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Happy 2014 – Xmas at Byron Bay

Firstly Happy New Year!

What did you guys get up to for the festive and 2014 celebrations? I was so lucky and got to travel to Byron for Xmas for a week.

Here are my top picks if you’re heading to Byron:

The Pass Beach - Stunning views from the viewing deck, along with white sands and great waves. If you look hard enough you'll also see dolphins playing in the waves!

The Pass Beach – Stunning views from the viewing deck, along with white sands and great waves. If you look hard enough you’ll also see dolphins playing in the waves!

Stunning view from the top of The Pass' viewing tower, amazing!

Stunning view from the top of The Pass’ viewing tower, amazing!

Wategos Beach Byron Bay - My Happy Place. The water is turquoise blue and the vibe is chilled to the max! Perfect to get away from the bustle of Byron town

Wategos Beach Byron Bay – My Happy Place. The water is turquoise blue and the vibe is chilled to the max! Perfect to get away from the bustle of Byron town

If you want amazing cocktails, yummy pizzas and fantastic live music - this is for you! http://www.treehouseonbelongil.com

If you want amazing cocktails, yummy pizzas and fantastic live music – this is for you! http://www.treehouseonbelongil.com

In the evening of Xmas Day, I spent my time with great people, lovely food in great surroundings at a house we rented in Byron.

In the evening of Xmas Day, I spent my time with great people, lovely food in great surroundings at a house we rented in Byron.

A hot tub made an already great house a fantastic one! Perfect way to end the day!

A hot tub made an already great house a fantastic one! Perfect way to end the day!

Another top pick for Byron to look out for is the Beach Hotel - Great outdoor area on the main beach, live music and DJs create a party vibe at night and a chilled atmosphere in the daytime

Another top pick for Byron to look out for is the Beach Hotel – Great outdoor area on the main beach, live music and DJs create a party vibe at night and a chilled atmosphere in the daytime

The Beach Cafe combines top notch open air dining with beach views so close you can almost touch the water. A great special venue if you’re wanting to spend a little bit more for that special occasion!

Mokha is the hidden gem on Lawson Street that is a great place to chill after a day at the beach with a red wine, great food and live artists that will take your breath away.

A staple venue to frequent at Byron is The Balcony Bar, watch the world go by as you enjoy ample tapas and cocktails.

For a cheaper night out, Woody’s is your venue! Great tunes, young crowd and alcohol flowing like there’s no tomorrow! Cheeky Monkey’s fits this bill too!

Finally, if you're looking for plush accommodation to stay at whilst in Byron, the Byron at Byron is 5 * luxury! The pool is stunning, the rooms are amazing, the food is unreal - if the hotel price tag is too much for your budget, why not check out the spa treatments... ahhmmaazzeeeee!

Finally, if you’re looking for plush accommodation to stay at whilst in Byron, the Byron at Byron is 5 * luxury! The pool is stunning, the rooms are amazing, the food is unreal – if the hotel price tag is too much for your budget, why not check out the spa treatments… ahhmmaazzeeeee!

Here at Sydney Social 101, we’re always on the look out for new exciting venues to explore!

There are going to be MANY posts on here about bars, venues, festivals, activities, beaches, restaurants, clubs, movies, fashion, beauty and SO much more.

We look forward to sharing them with you!

 

Sydney plays host to a new kind of Santa Claus this Christmas at Central

HO HO HO…HIPSTER!

Sydney has welcomed a new socialite on the scene (this gal’s got competition)! Sporting skinny jeans and a red beanie, a vintage Citroën not a sleigh, and a love for soy lattes over milk & cookies any day; there’s a modern day Father Christmas in town to spread Christmas cheer.

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One for the big kids, Hipster Santa has taken up tenancy in Sydney’s new multi-level vertical ‘Living Mall’, Central at Central Park and will be running a number of hipster-esque activities in the lead up to Christmas including hula hooping, selfie hours and classic movie nights.

Screen printing with Hipster Santa!

