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Alyssa Sutherland rediscovers acting and finds what works for her

My shield-maiden co-workers were addicted to to the History Channel tv series Vikings. I overheard the intense conversations and peeped their Rollo screensavers and decided to jump into the series over Christmas. To use an old Viking word, I became enthralled.I loved the character of Aslaug, Ragnor Lothbrok’s second wife, played by Alyssa Sutherland. I loved how much she loved her sons. It felt very modern to me.I had interviewed Alyssa 17 years earlier for Black+White magazine. I sent an email ...

Sigourney Cantelo talks motherhood, juggling (or not) and becoming a businesswoman

I first met Sigourney over email when I would write beauty stories for her at Vogue Australia. I’ve always admired Sigourney as an editor and writer (she has a lovely turn of phrase).Four years ago, Sigourney left Vogue to work full-time on her website Beauticate. In this episode she talks about her evolution as a businesswoman, mother and a woman who doesn’t necessarily juggle life: “I just drop things.” Yep, she’s the real deal.You can find Sigourney on Instagram and Twitter @SigourneyCantelo. ...

Sydney collage artist and photographer Dina Broadhurst on beauty

Sydney artist Dina Broadhurst is one of my absolute favourites on Instagram. Her work is bold, sexy and exciting. It was such a pleasure to speak with her about her art, life and beauty routines: such as curled eyelashes, light foundation from MAC and a lip balm from Elizabeth Arden. Oh, and she wears a high heel for going out at night.Sydney-based Broadhurst trained as a makeup artist, worked in magazines and advertising and now makes a living as an artist with her large-scale photography and c ...

Jumana talks about creating a new brand and her life in Saudi Arabia running a luxury day spa

In 2018, Jumana Hammouda and her sister Lama Perin launched Bodibar - a vegan body scrub made from all natural Australian ingredients. Jumana talks about the joys and challenges of creating a beauty product from scratch.But before launching Bodibar, Jumana lived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and ran a luxury day spa. Of course, I was fascinated to find out about running a business in Saudi Arabia, what do Saudi women want and what is life really like in Saudi Arabia? Jumana tells all.Follow Jumana and ...

Irishman Tom McInerney talks Tudors, tattoos and what they don't teach you in makeup school

Tom McInerney is the chief makeup artist for the Netflix series Vikings. I can't think of another show on television where the story is told through makeup.We know when characters are going into battle through their warpaint, dramatic eyeliner tells us that Floki is the pagan heart of the show, and the characters age throughout the series thanks to extremely clever aesthetics.For our first bloke interview on Head Ovary Heels, we interviewed Irishman Tom McInerney. He talks about his past experie ...

Peony Lim on ten years of blogging and beauty partnerships

“I’m a digital dinosaur,” says Peony Lim who has made a living from her personal website for the past decade. While at university Peony was spotted by that first wave of street style photographers (shout out to Vanessa Jackman!) and went on to create her own presence online.Of course, for this special beauty-themed series of Head Ovary Heels we asked Peony all our beauty questions. In return, we learnt about setting sprays, having a bath to keep your makeup on and her travel tips.“I feel that re ...

We talk blogs, Outlander, Alexa Chung and beauty

Hannah-Rose Yee is my internet writing crush. We have the same pop culture aesthetic and I shamelessly like every Tweet she writes.We talk about journalism in 2018 and the different places you can get your writing seen (check out Badlands Journal). We talk about writing for online and print and IRL friends and internet friends.And of course because this is a special beauty-themed series of Head ovary Heels we talk about beauty and the role megababe Alexa Chung has played in Hannah’s life.I shoul ...

Jamila created the comic book Wash Day, a slice of life story for anyone who takes time out for their hair

Jamila Rowser’s Twitter bio (used to) say: Community Builder. And it’s spot on. Jamila is behind Geek Girl Brunch - an international meetup of women who geek out together over mimosas. She’s also one-half of the creative force behind Straight Outta Gotham, a hip hop and geek culture newsletter. And Jamila is also bringing to the world an all-girl created comic called Wash Day.“I wanted to celebrate these moments that aren’t talked about that much, but are a big part of our lives.” The Wash Day s ...

