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The Revolutionary Wood-Fired Oven >Summer Must-Have<

October 20th, 2014

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It’s such a fantastic way to impress your family and friends with delicious food straight from your very own wood-fired oven.

It’s a super small product from Uuni. It’s versatile, portable and very easy to use, it will truly revolutionise what and how you can cook outdoors! Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 9.23.46 pm

At a fraction of the costs of a traditional WFO (wood-fired oven), Uuni blows the competition out of the water. It burns wood pellets which are cheap and efficient, so there’s no need to split wood or play with an axe :)

Uuni 2 is the definitive outdoor kitchen and I’m giving it a big thumbs up! Here’s what it’s all about:

  • Australian Price just $399
  • You light Uuni up and in just 10 minutes it’s ready to cook
  • You can cook or bake all sorts of things with it. Your most obvious choice is delicious wood-fired pizzas. Just 2 minutes and your pizza is done, and you can also use it to cook meat, fish, vegetables, or even desserts!
  • Once done, Uuni packs into a small space for easy storage (although it does look amazing!) or transport. It’s super easy to take with you on a camping trip. It’s smaller than a carry-on suitcase!
  • Made in Finland. Designed in London.

For more info: Uuni.net

Adrian x

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The Woodford Reserve Mothers Day Polo Classic Media Launch

March 26th, 2014

It’s coming up to that time of the year where Sydney’s social set put the day aside to relax in style and watch the polo.

The Woodford Reserve Mother’s Day Polo Classic, to be held at the Kurri Burri Polo Club on Sunday May 11, launched its charity event on Monday evening at Keystone’s hot spot, Rushcutters.

Welcomed with a Woodford premium craft bourbon Sour cocktail then Stella Artois and Veuve Clicquot to follow, with a tasting of the fancy new wine spritz, Bondi Rd by Yellow Tail.

The Mother’s Day event has fast become a landmark society polo event in NSW. What started out as a small family day in the Kurri Burri fields six years ago, has been building into the thousands. The picturesque estate runs along the Hawkesbury River with the Blue Mountains as a back drop, a perfect escape for city dwellers.

Mahalia Barnes is confirmed as the headlining act and is set to perform some soulful numbers on smooth fm’s entertainment stage; Kris Smith will add star power to the Woodford Reserve marquee as their ambassador, and special guest Blanche d’Alpuget, a long standing patron of their chosen charity Inala, will be attending with The Honourable Bob Hawke.
Inala, supporting individuals living with disabilities and special needs, has raised $173K thus far thanks to the support of the event over the years.

Crispy Pork Hoc was matched with Woodford Reserve’s Kentucky Apple, and guests’ taste buds were treated to oysters with Merlot vinaigrette, sardines on toast, tomato and goats curd salad, and for the sweet tooth – Pear and cherry strudel to complete the evening.

Tickets are on sale now and a range of hamper options can be purchased at:
www.kurriburri.com.au

#woodfordpolo #kurriburri

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Office Is My Playground

February 4th, 2014

The Chinese fashion brand Lily stars top model Barbara Palvin in their Spring 2014 campaign created by Fred & Farid Shanghai, ironically names Office Is My Playground.
I’m a big fan! Look at the colours and fabric texture.
CREDITS:
Model: Barbara Palvin
Agency: Fred & Farid Shanghai
Photographer: John Wright
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ADRIAN CAN’T COOK with Bonnie Lythgoe – Episode 3 – Part 2

November 7th, 2013

You just can’t help but fall in love with Bonnie Lythgoe (So You Think You Can Dance).
This effervescent, always smiling and kind hearted lady is the next amazing guest on Adrian Can’t Cook.

Enjoy.

Adrian

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VIDEO: David Emge – www.soularchmedia.com
PHOTOS: Jamie Auld – www.alwaysyours.com.au

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November 6th, 2013

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FEIT’s New Wallets, Belts and iPad Cases

October 20th, 2013

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Check out the latest collection of handmade Italian leather accessories in deep luxurious shades of Burgundy and Black Toscano.

FEIT’s Hand Moulded Florentine wallets, iPad and iPad mini cases, and Italian vegetable leather belts are available for pre order for men and women.

All items are made out of one piece sturdy Italian vegetable leather.

Although these items may look nondescript to the naked eye, their luxurious construction ensures they are functional and will last for years to come. FEIT’s small leather goods are handcrafted using an ancient Florentine moulding technique, used by only a handful of artisans living today. This technique has been passed down in their family run atelier for three generations.

The vegetable leather belt is also made using only one piece of vegetable leather with only four stitched, applied by hand.

Enter the code PREORDER at checkout to redeem your pre order benefit

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“Cantina Del Sol” Keeps the Spirit of Mexico Alive in Sydney

October 19th, 2013

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Thanks to the success of the vibrant Cantina del Sol pop up, Sol Beer is keeping the spirit of Mexico alive in Sydney as it continues to run the colourful cantina until the last weekend of October.

It’s not too late to be treated to a Mexican sensation at Potts Point’s Villa Bar & Kitchen, which has been transformed into a Mexican escape, with influences drawn from the style and flair of iconic Mexican artist Frida Khalo – a name synonymous with Mexican arts and culture.

Be sure to to visit for the final week (October 23 27):

Wednesday & Thursday dinner 5:30-10pm
Friday lunch & dinner 12:30-3:30pm / 5:30-10pm
Saturday lunch & dinner 12:30-3:30pm /5:30-10pm
Sunday dinner 5:30 – 10pm

Located at 1 Kellet St, Potts Point

For bookings contact – Raul Gonzales: raul@liddlemaniacs.com.au // 0416 180 330

Click here for the Phillip Davenport menu for Cantina del Sol

Victoria Room, The Ultimate Venue for Melbourne Cup

October 18th, 2013

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ADRIAN CAN’T COOK with Bonnie Lythgoe – Episode 3 – Part 1

October 16th, 2013

You just can’t help but fall in love with Bonnie Lythgoe (So You Think You Can Dance).
This effervescent, bubbly, always smiling and kind hearted lady is the next amazing guest on the “British Special” of Adrian Can’t Cook.

Stay tuned for Part 2 coming soon…

Enjoy.

