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This Car MakeOver Will Blow Your Mind.

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There are two ways to give an old car a new look: repaint or get it wrapped.

Vehicle wraps started life as a form of advertising on buses and cars but this relatively simple process has morphed into a must-have accessory for car geeks.

Fancee Car is Sydney’s leading vehicle wrap workshop where Leanne Beck and her team specialise in high-end car wraps – think pink Bentley’s and matt black Mercedes. However,  wraps for everyday family with everyday cars is growing in popularity because it gives an old car a makeover at a serioulsy affordable price.

I roadtested wrapping using our four year old Jeep and took it from blah grey to Jay Z black.

Like magic. Here’s how it’s done.

Watch The Video

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The Process.

When it comes to car wraps, the whole process takes far less time than a re-paint job. And the good news is that it’s a faction of the cost.

Fancee Car Wrapsyou can expect to leave your car for 4-5 days and then the team do the following:

  • Wash and polish the car check for any damages
  • Strip the car using a licenced in-house mechanic who removes the handles and bumpers in order to wrap
  • Start by wrapping the large panels and then move onto the smaller sections of the car
  • We recommend if you don’t like the chrome around the car to spray as wrapping doesn’t last long as long on chrome. (I did this with my car and it looks awesome)
  • The wrap doesn’t damage the paintwork if you would like to remove it the cost of removing is $800 – $1000
  • Product used on Paula car is a gloss black Oracal with self-healing protein which means that scratches repair themselves in the sun
  • The product comes with a 18 month warranty from fading

When you re-paint a car, the results are permanent. There is no going back.

However car wraps are completely removable and will not damage the paint underneath. 

Infact they keep it protected until removed. Wrapping a car will allow you to change the car’s appearance while keeping the original paint intact, resulting in ahigher resale value.

When it comes to car wraps, the whole process takes far less time than a re-paint job. And the good news is that it’s a faction of the cost.

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The Costs.

Prices start at $2000 and move upward to $5000 for larger cars like mine.

Fancee Car are offering readers $500 OFF a car wrap.

For enquires call +61 0449 811 108  

or head to www.fanceecar.com.au

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AND JUST ONE MORE THING.

The most important thing to understand about car wrapping is how to look it after it when cleaning your car.

No more drive through wash stations. You must wash by hand using a bucket and soft sponge.

Which we should be doing for the enviroment anyway.

A high pressure hose will damage the wrap and lift it from the car.

 

XMAS LUXE FOR LESS

 Christmas Lunch On $150 Budget.

A COLLABORATION WITH WOOLWORTHS

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You don’t have to spend a fortune to create a delicious a luxurious Christmas Day feast on a budget.

This year Woolworths gave me $150 to spend on food and decorations.

And…with a little prepartion, some clever DIY and shopping the seasonal specials you can enjoy a special Christmas on a budget.

Pretty Pavlova Tower.

Regular readers know just how fond I am of baking.

I may go a little overboard but if not Christmas…when?!

You don’t have to be a great cook or love baking to make a sensational Christmas Day dessert.

Here I’ve made a pretty pavlova tower which requires zero baking and minimum prep for $20

You’ll Need

 3 x Woolworths  Pavalova Base

2 x Woolworths Thickened Cream

6 x Woolworths Yellow Nectarines (cored and cut into quarters)

To Assemble

Whip the cream and set aside.

Unpack the pavlova bases. Cut two into slightly smaller circles than the bottom and the middle. The shells are very soft so a sharp long knife (used gently) will work best. Stack the bases on top of each other to form a tower.

Cover the bases in whipped cream and decorate with the nectarines and anything else that takes your imagination such as flowers, Christmas ornaments, chocolate etc.

Cranberry Muffins.

INGREDIENTS

250 gms dried cranberries
8 tablespoons sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, room temperature
3/4 cup whole milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest, optional

METHOD (makes 12)

Sprinkle cranberries with 2 tablespoons sugar; set aside. Sift remaining sugar, flour, baking powder and salt into large bowl.
In another bowl, beat egg, milk and oil. Make a hole in centre of dry ingredients; pour in liquid ingredients. Stir just until moistened. Add berries and, if desired, lemon zest. Fill 12 greased standard or 6 greased jumbo muffin cups. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
Bake at 200° for 18 minutes for standard-size muffins or for 22 minutes for jumbo muffins.

Perfect Pork & Apple Sauce.

When you’re cooking Christmas on a budget the most affordable and delicious roast option is pork.

