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10 CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS – 7. Insitu Wall Planters

December 22nd, 2011

I love my number 7 CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA, the Insitu Wall Planter.

Insitu wall planters offer a unique way to display your pot plants, adding colour and beauty to otherwise empty spaces.

You can create so many styles with this simple, yet genius display of potted plants. For instance, bright red geraniums can create a rustic Spanish style, or pretty blue flowering plants to create the Greek Island look, perfect for an Australian summer!

If flowers aren’t your thing, maybe you want to create a living wall feature of decorative cacti, or a vertical herb garden on your balcony – the options are endless!

There are five standard sizes available, ranging from $205 to $425 in a range of colours. It’s also Australian made and designed which makes it even better!

Visit www.insituwallplanters.com.au for more information.

Kaliyoga, Spain – Pure Inner & Outer Bliss

November 16th, 2011


I have always wanted to visit a yoga retreat, and with a week free just for me at the end of  a wonderful European vacation – I booked in for a dynamic yoga retreat at Kaliyoga in Orgivy near Malaga, Spain.  The week has been everything I wanted and so much more.

From the minute we walked in to stunning mountain scenery and beautifully welcoming people – you could feel yourself letting go.  I was fortunate to have booked when there were only five of us as guests, which meant we really had a great opportunity to bond as a group, but to also get to exposed to so many more people (around 20!) from Kaliyoga and the nearby multicultural village.

Not only did we have two amazing yoga teachers for our morning and afternoon classes, but we were greeted by amazing staff, helpers, chefs, experts on nutrition, and had the options of so many different treatments and workshops.  This really made the week – from acupuncture, reiki, quantum and biomagnetic therapy to thai yoga, swedish and aromatherapy massages and raw food cooking workshops – there were some highly talented and friendly people – all there to help us take time out for ourselves, open our eyes internally, and encourage us to relax and rejuvinate.

Olga (a gorgeous Portuguese chef) ran workshops for us on her passion – sexy raw food and raw chocolate – which were a real highlight.  Going from eating ham, cheese, and wine around Europe to this amazingly delicious and nutritious food sent my body into total bliss.

We learnt how to make different flavours of chocolate from the superfoods cacao butter, cacao powder, and coconut sugar – our picks being chcolate with fresh mint, orange zest, a hazelnut and date filling, lemon & ginger, and fruit & nuts.  We also made a scrumptious take on lasagna – with marinated zucchini as pasta layered with marinated spinach, mushrooms, a walnut paste, and uncovered the secrets to a non cooked tomato sauce.

The week was nothing short of divine.  I had more depth in my yoga then ever before, was able to really let go – and left having had amazing mind, body, spirit, (and food!) experiences. I could have stayed for so much longer and I can’t wait to go back for more – perhaps for one of the detox weeks, or even for a bit longer as a volunteer helper (they have a fantastic program where helpers can take part in yoga and activities while doing a few jobs to assist with meals and maintaining the property).

It’s not often enough that we take time out for ourselves, and our wellbeing, and once experienced – your body just wants more.  No wonder they have so many repeat visitors!

www.Kaliyoga.com

Spanish Cuisine At It’s Best – Albondigas Con Patatas

September 23rd, 2011

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Something my Spanish Grandmother always made, then my own mother always made was albondigas con patatas – something I never ever got sick of. And never will.

I need to be completely honest with you though – I don’t really know what the ingredients are. It’s one of those things I’ve never tried to make because I know it will never be like mum’s.

But what I do know, it is has big, juicy meat balls made with a concoction of spices and a sauce made with lots of different things, including peas and fried potato. In this photo, the potatos were put on top, but they are traditionally fried first and put in with the sauce and meat balls to soak up the flavours.

One of my most favourite Spanish dishes of all! Finding a good authentic one is hard, but when you find it, the rich flavours will have you hooked!

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Formentera – Heaven Off The Coast Of Spain

September 22nd, 2011

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I’ve just finished up a week in Ibiza with some great friends from Australia. What am amazing time it was!

One of the wonderful things we got to do was visit Formentera, 6kms off the coast of Ibiza – which is part of Spain’s Balearic Islands. The island is only 19kms long, with a population of only 10,000 people.

I went there by yacht and was told to expect beaches similar, if not better then those in the Maldives. I didn’t think it was going to be possible.

