Karli McGunigle, Mrs. Megaverse Australia is on her way to world finals!



– ​Published in the Gold Coast bulletin, Thursday 20th October 2017 –

KARLI McGunigle isn’t trying to be Wonder Woman but she is to everyone who knows her.

The Upper Coomera 23-year-old has two children, runs her own make-up artistry business and works as a night filler at Coles. She is also fundraising to get herself to the Dominican Republic to compete in the
Mrs MegaVerse world finals in early December 2017.

Mrs McGunigle will go up against women from across the globe in the reality TV show, which blends elements from Next Top Model, Survivor and The Apprentice. “I am so blessed and excited to be representing this huge title (Mrs MegaVerse Australia),” she said. “And to continue doing what I love most, and with that, empowering others around me. “I still have a long way to go to reach my target (amount to get to Punta Cana) and that all depends on getting sponsors and help from my amazing friends and family.” She said it was a struggle to juggle family, work and her pageant commitments but she hoped it would all pay off and could be a stepping stone towards bigger opportunities such as Mrs Universe.
“Mrs MegaVerse is organized by Mrs Linda Grandia and brings together a group of extraordinary women from all around the world who are on top of their game,” Mrs McGunigle said. “They dream big, are go getters, independent, resourceful and high achievers.”
And she believes that perfectly describes her too.

“I am so blessed and excited to be representing this huge title ‘Mrs MegaVerse Australia'” and grateful to Miss Linda Grandia for giving me this opportunity.

Karli McGunigle, 20 Oct 17

After Karli had been noticed in the Gold Coast Bulletin Thursday morning by radio station ‘Hot Tomato 102.9’ here on the Gold Coast, they approached her to follow up with a phone call Friday morning. Karli hopes this will be an opening to finding more potential sponsors leading her to worlds this coming December. With daily tasks involving contacting businesses and companies whether they are small or big, Karli will do what it takes to aim for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I have always been a ‘go-getter’ and therefore, won’t stop at anything, Karli says. Even keeping busy with preparing for worlds, Karli still manages to fit in other daily commitments such as making time for family, looking after her two children Jonas, 18 months and Mia, 3 years, modelling, working at the local supermarket stocking shelves of a night time and running two successful businesses. “I keep busy, but I love it, Karli says”.

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Karli McGunigle – Mrs MegaVerse Australia

​After receiving her sash, Karli organised a photoshoot with some of her sponsors, Mark Duffus Photography & Born for more fitness.

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Article is up in Major newspapers here on the Gold Coast

Article of Karli posted in the Gold Coast Bulletin Thursday, 19th October 2017

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Karli McGunigle’s kids Jonas and Mia

Here’s a snapshot of Karli’s babies out shopping last week.

Luminato 2017 Opening Night Makes A Splash In Toronto

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Last night, the official opening night of the 2017 Luminato Festival took place at Toronto’s David Pecaut Square. For this season, the grand opening of the annual arts and culture festival paid homage to First Nations performers. With a theme of Tributaries, the focus of the night was traditional Indigenous music and arts. The evening’s artists took to The Famous Spiegeltent, a 1920s era historical stage which was erected at the square especially for the festival.

Tributaries was presented by creative producer Denise Bolduc and associate producer Erika A. Iserhoff, who joined forces with Native Women in the Arts. The lineup of performances featured a stunning show from First Nations singer Laura Grizzlypaws, who graced the stage in a beautiful red traditional outfit. Grizzlypaws’ soulful and passionate voice filled David Pecaut Square, with its haunting melody. With meaningful lyrics which spoke of love and life, Grizzlypaws belted out a song which captivated her audience, seated on the grass before her.

Grizzlypaws’ set was followed by a dramatic Red Tidal Resurgence performance, which featured a group of female First Nations singers. The ladies on stage included Iskwe, Jennifer Kreisberg, Cheri Maracle, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and Tanya Tagaq. Meanwhile, a 7-piece band filled the open air with notes from the cello, viola, drums, bass and French horn.

Overall, the opening night of Luminato honoured Canada’s First Nations people in true artistic form. From the pumping beats to deep vocals to intricate costumes, the evening kicked off the summer festival on a high note- literally. 

Luminato runs until June 25. Read our guide to this year’s festival in the Summer 2017 issue of Real Style Magazine.

Get A Sugar Rush At These Toronto Dessert Spots

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If you’re a city slicker, chances you’re hustling or hurrying from your office to the gym, however with the summer weather here there’s nothing wrong with indulging with an extra few calories now and then. From sumptuous chocolate desserts to everyone’s favourite frozen dessert, Real Style has curated a few leading dessert spots in Toronto. Whether you have an incurable sweet tooth or you’re simply in a mood for a sugar rush you may want to consider some of these options.  

