Archive for May, 2010
You may have noticed I haven’t blogged in over a week! Eep, sorry Guys and Dolls, I’ve just been so sick with the flu, an ear infection and MASSIVELY STRESSED.
I’ve been freaking out about exams harder than I ever have before in my life.
I think this is based on the fact that my subjects are not difficult at all and this makes it extremely tedious to ‘study’ them. I don’t know about you, but I like a challenge, and I would prefer something that I struggle to get through and end up feeling clever-er (ha!) upon completion than dragging myself through something boring and completely unmotivating.
The worst part is, for one particular subject, the content comes quite naturally to me. I completed post graduate studies in this area overseas already, but it isn’t recognised by my uni so I need to do it as an undergrad subject here. However, knowing the stuff that we’re learning doesn’t make a difference as the way the subject is structured is outrageous.
The lecturer is distinctly interested in Aboriginal relations. I am too, but the difference is that while I feel as a country we have something of a moral and social obligation to fix the crap our ancestors did, this lecturer has these ideals which are just plain patronising.
ANYWAY, I digress! I won’t bore you with a passionate and lengthy essay on my feelings about all that.
Another thing that is stressing me out is my basketball team. I say ‘my’ because the way I’ve been acting (or should it be reacting?) I may as well be financially invested in them.
We, the Orlando Magic, were about to be knocked out of permiereship contention and were down 3-0 with the whole world against us. We managed to win the next game to keep us in the comp, and then another one. Two more uncontested wins and we will be in the final against either the Phoenix Suns or the LA Lakers.
Since the Magic weren’t playing to well at this important time of the season, I’d been too embarrassed to sport (no pun intended) my Magic Jersey Dress.
The NBA have this really clever idea of actually selling a line of merchandise geared towards women. Instead of regular jerseys and tees, girls can get dresses, hoodies, shorts, tracksuits- pretty much everything- designed with our boobs and hips in mind. Killer.
It’s definitely something other leagues need to look into. I’ve got a Roosters hoody which is from the girls’ line, but it’s not that cute. My Swans jacket is probably the most unflattering thing I’ve ever seen. It makes me look at least 600kg heavier than I am, but it’s warm.
I haven’t been there myself, but I’ve been told the NBA store in New York has half of one of their huge floors dedicated to merchandise for girls, but you can buy it online too.
I bought this dress, which is actually based on a throwback jersey. The guy whose number it is doesn’t play for Magic anymore but 1 is a pretty ambiguous number I suppose. Some may say it’s the loneliest number. Whatever.
Ideally I wouldn’t wear it like this. It looks banging on it’s own with some black strappy heels and a tan. Unfortunately being in bed most of the day means I am pale and it’s also not really the weather to be wearing something so skimpy.
The leggings I’m wearing under it I am completely obsessed by. They’re from Supre and were marked at $50, but came to $35 when I paid. Bargain! As you’ve probably seen, in Winter I wear alot of long tops, tight pants tucked into boots and lots of layers.
I was always wearing the same pants from Lounge Apparel, and thought it was time to get something else. I’m not really a ‘leggings-as-pants’ type of girl, but under long things I don’t mind.
I love the ribbing on the knees/thighs and the fact that these leggings are really long. It adds a bit of texture and a point of difference if I’m layering quite plain items and makes it easy to tuck them into boots without them riding up and being irritating.
I didn’t take a bag today as I couldn’t be bothered, was only going to the city to get mum’s belated Mother’s day pressie with her. I bought her a gift voucher from Louis Vuitton to give to her on the day because she is so damn picky, and she got some gorgeous monogram sandals.
They’re pretty ostentatious actually, but it’s all a bit of fun. The style is called ‘Be Happy!’ Here they are:
So below are some pics of my outfit, my dog kept running in the pictures, I cannot stop laughing at the one where her eyes are red and she’s all up in the camera. She looks positively demonic and terrifying! Not a thing like the cuddly baby I know and love.