But as I walked over the little sand dune and was presented with the photo I took above, I thought I was in heaven. White sand, mixed in with pink sandy ripples, the crystal clear water and the temperature absolutely perfect. This was my kind of place to escape the craziness of Ibiza.

If there is one place you’ve probably never heard of, that is a must see, this is the place! I just wish I had more time there to enjoy it. Next time!

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A Message From Peter Everett – All The Way From Spain!

September 10th, 2011

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Peter Everett sends a very personal message to all of his loyal fans, who have sent the kindest messages to him through me.

I cannot begin to tell you how touched he is by every one of them, and he has read all of them!

In true fun and spontaneous Peter Everett style, this video was put together for all of you out there. We hope you enjoy it, as well as keeping you in the loop with everything that is going on in Peter’s life right now!

Adrian

Spanish Cuisine At It’s Best – Croquetas de Jamón

August 5th, 2011

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The Spanish diet is quite healthy, despite the many fried foods they have.
It’s said that the Mediterranean diet is the best in the world. They live long, happy and healthy lives. They have great skin and obesity is amongst the lowest in the world.

One of the really delicious and typically Spanish dishes I’ve been spoiling myself with is Croquetas con Jamón.

I have no idea how to make them, but I have found a great recipe for them.

http://www.spain-recipes.com/croquetas-jamon.html

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Spanish Cuisine At It’s Best – Jamón Serrano

August 3rd, 2011

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The Spanish most certainly know how to live. They are happy people, who are easily pleased by the rich things in life – most of all… Food.

So it’s obviously that with me being half Spanish, I’d have such a love for food!
I’m currently in Madrid and have been eating some really typical foods that are available in the hundreds for little bars that line the streets, lane ways and plazas.

Ok, so looking at the photos I’ve taken, the food really doesn’t like like something out of a magazine. But this is what true Spanish food is all about… The taste. So look past the almost grotesque presentation, and think about the fresh, authentic taste, made with love!

Over the next few days I’ll be uploading delicious typically Spanish dishes for you to see and salivate over! Yum!

Above I’ve pictured one of my favorite, yet most simple. I’d normally have this for breakfast, or at lunch – jamon Serrano with tomato on bread.

It’s so easy! Fresh crusty bread roll, cut a tomato in half and rub it into the bread, squishing all the juice and pulpy bits into the bread, drizzle a little olive oil over that, then cut some fresh Jamón Serrano. That’s it!

Jamón Serrano is cured ham, which is very popular in Spain – not so much in Australia. But you can buy it and it’s absolutely incredible! If you can’t find it, procoitto is just as good.

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Noble Wine Of The Week – J.Lohr Estates 2009 Wildflower Valdiguié

April 12th, 2011

Reviewed by Stewart Noble from WineWithoutBS.com.au for AdrianErdedi.com

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.

www.WineWithoutBS.com.au

Macho Underwear Drop Their Prices To Get Ready For Summer! Stock Up!

November 10th, 2010

Sexy underwear brand Macho have dropped their prices by $10 for all online purchases! Make sure you check out the website and stock up for summer… Because I’m telling all you Sydney-siders out there… You will be seeing me parading around in this sexy brand this Summer – as long as it stops raining! Beware!

www.machounderwear.com.au

Sharing The Family Tradition Of Authentic Spanish Paella

November 5th, 2010

From the day I was born, I pretty much grew up eating Spanish food. My Grandmother always made typical Spanish food, as did my Mother and also my Aunt. All Spanish women, they took on my Grandmother’s fantastic cooking skills.

I remember as a child, my Grandmother force feeding me and my cousin her special soup with a huge ladle sized spoon. Making us nice and plump, constantly feeding you as most European families do. Those were the days.

Not much has changed, except for the fact we can feed ourselves. When we go to my Nona’s place, it’s all the best in Spanish cuisine, albondigas con tomate, patatas bravas, croquetas… the list goes on. But the one thing, that remains a specialty in the family is the World famous, Paella.

Again since children, we were all forced to eat it. As we got older, it became a love. It has now become a special dish that all the grown-up’s know how to make, passed on from my Grandmother. Using their skills gained of many years, they have now perfected the art of making the perfect Paella. It takes alot of time, skill and hard work to get it right.

