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Is your Dad your superhero?

September 3, 2015

Every Dad dreams of having his very own ‘man cave’. A private space, where he is free from the stresses of the day-to-day, a place where he can escape for a while and regain his strength. Some of the best man caves in the world are modelled of those owned by superheroes. Whether he is a fan of the Bat Cave, Iron Man’s Stark Towers Penthouse or needs something a little quieter like Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, Father’s Day is the perfect time for you to help Dad unleash that superhero inside.

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I have put together my five picks for your Dad to begin to create his very own man cave, after all he’s your superhero and every superhero deserves a place where they can design their ultimate costume and clean their utility belt, sorry I mean, relax and recuperate.

1. Man Cave Chalkboard Print by Almond Tree Designs – $19.95 It is extremely important to establish the space and boundaries of the man cave. Dad will love this humorous chalk board print by Almond Tree Designs. He can hang it in his study, the garage or wherever he has declared in the home ‘man cave’ territory!

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2. Brau Twin Wall Mug 500ml (Set of 2) by Avanti – $19.95 Naturally all superheroes need to hydrate themselves and these 500 ml mugs will be perfect for Dad and his sidekick to enjoy a cold one. They’re double walled for insulation maintaining the temperature, meaning Dad’s beer will stay nice and cold. Plus, they are dishwasher safe and come with ten years warranty.

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3. Zen Bean Bag Set by Epona – $189.95
A ‘man cave’ needs to be a laid back and relaxed space, where Dad’s stress and troubles can fade away. I can assure you, he will love lounging on his very own Zen Bean Bag Set by Epona. Crafted from PU Ostrich leather, the Zen Bean Bag Set is strong, durable but still superhero comfortable.

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4. 746 Traditional Retro Rotary Dialling Telephone by GPO – $119.95
I am sure your Dad will remember the 1960s version of Batman. Just to put it into perspective, a typical episode usually began with Commissioner Gordon, along with Chief O’Hara contacting Batman about the peril that Gotham City is facing via the Batphone – a bright red telephone that provides a direct phone link to Batman. Well guess what? Dad can now have his very own Batphone! These vintage style phones by GPO are designed to look exactly like phones of the past whilst incorporating modern technology to ensure compatibility with modern telephone lines. So Dad can now fight crimes or order himself a pizza – his choice!

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5. Chess Set – Small by Café Lighting – $279.95
Although Dad might not have the capacity to turn invisible, stop a bus in its tracks or fly to the moon and back, he can certainly work on his mental endurance and strength. After all, Dads have to endure work stress, family life and finances on a daily basis. The classic game of chess is the perfect way for Dad to challenge his brain whilst enjoying some personal time.

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6. Attache Case Turntable/Vinyl Record Player by GPO – $199
The final touch to any man cave is a music system. I am sure Dad, given his age, will love this vintage style suitcase record player from GPO. Made of wood and bound in leatherette, this briefcase styled record player features a built in stereo so you can tune in without needing a speaker system. A USB is also supplied so you can record your favourite vinyl and enjoy it in digital format. How cool is that? Dad’s superhero inspired playlist might include, Snoop Dogg’s ‘Batman & Robin’, Black Sabbath’s ‘Iron Man’, Prince’s ‘Bat Dance’ or Queen’s ‘Flash’ – the choice is his!

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But you better act quick, Father’s Day is just around the corner, but It’s not too late to surprise the superhero in your life. Make your Dad feel extra special this Fathers Day!

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Give a little – CEO Sleepout 2015.

June 15, 2015

Media today is so accessible, and with that accessibility often comes information overload. Naturally charitable organisations can use social media and the internet platform to create awareness and drive donations and it can often all just be all too much. But on this occasion, I would really appreciate if you could read through this post.. I know this may come across as another ‘charity’ pull, but this particular cause is very close to my heart.

For those that know me and my family, most of you would be aware that my father, Philip Crenigan contributes to the Vinnies’ CEO Sleepout every year. For those that aren’t aware of what this entails, it is one night a year where managing directors, CEOs and key business players come together and experience sleeping out on the streets. Over the past decade, they have managed to raise over 10 million dollars to assist St Vincent De Paul and there fight to stop homelessness in this country. In it’s tenth year, Vinnies’ are aiming to raise 10 million dollars.

