Thursday, September 30, 2010

WIN a Fabulous Honeymoon to the Cook Islands



The Bride's Diary loves to give its readers the opportunity to win a fabulous honeymoon and this year we are delighted to offer the chance of traveling to Sanctuary Rarotonga and Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa, Cook Islands, South Pacific.

The incredible prize is valued at $7220.00, and includes  10 nights’ accommodation for 2 adults, including 3 nights at Sanctuary Rarotonga in a Beachfront Suite, 4 nights at Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa in an Overwater Bungalow, then another 3 nights back at Sanctuary Rarotonga in a Beachfront Suite, daily breakfast, $200.00 of Spa Polynesia vouchers at Sanctuary & Aitutaki, 1 Day car rental at Sanctuary & Aitutaki, a bottle of fine wine in room at Sanctuary & Aitutaki, His and Her Island Pareu (sarongs) at Aitutaki, and a Cook Island Black Pearl at Sanctuary. 

Your honeymoon should be the perfect escape, so for your chance to win this wonderful prize, simply fill in the entry card located at the back of the 2011 edition of The Bride's Diary Sydney. If you don't already have your copy of The Bride's Diary Sydney, make sure you drop in to your local newsagent or visit The Bride's Diary online store and order your copy today… Good luck!!!

Have a lovely day!… Anna


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Introducing The Bride's Diary Sydney 2011


We are delighted to bring you the stunning 2011 edition of The Bride's Diary Sydney, and with over 520 pages, it is our most glamorous edition ever. 

You will love browsing through our six Real Life Wedding profiles, and seeing how brides just like yourself created their own magical wedding days. With useful advice and stunning images from their special days, our Real Life brides tell you their stories, including their engagement, choosing their gown and planning their reception - you are sure to be inspired by their wonderful tales.

Jewels of the Aisle, our extra special jewellery shoot, brings you a myriad of engagement and wedding rings to help you find the perfect style for you. There are even rings for the gents, so if you haven't already purchased his ring, make sure you show our stunning jewellery pages to your hubby-to-be!

We are also very excited to bring you our stunning couture shoot, A Moment in Time. Featuring a range of beautiful gowns from Sydney's leading bridal designers, a fabulous location, and countless hours of hard work with a great team, the results speak for themselves! A Moment in Time captures the true beauty of a bride on her special day, taking a moment to reflect upon, and anticipate, the wonderful things that await her after her wedding. A moment in time that is yours to take, yours to live, yours to enjoy…

And, as always, we are delighted to bring your our annual decorating shoot, featuring four stunning colour themes that will help you plan the perfect wedding, no matter what season your special day will be held in. Planning a spring wedding? You are sure to be enchanted by the pretty pinks, pale blues, and old-world tea party charm of our Whimsical Spring theme. Perhaps summer is the season for you? Our Summer of Love theme will inspire the contemporary bride with fresh and modern styling in hues of black, white and splashes of green. Autumn is a fabulous season for a rich and striking palette, and our Autumn at Home theme brings you warm, inviting colours, and a modern take on a traditional, rustic feel. If your wedding is to be held in winter, our Winter Opulence theme combines lavish styling with extravagant details fit for royalty, bringing you the ultimate in luxury.

In addition to these fabulous features, the 2011 edition also brings you a range of  Sydney's best wedding services providers, including: 

• Bomboniere
• Books
• Bridal accessories
• Bridal fairs
• Bridal fashion
• Bridal party attire
• Bridal shoes
• Cakes and confectionery
• Celebrants
• Decorations and party hire
• Engagement notices
• Flowers and bouquet preservation
• Formal hire and menswear
• Gifts and home wares
• Hair and beauty
• Honeymoon destinations
• Jewellers
• Marquee and party hire
• Master of ceremonies
• Music and entertainment
• Photography
• Reception venues
• Stationery
• Transport
• Video
• Wedding planning and services

The 2011 edition of The Bride's Diary Sydney is a must-have publication for anyone planning a Sydney wedding, so be sure to drop in to your local newsagent or visit our online store to order your copy today. 

