All I want for Christmas

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year.  Everything changes from the routine to hustle and bustle, the joy of the season, the spirit of festivity and generosity and, for women, the pleasure of buying and having a new outfit for Christmas Day.

A very regular comment made by many of these women as they walk into Yo-Ko Original Boutique is how bright and beautiful are the colours this summer season, including tangerine, blue shades, pink, mint and red, to name just a few.  Yo-Ko has a gorgeous range of labels including Boho, Blue Soul, the ever-popular Zen Garden and Sanctum, and a label that Yo-Ko is restocking - Café Latte, which is proving to be a winner. 

A glimpse of Yo-Ko’s colourful summer stock: dresses, summer sandals, and jewellery.

A glimpse of Yo-Ko’s colourful summer stock: dresses, summer sandals, and jewellery.

Currently in stock are cotton dresses, maxi/longer length dresses and skirts, tops and tunics, pants and jeans, summer sandals, scarves, mini bags and clutches, and lots of jewellery.  In fact, accessories such as scarves and jewellery are a winner for those special or last-minute gifts for Christmas, and at the starting price of just $19.95, you can’t go wrong! 

Come and see the friendly staff at Yo-Ko soon, and please note the new trading hours are Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm (Friday night 6pm), and the third Sunday of the month only (Farmer’s Market Day) 11am to 4pm.


A: 10 Station St, Seaford

T: 9782 4442


Expansion plans for Frankston Hospital

Seven new operating theatres, 115 more beds and an expanded maternity department are part of a proposed multi-million dollar expansion of Frankston Hospital.  The expansion blueprint has been unveiled by Peninsula Health, with a detailed feasibility plan for the $200-$300 million development scheduled to be completed in February.

Peninsula Health’s acting chief executive officer, David Anderson, said the blueprint “details our vision for Frankston Hospital and the longer-term vision for a future health and education precinct with Monash University”.  The precinct would include dedicated clinical teaching and research spaces operated in conjunction with the university. 

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The hospital’s chief operating officer, Brendon Gardner, said the expansion would transform the hospital into a world-leading teaching hospital and research institution and was integral to meeting the community’s health care needs over the next two decades.  “In order to continue to deliver world-class health care to the local community, we need the facilities to match the expertise of our doctors and nurses,” Mr Gardner said. “The health and education precinct will help us attract the best and brightest minds to Frankston so we can meet new health challenges in the coming decades head-on.”

Mr Anderson estimated the expansion project would generate 1000 new jobs in the area, half of which would be permanent positions. 

Frankston welcomes a familiar face

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Dr Janine Ritchie has returned to the Mornington Peninsula and is now practising at Frankston Family Chiropractic.

Janine spent most of the previous decade working in Mornington and Mount Eliza before moving to South Australia for a few years, so many Peninsula residents will be familiar with the high level of skill and experience she brings to the practice.

Janine completed her science degree in the 1990s and worked as a microbiologist in the food industry and as a research assistant in the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research’s auto-immunity and transplantation department.  She then decided to turn her hand to healing and completed her Masters of Chiropractic.

Drawing on her wide-ranging experience, Janine focuses on gentle, low-force techniques to improve the function of the nervous system and help you achieve greater health.  She also uses low-level (cold) laser therapy to relieve pain and reduce inflammation caused by damaged tissue.

Janine says she loves the diversity that comes from working in a family practice, so whatever your age or walk of life, make an appointment to see her at Frankston Family Chiropractic on 9783 9980.


A: 62 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston

T: 9783 9980


Smile this summer with Chelsea Dental

Dr Ruchi Agarwal and the team at Chelsea Dental provide not only the highest quality dentistry, they have the knowledge and experience to make your visit comfortable, professional and affordable.


They will help you achieve your healthy smile through regular check-ups and complete treatment planning.  Believing “prevention is better than cure”, they emphasise preventive dentistry.

Chelsea Dental specialises in periodontics (gum care), cosmetic dental, dental implants, sleep apnoea and snoring devices, and zoom whitening.  Bulk-billed dental services are available under Medicare for eligible kids.  And take advantage of their summer special – a check-up, clean and fluoride for just $155.

A: 442 Nepean Highway, Chelsea
T: 8774 0441

Getting back to exercise after a break


After a bitter winter, the warmer months provide us with the motivation to get back into some form of structured exercise, such as walking, running, cycling and swimming. However, such keenness can also carry injury risks if not managed properly.

Training loads need to be built up gradually to allow the body to adapt to the stresses being placed on it. Thus, a sudden increase in training load, such as the scenario above, can lead to injuries such as muscle strains and tendinopathies.

