Jeweller Jan Logan launched the 2018 Amavi Collection with a Mediterranean themed cocktail party at Molo Bar, Wolloomooloo Wharf on Wednesday 22 November 2017.
She also unveiled the new face of the collection, up-and-coming actress Tiarnie Coupland. Each year, a promising Australian actress is selected to grace Jan Logan’s catalogue, in line with the company’s belief in film as a powerful creative medium, and its’ commitment to supporting local talent.
The Mediterranean themed cocktail party had a bespoke canape menu and lots of prosecco flowing. There was a decidedly Sardinian feel to the evening, with imported Ichnusa beer from Cagliari on hand to wash down the arancini balls!
Guests included: actress Emma Lung, Tiarne Coupland, Raechelle Banno, Madeleine Clunies-Ross and Sophie Hensser; Fox Sports Presenter Abbey Gelmi; former ballerina with The Australian Ballet Brooke Lockett; author and style editor of Men’s Health Magazine Jeff Lack; stylist Michael Azzollini; make-up artist Noni Smith; and freelance fashion and wedding photographer Jade Jeffries. Emma Lung was the face of a previous Jan Logan collection.
While no items from the 2018 Amavi collection were on display at the cocktail party, guests could admire the 18 carat South Sea Pearl Tiarnie earrings valued at $4,750 that were worn by Tiarnie Coupland herself.
Furthermore, each guest got to take home a sterling silver Paros pendant valued at $135.
Ten hairdressers took over the icon Sydney Opera House to create over 70 looks in twelve hours with the new ghd Nocturne Christmas collection for the ghd infinite styling event on Tuesday, 3 October 2017.
At the same time, a simultaneous event was occurring in London overnight where ten hairdressers were styling models with multiple elaborate hairstyles.
After 12 hours of styling in both Australia and London, guests, consisting of hairdressers and media, arrived at the Opera House for the ghd infinite styling event. The event was styled in purple, the same colour as the new Nocturne collection. Drinks (including a gin and lavender cocktail) and canapes were served. There was live acapella music, live crosses to London, and a parade were ten models were photographed in the latest glamour looks.
Ghd collaborated with media partner INSTYLE magazine to capture images of each look to publish in the November and December issue. Models wore glamorous shimmering ball gowns and beautiful makeup for the shoot.
The Australian team was led by ghd Australia Creative Director Richard Kavanagh, and also consisted of Jayne Wild, Brad Lepper, Lisa Vitale, Richi Grisllio, Mia Davries, Alana Dunphy, Travis Bandiera, Liam Hubbard and Jayme Lee Franco.
The ghd limited edition nocturne collection includes a range of tools to style your hair for day and night including:
cocturne collection ghd platinum styler gift set RRP $330
ghd air professional hairdryer RRP $200
nocturne collection ghd V gold styler gift set RRP $280
ghd flight travel hairdryer RRP $99
ghd air professional hairdryer & ghd V gold styler gift set
ghd curve creative curl wand with heat resistant mat RRP $230
ghd curve soft curl tong with heat resistant mat RRP $230
ghd advanced split and therapy limited edition bauble RRP$22
The new ghd nocturne collection offers infinite styling opportunities while maintaining the health of your health.
Swiss made watch, Creux Automatiq Ghost Series, launched in Sydney with an exclusive event at The Star’s Library Lounge on 6 September 2017.
Creux Automatiq Ghost series is the first model of the brand. It is an all round timepiece that is made for the ruggered sportsman. It is elegan,t but can suit both a casual and formal look. The watch features a skeletonised date wheel that allows the viewer to see the intricate moving parts of the watch. It is made of 316L surgery grade stainless steel and has a gun metallic finish. It also features sapphire crystal that makes it scratch resistant. The creator of the brand is Dane Rumble and he is married to model Nikki Phillips.
Creua Automatiq showcased its watches throughout the venue and guests had the chance to purchase on the night. Creux Automatiq Ghost Series retails for about $3,000.
