Scanlan Theodore Fall/Winter Shopping Event, SoHo

The rain and wet of the night did not put a damper on the stunning inspirational designs from Scanlan Theodore in their spacious new store at 117 Prince Street in SoHo, New York.

About 35 ladies from Australian Women in New York joined together with Melinda Robertson, co-owner of Scanlan Theodore, to shop and celebrate the new space and see first hand the exciting expansion in to New York City.

From earnestly soft shearlings, and Toscana capes to the travel-easy crepe knit full selection of dresses and skirts and jackets, the night was filled with delightful possibilities.  Work and leisure dresses seemed to be the order of the evening, although the sweaters, pants, boots and bags were seriously contemplated.  The good news is, if you missed the champagne last night, the store complete with staff – each more beautiful and service oriented than the next, will be here for you any time you make your time to go and take a look.

We wish Scanlan Theodore abundant prosperity here in Manhattan, and thank you for taking such good care of the ladies of AWNY!  Our closets thank you for making it happen.

For online shopping, see  Our ladies found a lot of dresses for the office and leisure in the most comfortable of fabrics, their crepe knit

Ice Skating in Bryant Park

AWNY presents ice skating in the Bryant Park Winter Village.

Please arrive at 1.30pm to be fitted for skate hire.  We will be starting the merriment by the fountain near the 6th Ave entrance.

Feel free to dress in your most festive Christmas jumper and Santa hat (jingle bells are also strongly encouraged).

Fun for everyone; friends, children and partners welcome!

*Please note that there are no phones or photography allowed on the ice but AWNY volunteers will be around the rink to take snaps.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, January 6th, 2018
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Address: Bryant Park
RSVP: Facebook Event
Cost: Free entry for all but $20.00 for skate hire – if you have your own skates, feel free to bring them!
Free lockers but $10.00 for a lock
Bag check for $15.00
Children’s penguin skate aid or $22.00 per hour



What’s On in New York, December 2017

The season is in full swing now – having had Halloween, then Thanksgiving, now we head full tilt to “The Holidays”.  New Yorkers say “Happy Holidays” to be respectful of everyone in this diverse community.  New York kids celebrate Hannakuh, Kwanzaa, and Christmas at school, complete with chorus songs for every occasion.

There’s a bunch going on around town, so make the most of it!

AWNY and associated events include:

Women of Letters evening Wednesday November 29, 6pm for 8pm start at City Winery.  A bunch of ladies have already signed up from the Mums and Dads subgroup.

Scanlan and Theodore’s Fall/Winter Fashion Shopping Event Tuesday December 5, 6pm.  Celebrate with Australia’s intelligent and creative designers in their brand new SoHo store. We’ll be joined by one of the label’s founders and guests will be treated to a private shopping experience showcasing their latest range, with champagne and a holiday gift.

AWNY’s Christmas Luncheon  Friday December 8, 12 noon.  Join friends, old or new, on the 30th Floor at the Club Metropolitan in midtown west for a cocktail on arrival and wonderful three course meal. $60 members $75 non-members (tax and tip included).

Mums and Dads Christmas dinner December 11, 7.30pm, RSVP through Mums and Dads Facebook event page or email At Coarse NYC Restaurant, 306 West 13th Street. $49 plus tax and tip.

TRIPLIGHT is a new musical by AWNY members Alexandra Collier (book & lyrics) and Greta Gertler Gold (music & lyrics). Directed by Meghan Finn.
In workshop at The Tank, NYC on December 8 at 2pm and December 9 at 8pm. Tickets:
Triplight follows Willow, a charismatic singer-songwriter and the sole survivor of a 90s indie rock band whose members were all tragically killed just when they were poised on the precipice of fame. Willow is stuck in the past but she’s forced to reemerge and repay her debts when a music DJ unearths her in a New York apartment – where only her ghosts keep her company. ​Triplight is an absurd, funny and dark musical that explores the knife-edge life of an artist, the perils of fame and one woman’s attempt to find her voice in a dying industry, with a score that fuses indie pop, rock and jazz. ​

American Australian Association’s Holiday Reception Monday December 11, 6-9pm at the Australian Consulate.

