Qantas Dreamliner: on its way to Australia this week

I am currently in Seattle in the US, with a posse of fellow media peeps, gearing up for the first Dreamliner to fly into Sydney from our national carrier, Qantas.

The plane which is smaller than the current and very popular A380 really ups the ante when it comes to technology. Because of a better air filtration system and the fact it is pressurised internally at 6000 feet as opposed to 8000 feet, the Dreamliner hopes to get us to our destination feeling fresher and not as jetlagged as we once often are. And that can only be a good thing, right?

While it will take a number of years for more and more of the planes to be rolled out, both Alan Joyce, the boss of Qantas, and Gareth Evans the Qantas international chief, gathered at the Boeing factor in Seattle today to talk up their latest flying baby.

With the airline having a continual profit turnaround, there should be eight of the 787 is in service by November, 2018. The route that most people are excited by is the direct flight from Perth to London but in the meantime, Qantas are keeping some of their roots under wraps with perhaps Brisbane-Perth-Paris or maybe a Brisbane to Chicago non-stop on the cards.

And then one so many are waiting on – a possible Sydney to London non-stop route – but there is still a little work to do on that.

Stay tuned and I’ll give you more details as we go along.

*Melissa is a guest of Qantas on the first Dreamliner delivery trip back to Australia

Fashion helps out with annual breast cancer lunch

To raise funds and awareness of the the Garvan Institute, the Riley St Garage is holding an inspirational lunch to raise funds for Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

October, of course, is breast cancer awareness month, and is definitely a time for all of us to think about what effects it has on women and men around the world.

This one day event will feature a panel of speakers including the brilliant Dr Samantha Oakes who is the inspirational Head of the Cancer Cell Survival Group at Garvan.

Doctor Oakes won the Young Garvan award for ‘Edgiest Idea’ in 2016, after she discovered a way to trick cancer cells into thinking they are sick, so they can be targeted by the immune system, therefore revolutionising cancer treatments. “Every day we are making inroads to understanding the causes of breast cancer and how to treat it,” Dr Oakes told

“However what we have also learnt is that a breast cancer that forms in one patient is unique from the next. Every time we hear about a new ‘breakthrough’ for breast cancer, it means we may have helped at least one person survive.

It’s another piece of the big puzzle that makes up this horrible disease. That’s  why we need to keep raising awareness, keep raising money to continue to invest in research and provide new treatments for this complicated set of diseases.

The ‘management’ of various grades of cancer has been extraordinary but what the most exciting find? “In recent times, cancer immunotherapy has been a game changer for the treatment of advanced disease, curing patients with melanoma that once had no hope,” adds Doctor Oakes.

“However at the moment, only a small number of patients benefit, and we do not understand why. For patients with advanced or high grade breast cancer, the same is true, but worse, even fewer respond.

“The trick now is to learn how to make more of these patients with high grade breast cancers respond and this is one of the main projects I am working on.” I also asked Dr Oakes how rewarding working in  an industry that does save lives make her feel.

“My job is highly rewarding because everyday I get into the Kinghorn Cancer Centre lifts and ride together with patients who are undergoing treatment for various types of cancer.

“I know that what I am doing will hopefully one day help save someone like them. Some breast cancer patients are already benefiting from the work I did over the last 10 years.

“The flip side is that I wish I could help them today. It makes me sad that I can not help all patients now, but this gives me the added motivation to work even harder to make sure that one day we can look at breast cancer (and others) as a chronic curable disease.

“I want my daughter and son will never have to suffer or lose loved ones to cancer like I have. Life is all about making a mark on the world for the better.”

Some if the most recent stats in Australia on the amount of women (yes, and men) who have/had/survived breast cancer are fascinating.

The estimated number of new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in 2017 is 17,730 with 144 males and 17,586 females; the approximate % of all new cancer cases diagnosed in 2017 is 13%; the Estimated number of deaths from breast cancer in 2017 is 3,114 with 28 males and 3,087 females and the Estimated % of all deaths from cancer in 2017 is 6.5%.

Most importantly, the chance of surviving at least 5 years (2009–2013) is 90% and people People living with breast cancer at the end of 2012 (diagnosed in the 5 year period 2008 to 2012) was 65,976.

