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You can read the remaining 3 reasons on our website: Click Here VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY 2019-03-19T03:34:52Z vivid-sydney-2019-enters-a-new-decade-of-innovation-and-creativity MEDIA RELEASE: 11.30am, Tuesday 19 March, 2019 VIVID SYDNEY 2019 ENTERS A NEW DECADE OF INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY ARGYLE CUT IN THE ROCKS RETURNS WITH PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS, CAMPBELLS COVE AND HICKSON ROAD RESERVE REJOIN LIGHT WALK, GAME CHANGERS SPIKE LEE AND ESTHER PEREL HEADLINE VIVID IDEAS PLUS THE CURE, RÜFÜS DU SOL, FKA TWIGS & UNDERWORLD ROCK VIVID MUSIC. 2019 PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO CONTENT AND IMAGES ARE AVAILABLE AT:www.vividsydney.com/media-centre Vivid Sydney, the largest festival of light, music and ideas in the Southern Hemisphere, will ignite the Harbour City this winter from Friday 24 May to Saturday 15 June 2019 as it enters a new decade of innovation and creativity with an inspiring and star-studded program of events. Destination NSW CEO and Executive Producer - Vivid Sydney, Sandra Chipchase said, “Australia’s most loved and awarded festival, now in its eleventh year, will bring together light artists, music makers and brilliant minds to showcase Sydney as the creative industries hub of the Asia-Pacific. “This year’s Vivid Sydney program is bold, exciting and diverse, offering something for everyone so I encourage those who want to experience this unmissable event to start planning their trip now.” Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, and in 2018 attracted 2.25 million attendees, delivering $172.9 million in visitor expenditure into the NSW economy. “I am proud to say our marketing activities saw a record 185,887 travel packages sold to domestic and international visitors for Vivid 2018 - an increase of 37 per cent over the previous year. Vivid Sydney is a must-attend event for travellers and motivates people to visit Sydney and beyond,” Ms Chipchase said. “It doesn’t matter your age or interests, whether it is your first time to Sydney or if you are a local - Vivid Sydney has universal appeal. The Vivid Sydney 2019 program offers inclusive and accessible installations, events and experiences that you can enjoy for one evening or over 23 nights.” Ms Chipchase also announced the inaugural Vivid School for High School students in years 9-12 to assist students to learn more about the creative processes involved in imagining, designing and delivering light-based artworks for this huge global event. “This initiative will enable students and their teachers to meet the professionals behind Vivid Sydney’s iconic building projections and light walk installations, and to hear from artists, designers and technicians about their career paths and how they harnessed opportunities to build their skills for future projects and employment,” Ms Chipchase said. VIVID LIGHT This year’s Light Walk sees over 50 radiant works curated into the largest outdoor gallery of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, stretching for more than three kilometres. In a partnership first, Academy-Award winning Pixar Animation Studios will illuminate Sydney’s heritage-listed Argyle Cut in The Rocks with a creative light projection that will delight visitors of all ages as they are transported through a visual feast of behind-the- scenes artwork and the evolution of iconic animation. The return of the Argyle Cut to the Vivid Light program will be a huge drawcard for festival goers featuring the captivating characters of Pixar films, including the beloved duo of Woody and Buzz Lightyear. For this year’s eagerly anticipated Lighting of the Sails, Los Angeles-based Chinese American artist-filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang presents Austral Flora Ballet. This hypnotic tribute to Australia’s exquisite native plants and flowers incorporates a dancer’s movements in response to the sensuous arcs of the Sydney Opera House’s silhouette. Visitors can once again weave their way through the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney for close encounters with illuminated artworks that reflect and refract both light and nature. Glowing, darting, hovering above the ground, Firefly Field is a mesmerising installation of 500 flying light points that simulate the aerial ballet of these tiny nocturnal lampyridae. Viewers are encouraged to look beyond the night sky and wonder what secrets lie beyond the stars throughKA3323, a retro-futuristic satellite dish overgrown with alien plant matter that has mysteriously landed in the Botanic Garden. While at I Hear You (But Do You Hear Me?), an array of LED light poles generates a space between two people with their voices starting a conversation of light and sound, questioning inequality in the digital era. Across the Quay, the imposing art-deco façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia will be transformed by award-winning Australian-Columbian artist Claudia Nicholson who, together with light veterans Spinifex Group, reimagine her vibrant artworks into Let Me Down, an animated cycle of creation, destruction and regeneration underscored by the cool and contemporary sounds of Lonelyspeck. Next door, in addition to an incredible experience at Foundation Hall, Samsung Electronics Australia will create a once in a lifetime experience at First Fleet Park using some of the most exciting features of the Galaxy S10 to reimagine how you see Vivid Sydney. Watch your chips! in The Rocks examines the collective behaviour