Sephora to Launch Ninth Australian Store at Macarthur Square

SEPHORA Australia will open their fifth New South Wales store at Macarthur Square tomorrow, 22nd June 2017 as part of the centres $240 million redevelopment.

As SEPHORA’s second store opening this year, the global cosmetics retailer (owned by LVMH) welcomes the new Macarthur location as the ninth across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, contributing to the global beauty giants 2,500 stores worldwide.

Libby Amelia, Country Manager of SEPHORA Australia, said SEPHORA is thrilled to be a part of Macarthur Square’s redevelopment plans.

“Launching our fifth store in NSW is such an exciting venture for SEPHORA Australia.

After such a great reception for our four Sydney stores (Pitt St, Broadway, Macquarie and Warringah), it is clear that there is huge demand for SEPHORA’s exclusive brand offering in NSW.

Naturally we are thrilled to be able to offer our south west Sydney customers the opportunity to experience the wonderful world of SEPHORA, right on their doorstep at Macarthur Square”, said Amelia.

Following its recent $240 million redevelopment, Macarthur Square is the largest shopping destination in south west Sydney.

Macarthur Square Centre Manager, Pedro Araujo is excited to welcome SEPHORA to their expansive retail list.

“We are thrilled SEPHORA will be opening their doors to our customers in June.

SEPHORA is an exciting addition to the new retail experiences at Macarthur Square and further cements our position as the number one place to shop in south west Sydney,” said Mr Araujo.

The Macarthur store will bring south west Sydney beauty lovers SEPHORA’s most sought after brands Tarte, Anastasia, Kat Von D, Beauty Blender and Marc Jacobs Beauty, alongside exciting new products from Blithe, Murad, Tarte Skincare and Sephora Collection.

Incorporating direct-from-the-US fixtures such as the Benefit Brow Bar and SEPHORA Beauty Studio, customers will have the opportunity to have exclusive, one-on-one access to SEPHORA’s beauty experts as part of the complimentary and redeemable paid service offering.

Source: Sephora

Max Mara Celebrates Wool Week in Sydney

Max Mara celebrated the launch of the Max Mara Woolmark capsule collection, which was unveiled for the first time in Australia during Wool Week.

Held at the Max Mara Boutique in the heart of the Westfield CBD precinct, notable guests that attended the cocktail reception included Kate Waterhouse, Elyse Taylor, Kaitlyn Ham and Tash Sefton.

Celebrating the inherent, natural benefits and innovative properties of Australian Merino wool, Max Mara has cleverly incorporated Wool Denim into its wool-rich AW17 range, offering consumers a luxury alternative to traditional denim apparel.

Max Mara has utilised innovative 100% Wool Denim fabrics that replicate the look and style of traditional denim, but have added benefits thanks to the natural qualities of Merino wool, including increased softness and warmth, along with its ability to resist wrinkles.

Max Mara has always chosen Merino wool as the fibre of excellence for its collections and this season has pushed the boundaries on the traditional uses of wool – such as fine tailoring, heavy coats and knitwear – to showcase a different approach for the fibre and celebrate its innate versatility.

“We are very pleased to have Max Mara showcasing Merino wool at its finest,” explains The Woolmark Company Managing Director Stuart McCullough.

“Merino wool is a luxurious, innovative, natural fibre and Max Mara’s latest Autumn/Winter collection highlights wool’s modernity and global relevance in high-end fashion”.

Source: Max Mara & Woolmark

Underwear uncovered: Bonds unveil Comfytails. What's not to love?

Like most undie-wearing Aussies, we’ve grown up with the name Bonds on our lips. And our hips and umm, breasts and bums.

My earliest memory of wearing Bonds is waaaaay back in primary school when big, brown undies were, well, they were the ONLY thing we were required or allowed to wear.
OK, they may not have been the most attractive of undies but at ages 5 through to ten, ‘attractiveness’ wasn’t really a priority.

Sure, as the years went on, I went through the g-string, the bodysuit, the bikini, boy leg and BIG pants phases but for undies that have always been perfect for everyday use – and potentially for travel, which I do so much of – I still keep going back to Bonds.

As a long time fashion editor and now style and fashion commentator, my world involves lots of running around so I have always wanted my underwear to be worn with a purpose as opposed to being a pose.

Sure, I still buy lingerie pieces that are a little, well, sexier, but for every day use and the fact there is no VPL – the whole Comfytails concept is perfect for every day, for travel and when you just don’t have the time to think about what underwear you are about to wear!

So with my real life meets work life hat on, I was thrilled when Bonds kindly invited me to test drive their latest – Comfytails – a new range of underwear aimed squarely at us Aussie women …. who are ready to get comfy.
Made from Bonds cotton rich fabric and available in a range of prints, the new range of Bonds Comfytails are perfect for any shape. And yes, I mean any shape.