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, September 27, 2010

RealAge



With summer just around the corner and the wedding season about to go into overdrive, it's time to start thinking about getting your body (and mind!) into tip-top shape for all those upcoming events. RealAge is a fabulous website that provides a wealth of information to help you achieve your health and fitness goals. 

Regularly featured on Oprah, RealAge provides information for setting and achieving your personal goals, keeping your health in check, shaping up and slimming down, looking young and staying sharp, eating well, and soothing stress. 

With 65 tests and tools, RealAge is a great resource for assessing your health and will provide you with invaluable advice to help you live a longer life. Make sure you visit the RealAge website regularly as the content is updated daily, and while you are there, take the RealAge Test to find out whether you are biologically younger, older, or the same age as your calendar age - the results may surprise you!

Visit RealAge

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Induction Heating Adds Heat to Kenwood Cooking Chef Offering




Kenwood is excited to introduce the newest member to their family The Kenwood Cooking Chef. A fabulous wedding gift idea, the Cooking Chef is the ultimate tool for complete kitchen multitasking and, with the addition of induction heating, it is sure to be a favourite amongst home cooks and chefs alike!
 
The new ground breaking induction cooking technology is safe, clean and energy efficient and allows home‐cooks to take their cooking creativity to the next level, achieving professional results every time. From perfect choux pastry and creamy risottos to Italian meringues, the Kenwood Cooking Chef makes light work of tricky dishes that usually require sharp attention and precision in the kitchen.
 
Ultimate control is possible as the temperature ranges between 20°C to 140°C in the 3L capacity cooking and mixing bowl. The accurate variable control for gentle warming to a rolling boil is great for everything from the tough job of kneading dough to the delicate task of tempering chocolate and making hearty, time intensive stews. The timing function allows the cook to set the cooking time on a countdown ranging from five seconds to three hours. The temperature and the timer display is interchangeable on the LCD screen at the touch of a button.

The benefit of being able to leave the KENWOOD Cooking Chef to automatically stir food and cook to a precise temperature, frees up valuable time in the kitchen and guarantees perfect results, especially as with the constant slow speed stir setting to keep the consistency in the food without breaking it down.
 
With additional great functional attachments the KENWOOD Cooking Chef is a one‐stop kitchen multi‐tasker that can handle almost every cooking challenge in the kitchen. New advanced bowl tools have also been specifically developed for the KENWOOD Cooking Chef, it also comes with essential kitchen attachments allowing recipes to come to life with ease. A brand new steam basket has also been added which fits within the top of the bowl and can be used in the same way as a conventional steamer for vegetables, chicken, seafood and desserts.

The launch of this ground‐breaking new kitchen machine is a reflection of Kenwood’s
commitment to innovation in food preparation. The KENWOOD Cooking Chef takes all the expertise, quality and versatility of the KENWOOD Chef concept and adds induction heating technology under the bowl, to deliver a totally new cooking revolution to the kitchen.

The full list of attachments and accessories include:
  • New stainless steel stirring tool
  • New high temperature flexible beater
  • New power whisk
  • New stainless steel spiral dough hook
  • Stainless steel K beater
  • AT339 stainless steel blender
  • AT640 food processor
  • New steamer basket
  • Heat resistant spatula
  • Heat resistant mat
  • Bowl scraper – designed to perfectly fit the bowls’ profile.
Key features and benefits of the KENWOOD Cooking Chef include:
  • Powerful 1500W Planetary Mixing
  • 1100W Induction Cooking System cooks directly in the mixing bowl
  • Large 6.7L bowl capacity with market leading 3L cooking and mixing capacity
  • Accurate temperature setting from 20°C to 140°C
  • Display featuring 3 hour count up and countdown timer and temperature setting
  • 8 Mixing Speeds – including minimum and maximum
  • 3 Cooking Stir settings
  • Fold function
  • High Speed Heat and Whisk Function
  • Interlocked Head lift, bowl, heat shield and attachment outlet covers
Visit Kenwood for more information…

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, September 24, 2010

Sparkle and Shine with ModelCo's glittering Christmas Collection


MODELCO… THE BEAUTY OF KNOWING…

Introducing ModelCo’s CHRISTMAS COLLECTION - a limited edition range of smart beauty wonders which won’t break the bank, but will leave you looking and feeling a million dollars! On every glamour girl’s wish list this year is ModelCo’s glittering CHRISTMAS COLLECTION – a chic range of beauty treats to guarantee a kiss under the mistletoe!


