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Blossom into your best self with Women in Bloom

Women in Bloom event (image supplied)
Women in Bloom event (image supplied)

As women, we love it here at Inside Gold Coast when we hear about events exclusively for our chromosome. However is it just us, or is everything aimed at networking, leadership, entrepreneurship, wellness, boss babes in various industries, chicks who love arty farty stuff, chicks who love wine…and the list goes on. What’s wrong with this you ask? Absolutely nothing (especially the wine one) – if you’re born after 1977 that is.

There is an undeniable trend towards events favouring the millennial market, leaving anyone over 45 feeling as though they’re past their ‘best before’ date. Until now! Buckle up ladies, the visionary Annie Millar is bringing the first instalment of her hugely successful pro-age event series, Women in Bloom, to our ‘hood on Friday 12th of August.

Set to be an engaging, energising and enlightening affair, it’s one of the hottest tickets in town and sorry not sorry Gen Y’s and Z’s – you’re sitting this one out! Hosted at RACV Royal Pines Resort, the first GC Women in Bloom event promises a fun-filled day all about you. Like a trip to the day spa, immerse yourself in a beautiful, safe space where educational and inspirational people and stories will feed your mind, body and soul.

Annie Millar (image supplied)
Annie Millar (image supplied)

You’ll engage in enlightening convo with our country’s best authorities in health, beauty, style, finance and mindfulness, while you tuck into a delicious lunch with a tribe of like-minded new friends. It’s the ultimate vibe-with-your-tribe, well, vibe, and will leave you feeling excited about your ‘second act’, set to be your biggest and best yet. Mic drop!

The events are a unique chance for the over 45 women of today to revaluate life and embrace their unique wants and desires. You’ll learn that it’s your turn to feel relevant, reinvigorated and supported as you connect with others experiencing the same struggles and joys, and seeking answers to the same questions. This is not the time to fade away and activate wallflower mode, or banish goals and passions to the ‘I’ve missed the boat’ box. To the contrary, it’s the dawn of a new day where you can be unapologetically you, and tap into all that good stuff bubbling away beneath the surface. With support, a lil guidance, a few nudges and the right intel, you’ll realise it’s your time to shine – and that this ‘vintage’ is when the fun really starts.

Creator of this empowering forum, Annie Millar, is the embodiment of the ‘post-45-is-the-new-black’ movement. Currently the Beauty and Lifestyle Editor for Better Homes and Gardens magazine, this incredibly accomplished yet entirely relatable powerhouse is pure #goals.

Women in Bloom event (image supplied)
Women in Bloom event (image supplied)

She is passionate about creating a relaxed and inspiring space for connection and education that is informative yet informal. Gently guiding women down this path of self-rediscovery, her mission is to teach us that it’s never too late to become the best version of ourselves. And amen to that!

So local ladies, if you think it’s the norm to let go of your hopes and dreams once you hit a certain age, repeat after us; “nobody puts Baby in a corner” (especially not when she’s over 45!). Women in Bloom will help you ditch those fears and preconceived ideas about this incredibly liberating time of your life. Celebrate your new prime, which brings us to our parting words and we’re pretty excited because we love a good grape juice reference – and this is perhaps the most fitting application yet. A woman at mid-life is like a fine wine; mature, well-balanced, desired and full of flavour – and she really does get better with age. So come join your fellow Women in Bloom and learn how to fill your cup again…and for once this isn’t a metaphor for pouring another vino.

Tickets start at $99 and are available now here.

Where: Royal Ponciana Room, RACV Royal Pines Resort, Ross Street, Benowa
When: 10am – 3pm Friday 12 August

Words by Bianca Trathen.

STORY SPONSORED BY WOMEN IN BLOOM

3 Gold Coast cooking classes to try

If your weekly cooking schedule is on a three-meal rotation (guilty), allow us to introduce the concept of cooking classes, which will both broaden your skillset and allow you to impress your significant other (or dog, no judgment).

From pizza to cupcakes, here are three Gold Coast classes you should book into right now, so you never need to eat meat and three veg again. 

