Liebster Award Nomination

So I’ve been nominated for the LIEBSTER AWARD, which is very exciting news, considering I thought the only people reading my blog were my mum and three best friends!

Initially I was a bit frazzled, as I had no idea what this nomination meant, so if your also new to the concept I’ll give you the rundown:

The point of the LIEBSTER AWARD is to help new blogs (typically 200 Twitter followers or less but no rules are set in stone…) get their name out there, spread the good word.

The rules are simple- when you get nominated:

1) Answer the questions sent to you
2) Nominate 11 bloggers
3) Ask them 11 questions thought of by yourself
4) Notify them that they have been nominated

So basically I’ve been given a set of questions to answer, and anyone who has the ‘privilege’ of knowing me, knows that I love being put on the spot and am great at answering questions wittily – NOT.

As requested here are my answers in all their awkward glory – A Big thanks again to @whippedgreengirl for the nomination, you can check out her dandy little blog here if your in the mood for a giggle or just a solid read http://www.whippedgreengirl.com/

Without further a do, here are my questions & answers:

What was your last Halloween costume?

SOOO let me just hop on the bad-time-bandwagon and come clean to the fact that I didn’t actually celebrate Halloween this year. In my defense this year Halloween happened to fall on the same day as end of semester for me – the last of my major assignments were due and handed in that day. So instead of celebrating Halloween, me and my best friend who I also go to uni with, decided to go and get drunk to celebrate end of sem – how appropriate. In regards to a costume, I think my last Halloween costume was a witch’s outfit – ya know the pointy hat, broom stick and all. I’m not the most innovative when it comes to Halloween as no one I’m friends with really celebrates it, because they’re lame.


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We pull off ‘sober’ surprisingly well considering how much alcohol we had actually consumed at that point in the night.


You’ve won a trip to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

I’m going to say the Greek Islands because ever since I watched Mamma Mia I’ve wanted to go there. It just looks so beautiful. I’m not one to plan my ‘dream wedding’, but that movie did set the standard pretty high (apologies in advanced to my future husband who probably can’t afford to fund my dream wedding in Greece!)


I feel like it's cliche, but I think it's beautiful.

I feel like it’s cliche, but I think it’s beautiful.


Do you remember the first time you said “I love you” to someone?

I’m someone who say’s “I LOVE YOU” very freely… especially after a few drinks! I drunk call my friends a lot just to tell them “I love them” because I feel like I don’t tell them enough. So “I LOVE YOU” is not this dreaded over-committal thing for me. To me LOVE is the appreciation you have for somebody. Telling someone you are “in love” with them however, well that’s when tables are turned, and I do not give that information very freely.

What haircut/style do you most regret?
Bangs. Who even regrets bangs right? They are like the greatest fringe style ever – just not on me. I decided it would be a fabulous idea (as my 12 year old self) to get bangs. Mind you, if you have seen my hair naturally, when I first hop out of the shower it looks like a mangled auburn afro of tangled, dreadlock-like, ringlets!! So yeah, before the discovery of the hair straighter and various hair styling products, I thought it would be awesome to get bangs and I would look a million bucks – wrong 12-year old self, WRONG! This is actually one of those moments were I look back and say, “mum, why didn’t you stop me”! She generally laughs, and then laughs some more at the thought of my 12-year old self with frizzy auburn bangs. So as much as I love the look of bangs, I’m scarred and can never go back.

I did try to forage for photos of this hair-trosity but was unsuccessful in my endeavors in locating a photo – sorry, you’ll just have to use your imaginations!

Pets?
Still a touchy subject for me, but I’ve had two family pets – both childhood, family pets – Jesse & Scruffy.
Both have now unfortunately passed away, but remain solid in my memory and heart.
I’ve also had my share of other pets including fish, mice, hermit crabs and sea monkeys – still no horse from daddy yet though *sigh


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My little champ who we lost about 6 months ago, Scruffy xx

ANNNND, this is our beloved Jesse, my childhood doggy xx

ANNNND, this is our beloved Jesse, my childhood doggy xx


First live music concert?
Well this is embarrassing… * cough cough     THE VERONICA’S… *cough. Yeah, sprung, I saw the Veronica s when I was probably about 13, with one of my school friends and both our mums – how mortifying is that. But I saw the light after that and saw Bernard Fanning with my dad not long after, and he was amazing! If you haven’t heard his first solo album “Tea & Sympathy”, I would recommend it!