OK, so I know Mariah isn’t the most popular or likeable singer going around. But it’s my blog so you can either read it and enjoy it, read it and scoff/leave an abusive comment about how much you hate her and how terrible a movie Glitter was (it wasn’t, by the way) or just move along.
The 15th of May 2010 marked 20 years since the release of Mariah’s first single, Vision of Love. The song which is heralded as sparking the “I wanna be a singer” thought in the mind of many superstars such as Beyonce, Christina Aguilera and Rihanna- whom you may have seen butcher Mariah’s song Hero at a talent contest. No, you haven’t? Alright, here, have a laugh on me:
Terrible. Just terrible.
I’m not gonna lie- although I’ve been a fan of Mariah’s the whole way along, I’ve only really been obsessed since 1999 with the release of Rainbow. When you speak to people about Mariah (I try and slot her into at least 4 conversations a day. I’m kidding, obviously), they’re always like, “OMG I LOVE 90′s Mariah!” Well, I’m totally the opposite.
Of course I own all of the albums from the 90′s, but any true Lamb (that’s a Mariah fan bee tee dubs) will know how artistically stifled she was under the hhmmm guidance of Tommy Mottola and how her emancipation from him gave us the really good shit musically.
Butterfly (1997) was an eye-opener with Mariah reaching into her RnB roots and collaborating with Puff Daddy (as he was known at the time), Jermaine Dupri and Bone Thugz n Harmony to produce a soft- dance/pop/hip hop album with the occasional melancholy pop/soul crossover tune in Breakdown and Babydoll.
Mariah had alluded to the fact she wanted to take this direction with her music, famously working with O.D.B on the hugely popular Fantasy remix which to this day can still fill a dancefloor. At the time, this was a controversial move for the somewhat conservative star who admits she couldn’t even say some of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s song titles out loud.
This move is, however, what gained her respect not only in the music industry in general (it cemented her as a true talent with a vast display of song-writing and producing skill), but also with what seems like almost every rapper imaginable. Since then she has worked with Snoop, Jay Z, Pharrel, Ja Rule, Mystikal, Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliot, just to name a few of the rap and hip-hop powerhouses who are keen to team up with her.
It’s where all these people come in that I too jump on board wholeheartedly. It’s plain to see that I’m the whitest white girl going around. But catch me on a dancefloor and I can bump and grind with the best of them. Try as they might, white people can’t make hot RnB tracks. They just can’t.
The inclusion of the most baller rappers, song writers and producers on Mariah albums is what has propelled her into the largest part of my heart and more imporantly, my itunes account.
Since Rainbow (1999), each Mariah album has been saturated with guest collaborators, the majority of songs ‘featuring’ some of the best musical talent in the hip-hop world and something which has been emulated by singers the world over. Beyonce does it, Shakira does it and even our own Jessica Mauboy has followed suit.
For my HSC (final high school exams for anyone outside Australia/NSW) I even wrote a Viva Voce, an oral exam where you create your own musical hypothesis and answer questions given to you by the examiner as well as proving your theory with the use of research and pre-made examples, on how Mariah Carey instigated the idea of featuring rappers on her tracks. My sample CD decided not to work during the exam, so I was forced to use the piano in the room to muster all my musical talent and play Heartbreaker on it, while singing Mariah’s parts and RAPPING Jay-Z’s. Luckily it turned out to be a positive thing when it all could have gone to crap.
Anyway, what am I doing? Turning into an old grandparent who tells tales of their youth? That anecdote was meant to point out the lasting effect that Mariah’s musical leadership has had on the face of pop, while ensuring that rappers always have a place in mainstream music. Not just my sentiments alone- “Sing my hook, help me sell a coupla mill”- Cam’ron in Boy (I need you).
So while her popularity has waned somewhat since her Dreamlover days, her music has become more ‘her’ and more for the fans. For example her latest offering, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, is a perfectly cohesive and beautifully melodic album which is reminiscent of the Hip-Hopera by R-Kelly, “Trapped in the closet“. It’s full of personal jokes and Mariah-isms that only a dedicated Lamb would appreciate.
