Thursday, October 21, 2010

Russell Hobbs Glass Touch Collection

The Russell Hobbs Glass Touch collection renders a super-indulgent mix of innovative features and contemporary elegance. Allow your fingers to move with ease across the unique touch-friendly glass to the next generation of style and functionality.

With two products in the range, the Glass Touch kettle (30792) & 2 slice toaster (30619) will complete the look of any kitchen. The kettle and toaster LED lights automatically fade into the white ice glass after 5 minutes of standby. Power is reinstated by simply touching the curved touch control panel.

The Russell Hobbs Glass Touch cordless kettle features an eye catching variable touch control panel. The 6 temperature settings (60º, 70º, 80º, 90º, 95º & 100°C) are ideal for steeping every day, herbal & specialty teas and brewing that perfect coffee. The 1.7 litre capacity kettle has a large viewing window, one touch push to open lid, removable & washable filter and elegant 360° glass base, ideal for right & left handed use.

Make toast to your liking with the Russell Hobbs Glass Touch Toaster – at the touch of a button, select from 7 browning controls and marvel as your toast counts down to perfection. For your convenience, the toaster will even toast frozen bread and has a mid-cycle cancel button. Other features you would come to expect from a Russell Hobbs toaster include crumb tray, high lift facility, and electronic pop up & integrated cord storage.

Glass Touch is a representation of the latest trends, mirrored with the strength of a premium brand, Russell Hobbs, and backed by a two year warranty. To get your Glass Touch range today, shop on line at or buy it from selected appliance retailers.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Merlo Coffee showcases the Otto Espresso Maker

This month Queensland’s iconic coffee house Merlo Coffee is showcasing the beautifully crafted and multi-award winning Otto Espresso Maker in their Torrefaziones - Italian style coffee roasting houses – and will feature four in-store demonstrations led by the inventor himself and very special guest, Craig Hiron. The demonstrations will take place at the following Torrefaziones:

• Friday 22nd October - 10am Bowen Hills: 10 Thompson Street, Bowen Hills
• Friday 22nd October - 3pm Southport: Ferry Rd Markets, 107 Ferry Rd, Southport
• Saturday 23rd October - 10am Fortitude Valley: 104 McLachlan St, Fortitude Valley
• Saturday 23rd October - 2pm Paddington: 1/78 Latrobe Tce, Paddington
Why Merlo love the Otto: Priced at $799, the Otto is a Stove Top Espresso Maker, combining Giordano Robbiati' classic Italian style of the Atomic with unprecedented functionality. Meticulously engineered and crafted, the Little Guy offers inspirational ergonomics and delivers superb coffee.

Otto is made almost completely of stainless steel promising you a lifetime of satisfaction from this modern international design classic.

Recognised for excellence, the Little Guy won the Australian Design Mark at the prestigious 2008 Australian International Design Awards and is currently a finalist in the International Design Excellence Awards in America (IDEA).

It’s perfect for at home coffee connoisseurs who want exceptional coffee extractions and steamed milk every time. It also comes with an Otto tamper, the Otto experience DVD providing a barista training session, two Italian designed latte glasses and a stainless milk jug, packaged in a robust premium travel case. It’s perfect for at home coffee connoisseurs who want exceptional coffee extractions and steamed milk every time.

Queensland’s coffee culture has gone from strength to strength since the Merlo family introduced the first espresso machine to Queensland at their Italian restaurant in 1958. In 1996, Dean Merlo established the Merlo Torrefazione – an Italian style coffee roasting house in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. It was the beginning of the coffee revolution in Queensland. Merlocoffee has since grown into one of the country’s leading espresso coffee companies selling much more that just beans.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Profile: Cinnamon Harper - PartyLite Consultant

As part of a new feature on The Bride's Diary Blog, we will be introducing you to individuals who work in the wedding, home and lifestyle industries... giving you an insight into who they are and why they love what they do!

This week we have been chatting with Cinnamon Harper,  a PartyLite consultant, about why she loves helping people decorate their homes, her great travel experiences and her wonderful family....

Tell us a little about your business...

PartyLite is a global party plan company. We have a beautiful range of fragranced candles and quality home decorating accessories. These products create an ambience of warmth, romance and style. Our Catalogue is constantly being updated and refreshed. My goal is to help decorate people’s homes for free by having them host an in home shopping experience.

What is your role in the business and why are you passionate about it?

My role is to introduce people to the business and guide them into creating a successful business for themselves through training and mentoring. We are in business for ourselves not by ourselves. It inspires me to know I can help women to believe in themselves and that they can achieve their dreams and goals.

How long have you been working in the industry?

I began as a founding consultant in Queensland in 2002 and have since developed a region Australia wide.

What are some of your past business experiences?

Prior to PartyLite I was a successful salesperson, however I never saw the benefits of the sales I made. With PartyLite I receive all the rewards from the effort I put in.

What is one of your favourite recollections from your business?