Make the festive season go off like a cracker with ModelCo’s delightful BON-BON – which, when pulled, reveals a sparkly GLASS ULTRA LIP GLOSS in STRIPTEASE or BERRY PINK, a perfect stocking filler or Kris Kringle for the girls in the office!


Give the gift of a perfect pout with the LIP DUO’S LIPSTICK + GLOSS SET - the ultimate pairing in lip colour – a set of two double-ended satin-finish lipsticks with matching shade of high-shine lip gloss & handy inbuilt mirror. Wear separately or layer up for high-voltage glamour! The set contains LIPSTICK LIP COUTURE in KITTY + GLASS ULTRA LIP GLOSS in BOOGIE NIGHTS, and LIPSTICK LIP COUTURE in TRUFFLE + GLASS ULTRA LIP GLOSS in SUGAR PLUM.


Lavish her with luscious lashes with the TURBO LASHWAND + LASHXTEND SET containing ModelCo’s best-selling LASHXTEND BLACK MASCARA & TURBO LASHWAND HEATED EYELASH CURLER.


Santa baby, leave a TAN & SHIMMER SET under the tree, for me! Containing a TAN AIRBRUSH IN A CAN + SHIMMER AIRBRUSH ILLUMINISER, for shimmering sun-kissed skin this holiday season.

For bronzed belles, look no further than this must-have gift for any tan-fanatic, the TAN MOUSSE & TAN EXTENDER SET contains the new TAN MOUSSE SELF-TANNING & BRONZING FOAM – ModelCo’s deepest, darkest tan yet and a TAN EXTENDER SELF-TAN ENHANCER, which prolongs the length of your tan, or can be used by itself as a gradual tanner for a subtle glow.

• BON-BON containing GLASS ULTRA LIP GLOSS (mini): $14.95 valued at $18.50
• LIP DUO’S LIPSTICK & LIP GLOSS: $19 valued at $76.25
• TURBO LASHWAND + LASHXTEND: $39 valued at $63
• TAN & SHIMMER SET (full sized product): $39 valued at $59
• TAN MOUSSE & TAN EXTENDER SET (full sized product): $39 valued at $59
 
ModelCo’s CHRISTMAS COLLECTION will be available from 24th October at David Jones, MYER, selected independents and www.modelco.com.au 

For direct stockist enquiries, please phone 02 8354 6700.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Are you In?



This October, get your friends together and host a Girls Night In for Cancer Council. By spending a fun night with the girls you can help raise much needed funds for all women's cancers. 

No need to shave your head. No need to run a marathon. Just get the girls around. Cancer Council will help you do it, just visit Girls Night In and click the Get Started link.

Women simply register as Girls Night In hosts and then invite their female friends, workmates and family to get together for an evening. Guests are asked to donate the equivalent of what they would have spent on a night out.

The great thing about Girls Night In is that it can be anything you want it to be. Whether it’s a chick flick night, gossip session, singing and dancing to girl tunes in the lounge room or simply sharing a meal with your nearest and dearest gal pals, you decide.

Visit www.girlsnightin.com.au to register as a host or for more information.
 

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Emma Hack's New Exhibition Wallpaper Mandala Opens at Obscura Gallery




'Emma is currently celebrating her 21st year of body art and is Australia’s pioneer in this inspiring and growing worldwide art form.'

Internationally recognised and award-winning Australian multi-media artist, Emma Hack, began exploring the notion of camouflage in 2005, drawing inspiration from famed model Verushka who in the 1960s and '70s painted herself into rustic walls and naturalistic settings.


