Perth fashion festival: The TPFF 2017 OPENING NIGHT

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival’s new-look Fashion Paramount opened last night with a runway spectacle celebrating the beauty of the female form.

In one of the boldest shows seen to date, Opening Night  unfolded with a powerful line-up of leading local and national designers at Crown Pyramid on Tuesday September 12.

Alice McCall, Albus Lumen, Bec & Bridge, Christopher Esber, Empire Rose and Monster Alphabets revealed their latest collections in a capsule show dedicated to femininity and the modern woman.

Presented by AMP Capital Shopping Centres, the showcase proved how these six style influencers are shaping the Australian fashion industry with their design talent and brave vision.

Chic, bohemian and pretty, Alice McCall’s collection of playsuits, party dresses and statement pieces focused on intricate detailing and delicate hand-embroidery.

In contrast, Albus Lumen is low-key, minimalist and relaxed, letting simple shapes, striking contrasts and premium fabrications do the talking.

Bec & Bridge creates garments for the ‘it girl’, combining contoured lines with sleek silhouettes and confident colour palettes for collections that are contemporary and progressive.

Fresh from showing at New York Fashion Week earlier this year, Christopher Esber has been lauded for his precision tailoring and purity of expression and is a true force to be reckoned with on the Australian fashion scene.

Cult favourite Empire Rose is the most established brand on the line-up and is renowned for luxurious fabrics, majestic prints and a romantic sense of poetic mysticism.

Acclaimed emerging WA label Monster Alphabets rounds out the cast in fitting style, mixing an architectural approach with a sense of form, light and structure.

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival Director Mariella Harvey-Hanrahan said the Opening Night line-up was testament to the strength of the Australian fashion industry.“I am so honoured to have six Australian fashion powerhouses band together to officially open this year’s Fashion Paramount,” Ms Harvey-Hanrahan said.

“We always try to make Opening Night to be bigger and better every year and I think we have certainly achieved that goal with this incredible feast of style and creativity.

Study reveals - Sydney in the Top 10 of the least stressful cities in the world

The 2017 Stressful City Index Study by online dry cleaning service Zipjet analysed causes of stress such as household debt, unemployment levels and poor mental health among other mitigating factors to determine the most and least stressful cities in the world.

Stuttgart, Germany is the least stressful city, ranking highly for green spaces, good mental health of citizens and family purchase power.

Baghdad, Iraq is revealed as the most stressful city, ranking low for public transport, unemployment rates, perception of security and gender equality.

Brussels, Belgium is the 2nd most stressful city in Europe due to high unemployment levels.

To select the cities in the ranking, Zipjet studied 500 locations based on data relating to the cities’ infrastructure, pollution levels, financial stability and the quality of life for its citizens.

Within these categories criteria such as household debt, perception of security, number of green spaces, unemployment levels, population density and racial & gender equality, were researched, along with additional factors which adversely affect mental health, such as number of sunshine hours.

Each factor was ranked out of 10 with a score of 1 indicating the least amount of stress and a score of 10 indicating the most. A final score was then calculated for each city to allow comparability.

“Mental health problems are on the rise worldwide, with stress being a trigger and contributing factor towards this increase. We hope that by pinpointing how the least stressful cities are managing this issue, those cities struggling with a stressed out population can overcome it.” stated Managing Director of ZipJet, Florian Faerber. “We’re happy to be a part of the wave of digitalization working to reduce stress all around the world.”

Source: Zipjet

You'll have to see our new product to believe it. Yes, they're cute animals involved.

We created Petflair to support Pound Paws, the charity dedicated to reducing the number of pets on death row in animal shelters.

Petflair includes an AMAZING range of custom swimwear, towels,bags and stickers uniquely designed for you and your best friend – dog, cat, whatever!

It is so simple- You take a photo, upload it, and we create an amazing design that’s one-of-a-kind, from your choice of colours, background patterns and styles.

Meet the team – We’re three pet lovers from Sydney, Australia.

Britt is founder of our partner charity Pound Paws, which connects owners with pets on death row in pounds. She wanted to find a way to not only raise funds for the charity, but showcase the amazing companionship & love which owners can have with their pets.

Tyler is an Olympic Water Polo player for Australia, who had a custom swimwear business (and knows all about this stuff!). When he was asked to print a dog on a swimsuit in 2016, he knew it was special idea.

Charlie is a dog-mad computer programmer and designer, who’s made the custom ordering system that could make Petflair possible.

You can support the Petflair campaign and order products by visiting

How charcoal can help detox polluted, distressed skin and fight acne

You may have noticed a lot of charcoal-based products in stores over the last year or so. If you’re looking for the ultimate pore-cleansing, acne fighting natural treatment that can be used both in-clinic and at home, you can’t beat a good charcoal mask. Jodie King explains.

“Charcoal masks are the perfect at home treatment to calm agitated, oily, congested skin suffering from environmental pollution”, says Jodie King. Your skin will be calmer, less congested and have a beautiful glow and it’s great for fighting acne”.

Activated charcoal draws bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles to the surface of skin, helping you achieve a flawless complexion. It’s not metabolised or absorbed by the body and is a natural healer that is often used to disinfect some wounds and even treat some poisonous bites.

It’s also very effective for treating and managing acne. Charcoal is proven to draw out 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities, making it one of the best natural ingredients for deep cleansing and purification.

COSMEDIX Activated Charcoal Mask, available from the clinic, is an activated charcoal and kaolin clay-based mask helps draw out impurities from the pores, while diatomaceous earth effectively cleanses away pollutants for a visibly brighter, less agitated looking complexion.

Detox is the perfect mask for those with sensitive skin and large congested pores. NB. Not recommended for use during the day. Best used at night before bed.

Source: Skin Clinic Blyss

The perfect canvas carry-all from Hickory Hill Home

Hickory Hill Home’s Canvas Carry-All is perfect for weekends. This open-top style has been crafted from heavy-duty coated canvas and boasts a supremely spacious cotton-lined interior complete with zipped and pouch pockets.

Hickory Hill Home, khaki 100% 24oz breathable canvas with navy and white striped cotton lining and snap closure, Canvas Carry-All, RRP $159.95

Hickory Hill Home, military green-coloured 100% 24oz breathable canvas with navy and white striped cotton lining and snap closure, Canvas Carry-All, RRP $159.95

Hickory Hill Home, lavender-coloured 100% 24oz breathable canvas with navy and white striped cotton lining and snap closure, Canvas Carry-All, RRP $159.95

Hickory Hill Home, navy 100% 24oz breathable canvas with navy and white striped cotton lining, snap closure and personalised monogram detail, Canvas Carry-All, RRP $159.95

Source: Hickory Hill Home