I T A L Y

It’s been over a week now since I’ve come back from my three month European adventure, and no doubt the post holiday blues have started to set in. I wanted to share my amazing holiday with my readers through a photo diary of each beautiful country I got to explore. First stop Italy.

The Italians know how to live well. The locals embrace the finer things in life, family, faith, friendship, food and wine reign supreme contributing to the famous Italian dolce vita. The sweet life.

S I C I L Y

Being the Mediterranean’s largest island, Sicily boasts the beauty of a rugged landscape, the robust flavours of regional cuisine and the relentless summer sun.

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P O M P E I I

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S O R R E N T O

This beautiful cost side town overlooks the Bay of Naples and Mt Vesuvius. It’s profusion of sweet smelling citrus trees and laid-back local lifestyle are attractive elements for holiday makers.

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C A P R I

Beyond the glamorous veneer of chichi cafes and designer boutiques is an island of rugged seascapes, desolate Roman ruins and an unspoiled rural inland.

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T U S C A N Y

The fabled landscape of rolling vine-covered hills dotted with cypress tress and stone villas, Tuscany is one of those places that truly lives up to its hype. The embodiment of rural chic, Tuscany’s historically intact cities are home to a significant portfolio of the world’s medieval and Renaissance art.

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F L O R E N C E

Stunning Firenze is a Renaissance time capsule. A list of this lustrous city’s who’s who reads Medici, Machiavelli and Michelangelo, each adding to the treasure of galleries, museums and churches showcasing an array of magnificent Renaissance artworks.

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V E N I C E

Venezia is surreal. Where most cities have roads, Venice has canals, gondolas and Vaporetti. It’s a hauntingly beautiful place and its labyrinth backstreets exude and unique and almost eerie atmosphere.

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M I L A N

No doubt Milan is Italy’s fashion capital. It exudes the cosmopolitan, can-do atmosphere, the vibrant cultural scene and of course the sophisticated shopping.

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C I N Q U E  –  T E R R E

The picturesque five lands, where colourful coastal villages dot 18 kilometres of ragged cliffs and old walled vineyards tumble down the hillside almost to the water’s edge.

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P I S A

The world’s most famous leaning tower is more stunning than the novelty card it often plays out to be.

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R O M E

Pulsating, seductive and utterly disarming, Rome is special. The Italian capital is an epic, monumental metropolis that will steal your heart and haunt your soul.

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S O U N D S – I N – T H E – S N O W

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Rekorderlig Secret Gig

Electro band Panama have just been announced as headliners of the Rekorderlig Cider Sounds in the Snow, an exclusive alpine music experience held in Thredbo from 2pm on Saturday September 13th, 2014.

Set to bring the party vibe to the Alps, Panama is one of Australia’s finest indie music groups earning global success with their distinguishing synth pop sound. Reigning from Sydney, the boys will arrive on the slopes following an international tour throughout Europe and the USA.

Highlighting an exhilarating snow season filled with Beautifully Swedish festivities, Sounds in the Snow will be a free gig presented by Rekorderlig Cider for all ski and snowboard enthusiasts to enjoy, before kicking back and relaxing at the Rekorderlig hot pools for a European Après experience.

“We are thrilled to announce Panama at Sounds of The Snow. With their electro pop sound, the group are sure to shake up the mountains for an afternoon of great tunes with warm winter cider. Having created the ultimate après-ski environment in Thredbo for the Australian snow season, what better way to close out the winter months than with such a unique experience at Sounds in the Snow” – Nikki Langford, Marketing Manager.

Held during the annual Toyota One Hit Wonder weekend, the music gig will take place by the Rekorderlig Hot Pools at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel.

Rekorderlig Cider has embraced the Australian winter with open arms and infused our snow season with a true Scandinavian touch. With amazing afternoon chill sessions at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel every Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoon from 3pm- 6pm, deliciously warm spiced Winter Cider and Swedish treats, live entertainment, fire pits and a heated outdoor Rekorderlig Hot Pool, the scene is one that rivals the best après-ski that Europe has on offer.

