Sunday, December 28, 2008

Nike Air Max 90 - White - Neon Turqoise - Rave Pink

Oh my, these are divine... Apparently they will be released all over the world... Gonna have to keep my eyes (read: credit card) peeled!!!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

ALIFE - A.R.C. Sports Store - NYC

A.R.C. Sports Store
Open daily:
Monday through Saturday from Noon to 8 PM
Sunday from Noon to 6 PM
157 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002
TEL #: 212-253-0363
Across the street from Alife

ALIFE is growing, opening a sports store to house their ever growing collabs in the sports realm... Looking forward to checking this when we hit NYC again in 09...

Taken - 2008

Taken is one of those films that you are pretty sure will just be more of the same... It does surprise, and Liam Neeson puts in a great performance... His character absolutely kills it in the way that you wish Jack Bouer (Kiefer Sutherland - 24) would... I definitely recommend checking it, its not too long either, so it doesnt drag out...
'Liam Neeson is an unstoppable force in this adrenaline-fueled thriller from director Pierre Morel. Bryan (Neeson) has taken early retirement from the CIA in order to live closer to his teenage daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace). Bryan's government work kept him away from Kim for much of her childhood, and he's now trying to make up for lost time. When Kim announces that she's taking a trip to Paris with her friend Amanda (Katie Cassidy), Bryan is apprehensive about her traveling on her own. His worst fear is soon realized, as Kim and Amanda are abducted upon their arrival in France. Bryan immediately springs into action, using his well-honed CIA skills to piece together clues from a single, frantic phone call he received from Kim. He hops a plane to Paris, determined to rescue his daughter before she falls off the grid completely. With some help from his old CIA buddies, he tracks down the kidnappers--an Albanian crime ring known for selling young girls into the sex trade. He quickly takes matters into his own hands, plowing his way through Paris's underworld as the clock ticks down and the bullets fly. His search propels him into the upper echelons of a massive crime ring, putting him closer and closer to his beloved daughter. Neeson is known for tackling extremely cerebral roles, so it is interesting to see him in full-on action-hero mode. In TAKEN he is no less than a crime-fighting machine--a Bourne/Bond hybrid with a deathly serious baritone. And while he spends most of the film firing Uzis and snapping necks, he still manages to deliver a moving performance as an estranged father fighting for what he loves most in the world. The film undeniably owes a lot to Neeson's acting chops. He manages to raise this rather thinly plotted, deeply violent film a bar above your typical action fare.'

Monday, December 22, 2008

A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini

From the website
'A Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan’s last thirty years—from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to the post-Taliban rebuilding—that puts the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives—the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness—are inextricable from the history playing out around them.Propelled by the same storytelling instinct that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once a remarkable chronicle of three decades of Afghan history and a deeply moving account of family and friendship. It is a striking, heart-wrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love—a stunning accomplishment'

I read this a last month, but hadn't got around to writing about it... It didn't feel like Kite Runner in its urgency to tell the story, but it did suck me in unwittingly the same way that Kite Runner did... What the blurb doesn't say is that its a story of women, and their relationships with the people around them, and each other in such a turbulent environment... It also compelled me to think for a long time about women everywhere and all of the stories that are out there, not yet told... Allowing us to assume that all women have it as easy as they do here... The story did break my heart, definitely emotive stuff.. Characters that made you worry about them, love them and hate them...

Street Kings 2008 DVD Release

''In STREET KINGS, a police thriller directed by David Ayer, Keanu Reeves plays Tom Ludlow, a veteran LAPD Vice Detective. Ludlow sets out on a quest to discover the killers of his former partner, Detective Terrance Washington (Terry Crews). Academy® Award winner Forest Whitaker plays Captain Wander, Ludlow’s supervisor, whose duties include keeping him within the confines of the law and out of the clutches of Internal Affairs Captain Biggs (Hugh Laurie). Ludlow teams up with a young Robbery Homicide Detective (Chris Evans) to track Washington’s killers through the diverse communities of Los Angeles. Their determination pays off when the two Detectives track down Washington’s murderers and confront them in an attempt to bring them to justice. --© Fox Searchlight'

Street Kings reminded me from the get go of The Shield... Dirty cop, breaking rules to get things done... But if you read this blog you know I love The Shield, unfortunately, this film had nothing on the show... Predictable in a long sense, spent much of it aware that it was time I was never going to get back... A plot 'twist' that didnt really twist anything... I have no love for Forst Whitaker and Keanu Reeves seems to only act like himself as opposed to differernt characters in films...
Blegh... Dont bother...

