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March 18th, 2015

Based: South Yarra, Victoria Australia
Occupation: Barrister
Fashion Family: Designers Bettina Liano & Teresa Liano (TL Wood)
Charity: Cancer Council Victoria
Fabulous Quote: “Well don’t look Darling”

Hot Headline: Finally returning to Arena @ foxtel for it’s sensational second season, The Real Housewives of Melbourne once again features the wonderfully wicked wealthy women of Melbourne, including the fabulous Gina Liano, her fiesty friends…and frienemy foes!

 —  by Brett Willis


May 16th, 2013


AWESOME Aussie Actress famous for her role as Lawyer Nelle Porter on hit TV show ALLY Mc BEAL, as Lindsay Funke on Emmy Award winning sitcom ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, and starring roles on BETTER OFF TED & NIP/ TUCK, getting her break on the big screen in 1984′s SIRENS, appeared in slaughter-fest SCREAM 2, and penned the autobiography UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS which addresses her battle with anorexia, is a supporter of many charities including Locks Of Love & Alley Cat Allies, and was popularly featured as one of PEOPLE magazine’s “100 Most Beautiful”… PORTIA DeROSSI!

FUN FACTS: Portia married comedian Ellen DeGeneres at their Beverly Hills home in August 2008 and legally changed her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres!



January 11th, 2013

Facebookphenomenon TOONARAMA returns to celebrate TOON-tastic 2-somes and the 25th Anniversary of the Melbourne Midsumma Festival!2NARAMA is a cartoon exhibition of 50 limited edition digital artwork caricature prints featuring a collection of Incredible Icons, Cool Celebrities, Community Cuties, Sexy Sports Stars and Fabulous Friends by celebrity cartoonist BRETT WILLIS.

TOON-tastic 2-somes include Celebrity TV chefs Nigella Lawson & Audrey Gordon, STORM Stars Billy Slater & Matt Duffie, Dance Idols Ricky Martin & Beyonce, Aussie Icons Dame Edna Everage & Sir Les Patterson, Fabulous TV Friends Karen & Jack and more…
including special tributes to Pokey’s Legend Renee Scott, fabulous showgirl Pusswah Willow and actor Heath Ledger!

Growing up in the 80′s on a diet of glamorous Angel detectives, buff mutant superheroes and Material Girl video clips, Melbourne Freelance Cartoonist BRETT WILLIS developed an insatiable taste for Popular Culture and the cult of Celebrity.

Inspired to draw as a child by comic book superhero artwork, Brett’s first published work was at age 12 in Larry Pickering’s book CARTOONS BY AUSTRALIAN KIDS, and has since produced an extensive variety of cartoon and illustration work for children’s books, TV show merchandise, magazines, newspapers, websites, corporate promotions, and successful solo exhibitions showcasing his “bright, bold and sexy cartoon style”.

Cartoon clients include pyjama designs for Peter Alexander Sleepwear, Licensed merchandise for hit children’s TV shows Hi-5 & Cushion Kids, Illustrations for Educational Workbooks, Little Golden Books, Virgin, Genesis & Re.Creation Health Clubs, Banner caricatures for Brisbane Lions & West Coast Eagles AFL clubs, Illustrations for MCV newspaper, DNA & Qantas magazines and regular newspaper spot illustrations, cartoon strips and covers.With a large fan following online, TOONARAMA showcases the hottest celebrity caricatures @ facebook & tumblr, and CARTOON HOTTIE of the WEEK by cartoonist BRETT WILLIS fabulously features on
celebrity style website www.adrianerdedi.com/

2NARAMA Opening Night
Friday 11th January 6-8pm

ArtBoy Gallery
99 Greville Street, Prahran.
T: 03 99398993

Open Monday – Friday 10 to 6pm
Saturday – 10 to 5pm
Sunday – 11 to 4pm


NaraCamicie Flagship Store Opens In Paddington – Meet The Owners

December 5th, 2012

It’s finally here in Australia – and here to stay and spoil us rotten with quality, Italian style and design.

Naturally I’m talking about NaraCamicie, the Italian label which has taken most countries of the world by storm!

Right here in Paddington, Sydney, store owners Angela and Alex opened Australia’s flagship store. It’s an edgy and funky store with everything so easily to see and feel – it’s quite a sensory experience.

I caught up with Alex and Angela at the store to talk all things NaraCamicie and fashion.

How NaraCamicie start and why did you decide to launch the brand in Australia?

We came across the brand while honeymooning in Italy and specifically Venice in 2006. We were instantly captivated by the quality, styles and price range. We ended up purchasing many shirts and after arriving back to Australia we were continuously receiving positive feedback every time we wore a Nara shirt. It was obvious to us that there was a gap in the Australian market for European style shirts. After many visits to Italy we decided that it was time to take the big step to launch the brand to the Australian market in 2012. We carefully studied what other brands were offering and again it was very clear that Australians were in need of something different. This was what prompted us to launch.

 Where is NaraCamicie stocked overseas?

There are over 600 stores worldwide. All over Europe, Asia, North and South America as well as Africa. There are more stores opening monthly in every major city around the world.

Do you think it will have the same success here in Australia?

Our sydney flagship store has been open for 2.5 months now and the response has been fantastic. NaraCamicie has been a success all around the world and we truly believe Australia will be as well. Many Australians that have travelled abroad have come in the store or contacted us via email and phone, expressing their excitement that finally their favourite shirt brand has reached the Australian shores. It is only a matter of time that NaraCamicie becomes the authoritarian in the shirt industry in Australia.

There has been a positive reaction to the brand with stylists and celebrities visiting the store. Why do you think the brand is attracting these influential people? What is the ultimate goal for the brand?

They are attracted because simply Naracamicie offers something unique and the styles and cuts are very European. There are over 200 styles of shirts offered per season from casual, business, evening and formal. Nara has been for many years present in all major publications around the world, numerous fashion shows and has been established in the fashion world for 28 years.

Are you planning on opening more stores in Australia? When and where could we expect to see them?

We are planning on opening in every major city in Australia in the next 5 years. New Zealand is also of interest.

How do you think the fashion industry differs to that of Europe?

Australian fashions tends to be more conservative and simple. There is however a desire for different styles that are more colourful and edgy. Nara offers exactly that.

The store fit-out in Paddington is very modern and edgy. Do you find that this is reminiscent of the exceptional European style and design?

The Nara store concept is the forefront of designer shop fitting. Designed by a leading Italian architect, it is simple and elegant, modern and edgy and gives emphasis to the beautiful shirts displayed. The comments we have received from customers and other retailers is that they have never seen anything like it!

Reasonably priced fashion, excellent quality and Italian made – do you think these are the three things that shoppers in Sydney look for? What else do Sydney shoppers look for do you think?

We believe that Sydney shoppers are continuously searching for something that is priced correctly, is of outstanding proven quality and at the same time unique. We have had customers come back to tell us that the feedback they received when wearing one of our shirts was amazing. Whoever wears a Nara shirt is noticed simply because the patterns and fabrics of a Nara shirt is fresh to the Australian market.

What styles and colours will we expect to see in the new season?

Our current spring/summer collection focuses on bright colors and flora prints without stemming away from the traditional whites.

For our upcoming autumn/winter collection darker hues and simple black and whites are back in. Grandpa collars for men and satin prints and frill shirts for women will be evident.

Over 150 styles for both women and men will be available.

What is your personal style, when you are socialising or at events and not in the store?

Smart casual, chic and edgy. We do not only sell Nara shirts, we also love wearing them!

What is a MUST HAVE item for guys and girls this season from NaraCamicie?

Guys: definitely short sleeve grandpa collar shirt

Girls: 3/4 floral print shirt

For more information or to buy online, visit www.naracamicie.com.au

Store address: Shop 1, 412 Oxford Street, Paddington NSW.

For media inquiries, please contact Pink Pony PR - www.pinkponypr.com.au

Romel Management & Sydney Fashion Blogger Easter Shoot

April 18th, 2012

This is the Romel Management and Sydney Fashion Blogger Easter shoot which I had the pleasure of producing.

I got to work with some great people on this shoot which was distributed throughout many media outlets.

Many thanks to the gorgeous Antoinette Marie, affectionately known as Sydney Fashion Blogger.

Also a big thanks to;

Model: Zac Smith (at Romel Model Management)

Photography: Ben Scott

Creative Director: Marianne Millard

Hair and Makeup: Roneta Goldstone

Produced by Adrian Erdedi

This gorgeous shoot could not have been created without the support from our sponsors, Cocolo Chocolate, Glasshouse Candles, PAD and Beauty and the Bees.

Below is the rear of the card.

MIssy Higgins Releases Album Artwork For The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle

April 18th, 2012

I’m super excited about Missy Higgins making a come-back with her new album set to launch June 1, called The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle.

