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Real Safe Candles Become A Talking Piece At Dinner

February 24th, 2012

One of my close friends Dr Nikki G hosted a beautiful dinner party for myself and some other great friends recently. She cooked an amazing meal, in her amazing apartment, over looking the amazing Sydney harbor. It really was the perfect night.

Now… There was one thing that really made all of the guests talk, including myself. It was Nikki‘s candles. Like inquisitive children, we played with the trio of candles, which seamlessly changed colours with the remote.

What? Changing colours and a remote?! Well… YES! They are called Real Safe Candles and they are available to purchase in a huge range of colours, styles and scents.

So what exactly are they?

Created by a new mum Rachael, after much research, she created Australia’s first brand of flameless wax candles.

Made from real wax, the flameless candles feature state of the art technology which allow has an LED inside, with a choice of steady or flickering light. Depending on which candle you buy, you can change the LED colour with a choice of 12 beautiful colours. The candles also have a 4 or 8 hour timer.

Sold in over 300 stores and used in many bars, cruise ships, restaurants, hotels and day spas across the globe, there is no doubt you have come across them before.

Now you really need to visit the site yourself and find the one you love most! They are great looking, made from high quality materials and are very well priced – considering they will last much longer then any other candle you will ever own!

They are also one of the best gift ideas I have ever come across – think how much mum would love these for Mothers Day!

Visit www.flamelesscandles.com.au for full range.

Adrian Erdedi

The Audi S5 Cabriolet. A Damn Shame…

July 28th, 2010

It’s got a hefty stance, it’s got bold but subtle lines. This is the Audi S5 Cabriolet.

Audi have always made fairly basic looking cars, with a few exceptions – like the R8, TT and Q7. But they have now got the lastest collection of S5 vehicles which includes a Cabriolet, Coupe and four door Sportsback.

I took the S5 Cabriolet out for a spin, which I was a little excited about because I am quite fond of the car when I’ve seen it on the road. But did it excite me when it came to driving it?

Walking towards the car, I looked over it thinking it’s a big, heavy and luxurious cabriolet, which is going to be one of the most exhilerating drives I’ve had in a long time. The dealer began to tell me how he has worked for Mercedes and BMW and no other car can compete with the drive, quality and build of an Audi. We’ll see about that…

Opening the door was soft and quiet, no thumps, creaks or thuds. Really smooth, solid and quiet. It was from that moment I got a rush! It can only get better from here, right?

Wrong. Sitting on the firm leather seats didn’t make me feel welcome. Lifting my legs into the car is easy, but storing them in the foot well not so. It’s narrow and tight, with this huge protruding wall on the left hand side under the dashboard. There is only enough space for two feet at the end – that I do not like. I want space. Looking at the passenger side foot well, they have all the space you could possibly need!

I plugged the key into the dashboard and pressed the start button. On came the smooth and rather refined engine. All the little lights and screens turned on, but nothing stood out at me. The dash is plastic, everything was cheap plastic. Tapping the top of the dash with my nail, it was hollow and noisey. The mouldings around the LCD screen and the instrument cluster are flimsy and bendy, again made of plastic. Plastic, plastic everywhere. For a car of it’s calibre, I would expect a leather cladded dashboard, I mean if a $65,000 Peugeot convertible can do it, I’m sure Audi can too. The gear shifter looked like something a Ford would have, and the steering wheel looked like it was taken out of a base model Audi A3 hatch. I felt like I was driving a VW Golf. Boring and bland. It is a good layout, but nothing spectacular. I said this to the dealer, his reply was that I have to wait and see how it drives again – thats the big selling point. So I took his advice and onto the road we went.

The 3.0 litre petrol engine with 245 kW carried the car well, but didn’t accelerate as well as I thought it might have. I would have expected it to be a little punchier. Exceptional braking, and handling is good and composed itself well for a convertible of it’s size, considering alot of them tremble and shake around the windscreen over bumps.

I really don’t have much else to say about the drive. It was flat and boring. It wasn’t exhilerating, it wasn’t fun. I should have taken a Mitsubishi Colt CC for a spin instead – At least I would have got more looks.

The body is neutral to look at, but doesn’t have any type of particular look. It’s not sporty or agile like a BMW, and it’s not classy or a classic like a Bentley. It just floats safely inbetween.

Likes: It’s a cabriolet. The satellite navigation system is easy and practical to use. I’m wrecking my brain trying to think. Good sound system and ample boot space. Good colour combinations for the 2-tone leather interior, roof canvas and exterior paint. One exterior feature I like is the brushed chrome windscreen frame. There is a range of engines and equipment levels to choose from, including a super quiet diesel engine.

Dislikes: Styling, interior, footwell space for driver, too much plastic, poorly finished seats – where the leather is out of eyesight it turns into Kia style fabric, tacky cup holders, no point of difference.

