Monday, December 24, 2012

Create Your Ultimate Space


Removable wallpaper company, The Wall Sticker Company has launched a new range of removable wallpaper and wall decals with Melbourne-based company Lumi Opus.

The Lumi Opus range will challenge perceptions of wallpaper design; the sophisticated and playful designs, the bold use of colour and the unique mix of gloss and matte finishes are fascinating. 

The collection will work well in pop-up stores, commercial spaces, retail stores, hotels, restaurants and residential spaces. Interior designers, architects, shop fitters and home decorators will find the self-installed, washable and reusable wallpaper an innovative and practical decorating solution. 

Their removable wall stickers and removable wallpapers are known for bringing that WOW factor to all walls with ease and in record time. The wall stickers will peel off the wall without causing damage and can be moved again and again.


Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas... From The Bride's Diary



The Bride's Diary Team extends our very best wishes for the Festive Season, to all our members and clients. We truly hope you have a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year celebration.

We look forward to a wonderful 2013, and can't wait to bring you more exciting new additions to our publications and online features! Also, we will be launching a brand new website for The Bride's Diary – with a new design, fabulous content and so much more, all will be revealed shortly!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support and interest in The Bride's Diary, The Groom’s Diary, Wedding Celebration, Weddingstar and Giftstar. And once again, have a wonderful festive season.

Warm regards, The Bride's Diary Team

Indulge this Christmas Without all of the Guilt!

        
Ever wonder how you can keep your health during the festive season, without staying at home alone? Holidays are just around the corner and there will be lots of opportunity and temptation at every turn. Let’s face it; with delicious food, fabulous wine and great company, your healthy lifestyle may take the backseat as we drive into the new year. It’s okay to occasionally give in during the festive season, so long as you learn how to compensate for unhealthy choices.

Leading Sydney naturopath Victoria O’Sullivan says, “It’s hard to stay on track during the holidays. If you fall off the wagon, don’t despair. Guide your food choices with the 90/10 rule, where 90 per cent of your diet is focused on high quality nutritionally dense foods and 10 per cent is reserved for treats.”

Victoria’s top tips to maintaining your health:

1. Reduce your intake of pro-inflammatory foods: All forms of sugar and most starchy foods are pro-inflammatory. So steer clear of sweets, pastries, biscuits, milky chocolates, chips, breads and snack foods, including rice and corn cakes. 

2. Up your intake of blueberries, garlic and spices. Antioxidants are anti-inflammatory. Berries of all types, but particularly blueberries are delicious antioxidant super food. Spices such as cinnamon and turmeric are also super foods, as with garlic, onions and horseradish. These foods contain high concentrations of cancer-fighting phytochemicals. Lower amounts are also found in whole grains, other vegetables and beans.

3. Add more leafy greens in your diet. Foods with a high alkaline content, such as avocados, leafy greens, soya beans, radish and broccoli work to help regulate the pH of our blood cells. When we eat too much acid the body is forced to draw on its alkaline stores to balance the surplus acid. The acid then creates nasty things like yeast, harmful microforms, mycotoxins and bacteria.

4. Control your cortisol levels. In today’s lifestyle stress can be almost a daily occurrence for some, especially during the holidays. When we feel stressed our nervous system is affected and we can have trouble sleeping. Over time in periods of high stress and little sleep our body becomes less sensitive to cortisol and inflammation takes over. Try and get eight hours of undisturbed sleep each night and take up activities that reduce stress.

5. Control your weight. People carrying excess weight are in a permanent state of inflammation. Research shows that fat isn’t just the storage of excess energy that body has not used. Instead when not maintained at an ideal level, fat functions like an endocrine organ releasing hormones into the system prompting an inflammatory response. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Introducing Radiante Tableware From Vera Wang Wedgwood


For the past decade,Vera Wang, a name synonymous with the most graceful bridal couture and elegant fashion design, has partnered with Wedgwood to create a distinctive range of tableware, crystal and stylish silver gifts.

Vera Wang Wedgwood Radiante is classic formal tableware designed as much for today’s forward thinking bride as for today’s modern consumer. Using concentric platinum bands on satin-finished trim, results in a truly radiant collection of tableware.

Visit Vera Wang Wedgwood to shop the collection. 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Are You Ready For Summer?


Linen House has us covered this summer, with their range of colourful beach towels. Their bright, eclectic beach towels are thick and fluffy, with designs featuring the latest fashion trends, so you'll look cool on the beach or beside the pool.

View the full range at Linen House.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Loving The Skin You're In...



