Mother’s Day

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SOCIAL SPY** Megan Morton’s Pop Up and Mother’s Day Event

Looking for some inspiration for Mother’s Day this weekend? Well you’re in luck, as renowned interiors stylist Megan Morton has just opened a pop-up gift shop in time for the occasion at the MLC Centre.

Last night, media representatives were invited to the exclusive launch which included delicious canapés, drinks and a chance to view the designs.

The pop-up shop, on level 7, is based on Megan’s latest book, titled ‘Things I Love’ and includes beautifully selected gift options such as gold heart piñatas, oak chopping boards and a Rachel Castel and Megan Morton collaboration ‘Wonky Heart’ Pillowcase as well as many other goodies!

In the lead up to Mother’s Day (Sunday May 12), a collection of Aussie designed gifts as well as Megan’s book will be for sale.

Customers visiting the store will be offered a complimentary manicure and will receive a Mother’s Day gift card, which includes a personalised Polaroid pic.

“Showcasing the things I love in a central location, such as MLC Centre, is a really exciting opportunity,” Megan said.

The shop’s located in a prime position and will remain open until the end of May – so make sure you head down there on your lunch break to check out what’s on offer!

Opening Hours as follows:

Mon – Wed: 10am – 5pm
Thurs: 10am – 7pm
Fri: 10am – 5pm
Sat: 10am – 4pm

Sydney Social Reporter Jennifer Fletcher attended the event last night.




What’s On: The mother of all champagne celebrations – Mother’s Day at ArgyleXchange


Calling all lovers of champagne! Fathers, sons and daughters, treat mum to a special Mother’s Day afternoon at the inaugural Great Dames of Champagne discovery and tasting event at Bar Ananas, the chic, Parisian-inspired venue at ArgyleXchange in The Rocks.

Try four champagnes with matched canapés throughout the afternoon, while Australia’s favourite TV champagne expert and award-winning author Jayne Powell (also known as Champagne Jayne) tells the stories of the inspirational women behind the renowned champagne houses.

The mouth-watering menu includes Moët & Chandon matched with Brandade of Cod, Veuve Clicquot with Lobster & Foie Gras Sandwich, Bollinger with Salted Caramel Éclair, and Laurent Perrier Rose with Fraisier Strawberry Sponge.


The Great Dames of Champagne event will be held on Sunday 12 May at 2pm in Bar Ananas. $75pp includes the hosted champagne discovery session and four half-glasses of champagne with matched canapés. For bookings contact ArgyleXchange Concierge.


For those looking for a special place to take mum out for Mother’s Day lunch or dinner, there are plenty of tempting options at ArgyleXchange.


Take mum on a trip to the French Mediterranean at Brasserie Ananas, open from 11am for lunch and early dinner with special dishes added to the à la carte menu by new Executive Chef Paul McGrath.

Contemporary Japanese favourite, Saké Restaurant & Bar, will be open from 11am for lunch and dinner with special menu items for the kids and creations by Executive Chef Shaun Presland especially for mum. You can make the day extra special by reserving a private room.

New York-inspired steak restaurant The Cut Bar & Grill will also open especially for Mother’s Day lunch and stay open for dinner, serving up premium cuts of steak and the freshest seafood for the whole family to enjoy, along with special dishes from Head Chef James Knight.

Anyone wishing to book should call ArgyleXchange Concierge on (02) 9009 0806 or email


Address: 12-20 Argyle Street, The Rocks, Sydney NSW 2000


Phone: 02 9009 0806



What’s on: The Strand Arcade VIP Shopping Evening to launch Wool Week

The Strand Arcade have partnered with The Campaign for Wool to support this initiative and will be marking the official launch this Thursday with an exclusive VIP shopping evening.

The event which runs from 5-8pm, invites shoppers to enjoy one-night-only offers from leading retailers including Alex Perry, Gorman, Manning Cartell, The Corner Shop and Dinosaur Designs while being treated to complimentary Chandon bubbly, hot chocolate, fairy floss and roasted nuts.

Shoppers that spend $200 or more in centre will receive two pairs of Leona Edmiston signature winter PINS for free. For a full program of retailer offers, please see attached.

The VIP evening will also reveal an installation by textile artist Magda Sayeg. Two six-metre-tall gumtrees covered in over 600 metres of vibrant Australian Merino wool will showcase Sayeg’s world-renowned guerrilla knitting style while stores continue the theme with window displays featuring orange yarn.


Adding to the celebration, The Strand Arcade is showcasing student and graduate designs from Australia’s most respected fashion and textile tertiary programs which have been created especially for The Campaign of Wool and Wool Week.

Behind this project is a focus on educating consumers about the benefits of wool and an aspiration to go ‘back to the source’ and highlight the use of Australian Merino wool in designer fashion.

