This is the car I hired for a couple of weeks in LA.
But it’s time to go… Car is packed full of luggage and off to New York City…
See you soon NYC, I’ll back back home shortly LA!
I’m on top of the world!!!
Well, 2695m up looking over the Palm Springs Valley in 45 degree celcius heat. This place is absolutely breathtaking. — at Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.
What a Mother’s Day I had… Without my mother. But my adorable mother for the day was great friend Dr Nikki Goldstein.
The Jeep Kurri Burri Polo Classic was the perfect match for mums from all walks of life. Sipping on Veuve Clicquot and taking in the fresh air and sunshine, friends and families enjoyed the charming country hospitality, gourmet food and live entertainment throughout the day.
The fifth annual charity event has become the premier family sport and lifestyle event in NSW, fermenting its reputation as a relaxed day for socials and locals to enjoy a competitive match of polo. But it’s not just for the adults; there were heaps of kids being kept entertained with the Reading Jets kids zone that included face painting, pony rides, Jack Russell Racing and the Kids’ Dash across the field. Apparently I wasn’t allowed to enter the dash. Thanks Nikki!
Host of The Voice Darren McMullen, joined in the frivolity and shared a classic picnic with his parents. Darren was reunited with former The Voice contestant, Prinnie Stevens, who later in the day performed her latest hit, Don’t Wake Me Up, calling on the kids to dance live on stage with her which was very cute!
Pimms, Punch or Peroni? The Polo Bar & Lawn, was a vibrant addition with everybody enjoying the country chic vibe as polo players mingled with guests. Daimon Downey set the tunes with a selection of tracks to keep guests including, Pip Edwards and Kristy-Lee Allan loving life and dancing on the side lines.
The Jeep marquee was full of fabulous people, who shared the day with their children. Celebrity chef Ben O’Donoghue cooked up a storm on the Jeep Grill for us. The food was absolutely delicious! Some of the fab people included Jesinta Campbell, Deborah Knight, Holy Bristly, Ed Phillips, Cameron Williams, David Campbell, David Whitehill, Sam Armytage, the adorable Benji and Zoe Marshall, plus MKR’s Luke Hines and Scott Gooding.
Plenty of money was raised and went towards the charity Inala – a Rudolf Steiner organisation supporting individuals with disabilities. Proceeds raised from this year’s event go towards the development of a New Day Service Facility for clients with high support needs, $145k has been raised to date. Amazing work!
I can’t wait for next year, I had such an enjoyable time. Perhaps next year, I’ll take my mummy
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The JEEP Kurri Burri Polo Classic launched its Mother’s Day event on Wednesday evening to a select crowd of socialites, sponsors, polo players and media at Double Bay’s hot spot, Pelicano – and I was there to enjoy it!
We were greeted by hand crafted signs made with love, by Daimon Downey, exclaiming ‘Pelicano heart mummy’, and making gorgeous references to their sponsors JEEP and Veuve Cliquot. We were also welcomed with delicious canapés provided by Pelicano, who announced they will be hosting a cool, pop-up bar at Kurri Burri.
The event, to be held Sunday May 12, is fast becoming the landmark lifestyle and social polo event in NSW. Event Organisers Yakusan, gave a special thanks to Jeep, Veuve Clicquot, Jaeger Le-Coultre, Shangri La Hotels & Resorts, and Inala for their continued partnership, and welcomed The Classic Safari Company as a new partner for 2013. Gilles Merry (Yakusan MD) also thanked Glenn & Sam Wheatley the entertainment extraordinaires who joined the project to help take the event to new heights in 2013.
Kurri Burri Polo Club CEO, Adam Marshall, was thrilled to announce that the event’s headlining act was to be the talented Prinnie Stevens, one of Australia’s most sought after performers, “Prinnie is a mother herself, and the perfect role model for everything our event stands for.”
Money raised will go towards the charity Inala – a Rudolf Steiner organisation supporting individuals with disabilities. Tony Anderson, CEO, stated, “Since the event began four years ago over $113,000 has been raised for Inala. Proceeds raised from this year’s event will go towards the development of a New Day Service Facility for clients with high support needs.”
The Jeep Kurri Burri Polo Classic is a day for friends and family to enjoy authentic polo competition, country hospitality, gourmet food, beverage and live entertainment, set on a beautiful estate under the back drop of the Blue Mountains.
MINI Garage Sydney celebrated the arrival of the MINI Paceman in Sydney over the weekend to a crowd of socials, MINI enthusiasts and media at Double Bay’s Mrs Sippy.
The Paceman, a handsome addition to the MINI family, is the world’s first Sports Activity Coupé in the premium small and compact vehicle segment.
The sun was shining and the drinks were flowing as everyone was greeted with champagne, Pimms and Peroni on arrival. A variety of canapés such as roasted pumpkin tart with goat’s cheese, lemon pepper prawns and a selection of gourmet wood fired pizzas went down a treat. And for the sweet tooth, everyone enjoyed the Mrs Sippy mini mud pies.
Welcomed by the striking Paceman model parked out the front of the venue – all were left impressed with its innovative combination of sporty, extrovert design, hallmark MINI driving fun and its cutting edge interior.
Unique, yet typically MINI, the Paceman opens up a whole new market for the brand’s unique style. Two doors, large tailgate and lounge concept, with two individual seats in the back; celebrity sexologist Dr. Nikki Goldstein cheekily stated, “The spacious Paceman shows that size does count”.
You know those albums you download for the sake of having it, and a random unknown song pops up on your playlist? You have to ask yourself who it is and take it out of your pocket and check.
Well that’s exactly what I did with Ellie Goulding’s album, Halcyon.
Each time I took it out of my pocket, it was for a very good reason – who is singing this incredible song?
It then very quickly became my favourite album, and even now, it plays non-stop.
Ellie has an incredibly pure, yet rustic voice. She has great range and shows this throughout the amazing experience she produces for you.
Clean, crisp and superbly produced, Halcyon really is a favourite album of mine and stand out tracks for me are the recently released Explosions, Figure 8, My Blood and Don’t Say A Word.
Get on the Ellie Goulding band wagon if you haven’t already… You’ll thank me for it later!
I give this album an 8.5/10.
My cousin and her husband asked me today to be the Godfather of the most gorgeous little boy, Vincent Juan.
Look at this gorgeous little baby, he’s the most perfect little thing and I can’t wait to spoil him, guide him, mentor him and be there for him for the rest of my life.
Love you lots little man xox
Article by Patrick Williams of the Sunshine Coast Daily
New images of burns survivor Matt Golinski surfing the waves off Alexandra Headland are a testament to how far his recovery has come, his supporters say.
Photos snapped by the Peter Hughes Burn Foundation during its workshop for burns survivors on the Sunshine Coast last weekend made it on to the group’s Facebook later in the week.
The aim of the retreat was to bring burns survivors together in an environment conducive to them discussing physical, emotional, social and human interaction issues surrounding their condition.
It was geared towards alleviating and eradicating the social isolation and delivering positive and lasting change to enable them to lead a better life.
Images of Matt catching waves with other friends and burns survivors were shared hundreds of times over social media, accompanied with messages praising them all for their inspirational efforts.
Many marvelled at just how well Matt’s recovery had progressed.
It’s been nearly a year since the fire that claimed the lives of wife Rachael and three children Starlia, Willow and Sage.
The fire destroyed the family’s Tewantin home on Boxing Day and left Matt hospitalised for months fighting third-degree burns to 40% of his body.
In August, Matt vowed to share some of the funds raised for his recovery efforts with other burns survivors, including the Peter Hughes Burn Foundation.
Later in the month, he made his biggest public appearance since the Boxing Day blaze when he ran in the 10km race of the Sunshine Coast Marathon and Community Run Festival.