If you’re new to this whole concept, I thought it might be interesting for you to hear my father’s thoughts and insights from his experience of the CEO Sleepout 2014.


Still a taboo issue, it’s important to be very clear that homelessness exists in this country, with over 100,000 people sleeping on the streets every night. Faced with difficult decisions on a daily basis, many of Australia’s homeless have choices to make. Will they forego food tonight for shelter? Should they purchase a blanket or new clothes this week? Where can they sleep where they don’t have to incur travel costs, but feel safe and warm?

For us, these aren’t decisions, we have our home, our dinner tonight and clothes to wear tomorrow. What is fantastic and really homing in on this issue, is at this years CEO Sleepout, all participants will receive Vinnies CEO Sleepout Dollars. They then will have the opportunity to speak to caseworkers to hear about some of the real choices that many of Australia’s homeless face.

All participants will not receive enough dollars to access all the small comforts like food, cardboard and sleeping bags, so they will have to think long and hard about what is important to get them through the night. Perhaps they will have to sacrifice their meal? We’ll see.

Once again, I understand that you are bombarded with messaging and imagery from many organisations, but I ask that on this occasion you might be able to spare a few dollars and assist my dad in his endeavours at this years CEO Sleepout.

Given that he the sole owner and representative of his business Executive Turning Point, every year he reaches his target. At this moment in time, he is $600 off his $10,000 goal, so if you wish to show your support, please do so by clicking here. Please help him and all the other participants as they all come together to stamp out homelessness in this country.

Don’t forget, giving a little will contribute to living a little.

I am so proud of him and hopefully you are too.

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‘Colour for a Cause’ for Ovarian Cancer Australia..

February 14, 2015

Did you know that in Australia, 1400 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer, with more than 1000 sadly losing their battle with the disease? That’s one woman every eight hours. When I read this statistic, I was shocked. It pains me to think that ovarian cancer has the lowest survival rate of any women’s cancer and unfortunately there has been no significant change in treatment options for women who are diagnosed since the 1970s.

However, ‘Ovarian Cancer Australia‘ have just launched a National Action Plan for ovarian cancer research, with a focus on setting out urgent priorities of this research. Additionally, between 2013 and 2016, the organisation wants to grow their support, awareness and advocacy.

So, how can you, I or anyone else make a difference? Well, it’s the small steps and  the power of many that can truly make a difference. As an anonymous author once said,“It is a fact that in the right formation, the lifting power of many wings can achieve twice the distance of any bird flying alone.”

 I am thrilled to be a part of the ‘Colour for a Cause’ campaign – something that you can be a part of too. Aussie beauty label, Designer Brands Cosmetics and Chemmart Pharmacy have joined forces to release a beautiful teal and snow white nail polish pack. Together, they have kindly decided that all proceeds will support the amazing work that ‘Ovarian Cancer Australia’ is doing to help women diagnosed with the disease. (On a another quick note, I am extremely pleased to say that Designer Brands Cosmetics do not test on animals, in fact, their products are vegan!)

Please show your support and purchase one of these packs for just $6.99 from any Chemmart Pharmacy across the country. Throughout the month of February, you can also purchase them online here – with free shipping too!

It may only feel like a small contribution, but giving a little certainly goes a long way.

BEAUTY + WELLBEING, GIVE A LITTLE

Christmas isn’t far away, but I’ve got you sorted!

December 17, 2014

So it’s officially one week until Christmas and my oh my.. it’s certainly crept up on me. Usually I am in control, months in advance with my Christmas plans. But not this year. In a whirlwind of a week I have managed to put up my tree, decorate my house and attempt (yes attempt) my Christmas shopping. A word of warning – get to your local shopping centres at least half an hour before it opens to even have a smidgen attempt of getting a car park. Or… do all your Christmas shopping online! Easy peasy.

