Longines launches in Sydney

Swiss watchmaking company, Longines, launches their first Australian Boutique in the Queen Victoria Building, Sydney by welcoming the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton.

Longines is the Official Timekeeper of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) and Official Partner of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

The Queen’s Baton arrived in Australia on 24 December 2017 and carries a message to the athletes from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. It is now travelling across all states and territories of Australia to arrive on the Gold Coast in time for the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games on 4 April 2018.

Australian high jumper, Amy Pejkovic, handed the 2018 Queen’s Baton to former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who is Longines’ Ambassador of Elegance. Aishwarya Rai attracted a crowd of local Indian fans who recorded every moment of her speech.

She was joined on stage by Longines Vice-President and Head of International Marketing Juan-Carlos Capelli, who also spoke at the event. Matt Shirvington, sports presenter and the second-fastest Australian of all time over 100m, served as MC.

The Conquest V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is the Official Watch of GC2018. This exceptional Longines timepiece displays an engraving of the Gold Coast 2018 logo with the mention “Gold Coast 2018 XXI Commonwealth  Games”.

The boutique is on the George Street side of the Queen Victoria Building and its’ display of watches for sale include the Master Collection, the Heritage Collections, La Grande Classique, La DolceVita and the Equestrian collection.

Longines is located in shop 10/12 of the ground floor of the Queen Victoria Building Sydney (455 George Street, Sydney).

For more information about Longines, go to: www.longines.com.au

 

My Melbourne Cup day at Randwick Racecourse

It was a great day at Randwick Racecourse for the final day of the Sydney spring racing carnival on Tuesday 1 November 2016.

You could enjoy live racing action by the trackside plus watch all that is happening at Flemington on the big screen. There were many themed bars, live entertainment, and premium food stalls.

For lunch we checked out The Mews by Delicious Magazine on the Octagonal Lawn and had their pork roll. We teamed it up with the new (low carb) Heineken 3 beer from their themed bar and a knafeh (which is a cheese and cream dessert) from the Knafeh Bakery.

There was no Fashion on the Field competition but I still dressed up with a white, pink and peach floral dress and matching headpiece from Review Australia. I paired the headpiece and dress with a pearl necklace and bracelet, white pointed toe heels and a white clutch.

I choose the outfit because of the light colours and florals that are so appropriate for spring racing. The colours also suit my light complexion. The style is classic and suitable for racewear. It is the right length (to the knees) and does not inappriopriatly exposing the upper part of my body. I always tell people that when they go to the races they should dress like they would for a church wedding, not a nightclub.

I find Review Australia is the most suitable brand for racewear. Review Australia designs classic, elegant and feminine pieces that allow a woman to get dressed up during the day. The biggest bonus is that they also make matching headpieces, where, unless your wearing black and/or white, it is almost impossible to find a matching headpiece off the shelf and you have to spend a lot ordering a custom piece instead.

For more information about Review Australia, go to: https://www.review-australia.com/

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The Bucket List Beach Club Marquee comes to Randwick Racecourse

The Bucket List Beach Club Marquee comes to Randwick Racecourse again during this Spring Carnival for four consecutive race days (Saturday 1 October 2016, Saturday 8 October 2016, Saturday 15 October 2016 and Tuesday 1 November 2016).

I attended the Bucket List Marquee on Epsom Day – Saturday 1 October 2016.

The Bucket List Beach Club Marquee is a self contained precinct on the Leger Lawn that brings the iconic Bondi beach to the racetrack. The interiors includes beach themed painted walls. day beds, colourful furniture, betting facilities, a bar, a diner and a DJ.

The menu, prepared by The Bucket List Chef Tom Walton, provides a casual beachside lunch with options such as Queensland fresh prawn and truffle rolls with celery and herbs; fish and chips; and Tuna poke tostados with avocado, soy, sesame and shallots..

Racegoers can also expect signature cocktails (such as Mojitos, Cosmopolitans and Margaritas) and other drinks including the new low calorie Heineken 3 in addition to a bevvy of live entertainment with some of Sydney’s best DJs performing throughout the day.

