As Xmas approaches and Sydney prepares for a hot sunny Christmas day, it is time to bring out the hottest swimwear you can find to ensure that you sizzle this summer!
Sydney Social 101 has a number of key looks to make you stand out from the crowd!
All looks can be purchased at www.skyeandstaghorn.com
Internationally-renowned chef and author, Michael Moore, has teamed up with MasterCard’s Priceless Sydney program to bring an exclusive above-city New Year’s Eve celebration to Sydneysiders, which they can book from today at http://www.pricelesssydney.com.au.
Perched high above Sydney on level 47 of the Australia Square building, the recently-opened O Bar and Dining combines two global trends for NYE revellers to experience – above-city venues and market fresh, healthier dining.
Moore, who has owned and managed top restaurants in both London and Sydney throughout his 26-year career, says that like any other trend, dining is very fashion-driven.
“Above-city venues are in full swing around the world, with Loof in Singapore, Vue Bar in Shanghai and Plunge in New York being just a few making the most of their stunning skyline vistas. O brings a hot new vibe to Sydney – it’s a fun, sexy, naughty and healthy destination where Sydneysiders can enjoy a freshly-juiced cocktail and some tasty lunch or dinner, all while soaking up city vistas from above.”
Previously known as The Summit restaurant, O Bar and Dining is a stylish, modern venue; with every interior detail hand-picked by Moore himself. Guests can enjoy 360-degree views of Sydney thanks to a revolving floor – the prime spot to enjoy Sydney’s famous fireworks show this New Year’s Eve as you look down on Sydney harbour from 47 floors up.
The O Bar and Dining menu focuses on local seafood and seasonal produce, underpinned by Moore’s healthy eating philosophy, inspired by his cookbook for diabetics and health-conscious cooks, Blood Sugar. Items on the menu include pasture-fed dry aged beef, rare breed pork and lamb and creel caught crustacea accompanied by the day’s market greens and vegetables.
Available exclusively via Priceless Sydney, MasterCard cardholders will have access to three unique New Year’s Eve Packages, each offering an evening filled with entertainment and delicious cocktails to accompany a bespoke menu by Michael Moore.
Package 1 – A six-course menu at a sought-after window table, $495 per person
Package 2 – A six-course menu, $425 per person
Package 3 – Substantial canapés at the O Bar, $320 per person
Date: Monday 31 December, 2012
Time: 7.30pm until 2.00am
Location: Level 47, Australia Square, 264 George Street, Sydney
RSVP: Places are strictly limited, so reserve a place at Sydney’s hottest New Year’s Eve celebration to welcome the New Year in style: http://www.pricelesssydney.com.au.
On the 5th December students from a leading design college in Sydney united to deliver an evening exhibition and stunning fashion show. About 120 graduates from Raffles College of Design and Commerce showcased their designs at a combined graduate exhibition.
Beginning at 6pm, the exhibition incorporated fashion, interior design, photography, animation, games design, new media and digital film, and multimedia design projects.
A special screening took place at 7pm and hilighted a range of creative works produced by multimedia, game design, and animation students.
The second part of the evening focused on garment and clothing creations with a live fashion show due to kick off at 8pm. The show, dubbed A Juncture of a Journey, brought together the work of 29 fashion students.
The fashion show was divided into for themes – Ashen, Utopia, Bohemian, and Sub-nation – allowing students to express their interpretations of each theme.
Drawing inspiration from natural disasters and destruction, designs in the Ashen category reflected a dark and moody theme. Utopia searches for calm after the storm and was underpinned by the desire for a more carefree world.
Garments in the Bohemian category focused on delicate materials like soft lace and lightweight chiffon to emulate the idea of transformation and a carefree attitude. The fourth category, Sub-nation, borrows from the concept of a new nation and looked to themes of recovery and joy through the application of bold prints and deconstructed garments.
The graduate exhibition took place at Carriageworks, housed in the old Eveleigh Rail Yards, where the distinctive nineteenth century industrial atmosphere of the former railway carriage and blacksmith workshops definitely added character to the event.
As the place where trains used to end their journey for repair, the venue is a fitting location for a group of students who have come from different directions to end their journey with a final stop at Carriageworks where they revealed their creations.
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, some wonderful products for my skin to make it glow youthfully…
Sydney Social 101 knows how much many men love to look after their skin, just as much as the women in their lives. With this in mind, we have pulled together a list of products that would be the ideal stocking fillers this Christmas Day!
Clinique Skin Supplies for Men Dark Spot Corrector was specially formulated for men’s skin. It contains additional reparative ingredients to help strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier that is constantly stripped due to daily shaving as well as anti-inflamatory ingredients to help calm and soothe irritated skin. As men’s skin tends to be more oily, the lightweight texture allows for quick absorption, leaving a soft and smooth feel after shaving. Finally, Glucosamine and Salicylic Acid work to exfoliate the skin’s surface, encouraging cell renewal and fighting against the occurrence of ingrown hairs.
Skin Supplies for Men Dark Spot Corrector is specifically designed for men and is suitable for all skin types and tones. Apply twice a day after 3-Step Skin Care Regimen or shaving. Spread evenly over the entire face, avoiding the immediate eye area. In the morning, finish with M Protect SPF 21.
