Base Body Babes Instagram hacked: but the popular health chicks vow to regain followers

Base Body Babes is a health and fitness brand directed by Sydney sisters, Felicia Oreb and Diana Johnson. With one of the most successful fitness Instagram accounts @basebodybabes with almost 560,000 followers and several thriving businesses, Base Body Babes has become one of the worlds most recognised and well respected health and fitness brands.

At 4am yesterday morning (18th July), Felicia woke up to check their Instagram account @basebodybabes. When she tried to view their profile, she realised she had been logged out and the password wasn’t working. Confused, she picked up her husbands phone and checked the @basebodybabes page where she was shocked to see only 170 of their 765 images left on the profile. “Before my eyes, the images were being deleted one after another and within a few minutes, the entire account was deleted and the name was changed to “@dailyfitnessbabes”. It had been hacked!” Felicia said. The hackers name has been changed several times and is now “finestfitnessgoals”. The only thing that remained the same, were the girls 559,000 followers.

Felicia contacted Instagram instantly via email to report the hacking and seek some answers. They had some minor correspondence with the tech team, but have still had no promise that anything can or will be done to retrieve their account. They are still eagerly awaiting their response and are hopeful Instagram will be able to help them regain all of their followers and content and shut down the hacker.

Base Body Babes have now started a new page with the same name @basebodybabes and have accumulated almost 40k followers within 24hours. They are on a mission to get back all of their 559,000 stolen and very beloved followers that they have spent years gaining. Meanwhile the hacked account is quickly losing followers as the Base Body Babes confused followers unfollow this new unfamiliar spam account.

“We have started an Instagram campaign called #bringbackbasebodybabes and we have had the most amazing response from fellow Instagrammers, with hundreds of accounts sharing our images and encouraging people to follow us and report the hackers account.

We have been so overwhelmed with the love and support so far and are feeling positive.” Felicia said. “We will not let one person destroy everything we have worked so hard to develop, we are strong, motivated, passionate women and will be working harder than ever to recreate what was stolen from us.” Diana said.

Body Base update: the fit chicks have their Instagram handle and their followers all back.

Whizz - the new on-demand cleaning app. It's like ordering an Uber, but to fluff up your house....

WHIZZ is an Australian first for the cleaning industry.  The app is ‘on demand’ – just like Uber.  If you want a ‘5 star hotel quality’ cleaner for your home right now, thanks to technology, from today you can!  The boys who run The Island in Sydney Harbour, are behind WHIZZ (Adam Abrams, Julian Tobias and their CEO friend, Mark Bernberg).

Just four ‘taps’ on your phone and WHIZZ will deliver a 5 star hotel cleaning experience as standard for every home (chocolates on your pillow, the bed linen scented with our signature fragrance, a toilet freshness seal your toilet roll folded and stickered just like a five-star hotel, and a 96 point checklist of every item that has been cleaned in your house).  WHIZZards are all experienced cleaners that are trained, background checked, insured and guaranteed.

Easy to use, WHIZZ offers a selection of additional cleaning options on top of your standard clean, which include washing, ironing, pantry, fridge and oven cleaning. This fresh approach to booking a cleaner makes it fun and once a customer has registered via the app, a quality cleaner can be booked in four simple taps. 

Australian owned and operated, the WHIZZ app for iPhone was designed especially for the local market. Key features include:

·  A fresh approach to cleaning the house using ‘on-demand’ technology – book and pay for experienced cleaners that are trained, background checked, insured and guaranteed, in four simple steps

·  Flat fee pricing model – no hidden surprises as you know exactly how much the clean will cost before you order

·  The ability to book a single or reoccurring clean and add it to your iPhone Calendar with reminders 

·  WHIZZ HQ tracks where cleaners are throughout the day and can warn customers ahead of time should there be any delays 

·  Available for Apple Watch, the app will provide alerts when your WHIZZard is on the way, when they have arrived and when they are finished

·  Extreme clean feature – house looks like a war zone after a massive party? No problem!

The WHIZZ app is available for free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.  Sydneysiders can also book a clean via

Price guide: 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom is $95 | 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom is $85 (note: first time users will receive a $20 discount off this rate)


New direction for David Jones – fusion of fashion & music in new season campaign

David Jones has amplified the relationship between fashion and music with its innovative campaign #ShotbySound. The iconic retailer has collaborated with enigmatic Australian musician Daniel Johns for its Spring Summer 2015 campaign, in the world’s first fashion shoot captured by musical instruments. An incredible series of images have been produced featuring David Jones Ambassadors Jessica Gomes and Montana Cox with Daniel Johns and his band playing alongside them. Fashion, technology and art combine in this unique, exciting and inspiring collaboration, with Daniel Johns also releasing a music video captured on set with David Jones as his film clip for his new single, “We Are Golden” from the album “TALK” featured above.