For those who wanted to watch the AFL Grand Final, The Bucket List Beach Club Marquee had a large screen dedicated to those who wanted to watch the Swans v Western Bulldogs during the raceday.

For $99, your ticket to The Bucket List Beach Club Marquee includes:
– Exclusive access to the exclusive Bucket List Beach Club Marquee on the Leger Lawn
– General admission to the course
– One meal created by The Bucket List Chef – Tom Walton
– Two Heineken 3 beverages (any additional drinks purchased on consumption)
– Access to betting and bookmaking facilities
– Complimentary infield parking via High Street.

After all the fun in The Bucket List Beach Club Marquee, my group of friends migrated to the members area (as I have been a member of the racecourse for more than 6 years) where we enjoyed champagne in the champagne bar, oysters from Sydney Oyster Girls, and then a concert in the theatre of the horses with Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and his Australian partner, guitarist and vocalist Orianthi.

To buy tickets, go to: http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=ATCBUCKE16

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Jaybird launches their Freedom wireless bluetooth buds

Jaybird launched their new premium sports wireless headphones at Boxing Works at Kings Cross on Wednesday 31 August 2016.

Jaybird makes premium sports tech products. It was established in 2006 and is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2016, it was acquired by Logitech.

Their latest product is the Jaybird Freedom wireless bluetooth buds which combines sophisticated style, incredible sound and a secure comfort fit (for those who have an active lifestyle) into the smallest, most advanced wireless earbuds ever designed. Further, through the MySound app, you can customise and save your own personal sound to your Jaybird Freedom from your favourite music service or the Bluetooth-enabled music device you use.

Jaybird Freedom provides an incredible eight hours of play time (four hours play time with an additional four hours through the listen-while-you-charge charging clip). If you need a battery boost, just clip the lightweight charger on and get an extra hour of playtime in just 20 minutes.

Special guest on the night were The Biggest Loser’s personal trainer Shannon Ponton and professional boxer and water skiing champion Lauryn Eagle. Lauryn Eagle was also on celebrity apprentice.

Guests enjoyed food and music, and two boxing matches (male and female).

Jaybird Freedom is available to buy from JB Hi-Fi and the Apple store for $249.95. The buds come in four colours: Gold, Carbon (Black), Blaze (Red) and Ocean (Blue).

All those who attended the event were gifted a pair of Jaybird Freedom so they could experience the superior sound and comfort for themselves.

For more information and Jaybird Freedom, go to: http://www.jaybirdsport.com/

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A pre-game party is the perfect way to kick-off the festivities before a major football game

The Trans-Tasman rivalry returned to ANZ Stadium on Saturday 20 August 2016 when the Qantas Wallabies played against the New Zealand All Blacks in the World Cup final of the Bledisloe Cup and there was no better way to kick-off the festivities than a pre-game party starting at 5pm at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park.

The Novotel Sydney Olympic Park occupies a prime location across from ANZ Stadium. The indoor lobby/bar and the outdoor driveway (that had been converted into a large pop-up bar) was full of football fans, who were donning the green and gold, and hoping the Wallabies would defend their home turf.

These football fans had paid an admission ticket to the venue which included live entertainment by Maori dancers, a DJ, food and drinks.

The food was typical of what you would expect at a pre-game party such as: chicken schnitzel burger and steak fries; beef burger, swiss cheese, tomato and steak fries; German sausage burgermeister and steak fires; and steak cut fries.

Drinks included beers, wines and spirits such as: 150 Lashes, Summer Ale and Boags Lite, Auriela sparkling, Piper-Heidsieck Brut Cuvee, Pikorua sauvignon blanc, Pocketwatch pinot gris, Robert Oatley pinot noir, Hancock and Hancock shiraz grenache, Jim Beam bourbon, Johnny Walker Red, bundaberg Up Rum, Gordons Gin, and Smirnoff Vodka Red.

