Monthly Archives: November 2014

Cinemo Paradiso

Summer is coming fast! Lazy days and balmy nights… what to do, what to do!?

Retro is the new thing, so why not get your friends together and have a good old-fashioned movie night in the back yard. Throw down the mattresses, the bean bags, the blankets… hang the party lights in the trees and relax. Just make sure you have a well stocked Candy Bar, and refreshments for the grown ups!

It’s the Stylo thing to do…

Be inspired.

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Margaret River Gourmet Escape – Through The Eyes of an Exhibitor

This Stylo had the privilege of helping out a friend at this year’s ‘Gourmet Escape’ in Margaret River.  The said friend Jackie (joint owner of Barton Jones Wines in Donnybrook) had booked a space to showcase their range of beautiful Geographe wines to the world of crazy wine and food followers.  It’s a new breed of sub culture where traditional and discerning foodies are being joined by a younger generation in the adoration of gastronomy and the ‘celebrities’ that have evolved from the phenomena. I was astounded to see literally thousands of 20 somethings clutching their prized cook books (some costing up to $400), and mad with the excitement over the potential to grab a moment of time with their favored chef while seeking a signature.  There is no doubt the ‘Gourmet Escape’s’ contribution to showcasing WA food and wine is invaluable, and perhaps becoming one of the most significant in the state if not the country. As a member of the exhibitors community I had the rare insight to see and meet many of the people behind the food and beverage we enjoy so much, so I decided to focus this post on the real people behind ‘Gourmet Escape’. Those who promote the food, wine and cafe cultures in WA on an ongoing and continuous basis with passion, hard work and smiles.

Barton Jones Wines from the Geographe Wine Region produce a range of sophisticated and flavoursome wines. Jackie Barton and Adrian Jones pour their heart and souls into a beautiful vineyard just south of Donnybrook on the Upper Capel Road.  14 years of work and commitment now see their wines featuring on may wine lists in Perth and the regions.  Like so many of the wineries represented at the ‘Gourmet Escape’ punters will see Barton Jones at many food and wine festivals throughout the state.  As a small producer the opportunity of getting wines into outlets is a painstaking journey including many miles, many stalls and many conversations with the consumer. I certainly learn’t this over the weekend, and while I expected to be busy spending much of my weekend chatting, I don’t think I had any real concept of the continuous dialogue that was necessary to showcase a product in a sea of so many other quality wines.

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www.bartonjoneswines.com.au

We had some wonderful next door neighbors that included not only more wine producers but also honey and mead. Like all good neighbours we laughed, chatted and shared. Check out Harewood Estate when next in Denmark or Bartholomews for the best honey and mead. One jar of creamed honey came home with me. And on a side note, there wasn’t just celebrity chefs in abundance. Layne Beachley was happy to wander and chat amongst the many stalls.

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www.harewood.com.au

One woman who I continue to admire as a true ambassador of the South West food producers is Katrina Lane from ‘A Taste of Balingup’. Katrina along with Sophie Bud had a very special exhibition over the weekend where they specifically showcased local produce and producers.  They ran numerous presentations with equally passionate and accomplished chefs in a demonstration of how important it is to source our produce from local suppliers.  Literally from Paddock to Plate.  When in Balingup you must check out Katrina’s little business.  It is always a pleasure. www.tasteofbalingup.com.au

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Food, food, food, food.  It seemed at times to never be enough. What really struck me was that it wasn’t just food, but also art.  Each stall showcased either a product or a menu, and without exception the presentation was incredible. So many known cafes and bars – and many unknown and need to be visited……I think most that live along the coast will recognise Samudra from Dunsborough.  A true lifestyle experience and always shared with a big smile. www.samudra.com.au

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And if it is sweet treats you like??? Cupcakes, home made sweets, nougat……. Sweetharts Cupcakes stole my heart. Bought 2 little babies for the trip home on Sunday night www.sweetharts.com.au

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Or perhaps Sweet Dreams is more your cup of tea with an incredible combination of Bagels and Donuts.  What pulled me to this store was the great smiles and joy radiating from the team.  www.sweetdreamfoods.com.au

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With an events background I know that pulling a gig together like ‘Gourment Escape’ is immense. No event functions without our ‘backstage’ crew.  The chances are that the high standard of staging, lighting and sound at many events in the South West is due to this man.  Derek Peterson of Totally Sound. All we event organisers love Derek. All Style I think event in the signature black.

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So many faces amongst the crowds and I was continuously running into beautiful people.  Jodie was no exception and I was very lucky to sample the super Pinchos from the ‘Pinchos Perth’ crew.  Treat yourselves. www.pinchos.me

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The effervescent Verity James visited our stall both mornings to share a chat and laugh before we got on with business.

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I am a sucker for antiques so felt very excited to discover ‘More Than Antiques’ just across from us.  I literally did not have much time to explore but still managed to take a little souvenir home that will sit very nicely in my kitchen www.morethanantiques.com.au

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I could not even attempt to showcase all of the people represented at this year’s premier Margaret River Food Fest but I do hope I have given you a tiny slice of the truly wonderful people who congregate to share the journey.  The Gourmet Village was only 1 element of many which included a very diverse and exciting collection of satellite events.  I thank the organisers, sponsors and celebrities who contribute, and sincerely toast and take my hat off to all the stallholders, exhibitors and producers who are the true ‘Taste of WA’.  Yes, I drank coffee but also finished my days with a lovely glass of 2007 Barton Jones Semillon.

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As the sun set over the vines late yesterday evening Jackie and I headed home with our cupcakes. Would I attend the Margaret River ‘Gourmet Escape’ as an exhibitor again? While I love the idea of being more free to sample the many and varied on offer, there was a certain privilege to being a member of the exhibitors community.

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Bunbury Shines at Melbourne Cup

Stylo was out and about yesterday at the Bunbury Turf Club to share in the excitement of the “Race That Stops The Nation”. We were more than impressed with the effort so many had made in dressing for the occasion.  There is no doubt the Bunbury crowd have raised the stakes this year. As 1 punter commented, it was a classy event. Here is a few of our favourite outfits. And we will start with this one. It is a perfect example of how keeping it simple can still look amazing.  And love the Gorman shoes with the touch of rose gold.

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Stylo is always seeking out some one who can carry off Vintage, and we have a winner here

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Four girls who can do no wrong when it comes to putting it together, including our Stylo Kristy.

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Classic navy in between 2 on trend floral numbers.

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Black and white – Black and white – Black and white. Another winner.

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Stylo loves a family that all dress to impress – and these guys nailed it – and were more than happy to pose for our pic.

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If some one asked what colours were in for this season – we can only say all.  While there were lots of floral and bright tones, the pastels were featuring strongly too. These girls looked beautiful together.

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Visitors from the Gold Coast thought they would see how Bunbury celebrated the Melbourne Cup.  We hope we didn’t disappoint, and are glad they made so much effort to dress for the day.

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Young and funky, has to be part of the Cafe 140 team.

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Don’t you love how these three tone in so beautifully.  Harrison is a lucky man to be amongst 2 beauties.

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Look at those legs. Hot. the nude underlay really helps in featuring the intricate lace in Shiralee’s dress.

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Very clever tie in with the multi coloured fascinator.

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This is the first 3 beauties I photographed yesterday and they set the bar pretty high.

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So many, many, many great looks.

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And I am going to finish this post with 2 pics that show what the day is all about.  Melbourne Cup provides an opportunity for communities to celebrate together and share in fun and laughter.

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