Here’s to another 20 years of incredible music by the Queen, Mariah. And here’s to her staying true to herself and giving us more of that special brand of Hip-Pop she does so well, because if there’s anything I love more than a Mariah song, it’s a Mariah song that features a rapper.
With the countdown on until the next installment of Sex and The City is released SKKY Vodka are getting us in the spirit with some glamour sessions taking place around Australia.
You may remember I posted the recipes for some SATC inspired cocktails named after Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, Charlotte and Big and in selected venues in your capital city, these will be available on your next night out.
As well as the long drinks being on offer, you will notice girls wearing Carrie Bradshaw inspired full skirts and singlets branded with the slogan “I’m a SKKY Vodka Glamorous Girl“. They will be on hand to perform free 2-minute makeup touch up session including powder, bronzer, blush, eye-shadow and/or lips which is handy if you’ve had a few of your fave SATC long drinks or you simply want to feel that extra bit pretty.
For the closest glamour session to you, have a look at your corresponding city below.
Miranda Hotel 590 The Kingsway, Miranda
21st May 8-11pm
4th June 8-11pm
Rocksia Hotel 299 Princess Highway, Arncliffe
28th May 8-11pm
29th May 8-11pm
The Loft King Street Wharf, Sydney
28th May 3-6pm
5th June 3-6pm
The Cremorne Hotel 305 Military Road, Cremorne
4th June 10:30pm- 1:30am
The Mean Fiddler Cnr Commercial & Windsor Roads, Rouse Hill
3rd June 9-12pm
4th June 9-12pm
5th June 9-12pm
Manly Wharf Hotel East Esplanade, Manly
2nd June 7-10pm
The Mill 189 Beaconsfield street, Milperra
21st May 7-10pm
11th June 7-10pm
Cushion 99 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
30th May 7-10pm
6th June 7-10pm
FOG Restaurant 142 Greville street, Prahran
27th May 7-10pm
3rd June 7-10pm
Long Room George Building 162-168 Collins Street, Melbourne
28th May 6-9pm
4th June 6-9pm
Eve Bar Lower Level 334 City Road, Southbank
20th May 10pm-1am
3rd June 10pm- 1am
Spice Market Beaney Lane (Off Russell st.), Melbourne
5th June 9pm-midnight
19th June 9pm-midnight
Leftbank 1 Southbank Blvd, Southbank
5th June 8-11pm
12th June 8-11pm
Rah Bar 163 Toorak Road, South Yarra
22nd May 8-11pm
19th June 8-11pm
Belvedere Hotel Oxley Ave, Scotts Point
5th June 7-10pm
17th June 7-10pm
Emporium 1000 Ann st, Fortitude Valley
4th June 5:30-8:30pm
Wellington Hotel 391 Main road, Wellington Point
28th May 9pm-Midgnight
11th June 9pm-Midnight
Waxy’s 3206 Surfer’s Paradise Blvd, Surfer’s Paradise
29th May 8-11pm
12th June 8-11pm
Caloundra RSL 19 West Terrace, Caloundra
29th May 7-10pm
11th June 7-10pm
Greenbank RSL 54 Anzac Av, Hillcrest
21st May 8-11pm
4th June 8-11pm
Sportsman Hotel 130 Leichhardt st, Spring Hill
13th June 7-10pm
Whale and Ale Hotel Cnr Ocean and Key Largo, Carine
21st May 9pm-midnight
4th June 9pm-midnight
Mt Henry Tavern 27 Manning Road, Como
20th May 8-11pm
3rd June 8-11pm
Tiger Lils 437 Murray Street, Perth
28th May 7-10pm
11th June 7-10pm
Mullaloo Beach Hotel 10 Oceanside Promenade, Mullaloo
30th May 6-9pm
13th June 6-9pm
Perth Town Hall Hay Street (Cnr Barrack Street), Perth
3rd June 9pm-Midnight
4th June 9pm- Midnight
The Wembley Hotel 344 Cambridge street, Wembley
21st May 8-11pm
28th May 8-11pm
S Bar Westfield Marion Shop 2502c, Oaklands Park
22nd May 8-11pm
12th June 8-11pm
Tea Tree Gully Hotel 1349 Northeast road, Tea Tree Gully
28th May 9pm-midnight
4th June 9pm-midnight
Glenelg Pier Hotel Pier, Glenelg
29th May 9pm- Midnight
5th June 9pm-Midnight
So who will be heading down to their local to get their delicious Sex and The City inspired SKKY long drinks and get those makeup touch ups from the gorgeous SKKY Vodka Glamourous girls?