VIP guests that attended included: model Nikki Phillips; former Miss Universe Australia Tegan Martin; Australian Actor and presenter Tai Hara; stylist Mel Tan and Australian actress and singer Casey Burgess. They enjoyed a range of canapes while drinking Laurent Perrier champagne, Canadian Club cocktails and Auchentoshan whisky cocktails.
Guests got to take home a goodie bag with products from Selvedge grooming, Bondi Sands For Men and Sun Bum suncare.
The new Waterfall by Crown Group residential development, featuring Australia’s tallest man-made waterfall, was unveiled at an exclusive black tie event at the Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park, on Wednesday 17 May 2017.
More than 2,000 guests were invited to the exclusive unveiling of the new Waterfall by Crown Group development including: City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore; Prince of Malaysia HRH Tunku Naquiyuddin; Princess of Malaysia HRH Tunku Hayati; Crown Group Chairman and Group CEO Iwan Sunito; Crown Group CEO Paul Sathio; supermodel Paula Verhoeven; former Channel Nine The Block stars, Shannon and Simon Voss; model, Rachael Finch; and former Miss Universe Australia, Laura Dundovic.
Guests were treated to the exclusive unveiling of the Waterfall by Crown Group project model and the visionaries behind this unique 331-apartment development. The MC for the night was Channel Ten news presenter Sandra Sully and the formalities of the evening included speeches by: Crown Group Chairman and Group CEO, Iwan Sunito, City of Sydney Lord Mayor, Clover Moore; Prince of Malaysia, HRH Tunku Naquiyuddin, Crown Group CEO of Global Capital, Prisca Edwards, Crown Group Sales and Marketing Director, Roy Marcellus, and Building Management Australia’s Ben Mees.
One of the highlights of the night was a surprise performance by ARIA-award winning Australian songstress, Jessica Mauboy.
The $400-million development will be on a 1.2 hectare site at 18-20 O’Dea Avenue Waterloo. Designed by SJB Architects to bring the tropics to the city, the development will have four towers ranging from seven to 20 storeys with 331 apartments.
The waterfall feature, that will be on the side of one of the seven storey towers, was inspired by the world’s largest indoor waterfall in Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay Cloud Forest Conservatory. The development will also contain other waterly features, such as ground-level water gardens with a recreation deck, a rainforest-inspired bamboo-covered walkway and an infinity rooftop pool.
it will also have other resort-like residential facilities such as a cantilevered gym, a function room, a music room, retail outlets, a rooftop lounge and panoramic views of Sydney’s CBD.
Logitech invited media to a beautiful waterfront mansion in Mosman on Friday 12 May 2017 for the 2017 Logitech Media Showcase to demonstrate how Logitech, Logitech G, Ultimate Ears and Jaybird products could enhance our lives at home.
On the ground floor, there was a large open plan sitting room and kitchen. In this room Logitech Harmony was used to control entertainment and home automation devices. With just a few easy steps of a remote, tablet or smartphone you can now control your TV, set-top box, speakers, lighting, thermostat, door locks, window shades and other popular devices. Plus, with Harmony Activities, you can easily create one-touch control of multiple products, letting you turn on your TV, dim your lights, adjust the temperature and open your window shades—all at the same time. You do this by either by using your remote, mobile app or in response to sensors. And if you’re away from home, you can check the status and adjust devices from the Harmony mobile app.
Downstairs, there was a smaller sitting room and home gym. The gym featured the Jaybird X3 Wireless Sport Headphones. These next gen wireless in-ear buds don’t require a headphone jack, are sweatproof and offer a universal secure sport fit with improved sound and customisable audio options. The smaller sitting room had some Ultimate Ears bluetooth speakers on display including the new Wonderboom. The Wonderboom is a super-portable, waterproof, Bluetooth speaker that blasts 360-degree sound with clear and crisp bass. It is waterproof and floats on its own in the water. It is also drop-proof from up to five feet, boasts a 10-hour battery life and 100-foot wireless Bluetooth range. You can connect two Wonderboom speakers together to Increase the sound.
