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Eataly Los Angeles Opening Soon!

October 4th, 2014

I’m so excited and the rumors are true, Eataly is opening in LA!

“Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and company will be opening a Southern California branch of Eataly, their popular Italian food court/grocery store, at the Westfield Century City shopping mall in early 2017.

After months of rumors, in an email Tuesday morning Batali confirmed that the deal had been signed.” – LA Times

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Duke’s Malibu – Final Lunch in USA

August 10th, 2013

Great mates, views, burgers and cocktails on the beach in beautiful Malibu before flying home.
I’m going to miss the US. — with Kevin Kim, Zac Duncan, Mel Shaw and Brett Jacks at Duke’s Malibu.

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Eveleigh West Hollywood

August 9th, 2013

Amazing food, amazing vibe – love this place! It’s EVELEIGH in West Hollywood.
Also love this urchin, delicious!

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What’s not to love about Malibu?

August 8th, 2013

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Loving Laguna Beach

August 7th, 2013

So pretty here at Laguna Beach. There’s that wonderful smell of coconut oil in the air, sexy people everywhere and more Range Rovers than the afternoon pick up at Kincoppal.

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Taser on Eddie Ifft’s Comedy PodCast

August 6th, 2013

Crazy fun with Eddie Ifft on his PodCast. The dare was to taser one of the crew.
Look at his face!
The sound of the taser is enough to scare the crap out of anyone!! ‪#‎eddieifft‬ ‪#‎taser‬ ‪#‎comedian‬ ‪#‎podcast‬ ‪#‎zap‬ — with Ryan Lisson and Lauren Franks at Venice, CA.

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Peepshow – Planet Hollywood

August 2nd, 2013

Post-show catching up with the very talented performers and the gorgeous @cheaza. I’m sad I didn’t get to meet Coco though! ‪#‎peepshow‬ ‪#‎cocosworld‬ ‪#‎lasvegas‬ — at Coco’s Peep Show.

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Coco’s Peepshow – Las Vegas

August 2nd, 2013

BEST SHOW!!!!
Coco’s show, Peepshow was AMAAAAAAAAAZING!!!!
I wasn’t expecting a lot, but man it was a high class production, amazing music, performers, costumes… Everything AMAZING!!!!!!
If you’re in Vegas, it’s a MUST SEE!!!! — at Peep Show With Coco.

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Leg Split! OUCH!

August 1st, 2013

Oh my Lordy. Look at that leg split.
My new friends Shoshonda, Latiqua-Shontay and Will.
The height of this leg split frightens me.

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Piña Coladas

August 1st, 2013

What better way to cool down in the 45 degree heat on the strip than with a piña colada. Extra shot. Thanks. — at The Las Vegas Strip

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Death Valley Roadtrip

July 31st, 2013

So I’m alive and out of Death Valley. It was the most breathtaking experience ever.
Best drive I’ve ever done. Ever. — at Death Valley Desert, California (USA).

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DEATH VALLEY

July 31st, 2013

Lunch in the town saloon. There are only 4 small buildings in this town and so far only 46 degrees. The food here is also deeeeeeeeeeeeelicious!

Yeeeehaaaaa! — at Badwater Saloon Death Valley.

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HEAT KILLS

July 31st, 2013

DEATH VALLEY Day today… I’m hitting the valley where more people end up dead than alive. Joking!

But seriously, there is such a major warning before you enter with regards to heat, 50-55 degrees celcius expected today.

There’s also the animal risk, “Sir, do not walk or place your hands anywhere without checking first. Rattle snakes, scorpions, black widow spiders and coyotes are very present”.

I’M SO EXCITED!!!! My mum will be relieved once this day is over.

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Best Friends Forever

July 30th, 2013

Just me and the open road through the desert for the next 3 hours.

Myself and I are becoming great friends. — at Mammoth Lakes, Ca.

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A Drink with the Town Sheriff and a Peanuts

July 30th, 2013

I’m at Jake’s Saloon having a great CA Zinfandel in Lone Pine. This little town in the middle of no where is amazing!!!! It’s typical Wild West cowboy. I love it!!! The saloon is complete with swinging doors. Yeeeeeehaaaaaaa!!!

