Wednesday, June 30, 2010

It's Time to Get Your Red On!

Be inspired by Australia’s new leading lady, Julia Gillard, because red hair is set to make a serious comeback! Loved by celebs including Ashley Simpson, Miranda Otto and Cynthia Nixon, fiery locks are this season’s hottest new trend, scoring votes from fashonistas across the globe.

Australian Hairdresser of the Year, Shane Henning says, “Red-heads are strong and independent. They have their own style and know how to stand out in the crowd.According to Shane, “this season’s hottest colours are Titian Copper Red or Cherry Red. As coloured red hair can fade really fast, it’s important to top up regularly and helps if you use colour boosting shampoos and conditioners.”

Protect your colour…

For shiny locks like Julias’, try Sebastian Professional Cellophanes in-salon protein colour treatment to get that luminous shine and multi-dimensional tone. This service safely deposits pure, natural colour pigments on to the hair with botanical proteins and uses heat to seal in colour and restore strength in just 20 minutes. Available in four red shades: Red; Gold Red; Hot Red and Red Brunette, Sebastian’s Cellophanes quick and easy treatment transforms dull, lifeless red locks into healthy, shiny, traffic-stopping hair.

Shape and define

If you’re thinking of going red, there are some basic beauty rules you need to follow to ensure the rest of you matches your new do! For soft and perfectly toned eyebrows, try PureBrow Colour in Auburn by jane iredale, which helps tame wild hairs and create a gorgeous, full eyebrow. Celeste Jackson, jane iredale National Educator recommends that “users lightly stroke onto brows to add colour or a highlight, giving the appearance of darker, stronger brows”. Now your eyebrows are in check, it’s time to pull your lips into line, literally. Take the nourishing lessons we learnt with our hair and apply them to the lip using jane iredale’s Lip Definer in Crimson. This gorgeous dual-purpose Lip Pencil is made with conditioning oils and waxes, and when followed up with jane iredale’sPureMoist Lip Colour in Carrie the two become the real power couple!

Feel the Benefit

For a naturally flushed look to suit any redhead, add a swirl or two of Benefit Sugarbomb over cheeks. A combination of rose, peach, soft plum and shimmering pink powders complement cool skin tones, just like Julia’s. Now you’ve mastered the best beauty policies for redheads, keep it that way and ensure you’re makeup lasts from meeting to meeting with Benefit Stay Don’t Stray. Launched the same year as Australia’s first female PM took office, the first ever 360 degree eye primer ensures eyeshadows and eye concealers stay put all day long - here, here!

And whilst in Canberra, pop on down to the new Benefit Brow Bar and first ever Pretty Room in Myer, opening in Canberra in August. All of Benefit’s beauty makeup, services and skincare will be just down the road from The Lodge!

Although you might not have as many travel engagements as Julia, theTrilogy Travellers kit is perfect for any woman on the go. With mini-versions of Trilogy’s favourite natural skincare essentials in your bag, skin will be kept hydrated, healthy and fresh, leaving you free to focus on more important things. 

Going red is just one way to be inspired by the new PM... How has Julia Gillard inspired you?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Russell goes Vintage

Remaining true to their American heritage, Russell Athletic’s Summer 11 collection features the Vintage Baby Doll Tank. Inspired by the spirit of sport and positive feminine energies, the Baby Doll Tank combines a fresh palette of deep indigo and soft apricot, with delicate embroidery detail. A wardrobe essential for Spring!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Billion Dollar Babes

Billion Dollar Babes is a cutting-edge fashion club that's been around since 2001. They serve up top designers on a silver platter to a lucky few - at ridiculously discounted prices. We're talking the likes of Oliver Peoples, Chanel, Splendid, Kooba ... at savings of up to 85%. And the best part? Membership is free!

There are two ways to shop at Billion Dollar Babes:

Shop Online - Currently Billion Dollar Babes hold six or more sales per week, each lasting only two days. Members are emailed the second a new sale starts.

Shop Offline - Billion Dollar Babes have been holding their legendary "real world" shopping events since 2001. They regularly organize multi-designer sales in major cities worldwide, complete with flowing cocktails, beauty bars and swag. At the moment these events are only in America, however if you are planning a trip to the US you may want to check them out...

