e e j i d pro Issue #11 2013
50 Driving Ambition. One woman’s passion for organic tanning.
56 No Place Like Home.
Actor Jenni Baird is bringing some attitude to Aussie TV.
74 Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards.
All the weird and wonderful designs from this year’s winner.
British star Ben Forster reveals the exhilaration - and danger - of playing Jesus Christ on stage.
90 Attitude Specific.
The inside story of how a backyard hair care company went international.
56 90 The Father, The Actor, The Captain.
We pay tribute to the great James Gandolfini.
102 Steel The One.
prodijee catches up with Superman, and his Old Man.
108 Native Evolution.
US indie band steps out of the Southern California’s OC.
118 Costume Party. ACMI’s awesome exhibition of Hollywood’s most famous apparel.
124 Body Heat.
All the incredible artwork from the 2013 Australian Body Art Carnivale. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
REGULARS NEWS 4 What’s Goin’ On 22 Going Postal 24 What’s hot ARTIST PROFILE
80 Krystel-Ann Marie Evans ROAD TESTS 42 Gatineau Renew 7 43 Dermalogica Shave System 45 Blue Sky Pilsner 45 On The Record
COLUMNS 46 The French Facialist 54 Food Couture 56 Savvy 72 The Peripheral Stranieri 78 La-la land 98 Live Via Satellite 106 Reality Bites 116 Viva Las Vegas
n o ’ n i o g ’s t a h w H&M HAS ANNOUNCED its autumn collaboration with Parisian designer Isabel Marant. With her effortless style, Isabel Marant has created a widely influential and successful take on Paris chic. Mixing urban attitude, boho elegance and rock ‘n’ roll spirit, she delivers a genuine French allure. For H&M, Isabel Marant will create a wardrobe of must-have pieces inspired by her signature style. Available from November 14, 2013, in around 250 stores worldwide and online, the collection features clothing and accessories for women and teenagers. Isabel will also, for the first time, create a collection for men. “I am flattered by this collaboration: H&M works with the
best designers and this invitation is an exciting honour,” said Isabel. “I aim at creating something real, that women want to wear in their everyday lives, with a certain carelessness, which I think is very Parisian: you dress up, but do not pay too much attention and still look sexy. The collection is infused with this kind of easiness and attitude. Everything can be mixed following one’s own instincts: my take on fashion is all about personality.” “We are excited to have Isabel Marant as a guest designer at H&M,” said Margareta van den Bosch, creative advisor at H&M. The way she mixes different elements in her collections, creating a style that is effortless and urban, makes
her very contemporary. She has a fantastic eye for ethnic detail and the rare ability to create something that people really want to wear. We are sure the H&M customers will be enthusiastic about this collection.” Born and raised in Paris, Isabel started customising her own clothes while still at high school. A graduate of the famed Studio Berçot, Isabel worked her way up the fashion system starting with a jewellery line, then adding knitwear, finally launching her eponymous collection in 1994. Today she runs an internationally successful fashion powerhouse with a string of boutiques worldwide. Her Parisian chic style, a mix of bohemia and masculine tailoring, grows in popularity season after season.
USHER HAS JOINED Macy’s in igniting sparks over the Hudson River during the 37th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks rumble to life. New York City will be transformed into a giant party in the sky, captivating audiences along the Hudson River and on television screens across the country. “Since 1976, Macy’s Fireworks have grown in scale and artistry,” said Amy Kule, executive producer
of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks. “With this first-ever collaboration with Usher, we are taking the show to the next level of entertainment spectacle, combining the very best of Macy’s Fireworks with Usher’s unparalleled artistic vision.” “I’m really excited to add my flavor to the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, the largest show in America”, said Usher. “As an artist, it’s important that I expand creatively into new areas. Working on the score and fireworks design has been a great experience that’s allowed me to share my voice in a new way. “The 4th of July is a collective celebration of freedom and I’ve helped express the energy and passion of our nation. I can’t wait for the countdown; we’re getting ready to surprise the audience with the ultimate Independence Day party.” Lending his artistic inspiration and talent, Usher curated the overall design of the show entitled, “It Begins with A Spark.” Beginning with the score, Usher’s musical tastes are evident and reflect a melting pot of influences that span several decades of music.
From current smash hits by artists like Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Avicii and Swedish House Mafia to classic artists like Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra and Sam Cooke, the explosive evening will feature a taste of musical styles ranging from pop and soul to country and electronic dance music. Usher’s artistry also extends to the canvas in the sky. In collaboration with Macy’s Fireworks designers, Gary and Jim Souza, Usher is providing visual design cues, inspiration and direction for the pyrotechnics that are choreographed to the score.
IT’S BEEN MORE than three years since Sara Storer’s latest album release but the wait is finally over. Sara’s new album, ‘Lovegrass’, will be released on August 23, 2013 through ABC Music/Universal Music Australia. Since the release of ‘Calling Me Home: The Best Of Sara Storer’ in 2010, Sara married and had her second and third children. The album’s opening single and title track ‘Lovegrass’ is a song written about her husband Dave. “This is my love song for Dave. How lucky is he to have a song written for him about a noxious weed,” she jokes. “Every now and then I threaten him with Roundup!” ‘Lovegrass’ features 12 original tracks, including songs with John Williamson and Greg Storer, and sees multiaward winning producer, Matt Fell, take the reigns in the producer’s seat. Sara will be one of the headline attractions at the 2013 Gympie Muster, where she will officially launch the new album. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST FESTIVAL of tomorrow’s hottest artists BIGSOUND has today unveiled another 80 artists joining its lineup for 2013. Presented by Oztix, BIGSOUND’s Live program takes place in Fortitude Valley over
two nights from September 11-12. Twelve stages will host performances from some of the world’s most exciting new acts. Leading the charge in this new announcement are a host of artists that industry insiders are chasing, including Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Jonti, KINGSWOOD, Darren Middleton, Gossling, Blue King Brown’s Natalie Pa'apa'a, Canada’s Yukon Blonde, Calling All Cars, The Trouble with Templeton, Chance Waters and Regular John. They join the previously announced list of Xavier Rudd, Megan Washington, The John Steel Singers, Stonefield, Bleeding Knees Club and more, creating one of the tastiest smorgasbords of new music you’ll find anywhere this year. Another 24 artists are still to be announced. “BIGSOUND has cemented its place as the week that Australia’s
music industry come out to play and for anyone looking for reasons to join in the party, this list is a pretty good place to start,” said BIGSOUND Executive Programmer Graham Ashton. "The quality and quantity of applications for BIGSOUND increases each year and our second artist announce is truly mindblowing. It's wonderful to see the value the artist community places on showcasing at BIGSOUND. It's just a shame that we've only got 120 spots because there are more artists than ever who are worthy to be part of the event." BIGSOUND full passes, which include entry to panel sessions, parties and priority entry to all BIGSOUND live events are available from www.bigsound.org. au, while BIGSOUND Live passes for entry to the live shows only are on sale now at OzTix.
“Through these grants, we have an amazing opportunity to make a real difference for millions of people by supporting personal well-being programs, improving access to critical natural resources such as clean water and supporting many other sustainable community programs.” During the first quarter 2013, The Foundation awarded:
THE COCA-COLA FOUNDATION has awarded more than $500 million to support global sustainable community initiatives, including water stewardship, community recycling, active healthy
living, and education. The foundation awarded US$36 million in grants to 105 community organizations during the first quarter of 2013. The grants support the foundation’s global priority areas and the company’s three-part sustainability approach, focused on enhancing people’s well-being, building strong communities and protecting the environment. “Coca-Cola wants to be a positive force in communities around the world,” said Lisa M. Borders, chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation and vice president of Global Community Connections for The Coca-Cola Company.
• $12 million for physical activity and well-being programs; • $12 million for water stewardship, recycling, and environmental programs; and • $12 million for local priorities and social well-being programs, such as access to education opportunities, youth development, economic empowerment, HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention and other civic initiatives.
THE 2014 SILVERADO, an all-new version of Chevrolet’s best-selling vehicle in the US, will be celebrated in a marketing campaign created to speak to the heart of the full-size pickup market. The campaign, featuring an original song by Grammy-nominated recording artist, Will Hoge, begins exclusively in Texas, where one of every six pickup trucks in the US is sold. “There is no more appropriate place to launch the new Silverado campaign than in Texas, the heart of truck country, and no better way to launch it than through music,” said Tim Mahoney, Global Chevrolet chief marketing officer. “The song Strong celebrates Silverado owners who are as dependable and capable as their trucks.” Originally developed as a song, Strong will debut July 4 as a music video, digital download and in a television ad. The Silverado anthem was created with pickup truck drivers and their values in mind. Most of the people who appear in the video are real Chevrolet owners, not professional actors. The lyrics to Hoge’s song speak to the strength of hardworking, honest and dependable men and women. Also, a tone of American pride is reflected in the launch date of July 4. “Chevrolet has a long-standing relationship with music, and Chevys have been mentioned in more than 800 popular songs,” said Mahoney. “The lyrics to Strong were
inspired by the Silverado and the people who drive them. “We think this original song and our all-new Silverado harmonize perfectly.” The Silverado marketing strategy begins with the song, but rolls out both in Texas and throughout the country during the second half of 2013. Interactive Silverado displays and ride-and-drives began in June across Texas. Nationally, Silverado marketing plans include customer activities at NASCAR races, music venues and sporting events, as well as a partnership with the National Volunteer Fire Council. The Silverado campaign fits within Chevrolet’s brand platform, Find New Roads. Future ads will focus on the features of the Silverado.
COOPER ST HAS has announced its collaboration with LA celebrity designer, Whitney Port (left), for its Spring/ Summer ‘13 collection and the following Autumn/Winter range. The Whitney Port for Cooper St collection will arrive in stores this September, marking the first designer collaboration for the Australian fashion brand. “The collection is bright, feminine and fun, and can range anywhere from an awesome cocktail dress to a cool pair of printed pants. It’s eclectic but also very wearable, and I feel like there’s something in it for everyone,” says Port of the Spring/Summer range. The pieces can be mixed and matched for versatile day to night styling, encapsulating the essence of spring in Australia with an LA edge. “We are thrilled to be working with Whitney and have been so inspired by her design talent and her innate understanding of Australian fashion.” said Cooper St spokesperson, Donna Bracken. Prices start from $69.95 for tops, $129.95 for skirts, and $129.95 for pants and $169.95 for dresses. The Whitney Port for Cooper St collection will be available from Myer and select boutiques from September 2013, for a full list of retailers go to www.cooperst.com.au WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
MELBOURNE CUP CHARITY SecondBite is the new Pin & Win official charity partner for the 2013 Melbourne Cup Carnival. All money raised from the campaign will help feed Australians who are doing it tough. The charity aims to raise $250,000 to enable it to collect and deliver an additional 625,000 hearty, nutritious meals to vulnerable Australians and their families. TOYOTA’S NEW BOSS Respected Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) executive Takeshi Uchiyamada - the driving force behind the world’s best-selling hybrid car, Prius – will become the company’s new chairman. Mr Uchiyamada replaces Fujio Cho, a former company president who has been chairman since 2006 and has now been appointed honorary chairman. BAD KITTY Police had to be called as tempers flared when Singaporeans stormed McDonald’s outlets in search of the last of a series of six limitededition Hello Kitty promotional toys. Collectors began queuing outside of stores the night before and became unruly as stocks of the cute character ran out soon after the restaurants opened the following morning. OZ ‘BIEBER’ JOINS MUSE Australia’s own pop sensation, Cody Simpson, will join Bieber as a special guest on the Australian and New Zealand leg of the Believe Tour. Hailing from Queensland’s Gold Coast, Simpson first captured the world’s attention in 2009 when he began posting videos on Youtube of himself playing guitar performing original songs alongside covers of Justin Timberlake, Jack Johnson, and Jason Mraz. PRODIJEE.COM WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
AUSTRALIAN DESIGNERS FROM Holden Design have played a key role in the styling and development of GM’s global midsize vehicle, the Holden Malibu. Overseen by General Motors International Operations Executive Director, Design, Michael Simcoe while he was responsible for Chevrolet Design, the Malibu was heavily influenced by two of Holden’s own design staff while on international assignment in the USA. Justin Thompson, Exterior Design Manager and Yan Huang, Interior Design Manager, were responsible for the exterior and interior styling of Malibu, a car that is sold in almost 100 countries around the world. Sold as a Chevrolet Malibu in countries outside of Australia and New Zealand, its athletic stance was inspired by Chevrolets of the past, including the Camaro, which was also styled by Holden Design. Justin Thompson said the brief for Malibu was to create a car that would stand out in a busy and often bland mid-size segment. “Medium cars are often criticised for being bland and middle-of-theroad. With Malibu, we wanted to design a car that would stand out from the pack. “We looked to Chevrolet’s heritage to inspire us for the future and the result is a sporty family
sedan that has a lean muscularity and athletic stance,” he said. Malibu was designed first and foremost to be a Chevrolet vehicle but a Holden version was always in Justin’s mind. Most recently, Justin Thompson was Exterior Lead Designer for the VF Commodore and said Malibu shares some design highlights with the new locally manufacturered car. “There are also some fairly deliberate similarities between Malibu and the new VF Commodore. The rear end of Malibu was actually the first iteration of VF styling as we began to work on the VE replacement in the late 2000s. We also ensured that the unique front fascia for the Holden version fitted with the broader portfolio,” said Justin. “Having worked on the Malibu several years ago, it’s great to finally see it on Australian roads.” Yan Huang currently works as a design manager on interiors for GM’s global advanced vehicles. While in the US, she led the interior styling for Malibu. “The design intent for Malibu’s interior was sporty, sophisticated and easy to live with. The result is a simple, uncluttered interior with plenty of clever storage options,” she said.
IT WAS ANOTHER crisp and foggy morning out in the Yarra Valley, in the far east of Melbourne. The fog drifted in wisps across the ground, there was glimpses of blue sky and sunshine, all was quiet and ever so peaceful, until, the silence was broken, it sounded like an unbalanced washing machine falling out of the sky, the wispy fog was thrust into the air as a massive red bird descended from the sky. It was prodijee’s chief photographer, Matthew Wren, arriving in his helicopter to the fabulous Yering Station… well, that is what Matt would have us believe! Yes, there was a massive red helicopter, and yes, we were at the WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
magnificent Yering Station in the Yarra Valley, but Matt arrived in his car, the same as most other people. Maybe the helicopter was owned by one of the 400 guests or top fashion industry representatives who came to the Yarra Valley to attend the inaugural ‘The Australian Edit – A Fashion Space’. The event was a collaboration between Jane Hayes Consulting and Yering Station – where fourteen emerging designers had the opportunity to meet with customers in person and build relationships whilst showcasing, and selling, their designs in the historic barn on the grounds of the property. For $10.00 you could while
away the afternoon, sipping your complimentary glass of Yarrabank cuvee, one of Australia’s most celebrated sparkling wines and sample the delicate sweets produced by Yering Station’s top chef, Laura Webb-James while looking at (and purchasing in my case) some of the magnificent wares. Beautiful merino wool, goat and sheep leather, silks and jewellery were some of the garments and accessories showcased. The event is set to occur twice yearly and supports the local industry by creating a shopping experience that is completely out of the ordinary and one I will definitely be attending again.
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BIG MACHINE WILL once again bring a host of country music artists, including headliner Justin Moore, to the Brickfest Music Festival on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Moore will perform Saturday, July 27 after the Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and Sunday, July 28 before the Crown Royal Presents the Your Hero’s Name Here 400 at the Brickyard Powered
by BigMachineRecords.com. One of the most popular and accomplished young artists to hit the country music scene in years, Moore will play Saturday afternoon on the Pagoda Plaza Stage shortly after the checkered flag for the Indiana 250, with vivacious trio The Cadillac Three opening the show. Moore then will play a pre-race mini concert on the IMS main straightaway before the 1pm start of the 20th running of the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
THE CULT’S ELECTRIC 13 World Tour will visit Australia this September and October. Born out of the ashes of the UK post-punk scene, The Cult evolved to become one of the most influential and controversial rock bands of the late 20th century, selling millions of albums, headlining venues worldwide, infusing innovative possibilities into the worlds of music, art and fashion and ascending through the ranks of the indie music world to achieve global status. In 1987, The Cult released Electric, an album of stylistic change
that aimed the band straight at the heart of the rock market. Recorded in New York City at the legendary Electric Ladyland studios and filled with the energy of the dirty NYC streets, the band delivered an recording that has gone on to become one of The Cult’s most successful and influential albums. The record was produced by a young Rick Rubin, (who resonated more with the hip hop world of The Beastie Boys, Run DMC, and Public Enemy) The band quickly captured media attention, featuring heavily in music and fashion magazines as
A number of other stars on the Big Machine Label Group roster will perform Sunday at the Brickfest Music Festival beginning at 9am. Cassadee Pope will sing the national anthem during pre-race ceremonies while The Cadillac Three and Dustin Lynch will perform pre-race concerts. All performances are free with admission to the track for each day. The musical lineup continues the relationship between Big Machine and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which began with superstar group, Rascal Flatts, performing on the main straightaway at the 2011 Crown Royal presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard. The schedule also features the NASCAR Nationwide Series racing in the Indiana 250 Saturday, July 27 on the IMS oval, and GRAND-AM Road Racing conducting separate races for its Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge on Friday, July 26 on the 13-turn IMS Grand Prix road course. www.ims.com/tickets
well as becoming an MTV staple, and spun heavily on radio coast to coast. Electric was supported by an incident filled world tour, with Guns N’ Roses as the opener in North America. The same year, The Cult headlined in the UK, Europe, the US, Canada, and Australia, opened select dates for Iggy Pop and David Bowie, returning at the end of the year to sell out Wembley Arena and Brixton Academy in London. “The Cult’s life blood has always been playing live,” said lead singer, Ian Astbury. “We are between albums and decided to continue
MARTY HUNT HAS joined the Formula One Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial as director of operations and the newest member of its senior executive team. Hunt has worked in raceway operational management for more than 25 years, bringing vast experience and knowledge to the event. He joins an established team that recently welcomed motorsports leader, Christopher Pook. Other
executive team members include YES Network founding chairman and CEO, Leo Hindery, Jr, sports and entertainment veteran, Dennis Robinson, and sports marketing and corporate development executive Dick Goldschmidt. “As we continue to get ready for 2014, I am pleased to welcome Marty Hunt as our newest senior executive,” race promoter Hindery said. “Few people in our sport are as accomplished as Marty Hunt in getting the cars to the starting grid and giving the fans an exciting, safe race.” Most recently, Hunt served as the director of facilities at Circuit of the Americas. He previously served as operations manager for the Richard Petty Driving Experience and senior director of facility and operations at Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway. He also spent nearly 10 years at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, first as manager of track racing operations and later as director of operations. The inaugural Grand Prix of America at Port Imperial is
planned for June 2014. It will run on a 3.2-mile course using existing streets in Weehawken and West New York, New Jersey along the Hudson River and across the top of the Palisades, with the New York City skyline as the backdrop. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend over the course of three days, including practice on Friday, qualifying on Saturday and the Formula One race on Sunday. Most attendees will access the site through public transportation. The race, which will receive no subsidies from either local or state government, is expected to generate more than $100 million in annual economic benefits for New Jersey and New York. The GP America headquarters are shared between Port Imperial, New Jersey, and Manhattan, New York. Fans can get information about the Grand Prix of America race activities, tickets and special events by signing up for the GP America mail list. www.gpamerica.com
the momentum created by Choice of Weapon (and) stay in people’s hearts and minds. “We have decided that performing the Electric album, an event that has been demanded by our fans and followers, is the perfect live set to play in 2013.” The Cult will perform Electric, raw and unfiltered on tour in 2013, an event branded as ELECTRIC 13. This will be a hot ticket as The Cult has never performed the album in its entirety. The live show will also include a second set pulling from the band’s eight other studio albums. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
CLOUD CONTROL HEAD out on national tour this August/September in support of their highly anticipated forthcoming sophomore album, Dream Cave. After receiving rave reviews for their recent sold out performance at Sydney’s Vivid Festival, the band will return to their homeland to perform tracks from their latest offering as well as songs off their beloved debut album, Bliss Release. Supported by Sydney’s Palms, who have been winning hearts on the strength of their beautifully crafted indiepop tunes, exemplified by current single, This Last Year, this is the perfect opportunity for all those who will miss Cloud Control at the upcoming sold out Splendour In The Grass, to catch the band before they head off on their UK and US tours. With the first official single off Dream Cave, Dojo Rising, currently topping most played lists on radio the world over, there is no doubt that Cloud Control have done some serious growing over the last three years they’ve spent living, writing and playing in the UK. Earlier this year, the band shacked up in the picturesque English countryside of Kent with producer Barny Barnicott to put down the 11 tracks that make up Dream Cave, a record that promises to cherish their elegant psychedelic pop, whilst exploring a treasure trove of new influences and a progressive direction.