The following tips will help to ensure that you enter into a training plan with the least risk and highest chance of success and enjoyment:

Get on top of any aches or pains – try not to ignore any niggles that may be present, as increasing the workload your body needs to deal with can further aggravate these and may lead to bigger problems. A simple visit to a physiotherapist will assist with getting on top of anything that may have the potential to cause further grief down the track

Plan your training carefully – as mentioned, it’s important that a training plan is structured in a way that allows the body to adapt and respond to the stimulus being placed on it (i.e. training load). Exercise physiologists are experts in providing exercise advice to all types of people and can help structure your program so that you are getting the balance just right.

The Sports Injury Clinic offers both 1:1 and group exercise physiology classes. Not sure if group training is for you? TSIC is currently offering 2 x 45-minute free 1:1 goal-setting sessions as well as a week of unlimited group classes. This exclusive offer is worth $189.

Visit to claim this offer.


A: 365-367 Nepean Highway, Frankston

T: 9783 9990



Clear favourite for spring fashion

Spring has definitely sprung at Yo-Ko Boutique, where new colours, new outfits and new wardrobes are all geared towards the new season.

With the Spring Racing Carnival upon us again, it’s time to race into Yo-Ko to check out the beautiful new stock that continues to arrive each week. You’ll also find Yo-Ko’s regular and always popular labels of Deep Blue (made in Australia), Zen Garden, Firefly, Miracle, Free Angel, Grace & Co., Silence & Noise, Leonie, Refuge jeans, Blue Soul and Boho Australia.  The colours in the garments this spring are rich and vibrant, imitating the colours of the sea, the sky, the trees and flowers in our gardens.

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As always, Yo-Ko carries dresses, pants and jeans, tops and tunics and also stocks a big range of accessories, including shoes and sandals, scarves (in some simply amazing colours this season), and jewellery – including a new range just in from Trio Rouge. 

Come into the store and meet the team, or check them out on Facebook and Instagram.  Please note Yo-Ko’s new trading hours are Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm (6pm Friday), and the third Sunday of the month only (Farmers’ Market Day) from 11am-4pm.

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A: 10 Station St, Seaford
T: 9782 4442


Essential oils at heart of perfume


Using essential oils for perfume is a great way to smell fantastic, feel great and promote wellness!

Kis Organic Perfumes are locally produced by Kis My Body, eco-friendly and glamorous. What makes them different to most perfume is that they are blended using only essential oils and then added to organic sugar cane alcohol or organic jojoba (alcohol-free).

What is an essential oil?  An oil is "essential" in the sense that it contains the "essence of" the plant's fragrance. Unfortunately most perfumes are created nowadays using mainly synthetic fragrances.

Using essential oils for healing purposes is often called aromatherapy, which is a holistic treatment seeking to improve physical, mental and emotional health.

Why organic? Like eating organically, essential oils that are produced organically are free from toxic pesticides and fertilisers which may negatively impact humans and the planet.

All Kis products use as many certified organic ingredients as possible.

The Kis Range focuses on essential oils, and they are present in all products except the Kis Essentials Vitamin C anti-ageing cream, which is fragrance-free.

Available online and at a stockist near you.


T: 9787 8825


Your face is in expert hands

Dr Fiona Milne is a cosmetic physician with more than 16 years’ experience in the area of nonsurgical enhancement and rejuvenation.  Her emphasis is on a global approach to beautification.


“The whole face must be taken into consideration - it must be harmonious,” Fiona says. “Sometimes I am simply augmenting lips but frequently I am considering age-related restoration, which is multi-faceted. Changes in skin, bone and fat loss, facial proportions all need to be considered.”

Fiona’s area of expertise is injectables.  She is a member of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Physicians, attends conferences regularly both nationally and internationally, and participates in teaching other doctors injecting techniques. “Safety and risk minimisation are paramount.  Shopping around for the cheapest product in a largely unregulated industry risks a poor aesthetic result and dangerous complications.  I fix a lot of poorly injected lips, for example, where anatomy, product choice and proportions have not been well considered.  This can be unnecessarily painful, increase downtime, and is more expensive than it should ever have been.”

Fiona has opened beautiful new rooms at 60 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston.  “We have more space, plan to expand our services and have lots of parking!”  She is joined by Kirsty Turner, a cosmetic nurse with expertise in skin treatments and skin care.  Her approach is holistic and tailored to each patient’s budget, goals and lifestyle.  “Skin quality is integral to getting a good result with injectables.  We are getting great results with our radio frequency needling and chemical peels particularly. LED speeds healing and stimulates collagen - and it’s painless!”

Consultations with Fiona and Kirsty are welcomed.  Remember to plan ahead for spring racing and Christmas.



