Father’s Day Gift Guide

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Clockwise from Top Left: “You Rock Dad” Card, Paper 2 / High Top Sneakers, Christian Louboutin / Missoni Towel & Leather Towel Holder, Top3 by Design / Wow Speaker, Top3 by Design / Shirt, Bassike / Wes Anderson Coffee Table Book, Ariel / Briefs, Richer Poorer @Incu / Guitar Fly Swat, Top3 by Design / Cubebot, Top3 by Design / Cupcakes, Sparkle Cupcakery.

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Hoodie, Bassike / Watch, Gucci / Large Headphones, Bang & Olufsen / Bicycle Pad & Pen, Paper 2 / Aviator Sunglasses, Gucci / Runners, Nike / Polo, River Island / “Best Dad in the World” Card, Paper 2.

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Field Notes Pad, Paper 2 / Canon G1X Mark II Camera /  Drink Bottle, Tmod @Paper 2 / Pressman’s Apple Cider / Animated Card, Paper 2 / Briefcase, Globetrotter @Vendome / Watch, Timex @Incu / Aeroplane Kit, Paper 2 / Wool Gloves, Upstate Stock @Incu / Hiker Boots, Feit / Chino Shorts, Saturdays Surf @Incu / Headphones, Bang & Olufsen  / Leather Key Holder, Top3 by Design.

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Check Scarf, Burberry / Canvas Sneakers, Converse @Incu / The Art of the Thinking Paper Back, Ariel / Tie, Emporio Armani / Journal, Paper 2 / Cable Sweater, APC @Incu / Liqueur Glasses, Top3 by Design / “Man of the House” Card, Paper 2.

 

Photography Trevor King @DLM   / Illustrations Dane Noakes

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Neebarran Ski in Ski Out Thredbo

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As if the peace and calm of the snow wasn’t enough as a location, we were lucky enough to add in to the equation one of Ski In Ski Out Thredbo’s luxury chalets for our visit. Staying in the Neebarran chalet situated on Crackenback Drive, literally steps away from the slopes, this is serenity, luxury and comfort all rolled in to one, ideal for a family or groups of friends.

From the time you arrive here (made all the more enjoyable by the welcome wine and treats awaiting) you’re transported to your snow haven. Don’t be alarmed by the slightly frosty receptionist, you’ll be taken to your chalet and shown the ropes with all necessary information run through. As you walk in you automatically notice the light streaming through the wide glass windows and balcony doors looking out to a beautiful panoramic view of the mountain.

If you’re a regular to the snow you’ll understand my joy with this place. Whether you’re at the snow just as a winter escape, or, instead, powering down the mountain, everything that you need on a snow holiday is here. From the huge lounge room, outdoors balcony with a stunning view, large kitchen with all cooking utensils (always a positive to have the option of being able to cook or go out – me, I love baking when I’m at the snow), washing machine and dryer, covered car space, large flat screen with cable (movie marathon on our checklist: tick), to the bathroom with fresh towels, Peter Morrissey toiletries, spa bath and heated bathroom floors (my personal favourite after a day of skiing).

With 2 bedrooms and a loft, this chalet houses 6 people. The combination of extremely comfortable beds and monitored heating sets you up for blissful night sleeps. Not only is the location perfect for those skiing or boarding, it’s only a 10 minute walk to the village with a wealth of restaurants and bars to try if you feel like venturing out. I, for one, cannot wait to come back here with a group of friends on my next ski getaway.

Oliver Grand Rating 5collar-155px

Ski in Ski Out,

Located at the end of Crackenback Drive,

Crackenback Ridge,

Thredbo NSW 2625

www.skiinskiout.com.au

+61 (2) 6457 7031

E: wendy@skiinskiout.com.au

 

Photos: Trevor King @ DLM 

 

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Mr Vindin | OLIVER GRAND X WITCHERYMAN

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Introducing our Witchery Man of August, Mr Nick Vindin. One phrase pops to mind when it comes to this laid back guy: multi-talented – and even that’s an understatement. The only way he could have his fingers in more pies would be if he worked as a baker. If he isn’t interviewing the biggest names in Formula one on SBS – like World Champion Lewis Hamilton or Australia’s own Daniel Ricciardo, or broadcasting live from the most infamous yacht race, The Sydney to Hobart – you will find him scouring the globe looking for the best travel spots for Smooth FM. As Smooth’s travel correspondent Nick has travelled Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East for his popular syndicated radio spots and his ever-growing travel blog. If that wasn’t enough to impress you, he’s the founding Chairman of the charity Concert for the Cure which is a leading National Breast Cancer Research Foundation community partner and one of his latest adventures has been hosting the new game show for Channel 9’s GO called Move It which he’s now filming seasons 3 and 4. Here we see him wearing the WitcheryMan August pieces in store, showing us why staples never go out of fashion and how to hold on to contemporary style whilst maintaining a gent’s basic needs!