Just yesterday, she showed off the gorgeous artwork for the cover of her album. The artwork is by Melbourne artist, Kate Tucker, who earlier this month was selected as a finalist in one of Australia’s most prestigious art prizes, The Archibald Prize, also with a painting of Missy.

“Kate is an extraordinary artist, I’m a huge fan of her work and when we met through a mutual friend we clicked straight away,” Missy says.  ”With the album art she’s managed to capture the essence of this album so completely and wonderfully. To me it portrays not only the darker, creative and more introspective side of me but also the ‘performance’ persona, (or the ‘razzle dazzle’) and how these two worlds merge.”

Check out the video below which is the second installment of making ‘The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle’ video below. Enjoy!

Missy’s first single Unashamed Desire is due for release April 23! Stay tuned.

Amazing Online Shopping Experience With Avenue 24

April 17th, 2012

One of the best, if not the best websites I’ve ever seen is a popular fashion hub which I’ve recently come across, www.Avenue24.com.au.

This website was launched in 2011 and is a shopping platform which is interactive and cleverly animated, containing all of the fabulous elements of a boutique shopping experience in some of Sydney’s very best locations.

You can browse and purchase quality and luxury items from these boutiques, which make you feel like you are virtually there.

It needs to be seen and experienced to be believed. It really has so much attention to detail, plus awesome products and specials that everyone can be a part of.

Be sure to see for yourself – www.Avenue24.com.au

My Paparazzi – Celeb 4 A Day Experience in Melbourne

March 29th, 2012

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We all wonder what it’s like to be a celebrity, being followed, photographed, asked for autographs and getting freebies… Some of us wish for this kind of fame! But for those of you, who don’t think they will ever experience this feeling, you can now create it for yourself!

It’s called Paparazzi – Celeb 4 A Day, a Sydney based company that makes all your celebrity and attention seeking dreams come true.

Now active in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, I had the chance to use the Celeb 4 A Day experience and find out what it was really like to be followed and photographed by the paparazzi.

I have taken my iPhone with me and inconspicuously filmed the whole experience from my side of the camera. Check out how crazy it is, and how the paparazzi won’t let you get away, asking questions and doing what they can to get the perfect shot of you!

For more information about Paparazzi – Celeb 4 A Day, details are below:

Romel Kouyan – Director

9699 1454 || 0415 152 220 || romel@celeb4aday.com.au


Westfield Sydney Magazine Launch and Treasure Hunt

March 13th, 2012

Westfield Sydney has released the second edition of their self-titled glossy fashion magazine. Themed ‘Secrets’ the autumn/winter issue reveals the style secrets and tips from Sydney designers, chefs and style-setters. It is beautifully shot by Simon Lekias. You can collect this magazine free from Westfield Sydney concierge. The images I have posted are just some of what you can expect – I really love this photography!

But my favourite part, to celebrate the launch of the autumn/winter issue Westfield Sydney are hosting a treasure hunt giving fashionistas the chance to claim designer prizes, diamonds and dinners at Justin North’s Becasse Restaurant. Prizes include:

· Dinner with Justin North for you and 5 friends at Becasse’s Chefs Table valued at $1,500. Becasse Restaurant is located on level 5

· Four SoundLink Wireless Mobile speakers from Bose on level 6 valued at $2,000

· Python and leather bag by Pauric Sweeney Valued at $1,600 from Cara & Co on level 4.

· Christophe Coppens scarf Valued at $400 from Cara & Co on level 4.

· Cerrone 18CT White Gold Single Cut Diamonds Hoop Earrings valued at $1,700. Cerrone is on level 2

Its easy to take part in the Secrets Treasure Hunt. Go to westfield.com.au/Sydney or http://www.facebook.com/#!/WestfieldSydney

All I have to do now… Is try and win the dinner! I’ve been dying to try Becasse Restaurant! YUM!


Melbourne’s Famous Hotel Windsor Presents Historic Feast as Part of Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

February 28th, 2012

Melbourne really is one of my favourite places to visit in Australia. A melting pot of culture, beauty, history, restaurants and shopping, it really is a city that has it all.

But it is the 2012 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival that brings thousands of people to Melbourne each year because it is fact that some of the countries best chefs and restaurants are in Melbourne – making it a culinary haven for any foodie.

I think one of the finest ways to enjoy this Food & Wine Festival is by indulging yourself at one of Victoria’s true landmarks. The famous Hotel Windsor is one of the world’s oldest grand hotels and the city’s choice as the destination for important events and celebrations for almost 130 years and it is serving a feast inspired by Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee banquet at Windsor Castle in 1887.

“Queen Victoria’s Feast” is part of the Festival’s Umbrella Events programme. A six-course banquet created by the hotel’s executive chef Jérôme Trémoulet, the feast will be a unique and modern take on what might have been served to British royalty more than 120 years ago.

“We sourced Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee menu and Jérôme has taken inspiration from that banquet, with all its Victorian-era flourishes, grandeur, heady spices and French flair that was so popular at that time, to produce a modern-day version of a truly spectacular feast that will be served with some outstanding French wines,” Hotel Windsor food & beverage director Michael Mangan said.

The dinner will be held in the hotel’s famed Grand Ballroom, with its seven original ceiling domes glazed with stained glass and gold leaf, on Friday, March 9.

The hotel also appears on the festival programme with a special high tea celebration. Renowned for its magnificent afternoon teas which it has served since opening in 1883, the hotel is offering a special “High tea With a Sip of Manners” as part of the festival.

Guests will enjoy the hotel’s traditional afternoon tea delights while learning everything they want and need to know about modern-day etiquette. The special afternoon tea will be held on March 16 and 17, with sittings at 1pm.

There is so much to enjoy when visiting Melbourne, and if you are there on the 9th of March for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee Banquet – this is a must for you. But if you are after something equally as royal, but a little more relaxed, then be sure to book yourself in for a memorable after  at High Tea With A Sip Of Manners.

For further information visit www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au or www.thehotelwindsor.com.au. Tickets are available from The Hotel Windsor on 03 9633 6004.

Adrian Erdedi


February 23rd, 2012

SUPER BUFF 23 year old Melbourne based Promotional Model, Topless Waiter, Male Stripper, ex footballer for Seaford TIGERS & East Brighton VAMPIRES and founder of popular Topless Waiter & stripper Agency “Men in Action”… ANDREW MARGLIANI!

FUN FACTS: Andrew sensationally appeared as a male stripper on Network 7′s hit TV show WINNERS & LOSERS and is a big fan of Hardcore Screamo metal music!



StonningTOON – The Exhibition!

October 31st, 2011


StonningTOON – The Exhibition!
A caricature collection of cool celebrities, sexy sports stars, community cuties and fabulous friends who live or work in the famous Melbourne City of Stonnington!
Caricatures include Stonnington Mayor Melina Sehr, Stonnington CR Tim Smith, members of Prahran Police, Stonnington residents pyjama king Peter Alexander, Drag superstar Paris, celebrity hairdresser Lillian Frank, Herald Sun columnist Luke Dennehy, Collingwood footballer Paul Licuria, Carlton AFL star Chris Judd & model wife Rebecca Judd, members of local sporting groups the Prahran Assumption VFL, Melbourne Rugby Club, Prahran Cricket club, Melbourne STORM and more.

StonningTOON features hand drawn digitally coloured limited edition caricature artwork prints by local cartoonist BRETT WILLIS as part of the first of The Publican Gallery series of artist group exhibitions 11.11.11 @ The Prince Maximilian!

11.11.11 features works by Abstract artist Helen Pollard, Cartoonist Brett Willis, Painter Amelia Lackmann, Photographer Shannon Boh and Figurative painter Kylie Baudino.

11.11.11 Opening Night – Friday 11th November 6-8pm
Upstairs @ The Prince Maximilian
30 Commercial Road, Prahran.
T: 03 9939 7870

For more information please contact The Publican Gallery curator
Helen Pollard
T: 0415 039 791
E: helenpoll@hotmail.com


Brett Willis
T: 0412027936
E: brettwilliscartoons@yahoo.com.au

brettwilliscartoons.com and TOONARAMA present:

To celebrate facebook page TOONARAMA’s upcoming 200th Cartoon Hottie of the Week and the Opening of StonningTOON -The Exhibition, simply enter StonningTOON – The Competition to win a caricature of your own!

1/. “Like” The facebook page TOONARAMA
2/. Write on TOONARAMA’s wall:
a/ Your favourite existing CARTOON HOTTIE caricature and
b/ Nominate a famous face you would like see featured @ TOONARAMA!

The winner will be chosen @ random with the winning wall poster receiving a CARTOON HOTTIE caricature of their choice (either of themself, a friend or favourite celebrity) which will appear as the TOONARAMA facebook page’s 200th CARTOON HOTTIE, as well as being featured in the upcoming StonningTOON exhibition. The lucky winner will also receive a framed signed limited edition print of their caricature from the exhibition!

Wanna be a CARTOON HOTTIE? Entries close Friday 4th November 2011!


