Friday, April 18, 2014


I had just waltzed out of Mag Nation on thursday morning, happy as Larry with the latest issue of Vogue Paris Homme International and Tatler UK, prepared for the long weekend ahead, when a heavy plod was heard just as I sat at my desk. Said plod was the latest issue of Vogue Australia and boy what a happy guy I was when I ripped off the plastic covering and saw this smashing cover featuring Australia's sweetheart Kylie Minogue. The magazine hit newsstands yesterday and no doubt will be another smash. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014


I was just back from having had brunch at Truman’s in Albert Park when it suddenly started to rain heavily. It was perfect timing as I had been meaning to sort out my ever growing pile of books and magazines which had been sprouting up around various parts of my apartment. To some I am the hoarder extraordinaire and to others someone who just has a healthy appreciation and appetite for good magazines. One of the things I love more than anything is to just curl up on the rug in my living room with a big pile of magazines from all around the world and just get lost in the features and imagery. Today I decided to organise my ever growing collection of magazines and in doing so had the opportunity to flick through issues which I hadn’t looked at in a while. One issue in particular was the November 2012 issue of British Marie Claire which had a great feature in its careers section entitled “How to work harder, better, faster”. It was a collection of quotes from some of the UK’s most successful women on how to get ahead and whether a guy or a girl I thought, considering we are all recharging our batteries this long weekend before another crazy work week, it would be cool to post a few of these tips. So take a look and if you have any hints and tips yourself, make sure to shoot me an email or tweet. 

Diarize like a New Yorker
Nadia Swarovski, Head of Corporate Communications, Swarovski.
I have meetings all day, so I schedule ‘buffer’ time between them to follow up on ideas or issues instantly, mentally digest everything and prepare for the next one. I keep emails very short and use my commute to address anything pressing.

Be curious about the world
Nicky Kinnaird, Founder, Space NK.
In the US, everyone tries to “round out” their personalities, perhaps by getting involved with non-profits. It looks good on a CV. Also, be interested in what’s going on in hospitality, art, fashion… you can draw inspiration from all sorts of areas if you have any open mind.

Cold Call Your Dream Contacts
Sophie Turner Laing, Head of entertainment and news, BSkyB
I don’t think people spend enough time cultivating their network. I encourage my team to cold-call people they admire – just ring them up and say, I’ve heard great things about you. Can we meet?

(Source: Marie Claire, November 2012)

Monday, April 7, 2014


Australian fashion magazine Russh chose an effortlessly beautiful shot of Juliana Schurig for its April/May 2014 cover. The model was captured by Ward Ivan Rafik with styling by Anna Schiffel. The shoot also resulted in an eleven-page story which can be viewed below. The magazine is now available on newsstands.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Kate Moss may have already graced the cover of Vogue 34 times but clearly us lot can't get enough of British fashion's most famous supermodel. The supermodel, who recently became a contributing fashion editor for British Vogue, is back on its cover showcasing one of her brand new designs for Topshop. Shot by Craig McDean, 40-year-old Kate poses in a fringed jacket from her upcoming Topshop collection. According to reports, the eye-catching design is modelled on a much-loved one that she lost years ago. Kate has designed the jacket, amongst other pieces, for her imminent clothing range for Topshop.

Monday, March 31, 2014


I have been meaning to do a piece on my long weekend in Sorrento for a while now. It's an area that I am hugely fond of and love every opportunity to get down there as much as I can to relax. This time however a group of us decided to hit the area renting out a large 6 bed room in a house just a stones throw from the main street. Called Sorrento Beach House, it was pretty basic but had everything we needed for a short trip.

We started our weekend away with breakfast at The Joinery in Elwood. This has become a regular hangout spot for the group in recent months and this particular morning I loved the Full Of Grace granola I ordered. By the time we reached the peninsula, we spent most of the afternoon at the Peninsula Hot Springs which is a short drive from where we were staying. Strolling around half naked among a host of strangers is my idea of hell but I took one for the team and actually liked the experience to be honest.

Feeling relaxed, we spent the evening together having drinks on the deck of the house with the intention of hitting a local spot for dinner, that was until a lovely girl from the local bakery dropped off a box of pies for those staying in the house. With dinner sorted, we got ourselves together and made our way to The Continental Hotel for a few drinks. A few drinks lead to a few more and before we knew it we were smack bang in the centre of the Conti Disco with the kids from "Planet Toorak". I didn't last that long (I never do) and I headed back at midnight for some sleep however the others lasted until 3 or 4 from what I can remember.

The next morning I grabbed my running shoes and made my way around the area and ended up having coffee at The Sisters Cafe on the main street. It's one of my favourite caf├ęs, not just in Sorrento but Victoria as a whole. However more on The Sisters later. By the time the others had awakened we had switched venues and decided to brunch at Cake & Ale. 

