in 2014, would see principals and parents in charge of schools, making them more [read more]

  • Screen Shot 2013-10-19 at 8.11.19 PM

    Spring Racing Fashion: 2013 Caulfield Cup.

      It’s official, the Spring Racing festival has kicked off for 2013 and today’s race, The Caulfield Cup, is one of Australia’s richest Thoroughbred horse races and the richest of its type in the world. But enough about horses, it’s the frocks we’re really interested in. Take a look though what the VIPs and celebrities [read more]

  • gwyneth-overlay

    Bumper Fluff: Which mag is Gwyneth Paltrow boycotting?

    1. Bingle-ton is offish!  Sam Worthington has made it official. He and Lara Bingle are ON. First came this photo off his personal Instagram account: Then came his confession to Fitzy and Wippa that he has met a ‘lovely, lovely girl who he was extremely grateful to have in his life.” (He is talking about [read more]

  • The earth is changing. And it’s harming the places and the animals we love.

    1 Million Women: The Women Power Project.

          By TARA HUNT Did you know? If a million households saved 20% of the electricity they consume, it would remove the need for two small coal-fired power stations and save $240 million a year in energy bills. 1 Million Women is hosting a FREE WOMEN POWER SUMMIT in Sydney on the 30th of [read more]

  • This is Sarah... what's the first thing you notice about her?

    Dear World. “Please stop commenting on my weight.”

                I have spent my life trying to make myself smaller. Trying to make myself into something other than my weight. Throughout high school I had the unfortunate reality of occupying the locker under the school’s resident Mean Girl, which meant I spent much of my recess and lunch time [read more]

  • forprofiles

    The most candid online dating profile we have ever seen.

            A few weeks ago, we received an email from a woman named Cherie McKay. Cherie told us she recently divorced, a mum of four, and was interested in doing some writing. She sent us her dating profile as a way to get to know her. We replied and told Cherie her dating [read more]

  • asian-style-grilled-chicken

    5 quick dinners for summer weather.

      By ALANA HOUSE What’s with this weather!? Doing my weekly meal planning is so tricky when I don’t know whether we’re going to freeze or boil. It was so hot one night last week that I didn’t dare turn the oven on and bought sushi instead. So I’m hedging my bets with our family [read more]

  • health

    Where to find a healthy cafe breakfast in your city.

            By NATALIA HAWK It’s 9am on a Sunday, and you’re keen to go out for breakfast. A healthy breakfast. But your local cafe – just like every other cafe on the block – just has your standard breakfast fare on the menu. Eight different variations of bacon/eggs/sausages/hash browns/baked beans, toast with [read more]

  • sport

    This is why every football team should hire a female coach.

              Peta Searle is a 39-year-old mother of two. She’s an assistant school principal at a high school in Melbourne. And she’s also a woman who is kicking some ridiculous goals (no pun intended) in the world of Australian football. After a long career in women’s football, and an even longer [read more]

  • bushfires-news-overlay

    Saturday’s news in less than 2 minutes

          1. More than 80 bushfires are still burning across the state of NSW. A man in his sixties has been confirmed dead after staying back to defend his property at Munmorah, north of Sydney. It is currently estimated that over 200 properties have been destroyed, the majority in the state’s Blue Mountains. [read more]

  • The little girl. Image via Facebook.

    What would lead a mother to do this to her child?

        UPDATE: A mother who fed her daughter chemotherapy drugs in an attempt to harness sympathy from family and community members, was sentenced today in a QLD court. The woman, who cannot be named to protect her daughter’s identity, was sentenced to six years in jail and will be eligible for parole in April next year. [read more]

  • Kim Kardashian posted this on instagram with the caption #nofilter.

    Are you a mother or a porn star?

    By MIA FREEDMAN “I’m going to say this very calmly and very quietly – but if people don’t stop trying to make everything sexy, I will burn this planet. I will watch it burn to fine black ash, so help me God.” * These words aren’t mine. I wish they were. They belong to Caitlin [read more]

  • rosie waterland

    These very sad men started ‘fat shaming week’. But what happened next is brilliant.

    Last week, the internet proved once again how it can often be a horrid cesspool of awful, when the charming gentlemen at a sad, sad website kicked off their inaugural ‘Fat Shaming Week’. Basically, it was designed as a retaliation to body-love and fat-acceptance, movements which encourage people to love and respect themselves no matter [read more]

  • shorts

    BLOG: 19 pairs of shorts that aren’t super short denim cutoffs.

            Dear Nicky, where can I buy denim shorts that won’t show off my bum cheeks? Thanks, Melissa. Ah Melissa, you’ve nailed the number one issue facing women over the age of 25 today. Well, you know, aside from body image, politics, housing affordability, catfishing, avoiding dates like this and THIS, the cost [read more]

  • gold mansion

    Public service announcement: Do not marry this man.

    Introducing Don Milisav Juan Gonzales Brzi, a 39-year-old Serbian man who’s looking for love. And in order to find said love, he created an ad with some of the best home-decor photos we’ve ever seen.

  • kang

    A very different response to THAT photo of Maria Kang.

      My son and ex-husband tell me I’m an addict. I’ll admit … I once was. In my late teens and early 20’s I was completely obsessed with exercise. Now, I manage my addictive tendencies with daily vigilance. My battles weren’t pretty. I remember a day as a young mum, when I had two toddlers [read more]

  • Screen Shot 2013-10-18 at 11.06.42 AM

    Fluff: This poor journalist. This poor, poor journalist.

                1. Mexican journalist asks stupid/amazing question at press conference for George Clooney’s new film. So, there’s this film out at the moment called Gravity. It’s set in outer space. It has Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in it. And it’s pretty popular despite a couple of glaring scientific inaccuracies. [read more]

  • And this is exactly how Nicky chooses to remember her engagement.

    When Significant Life Moments don’t go to plan.

        By NICKY CHAMP Growing up in the 80s and 90s on a stable diet of cheesy family sitcoms like The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Valerie and Full House I had a firm idea of how those Significant Life Moments would go. For example: girl finishes school, goes to uni, finds fabulous job, gets [read more]

  • best

    Best and worst of the week.

            By NATALIA HAWK It’s FRIDAY! This will be excellent news to all of you, except those who work on weekends. And those who have to get up early for Saturday sport. I am sorry for your loss of Friday excellence. Friday’s also the day when we get together to talk about [read more]

  • What smoking does to your face

    Friday’s news in under 2 minutes.

      UPDATE: Thousands of NSW residents are dealing with destruction this morning as fires continue to burn throughout NSW. Over 90 blazes across the state, 20 still out of control.  More than 200 homes have been lost. Two thousand firefighters worked overnight. Authorities are saying they are the worst fires in NSW for a decade. The [read more]