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Love LiLo and Uber

May 19th, 2014

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I love how the tumultuous life of Lindsay has come-good and she’s now a fabulously chic icon…

Lindsay used the UberJET app on her phone to order a private jet from London to Cannes. As you do.

Staying at the Four Seasons, Lindsay ordered an UberJET on her smartphone to fly out to the Cannes film festival on Sunday (18/05).

After ordering the luxury Cessna Citation 2, provided by private jet and yacht firm Goodwill, which costs €6490, she was picked up at the Four Seasons, in London’s Mayfair district.

She had so much luggage she needed two extra UberLux cars (both BMW 7 Series) to take her to Luton airport where her plane took off at 11am flying to Cannes Mandelieu airport with fashion blogger Vas Morgan and her stylist Manny.

The plane she was in had cream leather seats and mahogany tables. There was an open bar filled with champagne. Hmmm… That could be dangerous for poor old LiLo. (See picture below that she took on the flight for Instagram)

After getting off the jet Lindsay was later seen wearing a glam gold dress (pictured) Participant Media’s tenth anniversary bash aboard thee stunning multimillion dollar superyacht Oasis.

Tough for some isn’t it.

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ADRIAN CAN’T COOK with Bonnie Lythgoe – Episode 3 – Part 2

November 7th, 2013

You just can’t help but fall in love with Bonnie Lythgoe (So You Think You Can Dance).
This effervescent, always smiling and kind hearted lady is the next amazing guest on Adrian Can’t Cook.

Enjoy.

Adrian

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November 6th, 2013

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ADRIAN CAN’T COOK – Behind The Scenes of Part 1 with Bonnie Lythgoe

October 16th, 2013

I love the work Jamie Auld from Always Yours Photography does.

Here are some of my favourite photos from PART 1 of the Adrian Can’t Cook “British Special” shoot with Bonnie Lythgoe.

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Adrian Can’t Cook’s Next Fabulous Guest…

September 30th, 2013

I adore my next ADRIAN CAN’T COOK guest, So You Think You Can Dance Australia judge, the beautiful and always smiling, Bonnie Lythgoe.
Stay tuned for the video going live shortly!
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July 22nd, 2013

Don’t go giving me evils.

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My Cameo on MOB WIVES MIAMI

July 22nd, 2013

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Chris Rock and Co-Star Filming in NYC

July 16th, 2013

Chris Rock and that hot chick that’s in heaps of movies today filming at the Bulgari store on 5th Ave…

Who’s Australia’s Next Rising Star?

July 12th, 2013

I’m with one of my oldest and greatest friends… It’s so pleasing to see him achieve, conquer and take over NYC and the US of A.

Australia watch out… WORLD watch out… — with Matt Dillon at Times Square NYC.

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What the REAL Tourists do in NYC

July 9th, 2013

A little embarrassed to be here… But when in West Village… — at Carrie Bradshaw’s Apartment.

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My Amazing Sister

July 1st, 2013

Looking back at old photos reminiscing.

Look how adorable my sister Simone was… and still is!

So cute and such a happy being. If only the population of the world were more like her.

Xo

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Underbelly Star Natasha Leigh Stars In New UK TV Show!

November 29th, 2012

 

Australian beauty Natasha Leigh is about to star in one of the UK’s most popular TV shows as a new Doctor. Natasha has been in the UK just a few months, yet she is already turning heads and making her mark.  When attending the UK’s Inside Soap Awards Natasha was named ‘best dressed’ by both Boohoo and Reveal Magazine!  She also caught up with fellow actors at the awards, Chris Milligan & Tom Oliver, she also shared the screen with Chris Milligan in Overture.

In Holby City Natasha plays a feisty Doctor Lilah Birdwood, who left Australia to escape the disapproving eyes of her former colleagues in Australia. When Lilah’s affair with a married consultant was exposed, they turned their backs on her and threatened to end her career.  Dr Birdwood is at the hospital as a CTI Doctor and is desperate to make the cut as a surgeon. She is determined not to let anyone get in her way; but how far will she go?

This is the first UK Television role for actress Natasha Leigh who plays the confident young Doctor, having had success in prime time Australian shows such as the hugely popular ‘Neighbours’, ‘Underbelly: Golden Mile’, ‘Bogan Pride’, ‘City Homicide’ and ‘Cops’ (as Natasha Cunningham). On Lilah, Natasha says “she is at Holby City Hospital to prove herself. She’s a great character to play.”

 

1. What an incredible role to land! Congratulations on the lead role in Holby City! How did this role come about?

Thank you!  It was so surreal how it all happened. I was in LA & I taped my audition in my friends kitchen. Came back to Australia & put down a couple more scenes with my parents acting opposite me! Then did an interview with the producers on Skype! An hour later I got the role and two weeks later I was here in the UK!

2. When you found out you got the role, what was your first reaction and how did you celebrate?

I started crying when i heard! (this industry is a rollercoaster & I feel very blessed when I get a chance to work)  In terms of celebrating – my girlfriends and I shared a nice bottle of Billecart-Salmon Rose Champagne! My absolute favourite!!

3. You’ve had some pretty great roles on Australian TV. Have you found many differences in working with Australian and UK based production companies?

The more I travel, the more I realise that although Australia is amazing; it is just an island on the ‘other side of the world’. We are very disconnected to what is happening everywhere else, so actors Must travel to really have a shot of going big! I also believe most Australians are down to earth, fun, friendly people; so we are easy to work with.

4. You have a solid fan base in Australia, and in the UK through Australian shows. What do you think makes yourself and so many actors like you so popular in countries like the UK and USA?

I think every actor has to have some qualities similar to your character. Johnny Depp has a great quote  – “with any part you play, there is a certain amount of yourself in it. There has to be, otherwise it’s just not acting. It’s lying” . I am like Lilah as in I am very passionate & sometimes intense, but for the most part, we are both just fun loving Aussie women.

5. You’ve played a few different types of roles, what has been your favourite and what types of roles do you get really passionate about?

I have played some very interesting roles! I don’t really have a favourite because they are all so different, but they are always Intense, Raw, Vulnerable and Honest. I love roles you can get your teeth into & test yourself as an artist.

6. What was it like working with Lou Carpenter on Neighbours? Come on… Tell us the truth!

He is lovely really!  I actually live down the road from him, so we are constantly bumping into each other at the corner store!

7. Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

Food wise, anything with basil & salt, I Love.  I make my own pesto & use it with pasta dishes, pizza, tapas with cheese..   drinks, I love champagne & a nice subtle pinot noir.

8. What is your favourite thing to cook – if you cook?

I do cook, a lot! I really enjoy being in the kitchen, my whole family does. The most enjoyable time is Christmas when four generations of women make our secret recipe version of the Traditional Christmas Pudding

9. What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

Besides my Jimmy Choos, which are amazing to wear.. I’d say a few good scarves are essential to any wardrobe. They add texture & colour to any outfit, worn around your neck, belted, caped… & can be used to protect against the sun & wind!  Perfect accessory!

10. Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to have and why?

Marion Cotilard always seems to nail her outfits! Simple, chic, sexy with edge…there is something slightly off centre which is absolutely my style !!

11. Is there a feature in your home you love most?

I love to have water around me (I’m a Pisces/Gemini), so being in harmony with my environment is very important to me. I have a glass fountain near the back window which I love to sit by and read. Perfect place to zone out.

12. Where did you grow up and what did you love about growing up there?

I grew up on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. It was lovely to be in between the bush & ocean. It definitely keeps you in touch with nature, though at times I used to crave the city life.

13. Favourite place to relax in Australia or the world?

In Australia is would be the mountains near Byron Bay, it’s such a vortex there, you go to another world with its lusciousness.  I’m yet to visit New York, which I think will one day be my home.

14. What is your great extravagance?

My Career!  I have sacrificed a lot & invested everything into my career. It’s just what you do when you find something you love & are passionate about, but it can at times be very demanding.

15. This one thing you can’t leave home without is…

Sunglasses! I always wear them. Because my eye colour are so light & almost yellow… they are very sensitive to light. They also complete any outfit & adds a bit of flair!

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You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down!

September 3rd, 2012

HOT HOFF THE PRESS: DAVID HASSELHOFF AUSTRALIAN TOUR ANNOUNCED

August 21st, 2012

Don’t Hassle the Hoff!

What the hell am I on about?

Well… I hate to break it to you, but DAVID HASSELHOFF has announced his AUSTRALIAN TOUR! Yep. You read that correctly.

Today, tickets will go on sale for the much loved (and much love to hate) David Hasselhoff today for the tour in February 2013! It’s still so far away, but I guarantee it will be a sell-out, it’s going to go hoff!

The Baltimore born 60 year old is so much more than a mere television personality; he is worldwide phenomenon ‘The Hoff’.

Not many stars have embraced their nickname as wholeheartedly, he is absolutely a one-hoff.

The Hoff has enjoyed a range of successful careers as a pop artist (two No 1 singles), a star of musicals (Chicago, The Producers) and, of course, as part of some of the most popular television shows ever made.

He has popped up on telly more recently; as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent and on the American version of Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing with the Stars, in Australia on Celebrity Apprentice but it is for Knight Rider (one of my fav shows… seriously!!) and Baywatch that he remains best known.

Fresh hoff the back of headlining the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Hoff is bringing his live show to Australia, described as an intimate, hilarious evening of song, dance and audience interaction. Knight Rider to Baywatch, Broadway and the Berlin Wall. Hoff-crazy? You bet it is! Come party, Hoffstyle! He will give you everything he has to hoffer.

An Evening with the Hoff

Australian Tour February 2013

Thursday 14th February - The Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Tickets available from the Corner Hotel Box Office or bigtix.com.au

Friday 15th February – The Hi-Fi, Sydney

Tickets available from moshtix.com.au or bigtix.com.au

Saturday 16th February – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane

Tickets available from moshtix.com.au or bigtix.com.au

Sunday 17th February - Capitol, Perth

Tickets available from oztix.com.au or bigtix.com.au

Tickets go on-sale Monday the 27th of August at 9:00am

An Intimate Night With Dame Edna for Jenny Craig

April 28th, 2012

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

Dame Edna and Barry Humphries Speak About Being Jenny Craig Ambassadors

April 27th, 2012

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.

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My Paparazzi – Celeb 4 A Day Experience in Melbourne

March 29th, 2012

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We all wonder what it’s like to be a celebrity, being followed, photographed, asked for autographs and getting freebies… Some of us wish for this kind of fame! But for those of you, who don’t think they will ever experience this feeling, you can now create it for yourself!

It’s called Paparazzi – Celeb 4 A Day, a Sydney based company that makes all your celebrity and attention seeking dreams come true.

Now active in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, I had the chance to use the Celeb 4 A Day experience and find out what it was really like to be followed and photographed by the paparazzi.

I have taken my iPhone with me and inconspicuously filmed the whole experience from my side of the camera. Check out how crazy it is, and how the paparazzi won’t let you get away, asking questions and doing what they can to get the perfect shot of you!

For more information about Paparazzi – Celeb 4 A Day, details are below:

Romel Kouyan – Director

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Peter Everett’s Christmas Kitchen – A Personal Gift Idea and Christmas Message

December 17th, 2011

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We all know and love Peter Everett, so here he is sharing one of his very personal Christmas gift ideas. He also sends a special Christmas message to everyone out there! Merry Christmas!

A Message From Peter Everett – All The Way From Spain!

September 10th, 2011

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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!

Adrian

The Australian Style Queen Opens Up Her Fabulous Life

August 13th, 2011

 

 

It sounds like a dream; styling some of the world’s biggest stars including Kirstie Alley for Dancing with the Stars, Kristin Chenoweth (Glee, Wicked The Musical, Broadway) for the final Oprah season and having Blake Lively wear your designs, but for Aussie fashion icon Sophia Banks-Coloma, it’s is all in a days’ work. With ten years of fashion experience in New York, L.A and Australia, Sophia is a formidable force in the fashion industry, with many labelling her the Aussie Rachel Zoe.

With international success as a highly established creative director, designer and stylist, and a wealth of acknowledgement in the industry; recognised by Forbes as one of its Top Ten Undiscovered Designers on the rise in 2009, and Harpers Bazaar Style leader two years running, it seems the world is her oyster.

Sophia’s fascination with fashion began at just 10 years of age when she enrolled in fashion drawing classes. Even after leaving school and moving to New York to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Sophia always knew her passion lay in fashion.

Sophia became co-owner of award-winning Hollywood hotspot Satine Boutique, styling celebrity clientele including Nicole Ritchie, Scarlett Johansson, Michelle Williams and Rachel McAdams to name a few. Sophia and business partner Jeannie Lee would also frequently provide internationally renowned stylist Rachel Zoe with their key fashion tips and trends.

Sophia’s style is influenced by her global travels and, with Sophia’s strong Australian roots, the Satine showroom regularly showcased Aussie designers including Sass and Bide, Fleur Wood and Camilla and Marc.

Sophia’s mantra is simple: “Buy what flatters you, not just what is trendy. If you are uncomfortable in it, don’t buy it; otherwise that is exactly how you will end up looking – uncomfortable.”

In 2008 Sophia, keen to put her skills as a designer to full effect, launched contemporary label Whitley Kros. The label has since established itself as a celebrity favourite, worn by the likes of Katy Perry, Blake Lively, Taylor Swift and Kate Hudson, and featured on U.S reality TV show ‘The Hills’. Testament to Sophia’s eye for detail and the brand’s innovative designs, Sophia was a semi finalist in the Ecco Domani Fashion Award and her collection was selected as a Mercedes Benz highlighted fashion show – a huge accolade for a designer.

Sophia is currently involved in the costume design for a new film by Academy Award winning Director Barrie M.Osbourne (Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Matrix and the new Great Gatsby) starring Amber Heard (Drive Angry 3D, Rum Diaries), Kellan Lutz (Twilight) and Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood). The film ‘Syrup’ is due to launch in Australia in 2012.

As with every successful person, Sophia has her own influences:

“I hugely admire Haider Ackermann and Riccardo Tisci for their great designs, Hubert Givenchy for creating the best dresses ever seen this century, and Coco Chanel for being such a rebel! In terms of style icons, I love Cate Blanchett for her elegant beauty and Charlotte Gainsburg for her effortless style. It could be said that all of the above have acted as a collective muse for my various fashion projects!”

With luxury fashion houses including Dior, Chloe, Cartier, Roland Mouret and J Mendel already lined up to provide the wardrobe for her latest venture, it seems her admiration is reciprocated, with design houses clamouring over themselves to be a part of her projects.

What an amazing woman and a fortunate opportunity to delve into the world of one of the worlds best stylists.

This is the incredible Sophia Banks-Coloma…

Sophia on Work

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I just finished the movie ‘Syrup’ in New York, designing all the wardrobe. It is an amazing project staring Amber Heard, Kellan Lutz, Shiloh Fernandez and Britanny Snow. It was a great project to work on – the director overheard me doing an interview for MTV and decided put me in the movie as the TV host interviewing one of the actors!

I am also working on dressing a number of celebrities for the red carpet and some image revamps for various new clients.

You are currently working on a movie starring Amber Heard, is this your first movie and what was your reaction when you found out?

Yes it was my first movie, and it was exciting and terrifying all at the same time. When I was pregnant I would watch the Devil Wears Prada and would think if I had the opportunity to work on a movie like that I would do it. A year later I was sitting with the director of ‘Syrup’ at the Chateau Marmont discussing the movie and he asked me to work on the costumes.

You’ve achieve incredible results for many of the brands you have worked for, landing them in major magazines around the world – how have you managed such success?

I never look around and say ‘gee I am so successful’, I am always striving for more and trying to do more things so I don’t really think about it. Right now I am thinking about two new film projects and a some fabulous new clients.

For 10 years you have been working with Hollywood’s A-List, who are the ones you really loved working with – or even loved to hate?

Kirstie Alley has been great, we started working together at the beginning of Dancing With The Stars show and it was great to see her weight transformation.

I loved Amber Heard on this latest movie, she is so beautiful, graceful and elegant – a real old Hollywood star, I am sure she will be getting an Oscar soon.

You travel a fair bit between the US and Australia, how do you manage?

I have travelling under control, especially with my daughter. We even ship our bags ahead…. We have a whole travel plan.

You are married to Marcus Coloma, who appears on hit shows like CSI and One Tree Hill, how long have you been married and how did you meet?

 

My brother’s friend, Nick Bosher (creator of beached whale) was staying with us in the USA and he went to an acting class and met my husband. They hit it off and decided to go for a run and he brought Marcus over – the rest was history.

Does Marcus ask for your fashion advice all the time?

All the time….. When he was filming Syrup in New York, he would call me and ask, ‘What am I wearing to this premier?’- I’d say the Black Jacket, Blue tee, and the Brown boots- I tell him what to wear all the time.

He says he can’t shop or get dressed without me.

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

I have to turn off my phone and on Sundays we have a family day. I’m also lucky to have a studio at my house, so I have Coco around me all day and she can come say hello whenever she wants.

My husband and I like it best if we are working together as then we get to spend lots of time together- otherwise we have date night.

My Mother/Father always told me…

My father and mother both always told me to there wasn’t anything I couldn’t do and that I could never really lose, by reaching for the stars. They showed me anything was possible, they live life, they take risks, they are adventurous and always changing …. That has given me the guts to do things most people would think are crazy and brought me here to this point now.

Sophia on Food

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

Chocolate and coffee. I live for these things. I can not get enough chocolate.

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

I am sad to say we don’t really cook at home, only occasionaly. We had someone cooking for us a little in Los Angeles, before we left so we could have family meals. But the last three months have been in New York…..I don’t know if anyone in that city actually owns a frying pan!

What is one of your best cooking tips?

Hmmmmm…… wear heels, so if your food tastes terrible you will look good.

Sophia on Fashion

Being a leading fashion stylist, working with names some people could only dream of working with, you need to look the part. What would you normally wear to feel comfortable, but also look fashionable showing your experience and authority?

I have to say that in New York I did have to learn to adjust my style, as wearing killer heels on set for 12 hours was not going to be easy. So for long days I wear wedges or platform sandles… YSL has a really comfortable pair of sandles.

I do always try and look good, I wear cropped trousers to be casual but always with some heels. I have to admit I suffer for fashion a little, I had to do a interview on the set for WWD and I had just bought a new Celine outfit- wool pants and shirt- but yes I still wore it in 100 degree heat.

I love hats, and will always wear one if my hair is not done- that’s my cheat.

 

Fashion must-have’s?

Cropped pant trousers look so chic with a shirt tucked in and a great heel. Plus burgundy nails.

