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23rd February 2017

Kalgoorlie fashion designers on display in London Town

Bel Cappello collection release at House of Ikons during London Fashion week.

Models dressed and ready prior to stepping on the runway at the 2017 House of iKons show

They say Kalgoorlie-Boulder is the home of opportunity and that mantra was certainly in full display on Saturday 18th of February in London where Kalgoorlie-Boulder fashion label, Bel Capello, launched their 2017 collection at the House Of iKons show during London Fashion Week, as a featured designer to head designer Ana Bella Millinery.

Bel Cappello designer Holly Kiely with Ana Bella Millinery designer/owner Ana Pribylova, and Jennine Kiely – Bel Cappello designer.

The label took 15 looks to the runway, demonstrating the popular trends of the 2017 collections including speciality 1930’s pleats individually hand pleated in Melbourne, Australia.

The House of Ikons saw a sold-out event and the Australian representation was in full support with models Simone Butschle and Latoyah Asha being the first Australian models to walk the runway under the direction of HOIK CEO Savita Kaye.

Australian model Simone Butschle wearing Ana Bella Millinery and a Bel Cappello dress on the runway at House Of iKons runway show – photo credit Victoria Kondra

The Bel Cappello collection was inspired by designers Holly and Jennine Kiely’s trip to London during London Hat Week in the October of 2017 where they gained inspiration from the fabrics they’d purchased in the UK.

“London has a very eclectic taste in fashion which helped to direct the designs of our 2017 collection. We witness styles that appear to be women taking a peak inside their mothers wardrobes from previous trends. We see pleats being a trend returning for 2017,” Holly said.

House of ikons models wearing Ana Bella Millinery and Bel Cappello dresses on the House of Ikons runway during London fashion week – photo credit Chima Luke Okafor

Launching the 2017 collection at the House Of iKons show has placed Kalgoorlie-Boulder/Mackay based label Bel Cappello into an international design category

The show saw a VIP guest list expanding to well known reality TV Celebrities and London A listers with entertainment from upcoming pop group Limited Edition.

House of ikons models wearing Ana Bella Millinery and Bel Cappello dresses on the House of Ikons runway during London fashion week – photo credit Victoria Kondra

Business partners Holly & Jennine Kiely and Jesica McKenzie all stated the opportunity to display the collection during London Fashion Week has reinforced a clear direction for the label as it moves towards increasing the outfit availability online.

The team return back to Australia in the coming week and will be going straight back to organising the Australian 2017 collection release event. You can find out more on the 2017 collection and more information about up coming events at www.belcappellocouturedesigns.com

AUTHOR PROFILE

Jesica McKenzie  specialises in communications for small to medium sized businesses in the Goldfields, working with business owners to increase brand awareness through digital communications, media relations, public relations and marketing. Jesica became a part business owner of Bel Cappello alongside principle designer Holly Kiely and designer Jennine Kiely in January 2016.

23rd February 2017

Get your ARTS into Gear!

  • Guitarist singer playing in Boulder at the Heart of Gold Festival 2016 | We Love KB
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  • Goldfields Repertory Club Kalgoorlie Boulder | The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee theatre production | We Love KB2
  • Tiahn Dillon performs at the annual Artgold Heart of Festival in the rotunda at Loopline Park in Boulder 2016 | We Love KB3
  • Art supply display at Black Crow Studios Kalgoorlie Boulder | We Love KB4
  • Hippocrocaduck Brave Art Nights participants in Kalgoorlie Boulder | We Love KB5
  • View from back of crowd at Outdoor Cinema Goldfields movie screening of Nemo in Kalgoorlie Boulder | We Love KB6
  • Two ladies attending the Fossick Handmade Crafternoon Tea event in Kalgoorlie Boulder. Balls of yarn and flowers in vase in foreground | We Love KB7
  • Golden Mile Art Exhibition Group Kalgoorlie Boulder members standing in Boulder Town Hall during Heart of Gold Festival | We Love KB8
  • Breakaway by Deeva Muir | Entry into the Leonora Art Prize Western Australia | We Love KB9
  • Heartwalk: Art in the heart of the Kalgoorlie CBD10
  • Participate, support and get involved with the Kalgoorlie Boulder Arts Scene!

    Kalgoorlie Boulder is more traditionally recognised for being an outback WA city with a focus on mining… but did you know there’s also a strong arts scene?

    Whether you want to showcase your art, develop your artistic abilities or prefer being a part of the audience this article will point you in the right direction. Weekends be warned – you’re about to get busy!

