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10 CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS – 8. Bugatti Vera Electric Kettle

December 22nd, 2011

With astonishing looks, the ultimate present for mum’s kitchen this Christmas is the Vera Electric Kettle by Bugatti.

Great design isn’t just about good looks. It’s about creating useful products that make your life simpler and easier… but a sexy sleek exterior certainly does help!

Bugatti is at the forefront of Italian design, and their Vera Kettle is a stunning example of function and style. Made from lacquered die-cast metal, the kettle features a unique cone shape that is stylish and boils water up to 25% quicker than other kettles. The Vera sits on a 360˚ power base, so you can position it where you like in the kitchen, and it is fully cordless and portable.

Plus, half of the great features of the Vera are not in the kettle, but in its cool angular handle. It features integrated electronic controls that allow you to perfectly control the temperature of your water, as well as a timer that uses the in-built clock to let you set when the kettle will boil. Simply press the button, and the kettle will be boiled and ready for your tea break!

If you want a stunning kitchen appliance that is as useful as it is good looking, then don’t look past Bugatti. Italian design, at its very best!

Available at all good department stores, including Peter’s of Kensington for around $330.

My Top 10 Last Minute Gift Ideas – The Lead Up To Christmas Day!

December 21st, 2010

Every single year, I leave Christmas presents to a few days before hand, and if I don’t get them gift wrapped, I’ll do it myself the night before or the morning of!

Don’t do this! It is so stressful!

I thought I would compile a list of some different, quirky and great gift ideas people actually want!

1. 3 2 1 Water Bottle from Top3

All you need to do is pop your beautifully designed 321 Water bottle into your handbag, backpack or car cup holder when you leave the house then fill it from the nearest tap when you feel thirsty. It’s such a sexy bottle, for me, that’s grounds alone to purchase it! But there is more to it.

The easy-to-use plunger mechanism contains a carbon block filter. One push removes any chlorine, unpleasant tastes and odours in an instant, leaving you with fresh, filtered water anytime you need it.

Available from Top3 by design for $39 – www.top3.com.au

2. Janelle Bloom – Family Food & Weekend Feasts

Only days away from the holidays and special family time, the best way to plan your meals is with the aid of Ready Steady Cook’s celebrity cook, Janelle Bloom.

“Good food should be a part of every day for life it is for me and thats why I love sharing my food with you. Family Food & Weekend Feasts is full of delicious home-cooked food for every day. Its split in three parts (a little like my life) -”mid week meals” is delicious healthy food the whole family with love; ”weekend feasts” for the days you have more than 30 minutes to cook; and ”food to share” wonderful menus for simple entertaining with all the hints, tips & preparation to get ahead so the Host enjoys the day too!” – Janelle Bloom.

For more information, visit Janelle’s website – www.janellebloom.com.au or purchase at Myer for around $24.95.

3. St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur

If you’re on my Facebook, you’ll know that I constantly rave on about this stuff. Why? Because I love it! It looks amazing, tastes amazing and is a great Christmas present for your parents, friends, partner or anyone at all – over the legal age of drinking of course!

Available from all good bottle shops or online at www.vanguardluxurybrands.com.au

4. Glasshouse Scented Candles


You just can’t go past candles. Let’s face it – everyone loves them. Nothing more luxurious then lighting an amazingly scented candle. My favourites at the moment at Glasshouse Candles. They are excellent, beautiful and affordable. My favourite one is the Gold Frankincense with Myrrh.

There is such an enormous range of exotic scents – it’s a matter of smelling them all and choosing the one you think the person you’re buying it for would love most!

Available everywhere – but I choose to purchase from Bang! at 50 Macleay Street, Potts Point

5. Menulog Restaurant Voucher

Eating out if obviously one of my favourite things to do. A gift I would LOVE to receive is a gift voucher to a range of amazing restaurants around Sydney and Australia. Just go to the Gift Voucher page on www.MenuLog.com.au and choose a restaurant, purchase the voucher online and that’s it! Vouchers from $50 available.

www.menulog.com.au

6. Magazine Subscription With www.MagShop.com.au

Simple – magazine subscriptions are simply the best! A gift that keeps on giving… for 12 months!

Check out the great deals and enormous range of magazines available for subscription on www.magshop.com.au.


7. Villa Julia Cubby House

Something I would have killed for as a kid was an awesome cubby house, like this one pictured above!

Designed by Magis, Villa Julia creates the ultimate getaway for kids. This cardboard cubby house with cartoon style artwork is completed by a set of stickers including ants, birds, ducks, a dog, snake and flowers (amongst many others) so that your Villa Julia is customised and unique. Leave it as is or paint it – limited only by your childs imagination.

Available at Top3 by Design – www.top3.com.au for $405.

8. Flip Mino HD Video Camera

Owning one myself, this camera is incredible! So easy, so simple to use, it’s the perfect video camera even for dummies.

Exceptionally high video and sound/microphone quality, it’s the perfect Christmas present!

Get more info from the website – www.theflip.com/en-au/

Available at all good electrical stores like Harvey Norman and Domayne for around $230.

9. Putumayo World Music CD’s

The top 10 list can’t excite all the senses without the inclusion of sound. So the Putumayo World Music compilations are definately an excellent gift for the person you don’t know what to buy.

Even the Aussiest of Aussies can still have an appreciation for world music. If you’re not sure which one to choose, you can’t go wrong with the sweet sounds of Paris, or España – my 2 favourites.

The Putumayo collection of CD’s are available at JB HiFi, as well as good homewares stores for around $25-$30.

