Camping can be fun, but glamping is the business… trust me.
Call me picky, but I know what I like.
Do you prefer the finer things in life? If you and your friends love nothing more than a nice sophisticated evening, there are ways you can create a perfect stylish party atmosphere. Whether you’re planning a Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas themed party, it doesn’t have to be tacky. You can invest in sophisticated costumes from top companies such as Morph Costumes. There are also plenty of stylish décor ideas you can make use of. Below you’ll find some of the best tips to get you started.
Focus on the lighting
The lighting is one of the main things that set the scene for your party. There are a wide variety of lighting available from novelty to luxury. When you’re looking to create a stylish, elegant theme, you ideally want to focus on soft lighting. Think candles, light dimmers and beautiful chandeliers. Wall mounted candle lamps are a fantastic addition to any sophisticated party. They are also perfect for Halloween style parties where dim lighting is essential.
Prime Location has an excellent guide on your modern, stylish lighting options.
Creating a stylish Halloween party atmosphere
You may think it’s difficult to plan a stylish Halloween party, but there’s one simple tip that will change that. Instead of focusing on the bright neon pumpkins, opt for a dark gothic theme. Gothic style tableware is an absolute must. Intricate detailed goblets and long white candle centrepieces work particularly well.
Creating a stylish Thanksgiving party atmosphere
Thanksgiving is a time to get together with friends and family. If you’re looking for a more elegant, stylish atmosphere then aim to make it cosy. As featured on Family Holiday, real pumpkins filled with lighting and fall leaves can make an excellent decoration. Candles in fall style vases are also a great idea. Focus on burnt orange colours and warm browns for the best effect. Fake fruit and twigs are also great to use as decorations.
Creating a stylish Christmas party atmosphere
Forget novelty Christmas songs, mistletoe and singing Santa’s if you want to create a stylish party atmosphere! Christmas is one of the easiest occasions to create a stylish party ambience. Focus on deep red and green décor. If you look online you’ll be able to find stylish, elegant garlands. The ones with pine cones, red bows and attached white lights are particularly elegant and would look great above an open fireplace. This is another occasion where candles will also work well.
A stylish atmosphere can be achieved by following just a few simple tips. These include:
- Don’t clutter up the room with too much décor
- Provide comfortable seating
- Avoid anything that has a novelty theme
- Focus on dim lighting
You can find all kinds of ideas online if you’re struggling for information. Of course, once you’ve got your home kitted out, you then need to focus on your outfit. It is possible to have a stylish costume party. Providing you avoid everything to do with tacky, novelty decorations you should easily be able to create a more sophisticated ambience.
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By Sophie Davidson
A facial should be a part of every woman’s beauty regime. Whether it be once a week, month or year, it is a little slice of luxury that we all need – and deserve. So, of course, I jumped at the chance to trial Jurlique’s latest facial treatment at their flagship store in Westfield Sydney.
Little did I know that, not only was I in for a real treat, but the entire experience was more like a dream than a Monday morning. The age-reclaiming facial using Jurlique’s breakthrough Nutri-Define range is aptly named A Touch of Luxe Contouring and Defining Facial.
And what a way to start the week it was! Lucky for me, the treatment went for 90 minutes and not only did it incorporate unique and indulgent contouring and defining massage techniques to leave the skin replenished and revitalised, but it also included a back, neck and hand massage. I was in heaven.
The treatment also used some unique tools that, as a big fan of facials, were new to me. The tools being a Jade roller and Rose Quartz stones.
As explained to me in detail by my therapist: “The Jade roller – the stone of youth and longevity – is used to massage the face, stimulating the skin’s surface and increasing blood flow. Various roller movements are applied to pressure points on the face and neck to relieve muscle tension, while the cooling properties of the jade stones help to tone and firm the skin.”
Next, the Rose Quartz massage stones: “When the crystals are heated circulation is improved, helping to revitalise the skin and leave it looking energised, firm and smooth, while lines and wrinkles are minimised.