Around town, rock into the spirit despite the crowds.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree:  The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a world-wide symbol of the holidays in New York City.  The 2017 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, November 29, with live performances from 7–9pm, at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues.  Thousands crowd the sidewalks for the event, and millions watch it live across the globe.  The Tree will remain lit and can be viewed until 9pm on January 7, 2018.  Stop by for a drink and view at The Rainbow Room or visit Polo Bar.  I always find myself at the Lindt shop at 5th and 53rd to at least get some chocolate santas, if not bags and bags of the Lindt balls as gifts for all the people that end up on the list.  They always seem so well received, it’s just a habit now.

You can also get rentals for iceskating at Bryant Park,  Wollman Skating Rink in Central Park, the Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District,  Lasker in Central Park north, LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park and The Rink at Brookfield Place, down town.

In the same area, on Fifth Avenue, are Holiday window displays  at Saks, Tiffany’s, Bergdorfs, Barneys, Henri Bendel’s; and further afield, Bloomingdales and Macys, are also amazing to see.  Some people go every year because these windows are just over the top, and entertainment in themselves – as well as the people standing beside you.  Be warned though, every man and his dog are out there peak times, so choose your timing.

And of course, near to the Tree as well, is the world famous Rockettes at Radio City Hall. Take your guests or kids and be mesmerized by all the lights, glitter and Christmas charm.  You can have your photo taken before or after the show with Santa.  The actual show has The Rockettes dancing around, and tells a child-friendly Christmas story.  Buy a Christmas tree ornament on the way out, a nice gift or souvenir.

Looking for more crafty gifts (not from a department store)?  There are outdoor markets throughout the city.  See Union Square Holiday Market, Columbus Circle Holiday Market  opening around 10 or 11am until 7 or 8pm every day until Christmas Eve.

union square

Union Square Holiday Market

At Carnegie Hall, NY Philharmonic tickets can be $300 for Handel’s Messiah mid December (if you can even still get tickets), but you can also get Oratorio Society seats from $28-$100 at Carnegie around December 18.  If you get tickets at Lincoln Center David Geffen Hall for December 9 you can be one of the 3,000 singing in the chorus.  St Thomas Church also has Messiah with their choir for less than $100.

If you have kids, please take them to the Holiday Train Show.  It is sincerely a real treat for everybody involved, and the Garden is such a nice place to be throughout the year.  It is one of the best family resources in the city.

December 28, 2017, 12-1pm is Good Riddance Day.  At Times Square, you can gather to let go the negative energy of whatever it was in 2017.  Shredit takes over at Times Square Plaza 46, 47 (Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets) to bring on the New Year with joy and freedom.

Times Square is of course, always host to the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop – where people come at 3pm to get a spot for a 6pm start, no public restrooms and freezing cold.  Be amongst the million there, or one of the billion plus people watching it on tv.   My personal favorite (like the Thanksgiving Parade) is to have a friend who has a view to the action – with a bathroom, and catered, even better.

For a view to what is happening for New Year’s Eve, start making plans now.  There’s a silent disco in Bushwick with Aussie Thomas Jack, NYE bike ride from Brooklyn to Belvedere Castle in Central Park, Fireworks at Prospect Park.  Be sure to have a transportation plan.  It is really hard to get around in the city in the cold, so plan ahead.  It’s a busy night.

And, as they say, stay warm!

My Neighborhood – Hoboken, New Jersey

Written by Peta Arthurson

See why moving to Hoboken was a winner with former AWNY Vice President Peta Arthurson.


My husband and I stumbled upon the neighborhood of Hoboken and at first we completely freaked out. We had never planned on moving to NEW JERSEY!!! That’s a whole different state, and train system! But, if you read along with me you will see why I think its been our best neighborhood so far!

Upon recently expanding my family to include our new baby girl Matilda, my husband and I knew we wanted a little more space at but with affordable rent, and non- negotiable outdoor space for our dog (there was no way could I walk him at night in the dead of winter with a newborn if my hubby was away for work!) And of course we wanted all of this without moving to Westchester or some other upstate NY or Long Island location. I’m pleased to report we found it in Hoboken, New Jersey, just a short distance from Manhattan.


