Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Premium ice cream merchant Gelatissimo is pitting Australia against Italy in a challenge for the best-tasting Christmas gelato!
Gelatissimo has developed two new flavours, especially for Christmas 2011: an Italian panettone flavour (which any Italian knows is their special Christmas cake), and a Christmas pudding flavour.
It’ll be the gelato aficionado's choice as Gelatissimo launches the two mouth-watering Christmas flavours in stores Australia-wide from November 28 2011, to January 1 2012.
Joint CEO Domenico Lopresti says, “It’s our intent to keep engaging our customers with new and interesting (and delicious) flavours. More than ever I think we’ve achieved this by celebrating these two new flavours for Christmas.
“I have to confess, the idea is partly testament to my own childhood, when each Christmas my large Italian family would share a panettone around the Christmas table, while my true-blue Aussie neighbours tucked into a Christmas pudding. I also feel that this challenge is about as illustrative of Christmas in Australia as one can get: many cultures, many flavours, and I’m thrilled to bring this to our customers.I am also wildly curious to see which flavour wins the trophy!”
Log onto www.facebook.com/Gelatissimo and tell them which flavour gets your tastebuds going for a chance to win your choice of a Gelatissimo cake or a Gelatissimo Christmas hamper.
For a full list of stores, log onto www.gelatissimo.com.au
The 2011 ARIA Awards were presented on Sunday night in a ceremony held at Allphones Arena, at Sydney Olympic Park before a capacity audience - members of the music industry and some vocal music fans.
The event kicked off with a performance by West Australian MC, Drapht, and included stunning performances by Gotye and Kimbra (perhaps the performance of the night), Boy & Bear (who won five awards that evening), Art vs Science, Gurrumul with Missy Higgins (another breathtaking act), Cut Copy, The Living End, Guy Sebastian (that voice - c'mon, even if you're not an Idol fan, it's pretty sensational) and a moving, beautifully sung performance by Delta Goodrem who paid tribute to the artists who have passed away over the ARIA awards' 25 year history.
Highlights were of course the presentation of the (long overdue) Hall of Fame awards to worthy recipients Kylie Minogue and the biggest hit around this house, The Wiggles, with the PM Julia Gillard inducting our pop princess and actor David Wenham inducting the skivvied-quartet.
Other biggest highlight? Why, the red carpet.
My personal faves were: Dannii and Kylie Minogue, Ricki-Lee Coulter, Missy Higgins,
For full details of the 2011 ARIA Award winners, go to www.ariaawards.com.au and you can follow the ARIA social media pages at:
Saturday, 26 November 2011
This time of year seems to revolve around shopping. A lot.
The Alina Van shoe store (a must for shoes with a difference) has launched a comp together with Endota Spa, Café Café and White Orchid - all four based in Paddo.
The prize is a one-day indulgent experience in Paddington, to be shared with a friend and includes the following:
From Endota Day Spa: a complimentary spa treatment for two (valued at $300)
Café Café: breakfast, lunch and coffee and cake for two (valued at $45)
Alina Van: 2 pairs shoes (valued at $600)
Oxford White Orchid: $100 gift voucher and $50 gift voucher to spend in store or online on European lingerie.
Yep, that's a grand total of over $1000!
How do you enter?
Simple. Very simple.
Take a photo of your fave street style outfit (c'mon... you're probs already doing this anyway for Facebook profile pics).
Email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
They will post it on their Facebook page.
Their followers can 'like' your look (and you should totally get your friends to 'like' the Alina Van FB page, hint hint), and the most 'likes' on all entries received will win the prize.
Whatcha waiting for? Enter!
For more on the participating sponsors, see:
White Orchid (www.white-orchid.com.au)
Friday, 25 November 2011
Thanks for the memories, KAK!
The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) has announced more special guest presenters and inductors to share the stage on the night. [Read on].
I do love watching the ARIAs from the comfort of my own couch (but there are still good tickets available for the event if you want to be there at the event and soak up the incredible atmosphere - see details below), and fans can expect to not only enjoy the fabulous two inductions of true Aussie icons, but a line-up of artists including Gotye and Kimbra, Drapht, Boy & Bear, Art vs Science, Gurrumul with Missy Higgins, Cut Copy, The Living End, and Guy Sebastian.
Back to our Kyles: the PM and Kylie met earlier this year in Japan when they were guests at the Australian Embassy fundraising dinner for the Japan tsunami disaster. They struck up a friendship over the dinner and will now meet again in altogether different circumstances.
And David Wenham? The accomplished actor, currently starring in the critically acclaimed, Killing Time, is best known for his roles in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Moulin Rouge, 300 and Sea Change. David is also the father of two daughters - and knows all the words to Hot Potato. Don't we all David! Scary.
Another highlight will be Stevie Nicks, currently mid-way through her Australian tour. She will be presenting an award with Nine's Richard Wilkins.
Other award presenters will include Chrissy Amphlett, Ruby Rose, James Kerley, Delta Goodrem, Iva Davies, Katie Noonan, the Madden brothers from Good Charlotte, and Molly Meldrum.
