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Belmond Grand Hibernian

Belmond Grand Hibernian

The first luxury rail experience of its kind in Ireland, Belmond Grand Hibernian traverses the sprawling countryside, dramatic coasts and fascinating cities that define this captivating land.

 

Belmond brings together an exceptional range of luxurious travel experiences in some of the world’s greatest destinations. Belmond Grand Hibernian joins our iconic rail collection, among such legends as the Eastern & Oriental Express and Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

 

Grand tours of Ireland aboard Belmond Grand Hibernian, the new Celtic sister to Belmond Royal Scotsman, are now open for reservations. Ireland’s first luxury touring train will offer a four-night ‘Legends and Loughs’ journey of the Republic of Ireland from Cork to Killarney, Galway and Westport and a two-night ‘Realms of Giants’ journey north from Dublin to Belfast and Portrush, stopping at the award-winning Titanic Experience in Belfast on the way. These two journeys can also be combined to create a six-night ‘Grand Tour of Ireland’.

 

Take a seat, with a glass of fine Irish whiskey or a pint of local stout, and watch the enchanting scenery from the comfort of your cabin as you glide past the countryside in style.

 

 

 

One Wybelenna

One Wybelenna

Set in spectacular surrounds and offering a luxurious range of treatments, Brisbane’s newest boutique spa sanctuary, One Wybelenna, launches on 1 September 2015. Founded by wellness advocate and yoga instructor Heather Sartain, One Wybelenna offers the most extensive selection of Ayurveda Aromatherapy products in Queensland.

 

Heather’s interest in health and wellbeing extends back many years to her initial medical training as a registered nurse. Natural medicine and various holistic health and yoga studies have helped Heather to continue the development of her integrated, holistic philosophy towards personal health and beauty.  One Wybelenna now provides a wonderful opportunity to share this vision and philosophy with guests in a beautiful environment.

 

Sartain says, ‘One Wybelenna aims to provide a place of tranquility and harmony with treatments to soothe body and mind. Our approach to wellness centres on providing a holistic approach to personal wellbeing in a space that will cater to both women and men’.

 

The site was originally a landmark home and was acquired by Heather in 2008. Together with architect Shaun Lockyer it was transformed into the spacious and contemporary sanctuary that it is now. The use of blue stone and timber in the designs, abundant and varied gardenscapes, and the stunning external areas including a lap pool & spa plus multiple lounging areas are designed to complement the sub-tropical climate, providing the perfect place for guests to soothe their bodies, refresh their minds, and reignite their energy.

 

In anticipation of the official opening in September COCOM hosted an Intimate Media Preview where guests came and indulged their senses with a spa style brunch and mini treatments.

 

Conveniently located at the entrance to beautiful Brookfield, One Wybelenna is open for bookings Tuesday to Saturday and is set to become the destination to nourish body and mind.

 

COCOM are looking forward to the official launch!

Good Food Guide Awards 2016

Good Food Guide Awards 2016

COCOM was excited to work with Brisbane Times, Fairfax Media and Liquid Ideas for the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide Awards held on Monday 29 June.

 

Editor of Brisbane Times Good Food Guide 2016 Natascha Mirosch explains the Good Food Guide:

 

“Brisbane really has embraced the Good Food Guide and now, in its fourth year, it’s firmly entrenched as the go-to guide for unbiased, reliable reviews.”

 

A total of 61 chef’s hats were awarded to Queensland’s leading dining establishments. A total of 14 prestigious awards were presented on the night, recognising the talent, contribution, depth and diversity of certain individuals and restaurants.

 

The event was held at Lightspace, Fortitude Valley where guests enjoyed the elegant surroundings whilst indulging in the amazing catered options expected when serving the most renowned chefs in the state. Such options included an oyster stand where guests could experience the delight of freshly shucked oysters with their choice of garnish, an entire table laden with the finest cheeses and cured meats sourced from around the country and an array of creatively delicious horderves.

 

COCOM were thrilled to be involved with the event that highlighted the wealth of highly talented, inspired restaurateurs in Queensland and the guide that shines a light on the State’s best and brightest.

 

The Salvation Army celebrate 50th anniversary of Red Shield Appeal

The Salvation Army celebrate 50th anniversary of Red Shield Appeal

COCOM provided their PR services to the Salvation Army this year as they celebrate the marking of their 50th anniversary of the Red Shield Appeal. This iconic annual campaign sees thousands of ordinary Australians improve the lives of disadvantaged and marginalised people through their generous donations of time and money. Australia has gone through countless changes in the past 50 years however people’s need for a helping hand is just as prevalent as it was when the first doors were knocked on in 1965.

