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Palm Beach Collection – The New Luxury Scented Experience

October 4th, 2012

Any reader of my blog, or anyone they knows me personally will know there is one luxury that I don’t mind spending money on… Candles.

If I could, I would have scented candles burning around me 24/7. I love them. They make me feel different and special things, they transport me and they smell absolutely divine!

But they only smell divine if you find the right ones… And as I’m always searching high and low for great candles, I have once again hit the big time on these ones. Palm Beach Collection.

Palm Beach Collection is an exquisite new eco-friendly Australian lifestyle product range for true lovers of contemporary style, with a feeling of indulgence.

The all-natural Palm Beach Collection range is luxurious yet affordable and consists of beautiful hand-poured scented candles and reed diffusers in an extensive array of delicious scents including Vintage Gardenia (my fave), Coconut & Lime, Pear & Cinnamon, Honey & Peach Blossom and Mint Leaf & Avocado.

I did my research and discovered what Palm Beach Collection was all about and who was behind it.  Brother and sister duo, Kirsten Walkerand Mike Grey developed this incredible collection of eco-friendly soy wax and essential oil candles with the landscapes of Sydney in mind.

Kirsten and Mike’s childhood was spent in the beachside surrounds of Avalon, Clareville and Palm Beach in Sydney, where their parents still reside. Palm Beach Collection is very proudly a family owned and run Australian business. The team are passionate about ensuring their product remains Australian made close to the shores of their beloved home in Sydney.

The clever pair have travelled the globe extensively over a number of years to research and develop what they believe to be the finest fragrance creations from leading international experts in the art of perfume. From humble beginnings as a start-up business less than three years ago, Palm Beach Collection is now recognised amongst the best Australian made and owned candle collections, with more than 400 stockists Australia wide.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Mike Grey about Palm Beach Collection.

1. There are many candle collections out there, what makes your product different?

This is a very good question. I believe the story behind Palm Beach Collection and how we came about as a brand has a lot to do with creating our originality. Palm Beach Collection is not just a substandard product with a label slapped on its jar or bottle, we have created this collection with love- the love of family. The entire Palm Beach Collection team are family and we have created this together-family made and owned, it is truly a heart-warming story and I feel like this translates in our brand and product. We are an eco-friendly collection and use renewable supplies such as soy which is a big point of difference.

2. There is a luxurious beach Hamptons style feeling around the collection, have you purposely gone for this style? Is it one you live in your own life?

We love everything about the area we live in and we wanted to create a Palm Beach experience in every product we have. Our packaging and fragrances reflect our lifestyle and surroundings, being both beach and sophistication. I think this has caught the eye of Hampton enthusiasts but personally you can’t beat Palm Beach Sydney!

3. Scents trigger memories, especially candles for me. Do any of your candles bring back special memories?

Absolutely! I love how quickly I can be transported back to a time in the past just by scent. White Rose & Jasmine reminds me of our family garden where I grew up. The Jasmine is such a strong trigger that I literally visualise a certain day, just amazing. Mint Leaf & Avocado brings back Christmas for me as a small boy. I can remember the holidays and the excitement of the beach bringing back so many memories. Our scents have been created with this in mind, everyone has a history making each favourite so personal.

4. What is your inspiration behind each of the candle and diffuser concoctions?

We have been inspired by our surroundings here on the Australian Northern Beaches. Many native flower oils and beautiful citrus extracts accompanied by wooden base notes have helped create this. Mood plays a big part in the creation of a fragrance, like mentioned above scent does entice feelings through the senses. This is why I love this range, I can use a fragrance to create mood or to alter it. We have also travelled extensively and taken ideas from European inspiration, some of the fragrances being developed in Europe are just superb. We like to look for points of difference to inspire us as well.

5. It’s hard to ask a mother or father which one of their kids is their favourite – but let’s be honest, they all do! Which is your favourite candle and diffuser?