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Come down to Central at Central Park this Sunday 22nd December between 12-5pm to learn the art of screen printing. Bobbin and Ink and Hipster Santa will hold this fun, interactive workshop where shoppers can make there own handmade Hipster Santa tea towel – a great addition to any hipster’s kitchen.

Opened in October this year, Central boasts a sun-drenched emporium, future-forward sustainable architecture, unique designs, free Wi-Fi, and extended trading hours.

Hipster Santa comments, “I am uber excited to be living in my new abode at Central, the sustainable design, vertical gardens and innovative Digital Wall makes it cooler then all of the other shopping centres around. It’s got an array of on-trend retailers, art spaces and a mix of cafés and restaurants, so it is perfect locale for Sydneysiders to head for Christmas shopping.”

With his own dedicated workshop on the Ground Floor, every week from now until Christmas Eve, an array of events and activities with this cool character will be taking place, from Roger Tait styling sessions to gift wrapping (Thursdays to Sundays 4pm – 6pm) to creating cool Crimbo decs with those that drop by.

Offering an ironic take on the traditional Santa photo, everyday between noon and 1pm, Hipster Santa will host a Santa Selfie Hour at his workshop for the cool kids. No sitting on Santa’s knee allowed (that’s just awkward), props, serious faces and filters are hipster approved. By hashtagging #hipstersanta on their photos snap-happy visitors have the chance to win a Glue Store Christmas prize pack.

And that’s not all! For those stuck for a gift, Hipster Santa is on hand to help pick the perfect pressie, from one of eclectic mix of young, contemporary retailers such as Pigeonhole, Capsule, Glue Store and Adidas. ‘Hipster Santa Approved’ eco tags feature on an array of items across Central which has been personally chosen by Hipster Santa as the perfect on-trend gift this Christmas.

And that’s not all! Shoppers can enjoy a new rendition of some classic Christmas carols with thanks to Hipster Santa and his band, The Real Deers who will be performing via the Digital Wall.

Local Sydneysiders should keep an eye on @hipster_santa for invitations to the ‘hipster hang nights’, latest updates, or just some pensive and wise words this festive season.

So whether it’s for a snap, a song or a spot of shopping or eating, Central at Central Park will be a mall with a difference to experience and enjoy this festive season.

 

Follow Hipster Santa via:

Twitter:@hipster_santa

Instagram: @instahipstersanta

Check out his blog here: http://hipster-santa.tumblr.com

 

Carols in the Domain

Little Carollers

Best Female Artist ARIA winner Jess Mauboy set to bring Australia together through song at Woolworths Carols in the Domain

The Woolworths Carols in the Domain line up just got hotter with one of Australia’s biggest acts set to take the stage.

The incredible Jessica Mauboy returns to Carols after yet another stellar year, which saw her third studio album, Beautiful go gold, her 27-date national tour receive rave reviews and the gifted songstress awarded Best Female Artist at the ARIA Awards.

Jess has come a long way from her upbringing in outback Australia, with her incredible voice and acting ability launching her into the stratosphere performing alongside other international superstars including Beyonce, Flo Rida, Chris Brown and Ricky Martin. Her star-power even saw her invited to perform for Oprah Winfrey and US President Barack Obama.

“It is a tremendous honour to be a part of Caro ls again this year. I honestly can’t think of a better way to finish the year than on home soil, singing Carols with Aussie’s across the nation.

“It was no secret how much I loved performing last year, so I can’t wait to do it again this year,” said an excited Jess.

“Carols has such a magical atmosphere which always makes for an unforgettable night. Singing my favourite carols along with the 80,000-strong crowd, and knowing that many more are watching the live broadcast and singing along at home, is just remarkable.”

The ever-popular Carols event, which will be held this year on Saturday 21 December, is set to deliver another star-studded line-up including Jimmy Barnes, The Wiggles, Human Nature, Stan Walker, Amanda Harrison, Tina Arena, Mark Vincent, Dami Im, Jai Waetford, Justine Clarke, the cast of GREASE the Musical, the cast of Strictly Ballroom the Musical, the cast of Angelina Ballerina the 216;Mousical’ and this year’s Ambassadors, Samantha Jade and Johnny Ruffo.

