Nirvana Jewellery: Fine jewellery range fuses craftsmanship with consciousness

International award-winning jewellery designer John Tarasin and global wellness instructor Lucy Andrews have teamed up to create Nirvana Jewellery, a fine jewellery range that celebrates exquisite craftsmanship and the power of meditation.

The Nirvana Jewellery range is designed as a daily companion and reminder of three simple meditation actions – Stop, Look and Breathe – forged in solid gold or sterling silver.

With more than 30 years experience, John Tarasin is renowned around the world for creating extraordinary bespoke jewellery that focuses on quality design and craftsmanship – values he has carried into his new designs.

“Jewellery speaks to those around you and the wearer through a rich and natural connection. By combining simple meditation actions with something people wear every day, we are encouraging people to embrace the present and maintain attention for both big and small moments in life,” Tarasin says.

The unique collection is a fresh and exclusive expression of self, tailored for both men and women. The silver and gold charm bracelets, earrings, pendants, cufflinks and rings are etched with unique spiritual motifs.

Yoga practitioner and global wellness instructor Lucy Andrews guided the meaning and expression carried by the charms and motifs, ensuring the authenticity and integrity within the range.

“Our beautifully crafted pieces are an affirmation of the power of meditation and self-inquiry, and are a poignant reminder for the wearer to live a conscious life and to Stop, Look and Breathe. This unique element elevates our jewellery beyond the usual role of adornment, making it a vital component of daily wellbeing,” Andrews says.

The limited-edition pieces are masterfully designed and meticulously handmade by craftsman in Sydney, Australia from premium components of pure and solid gold and sterling silver.

The new range features three variations: Mandali bracelets, Nirvana Bracelets and a Charm Collection that can be worn on black or tan leather, sterling silver, steel mesh and 18ct yellow gold mesh bracelets.

Source: Nirvana Jewellery

For Just AUD$65 You Could Own Your Own Villa in Mykonos. If you’re lucky . . .

Want to live a lifestyle of the rich and famous with your very own Mykonos villa, for just AUD $65.00? Well now you can! One lucky ticket holder will be the winner of a dreamy Mykonos villa valued at AUD $6.6 million featuring uninterrupted, expansive views of turquoise Aegean water and white rooftops.

Nestled among a collection of luxurious villas, tickets are now available for the opportunity to win an incredible dream villa in the world’s most desired European destination, Mykonos, Greece.

Mykonos is undoubtedly the playground of celebrities and millionaires across the world, with the perfect combination of sea, sun, beaches, scenery, food and night-life ensuring that a holiday on Mykonos will be an unforgettable experience.

You now have the opportunity to live life as if you’re on holiday every day in your very own villa. The Mykonos property spans 4,900 sq. m complete with lavish landscaping including stone paved pathways and a private small church.

The villa package comprises of fully furnished:

  • 5 double bedrooms, complete with attached bathrooms
  • 3 individual double apartments
  • Double room facilities that can be easily converted to single facilities
  • Fully equipped staff quarters
  • Ecological infinity pool
  • Games room
  • Bar
  • Gymnasium
  • Alfresco dinning

Should you choose to rent the villa making full use of its hotel licence, the estimated rental income over the 4 peak months (coinciding with the Mediterranean Summer) from June through to end of September is the equivalent to AUD$404,000.00 per year.

The first prize package also includes a set of economy class, return tickets for the winner or a travel voucher up to the equivalent price for you to use to visit your prize home.

Purchase your tickets at and give the gift of Mykonos this Christmas with the winner being drawn on 28 February 2018.

Source: Dream Villa Mykonos

Priscilla Queen of the Desert: Full Cast Announced

Alright girls and boys, let’s get this show on the road! Following the announcement of Australian theatre royalty Tony Sheldon as “Bernadette”, David Harris as “Tick” and Euan Doidge as “Felicia”, the full cast of Australia’s most successful homegrown musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert has been confirmed.

A fabulous cast of Australian performers will steer the  iconic musical back home for its 10th anniversary celebration tour beginning on Sunday 21 January 2018 at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre, before hitting the road for Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane.

Joining the desert adventure are Robert Grubb as outback mechanic “Bob”; Kinky Boots alumni Emma Powell as burly bartender “Shirl” and Blake Appelqvist as “Miss Understanding”; Adele Parkinson as hotel entertainment manager “Marion”; Angelique Cassimatis,Samm Hagen and Cle Morgan as sassy disco singers “The Divas”; and reprising her role from the original Australian production, Lena Cruz as Bob’s wife “Cynthia”.

The cast also includes Jakob Ambrose, Michelle Barr, Xander Ellis, Mitchell Fistrovic, Tom Handley, Haydan Hawkins, Luke Jarvis, Joe Kosky, Leonard Mickelo, Adam Noviello, Shannen Quan, Glaston Toft and Patrick Whitbread.

Director Simon Phillips said; “We’ve assembled a cracking cast for Priscilla’s homecoming, led by a doyen of the musical stage, Tony Sheldon. We’re blessed to have some of our original cast back on the bus for the 10th anniversary tour, along with many fabulous new faces. I can’t wait to put the stiletto to the metal and get rehearsals started.”

Owing to popular demand, new seats for the Melbourne season will be released tomorrow, Thursday 23 November. Sydneysiders can also book a seat on the bus from Monday 27 November, when tickets for the musical’s Capitol Theatre season go on sale.  Sydney performances begin on May 13.

Based on the Oscar-winning Australian film, Priscilla Queen of the Desert is the hilarious story of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for Alice Springs to put on the show of a lifetime.

The 1994 film starring Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce remains one of Australia’s most successful films and soundtracks of all-time with a swag of awards in the trophy cabinet, including an Oscar for Best Costume Design.

