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Faye De Lanty And Her Love Chile

April 6th, 2010

As a youngster, I grew up watching a few different shows like Heartbreak High, Hey Dad! and Home and Away. I also watched a show called Totally Wild, which started off the successful career of the very talented Faye De Lanty.

The gorgeous TV presenter and fashion designer with her own fashion label, Love Chile has captured the hearts of many Australians over the years, including mine. A kind, honest and spiritual person, her warmth pours out of her.

When I met with Faye to interview her, I was welcomed into her home, greeted at the door by her cute beagle, Soho. A glass of Puglia red, vegetables and lamb roasting in the oven, Faye and I relaxed on her exquisite Louis XV lounges and talked about everything that makes Faye, Faye…

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

I have my own clothing label called Love Chile (pronounced ‘Chyle’). I have been working on my 2nd collection. It’s inspired by Hindu Goddesses and it’s a range of accessories for clothes – detachable shoulder pads, double brooch chains, pieces for the hands and feet, as well as some gorgeous customised vintage pieces. Before I could finish the collection the first few pieces got snapped up for a show at the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival. I also just supplied all the accessories for the White Party parade at Sydney Super Club ‘Ivy’. It’s an Amazonian theme so I had a ball creating crazy feathered/chain pieces. I will be finishing the collection and taking part in an event during Sydney Fashion Week called the Fashion Forward Festival. I am also a freelance TV Presenter/Producer so I have lots of on camera/voice over work that always pops up. Plus I teach TV Presenting for NIDA and AFTRS.

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

Fashion wise I LOVE the 70’s rock aesthetic… Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin had killer style back then, so did Mick Jagger. I also love the American Indian culture so my two favourite jewellery pieces are hand crafted silver/turquoise pieces from NYC. Designers that really resonate with me are people like Karl Lagerfeld, D Squared, Anna Sui, Zuhair Murard – these guys are storytellers – they are always pushing the envelope and doing something unique, always with exquisite attention to detail.

In my home I love quite a few styles so I like to mix them… my home has a real eclectic feel. I have a baroque vintage couch teamed with a glass top table from the 60’s. There are feathers everywhere (I am obsessed with feathers) I love colours. A white room with splashes of green or a bright yellow lacquered chair taking centre stage. Personality, warmth and richness.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

Accessory wise I think it would be a tie between my turquoise cuff I mentioned before and my caramel leather embossed handbag/satchel – it’s an original piece from 1973, long plaited leather strap – worn in leather and carvings of flowers and birds. I found it in an antique store in Brisbane for $30 about 10 years ago!

Clothing – I think it would have to be my black silk Butterfly tuxedo jacket. It was my Dad’s in the 70’s – it’s an original from the coolest store back then called ‘Granny Takes a Trip’ (there is now a remake of the store in Surry Hills). The jacket has coloured butterflies all over it. There were only two made – Keith Richards from the Stones has the other one!

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

Oh so many things I love in my home… I have the most divine tree outside my balcony window – I have filled it with fairy lights – it looks beautiful at night, makes me feel like I am a fantasy forest somewhere. Nature aside – I have a beautiful pearl/oyster like vase from BIBA – the most unbelievable style destination in 60’s/70’s London. My Mumma was a BIBA girl and my Dad bought the vase for her – it takes pride of place on my mantelpiece in the lounge room – it’s filled with giant feathers.

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

I love lobster, goat’s cheese, beautifully cooked fish or lamb and I am a sucker for anything with caramel or white chocolate. Drinks – French Champagne for sure – Moët and Dom Pérignon would be my pick. Apparently when Benedictine Dom Pérignon discovered he could make champagne he called to the other monks “Come quick, it’s as if I’m drinking stars!!!” I also love a good vodka on the rocks with fresh lime… If I’m feeling extra fancy I’ll add a dash of soda water and chopped up fresh chillies from my little garden.

What is your greatest extravagance?

French Champagne, going out for a beautiful meal and I love to buy flowers and candles for myself.

Greatest lesson learnt?

You have to love and honour yourself before anyone else can!

