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Social Spy** Pimm’s First Day of Summer Launch Party

Guests celebrated the start of summer with Pimm’s cocktails in hand and English-inspired canapés surrounded by fresh flowers and panoramic views of Bondi Beach at the Bucket List.
Launching a collaboration with artisan ice pop company Pure Pops, guests enjoyed the first taste of the Pimm’s Pop ­to show the Brits how summer is done properly!
Guests included: Alice Storey, Georgina Larby, Carmen Hamilton, Xiaohan Shen, Jana Hocking, Angus Thompson, Harry Condos.

Summer 101** Win a trip to Paris with Aperol Spritz Sunset Sessions

Kick off the summer in style with Aperol Spritz Sunset Sessions every Sunday at Icebergs Dining Room & Bar.

Aperol Spritz Sunset Sessions will takeover Icebergs every Sunday for the month of November before moving onto The Watsons Bay Hotel mid December to carry on the summer shenanigans.

To sweeten the deal, Aperol are offering an all expenses paid trip for two to Italy- the home of the Aperol Spritz. All you have to do is simply like our Facebook page and capture your perfect Aperol Sunset for your chance to WIN!

I would love for you to include this news in your pages and share with your readers. Please don’t hesitate to contact me should you require any further information and I hope to see you there for a Spritz or two!

Join the sessions:



CHILDREN’S AUDITIONS for “Strictly Ballroom the Musical”

Saturday 16 November
Opera Centre
480 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills at 10am

Media are invited to come along on Saturday 16 November at 10am when the Producers of STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL hold Auditions to cast a young boy and young girl to play the very important roles of Kylie and Luke in this keenly anticipated musical.

STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL will tango, sashay and bogo pogo its way onto the Sydney Lyric stage from 25 March 2014, thanks to Australian producers Global Creatures and the original creative team behind the classic 1992 film, director and co-writer Baz Luhrmann, set and costume designer Catherine Martin, choreographer John “Cha Cha” O’Connell and co-writer Craig Pearce.

Children auditioning will be able to sing, act and dance (ballroom training a bonus).

Children need to be born between 1 May 2001 and 1 February 2004, and no taller than 152cm at the time of the audition.

AUDITIONS Saturday 16 November at 10am
Opera Centre, 480 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills

This brand new theatrical production produced by Global Creatures and Baz Luhrmann, will bring the iconic story of ‘Strictly Ballroom’ to life on stage. It will feature break-into-song numbers created from original classics from the film, Love is in the Air, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps, and Time After Time as well as newly composed songs.

Social spy** Aperol Sunset Sessions at Bondi Icebergs


 Last night saw Summer kick off early as Aperol launched their Sunset Sessions which will run every Sunday through the month of November in Bondi Icebergs Dining Room and Bar. 


Alice McCall

Alice McCall

Guests included Luke Sales (Romance Was Born), Alice McCall, Rochelle Fox as well as a surprise cameo appearance by Jackass’ Johnny Knoxville.

Rochelle Fox

Rochelle Fox


Aperol guests were treated to canapés and the key drink of the night, Aperol Spritz, whilst listening to the sultry summer tunes provided by favourite DJs Slow Blow and Canyons. Friends were able to enjoy the picturesque Bondi Beach view on the balcony while admiring the famous Icebergs pool, which was illuminated orange.


Samara Wilson, Romain Duquesne

Samara Wilson, Romain Duquesne

Aperol Sunset Sessions will continue every Sunday afternoon throughout November at Bondi Icebergs and will then move on to Watson’s Bay Hotel from mid December – with $10 Aperol Spritz.

Enjoy the sun set over Bondi while sipping on an Aperol Spritz (Aperol, Prosecco and soda water) while enjoying some of Sydneys hottest DJs perform.


The perfect way to end your weekend with friends in this chilled out iconic venue.


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 $500 spending money.  What better way to end your summer than celebrating the beginning of the European summer in the home of Aperol.




Smirnoff Double Black vodka makes a bold arrival in Sydney

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Smirnoff kicked off its first party of the #DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE event series last week, opening the doors of the customised venue to over 150 of Sydney’s cool crowd and now you can experience the epic space yourself!

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Guests including Michael Di Francesco and the Rufus crew, to name just a few, enjoyed the signature Smirnoff Double Black Comet in the bespoke Double Black kitchen and partied to the sounds of Sydney quartet Panama, playing live from the living room stage supported by Lancelot playing from the ironing board DJ decks.

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The #DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE keys will now be handed over to Future Classic and General Pants Co to host two public events, with tickets for the first night on sale now.