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Chilly to Steamy

July 30th, 2013

Finally back on the open road. San Fran I absolutely loved you! I will see you again one day. From 12 degrees to now 38 degrees on the road, it’s going to be very steamy in my next destination. — at I-580.

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Breathtaking Yosemite National Park

July 30th, 2013

This could quite possibly be the most beautiful vista I’ve ever seen in my life. ‪

#‎yosemite‬‪#‎california‬ ‪#‎inspired‬ —  feeling overwhelmed at Yosemite National Park.

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July 29th, 2013

Good night from Bass Lake. X

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Hound’s Tooth Inn – Oakhurst

July 29th, 2013

How gorgeous is this mountain B&B I’m staying at for the night in Oakhurst. I’m actually pinching myself that I’m here and made it!
I’m going bear hunting now at Bass Lake. This place is stunning! — at Hounds Tooth Inn.

I absolutely adore this B&B, I throughly recommend it. Book here: www.houndstoothinn.com

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San Francisco > Oakhurst

July 29th, 2013

Finally back on the open road. San Fran I absolutely loved you! I will see you again one day. From 12 degrees to now 38 degrees on the road, it’s going to be very steamy in my next destination. — at I-580.

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July 27th, 2013

I saw my first naked man walking the streets today… Only in San Francisco. — at Haight Street.

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Golden Gate Bridge and Fog Fog and More Fog

July 26th, 2013

Fog fog and more fog today…
Can the fog just fog off once and for all! — at Golden Gate Bridge.

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Which Movie Am I From?

July 26th, 2013

Lets play a game. What movie is this San Franciscan church from?
Here’s a clue – the main actress in the movie has the same character name as a famous park closeby.

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Home Sweet Home in San Francisco

July 25th, 2013

After 8 hours drive through pine forest, mountains, farms, beaches, fog, sun, rain and seeing elephant seals and eating amazing food, I’m finally at my gorgeous home in San Francisco. Ahhhh… It’s totally G&T time in the Castro

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Morro Bay – Big Rock!

July 25th, 2013

Fog fog and more fog. I’ve been driving 3:17 hours and it’s fog fog and more fog.
In saying that… What’s not covered in fog is breathtaking.

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Morro Bay > San Francisco

July 25th, 2013

Packing the car and leaving for another beautiful day on the great open road San Francisco bound.
‪#‎morrobay‬ ‪#‎california‬ ‪#‎sanfrancisco‬ ‪#‎mustang‬ — at Morro Bay CA.

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In-N-Out Burger

July 24th, 2013

Tonight’s (second) dinner.
Hey, when in California, do as Californians do.
In-N-Out drive thru! — at In-N-Out Burger – Arroyo Grande.

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Eyes on the Road!

July 6th, 2013

Out of all of the people who finds me stuck in traffic in LA, it’s Dr. Nikki Goldstein.

What is even funnier is that her über driver crashed into the car in front because they were both staring at me with Nikki screaming in the back. Hilarious!

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HAPPY 4th OF JULY!!!!

July 4th, 2013

HAPPY 4th of JULY!!!!
‪#‎usa‬ ‪#‎poodle‬ ‪#‎prada‬ ‪#‎4thofjuly‬ ‪#‎california‬ ‪#‎losangeles‬ ‪‬ — with Nikki Goldstein, Joshua Horner and Ross Anderson.

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What Do You Think?

July 2nd, 2013

I know it’s kinda woggy, but I adore the paint job on this Range Rover. ‪#‎onlyinamerica ‬‪#‎thiscouldbedubai‬ ‪#‎toomuchycashy‬

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Underbelly Star Natasha Leigh Stars In New UK TV Show!

November 29th, 2012

 

Australian beauty Natasha Leigh is about to star in one of the UK’s most popular TV shows as a new Doctor. Natasha has been in the UK just a few months, yet she is already turning heads and making her mark.  When attending the UK’s Inside Soap Awards Natasha was named ‘best dressed’ by both Boohoo and Reveal Magazine!  She also caught up with fellow actors at the awards, Chris Milligan & Tom Oliver, she also shared the screen with Chris Milligan in Overture.

In Holby City Natasha plays a feisty Doctor Lilah Birdwood, who left Australia to escape the disapproving eyes of her former colleagues in Australia. When Lilah’s affair with a married consultant was exposed, they turned their backs on her and threatened to end her career.  Dr Birdwood is at the hospital as a CTI Doctor and is desperate to make the cut as a surgeon. She is determined not to let anyone get in her way; but how far will she go?

