​​​​​​​Tanya Anic launches ‘The Stars’, her latest gown collection

Media Release July, 2018

Bridal couture designer, Tanya Anic is proud to present her new heavenly collection of 15 gowns, ‘The Stars’. As a young girl Tanya has always loved the stars in the night sky and dreamed of being an astronomer; it is these twinkly delights and a recent trip to Hollywood that have inspired her throughout this floaty, feminine and desirable collection.

I have a deep love of fabrics”, says the designer and she was attracted to the delicate sparkles and soft floaty textured fabrics within the design phase. The fabric’s come from France, Italy and the UK, the colours are mostly ivory but merge into soft greys and soft blue tones, the sparkles also featuring a silver/grey tone.  
 

Names of ‘The Stars’ collection of gowns are as follows:

ASTA – Greek – Star like, love
ALINA – Greek – Sun ray
EPPIE – Greek, Hebrew – Bride, Star, Myrtle
ESTA – Hebrew – Star
ITZEL –Spanish – Star of aurora sky
CIARA – Italian – Bright
ELEKTRA – Greek – Brilliant
CANDIDE – French – Pure and beloved woman
ALYONA – Greek – Torch of light
MARGURETTA – French – Child of light
ZEFIRA – Hebrew – morning
AMARILLA – Greek /Spanish – Shiny, sparkling
AAIDA – Hebrew – Ornament or brightness
ORIANA – Latin – Sunrise
CELESTINA – French – Heavenly person

The gowns featured below where shot in a beautiful location in Potts Point, Sydney and feature the following credits:

Venue: Heidi Onisforou - her home at Potts Point, which she renovated and styled
Photographer – Kerstin Auer of Lili Kad Photography Hair and Make Up: About Face MH
Jewellery: Fairfax and Roberts Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes
Name Tags: Michaela McBride Calligraphy Flowers: Trille Floral

 About Tanya Anic: Tanya has been designing gowns for 7 years now under her own label but gained experience working in sales and design for other designers previously. Growing up in country South Australia, she started sewing from a young age and has always been passionate about her craft. The beauty of nature inspires her and it is with her soft and feminine, unpretentious style teamed up with a ‘can do’ attitude, bride’s love how her designs make them feel and look beautiful for their wedding day. Tanya is inspired by travel and luxury; she has 2 cats that are her muse while she works with her team at her Double Bay studio. ‘The Stars’ collection starts at $3800 and go up to $6000 and are all made in Sydney. Please see more at www.tanyaanic.com.au, and follow us on instagram @tanyaanicbridal

 All media inquiry’s and images, please contact Kim Veverka-Bray, Magnet PR on kim@magnetpr.com.au

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FLOR DE CAÑA LAUNCHES A LIMITED “LEGACY EDITION” TO PAY TRIBUTE TO ARTISTS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE

Australian poet Peter Boyle featured in this collector’s edition.

(Sydney, 25th of June, 2018) Flor de Caña rum announced today the launch of a special edition of its Flor de Caña 12 Years and Flor de Caña 18 Years ultra-premium rums under the name “Legacy Edition”.  Available beginning July 2018, this special edition collection pays tribute to artists from around the globe through painting and poetry. The exterior packaging design features a spectacular original painting by Nicaraguan artist Augusto Silva and includes a book with a poetic anthology selected by Honduran poet Rolando Kattan, consisting of 49 poets representing 38 countries in 16 original languages.

The original artwork by Augusto Silva featured on the exterior packaging showcases his artful interpretation of the San Cristobal volcano, the most active in Nicaragua, which has become so iconic to the Flor de Caña brand for being the place where its rums are born and aged. The fertility of its soil, the volcanic climate to which the barrels are exposed during the ageing process and the enriched volcanic water contribute in creating singularly smooth and deliciously balanced rum.