  • Goldfields Arts Centre Gallery Exhibit – Bedazzle

    Three WA artists were asked in 2015 to go out and capture images of ghost towns in Western Australia. Unsurprisingly their travels took them through KB and into the Northern Goldfields.

    Opening on March 3rd, this collaborative  exhibition from Thea Costantino, Rebecca Dagnall, and Tarryn Gill is bound to show you things you recognise from living in regional WA – and offers a new perspective too.

    Curator & artist talks on Sunday March 5th – sign up to the GAC Gallery Newsletter to get your invite.

    35 Cheetham Street T: 08 9021 0999
  • The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee

    Not every event in this series requires you to get your hands dirty… you can also relax and enjoy the arts from the comfort of your chair (or bean bag, that’s explained on the next page)

    The Goldfields Repertory Club’s latest production will have you in fits of laughter.

    Enjoy the comedic ‘The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee’ from Feb 24th through to March 10th. Book tickets here

    p.s: There’s a licensed bar on site.

    Photo credit: The Goldfields Repertory Club

  • Artgold Heart of Gold Festival

    The annual Heart of Gold Festival is Kalgoorlie Boulder’s biggest celebration of Arts & Culture in the Goldfields.

    The festival runs for a week in May and includes workshops, cultural tours, performances and exhibitions by local artists.

    Register your interest via this link. If you’d rather appreciate the festival from the audience be sure to follow the Artgold FB page for program information.

    Photo courtesy of Artgold & The Fair Photographer

    28 Burt Street Kalgoorlie T: 0437 642 009
  • Arts & Craft Supplies

    We’re a bit spoiled in this outback city when it comes to choice of materials.

    If you’re looking to begin a project check out Chez’s Crafty Affair in Boulder or Black Crow Studios in Kalgoorlie to get stocked up!

    Follow Black Crow Studios for upcoming Resin Art and Photography workshops.

    Photo credit: Black Crow Studios

    68 Piesse Street, Boulder T: 08 9093 2305
  • Hippocrocaduck Brave Art Nights

    The spectacular adults mixed media art classes usually sell out quick so we suggest you sign up to Hippocrocaduck’s email newsletter to be first in line!

    Artist and teacher Em Anders has also created, by demand, a kids version – classes begin mid February and the first term’s focus is cartooning.

    All the info you need is on Hippocrocaduck’s FB page

    Photo credit: Hippocrocaduck

  • Goldfields Outdoor Cinema

    We told you there’d be opportunities for bean bags and this is it.

    Relax under the stars on a clear Kalgoorlie Boulder desert evening and watch a popular film with your friends and  family.

    The outdoor cinema nights are usually themed and coming up is a date night for couples, a ladies night and family orientated screenings.

    All the info can be found via Outdoor Cinema Goldfields social media. Tickets can be pre-purchased and are good value for money.

  • Fossick & Sew Much Yarn! Crafternoon Teas

    Got nimble fingers, a hankering to learn and enjoy a cocktail whilst crafting?

    There’s SO much coming up with Fossick Handmade’s popular Crafternoon Teas. Now in partnership with craft supplier Sew Much Yarn! the ladies have developed multiple workshops including Cocktails & Crochet, Mummy & Me Crochet and projects like a Messy Bun beanie!

    Book now to avoid disappointment!

    Photo courtesy of Artgold & The Fair Photographer

    93 Egan Street T: 0458 388 218
  • Golden Mile Art Exhibition Group

    Located in Boulder, this not for profit community organisation offers a place for local artists to exhibit, improve their skills and meet like minded individuals.

    GMAEG host regular exhibitions and art sales as well as the popular Open Art House gatherings.

    You can bring along a current project and a gold coin donation to meet fellow art enthusiasts and make new friends every Tuesday from 10am to 1pm.

  • Leonora Art Prize

    What began as a side project to the popular Lenora Golden Gift is now a massive competition all on it’s own.

    Artists from all over Australia submit their pieces to be judged and this year the total prize pool is $18,000.

    Entries close May 8th.

    Follow Leonora Art Prize on Facebook to get information about entering.

    Image: Winning 2016 entry ‘Breakaway’ by local artist Deeva Muir

  • Heartwalk: Art in the heart of the Kalgoorlie CBD

    It’s what? A 2 year public art project aimed at encouraging people to linger a little longer in the Kalgoorlie CBD.

    It’s when? Local and visiting artists will begin installing artworks on May 1st with a celebratory party and walking tours to be held on May 6th.

    How can you get involved? It’s best to join the mailing list via the Heartwalk website. Whether you want to apply as an artist, volunteer during the event or show some support, further details will be released soon!