In the pool outside, there were a number of megaboom, and ue booms floating around in the pool.
Upstairs in the study and bedroom there were PC’s for work and gaming. In the study, there was the Logitech MK850 performance Wireless keyboard and Mouse Combo, which is a full-featured keyboard and mouse set with a cushioned palm rest and carefully-crafted keys designed for all-day comfort. The keyboard and mouse work together with new Logitech DuoLink software which enables customised functions and navigation. DuoLink enables the mouse buttons to have a different set of actions and gestures when you hold the Fn key down on the keyboard. There was also the 2017 doodle Collection of the Logitech M238 Mouse which is covered with colourful hand-drawn characters and appeals to people with a kid-at-heart attitude. It has up to 12 month of battery life and 10 metre wireless connection.
In the bedroom, there was the Logitech G Pro gaming Mouse and Logitech G Pro Mechanical Gaming keyboard. Designed in collaboration with top eSports athletes, the new gaming mouse features Logitech’s most accurate optical gaming sensor, a metal spring button tensioning system, onboard memory for driver-free operation on tournament systems, and a comfortable, durable yet lightweight design, while the Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is a high performance, ten keyless mechanical gaming keyboard that is purpose-built for professional competition. The keyboard features Logitech’s exclusive Romer-G™ mechanical switches, offering 25 percent faster actuation than standard mechanical keyboards.
Logitech was founded in 1981. It started making computers, and is now designing products that bring people together through music, gaming, video and computing.
Ultimate Ears launches their latest and greatest speaker, the UE Wonderboom, on Tuesdsy 4 April 2017 at the Original Porteno in Cleverland, Surry Hills.
The Wonderboom is the newest in a celebrated line of Bluetooth speakers from Ultimate Ears, the audio brand acquired a few years ago by Logitech. It borrows some of the best features of the UE Boom 2 but sells for half the price. It’s also almost half the size (10cm high and 14 cm wide).
Guests walked into a winter wonderland with blue light, an ice sculpture with UE Wonderbooms embedded in it, a large snowball for snow fights, a fireplace and two chocolate fountains with strawberries, bananas, pineapple pieces, wine jellies, nougats and marshmallows for dipping.
in addition, they were spoilt with canapes consisting of: spiced lamb empanadas; smoked salmon with vodka and dill cream on a hash browns; wood fired pumpkin and ricotta cannoli; fig and gorgonzola tart with vincotto; and smokey pork sausage with plum sauce.
For drinks they were treated to: the Mistress Jerry cocktail (made with spiced rum, raspberry puree, lime juice, and honey ginger spirit); mulled wine; Peroni beer; 2012 Candela red blend from Argentina; and Les Vignes Blanches from France.
But the biggest treat of all was the UE Wonderboom that was given to celebrities and media to take home. Celebrities included: The Bachelor’s Lisa Hyde; Big Brother host Mike Goldman; Big Brother contestants Tim Dormer, Jake Richardson and Lisa Clark; Nova newsreader Matt de Groot; and selfie instagram sensation Kurt Coleman.
The UE Wonderboom can wirelessly play (stream) to two Wonderbooms from one source, with a 360 degree sound and a ten hour battery life (that charges in 2.8 hours).
The Wonderboom, like the rest of the UE Boom family, is waterproof (up to a depth of 5 metres of water for 30 minutes) and shockproof (when dropped from 1.5m or less). It’s adorable. It’s affordable. And it floats!
The UE Wonderboom comes in a variety of colours: lilac, stone (grey), subzero (blue), cashmere (pink), fireball (blood orange) and phantom (black).
Porsche Sydney South held the exclusive unveiling of the Porsche 911 4S Targa in their Alexandria showroom on Thursday 16 March 2017.
This was the first of its kind launch in Australia. There are about 20 variants of this vehicle and prices start at $296,150 plus on road costs but can be as expensive as $500,000. The vehicle is a fast luxury car that combines elements of both the coupe and the convertible and harks back to the Targa models of the 1970s. It includes Porsche’s Active Suspension Management, a retractable roof, a leather interior and Bose surround sound system. it has the same 3.0-litre six cylinder turbocharged flat-six engine that debuted in 2016 model. In the 4S, it is tuned for 309kW of power at 6500rpm and 500Nm of torque at 1700-5000rpm. It also comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, all-wheel drive and fuel use of 8.0L for 100km.
