Celebrating the seasons at Yo-Ko


Although there are still some warm days ahead, autumn is just around the corner, and with that expectation, Yo-Ko Boutique is beginning to receive the first of new stock for the autumn season. 

One of the labels that will feature is Café Latte – as seen in this patchwork dress (shirt also available) – which was a popular label at Yo-Ko throughout summer.  Yo-Ko is also receiving new dresses and autumn knits from Boho and Blue Soul.  However, Yo-Ko is still celebrating summer with huge markdowns of summer stock and accessories, ranging from 30 to 60 per cent.  So for that last of the summer purchases, or in preparation for that overseas trip, come and pick up a bargain.

Yo-Ko continues to stock a new range of accessories – gorgeous ‘new in store’ rattan bags and jewellery from Trio Rouge (featured) and Amandarine, footwear from Step on Air and No! Shoes, and scarves from Violet Priscilla.

Yo-Ko is also delighted to feature in store the talented works of some wonderful local artisans and makers.  Come in and see the abstract expressionist works of Sophia Steger, a selection of limited edition framed prints available.  ‘JCinspired’ potted concrete planters, and Cora Soy Candles – all featured in Yo-Ko’s advertisement.

Yo-Ko’s hours are Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm (Friday to 6pm), and the third Sunday of the month only (Farmers’ Market) 10am-3pm.  Come and let one of the Yo-Ko team assist you.  See you soon!



A: 10 Station St, Seaford

T: 9782 4442


Natural perfumes versus synthetics


Natural perfumes are a whole different ballgame to synthetic fragrances - they are much more subtle. As one perfumist wrote:  “You are interacting with the soul of the plant.”

Natural perfumes take a bit of getting used to if you are used to mainstream perfumes, which are much stronger smelling and last all day. Kis My Body suggests applying Kis perfume every four hours, which is why they come in good quality and very portable glass bottles.

Some perfumes contain synthetic fixatives that are very bad for your health, and that’s another reason why the lasting power of natural perfumes will always be less than the mainstream perfumes. One Kis customer bought both the 50ml spray perfume as well as the rollerball perfume oil and uses the rollerball to top up during the day.

The lasting power of the natural perfumes also varies greatly among individuals, depending on your skin type and other factors, but it will nearly always be less than mainstream perfumes. 

So as a consumer you may need to adjust your expectations if you are going down the healthy route of natural perfumes. You may have to apply your perfume more frequently, which is a pleasure and a natural pick-me-up because Kis perfumes use organic essential oils.


T: 9787 8825


Endermologie on Humphries


Peninsula Endermologie owner Niamh Hislop knows lipomassage protocols work. In her training as a general nurse and working at The Harley Medical Group, the UK’s leading cosmetic clinic, she witnessed the benefits endermologie offered her clients. Having identified the need for an affordable solution to cellulite and body contouring locally, and knowing that treatment results vary according to therapist, Niamh began Peninsula Endermologie with a results-driven focus.

“I’ve used this technique on myself and many more clients so I know it works,” Niamh said. “Lipomassage gradually reduces the appearance of cellulite and unwanted fat deposits. This technique has been used throughout Europe for over 30 years and has been proven with more than 140 clinical studies, plus millions of testimonials which demonstrate meaningful results. In fact, it’s the No.1 treatment for cellulite worldwide.”

Niamh uses established lipomassage and specialised endermotherapy protocols for naturally anti-ageing face and body rejuvenation and therapeutic indications too. For example, endermologie is also effective for the treatment of discomfort associated with fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, scleroderma, lymphedema, muscle spasms and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).

To find out more, call Niamh today.


A: 120 Humphries Rd, Mount Eliza

M: 0434 946 209

W: peninsulaendermologie.com



Avoid back-to-school backpack pain

With all the excitement of packing new books, stationery, yummy lunches and super show-and-tell items we can forget one of the more important back-to-school accessories - the backpack!

We need to look after growing bodies and make sure we are preventing strains the best we can. Too heavy or ill-fitted backpacks are often the source of neck and back pain, but there are simple tips to look for when purchasing a new bag:

·      Two wide shoulder straps to help disperse the weight evenly – the two straps must also be worn.

·      Choose a bag that is close fitting to the body – look for a bag that fits just above the hips and below the shoulders and is no wider than the chest.

·      Waist and chest straps are helpful to transfer some of the weight from the lumbar spine to the pelvis.

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·      Choose padding around the lower back to ease the pressure from pokey objects.

Ensure that the bag isn’t too heavy and only has what is needed for the day. Once the bag is packed it shouldn’t weigh more than 10 per cent of the child’s weight. These tips from The Sports Injury Clinic’s physiotherapy team will go a long way in preventing injury and pain. 



A: 365-367 Nepean Highway, Frankston

T: 9783 9990


Beat the heat for a deep sleep

Having trouble catching some summertime shut-eye? Tossing and turning when the heatwaves are burning? Never fear, The Sleep Coach Cheryl Fingleson is here to share her expert tips to help you sleep through the heat.

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During the day and before bedtime

Keep curtains and block-out blinds closed to avoid excessive heat entering your home.

Do not watch any screens or use your mobile phone before bedtime.

Drink enough water in the day to avoid waking frequently due to thirst and dehydration.


When it's time to get some shut-eye

Have a lukewarm shower before bed.

Wear cotton PJs or sleep naked.

Drink cherry juice (which produces melatonin), herbal tea or warm milk.

Spray your sheets and pillow with lavender oil to induce sleep and keep the mozzies away.

Keep a Thermos of ice water next to the bed.


If you don’t have aircon

Freeze your sheets.

Place ice water in a bowl in front of a fan.

Sleep downstairs because upstairs will trap the heat.

Sleep with a cold water bottle filled with ice water.

Keep a spray bottle next to your bed and squirt yourself when you feel too hot.

For more, check out Cheryl’s website thesleepcoach.com.au and Facebook page /TheSleepCoach


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

W: frankstonfamilychiro.com.au

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 tsic.com.au/services/tsic-training-services/group-training-special-offers to claim this offer.


A: 365-367 Nepean Highway, Frankston

T: 9783 9990

W: tsic.com.au


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

W: thecovehotel.com.au

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

W: mcclellandgallery.com


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
W: labellesalon.com.au
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
W: www.Coolbodyshaping.com.au
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