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Social Spy** FANCY A VALENTINE’S DAY DATE?

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Fancied, an Australian based dating App, has been moving in quickly on the dating scene and hopes to make it easier for Australians to find a date this Valentine’s Day! Having only launched in September last year, the App already boasts thousands of mutual ‘fancies’ nationally, and was nominated as Top 10 finalist for Startup of the Year by Shoestring Media, and for a MOBI Award in the Nightlife category.

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Entrepreneur Christie Sharpe, the Founder and CEO of Fancied, stated “We are thrilled with the results and have 60% engagement on the app, this is mainly because users are getting matched by people they mutually fancy.”

Thanks to the rise of mobile dating, Gen X and Y users have now ‘opened their hearts’ (#boomchh) to testing out the market and have made it socially acceptable. Sharpe adds, “Fancied is about finding mutual connections made easy in a social environment – We don’t just show you who you can meet, we also show you where the best places are to meet based on your location.”

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There are two ways you can find your perfect match on Fancied. Firstly, by searching through singles profiles, and secondly, by checking into a local venue listed as a Hot Spot.

The geo-location gives the user a safer opportunity to meet their match at a recommended bar, or alternatively, motivates singles to step out of the house and socialise as they can see which ‘Hot Spots’ to saunter over to.

The Fancied team have launched a new blog (www.blog.getfancied.com) which explores all aspects of dating and meeting people online. This light-hearted blog is perfect for dating advice, lists funny dating experiences and different ways to approach your love life. The step-by- step guide to the perfect New Year’s Kiss helped ease users into 2014 and is set to help singles navigate through the Aussie dating scene.

Fancied is available for free from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch or at:

http://bit.ly/16MgPjC

Socialising made simple, download the app and Get Fancied!

Android version coming soon!

SOCIAL SPY** THE SODA FACTORY LAUNCHES INTO SURRY HILLS

16 Wentworth Ave, Surry Hills

For those in the know, last night saw Sydney’s music industry heavyweights, actors, artists and more arrive in droves for the opening of Surry Hills’ newest late-night sweet spot, The Soda Factory.

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From the outside, onlookers questioned why there was a queue on Wentworth Ave for entry to a hot-dog joint. Those with a keen eye though, would have spied celebrities slipping behind a 1950’s coke machine and not remerging until hours later, faces flushed and wearing smiles. Sydney Social 101 LOVES this!!!!

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Thirsty Mirc frontman Rai Thistlethwayte, Triple J breakfast presenter, Alex Dyson and the god father of music himself Michael Chugg were just a few of the music industry faces out in support of the night.

Channel V presenter Marty Smiley and Actress Sarah Snook were seen cutting up the dance floor while New York’s DJ SPINNA worked the decks. And Masterchef winner Andy Allen and Puberty Blues actress Charlotte Best kicked back on the make-shift crate booths sipping cocktails.

Scott Tweedie, Renee Brack, Nacho Pop, Casey Burgess, Akos Armont, Nick Westaway and Dominic Allburn were also amongst the crowd.

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Guests had the chance to sample drinks from the menu designed by mixologist Mitchell Warters, straight from London. He’s spent the last two years perfecting the art of the delicious drop at Richard Branson’s exclusive members-only Roof Gardens cocktail bar on High Street, LDN.

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But rather than a traditional serving of spirits and classic cocktails, Warters has created some unique and exciting signature drinks to complement the old school atmosphere. The Chocolate Passion Martini: rich blend of dark chocolate and lush passionfruit was a real crowd pleaser. The Sailers Mule was cinnamon and bitters infused and served with a cute red and white milk-bar straw while the Sweet Gal’s Blush was a fruity mix of strawberries and kiwifruit.

To tie in with the hot-dog restaurant entry, food on the night consisted of gourmet dogs and sides of Mac & Cheese. The Hotdogs on offer included: The Texas Redneck – Classic Frankfurter Sausage, Smoked Chilli, Cheese, Texas BBQ Sauce, The Johnny Drama – Beef Sausage Bacon, Sour Cream, Avocado, Tomato Salsa, and The Buffalo Bill Chicken Dog -Battered Chicken Sausage, Buffalo Chicken Sauce, Cheese.

Bar owner Graham Cordery said the night was a huge success “We’ve had an incredible first night and the response has been overwhelming. People have been craving something different from Surry Hills for a while now and where excited to be able to offer them both a not so small bar and music venue all in one.”

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For those in the know, The Soda Factory will offer the highest quality entertainment and beverages in a wonderfully central location, long into the night and beyond.

So whether you stop for a nightcap hot dog at Bobby’s Boss Dogs – the fast food joint that conceals this hidden gem – or pass through it as you wander out in the early morning glow, there’s a secret spot waiting for you at the bottom end of Surry Hills – but don’t just go telling everyone, alright? Shh, it’s just this way…

Monday – Wednesday 5pm – 12am
Thursday 5pm – 2am
Friday 5pm – 5am
Saturday 7pm – 5am

Upcoming Events/Artists
§ Thurs Feb 21st (VIP launch) DJ SPINNA (NYC)
§ Sat Feb 22nd – Public Launch Party feat DJ SPINNA
§ Sat March 2nd – GREG WILSON (UK)
§ Thursday March 15th – ELECTRIC EMPIRE (Live)
§ Sat March 16th – DROP OUT ORCHESTRA (Sweden)
§ Friday March 22nd – GRANDMASTER FLASH (USA)

Sydney Social 101** Beautiful Creatures Review

When I am asked to review films I’m allowed to take a guest. Now I knew most my male friends would laugh at the invitation. To my luck the first female friend I asked jumped with excitement and told me she just finished reading the book. Jackpot I thought. This would be the perfect person to give their thoughts on how the book compared to the film. To be honest, I had no idea this was originally a book, aren’t they all nowadays.

Before I start this review I must say that I have watched Twilight, mainly because I don’t like to know half a story, I have also watched the sequels that followed. Don’t Judge! I do like my fantasy films but I think the films were far too soppy for me. Love stories are just not my genre. The reason I mention this is because Beautiful Creatures has attracted attention for the many similarities. The is a fantasy film based around a love story. I did go in to this viewing keeping an open mind, as always.

The story is about Ethan Wate, played by Alden Ethrenreich, who lives in a small quiet town where not a lot happens. Then the Duchannes family moves back to the town with their youngest member Lena, played by Alice Englert. The family are the outcasts in the town and there is something odd about them. Story sound familiar? Fairly quickly Ethan becomes attracted to Lena and a young love starts. Lena is hiding a little secret… she is a witch. On her 16th birthday she is going to become a good witch or a dark witch. Either way, her relationship with Ethan is not a good idea… Again I’m hearing Bella and Edward. Like the original Twilights both main actors are relatively new, but they do hold their own throughout the film.

Unlike Twilight there are some well known names to help back up the new comers. Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson play big parts in the film and are the stand out actors. I don’t want to give too much away in regards to their parts in the film.

So I asked my friend what she thought of the film and how it compared to the book. A grind on both of us was the heavy HEAVY South Carolina accents. As with all girls reading love stories they imagine the main character to be handsome etc etc etc. Apparently Alden doesn’t meet the standard of Robert Patterson. And I have to say Lena is no Bella. However it’s good not to have 10/10 looking characters all the time. As with most book to movie adaptations, there is a lot of differences between the two and there were some big differences. Again I will not spoil the changes or the film for those that haven’t read the book. I don’t think my friend was too impressed. Gee, free ticket and that’s the thanks you get.

I just don’t see Beautiful Creatures having the same hype as Twilight. I may be wrong as fans now need a new series to become obsessed about.

If you have read the book then be prepared for the changes. If you liked Twilight then I am sure you are going to like this film more than most.

Sydney Social 101 gives Beautiful Creatures 6.5/10. Beautiful Creatures was reviewed by Syrus Wynne, our guest blogger.

WHAT’S ON** FEEL THE LOVE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY IN SYDNEY

This Valentine’s Day there is plenty to treat your other half to, or yourself!

Here is a comprehensive list for you to have a glance at, to give you inspiration for the day of love!

Valentine’s Day at Arras

At this stunning restaurant nestled in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, it’s the perfect choice for an inner city splash out. Think amazing food, stunning intimate interior and LOTS of brownie points! There’s a five course menu and an eight course degustation to choose from.

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Bucket List Bondi

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“Come in to The Bucket List and break bread with your Valentine on February 14!” – The lovely guys at Bucket List: Bondi ‘s beach-front trendy eatery, have baked a special heart shaped loaf.

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Top chef Tom has created a platter that he calls -‘Love to Share’. It promises to be amazing and has a bit of an aphrodisiac theme -rock oysters, tartare of salmon served with avocado crème, fresh figs , almonds, pomegranate and zucchini flowers … which will be sure to get you in the mood! at $40 it is incredible value.

Valentine’s Day with the Keystone Group

GAZEBO WINE GARDEN

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The Scoot N Root

Glass of Madam Coco rosé, 1 x red stemmed rose, shared platter of aphrodisiacs to start and a main course – $55 per person

Glass of Taittinger, 1 x red stemmed rose, shared platter of aphrodisiacs to start, a main course and dessert – $99 per person

*Have dinner with us then head then over to Darlinghurst Theatre to see Torch Song Trilogy. If we book for you – we can get you a concession rate to the play for $35!*

THE WINERY

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Fall in love at The Winery

Indulge in a desert tasting plate for two for $26 which can be ordered on the night.

MANLY WINE

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Surf, Wine and Love at Manly

A delicious dinner, decadent desserts and a wine list to swoon over! We also have a rose, chocolate and glass of bubbles for $15 to make your dinner that little bit extra special.

NEWTOWN HOTEL – THE ANIMAL

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Get animalistic this Valentine’s Day

Enjoy bubbles on arrival, a flower for your valentine and a feast for 2 from our Greek Eatery – $55 per person

AND if you are flying solo this Valentine’s day…

Sweethearts Rooftop BBQ

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Who needs boys anyway?

$35 Banquet menu including cocktails on arrival.

MCA Café’s “Sounds on the Terrace”

At the MCA Café in the Rocks, guests can soak up free live music and spectacular views from Circular Quay to the Harbour Bridge at the Café’s Sculpture Terrace where Sounds on the Terrace takes place. This is the perfect spot to start your Valentine’s evening with pre-dinner drinks before your dinner reservation nearby. Or you can make a night of it in the relaxed ambience, sipping champagne and enjoying shared plates with friends and loved ones. New Sydney-based act, Recall will feature music composed by Daniel OʼLeary on the night.

MCA Cafe & Sculpture Terrace

The MCA Café and Sculpture Terrace is located on Level Four of the Museum of Contemporary Art. The understated but luxurious finishes of the Sculpture Terrace provide a sleek contemporary backdrop to suit any occasion. Open to the public as well as Museum visitors, the café has a contemporary atmosphere in which to enjoy lunch, morning or afternoon tea, or simply to drop in for a coffee. The seasonal and sustainable menu changes daily, to utilise fresh, local produce.

Date: Thursday 14 February 2013
Time: 05.30 PM – 09.00 PM
Location: MCA Sculpture Terrace, Level 4 Museum of Contemporary Art, 140 George St, The Rocks
Cost: Free
More Info: http://www.mca.com.au/events/sounds-terrace-14-feb/5822/

Vaucluse House Tea Rooms

At the Eastern Suburbs’ historic Vaucluse House Tearooms, Fresh Catering will present an exclusive dining event featuring live entertainment for couples celebrating Valentine’s Day, Thursday February 14th. The Tearooms are situated within the grounds of the Vaucluse House Estate.

Guests will be treated to a sumptuous three course dinner prepared by award-winning caterer, Fresh Catering, together with a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. With bookings available after 6pm, the price for each guest is $65. Live harp music will feature throughout the night, filling the room with a touch old school romance.

Celebrate Valentines at The Star Casino

The Darling

This February, The Darling hotel will be running its special ‘Be My Darling’ package including an overnight stay, romantic breakfast for two in your room and two cocktails at Cherry bar. For those seeking extra relaxation, it’s possible to upgrade your booking to a Jewel Suite for an additional $250 that entitles guests to a couple’s massage to the value of $350.

(Be My Darling $399; Jewel Suite Upgrade $250; to book quote “BEMYDARLING”; available Sunday-Thursday February 2013; 1800 800 830;www.thedarling.com.au)

Spa

In celebration of the month of love, The Spa at The Darling is offering two exclusive pamper sessions for both men and women – The Romeo and The Juliet. For the guys, what’s not to love about an invigorating sports massage, followed by a relaxing scalp massage and a refreshing beer afterwards as part of the treatment? The Juliet includes an express facial, back, neck and shoulder massage, the short and sweet pedi and an indulgent glass of champagne at the end.

(The Romeo – 1hr 15 $200; The Juliet – 1hr 30 $200; available February 2013; 1800 800 830; www.thedarling.com.au)

Sokyo

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The contemporary Japanese restaurant will be serving an indulgent eight course menu, created by renowned chef Chase Kojima, including some of the restaurant’s most famed dishes such as its signature sushi and Abalone Tempura. Chef Kojima brilliantly fuses traditional Japanese culinary craftsmanship with modern Australian flavour.

($120 per person; bookings required; www.star.com.au/sokyo

BLACK by ezard

Award winning chef, Teague Ezard, has put together a seven course degustation menu for Valentine’s Day showcasing what makes BLACK by ezard one of Sydney’s top restaurants. From a delicate sashimi through to a luxuriant wagyu rump, the menu features the perfect balance of Australian and Asian flavours.

($130 per person, matching wines $70 per adult; bookings required; www.star.com.au/black)


Balla

Stefano Manfredi brings the best of romantic Italy to your table at Balla this Valentine’s Day with a four course set menu beginning with an antipasti feast, followed by a choice of fresh pasta, a main course of either wood grilled John Dory or veal tenderloin, finishing off with a delicious Italian dessert.

($125 per person; bookings required; www.star.com.au/balla)

Cherry

With its stunning harbour views, Cherry bar is the perfect setting for a stylish pre-dinner tipple to begin your evening. Choose from a host of impeccably made cocktails, made with only the finest ingredients, including fruity Bellinis, aromatic Mojitos and robust scotch based drinks.

(www.star.com.au/cherry)

Rock Lily: Thursday 14th February

It’s rockabilly night at The Star’s live music venue this Valentine’s Day with a dance competition open to everyone! Strut your stuff on the dance floor to Australia’s best live swing acts for the chance to win prizes galore.

7:30pm-9:30pm – Aston Martinis

10:00pm – 11:30pm – Jordan C Thomas

(Entry is complimentary and no bookings are required. With a limited capacity, Rock Lily operates on a first in best dressed basis;www.star.com.au/rocklily)

24/7 Sports Bar Thursday 14th February

It’s set to be an unforgettable Valentine’s Day for cricket lovers this year as Ricky Ponting, Brett Lee and Brad Hadden make an appearance at the 24/7 Sports Bar. There’ll be a chance to get the players’ autographs, listen to a short Q&A and enter a competition to win a framed signed bat by the Australian Cricket team.

(Entry is complimentary and no bookings are required. With a limited capacity, 24/7 Sports Bar operates on a first in, best dressed basis)

For bookings, more information or enquiries, visit www.star.com.au or call 1800 700 700.

So as you can see there is PLENTY to choose from! Hope you have a simply wonderful day and celebrate it with those that mean the most to you!

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

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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

http://www.onemoncur.com.au
Twitter: @onemoncur
Facebook: One Moncur

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

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Valentines Day Gift Guide for Him & Her & Yourself by Sydney Social 101

The day that they call Valentines Day is almost upon us, on the 14th February couples, singles and friends and family use this opportunity to tell their loved ones just how much they mean to them.

From experience I have found that there is definitely a split opinion when it comes to Valentines Day Celebrations. They usually come in the following two categories:

Haters

These people believe that there shouldn’t be just one day that you are forced to, by society, to proclaim your undying love to your partner, friends and family. They often refer to it as a ‘Hallmark Holiday’. They feel that you should be able to make grand gestures ‘just because’, not just because it’s Valentines Day, and well that’s the done thing…

Singles also fall into this category, these singles hate romance being paraded in front of them. They ask for the ‘sick bag’ and they’ll probably arrange an ‘anti-Valentines’ evening – Cue takeaway, horror/ comedy DVD and the rest of their single/ anti-Valentines loved up friends.

Then there’s the:

Lovers

This category of people love everything there is to love about Valentines, they love what it stands for, they love any excuse for a grand gesture and embrace it with both arms and share the love. They’ll book/ cook a special meal for their nearest and dearest, they’ll have flowers delivered to their respective other’s workplace and they’ll probably splash out on an expensive gift.

Singles also fall into this category too – they might go to all lengths to bag a date as they don’t like to be alone on Valentines Day. They might even want to celebrate the ‘day of love’ with their best friends and toast all that Valentines Day stands for in their minds – A day to show how much you love your friends and family. If grand gestures can be celebrated anytime, why not today?!

I have been guilty of falling into all of the above categories at some point in my life. What I can say is that I do believe that you should be able to show your loved ones how much they mean to you anytime sure, however I do think then why not celebrate Valentines Day? The day of love, romance and grand gestures – seems like the perfect time for me. (I’m of the school of thought, that if you want to do big romantics acts at anytime of year, then do! Just because you choose to do one on Valentines Day too, doesn’t use up your quota!)

Here are a number of gift suggestions, for either your partner (girl or guy), your friends on family members:

FOR HER:

Pamper Hamper Gifts http://www.pamperhampergifts.com.au/

This luxury gifting site provides the ultimate selection of pampers to suit your loved ones perfectly:

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With a nod to adventure this fragrance conjures the grace and beauty of remote destinations. Light yet sophisticated, Galapagos makes the most of kaffir lime with an added hint of lemon, verbena and kumquat. http://www.pamperhampergifts.com.au have put this gorgeous gift together in hope of someone pampering themselves from head to toe in indulgence!

RRP: $152.00

JOYA

Instead of automatically reaching for these obvious gifts shoppers should think about going for something a bit different this Valentine’s Day.

JOYA-Australia created a special package with a thoughtful and more unexpected gift that will keep you and your Valentine relaxed and your relationship rolling smoothly – on Valentine’s Day and beyond.

Couples all over the world have been discovering JOYA – freely rotating crystal spheres in smooth, handy timber holders – makes massaging easy, enjoyable and relaxing for both partners, opening the door to a wonderful way to connect with each other and to enhance each other’s well-being.

http://www.joya-australia.com.au – Starting price is $74

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Something a little bit cheeky…

Swarovski Crystal Vajazzles that can be worn all over the body! They are a huge hit with celebrities and have become the ultimate easy DIY adhesive to compliment any outfit for any event especially great for Valentines Day to be able to spice things up in the bedroom and do something unique!

They’re funky and very affordable $10 each and last for 7-10days, they make your body sparkle and glisten in the sun with 7 stunning designs to choose from, including some Hearts Vajazzles and Funky Heart Swirl designs.

They’re all waterproof, sweat proof and ocean proof!

They can be purchased online from http://www.playfulmansion.com.au/catalog/accessories-9113

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Rebello Wines ‘Strawbellini’

An internationally acclaimed sparking wine made from fresh Sunny Ridge Strawberries from the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.

It’s the only strawberry and moscato sparkling blend sold in Australia.

Strawbellini is available at premium liquor outlets across Australia and online at http://www.rebellowines.com.au where it can be purchased for $19.

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DIY Ladies Tool Kit

This contains a comprehensive choice of quality manufactured tools in hot pink. Perfect for doing repairs at home and around the office.

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Available from – http://www.latestbuy.com.au/Valentines-Day-Gifts-Guide.html which also has a great selection of gifts for men and couples too!

Remington Runway Curls (H480AU) – RRP $93.95

Treat your special lady to these innovative velcro rollers and let her create romantic inspired curls with ease. Four separate sized rollers create runway ready curls in almost any length for salon professional results at home.

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FOR HIM

Pamper Hamper Gifts http://www.pamperhampergifts.com.au/

This luxury gifting site provides the ultimate selection of pampers to suit the guy in your life:

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Mr Metro is aware of the importance of good grooming. More men than ever are interested in taking better care of their skin & a simple daily ritual of cleansing, moisturising & grooming will maintain great looking healthy skin.

RRP: $159.00

Remington Black Diamond (R7150AU) – RRP $203.95:

Spoil the man in your life to the Aston Martin of smooth shaves with this luxurious new rotary
shaver. Featuring an exclusive Black Diamond Technology, coupled with Remington¹s Pivot & Flex functionality this tool offers smooth results like no other.

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DIY artisan cheese making kit:

Mad Millie bring you the Specialty Cheese Kit with which you can you make your very own heart shaped cheese this Valentine’s Day.