For those who can’t make it to the Domain, you can watch the event live on the Seven Network, hosted by Melissa Doyle and Matt White, from 8.30pm or listen to the simulcast on smoothfm in Melbourne and Sydney.

Woolworths Carols in the Domain is proudly presented by Air Wick and will be staged on Saturday 21 December at The Domain, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.

For more information on this year’s event, visit http://www.carolsinthedomain.com.

Join the conversation:
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@woolworthscarol

Xmas 101** Sydney’s Perfect Party Venues This Silly Season

 With just over a week to go until Christmas Day, Sydney Social 101 has pulled together a snapshot of Sydney’s most iconic venues and activities over the festive period.

There is bound to be the perfect place to party this December and ring in the New Year.

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Sebel Pier One

Enjoy the Sydney life-style and indulge in a Christmas Lunch Buffet with harbour views. We choose only the freshest seafood so, depending on the markets, the buffet selection may comprise of fresh prawns, fresh Sydney rock oysters, blue swimmer crabs, Atlantic salmon, calamari, BBQ baby octopus, mussels Provencale, oven baked whole fish and more… The buffet will also include your traditional Christmas Day roasts including ham and turkey.

The Sebel Pier One Sydney is pleased to offer a sumptuous Christmas Day Lunch Buffet dining experience in all three venues:

Water @ Pier One (12pm-3pm) – $249* per adult;

offering breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Luna Park and North Sydney.

Dawes Point Room (12pm-3pm) – $220* per adult;

offering water views over Walsh Bay

Front Restaurant (1pm-4pm) – $220* per adult;

dining on and over the water with views of Walsh Bay

Our Christmas Lunch Buffet package includes:

Full Christmas Buffet lunch with fresh seafood and traditional roasts

3-hour beverage package of selected beer, wine and soft drinks

A very special visit from Santa Claus for the kids!

Enjoy Sydney Harbour views and each others company over a delightful buffet lunch from only $220* per adult. Children aged 4-12 years receive a 50% discount and children under 3 dine free.

For Christmas Day lunch enquiries please call 02 8298 9999 or email.

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*Full payment must be made at time of booking and is non-refundable or transferable. Valid for one buffet sitting only. We strongly advise making reservations well in advance, as this offer is subject to limited availability. Not valid in conjunction with any other packages or special offers.

The Australian Heritage Hotel in The Rocks will be getting festive this December with a special Christmas pizza with turkey, ham and cranberries, and a neighbourhood Christmas party. The venue will be open as usual on Christmas Eve and for those who want to find a bit of “true blue” Aussie in the Rocks on New Year’s Eve, The Australian will be the place to be with a BBQ, over 100 beers and delicious pizzas to ring in the new year in true Aussie style.

Across the road at The Glenmore, there will be an Orphan’s Christmas Party on Christmas Eve with Santa drink specials from 7-8pm and a DJ on the iconic rooftop until late. Partygoers undecided on what to do this New Year’s Eve will be pleased to know that a number of limited spots are still available for The Glenmore rooftop. Tickets are just $299 per person and include three hours of premium drinks and canapés from 7.30-10.30pm, as well as a complimentary glass of Moet Chandon at midnight and top musical entertainment to dance the night away.

For those in the Inner West, The Royal in Leichhardt will be playing host to a raft of live music until late on Christmas Eve with Christmas ham giveaways for a last minute gift or the perfect addition to a Chrissy lunch. The Royal will also be hosting a neighbourhood Christmas party with a petting farm, face painting and live entertainment on Sunday 22 December. The venue will also be open until 4am on New Year’s Eve with live entertainment.

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The Bar at the End of the Wharf

Celebrate in style this New Year’s Eve at one of Sydney’s best vantage points to ring in 2014, at The Bar at the End of the Wharf, located at the Sydney Theatre Company in Walsh Bay.

Not only will you have a bird’s eye view of the spectacular Sydney Harbour fireworks display, get ready to eat and drink the night away enjoying live entertainment by The Kundalini Experience (DJ Marc ‘Kundalini’ + live Sax & Percussion) and exquisite food by the talented kitchen team of NSW’s best caterer Fresh Catering.