This afternoon I went to check out Fashion Weekend at the Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park.
I hadn’t attended one before so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I was very pleasantly surprised.
When I arrived there was a lineup which was hurried through quite quickly. Once inside it’s a woman’s dream with dresses, shoes, bags, necklaces, jackets, hats and tops EVERYWHERE. They are, of course, set out in the most orderly fashion for maximum shopping pleasure.
I had a few stalls in mind which I wanted to scope out first, so I headed to those quickly with the use of the map I was given at the front door.
There were already loads of girls trying things on and waiting at the tills to buy! I’m lagging behind, oh noes!
I wasn’t really looking for anything for myself, to be honest. If anything, I need Winter clothes and most of the clothing stock is summer. If you’re heading on hols to the Northern Hemisphere in the next coming months, it would be really awesome to check out because you would find heaps of decent things to take away with you at such a low price point.
Some of the best bargains I saw were:
Camilla- Pieces starting from $99 (for little tops and things) up to $700 for the fur vests which retail for over $1000 in store.
Lydia Jewels- Nothing over $60. gorgeous studs for $15, iphone covers for $20, loads of pieces which would be nice to even put away as gifsts.
Tulula Valu- Really cute, different shoes for $60. Bright little pumps with embellishments like skulls and crowns.
Maurie and Eve- who had heaps of sexy pieces from as little as $30. They may have even had cheaper pricepoints, but this was the lowest I saw on a bustier dress.
Unfortunately I was on a schedule and missed out on alot of the stalls. I really wanted to check out Lucette, Ellery and Therese Rawsthorne but I simply didn’t have time.
One thing I will suggest is that if you’re contempating going, but need that little extra push, check out these beauty bargains:
Toni & Guy blowdry- $10 (or free if you spend $750+)
Dermalogica face mapping- complimentary
NP Set makeover- $35 (redeemable with product)
Essie manicure- $20 including free bottle of nail polish
So really, for $65 you can get your hair, makeup and nails done, PLUS you get to take home makeup and nail polish. It’s worth the $20 entry fee alone to go in and get all that done before you go out tomorrow or Sunday night. Seriously.
I had my hair blowdried (bit of volume, curls at the bottom) and normally my hair drops straight away- but It’s still in and I’ve had a scarf rubbing against it too. Those girls are damn good.
There are also $20 mini-styling sessions with the peeps at CHIC in the city and free fashion clinics from the team at Shop Til You Drop on makeup, Winter fashion and a designer interview.
If that all gets too much for you, head to the Tempus Two wine bar for a glass or two and relax. It really was quite serene sitting there on nice chairs with quaint little vases of flowers on each table. Aawww.
The cafe was really decent too actually. They had ‘cafe’ type food like sammiches etc, but also Beef salad, soup, uumm I forgot what else- I tend to lose my mind when I see food- but basically what I’m trying to say is that there is actual edible food there so do not stress.
Like I said, I haven’t been before, so I can’t compare- but if previous years’ Fashion Weekends were as good as this, then I can’t imagine just how incredible they were.
Tickets can be purchased on the door or by clicking here and start at $20 for basic Fashion Weekend Entry.
Has anyone else gone, or are you going? What did you think?