P!NK WILL MAKE her hugely anticipated return to this country for what will be the hottest tour of the year. Renowned around the world as one of the most dynamic live PRODIJEE.COM
performers of her generation she will be supported for all the Sydney and Melbourne shows on the Australian leg of The Truth About Love Tour 2013 by US recording
artists, Youngblood Hawke. Youngblood Hawke has celebrated ARIA chart success with their debut single We Come Running, which achieved gold status and is still rising, selling more than 55,000 copies in Australia to date. Their debut album, Wake Up, was released in May 2013 and reached a top 10 status in the US. “We’re beyond excited to explore beautiful Australia and perform for a whole new, passionate crowd of music fans alongside one of the most influential pops stars of our time! It’s an absolute dream come true” said Sam Martin of Youngblood Hawke.
NIKE KICKS GOAL Nike has posted a 22 per cent increase in fourth quarter profits as strength in North America offsets weakness in Europe and China. The company claimed earnings of $US668m in the three-month period ended May 31, up from $US549 million a year-ago. Revenue increased seven per cent to $US6.7b, from $US6.24b.
WANTFUL, ONE OF the fastestgrowing online gift retailers has announced a partnership with US retailer Nordstrom to develop innovative gift giving experiences for Nordstrom customers. The first iteration of the partnership launched today with The Nordstrom Gift Collection by Wantful (nordstrom.com/ giftcollection). The Nordstrom Gift Collection, offers an assortment of thousands of unique products curated by Wantful in categories from home decor to accessories to specialty food and wine. Nordstrom customers visiting the site answer a few questions about the person they’re buying for, and the service helps them quickly and easily curate a customized collection of up to 12 gift choices. This collection is presented to the gift recipient in a thoughtfully designed, custom-printed gift book, wrapped like a present. The recipient opens their book and chooses the gift they want to receive from their collection. Gift books may also be delivered online instantly, or on a future date. In addition to the thousands of products available on Wantful, gift givers can also include charitable donations to a wide range of organizations. “We’re thrilled to partner with
Nordstrom -- one of the great American retail brands, with a wellearned reputation for outstanding customer experiences,” said John Poisson, founder and CEO of Wantful. “We look forward to working with Nordstrom and collaborating on new experiences tuned to the needs of their customers.” “Making it simple for customers to give the right gift has always been important to the service experience we hope to offer,” said Kirk Beardsley, vice president of E-Commerce with Nordstrom. “The experience that Wantful is helping us deliver is an intuitive blend of traditional and digital media that offers customers another way to solve an age old challenge... choosing that perfect gift for someone. “We’re trying new things and continuing to learn in order to improve the online shopping experience for our customers. We’re impressed by Wantful’s innovative and thoughtful approach, and we look forward to continuing to develop our partnership based on how our customers respond.” In connection with the partnership, Nordstrom has also made an investment in Wantful to support the company’s growth and to develop additional capabilities.
LOTUS GETS NEW OWNERS The Lotus F1 Team has new part-owners, with Infinity Racing Partners Ltd acquiring a 35 per cent stake in the team. Infinity Racing joins Genii Capital, which retains a controlling stake in the team. Infinity Racing is an investment consortium comprised of private investors, including an American hedge fund manager, an Abu Dhabibased multinational business group and royal family interests of a major oil producing nation. DIAZ FOR BAD TEACHER 2? Columbia Pictures is developing Bad Teacher 2, to be directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Justin Malen. Jimmy Miller, Jake Kasdan, Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky will produce the film, and Melvin Mar will executive produce. The project is being developed for Cameron Diaz to star in the film but no deal is yet set with the actress. GET THE QUARTERBACK Former NFL quarterback, Terry Bradshaw, has signed with global sports, media and fashion company, IMG Worldwide for management and representation in broadcasting, marketing, sponsorship, endorsements and new business ventures. Bradshaw is a fourtime Super Bowl champion NFL quarterback, an Emmy awardwinning broadcaster, New York Times best-selling author and popular film and television actor. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
CHRISTINE CLAIS, AKA The French Facialist, is a French-born skin facialist, award-winning skin expert, educator, speaker and author, with over 20 years of experience in the beauty industry. Internationally, Christine is regarded as one of today’s most well respected and sought after facialists, both at consumer and
WES CARR’S LATEST incarnation Buffalo Tales has come to life as he takes the album Roadtrip Confessions on a roadtrip of its own. Comprised of a combination of capital city shows and regional dates, it marks the first time in WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
industry level. To date, she has helped more than 30,000 women from all over the world, including Hollywood A-list celebrities. Christine’s greatest strengths are her extensive experience in treating skin, her thorough knowledge of cosmetic chemistry, as well as her passion for educating her clients. She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she treats private clients at her Melbourne boutique salon, nestled on Malvern Road, Prahran. For the past year or so, in addition to being prodijee’s resident skin expert, The French Facialist has been actively contributing her expert advice to various national publications, including Women’s Day, WellBeing, Good Health, Cleo and Spa Life. Christine has now decided to share her independent expert experience and knowledge of skin care with a global audience. Her mission is to empower women everywhere, by teaching them how to easily and confidently
select effective skincare options for themselves. Her skin care philosophy takes into account not only the skin condition, but all aspects of the individual, including personality and lifestyle. In Transform Your Skin Without a Needle, Christine presents her unique and transformational skin care philosophy to the reader. Topics covered include an easy theoretical presentation of what skin is, the use of topical active ingredients to counteract the ageing process, eating your way to a younger skin, the skin rejuvenating mindset as well as ‘la beauté à la française’ (or French beauty insights). Packed with result-driven tools and expert solutions, this ebook also includes Christine’s own Skin IQ test. Transform Your Skin Without a Needle and instantly download it on your computer. It is available on the author’s website (www. thefrenchfacialist.com) for $24.95 (instant download).
more than two years that Carr has mounted a full-scale tour. The first cab off the rank was the album launch at Bondi’s Bucket List on the night of album release. The tour then extends through New South Wales and into Melbourne,
regional Victoria and South Australia. Roadtrip Confessions is a mesmerising collection of thirteen acoustic based songs, loosely based around the soundtrack to a fictional road trip, where interludes punctuate stops along the way. Produced by Stu Hunter, at The Habitat in Sydney, it features the first single Amsterdam, a high energy, rollicking good time that features a stunning video directed by Alyssa McClelland There’s good news Stateside for Buffalo Tales also, as US College Radio has eagerly embraced Amsterdam, the track debuting on the CMJ Top 200 at number 168. For fans closer to home, the Roadtrip Confessions national tour details can be found by visiting www.buffalotales.com.au
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SONY PICTURES STUDIOS has announced the return of its popular Twilight Tour, which will run every Thursday evening from June 27 through September 26. The two hour walking tours, which begin at 6pm under the lot’s soaring Rainbow art installation, includes stops at the historic Thalberg Building for a glimpse at Columbia Pictures’ collection of Best Picture Oscar statuettes, legendary soundstages once home to The Wizard of Oz and other famous
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films, the sets of smash-hit game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune, as well as the Barbra Streisand Scoring Stage, where some of the most memorable movie music has been recorded. Free parking is available beneath the Sony Pictures Plaza building, off Madison Avenue in Culver City. Admission is $38 per guest. Children age 12 and older are welcome. Originally constructed in 1915 as Triangle Studios, the lot was taken over by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1924 and served as their base of production through the golden age of Hollywood. The actors and actresses under contract to MGM at the time included Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy and Joan Crawford, as well
16 August at the Corner Hotel. With their current double platinum smash single Pompeii at NUMBER 5 on the National ARIA Singles Chart this week, Bastille has just released the follow up single Laura Palmer
as an impressive list of child stars, including Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland. In 1989, Sony Corporation purchased Columbia Pictures Entertainment as well as the old MGM lot in Culver City, later renaming the company Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). Major renovations turned the property into a state-of-the-art facility. Today, preservation efforts have turned the studio into a modern facility and an historic landmark. SPE is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. www.sonypicturesstudiostours.
and has already been added to UK’s Radio 1 A-List. Both singles are lifted from the band’s debut album Bad Blood, which debuted at number1 on the UK Albums Chart on release. Bad Blood has clocked up nearly a quarter of a million sales in the UK alone, becoming the biggest selling debut album of the year so far and still remains in the UK top 10. Pompeii has become one of the stand out tracks of the year, with more than half a million sales to date and their recently announced UK tour sold out as quickly as it went on sale - all 44,000 tickets sold in a day. Joining Bastille as special guest will be Sydney five piece band, Tigertown, fresh from supporting Bob Evans on his recent national tour as well headline shows.
THE AUSTRALIAN WRITERS Guild and ABC Children’s Television have launched an initiative to meet the increasing demand for more writers skilled in writing for children’s animated television programs. The initiative - a master class for writers who exhibit talent, potential and a desire to develop a career in this area – is generously supported by Screen NSW, Screen Australia and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation. The Australian animation industry is growing rapidly, especially with dedicated children’s channels requiring Australian content. Animation is a key genre in children’s programming and a number of broadcasters, including ABC Children’s Television, are committed to developing and producing new Australian IP. “It’s an incredibly exciting time for
Australian broadcast animation with a substantial number of new shows in development and production. Animation writers are in huge demand and ABC Children’s is delighted to work with the AWG and key industry figures on this wonderful initiative to nurture new talent” said Chris Rose, ABC Commissioning Editor Animation. The master class will provide a practical learning environment for participants, as experienced script editors and leading industry professionals mentor them through the writing process using existing programs as a model to simulate a live story department. The course will cover a wide selection of animation styles – 2D, 3D, Stop Motion - across the core children’s demographics. “Following the very successful writing for animation master class
run by the AWG in 2007, we are thrilled to be partnering with ABC Children’s television to run another course in this area. This master class will not only extend the skills of the writers, it will demonstrate that there is a strong contingent of writers in Australia willing and able to move into this growth area.” said Jacqueline Elaine, Executive Director – Australian Writers Guild. Writers are invited to submit a one-page analysis of their favourite children’s animated series. Applicants will also need to show they are able to think creatively and visually and are passionate about working in this field. A panel of industry experts will select a small group of writers from across the nation to participate in this initiative to be held at Flying Bark Studios, in Sydney, across three weekends in September.
CHANCES ARE YOU won’t have heard of Melody Pool. The 21-year-old from Kurri Kurri in NSW, Australia, has spent the past few years working primarily as a supporting musician on her local circuit. Pool used crowd-funding to get her to Nashville and to record and produce an album, The Hurting Scene, alongside US singer Jace Everett and producer Brad Jones. Gentle production is a key component of this album, with the strings and full band never allowed to mask the essential ingredients, which are Pool’s surprisingly mature and at times gut-wrenching words and the irresistible emotional reach given to them by the seemingly effortless assuredness and clarity in her voice. This isn’t a country album, although there are traces of Ryan Adams and Patty Griffin in a few of the songs, such as the acoustic ballad, Somebody You’ve Never Met Before and the first single Xavier. The most obvious influences on
her work come from a more folkie tradition, where Joni Mitchell and Laura Marling meet. There is finesse in every one of the 12 tracks here, and variety as well. The opening title song is a statement of intent, in terms of the album’s predominantly melancholy lyrical tone. The song is the most sprightly of the bunch, one of several where
the band is used to full effect. There’s more melancholy on the album than one would expect from an artist so young. The lyrics - tales of love lost, of domestic abuse, of infidelity and more - are so wellcrafted, so poetic and so insightful that it’s hard, initially at least, to relate them to someone presenting their first full collection of songs. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
‘Q’ MIGHT BE a little concerned that his incredible Lotus Esprit Series 1 ‘Submarine’ Car is due to be sold at auction, but for millions of movie fans out there, the appearance of this iconic Bond car on the open market represents a once-in-alifetime opportunity. No Bond car has ever done anything as outrageous as transform itself into a submarine. Used to incredible effect in the film The
THE BEVERLY WILSHIRE Hotel has launched a mobile app through Intelity, a company specialising in interactive guest service technology. The app is available on iPad, iPhone, and Android devices, WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
Spy Who Loved Me, starring Roger Moore, the white Lotus commonly tops the polls when generations of movie fans are asked to vote on their favourite film cars of all time. Like all the best Bond cars, the Lotus was a veritable war chest of weaponry and gadgetry, all designed to fox and foil the enemy, whilst also helping Bond to another hard-won victory for Queen and country.
to provide access to the hotel’s amenities and services from anywhere in the world. Inside the app, guests are invited to explore overall hotel information, local cultural and entertainment
The vehicle, to be offered by RM Auctions at its forthcoming London sale, 8-9 September, in London’s Battersea Park, is the one and only fully functioning car especially designed and built for the famous underwater sequence seen on screen in the 1977 film. Abundantly authenticated, and known as ‘Wet Nellie’ on the set, it was developed from one of six Esprit body shells used in the making of the film. As the only car to be built into a fully operational, self-propelled ‘submarine’, by Perry Oceanographic, based in Riviera Beach, Florida, it is the vehicle which claimed the most screen time in the film. The driver of the car was Don Griffin, a retired U.S. Navy SEAL and test pilot for Perry, who operated the vehicle utilising its motorised propellers while manoeuvring with levered steering mechanisms. At the time, the car was said to have cost over $100,000 to create (equivalent to nearly $500,000 today).
attractions, order in-room dining or make restaurant reservations, arrange for their car from valet parking, make concierge and housekeeping requests and more. The app highlights the many possibilities both within the Beverly Wilshire and around Los Angeles, California. “This new app gives us the opportunity to share of our iconic property and unique location in Beverly Hills with guests currently staying with us, and those who wish to explore from afar,” said General Manager, Ben Trodd. “We look forward to connecting with them.” Visit the App Store or Google Play to download by searching Beverly Wilshire. www.fourseasons.com/beverlywilshire
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I love prodijee and especially your covers, but the latest one is the best, the chick is gorgeous. I have to wonder why though if your magazine (as it seems to be) is targeted towards guys and girls why no guys have been on your covers? Are we lesser human beings? Seb Clark Middlesex, United Kingdom
Ed: Guys are most definitely not a no-no. We have plans to put guys on some covers...
Tried the recipe of the S’MORE cocktail but was very unsure about the egg white in it. However, I did try it and it was delicious. I would really like some more cocktail and other drink recipes please. I hadn’t heard of the S’MORE one before. I like the recommendations from John about the wine and beer and what he eats with it, it helps give me good ideas. I also think the recipes from Sarah French are brilliant and have tried a few of them now. I would love to go
to some of the restaurants that Joey Sulfaro aka Mr Caffé Shakerato (what kind of name is that?) has gone to but I don’t think I could afford them. Can he please go to some other cheaper restaurants in Australia, particularly Sydney that aren’t so expensive but still good? I would like to hear about what he thinks about them. I like the way he writes about food, it sounds like he is a real foodie like I am (I just don’t have the money he must have.) Corey Bernstein Leichhardt NSW, Australia
ED: Glad you are trying some of the recipes Corey. I will pass your recommendations onto Joey.
I laugh every time I read the columns by Amy Sommer. She is hysterical! I am not ‘there’ yet, but am taking her advice and learning to like who I am now. Guistina Hernandez La Cienega Heights LA, USA.
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InDaHouse Amy and are always excited when she sends in her next article. While Amy jokes a lot, she is always passing on a good message too.
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I like when you show products like Natio. They are affordable for just about everyone and not just those people who have lots of money like lots of the other things you see in other magazines. As well as being good for the wallet I buy Natio all the time and find it to be really good for my skin. It smells good too. Thanks for keeping us up to date with their new products. Jemima Parsons Bibra Lake WA, Australia
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Watching the football on TV the last weekend I couldn’t help wondering why sporting organisations are reluctant to embrace new technology in regard to rule enforcement? Time after time, TV coverage exposes appallingly inconsistent, confusing or just plain incomprehensible refereeing and umpiring decisions. Sometimes the problem is the lack of a decision. Controlling bodies sometimes explain this by saying a rule infringement wasn’t within the umpires view. That’s fair enough, and in the days when only two cameras covered games, the TV coverage was no better off. These days there are any number of cameras at a game that show every incident from every possible angle. Of course game officials dismiss umpiring mistakes as being ‘all part of the game’. All participants are subjected to bad decisions, so over the course of a game or a season, it all evens out. These are the same officials that express concern over match fixing, and while I am not suggesting poor umpiring is the same as rigging a game, just one bad decision can produce a similar outcome - an artificial result. Tennis took the lead by introducing an element of electronic umpiring and cricket followed. But these measures don’t apply to all rules, and they require participants to question an umpire’s decision. If a rule is worth making, it’s worth enforcing and sports bodies should be active in enforcing them. DARREN HOUSE WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
what’s hot BYS LASH FIBRE and Lash Extend Mascara is an exciting new DIY concept in eyelash extensions. No more sticky glues or complicated application processes, this unique formula with nylon fibres adheres to your natural lashes, extending and building them to maximum length without damaging natural lashes. The result? Your own lashes looking and acting like falsies without that fake lash feeling. The new product features three easy steps to show stopping lengths. Step 1. Apply one coat of BYS Lash Extend Mascara to clean lashes from base to tip, ensuring every lash is coated. Step 2. Now apply one coat of BYS Lash Fibre pre coat to build your lashes. Step 3. Wait a few seconds for the fibres to settle then finish off by applying another generous coating of black BYS Lash Extend Mascara, gently moving the brush from side to side with each stroke for maximum length and thickness. The BYS range is available from K-Mart, Gloss Accessories, Cosmetics Plus, Ice Accessories, selected pharmacies and specialty stores or online through www.fashionaddict.com.au RRP - $9.95
IN A NEW study of 1,000 Australian men and women, head & shoulders has revealed that Aussie men rate brunettes as the sexiest. Both men and women agree on their preferred hair colour for a partner, with 39 per cent of men opting for a brunette and 60 per cent of women desiring a partner with brown hair. On reflection, Aussie guys believe that brunettes make the best lovers (24 per cent) and are the most appropriate to introduce to their parents (38 per cent). But if your girlfriend is a blonde, you might want to watch WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
out, as 36 per cent think blondes are most likely to cheat. As it’s revealed that 91per cent of Australian’s surveyed claim that hair is a key element to a person’s sex appeal, it’s no surprise that women find dirty hair (79 per cent) and dandruff (64 per cent) two of the biggest turn offs. Women are also far less likely than men to pursue a relationship if their potential partner turned up with unclean, unhealthy or unkempt hair. The research marks the release of the new head & shoulders for men collection, a convenient, all-in-one formula designed to tackle dandruff head-on to help leave you flake-free.
