Friday, August 27, 2010

Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

A week of fashion events for everyone to enjoy, showcasing Australia’s leading designer brands and retailers… The Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival is an annual event that provides fashionable consumers with a week-long schedule of free and ticketed events, and this year features over 100 designers on the Rosemount Runway at the Sydney Town Hall. Below are a selection of images from the opening gala, a 15 year retrospective show hosted by Marie Claire.

 Leona Edmiston

Easton Pearson

Jayson Brunsdon

 Aurelio Costarella

Alex Perry

About the Festival

The Festival Hub, lower level of Sydney Town Hall, brings plenty of excitement and total ‘Fashiontainment’. Experience the Festival Hub prior to watching a collection show on the Rosemount Runway, Sydney Town hall. Access to the Festival Hub is free with a ticket to a collection show on the official schedule.

FAMOUS – FAMOUS Shopaholic LIVE – FAMOUS is bringing our Shopaholic pages to life at RSFF, with personalised styling sessions with our fashion editors, and fashion A-listers like Jennifer Hawkins, Charlotte Dawson and this year’s Australia’s Next Top Model finalists, popping by throughout the week. You can also win some huge prizes – including the chance to walk in the Myer Miss Shop show and star in, or style, a photo shoot in FAMOUS. Plus we have $5,000 worth of Myer wardrobes to give away and an exclusive FAMOUS Shopaholic style booklet for you to take home. See for all the info!

GHERMEZ CUPCAKES – Ghermez Cupcakes is Sydney’s most sophisticated cupcake company, offering the most unique cake flavours, such as Pistachio & Rose, Chilli Chocolate, Red Velvet, Dulce de Leche and Orange and Almond. All are made using the finest, natural ingredients, fresh fruits, and no artificial flavouring. Ghermez Cupcakes offers a wide range of custom made decorations for every occasion. At the Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival Hub, Ghermez Cupcakes will be offering a range of decadent mini cupcakes from the Ghermez menu. Vouchers will also be available for complimentary cupcakes or coffee from the CBD store at 329 George St.

MYER ONE – MYER one presents a fashion installation discovering cosmetic bloom, new nautical and modern military where consumers will have the opportunity to become a MYER one member and go into the draw to win a fashion experience.

NAPOLEON PERDIS – Napoleon Perdis will be bringing “Runway to Reality” at this year’s Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival. A Napoleon Perdis team of makeup artists will have their eye on the runway and pamper consumers with wearable beauty trends.

REDKEN RETREAT – Redken’s New York inspired concept salon: The Redken Retreat is the perfect stop-off between shows and a place for guests to escape the fashion frenzy and be treated to their own personal Redken experience. Fashion lovers can visit the Redken Retreat anytime during the festival to receive a complimentary hair consultation and Redken goodie bag.

ROSEMOUNT O FESTIVAL HUB BAR – the Rosemount O Bar will feature within the festival hub, beautifully presented and bursting with life as ticket holders will enjoy a glass of Rosemount O prior to the show!

SYDNEY CONFIDENTIAL – guests are invited to chill out in The Daily Telegraph’s Sydney Confidential lounge. Relax in style and catch up on all the latest celebrities, gossip and fashion news.

THE PHOTO STUDIO – ticketholders can take pleasure in a professional studio fashion shoot! Each participant goes into the running to be voted by the public to be the ‘Face of Fashion 2010’ and receive a professional model portfolio worth over $1,500! Winner’s announced daily! Visit to cast your vote.

TOSHIBA – Toshiba will be showcasing the classic designs of their new notebook range. As versatile as any little black dress, Toshiba’s notebooks are the perfect accessories to take you from day-to-night, offering the ideal balance between entertainment, communication, mobility and work functionality. So, for the most versatile fashion accessory, Think Style, Think Toshiba.

RSFF is brought to you by the same professional team of experts responsible for the world-renowned event, Rosemount Australian Fashion Week.

Visit Rosemount Sydeny Fashion Festival

Have a lovely day!… Anna 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Belair Park Country Club Wedding Expo

Belair Park Country Club is set to hold its fabulous wedding expo on Wednesday 29th September 2010.

At the expo, you will be able to view the rooms all set up for weddings, as well as talk to the Belair Park Country Club wedding co-ordinators about your upcoming wedding and ceremony! 