Which celebrity wardrobe do you think is spot on?

 

Amber Heard, Dianne Kruger and Cate Blanchett.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

Right now my burgundy Celine Bag, my Birkin bag, a new Celine outfit and a navy lace dress by The Row.

Sophia on her Home

Who or what influences you most in home décor?

I design my house like my wardrobe which is good and bad. I love wallpaper so have lots of it . I also try and go a little more classic as I will have the urge to decorate my house yellow or burgundy for the color of the season and then want to change it about six months later.

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

The front entrance has yellow wallapaper with birds on it and the dining room has black wallpaper, which I think it really mysterious.

Do you think rules in fashion also apply to the home?

Yes but on a different scale. There are fashion rules, such as certain things make you look larger. In houses certain things will make a room look smaller and clutered and others will make it feel larger and spacious.

Sophia on Lifestyle

Where did you grow up?

Australia.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Australia and the US?

Anywhere in Australia- I love it. But mostly Sydney with my family and Palmbeach.

In the USA – Big Sur in northern California, Florida on the beaches and Palm desert at a spa.

What car(s) do you drive, best thing about the car and why you bought it?

Lexus Hybrid- I love big cars and I really wanted a Range Rover as that is my favorite car, but I bought the Lexus for the environment.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Handbags

Where would your ultimate holiday destination be?

The Maldives. I’m actually going to be going soon and I am so excited it is to a new resort – I just have to find the time to go.

 

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My iphone, lip gloss and a great handbag.

If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?

The royal family.

Three pet hates?

1. Airport Security

2. Dropped Phone Calls

3. Changer over time for the taxi in New York when it is raining – fashion disaster.

Peter Everett – Life After Ready Steady Cook

July 1st, 2011

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There have been literally thousands of comments, messages and emails sent to me with messages to Peter Everett in the past few months, especially since new host of Ready Steady Cook, Colin Lane started.

The positivity, incredible love and constant support for Peter has been truly overwhelming, for both Peter and myself.

Every single message sent to me has been passed on to Peter and he has been so humbled by this experience. I wish I could tell every single person who has passed on a message to him how happy they have made him. At times, brought him to tears.

I thought it would be nice for every one of you to hear straight from Peter how he is doing, what he is doing and what is happening next in his life.

He’s very lucky to have such huge support from so many Australians!

Continue to check back for videos of Peter’s upcoming travels through Europe. I’ll be there with him to document all the fun, laughter and joy he brings to all of our lives!

I hope you enjoy this video…

Adrian Erdedi

- Filmed 30th June 2011

Simone’s Celebrity Birthday Video – by Adrian Erdedi

May 18th, 2011

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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:

Carmelo Pizzino

Simone, we all love you very much and we all hope you had a wonderful birthday!

Love Adrian xox

Vote For Jan Stephenson – Dancing With The Stars 2011

May 11th, 2011

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After a long day of rehearsals, both Jan Stephenson and Mark Hodge sit down for a meal cooked by Peter Everett and send a little message to all the voters out there!

Vote for Jan Stephenson!

Call 1902 55 77 13 or

SMS ‘Jan’ to 191 777

Visit http://au.tv.yahoo.com/dancing-with-the-stars/ for full details.

Peter Everett thanks viewers of Ready Steady Cook for Logie nomination

April 27th, 2011

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Check out the lovely message Peter Everett from Ready Steady Cook has made for all of his loyal fans and voters of the show for the 2011 Logies.

The show has been nominated for it’s 3rd Logie, but unfortunately Peter is no longer the host of the show. Late last year, Channel 10 dropped Peter without any warning. But being the gracious person he is, he still has all the love and appreciation in the world for the show, and all the people around Australia (and the World) who love him!

If you ask me, Peter will always be the face of Ready Steady Cook – no other host will be able to top him!

The Stunning and Talented Countess Of Pop – Countess Emilia de Poret

March 16th, 2011

When I first met Countess Emilia de Poret, I was in awe of her elegance, style and absolute graciousness. She stood with me, Jennifer Hawkins and other stunning personalities, but it was Emilia that stood tall, and stood out the most. She towers over everyone, and her über high-fashion was the envy of everyone there.

Approachable, socialable and easy to talk to, Emilia and I engaged in conversation that night, and continued to do so each time we’ve seen eachother after that night.

More inclined to call her the Queen of Couture, Emilia has a wardrobe that is like nothing in this world! It’s like she has the wardrobe of Sex and the City, but better!

The beautiful Swedish born blonde has a super successful singing career all over the World, particularly in Europe. She has just released her great, funky and catchy new song called “This Ain’t A Lovesong” from her album Pick Me Up. This comes after her amazingly successful Worldwide dance track, “Pick Me Up”.

I’ve attached Emilia’s utterly astounding video clip for “This Ain’t A Love Song” featuring Verbal from M-Flo, which is one of the best video’s I’ve seen in a long time! The fashions throughout the clip are just divine! Shot in Japan, Emilia visits all the hottest locations in Japan, wearing the most amazing outfits and literally towering over the locals in sexy heels. She treads on dangerous grounds in the Shinjuku neighbourhood where the Japanese Mafia could have taken their cameras at any time.

It brings me great pleasure to introduce you to the fabulous Countess Emilia de Poret…

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I am currently promoting my music in Australia, USA, Japan and Spain. I got a good start this year in the US with Pick Me Up climbing the Billboard Dance Chart to # 25. This will be followed up with a new single release in the US in the fall, promotion and touring.

I was chosen by Liberty of London www.liberty.co.uk to design a print that will be part of their “Liberty Rocks” collection out 2011. I made a print of multiplying microphone heads. It was great to be part of such an amazing project combining music and fashion. It is also a real honour to know that my print will be in Liberty’s archive forever and maybe picked up by some great fashion house…stay tuned!

How did you get into doing what you do?

My grandmother used to look after me when I was a kid. She was a really good singer and a pianist and used to practise with me on her lap. According to her I could sing before I could talk. Music has always been the most natural thing to me. I could never live without it! Growing up I went to music schools and took every chance to sing and perform.

What is your greatest extravagance?

I own far too many pair of shoes!

Signature dish?

Meatballs! I am Swedish after all…

When was the last time you cried?

When I friend of mine played me a really beautiful song in the studio the other day.

Is there a charity/cause that is close to you and if so, why?

I support Comité pela Vida, a Brazilian charity based in Rio which is helping kids and teenagers to get an education.

You visit Sydney a fair bit, so where is your favourite place to relax when you are here?

A day on Bondi beach followed by dinner at North Bondi Italian is my ideal way of relaxing in Sydney.

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My phone, my music, my notebook, my Ksubi sunglasses, my rings (one on each finger), make up, my special tea, my computer, Swedish Läkerol etc etc…. I thank God every day for my oversized Chanel handbag!

Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?

Brazil.

What is one success you are proud of and one failure you try to forget (or learnt from)?

I am so happy that I kept fighting when things didn’t go the way I wanted to. Every failure made me work harder and every success made me want to achieve even more.

Greatest lesson learnt?

Never, ever give up!

What is your favourite piece of clothing and accessory?

It is really impossible to choose only one but if I have to I would say a dress by Martin Margiela Artisanal, covered in recycled vinyls. It is my favourite stage piece.

My favourite accessory is a ring by Garrard given to me by my husband. It is an Angel wing covered in black diamonds.

Who or what influences you most in Fashion and home décor?

I am very impressed by Phoebe Philo. I love what she has done so far for Céline!

In home décor I pick up a lot of influences from travelling, my home is a mix of Marie Antoinette and Tokyo madness!

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

Karl Lagerfeld for his many rings and Daphne Guinness for her wardrobe full of couture (although it would never fit me).

What frustrates you most about Sydney when you are here?

That I never want to leave!

What is one quality you have, that you hope your children will get and carry through life?

I would love for my future children to be artistic in one way or another and devote their life to something they really are passionate about…saying that, I might get a child who’s dream is to become an accountant…well, that would be ok too.

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Adrian Erdedi Celebrates Two Birthdays!

March 15th, 2011

One year ago, this website was launched – which also happened to be my own birthday as well.

I’d like to thank every single one of my fabulously loyal readers, contributors with special mention to Brett Willis and Stewart Noble and my wonderful advertisers.

Without all of you, the website would not be the success it is today, and success shows in figures with 138,887 unique visitors in 169 countries.

Thankyou once again – you have all in someway contributed in writing about all of the things I love, and being able to tell you honestly about all of the things I’m passionate about with class and taste.

Please feel free to add and follow me on FACEBOOK or TWITTER, or even email me: adrian@adrianerdedi.com for news, information regarding advertising, press releases, product reviews or interviews.

Love Adrian Erdedi xx

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The Fabulous Life Of A Very Fabulous Woman – Judi Hausmann

January 10th, 2011

A character larger then life, a successful hard-working mother, a loving wife and fabulous fashion sense… Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Judi Hausmann.

The CEO behind the 21 year old Sydney based company, Hausmann Communications is one hard working woman. But don’t think it’s just all work, there is plenty play when it comes to Judi and she isn’t afraid to have fun and a great big laugh.

A very generous and very kind person, Judi is straight down the line and tells it how it is. She constantly makes me laugh and she is such a positive person to be around. I’m excited to present to you a very personal insight into the life of a glamorous, stylish and talented woman…

JUDI ON LIFE AND WORK

Judi, you own Australia’s largest communications company. Tell us a little about the company and how you started it…

Only Henry [Roth] has the nerve to call it Australia’s LARGEST communications company!!

In fact I am only claiming to be Australia’s largest independently owned PR agency, but then how would I know really!!!!!

Anyway, in my world its quality, not quantity that counts!!!

I started my own agency full of youthful conviction and determination at the age of 29! if I had known then what I know now, I doubt whether I would have been silly enough to start it!

Almost 21 years later I am so glad I did! I can’t imagine any other job where I could just be paid for being me!

Are there any other projects you are working on now or in the future?

A new health care PR agency we have just set up called Health Haus.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Do it, it’s the best career I can imagine!!! But it’s not nearly as glamorous as it may look from the outside!

Is there a charity/cause that is close to you and if so, why?

I am passionate about theatre in general, and the Sydney Theatre Company where I am a Trustee in particular! I have a special interest in making theatre and the arts in general more attractive and accessible to a younger audience!

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

I gave up on that years ago! Now everything in my life pretty much falls under the heading of “plerk”, a term my husband coined to describe the confluence of work and play that forms the basis of most of my days!

My Mother/Father always told me…

To talk less – impossible!

When was the last time you cried? If you wish to divulge, why?

Last weekend, peeling onions! I love the ready chopped ones, would much rather pay someone else to cry and ruin their eye makeup!

Greatest lesson learnt?

Came from the Hamburglar in the old Maccas adverts: “keep your eyes on your fries!”. I focus on what I am doing and don’t worry about what everyone else is up to! That way I give everything my best shot and don’t get distracted by others.

JUDI ON FOOD

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

It’s more like which ones don’t!!! I love food and drink except champagne and Coca-Cola, both of which I think are horrid! Chocolate is my favourite food group!

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

Too often and not nearly often enough!

Signature dish?

My Swedish friend Magnus’s mother’s salmon with dill sauce! I LOVE it!

What is one of your best cooking tips?

Leave some food for the guests! I tend to get carried away with trying things and enjoying my own cooking!!!

JUDI ON FASHION

Each time we see you at events or in the social pages, you are wearing the most fabulous outfits. Who or what influences you most in Fashion?

Nobody really! My friend Grant Pearce (Director of Melbourne Fashion Festival) recently described me as someone who dresses to suit their personality. I think that’s true!

What is a fashion trend you hope will never resurface?

Nothing really, I say live and let live!

Fashion must-have’s?

Black trousers. Lots of ‘em! Missoni jumpers. Easton Pearson tunic tops. And a couple of bolero jackets from my friend the Parisian Haute Couturier, Maurizio Galante (as worn by Judi pictured beside), who makes the most exquisite confections I have ever seen.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

I don’t covet anyone elses wardrobe, am very happy with mine!

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

My enormous bright yellow Valentino handbag (shown in main image at top). I love it so much I gave it a nickname – Big Bird! Its a real conversation starter and has made me lots of new friends!

JUDI ON HER HOME

Who or what influences you most in home décor?

Scott Weston (architect and interior designer).

Home must-have’s?

My bright red 14 seater dining table and lots of colourful Missoni fabrics everywhere.

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

The more colour the better!

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

The red Bisazza tiled powder room, its like a little jewel.

What is your kitchen like?

Its a combination of three Poliform showroom kitchens that my friend Khali gave me for a song when he was selling his share in Poliform to Space. They were closing down part of the showroom just as we were moving into our house, so he brought 3 kitchens over on a truck and we did a jigsaw puzzle, ending up with some cabinets in frosted glass, some in cherry wood and some in vanilla lacquered finish! I like the random effect.

JUDI ON LIFESTYLE

Where did you grow up?

Sydney’s Eastern suburbs.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Australia?

My friend Mandy’s front verandah on Lang Rd, facing Centennial Park. True story!

What car do you drive, best thing about the car and why you bought it?

I LOVE my car! Its a bright blue Porsche Cayenne S with beige upholstery and a huge moonroof. It goes like the clappers, still looks brand new after 3 years and is seemingly indestructible! I call it the Nana Porsche and I bought it cos I liked it! Actually it took 6 months to arrive because I ordered so many special features! It has everything you can think of – TV, DVD – like a lounge room on wheels!

What is your greatest extravagance?

My lifestyle! I believe I deserve everything!

Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?

I am obsessed with going to Tallin in Estonia! I haven’t made it there yet but keep meaning to go.

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My glasses – otherwise I can’t read anything!

If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?

Soooo not interested in celebrities or gossip! I am happy for them to have their privacy! And I would really HATE to be a fly!

Three pet hates?

1. Nasty people

2. Stingy people

3. Cruelty to animals

ONE GOOD, ONE BAD

(One good thing and one bad thing about each)

Fame

Good – You get lots of fabulous freebies

Bad – No privacy – would hate that!

Australian Fashion

Good – Easton Pearson

Bad – Supre!

Australian Media

Good – I love the Sydney Magazine and the ABC and SBS

Bad – The obsession with boring made up celebrity crap!

Oprah

Good – She is mesmerisingly charismatic

Bad – I didn’t get to meet her in person though I spent several hours only meters away from her!

Sydney

Good – Easy to park in CBD

Bad – Too far from Paris

Traveling

All good, its my favourite thing, nothing bad!

Kyle Sandilands

Dull, nothing good to say at all!

www.hausmann.com.au


Interview Part Two – Up Close And Personal with Peter Everett

December 20th, 2010

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Check out PART TWO of the Peter Everett interview – Up Close & Personal. Get to know more about him, on travel, his amazing home, charities he supports and a fun game called 5 Good – 5 Bad… Which didn’t exactly go to plan!

Peter is an amazing guy, with amazing energy. It’s very sad he will no longer be part of Channel 10, and it’s very sad that they are letting him go for “younger and fresher talent”.

I wish him all the luck in the world, and I know – alongside all of his supportive friends that he will be back on our screens in 2011 and make people fall in love with his charm all over again!

Check out some beautiful images of his stunningly furnished home below.

EXCLUSIVE! Interview Part One – Up Close And Personal with Peter Everett

December 13th, 2010

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You will recognise Peter Everett from many shows like Changing Rooms, Location Location and Ready Steady Cook. He is the funny and charming guy we all know and love.

I’ve known Pete for many years now. He is kind, gentle, absolutely hilarious and very generous. He has guided me for a long time through many situations in my life.

Here is an excellent opportunity to see Peter up close and personal, finding out everything about himself in this two part interview, part one with a very special guest appearance by Zoe Ventoura.

Peter also exclusively announces his shock departure from Channel 10‘s hit day time show, Ready Steady Cook.

Sexy, Sultry, Talented, Kind – Mindi Jackson of the Rogue Traders

December 6th, 2010

Interview by Adrian Erdedi. Photos by Paramount Studios Sydney.

A little while ago I met a very sweet girl, at an event at Piano Room in Sydney. She introduced herself, she asked me how my day was, what I did and what my plans for the rest of the night were. She took interest in me, when she didn’t even know me. And she continued to do this to so many others. Her name is Mindi Jackson of the Rogue Traders.

Since then, getting to know Mindi has been nothing but an absolute pleasure. She is so talented, she knows her stuff. She is so god damn sexy, and wears the most fabulous outfits. She is kind, generous and very intelligent. She is everything female artists (or females overall!) wish they were.

Below is an interview I did with Mindi, she is just fantastic!

EVENT: If you are one of the lucky people invited to the Romel Model Management and Paparazzi; Celeb 4 A Day Christmas Party this Tuesday the 7th of December at Piano Room, you will get to see the stunning Mindi perform onstage.

MINDI ON WORK AND LIFE

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

Right now we’re smack bang in the middle of the festive season, so we’re busy doing gigs and events and things which is fun. Any spare time I spend writing and recording as much as I can and I’m also spending some time in the studio getting into production which I’m loving.

In February 2009, you joined the Rogue Traders, replacing Natalie Bassingthwaighte, how were you told that you were going to be part of such a well known band and what was your first reaction?

Well originally James Ash from Rogues approached me on Myspace and asked me if I was interested in auditioning. Initially I didn’t believe it was really him! Very excited when I discovered it actually was.

I was totally into it and we moved forward from there. I went to their studio in Melbourne then they came to a gig of mine in Sydney and a few weeks later I got the official call. I was in Newtown eating gelato and James called me with the news. I was so pumped I wanted to get started straight away. Such exciting times! It was the beginning of a whole new chapter for me.

How did you find it settling into the band?

Really easy, the guys are great and were always all about me bringing who I am to the table musically and stylistically. So that made settling in really easy. James and I have very similar musical influences and we both have quite a warped sense of humour as well, so we hit it off from the get go.

You’ve been singing since the age of 5, so what advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Sing and play as much as you possibly can, practise your craft. Get out there on stages and perform in front of people. Listen to lots of music, old and new and see what floats your boat, it helps you learn who you are as an artist. And, always remember that persistence pays off.

Is there a charity/cause that is close to you and if so, why?

This year I did some work with the Sony Foundation for ‘You Can’. ‘You Can’ are raising much needed funds to build long term care centres for 15 – 30 year old cancer sufferers. By donating old and unwanted phones Australians can help this cause.

