Time to Thrive by Liz Rogers

Clinical Hypnotherapist and Mindset coach Gayle Dwyer focuses on shifting her client’s outlook through hypnosis and other techniques to retrain the brain’s thought processes which transform their lives.

Weight loss client Maureen says; “I can’t believe how much better I feel. I am now leaving food on the plate and not craving chocolate. It’s a revelation for me; I’m so excited about my life now.”

Gayle’s program is so much more than just hypnotherapy – by changing your mindset and old thoughts and beliefs you can become empowered to make the change you desire.  

A: 4 Ross Smith Ave, Frankston
 0414 714 644
FB/ Gayle Dwyer Hypnotherapy


Lose the weight and feel great by Liz Rogers

Eileen Marx can help you get ready for the warmer weather with Effective Hypnotherapy. Her amazing Virtual Gastric Band therapy which breaks the diet cycle once and for all – with no dieting, no head hunger and no sugar cravings – gets you motivated and moving!

Effective Hypnotherapy focuses on your emotional, physical and mental wellbeing. Call Eileen today to see how you can begin your journey towards a slimmer, healthier and happier you - and let the sunshine in.

Mornington and the La Trobe Valley
M: 0402 759 974
W: www.effectivehypnotherapy.com.au


Race in for that winning look

The Spring Racing Carnival is upon us again, and if you’re planning a trip to the track, you’ll be wanting to look your best.  That’s why your best bet is The Beauty Boutique in Aspendale.
The Beauty Boutique offers a comprehensive range of advanced facials and treatment plans targeting anti-ageing, pigmentation, acne and the overall health of your skin. 

With microdermabrasion, IPL hair removal and skin rejuvenation, waxing and brow sculpting, you’ll be leading the field.

And to mark this exciting time of year, The Beauty Boutique is offering a Spring Racing Special – a spray tan and make-up for just $80.

So race into The Beauty Boutique and you’ll be looking like a winner.

A: 144 Nepean Highway, Aspendale
T: 9588 1982
FB: facebook.com/144beautyboutique

Nutrition front and centre

Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre staff are stepping it up as the centre becomes the first in Australia to ensure all fitness staff hold a Certificate of Nutrition in addition to their exercise qualifications.

PARC health and fitness manager Dan Andrews believes that sound health and wellbeing advice should be readily available to the Frankston community.

“By providing free, qualified nutrition advice for members, our new program is not only extremely beneficial but also accessible,” Dan says.  “We’ve invested in state-of-the-art equipment, including medical-grade body composition scales that take the guesswork out of weight losses or gains.”

The centre’s gym will also get a revamp, now offering high-intensity team interval training classes.  Called POWERZONE 30, these classes will see people perform a 30-minute program using state-of-the-art equipment, including the individual MYZONE fitness-tracking system. 


A: cnr Cranbourne Rd and Olive Grove, Frankston
T: 9781 8444
W: parcfrankston.com.au

Lisa’s taking care of business

Lisa Medhurst is lively, lovely and smart, smart, smart.  Her business, Lisa’s Lacies Plus Size Lingerie, is a rip-roaring success and not only because her garments are pretty, seductive and fit to form, but because they are made with the understanding that not every woman is (or wants to be) a size 10.

Lisa’s Lacies is for real women who want to look and feel gorgeous – think bras (including maternity, sports and plunge), lingerie (camisoles and corsets), briefs, sleepwear and the Lisa’s Lacies clothing label just for starters.

Lisa began unpicking bras and learning how to make patterns from home 21 years ago. The rest is Australian garment production success history. Hard work and focus has seen Lisa’s Lacies grow tenfold.  Her shop floor in Seaford is about 1500sq m and Lisa has just signed the deal of a lifetime with the Double Divas’ Brilliant Bras for Beautiful Women brand in the US. She already exports to Asia, the UK and the States.

“It’s very exciting; Double Divas will begin stocking Lisa’s Lacies in over 100 of their Livi Rae stores across America in 2017.  Next year is going to be big.  I am back in Dallas in February, so stay tuned for an update then,” she explains.

