The incredibly luxurious and ever gorgeous fashion house, Oscar de la Renta, will make its Australian runway debut in Sydney next month!
Hold on to your hats fashionistas, this is what dreams are made of. One of the world's most sought after (not to mention absolutely stunning), designer labels is set to hit the runway in our very own, land down under.
After the gut wrenching news of the cancellation of the Brisbane leg of the festival, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia has dried our tears with some of the most exciting news we've heard in weeks. No longer will we have to wait for award season to droll over these incredible gowns!
Oscar de la Renta will be one of the first, international, luxury brands to showcase alongside our home grown talent and is sure to steal the show as they close Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) with its Summer 2016 collection.
Alex Bolen, Chief Executive Officer of Oscar de la Renta LLC said, “We are very excited to partner with IMG and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia for our first show in Sydney. We look forward to bringing the world of Oscar de la Renta to stylish Australians.”
As you can probably tell, we can hardly contain our excitement. Make sure you keep an eye on our Instagram to stay up-to-date with all things MBFWA.
(Oscar de la Renta will make it's Australian runway debut for MBFWA on the 20th of May at 8 pm at Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh, Sydney)
Mother's Day 2016 is right around the corner and if you're anything like us, you may have left it a little last minute! But not to worry, we have done the hard work and compiled a helpful list chosen by our editors to make sure you'll be able to give her something she really wants.
These truly special items are the perfect timeless gifts for you mum this Mother’s Day. From luxurious designer items to indulgent beauty products, our Mother’s Day gift guide has you covered!
Take note of these habits next time you’re under the covers with a new lover and leave an impression that will have him back begging for more!
Getting under the covers with a new lover for the first time is equally as exciting as it is daunting. You can’t yet determine his intentions; how do you know whether he is in it for a one night thing or the long run?
Nothing hurts your 'dating confidence' more than being ghosted after sleeping with a potential partner for the first time. That’s why it’s imperative to make a good impression in the bedroom . We all want to be so amazing that he can’t get you out of his head, right?!
What makes great sex? It is the unexplained connection, well-practiced skills or a reflection on your experience? Here are 6 things to keep in mind under the covers to make sure you leave a great impression!
We all know there’s nothing sexier than confidence! To ooze sex appeal you have to be comfortable with your own body. If you are able to openly love and touch your body, so will he... over and over again.
Be open to trying new things
Whether it is not judging your partner’s fantasies or allowing yourself to identify your own inner fantasies, being open to turn-ons is hot! Nothing kills the vibe faster than a partner who is judgemental in the bedroom.
Being assertive and self-assured is sure to give him a night he won’t soon forget.
Be aware of your body
We aren’t suggesting you overthink every situation, because sex is all about getting ‘out of’ your head after all, but be mindful of your posture. Men are visual and that sexy image of you arching your back will stick in his mind for days to come.
Don’t be afraid to play rough
Sure, there is a time and place for passionate love-making, but don’t be afraid to get a little rough... especially if you want it to be a night he remembers! Brownie points if you’re the one initiating the kinky-play. Bite his shoulder, tug at his hair, dig your fingers into his back with urgency and tell him how much you want to be spanked.
Go on, we dare you, say those things your parents would never want to hear you say...
These bedroom ways are sure to leave him lusting after another night with you!
It’s that time of year again. The annual Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival will be commencing at Doomben and Eagle Farm racecourses from the 14th of May until the 11th of June. And this year there are seven exhilarating group one races, as well as countless opportunities for carnival goers to dress to impress.
This year’s ambassador of the Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival is former competitive surfer and television personality, Liz Cantor, who, for the first time in history, is being joined by two fashion ambassadors, Damien Anthony Rossi and Sammie O’Brien.
For the third year in a row, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre is the official fashion partner of the Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival, and will be giving race-goers the opportunity to win over $20,000 in prizes at the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Fashions on the Field events, hosted every weekend of the Carnival.
UBET BTC Cup Day
The Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival will kick off with the UBET BTC Cup Day, hosted on the 14th of May. This first day will see the Carnival’s biggest race, the Group 1 $500,000 UBET BTC Cup, featuring the likes of Black Caviar and Apache Cat. Entertainment includes Daryl Braithwaite and the Carnival Social package, hosted by Future Racing Network.