So why should you join Billion Dollar Babes? Because you want today's hottest designers at up to 85% off (and really, isn't that what every girl wants!!). Membership is free and there's no commitment. Simple as that.

You may be wondering how can Billion Dollar Babes offer such low prices... It's simple: they let designers sell directly to members, thereby eliminating all those middlemen and marketing costs that traditionally inflate retail prices.

Sales this week include: Nautica Swimwear, Chanel Vintage Handbags, Skagen Watches, Single, Swiss Legend and Sweet Pea. 

Friday, June 25, 2010

Winter Coats...

With Winter well and truly upon us, now is the perfect time to shop for the perfect winter coat. There is a great range to choose from this winter, ranging from simple frock coats to trench and duffel coats. Here are our picks for the season...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Winter Glamour

Louis Vuitton

The Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 runways have seen a return to 1960s glamour, complete with gloves, handbags and full skirts. Harper's Bazaar were happy with the emerging trend, giving the following rundown on the looks:

"Prada channelled the 1950s and ’60s era, with the prim and proper look executed to perfection in everything from beehive hairstyles to tweed socks. Louis Vuitton, meanwhile, revised the A-line skirt in ’50s florals, but kept the look youthful by teaming them with sensual bustiers.On the home front, Jayson Brundson put sweaters with full skirts for the epitome of reserved charm."

Jayson Brundson


Jayson Brundson


Jayson Brundson

Louis Vuitton

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Free Give-Away - ELES Glamour Goddess Gift Set

ELES Mineral Make-Up and The Bride's Diary® are giving you the chance to WIN a stunning Glamour Goddess Gift Set, valued at $89.95.

The Bride's Diary team love to give our members free give-aways throughout the year. We are always excited when new products are launched and our members are 'in the know'! And like everything we do at The Bride's Diary, we only promote the highest quality products and services available. So enter today for your chance to win and don't forget to
visit often to see what other fabulous products we are giving away.

Containing all you need to create the ultimate glamour girl look day and night, this cute girlie pack contains a Super Balm lip gloss, Mineral Sheer Radiance powder compact, a gorgeous nail enamel and toe dividers to create a soft feminine look with the perfect pedi!

• ELES Super Balm SPF 15 – A delicious lip-caring balm with high-shine shimmer which provides comfort and hydrating repair for thirsty lips. Ingredients include Aloe, Vitamins A & E and broad spectrum UV protection.
• ELES Mineral Sheer Radiance SPF 8 – a gorgeous powder compact with hypoallergenic formula which enhances the complexion to create the illusion of truly perfect skin. More than a simple powder, if provides treatment, protection and sheer coverage all in one. The light reflectors minimize flaws and dark spots whilst offering a strong resistance against sun damage.
• ELES Nail Enamel – a healthy and safe alternative to creating beautiful nails, this chip resistant, professional patented nail varnish holds its colour and shine for days. Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP free.

To enter, simply tell us in 25 words or less why an ELES Glamour Goddess Gift Set will help you prepare for your wedding! Please email your entry (including your name and mailing address) to with 'Competition – ELES Glamour Goddess Gift Set' in the subject line. Entries close 23rd July 2010. 

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Honore des Pres at Peony Melbourne

Launched in 2008, Honoré des Prés was established by Christian David and debuted with 'Pure Extracts of Nature' to world wide acclaim. Since then HDP has paved the way for organic haute perfumery, with its natural ingredients revealing themselves in the simplicity of each fragrance.

Carrying the Ecocert Organic Label, these exceptional and rare essences are 100% natural in origin, use 100% botanical ingredients produced using organic farming methods, contain no petrochemical products or synthetic perfumes, are free of colouring agents and phtalates, are produced without animal testing or ingredients of animal origin, and contain no elements which aggress the skin.

Parfums Honoré des Prés were created by one of the world's most celebrated perfumers of modern times, Olivia Giacobetti. She was the first to accept the challenge of creating unique and perfectly organic perfumes which do not compromise beauty or style.

