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Advice from Cindy Crawford

15th February, 2017

Raynald Aeschlimann & Cindy Crawford at the OMEGA event

Cindy Crawford is an American model and actress. Crawford is one of the original five “Supermodels”. The fifty-year-old beauty visited Australia for her work with OMEGA. I chatted  to her about the secret to her ageless beauty and she shares her advice for anyone wanting make it in the modelling industry. Cindy also reveals who has been the inspiring person she has worked with.

What brings you to Australia? 

I’m so excited to be back in Sydney with Omega to open a new Omega boutique.

What will you do during your time in Sydney? 

Besides doing the ribbon cutting for the new store, I will be attending a black-tie dinner with friends of the brand.  In my free time, I will be spending time shopping and going to restaurants with my great friend, Gail Elliott, and also doing a harbor tour on a friend’s boat.  Can’t wait as I have never done that on previous trips to Sydney.

@cindycrawford: Thanks @CheyenneTozzi for the harbor cruise! Loved spending time with you, @Littlejoewoman_ and @simonuptonpics! Perfect way to see Sydney!

Why did you choose to work with OMEGA? 

Originally Omega approached me over 20 years ago to shoot some ads for them with photographer Herb Ritts.  Everything went well and they asked me to be a brand ambassador.  We are like an old married couple now and I think the reason the relationship is as relevant today as it was when we first started is that we share core values—quality, heritage, fashion and timelessness.

The private residence which was the setting for the OMEGA event in Sydney

Raynald Aeschlimann & Cindy Crawford on arrival at the OMEGA event to celebrate the opening of the new OMEGA boutique

What do you think set you apart from other models in the 90s? 

I loved being part of an incredible group of women—Christy, Linda, Naomi, Claudia, Tatiana, Stephanie and so many others.  I think what was interesting about our gang is that we all had our own identity but also looked good together as a group.  I think my image was more about all American girl next door with a little sexy thrown in.  Obviously that image has evolved to incorporate who I am today, entrepreneur, mother, wife, as well.

@cindycrawford: @Cosmopolitan is looking back on 50 years of cover stars! Proud to be one of them. This 1991 cover, pulled out of the archives just in time for Valentine’s Day. #TBT

What has been your biggest career highlight?

I’ve had so many career highlights, but probably getting my first cover of American Vogue was the thing that made me feel like I had arrived!

Who has been the most inspirational person you have worked with and why? 

Working with Herb Ritts most influenced me as a model.  He helped me to feel beautiful just as I was as well as encouraged me to have fun in front of the camera and take chances.

How has the modelling industry changed since you began your career? 

The biggest change I see in the modelling industry is social media.  I think it can be a great tool for models to have a direct relationship with their fans, but I also worry about over exposure and wonder if the “shelf-life” of a model will be shortened because of that.

What advice would you give to someone starting out in the industry? 

Show up on time, be prepared and stay off your phone!

What is your secret to being an ageless beauty? 

I’m not sure I’m that, because whether I like it or not, time marches on.  Of course, I try to take care of myself, but I also try to focus on where I am today and how I can be the best at that.

Lifestyle

My fave places to hang out in summer

1st February, 2017

One of my fave haunts is The Boat House at Balmoral Beach

Summer is the perfect time to get out and about as the weather is so great and everyone is in the mood to socialise. I have a list of regular haunts in my local area in Sydney but also have some die hard faves that I will make a special trip to visit. Here’s where you’re likely to find me…

Balmoral Beach

This is the number one place you will find me in summer. It’s my favourite beach as it’s ideal for kids as there are no waves. I take the girls here all the time and we love spending a day out as a family.

The Boat House

I love going out for breakfast and this spot is located in Balmoral Beach and is right next to the water. The food and coffee is amazing. Be warned though: lunchtimes are ridiculously busy, especially if the weather is great. The menu is full of great options that I always find it hard to choose what to order.

Bathers’ Pavilion

We’ll sometimes go to Bathers’ for breakfast or to grab an early family dinner. It’s got great views and has a relaxed vibe that’s just perfect for summer.

