Luxury

Aruveyda, Wellness and Aveda: An Interview with Sita Chan

Aruveyda, beauty, wellness and Aveda – an inspired and engaging morning at the Canberra Centre’s beauty and wellness precinct with Sita Chan’s masterclass.


Sita Chan recently presented a fantastic masterclass at the Canberra Centre, and I was so impressed and inspired that I had to share the experience here on the Blog.

The Canberra Centre excels at bringing fantastic new opportunities to Canberrans through these masterclasses, providing experts to share their knowledge and help us to redefine our understanding of beauty and wellness. Not to mention the host of exciting new retail outlets in their new beauty and wellness precinct. One such opportunity today’s masterclass with the lovely Sita Chan, where Canberra Centre and Aveda guests got to learn all about Ayurveda, and finding balance in our everyday lives.

Sita is an Ayurveda lifestyle counsellor, Aveda educator and yoga instructor based out of Hong Kong. For those who may not know what Ayurveda is, it is a 5,000 year old “science of life,” aimed to prevent and heal disease or imbalances within the body. The masterclass today will reveal the healing powers behind the ancient Ayurvedic philosophy that combines yoga, massage, acupuncture and herbal medicine for a better mind, body, spirit connection. She will also guide your dosha for health and wellbeing balance. (more…)

Sage Dining Rooms Taste & Test Event

Taste & Test dinner score card - Grant Heino, author Ink & Leathers Blog - Sage Dining Rooms, Canberra Australia

Being given the reins to a restaurant is as fun and as thrilling as it sounds. I can’t believe that it took me so long to get myself to a Sage Dining Rooms Taste & Test event!

 

Sage Dining Rooms Taste & Test events are legendary in the Canberra food scene, and most people have dined at Sage at some point in their lives. A gorgeous courtyard restaurant tucked away in the Gormon House arts precinct, Sage has been in Canberra for as long as I have and continues to wow patrons with their delectable meals and impeccable service. I have dined at Sage Dining Rooms many times while I have lived in Canberra, and I have loved every meal. It is strange then, that I have never gotten myself organised to attend one of the Taste & Test events that the restaurant holds to gauge public opinion of potential dishes for the next season’s menu.

Honestly, I don’t have a valid excuse. I’ve just never got my act together in time to go. The Taste & Test events are held over a very short period of time and have a cult following, so places sell out fast. This year I was determined to get along to the event, and so with some foresight and planning I booked into the Taste & Test event for the upcoming Autumn/Winter menu not once, but twice.

On Thursday last I picked my friend up and we headed to an early dinner with big appetites and high hopes. The excitement at getting five mystery courses is enough to whet the appetite alone, but then being given free-reign to let your inner critic run rampant all over one of Canberra’s best-loved dining venues was something else. We’re all armchair critics at heart. Who among us doesn’t love to drape themselves across their lounge in their rattiest pair of track pants screaming admonishments at starlets as they walk the red carpet? Or to belittle the technical skills and prowess of Australians aspiring to their culinary dreams in a cooking competition?

If you don’t, you’re dead inside.

Before you proceed – a word of warning. If you are going to attend the Sage Dining Rooms Taste & Test event this year STOP READING RIGHT NOW! Seriously, the surprise is a hugely important part of the evening, so bookmark this post for later and wait until after you have dined. Trust me, you will thank me for this advice later. (more…)

Valentine’s Day at Hyatt Canberra

Cytrus Belvedere vodka, Monin rose syrup, muddled cucumber, Aperol and pink grapefruit juice – The Rosie is the perfect tipple to toast to love this Valentine’s Day only, at Hyatt Hotel Canberra

 

Valentine’s Day is one of those occasions in Australia that rolls around with little to no fanfare until a week or two before the event, making it easy to forget to plan for. Unlike Christmas and Easter, Valentine’s Day is largely ignored by Australians, leading to a lot of last-minute bookings at restaurants and rushed purchases of un-inventive (although begrudgingly beautiful) red roses.

The truth is that it is less than 24 hours until Valentine’s day and I know across Canberra there are a number of you sitting there needing to make some sort of plans, but not knowing where you can turn at this last minute. Maybe you want a romantic evening to spend with a new beau, or maybe you and your partner want to actually do something this year rather than your standard take away and Netflix? Maybe you’re single like me, but you still want to do something to celebrate?

Thankfully, Hyatt Hotel Canberra are offering two unique ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, as well as a signature cocktail designed for the day. (more…)

fashionXhyatt – Armani Collezioni presentation


On Saturday morning I visited the Hyatt Hotel Canberra for morning tea with fellow blogger LFW Magazine. Not an uncommon activity, especially for Canberrans. As long as I have lived here (going on 13 years this year) if you mention morning tea or high tea someone will inevitably ask “At the Hyatt?”. It truly is Canberra’s favourite weekend get-away for high tea, and an institution in and of itself.

I had thought that I would simply wile away the morning sipping tea and stuffing my face with a delectable array of savoury and sweet delicacies from the buffet, but that wasn’t to be the case.

I mean, I still did that. I was delighted to find a whole host of dishes that I hadn’t tried before, including miniature chicken and leek pies, as well as old favourites like cucumber sandwiches. You can’t go to morning or afternoon tea at the Hyatt and not enjoy the amazing handiwork of the skilled chefs working behind the scenes.

However, we were in for a bit of a surprise, as there was a new fashionXhyatt event taking place.

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Magical: anEvening at the Canberra Centre

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Tonight I had the privilege of attending the Canberra Centre celebration of Christmas, Magical. The event was an opportunity to see the amazing typographic artwork of Gemma O’Brien, commissioned by the Canberra Centre to help ring in the festive season and get everyone in the mood for #thatchristmasfeeling

Emceed by the lovely Sarah Kelly, the event provided guests with a selection of delicious canapes and bubbling champagne in the ground-floor foyer of the Canberra Centre, with a magical mood set by the talented harpist filling the space with angel-soft sounds. As guests took in the atmosphere, Gemma was applying the finishing touches her mural on the wall of the Canberra Centre –  a colossal undertaking to paint the word Magical in shades of gold and white. As you can see above, O’Brien hand-painted the beautiful piece directly onto the wall with astounding grace. (more…)

Oh Happy Day – Party & Events Fair

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This Saturday Canberra will play host to its first Party & Events fair, OH HAPPY DAY, at the National Portrait Gallery. Oh Happy Day is the coming together of events planners, wedding specialists, caterers, stylists, florists, photographers, designers and all things ‘Party’.

This gorgeous new event has been a labour of love from the creative minds behind Canberra’s most popular market events, Handmade Canberra and Hustle & Scout, and will be a one-stop-shop for anyone planning a luxurious, on-trend and inherently local event. (more…)

Moxom & Whitney Flower School

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Last Wednesday evening I did something that I had been hoping to do for a long time, and attended a Moxom & Whitney Flower School evening in their gorgeous storefront in the Ori Building, Braddon.

For those of you not familiar with they name, Moxom & Whitney is Canberra’s most dynamic Florist by-far, and I have rapidly come to think of theirs as the only sensible place to purchase flowers in the ACT. Located in the heart of Braddon’s Lonsdale Street Traders precint in the heart of Canberra, Moxom & Whitney is a luxurious oasis of indulgence. Co-owned by Lou Moxom and Belinda Whitney, the duo deliver blooms with a unique, organic wholesomeness that is distinctly creative. As soon as I heard about their Flower School evenings I knew that it was something that I needed to do, and so I recently booked myself in for the Wednesday evening course. (more…)