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body+soul revolution: You’re only 10 weeks away from a new you!

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It’s the first day back at work after the Australia Day weekend and to say I’m feeling a little fragile is putting it mildly. I may have over indulged – but then again, it would be un-Australian of me to not get in the spirit of things, right?

Well now I’ve decided to take a stand and to start to work towards the new me – I’m 29, not getting any younger, this is the last year of my twenties and I figure I should do what I can to look after my body (we only get one of them)!

Don’t get me wrong, with the array of wonderful events I get to attend, with the free bars and stunning food, it can be very easy to ‘have a night off’. Ultimately however, I have come to the conclusion that I should live by the moto ‘everything in moderation’, a quick fix diet isn’t ever going to work for me – neither is banning alcohol or amazing food from my life. All that I achieve by doing this is being miserable and gorging when the ‘fix’ is over (and probably undo all m hard work within two-hours).

As you may have heard, I am taking part in body+soul revolution! The body+soul revolution is a 10-week health and fitness online program scientifically proven to help users achieve a balanced, healthy lifestyle – all with the help of our team of trusted body+soul experts (from nutritionists to sexologists!). I believe that this is the best way for me to start as I mean to go on, a lifestyle choice rather than a fad diet.

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I’ve also decided to put myself out there and will be documenting my progress throughout the 10-week revolution (so that I have nowhere to hide and so that I actually have to face this head on!).

Having scoured the healthy prepared meal delivery services across Sydney, these two have consistently come out on top – in terms of taste and affordability.

In additional to the body+soul revolution, I will be following a 14 Day 1,200 Calorie Kick Start Plan from Dietlicious (prior to the body+soul revolution commencing).

I will also be working with Hello Fresh during the body+soul revolution to provide you with information on meal plans, how tasty and affordable they can be along with insights as to how long they take to prepare. (For time poor, health conscious readers!)

Throughout the process I will be working out with my own personal trainer (plus swimming four times a week) – you have permission to shout at me if I slack off!

I will be monitoring my progress on body+soul revolution’s website throughout the ten weeks. There is a wealth of information as part of the body+soul revolution, you can find out more at

Now I will update you all with my progress week to week and will also post daily updates via my social media channels to see how I’m tracking. In the interest of being 100% transparent, I will update you with my weight and inch loss (fingers crossed!) as I progress.

Here are my current stats (inches will be added soon):

Height: 5’7” (170cm)

Weight: 72 KG

Dress size: 12

At the end of the 10 week body+soul revolution, with the help of Hello Fresh, Dietlicious and my PT I would love to achieve the following:

Height: 5’7” (170cm) – Shockingly the same 😉

Weight: 62 KG

Dress size: 10

I would absolutely love some support throughout this progress, maybe you might be interested in even taking part with me? To be involved it’s really simple,

Simply log onto for a free health and weight assessment, choose a program to suit your lifestyle and goals, and let the fab team of body+soul experts guide you through a 10-week program of delicious meal plans and recipes, easy-to-follow workouts and all the tips and tricks you’ll need to lose weight, feel great and boost your energy.


The body+soul revolution begins Sunday 2nd February 2014 at I have already begun with the pre-revolution detox to best prepare myself for the experience, you know what, I’m really excited about this!

You can also follow body+soul revolution here:

In addition the official hashtag for this phase is #bodyandsoulrev – join the conversation!




Peroni Nastro Azzurro, number one premium Italian beer, has again resumed their role as a major sponsor of the annual St George OpenAir Cinema for the 5th year running. This year will see Peroni celebrate the brand’s heritage and indulge in their love of Italian film with a special preview screening of Paolo Sorrentino’s greatest film yet, La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty).


Peroni is set to host some of Sydney’s most stylish crowd at the exclusive VIP event to be held on Tuesday 21 January at the iconic cinema venue overlooking the spectacular Sydney Harbour.


The event will see guests treated to pre-screening drinks where they can enjoy Collezione Peroni, crisp and refreshing Peroni Nastro Azzurro and 3.5% alcohol Peroni Leggera, accompanied by the brand’s delicious signature aperitivo including Beef carpaccio on crostini, Forest mushroom and mozzarella arancini as well as fried Zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta and parmesan.

