CHANOYU URBAN RETREAT AT ABIA SYDNEY NEW website review: NM photos: Rouben Dickranian
Chanoyu is a Japanese ceremony at which tea is prepared, served, and taken with an ancient and involved ritual called tea ceremony. Zen Buddhism was a primary influence in the development of the Japanese tea ceremony, Chanoyu. I guess this is the main atmosphere when you enter the Chanoyu Urban Spa Retreat in Collingwood. It is tranquil and it is very much Zen. It is not luxurious, but it feels cozy like home and you will leave feeling relaxed, refreshed and renewed.
It is the moment when you are having all the time in the world to enjoy yourself and this is the only though that most likely comes to your mind when you enter the retreat. Your journey starts when you are greeted with the signature distinctive scents at the doors and then when you are kindly invited to remove your shoes before entering into the room. When you think: "My piece of mind is ore achievable than I thought" you got seated on the flat floor cushion throuwn on the rush-covered straw mat forming a traditional Japanese floor covering.
Thank the Chanoyu Spa then as you are about to find your inner peace while you are drinking Japanese finest green tea served with care and love. The Chanoyu Urban Retreat was recommended by many clients and customers as one of the most traditional Japanese Spa in Melbourne.
We were not surprised that the Chanoyu Spa was recently awarded a Business Award for Customer Service Excellence at the ABIA 2017, that is hold annually in Sydney at one one of the most luxurious hotels in Sydney CBD: Hyatt Regency. We were not surprised to be invited as an exclusive media crew to cover the event. While the event hall was overcrowded by the many beauty salons from all over Australia we had a great time at our table 52 listening to the speeches from th estage. We got very excited when the name of Chanouy Urban Retreat came up, called and shown on the big screen to all 600 guests present. the moent of glory is not always enough and I believe the manager Anne Nguyen and her partners is always looking for more achievements that we are all so eger to see and we wait for the new and even better results next year 2018. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Chanoyu Urban Retreat collective for such a success in 2017 and wil be looking for even better accoplishments.
photos of the owner Anne Nguyen by Rouben Dickranian
CHANOYU URBAN RETREAT WITH MISS WORLD AUSTRALIA photos: Rouben Dikranian text: Natasha Marchev
Our lives are way too busy and too "urbanised" . We often do not have time to go the nature, beach and forest to reflect on our lives. More to that: many of us miss on human touch: be it war words of joyful conversation or a simple"hello" hug. That is why I cherish the time with my friends and love new experiences. I also love to go to the massages and beauty facial s at the Chanoyu Urban Retreat , a small but very cute and cozy place located in urbanly busy district of Collingwood on Smith Street. Collingwood's Chanoyu Urban Retreat was awarded the title of the finalists among the best customer services in Australia at the annual ABIA Australian Beauty Industry Awards in Sydney in August 2017. But let's go back to our perfect hidden spot on Smith Street. Would you like to take a break from a busy working week? I bet you do! We met with Australian Miss World 2017 crowned Esma Voloder for lunch at the Wabi Sabi restaurant, that has a feel of the hidden Japanese gem. Debby Miller, the Miss World Australia kindly joined us on the day too. This was an invite from the Chanoyu Urban Retreat owner, Anne Ngueyn. The hearty and healthy food including obento boxes was offered offered to us at the table where the guests were treated as royalties. Green tea was served with a warn smile to match the occasion. We were served white wine and the food's finale was orchestrated by the favorite green tea ice cream. The food was divine indeed so were the people at the table. The conversation started slowly to get deeper and deeper. Food was making its way to our souls I guess. Are we still thinking the stress and tiredness should be done? Oh yes! Please lets go ahead with the treatments! ... but before Anne's magic starts we talk and talk and talk...I also think the wines was playing a significant roles here as suddenly the conversation became a real delight. Esma is not only a beautiful in