Above: Nick wears WitcheryMan Denim Shirt, WitcheryMan Mansel Jean, WitcheryMan New Gen Sneaker.

 

OG: Style to you is…

Comfortable (yet sharp); timeless; practical (yet sophisticated); smart; purposeful.

OG: Who is your style icon and why?

Probably my dad. Growing up I didn’t think so, but the older I get the more I appreciate how unique and frankly cool his approach is. His style is classic, bold and confident – in one word, gentlemanly. From his dressing gown and slippers to his omnipresent jacket (blazer, or suit – he won’t leave the house without looking smart), he takes great pride in his presentation – as did his dad. Sadly I think it is something that is on the slide a bit.

OG: How does the female eye influence your style choices?

From the day you are born the female eye shapes your style. Your mum in the first instance, next your sister, then the girl you are trying to impress, and finally your partner.

Left: WitcheryMan Bond Crew Neck Jumper, WitcheryMan Wilson Chino, WitcheryMan New Gen Sneaker.
Right: WitcheryMan Cross Knit Jumper, WitcheryMan Carolina Jean, WitcheryMan Pull on Boot.

OG: If you could be a fictional character who would it be? And why?

Although I prefer a stirred, not shaken, martini myself, it would have to be Sean Connery’s James Bond. He is the personification of timeless cool. He travels to the most exotic locations in the world in beautifully tailored suits and can ski, scuba dive and drive fast cars with effortless ease.

OG: What are 3 items you can’t travel without?

My passport…. just kidding. A good book (for those plane rides), sleeping tablets (to help me acclimatise as soon as possible) and, while I know this is cheating, a good overnight bag for carry-on to ensure you have at least one fresh outfit should your luggage decide to holiday somewhere else.

OG: How does WitcheryMan resonate with your career, lifestyle and every day routine?

I think it best resonates with my lifestyle in that it is comfortable, sharp and simple. Their collection is unique in that you can wear, say one shirt, to work, to the beach or to dinner. And when you are in a mad rush it’s good to have clothes that are versatile – and look smart in different settings. In terms of how it resonates with my career ? I would like to think WitcheryMan’s collection, like my skill set, is getting better every day.

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WitcheryMan Quilted Sleeveless Jacket, WitcheryMan Mumford Plaid Shirt, WitcheryMan Mansel Jean.

OG: What was your favourite WitcheryMan outfit of the shoot? If you could be wearing it anywhere in the world where would you be?

Probably the black and white speckled jumper. I stole it, I mean…. borrowed it permanently from the shoot. I am planning to put it to good use in Sydney and will be wacking it in the overnight back for my next holiday. So it’s not really a hypothetical at all.

OG: “Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity” (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow). Please discuss.

Old Henry and I disagree on this a little. Simple characters aren’t necessarily excellent (unless it is your accountant). I think complex people are the most interesting, puzzling and intriguing – they make life fun. I wouldn’t describe any of my friends as simple – far from it. However Mr. Longfellow is on the money when it comes to simplicity of manners and style. Things that aren’t too busy tend to never really go out of style.

OG: If you could invite any 4 people to your dinner party who would they be? And why would they be there?

Barack Obama (I would ask him to be my referee for job applications – he would really open doors); Oprah Winfrey (just to listen to how she built an empire, plus hearing some of the antics that went on back stage would be a nice kicker); Roger Federer (I am just in awe of him. What he has accomplished on the court, and the way he has done it. I’ve been lucky enough to interview many big names in world sport but he is the one person that would turn me into a giggling school girl.); and Queen Elizabeth II (She would have some amazing stories to tell – plus I feel like she would make a cracking Gin and Tonic and might just get the party started).