of birds, mimicking the way gulls sometimes harass humans for food scraps while Nostalgia Above connects the romance of nature to data-driven climate technology, creating a virtual barometer that forecasts rain and thunderstorms, clear or gloomy skies. Campbells Cove is back with Ballerina, an eternal dance solo that shimmers along the harbour’s edge as if in a dream, while Let it Snow makes it seem that giant snowflakes have landed at Hickson Road Reserve offering great views from the water. Celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the southern pylon of Sydney Harbour Bridge is set to come to life with Eora: Broken Spear curated by Rhoda Roberts AO with projection design by The Electric Canvas. This powerful work reminds us to reflect, to call country, to read country and listen to country. The façade of Customs House is once again transformed to become an aquatic wonderland in Under the Harbour by Spinifex Group, sure to delight children and adults alike. The watery world with neon sea creatures, botanical wonderlands, and unclassified oddities will provide a playful and exquisite escape into an extraordinary underwater fantasy certain to inspire audiences and deepen the appreciation of Sydney’s aquatic haven. VIVID SYDNEY PRECINCTS Popular precincts Taronga Zoo, Darling Harbour, Chatswood, Barangaroo and Luna Park also light up in 2019. On the north shore, festival favourite Taronga Zoo’s Lights for the Wild adds to its illuminated trail of interactive lanterns featuring endangered species. Joining the star-spangled Asian Elephant, a family of glowing Silverback Gorillas, the iridescent Marine Turtle and the Weedy Sea Dragon, is the Sumatran Tiger Cubs marking the birth of three new tiger cubs and highlighting the Zoo’s commitment to conservation. In its second year, the ever-grinning Luna Park Sydney dazzles again after dark. This year adrenaline seekers can get airborne in the new family thriller Volaré studded with thousands of LED lights which perfectly complements the light-laced iconic Ferris Wheel. Vivid Sydney at Chatswood, a family favourite, is set to radiate with peace and harmony. The Concourse will shine with Co-existence, a large-scale projection work by Hungarian artist collective Limelight while music fans can catch shows by Vince Jones and Lisa Fischer as well as performances by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra. Vivid Ideas weighs in with a festival/conference for girl gamers and free sessions on clean beauty, fit- tech and wellness. Barangaroo offers a feast for the senses with Exchange Place set to become a wondrous Winter Camp each night with the glowing six-metre tall spirit Marri Dyin (Great Woman) visiting Thursdays to Sundays. Visitors are invited to join her to hunt and gather through illuminated bushlands and enjoy light-inspired fare at all price-points from over 40 restaurants, bars and cafes. At Darling Harbour, Robot SPACELand imagines a not-too-distant future where a new civilisation rises from our post-industrial debris. This is where you will get to meet mind- boggling electro-automotive super-bots that have been sent to sow the seeds of a brighter, greener tomorrow. Vivid Sydney’s inclusive playground Tumbalong Lights is back with the support of Access and Inclusion partner Cushman & Wakefield. Inspired by the next frontier, playSPACE will bring together super-scale installations that give intrepid explorers an opportunity to walk Under the Milky Sky, play with Spaceballs, and share different perspectives with See What I See. Low-sensory sessions will be catered for too. VIVID IDEAS Vivid Ideas brings to Sydney 23 days and nights of talks, hands-on workshops and industry- shaping forums delving into the meaning of love, loneliness and belonging in our fast-paced, ever-connected lives. This year’s Game Changers challenge assumptions on race and relationships. Hollywood trailblazer Spike Lee opens up about his personal politics, story-craft and tips for making movies that matter, while iconic psychotherapist and creator of the wildly popular podcast Where Should We Begin? Esther Perel investigates modern love in the digital age and looks at the ways relationships are being affected by technology. The New Horizons series tunes into signals from the future. Highlights include Future of Sex researcher and podcast creator Bryony Cole charting the frontiers of sextech, Marc Fennell exploring loneliness and how and why many people in Japan feel overworked and undersexed, and Eileen Ormsby shines a chilling light into the dark underbelly of the web. Scientists and researchers from UTS, the ABC and CSIRO will also shed light on what’s coming next in AI and ethics, space exploration and more. In The Mark Colvin Conversation: Net Worth, Pulitzer prize winner author Sebastian Smee, psychologistJocelyn Brewer and artist and author Holly Throsby look at the value of an ‘inner life’ and ask what price we’ll pay for our constant digital distraction. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Galley of NSW for free Wednesday evenings that combine art activities, live music and talks by creative thinkers addressing issues of belonging - including comedian and ‘bad Buddhist’ Meshel Laurie, rapper, poet and author Omar Musa and artist Abdul Abdullah in conversation about cultural identity, and the team behind the hit ABC TV show You Can’t Say That celebrating social diversity. Citizens of the World workshops and other how-to sessions will unlock essential skills for living a more creative, better informed and fulfilled life and Semi Permanent returns with a jam-packed program of design goodness featuring vice president of design for Uber, Michael Gough and other luminaries. The Vivid Ideas Exchange will once again reside on Level 6 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia with 23 days of stimulating talks and skill sharpening workshops including future-facing industry forums, deep-dive conferences, panels and showcases where we brighten up your perspectives and challenge your ideas. VIVID MUSIC Vivid Sydney spotlights the city’s live music culture by both bringing in influential overseas acts and placing a firm focus on local talent, this year’s line-up is set to impress. Dynamic electronic act RÜFÜS DU SOL and genre-bending popstar FKA Twigs headline this year’sCarriageworks program while the warehouse party of the year, Curve Ball curated by Fuzzy Events returns featuring Hayden James, Touch Sensitive and Mallrat. The City Recital Hall presents four musically diverse highlights including Australian music legend Paul Kelly and leading Australian composer James Ledger performing thirteen new songs and soundscapes inspired by birds, pop-darling Kate Miller-Heidke, internationally acclaimed pianists ZOFO and Concertos on Fire. Vivid LIVE at the Sydney Opera House celebrates artists at the cutting edge of their genre and visionaries who create on their own terms. British alternative rock pioneers The Cure mark the 30th anniversary of their landmark album Disintegration with four sold-out Australian exclusive performances. Their compatriots, UK electronic titans Underworld are set to transform the Concert Hall into a euphoric dance floor with four exclusive shows, while rising American synth-pop star Maggie Rogers makes her Sydney Opera House debut bringing her singular fusion of melodic folk and percussive beats to showcase her incredible new record, Heard It in a Past Life. Acclaimed singer songwriter Sharon Van Etten also sails in for an electrifying one-night-only performance and legendary jazz ground-breaker Herbie Hancock’s only Sydney show will be unmissable. 2019 marks X|Celerate’s third big year and partnership between the City of Sydney and Destination NSW supporting the ongoing growth of Sydney’s thriving music scene. 23 inner city venues including a hair salon, church and brewery showcase emerging grassroots acts across every imaginable genre, with acts like The Catholics, Set Mo, Carlotta and I Know Leopard, while Heaps Gay returns for the Qweens Ball at the Sydney Town Hall. Vivid Art After Hours returns to the Art Gallery of NSW with the fused Vivid Ideas and Music program on Wednesday evenings. Catch Andrew Bukenya’s Do the Spike Thing, OKENYO taking a sonic deep dive into the human condition andJZ Lunar Capsule presenting an Astronaut’s Playlist celebrating the music of space travellers as imagined by the Apollo 11 astronauts 50 years ago. VIVID SYDNEY SPONSORS Vivid Sydney thanks its sponsors for their support of Vivid Sydney 2019. American Express returns as partner for the third consecutive year with the American Express Lounge at Cruise Bar as well as supporting the Vivid Sydney Volunteer Program. Samsung Electronics Australia and official energy partner TransGrid also return as partners with Pixar Animation Studios joining as partner for the first time. Supporters include City of Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Technical Direction Company and 32 Hundred Lighting and ICC Sydney. For the third year, Vivid Sydney’s Access and Inclusion Partner is Cushman & Wakefield and the festival continues its sustainability partnership with the Banksia Foundation and Informed 365. Vivid Sydney’s collaborators include Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Museum, BEMO, Carriageworks, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Event Engineering, Kennards Hire, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service, PropMill, Spinifex Group, State Library NSW. The official charity party is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, South Eastern Section. The full 2019 Vivid Sydney media kit, program announcement and high-res imagery including 2019 Vivid Sydney light renders and broadcast quality video footage of 2018 festival highlights, are available to download at www.vividsydney.com/media-centre Media Enquiries Nathan McIlroy, The Mint Partners 0421 668 440 Jo Hocking, Destination NSW 0429 507 328 Swimwear Shack Super Saturday + Ariarne Titmus + Speedo Australia + World's Greatest Shave 9/3/19 2019-03-07T03:50:08Z swimwear-shack-super-saturday-ariarne-titmus-speedo-australia-world-s-greatest-shave-9-3-19 SUPER SATURDAY 9th March 2019 Local Woollongabba business is inviting Brisbane residents to celebrate the launch of a new Speedo Performance range, meet Ariarne Titmus and help beat blood cancer! Co-Owner of Swimwear shack, Aaron Clarke, will be shaving off his much loved mullet to raise funds as part of the World's Greatest Shave. Speedo athletes Ariarne Titmus and Cylde Lewis will be making appearances at 11am, showcasing the new Speedo Performance range and allowing local swimmers to meet these amazing athletes. Swimwear Shack is located at 9/58 Deshon Street Woolloongabba QLD 4102. For more information please contact: AARON CLARKE 0406 800 272 aaron@swimmerslife.com Australian Skincare Product Brings Home Editor’s Choice in 2019 Beauty Shortlist Awards… Again! 