No, we’re not really that corny, but these girls are some of the most gorgeous, intelligent, generous and hilarious people I know. Since it had been 5 years since we had been together as a group, we decided it was high time we had a dinner date to reminisce and catch up.
Our old haunt was Sel et Poivre which is on Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, so it was fitting that we reunited there.
Sel et Poivre is important to us first and foremost it was the closest, nice and student friendly French place in the vicinity of our school, we spent plenty of times there wagging school on excursions and there are so many lolz moments like the owner who is a dead-ringer for Rod Stewart going off for a cycle in his bicycle shorts. Do you think he looks like Rod Stewart? Decide for yourself…
I pretty much didn’t stop laughing the whole night. We talked about school, bitched about teachers, laughed at the ridiculous times had by some of us who went to France together (like when we convinced ourselves that there was a man in our shower and we got a fireman to bust in there to catch him….only to find absolutely nothing at all) and then they all wanted to be on my blog!
I thought it would be a good time to get some outfit pics, so I’m laughing in most of them because it was strange ‘posing’ in front of people who crack me up.
The final show for this year’s Australian Fashion Week was Ksubi, who have only shown at Fashion Week sporadically in their ten year existence.
Pre-show, early arriving guests could see Justice Single, (the coolest three-and-a-half year old in the world and son of super stylist/mega babe, Pip Edwards and Ksubi founder, Dan Single) running laps around the circular ‘catwalk’. I wondered if this would perhaps be the highlight of the hugely anticipated return to Fashion Week after what has been a tumultuous couple of months for the boys.It wasn’t.
The show began with black and white footage reminiscent of Japanese horror film The Ring playing on giant screens throughout the Royal Hall of Industries at Moore Park. Incomprehensible phrases (or was it just my tipsy haze?) were made up from banners held up to the camera and then the lights dimmed. Cut-out trucker hats (which reminded me of Jelly moulds) sat atop poker-straight hair which was probably the only real shock to me. I love me some GHD straight locks (The Ksubi straightening was done using Cloud Nine straighteners), but it’s not typically Ksubi, is it? The collection included sexy mesh and panelled body suits, extremely short shorts, the usual array of ripped jeans, baggy tees and jumpers and plenty of double denim. The latter frightens me somewhat, it’s certainly not my style, but I saw a few people working this look in the crowd last night so it is do-able. I heard a few people saying it wasn’t really a big jump from the usual Ksubi offerings and that the show was lacking something special, but for me Ksubi already have a winning formula and would be silly to change that. Perhaps people are expecting them to have evolved further than what they have over ten years? I think it is important to remember, however that they are essentially a denim and streetwear label, and while they continue to do that well, it is fairly unnecessary to alter their style to drastically. There were differences from previous collections, going a little bit back to the ol’ Tsubi (Yes, that’s with a ‘T’) days of yore when peacocks emblazoned distressed denim and tartan patches were sewn into frayed knees, with pretty Chanel-esque quilting on shorts and up the sleeves of denim jackets. There was also a subtle rat theme, albeit printed on clothes rather than running up and down the catwalk, the appearance of wishy-washy fluro colours and plenty of white and washed out denim. The collection screamed LA brat pack and will be a huge hit with the usual set in Australia. The pale washes of the jeans will look incredible paired with some of the pastels from the Dion Lee collection which just showed at RAFW to rave reviews. I’m so pleased I got to go to this show, while it was very safe, it had all the usual Ksubi quirks and was an easily wearable and marketable collection. I hope it does really well for the brand, I’ll definitely be picking up a few pieces when they hit stores around September. Here’s some pics of the show, they’re pretty bad, but I’m sure you’re not used to anything but terrible photos from me by now.
Prior to the Ksubi show I was at the Rosemount bar on site at Circular Quay, I saw one of my favourite models Alyssa Sutherland. Ooooooooooooooh my gosh, I love her so much! She was standing right near me and I’m pretty sure I was just staring at her like a creep; but she is so stunning I couldn’t help it. Soz, Alyssa.
