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.
We always want to look our best and sometimes it's hard work staying on top of your appointments; manicures every five days, fortnightly facials and monthly hair trims. Well now there's an app called Vaniday that allows you to book and pay for your appointments stress free. Browse hundreds of different beauty services in your area or surrounding suburbs and select your most convenient time, load your credit card details and your done. Forget fumbling around for your wallet with wet nails at the salon to pay, it's already done. Vaniday also sends you a reminder text so now there's an easier way of staying on top of your beauty appointments. Check out Vaniday in the app store or visit their website www.vaniday.com.au
It appears every time we book flights the airline carriers have reduced their baggage limits. Making it more important than ever to pack light or get stung with excess baggage fees. The lighter you pack the more you can shop.
Our tips to packing like a pro traveler:
- Check your destinations climate and pack clothes you can mix and match making it look like different outfits.
- Pack the heavy, bulky items first like coats and jackets.
- Roll your clothes as it saves space and limits creases.
- Leave your hair products at home including hair dryers and irons, you want to have beachy waves and not look like you spent hours in a salon. If you're staying at a Hotel, shampoo and conditioner will be provided and there is always a pharmacy you can buy anything you need.
- Your skincare and sunscreen are a must so make sure these are packed.
- Accessories and a scarf, these can make any outfit and dress it up for a touch of glam.
- Walking shoes and a good pair of heels that can go with every outfit.
- Universal power adapter, you need to charge your phone.
Lastly, if your luggage is a few years old it's guaranteed to weigh you down. There are ultra light cases out there that are durable and provide the stability being thrown around by baggage handlers. We are loving the simplistic all-white Juno cases from Antler. Not only stylish, these surprisingly stay white after multiple trips get yours at www.antler.com.uk
The scent of fresh blooms fill the air, rich mahogany and exuberant staircase immediately provide the wow factor. The property has become the hottest of hot spots for those in the know; anyone considering a trip to Sydney knows it's about The Four Seasons location and its impressive views of Sydney Harbour and The Opera House. It's the perfect base for the avid traveller wanting to make the most of their city break. Stroll down to The Rocks and check out the weekend markets or discover delicious restaurants with locally sourced produce. Sip a cocktail and immerse yourself in the buzzing bar scene wearing a new outfit, bought on an afternoon- long shopping expedition. No trip to the Four Seasons is complete without a visit to the hotel spa, relax in the sauna or take a dip in the pool and indulge in one of the many treatments on offer. The luxury doesn't end there, marble bathrooms with Appelles apothecary toiletries and rooms fit out in sumptuous tones of honey, grey and vibrant pops of turquoise offset against crisp white bedding. This hotel offers a level of lavish sophistication you'd expect from the Four Seasons around the world.
We're giving you and one lucky friend the chance to win a trip to Australia. The prize includes return flights from your nearest capital city and 15 nights accommodation.
Competition open from 7th June until 23rd June 5:00pm AEST.
Entry is only open to non - Australian residents aged 18 years or over and must hold a valid passport.
Entrants must follow @shesthecontessa Instagram page and must have liked the relevant competition pic with caption "want to come and see me in a bathrobe"
The prize is a travel package and non transferrable
Australian domestic flights are included between Sydney, Ballina, Melbourne and Hamilton Island one way for the winner and their friend. Any additional travel is not covered in this competition.
Package includes 3 nights accommodation in Sydney staying at the Four Seasons Hotel or The Old Clare (one or the other) 4 nights accommodation in Byron Bay, 5 nights accommodation at Crown Towers Melbourne and 3 nights accommodation at Qualia Resort Hamilton Island.
Winner must present credit card for pre authorisation at hotel check in. Winner is to confirm with hotel prior to check in the pre authorisation amounts being held as a security.
All bookings are subject to availability at the time of booking, this is a single use travel package, any unused portion cannot be redeemed for cash or credit.
Any changes or cancellations made to bookings may incur a cost at the travellers expense.
All bookings are subject to availability at the time of booking and all applicable booking terms and conditions of the Accommodation and Flight Supplier.
This prize will be deemed fully used once a qualifying booking has been made and confirmed to be available. This prize will not be reinstated, refunded or replaced, even in the event that the reservation is cancelled or changed.
Changes or Cancellation may incur charges from Airlines, Hotels or other Suppliers. The customer is responsible to pay any such charges and this package cannot be applied to any additional costs associated with changes or cancellations to the original booking requested by the customer.
The customer may add services or stay additional nights, however the customer is responsible for any additional costs.
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All taxes, fees, charges and surcharges applicable to the booking, including, without limitation, extra person, phone, parking and other charges are applicable to your reservation, and this prize cannot be applied to them. These charges must be paid at the time the reservation is confirmed or to the hotel property directly and are the responsibility solely of the customer. The Travel Package cannot be applied to any costs or miscellaneous fees charged by the Hotel or Airline and incurred by the customer.
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Nestled down Rue Montorgueil, a bustling cobblestone laneway you'll find The Nuxe Spa. A tranquil escape that offers the perfect haven to indulge in some pampering. The spa boats its own line of impressive products including the Nuxe dry oil packed with natural plant based oils and the Nuxe anti fatigue crème for complete hydration. Facilities include a relaxation retreat, pool, steam room and candle lit treatment rooms. Melt away the days stress with the ultimate in massage and our favourite, the signature Nuxe treatment facial which includes tailored skincare and a head, shoulder, foot and hand massage. You could easily spend all day here being immersed in luxury. Whether your from Paris or just visiting the city, this spa experience is definitely a must http://www.nuxe.com/fr/
Beautiful skin starts from the inside so besides the obvious of drinking plenty of water to flush out toxins and eating a well balanced diet, how you treat your skin can help you achieve that dewy, yet youthful complexion.
Take your make up off before bed, not only are you saving your bed sheets and pillow case from smudged eye makeup you are also saving you skin from pores clogging which can lead to break outs. For sensitive skin or anyone for that matter use a product without alcohol as this can irritate your eyes and is quite drying on your skin. I use Vaseline to remove my makeup and Bioderma Micelle solution which doesn't require water so it's perfect for those late nights and when you're time poor.
Cleansing washes away all the impurities and the days make up and there's nothing better than a clean, fresh face feeling. I use Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil as it's an oil it doesn't leave your face dry or tight it transforms into a milky lather and feels nourishing on my skin. Once a week I exfoliate with Aesop Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant it's a crushed powder of walnut shell, aloe vera and tea tree leaves this powder mixed with your cleanser polishes away tired surface cells and grime for that ultimate deep clean feel.
Hydration is key to achieving that healthy, radiant glow we're all after I usually mix this up and use a skin booster during the day as it's name suggests this boosts your skins natural defences and it's ability to renew skin and retain moisture. I'm a fan of Elizabeth Arden Super Start Skin Renewal Booster as it's light and soaks into the skin feeling refreshed and invigorated. At night I'll use a dry face oil like Nuxe, gently massage onto your face and neck and it feels enriching and isn't an oily feel, it's also suitable for the ends of your hair to give a subtle shine and for use all over your body for soft, supple skin.
Sun Protection is often forgotten and assumed an SPF 10 which is in most foundations is enough, but even on cloudy days the sun's harmful UV rays are ageing your skin. I use an SPF 30 sunscreen everyday (even when it's raining, it's a habit) my favourite is Le Tan Coconut Lotion as it smells like you're on vacation even though you are only heading to work.
Lidia Misev is a Melbourne based freelance fashion and lifestyle writer. She has a keen eye for fashion and styling.