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

If it’s what truly makes your heart sing – go for it! Life is too short not to do what you love. Immerse yourself completely in it, become a sponge, learn and do all you can. Become a ‘junkie’ for your craft! Work hard, believe in yourself and know that you can do it. Then stop talking about it and go get your dream!

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

Transcendental Meditation. It saved my life! I was such a stress head, always thinking/worrying I didn’t have an ‘Off switch’! It came to me just at the right time and has opened up my world – I have more energy, clarity and an unlimited supply of creative thoughts and ideas for my label. It’s taught me to honour and love myself, be kind to myself but has also instilled an overwhelming need to give love and help people in my life or those I come into contact with. Check it out www.timbrownmeditation.com.au

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

Definitely Robert Plant from Led Zep, Mick and Keith from the Stones. The Girls – Mary Kate Olsen and Rachel Zoe.

How did you get into doing what you do?

TV – I started when I was 15 on a show called ‘Totally Wild’. I actually jumped out of a plane for a story while I was on work experience – the GM of the station at the time said to me “Your that crazy b*tch that jumped out of the plane, I said if she’s that F’ing crazy, give her a F’ing job!” True story. Fashion I have wanted to start my own label for as long as I could remember, so 3 years ago I decided to do it.

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

Always fresh flowers in the lounge room and the bathroom, turn as many lights off at night as possible and use candles to illuminate your home and always do the washing up before you go to bed!

My Mother/Father always told me…

To be cool! (don’t ever get too big for your boots!)

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

The Butterfly Foundation www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au

My label is aligned with The Butterfly Foundation – a charity dedicated to supporting people suffering with eating disorders and negative self-image. I have been through low self-esteem and an eating disorder myself… my life journey was a big reason to create Love Chile. Love Chile is all about inspiring women through style to love and believe in themselves. We did a big fashion fundraiser together last year called the ‘Night of the Butterfly’. We plan to do lots more together this year too.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

My house or Camp Cove at Watson’s Bay.

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

I probably eat out casually once a week. A really special dinner once or twice a month.

Signature dish?

I’m just getting into cooking so right now I’m keeping things pretty basic – I ‘m loving my oven baked lamb cutlets, sweet potato and pumpkin dusted with fresh herbs, cracked pepper and seasoning.

Your thoughts on Australian fashion in comparison to International fashion?

Look I think we have some fantastic labels – I’m a big fan of Sass & Bide, Toni Matichevski & Antipodium. But I feel like we could take more risks and tell more of a story… I love to see a show that is dripping with personality and detail or where the models actually look like they are happy and enjoying themselves like in a Sonya Rykiel show! She even got them to speak in her last one! Fashion can tend to take itself a little too seriously sometimes. I feel like International designers push it a little further.

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

My lipgloss, eyedrops and a happy heart.

What frustrates you most about Sydney?

That it’s not New York!

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

Dogs allowed in all restaurants – that request comes from my Beagle! From me – the roads… there are holes and bumps everywhere.

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

Camp Cove at Watson’s Bay – this place is heaven. No matter how crappy a day you may be having – go there and everything is washed away – it’s magical.

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

Robert Plant or maybe Lady Gaga to see what she wears to bed!

Three pet hates?

1. Smoking

2. Nastiness/negativity

3. People who drive up my street the wrong way.

Fashion and home must-have’s?

Fashion – a great tuxedo jacket, a cool rock tee, sexy jeans and a killer pair of heels.

Home – fresh flowers, candles and a clean space. Your home is your haven – it should be well looked after and reflect your style and personality throughout.

What is your one diva demand?

A special meditation room with Indian paintings, lotus flowers, Buddhist or Indian goddess statues, a small potted palm tree and incense, a soft pillow or designer blanket for my dog and vanilla scented candles everywhere! (Man I could definitely handle that!)

Charmaine Bingwa – Strength, Brilliance and Inspiration

March 30th, 2010

Charmaine Bingwa is one of Australia’s very special and unique talents. Not only is she a stunning girl with gorgeous braided hair and luscious lips, she has an amazing voice that can belt out the notes on demand.