This is the first UK Television role for actress Natasha Leigh who plays the confident young Doctor, having had success in prime time Australian shows such as the hugely popular ‘Neighbours’, ‘Underbelly: Golden Mile’, ‘Bogan Pride’, ‘City Homicide’ and ‘Cops’ (as Natasha Cunningham). On Lilah, Natasha says “she is at Holby City Hospital to prove herself. She’s a great character to play.”

 

1. What an incredible role to land! Congratulations on the lead role in Holby City! How did this role come about?

Thank you!  It was so surreal how it all happened. I was in LA & I taped my audition in my friends kitchen. Came back to Australia & put down a couple more scenes with my parents acting opposite me! Then did an interview with the producers on Skype! An hour later I got the role and two weeks later I was here in the UK!

2. When you found out you got the role, what was your first reaction and how did you celebrate?

I started crying when i heard! (this industry is a rollercoaster & I feel very blessed when I get a chance to work)  In terms of celebrating – my girlfriends and I shared a nice bottle of Billecart-Salmon Rose Champagne! My absolute favourite!!

3. You’ve had some pretty great roles on Australian TV. Have you found many differences in working with Australian and UK based production companies?

The more I travel, the more I realise that although Australia is amazing; it is just an island on the ‘other side of the world’. We are very disconnected to what is happening everywhere else, so actors Must travel to really have a shot of going big! I also believe most Australians are down to earth, fun, friendly people; so we are easy to work with.

4. You have a solid fan base in Australia, and in the UK through Australian shows. What do you think makes yourself and so many actors like you so popular in countries like the UK and USA?

I think every actor has to have some qualities similar to your character. Johnny Depp has a great quote  – “with any part you play, there is a certain amount of yourself in it. There has to be, otherwise it’s just not acting. It’s lying” . I am like Lilah as in I am very passionate & sometimes intense, but for the most part, we are both just fun loving Aussie women.

5. You’ve played a few different types of roles, what has been your favourite and what types of roles do you get really passionate about?

I have played some very interesting roles! I don’t really have a favourite because they are all so different, but they are always Intense, Raw, Vulnerable and Honest. I love roles you can get your teeth into & test yourself as an artist.

6. What was it like working with Lou Carpenter on Neighbours? Come on… Tell us the truth!

He is lovely really!  I actually live down the road from him, so we are constantly bumping into each other at the corner store!

7. Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

Food wise, anything with basil & salt, I Love.  I make my own pesto & use it with pasta dishes, pizza, tapas with cheese..   drinks, I love champagne & a nice subtle pinot noir.

8. What is your favourite thing to cook – if you cook?

I do cook, a lot! I really enjoy being in the kitchen, my whole family does. The most enjoyable time is Christmas when four generations of women make our secret recipe version of the Traditional Christmas Pudding

9. What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

Besides my Jimmy Choos, which are amazing to wear.. I’d say a few good scarves are essential to any wardrobe. They add texture & colour to any outfit, worn around your neck, belted, caped… & can be used to protect against the sun & wind!  Perfect accessory!

10. Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to have and why?

Marion Cotilard always seems to nail her outfits! Simple, chic, sexy with edge…there is something slightly off centre which is absolutely my style !!

11. Is there a feature in your home you love most?

I love to have water around me (I’m a Pisces/Gemini), so being in harmony with my environment is very important to me. I have a glass fountain near the back window which I love to sit by and read. Perfect place to zone out.

12. Where did you grow up and what did you love about growing up there?

I grew up on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. It was lovely to be in between the bush & ocean. It definitely keeps you in touch with nature, though at times I used to crave the city life.

13. Favourite place to relax in Australia or the world?

In Australia is would be the mountains near Byron Bay, it’s such a vortex there, you go to another world with its lusciousness.  I’m yet to visit New York, which I think will one day be my home.

14. What is your great extravagance?

My Career!  I have sacrificed a lot & invested everything into my career. It’s just what you do when you find something you love & are passionate about, but it can at times be very demanding.

15. This one thing you can’t leave home without is…

Sunglasses! I always wear them. Because my eye colour are so light & almost yellow… they are very sensitive to light. They also complete any outfit & adds a bit of flair!

