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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.
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
Wine Week +’ on Google+ to help Aussies
December 12th, 2011
Starting today, Google Australia is putting together ‘Wine week +’ on Google+ to help Aussies (and Kiwis!) who love talking about wine to find each other on Google+. Stewart Noble of Wine Without BS helping them put together a program of wine-related activities for the week of December 12 and he hopes you can join in the fun.
“If you’re a winery and you’d like help getting your own page on Google+, you can start here.
I will also be hosting live video ‘hang-outs’ on Google + every day this week. I’ll have topics of interest to all wine lovers throughout the week and ensure I get some special guests involved to make the whole week as fun and as diverse as possible.
More information to come folks so please check back for updates! If you have any topics or questions you’d like discussed during ‘Wine week +’ please let me know” said Noble.
Continue to check back on Stewart’s fantastic site: www.WineWithoutBS.com.au
Woolmark Treasure Hunt at Westfield Sydney Campaign Launch
July 8th, 2011
On Thursday afternoon, I was thrilled to be one of a select group of Sydney’s fashion bloggers, gathering at Westfield Sydney to celebrate the launch of the Find Fashion By Feelings Campaign. Myself and other fellow bloggers scoured across the shopping centre following clues Tweeted out from www.twitter.com/welovewool #woolmarktreasurehunt and gathered treasures along the way.
I get invited to many events… but boy this one was the best by far! Running around Westfield Sydney with my partner in crime Sydney Fashion Blogger, Antoinette Marie, following clues posted on Twitter, to find hidden balls of wool in the centre was incredible, fast paced and fabulously exhausting fun! But well worth every second of it.
It’s creative events like this that make campaigns successful. They fused the raw fibre and social media together seamlessly!
In this instance, treasures didn’t take on the form of pots of gold or buried diamonds, instead we all pieced together clues to find little knitted balls, some embellished with beads and cute little pom poms!
The Woolmark Blogger Treasure Hunt marked the launch of the Find Fashion By Feelings campaign which has been created to engage fashion lovers from around the world on an emotional level, the ‘Find Fashion By Feelings’ Campaign asks the fashion savvy to post, tag and promote their style and share their love of wool.
From the UK, USA, Europe, Australia & New Zealand, ‘Find Fashion By Feelings’ is an interactive campaign which asks fashionistas to show how their look makes them feel.
What a fantastic day I had – and I have to say now as I type this, I’m completely buggered! Who would have thought running up and down the marble floors of Westfield Sydney could be so tiring?! I’d hate to think what it was like for Sydney Fashion Blogger who was in high-heels!!
Check out the campaign on www.fashionbyfeelings.com and read all about the competition in the post below.
WE LOVE WOOL! Find Fashion By Feelings
July 7th, 2011
Today, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) launched ”Find Fashion by Feelings” and will run from July 7th to September 30th.
Fashionistas are invited to upload a picture of themselves wearing at least one piece of wool clothing which best describes any of the following ‘feelings’ :
Happy, Seductive, Cute, Beautiful, Nostalgic, Natural, Chic, Powerful, Loved, Dark, Active and Unique.
So what will the lucky entrant win?
The Grand Prize if the Winner lives in Australia includes: A $3,000 Westfield Shopping Gift Card, 6 nights in a 5 Star Sydney Hotel, domestic airfares (if needed), a visit to a Merino Farm (The visit will filmed and the video showcased online afterwards), a $6,000 Travel Voucher, 2 pairs of EMU Australia boots, a personal styling for the Winner and a dinner for two in Westfleld Sydney. How awesome is that!
There are also 12 weekly Prizes of a EMU Australia Prize Pack consisting of apparel and footwear, valued at $400 each.
A little background on Woolmark:
We all know the Woolmark brand is one of the most recognised textile symbols in the world. A product bearing the Woolmark logo indicates that it has been independently tested as a high quality woollen product with guaranteed fibre content.
The logo on a product provides consumers with an assurance of quality. AWI invests heavily in research, development and marketing along the global supply chain for Australian wool, from Woolgrowers, through to retailers.
Australia produces the finest Merino wool in the world. 100% natural, biodegradable & sustainable.
