Samantha X launches her 'Angels' escort site

Journalist turned high-class escort, Samantha X, is redefining the reputation of the sex industry, launching her own brand of elite escort agency, Samantha X Angels. Based on three key promises; integrity, class and sophistication, the agency now employs 12 women ranging from their 20s to their 60s and includes a grandmother, a survivor of a life threatening illness and an aspiring lawyer, all of whom have sought out a new career in the world’s oldest profession.

Samantha X’s own, very public, ‘coming out’ as an escort in the media and in her book Hooked: Secrets of a High-class Call Girl, polarised the public.  The mother of two went from quietly earning $5,000 a night to having her story plastered on media outlets worldwide, making her Australia’s most controversial ‘escort mum’. But the most common responses she received came from smart, educated and professional women looking for advice on how they too could get started in the industry.

Exploring the idea of starting her own agency, Samantha put a call out to interested women.  She was inundated with applications from around the world. After an extensive recruitment process, Samantha has narrowed her “Angels” to 12 women from all walks of life, sizes and personalities – one is an aspiring lawyer, another survived a life-threatening illness, and then there’s the grandmother of six.

“My Angels are intelligent, professional women. Most have backgrounds in the corporate world and most are university educated,” says Samantha. “The majority of clients want warmth, understanding, companionship and conversation just as much as anything else, so that’s what I was looking for, not perfect looks or a particular dress size,” she said.

Each Angel undergoes coaching and mentoring by Samantha on what to wear, how to listen, etiquette, what lingerie men prefer, as well as how to trust their intuition and manage the date. Clients pay for the quality time spent with an Angel (not from a price list of sex acts) and are charged $800 an hour for the privilege or $4,500 for the night.

Meet the Angels:

Cathryn, 61, is a married grandmother of six. “I love men and being an escort is something I have always wanted to try,” she says. “When I was accepted, my husband said he wanted to punch the air and scream, ‘My wife’s an Angel!” The clients I’ve seen so far have been absolute gentlemen and my husband is my biggest supporter.”

Meanwhile, Jane is in her 40’s, is single and hails from the corporate world. “I am getting paid to be treated like a goddess,” she says. “The clients and I have intelligent conversation and laugh a lot. The sex isn’t why a lot of them are there, in fact, I have a client who prefers to chat over a cheese platter and wine for most of the time!”

Samantha X says that sex is big business, and whether people like it or not, the industry will continue to exist. “Men in my experience are sick of watching unrealistic porn on their computers. In a world of technology where we are less connected emotionally and physically than ever before, men seem to be starved of affection and intimacy. That’s where we come in.”

While Samantha’s focus is now her Angels, she does still see the occasional client for $1,500 an hour. “I don’t see many new clients these days purely because I don’t have the time,” she says. “But there are a few long-time clients that I truly love like old friends.  I can’t bring myself to let them go!” 

“This is the profession I have loved more than any other,” says Samantha.  “It has taught me compassion and patience. It has taught me that the most beautiful souls are hidden under the most unlikely shells and not to judge someone on appearance alone,” she said. 

Samantha says she is looking forward to passing her “wisdom” on to her Angels over the coming months and years.  “I’ve taught them that this profession, while lucrative, has good days and bad, highs and lows, just like any job. It’s not always champagne and fine dining, but being able to connect with a human being on a real deep and emotional level.”

Samantha also has plans to cater to female clientele with the exciting new addition of Samantha X Heroes, her male escorts, set to launch before the end of the year.

TopShop unveils newest collection

The cult appeal of UNIQUE invokes the glamour of classic British style, translating the essence of TOPSHOP’s distinctive and far-reaching hold on forward-thinking fashion into wearable, investment pieces.

The Fall Winter collection offers a fresh take on the emerging nostalgia for handsome British craftsmanship. Autumn brings an alluring, easy-going new mood: Retro references are re-energised with unusual texture pairings – broderie anglaise, snug shearling and glistening silver brocade define a confidently feminine attitude

Grey Goose impresses the vodka A team . . .