I opted for a Woolworths Roast Pork Leg Boneless ($20) which is generous in size and flavour. The trick to cooking pork is to blast it for 25 minutes in a very hot (250 degree) oven. This will crisp the crackling. Then turn the heat down and allow to slow roast.

Keep pork from drying out by elevating it on a layer of chopped potato and add a little bit of boiling water to the base pan. TIP: Make your own apple sauce by adding cored, whole apples to the roasting pan. I used Woolworths Odd Bunch Apples and served them falling and naturally sweet next to the pork.

Simple Affordable Sides.

Christmas Carrots
Woolworths Reindeer Carrots

Woolworths Reindeer Carrots par boiled for fifteen minutes and then whole roasted with maple syrup and Woolworths Hazelnuts. Ten cents from every bag of Woolworths Reindeer Carrots sold goes to WIRES to help with the protection and rescue of our wildlife.

Woolworths Potato Mini Microwavable White Potato boiled, drained and then cooked again until crisp and golden in the over. The secret is melted butter which gives a soft centre and a crispy skin.

This simple salad adds fantastic colour to any Christmas buffet. Arrange a bunch of chopped Woolworths Truss Tomotoes, a few branches of Woolworths Mini Truss Tomatoes, fresh basil, olives and olive oil. Easiest. Dish. Ever.

Mini Prawn Cocktails could not be simpler and are a great way to add seafood without blowing the budget.  Assemble a couple of Woolworths Baby Cos Lettuce Leaves; one quarter skinned of Woolworths Odd Bunch Avocados (these are great value just buy them a few days ahead to ripen); a wedge of lemon or lime and three peeled and deveined Woolworths Cooked Tiger Prawns.

Two Minute Cocktail Sauce.

1/4 cup) whole-egg mayonnaise

1/4 cup tomato sauce2 teaspoons Woolworths Worcestershire Sauce

1/4 teaspoon red Tabasco pepper sauce

1/4 teaspoon lemon juice

Combine mayonnaise, lemon, Worcestershire, tomato and Tabasco sauce in a bowl. Season with pepper. Cover. Place in the fridge for 1 hour to chill before use.

Making The Moment Magical.

The easiest way to set a beautiful Christmas table its to mix textures – fabric, glass, ceramic and colours. Choose a hero colour – this year it’s gold – and then find three other shades to complement (red, white and green).

Then have fun incorporating the colours across your tableware.

Woolworths has a really beautiful selection of Christmas ornaments and table ware that wont break the bank. My shopping list:  Christmas Woodland Rose Clip On, $3.20 (2 pack);  Christmas Safari Bauble, $8;Christmas Woodland Bird Clip On, $3;  Woolworths Gold Christmas Placemats, $3 (each);  Christmas Entertaining Bon Bons 12 pack, $12

Sensational Stand Alone Stuffing.

INGREDIENTS

Loaf Woolworths Sourdough Bread (stale)

250gm Woolworths Cranberries

250gm Woolworths Macro Currants

250 gm Woolworths Salted Butter (melted)

1 punnet Woolworths fresh sage (chopped)

1 punnet Woolworths fresh thyme (chopped)

80gms Woolworths Pistachios (chopped)

1 cup Woolworths Chicken Stock

Salt and Pepper to taste

METHOD

Blitz bread in a food processor until a medium crumb is formed and place in mixing bowl. Combine currants, cranberries, seasoning, fresh herbs, nuts with the bread in a large mixing bowl.

Melt the butter and use a wooden spoon to softly fold through the mix. Transfer to an oven safe tray and pour stock over the top. Cover with foil and bake on 160 for half an hour. Remove foil and bake until golden brown.

And With My Last $10….

I bought Woolworths Rich Fruit & Nut Christmas Cake. Brand new and you’ll find it fresh in the bakery section.

Everything You Need To Know About Thermage.

Thermage FLX is considered the gold standard for targeting volume loss and sagging skin without injecting, needling or downtime.

Non-invasive and rejuvenative, the treatment uses radiofrequency energy (RFE) to heat the skin’s dermis and stimulate new collagen production.

Gwyneth loves it. Jennifer loves it. It’s a celeb over 45 thing.

I tried it for the first time last year and was very happy with the results.

The recomendation for maintenence is a treatment every twelve months and this year, I added the eye area (to provide a lift) and the neck (beacuse THE NECK!!!)

I was in the safe hands of Dr Flora Galoustian at Skin Renu who has been practicing Thermage for two decades.

There is nothing about this treatment she does not know.

My Treatment Step-By-Step.

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There is no sugar coating it – Thermage is truly painful. 