Despite the high-spirits of the crowd at the pre-game party, the Qantas Wallabies incur another humiliating defeat at ANZ Stadium. This means that the Bledisloe Cup will remain on the other side of the Tasman for yet another year.

For more information about the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, go to: http://www.novotelsydneyolympicpark.com.au/

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Cool Yule Festival has returned to Darling Harbour for the winter school holidays

Darling Harbour will come alive this winter with Cool Yule Festival. The Festival launched on Friday 1 July 2016 showing guests what the public will experience during the Festival.

This year the ice skating rink is bigger than ever. There are learn to skate lessons from 9am to 10am daily for both adults and children. Buy your tickets in advance to be sure you secure a spot.

Top figure skaters will be showing off their skills as part of the Stars On Ice Show from 12:45pm to 1pm daily. The performances change daily with beautiful costumes and impressive routines.

The Cool Yule Snow Pit is back by popular demand. Children will be able to build a snowman or have a snow fight without leaving the city.

There is a 20 metres high and 20 metres long Frozen Forest to wander through with lit up trees, icicles and snowflakes. The Monkey Bae Theatre Company will be using this backdrop to entertain the little ones for free with interactive storytelling sessions and fun activities.

The sky will light up every Saturday at 8:30pm with spectacular fireworks set to a soundtrack. The best place to watch them is at the promenade at Cockle Bay.

The Cool Yule Ferris Wheel will lift you to the highest viewpoint in Darling Harbour. Admire the views of the harbour and the Cool Yule iceberg down below.

To capture your memories, there is a Cool Yule selfie station where you can design your own frosty themed selfie. Using augmented reality, you can interact with penguins and experience snow. Download the Cool Yule App for free from the App Store or Google Play.

There is also a Cool Yule Competition to celebrate Sea Life Sydney Aquarium’s new Penguin Island Expedition where you could win a Premium Merlin Annual Family Pass for 12 months. Simply photograph yourself with at Cool Yule and tag it with #DarlingHarbour and #CoolYule on instagram to win the prizes.

The event will run from 2 July to 17 July 2016 for the duration of the winter school holidays.

For more information about tickets and prices, go to www.darlingharbour.com/whats-on/cool-yule/

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Myer hosts the stars at Randwick Racecourse for Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day

On Saturday 9 April 2016, Lucia Valentina and Damien Oliver won the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Petra Nolan won the Longines Prize for Elegance, Stacie Kidner won Best Dressed Woman, Brock Cross won Best Bressed Man, Longines Ambassador of Elegance, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, presented the Longines prizes and Myer hosted Sydney’s top models and celebrities in the Myer Marquee.

Lucia Valentina and Damien Oliver won one of the richest races in the world. The Swiss watch brand Longines has the honor to lend its name to this race, as well as be the Official Timekeeper and Watch of the Royal Randwick racecourse and the Australian Turf Club. The winning owner, trainer and jockey were awarded an elegant Longines watch by Longines Ambassador of Elegance Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Another elegant Longines watch was presented as the Longines Prize for Elegance by the Longines Ambassador to praise Petra Nolan from Sydney’s highly distinguished outfit during the raceday. Stacie Kidner was awarded Best Dressed Woman and Brock Cross won Dressed Man on Myer Fashion on the Field.

The watch prizes were from the Longines DolceVita collection, which illustrate the contemporary elegance of the Longines watchmaking brand worldwide. The watch is cased in steel, decorated with diamonds and featuring a silver-coloured “flinqué” dial adorned with painted Roman numerals. This timepiece is mounted on a red leather strap.

In the Myer Marquee, Myer hosted celebrities such as model Kris Smith, TV presenter Nikki Phillips, actress Jodi Gordon, The Bachelor’s Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich, celebrity make-up artist and presenter Michael Brown, model Dougie Joseph, PR guru and blogger Simon Hancock, model Carlie Philby, and many others.

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Color Me Rad Explosion Hitting Sydney

Want to join a party and a workout all in one? Color Me Rad Australia is bringing a 5k colour explosion to Sydney on March 19th at Heron Park, Chipping Norton.