With about 90 awards for business – including Woman of the Year – and receiving an export grant from Frankston City Council in 2015, this business powerhouse still finds time to give back to the community.  Lisa’s Lacies collects donated second-hand bras and forwards them to the Uplift Fiji Project, which distributes them to the local ladies.

It is also at the forefront of mastectomy bra fittings. “We have a separate private pink and gold room where clients can feel safe and cared for,” says Lisa, who also devotes her time to several other charities.

It would seem that what goes around comes around - and that’s what taking care of business is really all about, isn’t it?

A: 6 Klauer St, Seaford
T: 9782 5955
W: lisaslacies.com.au
FB: facebook.com/lisaslacies/

Hypnosis for better health

From losing weight to stopping smoking, Effective Hypnotherapy helps clients release unwanted habits, emotions, thoughts, behaviours and addictions in a safe and nurturing environment in Mornington.

Eileen is a fully qualified hypnotherapist with a diploma in hypnotherapy and psychotherapy, and she is committed to helping people make lifestyle changes emotionally, mentally and physically, enabling them to live a more empowered life.

Eileen has also studied ego state therapy and sand play therapy for children and has a full qualification in the virtual gastric band, having been trained by London’s Sheila Granger, the founder of this revolutionary treatment.

M: 0402 759 974
W: effectivehypnotherapy.com.au
FB: facebook.com/Effective-Hypnotherapy-1428543227415697


Set for spring at Yo-Ko

Yo-Ko Original Boutique moved to Seaford almost two years ago, and in that time owners Annie and Wendy have seen some great changes and new things happening in the Seaford shopping precinct.  It is an exciting time to be part of the Seaford community.

Spring has arrived, and this new season is reflected in the slightly warmer days, the freshness in the air and the new styles arriving in store - beautiful pastel colours seen in cotton knit jumpers, bell-sleeve tops and dresses, popular patterns of big florals and paisleys, and some boho styling.  Also arriving are new-season shoes and jewellery, and the always popular Refuge Gelato Legs jeans, in a range of colours.

See you in store soon!


A: 10 Station St, Seaford
T: 9782 4442
Open: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm; Friday 10am-6pm; Sunday 11am-4pm (closed Monday)

We're all in this together

Walking through the charming little green door you are immediately encapsulated with the colours, sounds and positive energy emitting from this unique health and healing hub.

With a Byron Bay-esque rustic feel and boho themed retail space, you’re soon greeted by the true essence of the store, Luke and Kristi, the two founders of Little Earth Health who emulate a powerhouse of knowledge and authentic passion on all things health and healing.

Having spent time with native healers in Peru, Vanuatu and Mongolia while also having direct training from experts in the fields of nutrition, ethnobotany, herbalism and energetics here in Australia, the pair battled through their own healing crisis in 2013, spending their entire life savings and more dealing with a personal and difficult-to-treat health condition.  Through this journey and their continued studies, Little Earth Health was born.

Beyond the retail floor where only the best quality supplements and herbal medicines have been carefully researched, sourced and tested, you will find a small practitioner space quaintly tucked away behind their organic herbal dispensary.  Naturopathic, nutritional and authentic ayurveda consultations and therapies are conducted here by Luke and newest arrival Dr Madhu, a specialist ayurveda doctor highly trained in India who joined the Little Earth Health team in 2016.

With yoga and meditation classes running most nights, a members’ health library and shamanic massage conducted on every full and new moon, Little Earth Health is a must-stop destination for anyone looking for genuine and unique health and healing.

Little Earth Health takes an authentic, down-to-earth, scientific, and above all individualistic approach towards health and healing with their clients and customers.


A: 114b Nepean Highway, Seaford
T: 9773 6915
W: www.littleearthhealth.com.au


Beautiful for spring

Dollface by Brooke Anita Medi Spa and Skin Clinic has been introduced to Seaford by Brooke, a passionate, highly trained beauty therapist with more than 10 years’ experience.

In 2014 Brooke began studying for her Bachelor of Dermal Therapy at Victoria University. She has also travelled the world gaining skills and working within high-end prestigious salons, clinics and day spas, including on Disney cruise ships.