Particularly along the jaw line and the neck bones – anywhere there is less padding of fat or muscle – however the fuller parts of the face are more than manegable and didn’t hurt at all.

The key is the a highly skilled doctor that works from one side of the face to another and is sensitive to your pain threshold.

The appearance of my skin straight after the treatment was amazing.  There was no redness or swelling just genuine tightness that kept improving each day.

Thermage gives natural and real results which improve over time.

I’m a convert.

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Q & A With Dr Flora Galoustian, Skin Renu

 

What is Thermage FLX?

Thermage FLX is the newest generation of Thermage technologies known for non-invasively reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for an overall younger looking appearance. The system uses patented radiofrequency technology to create a uniform heating effect in the deep collagen-rich layers of the skin.

Who is the ideal candidate? 

Anyone over the age of 30 years old and for anyone over 40 years old it’s a must.

What is involved in the treatment?

RF is delivered in controlled pulses to the dermal layer of the skin where collagen is formed. During the pulse the surface of the skin is cooled, all the energy is directed where it will stimulate the formation of fibroblasts where collagen is formed.

What areas on the face and/or body can be treated?

One of the best things about Thermage FLX is its versatility, its new optimised energy delivery algorithm, known as AccuREP™ technology, automatically measures and precisely tunes the amount of energy delivered to the patient and treatment are. Treatment areas include: face, neck, eyelids, upper arms, abdomen, buttocks, legs and knees.

Is it possible to treat the entire face at once?

The system also features a new vibrating hand-piece to help enhance patient comfort, and a new, larger treatment tip that reduces treatment time by 25 percent allowing you to treat the face and neck at once.

What issues is Thermage best at targeting?

Skin laxity, thinned skin is plumped

What areas on the face and/or body can be treated?

One of the best things about Thermage FLX is its versatility, its new optimised energy delivery algorithm, known as AccuREP™ technology, automatically measures and precisely tunes the amount of energy delivered to the patient and treatment are. Treatment areas include: face, neck, eyelids, upper arms, abdomen, buttocks, legs and knees.

What results can you expect straight after the treatment? And then in two weeks? Six months?

With only one treatment required to see results, you can see an immediate lift and feel tightening but this your existing collagen being tightened. For most patients, measurable results appear gradually in the two to six months following a single treatment session and can last for 1-2 years depending on the individual’s skin condition and ageing process.

Is Thermage safe if pregnant or breastfeeding?

Thermage is not recommended for pregnant women; however, breastfeeding mothers can be treated.

Are there certain skin types that should avoid it?

That’s the great thing about Thermage – it is suitable for all skin types.

Is there down time and what does it look like?

The beauty of this gentle heating treatment is that it tightens existing collagen and stimulates the production of new collagen, all with little-to-no downtime for the patient. No special care is required afterward, aside from basic skin maintenance and sunscreen as part of a regular skincare regime.

What are potential adverse reactions?

In the hands of a skilled, trained therapist there really aren’t any. Some patients have temporary redness or minor swelling after the treatment, but this usually goes away within 24 hours with most patients returning to their regular activities immediately following treatment.

What Does Thermage Cost?

Treatments are based on area. Thermage on both you face and neck costs $2850 but half a face will cost around $1950.

 

For a consultation call (02) 99555 9506 or head to www.skinrenu.com.au

Rose Gold Make-Up

Gourmet Hot Dogs

Gourmet Hot Dogs.

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These cookies be crack.

Perfected from a jumble of old Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies recipes that I’ve grabbed from girlfriends and gurus.

The sea salt is the best part because it cuts through the acres of chocolate with a nice savoury bite.

Often I only dust half the batch because the kids prefer them straight up.

There’s nothing remotely healthy about this cookie.

It’s just an addictive, over-indulgent, crowd-pleasing trip down Sugar Street.

Serve warm with milk.

PJxx

NUTELLA CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES.

Ingredients
150g butter (softened)
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoon caster sugar
1 egg
1 ½ cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
250g chocolate chips
200g Nutella
sea salt for sprinkling

Method

Preheat oven to 170°C. Cream the butter and sugar until the mixture becomes pale and light.

Add the egg, vanilla extract and beat well. On a low speed, fold in the choc chips, flour (sifted), baking soda and baking powder.

Take a tablespoon of dough, roll it into a ball and then flatten it into the palm of your hand. Add a teaspoon of Nutella into the middle and then roll it back up into a ball.

Place the cookies on baking trays and squash lightly with the back of a fork. Next sprinkle each one with a little sea salt.

Bake until cookies for about 12-14 minutes or until cookies are golden. They should come out still soft and harden as they cool.

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