Would I buy it? I don’t think I need to answer that question. I think it’s obvious.

Price: I drove the 3.0 litre petrol, which has the sat nav option – $122,000. Prices start from $99,000.

Final say: Throwing on a set of low profile tyres and LED lights doesn’t make a car ‘sporty’. It’s the kind of car you’d buy, then in about 3 months, you’d get sick of looking at because it’s just a car that has a roof that comes off – there’s nothing that draws you to the car time and time again.

One Of The Best Coupés On Our Roads – Mercedes E-Class Coupé

April 21st, 2010

Seeing quite a few of them on the roads, I had to take a closer look.

The Mercedes E-Class Coupé. The epitome of style. Class. Sophistication.

Approaching the monumental Coupé which sits big and proud, I felt a sense of urgency. Urgency to get in the car and turn it on.

It’s been a long time coming. It’s rigid and squared body, strong bold lines and enormous louvered grille.

I opened the heavy door, and sat easily into the Coupé. Infront of me was a creation of excellence in engineering and cutting edge design and technology. A powerhouse of beauty. I am instantly in love with this car. The sense of urgency is immediately diminished. It is now pleasure.

The seats are simply stunning, looking very much like the seats in a Bentley, the Coupé has created a refined seating sensation. They look great, feel great and power adjustable to suit you. They also have air chambers inside, which can be changed to suit your driving or passenger experience. The option of heating and ventilation is available.

The intelligence of this car is astounding. A car that can sensor sunlight, air quality and humidity externally to keep the cabin at a constant temperature? A multimedia system with CD and DVD, navigation, audio and telephone functions – all voice activated? A car that has ultrasonic sensors which evaluate how you should park it – giving you directions on where to turn, reverse and go forward? A gearbox that can skip gears? These are only a minuscule of the features this car has.

Right, it’s time for my favourite part. Turning it on and getting it on the road! The petrol V6 with 215kW of power was an arousing moment. I felt like I needed a moment to myself, to hear, see and feel everything unfold around me. Out onto the road, where I could have a play with this baby! Oh boy, did this baby want to play. The effortless power that comes from the huge engine upfront is breathtaking. Being able to hear the engine through the wide open panoramic glass roof was just irresistible. This car just gets better and better.

Handling, superb!

Braking, superb!

Acceleration, remarkably superb!

Ride, superb!

Overall? SUPERB.

Such a small touch, but something that was obviously thought about, the rear quarter window. The back seat occupant have one large window that opens, but they also have one very small one tucked in the corner, which suprisingly adds so much character and style to the car. Who would have thought a small window could further excite me?

Another exterior feature that send me a little wild, the LED daytime driving lights which are one of the first things you’ll notice as an unfortunate bystander. They are shaped like a hockey stick. I love that they have strayed away from the straight lines Audi and Holden have used with their daytime LED’s.

This car is just pure exhileration. Pleasure and oozes sex appeal. With elements of Bentley and Maybach, this car is almost Mercedes perfection.

Likes: Standard seating comfort and aesthetics, panoramic glass roof and extra glass panel for rear occupants, small rear glass panel, raised centre console, extensive colour and combination options, looks big – drives small, the way it makes me feel.

Dislikes: The rear centre console is a little uneventful. There should be buttons for something – it needs something to play with.  Not much else… this car is almost perfect.

Would I buy it? Hell yes! As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a convertible person. I had peek at the convertible and it didn’t excite me as much as the Coupé did – suprisingly! If I were going to buy it, I’d go for the E500, it has every option and is like looking at Jennifer Hawkins – AMAZING.

Price: For the smallest and most standard model in the range, the E 250 CGI, you’re looking at around $103,000. For the top of the range E500, expect to fork out $187,000. It is worth it.

Just to re-cap, what are my overall thoughts? SUPERB.

Pizza Kobra at ECC – An Exceptional Beauty

March 15th, 2010

You really can’t go past having this designer piece in your home. It’s small and compact, but boy does it turn heads and attract your eyes to where ever it is situated in a room.

From the amazing lighting and furniture designer Ron Arad, this is just another exceptional piece of art to add to his collection.

Pizza Kobra you wonder? It’s simple. There are hinges between each of the moving parts, and doesn’t use any screws – it’s uses friction. It’s construction is strong and sturdy, made of steel and aluminum, finished with chrome.

You can move each of the many hinges in any direction, to create a unique sculpture.

Pizza – because it can be flattened to look like a pizza when not in use. Kobra – because it mimics the stature of a Cobra, standing tall to deter the predator.

I love this lamp, it is so amazing to look at, fun to play with and with the 6 cool white LED’s built into it’s ‘head’, it looks phenomenal – giving off a great amount of light.

You can see it at ECC Lighting and Furniture on Flinders St, Darlinghurst.