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The Fabulous Life Of A Very Fabulous Woman – Judi Hausmann

January 10th, 2011

A character larger then life, a successful hard-working mother, a loving wife and fabulous fashion sense… Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Judi Hausmann.

The CEO behind the 21 year old Sydney based company, Hausmann Communications is one hard working woman. But don’t think it’s just all work, there is plenty play when it comes to Judi and she isn’t afraid to have fun and a great big laugh.

A very generous and very kind person, Judi is straight down the line and tells it how it is. She constantly makes me laugh and she is such a positive person to be around. I’m excited to present to you a very personal insight into the life of a glamorous, stylish and talented woman…

JUDI ON LIFE AND WORK

Judi, you own Australia’s largest communications company. Tell us a little about the company and how you started it…

Only Henry [Roth] has the nerve to call it Australia’s LARGEST communications company!!

In fact I am only claiming to be Australia’s largest independently owned PR agency, but then how would I know really!!!!!

Anyway, in my world its quality, not quantity that counts!!!

I started my own agency full of youthful conviction and determination at the age of 29! if I had known then what I know now, I doubt whether I would have been silly enough to start it!

Almost 21 years later I am so glad I did! I can’t imagine any other job where I could just be paid for being me!

Are there any other projects you are working on now or in the future?

A new health care PR agency we have just set up called Health Haus.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Do it, it’s the best career I can imagine!!! But it’s not nearly as glamorous as it may look from the outside!

Is there a charity/cause that is close to you and if so, why?

I am passionate about theatre in general, and the Sydney Theatre Company where I am a Trustee in particular! I have a special interest in making theatre and the arts in general more attractive and accessible to a younger audience!

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

I gave up on that years ago! Now everything in my life pretty much falls under the heading of “plerk”, a term my husband coined to describe the confluence of work and play that forms the basis of most of my days!

My Mother/Father always told me…

To talk less – impossible!

When was the last time you cried? If you wish to divulge, why?

Last weekend, peeling onions! I love the ready chopped ones, would much rather pay someone else to cry and ruin their eye makeup!

Greatest lesson learnt?

Came from the Hamburglar in the old Maccas adverts: “keep your eyes on your fries!”. I focus on what I am doing and don’t worry about what everyone else is up to! That way I give everything my best shot and don’t get distracted by others.

JUDI ON FOOD

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

It’s more like which ones don’t!!! I love food and drink except champagne and Coca-Cola, both of which I think are horrid! Chocolate is my favourite food group!

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

Too often and not nearly often enough!

Signature dish?

My Swedish friend Magnus’s mother’s salmon with dill sauce! I LOVE it!

What is one of your best cooking tips?

Leave some food for the guests! I tend to get carried away with trying things and enjoying my own cooking!!!

JUDI ON FASHION

Each time we see you at events or in the social pages, you are wearing the most fabulous outfits. Who or what influences you most in Fashion?

Nobody really! My friend Grant Pearce (Director of Melbourne Fashion Festival) recently described me as someone who dresses to suit their personality. I think that’s true!

What is a fashion trend you hope will never resurface?

Nothing really, I say live and let live!

Fashion must-have’s?

Black trousers. Lots of ‘em! Missoni jumpers. Easton Pearson tunic tops. And a couple of bolero jackets from my friend the Parisian Haute Couturier, Maurizio Galante (as worn by Judi pictured beside), who makes the most exquisite confections I have ever seen.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

I don’t covet anyone elses wardrobe, am very happy with mine!

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

My enormous bright yellow Valentino handbag (shown in main image at top). I love it so much I gave it a nickname – Big Bird! Its a real conversation starter and has made me lots of new friends!

JUDI ON HER HOME

Who or what influences you most in home décor?

Scott Weston (architect and interior designer).

Home must-have’s?

My bright red 14 seater dining table and lots of colourful Missoni fabrics everywhere.

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

The more colour the better!

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

The red Bisazza tiled powder room, its like a little jewel.

What is your kitchen like?

Its a combination of three Poliform showroom kitchens that my friend Khali gave me for a song when he was selling his share in Poliform to Space. They were closing down part of the showroom just as we were moving into our house, so he brought 3 kitchens over on a truck and we did a jigsaw puzzle, ending up with some cabinets in frosted glass, some in cherry wood and some in vanilla lacquered finish! I like the random effect.