Each section of the run adds a new explosion of colour to your clean, well-chosen outfits until you cross the finish line into a final blast of rad colour.

Following up from the highly successful 2014 Sydney event, which raised over $12,000 for the Australian Cancer Research Fund, the rad run is back and better than ever.

A single day event, all participants will receive the ultimate “rad pack”; including 5k entry, Color Me Rad t-shirt, a colour pack, and free photos from photographers.

Alongside the rad run festivities, participants will enjoy a selection of entertainment, including music acts and a Zumba warm up before the run kicks off.

The only colour run featuring Colour Gels, participants will enjoy this unique colour sensation alongside our traditional colour bombs across the eight colour stations throughout the race

All ages are welcome to participate in the rad action, encouraging a fun environment where your workout feels more like a celebration!

Tickets to Color Me Rad Sydney are available from the website: http://www.colormerad5k.com.au/location/Sydney/

World-Class Racing is set to start in Sydney from 12 March

Racing fever will hit Sydney in autumn for the 2016 Sydney Autumn Carnival (12 March – 16 April) which sees an impressive six week program of world-class racing and social activities. Featuring two of Australia’s biggest and most respected racing events, the Longines Golden Slipper Carnival and The Championships, Sydney Autumn Carnival boasts the world’s finest thoroughbred racing with more than $34 million in prizemoney across 45 Group races.
This year racegoers will witness history with the 60th running of the Longines Golden Slipper, featured as part of the three week Longines Golden Slipper Carnival at Rosehill Gardens which accounts for the first half of the Sydney Autumn Carnival. The Carnival then shifts to Royal Randwick for the third running of The Championships, the Grand Finals of Australian Racing before concluding with Schweppes Stakes Day on 16 April. Over six big weeks, Sydney’s racegoers and social set will enjoy a world-class festival of thoroughbred racing, stunning fashion, entertainment and premium hospitality.
As the focus moves to Royal Randwick, The Championships will offer racing purists and Sydney’s social set the prestige and glamour only expected from this world-class venue. Both Carnivals will offer a line-up of promotions, fashion and entertainment like no other, and we encourage racing enthusiasts to book early and plan to join us for what is guaranteed to be one of the biggest Sydney Autumn Carnival’s yet,” Mr Partridge said.
Australia’s most celebrated sporting event of the year, Longines Golden Slipper Day will be headlined by the world’s richest race for two year olds – Group 1 $3.5 million Longines Golden Slipper, as well as the $1 million George Ryder Stakes, $700,000 Ranvet Stakes, $600,000 Rosehill Guineas and $700,000 The Galaxy, on a day which is the centrepiece of three weeks of action at Rosehill Gardens. In 2016, the day will also include the Longines Award for Elegance, the NOVA 96.9 Garden Party, pamper lounges and live music, making it a not-to-be-missed event this autumn.
The first day of the 2016 Longines Golden Slipper Carnival, Cellarbrations Ladies Day on 12 March, features a first class program of racing, fashion and entertainment with Sydney’s richest race for fillies and mares, the $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic. Western Sydney Legends Day, on 26 March at Rosehill Gardens, will celebrate “Living Legends’’ from all sporting codes, and feature two Group 1 races, the $1.5 million BMW and $500,000 Vinery Stud Stakes.
The Championships, the Grand Finals of Australian Racing at Royal Randwick on 2 April and 9 April, in 2016 will offer prizemoney totalling $20 million – making them the richest two days in Australian Racing. With the support of Racing NSW and the NSW Government, The Championships is now in its third year and in a short period has captured the attention of the racing world, while also generating enormous benefit for the NSW economy.

