Monday, 17 December 2012

Melbournes Biggest Party Night....


 

New Years Eve Inspiration



Now that December is well and truly upon us we suddenly start to panic and realise that we have to make plans for the biggest night of the year! 
Its always so hard to work out what to do, some friends want to do different things, the weather might be crap, everyones a bit broke after all the Christmas drinks and presents… and sometimes it all becomes a bit too much to process and you end up stuck on a beach somewhere with a four pack of cruisers watching the fireworks with a bunch of families and tipsy under agers. 
Not exactly something to remember right?
Well I've been keeping an eye out for some good stuff this year, especially as my first single New Years there is no way I'm not having a big one! 
I found some great parties in Melbourne that are a good mix of classy and relaxed, so you can get loose and have a good time with all of your mates, even if they don't all like clubbing. 
Here are my top Melbourne  picks for your countdown and New Years kiss ;)

Riverside H2O

South Wharf
This is a waterfront marquee party with drinks included for $135. They have  a VIP option and are expecting a huge crowd! I haven't been to this event personally but I spoke to the organiser and they are expecting a great night! You can chill out around the banks of South Wharf, watch the fireworks display from one of the best spots and enjoy not having to hand money over at the bar all night! 
For tickets check out their website… 
www.nyeriverside.com.au


MOTEL
York st South Melbourne
This is the party that my money is on this year, Paul Laver always hosts the best parties in Melbourne and for only $50 you get to enjoy some of Melbourne's best DJs and surround yourself with the ones who really know how to party! 3 of the top events crews in Melbourne have come together for this one, it's the perfect venue with upstairs and downstairs, a huge deck area and 3 bars overall. Its a great relaxed vibe as well, so perfect for those warm summer nights! This will be the night to remember for everyone!
You can even just contact me for tickets or more information…
jade.a.hunter@hotmail.com





YOUR PLACE!!





Despite the hype and the expectation put onto New Years the thing that really makes it special is who you spend it with. So if you want to have the best night of your life, just surround yourself with your best friends! Get some mixers, pour some cocktails and think about everything that 2013 is going to offer YOU!

So have fun, get excited... and enjoy your summer!! 


Sunday, 9 December 2012

All I want for Christmas...


 GIFT IDEAS!!!


We all know how hard it is to buy for some people so I thought I'd write a few ideas that might help get everyone through this crazy time of year!!


Boyfriend/partner/hubby- this is a tough one, we all know how hard guys are to buy for- vouchers for anything dare devily like sky diving or race car driving seem to go down well. I think they seem to like experiences or stuff they can do rather than jewellery or socks. But truly I have no idea, they are such odd creatures! 
It's very hard if you haven't been together long as well, a few weeks in you have no idea if he is worth spending hundreds on yet or what his style is so you can't buy them clothes. If that's the case I'd go for a bottle of alcohol, another sure winner! And according to the blog survey I did a few weeks ago, all men really want is a blow job! So anything else is just a bonus ;) You can never go wrong with buying YOURSELF a gift of some sexy lingerie and then showing it off as his gift... think of the lingerie as the wrapping paper for his real present... haha. 


Best Friends- No matter what age or how long you have been friends you always want to show your besties how much you love them! Of course we all know our besties and their fav clothes, makeup and handbags that we can buy them but to add something that involves a little effort can mean the absolute world to someone! Especially around Christmas time when it's all about love and getting together, it's nice to have that personal touch. Some things my friends have done for birthdays and things which was really touching is the sentimental stuff. For my 21st my best friend Cara took photos of the party and put them into a beautiful album of memories! It was such a beautiful thought and it's one of my most treasured possessions, Natasa also did something similar for my last birthday, she filled a big photo frame with pictures of me and all my best friends taken over the year, it was such a nice gesture and the gifts with thought put in are always the best! 

Parents/grandparents etc- the hardest ones of all to buy for! They already have everything! I think some kind of experience is always nice, tickets to a show or singer, restaurant voucher so they can enjoy a nice meal somewhere. Or even a nicely framed family portrait for them to hang on their wall- mums especially love that stuff. I got my dad a voucher for a golf course so he could have a game, he had fun and it kept him out of my mums hair as well!