I sat outside Coco Cubano in Taylor Square waiting for Charmaine to arrive for the interview, two chilled glasses of wine waiting.

At 6:30pm on the dot, out of the corner of my eye, I could see this striking girl, wearing tight jeans, stilettos and a white military styled jacket with big gold buttons. It was Charmaine.

As she approached the table, the attention was on us – the beautiful Perth born 24 year old commands attention just by her presence.

With a love for singing from a young age, Charmaine never revealed publicly that she could sing, till she sang angelically at the eulogy of her father’s funeral. If was from that moment Charmaine knew what she wanted in life. She knew it’s what her father would have been proud of her following – that was singing.

An inspirational person, with such love, passion and commitment to what she does, it’s unmistakably obvious that we will be seeing alot more of Charmaine in the many years to come.

Let’s get to know the real Charmaine Bingwa and get down with her vibe!

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

I’m working on my first release with the label. It’s going to be an EP with music video for the single. The beauty of my adventure this time, is I get to just go away and write. Write, write, write! I get to be completely creative and my focus is the artistry, later in the year when the record comes out, it’s promotion time which I love just as much, as I feel such a love for the stage.

And the great thing is along the way I get to work with some pretty freakin amazing people which I just vibe off.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

I think it’s probably both of my Carl Kapp leather jackets. So beautifully structured, but think it’s the way they make you feel when you wear them. Put ‘em on and instant rockstar!

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

It’d have to be the loveseat I had installed. It’s in front of the bay window I have in my lounge room – it’s an amazing place to chill and looks out at Sydney Harbour & the bridge. It’s all about the luuuuurveseat!

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

Veuve Cliquot, oysters & Wagyu beef.

And I hate to admit amongst all the classy things but an Angus Burger if it’s been a late night!

Greatest lesson learnt?

That you never stop learning lessons. I make mistakes all the time, but I think it’s the overcoming part that you learn from the most.

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

It’s the same advice I got from all my music mentors, you are uniquely you for a reason. Know your craft, work hard – really hard, believe in yourself and the rest is a given.

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

My home is such a sacred place. I always keep it immaculate so it feels like my sanctuary.  Whenever I’m home I get the balance I need from whatever other craziness is going on in my world! I’m a big fan of weekends away.

My lamest attempt to keep that balance was installing a plasma in my kitchen in a bid to inspire me to cook when I’m home! I’m not 100% sure that has worked!!!

How did you get into doing what you do?

I honestly believe it found me. I have always been as astute musician playing since I was 12.  But I only ever played to myself in my room, never with any aspirations to take it further (at least none I’d share publicly).

It was only when my father passed away, I was frozen. I couldn’t communicate any other way. I performed a song at his funeral, and since then have poured myself into songwriting as an emotional release.

My Father always told me…

One day you are gonna be a star…

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

It’s definitely Oasis Africa. A beautiful cause that a friend and totally inspiring man Kim Winter put together. It focuses on a community in Kibera, one of Africa’s poorest slums. They built and run a school there and are looking at broader initiatives to help out. I know Deni [Hines] recently went there with the team to do some work and even recorded an album with the kids there. I’d love to get over there at some stage and lend a hand.

I’m a big believer in giving back, I also am part of the Big Brother Big Sister program, mentoring kids who need support.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

My fave alltime place to chill, write, relax would have to be under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. So peaceful, such a good view and satisfies my bridge fetish (true story – I’m a little obsessed with bridges).

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

Hahaha – I only just discovered where my kitchen was the other day! I eat out all the time, because I love fine dining and just too busy to be a MasterChef too. Which is why it’s kind of ironic I was on a cooking show recently!

Signature dish?

Blue Swimmer Crab with Angel Hair Pasta – it’s like the one thing I can make.

Your thoughts on Australian fashion in comparison to International fashion?

Love it, we really are trendsetters, and I think this is known internationally. Get excited as it feels like every fashion week a new hero is born.

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

My Sennheiser headphones. Listening to music in average headphones is like having bad sex, it’s ok but… [giggles]

What frustrates you most about Sydney?