 

Photography: Trevor King @DLM / Styling: Oliver Grand

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As Winter prevails look to outerwear which provides a soft silhouette to create the perfect barrier from the chill. Harness the overall look by adding essential cover ups which call to the modern explorer within.

Above: Trench Jacket & Pants Burberry Knit Giorgio Armani Gloves Hermes Boots Dior Homme
Above Right: Roll Neck Knit, Coat & Pants all Emporio Armani

Left: Puffer Jacket Song for the Mute Pants Burberry Gloves Hermes Boots Dior Homme
Right: Cable Knit & Coat Topman Pants Emporio Armani Blanket & Gloves Hermes

Left: Polo, Pants, Parka & Gloves all Gucci
Right: Coat, Pants & Boots all Dior Homme Sunglasses Garrett Leight @ The Stables

Left: Knit, Coat, Pants & Boots all Ermenegildo Zegna
Right: Knit & Coat Ermenegildo Zegna Aviator Hat Strand Hatters

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ametis villa

Ametis Villa Review | Oliver Grand

Some holidays are action-packed with a full itinerary, while others are a little slower, centred around stillness and relaxation. When you’ve got the right company a holiday that switches off the noise of everyday life is in my opinion one of the best to indulge in.  But when relaxation is the extent of your holiday plan though, high quality accommodation is paramount. Enter Ametis Villas, they sure rise to the challenge.

The first things that caught my eye as we entered the lobby were the cow print couches and short, rose-filled vintage vases – the space reminded me of an unexpected New York Soho House vibe. Moving past the lobby and onto the wooden footpath leading to gated villas, the dense, lush palms surrounding the walkway are testaments to the beautiful surroundings while also maximising privacy. If you’ve ever had to put up with the sights, sounds or smells of less-than-stellar neighbours in a resort, you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say this was definitely a huge plus here.

Once past the gate, the secluded villa (ours was named Citrine) opens up into an airy, light-filled living space that can accommodate couples, families or large groups of friends. I was blown away by the generous, open-plan spaces (while enjoying a complimentary fresh mojito upon stepping inside!), which included an outdoor lounge area and glass-walled bathrooms overlooking the outdoor areas. I could easily spend several days just soaking up the luxury of the private pool by, cooking dinner in its full-size kitchen and retreating for a cosy night, snuggled in front of the flat-screen TV, which offered a selection of free movies (a movie addict through and through this is always a welcomed addition). Your own private sanctuary with everything you could need. Perfection. The Balinese influences are a running theme in the details, from the batik fabric bed base to engraved wooden bedside chests and printed dressing gowns (different patterns for her and him), but blends well into the tasteful, modern aesthetic of the villa. I loved examining all the beautiful old black-and-white photos of Balinese culture mounted on the walls.

You know one of favourite features is the spa and Ametis’ Ruby Spa treatment did not disappoint. It began with ten minutes of meditation (which was a particularly nice twist), followed by 60 minutes of Balinese massage bliss. We even got a refreshing mulled orange and cinnamon fruit salad to take back to our rooms after the treatment which recharged the body after total euphoric relaxation. Ever been so relaxed that you can’t be bothered getting up to switch off the light? Well you’re in luck here, the most amusing quirk of the Villa was the automatic lighting, which leaves you free to collapse on your bed after your spa visit and not worry about having to turn the lights off. Epic.

If that isn’t enough to minimise your worries for your getaway, a personal butler is complimentary with each villa to act as your holiday planner and all-purpose genie. Effortlessly professional but discreet and unobtrusive, they will always call your villa before approaching, which is something that when you’re away with your partner you most definitely appreciate.

Now the only fault I can pick would be the food. When everything about the place, location and service is 6 star, the food wasn’t quite as mindblowing, In saying that, I’d suggest that if you’re feeling more adventure-inclined, the villa is a mere five minute walk to Canguu main beach and restaurants. The Seminyak and Canguu areas are known for its great eateries so I would definitely recommend you stretch those legs, hop on a free, Villa-provided bicycle and ride down there for your meals to get the best of both worlds.

Oliver Grand Rating 4collar-155px

Ametis Villa,

Prices From USD $700 Per Night

Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu

Kuta, Bali 80361, Indonesia

http://www.ametisvilla.com/

+62 361 8445567

E. info@ametisvilla.com

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