Some other things I love for small gifts are glasshouse candles (they smell so yummy) and are great for co workers and people who you don't know as well. MOR cosmetics also have such a great range of perfumes, body lotions and gift sets. They are great for little gifts or as add on because they are so beautifully packaged. We all want to give gifts that look very luxurious but not necessarily spend a small fortune and the MOR range are very well priced as well. 

Good luck with all the shopping, if you are anything like me then for each present you buy you end up getting just as much for yourself as well! A good start is to go out with a list, really have it in your mind exactly what you want so you don't end up wasting hours wandering around the shops or end up buying something completely unnecessary, like a clock. (there is a story behind that one)

~Jade



Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Sorry to break the news...



Here are some of the truths about two of the latest beauty trends, uncovered! 


Beauty fads come and go just as easily as fashion trends, there is one thing that seems to keep coming up this season that I thought I would explain a bit better. 

Everybody lately is obsessed with B.B creams! This miracle cream that is an all in one, skin illuminating, protecting and nourishing at the same time whilst evening out the skin tone naturally.. Most people don't even know what it is- they just know that they NEED a B.B cream! 

The truth is that it's just a tinted moisturiser with sunscreen, the same kind that have been around for years. I think Garnier were the first to label it as B.B (which stands for beauty balm) and everybody else has followed suit. They aren't enough to use on their own and best to be treated as a sheer foundation, if you simply must have one! 

Why isn't it enough to use for your skin? The moisturiser isn't as effective as a premium product as the tint and the sunscreen dilute any of the important hydrating properties and the sunscreen factor is usually so low that it's not enough (for all day protection) so you will STILL need a good moisturiser underneath and 30+ to protect your skin properly.  Due to the tint  in the product you still need to take it off at night so you need a night cream as well, don't fool yourself into thinking its a natural moisturiser! 

Mineral makeup has been another huge trend in the last few years although many people don't actually know what it is or how it benefits your skin, they just want something mineral because they think it's more pure.

Proper mineral makeup is great for people who have allergies to certain chemicals or a true sensitive skin and can provide coverage as well as sun protection and some minimal anti inflammatory effects.

However  the guidelines on how companies label products aren't very regulated they can claim to be 'mineral' and actually only have 2 or 3 natural ingredients in them. Words like 'pure' and 'natural' can also be used by companies freely so it is very important to know what you are buying, do your research and check the ingredients properly.

Mineral makeup is also not necessarily better for your skin as minerals come from the earth and its it's effectively putting dirt on your face so it can still clog your pores and cause breakouts if your skin is prone to congestion. 

Both of these products reflect our desire to have our skin look natural and clear, we like sheer coverage and products with benefits. So although each of these beauty trends do have their place the absolute best thing for your skin is to not put any makeup on at all if you don't have to. Use quality products to address any concerns and maintain a healthy skin and make sure you know what you are buying and why!


Monday, 29 October 2012

Your Most Fashionable Spring Racing Carnival!!


Melbourne Spring Racing!



This is what s Melbournians look forward to all year! Spring Racing embodies everything that makes Melbourne great, the fashion, fun, sport, excitement and all getting together for a bottle of champagne! 

Fashions and trends change so much year to year so I thought I'd give some of my best tips for having an amazing day at the races as well as asking the experts about the trends for 2012. 

No matter which race day you go to the most important thing is to have a great group of people and to have fun! Here are my most important tips for making the most of of the races this year~

Drink Water- It's a long day to be out in the sun so make sure you stay hydrated- not only for your health but also so you can last the distance into the night! Nobody wants to be that girl at only 2pm and already stumbling around with smeared makeup and heels in hand!
Speaking of heels in hand- my next tip is to take flats! Just in case! A cute pair of jewelled thongs or ballet flats to match your dress is fine and you don't even have to get them out until the end but after a full day in heels and you're waiting in that huge line for your lift or train home those flats will be the envy of every other girl with throbbing feet! 
Go to a Great Afterparty! Melbourne really fires up during races and there are so many venues taking advantage of this and opening earlier for ticketed events! My best picks this year would be either Baroq, Adam behind Eve, Barkly Hotel or Motel in South Melbourne. 