JUDI ON LIFESTYLE

Where did you grow up?

Sydney’s Eastern suburbs.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Australia?

My friend Mandy’s front verandah on Lang Rd, facing Centennial Park. True story!

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

I LOVE my car! Its a bright blue Porsche Cayenne S with beige upholstery and a huge moonroof. It goes like the clappers, still looks brand new after 3 years and is seemingly indestructible! I call it the Nana Porsche and I bought it cos I liked it! Actually it took 6 months to arrive because I ordered so many special features! It has everything you can think of – TV, DVD – like a lounge room on wheels!

What is your greatest extravagance?

My lifestyle! I believe I deserve everything!

Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?

I am obsessed with going to Tallin in Estonia! I haven’t made it there yet but keep meaning to go.

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

My glasses – otherwise I can’t read anything!

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

Soooo not interested in celebrities or gossip! I am happy for them to have their privacy! And I would really HATE to be a fly!

Three pet hates?

1. Nasty people

2. Stingy people

3. Cruelty to animals

ONE GOOD, ONE BAD

(One good thing and one bad thing about each)

Fame

Good – You get lots of fabulous freebies

Bad – No privacy – would hate that!

Australian Fashion

Good – Easton Pearson

Bad – Supre!

Australian Media

Good – I love the Sydney Magazine and the ABC and SBS

Bad – The obsession with boring made up celebrity crap!

Oprah

Good – She is mesmerisingly charismatic

Bad – I didn’t get to meet her in person though I spent several hours only meters away from her!

Sydney

Good – Easy to park in CBD

Bad – Too far from Paris

Traveling

All good, its my favourite thing, nothing bad!

Kyle Sandilands

Dull, nothing good to say at all!

www.hausmann.com.au


Meet Romel Kouyan – Smart, Sexy And Successful

August 16th, 2010

Romel Kouyan, one of the most down to earth people I know. He has the time of day for anyone, he cracks me up constantly with his silly gags and ridiculous jokes. Always dressed in designer clothing and scents, driving the hottest car at the time and eating at the best restaurants. He has worked damn hard for it though. Romel is probably the most business minded person I know as well.

There’s no messing around with Romel. When he says he will do something, he does it. Because of this, he has created himself a mini Empire of successful businesses of the things he knows best.

Switched on, funny, strikingly good looking and a true figure of class and sophistication. This is Romel Kouyan…

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

I’m working on many at the moment… My companies, Romel Management and Paparazzi – Celeb 4 A Day keep me very busy. I am always working on new ideas I can implement and am currently putting in a brand new package at Paparazzi for Brides and Grooms looking at getting the celebrity treatment on their special day.

Who or what influences you most in Fashion and home décor?

I can’t say that I’m influenced by anyone in either. I am however influenced by the mood I am in at the time. For me fashion is about wearing something that feels right. If I’m feeling out there and think a chandelier would look great on me, then that’s what I will wear!

A couple of years ago I was attending an awards night and I wore a cashmere throw as a sarong. It kept me very warm and looked amazing. I have no reservations. If I feel like doing it, ill do it!  My home however has to feel calm with good energy flow throughout all the rooms. It must be lightly lit with hundreds of Aveda soy candles. So I can’t say that I follow trends at all. I am my own trend!

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

My favourite piece of accessory would have to be a belt that was made for me by many bike chains. As for clothing, I’d have to say my new Gucci suit, but it changes every week.

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

Yes my 10 foot mirror.

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

It depends… If I’ve been out drinking it would have to be McDonalds. Lots of it! If I’m feeling really hot, then its seafood. Oysters in particular.

What is your greatest extravagance?

My brand new Range Rover!

Greatest lesson learnt?

Always have good balance in life…

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Be passionate, creative, competitive, and always make sure you have honest people around you who have your best interest at heart.

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

When you are a young business there is no balance. Your business is all you should focus on. If I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea I will get my Blackberry and document it otherwise it drives me crazy.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

Jean Paul Gaultier and Alexander Mcqueens. Except I wouldn’t be raiding it, I’d be stealing it all.

How did you get into doing what you do?

I was scouted at Home Nightclub by model scouts from New York in 1997. I then flew to the States where I lived and worked as a model for 2 years. It pretty much snow balled from there on.

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

Mirrors mirrors mirrors… Lots of them and the bigger the better! Nothing like seen all of you!!

