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ECOYA Flagship Store Launch in Woollahra

August 1st, 2012

I’ve been to many events in Sydney, around Australia and in Europe. Most of these events are perfectly orchestrated, catered and entertained. But I haven’t been to an event for a very long time that was a total invasion of my senses.

Hearing. Seeing. Smelling. Tasting. Touching.

It was the very exclusive opening of Australian candle and bodycare company ECOYA’s Flagship Store on Thursday evening that had me worked up and noticing that every single little detail was covered.

ECOYA candles lined Queen Street, Woollahra and flowers by Grandiflora wrapped lamp posts and street signs and hung from the store’s awning creating an exquisite entrance into the flagship store.

Saskia Havekes of Grandiflora created a decadent arrival to the store, with flowers and lighting hanging from the perimeter of the stores awning – it was simply magical. The colours and textures she used complimented the environment perfectly.

As I arrived, I was cheerfully greeted and given an ECOYA fragrance themed buttonhole flower arrangement before walking into another world that was was music to my ears – literally. Hanna Oblikov and Eliza Morrison of classical music group ASTON entertained us with contemporary songs including Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Sneaky Sound System and Coldplay played on the Cello and Violin.

The ECOYA store/interior designer Megan Morton created a very organic and decadent space, with gorgeous 180 test tube chandeliers filled with seasonal flowers. The long wall of mirrors was also a stand out, which had Neale Whitaker of BELLE and many others admiring it. Treated with battery acid, it made a very interesting, yet slightly morbid and distressing look to the space – which all tied in just perfectly.

There were heaps of familiar faces, including Kirstie Clements (below), Donna Hay (above), Adam Ashley Cooper and gorgeous partner Pip Edwards (below), the effervescent Dr Nikki Goldstein, the distinct BELLE Editor Neale Whitaker (above) and lovely Stylist David Novak Piper (above).

We sipped on flutes of Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2002 Champagne, MOA and Steinlager Pure Beer and Santa Vittoria sparkling, but it was the catering that was exceptional. ‘Katering’ put together the excellent combination of canapes, including Salt and pepper barramundi with fresh lime, steamed Peking duck crepes with shallots and hoisin sauce, steamed chicken dumplings with shallot and ginger relish, peppered beef on a potato roesti with truffled aioli and rocket, smashed broad beans, pecorino and mint on charred bruschetta (below) and mini banoffee pies as something sweet to follow. The food was to die for and had every one in the room taking more then what event etiquette would allow.

I also had the pleasure of meeting the wife of ECOYA founder, Lisa Schweighoffer who was easily recognised in her bright yellow Sass & Bide pants! Just like the products ECOYA make, Lisa is a genuine and down to earth person and really in touch with the way people live and lead their lifestyles.

I can’t rave on about this event enough. Everything was perfect and everyone invited was approachable and great to chat to.

Well done to the team at ECOYA.

74 Queen Street, Woollahra.

www.ecoya.com.au

CARTOON X FACTOR HOTTIE – Johnny Ruffo

June 20th, 2012

SUPER HOT Perth born concreter, R&B/ Pop singer, songwriter & dancer who placed third in Australian talent show THE X FACTOR in 2011, recently signed a recording contract with SONY Music and is currently working on an exciting debut single and album, in a busy 2012 was a supporting act for X FACTOR 2011 winner Reece Mastin’s first headlining national tour, a supporting act for the Australian leg of ONE DIRECTION’s “Up All Night” tour, came runner-up in CLEO magazine’s Most Eligible Bachelor of the Year competition, was support act on the Australian leg of the NKOTBSB tour and sensational winner of the 12th season of popular Network Seven TV show DANCING WITH THE STARS… JOHNNY RUFFO!

FUN FACTS: Ruffo cites Michael Jackson, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé Knowles and Lady Gaga as his musical influences, with their performance styles inspiring him to combine his love for singing and dance!

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CARTOON ENTERTAINMENT ICON – Kylie Minogue

January 30th, 2012

POPULAR touring performer and the biggest selling solo artist in Australian chart history, singer, recording artist, songwriter and actress who shot to fame portraying tomboy mechanic “Charlene” on popular TV soap Neighbours winning her multiple Logie Awards, her first single LOCO-MOTION spent seven weeks at number one on the Australian charts and was the highest selling single of the 1980′s, spectacularly performed at the closing ceremony of 2000 Sydney Olympics, sensationally headlined the 1994 Sydney gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, is a celebrated breast cancer survivor, winner of multiple ARIA & Brit Awards, winner of the 2004 Best Dance Recording Grammy Award for COME INTO MY WORLD, received an OBE at Buckingham Palace in 2008 and in 2011 was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame by Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard… KYLIE MINOGUE!

