Friday, August 29, 2014


I hadn't been feeling too well over the last week or two so I happened to miss the Paul Smith event last week, in which the brand celebrated the 100th anniversary of Hans J. Wegner's iconic furniture through a collection using textiles designed by Paul Smith in collaboration with Maharam. So when the invite came through to attend the introduction of the autumn winter 2014 collections in association with 10 & 10 Men magazine – Oh no, I wasn't going to miss out on this one.

Starting the night with a cocktail at the exclusive Gogo Bar, located under the equally exclusive Chin Chin on Flinders Lane - I moved onto the Paul Smith store just as things were starting to take off. The store is located at 120 Collins Street and is for me, the most impressive retail space in the CBD. Residing in a heritage-listed building, with original features such as Gothic windows, incredible fireplaces and lead lined stained glass windows. It’s a classic; luxurious setting that befits the stature of Smith’s highly regarded label.

The event was being held in association with 10 & 10 Men magazine and both Editor Alison Veness and Associate Editor Rebecca Khoury were dotted around the store speaking to guests throughout the night, before Veness presented a selection of both the women’s and men’s autumn winter 2014 collections. The event couldn't have taken place at a better time as Veness had just published Issue Four of both 10 & 10 Men with the likes of Iggy Azalea and Iana Godnia gracing multiple covers. 

Guest were greeted with drinks and nibbles on arrival and encouraged to look around the ground floor of the building. I immediately made my way to the shoe section to look through the vast selection of boots, shoes, sneakers and accessories on display. My eyes instantly caught the attention of a sky blue business folio bag sitting atop a beautiful heritage fireplace. Made in Spain, this folio features a navy jacquard spot lining with internal slip and zip fastening pockets, finished with chunky gold-tone hardware and raised gold-tone Paul Smith signature. It was a standout piece for me on the night along with a pair of tan leather brogues with marbled soles.

Veness began her presentation by explaining that the entire collection was inspired by legendary rock star Jim Morrison, but for me it also had a lovely Parisian feel to it. Back when Smith presented the collection in January, he cited the importance of relaxing the silhouette. So the coats drape like dressing gowns, the trousers are as loose as pyjama bottoms and the jackets neglect to nip the waist. Ten outfits were chosen from the collection by the 10 editorial team, including a Black Music Note Jacquard Epsom Coat, a slim fit sheepskin leather jacket and a beautiful music note print sweatshirt. 

Guests on the night included the likes of Designer Gary Theodore, Karen Webster (Deputy Head of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University) and Juilan Burak of A Good Man Styling - along with the rest of us enjoyed music from Western Australian performer Albert Salt. In 2011, Salt was announced as a Triple J Unearthed High Finalist and since then he has continued to work his way up and through the crowded Australian music industry and possesses the charm and charisma of a modern day Jagger. His aesthetic and sound married perfectly with the core brand values of Paul Smith and it was a pleasure to watch such a rising star perform. 

As Veness stated in her piece on the 10 magazine website, the only thing missing on the night was Mr. Smith himself but they're working on it for next time and believe me, if they're successful that will be one hell of a party. 

Just as the crowd started to really get into the spirit of things, I dashed off into the night making my way to St. Kilda to meet some friends for a dinner - mentally dressing myself up in all the delicious pieces I had seen throughout the night. Its a dangerous thing that the agency I work at is only around the corner and payday is approaching. 

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Thursday, August 28, 2014


Its been quite the week for CR magazine. After dropping a few teasers regarding its new issue, the cover was unveiled this morning featuring none other than the queen of music, Beyoncé. First there was the shot of North West released a few weeks back, then there was the recent pictures of Pamela Anderson, the unlikely icon as they are calling here and now Beyoncé is taking centre stage yet again. Although I am not the biggest Beyoncé fan, you cannot deny that this cover is fantastic and will scream out at you when your standing there in the newsagents trying to choose a magazine. For more information, make sure to check out CR Fashion Book


As I look back at photos I have of my parents time here in Melbourne, it fills me with great satisfaction that we were able to do so much in the two weeks that they were here. Like me, my parents love to explore and during their time here in Melbourne, it was crucial that I brought them to the Yarra Valley region to check out some of the wineries, cheese factories and chocolatiers that dot this beautiful region. 

It happened to be quite overcast and rainy the day I had planned for us to visit the region, but with four enthusiastic lovers of good wine, cheese and chocolate - the weather didn't affect us one bit when I think back. 

We made our way first to Yering Station Winery for a quick look around, checking out the gallery space and the food hall which stocked a range of artisan food products and beauty brands such as Aesop. 