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Renee went on to study cosmetic chemistry to combine her in depth knowledge of herbs with advanced chemical formulations to create skincare products that were safe and effective for all skin types. Hand made in the Blue Mountains using locally sourced Australian Certified Organic ingredients wherever possible and accredited as a cruelty free skincare company by Choose Cruelty Free Australia. Paudha Healing’s Nourish & Repair Face Oil also won the Editor’s Choice Award in 2017. This blend has been carefully selected to provide deep healing and moisturizing, fight signs of premature ageing, reduce redness and is suitable for ALL skin types. “Our Nourish & Repair Face Oil continues to be one of our top selling products each month and winning this award back in 2017 and for the second time in 2019, really confirms what our customers are saying about this amazing oil.” Says Renee Tilley, Owner and Director of Paudha Healing. Nourish & Repair Face Oil Contains: Certified Organic Jojoba Oil Certified Organic Rosehip CO2 Extract Certified Organic Calendula Flower Extract Certified Organic Sunflower Seed Oil Certified Organic Rosemary Extract Certified Organic Frankincense Essential Oil Rose Geranium Essential Oil RRP: $33 for 30mls. For more information on this multi award-winning product click here. Paudha Healing is looking to expand its network of retail stockists with the goal of being readily available in all states across Australia and New Zealand by the end of 2019. “I have been using this oil now for over 12 months and am totally thrilled with the results! I used to use a good quality anti aging cream but this oil is giving me better results by far! I love this product so much” Karmell via website. “5 stars plus for this amazing oil. After turning 40 I found my skin changed dramatically, becoming dry and showing sun spots. After using this oil for a month, my spots are disappearing and my skin feels nourished and glowing. I no longer wear foundation on a day to day basis. I am in love with this product!” Nicole via website. For samples or media enquiries contact: Renee Tilley Owner/Director Paudha Healing 0416 212 889 info@paudhahealing.com.au FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Maive & Bo, Brisbane’s fashion-forward and pocket-friendly maternity boutique extends opening hours. 2019-03-04T06:19:53Z for-immediate-release-maive-amp-bo-brisbane-s-fashion-forward-and-pocket-friendly-maternity-boutique-extends-opening-hours Brisbane, 04 March 2019, Local Maternity store Maive & Bo answers demand from fashion-focussed new and expecting Brisbane mums by extending opening hours of its Brisbane boutique. Maive & Bo’s founder and Brisbane-based mum of two Mallory Welch, said the decision to extend the opening hours of the Kelvin Grove boutique indefinitely from 10 am -2 pm (Tues – Sat) means more customers can ‘try before they buy’ and to take the guesswork out of online shopping, ‘Your body shape changes so much throughout pregnancy and nursing. Being able to try before you buy is a bit of a luxury these days and something that our customers deserve. We love seeing how happy our mums-to-be are after choosing something that they look and feel amazing wearing,’ said Mallory.   ‘While we hear so much about the importance of eating well and regularly exercising, the value of feeling good about how we look during pregnancy tends to get pushed to one side. I struggled with self-confidence during my pregnancy so one of my goals was to do something to help women to embrace their changing body shape instead of hiding away, ‘she added. What makes Maive & Bo ’s pieces different? They are not your ‘traditional’ maternity wear.  Styles are designed to achieve three objectives: to flatter, to feature on-trend beautiful prints and, most importantly (according to Mallory), be affordable. ‘When I was pregnant, I was frustrated that maternity wear was so expensive. I aimed to create a maternity line that was affordable. I didn’t have company maternity leave when I had my first baby, so I know first-hand how difficult it can be to afford luxury items,’ said Mallory. ‘Many of Maive & Bo’s pieces, particularly the favourite Maternity Wrap Dresses, are pocket-friendly and can be worn after pregnancy as they are easy to nurse in. ‘We often hear from mums who continue to wear their dresses well after pregnancy and from people who aren’t pregnant who buy our dresses because they love the prints and style.’. Visitors to the Maive & Bo boutique get the added advantage of being the first to see new designs, finding bargains on the sale rails and looking through the samples racks with prices starting from $20. Maive & Bo Brisbane Maternity Boutique: 10 am – 2 pm Tues – Sat (Closed Sun & Mon) 8/62 Bishop Street in Kelvin Grove Brisbane. To arrange product samples, for more information or interview opportunities with Mallory, please see contact details below. Website: www.maiveandbo.com.au Image link: https://bit.ly/2GPxA8R END   World’s first dedicated range of red lipsticks makes finding your perfect red simple by naming shades according to skin tone. 2019-02-20T03:16:31Z world-s-first-dedicated-range-of-red-lipsticks-makes-finding-your-perfect-red-simple-by-naming-shades-according-to-skin-tone Red Cosmetica, the rapidly growing Australian luxury cosmetics brand that launched the world’s first and only lipstick range devoted just to reds has announced another first by making it easier than ever for women to find their perfect shades of red in a heartbeat. Red Cosmetica has re-named all 15 shades of its popular red lipstick range and given them codenames that relate to the skin tone they suit and the finish of the lipstick. The first letter of each shade name is the skin tone it suits: C = cool; W = warm; A = all.  