Bistro Moncur

I am a fan of the original Bistro Moncur in Sydney’s Woollahra so was pleased when they opened up a second location in Mosman. The menu is French meets modern Australian so there’s everything from sirloin with buttery Café de Paris to pan friend barramundi fillet. Amazing.

Fratelli Paradiso

I love Italian food so can’t go past this restaurant in Potts Point. It’s cosy, the food is super hearty and is perfect when I just want to experience a touch of Italy.

Apollo

Also located in Potts Point, Apollo serves up modern Greek food that’s unbelievably delicious. The main dining room is light and airy is one of my fave spots for a long, relaxing lunch.

Bondi Icebergs

When the weather is warm Bondi Icebergs is a definitely must. The view can’t be beat and the vibe perfectly encapsulates the special atmosphere during an Aussie summer.

What are some of your favourite summer haunts?

 

Lifestyle

The staples of Italian cooking according to 10 William St’s head chef

18th January, 2017

I love Italian food. In fact, I love it so much it was the type of cuisine I served at my wedding. This is why I decided to chat to Enrico Tomelleri, the head chef at 10 William St, a cosy wine bar and restaurant in Sydney’s Paddington that serves up some tasty Italian fare. Here we chat about his philosophy to cooking, what ingredients he always has on hand and the one mistake people make when it comes to Italian cooking…

What was your aim when you took over as head chef at 10 William St?
The main aim has been accepting the challenge and having the chance to deliver food that I like to our customers. After a few years at 10 William St I got to know what they want and what they like.

Why do you think 10 William St has been so well received?
10 William St has been so well received because it is a fun little bar that serves good wine and honest food. You can spend a night there every week without getting over it. This simple formula is the reason why we have the chance to work with a lot of regular customers.

What has inspired the menu at 10 William St?
The menu is constantly changing and we get inspired by what is in season and what our suppliers are recommending at the time. Having a solid base of Italian food is a good start.  I like to collaborate with the rest of the team trying to find a fun and interesting way to create a dish by twisting some of the classic recipes that we know. That helps to keep us motivated.

The cosy interiors of 10 William St

What’s the key to great Italian cooking?
It could sound obvious but the key is to follow the seasonality of the ingredients. It is also a good ethic to follow and the right way to respect and to deal with your food and with your customers.

What are some common mistakes people make when it comes to cooking Italian cuisine?
The spelling of “Bolognese” sauce!

What’s your philosophy when it comes to cooking?
I try to use [the least amount of] ingredients as possible trying to exalt the main one. Also, at the moment, I focus on the sustainability of them.

10 William St head chef Enrico Tomelleri

What’s your favourite Italian dish to cook?
I like to cook any kind of risotto.

What’s one Italian dish you love to eat?
I guess a good pizza is probably unbeatable

What’s one dining trend you think has been done to death?
Burger perhaps… but there is always room for a good one.

For those who love cooking Italian food, what are some ingredients you must always have on hand at home?
Garlic, anchovies and a bottle of good olive oil (maybe some fish sauce..)

 

Fashion, Shop, What I Wore

What I Wore: Goodnight Macaroon

7th April, 2016

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Heading into that trans-seasonal period where the weather is a little inconsistent can make getting dressed everyday a little tricky. It can sometimes be hard to predict if it’s going to be warm or a jacket kind of day and there’s nothing worse than ending up overheating or worse still, freezing the entire day. This is why I’m a big fan of long sleeved dresses during autumn. They’re great because they’ll keep you warm if the temperature suddenly drops throughout the day but they’re not so hot that you’ll end up sweltering if the weather gets warm. Plus I’m always a big believer in dresses if you want to get out the door faster. There’s no need to think about separates working together, simply pop on a dress, choose your shoes and you’re out the door.

