Friday, December 24, 2010

Season's Greetings from The Bride's Diary Team!

The Bride's Diary Team extends our very best wishes for the Festive Season to all our readers and clients. Have a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year celebration.

We have absolutely loved working on our website and publications throughout 2010. It has been great to keep in touch with our members through the bridal buzz message boards and to receive your fantastic feedback. Thank you for the many wonderful compliments we have received to our fabulous new editions of The Bride's Diary. We love it too!

We look forward to a wonderful 2011 filled with exciting new additions to our publications and online features!

Thank you for your ongoing support and interest in The Bride's Diary.

Once again, have a wonderful festive season.

Warm regards,

The Bride's Diary Team

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Gifts to Delight at Urban Rituelle

Looking for something special to give a loved one? The beautiful goodies from Urban Rituelle are sure to delight! Urban Rituelle is an innovative brand of Australian made bath & body care products based in Sydney, Australia.

Leanne Haining and Scott Kelly established Urban Rituelle in 1999, nurturing the company from its beginnings in an inner city Sydney market into a successful international business. Today Urban Rituelle has established distribution both in Australia and international markets, including New Zealand, Canada, USA, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam & UAE.

The Sweet Delights gift set  (shown top) is the ultimate in fragrant treats for the body. Included is a travel size Petit Parfum, a Creamy Vegetable Soap with moisturising Cocoa Butter and a nourishing Lip Balm for super soft lips.

Treat a friend or your special guests to this fragrant assortment of 10 petite Creamy Vegetable Guest Soaps. Beautifully hand wrapped and ready to delight, these little bathing delicacies will make a much-appreciated gift, ideal for your next dinner party, a special occasion, or to simply spoil you.

The Fragrant Journey Soap Set is inspired by the fresh, exotic florals from the isles of Tahiti. A blend of white Gardenia flowers, Jasmine, Tuberose, Violet & Muguet, rounded out with green, fruity top notes. This scent of fragrant blossoms will transport you instantly to your own island paradise.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Napoleon Perdis: The Greatest Sale Of All

Frugalistas will rejoice with Napoleon Perdis announcing its annual in-store clearance sale. Not one to miss out on the Boxing Day madness, all Napoleon Perdis concept stores will offer 50% off select products from the uber-prestige range.

Sale items include Swept Away holiday kits, After Sun Body Oil and Scrub from the Summer Range and soon to be deleted items.

About Napoleon Perdis:

Napoleon Perdis picked up his first makeup brush at the age of 13 to help his glamorous mother primp for a soiree. Since then the self-taught makeup artist has long dreamed of spreading his glamour gospel. A native of Sydney, Australia, and now based in Los Angeles, Perdis has always sought to demystify makeup, and transform runway and red carpet trends to reality.The Napoleon Perdis philosophy is not dictated by fashion: it’s about accentuating your natural beauty with confidence-building products. Last year, in addition to taking his company global, the leading artist launched a new line exclusively for Target, NP Set. Perdis is also still an in-demand makeup artist. Since its unveiling in the U.S., the brand has attracted celeb fans including Jessica Szohr, AnnaLynne McCord, Lindsay Lohan, Leighton Meester, Debra Messing, Jessica Lowndes, Shenae Grimes, LeAnn Rimes, Nicollette Sheridan, Amanda Bynes and among others. 

Sale dates: December 26 2010 - January 30 2011
For store details visit or phone 1800 814 572.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

“Headphone Hoodie” by Russell Athletic

Sportswear brand Russell Athletic will launch Australia’s first hooded sweatshirt with a fully integrated headphone system.

“Headphone Hoodie” by Russell Athletic heralds a major innovation for the Sportswear pioneer.

How the concept works:

• Earphone buds are attached to the ends of the drawstring;
• The connecting cable is in encased within the hood drawstrings and runs down through the inside front of the garment;
• a 3.5mm MP3 compatible input jack sits in the right hand pocket of the garment ready for connection to the user’s device of choice.

The system, licensed from HB3 technology is fully machine washable and promises to provide dynamic sound wash after wash.