Ha ha I love it, and may I say quite the fitting question as we are brother and sister! We all have our favourites and mine is White Rose & Jasmine in both the candle and the diffuser, I generally am not a floral lover but this fragrance I just can’t get enough of!

6. What is the most common piece of feedback you get about your collection?

Love the name, love the scents and love the packaging. Also what ideas have you got for the next candle fragrance?

7. Do you know of any celebrities/high profile people that use your products? If so who and is there a story behind that?

Nicole and Lionel Richie loved the candles while they were in Australia and took some back to the US with them, Australian Olympian Leisel Jones is a huge fan and Lara Bingle and her mum also love the brand!

8. What is next for Palm Beach Collection?

We are still growing as a business and we have started to export to Europe and the UK. Along with the launch of our E boutique just last month we have a some exciting things in the pipeline.

It is important to remain dynamic in this market so without giving to much away you can expect to see some amazing newness happen to the range in the next few months.

Expanding out into new countries and representing quality Australian made products in various markets is next. We want to be the best ambassadors for Australian made home fragrance products both at home and off shore.

The Palm Beach Collection prices range from $37.95 for the Candle Collection and Diffuser Collection through $109.95 for theDeluxe Candle range. With a growing selection of more than 20 divine fragrances such as Coconut & Lime, Tahitian Mango, French Vanilla and Sweet Basil & Citrus, Palm Beach Collection continues its rapid expansion with the launch of their first e-commerce store as well as more product lines currently under development and due for release soon.

Do yourself a favour and purchase one of these candles. I love them and am stocking up on them for summer!

TIP: Grab some of the smaller ones to take with you on holidays, I’ll be taking a few to Byron Bay this year. What this does is sets a scent and a memory – you’ll be able to take yourself back on holidays while you’re burning your candle at home or the office.

For more please visit www.palmbeachcollection.com.au

Simone’s Celebrity Birthday Video – by Adrian Erdedi

May 18th, 2011

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On the 25th of April, it was my little sister Simone’s birthday.

I spent a couple of months getting footage together of people she knows and loves wishing her a happy 24th birthday. I gave Simone the video, and she absolutely loved it – she was beside herself.

She is a smart little Down Syndrome girl, she’s very clever, she’s fun and most of all, she is lovable. She loves celebrities, she loves television, she loves movies and most of all loves music. So I made sure I asked the people who will make her smile.

I never planned to make this video public, but I thought it would be a great way to raise awareness about Down Syndrome and urge that everybody does their bit to help these beautiful people feel part of the community. If you want to donate money to the Down Syndrome Association in your state, that too would help tremendously – aiding the people who aren’t as lucky as my sister having a loving home and family around her all the time.

A massive thankyou to:

Carmelo Pizzino

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

Love Adrian xox

Vote For Jan Stephenson – Dancing With The Stars 2011

May 11th, 2011

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

Vote for Jan Stephenson!

Call 1902 55 77 13 or

SMS ‘Jan’ to 191 777

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

2011 Prix de marie claire Awards supported by Magnum Temptation

March 25th, 2011

Last night’s Prix de marie claire Awards were celebrated with the who’s who of fashion, beauty and entertainment at a glamorous evening ceremony at Fox Studios hosted by Jackie Frank, Publisher/Editor of marie claire.

A star-studded line up of guests graced the red carpet including Megan Gale, Sophie Monk, Lara Bingle, Erika Heynatz, Erin McNaught and Rachael Finch joined by Australia’s most accomplished designers Akira, Alex Perry, Collette Dinnigan, Dion Lee, Camilla Freeman-Topper & Marc Freeman, Carla Zampatti, Aurelio Costarella, Terry Biviano, Kym Ellery, Jacob Luppino & Anthony Pittorini, Lisa Ho, Jayson Brunsdon, Yeojin Bae, Josh Goot, Kit Willow, Nicky & Simone Zimmerman, Therese Rawsthorne, Anna Plunkett & Luke Sales, Sarah-Jane Clarke & Heidi Middleton, for the exclusive black tie gala during which marie claire honoured and acknowledged Australia’s best fashion designers, brands and products through a hand-selected group of international and local marie claire judges.

