Before I go, a tip from a beauty guru.

Before I go, a tip from a beauty guru.

Happy New Year and welcome back to Lunch with Liz. I thought at this stage (with most people back at work), I would be launching into a new round of lunches, with fascinating people and tantalising Queensland eateries; but such is my life, I’m off on an adventure, with no access to the internet or social media (GASP) for at least the next month. I know, I know, how will I survive without Instagram? It’s going to be a struggle.

‘Lunches’ will be back towards the end of Feb, with the next ‘big thing’ in Queensland sports, Netballer, Gretel Tippett.

I couldn’t take off though, without at least saying hello in 2016… and letting you in on my latest beauty tip.

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BRISBANE LIONS, Mitch Robinson & Harris Andrews

BRISBANE LIONS, Mitch Robinson & Harris Andrews

Well this is my last post for 2015, so it’s written in the spirit of Christmas! Thank you to everyone who has read my stories over the last couple of months. Don’t forget, you can sign up to be notified when I kick off again in the New Year by entering your email in the box on the right hand side of this page. This week, Lunch with Liz caught up with two very different Brisbane Lions players; Mitch a leader by nature, ex-Melbourne, confident, clearly a larrikin, fiancé, proud father of one with another on the way. Harris, a Brisbane boy, more softly but clearly spoken, fresh out of attending his school formal, with the world at his feet (all 6 ‘6 of them). We all caught up at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, to lend a hand with their charity gift-wrapping. All proceeds go to the Wesley Medical Research Unit, funding childrens care. Have your presents wrapped, for a Gold Coin donation, from 10am till 8pm all this week at Indooroopilly. Here’s a read for those that love a little festive season inspiration, sport and good food. Join us at The Pig ‘N’ Whistle Dining Room, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre.

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OLIVER BLACK, Photographer

OLIVER BLACK, Photographer

Flash back a few years, (well 9 to be precise!) I was in the unique position of being out and about with an international celebrity and I experienced my first encounter with paparazzi. There was one paparazzo with a courteous demeanour, a cute smile and a distinctly purple bob that was very memorable for me. Six years later, when at an event, I was tapped on the shoulder and politely asked if I could have my photo taken. Despite a more conservative haircut, I instantly recognized the same photographer! We struck up a conversation that night and after numerous encounters at events such as Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and a Channel Seven Network launch, a friendship began. Oliver Black has had a journey from Paparazzo to esteemed photographer. Known for his ‘life of the party’ and ‘moments that aren’t usually captured’ photos, he has become a go-to photographer for luxury lifestyle PR agencies, well-known modelling agencies, corporate brands and label giants such as Christian Dior, Lancôme, Louis Vuitton, Veuve Clicquot, Hilton Hotels, Vogue Australia… and the list goes on! Lunch with Liz caught up with Oliver at Parisian Bistro Les Bubbles. They’ve been serving quality meat since 1982 on Wickham Street in Fortitude Valley. Les Bubbles have one signature dish and they do it well.

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EMMA BETTS, Living with stage 4 Melanoma

EMMA BETTS, Living with stage 4 Melanoma

When I met Emma at our photo-shoot, fair skinned, blue-eyed with stunning red hair, I thought ‘well here’s the perfect contrast to me, it’s easy to see why Melanoma Institute Australia paired us together for this campaign’. I spoke to camera first, about my connection to melanoma; A lifetime of fun in the sun as a competitive surfer through my teenage years and the moles that I have had cut out in return of my love for an outdoors lifestyle (all moles returned benign, but I continue to get regular skin checks all the same). Emma spoke next and everything became a bit of a blur after she opened with ‘I have terminal melanoma’. First was disbelief, ‘but you look so healthy and happy… and we’ve just been laughing together all morning, making jokes about our husbands and the awkwardness of posing for photos’. As Emma’s words flowed, I was reminded exactly why I started Lunch with Liz. To have that avenue to share the stories of ‘people of interest’! Emma’s successful blog, Dear melanoma, is an authentic glimpse into the roller coaster that is life with Stage 4 melanoma – the highs, the lows and the in-between. Lunch with Liz caught up with Emma at Darling & Co, Paddington’s newest venue, to share more of what is possibly one of the greatest love stories I’ve heard.
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DEANNE JOLLY, Celebrity Stylist, The Block winner

DEANNE JOLLY, Celebrity Stylist, The Block winner

It’s one of the most successful television shows on our screens right now and for good reason, what homeowner doesn’t want a few tips on styling and renovations? When Deanne Jolly applied for The Block, she was a stay at home mum of eight years, living life happily behind the scenes of her AFL playing husband Darren Jolly. It was Darren’s idea to apply for The Block, but it was Deanne who has without a doubt, become one of the most talked about ‘Blockheads’ to date. The fiercely strong, what you see is what you get, creative genius, was absolutely lovely to chat with. I turned up after a morning of painting and re-rendering the front of my house (kill me now) and Deanne was quick to offer advice and generously shared her contact details for any renovation questions I might have. The Interior Stylist and winner of The Block, caught up with Lunch with Liz, for a bite to eat at Corbett & Claude at Indooroopilly Shopping Centre after sharing festive season styling tips with shoppers.

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Just how talented is my mate Nicka – Our Bali Wedding

Just how talented is my mate Nicka – Our Bali Wedding

Weddings are special occasions, emotional moments and in the blink of an eye, a memory! One massive tip I could pass on to any bride to be, is to have someone video your day. Our greatest post Bali wedding moment as a Mr & Mrs, has without a doubt been watching back our ceremony from the view-point of our guests.  We were so lucky that one of our friends, just happens to be a (bloody good) cameraman (with the most infectious smile). A massive shakas to Nicka, who has just set up his own company Desert Island Media. You can watch his film here…

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ONE WYBELENNA, Brisbane’s newest Boutique Day Spa

ONE WYBELENNA, Brisbane’s newest Boutique Day Spa

One Wybelenna is a boutique luxury Day Spa set in a lovely expansive property in Brookfield, suburban Brisbane. A couples retreat, the perfect venue to spoil a friend, host a hens party, or escape for some ‘me time’. What really strikes you when you first arrive, is the architecture of this incredible property. As soon as you walk through the doors, you’re transported into wide-open ‘breathable’ luxurious spaces. Treated to some relaxing time by the pool, before a massage and facial, Lunch with Liz enjoyed a chat to owner Heather Sartain, over a fruit platter and cleansing herbal tea.

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