Meet some of the best wedding providers in Adelaide, see their products, speak to them about ideas and book them for your wedding!!

Providers include:
  • Nu Image Photography
  • Daniel Balmforth professional DJ services
  • Cover Me Sweet - Chair Covers
  • DDS Direct diamond Sales
  • Renaissance Limoisines
  • Phil Hoffman Travel
  • Judith Ernst Marriage celebrant
  • Heidelberg Cakes
  • Shrubs design Invitations
  • Hedgerow Flowers
  • Alexis George Bridal Couture
  • Rapture Events
  • Peter Shearer
  • Erica Flower Studio
  • Ooh La La Make Up
  • Berry Pop
  • Follicles Hair and Beauty
  • Fosters Group
  • Hamish Morgan - Pianist
  • Lamour Vocal Ensemble

And finally, go into the draw to WIN a Winter Warmer Wedding Reception. Speak to our wedding co-ordinators for further details. *Conditions apply

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, August 20, 2010

Creative Image Photography Canberra

You may have spent months preparing for your wedding, but the day itself passes in a heartbeat. So you’ll want to re-live all the wonderful memories, and the joy and romance of your special day with your wedding photographs. 

Your photography is an essential component of planning your wedding, and it's important that you book your preferred professional well in advance to avoid the disappointment of them being unavailable. And, with so many photography styles to choose from (traditional, illustrative, photo journalistic, just to name a few) be sure to decide early on the style that you like, and make sure you discuss what you want to achieve with your photographer to ensure they capture your day just the way you had imagined.

Speaking of capturing your day, Creative Image Photography has a fabulous way of capturing those special moments between a couple and the images below are a selection of the wonderfully beautiful images that Creative Image are known for. The images are from Creative Image's blog on Monday, titled 'Couple Shoot with a Difference' and are a great example of Creative Image Photography's unique wedding photography style.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival

Well girls, it's that time of year already!… Sydney will again become the nation's style attraction as Australia's most innovative fashion designers, retailer and red carpet celebrities join in a style-packed spectacular of events for everyone to enjoy. 

The Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival (RSFF) will be staged from 23-28 August at the Sydney Town Hall, and you are invited to become the ultimate fashion critic, soak up the atmosphere and get the new Spring/Summer trends direct from the Rosemount Runway. 

Get online today and grab your access pass to this style-packed spectacular, and if you hurry, you'll also go into the draw to win a glamorous night out for two with pampering fit for a supermodel.

This includes: one night for two people at the 5 star The Westin Sydney hotel and limited edition gift packs from Redken and Napoleon Perdis.

Tickets from $25 each, available from Ticketek. For further information please visit

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, August 16, 2010

Australia’s leading sparkling vineyard to host extraordinary wine & food event in Brisbane

Journey with Jansz gala dinner with winemaker Natalie Fryar and chefs Philip Johnson and Marcus Turner announced

In a small corner of north-eastern Tasmania, deep in the heart of the Pipers River region, a wine revolution has been slowly evolving. This is the home of the Jansz Tasmania Vineyard, producer of Australia’s very best sparkling wines, and the first made according to the traditional methode champenoise – a legacy of Louis Roederer, the prestigious champagne house involved in the very foundation of the Jansz vineyard in 1986.

On Wednesday evening, August 25, Brisbane wine aficionados and devout sparkling followers will have the opportunity to take A Journey with Jansz, as part of an extraordinary Wine Dinner hosted by famed Jansz Vineyard winemaker, Natalie Fryer, with a menu created by two of Australia’s most celebrated chefs - e’cco bistro’s Philip Johnson, and Era Bistro’s Marcus Turner (bios all below).

This very unique event will see guests enjoy an all-bubbles dining experience featuring all five marquee wines from the Jansz vineyard, matched with an exciting menu by Johnson and Turner. Wines to be featured include the Jansz Premium NV Cuvée;  Jansz Premium NV Rosé;  Jansz Tasmania Vintage Cuvée;  Jansz Tasmania Vintage Rosé and the Jansz Tasmania Late Disgorged Premium Vintage Cuvée.

This is the first time Jansz has held a wine and food event open to the general public. The Jansz vineyard lies in the Tamar Valley, on the Northern Tasmanian wine Route, in a region known as Sparkling Tasmania, with the name Jansz paying homage to Tasmania’s namesake, the Dutch explorer Abel Jansz Tasman.