10. Power Balance Wristband

Power Balance is Performance Technology designed to work with your body’s natural energy field. Founded by athletes, Power Balance is a favorite among elite athletes for whom balance, strength and flexibility are important.

I have a couple myself, and actually believe they work. I have to say, I was a sceptic at first, but now I’m thinking it really does work?! Nevertheless, if you feel better using it, then it has worked. Great pressie for the parents, or grandparents or those that need a pick up, or work out alot.

Available at every sports shop, golf shop, surf store and retail giants like Rebel Sport for $59.95.


London Fashion Week – The Designers – David Koma

October 19th, 2010

Content Produced by Kate Lillian Muir & Photography by Kim Nguyen for AdrianErdedi.com

Set to a remixed classical overture the David Koma SS11 show rocked out with some amazing ‘amour cut out’ detail dress, filled in with chiffon paneling.

With the beginning of the show featuring light fabrics in whimsical shapes, the introduction of leather into the range was rather ‘hot housewife’ in its apron like use.

Continuing in it’s evolution the range, 50’s influenced dresses and body conscious silhouettes combined with strips of leather appliqué and metal embellishments which imitated python scales.

As a general synopsis the range featured graphic prints and wicked wedges in a mostly monochromatic colour palette with an infusion of power tallow and pink, metallic gold and pearlescent snake leather embellishments.

I loved the ‘cop this’ metal cuffs – I think we’ve got some seriously hard core accessories coming out next season! I’m excited!

Oh and hello Jess Hart! We all know here as the Australian sweet heart and face of Seafolly and Myer, and also from here appearances in the reality TV show The City – she was stunning on the runway although I thought it was a shame that no one seemed to know who she was… don’t worry, I educated them!

CARTOON MISS UNIVERSE HOTTIE – Jennifer Hawkins

October 11th, 2010

CARTOON MISS UNIVERSE HOTTIE

Australia’s favourite Beauty Queen, magazine covergirl, former cheerleader for the Newcastle KNIGHTS NRL Football team, model for Covergirl, face of MYER with her own swimwear label COZI by Jennifer Hawkins, presenter on TV travel show THE GREAT OUTDOORS, Host of reality TV show MAKE ME A SUPERMODEL, contestant on DANCING WITH THE STARS season 4, and crowned MISS UNIVERSE 2004… JENNIFER HAWKINS!

FUN FACTS: While modelling in a fashion show at a Shopping centre Miss Universe suprised shoppers with her now famous “wardrobe malfunction” when her skirt fell to the runway revealing a red G-string after snagging on her heel… Hawkins later apologised and added she “wished she wore better underwear”!

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Chanel Skin Art at Myer – Les Trompe-l’oeil De Chanel

August 4th, 2010

A little while ago, Lara Bingle made famous the Chanel temporary skin art, Les Trompe-l’oeil De Chanel.

As soon as she attended the Allan Border Medal gracefully covered in the skin art, Australian women (and men) went crazy over it and wanted it for themselves. They quickly became hard to get and disappeared (much like Lara) from the Chanel counters at Myer. They are now once again available and ready to transfer onto your skin for something a little different.

In my opinion, it’s a little tacky, but at the same time it’s a little bit of fun and with the 55 exclusive individual tattoos in the pack, you can put them anywhere and design whatever you like as seen above. They are hand-drawn by Peter Philips, the Global Creative Director of Makeup for Chanel which were designed for the Spring/Summer 2010 Fashion Show in Paris.

Get your pack from the Myer counter for around $35.

CARTOON SUPERSTAR HOTTIE – Kris Smith

August 2nd, 2010

CARTOON SUPERSTAR HOTTIE

Super HOT English professional athlete and model, retired representative Rugby League player for Great Britain, the face of Myer fashion along with Jennifer Hawkins, season 3 Host of FOX 8‘s popular sport reality series FOOTBALL SUPERSTAR and inspirational worker with underpriviledged kids… KRIS SMITH!

FUN FACT: In Melbourne July 2010 Kris and his partner, the sexy singer and talent show judge Dannii Minogue, welcomed their first baby boy Ethan Edward Smith!

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CARTOON MUSCLE HOTTIE – Stephen Musca

June 28th, 2010

CARTOON MUSCLE HOTTIE

Super HOT fitness magazine & underwear model recently appearing on the cover of NATURAL BODZ magazine and feature model for the MYER 2010 Underwear campaign, TV Presenter on Liquid TV & Aussie Dolls and Melbourne nightclub event manager… STEPHEN MUSCA!

FUN FACT: Musca stars as the dangerously sexy action star in the “Universal Soldier” storyline from the highly anticipated Upcoming Book Publication by GODS OF FOOTBALL photographer Pedro Virgil.

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There’s Nothing Like A Beautifully Scented Space

April 7th, 2010

Each day when I leave work (usually with a headache), I drive home, drive into my garage, hop in the lift, get to my floor, where I instantly smell my apartment. It’s pleasant, soothing and I love opening my big front door to find my personal and private space being infused by my Magnolia fragrance diffuser by Scented Space.

It’s a calming, but bodied scent, which has abit of an old world cottage charm to it, but fits in nicely with my eclectic décor. I have found that finding a scent to match a home is a hard thing to do. You don’t want coastal scents in a quaint cottage in Balmain, or the scent of vanilla in a clinical and polished concrete apartment in Darlinghurst. Matching is important to complete a space.

Scented Space have a range of 20 scents to choose from and are exclusively sold at Myer for $34.95.