Taronga Zoo Sydney launches Mindful Mornings to help raise funds for Wildlife Crisis appeal.

With the rocky start to 2020 never has there been a more critical time to focus on becoming balanced, focus on calming our minds and helping to rebuild a shared future with and for wildlife and people.

Thus Taronga would like to inform you of a unique event that Taronga Zoo is holding for the first time ever –  ‘Mindful Morning’s’. Launching March 6th this unique fundraising event has been developed in direct response to the bushfire crisis and the ongoing long-term drought that’s decimated already fragile animal populations.

At Mindful Mornings you can expect to be led by the professional in the field Nicho Plowman in an incredible session of meditation right on the shore of Sydney Harbour. Be immersed in the sounds and serenity as the zoo slowly awakens around you and learn about what Taronga is doing to support wildlife, both in the immediate aftermath from the recent bushfires and drought and our long term commitment to saving Australian native wildlife.

WHEN: Friday 6th March, Sunday 8th Mach, Sunday 29th March

TIME: 7.30am-9.30am

PRICE: from $55 group tickets are available*

TICKETS: https://events.humanitix.com.au/tzmindfulmornings/tickets

Source: Taronga Zoo


Tommy Hilfiger has celebrated the power of loyalty, and the belief that purposeful progress is best achieved through meaningful partnerships, at the TOMMYNOW Spring 2020 runway experience at London Fashion Week.  The show featured theHilfiger Collection, TommyXLewis and the newest and first trio collab TommyXLewisXH.E.R.

The highly anticipated ‘See Now, Buy Now’ show returned to London after seven seasons, this time showing at the Tate Modern, The Tanks, to celebrities, media and consumers.

This season sees a simplistic set design, utilising the architecture of the Tanks to hone in on their sustainability vision.

Opening the show was global superstar Naomi Campbell, followed by an all-star line-up including homegrown talent Jordan Barrett, as well as Pixie Geldof, Georgia May Jagger, Jourdan Dunn, Winnie Harlow, Candice Swanepoel and Alessandra Ambrosio.

In line with the brand’s vision to waste nothing and welcome all, the in-season event spotlighted the sustainability strides and sense of inclusivity at the heart of the fourth TommyXLewis collection co-designed by Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton.

In a surprise twist, the collaborators also invited Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter, H.E.R., to infuse her authentic touch into 12 statement-making TommyXLewisXH.E.R. pieces, further expanding the season’s collective unity.

Special guests included:

Dee Hilfiger

Yolanda Hadid

Charlie XCX

Meghan Trainor

Billy Porter


Source: Tommy Hilfiger

Red Carnation Hotels Celebrates Greatest Success to date in Forbes Travel Guide’s 2020 Star Awards

Red Carnation Hotels has proudly announced that four of its award- winning properties have achieved the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide (“FTG”) Five-Star rating in the annual Forbes Travel Guide Star Awards. Joining sister property Hotel 41 in receiving the highest FTG accolade are London’s The Milestone Hotel and The Egerton House Hotel, alongside Virtuoso’s 2015 ‘Hotel of the Year’ Ashford Castle, which is the only hotel in Ireland to achieve five-star status.

Forbes Travel Guide is the world-renowned and only global rating system for luxury hotels, restaurants and spas and is widely recognised as being the gold standard of hospitality rating systems, with a meticulous and anonymous process assessing all areas of a hotel’s product and service.

Red Carnation Hotels’ Managing Director Jonathan Raggett said: “The Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating award system is one of the most meticulous, globally respected and highly sought-after accolades in the industry. To have Ashford Castle, The Milestone Hotel and the Egerton House Hotel join Hotel 41 as Forbes Five Star properties is great testament to the generous hospitality and levels of service, luxury and attention to detail that guests consistently receive at our properties.

“Every day our teams go above and beyond to make every stay special, and these awards are a reflection of their hard work and passion, and the leadership and values of our President and Founder Beatrice Tollman.”

Filip Boyen, CEO of Forbes Travel Guide said: “We have been committed to championing genuine Five-Star service for more than 60 years, and this year’s winners, as always, exemplify the very highest standards in hospitality.”

“It is difficult to earn a Forbes Travel Guide rating, and all our Star-Rated winners have shown how incredibly deserving they are of their accolades by demonstrating sheer dedication in their passion for service. We congratulate them all.”

Source: The Red Carnation Hotel Collection

Specsavers unveils Autumn/Winter eyewear collection

Statement shapes, interesting materials and pastel tones are in this season! Specsavers has unveiled its latest styles for Autumn/Winter 2020. With more than 200 new pieces launching across its designer collections and Specsavers’ own ranges, the new releases will ensure glasses wearers will have no trouble finding a frame to suit their unique style this season.

Specsavers has revealed the latest trends of the season from Translucents to Molten Metals, Soft Moss, Updated Earth Tones and Soft Touches of Grey, the hottest styles this Autumn/Winter very much evoke imagery to reflect the new season.

To help spec wearers find their next favourite frame, the expert team of Specsavers frame stylists have unpacked the key trends to look out for this Autumn/Winter. Specsavers’ Head of Frames, Juan Carlos Camargo says, “This season, pastel tones and bold uses of acetate play a big part in Translucents, Soft Moss, Updated Earth Tones and Soft Touches of Grey, as does premium metals, textured surfaces and asymmetrical shapes in the Molten Metal trend.”