GET INVOLVED BY JOINING: www.facebook.com/welovewool
OR BY VISITING THE WEBSITE: www.WeLoveWool.com
Noble Wine Of The Week – J.Lohr Estates 2009 Wildflower Valdiguié
April 12th, 2011
Ever since my first trip to the USA last year, where I drank nothing but American wines the entire time, I started to wonder why so few American wines are available in Australia. This isn’t about being unpatriotic, it’s about access to whatever wine I wish. I can go to virtually any large retail outlet and easily pick up a wine from New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain, Germany without having to look all that hard. However, if you want to get a wine made in the United States, and you take away the odd bottle of Oregon Pinot , you’ll have to look pretty carefully, unless you just happen to be lucky enough to live near one of the very few bottle shops that can boast some sort of USA wine selection.
I understand there are multiple reasons for this, not the least of which is the consideration from American wineries about whether Australia is a viable export market. California alone has a a population of just under 37 million, so why bother with a country on the other side of the world with just over 20 million?
Ian Lindsay, from USA Wines Direct, tells me that Australia exported over 25 million cases of Aussie wine to the US last year, yet we only imported just over15, 000 cases of theirs! America may have a population 14 times larger than ours, but we are importing 1,666 times less wine than we are exporting. As Chris Rock would say, “That ain’t right!”
Thankfully, Ian is doing what he can to introduce American, and more specifically, Californian wines, into the Australia market and his portfolio currently boasts the biggest range of American wines in Australia. One of these wines is the J.Lohr 2009 Valdiguié, from Monterey on the Californian Coast, close to halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco and just a few hours from the far more famous region of Napa Valley.
The Valdiguié grape was commonly referred to in California as ‘Napa Gamay’ and it was believed at one time that it actually was the Gamay grape, only to discover that this was not correct. Sounds a little like the recent fiasco in Australia with our Albariño turning out to be Savagnin!
This wine has a colour of deep purple and cherry red with an enticing aroma of ripe, red berry fruits. On my first sip of this completely new variety for me I thought “Wow… this is delicious!” Juicy fruit flavours and subtle natural sweetness make for an enjoyable wine that, when served slightly chilled, makes a fantastic, easy drinking summer red wine.
J.Lohr Estates 2009 Wildflower Valdiguié
Price - $19.95 from www.usawinesdirect.com.au
Region – Monterey, California, USA
Final Sip - A thoroughly enjoyable wine that, at $20 makes for the perfect entry level American wine experience.
Think Outside The Square This Valentine’s Day (Or Week) – Lake Okareka Lodge
January 19th, 2011
Make Valentine’s Day a holiday to remember at one of the world’s most romantic destinations…
New Zealand’s Lake Okareka Lodge, recently named one of the top 10 honeymoon destinations in the world and also ranked amongst the top 10 places in the world to propose, is the perfect location for a Valentine interlude this February.
Located lakeside with private swimming beaches and intimate picnic spots, this exclusive three-suite luxury hideaway near the tip of a secluded peninsula is sure to have your Valentine’s heart fluttering.
Each and every guest at Lake Okareka Lodge – never more than nine – is treated like royalty with discreet 24 hour butler service, personal chef, spa treatments and stunning private suites with lake views.
Whether escaping to unwind in the peace and tranquility of the lodge and its private bush-clad setting; or to fish, kayak and Jet Ski on the lake; or to experience adrenaline rushing tandem skydiving and white water rafting in nearby Rotorua – there is something for every loved up couple.
For those who like to relax and unwind in the famous hot springs of Rotorua can escape to Hinemoa’s thermal hot pool on Mokoia Island and discover the traditional Maori love story of the legendary Hinemoa & Tutanekai, who overcame all obstacles to find true love. Awwwww…
- 3 nights suite accommodation for two people;
- Transfers between the Lodge and Rotorua International Airport;
- Use of the Lodge’s recreational amenities including jet ski, kayaks and fishing rods;
- French champagne on arrival;
- Daily breakfasts;
- Pre-dinner drinks with canapés;
- Three romantic 5 course dinners;
- A relaxing massage for two;
- 24 hour butler service;
- Your own personal chef.
For reservations, call Lake Okareka Lodge on +64 7 362 8026 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
How to get there? Air New Zealand service direct to Rotorua from Sydney – www.airnewzealand.com.au
Have I made it obvious enough now… Who wants to take me away to NZ??
Brooke Fraser’s SUPERB New Video Clip For “Betty”
December 22nd, 2010
If you read my site often, you’d know I’m a big fan of Brooke Fraser. But the new video clip “Betty” has got me in love with her even more.
