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Antonia Paris Fashion Influenced By European Style

April 8th, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

MIlan Pulvermacher Exhibition In Bondi – 22nd March

March 21st, 2011

I had the pleasure of meeting a young man on the weekend who just so happens to be exhibiting his artwork, launching on Tuesday 22nd of March in Bondi.

His name is Milan Pulvermacher and has modeled overseas for some massive brands, but here we come to discussing his real passion – painting. Having grown up in Southern Africa, his debut exhibition of paintings focuses on historical human accomplishments and environmental complexity being heavily influenced by his upbringing, taking inspiration from social and political ideas.

25% of all sales will be donated to the Lubowski Trust, an organisation that helps educate those who can’t afford schooling in South Africa.

Get down to Katipo Café at 101 Bondi Road, Bondi from the 22nd of March till 17th of May to view his exhibition.

For more information email: milan.pulvermacher@gmail.com

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.

www.WineWithoutBS.com.au

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.

Thinking Of A Unique Rug For The House?

June 29th, 2010

Ok, so this one is going to stir the Greenie pot, but before I go any further, these animals are from domestic farms or from population control programs because believe it or not, as beautiful as a creature may be, these particular ones are regarded as pests in South Africa in some regions. These animals are not endangered or protected.

Moving past this, the Zebra skin available at Space furniture is one of those things you look at and think, WOW. It’s a glorious creature, which you feel sorry for, but then look at and appreciated it’s beauty.

I need not say more, but if this is something you are into, you can’t go past it. Simply stunning and a simple $4,850.

www.Spacefurniture.com.au

CARTOON SOCCEROO HOTTIE – Lucas Neill

June 21st, 2010

CARTOON SOCCEROO HOTTIE

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.

www.brettwilliscartoons.com.au

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.

To see the full range, please click HERE or visit www.djaafar.com

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.