Peony presents 'Pure Extracts of Nature' and the newly released 'We Love New York' collections.

Love Coco Eau de Parfum is a Soft Oriental with Crisp Gourmand notes - just breathe the pure extract made of a spicy delicate white coconut milk challenging a coriander leaf.

Vamp in New York Eau de Parfum is a Floral with Rich notes. Vamp in New York picks an entire field of nature, all the beautiful balms, all the heady ones as well as all the fragile and the extent of New York's voluptuous atmosphere. Not a fake Vamp at all!

I Love Carottes Eau de Parfum is a Soft Oriental with Crisp Gourmand notes - the carrots echo indulgence, a sunny winter morning, natural flowing hair, a brunch in New York after an evening of excessive tension and fun.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Fake Bake Skin Smoothie

We are right in the thick of Winter, and there’s no better time to banish scaly Winter skin than with Fake Bake Skin Smoothie! The colder months can really take a toll on your skin with wind and heaters leaving it dry, flaky and dull. Fake Bake Skin Smoothie is the perfect way to revitalise your skin as it combines the highest quality ingredients of aloe vera, lavender oil and fruit extracts that are easily absorbed into your skin leaving it soft, smooth and replenished.

For maximum hydration, Fake Bake Skin Smoothie should be applied to the entire body after showering to nourish and keep your skin silky smooth. This unique dry-oil spray won’t leave your skin feeling greasy and is enriched with a luxurious blend of botanicals and essential oils to revitalise and nourish even the driest skin!

Fake Bake Skin Smoothie can also be used to maximise the life of your tan by applying it to dry areas of the body before using your Fake Bake tanning product. This will help smooth the product over these harder to tan areas giving you a lasting, natural looking tan.

Fragranced with passionfruit, rosehip and linden lower, Fake Bake Skin Smoothie will keep you smelling gorgeous and leave your skin feeling refreshed, nourished and ultra smooth.


Friday, June 18, 2010

Pure by Nature - Avado Organic Skincare

The wonderful soothing properties of avocado oil have been kept secret for too long! The BD team are excited to discover Avodo Organics Sensitives - a range of certified skin care products formulated with the 'wonder-worker' that is pure avocado oil. Rich in anti-oxidents and vitamins A, C and E, avocado oil also boasts lecithin and potassium known as the 'mineral of youth'.

Extracted from organically grown avocados, the avocado oil used in Avado Sensitives products hydrates, nourishes and moistures the skin leaving it plump, smooth and radiant. The anti-bacterial, anti-wrinkle and healing properties help to keep dry and sensitive skin soft and supple - promoting increased skin elasticity.

The soothing and healing properties of the Avado Sensitives range make it perfect for all the family especially those seeking relief from the dryness and itching from dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema.

Avado Sensitives was created by Tammy Fenner, a mother of three, whose second child Lucy suffered from from sensitive skin from an early age. Tammy's search for a genuinely pure and chemical free skin care range led to the formulation of Avado Organics and the launch of the unique range of baby and adult products using avocado oil as a base. 

The Avado Sensitives range includes a natural body lotion, face moisturiser, gel exfoliant and certified organic avacodo oil.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sex & the City 2 Jewellery on Display at Peony Melbourne

Peony Melbourne will be showcasing some spectacular jewellery featured in Sex & the City 2. The Bijoux jewellery by Rodrigo Otazu on display will include Limited Edition pieces such as the 'Carrie' necklace as seen above, Samantha's earings and two versions of the pearl and swarovski cuffs.

Rodrigo Otazu designs by pure instinct and straight from the heart. The smallest discovery sparks Rodrigo's unique creativity. Inspired by his global travels he creates stunning jewellery. Always pure and always with emotion. The Otazu wearer wants to look exquisite and feel extraordinary. Originality is staying ahead of the crowd, with a stunning style statement that offers a glance at what's next.