This new beauty clinic has some of the top product ranges and up-to-date technology, including results-driven skincare Aspect, Cosmedix, Waterlilly Skin Body Spa, Dermafrac, IPL, natural mineral skincare make-up Jane Iredale and Eye of Horus.  Dollface has CND, Young Nails, Artistic colour gloss gel polish and SNS to keep those hands and feet groomed, and Moroccan Tan, St Tropez Tan and Vanity Tan to bronze the body for spring.

Dollface’s popular services include Russian 3D Volume lashes, Gel Polish Manicures, lash lifts, Lactic or Retinol medical-grade skin peels and IPL permanent hair removal.  Dollface prides itself on no double dipping during waxing, hygienic manicure and pedicure treatments, and disposable treatment utensils for all services.  Skin treatment packages are recommended at consultations, and the team of four friendly trained girls are available from Monday-Saturday. 

A: 120 Nepean Highway, Seaford
T: 8751 9037
W: www.brookeanitabeauty.com.au

Faces that turn heads

Total Face Group is bringing good looks to the Peninsula thanks to a highly experienced team of doctors, aesthetic nurse consultants and dermal therapists.

An innovative cosmetic and injectable clinic, Total Face Group offers clients the ability to create their best face and body possible with an emphasis on looking natural. 

“With the arrival of spring there’s no better time to think about how you can look and feel your best,” says chief executive Jo Hannah.  “We’re committed to helping our clients through personalised, long-term treatment plans carefully created by medical professionals to achieve effortless-looking improvements.”

The result is a considered, realistic and gentle journey to looking your absolute best.

“We’ve all seen those people who turn heads for the wrong reasons, because everyone can clearly see the work they’ve had done.  At Total Face Group, we are the antithesis of this. Our clients turn heads because we ensure each treatment plan is perfect for the individual, making them look and feel amazing.”

Total Face Group’s Peninsula clinic offers a range of cosmetic treatments including anti-ageing injections, skin rejuvenation and CoolSculpting treatments overseen by aesthetic nurse consultant Michelle Bird.     

Jo’s final advice to those who think the world of cosmetic treatments isn’t for them is to carefully think about how wonderful it feels to receive a sincere compliment.  “When we look good we feel good, and wouldn’t it be wonderful to feel good more often?”


A: 1050 Nepean Highway, Mornington
T: 13 32 23
W: totalfacegroup.com.au/peninsula/

Patients’ nutrition well catered for

Hospital food and nutrition is recognised as an important part of the holistic care provided at St John of God Frankston Rehabilitation Hospital.

The catering team is very proud of its reputation for providing delicious and nutritious home-style comfort meals.  Highly trained and experienced chefs, supported by the catering team, cook fresh and plate-hot.  Meals produced reflect the catering team’s passion for food and commitment to patient care.  All meals are cooked daily, and this includes freshly baked scones, cakes or biscuits that are served for morning and afternoon tea.

The hospital’s catering manager/head chef, together with the dietitians and speech pathologists, develop and review menus that meet each patient’s needs and dietary requirements. Menu monitors are available to assist patients with making the correct selection of food for specialised diets, or completing menu forms if assistance is required.

Patient feedback such as this confirms the hospital’s commitment to meeting and exceeding patients’ expectations: “I commend every aspect of your catering service – you have an excellent standard. I can tell your meals are so fresh and prepared with pride in your work. The variety is amazing and you have achieved the best quality.”

A: 255-265 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston
T: 9788 3333

Professional care for your skin

Tania and Molly invite you to an Elysium experience, individually tailored to you in their tranquil and professional medispa.

Specialising in corrective, clinical skin care, their holistic approach and innovative tools target dermal health to assist you in achieving your skin goals.  They provide treatment for acne, scarring, pigmentation, ageing, fine lines and wrinkles, dehydration, congestion, milia, sun damage, dull and tired skin, redness, sensitivity, rosacea, and pre- and post-surgery skin care.

While they focus on meeting your skin health and beauty needs, Tania and Molly are also dedicated to ensuring they provide a relaxed and comfortable escape where your troubles can be left at the door.  Treatments they provide include derma rolling, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, cosmedical grade facials, LED light facial therapy, injectables, teeth whitening, eyelash extensions, make-up, spray tanning, body treatments, massage, manicures/pedicures, and all waxing and tinting.

