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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.
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.
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.
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.
Probably a spicy Arrabiatta sauce with olives and fresh basil over Kamut spaghetti, topped with shaved grana padano cheese. Simple and fresh.
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.
What is a fashion trend you hope will never resurface? (eg.Hyper-colour shirts!)
Jelly sandals. they make your feet too sweaty.
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.
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.
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…
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
(One good thing and one bad thing about each)
good: Hearing your song on the radio!
bad: Having to think twice about leaving the house in trackies.
good: Australian fashion is amazing. Most of my favourite designers are Australian.
bad: I want too much of it!
good: the beaches
bad: the traffic!
good: I love a ‘make it up as you go’ holiday adventure. It’s fun not knowing what’s coming next.
good: he’s naughty
bad: he’s naughty
Test driven and written by Adrian Erdedi for www.AdrianErdedi.com
As I walked out of The Riverview Hotel in Balmain after an amazing lunch, I saw the Peugeot RCZ drive past me on the street, with a halo around it’s roof and the scene in slow motion. There was an angel passing me.
One of the most stunning cars I’ve seen on the road in a long time, I couldn’t help but stare and see in real life the car that has been advertised on more billboards, magazines and newspapers then the Mitsubishi 380 when that came out a few years back. Almost impossible to escape.
A mix of the Nissan 370Z, the new Audi TT and I can even see a little bit of the Daihatsu Copen in there. The Peugeot RCZ looks like some extra terrestrial Supercar, powerful, sexy, fast and super luxurious. Till you get in it.
To the Peugeot dealership I went to discover this amazing vehicle and see what all the advertising was all about… Boy was I disappointed.
Approaching this outstanding car, the first thing I find on the exterior to criticise are the exhaust pipes. Two steel exhausts on the left hand side of the car. All the engineering, styling and money that goes into creating such a spectacular looking car, they have done nothing minutely different with the exhaust. Perhaps two on either side, or even one on either side, or in the middle. But I can get over it. The rear is very beautiful, you could almost mistaken it for an Audi TT at a glance. An electronic rear spoiler can be deployed manually or automatically. Once you reach 85 km/h it will raise 19 degrees. Once you reach 155km/h (which I hope you don’t?!), it raises up to 34 degrees. It is concealed neatly within the boot lid, but a little flimsy when the boot lid is lifted, the spoiler can be moved around on the sides of the lid.
The smooth and stylish lines are simply delightful. The cabin sits low and sunken in between the 4 wheels. The mirrors are gorgeous, similar to the Citroën C4. There is heaps of glass, the use of glass is phenomenal. Every single panel of this car is simply perfect.
The front of the car had this enormous badge, a massive grille which remind me of a Whale Shark, ready to scoop up and swallow anything in it’s way. The badge which and the surrounding grille is made out of plastic, but not even a good plastic. It’s flimsy, cheap and tacky. The entire front bumper and grille is completely flimsy – like a cheap little Suzuki Swift.
But the most striking feature of this car is most definately the roof. There is a double-bubble roof, that protrudes from the top of the windscreen, to the back of the roof, then the rear window is moulded to carry the convex bubble through to the base of the window. There are two aluminum arches which stand out in the most blissfully peculiar way – a vision of almost perfection.
Pathetic. There is almost nothing in the interior that does this car justice. After having a complete eyegasm with it’s utter sex appeal on the outside, getting into the car is one of the biggest anti-climaxes I’ve ever had.
From the moment I got in, the only thing I could really say is beautiful… Are the front seats. That’s it.
The dashboard, the buttons, the stereo, the doors, centre console, the handbrake, the gears, the EVERYTHING looks like it’s come straight from a Peugeot 206. Simply boring and dull. There is nothing technologically advanced (specification wise), and nothing anywhere close to reaching the levels of luxury you’d expect when you see it from the outside.
Flimsy plastic climate control knobs. A basic stereo supplied by JBL has adequate sound, but is just a basic looking facia from one of the entry level 206′s – it just has no character. There is an analogue clock, to add a touch of ‘class’. Too bad that class was lost when they put the filthy looking numbers all over it. The clock in the Ford Fairlane’s (which are now Silver Service cabs in Sydney) from the early 2000′s even looks better!
I also don’t like the handbrake. In this day and age, an electric brake would be more suitable for this car, with a simple touch of a button to engage the park-brake. The Peugeot 3008 has it, why doesn’t the RCZ?
The biggest thing that got me was the back seat. Ok admittedly you wouldn’t really want to take people around, a car packed with 4 people, but in the occasion that you do need to, you may need to remove either their head, or their legs. One or the other. I am 184cm tall, and sitting in the back of this car was simply impossible. Yes there is leg room – but it’s the head space. My head was literally laying on my shoulder to one side just so I could fit in. The rear window comes down over the rear seat so much, it cuts off a large portion of the head room. The rear seats are cheap and tacky, just like in the Porsche Carrera’s. It’s definately a 2 seater car with a parcel shelf – which happens to have 2 seatbelts.