Highlights include new collaborations with international design house DKNY, which has seen the exclusive styles recently joining Specsavers’ designer portfolio. Iconic street wear label, Levi’s is also set to launch in all Specsavers stores from 28 May. Other noteworthy releases include styles from HUGO, Marc Jacobs and Tommy Hilfiger, along with statement frames from Kylie Minogue, Lyle & Scott and Alex Perry – all crafted to help the wearer express their individual style and to feel good in their frames.

Commenting on the materials and new shapes for Autumn/Winter, Juan continues, “The A/W ‘20 styles see interesting executions of the materials used, which has resulted in unique textures and interesting shapes in the designs. We have translucent acetate infused with bright pops of glitter in our new Marc Jacobs range, distinctive acetate and metal combinations in the Levi’s collection and mottled acetate applications in our newest designer collaboration with DKNY – all up, the seasonal collection truly stands out for all the right reasons, with each frame created with premium quality finishes.

“Shapes emerging for the new season are those which have carried over from past seasons, with subtle nuances and evolutions. Vintage square shapes have been introduced in our Premium Metal range and the retro round frame continues to have a presence, with different interpretations such as squared off edges to give the style a geometric look. We are also seeing a new take on the aviator frame, with bridgeless designs reinterpreted with the use of twisted temples and rose gold detailing.“

Priced from $199 for two pairs single vision, the styles will be dropping throughout Autumn/Winter in all Specsavers stores nationwide.

Source: Specsavers


As the global cruise community grows bigger and bigger each year, luxury cruise company Uniworld, unveiled a new way to see Europe, including a train journey on one of their river journeys. Travel enthusiasts ventured to Reign in Sydney’s QVB for a champagne breakfast and to meet the president and CEO of Uniworld, LA-based Ellen Bettrige.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, the world’s most luxurious all-inclusive river cruise line, has evealed its 2021 collection, promising to, yet again, elevate river cruising to a whole new level of luxury. The 2021 line-up continues to offer the award- winning service and luxurious fleet that Uniworld is renowned for and strives to deliver more, with two new itineraries in Europe, additional departures in growing destinations such as Peru and Egypt, and an exceptional air-offer.

Uniworld’s President & CEO Ellen Bettridge was in Sydney to launch the collection. She believes 2021 is an exciting opportunity to show Uniworld’s continued excellence and response to the needs of guests and travel partners. “I’m thrilled to show our guests that we’re aiming to elevate again in 2021 to provide them the best destinations, the best fleet and the best luxury river cruise experience.”

Onboard a Uniworld voyage, the guest is at the heart of every decision, they are committed to providing guests with the ultimate experience, which is why they’re providing guests with a choice of three offers when booking a 2021 river cruise:

  • Economy flights free, or
  • Business Class from $3,999 per person, or
  • No flights – save $1,000pp on their cruise

These offers are combinable with Uniworld’s River Heritage Club loyalty benefits, as well as available early payment discounts until 14 March.

In 2021, Uniworld has added two exciting new itineraries to their product line up. The 8-day Classic Germany & Amsterdam aboard the River Princess, cruises along the Main River from Amsterdam to Nuremberg (and reverse on some departures), taking in the best of the serene villages, renaissance architecture and medieval towns.

Uniworld has combined this new itinerary with its popular Authentic Danube to create a new grand itinerary, the 15-day Rhine, Maine & Danube Discovery. From Amsterdam all the way to Vienna, this itinerary cruises along the scenic Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, appealing to guests looking for an in-depth exploration of Central Europe’s quaint villages, exquisite castles and colourful cities.

In addition to these two itineraries, Uniworld is also thrilled to announce a new luxury train journey available to guests as an extension on select sailings of the Venice & The Gems of Northern Italy itinerary. Guests can now complete their voyage on the S.S. La Venezia and continue onboard the luxurious Golden Eagle Danube Express train, travelling from Venice to Zurich. The extension includes three nights onboard the Golden Eagle Danube Express and once night accommodation in Zurich on arrival.

In continuing to elevate their guests with the best possible experience, Uniworld will also continue to enhance its ships and itineraries into 2021. This year will see an additional four super ships added to the Uniworld fleet – S.S. Sphinx, S.S. La Venezia, S.S. Sao Gabriel and Mekong Jewel, totaling 20 ships in 2020.

Bettridge believes that 2021 will only see the fleet improve even further, with transformations across the super ship fleet, transforming the S.S. Queen and S.S. Empress in 2021. “Our guests deserve the best and we’re excited to be able deliver the best with the addition of four new super ships and enhancements to our one-of-a-kind fleet, as well as increased sailings on destinations where we’ve seen increasing demand.”

In December 2019, Uniworld announced a new destination- the Peruvian Amazon, chartering the eco- friendly, all suite Aria Amazon. Since launching the destination, Uniworld have almost completely sold all scheduled sailings and in response, have added more dates to accommodate for guests excited to see this exotic destination.

Egypt is another destination where Uniworld has seen an increasing demand, with travellers searching for a luxurious journey along the infamous Nile river. In recognising this, Uniworld will, in 2021, provide guests with two ships to choose from for the popular 12-day Splendours of Egypt & The Nile itinerary, onboard the River Tosca or S.S. Sphinx (launching in 2020).

“In finishing 2019, we’re proud of the growth of the Uniworld brand and in 2020 we’re striving to exceed that in both bookings and delivering for our guests with the introduction for four new super ships. 2021 is no different. Each year brings enhancements within our fleet, exciting new itineraries and a goal to elevate our guest’s luxury experience even more,” said Bettridge.

Source: UniWorld