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The Ultimate Wedding Planning Party 2013

April 16, 2013

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I have a few friends that are currently engaged and soon to be married, and I must admit, it’s so much fun chatting about wedding ideas, the dresses, the suits, the cake, the music, the entertainment, the ceremony, the flowers, the venue, the guest-list, the food.. I think you get the picture! I can go on and on!

I’ve also realised just how much is actually involved in organising a wedding.

Coming up on the 8th of May, is one of the most glamourous events for any bride-to-be to attend, the Ultimate Wedding Planning Party all due to the amazing Kim Veverka from Magnet PR and Events. Now in its fifth year, the Ultimate Wedding Planning Party is going to be more elegant than ever, with this years theme, being the Vintage & Classic bride.

Held at the prestigious Opera Point Marquee at the iconic Sydney Opera House, you’ll be blown away as the venue is transformed into a spectacular showcase. Brides and grooms will be treated to guest speakers A-list wedding planner, Anthony Del Col, wedding photographer, Rachael Bentick and Abraham Joffe, the wedding film guru, who will share their tips, tricks and ideas to make your day one to never forget. Attendees will also be treated like celebrities, with a tasting experience of canapes provided by ARIA catering.

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Industry experts from the some of the best in the industry will be present to answer any wedding qualms one might have. Representatives from the following, ARIA Catering, Sweet Art, Vintage Kitchen, De La Mod Stationary, Bobbi Brown Makeup and Jo Malone will there to chat face-to-face with guests.

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The ‘Pièce de résistance’ of the evening will be the bridal showcase. In my experience, the ‘purchasing of the dress’ can be either very smooth sailing or can be one of the most aggravating experiences for a bride. The Ultimate Wedding Planning Party has organised the creme-de-la-creme of Australian bridal designers to show their designs. Brides-to-be will be treated to the stunning designs of Steven Khalil, Maria Chiodo, Karen Willis Holmes, Henry & Michelle Roth, Kristi Bonnici Bridal Accessories, Ermenegildo Zegna, Peeptoe Shoes & Rachel Gilbert. With an aim to remove the stresses of buying dresses, a bountiful number of designs will be shown, allowing brides-to-be to walk away feeling inspired.

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To top the night off a little more, brides and grooms will be in the running to win some incredible door prizes and each guest will be treated to a gorgeous gift bag filled with wedding day gifts, valued at an outstanding $500.00!

For any bride-to-be, The Ultimate Wedding Planning Party is a must attend event. Evoking feelings of elegance, style and glamour, get inspired whilst being in one of the most beautiful locations in the world.

Your wedding will be the most amazing day of your life – so live a little and buy yourself a ticket!

Opera Point Marquee, Sydney Opera House May 8th 2013 – 5.30pm to 9.30pm
Ticket prices: $60 or two for $100.
To purchase tickets or to find out more info, log onto www.ultimateweddingplanningparty.com or contact Kim at Magnet PR & Events.

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Live a Little’s Fashion Delivery..

March 24, 2013

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The postman made a very special delivery this week – my very first Fashion Box! When I saw my pink box arrive, I squealed with excitement. I very rarely get packages, unless it’s Christmas or my birthday, so to get one on a Monday morning in the middle of March was fabulous!

A month or two ago, I previously wrote about the launch of HFB and spoke with the brains behind the business Kath Purkis about how the service works – which you can read about here. So this is purely to review my delivery and share with you all the amazing goodies that you can potentially receive if you want to sign up!

So when I first had the opportunity to open my package, not only do you get a pink box, but you get a very class black one too! Kath even wrote me a darling little note (Thankyou Kath!) and I couldn’t wait to have a look at what was inside.

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So for anyone that doesn’t really know what Her Fashion Box is, basically its a monthly delivery of high end fashion accessories and beauty goodies sent to your office or door for . The box is completely tailored to your own style. I personally think it’s a wonderful concept and would make a great gift for a friend or a little treat for your self!

 So, the first thing to come out of my box was this amazing on trend necklace – black and gold, studs and spikes! In a little black velvet pouch, making it even more of a surprise!

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Next, a sample kit of Redken hair products from their Diamond Oil range – a shampoo, conditioner and treatment. I love the travel size too – perfect for a weekend away!