As part of ARIA’s 25th anniversary celebrations, Australian music fans have also been given the chance to have their say in Australian big night, by casting a vote in three public voted categories.
Fans can go to www.ariaawards.com.au/hpmostpopular and cast their vote to determine the Most Popular Voted ARIA Awards across all three categories. Fans can also vote from www.facebook.com/aria.official or www.facebook.com/Hpaustralia
For the first time ever, music fans will be able to watch the drama unfolding backstage with Optus providing a dedicated mobile video stream direct from the Awards night ceremony which will be hosted by Jabba. As well as exclusive interviews and footage, the Optus mobile video stream will complement the free-to-air GO! broadcast of the event, which will also be available to watch on any 3G mobile.
For the latest ARIA Awards news and details of all this year’s ARIA Awards nominees, go to the official website www.ariaawards.com.au
To be broadcast on GO! from 7.30pm on Sunday 27 November, General Public Tickets are on sale now from Ticketek; see www.ticketek.com.au or phone 132 849. Tickets are $75.
Monday, 21 November 2011
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
|Gorgeous couple Ben Fordham and his wife Jodie Speers on their wedding day|
Monday, 14 November 2011
“My mother carried the torch of our Company heritage and the values that were passed to her by my grandmother, Mrs. Estée Lauder,” said William Lauder. “My mother and father were life partners as well as business partners. They nurtured the culture and growth of the Estée Lauder Companies, and as we grew, my mother was our creative compass and pillar of strength. Together my family and the Company celebrate the beautiful person she was.”
Speaking for the company, President and Chief Executive Officer Fabrizio Freda said, “Evelyn embodied the heart and soul of the Estée Lauder Companies. She was one of the pivotal architects of our vision, values, and culture. She was dynamic, creative, smart, endearingly warm, generous, and incredibly gifted at connecting with people. Her enthusiasm was contagious.”
Evelyn Lauder certainly led an incredible life and is a remarkable American success story. Born in Vienna, Austria, her parents fled from Europe with her during the Nazi occupation, eventually settling in New York City. The story goes that she was asleep when the ship bringing them to the United States arrived in New York Harbor, her mother woke her up to see the Statue of Liberty. Evelyn Lauder would remember, and be inspired by, that symbol of hope for the rest of her life.
Later, after receiving her degree, she was a public school teacher in New York City for several years. As a 'college freshman', she had been introduced to Leonard A. Lauder, the older son of Estée and Joseph Lauder, owners of a small family cosmetics company, and they married in 1959. That same year she joined the family business.
She had many roles, including: New Product Director and Marketing Director. Thanks to her teaching background she created the company’s brand training programs. She also measured colour standards in makeup, sold products in stores, and made numerous personal appearances.
When the Company began creative work on what became Clinique in 1968, Evelyn thought of the name Clinique and became the first to wear the now ubiquitous Clinique white lab coat after she was named the brand’s first Training Director.
In 1989, Evelyn assumed the role of Senior Corporate Vice President and Head of Fragrance Development Worldwide. She led the development of the company’s most globally successful fragrances, including the best-selling Beautiful and Pleasures.
Evelyn's philanthropy in New York City was renowned. She served on the Board of Overseers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and on the boards of the Central Park Conservancy and the Evelyn and Leonard Lauder Foundation. Many other charities also benefited from her guidance and renowned generosity, including nonprofits devoted to health and human services, education and inner-city schools, the environment, women’s causes, and the arts.
Evelyn Lauder was perhaps best known to the public for her work in bringing global awareness to women’s health, a passion that stemmed from a personal experience with early stage breast cancer. In 1992, she co-created the Pink Ribbon, now recognised as the worldwide symbol of breast health, and launched the Estée Lauder Companies Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign (www.bcacampaign.com). Each year, the BCA Campaign raises funds through its brands, employees, and retail partners around the world to help support breast cancer research. Mrs. Lauder founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) in 1993 to provide crucial funds to breast cancer medical and scientific researchers around the world. BCRF (www.bcrfcure.org) has raised more than $350 million and supports 186 researchers globally.
“Each October, it is extraordinary to see the absolute dedication of our employees around the world to the BCA Campaign. Evelyn’s mission became our mission; her passion became our passion. She inspired all of us, and we will continue to move forward with her vision to rid the world of breast cancer,” said Mr. Freda.
Today, Estée Lauder Companies Inc. is one of the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of quality skin care, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products. The company's products are sold in over 150 countries and territories under the following brand names: Estée Lauder, Aramis, Clinique, Prescriptives, Lab Series, Origins, M•A•C, Bobbi Brown, Tommy Hilfiger, Kiton, La Mer, Donna Karan, Aveda, Jo Malone, Bumble and bumble, Darphin, Michael Kors, American Beauty, Flirt!, GoodSkin™ Labs, Grassroots™ Research Labs, Sean John, Missoni, Tom Ford, Coach, Ojon, Smashbox, and Ermenegildo Zegna.
Rest in peace to an incredible woman who changed the face of charity - and beauty - forever.
Friday, 11 November 2011
Fresh from my appointment at the Keratinology by Sunsilk pop up salon at Parramatta I feel revived, alive, and bouncy and full of volume.