The Championships Day 1 featuring the BMW Australian Derby on Saturday 2 April, set against a backdrop of traditional black and white fashion, sees world-class racing combined with premium hospitality and entertainment. The day features one of the world’s richest open sprint races, the $2.5 million Darley TJ Smith Stakes, the world’s richest mile, the $3 million The Star Doncaster Mile and the iconic feature race the $2 million BMW Australian Derby. This day will also feature the coveted Myer Fashions on the Field, and a host of on course activations including pampers lounges and pop up bars.
The Championships Day 2 featuring the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Royal Randwick on Saturday 9 April, features the world’s richest 2000m turf race, the Group 1 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes worth $4 million, the Group 1 Cellarbrations Queen of the Turf Stakes, the Group 1 Australian Oaks and Group 1 Schweppes Sydney Cup over 3200m, now worth $2 million, a $400,000 increase from previous years. Once again, Myer Fashions on the Field will attract the fashionable fillies including the second Longines Award of Elegance for the Sydney Autumn Carnival.
Little Sydney will return to the track over The Championships, enticing food lovers and Sydney’s gastronomical social set. Bringing back Sydney’s iconic restaurants Icebergs, Chiswick and China Doll, Little Sydney promises to be the hottest ticket to the track this Sydney Autumn Carnival.
The bumper six weeks of Group 1 racing will culminate with a Royal Randwick finale on Schweppes Stakes Day 16 April, including a live performance for all racegoers to enjoy. The day’s racing features two Group 1s, the $600,000 Schweppes All Aged Stakes and $500,000 Moët and Chandon Champagne Stakes.
For all ticketing, information and hospitality options, including exclusive dining and reserved seating options, visit www.theATC.com.au.

Ticketing

To celebrate the 60th running of the Longines Golden Slipper, the Australian Turf Club are offering a limited number of pre-purchased $30 Golden Tickets. This will allow entry to Longines Golden Slipper Day and all six days of the 2016 Sydney Autumn Carnival.

The Golden Ticket is available for purchase at Ticketek.com.au until 12:00pm, 19 March 2016 OR General Admission tickets are available at the gates on the day. For all ticketing and hospitality information visit www.theATC.com.au

Membership

For more information on an Australian Turf Club membership, giving you exclusive access to all four Australian Turf Club racetracks and guaranteed entry to the 2016 Sydney Autumn Carnival, with membership starting from just $25 per month, visit www.theATC.com.au 2016

Sydney Autumn Carnival:

Saturday 12 March Cellarbrations Ladies Day, Rosehill Gardens

Saturday 19 March Longines Golden Slipper Day, Rosehill Gardens

Saturday 26 March Western Sydney Legends Day, Rosehill Gardens

Saturday 2 April The Championships Day 1 featuring the BMW Australian Derby, Royal Randwick

Saturday 9 April The Championships Day 2 featuring the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Royal Randwick

Saturday 16 April Schweppes Stakes Day, Royal Randwick Rosehill Gardens Racecourse Address: James Ruse Dr, Rosehill NSW 2142 Phone: (02) 9930 4000

Getting there… Free on course car parking Train, bus and ferry services – Full transport information available at 131500.com.au Royal Randwick Racecourse Address: Alison Rd, Randwick NSW 2031 Phone: (02) 9663 8400

Getting there… Free on course car parking Direct bus services from Central Station. Full transport information available at 131500.com.au

The 2016 Autumn Carnival Launches at Randwick Racecourse

The Australian Turf Club celebrated 150 years of  Australian racing at the launch of the 2016 Autumn Carnival on Tuesday 1 March 2016. The launch honoured Australia’s leading racing heroes, while introducing a diverse group of new ambassadors to the Australian Turf Club family.

Australian actresses, Isabelle Cornish and Grace Huang media personality, Sylvia Jeffreys, Australian model Elyse Knowles and power couple Ronan and Storm Keating were announced as Australian Turf Club ambassadors, alongside Rachel Griffiths, the Longines Golden Slipper Carnival ambassador and L D R U who is set to perform on Schweppes Stakes Day, the last day of the Sydney Autumn Carnival. Leading racing personalities Chris Waller, James & Monica Cummings, Edward Cummings, Gabrielle Englebrecht, Hugh Bowman, Sam Clipperton and Winona Costin joined the celebrations, which finished with a spectacular lunch hosted by Australian Turf Club CEO Darren Pearce and COO Tony Partridge at The Stables, on level four of the Queen Elizabeth II Grandstand.