Sugar Marmalade

Sugar Marmalade has become a popular dessert place over the past year. Their dessert dishes vary from pancakes to sundaes, panna cottas, puddings and more. Their recipes are inspired by desserts from Hong Kong, with a range of dishes which include ingredients like durian, soya beans, lychee, taro and black grass jelly.  As Toronto is a diverse and cosmopolitan locale with numerous ethnic offerings, Sugar Marmalade certainly fits the city’s palate. If you’re into trying new multicultural foods and also have a sweet tooth, then this Asian inspired spot may be worth a visit. 

Junk Food Co

Many of us have a soft spot for junk food, and Junk Food Co’s main goal is make delicious tasting junk food. This Queen Street West destination offers everything from pizza to ice cream. With a focus on creating aesthetically pleasing ice cream, Junk Food Co manages to put a spin on the classic treat of summertime. 

Sweet Jesus

Known for primarily ice cream, Sweet Jesus is quickly getting a reputation for its beautiful-looking desserts and unique toppings. This Canadian ice cream shop offers soft serve cones, in addition to espressos, lattes and tea. Whether you want to take an Instagram snap of a towering multicoloured cone bedecked with sprinkles or simply satisfy your sugar cravings, Sweet Jesus claims to bring ice cream to an entirely new level. 

Peace Treats

If you’ve never heard of Peace Collective, they are a Canadian brand that provides clothes which show off Canadian pride. Inside their flagship store they have a milkshake bar, with intricate shakes which are created with ingredients like cotton candy, sprinkles, chocolate chips and cake. 

Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder are expecting a baby

Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder are expecting a baby
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- Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder are expecting a baby

Congrats to one of our favourite celebrity couples, Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder!

After celebrating their second wedding anniversary last week, the couple took to Instagram to announce in matching posts that they’re expecting their first child together.

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We are overwhelmed by the love they feel for each other and the sweet words both of them found to make the exciting news public!

“To our friends, family, and rest of the world. In my 38 years on this earth I’ve never experienced anything more powerful and beautiful than this. I can’t think of anything more exciting than this next chapter and we wanted you to hear this from us first. This has been the most special time of our lives and we wanted to keep it between the three of us for as long as possible so we could enjoy this time with each other and our little one who is growing so fast…because that’s what they do, they grow so fast. Thank you for your kind energy. Love, Ian”, the actor captures the sweet picture of him and Nikki with her baby bump.

To our friends, family, and rest of the world. In my 38 years on this earth I’ve never experienced anything more powerful and beautiful than this. I can’t think of anything more exciting than this next chapter and we wanted you to hear this from us first. This has been the most special time of our lives and we wanted to keep it between the three of us for as long as possible so we could enjoy this time with each other and our little one who is growing so fast…because that’s what they do, they grow so fast. Thank you for your kind energy. Love, Ian

A post shared by iansomerhalder (@iansomerhalder) on May 4, 2017 at 3:03pm PDT

The happy mother-to-be shared the same amazing picture, captioning: “Hi Little One, I know you, but only because I feel you. How is it possible to love someone so much already? All I know for sure is it’s the strongest feeling I’ve ever felt,” the 28-year-old actress wrote alongside an adorable photo of Somerhalder kissing her baby bump. “We’ve been sharing this body for quite some time, and we’ve already experienced so much together. We can’t wait to meet you…Love, Your parents.”

In October last year, Ian already announced that he “absolutely, definitely” planned on having “amazing children” with his “beautiful wife” some day. And obviously, now the time has come!

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He also said: “I am so blessed that I did, indeed, find this human being that can deal with me and is also the most caring, compassionate person I’ve ever known”, and continued to gush: “That’s why I wake up happy.”

Awww, Ian just makes the perfect husband!

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We’re sure Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder will be the most amazing parents to their genetically blessed child. We can’t wait for more photos!

Harry Styles is dating someone who isn’t you

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- Harry Styles is dating someone who isn’t you

Former One Direction band member and recent solo musician Harry Styles is apparently off the market. And unfortunately he isn’t dating you.

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I know you had the wedding dress picked but he’s with someone else

We’re shook too. Especially since the hottie in question has recently admitted that he hasn’t had much time for romance. Between his movie debut in Dunkirk and his beautiful new album, when did Harry find time for a girlfriend who isn’t us??