One of the biggest panics we all face (aside from tackling a turkey on Christmas Day) is that confusing and often very stressful moment of deciding on gifts for family. Or having to purchase presents for someone, well that has everything. Or perhaps, a Secret Santa gift for someone that you sorta-kinda-only-speak-once-or-twice at work. I know most people turn to gift vouchers, but there is something very special about physically opening up a present. Putting thought into a gift makes it even more worthwhile.

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So, what’s with this post? Well I thought I’d whip you at a last minute Christmas guide! My wonderful friends at Ry.com.au and I, have personally handpicked some perfect gifts for that special someone. What is so fabulous about these gift ideas, is that they are all under $50.00 and have a festive and Christmassy feel.

If you’re loving any of the products I’ve listed above, then you can head straight to their links now. Or if I have got your Christmas present inspiration going, feel free to browse the website. Ry.com.au have hundreds of potential gifts.

1. ECOYA ‘JACARANDA & PLUM BOTANICALS’ MINI METRO JAR

2. OPI ‘DS BOLD’ NAIL POLISH AND OPI ‘ ‘GREEN ON THE RUNWAY’ NAIL POLISH

3. ALPHA-H ‘PETITE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION’

4. MOR ‘LUCKY STAR’ CHRISTMAS CRACKER

Oh, and don’t worry about shipping, because Ry.com.au have filled me in and guess what? Thursday (tomorrow) is the cut off date for guaranteed express shipping (order by 3pm AEST) and Monday is the cut off date for guaranteed overnight (by 3pm AEST). So if you’re quick and get your act together, you can do a big chunk of your Christmas shopping without leaving your laptop. Perfecto!

Wishing all my friends and followers a wonderful Christmas, full of love and happiness Xx

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We shined & we dined with great success!

August 4, 2014

It was certainly a night to remember and one to never forget. A night of glitz, glamour and sophistication, The Annual Shine & Dine 2014. Hundreds of beautiful guests, VIPs and celebrities  came together in support of one cause, Make-A-Wish. An incredible organisation that provides children who are facing life-threatening illnesses, an opportunity to have their wishes come true.

Doltone House was transformed into a black, gold and sparkly vision, with every table dotted with extravagant candelabras. It was just beautiful. We had spectacular live performances from Casey Burgess and Mis Joelle, a live and silent auction, a candle lighting ceremony and balloon popping. However the most beautiful moment of the evening (and what ultimately the whole night is about) was witnessing six-year-old Brianna Younie, receive her wish from wedding dress guru, Henry Roth, a stay in the Gold Coast to have fun at the theme parks. It was incredibly emotional, but also uplifting to be able to see exactly where the funds raised goes to. Brianna, I hope you have a spectacular time! As the red carpet interviewer, it was wonderful to meet and chat with major sponsors, celebrities and ambassadors who all positively impacted the event in one way or another. Many thanks to Field of Art Productions who put together all the videos. You can check out my interviews below with footie legend Beau Ryan who talks about his involvement with the Shine & Dine and returning guest – singer and song writer, Casey Burgess. I also got to catch up with celebrity chef and ambassador Massimo Mele. I also got to boogie on down with INXS rock legend Jon Fariss who tells me all about the incredible guitar that was donated for the night.

I had a lot of enquiries after the event about my dress. Perfect for the occasion, it curtainly shined. My gown was provided by the incredible Indian-Australian based designer, WANNI. I was dressed in a custom couture gown from Wanni’s ‘A Whimsical Evening’ S/S ’14/’14 Collection. The stunning neck piece, is painstakingly hand sewn over five long days. I also had a hand-made Indian head piece in the back of my hair. Many thanks to Lattouf Hair and Napoleon Perdis for my beautiful hair and makeup.

I want to also take the opportunity to congratulate Sharon Melhem from Kouture Productions, the brains and founder of the Shine and Dine on such a spectacular evening. Two months out from the event and still people are talking about it! I want to extend my congratulations and thanks to all the sponsors, donators and guests who made the night simply perfect. I cannot wait to see what the Shine and Dine 2015 has in store and I hope to see you all there next year!

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Get behind the CEO Sleepout 2014!

June 18, 2014

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“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up…” – John Holmes.