her appearance and I guess her title is well deserved... but not only that: she is a gorgeous soul inside. She freely speaks her mind out, her thoughts are fresh and unique: I could not see any fake note in her words nor I could not pick up - the thoughts she spoke out were not borrowed from the books and philosophical volumes, the 25-years old young lady spoke in her own inner troth to us: her vies on the world and how it can be changed to the better place. There were no banal conclusions or cliches. The truth was on the tongue of this amazing girl and her principals of life and living it the way she already designed for herself were absolutely stunning for us to hear. I could only reflect in her and we understood each other being on the same page in one blink of an eye. What can I say? Esma is one magnificent soul - a beautiful creation inside out. But let's leave the emotions aside. Esma and Debby got the perfect treatments and they both looked absolutely fabulous and refreshed after the facials that Anne willingly offered. I am taking this opportunity to thank both Esma and Debby for accepting Anne's invite, for their time and for joining us for lunch being such a sensational guests at the table, being so natural, inspiring and grounded at the same time. We all really enjoyed our time together. I am also very grateful to Rouben who went (as usual) out of his way and looked after the driving part of the occasion and the photos as well as many other small things that made our all feeling of this meeting so interesting and welcoming. I am expressing y special thanks to Anne and her crew who prepared this event in a very special way making it so hoe like and hospitable as well as thanking the crew for the opportunity to cover and look after the publicity part of this very special day. ESMA VOLODER MISS WORD AUSTRALIA WABI SABI SALON CHANOYU URBAN RETREAT
@LakesideHairBeautySpa Call (03) 5940 3761 Lakeside Blvd Pakenham, Victoria
I have to confess that for a good beauty treatment I would travel to the other side of the city if I know my hair would look perfect, my nails would be looked after well and I would get a friendly and happy service and greeting smiles. I should also confess that my experience at the Lakeside Spa was amazing and it was even more than that: blissful. All right, all right: I actually expected it as the place is owned, founded and run by Anne Nguyen and her business partner, Nayanie Pannipitiya, Knowing Anne for years now and knowing how good her treatments are at the Collingwood Chanoyu Urban Retreat, I was expecting the Lakeside treatments to be the same,meaning high level and I got no disappointment: they met my expectations and went even beyond that. I was met at the doors by the most friendly crew of salon masters and treated like Queen. I was shown around and introduced to the whole team. I was seated at the nails bar and my nails were looked after, polished, buffered and painted bronze. Then my hair were attended and styled with the best products on the market ( Matrix's Biolage) as well as the blow wave left my hair bouncy and shiny. The spa is also doing spa waxing, make up of any kind and skin care facials using the best range of products (my favorite Thalgo with its holistic approach that will leave your skin radiating and younger looking), massage and much more in pampering men and women. The salon will also look after the brides. I also have to mention the Alpha-H facials that are customised to individual skin concerns: they will improve the overall health of the skin with a combination of potent active ingredients, unique selection of vitamin infusions and massage. I was touched by the hospitality as I was looked after as the best friend. I should admit the customer service is top calls at the salon. We were rushing back to the city for the media event. The table at the Lakeside Spa was served with tea, coffee and high tea snacks and mini cakes. It was a VIP event at the Lakeside Hair Beauty Spa. We were totally moved: the plate full of yummy treats went inside out take away bag and it was eaten with delight inside the car. I would like to thank the Lakeside Salon in Pakenham for their generosity, for the team talents and skills and for their professionalism as well for the owner's warmth and kindness. No matter where you are I will travel a distance to be treated like a Queen again and again. Thank you Guys and Girls!