WHEN: Thursday 2nd May 2013, 5pm – 8pm

WHERE: The Strand Arcade, 412-414 George Street, Sydney


× Exclusive offers from retailers, see full program attached
× Complimentary treats and drinks
× Magda Sayeg guerrilla knitting installation, on display until the end of June 2013
× Student and graduate design showcase from University of Technology Sydney, Whitehouse Institute of Design, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Curtin University of Technology and Queensland University of Technology, on display until end of June 2013
× Exclusive orange yarn window displays
× ‘Meet the Designer’ in-store at selected boutiques

Fashion Spy** Katie Perry Popping up in Paddington


Australian fashion designer Katie Perry’s pop up store opening on Thursday 18th April saw several creative types coming together showcasing their fabulous wares. Sydney Social popped along to check it out.

Excited guests poured into Katie’s gorgeous residence on Paddington’s style mecca William Street to browse her gorgeous autumn collection and other luxury brands such as Swarovski jewellery from Jlili and boutique skincare Pink Hibiscus (a favourite of Jackie O and Bessie Bardot).

Sydney has seen a bit of a surge in the pop up phenomenon over the past few years. Rising rental prices sometimes see empty spaces for a retailer, bar or art gallery to temporarily spring up in. It’s fun for the consumers who constantly have new places to visit and an excellent way for niche retailers, who don’t necessarily want the financial burden of a full time store, to engage new customers, particularly when several retailers come together in one space.

Throughout the evening, Sydney Social enjoyed the sociability of the shopping experience and the friendly atmosphere while we bopped around to the various designers and retailers. We tasted fabulous Italian wine from Sensi Collezione and ate delicious hot canapés (served by equally delicious hot men!).


Katie Perry was on hand throughout the night to give style tips and showcase the collection. Her pop up shop will be open every Saturday and individual shopping appointments (and for further one off events).

Other guests included; Steve Clisby (The Voice), Lauren Dawes (The Voice), Adam Dixon (couture bridal designer and next-door neighbour) and Anna Lutkajitis (Skipping Girl). The beautiful flowers and decorations were supplied by Willow and Dune.


Sydney Social trivia: brief history of the pop-up shop
‘Vacant’ of Los Angeles was the first company to introduce pop-up retail. In 1999
following a business trip to Tokyo, ‘Vacant’ staff wondered whether consumers would line up to purchase limited edition products from niche retailers.

Once the products were sold out (usually within hours) the store would close until the owner received more products and would then re-open. This led ‘Vacant’ to think about closing the store permanently after the goods were sold, and moving it to another target destination, since consumers were travelling long distances to the niche retailers.

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Lancôme Australia hosted an evening of elegance and luxury with The Sydney Dance Company last night on the 6th of March with an elaborate dinner for over 60 guests within studio 4.

A night of beauty and excellence, the theme – Absolue, and the proud announcement of Lancôme as an associate sponsor of Australia’s leading contemporary dance group, Sydney Dance Company.

Sydney Dance Company Studio 4 was transformed into a Baccarat inspired ballroom with 6 brilliant crystal chandeliers purposely hung above the elegant gold gilded dining table. The exclusive evening was kicked off with the finest French champagne and canapés in the Sydney Dance Company’s private workshop space over looking Sydney’s Harbour Bridge, and was followed by an elegant two course dinner at dusk in the Sydney Dance Company Studio 4.

The profile guests that included fashion designers Camilla and Marc, Genevieve Smart (of Ginger and Smart), Australian Actress Gigi Edgley and media personalities and Lancôme Ambassadress

Natarsha Belling, enjoyed an evening surrounded by roses and the dancing lights of the grand chandeliers that captured the golden warmth of the celebrated Lancôme skincare line Absolue.

The evening was enhanced and complimented with the performance of the latest creative work from the

Sydney Dance Company’s Artistic Director, Rafael Bonachela, De Novo.

A night of Arts and Beauty, the event signified the perfect alchemy of elegance and excellent.




Sydney’s newest ultimate High Tea- with champagne of course!


Woollahra’s champagne and wine bar One Moncur is adding a contemporary high tea to its drinking and dining offering.

Already one of Sydney’s favourite places to enjoy a relaxed afternoon, One Moncur’s sophisticated high tea focuses on tea- time classics given a contemporary update, which of course should be enjoyed over bubbles.

With one of Sydney’s best champagne selections, the ultimate treat is to enjoy either ‘The Sparkling Moncur Tea’, which includes a glass of cool climate Clover Hill Tasmanian Cuvee NV, or if you just can’t pass up a glass of grande marque champagne, upgrade to ‘The Madame’s Tea’. Named after the ‘Grand Dame of Champagne’, Madame Cliquot Ponsardin, a glass of Veuve Cliquot Ponsardin Brut NV works very nicely with a macaron or two!