Right now, whilst we are all preparing our family dinners or perhaps heading home after a long day at work, or just settling in to watch out favourite TV series that have been pre-recorded for us, perhaps we should all take a second to think. To really think. Did you know that there are 100,000 people experiencing homelessness tonight, with 17,000 of these people being children under the age of 12? Can you believe it? We live in Australia, a modern, democratic and civilised society, where in my eyes, homelessness should not even exist!

I am so proud to announce once again, after being involved for four years, that my father, Phil Crenigan is generously raising money for St Vincent de Paul by sleeping out tomorrow night. You’ll find below him speaking so eloquently about the issue of homelessness and why he has been continuously getting involved from the CEO Sleepout 2013.


For those who aren’t aware, the CEO Sleepout is an initiative whereby CEOs, managers and high profile executives get together for one night and quite literally sleep out in order to raise funds for St Vincent de Paul. Last year, 5.3 million dollars was raised and the money has funded new projects, assisted with the provision of existing homeless services and allowed Vinnies homeless services to expand their programs.

With just 24 hours to go, please show your support to St Vincent de Paul as well as my Dad my aiding in his $11,000 target, of which he is so close to! If you wish to donate and be a part of such a worthy cause, then click here. I am so proud of my Dad and of all the CEOs who will be sleeping by his side tomorrow and have so generously given up their time for such a beautiful cause.

So tonight, when you’re wrapped up warm in your PJs and Ugg boots settling on the couch for the evening or out and about braving the cold for the Origin match, think of those 100,000 people who won’t have an opportunity to go home tonight. Despite me always telling you to live a little, giving a little can be just as satisfying.

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Let’s Talk About It..

December 1, 2013

Just over a week ago I attended an all female sit down dinner at The Winery in Surry Hills, which was of a lets say.. an interesting nature. Kindly put on by pharmaceutical group Menarini Australia, the “Let’s Talk About Sex!” event covered all aspects of male and female sexual health, sexual psychology and relationships. I was incredibly excited to meet the guest speakers, sexual health physician, Dr Margaret Redelman and Dr Ginni Mansberg, who you would notably recognise on the hit TV Series, Embarrassing Bodies Down Under.

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Everything was open to discussion and we given the opportunity to ask questions in a judgemental free environment. Interestingly there still seems a huge stigma around ‘sex’ and interestingly ‘PE’ (Premature ejaculation..) in society, which can be seen in some of the facts and figures that were shared.

The Asia-Pacific Sexual Behaviours and Satisfaction Survey was conducted by Kantar Health and commissioned by Menarini in 2013:

  • Results revealed more than 50 per cent of Australian couples are dissatisfied.
  • Premature ejaculation is the most common male sexual dysfunction, affecting 32% of men in Australia and New Zealand.
  • It’s not surprising that 80% of respondents said that PE had a negative impact on their relationship, but 15% reported that it actually led to a relationship breakdown or divorce.
  • Physical satisfaction plays a big role in Australian bedrooms, with 74% of men and 72% of women stating that mutual physical satisfaction plays an extremely important role in a successful relationship.  

I think what struck me the most, was the discussion around ‘relationships’. Both Dr Ginni and Dr Margaret made incredibly valuable points, which got me thinking about the whole concept of what is a ‘relationship’ in the 21st century. Now I am no Carrie Bradshaw, but I thought I’d share some of my observations and thoughts, based on what I learn at the “Let’s Talk About Sex!” event.

With the influx of technology, I have seen such a change in the way relationships are formed, sustained and maintained. We’ve seen a huge rise in online dating, which seems to be a booming business. We even have an online dating system that can ‘match you with compatible singles’. Now I don’t know if I really need a survey or an ‘online process of elimination’ to work out what sort of man is perfect for me. In a positive light, I suppose, it is giving people the opportunity to meet likeminded others in a non threatening environment, which leads to my next question, is it really that hard to meet people out and about? Can one strike up a conversation with a stranger on the train, at the gym, in a cafe or whilst you are walking the dog?