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First Sydney Hennessy Artistry in 2012 at Marquee

September 12th, 2012

Following on from the success of the official Australian launch in April this year, Hennessy Artistry - The Global Art of Mixing, came back, bigger and better than ever. On Thursday 6th of September, I got to see the world’s No. 1 selling cognac and international music talents come together to create an unforgettable music event at Sydney’s newest nightclub, Marquee.

To kick-off Hennessy Artistry in Sydney, Hennessy welcomed a spectacular blend of live music from international and Australian talents: triple-platinum-selling pop and R&B sensation, Timomatic; Sydney-sider and acclaimed ‘Better Dayz’ rapper, Miracle; Malaysia’s finest DJ and ‘Diva of the South’ Eva T. and flying in from Melbourne, Australia’s wild child DJ, Andy Murphy.

These diverse artistes came together for an exceptional, once in a lifetime event, to seamlessly blend their various musical styles live on stage. In addition to the great music, Hennessy Artistry also provided an excellent occasion to discover the mixability of Hennessy V.S.O.P (delicious!!), with a selection of five mixed drinks on offer including: Hennessy Berry, Hennessy Apple, Hennessy Ginger (love ginger), Hennessy Citrus and Hennessy Soda.

Hennessy’s Australian Brand Manager, Damon Ross-Walker, said: “Hennessy Artistry is all about the blending of musical and artistic talents from different genres and cultures, and is a celebration of how Hennessy Cognac is created – a blend of many different eaux-de-vie. Hennessy Artistry has a long tradition of showcasing and collaborating with new and emerging talents. We are thrilled to be able to bring together this line up of artistes to the audience in Australia.”

There will be two more Hennessy Artistry events in Australia before the year is out.

Hennessy has been promoting Hennessy Artistry since 2006 through impressive and memorable music experiences in the major cities of the world such as New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Moscow, Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing, Ho Chi Min City, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo – making it the true pioneer of global music scene and the art of mixing.

For more details on Hennessy Artistry, please visit www.facebook.com/Hennessy.Australia

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The Australian Style Queen Opens Up Her Fabulous Life

August 13th, 2011

 

 

It sounds like a dream; styling some of the world’s biggest stars including Kirstie Alley for Dancing with the Stars, Kristin Chenoweth (Glee, Wicked The Musical, Broadway) for the final Oprah season and having Blake Lively wear your designs, but for Aussie fashion icon Sophia Banks-Coloma, it’s is all in a days’ work. With ten years of fashion experience in New York, L.A and Australia, Sophia is a formidable force in the fashion industry, with many labelling her the Aussie Rachel Zoe.

With international success as a highly established creative director, designer and stylist, and a wealth of acknowledgement in the industry; recognised by Forbes as one of its Top Ten Undiscovered Designers on the rise in 2009, and Harpers Bazaar Style leader two years running, it seems the world is her oyster.

Sophia’s fascination with fashion began at just 10 years of age when she enrolled in fashion drawing classes. Even after leaving school and moving to New York to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Sophia always knew her passion lay in fashion.

Sophia became co-owner of award-winning Hollywood hotspot Satine Boutique, styling celebrity clientele including Nicole Ritchie, Scarlett Johansson, Michelle Williams and Rachel McAdams to name a few. Sophia and business partner Jeannie Lee would also frequently provide internationally renowned stylist Rachel Zoe with their key fashion tips and trends.

Sophia’s style is influenced by her global travels and, with Sophia’s strong Australian roots, the Satine showroom regularly showcased Aussie designers including Sass and Bide, Fleur Wood and Camilla and Marc.

Sophia’s mantra is simple: “Buy what flatters you, not just what is trendy. If you are uncomfortable in it, don’t buy it; otherwise that is exactly how you will end up looking – uncomfortable.”

In 2008 Sophia, keen to put her skills as a designer to full effect, launched contemporary label Whitley Kros. The label has since established itself as a celebrity favourite, worn by the likes of Katy Perry, Blake Lively, Taylor Swift and Kate Hudson, and featured on U.S reality TV show ‘The Hills’. Testament to Sophia’s eye for detail and the brand’s innovative designs, Sophia was a semi finalist in the Ecco Domani Fashion Award and her collection was selected as a Mercedes Benz highlighted fashion show – a huge accolade for a designer.