Early detection is obviously vital and Doctor Oakes suggests we all do the following. “Know your breasts, look at them, feel them, do your breast self exams. Look for changes, lumps, changes in the skin texture, reddening, soreness, tenderness or any change that you think may be abnormal. If you detect anything go see your doctor as early detection is KEY to the best outcomes.”

Dr Oakes says the awareness of breast cancer is made even greater when big companies get on board – the likes of a fashion retailer like Cue is just one strong example.

“The support of big companies help the spread the importance of awareness and CONTINUED support for research,” adds Dr Oakes.

“Education is key and the bigger the networks the easier we can get the message out. Cue Clothing Company is a proud Australian brand producing quality clothing for beautiful women.

“I love Cue and their support for Breast Cancer Awareness and my research. Cue Clothing make women feel beautiful including me. I am proud to be supported by Cue Clothing Company.”

Dr Oakes says If you want to hear more about her important research, anyone can come to the Riley Street Garage Breast Cancer Awareness Event for Garvan.

Hosted by fashion blogger Tash Sefton, guests will munch into canapés and Laurent-Perrier champagne on arrival followed by a 3-course share menu accompanied by a selection of wine from JoJo’s Jetty and gifts from Estée Lauder companies.

The Petersen Family Foundation who are have a long affiliation with Garvan & Kinghorn Cancer Centre will be a major sponsor at the lunch. The foundation is dedicated to funding important medical research and are passionate supporters of Garvan.

A raffle will include prizes from Cue, KitchenAid, Laurent-Perrier, Laser Clinics Australia, Frank Provost, Happetite, artwork from Fiona McClean along with beauty hampers from Estée Lauder Companies with all proceeds going to Garvan – the Institute whose mission it is tomake significant contributions to medical research that will change the directions of science and medicine and have major impacts on human health.

To see Samantha Oaks and her team speak join us at Riley St Garage in Surry Hills at noon on Saturday 28th October, where Cue will proudly match all funds raised on the day.

For menu, information and bookings, tickets are $185pp which includes a $50 tax deductible donation. Book now on 9326 9055 or

Go on. Grab a table, book a seat, learn something and help raise awareness along the way!

By Melissa Hoyer

Bendon Group Opens New Concept Retail Store in Australia

Bendon Group, one of the world’s leading intimate apparel companies, today announced the first opening of its contemporary new retail concept, Drawer No. 1, at Westfield Warringah.

Named after the universal home of lingerie and swimwear – a woman’s top drawer – Drawer No. 1 has been created to be the pre-eminent retail destination for women seeking exceptional service and brand choice.

Featuring an exclusive, hand-selected edit of Bendon’s covetable women’s intimates and swimwear brands in a premium environment, Drawer No.1 offers a mix of beautifully crafted product combined with highly-personalised customer service. Curated international brands including Heidi Klum Intimates & Swim and Stella McCartney Lingerie & Swim sit effortlessly alongside local icons from Pleasure State, Lovable to Fayreform and Bendon to ensure that every woman (and every shape) is catered for.

Customers will be offered expert, personalised advice and complimentary bra fittings to ensure a precise, supportive and mood-improving fit, be it for their first bra, a maternity bra or an ensemble of intricate lace.

Designed to be a place of new discovery, Drawer No.1 will feature evolving trend stories and a seamless integration with its e-commerce channel, offering customers an endless aisle. Drawer No.1 will also offer an exclusive loyalty programme – the No.1 club – with a reward hierarchy, incentives and exclusive experiences, automatically moving members up as they spend.

Bendon CEO, Paul Cherny, says, “Our inspiration for Drawer No.1 was clear and simple: to create a premium environment for women seeking exceptionally high levels of service. Drawer No.1 brings Bendon’s house of brands to life in a new and exciting retail concept and we’re thrilled to be offering current – and new – customers a wealth of choice in a discerning and dynamic environment. This is thoughtful retail that is unique to the Australian market.”

The debut store at Westfield Warringah will be followed by Westfield’s Chermside on 20 October and Carindale on 13 November, with further launches planned for 2018.