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VIDEO: David Emge – www.soularchmedia.com
PHOTOS: Jamie Auld – www.alwaysyours.com.au

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ADRIAN CAN’T COOK – Behind The Scenes of Part 1 with Bonnie Lythgoe

October 16th, 2013

I love the work Jamie Auld from Always Yours Photography does.

Here are some of my favourite photos from PART 1 of the Adrian Can’t Cook “British Special” shoot with Bonnie Lythgoe.

www.alwaysyours.com.au

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Basil Soda – Ready To Wear – Spring/Summer 2014

September 30th, 2013

The BASIL SODA woman is exploring new grounds this season, in search of a lighter attitude and a sense of freshness.

Explosions of color, sleek tailoring and exuberant shapes compliment a youthful state of mind for an effortless look.  Modern geometric cuts are inspired by different techniques of folding and pleating. Splashes of stone and metal embroideries add streaks of lively colors. The various range of unexpected fabrics create an interesting palette to play with such as; perforated cottons, abstract floral prints, unconventional laces, along with silk satins and crepe georgettes adding a touch of romanticism embellishment that compliments metal rose accessories hugging the body.

BASIL SODA Spring/Summer 2014 provides every aspect of a modern day woman’s life, from day-wear to signature evening-wear.

www.basilsoda.com

If you just happen to be in Paris between the 28th of Sept and 2nd of Oct 2013, you can view the full collection at Hôtel SAINT JAMES / PARIS.

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Lastest Swimwear Collection from Camilla

September 27th, 2013

Ladies, dive head first into summer with this season’s hottest collection of swimwear at Camilla.

Full of beautiful and inspired prints, signature embellished necklines and flattering fits for fabulous women.

Check out the entire range at www.camilla.com.au

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Bring The Outdoors In With EcoChic

September 27th, 2013

Timber! Bring the outdoors in with the Antipodean Side Table. Made from felled camphor laurel trees, a noxiuos weed in Australia, or walnut burl from trees that were removed years ago and saved by the lovely Alan in Mullumbimby, each solid-wood table is one of a kind. The contrast of organic with modern makes this a real converstaion piece as well as a great place to set a drink!

Colour options are Whitewash or Natural Timber and the hardwood slabs are French polished with natural beeswax.

Bases are polished 304 stainless steel, not chromed.

Whitewash approx size: 65 x 35 x 48 cm high
Natural approx size: 59 x 44 x 48 cm high

Price: $385

www.ecochic.com.au

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The Victoria Room Cocktail on Arrival

September 18th, 2013

It’s literally been years since I’ve been here, but it’s so nice to be welcomed back up the staircase with Michael Burokas on the piano and a cocktail in hand. Feels good being back! #thevictoriaroom — with Faris Cosic at The Victoria Room.

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The Fashion Festival Bali – It’s a Wrap!

September 3rd, 2013

The inaugural Bali Fashion Festival presented by the magnificent The Stones Hotel Legian closed the festivities over the weekend with a party hosted by TATLER Indonesia magazine. The week-long event played host to a long list of Asian Pacific celebrities, socialites and talent from Australia including Michael and Lindy Klim and Casey Burgess.

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Locals of the island and tourists from around the world indulged in a fashionable week of workshops, pop-up boutiques and world-class runway shows that featured some of the regions most established and emerging designers.

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Leah De Gloria from Project Runway Australia opened The Fashion Festival with her beautiful couture collection, followed by Singaporean label, Gnossem. Balinese labels Uluwatu Lace, Bamboo Blonde, Arturro and Mr & Mrs Wardrobe lead the fashion pack and got the bloggers excited with their traditional prints and flowing ensembles, whilst Jakarta based label, FOXXY, sparkled with a touch of quirk.

Story by Tang designer Christine Tang

Australia has been well represented with Shakahachi, Story by Tang, BARE, State of Georgia and Pared eyewear showcasing their eclectic chic style. Shakuhachi introduced its Cyber-Barbarella range of Space-age grunge and floaty, feminine florals to an adoring crowd of hipsters and fashionistas. Models walked out in wistful prints and girlish silhouettes. Bomber jackets coated in a metallic sheen were paired with playful floral camisoles, figure-hugging patent bustiers mimicked the construction of cosmic-armour – offset by floral kimonos, crisp white blazers and delicate printed organza.

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Nicholas Meimaris, MD & Creative Director for MGroup who produced The Fashion Festival, was thrilled with the activity, “From the original concept of creating an integrated fashion event that would showcase the Pan Pacific region’s emerging and established designers to Bali’s industry and travel audience – it’s exciting to see the Festival come together. The island has become a melting pot of designers, celebrities and artists that have been able to engage and enjoy each other’s creativity.”

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The Fashion Festival has been a stunning showcase of fashion, beauty, style and culture with stunning Indonesian models hair styled by internationally renowned stylist Rob Peetoom.

Meimaris concluded, “We plan to make the event the hero fashion festival for the region and continue to offer our audience and guests an exciting opportunity to experience an international runway production!”

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www.thefashionfestival.com

ADRIAN CAN’T COOK Photo Shoot with Kate Lillian Muir

August 15th, 2013

Just some of my fav photos from the Adrian Can’t Cook shoot with Kate Lillian Muir of Trends Are Like Boys.

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ADRIAN CAN’T COOK with Kate Lillian Muir – Episode 2 – Part 2

August 14th, 2013

This is PART 2 of Adrian Can’t Cook with my super fashionable guest from Trends Are Like Boys, Kate Lillian Muir. She is teaching me how to make a simple, high end, impressive first date dish!

Don’t miss PART 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qu9N1ezLYJA

Enjoy.

Adrian

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ADRIAN CAN’T COOK with Kate Lillian Muir – Episode 2 – Part 1

August 7th, 2013

My super fashionable guest from Trends Are Like Boys, Kate Lillian Muir is teaching me how to make a simple, high end, impressive first date dish!

Enjoy.

Adrian

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ADRIAN CAN’T COOK Photo Shoot with Bianca and Maria Venuti

July 17th, 2013

Here are some of my favourite photos from the Adrian Can’t Cook shoot with Bianca Venuti and Maria Venuti.

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ADRIAN CAN’T COOK with Bianca and Maria Venuti – Episode 1 – Part 2

July 16th, 2013

This is Part 2, Episode 1 of ADRIAN CAN’T COOK!