Fenton&Fenton Goes Wild With New Products

October 5th, 2011

I’m really loving these wild products that fenton&fenton have just got in-store. The originality, the colour and the fun of them are just perfect for the home. Looking for an artistic feature? Perhaps the door is perfect for you!

If you get the doors, of course you will have to get the textile taxidermy, which will sit nicely above the zebra linen cushions on your designer lounge!

Fenton&fenton love to add a twist of the extraordinary to what might otherwise be labelled conventional homewares.

Lion Doors $4500, Zebra Linen Cushions $250, Textile Taxidermy $220

www.fentonandfenton.com.au - 03 9533 2323


September 9th, 2011


Brilliant superstar professional Rugby League footballer playing his entire NRL career for the MELBOURNE STORM, Australian International & Queensland MAROONS State Of Origin representative Fullback, voted the best player in the world winning the Golden Boot Award and the RLIF Awards international player of the year, the 2009 Clive Churchill medal, 2010 Wally Lewis medal and winner of the television game show AUSTRALIA’S GREATEST ATHLETE in 2009 and 2010, winner of the Dally M medal for Best NRL Player of 2011… BILLY SLATER!

FUN FACTS: A freakish try scorer and one of the NRL’s most exciting players, “Billy the Kid” played his 200th game for the Melbourne STORM against the St George DRAGONS at AAMI Park Stadium… GO THE STORM!


GMK Exclusive Leather Belts, Cuffs and Gloves!

July 27th, 2011

When you first look at the pieces GMK have, you straight away think of them coming from a boutique in Berlin, Amsterdam or Paris. But the great thing is they are designed and made right here in Australia!

Completely unique, you can’t help but stop and take in the appeal of GMK’s unique leather fashion accessories.

Fascinating to look at, interesting to touch, liberating to wear. Each and every piece is handmade, so no two pieces are the same. Each has it’s own characteristics, whether it be the leather belts, cuffs or even the chain leather gloves.

Already ridiculously popular is Europe, the Australian market is lapping up these unique pieces of art. GMK has clothed some of the most famous residents of Europe who wear the amazing designs, created individually for them. GMK is here in Australia to tantilise the tastebuds of the urban and edgy fashionistas.

You’ll find each handmade leather fashion accessory at GMK durable and flawless. It’s an instant talking piece when you wear it out. I know that personally, and also from friends who have GMK products – they are always a big hit!

No, GMK isn’t for everyone. It appeals to those that appreciate inspired, artistic design, and live their lives with confidence, those who’d rather lead than follow, and those that are absolutely comfortable in their own skins.

Go to the website and check out the range, I guarantee you’ll find a piece or two that you will have to have.


Aleona Invelito – Young and Ambitious Designer

June 29th, 2011

Aleona Invelito is a young and ambitious Melbourne based designer. I met Aleona at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week this year, and was really pleased to meet another creative Australian fashion designer.

Aleona Invelito is a womenswear label, based and designed in Melbourne using some of the best fabrics Australia, New Zealand and Europe have to offer. Their fabrics are natural too – containing 100% natural and organic fibers.

Feeling beautiful and comfortable in quality fabrics, with impeccable attention to detail is what Aleona has in mind when creating her collections. I love the fact she designs the outfits to mix and match – so it’s possible to mix elegance, with a touch of romance, all with a tailored fitting.

The girl that this label is best suited to is the one who looks forward to catching up with girlfriends on the weekend, enjoying brunch and a care-free catch-up. Or perhaps a relaxed night out at a romantic dinner and drinks with her partner. She is a fun, outgoing, relaxed girl, who oozes style and grace.

The photos speak for themselves! Check them out and check out the website: www.aleonainvelito.com

Chiva-Som Thailand – Haven Of Life

June 13th, 2011

Recently I had a taste of Chiva-Som Luxury Health Resort on our very own soil at the Crown Metropol in Melbourne. My experience was nothing short of heaven on earth.

But what exactly is Chiva-Som Luxury Health Resort all about?

You could quite easily describe Chiva-Som in Thailand is a place to go if you want to experience peace, tranquility, luxury, comfort, and complete titillation of every single one of your senses. Not to mention it’s key benefit – redefining, rediscovering, healing and cleansing the body, mind and soul.

Chiva-Som is quite possibly one of the only places on earth that have mastered the art of taking the human body on a journey of relaxtion, rest, stimulation, health, detox and wellness. It’s quite simply a health resort, but there is nothing simple about it – there is a reason why is it the best in the world. The proof it is the best in earth? Well Chiva-Som is the only spa to consistently appear in the top 3 of the Conde Nast Traveller (UK) Reader’s Travel Awards. Now if that doesn’t say best on earth – not sure what does!

Chiva-Som has just celebrated 15 successful years and is located in the Royal city of Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand, 185 kilometres south of Bangkok. Nestled within seven acres of luscious tropical gardens, the beachfront health resort captures all of those airborne positive ions to begin the rejuvenating process.

There are 58 rooms within the grounds, from charming studios, through to the large and spacious fully contained Thai Pavilions which has everything from a ocean view jacuzzi to a private butler.

With over 200 treatments available, in addition to the 70 treatment rooms, the resort facilities comprise a kinesis studio, gym, watsu pool, flotation pool, large outdoor swimming pool, bathing pavilion with kneipp bath, sauna, steam, jacuzzi, and indoor swimming pool.

So what treatments are available? Well think of it and Chiva-Som most likely has it. Natural healing, physiotherapy, stress release therapy, kinesis, Thai boxing, Abhyanga, Tai Chi, Chi Nei Tsang, meditation, detoxification, weight management, inner peace, physical renewal, oriental therapies plus so much more which would take forever to list!

Now health and wellness isn’t just about what I’ve listed above. It’s not just about yoga or massages, but it’s about food. What goes into your body shows through the skin.

Indulging yourself in our award-winning Spa cuisine is easy. But indulging in organically-grown fruits and vegetables from the Chiva-Som garden is even easier, proving that low calorie, nutritious food can truly be a gourmet experience. Enjoy the elegance of fine dining in the Emerald Room or relax outdoors and the Taste of Siam restaurant by the sea.

Executive Chef, Paisarn Cheewinsiriwat joined Chiva-Som in 2003 fusing his background of Thai and European cuisine with a philosophy of health and nutrition. His popular signature dishes draw people to Chiva-Som from all over the world, and I feel very privileged that I had the chance to taste these dishes for myself, prepared by the master himself right here in Australia.

No matter what it is you are wanting to achieve or gain, there are many different packages available to suit your needs – or create your own. It’s no wonder Chiva-Som is a “Haven of Life”.

For more information, please visit www.TravelTheWorld.com.au

Chiva-Som At ISIKA – Crown Metropol Experience. Bliss.

May 16th, 2011

I recently had one of the most luxurious experiences, where I was pampered and traveled down a path of culinary perfection.

It was a taste of Chiva-Som Luxury Health Resort at ISIKA Day Spa at the Crown Metropol, Melbourne. Chiva-Som joined ISIKA only for a limited time, so that a piece of the resort could be experienced here in Australia.

Chiva-Som Resort brought their skills and their therapists from Thailand to Melbourne to treat and spoil visitors of the ISIKA Day Spa, with a collection of treatments – from heavenly massages to more intense physiotherapy. Although it’s not their entire range of treatments, it gave an insight into the skill these masters have.

But not only did they bring their therapists to indulge the guests, they brought the Chiva-Som Executive Chef, Paisarn Cheewinsiriwat – who created a mind blowing meal, not only unique and carefully designed, but extremely healthy by eliminating sugar, salt and oil.

So I think I should go back and tell you about my experience, right from the beginning.

I arrived at the Crown Metropol in Melbourne and greeted by the lovely concierge, directing me to the reception. “Mr. Erdedi, welcome to Crown Metropol, you are staying in the Health Retreat suite on level 26…”. It sounded very impressive. I gathered my luggage and made my way to the lift to go to the private section on level 26, which is not accessible to people staying in the normal rooms at the Metropol. Already, I was feeling a sense of exclusivity, but also seclusion.

I opened the door to my room and infront of me was a delicate room, with beautiful fixtures, neutrally toned calming colour scheme and floor to ceiling glass, with views over Melbourne CBD. I was in heaven. But in actual fact – heaven had not even begun.

I had time to drop my luggage, have a cup of herbal tea and get ready to go upstairs to level 27 for my treatments at ISIKA, by the Chiva-Som therapists.

Waiting in the retreat lounge, with a cup of aromatic herbal tea, it slowed down the heart rate, calmed my nerves and helped me tune out a little, so I could take in every little bit of my first treatment – a Deep Tissue Massage. My very kind Chiva-Som therapist guided me through to the treatment room, which smelt pleasant, lighting was dim and sounds of the forest in the background. I had stepped into my boudoir for the next couple of hours.