Friends of the ATC including Myer ambassador Jodi Anasta, Ksenija Lukich, Carissa Walford, Erin Holland, Nerida Winter, Laura Csortan, Tim Mannah and Little Sydney ambassador Matt Moran also joined the celebrations to officially kick off the six week bumper Carnival, which promises an impressive program of world-class racing and social activities.

Talking to the forthcoming Sydney Autumn Carnival, Australian Turf Club CEO, Darren Pearce said:

“This year’s Sydney Autumn Carnival offers Sydney’s racegoers and social set a world-class festival of thoroughbred racing, stunning fashion, entertainment and premium hospitality.

“Over six weeks, the world’s best horses, jockeys and trainers will compete across Sydney’s best racecourses for more than $34 million in prize money across 45 Group races – a $2.4 million increase from last year.”

The 2016 Sydney Autumn Carnival from 12 March – 16 April features two of Australia’s biggest and most respected racing events, the Longines Golden Slipper Carnival and The Championships. The Carnival kicks off with three weeks at Rosehill Gardens including Cellarbrations Ladies Day, 12 March, Longines Golden Slipper Day, 19 March followed by Western Sydney Legends Day, 26 March over the Easter weekend. The Carnival then shifts to Royal Randwick for the third running of The Championships, the Grand Finals of Australian Racing, 2 and 9 April before concluding with Schweppes Stakes Day on 16 April.

Racegoers will witness history with the 60th running of the Group 1 $3.5 million Golden Slipper, the world’s richest race for two year olds, as well as five other Group 1 races, on a day which is arguably one of the most celebrated sporting events of the year. The day will also feature the new ‘Fashion at the Races’ presented by Vogue and GQ Australia, judged by Vogue Australia’s Editor-in-Chief Edwina McCann, as well as the Longines Award for Elegance, NOVA 96.9 Garden Party, pamper lounges and live music, making it a not-to-be-missed event this autumn.

The Championships, the Grand Finals of Australian Racing at Royal Randwick on 2 April and 9 April, in 2016 will offer prize money totalling $20 million – making them the richest two days in Australian Racing. The Championships Day 1 featuring the BMW Australian Derby on Saturday 2 April, set against a backdrop of traditional black and white fashion, will see world-class racing combined with premium hospitality and entertainment. The day features some of Australia’s most iconic races including the $2.5 million Darley TJ Smith Stakes, the $3 million The Star Doncaster Mile and the $2 million BMW Australian Derby. Myer

Fashions on the Field will take centre stage with both men and women’s categories, as well as a host of on course activations including the Clinique pamper lounge and pop up bars by Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot and Schweppes.

The Championships Day 2 at Royal Randwick on Saturday 9 April features the world’s richest 2000m turf race, the Group 1 Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes worth $4 million, the Group 1 Cellarbrations Queen of the Turf Stakes, the Group 1 Australian Oaks and Group 1 Schweppes Sydney Cup over 3200m, now worth $2 million, a $400,000 increase from previous years. Myer Fashions on the Field will once again attract the fashion elite including the second Longines Award of Elegance for the Sydney Autumn Carnival.

Little Sydney will again entice food lovers and Sydney’s gastronomical social set to Royal Randwick. Bringing back Sydney’s iconic restaurants Icebergs, Chiswick and China Doll this year, Little Sydney promises to be the hottest ticket to the track this Sydney Autumn Carnival. New to racegoers for 2016, Little Bondi will feature as a pop up on the Leger Lawn featuring dishes by Icebergs, The Bucket List and Da Orazio.

The bumper six weeks of Group 1 racing will culminate with a Royal Randwick finale on Schweppes Stakes Day 16 April, including a live performance by Australian artist L D R U for all racegoers to enjoy. For all ticketing, information and hospitality options, including exclusive dining and reserved seating options, visit www.theATC.com.au.

Photos by Fiora Sacco

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