When I thought I was cool.

When I thought I was cool…

I saw the light, and the light was Bernard Fanning - thanks dad!

Then I saw the light, and the light was Bernard Fanning – thanks dad!



What was your first blog article ever?

My first ever blog post was, “How to tell you’re in denial about turning twenty”, it was written while I was going through my quarter life crisis, in which I realised I had achieved nothing with my life and felt severely unaccomplished for a TWENTY YEAR OLD. I was just also outright mortified of being 20, it just seemed so old – I was devastated, so I used my blog as an outlet to let some of the feels out, as well as use it to have a laugh at how ridiculous I was being, and how ridiculous I am in general.

What’s your favorite candy?
I have a massive sweet tooth so, no favourtisim here, I love em all! Although I can never go past a chupa-chup or Zappos!

What’s your favorite pair of shoes at the moment?
HARDEST QUESTION EVER. I do love my boots though. I have this darling pair of boots that I bought over a year ago now (pretty sure I only paid like $14 for them, so I was stoked) and they’ve survived everything – including festivals and muddy puddles! I adore them and they seem to go with just about everything I wear – it’s a match made in heaven really.


If they can survive Groovin the Moo, they can survive anything! These babies have never let me down! The did require a good scrub, put there good as new again now!

If they can survive Groovin the Moo, they can survive anything! These babies have never let me down! They did require a good scrub, put there good as new again now!


What online store do you shop at most?

Get ready to judge me, because I don’t really online shop out of fear of disappointment. However I did stumble across this little doosey of a find which I’ll share – Amy out of the band Stone field has her own vintage 70’s fashion line which you can browse and buy online. I thought it was cool, and it surprisingly wasn’t over-priced either.

definitely worth a look: http://www.stonefieldvintage.com/   

What did you do on your first date?
Is it bad that I don’t remember? Because I don’t think 15year olds really go on “dates” haha! They just do the whole casual thing, ya know? I didn’t really start going out on dates until I was like 18? I just had boyfriends – foolish girl. I guess my first official “date” then was probably a dinner date at the coffee club, so it was pretty standard cliché dinner date really!

I now nominate these lovely humans to answer the following questions thought of by yours-truly:

@edellegettings
@hey_kitah
@fashion_rundown
@teenybelle85
@sita_anjali
@ValerieP
@TwistedRustPixs
@hyperdaydream
@anjel_co
@iCAMLifestyle
@AllThingsMusicK

Here are your questions if you choose to accept:

1. BEARD or CLEAN SHAVEN – How do you like your man, whats more attractive?
2. What’s your FAVOURITE lipstick? Or lip gloss if you’re not a big lipstick wearer?
3. What song do you currently have on repeat & why?
4. Tell us your signature drink when you’re out on the town (yummy cocktail fave? Fave shot etc?? ) AND tell us an awkward story about a drunken time you encountered after consuming this beverage?? (Listen to me just assuming we’re all alcoholics here! By all means if you don’t drink just share with as an awkward moment or maybe you have a mock tail favourite?)
5. What makes you happy?
6.
it’s the question we all hate, but I’m going to ask it anyway – What’s your dream job?
7. If you could relive one moment what would it be?
8. Show us one of your favourite photos? What does it mean to you – why do you love it?
9. Favourite most recent purchase – what is it?
10. Best thing you’ve read lately, share it with us? (could be a magazine article, meme etc)
11. Give us a summary of your bucket list? What is high on your list of priorities to do within the next few years?

Looking forward to reading all your answers,

Caitlin x



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The worst woman-to-woman “advice” EVER

So there’s this book right? Yeah a book, you know the kind you read. It’s called “It’s hard to fight naked” and it’s written by American actress Niecy Nash. Before you read on, I will warn you I’m about to embark on an angry lady rant, so brace yourselves and let’s begin.



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I’ve been reading a lot about happiness lately because I find it constantly intriguing how many different suggested ways there are of obtaining it – through your marriage, through your career, through your possessions or maybe through achieving personal goals?

I don’t believe there is a step-to-step guide to happiness or a philosophy to it personally. What makes me happy won’t make my colleague happy? But overall I think it just comes down to really simple things you become accustom to through life experiences.

