Swarovski Launch Urban Fantasy Collection

Swarovski unveiled the highly-anticipated Urban Fantasy Collection with an exclusive breakfast in Sydney.

VIP media and celebrities enjoyed a decadent sit down breakfast before viewing the collection on display.

Swarovski’s Creative Director Nathalie Colin says of the new collection: “I love life in the city! The urban surroundings breathe and vibrate 24/7, and bring to life a creative energy that I then translate into our jewellery designs.

This season we journey to new cities.

Contemporary architecture combines with organic forms.

Urban gaming and virtual emoji-inspired symbols meet versatile, “interactive” designs that can be worn to create personalised jewellery pieces.

We complete our journey in an enchanting Crystal Wonderland complete with spectacular festive reworks, extraordinary and glamorous jewellery and glittering gifts.

This collection is a brilliant example of what Swarovski stands for: modernity, joy and glamour.”

Swarovski’s campaign featuring Australia’s very own Ruby Rose was also revealed.

Guests enjoyed live music from up and coming band The Lastlings.

Source: Swarovski

Sydney Film Festival Previews 2017 Guest Line-up

The 64th Sydney Film Festival has announced South Western Sydney audiences will have a curated program of five films and a Gourmet Cinema event at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre during the Sydney Film Festival, 8-19 June.

“The Festival will screen a strong line-up of films: home-grown Muslim comedy Ali’s Wedding, delightful Indian comedy Hotel Salvation, family friendly Oscar-nominated stop-motion French film My Life as a Zucchini, and One Thousand Ropes from the director of and of the first-ever Samoan feature (The Orator, 2011) Tusi Tamasese,” said Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley.

“Gourmet Cinema fans can also take a culinary and cultural exploration of the barbecue traditions across the globe in Barbecue, by Adelaide filmmaking duo Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker,” said Casula Powerhouse Acting Director Craig Donarski.

“Paired with an exotic South American BBQ onsite at Bellbird, foodies will be in heaven.

Film-only options are also available.”

Casula Powerhouse, Liverpool City Council and Sydney Film Festival have partnered for more than two years to bring world class Festival films to screen locally at the Powerhouse in Liverpool, both through a monthly program of cinema and during the Sydney Film Festival.

Sydney Film Festival at Casula Powerhouse films, guests and events include:


  • Ali’s Wedding Saturday 10 June, 7:30pm, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
  • Barbecue (Gourmet Cinema) Saturday 17 June, 3:00pm, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
  • Hotel Salvation Sunday 11 June, 1:30pm, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
  • My Life As A Zucchini Monday 12 June, 11:00am, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
  • One Thousand Ropes Sunday 18 June, 1:30pm,

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Events:

  • Gourmet Cinema (paired with the screening of Barbecue) Saturday 17 June, 3.00pm, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Source: Sydney Film Festival

Hatchlings Carry Hope for Bellinger Turtle

The conservation effort to save the Bellinger River Snapping Turtle from extinction has received a huge boost after 21 tiny turtles hatched as part of Taronga’s captive breeding program earlier this year.

Taronga Zoo established its breeding program for this critically endangered species after a newly discovered disease wiped out up to 90% of the population in 2015, with only 200 individuals thought to remain in the wild.

Scientists at Taronga’s Australian Registry of Wildlife Health are continuing to investigate the cause of the disease outbreak and monitor the health of the remaining turtles and other wildlife in the Bellinger River catchment.

The aim is to release the hatchlings back into Bellinger River once the disease is understood and under control.

Taronga Science has a 3-tiered donor program that offers some fantastic and unique opportunities such as science field trips, annual passes to Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoo, behind the scenes tours as well as invitations to briefing evenings and more.

For more information, or to learn about specific science projects for which we are still seeking funding, contact Francesca Hynes on 9978 4668/0419 266 595 or at fhynes@zoo.nsw.gov.au.

Or support our work by making a donation by clicking the link here, at any level you choose.

Source: Taronga Zoo

Rachel Griffiths Joins Forces With Art Campaign 'No Robe'

The campaign, running from 1 May to the 15 June across the Group’s seven hotels invites guests to sleepover and strike a pose in the privacy of their hotel room and be life drawn by one of the Art Series Hotel Group’s team of artists for their very own take home masterpiece.

Rachel will reveal her very own nude (or ‘no robe’) artwork and talk about the importance of the arts in Australia and celebrating self-expression.

Will Deague, CEO, Art Series Hotel Group will discuss the campaign and concept and Mark Schaller, namesake artist of the Group’s Bendigo Hotel (The Schaller Studio), will talk to the importance of life drawing over the course of an artist’s career.

Source: No Robe Campaign

Australian Accents Are Sexiest According to Americans

A foreign accent is enough to make anyone weak in the knees. According to a new study, pop culture icons such as the Game of Thrones cast and Wonder Woman are stealing the hearts of American singles with just their pronunciation of the English language.

MissTravel.com is releasing a list of sexiest accents, according to members of the site. Although Israeli women were the most desired nationality for men, the feeling is not mutual. Over 1,400 women reveal they are most-attracted to British accents.

Sexiest Accents for Men (According to 1,423 American Women)

  • British
  • Scottish
  • Spanish
  • Australian
  • Southern

Sexiest Accents for Women (According to 1,164 American Men)

  • Israeli
  • Colombian
  • Australian
  • French
  • Southern

“Accents have a tendency of taking our minds to unknown, and exotic places, adding a touch of mystery and intrigue to the speaker,” says Brandon Wade, CEO and founder of MissTravel.com.

“As Americans we often associate British accents with intelligence and class, both desirable qualities for a mate. While Israeli accents conjure up images of the Mediterranean.”

MissTravel.com connects adventurous people with a passion for travel and new experiences. The popular dating site boasts more than 500,000 members worldwide, in over 200 countries. More than 300,000 trips have been facilitated through MissTravel.

Source: MissTravel.com