A: 60 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston

T: 9783 2362


Cove Hotel a premium destination


Nestled in the heart of Patterson Lakes, The Cove Hotel now boasts one of the finest food and wine offerings in the local precinct and is comparable to the premium restaurants in the CBD.

The famous ‘deck’ has been transformed to reflect the look and feel of an indoor garden.  The ceiling is tastefully ornamented by hanging pot plants and dining tables are surrounded by a stunning array of greenery, creating a sanctuary for you to sit back, enjoy exquisite food and wine, and relax in a calming environment.   The garden deck is open all day every day and offers all-day dining Friday to Sunday.  A delectable a la carte breakfast is served on Sunday mornings accompanied by freshly ground coffee and squeezed orange juice.


In addition to The Cove’s already extensive food and wine menu, the introduction of brewery-fresh Carlton Draught is imminent and will complement the venue perfectly. The new benchmark in beer is fresh draught tank beer - unpasteurised Carlton Draft accommodated within magnificent copper tanks.  Tank beer is served with ultimate freshness and as the brewer intended - in its purist state with a smooth finish.  

The Cove Hotel also offers a private dining experience in The Brasserie Room, which will delight patrons in groups of 10 to 16 with its own private wait staff. You will be amazed by this experience, so book early for that special celebration, work meeting, or social get-together.



A: The Marina, McLeod Rd, Patterson Lakes


T: 9773 3733


Historic and modern art side by side

McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery is holding two beautiful and contrasting exhibitions simultaneously until Sunday, November 12, featuring the works of sculptor Tina Wentcher and artist Stephen Haley.

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Curator Ken Scarlett OAM has been working for many years on the poignant retrospective of Tina, who was born in Constantinople in 1887, and remembers meeting her before her death in 1974 in Melbourne.  “She recounted her ‘lucky’ story of how she and her husband won a raffle ticket to travel to Asia just before Hitler and the Nazi party came to power.”

Stephen Haley: Out of Place curator Simon Lawrie said the experience of developing the exhibition with Stephen was astounding.  “The acclaimed artist passionately discusses through his work the two defining movements of our age: rapid global urbanisation and technological development.”

McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am-5pm (closed Mondays and some public holidays). Entry is by donation.



A: 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin

T: 9789 1671



Weve penned the ultimate beauty solution

Dermapen (also known as skin needling) is an amazing treatment for people wanting clear, bright and refreshed skin. Don’t we all? It's essentially for everyone and every imperfection you might have.

Dermapen skin needling is a non-surgical method that triggers your skin’s natural healing process to reveal younger-looking, flawless skin. (We did tell you we’d penned the ultimate beauty solution – do you believe us now?)

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The most advanced form of facial skin needling is in fact Dermapen. It uses oscilating micro-needles to gently glide over the skin to stimulate the production of collagen. This technique can target even the most hard-to-reach areas on the face, including under the eyes and upper lip.

This process helps to treat; acne, enlarged pores, scaring, fine lines, wrinkles, open pores and pigmentation.

It’s the ultimate solution for skin rejuvenation, whatever age you may be.

Pop into La Belle Salon to have a chat to the girls to see how Dermapen would benefit your skin.

A: Shop 7 The Gateway Village Shopping Centre, 230 Cranbourne-Frankston Road, Langwarrin
T: 8790 8640
FB: @labellesalonlangwarrin

It’s the cool way to reduce fat

Coolsculpting is a revolutionary method of reducing fat in stubborn areas that may be difficult to lose with diet or exercise alone. Coolsculpting can be used to reduce unwanted fat on your abdomen, love handles, back rolls, thighs and inner arms. There’s also a new treatment called the Coolmini, which will treat fat deposits on the inner knees and under the chin.

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The procedure uses patented technology to deliver targeted and controlled “cooling” to specific areas of your body. This affects only fat cells while ensuring no harm to any surrounding tissue or cells. Known as cryolipolysis, the process uses the body’s natural clearing mechanisms to remove the destroyed fat cells over a two to three-month period. As the fat is eliminated by the body, you will notice a reduction in your fat deposits. One treatment may reduce your fat deposits by 20-25 per cent, and these effects are permanent.

Performed by Emma, Certified CoolSculpting Technician and Plastic Surgery Practice Nurse to Miss Patricia Terrill, the procedure requires no needles, anaesthesia or incisions and eliminates the downtime associated with traditional liposuction.  Contact Ms Terrill’s rooms today to find out whether the Coolsculpting fat freezing procedure is right for you.

A:  29 Specialist Centre, 29 Hastings Rd, Frankston
T: 9769 6088

High heels a high risk


Women love their heels, but at what expense? The Sports Injury Clinic in Frankston explores the science behind wearing heels and the impact on your body.