Hot brunette: Rachel Bilson
ESTÉE LAUDER HAS introduced a new collection of colour - Pure Color Cello Shots - a playful collection that blushes cheeks and washes lips with a shot of cellophane-sheer gel colour This collection of soft gels and water-light finishes is by Estée Lauder and Creative Makeup Director for Estée Lauder, Tom Pecheux. Pure Color Cheek Rush is a translucent, jelly texture that adds a pop of fresh, sheer, juicy colour to cheeks. Pure Color Sheer Rush LipShine gives a unique gel appearance and translucent colour with extreme smooth gloss reflections, while the limited edition Pure Color Sheer Rush Gloss saturates the lips with high shine gloss, giving the mouth that just-
bitten wet look. Pure Color Cello Shots are available at all Estée Lauder counters nationwide and online from www.esteelauder.com.au
THE NEWEST EDITION to the Innoxa range is the Anti-Ageing Exfoliator. Many of us forget to exfoliate, but dead skin cells can block pores and cause acne, blackheads and other irritations. Using an exfoliator will help to remove the dead skin cells. Enriched with vitamins and natural botannicals, this collection of skincare has been formulated to fight the signs of ageing and restore the skin’s natural glow. These products are suitable for all skin types. RRP - $17.95 www.innoxa.com.au
THE INSPIRATION FOR this look comes from a play of good versus evil, with Blanc representing purity and the Licorice harnessing darkness and betrayal. The addition of No Place Like Chrome adds an element of avant-garde for a truly unique nail look. HOW TO GET THE LOOK Apply two coats of either Licorice or Blanc for a solid base. To create the design, coat the back of a bobby pin with No Place Like Chrome and press onto the nail to create a vine-like design. RRP $18.95
DO YOU STAY awake at night worrying about going to sleep? Over one third of Australian adults will suffer from insomnia at some point. Rather than reaching for prescriptive medications that can leave you feeling sluggish, turn to In Essence Lavender Oil. Lavender Oil has been proven to have calming properties which work quickly to calm the mind and relax the central nervous system naturally. Add a couple of drops onto a pillow, in a vaporiser, on a tissue, in your bath, or massage into your skin to promote gentle and natural sleep. In Essence Lavender Oil â€“ RRP $17.95 www.inessence.com.au
HAVE YOU EVER wondered how come all these other girls have the time to sit in a nail studio somewhere and get all these wonderful designs put onto their nails each week? Maybe they don’t, and maybe they are time poor like the rest of us! I would say, for a lot of these girls, their secret is that they don’t sit in a nail studio at all; they have discovered the pure genius of nail strips! Glam Manicare has introduced nail strips for us to make our lives much easier, and, much more colourful, have a look at the Sunset Safari look. Here is how they recommend you get it: • Prep – Shape your nails into a lady-like rounded point with the nail file included in the pack of strips. Take care not to tear your nails – gently smooth the file rather than saw back and forth. • Nail Art Strip – Choose the nail
strip that best fits your nail, and apply. Trim excess from sides and top, then smooth the free edge with the nail file. • Personalise – Paint a bright cherry red polish over the nail tips and over the entire pinky nail. Once the first coat has semi-dried, apply a second. Then take a cotton tip soaked in polish remover and shape the ‘French’ tip and tidy up the edges. • Finish – Finish and seal your manicure with Manicare Hi-Shine Topcoat and a drizzle of Cuticle Oil. VOILA! Sunset Safari Nails!
GIVE AWAY! – I have a variety of packs of Glam Manicare Nail Strips to give away. All you have to do is email me at carol@prodijee. com using the words GLAM MANICARE GIVE AWAY in the subject line and you could be one of our lucky readers to be receiving a pack of these nail strips.
AS THE DAYS grow shorter and the nights are longer, the skies are darker and it’s cold and wet outside, I start to look for comfort food piping hot thick broth, home-made pastas and casseroles and that ever-warming hot chocolate with marshmallows. But then my mind goes to the additional calories and I start thinking of the clear soups, grilled fish with salad and herbal teas. While these foods are much lighter (and probably healthier), they never seem to conjure up feelings of comfort and warmth. I have just discovered a calorie free-way of producing those comfortinvoking fragrances that help us to embrace the winter chills – 24h hand protection balm. The hot chocolate version is enriched with a touch of caramel and is a treat for your senses. Then WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
there is gingerbread chai latte, with the aromatic, exotic scent of chai latte combined with ‘Christmassy’ gingerbread, and not to be forgotten, apple cinnamon punch with the scent of spicy apple and cinnamon. But their pampering effects don’t fall short, either. These balms give 24hr repair formula with Shea butter and coconut oil giving dry, chapped hands lots of moisture to keep them soft and ideally protected no matter how cold it is outside. Your winter months can now be inspired by comfort evoking hand balms that will raise your senses and protect your hands – RRP $1.95. essence 24h hand protection balm will be rolled out in June and July 2013, in Target and selected Priceline stores.
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ALWAYS ON TREND, NATIO IS INTRODUCING SOME NEW COLOURS TO THEIR RANGES. FOLLOW TIPS PROVIDED BY NATIO NATIONAL TRAINER, LINDA RIDDELL, AND STYLIST, ROSEMARY SARR, FOR THE PERFECT FINISH. NAIL POLISH Nail polish gives the finishing touch to any outfit. Natio has added 3 new shades to its colour collection - a bright coral, vivid fuchsia and dark mushroom to glam up your look. Quick-drying and long-lasting, the on-trend Nail Colours easily and affordably update your tips and toes with chip resistant colour. Expert tips for a DIY manicure with a deep polished shine: • Make sure your nails are clean and dry. • Apply a base coat of Natio Top and Base Coat Natio Top and Base Coat
• Roll the nail polish bottle between your hands to mix the colour and get rid of any air. Never shake the bottle; it creates air bubbles in the polish. • When dry, apply two thin layers of Natio Nail Colour (rather than one thick layer) ensuring the first coat is completely dry before applying the second. • Finish with a coat of Natio Top and Base Coat
• Always store Natio Nail Colour in a cool, dark place to maximise the lifespan. • Bright nail colours draw the eye, so impeccable application and maintenance ensure elegant impressions. Available now – RRP $9.95 INVISIBLE BLEND FOUNDATION Minimal makeup looks start with an imperceptible base. Natio’s new medium cover Invisible Blend Foundation impeccably evens out skin tone for a seamless result. Invisible to the eye, the ‘no edges’
caramels, apricots, peaches, roses, medium pinks, mauves, and deep burgundies. • Olive skin: go for fiery reds, berries, corals, toffees and mahoganies. • Ebony skin: go for deep reds, plums and purples, wines and chocolates. Available now – RRP $14.95 HEAVENLY EYES MINERAL EYESHADOW TRIOS Our eyes convey our thoughts and feelings with an array of subtle overt movements. Natio’s new Heavenly Eyes Mineral Eyeshadow Trios allow you to express yourself with four easy to use pigment rich colour combinations. In tonings of jade, grey, mauve and brown, you can create your own impactful impression. formula combines mineral pigments with Argan Oil and Vitamin E for a radiant second skin effect. • For impeccably imperceptible foundation, ground work is vital. After cleansing and toning, smooth on a nourishing moisturiser. Once it has fully absorbed, use fingertips to massage a pea sized amount of foundation onto your face, starting in the centre blending upwards and outwards. To remove roughness and refine skin texture, treat yourself to a weekly purifying face scrub before you tone.
LIP COLOUR The ultimate fashion accessory is lipstick and Natio has extended its signature Lip Colour collection to include three contemporary shades in glossy nude, vivid fuchsia and bright coral. The creamy semi-matte lipsticks combine second-skin texture with high-impact mineral pigments and natural moisturisers. • Fair skin: go for nudes, soft pinks, peaches, honeys, beiges and light corals. • Medium skin: go for
• Firstly highlight the eyes by dusting the Open shade over the entire eyelid up to the brow bone. • Cover the eyelid with the vibrant Brighten shade to the crease to add a wash of colour to your eyes. • Emphasise the shape of your eyes by applying the Define shade along the upper and lower lash lines and through the crease of the eye. Blend thoroughly. Available now - RRP - $14.00 www.natio.com
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WE LOVE A PRODUCT THAT HAS CHIC PACKAGING, BUT EVEN MORE SO IF THE PRODUCT INSIDE IS GOOD. MOR HAS JUST released their Argan Oil Hand Cream. With a rich formulation of argan oil for deep moisturising and assisting in the fight against ageing, along with artichoke leaf and rooibos extracts that are full of antioxidants, and shea butter that deeply moisturises and also smooths, this new product from MOR is sure to fly off the shelves. Each box has a stamp sheet printed to its corresponding fragrance colour and is decorated with a gold foiled wrap, finished with a matching unique beeswax monogrammed seal, and pressed with an exclusive stamp. The hand cream itself is presented in a sleek aluminium tube and labelled with its corresponding fragrance label. So, not only will this product give you soft and smooth hands, you will be proud to have it on display on your desk, bedside table and bathroom, or just to pull it out of your bag. 75Ml - $26.95 Available from David Jones, Myer, gift boutiques and www.morcosmetics.com
I LOVE TO COOK, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, I LOVE TO SERVE AND ENTERTAIN AND IT’S ALWAYS BEST IF I CAN DO IT IN STYLE. KEEPING UP WITH THE LATEST AND GREATEST DINING AND KITCHEN TRENDS IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE PASTIMES. HERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT HAVE CAUGHT MY EYE RECENTLY. WORDS: KORTNEY RAE
Bowl and chopsticks coconut shell with rattan coil base $11.95 www.oxfamshop.org.au
Monterey design melamine dinner setting with a vintage seaside village print $119.95 Features one 7-inch drinks tray, four 11-inch dinner plates, four 8-inch side plates and four acrylic stemless wine glasses www.urbanspice.com.au
White ceramic serving ware. Sold separately - starting from $9.95 Offset by a modern, stylish and attractive bronze coating on the inside. www.oxfamshop.org.au
Wooden bowl with colourful lacquer finish - $14.95 www.oxfamshop.org.au
Sushi Plate - $89.50 As they say in Japan, it’s sushi-time somewhere - www.dnssupply.com.au
Ogilvies Designs Range Table runner - $29.95 Colours include Emerald Ice, Lime Punch and Rose Sorbet. www.ogilvies.com.au
Serving trays - $95.00 These gorgeous trays are made from the sustainable Pandanus plant, which is used specifically for its natural regeneration. www.ecochic.com.au
Square Plate from the Marche de Fleur Collection. Sold in a set of four - $71.80 www.villamondo.com
Emporium Scala Runner, Set of two, 35x90cm Black RRP. $9.95 www.emporiumhome.com.au
Vinyl record 3-tier cake stand. $39.00. Made from real vinyl records - www.vinylcuts.com.au
Menu water jug from Tall, slim and simple with a mechanism that automatically opens when you pour, ensuring that foreign objects stay out and ice cubes, slices of lemon and mint leaves stay in. - $115.00 www.bristolandbrooks.com.au Tri-dimensional engraved serving tray. Hand made finishing. Contact supplier for pricing. www.optocoonline.com
Bodum Pavina Double Wall Glasses 250ml - Set Of 2 - $22.95. The insulated, double wall glass is handmade by expert artisans Belinda Janeâ€™s www.belindajanes.com
Las Palmas collection from Certified International. Contact supplier for individual pricing. www.villamondo.com Maxwell & Williams Sprinkle Cake Stand 2 Tier Red- $19.95 Belinda Janeâ€™s www.belindajanes.com
Wallpaper Republic Designer; Bryce Alexander Design King&Sons Butcher. Price per square metre - $75.00 www.wallpaperrepublic.com.au
HOMEWARES GIVE-AWAY! ANJIAN HAS A product range that is constantly being renewed and they pride themselves in having original and innovative gift lines. Beauty, ethical background, vision and meaning are the dominant factors of each of their products. Their symbols take the form of traditional talismans, good luck charms and products that hold a deep meaning and historical value, and all Anjian products are blessed by Buddhist monks in China before they are shipped to Australia. As a company, Anjian regularly donate to causes throughout the world and now have given us the opportunity to share some of their goods with our readers. To be the owner of one of these wonderful and unusual vases, all you need to do is be one of the first four people to email me – firstname.lastname@example.org – with the words ANJIAN GIVE AWAY in the subject line. www.anjian.com.au
SHAKIRAAZ IS A company that aims to create a sustainable brand, by using eco-friendly dyes, natural and raw fabrics and hand-spun traditional techniques, leaving a less harmful stamp on the environment. Products are directly sourced from Indian artisans at local fairs and markets in India, in turn helping these artisans sustain a livelihood and thus, showcase their traditional techniques combined with a contemporary edge to an international market. The range is a kaleidoscope of beautiful textiles and products, which are hand-woven, hand-printed or hand-painted in warm earthy shades and spun into products that are completely unique and original. I have a set of four placemats, four napkins and one set of salt and pepper shaker for the first lucky reader to email me – carol@ prodijee.com with the words SHAKIRAAZ GIVE AWAY in the subject line. www.shakiraaz.com.au
F A N C Y P H O T O B O O T H S Looking for a way to make your next event unforgettable? Why not hire a Fancy Photobooth as a fun and stimulating way to entertain your guests. Fancy Photobooths are suitable for all occasions ranging from corporate functions, weddings, engagements, birthday parties, product launches, bar mitzvahs and more. All photos can be customised to show a company logo, the hosts name, tag line or event date. This is an ideal way for all of your guests to leave the event with a photo of themselves with your name or company logo at the bottom frame of each photo. Fancy Photobooths provides a source of entertainment with a touch of class…
BORN ON THE BEACHES OF AUSTRALIA THREE TWIGS IS a boutique, small run and limited edition sunglass company based on the northern beaches of Sydney, Australia. The business was started four years ago by Emilie Bachet, a brand manager and sunglass designer, and her partner - who like the dentist in the old Oral B commercials, we can’t tell you his name – but let’s call him ‘Roy’, who is a lawyer and craftsman. Both are perfectionists with an eye for detail. Each day, they finish their day jobs and head home to a living room full of sunglasses and a garage full of sawdust to manage a rapidly growing business selling wooden and bamboo sunglasses. “In our eyes, it was really just a unique look at an old product”, explained Emilie. “We did some research and no company in
Australia was designing wooden sunglasses, so we set out to produce the highest quality wood and bamboo frames.” Not being their day job, it took some time to achieve their goal and for four years they worked with
different materials and component suppliers, learning all about lenses, hinges, wood and wood treatments. “I am the original Australian wood sunglass brand. I am not a
copycat. I have been doing this for years. I use the finest materials to create classic frame styles that remind people of a time when things were done right, when perfection was not an ideal, but a requirement. I name my frames after my grandparents and the beaches in which I grew up.” All frames are handcrafted from the finest quality materials - beautiful hardwoods such as tigerwood and ebony, as well as the amazing wonder grass, bamboo. Materials are selected for their aesthetic qualities as well as their structural strength. “We’ve tested them all, thrown them off buildings and tossed them in handbags of ladies who break everything.” Only the strongest were selected. The frames are coupled with stainless steel spring hinges
to ensure a perfect fit on every face, along with some of the best lenses available, including polarised and scratch resistant TAC lenses. Three Twigs is also acutely aware that beautiful craftsmanship and crystal clear lenses do not, of itself, make a beautiful pair of sunglasses. That is why the company’s prime focus is on frame shapes - the right curves in the right places. In a nutshell, Three Twigs is an amazingly well-made, comfortable and lightweight range of sunglasses. Emilie says that, while consuming weeknights and weekends, Three Twigs has been an exciting and rewarding experience, especially due to the fantastic response they have received from customers. “For us, it’s the passion for the product that sets us apart. It’s a love thing. Wear them with pride, because we make them with pride”, said Emilie. RRP $149.00 Stockists: Selected stores in Sydney, Melbourne, Byron Bay, Sunshine Coast and Noosa, as well as Bali and New Zealand. www.threetwigs.com
WITH KORTNEY RAE
GATINEAU’S RENEW 7 LEAVES YOU WITH LIGHTER AND BRIGHTER SKIN. UNLIKE MOST ANTI-AGING treatments, RENEW 7 is an intense, fast acting treatment. Used for only seven days, several times a year, this product is perfect for women (or men) of all ages who seek an immediate response to their fine lines and wrinkles. Last month, I told you all about the RENEW 7 – Detox, it’s a product I totally love because it left me with lighter, brighter skin. This month, I have been trialling the RENEW 7 – Laser. It’s a velvety lilac serum, suitable for all skin types and provides an intense and visible skin smoothing effect in seven days. It also optimizes the efficacy of your daily skin-care creams. After using the Detox, I was unsure of what to expect from the Laser product; I thought my skin was already as good as it could
possibly get (without surgery). I will admit that I didn’t really notice any change in my skin at first, but then people began to comment and I started to look closer. People are always looking for something different in my appearance due to all the products I am lucky enough to trial, so they are looking for good and bad changes. This time people were saying that my skin was looking incredibly smooth. On closer examination in my bathroom mirror, I realized they were right - not only did my skin appear smoother, it felt a lot smoother as well. So now, thanks to Gatineau, I have soft, smooth, clear and healthy looking skin. These are two products I can highly recommend, they work! RRP $105.00 www.gatineau.com.au
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WITH DAVID DOWSEY
DERMALOGICA’S SHAVE SYSTEM IS A ONE-STOP SHAVING REGIMEN IT IS SAID that, on average, a man shaves around 20,000 times in his lifetime, taking six months to do so. It’s a big ask to make of one’s sensitive facial skin. But only if you use the wrong products. To make it straightforward, Dermalogica has released its new Dermalogica Shave System Kit. Consisting of Daily Face Scrub (44ml), Pre-Shave Guard (22ml), Soothing Shave Cream (74ml), and Post-Shave Balm (10ml), Dermalogica’s clever products will protect your delicate visage, while guarding your best asset against the rigours of our overbearing climate. Prodijee has spent several weeks assessing the merits of Dermalogica’s Shave System Kit and we can report that this is the answer to every man’s prayers, and here’s why. Dermalogica revolutionised the skin care industry when it emerged into the marketplace in 1986 with innovative formulations, which excluded common irritants, including SD alcohol, lanolin, mineral oil, and artificial colours
and fragrances. Today, Dermalogica holds the title of the world’s most requested professional skin care brand. Utilising its impeccable pedigree, Dermalogica has developed the world’s first fully customisable shave routine; a one-stop shaving regimen consisting of dual-action products that leaves one’s skin feeling clean, smooth and ready for the day. Dermalogica’s Daily Face Scrub, used gently and in small amounts – focussing on rough and porous areas – left my skin feeling incredibly cleansed, free of all coarse and dry skin, and the pollutants that can build up over the day. The Pre-Shave Guard is a clever product that, once applied to the shaving area, sits between your skin and the sharp razor blade alleviating the irritation and redness so common with many shaving routines. Accompanied by a generous application of the Soothing Shave Cream allows a smooth gliding action (make sure you use a good quality, sharp
blade) and the closest shave of your life; free of nicks, cuts and ingrown hairs. Finally, apply a small amount of Post-Shave Balm for non-greasy moisturisation and you are ready to face the day, sure in the knowledge that you will look and feel your very best. The Dermalogica Shave System Kit is available from department stores and specialty retailers for $68 RRP. www.dermalogica.com.au
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what’s brewing A beautiful pale, hoppy nectar WITH JOHN ANTHONY
BLUE SKY PILSNER - BLUE SKY BREWERY IN CAIRNS, QLD, AUSTRALIA. PRODIJEE WAS INVITED to the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular and during the course of the day, a couple of the samples stood out, Blue Sky Pilsner was certainly one of them. I really wanted to appreciate this pilsner, as I rarely have one - which I don’t quite understand, as I invariably enjoy the experience when I do have them. I set the benchmark high for Blue Sky Pilsner by deciding that the best meal I could indulge with this was Asian cuisine. The stage was set at a local dumpling house where we usually partake in all the fare apart from dumplings (yes, you are right, I am odd). After cleansing the palate with some mandatory Chinese tea, I jumped into the Blue Sky Pilsner straight up. Everyone at the table was given a bottle and all decided, like me, to taste it before any food. True to its style, Blue Sky Pilsner is a beautiful, pale nectar. I don’t usually like to quote brewers notations of their products, but in this case the following description straight off the label is so apt, “A traditional Czechstyle beer made with premium Saaz hops. This filtered pilsner has a dry, hoppy flavor with floral aromas.” Perfect! Everyone gave this proudly Australian brewer and his pilsner the thumbs up, and I can soundly endorse their sentiment. But would it stand up to the fare? Bring on the food! Everything shared and everything devoured. Entrees of Shanghai Pork Mini Buns, Peking Pork Dumplings, Fried Ribs in Garlic Sauce and Shanghai Spring Rolls – gone in the blink of an eye and the Blue Sky Pilsner still delivering that crisp, dry, light flavour. Mains of Fried Chilli Beef, Seafood Fried Noodle, Fried Ginger and Shallots Pork, Honey Chicken, and of course plenty of Special Fried Rice to accompany – stumped! Everyone was lying back groaning and drinking what was the clear winner of the night, the little pilsner that could. It was perfect, as it was not heavy or voluminous, allowing all to eat and drink aplenty, that is of course until we overdid the food. Apart from having no room for dessert, it did not matter as this little oddity of a dumpling house has no desserts on the menu! Here’s a “Very well done” to an Australian brewer – Blue Sky Breweries and their great little pilsner. Oh – one request Blue Sky, get your great products into the southern states stores, it was a pain in the neck to have to wait for delivery from Dan Murphy (www. danmurphys.com.au) online. Let prodijee know what beverage you would like John Anthony to sample next by contacting John at email@example.com WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
t s li ia c a f h c n e r f e th The four most commonly made skincare mistakes F
ollowing a regular skincare regime can prevent the occurrence of many skin issues, as well as help to reduce the likelihood of skin cancer, and even delay skin ageing. Having said that, our skin can easily get damaged by some of the topical products we apply onto it, and also because of the way we use them. Here are the four most commonly made skincare mistakes that we should avoid:
1- Using soap or wipes on our face Although cleansing is the basis of any good skincare regime, using harsh cleansers such as soaps or wipes can be extremely damaging to the skin. When using these products, our skin’s pH can increase significantly, leaving it more prone to dehydration and irritation. Indeed, because these products usually have a particularly strong emulsifying effect on the protective fats of the surface of our skin, they can lead to an increase in transepidermal water loss (which can lead to premature ageing), and sometimes a worsening of skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. 2- Over-exfoliating our skin Exfoliation is necessary to stimulate new skin growth and maintain a smooth complexion. However, the
by Christine Clais
point of over-exfoliation can be easily reached, and caution should be taken so as to avoid damaging our skin by not giving it enough time to recover and rejuvenate itself. Excessive exfoliation creates an increase in skin inflammation that, over time, eventually leads to premature ageing (the very same thing that it is trying to fight against!). Correct exfoliation should never constantly look/feel irritated
nor should it make your skin look translucent and waxy, but just alive with a healthy glow.