In addition to the artful packaging, the “Legacy Edition” contains a poetry book with the work of internationally renowned poets from the five continents where Flor de Caña is available, including countries such as China, Russia, United States, countries from Latin America, Cañada, Europe and Australia. Representing Australia, the book features poems from Peter Boyle, internationally renowned Sydney poet and translator of poetry.  Peter has written 7 books and won numerous awards for his work.

On the 25th of June, 2018, Peter will speak at the oficial Legacy gift pack launch event held at the Lobo Plantation from 6pm in the presence of executives of Flor de Caña Rum, International Commercial Manager, Cristina Casado, Regional Manager Asia Pacific, Tanny Szeto and top executives of Australian distributor, Vanguard Luxury Brands.

The Flor de Caña “Legacy Edition” was developed to raise awareness and honour diversity in a world with countless languages, where poetry has the power to unite people under a single, universal language. The notions of time and geography are disrupted in the same way that Flor de Caña brings people together at the table with its extraordinary flavour and more than 125-year history.

About Flor de Caña

Flor de Caña, Nicaragua’s #1 exported brand, is present in over 40 countries worldwide and is one of the fastest growing premium rum brands in the United States. With more than 125 years and 5 generations of family tradition, Flor de Caña has been recognized as the world’s best rum in prestigious international competitions in London, San Francisco and Chicago. Flor de Caña, the leading premium rum in Central America, is manufactured and distributed by Nicaraguan Liquor Company, S.A. (CLNSA).

All media enquiries please contact Kim Veverka, Magnet PR  Product stockist and distribution by Vanguard Luxury Brands.

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Back Row West opens in Sydney's CBD North

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 Media Release                                                                                            

Located within the historic AON Tower, ‘Back Row West’ was inspired by Sydney’s maritime history, back in 1788 when the first fleet landed in Sydney, Kent Street was referred to as Back Row West.

Owned by Bobby Volcevski the man behind Sydney’s city based eateries, Merchants of Ultimo and franchise The Gardens, Back Row West’s location offers an excellent meeting place over delicious fresh food in the heart of the central city’s northern precinct. With the building’s recent foyer upgrade, the restaurants grand lobby location features high ceilings and a contemporary edge; with specific venue design completed by Architectus and Otto Design Interiors. Particular features include streamlined lighting and comfortable lounge styled chairs, all finished in a combination of American White Oak and Victorian Ash timber. Back Row West is the perfect location to relax and enjoy a consistent and menu.

Chef, Andrew Duncan has an impressive background, and has worked all over Australia with top chefs, most recently at Bowery Lane. The breakfast and lunch menu is fresh, modern and full of flavour boasting breakfast dishes such as the Protein Hotcake and Crispy Skin Salmon or Potato Gnocchi for lunch. Drinks include smoothies and cold pressed juices such as Cherry Ripe or a Vitamin King juice. The same juices are used a little later in the day one can enjoy a mandarin mojito or a spicy margarita. Corporate catering is also available for local business.

Corporate design and branding was handled by Gemma Warriner and Katie Dean.

Back Row West is open Monday to Friday 6.30am-4pm and Thursday/Friday evening for cocktails and small plates. Website www.backrowwest.com.au

Follow us on instagram @backrowwest

For all media inquiry’s and images, please contact Kim Veverka-Bray on kim@magnetpr.com.au

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Tuna Poke Bowl for lunch

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Follow us @backrowwest on instagram

 Beautiful grand interior

Beautiful grand interior

 Coffee anyone?

Coffee anyone?

 Front desk at Back Row West

Front desk at Back Row West

 Our barista in action

Our barista in action

 Delicious Smoothie's

Delicious Smoothie's

 Home made Granola and fresh fruit salad for breakfast, yum!

Home made Granola and fresh fruit salad for breakfast, yum!

An hour of self love through dance - Dance Flow Life launches in Balmain!

Media Release                                                                                        June 2017

Intimate, personalised dance classes for anyone regardless of age, shape or dance level launches in Sydney’s Balmain. ‘Danceflowlife’ believes dance is for everyone. Dance is ageless and timeless and brings the participant freedom and a sense of wholeness. In one hour, one will make a connection to movement, music and choreography resulting in the creation of a piece of art whilst feeling like a true dancer.