Moving quickly on, we made our way to the Yarra Valley Dairy cheese factory. The beautiful shop at the dairy is located in the original 100 year old milking shed on the farm, right beside the cheese factory. The staff at the shop encourage visitors to taste a selection of fresh handmade cheeses and locally produced wines when you visit and afterwards visitors are able to roam around the shop, which stocks a range of regional and specialist produce such as jams, relishes, beautiful home wares and gifts. The shop also serves cheese plates which are accompanied by locally baked breads and various regionally produced charcuterie meats. The shop also has have over sixty wines available to purchase from several independent winemakers, as well as ciders and beers from neighbouring breweries. A trip to the Yarra Valley Dairy is essential for any foodie's travelling to the Yarra Valley region. 
Our afternoon however, was mostly spent at Domaine Chandon, a winery associated with luxury brand Moët Hennessy Collection.

The wine industry began in the Yarra Valley region when three brothers: William, James and Donald Ryrie, planted the very first vines in the early 1800s. The 1800's was a very successful time for Yarra Valley wineries, especially with the exporting of product to Europe, however this slowed down at the beginning of the 19th century. Later, in the 1960’s, the region enjoyed a renaissance with some of Australia’s wine making icons rediscovering the Yarra Valley, amongst them Mount Mary, Yeringberg, Yarra Yering, Wantirna Estate and St Hubert’s. Many vineyards have since benefited from the region’s rich loamy soils, gentle fresh breezes, warm afternoon sun and cool nights; a perfect recipe for making exceptional wine. With that, the Yarra Valley possessed wine quality credentials that attracted Moët & Chandon down under and led to the establishment of the Chandon brand in Australia.  

Located at the southern end of the Great Dividing Range, the Yarra Valley offers a diverse terrain varying from the cool valley floor to the colder Upper Yarra Valley slopes. The great thing about Domaine Chandon is that it offers unrivalled exposure to the wine making experience within the region. One can learn all about the wine making process through the tour, which I found both entertaining and informative - helping to reinforce Domaine Chandon's position as a world class tourist destination within this area.

The tour offers visitors the chance to see a world class winery at work, with impressive graphic displays and interactive story panels, which gives visitors a detailed look at how Chandon produces it various still and sparkling wines. Featuring photography of Domaine Chandon's Yarra Valley property and its Strathbogie vineyard, the tour also outlines Domaine Chandon's impressive history. The winery was established by French champagne house Moët & Chandon in 1986 and is dedicated to the production of méthode traditionnelle sparkling wine and premium quality, cool-climate still Victorian wines.

Visitors are able to self-guide around the Domaine Chandon tour route daily, however if you come in winter like we did, you will miss out on the free guided tours. Domaine Chandon also provides excellent wine tasting facilities which are run daily. The tasting which costs $5 per person (and refundable against any items purchased) is a great way to taste a selection of sparkling and still wines, with an expert showcasing each of the elements that make each one unique. 

We tasted six wines on the day we visited, each different in their own way and two in particular stood out for me. The Chandon Vintage Brut 2010 is Chandon's flagship sparkling wine made from the classic champagne grape varieties. Extended yeast ageing produces a deliciously soft, fresh and creamy wine which has aromas of citrus and the staff that day told us to look out for tastes of roasted almonds and biscotti, both of which were lost on me if I am being honest. The Vintage Brut is full of fruity flavours and you really do get a taste of stone fruit and apple when you sip it slowly. 

The second and my personal favourite, the Chandon Riche NV was luscious and enticing with a refreshingly clean finish. It was deliciously sweet with aromas of guava and ripe tropical fruits, and this for me would be perfect for after dinner cheese plates or with a platter of fresh fruit. 

The Greenpoint Brasserie located next to the tasting bar offers a seasonal menu of platters, small tapas style dishes and main meals. Indoor and outdoor dining areas are available with 270 degree views of the Yarra Valley, however with the rainy weather we decided to keep warm inside with a delicious charcuterie board full of various meats, relishes and crispy bread wafers, as well as a board of fresh bread and dips. It was perfect after the wine tasting and set us all up for the trip to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery afterwards.

A trip to Domaine Chandon is essential for anyone visiting Melbourne and an afternoon that my parents really enjoyed. With a beautiful outdoor eating area perfect for the summer months, I hope to visit this beautiful place again and take full advantage of those amazing views.

Domaine Chandon
727 Maroondah Highway,
Coldstream VIC 3770
Telephone: 03 9738 9200

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


After a sneak peak of the cover was previewed on Bryanboy's Instagram feed recently, Vogue US has finally released the full version of its September 2014 cover starring Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss on the front. But as many speculated on social media, it’s actually a fold-out cover featuring nine of the world top models and Instagram lovers. The full image apart from Kloss, Delevingne and Smalls features Arizona Muse, Edie Campbell, Imaan Hammam, Fei Fei Sun, Vanessa Axente and Andreea Diaconu. Vogue has dubbed them “The Instagirls” because of their social media presence, a term which many liken to a modern day supermodel. Mario Testino shot the models for the new issue and it literally arrived in my local newsagents this morning. The poor fella in the shop trying to lift a few copies all at one from the store room was hilarious. He didn't stand a chance since its another whopper of an issue and neither did the shop stand a chance of getting a sale from me when I saw how much they were charging for it. Twenty six dollars, no thank you. I think I'll wait until next month when its half price here in Australia. Check out the cover above, the entire fold-out below and a little clip from Vogue featuring all nine models talking all things Instagirls.


