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I am going to charter a yacht aruond the Sardinian waters in July. Sardinia has a unique coastline with fantastic beaches, caves, bizarre rock formations and turquoise blue waters. The holiday offers the perfect combination of sun and sea mixed with fabulous stops across the Costa Smeralda which is full of great restaurants, glamorous bars and small local boutiques.


The change of routine. There is nothing that revitalises me more than spending time with my family and loved ones in a unique destination. Travelling allows you to open your mind to new ideas and feel inspired by life and the unique beauty that surrounds you in foreign places and cities. 


Open Neck Geo Top - This top is loose and relaxed, perfect for the plane or any air-conditioned environment. This is perfect layered over a tank and works back with your favourite pair of pants or jeans. 

Billowing Shirt - This top is perfect for a touch of glamour in the evening. A slight hint of skin at the shoulders gives it the perfect modern touch. 

Crop Contrast Pant - These are the perfect summer crop pants. They add a hint of fun with simple contrast stripe panels. The perfect leisure pants. 

Oblique Dress - The perfect summer Mousseline dress. Wear it with your favourite pair of sandals or heels for a complete day or night look. 


1. Pack in outfits - that way you eliminate all the extra odd pieces that you would normally pack and never wear. 

2. Layer your clothes when packing - one on top of the other and then roll them together. This minimises creasing dramatically. 

3. Pack your clothing on plastic hangers - That way you can roll them out and hang them straight into your hotel wardrobe and your unpacking is complete. 


I know it's obvious but hydration is the key. Drink lots of water and use a thermal facial spray to keep your skin hydrated on long haul flights. 

Stay connected to your life and work back at home. I find that a quick email update from my loved ones and work colleagues keeps me in the loop and gives me ease of mind of knowing that everything is under control at home. 

Music, I absolutely love creating playlists of music to listen to while I am away. Music has a way of relaxing you and putting your mind at ease.



(Photographs and recipe thanks to Southern In Law)

This is a super yummy guilt free treat, with just three ingredients it takes 5 minutes to make and is great to take to work to beat that afternoon sugar slump!


1 cup dates (fresh or dried, both work fine)

1 cup salted cashews

2 tsp vanilla extract

optional dash of water

Process all of your ingredients in a food processor until combined, adding a splash of water if needed to bring the mix together.
Roll into balls and place onto a clean plate or baking tray/container. 
Enjoy at room temperature, chill in the fridge (my preferred way of eating these!) or freeze for a quick snack whenever you need them.

*I prefer fresh medjool dates, however, they can get expensive so I've tested it with dried dates and they work perfectly!
**If you don't have or like cashews, feel free to use 1 cup of any nut or seed of your choice. We love using peanuts for peanut caramel bites and nut intolerants can make this recipe with sunflower or pumpkin/pepita seeds.

The only problem with these little yummies is stopping at one or two!

Bec XO

Exciting news - Impulse is opening a new store VERY soon!

Here are some sneak peaks of the fitout and new stock  ... as soon as we can we will release full details of the opening day, so stay tuned to our emails and to our Facebook page for updates!

Think sweet, think seductive: this heady and romantic dessert can't fail to win hearts. 


Orange-scented doughnuts to swoon over. *Consider making a little extra to use for testing the frying oil, I went through approx. 4 donuts before I got the timing and heat right. See my finished product below!


300g ricotta, drained

¼ cup caster sugar, plus extra for dusting

½ tbsp grated lemon zest

1 tbsp grated orange zest

2 tbsp fresh orange juice

1 egg and 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten

½ cup plain flour

2 tbsp cornflour

1½ tsp baking powder

rice bran oil, for deep-frying


Combine ricotta, caster sugar, zests, orange juice and eggs in a bowl. Sift in flour, cornflour and baking powder and combine, but don't overwork the batter. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

In a heavy-based saucepan, heat enough oil to cover a golf ball twice to 180°C. To test the temperature of the oil, sprinkle in some flour. If it sizzles, the oil is ready. Use 2 spoons to shape mixture into quenelles, and cook, in batches of 2 doughnuts, for 2 minutes or until golden. Drain on paper towel, dust with caster sugar and serve warm with coffee or your favourite dessert wine or sparkling.


Naughty and silky smooth, chocolate sauce is a dreamy companion to orange flavours.

Heat ¾ cup milk and 200g dark chocolate in a bowl over gently simmering water. Once melted, beat until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine 2 tbsp caster sugar, 2½ tsp cornflour, pinch salt and ½ tbsp milk, then stir into chocolate mixture. Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring until thickened. Remove from heat, stir in 30g butter and ½ tsp vanilla extract. Serve in a dipping bowl with doughnuts.

OR if you prefer something lighter to accompany, try VANILLA MASCARPONE

125 g mascarpone

125 g Greek yoghurt

1 tsp vanilla extract/essence

Mix all ingredients well and serve with the doughnuts.


Bec's effort:

Recipe courtesy of: http://www.dailylife.com.au/dl-food/food-features/this-is-the-food-that-...


My absolute favourite blog and source of style inspiration right now is Ari Seth Cohen's amazing "Advanced Style". He was struck one day by how fabulous his mother and her friends looked and went searching for other stylish, confident older women to document and share with the world.

“My eyes have always been drawn to older people,” said Cohen, 28. “And from a style point of view, I find them more interesting because they are of an age where they don’t have to impress anyone and can wear what they want.” (Respect Your Elders, 2010, Horacio Silva, New York Times Style Magazine link to article)

A comment on his website from a reader sums up for me why Ari's blog is so great:

"Bless you, Ari-finally fashion inspiration that isn't steeped in convention for women over 50. Move over Betsy Johnson and Vivienne Westwood - Advance is here!" Magge McCann, age 64

I challenge you to take your cue from these inspirational women below and take a walk on the wild side, unleash your inner style-goddess!


Above: Two fabulous ladies representing Aussie Style! On the left this beauty is decked out in our favourite designer Mela Purdie, she wears the Moroccan Tunic and Soft Zip Pants. On the right is a Sydneysider who is just all kinds of cool. Loving the attitude, the hair, styling and the henna temporary tattoo on her hand. 

And some more of my favourite looks from the US:

Bec XO

All images courtesy of AdvancedStyle.blogspot.com