Created by Carly Landa, a lady with 22 years in education and teaching saw her niche in starting Danceflowlife. She realised there where no dance classes available to those who weren’t in a certain age group or part of a style of dance culture such as Tango or Ballroom. “Dance and drama have always been a source of passion and inspiration for me”, says Carly. “I want to inspire people to let go and lose themselves in an hour of self love through dance in an unaffected environment”, she says.

About Carly Landa: Her family background is in the music business, Carly grew up enjoying music and dance. She is inspired by music and the images, landscapes and emotions it can evoke. A lover of the creative process, Carly draws choreography inspiration from music, visual dance landscapes or a phrase of dance from great choreographers such as Bob Fosse or Alvin Ailey. Sometimes it’s just a feeling, something that you can't put into words but you can dance. Singer/songwriter, FKA Twigs describes it well as she sings, ‘I dance feelings like they're spoken’.                                     

Having taught across multiple disciplines including dance, drama, French and literacy, Carly has also taught educational psychology and fostering positive learning environments. Passionate about her family, health and wellbeing, she helps families who have children with disabilities by volunteering within the home education community.

See https://www.danceflowlife.com.au for more.

To try one of these classes and all media inquiries and imagery please contact, Kim Veverka-Bray on kim@magnetpr.com.au or phone 0414640290

 Carly Landa, founder leads a dance class

Carly Landa, founder leads a dance class

 Satisfaction after class!

Satisfaction after class!

CHON Thai opens in the heart of Sydney's inner West

Chon (Thai for spoon), located in the heart of Sydney’s inner West suburb of Balmain features a delicious menu of modern Thai made by renowned chef, Pacharin “Air” Jantrakool. The restaurant, created by Michael Corrente’ also owner of Balmain institution, Blue Ginger nearby on Darling Street.

The BYO, 2-story restaurant houses 120 people and the menu boosts explosions of flavour from a large variety of appetizers, shared plates, salads, stir-fry’s, curries and deserts all inspired from Northern Thailand where chef originates. Chon’s wine list is interesting yet modest featuring quality wines perfectly matched to the menu.

With a large focus on excellent service, Chon’s interior is simple and fresh featuring white washed walls, polished concrete floors and the ceiling a sea of white paper lanterns dancing in the breeze.

About Michael Corrente’

Michael Corrente’ is no stranger to the Sydney restaurant business. He started out learning the basics in a busy, high volume function center 22 years ago it was not long before he became the new kid on the block opening his first restaurant on Norton St, Café Norton. Having been involved in 25 restaurants – some notable ones include Café Norton, Luna Blu on Norton Street, Big Muma’s in Woollahra and 17 years ago opened Blue Ginger in Balmain. Michael is passionate about great food and wine, trying new food and cultures around the world and family. Travelling frequently to Asia on a culinary tour he likes to keep in touch with Asian cuisine worldwide. A lover of flavorsome street food using local produce and ingredients handmade, one can easily see where his inspiration came from for Chon Thai.

ABOUT PACHARIN “AIR” JANTRAKOOL – CHEF AT CHON.

Born in Chang Mai in Northern Thailand, chef Air as we know her is the youngest in a family of 13. She studied a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition as well as in teaching and started out her career educating high school students about food and nutrition. After the death of her parents she moved to Sydney in 1990 to pursue her dream of cooking and living in Sydney. After completing her masters in communication she worked at renowned Thai restaurant, Sailor’s Thai in the Rocks. After this closed she opened her own restaurant with a partner, ‘Tapioca’ in Cremorne which sold to then spend some time consulting to restaurants in Melbourne.

Air began working at Chon as head Chef since it’s opening in December 2015. She is passionate about modern Thai cuisine taught to her from a young age by her mother. She prides herself in using seasonal produce and making all ingredients from scratch, all her herbs are brought in from Thailand and she uses only the best quality meat Sydney has on offer. She takes great pleasure in creating new dishes and seeing people satisfied and happy after they have eaten her delicious, mouth watering creations.