The second letter is the finish: M = matte; C = cream; G = gloss. Red Cosmetica Founder, Adam Coutts said, “We’re always thinking about how we can make it easier for women to find their killer shades of red, and how to make the brand even more relevant and irresistible to our customers. The new shade names do just that, by making it easy for women quickly hone in on the shades that suit their skin tone and the finish they prefer: matte, cream or gloss. Now, not only is Red Cosmetica the first dedicated range of red lipsticks in the world, but also the first lipstick brand to code each shade according to skin tone and finish.” Red Cosmetica is also the only lipstick brand to offer a ‘What’s my shade’ service via its website. Simply email a recent headshot and the answer to three questions to the Red Cosmetica beauty team and within 48 hours you’ll receive an email with a list of the perfect shades of red lipstick for their skin tone, hair colour and facial features. Red Cosmetica should be the first and final stop for every woman searching for her perfect red. Full Stack .NET Developers - Hire ASP.NET Development Company India 2019-02-18T13:21:13Z full-stack-net-developers-hire-asp-net-development-company-india Top .NET developers for full stack ASP.NET web development services in India on an hourly/full-time/part-time basis. Save upto 60% of development cost. Read more: https://satvasolutions.com/full-stack-net-web-developers/ Ocean Lovers Come Clean. 2019-02-15T01:39:36Z ocean-lovers-come-clean OCEAN LOVERS COME CLEAN. REDUCING OUR PLASTIC FOOTPRINT. FOSTERING THE BYO REUSABLES CULTURE. Plastic Free Bondi and Sydney Water are helping tackle the issue of plastic waste of on Sydney’s waterways and beaches with the Beat the Bottle beach clean-up from 9.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday, 16 February at Bondi Beach. Let the rhythmic sounds of percussion group Jackyard Beats entertain you as you collect litter along the beach with like-minded ocean lovers. There will be face painting for the kids and plenty of opportunities to help raise awareness of the impact of plastics on our beaches, oceans and waterways. Lauren Hockey, founding volunteer, Plastic Free Bondi, said: “Our growing community is raising awareness about the issue of plastic pollution and empowering businesses and individuals to reduce single-use plastics”. Dr Alicia Lloyd, Project Manager, Plastic Free Bondi, said the most common types of plastic waste seen at beaches were cigarette butts and plastic food packaging. “We hope that involving the community during the clean-up will inspire people to ‘be the change’ that they wish to see for our oceans,” Dr Lloyd said. Sermin Erden, local business engagement volunteer, Plastic Free Bondi? said the easiest way to reduce plastic bottle pollution in our waterways and beaches is to refuse single use plastics and always choose to reuse and refill. The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and Waverley Council support Plastic Free Bondi and the Beat the Bottle initiative. To learn more and to register for the free event, visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/beat-the-bottle-with-plastic-free-bondi-tickets-54685538919. Dr Alicia Lloyd, Lauren Hockey and Sermin Erden are available for interviews. For all media inquiries, please contact Dr Lloyd on 0438 259 295 or plasticfreebondi@gmail.com. For images and media assets, visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tuzof5v89shee8t/AABnqfjJ-jPnF4fs67EP_xKca?dl=0 QUICK STATISTICS About 480 billion plastic bottles were sold globally in 2016 – that’s the equivalent of a million bottles per minute. Less than half of these bottles were collected for recycling (source: The Guardian). NSW and Queensland are among the nation’s biggest litterers (source:Keep Australia Beautiful Litter Index25 January 2018). Sydney Water removes more than 1 million plastic bottles from Sydney’s waterways each year – before they get to our beaches. Globally, there are around 8 million metric tonnes of plastic going into the oceans each year (source: The Conversation 2015). The UN estimates that by 2050, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish. Sydney has some of the strictest drinking water monitoring standards in the world. It undergoes 70 different tests before it reaches our taps. It takes up to seven litres of water and one litre of oil to produce one litre of bottled water. Most water bottles end in landfill accounting for 38% of the total rubbish volume. Drinking water has 1% the environmental impact of bottled water. Bottled water production makes 600 times more carbon dioxide than drinking water. Drinking an average of 8 cups of water a day saves 1,825 litres of water that would have been used to produce bottled water. 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To empower women, celebrate women’s equality and celebrate strong women. The convoy will begin from York Street before making their way down Druitt Street, Clarence Street, King Street, Elizabeth Street, Pitt Street to George Street. Honey Birdette will stream the event live on their Facebook account and post live updates via Instagram stories. Facebook: https://facebook.com/HoneyBirdetteBoutiques Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/honeybirdette Local Women's Clothing Company Takes Out Award 2019-01-15T04:46:06Z local-women-s-clothing-company-takes-out-award Local Brisbane and Gold Coast business, Feather Fox Boutique takes out 2019 Retail Employer of the Year, Small Business Category from Retailworld Resourcing. The award values key contributors such as communication, business culture, team dynamic and also values such as social and environmental. Owner Trenton M said: Feather Fox is so thrilled to be presented with this award considering the size of the business but we are so humbled that our staff and customers think so highly of us. To be among such great brands is quite an honour. It proves that we are on the right track.  