My special guest is Bianca Venuti, teaching me how to make an easy Italian specialty.
Check out what fun and games we get up to and who the special guest may be…

Enjoy.

Adrian

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Zimmerman Trial – Protests in NYC

July 15th, 2013

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All i wanted to do was go to the M&M’s store and then BAM, I end up in the middle of crazy ass protests going on in Times Square NYC for the Zimmerman trial (as Toa just told me).

There’s about a million people, the city is at a complete standstill and bus loads of police are lining the streets. I hope it stays peaceful but people are getting rowdy.

Hands Down – The Best Knife Blocks I’ve Ever Seen!

June 21st, 2013

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‘Edge of Belgravia’ is renown for their Ceramic and Damascus knives, which enhance the cooking experience and complement all kitchens through their futuristic and clever design.

I’m in love. Vibrant colours and a comedic edge ensure ‘Edge of Belgravia’ knives are a stylish addition to any kitchen bench top and I guarantee when you see, you will want!

Be sure to visit their website for all the information: www.edgeofbelgravia.com.au

ADRIAN CAN’T COOK with Bianca and Maria Venuti – Episode 1 – Part 1

June 12th, 2013

 

This is the first official Adrian Can’t Cook video.
The first special guest is Bianca Venuti teaching me how to make an easy Italian specialty.
Check out what fun and games we get up to and who the special guest may be… There may even be a little performance!
Enjoy.

Adrian

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Twitter: @AdrianCantCook #AdrianCantCook
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SPECIAL THANKS:
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LET THE FUN BEGIN! Adrian Can’t Cook Launching THIS WEEK!

June 3rd, 2013

ADRIAN CAN’T COOK will officially launch this week, but there needs to be a Kitchen Quickie to get you in the mood… Are you ready?

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The Jeep Kurri Burri Polo Classic – A Fresh Twist for Mother’s Day

May 13th, 2013

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What a Mother’s Day I had… Without my mother. But my adorable mother for the day was great friend Dr Nikki Goldstein.

The Jeep Kurri Burri Polo Classic was the perfect match for mums from all walks of life. Sipping on Veuve Clicquot and taking in the fresh air and sunshine, friends and families enjoyed the charming country hospitality, gourmet food and live entertainment throughout the day.

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The fifth annual charity event has become the premier family sport and lifestyle event in NSW, fermenting its reputation as a relaxed day for socials and locals to enjoy a competitive match of polo. But it’s not just for the adults; there were heaps of kids being kept entertained with the Reading Jets kids zone that included face painting, pony rides, Jack Russell Racing and the Kids’ Dash across the field. Apparently I wasn’t allowed to enter the dash. Thanks Nikki!

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Host of The Voice Darren McMullen, joined in the frivolity and shared a classic picnic with his parents. Darren was reunited with former The Voice contestant, Prinnie Stevens, who later in the day performed her latest hit, Don’t Wake Me Up, calling on the kids to dance live on stage with her which was very cute!

Pimms, Punch or Peroni? The Polo Bar & Lawn, was a vibrant addition with everybody enjoying the country chic vibe as polo players mingled with guests. Daimon Downey set the tunes with a selection of tracks to keep guests including, Pip Edwards and Kristy-Lee Allan loving life and dancing on the side lines.

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The Jeep marquee was full of fabulous people, who shared the day with their children. Celebrity chef Ben O’Donoghue cooked up a storm on the Jeep Grill for us. The food was absolutely delicious! Some of the fab people included Jesinta Campbell, Deborah Knight, Holy Bristly, Ed Phillips, Cameron Williams, David Campbell, David Whitehill, Sam Armytage, the adorable Benji and Zoe Marshall, plus MKR’s Luke Hines and Scott Gooding.

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Plenty of money was raised and went towards the charity Inala – a Rudolf Steiner organisation supporting individuals with disabilities. Proceeds raised from this year’s event go towards the development of a New Day Service Facility for clients with high support needs, $145k has been raised to date. Amazing work!

I can’t wait for next year, I had such an enjoyable time. Perhaps next year, I’ll take my mummy :)

www.kurriburri.com.au  ::  facebook.com/kurriburri  ::  @KurriBurriPolo

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Look Amazing Gents!

May 10th, 2013

Come gents, take advantage of this sale!

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The Collection of Danielle Luquet de Saint Germain

April 30th, 2013

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If you just happen to be in Paris during October (as I will be) and a fan of Danielle Luquet de Saint Germain, you’re in for a fashion treat.

It’s the sensational collection sale of one of the largest Haute Couture collections of the last quarter of the 20th century, which will be dispersed at Drouot Richelieu on October 14th, 2013, the first sale of several organized by Gros & Delettrez Auction House is comprised of about 350 stunning pieces.

Danielle Luquet de Saint Germain embodies far more than Yves Saint-Laurent’s beloved showroom model; she was his muse, his inspiration. The celebrated fashion designer even dared to pick ideas from her personal dress style to create some of his most iconic pieces, such as the first women’s tuxedo, the first transparent blouse, or the first ready-to-wear safari jacket.

“She came from Lyon; she had done very little fashion, and when I chose her, I realised that her body and her gestures were typical of today’s women. There they were: I didn’t have to teach her anything! On the contrary, she helped me eliminate any references and reminders that were out of fashion – the dust of haute couture.” – Yves Saint Laurent, LE JOURNAL DU DIMANCHE, 2 February 1969.

“One morning I arrived at the same time as Yves, wearing trousers and a man’s trench coat. When I went up to the studio after the presentation of the collection, he asked me to leave my outfit with him so that he could take inspiration from it.” – Danielle Luquet de Saint Germain, propos recueillis par Alexandre Fiette

SO SAVE THE DATES if you are in Paris:

Preview: October 2-5, 2013. Showroom 12 Drouot, 12, rue Drouot – 75009 Paris.

Viewing at Hôtel Drouot : Saturday October 12th, from 11am to 6pm, and Monday October 14th, from 11am to 12am.

Auction at Hôtel Drouot: Monday October 14th, 2013

www.drouot.com

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Blue Steel – BASSIKE 2013 Pre-Collection

April 29th, 2013

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It’s the colour that’s got me here… It’s my favourite shade of blue.

Oh… and it’s the fact it’s Bassike. Simple, clean, edgy and current.