The team behind the much-anticipated event Downtown Drive-In, driven by Audi, has announced Carriageworks in Sydney’s Eveleigh, just three kilometres from the Sydney CBD, as the location for its three-night season, which will run from 29 November to 1 December 2012.
A seldom-used section of the 120-year-old heritage listed building will form the perfect backdrop for the simultaneously announced ‘Back Roads USA’ season of films. Tickets will go on sale today, Wednesday, 31 October and can be purchased at www.downtowndrive.in
New release (Thurs, 29 Nov): On The Road
Sentimental Favourite (Fri, 30 Nov): Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Lost classic (Sat, 1 Dec): Vanishing Point
Downtown Drive-In will also feature a custom menu with individual items designed by The Dip, Sydney’s favourite American-style diner, playfully paying tribute to the films and shared Americana settings and atmosphere.
The lost world of the drive-in theatre will be reinvented with genuine enthusiasts in mind, with the aim of opening up interesting corners of film in an interesting corner of Sydney. Downtown Drive-In will feature cinema-quality digital projection in an under-cover industrial venue suitable for all conditions.
Major sponsor Audi, a strong supporter of film festivals in Australia, will supply a range of luxury cars for the ultimate drive-in experience. The cars will also feature razor-sharp sound from audio partner Bang & Olufsen.
Entry into Downtown Drive-In will cost $50 for vehicles of up to four people. ‘Walk-in’ deckchair seating is also available near the screen, at $25 per person.
Downtown Drive-In is a project from a local Sydney team experienced in bringing challenging creative concepts to life. The team’s ambition is to re-imagine a lost film experience with a confident, contemporary twist.
For more information on the film schedule, drive-in experience and participating partners, visit www.downtowndrive.in
I’ll see you down there in my convertible, roof down with my friends watching one of the movies! I can’t wait!
Two guests will take home a Boucheron diamond, during the month of November! That got your attention didn’t it?!
I was one of a few very privileged people who got to experience the outstanding luxury of the brand new Ambassador Suite at the Sheraton on the Park in Sydney last week.
Spoilt to bits, I had an amazing time, but why was I being so spoilt? It was the launch of a sparkling new offer Sheraton on the Park are doing with one of my favourite jewellery brands, Boucheron.
On the 24th of October, the hotel launched their ‘Sparkling Nights’ campaign. This campaign offers you the opportunity to hunt for something “sparkling” during your stay. If you book one of the exclusive Suites during 17th – 25th November 2012, you will find a sparkling surprise as a gift from Sheraton on the Park… and two lucky people will find Boucheron Diamonds!! Other great gifts you can find are Sparkling Swim under the Stars, Candlelit Dinner for two at Feast Restaurant, a Sparkling Spa Treatment, and many more!
Suite room rates start from $599 per room per night and include access to the exclusive Sheraton Club Lounge located on level 21. In addition you can enjoy the benefits of the Sheraton Club throughout your stay, such as daily continental breakfast, all-day beverages, and evening cocktails to name a few.
“Sheraton on the Park is renowned for its high standard of quality and personal service, and our exceptional suites, Day Spa and refined dining facilities allow us to offer a product of the highest class in the city. We are thrilled to be partnering with Boucheron, Paris, and offering our Suites guests’ something extra special to ensure a memorable stay during November”, said Mr Sean Hunt, Regional Vice President for Starwood Pacific Hotels and Managing Director of Sheraton on the Park.
The “Sparkling Nights” offer can booked online at www.sheratonontheparksydney.com/sparkle, through www.facebook.com/sheratonontheparksydney or contacting the hotel directly. This promotion can be booked from today until 24th November, and is valid for stays from 17 – 24 November 2012 at Sheraton on the Park, Sydney.
To qualify for the sparkling experiences, you must book and stay in one of the 48 Suites between 17 and 24 November at Sheraton on the Park and tell them in 25 Words or less, “What makes a sparkling stay?”
Visit www.sheratonontheparksydney.com/sparkle for the full list of terms and conditions.
The all-new Range Rover from Land Rover was unveiled for the second time in the world at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show yesterday.
Fresh from its world unveiling at the Paris Motor Show in September, the all-new Range Rover will be a highlight of the Australian International Motor Show as it shows off a new modern interpretation of the classic Range Rover design cues.
The all-new SUV has been engineered from the ground up and is the most capable and refined Range Rover ever, capturing the innovative and iconic design of the original model, but with a bold evolution.
Land Rover has ensured the all-new Range Rover sits at the pinnacle of SUV refinement, with a spacious and luxurious interior, enhanced all-terrain performance and a truly composed driving experience.
The all-new Range Rover will be the world’s first luxury SUV with a revolutionary lightweight all-aluminium monocoque body coupled with all-new aluminium front and rear chassis’, resulting in a dramatic weight saving of up to 420 kilograms.
This in turn results in significant enhancements in performance and agility, along with a transformation in fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
“Land Rover really did change the global automotive landscape when it launched the world’s first luxury SUV, the classic Range Rover over 40 years ago,” said Russ Tyrie, Show Director.
“Evolutions of this model over the years saw exciting increases in refinement, performance and comfort – and the fourth generation Range Rover certainly takes luxury SUVs to the next level.
“We are very excited that it will be revealed at the Australian International Motor Show, which also marks the first time it is seen in the Southern Hemisphere.”
Land Rover will also conduct the Australian reveal of the 2013 Freelander 2, which has had a premium overhaul to increase driver comfort, convenience and enjoyment.
Featuring new exterior design features, upgraded equipment levels and a new lightweight petrol engine, the five-star Euro NCAP safety-rated 2013 Freelander 2 is sure to impress all who see it.
The 2012 Australian International Motor Show will be held at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour from October 19-28, 2012.
For further information about the Show and to purchase tickets, visit www.motorshow.com.auu which is also compatible with all android and Apple mobile devices.
WHAT AN EVENT!
This was definately the one of the week… Perhaps the one of the month!
Sydney based basketball team, The Sydney Kings, threw a star‐studded cocktail event to celebrate the launch of their up‐coming season. My oh my, what an event it was!
‘The Night Parrot’ on William Street glowed to the passing traffic and pedestrians, as the exterior of the heritage‐listed building was lit with the Kings colours, purple and yellow with light installation projectors. As we came down William Street, we knew exactly where the party was at.
The path outside the building was lined with large white plinths, leading to the front gate and venue entry where the vibe was electric. Through the gate and down the ‘purple‐carpet’ we were greeted by a media pit that had every celeb, A-list to D-list getting interviewed.
As we left the purple‐carpet and moved inside, we were greeted by welcoming wait‐staff serving incredible hand crafted canapés and drinks. The large space was decorated with floating purple lights hanging from the rafters, elegant purple and gold tablecloths over high cocktail tables and music flowing from the resident Sydney Kings DJ, Jordan. The ambience was that of a sophisticated cocktail party, and every single one of us were immediately impressed.
The delightfully gorgeous NATARSHA BELLING greeted us as the official host, announcing the give‐away of two, business class return tickets to Los Angeles from UNITED AIRLINES. As soon as I found my spot with my friends, the gorgeous wife of LARRY EMDUR, SYLVIE, ran over to me asking what I was going to tweet for the chance to win the business class airfares. Why do I love The Sydney Kings and what I would do in LA, with the hashtag #UnitedHoops was all I had to do to enter! But sadly, I didn’t win. Natarsha announced the very lucky winner of the return tickets to Los Angles. Tweeting, ‘@TheSydneyKings Go shopping JuliaRobertsPrettyWoman style and see if they’d serve me in the Lion suit #UnitedHoops’, the lucky winner was Holly Kagis!
