Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Plumm Outdoors: Designer, Durable, Versatile

Plumm Wine Glasses, a new Australian player on the wine drinking scene, has just announced the arrival of the most stylish and surprising range of glasses for the summer – the Plumm Outdoors range.

In keeping with their ethos of simplicity and function, Plumm Outdoors features a range of shapes and sizes perfect for entertaining over the long summer ahead. Choose from WhiteA for crisp, fresh white wines; RedA for full bodied red wine; Sparkling for anything with bubbles; a versatile all-purpose glass named Red or White and White + and Red+ - modern stemless glasses for wine, mixed drinks, cocktails – anything!

And the big news is that these stylish glasses are unbreakable! Made from durable polycarbonate, this range is dishwasher safe and ideal for drinks by the pool; a float on a boat; perfect for a picnic; beautiful on the beach and comfortable at home relaxing with friends.

This range from Plumm is a triumph of edgy Australian design coupled with style, function and versatility. The Plumm Outdoors’ style credentials were firmly established when innovative Melbourne artist and designer, Jean Pierre Biasol, selected the Plumm Outdoor Sparkling glass to create a stunning chandelier, the centerpiece of the Lavazza Milan Chic marquee, at this year’s Spring Racing Carnival at Flemington. Made from over 400 Sparkling flutes, the chandelier was a show stopper! Admired by celebrity guests and racegoers alike, the amazing Plumm chandelier was the focal point of the chicest marquee of the season!

Visit www.plumm.com

Friday, November 26, 2010

Christmas Gift Guide: Stationery and Special Extras

The Bride's Diary team loves Christmas! Stationery and little extras add a special touch and help to enrich  your loved ones lives throughout the year. Here are a few of The Bride's Diary team's picks for this Christmas...

The Foodies Gift Pack from Kikki.K is the perfect gift for anyone who loves to cook. It includes the 'My Recipes Organiser', 'Magnetic Shopping List', 'Gel Pen', 'Another Delicious Recipe' inserts and 'Recipes I Love' inserts all in a stylish gift box.

Snowflake Shaped Winter Wine Bottle Stopper by Weddingstar is a great little extra for wine lovers.

The Var Addresses & Birthdays Book by Kikki.K is a stylish gift as well as a convenient way to store important addresses and birthdays all in the one place.

The Sketch Artist Gift Set from Typo contains 1 set of charcoal pencils, 1 buffalo sketchbook and 1 pencil case.

This Leather Travel Document Wallet by Kikki.K is an ideal gift for anyone who wants to travel in style.

The Miniature Winter Snow Globe by Weddingstar is a great stocking-filler for the young and young-at-heart!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sip sophisticated Cointreau-inspired cocktails this summer

With the party season fast approaching, The Bride's Diary team are getting into the festive spirit with some delicious Cointreau inspired cocktails!

As the iconic French spirit, Cointreau has been representing style and glamour since 1849 and is a key ingredient in many classic cocktails. So whether you’re dancing the night away at a stylish Christmas party or lounging by the pool bar with friends, a Cointreau cocktail is the perfect accessory to ensure a sophisticated summer.

Cointreau Blush
This delicious refreshing long drink is the must have refreshment this summer. Designed uniquely for the discerning Australian woman, the Cointreau Blush is a citrus-inspired blend consisting of 30ml Cointreau, a squeeze of fresh lime, pink grapefruit juice to taste with a dash of soda, served over ice in a chilled long glass and topped with a wedge of fresh lime – a delicious, citrus beverage to enjoy this summer.

Celebrate summer with the most stylish of cocktails - the Cosmopolitan. This iconic cocktail is the perfect drink to sip at any Christmas party this year. Pour 40ml vodka,20ml Cointreau, 20ml cranberry juice and 10ml lime juice into a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a twist of orange peel.

Dance the night away with this delicious, zesty cocktail. With its distinctive flavour, the Margarita is full of character. To make the perfect Margarita simply add 20ml Cointreau, 40ml tequila and 10ml lime juice into a cocktail shaker. Shake up and then strain into a salt rimmed Margarita-style glass and serve.

Visit www.cointreau.com for more great cocktail ideas!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Give the Gift of Sophistication and Simplicity this Christmas: Plumm Wine Glasses

Looking for that perfect gift that embodies modern design with classic functionality? Australian-designed, European-made Plumm glassware is the answer this Christmas.

New on the market, Plumm glassware is a stylish gift that any wine drinker is sure to appreciate; its range, simplicity and elegant design is the essence of Plumm’s relaxed attitude to enjoying wine: pleasurable, functional and stylish. Developed in consultation with leading wine industry figures in Australia and around the world, Plumm’s concept and message is simple: five glasses are all you need.

Five distinctive glass shapes across four different ranges cater for sparkling wine and Champagne; crisp, fresh whites; medium bodied and oaked whites; medium to light bodied reds and full bodied reds. 

For the sophisticated drinker, Plumm’s Handmade Vintage range is the ideal accoutrement; its' fine crystal is the perfect foil for that special Christmas drop. 

The Plumm Vintage range is super stylish yet accessible and provides outstanding value while delivering superior quality. 