I would have to say it is proving to be quite difficult as a ‘Gen Y-er’. I will give you an example. I am out with my girlfriends on a Saturday night – strictly a ‘girls night’ (Note: all four of us are currently in a relationship). We’ve gone out for dinner, had a few drinks and decide to head out afterwards to have some cocktails and have a dance. After ordering drinks at the bar, we are approached by a group of guys who are celebrating their friends bucks evening. We are all happy to chat and have a laugh.. Right on cue, I would say 10 minutes into the conversation, we were propositioned about our relationship status. As soon as we mentioned that none of us were actually single, up they got and left, without a second thought. On the same evening, whilst we were having a dance, I would say that close to 12 different men approached us (a good majority, heavily intoxicated). As soon as we would explain that we were just enjoying a girls night, we were thrown a filthy look, with one even swearing at us and one particular fellow, who really didn’t get the message, insisted that he stays, actually cornering my friend. Now in my eyes, that is lack of respect. Not only was our evening interrupted, but we were also sworn at and insulted because we didn’t offer them the attention that they demanded.

Now I am fully aware that there are plenty of respectable men out there, with these only being a few bad apples, but it does seem like a reoccurring scenario. Many of my girlfriends have shared similar stories of being inappropriately propositioned. In defence of the men, there are plenty of women out there, that behave in the exact same manner. With many women happily and readily offering their attention too. Since we live in a society, where everything is so accessible, everything is on demand, perhaps that bit, where you have go through the ‘arduous-task-of-getting-to-know-someone’ chat, seems so unnecessary.

This leads to another issue that we discussed at the event was the rise of STIs in this country. In 2009, the total number of reported STIs in Australia was over 70,000 – including HIV the virus that can cause AIDS. The true number may be much higher, as many people who have had unprotected sex haven’t been tested for STIs. The most shocking part is that three quarters of reported STIs occur in people aged between 15 and 29 years. ‘Generation Y’ and the next generation, dubbed ‘Generation Z’ seem to be the most obtuse to the STI situation, with STI cases increasing yearly.

It seems that there is a growing lack of communication between us all. Sexual gratification and attention is expected instantly. We’re living in the fast paced, ‘now now now’ situation and I think everyone just needs to slow down a little bit. My message to the teens of today, should be relax, it’s not a race and your virtue should certainly not be handed to someone on a platter and treated as a competition.

So what if you’re not a teenager, what if you’re in a long term relationship like myself or even married? We’ve all the heard that sadly, 1 in 2 marriages are ending in divorce. This is such a frightening statistic. Money, work, stress, traffic, low self esteem, weight, children and lack of communication. These are regular blocks and some people might even call excuses, that can break down a relationship. How do you manage to keep the ‘spark’ alight? Dr Margaret explained that it’s incredibly important for couples, dating or married to make sure that they are maintaining their sensuality. Now, when I think of the word ‘sensuality’, I automatically think of something physical. But Dr Margaret explained it in a way that couples can find it together – and sometimes the answer is so obviously in front of you. An example she came up with was cooking and having dinner together at a table (Shock horror!) Yes, not in front of the TV on your knees, but at a table. Giving you a break from all things with a screen, creating a cozy and warm atmosphere for conversation and discussion, where you can solely focus on each other. Take an interest in your partner, ask questions, laugh, joke, sing and dance. Give your partner attention – don’t forget that kiss in the morning before you go to work. Call them rather than text. Remember the reason why you’re in a relationship in the first place.

I came across this video as it was ironically passed around the social media stratosphere, and I am sure once you watch this, many will feel a pang of guilt. Or on the other foot, you might even have experienced the rejection.

If you are lucky enough to be in a relationship, then cherish what you have. It is very important to have ‘alone’ time, to give you an opportunity to find out who you are as a person. But lets not allow technology and the fast-paced lifestyle that we are living in, destroy something as fundamental as as beautiful as sharing your life with someone.

And for those who are still looking for love, treat yourself with the respect you deserve, whether you’re male or female. Live a little, but don’t self yourself short and always keep a little bit of yourself a secret.

I hope that this has given you some food for thought. The “Lets Talk About Sex” event certainly got me thinking.

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Pedestrian.TV Ultrabook Blogster Awards!

September 10, 2013

 

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I am so pleased to announced that my blog, Live a Little have been nominated by pedestrian.tv in the Design, Media & Tech division in their annual Blogster Awards! I am so overwhelmed and it is such an honour to be considered.