National Sales Manager Nick Bowman says, “Yes, it’s revolutionary, but Headphone Hoodie’s versatility also makes it highly functional. Perfect for taking transport to uni, listening to sports commentary, or training - all without the hassle of annoying, tangled cords.”

Russell Athletic’s debut “Headphone Hoodie” collection is available in men’s & women’s hooded jacket silhouettes each in four colours. Production has been limited to 5,000 pieces that will be available exclusively at Rebel Sport from March 1st 2011, retailing for $89.95.

Monday, December 20, 2010

An Artisan's Touch - Megan Park

 Renowned for her artisan’s touch, Megan Park creates a collection that mixes the ancient traditions and craft of hand embroidery with the cuts, shapes and fabrics of today to create heirlooms of the future.

Australian-born Megan Park studied fashion design at RMIT, and upon leaving college began work as a textile designer in Melbourne. In 1993 she moved to London to begin designing textiles for a well-respected agency working for the likes of Givenchy, Dries van Noten and Kenzo.

In 1997, Megan launched her own label in London with an eponymous collection of evening bags and scarves, which has now grown to include womenswear and accessories collections, as well as Megan Park Girl (for girls aged 2-6,) and Megan Park Home (a soft furnishings home collection).

Having established her reputation Internationally, in 2004 Megan followed her heart back to Australia, which is now where she and her team are based.


Friday, December 17, 2010

Gorgeous Chocolate-Brown Bling

As Christmas approaches, many of us are still running around searching high and low for the perfect gifts. Look no further than the new jewellery and accessories from Lovisa!

These gorgeous baubles look great on both beautiful sun-kissed skin and pale porcelain complexions.

The neutral shades will add a seriously glamorous kick to any outfit - perfect for all the Christmas and New Year's parties coming up!

Visit Lovisa

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Oprah Loves Bobbi Brown

No doubt many of you have seen the amazing coverage of Oprah holding her Bobbi Brown Pressed Powder Compact up to Hugh Jackman on so he could inspect his injured eye. This has appeared across print and television media internationally.

Oprah has long been a fan of Bobbi Brown and Bobbi has appeared on her show regularly for many years.

Bobbi’s approach to makeup has always been simple – “Be who you are”. Bobbi believes that "makeup is a way for a woman to look and feel like herself, only prettier and more confident." Through Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Bobbi enables every woman to enhance her unique beauty. With straightforward, easy-to-use cosmetics in timeless hues, all formulated to create a smooth, natural, and healthy appearance.

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics are formulated to be suitable for all skin types and tones – a brand for all woman of all ethnicities, everywhere.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Womanity by Thierry Mugler wins WWD Beauty Biz Award 2010

The WWD Beauty Biz Awards 2010 have named Womanity by Thierry Mugler winner of the Prestige Fragrance category.

Womanity was recognised for it's innovative molecular extraction technique and mixing sweet and savoury notes...

Unprecedented in the history of perfume: the impertinence of a sweet and savory note incorporated into a single fragrance for the very first time.

First, the sweetness appears in a brilliant burst. A note of fig, with its juicy, fruit flesh.

Then, a cheeky note of savoury: subtle, troubling – caviar.

Finally, the elegance of a woody accord. Green, sensuous, pure fig wood and leaf.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The No.1 skincare product for 2010 is....... Bio-Oil!

Being the No.1 selling skincare product in 13 other countries is one thing, being the No.1 selling skincare product in Australia today* is reason to celebrate! Bio-Oil® is the hard-working brand that has fast become the ‘must-have’ skincare product!

Despite many competitors launching in the market, Bio-Oil® has maintained the No.1 selling skincare product status for over 4 years. Most recommended by Pharmacists in Australia and by doctors for scars and stretch marks in New Zealand, it’s the multi-purpose nature of Bio-Oil® that has made it a favourite skin care product for Australians.

Bio-Oil® is formulated to help improve the appearance of old and new scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone and dehydrated skin. Consumers tell us they also love using Bio-Oil® as all over body moisturiser, an after shaving oil, a massage oil and it also provides great relief for sun burned skin.