But I need to stop being so negative. I should discuss the great things about the interior.
Back to the front seats – stunning. They are absolutely beautiful, from any angle you look at them. They are embossed with the Peugeot logo. They are sumptuous and supportive.
Oh, there’s also a rather large boot which I was quite impressed with, at 384 litres. But how? There is no spare tyre. No, they aren’t run-flats either. There is simply no spare type – full size or space saver. You get a little can of glue to patch up a hole long enough to get you to a service station. Ridiculous!
Using the common style key to start the car was the first of my criticisms. Again, a stunning car which should have technological advancements such as keyless entry and start. Nothing more pleasurable then starting your faux-Supercar with a START/STOP button if you ask me.
But that aside, this is about the engine and the drive.
Handling is sublime. Absolutely excellent as expected. It glues itself to the road. Push it as hard as you can, and still it sticks to the road with each and very little fuss.
The Australian range has three variants. A 6-speed manual 1.6-litre, 147 kW petrol turbo; A 6-speed automatic 1.6 litre, 115kW or the 6-speed manual 2.0 litre Hdi turbo-diesel. They are all fairly good engines, but the way of choosing basically comes down to preference. What you would prefer to drive. It’s no super-car. It’s no powerhouse of muscle and torque, but it’s definately got guts and can definately be pushed without it sounding like it’s struggling.
Gear changing is easy and guided – again it comes down to it not being a pure-bred sports car, where you put your heart and soul through the gear stick and drive it the way it was made… This is smooth and guided. It’s just a normal road car at the end of the day.
Safety – The Good.
The safety bar has been set high. There are two front airbags as well as two side airbags. Electronic Stability Program (ESP) is by Bosch, ASR, EBD, ABS, EBA and Hill Assist. A heap of letters that mean one thing – crashing this car is pretty damn hard!
An interesting feature is the active bonnet system. It assists with minimising physical impact to pedestrians in case of an accident by raising the bonnet 55mm, avoiding hard contact with engine components.
Likes: Not too many of them. But the obvious one is the exterior styling. Second to none. The front leather seats, both comfort and styling. The leather clad dashboard and stitching. Handling. Drive. Smooth. Clean. Fun. Price.
Dislikes: The entire interior styling. Everything from the centre console lid/armrest to the instrument cluster and the ugly small screen at the top center of the dashboard. Rear seating and head space. The flooring carpet is atrocious – something you’d expect in a 1990 Mitsubishi Nimbus.
Would I buy it? If I could swap the interior for an Audi TT or BMW Z4, and also change the bubble roof from aluminium to glass, I would buy it in a heartbeat. It needs to have a stylish cockpit – with inclusions such as satellite navigation, touch screen functions, a superior branded stereo (like Bose did with Mazda or Bang & Olufsen did with Audi – even Marcel Wanders!).
Price: From $55,000. There is a Special Edition coming out this month with prices starting from $62,490.
Final say: What a stunning car from the outside. The inside is very disappointing. I guess the price of the car coincides with the level of luxury and the technological features. You are basically paying for superb exterior styling with the interior level of a 206, with beautiful front seats.
Paris Cutler’s highly anticipated second book Planet Cake Cupcakes provides a chic and contemporary take on the cupcake phenomenon. Following on from the incredible success of her first book Planet Cake – A Guide for Beginners – Planet Cake Cupcakes sets a new standard for decorating, appealing to aspiring sugar crafters and cake decorators as well home cooks who are past the simple iced cupcake and want to tackle a more quirky, fun, challenging design.
Planet Cake Cupcakes includes 20 different cupcake designs, all beautifully photographed, and features all of the icing and decorating techniques that have made Paris an internationally recognized name in sugar craft. From stenciling and cut-outs to three-dimensional character modelling, there’s a funky design for every occasion.
Featuring a comprehensive basics section with photos and trouble-shooting tips, the cupcakes In Planet Cake Cupcakes range from simple yet stunning designs to more complex ones for all occasions, including birthdays and weddings. The methods are explained step-by-step and are enhanced by colour illustrations.
Today, Paris has evolved Planet Cake into a commercial kitchen operated by 10 staff; specializing in couture cakes for high-end weddings, birthdays and all types of celebrations. A regular on MasterChef and a favourite with the stars, Planet Cake has numerous celebrity cakes to their credit including Nicole Kidman, Rihanna and Celine Dion.
In line with her business philosophy – share everything and hide nothing – Paris also operates a world renowned national cake decorating school, attracting students from all over the world.
Purchase Paris’ book by visiting her website: www.planetcake.com.au
To read more about Planet Cake my review and other related articles, please click HERE
I have been to a few birthdays and a wedding recently, all which had the most amazing cakes. They were all ornamental and detailed edible creations, obviously made by people of skill and artistic flair.
Each of these cakes had one thing in common. They were all from Planet Cake in Balmain.