Confirmed guests for the VIP event include Kate Waterhouse, Nick Smith, Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman, Carla Zampatti, Pip Edwards, Romy Frydman, Martin and Michelle Walsh and Nicola Finetti.

Beauty 101** The ultimate travel buddy and beauty essential this summer + Competition

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NOTE: This competition has now closed, the winners have been notified and they are Charlotte S Cotton and Nicole Kent. 

Thank you so much for all your entries – stay tuned for more competitions coming on Sydney Social 101.

Every so often I get asked to review a product, new technologies, beauty essentials for Sydney Social 101. I am usually reluctant unless it has a great fit with the site, and my readers! This is one of those occasions where I just can’t keep this little beauty secret to myself!

Oral-B and Braun have partnered up and designed the new Black 7000 electronic toothbrush model, creating one of the most high performing, multi functional electric toothbrushes ever.

After trying the Black 7000 for four weeks I can honestly say I will never go back to using a regular toothbrush again! A bold claim I know, but a true one!

The impressive gadget has a huge variety of modes including deep clean, sensitive, whitening, massage and tongue cleaning as well as five different brush heads for precision cleaning.  It evens lets you know when you are brushing too hard.  There is literally nothing this brush cannot do.

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“With 48,800 movements per minute, the Oral-B 7000 Black features unique oscillating, rotating and pulsating bristles that provide a tooth-by-tooth clean – a technology heralded by independent reviews for removing up to twice as much plaque as a regular manual toothbrush” (Oral-B spokesperson).

The toothbrush comes complete with a slick travel case and a digital timer which signals dentist recommended brushing times.  Finished in a stylish black matt the Black 7000 ticks all the boxes and is definitely worth its price tag (RRP $299).  You will not be disappointed, I wasn’t and my teeth have never felt cleaner.

Don’t forget to pack this bad boy for your summer vacations, it is a must-have – bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase: “Don’t forget your toothbrush!”

If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning one of  2 x Oral-B BLACKs (worth approx. $300 each) simply like Sydney Social 101 on Facebook and tell us in 25 words or less why you should be picked!

Competition closes 5th February 2014 at 17:00.



Aussie media personalities, Fifi Box, Emma Freedman, Hayden Quinn and Bondi Rescue lifeguards Greg Bishop, Tom Bunting and Brad Malyon, have teamed up for Invisible Zinc Spot Check Month – encouraging Australians to check their skin for bad spots this January. Launching with a nationwide competition today, Friday January 10, 2014, Invisible Zinc Spot Check Month sees $150,000 worth of free skin cancer checks being offered at clinics around the country.

The six Aussie celebs got together to film an online video – which for every share on Facebook, $1 has been pledged to fund the Genome Project(1) – to highlight the importance of skin checks and further aid the detection and prevention of skin cancer. The Genome Project is an ambitious national research program into the diagnosis and treatment of some types of skin cancer.

With skin cancer Australia’s most common cancer and the country having one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world*, skin health has never been so important than at the height of the Aussie summer. Having grown up by the beach, it’s something that Bondi Rescue lifeguard, Greg Bishop, is very aware of.

“Being on the beach every day, you see people being pretty unsafe in the sun,” says Greg. “I’d say we’ve all underestimated the strength of the sun in Australia sometimes, so have almost certainly overexposed yourself at one time or another. That’s why I think it’s really important all Aussies have their skin checked regularly. Good spots can turn to bad spots without you noticing and the old adage is definitely true – prevention is better than a cure.”

“I’m not sure my generation has quite learnt what damage the sun can do to your skin,” Emma Freedman adds, “which really is appalling. We need to continue to push the point that sun protection is an ‘always’, not just a ‘sometimes’.”

Part of the key to helping ensure long-term skin health is via early skin cancer detection and prevention, which is why Invisible Zinc and MoleMap are providing 400 of the normally $375 full body skin cancer checks for free to Australians across the country this month. MoleMap is a leading skin cancer detection service with clinics throughout Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Rekorderlig Cider to unveil their Beautifully Swedish Bar & Gazebo at Sydney Festival 2014

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Rekorderlig Cider returns as the official cider sponsor for iconic Sydney Festival in 2014, creating a beautiful themed outdoor bar to feature at Festival Village, the new day-to-night highlight of Sydney Festival.