After the formalities were concluded, Natarsha announced the performance of COSIMA DEVITO, the first independent Australian artist in history to have a debut number one single, ‘Right Here, Right Now’. Cosima put on an outstanding, rock-solid performance, proving she is going to be a come-back! Following Cosima was the new talent from Sony Music MIRACLE performing his new single ‘Party of the Year‘, and then finishing the night off with WHAT ABOUT TONIGHT performing ‘Year 3000’ and ‘Pay Phone’, contestants from the current season of the X FACTOR on Channel 7.
After an evening of great Alizè cocktails, champagne and delicious food, my group left very happy with a heavy gift bag containing a heap of treats to spoil myself with. You can never leave feeling empty when you’re leaving with a bag this full!
Other guests included the very sweet SKYE LECKIE, JOHNATHAN NOTLEY from Bliss n Eso, Editor ROS REINES, singer and dancer TIMOMATIC, ‘I Will Survive’ contestants TOM SHARAH and STEPHEN MAHY, Model and DJ ROCHELLE FOX, ‘The Morning Show’ on Seven co‐host LARRY EMDUR, DR NIKKI GOLDSTEIN, gorgeous SHELLEY HORTON, Home & Away star DAN EWING and his delightful fiancé MARNI LITTLE, Breakfast on Ten co‐host MAGDALENA ROZE, BARRY DU BOIS and my favourite Spaniard MIGUEL MAESTRE from Channel 10’s The Living Room, Home & Away stars LINCOLN YOUNES and NIC WESTAWAY, star of ‘Underground’ ALEX WILLIAMS, JORDAN FINLAYSON and JIMMY REILLY from Channel 7’s Beauty and the Geek, actor and model JUSTIN MELVEY.
This was a star studded, food flooded, cocktail covered event which had the biggest and whitest smiles on everyone’s faces. A truly memorable time…
I must give a huge credit to the fantastic effort Running Romeo PR put in to make this event a success. It’s not often the people who actually organise and run these events on the night get a mention or credit, but these guys did an AMAZING job! Well done!!
iPhone 5 – The good and the bad.
Bad: Battery life is shocking – worse then iPhone 4, Lightning cable – not so lightening to charge (longer than 4), Maps – alright but not intuitive, depending what apps you use, static lines appear across the screen, Siri – what a joke – the old Voice Control on 4 worked far better, LTE known as 4G comes and goes when it likes – so phone is mostly on 3G, setting up iPhone 5 is not possible if you have an older version MacBook (which led me to buying a new MacBook just to set it up!).
Good: Super fast, Weight, new charger – easy and smaller, sound quality great, new earphone speakers are amazing quality, earphone jack in better location.
Overall: Nothing amazingly outrageous – I wish I considered a Samsung, although I’m a loyal Apple fan. I’m not sure why I am though, I think my loyalty will last as long as one full charge – not long.
I’ve been to many events in Sydney, around Australia and in Europe. Most of these events are perfectly orchestrated, catered and entertained. But I haven’t been to an event for a very long time that was a total invasion of my senses.
Hearing. Seeing. Smelling. Tasting. Touching.
It was the very exclusive opening of Australian candle and bodycare company ECOYA’s Flagship Store on Thursday evening that had me worked up and noticing that every single little detail was covered.
ECOYA candles lined Queen Street, Woollahra and flowers by Grandiflora wrapped lamp posts and street signs and hung from the store’s awning creating an exquisite entrance into the flagship store.
Saskia Havekes of Grandiflora created a decadent arrival to the store, with flowers and lighting hanging from the perimeter of the stores awning – it was simply magical. The colours and textures she used complimented the environment perfectly.
As I arrived, I was cheerfully greeted and given an ECOYA fragrance themed buttonhole flower arrangement before walking into another world that was was music to my ears – literally. Hanna Oblikov and Eliza Morrison of classical music group ASTON entertained us with contemporary songs including Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Sneaky Sound System and Coldplay played on the Cello and Violin.
The ECOYA store/interior designer Megan Morton created a very organic and decadent space, with gorgeous 180 test tube chandeliers filled with seasonal flowers. The long wall of mirrors was also a stand out, which had Neale Whitaker of BELLE and many others admiring it. Treated with battery acid, it made a very interesting, yet slightly morbid and distressing look to the space – which all tied in just perfectly.
There were heaps of familiar faces, including Kirstie Clements (below), Donna Hay (above), Adam Ashley Cooper and gorgeous partner Pip Edwards (below), the effervescent Dr Nikki Goldstein, the distinct BELLE Editor Neale Whitaker (above) and lovely Stylist David Novak Piper (above).
We sipped on flutes of Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2002 Champagne, MOA and Steinlager Pure Beer and Santa Vittoria sparkling, but it was the catering that was exceptional. ‘Katering’ put together the excellent combination of canapes, including Salt and pepper barramundi with fresh lime, steamed Peking duck crepes with shallots and hoisin sauce, steamed chicken dumplings with shallot and ginger relish, peppered beef on a potato roesti with truffled aioli and rocket, smashed broad beans, pecorino and mint on charred bruschetta (below) and mini banoffee pies as something sweet to follow. The food was to die for and had every one in the room taking more then what event etiquette would allow.
I also had the pleasure of meeting the wife of ECOYA founder, Lisa Schweighoffer who was easily recognised in her bright yellow Sass & Bide pants! Just like the products ECOYA make, Lisa is a genuine and down to earth person and really in touch with the way people live and lead their lifestyles.
I can’t rave on about this event enough. Everything was perfect and everyone invited was approachable and great to chat to.
Well done to the team at ECOYA.
74 Queen Street, Woollahra.
I don’t know where to start with this review because once the last song was over, I was speechless.
Five years since the last album release, Missy Higgins is back with a smooth and melodious compilation of tunes with the highly anticipated album, The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle.
I expected big things from her, and that she most certainly delivered. Twelve tracks (plus one bonus track) which take you for a ride on Missy’s rollercoaster, will keep you captivated, humming, singing, tapping, clicking and hanging on every last breath the whole way through.
Every track is layered with unique instruments and rare sounds making this a sensory overload. But I do have one recommendation. Listen to this album through awesome speakers so you can really enjoy the full experience, Missy’s voice is so incredibly pure it makes your heart melt. My first listen of the album was on a drive through Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, which the quality and clarity of Bang & Olufsen speakers made all the difference.
I couldn’t have picked a better time or place to listen to this album. Driving through the Australian outback, with a true Australian music icon was an incredible feeling – it really gave me time to listen and listen well, appreciate the voice, the talent and the sight of our own incredible backyard.
I’m not going to go through each track like I normally do, because I could be here all day writing about each one and how amazing it is. But I will make special mentions, which again is most of them; Set Me On Fire, Hello Hello, Unashamed Desire, All In My Head, Temporary Love, Tricks, Cooling Of The Embers and Sweet Arms Of A Tune.
Every track written by Missy, Dan Wilson and Kevin Griffin is immaculately produced by Brad Jones and Butterfly Boucher. This is one production that definitely invades your mind, inspiring you for the better.
It doesn’t just stop at the music – I also love the album cover and artwork, all done by artist Kate Tucker.
I’m just so overwhelmed and in love with The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle – it’s really one sensational addition to my life, which since first play, has been played over and over again.
PS – She is also absolutely stunning, I’ve never seen her look so beautiful!
The first song that Emeli Sande released was Heaven, which to me is one of the most special songs, as it was my amazing and talented friend Faye De Lanty that told me to listen to it. After driving around Spain with Faye in 2011, she knew exactly what my taste in music was. She observed well.
Since Heaven, Emeli released her super dynamic album called Our Version Of Events. And what a treat it is.