3- Using products that are not adapted to our skin
“Our skin not only goes through changes with age, it is also affected by the seasons, your lifestyle, and our stress levels, as well as our general state of health”
Our skincare products and daily routine should be reviewed regularly and adapted according to our skinâ€™s changing needs: our skin not only goes through changes with age, it is also affected by the seasons, your lifestyle, and our stress levels, as well as our general state of health. Because a particular cleanser or cream suited our skin two years ago, this does not mean that it is still the right one for us right now. I recommend seeing a skin expert for a thorough skin analysis at least once or twice a year.
4- Using occlusive make up The use of foundation can trigger skin congestion and breakouts, an even a form of acne called acne cosmetica (which looks like lots of tiny bumps over the face and gives the surface of the skin a rough look and feel). To prevent/treat this problem, avoid silicone-based make up with ingredients such as cyclomethicone. Better still, swap your traditional foundation for skin friendly products such as a BB cream or a naturally-based mineral
powder - usually available in a pressed or loose form. If you like a fuller coverage, use the BB cream as a primer before your mineral foundation. The good thing about BB creams is that they help minimise lines, diminish the appearance of pores and pigmentation, and make any skin appear smoother, younger and healthier. So why go without? No reason, really!
Christine Clais is a Frenchborn skin expert, award-winning facialist, educator and the author of "Transform Your Skin Without a Needle". Christine educates women on the importance of skin care and the fundamentals of caring for your skin from the inside out. www.thefrenchfacialist.com WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
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NOVOCAINE - BAYLOU Up-and-coming Australian country duo, Baylou, have released a powerful and mesmerizing single, Novovaine, from their debut album, Go To Hell And I Love You. “Our producer Craig Porteils had a real vision with this song. It is truly one of our favourites and we love that we gave the song our own flare and emotion, with an interpretation we think is quite unique,” said Baylou. Whilst I must admit country music is not one of my favourite genres, I believe this song is a great representation of the strong Australian talent in the country music industry. The girl’s deep and powerful vocals give great meaning to this love song. - Vita Carbone
CLOSURE - OWL EYES Closure by pop artist, Owl Eyes, is electrifying and hypnotic. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
RECORDED AND LIVE MUSIC REVIEWS
This song is a mix of angelic and poppy tunes, and is definitely a highlight from Brooke Addamo’s album, Nightswim. I love the sound and feel of this song as it transports you back in time, and gives you a sense of her yearning and want for something greater. This song is an easy listen, and made me feel somewhat relaxed. It is something I would listen to whilst trying to drift off into sleep. Her voice is angelic yet strong, and I enjoyed the mood and sounds of her entire album. - Vita Carbone
LET ME DOWN EASY - SHEPPARD Let me Down Easy by Brisbane band, Sheppard, is a feel good song that will leave you with a smile on your face. The chorus is catchy, and when you listen to it you can’t help but click your fingers and tap your foot to the beat of the song. This song opens as though it were a choir singing and then breaks into an uplifting chorus. Sheppard’s vocals are smooth and deep, and as I listened to the song, I couldn’t help but see the similarities between his and Michael Buble’s voice. Sheppard have received a lot of attention from the release of this hit song, and I think we can expect to see many more great things from this band. - Vita Carbone
PARACHUTE - BEN HAZLEWOOD Australian hit show The Voice put Ben Hazlewood on the music scene. He recently released his first album Loveless and one of his hit singles is Parachute. The song showcases this young singer’s diverse vocal and songwriting abilities, and was inspired by one of Ben’s closest and most influential friendships. During the chorus when Ben sings “Don’t fall without me”, you see his ability to hit high notes, which are perfectly in tune. “This music has come from a place of love, loss, pain, happiness and growth, and I hope that people will relate to my stories,” said Ben. - Vita Carbone
FLYING WITH THE KING - LEE KERNAGHAN As the piano gently rolls, a young voice (that of a youthful Kernaghan), speaks of the life changing experience, of his time
spent on a plane with the Australian country music legend, Slim Dusty, aka David Kirkpatrick AO MBE. The song is an inspirational tribute to the legacy of a man who was the first Australian to have a Number One hit - A Pub With No Beer. Slim also recorded 106 albums, and claimed 37 Golden Guitar awards and two Arias. A hall of famer, Slim shaped the Australian landscape of country music for generations to emulate. The song is heartfelt respect to a man that inspired, and helped guide Kernaghan’s future career and one can feel the passion and thanks regarding his personal journey. Lee’s spoken closing to the song is emotive and states, “Slim Dusty’s name and songs will live forever”. So true. Like Duncan, I wish I could have had a beer with Slim. - Michael Bongiorno
IN CONCERT - THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE As the rain spatters Sydney’s iconic Opera House, groups of older and younger rockers can be heard discussing past memories of the much loved band from years past The Sunnyboys. As part of the annual Vivid Festival, the audience is first presented with the confronting and moving documentary about lead singer Jeremy Oxley’s battle with schizophrenia. Beautifully directed by Kaye Harrison, The Sunnyboy is a personal and powerful story, representing the maestros struggle with his demons. After discussing the movie and a few beers later with friends, it was
time to enter the Concert Hall for the boys’ live performance. As the band takes to the stage, the audience is on their feet in rapturous harmony, cheering a never forgotten group of men that brought a unique and effervescent sound. Over an hour and a half including two encores - the back catalogue of hits including, The Seeker, Love in a box, Alone With You, Need a friend, and many other toe tappers were enthusiastically consumed by mesmerized listeners and played with youthful gusto by the boys. A truly magical performance long live The Sunnyboys. - Michael Bongiorno
ON AN ORGANIC MISSION TO HELP HER SISTER AND THEN THE WORLD, SONYA DRIVER LOST HER DREAMS BUT QUICKLY REPLACED THEM WITH NEW ONES THAT WERE RECOGNISED WHEN SHE BECAME WINNER OF THE BUSINESS LEADERS AWARD AT THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2013.
espite chaos and emotional pain that was engulfing her life, Sonya Driver knew that if she didn’t shift her focus and energy into something uplifting then it would only be a matter of time before her battered self-esteem would crumble. “I was struggling to shift my grief after my marriage abruptly ended and I instinctively knew that helping others who were in far worse hardships than I, was the answer,” said Sonya. She decided to volunteer in East Timor to care for the poorest of the poor. Sonya shampooed the hair of women that had never had their hair washed, fed hungry children, and comforted the sick. “I knew deep inside that I needed to face a different kind of struggle and help bring comfort to others. I knew it would heal my wounds better than any medication ever could. It proved right.” A happily married mother of two and an international flight attendant, Sarah’s life was turned upside-down when she was forced to take a redundancy from her dream job, her husband left her and her sister was diagnosed with a melanoma. “I remember the day all too well. In a second my life plan exploded WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
into dust” said Sonya. Left to raise her two young girls alone, abandoned, unemployed, and using what little energy she had left to lift her shattered spirit, she promised herself to be a strong, positive influence for her fragile younger sister, Rachael. After her month in East Timor and with new determination, Sonya came home, inspired by the women who struggle day-to-day living in the poorest conditions. “It was time to make a positive change. I was still deeply affected by my sister, Rachel’s, cancer scare. She was also a young mum with two very small children and I couldn’t
bear to think of what we would do if the cancer had travelled too far. I’m so grateful that the melanoma was on the front of her arm, where she noticed the changes quickly. Anyone with a younger sibling who has been through a traumatic experience would know the helpless feeling you get when something like this happens.” But from a dire situation came Sonya’s inspiration. For many women and girls, a healthy glow is a beauty must-have. Sonya knew this all too well, having spent years in the sun working on her own tan. It had always been a favourite pass time for the two sisters, but now that
was definitely not an option. It is said that Australia has the highest skin cancer incidence rate in the world and approximately two in three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70. “Sun protection was something
I started looking into. I loved to spend hours in the sun, tanning my pale complexion, so I knew this was going to get interesting. Much to the amusement of our kids, Rachel and I started using spray tans. I mean, from what everyone claimed, it was a much safer option.” We wanted to
have a golden glow without the risk of the Sun’s harmful rays but were disappointed with the amount of synthetics and toxic ingredients used in many products. Research has shown that most of what we put on our skin can be absorbed into our bloodstream and WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
when it comes to spray tanning, it simply isn't enough to wear a protective inhalation mask. Curious about these claims, Sonya started researching the ingredients used in the tanning products she was using. “I was appalled at the petrochemicals and synthetics that manufacturers were using to create these tanning products. Rachel's scar was deep and new and we didn’t want any toxic ingredients on her skin. From what I had learnt, much of what we put onto our skin gets absorbed through our blood stream.” Sonya was passionate about what her sister applied to her skin, and consequently threw herself into creating a true organic tanning range from her Gold Coast kitchen. “To be honest, manufacturing an organic product has been a tough battle, both personally and
financially, but I believe that what I’m doing is important. It’s a lot cheaper and easier to manufacture synthetics (but) money has never been my motivation. I want to look back on my life and feel I left a legacy of something positive, and wasn’t just a consumer on this earth.” After many hours of research and making batches for friends and family, Eco Tan is the final product of Sonya's efforts. Eco Tan is made with 100 percent natural ingredients, 70 percent of which are certified organic. The colour comes from cacao (chocolate) and the active ingredient is Eco Cert Dihydroxyacetone (DHA), a certified natural non-toxic type of sugar. “We caused quite a commotion when we sprayed a pregnant woman with our Rich Honey professional spray tanning solution at the Sydney International Spa and
Beauty Awards. The crowds were stunned, but our pregnant model, Nicola, felt perfectly comfortable using our product, as it doesn't contain any toxic ingredients. Nicola later told us her spray tan was the best colour she'd ever had. “Of course, we do always recommend a patch allergy test and to consult a health professional with any queries or concerns. Many pregnant women choose to use Eco Tan as it contains no synthetics or nasty chemicals. However, we do recommend protecting the nipples if breast-feeding. As well as our Rich Honey professional spray tanning solution, we also have a retail range available. Our self-tanner, Invisible Tan, is an organic moisturiser that nourishes your skin without any synthetic or toxic ingredients. It goes on clear and dries instantly to avoid staining any clothes or sheets.
“My daughters now have strong work ethics and know that if you want to achieve something, you have to work hard for it.”
In less than eight hours, the skin develops a beautiful golden tan. “We are constantly receiving positive feedback about Invisible Tan's beautiful colour and lack of odour. This self-tanner has no artificial fragrances added but has a lovely soft note of roseflower. Eco Tan is becoming increasingly popular among pregnant women and is now used in some of Australia's leading beauty spas and sold in many health food stores.” Sonya’s Eco Tan range recently made Australian history by becoming the first and only tanning products to be certified by the Organic Food Chain under the Australian Government, and made history when she won the Business Leaders Award at the International Women’s Day 2013. “My girls have days when they ban me from talking about my business. I’ve spent thousands of hours sourcing and researching ingredients. I made small batches myself and my kitchen was turned into a lab as I experimented on my family and friends. Charlotte, 10, and Bronte, 7, say that I am the best mum in the world. They now have strong work ethics and know that if you want to achieve something, you have to work hard for it. They often help out in the workplace and I have drummed into their head never to rely on anyone to support you or provide you with an income, and always know, whatever you want to achieve, it is possible. I KNOW I am a damned good female role model. “Synthetics and nasty ingredients have had their day. There are amazing Australian products out there that are affordable, so we need to read the ingredients on labels and look past fancy marketing. Ask yourself, what’s the integrity of the company? It’s been an eye-opening journey. I almost wish I didn’t know as much as I do; it’s stopped me buying a lot of cosmetics on the shelves. I get so annoyed at the misleading natural and organic claims. It makes my blood boil!”
Sonya is planning on expanding the Ecotan range, and says “The one thing [all their products] will have in common is that they will all be certified organic. We are about to launch another two products however, at the moment they're top secret, shh!” Organic Invisible Tan: $34.95 Organic Winter Skin: $29.95 Eco Tan Extreme Exfoliant: $19.50 Eco Tan Pack: $79.95 (invisible tan, glove, winter skin) Invisible Tan Pack: $54.45 (invisible tan, glove) Winter Skin Pack: $49.45 (winter skin, glove) www.ecotan.com.au/stockists. stockists.ews
food couture Pot Luck - Try these great Winter warmers A
s June brings in the cool of winter, nothing eases the chill like the warming, kitchen aromas of hot pots, casseroles and slow cookers. So embrace the change of season and put your Julia Child’s shoes on as we’re off to explore this winter wonderland. With a frenzy of fresh, new produce to explore, the possibilities for warming winter cuisines are endless. Beetroot, celeriac and fennel are among my favourites, and the best way to transform these simple vegetables into hearty meals is with the classic slow cooker. This home kitchen essential has proved its worth since it hit the market in 1971 – it’s convenient and easy to use. Slow cookers are amongst my favourite kitchen cheats. I mean, what could be easier than putting your most desired protein, root vegetables and stock into a pot, garnishing with herbs and spices and leaving for hours to work its magic? My favourite dish, and a winter MUST, is Coq Au Vin. Coming home at the end of a long working day to the spellbinding scent of freshly stewed chicken is quite heart-warming. Add a side of creamy mashed potato and finish with freshly shaved winter truffles, and a glass of rich Australian Shiraz. Viola – a soul satisfying meal that only took minutes to make. Of course, no winter warmer would be complete without the sweetness of a delectable dessert. The sweet, juicy fruit of a custard apple, or cherimoya as they call them in the States, makes for the perfect dessert or palate cleanser. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
by Sarah French
Simple, fresh and ridiculously tasty, I recommend eating one all by itself. There are numerous dishes that this gorgeous, subtropical fruit can be whipped into but nothing is more instantly gratifying than cutting a ripe one open and eating its soft, juicy flesh. Just the thought of it takes me back to walking through the Santa Monica Farmers’ Markets in California, fruit in hand and juice dripping all down my
chin - it was quite the unforgettable experience. Food experiences like these are always best shared, so get creative when next inviting guests to dinner. Ditch the Sunday roast in favour of something more memorable and quirky – something like a potluck dinner. This new trend is taking over the Sydney dining scene and offers the perfect opportunity to show your culinary talents in the kitchen. As the host, you’ll have the privilege of trying different dishes from your favourite friends, as each guest cooks and contributes to the communal dining table. When hosting your potluck, be sure to step it up a notch and add a touch of your own personal style and flair. Candles are always a sexy
“Get creative when next inviting guests to dinner. Ditch the Sunday roast in favour of something more memorable and quirky – something like a potluck dinner”
and cost-effective way to enhance the mood and create a warming ambience for your guests. A few low-lying floral arrangements on the table also make a great centrepiece. Finish with a big, rustic basket full of local breads, sourdoughs and a pot of Pepe Sayaâ€™s hand-whipped butter, and your winter wonderland of potluck perfection is complete. We all know being single in the city at winter is a drag, so why not turn your potluck dinner into a sexy undercover singles soirĂŠe? Invite your single friends over for a subtle dine-and-date night, or play cupid with a few friends you think might hit it off. We all know that single life is great, but love always appreciates a helping hand and a hearty meal. Until next time keep warm, cook with love and stay fabulous!
Sarah French is a Sydney-based International chef.
* 20 small onions - pickling onions or golden eschallots * A bunch of parsley * A bunch of thyme * 5 bay leaf * 50g of butter * About 100g of bacon, cut into small strips * About 250g of mushrooms * 8 pieces of chicken on the bone eg: 4 drumsticks , 4 thighs skin removed * 1 litre chicken stock * About 30ml of cognac * 1 large tbsp plain flour * About 400ml of red wine * 6 glove of garlic * 4 tbsp tomato paste * 2 tbsp chopped parsley * Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 - Heat half the butter in a wide saucepan on a medium heat and brown onions for a few minutes. Add bacon and stir well for 2 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook for 4-5 minutes until mushrooms are soft. Transfer onions, bacon and mushrooms to the slow cooking dish. 2 - Heat remaining butter in the same pan and brown chicken pieces on high heat for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper and stir well. 3- Add remaining ingredients to the slow cooking dish, cover and cook for 5-7 hours on the low setting. 4 - Check and adjust the seasoning, sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve lightly on top of cream
INTERNATIONAL ACTOR, JENNI BAIRD, HAS RETURNED TO AUSTRALIA TO STAR IN CHANNEL SEVEN’S HIT NEW DRAMA, A PLACE TO CALL HOME. AS JENNI REVEALS, HER CHARACTER - REGINA STANDISH - IS SOMEONE YOU’LL LOVE TO HATE.
Jenni Baird JENNI BAIRD GRADUATED FROM THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS IN 2000. AFTER A WORLDWIDE SEARCH, TOUCHSTONE TELEVISION CAST HER IN A US PILOT, METROPOLIS. SHE RETURNED TO AUSTRALIA TO JOIN LOGIE-AWARD WINNING MEDICAL DRAMA, ALL SAINTS, BEFORE HEADING BACK TO THE US IN 2004. WHILST LIVING IN LA, JENNI STARRED IN SEVERAL TV SHOWS AND SPENT A SEASON ON THE USA NETWORK’S THE 4400. HER SECOND PREGNANCY BROUGHT HER BACK TO SYDNEY, WHERE SHE TOOK TO THE STAGE AT THE ENSEMBLE THEATRE IN AMERICAN PLAY, CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION. DARREN HOUSE SPOKE TO JENNI ABOUT HER RETURN TO AUSTRALIAN TELEVISION ON THE SEVEN NETWORK’S NEW EPIC DRAMA, A PLACE TO CALL HOME.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE BACK ON AUSTRALIAN TV? Well, I’m an actor, but I always get nervous. I always have this weird, irrational fear that I’m going to stuff up, even though I know I am not going to because (the show is) recorded. It’s all out of the actor’s control in the end (because) the editor can really change your performance more than you think. I tend to change things between two different takes because you don’t know which take they are going to use, and you don’t know how they are going to edit it together. I haven’t worked in Australia for such a long time but the editor on A PLACE TO CALL HOME is an old friend and he knows me, he has cut me before. It will be interesting for me to see how he interprets this completely different character that I’m playing, as opposed to the one I played 10 years ago. DO EDITORS HEAR ABOUT IT IF THEY USE THE ‘WRONG’ TAKE? No, it’s always so far after the fact. Sometimes we are filming and the director and I will both agree that a particular take was our favourite; I think they take note of that. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
YOU’VE ALSO WORKED ON THE STAGE – DO YOU PREFER THE CONTROL THAT MEDIUM ALLOWS? I did a play last year when my baby was seven weeks old and you do have more control, but it’s such a hard one to compare. Stage is a lot more work. You have to be ready to go and you have to be on point, you have to be completely ‘on’ and you can’t have a do-over. You run on more adrenalin, it’s a more exhausting medium for an actor. It’s athletic and it’s a lot more work. When you perform, it’s not just the two hours you are on stage, it’s the hour or the two hours before and the hour coming down afterwards, it’s quite a long process. Filming is a lot more family friendly. TELL ME ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER ON A PLACE TO CALL HOME. I play Regina Standish (and) she is not exactly a good character. I guess she is Sarah Adam’s nemesis. I’m certainly a cat amongst the pigeons. She is a damaged character, which is always fun to play. It is far more enjoyable to play someone nasty than someone sweet and nice. (Playing) sweet and loveable is not as much fun.