FUN FACTS: Kylie is regarded as a gay icon, which she encourages with comments such as “I am not a traditional gay icon. There’s been no tragedy in my life, only tragic outfits…”

KYLIE MINOGUE Limited Edition Print available at TOONARAMA – The Exhibition @ ArtBoy Gallery January 12 – 29

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10 CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS – 3. Lethal Lips

December 18th, 2011

My third TOP 10 CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA for 2011 is the ultimate self-expression for the ladies (and men if they wish!). Lethal Lips…

Forget about putting on your usual lipstick, throw that boring lipstick out and stop blending into the crowd…

Make a statement with one of Lethal Lips exclusive lip patterns. Temporary Lip Tattoos are the hottest thing in Hollywood at the moment. Celebrities such as Kendall Jenner, Kim KardashianLady GagaJessie J, Khloe Kardashian are just a few celebrities that have been spotted wearing temporary lip tattoos.

Lethal Lips last up to 8 hours, and are enhanced with vitamins for a smooth feel and glossy finish.

Each Lethal Lips package contains three Temporary Lip Tattoos.

Remember when you were a child playing with temporary tattoos? Well they are applied the same way! Just with water!

To purchase, visit:

www.NotGotingHome.com.au/shop

Born This Way Video By Lady Gaga

March 2nd, 2011

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This is the manifesto of Mother monster”.

What?

Is this woman actually insane?

Answer: YES. And we love her for it.

Lady Gaga has actually turned insane and the World can’t get enough of her. With the release of her new video clip for the super successful new song Born This Way, all it’s done is make people think she is actually crazier then we already thought.

The video is simply indescribable. It’s completely AWESOME. But awesome in a creative, stylised and designer way – not the actual meaning behind the weird things that take place in the video… Like pulling a machine gun out of her woohoo. What’s with that?!

Now, being a huge Lady Gage fan, I have to say, the sexualisation within the clip baffles me. But it’s not just Lady Gaga. It’s many artists at the moment – Rihanna with S&M, Akon with I Just had Sex and Wynter Gordon‘s Dirty Talk. Am I just being too old and conservative?

That aside, Gaga knows how to move, she knows how to sing, she has this intrinsic creativity beyond many people’s imagination – she leaves us with our jaws dropping.

All I can say is WATCH THIS CLIP! IT IS CRAZY!

To finish off – I must make particular note of the last few seconds of the video… See the image below and tell me who you think of immediately?

Watch the clip above, feel free to comment and let me know what you think about my comments on the current “trend” of heavy sexual references in today’s music – am I the only one thinking this?

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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

CARTOON FABULOUS HOTTIE – Maria Venuti

November 22nd, 2010

CARTOON FABULOUS HOTTIE

Sensational Sydney socialite, singer, entertainer, movie actress, presenter and television personality with a FAB-ulous career spanning over 4 decades, famous for her role as Signora Gina Gilliotti in the cult TV series Fat Pizza, been honoured on This Is Your Life, is a tireless campaigner for charity and a Member of the Order of AustraliaMARIA VENUTI!

FUN FACTS: Maria Venuti celebrates a fabulous and eventful career with a book out next year telling the memoirs of her life – but in her down time loves nothing more then playing snooker, and is a champion on the table!

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Also check out the interview with Maria Venuti. Click HERE.

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.

CARTOON FANGTASIA HOTTIE – Eric Northman

August 23rd, 2010

CARTOON FANGTASIA HOTTIE

The scarily sexy Sheriff of Vampire District Area 5 in Louisiana who was in life a Swedish Viking warrior, is now over 1,000 years old, and currently runs the vampire bar FANGTASIA in the hit HBO TV Series TRUEBLOOD (season 3 currently showing on FOXTEL’s SHOWCASE channel)  - played by actor Alexander Skarsgard… ERIC NORTHMAN!

FUN FACT: Alexander Skarsgard appears as LADY GAGA’s villainous boyfriend victim in the music video for PAPARAZZI.

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The Goddess Of Beauty, Fertility & Sexual Love. Kylie Minogue.

July 26th, 2010

Aphrodite; The Goddess of beauty, fertility & sexual love. Now could that dictionary meaning describe Kylie Minogue any better? I think not.

Aphrodite is the newest musical compilation of festivity and an injection of the Kylie Minogue we all know and love.

Now picture this. European Summer 2010. Mykonos. Beach parties. White flowing linen outfits. Your best friends. Mojitos. White walls and floors. Blue doors and windows. Cushioned day beds with white flowing silk in the sea breeze. Euro trunks. Tanned skin. Early afternoon, leading into the night where the party will begin. Mediterranean sexuality. This is Kylie’s perfect setting for Aphrodite.

When I hear the sounds of this UK-crap-pop X Euro-trashy-pop, I’m instantly taken back to the fruitiest times of my life in a small island called Mykonos. I don’t know if it’s the album cover, the name of the album, or the way the music makes me feel, but I sure as hell like the feeling.