To me, every song on this album is incredibly celebratory. Each of these songs is an event, celebrating something either positive or negative – or however you interpret the words.
There are many artists that will release an album with one or two stand out tracks which are powerful – but Emeli has cleverly managed to make each one of her tracks a personal, sincere and memorable one.
Starting off is Heaven, a heavenly start to a heavenly journey. It’s true pop, produced perfectly for radio and the ears of anyone who loves music. Catchy lines with a sense of heart and soul make this the stand out track on the album. It’s also the track which I have on my fitness playlist.
My Kind Of Love, a song that is spookily deep, with the most exquisite vocals that penetrate your brain so delicately. This song is absolutely stunning and her latest release.
Mountains is the fourth track on the album, but again puts you in a reflective trance, words perfectly chosen to spark and engage your mind – for me it was a smile, then a tear. I’m in love with this track, along with Heaven, I can hear it over and over again. It’s something you’d expect from Des’ree on the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack.
The thing I love about Emeli Sande is her versatility. She can speak, sing, hit high notes, low notes, she can make anything that comes out of her mouth sounds angelic.
For instance, Next To Me is a fun and perfect pop. It is almost an Adele sounding track, but layered quite differently. Plenty of big band participation, finger clicking and foot tapping stuff here.
To finish off the precious production is Read All About It (Part III), which is really a WOW track. “I wanna sing, I wanna shout, I wanna scream till the words dry out…” is the first line of the chorus, which is one memorable chorus. You will be singing it in your head, long after you’ve finished this album. This song is the perfect ending from the perfect start.
Emeli is a classy, pure and intricate artist, she presents herself immaculately, with an edgy style. She really is a forceful artist with magnetic melodies.
I look forward to many more albums by this gorgeous woman.
I dedicate this post to my super-friend, Faye De Lanty. Love you xox
I had the pleasure of spending a very intimate night with entertainment royalty – Dame Edna.
It was in the basement at the Civic Hotel in Sydney where I got to see the very endearing Dame Edna on stage speaking about Jenny Craig and how she, along with her Manager, Barry Humphries will strive to achieve their weight loss goal of 15kgs each.
In hysterics for much of the night, I can’t think of a time I have felt more privileged to have been graced by one of Australia’s greatest living treasures in this very private and rare opportunity. A good 45 minute session with Dame Edna was exactly what everyone in the room needed. Allowing questions from Trevor Ashley, Peter Everett, Mike Goldman and Glen-Marie Frost, Dame Edna answered with quick witted and supremely detailed answers, all with the poise and elegance of a legend.
It wasn’t just Dame Edna who kept the photographers on their toes, the moment the scary Spice Girl Mel B and husband Stephen Belafonte arrived, the sound of flashes and murmurs “Mel, Mel, look here, Mel”, “Oh my God, Mel B is here”, “Wow, it’s Mel B, she looks incredible” filled the room. And it was true. She looked incredible. With a body to salivate over, Mel B lost 15 kgs in 20 weeks after being ambassador for Jenny Craig.
I’ve met many international and local celebrities and I must say, I was a little star struck seeing Mel, but then I actually got to meet her and spend much of the evening with her and her hilariously extroverted husband. Mel B was so much fun, coming out with the funniest one liners, but also being an absolute sweetheart.
Other guests included my long time friend Peter Everett, Channel 10′s Breakfast presenters Andrew Rochford and Kathryn Robinson, Dr Nikki Goldstein, Trevor Ashley, Mike Goldman, Chucky Klapow and the gorgeous Glen-Marie Frost. Below are some photos of the silliness Dr Nikki and Peter Everett got up to with the crazy couple.
What an amazing night – but if you want the X-Rated uncensored version of the night… Contact me privately!
See more photos below courtesy of Esteban La Tessa of La Tessa Photography (including photo of Dame Edna) - www.latessaphotography.com
National Treasure, Dame Edna Everage and her adoring manager, Barry Humphries get serious about their health and pledge to shed 15 kilos each with Jenny Craig. With the megastar and her manager about to embark on their farewell tour, Edna states the dramatic change is necessary in the interests of their health and, as role models, the health of their public.
“Possums, Barry and I both appreciate the influence we have over our adoring public. Just like the Beckhams, people follow and copy our every move. And lately, well let’s be brutally honest, we’ve let ourselves go and haven’t been good role models. I have a wardrobe full of breathtaking gowns but I have to hold my breath to wear them …only three gowns fit me these days. When I’m on stage, I have to suck in my tummy because I fear my dress will burst at the seams. Just like my dear friend Mel B, I too can’t wait to get my pre-baby body back! While that was many years ago, the outcome will be the same with Jenny’s help!
“I’ve always had a nice little double chin but recently it’s turned into a quadruple chin. I want to live a long time and I am ready for Jenny,” said Edna.
Barry Humphries also worries about Edna’s weight. “We were in London recently and Edna’s looks were savaged by one critic in particular who described her as rather ‘tubby’. Well, that was a wakeup call for both of us, especially with our so-called “farewell” tour, ‘Eat, Pray, Laugh’, about to start in June. Consequently, we both take a mild blood pressure tablet and by losing 15 kilos, not only will we look fighting fit, our health will bounce back.”
“We want all of Australia to rally behind us on Jenny’s ‘Edna Forever’ campaign. The message is simple; ‘get healthy, live longer’. Edna is a legend; she deserves to live forever. We may be approaching our early twilight years or as I like to call them, our ‘after lunch years’, but Edna has some sage advice to impart regardless of your age,” said Mr Humphries.
Barry also admits he has his own problems with food and will be supporting Edna and encouraging all men to think about their health.
“I have a problem with food and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Don’t forget if you’re fat, you’re sick. There’s no shame in a man getting help. It’s a shame if you don’t!“
Amy Smith, MD of Jenny Craig Australia and New Zealand is excited about the company’s new ambassadors.
“Dame Edna is an absolute legend in Australia and her manager, Barry Humphries, is equally loved. Their inspiring story to lose weight and regain their health will resonate with people of all ages. You are never too old to fight for your health; it’s there for the taking.” said Ms Smith.
“The Jenny program is the perfect first step. It’s important to understand the programme is not a diet. Each person is provided with a support system second-to-none, regardless of whether they are megastar or not. After an in-depth meeting with your own Jenny consultant where your medical history is discussed, a tailored eating plan and exercise recommendations are given. Each week of your journey you will check in with your consultant to discuss your progress. This is the difference and it’s a system that’s proven to work,” says Ms Smith.
I’ve been so excited to hear the first track off Missy Higgins new album, The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle.
Unashamed Desire is AMAZING. I love how Missy’s long absence has produced something so great. I’m in love with this song and looking forward to hearing the rest of the tracks in their entirety.
Not only do I love this song, she is also smoking hot! She is looking so gorgeous at the moment. In this clip she looks simply gorgeous.
Stay tuned – I’ll be keeping you up to date on all Missy Higgins news!
THEY ARE BACK! The Queens of Australian television comedy are back with a new movie that is set to blow your Eurotrashy socks off! Well we hope…
Kath Day-Knight and Kimberly Diane Craig née Day head to Europe for a special adventure of love, lust and revolution! Exactly what that means is beyond me – so I’m excited about seeing the affectionately named, Kath & Kimderella in cinemas on September 6.
Joining Kath and Kim is second best friend and fresh out of the closet Sharon Karen Strezlecki, Prue and Trude . We don’t know yet if baby Epponnee-Raelene Kathleen Darlene Charlene Craig, Kelvin Graeme Knight, Brett Dean Craig and will be on the Euro adventure!
I’m super excited about Missy Higgins making a come-back with her new album set to launch June 1, called The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle.
