Creator of true-crime podcast Dirty John heading to Australia

With more than 10 million downloads in just six weeks, the true-crime podcast DIRTY JOHN has become an international phenomenon.

The suspenseful, psychologically complex six-part series was described by the New Yorker as a “thrilling, horrifying, and expertly done” story about “the darkest sides of the human need for love.”

Creator, writer and host Christopher Goffard is coming to Australia for the first time in March for live conversations about the series that has dominated the iTunes charts.

Tickets for all shows go on sale 2pm (local time)Friday, November 24.

Goffard, a novelist and veteran reporter for the Los Angeles Times, was recently dubbed the “reigning king of serialised journalism.” He spent nearly a year researching and writing the Dirty John podcast, produced in partnership between the Los Angeles Times and Wondery, the podcast network.

The story follows Debra Newell, a successful interior designer in Southern California, who meets a man named John Meehan on an over-50 dating website and quickly marries him. Charming, handsome, and doting, he tells her he is an anesthesiologist. But he harbors secrets about a dark past, plus a thirst for vengeance and control, as she discovers to her horror.

It’s a true story of deception and cruelty, of a con-man who exploits the fraught dynamics of a California family that has its own troubled past. The podcast features Goffard’s interviews with Newell and her family, Meehan’s sisters and ex-wife, and the veteran policeman who hunted Meehan and called him “the most devious, dangerous, deceptive person I ever met.”

Goffard shared in the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2011, and has twice been a Pulitzer finalist for feature writing. He is the author of two books–a novel, Snitch Jacket, which was a finalist for the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best First Novel; and You Will See Fire: A Search for Justice in Kenya, which critic Peter Orner called “one of the finest non-fiction books set in Africa in recent years.”

With more than 1,000 published stories, Goffard has written about serial murderers and prison gangs, psychopaths and contract killers. Still, he says, “something about John Meehan chilled me in a way nobody else has.” He describes Meehan as “a creature of seemingly implacable menace, like something out of a Cormac McCarthy novel.”

Dirty John is Goffard’s first podcast, and he says tackling the new format has reinvigorated his love of storytelling. He calls it “a cautionary tale that can potentially save lives,” with a granular look at the dynamics of psychological control and manipulation.

Ticket-buyers will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the making of Dirty John and the challenging reporting process, and will learn fascinating details that never made it into the podcast. There will be a live Q & A. “Making Dirty John became an all-consuming obsession for me,” Goffard says. “I’m looking forward to coming to Australia and sharing some stories about how it came together and why I think it’s penetrated the zeitgeist.”





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Source: Dirty John 

La Prairie unveil 12-Micron: White Caviar Crème Extraordinaire in Sydney

One of my all-time favorite and effective beauty houses, La Prairie, have unveiled their latest potion over a very smart lunch in Sydney.

Called 12-Micron, the launch event was attended by 32 very eager beauty gurus and experts.

Called White Caviar Crème Extraordinaire, it is the newest and most powerful innovation in brightening and anti-pigmentation.

And according to the Swiss company, you can get visible results (reduces darkness of pigmentation) in just 4 weeks. And extraordinary skin in 8 weeks.

Ummm. I’ll test out a vat thank you very much.


Source: La Prairie

Land Rover Polo in the City 2017 a Huge Hit

The Land Rover Polo in the City kicked off at Centennial Parklands this year under cloudy skies but with an exciting line-up of celebrities and international polo players.

The place to be was a new fixture inaugurated this year by presenting sponsor Land Rover, ‘Studio Velar’. Showcasing the new Range Rover Velar and celebrating ‘the art of reductionism’, the elegant marble lined design pavilion welcomed Land Rover ambassadors Jennifer Hawkins, Charlotte Caslick and Phil Waugh as well as VIP guests including Ksenija Lukich, Steffanie Roberts, Michael “Wippa” Wipfli and Jack Vanderhart.

Hosted by Jaguar Land Rover Managing Director Matthew Wiesner, the Land Rover VIP Marquee was styled as a sleek set of interconnected cubes, complete with designer furniture and sprawling parquetry-lined verandahs.

In perhaps the most luxurious offering on course, the fixture boasted its own marble bars serving chic aperitifs and elegant seasonally-inspired canapés such as Yamba Prawn on Squid Ink Tapioca Puff with Tequila Lime Dressing & Guacamole and Coriander Ginger Fish Cake Pops with Black Sesame Seeds & Chilli Caramel Glaze.