This is their 2013 pre-collection glimpse, check out their website for more: www.bassike.com

The Sweet Spot Serif Stool from Charles Wilson Design

April 29th, 2013

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Absolutely loving these Serif stools from Charles Wilson Designs.

Taking inspiration from the flow of poured metal, the Serif stools are conceived as continuous surfaces that resemble archetypal industrial components. Highly durable and suitable for indoor or outdoor use, their reductive form comes not at the expense of comfort: the seating has been thoroughly researched to yield that essential ‘sweet spot’.

Made from gravity-die-cast aluminium, Serif is available in Safety Yellow, X15 Orange, Blaze Blue and Signal Red and may be customised in an array of colours.

www.charleswilsondesign.com

The 32nd Australian Wool Fashion Awards Wrap Video – Armidale

April 1st, 2013

The 32nd Australian Wool Fashion Awards – Armidale

March 26th, 2013

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I had the absolute honor of being selected as a fashion judge for 32nd Australian Wool Fashion Awards in Armidale, NSW.

A role which needed to be taken seriously, I was one of five talented professionals, Bonnie Lythgoe (So You Think You Can Dance), Peter Everett (TV Presenter), Faye De Lanty (Fashion Writer) and Jo Nathan (Designer at Woolli Woolli) who had to critique 90 garments from many categories submitted by designers all over Australia and New Zealand.

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With many categories including evening wear, race wear, bridal, recycled wool and the very fun Alice In Wonderland theme, things were very competitive and the designers had to make sure there was a minimum of 60% Merino wool used in their designs.

Choosing the ‘best of’ in each category was quite a task, it’s so hard to not make every designer a winner when the build and design quality was so great.

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We all had so much fun and worked so collaboratively to make sure the best of each category was selected because this is the future of our young (and some old!) designers who deserve every opportunity to win scholarships or grants at the countries leading fashion colleges.

The Australia Wool Fashion Awards strives to find and award the best designers. It also creates an incredible platform for these designers to enter and submit their work.

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On the big night of nights, the finalists we had selected were sent down the runway in the gardens of the Historic Saumarez Homestead in Armidale where a colourful array of outfits were paraded. The very professional, funny and gorgeous Deborah Hutton hosted the night, keeping everyone entertained.

Laura Davis from All Saints Anglican School Merrimac on Queensland’s Gold Coast took out first prize in the School section before taking out the three-year, half-fee degree Scholarship to study at North Sydney’s Raffles College of Design.

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Laurel Judd from Napier, New Zealand won both the Racewear and Knitwear sections as well as the Supreme Award, winning a gold and diamond pendant and earrings worth $10,000 donated by Margot Edwina Rees Antiques, Tenterfield.

Workwear winner was QUT student Shea Cameron of Biggera Waters, Queensland while Larissa Murdock from Werribee in Victoria took out the recycled wool category with an outfit made from knitted jumpers sourced from Op Shops. Long time entrant Judy Bond from Buronga, NSW crocheted her way to two second prizes and a first in wearable art.

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Jane Frazer from Deniliquin won the evening wear category with a stunning cream and gunmetal pleated gown made from Wool Charné fabric. Libby Spring and Celia Fraser from Fullarton South Australia won the bridal wear with a gown trimmed with Nanna’s lace curtains.

Whitehouse Institute of Design Drawing Scholarships went to Jessica McClatchy from PLC Pymble, NSW and Bianca Scott and Sarah Scott from All Saints Anglican School, Queensland.

Academy of Design Scholarships went to Armidale students Nichola Eliott from New England Girls’ School, Miriam Lott and Edith Rose from Armidale High School.

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THE 2013 AUSTRALIAN WOOL FASHION AWARDS

Section One – Secondary School Award – Alice in Wonderland
Highly Commended: Danielle Rawle, All Saints Anglican School, Merrimac QLD
Highly Commended: Evie Weir, Duval High School Armidale
2nd Prize: Miriam Lott, Armidale High School
1st Prize: Laura Davis, All Saints Anglican School, Merrimac QLD

Section Two – Young Designer Award
2nd Prize: Tara Barker, Academy of Design, Robina QLD
1st Prize: Nichola Eliott, New England Girls’ School, Armidale

Section Three – Knitwear
Highly Commended: Janice Ward, Young NSW
Highly Commended: Stephanie McGuigan, South Hurstville, Raffles College of Design, North Sydney
2nd Prize: Judy Bond, Buronga NSW
1st Prize: Laurel Judd, Napier New Zealand

Section Four – Workwear
2nd Prize: Taree Birse, Academy of Design, Robina QLD
1st Prize: Shea Cameron, Biggera Waters QLD, QUT

Section Five – Racewear
Highy Commended: Rycki Symons, Robina Academy of Design, QLD
2nd Prize: Sam Stolhand, Young NSW
1st Prize: Laurel Judd, Napier New Zealand

Section Seven – Recycled
2nd Prize: Lucy Virgona, Strathfield, UTS
1st Prize: Larissa Murdock, Werribee VIC

Section Eight- Wearable Art
2nd Prize: Julie Thornton, North Rockhampton QLD
1st Prize: Judy Bond Buronga NSW

Section Nine – Evening Wear
Highly Commended: Taree Birse, Southport QLD, Academy of Design
Highly Commended: Azulant Akora, East Victoria Park WA, Edith Cowan University
2nd Prize: Judy Bond, Buronga NSW
1st Prize: Jane Frazer, Deniliquin NSW

Section Ten – Bridal Wear
2nd Prize: Rycki Symons, Robina QLD, Academy of Design
1st Prize: Celia Fraser & Libby Spring, Fullarton SA TAFE

SPECIAL AWARDS

Whitehouse Institute of Design Drawing Scholarship
Jessica McClatchy, PLC Pymble

Whitehouse Institute of Design Drawing Scholarship
Bianca Scott All Saints Anglican School Merrimac QLD

Whitehouse Institute of Design Drawing Scholarship –
Sarah Scott – All Saints Anglican School Merrimac QLD

Academy of Design Scholarships
Nichola Elliot – New England Girls’ School, Armidale
Miriam Lott – Armidale High School
Edith Rose – Armidale High School

Raffles College of Design Half fee 3 year Degree Scholarship
Laura Davis – All Saints Anglican School, Merrimac QLD

SUPREME AWARD
Laurel Judd – Napier New Zealand

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It’s incredible how emotional I was on the night. Watching these amazingly gorgeous girls and boys develop and give life to each of the garments they paraded. They kindly donated their time, also with the organiser Liz Foster – who has been running the awards from day 1! Amazing efforts!