I have been to Chanoyu Spa for treatments many times now, I know these hands, but it is always a new experience for me. We all come for treatments with our own moods, be it stress or happiness, sadness or joy or all of them in one package. For a good massage specialist it is the matter of not creating something better out of us but only balancing what is already there. A massage therapist, Anne at Chanoyu Urban Retreat starts her full body massage with a cup of warming up sencha tea. It is a special blend that prepares you to the experience of bliss. It has a pinch of rice in it, a tiny but tasty piece of Japan indeed. Ready I am and I feel she will get very deep and will see my soul too. I am left for a couple of minutes alone to get prepared and to sneak under the blanket. Anne greets me again with the warm words. Her hands start from my shoulders and go in the directions only known by a specialist but I follow the hands and try to understand what Anne and my body is telling me. It hurts in some places a lot - I guess there are blockages there that need to be looked after. They are the blockages that accumulated from the mental stress, physical labour and unpleasant thoughts. Anne knows exactly where to go. She is a driver, a a geographical traveler with the maps of my physical image, the me materialised. She probably already feels when happened and when as an observer from the driver's seat. But she goes beyond that too. Her sensitivity of what needs to be focused on in my body is unbelievable... The calming music, the smell of the scents and the oils aroma take me to the world where the words are silent, movements are still and thoughts are short and sweet. Now asked to turn around I lie on my back. When my legs, hands and arms are touched I float away - Anne is the master in this I have to admit... Dozing away I do not remember the rest of the session only to wake up by a soft "How do you feel now?" question. I should not answer - she knows already the answer and another cup of tea is offered to me - it is stronger than the first one and has got even more flavour to ground me down. Visions came and vanished but I tried not to think about anything during my session. I have been to many massage practioners before - men and women, friends and strangers. I prefer the women's touch to be honest only because they feel more and deeper but with Anne it is also as if she knows me for a longer time than our memory tells us and they are not these only 6 years. Being also very sensitive to the energy I would not trust anyone to touch my physical body as it is also an exchange of energy. Your massage therapist takes a lot on herself when she uses her hands. Many of them have exhausting days if the client is broken or stressed and disturbed. It is important that we are aware of that when we go to see such practitioners - it is all about the exchange of energies - and in this case the compatibility and whom do you choose to work on your body is very important. I believe I found my perfect one at Anne's Spa. Anne, I am looking forward for more now and can not wait. I am very grateful for everything! More to that : when you finish your treatment you can always have a good Japanese meal in the restaurant downstairs. Anything with the name finishing with "don" will do!
OMG!!! Probably Armani / Georgio Armani himself would say "Si" to this perfume! "Yes" because it is Armani I guess... never bought the Armani for females in our house but have heaps for men here... I guess my first in Armani lines... and it is classy: I am getting addicted to this one! sweet and very seductive aroma: vanilla, woody (not allen), fruity and spicy. It has the creamy citrus zest and the blackberry powderyness in it. top notes: black currant with the middles notes of rose and white freesia, base: vanilla woodsy patchouli ambroxan. It is a SI for me dear Georgio! Thanking gorgeous Lucie Stauff for getting it for me last night - direct from Paris' Armani shop where she worked for some months - that was the manager's gift that ended up in Canterbury Melbourne. I am speechless.. .thank you Lucie! It is coming in a very delicate bottle with the black lead - reminding me of some finely made perfumes we used to buy back in Russia. love it!
SCARLETTO'S ON TH DANCE FLOOR i will never run out of Versace white and gold dress [on the floor] and my new Scarletto's shoes this winter... we will see what spring brings... thank you dear Candice! <3
KIMONO PHOTOSHOOT thanking one of our yesterday's Kimono project major sponsor: Chanoyu Urban Retreat and the owner, Anne Nguyen for the gifts to our crew and myself. Thalgo Australia is one of my favorite skin care brands. There are also salon vouchers for the whole crew! Anne, your presents are just spot on! Thank you very much!
GUO PEI FASHION 2017
July 2, 2017, in Paris, in the prestigious Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, Guo Pei presented her Couture Collection for the fourth time. An homage to Haute Couture is the theme of this season. “For long, I have been using my designs and my work to express my feelings, my dreams, and speak from my heart. This season, I decided to just focus on the clothing itself,” says Guo Pei
The grand era of Haute Couture is not that far away from us yet it is getting increasingly strange to us day after day. Guo Pei created 43 looks in the most sincere reverence to the remaining innocence of that age. Industrialisation and fast fashion drifted us away from the most beautiful crafts and that elegant gorgeous era. The designs, stripped of exaggeration, with less affectation, combine the most delicate process and the most classic lines for the purest beauty of the craft to honour the peak age of Haute Couture.