Check out their new site designed by Greg Le Sueur and Magnet PR http://www.chonthai.com.au Images by Rose Photos. For all PR opportunities and images contact Kim Veverka-Bray, kim@magnetpr.com.au

 Betel Leaf with smoked trout, ginger, lime, roasted coconut and caramelized palm sugar

Betel Leaf with smoked trout, ginger, lime, roasted coconut and caramelized palm sugar

 Grilled scallop with mint, coriander, red shallots and chilli lime dressing

Grilled scallop with mint, coriander, red shallots and chilli lime dressing

 Braised ox cheek massaman curry with sweet potatoes and onion

Braised ox cheek massaman curry with sweet potatoes and onion

 Dessert

Dessert

 Upstairs at Chon Thai

Upstairs at Chon Thai

 Ambiance downstairs

Ambiance downstairs

MM Photos celebrates 5 years!

Eastern suburbs based MM PHOTOS take Pride in shooting weddings and Portraiture and this year they celebrate five years. Photos live On for generations and are treasured by family members of any age.

Founder Michael Martin says, “Photography is my lifelong passion and creative expression. Everyone’s ultimate dream is to make a living doing what he or she love’s and I am truly blessed and grateful, to be living my dream”.

Inspiration to begin MM PHOTOS began after working for Sydney’s top 2 wedding photography businesses. Now the studio prides itself on producing a customised and personal service for their clients. From the first moment one walks into the studio they are given the VIP treatment. Once booked they receive a celebrative gift and at all times meet with the photographer who will be shooting their event. The photographer takes time to get to know the personality of the couple so that they feel relaxed and happy to be themselves. “We believe this personalised service is the winning formula to capture the best possible photos on their special day”, says Michael. “We offer engagement shoots, a nice way to warm up to your wedding and are proud to say we end up documenting family and pet portraits through to pregnancy shots as clients trust us and covet our work”, he says.

Photographers at MM PHOTOS go to great lengths to get the perfect shots such as lying on the ground, climbing on roofs and through bushes, even hanging upside down! These are a sample of the many ways this studio captures the moment unobtrusively. They can also provide the use of a drone to capture fantastic aerial images. Take a look at their photographic magic on their new website http://mmphotos.com.au

About MM PHOTOS: Michael Martin the man behind MM PHOTOS has always had a passion for photography. From a young age he was inspired by his father whom shared the same passion and enjoyed shooting personalities. Michael completed many professional courses and worked for Sydney’s top wedding and portrait studios before launching. Michael found a mentor in chief street shooter, Marco Bok a man who taught him to live through his lens.

He is personally avid about his family and friends and his dog (Charlie Brown) who makes a guest appearance on the company website and would get away snowboarding any chance he could. Michael knows first hand what it takes to plan a wedding as he recently married Karen in beautiful Byron Bay. Karen has joined the team managing MM PHOTOS through her valuable corporate experience keeping the team in line. The studio takes pride in shooting for charitable events such as the Australian Jewish Fertility Network and the annual Shine and Dine dinner.

Please enjoy some of their beautiful images below!

For more information visit http://mmphotos.com.au and follow us on social media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mmphotosaustralia
Instagram: https://instagram.com/mmphotosaus/ 

 Stacey and Hoppo's wedding. You may have seen Hoppo on TV Show Bondi Rescue

Stacey and Hoppo's wedding. You may have seen Hoppo on TV Show Bondi Rescue

WEOA launches Australian Bridal Fashion Week!

Australia’s wedding industry body, Wedding and Events of Australia (WEOA) launched the first ever Australian Bridal Fashion Week (ABFW) in Sydney on June 5-7th, 2015 at the Australian Technology Park.

Magnet PR & Events was proud to handle all communications and marketing for the inaugural event and oh what a big job it was! we are proud to say we secured local and international media, key brand alignments and part of the overall event concept making sure everyone knew about this key event in Australian history of fashion and bridal.