The vehicle that was unveiled on the night was one built by the team at Porsche Sydney South for the launch and featured an oak green metallic exterior finish.
Unlike other parties that invite celebrities, this event was for the customer who had previously purchased a Porsche. The only publicly known person in attendance was Porsche racing car driver Aaron Zerafos.
The boutique special event production agency, Team Event PL, organised many aspects of the event, including the catering, the band, the Moet and wine bar and the customised Martini bar that served four types of Archie Rose vodka or gin martinis.
Guests got to emboss the Porsche crest on a piece of leather (with three colours to choose from) and take it home to use as a mouse pad.
So what does a typical Porsche customer look like? Well, according to sales staff, they are people who have done well out of property and are now interested in buying cars. And although it is advised to never invest money in anything that moves, some Porsche cars have risen by $300,000-$400,000 in the space of half a decade. It is all about the rarity of the car, so if the vehicle is a limited edition or Porsche decides to stop making a certain model or variant of a model, you may be in luck.
Mikey Enright, the owner of the Barber Shop in Sydney, launched a range of men’s grooming products (made by Enright’s Original Gin Company) that contain gin at The Barber Shop salon and bar on Tuesday 15 March 2017.
Mikey Enright is an award-winning barman and former Head of Bars for Merivale. He is also one of the best barbers in Sydney. He has combined his love of gin and men’s grooming to create a men’s grooming range made by his company, Enright’s Original Gin Company.
Enright’s Original Gin Company scented grooming products are made in Australia from the finest natural ingredients. They comprise of no petroleum. They contain 16 botanicals of benefit including Juniper, Bergamot, Ginger, Cardamon, Coriander Seed, Grains of Paradise, Lavender, Rosemary, Rose, Orris Root, Violet, Cyprus, Liquorice Root, Sweet Orange and Lemon.
Enright’s used his knowledge of barber shops and information from the best barbers in the industry to create products that men would want to have at home. With Enright’s Original Gin Company products, men can have a grooming routine that is similar to the experience found at his popular Sydney institution, The Barber Shop.
There were lots of fashionable men in attendance including: actors Kyle Pryor and Steven Mahy; television presenters Danny Clayton and Andrew Maciver; celebrity stylist and author Jeff Lack; models Sam Wines; fashion stylist Joshua Heath; and suiting icon Steve Barkla.
The event would not be complete without gin cocktails and guests had a choice of three to drink all night: gin and tonic; gin goblet; and gin martini. There was also cold meat and cheese boards to go with the gin, and a range of canapes going around.
Pyrmont Growers Market has returned to Pyrmont Bay Park (Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW) every fourth Saturday of the month from 7:30am to 12:00pm and, on the first Saturday back (25 February 2017), media were taken on a tour of the market and spoiled afterwards with a four course meal made with ingredients from the stallholders at Black Bar and Grill at The Star.
Pyrmont Growers Market offers unique gourmet produce and top quality fresh food straight from the field and farm. For 18 years, Pyrmont Growers Markets was one of the most popular and well-attended markets in the city until it closed in April 2016 when Fairfax decided to no longer sponsor it. The likes of Pepe Saya and Toby’s Estate have made names for themselves selling their products here, and some of Australia’s most celebrated chefs have demonstrated on the market stage.
It is now produced and operated by the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce and proudly supported by The Star. The markets offer a green, sustainable and relaxed community focused event.
