Boux Avenue: FIRST UN-RETOUCHED LINGERIE CAMPAIGN

Size inclusivity means celebrating bodies of all different shapes and sizes, both inBoux Avenue’s campaigns and the styles and sizes available to shop.

Part of their new SS20 campaign, which features names including Malin Andersson and Zara McDermott, Boux Avenue launches its first unretouched lingerie campaign, continuing to celebrate its ‘Your Shape, Your Style’ campaign, encouraging every woman to embrace their own unique style and shape.

Celebrating diversity and confidence, the campaign is fronted by brand ambassadors, Malin Andersson and Zara McDermott, alongside models and fashion influencers, Ama Peters and Kaz Kamwi.

Each wears lingerie styles from Boux Avenue’s new season collection to match their bold personalities, with the unretouched imagery celebrating their individuality and staying true to themselves. 

Malin comments: “I’ve always spoken openly about body image, and how in my teens all I saw were airbrushed images in magazines – and that I thought it was how I was supposed to be. I remember it consuming me so much I obsessed day after day with calorie counting and trying to look like a size 0 model – whilst also losing myself in the process… I’m so glad to be working with Boux Avenue – a brand that represents women of all shapes and sizes.” 

“I share with you my unedited shoot post lock down, perhaps not eating the best or working out that much – but I present to you ME. I stand tall and bold with their colourful new collection and ask you all to LOVE the body you are in.”

Available in sizes 30-44, B-G cup, Boux Avenue’s new season lingerie is available now.

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NETFLIX: AWAY Teaser and First Look Debut

From Executive Producer Jason Katims, the Netflix series Away is a thrilling, emotional drama on an epic scale that celebrates the incredible advancements humans can achieve and the personal sacrifices they must make along the way.

As American astronaut Emma Green (Hilary Swank) prepares to lead an international crew on the first mission to Mars, she must reconcile her decision to leave behind her husband (Josh Charles) and teenage daughter (Talitha Bateman) when they need her the most.

As the crew’s journey into space intensifies, their personal dynamics and the effects of being away from their loved ones back on Earth become increasingly complex. Away shows that sometimes to reach for the stars, we must leave home behind.

Created by Andrew Hinderaker, the series is executive produced by showrunner Jessica Goldberg, Jason Katims, Matt Reeves, Andrew Hinderaker, Edward Zwick, Hilary Swank, Adam Kassan and Jeni Mulein.

AWAY Premieres on Netflix Friday, September 4th.

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Byron Bay: hot new Rooftop Bar Opens

Byron Bay’s hottest new address, The Surf House has opened offering a bold new accommodation experience right in the hub of the bustling beachside town. A first of its kind for Byron, the boutique design led property will feature the quality service and facilities of a hotel, alongside the laid-back vibe and social aspects of a hostel.

Located in the heart of Byron Bay town centre, just two streets back from Main Beach in the heritage-listed Byron Council Chambers building, The Surf House effortlessly combines the buildings original architecture with modern design to bring guests a one-of-a-kind memorable accommodation experience.

The Surf House is home to Byron’s only open-air rooftop bar. Drawing inspiration from Northern NSW old school surf culture, The Rooftop is decked out with beach chic bric-a-brac and vintage Aussie surf posters and photos, including one featuring a young Bob Hawke. The bar is the perfect spot for guests to unwind with a cold beer from local brewery Stone & Wood after a day catching waves or to kick of their night with a Brookies G&T from Cape Byron Distillery.

The Surf House is the third Byron Bay property from family owned and operated Millett Group and is set to provide a completely new offering for sun seeking travellers heading to the Northern Rivers hot spot. The Group also run The Lord Byron, recognised by Tripadvisor with a 2019 Travellers Choice award and Wake Up! Byron Bay awarded best hostel in Byron Bay in the 2020 Hostelworld HOSCAR’s.

“The last few months have been tough and like so many businesses in the tourism and hospitality industry we’ve had to shift our goal posts and look to provide something that will be attractive to the domestic traveller” says Christian Millett, Owner Operator Millett Group.

“In a competitive market like Byron Bay, we’ve come up with something unique in The Surf House, offering a quality yet affordable accommodation alternative for guests looking to immerse themselves into the iconic Byron Bay lifestyle.”

“Our team have been working tirelessly behind the scenes to get the property ready to open and we can’t wait to host a range of Aussie travellers coming to explore Byron, whether it be for weddings, weekenders with friends and family, remote working, adventure or a romantic getaway!”

The Surf House offers a range of room types to cater to every traveller’s needs. The private queen rooms with balconies, ensuite bathrooms and ocean views will be perfect for those looking for an affordable alternative to Airbnb’s and up market hotels in the area. Alongside the privates is a range of shared room options accommodating four, six or eight guests that are perfect for groups or solo travellers looking to connect with others.

Guests can enjoy complimentary use of surf boards and free high speed Wifi with multiple working spaces making it an attractive haven for digital nomads looking to set up base from Byron. Other features include secure underground parking, 24-hour reception and on-site cooking and laundry facilities.

Launching during the current pandemic means that doors will open with the highest hygiene protocols and restrictions on numbers in shared dorms. As restrictions ease later this year guests will be able to enjoy of a range of complimentary social activities including yoga and personal training classes, guided lighthouse tours and regular social events at The Rooftop.

