Gro Urban Oasis is unveiled at Bondi Junction

The official opening of Gro Urban Oasis at Bondi Junction Westfield saw 50 media and influencers sip on botanical gin cocktails and graze on organic snacks as they wandered through the store’s lush surroundings filled with indoor plants, pots and contemporary homewares.


Hosted by long-term Judge of ‘The Block’ and co-host of ‘Love it or List it Australia’ and ‘Selling Houses Australia’, Neale Whitaker introduced owners Simon and Anna Ainsworth and shared personal “how to” advice.

Kokedama ball and terrarium workshops took place as Neale noted “how thoughtfully the store is curated” admitting that after growing up in a home too full of plants he is now happy his love of indoor plants has returned.

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OMEGA Golden Moments Gala dinner at Fox Studios

OMEGA has paid tribute to the iconic Apollo 11 mission that made history 50 years ago, and the OMEGA Speedmaster’s role on the wrists of the astronauts.

Attending the event as special guest all the way from Texas, USA, was Charlie Duke, CAPCOM for Apollo 11 and Apollo 16 lunar module pilot.

Stage 1 of Fox Studios in Sydney was transformed into a tribute to the moon, featuring moon phase installations and OMEGA’s iconic “golden astronaut” suspended high above the dining space.

Media and VIP guests enjoyed a “Golden Moments” dinner, highlighted by Charlie Duke and Lisa Wilkinson in a live Q&A, in which Charlie shared firsthand accounts of NASA’s most iconic missions.

The exciting menu and event atmosphere took guests on a journey to the moon and back, and the night was capped off with a grand finale dessert inspired by lunar meteorites.

Special guests Julie Bishop, David Panton, Mack Horton, Lisa Wilkinson, Anna Heinrich and Lindy Rama-Ellis were in attendance alongside media and OMEGA VIP customers.

Long before it reached the moon, the original Speedmaster from 1957 was made to support auto-racing teams and engineers on the track. As mankind drew closer to the moon in the 1960s, so too did the OMEGA Speedmaster. When the Apollo program office went in search of one watch that it could trust during its upcoming manned missions, the Speedmaster ST 105.003 was the model they successfully tested and qualified in 1965. In fact, it passed all of the 11 demanding examinations and won the unanimous approval of the engineers and astronauts alike.

From that moment, it became an essential part of astronaut kit for all of NASA’s manned missions and was worn during history’s greatest space explorations, including all six moon landings.

Today’s Speedmaster looks almost identical to the models that NASA’s astronauts first wore into space in the 1960s and 70s. Without doubt, it combines the same pioneering spirit and distinguishing style.

To mark the 50th anniversary, OMEGA has released two Speedmaster Limited Edition models:

The Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition in 18K MoonshineTM Gold – an exclusive new alloy which offers a paler hue than traditional yellow gold and higher resistance to fading over time. The design is replete with lunar history as well as modern materials and a superb new movement: OMEGA’s Master Chronometer Calibre 3861- a manual-winding OMEGA Co-Axial escapement movement with MoonshineTM Gold plated main plate and bridges, as well as burgundy markings.

The Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition in stainless steel and 18K MoonshineTM Gold. In this model, two Apollo 11 tributes are found on the dial. A number “11” features in 18K MoonshineTM Gold at 11 o’clock. More notably, the 9 o’clock subdial shows Buzz Aldrin climbing down onto the lunar surface. This 18K MoonshineTM Gold subdial is blackened and laser-engraved.

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International Dog Day - Puppy massages and dog-friendly bars & restaurants across hotel group

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG®) is extending its hospitality to four-legged guests at select bars & restaurants across Australia from 26 August until the end of September.

Aussies can honour International Dog Day with their pooch at IHG’s key bars and restaurants – whether it’s enjoying a beverage at luxury hotel bar The Atrium at InterContinental Hotel Adelaide, or sipping on a puppy-cino at Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific’s Florida Beach Bar.

For the ultimate pooch pampering session, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley’s Ubika Spa is offering complimentary treatments for one-day only. Hotel guests as well as day-time visitors can choose from either the “Ubika Couple’s Massage”, a 10-minute massage for both pup and their human or the “Puppy Pamper by Ubika”, a 5-minute back, shoulder and head massage exclusive to four-legged guests only.

If a holiday is how dog-owners want to pamper their pooch for the special occasion, voco™ Kirkton Park Hunter Valley has pet-friendly rooms that are fitted with everything needed for a relaxing weekend away across a 28-hectare estate. Pets can dine with their owners on the hotel’s pizzeria patio and even select treats from a dedicated pets’ menu.

“Australia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world – and the hospitality industry is becoming more open to catering to canine companions – we invite all Aussies to celebrate the day and continue to do so until the end of September. All pooches are welcome!” said Ruwan Peiris, IHG’s Head of Operations, Australasia.

It’s a win-win for dog owners and non-dog owners; dog-owners can wine and dine at a luxury hotel bar with their pooch, and for non-dog owners who want to find the best bars to pat some very good dogs – IHG has them covered, too.

Where to celebrate International Dog Day across IHG from 26 August – 30 September:

voco™ Kirkton Park Hunter Valley: Epoche Bar Pizzeria – Dogs can check-in with their owners and enjoy the entire grounds across a 28-hectare estate. The property includes two luxury accommodation rooms with private courtyards, so dogs can spend the night with home-made puppy treats on the menu.

voco™ Gold Coast: Social House Cabana – As Gold Coasters love brekky, Social House Cabana will be dog-friendly every Friday and Saturday during breakfast hours (7am – 11am). Every dog will receive a treat from the Executive Chef – his dog-friendly beef jerky snacks will leave guests barking for more.