So what is Paella? It’s a risotto-like seafood dish. Authentic recipes contain saffron, rice, chicken, peas, beans, prawns, calamari, mussels, capsicum, onions and more. But you can pretty much take out or add in anything you want. Add lobster and Moreton Bay bugs, take out the onion and peas if you wish. But the base ingredients mentioned really are required. Typically, a Paella is cooked in a paellera, a huge round metal pan. There are many sizes available, all of the families within my family have multiple sizes from 30cm up to 1m in diameter! The World’s largest is just over 20m in diameter!!

So I thought I would share with you a version of the ‘Marquez Family Paella’ which can be cooked on the BBQ or on the stove in a large pan.

PAELLA (serves 10 people)

Ingredients:

1 x large onion (chopped)

4 x cloves garlic (chopped)

A handful of flat parsley (chopped)

Juice of two lemons

Half a kilo of Calasparra rice or short grain rice (not Arborio)

1 x can diced tomatoes

Saffron

Fresh fish stock 1 litre

1 kg medium green prawns (peeled and deveined)

Half a kilo of small black mussels

2 x calamari tubes (cut into rings)

3 or 4 scampi cut in half  (alternatively, Balmain bugs or lobster)

1 x red capsicum cut into long strips

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Method:

If possible, use round paella dish (paellera) with even heat all around, otherwise use a round deep frying pan, or electric frying pan.

1. Add olive oil to pan, add onions, garlic, parsley and tomatoes and make a sofrito, cook for about five minutes.

2. On another frying pan, cook capsicum strips in olive oil until soft (place aside).

3. Steam mussels and bugs for about 4 minutes or until they open (discard any unopened).

4. Add to sofrito calamari and prawns, cook for 3 minutes, add rice and stir, add fish stock and saffron, salt and pepper to taste and lemon juice.

5. Cook rice until soft (usually 20 minutes) do not stir whilst cooking, just shake Paella dish or frying pan from handles, when rice is cooked arrange, mussels and bugs as pictured.

6. Add capsicum strips on top, cover entire Paella with a tea towel and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Serve with a fresh green salad and lemon wedges.

Photos by Adrian Erdedi

Macho Underwear – Sexy, Stunning, Classy, Classic, Comfortable.

September 7th, 2010

I came across an awesome brand of underwear recently. Macho Underwear.

All of the products on the website I loved, especially the latest collection, the Black & White Collection.

Stunning, classy and the absolute epitome of classic style, the Black & White Collection are 91% cotton and 9% spandex, which make them super comfortable, durable and fit snuggly around those priceless jewels of mine!

What I love most about Macho Underwear is how great the designs are, they are just so beautiful – as ridiculous as this sounds, one of the pairs I have (Slip Arabesque) matches the style of my apartment! After purchasing my first pair, I loved them so much I ended up buying all of the designs. My most favourite pair that I own are the Sensual Brief Redfish with the super sexy side vents.

I’m hoping to God that Macho Underwear will launch a swimwear range, because it’s almost Summer and I’d love to show off these awesome designs!

Check out the rest of the collection and purchase them on-line www.MachoUnderwear.com.au

I promise you will LOVEUnderwear.

A Video Of The Cosmic Dust Storm With Whereis.com

July 21st, 2010

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Recently I went to an  absolutely crazy party, which consisted of hundreds of excited drunk people throwing holipowder at eachother in an array of colours! Read the article of the event here – http://adrianerdedi.com/tag/taboo/

Well there’s a video now that Whereis.com have released of the event for you to get right down and dirty with the party goers.

Check out this video – it’s unbelievable!

Whereis The Party? One CRAZY Night In Holi-Powder Heaven!

June 28th, 2010

Last week, I was invited to a very unique party by Whereis.com.au. I didn’t know where I was going and I didn’t know what was going to happen at the party. What I did know was the time, date and what I had to wear – black clothes I didn’t mind ruining.

Very intrigued by all of this, naturally I accepted the invited and waiting till the day to find out the location.

The day came and I got the SMS of the location a few hours before it began, a furniture warehouse in the back streets of Waterloo.

When I arrived, I got myself a Red Bull (as I was driving), a box of pizza from Pizza Hut, a pair of Bollé ski goggles, a dust mask and a plastic bag for my belongings (that I didn’t want ruined).

I waited around for 30mins or so, chatting to the 400 or so other people who were invited, all of them very intoxicated. Then up went the garage door to the warehouse. A huge room completely covered in black protective plastic. Mirror balls, a stand for DJ Minx, a bar and a First Aid door is all thats visible – with music blaring.