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Next is a gorgeous Lilac & Orchid soap from Circa Home, who make amazing luxury bath products and the best candles too! I love their cute packaging.

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The surprises just kept coming, with an eyeliner brush from Dean Nixon’s master makeup brush range. Every girl needs makeup brushes, and ironically I actually needed a new eyeliner brush!

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Even Her Fashion Box went practical, as every girl needs feminine hygiene products! I love love love Moxie’s range – their packaging is adorable and this pack would fit perfectly into my handbag.

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To add to the makeup box, Her Fashion Box gave me a gorgeous popping coral lipgloss from Maybelline, the colour is hot, on trend and I am so excited to try it on tonight!

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Finally – hair accessories are on trend at the moment, so to keep us girls up to date, Her Fashion Box even gave us a stunning hair accessory, which is going to primp up and perfect my ponytail.

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And voila! My little box of goodies – I love how Her Fashion Box covered all areas, from hair and skin care right through to makeup and accessories. Her Fashion Magazine, which is included in the box, gives more information on all the products, gives tips and tricks and keeps you upto date on the latest trends.

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I am SO happy with my Fashion Box, the service is quick, prompt and the products of high quality. I want to congratulate Kath and the HFB team for doing such an amazing job launching HFB! Much love from Live a Little xx

DSC_0151Make sure you follow HFB on twitter, instagram and facebook!
www.herfashionbox.com

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Who lived a little at the Oscars?

February 26, 2013

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I am no fashion critic or fashion blogger, but since it’s on the radar, I thought I’d give my quick opinion on the Hollywood’s night of nights. Without taking into consideration what critics have said (purposely have not checked the best and worst dressed), I have picked my five favourite looks based on first hand reaction. I apologise in advance, if I have got it oh so terribly wrong! 😉

No trend has played a part, no designer or even the actor or actress themselves. I picked these simply because I like the overall look and well, if I got invited to a red carpet event I would quite possibly wear these looks myself!

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Naomi Watts
I love, love, love this metallic custom Giorgio Armani dress. Fits her perfectly with just enough skin exposed. The shoulder detailing just adds another dimension to the dress – risky, but it worked in her favour.

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Alicia Vikander
Lace + backless + classic updo = perfection. The baby blue gives a youthful injection into a classic look. I love how Alicia has added a cute belt and pushed up her sleeves too – not looking too serious.

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Maria Menouous
Hot pink is always going to attract attention right? It certainly caught my eye and I love how Maria didn’t over accessorise this Romona Keveza gown. Not a huge fan of the scraped-back hair.. I personally would of had a classic upstyle. But 10/10 for the wow factor with the dress. Love the colour.

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The red hair and this subtle copper Armani Prive gown makes a winning combination. Very old school Hollywood glam. I’m getting a softer version of Jessica Rabbit – in a good way.

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Samantha Banks
Black and low plunge makes Samantha look stunning. Made up of classic lines and a simple design, yet this look for me was a stand out. It’s a truth that you really can never get it wrong with black. I also love the pockets – super cute.

I will admit, it was really hard to narrow my favourite looks to five. And although there’s always a few that get it wrong, generally everyone looks beautiful in their own right. I’m sure that many people out there will disagree with me, but hey! It’s all about opinion. Why don’t you live a little and share yours?

Thankyou to the www.hollywoodreporter.com for the images.

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Live a Little Latest: Her Fashion Box

January 19, 2013

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Like most females out there, I would have to say my finances do take a little whack is when it comes to anything fashion or beauty. When I’m shopping, I love checking out all the latest products to hit the shelves – but unfortunately I am not blessed with an unlimited credit card, so I can’t always invest in everything that I fall in love with! (I’m sure there are many girls out there that feel this way too!). Never fear though.. There is a brand new online service that is just about to launch that might just solve this little dilemma!

I’m sure many of you are familiar with one of Australia’s most successful luxury online fashion stores, Le Black Book. Le Black Book is in a league of its own, not only offering their customers with the latest in luxury designs, but also acts as trend forecasters preempting the next big thing, so their customers don’t have to. Alongside a very successful online store, Le Black Book offers Le Magazine, a quarterly online magazine,  Le TV, an online TV channel and a regular fashion blog adding another dimension to the Le Black Book brand.