S L E E P Y – D R E A M E R S – S I N G L E – L A U N C H

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Melbourne’s Sleepy Dreamers launched their single Hunk at last Wednesday’s edition of Shady Lane at The Evelyn in Fitzroy. Despite the single not being  available as a hard copy on the night, the four dreamers, Ed, Shannon, Callam and Matt, were enjoying the buzz of their supportive crowd.

Playing their smooth melodic tracks, the live show reflected just how proud and excited the guys were to be playing at The Evelyn. With the official launch of their new single Hunk, the dreamers played an intimate show with their trademark enthusiasm, which we have come to know of this local Melbourne band.

The tracks played throughout the night included the likes of Bike Song, Long Way Down and Stockholm. Favourites amongst the crowd, these tracks soothed the crowd into a feeling of bliss and euphoria. The Sleepy Dreamers quartet are a Melbourne made band definitely worth appreciating.

 

B A N K S

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Electro songstress Banks today released her debut album Goddess, and while it’s been a fast rise for the artist musically, she’s also making waves on the high fashion scene.

Scoring photo-shoots in illustrious titles such as Harper’s Bazaar and Miss Vogue, the star has also been spotted sitting front row at some of the biggest fashion shows of the year. It’s safe to say, Banks has arrived.

So while we’ve been fawning over her tunes,  designers such as Karl Lagerfeld have been sending Banks some fine Chanel attire, not to mention an invitation to sit front row at the label’s Paris show earlier this year.

The 14-track album is full of the smooth beats and gorgeous vocals we expect of Banks. It’s funny to think this is her first album, not just because we’ve been listening to her for yonks, but because her music is remarkably seasoned.

Words sourced from Pages Digital.

 

M S F W # 5

From playful pastel crop tops to abstract floral and pop prints; to cut-out detailing and sculptural pieces made with textured fabrics – perforated neoprene, woven leather and cork – Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Runway Two showcased the latest contemporary spring and summer looks from Australian designers.

Carly Hunter, YB J’AIME, Alice McCall, LIFEwithBIRD, Neo Dia, Kahlo, Manning Cartell, LUI HON and Willow took to the runway, while poet (and one half of the talent behind Flume) Jezzabell Doran recited her beautiful spring-inspired words between shows.

The Love Kevin Murphy team created an incredible underwater look and Mecca Cosmetica complimented with a radiating sheen while making impact with dark lips and bold brows.

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Photos: Lucas Dawson Photography 2014

N A P O L E O N – P E R D I S – L I F E – S T Y L E

Napoleon Perdis is thrilled to announce the opening of his fifth Napoleon Perdis Life.Style Store in the newly refurbished Emporium Melbourne.

In addition to showcasing exclusive Ready-to-Wear collections, luxury accessories, jewellery and homewares, Life.Style Emporium Melbourne will introduce Parisian label American Retro, alongside accessories from Macon & Lesquoy and Royal Blush. This eclectic mix will sit alongside the already iconic Napoleon Perdis cosmetic collection.

Life.Style Emporium Melbourne store will showcases ready-to-wear pieces from designers including Clover Canyon, Robert Rodriguez, Milly NY, TOME and Demy Lee , as well as jewellery by Jean Marie Poinot and Macon & Lesquoy, and handbags by Cecile et Jeanne and Clare Vivier.

Napoleon Perdis has been a lead player in the cosmetics industry for over 17 years and has now evolved into a retail force across categories and continents.

“Melbourne has really embraced the Life.Style concept; the shopping experience is so diverse and the consumer is very discerning, so Emporium was the obvious choice for my fourth Life.Style store opening. ”

Napoleon Perdis Life.Style Emporium Melbourne joins the flagship store in the Woollahra Post Office, the Melbourne store located in The COMO Centre, South Yarra, and the newly opened Double Bay store in Sydney.

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Napoleon Perdis Life.Style Emporium is located at:
Emporium Melbourne
287 Lonsdale St
Melbourne VIC