Source: Drawer No.1

Celebrity Cruises first cruise line to offer legalised same-sex marriages at sea

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity Cruises’ CEO & President, today in Sydney named the cruise line as headline sponsor of the 2018 Australian LGBTI Awards, at the same time revealing Celebrity as the first cruise line in the world to offer legalised same-sex marriages at sea.

Lutoff-Perlo, visiting Sydney for the first time ever this week, said partnering with the 2018 Australian LGBTI Awards was a natural fit for the luxury cruise line which is committed to diversity and inclusion throughout its operations.

“At Celebrity Cruises, we’re committed to opening up the world to everyone, and championing diversity in all its forms. This partnership further cements our commitment to the LGBTI community in Australia, and I’m thrilled to support awards which recognise the incredible efforts of Australians working tirelessly to protect and promote LGBTI rights.”

Lutoff-Perlo also announced Australia’s highest-rated ship, Celebrity Solstice – along with the rest of the line’s 12-strong international fleet – will offer legalised same-sex marriage ceremonies in international waters under Maltese law from today, just in time for Celebrity Solstice’s first Australian sailing when she returns for her sixth local season down under on 20 October 2017.

“Australia is a significant market for Celebrity Cruises, ranking as the third largest source market worldwide. More than 50,000 Australians cruise with us each year – both in Australia and overseas – and we’re thrilled to be the first line to offer legalised same-sex marriage ceremonies, officiated by the Captain, just in time for the new season.”

The motion follows a transformative vote in Malta, where a majority of the Celebrity fleet is registered, which passed the country’s parliament 66-1. The long-awaited referendum opens the door for Celebrity to legally recognize same-sex marriages performed onboard, and have the fleet’s captains officiate the ceremonies.

To learn more about the Celebrity Weddings program and The Wedding Experience, visit For more information about the Australian LGBTI Awards head to, and for Celebrity Cruises, visit

Shaynna Blaze launches new installment of homewares range

Harris Scarfe have announced the next instalment of their exclusive homewares range Shaynna Blaze for Harris Scarfe.

Developed in collaboration with TV personality and Interior Designer Shaynna Blaze, the new collection hits stores this October and features a curated collection of tableware; canisters, cutlery, stoneware, vases and cheese boards which can be perfectly arranged as a functional ‘work of art’ among your entertaining spaces.

Now available in selected Harris Scarfe stores across the country, the tableware is complementary to the style of the Shaynna Blaze for Harris Scarfe bed and bath collection, and provides a vital piece to the puzzle when decorating your home.

“My inspiration for this range taps into the two very distinct, yet different, sides of how I love to share my home; sitting at the kitchen bench in my PJs, and putting on my best dress and heels,” Shaynna said.

Shaynna’s tableware range has been specifically designed to perfectly complement both scenarios, and features textures of oak, marble, fine china and glass, and tones of brass and copper, whites, blues and greys.

“Chinaware, cutlery, glass and platters all play a significant role in the gathering spaces of the home,” said Shaynna. “Whether you’re using these pieces for a dinner party for 12 – or curling up to breakfast in bed for one – I wanted to create a range that works perfectly, and personally, whatever the occasion.

“As with my bedding range, the philosophy behind the tableware is ‘classic with a twist’ – pieces that create a versatile base for either a casual and formal environment, but can also be combined to dress your table up or down. When styling a dining area, the table is at the heart of things. I see table tops as a moving piece of artwork.

“This range will work in any environment, from contemporary to traditional. One of my favourite pieces is the white and copper cutlery. It’s very different, so eating with them makes each bite an experience and elevates it from the routine!”

Tarek Zogheib, General Manager of Homewares, Harris Scarfe, says the collaboration has been great for the brand, and the launch of a second homewares range is very exciting for Harris Scarfe.

“Shaynna’s first collection has proven a great addition to the Harris Scarfe product portfolio, and we can’t wait to add another aspect to this for our customers.

“Harris Scarfe are known for offering excellent quality brands in home and entertaining, for the best prices. We’re thrilled to continue this relationship with Shaynna Blaze for her expanded and exclusive collection.”

Shaynna’s collection ‘Shaynna Blaze for Harris Scarfe’ is available now in more than 50 Harris Scarfe stores across Australia, and online at