Category Archives: November 2012

The X Factor-Retail Offers, 20th November 2012

Fashion Factor

Channel the four X Factor judges with our edit of their superstar style.

It’s safe to say that yet again, Australia has fallen in love with the doe eyes and powerful voices of this year’s X-Factor contestants, where country geeks and cutie pies come to life amongst a whopping studio audience and a staggering TV viewership.

We watched with baited breath all season and at the final minutes, jumped for joy as the brilliant Samantha Jade took her crown.

At RO not only were we hooked on the contestants, we also could not stop crushing on the fabulous style of the four judges. And while the show may be over, we are not yet ready to forget. From girl next door to rockabilly chic, everyone can inject a little superstar styling into their wardrobe.

Natalie Bassingthwaite with her flawless skin and to-die-for hair is fortunate that she can pretty much get away with any outfit. Nat’s style is cute, sweet and always polished, but she will often add a bit of edge-some feisty heels or a mad hairdo-to keep things real and never stale. Get the look yourself with a cute frock, a pair of stilettos and a cheeky grin.

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Let’s be honest, double denim is not a look that can be pulled off by just anyone. It takes the right shades of blue, a well-cut jacket and jean, and a guy or gal with a whole lot of confidence to get the look just right. Guy Sebastian is that person, so much so we’re thinking of braving the look ourselves.

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Mel B (who will always remain Scary Spice in our hearts) was never afraid of pushing a fashion boundary or two even before she got the banging bod care of her Jenny Craig gig. We love that she can dress to impress, celebrate her curves and always stay on trend. Be it a funky dress or a pant and top combo, fitted is always the order of the day for Miss B.

x3The last of the fabulous four, Ronan Keating rocks a look we like to call rockabilly hip-a bit of indie street cred here, a touch of Jagger there. Ronan loves a short sleeve and scarf, and will never say no to a bit of leather. Coupled with his sexy accent and smouldering good looks, there’s no doubting this is a look the ladies love.

x1The X Factor-Retail Offers, 20th November 2012

The Tasting Table-Broadsheet, 19th November 2012

tasting tablePhotography: Kristoffer Paulsen

No Wine Wankers at this Table

Try before you buy at Armadale’s The Tasting Table Wine Shop.

A world away from the generic wines you’ll find at your local bottle shop, new Armadale wine bar and shop The Tasting Table is all about providing quality wines you won’t find elsewhere, without the pomp and pageantry of a stereotypical wine establishment.

Founded by British expat Jack Mullard, the shop’s pedigree is tough to beat. Before making the move to Australia, Mullard was an accounts manager for London wine merchants Corney & Barrow, who not only hold a Royal Warrant, but also provided the vino for the nuptials of Wills and Kate.

While such a lineage may deter those without an extensive knowledge of wine barrel timbers or Pinot Noir undertones, you needn’t worry. With an average price tag of $25 a bottle, you are sure to find a wine from the 200-strong list that is pleasing to both the palate and wallet.

Should you still be unsure, why not wet your whistle with a cheeky glass or 25ml sample? With three world-renowned Enomatic wine dispensers (a machine that holds eight bottles and supplies argon gas to prevent oxidation), there is always an open bottle to be shared.

The Tasting Table also hosts regular wine-related events, including the current Sunday Sermons Wine Course hosted by Mullard himself, which pairs wine from around the world with delicious cheeses and talks you through the all things vino.

The Tasting Table-Broadsheet, 19th November 2012

Ben and Jerry’s-Broadsheet, 16th November 2012

bjPhotography: Josie Withers

Do Good and Feel Good With Ben & Jerry’s

The American purveyors of ice creamy goodness set up shop on Chapel Street.

Ever had an evening when you’ve polished off a meal but needed that little something sweet for dessert? Ever cried from a break-up over a tub of frozen mint choc chip? Ever spent some time staring at the supermarket freezer door, wondering whether you should just break the diet and indulge in a little sorbet?

Chances are Ben & Jerry’s, the American purveyors of ice creamy goodness for nearly 60 years, have heeded that call.