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The amount of work and time that goes into every one of these garments is truly outstanding.

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This gorgeous red dress was a clear favourite the moment it appeared on stage.

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Detail, detail, detail. Like nothing I’ve ever seen! Impressive!

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All the fun after the show – such an amazing evening!

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Post awards fun outside. Here we are getting interviewed by Kate Lillian Muir of Australian Wool Innovation.

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The impressive Saumarez Homestead, Peter Everett, Bonnie Lythgoe, myself and Bonnie laughing away.

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Here are the judges, such a privilege to announce the winners with Deborah Hutton.

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The JEEP KURRI BURRI Polo Classic – The Perfect Match For Mother’s Day

March 21st, 2013

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The JEEP Kurri Burri Polo Classic launched its Mother’s Day event on Wednesday evening to a select crowd of socialites, sponsors, polo players and media at Double Bay’s hot spot, Pelicano – and I was there to enjoy it!

We were greeted by hand crafted signs made with love, by Daimon Downey, exclaiming ‘Pelicano heart mummy’, and making gorgeous references to their sponsors JEEP and Veuve Cliquot. We were also welcomed with delicious canapés provided by Pelicano, who announced they will be hosting a cool, pop-up bar at Kurri Burri.

The event, to be held Sunday May 12, is fast becoming the landmark lifestyle and social polo event in NSW. Event Organisers Yakusan, gave a special thanks to Jeep, Veuve Clicquot, Jaeger Le-Coultre, Shangri La Hotels & Resorts, and Inala for their continued partnership, and welcomed The Classic Safari Company as a new partner for 2013. Gilles Merry (Yakusan MD) also thanked Glenn & Sam Wheatley the entertainment extraordinaires who joined the project to help take the event to new heights in 2013.

Kurri Burri Polo Club CEO, Adam Marshall, was thrilled to announce that the event’s headlining act was to be the talented Prinnie Stevens, one of Australia’s most sought after performers, “Prinnie is a mother herself, and the perfect role model for everything our event stands for.”

Money raised will go towards the charity Inala – a Rudolf Steiner organisation supporting individuals with disabilities. Tony Anderson, CEO, stated, “Since the event began four years ago over $113,000 has been raised for Inala. Proceeds raised from this year’s event will go towards the development of a New Day Service Facility for clients with high support needs.”

The Jeep Kurri Burri Polo Classic is a day for friends and family to enjoy authentic polo competition, country hospitality, gourmet food, beverage and live entertainment, set on a beautiful estate under the back drop of the Blue Mountains.

www.kurriburri.com.au
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FEIT Hand Sewn Low Leather Shoe – Luxury For Your Feet

March 21st, 2013

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Check out FEIT’S new Summer Hand Sewn Lows.

The Hand Sewn Low is a magnificent hand made version of a classic court sport sneaker, built from start to finish by one master craftsman using a unique construction.

Using the finest Italian vegetable leathers, using minimal dyes, chemicals and pigments, the hide remains as close as possible to its natural state. The suede breathes as it does in nature. It is non irritant, soft to touch, ages richly over time and is biodegradable.

The Hand Sewn Low is now available for pre order in Birch vegetable suede and Natural vegetable leather.

Numbers are sustainably limited and I will be getting my hands on a pair of them immediately – as should you!

www.feitdirect.com

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Venuti’s Sicilia Tour

March 9th, 2013

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An authentic trip around Sicily with the fabulous mother and daughter duo, Maria and Bianca Venuti. Eating at amazing restaurants and spending time with local families. Drinking fine local wines and eating the best cheeses.

This sounds like the perfect holiday to me. Who’s in?

It’s Venuti’s Sicilia Foodgasms – the ultimate food and wine tour!

Join Australian/Italian showbiz icon Maria Venuti AM and her beautiful ‘buongustaio’ (food connoisseur) daughter, Bianca Venuti, for a once in a lifetime tour of their Sicilia.

The Venuti’s will share with an exclusive group of 14 guests their passion for the best local food and wine. The experience includes stays at luxury Sicilian hotels; stunning sights such as Mt Etna, the Aeolian islands, and Agrigento Valley of the Temples; cooking lessons and fresh ricotta making; winery visits; and nightly fine dining, including a special 12 course degustation dinner at two Michelin star restaurant, Il Duomo. The final evening will see Maria entertain guests at a gala dinner with the Venuti family in Messina.

The 12 night tour starts from Palermo: 22 June to 4 July 2013, priced at $8,900.

For bookings and enquiries, phone Catarina at ATI tours on (02) 9798 0588 or see HERE!

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I Love Ellie Goulding

February 13th, 2013

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You know those albums you download for the sake of having it, and a random unknown song pops up on your playlist? You have to ask yourself who it is and take it out of your pocket and check.

Well that’s exactly what I did with Ellie Goulding’s album, Halcyon.

Each time I took it out of my pocket, it was for a very good reason – who is singing this incredible song?

It then very quickly became my favourite album, and even now, it plays non-stop.

Ellie has an incredibly pure, yet rustic voice. She has great range and shows this throughout the amazing experience she produces for you.

Clean, crisp and superbly produced, Halcyon really is a favourite album of mine and stand out tracks for me are the recently released Explosions, Figure 8, My Blood and Don’t Say A Word.
Get on the Ellie Goulding band wagon if you haven’t already… You’ll thank me for it later!

I give this album an 8.5/10.

Poached Pear

February 11th, 2013

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I love nothing more than fruit for dessert, but when it’s combined with chocolate and cream, it’s a million times better! Check out this delicious red wine poached pear, with chocolate sauce, cream and shortbread.
So simple to make (I didn’t make it!) and so delicious!

Abstract Cufflinks from Polli

February 11th, 2013

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How cute are these cufflinks!
These cufflinks are part of the Polli abstract Flag Series and are painted with a gloss neon blush colour. They are made from plantation hoop pine ply and will spice up any outfit with a splash of colour.
Visit Polli for more information.