Plumm also offers a range of stemless glasses that are just the thing for alfresco dining, their versatility lending them to a range of uses – cocktails, wine, sparkling water or a fruity Christmas dessert. 

 The Plumm Outdoors range is a revelation and just what the modern Australian entertainer has been waiting for. The five Plumm shapes are offered in an unbreakable polycarbonate material; ideal for by the pool, at the beach, sailing or around the barbeque at home.

Dana Morris, Plumm Designer says, “The five distinct shapes of the glasses are designed to enhance the wine drinking experience. I consider these glasses a reflection of simplicity and balance. The five glass sizes and shapes determine how much air can enter the glass, open up the aromas and allow them to lift.”

The Plumm glasses are:

• Reda: Designed for full bodied red wine
• Redb: Designed for medium to light bodied red wine
• Whitea: Designed for crisp fresh white wine
• Whiteb: Designed for medium bodied and oaked white wine
• Sparkling: Designed for sparkling wine and champagne

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Globe West presents unique decorative pieces by Vito Selma

Globe West presents the whimsical world of designer Vito Selma with show-stopping pieces from the ‘Vito’ collection. Vito’s designs grace the homes of prominent personalities, including Nelson Mandela and royalties from the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

The Vito Magnolia Floor Lamp is created with fine wire mesh sheets, which can be scrunched and crumpled to create the look you want.

Slats of pine are bent and moulded to create a simplistic creation of form and function with the Vito Arata Lounge Chair, Vito Ripple Floor Lamp and Vito Bulb Floor Lamp

Escape your daily stresses in the Vito Gable Daybed, featuring elegant weaving.

Visit Globe West

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Top Quality Kitchenware by Nutrimax International

Nutrimax International is a world-wide supplier of top-quality kitchenware products. Their products hold immense appeal to health conscious, busy families and individuals who appreciate the value of a quality product contributing to a quality way of life.

Nutrimax offer a great range of products including the Nutrimax Kitchen Nutrition System - a product that saves you time, money, your health and lasts a lifetime! Nutrimax also offers china, cutlery and knives.

The outstanding quality of Nutrimax products is matched only by their commitment to quality customer service.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Luxury Silk Bedlinen from Silkyard

Silkyard believes in providing their customers with the highest quality goods, whilst taking care of our environment whenever possible. 

Their silk linen is made form 100% mulberry silk, has a thread count over 400 threads per inch and a momme count of 19. The duvets are made using the longest threads of 100% mulberry silk which are stretched and layered by hand. 

Silkyard's on-line store enables them to provide luxury and value to their growing customer base as more people from the very young to the very old are enjoying the benefits of the unique sleeping experience that is pure mulberry silk.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sylvanvale Christmas Cards at Westfield Miranda

Starry Snowman by Kody (4 yrs old)

In support of their local community partner Sylvanvale Foundation, Westfield Miranda will have Sylvanvale Christmas cards available for purchase in-centre. The Christmas card designs have been created from 5 artworks of students from the Sylvanvale Early Learning & Education Service. All proceeds from the sale of these cards will go directly to Sylvanvale Foundation.

Visit the Sylvanvale Foundation Art Exhibition at Westfield Miranda

In conjunction with the sale of these cards, Westfield Miranda will also be hosting the Sylvanvale Christmas Art Exhibition, showcasing the unique and personal works of intellectually disabled children. All artworks will be available for purchase with 100% of the proceeds going directly to Sylvanvale Foundation.
A Very Merry Christmas Tree by Lachlan (5 yrs old)

The exhibition provides special young artists aged six years and younger, with the ability to explore their creativity, develop their sense of individuality, express their emotions, and tell their stories in a medium that will resonate with individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
Waiting for Santa by Layla (4 yrs old)

The completed artworks, alongside short biographies of the young artists who created them, are on display now. All works are available for purchase with 100% of proceeds going to Sylvanvale Foundation
When: Monday 1st November - Friday 12th November Where: Level 3, outside Target
Visit Concierge on Level 1 or 2 to purchase a pack of 10 cards for only $10.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Red Velvet Cake Balls

This recipe for Red Velvet Cake Balls is from The Bride's Diary favourite, Bakerella. The images shown here use regular chocolate, but as we head into the festive season you may want to try white chocolate for a christmas feel.

• 1 box red velvet cake mix (cook as directed on box for 13 X 9 cake) (or check out Bakerella's from scratch recipe)
• 1 can cream cheese frosting (16 oz.)
• 1 package chocolate bark (regular or white chocolate)
• wax paper

1. After cake is cooked and cooled completely, crumble into large bowl.

2. Mix thoroughly with 1 can cream cheese frosting. (It may be easier to use fingers to mix together, but be warned it will get messy.)

3. Roll mixture into quarter size balls and lay on cookie sheet. (Should make 45-50. You can get even more if you use a mini ice cream scooper, but I like to hand roll them.)

4. Chill for several hours. (You can speed this up by putting in the freezer.)

5. Melt chocolate in microwave per directions on package.

6. Roll balls in chocolate and lay on wax paper until firm. (Use a spoon to dip and roll in chocolate and then tap off extra.)

Tip: Only melt a few pieces of chocolate bark at a time because it starts to cool and thicken. It’s easier to work with when it’s hot.

Visit Bakerella