When Emma discovered the iconic Florence Broadhurst range of wallpaper designs it provided the perfect inspiration. She was overwhelmed at the response from Signature Prints who gave blessing for her to not only use the designs but granted Emma access to the Florence Broadhurst archives. So began the Wallpaper collection of images that span from 2005 – 2008, and it was during this time that Emma began exhibiting her limited edition photographic images. Her first ever wallpaper camouflage took 19 hours straight to paint with more recent works taking anywhere from 7 – 15 hours, depending on the complexity of the design. It is an exhausting process for artist and subject alike; however the results are nothing short of spectacular.


Emma’s highly anticipated 2010 Wallpaper Mandala collection features 10 new images, expertly blending the female form into Broadhurst designs. This new collection is a further celebration of Emma’s skill and expertise, where she merges Broadhurst’s wallpaper designs together with her own gorgeous colour palettes.

Emma is currently working on a short documentary featuring the Broadhurst designs in her work as well as designing a limited edition art book.



Emma is also celebrating her 21st year of body art and is Australia’s pioneer in this inspiring and growing worldwide art form. She has worked with numerous Australian celebrities, including Kristy Hinze, Todd McKenney and Vanessa Amorossi. She also travels frequently overseas creating live installations for many launches and campaigns including Tiffany & Co in Dubai and Mont Blanc in Beijing.

Emma Hack’s Wallpaper Mandala collection will be launched at Obscura Gallery in Melbourne.

October 3rd – 21st
Obscura Gallery
Suite 11, 285 Carlisle Street
East St Kilda
Victoria
[03] 9525 9377

Visit Obscura Gallery

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Guess Seductive: The New Fragrance for Women



In the most fashionable city in the world, New York, Coty Beauty has announced the launch of GUESS’s alluring new fragrance for women, GUESS Seductive. The sexy scent embodies the unique magnetism and playfully captivating style synonymous with the GUESS brand.

Infused with the precious essence of Florentine Orris, the new fragrance evokes the essence of the iconic fashion brand, channeling the edgy trendsetting designs that have set GUESS apart throughout its history. From the brand’s iconic denim to its inimitable black and white ads, GUESS’s singular style is translated into GUESS Seductive’s charismatic blend of enticing notes.

“GUESS is thrilled to be unveiling our newest scent, Seductive, in partnership with Coty,” says Paul Marciano, Chief Executive Officer and Creative Director of GUESS?, Inc. “Coty is a leader in the beauty and fragrance industry and we feel confident and proud to have worked so closely with them on the launch of Seductive.”

Created by perfumer Veronique Nyberg, GUESS Seductive is a sparkling, floriental woody fragrance evokes coy femininity and intoxicating seduction. The scent teases the senses, captivates attention, and leaves a lingering sensation of addiction—a fatal floral attraction.

Bold top notes of zesty, dazzling Bergamot, vibrant Blackcurrant and crispy Pear evoke mouthwatering, mesmerizing desire. At the heart of the fragrance are feminine facets of Orange Flower, exotic touches of Jasmine and the noble allure of precious Florentine Orris, a legendary note harvested in Florence and used in perfumery for centuries to seduce the senses. At the base is a voluptuous trail of warm Vanilla
and spicy Olibanum, finished with an intensely distinguished, musky essence of Cashmere Wood.

Have a lovely day!… Anna 

Monday, September 20, 2010

Lisa Gowing



Lisa Gowing ready-to-wear was introduced in 2004. The first of the high end bridal couturiers to launch a diffusion line, her ready-to-wear collection was readily snapped up by eager brides relishing the opportunity to wear a Lisa Gowing creation for their special day. Today the Lisa Gowing Ready-to-Wear Bridal Collection is recognised as the most elite in bridal fashion.

Already well recognised in Australia as an industry leader, Lisa’s gowns are coveted by brides worldwide. Lisa’s client base reaches as far as the USA, the UK and throughout Asia, with clients flying in to select a gown from Lisa's Edgecliff studio. 