For best results, apply Bio-Oil® twice daily after showering morning and night, massaging in soft circular motions to deliver Calendula, Lavender, Rosemary, Chamomile oils and Vitamin A and Vitamin E into the skin where they are most needed.

Bio-Oil® is available in 60ml ($14.95), 125ml ($24.95) and 200ml ($34.95) from Priceline, Big W, Target,
Kmart, Woolworth’s, Coles and all pharmacies nationally. For stockist enquiries phone (02) 8436 8300.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Expert Advice from St. Tropez

Tammy is the Education and Events Manager for St.Tropez and creates and delivers market leading training to the St. Tropez in-house team. Here she shares some of her expert tips for getting the best summer tan...

What are your two favourite St Tropez products?

It’s really difficult to pin down two products but my absolute favourite is Self Tan Bronzing Mousse as I love the development colour. I apply one full coat to my body and wait for it to dry and then I use Self Tan
Bronzing Spray to apply a quick second coat to the areas I want more definition on such as my upper arms and stomach, and it’s also handy to reach difficult areas such as my back. I always use the tan applicator
mitt as it makes the application far quicker. I apply a small amount of Body Moisturiser to my hands,  elbows, knees and feet before hand to make sure it doesn’t darken on the drier areas.

I’ve already mentioned 3 products but my favourite skin finishing product is Bronzing Rocks as they are so versatile. I use the rocks on the apples of my cheeks for a glowing sun-kissed look with a blusher brush. For daytime I gently wipe a foundation wedge over the skin to take off the excess for a more natural glow.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Your Christmas Style Sorted!

With the lead up to Christmas, so begins the endless parade of parties for the season. While we all know that keeping up appearances means countless wardrobe changes, tube-tan and a pair of flat shoes stashed in your handbag at all times – what about your hair? Just like you’d never be seen in the same dress more than once, weeks of transforming your hair from office-drab to party-fab can take its toll.

To help with your Christmas style, Sebastian Professional offers you convenient packs combining all the tools you’ll need to ensure your hair is kept in shape and party-ready. No matter what your style, Sebastian’s Design Team Director, Joey Scandizzo, has four commandments to ensure you’ve got the right foundation for flawless locks over the Christmas party season:


Take a page from Keri Russell’s book and tame that frizz. “The main reason hair becomes frizzy is because it’s dehydrated,” says Joey, “and curly hair is a naturally drier hair type, so needs a lot of moisture to avoid frizziness.” Enter Sebastian’s Thirst Quencher pack, combining the intensively hydrating Hydre Shampoo and Conditioner with smoothing cream serum, Taming Elixir.

“This smoothing combo adds moisture to your hair at the same time as giving it heat, UV, salt water and chlorine protection – perfect for the drier summer months. Taming Elixir’s semi-dry silicones smooth down fly-aways to leave hair feeling incredibly smooth, soft and healthy.”


What ever your style, there’s no better foundation than that of naturally beautiful hair a la this hair-type pin up, Jennifer Aniston. “She’s never seen with a hair out of place,” says Joey, explaining: “She must have a good care regime to keep her hair in top condition.” This is where Sebastian’s Revitalised Weightless Shine pack comes in, made up of the featherlight, shine enhancing Light Shampoo and Conditioner as well as treatment styler, Potion 9 Lite.

“The nine botanical extracts from the original Potion 9 have been transformed into a lightweight spray that’s perfect for finer hair types. With added proteins to help reconstruct your hair from within, it adds body, thickness and root lift and also protects hair from heat styling damage.”


“A key look that’s coming through in hair trends for next season is volume” Joey says. “Drew Barrymore’s been snapped with this look recently and it just looks awesome!” For incredible body, Sebastian offers you the High Impact Volume Meets Softness pack, with volume boosting Volupt Shampoo and Conditioner, plus the hair raising Volupt Spray.

“What makes Volupt different to traditional volumising products is that it gives a real softness to the hair – usually it would be a trade off to achieve such great body.” The micro-particle technology in Sebastian’s Volupt collection provides a volume boost without adding weight and keeping your hair completely soft to the touch.