Ohara Maree Cobalt Blue

February 1st, 2013

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How amazing is this cobalt blue and silver ladies clutch from OHARA?!
It’s genuine lamb skin, with a black and white striped lining and metal clasp.
Best part is it’s only $129!
What are you waiting for? BUY ME!

Luxurious Designer Beach Towels – Perfect For Summer!

December 18th, 2012

Here’s a great gift idea, and perfect for the summer holidays – a luxurious designer beach towel from Seneca Textiles.

Beautifully designed in Portugal, these towels come in a range of incredible designs, reminiscent of European and Australian lifestyle. I’ve purchased the black and white one – my favourite!

For more information, please contact Seneca Textiles – www.SenecaTextiles.com.au

Friends Stunned by Matt Golinski’s Progress

December 11th, 2012

Article by Patrick Williams of the Sunshine Coast Daily

New images of burns survivor Matt Golinski surfing the waves off Alexandra Headland are a testament to how far his recovery has come, his supporters say.

Photos snapped by the Peter Hughes Burn Foundation during its workshop for burns survivors on the Sunshine Coast last weekend made it on to the group’s Facebook later in the week.

The aim of the retreat was to bring burns survivors together in an environment conducive to them discussing physical, emotional, social and human interaction issues surrounding their condition.

It was geared towards alleviating and eradicating the social isolation and delivering positive and lasting change to enable them to lead a better life.

Images of Matt catching waves with other friends and burns survivors were shared hundreds of times over social media, accompanied with messages praising them all for their inspirational efforts.

Many marvelled at just how well Matt’s recovery had progressed.

It’s been nearly a year since the fire that claimed the lives of wife Rachael and three children Starlia, Willow and Sage.

The fire destroyed the family’s Tewantin home on Boxing Day and left Matt hospitalised for months fighting third-degree burns to 40% of his body.

In August, Matt vowed to share some of the funds raised for his recovery efforts with other burns survivors, including the Peter Hughes Burn Foundation.

Later in the month, he made his biggest public appearance since the Boxing Day blaze when he ran in the 10km race of the Sunshine Coast Marathon and Community Run Festival.

Ecoya’s Hilda Burns Bright

December 8th, 2012

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The Ecoya store in Woollahra has the Hilda candle burning away. Cute don’t you think?
POA and can be made with scent of your choice.

NaraCamicie Flagship Store Opens In Paddington – Meet The Owners

December 5th, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Where is NaraCamicie stocked overseas?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guys: definitely short sleeve grandpa collar shirt

Girls: 3/4 floral print shirt

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

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

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

Underbelly Star Natasha Leigh Stars In New UK TV Show!

November 29th, 2012

 

Australian beauty Natasha Leigh is about to star in one of the UK’s most popular TV shows as a new Doctor. Natasha has been in the UK just a few months, yet she is already turning heads and making her mark.  When attending the UK’s Inside Soap Awards Natasha was named ‘best dressed’ by both Boohoo and Reveal Magazine!  She also caught up with fellow actors at the awards, Chris Milligan & Tom Oliver, she also shared the screen with Chris Milligan in Overture.

In Holby City Natasha plays a feisty Doctor Lilah Birdwood, who left Australia to escape the disapproving eyes of her former colleagues in Australia. When Lilah’s affair with a married consultant was exposed, they turned their backs on her and threatened to end her career.  Dr Birdwood is at the hospital as a CTI Doctor and is desperate to make the cut as a surgeon. She is determined not to let anyone get in her way; but how far will she go?

This is the first UK Television role for actress Natasha Leigh who plays the confident young Doctor, having had success in prime time Australian shows such as the hugely popular ‘Neighbours’, ‘Underbelly: Golden Mile’, ‘Bogan Pride’, ‘City Homicide’ and ‘Cops’ (as Natasha Cunningham). On Lilah, Natasha says “she is at Holby City Hospital to prove herself. She’s a great character to play.”

 

1. What an incredible role to land! Congratulations on the lead role in Holby City! How did this role come about?

Thank you!  It was so surreal how it all happened. I was in LA & I taped my audition in my friends kitchen. Came back to Australia & put down a couple more scenes with my parents acting opposite me! Then did an interview with the producers on Skype! An hour later I got the role and two weeks later I was here in the UK!

2. When you found out you got the role, what was your first reaction and how did you celebrate?

I started crying when i heard! (this industry is a rollercoaster & I feel very blessed when I get a chance to work)  In terms of celebrating – my girlfriends and I shared a nice bottle of Billecart-Salmon Rose Champagne! My absolute favourite!!

3. You’ve had some pretty great roles on Australian TV. Have you found many differences in working with Australian and UK based production companies?

The more I travel, the more I realise that although Australia is amazing; it is just an island on the ‘other side of the world’. We are very disconnected to what is happening everywhere else, so actors Must travel to really have a shot of going big! I also believe most Australians are down to earth, fun, friendly people; so we are easy to work with.

4. You have a solid fan base in Australia, and in the UK through Australian shows. What do you think makes yourself and so many actors like you so popular in countries like the UK and USA?

I think every actor has to have some qualities similar to your character. Johnny Depp has a great quote  – “with any part you play, there is a certain amount of yourself in it. There has to be, otherwise it’s just not acting. It’s lying” . I am like Lilah as in I am very passionate & sometimes intense, but for the most part, we are both just fun loving Aussie women.

5. You’ve played a few different types of roles, what has been your favourite and what types of roles do you get really passionate about?

I have played some very interesting roles! I don’t really have a favourite because they are all so different, but they are always Intense, Raw, Vulnerable and Honest. I love roles you can get your teeth into & test yourself as an artist.

6. What was it like working with Lou Carpenter on Neighbours? Come on… Tell us the truth!

He is lovely really!  I actually live down the road from him, so we are constantly bumping into each other at the corner store!

7. Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

Food wise, anything with basil & salt, I Love.  I make my own pesto & use it with pasta dishes, pizza, tapas with cheese..   drinks, I love champagne & a nice subtle pinot noir.

8. What is your favourite thing to cook – if you cook?

I do cook, a lot! I really enjoy being in the kitchen, my whole family does. The most enjoyable time is Christmas when four generations of women make our secret recipe version of the Traditional Christmas Pudding

9. What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

Besides my Jimmy Choos, which are amazing to wear.. I’d say a few good scarves are essential to any wardrobe. They add texture & colour to any outfit, worn around your neck, belted, caped… & can be used to protect against the sun & wind!  Perfect accessory!

10. Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to have and why?

Marion Cotilard always seems to nail her outfits! Simple, chic, sexy with edge…there is something slightly off centre which is absolutely my style !!

11. Is there a feature in your home you love most?

I love to have water around me (I’m a Pisces/Gemini), so being in harmony with my environment is very important to me. I have a glass fountain near the back window which I love to sit by and read. Perfect place to zone out.

12. Where did you grow up and what did you love about growing up there?

I grew up on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. It was lovely to be in between the bush & ocean. It definitely keeps you in touch with nature, though at times I used to crave the city life.

13. Favourite place to relax in Australia or the world?

In Australia is would be the mountains near Byron Bay, it’s such a vortex there, you go to another world with its lusciousness.  I’m yet to visit New York, which I think will one day be my home.

14. What is your great extravagance?

My Career!  I have sacrificed a lot & invested everything into my career. It’s just what you do when you find something you love & are passionate about, but it can at times be very demanding.

15. This one thing you can’t leave home without is…

Sunglasses! I always wear them. Because my eye colour are so light & almost yellow… they are very sensitive to light. They also complete any outfit & adds a bit of flair!

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What’s For Lunch?

November 14th, 2012

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Mmmm yum! Today’s lunch is cheese and herb polenta with 12 hour roasted lamb and mushroom ragout, served with rocket and roasted field mushrooms. Divine!

Blue Bricks for Front Feature

November 6th, 2012

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My parents are building an absolutely stunning house by the beach and they wanted something special and a little different for the feature walls at the front of the house.
What do you think of these deep blue glazed bricks? I love them – and so I should considering they are $6 per brick!!!

What To Wear When You Have Nothing To Wear

November 5th, 2012

Article by Kate Lillian Muir - Trends Are Like Boys

If you are anything like me, then receiving an invitation to attend anything from a day at the races, a wedding or a black tie ball, and pretty much any special occasion in between, gives you wardrobe anxiety.

The internal dialogue often begins as; What should I wear? What will I wear? What will everyone else be wearing? I’ve got one thing…um… but everyone saw me wearing it, so that won’t do! And this all undoubtedly ends in with; “Oh no! I’ve got nothing to wear!”

And then begins… the impulsive, the inevitable, shopping trip! You know the one, it’s the one where you are so desperate to find the right dress that you end up forking out a fortune on yet another dress that you are never going to wear again.

Well ladies, have I got some news for you! Have you heard of Dressedup.com.au? No? Well allow me to bring you in on a little secret! (If you said yes, then you can probably stop reading this because you are totally all in the know and should probably be writing this article. Oh and yeah… thanks for letting us know!)

Dressedup.com.au are an online god send which loans you amazing pieces for your special occasions at seriously affordable prices! So here’s how it works:
1. Check out their carefully selected collection online at www.dressedup.com.au or if you live in Sydney go and check out their gorgeous CBD studio.
2. Choose your dress and borrow it! You can have it for a week, a month, whatever you want! If you select online your dress will be with you in 1-4 working days, or if you are in studio more often than not know you can walk out the door with you dream dress.
3. Look smoking hot in the piece you picked out!
4. Return! That’s right, you just post it back! They handle all the dry cleaning for you!

Ok ladies, I’m sure you’ve switched sites by now (sorry Adrian) and are already perusing the selection of brilliant Australian designers stocked on the site, but if you are still here I thought that I would let you know that they currently stock Alice McCall, Jayson Brunsdon, Nicola Finetti, Wayne Cooper, Camilla and Marc, Rachel Gilbert, Camilla, White Suede and Shakuhachi.

Why such glowing praise for Dressedup.com.au? They recently came to the rescue for me when I was looking for a knock out dress to wear to a black tie ball. Oh! If I had a dollar for all the times I’ve told my girlfriends about dressedup.com.au… the millions I would have!

Showroom hours:
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm by appointment and Saturday & outside business hours by appointment.
Level 1, 207 Clarence Street, Sydney
Phone: 02 9290 1467
  or email:  info@dressedup.com.au or customerservice@dressedup.com.au

www.dressedup.com.au

Downtown Drive-In At Carriageworks with Audi as Major Sponsor

October 28th, 2012

The team behind the much-anticipated event Downtown Drive-In, driven by Audi, has announced Carriageworks in Sydney’s Eveleigh, just three kilometres from the Sydney CBD, as the location for its three-night season, which will run from 29 November to 1 December 2012.

A seldom-used section of the 120-year-old heritage listed building will form the perfect backdrop for the simultaneously announced ‘Back Roads USA’ season of films. Tickets will go on sale today, Wednesday, 31 October and can be purchased at www.downtowndrive.in

The program is as follows:

New release (Thurs, 29 Nov): On The Road

Sentimental Favourite (Fri, 30 Nov): Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Lost classic (Sat, 1 Dec): Vanishing Point

Downtown Drive-In will also feature a custom menu with individual items designed by The Dip, Sydney’s favourite American-style diner, playfully paying tribute to the films and shared Americana settings and atmosphere.

The lost world of the drive-in theatre will be reinvented with genuine enthusiasts in mind, with the aim of opening up interesting corners of film in an interesting corner of Sydney. Downtown Drive-In will feature cinema-quality digital projection in an under-cover industrial venue suitable for all conditions.

Major sponsor Audi, a strong supporter of film festivals in Australia, will supply a range of luxury cars for the ultimate drive-in experience. The cars will also feature razor-sharp sound from audio partner Bang & Olufsen.

Entry into Downtown Drive-In will cost $50 for vehicles of up to four people. ‘Walk-in’ deckchair seating is also available near the screen, at $25 per person.

Downtown Drive-In is a project from a local Sydney team experienced in bringing challenging creative concepts to life. The team’s ambition is to re-imagine a lost film experience with a confident, contemporary twist.

For more information on the film schedule, drive-in experience and participating partners, visit www.downtowndrive.in

I’ll see you down there in my convertible, roof down with my friends watching one of the movies! I can’t wait!