16th February 2017

Goldfields Love Story: Bec and Billy-Ray

Billy Ray Stokes proposes to his girlfriend Bec on stage at the Goldfields Arts Centre

Billy Ray Stokes proposes to his girlfriend Bec on stage at the Goldfields Arts Centre

It’s probably the most epic proposal story ever.

Billy Stokes’ story about how he asked his girlfriend Bec to marry him starts with lies, a surprise plane-trip, and a blindfold.

It culminated with Billy proposing to Bec on stage at the Goldfields Arts Centre, surrounded by 300 candles, in front of their friends and family.

Luckily, she said yes.

Billy, director of photography at Brand L’Or outlines the proposal on his blog. In a nutshell, he managed to persuade Bec – a talented chef – to hop on a plane from Perth to Kalgoorlie, where their friends and family were in on the plan.

He writes that after a romantic dinner at the Chinese Gardens at the Miners’ Hall of Fame, and romantic drive to Mt Charlotte, he asked Bec to put on a blindfold…

“I took my Becca Rose’s hand, and walked her into the corridor (at the Goldfields Arts Centre). She asks me, where are we? Why is there an echo?

“We walked onto the back of the stage, and you could see the faintest glow of the candles. I stopped to turn to Bec, and took the blindfold off. Still having no idea of what was to come next, I gently took her hand in mine, and led her in view of the candles. Candles in the shape of a big love heart.

“Standing at the peak of the heart, I took her hands in mine, as our fingers fell win each others. I looked her deep in her eyes, and began confessing my love and adoration for her. Lowering myself down on one knee, I glanced up, and all I could hear was the girl who was soon to be my fiancee, whispering, “Oh Bear… oh Bear…

“Out of my back pocket, I pulled a small box, and looking up at Rebecca Rose, asked her the question I had been waiting to ask her for so long.

“Will you marry me?”

“I listened for the word, and sure enough, my ears were graced with a yes.

“Slowly the lights came on and a roar like I have never heard took over the auditorium…”

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Goldfields Arts Centre and Gallery

The centre attraction 35 Cheetham Street T: 08 9021 0999

AUTHOR PROFILE

Georgia Loney is a journalist who recommends every lonely-heart visit Kalgoorlie-Boulder. It might just change your life. It was there she met her now-husband, not at the pub, but when reporting at a local council meeting.  When she’s not interviewing couples about how they met, Georgia enjoys lipstick, knitting and chihuahuas.

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16th February 2017

Goldfields Love Story: Chanelle & Joe

Chanelle Gericke and highschool sweetheart Joe McKenzie. Photo by Jasmine Emily Photography& Design

Chanelle Gericke and highschool sweetheart Joe McKenzie. Photo by Jasmine Emily Photography & Design

Hairdresser Chanelle Gericke won the heart of her partner Joe through pizza.

The pair met in Kambalda, where Joe was an apprentice boilermaker in Chanelle’s father’s business. Chanelle remembers thinking when they first met, “Who is this goofy long haired boy?”

“I was very shy, and he was very loud and outgoing, so he definitely brought me out of my shell and I kind of tamed him down a bit,” she explains.

Despite being shy, it was Chanelle that make the first move – over pizza.

“My group of friends went driving with his group of friends because we all kind of hung out together,” she explains,

“So i went out and bought three pizzas and we sat eating pizza and talked for hours. So I won his heart over with pizza!”

The couple have been together for 10 years, and Chanelle says Joe has done more for her than words can say.

“My favorite is when he leaves me little love notes on the kitchen bench nearly every day that say, miss you already, can’t wait to see you this afternoon, smile, you’re beautiful. He is such a big hearted guy who always makes me smile and always makes me feel warm, loved and appreciated.”

Chanelle says they plan to see more of the world and what exciting adventures it has to offer.

“There’s nothing better then to go on adventures with the love of your life right by your side,” she says.

“Nothing gets better than that for me.”

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AUTHOR PROFILE

Georgia Loney is a journalist who recommends every lonely-heart visit Kalgoorlie-Boulder. It might just change your life. It was there she met her now-husband, not at the pub, but when reporting at a local council meeting.  When she’s not interviewing couples about how they met, Georgia enjoys lipstick, knitting and chihuahuas.

Categorised in: Goldfields Love Story

16th February 2017

Goldfields Love Story: Joanne & Jonathan

Joanne & Jonathan Slattery at their Irish wedding in 2015

A simple kiss in the snow eight years ago marked the start of Joanne and Jonathan Slattery’s love story.

The entrepreneurial pair met 10 years ago, as university students in Ireland, long before they made the epic move across the world to the red dirt of the Goldfields.