 

Queensland Salvation Army spokesperson, Major Neil Dickson, says

“Without the help of the Brisbane community, The Salvation Army would struggle to continue its strong history of support, care and assistance to society’s most vulnerable.”

 

In this 50th year of the Red Shield Appeal, the Salvos have launched a virtual doorknock to complement the efforts of volunteers who collect door to door in the suburbs. With more secured apartments and gated communities, the Salvos realise they can’t reach everyone on the traditional doorknock.

 

“The virtual doorknock is an innovative online fundraising challenge enabling supporters to raise some funds on our behalf. This year the theme is “state vs state” and we are encouraging some friendly competition – all in the name of a good cause,” Major Dickson explained.

 

The funds raised from the Red Shield Appeal helps The Salvation Army to assist more than one million people a year – providing food vouchers for families in crisis, education for youths at risk, supported accommodation for the homeless, recovery programs for people battling addictions, emergency services when disasters strike and telephone counselling for people in distress.

 

Create Your Taste Kitchen Opens @ McDonalds Annerley

Create Your Taste Kitchen Opens @ McDonalds Annerley

 

McDonald’s Annerley is set to become the first Queensland restaurant to offer a brand new way to experience the burger building process, through the new Create Your Taste kitchen. As part of a bold plan to transform the experience for Australians, McDonald’s is bringing the kitchen to the dining room in select restaurants enabling customers to experience the theatre of their burger being made in front of them.

 

The Create Your Taste kitchen at Annerley is a modern and engaging space featuring customer-facing kitchen equipment and food on display. It’s been designed so that each step of the burger making process is visible – from the fresh, quality ingredients to the cooking procedures. This concept is an extension of Create Your Taste, which is already available in a number of Queensland locations, and will be rolled out in all Australian McDonald’s restaurants by the end of June.

 

The Annerley restaurant now has a fresh and contemporary look with an urban feel. Customers will place their order at a digital kiosk, then can sit down, relax and wait for their order to be brought to their table. Inspired by the nostalgic spirit of a traditional diner, the new look interior at Annerley boasts a refined pallet of textures and finishes by Otto Design Interiors.

 

COCOM was engaged for the official launch held on the 28th of April as well as a special VIP Blogger Event hosting food bloggers around Brisbane. Peter Burchard, McDonald’s Market Director Queensland, says the innovations at McDonald’s have been driven by customers.

 

“Through new technology, customer service approaches and menu options, decisions about how McDonald’s will serve Australians in the future are being placed fully in the hands of our customers. We look forward to welcoming our regular customers as well as new visitors to enjoy our new facilities,” said Peter.

Napoleon Perdis Workshop

Napoleon Perdis Workshop

The Myer Centre’s Fall in Love with Fashion Autumn 2015 campaign provided COCOM with the opportunity to work with the high end brands and retailers located in the centre to draw crowds of every age and demographic. One of these brands was Napoleon Perdis, and team was happy to take part in the Autumn Winter campaign.

 
COCOM organised a night of Autumn Winter makeup trends from runway to reality, complete with tips and tricks to creating the perfect wintery makeup look to suit all skin types. With advice from the Napoleon Perdis team, The Myer Centre customers were informed and equipped with the best looks and trends of the season.

 

COCOM’s evening was a huge success as the campaign continued to encourage people to Fall in Love with Fashion Autumn 2015 with the season’s best fashion and trends in The Myer Centre.

 

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Unlock Your Style with Fashion Blogger Nikki Parkinson

Unlock Your Style with Fashion Blogger Nikki Parkinson

COCOM’s partnership with the Fall in Love with Fashion Autumn 2015 campaign at The Myer Centre saw them hold a book signing for Fashion Blogger and Auther Nikki Parkinson. In order to draw the increasingly large blogging community in Brisbane, COCOM organised for Nikki to attend two events in the centre following the recent release of her book, Unlock Your Style.

 

The book offers advice and help on how to edit women’s wardrobes so it works for them, how to shop for clothes that they’ll actually wear and feel fabulous in, and how to gain that all-important change-room confidence with every purchase. As well as fashion, there is beauty advice including skincare, makeup and hair tips for busy women.

 

COCOM’s workshops featured Nikki talking about trends and top tips for the Autumn Winter season, and signing copies of her book.

 

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Myer Autumn Winter Trends Fashion Workshop

Myer Autumn Winter Trends Fashion Workshop

COCOM finished off the month and the Fall in Love with Fashion Autumn 2015 campaign at The Myer Centre with a fashion workshop at Myer. COCOM asked Myer’s Personal Shoppers Sarah Voss and Effi Sofios to spend an evening with The Myer Centre’s customers, taking them through the key fashion trends in womenswear and menswear for the Autumn Winter season. This demonstration highlighted must have statement pieces, as well as offered top-to-toe outfit solutions for the season.