For once I didn’t act like a dork and ask for a photo. Good thing, too…probably not the smartest move to have a photo with a supermodel.I didn’t take any outfit pics, I was in too much of a hurry to get out the door and after a big night of drinking (the Ksubi afterparty was at the recently-opened Flinders Hotel) I only managed to roll home in the early hours of the morn. Oops. I’m quite sure, though, that I was the sole person wearing colour at the Ksubi show. It seemed like everyone had black and white on!So that’s it for Fashion Week for another year, who were your favourite shows?
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This afternoon I attended the Lucette show at the Cargo Theatre as part of the 15th Australian Fashion Week.
I was so excited about this show as Lucette are known for their edgy but still very feminine designs. They make the kind of clothing that empowers women; making them look sexy but still extremely strong at the same time.
Because I am an absolute idiot, I forgot to delete some images off my camera, and I couldn’t get any pics of the show. I guess in some ways this is lucky because a) I make a terrible photographer b) My camera doesn’t take nice pics anyway c) I was two rows back so it would have been a bunch of heads with tops of outfits instead of full body shots.
Given how incredible the show was, however, I’m sure you will be able to find pictures very easily.
UPDATE: I have a couple of great pictures from thebeautydirectory.com.au which give a clear example of the kind of clothing which was presented yesterday. You can see in the first picture a khaki vest which has alot of body to it, giving a tough look, which is something to be pared back with a pretty dress. You will also notice the leather harness over the bikini which is something that is versatile as it can be worn much like a vest in creating a whole different look for an outfit you want to recycle.
The second picture shows an example of the printed jersey tops and tunics in the collection. The blue design depicted here was also emulated in monochromatic tones in the show.
The pics also show the insanely hot hair and makeup. I’m such a bandit for a quiff- and this hair story was called ‘cyberbilly’. If I were to (attempt to) recreate this look at home, I would probably do a thick, textured plait instead of the half-up half-down look, but that’s because I have very fine hair and it wouldn’t sit right.
The program was scattered with words such as Tribal, Twilight, Gothic, Future and Army and it’s easy to create an image of the collection from these descriptions.
Yokes, Harnesses, Bras and Bustiers all featured a strong domitrix theme, generally embellished with alot of silver metal to give it a futuristic feel.
Dresses and tops were pretty and flowy but were balanced out well with leather features on the shoulders and bust.
Superb attention to detail saw pants, shorts, jumpsuits and leggings all grabbing our attention- in particular a pair of leather pants that I am pretty sure were made for me. They have a thick elastic waist band with various panelling sewed together with gaping structure over the knees. I’m addicted to leather pants and pleats and folds and when you put the two together it’s a match made in heaven.
Aside from the leather pants, the stand out pieces for me were the tshirts with sharp leather shoulders (nice to see this trend isn’t going anywhere), Monochramatic printed tunics and draped, relaxed cargo pants which have sent Twitter and Facebook into a spin.
I’m calling it now- Lucette is the new Sass and Bide.
Guests including Susie Bubble (who looked divine in Vivienne Westwood for Melissa wedges) and Donny Galella (who was rocking a fabulous Khaki jacket with elaborate chain detail) watched the show which was set to music by La Roux and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs remixed by DJ Graz.
Lucette is stocked in boutiques across Australia. For stockists and more information please visit www.lucette.com.au
As for my outfit…
Tonight was the 2010 TV Week Logie awardsheld at Crown Towers, Melbourne.
For my overseas readers, the Logies are like Australia’s version of the Emmys. No offence intended to the Emmys, of course.
I’m not normally a fan of Sigrid Thornton, I can’t even pinpoint it, there’s just something…not.quite.right. But, I wanted to give her an honorable mention for smiling! Normally she pouts like woah and it’s great to see a softer side. Also her skin is so dewy I thought it would be a nice addition to the page.
As for the dress, I think it’s a tad inappropriate for the red carpet, no?
So what were your favourite looks? Did you watch the ceremony? What did you think?
Pics from www.dailytelegraph.com.au