Last week I went to the launch of the Upstairs at The Bellevue Hotel in Paddington. All gone under renovation and interiors designed by ex-model Michelle Leslie (pictured below with fur). The upstairs was filled with warm colours, chesterfield sofas and Renaissance paintings, finished with rich wood, brass touches and beautiful antique chandeliers. It features as a sitting and private dining room venue, with a great outdoor wooden balcony which will be the ideal for relaxing, absorbing the sun and the warm summer nights.

    Over 150 guests attended, filling to all sides of the walls. Most enjoyable was the endless serves of cocktails and canapes. That pineapple and pomegranate cocktail below was so good I had 4 of them. Plus that pork belly with sour cherry.. just could not resist the fat! haha

    There were so many canapes.. to name a few they include - Smoked eggplant tartlet with woodside goats cured, Chicken and tarragon finger sandwiches

    Mozzarella, eggplant and salsa agresto finger sandwiches, Slow roast pork belly with sour cherries, Boudin blanc of chicken wrapped in brioche.

    I also met amazing jewellery designer Sofia Fitzpatrick, who handcrafts every individual piece herself from a chunk of silver, gold or brass. We played around with her crazy chunk skull rings and my ManiaMania Immortals ring, you can see pics of us below. Check out her label Silver Skull Jewellery here - absolutely love it! I also met her friend, Simon Day, who was the front man of Ratcat, one of the huge Australian indie bands back in the late eighties and nineties. Interestingly, I had a google of course and he was in last years Bonds Tube Bra ad here. Coincidentally, both Sofia's jewellery and Simon is currently featured in the September Issue of Rolling Stones Australia.


    On Wednesday, I attended the runway launch of the SPEEDO Summer ’11 swimwear collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney, Town Hall. The summery and energetic, colour filled show featured women’s, men’s and kids SPEEDO BEACH collections plus also the SPEEDO AQUABUMPS collaboration with Eugene Tan. The AQUABUMPS prints were refreshing and perfect for the summer to come! The runway show also showcased the perfect vibrant colours and prints for the upcoming summer, plus some dancers interjecting throughout the show! The kids on the runway were the cutest things ever! Speedo shows they are made for all ages. When it comes to swimwear, it's always Speedo. I remember learning to swim in them!

    Rachel Finch walked the runway, for the first time since competing in the Miss Universe Australia. It was amazing to see her return to the runway, taking a break for 2 years, during in which, has been on Celebrity MasterChef, Dancing With The Stars and now engaged too!

    Walking down the runway alongside Rachel, was Eamon Sullivan, Olympic swimmer who has received a lot of press this year with obtaining the title of CLEO BACHELOR 2011, crownded as a Celebrity MasterChef, opening his co-owned cafe Louis Baxter in Perth and he just launched his very own cookbook, Eamon's Kitchen. I had a quick chat with him backstage while he was getting prepped for the show. Watch the video below, talking about what was going through his nerves before walking down the runway, what's next installed for him and a message for young aspiring swimmers. There is also another video at the bottom of Rachel, Eamon and Sophie talking about Speedo.

    Sitting front row, opposite me were Eamon's swimmer mates, Speedo athletes - James Magnussen, Geoff Huegill and Libby Trickett cheering and whistling him on. It's great to see them supporting each other!

    Australia's Next Top Model Cycle 6, Sophie Van Den Akker also brought some energy and fun vibes down the runway.

    Models are definitely a wake up call for me... to exercise. Ps. Doesn't that model below in yellow shorts, look like Chris Brown?!
    MORE IMAGES at the BOY MOMENTS Facebook Page HERE! Plus behind scenes footage HERE!

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