It’s My Eighth Birthday, Give Me Cleavage!

March 28, 2011 § 7 Comments

I felt like I really needed to repost this one. Savvy Sister has written a passionate post about self-esteem in girls on her blog, stemming from an ad she saw for Abercrombie & Fitch selling push-up bikini bra’s for 8-14 year old girls. We encounter things like this in our everyday- the push to suck money out of people without regard to the health and well-being of newer generations and the effect it will have on them through their entire lives. It’s nothing new that each generation is so different from one another but there are some values that should never, ever change regardless of what decade or even century we are in! If you feel passionate about this issue, why not post a link to Savvy Sisters article on your own blog, or write a quick post in support of protecting our girls self-esteem. If an eight-year-old is told it’s nothing to try to push up non-existent boobs, no wonder girls undergoing surgery are getting younger and younger!

If you are in Australia, check out and support The Butterfly Foundation.

(Ed: As I am in Australia, Abercrombie & Fitch is not a household name here. I have also been made aware of their ‘thongs’ or g-strings being targeted at 7-14 year old girls with phrases like ‘wink, wink’ and ‘eye candy’. Pushing adult sexuality onto children as young as seven isn’t cute. It’s perverted.)

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Casual Friday Is Not Meant For When You Are At Home By Yourself…

March 25, 2011 § 4 Comments

You know you are a:

A) Hard-working and dedicated writer completely in The Zone

B) Person who just really needs a job

…when you can’t find a thing to wear in the morning because you haven’t washed anything, so you put on your last clean pair of pajama pants and call it ‘Casual Friday’. I seriously need to invest in some lounge pants before I start wearing aluminium foil down there and calling it “Toasty Buns But Can’t Answer The Door Friday”.

Dressing Room Loungers $48 at anthropologie.com

Plain and Mundane to Insane…

March 24, 2011 § 6 Comments

I love the work of crazy French street artist OakOak… turning the boring bits of street into humorous works of art!

We Need People Like You…

March 21, 2011 § 5 Comments

I just have to commend inventor, Emily Cummins, on her brilliant design of this sustainable mobile refrigerator. She explains it so much better than I ever could, so this is how it works:

“We can’t continue to rely on electrical appliances powered by fossil fuels, so I tried to come up with an alternative: a sustainable fridge which is ‘powered’ by dirty water. My prototype consists of two metallic cylinders, one inside the other, between which a locally-sourced material such as sand or wool is packed tightly before being soaked with water. When the fridge is placed in a warm environment, the sun’s energy causes the outer part of the fridge to ’sweat.’ Water evaporates from the sand or wool and heat energy is transferred away from the inner cylinder, which therefore becomes cooler. The design is ideal for use in the developing world because it doesn’t require electricity and can be built using barrels, spare car parts and ordinary household materials. Unlike previous pot-in-pot coolers, the contents are kept dry and hygienic because the water does not come into contact with the product.”

She has also set up a website, MyKindaCrowd, connecting students to businesses and creating ‘challenges’ for students to complete and show their talents in order to create professional links within the business world. Emily also gave away her refrigerator design plans to townships across Southern Africa to enable people to build their own fridges. Wow!

Happy Birthday Levi!

March 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Here is another birthday post! Happy birthday also to Naomi, my lovely and super-stylish sis-in-law. Levi, however, is a ridiculous human being and is desperately in love with funny cats. He just can’t get enough, so here is a picture of a diabolical cat just for you Levi!

from funnycats4u.blogspot.com

And here is Levi on his last birthday, when we were all living together, with his ‘cake wreck‘!

You can also check out Levi’s music here, or search Levi McGrath on YouTube. Good day to you sir!

Soft and Prickly…

March 18, 2011 § 10 Comments

Gorgeous handmade knitted cacti from Odds&Ends, proudly made in Melbourne, Australia. Ranging from $60 – $90 (for the items on offer at the moment, which changes). I love the modernity of the indoor cacti but also that it’s made from knitted old-world charm. Cute!

Knitted Cacti in Vintage Pots by Odds&Ends

O Canada!

March 16, 2011 § 5 Comments

I think I would be quite happy moving there and setting up camp on Whistler. I love Being Erica, Degrassi Junior High, Ready or Not, Lake Louise, bilingualism, maple syrup, that quirky accent that makes my heart jump. And really, thanks for giving birth to Ryan Gosling. Really.

Let’s add another to the list… Tamara Bavdek from This Ilk who creates delicate lace jewellery like the earrings below.

Alice Queen of Hearts Lace Earrings $27

Ms. Peacock Shooting Flower Lace Earrings in camel $27

And this video makes me cry with pride for a country I’ve never set foot in. You guys are awesome.

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