Traffic – argh!!!!! Drives me up the wall.  But I still love you Sydney, you are amazing. xo

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

Camp cove. It’s just so cute, quiet and private, and you can even pull up in a boat and hang there. Very closely followed by Balmoral.

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

Lady Gaga – she is a f**kin genius and so fascinating…

What is your one diva demand?

It’s not as crazy some of Mariah’s extravagances, but mine would be having my entourage. For example I was playing a 15 minute set I told festival organisers I needed 22 passes for my crew. Woops! Diva!

I’m a real people person and really vibe of that, so I like gathering groups of like-minded creative people. Energy like that is so contagious.

Check out Charmaine’s great website – www.charmaine.com.au

Tiffani Wood – Busy Yummy Mummy and Business Women!

March 29th, 2010

In 2000, the young and gorgeous Tiffani Wood shot to fame after winning a spot in the record-breaking all girl band, Bardot.

Ten years later, Tiffani Wood is still a recognisable name in Australia after a string of solo releases and her latest project, Wired2Sound.

Now a proud mother of a gorgeous girl Lillian and a business women, Tiffani is one busy yummy mummy, who is still more gorgeous then ever!

Join me on my journey into getting to know Tiffani and everything that matters in her life…

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

I have just launched a new music master class for aspiring young singers and song writers that will tour the country for various weekend workshops. It’s called wired 2 sound (wired2sound.com.au). I am also working on new songs for both a solo album and follow up lullaby album.

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

For fashion, I just go with what I like that looks great. I get inspiration from magazines and people just walking by in the street. I love to play with different looks but at the moment I’m loving all the rock looks… Anything in soft leather, black and studs gets me in the door. For home décor I’m obsessed with all the home style mags as I’m looking to buy a house, so I am looking for inspiration. I love Balinese style of the simplicity and clean lines but I also love creative miss-match feels. I think when I finally get my place its going to be crazy, experimental and unique.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

Accessory, I just bought a stunning black leather cuff with diamonds, chains and studs. Clothing, I practically purchased the whole soft leather collection in Seduce for the new season arrivals. I couldn’t choose just one piece so, they’re all ready to go for the Winter months ahead.

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

The must have area in my new place will be a place of tranquillity so I can read, reflect, do yoga or meditate. Whether it’s a room, an outdoor court yard or just a space to call my own.

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

That’s easy! Atlantic salmon, I get midnight cravings for it. A fantastic rack of ribs from the local or chocolate of any kind. There’s only one drink for me and that’s Frangelico on the rocks with a twist of fresh lime.

What is your greatest extravagance?

A trip to Bali at least twice a year is now officially a must have. Chocolate from Max Brenner is a close second.

Greatest lesson learnt?

To keep your friends close but your frenemies closer. Its better the devil you know than the devil you don’t. Oh and that knowledge is power.

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

To attend wired 2 sound. It’s a must have weekend experience for any young person wanting to get in the music industry it covers singing, song writing, styling, photography, performance, movement, reality shows, music industry experts and well known singers.

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

Its definitely hard to do. I do a lot of work from home and it can be hard to put my energy into that while my daughter is jumping up and down saying mummy watch this… MUMMY WATH THIS!!!!

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

ERIN WASSON she always looks effortlessly rock glam with a touch of boho.

How did you get into doing what you do?

I had a passion for singing since I can remember. It’s in my blood. I wouldn’t not have music or singing as a part of my life. It’s who I am. My big break came when I auditioned for the first Popstars show and was offered a place in the girl band Bardot, and now after 10 years its time to give back to those who want to reach their own dreams.

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

Do what is pleasing to my eye as I’m the one who has to live in it 24/7 and with a child make sure there are child free zoned areas!

My Mother/Father always told me…

Tiffani all men are the same. They all come with the same shit. It’s just a matter of choosing the one whos shit you can put up with… I love that!

