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Extraordinary Ordinary Day
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Extraordinary Ordinary Day

At the end of the bustling Spice Alley part of the Central Park development you've doubtless noticed the cluster of tiny heritage houses. You know the ones that you couldn't really fathom a full-grown person living or walking around in? Extraordinary Ordinary Day (EOD) is a shoe boutique that fits perfectly into one of these cottages, at just 13m2: truncated displays of gleaming footwear with just enough space for trying and buying.  Founder and creative director Ashley Lim opened the flagship in July last year. As the sole operator of EOD, Lim has complete control over the thematic and aesthetic stream of each range. The shoes are partially made here and partially in her her home country of South Korea, where she collaborates with a small team of fine cobblers. Her workers have been specialised craftspeople for the last 30 years, so the design process is very collaborative. “Sometimes I will get feedback from my cobblers that the design just isn’t going to work," she says. "They are just so experienced and knowledgeable in shoemaking, and I have to listen to them."  The tiny store currently houses shoes from her debut collections as well as new pieces from the upcoming 'Scarlett'. The walls are lined with oil-slick metallic loafers, Mod slides and smooth sandals and the air is thick with the smell of quality leather. Lim's new range is a textural departure from these classic styles, with crushed velvet, ankle-skimming pumps and Mary Janes in jewel tones of olive and musk s

Flower delivery services in Sydney
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Flower delivery services in Sydney

These online florists (and local flower shops with easy online ordering options) have you covered for same-day deliveries of beautiful flowers.

Beauty products by Indigenous businesses
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Beauty products by Indigenous businesses

These four beauty brands are using centuries-old Indigenous Australian ingredients in their body bars and shampoos. 

The best tattoo parlours in Sydney
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The best tattoo parlours in Sydney

Sydney is overflowing with options when it comes to permanent ink, so to make your final choice a little easier we’ve compiled a list of the very best in the business.

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This week's best shopping events
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This week's best shopping events

Find the best warehouse sales and markets taking place this weekend, plus one-off shopping events. If you're looking for last-minute gifts, check out our gift guide or list of the best boutique florists.

The best shopping in Bondi
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The best shopping in Bondi

You'll find luxury labels, organic cosmetics, locally made activewear, playful jewellery and ethically made denim.

Shopping in Manly
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Shopping in Manly

There's more to Manly than the beach and the bars (although both of those things come highly recommended). When you wander off the Northern Beaches' suburbs well-trod mainstreet, you'll find a growing number of independent boutiques, antique stores and other knick knack sellers, as well as killer spots to pick out a sun hat or cossi to wear back out onto the Corso.

The best boutique florists in Sydney
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The best boutique florists in Sydney

We’ve picked out our favourite florists, who put together bunches of bloomin’ marvellous buds, from dramatic and sculptural arrangements to subtle and natural bouquets. 

Sydney’s best picnic hampers
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Sydney’s best picnic hampers

When you want to take your picnic to the next level, call in one of the experts. These four Sydney companies will prepare a delicious hamper of fresh salads, sandwiches, wraps and snacks for you. All you have to do is to decide where to take it (and who to invite to the party).

The best chocolate shops in Sydney
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The best chocolate shops in Sydney

Looking for a perfectly delicious gift? Or a night's supply for a serious splurge? These top shops will satisfy the world's most famous craving.

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The best spas in Sydney
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The best spas in Sydney

Whether you want hardcore results, or just a bit of chill time, Sydney's palaces of self-rejuvenation have you covered. So book it, bring a magazine and prepare to bliss out.

The best nail artists in Sydney
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The best nail artists in Sydney

Nail art has flourished from a DIY underground affair right into mainstream salons. Miss Lauren LaRouge is one of Sydney’s most in-demand nail artists, dazzling the digits of Sydneysiders who are looking to turn their nail beds into miniature canvases. “People think it’s this crazy over-the-top thing, but once people try it – even starting with a feature nail – they usually get hooked,” says Miss LaRouge, while painting pastel pink polka dots and leopard spots on Time Out's claws.A trip to Japan originally piqued Miss LaRouge’s interest in nail artistry, and on her return home she started using herself has a mani mannequin. “I did a course in Sydney, which was great for hygiene, acrylics, but nail art is just one small component, so I taught myself a lot and practiced on myself.” Lauren’s background in burlesque dancing – she’s an MC and ukulele-player over at Oxford Street’s Slide – dovetailed neatly with her newfound passion. “I used to add things to my costumes, bling them up and embellish them. I then took this to my nails.” This soon enough spread to the hands of friends and family, before she made the big jump and quit her office job to pursue her passion full time.Rather than the production-line set-up that many salons employ, Lauren ensures her little corner at Indulge Studios is one filled with sass, colour and solid client banter. “A beautician once told me that I shouldn’t bother getting into nail art and that the industry was dead, but I want to put the love back

The best bargain haircuts in Sydney
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The best bargain haircuts in Sydney

Need a quick fix to that unruly mop? These student hairdressing centres and colleges offer hair cuts for next to nix. You’ll need to be available at unpopular times, like during the working week, but the money saved could equal more beers at the pub with your mates. That’s a trade off we can shake on.