It’s perfectly styled, it’s perfectly set, perfectly filmed. Brooke is funny, sarcastic and acting the way we would if we were singing to our favourite songs in the car, thinking we were the star. She is fabulous, I can’t say much more.
Check out the review on her current album Flags HERE.
Noble Wine Of The Week – Mitchell Harris Sauvignon Blanc Fumé
December 21st, 2010
Reviewed by Stewart Noble from WineWithoutBS.com.au for AdrianErdedi.com
If I had planned ahead and realised that this week would be my last review for the year I may have chosen differently, however, I would certainly not wish to take away anything from this great wine, from Victorian producer, Mitchell Harris. Sauvingnon Blanc is still, to my knowledge, the largest selling white wine in Australia and the bulk of sales are of examples from New Zealand. It is a pleasure then to announce that this wine is right amongst the best Sauvignon Blancs I’ve experienced this year and beyond. Fumé, for those unfamiliar with the term, means this Sauvignon Blanc has spent some time in oak barrels, six months to be exact for this particular vintage.
This wine has a light colour and has aromas of tropical fruits and citrus. It has a lovely flavour and despite its oak treatment the regular wine drinker, myself included, won’t notice this in the flavour. It has hints of lime on the palate but citrus is far from dominant. Very drinkable with or without food.
Mitchell Harris – 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Fumé
Price - $22 from www.mitchellharris.com.au
Region - Pyrenees, VIC
Final Sip - An overall great white wine that is most definitely an example of a Sauvignon Blanc I’d take over the vast majority of the typical, non Fumé, styles. Patriotism aside, I’d buy this wine over other Australian Sauvignon Blancs as well as the hugely popular ones from across the Tasman.
Music Review: Brooke Fraser – Flags – “This is what making music from soul, heart and experience is all about”
October 29th, 2010
Today my family and I will be laying my Grandfather to rest. A tough time for all of us and a time that not much can make better. But to me, a death is a time of rejoicing someone’s life; celebrating their achievements and the love they have brought to your lives.
A strange way to open a music review I know, but the one album I have been listening to non-stop for the past week is by one of my top 5 favorite artists of all time – Brooke Fraser. Brooke has just released her third highly anticipated album called Flags.
Flags makes me happy.
It’s an album of positivity, good feeling, rejoice and survival. I’m smiling. All the tracks on Flags are sung by Brooke, but don’t come from Brooke. She has written them, from the stories of others. From their experiences, their love, their loss. They still come from her heart. Simply sensational.
New Zealand born Brooke is a gorgeous tall, dark haired girl. From a religious family, her music is deep and touching. In 2003 What To Do With Daylight was her first album – great songs that you can sing to over and over again, in a way that Brooke Fraser makes her own. Her second album came in 2005, Albertine. This one of the most inspiring creations I’ve ever heard in my life. Brooke tells the story of her travels to Rwanda, the people she meets, the people who touched her life and the sadness and trauma that these people go through everyday – one of these people being Albertine. If there is ever an album I highly recommend you listen to, it will be Albertine. You are guaranteed to be emotional.
Starting off the album is the wonderful cloud clearing and joyous track, Something In The Water, which has just been used to promote channel 7‘s Home & Away. You’ll start bopping away to the catchy melody; I guarantee you’ll have this track on repeat. “There’s something in the water that makes me love you like I do” is the main line in the chorus; I would assume it’s about her marriage to her husband between albums.
The next song on the album, which I absolutely love, is Betty. A song about an unapproachable, but cool girl, who hides her Canadian-shaped birthmark. Yes, a metaphor for all the other things she is afraid to show people – herself. Again, another song, which is lively, and oozes with Brooke Fraser’s style – a pop-alternative approach with big band style.
A Brooke Fraser album wouldn’t be a Brooke Fraser album unless there was a beautiful ballad, which she is so magical at. For Who Are We Fooling she is completely flawless. This is a powerful duet with the awesome Matt Hales from Aqualung. Absolutely heart stopping.
Ice On Her Lashes – a track about the cycle of grief. A cycle for the first time in my life have experienced.
“There’s that moment when you get a phone call and find out that something life-shattering has happened and you look around and wonder how other people are still going about their daily lives, sitting in traffic or buying milk, when yours has just been changed forever,” Brooke says.
“The song is about how most of us will at some point be somewhere in that cycle. Life goes on and the pain doesn’t go away, but it becomes livable.”
I understand exactly what she is singing – I’m glad what I feel is normal. It’s human.
