“I loved my body back then, and I do to­day as well”

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Stellar - - Fashion - The Se­cret Daugh­ter Sea­son 2 pre­mieres 8.35pm, Tues­day, on the Seven Net­work.

The ac­tor lost weight in re­cent months, prompt­ing new head­lines that seemed to ac­cuse her of be­ing a hyp­ocrite. She’s not hav­ing a bar of it. “It would be sad if I would have to main­tain my ex­act ap­pear­ance and shape from three years ago in or­der to ap­pear that I be­lieve what I said when I said it,” she ex­plains. “Did I love my body then? Yes, I did. I loved who I was and how I was able to be healthy and a func­tion­ing hu­man. And I do to­day as well.”

When a man is mur­dered in the mid­dle of nowhere dur­ing the train jour­ney be­tween Is­tan­bul and Lon­don, all of the pas­sen­gers on board be­come sus­pects – and po­ten­tial vic­tims. So be­gins cum-po­ten­tial-vic­tims. the stylish and sus­pense­ful new movie based on Agatha Christie’s much-loved novel. Adding to the sense of glam­our and grandeur pro­vided by the op­u­lence of the train and the dra­matic, snowy land­scapes it’s trav­el­ling through, an A-list en­sem­ble di­rected and led by Sir Ken­neth Branagh por­trays the cap­ti­vat­ing cast of sus­pects- Pas­sen­gers in­clude an un­like­able Amer­i­can who be­lieves his life is in dan­ger (Johnny Depp), a Rus­sian princess (Dame Judi Dench), a Span­ish mis­sion­ary (Pené­lope Cruz), a Ger­man pro­fes­sor (Willem Dafoe), a young gov­erness (Daisy Ri­d­ley) and a brash Amer­i­can widow (Michelle Pfeif­fer). For­tu­nately, at least for the in­no­cent pas­sen­gers on board, world-renowned de­tec­tive Her­cule Poirot (Branagh) is also on board. Keep up if you can as he un­rav­els each sus­pect’s back­story and gath­ers the clues to work out who­dun­nit, how­dun­nit and why­dun­nit – be­fore the killer strikes again. Com­bin­ing one of the great­est mys­ter­ies of all time with the big­gest A-list en­sem­ble of the year, is set to be an un­miss­able cin­e­matic event. Don’t let it leave the sta­tion with­out you.

As ev­ery Aus­tralian knows by now, the only safe tan is the one that comes from a can. “The key to nail­ing a flaw­less shade starts with se­lect­ing the right base colour for your skin’s un­der­tone,” ex­plains Le Tan se­nior brand man­ager El­iz­a­beth Kazantzidis. “An ash base com­ple­ments fair skin tones, a vi­o­let base works with olive com­plex­ions, and a green base is suit­able for all skin tones, mak­ing it the per­fect all-rounder.”

Per­sonal pref­er­ence will de­ter­mine how dark you want to go, but re­mem­ber “s “skin can only ab­sorb a cer­tain amount of DHA (the tan­ning agent that re­acts with your skin cells), and the rest will wash off, so tech­ni­cally you can never ac ac­tu­ally use too much,” notes Kazantzidis.

Be wary of us­ing body tan­ning pr prod­ucts on your face, es­pe­cially if yo you have sen­si­tiv­ity or con­ges­tion co con­cerns, and be es­pe­cially care­ful ar around the palms, an­kles, knees and elb el­bows, which can ab­sorb ex­tra prod­uct an and lead to a patchy re­sult. “In ad­di­tion to ex­fo­li­at­ing your body prior to ta tan­ning, ap­ply mois­turiser to these dri drier ar­eas, and al­ways use a mitt to he help avoid stain­ing the palms, and all al­low you to eas­ily work the ex­cess pro prod­uct from arms and legs onto these stu stub­born ar­eas,” says Kazantzidis. For a non-in­va­sive, gen­tle-yet­deep ex­fo­li­a­tion, it’s hard to go past mi­cro­der­mabra­sion, a speedy ser­vice (it clocks in at around 30 min­utes) that uses a suc­tion wand to resur­face skin and stim­u­late blood flow. Laser Clin­ics Aus­tralia now of­fers cus­tomised mi­cro­der­mabra­sion for five com­mon is­sues: sen­si­tised, de­hy­drated, dull, break­out-prone or age­ing skin. The ther­a­pist per­forms five steps – cleanse, ex­fo­li­ate (the mi­cro­der­mabra­sion de­vice), cor­rect, hy­drate and pro­tect – with prod­ucts for your spe­cific skin is­sue. Ex­pect mild dis­com­fort if us­ing one of the acid-based prod­ucts, plus slight red­ness (both quickly dis­si­pate), and you’ll need to steer clear of the sun and hold off on any ac­tive skin­care for a few days. A course of treat­ments is rec­om­mended for max­i­mum re­sults, but even af­ter just one ses­sion, there will be a no­tice­able change.

Idon’t be­lieve it’s on the statute books, but in in­te­rior styling there is, ap­par­ently, an edict known as the can­taloupe rule. Like all such rules it’s there to be bro­ken, but I find this one quite use­ful. The ba­sic premise is that whether you call them knick-knacks, tchotchkes or life­style ac­ces­sories, noth­ing on dis­play in your home should be smaller than a can­taloupe (or rock­melon), re­gard­less of the di­men­sions of the room or sur­face on which they’re placed. It can, how­ever, be big­ger.

Daft as it might ini­tially sound, the can­taloupe rule is sur­pris­ingly rel­e­vant, es­pe­cially with more and more of us (this columnist in­cluded) liv­ing in apart­ments. Noth­ing makes a small space feel smaller than small things. It is ad­vice I could have done with as a kid. My seashell col­lec­tion and teeny Dutch clogs cer­tainly didn’t meet can­taloupe code, nor did the palm-sized Eiffel Tower. My pre-ado­les­cent bed­room must have looked like a gift shop – for elves.

But can­taloupes aside, think­ing big re­ally is the best way to go in a small space. Any­thing that draws the eye up­wards will make a room feel taller. Floor-to-ceil­ing shelv­ing (or shelves placed at a height) is a great idea, and al­though they’re not for the faint-hearted, ver­ti­cal stripes on walls can have an elon­gat­ing ef­fect. Like­wise, an over­sized rug with stripes run­ning length­ways will sug­gest the room is longer. Re­mem­ber that un­less you want the room to feel like a 19th­cen­tury opium den, light is the most ef­fec­tive way to max­imise its size. And choose pale colours that re­flect, rather than ab­sorb, light.

As ev­ery 1970s night­club owner can at­test, mir­rors are also your best friend in a small space. I live in an apart­ment full of them and they make it feel twice the size. But large mir­rors can be ex­pen­sive for sure, so think about hang­ing a group of smaller mir­rors, gallery-style, as if they were art­works. Don’t as­sume ei­ther that small-space fur­ni­ture needs to hug the walls. Mov­ing the sofa and chairs into the room to al­low pas­sage around them will cre­ate an il­lu­sion of space, plus you can al­ways pop a con­sole or cre­denza be­hind. And the can­taloupe rule not only ap­plies to ac­ces­sories, but to fur­ni­ture too. One over­sized piece can add scale and drama to a small room. I once saw Gaetano Pesce’s volup­tuous Up Se­ries chair in a stu­dio apart­ment and it looked stun­ning. That chair ain’t called Big Mama for noth­ing. Neale Whi­taker is ed­i­tor-at-large of Vogue Liv­ing.

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