I got comfortable in privacy and comfort, and got ready to relax and be taken on a journey of experience, tradition and health rejuvenation. Using oils, my deep tissue massage began. And this is when I slowly drifted away… After some time, I woke up and turned over. It was time to do it all again, but on my front side. And again… I drifted away.

One hour later, I felt light. Refreshed. Somehow all of my tension diminished and I felt on top of the world.

The experience wasn’t over just yet.

Next up, another gracious therapist came into the room to give me my Chiva-Som Haven Body Polish. No Kenco chamois or sponges to be found. This is luxury. Chiva-Som body scrub was applied limb by limb and rubbed into my skin. Removing the impurities from my entire body. Smoothing the skin and stimulating cell growth. After a wash in my private shower, I was laying down again, having my body moisturised and nourished.

I can’t remember the last time my body felt immaculate.

After I had a nap, I went for a swim in the heated indoor infinity lap pool on level 27, a quick chill in the vitality pool and then 15 minutes in the steam room – all before I got ready for my superb Chiva-Som dinner.

Welcomed to the indulgent level 28 restaurant, ironically named ’28′, a detox cocktail was handed to me and I was taken to my seat which the place setting was gleaming.

If there’s one thing the Crown Metropol has perfected, it’s quality and service.

Chiva-Som Executive Chef, Paisarn Cheewinsiriwat prepared a meal beyond culinary heights.


Courses served up from the Chiva-Som menu included Thai specialties such as seared scallop, quinoa tabbouleh, mushroom confit and beetroot vinaigrette, black cod baked in mustard with lentil dhal, tamarind and mango chutney. For dessert, a poached pear which was absolutely beautiful and lightly sweetened – without any sugar. Every one of Paisarn’s dishes he has created for the mind, body and soul. So no salt, oils or sugar is used in any of his dishes. He uses natural and healthy ingredients to use instead.

After some exceptional wines, great conversation and a short stroll to my suite, I retired for the night.

Waking up the next morning was hard. It was probably the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. I honestly slept in the same position all night, without one single bit of back pain. I normally wake up in the morning stiff and with my joints cracking, but these beds at the Crown Metropol are simply amazing!

It was back up to the restaurant for breakfast. Now I don’t quite know how to describe it. Maybe in three words? VARIETY. INCREDIBLE. ORGANIC? Or maybe FRESH. CHOICE. UNFORGETTABLE? I can’t choose the words to describe the buffet breakfast at the Metropol, but one thing I know is that it’s by far the best one I have ever had in Australia. I’ve been to many resorts nationally, B&B’s, hotels, Day Spa’s, retreats and lodges, but none of them can compare to that of the one at the Crown Metropol. MAGNIFICENT.

So you are probably wondering what this article is about? Is it about Chiva-Som? ISIKA Day Spa? Or is it about the Crown Metropol? Well let me wrap this up for you…

Chiva-Som is no longer available here in Australia for you to try, BUT the REAL Chiva-Som is only a short flight away in Thailand, where the experience will surpass anything you could every expect and experience in your life. There is definately a reason why the likes of Elle McPherson, Dannii Minogue, Megan Gale, Kylie Minogue and Madonna visit this place annually.

ISIKA Day Spa is one of the the most luxurious day spa’s in the country, with an extensive menu to make your choice tough and therapists who know exactly what they are doing and how to look after you and your body.

Crown Metropol is clearly the leading hotel in Melbourne, with incredible choice for the palate, exceptionally well designed with the guests senses as a priority and service which cannot be matched.

These are the 3 reasons why I wrote this article – and these are the 3 reasons why I would do it all over again – no matter how much it costs.

Chiva-Som: www.TravelTheWorld.com.au

Hotel: www.CrownMetropol.com.au

ISIKA: www.crownmelbourne.com.au/spas/isika-day-spa .

For full information on Chiva-Som Thailand, please stay tuned tomorrow…

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.


April 18th, 2011


Much loved 2003 BIG BROTHER Australia runner-up, entertaining breakfast radio host on Queensland’s HOT 91.1 and Melbourne’s VEGA 91.5 along with Australian Idol judge Ian Dicko Dickson & comedian Dave O’Neil, a regular guest panelist on Channel 10′s Friday Night Project, popular co-host on Channel 10 morning chat show The Circle, and spokesperson for Jenny Craig weight loss, 1980′s music devotee… CHRISSIE SWAN!

FUN FACTS: The Circle co-Host’s popularity with viewers is so great she has been nominated for three 2011 Logie Television awards including Most Popular Newcomer (Female), Most Popular Presenter and (controversially) the coveted Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television!



February 21st, 2011


Sexy Australian singer & songwriter with a successful recording career and multiple mega hits including UK Dance chart #1 “Who Do You Love Now?”, has performed many times at the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras party, is a radio personality, model and actress with TV appearances including as a cast member on Young Talent Time from the age of 10, on popular TV soap Home & Away, is currently a controversial judge on The X Factor UK and Australia’s Got Talent, with a hot new TV series Dannii Minogue: Style Queen airing on Fox8, and fabulous fashion designer recently launching her “Project D” fashion label & fragrance… DANNII MINOGUE!

FUN FACTS: Famously sister to Pop Princess KYLIE MINOGUE, Dannii is extremely family oriented and along with partner the super HOTTIE English model and ex-professional rugby league player Kris Smith welcomed their baby boy Ethan Edward Smith, born in Melbourne in 2010.


FromWoopWoop Table Mat Set – Sure To Turn Heads

February 18th, 2011

Designed by Melbourne designers Claire Selby and Lisa Oaten of Studio Periscope, the FromWoopWoop tablemat set features stylised Australian motifs in a totally unique form.

Highlighting vivid prints of Australian native plants – Wattle, Bottlebrush and Gumnuts – Tablemats FromWoopWoop are screen printed on a 70% recycled (wine) cork composite. The great thing is this innovative material has a GECA certification (Good Environmental Choice Australia).

Together, as a completed puzzle, they create a striking centrepiece. Or simply pop out the pieces to form a heat mat, two tablemats and two coasters. This puzzle system is extremely efficient and also means no material waste.

The tablemats are flat, compact and lightweight for easy postage or transport – a truly practical and non-cringe-worthy Australian gift, all made in Melbourne!

1 twinset unit of 5 parts contains: heat mat, two tablemats and two coasters, $75 RRP.

Available from www.fromwoopwoop.com

Celebrities Lining Up For Jet Peel At Paramedical Skin Clinic

February 10th, 2011

If you know me well, you’ll know I love Melbourne. If you know me even better, you’ll know I love to look after my face and my skin – going to some pretty radical lengths to maintain my youthful appearance.

An amazing opportunity has come up for me to fly to Melbourne and try a brand new and amazing treatment which celebrities are lining up for. They are turning away from the knife, or painful injections and opting for non-surgical, less invasive procedures, to fight the signs of aging and maintain their youthful glow.

Celebrity Skin Guru, Ilesha Haywood of Paramedical Skin Clinic, whose clientele includes Dannii Minogue, Livinia Nixon, Sonia Kruger, Suzie Wilks, and Kimberley Davies, says that a new range of revolutionary skin treatments are helping celebrities maintain their enviable looks. So what the hell – I’m sold!

“Many celebrities today are turning their backs on botox, collagen, and invasive facelifts because they realize that they no longer need to subject themselves to these types of treatments. There are a host of new treatments that are non-invasive and leave clients literally looking years younger,” says Ilesha Haywood.

Yes I’m sold – but what is it? It’s one of Paramedical Skin Clinic’s new treatments, the Jet Peel. It’s favoured by celebrities for its natural, virtually painless skin treatment procedure that dramatically improves the appearance and texture of the skin.

The great news is that the same treatments celebrities use to maintain their skin are available to us – everyday men and women.

“Anyone can have the skin of a celebrity. Even if you have acne, pigmentation, or fine lines, this new era of skin treatments can turn back the clock, radically change the skin’s appearance, and leave anyone with great skin” Ilesha went on to say when we spoke over the phone.

It works by removing layers of dead skin cells, hydrating the skin with a moisturizing jet stream, and infuses oxygen into the deep dermis to recharge cells and help them to produce new collagen. It makes use of pressurized oxygen to create an exfoliative effect on the skin, leading to skin resurfacing. Sounds pretty exciting to me – and doesn’t involve injections!

“Following a course of Jet Peel treatments, it’s not unusual for our clients to say that they feel as if their skin looks 5-10 years younger!” says Ilesha.

Find out more and book yourself in: www.paramedicalskinclinic.com.au

While you’re at it – make it a weekend and stay at The Cullen on Commerical Road in Prahran – just voted second Trendiest Hotel in the World!! Read the review HERE!

LotForty Launches The Sangria Club!

January 31st, 2011

On the 25th January, Sydney’s socialites including Shelly Horton, gorgeous Bianca Venuti, James Duffell, Chloe Duffell (Sabatini), Daniel Sofo (Firefly), amazing Elle Halliwell (The Insider) and many more, gathered in Darlinghurst to celebrate the launch of Lotforty Tapas Restaurant’s “Sangria Club”, sponsored by Square One Organic Vodka & Jed Wines.