A must have for the party season is hair that has a polished, sleek shine but, explains Joey: “This is something that can be hard to achieve on hair that’s not been kept healthy.” Jennifer Carpenter’s recent Emmys look almost outshone her dress – a simple style with extra gloss factor. Amp up your gloss factor with the Stress Free Shine pack; consisting of Penetraitt Shampoo and Conditioner plus the thermal protection and shimmer complex, Trilliant.

The active rescue system in Penetraitt completely reconditions even the most chemically treated hair, combining protein and moisture to give intensive repair. Trilliant uses a tri-layer formula for brilliant shine, body and heat protection. “It’s like a glossing spray, thermal shield and non-aerosol hairspray in one. It’s my number one shine enhancing product.”

So while Sebastian can’t tell you what dress to wear or whether those shoes will still be comfortable at 2am, we can tell you how to keep your hair in check – so at least you’ll have one less thing to worry about this party season!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Advanced Natural Resurfacing Treatment Mask

Introducing the ultimate weapon in resurfacing the skin to dramatically plump the appearance of lines and wrinkles… Advanced Natural Resurfacing Treatment Mask is an amazing resurfacing mask that refines the appearance of lines and wrinkles. 

Containing the intensive and powerful action of Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid which Trigger regeneration of collagen and healthy cells, Resurfacing Treatment Mask plumps, softens and smoothes uneven skin texture, assists with minimizing pore size, blackheads and congested skin. This powerful resurfacing mask ensures improvement of skin clarity, smoothness and firmness for a healthier and luminous youthful complexion. 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Summer Style at Smashpiece

Opal Rainbow Clutch

Summer has arrived, so let your accessories do the talking with these gorgeously vibrant and summery pieces from Smashpiece! Bold colours, chunky cuffs and structured bags will see you through the summer in style...

Laminated Alphabet Bangle

Guadaloupe Tote

Distressed Red Laminated Bangle

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Gift Guide: Jewellery to Cherish

Tiffany & Co. Locks

With Christmas fast approaching, The Bride's Diary team has put together a Christmas Gift Guide to jewellery. Featuring our favourite pieces of jewellery, with a variety of price ranges and running the gamut from high-end to homemade, our Christmas Gift Guide to Jewellery is sure to inspire you!

Ole Lynggaard Love Bands
Lovisa Necklace
Betty Turquoise Chunky Necklace on Etsy
Tiffany & Co. Return to Tiffany Hearts
Through the Looking Glass Earrings on Etsy
Ole Lynggaard Sweet Drops
Tiffany & Co.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Tiffany Celebrates the Year of the Rabbit with Charms of Gold

Inspired by the imagery and lore of the Chinese zodiac, Tiffany & Co. creates charms of 18 karat gold in celebration of the year of the rabbit, in 2011.

Of the 12 animals that make up the horoscope’s 12-year cycle and their corresponding personalities, the rabbit represents the discreet, sensitive type. Tiffany designer Paloma Picasso’s detailed charm captures the creature’s tender nature in 18 karat gold superbly crafted with the quality and design excellence for which Tiffany & Co. is renowned worldwide.

In addition, Tiffany creates charms based on the red envelopes that friends and family members give to one another at social gatherings and holidays such as the Lunar New Year. The charms are crafted with a red enamel finish and the symbols for luck and wealth in 18 karat gold.

Tiffany also designs the elegant oval or beaded pendant chains and link bracelets that combine with the charms to create beautiful gold jewelry. Wrapped in the Tiffany Blue Box®, each elegant design represents the Tiffany tradition of creating lasting mementos for life’s most important occasions.

The charms are available at select Tiffany & Co. stores worldwide.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Ultimate Lanolips™ Christmas Set

Lanolips™ brings you the ultimate Christmas gift set providing the best possible moisturisation for lips, hands & nails!

The set includes the luxuriously rich Lanolips™ 101 Ointment made with Lanolips™ signature Ultra Medical Grade lanolin which intensely nourishes dry, cracked skin and lips, and Lanolips™ Rose Balm Intense for Very Dry Hands & Nails which combines medical grade lanolin with shea butter, cocoa seed butter, wheat germ oil, vitamin E and rich natural oils creating amazing hydration.