The dress code for this day is Bold Colour, with the flower preference being salmon rose. This is the first day of Indooroopilly Shopping Centre’s Fashions on the Field, so to ensure you have a chance to win, wear rich winter tones of mustards and burgundy, or bright, bold colours of vibrant blues and magenta. Men’s attire must incorporate the winter racing dress standards of a suit or trousers and jacket, collared shirt, tie and dress shoes. For this day, men can incorporate a pop of colour into their attire, through a colourful tie or pocket square, to ensure their outfit is taken into account for $2,000 worth in prizes for the Fashions on the Field.
Gates open for members at 9.30 am, and for the public, 10 am.
Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup Day
Hosted at the Doomben Racecourse on the 21st of May, the Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup Day will be a star studded event featuring four Group races and entertainment by DJ duo Mashd n Kutcher. Race-goers will also have the opportunity to rub shoulders with their favourite celebrities, including Anna Heinrich and Tim Robards, at the Seven Sins Star Party.
The dress code of the day is Fashion Forward, with the flower being Scottish thistle. This is a day to truly push the fashion boundaries of traditional racewear, through incorporating this season’s hottest trends, including bold, graphic prints and eastern influences. For men, adding clever accessories, seasonal mismatched prints and coordinating suit separates will help to push the style boundaries.
Gates open for members at 9.30 am, and for the public, 10 am.
James Boag’s Premium Doomben 10,000 Day
Commencing on the 28th of May at Doomben Racecourse; the James Boag’s Premium Doomben 10,000 Day will feature an unmissable $750,000 Group 1 race. On this day, the Punter’s Den package will provide race-goers with the ultimate experience, as well as Dragon performing after the last race.
Race-goers are given the opportunity to win over $3, 000 worth in Fashion on the Field prizes if they adhere to the day’s dress code of A Touch of Metallic, with the flower being yellow rose. Combine structured pieces with hints of gold, silver, bronze and rose gold into your race day outfit for an on trend look. Incorporate metal-toned accessories within your outfit, or an elaborate metallic headpiece or crown to complete your look. For men, wearing a steel blue or grey suit with a standout tiepin or cufflinks will add a touch of metallic to their aesthetic.
Gates open for members at 9.30 am, and for the public, 10 am.
On the 4th of June, the Treasury Casino & Hotel Ladies’ Oaks Day will take place at Eagle Farm Racecourse. This will be the first race day after the Heritage listed racecourse’s 1.2 billion restoration. The day will celebrate fierce femininity, as well as Australia and New Zealand’s best fillies competing in the $500,000 Treasury Casino & Hotel Queensland Oaks.
More than $5,000 worth in prizes will be available with the Indooroopilly Shopping Centre Fashions on the Field, with the flower of the day being white rose, whilst the dress code is Ladylike Glamour for women and a Touch of Pastel or Floral for men. This season’s fashion trend of Victorian-inspired garments will work perfectly for this race day, with lace, florals, feathers and a soft colour palette complimenting this look. For men, incorporate soft pastel tones, florals or a checked shirt with pale chinos and a contrasting sports jacket will create an appropriate aesthetic for the race day.
Gates open for members at 9.30 am, and for the public, 10 am.
AAMI Stradbroke Day
Commencing on the 11th of June at the Eagle Farm Racecourse, this is the final day of the Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival. This day is steeped in pride, prestige and tradition, with the offering prize money of $3.9 million across the day, which includes three Group 1 and Group 2 races. Stay tuned for the announcement of the live entertainment which will close this year’s Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival.
Race-goers, who abide by the dress code of Black and White with a Touch of Red, will have the chance to win over $8,000 worth in prizes with Indooroopilly Shopping Centre’s Fashions on the Field. Classic, monochromatic racewear will ensure your ensemble is effortlessly chic. Incorporate a pop of red with bold lips, or accessories and headwear. For men, adorn a red tie or pin a simple red rose, which is the flower of the day, to their lapel for the day.
Gates open for members at 9 am, and for the public, 9.30 am.