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Kings Cross getting a chic new gin distillery and bar

Kings Cross Distillery has announced the launch of their flagship Australian made gin KXG Australian Classic Dry Gin and ultra chic new bar in the heart of Sydney’s Kings Cross.

Bringing some much needed life back into the once bright lights of Kings Cross, Kings Cross Distillery will open its doors to the public in time for spring 2020. Sydney’s latest hotspot is located at the intersection where the once mischievous glittering half mile of Darlinghurst Road, met with the glamorous personality mecca of Macleay Street, in Potts Point, Sydney. Launching off the back of the COVID-19 lockdown, this new cocktail haven provides hope for an industry that has faced some immense challenges over the past few months.

 

 Inspired by a 1930s recipe that Distiller and spirit architect, Odelia Potts, has adapted, the KXG Australian Classic Dry Gin is made by the single shot method and vapour distillation using ‘Miss Pottsy’, the 200 litre Still. The inaugural gin recipe is a mix of classic ‘London Dry’ gin botanicals like juniper, coriander seed and cardamom pods, with the addition of fresh Sydney organic lemons, as well as a local mix of Australian native myrtles. The resulting gin is sweet, floral and very curvy. The KXG Australian Classic Dry Gin also boasts notes of juniper, preserved lemon, grapefruit, bakers’ spices with exotic woods.

 This brand new gin is best served with Indian tonic water and a slice of rinsed preserved lemon peel. The venue’s signature cocktail will be the Aalto Martini, featuring 60ml of the KXG Australian Classic Dry Gin, dry vermouth rinse, and a slice of preserved lemon peel.

The Kings Cross Distillery pot-still is affectionately known as “Miss Pottsy” and is located in the heart of the new vibrant venue. The location at Macleay Street, juxtaposed to the famous Kings Cross dandelion-flower inspired fountain, was once a 1960s speakeasy and illegal gambling den, amongst other hidden secrets, which guests will have to go and visit to find out. Upstairs there was the usual, shadowy, pleasures of a by-gone era befitting of the postcode 2011. Later in the 1970s, the venue became an adult book store, which had secret businesses operating behind the hidden doors of steel.  It was known as the Private Book Shop and later Ecstasy Adult Bookstore.

 The new venue still pays homage to the colourful history it has seen, with the former vault now being used for storing the bar’s most prized possessions, their bottles of gin, as well as a cheeky wall of pin up photography which nods to the former bookstores which existed there.

Kings Cross Distillery will accommodate 120 guests, once COVID-19 restrictions are fully lifted and the venue will offer an array of mezze and tapas style dishes such as bites of baked kibbeh, vine wrapped sardines, and harissa carrots. Naturally, the bar will serve its own premium gin, vodka and whisky, as well as an array of Australian and international spirits. One of the special features of this venue is the availability of personalised spirit lockers, where guests can keep their own bottles and consume them in any gin concoction of their choice- be that the perfect G+T, or a gin cocktail from our cocktail list of their choosing.

Distiller and spirit architect at KXD, Odelia Potts commented: “We are so thrilled to finally be able to open the venue completely and share our gin creations with the world, following a challenging time for the hospitality industry in Australia. The colourful and rich history of Sydney’s Kings Cross and its Sydney surrounds, are the inspiration behind our vapour infused gins. We can’t wait to welcome customers to join us in our journey of discovery, as we make history too.”

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The Mayflower, Sydney - Where Caviar, Coffee and Flowers meet

Located in the heart of Darlinghurst Sydneysiders will find The Mayflower. This once 90s Art Deco florist has now been transformed into a lush cafe setting featuring a carefully curated menu of fine foods and elegant interiors.

When you first walk through The Mayflower’s doors, you will instantly feel the heritage of the building. Design choices such as an apparent floral theme paired with colourful and unique interior pieces such as onyx stone tables, resin floral pendant lights, abstract murals and stunning floral installations, instantly pay tribute to the florist that once existed behind those same walls.

However, The Mayflower is more than just it’s beautiful interiors. The cafe will be open for breakfast and lunch and will focus on fine foods such as caviar and truffle. Diners will be able to enjoy the likes of Crudités with yoghurt, macadamia, dukkha, parsley oil, pickled vegetable, Truffle bucatini served with Parmigiano Reggiano and shaved black winter truffle, and Kingfish sashimi served with pomelo, nori paste and dashi.

The real show stopper is The Mayflower’s exclusive Caviar Service. For (30g $168, 50g $288) diners can tantalize their taste buds with Ars Italica Osietra Caviar or for (30g $228, 50g $338) diners can enjoy Black Pearl Beluga Caviar, the most famous of all caviars. All caviar is served with blinis, crème Fraiche, egg mimosas and chives. The cafe will also have a strong focus on providing exceptional barista-made coffee.

The Mayflower is the brainchild of Co-Founders Christian Lee and Kevin Ly (formerly Brewristas) who both share a similar passion for delicious food and great customer service.

“The Mayflower is located in a stunning heritage building which was a florist in the 90’s so naturally, and we wanted the new space to pay tribute to its original roots. We’ve focused on fine food and great produce paired with unique interiors to create the ultimate cafe environment. Customers can expect stunning interior details throughout the space and an exquisite cafe menu. Food brings people together, and we are excited to welcome customers into The Mayflower.”

The Mayflower is located at 2/303A Liverpool St, Darlinghurst and will be open for dining in and takeaway 7 am – 3 pm, 7 days a week.

Source: The Mayflower