Lisa’s show-stopping creations are a regular feature on the red carpet, with a strong celebrity following including Libby Trickett, Tahyna Tozzi, Georgie Gardner and Deborah Lee Furness. The entire collection by Lisa Gowing is showcased in the privacy of the Lisa Gowing design studio.

Lisa’s coveted ready-to-wear collection is hand-made locally by Lisa and her talented team using time honoured couture techniques. These demi-couture gowns feature the same superb cut, luxe fabrics and feminine detailing that have become synonymous with Lisa’s Couture designs, constructed in layers of silk and exclusive trims including European laces and crystal or jewel embellishments.

Lisa Gowing is offering her limited edition demi-couture ready-to-wear collection on selected OPEN DAYS each month exclusively at her Sydney studio. On these days over 50 ready-to-wear gowns are available. Brides can order their preferred design in their standard size or purchase straight off the rack.

October Open Days
8th & 9th September 2010 | 10:00am - 4:00pm
“Silk” 12th Anniversary collection.
 

Meet with Lisa and her team at her Edgecliff studio to view and try on designs from her Spring/ Summer “Silk” Demi-Couture collection.
 

Buttery liquid silks, flowing chiffon and longline corsetry are just some of the elements of Lisa’s exciting new “Silk” collection. Featuring jewelled crystal embellishment and exclusive French lace detailing and her coveted co-ordinating jewellery, headpieces and veils, Lisa’s anniversary collection is a celebration of the best of Lisa’s design philosophy.

Sip champagne whilst you view and try on designs from the collection. Over 50 ready-to-wear gowns will be available for purchase straight off the rack, or order your chosen style in your standard size.
 

Please register to confirm your attendance at this event. On the Open Days listed Lisa and her team of sales associates are in attendance to meet with brides and offer their expert advice on suitable styles and accessories for their bridal ensemble. Ready-to-wear gowns are priced from $1700 to $3800. To register to attend the OPEN DAYS phone 02 9327 6332.

Visit Lisa Gowing

Have a lovely day!… Anna


Friday, September 17, 2010

Floriade 2010



Floriade Imagination… Where will yours take you?

Follow the magic beanstalk to a world of entertainment set among a million blooms. Floriade 2010 features more than one million blooms as a backdrop for fantastic entertainment, displays and a whole program celebrating the theme of imagination.

Imagine you're a giant as you ride the Ferris Wheel high above the festivities, and experience a spectacular overview of Floriade exploding into a cornucopia of colour in concert with spring. 

Be captivated by exhibitions and displays to inspire imagination and innovation, see incredible inventions from 500 years ago brought to life at the Da Vinci Machines Exhibition.  

Be inspired by the showcase gardens and the infinite possibilities for transforming your backyard. Or, imagine being  pampered with complimentary mini massages, facials and hair styling in Garnier World between 22-26 September.

Taste the latest range of Lindeman’s Early Harvest and Sweet Seasons range and enter their fabulous Hanging Basket Competition plus get advice from Meredith Kirton and chef Dominique Rizzo. 

Top off your adventure with the dazzling and unmistakable vocals of Katie Noonan or enter the realm of NightFest* (22-26 September) when Floriade transforms into an after-dark spectacular. Experience five magical nights of amazing lighting, films under the stars, live music and side-splitting comedy.


Floriade 2010 runs from Saturday 11 September - Sunday 10 October, 2010. For more information go to www.visitcanberra.com.au or call 1300 727 655.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Estée Lauder & Derek Lam at Spring/Summer 2011 New York Fashion Week


Estée Lauder Face Chart

The final look on Estée Lauder Spokesmodel, Liu Wen

Tom Pecheux backstage with Estée Lauder Spokesmodel Constance Jablonski

Fashion shows are a great source of inspiration for make-up styles to ensure you look your absolute best on your special day, so be sure to keep an eye on the latest shows, both locally in Australia, and around the world.

On Sunday September 12th 2010, Estée Lauder sponsored the Derek Lam Spring 2011 Fashion Show at Lincoln Centre, the new home of New York Fashion Week.