Salt Meats Cheese
The people at Salt Meats Cheese know what’s up when it comes to pizza and pasta and (hooray) they’re willing to share their knowledge with you! There are an array of classes to choose from including a Pizza Masterclass, The Italian Vegan Masterclass and a Pasta Masterclass involves step-by-step learning on how to create fresh pasta from scratch so you can blow the minds of all your pals. Tickets include the class, pizza and a glass of wine or beer. Sounds good to us!
Where: The 4218, Beach Road, Surfers Paradise

Icon the Cookery School
Cooking classes for everyone. Choose your own adventure at Icon the Cookery School. From classes specialising in international cuisine, to seafood, cocktails, beer and wine and sweet treats, you can learn to cook almost anything. Cupcake baking and decorating? Yes please. How about soft cheese making? So many sweet classes to try, you’ll be cooking for the rest of time. Classes change monthly and there’s even specific nights for couples if you’re keen.
Where: The Kitchens, Robina Town Centre, Robina 

Salt Meats Chesse (Image supplied)

Double Zero
Another opportunity to make delicious, delicious pizza from the absolute masters. Double Zero, in Broadbeach, run a masterclass on the first and third Saturday of every month. In three hours, head pizza chef Nicola will share all the secrets behind the true Pizza Napoletana and will teach you how to make the absolute perfect pizza and it’s only $79 per person. Once you’re done, you’re invited to sit ‘Italian Style’ and eat your creation. Course notes and a glass of Italian wine to compliment your pizza are also included. Belissimo.
Where: 2/2715 Gold Coast Highway, Broadbeach

Words by Kirra Smith

Double Zero (Image supplied)

5 spree-worthy Gold Coast factory outlets

A little retail therapy will do wonders for your soul, there’s no doubt about it. Your wallet though, probably not so much.

Never fear though, we’ve got the solution and it comes in the form of factory outlets, which, in case you aren’t aware, are stores where you can find all your favourite brands at discounted prices.

Excitingly for us, there are plenty on the Gold Coast so we packaged them up into this list for your spending pleasure.

Go forth and treat yo’self.

Ripcurl DFO
All your favourite Ripcurl things on sale all of the time. From wetsuits to surfing accessories, clothing for men and women, surfboards, sunnies, whatever you need in terms of surf gear, you can find it in Nerang. Which is cool because summer will be upon us again before we know it and there can never be too many bikinis in your life.
Where: 2 Pappas Way Way, Nerang

Harbour Town Shopping Centre
The holy grail of factory outlets and a favourite amongst both Gold Coasters and visitors alike is Harbour Town Shopping Centre in Biggera Waters. Harbour Town is Australia’s largest outlet shopping centre and stocks over 240 national and international brands. If you walk out of there with empty hands, we will eat our discounted Mimco handbag. From Hugo Boss to Adidas, Bonds to Converse, Sunglass Hut, JB HiFi, Lorna Jane, Sheridan, Seed, you get the picture. They have EVERYTHING and you need never shop anywhere else again. Not only that though, the stores always have further discounts on already discounted things. Another 20% off that, buy one of these, get one of those free, the possibilities are endless. Do yourself a favour and get up there next time you feel the need to drop some dollars.
Where: 147-189 Brisbane Road, Biggera Waters

Ashmore Factory Outlets
Another local centre filled with plenty of your fave brands, Ashmore Factory Outlets can be found only 20 minutes from Surfers Paradise. From Billabong to Quiksilver, Nutrition Warehouse, Pet Discount Outlet, Skate Connection and Sunglass Clearance Warehouse, you’re certain to find a little something to spend your hard earned dollars on.
Where: 12 Central Park Ave, Ashmore

Sideways Surf Outlet
With three locations on the Gold Coast alone, Sideways has absolutely exploded in popularity. Their largest space, on Greenway Drive in Tweed Heads is home to all of the surf-related goods, from clothing to surfboards and accessories galore. We have been known to drop a good paycheck or two down there and we expect you will too. Closer to home perhaps is the Ashmore outlet and there the latest can be found at Burleigh Homespace. Each one does up to 70% off retail prices on all the big name surf and street labels. Get it.Where: 1-2/16 Central Park Ave, Ashmore, Shop 7, 1 Santa Maria Ct, Burleigh Waters and 28-30 Greenway Drive, Tweed Heads South

UGG Australian Made Since 1974
Is there a more Australian thing than UGG boots? We think not. Did you know there’s an UGG Australian Made Since 1974 factory outlet on the Gold Coast? It’s true! All your super warm, fluffy footwear dreams come true, right there in Miami. You can stock up on everything from the snuggliest of boots to UGG slides (yep), clutches, handbags, rugs and gloves. Choose from a ready-made pair of UGGs or design your own, sparkly sections come at us. ALSO you can get custom printed boots with pictures of your pet on them and if that’s not the greatest thing you’ve ever heard you must hear a lot of great things.
Where: 23 Christine Ave, Miami

Words by Kirra Smith

Catch up ideas for you and your squad

Burleigh Hill Catch-Ups (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)
Burleigh Hill Catch-Ups (image courtesy of Destination Gold Coast)

Catch-ups with your dear friends are one of life’s greatest pleasures. Getting together with your mates easily surpasses date nights (sorry), Tinder dates (not sorry) and Netflix dates with your furry friends (only just).

