Friday, August 22, 2008

Fleur Wood, Ghost & Lola and Josh Goot at Vivienn

Today's long overdue post provides an introduction to the fantastic Vivienn - which is dedicated to promoting Australian fashion online. If you love fashion and you haven't discovered Vivienn yet then you've been missing out! Vivienn provides a unique concept for making fashion more accessible to all fashion lovers.

Ever fancied sitting in the front rows at the shows a-la Anna Wintour - well Vivienn brings the next best thing to us mere mortals through a unique 'showcase' format. Designers whose collections are presented through Vivienn get the opportunity to showcase their collection to the public as it was intended to be seen. In this way the complete collection of Australian fashion is presented. This allows the story behind the design to be revealed to the buyer, rather than simply being presented a series of items on a rack in a store.

A certain number of items are held in stock at the store, but primarily customers view the collections and select items they like during a pre-order phase. For those fiscally challenged customers who can't live without high-end fashion, a 30% deposit is paid to secure their order, instead of the lump sum at once, with 2 further instalments and the final balance paid upon delivery. This lay-by system means you can not only purchase your Australian fashion online, you can own an item without paying the whole price at once.

What I like best about Vivienn is that it has a strong online presence and a commitment to making Australian fashion globally accessible (which is after all what I'm trying to focus on here). With spring fast approaching, here are some fabulous floral fashion items available from Vivienn now - these are guaranteed to have you hanging out for summer and the warm weather!

Fleur Wood - Summer 2008 Galle Maxi Dress

Fleur Wood - Summer 2008 Poppy Dress

Ghost & Lola - Cosmos Jewellery

Ghost & Lola - Grace Jewellery

Josh Goot - Mini Tee Dress

Josh Goot - Wing Layered Dress

You can find out more about Vivienn and view the full range of current Australian fashion online at

** Thanks to Hedy at Vivienn for the photographs and support!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Celebrities Heart Frocks from Aussie Fashion Designer Leona Edmiston

I think I've made no secret of the fact I love Leona Edmiston's Frocks, but I was pretty blown away by this stunning picture of singer Joss Stone wearing this Leona Edmiston dress. The Australian fashion designer's stunning frock was worn by the singer in this picture that appeared on the cover of Los Angeles trade publication LA Weekly.

Joss Stone wearing Leona Edmiston for LA Weekly

So basically as an excuse to find out which other celebrities heart Leona Edmiston Frocks, I hunted high and low to get these celebrity fashion shots! (Oh ok, the kind folks at Leona Edmiston gave them to me - they're super cool people over there!) It's great to see our fabulous Australian fashion designers getting plenty of recognition. To share the love I thought I'd include just some of the celebrities who have shown their impeccable taste wearing frocks from Australian fashion designer Leona Edmiston.

Emma Bunton in a Leona Edmiston frock

Jennifer Hawkins wearing Leona Edmiston (with Sex & the City's Chris Noth)

Sex & the City's Kristin Davis wearing the Tiffany frock from Leona Edmiston

***Thanks to Prue at Leona Edmiston for again helping out by supplying photographs

Monday, August 04, 2008

Endota Spa Cinnamon & Manuka Honey Lip Balm

Endota Spa is an all Australian company that is dedicated to providing Australian organic beauty and skin care products. Endota Spa is a national organisation based around beauty spas across Australia. The 'spa in a jar' philosophy that goes into each product brings together the knowledge of the many Endota spa therapists. The feedback from the many satisfied Endota Spa customers is testimony to the popularity of these carefully formulated Australian organic beauty products; making them an ideal option for those seeking a unique and luxurious skin care experience.

Endota Spa produces the Australian organic beauty product Cinnamon and Manuka Honey Lip Balm; which I've been lucky enough to have a chance to review for this post. This sumptuous lip balm is a great softener for the lips, blending warm cinnamon with Manuka honey (a honey specifically from the Manuka tree). Honey has been used in skin care products since ancient times as a great way to deliver vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants directly to the skin, without the use of chemicals. The popularity of honey is attributed to its regenerative qualities which leave the skin smooth and soft.

I love the unique scent of the blend of the Manuka honey and cinnamon in this luxurious lip balm. This all organic Australian beauty product is not only free from chemicals and it also provides a deep moisturising balm that is guaranteed to leave your lips plum and kissable!

To find out the location of your nearest Endota Spa visit and view further details about both the spas and the products online.