The Touch of Luxe Contouring and Defining Facial Treatment incorporates:
- A neck and shoulder massage
- Facial cleanse
- Skin exfoliating treatment
- Customised facial mask
- Moisturising application
- An arm and hand massage
- Jurlique Nutri-Define Touch of Luxe Contouring and Defining
It really is the definition of a luxury indulgence and, needless to say, I enjoyed every one of the 90 minutes of it!
Available at selected Jurlique and department stores, $170rrp.
We love a top 5 at SHESAID – and here are some luxury, must-have hair care products you can’t live without with the changing seasons. Your locks will thank you for it – and you’ll have a crowning glory this spring/summer that’s the envy of all your friends.
From Paris with love: The celebrated hair care range by internationally renowned hair stylist David Mallett, who is widely considered to be the best “hair engineer” in Paris, has arrived in Australia. Australian-born Mallett launched his L’Hydration range in response to clients’ constant requests for products that add moisture without weight. Choose from a professional quality shampoo, conditioner and mask, plus the Hair Serum #DM027 (pictured) which will provide an instant conditioning effect on wet or dry hair, giving an immediate silky shine. This baby is $99, and its secret weapon is refined macadamia nut oil. For stockists, phone 02 8002 4488 or visit agencedeparfum.com.au for more information.
Banish split ends: Say goodbye to this hair no-no thanks to organic hair care brand Pure, which has released Precious Ends, a leave-in moisturising treatment which hydrates, repairs and seals split ends for all hair types. It’s especially good for restoring hair harmed by heat styling, colouring and chemical treatments, thanks to its antioxidants and beta-carotene. Your hair will gain strength and nourishment, while feeling silky, flexible and smooth. Precious Ends is $25.95 at stockists nationally. Phone 07 3267 5511 or visit hairjamm.com for more information.
Shine like a diamond: Get sleek, shiny and polished hair this spring/summer thanks to Juuce Hair’s new Argan Shimmer (shine spray). This baby can be mixed, blended or combined to create glamorous, smooth hair. Infused with Argan Oil, and rich in Vitamin E and antioxidants, Argan Shimmer will detangle and repair hair while locking in moisture-protecting nutrients to combat flyaway/frizz caused by flat irons, chemical treatments and high humidity. Even better, it won’t weigh your hair down. Argan Shimmer is $24.95 at Price Attack stores, salons and stockists nationally. Phone 07 3267 5511 or visit hairjamm.com for more.
Quick pick-me-up: Italian luxury hair care range Davines has released a dry cleansing mist Hair Refresher, formulated to refresh and clean all hair types without the use of water, providing hairstylists with a tool to give shape to their creative expressions. Containing natural rice powder, known for its added shine and moisturising properties, Hair Refresher will gently cleanse your hair. Light and fragrant, the dry cleansing mist can be used as a styling product for extra volume, as a special shampoo, is ideal for in-between washes, a great travelling tool, or as a quick pick-me-up. For stockists, phone 07 3267 5511 or visit hairjamm.com/davines for more information.
She wears a mask: Got a spare four t0 eight minutes? You can’t beat the luxury and relaxation of a hair mask; I’m loving this new Pure Hair Sacred Mask treatment, which will repair and hydrate all hair types. The mask’s argan oil and shea butter will restore your hair, plus it’s non-greasy and will de-frizz your precious tresses. You can use up to twice a week then just weekly once hair condition improves. The Pure Sacred Mask is $32.95 at stockists nationally. Phone 07 3267 5511 or visit hairjamm.com for more information.
Luxury fragrances are like shoes – you can never have too many. Here are Shesaid.com’s top picks of chic and highly covetable spring/summer scents – both new to counter and classics which never date. After all, you’re never fully dressed without perfume…
Flower power: This new beauty from fragrance house L’Artisan Parfumeur is part of the Les Explosions d’Emotions collection by master perfumer Bertrand Duchaufour. Opulent and feminine, the fresh gardenia of the Rappelle-Toi Eau De Parfum, (125ml), $249, is invigorated by the fresh top notes of Sichuan pepper and gin and enhanced by musk, sandalwood and honey accents. Summer time, here we come! Find it at Libertine Parfumerie. Myer Melbourne’s Galerie de Parfum, David Jones Sydney, and other niche perfumeries in Australia and New Zealand.
