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VOGUE LIVING CHAMPAGNE DINNER - QUALIA

Oct 31, 2013



The Vogue Living Dinner - styling by Megan Morton, James Gordon & Heidi Moore Gill





the beauty of qualia resort - my luxury pavilion







qualia poolside loving at pebble beach





Photos by Natalie Hayllar {eat read love}

Vogue Living Champagne Dinner Series at qualia in true Gatsby Style. There are some times in life when you have to just pinch yourself. This weekend was one of those. The fact that I was going to be spending a weekend in Hamilton Island to celebrate World Champagne Day (yes that really is an official day) was enough to get me excited. Add in a Great Gatsby theme and Vogue Living and I have a grin from ear to ear. The experience itself - the divine island location, the luxe styling, the Champagne and the fine company, means that this weekend surely goes down in the history of brilliant weekends. 

I was lucky enough to be invited to spend the weekend at the stunning qualia resort in true Gatsby style as part of a series of dinners presented by The Champagne Bureau, Australia, Vogue Living and Riedel Australia to celebrate Australia's ongoing love affair with Champagne.

From the moment we arrived at qualia the Champagne started flowing and didn't stop until we landed in Sydney 48 hours later. The first glimpse of the pool overlooking the islands as you enter the long pavilion at qualia took my breath away. After settling in to my luxurious pavilion and sharing a beautiful lunch meeting new friends, I spent the afternoon exploring qualia and the island in my favourite little white buggy. Then it was down to the pool at Pebble Beach to watch the gorgeous styling team setting up for the Vogue Living dinner as the sun went down. With an appreciation of feverish good times to reflect true Gatsby decadence, one of Australia's most loved stylists Megan Morton in collaboration with THE LOVELIEST, paper artist James Gordon and bespoke balloon designer Heidi Moore Gill, created a truly stunning dinner setting on Pebble Beach. 

Raising a glass to the quintessential wine of celebration with Vogue Living Editor in Chief Victoria Carey and The Champagne Bureau's Elizabeth Drysdale, guests were treated to a four course bespoke dinner by qualia chef Alastair Waddell with matching wines from the best champagne houses in France including Charles Heidsick Brut Millesime 2000 and my absolute favourite Bollinger La Grande Annee 2004. The Yarra Valley cavier, creme fraiche and brioche was amazing with Billecart-Salmon Brut NV to start. I have never tasted anything quite like the Fraser Isle spanner crab, leek sabayon, & foie gras! The Byron Bay Berkshire pork was completed with the winning dessert - Poached plum, raspberry ganache, spiced milk chocolate and mulberry ice cream literally bursting in my mouth! It was truly a sensory overload and I really was in eat read love heaven at this moment!

The best part of the weekend by far was the company. I had the pleasure of spending time getting to know some wonderful and amazingly talented people who I have admired from a far, and sharing some hilariously funny poolside moments (ssshhh no secrets of course). Such a treat!! qualia itself is as beautiful, if not more, than it looks in the pictures and is truly an Australian experience that everyone should enjoy at least once (or twice) in their life. 

You can also read all about our Gatsby Style Badminton Brunch styled by the gorgeous Kara Roselund on the blog also and a few of my favourite moments at qualia in black & white.

I was a guest of qualia, Hamilton Island. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the lovely Sophie, Katie and Denny from Hamilton Island for arranging THE MOST amazing weekend. Thank you also to ROAR for you ongoing support :)


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Badminton Brunch Gatsby Style - Qualia

Oct 30, 2013










Photos by Natalie Hayllar {eat read love}

The day after the Vogue Living Champagne Dinner I had the absolute pleasure of attending my very first Champagne Badminton Brunch in true J. Gatsby style. Everyone came along dressed in crisp Badminton whites, where the Champagne celebrations continued at the qualia helipad. I felt like I had just stepped into a scene from the Gatsby movie. We sipped on Charles Heidsieck and the most delicate and delicious sandwiches, and all had a crack at playing Badminton. It was hilarious. Jimmy you were the BEST and looked so stylish in your stripes playing 'shuttlecock'. I haven't laughed this much in a while. Kara Roselund, one of my all time styling hero's (I have been admiring this beautiful ladies work from afar for many years!) did an amazing job converting the qualia helipad into a decadent and delightful setting for an afternoon of sport, sunshine and champas. Kara even managed to find the most gorgeous selection of vintage racquet's, shuttlecocks and trophies, all styled to perfection. 

Lets just say that sport has never been my strength (unless you count snorkeling), so to win my first ever trophy felt fabulous! It is now proudly displayed as the centrepiece on my office mantle. Katie & Denny won the most coveted of all trophies and very well deserved too. Just when I thought the weekend couldn't get any better, the celebrations continued long into the afternoon, and well into the evening, and of course the trophies joined us at Bommie's restaurant at the Hamilton Island Yacht Club. I know two things are for certain; World Champagne Day is my new favourite celebration, and I cannot wait to return to the magical qualia on Hamilton Island.  Thank you so much Sophie Baker!!!

~ A WEEKEND TO REMEMBER ~



A HUGE THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS 
A TRULY MEMORABLE GATSBY WEEKEND!

SOPHIE BAKER 
KATIE POSH
VOGUE LIVING
VICTORIA CAREY

And to my friends at ROAR thanks!


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the romance of qualia in B&W

Oct 29, 2013











A few photos I took recently at qualia on Hamilton Island in the beautiful library room. Black & White photos are a little romantic, a reflection of the Great Gatsby style of the entire weekend celebrating World Champagne Day.... a special place and a brilliant weekend eating, reading & loving in true Gatsby decadence and luxury....

Natalie
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