Feather Fox Boutique is an Australian based online women's clothing business in addition to its New Zealand online store stocking a wide range of bohemian, travel and holiday products. Feather Fox is a proud supporter of the Australian Marine Conservation Society 'Fight for our Reef campaign' and is a Business Supporter. Women's Clothing Australia Women's Clothing New Zealand James Pratt Announced Australia's Top 5 Under 35 2019-01-10T09:10:59Z james-pratt-australia-s-top-5-under-35-2019 Celebrity Listed PR Group, a leading public relations company representing some of the biggest names in film and television, fashion, professional sports, and online entertainment, has announced the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry. The list covers the most talented actors, models, and entertainment professionals in Australia, with those gaining international admiration and showing success across multiple fields in 2018 scoring highest. 1)    James Pratt  At the top of our list is talented actor and auctioneer to the stars James Pratt. Pratt had a breakout year in 2018, securing international acclaim as an actor, landing a contract for his own TV show in Hollywood, alongside hosting Season One of Conversation Hollywood and then continuing to set 14 records in auctioneering as the most in demand auctioneer internationally for celebrities. One of Australia’s hardest working performers, in 2018 Pratt also wrapped the filming of the feature film “On Halloween” (2019), in which he plays a lead character, Ethan Rogers. Previews of his performance are already gaining huge buzz in Hollywood.  Pratt recently finished hosting Season One of “Conversation Hollywood.” He has interviewed such guests as two-time Academy Award Nominee Bruce Beresford and American actress Jessica Ross, (Season One "Fashion Dolls" ). And in April 2018 Pratt signed a deal with Hollywood powerhouse production team The Company for his own TV show. Pratt has a slate of four film projects lined up in Hollywood for 2019. “James has one of those rare talents that lets him appear absolutely compelling and natural in front of the camera,” said Trisanne Marin of LA Management, Pratt’s Los Angeles-based manager. Pratt’s career as an auctioneer has also been extraordinarily successful, with a reputation of being the best in the world for celebrity and luxury homes. He holds 25 records and is the auctioneer of choice for the biggest celebrities in the world when selling their homes.  Pratt was the 2018 REB Australian Auctioneer of the Year Finalist, The 2018 REI NSW Top Communication Award Finalist, and the 2018 Australian Thought Leader of the Year Finalist. He recently auctioned the palatial home of handbag designer Gabrielle Tindale, the powerwoman behind the House of Tindale, for $7.8 million.  Pratt’s acting success and remarkable accomplishments in 2018 make him our number one pick for the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry list. 2)    Amy Shark Amy Louise Billings, known professionally as Amy Shark, also had a breakout year in 2018. She cemented herself as Australia’s reigning queen of pop, taking home Album of the Year, Best Female Artist and Best Pop Release at this year's ARIA awards. She was also the most nominated music act with nine nominations on the night. Shark who hails from the Gold Coast, also made headlines in the United States with appearances on The Late Late Show with James Corden and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, further growing her international fan base.That’s why Shark is our pick for number two on the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry list.   3)    Victoria Lee Some models are at the top of their game, Victoria Lee is one of them. The 27-year-old walked in the historic Victoria’s Secret show in Shanghai prior to starting 2018. The event was the world-famous lingerie brand’s first-ever show in Asia. Lee then became the official model ambassador for retail giant David Jones and has excelled in this position. She was also on the cover for Elle Magazine in May of 2018 and scored the cover soon after of Marie Claire Magazine Spain in July. While Lee says her own style is constantly changing, her career hit another high in 2018. That’s why we picked Lee for the number-three spot on the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry list.   4)    Adut Akech Child refugee turned global fashion superstar Adut Akech of Adelaide had a big 2018. Billed by Harpers Bazaar as Australia’s next supermodel, Akech won Australia’s top model at the 11th Australian Fashion Laureate awards in 2018. Karl Lagerfeld chose Akech to be the Chanel bride in the French fashion house’s July couture. And Akech starred in 33 Spring - Summer 2019 international runways, while also scoring the cover of Australian Vogue in December. Akech was born on Christmas Day, 1999, as her family made their way from war-torn South Sudan to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Akech’s transformation from young refugee to breakout modeling star makes her our choice as number four on the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry list.   5)    Troye Sivan In 2018, Troye Sivan Mellet, known professionally as Troye Sivan, first gained popularity via YouTube and in Australian talent competitions but is now a