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

Anything to do with curing leukemia. My father died in 2008 from the disease and I wouldn’t want anyone else to see their father or anyone die the way he did. I also support children’s charities as when my daughter was born you realise what pure soles they are and none of them deserve to be in hospital when they should be out playing.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

I find that shopping on weekdays relaxes me. Just walking around and seeing what new fashion is out. As the weekends are manic and the change rooms are never free…

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

I cook at home because I have to make sure my daughters eating really well and luckily for me she’s a great eater. We eat a lot of fish and vegies. I love to go and eat out with my girlfriends and eat fine foods – it’s mums night off then.

Signature dish?

I cook great deserts even if I do say so my self especially fudge brownies. But I also love to cook spaghetti Bolognese with my secret sauces.

Your thoughts on Australian fashion in comparison to International fashion?

Australian fashion is fantastic and its getting better and better. We have a lot of amazing up and coming designers that we can buy at wonderful prices such as Bec and Bridge, Shakuhachi, Mink Pink, Azuki etc

The one thing I can’t leave home without is… A positive attitude. It makes lining up at the post office and bank a breeze instead of a task and people that I interact with vibe my energy and you can really meet some great random people if you just smile at them.

What frustrates you most about Sydney?

The price of rent and price of buying a house its INSANE!

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

Well its not really a money thing, but more of a ‘should do’ thing… That the Mardi Gras gets front page of the newspaper. I couldn’t believe it got a small article in the paper when its such a big international draw card. It made me angry not to see its colour splashed across the front page.

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

I love Clovelly . Very family friendly, the waves are practically non existant so safe for kids and is hidden from the masses.

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

Oh wow many a wall but for today ill choose PRINCE as in the music artist. I bet he just gets up to so many kinky things.

Three pet hates?

1. People who smoke near me or especially when pregnant.

2. People who talk really loud on their phone so you can hear their life story.

3. People who say they’ll come to something and then cancel last minute via TEXT (have some manners).

Fashion and home must-have’s?

Fashion must have a unique sexy black dress, some F*&k off boots and a staple winter jacket and a pair of hot skinny jeans. Home must haves, a bed with fluffy soft pillows and doona, a great entertaining area and a plunge pool would be fab.

What is your one diva demand?

There is not an inch of Diva in me. But if I had to choose it would be an endless supply of chocolate in my green room YUM!!


Up Close And Personal With Henry Roth

March 23rd, 2010

Henry Roth (right) with his very proud parents Joseph & Aneta and model.

When I walked through the foyer and waited for the lift to take me 20-something levels into the sky over Kings Cross, I began to get a little nervous. Nervous about the fact I was about to enter the home of inspirational Couture Bridal Designer, Henry Roth.

I arrived at his door, and was welcomed in with a glass of wine and an introduction to his two wonderful close friends. A beautiful redcurrant scented Vovito candle fills the air and Alicia Keys‘ acapella of  ”New York” playing in the background. All my nerves dissolved and I instantly became a welcomed into the party of three, now four. Henry was hospitable and kind, and he set up a quiet area on his balcony overlooking Botany Bay, for us to have a conversation so I could get to know him.

After only a few minutes of talking to Henry, I instantly felt comforted, clear and inspired. Henry is a pure and humble person, who speaks what he thinks and feels. You will understand why Henry has grown up this way and become the success that he is, as you read this conversation I had with him below.

I hope you will take something away from this as much as I have…

What projects are going on in the wonderful world of Henry Roth?

I have just launched the affordable Couture Bridal Collection, which is basically launching wedding dresses from the price of $800 to the maximum price of $2000, it’s all about fashion forward gowns, without compromising quality and are extremely well priced. I continue to run my two fashions businesses in both New York and Sydney, traveling back and forward. I’m also starting to do alot of free to air work for Channel 9, it’s fashion commentary and I was the official fashion anchor for the Oscars, which was fantastic!

I’m also creating the the next collection for August, and I’ve just got back from Hong Kong from visiting my design workshop, then back to New York at the end of March till the end of May where I will do the launch for full couture in New York and doing designer days. There’s just so much going on!

What do you do to keep your mind busy and energised, away from designing and and your hectic career?