Sydney – 26 August, 2015: Saw the launch of the exclusive Salon De Martini, opening for one weekend only at the Grey Goose La Boulangerie. Attendees included The Block judge Darren Palmer and husband Olivier Duvillard, former MasterChef contestant Alvin Quah, GQ Editor-in-Chief Nick Smith, Stylists Romy Frydman, Michael Azzollini and Karolina Karolina and Grey Goose Ambassador Andy Wren.

Guests sipped a selection of mouth-watering Grey Goose cocktails including the Grey Goose Le Fizz, the Grey Goose Dry Martini, the Grey Goose Wet Martini and the Grey Goose In Fashion. Guests dined on an array of delectable canapés made with the same soft winter wheat used in Grey Goose Vodka.

Cognac Maître de Chai, François Thibault had a vision for a vodka with taste. He believed that by using the finest soft winter wheat from Picardy and the purest spring water, he could craft the extraordinary. Defying those who said it could not be done, Francois’ courage and dedication led him to his greatest creation – The World’s Best Tasting Vodka.

To celebrate François’ vision and the finest French ingredients contained in each bottle, Grey Goose has teamed up with Chef Brent Savage from acclaimed restaurant Yellow, as well as the Luxe Bakery powerhouse to create La Boulangerie, an innovative artisan bakery: La Boulangerie.

By day, Yellow has transformed into a French inspired bakery where freshly baked bread and pastries will be fashioned from the same soft winter wheat that has made Grey Goose the finest vodka it is today. To accompany these patisserie offerings, guests can expect a selection of limited edition Grey Goose confitures produced from Grey Goose La Poire, Grey Goose L’Orange, and Grey Goose Le Citron.

By night, guests can enjoy a five-course tasting menu showcasing notes of the spirit along with matched Grey Goose cocktails for the ultimate epicurean experience.

Espousing the traditionally French heritage of the iconic Yellow House building, Grey Goose has gone beyond La Boulangerie and for three nights only, will open the doors to Salon de Martini, a bespoke martini bar personifying the luxury of Grey Goose Vodka as it stands today.

La Boulangerie launched on 21st August and is currently stirring up the Sydney drinking and dining scene, showing to all that #frenchisbest

La Boulangerie Pop-Up Run Information:

  • La Boulangerie Bakery runs from Friday 21st of August, through until 6th September (weekdays 9am-2pm & weekends 8am-3pm)
  • La Boulangerie Restaurant runs from Friday 21st of August, through until 6th September (opens from 6pm, daily)
  • Salon De Martini runs from Thursday 27th August, through until Saturday 29th August (opens from 6.30pm-11.30pm)

Kailis unveil sleek & chic new pearl campaign

Kailis is proud to announce the appointment of three beautiful and inspiring Australian ‘Women of Achievement’ as brand ambassadors. Lucy Durack, Grace Huang and Noreen Carr represent the strength, beauty and diversity of Australian women, reflecting the brand’s own values.

In Kailis’ latest campaign, ‘Anticipating Moments’, Lucy, Grace and Noreen are featured separately and together, shot in their authentic environments – back stage, on a film set, at a fashion show respectively. The campaign encapsulates the excitement surrounding milestone achievements. Kailis Pearl Jewellery is the ultimate symbol of achievement and this campaign illustrates that Kailis Pearls brings out the inner beauty and confidence of all women.

“Australian women in all their diversity are extremely beautiful and exude a casual elegance and confidence, as exemplified by our three new Ambassadors. Kailis’ Australian South Sea Pearl Jewellery never looks out of place, it is the much loved accessory that can be worn in any setting or time of day, bringing out the inner beauty and confidence of the wearer. Noreen, Grace and Lucy present the rich pallet of Australian beauty and achievement and represent Kailis Jewellery’s values and aspirations,” said Mark Majzner, General Manager of Kailis Jewellery.