Adrian Erdedi

CARTOON PRESIDENTIAL HOTTIE – Barack Obama

October 28th, 2012

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DYNAMIC Democratic Party candidate for re-election in the 2012 U.S. Presidential elections, born in Honolulu, Hawaii and a civil-rights lawyer and teacher before pursuing a political career, elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996 serving from 1997 to 2004, closely elected the 44th and current President of the United States of America, notedly the first African-American to hold office and popularly named the Nobel Peace Prize laureate in 2009 … PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA!

FUN FACTS: On October 8 2009, President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, a measure that expands the 1969 United States federal hate-crime law to include crimes motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability and in May 2012 became the first sitting U.S. president to publicly support legalizing same-sex marriage.

www.brettwilliscartoons.com

Restaurant Review: Resto Bar

October 28th, 2012

I’m so pleased that Sydney’s newest Argentine restaurant Resto Bar has changed the way I eat Spanish food in Sydney. Being Spanish myself, and having lived in Spain, I find it very hard to find good, authentic Spanish food in this city – till now.

With the new addition of effervescent Spanish-Australian chef Gloria Lombardo, the food could not be more authentic, mainly because of the fact that Gloria is from Cataluña, a provence of Spain.

It takes a real Spaniard to understand Spanish food and Gloria has been the force behind Sydney’s best tapas restaurants for more than 20 years. She has developed a menu that is a unique combination of classic Spanish tapas with modern Argentine dining.  Using only the freshest seasonal produce, the authentic dining experience that made Café Tapas in Bourke St, En Casa and Casa Asturiana so popular is now found at Resto Bar.

So enough about Gloria as sweet as she is, and lets move on to the food.

Wow… Was I impressed! The food and the service combined with the company I had for the night, I couldn’t have had a better experience. The very hospitable Sebastian from Sitges, a town outside of Barcelona welcomed and seated us, quickly attending to our needs.

After opening a bottle of wine and getting settled with my great and gorgeous friends Kate, Nikki, Nataša and Carmelena, we looked over the menu and ordered everything that Sebastian and Gloria recommended, as well as the typical Spanish dishes.

For me, the stand out dish was definately the wild mushrooms and prawns. Succulent and fresh, this dish is my recommendation. But it was the typically Spanish dishes that caught my attention, the paella, the tortilla (Spanish omelette), gambas al ajillo (garlic prawns) and patatas bravas (fried potato cubes). Eating these dishes all of my life has made me a critic, and I can tell you I’ve had some pretty shocking ones, but my goodness – these were all absolutely outstanding!

The grilled calamari and the chorizo – amazing! The milanesa a berenjenas (crumbed and fried eggplants) – amazing! This is something my mother and grand mother have always made, so great to see it on a menu and taste it.

Unable to eat much more, I did try the typically Argentine BBQ meat. I don’t normally eat large amounts of meat, but this was irresistible. It’s a mixed charcoal grill of meats; chicken, short ribs, chorizo, black pudding & wweet-bread plus Matambre de Cerdo (grilled pork flank steak) + salad & bread.

I really could go on about everything on the menu because we pretty much ordered everything on it! The food is filling and you feel absolutely content – these are great portions. The service was great and with the wide open kitchen, it’s great to see Gloria cooking away with her love for authentic food.

I can’t tell you how impressed I am with my experience here – as well as my great friends.

Resto Bar really impressed us, tucked away in a quieter part of town and having a really edgy urban style inside, I will be back here in a heartbeat.

Pros: Great, authentic food, authentic service, authentic attitudes with authentic views on how Spanish/Argentine for should be presented. BYO alcohol. Charming and relaxed space, easy parking.

Cons: No real cons to be honest. I was so thrilled with my experience that even if something wasn’t right, I wouldn’t have noticed it.

Pricing: Tapas meals from $5 to $26. A large range of paella, meat grills and other menu selections. Website is detailed with pricing and everything is translated to English.

Final say: A clean, friendly and hospitable group of people bringing a pleasurable experience to life with great food. I love this place and it’s great for groups. I’ll be back again and again – and the other reviews on UrbanSpoon completely back me up on this review – a seriously impressive place!

65 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay - 02 93603121 – Open Tuesday to Saturday

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Sheraton On The Park Launches The “Sparkling Nights”

October 28th, 2012

Two guests will take home a Boucheron diamond, during the month of November! That got your attention didn’t it?!

I was one of a few very privileged people who got to experience the outstanding luxury of the brand new Ambassador Suite at the Sheraton on the Park in Sydney last week.

Spoilt to bits, I had an amazing time, but why was I being so spoilt? It was the launch of a sparkling new offer Sheraton on the Park are doing with one of my favourite jewellery brands, Boucheron.

On the 24th of October, the hotel launched their ‘Sparkling Nights’ campaign. This campaign offers you the opportunity to hunt for something “sparkling” during your stay. If you book one of the exclusive Suites during 17th – 25th November 2012, you will find a sparkling surprise as a gift from Sheraton on the Park… and two lucky people will find Boucheron Diamonds!! Other great gifts you can find are Sparkling Swim under the Stars, Candlelit Dinner for two at Feast Restaurant, a Sparkling Spa Treatment, and many more!

Suite room rates start from $599 per room per night and include access to the exclusive Sheraton Club Lounge located on level 21. In addition you can enjoy the benefits of the Sheraton Club throughout your stay, such as daily continental breakfast, all-day beverages, and evening cocktails to name a few.

“Sheraton on the Park is renowned for its high standard of quality and personal service, and our exceptional suites, Day Spa and refined dining facilities allow us to offer a product of the highest class in the city. We are thrilled to be partnering with Boucheron, Paris, and offering our Suites guests’ something extra special to ensure a memorable stay during November”, said Mr Sean Hunt, Regional Vice President for Starwood Pacific Hotels and Managing Director of Sheraton on the Park.

The “Sparkling Nights” offer can booked online at www.sheratonontheparksydney.com/sparkle, through www.facebook.com/sheratonontheparksydney or contacting the hotel directly. This promotion can be booked from today until 24th November, and is valid for stays from 17 – 24 November 2012 at Sheraton on the Park, Sydney.

To qualify for the sparkling experiences, you must book and stay in one of the 48 Suites between 17 and 24 November at Sheraton on the Park and tell them in 25 Words or less, “What makes a sparkling stay?”

Visit www.sheratonontheparksydney.com/sparkle for the full list of terms and conditions.