Now to Fashion… 


Traditionally the days of the Spring Carnival all have their own themes and dress codes but over time they have been lost a little with some racegoers being completely unaware that each day even has it's own type of flower! Here is a little refresher-

Derby Day~ Traditionally black and white, Derby day has the most adhered to dress code of the race days. The flower is the cornflower.
Melbourne Cup~ The day to really show it off! Big bright colours and flamboyancy are great for the main day with the yellow rose as the flower.
Oaks Day~ Oaks Day is Ladies day so traditionally the colours to wear are softer and more feminine- think pastels and lace gloves as well as the beautiful pink rose! 
Stakes Day~ The most relaxed day of the Spring Carnival, it's known as family day and the red rose is the flower of choice!

So you can put together the best look for the races this year I have asked some experts in the industry, from fashion to makeup and hair- here are the current looks and trends we should be embracing!



Make-up


"To me the Spring Racing season evokes feelings of passion, energy and renewal. This is shown in the colours in the dresses, hats and make-up that are worn!
Make sure your skin is hydrated by using night cream and a face mask the night before and ensure that you drink plenty of water to create a radiant and fresh glow.
To me when I think of spring, I think cherry blossom, Jacaranda and strawberries- using these colours will create a fresh look for racing day.
Strong lip colour such as red, bright pink, bright orange gives a glamourous look and that 'pop' of colour for the season!
Strong eyebrows and lots of mascara on the eyelashes will enhance the face shape for a sexy, fashionable look.
Keep things simple on the nails so they don't detract from the rest of your outfit by using a simple shell pink or nude colour."
Hanae Mikami- Make up artist, Estee Lauder
http://www.hanaemikami.com/

Millinery


"The trend that we're noticing this year is towards beautifully structured fascinators in classic silhouettes. We've been experiencing a resurgence of all things vintage in recent years with the explosion in popularity of television shows like Mad Men. And although much of this seasons race-wear has a delightfully contemporary twist to it it's easy to see the influences of the past. I also think we're still seeing some of the influence of last year's Royal Wedding and the extraordinary work of iconic English milliner Philip Treacy."
~Anne Freeman- Founder, Pleasure, Little Treasure

http://www.etsy.com/shop/PLEASURElilTREASURE
http://www.facebook.com/PLittleT





Hair


"This year for the Spring Racing Carnival my clients are asking for sculpted buns and simple up-dos to go under fascinators and hats. Because the focus is on headwear for race fashion it's so important that your hair compliments the look.  The messy fishtail braid is also a huge fashion trend this year, as well as ladies opting for flowers in the hair for a fresh spring look."

~Nicole Healy, Hair Stylist, Anaka Hair 
www.anaka.com.au


Fashion


"Here are my top looks and trends in no particular order!
Peplum, a throw back to the 80s, pretty peplum skirts are back. Appearing in shows like Jason Wu and Badgley Mischka at New York Fashion week this lady like trend is sophisticated and flattering.
Lemon Yellow. Lagerfeld did a whole collection of yellows for Chanel and now it's the Colour of the season. Statement colours have always been a key player during the spring carnival, with a cheerful circus yellow you'll be in good spirits all day long.
Power Prints. Loud colours with textured prints and bold images are a safe bet if you want a winning trifecta. This trend is great if teamed with classic shapes.
Classic lines. Simple clean and clear lines are a major look also, they help compliment the shape of a woman with curves. Clever lines on dresses help embrace these curves and takes you to the front of the crowd.
Neutral tones. Soft subtle signature style is a trend that never goes out of fashion. Keep things classy with ladylike white or a clean ivory and you could never go wrong."

Khanh Ong, Fashion Stylist and Designer





So I hope you enjoy the races in style with these expert tips! Thank you so much to the four exceptionally talented, glamourous and fashionable gurus of Melbourne, Hanea, Anne, Nicole and Khanh for helping me help others this race season! Look out for their work and designs at the track and be sure to book your appointments and snatch up your favourite designs while you can!