We all walked into this room, with anticipation of what was about to unfold! After another 30 mins or so, the music stopped. The lights went on, the fun was about to begin. A quick safety message was announced and I bolted to the media section which was protected from the havoc which was about to begin.

Plastic plates with holi-powder in an array of vibrant colours were distributed into the crowd and the craziness began! People throwing these plates of holi-powder all over the place, it was quite a sight, like nothing I’d ever seen before. The craziness could almost be compared to that of what I experienced when I did La Tomatina in Spain (the tomato throwing festival in Buñol).

Pink, yellow, red… powder all over the place, much like the severe red dust storm we had in 2009 in Sydney. People everywhere, rubbing it through their friend’s hair, ripping eachothers clothes off, men and women wearing barely anything. This was a madhouse – and I loved it! Well spectating anyway.

The guests, the floors, the walls, all covered in colour like nothing I’d seen before! Before long, I was completely covered in pink powder… My clothes, face, hair – everything covered in pink!

Just when I thought it was all over, it continued, the crowd revved up again and attacked eachother again.

After an hour or so, the powder stopped, but the dancing and drinking continued, along with the crazy colours and the sound of people having a ball! It was then I decided to backdoor it and head home.

One thing I didn’t think about was protecting my poor car – which now has a pink interior.

www.Whereis.com

www.whereistheparty.com.au

Will Fennell – Perfectly Groomed And Stunningly Distinct

May 31st, 2010

I walked into Bondi Junction clinic, WillandPeta to meet television personality Will Fennell, who owns the clinic with business partner Peta Friend.

Greeted with an enormous smile and strong handshake, the strikingly brawn Will Fennell welcomed me into his clinic with open arms.

Will stands tall, perfect posture, tightly toned and immaculately dressed. He reminds me of a robust Gladiator. He speaks well, so polite and so refined. He has a pleasant and calming nature which is warming and gentle. I felt comfortable talking to him.

As mentioned above, he owns an amazing clinic called WillandPeta which does everything to make you and your skin look and feel it’s best. He is also a prominent television personality, columnist in magazines and also travels the world hosting events. But I’d like him to tell you all about it!

Popping over to the café across the road, I got to have a great chat to him about everything in his life…

Is there anything you are currently working on, or working on in the future that you’d like to tell us about?

Well, ‘hypothetically’, I’d love to do a book. I would love to contribute to a book on my philosophies and my philosophies of skincare. I’ve really changed over the 15 years of doing what I do away from taking my business from just doing fluffy facial treatments to using only cosmosutical products in my skincare clinic, where it is all results orientated, so the concept is that you can change your skin by using skin care and skin treatments.

I’m also working on a skincare range that I’m formulating at the moment. With skincare, you can go in two directions. You can get someone to formulate it for you, so you throw money at them and say you want a skincare range, they will formulate it, but they will own the formulas themselves, and you produce this product. Or you can go the other way, where you develop the formulas and I will own them, and they will be mine. So I can take them anywhere I want and do anything with them because they are mine. It just takes longer. I am working with my chemist to formulate the skincare range.

I have also joined the Mr. Gay World organisation, so I hosted Mr. Gay World in Oslo earlier in the year, and so I am going to Europe in September to host Mr. Gay Europe, I’m excited about doing that!

Last year I did too many things, this year I said I would only do three things. That’s all I will do, just these three things.

Who or what influences you most in fashion?

In fashion, it would be Tom Ford, with out a doubt. The classical thing about Tom Ford is that it is all incredibly simple; it’s just executed beautifully and flawlessly. All the man has to wear is a crisp white shirt and a black suit. Everything about him is incredibly simple, all of his designs are simple, and that’s me. I love that. I would prefer uncluttered and attention to detail.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

I love Calibre clothing, Calibre make the best jeans. I love them. I’d sleep in them! When you are getting older, in your mid-thirties, you can’t wear skinny jeans anymore. You still want to wear jeans that fit you nicely, without having that skinny look. My classic look is jeans and loafers, I wear jeans and loafers all the time, that is what I feel comfortable in. Calibre makes beautiful tailored jeans that are nice enough to wear to a business meeting, but comfortable enough to wear and be semi-casual.

Is there a feature of your home that you love most?