The Sydney event is the first in the Land Rover Polo in the City series which will happen around the country in November and December, with Land Rover hosting over 500 VIPs and customers over five weeks in five states.

In its endless quest to go above and beyond, Land Rover partners with equestrian events all around the world, from its global alignment with the World Equestrian Games to its recently announced sponsorship of the Event Rider Masters. Land Rover’s iconic 4×4 vehicles are synonymous with equestrian sport and are used by the equestrian community week in week out, helping them make the most of their world.

“This is our third year as presenting partner of the Land Rover Polo in the City series, and we are proud to again support this innovative, urban polo series” said Jaguar Land Rover Australia’s Matthew Wiesner.

“We’re especially excited this year to be showcasing the new Range Rover Velar. With elegant simplicity, pioneering consumer technology, powerful, taut surfaces and a stunning silhouette, the Range Rover Velar is going to compete with the polo for attention.”

Source: Land Rover 

ModelCo boss Shelley Sullivan takes home Executive of the Year award

This year, Australia’s executive elite gathered together at Crown Melbourne to celebrate some truly outstanding personal achievements in business.

The CEO Magazine’s Executive of the Year Awards is Australia’s most prestigious business awards event, recognising the individual excellence of senior executives.

One of the most hotly contested events for Australia’s leading executives, the awards do not celebrate a company’s success, but rather the exceptional contribution made by the CEOs and senior management who drive Australia’s greatest organisations.

The winners were announced by host Eddie McGuire, back for his sixth year as MC, at the glittering black-tie event attended by 550 of the nation’s business luminaries.


Finalists were judged by a 10-person panel including: Janine Allis, Founder of Boost Juice & Retail Zoo; Larry Kestelman, Executive Group Chairman at LK Group; Libby Roy, Vice-President & Managing Director of PayPal Australia; Shelly Park, Chief Executive & Executive Board Member of The Australian Red Cross Blood Service; Stephen Cornelissen, Group CEO of Mercy Health; Michael Derin, Azure Group’s CEO & Founding Partner; Holly Ransom, CEO of Emergent; John Karagounis, CEO & Managing Director of The CEO Circle; as well as The CEO Magazine’s Founder & CEO Chris Dutton and Managing Director Daniel Di Loreto.

Founder and CEO of ModelCo, Shelley Sullivan took out the Retail Executive of the Year Award.

With Shelley’s proven star-pulling power, she recently landed a lucrative collaboration contract that will take ModelCo to global heights. In a highly competitive market, her multi-channel marketing and embrace of innovation has driven impressive growth.

Source: CEO Magazine

KHÒLÒ CLUTCHES REVEALED - 5 ‘influencers’ battle it out for best in show

In what is a social media trend that will, no doubt, get bigger as ‘influencers’ influence their audiences more and more, 5 of the best – Megan MortonErin DonatiEmily GreenAlex Fulton and Andreea Birsan – have created, designed and oversaw the production of their very own clutches in collaboration with Khòlò The Label.

Design by Erin Donati

In a first of its kind global competition, a handful of the fashion world’s most influential trend-setters and designers will battle it out to see who will take out the Khòlò crown for best clutch. The winning clutch will feature in Khòlò’s upcoming ‘Daisies’ collection and will score the winner an all-expenses paid trip to Kolkata, to experience the culture, creativity and fashion that is India.

Design by Alex Fulton

The clutches that are each representative of the influencers who designed them feature Khòlò’s iconic craftsmanship techniques like 3D embroidery, delicate threading and use of beads and sequins for dimension and texture.

Design by Andreea Birsan

The influencers will be engaging with the Khòlò community via @kholo_thelabel Instagram stories, taking their audience for a never before seen view into each influencers’ daily life, their design process and the clutches that they have designed.

Design by Emily Green

Khòlò’s Head Designer, Karishma Kasabia is ecstatic for the competition clutches to drop.

“I feel like a collaboration allows for new exploration, previously unheard of. I’ve had artists tell me that our Khòlò 5×5 has opened a whole new product line for them.”


Design by Megan Morton

“It’s an honour to be in the space of fellow creatives, we’ve fed off each other’s energy and laughter and I’m so grateful I get to be a part of that, to be in the company of an artist who is living their truth is something magical. Often, they don’t even realise how significant it is. But I feel anyone who is so connected to their calling, is someone I want to be around.”

“Each designer has inspired me. Whether it’s with their confidence, their design approach, their business savvy acumen or their loyalty to their style. Each one has inspired me. It’s been a really lucky journey”

Pre-order for the clutches are open to the public at

Source: Kholo