Ease of dressing aside I’m now all about dresses given I have a burgeoning baby bump to accomodate so I’ve been on a bit of a shopping reconnaissance mission to update my wardrobe. I’ve been scouring high and low for some new labels to add to the mix and discovered Goodnight Macaroon. Their range is quite classic and they have a great range of quality staples (including a lovely selection of dresses) so it works perfectly with my wardrobe aesthetic. I snapped up the above dresses and love the fact they’re all really diverse in styles and can easily work for multiple occasions. I can wear them for a day in the office as easily as I could at an event or hanging out with my family. And what’s even better is that I’ll be able to wear them again after my pregnancy. Plus for someone who doesn’t get much time to shop, I love the fact that they have an online store so I can snap up multiple pieces without ever having to leave home.
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Credits: Goodnight Macaroon Collared dressMeandher brogues, Preen sunglasses

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Credits: Goodnight Macaroon Floral ruffled dress, Preen sunglasses and Meandher brogues

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Credits: Goodnight Macaroon Knitted dress and Gianvito Rossi heels

Fall in love with something? All dresses can be found at Goodnight Macaroon

Photography: Mike Belkin 

 

Lifestyle

My fave places for high tea

13th May, 2015
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High Tea at the Hotel Centennial

One of my favourite things to do with the girls is to have high tea, it’s such a nice way to spend an afternoon. I’ve managed to check out a few great high tea locations around Sydney from doing my Date with Kate interviews and I’ve started to develop a list of go-to spots. So in case you’ve got a high tea date coming up soon, here are my top spots to spend an afternoon drinking tea (or champagne if you’re indulging!) and enjoying sweet treats.

Luxurious: The Langham Sydney

The newly refurbished Langham Hotel hosts afternoon tea in its Palm Court area. I recently went here to do a Date with Kate with Gemma Ward and found it to be a really beautiful spot. The sweets were all amazing, but I especially loved the scones with cream and jam and their mini macarons. Everything was really delicate and pretty.

Great setting: The Hotel Centennial

I’ve always loved The Centennial as a lunch or dinner spot because the food is so great. I really love the venue so I was pleased to hear that they now also offer high tea. The Scarlett Lounge (as you can see below they even have a Scarlett Johansson portrait on display) is a really great setting and the food is delicious. Be sure to book at least 24 hours before to save yourself a spot.

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The perfect backdrop for high tea at the Centennial

Best view: The Park Hyatt

I did a Date with Kate with Catherine Martin here and I just think you can’t go past the view. Not only is the food great but a beautiful sunny day spent overlooking Sydney Harbour is really unbeatable.

On-the-go: Westfield Sydney Tea Salon

This is located right in the midst of the bustling Westfield Sydney however its cute white picket fence makes it feel slightly more secluded and is a great way to enjoy high tea in the middle of a busy day spent shopping. I went here to do a Date with Kate with Sophia Grace and Rosie and Sally Obermeder and had a great time.

Rustic and relaxed: Burnt Orange

Located in a beautiful house, with surrounding bushland and a great view of Middle Harbour, Burnt Orange is great on a winter’s day. It’s got a lovely rustic atmosphere and I think it’s a the perfect spot to while away an afternoon.

For chocaholics: Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

I did a Date with Kate with Naomi Watts here and really loved the location. And if you’re a chocaholic you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven. The Shangri-La now offer a high tea that includes three tiers of chocolate-y treats including everything from cakes, to macarons and brownies.

 

 

 

Fashion, Social

Hermès On The Beach

24th February, 2015

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The annual Hermès event is a bit of a showstopper. When one of the world’s most exclusive brands throws an event it’s definitely memorable. Previous events have taken place at Luna Park and Vaucluse Park in Sydney, but this year’s event was at Strickland House in Vaucluse. The venue was a gorgeous house that was on the waterfront and upon arrival you were escorted down to the event in your very own golf buggy. The event had a really relaxed vibe with everyone going barefoot. The house was amazing. There was a mirrored maze through the house and the walls were decorated with Hermès silk scarves (very chic wallpaper indeed!). Everyone was given a mask to wear which gave the entire event a masquerade party feel, but the standout masks were definitely the paper horse heads some people were wearing, they were so intricate and incredible up close. All in all, it was a lovely way to spend a balmy Sydney evening.