Planet Cake is definately Australia’s best in cakes. Their cakes are moist, delicious and seem to leave all the people who eat it asking one question – “Where is this cake from?”
When I had my amazingly decorated slice of chocolate cake, at first I was a little sad that the spectacular creation was being savaged by the knife of the bride and groom, but when I saw the interior, I didn’t care! The icing is fresh and sweetened to perfection. There is nothing I can fault on the cake. The looks and the taste!
Hearing the name Planet Cake so much from all the people I know who have used them, I decided to investigate the company for myself and I was pleasantly suprised.
We all read magazines, and when we see a hot celebrity wearing a gorgeous pair of jeans or shoes, we automatically know it’s going to be great – especially if they are wearing it. Well it is much the same for Planet Cake. Nothing C or D list about the cakes they have made for celebrities. Planet Cake celebrity cakes include the likes of Rihanna, Celine Dion, Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban, Cate Blanchett, Megan Gale, Anthony Del Col (Celebrity Wedding Planner) and also provided cakes for Master Chef and Grazia. The list goes on and on… So if there is anything to go by, hopefully the celebrity clientele will be something to sell it to you!
It wasn’t just that, they also have cake decorating classes The Planet Cake Decorating School, the largest school of it’s type in Australia. They provide courses for Basic, Novelty & Specialty decorating, which a full outline of the course on the website for you to look at. With formal qualifications, you can take it further if you wish.
There is an online store for cakes which you don’t want to customise, but if it’s for a big occasion like a wedding, there’s no doubt the bride will want something unique and something to make every single person green with envy when they see it. Whatever it is you imagine, Planet Cake will most likely be able to create it. These guys are so skilled, it would be more appropriate to call them artists rather then decorators.
I could go on and on about their cakes, but it would be better if you just tried them for yourself. What I suggest is purchasing one for your next event, birthday, funeral, christening, wedding etc. I assure you will be so impressed, you will thank me!
Have a look at the celebrity cakes below… Like nothing you could ever imagine!
Planet Cake – 106 Beattie Street. Balmain – (02) 9810 3843
I love blue cheeses, but many people think it is one of the most disgusting cheeses available. The strong off smell and the mouldy look of it turns people right off, but I really don’t think there is a type of cheese out there that contains so much flavour, and so much varied flavour depending on the brand and origin.
One of my favourites of all is the Mauri Bontazola Dolce Latte from Jacobs Delicious in Balmain. Instead of writing about the cheese in my own words, I am using the deseciption Jacobs Delicious have provided for me, because it couldn’t be more spot on.
“This is one of the most famous cheeses and comes from Lombardy in Italy.
A healthy Gorgonzola is a vivid, glistening ivory-to-straw colour, set against liberal striations of greenish-blue mould. It should be moist and not too crumbly. The flavour gets stronger as the cheese matures. The cheese is marketed in two styles: sweet (‘dolce’) and sharp (‘naturale or piccante’), the latter being older and more assertive.
A mould is introduced into the cheese and its growth is enhanced through a method of piercing the cheese with copper or stainless steel needles to produce fissures or air passages. This enables oxygen to enter and nourish the mould. Bacteria are mixed into the curd earlier in the cheesemaking process and the piercing speeds up the blueing process.”
There’s nothing more delicious then using blue cheese in a salad with pear, walnuts, pine nuts and lettuce. Trying adding tuna or salmon for something a little different.
128/85 Reynolds Street, Balmain – (02) 9555 5434
Danny Sheiner is quite a clever designer, who is inspired by the modern architecture of South America. I’ve never been to South America, but I can definately see his inspiration in his jewellery after looking at the concrete forms of Paulo Mendes de Rocha – a place where he found this inspiration.
The new CASA collection is made of bio-resin, which is a very unique non-toxic water based resin with the look and feel of river stone. The pattern and character of concrete/river stone is evident in the resin and is contrasted perfectly with recycled sterling silver. The bangle above is the favourite of mine in the collection, but I do advise you check out his entire range, because he has so much to offer for every person, every mood and every budget.
You can view the CASA collection at Mrs Red and Sons in Surry Hills, MCA Store at The Rocks, Punch Gallery in Balmain or on the website:www.loopdesign.com.au
Each day when I leave work (usually with a headache), I drive home, drive into my garage, hop in the lift, get to my floor, where I instantly smell my apartment. It’s pleasant, soothing and I love opening my big front door to find my personal and private space being infused by my Magnolia fragrance diffuser by Scented Space.
It’s a calming, but bodied scent, which has abit of an old world cottage charm to it, but fits in nicely with my eclectic décor. I have found that finding a scent to match a home is a hard thing to do. You don’t want coastal scents in a quaint cottage in Balmain, or the scent of vanilla in a clinical and polished concrete apartment in Darlinghurst. Matching is important to complete a space.
Scented Space have a range of 20 scents to choose from and are exclusively sold at Myer for $34.95.