The Rekorderlig Bar will feature a striking, wooden deck with Rekorderlig bean bags and comfortable deck chairs for festival goers to relax as well as long wooden share tables to get together with friends and enjoy the range of Rekorderlig flavours on offer. Open from 4:30pm, the Rekorderlig bar will offer jugs of your favourite cider flavour to share in its perfect serve, including fresh garnishes and tasty fruit additions.

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Located adjacent to the Rekorderlig Bar, the Rekorderlig Gazebo will be the ultimate weekend music and party destination. The unique location will showcase exciting Sydney DJ’s throughout the duration of the festival. You can find the DJ line-up here –


The annual Sydney Festival event kicks off 2014 with a bold cultural celebration of music, quality art and performances. This exciting, cultural, summer celebration in Sydney, Hyde Park, will occur from 9thJanuary – 27th January 2014.


* Rekorderlig Cider at Festival Village will be located at Hyde Park North, entry near the Archibald Fountain.

In addition aaward-winning Swedish Cider, Rekorderlig, has launched their first brand film in cinemas nationwide including the St George Open Air Cinema this January 2014.

The Rekorderlig Cider brand film features the four Beautifully Swedish Collective members, following the ambassadors doing daily activities that are unique to each of them. These individuals are rising stars in trendsetting and unique in their field, representing inspiring aspects of the Beautifully Swedish lifestyle. The film highlights each Collective member including; stylist and fashion blogger Caroline Blomst on a fashion shoot among the spring blossom, professional snowboarder and thrill seeker Chris Sörmancarving down snow-capped mountains, professional kite surfer Erika Lindberg riding the waves and talented artist and lifestyle photographer Agnes Thor capturing an Autumn moment.


The brand film captures the fun-loving spirit of the Swedish people and the Rekorderlig Cider brand, shot in various locations across Sweden and Barbados. From kite surfing in the sunshine to snowboarding high in the Swedish mountains, the film highlights the Beautifully Swedish lifestyle worldwide and Rekorderlig’s versatility throughout the seasons.

Directed by: Adam Alexandroni, The Apartment A

Soundtrack: Sweetness Alive by Goldroom feat. Say Lou Lou


I love cider, cider makes me happy!

It’s no secret that a like a drink, ha! My tipple of choice over the summer is often a cold glass of cider. My favourite at the moment is a refreshing glass of Rekorderlig Cider.

I am excited to reveal that it has just announced itsnew and adventurous flavour for summer –APPLE-GUAVA – YUM!

Rekorderlig Apple-Guava Cider is recommended to be served over ice with a wedge of lime for a refreshing and invigorating experience. This launch is the beginning of a truly wonderful bond between season and product, with each cider reflecting a change of season, tantalizing your taste buds with lashings of delicious apples and a luscious burst of tropical Guava.

As we welcome the warmer summer months, Australians can also embrace this exciting addition to the fantastic Rekorderlig Cider portfolio, available now in major retail outlets nationwide.

Never one to blend in with the crowd, Rekorderlig Cider continues to push the boundaries, creating innovative flavours for every season and cement their position as the leading fruit cider in Australia.

What you waiting for, grab a glass! Would love to know your thoughts! Cheers!


The ‘ULTIMAT EXPERIENCE’ Short Film Competition is now open! Proudly supported by ULTIMAT VODKA in Australia


ULTIMAT VODKA, one of the world’s leading and ultra-premium vodkas, is giving away over $5,000 and exclusive prizes in the Ultimat Vodka Short Film Competition.

The competition invites all aspiring and professional filmmakers to answer the question ‘What is the Ultimat Experience’ and submit their original 30 -90 second video by 30th September 2013.
“Our film competition is about finding your sublime experience, your ‘Ultimat’, whether it’s summiting Everest, celebrating a million-dollar deal, headlining a festival or something else…” said Michael McAdam, Brand Manager for Ultimat Vodka. “For some filmmakers, it will be getting unprecedented exposure with a premium international brand.”

Prizes include:

Judge’s Choice – $3500 + VIP pass to Rolling Stone Awards where your winning entry will be screened + a bottle of Ultimat Vodka

Editor’s Choice – $1000 + VIP pass to Rolling Stone Awards where your winning entry will be screened + a bottle of Ultimat Vodka

People’s Choice (most votes) – $500 + a bottle of Ultimat Vodka

The video must be 30sec – 90sec and consist of an Ultimat Vodka bottle prop in the footage. The film must adhere to the Terms and Conditions and follow video format guidelines. The judging criteria considers; creativity & originality, the story angle, the quality and the share ability with social media.

ULTIMAT VODKA, distributed in Australia by Southtrade International, is one of the leading premium vodka’s in the world. Created in Poland, it is the only vodka distilled from grains and potato, with the result an unrivalled, truly distinctive, pure spirit that sets the standard for ultra-premium vodkas. Ultimat is distilled four times, then uniquely filtered with pure artisan well water and bottled in a skillfully crafted, elegant, cobalt blue decanter. The luxurious spirit is owned by the Patrón Spirits Company, maker of Patrón Tequila – The world’s #1 premium tequila.

ULTIMAT VODKA is the ULTIMAT INDULGENCE. Hurry to register and submit your short film before the end of this month and be part of this premium Australian competition – the ULTIMAT EXPERIENCE.

Please register and download the creative brief here: Or contact:


Social Spy** Marking the launch of the Spring Summer 2013/2014 Season was the Strand Arcades annual “evening with our designers”

Last night I escaped into an enchanting world of design in this elegant Victorian arcade that has been tucked into the CBD of Sydney since 1891 and houses many of Australia’s leading and upcoming designers.

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The stunning arcade was transformed into an fashion wonderland.  Fairy lights twinkled,  Chandon champagne was flowing and a live performance from singer Emma Louise perfected a wond

erful evening.

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This was a celebration of the designers, artisans and craftsmen who make the Strand Arcade so unique to other shopping experiences.

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Short videos directed by Hugh Stewart and powered by Samsung were shown throughout the evening titled “The Story Behind The Makers” providing an insight to the talents and skills of those behind the brands.

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Loyal shoppers had the opportunity to meet their favourite designers in store while viewing the latest arrivals giving us all a sneak preview at what Spring/Summer 2013/14 has to offer (FYI lots of monochrome)

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With many stores offering generous discounts for one evening only there was plenty of shopping to be done (in between sipping champagne of course).  Guests snacked on Bon Bon’s signature French style nougat and freshly roasted Tamari Almonds courtesy of The Nut Shop.   For those requiring a break from shopping there was a Cointreau Fizz Garden Bar where complimentary cocktails were enjoyed.


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Before departing it was time to freshen up with a visit to the Pamper Suite for a mini manicure and lipstick touch up.

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Champagne, shopping and mingling with your favourite designers… what’s not to love?  If you didn’t make it this year, next year is a must.

Cheers to that!

Cheers to that!

This event was attended and reviewed by Sydney Social 101’s latest contributor: Susan Black. You can view her blog here:

What’s On: Evening with Our Designers – Strand Arcade

The Strand Arcade is holding its much-anticipated annual Evening with Our Designers shopping event next Wednesday, 21 August, Sydney Social can’t wait to go!

If you’re into fashion and love to support local designers, we suggest you get involved!

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WHAT:            Strand Arcade Evening with Our Designers

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

WHEN:            Wednesday, 21st August 2013, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

The Strand Arcade will celebrate the launch of Spring Summer 2013 as it invites customers to come and meet the makers – the unique designers and artisans behind its retailers – at the arcade’s annualEvening with Our Designers event.


The night brings together some of Australia’s biggest names in fashion: Lover, Akira Isogawa, Manning Cartell, Michael Lo Sordo, Christopher Esber, Ellery, Ryan Storer, Terry Biviano, Dinosaur Designs and Leona Edmiston amongst others.


Stunning illuminated floral archways by Grandiflora’s Saskia Havekes will welcome guests before they are treated to exclusive in-store offers from the Strand Arcade’s leading stores and an acoustic performance by in-demand songstress Emma Louise.