Oil Free. Non-Acnegenic. Dermatologist Tested. Ophthalmologist Tested.
Allergy Tested. 100% Fragrance Free.
New SSFM Dark Spot Corrector will be available at Clinique counters and at www.clinique.com.au for a suggested retail price of $92.00
The Bulldog range was born out of frustration that there were no options available for switched-on men who wanted body friendly products that reduce the number of man-made chemicals in their bathrooms. As a pioneer of natural grooming, all Bulldog products are natural and never contain controversial man-made chemicals such as parabens, sodium laureth sulfate, artificial colors, or synthetic fragrances. Instead, Bulldog products are loaded with essential oils and other amazing natural ingredients to deliver superb grooming results.
Bulldog Original Moisturiser
The Bulldog Original Moisturiser is packed with eight essential oils, green tea, green algae, konjac mannan and vitamin E to help rehydrate the skin. Bulldog recommends application to the face and neck twice daily, after cleansing, for best results.
RRP: $11.95 (100mL) and available nationally from Big W, Woolworths and Coles supermarkets.
Bulldog Original Face Wash
The Bulldog Original Face Wash uses eight essential oils and green tea to gently cleanse your face of daily dirt and debris.
RRP: $9.95 (175mL) and available nationally from Big W, Woolworths and Coles supermarkets.
Bulldog Original Shave Gel
Because every man must shave at some stage… the Bulldog Original Shave Gel is packed with eight essential oils, aloe vera, jojoba and konjac mannan for an incredibly smooth shave.
RRP: $9.95 (175mL) and available nationally from Big W, Woolworths and Coles supermarkets.
Bulldog products can be purchased online and further details on the ingredients of each product is available at http://au.meetthebulldog.com/
Sydneysiders and visitors to Sydney are invited to take a ride and farewell the Monorail on its last Christmas holiday rounds before its closure in June 2013.
After 25 years of service as one of Sydney’s most iconic tourist attractions, people travelling on the Monorail this Christmas can make their own special memories as they take a ride on the city’s most unique travel experience.
Whether it’s to visit the Pirates! at the National Maritime Museum, go crackers at Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention at the Powerhouse Museum, celebrate some Christmas cheer at Carols in the Domainor indulge the family in the Christmas spirit at Santa Fest in Darling Harbour, the Monorail is the perfect and easy way to get about the city.
Make a day of it with a Monorail Day Pass from only $9.80 or $24 for families which includes unlimited travel plus discounted entry to ten of Sydney’s best attractions: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney, Sydney Tower Eye, Captain Cook Cruises, Powerhouse Museum and National Maritime Museum and many more.
Also included in every Monorail Family Day Pass is a free souvenir Eye Spy Up High activity fun sheet where families can test their knowledge of the city as they enjoy the ride. Celebrating the Monorail’s 25 year history, Eye Spy Up High highlights 25 special sights throughout the Monorail route.
Sydney’s Monorail has long been a unique form of travel linking the city and Darling Harbour, transporting up to 3 million Sydneysiders, domestic and international tourists each year.
Don’t miss the opportunity to farewell Sydney Monorail through its last Christmas holidays.
Sydney Monorail operates daily every 5 minutes (closed Christmas Day)
Open 7am – 10pm Mon – Friday, 8am – 10pm Saturday and Sunday
Jessica Mauboy and Justice Crew will launch an exclusive Christmas shopping event across the Ipoh
Group’s premium shopping destinations – QVB, The Galeries, Strand Arcade, Chifley Plaza and No. 1
Martin Place – with public performances on Thursday 13 December. The live music kicks off Ipoh’s
festive season campaign, counting down the 12 days ‘til Christmas via daily interactive events and
Jessica Mauboy will take the stage at 6pm on the ground floor at QVB and performances are
staggered throughout the night, as customers move from centre to centre to complete their
Christmas shopping. Australia’s Got Talent winners Justice Crew perform at 6.30pm at The Galeries
ground floor and catch Mauboy live again in Chifley Plaza at 7pm. Finish off the night at the Strand
Arcade where trumpeter Paul Wheeler will be playing on level two.
Customers can embrace the festive spirit with complimentary beverages while they shop as well as
indulging in sweet treats courtesy of Haigh’s, Sublime Gelato, The Nut Shop, Sweet Infinity and Bon
The Strand Arcade will host a pop-up Galliano cocktail bar amongst dazzling decorations designed by
Alex Perry, while The Galeries’ Summer Lounge complete with faux grass, palm trees and flamingos
is the perfect hideaway for those wanting to escape the holiday rush. Chifley Plaza’s larger-than-life
Citizens of Celebration installation is a must-see with its imaginative characters and modern design.
Other highlights include a roaming quartet of carollers in QVB, alongside the building’s iconic
Swarovski Christmas tree and Crystal Garden with Santa and his helpers. Plus gift wrapping on QVB’s
level two for a gold coin donation to Barnados.
An abundance of exclusive offers will be available on the night from top retailers including Alannah
Hill, Coach, Gorman, Incu, Ralph Lauren, Alex Perry, Farage, Kikki.K, MaxMara, Bristol & Brooks,
Manning Cartell and more.
