Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Capes: the new way to keep warm this Winter

Is it a poncho, a jacket or some kind of a coat? Well, it’s actually a mix of all three, which is why you'll want to invest in a cape this season. A cape has the casual, relaxed shape of a poncho, the drama of a coat and works just as well as a jacket. Seen all over the international runways from YSL to Celine and Alexander Wang for Winter 2011 it’s on the radar of every fashionista, which means this trend is here to stay.

And talk about versatile! It can either be short and cropped, which is perfect with jeans or harem pants, or long and dramatic tossed over a skirt or a dress. The great thing about the cape is that it’s also ideal for trans-seasonal dressing and mild Australian Winters. Wear it right now and you won't have to take it off 'til Summer. Oh, and did I mention practical? Pop your arms through and you can wear this little piece all day at the desk then take it straight out to dinner.

Visit Jayson Brunsdon and Oroton at Westfield Bondi Junction for some great caped looks. 

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Bespoke Letterpress Boutique

One of the most loveliest Letterpress stationers in Australia, Bespoke Letterpress, has created a behind-the-scenes video so you can see Bespoke in action! Featuring a sneak peak into the design studio, you will will see the Bespoke team, and their two antique printing presses in operation - Charlie the 1893 Chandler & Price Oldstyle press, and Herbie the 1973 Heidelberg Windmill Platen.

Bespoke Letterpress is based in Brisbane, Australia, and designs and prints letterpress stationery, invitations, limited edition prints and beautiful paperie for all occasions in life. With a love for lush 100% cotton paper, deep impressions, intricate graphic design, gorgeous typography and beautiful handmade things new and old, Bespoke simply adores letterpress printing on their antique printing presses - the wonderfully old fashioned way.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, June 28, 2010

Pink is Back with Dior

From the catwalks to the latest make-up collections, pink is everywhere and Dior's PINK Backstage Collection is the make-up must-have to keep you looking on trend in this season's prettiest hue.

Thanks to participating David Jones, you can choose your favourite look and learn how to create this catwalk trend in a personalised PINK make-up consultation with a Dior Make-Up Artist. And, when you book your 1 hour personal make-up consultation at a participating David Jones store, you will receive a complimentary Diorshow Iconic Extase mascara sample of your choice*.

Participating Stores:
David Jones Elizabeth Street - 28th June to 3rd July - 02 9266 5328
David Jones Bondi - 8th July to 10th July - 02 9619 1270
David Jones Chatswood - 16th June to 19th June - 02 9844 4111
David Jones Burwood - 28th July to 31st July - 02 8746 1600
David Jones Bourke Street - 28th June to 3rd July - 03 9643 2314
David Jones Chadstone - 5th July to 10th July - 03 8531 4444
David Jones Kotara - 23rd July to 24th July - 02 4923 2555
David Jones Robina - 9th July to 10th July - 07 5585 2999
David Jones Queen Plaza - 30th June to 3rd July - 07 3243 9171
David Jones Hay Street - 28th June to 3rd July - 08 9210 4139
David Jones Rundle Mall - 28th June to 3rd July - 08 8305 3301

*One per customer, while stocks last.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Dunbar House

Along with The Tea Room QVB, Gunners' Barracks and Sergeants' Mess, The Tea Room Group has recently added yet another of Sydney's iconic landmarks to its acclaimed list of sophisticated event venues. Dunbar House, the magnificent historic mansion, is the latest addition to the group of venues owned and operated by the Tea Room Group, and with plans to restore the mansion to its former glory, it is set to become one of Sydney's most sought after reception venues. 

Located just 30 metres from the shores of Sydney Harbour, in the expansive grounds of Robertson Park, Dunbar House is a historic mansion built in the 1830's. With restoration plans to begin shortly, the mansion will be relaunched as The Tea Room Dunbar House in early 2011. Boasting beautiful views of Watsons Bay, local beaches and the city skyline, Dunbar House is set to be a spectacular and truly unique setting. 

With the capacity to host a reception of up to 150 people, you will be able to enjoy pre-reception drinks and canapés on the outdoor Harbour Terrace, followed by dinner and dancing in the dining room. Magnificent photo opportunities can be found in and around the venue, including stunning locations on the shores of Watsons Bay. Civil wedding ceremonies may be held in Robertson Park under the grand fig tree in front of the venue. 

Dedicated event staff will work closely with you to ensure your reception details have been meticulously planned and food and beverage packages can be tailored to suit individual requirements.