Sophia is currently involved in the costume design for a new film by Academy Award winning Director Barrie M.Osbourne (Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Matrix and the new Great Gatsby) starring Amber Heard (Drive Angry 3D, Rum Diaries), Kellan Lutz (Twilight) and Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood). The film ‘Syrup’ is due to launch in Australia in 2012.

As with every successful person, Sophia has her own influences:

“I hugely admire Haider Ackermann and Riccardo Tisci for their great designs, Hubert Givenchy for creating the best dresses ever seen this century, and Coco Chanel for being such a rebel! In terms of style icons, I love Cate Blanchett for her elegant beauty and Charlotte Gainsburg for her effortless style. It could be said that all of the above have acted as a collective muse for my various fashion projects!”

With luxury fashion houses including Dior, Chloe, Cartier, Roland Mouret and J Mendel already lined up to provide the wardrobe for her latest venture, it seems her admiration is reciprocated, with design houses clamouring over themselves to be a part of her projects.

What an amazing woman and a fortunate opportunity to delve into the world of one of the worlds best stylists.

This is the incredible Sophia Banks-Coloma…

Sophia on Work

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I just finished the movie ‘Syrup’ in New York, designing all the wardrobe. It is an amazing project staring Amber Heard, Kellan Lutz, Shiloh Fernandez and Britanny Snow. It was a great project to work on – the director overheard me doing an interview for MTV and decided put me in the movie as the TV host interviewing one of the actors!

I am also working on dressing a number of celebrities for the red carpet and some image revamps for various new clients.

You are currently working on a movie starring Amber Heard, is this your first movie and what was your reaction when you found out?

Yes it was my first movie, and it was exciting and terrifying all at the same time. When I was pregnant I would watch the Devil Wears Prada and would think if I had the opportunity to work on a movie like that I would do it. A year later I was sitting with the director of ‘Syrup’ at the Chateau Marmont discussing the movie and he asked me to work on the costumes.

You’ve achieve incredible results for many of the brands you have worked for, landing them in major magazines around the world – how have you managed such success?

I never look around and say ‘gee I am so successful’, I am always striving for more and trying to do more things so I don’t really think about it. Right now I am thinking about two new film projects and a some fabulous new clients.

For 10 years you have been working with Hollywood’s A-List, who are the ones you really loved working with – or even loved to hate?

Kirstie Alley has been great, we started working together at the beginning of Dancing With The Stars show and it was great to see her weight transformation.

I loved Amber Heard on this latest movie, she is so beautiful, graceful and elegant – a real old Hollywood star, I am sure she will be getting an Oscar soon.

You travel a fair bit between the US and Australia, how do you manage?

I have travelling under control, especially with my daughter. We even ship our bags ahead…. We have a whole travel plan.

You are married to Marcus Coloma, who appears on hit shows like CSI and One Tree Hill, how long have you been married and how did you meet?

 

My brother’s friend, Nick Bosher (creator of beached whale) was staying with us in the USA and he went to an acting class and met my husband. They hit it off and decided to go for a run and he brought Marcus over – the rest was history.

Does Marcus ask for your fashion advice all the time?

All the time….. When he was filming Syrup in New York, he would call me and ask, ‘What am I wearing to this premier?’- I’d say the Black Jacket, Blue tee, and the Brown boots- I tell him what to wear all the time.

He says he can’t shop or get dressed without me.

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

I have to turn off my phone and on Sundays we have a family day. I’m also lucky to have a studio at my house, so I have Coco around me all day and she can come say hello whenever she wants.

My husband and I like it best if we are working together as then we get to spend lots of time together- otherwise we have date night.

My Mother/Father always told me…

My father and mother both always told me to there wasn’t anything I couldn’t do and that I could never really lose, by reaching for the stars. They showed me anything was possible, they live life, they take risks, they are adventurous and always changing …. That has given me the guts to do things most people would think are crazy and brought me here to this point now.

Sophia on Food

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

Chocolate and coffee. I live for these things. I can not get enough chocolate.

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

I am sad to say we don’t really cook at home, only occasionaly. We had someone cooking for us a little in Los Angeles, before we left so we could have family meals. But the last three months have been in New York…..I don’t know if anyone in that city actually owns a frying pan!