Just yesterday, she showed off the gorgeous artwork for the cover of her album. The artwork is by Melbourne artist, Kate Tucker, who earlier this month was selected as a finalist in one of Australia’s most prestigious art prizes, The Archibald Prize, also with a painting of Missy.
Check out the video below which is the second installment of making ‘The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle’ video below. Enjoy!
Missy’s first single Unashamed Desire is due for release April 23! Stay tuned.
It’s been 5 years since Delta Goodrem last released a track! But she is back and sitting on top of the world as it seems.
Here is a clip of her new track, Sitting On Top Of The World – what do you think?
Bombay Sapphire are launching the Sky Pavilion Imagination Project which I thought would share with you all, because you can all participate!
Launching tomorrow, Wednesday the 21st in Sydney, Bombay Sapphire has created an interactive 4D installation which facilitates manipulation of virtual clouds and star constellations inside a pop-up space, using your body. This FREE installation is open to the public (must be 18 and over) with motion-sensing and projection technology that changes from day to night, people can use their imagination to create individual clouds and constellations and enjoy those created by others.
Check out the video below:
During your lunch break, after work, or just for fun, take five minutes out to be inspired. Infuse everyday with imagination at the following locations:
When: Wednesday 21st March to Sunday 25th March
Opening hours: 12pm to 8pm
Location: Customs House Forecourt, 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay
When: Thursday 29th March to Sunday 1st April
Opening hours: 12pm to 8pm
Location: City Square, corner of Collins and Swanston Street
When: Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th April
Opening hours: 12pm to 8pm
Location: Cultural Forecourt, South Bank
More about Bombay Sapphire: BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin has an extraordinary taste that is unlike any other gin. 10 exotic botanicals from around the world give BOMBAY SAPPHIRE a refined and balanced taste.
Earlier this year, Peter Everett ex-host of Ready Steady Cook told us about an event that was being planned to support Matt Golinski, the well known Queensland based chef on the show who lost his wife and three children in a house fire on Boxing Day 2011.
With burns to 40% of Matt’s body, he only recently came out of an induced coma, then being told about the horrific news of his family.
Well the national fundraising event has been launched, Plates for Mates. Coordinated by some of Matt’s closest mates – Janelle Bloom, Manu Feildel, George Calombaris, Damian Heads, Gary Mehigan and Alastair McLeod – as an urgent call to arms by the entire hospitality industry to facilitate fundraising for the Matthew Golinski Recovery Fund and to the McComb Foundation.
I’m so pleased that this has now come to light, and these guys are backing this incredible cause for both Matthew and the McComb Foundation, which aim to help the difficult recovery process of burns victims – one that is extremely close to my heart.
What is Plates for Mates about?
The idea is that restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, staff canteens, tuckshops, hotels, pubs, clubs, resorts, suppliers to the hospitality industry and members of the public do something to assist both Matt and The McComb Foundation.
Dr Fiona Wood who researched and invented spray on skin used in burn treatments started the McComb Foundation and the hope is enough money will be raised to fund a research fellowship named in honour or Matt’s wife and daughters, the research fellowships would be to help people heal who have been both physically and emotionally hurt from burn injuries.
How can you be involved?
Visit the website, www.PlateforMates.com.au and add your event, which could be something as little as a monetary contribution, to hosting a lunch or dinner in your own restaurant to raise money for the two foundations. Maybe you own a coffee shop and want to give 50 cents from each coffee to the foundations, or maybe add a $1 surcharge on every bill and donate this to the foundations. What ever it is you choose, ever dollar helps and you have your chance to put what ever it is you choose, on the website. So submit an event, or attend an event. All of these events are listed on the website.
It is a very special cause and I really hope Australia gets behind this – congratulations to the 6 compassionate friends of Matt who all pulled this together.
To watch the Peter Everett video message filmed earlier this year – a message to Matt Golinski, see below:
There will be a fundraiser held at the restaurant Steel in Sydney in February. Please stay tuned for more information.
I also send my love and best wishes with Matt, words really can’t describe the sadness of something like this. I had Matt when I was a contestant on Ready Steady Cook, and he was such a great energy to be around.
I’ve been a good boy this year and this is what I want for Christmas. Read below.
One gift that I’m hoping to get under the Christmas tree this year is the BeoSound 8 by Bang & Olufsen.
Renowned for breathtaking sound quality and iconic styling, Bang & Olufsen have once again designed a standout electrical piece of art for your home, perfect for the bedroom, kitchen, retreat or dining room. There really isn’t a place you can’t put this piece.
Where ever you want sound, your BeoSound 8 can go. All you need is a power outlet and an iPod, iPhone or iPad which sits securely in the adjustable holder. You’re then ready to go, so be prepared for the awesome sound that is about to grace your ears.
You can also download an app version of the sleek and stylish BeoPlayer for your docked iPad, iPhone, or iPod. You can also adjust sound levels and skip tracks quickly and conveniently on BeoSound 8 itself. Music on a docked or USB linked device can be controlled via the dedicated round remote control.
The conical shape of the speakers is designed this way to create an unobtrusive impression, as well as eliminating standing waves, by avoiding parallel surfaces.
BeoSound 8 comes in either black or white with aluminium details and matching power cord. When you feel the need to add a splash of colour to the room, the list of options includes six fabric speaker covers in yellow, orange, red, silver, black and white.
Check out the video below for a little tour of the BeoSound 8.
Available at Bang & Olufsen stores for approx $1,500. Visit online for locations: www.bang-olufsen.com
Reviewed by Adrian Erdedi from www.AdrianErdedi.com
Each time I hear Darren Hayes has a new album, I get really excited, as I did when he launched his fourth solo studio album, Secret Codes and Battleships.
It’s been out since October 2011 but this is definately an album that everyone must have for 2011/2012.
Darren Hayes has presented an assortment of superbly written and melodically immaculate songs, all with that unmistakable voice that beams through the speakers with crystal clear precision.
Nothing pleases me more then having Secret Codes & Battleships playing, whether it’s driving, running, working out, having a dinner party or just simply wanting to sing my heart out!
There are many stand out tracks on this album, Bloodstained Heart and Taken By The Sea are my two special mentions, but also Good Walking Into The Room, Talk Talk Talk and Stupid Mistake are also incredible tracks.
Below is the Bloodstained Heart video – it’s so gorgeous…
Darren has impeccable attention to detail, producing a decadent and emotive album – one of which every household needs to have playing at some stage through the Christmas break.
The 5th of my TOP 10 CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS is one for the kiddies… And adults too! ANGRY BIRDS – KNOCK ON WOOD game…
Most iPhone users would know of Angry Birds – one of the highest downloaded apps and time consuming games out.
This time it is real life and your mission is exactly the same as the touch screen hit! Knock down the planks of wood using a launcher using Angry Birds as your ammunition.
The game is ideal for 2 to 4 players, and for ages 5 years and up.
Available from Toys “R” Us and other good toy stores!
I have always wanted to visit a yoga retreat, and with a week free just for me at the end of a wonderful European vacation – I booked in for a dynamic yoga retreat at Kaliyoga in Orgivy near Malaga, Spain. The week has been everything I wanted and so much more.
From the minute we walked in to stunning mountain scenery and beautifully welcoming people – you could feel yourself letting go. I was fortunate to have booked when there were only five of us as guests, which meant we really had a great opportunity to bond as a group, but to also get to exposed to so many more people (around 20!) from Kaliyoga and the nearby multicultural village.
Not only did we have two amazing yoga teachers for our morning and afternoon classes, but we were greeted by amazing staff, helpers, chefs, experts on nutrition, and had the options of so many different treatments and workshops. This really made the week – from acupuncture, reiki, quantum and biomagnetic therapy to thai yoga, swedish and aromatherapy massages and raw food cooking workshops – there were some highly talented and friendly people – all there to help us take time out for ourselves, open our eyes internally, and encourage us to relax and rejuvinate.