In celebration of getting together with pals, eating, midday margaritas, and the good time that is a combination of all three, we’ve concocted a list of six ideas for the ultimate squad catch-ups…

Head to Burleigh Hill
Every good story involving drinking and frivolity also seems to mention our beloved Burleigh Hill. Is it just us or is Burleigh Hill a ‘choose your own adventure’ style of good time, meaning you can bring any — and all — of the food and drinks you wish? This means things could be super chilled, or you and your pals could end up swigging champagne and choreographing a Step Up dance routine for the good folks of the Gold Coast to admire. We vote for option B!
Tip: If you don’t feel like BYOing you own food, get a cheeky chook & chips from Freddy’s or pizza delivered directly to you from Justin Lane.

The Tropic (image supplied)
The Tropic (image supplied)

Have yourself a long lunch
Sure, we have fantastic weather and some incredible beaches and hinterland to enjoy. But some days (particularly the hot ones), it’s nice to simply take it easy and indulge in some damn fine food and well-deserved drinks with friends. There’s a score of places you can grab your friends to hit up, including some of our amazing surf clubs, fine dining establishments and beachside hangouts — whatever your budget or mood you’re covered. Send out the invite on your group chat and round up the gang to sit down over some tasty eats before indulging in a few cocktails and ridiculing each other with funny stories you’d rather all forget… we’ve all been there.
Tip: What’s better than a weekend Bottomless Brunch? …we’ll wait.

Do an exercise class of some sort
Across the Coast, there are MANY options for exercise classes and what could be better for inciting bulk laughs and creating delightful memories than moving your body in weird and wonderful poses, while working up a sweat and reminding yourself just how bendy you really a̶r̶e̶ aren’t anymore. From pilates, to barre, to yoga, you’re bound to find something you and the crew will all love!
Tip: Head to one of these intimate Gold Coast fitness studios or Gold Coast gyms to make sure you and your besties are looked after

Pinot & Picasso (image supplied)
Pinot & Picasso (image supplied)

Get arty
The Gold Coast has gotten very creative over the last little while, with arty workshops and classes popping up all over the place. Which is good, because we think that’s the perfect date idea for a day spent with people you haven’t seen in a while. Also, at some such classes and workshops, you are allowed to drink wine while you work, which, trust us, only enhances your creativity. As far as artsy ideas across the Goldy there’s everything from life drawing classes, finding the Gold Coast’s best street art murals, silver jewellery making, wandering through art galleries (yes we have more than one) and painting to pottery, and what could be more fun than gathering your mates, getting creative, and having something cute to show for it at the end?!
Tip: We think Pinot & Picasso is the ultimate answer to a creative night with the gang. Just try not to judge your friend’s painting skills… or lack thereof!

Chill at a day spa
Potentially the most relaxing spot of the bunch, getting facials and massages or soaking and floating with your girlfriends is a guaranteed zen time. First of all, it’s good for your body, and second of all, you can spend time together catching up over tea and not wine/beer for once (this one time only). Not to mention, day spas on the Coast usually take place in the most picturesque of locations, so you get to indulge in the beautiful scenery of the Gold Coast, relax in style, and come out feeling a million bucks too. Invite us too please, we love a good spa day!
Tip: Get 10% off a 1 hour or more treatment from Endota Spa here!

A couple enjoying Curtis Falls at Tamborine Mountain (image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland)
A couple enjoying Curtis Falls at Tamborine Mountain (image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland)

Go hiking
Wait, give us a chance to explain. While hiking may not seem like a catch-up activity, a relaxing stroll through the rainforest is also acceptable. With wine and cheese at the end if you can be bothered to carry it! The argument for hiking is this; fresh air obviously makes you feel good, as does exercise and, if you go with your mates, there’ll be others willing to complain about how hard it is and participate in discussions about how unfit you all are. Then, at the end of the hike, maybe you find yourselves at a stunning Insta-worthy location for a few snaps or with some well-earned wine and snacks in hand to celebrate your effort. Winning!
Tip: here are a few of our favourite hikes around the Gold Coast

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

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