For more information, or to make an enquiry, visit Dunbar House
Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, June 21, 2010

Denim & Rose from Bobbi Brown

Feeling Rock & Roll? Give Bobbi Brown 5 Minutes. We’ll Make You a Star…

“Everyone looks great in jeans—and anyone can pull off a dark denim eye. To make it wearable, I’ve paired inky blue shadows with pretty roses for lips and cheeks. The combination is casual and put-together, rock & roll but romantic, and modern yet classic all at once.” Bobbi Brown…
Denim & Rose Palette $130 | Packed with deep, shimmering blues, icy grays and pinks for eyes and fresh rose shades for lips and cheeks, this palette is the beauty equivalent of dressed-up denim. Whether you’re in the mood for fresh pink cheeks or a sparkling, smoky eye, you’ll have plenty of options for day or night.
Navajo Eye Shadow
New Gray Denim Eye Shadow
New Pink Granite Sparkle Eye Shadow
New Dark Rinse Shimmer
Wash Eye Shadow
New Iced Lilac Glitter Lip Gloss
New Hot Rose Lip Gloss
New Cool Rose Creamy Lip Color
New Indie Rose Creamy Lip Color
New Pink Rose Blush

On counters July 11th, 2010. Visit Bobbi Brown.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, June 18, 2010

Precious Jewels in the Perfect Setting

For all that glitters, what better place to consider your options than Sydney's most beautiful shopping experience - The Queen Victoria Building. 

Over four magnificent levels, 23 dedicated jewellers are waiting to be discovered, and with a stunning variety of jewellery styles, you will find just about anything, from rare argyle diamonds to understated, yet elegant sterling silver cuffs.

To help you find the most exquisite pieces, the QVB has created a beautiful guide, featuring selections from all the QVB jewellery boutiques.

To have a copy of the 16-page guide to precious jewels from the QVB mailed to you, simply log on to the QVB website and fill in the online subscription form.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Barossa Wine Traveller

Barossa Wine Traveller by Tyson Steizer and Grant Dodd is a fabulous read that is both informative and entertaining. 

In its places, faces and never-before-told stories, Barossa Wine Traveller will take you to the Barossa wherever in the world you happen to be enjoying its wines. For the first time, the inside stories of each of its 150 wineries are told, leading you through a behind-the-scenes tour of the Barossa like you've never known it. 

Along the way you'll discover all the favourite haunts of the Barossa and Eden Valleys, according to those who know them best, the wine folk who call the Barossa home. Welcome to the Barossa you never knew.

  • Profiles of 150 wineries
  • Directory of recommended places to visit
  • Accommodation, restaurants, cafés
  • Produce, entertainment, public places
  • Child-friendly wineries and activities
  • Travel maps and wine routes
  • 500 full colour photographs

Below is an excerpt from the introduction of Barossa Wine Traveller so read on, and enjoy!

There’s a lot more to the world of the Barossa than it first seems. Turning off the highway, lines of ancient date palms stand as sentinels to guard the road to Seppeltsfield. The spires of fairytale churches stretch heavenward, competing with grand old gum trees on every side. Ancient bluestone cottages watch over lines of primordial vines, their twisted trunks bearing the laughter lines of a century and a half of life in the Barossa.

Century-old barrel halls dot the countryside, ripe with the heady perfume of vintage. The main street of Nuriootpa is filled with the exotic aromas of redgum burning in the smokehouse at Linke’s butcher. Around every corner, the delicate scent of rose gardens lingers; the Barossa truly lives up to its name, ‘Hill of Roses.’
As night falls, the fragrance of the day dissolves into the crystalline purity of breezes that bring in the twilight from the cool of the ranges. A local passes by in a 1950s Bedford truck, returning home from a day in the vineyards. On another day he’ll polish it up, don his traditional German ‘lederhosen’ outfit and wave at the children from the vintage festival parade.

It’s a different world in the Barossa. At a glance, it would be easy to presuppose that these fairytale appearances are little more than a façade to lure the tourists to Australia’s most famous wine destination; an Aussie attempt to replicate kitsch German traditions in a half-hearted fashion. But there’s a lot more to the Barossa than it might seem. 

This book is about folding back the layers and experiencing what really lies below the surface. It’s the Barossa you never knew.
As a child growing up in Adelaide, I (Tyson) first visited the Barossa when I was younger than I can remember, and I’ve returned in most years since. For me (Grant) it’s been my wine pilgrimage destination for more than a decade. We’ve always felt at home in the Barossa, but between the pages of this book, in digging below the surface, we have been astounded by the Barossa that has been unearthed.
There is an authenticity to the culture of this place that runs as deep as the roots of its archaic vines. It is a surprising truth that the Barossa’s grand festivals, its traditional produce and its quirky idiosyncrasies are upheld not for the tourists at all, but for the locals themselves. That visitors are welcome to join in is a bonus for the Barossa and a windfall for the rest of us.