Friday, December 19, 2008

St Trinians

We caught this film mostly because Russell Brand was in it, oh and because we don't watch enough British films or TV really... This was not a good example, not even Russell's hotness could save it...

The story was really crappy, the acting was mediocre, there were some moments of eye candy, but that isn't enough to watch a film for an our and a half... Rupert Everett just annoyed me, non stop the whole time... Unfortunately there is nothing good to say about it...

Don't bother...

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Appreciate Clothes now online!

Appreciate Clothes

A long time coming, Appreciates new line is here for the holiday season 08/09... In mens and womens sizes, available online and in Obese records...

Entourage Season 5

Entourage season 5 started out poorly, there was none of the hedonistic party fun that is the main draw card, the boys were split, Vince couldn't work, Ari was too nice, it felt like the fundamental reasons for watching this had dissipated... As the season progressed and things got a little better it still didn't get as good as it could have... Entourage has never struck me as a show you watch for the highs and low, low, lows, its not like Oz, its a fun to watch show - but this season it didn't deliver... Still watchable but by far the worst season yet... Highlights include Aris smack down and Turtle dating Jamie Lynn Siegler, who is looking goooood!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Grace After Midnight - Felicia 'snoop' Pearson

Grace After Midnight - Felicia 'snoop' Pearson

After a hard day at work I thought I would snuggle in with this memoir that I had bought Mark for his birthday... Its not a long story, I thought two days max, 2 hours later it was over, not a long story at all...

This is Felicia 'snoop' Pearson's memoir, she played the role of Snoop on 'The Wire'... In her memoir she tells her story, which has its moments, one about her memories of her mother which shook me... Then there are others, her time on the street, in jail, out of jail, and getting a part on The Wire, but it doesn't go very deep... There isn't much retrospective thought, it is very 'I did that, didn't feel it just did it' attitude, which leaves you wondering what more is there in Felicia's psyche?

I did enjoy it, thought maybe with another 20 years life experience this book would have gripped me for many hours, taking you through her whole story, but at this stage it just seems like the start of it...

21 - Film - DVD release

Meant to catch this at the cinema, but it didn't happen... On a rainy summers night in we put it on... I wasn't disappointed, it had the thrill of card counting in Vegas, it had Vegas, which was the most important thing... The casting was pretty good, though I think Kate Bosworth has been sliding down the scale since the start of her career, she just isn't believable as the hottest girl in school... Kevin Spacey puts in an awesome performance... The story was good, not too much background into the characters, which I like... And with Vegas as the background you cant go wrong... Didn't wonder what time it was the whole time, which is always a good sign...
Only problem was once it was over and we went to bed, I couldn't stop thinking about Vegas, far too stimulating... Its going to be years before we get back there *sigh*

Monday, December 8, 2008

Freaks and Geeks DVD 1999

On recommendations from several friends we watched Freaks and Geeks this past week... To start with I wasn't overly interested in it, not finding any of the characters very likable, but at some point that changed... And soon after it was over... Shame that this didn't continue for another season or more because it was really nice to see the character development making me want to see more...
A pretty well known cast before they were well known... Mr Feig and Apatow knew what they were doing here...

Russell Brand in Arthur remake...

It looks like Russell may have won himself the role of Arthur in the remake of the 1981 film... Its about a boozehound playboy rascal (might not need to act) who is set to inherit a fortune if he marries an heiress, but he falls in love with a working-class woman and ends up having to choose between money and love...

I am at that point in my infatuation with Mr Brand that I would quite happily sit through anything he was in :)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Shield - Seasons 1 - 7

We were slow on the uptake of this series... Always on the list of things to watch, but we didn't even get around to starting it until our trip to Cairns in October... I bought Mark the first three series on DVD for Christmas last year, and we didn't even touch them until we started packing for this holiday, and so it began...
In the beginning I really struggled with Vic Mackey, the show itself had sucked me in, and I wanted more and more, but Vic was ultimately a bad guy... I remember saying to Mark that I didn't think I could keep watching it with such an evil dude as the hero, especially when starting it was already up to season 7 on TV, so you knew that he wouldn't die, or pay for his sins for many seasons... But eventually I got over it, seeing other sides to the character which charm as well as keeping the knowledge that there would be trouble later, many episodes are based on this...
By the end I had love for most of the characters, was definitely attached, which made some of the choices made in the series really distressing... And now its over I keep thinking about it... Its a shame that there isn't more, but it definitely tied up all loose ends, and didn't leave much room for speculation, or hope that somehow it might come back...
Awesome show overall... Watch it!