With a climate close to that of Champagne and Burgundy, two of the world’s most famous wine growing regions, the area has captured the imagination of many world-renowned Champagne houses. The head of Louis Roederer, Jean-Claude Rouzard was personally involved in establishing the vineyard, planting it with the classic varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The utra-cool growing conditions saw these grapes ripen slowly, developing intense, delicate and refined flavours – the very essence of top quality Sparkling Wine.

The outcome of this would redefine the Australian Sparkling Wine genre. This wine would come to be known as Jansz. Jansz Vineyard now invites you on a journey....

What:                Journey with Jansz
Date:                    Wednesday August 25th
Time:                   6:30pm
Venue:                 The Landing at Dockside
Cost:                    $190.00pp all inclusive of food & wine and entertainment
Music:                 Five-piece band, The Socialites
MC:                      4BC’s Alex Bernard
Charity:               Variety, The Children’s Charity
Tickets:       or phone 1300 762 545

A boutique auction will be held on the evening with all proceeds going to Variety Australia. Auction experiences include a VIP trip for 2 to Tasmania staying at Jansz of Tasmania guest house including airfares, accommodation and a VIP Jansz experience and gourmet picnic among the vines; dinner for four at e’cco bistro and Era Bistro including wines from the Hill-Smith Family Vineyards and more.  

BIOGRAPHY: Natalie Fryar ~ Jansz Tasmania Winemaker
Natalie Fryar grew up surrounded by vineyards in Reynella (south of Adelaide). By the time she was 12 she knew she wanted to be a winemaker. ”A friend’s father was a winemaker at Kaiser Stuhl. One day he showed us around the winery and from then on I was hooked. I couldn’t believe a job like this existed!” she said. Natalie began her winemaking studies at Roseworthy Agricultural College, and since then has spent time working with some of Australia’s best known producers: Seaview Wynns, Wirra Wirra in McLaren Vale, and Lindemans Karadoc. In 1996 found herself working with Seppelt’s Great Western vineyards, and it was here she discovered her passion for sparkling winemaking. She had the opportunity to work with super-premium, cool climate fruit and was involved in making some of Australia’s most awarded sparkling red and white wines.

Natalie joined Jansz Tasmania as winemaker in January 2001 and brought with her a wealth of knowledge and an enthusiasm for sparkling wine. Her philosophy is firmly focused in the vineyard: “It’s all about getting to really know the fruit you are working with and having a close relationship with the viticulturists and growers. And of course, being passionate about turning great fruit into great wine!”

Since joining Jansz Tasmania, Natalie has taken Jansz to new heights – driving the vineyard’s philosophy of Méthode Tasmanoise and enhancing Jansz as one of the leading Australian Sparkling specialists. Her reputation and esteem continues to grow, with Natalie now recognised as one of Australia’s leading sparkling winemakers.  Natalie is proud to be producing sparkling wine from Tasmania, and today she is actively involved with promoting the region as a producer of quality sparkling wine. “Tasmania is producing Australia’s best sparkling wine, and I’m thrilled to be involved.”

Over the years Jansz Tasmania has elevated itself to be recognised globally as one of Australia’s iconic sparkling wines, and it continues to remain a favourite on home soil. The Premium Vintage Cuvée has been named the official Australia Day Wine of the Year “Best Australian Sparkling Wine – Apéritif Style” at the Sydney International Wine Challenge a total of four times in six years (most recent was in 2009) - an unprecedented achievement by any Australian sparkling.

Natalie Fryar, Winemaking Portfolio:
• Jansz Premium NV Cuvée
• Jansz Premium NV Rosé
• Jansz Tasmania Vintage Cuvée
• Jansz Tasmania Vintage Rosé
• Jansz Tasmania Late Disgorged Premium Vintage Cuvée

BIOGRAPHY: Chef Philip Johnson
New Zealand-born, Philip Johnson has become one of Australia's most celebrated chefs, honing his skills in Australia, London and New Zealand before settling in Brisbane which he now calls home.  Philip opened his landmark bistro, e’cco, in 1995 and very quickly made a name for himself with his win of the 1997 Remy Martin Cognac/Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant of the Year award, a stunning achievement for Philip, but also a coup of Queensland.