InterContinental Adelaide: The Atrium – Specially-made InterContinental dog biscuits and dog water bowls will be available at this luxury hotel’s bar.

Crowne Plaza Hawkesbury Valley: Gazebo courtyard – From 3 – 6pm on weekdays and 12 – 5 pm on weekends, dogs will be welcomed with a house-baked dog treat, water bowls and dog parking, with an additional snack menu available on arrival for purchase. A pizza and local cider matched menu will be available for all dog (and non-) owners.

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley: Ubika Spa & The Lovedale Bar – Indulge in a couple’s massage for both dogs and their owners. Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley’s Ubika Spa is offering complimentary spa offerings for one-day only (on August 26, 2019 from 12pm – 4pm). Guests as well as day-time visitors can choose from either the “Ubika Couple’s Massage” – a 10-minute massage for both pup and their human or the “Puppy Pamper by Ubika” a 5-minute back, shoulder and head massage for four-legged guests only. At The Lovedale Bar dogs will receive complimentary treats, water bowls and chew toys, while dog-owners can celebrate with a delicious dog-inspired food special and cocktails on the gorgeous lawn area.

Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific: Florida Beach Bar – Florida Beach Bar will officially become dog-friendly indefinitely, with puppy-cinos and house made dog treats added to the menu, as well as water bowls and waste collection facilities placed around the venue during the hours of operation. Dogs will be welcome at all times, except for Saturdays from 8pm and Sundays from 4pm.

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Hello Kitty x Everugg Launch In Sydney

Hello Kitty x Everugg have launched its first collaboration to media and VIP guests at the Hyatt Regency, Sydney.

Celebrating Hello Kitty’s 45th anniversary, this super cute partnership brings the iconic character to life on ugg boots and apparel, with both kids and womens ranges.

With brands such as Converse, Macy’s and Puma collaborating with Hello Kitty in the past, this partnership is a fantastic opportunity for both Hello Kitty and Everugg to reach new audiences.

Hello Kitty Mini Button Ugg Boots – Possibly the cutest ugg boots you’ve ever seen! The classic short button ugg boot, in both black and chestnut, with the adorable Hello Kitty button will add a little fun to your footwear.

Hello Kitty Wool Scarf – The Hello Kitty Wool Scarf is a very sweet accessory for any outfit. Available in pink and grey or red and black, it’s ultra soft and extra cosy. Throw this scarf on to keep you warm until summer arrives and wear it in several different ways.

Hello Kitty T-shirt – Everyone needs a couple of simple white slogan t-shirts in their wardrobe, so this gorgeous Hello Kitty tee is a great way to add a little fun to your collection.

The collaboration, which brings the beloved Hello Kitty character back into our hearts is now available on the Ugg Express website, bringing an incredible addition to Ugg Express’ already extensive range of premium products.

Ugg Express offers a wide range of apparel and footwear made from the highest quality Australian sheepskin and designed to cater to every taste, style and every member of the family. Loved by customers all around the country, Ugg Express offers these amazing products for a fraction of the prices you’ll find in most high street stores.

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Alex Fevola’s Runway Room beauty launch in Sydney

Luxury beauty brand, Runway Room, has announced Neighbours star, Jodi Anasta as the face of its cosmetics range. The actress, model and mother will officially launch the collection established by Melbourne makeup artist and photographer, Alex Fevola.

The salon heritage brand provides professional standard makeup to the everyday beauty lover. From teens getting ready for their first school formal, to brides on their big day, Runway Room is designed to look flawless on all skin types.

On the new role, Anasta said, “I’ve been obsessed with beauty since I can remember, so I was very excited to jump at the opportunity to work with Runway Room. Given we are all so time poor these days a quick and simple makeup routine is key. I love the Runway Room range as it’s uncomplicated and effortless to use.”

“I’m obsessed with the Runway Room Glow Palette at the moment. When I’m running out the door it’s great to have a palette that you can pop in your handbag – it has bronzer, blush and illuminator all in one!

“Although my beauty regime has always been pretty quick & simple the most important thing to me is ensuring the products are of the best quality.” said Runway Room Ambassador, Jodi Anasta.

Makeup lovers can get their hands on more than 120 Runway Room products including foundations, lip products and mineral powders. The full range is made exclusively in Australia, not tested on animals and is equal parts luxurious, illuminating and minimalistic.

“I set out wanting to develop a range of premium, professional cosmetics without the high-end price tag. I’m so proud to have created a range of products that are ageless and suit both my skin, and my daughter’s, [Mia Fevola], whilst also being used by professional makeup artists across the country,” said Runway Room Founder, Alex Fevola.

“Jodi embodies the Runway Room woman. She’s a natural beauty and exerts confidence – whether she’s wearing a full glam look, or her everyday minimal makeup, Jodi always looks gorgeous,” Fevola added.

Runway Room best sellers adored by beauty aficionados across Australia include; Peach Punch Blush; Face Base Foundation; Lipsticks; Power Lash Mascara and the three-in-one Glow Palette.

Runway Room cosmetics are available online at or in-store at Runway Room salons across Victoria.

Source: Runway Room