With arguments beginning with “why don’t you do this one thing for me”, Brooke (Jennifer Anniston) and Gary (Vince Vaughn) decide to call it quits on their once enviable relationship. The petty arguments and actions that result take a hilarious, yet completely heartbreaking look at the stages of a break up. However, the bittersweet ending proves that you’ll eventually be ok.
John Tucker Must Die
If the title alone isn’t enticing enough to watch, this is the ultimate movie to inspire you to get even with your f* boy (although, perhaps don’t switch up his protein powder with estrogen...). After finding out that they’re all dating the same guy, 3 of the most popular girls in school recruit the new girl to ruin John Tuckers reputation, and ultimately, break his heart.
How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
This is a classic for our inner crazy. Andie (Kate Hudson), an advice columnist, is given the project of “how to lose a guy in 10 days”. Meanwhile, mega player Ben (Mathew McConaughey) makes a bet than any woman can fall in love with him in 10 days. From photo shopping their children, to making copies of his apartment keys, this movie will have you forgetting about your silly f* boy in minutes!
Crazy Stupid Love
Two words: Ryan. Gosling. However in this role Gosling plays the town’s player who befriends newly divorced Cal (Steve Carell), and decides to teach him his player ways. A long list of cringe-worthy, yet hilarious, encounters ensue as Cal navigates the dating scene. Plus Ryan Gosling #CatchingFeelings for Hannah (Emma Stone) is just too cute.
Two friends decide to take things to the next level. However, roles are reversed with Emma (Natalie Portman) not wanting to have anything serious, whereas Adam (Ashton Kutcher) is a true romantic. With the ground rules of no dating, no spending the night, no putting each other in their emergency contact list, and ending the “relationship” one starts to have feelings, this friends with benefits is set to be a success.
Are We Officially Dating
Three friends make the pact to stay single, however simple promises can’t always be kept. The film gives insight into the golden rules of f* boys, such as no seeing a girl more than twice in 2 weeks, or inviting her to the apartment. However rules are broken, and there is something so satisfying about seeing f* boys admitting they have feelings. Plus, man-candy like Zac Efron eating ice cream to mend his broken heart is always appreciated.
Taking a fresh approach to traditional rom-coms, Trainwreck is possibly one the most #GirlBoss movies of all time. After the saying “monogamy isn’t realistic” was drilled into her by her father from a young age, journalist Amy (Amy Schumer) isn’t about making the commitment. However, things change when she meets the sports doctor she’s writing an article on.
This film will hit you right in the feels! After befriending her Law School crush, Dex (Colin Egglesfield), Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) introduces him to her best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson). However, the two hit it off and Rachel is left heartbroken. Fast forward a few years and the two are getting married, yet there is still major chemistry between Rachel and Dex.
This hilarious rom-com proves that the friend-zone isn’t forever. Chris (Ryan Reynolds) has been in love with his best friend Jamie (Amy Smart) since before he can remember. However after confessing his feelings, Chris leaves his hometown and Jamie behind to pursue a new, emotionless life as a successful record executive. Yet when he is forced to spend Christmas with his family, Chris finds himself falling for Jamie again.
How to overcome nerves & anxiety to start dating again
April 22, 2016
Is stress, worry or anxiety preventing you from dating again? Are you worried about having another bad dating experience?
Perhaps one of your goals for this year is to be in a fulfilling relationship, which means you may need to start dating and meeting some new people. If you are feeling anxious or worried about your next date, you are probably thinking about all the possible things that could go wrong.
You might be worried that you are too shy, will say the wrong thing, or what if you don’t “click” with the other person and the date is boring...
Anxiety is self-fulfilling
Anxiety is an emotion, and when we feel anxious we are worrying and thinking about what we don’t want and what could go wrong. Have you ever thought about something going wrong on a date, then when it happened you said “I knew it was going to happen”?
It became a self fulfilling prophesy because it has been proven scientifically that your mind is unable to differentiate between what you vividly image and what is real. Therefore, regardless of whether you focus on what you want or what you don’t want to happen on a date, you will make it happen with your thoughts and actions.