Since then Philip has never looked back and he has continued to receive national and international claim for his flair for elegant simplicity, a virtue he has instilled in the dedicated and innovative team of chefs he leads.  Philip conducts numerous cooking classes, demonstrations and guest chef appearances, both nationally and internationally. He has also donated his services to many charities, working alongside a stellar line-up of industry peers to raise much needed funds for many worthwhile causes, including the Starlight Children's Foundation, Bestest, Mission Australia, AEIOU and The Leukaemia Foundation.

Philip has contributed recipes to a multitude of publications, including Simply Australia, Australian Food, Providore and Great Australian Chefs, where Mietta O'Donnell named Philip as one of 50 chefs at the cutting edge of Australian cuisine. He also featured as a weekly columnist for The Courier Mail's Good Life supplement from 2002 until 2008. Philip has also authored five of his own cookbooks. They all include a wonderful collection of recipes that are distinctively Philip Johnson - unpretentious food, simple yet stunning - and a reflection of the ideas and beliefs that have made e'cco the success it is today. His sixth book is currently in production and will be released in August 2010.

BIOGRAPHY: Chef – Marcus Turner
With the recent vacation of the Executive Chef’s role by Michelin Star-trained Andrew Budgen, long time Head Chef at both Circa and Era, Marcus Turner, has relished the opportunity to take on the ‘top job’. Having worked alongside Andy for several years as a key member of the multi-award winning Circa kitchen team, Marcus has the skills, drive and passion to make his own unique mark on the Brisbane dining landscape. Marcus is ably supported by new Head Chef, David Lindsey, who joined the Era team in October 2006. David’s path to this exciting new role included three year stints at Pier Nine (under Chef Michael Wood) and, more recently, at the Stokehouse in Melbourne.

For ticket information, visit or phone 1300 762 545.

Have a lovely day!… Anna 

Friday, August 13, 2010

Ravensthorpe Guesthouse & Restaurant

This week, we held our annual Illawarra, Southern Highlands and South Coast New South Wales cover shoot in the beautiful grounds of Ravensthorpe… Just look at this image above to see how beautiful it is. It was a wonderful day, and the Ravensthorpe staff provided us with great service, and a very yummy lunch! Special thanks to Hamish for all his help and for hosting our visit so beautifully. It is appreciated!

A little about Ravensthorpe

Ravensthorpe is a grand 19th century home purposely restored for contemporary celebrations. Built by Doctor A.W. Bateman in 1893, the accommodation is comprised of his original surgery (now the cottage) and his family home (converted to 3 European-style suites). At Ravensthorpe, you can enjoy three acres of heritage gardens in a beautiful rural setting, as well as an original tennis court and swimming pool.

With its stunning restaurant, you can experience
Ravensthorpe's classic cuisine in an intimate setting, reminiscent of a small French chateau. 

Ravensthorpe even hosts high teas, and I am really looking forward to taking my mother there for a lovely high tea experience in spring time!

For more information, visit Ravensthorpe

And finally, stay tuned for the launch of our stunning 2011 edition of The Bride's Diary - Illawarra, Southern Highlands and South Coast New South Wales. In the beautiful 2011 edition, you’ll find etiquette and advice about every aspect of wedding planning, as well as endless inspiration to help you style the perfect wedding.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Adelaide Entertainment Centre

For the perfect reception venue for your Adelaide wedding, look no further then the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

The new distinctive function rooms, award-winning gourmet food and dedicated wedding co-ordinators will give you a day you’ll remember forever. Staff are committed to making your wedding a memorable experience so it's no surprise that the Adelaide Entertainment Centre continues to win catering and best function centre awards. 

Just minutes from the City, with convenient car parking for your guests. The Revelations Heritage Chapel (Circa 1854) on site, is the perfect setting to hold your wedding ceremony and the courtyard offers an ideal space for a marquee for your reception or post cocktails and you reception in one of the newly renovated function rooms.