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I (and Leo of course) want to thank all the readers, supporters, friends and family who have been a part of the Live a Little journey so far. I love writing, presenting, photographing and creating interesting content that everyone can enjoy.

If you would like to support Live a Little a little more, all you need to do is head to my profile here, and just press the ‘like’ button! That’s it! The judging panel consists of Intel, pedestrian.tv and a major media sponsor for each category (Mine is Desktop Mag!). They judge each blog based on the following:

25% Creativity and originality of content
25% Technology and innovation
25% Overall design and presentation
25% Audience engagement

There is the potential to win the category or even be crowed the Intel Blogger of the Year! What ever happens, I am so pleased that I am finalist. I want to wish all the other bloggers the best of luck!

Thankyou so much everyone and as always LIVE A LITTLE!

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Sunnier Side Up

July 21, 2013

One of the most frightening statistics I’ve ever heard, was that every 40 seconds a teenager commits suicide. I know it’s an incredibly confronting issue, we cannot ignore it any longer. We as a society, have a responsibility, especially for our teens.

I was very fortunate enough to attend the media launch of ‘Sunnier Side Up’ on Friday evening, held at the iconic Hugos Lounge. With over 400 guests in attendance, there was a positive vibe, knowing that we were all there together creating awareness around this amazing project.

So what exactly is Sunnier Side Up? Well, Sunnier Side Up is a feature length documentary film and a 28-part web series that flips the subject of youth suicide on its back – shining a light on the world of today’s teenagers and young people by illuminating their hopes and fears, struggles and successes, their dreams and ideas for a positive future. It’s revealing, honest and intends to inform as well as entertain in a very human way.

The triple threat (Writer/Producer/Director) Jay Richards has written, produced and directed short films, music videos and documentary web series, and worked as a TV editor. He’s been living and breathing this project for more than a year and spoke so passionately about it at the launch. “When I was teenager I battled with depression and tried to take my own life. Unlike millions of young people the world over I was fortunate enough to get through it, recover and go on to live a happier, successful life.” he says. To hear a little bit more about the film, click here.

So the launch is over – what next? Well, there are so many ways that you can support Sunnier Side Up.

1. See the film!
2. Make the pledge to stop suicide by making a small donation here. You’ll even be rewarded for your donations, depending on how much you donate (too cute!).
3. Join the social media bandwagon to stay up to date. They’re on instagram, twitter and facebook.

As you can see, I’ve personally made the pledge to end youth suicide. So please join me and do the same. I am really excited to see the film and best of all, it’s completely to free to watch. Using the power of social media, the documentary will be shared, shedding the light on a controversial, but important issue.

Give a little, live a little and be a part of the ‘Sunnier Side Up’ movement!

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We Shined & We Dined!

July 12, 2013

As many of you know, I was involved with the first ever Annual Shine & Dine a couple of weeks ago. I was incredibly honoured to be the official red-carpet interviewer on the night. It was a magical evening and everyone was shining bright and dressed to the nines. Despite the wet and windy weather, over 350 guests came together to raise funds and celebrate the amazing work of Make-A-Wish Australia.

I just thought I’d share some snaps and give a run down on how successful the night was. I was lucky enough to interview some amazing celebrities and high-profile guests including Melissa Hoyer, celebrity chef, Massimo Mele, The Voice’s Brittany Cairns & Fatai, Puberty Blue’s Sean Keenan and some amazing people and sponsors who not only gave up their time and efforts, but were there on the night, celebrating with everyone.

I would like to personally thank Seduce, who very kindly dressed me. I was flooded with compliments about my dress and was so happy to be representing an iconic Australian label. Many thanks to Sanctuary For Hair for my stunning up-do and finally Napoleon Perdis for my makeup.

To the part that makes my heart burst with excitement.. I am incredibly pleased to announce that we successfully managed to raise, $44,252 on the night, with all proceeds going to Make-A-Wish Australia. As an organisation, they manage to touch the lives of so many seriously ill children, by granting wishes and providing them with memories that will stay with them for ever. I was even lucky enough to speak with some young people who had had their wishes granted. It was so incredibly touching and just made the night even more special for me.