The brains and very much the beauty behind Le Black Book is Kath Purkis – a savvy (and very well dressed) business woman and entrepreneur. Launching Le Black Book at 22 back in 2008, Kath has seen only success. A few years on and Kath is now locked and loaded to begin a new business venture. I managed to catch up with her this week to ask her about her latest business launch, Her Fashion Box.

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You’ve had so much success with Le Black Book, what spurred you to move into a new business venture?
Le Black Book, an Australian online fashion destination is 5 years old in March this year which is very exciting & rewarding, it’s now grown from a start-up to a company with customers all over the globe. With Le Black Book, I’m able to identify the most popular trends each season & I have an eye for picking the trends that become a real hit with customers. In 2012 I started to meet a few people in subscription commerce business in fruit and nuts, custom muesli & beauty to name a few. I quickly saw an opportunity to create a fashion subscription business & offer women something to look forward to every month. Her Fashion Box was born, bringing women a monthly fashion & beauty experience.

In a nutshell, can you explain the ‘Her Fashion Box Experience’?
Women love fashion & beauty so I have created a monthly box that incorporates both. Her Fashion Box is a monthly box featuring an on trend fashion accessory tailored to your style profile (trendy, classic or feminine) along with luxury beauty samples from the leading beauty brands.

How much will it cost to sign up to ‘Her Fashion Box’?
Her Fashion Box is $49.95 a month is the experience women can get excited about every month. Her Fashion Boxes arrive the first week of the month to your doorstep or desk, ready to excite & inspire you!

Where did you come up with the ‘Her Fashion Box’ concept?
I came up with the concept in Australia after I met someone in the subscription commerce space that excited & inspired me. After meeting one of the founders of Muesli For Me, I started to process the idea into a business plan & Her Fashion Box was born.

What kind of products can one expect in their monthly delivery?
Women can expect a on trend & seasonal fashion accessory tailored to their style profile which we design exclusively for Her Fashion Box along with premium beauty & lifestyle products.

And finally..

Kath, what makes you ‘live a little’?
That’s easy, meeting people that inspire me! When I meet someone that inspires me, I thrive & I am lucky enough to have a network of people in my life that inspire me daily. Majority of my close friends are Entrepreneurs & love to create businesses from the ground up. There is nothing more rewarding that start-up a business & seeing it grow & grow. In 2013, I hope to inspire others & turn Her Fashion Box is a brand Australian women get excited about every month.

 

I am so excited about the launch of Her Fashion Box. I will be reviewing my very own in March, so make sure you keep an eye out! But it’s such an easy investment! And allows you to stay up to date with the latest trends and beauty products. Best of all, it’s  tailored just for you and delivered to your door at the beginning of the month – what more could a girl ask for?

So go on, live a little and sign up to start receiving your very own Fashion Box.

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Kato Swim & Live a Little TV Collaboration

January 10, 2013

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So we are well and truly into 2013 and I have incredibly high expectations. I am feeling refreshed, revived and can’t wait to get stuck into another year. I thought I’d start 2013 with a bang, and introduce my friends, fans and followers to one of Australia’s hottest up and coming labels, Kato Swim.

I came across Kato Swim late last year and completely fell in love with the collection, ‘Aquatica’ – it’s colourful, bright, fresh and incredibly unique. All I kept thinking was just how beautiful each piece was and how perfect it would be for Summer days, lounging by the pool and partying away into those balmy nights. I contacted Kate Campbell, the designer and owner of the label and we thought it would be an amazing idea to do a collaboration shoot to sky rocket Kato Swim into 2013.

It was such a pleasure to be the face of Kato Swim. Many thanks to our incredible photographer Dan Gosse, the queen of hair and makeup, Connie Giaquinto and finally to our stylist and location provider, the beautiful, Shelley Daly. The team were truly fantastic  and I am sure you guys will be wow’d with the images.

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Check out the behind the scenes pictures and interview with Kate here:

Live a Little TV: Kato Swim & Live a Little TV Photoshoot Collaboration from Sophie Crenigan (Livealittle.TV) on Vimeo.