A staggering 1 in 100 people in Australia are diagnosed with cancer before the age of 30, and in the last 25 years there has been next to no improvement in survival rates for this age group. ‘You Can’ aims to build specialised cancer centres for this age group and give them the services they need and deserve, and help them survive. It is a great cause, and so easy to make a contribution. Check it out at www.sonyfoundation.org.au

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

I make sure I spend lots of time hanging with my partner, family and friends. I love spending time outdoors going to the beach as well. Music is one of those things that’s all encompassing, you could have it going through your head all day and all night. I just make sure I switch off sometimes and zone out….even just couch time in front of the tv is like heaven.

My Mother and Father always told me…

To turn the music up.

When was the last time you cried? If you wish to divulge, why?

Haha I’m useless….I can get teary watching Beauty and the Geek for goodness sake!

MINDI ON FOOD

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

My number one is Shanghai dumplings…top of the list….steamed veggie with soy sauce and chilli. Yum! Wine and Cheese is one of my favourite indulgences. I find it decadent and completely relaxing. I love Indian and Italian food.  I also can’t live without my soy mocha hit on most days.

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

My favourite meal to eat out is breakfast, which I do a couple of times a week. I love breakfast down by the beach. Dinners I eat out a few times a week too. I love going out to eat with friends, but I also love to cook. I’ll cook at home most nights. I really enjoy creating my own ‘spin off’ recipes.

Signature dish?

Probably a spicy Arrabiatta sauce with olives and fresh basil over Kamut spaghetti, topped with shaved grana padano cheese. Simple and fresh.

What is one of your best cooking tips?

My food philosophy is simple and fresh ingredients, organic where possible as it makes all the difference with flavour and with nutritional value.

MINDI ON FASHION

Being in a great Australian band, you need to look the part, wearing the best threads. Who or what influences you most in Fashion?

I love quirky and bold fashion and I love being able to incorporate quite theatrical elements into the mix. I also love vintage shopping and finding rare and interesting pieces from years gone by.

A few of my all time favourite music and fashion icons are Deborah Harry, I’m a big Blondie fan, and David Bowie. And I love what artists like Gwen Stefani and Lady Gaga have brought into the pop music arena of today. Big fan.

In terms of designers, some of my faves (to name a few) are Ellery, Romance Was Born, By Weave, Justine Davis, Alex Perry, Balmain, Ginger & Smart, Tovah, Anthony Capon and Surafina.

What is a fashion trend you hope will never resurface? (eg.Hyper-colour shirts!)

Jelly sandals. they make your feet too sweaty.

Fashion must-have’s?

Bold accessories, a GHD, black nail polish, a killer set of lashes, some statement heels, red lipstick, Oyster magazine.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

David Bowie’s in the 70′s because just imagine what you’d find! Goldmine.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

At this moment (and it changes daily) it’s a cream ankle boot by PeepToe.

MINDI ON HER HOME

Who or what influences you most in home décor?

I have to say my house is a little quirky. I like bursts of colour and interesting pieces. There’s a few themes running through my house. We have music – the studio…it’s organised chaos. Lots of gear and instruments, and a mirror ball for inspiration.

I have a retro dressing room which is basically a room full of clothes, shoes and vintage decor. I don’t like everything to be perfect, I like a bit of character.

Home must-have’s?

At  home….. lots of music, good speakers, a comfy couch, an acoustic guitar, a big & full bookshelf, interesting art, herbal tea and good pillows.

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

I don’t really have rules. My design approach is a little experimental.

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

Probably my studio.

What is your kitchen like?

The kitchen itself is quite simple but the oven and stovetop is a big shiny stainless steel monster! I love it.

MINDI ON LIFESTYLE

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in a leafy suburb called Hornsby Heights in Sydney.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Australia?

The Hunter Valley. I love going up and renting a big house with a group of friends. We drink wine and play board games.

What car do you drive, best thing about the car and why you bought it?

Ford Escape. I love going for big drives and I love to have lots of room.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Probably my shoe collection.

Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?

France. I’ve never been, but I’m going this year and I can’t wait!

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

Coffee money.

If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?

Prince. I’d fly around him and try and soak up some of his musical genius.

Three pet hates?

1. Rude people

2. Bad food

3. Ignorance

ONE GOOD, ONE BAD

(One good thing and one bad thing about each)

FAME

good: Hearing your song on the radio!

bad: Having to think twice about leaving the house in trackies.

AUSTRALIAN FASHION

good: Australian fashion is amazing. Most of my favourite designers are Australian.

bad: I want too much of it!

SYDNEY

good: the beaches

bad: the traffic!

TRAVELING

good: I love a ‘make it up as you go’ holiday adventure. It’s fun not knowing what’s coming next.

bad: unpacking

KYLE SANDILANDS

good: he’s naughty

bad: he’s naughty

The Gracious, Gorgeous and Giving Carly Crutchfield

October 11th, 2010

Carly Crutchfield is one remarkable person. At the age of 20, she had already done more then what many of us would do in our entire lives. She bought and sold companies, traveled the world and get her self on the track to being one very successful millionaire.

Because of her choices in life and her vaule for life itself, she decided it was time to give back. Recently starring on channel 9‘s The Secret Millionaire, Carly gave away a small fortune to people she didn’t even know, but needed al the help they could get. Watching Carly was truly inspirational and she proves that you can achieve what you want in life.

A beautiful, caring women, a natural on the small screen and an inspiration to many  this is Carly Crutchfield and all the things about her fabulous life…

Carly on Life

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

In terms of development we currently have $250 million in projects under way throughout Australia. We have a new charity initiative, www.secretgiftangels.com.au which we are very passionate about.

We are committed to increasing the level of property and financial education amongst Australians and we are about to launch a new free training program PROPERTY UNIVERSITY, which is very exciting.

Tell us more about your successful company, CCORP…

CCORP was borne out of the fact that I loved what I was doing, but hated doing it alone. I wanted to be a property developer but on a bigger level and with a group behind me.

Our company culture is very unique, its high energy, fast paced and we believe nothing is impossible. We work very hard and we play pretty hard to.

We are Australia’s largest property development education company and one of the fastest growing development groups in Australia.

CCORP also has a property investment division and finance division. We spend a lot of time ensuring our clients are educated. A lot of people are making investment decisions without truly understanding what they are deciding upon. I have seen a lot of self inflicted poverty in Australia – people getting themselves into massive debt and financial pressure because they do not understand money, investments and property. This is something people need to be educated on. The more our clients know, the easier it is to help them achieve their financial goals.

You were recently on The Secret Millionaire, tell us more about this experience and how this experience affected you and your life…

It was such a priviledge to be involved and I loved it! It was a completely unique experience. Although I have done a lot of charity and volunteer work before, this was so different. I was taken out of my comfort zone, as my phone, money, computer etc were confiscated and for that time it was solely about confronting an area, its problems, families, groups and thinking about how I could help.

I was inspired by the resilience and positivity of the people I met. Since the show I have been overwhelmed by the feedback. I have received thousands of emails, letters and messages. I have also received many requests for help, money and jobs. This has made it even more real to me that there are a lot of people out there who need help. It has motivated me to take my life, business and foundation to a whole new level and start making headway in solving some issues in Australia and the world at large.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

It’s hard work. You need to believe in yourself, have persistence and thick skin. You need to be willing to handle risk and experience the highs and the lows. But if you can, it is incredibly rewarding, exciting and fruitful.

If you want to give property development a try, you need to educate yourself. The more you know, the easier it is and the more money you make. The less you know, the more money you are likely to loose. To start learning about property development, come to one of my workshops or order my free DVD. Visit www.ccorp.com.au or call 02 9371 4799.

Is there a charity/cause that is close to you and if so, why?

In terms of a charity organization I would have to say my own foundation, CFOUNDATION. In terms of a cause, there are so many situations in the world that need attention and help. One area I am very passionate about is Human Rights, or the lack of human rights that exists.

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

I might spend a week working 20 hour days and then I’ll take a week off and either travel or relax at home and just do an hour or two of work a day. I schedule in holidays and book flights so nothing else can sneak into the schedule.

My Mother/Father always told me…

Work hard and believe in yourself.

Greatest lesson learnt?

Don’t regret anything. It’s a waste of time and a waste of a learning experience. You can create anything you want to tomorrow as long as you’re not looking back on how you should have done things yesterday.

What is one quality you have, that you hope your children will get and carry through life?

Persistence. I don’t take no for answer, I think impossible is nothing and I don’t give up. You can get through anything and create phenomenal results with that mindset.

Carly on Fashion

What is a fashion trend you hope will never resurface?

Nothing really, bring it all back! It’s hilarious to watch life regurgitated with a new point of view. Who would have thought we would be wearing shoulder pads again!

Your thoughts on Australian fashion in comparison to International fashion?

I think there is a more relaxed and whimsical vibe to Australian fashion, which suits our lifestyle. International fashion tends to be heavier and harder edged.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

Victoria Beckham would have an incredible wardrobe, but again very hard edged – I’d say her bag collection would be phenomenal (although mostly Hermes). Fergie would have a great cross selection and more rocky edge and I hear her shoe closet is amazing.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

At the moment I am obsessed with Chanel earrings, I have about 35 pairs. Clothing wise, a dress I bought from Mackenzie Mode, which is perfectly tailored for my body.

Carly on her Home

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

Keep it unique, create interesting spaces and focal points. Mix items, textures and colors – don’t try and match everything. I’m not a fan of catalogue houses that look like everything was bought in the one store straight off the floor display. A home should show personality, stories and memories.

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

I have a wall full of sepia photos all in white frames. There are about 60 frames in varying sizes containing pictures of my friends, family and favourite memories. I created the wall about 2 years ago and it’s got a great energy while also being architecturally beautiful.

Who or what influences you most in home décor?

The beach would be my biggest influence in my home and second to that art. I tend to pick a painting for a room and decorate around that. The art has center stage in my home, and so it should. Art’s a powerful thing.

Carly on Food and Drinks

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

I am obsessed with soda water and I love a good glass of French champagne. My wine of the moment is pretty much any Italian Pinot Grigio.

Food, all of it – my personal trainer knows I like food! I had a Wagyu steak in Melbourne recently which was incredible.

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

I travel a lot, which means eating out a lot. If I am home, I eat in about half the time and out half the time.

Though at the moment I am on a full on detox. So I get all my meals prepared for the day.

Signature dish?

I rival anyone to out cook me Mexican-fiesta style! My roast isn’t too bad either.

Carly on Lifestyle

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

At my home, or the beach.

What car do you drive, best thing about the car and why you bought it?

I have a few cars, but I usually only ever drive my Range Rover Sport. I bought it because it’s big and I can get lots in it! It’s also a really smooth drive. I also have a Prius but interestingly enough the Range Rover is more carbon efficient.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Art. I take a lot of pride in my collection and look forward to growing it. I think art is a powerful thing. It can completely change the vibe of a room. The art in my home is very relaxed. The art in my office is very contemporary and pop. You walk into our offices and feel an intense energy – a lot of that is from the people, but they bounce off and are inspired by the art.

Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?

I am dying to go to Africa and do a full Safari. I am heading to Venice with my boyfriend for New Years which I am really excited about.

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My phone and laptop. I get nervous thinking about it.

What frustrates you most about Sydney?

It’s all good. The frustrating things give Sydney siders something to talk about.

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

Bronte for breakfast, Camp Cove for family vibe, Coogee rockpool for my dogs, and a secret eastern suburbs hideaway I cant tell you about is my favourite for a day of sunbathing, swimming and reading.

If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?

Bono. The way he has “used his power for good” is pretty incredible.

Three pet hates?

1. Being limited to “5 or less” items when going into fitting rooms in stores. I only want to make one trip to the fitting room.

2. The loop strings sewn into the shoulders of women’s dresses, clothes etc. So annoying.

3. People smoking at the exits of buildings so when you walk outside of the building you walk straight into 30 cigarettes being smoked.

Let’s Meet The King Of Hair And Looking Younger – Troy Thompson

September 20th, 2010

Troy Thompson is definately a man who knows what he wants. He set out young, trying to achieve a goal – and guess what, he ge got it.

A caring and thoughtful person, he takes good care of those people close to him. He works hard, endless hours – but enjoys every minute of it.

The successful Troy Thompson Hairdressing Salon in Rose Bay (soon to be Potts Point) has seen him grow from strength to strength, eventually getting his own role on the hit TV show, 10 Years Younger in 10 Days.

He has just launched his new book… But i’ll let him tell you about it, and everything else about his private life!

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I have just launched my new book, Troy Thompson’s Guide To The Younger You. [Click HERE to read about the book]

I’m currently working on my book project, pulling together the next one and also trying to finish up loose ends for our move to our new salon in Potts Point.

Who or what influences you most in Fashion and home décor?

I don’t follow fashion; I think that is boring and so predictable. I believe you should have your own style and create your own fashion style.

On the home front i have been told I do like a bit of Versace and know how to do a room like Ralph Lauren, but seriously i like simple furniture and a easy space for living and having great friends who enjoy your space.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

It’s funny you know I don’t really have one, it’s so not who I am about. But I do like my cowboy boots I have had several pairs made for me.

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

Kitchen, i love to cook for people. It really does make me feel special when i can do that for someone.

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

My god I’m Italian, I love all food and all drink, if it’s on the table ill eat it.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Massage every week and a facial every 2 weeks; I’ve done it for years.

Greatest lesson learnt?

Don’t allow someone else control your business details.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Stick it out… It pays off in the long run, crap money to begin with but show that you have passion and you will get the rewards, Big Time.

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

Not sure how to answer that, at this point in my career I don’t have a balance, but I’m happy with that as I’m a work horse, and I love going to work, I’m happy to work 10 to 12 hours a day and more if I could.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

Tom Ford, because he makes it look simple and easy, and that’s what it is all about for me. Plus I’ve always wanted to get into his pants.

How did you get into doing what you do?

Well funny you ask that, I often think the same thing but it always comes back to arriving in Sydney from the country and not knowing what i could do, i knew I could plat a horses tail and do a great braid as well, so i decided to become a hairdresser and remember there were lots of apprenticeships back then so it was easy.

My Mother/Father always told me…

You’re on your own.

Is there a charity/cause that is close to you and if so, why?

I’m a ambassador for the Ted Noffs Foundation, i want to help this cause as they look after kids with drug related problems and people shy away from these issues, it could have been me if I didn’t get that guiding hand, at a crucial age.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

Fratelli Paradiso in Challis Ave Potts Point. Love Love Love this place!

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

Just about every night, i don’t like to cook for my self so i go out.

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My Dog Stud, i did once and i never forgave myself. I’m a bad father some times. I forget about him and his needs.

What frustrates you most about Sydney?

Nothing I love it and everything about it, we are so lucky to live in the most amazing city.

If you were Clover Moore, what would be the first thing you’d inject money into fixing?

My Fashion sense and updating my resume, she is doing a dreadful job and should be voted out.

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

I hate the beach I find it such a waste of time sitting there doing nothing. Plus I can’t swim.

Three pet hates?

1. Boring people

2. Bad manners

3. Untidy people

What is your one diva demand?

I don’t wait in line for anything or anyone, EVER.

Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?

Ok I love Paris, I could live there forever.

When was the last time you cried? If you wish to divulge, why?

God I cry all the time I’m a big sook. But I won’t tell you why i last cried because I’ll cry again, I love crying. It’s good for you.

What car do you drive, best thing about the car and why you bought it?

I don’t drive I have a full time car service and its fab, I love Phil the driver he has looked after me for so long I wouldn’t know what to do without him anymore.

Your best grooming tip?

Get a hair cut.

www.TroyThompson.com.au

Tegan Brideson Meets aussieBum’s Sean Ashby To Find Out About His CEO Sleep Out

September 13th, 2010

Written by Tegan Brideson for AdrianErdedi.com

Slumber Fun For Your Aussie Buns

I’ve got two words for you. aussieBum. What do you think? Sean Ashby’s story from “jack of all jobs and really a master of none” he says, to a creative CEO of a globally successful Australian owned and made brand is an inspiration.

He was approached to participate in Channel Nine’s ‘Secret Millionaire’ and the comparisons to be made from what he could have become to what he has become are close to home. Ashby says “I started aussieBum to give myself a job as none were being offered, so I could pay rent and support myself instead of ending up a real bum.”

The designer was originally supporting himself in jobs ranging from a barman to a personal trainer and when he began developing the aussieBum label, he says “for me, it was all about the idea of doing what I believed in.” The brand will be ten-years-old next year, an achievement that proves hard work pays off.

In the ‘Secret Millionaire’ episode, Ashby participated in CEO Sleep Out, an event he says he was “wrapped to be a part of.” The company raised and donated over $30,000 to the cause.

“It was something I signed up for personally because I am a great believer in walking the walk and not just talking the talk,” he says. Striving for his company to be become more community oriented meant this was a way that he was prepared to participate and contribute, aiming to motivate others to [do the same] in the future.

He didn’t have any expectations when it came to stepping out of his comfort zone either, “apart from wanting to get more involved in my community and show support for those who are sometimes overlooked,” said Ashby.

It’s started the ball rolling for future community projects but Ashby’s passion for aussieBum is to maintain an Australian identity and to continue his Australian made brand’s successful competition in the global market.

This is all carried out with fun being the main objective. The company has a London based office to maintain the relationships with major buyers so travelling is also a priority. He says the buying and selling trips involve “lots of alcohol” [laughs] and “plenty of time spent at the buffet breakfast counter, I love breakfast I do.”

We’d all be laughing too apparently if we watched how Ashby taught himself the online store aspect of the site. aussieBum’s initial domestic and international success can be attributed to the e-commerce website, something he says he was totally uneducated in. “It’s amazing what you can do when your back is against the wall and it’s up to yourself to make your dreams come true” he says.

When asked if he’s ever dreamed of opening a stand alone store he answers with a laugh, “bloody hell yeah, it’s one of the most commonly asked questions.” He’s thinking more along the lines of a café though, where he says “people can hang out and enjoy the lifestyle and perve factor of the brand… and I also like the idea I will have somewhere to go for breakfast.” Straight to his heart.

Secret Millionaire airs on Channel Nine.

Copyright © Tegan Brideson 2010

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Maria Venuti – The Mother of Australian Entertainment

September 6th, 2010

Chances are you will hear Maria, before you see her. Then when you see her, you will instantly smile.

Maria Venuti is one of the most outrageously effervescent people I have ever met in my life!

From the giant light brown bouffant that sits on her head, the long eyelashes with diamantes, to the floor length Leopard print kaftan, Maria is one person you are instantly attracted to. Her enormous laugh and hilariousness is infectious – you are then trapped in Mama Venuti’s private little world where everything is about having fun and living life to the fullest.