Since its settlement in 1842, the Barossa has treasured its German and English heritage, while at the same time infusing its own unique Australian flavour. “It’s very unusual anywhere in Australia to find a community with such strong links to its European origins,” says Philip Laffer, Chief Winemaker at Jacob’s Creek. “This is because the Barossa was one of the poorest rural communities in Australia, most people just had a few vines and a cow, and this explains why so many people stayed here – they simply couldn’t afford to go anywhere else.”

And then there is the wine. That potent, deep purple glue that binds this community together. “There are very few communities that are driven around one thing,” says Wolf Blass Chief Winemaker, Chris Hatcher. “In the Barossa, wine is at the core of everything.”
More than any other Australian wine region, the Barossa is its own. There is no other precedent to which it aspires, and there is no Old World wine to which it pins its allegiances. In its own inimitable way, the Barossa marches to the beat of the drum of its own Oom-pah band.

It is a beat that sets the pace for the wine industry across the country. The winemaking landscape of the Barossa is rich with iconic names who have carved out the directions of some of Australia’s most influential companies. Many of its most celebrated boutique wineries have their home here, as do most of the big names. In the words of Penfolds’ Chief Winemaker, Peter Gago, “The Barossa is our engine room.”

If anything is new in the Barossa today it is a renewed recognition of the old. Winemakers have recently launched their ‘Barossa Old Vine Charter’ to recognise and protect the oldest Shiraz and Cabernet vines in Australia, and most likely the oldest Grenache and Mourvèdre, too. These rank among the oldest vines in the world. At the same time, there has been a resurgence in the food heritage of the Barossa. ‘Food Barossa’ was established in the mid-1990s “to first identify the food culture of the Barossa, and then to conserve it,” says founding chair, Margaret Lehmann.
Wrapped in these many layers of heritage is a unique Barossa that is today one of the most remarkable communities to visit anywhere in this country. 

In its places, faces and never-before-told stories, this book will take you to the Barossa wherever in the world you happen to be enjoying its fruits. For the first time, the inside stories of each of its 150 wineries are told, leading you through a behind-the-scenes tour of the Barossa like you’ve never known it. Along the way you’ll discover all the favourite haunts of the Barossa and Eden Valleys, according to those who know them best, the wine folk who call the Barossa home.

If you had all the time in the world to plan the ultimate trip anywhere, you might look up a few locals and find out about the most authentic places to visit, to stay, to eat and to drink. You’d get the local tips on the best shops, the best golf courses, the best walks, the best coffee, the best places to take your kids and, of course, the best wines. In these pages, we’ve done all the hard work for you and put together the inside secrets, not just from a few people ‘in the know,’ but from every winery worth visiting and every wine personality worth talking to across the length and breadth of the Barossa.

You’ll find a lot of fun around every corner and plenty of good old yarns to make you smile.
We wish you an exciting journey. We guarantee you will discover a Barossa you never knew.

Barossa Wine Traveller is available from Barossa Valley wineries, David Jones stores
and leading bookstores across Australia.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Swan Valley Wedding Open Day

Western Australia's Swan Valley is a gorgeous location for a wedding, and on July 11, 2010 you will be able to see all that the Swan Valley has to offer with the Swan Valley Wedding Open Day.

Romantic moments are easily created amongst the vines in the Swan Valley, and with spectacular river views, beautiful rural landscapes, and its close proximity to the Perth CBD, Swan Valley is a truly idyllic place to get married.

You can make a grand entrance by boat or horse drawn carriage and hold your ceremony at a historic chapel or in a magical garden setting. For the reception, the Swan Valley has a venue to cater for any size, style or taste. Intimate wineries, warm inviting restaurants and stunning function centres dish up delectable food as well as award-winning local wine and beer.

To finish your perfect day, you can even honeymoon in the Swan Valley at any one of the romantic B & B’s or luxury resorts.

So, looking for that perfect wedding venue? Look no further! Make sure you visit the Swan Valley Wedding Open day and discover the range of possibilities for your romantic day that the Swan Valley has to offer…

Event information:
Date Sunday July 11, 2010
Time 10am - 4pm
Location West Swan Road, Middle Swan 6056 WA
Contact Sascha Stone on 08 9267 9356 or

A full list and map of participating venues will be available closer to the date so please visit

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Barossa Gourmet Weekend

With the chilly Winter weather now here, it is the perfect time to delight in hearty gourmet food and wine. So, for an exciting weekend getaway that combines fine dining with delicious wine, look no further than the Barossa Gourmet Weekend.

Set your taste buds free with a weekend of indulgence in one of world's best wine regions. Each of the cellar doors taking part in this event will be serving up a fine dining experience matched with premium wines and the smooth sounds of live music. Barossa Gourmet weekend is a fantastic opportunity to indulge in food, wine and music and famous hospitality in the beautiful Barossa. A range of entertainment to suit all tastes will be on offer at each of the venues.