In true marie claire style, the event was one to remember for the 250 guests. Upon arrival, guests mingled while enjoying a glass of Moet & Chandon, before being ushered beyond the eight metre walls of a mysterious structure in the centre of the room.

Guests discovered a lavish Parisian courtyard where they were seated at mirrored tables, reflecting the candlelight and chandeliers around them. Following a sumptuous three course meal by renowned caterers JOHNANDPETER, the room darkened and the Piazza walls suddenly disappeared to reveal the dramatic entrance of forty models dressed in gowns designed by the celebrated fashion finalists.

The 2011 Fashion winners included WILLOW, who took out the prestigious Best Australian Designer Award; Alex Perry for Best Australian Designer (Readers Choice): Ellery won the Best new up and coming Designer; sass & bide won Best Australian Fashion Brand; Cue, who won Best Australian Fashion Brand (Reader’s Choice) and Carla Zampatti who won the Special Achievement Award.

The 2011 Beauty Award winners included Best Fragrance, Calvin Klein EDP; Best Skincare Product (Splurge), Dermalogica Ultra Calming Serum Concentrate; Best Skincare Product (Steal) Dr. LeWinn’s  Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF 30+; Best Make-Up Product (Splurge), Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Colour; and Best Make-Up Product (Steal),  Rimmel London Volume Flash X10 Mascara.

Take Me To A Planet Of Cakes!

October 1st, 2010

I have been to a few birthdays and a wedding recently, all which had the most amazing cakes. They were all ornamental and detailed edible creations, obviously made by people of skill and artistic flair.

Each of these cakes had one thing in common. They were all from Planet Cake in Balmain.

Planet Cake is definately Australia’s best in cakes. Their cakes are moist, delicious and seem to leave all the people who eat it asking one question – “Where is this cake from?”

When I had my amazingly decorated slice of chocolate cake, at first I was a little sad that the spectacular creation was being savaged by the knife of the bride and groom, but when I saw the interior, I didn’t care! The icing is fresh and sweetened to perfection. There is nothing I can fault on the cake. The looks and the taste!

Hearing the name Planet Cake so much from all the people I know who have used them, I decided to investigate the company for myself and I was pleasantly suprised.

We all read magazines, and when we see a hot celebrity wearing a gorgeous pair of jeans or shoes, we automatically know it’s going to be great – especially if they are wearing it. Well it is much the same for Planet Cake. Nothing C or D list about the cakes they have made for celebrities. Planet Cake celebrity cakes include the likes of Rihanna, Celine Dion, Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban, Cate Blanchett, Megan Gale, Anthony Del Col (Celebrity Wedding Planner) and also provided cakes for Master Chef and Grazia. The list goes on and on… So if there is anything to go by, hopefully the celebrity clientele will be something to sell it to you!

It wasn’t just that, they also have cake decorating classes The Planet Cake Decorating School, the largest school of it’s type in Australia. They provide courses for Basic, Novelty & Specialty decorating, which a full outline of the course on the website for you to look at. With formal qualifications, you can take it further if you wish.

There is an online store for cakes which you don’t want to customise, but if it’s for a big occasion like a wedding, there’s no doubt the bride will want something unique and something to make every single person green with envy when they see it. Whatever it is you imagine, Planet Cake will most likely be able to create it. These guys are so skilled, it would be more appropriate to call them artists rather then decorators.

I could go on and on about their cakes, but it would be better if you just tried them for yourself. What I suggest is purchasing one for your next event, birthday, funeral, christening, wedding etc. I assure you will be so impressed, you will thank me!

Have a look at the celebrity cakes below… Like nothing you could ever imagine!

Planet Cake – 106 Beattie Street. Balmain – (02) 9810 3843

www.planetcake.com.au