To Sharon and her wonderful events team at Kouture Productions, congratulations on such a fabulous evening. You blew everyone away, exceeding everyones expectations! I am so excited for the Annual Shine & Dine 2014 – it’s going to be bigger and better!

In the mean time, make sure you guys get involved here – be a part of Make-A-Wish Australia and give a little!

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The Annual Shine & Dine 2013

June 10, 2013

Last week it was announced that I am the official red carpet interviewer for The Annual Shine & Dine, a brand new charity ball organised by Kouture Productions to raise much needed funds for the amazing Make-A-Wish Foundation. I am so excited to be a part of such a wonderful event and to be a part of helping such a fantastic organisation. On Friday 28th of June, the stunning Doltone House will hold this ticketed black tie event. Hosted by media personality, Melissa Hoyer, the event will commence at 7.30 and guests will be treated to a delicious three course meal and will be entertained by the Voice’s own and Make-A-Wish Ambassador, Brittany Cairns. Additionally, Massimo Mele, who heads the Hugos Group has also jumped on board and become an Ambassador. Mele will be auctioned off on the night, as guests have the chance to have Mele come to their house and cook a private dinner for six people!

There will be prize draws, silent auctions and raffles on the night, with a chance to ride with Vic Lorrusso in the Sydney Traffic Chopper as one of the prizes. For the first time ever, guests have the wonderful opportunity of becoming ‘wishing angels’. Currently there are over 500 wishes waited to be granted by seriously ill children and on average they’re waiting up to two years to see their wishes turned into reality. The Annual Shine & Dine will be donating all proceeds with the aim of granting wishes and reducing the waiting time. Please come along and enjoy a wonderful evening of entertainment, delicious food and glamour, whilst raising much needed funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation!

I can’t wait to see you there on the night and make sure you come and have a chat to me on the  red carpet – don’t be shy now! Live and give a little,

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Give A Little: The ACMF

October 21, 2012

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“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” – Plato

This is such an inspiring quote and I truly believe music is everything and can have such a profound and positive effect on people. Having grown up with my father and grandfather playing the piano and having some of my fondest childhood memories made up of them singing, music has always been woven throughout my life. Although not being specifically musically talented, I do appreciate music and  believe it can relax you, brighten you, can bring people together socially and can be incredibly therapeutic.

I am so pleased to be writing this particular post and sharing the latest episode of Live a Little TV, all about the beautiful organisation, the Australian Children’s Music Foundation. I believe the work that the ACMF does and the services they provide to children in need is so wonderful and very special. I was introduced to the ACMF a few years ago by my father, who was previously on the executive board and have been following their progress ever since.

I had the pleasure of interviewing the very inspiring and legendary CEO and founder of the ACMF, Don Spencer. Check out the interview here:

Live A Little TV: ACMF, a Give a Little Special! from Sophie Crenigan (Livealittle.TV) on Vimeo.
As they enter their 10th year, the ACMF just keeps on achieving and their future looks so bright. Don and his team, the charity ambassadors and all the volunteers involved put in an outstanding amount of effort, dedication and commitment to providing musical services to children in need.

To get involved, donate or to find out more, once again check out their website: www.acmf.com.au.

Remember everyone.. get inspired, get involved and give a little!

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We went mad for Social September!

October 12, 2012

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I’ve previously written about  Social September on Live a Little. As you all know, I took part last month raising money for the Reach Foundation.

I thought it would be a great idea to give a little update on how it went and share with you all how successful it was!

As part of Social September, I held a reconnect event for my birthday, where I had my closest friends come together and enjoy a delicious Pizza feast at the very hip, Mad Pizza in Darlinghurst.. For $25 we were given unlimited pizzas and salads and I can tell you, we ate until we could eat no more! I also had 22 cupcakes (Aye – 22 years old now!) made by the amazing Cupcake Bakery a mix of chocolate and vanilla. The crew then moved on to Lo-Fi, my favourite bar in Sydney, where we danced the night away!