She is a great Australian icon, performing for thousands of people for longer then most of us have been alive. Her Italian heritage brings out her eccentricity on stage.

Lets get to know this goddess as we are welcomed to the world of Maria Venuti…

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I’ve just finished filming a movie called ‘Bathing Frankie’ with Henri Szeps, young actor Shaun Goss and first time director, Owen Elliott and writen by the brilliant Michael Winchester.

I’m looking forward to my role in Frank Lotito’s ‘Big Mamma’s Boy’, filmed in Melbourne with Holly Valance in April.

There’s also my first CD in the mix!

I’d love you all to come and see my show at Kit & Kaboodle at The Sugarmill on Sunday night, 21st of March. I guarantee a night of great songs and a fun time!

Who or what influences you most in Fashion and home décor?

Animal print!!

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

Too much to choose from. But if I have to, my crazy hats!

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

I have hanging over my fireplace an exotic papyrus of King Tut (Tutankhamen) I bargained for when I was doing concerts in the Sinai Desert with the pride of Australia – Rolf Harris.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Rome…ahh!! Bella Roma!

Greatest lesson learnt?

Be true to yourself… please.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Come and see me – let’s talk!

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

I can’t make up my mind between Lady GaGa Or Sophia Loren.

How did you get into a life of performing?

Totally by chance. I’m not a person who plans. Live for today and let life surprise me tomorrow.

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

Animal print.

My Mother/Father always told me…

Always… just-a-be-a-yourself-Maria. Honest, considerate and passionate.

Is there a cause that is close to you and if so, why?

I love my charity work – it is fulfilling and everything I’m involved with is close to my heart. Like The Variety Children’s Charity, The Cornucopia Committee – raising $’s for the support of abused children. Humpty Dumpty – supporting children’s hospitals. The Australian Ladies Variety Association, it’s a show-business charity that does marvelous work.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

Relax?!?! What does that word mean?!! If and when I do, and I’m in the city, my favourite place to take time out is a beautiful small park right next to The Park Hyatt. There are six date palms there and the lorikeets fly around enjoying incessantly chatting and the views are spectacular.

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

I eat out often and cook often. I adore both!

I savour all the different types of foods and experiencing the flavours Sydney’s world class restaurants. My favourite of all is to entertain with dinner parties at home with friends, family, candles and a beautiful interesting theme.

Signature dish?

My daughter Bianca and I were recently in the historic town of Italy’s Peruggia for cooking classes. At the moment I’m loving this very simple dish that Andrea just ‘whipped up’. Veal steak, prosciutto and sage. Hold them together with a large wooden pick, place into very hot extra virgin olive oil for only two minutes and serve with a side of vegetables. I love steamed beans with a combo of oil, mint, garlic – ‘piacere’.

Your thoughts on Australian fashion in comparison to International fashion?

Basically I have my own crazy style, sometimes in the best dressed list, more often then not in ‘the worst dressed list’. But I hope never boring!!!

I design a lot of my own showbiz and social fashions… Oh!! Australian fashion is up there with the best in the world although the budgets are very different, but our fashions are hot and NOW!!!

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My eyelashes!!

What frustrates you most about Sydney?

On the Anzac Bridge, the speed limits go from 60 to 40 to 50! Cross City tunnel – 80 to 40!! That’s the problem! The change of speed limits in a few hundred meters! That really frustrates me!

If you were Clover Moore, what would be the first thing you’d inject money into fixing?

Circular Quay railway station and Cahill Expressway! Its hideous and the facade is just an eye sore.

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

North Bondi gently surfing with friends, then off to North Bondi Italian for lunch and then call into Camilla’s for a new kaftan!!

If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?

Brangelina’s – to find out what’s really going on!

Three pet hates?

Bullshit.

Hypocrisy.

No manners.

Fashion and home must-have’s?

Animal print… For fashion and home!

I’ve been in that jungle forever…

What is your one diva demand when performing?

All my stage costumes are ‘boned to oblivion’. So I once employed a very strong young Darling to do my hooks and eyes up before I went on stage. Ooooooo!

What a women! Don’t forget to see this icon perform on the 21st of March at Kit & Kaboodle.

Visit www.moshtix.com.au/event.aspx?id=35060&ref=moshtix for tickets. Dinner and Show options available.

Meet Romel Kouyan – Smart, Sexy And Successful

August 16th, 2010

Romel Kouyan, one of the most down to earth people I know. He has the time of day for anyone, he cracks me up constantly with his silly gags and ridiculous jokes. Always dressed in designer clothing and scents, driving the hottest car at the time and eating at the best restaurants. He has worked damn hard for it though. Romel is probably the most business minded person I know as well.

There’s no messing around with Romel. When he says he will do something, he does it. Because of this, he has created himself a mini Empire of successful businesses of the things he knows best.

Switched on, funny, strikingly good looking and a true figure of class and sophistication. This is Romel Kouyan…

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I’m working on many at the moment… My companies, Romel Management and Paparazzi – Celeb 4 A Day keep me very busy. I am always working on new ideas I can implement and am currently putting in a brand new package at Paparazzi for Brides and Grooms looking at getting the celebrity treatment on their special day.

Who or what influences you most in Fashion and home décor?

I can’t say that I’m influenced by anyone in either. I am however influenced by the mood I am in at the time. For me fashion is about wearing something that feels right. If I’m feeling out there and think a chandelier would look great on me, then that’s what I will wear!

A couple of years ago I was attending an awards night and I wore a cashmere throw as a sarong. It kept me very warm and looked amazing. I have no reservations. If I feel like doing it, ill do it!  My home however has to feel calm with good energy flow throughout all the rooms. It must be lightly lit with hundreds of Aveda soy candles. So I can’t say that I follow trends at all. I am my own trend!

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

My favourite piece of accessory would have to be a belt that was made for me by many bike chains. As for clothing, I’d have to say my new Gucci suit, but it changes every week.

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

Yes my 10 foot mirror.

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

It depends… If I’ve been out drinking it would have to be McDonalds. Lots of it! If I’m feeling really hot, then its seafood. Oysters in particular.

What is your greatest extravagance?

My brand new Range Rover!

Greatest lesson learnt?

Always have good balance in life…

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Be passionate, creative, competitive, and always make sure you have honest people around you who have your best interest at heart.

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

When you are a young business there is no balance. Your business is all you should focus on. If I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea I will get my Blackberry and document it otherwise it drives me crazy.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

Jean Paul Gaultier and Alexander Mcqueens. Except I wouldn’t be raiding it, I’d be stealing it all.

How did you get into doing what you do?

I was scouted at Home Nightclub by model scouts from New York in 1997. I then flew to the States where I lived and worked as a model for 2 years. It pretty much snow balled from there on.

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

Mirrors mirrors mirrors… Lots of them and the bigger the better! Nothing like seen all of you!!

My Mother/Father always told me…

That I didn’t have what it takes to do what I’m doing right now. Weren’t they wrong!!

Is there a charity/cause that is close to you and if so, why?

Yes lots! Any charity that raises money to find a cure for Cancer and Aids… Also, children and animals are very close to my heart.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

My bedroom.

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

I love to cook, so I eat home quite often. But I do enjoy great food at a good restaurant.

Signature dish?

Hmmm I’d have to say seafood! Prawns cooked with garlic, chili’s and coriander.

Your thoughts on Australian fashion in comparison to International fashion?

I think we have a very cool and unique style in Australia. We have definitely come a very long way.

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My mobile phones.

What frustrates you most about Sydney?

Its boring and conservative… Hence why Paparazzi – Celeb 4 A Day kicks arse. I just feel that there needs to be more good drama on Sydney streets.

If you were Clover Moore, what would be the first thing you’d inject money into fixing?

I’d inject quite a lot of money in sending out fashion police 24/7 to confiscate all fake designer hand bags. I’m so over looking at it.

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

Hmmm I don’t have a favourite. They are all great. We are very blessed to have the beaches we do here.

If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?

Kylie Minogues…. I don’t think we ever see the real Kylie… Any excuse really. She’s adorable.

Three pet hates?

1. Bad manners

2. People spitting on the streets

3. People picking their nose in public. I don’t get it!

What is your one diva/divo demand?

Lots of cameras where ever I go and scented candles. I usually get my PA to carry one in each hand every where I go. Kidding!

Only cos I can’t get her to agree to it.. I am slightly scared of her as she has more muscles than I do so I don’t push it with her. I’m too scared of her back hand.

Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?

I love going to Byron…

What is one quality you have, that you hope your children will get and carry through life?

My persistence and drive.

When was the last time you cried?

I can’t remember to be honest… I do cry quite a bit though…

What is a fashion trend you hope will never resurface? (eg. Hyper-colour shirts!)

I think all trends are good and can work on the right person.

What car do you drive, best thing about the car and why you bought it?

A Range Rover… I love its size. I bought it cos I liked it.

If you were in a position where millions and millions of children globally admired you, what would be the one thing you would want to be a role model of? (eg. Body image, drugs etc…)

I’m very anti drugs so I’d love all kids to know that you do not need drugs to have fun.

What is your favourite website?

AdrianErdedi.com of course!!!

www.celeb4aday.com.au

www.romelmanagement.com.au

The King Of Community Television – Yianni Zinonos

August 9th, 2010

He’s a smart, cultured and hilarious man, with real ethics and kindness that makes him one of my great friends.

Yianni Zinonos is one of the funniest guys I know. He is random and witty, and constantly makes me laugh – that is the basis of any great friendship.

He’s generous, kind to everybody and gives everyone the time of day. His TV show “Yianni’s City Life” is one highly rating TV show aired nationally on Mondays 8pm, Wednesdays at 8:30am and Fridays at midday on TVS, channel 44.

He works hard, and plays just as hard! But he has halved his work load of late, for reasons I’d like him to explain to you…

Projects you are currently working on?

I’m completing series 9 of my national TV show Yianni’s City Life. We film for a couple of months at many different events such as Fashion week, Vivid, Biennale, Italian festival,  Sydney Film Festival, etc. This current series is events based. I have was also featured on the highly successful ABC1 series “The Making of Modern Australia”. Its a 4 part documentary series about the lives of different Aussies since the end of the second World War.

I have also been out there promoting my TV show in the media, with several write ups in the press. I also work in fashion as a freelance designer and pattern maker for several emerging fashion labels, such as Fernando Frisoni. Recently I have started writing a blog – How to start a fashion label. Its all about setting up small business in the ragtrade. I have worked in fashion for almost 30 years.

My favourite piece of clothing is…

The humble t-shirt. I am a summer person, that’s when I’m in my element.

The feature I love the most about my home is…

My cute tiny green garden, which is grassed, and surrounded by overgrown trees and bushes. Its my little piece of paradise.

The foods and drinks that most excite me are..

Sushi, I love it, its healthy, lite, the one food you can enjoy that won’t make me fat!

I also love my “Soy Decaf Flat Whites”. Yes you wouldn’t want to be serving me in a cafe! In summer I make my own flavoured mineral waters with fresh fruit crushed into them. I am famous for my gluten free buckwheat pancakes, with home made chocolate sauce.

My  greatest extravagance is…

Working part-time. I have worked fulltime for 27 years, and now the time has come to take life a bit easy, I finally figured out its more important to just have the time to just simply live, rather than work as hard as I used to. I am happy to have less material things, its more important to be calm and relaxed than constantly stressed out.

The greatest lesson I learned is…

The importance of self esteem. I work in media, and entertainment, and nothing happens if you aren’t confident, or believe in yourself. Success is more about who you are as a person rather than what we do.

If we have a great energy everything else will naturally follow.

My advice for someone who wants to get into fashion?

It’s alot of hard work, its an industry that can chew up so many resources both financial plus efforts. Go into fashion because you want to develop your craft as a designer and business person not because you want to be rich and famous. Get your priorities right.  It’s the same for TV. Don’t do things for your ego, get involved because you want a better community.

How do you balance your life between work and home?

My work life balance is better now I am working part time. I live and work from home, which also doubles as a tv studio. Its great when I’m not too busy i can just breeze through, though  when I’m doing too much I get stressed out, I cant relax, then my health suffers. Its not worth working too hard without a very good reason. We delude ourselves into thinking we constantly need all this extra money, when I would rather live  a more humble way, and have the extra time to chill out here and there.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you most like to raid?

I don’t think about raiding any celebrity wardrobe because I design cut and make all my own clothes, even my undies!

How did you get into doing what you do?

I got involved in fashion since my childhood, my mother was a dressmaker. I used to make dresses for dolls, much to the discomfort of my family when I was a child. About 10 years ago, when things in fashion where very slow, I started working as an extra, on films, TV commercials, and drama series etc. It was alot of fun, then I started taking acting lessons for fun, then I got a part scholarship to study film making, while I got involved in community TV as work experience.

I used to produce and present a weekly segment on one of the programs for  a few years. Then I was offered my own program, which eventually went national.

Around the home my design rule is…

Minimalism. I don’t like clutter. There’s alot of white walls, polished Sydney Bluegum floor boards, privacy, and natural light. It’s all very simple.

My mother and father always told me to…

Get married… Sorry, I haven’t gotten around to that yet.

What charities do you support?

I have promoted alot of charities and community organizations through my TV show. Its great Karma, I really feel that’s my way of giving back to the community someway.

How often do you cook at home and your signature dish?

I will cook at least one main meal at home each day. I can because I work from home.

I do an amazing gluten free pasta dish with bolognese sauce.

Your thoughts on Australian fashion compared to International fashion?

Australian fashion is great at certain things only, from the Worlds reaction. We are good at swimwear, beachwear, surf wear, its more the casual stuff the global market wants from us. Yes there are many small designers selling overseas, but we are an absolute speck in the ocean. Too many Australian designers never make it overseas because they are busy copying what already been done there… We need to be more creative  and experimental, develop our own signature, then we will have something to promote.

I cant leave home without…

My keys, my small wallet with my I.D, business cards, some cash, and a credit card.

Plus I always try to not leave the house with  out making my self look half decent.

What frustrates me most about Sydney…

The congestion. Its become a claustrophobic, cramped place. It’s loosing its charm, there are too many people around, its becoming too expensive, everyone is stressed out. It’s not as relaxed and care free as it used to be when i was growing up.

If I where Clover Moore I would…

Shoot myself for allowing those ridiculous bike lanes. No one uses them, they have created even more congestion. There is no where to park, where there wasn’t enough parking places to begin with. Those bike lanes have sent many business broke, cause such havoc in residents lives. I can’t believe where our money is going!!!!! It would have been cheaper to pay the cyclists to catch a cab than the $80 million wasted…

My ulitmate holiday destination would be…

Miami, and New Orleans, I have always wanted to go there.

One of the most embarrassing moments I have had was…

Recently appearing in an ABC documentary about the lives of Australians. There I was on national TV, in all these naked photos of me on holidays in Mykonos on a gay beach. I dont think my mother was too happy!

One success I am proud of is…

My work in producing, and presenting a national community TV show for the last 5 years. I really enjoy being out there in the media, communicating. I get to work with the most extreme variety of people, from politicians, artists, entertainers, community organizations, and charities.

This had made my life very interesting and enjoyable.

One failure I have learnt from is…

Not to be vulnerable. When you are vulnerable as I have been in the past people can be nasty and vindictive. They do horrible things to you. If you are strong, and believe in your self, if you are confident, people tend to pick on someone else.

If millions of kids admired me…

I would tell them not just to think of themselves, but to think of others. I would tell them the importance of self control, and self discipline. Also how its good to be involved in community, to somehow give back, not just take.

My best grooming tip is…

To work on your soul, to be a good person, be happy, because that’s what really radiates the best king of beauty. Its from within.

http://www.tvs.org.au/programs/yiannis-city-life

Meet Gina Meyers, Writer Of Unofficial Twilight Cook Book; Love At First Bite!

August 2nd, 2010

Gina Meyers is best known for her pop-culture television trivia books and cooking expertise related to the Twilight Saga and the iconic television show Bewitched.

From an early age, she had a passion for the culinary arts, experimenting in the kitchen with baking breads, muffins, cookies and cakes. For 7 years, Gina taught a plethora of entertaining and fun cooking classes for kids from Easy Meals in Minutes to Storybook Cooking and Crafts.

She has been a television consultant for Popstar! Magazine, Columbia Pictures Television and Nickelodeon Magazine. She is a featured business expert at business.com and is the San Jose Examiner’s cooking guru. Meyers has a Bachelor of Science in Business with an emphasis in Marketing and owns a Publishing firm, Serendipity Media Group.

Read more about Gina’s new book “Love at First Bite, The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook” HERE.

Let’s get to know Gina Meyers together…

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I am currently working on an I Dream of Jeannie Trivia and More book, a children’s book about the Louisiana oil spill, titled: New Hope, Help Our Precious Environment, and a recreation of Love at First Bite revamped in full color glossy photos, a keepsake, and My Life as a Twilight Fan, an autobiographical approach to the journey. Inspirational Life, Exploring Our Passions in 365 Days. I have recently completed a book of inspiration entitled: Life Lessons Learned from My Fortunes: Inspiration Edition.

I am also publishing Brooklyn artist and poet Liz Longos’ book on Australian birds, called A Bird and Its Albatross: a Tale of Renewal.

Twilight Cast on Alan Carr, Chatty Man Show, enjoying Twilight Tribute Punch, excerpt from my Love at First Bite, The Unofficial Twilight Cookbook.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAM6GKkqThg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xo2KeaJkXJA

Tell us about your new book, Love at First Bite?

Love at First Bite is brimming with juicy tantalizing recipes, so brace yourself and bring your very best table manners and appetites and don’t forget your forks.

The international phenomenon known as Twilight fever has ignited excitement in the kitchen. Delectable delights to satisfy the appetites of the humans can be found in the fictional book Twilight. Love at First Bite Cookbook, is meant to offer a satisfying array of warm, lovely dishes that anyone of any age can cook with ease and enjoyment. To help the reader determine the level of skill involved in preparing each dish, the recipes are labeled “easy”, “medium”, or “hard”.  One fork means “easy”, two forks, “medium”, and three forks means it is a “difficult” or “hard” recipe.

Filled with forbidden love, action, and danger, so brace yourself, and bring your very best table manners and your appetites. Don’t forget your forks. Beautiful Bella Swan will be serving up some scrumptious delights to satisfy even the pickiest puritan “vegetarian” vampires.