By wearing high heels we are raising the hindfoot to create unwanted force through our anatomically smaller metatarsal bones. Once the tissue can no longer tolerate the excessive forefoot loading, injury will likely ensue. This is why forefoot pathologies such as corns, neuromas and stress fractures are common in high heel wearers, especially around Spring Racing Carnival time.

In heels, the ankle is placed in an unstable position. The base of the high heel is often narrowed and is the reason for many sprained ankles. High heels exaggerate the pelvis position, which not only over-activates your back muscles and hip flexors, but places increased stress and compression on your spinal joints, resulting in back pain.

Email The Sports Injury Clinic at [email protected] for any further information on high heels, alternative shoes or injury advice.


A: 365-367 Nepean Highway, Frankston

T: 9783 9990

Pair focuses on fun


Marcus Bland and his daughter, Sarah, work seamlessly together. This father and daughter team at Mt Eliza Optical have been working together for around three and half years and love every minute of it - including the fact that the new premises is just 5m from Ritchies supermarket, which means the petty cash can get a great daily workout.

“Getting to banter and have a joke with our clients makes our job enjoyable and hopefully our clients leave with smiles on their faces,” the pair says.  “We don’t always agree with each other,” says Sarah. “But that’s what makes it interesting,” continues Marcus.

“Getting to work with family is so rewarding and we jell well,” says Sarah. “I’ve learnt an array of skills just by watching and imitating how my dad interacts with clients. I’m now serving clients who remember me as a toddler.

“We’d love to meet some new faces. Come in and have a browse, a chat and a laugh.”


A: 5/89 Mount Eliza Way, Mount Eliza
T: 9775 2922

Spread your wings and stretch your legs

It's that time of the year when people try to escape the cold of winter and head off to somewhere warmer. Whether you are heading up north to sunny Queensland or a bit farther to the European summer, it goes without saying you have a lot of sitting ahead of you ... and unless you have managed to get an upgrade or an emergency aisle seat, the majority of that will be in cramped seating.

The Sport Injury Clinic in Frankston warns that prolonged sitting has a negative effect on the body, primarily decreased veinous return. This is due to the 'kinks' in your veins from having your hips and knees bent as well as the general decrease in lower limb muscle activity. These factors combine to cause swelling in your feet and calves as well as increasing the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

There are a few things you can do to reduce the risk of DVT, including regular walks up the aisle and 'foot pump' exercises in your seat, but the best thing you can do is spend as much time as you can at the airport just walking about.  Waiting in layover for connecting flights is time that should be spent on the move. Minimise sitting time where you can. 

The Sport Injury Clinic has a full list of tips for more comfortable travelling, so go to to find out more.



A: 365 Nepean Highway, Frankston

T: 9783 9990 

E: [email protected]

Lavish designs by Lisa by Kate Sears


Frustrated at the lack of fashionable clothing and lingerie for full-figured women and longing to own her own business, Lisa gave up her work as a secretary 22 years ago and made a splash in this niche market.

Lisa’s Lacies was born, and Lisa hasn’t stopped making tracks and collecting fans with her distinctive, thoughtful and fashion-forward pieces. She adores her loyal customers who send their friends in to enjoy her well-made and long-lasting pieces, just as they have.

“I thought to myself, ‘I don’t want to wear those ugly styles with limited choices’,” Lisa says. “Ultimately, I was very selfish as I wanted to design these products for myself, but everyone enjoyed my designs so it’s worked out well.”

With sizes ranging from 12 to 40+, the store is the best destination for lingerie and clothing in larger sizes. Lisa’s proud to say her business is Australian owned and run, and the items she sells are made right here in Seaford with staff she’s worked with for decades. “We love our girls.  We ship worldwide, but we focus on sourcing our material from Australian companies.”

If you’re thinking it’s everything you’ve been wishing for, you’ll be drawn to Lisa’s exclusive new range that was launched at a VIP night live fashion show last month (pictured here).  Vibrant colours in casual styles, stylish cuts, blue hues, feminine prints, flattering flowy garments and dressier numbers for glam nights were all on show. The versatile collection of mix and match items is perfectly interchangeable for Melbourne’s ever-changing weather. They were almost sold out by the night’s end, with two more runs completed since. This truly confirms Lisa’s flair for design.

“It’s very hard, but at the same time it’s rewarding when I see our customers comfortable, well fitted and feeling fashionable.”

Have a chat with the lovely Lisa and find that best-fitting bra you’ve been longing for.


A: 6 Klauer St, Seaford


FB: @lisaslacies

INSTA: @lisaslacies