What is one of your best cooking tips?

Hmmmmm…… wear heels, so if your food tastes terrible you will look good.

Sophia on Fashion

Being a leading fashion stylist, working with names some people could only dream of working with, you need to look the part. What would you normally wear to feel comfortable, but also look fashionable showing your experience and authority?

I have to say that in New York I did have to learn to adjust my style, as wearing killer heels on set for 12 hours was not going to be easy. So for long days I wear wedges or platform sandles… YSL has a really comfortable pair of sandles.

I do always try and look good, I wear cropped trousers to be casual but always with some heels. I have to admit I suffer for fashion a little, I had to do a interview on the set for WWD and I had just bought a new Celine outfit- wool pants and shirt- but yes I still wore it in 100 degree heat.

I love hats, and will always wear one if my hair is not done- that’s my cheat.

 

Fashion must-have’s?

Cropped pant trousers look so chic with a shirt tucked in and a great heel. Plus burgundy nails.

Which celebrity wardrobe do you think is spot on?

 

Amber Heard, Dianne Kruger and Cate Blanchett.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

Right now my burgundy Celine Bag, my Birkin bag, a new Celine outfit and a navy lace dress by The Row.

Sophia on her Home

Who or what influences you most in home décor?

I design my house like my wardrobe which is good and bad. I love wallpaper so have lots of it . I also try and go a little more classic as I will have the urge to decorate my house yellow or burgundy for the color of the season and then want to change it about six months later.

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

The front entrance has yellow wallapaper with birds on it and the dining room has black wallpaper, which I think it really mysterious.

Do you think rules in fashion also apply to the home?

Yes but on a different scale. There are fashion rules, such as certain things make you look larger. In houses certain things will make a room look smaller and clutered and others will make it feel larger and spacious.

Sophia on Lifestyle

Where did you grow up?

Australia.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Australia and the US?

Anywhere in Australia- I love it. But mostly Sydney with my family and Palmbeach.

In the USA – Big Sur in northern California, Florida on the beaches and Palm desert at a spa.

What car(s) do you drive, best thing about the car and why you bought it?

Lexus Hybrid- I love big cars and I really wanted a Range Rover as that is my favorite car, but I bought the Lexus for the environment.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Handbags

Where would your ultimate holiday destination be?

The Maldives. I’m actually going to be going soon and I am so excited it is to a new resort – I just have to find the time to go.

 

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My iphone, lip gloss and a great handbag.

If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?

The royal family.

Three pet hates?

1. Airport Security

2. Dropped Phone Calls

3. Changer over time for the taxi in New York when it is raining – fashion disaster.

CARTOON MAGIC HOTTIE – Olivia Newtown-John

June 6th, 2011

CARTOON MAGIC HOTTIE

Everyone’s favourite English born Australian raised ARIA award winning superstar singer in pop, country & adult contemporary styles, 4 time Grammy Award winner with multiple gold and platinum selling albums and singles including “Let me Be There”, “Twist of Fate” and the controversial music video pioneering hit “Physical”, loved actress starring in the cult classic film and inspiration for Broadway hit musical “Xanadu” and famously alongside John Travolta in “Grease” one of the most successful films and movie soundtracks in history, popular guest star on TV music phenomenon GLEE, UK representative in the 1974 Eurovision song contest placing 4th (with that year’s winner the supergroup ABBA singing “Waterloo”), entreprenuer with successful 80′s Aussie import store “Koala Blue” in Los Angeles and the “Gaia” Retreat and Spa in Australia, a tireless long time environmental and animal rights activist and beloved high profile cancer survivor… OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN!

FUN FACTS: Join Olivia’s mission to help raise funds to provide the best in cancer care and research via the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne by supporting sales of the re-release of her dancefloor classic from the soundtrack of “Xanadu” mastered by CARTOON HOTTIE super DJ DAN MURPHY and Peachy in collaboration with WACCI Melbourne… “MAGIC”!
Please buy MAGIC on iTunes and support the OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN CANCER AND WELLNESS CENTRE
http://itunes.com.au/OliviaMagic

CARTOON GLEE HOTTIE – Corey Monteith

May 9th, 2011

CARTOON GLEE HOTTIE

Talented 6’3 Canadian musician and actor with acting roles including a recurring role on KYLE XY and guest appearances on SMALLVILLE, SUPERNATURAL, and STARGATE ATLANTIS, is drummer for Los Angeles based Indie Rock band BONNIE DUNE, but is most famous for playing McKinley High School Quarterback and glee club male lead FINN HUDSON on the mega-popular Fox television show GLEE… COREY MONTEITH!

