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ELLE Australia December 2018

ELLE Australia is the ultimate destination for the sexy, spirited and stylish woman. Immerse yourself in gorgeous images, chic ideas, moving writing and thought-provoking features, with unparalleled access to the coolest celebrities and most fascinating people, the essential heads-up on pop culture, and the very best beauty and lifestyle in the country.

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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
for all its bubbles and glitter, december is a time to reflect…

Between debaucherous office parties and marathon family lunches, most of us find ourselves casting a glance back at the year that was. Time brings change and a lot can shift in just 12 months. For you, that might have meant finding new love or saying goodbye to an old one, moving house, shifting career, joining a running club, even discovering a new hairstyle or pair of boots that revolutionised your personal style. For me it meant stepping into the editor’s shoes at ELLE – and despite my hard-to-fit size 41s, it feels like the perfect fit. A Cinderella moment. Except life, as we know, doesn’t always play out like a fairytale. I wasn’t just handed my dream job by a kindly fairy godmother (although there have been a few of…

3 min.

PANDORA SYKES @pandorasykes The London-based journalist, consultant and broadcaster (and contributing editor at Man Repeller), is also the co-host of current affairs podcast The High Low. For the most part, however, she can be found sniffing her new baby’s head. Peek in her wardrobe in “Social Conscience” on p54. On my playlist: The Week Unwrapped, Call Your Girlfriend and Breasts Unbound podcasts. On my reading list: I’m currently reading The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer and This Is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare by Gabourey Sidibe. On my to-do list: Pilates. I literally crunch when I walk. And not in a good way. On my wish list: A painted tray by Luke Edward Hall x The Lacquer Company, a velvet dress from The Vampire’s Wife and a hot tub for my roof terrace. On my…

2 min.
10 things

1. THE GIFT-TO-SELF TABLE SERVICE A dinner party without a centrepiece is like a Christmas tree with no star – neglectful at best. This handmade Maison Balzac vase – a collab with French ceramic brand Carron – will sit pretty in the middle of your festive spread. Vase, $349, MAISON BALZAC, maisonbalzac.com 2. THE DETAIL LAMÉ, NOT LAME How to recognise an It-girl this party season? The Saint Laurent-esque lamé she’s sporting, likely with last-all-night sneakers. 3. THE GIG WU YEAH Sad fact: the hottest tickets in town this month – the Wu-Tang Clan’s Opera House shows – are sold out. Brush up on RZA and co’s back catalogue and be on stand-by for when your ticket-holding friend drops out. December 8-11, sydneyoperahouse.com 4. THE BRAND NACKIYÉ The brand to know now? Nackiyé, inspired by sisters Basak and Defne Kocabiyikoglu’s days growing up…

2 min.
time to shine

From candy wrappers to lip gloss, sports cars and the new iPhone XS in gold – as humans we’re hot-wired to like shiny things. Theories abound around our preference for glossy surfaces, but whether it’s the association with wealth and luxury, our innate need for water or just a basic desire for pretty stuff, shimmering surfaces have been catching our attention since we first reached for the mirror on our baby play mat. For all our sophistication as a species, we’re a sucker for glow. Which is why when party season rolls around, there’s an understanding that fully-fledged indulgence in all things that glimmer is a given. “As humans we’re hot-wired to like shiny things” For resort season, the most clever designers are tapping a mix of base and precious metals –…

1 min.
mighty fine

Dainty lace adds new-season energy to your party look. Do contrasting lace panels, handkerchief-style hemlines and big, billowy sleeves (all the better to dance with). Styling: Dannielle Cartisano. Photography: Adrian Price.Hair: Joel Forman. Makeup: Danielle Butcher. Manicure: Diandra Politano.Model: Mies at IMG Models…

3 min.
the elle manual: how to party now

Tis the season to be sociable, so you need celebratory pieces that sing whether you’re heading for drinks, hitting the dance floor or staying in your own kitchen with good friends and great wine. Inject your wardrobe with sequins, next-gen twin sets and jumbo jewels, plus get the need-to-know tricks to navigate December in style. Cheers! THE DRAMATIC DANGLER Larger-than-life earrings lift an outfit, make for great small talk and allow for not-so-polished hair. Pick fun shapes that reach towards your collarbone. SPARKLE 2 .0 Sequins don’t discriminate this season: rainbow discs, glitzy black, pastel-pink tassels… as long as it glimmers, get it on your body. Go full disco ball OH DAMN! I NEED A DRESS A good old-fashioned party frock is powerful: do froufrou skirts, billowy sleeves or fun details and you’ll be Saturday-night ready……