Joanne remembers the night their friendship grew into love.

“Just before Christmas we were out with friends and we seemed to spend the whole night just talking and taking notice of nobody else,” she says.

“We ended up having a little kiss in the snow which sounds super cheesy and romantic, and we’ve been together ever since!

Joanne and Jonathan moved from Ireland to Western Australia in 2010, and settled in Kalgoorlie a year later, where they own two business, Lola’s Boutique (262 Hannan Street) and Thairapy Hair and Beauty Salon (2-241 Hannan Street). The couple also have day jobs; Jonathan is the regional lead for Brookfield Rail in the Goldfields and Joanne works in real estate sales at Kalgoorlie Metro.

The busy pair also found time to organise a wedding on the other side of the world, getting married in Ireland 19 months ago.

Joanne says the couple love living in Kalgoorlie. “The small town feel and sense of community is similar to that of what we grew up with in Ireland so it’s very homely for us. The sense of community is great and we have come to be involved in Boulder City Soccer Club with Jonathan being the current president.

“We have met so many friends here and that has always been the deciding factor in why we choose to stay here. Even if some of them have since moved on, we have found friends for life.”

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AUTHOR PROFILE

Georgia Loney is a journalist who recommends every lonely-heart visit Kalgoorlie-Boulder. It might just change your life. It was there she met her now-husband, not at the pub, but when reporting at a local council meeting.  When she’s not interviewing couples about how they met, Georgia enjoys lipstick, knitting and chihuahuas.

Categorised in: Goldfields Love Story

15th February 2017

Goldfields Love Story: Lauren & Ronnie

Ronald & Lauren Craig on their wedding day

Ronald & Lauren Craig on their wedding day

Lauren and Ronald Craig spent the early years of their relationship on the phone.

The pair met back in 2001, at a wedding in Perth. Lauren was just 18, and working at a law firm in Perth and Ronnie was 29, and working as a process technician in Kalgoorlie, but they ‘just clicked’.

“We were comfortable together, and he was funny,” Lauren remembers. “He came back to Kalgoorlie and we kept in contact over the phone, and we saw each other once a month, when he came up on the train.

“We had a really good friendship, and there were some very expensive phone-calls!

“I just felt comfortable speaking to him, and felt I could be myself, and I didn’t feel I needed to be fake.”

Ronnie moved to Perth to be with Lauren in 2003, and the pair married in 2006, after Ronnie proposed at Lauren’s sister’s house, having asked her parents permission.

The young family – their daughter was born in 2010- did a stint in Port Hedland, until Ronnie was made redundant in 2015, meaning they had to make a decision about where they wanted their future to be.

“We decided we liked the small town country lifestyle, and Ronnie grew up in Kalgoorlie, so it made sense to move here where we had that family base around us,” Lauren said. “In Port Hedland, we’d been on our own.”

A year after making the move from Port Hedland, the family is loving their life in the Goldfields.

“I love it, I like being able to go to the shops and see familiar faces, and bump into family friends, and not spend hours in traffic, and we’re really only a drive away from my  family,” Lauren says.

“We wanted our daughter to grow up here, she’s  real bush kid, she loves getting down in the red dirt.”

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AUTHOR PROFILE

Georgia Loney is a journalist who recommends every lonely-heart visit Kalgoorlie-Boulder. It might just change your life. It was there she met her now-husband, not at the pub, but when reporting at a local council meeting.  When she’s not interviewing couples about how they met, Georgia enjoys lipstick, knitting and chihuahuas.

Categorised in: Goldfields Love Story

14th February 2017

Goldfields Love Story: Maria & Scott

Maria & Scott Wilson with their now teenage sons Jake, Roy and Mark

Maria & Scott Wilson with their now teenage sons Jake, Roy and Mark

Maria and Scott Wilson joke that patience is the secret to their 25-year-marriage, but say living in Kalgoorlie-Boulder has helped them stay strong.

Despite meeting in Perth, their love story is very much set in the Goldfields.

The couple met back in 1986, and were matched up by friends. But it was another five years before the pair would marry; Maria had the travel bug and was considering another stint of globe-trotting, unless Scott proposed.

“It was a leap year, and I threatened that I would propose to him unless he hurried up,” she laughed. “He got in (to propose) on February 28, and we married the following year.”

The newly-weds moved to Kalgoorlie-Boulder 23 years ago, when Maria was pregnant with the first of their three sons, so Scott could continue his mining and prospecting business.

While some take some time to warm the state’s gold capital, Maria fell in love straight away. “I loved it from the first day I was here,” she said.