Tiffany & Co 'do' New York

Tiffany & Co., celebrated for diamonds of unsurpassed beauty, presents a statement collection from New York including pieces from the 2015 Blue Book. The collection is one of the most exclusive and breathtaking diamond and gemstone collections the jeweller has ever assembled. The collection, featuring the world’s most magnificent fancy colour diamonds in settings handcrafted by artisans directly from our New York City studio, is on view from 17th July through 29th July at Tiffany & Co. located at 28 Castlereagh Street, Sydney and 1st August through 14th August at Tiffany & Co. located at 267 Collins Street, Melbourne.

The collection features pieces from this year’s Blue Book, “The Art of the Sea.” The 2015 collection, Design Director Francesca Amfitheatrof’s first, combines audacious style with fluid grace and the sea’s boundless energy.

“Blue Book is an important symbol of Tiffany & Co.,” says Amfitheatrof. “Its rich heritage draws the finest artisans, who create a world of luxury that no other jeweller can equal. To design this important collection with these talented people and the most extraordinary gems is an honour and a privilege.”

Tiffany diamonds surge through this collection like a rising tide of pure brilliance. The diamonds range from glowing pink, exuberant yellow and fiery orange to cool green and vibrant blue. Each hue is pure and each meets Tiffany’s rigorous standards for clarity and saturation. Collectors and connoisseurs the world over covet these diamonds that intensify the colors of nature from roses and sunlight to tropical seas and pristine sky.

The city more tourists need to see

I KNEW this was going to be a fun trip as soon as we landed off our QF bird at Los Angeles airport when the longest stretch disco Hummer I’d ever seen was our next mode of transport.

It was that kind of OTT, rock-star, kooky kind of stuff you always look at other people doing, but hey, who was complaining? The Hummer was about to take us to one of the more understated, yet simply gorgeous American if not small cities I’d ever seen.

I had never really heard that much about Santa Barbara (with a population of around 220,000) except that there’d once been a 80s/90s TV soap based on the Californian coastal town all about goings-on of the lives of the wealthy Capwell and Lockridge families. (Fun fact: Santa Barbara aired in over 40 countries and became the longest-running television series in Russia.)

Anyway, back to why I’m here. Santa Barbara is referred to as the Amercian Rivieraand faces south on the longest section of the West Coast of the US and has a climate referred to as Mediterranean. Although, it was pretty chilly when we were there in May (Note to self: pack another sweater next time).

Santa Barbara is popular for its tourism, bay, and its resorts, but it’s not often a place peeps add to their must-see list.

So, here are some of the reasons you should do exactly that:

• As soon as we hit Santa Barbara — a two-hour drive north of Los Angeles — it was bags down and straight to the (downtown) Salt Caves. Yup. Santa Barbara is renowned for Salt Caves which are designed to provide “a unique natural environment to relax, recharge, and rejuvenate the body and mind, especially after a long flight”. So, we sat in the cave rooms for half an hour and soaked in the atmosphere of Himalayan salt rock and its health-enhancing qualities. And yes, it felt good.

• The Urban Wine Trail had us tasting some of the finest wines produced in Santa Barbara County, all within blocks of downtown and the beach. The Santa Barbara Urban Wine Trail gave novices (like some of our gang) and aficionados (like others in our gang) the opportunity to learn about and taste wines Santa Barbara County’s best vineyards. Informative, not up themselves and just great fun.

• We also had a “pedicab” — a man-wheeling bike that basically took us for a spin around the town as the driver pointed out some of the best zones in SB.

• Speaking of zones, you do so need to visit The Funk Zone? OK, OK, it’s a shocking name, but it’s a tourist and hot neighbourhood precinct where the best muncheries, restaurants and wine-tasting rooms can be found, surrounded by industrial and manufacturing plants and even crisscross train and car routes.

Visitors and celebs alike hit the F Zone to check out galleries and real SB life. It has become so cool-school, some businesses well outside will even say are Funk Zone-adjacent, just so they can use the spoils of popularity of the zone.

• You can’t help but take in the exquisite Spanish architecture of Santa Barbara and its plethora of deco-style theatres dotted throughout the town. A Monterey-style adobe in California was built on State Street (the main drag of Santa Barbara) by merchant Alpheus Thompson while the dominant architectural themes — Spanish Colonial Revival and the related Mission Revival style are still encouraged through guidelines created after a 1925 earthquake destroyed the downtown district..

• You need to do a Sunset Cruise or the Santa Barbara Sailing Center. Basically, you sit back and enjoy a twirl around a small but dynamic little harbour admiring, either on a kayak — with the chance of spotting a whale to two — or on a boat with views back to shore and out to the Channel Islands. But don’t forget your wind jacket!

• And what about the digs? Wow. yes, wow. We tested out Belmond El Encanto and it is a seriously god-smackingly beautiful hotel. The view was great and the villa/bungalow suites were absolute perfection. As for the service? after arriving home from dinner one night, I had left my key in my room and the staff went totally out of their way to get me back in as soon as possible. That may sound trivial, but it wasn’t a chore or a pain – it seemed just like normal quality service for the staff to be actually wanting to do something for a guest at midnight!

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Melissa Hoyer was a guest on flights from Australia to Los Angeles on Qantas and of Tourism Santa Barbara.