HOWEVER, when I stumbled across this little doosey I was ready to shoot myself in the head and be done with life for good. As stated above, these are extracts from Niecy Nash’s book, “It’s hard to fight naked”. The advice on how to have a “happy Marriage” is as follows:

“A BJ A DAY KEEPS THE DIVORCE ATTORNEY AWAY” – excuse me while I vom and dream about a fulfilling life without marriage. The only thing I commend her on is referring to men as “simplistic” – you got one thing right love. No, but really this book is as insulting to men as it is to women. Yes, this is in the book apparently.

As well as this little charming pearl of monotonous wisdom: “stomach full, penis empty”. What sort of step-to-guide is this lady? If I knew marriage was going to be this hard I would have started my crazy-cat-lady collection years ago!


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Personally, I’m not the sort of girl to take marriage advice from someone posing in Playboy magazine. So while it is apparent to me that this advice is completely mysognistic even though it’s came from a FELLOW WOMAN, I can’t help but be bothered by people who seem to be caught up in her advice, like it’s the best thing they’ve ever read.

ANY IDIOT can tell you that men enjoy sex and that yes it will make them “happy” temporarily. However what sort of a message are you sending to women suggesting they should cater to men’s needs in order to have a successful marriage? That we need to objectify ourselves more as a sex, than Kim Kardashian already has?

Are a woman’s needs completely overlooked? Where’s the book on how to keep your beautiful, kind, loving, intelligent wife happy? NON-EXISTANT. You Know why? Because as woman we are prone to blaming ourselves – because maybe we overreacted? Or maybe it was our fault? So we overcompensate for this by thinking we should aid a man’s every need – which we shouldn’t.

I’m not saying become a horrible prude and stop having sex with your partner all together, I’m just saying – don’t buy into bullshit. If you’re with someone you TRULY love, you’ll figure it out without becoming each others personal mule.


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I hate to give her this much credit, but I understand to an extent what she is trying to say and can understand her controversial undertone. But nonetheless you’ve angered one independent woman and put her off marriage all together – kudos to you Niecy. Your “advice” had the complete adverse affect on me. You’ve completely reiterated everything I’ve recently felt towards long-term relationships and marriage – That they are completely overrated and why would I want to give up my time and energy to cater to another human’s emotions and needs when I could be concentrating all that energy on myself. 20 is a very selfish age, ok!

Furthermore, sex is not an expectation that comes with being with someone; sex is consensual even with marriage. It also wouldn’t kill men to cook for themselves – we are not put on this earth, in your life to be your second mother. Suggesting that catering to your mans needs sexually and readily is probably the most insulting piece of advice one woman can give to another.

I’m a woman with aspirations that stem way beyond “pleasing my husband” – so keep your appalling advice to yourself.

One last confession: I haven’t actually read the book. Just a bunch of stupid reviews and articles related to it. But hey, it was enough to fire me up, so I thought I’d let loose on it. However I do plan on reading the book, so expect more rants in the future!

Newsflash: Sometimes It’s Okay To Not Follow Your Dreams

“We were told we all deserved a trophy, and now we believe we all deserve our dreams.”

Thought Catalog

“Follow your dreams” has been popping up in my life with an irritating regularity as of late. Like an ex-boyfriend you never ran into when you were dating but is seemingly unavoidable post-breakup, this phrase is rearing its privileged head in every coffee shop and Facebook post I come across, likely because for the first time in my adult life, I chose to do the opposite: instead of following my dreams, I followed the money.

I worked hard, I climbed the ladder, and I made my parents proud…so why I did I feel so bad about it?

I’m part of the Gold Star Generation where everyone gets a ribbon. And when you grow up being rewarded equally for the things you put effort into and the things you didn’t, it warps your sense of what you’re entitled to. We were told we all deserved a trophy, and now we believe…

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5 Things Girls In Relationships Need To Stop Doing To Their Friends

This is great!

Thought Catalog

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1. Blaming your boyfriend for why you can’t do something.

I know you are both equally clingy, so when I ask you to make plans, please stop blaming it on your boyfriend. I’m sure he doesn’t want to give up watching Modern Family with you for one godforsaken night, but I know neither do you. Telling me that your boyfriend doesn’t want you to go somewhere gives me full permission to call him a controlling douchebag.

