Mother’s Day exclusive La Dolce Vita screening – Castle Towers

I gave my mum the red carpet experience yesterday thanks to Castle Towers Management, with two free tickets (for mum and I ) to a Mother’s Day exclusive screening of La Dolce Vita at VMAX.

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Read your emails!!!!!!!!!!

“As a Castle Towers VIP Indulge member you are invited to an exclusive screening of 1960 classic La Dolce Vita for Mother’s Day. A double pass to this exclusive screening is available to the first 125 VIP Indulge members to RSVP!

The screening will take place on Saturday May 10 from 10am at Vmax Event Cinemas. Upon arrival, guests will receive complimentary champagne, morning tea, a gift bag and popcorn and drink to enjoy throughout the film!”

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Just an FYI- you can sign up for FREE here.

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The best feeling is when you know you’ve already ‘bought’ your mum a present for the much anticipated Mother’s Day. Honestly, how many of you kids stretch your minds inside-out not know what to give your mum every year? Luckily I received this email and before I knew it I had two complimentary tickets.

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Management told us to arrive 5-10 minutes before and indeed we did at 9:51 and there was a neat line leading towards Cinema 1.

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There were some Roman-inspired statues heading inside with plenty of green vines to get us into the Italian mood.

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Oh, and how could you ever not have a bicycle to set into the Italian theme?

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I was so surprised that there were a delightful range of scones with jam and whipped cream, cakes, pastries and quiches to enjoy for morning tea! I wished I didn’t have breakfast beforehand!! For me, the quiches and scones were the best.

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What I’ve learnt from organising uni events is that most of the time only 50% of people actually come to the event. There was tons of leftovers and they even encouraged us to eat while we were watching the three hour movie.

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Next to the food stand there were a few vintage and cute chairs and tables…

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with a joyful three-person band singing!! I thought I was transported into the countryside of Italy!

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Then I made my way up towards the champagne and orange juice table.. oh yeeeeeeeeeaaaah. I had my champers topped with OJ for the cocktail touch.

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My mum, grandma and I then walked up into the seats. OK, I must admit I don’t go to the cinemas these days because its so expensive and I’m very bad at concentrating on a movie for an extended period of time.. but VMAX is amazing! It wasn’t quite Gold Class but the seats are coupled together with extra wide comfort and even space to put our glass of champagne on the edge.

There was even boxes of popcorn, a bottle of Mountain Franklin water and a goodie bag waiting for us at ours seats.

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I felt so overwhelmed!!! There was enough time to have a chat amongst ourselves and the movie started at 10:20.

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At first it was all in Italian and no one could understand anything!! It was hilarious and it challenged me to remember all my Italian words from Year 11 and 12..haha.

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Oh well, the subtitles were on but La Dolce Vita is a long ass movie. I think around 50% of people had already left before it finished including us…

When we got back home we had a good look at what was inside: gift cards from a variety of clothing shops, perfume samples, shower gels, Roman Holiday DVD and just tons of magazines and everything! Crazy!!

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It was heaps of fun while it lasted and definitely worth signing up for those VIP emails. It’s FREE!

Review Rating: =D  =)  =|  =(

Product (Free morning tea, champagne): =D

Ambience: =D

Service: =D

Value: =D

Would I recommend signing up for Castle Towers Indulge VIP? I know we all get overwhelmed with emails so if you’re in the area, definitely. Their weekly emails have a ‘special offers’ section which takes up a majority of the email.

Would I donate the money I saved towards a charity? “The National Breast Cancer Foundation is the leading community-funded organisation in Australia raising money for research into the prevention and cure of breast cancer.

Since the National Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1994, more than $105 million has been awarded to fund over 370 Australian-based research projects to improve the health and wellbeing of all those affected by breast cancer.”

With bottomless champagne and a hearty morning tea, I think this experience would’ve been no doubt more than $40 per person. If I was working I would give that one off donation to NBCF.

Highlight: The food was delicious, the atmosphere was delightful, the seating was comfortable and both my mum and my grandma were boasting about this to all their friends. Loved it.

Suggestion of improvement: Everything was fabulous maybe except the film? I think it normally goes for around three hours and my attention span is not that great.. It would’ve been nicer with a fun girly film? Thank goodness Castle Towers doesn’t have a three hour parking limit!!

Ends: May 10, 2014

Link: http://www.castletowers.com.au/whats-on/events

Angela Bee

50% off Everything Clearance- SES

50% percent off clothing is the massive clearance sale at every store at SES that everyone should go to as soon as they can.

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“SES Fashions is a successful ladies retail store located across suburbs within Sydney, Canberra and Gold Coast, operating to provide qualit clothes and accessories to our customers at the best available price, offering the latest up to date fashion trends, as well as basic tops and bottoms.”

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This weekend I visited both Hurstville and Castle Towers stores to maximise my chances of finding something I liked… even though I didn’t need anything. #shoppingproblems

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The Castle Hill shop is massive. Lets just say that it has expanded and takes up the space of two shops.

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There were jumpers for those who always avoid winter and go overseas to summer countries but can’t go this year because they’re too poor (me).

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Flamboyant cardies for those self confessed hipsters (me – I mean they’ll go well with a plain pair of pants and singlet top!)

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Colourful pants for those themed parties like dressing up as power rangers (me).

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Cheaper blazers for those at work or doing unpaid internships (me).

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Nice cutesy dresses for those who want summer 24/7 (me).

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Maxi dresses were only $9.99 but I wished I was tall to wear nice long clothing.

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And all for the discounted price off the original price (not the yellow sticker). Like all places, it was pretty hard finding a size 8 or 10 so just be mindful that common sizes do go quickly.

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You also can’t go wrong with $2.49 singlets (yes, we snagged a few basics).

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Like most shops you can try your goods before but beware of the lines and I suggest everyone abide by the 4 items or less rule please!

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Just be aware of the 2% surcharge when paying with credit cards. They know how to deal with these minor expenses well! Oh, and of course no exchanges or refunds!

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Anyways, there was a huge variety at the Castle Hill store and same with Hurstville.

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Review Rating: =D  =)  =|  =(

Product (50% off everything at SES): =D

Ambience: =)

Service: =)

Value: =D

Would I recommend going to SES’ 50% off clearance sale? Yup yup!! If you can’t get yourself  to the factory outlets then this will be as close as it gets before we hit winter!!

Would I donate the money saved to a clothing charity? Remember the Smith Family and those huge bins we has to throw our clothes into back in primary school? Or even now when you give your clothes to op shops like The Red Cross and Vinnies? Definitely giving my old clothes there to recycle and give to others.

Highlight: I liked how there was a selection of winter clothes. I know a lot of shops are trying to get rid of their summer stock and its just not a necessity since the freezing cold has already come upon us!

Suggestion of improvement: those change rooms need monitoring. It says on the sign 4 items or less and I saw these women bring in more. We were left waiting for ages…

Ends: I think either Mon or Tues this week…

Link: http://www.sesfashion.com.au/

Angela Bee