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The Knowledge Market is an initiative of Victoria Harbour, Melbourne's waterfront residential development on the CBD's doorstep. A thriving hub of peer-to-peer networking and local creativity, the Knowledge Market has an ever-changing rotation of activities that anyone can get involved with – some that are about benefitting your business, and others that are all about enriching your life. Jiva Wellbeing have just partnered with the Knowledge Market to bring casual yoga classes five days a week. Also, Spendlove and Lamb will be giving their insights into storytelling, digital strategy, content production and management for businesses, through a three-hour workshop on May 25. You can also hear the sweet sounds of the Melbourne Acapella Singers, or join in on the fun yourself. It's free and anyone can rock up and sing – no experience necessary, with sessions on May 4, 13, 20 and 25.  The young guns from Melbourne City Rotaract Club meet on Tuesday evenings to foster ways to create positive change in the local community.  Your Time Matters business talks offer practical advice for start-ups and local businesses. The next seminar will focus on Networking with a Twist, dishing out the secrets for getting the maximum mileage out of your business networking relationships, taking place on Thursday May 11 at 5pm.  There's loads more workshops, free events, creative kick-starters and inspiring networking opportunities, so make sure you keep your eye on the Knowledge Market. Find

Eight of the world’s most beautiful overwater villas
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Eight of the world’s most beautiful overwater villas

Overwater bungalows are famous across the world, and there's no guessing why – who wouldn't want to wake up in a house on stilts above some crystal clear turquoise water? For those seeking all out relaxation (and enviable Instagram snaps), take a peek inside eight of the world's best overwater bungalows.

Stockroom Restaurant and Stillery Cocktail Bar
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Stockroom Restaurant and Stillery Cocktail Bar

Surrounded by the retail and tree-lined streets of Double Bay is the InterContinental hotel, a charming destination whose marble and gold interiors house a restaurant and cocktail lounge that any passer-by can experience. Enter the hotel via the regal, winding marble staircase and try the gin-focused menu at the sophisticated Stillery lounge. Or sidle into Stockroom Restaurant for a seasonally-inspired menu utilising the best of local produce, and a casual atmosphere. With more than 100 varieties of rare, vintage and limited-edition gin and an innovative menu of aromatic G&Ts, Stillery is your place to start. Each of their unique G&Ts is elaborately garnished with botanicals matched to the base gin's flavour profile. A Gin Mare, for example, is a savoury Mediterranean sipper that arrives crowned by ripe basil leaves, rosemary twigs and a juicy cherry tomato with fever tree tonic, adding botanical-enhancing flavour and aromas. You can settle in here with a long list of gin cocktails and accompanying tasting plates or head to the adjoining dining room for more. Stockroom Restaurant is offering a three-course menu paired with a Stillery G&T for $69 per person this autumn. Stockroom Restaurant’s Executive Chef, Alex Vilches, has designed the menu to pair nicely with the flavours of gin. Dishes are made with floral elements in mind, like the glistening kingfish carpaccio which arrives dotted with crunchy black sesame and delicate edible flower petals, the fresh and light bites

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Redsalt Restaurant
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Redsalt Restaurant

Two hours north of Sydney, the Hunter Valley’s Lovedale is a community well known for its produce and wineries (among them Wandin Valley Estate). It’s also the home of the Lovedale Long Lunch, where the region’s leading chefs and winemakers come together and work together once a year, sharing a table and freezer space. And it’s in Lovedale you’ll find the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, home to Redsalt – a restaurant showcasing the best of local produce all year round.  Redsalt’s menu is under the direction of executive chef James Ashton, taking his lead from the seasons and sourcing local ingredients. Free-range poultry hails from a farm across in Thirlmere, while leaves of red elk, rocket and spinach come, we’re told, “from Gloria” – a grower whose property you pass on the way in.  Among the starters, go for fois gras parfait, spread, country-style, across the sweet and soft brioche, which is baked in-house. Prawns grilled à la grecque come stacked over a cocktail sauce in the American Floridian style – a tomato base with horseradish, tarragon and a touch of mayo. Shrimp share the plate with softly charred cos lettuce that gives the dish smokiness, while pickled watermelon rind teases out the sweetness of the sauce.  Mains are built around a grill concept, with a feature dish by Ross Lusted from much-awarded Sydney restaurant the Bridge Room – a grilled Wagyu loin with spinach butter, bone marrow, heirloom carrots, dried morels and a stick veal jus. But today, it’s the dry-a

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