The End of the Year Party at The Bar at the End of the Wharf is $350 per person. Kicking off at 7pm, there’ll be live entertainment throughout the night, a superb array of canapés and champagne and the best view of the spectacular fireworks! An extravaganza of colour and a feast for the senses!

Please visit http://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/whats-on/productions/2013/new-years-eve.aspx to purchase your tickets.

The End of The Year at The End of the Wharf Party The Bar at the End of the Wharf
Tuesday 31st December 2013 from 7pm Tickets are $350pp (including GST plus booking fee)

Bradleys Head

New Year’s Eve is fast approaching and Bradleys Head will be home to a fantastic experience for the whole family to enjoy in Sydney Harbour National Park.

Families can celebrate the new year at one of the best vantage points on the harbour to experience the fireworks and world class Sydney New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Children will be entertained by a circus workshop and popular children’s band The Dodadums while adults will be able to enjoy the sounds of Ginger and the Ghost, Fanny Lumsden & the Thrillseekers, Caitlin Harnett, Jordan Millar and Marcus Corowar.

This all ages venue on the north side of the harbour offers uninterrupted views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House, giving families a memorable experience and natural stage to watch the celebrations un fold. Families are encouraged to pack a picnic hamper and bring a rug to the event.

Tickets to Bradleys Head are $50 for adults, $25 for children and $125 for a family of four (two adults, two children) and children under the age of five enter for free.

Numbers for this alcohol and glass-free event are strictly limited. Tickets are available at http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/NYE

New Year’s Eve 2013 at Darling Harbour

FREE entertainment across Darling Harbour on New Year’s Eve will see Sydney’s premier party destination in full celebration as the clock counts-down to midnight on Tuesday, 31 December 2013.

Presented by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Darling Harbour will host a string of family-friendly live entertainment from 7.30pm at Harbourside Amphitheatre and on the barge stage at the southern end of Cockle Bay.

Chinese Lion Dancers and an Electric Dragon believed to bring luck and happiness will present an exciting performance of dance, drums and cymbals.

Families will also find dazzling Fire-shows at Darling Harbour, where Leo Bonne’s talented team of stunt-experts will showcase breathtaking fire juggling, fire twirling, fire eating and flame throwing – all choreographed to a lively and dynamic party soundtrack.

Heart pounding and visually-vibrant Pyro Light Shows with gas jets and other exciting features are also sure to amp-up the party atmosphere at Darling Harbour, before spectacular Fireworks at 9.00pm and midnight ignite the skies above Cockle Bay.

Families are encouraged to arrive early to nab the best viewing spots along Darling Harbour’s foreshore. A world-class variety of food and beverage outlets will be trading and visitors are welcome to take their own pic nic. Importantly however, Darling Harbour will be a glass-free zone and strictly no BYO alcohol will be permitted.

Public transport is advised as the best mode of travel, with road closures to be enforced. Extra train, bus and light-rail services will be available to-and-from Darling Harbour.

Those who choose to drive will not be able to park at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre car park, which will be closed from 9 December 2013 for development of the new Darling Harbour Live facilities. Limited parking will be available at Sydney Entertainment Centre car park, Harbourside and 10 parking stations in the CBD within 250m walking distance of Darling Harbour.

For more information about Darling Harbour New Year’s Eve 2013 and other festive season events at Darling Harbour, see darlingharbour.com. Also tune-in for updates via the Darling Harbour YouTube Channel, follow @darlingharbour on Twitter, Instagram or check-out the Darling Harbour page on Facebook.

For transport information, visit 131500.com.au. For traffic information, call 132 701 livetraffic.com.