Creativity, beauty, business and minimalism all collide with Ellen Newman

Ellen Newman was kind enough to invite me over to record at her Brisbane home. And I loved it. It was so minimalist and chic. Just like Ellen.Ellen is the quiet powerhouse behind The Great State - an all over, all natural beauty balm that can be applied anywhere!Ellen talked me through her beauty purchases, including a Kara Rosenlund fragrance. We talked about supporting small business and the beauty of the beach and the great outdoors.Follow The Great State on Instagram @_thegreatstate✨Music:Gh ...

Molly Goddard wears five gold bangles on her wrist that she can never take off

Molly Goddard is one half of the London-based luxury pyjama business Desmond and Dempsey. Their prints are wonderful and reminiscent of Goddard's Queensland childhood (there's even a chic tropical pineapple print).As this is a special beauty-themed season of Head Ovary Heels we ask Molly for her favourite everyday beauty brands from Portuguese and French pharmacies and in return she tells us how much she loves a bath and being in the sun. “I could just sit on the beach, all day, everyday.”✨Music ...

A beautiful shebang: welcome Season 4

Sat Jun 02 2018 (08:49)

The gritty, gorgeous details everything coming up in the next season

So I had an idea to create a beauty podcast. I still might. I wanted to call it Vermilion. I spent a weekend setting up all new social media accounts for my beauty-to-be podcast and felt exhausted with a whole new set of logins (of which I have many). My friend Ryan (who I get all my creative advice from) said why don’t you just fold it into Head Ovary Heels? You already have an audience and everything set up. He was right.The idea I had with a beauty podcast was to create an audio version of al ...

"I love money," says Anna Ross of Kester Black. "I love that it gives me freedom."

Anna Ross is the founder of Kester Black - an ethical beauty brand based in Melbourne. Before Kester Black sold nail polish, Anna sold silver jewellery and fashion under the label. That's the thing, she's been constantly evolving her business. These days Anna works with a team of eight, four days a week, to sell nail polish and beauty products around the world. She has a vision board in her room with the words, "$100 million plus" written on it to push her to her goal of building a business beyo ...

Mother, drummer, social worker. It's Lindy Morrison.

Brisbane-raised Lindy Morrison was the drummer of Australia's most critically acclaimed pop band, The Go-Betweens. The band was formed by song-writing duo Robert Forster and Grant McLennan. Lindy was The Go-Betweens drummer over six albums. Like an Australian Fleetwood Mac, she was in a relationship with Robert. While Grant was in a relationship with fellow band member Amanda Brown.Just released in Australian cinemas is the documentary The Go-Betweens: Right Here, from filmmaker Kriv Stenders (R ...

Along with 100,000 others, I follow Clarice Chian aka @brigadeirochoc on social media. I knew she was a mum with two children and lived in Adelaide, South Australia. I was also aware that she created content for brands like Clinique and Magnum ice cream but I didn't really know who she was. It was wonderful to speak with her and hear about her life growing up in three countries: Brazil, the UK and now Australia. Her three careers; first in science, then law and now content creation. And also how ...

The Sydney-based author of You Be Mother and Say It Again In A Nice Voice

Meg Mason is the author of the just-released novel You Be Mother (Harper Collins) and the memoir Say It Again In A Nice Voice. Meg moved to Sydney as a teen from New Zealand and proudly never read a book until her final year of high school. She then went on to study English at university. Meg writes for Elle, GQ and Country Style.She lives in Sydney with her husband and two daughters. We talk about her favourite books and why she's not a Facebook person. Meg wisely notes: "Facebook is something ...

Selling everything, travelling the world and running her own show

Rachael Oakes-Ash is Australia's best known ski journalist. In this episode, we dive into how she ended up selling all her possessions and roaming the globe with two suitcases and a pair of ski boots.Rachael talks about skiing (badly) with New Zealand's Prime Minister Helen Clarke, how the ski industry is changing and why it's a privilege to ski.Rachael talks about her website, Snows Best, and her Facebook community Miss Snow It All and more. Oh, and check out her non-skiing related website, Ele ...