I’ve always loved lingerie.

The undies are designed for women who have had their fair share of ‘uncomfytails’ in their twenties with the range aimed at women blessed with the wisdom to know that it’s better to be comfy than to persist with some of the trends that characterised their underwear youth. I’m looking at you scratching, dental floss G strings!

Yup, Bonds Comfytails are for women who are not only waving goodbye to the polyester thong, but for those fully embracing a new era of being comfortable as well as being fashionable.

The collection is being hailed as ‘the underwear to wear for when you’ve outgrown uncomfortable’, with Comfytails featuring a palette of basic but vibrant colours, stylised florals and textured prints with each pair made from Bonds soft cotton, with a focus on comfort. And they are side-seam free! Yippee!

Where to find them:
You can find Bonds Comfytails in a bikini style, a full brief, a midi leg and a high leg and in sizes 8-18. And they’re in lots of colours and some prints too.

Take a look at – and even better they will ship to you!

The Model and her undies habits:

Long-time Aussie based model Kate Bell took some time to reveal her thoughts on Comfytails. . .

*What does it mean to be the face of the Bonds Comfytails range?

‘I’m absolutely thrilled to represent such a cool iconic Aussie brand. I find it fabulous that they chose to go with an ancient model (kidding!) also because I truly am a comfy undie kinda girl.’

*What do you look for when shopping for underwear?

‘Comfort and efficiency, but they must have a fresh sexiness. I still want to feel fab in comfy undies.’

*How do you like to feel when wearing underwear?

‘Fresh, fit and sexy.’

*What do you like most about the Comfytails range?

‘They’re so yummy to wear and they look super cute and modern.’

*How did you get into modelling and what do you like best about it?

‘I always wanted to be a model way back when no one I knew really did it. I walked into Ursula’s (now Chic) model agency and started straight after my HSC. A year later I was in New York then Paris, and so on for 30 years!

I’ve been so lucky regarding travel. I love working with different super talented creative people with every job.’

*Has modelling changed your views on ageing?

‘Not really, ageing takes place. You never think it’s gonna happen to you! You never give it a thought when your 20 or 30, then come 40 you start changing and all you can do is take real good care of yourself to last the distance. I’m a lover not a fighter.’

*What impact has yoga had on your life?

‘Yoga has been my anchor, it has impacted and improved my life in pretty much every way.’

*What have been some of your least favourite underwear trends over the years?

‘I’m not a fan of g-strings; I wear them only when completely necessary. I loathe that for the past 10 years I’ve been modelling super daggy granny undies for women my age+. My mum, who is 78, when sees me in campaigns says “who wears those things?”’

*This post is a collaboration with Bonds. My policy is I won’t align myself with things or products I haven’t test-driven, I don’t trust or don’t believe in.

TOBI Is Trending For Summer!

Okay, the thought of summer clothes may be the last thing on many Australians minds, but as a fashion commentator and editor, I’m super impressed by some of these cute very affordable prices are currently on sale from the online site TOBI.

The brand is renowned for its great and wicked sales and they back at it again with a new collection.

With summer in full affect in the northern hemisphere, for some of us thinking of a warm break, the time is nearly here to swap your leather leggings for shorts, dresses and some cute rompers!

Tobi has some craze on trend pieces, check them out at

Paspaley South Sea Pearl necklace's incredible price at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction

The triple strand natural pearl necklace achieved HK$16,140,000 (approximately AUD$2,814,253) more than HK$2 million above the pre-sale high estimate.

The Christies’ Magnificent Jewels auction is considered one of the jewellery industry’s most prestigious sales events, showcasing items from Cartier, Harry Winston, Graff, Van Cleef & Arpels and Bvlgari among others.

The necklace consists of 237 natural pearls of remarkable quality, which are strung on three regularly graduated strands.

The colour of these natural pearls ranges from white to slightly cream, partly with attractive rosé and green overtones.

These rare overtones are due to an iridescence effect caused on the surface of pearls and greatly contribute to their beauty.

A unique pair of natural pearl and diamond chandelier earrings by Paspaley also sold above the high estimate for HK$6,420,000 (AUD $1,108,836) in the same sale.

The set featured 10 tear drop and button shaped virgin (undrilled) natural pearls.

The triangular diamonds in the earrings, totalling 12.74cts, were specially cut and set table-to-table to give the earrings a sense of volume from the side.

The pearl was discovered in the 16th century and was owned by 8 Spanish Kings, Joseph Bonaparte and Elizabeth Taylor among others.

Source: Paspaley