G’DAY USA ANNOUNCES 2020 PROGRAM LA and NY events to support Australian Bushfire Relief Efforts

January 16, 2020

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For sixteen years, the highly-anticipated G’Day USA Gala has honoured prominent Australians from film, television, music as well as sports, culture and business for their contributions to the US-Australia relationship. In response to the severe bushfires that have hurt communities and towns across Australia over recent months, this year’s event will be re-cast to support bushfire relief efforts, express thanks for the generous support provided from across the United States to date, and raise awareness of how people can continue to assist Australia in the challenging period ahead.isla fisher

The event will feature a stellar line up of performers and presenters including Australian global music phenomenon, 5 Seconds of Summer, ARIA award winning artists Delta Goodrem and Thelma Plum, American actor and singer John Travolta, Australian singer and actress Olivia Newton-John and Australian actor and comedian Paul Hogan. Award-winning musician and actor Hugh Sheridan will host the dinner, with all funds raised directed to the Australian Bushfire Relief Fund established by G’Day USA founding partner the American Australian Association: https://www.americanaustralian.org/australian-bushfire-relief-fund/

To promote the importance of tourism spend in driving bushfire recovery, Tourism Australia will be holding a series of media and industry briefings starting in Los Angeles on 27 January with other US cities to follow. These events will support efforts of affected tourism businesses to return to operation as quickly as possible and remind the world that Australia is ready to welcome visitors now.

The American Australian Association (AAA) will host the AAA Arts Awards on 30 January with all proceeds going to the Australian Bushfire Relief Fund. They will honor award-winning Australian author, Peter Carey AO with the AAA Excellence in the Arts Award; worldwide multi-platinum selling Australian singer Kylie Minogue AO OBE will receive the AAA Excellence in the Arts Award; and Australian actor Jacob Elordi (Euphoria, The Kissing Booth) will receive the AAA Rising Star Award.

Now entering its 17th year, the year-long G’Day USA 2020 program will continue to showcase the very best Australia has to offer the vast audiences across the United States.  Events will span foreign policy, defence and security, space, trade, tourism and investment, creative industries and education.

G’Day USA 2020 will highlight the power of Australian ideas through events including the US-Australia Dialogue on Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific in Washington DC, and the second Space Industry XChange in Colorado which will bring together US and Australian collective expertise in the space sector at the world-renowned Space Symposium. G’Day USA Australia House @ SXSW will also return to the annual South by Southwest conference and festival in Austin, Texas, to showcase Australian creativity, music, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Further G’Day USA events scheduled for 2020 include the seventh annual US-Australia Dialogue on Defense Industries and the third US-Australia Roundtable on Defence Innovation in Washington DC. The second annual US-Australia CEO Policy Roundtable will also be hosted in Los Angeles along with the fourth annual Australian Film Showcase.

GALERIE XII LA WILL DEBUT PAOLO VENTURA’S FIRST-EVER WEST COAST SOLO EXHIBITION Celebrated Photographer’s January Exhibition Marks the Gallery’s One-Year Anniversary

January 7, 2020


Galerie XII Los Angeles (www.galeriexii.com) is celebrating its first anniversary with the solo exhibition of world-renowned, Milan-based photographer Paolo Ventura. On the heels of completing the much-talked-about cover for January’s issue of Vogue Italia, which just came out, Paolo Ventura’s first LA solo show debuts in LA on January 18 to March 14, 2020 with a public opening reception on Saturday, January 18 from 4 – 7pm.
The exhibition of Ventura’s magical photographic works, “An Invented World” spans six series over the last decade and will provide the most comprehensive overview of the celebrated Italian artist’s oeuvre on the West Coast to date, including the debut of new works.
Galerie XII is located near LA’s famed Museum Row on Miracle Mile (6150 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048).