Media, motherhood and bags of style (Ha! You knew that pun was coming)

In another life in London, Emily was the Associate Publisher of UK Vogue. She's back in Australia working on a number of projects, including the Paradise Catcher - monogrammed bags that are perfect for the Australian lifestyle. It was terrific to talk to this Brisbane-raised gal about her career, life as a mother, bag-lady and her internet ambitions. And there's an Isabella Blow anecdote in this episode too!Definitely follow The Paradise Catcher on Instagram for bags of holiday and style inspira ...

Fashion, sustainability and being photographed by Garance Dore

There's a picture of Jade Sarita Arnott, in double denim, photographed by Garance Dore. It's pinned all over Pinterest. There's a follow up pic with Jade in all pink, also by Garance. The pics are a lovely monochrome pair. In this episode we talk about the story behind those two photos. And also Jade's fascination with the photographs of the Brown Sisters by Nicholas Nixon. Jade talks about starting her sustainable fashion line Arnsdorf. She mentions putting her brand on hold while her children ...

Georgie Abay is the mum-of-two genius behind The …

Georgie Abay is the mum-of-two genius behind The Grace Tales - possibly the most beautiful parenting lifestyle site on the internet. In this episode Georgie talks about growing up on Sydney's North Shore, finding her groove in the world of magazines and the moment she bought the domain name for her website.But The Grace Tales is more than a website. There's the Grace Collection of bags and sweaters, an online magazine and the IRL Grace Talks.🔮Music: Ghost Hands by Cal Folger Day🍋Thank you to o ...

Financial independence and lip balm. Gale tells us everything.

Twenty years ago New Yorker Gale Mayron founded the beauty brand Jao. But it's more than a beauty brand. Her first product was the Jao Refresher. (It really is the best to travel with or keep on your desk. It smells incredible and is all natural.)Gale also has Goe Oil, Coiffette (my fave), Jao lip balm and a bunch of other products available on her website or at Madewell and Anthropologie.In this episode Gale talks about everything, including having children, a partner and running a business. "I ...

"Fashion is my football," says Gina Gretchko

"Fashion is my football," says Gina Gretchko, senior director of social media at legendary New York department store Saks Fifth Avenue. In this episode Gina talks about her time at college, choosing careers and landing at Saks.She's the woman behind Saks's million follower strong Instagram account and she'd like us to follow @Saks_Mens too! It was great chatting to Gina about seeing the shows in Paris, her fashionable life and the role of social media."Instagram is my constant," she says. She ga ...

Episode 20 Howzat

Tue May 30 2017 (05:12)

This is a curtain call on Season 2 of Head Ovary Heels

This is a curtain call on Season 2 of Head Ovary Heels. You, me and the women interviewed made it through another ten episodes! There's been missed phone calls, jammed voice recorders and all sorts of technical calamities. But we got there; online and uploaded. Am really excited about somethings on the horizon for Season 3. And am thrilled to keep sharing the stories of interesting, delightful, messy and ambitious women. Ovaries and out!

On being a mentor and the rules of being a mentee

Marina was editor of Dolly magazine at age 23. She went on to edit ELLE and launch Australian Good Taste for Woolworths. She's launched print and digital products. These days Marina is better known as Chair of Australian Rugby League team Wests Tigers. Marina is also on the board of Energy Australia and Autosports Group. In this interview she talks about her career, being a parent and taking time out. She chats about her role as a mentor to young women and the rules of being a mentee.

Meagan Cignoli is a 35-year-old #girlboss

Meagan Cignoli is a 35-year-old #girlboss. She runs Visual Country, a studio in lower Manhattan that creates short-form video content for the world's biggest brands. Run, don't walk to the Visual Country Instagram. Meagan talks about the different paths she took to find her career. She spills on her start on six-second video app Vine and her desire to never be a starving artist. She talks about running a business and learning how to be a leader (she attended every HR-themed talk she could at SXS ...