In life we all have to be sweet and loveable but we all wish we could be something else - when you play an evil character, you get that feeling of what you are not allowed to do in real life. IT’S CERTAINLY A BIG CHANGE FROM YOUR CHARACTER ON ALL SAINTS. Yes, especially for Australian audiences. I am lucky that I have dyed my hair in this, so that people won’t recognise me (on the street), because I am a little worried that people are going to hate me. The character is quite racist and sexist and classist. She is quite terrible. HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED INSTANCES WHERE THE PUBLIC CANNOT DISTINQUISH BETWEEN THE ACTOR AND CHARACTER? When I was on All Saints they certainly couldn’t. People would come up to me and say, “I will see you next Tuesday”. Not kidding! They really thought that I was my character (Paula Morgan). With this character, I might be spat on! Cornelia Frances plays great villains and everybody loves her, so … YOU MIGHT BECOME ONE OF OUR GREATEST VILLAINS?
Jenni with fellow A PLACE TO CALL HOME star, Marta Dusseldorp, who plays Sarah Adams. I would love that! As I said, it’s a lot of fun being a villain and my American manager can’t even believe what I am doing - he can’t wrap his head around it (because) I am always the good girl. HOW THEN WERE YOU CAST AS A VILLAIN? I don’t know. Maybe (series creator) Bevan (Lee) saw something inside me that I don’t show. I was really surprised, especially since Bevan created All Saints and the character I played there. I was pleasantly surprised that he hired me for this. I think it’s because we play against type all the time. I don’t (play) her nastily in any way; I guess that’s part of the power of the character, that she’s quite gentile and softly spoken, and evil. I certainly don’t do any moustache twirling, even though I am tempted to, they didn’t let me! It’s all sweet, sweet, sweet - that’s how I was directed to play her, even though she’s not like that at all. My character always presents as the most loving and benevolent force in front of George Bligh (Brett Climo). WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE SHOW? I’m really impressed with the show I have to say. I’ve lived away for eight years so I haven’t seen anything like it and I’m really impressed. It looks incredible. The DOP (director of photography) is very talented and they have shot it beautifully. All of the costumes are vintage and the cars are all period, and the old mansion that we film in is an old 1800s building out in Camden. It’s all pretty authentic. You are on the terrace, pouring tea, playing dress up - it’s fun. The whole thing is pretty new to Australia; you see a period drama in Britain but for Australia to do it is fantastic. It’s great to see something new; we do cops and doctors till the cows come home, so it’s nice that we are doing something that’s not procedural. America does procedural to death as well; it’s a relief for an actor to do something that’s straight drama, not melodrama where you are holding a scalpel. YOU MUST BE PLEASED TO SEE PRIME TIME
DRAMA ON AIR DURING THIS TIME OF REALITY TV DOMINATION. Oh yeah. My sister has been keeping tabs on it while I have been away and she says that the drama and content has been improving. I think we have a little more content than maybe five years ago. Five years ago, being in LA, people would say don’t come back to Australia because there’s nothing
filming, only Home and Away and that was it I think. Now there are a few more shows going on, we have got Puberty Blues, we’ve got my show and Home and Away, a couple of Foxtel shows as well as all the stuff happening in Melbourne. I feel slightly guilty because I am obsessed with, and watch, The Voice, but all the other reality shows I can leave behind. As long as they keep The Voice, I would get rid of the other ones. WHAT BROUGHT YOU BACK TO SYDNEY? The birth of my second child. When I got pregnant with Charlie, my husband (Michael Petroni) and I wanted to have him in Australia. We had Rose, our eldest, in LA. It’s hard-going giving birth in a foreign country without any family or friends. Obviously we had LA friends, but we didn’t have grandparental presence or aunts, uncles and cousins around. I didn’t want to do that again, I wanted to have him close to home. But then I said if I get work in Australia, then we will see what happens and seven weeks after giving birth, I was rehearsing a play. As soon as the play finished I got the role on A PLACE TO CALL HOME, which is now going on for a second series. It’s all ballooning from that first idea of coming back.
Working on US sci-fi series, The 4400 was a “Dream come true”.
AS A MOTHER AND WIFE, HOW DO YOU COPE WITH THE DEMANDS OF ACTING? It is hard. My husband and I disagree on it because I am an actor and I will just go where the work is, whereas he (a screenwriter) is more motivated to stay in one spot for the children. I am happy to stay in one spot when they hit high school, but before that I’d be more willing to drag them around the countryside or around the world. An actor’s job is never in the one spot; I guess All Saints was the closest job I’ve ever had to any type of stable, child friendly work environment. With A PLACE TO CALL HOME, we are filming half the time in Camden and half in Sydney and I have to take the kids everywhere, WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
But moving to LA for me was like a ‘Perthy’ moving to Sydney. My first job out of acting school was for a pilot in San Francisco, so that gave me my work papers, my visa. I shot that pilot and like 90 per cent of pilots, it didn’t go to series, and that’s what took me to All Saints, where I was for three years. But I always looked to go back because I had the work permit - if you are a green card holder they take it away from you if you are gone for a long time. Now that I am a US citizen, that doesn’t apply any more. Jenni played a waitress in 2009 US sci-fi comedy film, Alien Trespass. to the studio and out on location. It’s hard, you need a brilliant nanny! I told my nanny that I am an actor, none of my hours are predictable and they change all the time, you can really only work with me if you can be flexible. (With less than a day’s notice) I can find out that I have a 5am call and I might have to say to her that I need her there in the pitch black with the baby, 600 bags, a pram and a cot and she will roll with that. She is really fantastic. WOULD YOU RETURN TO LOS ANGELES FOR THE RIGHT OPPORTUNITY? Yes, my husband has lived and worked in LA for 20 years, that’s where all his income comes from. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
It’s a hard one for us because he has to go there every three months, so we are kind of straddling both countries at the moment. It’s tough. As soon as A PLACE TO CALL HOME finishes filming in February next year, I will hop on a plane and go over because I am desperate to reconnect with my representatives over there, and the casting people who haven’t seen me for a couple of years now. YOU MUST BE USED TO TRAVELLING, HAVING STARTED YOUR CAREER IN PERTH. I am actually from Sydney but I moved to Perth to study, so coming back to Sydney was logical for me. I did the big trek over there for three years, and moving to LA was next.
WHAT’S IT LIKE WHEN A PILOT DOESN’T GET PICKED UP? It’s like a big heartbreak every time. I have shot three pilots now and it never gets any easier. Everybody shoots it as if it’s going to series and it takes three weeks to a month to do it, and you travel to do it. I shot a pilot once in Vancouver, it was an awesome show and everyone believed in it, so when they put a bullet in it, it’s devastating. HOW DO YOU PICK YOURSELF UP FROM THAT? The same way you pick yourself up when you don’t get the gigs after auditions. Actors just have to do it time and time and time again. After doing it for so long, you can’t even talk yourself through the process,
you feel really bad for about two hours and then slowly you just get over it - you have to. It’s a difficult thing being an actor; you have to have thick skin in order to deal with all the rejection and things that don’t go your way. And then you have to have a thin skin so that you can feel things, so that audiences can feel things through you. It’s a contradiction. It’s hard to be both things. WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT YOUR TIME ON ALL SAINTS? That it was a great laugh; we were a wild and rambunctious group of actors. It taught me the importance of being relaxed when filming. I still use those techniques today. I’m not a very precious actor; I don’t take myself off into a corner unless I’m doing a very traumatic, emotive thing. I keep it very light because I think it’s important onscreen to be relaxed, and All Saints taught me that. All Saints also taught me how to make very fast television, so I can make decisions very quickly, which is a God send when you go onto other fast television jobs. We were filming 44 episodes each year and filming an hour of television in a week, which is quite fast. It’s not like film where you can take a bit more time, you have to be able to make quick decisions and you have to be able to implement them in your performance. YOU SPOKE EARLIER ABOUT PLAYING PROCEDURAL ROLES. HOW DID YOU ADAPT TO PLAYING A NURSE? I was joking with some other actors the other night that actors can’t really do anything, they can pretend to do a lot of things, but they can’t really do any of them. They were all laughing and agreeing - we can pretend to be surgeons, we can pretend to be journalists, we pretend to be FBI agents, we pretend to be hoity-toity high society, we pretend to be everything. One of the last things I had to do in All Saints was to be a theatre nurse during a brain operation, so I had a neurosurgery nurse prepping me for the scene. She was teaching me how I was going to hold the instruments and how I was going to hold my hands, and I think she was worrying for me because I seemed so hopeless. She was thinking that I had five minutes to learn this and I was terrible, and then I did my thing and she came up to me and said, “That was amazing. You had no idea what you were doing but you looked completely like you did”. And I thought, ‘Well, there you go, that is what I can do!’ IS THERE MUCH DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE WAY AUSTRALIANS AND AMERICANS MAKE SHOWS? In the US there is more compartmentalising of their process, so the actors are divided into actors and WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
Regina always presents as the most loving and benevolent force in front of George Bligh (Brett Climo). stand-ins, and they are called the A team and the B team. The A team will go in and rehearse and work out their moves, and then they will go off-set into their trailers and the B team will come in and stand in for the actors. So you’re not on set as much (and) it’s a bit easier - you conserve more energy that way. In Australia, there are no stand-ins, you are there for everything. You are there for the walk through, the lighting, the sound, the camera, cuts and so it’s a more exhausting process in Australia. DID YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO GO TO IN THE US OR DID YOU JUST TRY YOUR HAND? I just made the brave move when I left All Saints in the hope that I could do some sort of television and then finally I got a long-running job. I did a whole season of a sci-fi show (The 4400), so that was my dream come true when that happened. But it took a while, I shot a couple more pilots when I moved back and did some episodes of television but The 4400 was my big break. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
HOW DID YOU ENJOY LA? Working in LA is like being the rock star because it’s so fun and fast, and the pay is out of this world. I think it makes up for all the years when you don’t work. It’s a very seductive life; it’s a very unrealistic life. I think when I had kids, suddenly LA became more of a realistic place, where I wasn’t just spending my life doing yoga classes and going biking and then going out to parties. Suddenly I was a mum and I had to live a bit of a quieter life. But I think if you are young, making a lot of money and you are being successful, then LA is like a theme park to live in. I don’t think it’s realistic. WHAT WAS FILMING THE 4400 LIKE? It was wonderful. I was working with an Australian actress named Jacqui McKenzie. It was quite funny; she and I would pretend to be American even though we are Australian. We had a great time, a really great time. It’s very luxurious working in America. You have a massive trailer and you get driven everywhere,
they will pick you up and take you home and bring you food, it’s very luxurious. It’s very easy to be seduced by that. WAS IT A REALITY CHECK COMING BACK TO AN AUSTRALIAN PRODUCTION? (Laughs) Yes. All Saints was quite rough and ready, there was no place to even sit on-set for example, but A PLACE TO CALL HOME is different. It is in between. I said to my partner when I got home that I really felt like conditions had improved a lot since I had been gone. It was a nice surprise. WHAT ARE YOUR THREE TIPS FOR ASPIRING ACTORS? 1. Train as an actor; learn some technique. 2. Remember that everything is over quickly. The good times will be over quickly and so will the bad times. 3. Find another interest so that your life isn’t all about acting.
A PLACE TO CALL HOME airs Sundays at 8.30pm on Channel Seven.
“It’s a difficult thing being an actor; you have to have thick skin in order to deal with all the rejection and then you have to have a thin skin so audiences can feel things through you” WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
savvy To Fur or Not To Fur – with an exciting offer W
hen we think of fur, many things spring to mind… luxury, warmth, class, sophistication and Hollywood glamour. If you’ve been following the Fall/Winter trends on the runways of New York, London, Milan and Paris, you will have noticed that fur is BACK in a big way! From daywear to eveningwear, fur is now the global fashion trend to follow. The French refer to leather and furs as peaux – meaning skins. These peaux range from soft, woolly and furry varieties to smooth, glossy, patented and distressed leathers. In fact there’s so much variety to choose from these days, that luxelooking leathers and furs are not only seen on celebs and mature, wealthy women but are also being embraced by younger women and men from all around the globe. Bright colours, modern tailoring, layering, studs, pearlised metallic finishes and embossed patterns keep things up to date. Unfortunately, the fur industry has taken a rough beating in years gone by, with harsh accusations of animal cruelty and extreme activists going as far as to throw blood or red paint upon wearers of fur. Put it this way… how many of you own leather shoes? Or a leather jacket? Or enjoy eating a steak? If you can accept these things, then surely fur shouldn’t be a dirty word. There are no barbarians running around threatening fluffy critters with extinction. Fur is purposely farmed under controlled conditions, just like your steak is (admittedly not everyone likes to eat steak). But you’ll still have plenty to choose from to keep you looking fab through Winter if your personal choice is faux (fake fur). I recently had the pleasure WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
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of interviewing one fabulous connoisseur of fine furs, Nathan Arden, of Arden Collections. We met at the Gold Coast Hilton, where Arden has just opened a magnificent new store. With 25 years of international industry experience, Nathan was able to share some wonderful insight and also generously allowed my team to photograph some of his collection.
“This industry has rejuvenated substantially” said Nathan. “If you visit Milan, Paris, London, Amsterdam, New York, they’re all wearing fur. And at Milano Vende Moda you’ll see all the best designers, Armani, Versace, Fendi, Prada – they all have fur in their winter collections. It’s a must! Now, more men are starting to buy furs. And leather is becoming more and more fashionable every year.” When I asked Nathan what he thought of the stigma sometimes surrounding fur, he replied, “Fear is old hat. Owning fur is no different to owning a leather belt. But Prada is making reversible coats with PVC on the outside and fur on the inside for those who want to wear fur without making a huge statement.”
“The fur industry has taken a beating, with accusations of animal cruelty, and activists throwing blood or red paint upon wearers of fur but how many of you own leather shoes?”
I also learned about exciting new technologies used to make furs. Old-fashioned fur coats would weigh around 6kg (13lbs) Now, computerized technology is used to shear, layer and knit fur, making it much lighter and more fashionable, and weighing in at only 1-2kg. “It’s a complicated and expensive process, but (it) allows different kinds of furs to be woven together to give a decadent look,” said Nathan. Now for our Australian readers, I have a very exciting offer! If you visit one of the three Arden Collections stores and mention my column, you will receive 40 percent off any fur purchase! Locations are: Marina Mirage and the Surfers Paradise Hilton – Gold Coast and Double Bay and CBD – Sydney … Go on! What are you waiting for? Get your savvy on!
Riely Saville is a Queensland based entertainer and fashionista. www.epiccreations.com.au WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
FANCY A FESTIVAL WITH A DIFFERENCE? THEN IT’S HARD TO GO PAST A CELEBRATION OF BOUTIQUE BEER HELD IN AN ICONIC HISTORIC BUILDING. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
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t a e r G e h T PRODIJEE’S BEER, WINE AND ALL THINGS DINING CONTRIBUTOR, JOHN ANTHONY, WENT TO CHECK OUT WHAT WAS SO SPECTACULAR ABOUT THE SPECTAPULAR.
rodijee’s beer, wine and all things dining contributor, John Anthony, went to check out what was so specTAPular about this event. The Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular (GABS) is a beer festival with a difference, celebrating the diversity of craft beer and the creativity of the breweries with some of the best craft breweries from Australia, New Zealand and internationally, brewing brand new beers specifically for the event. The festival was started in 2012 by Steve Jeffares and Guy Greenstone (pictured below), owners of the multi-award winning Local Taphouse pubs in Melbourne and Sydney, and offers a large variety of exclusive new-release beers, brewery and industry stands, a gourmet food market, educational seminars and
live entertainment in the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building. In 2008, mates,and passionate craft beer enthusiasts, Steve Jeffares and Guy Greenstone launched The Local Taphouse in St Kilda East. It was conceived as a Europeaninspired, neighbourhood tavern specialising in exceptional craft beers, food, events and hospitality. Twelve months later, they brought a bit of Melbourne to Sydney when The Local Taphouse opened in Darlinghurst. With a dedicated and passionate team of managers and staff, the venues have received numerous awards and are frequently judged the best specialty beer venues in Australia. The venues each run more than 200 events per year, but it is their SpecTAPular beer fests that
consistently draw the largest crowds. Each SpecTAPular has its own theme but it was when they invited 22 Australian brewers to brew a unique beer for the inaugural GABS in the summer of 2011 that they knew they were onto something special. For some time, the boys had been searching for a unique festival idea for a major festival that would celebrate all that great beer could be – and this was it. With so many exclusive and great beers on offer, sampling a wide variety of beers is really the name of the game. You could either taste a wide variety of beers using the tasting paddles, consisting of five 85ml tasters (also available individually if you didn’t want five) or use your 285ml GABS souvenir glass that you received on entry to Melbourne’s Grand Old Lady Venue, the Royal Exhibition Building. Wine, cider, soft drink and bottled water were also available and there was free water for drinking or rinsing your GABS souvenir glass. There was no mistaking where you were upon entering the great hall, with huge bars and brewers booths running centrally down the full length of the hall back to back, enabling keen samplers to do a full circuit at their leisure. It must be due to the industry they are in, that everyone was full of smiles and a welcoming hello, with all only too happy to discuss their craft and the history of their particular business.