Guo Pei used the most fashionable fabrics, privileged a classic line with delicate fabrics to enhance the feminine silhouette. Metallic textural lustre and varying colours bring visual enrichment. This season, complex constructions and layering bring an illusional aspect yet emphasising the freshness of the silhouettes. Embroidery and beading combined with sophisticated craftsmanship are Guo Pei’s signature. Three-dimensional embroideries combined with delicate ornaments enhance the rhythmical image of the collection and also a vivid feminine charm. For this collection, Guo Pei has been working hand in hand with Caroline Scheufele, Co-President and Artistic Director of Chopard, in order to present their ideal vision of Couture and High Jewellery. Since their first meeting in #Paris in 2015, an immediate friendship was born. Their common artistic taste as well as the pursuit of beauty and ultimate design and craftsmanship, led them to imagine a four-hand collaboration. In this synchronised design process, they successfully completed a blend of Chinese and Western cultures and aesthetics as well as the perfect fusion between fashion and jewellery. Guided by prolific creativity, a tireless quest for perfection and an aspiration towards the sublime, Caroline Scheufele has given rise to a vast and opulent collection of High Jewellery themed around a dreamy vision of Asia. “Through a joint runway show with Guo Pei, an innovative and promising form of feminine solidarity is expressed: women are never as strong as when they combine their talents” says Caroline Scheufele.
JAPANESE KIMONO THEME PHOTOSHOOT
BTS of the BRC Kimono photo shoot, held 1 July 2017.
BELLISSIMA BRIDE MAGAZINE
the sets of Belle Bellissima Bride Magazine to be snail-mailed out to our January 2017 crew - all ready and will be packed in a minute...
Miss World Australia and Beauty with a Purpose present #OfficialCrowningCeremony and National Final – DATE: Friday 14th July 2017 – LOCATION: Grand Hyatt Melbourne WEB: http://www.missworldaustralia.com.au TICKETS (selling fast): Call 03 9826 9300 | Email firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com Beauty With a Purpose Beauty with a Purpose was created by Julia Morley in 1972. The Beauty with a Purpose initiative is at the heart of Miss World with the organization working tirelessly to raise funds for many good causes over the years. More than $1 billion USD has been donated to local and international organisations in aid of disadvantaged children around the globe. Beauty With A Purpose does not stop with just the titleholder. National representatives and licence holders are actively encouraged to support worthy projects in their own countries. Part of the brief to contenders in each country is that they volunteer their time or fundraise for projects in their own countries. Their hard work, dedication and above all, results, are what puts them in the running for the Beauty with a Purpose award. The Beauty With A Purpose Award singles out and recognises the Miss World contestant who is shown to have made a real difference to people in need in her homeland. Find out more: www.beautywithapurpose.com Thanks to our friends at Miss World AustraliaBohemian Rhapsody Club and Online Magazine is proudly covering this year National Final and Official Crowning Ceremony (media: Bryanna Reynolds (presenter), Glen Wilson & Erkin Kalayci, (photos) , Fabrizio Evans (teaser/video) ) Please stay tuned for more information coming up soon. photos below: Manish Bolla at MK Creative Imagery (WA Finals) and Anna Berger at Anna Berger Shots (VIC Finals)
METIS RESTAURANT AND GALLERY IN BALI TAKES OUR PHOTO
This project is devoted to one of the most beautiful and graceful animals on the planet: horse.
There is something prehistoric in the look of this incredible creature. The connection between humans and horses is also legendary. Man's life seems almost impossible without horses. Many artworks in poetry, visual, music, literature, sculpture, performing etc are inspired by these species The intellect of the horses is beyond any possible understanding. Our ancestors thought that humans got reincarnated from horses who served man for generations on so many levels of life. In these photos we would like to highlight this connection that will be sensual, spiritual and artistic at the same time.
The horse that is featured in the photos is TírnanÓg. The name translated from Irish means "The Land Of Youth" and comes from the ancient Irish Mythology. The land is depicted as a supernatural realm of everlasting youth, beauty, health, abundance and joy. According to the tale one day Oisín, a human hero, a great warrior, a son of legendary Fionn Mac Cumhaill, a leader of Fianna – a group of great protectors who guarded High King of Ireland, sees a beautiful white horse in distance, and on its back was most beautiful young woman they had ever seen. Her hair are color of sun, and fell to her waist, and she wears a dress of palest blue studded with stars. She is surrounded by a golden light. “My name is Niamh,” says goldenhaired maiden, “my father is King of mystical land of TírNanÓg, a land that knows no sorrow and where nobody ever ages. I have heard wonderful things of a great warrior named Oisín, and I have come to take him with me back to Land of Eternal Youth.” A woman of the Otherworld, Oisin and a human Niamh fall in love. She brings him to TírnanÓg, The Land Of Youth on a magical horse that can travel over water. After spending what seems to be three years there, Oisín becomes homesick and wants to return to Ireland. Niamh reluctantly lets him return on the magical horse, but warns him never to touch the ground. When he returns, he finds that 300 years have passed in Ireland. Oisín falls from the horse. He instantly becomes elderly, as the years catch up with him, and he quickly dies of old age.