successful musician and actor who has performed alongside megastars like Ariana Grande, Russell Crowe, and Nicole Kidman. He has released two Billboard top-five albums. As an actor, Sivan portrayed the younger version of Wolverine in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He has over 6.7 million subscribers and over 100 million total views. Already a huge success despite his youth, Sivan is our pick for the number-five spot on the 2019 Top 5 Under 35 in Australia’s Entertainment Industry list. Pakistani Dresses Announces up to 50 Percent off Select Designer Garments 2018-12-18T04:19:03Z pakistani-dresses-announces-up-to-50-percent-off-select-designer-garments Sahil Fashion & Alteration, announced the launch of their new online store Pakistani Dresses. To celebrate, the boutique shop is offering shoppers up to 50 percent off select wedding dresses now until the end of December 2018. Pakistani Dresses specializes in Pakistani wedding dresses, Pakistani bridal dresses and Afghani dresses in styles, colors and fabrics to suit the tastes of a discerning clientele. Shoppers will find glamorous garments made by some of the most popular and highly sought designers in the world. The company offers a wide range of Pakistani wedding dresses that combine the traditional with modern touches to celebrate the love of the wedding couple. Brides don’t have to travel to obtain the Pakistani bridal dresses of their dreams. Vibrant colors, intricate embroidery, and attention to detailing have made the offerings at Pakistani dresses highly sought by women around the globe. Of special interest are collections of Pakistani wedding dresses that are highlighted by non-traditional colors, sparkling embroidery, and embellished with Swarovski crystals. From silk and silver lamè to velvet, cotton and linen, each garment is designed to impress. Selections are available for all occasions whether it’s a lavish wedding, a party frock or casual wear. Every woman yearns for the flowing fabrics and stylish elegance embodied in Pakistani bridal dresses. The luxury designers understand the importance of a woman’s special day, creating wedding garments that will impress the groom and have celebrants talking long after the vows have been spoken. Afghani dresses are also available in rich fabrics, radiant shades and with stylish embroidery, some of which are highlighted with metallic work for shimmer and shine. The dresses are imminently chic and incorporate traditional styling with new features that have become one of the most popular fashion trends of today. Dresses are available for women and girls. The launch of Pakistani Dresses provides women with a multitude of choices from designers encompassing Maria B, Rang Rasiya, Zara Shahjahan and Zainab Chottani to Sobia Nazir, Sana Safinaz, Asim Jofa, Kashees, and Serene Premium. The celebratory savings of up to 50 percent off select garments provides shoppers with the opportunity to obtain some of the mostly highly sought fashions in the world today. About Pakistani Dresses Pakistani Dresses was officially launched by Sahil Fashion & Alteration, a registered clothing business of Australia. Sahil Fashion & Alteration has been in the clothing industry for the past 15 years and served thousands of customers around the world. Connect with Pakistani Dresses on Facebook. Media Contact Pakistani Dresses Phone: +61-469-310-418 Address: 7 Toombul Road Virginia QLD 4014 Website: www.pakistanidresses.com.au Model Madeline Stuart undergoes open heart surgery. 2018-12-14T04:52:47Z model-madeline-stuart-undergoes-open-heart-surgery After attending Madeline’s yearly routine check-up, she was advised by her doctors at The Prince Charles Hospital that the leaking mitral valve in her heart had deteriorated and she was now in advanced heart failure. The doctors informed her that she would require open heart surgery to repair the valve. Madeline’s surgery was scheduled for late November however she unfortunately fell ill with a chest infection and it was postponed.   Madeline was admitted a second time at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane on Sunday 9th December to undergo open heart surgery the following morning. In the complex five-hour surgery, the hospital’s surgical team successfully repaired Madeline’s mitral valve. The procedure went better than we could have hoped, if everything continues to go well she will hopefully never need surgery again. Madeline was admitted to the intensive care unit to begin her recovery. She remained in intensive care for three days with her Mother Rosanne and family friends by her side. Although it was a relief she was out of surgery, her time in ICU looked very dire at times. Thankfully Madeline progressed, and things are looking more promising.   Madeline is now at day 4 recovery and has been transferred from the intensive care unit to a private room at The Prince Charles Hospital, her road to recovery will be long and difficult but she is determined with her usual fighting spirit. We want to thank everyone for their well wishes with Madeline’s recovery it has been a wonderful support in such a difficult time.   If you would like any further information, please contact Rosanne Stuart on rosanne@madelinestuartmodel.com or 0428156688. Alternatively you can keep up with her progress on Instagram at @madelinesmodelling_ or @rosannestuart  Have Yourself a Happy Gut Christmas. 