Kato Swim is certainly a label to keep your eye on 2013. Kate’s designs are bright, daring and fashion forward. Invest in some of her collection, because you’ll certainly stand out from the crowd!

Get adventurous with your wardrobe, wear the neon trend and live a little! Remember summer won’t be here forever!

www.kato-swim.com
www.facebook.com/katoswim 

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Avant Garde Nights

November 21, 2012

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Last week I was incredibly lucky to hit the runway for the launch of Avant Garde Nights, which happened down at the beautiful Bar 100 in the Rocks. Now I am such sucker for fashion shows with all the glamour, the models and the stunning hair and makeup, but I was even happier and my wish came true when I was offered the job of walking in one!

So what exactly is Avant Garde Nights? Well, it’s going to be happening regularly, every Tuesday night at Bar 100, as an opportunity for up-and-coming designers to showcase their collections to a large scale audience and with a professional, high quality production show. Bar 100 is the most perfect and chic venue for Avant Garde Nights, with its beautiful architecture, high ceilings and stained glass windows, it made a stunning setting for the launch. Plenty of champagne was flowing and it was a fabulous fashion-filled night!

Last Tuesday, a range of designers were featured, including Josual Molou, Pizzuto, Marama Dima, Toni Marie and Team M8. Each one was so unique and it was an amazing opportunity to walk for them, as they were all so different from each other. From resort wear, to party dresses right through to mens underwear! With a variety of colours, styles and cuts and prints, the show was diverse and appealed to all.

So enough with the natter, I should perhaps share some snaps with you! (Many thanks to the photographers who were there on the night and thankyou for the following images).

This was my all-time favourite look of the night that I got to model, it was such an amazing dress and was by Josual Molou – such an awesome designer! Make sure you check their Facebook!


It was so much fun being a part of the runway, so I want to thank Bar 100 and Avant Garde Nights for the opportunity. Many congratulations to the designers, photographers, makeup artists, hair stylists and all the staff at Bar 100. It was a fantastic night!

So next time you’ve got mid-week blues, you’ve got the perfect post-work drinks option! What a way to brighten up a normally very  uneventful Tuesday. Head down to Bar 100, feast your eyes on some fabulous fashion and enjoy a glass of bubbly (or two!) and don’t forget to live a little.

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Feel Fabulous at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival

August 23, 2012

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“Sydney Is Fashion..”

Spring is so close! Try less than two weeks! So how does one get inspired? Heading to the Fashion Festival and checking out all the latest Spring/Summer trends that are going to be hitting our stores soon! If you’re a fashion lover (like me) I thoroughly recommend that you check out the Fashion Festival that is happening down at Town Hall. So what is the whole experience about? Well let me show you…

I was lucky enough to attend the Fashion Festival, as I was working for Maybelline, the major makeup sponsor of the event. So I was given access to a couple of shows and had the opportunity to look around and see what it’s all about. If you purchase a ticket, you’re able to check out the latest trends on the runway and then have some fun in the ‘Festival Hub’ – here all the major sponsors have interactive stalls where you can get your mits on some amazing samples, have your picture taken by a pro and try a hot new shade of lippy! The tickets range from $35 right through to $100. So if you’re stumped for cash, you can still attend the show! Or, if you feel like splurging and want the whole VIP she-bang, you can! Here’s a little breakdown for you:

From $100: Front Row & Fabulous:
  • Sit Front Row at a collection show of your choice
  • Go behind the scenes on a backstage tour
  • Post show enjoy Tempus Two wines, Peroni & Canapes in the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge
  • Gift bag
From $80: Access All Areas:
  • Best view of all the runway action
  • Go behind the scenes on a backstage tour
  • Post show enjoy Tempus Two wines, Peroni & Canapes in the Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge
  • Gift bag
From $50: Runway:
  • A Premium seat in the collection show of your choice
  • Be a part of the Post-show after party in the Festival Hub
From $35: Fashion Fix:
  • A seat in the collection show of your choice
  • Be a part of the Post-show after party in the Festival Hub
Here are a couple of snaps from the Bendonlingerie.com show that I got to see on Tuesday night! Jennifer Hawkins looked flawless (as usual!) and I loved her pink tipped hair.. Totally trying that trend soon!