“Sangria Club” allows locals to enjoy jugs of sangria for $10 or two tapas plates and a jug of sangria for $30 every Wednesday & Thursday from 5pm-11pm. Ladies and gentlemen, adorned with Spanish fans, mingled over icy jugs of red wine sangria and drooled over the refreshing white wine sangria while the live Spanish guitarist’s smooth tunes surrounded the courtyard, creating a truly festive Spanish vibe .

Two lucky girls gave the piñatas (a chilli and guitar piñata) a good beating, only to be showered with prizes such as a voucher for Lotforty’s “Sangria Club” and fabulous Valentine’s Day bracelets from Santos Wish. The night was a success, and a great way to kick off the Australia Day Eve celebrations.

Head Into LotForty And Enjoy Great Tapas At The LotForty Sangria Club

December 16th, 2010

For a while now I’d been meaning to go to LotForty on Kings Lane, Darlinghurst.

Well finally I went, and enjoyed every moment of this modern Spanish tapas restaurant, with Australian and Asian influences.

Tucked away in it own little nook, it’s one of the only authentic Melbourne style hidden gems of it’s type in Sydney – and it’s what we really needed. The location and the site is a real pleaser. The rustic yet alternative interior set over 2 floors, the industrial forecourt yet with the inclusion of a settlers sandstone staircase from an era long gone. But this is only a small part of the journey.

Owned by Damien Healey who has a long standing history in bars and pubs in Sydney, Lotforty is the culmination of finding the right venue at the right time and launching a well thought out restaurant concept, resulting in a fresh and relaxed approach to dining.

It’s the food that people really come here for time and time again – now myself included, I’ve been here a couple of times!

The menus came over and I looked over the delicious list of tapas dishes. What to choose? They all sound great!

Chef, Kelly has created a menu that was inspired by her experiences in traditional Italian kitchens and her international travels.

So my lovely friend and I chose a range of dishes, because they all sounded so great! Crumbed mixed mushrooms with warm cream of mascarpone topped with Gorgonzola crumble & roasted walnuts, Vegetable & haloumi skewers drizzled with marjoram vinaigrette, Oven baked chilli jam duck crepe with broccolini and tamarind plum sauce (pictured beside), topped with crispy eschalots, Fried pumpkin ricotta balls finished with cream of spinach and one of my favourites – the shallow fried baby squid tossed with lemon sea salt and chilli flakes. Absolutely to die for!

I must make special mention… The mixed fried mushroom dish and duck crepes are a MUST! I’m constantly craving them!

Now tapas dishes are generally smallish, and not a great portion, but one thing I immediately realised when our dishes came out was the portion sizes. They are like large entrees which I was very impressed with.

All of this food can’t just be washed down with Mineral water. It’s all about the Sangria at LotForty. Delicious! Be sure to grab yourself a jug (or 2) made with fresh ingredients and a generous portion of Square One Organic Vodka. Their Sangria compliments our perfect weather Sydney has been having of late. There is also a full wine list, as well as a yummy cocktail list which one day, I will make my way through! The most popular cocktails include the ‘Swedish Passion’ – a blend of fresh passion fruit pulp, caramel, apple juice and Swedish made vanilla vodka and the ‘Chambord Margarita’– Tequila and Chambord with infused sugar syrup shaken over crushed ice.

Summer Special:

So do yourself a favour, head to Darlinghurst, get comfortable, kick back and relax with great food, great friends, Sangria and chilled out Spanish tunes – I have no doubt you will thank me.

Pros: Location location location, ambiance, relaxed, away from hustle and bustle, awesome food, great Sangria, friendly staff.

Cons: Not to much to say… I’m pretty pleased all round!

Pricing: From $7.50 to $16 for Tapas which I think is really well priced for what you get. Desserts are $12, Cocktails $15 and Sangria $20. Great prices indeed!

Final say: Great restaurant all round. Well priced, great food, hospitable staff, great location and feel. Very happy and definately coming back again, and again, and again!

40 Kings Lane, Darlinghurst – www.lotforty.com – (02) 9389 2728


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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 thing and one bad thing about each)


good: Hearing your song on the radio!

bad: Having to think twice about leaving the house in trackies.


good: Australian fashion is amazing. Most of my favourite designers are Australian.

bad: I want too much of it!


good: the beaches

bad: the traffic!


good: I love a ‘make it up as you go’ holiday adventure. It’s fun not knowing what’s coming next.

bad: unpacking


good: he’s naughty

bad: he’s naughty

Where Would I Rather Be? The Cullen Hotel – Prahran – Melbourne

November 12th, 2010

Where would I rather be?

The Cullen Hotel in Melbourne of course.

Oh hang on… I am at The Cullen Hotel in Prahran, Melbourne right now enjoying the complete fabulousness of this place!

I once would only stay at a 5 star hotel right in the heart of Melbourne every time I’d visit, till I finally thought I’d try something a little different outside of the city, in the heart of the trendy, slightly bohemian yet up-market Prahran.

I’d drive past The Cullen as it was being built only a couple of years ago, wondering what the monstrosity across the road from the Prahran markets would be. What was being built was an artistic, luxurious, warm, welcoming and eccentrically designed hotel which was featured in the 2010 Condé Nast Traveller US Hot List.

The entire hotel is inspired by the artwork of Adam Cullen. Bright, colourful and peculiar is what you could describe the artwork and the imagination of this talented man. Adam Cullen combines irreverent humour with an astute sensitivity to society.

From the moment I walk through the glass doors, past the two life sized Adam Cullen mosaic cows in the foyer, I realise I am somewhere a little different. A little quirky. A little fearless. Perfectly me.

There is an immediate presence of homely calm. The casual, but very professional staff are just so welcoming. They are young, vibrant, experienced and will do anything to make your stay pleasurable. Each time I have been, I couldn’t have asked for a bunch of nicer people to look after me – it’s really helped make a home away from home for me, especially as I travel so much.

Check-in is easy and quick which is important to me as I normally arrive and just want to get in, drop my bags, have a shower and relax.

The foyer, the void from the top and all the corridors on each floor are covered in fabulous wallpapers and the original artworks of Adam Cullen. The artworks continue on through to the luxury guest suites.

When you open the door to your room, you automatically smile. It’s a bright, happy and pleasant space. It’s clever, sophisticated and designed in the most amazing way to take advantage of space and light and make you feel completely fabulous.

The bathroom is a standout feature for me. Obscured decals with Adam Cullen’s famous Ned Kelly  cover the giant glass walls to the bathroom, creating a sense of discreet and legalised voyeurism with just vague silhouettes showing through. The stunning glossy black mirrored floor tiles, use of mirrors and the large open shower (or bath/spa depending on the room you get) make your time spent in the bathroom pleasurable. Excellent Art Series products are plentiful for your skin, hair, etc.

Luxurious spotless, black carpet lines the floor, crisp white walls and plenty of colourful Adam Cullen paintings line the walls, along with a wall mounted LCD with Foxtel and floor to ceiling mirrors. A fully served kitchenette and dining table complete with Kartell chairs, side tables and lamps. A small library in each room provides hours of colourful reading with books on the art of Adam Cullen, architecture and design.

An iPod docking station is also in every room which is great for me, as I need music everywhere I go, and also have an iPhone and can charge and listen to my favourite songs up loud!

The hotel has everything you need – valet parking, hair salon, gymnasium, Nintendo Wii hire, internet and downstairs there is the famous HuTong Dumpling Bar which is a hot spot for Melbourne locals to dine. If you haven’t already hired a car, hire one of The Cullen’s Smart Cars! Or if you feeling like keeping fit and getting some fresh air, hire a Swedish Kronan bicycle.

The beds are super sumptuous and provide an amazing sleep, while being cocooned in the luxurious Art Series Signature linen.

I love everything about this hotel. The service is impeccable. The class in second to none. The design is divine. The price is right and the location is perfect. If there was somewhere you were going to stay in Melbourne, this would have to be it.

This is where I’d rather be… And I am.

Be sure to check out the website: The Cullen

164 Commercial Road, Prahran - P: +61 3 9098 1555 – E: info@artserieshotels.com.au

Add A Glamourous Touch To Your Home With James Richardson’s Pasha Armchair

November 9th, 2010

It’s obvious that I love home seating. To me, I think it tells alot about a person, just like shoes. Think of home many times you’ve walked into someone’s home and judged the room by the lounge or chair that is in it.

This glamorous armchair made by Pedrali for James Richardson called the Pasha warps the idea of a classical armchair, created with a perfect balance of innovation and tradition.

It’s an elegant armchair, made of clear injection moulded polycarbonate with a stunning houndstooth cushion. The arm chair is also available with a gloss finish in black or white with solid black or white cushions.

It’s also versatile – you can use it indoors or outdoors and is manufactured to withstand heavy use.