DARLING HARBOUR NEW YEAR’S EVE 2013 – FREE FAMILY-FRIENDLY FESTIVITIES

– Harbourside, 7.30pm: CHINESE LION DANCERS AND ELECTRIC DRAGON, FIRE-SHOWS, PYRO LIGHT SHOW

– Cockle Bay, 9pm and 12am: NYE FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY AND TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT. NO GLASS OR BYO ALCOHOL PERMITTED

Award-winning hospitality company, The Keystone Group, has every base covered to ensure you and your friends ring in the New Year in style come the last day of December. Its premium bars and venues across Sydney cater for every taste, and will be offering everything from guest appearances by international music and performance artists, complimentary drinks packages for your party to get the celebrations underway, and more… Where will you choose?

 

Hedkandi at Bungalow 8 & theloft: ‘NYE Carnivale on the Harbour’

Global house superbrand Hedkandi joins forces with Bungalow 8 & theloft to present the NYE 2013 Carnivale on Sydney’s stunning harbour. From 6 – 9pm, over 14 live international artists will perform across two levels beneath Sydney’s world famous NYE fireworks display.

Bungalow 8 General Admission

–          First Release $69

–          Second Release $79

–          Final Release $89

 

Bungalow 8 VIP package: $150

–          Cocktail on arrival

–          Six-piece premium canapé package

–          3 hour discount drinks offer, including beer, wine and spirits

theloft

At the same time as the Carnivale, waterfront cocktail lounge theloft will be hosting DJs throughout the night across both levels, bringing world-class views and a superb soundtrack to your celebrations.

Loft VIP package $225

–          Taittinger Champagne and oyster reception

–          4 hour drinks discount offer, including cocktails and spirits, from 6 – 10pm

–          10-piece premium canapés

Platinum Package – $3000/10 people max/4 hours

–          Private area for duration of evening, with personal tray service staff

–          Taittinger Champagne and oyster reception

–          4 hour Premium beverage package including cocktails and spirits

–          10-piece premium canapés

–          2 x magnums of Tattinger Champagne served at midnight

–          Ketel One Bottle

Ultimate Package – $5000/10 people

–          Taittinger Champagne and oyster reception

–          Premium Package inclusive of spirits for the night

–          10-piece premium canapés

–          2 x magnums of Tattinger Champagne served at midnight

Tickets and packages can be purchased at http://www.hedkandi.com.au/nye2013 orwww.moshtix.com.au; the ticket will provide entry to both levels all night, however the package is only available in theloft.

 

Gazebo

For those that would like to get into the spirit of the occasion early, Gazebo will offer guests Moët & Chandon magnums for $130 between 4-5pm. The a la carte dining will continue as normal so you can enjoy a selection of light snacks and salads, alongside wagyu steak, fresh fish, and gourmet burgers before the party really kicks off.

 

The Winery

Crown Street’s most stylish drink and dining institution The Winery will offer all NYE guests Veuve Cliquot magnums at just $130 between 4-5pm . A la carte will be available during magnum hour.

Rushcutters

Newly-opened restaurant-bar Rushcutters will offer Taittinger magnums for $130 between 4-5pm. A special four-course menu, including sharing plates of oysters, marinated sardines, and smoked pork loin, plus grilled rib-eye and poached Barossa chicken and choice of desserts is available for $120pp in the Dining Room from 5.30pm.

 

Manly Wine

Luxury northern beaches cocktail bar Manly Wine will offer Moet & Chandon magnums for $130 between 4-5pm. A la carte dining from their new menu will be available all evening until late.

 

Newtown Hotel

Newtown Hotel will be closed for NYE, but will reopen on New Year’s Day with the unique Bob Log 111, Donny Benet and Shag set to perform. US native Bob Log has made a career as a blues punk guitar one-man-band and will delight with his musical and sartorial stylings as he plays his silvertone archtop guitar whilst wearing a full human cannonball suit complete with motorcycle helmut wired to a telephone receiver. Joining Bob will be Donny Benet, widely hailed as the new poster boy of Italo funk disco. Armed with a drum machine, slick bass and a Moog synthesizer with a pitch blender that won’t stop, Benet is set to deliver a sound full of sophistication, sexuality and street heat. Festivities will be kicking off from 3pm.

NYE at POOLCLUB

Join ivy POOLCLUB for this night of nights as they celebrate the end of an astounding year and brazenly welcome 2014, with headlining DJ’s –  Baby Gee, Natnoiz, Matt Nugent, Brendan King, MickyD & Pro-Gram.