Italian photographer Paolo Ventura (b. 1968) has been referred to as one of the art scene’s most interesting storytellers with his timeless and charmingly enigmatic works. Widely known for his elaborate narrative series acted out by the artist and his family, the whimsical stories touch upon many facets of the human condition within life-size dioramic cityscapes, reminiscent of war-time Italy, which are constructed entirely by the artist. By creating fictional worlds as stage design, the artist is able to physically inhabit the short stories of his imagination. Founded by Valerie-Anne Giscard d’Estaing, the daughter of former French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing, Galerie XII LA’s curatorial goal is to showcase the pioneering works of photographic artists from Europe and Asia to the Los Angeles community. “Curatorially, Ventura’s work was a natural choice as it’s so visual and cinematographic.” says Valerie-Anne Giscard d’Estaing. “I still remember the impact of seeing his work for the first time in Paris in 2009 and am excited to share his work with a West Coast audience.”

“I’m happy to show some of my works spanning the last decade for the first time in Los Angeles,” says artist Paolo Ventura. “Cinema is a recurring theme in my work and it resonates with the City of Angels”.

The exhibition begins with Ventura’s third body of work Behind the Walls (2011), and notably the first in which he began inserting himself into his images. With access to a larger studio in Anghiari, his hometown in Italy, Ventura was able to now construct larger, life-size sets and backgrounds having moved from a Brooklyn apartment where his first two series were made using puppets and small dioramas.
The works on view then progress through his caricatured self-portraits in Short Stories (2012-2015) working with his wife and son in playful serial pieces to more recent large-scale pieces from Collages (2017-2019), which make up a predominant portion of the exhibition. These new works are constructed of multi-panel pieces featuring an anonymous cityscape where the character(s) seem to perpetually recede in importance relative to the scene or sometimes are not present at all (La Citta che scende, 2019).

Where for most of the decade Ventura had utilized himself to enliven the characters of his imagined history portrayed in straight photographs, the influence of painting and the ambiguous stories of the cities themselves take on more significance in later works. The small dioramic series Morte e Resurrezione II, 2018 and a unique three-dimensional work from his Paper Sculptures (2014-2016) will have their exhibition debuts as well, giving a further overview of Ventura’s expansive and unique practice that has garnered him wide critical acclaim.

Paolo Ventura has been the subject of more than forty-five international solo exhibitions since 2006 and was featured in the Italian pavilion of the 2011 Venice Biennale. His work is held in prominent collections of museums across Europe and North America and  is featured in the current exhibition “Make Believe” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He lives and works in Italy. Galerie XII Los Angeles is open Wednesday – Saturday from 11am – 6pm and by appointment: (323) 917-5106

The Better Skin Co.: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

December 27, 2019

The easiest way to get your teen into her skin is to make cute.The Better Skin Co. has this down in spades and they love the holidays so much that this year they curated 5 unique skincare gift sets at various price points ($32-$78) all housed in playful sequin bags. Stocking stuffer success but think the whole year through.

Most noted for their award-winning hero products Mirakle Cream, Lava Magik and Zit No More, The Better Skin Co. focuses on clean, multi-tasking formulations that mix natural and organic ingredients boosted with a bit of science. TBSCO products are vegan, paraben free, cruelty free, gluten free and made in the USA. This holiday, TBSCO gift sets can be purchased on Thebetterskinco.com and Amazon.com.

Holiday “Must Have” Trio – Dry and Delicate – $74 (Value $104)

Lotion Kleanse – Treat your skin to a gentle, luxurious cleanse that removes impurities and assists in melting away makeup. Moisturizing shea butter complimented with aloe, seaweed and soothing green tea prep the skin for the perfect cleanse.

Epik C Serum – Containing a powerful blend of cutting edge plant based technology combined with Vitamin C, this serum gives the appearance of tighter, brighter skin while using natural botanicals and fruit extracts to protect from pollutants. Scented with a hint of lemon.

Mirakle Cream – #1 selling product with proven clinical results. Nature plus science combine to create a Day cream, Night Cream, Eye Cream, Brightener, and Primer – All In One. Moisturize and fight the signs of aging.

Pink Sequin Bag

Holiday “Must Have” Trio – Normal to Oily – $74 (Value $104)

Gel Kleanse – This kleansing gel is boosted with charcoal to draw out impurities while French Lava sloughs away the nasties. Green Tea and Aloe soothe the skin and leave it feeling hydrated – not stripped.

Epik C Serum – Containing a powerful blend of cutting edge plant based technology combined with Vitamin C, this serum gives the appearance of tighter, brighter skin while using natural botanicals and fruit extracts to protect from pollutants. Scented with a hint of lemon.