And thank you as always for taking the time to read my little blog :) 



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www.themotel.com.au/
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Thursday, 18 October 2012

Too Busy to Exercise???


Fitness at Home!

Through my busy lifestyle and also my desire to keep fit and be active I have used/tried/loved and hated many of the apps, DVDs and fitness games that are designed to keep the busy person fit!
I though I'd write about some, in case anybody needs inspiration or feedback on something they have considered.

WII FIT
Probably one of the most popular choices for mums, anybody who works from home or people who are too busy for gyms! 
I tried this a few years ago and what I liked about it was that you could really track your progress, which is great if your objective is weight loss! 
For me, toning up was my goal and because it was so kilogram/ weight based I found it not as helpful. Although after my first few session I could feel that familiar pain in my muscles that meant the exercises had worked, as my body adapted to the segments and I'd hit the maximum amount of repetitions I began to get bored and see it as more of a chore, without seeing much change. I don't think that I saw a great benefit from using it for toning up, however as a starting point for basic exercise and weight loss I think it would work!
RUN KEEPER APP (iphone) 

As anybody who has followed my blogs would know- I swear by this app! I think its great to have goals and beat your personal bests, it gives you time/ distance and average calories burnt in a session. It was fantastic during my training for Run Melbourne and I use it to add up how many K's I have ran/ walked for the week! You can have playlists and voice updates on your progress as you go. Everybody who likes to run/walk for fitness should have this app! 

Daily AB Workout- FREE (iphone)
This app also comes in Butt, Arm, Cardio, Leg or Yoga workout and you can pick if you want to do 5mins, 7mins or 10mins each time. This is great if you like easy to understand, quick excerise that requires little or no equipment. I usually pick the 7 min of the Butt and Ab workouts whenever I know I have a spare 15mins that would otherwise be spent eating, napping, staring at walls, or facebooking for no reason! 
Very very helpful for the time poor! Even if you just take that 15 minutes a day you feel better. I often use it as a stretch after my runs as well! 
10 Minute Solution Pilates DVD
I was hoping that this DVD would fit into my favourite category of quick, easy and effective workouts! I like to make my exercise fun and have it fit into my life- not my life to fit in around my exercise! However I didn't find this series very helpful as I didn't feel anything happening with the workouts and the 10 minute segments were specified for body parts so it was hard to get a full workout for under 50minutes! Any of these tools that you use you have to be very careful that you are doing the exercises right and I didn't think that the instruction on this DVD was as accurate as you need for something to do at home. 

Michelle Merrifields YOGA & PILATES
Although this was also a DVD that you really need to take a full 50minutes to do, I found the workout that I gained fantastic! There was enough instruction and reminders to use the right parts of your body to keep you focused and although a DVD will never be as informative as a class I found this one very good! 

If anyone has anything else that they have tried and LOVED or HATED feel free to let me know! I love keeping up to date with what's new and trying new things! 

~Jade~
xxx

Monday, 15 October 2012

Look at these Women!!!


Be Inspired....

Through the wonders of social media there are some things that catch your eye, I'll see a post, story or picture and think 'good on you!' For every 10 people sitting on their couches doing nothing, posting pictures of their dinners and bitching about boring co workers, there is one person who is actually getting out there, taking the bull by the horns and going for their dreams. 
I love seeing things like this, positive women (and men, but this ones for the girls) really making a difference in their chosen industries and doing things that they love.
I always feel so inspired when I see these stories and asked some of these go- getting girls if they would share their stories with me, so I could share them with you.


These three are making their way in very different fields, a Melbourne model making it big; a promo model turned 'up and coming' DJ and a marine biology student with a crazy love for sharks! They have all been kind enough to share an insight into their worlds and what makes them tick…. 


Ana Kingsley
20 years old
model/ uni student

What is your biggest achievement so far? 

Finishing year 12? Haha. Being on the front cover of Fjorde magazine twice in a row was pretty big. Although, my favourite memories of shoots are when they're not planned, there's just a group of creative people together and inspired to shoot just to get amazing images.

Who inspired you?