Treat your skin to the care it deserves, and see Tania and Molly at Elysium Medispa and Beauty.

A: 1-5 Station St, Seaford
T: 0402 518 501

Professional service will have you smiling

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 are here to 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 (up to $1000).

Contact the friendly team for more information and appointments. New patients are welcome.

A: 442 Nepean Highway, Chelsea
T: 8774 0441

Hats off to Felicity

Peninsula milliner Felicity Northeast specialises in creating elegant, bespoke headpieces for a Spring Racing Carnival to remember.  We spoke with Felicity about her spring 2016 collection and tips and trends for the season ahead.

Should we be wearing hats or fascinators this year?
Go with your style; wear a headpiece that reflects your personality and you feel comfortable in.  This year we are seeing headbands and crowns, which would be perfect for those starting to wear headpieces and the young racegoer.

What colours are on trend this year?
Black and white will be popular and will be frequently seen in bold geometric designs. Colours will vary from all tones of blue and sorbet, shades of pinks, nudes, lemon and mint to the brightest of colours.  

Where have you drawn inspiration from?
My main sources of inspiration are the materials themselves.  I love discovering how different textures and colour combinations can totally change the feel of a piece. This year I have also drawn inspiration from repetitive geometric patterns in wallpaper, furnishing materials and architecture, especially staircases.

Are flowers in trend this season?
Flowers rarely go out of trend but their shapes and styles can change with time. This season we are seeing more structured petals and leaves that complement the shapes within the headpiece.  

What is your proudest moment as a milliner?
When a client sends me a thankyou note or picture, it really puts a smile on my face.

What do you love about living and working on the Peninsula?
Besides being a great place to live, I have a wide diversity of wonderful clients, from those working in the industry, trainers, owners, Fashion on the Field contestants (Mornington Peninsula ladies do exceptionally well) to those going to the races for work or fun.

STOP PRESS: Felicity has just been named the winner of the 2016 Millinery Association of Australia Design Award.  Well done, Felicity!

The art of success and a good night’s sleep

Science suggests that a lack of sleep boosts levels of ghrelin (responsible for the sensation of hunger) and reduces leptin (the satisfaction hormone), so how do successful people respond to this wellness challenge despite gaining wealth and remaining energetic, stimulated and healthy in all aspects of their life both personally and at work? 

In my experience, wealthy, successful people do five things that the even harder-working middle class could do to establish and maintain balance. 

1. Successful people make decisions quickly.  Decisiveness is the key to taking action, and successful people take action often.  Procrastination, however, is reserved for those who limit their ability to execute a strategy.

2. Successful people create strategies, not plans.  As such, they do not limit themselves to one path.  They leave room to be versatile in a changing environment and realise that having more than one plan, a multi-faceted plan - a strategy, for example - can be the difference between success and failure.

3. They find ways to manage stress, whether this is exercising to practise breathing, meditation to practise mindfulness, addressing conflict using a two-way communication technique or turning their phone off for five minutes while they eat or sleep.  Stress is this century’s No.1 cause of self-sabotage.

4. They seek knowledge but know that knowledge is not power.  Knowledge is the switch on a machine that turns it on, but using knowledge as a stimulant for creating and acting on new ideas is what keeps the cogs moving. 

5. Successful people understand the law of usefulness.  The use of a person’s skill set, talents, existing knowledge or personality traits to the advantage of acting on ideas is the easiest place to start on the path towards success.  Why waste what you already have? Why not put your usefulness to good use? 

Those who find wealth and balance in their lives have experimented with something called risk and reward, and have at one stage questioned and doubted their own abilities while on the edge of possible or actual failure.  However, a combination of finding out what you are good at, interested in, and enjoy doing may be how success and a good night’s sleep are eventually attained.

-       Georgia Zadow

Experience the Bearskins difference

Bearskins Laser Tattoo Removal prides itself on being a laser clinic that’s accessible to everyone.

Over the past three years, Rachael and her team have performed thousands of successful treatments.   All staff are qualified skin therapists and laser technicians, and with two of the most powerful, effective and safe Q-switched Nd:YAG laser machines, as well as a Ruby laser, they have the right technology to remove multi-coloured tattoos.