Mirakle Cream – #1 selling product with proven clinical results. Nature plus science combine to create a Day cream, Night Cream, Eye Cream, Brightener, and Primer – All In One. Moisturize and fight the signs of aging.

Pink Sequin Bag

Sparkling Zit Zapper Trio – $54 (Value $72)

ZNM Rollerball – This clear wonder potion includes tea tree oil combined with a powerful acne fighter, salicylic acid. Use day or night – leaves no residue. Dry up trouble spots with this travel-friendly rollerball. Great for Zits, Bug bites and Ingrown hair.

ZNM Klarify Moisturizer – A lightweight gel cream moisturizer formulated with salicylic acid, tea tree oil, witch hazel, and vitamin E. Loaded with acne fighting properties to clear up blemishes, penetrates pores to assist in preventing new pimples from forming and provide moisture to troubled skin.

ZNM Kleanse – This daily gel cleanser contains salicylic acid, kombucha, and tea tree oil to fight current blemishes and help protect against future blemishes. Removes grime while assisting in the treatment of problem skin. Perfect for those with acne prone skin.

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Holiday Hero – $34 (Value $44)

Mirakle Cream – #1 selling product with proven clinical results. Nature plus science combine to create a Day cream, Night Cream, Eye Cream, Brightener, and Primer – All In One. Moisturize and fight the signs of aging.

Pink Sequin Bag
Stocking Surprise – $32 (Value $42)

Never Not Alkaline-ing.

December 18, 2019

*We Know That’s Not A Word And We Don’t Care Because ALKALINE.

The DYLAN water bottle  is here for all your in-bottle alkaline on-the-go needs.

The DYLN Insulated Bottle is a 950 mL, ergonomic bottle that alkalizes your water within minutes and keeps it cold for up to 24 hours.

Why Drink Alkaline Water?

  • Absorbs more quickly into your cells and hydrates you faster than any other form of water.

  • Detoxifies the body to improve blood circulation and boost the immune system.

  • Helps to manage a healthy weight.

  • Combats conditions like acid reflux and high blood pressure when drinking enough.

Simply put. Acid, no. Alkaline, yes.  When your body is too acidic you experience uncomfortable symptoms such as heartburn and acid reflux. However, the specific consequences of being too acidic oftentimes lead to other issues which can be detrimental to overall fitness and health.

To combat these problems and to achieve optimal hydration, Dorian Ayres founded DYLN, an alkalizing, vacuum insulated water bottle that can help combat acidity while simultaneously:

  • Helps manage a healthy weight
  • Increases speed of hydration
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties

Each Insulated DYLN Bottle comes with a replaceable VitaBead Diffuser that increases the pH of water up to 9+ within 15-20 minutes, helping to neutralize the acidity in the body. DYLN reduces the Oxidation Reduction Potential of water to -150, helping to protect against free radicals, and enriches water with hydrogen, which has been shown to boost energy, improve recovery and lower inflammation. 

We love the bottle because it’s also sturdy and sexy. We are ga-ga over this green.


A part from having an alkaline diet, drinking alkaline water can help your body more effectively maintain its acid-alkaline homeostasis, supercharge your immune system, balance your body, and deliver optimal hydration.

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That One Day To Night Dress You Always Wanted: Lucy Of Paris

December 16, 2019

What the holidays means (re: your wardrobe)

  1. After work cocktails
  2. Last minute party invites
  3. Celebratory gifting drop offs
  4. The need to look super fresh and ready to toast, clink and wish our loved ones and biz partners the best for a new year ahead, at any time of the day.

This means a fun day to night dress – perfect for office, luncheons, events and sexy evening cocktail or dinner.

We are gaga over this one from Lucy Of Paris. Seen here with boots from Zadig and Voltaire and Hanes opaque tights, a funky day time choice to make the look earthy and cool.

Every single dress on this site is an incredible purchase – why? Affordable! (Under $100!!), perfectly cut, whimsical and also structured. I am in a MEDIUM ( 5’4″ / 135 pounds – your average American woman) and never felt lighter, sexier and more comfy in a day to night look.

The only problem is it’s hard to choose only one. They really all look that great.

Need a quick hit this season? Lucy of Paris has got you covered!