From a deeply emotive track, to Coachella. Bright, uplifting and a song, which you feel the smile, happiness and glee sung straight from Brooke’s mouth. The feeling this song gives you is so pleasing. You feel like just being around your best mates, having a BBQ or lunch at the beach, just appreciating life and what you have. The song reminds me of Sandi Thom‘s song, I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker.
“Jack Jack Kerouac, Jack Jack Kerouac” Brooke sings in a real slap-stick folk style. But who is Jack Kerouac? Jack Kerouac is a French-Canadian novelist, poet and artist. The song is called… You guessed it! Jack Kerouac. If this song were a car, it would be an old daggy rusted blue early 80’s Cadillac convertible, with 4 best friends on a roadtrip through the desert in the US somewhere…
Sailboats and Crows & Locusts are two more stunning ballads, with strong emotionally resonant vocals and stunning instrumental. Just two more examples to prove that Brooke is a pure genius.
Crows & Locusts, a story of a farming family helplessly witnessing the decimation of their crops through various forms of pestilence, told through the eyes of the young daughter.
To finish off this album of survival, healing, loving and renewal, Flags kindly polishes the Brooke Fraser experience. A few moments to reflect and appreciate. Not just everything you have, but appreciate the phenomenal and consistently divine voice of a true musician. This is what making music from soul, heart and experience is all about.
I give this album a 9.5 out of 10. Amazing.
Brooke Fraser’s music has an ability to clear and cleanse. I’m not a spiritual or religious person, but the power of music is extraordinary.
If you have never heard her, please just have a quick listen to her – www.BrookeFraser.com
I write this review in loving memory of my Grandfather.
CARTOON GLADIATOR HOTTIE – Manu Bennett
October 25th, 2010
CARTOON GLADIATOR HOTTIE
Super HOT New Zealand actor who has starred in the hit TV shows Paradise Beach, Beastmaster & Shortland Street and cast in big screen movies Lantana & opposite wrestling superstar John Cena in The Marine, currently playing buff bad boy Crixus – “The Champion of Capua” in TV’s sexy gladiator series Spartacus: Blood & Sand… MANU BENNETT!
FUN FACT: With a long history of training and working out Bennett showed off his buff bod on the cover of April’s Muscle and Fitness magazine, and leading up to filming Spartacus: Blood & Sand attended the grueling Gladiator Boot Camp – a month-long training protocol where actors and stuntmen spent close to four hours a day in the gym, five days a week, coming out more shredded than they’d ever been!
Noble Wine Of The Week – Eden Road Wines
October 12th, 2010
Anyone keeping track of my reviews over the past few months may notice that this week’s wine is the third to come from the Canberra District region. I can also tell you there are more on the way as the Canberra District wineries are cleaning up at wine competitions throughout Australia at the moment and even at the recent Tri-Nations competition where we competed against South Africa and New Zealand wines. While it is the red wines from the region getting most of the attention one white wine, recently voted amongst the best white wines in the region is the Eden Road Wines RHE. Inspired by the classic white wines from the Rhone Valley in France, this particular vintage of RHE is made from 100%, Single Vineyard, Viognier.
In the glass this wine is almost crystal clear with just a very faint hint of colour showing through. The aroma is rather light but shows hints of citrus and floral like notes. On the palate it has a strong citrus flavour and the first few sips create a tingling sensation on the end of your tongue that fades after half a glass or more. There is also a pleasant after taste of tropical fruit flavours that linger around and create a nice finish.
Eden Road Wines – 2009 ‘The Long Road’ RHE
Price - $21 from www.Edenroadwines.com.au Also available at selected retailers where the price may vary.
Region - Canberra District
Final Sip - A pleasant drinking wine that will be even better with an appropriate food pairing. The winery suggests spicy Asian dishes and especially duck as a way to bring out its best.
Kristian Anderson Video With Hugh Jackman and PM John Keys. Amazing.
September 3rd, 2010
I loved this video. Get ready to cry.
Kristian Anderson, a man in his 30′s from Australia who suprised his wife with a beautiful birthday video. Kristian has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy. Words literally could not express his gratitude, love and thanks for everything his wife has done for him at such a hard time in their lives.
I never thought such love existed till I saw this. Amazing.
FSP Collections Springbok Cushions – The Wild Addition To Your Home
May 20th, 2010
Earlier this week I wrote about FSP Collection bags for men and women (click HERE to see), made of beautiful and luxurious Springbok from South Africa. But FSP Collection have also got cushions made of the divine Springbok hide, distributed by Djaafar.
