VIP Sydney: Introducing our Getaway Collection. Where will it take you?

It’s time to experience a luxe-local getaway like no other. With bounds of beauty stretching from each corner of Australia, take a little time out, or a much deserved break, and explore our beautiful backyard that is; Australia.

In collaboration with Southern Crossings, VIP Sydney has announced their latest luxe-experiences: A collection of interstate packages, designed for those needing a little rest & relaxation, or simply the taste of a new adventure…

The Way to Wellness. Begin your vacay at the exquisite Tamarind Retreat private villa on the Sunshine Coast. Dine in style, and unwind with private yoga classes in the serene rainforest setting and simply sit back relax for 3 nights. Next, you’ll swap the country for the coast, with a 3 night stay in an oceanfront villa at Elysian Retreat in the Whitsundays…

A Feast for the Senses. Start with 2 nights at Hobart’s super-luxe MACq01 hotel, a scenic river cruise and a decadent seafood feast for two before moving on to Freycinet Lodge for a 2-night stay. From your outdoor bath-tub on the deck, soak up the scenery, enjoy a sampling of local crafted spirits and wines, and explore the region via hike, bike, kayak or cruise.

Wine and Dine. A fabulous four day foodie’s folly starting in the Yarra Valley, staying at Yering Gorge Cottages adjoining the Eastern Golf Club. Enjoy a private tour and tasting with lunch at one of or favourites; De Bertoli. Continue the self-drive journey towards your own Lake House in Daylesford where you can enjoy long country walks, healing spa treatments and hatted dining.

Red Centre Revealed. Over seven nights, experience the spiritual heart of Australia, beginning with a half-day guided introduction of Alice Springs and a full day tour of the West MacDonnell Ranges, before being transferred to Kings Canyon for a privately guided walk and authentic Aboriginal cultural experience. Take the scenic route to Ayers Rock, where you will stay at Sails with sunrise/sunset tours of majestic Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Waterways, Whales and Wine. Unwind at Bannisters Port Stephens for 2 nights as you take off on a 3-hour cruise of the tranquil waterways. After leisurely experiencing the region, head inland to recharge at Spicers Vineyards in the heart of the Hunter wine country. Enjoy local produce and Australia’s finest wine, with a guided behind-the-scenes experience and tasting at one of the many boutique wineries.

Source: The VIP Sydney


UNIQLO Meets French Chic with Ines De La Fressange

UNIQLO, the Japanese global apparel retailer, has announced plans to launch the INES DE LA FRESSANGE 2020 Spring/Summer collaboration line from August 27. The 54-piece 1924-themed collection will be available at a selection of UNIQLO stores in Australia (Emporium, Mid City, Chadstone and Queens St.) and through UNIQLO.com/au. Some of the items will be available at all stores nationwide.

Ines de la Fressange symbolizes French chic and is a style icon for women around the globe. In keeping with a motif of Luxurious clothes, and beyond, this range of wardrobe essentials brings together Ines’ belief in designing clothes that all women can wear with comfort to reveal their beauty, and the LifeWear philosophy of providing innovative, high-quality clothing that is universal in design and comfort, and meets the needs of daily lifestyles.

Ines began exploring ideas for the 20SS collection to pay homage to women from every era by celebrating traditional values through styling that is enduringly contemporary. The line comprises the following three themes.

Paris: Timeless sports styling – Paris held the Summer Olympics in 1924, and sports styling that appeared in those games remains attractively modern. The collection features items with masculine looks, including Tilden knitwear and jersey pants with white and green key colors.

Gardians: Inspired by French cowboy clothing – Items are inspired by the clothing of ‘Gardians,’ French for cowboys, in Arles. Ines has frequently visited this city in the Provence region of southern France over the past 30 years. The strong sunlight and shadow contrasts in that locale influenced such leading artists as Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh, and are reflected in the collection’s coordination of black and white items in masculine styling, including pants and long shirts.