I’ve never really been a fan of Kylie Minogue, but I have now found a new appreciation for the ‘Princess of Pop”. Yes I will admit, I have most of her albums from the past 10-12 years and have loved them, till it gets to about 2 months of listening to them, then I can never hear it again. They almost make me cringe.

At this stage, I’ve owned the album now for nearly 2 weeks and I still really like it. It hasn’t driven me mad yet. I enjoy each and every song as I go to work, for a run, driving in the car or just chilling at home as it has the ability to transform me to a place I once enjoyed in the peak of Summer – Mykonos. It also makes me forget the depression that comes along with a Sydney Winter.

Energetic songs, fun and boppy lyrics and tunes that you remember long after you’ve turned it off. But it is missing something. It is missing the cutting edge style and catchiness of everything that was on her 2001 multi-award winning album Fever. Aphrodite is seriously lacking individuality. To be honest, it’s like listening to the SugaBabes, but mixing it with a little electronica and then throwing in a few Anthemnic (yes that’s my new word) choruses to get the crowds pumping in dingy discotheques.

The first track released from the album is “All The Lovers”. A song that suprisingly brings out memories of past love and emotions once buried. The words and the video are a statement of global acceptance on a number of topics including sexuality. But this could also be for the sake of lifting her profile in the gay audience. Kylie’s fans are predominately gay, so the film clip really shows another side of life through music and profile.

The next track due for release is “Can’t Beat That Feeling”. A little bit of fun, again with a catchy tune which I guarantee you will sing in your head once it’s over. But it’s just so old Kylie. Nothing ground-breaking and unique.

If there is one song that is freaky in a good way, it is the Goddess-esque, Tina Cousins style “Closer”. Probably the standout track on the album for me, it’s got a little bit of sexuality and individuality to it which makes you want to dance inappropriately.

“Too Much”, one of the gayest songs on the album (could be a toss-up with “Cupid Boy”?) has an airy and bouncy feeling to it. It’s a fun song, but again I’m not sure if it will stand the test of time and trends. It will be here and gone very quickly.

One of the songs, and I have to admit it could be my favourite, “Cupid Boy”. It is bringing forward a little bit of Lady Gaga‘s track “Monster” with the electronic/robotic voice “he ate my heart, he a-a-ate my heart”. The most ‘underground’ sounding song on the album, with heavy instrumental and many variations in vocal capabilities really show many of Kylie’s abilities.

There is one song that I can’t stand, “Better Than Today”, it’s a little bit childish and immature. Almost a silly addition. I am hoping it will never be released.

Ok, so after reading this, you have got the impression that I don’t like the album… with a few contradictions thrown in there. But believe it or not, I REALLY like this album. She looks absolutely stunning, her elegance, class and charisma is still as wonderful as ever.

I would totally give it 7 our of 10. Go on an buy it… You can’t go wrong, but you’ll know what I mean when you hear it for yourself.

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 Album Of 2010 – Kelis Kills It With Flesh Tone

May 25th, 2010

It’s been a long time since an album has engaged me completely, from beginning to end. It’s also been 4 years since Kelis released anything.

From track one through to nine, every single song on Flesh Tone is incredible. This album is simply incredible.

With the typical Kelis husky and sexy voice, she uses it to her advantage creating songs that not only make you want to dance like you are in Ibiza, but her voice oozes sexuality, almost making you frisky, while dancing.

If there were someone to compare Kelis’ voice to, I wouldn’t be able to because Kelis is unique in her own right. But if there were an album style similar, that I could compare to, I’d be mentioning Madonna’s Confessions On A Dancefloor with a touch of Tiësto and a slither of The Presets. A weird mix I know, but when you hear it, you’ll know what I mean.

The deep bass, dirty underground electronic beats, synthesizers which make your ears bleed and your speakers start smoking, also with the personal feeling of being in a war torn discotheque in Berlin, Flesh Tone will transform you into a world not known.

With only 9 tracks, you think that’s not many, but believe me – it’s such a strange feeling, it feels like there are 15 tracks on it. The tracks continue on from eachother, turning it into one story, but no song sounding the same. This is clearly an album of quality, not quantity.

Press play, first up is “Intro”. A 3:30 minute intro, which immediately sets the R&B base layer, before the dance layers come. Her stunning raw and flawless vocals give you goosebumps, from this very moment you know this is going to be good. But good is an understatement…

As the “Intro” fades, Kelis speaks in an almost robotic voice. “We control the dancefloor”, repeating this a couple of times… Then BAM! The party begins. As I type this I have goosebumps, the brilliant dance anthem begins, “22nd Century”. This track resonates with you on a sub-concious level, it’s in tune with your brain-wave, like you’ve been listening to it for weeks.