From the legend and back to the photos! We would also like to present to the readers in these photos one of the best hand made in Australian land and most inspiring fashion gowns: Deborah Selleck Bridal & Evening Couture. We hope you knowing now our inspirations enjoy our art.
VITAMIN BY SONALIKA ATTENTION TO ALL OF YOU FASHION LOVERS! Launch of AFL Themed Indian wear' at an event by Vitamin by Sonalika DATE: 10th June 2017- Melbourne. 7:00pm onwards. VENUE: The Ballroom (1st floor), The Thornbury Theatre, 859 High st, Thornbury-3071. CELEBRITIES: the presence of Honorable VIPs being invited to grace the launch - including Hon Ted Baillieu , ex-Victorian Premier & AFL dignitaries. As a designer with on-pulse prescience for trends and luxurious, spiked with Bollywood glitz, couturier Sonalika Pradhan under label of #Vitamin by Sonalika, has been showcasing her collection on national and international runways for over a decade now. Having revolutionized the bridal arena with her glamorous looks, Indian and contemporary silhouettes, and craftsmanship, Sonalika has carved a niche for herself at a global level - Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Nairobi, Kenya, India, Australia & many more.‘Vitamin By Sonalika’ has been a highly influential trend setter which is extremely popular among the socialites, dignitaries and A-list celebrities, not limited to our local stars Ex-Bachelor contestant Tolyna Baan, Hon Heidi Victoria MLA, National Finalist Miss World Australia Rashi Kapoor and many more. Vishwajeet Pradhan - is a household name in Bollywood & Asian cinema, having acted in 200+ movies, having a fan base following him since the last 2 decades. The platform is supporting NGO Partner ' Young Fighters Foundation ' – an organization launched by Cricket Australia in Australia & supported by Disneyland in the United States. Thanks to our friends at the event management team and personally to Dheepa Awtani, Bohemian Rhapsody Club and Online Magazine will be proudly covering the 10 June launch (media: Benjamin Newall, Erkin Kalayci and Tugba Caglayan) . Thanking immensely Jennifer Zaman who assisted to connect us to the right people. Please stay tuned for more details.
MISS WORLD AUSTRALIA WA STATE FINALS website photos: Manish Bolla
During the years of my traveling I noticed one very interesting thing: some bags just ask you to take them and see the world, and some are just created to be kept at home. With the TONIC products it is definitely not the latter. These products would love to see the world. They ask you to take them for a short 1-2 nights stay in the country outside the busy city life as well as for a longer months trips overseas. I love to be organised when I am on the road: I love my personal things and toiletries to stay ready for me not to spend too much tie to find them. This can make a big difference as the time is so important at such travelings. Today I have in front of me four products from TONIC. They have a pleasant color and pattern for the eyes,.. they are happy to be next to... and not only that: they are very well designed: Essential Hanging Cosmetic Bag is feminine and created with a fantastic creativity: it will keep my toiletries secure and perfectly locked up, The Bag has many compartments inside that are quite large to fit lots of small items. It has a safe zip as a small secure house for my private personal gadgets. The four compartments have the see through windows meaning the beauty things I keep inside will be easily found when I need them. I love the Jewellery Cube the most. It has been created by one brilliant mind indeed. You can use it for jewellry or just for your most essential items that need to be taken an extra care of, The two last items in the set are the shower cap and the soap. To be honest I am not a big fan of the shower caps and never wear one in the shower, but when it comes to a good quality soap I am totally into it!.. and I must admit this soap smells nice and is soaping very well. It is also very hard meaning it will last you for a long time. I found the products to be innovative an unique made with the organised travelling person in mind designed with that extra love that we all are looking for in our everyday life: believe me it can be easily found it these amazing products: TONIC. Now the photos and of course I highly recommend you to own at least one set of TONIC or if you do not like yourself that much - buy it for your mum or sister: