With BBQ season now in full swing it's time to start throwing some of your own outdoor parties. There's nothing better than having the drinks flowing, some great tunes and a few of your best friends over enjoying the outdoors. From day to night your outdoor party isn't complete without the ambiance of a fire. Curonian Deco have a range of modern and unique firepits to suit any size patio or garden. Not only a great source of warmth, the Curonian firepits are a stylish addition to any outdoor space. Crafted from high quality materials, these are built to outlast the elements and withstand the durability of your fire. Bring your next outdoor party to life with a firepit, no matter what the season, enjoy the outdoors with an abundance of light and warmth with Curonian Deco. View their full product range here.
As the seasons change and the cooler climate sets in it's never been more important to switch up your skincare routine. The wind and cold, harsh elements can cause skin to become dry, irritated and appear dull. To help combat against these conditions look at introducing a Dermasweep facial to your routine. Suitable for all skin types this treatment is similar to a Microdermabrasion with an added boost of a lightweight multi-function serum. Dermasweep gently polishes away dead skin cells and stimulates blood flow by vacuuming away surface cells and clearing the pores. This helps re-texture and re-surface your skin to reveal a youthful, more dewy complexion. A range of active serums are available, each tailored to your skin type and what you are hoping to achieve. Everything from anti-ageing to hydration and the professional, friendly staff at Ozmedica are more than happy to offer a personalised skin consultation to cater for your requirements.
Incorporated into your regular routine Dermasweep treatments over time will improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles helping you look more radiant.
Ozmedica leads the way with the most advanced technology, you'll leave the clinic feeling rejuvenated with your skin looking refreshed with visible results. The team is dedicated to providing the best service.
A good skincare routine should be a priority for maintaining and improving your skins texture, no matter what the season Ozmedica have a treatment that will help you achieve luminous, radiant looking skin. For more information on Dermasweep or other treatments available at Ozmedica head to the website here.
Tasmania has been the Aussie State to watch in the last few years with much of the spotlight on Hobart. A trip here requires a stay at Somerset on The Pier. It's home for the next few days, while we explore what Tassie has to offer. Somerset has spacious loft style apartments with high ceilings, plush bedding and generously sized living areas that stretch out to your own private balcony. As for the view? Needless to say it's impressive. Expect boats floating on refreshingly blue waters and rolling hills in the far distance. What about the level of service? It's unparalleled with staff happy to accommodate your every request, these apartments will not disappoint.
To feel like a local take a stroll down to the Salamanca Market on Saturday mornings, grab some pastries with your morning coffee and browse the many stands with everything from fresh produce to local, hand made clothing and jewelry. Pick up some treats to enjoy back at Somerset on The Pier later in the evening.
For those who love cool culture, a visit to the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is a must. Grab the Ferry and ride the posh pit which provides drink service and moreish canape's.
If you're feeling adventurous, hire a car and take a 3 hour drive to Cradle Mountain. The Marion's Lookout hike is just shy of 3 hours but the views from the top and along the way up are well worth the effort. On your way back stop through Launceston for a well deserved dinner before heading back to Somerset on the Pier. This hotel is quite possibly the perfect base to explore what Tasmania has to offer.
Ladies and Gentleman, Madame and Monsieur the touring Cirque Du Soleil juggernaut has rolled into town with KOOZA and it's nothing short of a circus act. The show opens with the clown, not your traditional juggler, this one brings rude humour to the stage as he invites up a few members from the audience. There's a great deal of symmetrical choreography as Contortionists manipulate their bodies in sequence with poise and grace. The show mixes theatre with thrills captivating the audience from the beginning to end. What you witness is not just a performance but playground activities such as hoola hoops and skipping raised to astonishing levels. The Wheel of Death is the main thrill, eliciting gasps from the audience as two men dangerously throw themselves on, through and over fast rotating metal wheels. There's an impressive handstand act performed on a tower of chairs where you question if the wobble is choreographed, not something you should try at home. Everything is performed faultlessly. Add a double high-wire act balancing bicycles with a trapeze and triple twists. There is no doubt you are watching some of the most skilled acrobats and performers from across the globe. The show is complete with a 6 piece live band pushing the bounds of interactive circus and a Marie- Chantale Vaillancourt designed wardrobe that comes to life where the costumes each are hand made works of art. KOOZA is now showing in Melbourne under The Grand Chapiteau until 26th March, this is one circus show not to be missed. Tickets available through Ticketek.
Uluru, a magical place unlike anywhere on earth. Standing tall, glowing red in the middle of the expansive desert lines of the Australian Outback. For centuries it has been a Dream time destination to learn lessons of the past, better understand the present and see into the future. The significance of this Australian icon is not only physical but spiritual, a journey across the red centre is set to invigorate your mind and spirit evoking a desire to continue exploring.
Before embarking on your journey first and foremost a rental car is a must to get around, there are no taxi's, no ubers and no transport other than pre-booked coaches which can be expensive. A car is a great way to explore your surroundings, spend a day wandering Kings Canyon, delve into a base walk around Uluru or set out to the cluster of domed mountains that's The Olgas. Self discover or book into the below guided tours which are highly recommended.
Field of Light - As you approach the warmly lit entrance you'll be captivated by the spectacular 50,000 illuminated sphere display that changes colour as you move through the pathway. Designed by Internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro the installation comes to life under the night sky. A magical experience not to be missed, now extended until March 2018.
Dessert Awakenings - Set out before Dawn and capture Uluru and the distant Olgas in the most majestic light. As the stars fade and the dessert slowly transforms to daylight, listen to stories from the creation period as told by Aboriginal ancestors. Enjoy an inclusive breakfast before setting out on a base walk and visiting the Mutitjulu waterhole and viewing Aboriginal cave drawings and dot art.
For Luxury Accommodation:
Longitude 131 - Offers a unique, all inclusive experience. With a dozen canopied tents each with views of Uluru, this place is more than glamping, giving guests comfort in a secluded setting. This private property has the best to offer with locally sourced restaurant and wine cellar. Take an afternoon swim in the pool or unwind in the library and immerse yourself with the surrounding culture.
The red centre truly is a cultural and historical experience which will leave you wanting to explore more of what Australia has to offer.
Photography - Kristy Knight
There's a buzz of choppers taking off and landing in the distance as a convoy of Landrovers make their way into the Resort town. It's the glamorous, gathering that is The Portsea Polo and as always, the place to be is with Peroni. This exclusive marquee hosts a prestigious guest list, it's where elite athletes can mingle with International Super Models whilst the brazen attempt jumping the fence to get in. Peroni has the prime position, a two level marquee directly in front of the action offering all the trappings; impeccable service, succulent food and premium beverages are on offer throughout the day. The marquee has a stylish Hampton's feel with nautical inspired decor, comfortable seating and Bougainvillea plants giving it that pop of colour. An impressive cheese and antipasto buffet, as well as two bars puts guests in close proximity to the Italian hospitality.
The fashion was deliberately relaxed, men opted for linen shirts and shorts whilst the women followed tradition with white lace and straw hats. Flat shoes and ankle boots took over from sky high espadrilles whilst the boys went for boat shoes, sneakers and even thongs. One things for sure, Peroni lived up to the hype and it's true Italian style with the best looking marquee, exceptional food and it's fun, party atmosphere.
It's the sheer thrill of having a convertible on the open road clocking up triple- digits. The sun, top down, loud sound, this car was made to have fun. I forgot to mention all without the wind in my hair (you can thank the Mercedes well -designed wind deflector for that) With the refined luxury you'd expect from Mercedes, this car is well engineered and ticks all the performance boxes. The howl of the V6 biturbo engine and sports exhaust vibrates in my ears and a quick shift into sports mode, the steering tightens making handling a breeze for curvy roads and corners. The AMG instant response suspension sure impresses as the car glides effortlessly over bumpy terrain, it's a smooth ride. The leather seats are surprisingly cool in the glistening Summer sun as they deflect light and don't heat up too much. An elegant interior boasting Harmon Kardon sound system, sat nav, air scarf for those cooler days and heated seats. For boot space don't have high expectations, it is a two- seater after all and a fabric divider where the hardtop convertible folds in does limit space when the top is off. That being said, there is enough boot space for a large suitcase and a few modest size bags. Overall, it's the perfect addition to your car collection making it the perfect performance car.
Enter Maison Mumm's Club de la Plage themed marquee and for a moment feel transported to an exclusive beach club in the South of France. The avant-garde Champagne house took the Melbourne Cup celebrations to the next level proving to be the hottest destination in the birdcage. Guests were treated to thrilling aerial performances and acrobats from Rose Soleil a group of hand selected world class entertainers from Cirque du Soleil, Limbo and Blanc de Blanc as well as special guest DJ Didier Cohen who brought the fun and high energy atmosphere to the marquee. Complete with tiled pool and endless flow of Mumm Rose as well as Champagne cocktails and delicious food offerings, Maison Mumm firmly cemented their reputation as the place to party during the Carnival.
You can never have enough candles, they make the perfect addition to your home décor and instantly uplift your mood. Candles have transformed from sources of light to lust have pieces. Especially these Lumiere By In Essence soy wax candles, they have pure essential oils and aromatic fragrances you'll want them at your next dinner party. With notes of Lily, Bamboo and White Musk the Hypnotic Haze candle will transport your senses to a dream staycation. With a bespoke range of 10 delicately fragranced candles, scents are inspired by style and attitude discovering your naughty or nice side. Get your matches ready, you are going to want to burn these candles.
It's the ultimate driving machine the BMW 4 series Gran coupe offers style and performance with the practicality of four doors. The car replaces the old 3 series with a completely remodelled exterior, sitting low to the ground and offering a sporty feel. With a sharper steering in Sports Mode, the powerful Turbo Diesel engine is ultra quiet and smoothly handles curves and tight corners. An undeniably large boot, the car isn't skimping on space and provides the comfort you'd expect of BMW. Quality audio speakers, dual climate control and 3D sat nav add to the driving experience making it perfect for long drives. The car comes from Doncaster BMW with over 400 vehicles in stock, Doncaster is one of the largest BMW Dealerships. Besides the French bubbles from their wine cellar and café offerings it's actually the friendly, knowledgeable staff that sets this dealership apart from the others. Take you next BMW test drive from this premium dealership 812 - 814 Doncaster Road, Doncaster.
Lidia Misev is a Melbourne based freelance fashion and lifestyle writer. She has a keen eye for fashion and styling.