This place, from what I recall opened late last year and has been a success with locals and visitors. All the others ordered omelettes which we were told take a while (not sure why considering what arrived) and don't get me started on Kevin's corned beef and boiled egg on toast. A nice portion of succulent corned beef sat on a lonely slice of toast with a single boiled egg rolling around the plate, it was a bizarre dish with a hefty price tag. I, myself ordered the spiced gingerbread with lemon curd and mixed berries. It was a lovely dish however the gingerbread just didn't do it for me. Gingerbread to me is dense, moist and sticky but this was none of the above. A shame as the cafe itself would get 10 out of 10 for its fit out.

We hit Portsea next, enjoying the waves and sun at the back beach. I'm not particularly fond of the sea but I made my way into the water and thoroughly enjoyed the crazy waves. Water time over and a nice pink glow radiating off me, we made our way to the Portsea pub for some fish and chips. This place is absolutely packed during the summer months and that day was no exception.

On Sunday evening we decided to hit Morgans Beach Shack for dinner and drinks. The restaurant itself screams everything one could want in an affluent beachside town - chilled out, relaxed, fresh, easy, part Californian, part Hampton's. However this is one place that is 100 percent style with zero substance. I would honestly never go back to this place again. We ordered one burrito and one portion of fish tacos at the bar and were told it would be 30mins for food. I was fine with that, it was a busy long weekend. However, 30mins turned into 60mins and eventually after enquiring a few times with the staff, our food arrived. My burrito wasn't bad but not exactly worthy of the 60min wait or the price tag and Kevin's tacos were beyond bad. Three tiny soft taco shells came with three tiny pieces of fish, a large bunch of coriander and nothin else really. Disgraceful. Next time I'll head next door to the Italian.

Catching an early night, the next morning feeling all fresh we headed back of my favourite spot, The Sisters Cafe for some food before the drive back to the city. I ordered the beautiful folded eggs with mushrooms and toast along with one of there amazing coffees. Seriously, it's the best coffee in Sorrento. Definitely the best spot for food along the peninsula.

All in all, a wonderful weekend away with some great friends, great conversation and not nearly enough trips to The Sisters Cafe. Until next time.

Saturday, March 29, 2014


Last week I was delighted to be invited to several VAMFF (Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival) events that took place in the city. Usually after a long hard day in the office I drag myself home (with the odd trip to the gym) but last week being a lover of fashion, I wasn't going to miss out on a few nights out with some friends.

Due to some prior commitments I wasn't able to attend the first two nights of the festival but caught up with friends, media peeps and the beautiful people in the Docklands for Runway 3 which was hosted by Frankie magazine on Wednesday evening. News Australia had kindly invited me there for the evening and we started off by visiting The Runway Bar for a few glasses of champagne, some nibbles and our own little game of fashion police. I tend to stay away from the current trends (I rarely pull them off well - best to stick to what you do best I suppose) however I was right on trend it seems that night. I wore a black sweater type top with black leather paneling and I saw similar style tops, dresses and pants on several others throughout the night.

We made our way into the main runway show around 9pm and were escorted to our box which was right at the end of the runway. It was rather exciting to sit next to the photographers, I love nothing more than the hustle and bustle of events like these. Our box was fully catered with nibbles, drinks and our own personal server to look after us for the evening. The show itself was rather impressive. Unlike other fashion shows, each runway show at VAMFF is a collection of designers who show together in a 30min presentation. Alpha 60 for me was the standout winner on Wednesday evening. The others such as Gorman, were a little less exciting. I'm thinking I might need to inspect that brand a little more.

Thursday night started a little earlier than the night before. After putting in a full day at the office, I made my way down to the Docklands for a 7pm start to attend the oOh! Media party which was being held on a boat right next to the venue. The party took place at the same time as the first runway show so it was a perfect opportunity to people watch whilst I mingled with some friends. The oOh! Media guys always put on a cracking party and this time it was no different. There was a huge range of canapes such as croquettes, soba noodle salad, wild mushroom tartlets and mini Peri Peri chicken burgers floating around and boy were they needed. The start time of the second runway show is usually 9.30pm, however there is usually a delay meaning you sit there for at least another 30mins wondering what the hell is going on.

Being perfectly honest I didn't enjoy the second show as much as I had hoped. I felt each of the brands showed the same sort of thing over and over again and I spent my time checking out the style of the opposite rows. They were much more exciting. 

And that folks was another year of Melbourne Fashion Festival. Until next year. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Australian model Abbey Lee looks sensational in Chanel on the cover of Vogue Australia’s April 2014 issue. Shot by legendary photographer Gilles Bensimon (yes the one that was married to kooky Kelly from Real Housewives Of New York) and styled by Vogue’s fashion director Christine Centenera, the part time model also discusses her transition onto the big screen. Inside the issue is a feast of other visual delights. Abbey Lee features in a shoot directed by Baz Luhrmann alongside the star of his Strictly Ballroom The Musical production Thomas Lacey. As Vogue’s editor-in-chief Edwina McCann writes in her editor’s letter, that Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin never do things by halves and this shoot is a shining example of their work. A superb issue and one I can't wait to get stuck into.  


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