International and local bridal fashion buyers, media, top wedding industry professionals and bride to be’s came into Sydney from all over to see Australia’s finest bridal gown designers launch their new collections upon the impressive 40-meter runway.

The official media and VIP launch is held on Friday 5th of June with special guest’s Network Ten’s newsreader, Jessica Turner and Tara O’Keefe along with 150 VIP’s all gathered to get their photo on the red carpet, enjoy Oyster Bay wine’s and delicious items form the Salt Meats Cheese grazing table as they mingled and grooved to the tunes of the ABFW band, Duke. Guests where then treated to a sneak peak runway show of one gown from each designer participating in ABFW.

With 19 shows held across the weekend of Saturday 6th and 7th of June, ABFW designers on the runway included:

Saturday 6th of June 2015:                                        

10am – Liz Martinez - http://www.lizmartinez.co.il

Sarah Joseph - http://www.sarahjosephcouture.com

Mariana Hardwick - http://marianahardwick.com.au

Diane Lewis Couture - http://www.dianelewiscouture.com.au

2pm – LUOMO - http://www.luomo.com.au

Avari couture Collection - http://www.avaricouture.com.au

White Runway - http://whiterunway.com.au

Stellini Cute Couture: https://www.stellinacutecouture.com.au

Forever Vintage Couture: http://www.forevervintage.net.au

Emerging Designers: Tanya Anic: http://www.tanyaanic.com

 Nahida Alayan & Sant Ella: http://www.santelia.com.au/

 Sunday 7th of June 2015

10am – Forever Vintage Bridesmaid - http://www.forevervintage.net.au

SJ Lingerie - https://sjlingerie.com.au

For the Love of Grace - http://fortheloveofgrace.com.au

Stellini Cute Couture: https://www.stellinacutecouture.com.au

2pm – Johanna Johnson - https://www.johannajohnson.com

Leah Da Gloria - http://www.leahdagloria.com.au

Jennifer Regan - http://www.jenniferregan.com.au

Anna Campbell and Akira Isogawa - finale

Between runway shows guests could get up close and personal with the designer’s and their gowns, bridesmaids dresses, men's suiting, footwear, headpieces, accessories, jewellery and juniors fashion. Guests sat back and relaxed with a glass of bubbles in the champagne bar or indulged in the ABFW beauty room  where they had make over’s & lashes by Harlotte cosmetics - http://harlotte.com.au/flash.htm and nail’s by Italian brand FABY, Australia http://faby.com.au and unwinding in the Four Points by Sheraton lounge.

About Wedding & Events of Australia (WEOA): WEOA supports and educates elite brands in the Australian wedding industry. As the industry body, WEOA facilitates connectivity and support and recognizing excellence in business through the annual Wedding Industry Professionals of Australia (WIPA) awards as well the ‘WEOA Summit’ (launching 2016), which will allow members to be inspired by industry leaders.

Select Photography below from Damien Ford Photography

 Jessica Turner, Jessica Eckford Aguilera and Tara O'Keefe wearing Leah Da Gloria 

Jessica Turner, Jessica Eckford Aguilera and Tara O'Keefe wearing Leah Da Gloria 

Johanna Johnson on the runway
 Tanya Anic Bridal with Paspaley Pearls necklace

Tanya Anic Bridal with Paspaley Pearls necklace

 Forever Vintage Bridal

Forever Vintage Bridal

 Leah Da Gloria showstopper gown

Leah Da Gloria showstopper gown

 Leah Da Gloria Bridal

Leah Da Gloria Bridal

 Liz Martinez bridal

Liz Martinez bridal

 Akira Isogawa

Akira Isogawa

 Sarah Joseph Couture

Sarah Joseph Couture

 Diane Lewis

Diane Lewis

 Johanna Johnson & Farage for men

Johanna Johnson & Farage for men

 Backstage atmosphere

Backstage atmosphere

 Stellini Cute Couture

Stellini Cute Couture