Check out the website for more information: www.jamesrichardson.com.au


November 1st, 2010


Mega talented Melbourne Fashion Designer and Master pattern maker, employer of the HOTTEST models in the industry, winner of the Melbourne Fashion Festival’s Young Designer of the Year 2000 award, invited regularly to show at the prestigious Mecedes Australian Fashion Week, with garments collected by the National Gallery of Victoria, consultant lecturer for the RMIT BA Fashion Department and designer of the popular male sportswear come designer streetwear label Rude Boy, the super stylish Rollason Women, HOT on line T-shirt label Monster and the exciting new men’s label 3rd time… GLEN ROLLASON!

FUN FACTS: The NGV has in it’s collection an original Glen Rollason Rude Boy outfit (entitled “Outfit”) which includes a reversible denim bib and wristbands that detach and double as stubby holders and is currently displayed alongside the Gold Amex frock Lizzy Gardiner wore to accept her Oscar for the The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert costume designs.


Drip-Drop Clothes Hangers Add A Quirky Edge

November 1st, 2010

For the past couple of weekends, I have been in Melbourne staying at The Cullen hotel, which is the perfect hotel for any art freak to stay at. A stunning hotel, exceptional service and outstanding rooms.

In each of the designer rooms on the back of the entrance door, the super cool Drip-Drop Hooks hold your sumptuous bath robes.

I love the hooks, I thought they were awesome! I’ve seen them before in the shops, but never paid attention to them till now.

They are so cute and practical, they look great and are really well priced! Check them out in a range of colours.

Click HERE to purchase.

Mr. McQueen In Prahran – Helen Manuell’s Cute New Beauty!

October 21st, 2010

Written by Adrian Erdedi. Images by Joseph Koprek – www.josephkoprek.com.au

Lately I’ve been spending alot of time in Melbourne.

I love Melbourne… It’s friendly people, great food, bars, shopping, fashion, homewares, pretty much everything except it’s weather!

That aside, I’ve found a new hidden gem at 465 High St, Prahran. Mr McQueen.

The cutest, quaintest and quirkiest, teeny weeny 1960′s housewife style cafe serving the freshest and yummiest of home made brekkies, brunch and lunch style foods with organic ingredients. Have an elegant pot of tea, or a coffee which people line up out the door for! I recommend the Jasmine Pearl tea. Delightful!

There are also fantastic 1960′s style lamingtons, honeycomb rocky road, pumpkin and feta muffins and a mix of delicious treats each day to eat in or take away. There’s a ‘Mr. McQueen Eggs’ menu, and there’s also a normal menu with meals to have throughout the day. My personal favourite is the leg ham, Emmental cheese and caramelised onion toastie. Deeeee-licious!

The effervescent owner Helen Manuell opened the cute cafe about 2 months ago, after changing the shop space from her bridal couture boutique Manuell & Moore. Helen who was a successful contestant on Project Runway has a keen eye for style, grace and elegance. She has a quirky charm about her, and you can see this charm dotted around her beautiful cafe.

Looking over the store at all times, is her gorgeous Lance. Who is Lance? He is the deer head placed on the back wall. He’s a beautiful majestic creature which brings a little added charisma to the quirky theme.

Located on the trendy end of High Street in Prahran, Helen welcomes you with open arms after opening the big red door to the cutest little café in Melbourne. Be sure to check it out!

Mr. McQueen – 465 High Street, Prahran – Victoria

The Gracious, Gorgeous and Giving Carly Crutchfield

October 11th, 2010

Carly Crutchfield is one remarkable person. At the age of 20, she had already done more then what many of us would do in our entire lives. She bought and sold companies, traveled the world and get her self on the track to being one very successful millionaire.

Because of her choices in life and her vaule for life itself, she decided it was time to give back. Recently starring on channel 9‘s The Secret Millionaire, Carly gave away a small fortune to people she didn’t even know, but needed al the help they could get. Watching Carly was truly inspirational and she proves that you can achieve what you want in life.

A beautiful, caring women, a natural on the small screen and an inspiration to many  this is Carly Crutchfield and all the things about her fabulous life…

Carly on Life

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

In terms of development we currently have $250 million in projects under way throughout Australia. We have a new charity initiative, www.secretgiftangels.com.au which we are very passionate about.

We are committed to increasing the level of property and financial education amongst Australians and we are about to launch a new free training program PROPERTY UNIVERSITY, which is very exciting.

Tell us more about your successful company, CCORP…

CCORP was borne out of the fact that I loved what I was doing, but hated doing it alone. I wanted to be a property developer but on a bigger level and with a group behind me.

Our company culture is very unique, its high energy, fast paced and we believe nothing is impossible. We work very hard and we play pretty hard to.

We are Australia’s largest property development education company and one of the fastest growing development groups in Australia.

CCORP also has a property investment division and finance division. We spend a lot of time ensuring our clients are educated. A lot of people are making investment decisions without truly understanding what they are deciding upon. I have seen a lot of self inflicted poverty in Australia – people getting themselves into massive debt and financial pressure because they do not understand money, investments and property. This is something people need to be educated on. The more our clients know, the easier it is to help them achieve their financial goals.

You were recently on The Secret Millionaire, tell us more about this experience and how this experience affected you and your life…

It was such a priviledge to be involved and I loved it! It was a completely unique experience. Although I have done a lot of charity and volunteer work before, this was so different. I was taken out of my comfort zone, as my phone, money, computer etc were confiscated and for that time it was solely about confronting an area, its problems, families, groups and thinking about how I could help.

I was inspired by the resilience and positivity of the people I met. Since the show I have been overwhelmed by the feedback. I have received thousands of emails, letters and messages. I have also received many requests for help, money and jobs. This has made it even more real to me that there are a lot of people out there who need help. It has motivated me to take my life, business and foundation to a whole new level and start making headway in solving some issues in Australia and the world at large.

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

It’s hard work. You need to believe in yourself, have persistence and thick skin. You need to be willing to handle risk and experience the highs and the lows. But if you can, it is incredibly rewarding, exciting and fruitful.

If you want to give property development a try, you need to educate yourself. The more you know, the easier it is and the more money you make. The less you know, the more money you are likely to loose. To start learning about property development, come to one of my workshops or order my free DVD. Visit www.ccorp.com.au or call 02 9371 4799.

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

In terms of a charity organization I would have to say my own foundation, CFOUNDATION. In terms of a cause, there are so many situations in the world that need attention and help. One area I am very passionate about is Human Rights, or the lack of human rights that exists.

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

I might spend a week working 20 hour days and then I’ll take a week off and either travel or relax at home and just do an hour or two of work a day. I schedule in holidays and book flights so nothing else can sneak into the schedule.

My Mother/Father always told me…

Work hard and believe in yourself.

Greatest lesson learnt?

Don’t regret anything. It’s a waste of time and a waste of a learning experience. You can create anything you want to tomorrow as long as you’re not looking back on how you should have done things yesterday.

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

Persistence. I don’t take no for answer, I think impossible is nothing and I don’t give up. You can get through anything and create phenomenal results with that mindset.

Carly on Fashion

What is a fashion trend you hope will never resurface?

Nothing really, bring it all back! It’s hilarious to watch life regurgitated with a new point of view. Who would have thought we would be wearing shoulder pads again!

Your thoughts on Australian fashion in comparison to International fashion?

I think there is a more relaxed and whimsical vibe to Australian fashion, which suits our lifestyle. International fashion tends to be heavier and harder edged.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

Victoria Beckham would have an incredible wardrobe, but again very hard edged – I’d say her bag collection would be phenomenal (although mostly Hermes). Fergie would have a great cross selection and more rocky edge and I hear her shoe closet is amazing.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

At the moment I am obsessed with Chanel earrings, I have about 35 pairs. Clothing wise, a dress I bought from Mackenzie Mode, which is perfectly tailored for my body.

Carly on her Home

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

Keep it unique, create interesting spaces and focal points. Mix items, textures and colors – don’t try and match everything. I’m not a fan of catalogue houses that look like everything was bought in the one store straight off the floor display. A home should show personality, stories and memories.

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

I have a wall full of sepia photos all in white frames. There are about 60 frames in varying sizes containing pictures of my friends, family and favourite memories. I created the wall about 2 years ago and it’s got a great energy while also being architecturally beautiful.

Who or what influences you most in home décor?

The beach would be my biggest influence in my home and second to that art. I tend to pick a painting for a room and decorate around that. The art has center stage in my home, and so it should. Art’s a powerful thing.

Carly on Food and Drinks

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

I am obsessed with soda water and I love a good glass of French champagne. My wine of the moment is pretty much any Italian Pinot Grigio.

Food, all of it – my personal trainer knows I like food! I had a Wagyu steak in Melbourne recently which was incredible.

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

I travel a lot, which means eating out a lot. If I am home, I eat in about half the time and out half the time.