The French Neufcahtel is a cream cheese in the shape of a heart and is sure to melt the heart of all romantics out there this Valentine’s Day.

Surprise and impress your loved one with the gorgeous heart shaped cheese and create the most romantic French inspired picnic for your partner by teaming it with their favourite wine or champagne.

Available via: http://www.madmillie.com/

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BCNU

A NEW premium Sportswear and Streetwear fashion brand on the Australian market, known for it’s innovative style, form and function. It’s the type of clothing you grab from your wardrobe, wear and enjoy 24×7. BCNU has been designed differently to traditional gym gear instead it’s a style of clothing that can be worn for training, handing out, play’n or just lazing around at home.

Added feature of sportswear range is that it features material which has moisture management system built into the shorts and training tops, vest which draw moisture away form the skin, keeping a guy dry and comfortable whilst working out.

The BCNU range consists of sports shorts, tank tops, athletic vests, hoodies and sweatshirts that are bold and masculine featuring brilliant colour choices.

Check out the website http://www.bcnuclothing.com to view the entire collection

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iSwim Waterproof Case w/Headphones

Enjoy your tunes on the beach, in the pool, on the boat or anywhere! Keep your iPod or mp3 player safe from water, sand and dirt in a truly waterproof, sealable case that will not only protect it from weather or waves, it’ll float if dropped in water too.

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Available from – http://www.latestbuy.com.au/Valentines-Day-Gifts-Guide.html which also has a great selection of gifts for men and couples too!

Finally for friends, lovers and family… you can’t go wrong with a gift from Red Balloon:

Valentines Day Gift Guide Ideas from Red Balloon can be found here: http://www.redballoon.com.au/valentines-day-gifts

Spending a day on the water, leaping from a plane or learning to cook a killer soufflé are some of the top ways we choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, according to online experience retailer redballoon.com.au.

After selling more than 1.7 million experiences in just over a decade, RedBalloon is a popular choice for the loved-up wanting to celebrate February 14 in a romantic or adventure-fuelled fashion.

Top Valentine’s Day experiences in 2012:

1. Sailing

2. Eating out and cooking classes

3. Massages, beauty and spa treatments

4. V8 and rally car experiences

5. Skydiving

RedBalloon customer Sheri Gould was one who opted for the skydiving option, proposing to her boyfriend Max after leaping from 14,000 feet on Valentine’s Day last year.

As part of a daredevil skydive proposal arranged by RedBalloon, Sheri surprised Max with a skydiving experience – little did he know Sheri was taking the biggest leap of her life.

“I was very nervous as we boarded the plane – I had to jump first so that I could be on the ground and on one knee ready to pop the question when Max landed,” Sheri said.

“There was a huge banner reading ‘Will you marry me?’ laid out on the ground as Max came into land, and a film crew capturing the moment for TV.

“It was a real logistical and emotional exercise. But when he said yes it was the happiest moment of my life.”

Sheri and Max plan to wed in Sydney this year.

For both of you:

Love is sweet and so is chocolate! And to celebrate the most romantic day of the year, Australia’s favourite chocolate-based cafe Max Brenner, is inviting you to treat your someone special to its new range of romantic, love inspired gifts.

Bursting Heart Chocolate Box; intimacy meets fashion as this heart shaped chocolate box designed with tattooed imprints and pulsating colours, expresses your love. Bursting with milk chocolate cubes filled with delicious hazelnut praline and roasted coconut, this original treat includes the romantic inscription; “Gift It to The One You Love”. (RRP: $21.50, 80g). The heart shaped tin will serve as an eternal reminder of a love that lasts all year round- even after the last morsel of chocolate is gone.

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Bursting Heart Chocolate Box

Sweet Love Praline Box 9; this delectably sweet and delightful gift includes nine of Max’s signature Pralines presented in a ‘Sweet Love’ designed box featuring a heart shaped window revealing the chocolate within.  Add that extra bit of romance by filling it with Max’s newest Praline –whipped milk chocolate ganache enrobed in white chocolate and adorned with the words “Sweet Love”. (RRP: $21.50)

Sydney Social 101 hopes that you all have an amazing Valentines Day, no matter what you decided to do! We hope this guide has provided you with some inspiration with regards to gifts!

COMING UP: Where to celebrate Valentines Day – Sydney venues to spoil the one you love…

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