Karina Machado has written four books: Love Never…

Karina Machado has written four books: Love Never Dies, Where Spirits Dwell, Spirit Sisters and Awaken. Karina's carved out a niche in the supernatural - collecting ghost stories from her family and from other women. She credits her interest in the spiritual world to her mother and her home country of Uruguay. When not writing, Karina is a senior editor at WHO Weekly. In this episode Karina talks about her childhood in Sydney's Eastlakes, the influence of an English teacher who told her she coul ...

You've seen Kerrie Hess's work on Instagram. Hear her story from Paris to Brisbane

Kerrie Hess is an artist and mother. She first picked up a paint brush as a child in Brisbane. At a job on a London newspaper a stock image failed to appear so Kerrie offered to draw a picture to fill the space. Her career as an illustrator launched. After stints in London and Paris, Kerrie is back in Brisbane. She picks up commissions from luxury giants Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Bulgari, Lancome and Laduree. She's also a hit on Instagram. We talk about all this and more in this episode.https://ww ...

On growing up in Pittsburgh, working on a newspaper in Sante Fe, magazines in NYC and slow food in Sicily

Cookbook author Kate Winslow on growing up in Pittsburgh, cooking on a ranch in Wyoming and working for a newspaper in Santa Fe, New Mexico. There was her time at Gourmet magazine under Ruth Reichl, a trip to Sicily that produced a cookbook and then back to New Jersey. These days Kate is on the promotional trail for her cookbook Onions Etc. with photos by her husband and creative partner Guy Ambrosino.https://www.instagram.com/kateandguy/

Lee Tran Lam has written for many magazines inclu…

Lee Tran Lam has written for many magazines including HQ (vale), Rolling Stone and Time Out Sydney. She has a website The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry and a podcast of the same name where she interviews everyone she wants to speak with in the Sydney food scene and beyond. Lee Tran also hosts Local Fidelity on Sydney's FBi Radio. Oh, and you can always catch Lee Tran at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art's zine fair.https://twitter.com/leetranlamhttps://www.instagram.com/leetranlam/

We love a lady with side hustle. Ursula Lake grew…

We love a lady with side hustle. Ursula Lake grew up just outside of London. Her first (assistant) styling gig was on a Mario Testino shoot of Liz Hurley. The picture hangs in the National Portrait Gallery. Ursula was fashion editor at the Sunday Telegraph's Stella magazine for 11 years. She still does freelance styling but she runs a swimwear line Violet Lake and has a publishing project with photographer Chloe Mallett (she shoots Anthropologie catalogues!) called Make Magazine. In this episode ...

Born in Odessa, raised in Melbourne, designing in NYC

Nora Kogan has an eponymous boutique in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She sells jewellery with a sense of humour: boob rings, booty rings and light-my-fire diamond-headed matchsticks as earrings, rings and necklaces.Madonna, Scout Willis and Susie Lau aka Susie Bubble have all worn her jewels.Nora grew up in Odessa, the Ukraine. Her family lived in Italy before moving to St Kilda, Melbourne. These days Nora lives in New York City.Our interview took place in her apartment in Park Slope. Nora talked abo ...

Is there anything Margaret Zhang can't do?

Margaret Zhang is not a blogger. She's a girl who happens to have a blog called Shine By Three. She talks about how she made her blog and the story behind the name (it's not what you think). Margaret chats about growing up in West Ryde, Sydney, being a proud nerd and the difference between real life and living through your phone.https://www.instagram.com/margaret__zhang

Instagram, podcasts and creative gatherings

Sophie Hansen is Australia's Rural Woman of the Year 2016. She lives in Orange, New South Wales with her deer farmer husband Tim and their children. Sophie is an online country lady whizz. She has a wonderful blog called Local is Lovely, that became a cookbook published by Murdoch Books.She has a gorgeous Instagram (@locallovely). She hosts social media, food photography and styling workshops. And she has a podcast called My Open Kitchen. In this episode Soph talks about working in magazines in ...

10 episodes hurrah!