Unfortunately for all Harry lovers, the ‘Sign of the Times’ singer has reportedly been enjoying many dates with model and food blogger Tess Ward.

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Tess is an accomplished chef and author of The Naked Diet cookbook. She was introduced to Harry by mutual friends. She also models and is well known in London’s social scene for her friendships with stars like model Suki Waterhouse and Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh.

The pair have apparently had many low-key dates around London and sources report that Harry is very smitten with Tess. A source told The Sun that the couple hit it off quickly.

Is it lunchtime yet?? #regram @dannijo

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“As soon as Harry met Tess there was an instant spark between them,” said the source. “They really bonded over their mutual love of quirky fashion and food – and things turned romantic quickly.”

The singer has apparently even introduced Tess to some of his close friends after they were seen cruising around London together in his Audi.

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After his failed high profile romances with the likes of Taylor Swift and Kendall Jenner, it seems like Harry has found the recipe for romance.

We’re happy for him. Even if he’s not with us. *sob*

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It looks like our dreams of dating Harry are done

Jim Parsons’ ties the knot with Todd Spiwak in NYC

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- Jim Parsons’ ties the knot with Todd Spiwak in NYC

Jim Parsons, the iconic star of The Big Bang Theory, wed his longtime love Todd Spiewak at the Rainbow Room on Saturday evening (May 13) in New York City. The wedding has been confirmed by the actor’s rep and comes just after the season 10 finale of the show, in which Jim’s character Sheldon proposes to his girlfriend Amy.

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The connubial celebrations took place on May 13th when the couple shared their love at The Big Apple’s opulent and uber cool venue The Rainbow Room. Like think seriously glam and not for mere mortals.

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The Rainbow Lounge, NYC

After 14 years together, the loved up couple have taken advantage of the Big Apple’s more liberal laws in this arena and finally made it legit.

Jim wrote on his on the couples’ anniversary a year ago; “I met this guy (the one with the mic) 14 years ago today and it was the best thing that ever happened to me, no contest. One of his greatest gifts to me is that he no longer takes me to sing karaoke. Also, I believe this was a selfie with an actual camera, as our phones couldn’t do that back then hahaha! #todd #anniversary ❤️”

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Jim Parsons Instagram

Out.com notes “for years, [Jim] has lived as a gay man in his private life, but in his professional public life he skirted the issue.”

Revealing his sexuality in 2012, he and Todd then made their first red carpet appearance together in October 2013. As much as Jim support equal marriage rights, he insists they aren’t activists, saying that Hollywood is stranger to navigate than being gay in 2017.

Dinner. I ❤u, Todd!

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Congratulations to the happy couple, Jodd! We wish them all the best.

The Ultimate Guide to Black Friday deals

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- The Ultimate Guide to Black Friday deals

Thanks to our friends at MyDiscountDeals, we’ve got the inside scoop on the best bargains from top Australian retailers. For the fashion obsessed and the keen gym goers, there are some amazing deals that will have you rushing to splash your cash. We can also answer all your burning buying questions, like whether it’s cheaper to shop online or in store and whether it’s cheaper to buy Australian.

Despite starting out in the US, Black Friday and Cyber Monday have recently swept the world with their incredible retail discounts. Australia has embraced the shopping phenomenon with most major retailers now jumping on the sales bandwagon. This year, Black Friday falls on November 25th, with Cyber Monday following closely afterwards on November 28th.

With Christmas just around the corner and all the New Years parties following soon after, this is your opportunity to buy big and spend little. So get ready to take note of the retailers with the biggest deals and our tips for making the most of the bargains.


Fabulously Fashionable

With all the parties and occasions that the holiday brings, we’ve focused on the savings available for party wear, including boots/shoes, the little black dress, a glitzy clutch and a watch. David Jones and Myer are both offering generous discounts on all the aforementioned, and if you’re willing to spend big, you can even find Stuart Weitzman boots at 50% off. Other impressive deals include Marc Jacobs watches (down to $227 from $379.00), 25% off the Country Road Tess Soft Clutch and 30% off the classic Tigerlily Tapati Dress.

As you would expect, plenty of online retailers are getting involved in the action too and online is where you’ll find the massive deals. ASOS is slashing almost 70% off certain items, like the Forever Unique Silvia Bandage Dress (was $766, now $245), and Boohoo.com is taking 30% off all of their stock for the whole Black Friday holiday. That’s only a little of what’s on offer!

The detailed findings confirm that online is cheaper than in store, and that, even with postage, Australian retailers have the best discounts.