His collaborative processes have seen his work sought after by Christian Lacroix, Ungaro, Jean-Paul Gautier and Viktor and Rolf to name a few.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Chloé Fall 2010 Collection

The Chloé woman embodies luxury and refinement. Inspired by sartorial codes and impeccable men's tailoring, she is effortlessly elegant. Her nonchalant attitude is inspired
by a man’s wardrobe but retains a subtle and untamable femininity. Masculine coats and suits are interpreted with grace.

The Chloé Fall 2010 collection plays with tweeds, checks and jacquard tartans mixed with textured knits, sensual satins and silks for a sophisticated yet simple look that is punk at heart.

An enveloping silhouette unfolds a playful layering of fabrics and textures. Skillful masculine tailoring is contrasted with the casual ease of luxury sportswear. The long and fluid jersey dress defines an unexpected allure and the embroideries that sweep over velvets reveal a subtle couture spirit. 

Herringbone tweeds, flannels, Prince of Wales checks, dotted cravat silk are borrowed from the male wardrobe. They are softened by the sensuality of cashmeres, silk twills, washed satins, or an ethereal veil of wool. 

Total leather looks, fur coats and sweatshirts conjure a wild touch. The iconic Hannah MacGibbon palette of beiges ranges from tones of camel, oatmeal and shades of make-up warmed by nuances of autumn leaves and delicate animal prints.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Emporium's Secret Fashion High Tea

They say good things come in threes and it couldn’t be more true when three icons of the fashion industry come together in one stellar group show to impress at next month’s Emporium’s Secret Fashion High Tea, an event now etched in every fashionista's diary.

On Thursday July 8, fashion powerhouses Maryon’s, Biffi and McKinney’s Jewellers, together with The Emporium Hotel, invite you to a special preview of their upcoming Spring Collections. Style icons in their own right, collectively these retailers have contributed to placing Brisbane’s Emporium precinct firmly on the fashion map.

The Emporium’s Secret Fashion High Teas unveil looks from leading fashion-retailers every second month with all the grace expected from a Parisian Salon Show, complete with champagne and a tower of tasty savoury and sweet treats. “In a city where fashion parades are everywhere, it’s refreshing to see the return of the original Salon Show, a parade style which intimately showcases these designer fashions and encourages guest interaction,” said shoe mogul Maryon.

Date: Thursday July 8 at 10.30am
Price: $49 per person per event
Includes: A glass of Mumm champagne upon arrival, tea and coffee, High Tea tower including a selection of savoury and sweet treats; exclusive fashion
Bookings: Emporium Hotel - Phone: (07) 3253 6999 or 1300 883 611 - NUMBERS ARE LIMITED.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Winter Skin Rejuvenation Treatments

Winter has arrived! The cooler months are a great time for rejuvenation skin treatments, as there is less sun exposure. There is a wide range of rejuvenation treatments available - it can be tricky to understand exactly what these treatments do and which conditions they treat best. The experts from Erase Skin Rejuvenation Specialists have helped us out by explaining what is involved in some of the most popular treatments, and what conditions they are best for:


Mechanically exfoliates the skin and loosens the superficial dead cells, stimulating a “turn over” in effect which significantly improves the texture and luminosity of the skin.
• Suitable for all skin types

Pixel Laser System

This is a type of fractionated laser therapy which stimulates new collagen growth and improves the skin texture and tone

• Open pores and rough textured skin!
• Sun damage
• Pigmentation

Fraxel Laser

Fraxel Laser treatment is new a technique in the skin rejuvenation using fractional photo thernolysis. Pin point laser beams penetrates benefit the skin surface to eliminate old, damaged cells. This treatment stimulates the body’s own natural healing process which replaces damaged skin with fresh, glowing, and rejuvenated skin.
• Rejuvenating/Anti-aging
• Open pores and rough textured skin
• Fine line/wrinkles
• Pigmentation
• Acne Scars

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

PDT is a “turbo charge” Photorejuvenation, this makes it particularly effective for treating sun damage and active acne.

• Sun Damage
• Acne

Photo Rejuvenation/IPL (Intense Pulse Light)

Damaged to the skin from UV radiation can manifest a variety of skin changes including red blemishes, spider veins and brown spots.