Ever since their early days in Vermont, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield have seen an overwhelming demand for their signature chunky ice cream flavours and have opened franchises across the globe. Their Chapel Street endeavour marks their eighth Australian franchise and we couldn’t be happier.

Eco-friendly and socially aware, this is a brand that will help you do good while making you feel good. At their opening ‘Scoop-a-Thon’, visitors were invited to place a token in a giant charity pint tub of their choice – OzHarvest, Fairtrade or Mission Australia – which would later be matched by the company.

With flavours spanning a rainbow of ideas – from Lemonade Stand Sorbet and Maple Tree Hugger to New York Super Fudge Chunk and Clusterfluff (peanut butter ice cream with caramel and marshmallow) – you will be sure to find a little something to satisfy those ‘just because’ occasions.

Ben and Jerry’s-Broadsheet, 16th November 2012

Karen Walker Jewellery-Retail Offers, 8th November 2012

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Finishing Touches

Nothing makes an outfit complete quite like a bit of bling from Karen Walker.

New Zealanders were in the know long ago, but it didn’t take long for us down under to catch on- Karen Walker’s quirky, kitsch designs have long been gracing the wardrobes of Aussie fashionistas. While her clothes, bags and sunnies, are all a great choice for any occasion, it is her whimsical jewels that really hit the spot.

The collection is extensive and covers a wide variety of styles. The “Runaway Girl” series depicts a young lady with bulging sack swung over her shoulder, setting out for adventure; pansies blossom in the “Flowers” collection; and cutie-pie robots come in the form of Mr, Mrs, Dog and Budgie as part of the “Robots” set.

Whether it’s gold, silver or enamel you are after, you need never look further than the Karen Walker collection. These are no ordinary materials either-here gold is 9 carat, silver is sterling, and all enamel bits and bobs are hand painted with care. Keep your eyes peeled and you may even come across a precious stone like the Citrine & Biron Emeralds of the Owl Dome Ring.

One of the best parts of the Karen Walker jewellery collection is her fabulous campaign shots. Here fine chains are draped on porcelain angels, chunky, detailed cuffs adorn the necks of ceramic chooks, and sad clowns are made a little brighter with the addition of mini bears and bunnies.

Karen Walker Jewellery-Retail Offers, 8th November 2012

Lucky Coq-Broadsheet, November 2012

coqPhotography: Josie Withers

Lucky Coq

Looking for a laidback pub complete with an economical meal and a few games of pool? If you stumble down Chapel Street you will be more likely to find a swanky bar (with swanky prices), or a serious dive, that may be cheap but it certainly ain’t cheerful. So where to visit down Windsor way?

The answer is Lucky Coq, nestled conspicuously on the corner of Chapel and High. The sibling establishment to Brunswick Street’s Bimbo Deluxe, this is the place to smash a cheap pizza or two, listen to resident DJs and while away the hours in the noisy beer garden on the second floor.

The establishment’s shining light is its $4 pizzas. Indeed, as far as $4 pizzas go, Lucky Coq is second to none. With an assortment of toppings ranging from haloumi or lamb and leek sausage, to calamari and calabrese, these babies are a lot more appetising than that sweaty mess of cheese and elfin handful of ham that one would expect for such a low price point.

Yes, it’s a little dim and the furniture’s a little old, but Lucky Coq is a laidback local that can’t be beat.

Lucky Coq-Broadsheet, November 2012

Red Door Yum Cha-Broadsheet, November 2012

redPhotography: Josie Withers

Red Door Yum Cha

Ever found yourself at a loss for a good place to bring your own plonk and get stuck into a shared, laidback meal and some lively conversation with friends? If you’re in the Windsor hood, Red Door – that little gem hidden down a non-descript side street – is where you want to hang your hat.

The food at Red Door is delicious and, even better, comes with a very friendly price tag. It’s one of those great places that can accommodate an intimate twosome or a large group for a quick bite, casual meal or a super good time. Yes, the décor’s a little daggy and the food isn’t fancy, but that’s what makes it so good.

The menu is short but sweet, and hits all the required notes. Dumplings are the main attraction at Red Door, and with a Guangdong master at the helm you’ll be likely to over-order. You’ve been duly warned.

Red Door Yum Cha-Broadsheet, November 2012