After such a successful collaboration last season, both Derek Lam and Tom Pecheux, Estée Lauder’s Creative Makeup Director, were very excited to team up once again for Spring 2011.

Bright orange eyes, nude lips, matte skin, soft bronzed cheeks and iridescent nails were right on trend this season as Tom Pecheux tested new Estée Lauder Pure Color Spring 2011 products on the all the models which included Estée Lauder Spokesmodels Constance Jablonski and Liu Wen.

Credits…
Makeup: Tom Pecheux for Estée Lauder
Nails: Jin Soon Choi for Estée Lauder
Model Photos: Photo Courtesy of Estée Lauder

For stockist details phone 1800 061 326 or visit www.esteelauder.com.au

Have a lovely day!… Anna
 

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Brisbane Polo Club



Looking for a reception venue that is versatile and can host anything from small, intimate weddings, to lavish gala affairs? The Brisbane Polo Club can offer it all…

The Brisbane Polo Club provides an elegant and classic setting for unforgettable weddings. Built in 1889, the Brisbane Polo Club's building, Naldham House, has undergone meticulous refurbishment to National Trust standards. Step inside and you will discover high-paneled ceilings, cedar fittings, a grand timber twin staircase, antique furniture and leather bound chairs. Step outside onto the balcony and take in the city and river ambience. 

The Brisbane Polo Club recognises that every reception is different, so the professional staff will help you tailor your own menus and beverage choices, to suit your personal preferences and budget. 

A wedding reception at the Brisbane Polo Club will exceed all expectations for you and your guests. For further information or to view the magnificent facilities, contact the functions department on 07 3229 3287 or visit the Brisbane Polo Club.

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, September 13, 2010

Ultimate Success Summit


I recently attended the Ultimate Success Summit featuring Sir Richard Branson and Anthony Robbins, and I just wanted to share with you a little about the conference.

The 2-day event was highly successful (no pun intended) and I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the conference. It was very informative and provided a plethora of invaluable advice for achieving ultimate success.

With a range of strategists from a variety of business and industry sectors, including Sir Richard Branson, Anthony Robbins, Mark Bouris and Siimon Reynolds, attendees were shown the way in which the speakers devoted themselves to learning life’s most powerful keys to success.

The Ultimate Success Summit was all about providing a comprehensive selection of the most advanced success strategies so you are able to assemble a unique and personal set of unstoppable strategies to achieve YOUR ultimate success.

If you missed out on attending the world's first Ultimate Success Summit, don't despair as there will be a similar event held in October, also featuring Anthony Robbins - Business Mastery 2010. Visit Empowernet now for more details on this fabulous upcoming event.

For more information about the Ultimate Success Summit, please visit the website - www.ultimatesuccesssummit.com.au

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Friday, September 10, 2010

Black and White





If you are considering a formal wedding with a black and white colour theme, this gorgeous gown from the ready-to-wear Karen Willis Holmes collection is the perfect dress to tie in with your theme. 

With it's stunning neckline and beautiful flowing skirt, the gown is finished off with a gorgeous black sash and brooch - perfect for a lavish, formal affair!


Have a lovely day!… Anna

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Aussies Rush to Book Weddings on 10/10/10


For those who count their lucky stars and take dates and numbers seriously, choosing the date of a wedding is serious business. Fate, happiness and luck all depend on choosing the right day for the ceremony! For many 10/10/10 represents luck and good fortune and Australian Marriage Celebrants has seen a huge last minute rush of couples registering for this distinctive date.
 
“If intending to marry, a couple has to register their application a month and a day prior to the intended date,” explains Martin Moroney, spokesperson for Australian Marriage Celebrants, the largest and most respected association of marriage celebrants in Australia. “Celebrants within the association have acknowledged an overwhelming desire for weddings on 10/10/10 with some celebrants even committing to three weddings on this date and turning away others wishing to wed when the stars align!”

 
“I was booked for 10.10am on 10th October 2010 many months ago,” adds Elaine Searle, member of Australian Marriage Celebrants. “I have booked two more ceremonies during the day and could have booked, probably about six more, but three is my absolute limit!”