A little while back I ventured north to Queensland’s Gold Coast region for a little break from the Melbourne chill. I have some family up there and I’ve posted a few times about some of the places I’ve visited there such as the QT Hotel or the incredible Palazzo Versace, both of which I’ve stayed at. I love getting up to Queensland every year as there are some incredible beaches, cafes, bars and restaurants up and hey who doesn't love coming back to Melbourne with a little bit of a Gold Coast tan.

Although I am known to splurge every so often, I try and keep my food as good as I can. Its not always possible as I have the worlds biggest sweet tooth but when I do muster up that little bit of strength to resist the bad stuff - I do feel rather pleased with myself.

Eating well is made very easy when you have the likes of BSKT Cafe around. First of all the cafe is roughly a thirty to forty minutes walk south of Surfers Paradise. I know because Kevin and I made the journey one gorgeous morning along the beach. The beaches up there are just incredible and its an absolute pleasure walking all the way to Nobbys Beach when you get to look at some amazing properties overlooking the water. All shapes and sizes, in every style imaginable – a walk to BSKT from Surfers will leave you wanting to live on the oceanfront.

Located at 4 Lavarack Road, the cafe is a magnet for those wanting to live a clean & healthy lifestyle. Everything about the cafe was sensational, the floors were beautiful polished concrete and the tables which extended out of the main dining area to the exterior of the building and the courtyard at the back of the building were like everything else – the very best quality. No expense, it seems was spared in the building of this place.

To its owners, BSKT is about fueling a food and health revolution using the highest quality foods available. With a visit to their cafe, they hope to improve not only the quality of food you consume but enrich the body and mind through the exercise and educational services they provide. Their mission is to make their customers healthier through cutting-edge foods that use the highest quality, nutrient-rich, organic ingredients. They combine this with delivering the very best in exercise teachings and their hope is to create an army of healthy, productive, creative and inspired humans. 

The menu offers everything from green goji salad to DIY fresh spring rolls and everything is prepared in the cleanest, healthiest way possible. I decided to order the Super Berry Pancakes, whilst Kevin opted for the Navajo Native Breakfast. The pancakes were made up of organic maqui by BSKT infused pancakes, hinterland honey, coconut crunch, crushed local macadamias and was dusted with cacao powder. The dish was delicious and unlike generic cafe pancakes, they felt indulgent without that horrible doughy bloated feeling one has afterwards. The hinterland honey and the coconut crunch gave the dish a lovely sweetness, which was perfectly balanced by the cacao powder, which was lightly dusted over the dish.

Kevin’s dish was equally as good. The Navajo Native Breakfast was made up of fried free-range eggs, BSKT beans, avocado and tomato salsa with basil essential oil on native bread. If that wasn’t enough, a side of forest mushrooms was ordered making this one hell of a dish.

The cafe offers a huge selection of coffees, teas, juices and smoothies too and we made sure to check out some of their offerings alongside our meals. With an emphasis on cutting edge health its no surprise that one of their smoothies was inspired by Australian supermodel and nutritional health nut Miranda Kerr. Made up of coconut sorbet, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, coconut oil, honey, cinnamon and almond milk, its packed full of goodness and really is the perfect morning smoothie. The morning we visited I opted for the Cyclist smoothie, which was made up of blueberries, lemon, banana, coconut water and vanilla protein. It was sensational.

As I sat there, looking out at the beach I really took it in and appreciated everything that BSKT was. We don’t have anything similar to BSKT down here in Melbourne, but I am hopeful that something as special as this place makes its way to the culinary capital of Australia soon. 

For more information check out BSKT Cafes website here

Monday, August 25, 2014


So ELLE Australia is the last to roll out its September issue and they are pulling out all the stops featuring the worlds highest paid supermodel Giselle Bundchen on the cover. Although this photo shoot has been seen in multiple international editions of ELLE, I have to say that I like this cover more so than the Canadian version released a few months back. Its fresh, its bright and its full of colour. Everything you would expect from an Australian magazine. 

For more information make sure to check out the ELLE Australia website here.

Sunday, August 24, 2014


With a flourishing career playing with the Geelong Cats, a high profile relationship with one of Australia's most prominent Fashion & Lifestyle bloggers, Nadia Bartel and his recent collaboration with fashion brand WitcheryMan, Jimmy Bartel's latest gig, being named as the first Australian ambassador for L’Oréal Paris' Men's Expert range is a huge achievement that many an Australian male personality and fashion model would have cut their right arm off for. 

L’Oréal Paris' Men's Expert is the official skincare of AFL players and its collaboration with Jimmy (& Nadia) is comprised of a number of short video clips offering a humorous look at how to be a man of the world and a man who just happens to moisturise. I've popped a few of the clips below but make sure to click through here to the website to check out the rest and to check out the entire L’Oréal Paris Men's Expert range. 


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