My partner and I have a balcony outside area that overlooks Elizabeth Bay. We live in the most densely populated suburb in Sydney, but yet we have this balcony, which overlooks this little body of water, and you wouldn’t have any idea where you were. I need to see water. I don’t need to see lights of the city or anything like that when it comes to views, but if I can see, hear or smell water, that’s all for me. Water has negative ions, so it’s calming. The closer you are to sea level, the calmer you are.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Travelling. It’s something that we like to do, we like to do a country and not do this whole 7 countries in 3 weeks thing. For instance, when we go away to another continent, people ask what countries we are going to, we like to keep it quite minimal and focus on only those countries. We’ll get a train from city to city. Countries I’ve never been would be my biggest extravagance.

How did you get into what you do?

When I was about 15, I had really bad acne, so I started to see a skin therapist and I couldn’t really afford to have the treatments. She was lovely, so she said come in and visit me, and help me and in exchange I’ll give you treatments, so I knew it’s what I wanted to do. When I left high school, I was too scared to tell my parents that I wanted to be a skin therapist, so I went to University for a year, then at the end of that year I said to my mother that I am going to go to beauty school. She cried and carried on.

At that time my father had left us and I had no contact with him. At that time, my mum and I were very poor and there was no way she could afford to put me through beauty school, but then my fathers mother died, and she left me money. I got this phone call one day from a lawyer saying “you’re grandmother has left you X amount of money” and all of a sudden I had the money for beauty school. It all happened in this short period of time.

I worked my whole way through college, first off at a nursing home, then at a beauty salon in Darlinghurst. I met my business partner there, and then the following year we opened out first salon, which was called Baby Blue. I was 20, so I was the Baby, and she has the most beautiful blue eyes, so she was Blue. That’s why we called it Baby Blue.

So how did the TV career come about?

10 Years Younger In Ten Days came through DNA, one of the executive producers of the show read the magazine, and she called me and asked if I wanted to do an audition.

After Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, the salon was doing really well and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it again, but I went along anyway, went to the audition.  They rang and told me to be at the audition, but I couldn’t get to it because I had a job I was contracted to in Germany and couldn’t get out of it. So that was that and I didn’t hear from them. I went to Germany, had a great time. I came back, and they rang me, and asked if I wanted to shoot the pilot. It was great because there were no nerves involved because I didn’t think it was going to happen.

Queer Eye For The Straight Guy was in 2004, the problem with that was it came about too late, they took too long to create it over here, the American version was barely getting 700,000 viewers a night, so the hype was over, resulting in just one season. From first auditions, to going to air, it took two years – that’s a long time!

Favourite place to relax in Sydney?

We live very close to Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair. It would have to be one of our favourite places ever. I run around that head, it’s funny, because there’s this bit that faces Woolloomooloo where my heart starts to get this thing there, as I approach the corner, and I see the bridge and everything at the end and it’s like… I don’t know, I just get this amazing feeling every time, it never changes. This is the most beautiful place ever.

What are your thoughts on Australian fashion in comparison to International fashion?

There’s always this idea that we are a season behind. That we are a step behind it all. I don’t think that’s the case anymore. We have some fantastic designers. As I said before, I’m a jeans and t-shirt type of guy. I have a few beautiful suits, I have less lots of clothes, instead some beautiful, maybe 6 or 8 beautiful shirts.

I think the idea of us being some little country at the bottom of the world that always has last season is gone, our designers have shown the world that they can go to Europe and mix it with the best of them. I don’t think we’ll ever be taken as seriously as French Couture or Italian, I don’t think it’s in our culture as much as it is in theirs. It’s in their culture.

What’s one thing you can’t leave home without?

I have a lip balm in every single pocket in every single garment! Sometimes my partner will be like, “So which one is it today? High gloss, shimmer, lip-pumping…”

I have this great Christian Dior lip-pumper, and because I love them [lipgloss], I’ll try anything. I put it on and then next minute it works, because it has all these irritants to the skin, next thing I had these massive lips, my partner was so embarrassed by me!

There’s this idea that if you start using it, you will rely on it. The thing is, lips have no sebaceous glands, and so by nature they are incredibly dry. They still produce hyaluronic acid, meaning that they have the capability to moisturise themselves, but they have no capability of keeping the moisture in, because they have no oil glands. So you need to moisturise and you need to protect them.

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

I’m so protective of my skin and the sun, that I don’t go to the beach all that much. But if I ever do go out in the sun, it would be Boy Charlton pool at Woolloomooloo, I love it there.

But if I had to pick a beautiful beach, it would have to be the smaller beaches on the harbour like Parsley Bay and the Eastern suburbs.