Simon Wright and his crew from the Napoleon and Punt Road Cellars www.puntroadwines was just one of the many that provided samples, smiles and great information which, in this case, included all the valuable lowdown of the Yarra Valley Cider & Ale Trail www.ciderandaletrail.com. au, which I have added to my ‘must do’ list after sampling the delicious
Napoleon & Co Apple Cider. Exhibitors were both local and from the far reaches of Australia, as well as New Zealand. I was very happy that Tess Petho and the team from Blue Sky Brewery in Cairns www.blueskybrewery.com.au made the long journey down. Braving the balmy Melbourne Autumn weather would have been a distinct contrast
to their local climate. This is the great thing about these exhibitions; I get to see, in person, a brewer who I have read much about due to their success in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Australian International beer awards. My review of Blue Sky Pilsner is in this edition of prodijee, and I’ll definitely get hold of a FNQ Lager after being tempted at the show with a sample. Another stand full of happy and enthusiastic faces was the Melbourne local team from Red Island Brewing Co www.redislandgroup.com.au in Port Melbourne. Scott Bristow told me all about their Quiet Deeds Pale Ale www.quietdeeds.com.au and my sample taste sealed the deal for me to purchase a pack from a frequent haunt, McCoppins Beer & Wine www.mccoppins.com.au There were four back-toback sampler bars in the circuit brandishing no fewer than 92 specially brewed beers. Even if I had only indulged in the 85ml samplers, that’s a whopping 7.8 litres of the best brews in the world to consume, way too much for this little black duck (in one afternoon anyway). This craft beer festival was a hopping (pardon the pun) success with record numbers attending. The organisers clocked close to 12,000 people over the three days. More than 170 craft beers from Australia and around the world were showcased, with 89 new release beers launched at the festival. Beers were brewed with all manner of creative ingredients, including corn, cranberries, Columbian coffee beans, coriander, coconut, chocolate and cherries. This year’s Dan Murphy’s People’s Choice Award for Best Beer went to Queensland’s Bacchus Brewing for its white chocolate and raspberry Pilsner, creating what brewer Ross Kenrick says has “a nice refreshing and slightly tart finish” to the beer. West Australia’s Feral Brewing’s Barrique O’Karma won the Brewer’s Choice Best Beer. This was a great event and one definitely not to miss, so mark it in your diary and count the days until next years “Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular”. www.gabsfestival.com.au WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
i r ie n a r t s l a r e h ip r the pe A holiday destination fit for a King or Queen H
ow I love a short International flight, and at just over three hours duration, ‘jumping the ditch’ has never been easier. Yes, I am in New Zealand’s South Island, down in picturesque Queenstown, where around two million travellers annually holiday. I like to refer to Lake Wakatipu as the Tasman’s Lake Geneva. This once gold mining camp flourishes amid snowcapped peaks on a bay of mirrored aqua. But apart from the aesthetic, what’s the draw card? This is a destination for the active adrenalin seeker juxtaposed by those who choose to do little but enjoy fantastic cuisine and splendid local wine. Shopping, bars and restaurants aplenty once you have taken time out from white water rafting, kayaking, hiking/ climbing, mountain biking, bungee jumping, sky diving, jet boating, fishing, cruising on Milford Sound, and off course skiing - did I forget anything?! Circumnavigating the town and its periphery is easily achieved at a leisurely pace (maybe with the odd beverage stop, or to graze) in a matter of hours. So first, it’s time to take in the view with a glass of Pinot Noir at Eichardt’s Bar before I engage in a jet boat ride on the Shotover Jet. After casting off, we are soon speeding through a canyon that is not overly wide, but then as we open out into a wider bay the 360 degree turns begin. Thankfully, I have a young female sitting next to me whose screams really let me know I am alive! After 25 minutes of tearing up the drink, we are safely back on dry land and it’s time to celebrate with another glass
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of Pinot Noir. Otago is highly regarded for this variety and you can’t escape this anywhere around town, especially when thespian, Sam Neill, owns a nearby winery - Two Paddocks - so the locals share a real pride in their grapes. As always, I have asked the locals for guidance regarding the many restaurants on offer. So to The Bunker I trudge, to be greeted
warmly, and indulge in scallops and a rack of lamb, paired with you guessed it - some local vino! After a delicious meal, retiring to the upstairs cocktail bar for a digestif seems a no brainer and then to their rooftop bar for some light conversation and a sticky (dessert wine). After some interesting tales, some as distant as ‘Middle Earth’, I am off to explore
“After a delicious meal, retiring to the upstairs cocktail bar for a digestif seems a no brainer and then to their rooftop bar for some light conversation and a sticky”
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the many other bars in the vicinity, and yes Bill Clinton did enjoy relations with Queenstown on a visit in 1999! If you are a fan of the trilogy ‘Lord of the Rings’ then the Safari of the Scenes tour is a must, adventuring into the landscape that brings ‘Middle Earth’ to life, as much of the filming was done on the towns outskirts. Skiing is a predominant draw card, as the fantastic Coronet Peak is only a 20 minute drive,
and other mountains are relatively close too, with great runs and good value. And to those queuing in the line for Fergburger(everyone said-“you gotta try it bro”!), it was worth it.
Michael Bongiorno is a Sydneybased writer and entertainer.
HOW TO GET THERE: -Direct flight from Sydney or Melbourne -Fly to Christchurch and drive/bus/ train WHERE TO STAY: -Rydges Lakeland Resort Queenstown, 38-54 Lake Esplanade -Novotel Queenstown Lakeside Hotel, Corner Earl St and Marine Parade -The Dairy, Corner Brecon and Isle Streets. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
SCHWARZKOPF PROFESSIONAL HAIR EXPO AWARDS
And the winner is...
t the recent Schwarzkopf Professional Hair Expo Awards, Matt Clements, of The Assembly Hair, was named Australian Colour Technician of the Year, for the third consecutive year. After suffering a devastating loss of his salon last year due to floods where the premises was completely gutted after two feet of water rushed
through, Matt was forced to use a pop up space for four months so that they could still offer a service to clients. Mattâ€™s surprise at winning again was obvious; it is a huge achievement to win the title again this year. www.schwarzkopf-professional.com www.assemblyhair.com.au
la-la land Here’s to the UK’s latest Hollywood hunk I
t’s not every day that you bump into a real life vampire. I’m not talking about the Dracula character that you see in old horror movies. I’m referring to the tall, paleskinned, piercing blue-eyed Robert Pattinson type. And you wouldn’t mind letting him sink his teeth into you. He has the tendency to stop traffic and turn heads quite often, and people frequently approach him and ask him if he was in the Twilight franchise. Even though he didn’t appear in Twilight, we are sure to see this beautiful creature soon on the big screen. This seems to be the overall consensus when people meet Leonas Cinzano for the first time. Leonas’ unique look comes from his Italian mother and German father, who, just to be clear, was not a vampire. Born in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England, Leonas showed interest in the performing arts from a very young age. He made his first onstage performance when he was six years old, and has had a passion and love for the art ever since. Leonas found his calling in the cheers and the accolades of the performing arts. After finishing high school, he went on to study theatre at the university of Westminister, where he received a master’s degree in Theatre, specializing in Victorian and Shakespearean from RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) in England. RADA is the top school in the world for the dramatic arts. RADA is known for its star-studded group of alumni actors, such as Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes and Gemma Arterton, to name a few. In his illustrious theatrical WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
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career, Leonas is best known for his memorable Shakespearean performance in the new age version of Hamlet. It is also one of his favourite and proudest performances. He has done a grandeur number of plays throughout England, performing with the exclusive Shakespearean academy in front of royalty. Leonas has also appeared at the famous Red Box theatre in London for various shows.
After leaving England, Leonas settled in to Milan for two years, studying fashion design at the Paris school of fashion, and also worked as a runway model for some of the biggest fashion designers, such as Diesel, Armani, Christian Dior and Versace. Who would have thought a chubby kid, who struggled with weight most of his youth, would blossom and make such a dramatic physical transformation? Leonas was 130kg (286lbs) throughout his teenage years but realized that his dream of becoming James Bond on the big screen would never be achieved in that physical state, so he decided to diet, exercise and change the way he looked. Today he is in pristine shape and has the confidence of an A-lister Celebrity. After years of mental preparation,
“I'm referring to the tall, piercing blue eyed Robert Pattinson type – the type you wouldn't mind letting him sink his teeth into you”
physical training and fine tuning his craft, Leonas finally decided to make the move to Los Angeles and pursue his acting dreams. After just a few short months in the city, he was fortunate enough to team up with David Firestone, a talent manager, and Lynnae Bell of Illustrious Media Artist Group, who is now his agent. He says his dreams are finally coming to pass. Leonas has been extremely busy auditioning for upcoming television and film projects, and I canâ€™t wait
to share his future achievements in prodijee in the months to come.
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PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, AUSTR
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP? I grew up in Port Kennedy, a suburb of Perth. I moved a lot while I was young and attended two different primary schools and three different high schools. I moved out of home at a very young age and have always been an independent person. For me, growing up has been an extremely tough challenge, but I believe I have become a good person because of it. I grew up without my biological father, but I have my mum and half-sister. My sister’s father abandoned me when I was very young because I wasn’t his biological daughter. I always have a positive attitude to everything in life. There’s nothing I honestly can’t deal with. It was the love and support from my friends, and some family, that has helped me reach every success in my life. As a very high achiever, I know that with dedication and hard work I can make it being a very wealthy successful model.
WHAT MODELLING WORK HAVE YOU DONE? Photo-shoots: glamour, fashion, magazine submissions, editorials, print commercial. My photoshoots have also including working for designers. I have also done promo-modelling for Jaigermeister (taste testing), Oral B (in store promo), Suspect Street Cars (car cruisers, selling merchandise), charity car washes, boat cruises, dance charities, and promoting Carlton Mid at the Dockers versus Eagles AFL game. My featured work includes
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN MODELLING? I have been modelling for three and a half years and I love it.
l TV Presenter, Aussie Beach TV.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO MODELLING? I was at a party with one of my best friends, Shari. I was only 18 years old, when the owner of Kinky Intentions came up to me at the party and asked if I was a model. I laughed and said no. He saw a lot of potential in me, and offered me a job. I said I would give it a try and have been modelling ever since. I am now one of their most regularly used models.
WHAT WORK WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO? My dream is to become an international, successful and inspirational model. I would never pose nude or topless as I believe higher accreditation is given to models who make it successfully by keeping their clothes on. What are your other interests? My other interests include dancing, drinking cocktails with the girls, clubbing, and travelling around Perth. W
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT MODELLING? I love everything about the modelling industry; I feel most comfortable in front of the camera. The people, the concepts and the professionalism all make work exciting and enjoyable. There hasn’t been a concept yet I am unable to pull off.
l TV commercial - one of the main models, (Metropolis Fremantle night club). l Music Video, performed on stage - Live at The Newport, lead dancer, South American band, Urban Cowboys. l Currently filming feature film The Last Victim by Raw Nerve, Niche Studios - main character. l Featured Model - Schwarzkopf Hair Model Catwalk Launch.
WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES AND WHY? Cameron Diaz is my biggest influence because
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Iâ€™m a very spiritual person, when it comes to star signs. She was born on the same day as me. I get a lot of my confidence and dedication from her in the hopes of one day making it big like she has.
BRITISH TV AUDIENCES ROARED WITH APPROVAL AS THEY WATCHED BEN FORSTER WIN THE ROLE OF JESUS CHRIST IN THE PRESTIGIOUS NEW PRODUCTION OF JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. AFTER A SUCCESSFUL SEASON DOWN UNDER, AUSTRALIAN AUDIENCES NOW KNOW WHY.
BEN FORSTER ORIGINALLY FROM SUNDERLAND, BEN FORSTER BEGAN AS A CHILD SINGER AND ACTOR WHO DISCOVERED INSPIRATION IN SOUL, MOTOWN AND THE VARIETY OF MUSIC HIS PARENTS LOVED. BLESSED WITH AN EXCEPTIONAL VOCAL RANGE, HE WON A SCHOLARSHIP AT THE ITALIA CONTI ACADEMY IN LONDON AT JUST 16. HE MADE HIS WEST END DEBUT AT THE AGE OF 17 BEFORE SCORING THE LEAD ROLE IN THE WEST END MUSICAL “ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE”. DURING THIS SHOW BEN DISCOVERED A TALENT FOR SONGWRITING AND HIS PASSION LED HIM TOWARDS A SOLO SINGING CAREER. HE LANDED THE ROLE OF JESUS IN JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR ARENA TOUR AFTER WINNING ITV’S SUPERSTAR COMPETITION. WORDS: DARREN HOUSE
HOW DID YOU ENJOY RETURNING TO SUPERSTAR? I was so excited to get back into it, it had been quite a while. We had a great time rehearsing and getting prepared and I was like “YES!”, I want to get started.
rehearsals and then you would be on TV. I would be in my dressing room, watching the show on live TV and then they would be like, “And up after the break is Ben Forster”,
WAS IT EASY TO REVISIT THE CHARACTER? It’s definitely a headspace thing; it’s more mental, I think. I was in rehearsals thinking I was probably going to be a bit crap and then I kind of sunk in to what I was supposed to be doing. It was good though, I really love the part. It’s been such a massive part of my life. HOW DID YOU COPE WITH THE SUPERSTAR COMPETITION? It was terrifying; it was literally the most terrifying experience, which is weird. Doing something live every day - we were on TV every night - we just didn’t rest. It didn’t stop. We were doing an X Factorstyle TV show where you would get your songs, then you’d do camera WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
so I would literally just walk down the corridor and step onto the TV. It was the most bizarre thing. And the pressure of having to prove myself to Dawn French and Jason
Donovan and Melanie (Mel C)and Andrew (Lloyd Webber), it was just pressure like you wouldn’t believe. And then on top of that, I had to make the public and the people in the UK believe that I was the person for the part and prove myself in that way. I think the only way I got through it was because I didn’t ever know what was even a few seconds ahead. That whole experience really terrified me. I’m just pleased that I never knew what was about to happen, because it got harder and harder the more I went on. But it was brilliant, really, and an amazing chapter in my life, so I’m not complaining. WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU LEARNT ABOUT YOURSELF DURING THAT PROCESS? It’s really important to take a risk. I think that’s something that everyone should do. It’s so easy being comfortable in your life, to be happy and comfortable where you are and to know what’s going to
With Andrew O’Keefe, (King Herrod), who was forced from the show after suffering a ruptured disc. happen every day, and to know what’s going to happen around the corner because you are in a routine. But deciding to do that competition really was a risk to my career. I have been a musical theatre performer nearly 12 years, I am an established actor in the London industry, so to take that risk for me was hard because of the way TV shows are. I didn’t know how I was going to be portrayed, or if I would make a huge mistake and look really stupid, or people might hate me or something. There were so many risks involved. The most important message is to take a risk; you don’t know what you can get. I’m of the belief that you can do it, and if you can sometimes just put one foot in front of the other, you can actually get to an amazing place, rather than just being on your routine. AFTER THE PRESSURE OF THE TV SHOW, YOU THEN HAD THE PRESSURE OF THE STAGE SHOW. I think the TV show stood me in good stead. To have that pressure and live up to it, and to have to perform live on TV every night. Even though I have had a lot of experience in theatre, to be in front of 18,000 people was just huge. I think the only way I got through it was to not think about what I was doing. I think if I had thought about it I would have been petrified. You just do. If you dissect it and think about it, it becomes really scary. When you are (at the theatre), it’s like, “Oh yeah, this is what I do, and that’s Tim Minchin, and now we’re about to go on stage and today we’re going to put a show on”. You just do it, you can’t think about it. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
Ben with co-star Melanie C and writer Andrew LloydWebber WHAT HAVE TIM AND MEL C BEEN LIKE TO WORK WITH? Unbelievable. Tim is brilliant, he is an absolute genius. I know that you all know him as a comedian, but he is one of the most talented actors out there. He is Australian, and he is someone to be very, very proud of. People loved his performance. It’s so amazing to work with him and watch him - I am in awe of the actor and singer that he is. And Melanie is the same. We all hold massive passion for that production. Melanie is so passionate about it and she plays Mary so honest and so real, its just lovely. We are on the same page, all three of us. When you get us on stage, you can see our connection, you can see our friendships. They are real in real life now, and it helped us. We have chemistry, a good rapport. WAS THE REHERSAL PROCESS GRUELLING? Oh yeah, that was a hard few months. It’s such an epic story and such an epic show, and even with just our set, that’s hard. And then doing the songs and music, and doing my rehearsals with Andrew Lloyd Webber, and all that sort of stuff, every day I would panic out. I’d get picked up and driven to rehearsals and be like, “Oh God, is this my life?”. I am the leading man and I’m playing opposite Tim Minchin, and Melanie C is my leading lady. It comes with so much responsibility and it was hard to get my head around that and to have the confidence to say, “Now, right,
I’ve got to go on stage and head this production”. It was a hard thing but I had in my mind that, at some point, I’m performing live and that I’ve done this (before) - I’ve had that experience. It’s unbelievable, really. I feel so lucky. YOU MENTIONED A CHALLENGING SET. There is a massive staircase, and stairs are challenging on stage. Even if you have a little tread of
stairs to come down, you are like, “Oh God, I’ve got to walk down the stairs. I’m going to fall down them”, but here the whole set is a big staircase. When I’m running around on stage, I’m running up and down these stairs and two things happen - firstly, it makes me out of breath and secondly, you have the worry of falling over and looking like an idiot in front of thousands of people. I get whipped, and I get strung up
“I am the leading man and I’m playing opposite Tim Minchin, and Melanie C is my leading lady. It comes with so much responsibility and it was hard to get my head around that”
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on a cross, it’s very physical. I’m covered in cuts and bruises after the show. HAVE YOU TRIPPED UP OR FALLEN ON STAGE? Only in rehearsals, touch wood. I’ve not done it in a performance. I think I’m so focussed on not doing it, that’s why, but when I am relaxed that’s when it happens - when you are in rehearsals and having a bit of fun. Lots of the dancers in the ensemble (fall). They have do all these big numbers, dancing up and down the stairs and sometimes, when they do fall, you have to stop yourself from laughing. When I did the Rocky Horror Show, I would laugh every night. The audience would laugh at us laughing because of the funny things that would happen, but you definitely can’t do that in Jesus Christ Superstar. WHY WAS THIS NEW PRODUCTION OF JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR SO SPECIAL? It had not been done this way this before. It’s contemporary. It’s in today’s world, so it becomes WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
With Jon Stevens (Pontius Pilate), Melanie C and Andrew O’Keefe. directly relevant to you. As an audience member you can relate to this man, you can relate to the characters because they are in a situation that you have seen on the news in the last couple of years, in the same situation as you living at home, dealing with the recession, dealing with the banks and the big corporations. It makes the story fresh and more real for us. If you were watching the show years ago,
yeah, you can get into the story and you can connect but you can’t directly think of how it would feel. The lighting director did the Olympic opening ceremony. The sound, the band, the orchestra, the size of it is amazing, and it’s in an arena, which is exactly where Andrew wanted it. It’s beautiful, it’s an important piece of theatre. It’s one that you have got to see, it’s just so big.
VISION, UNWAVERING COMMITMENT, AND EDGY MARKETING WITH ATTITUDE HAS PROVED THE PERFECT FORMULA FOR ESTABLISHING THE MUK BRAND IN THE ENORMOUSLY COMPETITIVE WORLD OF HAIR CARE PRODUCTS.
STARTING A BUSINESS WITH ONLY $2500 IS NO MEAN FEAT, BUT WHEN, JUST SIX YEARS LATER, YOU ARE ABOUT TO CONQUER THE USA WITH YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND INCREDIBLE PRODUCT, THE SMALL BEGINNINGS OF THE MUK BUSINESS ARE A DISTANT MEMORY.
t 15 years of age, Mark Gariglio was unsure of his future, but certain it didn’t include a classroom. Mark had left school because he was frustrated and bored, but he simply hadn’t found the right learning environment. All that changed during a stroll down Flinders Street (Melbourne) when he and a mate spotted a group of girls dressed in pink uniforms gathered outside of a building. As 15 year old boys do, the pair crossed the road towards the girls, looked up at the building and saw a big sign proclaiming Australian College of Hair and Beauty. The sign peaked their interest, so they went upstairs and obtained brochures. Mark studied the literature, then went home and told his mother that he knew what he wanted to do; he wanted to be a hair dresser. “At that stage, it was mainly because it was going to be a room full of girls, and that was fantastic!” Mark told prodijee. “I had come from an all-boys Christian Brothers college and had never really spoken to a female, so that’s how it all started.”