2018-12-11T22:00:30Z have-yourself-a-happy-gut-christmas The festive season is often a time of over-indulgence. It’s a familiar sight. Reclined on the lounge, hands resting on bloated stomach, sighs and moans of regret (and a little satisfaction, let’s be honest) after a big Christmas meal. For those of us who don’t want to scrooge on the delicious food, but would prefer to avoid the bloat, Hemple Nutritionist Liv Kaplan shares cleaner twists on classic festive recipes and a few helpful tips. Liv’s tips: 1. Keep routines and the right motivation... For many the holidays is an excuse to let health go out the window. While I’m all for letting go, when your motives for making healthy choices are in the right place you’ll find you naturally make good (or at least better) choices. This means eating well because you want to feel healthy and happy, and not to reach any specific weight or follow any diet. 2. Make gut friendly alternatives... These days with so many amazing gut friendly foods available, that taste amazing too, it’s so easy to say no to desserts and foods that may set off digestive issues. Since most of the time we’re celebrating with food, bring a platter of your favourite gut friendly desserts. What does this look like? Well for optimal gut health you want something free of gluten, wheat and refined sugar. Even better is to keep natural sugars like dried fruit to a minimum. Stuck for ideas? How about our gluten and dairy free Raw Vegan Mince Tarts, Christmas Hemp Halva Slice or Hemp Blinis for appetisers! 3. Keep calm and don’t stress... Easier said than done I know, but I think many if not most of our gut symptoms can be attributed to the mind rather than the plate. So relax! Focus on the fun times spent with friends and loved ones and stop stressing about food. 4. Breathe deeply... For optimal digestion, we want our bodies to be in the “rest and digest” state rather than the “fight or flight”. Unfortunately lots of stress, caffeine, lack of sleep and disrupted circadian rhythms leave us in this state constantly! It’s no wonder gut distress is at an all time high. So what do you do? Of course slowing down, less caffeine, yoga and meditation help. But immediately? Just 10 deep belly breaths is enough to take us out of fight or flight and into rest and digest. You’ll find your digestion is far better after doing just this one, simple thing! Recipes: Raw Vegan Mince Tarts Serves: 12 Prep time: 30 mins Typically a sugar-filled treat, Liv’s gluten-free version of a Christmas favourite, mince tarts, brings all the flavour of the original, plus plant protein and a low GI. Ingredients 1.5 cup almond meal 1/2 cup Hemple Raw 1/2 cup dried inca berries 6 dried figs chopped Zest of one orange 2 tsp mixed spice 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 cup coconut oil Avocado frosting 2 avocados 3⁄4 cup coconut yoghurt 20 drops liquid stevia 1⁄4 cup raw cacao powder (for the chocolate flavour) For serving: Fresh raspberries Dried orange slices Hemple Hearts Cacao powder Method 1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until a sticky dough forms. 2. Using your hands, press into a silicone mini muffin tin, or a normal mini muffin tin lined with paper cases. Place in the fridge to set. 3. To make the frosting place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth! For the green version of the frosting, omit the cacao powder. Or divide frosting into two and make one green and one chocolate! Christmas Hemp Halva Bites Serves: 20-30 To up this dish’s health cred, the traditional sesame seeds are swapped for omega 3 and 6 balanced hemp. This raw, vegan, gluten and sugar-free recipe has the nutty sesame-like flavour of the original, and since it’s Christmas, Liv adds all-natural plant pigments for a festive finishing touch. Ingredients 5 cups dessicated coconut 2 cups Hemple Hearts 20 drops liquid stevia 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped 1 tablespoon beetroot powder Method 1. In a high powered blender or food processor, blend the coconut and Hemple Hearts until the texture is smooth and liquid. ​ 2. Add in the stevia and vanilla and combine. 3. Split mixture into two bowls. Reserve one aside. Stir beetroot powder into the other bowl and pour into loaf tin lined with baking paper. Place in the fridge to set for 1 hour. 4. When set, remove from the fridge and pour in the other bowl. Place back into the fridge to set completely. Slice to serve. 3 Ingredient Hemp Blinis Makes: 8 A light bite that’s gluten and dairy free, easy to digest, high in bioavailable protein and tastes even better than the original. Ingredients 1/4 cup Hemple Raw 1/4 cup hemp or nut milk 1 medium egg 1 pinch sea salt Coconut oil for cooking Method To make the blinis, combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir well. Heat a large pan over a medium heat and grease with a little coconut oil. Pour in two tablespoons worth of the mixture for each blini. Leave to cook and wait until bubbles appear, about 2–3 minutes. Flip with a spatula and cook on the other side for 2 minutes. Top with your favourite toppings to serve! For avo and hemp seed, top with sliced avo, Hemple Hearts, Hemple Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Oil and salt and pepper. For the salmon, top with smoked salmon, red onion, fresh dill, capers and coconut yoghurt. Drizzle with Hemple Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. To request high res images or more information contact: Georgia Branch Ph: 0410 690 408 Email: georgia@hemple.com About Hemple: Stocked in over 350 stores nationally, Hemple worships your body with functional hemp-based nutrition supporting body and mind. For more healthy recipes visit www.hemple.com and for discussions on life-changing wellbeing search for the Hemple Podcast on iTunes. Link to: Hemple product images