Empower Collection: The Tee Shirt Set to Make the World of Difference

They may not be a well-known high street brand, but Queensland start-up company Empower Promotions has huge aspirations for their socially accredited tee shirt.

The company has spent the last 12 months piecing together an international supply chain that can demonstrate social and environmental accountability for every step of their tee shirt’s manufacture.

Starting from cotton farms in Africa to final custom printing in Australia. A story they are proud to share.

Their tee shirt is a fitting product demonstration for next week’s international Fashion Revolution Week (24th- 30th April); a global campaign demanding greater transparency of our clothing origins to bring about a fairer, safer, and cleaner fashion industry.

The week symbolically coincides with the fourth anniversary of the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza clothing factory in Bangladesh where 1,138 garment workers were killed as a result of negligent management and exploitative work conditions.

Founder and Managing Director, Ian Kikkert comments “too often we don’t think about the consequences of our purchasing decisions.

There is a disconnection between the things we buy and the recognition that real people are involved with making those items somewhere in the world.

If you are paying less than the price of two or three cups of coffee for a shirt, there’s probably a good chance someone overseas is paying the price for it.

Every shirt has a story. For most shirts you’ll never know what it is. That’s the big difference with our shirts. We hope people will see the value of this, and will get behind our current crowd funding campaign to kick start our initial manufacturing run”.

Source: Empower Collection


Meet the Stallone Girls Who Are Far Prettier Than Rocky’s Post-match Face

FIRST there were the Hadid sisters, Bella and Gigi. Now there are the Stallone girls who have literally gone one better and announced their joint arrival on the modelling scene. It seems being an It girl is no longer a solo operation.

The trio — Sophia, 20, Sistine, 18 and Scarlet, 14 are the daughters of Sylvester Stallone of Rocky fame and his model wife Jennifer Flavin.

They grabbed everyone’s attention at this year’s Golden Globes where they were collectively the Miss Golden Globes and there has been speculation ever since about their next move.

“For me, I think everything after that came because of it,” says Sophia, 20.

“I think all of the jobs we’re getting from it, and the attention, and buzz, I think it’s so cool.

I think standing up on stage and seeing all of my favourite stars, was really crazy. I saw Ryan Reynolds, and then Blake Lively, and then I looked next to me and … Jimmy Fallon. I was star struck, I was shaking, I couldn’t stop.”

The trio’s latest outing is as the faces for the Australian leather brand, The Daily Edited.

“It’s so much fun [fronting a campaign together],” Sistine told news.com.au.

“We like doing shoots together, but the fact that this is a campaign just totally upped the ante,” she said.

“It’s so special,” Sophia added. “To represent such an amazing brand with my sisters is fun,” Scarlet said.

Alyce Tran, the co-founder and CEO of The Daily Edited said it was part of the brand’s philosophy to work with up-and-coming talent.

The campaign has just launched in Australia and internationally. The range is available from Robinsons, Singapore and has just launched in Saks South Coast Plaza in Los Angeles. It’s available online at shoptde.com. as well.

THEIR STYLE

Scarlet thinks Sistine is kind of funky and Sophia’s is comfy.

“I would say my style is simple,’’ she says.

“I would say Sistine’s style is unique, different, because she can pull off pieces that really not everyone can pull off.

Sistine thinks her sister Scarlet is hilarious: “She’s the funniest person I know and Sophia is the intellectual.”

A MYSTERY

“I think the Stallone sisters are a mystery,” says Sistine, 18.

“Because we are still coming up and nobody really knows anything about us,’’ says Sistine, 18.

“And people have all of these perceptions and ideas of who we are, and when they meet us they’re like, “Oh, you’re actually kind of nice!” And we’re like, “OK, thank you!”.

“I think we’re a mystery, because we’re only starting up now, ever since the Golden Globes we’ve got a lot of buzz, and a lot of attention, so I think that it’s a snowball effect, and we’re still gaining momentum in this industry, so I think we’re still not really known yet.

“So I think that’s cool, that we can’t start from scratch here, and build up who we are. It’s cool, it’s the start of something new.

FAMLY TIME

What is your favourite thing to do as a family?

Sistine: ‘We’d much rather stay in and wear sweat pants and hang out.’

Sophia: ‘We just order in food and watch movies together. We have these movies that we can watch that are in theatres.’

Scarlet: ‘We are definitely not that family that says, let’s go hiking on a Sunday morning. We’re not that, we’re like, “Let’s watch another movie like we did the last 5 weekends!’

DAD’S FAME

Did you know he was famous?

Sistine: ‘I don’t think we realised it until we were old enough to understand. We would go to premieres when we were little, and we’d think they wanted to take our photo, but they weren’t there for us. When he won the Golden Globe [Best supporting Actor] last year, it was a proud moment.’