My Mum has always been a big support but it was mainly just flicking through magazines and thinking 'I want to be that girl'. I think I still do that. But a Big inspiration for me is the 1998 film Gia with Angelina Jolie. I find it really emotional to watch, it's beautifully filmed.

How do you think 15 year old Ana would feel if she could see you now

Ahhhh, overwhelmed. I never thought I'd be where I am now in this industry. And enjoying myself so much. I'm very thankful that this has given me opportunities to travel. 

What is your next goal to achieve? Where should we look out for you?

I have no idea, you never know what opportunities lay around the corner. One dream of mine is to be on the front cover of Vogue one day and in clothing campaigns on billboards and jetting around the globe to be in designer label runways for different fashion weeks.

What positive message would you send to young women wanting to follow their dreams?

If you want it badly enough, it will happen. Keep doing things and striving for what your dreams are because when you realise your dreams are starting to become reality, life becomes surreal. Just don't forget the small people.


    • Jasmine Price aka DJ J lea
    • 27 years old
      Promotions model/ Hostess/soon to be professional DJ!

      What inspired you to start DJing? 

    • I have always loved music and been into the nightlife scene, music does truly make my world go round.
      Having lived in London for two years I witnessed the extremely
      talented Djs & Artists on the scene over there. Which really made me feel like it was something that I needed to be a part of. I love change and was ready for a new challenge so no it wasn't hard to make the change (from previous career)

      What is your biggest achievement so far? 

      Getting selected as one of the your shot contestants which allowed me the chance to pursue djing along with performing a 25 minute set to a crowd of people for the first time.

      Where can we look out for you in the future? 

      I would like to say I will be moving back to London to Dj over there professionally, but at this point I am just focusing on getting myself established here in Australia and then will see where it takes me. If I end up back in London or America that would be amazing. As far as djing at festivals that is something i would love to be a part of also!


      What advice would you give to other girls who want to follow their dreams? 

      Go for it, the only person that can make it happen is you so don't let anything stand in your way if it is what you truly want. Take the chances that come your way big or small you never know where they will lead!

      https://www.facebook.com/pages/DJ-JLea/458455527531826

Sarah Richmond

22 years old
 Uni student- doing my Honours year of research

What is the Sarah Shark Project about?

The Sarah Shark Project is an independently produced series of six documentaries filmed around Australia focusing on the natural history of sharks, the public perception of sharks, diving with sharks, and the conservation of sharks and the environments in which they inhabit.
We want to show people how these handsome animals interrelate with both humans and the world around them, and how, if we lose them, we threaten the health and stability of our oceans and risk losing what we see today.

A day in the life- So on one of your busier days, from wake up to sleep tell us what it might involve.

On a filming day – well, every shoot is different, however it would usually involve waking up at some uncivilised hour to do some to camera segments before gearing up for a dive. We always run through the shots we want to get on the dive, but it’s wild (obviously), so we have to take it as it comes. Filming on the dives is always fun. My job is to try find ways of getting myself into the frame with the shark/s, without annoying them too much. Certain species are easier to film with than others, and each shark has a different personality – some are players and seem to lap up the camera, while others just want to be left alone. After the dives, we usually have a few interviews to film, and then we take to the streets to pose the public with a question about a particular shark issue, eg; do you know what flake is, have you ever eaten flake, and if so, did you know what species it was you were eating? We then always try film our token sunset shot, before heading home to gorge ourselves on food, watch back the footage and kick our feet up with a sneaky 
beer.

How do you think 15 year old Sarah would feel if she could see you now?  

Ahaha, ah 15-year-old me, ay. She’d probably tell me to “..stop being such a nerd, go buy a slab of pulse and get drunk.” Na, I think 15-year-old Sarah would be proud, she’d be stoked that I’m diving with Sharks on a weekly basis, and she’d be glad I pulled it together and went to Uni. She would also be exceedingly surprised that I am the presenter of an independently made documentary series, arrogantly named Sarah Shark. I certainly wouldn’t have seen that one coming. 

Biggest life lesson you have learnt so far and how. 