 

 

When: Tuesday December 31st

Where: ivy Pool Club 330 George St, Sydney

Doors Open: 7.30pm

Cost:  $73.70 (tickets for Pool Club only)

Link: http://merivale.com.au/whats-on/event/nye-poolside/

 

LOST & FOUND

Ivy Mainroom will be the ultimate New Year’s Eve destination with an epic LOST & FOUND event  featuring a smashing line-up of international DJs including the legendary Danny TenagliaBicep, Cyril Hahn, Will Saul and a host of home grown talent.

 

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When: Tuesday December 31st

Where: ivy 330 George St, Sydney

Doors Open: 6.00pm

Cost: General Admission $119.65 (entry to Mainroom only)

Link: http://merivale.com.au/whats-on/event/lostandfound/

SIGNATURE DINING

BLACK by ezard

12:00pm – 3:30pm – $125pp six-course Christmas lunch menu5:30pm – 9:30pm – a la carte dinner menu

For those wanting to hand over the cooking ‘reins’ to the experts on Christmas Day, Chef Teage Ezard’s delicious spread will leave guests spoilt for choice. The six course feast for $125 per person will feature roasted, seasonal Spencer Gulf Prawns in chilli dressing, with a salad of avocado, young coconut, mango, pomelo, Thai basil and crispy shallots; a tasty 300 day grain-fed Angus steak with cauliflower, bone marrow and gremolata; and a warm couverture ganache, dulce de leche ice cream and peanut butter mousse.

For the full menu or to make a reservation, visit – www.star.com.au

Balla

12:00pm – 3:30pm – $105pp/$75pp for children 5-12 years, free for kids under 5, four-course Christmas lunch menu 6:30pm – 9:30pm – a la carte dinner menu

Sydney’s godfather of Italian cuisine, owner and restaurateur, Stefano Manfredi, has prepared a scrumptious four course lunch which includes some Christmas classics with his own Italian twist. Guests are encouraged to share, family-style, dishes such as a seafood salad of prawn, calamari, octopus, mussels and clams;  saffron potato gnocchi with spanner crab, zucchini, chilli and garlic; hot roast turkey with all the trimmings; and sweet panettone custard pudding to finish.

For the full menu or to make a reservation, visit – www.star.com.au

 Sokyo

 12:00pm – 2:30pm – $140pp 5-course lunch menu/$70pp Lunch Bento for children 5-12 years, free for kids under 5Enjoy a non-traditional Christmas feast as modern Japanese genius, Chase Kojima takes you on a flavour journey.  Commencing with a platter of mixed traditional sashimi and spicy tuna crispy rice, and traversing through Moreton Bay Bugs and caramelised miso cod, this 5-course $140 lunch menu culminates in a Wagyu beef roast with Sokyo dipping sauces, before a final course of sweet treats.  With a very special Bento Box on offer for the kids, this is Christmas lunch, but not as you know it.

CASUAL DINING

Garden Buffet

11:00am – 1:00pm or 1:30pm – 3:30pm – $78pp or $35 for children under 12 (4 years and younger eat free) buffet lunch menu5:00pm – 7:00pm or 7:30pm – 9:30pm – $72pp or $35 for children under 12 (4 years and younger eat free) buffet dinner menu

This Christmas, treat yourself to a delicious Christmas meal at The Star’s Garden Buffet, with all of your holiday favourites, including maple honey mustard glazed ham, fresh shucked oysters and roast turkey with sage and cranberry jus.

For the full menu or to make a reservation, visit – www.star.com.au

The Food Quarter and Fat Noodle will also be getting into the Christmas spirit for the day, with a range of special offers and menu offerings.

APEROL SPRITZ SUNSET SESSIONS KICK OFF AT THE NEWLY RENOVATED BEACH CLUB AT WATSONS BAY BOUTIQUE HOTEL

This summer Aperol takes Sunday sessions to a whole new level at the Beach Club at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel – Sydney’s hottest harbourside venue that combines aesthetics of contemporary coastal with harbourside luxe following recent  multi-million dollar renovations. There is no better place to sit back and watch the sunset over the sparkling Sydney harbor with an Aperol Spritz in hand.