I achieved a free incentive trip to St Louis in the States to attend a national conference. It was unbelievable - all expenses paid, and five star all the way.

• Tell us a bit about your family and home life.

I have a 10 year old son who is very charismatic - he enjoys bike riding, music and computers. My partner Peter is an Energy trader and works a shift roster. This combined with my flexible hours enables us to have quality time together not just on the weekends. We have a toy poodle, Buddy, who is very entertaining.

How do you enjoy spending your spare time?

Family bush walking and enjoying my home state of Tasmania's natural beauty. Exercising, Yoga and we love taking the dog to the beach.

What is your most memorable life experience?

Having my beautiful son Alexander. PartyLite has allowed me to be around for him and not miss out on any of the little things in life.

What are your plans for the future?

To keep sharing the freedom and flexibility that PartyLite offers. We are currently preparing for a family holiday to France at the end of the year - hopefully a “White Christmas.” In 2011 I am working on achieving a free PartyLite incentive trip to Fiji.

PartyLite  are currently promoting our Christmas, Holiday and Summer collections. The products are hand crafted and of heirloom quality you can pass them down from generation to generation. Go to to find a local consultant near you.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tips to Organise Your Life With Kikki.K

Get organised for the year ahead with the gorgeous collection of 2011 Diaries from Kikki.K- a fashion accessory for all seasons.

With a wide range of sizes, colours and designs you will find the perfect diary to reflect your personal style. The Kikki.K diaries are great for getting organised for next year, so we thought we would share these tips from Kikki.K for organising your life right now:        

Step 1
Identify your organisation goals, write them down in your Goals Book and tackle them one by one.

Step 2
Identify some of those bad habits that are getting in your way and give them the boot. The Weekly Habits Pad is a clever tool to help you make a change and stick to it.

Step 3
Always keep a Notebook with you, inspiration can strike at any moment and you want to be able to capture it all.

Step 4
Take some time out to dream, what would your future look like if there were no boundaries? Write them down in your Dreams Book and watch as they come true.

Step 5
Most importantly reward yourself when you achieve one of your goals, kick a bad habit, or get a little closer to your dreams.

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Halloween Treats

Halloween isn't celebrated as widely in Australia as it is in the USA, but here at The Bride's Diary we can't resist any opportunity for a party! These super-cute Batty Bites by Better Homes and Gardens may not have your guests screaming in terror, but they will certainly set a great Halloween atmosphere! 
• chocolate-flavored breakfast pastries
• melted semisweet chocolate
• decorative sprinkles
• chocolate, cream-filled sandwich cookies
• almonds, sunflower kernels, and/or pumpkin seeds
• miniature chocolate pieces


• For a large bat, cut a chocolate-flavored breakfast pastry in half diagonally. For a small bat, cut a chocolate-flavored breakfast pastry in half diagonally and then in half again, making four triangles.

• To make a bat, carefully dip one side of two pastry triangles into melted semisweet chocolate. Place triangles, chocolate sides up, on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Embellish triangle wings with decorative sprinkles.

• Dip a chocolate, cream-filled sandwich cookie (large for a large bat and miniature for a small bat) into melted chocolate. Place a cookie body on top of the triangle wings. Add eyes of almonds, sunflower kernels, and/or pumpkin seeds. For the almond eyes, use miniature chocolate pieces as pupils. Chill until chocolate is set.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Aussies to go Ho! Ho! Ho!

With an abundance of products to suit everyone from the fussiest of kids to the grooviest of grandmas, all at prices that put the retail giants to shame, it’s no wonder why nearly half of all Aussies (47.5%)* are planning to head online to shop this Christmas. And one of Australia’s favourite online department stores, is preparing for this surge, making the silly retail season just that bit easier on the bank balance, as well as the stress levels!

Boasting a catalogue of over 12,000 products at up to 80% off retail prices at the click of a button, promises that buying gifts will be as fun as giving and receiving them. Wrestling busy shopping malls is becoming a thing of the past with the ease of shopping online – so much so that even grandmas and grandpas are jumping onto the net! In fact, recently uncovered that this Christmas nearly half of Australians aged 55-65+ (49.33%)* are planning to shop online to save their pennies!

Saving money isn’t just on the minds of our oldies though, with 34% of 18-29 year olds also planning to buy gifts online this Christmas*. In between rising food costs for Christmas meals and ever-increasing gift lists for the kids, online shopping provides all Aussie families with the financial relief they’ve been waiting for. And of all avenues, is one you definitely want to explore this Christmas. As your one- stop (very convenient) shop, there’s guaranteed to be something from under the tree for every family member this year.

* 1,000 men and women aged 18+ were surveyed by PureProfile nationally on behalf of, September 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall...

Globe West presents the fairest of them all this season with beautiful mirrors and furniture with glass accents and mirror trimmings. Let your home reflect your impeccable style with these stunning pieces from the exclusive Box Furniture range from Globe West.

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