Muses: Dresses for relaxing outdoors – The 1920s were a time of great progress for women, who began enjoying styling that reflected newfound freedoms. The range features light dresses with ruffles and prints in relaxing silhouettes.

Source: UNIQLO


Pepe Saya Launch Aussie Artisan Week, August 17-23

Leading Australian butter producer Pepe Saya has announced Aussie Artisan Week (August 17-23) encouraging all Australians to consciously choose to support and purchase Australian made products, buying direct from artisans where they can.

Aussie Artisan Week aims to introduce Australian consumers to a range of quality products and the benefits of choosing local products: because of taste and quality, but also because they are in turn supporting farmers and small businesses, particularly as they continue to grapple with the restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the past four months Pepe Saya have had to transform their business after both their on-premise and direct to consumer sales dropped dramatically with the forced closure of restaurants and growers markets in line with COVID-19 restrictions.

Through that time they have seen an increase in Australians coming to their website directly to purchase their range, which include Australian cultured butter, buttermilk and ghee, as well as specialty butters ranging from maple butter – the perfect pancake-topper, to their newest addition – a moreish nduja butter made with nduja from Pino’s Dolce Vita Italian grocer in Kogarah.

Pepe Saya created these newer products to be able to continue to grow their direct-to-consumer sales throughout the pandemic, alongside gift packs that saw the brand partner with and support other Aussie artisans such as Crumpets by Merna, Olsson’s sea salt, Yarra Valley caviar, LouiseM Studio Ceramics, Block 11 Organics and Ovvio Organics tea.

“We’ve been incredibly appreciative of all our customers who have supported us by buying Pepe Saya through our online store over the past four months.” says butter maker and co-founder Pierre Issa. “We’ve realised that Australians do value Australian made, and we want to continue to share how many amazing options there are out there from dairy to meat, fresh veg and even homewares. Plus, why it’s better all-around when you buy small and buy local. The product comes to you fresh, the process is more sustainable, and the money you spend goes directly back into the Australian economy.”

To raise awareness of why Australians should buy small and local, and the importance of these diverse, quality producers around the country, Pepe Saya is leading the charge with Aussie Artisan Week.

“I hope we see this change behaviour not just for the week, but ongoing. We could all do with the reminder to stop a minute before we “add to cart” and think about what we’re buying, where it comes from and who we’re supporting when we buy it” says Pepe Saya CEO and co-founder Melissa Altman.

Other producers already onboard include Crumpets by Merna, Country Valley Dairy, Olsson’s sea salt, Yarra Valley Caviar and Block 11 Organics. In the lead up to the week, Pepe Saya will be sharing the stories of other artisans on their Instagram (@pepesaya) and encourage all Australian artisans to get involved by sharing with their networks, and share stories of their own products and how Australians can support.

Aussie Artisan Week runs August 17 – 23. During this week Pepe Saya asks all Australians to shop locally and share their artisan-made purchases using the hashtag #AussieArtisanWeek.

Source: Pepe Saya


Intimo Capsule Campaign featuring Brooke Hogan

Leading Australian lingerie brand, ​Intimo​, introduces its upcoming range of heavenly loungewear styles and intimates with a seaside campaign shoot featuring girl-next-door model Brooke Hogan.

Captured against the picturesque landscape of the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, the neutral tones and surrounding flora and fauna perfectly capture the sense of calm and relaxation that is reflected in Intimo’s upcoming collection. In new colourways such as Sand, Moonbeam and White, each style is a wardrobe essential that simplifies the way you get dressed in the morning.

Inspired simply by comfort and longevity, ensuring every style serves a long-term purpose within each and every wardrobe is the top priority for every Intimo capsule collection. With a combination of new and re-released styles in beautiful new tones and colours, each style can easily be paired back with new and existing ranges. Made from only the highest quality laces and environmentally friendly TENCEL Modal in universally flattering silhouettes, each of these styles will be perfect for lockdown and beyond.