• Rosacea
• Capillaries/Redness/Blotching
• Pigmentation
• Rejuvenation

Laser Hair Removal

By directing heat energy from a laser or IPL system to the bulb of the hair root results in the destruction of the hair.
• (IPL) Epilight
• Soprano 1810 Diode

Visit Erase Skin Rejuvenation Specialists

Thursday, June 10, 2010

2010 CFDA Awards Presented in New York

Marc Jacobs

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) paid tribute to the winners and honorees of the 2010 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on 8th June. 

The top honors went to Marc Jacobs for Womenswear Designer of the Year, presented by Jessica Biel. The award for Menswear Designer of the Year was presented by Anthony Mackie to David Neville & Marcus Wainwright for Rag & Bone. Alexis Bittar took home the Accessory Designer of the Year Award, presented by Dakota Fanning. For the ninth year in a row, the evening was generously underwritten by Swarovski.

Iman in Giambattista Valli, with David Bowie

Jason Wu, with Rachel Weisz in Jason Wu

Sarah Jessica Parker in Alexander McQueen

Michael Kors, with Gwyneth Paltrow in Michael Kors

Alexa Chung and Ed Westwick presented all three Swarovski Awards which honor and recognize emerging talent. The Swarovski Award for Womenswear was given to Jason Wu. The Swarovski Award for Menswear was presented to Richard Chai. The Swarovski Award for Accessory Design went to Alexander Wang. Recipients in each category will receive generous financial support from the company as well as exposure to the company’s vast and innovative crystal products and applications for fashion.

The Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Michael Korsby Anna Wintour, Editor in Chief of Vogue.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Pink Sparkle by Kylie Minogue

Beautiful, radiant and vivacious, Kylie Minogue has an aura that simply shimmers. Now, the essence of Kylie’s irresistible exuberance and positive energy has been captured in her sophisticated new fragrance: Kylie Minogue, Pink Sparkle, available from July 2010 - in time for the release of her new studio album "Aphrodite".

An intoxication of the senses, Pink Sparkle is a breath of radiance and joy. Evoking the vibrancy of a party full of glamour and the effervescence of pink champagne, this unique fragrance transports you to a fantasy universe of sparkles and happiness. You’ve entered a world of effervescent fun and delight. Enjoy!

A modern floral oriental amber, Pink Sparkle is built around the surprising champagne accord that’s intrinsically linked with celebration. Exuding Kylie’s spirit and vivacity, this luminous fragrance conjures up vivid images of champagne bubbles flowing at exclusive, glamorous festivities. It’s time to join the party!

Kylie comments, “With Pink Sparkle, I wanted to create an elegant, feel-good fragrance that takes you to a wonderful place of optimism and vitality. I like to think of it as an open invitation to join me in celebrating all that is good in life. Pink Sparkle is a sophisticated fragrance dedicated to all women who are in harmony with themselves and the world.”

Kylie Minogue Pink Sparkle is available from 1 July 2010 from Priceline, Big W, Target and selected pharmacies nationally. For stockists, please call 1800 812 663.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Season's Hottest Wedges...

We love these new season wedges, perfect for taking you from Autumn to Winter... All available from Net-A-Porter.

Proenza Schouler Curved Wedge Sandals
A favorite of fashion editors everywhere, Proenza Schouler's white and black snake-print leather wedge sandals are a must-have style. The whipstitch detailing and suede trim make these beautifully sculpted heels the perfect way to wear this season's tribal deluxe trend.

Revamp your look with Alaïa's intricately crafted tan leatherwedge sandals. Wear these haute heels with this season's barely-these shades for effortless sophistication. Every Alaïa accessory comes in a beautiful leather storage box.

Christian Louboutin Peanut 70 Leopard-Print Wedges

Slip into Christian Louboutin's multicolored hide wedges for an elegant way to wear animal print this season. Pair them with cropped pants and a tank to work safari chic into your office repertoire.

Masion Martin Margiela Leather Asymmetric Wedges

Stamped with signature innovative flair, Maison Martin Margiela's dark-gray leather pointed asymmetric wedges are the height of fashion-forward footwear. Slip them on to finish every look with a touch of the avant-garde.