Kicking off on December 15th and continuing every Sunday until March 30th, the Aperol Spritz Sunset Sessions will be the place to be this summer. With some of Sydney’s coolest DJ’s on deck including Alice Quiddington, Andrew Mathers, Richie Carter & Murray Lake, the Aperol Spritz Sunset sessions are sure to impress with some of Sydney’s finest.

Bar staff will be wheeling drink trolleys around serving $10.00 Aperol Spritz cocktails setting the perfect scene for guests to unwind, cool down and watch the sun set over Sydney Harbour.

The sessions will introduce the beginning of summer by hosting a VIP Launch party on December 15th, with canapés and drinks served throughout the afternoon. Guests will be treated to a DJ set by the talented Alice Quiddington, whilst sipping on this season’s must-have cult drink, Aperol Spritz.

Take the party to the next level – guests can enter to WIN a trip of a lifetime to Italy and the home of Aperol, via social media competitions. The prize includes: 2 x economy airfares and airport transfers, 5 nights’ accommodation, a personalised visit to the famous Aperol Bar and $2,000 spending money.  What better way to end your summer than celebrating the beginning of the European summer in the home of Aperol.

@aperitivohouraustralia // #aperolsunsets

APEROL SPRITZ*             

aperol

The Perfect Serve

Making Aperol Spritz is as easy as 3, 2, 1 – just get a tumbler or a large balloon glass and follow the simple instructions:

Add ice in the glass then pour in the Prosecco, the Aperol and add a splash of soda, top with a slice of orange. This serving avoids the Aperol settling at the bottom.

  • Ice
  • 3 parts of Cinzano Prosecco
  • 2 parts of Aperol
  • 1 splash of soda
  • A slice of orange
  • Also called “Spritz Veneziano” in an official cocktail of the IBA (International Bartending Association). IBA cocktails are prepared all over the world according to this original recipe.

 

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For more information on Aperol Spritz, visit http://www.aperol.com/

Christmas 101** Lights of Christmas brightens Sydney festive season

 

12 – 25 December 2013

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The façade of St Mary’s Cathedral will bring the spirit of Christmas to Sydney when the enchanting light show, Lights of Christmas, returns to delight audiences for the festive season from 12-25 December.

 

A Sydney Christmas tradition enjoyed by tens of thousands of people, the 2013 Lights of Christmas projections will explore light as a symbol of celebration, from twinkling Christmas lights to candle flames, sending Christmas cheer throughout the city and around the world.

Hosted by the Archdiocese of Sydney and AGB Events in partnership with the Australian Catholic University and supported by Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria, the projections will illuminate the southern façade of the statuesque building that stands at 75 metres high and 33 metres wide, from 8.30pm, accompanied by a festive soundtrack.

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His Eminence Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney said, “Christmas is a time to come together with friends and family to celebrate the gifts of life and love, and we welcome everyone down to enjoy these stunning illuminations throughout the festive season at St Mary’s Cathedral.”

Created and produced by AGB Events with Vivid Light Festival Director, Anthony Bastic as Creative Director, Lights of Christmas will take visitors on a journey, from the story of the nativity to the hope and excitement on the night before Christmas, concluding with a celebration of the Madonna and child.

Visit the website for more information at http://www.lightsofchristmas.com.au and go to 131500.com.au or call 131 500 to plan your trip using public transport.