2. Instagramming pictures of your boyfriend.

WE GET IT. He’s your #ManCrushMonday. Every Monday. IT NEVER CHANGES.

3. Placing me in awkward situations.

When we actually get to hang out, the only thing worse than not showing up is showing up with your boyfriend. This seems like a great compromise to you—you’re killing two birds with one stone! Meanwhile I am stuck being the third wheel. And worst…

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She’s back & she comes bearing “FROOT”

Marina has just released a new video for her single “FROOT”, featured on her yet- to- be released third studio album! True to Marina’s form, the single sounds nothing like anything else she’s produced – but it’s Marina, and she’s gorgeous so we’re all wee-ing our pants with excitement.

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Marina flaunts her gorgeous curves in glamorous old-style gowns and red lippy, reminding us all just how much we love and adore her for her iconic style alone. True to character she even manages to bust out some swift and ever so graceful dance moves – check it out…



Her new album FROOT will mark the release of her third studio album after the release of her debut album The Family Jewels in 2010 and her 2nd album Electra Heart in 2012.The Welsh singer, songwriter mixes up a variety of genres in each album including electro pop, indie pop and new wave musical styles. If you’re not familiar with her work, I’ve got two words for you – “Primadonna Girl”


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The hit single “Primadonna” was released off Marina’s 2nd album Electra heart, which was a concept album based on the ideologies surrounding the female identity especially relevant to stereotypical American culture. Marina explored several female archetypes through her music – the Teen Idle, the Primmadonna, the Homewrecker, and the Su-Barbie-A – as well as exploring the repressive feelings that come with experiencing a break up. The single put her on the charts, but personally I feel like her album deserved a lot more praise. The ideas associated with having an identity crisis, and struggling to find ones sense of self were all glamourised and all to relatable for many females. But according to Marina we’re in for a treat as her new album according to her is nothing like the other two!


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SO how does FROOT compare?

In a recent interview with the Line of best fit, Marina spoke about the new album saying, “it’s centered around extremely different things; half of the album is about a relationship that I had to end. It’s not something I feel good about, and it’s not something I’d really addressed before in my songwriting. In pop music in general it’s always this spurned ex-lover type of thing, but this time it wasn’t that at all. It was more like the guilt that you have to deal with that comes from hurting someone else. It’s just as hard as being rejected or dumped.”

She also spoke about producing the album saying, “In the past because I was new and I was someone who really needed praise, I very much listened to other people, perhaps when I shouldn’t have. So because of that, on FROOT, I wanted to create the whole thing. I think one of the biggest challenges was saying what I wanted to do for once. Whoever you are as an artist, you have to know who you are so that you can do what you want to do… so that no one’s going to tell you what your identity is.

“I think my confidence as a songwriter has improved just by listening to my instincts and believing in my own abilities.” Mmm, we feel you girl!

Marina also claimed she’s taken a less “cynical” approach with FROOT, genuinely because she is all-round much happier…

“I guess it’s probably because I’m happy. It sounds very uninteresting, but I think when you aren’t happy with yourself you tend to be much more cynical about life.” Good to hear!


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It seems like we can expect to hear an album that is very true to Marina, and as always, full of sassy, womanly goodness! As an artist there is a sense of vulnerability and exposure that comes with the work they produce, and I think Marina really nails that and lets us in.

When questioned about her art she said, “I see albums as chapters of your life. For the fan, to see how someone progresses… I mean I love seeing that in artists I’m a fan of. It’s because you become attached to them, and you hope that good things are happening for them and certain things are mended in them.

“To see that progression is really satisfying. That’s what I’m here for, that’s what I’m interested in doing.” Yes Marina… we’re very attached! We all want a piece of that Marina pie.

Her new album FROOT, named after the debut single, is set to be released in April 2015 – which seems way too long to bear! Lucky you can pre-order it now on I-tunes NOW which will allow you to gain a new single off the album every month up until the release!

GO GET SOME MARINA IN YOUR LIFE!!!!

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Professional Salon looking nails for the price of $4.02 – DIY Ladies!