FUN FACTS: For his GLEE audition tape Corey drummed on Tupperware using pencils, and the first time he sang in front of an audience was at his in-person audition singing “Honesty” by Billy Joel!

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Noble Wine Of The Week – J.Lohr Estates 2009 Wildflower Valdiguié

April 12th, 2011

Reviewed by Stewart Noble from WineWithoutBS.com.au for AdrianErdedi.com

Ever since my first trip to the USA last year, where I drank nothing but American wines the entire time, I started to wonder why so few American wines are available in Australia. This isn’t about being unpatriotic, it’s about access to whatever wine I wish. I can go to virtually any large retail outlet and easily pick up a wine from New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain, Germany without having to look all that hard. However, if you want to get a wine made in the United States, and you take away the odd bottle of Oregon Pinot , you’ll have to look pretty carefully, unless you just happen to be lucky enough to live near one of the very few bottle shops that can boast some sort of USA wine selection.

I understand there are multiple reasons for this, not the least of which is the consideration from American wineries about whether Australia is a viable export market. California alone has a a population of just under 37 million, so why bother with a country on the other side of the world with just over 20 million?

Ian Lindsay, from USA Wines Direct, tells me that Australia exported over 25 million cases of Aussie wine to the US last year, yet we only imported  just over15, 000 cases of theirs! America may have a population 14 times larger than ours, but we are importing 1,666 times less wine than we are exporting. As Chris Rock would say, “That ain’t right!”

Thankfully, Ian is doing what he can to introduce American, and more specifically, Californian wines, into the Australia market and his portfolio currently boasts the biggest range of American wines in Australia. One of these wines is the J.Lohr 2009 Valdiguié, from Monterey on the Californian Coast, close to halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco and just a few hours from the far more famous region of Napa Valley.

The Valdiguié grape was commonly referred to in California as ‘Napa Gamay’ and it was believed at one time that it actually was the Gamay grape, only to discover that this was not correct. Sounds a little like the recent fiasco in Australia with our Albariño turning out to be Savagnin!

This wine has a colour of deep purple and cherry red with an enticing aroma of ripe, red berry fruits. On my first sip of this completely new variety for me I thought “Wow… this is delicious!” Juicy fruit flavours and subtle natural sweetness make for an enjoyable wine that, when served slightly chilled, makes a fantastic, easy drinking summer red wine.

J.Lohr Estates 2009 Wildflower Valdiguié
Price -
$19.95 from www.usawinesdirect.com.au
Region – Monterey, California, USA
Final Sip -
A thoroughly enjoyable wine that, at $20 makes for the perfect entry level American wine experience.

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Antonia Paris Fashion Influenced By European Style

April 8th, 2011

ANTONIA PARIS is a Sydney-based fashion designer who, since graduating from the Fashion Business Intelligence Private College and attending ESMOD (Ecole Supérieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode) in Sydney, has developed a growing label that continues to revamp itself.

ANTONIA PARIS has a love of great design and has always designed for the confident, nonchalant woman. The inspiration from this ANTONIA PARIS woman led to her first collection, which was shown in Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2008, Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival 2008, Rosemount Australian Fashion Week 2008 and Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2009.

This year ANTONIA PARIS returns to the Rosemount Australian Fashion Week with vigor, showcasing her 2011/2012 Spring Summer collection.

Her passion for design and her love of travelling enabled her to expand her fashion vision. She has travelled through China, South Africa, Dubai, New-York, Los Angeles, Italy and France just to name a few.

Her first collection was influenced by European style, which was again a key theme for her follow up collection focusing on timeless Parisian style. Her eye for quality fabric and upcoming trends from the international runway has helped her develop the ANTONIA PARIS label into what it is today.

Previously the collections were available only on a made-to-order basis. However, ANTONIA PARIS is expanding her brand with the upcoming collection to be stocked in stores and available through her online store, accessible at www.antoniaparis.com.