“I’d done a bit of travelling, and come back to Perth and got married, and I just felt like I needed to get out. “Kalgoorlie-Boulder was just right, it was friendly, it was big enough, but it wasn’t too big.”

Maria works from home as a reflexologist and Scott is still mining and prospecting, as well as being the president of the Eastern Goldfields Historical Society.

Scott says the close-knit community and making the most of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder lifestyle by going out camping and BMX riding, has helped their family of three boys stay strong.

“We’ve got a loving family environment, and that’s important, it would be hard if the family wasn’t happy living here,” he says.

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AUTHOR PROFILE

Georgia Loney is a journalist who recommends every lonely-heart visit Kalgoorlie-Boulder. It might just change your life. It was there she met her now-husband, not at the pub, but when reporting at a local council meeting.  When she’s not interviewing couples about how they met, Georgia enjoys lipstick, knitting and chihuahuas.

Categorised in: Goldfields Love Story

14th February 2017

Summer Spending Spree – Win $1000+ in local prizes!

You could win over $1,000 in vouchers for redemption at local Kalgoorlie Boulder businesses with the We Love KB Summer Spending Spree promotion!

To celebrate the fourth edition of the printed We Love KB map we’ve partnered with our local business members to bring you an exciting interactive promotion. There are five different prize packages to be won and no limits to how many times you can enter!

How to enter:

Stay in touch with We Love KB on Facebook and Instagram to receive notification of when the promotion will begin. Keep checking back in with us because this promotion will run through the month with the winners notified on February 28, 2017.

Are you hungry? We’ve got vouchers for Just A Little Cafe, Eat Pizza, Eagle Expresso and more!

Love fashion? Live Footage, Lola’s Boutique and others will keep you trendy from head to toe.

Want to see more? Do more things? The Goldfields Arts Centre and Sew Much Yarn! are ready to help.

We’re so excited to share with you the best of Kalgoorlie Boulder and give you the chance to help support our retail, cultural and tourism destinations this summer.

Get yourself a bonus entry!

Each prize package will have a individual entry photo challenge or game. You can up your odds of winning by simply reviewing a participating business and screenshotting the result! Follow the instructions within each prize package announcement and email your review to hello@welovekb.com to be eligible for an extra entry.

Follow the link to read the Terms and Conditions relating to the We Love KB Summer Spending Spree promotion.

14th February 2017

New Year, New You : Personal Development in Kalgoorlie Boulder

Local Kalgoorlie-Boulder resident Iris Haynes offers group workshops and one-on-one mentoring sessions to people who are looking to build emotional confidence.

Nurture Yourself Mentor Iris Haynes wearing denim posing on floor

Many New Year’s resolutions are based on making changes to our diet or amount of physical activity. But, what about our minds?

Iris Haynes, creator of Nurture Yourself Mentor, is a firm believer of strengthening emotional confidence to help us tackle daily challenges and prepare us for what feels like insurmountable tasks. The programs she has compiled are more than brain training puzzles and at times you may feel confronted but the journey and results are rewarding.

“Iris is a friendly, interactive mentor and has great interpersonal skills. Iris is very creative and is easily understood. Iris is a wonderful mentor helping you to understand your emotions better!” – Lorraine K., Participant.

What are the benefits to joining an Emotional Confidence Workshop?

  •  Increase self-awareness and build self-love
  • Create a toolkit of knowledge and resources to support you in your journey
  • Become more mindful and learn how this technique can help you grow
  • Feel motivated to achieve goals and maintain a calm, happy state

Considering the amount of self love that is encouraged, Iris  is quick to point out that this behaviour is not selfish or narcissistic, “Far from it, it means you know how the inner life of your mind and body works. It allows you to digest your own emotional experiences rather than outsource your moods and feelings to others around you.”

The next six week workshop course begins soon.

Build Your Emotional Confidence Workshop by Iris Haynes Nuture Yourself Mentor Kalgoorlie Boulder flyer

You can sign up via the Nurture Yourself Mentor website.

Workshops are held weekly over 6 weeks and each session is 2 hours long. As part of your mentoring you will also be partnered with another participant and together you can help each other through the process. Iris has created a tremendous amount of value for attendees including a 45 page personal workbook and private Facebook group for discussions outside of the sessions.

Other services that Iris facilitates include Emotional Fitness workshops for Men,  Mediation sessions and one on one personal growth mentoring.  Check out the Nurture Yourself Mentor Facebook page for the latest offers and events.

 

 

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Nurture Yourself Mentor | Build Emotional Confidence

Mentoring women to self-coach their mind to experience a deeper sense of self, leading to more self-love and confidence. PO Box 221 T: 0420 471 461