Social Scene – July 2012

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We have been lucky enough to have a spot of gorgeous weather lately, but that chill is in the air. Winter is all about snuggly blankets, woolly jumpers and eating just a bit more than necessary! With lots of amazing local restaurants, clubs and cafés to choose from, how can we resist? 

I love to cook, but I also love to feed people. If you come to our house, there is no way you are going to go hungry. Plumper, yes, but definitely NOT hungry! The Husband practically classes the word hungry as a swear word, and The Son (who loves to eat) doesn’t even know what it means! He arrives with his entourage, which consists of great big lolloping teenagers, mostly boys, who seem to be consistently hungry. I had a thought the other day that without this whole constant stream of food, what would happen? Could a reduction of delicious snacks be used as some kind of blackmail? (As I laugh, like a mother with a wicked idea.) I’ll get back to that later…

I recently attended The North Coast Wedding Workshop, staged by April Briscoe and Michaela Slater. This was the first of its kind in this area and was a huge success. The MC, Annie Blair, was dressed in a gorgeous long gown provided by Spurling Bridal and Formal Wear. I managed to slide out of there under the guise of being a social pages columnist with a goodie bag and a dish of delicious sample cakes from Modern Cake Creations. Before exiting with my stash, I was treated to a fabulous fashion parade and a glass of the bubbly kind. Guests of the day were given the opportunity to talk first hand with industry experts such as La Fleur D’Alyse, Special Occasions, Modern Cake Creations, Fiasco Catering and Parrys Jewellers. The event covered everything needed to make your wedding a success and stand out from the rest.

If you fancy joining a group called The Gypsy Painters, you will be on the way to having a mighty fine time. This gathering of artists meets at the Guide Hall in Toormina on Thursdays, from 9am until 1pm. The group formed this year and have about 12 people on their books, with room for more! There are no joining fees, and even though there are no tutors, there are people who can help with many forms of art. The Gypsy Painters choose what they want to do and where. Dressing up as a Gypsy is not compulsory, but they do it every now and again just for fun! For information, call 6658 8859.

Got dolled up and attended the opening of the CHC Pharmacy at the new Specialist Medical Centre on the highway. We were greeted at the door by Mena Abdel Messih, Samuel Ledger and Lloyd Smith who, looking dapper in their Black Tie attire, were doing the meeting and the greeting. These gentlemen are the new Pharmacist Owners of CHC Pharmacy and were hosting the event to celebrate the opening their business. Allyson Schumer, the event’s organiser and owner/manager of The Rainforest Café, provided the scrumptious cocktail food for the evening. Allyson commented that this would be the first medical venue where regional doctors and nurses could meet with the business community of the Coffs Coast.

After Councillor Kerry Hines cut the ribbon and opened the event, guests were treated to musical entertainment and the added bonus of Moet et Chandon Champagne flowing freely throughout the night. The night was a huge success, with over 200 guests attending, including specialists, doctors and supporters of this wonderful new venture.

Blush Makeup and Beauty Studio hosted a series of VIP make-up sessions presented by celebrity makeup artist, Nathan Kake. Participants were given lessons in makeup application, pampered and given the opportunity to take home some gorgeous Napoleon Perdis products. Blush are introducing some exciting new services over the coming months, including lymphatic massage, so make sure you keep an eye on what they’re up to!

Left the house with two giant bags filled to the brim with jewells from Le Dãin Designs. Le Dãin had the pleasure of being a Major Launch Sponsor of The Manhattan Project, along with Emma Rhoades Photography and DarkLab. I was off to bejewell over twenty-five ladies for a photo shoot for the launch of this new venture, a project of Fiona Foulkes. The shoot was staged in a warehouse, where some of Coffs Coast’s most stylish women were made up by Sammy O’Brien from Beauty on the Promenade, adorned with jewells from Le Dãin Designs and photographed by Emma Rhoades Photography. Apart from the shoot, a short film was made to add to the promotional launch of the project. For information on The Manhattan Project, see:

The Manhattan Project Launch Night will be on Friday 20 July from 5.30 at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. All money raised is going towards helping women and children affected by war. Tickets are $20 and available from My Sister’s Wardrobe and Harvey World Travel.

Sawtell Bowling Club will be having their Sawtell Festival Week of Social Bowls from 17 July – 28 July. This is the 10th anniversary of this event. Many of the players from interstate come to enjoy the week’s events. Apart from the sporting side, Thursday is Market Day, which includes craft stalls, raffles, book stalls, a money board and plenty more. While you are there, try a fabulous Chinese meal from the club’s restaurant … a great dining experience for all the family these school holidays.

We attended the opening of a bigger and better My Sister’s Wardrobe store now located in Moonee Street, and the joint was packed. With her usual flair, she had set the scene, with her girls all dressed up vintage style. Elyan and her girls are an instant show wherever they go; that’s why they were such a hit at the recent 25th Wintersun Festival. Le Dãin had the pleasure of adorning Elyan for the festival and all other events. Anyway, we all had a fabulous time at the launch. Bubbles and canapés were served, and us ladies got to enjoy a little retail therapy. A great girlie night out.

Now, as I informed you before, I am definitely not Mother Hubbard – and my pantry is certainly not bare! But I once had tried to threaten both The Son, The Entourage and The Nieces with: “If you don’t help me with the chores, I am not filling up the pantry or even going shopping!” It doesn’t work! They know full well that like my great friend Leonie (she knows who she is), we have a little shopping issue. One can’t buy just one type of cheese … it has to be ten! So if you are waiting to hear how I won this time, wait on … I love to shop, cook and feed everyone. I hate the expression, but it’s a win-win situation, and no-one goes hungry!

Here’s to plumping up … but just for the winter!


Le Dãin Designs.

This story was published in issue 22 of the Coffs Coast Focus

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