Nokia N97

Oooh this looks nice... have not had any desire for an iphone, but this does float my boat... I wonder when its coming to aus... not due for a new phone for awhile so we will see...
'Though somewhat late to the game, the N97 might just be the game changer and the true “iPhone Killer” everyone is talking about. Iterated by Nokia executives as a “mobile computer” and rightfully so, the Nokia N97 is awash in features that users been demanding for sometime. Dominated by a 3.5-inch touch screen with a full QWERTY keyboard that slide out, the new phone combine the best of both Apple iPhone and RIM Blackberry.
Other features include:
- A whopping 32GB of storage and is expandable to 48GB
- Wi-Fi, FM Radio, A-GPS
- 2 cameras, including a 5-megapixel with autofocus, dual-LED flash, and Carl Zeiss lens
- Easy access to online contents and web sites, including Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter
The Nokia N97 will launch in Europe early 2009 with US soon to follow. For more photos and demo videos after jump.'

Monday, December 1, 2008

Giorgios Restaurant - Malvern

Giorgios Restaurant
1235 High St
VIC 3144
(03) 9822 4664
I remember coming here alot when I was much younger... Cricket and I were looking for a halfway meeting spot for breakfast and I thought we should try it... Good choice... We both had the eggs Benedict, though their version comes with ham and spinach, so I opted out of the spinach... At $16.50 it was a little more then I usually pay for eggs ben, but when it came with 3 eggs and a chunky slice of char grilled tomato, with that yummy smoky taste, I thought it was really good and unexpected value! Staff were friendly and efficient... Overall a very impressive Saturday morning breakfast experience...

Nike SB Dunk Low - “Off” Bug Sample

I was just saying to the girls the other day that I couldn't find 'off' anywhere, having to settle for stinky aeroguard... Then I stumbled across it, and then these... Too bad they aren't in the Aus version of the packing, orange...

Nike Sportswear Womens 2009 Spring Air Max 90 Patent

Finally some semi decent releases for next season... Not really into patent, but at least they are mixing it up a little... The patent also has a sparkle treatment, because all girls like sparkly shiny things, or so they think...

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Movember 2008

How can it be that 27 days of November have passed before finding out that 2 dudes I know are participating?!? Last year heaps of people I knew participated but it seemed that it had lost steam with them... Good to have some ppl to donate to... If you know someone participating, or not, you can donate at

Do it...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

COPE2 Presents Top of the Line Exhibition

Sooo wish I could be there... *sigh* With the dollar sucking like it is I wonder if we will get back there in August...

Monday, November 24, 2008

Nike Air Max 90 - Black Royal

Nike Air Max 90 - Black Royal

Oh my, these are beautiful... At this stage only set for release at Footlocker US in December, I hope they make it to our stores...

Bokchoy Tang

Bokchoy Tang
Level 2
The Crossbar Building
Federation Square
Cnr Flinders & Swanston Streets
Melbourne 3000
T: +61 3 9650 8666
F: +61 3 9663 8655

Hitting Bokchoy Tang was a part of our Good Food Guide travels... Reading the menu online was getting me really excited, and with good reason, they definitely delivered... The staff were very attentive, the food was served in good time and so very tasty... The room was beautiful, with lovely views of Federation Square... And for what we ate the price was good...

Unfortunately I forgot my camera, but we got a pic of my
Filleted whole barramundi deep-fried until crisp & served w. red capsicum, peas & a lemon honey sauce 24.50
This was divine! The fish was cooked to perfection and the sauce perfectly complemented it... I wasn't hot on having the head and tail on my plate, but each to their own...
TOFU HOT POT Fresh firm tofu w. mushrooms, carrots, baby corn, broad bean, Chinese cabbage, ginger, spring onions & light soy sauce20.50
Mark ate this and enjoyed it, the camera on the phone crashed by this stage so no pic...
Overall we would definitely go back, the banquets look fantastic if you were to go with a group of people...