Despite his initial motivation, Mark fell in love with the industry. He loved what it was about and he loved what he could do for people, but openly admits he was never a great hairdresser. His passion for the industry was fuelled by the products. At 16 years of age, he was mixing all different types of styling product trying to improve them, and he would tell the product reps about the results. Frustrated by what he saw as shortcomings with existing products, Mark left hairdressing to become a product rep before becoming an educator and then managing sales teams, but he was still not happy - he felt the products he was promoting were compromised. “What I mean by compromised, is that, for them (the companies), it’s all about profit and dollars. I always thought that the products could have been so much better, but the more you put into a product, the less profit for the company, and so the product performance was never where I thought it could be.” “I eventually bit the bullet and got into business for myself with my two business partners, Janelle Reynolds and Scott Reynolds. We started a company called Australian
Hair and Beauty Imports, and concentrated on electrical products, essentially straighteners and styling irons. While that was happening, operating out of our garage, we went over to Asia and I helped to develop a product. We brought a small quantity of that product over and literally knocked on doors and tried to do business. Unfortunately for us, the quality, in terms of the electrical product, just wasn’t up to par.” Mark spent about a year in Southeast Asia, working on developing better quality electrical products but whilst he was there, he met a cosmetic engineer/cosmetic chemist. They got to talking about their shared frustration with wet line product. “We sat down one afternoon and came up with a formula and I tried it, it was our hard muk product, which is still our number one men’s grooming product. I can still remember walking back into my hotel room with this little sample pot. I put it on my hair, and it was… amazing! It did everything that I wanted a product to do and more. “I was straight on the phone to my business partner, Scott, saying, ‘You have no idea how amazing this
product I have just tried is’.” Mark sent $2500 worth of samples to Australia that went into 25 salons for trial. The next day there were 25 phone calls from those salons, all wanting to stock this amazing new product. “When the initial samples came to Australia, I was purely just trying out a formula; I wasn’t ready at all for anything else,” explained Mark. But when everyone loved it, there was the whole process of creating the brand and the packaging and the logos, and that took about six months from that point there. “I wasn’t worried about the time lapse, because the product was just so far ahead of anything else. So we launched that first product and 2000 items sold, then 4000, then 16000 and now we are doing tens of thousands of that one product.” Without huge budgets to work with, muk grew very slowly and the owners were very selective about what they did. “We would introduce one or two products at a time; we launched a secondary men’s grooming product and then we introduced deep muk 1 minute treatment, which was our first female orientated product. It is a super intense treatment that works in 60 seconds rather than 20 minutes, that is now our number one selling women’s product.” The team was onto its third product when, out of the blue, they received an email from the UK. The email’s author had purchased a muk product while in Australia and was disappointed that they couldn’t find the product at home. This person went on to become muk’s UK distributor and the international business was born. Now that the UK was up and running, muk management decided to go to a hairdressing show, Cosmoprof, which is held annually in Bologna. With limited resources, they could only manage a small stand, but that’s where the international market really took off, with Canada,Taiwan and Iceland coming on board. “We are now in 14 countries. In Australia we have 25 staff, we are making ground but we have a long WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
Mark Gariglio, Janelle Reynolds and Scott Reynolds.
way to go”, said Mark. Every day, they receive phone calls and emails from countries with people wanting to distribute for them. “The enquiries would be from somewhere like Sri Lanka, saying there is no muk there and they wanted to distribute it. In the past we used to jump on those people and say, ‘Yeah yeah, let’s do it’, but now we are trying to find business partners rather than someone who wants to flog off product and make a buck. We are not about chasing dollars; we are about having really good people that share our vision.”
muk was recently launched in the USA at IBS (International Beauty Show) – a tradeshow in New York for hairdressers and, according to Mark, the feedback was terrific. “Following the show, I went out in the field and met salon owners to get a feel for the market because it’s very different to here. I went to New York, New Jersey, Long Island, Philadelphia and Washington (and) it was an eye opener, it was an education; it’s a really different world. “We tend to look at America and think how advanced they are, but in the hair industry, it’s the absolute
polar opposite, it was like stepping 10 years backwards. “I went out with the reps and did what I do here, and it was amazing sitting in front of 20 staff and teaching them the basics of chemistry that they had never heard before, even though they had been in the industry for 20 years. “In terms of cutting and chemical work, no problem, they are all good and know exactly what they are doing. But, as a consumer in Australia, if a stylist recommended a shampoo and conditioner and you asked them why, they would be able to give you some reasons like, you have dehydrated hair or the product will deliver moisture, they will give you an ingredient-based reason as to why you should use the product. I would say 90 per cent of hairdressers would be able to do that here, but not in the USA.” Mark also found that USA salons are using hair products that Australia and UK hairdressers stopped using 15 years ago. “They will still use wet gels and mousse in guys’ hair, where we use pastes and muds now to style hair. So we go in there with our topselling product, hard muk styling mud, which is a styling paste, and they couldn’t understand the concept because in their minds, you put a wet gel into guys hair, you don’t put a paste in. “I thought I would be going over there and learn from them, but this is a testament to the Australian hair industry as to how advanced we are. And on a world level, we are right up there as having some of the highest skilled hairdressers and also some of the most educated and professional hairdressers.” As a result of this trip, Mark has decided to return to America, where he will embark on an education program. “It’s a huge market, and you can’t get to everyone, but we will start in a confined area. We have six reps there and we are starting in New York, New Jersey, upstate New York and Philadelphia. It will be about education, education, education. “The Americans love Aussies, which is great, and they have already been very receptive to the training. So WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
that’s where we see our opportunity, to go in there, empower and educate these guys, because there is nothing so powerful as being able to give someone knowledge. “But while those overseas markets are potentially huge, our focus is still very much Australia. Our roots are here.” Mark also works with a lot of people who are trying to start up their own businesses; his first words of advice are ‘ignore what everyone tells you’. “If I had listened to everyone, we wouldn’t be sitting here today. Everyone has an opinion and everyone is a bloody expert. All of them sit there and tell you why you can’t do it, why you shouldn’t do it, why it will fail and why you are wasting your time, and if you listen to them, you won’t do a thing. To me, it’s about believing in yourself, and that’s what we did. We came up with the product, the brand, and we sat and nutted out this vision that
had been in the back of my head for many, many years - this brand with attitude that didn’t conform and was marketed quite differently, and we stuck with it. “We launched it, we had the knockers - people saying, ‘Yeah, yeah, but your marketing isn’t good,’ or, ‘You just have one product’, or it was, ‘A little too politically incorrect’. The pressure is always there to conform, but I think the most important thing, for anyone is, you have to stick with your vision or dream, you have to be unwavering. “The muk products are definitely not age specific, they are attitude specific. I have had hairdressers say that they hate our marketing, that it’s sleazy, it’s tacky, it’s sexist. And that’s alright, that’s their opinion and I respect it, but I don’t come back to the office thinking that I have to change things. “I think the most important thing is to ignore
what everyone else is doing. Ignore the advice you are given, go with what is in your heart and what you believe in. If you are in an industry that you know well enough, I think that’s half the thing. If you know it well enough, then you know what it needs.” There are many people out there who are genuine, they honestly think that what you are doing can’t be done, but there are many more who are jealous and they don’t want you to be successful, it seems to happen in all industries. But Mark has remained strong and followed his heart, but he also believes, “If it’s working for you, you have to be steadfast; you can’t be all things to all people.” But you can be something to more people, and to that aim, the company recently launched muk spa, a “broadly acceptable” range, whereas the classic range is targeted to a specific demographic. Having said that, the classic range has users from the ages of eight to 87. Mark recently received a beautifully handwritten letter from an 87-year-old lady, saying how much she loved the product and how lovely and thick it made her hair. Amongst the many emails the team receives, one was from a neurosurgeon in Singapore, saying how, even after 13 hours in a hot operating theatre, the muk products kept his hair looking good. Six years after launching the business, the muk range consists of 28 products; four of them became Best New Product of the Year finalists in the AHFA awards. The company has also re-entered the electrical market, winning Best
“It’s very much about being very entrenched in the industry and not forgetting about the guys on the floor. The moment you step away from that is the moment you lose touch” Curling Iron for 2012. This year they are up for Business Performance of the Year at Hair Expo, which is like the hair industry’s Academy Awards. muk has flown under the radar for a long time but it is certainly right up there now in the terms of recognisable brands.Even so, Mark still gets out to salons and talks to everyone in the industry, remaining in constant contact with what’s going on and what people want. “It’s by talking to a second year apprentice, or a hairdresser that is behind the chair for hours a day, where I get the information about what they need, which in turn, points me in the direction of what I need to make for them to
make their life easier. It’s very much about being very entrenched in the industry and not forgetting about the guys on the floor, because they are the ones that use and salon recommend. The moment you step away from that is the moment you lose touch.” Mark still has a vision for muk, and it’s not about being a multimillionaire, it’s more from the heart. “After five or six years, we are still very early in our journey. For me, if the industry and consumer impression is that muk is the best product you could possibly buy, then that’s the end of the journey. “The legacy I want to leave behind is that we created an amazing brand that was renowned
for the highest quality product money can buy. I have never really worked a day in another industry so, to me that would be my pinnacle; to be renowned as the premier quality product that money can buy. If money that comes along with that, then great, but it doesn’t really matter to me. I get my greatest thrill when I see a customer walk into the store, pick up the product and go straight to the counter to buy. It doesn’t just mean that they are buying it; it means that they have tried it, they love it and they want to get it again.” www.mukhair.com WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
live via satellite A restaurant for Hollywood’s rich and famous O
n a cold, wintery night in Sydney, at the Hilton, I was reminiscing with my clients about my recent trip to California where I had a sensational dinner in a little Sicilian jewel that I had found. It reminded me of eating in the romantic tiny village of Taormina Sicily. Palmeri Ristorante is rather cute, with its Venetian Murano, travertine flooring and ‘Stucco Veneziano’ style finishes. It is tucked away in the leafy suburb of Brentwood, better known as Celebritywood, the home of such fabulous talent, including Nicole Kidman, Anthony LaPaglia, Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford, who all dine at Pamleri’s. Other regular diners include, my buddy Adam Sandler, George Clooney, Burt Bacharach and Conan O’Brien, just to drop a name or two, and only because I can as I have been in Palmeri’s whilst the A-List royalty have dined. This little Sicilian find is the brain child of owner and chef extraordinaire, Ottavio Palmeri. Once you walk in and smell the aroma, it takes you back to a traditional Italian restaurant from the motherland. It’s charcoal, wood-fired, coniglio (rabbit), pollo chicken, Bistecca Fiorentina and pizza cooking away under the watchful eye of Ottavio, with the knowledge and craftsmanship of his ‘Forno di Legno’ wood-fired oven is a craft in itself. I was greeted on arrival by Ottavio, our traditional Sicilian hug and kiss on both cheeks is a sign of respect that you have entered his house; very Al Pacino “Godfather”, and the way I still, to this day, greet my dad. I was taken to table 31, my regular grid position at Palmeri’s, and within seconds my Martini & Rossi Rosso, with a slice of blood
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aka Mr Caffé Shakerato orange is served, all while Ottavio chats about what’s hot on tonight’s menu. He suggests I have a taste of the fresh squid ink risotto, followed by the angel hair il mare, a luscious seafood pasta that is to die for and my childhood favorite, together with the most amazing wood-fired roasted coniliglo (rabbit) wrapped in pancetta, rosemary and served with polenta. The black, velvety carnaroli rice arrives, it is smothered in squid ink
and cuttlefish, which is just way too sexy for Milan (as the song goes)… OMG! Then, an aroma of freshlycooked seafood doing backstroke in a skillet pan, together with all the garlic and fresh basil leaves gave me a kind of tingling feeling. The same as the one I had after spending 40 hours with the ultramega sexy, Latino, beauty, Jenny from the block, ‘JLO’ whilst in New York on a photo shoot for the cover of Billboard magazine - just too much excitement for one day. But wait, there’s more! My bunny was churning over a slow char, open fire, being brushed with its own juices and looking as sexy as Italian pop star, Arianna Bergamaschi, singing ‘Take me to Sorrento’ with Pitbull in the latest Fiat 500 ad campaign with all those sexy people. As my excitement was building, in
“My bunny was churning over a slow char, open fire, being brushed with its own juices and looking as sexy as Arianna Bergamaschi, singing ‘Take me to Sorrento’ with Pitbull”
it came, personally delivered by the ‘Godfather’ himself, and followed by a lovely bottle of Barolo wine. To my surprise, Ottavio sat and we ate the most amazing dinner. We talked about the old Italian ways, and how things have changed in modern times, which sparked a thought about our good old buddy Mario, the local lover boy and a Berlusconi wannabe, who is living his life in Brentwood and buying all the property in Las Vegas - he is a real player. I have been fortunate to experience a host of outstanding dinners in my life, but this was way up there with the best of them. Ottavio promised me a surprise dessert, one that would take me back to Sicily. It was two desserts his ‘St Joseph Day’ zeppole and his ricotta cannoli. On several occasions, when my mum and dad have come to visit me in Beverly Hills, Ottavio has made a special delivery to make sure mum has her cannoli, as you do for your mum. After a couple of my Caffé Shakerato, and later a few Amaro Nonino Quintessentia, which is an Italian after dinner digestive, it’s 2am! What a night! Buon Gusto and Grazie, Ottavio ‘Il Padrino’
Palmeri Ristorante Brentwood, CA, USA Ambience = 8.0 Service = 8.5 Food = 8.5 Shakerato = 9.0 Cost = $$$
Joey Sulfaro is a Sydney and Beverly Hills based foodie and celebrity manager. www.satelliteagency.com WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
SATELLITE AGENCY’S JOEY SULFARO PAYS TRIBUTE TO A TRUE STAR OF THE SCREEN.
hen you envisage the world of television today the span covers a huge global arena. The news that James ‘Jimmy’ Gandolfini passed away in Rome, sent shock waves around the globe, and in true Hollywood form, the love for him and the role of Tony Soprano has shocked not only his loyal fans but his close friends. The Sopranos was an epic TV series, it was the life of the ‘Mr Fix It’, Mob Boss and family man, Tony Soprano who, on a daily basis, would order (or just do the job himself) to wack anybody that just did not play the Soprano way, better known as La Familia. Jimmy’s real life was far removed from his famous TV role. He was a family man, a humanitarian with a big heart. He had two beautiful children, and was a best WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
mate to all who worked with him. Jimmy was a shy, un-imposing knockabout guy, who kept his business to himself and was always available to help anyone in need, as fellow actor, close friend
and Jersey Boy movie star, John Travolta, discovered when tragedy hit his family. When Travolta’s young son, Jett, was taken at an early age, the family was devastated but when
Jimmy found out of this tragedy, he flew straight to Florida to be by his friend’s side. He stayed with the family for weeks to help them through the devastating time in their lives. Jimmy would not leave the Travolta’s home until he was certain that they were able to again move through life in a positive way. Jimmy was always helping others less fortunate; his loyalty was solid as a rock. A family friend who took care of him at a young age was lucky to have Jimmy spend every Christmas Day with his family, making the occasion even more special. The cast of the Sopranos were surprised by his generosity when, in the traditional Italian Godfather way, he handed out envelopes of cash bonuses - true Gumba style. I was extremely lucky to have met and been touched by Jimmy’s kindness through our mutual longtime friend and fellow actor, Paul Herman, who is also best friends with Robert De Niro, and has played in most of De Niro’s hit movies. He was also a major part of the Sopranos family. I have been lucky to have these great friends in Beverly Hills, where their kindness and our friendship over the last 18 years has been as solid as a rock, and our loyal weekly Thursday night dinners at De Niro’s AGO restaurant in West Hollywood are something I treasure. These guys are truly amazing. Jimmy was always polite and helpful and always had time to chat. One time, at the Golden Globes, I said to him, “Do you have your speech ready”, he looked at me and said, “Bucca Al Lupo”, which in Italian means good luck. I replied, “You have Best Actor written all over your face”. As we walked into the Beverly Hilton Hotel, he looked like the true champion guy he was, sporting that Soprano smirk that we had all grown to love. That
smirk will be sadly missed. By the way, he did win that day; he came home with the Globe. Life throws you curve balls every day, but I have a good idea where our Jimmy is heading – The King, The Rat Pack, Abbott & Costello, Pavarotti and of course Marilyn and a million others - will need to watch out as the ‘The Captain’ has arrived and is ready to RUMBLE! I said to our little Aussie singer/ songwriter, Kasey Chambers, when she was just 17 years old and we were out to dinner with her country music family, that one day, her time would come, and that she would write and sing an amazing
hit song. It happened, and is now in history; she wrote and sang that amazing hit song on the Sopranos, The Captain. We will miss you CAPTAIN… Smooth sailing, Jimmy. www.satelliteagency.com WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
MAN OF STEEL, THE LATEST INSTALMENT IN THE SUPERMAN FRANCHISE, IS A HIT. AFTER TWO WEEKS OF RELEASE INTERNATIONALLY, MAN OF STEEL HAS GROSSED $567M. THE FILM CURRENTLY SITS ATOP THE AUSTRALIAN BOX OFFICE AFTER A $9.4 MILLION OPENING WEEKEND, THE THIRD BEST OPENING FOR THE YEAR.
MAN OF STEEL SATELLITE AGENCY’S KRYSTLE MCGILL REVIEWS MAN OF STEEL AT THE MOVIE’S AUSTRALIAN PREMIER IN SYDNEY.
The name and look of Superman has changed in ‘Man of Steel’, his suit alone is different and is very ‘comfortable on the eyes’ - there are no undies on the outside! The movie is a cross between the previous Superman style movies and sci-fi or ‘Transformers’. There would be many avid Superman enthusiasts that will not like the change, but for the general thrill-seeking movie goer, I can highly recommend this movie. It is full of action and has you sitting on the edge of your seat for much of the 143 minutes it takes for the story to unfold. Russell Crowe portrayed the character, Jor-El (Superman’s father), superbly, as did Kevin Costner as Superman’s human father; in fact, all roles in this WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
film are brilliantly cast. Henry Cavill is swarthy and moody as Kal-El (Superman) and brilliantly portrays a character that ends up understanding why and how he is different to his human counterparts and also how and why he is the sole Kryptonian to save and teach the people of Earth. The movie has you feeling the theatre shake beneath your feet and your body pumping with adrenalin, as you witness Superman using his powers to fight the destructive forces of the enemy, Zod. There was not a minute where I could take my eyes off the screen. This is a must-see film; don’t miss your opportunity to be blown away. Rating
KRYSTLE MCGILL GETS FLIRTY WITH THE STARS OF MAN OF STEEL, AND OTHER GUESTS, AT THE FILM’S AUSTRALIAN PREMIER. VIEW THE VIDEO AT http://www.satellite.com.au/media.html
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reality bites Icecream or irritation-free skin, that is the question I
’ve always had dry skin, but in my late forties, my parched hide sprouted red, itchy patches. Dermatologist, Karyn Grossman, chief of said division at St John’s Medical Center in Santa Monica, diagnosed me with eczema whilst at a parent gathering (it’s convenient that my child is in a class with moreaccomplished-than-I parents). Before I could take another sip of chardonnay, Grossman whipped out a tube of Aquaphor and slathered it on my patchy arm (now there is a dedicated doc) and rattled off all sorts of expert advice on caring for dermatitis, which involves limited bathing and constant moisturizing with steroid cream as a last resort. “Occasionally people will develop this condition later in life. Often these people have a personal or family history of allergies. This presentation tends to be a little more varied. Some will get oval to circular red itchy spots, others classic eczema, and others a more diffuse eruption. It is important to get what you think is eczema examined by a physician, because occasionally it can turn out to be a skin cancer or other more serious, adult problem,” said Grossman. Now, my daughter has had atopic dermatitis (derived from Greek, this term describes the most common form of eczema, where the skin is inflamed, itchy and red due to its oversensitivity to allergens) since infancy, thus I believe that she gave it to me, as part of her Tween plot to kill me; making me maddeningly itchy is a good start! (Please don’t write me. I know eczema isn’t contagious. It’s a joke.) “Eczema is highly responsive to lifestyle changes,” said Anne Marvin, PhM, CNC of Chesapeake Holistic Health (pictured right), when I called her to complain of yet another 40+ insult.
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“Dairy - milk, cream, cheese, and yes, Amy, ice cream, yogurt, sour cream and butter should be eliminated from your diet.” Despite being near tears, I kept listening. “Dairy is a powerful inflammatory agent, as the milk sugar, lactose, and the milk protein, casein, are notoriously difficult for humans to digest. When the body has difficulty breaking down the dairy, it mounts an inflammatory response that can
express itself as eczema.” Marvin, is a nutritionist for those who aren’t familiar with USA licensing jargon, and thus went on to list other possible culprits in my diet that could be making me itchy. These include; gluten, corn, soy, eggs, peanuts and other legumes. “An elimination diet can help an individual identify which foods are causing eczema symptoms,” she concluded. I like to eat – or used to before eczema and Marvin conspired to limit my menu – so I must work out which foods create a dry skin dilemma. Sure, I’m sweaty and likely smelly (there are some advantages to nasal allergies) but I also itch. There are a plethora of products proffered for those with eczema and every other skin type or ailment around. And… as many opinions
“I end my bathroom routine by walking naked and flapping my arms like wings. It’s quite a sight and if my daughter catches a glimpse of it, we share a laugh, and for a moment, at least, I don’t think she’s trying to kill me”
as to which are best and which will exacerbate the problem at hand… or foot. Petroleum and paraben have become additive anti-Christs of late, with health gurus such as Marvin telling you to avoid them like the plague, and the makers of Eucerin and Aquaphor, (whose products I’ve used on my daughter and me, even though the former contains Methylparaben, Ethylparaben and the latter, Lanolin), extolling their doctor-approved salves. What’s a dry-skinned mother to do? When faced with dizzying choices, limited bathroom space and a desire to simply moisturize, I become a pessimist, “One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both,” as Oscar Wilde defined it. I use (take a deep breath, here) Eucerin Skin Calming Dry Skin Body Wash, which contains Omega oils and yet still cleanses, or Dudu Osun Black Soap - an anti-bacterial soap made from Shea butter to wash. I follow this with either one of Pacifica’s all natural, yummy smelling body butters or Lush Cosmetics Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner (this column was originally called My Lush Life but
no one from the company got back to me… hrumph) and top this off with Eucerin Skin Calming Daily Moisturizing Crème to seal in all of the aforementioned goodness. I usually end my bathroom routine by walking, naked, flapping my arms like wings to let all of the softness sink in. It’s quite a sight, but at least it’s not an itchy one… and if my daughter catches a glimpse of it, we share a laugh, and for a moment, at least, I don’t think she’s trying to kill me.