Track one turns into track two, “4th of July (Fireworks)” which starts off similar to a Madonna track from Confessions On A Dancefloor, but then turns into the sound of a talented performer.

The first track to be released from Flesh Tone is called “Acapella”. Again, it’s hardcore beat and smashing sounds start off immediately. Again, the vocals are mesmerising. Again, this is just musical perfection to my ears.

As “Acapella” ends with a beautiful instrumental, it doesn’t decrease the tempo of the album, what it actually does is leads you into the next track “Scream” which is produced by David Guetta. I feel like breaking out into my famous Robot Dance, it is full on hardcore dance, again mixed with unbelievable vocals.

Kelis has never really been a gay icon like Kylie Minogue or Madonna, but with Flesh Tone, I would imagine she has just hit hard, by far passing her competition. You can include Lady Gaga, Britney and also Beyonce in this calibre, especially with Kelis’ song, “Emancipate”.

Flesh Tone is an absolute, hands down 10/10 for me. It’s raw and honest, if you’re after a good time with quality, the this is your best bet!

Below is the video for “Acapella”.

Enjoy.

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Eccentric Elliot Ward-Fear’s Quirky Use Of Perspex

May 21st, 2010

Elliot Ward-Fear is far ahead of his time, and it was apparent at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week a couple of weeks back.

Elliot’s debut collection called ‘Beauty in Exile’ was one of the stand-out shows at RAFW, displaying the unique use of perspex. His quirkiness and eccentricity poured out of the outfits that paraded up and down the runway, with the models walking in platform shoes up to 30cm high!

Something you’d expect Lady Gaga to rock up at an airport in, his designs are outrageous, but definately something you need to keep a keen eye on, especially the perspex spikes.

“Perspex to me represents a frontier of extreme embellishment within the fashion industry that hasn’t really been explored in the way that I have used it. It definitely has the potential to expand from extreme show styling into a ‘functional’ embellishment for use on clothes, handbags, shoes etc” the eccentric designer rationalises.

“Working with Perspex is fun. My team and I developed a design which allowed us to easily manufacture the Perspex spikes in various heights. We then collaborated with Band M plastics, creative Perspex solutions to make it happen. Once the spikes were cut by laser from sheets of Perspex we then had the task of figuring out a way to form a functional skin that would mould to the bodies surface allowing for safety and comfort. We’ve developed a weaving technique that allows for functionality but also looks intriguing and amazing,” explains Ward-Fear about what it is like to work with Perspex.

Have a look at the photos from RAFW 2010.

Eccentric opulence.

Photos by Luke Latty

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

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

The Unique And Lovable Fame Monster – Lady Gaga

March 22nd, 2010

CARTOON FAME FAME HOTTIE

Awesome American multiple mega-hit number one selling recording artist and songwriter with a fabulous flair for fantastic fashion… LADY GAGA!

FUN FACT: With a vocal style comparable to QUEEN lead singer Freddie Mercury, Music producer Rob Fusari helped create her moniker after a text message “Radio Gaga” to the artist accidentally autocorrected “Radio” to “Lady”… she loved it and was known thereafter as Lady Gaga!

By Brett Willis

www.BrettWillisCartoons.com

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?

Trilby Phoenix – Every Piece It’s Own Celebrity…

March 16th, 2010

When I walked into the stunning store on Oxford Street in Paddington, I was drawn to the walls, where many of the world’s most famous artists, actors, models and socialites pose with their Trilby Phoenix creations. I love it immediately.

There are two things that stand out most to me. The weapon of a ring called ‘Noir’ (below) and the ‘CC Skye’ necklace (above), which both are worn by Rihanna. Rihanna is a huge fan of her ‘CC Skye’ necklace, wearing it often in paparazzi shots.

Owner/founder of Trilby Phoenix, Holly Baxter has some big names wearing the brands the store stocks. The endless list of celebrities includes Lindsay Lohan, Victoria Beckham, Alicia Keys, The Olsen twins, Drew Barrymore, Halle Berry, Kim Kardashian, Lily Allen, Lady GaGa… the list goes on and on and on…

Holly says “Like many women, I love following celebrity and international accessory trends. My dream was to bring the most unique celebrity must-haves and cult new designers from around the world exclusively to Australia in a retail environment that would fill the gap between mass-produced chain stores and household designer names.”

Make sure you check out the store or website immediately. Quickly! Immediately! Hurry!

Trilby Phoenix – Shop 2, 168-174 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021 – Phone: (02) 9356 3030

Lady Gaga Oozes Cool

March 16th, 2010

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Check out Lady Gaga‘s unbelievable new video clip for Telephone featuring Beyonce. Absolutely Incredible!

She has really put the media in their place and thrown it back in everyone’s face. She just simply oozes ‘cool’.

To be continued…