Research tell us: 

• 60% of women and 35% of men are dissatisfied with some part of their bodies
• for youth aged 14 to 25 years old, body image is their number one concern — more important than family, friends and school. 
• a negative body image can lead to anxiety and depression, affecting our self- esteem, gender identity, mood, level of sexual fulfilment and eating patterns. 

In the new book Positive Bodies (Australian Academic Press, $34.95) readers are given the skills, knowledge, and thinking to create a positive body image in themselves and others. Written by Canberra-based eating disorder psychologist Dr Vivienne Lewis, the book features real-life examples of those who have struggled but won their war against body image dissatisfaction. Aimed at men and women of any age including teens and children, and can also assist parents, teachers and counsellors wanting to help others with body dissatisfaction issues. Helpful worksheets with activities are included along with information on the warning signs of eating disorders; tackling binge eating; managing stress, anxiety and depression; being a positive role model; boosting self-esteem; and where to go to get additional help.

Buy online at Aapbooks.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Celebrate Christmas with the Waterford Lismore 60th Anniversary Collection


 

Waterford Holiday Heirlooms bring the tradition of hand cut Christmas crystal from the world's leading artisans to a collection of handcrafted Christmas ornaments that reflect and illuminate the spirit of the season. 

Treasured keepsakes, all the Waterford Holiday Heirloom collection will find a special place in your home for many years to come. Ornaments are numbered Limited Editions.

Available at David Jones (except Claremont), Myer Stores Australia Wide.

See the 'Live a Crystal Life' Christmas Window display featuring three Christmas trees decorated inWaterford Christmas ornaments at the Myer Sydney City store until Christmas Eve. 

Visit Waterford Crystal

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Perfect Christmas Stocking Fillers They'll Love!



Christmas has come around so fast this year, but at least that means so has summer, beaches, BBQs and holidays! So get it all covered off (presents and holiday destinations that is) with a Whileaway Guide or two (or even a gift voucher if you can't decide!).

Whileaway Guides are also perfect for any couple having a regional wedding. Simply slip a beautiful guide in with your wedding invitations and job done. You won't have to worry about ensuring your guests have a wonderful experience if they are making a weekend or week of it. Whileaway Guides offer great wholesale rates for bridal couples - a great idea for bomboniere or wedding favours for guests at your destination wedding!

If you haven't already liked them on Facebook, it's worth doing now, as everyday throughout December they will be giving away a guide for one of their 25 regions around Australia. Like Whileaway Guides on Facebook now.

Visit Whileaway Guides.


Monday, December 3, 2012

David Jones Reveals The Top 100 Christmas Gifts, As Chosen By You!


David Jones launched its first ever crowd-sourced Christmas catalogue on Saturday, December 1, 2012.

The David Jones Love Gifts catalogue comprises 100 great gifts chosen by David Jones customers to form part of their ultimate Christmas wish list.

The eclectic list features items as varied as coffee machines to cuddly bears, glamorous fragrances to... a vacuum cleaner!

And there’s something to suit every shopping list with gifts starting at just $4.95 for the ultimate bean-counter’s coffee mug and 39 of the 100 products offering great gift- giving value under $50.

How it works:

David Jones asked its customers to create their Dream Wish List from more than 1,000 brands and 80,000 products available at davidjones.com.au

Over two weeks, more than 5,000 David Jones customers posted their ultimate gift selection online and shared them with David Jones, their family and friends.

David Jones then made a list - and checked it twice! – of the items most added to its customers’ wish lists and the result is 100 handy, cool, cute and quirky gifts for the whole family that can be found in the David Jones Love Gifts catalogue.

The Top 10 gifts as chosen by David Jones customers are:

1. Dyson DC39 Multifloor Barrel Vacuum Cleaner, $649 
2. Nikon Megapixel Digital SLR Camera, $1,149 
3. House of Harlow Aztec bangle, $99 
4. Bosch Professional Mixer, $899
5. Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum 50ml, $155 
6. Beats by Dr Dre, $269 
7. Nigellissima by Nigella Lawson, $49.95 
8. Lego Creator Town Hall, $299.95
9. Cuisnart 2L Icecream Maker, $149 
10. Napoleon Perdis Auto-Pilot pre-Foundation Skin Primer 50ml, $55

The David Jones Love Gifts catalogue is available online from Saturday December 1 with printed copies available in store

For free shipping for online purchases and pre-Christmas delivery, make sure you shop at davidjones.com.au by December 17!

Visit David Jones.