Sunday, November 23, 2008

MAC Cosmetics x Hello Kitty Collection

Another MAC limited collab... It will be available on MAC’s website on February 10, 2009 and in MAC US stores on February 12, 2009 and overseas stores in March 2009...

The Hello Kitty collection consists of two collections: the Hello Kitty Colour Collection and the more high-end Hello Kitty Kouture. The Hello Kitty Colour Collection includes “six shades of lipstick with names like Fashion Mews and Strayin’, each $14; six Lipglass shades, each $14; and two tinted lip conditioners, $14.50 each; two eye shadow palettes, which each contain four shades and retail for $38; two shades of pigment are $19.50 each, and two Reflects Glitter stockkeeping units — one blue, one pink — are $17.50 each. Four Glitter Eye Liners, each $16.50, two shades of Beauty Powder, each $22; three shades of nail polish, each $11; a black mascara, $12, and false lashes, $12, round out the color offerings. Shades range from pinks and turquoises to lavenders and greens.

The Hello Kitty Kouture collection is more of a high-end line and great for collectors as well. The range consists of “two shades of Dazzleglass, each $28, each feature a reusable silver chain pendant with Hello Kitty outlined in white Swarovski crystals on black with a pink crystal bow. Sheer Mystery Powder, $90 and available in three shades, is packaged in a silver powder compact with Hello Kitty outlined in white Swarovski crystals with a pink crystal bow on a black background.”

Nike iD Bespoke at Nike Sportswear 21 Mercer

The studio is looking amazing, with a whole new take on the id concept... It looks freaking crazy with all of the options on offer if you are in NYC there is no reason not to do this!
Bespoke allows 31 different customizable parts including the base, overlay, accent, lining, stitching, outsole, laces and deubré with the ability to choose from 82 premium, iconic materials and color options. Appointments can be made in person at the 21 Mercer location with limited slots available.

LG Prada II + Prada Link Bluetooth Watch

'LG’s newest high-end fashion phone, the Prada II, will now be releasing with a matching Bluetooth Prada watch to go with it. These will not be bundled but sold separately. Available now in the UK, the Prada Link watch will go for around £250 ($376 USD), and the LG Prada II will go for a hefty £475 ($715 USD). The phone features a convenient slide-out keyboard with 3G, Wi-Fi, a full HTML browser, and a nice 5 megapixel camera. The Prada Link is a sleek, sophisticated looking Bluetooth watch that can control the phone’s features remotely as well as displaying text messages for your convenience.'
This phone looks lovely... Would be very interested in how user friendly it is... Not quite sure whether the watch would be worth bothering with, mostly because I am addicted to phones...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Killers - Brandon Flowers - mmmmm...

Bringing the hotness...

MAC Cosmetics x Dame Edna Everage

MAC Cosmetics x Dame Edna Everage

MAC is doing an interesting collab with Dame Edna... Cheesy but cute!

“The collection includes three lipsticks, each $14; three Lipglass shades, each $14; two eye shadow trios, each $32.50; Hi-Light Powder, $26, and two shades of nail polish, each $11. All products will be on counter on Dec. 26 in the U.S. and January in international doors. In the U.S., it will be available in about 500 department stores and MAC’s 150 freestanding retail stores.”

Monday, November 17, 2008

Spoil Yourself Massage - Mount Waverley

Spoil Yourself
(03) 9807 7577
8 The Hwy
Mt Waverley
VIC 3149

One of the 5 massages I was given for my birthday was at Spoil Yourself in Mount Waverley... My mum frequents this place and loves it which is why she bought me a massage here... It usually takes a few weeks or more to get in, so I was surprised and happy to have called and got in the next day as there were two cancellations... Eugina did my massage and I found her lovely, she explained all of the things she would be doing and briefed me on the pregnancy massage bed - with a big hole for your belly and lots of support for your breasts...

Once it started she was great, did my whole body in the hour, didnt talk - which is important to me, and overall made me feel fantastic! I was definitely loose when I left, driving home was challenging as I was so floaty! Would definitely recommend this massage for a pregnant lady...

True Blood - HBO

True Blood - HBO

I had high hopes for this show, being a HBO fan, I really thought it would come through... We sat through 7 episodes, hoping that something more would happen, but it was very slow and the most interesting story line was that of the main characters brother... A good idea for a story, mediocre execution and at times some pretty horrific acting, most of that done by Stephen Moyer... I really wouldn't bother...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Kiedis' rock story heading to HBO

Variety reports that HBO is working with Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis on a series based on his fascinating, rock-n-roll childhood...