“We’ve all been tattooed and have gone through the removal process, so we have extensive knowledge about the skin, laser, tattooing and first-hand experience with what the laser removal process involves,” Rachael says.  “All our clients receive superior treatments, aftercare and advice.

“Because we love skin so much, Bearskins also offers other corrective treatments, such as laser rejuvenation, pigmentation and capillary reduction, and treatments to reduce and control rosacea, acne and skin ageing.  Using laser and chemical peels developed by the world’s first environmentally friendly professional cosmeceutical range Medik8, clients can achieve the skin appearance they desire with our in-clinic services and tailored home care regime.”

And ask about Bearskins’ Feather Touch Brow Tattooing, a subtle semi-permanent tattoo technique that mimics real hair for a natural look.

A: Bayside Shopping Centre, Frankston
T: 9769 6555
W: bearskins.com.au

Passion for Fashion

Frankston might seem an unlikely breeding ground for one of the fashion industry’s hottest new names, but it all makes sense when Lukas Vincent tells his story.

The 32-year-old took his love of fashion and the Peninsula beach culture to create the Exinfinitas clothing label. Last month he won the $50,000 Woolmark Prize for the Australia-New Zealand region.

“I think the general demographic I grew up with meant life was very real and sometimes completely unfiltered,” Lukas says. “It was that idea I wanted to weave though my work.”

Lukas’s interest in fashion started from reading imported magazines, his only window into that world in the days before the internet. “Frankston certainly wasn’t the most ideal place to be interested in fashion.  I studied fashion by correspondence in year 11 and 12 and was really the only boy within miles that had this interest. At the same time, being secluded allowed me to form my own options and develop a craft in a highly personal way.”

The beach was a big part of his youth. “Surf culture is intimately woven into our psyche - I grew up only ever wearing Rip Curl, Mambo, Billabong etc. My dad was a surfer and being at the surf beach was always a part of my weekly ritual. So when it came to creating an international brand, I had to ask myself what it means to be Australian and what are the elements an overseas consumer would want from an Australian brand.  It’s certainly not a literal translation of a surf brand - up close you will see hidden details, fabrics, trims or colours which allude to surf without being cliche. And by blending all these elements with high-end tailoring, it becomes a much more refined offering.”

In launching Exinfinitas in 2013, Lukas drew on more than 12 years of invaluable fashion experience from around the world, beginning with Melbourne designer Bettina Liano and culminating in a four-year stint in New York.  Now the Woolmark Prize will help open more doors.

“The wide network of mentors and contacts Woolmark has access to now means I also have access to the same resources, so I’m incredibly fortunate. It will allow me to tackle anything going forward with compete confidence that I have full industry support behind me.”


Miss Velvet

Empowering women to be the best version of themselves every day and in every way is what Wells St boutique Miss Velvet specialises in.

Miss Velvet director Beckie White has been working with Peninsula women for more than 25 years and is passionate about helping them achieve their goals and dreams. Beckie believes that when you look and (more importantly) feel good, you are ready to conquer the world. Discovering your own personal style is the key to unlocking your inner confidence, and Beckie and her team of stylists run classes to help women do that with wardrobe makeovers, shopping adventures, photo shoots, and personalised look books.

Beckie is also a supporter of the community, working and raising money for women and children in need. “I am a big believer in giving back to the community that supports you.”

A: 5/19 Wells St, Frankston
T: 9783 8358


Colour Collections is at the forefront of the hair industry.

Director Wayne White and his team share the same goals – they believe in creating beautiful hair.
“Hair fashion at the moment is so exciting,” Wayne says. “We have a new collection of amazing reds and incredible blondes combining with our unique grey and ash toners .
“Haircuts  are moving towards soft, bouncy, fun looks with the emphasis on styles that are easy to maintain at home.”
It has been a busy year for the salon, working in Sydney with Goldwell and performing two shows for the hair expo in Melbourne. This month Wayne heads to Thailand with Goldwell for business development, and in September a few of the crew are off to Stockholm and Prague for Colour Zoom, the biggest hair colour event in the world .

A: Shop 6 & 7/19 Wells St, Frankston 3199
T: 9783 4195
W: www.colourcollections.com.au