 

The evening concluded the Fall in Love with Fashion Autumn 2015 campaign, and proved to be an overall success for both COCOM and The Myer Centre. The campaign brought in the Autumn Winter 2015 season with an array of free fashion and beauty workshops and events, and encouraged customers to experience everything that The Myer Centre had to offer in fashion and beauty.

STREET x STYLE Art Installation by Anthony Lister

STREET x STYLE Art Installation by Anthony Lister

In preparation for Fall in Love with Fashion Autumn 2015, The Myer Centre approached COCOM to creatively conceptualise the heart behind the Autumn Winter 2015 campaign. In response, COCOM was able to conduct an array of free fashion and beauty workshops and events, including an edgy art installation by internationally renowned street artist, Anthony Lister. Lister has created countless masterpieces all across the world, and his paintings are worth thousands of dollars. His most impressive pieces, however, can be found on the streets of Australia’s major cities, making him ideal for The Myer Centre’s Street meets Style feature of the Autumn Winter 2105 campaign.

 

COCOM flew the street artist to Brisbane to create an impressive street art installation with a fashionable twist for public viewing in The Myer Centre. The creative piece was displayed to celebrate the launch of their Autumn Winter 2015 campaign, and to inspire The Myer Centre customers to fall in love with fashion.

 

Anthony has helped pioneer the stencil and street art movement in Brisbane before moving to New York in 2003 to work with his mentor, Max Gimblett and has had exhibitions and commissions around the globe. In addition to a strong background in street art he employs a sophisticated, fine art, painterly style with a high and low culture clash in the content of his paintings, drawings and installations.

 

COCOM’s launch of The Myer Centre’s campaign drew a significant crowd, all in awe of the Lister’s talent. The exclusive artwork was painted over several hours, and was then displayed in the centre for the remainder of the Fall in Love with Fashion Autumn 2015 campaign.

 

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Cartier Brisbane Launch

Cartier Brisbane Launch

Last night, Cartier officially stamped its presence on the Brisbane landscape with a style and an elegance synonymous to the name Cartier.

 

Guests arrived at the boutique that sits pride of place on the corner of Elizabeth and Edward streets and discovered the two storey heritage building flooded in a glorious red glow, a homage to the iconic Cartier red box. Bellboys were positioned along the red carpet welcoming guests and bringing a flair, style and elegance to the start of the evening. Once inside the boutique guests admired the glimmer of precious gems, discovered iconic watch designs and movements and appreciated the iconographies that made reference to the Maison’s rich heritage with modern aesthetic sensibilities.

 

Show piece of the evening, the stunning Boreale bracelet was exhibited for the first time in Australia, flown in from Paris the previous day. The exceptional 42.91 Australian black opal is set within a constellation of sapphire, emerald and diamond beads. Guests were marveled by the exquisite craftsmanship achieved in the Maison’s historical Parisian high jewellery ateliers.

 

After an official welcome from Gregoire Blanche, Cartier’s Regional Director for South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand, guests were driven in style to a secret dinner location to enjoy a celebratory evening. The Lightspace in Fortitude Valley was bathed in Cartier red light and transformed into a chic, understated and elegant dinner space.

 

The long dining tables, bespoke creations custom made for Cartier, were contemporary sleek, their finish accented by inset golden brushed metal runners that reminded the soft bronze interior tones of the boutique.  From above the crystal chandelier encased in a gilt cage wowed while rich red florals, floating candles and gold cutlery added elements of distinction and warmth. An exquisite four course gala dinner was served with matching wines and the renowned Cuvee Louise champagne imbued with flavors that delicately balanced the poached lobster and lamb dishes and ending with a chocolate and caramel opera gateaux. The 150 guests enjoyed a special harpist performance by Jake Meadows and once seated Australian music curator, Johnny Seymour filled the air with a soundtrack that embraced touches of contemporary French chic and flair.

 

Several surprises punctuated the evening. At the beginning of the dinner, the Maison’s celebrated short film L’Odyssée de Cartier directed by French filmaker Bruno Aveillan, appeared out of the darkness.  The cinema epic narrates the Maison’s history, its artistic influences and universal inspirations. The powerful panther, who holds the lead role mesmerized the guests with its legendary beauty. As the evening progressed, the lights dimmed and one of Australia’s leading dance companies, Expressions Dance Company, dressed by Australian designer Gail Sorronda, performed highly artistic and captivating romantic dance pieces, created especially to celebrate the Brisbane official launch. Shadows from the performers were cast across the exposed brick walls and the dramatic choreography transported the guests with its ethereal flavour.

 

It was indeed an evening of opulence and elegance and firmly stamped Cartier’s arrival into Brisbane.