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ADRIAN CAN’T COOK Photo Shoot with Kate Lillian Muir

August 15th, 2013

Just some of my fav photos from the Adrian Can’t Cook shoot with Kate Lillian Muir of Trends Are Like Boys.

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ADRIAN CAN’T COOK with Kate Lillian Muir – Episode 2 – Part 2

August 14th, 2013

This is PART 2 of Adrian Can’t Cook with my super fashionable guest from Trends Are Like Boys, Kate Lillian Muir. She is teaching me how to make a simple, high end, impressive first date dish!

Don’t miss PART 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu9N1ezLYJA

Enjoy.

Adrian

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ADRIAN CAN’T COOK with Kate Lillian Muir – Episode 2 – Part 1

August 7th, 2013

My super fashionable guest from Trends Are Like Boys, Kate Lillian Muir is teaching me how to make a simple, high end, impressive first date dish!

Enjoy.

Adrian

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Twitter: @AdrianCantCook #AdrianCantCook
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SPECIAL THANKS:
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6 Designers, 31 Models, 60 Looks, 1 Global College

April 17th, 2013

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For the third consecutive year the Raffles International Showcase has brought the fashion industry together to celebrate emerging talent at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

Australian Fashion Week founder Simon Lock, internationally acclaimed street style photographer and model Candice Lake, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia’s style editor Kirsten Doak and Sydney Fashion Blogger Antoinette Koulas amongst others watched on from the front row.

Beautiful indigenous model Samantha Harris opened and closed the show wearing looks from designers Gabriel Lee and Ayaka Ichikawa.

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“It was a thrill for me to be part of this international fashion event, and certainly a fantastic stage to showcase my work as newly graduated designer. I am looking forward to returning here in the future,” explains designer Virginia Liu Killory, Singapore.

The showcase featured the womenswear collections from 6 designers, 4 of which are graduates from Raffles’ Sydney campus, a further 2 designers traveling to Sydney exclusively from the college’s Singapore campus:

Pimnarra Sangngern (Sydney), Diyana Kosso (Sydney),
Ayaka Ichikawa (Sydney), Gabrial Lee (Sydney),
Virginia Liu Killory (Singapore), Aurelia Evelyn Santoso (Singapore).

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What To Wear When You Have Nothing To Wear

November 5th, 2012

Article by Kate Lillian Muir - Trends Are Like Boys

If you are anything like me, then receiving an invitation to attend anything from a day at the races, a wedding or a black tie ball, and pretty much any special occasion in between, gives you wardrobe anxiety.

The internal dialogue often begins as; What should I wear? What will I wear? What will everyone else be wearing? I’ve got one thing…um… but everyone saw me wearing it, so that won’t do! And this all undoubtedly ends in with; “Oh no! I’ve got nothing to wear!”

And then begins… the impulsive, the inevitable, shopping trip! You know the one, it’s the one where you are so desperate to find the right dress that you end up forking out a fortune on yet another dress that you are never going to wear again.

Well ladies, have I got some news for you! Have you heard of Dressedup.com.au? No? Well allow me to bring you in on a little secret! (If you said yes, then you can probably stop reading this because you are totally all in the know and should probably be writing this article. Oh and yeah… thanks for letting us know!)

Dressedup.com.au are an online god send which loans you amazing pieces for your special occasions at seriously affordable prices! So here’s how it works:
1. Check out their carefully selected collection online at www.dressedup.com.au or if you live in Sydney go and check out their gorgeous CBD studio.
2. Choose your dress and borrow it! You can have it for a week, a month, whatever you want! If you select online your dress will be with you in 1-4 working days, or if you are in studio more often than not know you can walk out the door with you dream dress.
3. Look smoking hot in the piece you picked out!
4. Return! That’s right, you just post it back! They handle all the dry cleaning for you!

Ok ladies, I’m sure you’ve switched sites by now (sorry Adrian) and are already perusing the selection of brilliant Australian designers stocked on the site, but if you are still here I thought that I would let you know that they currently stock Alice McCall, Jayson Brunsdon, Nicola Finetti, Wayne Cooper, Camilla and Marc, Rachel Gilbert, Camilla, White Suede and Shakuhachi.

Why such glowing praise for Dressedup.com.au? They recently came to the rescue for me when I was looking for a knock out dress to wear to a black tie ball. Oh! If I had a dollar for all the times I’ve told my girlfriends about dressedup.com.au… the millions I would have!

