It seems like a lose-lose situation: try to look younger and you’re pandering to the patriarchy. Go au naturale and you’re subject to endless age shaming. Either way, you’re going to be judged.

Horror movie screen grab, or cosmetic doctor ad? (Image: Unsplash)

There are a few things women are really good at. Finding out the job title, date of birth, entire medical history, and preferred first born baby name of an ex’s new fling — by only knowing their Instagram handle — is one. …

A surprisingly uplifting tale of one woman’s realisation about the multitude of ways that having a baby makes you hate your body.

My face when a model posts their tiny post-baby body after a mere three weeks

Why do women always talk about their post-baby body ‘journey’ on Instagram? Look, even I don’t know — and I’ve bloody well done it. Twice.

There’s so much to unpack about having a baby and the impact it has on your life as a woman; being pregnant for the first time is like undergoing an extreme sport version of your regular life-induced anxiety. …

The easiest way to explore this wild, windswept corner at the end of the world — including the best times to do it.

Yanakie, in the state of Victoria, Australia.

I’ve been dying to get to Wilson’s Promontory for years — ever since I started seeing the wild, windswept, and totally Instagrammable imagery on social media. (Yep, I’ll admit it — that’s how I discover most of my new travel obsessions.)

Luckily this location was only a couple of hours from my hometown for once — a chunky, but enjoyable 200km drive past the Peninsula to a much more sparsely populated corner of the state.

Wilson’s Prom…

About 3 hours north-east of Melbourne lies the abundant King Valley, a haven for Prosecco lovers and produce seekers alike.

Patricia’s Table at Brown Brothers Milawa. (Photo: Bianca O’Neill)

Perhaps when you think about a long weekend in wine country your mind immediately goes to the well-worn wine trails in the Yarra, or the boutique wineries in Red Hill — but when it comes to delivering an all-rounder, Victoria’s King Valley punches well above its weight.

We spent the weekend up north to bring you our top spots in King Valley. Abundant glasses of Prosecco *not optional.

Where to wine

Dal Zotto planted the first Aussie Prosecco vines in King Valley, and…

My professional life is like a deep pit of mindfuckery, or a shitty relationship I’m constantly trying to get out of.

Me, in the office, working on my latest column.

I’ve been a freelancer for about thirteen years now, in between a few editor’s chairs. People often tell me how they wish they had my life. They imagine it to be a beacon of freedom, magically well paid for breathtakingly little work — a flurry of fashion weeks and lazy afternoons tapping away in a cute coffee shop.

Usually I just nod, rather than tell them that freelancing is actually an endless slog of pitching, rejection, and chasing invoices…

How to create your very own weekend ‘road trip’ — complete with a cellar door wine tasting, off-grid nature hike, and luxe hotel stay — without even leaving the city.

Ongoing travel restrictions and Covid lockdowns can throw even the most last minute plans into disarray. Why not consider a staycation in Melbourne instead? There’s no rush to the airport, no anxiety-inducing flight cancellations, and no threat of a ring of steel to dampen the mood…

Here’s my guide to the ultimate Melbourne staycation — with a cellar door visit, off-grid hike, romantic restaurant, and luxe hotel stay all rolled…

The problem with modern writing culture today is that borrowed language pervades even our most subconscious attempts at writing ‘cool’ prose.

Photo by Darius Bashar on Unsplash

Yo, I got you, boo. Just holla at me. Like my bling? That’s on fleek, bae. Okurrrrr.

Is writing like this cultural appropriation? Or a natural progression of language resulting from cultural cross-pollination? And why do so many young, white writers sprinkle their prose with these references in an attempt to sound hip — but actually come across as anything but?

I know the answer — because I can speak from experience. But before I delve into the discussion about why these words are undoubtedly cultural appropriation, let’s talk about how it all started…

The 2000s and 2010s were a…

A fashion Instagrammer’s top packing tips for those who want to look chic on holidays.

If you’re someone who likes to look good on holidays (no shade to those who prefer sweats and Kathmandu hiking gear, all power to you), then you’ll inevitably experience the age-old conundrum: how to pack a capsule wardrobe of clothing options that will work together in harmony.

Packing your favourite pieces alone won’t do the trick; you’ll probably find yourself frustrated when you realise your favourite top doesn’t go with any of the bottoms you’ve thrown into your suitcase.

So, if you don’t want to…

A luxe pool and spa, bottle of premium sparkling, and high-end restaurant at your fingertips? Doesn’t sound like camping to us…

With a long weekend looming and international travel off the cards, it’s time to rediscover the best that Victoria has to offer. I had been meaning to head to Mitchelton Estate for a while now — it’s only a leisurely 1.5hr drive from Melbourne — but when an invitation to try out their luxe Airstream campers nestled amongst the vines landed in my inbox, I jumped at the chance to visit.

Here is my ultimate weekend itinerary — for…

In the pursuit of fashion’s Me Too moment, a disappointing blind spot has emerged.

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Remember when allegations of Harvey Weinstein’s systematic and wide-spread sexual abuse emerged? Of course you remember — because it was covered widely, shared widely, and sparked the revival of a global hashtag, #MeToo. Celebrities publicly supported those who shared their stories and shamed Weinstein for his alleged actions.

Weinstein was sacked by his own company, the Oscars board expelled him, and he was stripped of an honorary medal from Harvard. The Producers Guild of America, The Television Academy, and Bafta moved to ban him. Even his own wife announced that she was leaving him.

And then, fashion’s Me Too moment…

Bianca O'Neill

Features at Rolling Stone. Fashion at Fashion Journal Magazine. Instagram at @ bianca.oneill.

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