Intertwined in the pages of Love at First Bite, you will find Bell’s Lasagna, Harry’s Famous Fish Fry, Mushroom Ravioli, Blushing Bella Punch, just to name a few.  Your senses will be filled deep with the sweet aroma of mouthwatering I Dare You to Eat Pizza Edward, and sinfully delicious Red Velvet Cake. You know when the rooster crows, it is time to awaken your sense of taste and take a Bite at Dawn to Lemon Blueberry cake, Plum Pecan Waffles, or Grand Slam Sundae.

Red juicy ripe vine tomatoes marinated in raspberry vinaigrette tempts the taste buds and is a featured salad in the There Are Cold Cut Sandwiches in the Fridge section. Pucker up and take a long cool sip of Sparkling Honey Lemonade in a citrus salt rimmed glass, one of the virgin recipes found in the beverage chapter. Give into your epicurean temptation and take a bite into Love at First Bite Cookbook. The recipes will leave you breathless and hungry for more.

Besides luscious recipes, you’ll also find cast lists for Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse, as well a Twilight Saga Party Planning Checklist, Bella’s Prom Planner, and tons of trivia. Also find invaluable resources on upcoming Love at First Bite Cooking Classes and more.

What made you want to produce this book?

My goal is to create excitement in the kitchen and reignite the passion for cooking. My goal is to bring teens and Twi-Moms and Twi-Dads back into the kitchen. I think reading is so important, and Stephenie Meyer has brought a lot of people back to reading, I want to bring people back into the kitchen cooking together and having unique themed parties. All of my recipes are labeled, “one fork” “easy”, “two forks” medium, and “three forks”, difficult. Most ingredients are very economical and the point is to have fun and to stay on budget.

I got into writing as a way to express myself. Through the art of sharing my experiences, and impressions of mainly iconic popular culture TV shows, books and movies. It is my interpretation and expression of these characters and settings.

Do you have a Twilight obsession?

I do not have a Twilight obsession; I am a fan and a popular culture expert. I enjoy igniting a passion for cooking in the kitchen. I express myself creatively through the exploration of entertaining tips, trivia tidbits, and through the art of grouping, naming and making unique themed recipes. I believe that Twilight is a love story, like Romeo and Juliet, with elements of forbidden love. The Twilight saga brings me back to a simpler time and rekindles the feelings of my first love.

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

Some foods that most excite my taste buds are sweet potato fries with aioli sauce, deep fried artichoke hearts, cracked crab marinated overnight in balsamic vinegar, olive oil, parsley, and garlic with fresh baked sourdough bread from San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. My favorite recipe from Love at First Bite is Red Velvet Cake.

What is your greatest extravagance?

My greatest extravagance is traveling. I love exploring new cultures, tastes, flavors, sounds, and  sights.

Greatest lesson learnt?

It’s the journey in life and not the destination.

My Mother/Father always told me…

Life is not a dress rehearsal. My father also told me to remember to stop and take time to smell the roses. My mothers also told me to remember to prune, feed, and water the roses.

Is there a charity/cause that is close to you and if so, why?

We contribute and participate in NAMI, the National Alliance for Mental Illness.

Signature dish?

Boneless, skinless Chicken breasts marinated in white wine, with fresh mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, artichokes, and capers.

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

The one thing I can’t leave home without is my purse. It weighs well over 10 pounds, I don’t even know what’s in there, but surely something I might need.

If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?

If I could be a fly on the wall of any celebrities home, it would be actor Gerard Butler. He seems to have a keen sense of style.

Three pet hates?

1. Legalistic people

2. Ignorant people

3. Insensitive individuals

Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?

My ultimate holiday destination would be Sydney of course! Tahiti and the Almalfi Coast too.

What is one quality you have, that you hope your children will get and carry through life?

The one quality that I have that I hope my children will carry would be to be persistent in all things. In the long run, persistence is the only thing that carries a person through life, to have a can do attitude and to keep plugging along.

What is a fashion trend you hope will never resurface? (eg. Hyper-colour shirts!)

The worst fashion trend that I would hope would never come back would be the mullet hair cut and baggy jeans with the boxers showing, yuck. I am not a fan of leisure suits either.

What car do you drive, best thing about the car and why you bought it?

My favorite color is red. All of my cars at one time or another have been the color red. Our latest car is a convertible red Chrysler, Seabring. I love owning a convertible, it is so freeing, especially when we drive it to one of our favorite beaches in California.

If you were in a position where millions and millions of children globally admired you, what would be the one thing you would want to be a role model of? (eg. Body image, drugs etc…)

Princess Diana and Audrey Hepburn, both touched the lives of children through caring and compassion. I love children and as a result of my magical life, I get the opportunity to meet children and to share my love of cooking, writing, and creating with them. I want the children of the world to discover their true innate passions.

Love At First Bite can be purchased from www.iUniverse.com and through all major booksellers.

The Most Charming Newsreader Of All – Ricardo Goncalves

July 26th, 2010

Well dressed, witty humour, charasmatic and quick in his responses, it’s no wonder Ricardo Goncalves is a popular guy.

A Presenter/Reporter for SBS World News Australia and also coming from Sky News, Ricardo is an educated man, growing up on the South Coast of Sydney. He is a heavily researched reporter who knows his job inside out and takes pride in himself and the work he does.

I met Ricardo at a mutual friend’s dinner party, where he instantly charms both the men and women in the room. He is warm and approachable. He listens to people as much as you listen to him and as any educated communicator does, he asks questions about you and want’s to know what you have to say.

A very funny guy, who has substance, presence and charm, I’d like you to get to know more about him. This is Ricardo Goncalves…

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

Right now I’m enjoying working as a presenter and reporter for SBS World News Australia after a long stint with Sky News Australia and Nine News Melbourne. It’s been a dramatic learning curve taking on the big global issues after years of business journalism.

I’m also very keen on the public speaking/MC circuit.

Who or what influences you most in Fashion and home décor?

When it comes to fashion, I’m known for being quite conservative, love my blacks, although I’m most comfortable in my Adidas gear. Let’s just say I’m very thankful for the wardrobe department at SBS. When it comes to the apartment, I’m very much a minimalist. I love clean lines and surfaces.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

When it comes to dressing up, I’m a big fan of Farage, and a mate of mine, Donny Galella, does some great evening wear which I like also. Again though, show me something with the Adidas logo, and I’ll wear it.

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

Does FOXTEL IQ2 count?

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

I’m very much a vodka, lime and soda kind of guy, but when the sun is out and the heat is on, then it’s a Hahn Super Dry. There’s also nothing better than that sound a can of Coke Zero makes when you open it.

What is your greatest extravagance?

iPhone. It’s one of those things you buy that you don’t really really need, but really really want.

Greatest lesson learnt?

Never write anything you don’t understand. As a junior reporter working for David Koch almost 10 years ago, I wrote a couple of financial terms in an article I thought I should include, because they sounded right, even though I didn’t know what they meant. Kochie then called me to ask me to explain to him what those terms were. I didn’t know. He then told me what he thought of that. From then on, I never wrote something I didn’t understand 100%

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Persist and persevere. My UAI wasn’t high enough to get into a well regarded Journalism degree, so I wrote dozens of letters to well known journos asking for their advice. Again, dozens actually wrote back and a couple suggested I do a business degree because there was a demand for business journalists. They were right. Also, getting work experience and learning on the road is in my opinion the best way to do it. When I was 17, I called WIN TV Wollongong once a fortnight asking for work experience. After six months, they eventually let me come in. I worked one day a week there, for free, putting stories to air, for two years before getting paid. Finally, don’t expect to start at the top. Get a good grounding about what journalism actually is and practise the craft of telling a story. I first started by holding a flecky board for another journo’s piece-to-cam. Don’t know what a flecky board is? Then you haven’t started at the bottom….

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

I am a news junkie, so I’m constantly flicking between the news programmes to compare their stories and presentation even at home. However, I’m keen on the gym and my shift work means I have my mornings free to have a bit of a life. I’m also very lucky to have weekends off, so I’ve always got time for myself, family and friends.

My Mother/Father always told me…

It’s not ok to spend your money frivolously, but it’s ok to spend money on good food.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

I’ve got a couple of favourite breaky spots in Surry Hills and Potts Point that serve amazing coffee, brilliant breakfast and enough room on the table to have all of that, plus the newspaper spread out to read.

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

I haven’t located the stove at home yet….

Signature dish?

Does cereal count?

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My white gold neckchain and crucifix. It’s a gift from mum.

What frustrates you most about Sydney?

Peak hour traffic.

If you were Clover Moore, what would be the first thing you’d inject money into fixing?

Pushing the State Government for better transport infrastructure.

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

North Bondi. Great place to chill and swim after doing the Bronte to Bondi walk..

Three pet hates?

1. Dog hair

2. People that stand at the end of an escalator

3. Selfish drivers

Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?

Anywhere on a beach in the Mediterranean or on the island of Madeira.

What is one quality you have, that you hope your children will get and carry through life?

Getting the balance of work, family and friends right.

When was the last time you cried? If you wish to divulge, why?

Watching Toy Story 3. The bond of a good friendship. Amazing.

What is a fashion trend you hope will never resurface?

Flouro colours. Enough said.

What car do you drive, best thing about the car and why you bought it?

A black Honda Civic Sport. Added a spoiler and blue lights to the interior of the car. Why did I buy it? I needed something a bit meatier than the green Suzuki Swift I had for years after being a poor University student.

If you were in a position where millions and millions of children globally admired you, what would be the one thing you would want to be a role model of?

Determination.

What is one of the most embarrassing moments you’ve had?

At Sky News presenters don’t often have time to pre-read and check scripts. One day, I read “paradigm” as “para-didg-im”. My colleagues have never let me forget that since.

Your best grooming tip?

With all the make up we use in the studio, getting it off is most important and moisturise…..well that’s what the make up girls at SBS said, so I just do what I’m told.

Keep an eye for Ricardo on SBS Evening News at 9:30pm.

For more information on Ricardo, contact romel@romelmanagement.com.au

What Doesn’t This Style Icon Do? Let’s Meet Amber Renae…

July 5th, 2010

She is a civil engineer, entrepreneur, fashion editor, presenter and opinion leader. She is beautiful, dressed and accessorised to perfection and she lights up any room she walks into. Her name is Amber Renae.

Amber has had an extremely successful career, from engineering roads to engineering her own fashion label, she has made a great name for herself. Having appeared on Project Runway, appearances on many TV shows, a presenter on NOVA and constantly being in local and national press, Amber has paved herself a secure future in the fashionable public eye.

So what is Amber doing now? Amber can tell you all about herself…

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

My day job is Styling and I’m currently working on some big advertising campaigns. I work freelance so if you’re ever looking for an ace stylist…

Who or what influences you most in Fashion and home décor?

I’m heavily inspired by European designers both on the Runway and in the home.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

I generally don’t like to play favourites with my children I love them all the same… but if I had to choose, I have a very soft spot for my red velvet Prada platforms.

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

I live on the top floor of a New York style renovated warehouse. I love the floor-ceiling sliding doors the lead you from the living area to the balcony, and I love the skylights throughout… it’s always so light and bright inside! Oh and I love my spare room which is dedicated entirely to racks and racks of clothing and shoes.

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

Ooh I love all food, but I do get excited about trying new Asian cuisines since I’ve spent so much time travelling through there.  And I actually studied Engineering which, among other things, gave me an excellent Beer palette.

What is your greatest extravagance?

I only drink French champagne… the cheap stuff is just not the same.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Just do it! You won’t get anywhere by sitting around thinking about it.  Volunteer at Fashion events, network, do work experience. In this Industry it is definitely not what you know, but who you know.

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

Life Balance??? I do love what I do so I don’t really count it as work, but having said that I am a total work-aholic

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

I rarely have wardrobe envy but I would love to raid Victoria Beckhams robe… I think she gets it right 99% of the time.

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

Although I love to have a lot of accent pieces in my living space I don’t deal well with clutter, things like cooking instruments should be tucked neatly away.

My Father always told me…

Be good to your Mother.

Is there a charity/cause that is close to you and if so, why?

I am a Cancer Council ambassador and this is a cause that’s close to my heart as I have personally suffered from Cancer, as I’m sure most people have or know someone who has.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

Bondi Beach. Being a QLD girl, I love to soak up the sun and the sights at Bondi.

Signature dish?

My signature dish is a Cheese Platter… Trust me, you haven’t enjoyed a Cheese Platter until you’ve tried mine!

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

A completely fabulous outfit and an uber-positive outlook on the day ahead.

What frustrates you most about Sydney?

The fact that I have to get back on a flight to my home in Melbourne.

Three pet hates?

1. Laziness

2. Ignorance

3. Complacency

What is one quality you have, that you hope your children will get and carry through life?

The ability to re-invent and resurface when faced with rejection and adversity.

When was the last time you cried? If you wish to divulge, why?

I cry all the time! Usually tears of gratitude at something amazing that happened in my life!

What is a fashion trend you hope will never resurface?

Crocs are completely unacceptable on every person of every age.

If you were in a position where millions and millions of children globally admired you, what would be the one thing you would want to be a role model of?

I’d be a role model for self-love and self-respect.  If you don’t love and respect yourself you can’t love or respect anyone else.  And young children, especially young girls need to be more respectful and supportive of each other.

Your best grooming tip?

Spend 5 minutes the night before putting together a fabulous outfit complete with ex-cessories AND get up 5 minutes earlier to give your Hair and Make-up a little extra love. You will be rewarded for your efforts with compliments throughout the day!

For more information on Amber, contact romel@romelmanagement.com.au

The Incredible And Inspirational Heroes – The Spartan Sparkles!

June 28th, 2010

I was recently watching an episode of Oprah, saluting headline making heroes, who have made valuable contributions to their communities. Watching the show brought tears to my eyes and I immediately felt compelled to contact the group you’re about to read about.

The Spartan Sparkles cheerleading squad is run by two spectacular cheerleaders from Pleasantville Iowa, Sarah Herr and Sarah Cronk which is the first of it’s kind in a high school in America. The Sparkles are aged 8 to 15, all born with a range of disabilities from Down Syndrome to Autism.

Sarah and Sarah work with this team of beautiful young girls, to help build their self-esteem, grow and become part of a team. Having a Down Syndrome sister myself, I understand the struggle children with disabilities face every day with not being accepted into a normal community, and making friends the way people without disabilities do. Sarah and Sarah have built a solid bridge for these unbelievably inspiring children, who are now part of a world they were once never part of.

The interview below was such a precious moment for me, and I value people like Sarah and Sarah who have so much time, patience and love for the people they have met and made amazing friendships with.

I’ve also attached the segment with Oprah below, please watch it and have tissues ready.

It’s with great pleasure to introduce you to Sarah Herr and Sarah Cronk, the real heroes of our World…

Please explain exactly what Sparkles is and what it’s all about…

Sarah Herr: It is a special needs cheerleading squad cheering in a high school setting, but it is about so much more. It is about accepting people who are different. We are able to make a difference in these girls lives and see them grow. In return they have made a huge difference in our lives, taught us so much about ourselves, and helped us learn lessons that most people don’t have the opportunity to, let alone high school girls.

Sarah Cronk: The Spartan Sparkles are our high school’s cheerleading squad including students with disabilities. There are currently 10 Sparkles and 8 varsity cheerleaders who serve as their coaches. All of us cheer together at our school’s home football and basketball games.

What was the drive behind you wanting to create such a unique concept to include people that are somewhat forgotten about?

Sarah Herr: Well it started with volunteering at the special Olympics, and I was so moved when we worked with the athletes that it made me want to make the connection with the special needs community more permanent. I had seen all-star teams with special needs squads perform so I went to my coach with the idea of starting it in our high school and with the support of my coach the journey began.

Sarah Cronk: Every year, our squad travels to the Iowa Special Olympics and puts on a cheerleading workshop for the athletes. Two years ago after the event, all of us were inspired by the experience and wanted to make our connection with the special needs community more permanent. Also, a few of the original Sparkles coaches have siblings with disabilities so they were quick to jump on board.

How has it been perceived by the public?

Sarah Herr: Our community has been very accepting and has been behind this program from the beginning.

Sarah Cronk: Our community has accepted the Sparkles with open arms and hearts. At the first game the Sparkles cheered at, the entire crowd cheered louder than they ever had before. They haven’t stopped cheering since.

What challenges did you face initially to start up the team? Are there any challenges now you face to keep it going?

Sarah Herr: Some of the challenges that we faced in the beginning was adults trusting that we stay interested in the project. Once they saw how dedicated we were they had full trust in us. Our age will continue to be a challenge for us but it is also a benefit in many ways.

Sarah Cronk: At first, when we approached our school with the idea of starting the Sparkles, they were a little bit skeptical. It’s very rare for a group of teenage girls to feel so passionate about a cause like this. They worried that we would only be interested in running the Sparkles team for a few weeks and then leave the girls behind. We also had some issues in the beginning with funding, but thanks to DoSomething.org and the Bettendorf Rotary, we earned grant money to pay for our first year.

What have you learnt from the girls in the group that have a range of disabilities?

Sarah Herr: I have learned so much about leadership through teaching cheers to organizing events. I have been the person in charge of the whole squad with many distractions multiple times and it really taught me how to prioritize and deal with problems that a typical teenagers experiences don’t allow them to.

Sarah Cronk: The Sparkles have taught me more than I ever could have imagined. I have learned so much about determination and perseverance through adversity. They have also helped me learn to see the person and not the disability, and to accept and understand the unique gifts in everybody.

What do you think the girls in the group have learnt from you?

Sarah Herr: I have seen major improvement in their self confidence. Girls that before would barley talk to people they knew were giving hugs to people they just met. Girls who wouldn’t walk in front of a group of 15 people were on stage in front of thousands. They have grown so much and I hope that I was able to help with that transformation.

Sarah Cronk: I think that being on the Sparkles team has taught the girls to feel more comfortable with themselves. One of the girls on the squad used to come to practice in various wigs, making us call her by different names of celebrities (like Hannah Montana.) I remember the first day that she came to practice without a wig, and was happy to just be herself. Moments like that that remind me why I do this.

What are some of the valuable skills you think they have learnt from you, which they could have never learnt in a life skills group or special units in school?

Sarah Herr: I feel that we treated them more like equals then special needs girls. This helped their self esteem so much because instead of them viewing themselves as special needs they viewed themselves as average girls, which is the way they should be treated.

Sarah Cronk: Our program is different from many other special education programs in that it is completely inclusive. Our Sparkles practice and cheer side-by-side with typically developing peers. Therefore, the Sparkles program teaches them how to socialize better with people without disabilities and better prepares them to function in social settings later in life.

Where do you both see yourself in the next 5 years and would you still like to be doing something like what you are doing now – or do you have other career paths you’d like to pursue?