Three pet hates…

1. Gossiping.

2. Hairy ears. BIGGEST faux par.  Hair coming out of noses and ears. It’s so easy to remove. You can take a really handsome man and ruin everything with just a little bit of ear hair.

3. Body clipping and shaving on men. The days of men removing all their hair, it’s over now. Trim it back if you want to keep it all nicely contoured and all neat and tidy, but a big no to shaving. Imagine rubbing yourself up against someone who has just shaved, it’s like having a cheese grater on you.

How often do you eat out? Or cook at home?

I love Japanese. Japanese would be one of my favourite meals to eat out I suppose. There are some great Japanese restaurants in Potts Point, so I eat a lot of Japanese out. Apart from that, we cook most nights at home. We have a BBQ on our balcony. My partner would BBQ anything and everything if he could. He’s American, so he is used to using a big BBQ. We eat at home about 5 nights a week. We eat pizza, eat at home, or eat Japanese.

If you were Clover Moore, what would you inject money into fixing in Sydney?

We used to have a business on Oxford Street in Darlinghurst. Ten years ago we moved away because I could see it was starting to decline. And I know that she is doing her best to somehow improve Darlinghurst, the feeling on the street, the safety, you walk down at night and I don’t know how much you can do to help this, but it’s not a place I would think of going anymore. I wouldn’t think of going there to shop or for dinner or go to Darlinghurst anymore. It’s, I think, it’s lost a sense of village and anything it used to have. It doesn’t exist.

Where would you go for drinks with friends then?

Lotus bar, I love Lotus bar. The best thing is you can just ask a waitress to grab you a drink and they just do it, they’ll know what you like, or they’ll just make one for you. I drink very little, but I’ll have one cocktail. They are amazing and it’s chilled, it’s an early, not a late place, so you don’t have to head down there late. I’m not really into the bar thing so much, but a cocktail bar is nice.

What is the thing you would change most in terms of men’s mentality in grooming?

Men think it’s too hard. That’s the first thing I come across – that it’s too hard.

The reason that’s happened is because the women in this industry have made it too hard. You have these women that have all these products, which they put on before going to bed.

All you need are 3 steps in the morning and 3 steps in the evening.

You cleanse and scrub in the shower, then put moisturiser on. It seriously takes 30 seconds. It’s not hard and it’s not time consuming. The way I have programmed my clients and the procedure of using my product is making it really simple in just 3 steps. You prepare the skin by cleaning it. You treat it by using active ingredients and you moisturise it. So I think that’s it, the main thing is it’s not that hard and it’s not time consuming, and the benefits you will see in the long run are enormous.

If you start in your 20’s or 30’s looking after your skin, wearing sunscreen and using exfoliant, you will get to 40 and look in the mirror and not think someone has walked all over your face. It’s easy, wear sunscreen. Most creams reverse ageing, the only one to prevent is sunscreen.

www.willandpeta.com

Where Would I Rather Be?

March 24th, 2010

I’d rather be at The Marbella Club Hotel in Marbella, Spain.

Listed in the Forbes Best Hotels in the World, The Marbella Club Hotel is a holiday home to wealthy European families, which come here year after year to relax, play golf, horse ride and use the Thalasso Spa.

I’ve holidayed in Marbella before, and I loved every second of it. It’s a beautiful city at the foot of the Benahavis mountains, right on the sea. The beaches are beautiful and clean, although during the peak months it can get really crowded and full of tourists, there is still a great happy vibe about the place.

The wealth is this city is ridiculous. The worlds wealthiest families all have a house here, it’s like the French Riviera, in Spain. The Beckhams have a mansion here – so that shows the calibre of families who live and holiday here.

The slender streets, busy bars and ritzy restaurants are full of men and women, both with obvious cosmetic surgery, excessive amounts of gold and diamonds, and more luxury performance vehicles then you have ever seen. I LOVE IT.

Back to The Marbella Club Hotel, it has one of the world’s best golf courses – Marbella is known for it’s immaculate golf courses. The beach front Hotel has 84 rooms and 37 elegant suites set amongst lush gardens designed by owner, Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe.

There are 14 Andalucían-style villas, with their own divine gardens and pools; giving the feeling and character of an authentic classic whitewashed village of Andalucía. It’s tranquil, spacious and intimate: absolute luxury.

I can’t wait to go back there in 2011. Till then, it’s where I’d rather be.