I do love writing poetry, I write alot of Hip Hop poetry in New York, where I do readings and write – have a look at Nuyorican, I’m a member of this group.

Who influences you in fashion?

With regards to my wedding dresses, what influences me is definately the brides. Brides today have taken us down the aisle, in so many different ways, so we design a very different way. Normally designers will create a very signature look, but that holds you to not being as diverse, so I design for garden weddings, beach wedding all the way to ballroom weddings. This makes it very diverse. So it’s the brides, weddings, red carpets and people on a day to day business. My sister Michelle who I work with is also my biggest influence, she is based in New York.

What is your favourite accessory?

My glasses – without a doubt! I have many pairs, I am a fashion ambassador for Specsavers which is actually very cool because you can indulge in your personalities when you go there. I can’t live without them!

What foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

I’d have to say Indian. I love Indian. I also love traditional Israli food, as I am Jewish I love that. I’m not a huge drinker, but I do love to wake up to fresh juices in the morning, like apple, spinach, parsley, ginger, mint and lime juice.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Scented candles. I think it’s my real extravagance, I really do. They are very expensive, but my favourite at the moment is Vovito in redcurrant, it is my New York candle, it reminds me of New York. Also buying Canali suits at Bloomingdales in New York!

Greatest lesson learnt?

Don’t presuppose what somebody is thinking, and don’t jump too quickly to conclusions. Have the confidence to just let a situation lay for a little bit and you will find that instead of guessing why a person has been, maybe not in touch as much as normal, or maybe seems a little bit off, that will unfold. The minute you impose your fears onto a situation, then you can ruin a fantastic thing. That being a friendship, a business relationship, a fantastic thing moving forward and I’ve really learnt to just bite my tongue and let it pass. The biggest lesson for me by far.

What advice can you give fashion designers here in Australia?

The best advice I can give any designer is know what your niche is, know what you’re designing for, know who you’re designing for. My only minor criticism is sometimes young up and coming designers in Australia just need to think and be really clear in what they want to specialise in and then make sure what you are creating and designing are at the right price point, for the right market, for the right niche of who you’re designing for.  There’s no point designing a gown or a garment or a piece of clothing that’s mis-targeted and mis-priced.

I’ve met your adorable parents Aneta and Joseph, they are absolute amazing and gracious people. What is one thing that they always told you?

My father always told me, respect and love people equally. Especially that they are survivors of the Holocaust, it doesn’t matter about the colour of your skin, your sexuality, your religion, everyone beats with the same heart. Respect people equally and expect the same respect.

My mother has always told me to keep my feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars. No one is better, and no one is worse then you. No one is.

If you were the Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, what would you inject money into fixing?

That is such an easy answer, and I’ve thought about it so much!  The city of Sydney is dying. The soul, the passion and the meaning of our city is dying because George Street has basically become a two lane highway. It’s crap! I would immediately close down George Street, and I would immediately put tonnes of money into creating a tunnel underneath the city to get  the traffic off the streets and turn it into a giant plaza.

I’m very worried about Westfields encapsulating the bubble of Wesfieldness, the city, and all the other shops around it, almost not competing, which is what happened on Oxford Street in Paddington and the death of Double Bay. It would be the closure of Town Hall, to Bridge Street. All the way down.

What are your thoughts in regards to fur and cruelty to animals for fashion, and the environment in general?

I don’t think I would ever use it in fashion, but I do think fur within reason is important, water conservation is essential, free range is important, organic is important, and I think caring about our planet. I do believe we are going through a crisis about our planet. But I think Australia is so ahead of the game, and I think it’s a shame the politics have got in the way of Australian really being the first to embrace carbon reduction.

I’m not political at all, but I want this to go on record – I think Rudd is a big talker, he has great ideas, he’s a great talker, but has done very little. Building broadband is ridiculous. The schools are a mess, the ideas were good, but the implementation is shocking. But his carbon reducing program reminds me, as a kid when they brought in Medicare. Imagine if we didn’t bring Medicare into this country in 1972. We would be going through the struggles that Americans are going through now.