Check the article... Sounds good... But then I was a fan of his book 'Scar Tissue'... And am a RHCP's fan, and I also love HBO, its a win win situation...
No Comply
No Vacancy Gallery
Friday, November 7 at 7:00 pm until Sunday, November 23 at 6:00 pm


Went to the opening of this on Friday night... Great turn out, loads of people, really nice art work... My favourite was Will Murai from Brazil... If you are in the area you should definitely check it out...

Lemon Bistro - Melbourne

Lemon Bistro
Shop 2178 Little Bourke St,
VIC 3000
(03) 9663 3001
Open Weekdays 11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-11pm;
Weekends 5:30pm-11pm

Meeting Mark after work Friday night before the No Comply exhibition I was starving... Had a yearning for Pad Thai but haven't really eaten much Thai in the city, so cruising down China Town we stopped at the first opportunity...

It was early, so quite empty hence the service was great... Ordering was easy a serve of veg spring rolls and veg pad Thai for Mark and meaty spring rolls and meaty pad Thai for me... Very reasonably priced, especially for dinner in the city... Spring rolls were average, as were both pad thai's, would prefer to pay the extra $4 and get the amazing pad Thai served at our local... Afterwards my tummy hurt a little, and later it turned out that the prawns (can only assume) made me sick... So I wont be going back there...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Ricky Gervais making something new for UK TV!

The new show is actually an off-shoot of his upcoming film... Its based on a group of twenty-somethings in dead-end jobs at a British building society in the 1970s.
Gervais said the series will be “quintessentially British”.

Should be interesting!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Killers - Spaceman

Finally heard this today, I was pretty scared after the dance crap Human, but was pleasantly surprised... There is still hope for their next album!

Casio Baby-G and G-Shock Grey Skeleton Collection

Casio Baby-G and G-Shock Grey Skeleton Collection

Although I stopped wearing my Baby G 5 or so years ago, and I recently got a beautiful Marc Jacobs watch for my birthday I have been thinking about getting anoter Baby G for post baby... Not really interested in effing up my Marc watch with the day to day of being a mamma... Am impressed by this new line, cant decide which of the ones below I would prefer...

Russell Brand in talks to join the pirates...

Not that I believe much of what the British media has to say, but this could be good...
A source tells the Sun that Russell has been in talks with the Disney people about the role and that the part could mean an $8 million payday for the funny guy.
The insider goes on to say:
"There couldn’t be a role more perfectly suited. There’s a lot of Jack Sparrow in his mannerisms and behaviour. Depp’s accent isn’t a million miles away from Russell’s either. Russell joining the Sparrows alongside Johnny and Keith Richards as their dad will complete the ultimate on-screen pirate family.”

Saturday, November 8, 2008



Tried it for the third time through my pregnancy, for a hen’s night, I really needed a little something to help me stay up through the night…. On finding out I was pregnant I stopped caffeine, only really drank it once a week, but anyway… The appeal of an Icebreak was too much in the warm Cairns climate and so I drank it... I started getting hotter and more talkative, feeling a bit like being on speed, but the problem was that after a little while, bubs started moving, a lot, more then she ever does when I’m not laying still… This continued all night, well past midnight, right into my getting to sleep… Don’t think I could knowingly do that to her again, it just seems cruel…

Cock and Bull - Cairns

Cock and Bull
Address: 6 Grove St, Cairns 4870, Australia
Phone: (07) 4031 1160
My family who live in Cairns always come here, and so every time we visit we come here. It is a tavern that has animal heads stuck to the walls, which is the only downside… A long menu with loads of yummy options at good prices (several vegetarian options too)… When the food comes you wonder how people make it through to dessert, the meals are massive!

Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

Corner The Esplanade & Kerwin Street
The end of our stay in Cairns was spent here thanks to Mum and Shane… Big rooms with great air con x2 and fans above beds and tv, big wardrobe/bathroom and kitchenette and loungeroom with tv and dining… A 5 to 10 minute walk to town… The resort has 3 pools, the highlight being the lagoon style pool at the front of the complex, a really beautiful pool area, where we spent a good amount of time, it was a fair trek from our room but totally worth it!