I love a bargain, in fact, I’ve gotten to the stage where I only bargain shop unless I absolutely have to have something! Before you call me a tight-ass I’ll have you know I prefer the term, “conservative consumer” – Even though the junk I buy half the time is completely unnecessary and bought on pure impulse!

While I’ve had my fair share of dud purchases, I’m happy to report my latest find was a success and I’m one happy customer (so happy I went back for seconds!)

Introducing, Maybelline: Colour Show Nail Polish
AKA: My latest Bargain/ My new pride & Joy


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I’m a DIY kind of person, so I generally paint my own nails, dye my own hair, apply my own fake tan etc. I’m also the queen of change, I’d have my hair a different colour everyday if I could maintain it; so you can imagine what I’m like with my nails.

It’s rare for me to ever have bare nails, it feels wrong. Getting the right nail polish to match a weeks worth of outfits is very strategic and a skill I pride myself on.
ANYWAY, I picked up these babies above for $4.02 each – BAGAIN! Having an already large collection of nail polishes I’m always willing to expand, and even though I wondered into Big W with no intention of looking at cosmetics, I managed to wonder out, four nail polishes later… oops.


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Bottom line – the application is flawless


 

What I love about the product is:

1. Your nails turn out looking GREAT, and the application is so easy.

2. The endless compliments & questions I receive on my nails

3. Hello, BARGAIN! It didn’t make my bank account weep.

4. It’s yet to chip, and long lasting – so far I haven’t had to touch them up ( 4 days and going strong)

5. They look good with everything!

6. You look like you spent a lot longer on them then you actually did, but what the hell, go ahead and brag!


Your just going to have to trust me when I say  – this photo does the product no justice… Application is so simple that people don’t believe me when I tell them, “I literally just painted it on”. Due to the effect of the blue specs, which look like glamorous splattered paint dots, scattered on a black canvas. Application was simply a black under-coat, which I applied two layers, followed by the top coat which I then applied the ‘street artist Top coat’, aka ‘The blue specs’ – BOOM!


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Top coat – Blue Specs


I would highly recommend this my lady friends, be the envy of your friends & feel like an artist – even if you are only an armature!

From my knowledge I have seen the ‘spec’s’ top coat in two other colours – one being a pastel peach as photographed above (which I’m yet to try) & a mint green – be adventurous, I’d love to see how these colours look!

You can bargain-purchase these beauties in Big W up until the 6th of August for just $4.02 each! If you do give it a go, let me know your thoughts or even better, send me a photo!

 

Stop Discriminating against Beautiful Blonde Women – Possibly the Best & most ridiculous rebut EVER!

It’s not everyday a “Beautiful Blonde woman” becomes a victim of discrimination. I say victim lightheartedly, because in truth she probably doesn’t really feel victimised at all.  Every second advertisement today is in some way either ‘sexist’, ‘stereotypical’, ‘inappropriate’ or has the audacity to offend some over-sensitive-prude with too much time on their hands.

St George Scrap Metal Yard has caused the most recent stir with their Advertisement of a Blonde lady in a bikini, kneeling on a beach (as shown below).


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For those of you who tilted your head slightly at the sight of the print, the billboard’s slogan reads – “St George Metal Recovery. They are definitely not the largest. But I wouldn’t sell my stuff to anyone else”.

So I’ll give you the basic guts of the controversy first. As expected, somebody who had seen the billboard complained to the ASB (Advertising Standards Board), claiming the billboard was distasteful and offensive obviously to women.Specifically, as sourced from mUmBRELLA, the complaint stated – “I am offended by this advertisement because it is sexist to include a scantily-clad woman on a billboard advertising a service which has no relation whatsoever to the image used”

along with that complaint, the individual also added in the old argument of the image being “heavily Photo shopped” and emphasizing the fact that again, the image has no relevance to metal or the company, deeming the ad as “sexist”, “predatory” and “offensive”.

The first thing I want you to acknowledge is that scrap metal has nothing to do with a woman in a bikini on a beach? But advertisements as of recent aren’t as blunt and straight to the point as they traditionally were. A woman in a bikini on a billboard will get just about anybody’s attention whether it’s for the wrong or right reason, in fact this attention has probably given the company the one thing it truly wanted – more exposure – and what’s the classic saying… there’s no such thing as bad publicity?