What are your three pet hates?

1. Racism.

2. Racism.

3. Racism.

Where do you prefer to live and work – Sydney or New York?

Alot of people ask me this question and I did live in New York eleven years full time from 1997 to 2008, and in that period of time I only came back to Sydney three times, for periods of only four or five days. Very short visits because my parents always came to visit me. I’ll answer it this way. I think the world has gone flat, it’s not round anymore, and you know it’s all the same goal posts. All influences are the same, the websites, internet, blogs, Blackberry, iPods, whatever it is. I’m amazed at how much Sydney has grown up, I think the Olympics actually globalised us, and also got rid of the inferiority complex which was very evident before I left.

I love both cities evenly. I really do. The thing I love most about Sydney and about Australia generally, is our humanity. We treat eachother with respect, we treat eachother with human dignity and the day that changes we will become un-Australian.

Favourite place to go for coffee, dessert, food, whatever!?

Favourite places for coffee, Cafe Le Monde, which is downstairs from where I work on Foveaux Street, and also Dolchetta. Angela there on Victoria Street, Potts Point is a doll, she is amazing and she makes her cappuccinos with love.

Best juices is definately at “Juice Me” in Kingsgate. They make awesome juices and they are super fresh!

For a great meal? Fratelli Fresh. I vary in my local area. My obsession at the moment is WOWCOW, they are amazing!

I would go to Hugos for a cocktail, I like to be close and in my zone. I feel like I’m in New York being close to everything.

I really hope you can appreciate this conversation I had with Henry Roth. After walking out of his home, many hours of talking about our lives, dreams and aspirations, I have built enormous respect for this atistic, creative, kind and generous man.


Ke$ha Visits Sydney Wildlife World – Private Access Behind The Scenes!

March 22nd, 2010

A very different angle on the ‘celebrity gossip’ side today with Ke$ha, the American girl who hit Australia with songs “TiK ToK” and “Blah Blah Blah” landed in Sydney, spending the hot Sunday visiting Sydney Wildlife World in Darling Harbour.

She had a very secretive visit to the Wildlife sanctuary on Sunday with a heap of competition winners from a popular radio station who won the chance to meet the cute pint sized star. All media was lead to believe that she would be visiting Taronga Zoo, when she was actually at Darling Harbour.

The photos you see are taken behind the scenes, away from all media with very private access only. She met with the winners, got a photo with a Koala, signed autographs and the lucky winners got to take great shots of the gorgeous girl.

I didn’t have access to meet her, so I waited a few minutes by her car to meet her. That I did. But not the way I expected!

I was the only person down by the car in the staff carpark. There was not one other person. She came down the side of the building with her entourage (pictures below), and as she came out, her security immediately pounced on me. I politely asked if I could take a photo and they said “NO!”

I said hello to Ke$ha and asked her if I could take a photo of her. She kindly accepted and told her security to allow it. The security then disregarded her wishes and dragged her into the car in an unnecessarily dramatic manner. She looked at at me apologetically, with the look in her eyes that she was embarrassed and that she doesn’t seem to have a say in what goes on around her.

The very few moments that I got to speak with her, she was such a sweet and gracious girl. Dressed immaculately, she had manners and she is also stunning with gorgeous Shakira like hair.

Many people seem to think she is ‘trashy’, but if you read up on this girl, she comes from an inspiring background and deserves the success she has achieved.

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Did Lady Gaga Confirm for Kyle & Jackie O?

March 19th, 2010

This morning on 2Day FM‘s Kyle and Jackie O show in Sydney, a pre-recorded interview took place with Lady Gaga in her decadent office.

At the end of the interview as Kyle and Jackie were leaving, she muttered the words “Thats was an exclusive to you…” which made Kyle and Jackie wonder.

As I listened to the interview, I had picked up immediately what the ‘exclusive’ might have been. She [Gaga] was chatting about equality and how homosexuals are born that way. She dropped one single two letter word. WE.

“There are some people in this world that believe that being gay is a choice, but it’s not a choice, we are born this way.”

What do you think?

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March 14th, 2010

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