Though at the moment I am on a full on detox. So I get all my meals prepared for the day.

Signature dish?

I rival anyone to out cook me Mexican-fiesta style! My roast isn’t too bad either.

Carly on Lifestyle

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

At my home, or the beach.

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

I have a few cars, but I usually only ever drive my Range Rover Sport. I bought it because it’s big and I can get lots in it! It’s also a really smooth drive. I also have a Prius but interestingly enough the Range Rover is more carbon efficient.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Art. I take a lot of pride in my collection and look forward to growing it. I think art is a powerful thing. It can completely change the vibe of a room. The art in my home is very relaxed. The art in my office is very contemporary and pop. You walk into our offices and feel an intense energy – a lot of that is from the people, but they bounce off and are inspired by the art.

Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?

I am dying to go to Africa and do a full Safari. I am heading to Venice with my boyfriend for New Years which I am really excited about.

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

My phone and laptop. I get nervous thinking about it.

What frustrates you most about Sydney?

It’s all good. The frustrating things give Sydney siders something to talk about.

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

Bronte for breakfast, Camp Cove for family vibe, Coogee rockpool for my dogs, and a secret eastern suburbs hideaway I cant tell you about is my favourite for a day of sunbathing, swimming and reading.

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

Bono. The way he has “used his power for good” is pretty incredible.

Three pet hates?

1. Being limited to “5 or less” items when going into fitting rooms in stores. I only want to make one trip to the fitting room.

2. The loop strings sewn into the shoulders of women’s dresses, clothes etc. So annoying.

3. People smoking at the exits of buildings so when you walk outside of the building you walk straight into 30 cigarettes being smoked.


October 5th, 2010


Super HOT “ball of muscle” Australian National Rugby League player for the Canterbury Bulldogs, Gold Coast Titans and currently second-row forward with the 2010 NRL Grand Final team the SYDNEY ROOSTERS, and NAKED FOR A CAUSE & GODS OF FOOTBALL charity fundraising pin up boy… DANIEL CONN!

FUN FACTS: The ROOSTERS star says the favourite part of his body is “Any part of my body that has a tattoo on it” and after visiting a Sydney Tattoo Parlour this year “I only planned to come in for a couple of minutes but have spent about 15 hours in the chair since. And I’m not the only one … this place is like a second home to most of our boys now.”


Attn MEN: Shopping For Suits Made Easy. Don’t Leave The House.

September 2nd, 2010

Forget buying your tailor made suits overseas! Thanks to Pernac, you can now buy great quality, tailor made suits at home.  Literally! Pernac.com.au allows you to design and create your own suits that fit you perfectly.  Whether you need suits for work, a fashionable suit for the races, something to get married in, or even a new coat or shirt, it can all be done online with a click of your mouse. For me that’s heaven – because I hate buying suits – I don’t have the patience to stand there waiting to pin me up!

Pernac.com.au allows you to choose from hundreds of high quality fabrics and style options.  The site lets you build the exact garment you want. Want a fitted three button suit jacket with double vents?  No problem. Prefer a two button jacket with a peak lapel? That’s fine. You’d rather have no back pockets on your pants and a brightly coloured jacket lining? Simply tick the box. It’s simple, quick and I get exactly what I want! EXACTLY.

For perfect tailoring you can visit the Pernac shop in Melbourne or a measuring partner in other states and be professionally measured. You think it’s going to be expensive right? Traditionally yes, but the guys at Pernac can create the average tailor made suit which costs the same as a similar quality, off the rack suit. It’s really a no-brainer because you get exactly what you want!

French men have been buying their tailor made Pernac suits for many years now.  Marc Corley brought Pernac to Australia and runs the Australian division of the business. “This is great for men who really don’t enjoy shopping.” Explains Marc, “They can get measured up once and then re-order new suits, shirts and jackets from their computer without ever having to venture out to a shopping centre.”

Whether your body shape resembles that of a giraffe or a hippo, Pernac can make you quality clothing that fits perfectly and doesn’t cost the earth.

Hop on to www.pernac.com.au today and step into something that truly fits – I’ve done it and I’m EXTREMELY impressed.

Can’t Find An Entertainment Unit For Your Home? Be Creative And Create One!

August 31st, 2010

When I was renovating and refurnishing my apartment, it took a long time to get exactly what I wanted. I could not find what I wanted anywhere in Sydney, Melbourne, or anywhere else really. I was after an entertainment unit that suited the rest of my apartment which is a mix of eccentric styles – Rococo, French Provincial, First Wives Club and early 1900′s glam.

All of this searching and searching and searching for an entertainment unit that would suit a huge beige quilted leather lounge, a deer head and dramatic chandelier stressed me out. Nothing had character, charm or elegance. It wasn’t the cost either, I just simply could not find what I wanted.

So after many months, I resulted to being creative and creating my own entertainment unit out of antique trunks. Think of the beginning of the movie Titanic, when they help is transporting the luggage of the wealthy families from the car to the ship, well that’s what I wanted. And that’s what I got. You’re wondering what I would do with them? Well I bought one enormous trunk, complete with internal drawers, racks and another suitcase inside. The second is a trunk by the same designer. Both of these were originally from the UK, both built in 1902 and both covered in travel stickers from around the World. The other 2 trunks were used in World War II to transport military weapons and ammunition. Pretty cool hey?!

After I got them all professionally cleaned, the large one was measured up and a sheet of glass cut for the LCD TV to sit on.

After shuffling them around, I eventually figured out how the sit nicely in my loungeroom.

They are warm, they look amazing, they are different and always a talking point when people come over. The bonus part is I know a little about the history of them.

Where do you get them? You can get them all over the place, mainly in 2nd hand stores. But because I refuse to go to 2nd hand stores, I found them online and had them delivered to a re-conditioner where all they did was clean them up a little and that’s it!

Total cost? Altogether I spent just over $1,000. Alot less then I was expecting to spend, but a million times happier then anything I would have found in any store.

Tara Dennis/Tonia Todman, eat your heart out!

Ben Cousins – Such Is Life – Part 2

August 30th, 2010

What a clown. There’s no point really discussing him. All the documentary did was try and glamorise him, which as a decent sports person it didn’t achieve. But as an absolutely disrespectful person, it has glamorised him. Why do we even bother to talk about people like him – giving them the time and publicity they want and achieve. The media is ridiculous – myself inclusive.

The end.

Ben Cousins – Such Is Life – Part 1

August 26th, 2010

In 2008 a 2 part documentary about Ben Cousins’ drug addiction was produced and directed by Mushroom.

All the radio shows and morning TV shows discussed whether they thought it would be good or bad for children to watch the documentary called “Such Is Life”.

So after it aired on Wednesday night – was it good or was it bad?

I don’t think it was either – but I do think it was completely pointless. What did this doco strive to achieve? Educate children about the destruction drugs can cause? Educate adults on the destruction drugs can cause? Or was it just a biography on his life?

If you ask me, I think the show is just glamorising him even more… “Oooooh we now love Ben, he is so sweet and ooooh we give him sympathy now”. He was sitting there with his crisply capped teeth, speaking about his life and what he did. Not once did he feel bad or regret what he’s done. He sits there telling the stories. Yes he admits he’s a drug addict, but all the bad things he said were quickly covered with a positive.

Now if I were a 14 or 15 year old boy watching that, I would be thinking “hey, I’m going to take drugs, it made me popular with the popular people and look at that, I’ll come out of it fine, my life will be fine”. To me, all it has done is show that drugs can affect your life, but you can come back good from it, and still have everything at the same time.

All the media, and the documentary call him a hero, or a Prince. He is neither. He is lucky. He is lucky that he is not dead. I don’t understand why he is called this. Why he is a super-star? Why?

He sits there in his Armani jacket laughing about fleeing the booze bus, running through houses, jumping roofs, and swimming about 1km across a river to get away from police.

He pleads about how he has never taken performance enhancing drugs during or before a game. Fair enough.

On and on and on the doco goes… Talking about Ben and what happened next. He refers to the police as “they”, he constantly defends himself. He laughs about what happened.

So what was the point? I think Ben Cousins was paid a huge amount of money to open up his life to the cameras. He has fantastic publicists, amazing managers and very smart people marketing him. This was boring – it was like watching a series about criminals and their crimes, just the story but no point for telling it.

This documentary was beautifully edited, the honesty from all involved was raw, but it lacked meaning, it lacked education, it lacked a point.

Part 2, the conclusion to come tomorrow.

I Can Feel It In My Bones – Dinosaur Designs by Tegan Brideson

August 23rd, 2010

By Tegan Brideson for AdrianErdedi.com

I Can Feel It In My Bones
Dinosaur Designs is an iconic Australian brand with a new collection as Tegan Brideson reports.

Archaeological references between Dinosaur Designs and the meaning of bones aside, the new season is approaching and anticipation is high.