Olga (a gorgeous Portuguese chef) ran workshops for us on her passion – sexy raw food and raw chocolate – which were a real highlight. Going from eating ham, cheese, and wine around Europe to this amazingly delicious and nutritious food sent my body into total bliss.
We learnt how to make different flavours of chocolate from the superfoods cacao butter, cacao powder, and coconut sugar – our picks being chcolate with fresh mint, orange zest, a hazelnut and date filling, lemon & ginger, and fruit & nuts. We also made a scrumptious take on lasagna – with marinated zucchini as pasta layered with marinated spinach, mushrooms, a walnut paste, and uncovered the secrets to a non cooked tomato sauce.
The week was nothing short of divine. I had more depth in my yoga then ever before, was able to really let go – and left having had amazing mind, body, spirit, (and food!) experiences. I could have stayed for so much longer and I can’t wait to go back for more – perhaps for one of the detox weeks, or even for a bit longer as a volunteer helper (they have a fantastic program where helpers can take part in yoga and activities while doing a few jobs to assist with meals and maintaining the property).
It’s not often enough that we take time out for ourselves, and our wellbeing, and once experienced – your body just wants more. No wonder they have so many repeat visitors!
Now that my big European trip is coming to an end, and I actually and spending time with family and relaxing instead of rushing from city to city, my sleeping pattern has been a little out of whack. Late nights, long sleep in’s, my body clock is all wrong and trying to sleep normally has been pretty tough. Till now.
I found Sleep Stream Pro on the iPhone App Store and I have now used it everyday and night for the past 2 weeks.
So what is it?
Developed in conjunction with sleep and relaxation experts, hypnotherapists and audio professionals, SleepStream 2 plays the most soothing sounds from nature, gentle audio atmospheres, binaural beats, music and guided voice tracks. I especially love the crackling fireplace and the many types of rain choices. The rain puts me to sleep in minutes!
SleepStream 2 is perfect for:
• Sleep induction
• Power naps
• Noise masking
• Tinnitus relief
The sound quality is incredible, the voice sessions are soothing, there’s a choice for power naps, there’s heaps of free content to download within the app and it’s really easy to use.
Check it out, there’s a free lite version, see if you like it, then I suggest you download the Pro version, it has many more options.
Let me know how you go with it!
StonningTOON – The Exhibition!
A caricature collection of cool celebrities, sexy sports stars, community cuties and fabulous friends who live or work in the famous Melbourne City of Stonnington!
Caricatures include Stonnington Mayor Melina Sehr, Stonnington CR Tim Smith, members of Prahran Police, Stonnington residents pyjama king Peter Alexander, Drag superstar Paris, celebrity hairdresser Lillian Frank, Herald Sun columnist Luke Dennehy, Collingwood footballer Paul Licuria, Carlton AFL star Chris Judd & model wife Rebecca Judd, members of local sporting groups the Prahran Assumption VFL, Melbourne Rugby Club, Prahran Cricket club, Melbourne STORM and more.
StonningTOON features hand drawn digitally coloured limited edition caricature artwork prints by local cartoonist BRETT WILLIS as part of the first of The Publican Gallery series of artist group exhibitions 11.11.11 @ The Prince Maximilian!
11.11.11 features works by Abstract artist Helen Pollard, Cartoonist Brett Willis, Painter Amelia Lackmann, Photographer Shannon Boh and Figurative painter Kylie Baudino.
11.11.11 Opening Night – Friday 11th November 6-8pm
Upstairs @ The Prince Maximilian
30 Commercial Road, Prahran.
T: 03 9939 7870
For more information please contact The Publican Gallery curator
T: 0415 039 791
brettwilliscartoons.com and TOONARAMA present:
StonningTOON -THE COMPETITION!
To celebrate facebook page TOONARAMA’s upcoming 200th Cartoon Hottie of the Week and the Opening of StonningTOON -The Exhibition, simply enter StonningTOON – The Competition to win a caricature of your own!
HOW TO ENTER:
1/. “Like” The facebook page TOONARAMA
2/. Write on TOONARAMA’s wall:
a/ Your favourite existing CARTOON HOTTIE caricature and
b/ Nominate a famous face you would like see featured @ TOONARAMA!
The winner will be chosen @ random with the winning wall poster receiving a CARTOON HOTTIE caricature of their choice (either of themself, a friend or favourite celebrity) which will appear as the TOONARAMA facebook page’s 200th CARTOON HOTTIE, as well as being featured in the upcoming StonningTOON exhibition. The lucky winner will also receive a framed signed limited edition print of their caricature from the exhibition!
Wanna be a CARTOON HOTTIE? Entries close Friday 4th November 2011!
I’ve just finished up a week in Ibiza with some great friends from Australia. What am amazing time it was!
One of the wonderful things we got to do was visit Formentera, 6kms off the coast of Ibiza – which is part of Spain’s Balearic Islands. The island is only 19kms long, with a population of only 10,000 people.
I went there by yacht and was told to expect beaches similar, if not better then those in the Maldives. I didn’t think it was going to be possible.
But as I walked over the little sand dune and was presented with the photo I took above, I thought I was in heaven. White sand, mixed in with pink sandy ripples, the crystal clear water and the temperature absolutely perfect. This was my kind of place to escape the craziness of Ibiza.
If there is one place you’ve probably never heard of, that is a must see, this is the place! I just wish I had more time there to enjoy it. Next time!
Peter Everett sends a very personal message to all of his loyal fans, who have sent the kindest messages to him through me.
I cannot begin to tell you how touched he is by every one of them, and he has read all of them!
In true fun and spontaneous Peter Everett style, this video was put together for all of you out there. We hope you enjoy it, as well as keeping you in the loop with everything that is going on in Peter’s life right now!
I stumbled across the facebook page of Peapod Photography recently, where I was really impressed. A fantastic collection of photos shot to capture different moods, feelings, emotions and events.
Peapod Photography is run by Sydney-based Alexis Bartlett. I approached Alexis to chat to her about her photography and also congratulate her on her talent and skill. Over the phone, Alexis said she has loved photography since she could pick up a camera and make images of her own. She has a background in the visual arts and graphic design. Her style is candid and she has a passion for bringing out her clients’ individual personalities and styles.
Peapod Photography focuses on candid and relaxed family, individual and couple portraits, bringing memories to life for life.
Packages are available and can be tailored to your needs and requests. Engagement shoots are also currently being done free of charge for anyone that would like their wedding photos captured by Peapod – a great incentive for you to pick up the phone and call Alexis on 0401 793 428, or by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The website can be found at www.peapodphoto.com.
It’s a great initiative, a great concept and a great evening out… So get a group together for after work drinks and a shop all in one!
Just because it is now Winter, it doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the gorgeous sunshine Sydney has to offer throughout the crispy season (once this rain goes away!).
Just imagine this.
A gorgeous Sunday, bright clear skies, the sun shining down over Bondi Beach, only the very keen surfers out in the surf, cruising the streets with the crisp zephyr keeping you alert yet enjoying every second of what the positive ions in the air of the beach-side suburb.
Ok I might sound like I’ve taken some drugs and am in some fantasy land. Well I haven’t taken a thing.
You’re wondering why I said “cruising the streets”?
Well that’s because Bondi Beach Cruisers are the only way to get around Bondi (or anywhere else you might live in our stunning country).
Hawaiian beach culture comes to Australia with the opening of Bondi Beach Cruisers, online retailer of quality, stylish and affordable beach cruiser and lowrider bicycles.
Local couple, Resa Pratoni and Belinda Miller, driven by a love of vintage bicycles, launched the brand earlier this year.