Amy Finlayson, Tiah Eckhardt

Amy Finlayson, Tiah Eckhardt

The musical geniuses at Future Classic will take over the #DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE on 8 November with multi-instrumentalist, italo-style icon, and the original Pizza Guy, Michael Di Francesco aka Touch Sensitive headlining the night, supported by Charles Murdoch.

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Giorgia Mack – Hannah Busby.jpg

On 15 November the series will continue, with the #DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE keys placed safely in the hands of leading Australian fashion brand General Pants Co. Sydney rock and roll five-piece The Preatures will headline the night, bringing their infectious, gothic soul meets classic rock and roll sound to partygoers, with killer supporting acts to be announced shortly.


Located in the hub of Surry Hills, the blacked out #DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE celebrates the bold arrival of the new double freeze filtered vodka and has been designed to match the new statement vodka. Not your average venue, it features a black facade, blacked out feature walls, a black kitchen, staff kitted out in black Lee jeans and a black bathroom complete with a black bath overflowing with ping-pong balls!

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The intimate venue will make you look twice and keep you wondering what’s inside. An event series not to be missed, the #DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE creates the perfect setting for a memorable night that only Smirnoff Double Black vodka can deliver.

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Tickets to #DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE presented by Future Classic are on sale now at Tickets to the #DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE presented by General Pants Co sale date to be announced shortly.

The event series kicks off as Smirnoff unveils an epic new commercial to launch the new statement vodka. Check it out here:


#DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE presented by Future Classic:

WHAT: #DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE presented by Future Classic, featuring Touch Sensitive (LIVE), Charles Murdoch (DJ set) and Future Classic DJs

WHEN: From 7pm, 8 November, 2013
WHERE: #DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE 280 Cleveland St, Surry Hills

#DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE presented by General Pants Co:

WHAT: #DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE presented by General Pants Co, featuring The Preatures (LIVE), supported by a killer line up to be announced shortly

WHEN: From 7pm, 15 November, 2013
WHERE: #DOUBLEBLACKHOUSE, 280 Cleveland St, Surry Hills

Melbourne Cup 101** The Carnival’s Ultimate Lunch for Ladies


Ahead of Crown Oaks Day – the Melbourne Cup Carnival’s ultimate day of style, the prestigious and time honoured tradition that is the VRC Oaks Club Luncheon returned to the Palladium at Crown today in spectacular fashion.

Belinda Carlisle

Belinda Carlisle

Hosted by Channel Seven’s Jennifer Keyte from 7 News and Mark Beretta from Sunrise, the event, now in its 23rd year, saw over 1500 fashionable guests don their finest racewear for an afternoon of world class glamour, entertainment and fine food.

Coco Rocha

Coco Rocha

Guests were spoilt with entertainment when American songstress Belinda Carlisle captivated the audience with renditions of her most loved hits including Heaven is a Place on Earth, Summer Rain, and Leave a Light On, which have made her one of the biggest solo female artists in the world. Carlisle, who is honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, dazzled the audience with a powerful and unforgettable show.

Dami Im

Dami Im

After a staggering 3.7 million viewers around the nation switched on to watch Dami Im win The X Factor just last week, the starlet lit up the VRC Oaks Club Luncheon stage with a passionate performance of her ARIA chart topping single Alive and a stunning performance of Purple Rain by Prince.

Gai Waterhouse

Gai Waterhouse

Supermodels Coco Rocha, VRC’s official Style Guest for the 2013 Melbourne Cup Carnival and Kate Upton, Emirates and VRC special guest for Emirates Melbourne Cup Day, attended the celebration in style and spoke about their experience at the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Guests also heard from Crown’s Culinary Directors and renowned chefs Neil Perry and Guillaume Brahimi, who discussed their culinary inspirations for the luncheon’s menu.

Kate Upton

Kate Upton

Other special guests included Melbourne Cup winning trainer Gai Waterhouse, VRC Vice Chairman Amanda Elliott, Lady Susan Renouf, Crown General Manager of Public Relations Ann Peacock, Myer Fashions on the Field Ambassador Rebecca Bramich, UK Myer designer Jeff Banks, Scherri-Lee Biggs, Barbara Licuria, Danielle Spencer, Alex Davis, Erin Maxwell and Simone Callaghan.

Lady Susan Renouf and Ann Peacock

Lady Susan Renouf and Ann Peacock

MC Jennifer Keyte said she was delighted to host the VRC Oaks Club Luncheon at the Palladium at Crown, with the event setting the tone for tomorrow’s raceday at Flemington.