Showroom hours:
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm by appointment and Saturday & outside business hours by appointment.
Level 1, 207 Clarence Street, Sydney
Phone: 02 9290 1467
  or email:  info@dressedup.com.au or customerservice@dressedup.com.au

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Restaurant Review: Resto Bar

October 28th, 2012

I’m so pleased that Sydney’s newest Argentine restaurant Resto Bar has changed the way I eat Spanish food in Sydney. Being Spanish myself, and having lived in Spain, I find it very hard to find good, authentic Spanish food in this city – till now.

With the new addition of effervescent Spanish-Australian chef Gloria Lombardo, the food could not be more authentic, mainly because of the fact that Gloria is from Cataluña, a provence of Spain.

It takes a real Spaniard to understand Spanish food and Gloria has been the force behind Sydney’s best tapas restaurants for more than 20 years. She has developed a menu that is a unique combination of classic Spanish tapas with modern Argentine dining.  Using only the freshest seasonal produce, the authentic dining experience that made Café Tapas in Bourke St, En Casa and Casa Asturiana so popular is now found at Resto Bar.

So enough about Gloria as sweet as she is, and lets move on to the food.

Wow… Was I impressed! The food and the service combined with the company I had for the night, I couldn’t have had a better experience. The very hospitable Sebastian from Sitges, a town outside of Barcelona welcomed and seated us, quickly attending to our needs.

After opening a bottle of wine and getting settled with my great and gorgeous friends Kate, Nikki, Nataša and Carmelena, we looked over the menu and ordered everything that Sebastian and Gloria recommended, as well as the typical Spanish dishes.

For me, the stand out dish was definately the wild mushrooms and prawns. Succulent and fresh, this dish is my recommendation. But it was the typically Spanish dishes that caught my attention, the paella, the tortilla (Spanish omelette), gambas al ajillo (garlic prawns) and patatas bravas (fried potato cubes). Eating these dishes all of my life has made me a critic, and I can tell you I’ve had some pretty shocking ones, but my goodness – these were all absolutely outstanding!

The grilled calamari and the chorizo – amazing! The milanesa a berenjenas (crumbed and fried eggplants) – amazing! This is something my mother and grand mother have always made, so great to see it on a menu and taste it.

Unable to eat much more, I did try the typically Argentine BBQ meat. I don’t normally eat large amounts of meat, but this was irresistible. It’s a mixed charcoal grill of meats; chicken, short ribs, chorizo, black pudding & wweet-bread plus Matambre de Cerdo (grilled pork flank steak) + salad & bread.

I really could go on about everything on the menu because we pretty much ordered everything on it! The food is filling and you feel absolutely content – these are great portions. The service was great and with the wide open kitchen, it’s great to see Gloria cooking away with her love for authentic food.

I can’t tell you how impressed I am with my experience here – as well as my great friends.

Resto Bar really impressed us, tucked away in a quieter part of town and having a really edgy urban style inside, I will be back here in a heartbeat.

Pros: Great, authentic food, authentic service, authentic attitudes with authentic views on how Spanish/Argentine for should be presented. BYO alcohol. Charming and relaxed space, easy parking.

Cons: No real cons to be honest. I was so thrilled with my experience that even if something wasn’t right, I wouldn’t have noticed it.

Pricing: Tapas meals from $5 to $26. A large range of paella, meat grills and other menu selections. Website is detailed with pricing and everything is translated to English.

Final say: A clean, friendly and hospitable group of people bringing a pleasurable experience to life with great food. I love this place and it’s great for groups. I’ll be back again and again – and the other reviews on UrbanSpoon completely back me up on this review – a seriously impressive place!

65 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay - 02 93603121 – Open Tuesday to Saturday

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Sydney Kings Basketball Team Launches New Season In Style

October 14th, 2012

WHAT AN EVENT!

This was definately the one of the week… Perhaps the one of the month!

Sydney based basketball team, The Sydney Kings, threw a star‐studded cocktail event to celebrate the launch of their up‐coming season. My oh my, what an event it was!

‘The Night Parrot’ on William Street glowed to the passing traffic and pedestrians, as the exterior of the heritage‐listed building was lit with the Kings colours, purple and yellow with light installation projectors. As we came down William Street, we knew exactly where the party was at.

The path outside the building was lined with large white plinths, leading to the front gate and venue entry where the vibe was electric. Through the gate and down the ‘purple‐carpet’ we were greeted by a media pit that had every celeb, A-list to D-list getting interviewed.

As we left the purple‐carpet and moved inside, we were greeted by welcoming wait‐staff serving incredible hand crafted canapés and drinks. The large space was decorated with floating purple lights hanging from the rafters, elegant purple and gold tablecloths over high cocktail tables and music flowing from the resident Sydney Kings DJ, Jordan. The ambience was that of a sophisticated cocktail party, and every single one of us were immediately impressed.