I had everyone wear a silly hat, a pair of glasses or costume for the entire night and we had a absolute ball! With music pumping, drinks flowing and laughter everywhere, I know that everyone had a fantastic time.

I’ll share with you some my favourite snaps of the event:


By the end of September, I had managed to raise a total of $225 for the Reach Foundation, $145 donated by my wonderful friends at my birthday event – it’s a wonderful feeling knowing that you in some way or another, can help someone else, give back or be a part of a rewarding cause. So try it! Hold a dinner party, a high tea, a breakfast.. I promise you, it will hold so much more value if you incorporate a way on fundraising.

Like I’ve always said, some times it is better to give a little .. But as you can see in this case, why don’t you give a little and live a little at the same time? 😉

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Give a Little: Social September

August 30, 2012

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A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to the Social September launch down at Mezzaluna in Potts Point and I must say, it was one of the coolest parties ever – and the best part? It’s all for a great cause.

Getting ‘social’ at the Social September launch!

Now I have been notoriously guilty of relying on my iPhone, iMac and my iPad (Wow!) to allow for safe navigation through the social sphere. I’m sure you all have to and I  think sometimes it’s good just to slowly put down the mobile and think about  just how much we do rely on technology. Whether it’s for work, leisure and now more than ever socialising, technology has consumed the way we live and our entire existence. Now, I am not here to be the technology police, but the Social September launch really brought home the whole concept and well, turned it on its head.

Social September are challenging everyone out there to either disconnect or reconnect and all funds raised will support The Reach Foundation enabling more young Aussies to get involved in programs that promote and inspire connection and build self esteem and worth.

Could you go a week without Facebook? Not use Twitter for a month? Turn your mobile off for a day? Ban texting for a fortnight? Do you think you do it? Or, are there old school friends that you’ve barely seen since graduation? Does your family live interstate? Are there mates out there that you’ve neglected the past few months and you keep saying to yourself “I must catch up with them” or “It’s been too long..”. Well this is your chance to challenge yourself..

All you need to do is head to www.socialseptember.com and register as a ‘connector’ or ‘team’ and decide whether or not you’re going to disconnect or reconnect.

Disconnect – a personal challenge to reduce your use of technology.
Reconnect – host/attend a face-to-face fundraising event to connect with people around you.

Being my birthday in September, I am going to host a birthday dinner with my friends (some I have not seen in months) and whilst celebrating turning 22, raise some money for The Reach Foundation.

What are you going to do?

Support a wonderful cause and get involved, because as I always say, sometimes to live a little, you need to give a little..

Sophie x

PS – Don’t forget to ‘like’ Social September on Facebook and follow on Twitter @socialseptember

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Give a Little: Vinnies CEO Sleepout 2012

June 14, 2012

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“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up…”
                                                     – John Holmes

Sometimes in order to ‘live a little’, we need to ‘give a little’. Charity, generosity and kindness can be just as satisfying and fulfilling as treating yourself. Alongside my ‘Live a little’ posts, I’ll often share with you all ways you can make a difference and ‘give a little’.

This month for all of you that aren’t aware, St Vincent de Paul are organising the 7th annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout, which will take place across the nation in all major cities on the 21st of June.

There are more than 105,000 Australians homeless every night, including 7,500 families. More than 12,000 Australian children under the age of 12 have no home and finally most families who are homeless, are women and children escaping domestic violence and family violence. 

These statistics are incredibly distressing – We live in a nation where homelessness in my eyes, should not exist. It is important that people are aware of the seriousness of homelessness and just how much it affects people’s lives. The CEO Sleepout is a fantastic event to raise money and raise awareness around the issue of homelessness. It’s so wonderful to see so many influential people, CEOs, managers and directors coming together and making a difference. Last year a staggering 4.2 million dollars was raised.

I am incredibly proud to announce that my father, Phil Crenigan is taking part in the CEO Sleepout for a second time this year. Passionate about the cause, he has dedicated his time and efforts. With just a week to go, he has nearly reached his $10,000 target. If you would like to not only support my dad, but also the Vinnie’s Sleep Out, click here where you can donate.


Together we can make a difference, we can stop homelessness.

.. and remember, sometimes in order to live a little, we need to give a little!
Soph x