The market stalls we visited as part of the tour included: Grima’s Farm Fresh Produce (third generation farmers who pick their fruit and vegetables fresh daily); Pepe Saya (producer of the best cultured butter made from local ingredients, including a new smoked cultured butter that we all tried); Luca Ciano sauces (a premium Italian sauces product range created by two Michelin star chef Luca Ciano); Badass Biscuit Co (badass cookies made by chef Katrina Igham); Long Paddock eggs (free range eggs from a Canberra region farm that has 185 hens per hectare, not 10,000); Alto Olives (who produce exceptional quality olive oil and olives including an award-winning olive oil with olives that are native to Australia); Achacha (a prized tropical fruit from Bolivia that is grown in Queensland); Westview Limes (the makers of award winning sauces from the Mid North Coast of NSW); Near River Produces (producers of pasture raised heritage pork and field grown vegetables); The Little Big Dairy Co (producers of high quality milk from one dairy traceable down to the very cow that made it); Riverina Jerky (makers of the best quality jerky that is full of flavour and texture); German Butchery (award winning German butcher making small goods and cheeses); Parker’s Organic juices (juices made with Australia fruit without chemical fertilisers and pesticides); and many others.
Black Bar and Grill, the fine dining restaurant at The Star, prepared a four course lunch using seasonal produce from the market stalls. The first course was zucchini flowers with crispy goat’s curd lemon oil. The entree was a garden salad made from heirloom carrots, peas, smoked ricotta, mint meringue, serrano ham and hazelnut vinaigrette. The main course was fillet grass fed with white polenta, crispy sweetbread, king brown mushrooms, pencil leeks, and black pepper sauce. The dessert was warm couverture ganache, hazelnut mousse, banana ice-cream, cookie crumble. There was also a seafood dish prepared for a pescetarian in the group.
Tawnya Bahr runs the tours on a market morning at Pyrmont Growers Market. She runs two behind the scenes tours, showcasing the growers and producers that make this iconic market so great. Tours run for approximately an hour at 7:30am and 9:00am. To book, go to: http://www.tawnyabahr.com/tour/pyrmont-growers-market/
For more information about the Pyrmont Growers Markets, go to: http://pyrmontgrowersmarket.com.au/http://pyrmontgrowersmarket.com.au/
The Pyrmont Growers Market is back at Pyrmont Bay Park and, to celebrate, a launch party was held on Wednesday 16 February 2016 at PizzAperta at The Star.
Pyrmont Growers Market is back at Pyrmont Bay Park (Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW) from 25 February 2016 and every fourth Saturday of every month from 7:30am to 12:00pm.
The Markets will once again offer unique gourmet produce and top quality fresh food straight from the field and farm.
Pyrmont Growers Market started as a single one-off event that was part of the 1998 Good Food Month but continued for 18 years and became one of the most popular and well-attended markets in the city. It closed in April 2016 when Fairfax decided to stop sponsoring it. The likes of Pepe Saya and Toby’s Estate have made names for themselves here, and some of Australia’s most celebrated chefs have demonstrated on the market stage (such as Rockpool’s Neil Perry, Marque’s Mark Best, Biota’s James Viles, and Victor Churchill’s Anthony Puharich).
It is now produced and operated by the Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce and proudly supported by The Star. The Pyrmont Ultimo Chamber of Commerce engaged food consultant Tawnya Bahr from Straight to the Source to secure the finest local producers and farmers to be part of the markets. The markets will offer a green, sustainable and relaxed community focused event.
The food at the launch party was made from ingredients sourced from the new stallholders at Pyrmont Growers Market. Guests were served two types of pizzas: ham and mushroom pizza made with Pino Dolce Vita smoked ham, mushrooms, San Marzano tomatoes and mozzarella; and vegetarian pizza made from eggplant, olives, pumpkin, zucchini, cherry tomato, basil and crescenza cheese. They were also served an Australian ocean trout roll with zucchini, leek, pumpkin puree and crescenza cheese. The roll is not a regular menu item at PizzaPerta but it was a standout dish that they should consider adding.
PizzaPerta is an open-air piazza style Italian Pizzeria and Bar operated by Stefano Manfredi (who was also present on the night). It serves pizzas, focaccias, salads, sides and desserts. His head chef, Gianluca Donzella, managed the kitchen and told me that they also make gluten free pizza that is popular with people with celiac disease.