Sarah Herr: I hope to be in medical school in 5 years. I want to help in medical research for autism. I would also still like to be involved in the Sparkle Effect and have it not be abnormal to have special needs cheerleading at a high school.

Sarah Cronk: I five years I see myself studying English and psychology at a small liberal arts college. Although I will no longer be a Sparkles coach, I hope to still be running The Sparkle Effect and still supporting squads across the nation as they start their own Sparkles squads.

What are your 3 pet hates?

Sarah Herr:

1) I don’t like people who give up, I am very stubborn that way and won’t stop trying until I succeed.

2) I don’t like people who don’t want to learn more. I’m not saying everyone has to be a nerd like me but everyone has a passion and theirs always more to learn about it.

3) I also have problems with pessimistic people. I am very optimistic and I don’t understand when people are not.

Sarah Cronk:

1) I hate the sound of people eating or chewing gum. (Or really any other sounds that mouths make)

2) I hate it when I can hear what other people are listening to through their headphones

3) I hate it when people call things are “gay” or “retarded” as an insult.

What do the parents and siblings of the girls in Sparkle think, and do they tell you about any developments they see in their children as a direct result from Sparkle?

Sarah Herr: They are so sweet to us and are very grateful. Every sparkle parent has told me how their child has grown so much because of this and they are shocked that simply cheering could do this. It is amazing to have their support and I will be forever in debt to them for helping start such a amazing program.

Sarah Cronk: The parents of the Sparkles have reported increased physical fitness, self-esteem, and confidence since they joined the squad. One Mom even expressed an improvement in her daughter’s grades since she became a Sparkle.

If there was one thing that you’d like to educate the general public on when it comes to interacting and dealing with the disabled community, what would it be?

Sarah Herr: To think of how you would like to be treated. You would not want people to make fun of your disability or to not believe you could accomplish something because of it, and they don’t either.

Sarah Cronk: It’s not about doing someone else a favor. When we open our arms and our hearts to people with disabilities, we all benefit. We all have something to learn from each other’s unique gifts and talents. I have learned more than I ever could have imagined working with the Sparkles, and I’ve also made some of the best friends I’ve ever had.

Tell us about your experience on Oprah and with meeting Miley Cyrus and performing on stage with her at her concert?

Sarah Herr: The whole trip was unreal. I loved meeting Miley and being on Oprah was remarkable! However some of my favorite parts was hanging out with the girls on the bus playing iSpy and seeing them enjoy meeting Miley.

Sarah Cronk: The entire Oprah/Miley experience was so incredible. It didn’t even resonate that it actually happened until several months afterward. What was most fun about it for me was being able to witness the whole thing through the Sparkles’ eyes. I could tell the entire time that they were having the time of their lives, which made everything so much more exciting for me. Not to mention Oprah treated us extremely well and kept us in the most beautiful hotels and served us with surprise after surprise. Miley was also very generous with her time and did very well with the Sparkles.

What was Oprah like? Have you had contact with her since?

Sarah Herr: Oprah was fantastic! She is hilarious and so caring and generous. I have kept in touch with our producer Stacy and we exchange emails frequently. I love Stacy and everything she does for so many people.

Sarah Cronk: Oprah was everything we could have hoped for. She was so kind, generous, funny, and had a very warm personality. We haven’t had any contact with her since, but we will never forget everything she has done for us.

What affect do you think this experience had on the girls?

Sarah Herr: It was great to see their faces light up and meet one of their idols! They were in shock, and so was I, at first. I feel that it brought they team together so much more because they all experienced it together and they will always have that!

Sarah Cronk: I think it has shown the girls that dreams really do come true, which is an important lesson when you’re young, and even more so when you have a disability. They have been denied a lot of experiences that a most typically developing students have, which I think made this experience even more special to the girls.

What do your own parents and siblings think of you and Sparkle?

Sarah Herr: They are very supportive. My little sister who is nine watches many practices and she has asked multiple times why she is not allowed to be a Sparkle. I have to explain to her that the team is only for children with disabilities.

Sarah Cronk: When I was little, my dad always used to tell me, “There are two ways to get into the newspaper: doing something good, or doing something bad.” Now, every time the Sparkles make it into our local newspaper, he always says, “See, remember what I told you?”I know my whole family is very proud of me and what I do with the Sparkles

Can you think of a time you have been so proud of yourself that you had a smile from ear to ear?

Sarah Herr: I’ve always been more proud of the girls when they overcome their fears. That is what always makes me smile from ear to ear.

Sarah Cronk: What really makes me proud is seeing the improvements in the Sparkles. I can’t help but smile when I see them walk up to people and introduce themselves when they used to be painfully shy. Of course experiences like Oprah and Miley have been so fun, but it’s really the little moments that get to me.

Can you think of a time that you thought it was all just too hard and you doubted yourself?

Sarah Herr: No, I have always been determined to make it work and never thought it wouldn’t work. I was very optimistic throughout the whole program.

Sarah Cronk: There are definitely times when being a Sparkles coach isn’t easy. Sometimes the girls have bad days and it’s hard to be patient and understanding. I just always have to look forward and think “next practice will be better.”

www.TheSparkleEffect.org

Watch the amazing segment on Oprah below:

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Stay Updated With Celebrity News 24/7 On Your iPhone!!

June 24th, 2010


Getting an iPhone was one of the best things I have ever got. I love the features, functions, apps and how limitless it is in the things I can do to simplify my life. A new app that has come out is one of those things which I love, because I love juicey gossip about our biggest celebrities! Let’s face it, who doesn’t?!

The Celebrity Charts application is for anyone who’s crazy about celebrity gossip (like myself!) and wants access to the latest news from a wide range of sources at their fingertips. Whether it’s the crazy Lady Gaga, or every girls dream, Taylor Lautner, your favourite celeb is on here!

What makes Celebrity Charts a little bit different is that it uses real-time data from what people are saying on the internet and social networking sites to pull together a Top 10 chart for celebrities in the movie and music industries.

The chart is always changing and giving users an insight into who’s hot and who’s not. The chart then delivers deeper content on each featured celebrity, such as news articles, pics and mentions on Twitter.

Sounds pretty cool hey… I love the layout and set-up of the app, it’s easy to use. There’s great functions and I love how you turn the phone upside down to switch between music and movie celebrities. Have a look at it on your Applications menu on the iPhone, it’s only $2.49!

The Blessed, Blonde And Beautiful Bessie Bardot

June 21st, 2010

Bessie Bardot, a prominent figure in Sydney and Australian media has made huge changes in her life over the past couple of years.

A television and radio presenter, best selling author, model, business consultant and public speaker, the list goes on… This woman has done it all, and will continue to do so.

She is a gorgeous blonde bombshell, who has remained an active member of the media and social circuit for many years, talks to me about life, family, work and play.

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I’m hosting The Wedding Show on Foxtel as well as my ongoing project – filming a documentary called The Life Change Experiment. We travel the world and find the most inspirational people in each place.

Who or what influences you most in Fashion and home décor?

I used to be a personal shopper and stylist for DKNY, so I learnt long ago to stick with the shapes and looks that suit me, regardless of the new trends. It’s a little frustrating not being able to wear some of the looks but with my shape I need to balance my proportions and stick with clean lines and fresh colours.

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

I’m gluten free so anything that’s GF impresses me. I also love French food & Sushi.

Greatest lesson learnt?

That the only powerful way to live is in the present without feeling guilty about the past and worrying about the future. I started doing it 9 months ago with The Life Change Experiment and its honestly the happiest and stress free I’ve ever been in my life. Scientists have proven that we use a different part of our brain when we are stressed so we can’t make decisions properly anyway in that state. Letting go of it all and going with the flow definitely produces the best results.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Don’t wait for other people to make it happen for you. You need to be your own PR agent, manager etc. Make it easy for people to contact through a basic but professional looking website. Get a quirky business card, meet new people and make long lasting, mutually beneficial business contacts. Then repeat. Its an ongoing job but its so rewarding to work in your area of passion.

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

I put all my tasks for business and home life on the one to do list and give them equal attention because I’ve learnt that If you’re so busy that you don’t get time to have your own life, you have no life at all.

How did you get into doing what you do?

I was a checkout chick at Kmart with no ambition for anything more, then when my marriage of 6 months fell apart I woke up and realised that I had a fresh canvas and could design the life I wanted. So I started my first business, fifteen years on it’s just a matter of creating your own opportunities and noticing the ones in front of your eyes everyday.

Is there a charity/cause that is close to you and if so, why?

Make A Wish foundation is an incredible one. I’ve been part of many wishes being granted to kids with life threatening illnesses and their smiles will remain in my memory forever.

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

With a toddler who needs to eat nutritious dinners I’ve given up most of my takeaway, now I cook about five nights a week.

Signature dish?

Probably my lamb marinated in maple syrup, garlic and mint with crispy baked vege’s, garlic mushrooms & caramelised onion.

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

I could usually rattle off a long list but after giving all my possessions away in thelifechangeexperiment.com I realised that I hardly need a thing, it’s really quite liberating. These days the only must is the baby’s nappy bag and a bottle of water for me.

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

Gotta say Shelly Beach in Manly as its where I got married 12 years ago.

Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?

Somewhere exotic or challenging. A flawless beach in Mauritius or trekking through the Amazon Jungle depending on my mood.

What is one quality you have, that you hope your children will get and carry through life?

Empathy. You can learn and achieve much by applying yourself but true compassion and empathy is the most important for their happiness and that of the people around them.

When was the last time you cried? If you wish to divulge, why?

Since becoming a mother I’m a big sook for heart tugging songs, movies, even inspirational phrases and seeing people’s eyes light up as they have a major realisation or discover their worth, it gets me every time.

What car do you drive, best thing about the car and why you bought it?

It was a Mercedes A class but I gave that away, now I drive a loaned Winnebago motorhome and I’m totally addicted to the freedom, and the fact that I never leave anything at home!

Your best grooming tip?

Go easy on the makeup, the best way to get better skin is to lay off the chemicals and let your skin breathe. I never thought it would be possible with my history of acne but I haven’t worn makeup in 6 months and my skin is a million times better.

www.bessiebardot.com


The Sexy Designer With Looks To Kill – Tali Jatali

June 7th, 2010

She is a beautiful women, with exotic features and a unique accent. A successful model around the world for brands like Chanel, and also a successful fashion designer specialising in swimwear, Tali Jatali has made a big footprint in the world of Australian glamour and fashion – especially for a beachside lifestyle.

A kind and gentle person, Tali appreciates the simple things in life like her family, gorgeous young daughter Zsa Zsa and new Moodle puppy Verushka. Living a happy life, with the people you love is what Tali is about. But there has to be more about Tali right? Read on to find out alot more in my down to earth and relaxed interview with glamazon Tali Jatali…

What projects are you working on or have in the near future?

I’m working on my samples for Summer, so I can go to New York in August and instead of going on just a holiday to see my best friend and publicist Matt Dillon, I will be going to shoot my range as long as the samples are ready, which they should be. So I will be going for work and pleasure.

Who or what influences you most in fashion and home décor?

The people that influence me the most in fashion are people on the street, watching people. I don’t really watch fashions shows and copy that, I hate that.

At home, I’m not very good with interiors, so I constantly watch those home shows on Foxtel where they do make-overs and 60 minute renovations.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

All of my favourite clothes are all the things I make, including my swimwear, but because I’m not a big brand person, like I don’t care about things like having to wear Chanel, I’m not really like that. But I like alot of vintage stuff and wear alot of vintage accessories and the only brand I really like to wear that is Australian is Sass & Bide, Alice McCall and girls like that, I’ll wear their stuff.

The girls aren’t just artistic and clever, they have got it together mentally and thats why their business is successful, not just because OH WOW, they have a good idea – anyone can have a good idea but it doesn’t necessarily mean you can pull it off and carry it on for ages. You might be able to do a few things for a minute, but then you’re finished. The longevity of it is really important.

What is a feature of your home you love most?

YES YES YES!! Ages ago my friend painted a feature wall in my apartment in black, because the rest of the apartment is white. Just recently my kid Zsa Zsa was bored, so I told her to just go and draw on the black wall. It’s amazing, I now have this big black wall full of kid’s drawings – it’s awesome, it’s very cool! I thought I would just let her have fun and if it looks bad, just paint over it. I don’t care about things like that, I just want to have a good life and not worry about little things.

What is your greatest extravagance?

PROPERTY DARLING! It’s property darling!!! Always! I’m a good girl. I’m not into shoes and shit. When people see me out and what I really am are two different things. Because my biggest love and biggest worry is my kid. Otherwise, I’m a strong business person and really together, but when I go out, I get really excited and always misbehave!

[As the interview takes place, we have a good laugh - Verushka decides it's time to "pee pee" on her newspaper, and begins to smell it. "Verushka is not very lady-like"]

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of going into the fashion industry?

Definately only do it if you love it, because if you don’t love it, you will fail.

If you love it, no matter what it is that you choose, even if it’s hard to get there, the journey will be fun because you have so much passion.

Also, anyone that is young, definately go to design school. It’s tough for people who start at maybe 30 or 35 and have not gone to design school because they may not be good at sitting at school for 5 years, but at 18 or 20, you can go to Europe, do a year here and there. Just definately study, whether it’s pattern making or whatever, you might not use all of it in the future, it’s like learning another language, it’s always helpful even if you don’t always use it.

So then how did you get into doing what you are doing?

Well I was a model for 15 years and I started my business at 32, and i didn’t go to design school because I’m too old to sit there, but I knew from doing things like Chanel shows and traveling for 15 years, and modeled for so many different brands. Jamie who owns One Teaspoon, she is my house mate and we also formed Jatali together (Ja + Tali = Jatali), she actually new how to make clothes and cut patterns and stuff, she helped me.

The rest of my work I give it out, I have a cutter, pattern maker, I just do all of the fabric sourcing which I don’t want to share with anybody. There’s lots of thieves out there and I don’t want my ideas stolen again. It’s not good.

What is something your mother or father always told you…

To get a real job. Get a real job that pays you proper money every week.

They are still like “Darling, are you alright? Have you got a job?”

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

Just at home, Bondi Beach. I never leave Bondi much. Everything is here.

How often do you cook and eat out?

I eat out all the time, and I try really really hard to cook for my baby. My cooking is really average but I really do try. My dinners are quite hideous, I try to do meat because the kid likes meat, but I definately take her out more/ The only thing I cook that she thinks is really good is my scrambled eggs. I put cheese in it so she thinks it’s ok. The other day I made a bolognese thing, which it was ok, but she said “Mama, let’s go for pizza darling”, so I then had to buy pizza as well.

Australian fashion in comparison to International fashion?

Usually, until I went to fashion week this year, usually if you had asked me the question the week before RAFW, I would have gone on and on about it, would have been so supportive and can I help anybody… But when I went this year, a designer totally copied one of my favourite looks I’ve been doing, I gt the shits so bad and I’m so over them all. I was so mad. Everyone that was there knew I was mad and reported it because they know what I do. But the girls we have already spoken about [Alice McCall and Sass & Bide] are very talented and very good, and there’s lots of great new people, like the people who were too young a couple of years ago, are now old enough to be taken seriously.

Gay boys are definately better designers then straight ones, they just are, and that’s a fact. They are better hair and make-up artists too. In the whole fashion industry they are the best.

What’s one thing you can’t leave home with out?

Oh my god, my KID!! Except for when she has school!

But seriously, my money… Lip gloss… I use that red Paw Paw cream stuff. I don’t really like make-up. Oh and my phone and if I’m driving, my drivers license.

So living on Bondi Beach, would you say it’s your favourite beach?

It’s my favourite. Love it, love it, love it, love it. It’s the best!

Why?

You just live longer living at the beach. Fresh air, no car fumes, and even though where I live is quite noisy, I like it because if it was quiet I would be really lonely. If Zsa Zsa gets bored, we’ll go to the playground, or she will fluff around in the sand. She is 7 and she is such a good baby. She is a good girl.

Where would your ultimate holiday destination be?

LOS ANGELES! I used to live there, but I also have family there. For me, going on a holiday sitting on my ass getting a tan and getting skin cancer – I’m already bored. I like to go to LA and go to some really amazing full-on hot parties with big celebs and having a couple of Vodka’s and just having the best time. I like to buy things, and if you go to an island or something like that, I get bored. I like LA because I can buy things like cool t-shirts and unreal things for people we know.

What is the one quality you have that you’d like Zsa Zsa to take from you and carry through life?

I’m really really straight-forward, honest and  I don’t do wrong by people. I come from an old fashioned Jewish Daddy and in some ways, I’m like my dad I don’t want her to work as hard as me, because I will just give her everything.

What is a fashion trend you hope will never re-surface?

Ummmm… It would have to be those swimsuits that go straight up your legs, like the ones on Moscow, Russia. They look like idiots with it cut up really high at the back. I’m not a fan of people with fake boobs, so anything with that kind of style that shows them off is out of fashion. I don’t mind shoulder pads and all that stuff, that’s good.

Sneakers on the red-carpet is not a good look for girls. They are for boys. Girls should look pretty and edgy.

When was the last time you cried and why?

Today, because my boyfriend from when I was 25 who lives in Dubai called last night, and when I heard his voice I asked what was wring with him and he said his father had died. So I had to go to a funeral today and I’d never been to one before. It’s my first funeral. Caroline Byrne who was pushed off the Gap was my best friend when we were young and I didn’t go to hers. I was scared of going. So today was the first one. I also cry once a month before my periods, I always cry and I never know what’s wrong with me and I’m like “oh deeer, no wonder I’m crying!”, oh and sometimes I cry when my baby is asleep and she snores, because I can’t believe how beautiful she is. She snores like a small donkey, she’s so cute!

If you were admired by millions of young people globally, what would be something you’d like to be a role model of?

Drugs! I’m very anti-drugs and have never tried one in my life. Yuck. I don’t mind showing them that being a party girl is fun, but I don’t mean taking drugs party girl. I mean go to school, do well, get a job, still have a life, have fun and not be a lonely weirdo. Don’t sit on the Internet all day trying to get a friend, get out there and meet people. Dress pretty, have a nice life, because you live today and die tomorrow.

I’d want to show them about confidence, social-networking so they can have a good life.

What is one success you are proud of and one failure or regret you’ve tried to forget?

With my work, I’m so happy with Jatali in total, and my biggest regret is breaking up Jatali with Jamie who owns One Teaspoon, so we didn’t continue to do that together – my biggest regret and I’ll never get over that.

When it was new, it was too hard and we didn’t have much money and we couldn’t afford to have us both working on the business, which meant one of us had to get a job. Because she was younger, she did. But shit, that the biggest regret ever.