The delightfully gorgeous NATARSHA BELLING greeted us as the official host, announcing the give‐away of two, business class return tickets to Los Angeles from UNITED AIRLINES. As soon as I found my spot with my friends, the gorgeous wife of LARRY EMDUR, SYLVIE, ran over to me asking what I was going to tweet for the chance to win the business class airfares. Why do I love The Sydney Kings and what I would do in LA, with the hashtag #UnitedHoops was all I had to do to enter! But sadly, I didn’t win. Natarsha announced the very lucky winner of the return tickets to Los Angles. Tweeting, ‘@TheSydneyKings Go shopping Julia­Roberts­Pretty­Woman style and see if they’d serve me in the Lion suit #UnitedHoops’, the lucky winner was Holly Kagis!

After the formalities were concluded, Natarsha announced the performance of COSIMA DEVITO, the first independent Australian artist in history to have a debut number one single, ‘Right Here, Right Now’. Cosima put on an outstanding, rock-solid performance, proving she is going to be a come-back! Following Cosima was the new talent from Sony Music MIRACLE performing his new single ‘Party of the Year‘, and then finishing the night off with WHAT ABOUT TONIGHT performing ‘Year 3000’ and ‘Pay Phone’, contestants from the current season of the X FACTOR on Channel 7.

After an evening of great Alizè cocktails, champagne and delicious food, my group left very happy with a heavy gift bag containing a heap of treats to spoil myself with. You can never leave feeling empty when you’re leaving with a bag this full!

Other guests included the very sweet SKYE LECKIE, JOHNATHAN NOTLEY from Bliss n Eso, Editor ROS REINES, singer and dancer TIMOMATIC, ‘I Will Survive’ contestants TOM SHARAH and STEPHEN MAHY, Model and DJ ROCHELLE FOX, ‘The Morning Show’ on Seven co‐host LARRY EMDUR, DR NIKKI GOLDSTEIN, gorgeous SHELLEY HORTON, Home & Away star DAN EWING and his delightful fiancé MARNI LITTLE, Breakfast on Ten co‐host MAGDALENA ROZE, BARRY DU BOIS and my favourite Spaniard MIGUEL MAESTRE from Channel 10’s The Living Room, Home & Away stars LINCOLN YOUNES and NIC WESTAWAY, star of ‘Underground’ ALEX WILLIAMS, JORDAN FINLAYSON and JIMMY REILLY from Channel 7’s Beauty and the Geek, actor and model JUSTIN MELVEY.

This was a star studded, food flooded, cocktail covered event which had the biggest and whitest smiles on everyone’s faces. A truly memorable time…

I must give a huge credit to the fantastic effort Running Romeo PR put in to make this event a success. It’s not often the people who actually organise and run these events on the night get a mention or credit, but these guys did an AMAZING job! Well done!!

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Adrian

Check Out MySpaGuide.com.au For The Latest In Spa Information

November 4th, 2010

Written by Kate Lillian Muir for AdrianErdedi.com

Finally, a comprehensive spa guide created just for you…

If you are anything like me, then your idea of a treat is to indulge in a spa treatment.  Whether it’s a facial (don’t judge me!!), massage or the works, this is your reward to yourself for all of that hard work.  The prelude to bliss, however, can often be quiet stressful.  With so many spas around these days and even more treatments to choose from you want to make sure that your indulgent splurge is great value and meets your criteria exactly.

Launched earlier this year, myspaguide.com.au is an independent spa directory which acts as a one-stop-shop for spa seekers with a comprehensive guide to Australian spas and an easy to use search function.

Myspaguide.com.au also has a team of spa detectives, including me, who go under cover to try treatments first hand and give honest recommendations based on their experiences.

Founded by publishing executive Clare Greig, spa lover Cara Devaney and health and wellness expert Heather Beresford.

“My Spa Guide provides spa seekers access to exclusive spa deals, spa travel packages and competitions,” says Clare.

Check out the website: www.myspaguide.com.au

London Fashion Week – The Designers – Holly Fulton

October 25th, 2010

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OTT texture, glamour and graphic prints is what Holly Fulton is bringing to SS11. Cracked desert prints mixed amongst a very mod and tribal feel made this show a stand out for me.

As Holly says RELAX she shows us that matchy matchy is the way with identical print shorts and oversized clutch pieces making a serious statement this summer. But keep it carefree as we see lots of eyelets and perforated patterns coming through an otherwise well put together range.

Fulton, in her quirky accessories also plays with the silhouette of Fran Fine’s (The Nanny) make up suitcase as she adapts then into everyday handbags.