EVENT: Lights of Christmas

DATE: Thursday 12 – Wednesday 25 December 2013

TIME: Projections from 8:30pm to midnight

LOCATION: St Mary’s Cathedral, College St, Sydney

COST: FREE http://www.lightsofchristmas.com.au | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | #lightsofchristmas

 

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LOOK FIVE** On the fifth day of Xmas the only way to be seen, is rocking a hot swimsuit – A look that begs to be seen

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

Skye & Staghorn 'Volkerson' One Piece $210.00

Skye & Staghorn ‘Volkerson’ One Piece $210.00

 

Skye & Staghorn ' DK' One Piece $206.00

Skye & Staghorn ‘ DK’ One Piece $206.00

Skye & Staghorn 'Cody Jane' One Piece $265.00

Skye & Staghorn ‘Cody Jane’ One Piece $265.00

The back

The back

Skye & Staghorn 'Joker' Two Piece $206.00

Skye & Staghorn ‘Joker’ Two Piece $206.00

Day Four** Rhiannon Fish, Brian McFadden, Natalie Bassingthwaighte And More Reveal Music Choices For THEIR Favourite Christmas Moods

Christmas music given a shake-up as stars from around the World share their own Festive/holiday playlists with fans on rara.com to celebrate free trial. On the fourth day of Xmas the way to dance around the tree… is listening to my fave star’s playlist on Rara.com for FREE

Sydney Social 101 is excited to announce that a music streaming service has overhauled traditional Christmas playlists in favour of more modern mixes created with the real moods of the festive period in mind; reflecting the different ways we all celebrate Christmas in 2012. We’re HUGE fans of Xmassy songs here at SS101 HQ and we love a sneak look into the musical tastes of our celebs, so this is right up our street!

Rara.com the easy-to-use instant music service – has enlisted the help of global music stars and names from the worlds of fashion, food, sports and entertainment to update its festive playlists. These famous faces have created hand-crafted compilations inspired by their own festive experiences, to give their fans a glimpse of exactly what they’ll be listening to this Christmas

Whether that’s giving their fans tunes for a hip-hop inspired Christmas party (thanks to UK rapper Tinchy Stryder), songs to enjoy with friends during the break between Christmas and the New Year (courtesy of Home & Away actress, Rhiannon Fish), giving their fans tunes for a hip-hop and dance inspired NYE party (thanks to Actor, Model and CelebrityDJDidier Cohen and Actor &MTV VJ, Keiynan Lonsdale) and even a high-energy playlist to help shed those pounds after all the excess of the party season (created by music artist and XFactor judge, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, as well as Urban Pop artist Timomatic), these new playlists have it covered, whatever mood you’re in.

Other playlists include music for driving home to see family during the festive period (put together by Australia’s Next Top Model judge, Charlotte Dawson), songs to recharge after NYE and get ready for 2013 with (compiled by Media Commentator and Entertainment Editor-at-Large at News.com.au, Melissa Hoyer), and even tunes to reflect on the good times from 2012 (from musician Brian McFadden).

The move comes as rara.com gives the gift of music and launches its seven day free trial so these playlists – and many more already created by some of the biggest rock, pop, and urban artists in the world – are available to all completely free of charge.

Nick Massey, CEO, rara.com said, “We’re really excited to be working with all of these big names who are all passionate about music, to deliver an early Christmas present and celebrate the launch of our free trial this December. As a music service that offers songs for every moment and mood, we wanted to create interesting, hand-crafted playlists that fit how people are really feeling at this joyous, hectic, crazy time of the year. As well as these quirky festive-themes playlists we also have others curated by global music stars from all genres for our listeners to enjoy all year round.”

Until January 31st anyone can find, play and share unlimited music from millions of tracks available on rara.com, completely free, for seven days. Just log on to rara.com online and use voucher code HOLIDAY2012. After the seven day free trial rara.com is just $0.99 (AUD) and $1.99 (NZ) per month for the first three months, then $7.99 (AUD/NZ) per month after that.

rara.com is also available on-the-go via apps for  iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, and Windows 8 devices. Online and mobile costs are $2.99 (AUD/NZ) per month for the first three months, and then $12.99 (AUD) and $13.99 (NZ) each month.

 

NYE 101** Priceless Sydney takes New Year’s Eve up a Level… or 47

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.

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“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
Event Details:
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.

LOOK TWO – 12 LOOKS OF XMAS 101** Grooming products for the man in your life…

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.

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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

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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.

 

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Bulldog products can be purchased online and further details on the ingredients of each product is available at http://au.meetthebulldog.com/

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