We are still friends and still live together. I think we would have been massive if we stayed together. That’s my only regret in work, I still love her and admire her and she’s 13 years younger then me, but I still in a way look up to her.

What are you 3 pet hates?

1. Drugs.

2. Marriage – it’s pathetic and retarded.

3. I hate fashion copy-cats! When you create something and people copy it, I find that really annoying. When people saying you should be happy, it’s flattering, but I don’t want to be flattered, I know what I do is good.

Click HERE to see the Jatali swimwear range.

Will Fennell – Perfectly Groomed And Stunningly Distinct

May 31st, 2010

I walked into Bondi Junction clinic, WillandPeta to meet television personality Will Fennell, who owns the clinic with business partner Peta Friend.

Greeted with an enormous smile and strong handshake, the strikingly brawn Will Fennell welcomed me into his clinic with open arms.

Will stands tall, perfect posture, tightly toned and immaculately dressed. He reminds me of a robust Gladiator. He speaks well, so polite and so refined. He has a pleasant and calming nature which is warming and gentle. I felt comfortable talking to him.

As mentioned above, he owns an amazing clinic called WillandPeta which does everything to make you and your skin look and feel it’s best. He is also a prominent television personality, columnist in magazines and also travels the world hosting events. But I’d like him to tell you all about it!

Popping over to the café across the road, I got to have a great chat to him about everything in his life…

Is there anything you are currently working on, or working on in the future that you’d like to tell us about?

Well, ‘hypothetically’, I’d love to do a book. I would love to contribute to a book on my philosophies and my philosophies of skincare. I’ve really changed over the 15 years of doing what I do away from taking my business from just doing fluffy facial treatments to using only cosmosutical products in my skincare clinic, where it is all results orientated, so the concept is that you can change your skin by using skin care and skin treatments.

I’m also working on a skincare range that I’m formulating at the moment. With skincare, you can go in two directions. You can get someone to formulate it for you, so you throw money at them and say you want a skincare range, they will formulate it, but they will own the formulas themselves, and you produce this product. Or you can go the other way, where you develop the formulas and I will own them, and they will be mine. So I can take them anywhere I want and do anything with them because they are mine. It just takes longer. I am working with my chemist to formulate the skincare range.

I have also joined the Mr. Gay World organisation, so I hosted Mr. Gay World in Oslo earlier in the year, and so I am going to Europe in September to host Mr. Gay Europe, I’m excited about doing that!

Last year I did too many things, this year I said I would only do three things. That’s all I will do, just these three things.

Who or what influences you most in fashion?

In fashion, it would be Tom Ford, with out a doubt. The classical thing about Tom Ford is that it is all incredibly simple; it’s just executed beautifully and flawlessly. All the man has to wear is a crisp white shirt and a black suit. Everything about him is incredibly simple, all of his designs are simple, and that’s me. I love that. I would prefer uncluttered and attention to detail.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

I love Calibre clothing, Calibre make the best jeans. I love them. I’d sleep in them! When you are getting older, in your mid-thirties, you can’t wear skinny jeans anymore. You still want to wear jeans that fit you nicely, without having that skinny look. My classic look is jeans and loafers, I wear jeans and loafers all the time, that is what I feel comfortable in. Calibre makes beautiful tailored jeans that are nice enough to wear to a business meeting, but comfortable enough to wear and be semi-casual.

Is there a feature of your home that you love most?

My partner and I have a balcony outside area that overlooks Elizabeth Bay. We live in the most densely populated suburb in Sydney, but yet we have this balcony, which overlooks this little body of water, and you wouldn’t have any idea where you were. I need to see water. I don’t need to see lights of the city or anything like that when it comes to views, but if I can see, hear or smell water, that’s all for me. Water has negative ions, so it’s calming. The closer you are to sea level, the calmer you are.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Travelling. It’s something that we like to do, we like to do a country and not do this whole 7 countries in 3 weeks thing. For instance, when we go away to another continent, people ask what countries we are going to, we like to keep it quite minimal and focus on only those countries. We’ll get a train from city to city. Countries I’ve never been would be my biggest extravagance.

How did you get into what you do?

When I was about 15, I had really bad acne, so I started to see a skin therapist and I couldn’t really afford to have the treatments. She was lovely, so she said come in and visit me, and help me and in exchange I’ll give you treatments, so I knew it’s what I wanted to do. When I left high school, I was too scared to tell my parents that I wanted to be a skin therapist, so I went to University for a year, then at the end of that year I said to my mother that I am going to go to beauty school. She cried and carried on.

At that time my father had left us and I had no contact with him. At that time, my mum and I were very poor and there was no way she could afford to put me through beauty school, but then my fathers mother died, and she left me money. I got this phone call one day from a lawyer saying “you’re grandmother has left you X amount of money” and all of a sudden I had the money for beauty school. It all happened in this short period of time.

I worked my whole way through college, first off at a nursing home, then at a beauty salon in Darlinghurst. I met my business partner there, and then the following year we opened out first salon, which was called Baby Blue. I was 20, so I was the Baby, and she has the most beautiful blue eyes, so she was Blue. That’s why we called it Baby Blue.

So how did the TV career come about?

10 Years Younger In Ten Days came through DNA, one of the executive producers of the show read the magazine, and she called me and asked if I wanted to do an audition.

After Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, the salon was doing really well and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it again, but I went along anyway, went to the audition.  They rang and told me to be at the audition, but I couldn’t get to it because I had a job I was contracted to in Germany and couldn’t get out of it. So that was that and I didn’t hear from them. I went to Germany, had a great time. I came back, and they rang me, and asked if I wanted to shoot the pilot. It was great because there were no nerves involved because I didn’t think it was going to happen.

Queer Eye For The Straight Guy was in 2004, the problem with that was it came about too late, they took too long to create it over here, the American version was barely getting 700,000 viewers a night, so the hype was over, resulting in just one season. From first auditions, to going to air, it took two years – that’s a long time!

Favourite place to relax in Sydney?

We live very close to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. It would have to be one of our favourite places ever. I run around that head, it’s funny, because there’s this bit that faces Woolloomooloo where my heart starts to get this thing there, as I approach the corner, and I see the bridge and everything at the end and it’s like… I don’t know, I just get this amazing feeling every time, it never changes. This is the most beautiful place ever.

What are your thoughts on Australian fashion in comparison to International fashion?

There’s always this idea that we are a season behind. That we are a step behind it all. I don’t think that’s the case anymore. We have some fantastic designers. As I said before, I’m a jeans and t-shirt type of guy. I have a few beautiful suits, I have less lots of clothes, instead some beautiful, maybe 6 or 8 beautiful shirts.

I think the idea of us being some little country at the bottom of the world that always has last season is gone, our designers have shown the world that they can go to Europe and mix it with the best of them. I don’t think we’ll ever be taken as seriously as French Couture or Italian, I don’t think it’s in our culture as much as it is in theirs. It’s in their culture.

What’s one thing you can’t leave home without?

I have a lip balm in every single pocket in every single garment! Sometimes my partner will be like, “So which one is it today? High gloss, shimmer, lip-pumping…”

I have this great Christian Dior lip-pumper, and because I love them [lipgloss], I’ll try anything. I put it on and then next minute it works, because it has all these irritants to the skin, next thing I had these massive lips, my partner was so embarrassed by me!

There’s this idea that if you start using it, you will rely on it. The thing is, lips have no sebaceous glands, and so by nature they are incredibly dry. They still produce hyaluronic acid, meaning that they have the capability to moisturise themselves, but they have no capability of keeping the moisture in, because they have no oil glands. So you need to moisturise and you need to protect them.

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

I’m so protective of my skin and the sun, that I don’t go to the beach all that much. But if I ever do go out in the sun, it would be Boy Charlton pool at Woolloomooloo, I love it there.

But if I had to pick a beautiful beach, it would have to be the smaller beaches on the harbour like Parsley Bay and the Eastern suburbs.

Three pet hates…

1. Gossiping.

2. Hairy ears. BIGGEST faux par.  Hair coming out of noses and ears. It’s so easy to remove. You can take a really handsome man and ruin everything with just a little bit of ear hair.

3. Body clipping and shaving on men. The days of men removing all their hair, it’s over now. Trim it back if you want to keep it all nicely contoured and all neat and tidy, but a big no to shaving. Imagine rubbing yourself up against someone who has just shaved, it’s like having a cheese grater on you.

How often do you eat out? Or cook at home?

I love Japanese. Japanese would be one of my favourite meals to eat out I suppose. There are some great Japanese restaurants in Potts Point, so I eat a lot of Japanese out. Apart from that, we cook most nights at home. We have a BBQ on our balcony. My partner would BBQ anything and everything if he could. He’s American, so he is used to using a big BBQ. We eat at home about 5 nights a week. We eat pizza, eat at home, or eat Japanese.

If you were Clover Moore, what would you inject money into fixing in Sydney?

We used to have a business on Oxford Street in Darlinghurst. Ten years ago we moved away because I could see it was starting to decline. And I know that she is doing her best to somehow improve Darlinghurst, the feeling on the street, the safety, you walk down at night and I don’t know how much you can do to help this, but it’s not a place I would think of going anymore. I wouldn’t think of going there to shop or for dinner or go to Darlinghurst anymore. It’s, I think, it’s lost a sense of village and anything it used to have. It doesn’t exist.

Where would you go for drinks with friends then?

Lotus bar, I love Lotus bar. The best thing is you can just ask a waitress to grab you a drink and they just do it, they’ll know what you like, or they’ll just make one for you. I drink very little, but I’ll have one cocktail. They are amazing and it’s chilled, it’s an early, not a late place, so you don’t have to head down there late. I’m not really into the bar thing so much, but a cocktail bar is nice.

What is the thing you would change most in terms of men’s mentality in grooming?

Men think it’s too hard. That’s the first thing I come across – that it’s too hard.

The reason that’s happened is because the women in this industry have made it too hard. You have these women that have all these products, which they put on before going to bed.

All you need are 3 steps in the morning and 3 steps in the evening.

You cleanse and scrub in the shower, then put moisturiser on. It seriously takes 30 seconds. It’s not hard and it’s not time consuming. The way I have programmed my clients and the procedure of using my product is making it really simple in just 3 steps. You prepare the skin by cleaning it. You treat it by using active ingredients and you moisturise it. So I think that’s it, the main thing is it’s not that hard and it’s not time consuming, and the benefits you will see in the long run are enormous.

If you start in your 20’s or 30’s looking after your skin, wearing sunscreen and using exfoliant, you will get to 40 and look in the mirror and not think someone has walked all over your face. It’s easy, wear sunscreen. Most creams reverse ageing, the only one to prevent is sunscreen.

www.willandpeta.com

Meet The Charismatic Geoff Field From 2Day FM

May 17th, 2010

Geoff Field invited me to the Austereo studios at World Tower to do the interview you’ll read below. I was really excited to meet him, because I had heard his voice pretty much every working day for the past 8 or so years, when I first started listening to Kyle and Jackie O.

I went to the 16th floor and rang the door bell to the studio. Out came the very enthusiastic and very kind Geoff Field, greeting me and welcoming me into the 2Day FM family. He introduced me to the Groupie Receptionist Sonja who was also pleasant and welcoming. A tour around the amazing office, introducing me to all the staff. He showed me the Kyle and Jackie O and also the Hamish & Andy studios. Then it was to his little studio, where Geoff showed me how he does his job. I was so intrigued and excited to see how it all works and comes together – and he was so happy to show it to me.

The 2Day FM office and studio is so impressive, Geoff told me the story about Rihanna when she was here. She said that of all the radio stations she has been to around the world, 2Day FM by far had the best studios!

After we grabbed a couple of cold drinks, we headed up to the roof top to start the interview. It was a beautiful sunny day. A relaxed Geoff, immaculately dressed, with his distinct Porsche sunglasses on, we sat in the sun and caught up on everything GEOFF FIELD…

What are you doing at the moment – projects, work and other bit and pieces?

I’m working on Hamish & Andy which I’m enjoying so much! I also do a segment once a week on Kerri-Anne; I do a lot of charity work too which I love! I work with Miracle Babies, which is for babies which are born premature, to raise money for them. I also do things like City to Surf, dinners, The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation and people living with HIV, the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and also Breast Cancer! So that keeps me very busy. I’m also doing a Youth Off The Street with Ellie Mobbs who works here at 2Day FM. It all keeps me very busy!

There has been many rumors about you leaving the Kyle and Jackie O show – please clear it up for us!!

I’ve just recently moved off Kyle and Jackie O over to Hamish & Andy which I’m enjoying very much. Six years of breakfast and getting up at 3am was tiring.

I had some great experiences on the show, I got married to my partner Jason, live radio and live TV, I’ve been thrown out of an airplane at 4000 feet, I’ve read the news in a pool of sharks, I’ve been hung off the side of Center Point Tower, I’ve been dropped in the desert and had to find my own way back so working breakfast was great – but it’s time for a change. I enjoy my sleep-in’s and I love working with Hamish and Andy they are great!

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

My favorite place to relax in Sydney is DEFINITELY the Boy Charlton Pool. In Summer I just love going there and doing nothing all day, reading a book. I’m not really into beaches because I was spoilt as a child living on the South Coast, so in Summer Jason and I drive down to the South Coast a lot and go the beaches down there. I’m picky, so I love it because I don’t have to step over people like I do in Bondi Beach.

I also like to relax in Kirribilli, a Chinese Yum Cha Restaurant that is nice, and I also like to go to Doyle’s at Watson’s Bay. Oh – I also love Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair – Jason and I go there a lot for a walk and just sit in the sunshine and watch the world go by.

In terms of fashion, and home décor, is there anyone that influences you?

For the home, I don’t want to plug anyone, but have you heard of Kings Furniture? They design specifically for your house. Jason and I are about to move into a new house in Potts Point and I was told about Kings Furniture and I thought it was interesting because I could have the furniture made to my specific needs and the fact they are cleverly designed with built-in magazine racks and you can flip things around and turn it into a bed if you’ve got visitors.

Fashion wise, I’m an admirer of Peter Morrissey and Alex Perry, I know both of them through the show, I love some of the dresses Alex designs and I love some of the menswear Peter designs.

Is there a feature in your new place that you love most, or was something that made you want to buy it?

YES!!! I don’t want to brag, but it’s a fully renovated marble bathroom, that I can’t wait for! The bathroom I have now is a kind of 1960’s retro and I’m kind of over it! It’s going to be like staying at a nice hotel, so I’m very excited about it. Also looking forward to the kitchen. The kitchen we have now is a tiny little kitchen. If Jason is in there, and I’m in the kitchen, there is no room to even swing a cat or do anything. The new kitchen is really big – I don’t cook but still, it’s nice to be in the kitchen with Jason without feeling like I’m crowding in on his space.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Oh my God! My greatest extravagance is… Oh and I don’t want to sound vain… But it’s when I’m lucky enough… Every few years we fly over to Europe first class on Malaysian Airways. It’s not something I can do every year but I just love the experience of being up that end of the plane! It doesn’t happen every year let me tell you!

Another indulgence is a restaurant that we go to, which has had a lot of publicity recently because Pink went there, but I’ve been going there for 10 years, it’s called Beppi’s down in east Sydney. The same family has run it for 15 years or something. It’s just going there, and having a great Italian meal with a beautiful bottle of champagne. That is an extravagance.

Damn Pink went there and let the secret out and now to go there you have to book months ahead! But that’s alright.

What is something your mother and father always told you?

To respect people no matter who they are. To treat people how you would like to be treated. I think it’s simple and it works for me. Easy.

How did you get into radio?

I slept with boss.

NO!

EDIT!!! I’m joking!!!

How did I get into radio? Well I’d like to say I worked my guts out, went to University and did all the courses, but if you’d like to know the truth, my dad was best friends with the General Manager of the radio station in Nowra where I come from. So I got work experience there and I used to hang around like a bad smell. Seriously, they must have hated me because I would be there all the time. School holidays, weekends, whatever. Anyway I was basically offered a job, probably because they were so sick of me bugging them, so I went into radio, literally the day after I left school and I have never been out of a job in radio since. So I’m pretty happy with that.

What advice would you give someone going into this industry?

Persevere. Never give up. It’s that sort of industry where people often say “Call me back”, or “there’s nothing going at the moment”, so what you do is you keep on keeping on, you just bug them because it’s such a hard industry to get into.

There’s so many people wanting it and so few jobs and I have an example of a particular person who is now hosting their own radio show, they used to, like me I suppose, turn up for work experience and one day the announcer was sick and they put him on air. He now also has a great career. That’s the way to do it  – Never give up!

What do you think are the difference between Australian and European, American or Asian fashions?

I think Australia is great. Australian fashion is great because we cherry pick the best from whether it’s Italy, France, Europe, America or Britain, I’m no fashion expert but I certainly see enough fashion coming and going through this radio station. I’ve seen everyone from Lady Gaga to some of the great designers like Patricia Field for the Sex and the City girls, so I kind of watch from my studio.

I’m always fascinated, even at 6 in the morning, seeing people like Megan Gale or Jennifer Hawkins coming in, even at that hour of the morning they look wonderful. They are always wearing something that just looks great. That’s my thoughts on Australian fashion – we can look at the rest of the world, take the best of it and do our own stuff – and we do our own stuff so well.

What’s one thing you can’t leave home without?

I can’t leave home without my mobile phone! I can’t leave home without my sunglasses. That’s it. Predictable but easy.

If you were Clover Moore, what would be something you’d inject money into fixing?

First of all I think there is too much reliance on cars in this city, like to get to one end of George Street, not even in peak hour, is a nightmare, so I think a lot of people are going to hate me for this, but I think we should make it easier for cyclists. My partner Jason cycles to work everyday and I know people say, “Bloody cyclists they hold the traffic up!” but not if we build cycle lanes. We need a more efficient public transport system in the city itself, the light rail, Clover has been talking about light rail for years, come on Clover!! We can do it!! That’s the first thing I would do – fix up the transport.

Three pet hates?

1. People that don’t respect other people.

2. People that maliciously gossip. There’s a difference between having a gossip, but there’s nothing worse then saying something horrible about someone or an untruth.

3. Weak Governments. I’ll give you an example. I had so much faith in Kevin Rudd, the day after he was elected, I can remember being on a charity walk with Tania Plibersek and some of the other people from the Labor Government and I was so hopeful that we were going to have things change in this country like climate change, all the other things, and look what’s happened. He only just said that climate Change was the greatest challenge of the 21st Century, and now he has abandoned it. We need strong leadership and we need people with principles.