 
For the Chinese, the bride’s and groom’s birthdates and times are required for selecting the dates for a wedding to commence. Usually even-numbered months and dates are preferred and the date of 10/10/10 is considered to be one of the best days in the year to be married. According to the Chinese calendar, 10/10/10 represents an auspicious day for a wedding with some couples even consulting feng shui experts on the timing for events such as fetching the bride and entering the groom’s home.

 
With only two days left to register for the date 10/10/10, auspicious brides and grooms to-be all over Australia are scrambling to sign on the dotted line and seal their future’s happiness! If a month and a day is too quick for those looking for a lucky wedding date there’s always 11/11/11 - but Australian Marriage Celebrants are encouraging Aussies to get in early as ceremonies are already being booked for this date!


Visit Australian Marriage Celebrants

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

DIY Bomboniere



The perfect way to add a unique and handmade touch to your wedding is to make your bomboniere, and homemade lemonade is a great gift idea for a vintage inspired wedding. Once you've made your tasty lemonade, you can pretty up the bottles with these fabulous bottle labels from I Do It Yourself at Etsy.

Supplied as a PDF computer file, you can customise the labels with your wedding details and print as many as you like at home on sticker paper for an easy DIY wedding project. 

The file comes with two designs: pink lemonade and fresh lemonade. 
Size: Each label is 210x90mm or 8x3.5 inches other sizes may be available on request


Have a lovely day!… Anna


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Redbrow Garden Canberra Bed & Breakfast


If you are planning a beautiful rural wedding in the Canberra area, then Redbrow Garden, with spectacular garden and lakeside facilities, is the perfect venue. 

Redbrow Garden is a multi award-winning ecotourism oasis located near Hall, on the outskirts of Canberra, and boasts stunning photo opportunities in the garden and by the lake. Close to many cool climate wineries and nationally-acclaimed gourmet restaurants, Redbrow Garden is an ideal retreat for discerning Australian and international visitors to the Canberra region.

If you are looking for a natural venue for your special occasion, Redbrow offers unique and truly beautiful facilities for garden wedding ceremonies and receptions. Redbrow Garden's award-winning accommodation facilities consists of four modern, individual lakeside en-suite B&B rooms surrounded by an inspiring rural garden and wildlife haven. 

For more information on holding your wedding at Redbrow Garden or to make an appointment to view the facilities, visit Redbrow Garden or email redbrowgarden@bigpond.com

Have a lovely day!… Anna

Monday, September 6, 2010

Napoleon Perdis creates catwalk glamour across the country




Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics lives and breathes the runway to reality mantra. But Australia’s leading makeup brand is also at the forefront of catwalk creativity, sponsoring fashion festivals around the country, including runway extravaganzas in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Putting its money where its glossy mouth is, Napoleon Perdis has signed on as the official makeup sponsor at various consumer events, bringing its distinctive stamp of glamour to Australian women everywhere.

Each runway outing receives an original look created by Napoleon Perdis himself, and executed by the brand’s International Creative Team, led by Kate Squires. Earlier this month, the team directed the makeup at 23 shows for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane. This week, they’re training their brushes on 23 shows at the Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival. “It’s a way to really showcase the variety of our products and the talents of our makeup artists,” says Napoleon Perdis. “Plus, our customers love it. We recreate the looks in-store. Who doesn’t want to have a handle on the latest runway looks?

“These outings are also collaborations with the country’s pre-eminent designers,” adds Perdis. “They align our brand with the cream of Australian fashion and underscore our message of runway to reality. And, of course, they allow for some wild explorations too.” The four national events add up to over 40 runway shows, with exclusive looks from both the Napoleon Perdis and NP Set collections. Napoleon Perdis is the first Australian makeup brand to exclusively support all national consumer fashion festivals.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane (7th August – 13th August)
Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival (23rd August – 28th August)
Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (30th August – 5th September)
Perth Fashion Festival (9th September – 15th September)