The Fragrances Which Are Taking The US By Storm! Eau de Nous.

March 29th, 2011

I love when I have been given great opportunities tell all of my readers about great products that are accessible to us here in Australia, which are doing big things overseas – particularly in the US.

Taking the US by storm and available online Internationally for the world to smell is Eau De Nous, the brainchild of 2 gorgeous and talented sisters Daya and Vally Fernandez which founded the label in 2010.

Eau de Nous was created from a simple, undaunted concept—bringing loved ones together through simple yet sophisticated fragrances. As the brainchild behind two relentlessly determined sisters, Eau de Nous stems from the notion that affordability does not compromise quality – as well as choice with 2 sizes, 10ml and 100ml sizes.

This quality should not be altered but rather transcend generational gaps and social status. Motivated to create a product which appeals to all and yet retains its creativity, these two sisters set out to make a series of fragrances which reminded them of their childhood.

From this innocuous concept, Eau de Nous was born to bring together the subtle yet sublime scents of nature (citrus, gardenias, lilies, roses, jasmine, etc…) in a versatile line of cologne for everyday occasions — to accompany any given mood at any given time.

Unrestrained by convention, Daya and Vally are determined to stay true to the philosophy behind their creation — “inspired by nature, designed by passion.”

There is a massive list of celebrities who own Eau de Nous and are avid supporters of the Los Angeles based beauties. Even US Harper’s Bazaar recently named Eau De Nous as the MUST HAVE BEAUTY ITEM this season – so it’s making an impact in it’s infancy in the fashion world and the celebrity circles. Just some of these fabulous names include: Demi Moore – who has all of them, Odette Yustman, Jennifer Morrison – she also has all of them, Paris Hilton, Nicky Hilton, Racheal Leigh Cook, Jaime Presley, Natasha Alam, Ali Later, Hayden Panettiere, Mila Kunis and Britany Snow.

Visit www.eaudenous.com for more information and to purchase the scents online. They also have a Facebook page: Eau De Nous and also Twitter: @EaudeNous

Hottie Of The Week – Dame Edna Everidge

January 31st, 2011

CARTOON MEGASTAR HOTTIE

Australian comedy ICON hailing from humble beginnings as a Moonee Ponds Housewife to becoming probably the most popular and gifted MEGASTAR in the world and dabbling as an investigative journalist, social anthropologist, swami, children’s book illustrator, author, stage show superstar – with countless command performances for the Royal Family, Film star, successful Televison Chat Show host and interviewer Michael Parkinson’s unofficial favourite guest ever, is a widow with three grown children and spends her time visiting world leaders and jet-setting between her homes in Los Angeles, London, Sydney, Switzerland and Martha’s Vineyard, Founder & Governor of Friends of the Prostate and creator of The World Prostate Olympics, famously managed by the talented dadaist-comedian Barry Humphries… DAME EDNA EVERIDGE!

FUN FACTS: My first introduction to the Gladioli loving MEGASTAR that is Dame Edna was in the 1980′s when she performed a stand-up routine on TV’s The Mike Walsh Show holding up a pair of 3 legged stockings that had been made especially for her. The audience erupted in hysterics, but I didn’t get the joke… I was convinced she was a real woman! HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY courtesy of TOONARAMA!

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CARTOON COURAGE HOTTIE – Hamish Blake

October 18th, 2010

CARTOON COURAGE HOTTIE

Crack up comedian Co-Host of Australia’s Number One drive time radio show Hamish & Andy on the Today Network, named the Australian Comercial Radio Awards prestigious “Best on Air Team” for a third year in a row, co-host of the channel 7 variety TV show The Hamish & Andy Show and the hilarious TV Specials Caravan Of Courage: UK & Ireland, Caravan of Courage: USA and Learn India with Hamish & Andy (leading up to the 2010 Commonwealth Games), plus guest star appearances on TV shows Rove LiveSpicks & Specks and Thank God You’re Here… HAMISH BLAKE!

FUN FACTS: Hamish & Andy’s American Caravan of Courage saw the radio comedy duo travel 5,000 km from Miami to Los Angeles in a 2 week wacky adventure road trip and saw Hamish undertake a variety of dares and stunts including partying with cowboys in New Mexico and training to become a cheerleader in Texas!

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