The models showcasing the latest looks for Bendonlingerie.com

Miss Jennifer Hawkins & her models in the finale!

So once you’ve seen your show, you head down to the Fashion Festival’s ‘Festival Hub’ – a funky space where you can get interactive with all the major sponsors.
  • Mercedes-Benz

Marvel at the latest SL Roadster and feel like a celebrity as you have your photo snapped in this fabulous car!

  • Maybelline NY

This was where I was working! Stop by the stand and have your lipstick touched up by the professional makeup artists – they’ll recommend a colour for you to try if you are feeling a bit game! Plus you’ll score yourself a baby lips, mascara, lippy or bronzer sample! Top of your experience with getting a snap of you with your new lippy as you’re be instantly transported to NYC.

  • HP

The HP gang have an awesome photo studio set up with wigs, feather boas, glasses and costumes – have a laugh and take some funny snaps. The HP team will print out your photo there and then. You’ll also score yourself a super cute laptop case!

  • Redken

The super hot team at Redken will give you guys a tailor-made goodie bag full of amazing Redken products. All you need to do, is share your hair dramas and they’ll hook you up with an instant fix! On top of that, Redken have a styling bar, where you guys can fix yourselves hair-wise post-show. Finally, top off your Redken experience with another snap!

  • The Photo Studio

The lovely Photo Studio will conduct a mini-photoshoot for you, with fans and re-touchers at the ready! Feel like a professional model as your photographer guides you through a quick shoot – I can tell you now the photos that are produced are stunning. You sit through the re-touching process and can purchase your photo at the end. A lovely memento of the Fashion Festival.

  • Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge

If you’re a VIP, Front Row & Fabulous or Access All Areas ticket holder, then this is your place. With complimentary Tempus Two wines, Peronis and canapes on offer, feel like a star post-runway. You also get your awesome goodie bag here too.

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Delicious drinks!

The amazing Photo Studio hard at work, getting ready to model-fy everyone!

The Redken Stand ready to help out with your hair dramas.

Some of the designs showcased!

MUAs at the ready! Let the lippy touch ups begin!

The fabulous Maybelline stand!

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If you’re going VIP and check out the Star Lounge don’t forget to Tweet!

Jennifer & I rocking the Maybelline photobooth!

Jennifer & I rocking the Redken photobooth!

You have plenty of time to go and check out the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival as it’s happening until Saturday night! With Myer Spring/Summer ’13 on tonight at 6pm and Sportscraft & Cotton On tomorrow you’ve got no excuse! Whitney Port is also debuting her collection, ‘WE by Whitney Eve’ on Saturday night at 6pm!

There are shows on every day at 12.30pm 6.00pm and 8.30pm.

You can purchase your tickets at http://mbffsydney.com.au/packages and ticketek.com

So grab some girlfriends, make a date, purchase a ticket and get down to Sydney’s Town Hall and enjoy the Fashion Festival – feel fabulous and live a little!

S x

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Dreaming About Summer: ELLIATT

July 9, 2012

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We are right now, slap bang in the middle of Winter, with less than 4 months to go, I thought it would be a great idea to get inspired about summer fashion, trends, all things holidaying and resort.

Last week I was invited to interview the team behind one of Australia’s hottest designers, ELLIATT. Katie, the head designer and owner of the label shared some of their key pieces from their Resort Collection, ‘Creatures of the Deep’ for 2012.

With a mix of shimmer, sparkle, bright popping neons and beautiful lace, I couldn’t help but get excited about the bright blue skies, the 25+ heat and the warm, balmy summer nights that lie ahead of us!

Get excited and inspired by watching the full coverage here:


All I am dreaming about right now is Summer: Reading a book in the garden, swimming in the ocean, slapping on cocoa butter after being in the sun all day and wearing a dress out at night without shivering! With my coconut and lime candle burning as I type, I am literally counting down the days (145 to be exact!). I’ll leave you with some Summerific (new word!) images to get you nice and prepared..

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Say it with me: ‘Bring on Summer’ and remember to always Live a little!

Sophie X