Amy Sommer is a Los Angeles-based writer. www.PissantProd.com WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE THE PROGRESSION BETWEEN YOUR FIRST AND SECOND ALBUMS? RYAN. I feel this is a much more emotional and honest record, at least lyrically. Musically, we feel we have expanded our palette a lot. We were able to experiment with a lot of new instrumentation, a lot of new arrangements and a few things we might have been scared to try the first time around – new synthesisers, or sample drums, or not even have drums on a song. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
KELCEY. With the first record we were so obsessed with being able to replicate every bit of it live, and since then we’ve figured out that the record, and live shows are such different beasts, and you end up changing stuff anyway, so it got to this point where we said let’s not worry about that at all, just layer stuff, loop stuff, just not worry about what we are going to do live and figure it out later. R. We pride ourselves on trying to do different versions of songs; we do acoustic sessions for radio and
different stuff, so we knew we would be able to figure something out live. It’s been really cool to showcase the new songs; we didn’t really tour before these songs were recorded, so they have been growing and forming as we play them live. It’s nice that we’ve had a few weeks of playing them before we got here. DID YOU FEEL THE DREADED ‘SECOND ALBUM PRESSURE’? K. I think we had ambitions to make a step forward with this record, but any pressure we felt was more internal, among the four of us, to write something we were really happy with. It can be hard because we had four cooks in the kitchen.
FORMED IN HIGH SCHOOL IN THEIR NATIVE ORANGE COUNTY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, INDIE ROCK BAND, LOCAL NATIVES, CONSISTS OF KELCEY AYER, RYAN HAHN, TAYLOR RICE AND MATT FRAZIER. THE BAND RELEASED THEIR FIRST DEBUT ALBUM, GORILLA MANOR, TO POSITIVE REVIEWS IN THE UK IN NOVEMBER 2009. THE ALBUM, NAMED AFTER THE HOUSE THEY ALL SHARED IN ORANGE COUNTY DEBUTED IN THE BILLBOARD 200 AND AT NO. 3 IN THE NEW ARTIST CHART. THEY COMPLETED THEIR SECOND ALBUM, HUMMINGBIRD EARLIER THIS YEAR. DARREN HOUSE SPOKE TO RYAN AND KELCEY DURING THEIR RECENT AUSTRALIAN TOUR.
R. The pressure was internal. We really wanted to feel like we were trying to do something different, something new. It takes time to arrive at something everyone can agree on. The first few months we were off tour and finally focussed on writing, we were very experimental and not everything worked. K. We usually write about what’s going on in our lives. I personally write a lot about what’s going on with me, so the record is more of a record of the last few years and what we have been through. I think that we wanted to write a rock album, but stuff started happening, and for us to process things, it only made sense to put
it into songs and to work it out creatively. K. I write for the other three guys in the band. I write for them to be stoked and if I get them stoked - if we can all agree on it – we’re all really proud of it. That’s our goal when writing. R. It’s only natural, being so collaborative, that there is a healthy amount of collaborative spirit. Each of us will write a song and we’ll bring it to the other guys. I want Kelsey to be excited about my song and we are always trying to one-up each other. HOW DO YOU MANAGE EGOS? R. He’s an ego maniac, as you can
tell (laughs). We’ve been doing it for a while now and so we are getting better and better at reading people’s signals, and trying to keep the end goal in focus without getting too caught up in your own agenda – like wanting to have a song go your own way. Also, I think we’ve learned to trust each other, there are things that he can do that I just can’t do. I love being able to take my song and just watch it transform with Kelsey’s input or Taylor’s input. I think we all have strengths that we bring to the table, so I look forward to that process. I’m not scared of it now. K. Right. It’s exciting to see how it’s going to change from where you originally thought it was going. WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
And it also helps to not take a song too far by yourself, because it is going to change so much. The more you make a master plan in your head, the more you are setting yourself up to get battered down, because no matter what I am thinking in my head, I can hear the opposite, or something totally out of left field from the other guys, so it’s just about trying to stay open. That’s the biggest challenge. I hope we are getting better at that. ANY EXAMPLES? R. You and I is probably a good example of getting battered around the room. You and I was the first song on the record. It was one of the oldest songs we had and it had a completely different vibe, like Kelsey was on piano, the rhythm, the drums, everything was different and we couldn’t get excited about it, or all on the same page. One night Kelsey and I stayed up in the rehearsal space and we started from scratch, brought it to the other guys and it kind of invigorated everyone. It was like a new song for us, and it was like new energy to write a bunch of new songs. PART OF THE EXPERIMENTATION PROCESS WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
WAS TO MOVE OUT OF YOUR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIAN COMFORT ZONE. K. We worked most of the record, probably 80 per cent, in LA over a period of eight or nine months and then Aaron (Dessner) came out to LA and we worked a little bit together and then went to Montreal to make the record. R. We were going to record the whole thing in Aaron’s studio at his house, but it’s very small and there were a few songs that we wanted to do live, we just couldn’t do that in Aaron's studio. Montreal, in our minds, was a really exotic place. It’s like going to France or something. K. We wanted to go out of our continent but it ended up being way too financially ambitious. R. We all moved into a house in Montreal together, which was great. We all lived together when we made our first record, so it was nice to get back to that space, purely focussed on making the record and bouncing ideas off each other. Montreal was great. ARE YOU GENTLE WITH EACH OTHER? R. Nooooo (laughs). You try to be
as diplomatic as possible… K. I think we are getting better at not shooting down somebody’s idea right away. You just try to change it a little bit. Now I might be like, "Oh, I don’t like that, but I should give it a chance". We are trying to trust in each other more and not immediately shoot something down – let it have its moment and it either works or it doesn’t. Nobody pushes for something when they know it’s not working – most of the time! CLEARLY, YOU ALL GET ON WELL. R. Yeah, we try to give each other space when we get home from a tour. We just had 10 days off back home and it was great to let
everyone breathe. But as cheesy as it sounds, these guys are my best friends, and have been for a long time before the band got going. I went to school with Taylor and Kelsey for a little bit and the three of us have known each other since high school. K. Went to high schools down the street from each other R. And our high school bands played a house party, that is how we met, musically at least. YOU WERE HIGH SCHOOL ROCK STARS? R. (Laughs) I wish that was that was the case. K. In high school, you kind of promote your shows and hope for a chain reaction, you give flyers out to everyone, and they are like, “Oh, thanks”, and then throw them in the trash. I think in high school, if you are playing music, you are more like an outcast or a geek or a nerd. If you want to think about 'rock stars', you have to be a jock or a football player; you have to be a sports dude. I feel they were the rock stars in high school, they were the popular guys. R. I thought you were a cool guy. He had sideburns then, he was pretty cool. K. Well in the context of the private catholic school that I went to, that was considered rebellious (laughs). WHEN DID YOU REALISE YOU COULD MAKE A LIVING FROM WRITING AND PLAYING MUSIC? R. I don't think that we thought that far down the line. We were just hustling so much and we always had the next step in mind - like if we could just put out a record, if we could just sell out this venue, if we could just do that. Then it keeps snowballing and you have ambition to take it to the next level. And to be able to do it without working another job is incredible. We hoped
for that, but we didn't even get close to it until 2009 and we had been writing together since 2004. We were always slogging away trying to make sense of it all. DO YOUR FAMILIES HAVE MUSICAL BACKGROUNDS? R. Not me – no one in my family plays a musical instrument. I picked up a guitar in seventh grade and I became obsessed with music. K. My father was hugely inspirational for me, my two brothers and my younger sister; we all play something because of him. He used to play folk songs on acoustic guitar, all the songs from Peter, Paul and Mary, and The Beatles when we went to sleep, it was really, really nice. I took lessons for a few years. They were all pro-
me expressing myself in that way. My dad is so stoked about the band doing well; he's one of our biggest fans for sure. SO YOUR PARENTS WEREN'T TRYING TO TALK YOU INTO ACCOUNTANCY? K. My mom was always trying to get me to go back to UCLA because I went to San Francisco State and then I moved back home to Southern California to do music with these guys. I ended up at UCLA just as Taylor was graduating, so once these guys were done with college I just dropped out. But even when we were doing well, I'd be like, "Mom, look we are on TV", she'd be like, "You have to go back, you have to go back to college". She would lie and tell people, "He's still going to UCLA". WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
the audience are already fans so we feel that we can play exactly what we want. At festivals, it’s a bigger crowd and it is more of an introductory experience for a lot of people, so perhaps we'll make it more energetic, more up-tempo, and try to win fans while we have the opportunity. R. Anytime we play venues, like play theatres and concert halls, it's really awesome because the acoustics are amazing and there is all this history in the buildings, they tend to be our favourite shows. DO YOU ENJOY THE CHALLENGE OF PLAYING TO NEW AUDIENCES? R. There is always going to be that contingent of people in the front having a good time, but then there are people milling around at the back who you really want to try to reach out to. It's an interesting thing. YOUR DEBUT ALBUM, GORILLA MONSTER, WAS RELEASED FIRST IN THE UK. WHY? R. It just seemed to go quicker for us in the UK. We played there, and for some reason we made a connection with British labels and the ball just got rolling faster. We were so anxious because we had finished the record and we were just sitting on it. We were so close to putting it out ourselves and then WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
they were like, "Yeah we can put it out in November", and then we got the US stuff going. DO YOU PREFER STADIUM OR CLUB SHOWS? K. Well they both have their pros and cons; it would be hard to choose one over the other. On our own club shows, we don't feel as much pressure because
K. I don't wear my glasses on stage so I can't even see the people back there - I just see the people freaking out up the front and I have a great time. HAVE YOU EVER LOOKED OUT AT A FESTIVAL CROWD AND THOUGHT, ‘WOW, THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE’? R. Yeah. We played Lollapalooza two years ago and it was the biggest show we'd ever played,
it was insane. Matt took a photo from his drum set after he'd finished playing and I have that photo on my computer. I ran across it the other day and I was like yeah, that's a massive crowd. WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING A SUCCESSFUL MUSICIAN? R. We are super, super lucky. We have worked hard to get here, but even the hardest working bands on the planet don’t find success some times. It's unbelievable to be doing this as a job. K. There are people way more talented than us and not doing well, it’s just crazy to be in this position. R. We are having a really good time and it is just ridiculous that we get to do it and enjoy going to work. Even on our down time we are working on music. We just played music, and now for fun I say, “Hey Kelsey, let’s work on this song”. It’s pretty awesome. BEING IN A SUCCESSFUL BAND SOUNDS GREAT BUT THE HOURS YOU PUT IN MUST TAKE THEIR TOLL. K. It's a trade-off and it’s definitely hard to have a personal life. It can be really difficult. This is such an incredible thing to be doing, so you have to weigh that up against not having a normal life; that can be really great but sometimes it can really suck. My wife tries to travel with me but she has a 9-to-5 (job) at home, so she only has so many vacation days that she can use up, but we try to figure it out and find the balance. It can be hard, but she loves music just like I do, so she's happy for us. R. It's different for Kelsey because he just got married this past year, so I see it from a different angle. As you get older and also everything expands - the touring becomes more constant, and the demands increase. Half of it is exciting and the other half of it is a juggling act to have a personal life. http://thelocalnatives.com WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
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The house of gaming, babes, mobsters and ghosts M
y old stamping ground on the famous Las Vegas Strip is the fabulous 3,600 room Flamingo Hotel/Casino. This was the very first high-end joint for gaming and babes, built when there was nothing but coyotes and sagebrush in the desert. Thanks to mob money and mobster Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel, the Flamingo opened on December 26, 1946, with Nevada, being the only state at that time to legalize gambling. On my visit to this old haunt of mine, which is now the home of the famous Donny and Marie Osmond show, my loyal contacts, ‘The Boys’ found me the way to the showroom underground tunnel where famous celebrities were escorted into the showroom to avoid the general public. The last person to use this hideaway tunnel was Michael Jackson, who arrived with his ten plus entourage and his three kids to watch his favourite magic show with magician, Nathan Burton. I was chief of the security detail assigned to escort Michael in and out after the show. Michael was pleasant, friendly and knowledgeable and a delight to be with as we spoke about the history of the passage that he was taken through. Two months later, he left this planet and now most likely sits with father-in-law, the “King” Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis ,Dean Martin and the “Chairman of the Board” Frank Sinatra - what a crew! A little known fact is that right across from the tunnel is a hidden doorway in which there was a walkway that led from the Flamingo hotel under the six lanes of Las Vegas Blvd traffic and into the Caesars Palace Hotel/Casino across the street, which was an easy getaway route for whoever WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
by Jon Palmieri
needed one. Don’t even try to find it, as it is in a secure area, boarded up and now a relic from the mob days. I caught up with Eric Goliviewski, who is the security director of eight Caesars Entertainment Casino properties, responsible for leading a team of more than 400 security personnel who patrol, escort and keep patrons safe while they enjoy the establishments. He told me that the Vegas strip hotels have
more than 4000 security officers patrolling them, more than the official Metro Police department. Trouble makers, if caught, can expect to spend two lovely days at the Metro Police detention center, where they can mix with some of Nevada’s most colorful pimps and bums. Show-wise, Donny and Marie Osmond still dominate, performing their entertaining 90-minute show five nights a week. In the lounge is foul-mouthed standup comedian, Vinnie Favorito. With great pleasure, I have walked out of his show twice in the past year. Swearing and abusing patrons is not my favourite type of show. Still, if you like to be verbally abused, go and enjoy yourself but be warned, he loves hecklers. I also caught up with the Diva of the Strip, Lani Misalucha, who
“I was reminded of the white-haired, elderly female ghost who hangs out at the Flamingo, and yes, I have seen her. I have a couple of pals who refused to work their shift after seeing her”
had just returned from a successful tour of the Philippines and is now preparing a new show on the strip. She had a day named for her by former Mayor and Mob boss, Oscar Goodman, and is highly rated in this town. The Flamingo has two magnificent pools set in a lush tropical setting. Be warned, if you bring the family - and why would you? - one pool is reserved for the kids and parents while the main larger pool area is strictly for adults. I went back to the empty
showroom after hours with one of my security pals and was reminded of the white-haired, elderly female ghost who hangs out there. The best time to feel and see her is around 3am, and yes, I have seen her. I have a couple of pals who refused to work their shift after seeing her. Another thrill is walking the hotel room corridors by yourself in the early hours of the morning. You get the feeling that there is some one behind you, and the hairs on the back of your neck start to bristle and you get shivers up your spine.
Stay safe, enjoy and remember “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” ain’t true - it haunts you for EVER!
Jon Palmieri is a Las Vegas nightlife identity and man about town.
THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR THE MOVING IMAGE PRESENTS A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE CLOTHES WORN BY UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTERS FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF CINEMA.
DIRECT FROM THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM IN LONDON, HOLLYWOOD COSTUME EXPLORES THE CENTRAL ROLE COSTUME DESIGN PLAYS IN CINEMA STORYTELLING. THE EXHIBITION BRINGS TOGETHER THE MOST ICONIC COSTUMES FROM A CENTURY OF FILMMAKING. WORDS: DAVID DOWSEY PHOTOGRAPHY: MARK GAMBINO & MARK INDUCIL.
ver had the urge to peep up Marilyn Monroe’s famous cream dress, billowing uncontrollably as she stands atop a New York air vent, as she appeared in The Seven Year Itch? What about eyeballing Robert De Niro’s Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver) and sneering, “You talkin’ to me?” Or maybe you would just like to bask in the glory of Keira Knightley, as she appeared as Cecilia Tallis in Atonement, dressed in that emerald green statement dress? Well, all your Hollywood costume dreams can now come true at ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) at Melbourne’s Federation Square. Until 18 August, ACMI is hosting Hollywood
Costume, a 100-exhibit ‘memory lane’ for movie buffs that takes in the full breadth of the costume designer’s art. The amazing collection ranges from Errol Flynn’s swashbuckling tights to the stark black and white eminence of Daniel Craig’s tuxedo from Casino Royale. Action freaks can harden up in front of Arnie’s allblack Terminator outfit, Bruce Willis’ filthy white singlet and chinos from Die Hard (was that I, II, III or X?), there is Jake La Motta’s boxing trunks as worn by Robert De Niro in Raging Bull, and the standout for prodijee: Uma Thurman’s famous and figure-hugging yellow tracksuit from Kill Bill. A vinyl-wrapped Cat Woman is on the prowl,
as played by Halle Berry; the unforgettable undies-on-the-outside Superman, as played by Christopher Reeve flies overhead; and Toby Maguire’s ever-pliable Spiderman scales the ACMI walls. Interspersed with the wonderful collection of costumes are cue cards detailing the work of Hollywood’s unsung heroes: the lowly paid costume designer. And there are plenty of large-format screens featuring insights from the actors who brought these costumes to life. For the kids, the action heroes already mentioned, thrill and entertain, alongside Harry Potter and Christian Bale’s Batman from The Dark Knight Rises; for blokes, there are plenty of beefcake characters, like Jake and Elwood hamming it up in The Blues Brothers, the steely Margaret Thatcher as played by Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady and, um, those two chummy chaps from Brokeback Mountain. For the ladies and the serious haute couture aficionados, there is Holly Golightly’s famous black Givenchy dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Tippy Hedron’s green twin set from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, and Scarlett O'Hara's green ‘curtain’ dress designed by Walter Plunkett for Gone with the Wind. Perhaps the most famous exhibit is Dorothy’s ruby red slippers from The Wizard of Oz. In something of a coup, Hollywood Costume appeals to almost everybody. And for the die hard fan, ACMI is running a series of complimentary events and film screenings so you can really wring your Hollywood costume affliction dry. Full $19.50, Concession $15.50, ACMI Member $13.50, Child (4-15 years) $10. Unlimited entry: Full $48, Concession $38, ACMI Member $32. Family (two adults, three children) $50, ACMI Member Family $40. www.acmi.net.au WWW.PRODIJEE.COM
he artistic town of Eumundi, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, showcased ‘The Best of Oz’ theme for the 2013 Australian Body Art Carnivale. The colourful community arts event again drew thousands of spectators to watch some of the nation’s best body artists, face painters, vehicle artists and wearable art designers do battle. The Carnivale was again a festival of colour, centred on body art in its many and varied forms. For members of the public, it was phenomenal to watch the human canvases take shape during the competitions. For artists, it presented an opportunity to showcase their creativity, experience the amazing atmosphere of the Carnivale and compete for more than $14,000 in cash and prizes. “The theme-inspired artwork showcased everything from Australian mammals, reptiles and birdlife to delicate wildflowers and dramatic landscapes,” said event manager, Danielle Taylor. There were also tributes to ANZACS, swagmen and flying doctors, as well as notable Australians like Bryce Courtenay, Young Einstein and Priscilla - Queen of the Desert. The Opera House featured, as did Aussie icons such as the Hills Hoist, Vegemite and even budgie smugglers!
“There’s always an incredible buzz when more than 100 artists come together to create and then parade their works,” said Danielle. “The artists require a strong focus to create their masterpieces within the defined time limits of the competition, yet all seemed to really enjoy themselves with a great sense of camaraderie and encouragement for each other’s work.” www.australianbodyart.com.au
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