From Sydney to Melbourne and as recently witnessed in New York, Dinosaur Designs have a uniquely distinct appeal. Their jewellery and home-wares are immediately identifiable for their shape, colour and texture and there’s certain ease in their style that will ensure it’s future success.

Bones Spring/Summer 2010 can be added to that identifiable list, as inspiration was taken from artists such as Jean Arp, Constantin Brancusi and Barbara Hepworth.

A spokesperson for Dinosaur Designs says “the shape and movement of bones has always inspired sculptors and artists for thousands of years.” The aforementioned artists’ interpretation of the human frame has assisted in shaping the stunning collection.

“The predominant influence on the range was the work of sculptor Henry Moore. The home-wares from the Bones range have been photographed [by Luke Irons] to reflect the size and scale of a Moore’s sculpture,” the spokesperson says.

Jill Davison styled the Bones range to capture the neutral tones with a sculptural feel to beautiful effect, noting that the collection will be available in stores across Australia and the USA from mid October 2010 or on their website at www.dinosaurdesigns.com.au.

It’s safe to say these collectable relics could become extinct anytime soon, stock up.


Copyright © Tegan Brideson 2010


August 16th, 2010


Australia’s favourite pyjama king entrepreneur who started his popular sleepwear mail order business from his mum’s dining room table and grew it into an internationally recognised brand, opened a chain of successful retail outlets around the country and most recently Hollywood, a RSPCA superhero and dedicated animal welfare activist… PETER ALEXANDER!

FUN FACT: A passionate dog lover, Peter’s cherished dachshund Penny was his constant companion and a regular star of his catalogues until her death in 2004 and continues to be the mascot for his brand.



August 9th, 2010


Chain smoking, Stolli-Bolli swilling, coke snorting, Harvey Nicks “labels labels labels” shopping, stylishly beehived ex Bond girl & fab fashion model, “fash mag slag” fashion director and parasitic BFF to PR Queen Edina Monsoon in the cult 1990′s BBC TV sitcom series ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, hilariously played by actress Joanna Lumley… PATSY STONE!

FUN FACT: Eurydice Colette Clytemnestra Dido Bathsheba Rabelais Patricia Cocteau “Patsy” Stone claims to have not eaten anything since 1973 after having a “stomach bypass” and during the 60′s in Morocco underwent a sex change and briefly lived as a man… until, according to Edina, “It fell off”!


You Could Do Like Eva Q – By Tegan Brideson

August 9th, 2010

Written by Tegan Brideson for AdrianErdedi.com

Sustainable approaches to fashion and textiles are on the rise so Tegan Brideson finds out when she speaks to Melbourne based textile designer, Eva Q.

There’s more to sustainable fashion than just meets the eye as Eva Q points out. “Education and encouraging people to keep the environment in mind is very important” she says. “I didn’t set out to make my business eco-friendly, it just sort of happened.” Embellishments, headpieces and brooches are made from extra fabric and off cuts, and there lays her motivation, to minimise waste.

This is a way of life that at the barest minimum, the RMIT graduate promotes. “My family has been recycling since forever so it’s nothing new to me.” And her family’s sustainable practices don’t stop there, with rainwater tanks installed and the use of grey water on the garden or to wash the car. It’s that simple, and it’s that inspiring.

Spoken like someone who has certainly done their research, Q says “you’re not expected to change your life dramatically and live in a tent, but you should be aware of what mark your actions are making on the environment.” And her small changes show the smart and creative approach she applies to her life and business. “If everyone makes a few minor changes, that will have a huge impact,” says the designer.

So when asked who her biggest influence has been, her mum has shared her wealth of “incredible knowledge” she says. The benefits of having a dressmaker for a mother when starting out in the fashion industry, and to have a mentor when it comes to garment construction and patternmaking, provides invaluable insight and direction for the opportunities that follow.

Her second biggest influence is Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, she says. “Mademoiselle Chanel worked so hard and was so motivated.” It’s clear to see that Eva Q is focussed on the bigger picture. “Sometimes it’s hard for me to stay focussed because there is no one pushing me, I have to push myself.”

Sharing her secrets for people who’d like to make eco-conscious changes to their lifestyle, the designer says “invest in garments you love, if it’s a great colour, cut, fit and quality fabric you could have it for years. And try to buy Australian,” she says.

Keep an eye out for Eva Q’s summer range, showcasing in two runway shows for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. There’s a method in the madness and it’ll catch on, just wait and see.


Copyright © Tegan Brideson 2010


June 21st, 2010


Talented Captain of the Australian soccer team the SOCCEROOS who has represented Australia at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups, and is newly signed to Turkish side Galatasaray… LUCAS NEILL!

FUN FACT: Neill has skillfully and combatively played all defensive positions and in particular Defender Fullback during the 15 years of his professional career.


A Woman Of Many Talents – Katie Underwood

April 12th, 2010

Ten years ago, Katie Underwood was a household name after winning a place in the all girl band Bardot.

After an extremely successful run in the band, it dissolved and all the band members went their own ways.

Melbourne girl Katie, perused her successful solo career, in both Australia and the UK, having hits played nationally and internationally on commercial radio, as well as reaching the top 50 in the Aria charts. She took the dance and club avenue, becoming well known in the club scene for her high energy music and collaborations with other well known artists and DJ’s like Disco Montego.

She has made a mark for herself in the entertainment industry, and continues to do so. She has her finger in every pie – theatre, television, music and radio.

She is a down-to-earth and unaffected women, with a unique sense of style and popular sound.

Her life journey took a different avenue, now performing jazz music around Melbourne… But I’ll let Katie tell you what she’s up to at the moment… (P.S. – You must hear her version of the amazing song Hallelujah on her website)

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

I have recently been performing with my jazz band around Melbourne, but hoping to tour regionally and around Australia later this year. I have also been spending some time writing and collaborating with a few DJ/Producers with the aim of releasing another dance track in the future.

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

I prefer my surroundings to be calm and somewhat ‘Zen’, so I guess the Japanese style of decor is most prevalent. My favourite piece of furniture at home is a Japanese circular display unit.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

I’m really getting into white these days so anything white, pants, tops, bags I’m enjoying, especially in warmer weather. Favourite accessory would be a steel Owl pendant.

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

A huge painting of a Bird Of Paradise plant.

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

Favourite new cocktail is the Aviation – making a comeback in a few of the cocktail bars around Melbourne.

What is your greatest extravagance?

My fondness for Veuve Clicquot and Billecart-Salmon Champagne

Greatest lesson learnt?

Success is about feeling happy with what you do, not what you’ve achieved in the eyes of others.

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

Think very carefully about what you want to achieve and learn before you begin because once you’re in it, it’s often hard to see clearly and remember what you really want.

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

I currently work from home so I’m not sure I do have them balanced! I am conscious of taking a break to catch up with good friends regularly. They keep me grounded and sane.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

I honestly don’t pay much attention to main stream fashion so I wouldn’t know where to begin!

How did you get into doing what you do?

My first major break came through Popstars (Australia’s first reality TV talent show) but the path that lead me to that point was quite diverse. I had been singing and also recorded a dance track with a guy in the UK. I guess I was started to gain confidence and experience in the music industry and Popstars came along at the right time.

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

Less is more.

My Mother/Father always told me…

It doesn’t matter what you do but how you do it. Take pride in your work, whatever it is and strive to be the best you can be.

Where is your favourite place to relax when you’re in Sydney?

Relax in Sydney? I didn’t know that was even possible….

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

Not as often as I would like! I live on Fitzroy St so there’s so much good food literally on my doorstep it’s hard not to take advantage and eat out quite a bit.

Signature dish?

Vegetarian Noodles with Fresh Coriander. Simple but effective.

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

My iPhone. I finally converted.

Being a Melbourne girl, but having spent alot of time in Sydney, what frustrates you most about Sydney?

That I don’t get to travel there as much as I used to!

When you come to Sydney, what is your favourite beach and why?

I’m not a huge beach lover but I always enjoyed Bronte beach because it’s quaint and quiet.

Three pet hates?

1. Superficiality.

2. Intolerance.

3. Judgement.

Fashion and home must-have’s?

A nice set of cocktail glasses and a shaker.

What is your one diva demand?

I’ve never had one. I might ask for a pineapple juice or something, maybe some Champagne (if it’s a club gig) but I won’t cry if I don’t get it. Life’s too short to be THAT kind of Diva.

Be sure to visit her website for more information: www.KatieUnderwood.tv

Crochet The Lace Lightly Into A Sophia Bowl

March 25th, 2010

These striking acrylic bowls really caught my eye!

It’s bold yet charming character, giving off a delicate crochet effect, with elements of fine lace and modern fun.

I love this bowl because it is funky, but has it’s story behind it which I think is really nice.

The Melbourne based designer Cindy-Lee Davis has created a range of bowls naming them after her Grandmother’s bridge playing friends. Sophia, Tia, Rosie and Lovey.

The come in white, red, black and clear and sell for $196 from Top3 by Design (Orders only) or Lightly.