Peta, husband Shane and baby Matilda on Matilda’s first Snow Day – Dec 2016


Where is Hoboken?

Hoboken, New Jersey is right across the Hudson river and is bordered by Weehawken to the North and Jersey City to the South & West. The streets are on a grid similar to Manhattan with the cross streets being numbered from 1st (downtown) to 14th (uptown) and some president’s names like Washington, Adams, Madison, Monroe.

Transport in Hoboken

Hoboken is essentially in line with Houston and 23rd streets of Manhattan and getting into the city is quick and easy. The PATH train runs regularly from 33rd street to Hoboken and the ferry runs to 42nd and World Trade Center. In fact, if you work downtown, the ferry takes only 5 minutes. There are also buses, with NJ Transit operating between the Hoboken Bus Terminal and Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. We also have a light rail system connecting Jersey City to Weehawken and beyond.

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Eco Cleaning Supplies Inspired By Australian Recycling – AWNY Startup Stories with Sacha Dunn

Tell us about your business and what inspired you to begin.

I started Common Good when I had small children and became concerned about the chemicals we were bringing into our home. I was equally alarmed by the amount of plastic recycling our little family was generating each week from laundry detergent and hand soap bottles. We remember that in Australia, we’d keep the big plastic container and refill it with a milk carton of laundry detergent. When we couldn’t find anything like that here in New York, we created Common Good and designed a refill station where people could bring their empty bottles, refill them and keep them out of the recycling stream for years.

What is your Ah Ha moment?

That happened before launching Common Good  In my previous career, I was a still life and interiors prop stylist. I used styled for Vogue Living and was the style editor at Marie Claire Lifestyle (remember that magazine?!) When we moved to New York in 2001, it was bad timing to start a new career. But I called a few photo editors and on the third call, the editor said “just keep talking with that Australian accent! I’m so glad you’re here. I only hire Australian stylists and photographer. I’m going to book you on this job.” The accent has been working for me ever since.
 Sacha Portrait copy

What have been the hardest lessons in starting a business?

The hardest lessons have been about moving from a freelance creative business to manufacturing and distribution. That’s a lot to learn. I feel like I got an MBA in real time. The other big thing I learned, was how to build a company culture. As a freelancer, you don’t work with the same people for very long. Now we have a team of people who are amazing and we look forward to seeing each other every day.

Where have you been most successful in marketing your business?

We were lucky. We created a product we wanted, put it out into the world to see if people would buy it and they did! Beyond that initial success, word-of-mouth is the best thing any brand can hope for and because we have a great mission, we get a lot of people sharing our brand.

Do you have any mentors, and how have people been with sharing information and their networks?

We have some wonderful mentors! People are either drawn to us by our mission which means we get a wide range of advice from finance to environmental to sales and marketing. I also think we get interest because we’re trying to move the needle in terms of sustainability in a category that is dominated by a few major corporations.

What advice would you given someone thinking about starting a business?

Talk to other entrepreneurs! It is like having a baby and will take 2x the time you think it will. At the same time, don’t wait, don’t hold back. If it’s something you really want to do then get to work and make it happen.

Other than yourself, what piece of Australia have you put into your business?

The whole idea behind Common Good is Australian! It was that A-ha moment of refilling our laundry bottles that lead us to create Common Good. I also think that everything about me is Australian so there are probably a lot of things about how I work that are culturally different because I’m Australian.
 Refill Station copy

What is next for your business?

We are launching the next phase in refillable household soaps and cleaners! Our new Refill Box Collection uses 83% less plastic than the equivalent bottles and will ship direct to your door.

Do you have any offer or promo code you would like to share with AWNY members?

We don’t have a promo code but we’d love you to check us out on Kickstarter!

Why the Kickstarter now?

We’re running the crowdfunding campaign because we want to show this product to people and get them excited before we manufacture. We want to get feedback and questions from as many people as possible before we launch. This felt like the best way to get that feedback. We plan on manufacturing in the fall so it won’t be too long before the new products are on the market.

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