Featuring a dazzling array of more than 500 costumes, 200 headdresses and a non-stop hit parade of dance-floor classics including IT’S RAINING MEN, I WILL SURVIVE, I LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE and FINALLY, the fabulously camp production has more glitter than ever.

The iconic hit musical returns to Melbourne’s Regent Theatre after a rollicking ten-year around-the-world extravaganza including award-winning stints on Broadway and in the West End as well as
The Netherlands, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Canada, Brazil, Italy, Ireland, Sweden, Israel, Argentina, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, France, Japan, Spain, Greece, North America, the United Kingdom and on the high seas with Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Future international productions will include seasons in Copenhagen, Munich, Mexico City, and return tours to Japan, Korea, Italy, France and the United Kingdom for the third time.

The quintessentially Aussie story about mateship, self-discovery and acceptance was translated from screen to stage by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott, with the film’s acclaimed costume designers Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner onboard, alongside stage designer Brian Thomson and co-choreographers Ross Coleman and Andrew Hallsworth.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert is presented by Michael Cassel Group and Nullarbor Productions in association with MGM on Stage.

Source: Priscilla The Musical

Star-studded line-up set for the 7th AACTA Awards

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) has today announced the star-studded line-up of presenters and attendees of the 7th AACTA Awards Ceremony presented by Foxtel.

Held at The Star Event Centre in Sydney on Wednesday 6 December and telecast on Channel 7, tickets are still available to enjoy a night of glamour and entertainment with the country’s biggest stars. Tickets are open to the public and industry and are selling fast. To book, visit


Sophie Monk

Ryan Corr

The Ceremony will see some of Australia’s top film and television talent take to the stage to present, including: Jessica Marais, Rachel Griffiths, Bryan Brown, Charlie Pickering, Noni Hazlehurst, Shane Jacobson, Sophie Monk, Rob Collins, Samara Weaving, Daniel MacPherson, Tom Gleeson, Erik Thomson, Melina Vidler, Ryan Corr, Dan Wyllie and celebrated Indian actor and member of the Best Asian Film Grand Jury Anupam Kher.

Samara Weaving

Natalie Bassingthwaighte

Nominees announced as presenters today include: Celia Pacquola, Pamela Rabe, Marta Dusseldorp, Stephen Curry, Emma Booth, Osamah Sami, Ewen Leslie and Sean Keenan.

A number of Australia’s rising stars will also present at the AACTA Awards Ceremony, including: Angourie Rice, Nicholas Hamilton, Madeline Madden, and stars of the upcoming remake of STORM BOY, Finn Little and Morgana Davies.

Daniel MacPherson

Angourie Rice

Last year’s Longford Lyell recipient Paul Hogan will attend the Ceremony alongside a number of this year’s nominees, including: Anthony LaPaglia, Shaynna Blaze, Luke McGregor, Don Hany, Jack Thompson, Kate McLennan, Sara West, Matt Nable, Jacqueline McKenzie and Susie Porter.

Other Australian screen stars attending include: Julia Zemiro, Danielle Cormack, David Berry, Jessica McNamee, Natalie Bassingthwaite, Xavier Samuel, Brooke Satchwell, Damon Herriman, Nicole da Silva, Robbie Majasiva, Abby Earl, Hunter Page-Lochard, Damian Walshe-Howling, Eamon Farren, Josh Lawson, Ella Scott Lynch, Lincoln Younes, Matt Levett, Adam Liaw, Lily Sullivan and Ruby Rees.

Jessica Marais

Jessica Mcnamee

A number of AACTA’s Best Asian Film Grand Jurors will also attend the Ceremony, including: Indian actress Shabana Azmi, South Korean writer, director and producer Kim Ki-Duk, Chinese actor Ye Liu, and British producer and distributor Adam Torel.

The AACTA Awards are proudly supported by the New South Wales Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

Source: AACTA Awards

Aspen Snowmass Opens for the 2017-18 Season

Aspen Mountain and Snowmass will open for the 2017-18 season Thursday, Nov. 23. Top-to-bottom skiing, 1,000 metres and over 100 acres of terrain will greet skiers and snowboarders at Aspen Mountain. Snowmass Mountain will have skiing and riding available in two areas of the mountain, Elk Camp Meadows and Fanny Hill.

“We are excited to kick off a new season,” says Katie Ertl, senior vice president mountain operations, Aspen Skiing Company. “Given the recent series of storms, cold weather and the hard work of the Aspen and Snowmass Mountain crews our entire staff is ready to make Thanksgiving a memorable opening day.”

Lift tickets at Aspen Mountain are USD$94 a day for adults and USD$54 for children, teens and seniors. Sightseeing tickets are USD$35 for adults and USD$24 for children, teens and seniors and include a $10 restaurant voucher. On Aspen Mountain the Silver Queen Gondola and Ajax Express chairlift will be open as will the Sundeck and Ajax Tavern. Open runs include Silver Dip, Upper Copper, 1 & 2 Leaf, Deer Park, Spar Gulch, and Little Nell.

Lift tickets at Snowmass Mountain are $45 for skiing and riding for adults and $24 for children, teens and seniors. Sightseeing for the Elk Camp Gondola at Snowmass Mountain is free on Thanksgiving Day only. Elk Camp Meadows and Fanny Hill will be open for skiing and riding with additional terrain opening as conditions allow.

The Elk Camp Restaurant will be serving Thanksgiving favorites from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. with comfort food staples and traditional Thanksgiving cuisine.

In addition, Snowmass will host the annual Thanksjibbing rail jam Nov. 24 at the public rail park, located on Fanny Hill. The event is open to anyone who wishes to participate. Participants under 18 will need a parent to sign a waiver.

Photos by Aspen Skiing Company

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