My Mother/Father always told me…

That I didn’t have what it takes to do what I’m doing right now. Weren’t they wrong!!

Is there a charity/cause that is close to you and if so, why?

Yes lots! Any charity that raises money to find a cure for Cancer and Aids… Also, children and animals are very close to my heart.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

My bedroom.

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

I love to cook, so I eat home quite often. But I do enjoy great food at a good restaurant.

Signature dish?

Hmmm I’d have to say seafood! Prawns cooked with garlic, chili’s and coriander.

Your thoughts on Australian fashion in comparison to International fashion?

I think we have a very cool and unique style in Australia. We have definitely come a very long way.

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

My mobile phones.

What frustrates you most about Sydney?

Its boring and conservative… Hence why Paparazzi – Celeb 4 A Day kicks arse. I just feel that there needs to be more good drama on Sydney streets.

If you were Clover Moore, what would be the first thing you’d inject money into fixing?

I’d inject quite a lot of money in sending out fashion police 24/7 to confiscate all fake designer hand bags. I’m so over looking at it.

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

Hmmm I don’t have a favourite. They are all great. We are very blessed to have the beaches we do here.

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

Kylie Minogues…. I don’t think we ever see the real Kylie… Any excuse really. She’s adorable.

Three pet hates?

1. Bad manners

2. People spitting on the streets

3. People picking their nose in public. I don’t get it!

What is your one diva/divo demand?

Lots of cameras where ever I go and scented candles. I usually get my PA to carry one in each hand every where I go. Kidding!

Only cos I can’t get her to agree to it.. I am slightly scared of her as she has more muscles than I do so I don’t push it with her. I’m too scared of her back hand.

Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?

I love going to Byron…

What is one quality you have, that you hope your children will get and carry through life?

My persistence and drive.

When was the last time you cried?

I can’t remember to be honest… I do cry quite a bit though…

What is a fashion trend you hope will never resurface? (eg. Hyper-colour shirts!)

I think all trends are good and can work on the right person.

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

A Range Rover… I love its size. I bought it cos I liked it.

If you were in a position where millions and millions of children globally admired you, what would be the one thing you would want to be a role model of? (eg. Body image, drugs etc…)

I’m very anti drugs so I’d love all kids to know that you do not need drugs to have fun.

What is your favourite website?

AdrianErdedi.com of course!!!

www.celeb4aday.com.au

www.romelmanagement.com.au

The Clever Chef – Pete Evans

April 22nd, 2010

He’s a gentle man, with a kind and calm heart. Loves to have a laugh and also loves to have a good chat.

Remaining grounded and humble but knowing what he wants and getting it – he is Pete Evans.

Known all over Australia for his role as a judge on My Kitchen Rules, he also has a huge successful business, and career in entertainment. From working in McDonald’s and Sizzler as a kid, he has worked his way through to the top of his profession.

Pete was born in Melbourne, grew up on the Gold Coast and finally set himself up in Sydney where he opened Hugos in the famous Kings Cross area.

This man has one very busy life. Running a restaurant, catering business, writing books, creating tv shows, public speaking, traveling around Australia and giving up his time for the charities close to his heart, there is no stopping this guy.

Below is a brief chance to get to know Pete Evans.

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

I am currently filming two new television series which I am creating for the international market – one is based on my catering business and the other is a fishing and cooking and travel series.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

I would have to say my new Billabong wetsuit – very light and warm.

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

I think any food made with love and care is the most exciting.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Surf trips overseas are my big indulgence.

Greatest lesson learnt?

Everything in moderation.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

I would make sure they spent at least 3-6 months doing work experience in the best restaurants before you committed.

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

Yes – I have my holidays planned a year or 2 in advance and fit work around those times

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

Johhny Depp – the king of style!

How did you get into doing what you do?

Through necessity and common sense – I wanted a trade that would help me out in my future and I thought cooking would be the most beneficial.

My Mother/Father always told me…

Believe in yourself.

Is there a cause that is close to you and if so, why?

Sydney Children’s Hospital – Gold Week.  My daughter had an operation when she was 2 weeks old and I love the work they do.

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

At a good Japanese restaurant like Azuma where I can watch the sushi chefs.

Signature dish?

Chilli mud crab.

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

I love all the beaches.

www.peteevanschef.com.au

Be sure to have a look at one of Pete’s fantastic recipe’s by clicking here.