Packing heat: Parfumeur Romano Ricci has gone back to basics with Juliette Has A Gun Anyway Eau de Parfum, (100ml), $186. The latest unisex addition to the fashion-forward fragrance house Juliette Has a Gun, this sumptuous scent is an intoxicating blend of musks, woods and citrus. I adore the packaging in itself: a crisp, white bottle showcased in a grosgrain paper box, perfectly bound with a satin bow. The trick will be keeping it from your partner! Find it at Libertine Parfumerie, select David Jones and Myer department stores and other niche perfumeries in Australia and New Zealand.
Summer lovin’: Clair Obscur Eau de Parfum, (75ml), $219, the enchanting, new fragrance from visionary Japanese artist Keiko Mecheri, has been described as being reminiscent of a sun-washed field of jasmine on a summer morning in Provence. A celebration of one of the world’s best loved flowers, Clair Obscur is a light, ethereal fragrance just perfect for long, languid spring/summer days by the sea. Find it at Libertine Parfumerie, select Myer department stores and other niche perfumeries in Australia and New Zealand.
Roman goddess: Inspired by the Roman Empire and ancient Egyptian era, all-natural beauty line In Fiore has reintroduced a beautiful, traditional concept through its Patchouli Royal Parfum Solide, $99. Crafted with organic ingredients using only rare floral oils and highly concentrated absolutes, Patchouli Royal is packaged in a beautiful, brass compact. I love how it so easily slots into your make-up case! The stunning fragrance is dark and rooty, with a light, amber sweetness and a rich, woody base to balance the depth. Find it at Bathing Beauty Organic Apothecary.
Heaven scent: Italian fashion house CoSTUME NATIONAL has launched its limited-edition fruity bouquet fragrance, Scent Gloss Eau De Toilette, (50ml), $110, part of its trilogy Scent collection. Comprised of Scent, Scent Sheer and Scent Intense, the trilogy is a sensual fragrance combination that’s both modern and timeless. Scent Gloss is a perfect spring/summer scent; it’s beautiful, light and sexy, with notes of purple orchid and fresh musk. Find it at Libertine Parfumerie, select David Jones stores and other niche perfumeries in Australia and New Zealand.
Love at first sight: The new Fleurs de Gardenia, (75ml), $299, from celebrated French perfume house Creed is a scent created in the image of the first bloom of love. Master perfumer Olivier Creed, together with his son Erwin, blended the whimsical scent of first love gardenias, which only grow in pairs, to create a feminine, delicate fragrance perfect for the warmer weather months. There’s the divine scent of double blush roses, lavender peonies and other floral bouquets. Heaven! Royals such as Napoléon III, Empress Elizabeth of Austria-Hungary and Queen Maria Christina of Spain were among Creed’s exclusive clientele. Find it at Libertine Parfumerie, select David Jones stores and other niche perfumeries in Australia and New Zealand.
The time has come… Owners Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton depart the fashion label Sass and Bide they founded in 1999. The two began their global empire as a stall at London’s Portobllo Road Market selling denim products. Since that time it has sky rocketed to a well-known household name, presenting collections firstly at Australian Fashion Week in 2001 and then renowned London Fashion Week in 2002. The progression did not stop there, with the label being individually asked to show in New York the next year and the eight seasons following.
Now, 15 years since its launch, after selling 65 per cent of the shares to Myer for $42.25 million, they have decided to leave the brand in the department stores hands in order to venture off on new individual adventures. There has been an obvious shift in position titles, with newly appointed design director as Anthony Cuthertson, with experience from high-end labels including Mulberry, Victoria Beckham and MaxMara, and the place of art director has been given to Bonnie O’Hare.
With Myer taking over operations at Sass and Bide they released a statement to Vogue:
“Heidi and Sarah-Jane’s departure from Sass & Bide has been in planning for some time as they have been transitioning out of the business. Myer wishes Heidi and Sarah-Jane well, they go with our great good wishes, and we expect they will be associated with Sass & Bide for a long time.”