One Moncur will treat you to afternoon tea sandwiches such as blue swimmer crab with coriander mayonnaise, poached chicken with almonds and crème fraiche, or a classic cucumber. Their fresh scones, served up with strawberry conserve and Chantilly cream will contest your Grandma’s best batch. To finish off the classic high tea there is of course a delectable selection of macarons and slices.

The champagne and wine bar is also offering a new summer food menu to take you from lunch to dinner. Start with small plates of Spanish white anchovies with chimichurri or gazpacho with crusty bread, and move on to a tartine of rich jamón ibérico, or wagyu bresaola beef sliders. And to finish, along with the artisan chocolates and cheese plates, One Moncur will now tempt you with poached white peaches and berry compote.

Brothers Luke and Jeremy Browne along with business partner Anthony Rosen have been the driving force behind the reincarnation of the historic Phoenix Hotel building on leafy Moncur Street, which takes many of its design features from the Phoenix’s rich art deco past.

The wine list offers over 30 champagnes by the bottle, including classic grande marques and an impressive list of grower- made champagnes. The experienced One Moncur team has also ensured that there are plenty of champagnes for under $20 a glass to show that champagne can be an affordable luxury, as well as an assured list of Australian and French wines.

One Moncur Street, Woollahra, Sydney
Monday -Wednesday open from 4pm-11pm
Thursday -Saturday open from 12pm-11pm
Sunday open from 12pm-10pm

High Tea is available Friday to Sunday, from 12-5pm.
Bookings are essential.
Classic High Tea $39 per person
The Sparkling Moncur Tea $49 per person
The Madame’s Tea $59 per person
Twitter: @onemoncur
Facebook: One Moncur

For further information, interview & media enquiries, please contact:
Justine Henschke at The Cru on or 0408 829 986




GOLDEN SILVER COLLECTION LAUNCH L’Aqua Gold Room, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney

THOMAS SABO invited the Australian fashion and lifestyle press on Wednesday afternoon to the launch of the new Spring/Summer 2013 Sterling Silver Collections at L’Aqua Gold Room, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney. Around 100 media and a handful of selected celebrity guests celebrated the international lifestyle brand’s exquisite new ranges.

The THOMAS SABO GLAM & SOUL Women’s Collection renowned for its 925 Sterling silver sparkled with a completely new design signature for the brand – 18 carat yellow and rose gold plated silver. Entitled GOLDEN SILVER, this new feature of the SS2013 collection was unveiled against a backdrop of picturesque harbour views.

The modern look of the women’s collection is inspired by the fabulous designs and colours of Moorish culture and includes warm-coloured elements incorporated into the gold-plated pieces of jewellery. Drop-shaped arabesques, intensive bright turquoise and golden yellow suns from One Thousand and One Nights are combined in new style statements.

A highlight was the presentation of the new SS2013 campaign which features Poppy Delevingne as the new global brand ambassador for the Women’s GLAM & SOUL Collections. Poppy Delevingne, a top British model and internationally celebrated style icon, is the face of the evocative campaign for the women’s wear and perfectly captures the spirit associated with the GOLDEN SILVER range with her youthful twist and seductive charm.

Poppy Delevingne: “The new Spring Summer 2013 Collection by THOMAS SABO offers the modern woman every opportunity to take centre stage. With the many new combination options using silver, rose gold and yellow gold, you can find the right accessory for every occasion, every style and every personality.”

The THOMAS SABO REBEL AT HEART Men’s Collection was presented autonomously for the very first time. With countless items of jewellery with rebellious attitude, blackened silver is the material that lends the designs their special coolness. Although created for the rebellious gentleman, the REBEL AT HEART Collection includes numerous unisex items of jewellery. The celebrity testimonial for the new the men’s collection is internationally successful violin virtuoso, David Garrett. David Garrett is a huge jewellery fan and a role model for men’s jewellery as he demonstrates the courage to experiment with exceptional styles and accessories.

Warmly welcomed were local celebrities Samantha Jade, Alice Burdeu, Danny Clayton, Keiynan Lonsdale, Jaynie Seal, Brendan Moar, Maude Garrett, Sophia Conn, Lachlan Cosgrove, Briden-Starr and Rochelle Fox who joined esteemed fashion media identities in attendance.

L’Aqua Gold Room provided the perfect setting for the presentation of the THOMAS SABO GLAM & SOUL and REBEL AT HEART Collections, which will be available from leading jewellers nationally in March 2013.









Social Spy** Thomas Sabo’s Sweet Diamond Cocktail Party

Jewellery lovers came together last night for the exclusive launch of Thomas Sabo’s new Sweet Diamond collection.