Where do you see yourself in a few years from now?

Hopefully still employed!! I’m enjoying what I’m doing at the moment because I have had a change from Kyle and Jackie O and I’m not doing Hamish & Andy which I love. I loved being on Kyle and Jackie O.

In a few years time, I’d love to be doing my own show, I’m not sure which station, or what the future holds, but in radio, you kind of live from one ratings to the other, thankfully I have been at 2Day FM for 12 years, and hopefully I’ll be here for a little while longer. But in the future I would like to do my own show because I am very opinionated on a lot of issues, so I suppose I would like to give it a go, but not just yet – I’m enjoying being a news reader.

Let’s talk about home life – who cooks more, who cooks less, who cleans, what’s the arrangement?

One word. JASON!

No we actually do have a good at home arrangement, because Jason cooks, he won’t let me near the kitchen. He’s tasted my cooking before and I… Well this is embarrassing, but when we first started living together, I said I would cook one night. I can’t believe I did this, but I went to Coles or Woolies, and I grabbed some mince meat product, which Jason keeps reminding me about, called Dinner Winner. I mixed it up and it was glug. Since that moment Jason said I was banned from the kitchen!

I do the cleaning, and the washing, so it kind of balances it out. We are like a husband and wife, but I’m not sure who the husband is or who the wife is!

Your time with Kyle and Jackie O, they have obviously had you do some crazy stuff. Has there ever been a time that you refused to do something?

It’s all my fault, because when I first started working with them on air, “I’m up for anything! Whatever you guys throw at me I’ll do it!” So I had myself to blame.

My theory was, if it doesn’t kill me, I’ll do it!

But seriously, for the most part of it, it was all in good fun, as I said earlier, I wouldn’t have sky dived if it wasn’t for them. There are times when you think “Oh my god!!!” but at the end of the day, I’ve done about 95% of the things they’ve said – I can’t even remember the things I said no to. Most of the time I did it.

I can remember one morning I had a crocodile and a massive lizard unleashed on me in the studio while I was reading the news, and also on April fools day, the entire news bulletin was sabotaged, with noises and incorrect grabs, including Ray Martin walking in and taking over the news! It was all good fun.

What is one of your greatest learnt?

It’s probably Karma, I think how you treat people eventually comes back on you, I think if you treat people well, life is pretty good. That’s my lesson learnt. Oh and the obvious one – don’t say yes to doing anything!!!

Have you ever been in a position where you have been abused, insulted or harassed for being gay?

I’ve been so lucky, I must be one of the luckiest people in the world because I haven’t. I know that there are a lot of people that really struggle with their sexuality, the work place and their family, but someone up there has blessed me because my family is fantastic. Even my 18 year old nephews, when they come down at Christmas, they are excited to see Jason and I, calling us both Uncle Geoffrey and Uncle Jason, they have only ever known us as their uncles. I think working in the entertainment industry has also made it a lot easier for me, because I know that is I were working on a building site or something, or some other industries, I’d be more inclined to keep my sexuality to myself.

I’m very aware of the fact people do have massive problems and all I can say to them is be honest – because honesty always wins in the end, and don’t hide, because if you keep it a secret, it’s just going to bubble up inside you. No one cares these days; people respect people for who they are.

www.GeoffField.com.au

Kathryn Eisman – The Complete Package

May 10th, 2010

Kathryn Eisman, the stunning and successful women who has achieved more then what some of us dream of.

She is the youngest Australian to get a three book deal, she has interviewed some of the world’s most famous like Bono, Cate Blanchett, George Clooney and US Presidents. Not only that, Kathryn is an award winning author, NBC Journalist, has a magazine column, has appeared on most major television networks and SISTER2sister ambassador, she is definately one busy women. Based in the USA, he career is growing larger day by day.

A sweet and glamorous girl, I’m so pleased to have the opportunity to interview her and feature her on AdrianErdedi.com, get to know Kathryn in this unreal and open interview…

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I am writing a monthly relationship column for CLEO magazine, which is an absolute delight! Any man troubles my girl friends are having end up on the page in all their honest and gory glory.

I also just shot a 6 part TV series for The Style Channel here in LA.

Who or what influences you most in Fashion and home décor?

I am a magazine junkie! And have a real problem throwing them out… which means I have about half a dozen ordered piles of Mags around my apartment just in case I need to reference a shoot or article from a year ago. Of course I never do!

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

I am pretty obsessed with my new Perrin Paris Riva Ball bag. I recently launched my book, How To Tell a Woman By Her Handbag in the US at their store and picked them because they are so avant-garde, yet so luxurious and Parisian chic.

And there’s nothing more fun than sitting around with my bunch of girlfriends reading from my latest book- discovering what out true Purse-onalities are! It’s frighteningly accurate! Click here to buy the book.

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

My book shelf. When I’m a little tired from writing (and to be honest a little delirious too) I pop onto Amazon and bulk buy books. It gives me almost as much of a thrill as actually reading them. And my book shelf at home houses all of these treasures.

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

I’m a pretty healthy eater and lately I’ve become sort of hooked on frozen yogurt. i kid myself that it’s a “health food”- but it tastes so good especially which yogurt chips and berries on top. I have a real sweet tooth, so this is a weakness for me…a fabulous weakness.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Sleep. When I worked as a news reporter for NBC in New York for 4 years I was on their early morning news show, which meant 3am start times. I’d often do the 11pm news as well and about once a week I’d cover an event, come back to Rockefeller studio and write and edit the story and then appear that morning live behind the desk. Then I’d head off to shoot a new story that very day. After years surviving on 4 hrs a night I now try to get at least 8 hrs of sleep. Very lucky!

Greatest lesson learnt?

To have compassion for those people who are struggling a little and offer them a helping hand. No matter what business you’re in, achieving success is never easy and if you see someone who could really benefit from your assistance or advice, give it to them! There is enough success to go around.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

If you want to be a TV reporter do it because you love to tell stories, meet different people, learn about different different walks of life and get a thrill out of working with short deadlines and in a highly stressed environment. Don’t do it because you want to be famous and get your hair and make up done. 95% of the work you do is behind the scenes so you’ve got to be motivated by something other than vanity.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

Gwyneth Paltrow has a good combination of chic and edgy right about now.

How did you get into doing what you do?

I started modelling at 17 and continued doing that while I completed my degree at UTS, studying communications journalism. At the same time I wrote my first book, “How to tell a Man by His Shoes”. That book became a bestseller and I flew to New York to do a book tour. While I was appearing as a guest on NBC’s Today in New York there was such a positive response from viewers that they asked me to come back time and time again. After a while they created a position for me.

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

Mix it up. I adore antiques next to mid-century furniture next to contemporary art. Eclectic is always more interesting that “themed” looks.

My Mother/Father always told me…

“You have nothing to fear but fear itself”

Is there a cause that is close to you and if so, why?

I’m a proud ambassador for SISTER2sister, and a former Big sister. It’s an incredible charity that mentors teenage girls from “at risk” backgrounds.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

Bondi Beach- doing the Bondi to Bronte walk with my father.

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

I eat out about 6 nights a week- but sometimes go to the same restaurant so much it feels like home. My fave places in LA in my hood at Chateau Marmont and Soho House (I can walk to both in no time).

Your thoughts on Australian fashion in comparison to International fashion?

Australian fashion has a freedom to it – both in its lack of structure, it’s playful fabrics and vibrant colours. It doesn’t take itself too seriously… instead it’s all about clothes designed to live a happy life in. They make you want to take a walk in the sunshine, go dancing.

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My iPhone…Yep, I’m one of  THOSE people.

What frustrates you most about Sydney?

I think it’s crazy how expensive the property market is.

If you were Clover Moore, what would be the first thing you’d inject money into fixing?

Favourite beach in Sydney and why? Bondi…because I always bump into friends there and it makes me feel like I’m home.

If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?

It would have to be Brangalina…I’m curious to see how one takes care of 50 children, flies around the world, stars in films and looks good all at once. There must be a secret and I’d like to discover what it is.

Three pet hates?

1. People who try to make others feel small.

2. I think we could all be a little more generous with our praise.

3. Start celebrating other’s success instead of resenting it.

Fashion and home must-have’s?

A leather jacket- you can practically wear it with everything.

A copy of my latest book, “How to Tell a Woman by Her Handbag”. You can purchase the book here: http://www.amazon.com/How-Tell-Woman-Her-Handbag/dp/1921382090

What is your one diva demand?

Massages…I could be massaged for 3 hrs a day and be very happy!

www.kathryneisman.com

Belinda Chapple – Gorgeous, talented and successful.

April 27th, 2010

Belinda Chapple, one of the five stunning girls who made up the band Bardot has remained in the public eye for many years after the split of the band.

Launching her successful solo career in 2004, having worked with the fabulous Darren Mapes and she also had “Move Together” peak at number 26 on the Aria singles charts in 2005.

Belinda isn’t a stranger to modeling, magazine shoots and dancing, but having given all that up for a while, she has decided to make a huge life change and discover herself artistically. But I will let her tell you all about it, and get to know her up close and personal!

This is the absolutely gorgeous Belinda Chapple

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I am giving myself a break from performing at the moment, sometimes you need to do this to refresh yourself artistically. I am currently living in Singapore working for Universal Studios as Company Manager, behind the scenes for a change!

Who or what influences you most in Fashion and home décor?

Travel, art, photography and Mr Karl Lagerfield.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

My Favorite piece of clothing at present would have to be my recently purchased Black and White silk Chanel dress!

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

My Dali etching!

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

Martinis, Sushi and can’t go past a banana smoothie with honey.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Clothes and handbags… I can never get enough!

Greatest lesson learnt?

Trust few!

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Get ready for a long hard road. You HAVE to be so committed and resilient but if you have some success you will be in for a wonderful adventure.

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

My home life has become more important to me these last few years. I seem to manage a good balance between both but you have to make a conscious effort.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

Kate Moss, I love everything she wears.

How did you get into doing what you do?

My parents had no choice but to send me off to dancing school. As when I was 5 years old that was all I did at home. Dance and watch music videos, I was obsessed from a very early age.

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

Mix old and new together the perfect infusion.

My Mother/Father always told me…

To respect others and to be kind and thoughtful.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

Nielson Park.

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

I eat out a lot! But I also try to cook at home at least 3 nights a week. I love to cook.

Signature dish?

Scallop and pea risotto, one of my best friends gave me the recipe, YUM!

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My lipgloss.

What frustrates you most about Sydney?

It’s a very small town and sometimes it can seem a little shallow.

If you were Clover Moore, what would be the first thing you’d inject money into fixing?

Litter and garbage, after living in Singapore this year we could defiantly clean up our city a ittle.

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

Palm beach as I have many great childhood memories there. I also love Nielson Park when its not so crowded.

If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?

Madonna’s!

Three pet hates?

1. Racisim

2. Judgemental people

3. War over religon

Fashion and home must-have’s?

A fabulous Handbag and some hot artwork for your walls.

What is your one diva demand?

I don’t have any! But always like things to be organised and professional

The Clever Chef – Pete Evans

April 22nd, 2010

He’s a gentle man, with a kind and calm heart. Loves to have a laugh and also loves to have a good chat.

Remaining grounded and humble but knowing what he wants and getting it – he is Pete Evans.

Known all over Australia for his role as a judge on My Kitchen Rules, he also has a huge successful business, and career in entertainment. From working in McDonald’s and Sizzler as a kid, he has worked his way through to the top of his profession.

Pete was born in Melbourne, grew up on the Gold Coast and finally set himself up in Sydney where he opened Hugos in the famous Kings Cross area.

This man has one very busy life. Running a restaurant, catering business, writing books, creating tv shows, public speaking, traveling around Australia and giving up his time for the charities close to his heart, there is no stopping this guy.

Below is a brief chance to get to know Pete Evans.

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I am currently filming two new television series which I am creating for the international market – one is based on my catering business and the other is a fishing and cooking and travel series.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

I would have to say my new Billabong wetsuit – very light and warm.

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

I think any food made with love and care is the most exciting.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Surf trips overseas are my big indulgence.

Greatest lesson learnt?

Everything in moderation.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

I would make sure they spent at least 3-6 months doing work experience in the best restaurants before you committed.

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

Yes – I have my holidays planned a year or 2 in advance and fit work around those times

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

Johhny Depp – the king of style!

How did you get into doing what you do?

Through necessity and common sense – I wanted a trade that would help me out in my future and I thought cooking would be the most beneficial.

My Mother/Father always told me…

Believe in yourself.

Is there a cause that is close to you and if so, why?

Sydney Children’s Hospital – Gold Week.  My daughter had an operation when she was 2 weeks old and I love the work they do.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

At a good Japanese restaurant like Azuma where I can watch the sushi chefs.

Signature dish?

Chilli mud crab.

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

I love all the beaches.

www.peteevanschef.com.au

Be sure to have a look at one of Pete’s fantastic recipe’s by clicking here.

The Success Known As Monica Trapaga

April 19th, 2010

Business women, entertainer, writer, presenter… the list goes on. A lovable and warm personality, Monica Trapaga is a face we all know, no matter how old you are.

She was part of Play School for over 10 years, filmed over 300 episodes of Playhouse Disney, has had 3 successful bands, her own solo shows, a voice that is powerful and clear, a successful store in Sydney’s Inner-west, nothing stops this women!

When I arrived at her stunning home, words cannot describe the sort of home I was about to enter. The giant converted warehouse, with enormous antique timber double doors open up to a home with warmth, intrigue and difference.

I’d never seem a home like it, artworks, sculptures, crucifixes, candles, the use of timbers and other natural materials, metal and fabrics create a home beyond anything I have ever seen. The long dining table, like something you’d read about in the Bible, the high ceilings, open plan living and staircases that lead to multiple levels, up and down and all over the warehouse. This stunning home really showed me the kind of person and the creativity Monica has inside of her.

Here is a brief snap-shot on Monica Trapaga.

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

Just finished a big band tour with James Morrison and Doug Parkinson which was hilarious, warm and energising for me.  I just had an absolute ball.  I am now about to go to Brooklyn for 3 months to write my next book which is a follow up to my latest “She’s Leaving Home”.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

It’s my Betsy Johnson cupcake dress and my Betsy Johnson platform shoes.  Frivolous and “oh so girly”.

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

My husband, of course!

And I love our old factory floors.  They are beautiful old parquetry.

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

Liqueur 43 – Spanish liqueur made from oranges and vanilla, excellent teamed with fresh lime juice and a shot of Cointreau.  As for food… fresh figs, very ripe white peaches, sharp cheddar or manchego cheese, and I’m crazy about horseradish

What is your greatest extravagance?

Travel! I’m always planning the next trip

Greatest lesson learnt?

To cook! I come from a great line of cooks and use things they taught me every day.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Get a day job!

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

I never think of my work as work… and I only take on projects that I love.

As May West said – “Enjoy what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life”.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

George Clooney – all those Armani suits!

www.monica.com.au

A Woman Of Many Talents – Katie Underwood

April 12th, 2010

Ten years ago, Katie Underwood was a household name after winning a place in the all girl band Bardot.

After an extremely successful run in the band, it dissolved and all the band members went their own ways.

Melbourne girl Katie, perused her successful solo career, in both Australia and the UK, having hits played nationally and internationally on commercial radio, as well as reaching the top 50 in the Aria charts. She took the dance and club avenue, becoming well known in the club scene for her high energy music and collaborations with other well known artists and DJ’s like Disco Montego.

She has made a mark for herself in the entertainment industry, and continues to do so. She has her finger in every pie – theatre, television, music and radio.

She is a down-to-earth and unaffected women, with a unique sense of style and popular sound.

Her life journey took a different avenue, now performing jazz music around Melbourne… But I’ll let Katie tell you what she’s up to at the moment… (P.S. – You must hear her version of the amazing song Hallelujah on her website)

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I have recently been performing with my jazz band around Melbourne, but hoping to tour regionally and around Australia later this year. I have also been spending some time writing and collaborating with a few DJ/Producers with the aim of releasing another dance track in the future.

Who or what influences you most in Fashion and home décor?

I prefer my surroundings to be calm and somewhat ‘Zen’, so I guess the Japanese style of decor is most prevalent. My favourite piece of furniture at home is a Japanese circular display unit.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

I’m really getting into white these days so anything white, pants, tops, bags I’m enjoying, especially in warmer weather. Favourite accessory would be a steel Owl pendant.

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

A huge painting of a Bird Of Paradise plant.

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

Favourite new cocktail is the Aviation – making a comeback in a few of the cocktail bars around Melbourne.

What is your greatest extravagance?

My fondness for Veuve Clicquot and Billecart-Salmon Champagne

Greatest lesson learnt?

Success is about feeling happy with what you do, not what you’ve achieved in the eyes of others.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Think very carefully about what you want to achieve and learn before you begin because once you’re in it, it’s often hard to see clearly and remember what you really want.

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

I currently work from home so I’m not sure I do have them balanced! I am conscious of taking a break to catch up with good friends regularly. They keep me grounded and sane.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

I honestly don’t pay much attention to main stream fashion so I wouldn’t know where to begin!

How did you get into doing what you do?

My first major break came through Popstars (Australia’s first reality TV talent show) but the path that lead me to that point was quite diverse. I had been singing and also recorded a dance track with a guy in the UK. I guess I was started to gain confidence and experience in the music industry and Popstars came along at the right time.

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

Less is more.

My Mother/Father always told me…

It doesn’t matter what you do but how you do it. Take pride in your work, whatever it is and strive to be the best you can be.

Where is your favourite place to relax when you’re in Sydney?

Relax in Sydney? I didn’t know that was even possible….

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

Not as often as I would like! I live on Fitzroy St so there’s so much good food literally on my doorstep it’s hard not to take advantage and eat out quite a bit.

Signature dish?

Vegetarian Noodles with Fresh Coriander. Simple but effective.

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My iPhone. I finally converted.

Being a Melbourne girl, but having spent alot of time in Sydney, what frustrates you most about Sydney?

That I don’t get to travel there as much as I used to!

When you come to Sydney, what is your favourite beach and why?

I’m not a huge beach lover but I always enjoyed Bronte beach because it’s quaint and quiet.

Three pet hates?

1. Superficiality.

2. Intolerance.

3. Judgement.

Fashion and home must-have’s?

A nice set of cocktail glasses and a shaker.

What is your one diva demand?

I’ve never had one. I might ask for a pineapple juice or something, maybe some Champagne (if it’s a club gig) but I won’t cry if I don’t get it. Life’s too short to be THAT kind of Diva.

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