Stop pressuring yourself and enjoy your date
Many people put too much pressure on the date – they either put too much pressure on themselves to create a great first impression or too many expectations of their date, and even both.
Take the pressure off and keep the following five tips in mind:
1. Have a clear outcome for your date
Most people go on a date without any idea of what they wish to achieve. It is like when you go shopping and you have no idea what you want; you walk away unhappy.
Think about the following prior to your date: Is it a first date, second or subsequent date? What would you like to achieve on that date? Would you like to better get to know the other person through conversation, or build an emotional connection with them?
By having a clear outcome, you will know the type of conversation to have. Then you can relax and allow yourself to comfortably communicate and enjoy your date.
2. Have a way of knowing that your date was successful
If you are unsure how you will measure the date was successful, then you may have a successful date and not even know it! Instead, think about the following.
How will you know that your date was a success? Will your conversation flow easily? Will you feel a connection? Will you discuss catching up again? Will you receive a compliment? Will you have an enjoyable time or laugh a lot? Or something else?
Prior to and during your date only think about that date – be fully present and in the moment. Avoid thinking about the next date, moving in together, getting married and having children with this person. If you think too far ahead you will start to change the conversation in this direction, and you could push your date away. Instead, stay in the moment and enjoy the date.
4. Get to know each other
As you are in the moment, get to know each other. Look out for signs of compatibility and connection. Use these signs to help you to know if there is potential there, and if you would like to have another date. Avoid being too hasty because sometimes you need at least two dates before you can determine this. Give yourself and your date a chance.
5. Visualise success
Prior to your date, imagine it being a success and only focus on your outcome. Only think about what you want, and see yourself having a successful date.
Imagine how much you look forward to your next date by focusing on what you want, and how much more you enjoy your date.
Dr. Vesna Grubacevic is an author, speaker, media commentator, the founder and Performance Transformation Expert® with award-winning company, Qt. She is the creator of breakthrough behavioural change techniques, holds a PhD, a BEc and has over 35 years’ business experience. She is passionate about helping people to improve their relationships and confidence. Her Amazon best-selling book, Stop Sabotaging Your Confidence, has also been gifted to Hollywood and Australian award winners, nominees, hosts and celebrities. For more free resources on improving your relationships, please visit www.qttransformation.com
Find out why Saké Restaurant & Bar Ladies Lunch is the best thing you'll experience this weekend.
Brisbane is becoming a city of fusion where no matter you're craving - there's always new flavours to try. Which is why you need to clear your diaries for the ultimate weekend luncheon. Why? Because once you go Saké, you'll be devoted for life!
Gather the girls on a Saturday or Sunday, where you can enjoy a six-course set menu until 2.30pm with a glass of bubbles ($59 per person), or indulge in the two-hour bottomless bubbles package ($110 per person).
What's on the menu?
Start with steamed edamame then enjoy some of Saké’s signature dishes, including kingfish jalapeño with yuzu soy, steamed prawn shumai, Japanese eggplant with niku chicken miso, as well as the chef’s selection of sushi. Finish your dining experience with a delicate chocolate cake featuring mouth-watering raspberry infusions.
Why should you lunch?
The scrumptious dishes look like works of art and better yet, taste incredible (we're not lying!). The fresh ingredients and jaw dropping flavours will leave you raving and craving more!
The intimate setting and relaxed vibe means that you and the girls will enjoy bubbles and chats in a calm, sophisticated environment.
The hero dish?
Of course, this is up to individual interpretation but if I had to choose I would have to say the Steamed Prawn Shumai. Each bite released a puff of heaven... While praising the traditional taste of a dumpling, the unexpected twist of noodles and the slick, soft combination left me in awe.
I left feeling satisfied as if I had been transported to the ultimate, foodie heaven. The refreshing, clean tastes had me asking if booking a same-day dinner reservation would be too enthusiastic? Though we had indulged in a fair few dishes - it wasn't overwhelming and I left feeling light and content.
The chefs have curated the perfect menu for ladies who lunch. With each plate complementing each other and the selection and size portion being created with this in mind - it feels personal and will take you by surprise in the best possible way.
Note: Ladies lunches are available for groups of four or more. To make a booking phone 07 3015 0557.