The Strand Arcade will also unveil the debut issue of 1891, a quarterly paper curated by super stylist Meg Gray that highlights the covetable style found at the iconic shopping destination. The publication includes a We Are the Makers profile series shot by renowned photographer Hugh Stewart capturing the masterful skills held by Lover, Dinosaur Designs, Andrew McDonald Shoemaker and Pendolino Restaurant.


Chandon, Cointreau and San Pellegrino bars will be set up throughout the arcade with sparkling wine, cocktails and mineral water served to customers along with mouth-watering roasted Tamari almonds from the Nut Shop and creamy nougat from Bon Bon Fine Chocolate.


Other activity on the night includes screening of the We are The Makers videos presented in the Samsung Smart Lounge with an Instagram treasure hunt and live feed; MasterCard Priceless Sydney VIP Pamper Suite complete with mini manicures, lipstick touch-ups and fragrance spritzing; and the Strand Hatters’ celebration of 100 years of the Akubra with hat making demonstrations.


Plus spend over $250 on your MasterCard to receive a bespoke 1891 gift bag packed full of the Strand Arcade’s best of the best including goodies from Haigh’s Chocolates, Aveda, Dinosaur Designs, Gorman, Leona Edmiston, Funkis, Akira, Farage, Cointreau and Emma Louise’s album Vs Head Vs Heart just to name a few.


Adding to the buzz new retailers to the Strand Arcade Scanlan & Theodore, Hunt Leather and Skin & Threads will be holding launch parties on the night as well as The Corner Shop in its new space.




Hashtag: #EWOD

Twitter: @strandarcade

Instagram: @strandarcade



Fitness 101 – Get fit in Bondi

Here at Sydney Social 101 we’re always looking for new ways to keep fit and remain healthy – work hard, play hard right?!
Here are a few products and services that can help us all along the way:
Vie Active
Vie Active is Australians premium active wear brand, born in Bondi and founded by Noa Ries, a personal trainer, triathlete, mum and fitness instructor. Noa saw a gap in the market for functional and stylish active wear that could sustain the toughest workout and you could still feel great in at 4pm after a full day.
Vie Active was born out of a belief that being fit and healthy is a way of life. Cofounders Noa and Bryan draw their inspiration from a lifelong passion for active sports, high-performance athletics, and their dedication to a healthy lifestyle.
Vie Active’s inaugural range has been developed with the finest Australian Merino wool and this high-tech performance fabric and design details are attracting Sydney’s top yoga instructors, fitness trainers and health professionals and just after launching Vie Active has an impressive list of activists who love the brand.
Detox in a Box
Shireen, (owner and founder of Detox in a Box™), welcomes her Moringa leaves to Sydney. Shireen comes from a family of Agriculturalists, Health Professionals and Natural Therapists. Currently studying nutrition, Shireen; a Coeliac, had both parents suffer from Cancer, this is what drives her toward a balanced, disease-free life.
She is a wife, a mother, health-preneur and wellness advocate, who resides in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, and desires to share her Grandmother’s wellness secret.
Shireen has produced a range of herbal organic detox tea’s and is the first Auatralian owned company to bring Moringa tea into Australia. Moringa boasts an impressive range of health benefits and is the basis for educating on the benefits of Moringa. Detox in a Box products are organically farmd and wholly Australian owned. The benefits of Moringa are just starting to become known in Australia and these products are paving the way for healthy nutritious beverages.
Blake Worrall-Thompson, Bondi Celebrity Trainer, Founder Ministry of Wellbeing and successful 6 Weeks to Sexy Program
Blake is well known around Bondi and one of the most sought after fitness experts in the country. Blake’s innovative and holistic approach to health and fitness has seen him become a regular in a number of publications around the country and the fitness expert on ‘Eat yourself Sexy’.
Blake has been running a successful female six week program – Six Weeks to Sexy and has seen tremendous results with clients hailing from Bondi and its surrounds. So successful that plans to take the program online and interstate (already in Adelaide), Blake will be able to spread his fitness and health wisdom around the country.


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