My fave look of the show was the black wide leg silk trousers, taupe strapless silk jersey top, neckpiece and sunglasses – I will totally be rocking this in summer!

London Fashion Week – The Designers – David Koma

October 19th, 2010

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Set to a remixed classical overture the David Koma SS11 show rocked out with some amazing ‘amour cut out’ detail dress, filled in with chiffon paneling.

With the beginning of the show featuring light fabrics in whimsical shapes, the introduction of leather into the range was rather ‘hot housewife’ in its apron like use.

Continuing in it’s evolution the range, 50’s influenced dresses and body conscious silhouettes combined with strips of leather appliqué and metal embellishments which imitated python scales.

As a general synopsis the range featured graphic prints and wicked wedges in a mostly monochromatic colour palette with an infusion of power tallow and pink, metallic gold and pearlescent snake leather embellishments.

I loved the ‘cop this’ metal cuffs – I think we’ve got some seriously hard core accessories coming out next season! I’m excited!

Oh and hello Jess Hart! We all know here as the Australian sweet heart and face of Seafolly and Myer, and also from here appearances in the reality TV show The City – she was stunning on the runway although I thought it was a shame that no one seemed to know who she was… don’t worry, I educated them!

London Fashion Week – The Designers – John Rocha

October 6th, 2010

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The palette was beautiful and essentially monochrome in black, nude, rose and ivory, with shades revealed in fabric and texture at the John Rocha SS11 show.  Thigh high boots layered beneath, long, dramatic tulle dresses presented a novel way to bring the winter boot trend into spring. Again we saw the oversized blazer dress appear, with so many designers pulling this one out of their bag of tricks what out for this one in the upcoming summer.

Smudging the lines between fragile and strong, wild and refined, Rocha creates a somewhat curious intrigue around his pieces.

Some of the looks in this range were very deshellved ballerina, but stunningly beautiful.

London Fashion Week – The Designers – Osman

October 5th, 2010

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Black and block was where it was at for the Osman Spring Summer 10/11 show, with black mixed in with striking black colours dominating most looks. The show illustrated a gradual, tran-seasonal story which began with silk lined wool coats formed with ‘pop out’ panels and smooth line tailoring and came full circle with some beautiful flowing summer frocks in vibrant splashes of colour; candy pink, yellow and lime.

The SS 11 collection embodies a breezy simplicity created with woven and soft patent leathers, which contrast with lightweight gossamer silks layered to create a fine balance of textures and shapes.  Asymmetric dresses developed in organic denim are key to the range, additionally meticulously cut navy flared trousers feature through the collection.  Key tailored items for spring seem to be the way forward while new silhouettes in rainwear reference to 90s minimalist style.

Spotted on the runway… Australian supermodel Jess Hart.

London Fashion Week – The Designers – Daks

September 29th, 2010

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Imagine that girl at the party who is wearing jeans and a t-shirt and is by far the best dressed person in the room, totally rocking it! That is the Daks SS 10/11.

The palette is a simple and well balanced formula of charcoal, fresh white and mustard.  Chic and simple is definitely the way forward this spring/summer!

My favourite look of the show was the first one to stomp past me, high waisted, super short grey wool knit shorts, looped with a thin, tan leather belt and teamed with a gingham shirt with sleeves rolled up.  The end result… tran-seasonal hotness!  I also loved the pleated Grecian-esque, floor length, taupe dress.  I think the most contagious trend piece from this range was the hot mustard trench dress, I think this one will get a few spins in the not so distant season.

The range also included a few menswear pieces, good basics but nothing that made me want to run out and buy it for my boyfriend.

London Fashion Week – The Designers – Craig Lawrence

September 27th, 2010

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What an incredible little firecracker this guy is!  When I walked past his showroom, his foil ball gown caught my eye, and I just knew that I had to talk to him.  We were lucky enough to be invited to the conceptual installation of his range.  The vibe for the Craig Lawrence SS 10/11 range is a fantasy world of mermaids and the seductive mythological sirens of ancient Greece.

In an early morning showing, Craig’s larrikin personality immediately shown through with guests being served Little Devil bloody marys and baked goods.

Leading the pack of the British Fashion Council NEWGEN funky squad, Lawrence brings drama and vision to all that he creates.  This season he utilizes glistening Japanese Kyototex metallic yarns to produce stunning pieces in unexpected shapes and seductive silhouettes.

Skitted peacock green stripes and long silver threads are combined to produce a magnificent regal collection with connotations of an underwater dreamland.  Craig creates a new medium for knitwear, turning garments inside out to expose beautiful web-like textures & chain mail detailing beneath the surface.

Keep an eye out for this one, I think he will one day be the king of creative couture shows!