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Lifestyle

My favourite breakfast spot

12th January, 2015

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We’re pretty spoilt in Sydney as far as places to eat go but I can’t go past sitting down for breakfast at Balmoral Beach. One of my absolute fave spots is The Boat House and I get my coffee there every morning. It’s a really beautiful place to sit and have breakfast and just enjoy the great view. If it’s a bit cooler or it’s not the best weather I  will head to the Bathers’ Pavilion just down the road. It’s a picturesque spot, not to mention the fact I just love food. I can’t go past the fruit platter, avocado on toast and scrambled eggs. Bon appetit!

What are your favourite breakfast spots?

Photography: goodfood

Lifestyle

My fave Sydney dinner spots

1st December, 2014
Chiswick in Woollohra

Chiswick in Woollahra

 

We’re definitely spoilt for choice in Sydney as far as dinner spots go but these restaurants hold a special place in my heart – and in my stomach!

Fratelli Paradiso, Potts Point

Italian cuisine is my favourite type of food. Fratelli Paradiso has really great service and I could eat everything on the menu! They also have a beautiful wine selection and the staff are just always super friendly.

Fei Jai, Potts Point

I love going to Fei Jai during lunchtime. They do a great yum cha. It’s not your traditional yum cha, it’s fine dining yum cha and it’s just delicious food. I love tasting all the different dishes and it’s really great for sharing.

China Doll, Woolloomooloo

I love Chinese food and China Doll is one of my fave spots. It’s a great place to go with friends plus you can’t beat eating by the water! Woolloomooloo is such a beautiful location.  I think it’s also a really great place to go if you’re dining out for an occasion.

Chiswick, Woollahra and Art Gallery of NSW

Chiswick has really delicious homestyle cooking.  It serves all your classic favourites such as roast lamb and roast chicken. It’s great for a relaxing Sunday lunch with friends.

What are your fave dinner spots?

Image: venue.net.au

Social

Asphyxiate art exhibition launch

21st November, 2014

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The above image is just one of the gorgeous photographs and paintings that features in the ‘Asphyxiate’ art exhibition I checked out this week in the Comber St Gallery in Sydney’s Paddington. The exhibition is a collection of works from artist Vicki Lee and photographer Ted O’Donnell and was inspired by a Robert Browning poem called ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ which is about an obsessed lover and the tragedy that ensues from such all consuming desire. If you’re in Sydney, be sure to check it out.

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The artists Ted O’Donnell and Vicki Lee

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Margaret Zhang and Sara Donaldson

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Hoda Waterhouse and Elle Halliwell

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Chrissy Biasotto and Sally Brown

 

 

Fashion, Lifestyle

MY WEEK THROUGH INSTAGRAM

23rd April, 2013
Heading to Derby Day at Royal Randwick, wearing Dion Lee.

Heading to Derby Day at Royal Randwick, wearing Dion Lee.

A little bet for Black Caviar's last race.

A little bet for Black Caviar’s last race.

Diamonds are a girls best friend! Checking out the Hardy Brother's vault collection.

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend! Checking out the Hardy Brothers vault collection.

Spent the day at the Hardy Brothers Brisbane-based workshop, where the actual Melbourne Cup is made.

Spent the day at the Hardy Brothers Brisbane-based workshop, where the actual Melbourne Cup is made!

Stairway to heaven! Training at Paddington's Flow Athletic.

Stairway to heaven! Training at Paddington’s Flow Athletic.

A taste of summer on a wet Autumn day at the Grounds of Alexandria.

A taste of summer on a wet Autumn day at the Grounds of Alexandria cafe.

My favourite piece from the new Michael Kors Sydney store.

My favourite piece from the new Michael Kors Sydney store.

My country escape! 'The Park' in Centennial Park is my new favourite bar.

My country escape! ‘The Park’ in Centennial Park is my new favourite bar.

Burger time at Balmoral Boatshed

Burger time at Balmoral Boatshed