The new range features very delicate and perfectly crafted sterling silver with real diamonds that have a hint of yellow gold – a first for Thomas Sabo.


A dazzling cocktail party was held at the Ivy Ballroom last night for the new collection and was hosted by model and TV presenter Natalie Gruzlewski.


Guy Sebastian also took to the stage to perform with his brother Chris Sebastian and The Voice’s Carmen Smith.


“Thank you to everyone at ‪@ThomasSaboAU for decking ‪@GuySebastian band and I out in your amazing jewellery. Made my outfit and my night,” Carmen tweeted at the end of the night.


Meanwhile, the brand’s CEO Bernd Stadlwieser spoke about the new line, which has lots of feminine charm and is subtle but makes a statement.


The new designs include flowers, bows, hearts and classic TS charms, such as wings, crosses and keys.


Don’t miss the Sweet Diamond collection, which is available now!


Sydney Social’s reporter Jennifer Fletcher was at the Thomas Sabo’s Sweet Diamond Cocktail Party.

Mother’s Day – Sydney Gift Guide

Its Mother’s Day this Sunday, if you’re looking for some inspiration Sydney Social 101 might have just what you’re looking for!

There are a number of gift suggestions that I think would go down a treat! To celebrate we have one of the gift guide suggestions to give away to one lucky reader of Sydney Social 101!

Details of how to win are at the bottom of this post!

Here are the suggestions for you:

A nice bottle of vino – Tempus Two

Tempus Two Moscato Rosa is a brilliant gift for mum. It has a great earthy pink colour and is great to drink for brunch or lunch as its low in alcohol – perfect to take along to a restaurant for Mother’s Day. RRP is $14.99.

Dinner for two – The Star

Sydney’s one-of-a-kind leisure and entertainment venue, The Star, will celebrate Mother’s Day on 13 May, with special Sunday lunch menus in the signature restaurants, plus a pamper offer at The Spa at The Darling. Also available for Mums, are Star gift cards which are redeemable for a hotel stay, dining experience, spa treatment or shopping in the many retail stores.


BLACK by ezard

Complete with stunning harbour views, contemporary Australian grill BLACK by ezard, will feature a four course lunch menu for $90 per person plus beverages this Mother’s Day. The decadent menu reflects chef Teage Ezard’s bold and boundary breaking cuisine. Take for example, the butter poached prawns, wood grilled watermelon and corn salad.


Popular Italian chef, Stefano Manfredi, has prepared a special Mother’s Day experience at his modern Milanese restaurant, Balla. For $85 per person, guests will absorb beautiful harbour views, whilst enjoying a three course lunch menu including primi, secondi and dolce, plus a glass of prosecco.  A limited a la carte menu will also be available.


New contemporary Japanese restaurant, Sokyo, will serve a special six course lunch menu created by ex-Nobu chef, Chase Kojima. For $70 per person, guests will enjoy sashimi, tempura, a signature dishes, sushi and dessert, plus a glass of Domaine Chandon. A limited a la carte menu will also be available.

Bistro 80

Serving Bistro classics and favourites, Bistro 80 has created a special menu for Mother’s Day featuring three courses for $60 per person, including a glass of Domaine Chandon.

For more information about the special menus for each restaurant, please visit To make a restaurant reservation, please contact 1800 700 700.

Spa Day – Special Offer

Stay at one of The Star’s five-star hotels, The Darling hotel and Spa or the Astral Tower and Residences, and receive a $50 credit to go towards a pampering experience at The Spa at The Darling. The luxurious spa has a range of unique treatments from around the world, delivering pampering to all new levels. Located on level 2 of The Darling, the spa offers 16 private rooms including an intimate couple’s treatment room and an indulgent hamam.


 The Star gift cards are also available to purchase for Mother’s Day, and are redeemable at The Star’s 20 restaurants and bars, The Darling Hotel and Spa, as well as The Star’s premium retail collection, with stores including Bottega Veneta, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Moda Emporio, IM Lingerie, Calvin Klein Jeans LK Boutique and G-Star Raw. Gift cards can be purchased by calling 1800 700 700.

For more information about the special menus for each restaurant, please visit To make a restaurant or hotel reservation, please contact 1800 700 700.



Deshabille is a stunning store that features everything from candles to sleepwear! They have compiled special Mothers Day gift packs which feature the sleepwear, Urban Rituelle candles, soaps and bracelets. You can check out other gift packs/ gift ideas from Deshabille here:

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If these are a little out of your price range, not to worry! Sydney Social 101 has one of the packs to giveaway to one lucky winner! To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is ‘Like’ Sydney Social 101 on facebook and tell me 25 words or less why your mum deserves to win the pack. Pack is worth $145 (RRP)

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