London Fashion Week – Day 1 – Hannah Marshall

September 20th, 2010

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The first of the powderhouse shows kicked off late on the first day with designers Hannah Marshall and Felder.Felder going back to back and pulling in the big names and the biggest press pack.  No sneaking into the front row for this show, these two young guns were by far the most anticipated of the day.

Spotted front row were the likes of singer Paloma Faith, Kanye West’s ex-girlfriend Amber Rose and English supermodel Erin O’Connor.

Hannah Marshall

We knew we were in for a treat when the Hannah Marshall show opened with a dark and emotive film, created by Rankin, of a girl being revealed through layers of tulle that swept upwards in the wind and moved and pushed against her skin.  The moody opening was ignited by a starkly lit runway as the first model stormed down the runway.

True to form the mostly black range showed favour to delicate tulles juxtaposed against formed tailoring.  A tulle leotard was the base for many of the looks and is definitely back for another go around the trend merry go round.

Fashion friend, meet rigid ruffles.  Yes people, there is a new take on the ruffle trend that has dominated the last couple of summers.  Propelling the range into the future these rigid ruffles had everyone leaning forward for a closer look at this gravity defying new trend.

London Fashion Week – Day 1 – Felder.Felder

September 20th, 2010

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The first of the powderhouse shows kicked off late on the first day with designers Hannah Marshall and Felder.Felder going back to back and pulling in the big names and the biggest press pack.  No sneaking into the front row for this show, these two young guns were by far the most anticipated of the day.

Spotted front row were the likes of singer Paloma Faith, Kanye West’s ex-girlfriend Amber Rose and English supermodel Erin O’Connor.

Felder.Felder

Blue was the hue at Felder.Felder where graphic print leather and frou frou skirts were rolled out to produce a volumous look that was further accentuated by tight stretch fabric tops.  The palette mixed black with exploding shades of rich fuscias, vivid ocean and nightsky blues. A dash of their signature look was mixed in whereby leathers were teamed with romantic chiffons and organzas to create somewhat of a conflicting look.

The stand out piece for me was a pair of high waisted, cigarette leg, black leather pants that look vicious on the runway.

The range, titled ‘Born to be Wild’ was aptly accompanied by a soundtrack produced by the legendary Arthur Baker and featured an exclusive track by Coco Sumner, and a cover of the 1996 Steppenwolf classic Born to by Wild with Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite on guitar.

London Fashion Week – Day 1 – Jena Theo

September 20th, 2010

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Jena Theo

Jena.Theo, by design duo Jenny Holmes and Dimitris Theocharidis, have come leaps and bounds since last year when they were chosen by Donatella Versace as winners of Fashion Fringe at Covent Garden.  The opulence of their spring/summer 2010/2011 collection was inspired by the spirit of India and aesthetically represented the Indian influences on 21st Century Britain.

As a result the look was that of the ultimate global traveller.  With drapery at it’s flattering best topped with swallows nest-esque hair.  The look was torn to pieces but effortlessly chic.

The capricious and volumous range was grounded in reality with a few strong, almost origami, and structured pieces.  Beautiful neutrals were brought to life with pops of lilac and dirty rose, spring summer’s new must have trend colours, and adorned with beautiful hand-crafted Indian trim embellished with golden embroider detail.

The range was beautifully complimented by raw painted gold leaf stiletto platform shoes and styled up with gold leaf motifs applied directly to the skin.

Closing out the show was the hola hooping hero piece which saw a mess of plastic rings fitted together to create a reinvented bussle which was then drapped with lilac silk chiffon to bring somewhat of a regal air to the end of the show.

London Fashion Week 2010 – Day 1 – Caroline Charles

September 20th, 2010

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Caroline Charles

50’s fun fair was the flavour of the Caroline Charles show, kicking off our London Fashion Week adventures with a step back in time.

The range was compiled of the perfect balance between block colours and prints, in saying this I would have loved to have seen the story board concepting of the range, with most prints getting a look in, including floral, leopard print, herringbone and polkadots.  With a heavy focus on timeless silhouettes, it was hard to not think of Audrey Hepburn films as the sophisticated looks glided past.  The show was another knotch in the belt for the fashion cred of the Mad Men series with it certainly getting a nod from this designer who also featured curvier models on the runway.

Style this look up with a lashing of pearls, elbow length cocktail gloves; white for day and black for night, sinch in that waist with a thin patent leather belt and tuck a large envelope clutch under your arm and pop off to high tea!

Finish the look with a clean fresh face and a dewy red lip.

This showcase of high st attitude was accompanied by a very funky sound track featuring all the cool cats of the era.