Verdicts: David Jones, Myer, ASOS and Boohoo the places to go for a bargain on Black Friday. Also, online is cheaper and Australia has the best deals.


Gym Junkies

As a nation, we’re very fitness oriented so it’s no surprise that retailers are discounting our favourite gym wear to get us spending that cash. From an in-store perspective, David Jones and Myer are again leading the way, with modest discounts on virtually all sporting goods. Arguably the best deals are in the footwear department, where Sketchers Flex Appeal shoes have been discounted from $119.95 to $69.00 at Myer, while David Jones are also offering discounts on Sketchers Sketch-Air Infinity Sneakers (down to $89.00 from $129.95).

Online, you can grab Vans Old School Suede trainers from Surfstitch for 40% off and 40% off FRENDS Taylor Gunmetal headphones. You can also feel like a Queen in a pair Beyoncé’s Ivy Park shorts for 50% off at The Iconic, which is the ultimate motivation. The US store Urban Outfitters, meanwhile, are offering 54% off Adidas Original 70s inspired shorts, now retailing at $27.12. They’re not going to give you a Beyoncé booty but they’re cheap and cool.

The detailed findings again confirm that it’s cheaper to shop online, and Australian retailers still have the best deals. For latecomers to the Black Friday party, we’ve sure gotten right into the spirit!

Verdicts: Once again, Myer and David Jones are leading the pack in discounts, but Surfstich, The Iconic and US owned Urban Outfitters are all offering hefty discounts on gym gear. Online is your best bet to save money while spending, and Australian deals are the cheapest.


So that’s your rundown of the best places to shop this Black Friday and Cyber Monday to get the best deals and look your best for the holidays. If you want this kind of information for all of your shopping, head over to MyDiscountDeals.com to make sure you always get the best bargains. Happy shopping!

Absolutely Fabulous Fashion Lessons

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- Absolutely Fabulous Fashion Lessons

Christmas is coming, and so is the onslaught of holiday parties where you have to look your best. If you’re worried about how you’re going to look your best and impress your friends and family throughout December, we’ve got you covered. Watching Absolutely Fabulous has practically made us fashion (victim) experts, so we know exactly what to do and what to avoid. Between Eddy’s extravagance and Patsy’s continuity, we’ve selected the best lessons to be learnt from Ab Fab so you can look absolutely fabulous.

Make sure your clothes fit

Whether you’re an Eddy in denial about the fact that you’re larger than you used to be, or a Saffy in denial that you’ve got a shape at all, Ab Fab can teach you. The lesson in the contrast of this mother/daughter pair is the importance of clothes that fit. Eddy often complains about her weight, but often it’s her choice of baggy or too-tight clothing that is unflattering. Saffy dresses in over-sized and outdated clothes that make her look frumpy and do nothing for her figure. Ab Fab is telling you to make sure it fits so you look your best!

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Find your own style

You can be Patsy and stick to your signature style through your whole life, knowing that it suits you and flatters your figure. Or you can be Eddy, picking and choosing your style on the hottest trends you’ve seen in the magazines or the most expensive labels you can buy. Either one is a solid choice, as long as you stick to your guns and like your look.


Patsy infamously said that “You can never have enough shoes” and that is a true motto of her Ab Fab character. Her shoes are always towering high and usually sharply stiletto, and always dress up her outfit. Patsy is a great lesson in party dressing, showing that shoes will always complete an outfit. You don’t always have to follow her advice on shoe height, but you’ll stand out at your Christmas parties if you do.

Make time for your hair

If Patsy’s consistent hairdo can teach you anything, it’s that your hair can define your look. A well-groomed hairstyle will make you look classy and elegant, even if your outfit isn’t totally on point. In the newly released Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Eddy gets her hair professionally done before parties, which is a tip to take down for the holidays. Even if you’re wearing the same old thing, a new hairdo will make you look fresh and give you confidence. 

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Confidence is everything

As Eddy has proved multiple times throughout Ab Fab, you can wear anything you want as long as you’ve got confidence. Sometimes she looks like she’s gotten dressed in the dark, but she and Patsy both know that they can pull anything off with the right amount of confidence. Eddy gets her confidence from the knowledge that she’s wearing expensive labels, but Patsy is the one to emulate.

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Ab Fab: The Movie is currently out on DVD  and Blu-ray, and to celebrate, Aussie Gossip is having a competition for our #gossipsquad. Just head over to our Facebook page, like it and tag your absolutely fabulous friends in our competition photo. Five winners will receive Absolutely Fabulous merchandise packs with some super cool items, like a hipflask and a compact.