MODEL MUM

What about your Mum? You seem very close to your Mum?

Scarlet: ‘We’re all extremely close.’

Sistine: ‘She’s the fourth sister.’

Sophia: ‘She is so caring. She drops us off every day to school. Went to every single basketball game, every school event. She is there every moment in our lives. She is just amazing; we hope to be even half as amazing as her.’

First seen on news.com.au

Source: Melissa Hoyer


Winter Boots Inspiration From Rochessa

There is no doubt boots are a mainstay in everyone’s went to wardrobe and here are a few of the more affordable and practical styles around from Rochessa to see you through the cooler days and months.


First Look at Virgin Limited Edition’s Son Balagueret Villa

The new villa is Son Bunyola’s latest addition following the opening of the first two villas, Sa Terra Rotja and Sa Punta de S’Aguila in summer 2016.

Son Balagueret is spread over three floors and includes a secluded central courtyard, a private heated swimming pool and panoramic views over the estate and the dramatic coastline.

The villa sleeps up to 6 people in three bedrooms, one of which is located in a unique and historic turret dating back to the 13th century. Rates start from EUR 13,095 / AUD 18,360 or AUD 2620 per night based on a 7 night stay (at today’s exchange rate).

The private estate, with its own gated entrance, is over 700 acres and is located in between Esporles and Banyalbufar on the Northwest coast of Mallorca.

At the heart of the estate is an original Finca building dating back to the 1800’s surrounded by vines, citrus fruit trees, almond and olive trees.

What’s included in a stay?

• Accommodation for the 7 nights 

• All drinks including wine, beer, spirits, soft drinks and Spanish sparkling wine

• Breakfast, lunch and dinner including a local restaurant reservation one night

• A concierge service to take care of activities and restaurant bookings

• Wireless internet

• Daily housekeeping and pool servicing

Things to do….and also included!

Take a dip in your private heated pool just steps away from your villa or play a spot of tennis on the nearby court (racquets and balls provided) – this is shared by all three villas.

The estate is 3km×5km in size so perfect for a stroll to stretch your legs, or capture stunning ocean views with a coastal walk that starts from a pebble beach.

Source: inspired Luxury for Virgin Limited


Doot Doot Doot at Jackalope Hotel Has Officially Opened

Jackalope Hotel’s signature dining experience, Doot Doot Doot, called first service when the much-anticipated accommodation opened this April.

Offering contemporary, upscale dining, Doot Doot Doot serves dinner daily and lunch Friday through to Sunday.

Under the direction of Executive Chef, Guy Stanaway (formerly of Aman Hotels), the menu presents an outstanding assortment of Victorian produce.

Drawing on relationships with local growers, Stanaway combines time-honoured techniques with culinary curiosity, delivering dishes that are a faithful expression of the region’s palate.

“The menu’s philosophy mirrors our winemaking”, says Stanaway. “Willow Creek’s single vineyard wines are produced to deliver a true sense of place; our menu is the edible edition of this same story.”

Dishes like seasonal vegetables, served with goat’s curd, and lightly dressed with whey and orange blossom, offer an honest representation of the quality of the local produce.

Diners choose a four- or eight-course tasting menu, matched with estate and international wines.

“Given the property’s rich heritage as a wine producer, the partnership between food and wine is central to the Doot Doot Doot experience,” adds Stanaway.

A further nod to wine-soaked roots, the 1,200-bottle, glass cellar showcases an international selection of limited-release wines produced from vineyards 11-hectares or less—the size of the hotel’s vineyard.

“This collection gives context to our winemaking story, while also presenting the world’s premier small-batch producers – a mix of locals, favourites, and emerging stars,” says Director of Food & Beverage, Josef Murray.

Murray is at the helm of this designer dining room, joining Jackalope after several years with celebrated restaurateur, Jason Atherton, in Sydney, Hong Kong and London.

The shining light in a dramatic interior by CARR Design Group, is a custom-made, 10,000-globe chandelier by Melbourne-based artist, Jan Flook.

This 80sqm crown was commissioned to evince the process of fermentation, one of the seven stages in the hotel’s narrative, alchemy.

Doot Doot Doot’s cocktail bar, Flaggerdoot, delights in the alchemic process of distillation.

Housed in the property’s original homestead, the space itself is an infusion of forms; herringbone floors and open fires warm, while statement pieces from the likes of international icon, Rick Owens, create a sense of curated cool.

The names, Doot Doot Doot and Flaggerdoot, tie in with the legendary Jackalope tale. Flaggerdoot is the collective noun for a group of jackalopes, while the leader of the flaggerdoot is known as the doot doot doot.

Source: Jackalope Hotel