Renewed popularity of bicycles and green transportation along with a strong community focus are the basis for this healthy living duo so expect to see them cruising around Bondi on the three available styles: Men’s Southend Cruiser, Ladies Iceberg Cruiser & The TRex Lowrider, all available online now or by pick-up in Bondi by prior arrangement.
I think these cruisers really capture the essence of what beach and Bondi lifestyle is all about. We all have a little beach bum trapped inside of us somewhere, and even if you don’t live anywhere near a beach, this is most certainly something you can ride with pride.
Recently I had a taste of Chiva-Som Luxury Health Resort on our very own soil at the Crown Metropol in Melbourne. My experience was nothing short of heaven on earth.
But what exactly is Chiva-Som Luxury Health Resort all about?
You could quite easily describe Chiva-Som in Thailand is a place to go if you want to experience peace, tranquility, luxury, comfort, and complete titillation of every single one of your senses. Not to mention it’s key benefit – redefining, rediscovering, healing and cleansing the body, mind and soul.
Chiva-Som is quite possibly one of the only places on earth that have mastered the art of taking the human body on a journey of relaxtion, rest, stimulation, health, detox and wellness. It’s quite simply a health resort, but there is nothing simple about it – there is a reason why is it the best in the world. The proof it is the best in earth? Well Chiva-Som is the only spa to consistently appear in the top 3 of the Conde Nast Traveller (UK) Reader’s Travel Awards. Now if that doesn’t say best on earth – not sure what does!
Chiva-Som has just celebrated 15 successful years and is located in the Royal city of Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand, 185 kilometres south of Bangkok. Nestled within seven acres of luscious tropical gardens, the beachfront health resort captures all of those airborne positive ions to begin the rejuvenating process.
There are 58 rooms within the grounds, from charming studios, through to the large and spacious fully contained Thai Pavilions which has everything from a ocean view jacuzzi to a private butler.
With over 200 treatments available, in addition to the 70 treatment rooms, the resort facilities comprise a kinesis studio, gym, watsu pool, flotation pool, large outdoor swimming pool, bathing pavilion with kneipp bath, sauna, steam, jacuzzi, and indoor swimming pool.
So what treatments are available? Well think of it and Chiva-Som most likely has it. Natural healing, physiotherapy, stress release therapy, kinesis, Thai boxing, Abhyanga, Tai Chi, Chi Nei Tsang, meditation, detoxification, weight management, inner peace, physical renewal, oriental therapies plus so much more which would take forever to list!
Now health and wellness isn’t just about what I’ve listed above. It’s not just about yoga or massages, but it’s about food. What goes into your body shows through the skin.
Indulging yourself in our award-winning Spa cuisine is easy. But indulging in organically-grown fruits and vegetables from the Chiva-Som garden is even easier, proving that low calorie, nutritious food can truly be a gourmet experience. Enjoy the elegance of fine dining in the Emerald Room or relax outdoors and the Taste of Siam restaurant by the sea.
Executive Chef, Paisarn Cheewinsiriwat joined Chiva-Som in 2003 fusing his background of Thai and European cuisine with a philosophy of health and nutrition. His popular signature dishes draw people to Chiva-Som from all over the world, and I feel very privileged that I had the chance to taste these dishes for myself, prepared by the master himself right here in Australia.
No matter what it is you are wanting to achieve or gain, there are many different packages available to suit your needs – or create your own. It’s no wonder Chiva-Som is a “Haven of Life”.
For more information, please visit www.TravelTheWorld.com.au
Adding to the growing list of concept cars appearing at the Melbourne event, Australian International Motor Show, the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics is a four-seater sports car featuring avant-garde design, futuristic technology, impressive performance and unsurpassed efficiency figures.
BMW says the Vision EfficientDynamics is representative of the future of driving pleasure as a result of ground-breaking drivetrain technology.
The combination of a three-cylinder turbo-diesel with a hybrid synchronous motor at the front axle and a full hybrid engine at the rear axle enables a maximum power output for the system of 241kW.
This innovative technology allows the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics to achieve 0–100km/h in just 4.8 seconds – extremely impressive for a car that also achieves 3.76 litres per 100 kilometres, and a CO2 emission rating of just 99 grams per kilometre.
The eye-catching performance, efficiency and emissions figures are no doubt helped by the 1.24-metre high coupe’s slippery shape – with an aerodynamic drag coefficient of just 0.22.
As a “plug-in” hybrid, the Vision EfficientDynamics features a lithium-polymer rechargeable battery housed centrally in a longitudinal chassis element, which can be fully charged at a conventional power socket within just two-and-a-half hours.
The electrical stores of the BMW permit zero emissions motoring for a range of 50 kilometres – with the 24-litre diesel tank, that range extends up to 700 kilometres.
While it may look like a motor show-only concept that will never see a showroom floor, the wild-looking vehicle is expected to make it into production as the BMW i8 by 2013.
BMW’s new i sub-brand has been established to focus on developing sustainable mobility solutions, and the i8 has been announced as one of the first two vehicles to launch.
The Australian International Motor Show is on at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and opens at 6pm on Friday 1 July and runs until Sunday 10 July.
It’s that time of year again… To relax, rest easy and know that planning a wedding can be as much of a party as the wedding itself!
The Ultimate Wedding Planing Party is back in 2011, on Thursday 25th of August 2011. Starting at 6pm at Opera Point Marquee, Sydney Opera House, this year it’s bigger and better!
Get up close and personal with the industry’s leading experts. See this season’s designer bridal collections while enjoying Champagne and canapés. Learn stylish tricks and top tips from those in the know, to help plan your fairytale wedding.
• • New-season bridal fashion on the runway by celebrity designers Colette Dinnigan, Lisa Gowing, Velani by Nicky,
• • UK rising star Sarah Janks and PeepToe Shoes. Honeymoon attire by Camilla
• • Celebrity wedding planner Anthony Del Col from Staging Connections shares his styling and planning tips
• • The iconic and picturesque venue of the Sydney Opera House enhanced by an exceptional catering experience courtesy of Opera Point Events
• • Inspiring flower displays by celebrity florist Susan Avery
• • Make-up workshops and one-on-one advice from the Bobbi Brown team and Simona Janek
• • Maya Medispa will provide an insight into beauty and lifestyle in preparation for your upcoming wedding
• • Stunning wedding photography by gm photographics and Inlighten Photography
• • Cinematic wedding videography by Untitled Films
• • Honeymoon know-how and locations to swoon over by Tourism Noosa
• • Wedding registry and gifts by Sydney Wedding Registry and Riedel glassware
• • Gorgeous wedding stationery by le bonbon and De La Mod Designs
• • Wedding entertainment by Sweethearts Music and The Press Club
• • Trend report by the editor of The Knot wedding website and magazine
• • Celebrity MC
Tickets $80 Standard, $100 VIP.
Purchase tickets through the website www.ultimateweddingplanningparty.com.au or phone (02) 9328 5333
After interviewing Christopher McLaren on the radio show I do at Bondi 88 FM with Corby-Sue, I fell in love with his idea, his concept and his drive. It’s come to life and it’s now time for you to discover Sydney’s hottest young designers at Bizarre Bazaar, the pop-up twilight market this Thursday (tonight!!) between 5 and 9pm at Sussex Lane, Sydney.
“Bizarre Bazaar is a landmark event in Sydney’s fashion calendar, where the public are invited to experience cutting-edge fashion and explore the zenith of our emerging laneway culture,” said Christopher McLaren, Event Coordinator, A Series Of Fortunate Events.