“​Our focus is always to provide wearable, beautiful and comfortable options for all body types and ages. We really feel like this collection has something for everyone, and we are quite proud of that ​” said Kirby Hughes, Brand Manager at Intimo.

Key must-have capsule pieces within the release include the ​Essential Cardigan,​ a 100% Australian ​Merino Wool Throw and the crowd-favourite ​Amour lingerie range, which is now available in a beautiful Azure blue shade.

Discover the first drop of Intimo’s SS‘20 collection of everyday, elevated intimates and loungewear, now available to purchase at ​https://www.intimo.com.au​.

In response to COVID-19 and the increasing restrictions across Australia, Intimo has adapted it’s bespoke, one-on-one fitting service and is now offering virtual fittings. Leveraging video apps such as Houseparty, FaceTime and Zoom, Intimo has been able to modify its approach to help women find their ‘Feel Good Fit’ by guiding customers through the measurements to calculate their size and making recommendations for styles that best suit their lifestyle needs.

“We are more committed than ever to providing the best possible experience to our clients. Whether that’s through assistance finding the right size bra or as a voice of positivity and calm. Intimo, together with its Bra Fit Specialists, is working proactively to ensure that the way we interact with our customers exceeds their expectations during these uncertain times,” ​said Kirby Hughes.

 Five Minute (Virtual) Fittings – Step by Step Instructions:

*You’ll need a tape measure and your phone.

Step 1: ​Request your online fitting via: ​https://www.intimo.com.au/book-a-fitting/

Step 2:​ On a day / time that works for you, your fit specialists will connect with you on video chat and talk you through how to take the two key measurements required to calculate your size.

Step 3:​ Your fit specialist will talk you through the styles that work best for your size, shape and preferences. She’ll be able to answer any questions you have, guide you through the Intimo website and place your order for you.

Step 4:​ Your new pieces will be shipped directly to your house and your Fit Specialist is available if you have any questions.

Source: Intimo


Mamma Mia Brunch Almost Sold Out...

The Greek Islands are coming to Sydney on August 8th & 15th, 2020 – and fans are invited to the best sing-along brunch experience to date!

Jam along to all your favourites like ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘SOS’, and ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!’ as you dine in an immersive environment and sing along with the waiters for the ultimate ABBA experience.

The Med in Surry hills will be playing host to some of Sydney’s best lip sync battles as ABBA fans give it there all! The event also includes trivia and other themed entertainment. Your best whites, floaty dresses and boat shoes are expected as part of the get up! Choose to come as a dancing queen or a disco diva, but the best costumes will score prizes!

Dancing Queen Brunch Menu

Gimme Gimme Gimme Appetisers

  • S.O.S Pita Bread
  • Thank you for the Taramasalata (fish roe, lemon juice, onion, olive oil, potato)
  • I have a dream… of Hummus (chickpea, garlic, oil tahina, cumin, lemon juice)
  • Here we go again Marinated Olives
  • See you on the dancefloor Salad

Mamma Mia Mezze Platter

  • Take a chance on Split Pea Dip
  • Lay all your love on Haloumi Pie
  • Fernando’s Favourite Falafel – chickpeas, parsley, garlic, oil
  • I Do, I Do, I Do love a Mini Vegetarian Pizza
  • Angeleyes Arancini Balls – garlic, rice, pumpkin, bread crumbs

 

The Winner Takes it all Main Meal

  • Does your Mother Know Tzatziki Dip
  • Cassandra’s Chicken Skewers
  • And when you get the chance try the Lamb Skewers
  • Rock & Roll Roast Potatoes
  • If you let me try Rice seasoned with light spices & vegetables

Tickets for this ABBA-thon aren’t expected to be around for long so make sure you don’t miss out! Tickets are available now for just $55 for the 2 hour immersive experience and include a glass of wine and a 3 course Greek style banquet. Grab yours now at https://zip-tickets.com/event/show/the-brunch-club-dancing-queen-sydney-1547054

Source: The Bruch Club