Date: Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 August 2010
Contact: Visit Barossa Visitor Information Centre or call 08 8563 0600

Have a lovely day!… Anna 

Friday, June 11, 2010

Bondi Icebergs

Located on the Southern end of Bondi Beach, Bondi Icebergs is one of the most naturally beautiful picturesque venues in Australia. In fact, towering over the surfers below and with wraparound ocean vistas, Bondi Icebergs boasts one of Australia's, and arguably the world's, best restaurant views.

Rebuilt in 2002, the Icebergs grew out of a group of enthusiasts who used to swim at the Bondi baths each and every winter in the late 1920’s. Eighty years later their exploits have become a part of Australian folklore.
Situated in the most spectacular and prominent coastal location in Sydney, Bondi Iceberg's unique position is the perfect setting for your ceremony and reception.

Ceremonies at Bondi Icebergs are held on the pool deck overlooking the entire beach. The setting invites guests to gaze across the water as they await the arrival of the bride and its only a matter of steps from here to the beach & the coastal walk to capture those unique shots on the sand or the hill top.

With a wide range of food and beverage packages available, our wedding co coordinator can personalise a menu complimentary to your wedding style.

Our events team pride ourselves on ensuring your special day is handled with elegance and the utmost personal attention to detail to ensure an unforgettable wedding experience, with memories you will treasure forever. 

Visit Bondi Icebergs or email / phone 02 9130 3120

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Thursday, June 10, 2010

New Season Bridal Collections at Net-a-Porter

Your special day is all about you, and of course, you want to look absolutely stunning in your perfect dress. To help you look like a princess in the gown you have always dreamed of, look no further then the new season collections of exquisite designer wedding dresses at the Wedding Boutique on Net-a-Porter

With a fabulous range to help you find "the one" (the dress, not the man!), exceptional service and loads of inspiration from the Net-a-Porter online Wedding Magazine, Net-a-Porter's Wedding Boutique boasts the chicest gowns to guarantee you look exquisite on your big day.

Phillip Lim Pleated Silk Dress, £781.12

La Petite S***** Silk-taffeta Bustier Bridal Gown, £1,354.32

Lanvin Strapless Silk-Gazar Beaded Gown, £9,542

Emilio de la Morena Pleated Silk Bridal Gown,£1,529

Temperley London Evon Silk-Chiffon Gown, £1,427

Matthew Williamson Embellished Silk-Chiffon Gown, £1,107

 J.Crew Tiered Silk-Chiffon Gown, £1,859
Visit Net-a-Porter
Have a lovely day!… Anna

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Cunard Queen Mary 2

Well, the cooler weather has hit (and so too has the rain!), and with the long Winter months still ahead, there is no better way to escape the cold then with a holiday…

A cruise aboard a luxurious ship with all the trappings of a 5-star hotel is a fabulous alternative to the traditional overseas holiday, as you get to explore the world whilst you travel. If you do decide to opt for a cruise, there are so many cruise ships and destinations to choose from, including cruises to New Zealand, Asia, the South Pacific, and even around Australia. But if it's the ultimate cruise experience that you are after, then the 2-month long voyage aboard the Queen Mary 2 is definitely the way to go…

Departing Sydney on 22nd February 2011, the cruise arrives at Southampton on April 19, visiting a variety of exciting ports along the way, including Auckland, Guam, Osaka, Hong Kong, Dubai, Suez Canal, Rome, and Barcelona. 

In addition to the fabulous stopovers that give you the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful cities of the world, whilst at sea you will revel in the luxury and comfort that Cunard is renowned for. You will experience a private ensuite, air-conditioning, in-cabin TV, complimentary toiletries, full breakfast, buffet or a la carte lunch, sumptuous 4-course dinners, musical extravaganzas, special guest entertainers, new release films, bars and lounges, and supervised programmes for children.

 About the Queen Mary 2…
Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth.  From bow to stern, discover 14 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.  But words can only do such a lady so much justice. For to truly revel in the grandeur that is Queen Mary 2, you must sail with her.

So if you are considering a Winter escape, then a sophisticated ocean cruise aboard an iconic Cunard vessel will take you across the great seas and to the far points of the globe in unparalleled style. For more information, visit Cunard or call 13 24 41

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, June 7, 2010

Boston Umbrella Company

With the rainy weather we have been experiencing over the past few weeks, an umbrella from the Boston Umbrella Company is the perfect accessory to keep you dry this Winter.

From pretty pastels and polka dots, to bold stripes and animal prints, Boston Umbrella Company offers a range of colours and styles, including pocket umbrellas, classic umbrellas and parasols. There is even a bridal range, so no matter the occasion, Boston Umbrella Company has got you covered!

Pocket Umbrella…

Classic Umbrella…


Bridal Umbrella…

Have a lovely day!… Anna