“This year’s pink on pink theming in the Palladium at Crown was truly spectacular, and was complimented by an incredible sea of hats and fascinators and amazing fashion. With so many fabulous guests dressed in their finest racewear, the luncheon, which sold out in minutes, was a spectacular success and a great preview of what’s to come at tomorrow’s Crown Oaks Day” said Keyte.

Hardy Brothers Jewellers, the makers of the 18 carat gold Melbourne Cup, created a one-of-a-kind Emirates Melbourne Cup lapel pin, which fetched an auction price of $7,000 for the charity SecondBite.

The third day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, Crown Oaks Day, is traditionally known as ‘ladies day’, and is an opportunity for women to express their own signature style. In the Myer Fashions on the Field Enclosure, the Women’s Racewear national champion is decided. On the track, the racing highlight is the Group 1 Crown Oaks, the A$1 million classic for three-year-old fillies over 2500m.

For more information on Crown Oaks Day visit

Ron Burgundy has a special message for Australia this Melbourne Cup

Social Spy** Sky Terrace Bar Star City



Last night was the opening night of the newest (and coolest) rooftop bar in Sydney. Sky Terrace Bar in Star City is sure to be everyones favourite hideout this Summer.

Amazing views of the city skyline, pop up food stations, live music, cocktails and if that wasn’t enough to tempt you there is a table tennis table and badminton court for those of you who enjoy a casual hit around with your mojito.

Feast on an impressive food menu including Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Dubai Falafel AND Movenpick ice cream, all items are generously priced at $5.

If you are heading down on a Saturday night you will also have the best seat in the house for the weekly fireworks display at Darling Harbour. What is not to love about this place?

The Sky Terrace is open most Friday and Saturday nights between now and January 9th and then it will be open every night. Keep an eye on their website as it is closed on a couple of Friday nights due to private events.



What’s on: The Cottage Bar & Kitchen Launches Its Spring Menu

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The weather is warming up and The Cottage Bar & Kitchen in Balmain has launched its new spring menu just in time – it’s perfect for sharing with friends and family on long, hot, sunny days. Designed by head chef Ellen Young, dishes include baby corn with lime oil, parmesan and micro coriander; arancini with lemon, mint, pea & haloumi; snow pea salad with red onion and cabbage, carrot, and orange oil; seared scallops with rocket, fresh fruit vinaigrette and prosciutto; and pork ribs with guava BBQ sauce and jicama salad. The menu also boasts an extensive selection of the finest cheeses from the UK, France, Spain and Italy.

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The restaurant is a wine bar that feels like grandma’s farmhouse, with a mismatch of kitsch and vintage furniture and a newly opened courtyard for alfresco dining. The menu is inspired by ‘share-style’ food and pizza’s cooked in the huge pizza oven – one of the centre pieces of the venue – and an extensive wine list is comprehensive yet approachable with some quirky twists, along with top notch cocktails and craft beers on offer.

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Working with renowned designers Luchetti Krelle (of Momofuku Seiobo, Hinky Dinks and Sake fame) the owners put together the concept for the venue, creating a warm and friendly space which complements Balmain’s rustic heritage. The Cottage Bar & Kitchen is a charming venue which food and wine lovers will relish, and locals will want to make their regular hangout.

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The Bucket List, chef Tom Walton and Fishtales are throwing on a Seafood Festival to highlight local seafood purveyors. As part of Good Food Month, it is a chance for locals to taste and eat their way through mini stalls whilst talking with the purveyors. Pepe Saya butter and Brasserie Bread will be served to complement all the seafood dishes to complete the experience.


“This festival is an exciting opportunity to showcase some of our producers in the local seafood industry. There’s nothing better than a weekend of great food, sharing a few of my favourite seafood preparation methods and dishes in the Masterclass so that people can walk away with new inspiration to add to their repertoire,” says Chef Tom Walton.

A family friendly festival, food aficionados and aspiring mini masterchefs will equally get their fix with Tom hosting two Masterclasses a day over the festive weekend. Choose to learn how to cure and smoke seafood or how to create delicious seafood salads, just in time for summer. If that’s not enough, the Godfather of hand churned butter, Pepe Saya will be joining the class and showcasing the secrets behind his famous hand churned butter.


WHAT: Seafood Festival Extravaganza & Masterclass, free face painting and live music.

WHERE: The Bucket List, Shop 1, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi Pavilion WHEN: Saturday 26th October & Sunday 27th October from 12PM WHO: Chef Tom Walton & Pepe Saya

HOW: Taste tickets sold at the door $10 each or buy 6 tastes for $50


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