Continuing the spirit of giving, Ipoh is offering over $50,000 worth of extraordinary prizes
throughout the 12 day countdown. Spend over $150 in any Ipoh centre to go into the daily draw. All
prizes build up to the ultimate present, a $10,000 MasterCard voucher on Christmas Eve.
Customers can also get a helping hand by picking up a free copy of Ipoh’s gift guide magazine with
insightful suggestions and personal anecdotes from leading Sydney-siders including Guy Sebastian,
Julie Goodwin, Tom Waterhouse, Antonia Kidman, Terry Biviano and Tim Ross.
Reconnecting the city with an authentic Sydney Christmas, this shopping event speaks to the
contemporary, stylish and time-poor values of the urban lifestyle. At a time when customers are
looking for engagement, expertise and a bit of fun, Ipoh is leading the way in revitalising the retail
experience with its captivating take on Christmas.
On the first day of Xmas my true love gave to me, some stand-out statement jewelry for all my friends to see.
StyleRocks is the ground-breaking DIY stunning quality, affordable jewellery website and Sydney Social 101 has compiled its ‘ Top Five Picks’ from http://www.stylerocks.com to showcase the stunning designs and styles, new gemstones and new pearl items from the range.
These latest additions to the StyleRocks range – where jewellery can be customised by choosing the metal, the colour, the finish, plating, adding precious or semi-precious stones, or adding charms to rings, bracelets and necklaces – takes the total combinations available to 3.4 trillion.
So if you’re looking for your perfect Aussie-made gift this festive season, check out the range of collections – Bestsellers, Bridal and Mens Gift Ideas.
Other than the ability to design jewelry exactly as they want it, customers also appreciate the price point, says Helyar-Moray. “With most items priced between $100-$500, StyleRocks brings jewelry customisation to everyone. Instead of going to a jeweler – which is expensive, time-consuming and limited by what they have on offer – StyleRocks has opened up a new market. Where else can you create a unique silver heart pendant, customised with your mum’s birthstone and engraved with a special message for under $200?”
All StyleRocks jewelry is made in Australia with an average turnaround time of three weeks, with international shipping available.
Randwick City Council presents
The Coogee Carols
Sunday, 16 December 2012
6.30pm at Goldstein Reserve on Coogee Beach
Hosted by Andrew Mercado & Jo Casamento
Confirmed performers include but not limited to
Katie Nejaim, Chris Paton, Joseph Sullivan, Tony Cogin,
Vanessa Fallon, Sara Carvalho, Chloe Marshall, Amber Lawrence, Brendan Moar, Kurt Phelan, Josh Quong Tart,
Emma Cooperthwaite, Jaynie Seal, Katie Parry, Christopher Horsey & Santa
Randwick City Council presents the COOGEE CAROLS at the Goldstein Reserve, Coogee Beach on Sunday, 16 December 2012 from 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Each year, this free event draws an audience from local and surrounding areas to celebrate community, family and the spirit of Christmas, opposite one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Locally based celebrities and personalities volunteer their time to appear at The COOGEE CAROLS performing traditional and contemporary carols, supported by a twelve piece band, and of course a special appearance by Santa.
Randwick Mayor Tony Bowen said, “Summer’s in the air and with the festive season almost upon us, please join us at Coogee Carols to celebrate what’s best about our City: our community.”
Large Screens are placed at Goldstein Reserve to ensure that everyone can see the performances.
The COOGEE CAROLS
VENUE: Goldstein Reserve, foreshore near Coogee Beach
DATE: Sunday 16 December
TIMES: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
A sweet summer breeze, your Sunday best and a crisp white, what better way to spend your summer evenings with all your friends in sight?!
At Potts Point’s The Village, they are serving up the finest and freshest Sydney Rock Oysters – for ONE DOLLAR!!!
Yes, you heard correctly Sydney Social 101 readers, the one venue in Sydney where you can get an oyster for one mother-shucking dollar.
To launch The Village’s $1 Oyster All Day Sundays, Potts Point’s latest and favourite hot spot eatery is running their very first Sydney Rock Oyster Eating Competition!
Running over four fun-filled Sundays between 12:30pm and 9pm from December 2 through the following three consecutive Sundays, Sydney-siders have the chance to enter the all-you-can-eat Oyster competition before the eat-off to end all eat-offs on December 23 where entrants will be vying for a prize pool totalling $1750!
With only 1 hour to test their oyster-eating stamina, participants are free to enter and face the challenge up to four times. For the finale on December 23, The Village will invite back the top five oyster-eaters to do it all again mouthful by deliciously briny mouthful for their chance to win one of the following prizes:
1ST PRIZE $1000 Village Voucher
2ND PRIZE $750 Village Voucher
3RD PRIZE $500 Village Voucher
To enter, participants must email their Name, Address, Mobile Number and estimated amount of oysters to be eaten to email@example.com. For further information, Terms & Conditions or Media Enquiries, please contact Alex Couzens – firstname.lastname@example.org.
So if you love good oysters and social summer Sundays, get the shuck over to The Village this December and test your luck!