Hmm, biggest life lesson so far, is to become a “yes man”. Its cliché I know. But if I had of continued in my habitual “stay-in-my-comfort-zone” ways, I wouldn’t be where I am today, helping make a positive change in the way people perceive Sharks.



I would like to thank Ana, Jasmine and Sarah for their contribution to this blog but also to the bigger picture. It takes courage and determination to follow your dreams and these stories are inspiration to everyone that they can come true! So for everybody out there who thinks 'I'll get around to it one day'- Let TODAY be your day! Enrol in that course, look for that new job, ask your mentors how they did it, get up, speak up and LIVE IT UP!!!



Monday, 8 October 2012

Ladies Day Out!


Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Adventures!

I know this blog is a little late- Our girls day of fashion was on the 8th of September! It's just been so busy and I was waiting on some professional photos to show you the fashion highlights of Designer Series Runway 6! 

Our day began with Cara, Riley and I checking out the Parallel Tensions Exhibition at fortyfivedownstairs where we saw displayed some of the edgy fashion from Melbourne hottest young emerging designers. The designs were all very unique and intricate- A few pieces in there really caught my eye! Cara and Riley found some new favourites too! The designers were Christina Exie, Francis Leon, Jason Hewitt, J.K. Kirk, Melanie Bower, Oracles, RAGGATT and TETTMANN.DOUST. 

We had quick lunch on causeway lane (Grasshoppers Feast does a great light lunch!) and a browse around Bourke st Mall for fascinators for the Races in November, Cara did her own mini fashion show trying them on! Spring Fashion week is a great time to get inspiration for Spring racing carnival! After checking out the city square runway show it was off to Tips and Toes in South Melbourne for our pampering session where Mel joined the fun!

We each relaxed with a glass of champagne and made many toasts to the joys of being women as we had our pedicures and manicures done. A great way to start any girls night out! 

I'd also organised some professional makeup artists and a photographer for the evening so the fun and pampering could continue as we got ready. A big thank you to Mishel the make up artist and Frank, our photographer for the evening. Our makeup was so gorgeous, it was such a nice touch to be pampered and we all had a great laugh! Frank caught all the action and got some great shots of us before the show and of the fashion at the runway show. 

Once Nicole arrived we headed to the Melbourne Town Hall and took our seats- then sat back, had a laugh and enjoyed the fashion highlight of the day! The designers we saw were alice MCCALL, ALPHA60, bul, DRESS UP, gorman, KUWII, Megan Park, Obus and WE ARE HANDSOME. Gorman and Alice MCCALL were the standouts for me and I've already bought a cute pair of Alice MCCALL shorts for spring!

Our little afterparty was at Baroq, (which was being run by Australian Fashion Guide) for cocktails, canapes and dancing! It was such a fun night, so great to spend quality time with the girls as well as running into so many familiar faces at the club. With just Riley and I left standing we finished the night off at Adam behind Eve.

All in all it was a pretty perfect day, so busy and fun! I feel so lucky to live in Melbourne, which runs such great events and to have such beautiful, fun friends to share all these adventures with! Thanks to my four besties- Cara, Mel, Riley and Nicole! I can't wait for the next girls day! Spring Racing Carnival here we come! 

I hope this blog gives other ladies of Melbourne some inspiration to make the most of these events- any excuse for a girls pampering day! 


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www.facebook.com/pages/Makeup-By-Mishel/216558408380489

www.grasshoppersfeast.com.au

www.baroqhouse.com.au/

https://twitter.com/AdamBehindEve

www.alicemccall.com

www.gormanshop.com.au/










Monday, 1 October 2012

Dream Holiday!


Margaret River




Well we have just settled back into normal life after a beautiful trip to W.A's most renowned wine region! Margaret River truly is a wine lovers dream but we also did a few other interesting things that were on offer as well. I wanted to write a little about the nicest wineries and activities we discovered and hopefully give anybody looking for a cultured and busy holiday some ideas!