In an interview, Heidi and Sarah-Jane explain after a decade and a half its time for them to move on, the joint decision came at a time when the brand is in a good place, flourishing and ever growing. The newly selected CEO is an experienced leader in luxury labels, and myself along with others lovers of Sass and Bide are sad to see the two women leave but excited for what is to come.
By Amy Miller
When John Hardy, a former art student and a radical environmentalist from Canada, set foot in Bali in the 1970s, he was instantly captivated and inspired by the natural beauty of the Indonesian isle. Bali was and still is a welcoming place for artists with a rich culture and a beautiful landscape to provide infinite sources of inspiration.
By chance, he encountered local artisans who produced handcrafted pieces using the jewellery-making techniques honed by their ancestors. The Balinese have a rich history of dedication to the art of making jewellery, brought to the island by the Majapahit Empire 700 years ago.
John began to study ancient jewellery artisanship and to work with the local descendants of goldsmiths, who once made beautiful creations for Balinese royalty. By infusing their ancient techniques with modern ingenuity, the John Hardy brand was born in 1975, offering collectors statement pieces that are unique works of art.
An avid environmentalist, his lifestyle of harmony with the natural world became an inspiration for the brand foundation. The brand’s Bali compound is built with local, low-impact natural materials, including bamboo, adobe and thatch. At its heart is the design studio, housed in a restored Balinese community hall with an antique timber structure with a natural grass roof. Nearby is the showroom, a bamboo cathedral thatched with alang alang.
When head designer and creative director Guy Bedarida joined the company in 1990s, he brought with him skills and aesthetics developed while working with some of Europe’s high-end jewellery brands. The CEO Damien Dernoncourt and Guy together elevated the brand’s sustainable philosophy by applying new sustainable practices, like using 100 per cent reclaimed silver and planting bamboo seedlings in Bali to offset the company’s carbon emissions. To date, the brand has planted 900,000 bamboos throughout the island of Bali, the noble grass helping to sustain the lifestyle of the locals as well as protecting the environment in a variety of ways including aiding the soil’s natural water retention.
Today, John Hardy is the embodiment of ‘sustainable luxury’, preserving ancient jewellery-making techniques, which would otherwise be lost, while ensuring its business operations are environmentally conscious at all levels.
Malaysia is one of the most beautiful and interesting places in the world; it is such a shame that tourism has taken a downfall after the tragic disappearance of Malaysian Airline flight 370. Through no fault of their own, the nation’s image has been tarnished and it is time to put it back in the spotlight for one of the main reasons us ladies all love to go on holidays – shopping.
Kuala Lumpur is the eighth most visited city, acting as the perfect stopover and perfect destination to immerse you in a country full of cultural diversity bordering Thailand, Brunei and the Philippines. The shopping reflects this fantastic diversity in its combination of street markets, high-end, designer and budget style venues. CNN have even recently labeled Malaysia the fourth best shopping city behind Tokyo, New York and London. That is a big deal!
Their mind-blowing sales twice a year are filled with discounts for locals and tourists, if you are heading over in August be sure to check out the 1Malyasia Year End Sale. You won’t be disappointed, even the luxury brands get involved.
Ready to get on the plane? Well, here is what you are in for:
Berjaya Times Square
This 13 level shopping Centre, not only houses stores such as Christian Dior, Espirit and Tag Heuer but there is also a theme park, with rollercoaster and all! Imagine getting some quality luxury shopping done, then hopping on a ride to finish off the day, what an amazing experience.
If rollercoasters are not your thing, but you still like the idea of shopping the most famous international luxury brands Suria KLCC is for you. The centre located within the Petrona Twin Towers is the perfect spot to spend some well-earned money. Labels such as Chanel, Emilio Pucci, Dior and Burberry are there to help you look and feel fabulous. Then, when you are tired and hungry after your retail therapy, kick back in Harrods for some beautiful traditional English dishes.
Got a limited budget or simply want more for your money? Head over to Mid-Valley, half way between the city centre and Klang Valley. Be ready to enjoy great streetstyle brands such as TopShop, Mango, Calvin Klein and the store we all have fallen in with: Zara.
There you have it ladies. Enjoy the trip and spoil yourself with the rich culture Malaysia has to offer.
Images via creammagazine.com
By Amy Miller