Sun Jan 22 2017 (04:55)

In this mini pod we talk about how we came to mak…

In this mini pod we talk about how we came to make Head Ovary Heels, the kind of women we want to interview and why. Thank you to everyone who has listened, emailed, Tweeted and talked to us so far. ✨Join the conversation and follow us on Twitter @headovary and Instagram @headovaryheels.And sign up to our newsletter, sent every second Wednesday. https://tinyletter.com/headovaryheels

London-based Nora on her Aussie and Indonesian childhood and how she fell in love with vintage style

Nora Finds is Nora Thoeng. She's an Australian-Indonesian-Chinese gal who lives in London. We talked about growing up in Sydney, her experiences at school in Jakarta, the complementary nature of her science job (Nora works in a brain research lab) and her vintage fashion past-time.https://www.instagram.com/norafinds/

An Australian woman's renovation of a lifetime in the French Pyrenees

Karina Waters is undertaking the renovation of a lifetime. She and her husband purchased the Chateau de Gudanes in the south of France in 2013. The chateau is a social media star in her own right; she has an Instagram and makes frequent appearances in Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. We caught up with Karina and talked about her early life in Perth, Western Australia, her responsibility to the Chateau and what her stage in life means for women. A bientot!https://www.instagram.com/chateaugudanes/

From The Troubles in Northern Ireland, to London, to Sydney in the 2000s

Karen was the launch editor of cult favourite magazine marie claire lifestyle. She created Inside Out magazine in the early 2000s. She has published a clutch of interiors books such as: Perfect Imperfect, White Rooms and Superhouse. Karen tells us about growing up in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the Troubles and her life as a student in London. She tells us what inspires us and her answers are surprising.https://www.instagram.com/mccartneyk/

Carla Coulson is a creative polymath. She does ph…

Carla Coulson is a creative polymath. She has crafted photography for books like My Amalfi Coast, editorial for Harper's Bazaar and shoots for private clients (like Head Ovary Heel's guest Jennie Hogg of Lois Avery). She sells art prints online through her website. And she now runs photography workshops and creative mentoring. Listen to her journey from country New South Wales to Paris. We caught up with her in her studio.https://www.instagram.com/carlalovesphotography/

Jennie Hogg left her high-flying law career to es…

Jennie Hogg left her high-flying law career to establish Lois Avery - a luxury cashmere shawl business. In this episode of Head Ovary Heels, Jennie talks about starting her own business, how social media inspired her career change and what it means to balance ambition with small children. Oh, and what it's really like to have twins.http://www.loisavery.com/https://www.instagram.com/loisavery/https://www.pinterest.com/loisaverycashmere/

Tanya Stevanovic is the founder of designer footw…

Tanya Stevanovic is the founder of designer footwear company Sydney Sandal Company as well as the owner of Pretty Dog, an independent boutique in Newtown - (with an online store)- which Broadsheet.com.au calls: "The ultimate destination for fashion risk takers."Tanya talks about what it takes to create a fashion brand and keep it relevant and successful in today's fast fashion industry.

Clare Press is Vogue Australia's Sustainability Editor-at-large and Wardrobe Crisis podcaster

Clare Press has written for just about everyone: Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, the Sydney Morning Herald and marie claire. She's written two books, The Dressing Table and Wardrobe Crisis: How we went from Sunday best to fast fashion( Nero Books).On the latter, Wardrobe Crisis is a fabulously clever book that mixes memoir with the devastating behind-the-seams details of the clothes we wear.We caught up with Clare before she jetted off to Italy to write her third book,Rise & Resistabout activism. Rise a ...

Kara Rosenlund's original images have influenced …

Kara Rosenlund's original images have influenced many an Instagram pic. Kara initially made her mark as a stylist and photographer for Country Style, Conde Nast Traveller, Elle Decoration and a number of other luxury lifestyle magazines, but it was the publication of her best-selling book, 'Shelter - How Australians Live', that firmly established Kara as the creator of a particularly Australian sense of style. In this podcast, Kara talks about growing up in South East Queensland and how the beac ...

Stargazing and building a website before the internet was a thing

Launching Head Over Heels podcast is internationally renowned astrologer, novelist and former music journalist, Jessica Adams. Jessica talks about her work, life and stars (in human and astrological form).