Showing posts from September, 2012

Trending: #publicpartyinvites

The internet has caused an epidemic. Riot parties are now out of control. People need to stop advertising their parties online before we get more chaos. There is nothing wrong with a fun get-together. But anything requiring police backup is not ok.   Maybe it started with the famous Corey . Corey was the kid we loved to hate, and there is plenty of online evidence of that. He became so famous for his out-of-control house party, the media got involved. Rumour for his media deals included a movie and even Zoo Weekly. But the consequences of his actions went beyond the fun of interviews on ACA. The news tonight said he also copped a cringe-worthy cleaning bill. It's not all fun and games after the council & cops realise a party pours out onto the streets.  Yet another person has recently threw a party that got out of hand. A girl in the Netherlands appeared to be incredibly popular when her party had a similar effect to Corey's. The six o'clock news is currently ditching

Hanson is back!

Those of us who grew up in the nineties will remember Hanson and their happily catchy jibberish song called Mmmbop. We hummed along to a song we didn't really know the words to, enjoying every second. Those baby faced boys were absolutely adorable in music videos. Slightly high harmonised related voices meshed together for that perfect tune, by 12-17 year old brothers. Rumor has it Zac became the youngest Grammy winner. Mel on Sunrise said 1 in 10 Aussies owned Mmmbop. By any measure, these talented kids were truly successful. This year, they celebrate 20 years making music. A 3 teenage brothers that burst into the commercial pop world have now matured into independent creative adults aged 26-31. All 3 brothers are married with children, balancing their careers with family. In fact, Taylor Hanson is expecting his 5th child.  They are doing all this as they tour Australia. Nothing is more admirable than a down to earth dedicated hard-working band. Image from 3 Dollar CDs

Burned at Both Ends

We can't do everything. Really. How many of us over-commit to everything we're asked to do, for a variety of reasons? Schedule-stuffing is an epidemic. Perhaps it is for our own  self-esteem that we get from the badge of honour of having accomplished something extra. And we do it to please others to get their approval. Then we end up in situations where we genuinely are required and needed to do everything out of necesessity.  Today I reached complete physical exhaustion. No matter how much I wanted to be a robot doing everything perfectly, my body disagreed with that idea. My naggine sub-conscious was saying, "You know better!" My schedule was literally making me ill. It was jam packed like a suitcase on holidays. We need to listen to what we need, or we cannot serve anybody.   A guest speaker or two at RYLA told us to look after ourselves. They may have been onto something there. These speakers told us to get 8 or 9 hours of sleep. We were also told to take br

Smart segmentation

Market segmentation Marketers got a bad rap in recent years after the Gruen Transfer and Super Size Me. What started as finding what people want has became known for the old fashioned advertising we more publicly see. But there is a lot more to marketing than that. Marketing went through phases in the past couple of centuries. Mass advertising 'pushed' products at the general public around the 50s. It assumed, for example, that every household wanted the same appliances. Then marketers in the past few decades realised consumers were becoming more discerning. Consumers, or people like you and me, wanted more variety. As competition between companies grew, each brand had to differentiate by appealing to different people's needs. This became known as targeting a segment (or group) of the market. Segmentation of the market is not an evil scheme to con us into buying things we don't want. It tries to tailor offerings to what we do want. There are four ways this is done

Style Evolution

Development of a clothing style is a rewarding part of growing up. Maybe trends of different decades change wardrobe ways. Or perhaps personal preference is moulded by nature and nurture. Either way, wardrobe changes are awesome manifestations of who we are. Don’t worry if your current image isn’t as imagined. It’s all phases along a path to something different.   My clothing choices at 18 were humorous. A black blazer of mine looked more like a business man's office attire than a young girl's choice. Awkward attempts to hide my (food-addict) size included gigantic skirts that could have been used as tents. Little did I know that this Oprah-like yo-yo-diet would die down?   Come crash-diet time, and simple sleeved tops felt like a luxurious benefit to Mel’s new look. It took me a few months to quit hiding behind gigantic layers of clothing. But once that happened, 19-year-old Mel couldn’t get enough of scoop

Why I Love Adele

Why I Love Adele Adele has ruled the music world for some time now. She touched our hearts with her lyrical compositions and emotive voice. She fought stereotypes by being true to herself. As a fan of almost a year, it is time for the top 10 reasons why I can’t get enough of Adele. 1.        The name: Just say “Adele” and everyone knows who the name is about. No surnames needed. There is only one Adele. 2.        Curves: Adele stood up for herself when getting insulted by Karl Lagerfeld for her size. What a perfect advocate for women be themselves.   3.        Real talent: Her live shows are real and acoustic. This solo singer sounds real as its clear her stage appears to be a lip-syncing-free-zone.   4.        Sincere songs: There’s no way this songstress’ words are manufactured. A personal story is often incorporated into the intros for live songs. 5.        Balance: Adele can have her cake and eat it too (metaphorically). Why just have mega-famous careers when

DIY Nails

DIY nail art is better than ever. Pretty nails can add individualism and creativity to our style no matter what we wear. Social or official dress codes can limit what clothing we wear, but people typically don't mind what nail polish is painted onto our digits. It's just noticeable enough to say, "This is me." One new style to emerge has became known as "shatter" or "crackle. This nail polish is painted over a contrasting colour for visibility. Paint gradually separates as it dries, appearing like a crack in the sidewalk. The resulting pattern looks edgy in the right colours. A red shatter over a black background can look gothic or vampiric. But silver over black just looks modern. These nails are a must for look-at-me style. DIY nails are just as pretty after a slick of a wild new shade from almost any store. Even supermarkets upped the trend-factor. No longer is the choice a simple beige or pale pink. Customise or match an outfit with these sweet

Pretty as a picture

  What an exciting era it is for consumers’ photos, because photos have evolved so much over the years. This post is not about the fancy ultra-zooming professional cameras used in photo-shoots and classes. This post is about the easily used mass produced products which only require a simple click of a button. Use may be simple, but the products themselves have evolved more than we acknowledge. Some of us occasionally developed or printed photos as kids. One of my first film cameras during childhood was made of a translucent pink plastic. The mechanical insides of the machine were fascinatingly visible. Another childhood camera was a black plastic box that made a loud ‘click’ noise every time a picture was taken. There was a delay between taking each photo because I had to wind a small knob until it clicked into place before taking each photo. The cameras didn’t zoom in on anything distant. Any take of the flying fox experience would have depicted us as little dots scattered o