While my inner-feminist wants to be appalled and shocked, I couldn’t shake the feeling of déjà Vu, and the realisation that I, like a lot of people, have become completely de-sensitised to advertisements like this. An objectified woman no longer shocks me; it’s kind of become the norm really? Which means I should argue that it doesn’t make it any less appalling, but for me the shock factors gone.

But  this is where the companies rebut comes into play. In response to complaints against the billboard, the St George Scrap metal Yard defended their ad saying the actual complaint could be viewed as discrimination – the discrimination obviously being against “blonde beautiful women in general” of course, as the complaint clearly suggests she is a “sexual object” (according to the company) – PLOT TWIST, didn’t see that coming.

It gets better; apparently suggesting the photo was “Photo shopped” also discriminates against “any beautiful woman who has ever had a half decent photo taken of them”. Also the scrap yard is less than 1 km from the beach, and I guess blonde woman wearing bikini’s on the beach is the norm right? So I guess there is at least geographical accuracy to the ad!

But that’s about as convincing as their argument gets, they probably should have bit their tongues past that point. In response to the “slogan” on the billboard which could clearly be interpreted as foul and inappropriate, referring to the woman’s bust and implying she sells herself could easily be the interpretation made – unless you were born on another planet.

So if I  post half naked photo’s of myself and receive criticism, I’m being discriminated against right? Even though it’s not really socially acceptable?

What about men?  men can be objectified and sensualised for the purpose of advertising too … So where do we draw the line of double standards?



Like as if you can look past those abs, who cares what his selling, you’ll have 12! “Attractive” Men are being used more and more throughout advertising, although It just doesn’t seem as shocking.

But more seriously and back on topic (on the topic of the Blonde lady on the billboard that is), this to me just looks like a failed attempt at male humor. Men know no boundaries and are forever overstepping the boundaries. It’s kind of like when your boyfriend and his mates crack dirty jokes about stupid things – you think it’s vile and immature, but you laugh it off because it doesn’t really affect you – well for me it was like that. Kind of distasteful, but I could appreciate the humor in what they were trying to do as well as the nature of advertisements.

As for the Photoshop argument – we know we’re not all Megan Fox; Megan Fox probably doesn’t even look like Megan Fox once she’s stripped bare! Advertisements are designed to be idealistic. We’re all completely aware by now of the touch ups involved in photo editing, majority of us edit our own photos – not that I’m applauding companies who do this – tutt tutt!

Then there’s the point of view of “liberation”, considering some women can’t leave the house exposing even their knees – I experienced this all through high school, it was very repressing. So, Good for you blonde girl, you rock that Bikini sweetie – Societies contradictions are endless.

There are things which cause much greater offense then this, and generally most women seem to have a pretty good sense of humor nowadays towards things – although I wouldn’t mind seeing a dad scrubbing the shower floor on the next Ajax ad! Get with the times people – I find the assumption made by advertising companies that all women are  “house wife’s”, to be more offensive then any blonde in a bikini!

HOWEVER, the negative side effects of women in advertising are explored in this short snippet from the documentary – Killing us softly 4: Advertising’s Image of Women by Jean Kibourne. Which does raise some truths and concerns…



 

I guess also, if nobody did complain, and companies weren’t slapped on the wrist for this kind of advertising, nothing would be off limits, and I guess that could get ugly. But have we gone from being the target market, to being the product marketed?

So do you put it down to terrible man humor OR discrimination against women? Is it a ridiculous argument, or an outdated one? Let me know your thoughts?

 

 

 

Hell F*ck Yeah! Northeast Party House cover ‘Covered in Chrome’ by Violent Soho

There are many reasons as to why Friday is a great day, but my favourite thing about Friday is tuning into triple J for ‘Like a Version’. I’m typically old fashioned, as in, who ever did it first did it better – But my love of covers for a while now has been kindled – thanks to Triple J.

Most are probably familiar with Triple J’s ‘like a version’, as it’s responsible for the some of the best covers out. Those who aren’t, have probably still unwittingly heard covers from the program and been left mindlessly humming along to them in the car.

‘Like a version’ is a Triple J radio segment which happens every Friday morning in which Australian artists & International artists play live acoustic covers of a song of their choice. It’s featured some of the most well known artists as of recent such as Arctic Monkeys, Missy Higgins, Boy & Bear, and much, much more!