“Snuggled in between the walls of Sussex Lane, fashion and music will blend to create an intimate shopping experience for all guests. For four hours only, Bizarre Bazaar gives you the opportunity to purchase collections from 30 local fashion designers – unique, modern, ready-to-wear garments handmade by talented professionals.”
“It’s an opportunity that simply can’t be missed for both designers and Sydney’s fashion-savvy.”
Matt Young of Nine to Five Online spoke about Bizarre Bazaar – “Pop-up markets have really become a staple in the Sydney fashion scene, but it’s so refreshing to see one incorporating all elements of its surrounds; bars, eateries, fashion, shopping, it’s all here. Bizarre Bazaar has taken the basic elements of a pop-up market and transformed it into a shopper’s paradise.”
Wander between any of the four participating laneway bars, enjoying the fantastic food and beverages designed specially for the event. Soak up the beats of Small Bar’s resident DJ who will be mixing decks for guests high atop the terrace balcony.
A phenomenal opportunity to get up close and personal with Sydney’s most talented young designers. Show your support by spreading the word – this is a one-off event that can’t be missed!
It’s time a little more Melbourne came to Sydney!
Learn more at www.bizarrebazaar.info and I will see you there on the night – I can’t wait!!!
On the 25th of April, it was my little sister Simone’s birthday.
I spent a couple of months getting footage together of people she knows and loves wishing her a happy 24th birthday. I gave Simone the video, and she absolutely loved it – she was beside herself.
She is a smart little Down Syndrome girl, she’s very clever, she’s fun and most of all, she is lovable. She loves celebrities, she loves television, she loves movies and most of all loves music. So I made sure I asked the people who will make her smile.
I never planned to make this video public, but I thought it would be a great way to raise awareness about Down Syndrome and urge that everybody does their bit to help these beautiful people feel part of the community. If you want to donate money to the Down Syndrome Association in your state, that too would help tremendously – aiding the people who aren’t as lucky as my sister having a loving home and family around her all the time.
A massive thankyou to:
Simone, we all love you very much and we all hope you had a wonderful birthday!
Love Adrian xox
I recently had one of the most luxurious experiences, where I was pampered and traveled down a path of culinary perfection.
It was a taste of Chiva-Som Luxury Health Resort at ISIKA Day Spa at the Crown Metropol, Melbourne. Chiva-Som joined ISIKA only for a limited time, so that a piece of the resort could be experienced here in Australia.
Chiva-Som Resort brought their skills and their therapists from Thailand to Melbourne to treat and spoil visitors of the ISIKA Day Spa, with a collection of treatments – from heavenly massages to more intense physiotherapy. Although it’s not their entire range of treatments, it gave an insight into the skill these masters have.
But not only did they bring their therapists to indulge the guests, they brought the Chiva-Som Executive Chef, Paisarn Cheewinsiriwat – who created a mind blowing meal, not only unique and carefully designed, but extremely healthy by eliminating sugar, salt and oil.
So I think I should go back and tell you about my experience, right from the beginning.
I arrived at the Crown Metropol in Melbourne and greeted by the lovely concierge, directing me to the reception. “Mr. Erdedi, welcome to Crown Metropol, you are staying in the Health Retreat suite on level 26…”. It sounded very impressive. I gathered my luggage and made my way to the lift to go to the private section on level 26, which is not accessible to people staying in the normal rooms at the Metropol. Already, I was feeling a sense of exclusivity, but also seclusion.
I opened the door to my room and infront of me was a delicate room, with beautiful fixtures, neutrally toned calming colour scheme and floor to ceiling glass, with views over Melbourne CBD. I was in heaven. But in actual fact – heaven had not even begun.
I had time to drop my luggage, have a cup of herbal tea and get ready to go upstairs to level 27 for my treatments at ISIKA, by the Chiva-Som therapists.
Waiting in the retreat lounge, with a cup of aromatic herbal tea, it slowed down the heart rate, calmed my nerves and helped me tune out a little, so I could take in every little bit of my first treatment – a Deep Tissue Massage. My very kind Chiva-Som therapist guided me through to the treatment room, which smelt pleasant, lighting was dim and sounds of the forest in the background. I had stepped into my boudoir for the next couple of hours.
I got comfortable in privacy and comfort, and got ready to relax and be taken on a journey of experience, tradition and health rejuvenation. Using oils, my deep tissue massage began. And this is when I slowly drifted away… After some time, I woke up and turned over. It was time to do it all again, but on my front side. And again… I drifted away.
One hour later, I felt light. Refreshed. Somehow all of my tension diminished and I felt on top of the world.
The experience wasn’t over just yet.
Next up, another gracious therapist came into the room to give me my Chiva-Som Haven Body Polish. No Kenco chamois or sponges to be found. This is luxury. Chiva-Som body scrub was applied limb by limb and rubbed into my skin. Removing the impurities from my entire body. Smoothing the skin and stimulating cell growth. After a wash in my private shower, I was laying down again, having my body moisturised and nourished.
I can’t remember the last time my body felt immaculate.
After I had a nap, I went for a swim in the heated indoor infinity lap pool on level 27, a quick chill in the vitality pool and then 15 minutes in the steam room – all before I got ready for my superb Chiva-Som dinner.
Welcomed to the indulgent level 28 restaurant, ironically named ’28′, a detox cocktail was handed to me and I was taken to my seat which the place setting was gleaming.
If there’s one thing the Crown Metropol has perfected, it’s quality and service.
Chiva-Som Executive Chef, Paisarn Cheewinsiriwat prepared a meal beyond culinary heights.
Courses served up from the Chiva-Som menu included Thai specialties such as seared scallop, quinoa tabbouleh, mushroom confit and beetroot vinaigrette, black cod baked in mustard with lentil dhal, tamarind and mango chutney. For dessert, a poached pear which was absolutely beautiful and lightly sweetened – without any sugar. Every one of Paisarn’s dishes he has created for the mind, body and soul. So no salt, oils or sugar is used in any of his dishes. He uses natural and healthy ingredients to use instead.
After some exceptional wines, great conversation and a short stroll to my suite, I retired for the night.
Waking up the next morning was hard. It was probably the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. I honestly slept in the same position all night, without one single bit of back pain. I normally wake up in the morning stiff and with my joints cracking, but these beds at the Crown Metropol are simply amazing!
It was back up to the restaurant for breakfast. Now I don’t quite know how to describe it. Maybe in three words? VARIETY. INCREDIBLE. ORGANIC? Or maybe FRESH. CHOICE. UNFORGETTABLE? I can’t choose the words to describe the buffet breakfast at the Metropol, but one thing I know is that it’s by far the best one I have ever had in Australia. I’ve been to many resorts nationally, B&B’s, hotels, Day Spa’s, retreats and lodges, but none of them can compare to that of the one at the Crown Metropol. MAGNIFICENT.
So you are probably wondering what this article is about? Is it about Chiva-Som? ISIKA Day Spa? Or is it about the Crown Metropol? Well let me wrap this up for you…
Chiva-Som is no longer available here in Australia for you to try, BUT the REAL Chiva-Som is only a short flight away in Thailand, where the experience will surpass anything you could every expect and experience in your life. There is definately a reason why the likes of Elle McPherson, Dannii Minogue, Megan Gale, Kylie Minogue and Madonna visit this place annually.
ISIKA Day Spa is one of the the most luxurious day spa’s in the country, with an extensive menu to make your choice tough and therapists who know exactly what they are doing and how to look after you and your body.
Crown Metropol is clearly the leading hotel in Melbourne, with incredible choice for the palate, exceptionally well designed with the guests senses as a priority and service which cannot be matched.
These are the 3 reasons why I wrote this article – and these are the 3 reasons why I would do it all over again – no matter how much it costs.
For full information on Chiva-Som Thailand, please stay tuned tomorrow…
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