The leather used to manufacture this Collection is environmentally friendly. All hides are obtained through South African Government approved animal herd reduction programs.
The springbok skin cushions are a distinctive accessory for the home – exquisitely tactile, resilient and unique. They would suit most styles of décor – eclectic, modern, African, Tribal, Asian inspired. It could even be stretched out to being a real point of difference in a federation or Rococo style (which a black one would look great in my place!). It’s suitability is quite limitless.
Amazing Leather Women’s & Unisex Bags By FSP Collection
May 19th, 2010
For those who believe life should be stylish and unique, I’ve found a range of women’s and unisex leather (Springbok) bags, which will set you apart from anyone else.
Originating from South Africa, the FSP Collection expresses both the vibrant colors inherent to African culture and the appreciation of natural environments.
I got an up-close and personal viewing of the collection, which showcases a variety of hides, used to create these stunning bags. FSP use hair-on hides, which retain a natural look of the skin. Springbok bags, also from FSP are made to be durable, but they are also one-of-a-kind. For those of you that don’t know what a Springbok is, it’s an Antelope.
In either the women’s handbag or the unisex satchel, there is a style or colour to suit you and your lifestyle. For me, it’s the tan and white hide bag. Natural, but absolutely striking!
I asked exclusive distributor Djaafar what the inspiration behind the FSP Collection was, “Inspired by the need to create striking yet functional handbags, the leather used to manufacture this Collection is not only environmentally friendly but ages beautifully with wear. The leather is tanned with the natural extracts from the bark of Wattle and Mimosa trees, using 100% natural translucent dyes to achieve its unique finish. The result is cheerful, lively colors with fruit as a central theme.”
All of the bags are available in a range of stunning colours. I urge you to consider one of these bags, you will have people stopping you in the street!
Immerse yourself in the pride and beauty of Africa.
For full range of colours, styles and more information visit the website for Australia and New Zealand: www.djaafar.com.
Winter Is Here! So Is Your New (minimink) Throw!
May 17th, 2010
Winter is here! Much quicker then I thought.
So I’ve brought the heater out, I’ve brought the winter throws and blankets and also brought out the Winter foods.
When I took out the throw for my lounge, I thought it was time for a new one. I had looked all over for one, but just couldn’t find a nice black one that was plain and simple. So I looked online to find one and came across a company called (minimink). At first I thought it was just for babies and children, but it wasn’t. It also caters for adults. So I continued looking and really liked what I saw.
I ordered myself the Large Double Sided Fur Rug, which looked great in the photos. It arrived a couple of days later and I was really excited to open it up. I opened it up and unwrapped my new big and soft throw in Ebony. It is the most luxurious throw I have ever felt. Thick, soft and so warm. I LOVE it.
The throw is absolutely amazing and it’s huge! It’s big enough to wrap me up while I gorge on pizza and Underbelly. It measures 200cm x 150cm so it’ll fit the top of a queen size bed. It is so decadent, I found it was hard to find something that has double sided faux fur, as most on the market are thin and only soft on one side. Even if it is double-sided, they are still really thin and not as decadent.
I have it on my lounge, but I also carry it to bed with me to, when I’m watching a movie or on the computer working in bed. I’ve added the photos of it in my apartment.
Because I loved it so much, I have also purchased the cutest Russian Faux Fur hats for children, there are also adults hats too! I also noticed that Jennifer Lopez is a fan of the brand!
I contacted (minimink) afterwards to say thankyou for having such a great product! I really wanted to spread the word about it, so I thought it would be great to get a discounted price for all the readers of my site.
The wonderful guys at (minimink) are giving a 15% DISCOUNT on this rug by quoting the following when you make your purchase online: adrianlovesminimink
The entire range of products are available in Australia, New Zealand and Worldwide.
To purchase the Ebony rug pictured, please click the direct link HERE
Otherwise visit the great website: www.minimink.com.au
Photos by Adrian Erdedi
Brett Graham At MCA Today For 17th Biennale
May 13th, 2010
Tuesday saw the launch of the 17th Biennale of Sydney, displaying works from contemporary artists globally. These artists are also speaking to the public at various sites around Sydney.
An artist that has caught my attention is Brett Graham from Tainui, New Zealand who has two sculptures on display at the MCA.
In 2007, terror raids in Ruatoki caused alot of pain and aguish, which has now led him to take a political, historical and cultural stance by creating sculptures of statement.