Today for Like a Version, Northeast Party House covered Violent Soho’s hit ‘Covered in Chrome’

Today’s cover was nothing short of amazing! Having not heard much of Northeast Party house, I wasn’t sure what to expect, especially considering I’m a Soho fan – I couldn’t imagine ‘Covered in Chrome’ ever being produced any other way then it’s original form.

Never in my wildest dreams would I have envisioned ‘covered in Chrome’ as a dance track… but I’m no visionary and here it is… wallaaaah!



Even if your a die-hard Violent Soho fan, I bet that groovy ‘Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! — Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! — Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! …’ still had you bopping!

But, does it top the original ?



Just from skimming over a few comments, most people felt that the Northeast Party house cover sucked all the ‘raw emotion’ out of the song, that was intended with the original. But I’d agree with the people who suggested that was intentional. The point of a cover is to have another take on something, and to push the boundaries, and for me this was achieved.

It’s a completely different take on a great alternative rock song.This track was produced as a feel good cover, with a different intent to that of Violent Soho.

When I heard Northeast Party houses cover, the feel of the song all together was completely different to what I felt, being slammed around in a mosh, listening to Violent Soho play at Oxford Art Factory earlier this year – the fact that I could feel completely different emotions for the same song, to me, means the artist has done something right through originality.

But, love it or hate it, rate it? What version will you be blaring in your car? Raw grunge alternative rock OR electro-feel-good dance vibes?

Northeast Party house clearly weren’t trying to appease Violent Soho fans, and I think they did a hell of a job with the cover! I’m converted to a Northeast Party house fan as of now. You can check out and support both Violent Soho & Northeast Party House by checking out there tasty jams and following them on Facebook.

How to tell you’re in denial about turning TWENTY!

Having recently turned 20, I’m having what I could only describe as a ‘quarter life crisis’.



Turning 20 to me was like doomsday, the end of my youth as I know it and a reminder that I am completely unaccomplished for my age. Most of my friends and peers I consulted were completely blase’ about the whole ‘post traumatic 20th birthday’ stress, I seemed to have developed. To them it was just another birthday, another year past, or being in their early twenties, told me to shut up and stop being so bloody melodramatic!

It shouldn’t matter because nothing really changes right? It’s not like I woke up on my birthday with a head of grey hair, or face full of wrinkles! Physically I am the exact same person, just distraught at the thought of the treacherous 20!

 



 So I’ve come to the conclusion I’m in denial about my age….So far, to the best of my knowledge, these are the most obvious signs you are in denial about turning/being 20 (based on observation & personal experience):

1. You offer to show the people at the Bottle-O or clubs your ID

2. You’re still on your parents medicare card & force your mum to accompany you to the doctors

3. You ask people who don’t know you to guess how old you are (hoping they’ll say you look younger!)

4. You abuse your younger friends when they remind you of your age.

5. You cringe at the number 20 and swear it’s a bad omen.

6. You still have no idea what you want to do as a career, but you continue to study like you have all the time in the world to figure it out.

8. You’ve created a bucket-list full of things you wanted to accomplish when you were like 17 or of unrealistic novelties – such as form a band like you said you were going to in high school  or meet Vance Joy and convince him to marry you.

9. You get cut when your parents tell you to ‘get your own dinner’ or ‘pay for your own shit’

10. You still take kids panadol, because capsules are to hard to swallow.

11. When people ask your age you tell them your 19, forgetting your actual age.

12. You talk about things that happened 3 years ago like they only happened yesterday.

13. You still think your going to grow up to be the next Marina (out of Marina and the Diamonds)

14. When you ask your parents for a lift at 2am and expect them to be thrilled to see you/hear from you.

15. When you still think it’s acceptable to order a happy meal and ask for the toy

16. When you refuse to catch public transport on your own because it’s ‘dangerous’, or do anything on your own.

17. When you categorise people in their twenties as ‘lame’ or a ‘bad time’, forgetting you, yourself are 20 +


 

Unfortunately for us there is no antidote for aging, only anti-aging face creams and plastic surgeons. Although it seems as though our youth is slowly dwindling away, we must embrace our 20’s with open arms;  although leaving the comfort of our teens is scary, I’m sure the 20’s can’t be that daunting? Can they?