WAPA Graduate, Helpmann and Sydney Theatre Award winner Lucy Durack is one of Australia’s most exciting leading ladies of the stage and screen. Lucy wowed audiences around the country with starring roles in Legally Blonde and Wicked, and is now expanding her talents to write and produce for television.

Lucy embodies what it means to be a Kailis Woman of Achievement by constantly developing new opportunities for accomplishment in all aspects of the entertainment world and now motherhood.

As Kailis grows its retail footprint in Australia and throughout Asian, Grace Huang is the perfect ambassador to expand the brand’s appeal. Having captured the attention of the Australian and Asian film industries, Grace is now based in Los Angeles to ride the second wave of the Australian ‘Gumtree Mafia’ in Hollywood and is presently shooting alongside Liam Hemsworth in the blockbuster, Independence Day: Resurgence.

Grace’s rising profile, intellect, striking beauty, and down to earth nature make her a perfect example of a Women of Achievement.

The versatile and modern designs of Kailis Pearls has created a growing following amongst younger women who feel the beauty and power of Australian South Sea pearls, which are the most valuable and sought after in the world. There is no better example of indigenous Australian beauty than model Noreen Carr wearing Kailis Pearls. Noreen is the third of the new Kailis Ambassadors and her youth and stunning looks mean she can pull off an edgy, cooler style in the campaign and she wears Kailis Pearls in a way that Gen Y customers can relate to.

Noreen represents the changing face of Australian fashion with her homegrown beauty and cultural connection to Kailis pearls. Kailis is working closely with Noreen’s manager Kira-Lea Dargin of Aboriginal Model Management to further develop Noreen’s profile and modeling career and assist her to fulfill her potential as a star of the fashion industry.

Outgoing brand ambassador Natalie Imbruglia has been the face of Kailis for the past four years and will always be treasured as part of the evolution of the Kailis brand. “Natalie Imbruglia was a much loved Kailis Ambassador for the past 4 years and was an important Ambassador to show that pearls are for young women and are beautiful and chic,’ said Majzner. “Natalie reflected the beauty and achievement of Australian women and our new campaign is a logical continuation of that theme, showcasing three women who exemplify the diversity of the best of Australia,” said Majzner.

Exquisite & incredibly sexy lingerie collection from Marlies/Dekkers

This season marlies|dekkers have produced another limited edition Couture collection and a Style collection full of bold, empowering pieces designed to champion innerwear as outerwear.

For Fall/Winter 2015 Marlies Dekkers was inspired by the namesake of the collection, Misia Sert, who was a patron of the arts, famous for inspiring and influencing the great minds of her time and becoming their ultimate muse. She counted Coco Chanel, Pablo Picasso, Renoir, Jean Cocteau, Igor Stravinsky and the Ballet Russes director Serge Diaghilev amongst her many high-profile friends. Misia’s influence, support of the arts and flair for entertaining have made her an icon and it was her unique story that inspired marlies|dekkers collection this season.

In the Couture collection The Firebird range is particularly distinctive with its burning wings of passion and it is also the Couture collection of choice for Myer from the FW15 collection, with limited stock arriving from October 2015 including the stunning Plunge Balcony Garter Slip.

The Style collection is dominated by colourful, bold looks and as always sees some of marlies|dekkers most iconic designs such as Dame De Paris, Triangle, Space Odyssey and Gloria return in a covetable fresh seasonal colourway. Tinguely is also a popular returning style, it returns in a similar Hot Coral shade to that of the one which saw it rise to fame when the thong was spotted around Kim Cattrall’s ankles in a classic Samantha Jones moment in Sex & The City.

The Fall/Winter 2015 collection will begin arriving in stores including Myer and their online store from next month. marlies|dekkers Signature collection, which features Marlies Dekkers most beloved and iconic designs remains available and unchanged.