To Stay

Gilgara Retreat
A beautiful homestead in a romantic setting, a short drive to the township. We chose something more private and relaxing, rather than a busy hotel in the centre of town and weren't disappointed, it was the perfect blend of rustic and modern. 
www.gilgara.com.au

To Dine

We are so lucky to live in Melbourne and have some of the country's best restaurants at our doorstep. So when we are in the country, especially in another state we (foolishly) had relatively low expectations of the local restaurants. We were happily proven wrong with Must and also Winos. They both had incredible wine lists, as you would expect from a fine dining restaurant in the area but we were also so pleased with the service and the menus offered. Such a perfect way to end our busy days!

www.must.com.au/
www.winos.com.au/


To Drink

There are so many wineries in Margaret River, it was a bit overwhelming but out of all the places we visited there were a few that really stood out, not only for their wines but also for their service. We tried to avoid any of the large wineries, as we wanted to really get a feel for the area and taste wines we couldn't necessarily get in bottle shops back home.

Eagle Vale
We came across this winery by chance, we had just been exploring caves and were about to call it a day. On a whim we decided to pull into the next winery we past for a quick tasting. What a great decision! Eagle Vale is run by a French man who has been in the area for 36 years and was so informative and happy to tell us (mostly in english but a lot of random french as well) all about his wines, the history of the area and what makes the wine in Margaret River so different (and so delicious). We left with several bottles and big smiles on our faces. 
http://www.eaglevalewine.com/

Windance
Through our tour with 'Taste the South' they took us to this small family run winery. We were greeted by their friendly dog rolling over for a belly scratch in the middle of the drive. The youngest daughter of the family was doing the tastings and about halfway through her father came into the cellar door as well to 'help out'. You could tell they both really knew their stuff and the little family banter that went on was quite funny and added a homely touch to the experience. They also have some delicious red wine vinegar marinated olives on offer that we fell in love with.
www.windance.com.au/ 
www.tastethesouth.com.au/

KneeDeep
We had heard a lot of good things about this winery and the shiraz there was the best I'd tasted the whole trip- however I was a little disappointed with the service in comparison to some of the other wineries. It wasn't quite as personal and friendly so we didn't stay long but still left with wine!
www.kneedeepwines.com.au/

Colonial
This is one of only two breweries that we visited during our trip, there were so many more that we wanted to go to but we didn't have enough time! Colonial was nice and quiet, although on a busy weekend I can imagine it being packed as it had a very 'family friendly' feel with a playground and big decking area, but on a quiet Tuesday we had the nicest time sitting in the sun and enjoying a tasting palette of beer. 
www.colonialbrewingco.com.au/

To Taste

Chocolate
We had heard a lot about a gourmet chocolate place called Gabriel's and decided to give it a visit. I'd never been a fan of dark chocolate but after tasting chocolate made from some of the rarest beans in the world and being educated in what flavours and undertones to look for I was sold on it! We bought a block that went really well with red wine, however at $12.50 for 9 pieces it was definitely a holiday luxury! 
www.gabrielchocolate.com.au/

Coffee
Again Yahava Koffee works was something we had heard about and weren't prepared to come away with so much extra knowledge about something we generally take for granted. Our barista took us on a coffee tasting experience from around the world and even taught us the exact way to plunge our coffee at home! The blends that they have there are fantastic and it's definitely worth a visit!
www.yahava.com.au/

To Explore

Caves
We had so much fun exploring Calgardup cave! There are so many more in the area but we only had time to do this quick one, it was an afternoon well spent!
www.dec.wa.gov.au/content/view/2849/1440/1/1/


Whale Watching
This was one of my favourite things that we did, it was a bit spur of the moment and we were lucky enough to be at Dunsborough during the right season. We got some choppy weather and I had a good giggle at poor Chris being sea sick! We did get to see some whales breaching which was fantastic but the moment was lost a bit by trying to get a photo, they were so quick it would have been better just to enjoy the sight as it was, rather than through a camera lens!
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Horse Riding
Jesters Flat were great, it was just Chris and I on the ride so we got to set the pace and it felt more like friends out riding than a generic trail ride. We got to check out the sights, have a bit of a canter and then had a romantic picnic lunch waiting for us in a tree house when we got back!
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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Taking the blindfold off when it comes to Beauty Products!


Beauty Breakthroughs and Special Upcoming Events!