From the moment you make contact with the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, you can be assured of the best service and assistance ensuring your wedding day seems effortless. You will receive as much assistance from your wedding co-ordinator as required to make your day special. Your wedding co-ordinator will discuss with you the Adelaide Entertainment Centre's exclusive wedding packages which include the following:
  • Complimentary room hire*. Including room set up and placement of bomboniere on tables if required
  • Complimentary glass of sparkling wine for your wedding party on arrival in private lounge area
  • Complimentary and convenient car parking for your guests
  • Complimentary lectern and microphone for speeches
  • Complimentary dance floor up to 20m2
  • Access to wedding party vehicles drop off at entry*
  • Linen napery and tablecloths
  • Skirted bridal table and cake table
  • Personalised menus on every table
  • Candelabras on the bridal table if required
  • Cutting and distribution of your wedding cake to your guests on platters
  • Bonus free room hire for any private function the Bride or Groom book within a 2 year period after wedding date*
Your wedding co-ordinator can also provide assistance with flowers, entertainment, chair covers, place cards and wedding cars if required. *subject to availability


Select from a three course set menu, or a choice of entrees and mains, followed by a delicious dessert and presentation of your wedding cake. Award winning chefs can also accommodate special dietary requirements as every meal is made fresh on site each day. To compliment your culinary experience choose from one of the beverage packages that incorporate the finest South Australian wines, beers and soft beverages.


The Adelaide Entertainment Centre offers you service and flexible floor space to accommodate from 80 to 1000 people in banquet style with a dance floor or up to 2000 for cocktails. From the ceremony to the reception, your wedding coordinator can assist you to achieve your vision.

Contact the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on 08 8208 2222 or click here to book your wedding date and let the experienced team of wedding co-ordinators help you create your special day.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, August 6, 2010

The Poacher's Way

We’re all in search of some inspiration, this is where it lives.… 

An Australian Government-funded initiative, Poacher's Way is a fabulous way to visit great locations in and around Australia's capital… Located in Canberra and the throughout the region, Poacher's Way is a collective inspired by land and life. Immerse yourself in the lifestyle and passions of these creators by planning your visit to discover exceptional artists, chefs, winemakers, galleries and rural retreats.

You can plan your visit using the Poacher's Way interactive map, and create a personalised itinerary by searching through the myriad of available experiences on the Poacher's Way website

Have a lovely day… Anna

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Orly for Spring Brides

For a bride planning a trip down the aisle this Spring, wedding fever will now be in full bloom. Whether it’s a garden fairytale, romantic and classic or a modern-day affair, ORLY Professional Nail Care’s wedding collection has a shade to suit every bride’s style. Whimsical garden weddings evoke colour schemes of soft greens, lavenders, greys and pastel pink especially in floral arrangements. Complement bouquets combining fresh greens and a pop of colour, with ORLY Rich Crèmes in Kiss The Bride (pale blue based pink crème), Bon Bon (lavender grey crème) or Lift The Veil (blue based baby pink crème) for an equally pretty manicure finish.

Traditional brides won’t put a pinky out of place with ORLY’s collection of Dazzling Shimmers. Featuring a neutral palette of beige, champagne and soft pink, with a hint of shimmer, Toast the Couple (soft beige pink shimmer), Catch the Bouquet (orange based pink with fuchsia shimmer) or Goin’ To The Chapel (champagne pink shimmer) has the classic bride covered from princess cuts to platinum settings.

And, contemporary brides can have their cake and eat it too, pairing bold make up looks, a bright dress, or stand out accessories with suitably subtle manicures. After all there is a fine line between adding some va va voom to toppling OTT. Keep it chic with ORLY Sparkling Glitters in Love Each Other (clear with purple metallic shimmer), Cut The Cake (soft grey with silver metallic glitter) and Honeymoon in Style (sheer beige pink with subtle glitter) for a modern bridal look that is on-trend from top to toe.

To ensure every wedding manicure is kept photo-ready, apply a single coat of ORLY Won’t Chip. ‘3-free’, like all ORLY lacquers and treatments, this topcoat provides a protective polymer layer to help nail lacquers resist chipping and peeling for up to two weeks - from pre-wedding preparation, right through to the honeymoon.

Visit Orly

Have  a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, August 2, 2010

Lanvin Pouchette Oulala Mariage Satin Clutch

For the perfect accessory to your dream wedding dress, that is not only stylish but also practical, look no further than the stunning Oulala Mariage Satin Clutch by Lanvin. 

Adorned with a raw-trimmed chiffon pompom and transparent Swarovski crystals, Lanvin's off-white satin clutch is the perfect partner to a contemporary bridal gown, and will help you hold all your wedding day essentails in style. 

Available from NET-A-PORTER

Have a lovely day!… Anna