The Museum of Contemporary Art will display two of his largest sculptures, a carved Stealth Bomber called Te Hokioi made of MDF, fibreglass, steel, car lacquer and wheels. The other sculpture is Mihaia, a full scale Russian Scout car made of MDF, steel and rubber tyres. Both of these works have the traditional Maori symbols engraved on the steel.
Brett will be speaking to the public on Thursday 12th May at 12pm at the MCA about his influences, what he’s seen, his reasoning behind his work and how he constructed it. It will be an interesting story.
Where Would I Rather Be?
May 11th, 2010
Where would I rather be? I’d rather be at the Huka Lodge, New Zealand.
It’s one thing to escape Sydney for a weekend and head to the Southern Highlands for unwind and relax. But where do you go when you want to unwind and relax, for a longer period of time and in one of the world’s most beautiful countries only a short plane flight away? That would be Huka Lodge in Taupo, in the central North Island of New Zealand.
Never before have I seen such uninterrupted splendour and grace. A calm climate and relaxed environment sourrounded by snow-capped mountains, wild forrest and the crystal clear streams and lakes make this seem like you are in a fairy tale. It’s like looking at pictures of something in Canada, but it’s not Canada. It’s New Zealand.
The levels of accommodation available are second to none. They by far surpass anything my eyes have ever landed on. For instance, the highest level of accommodation Huka Lodge has to offer is “The Owner’s Cottage” which is classified to be one of the best in the World! It’s a four bedroom cottage, over looking the river, with it’s own infinity pool and furnishings that rest your mind, body and soul. I’ve attached the images below because it needs to be seen to be believed. The main image is of “The Owners Cottage”. Ahhhh-mazing!
Fishing, hunting, hiking, mountain biking, golf, jet-boating, para-sailing, sky diving, V8 Supercars – you name it, Huka Lodge and it’s surrounding towns have it to offer to you. Whether you want a jam packed trip or a relaxing one, you have the choice.
The options to dine are endless. You can privately dine in areas all over the Lodge, under chandeliers, in courtyards, by the pool or in hidden gardens, away from prying eyes. How about your own private chef? Now that sounds like my cup of tea!
Speaking of prying eyes, if you are a celebrity, you will definately be coming here to hide from the cameras – the same way hundreds of the worlds most famous and influential people have stayed. Just about every Queen, King, Prince, Princess and Dame has been here, including Queen Elizabeth II. Then the likes of Bill Gates, Joan Collins, Kate Winslet, Barbara Streisand, Bette Midler, Robin Williams… The list goes on…
So where would I rather be right now? Huka Lodge, New Zealand.
Kate Sylvester – New Zealand Fashion
March 19th, 2010
Kate Sylvester is one of the newer additions to Paddington, displaying her men’s and women’s fashion in one of, if not the best looking store on oxford street!
You will notice it because of the huge curved glass wall out the front. When you walk in, it’s the brawn stone flooring and light timbers which lead you through to the back of the heavily sunlit store. At the back are the changerooms with an architecturally designed display cabinet with little nik naks to look at. The carpet is long and plush. It’s a very beautiful store, designed by her architect husband.
But more important, it’s the fashion! There is a small meswear rack at the front of the store, but there are some great natural toned garments to choose from. Two of my favourites are the Livingstone cardigan and David Vest pictured above. I also love the Bobby singlet and Stanley t-shirt pictured below.
Kate Sylvester is a well known New Zealander, who predominately makes womens clothes, but has ventured into the mens domain. She captures something very natural and comforting, but also cutting edge in stylish street wear.
Together Kate and her husband create a wonderful flagship store here in Sydney.
168 Oxford Street, Paddington – www.katesylvester.com
Zaicek – Genius in Design & Quality
March 15th, 2010
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Brent Zaicek, the brains behind the menswear label, Zaicek.
Brent is a larrikin. Always making jokes, having fun and being positive – this shows in his great work.
I just bought the Bosunbird waistcoat pictured above from Zaicek. When I picked it up, I was drawn to the intricate detail in the stitching, the stunning design on the back of the waistcoat and when I tried it on, it was the fit. It fit just perfectly with the adjustable strap at the back – it fits like a glove.
I can’t wait to see more of Brent’s creations, especially with the new season coming soon! An infectious designer, with an untainted flair for knowing what men can wear, pushing the boundaries of design and individualism.
Check out the collection and stockists at www.zaicek.com.au