Now there has been lots of very exciting things happening in the beauty and cosmetics industry the last few years but if we don't keep up to date constantly it's like going in blind when it comes to knowing what is the best option available.

Technology is being developed at an amazing rate and it's hard to keep up with the most current and effective beauty treatments to suit our skin.
I thought I'd write about two products that really stand out for me and are worth giving a try.

I've also mentioned some upcoming events in The David Jones Melbourne store based around these products which are fantastic to take advantage of. These special events that are run every now and then are such a great way to learn about new products from the experts and get some great deals on the latest products. Anyone can book in for them but they usually have limited spots. If you will be in the city around those dates I really recommend checking them out, or even enquiring on other events run by your favourite brands!



SK 11 Facial Treatment Essence


Many people have now heard about the incredible discovery behind the skincare company SK 11 (pronounced 'SK Two', not 'ski!') but for those who haven't it's actually a fascinating story. 
In the 1970's a japanese scientist noticed something quite unique about elderly sake brewers; although there faces were wrinkled and aged, their hands were incredibly smooth and youthful due to their constant interaction with the yeast fermentation process. This discovery led to the formulation of an ingredient called Pitera. Pitera consists of vitamins and minerals and proteins that match the nutrients in the skin and is found in all SK11 products. It will renew the skin, keeping it supple, radiant and clear. 
The Facial Treatment Essence is more than 90% Pitera and only 2-3 drops per day underneath your moisturiser is needed to help hydrate and treat the skin. The retail price is $100 for 75ml.
SK11 offers a wide range of facial products, all with this unique ingredient.
A good way to try the products and also treat yourself is through the services offered by the cosmetic counters. 
For example, the David Jones Bourke st counter is offering free hour long facials using their full range for purchase of ANY two of their products from 1st October - 20th October. 
To make an appointment and try this amazing product or to find out more about SK11 you can call the counter directly to speak to an expert on 96432472
I absolutely swear by the essence and have already booked in for a facial myself! 

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector


The scientists at Clinique were the first to discover a way to fade pigmentation caused by sun damage, hormones or scarring in a safe and ongoing treatment. This is the last step before laser treatment to remove dark spots. 
A lot of women suffer from hormonal pigmentation during pregnancy, the sun can cause age spots in men and women and we also have those annoying little blemishes from pimples that never seemed to heal! 
This serum is the easiest way to fade those spots, used twice daily and always with sun protection (the sun is what causes these spots to over produce melanin and darken) you can get up to 53% reduction over about 8 weeks. 
It uses a botanical extract and also some exfoliants to break up the pigmentation and also increase your cell turnover so that the new, clear skin comes to the surface faster. Although to completely remove most pigmentation you will need some kind of laser treatment, the Even Better Clinical will fade it to almost unnoticeable in most cases. 
They have just released an eye cream which has been advertised on the TV a lot, offering a 30% reduction in dark circles around the eyes. So now the boss doesn't need to know when you have had a big night! Haha. 
This product in particular is one of my favourites, most eye creams can only hydrate to reduce puffiness and make the circles appear  brighter- but this one actually fades them! It's also very well priced for a prestige brand eye cream- only $50! 
The Clinique counter at David Jones is running a special Masterclass around these products, so you can go along and learn about exactly how they work, if they will suit your skin and also about all the tips of how you can create the clearest skin possible, from daily skincare to makeup and coverage. This is for only one night, Thursday 27th of September. 
Its designed as an elegant high tea, with only about 10- 15 people in each session so that you can really get the most out of it. 
It's only a $30 booking fee, which is redeemable on products purchased and there will be special gifts for anybody who purchases any of the products as well. 
If you are interested and want to make a fun afternoon with a few friends feel free to call the counter on 96432419 for more details.



I hope that you do yourself a favour and try some of these products! The reason I mentioned them and decided to write a post is because they are things that I use everyday and that really work for me. I write about what I believe in and want to share with people. With skincare it really is hard to know where to start but clear skin is usually the aim so these are the two standout products in the industry at the moment! Its important to stay educated and keep your eyes open for new products and to actively take part in protecting and repairing our skin!