Thursday, July 31, 2008

Kanye West

It's not hard to like Kanye, not only for his music but also for his reputation on just saying whatever is on his mind and being the loose cannon. Events such as his reaction to Hurricane Katrina, on a live broadcast, where West ignores an auto prompter and just lets out exactly what he thinks.   While working on his latest video with Hype Williams, this interview on VBS TV not only gives us an insight into his thoughts on his controversial reaction but also his explanation on his outburst at the MTV Europe video awards for not winning and a calmer and more thoughtful side to one of the world's hardest working hip hop artists.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Thirty, Flirty and Thriving

There is no way I would have known I would enjoy turning the big 30. Watching the movie "13 going on 30" also known as "Suddenly 30" in Australia (among many other title versions worldwide as I've come to discover) a few years ago made me think about my pending exit from my twenties. It was kinda cool to watch a film promoting the age as an era to look forward to rather than think it's when you become a nobody-can-relate-to and the only hipness occurring in one's life is the reading of a celeb mag while waiting in the super market line.

My birthday has made me way more calmer and centered than I expected. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't the beacon of clarity a few weeks ago. I was a mess, thinking about
what have I "achieved" in my life and whether or not I was happy with that etc. Yes, I know there are more important things in life, besides me and my I'm-not-a-blazing-success-like-I-thought-I'd-be crisis, like starving children and people dying, but your mind can have so much power over you if you let it.

So in keeping with the "13 going on 30" Hollywood cheese factor theme, I thought it only appropriate to share my own life lessons and more importantly, interesting (well for me anyway) to document:

All you need is time
This is definitely my number one lesson learned and the thing that really stands out to me. I remember being a know-it-all teenager thinking I was very mature for my age and had many unrealistic ideals about the world and what I expected from it. Young people are exposed to so much now because of the internet and such. I am from an internet free childhood and teenagehood. The things that kids know today, there is no way I knew about back then. But I can totally see this on a level where my parents were from another country and I knew so much they weren't exposed to either. Despite this, I still firmly believe that there are things in life, you cannot learn from environment, or knowledge and that only time can teach. This sounds so simplistic, but I really feel it now more than ever and it has actually made me more excited for my years of learning to come.

Beauty is from within
Sometimes, it is so damn hard being a woman. There is so much overt super female rubbish being shoved in our continuously monitored faces that it is hard to see how much from within really counts. You cannot escape the fact that someone may be a size zero but be completely depressed and still agonizing over their size. Personally I feel the people who are the most beautiful, thus emanating the most magnetism, are the ones who are comfortable in their own skin.
Because they are comfortable, they also tend to look pass the superficial and draw great people into their lives as well as be the last ones to criticize others. From as far as I can remember, I still don't really comprehend how someone can hate someone else because they are jealous of them. I think this is a toxic form of self- hatred and needs to be re-evaluated immediately to save you from ongoing bad energy and also everyone hating you out right, if not secretly.

Most people mean well, but there are some crazies just under the psycho ward radar
It's so easy to get peeved at people who you think are in the wrong. It's also easy to keep thinking and discussing in detail how wrong that person was and pretty soon, it's all you're thinking about and it affects your work, the people around you and even your health. There is no possible way you can ever see life through the eyes of someone else. Those eyes will contain experiences you can never feel, so there will always be tendencies to react differently. If you think it's bizarre that fully grown adults can behave so immaturely, a thought to consider is that no matter how much someone has gone through, it's not until they are ready to see something that they will be able to see it. My biggest challenge to date is letting go and moving on. I'm getting better though.

The world has enough assholes, you don't have to add on to that
We can keep going on about this till the cows come home, but I can't go passed this paragraph without mentioning my pet hates: Power trippers, judgmental people and people who like to insult others in a form of a joke. I once read somewhere that people who cruelly poke fun at people were once hurt by alienation and that is their way of reasserting they belong to a group. So basically they were those dorks you picked on and now they are out for revenge. Admittedly, I am no angel, and have been known to have a good bitch sesh, every now and then, but it's not something I do on a regular basis and I always feel bad for doing so. This is another work in progress for me, but I truly despise it when people just keep going on and taking it to the next level. An antidote I have prescribed myself is to always focus on the qualities about people you love and totally ignore the stuff that doesn't go down too well.

Friends and family are crucial
This one is a no brainer but because of my relocation to another country, this has never been more important to me. We now have Facebook, Myspace and Webcam to
assist us with our social communities but I truly believe good family relations and good friends go beyond these realms. It's one thing to associate yourself with people who you think are cool or good looking, but at the end of the day will these people be adding any substance to your life? Will they be there for you? Better to have a small amount of quality friends rather than a large amount of
strangers so you can be the next IT girl, because IT doesn't last that long. And of course, your family will always love you and if not (should they be toxic and dysfunctional), close friends are a form of family too. What I've learned up until today is we all need people who care, so we should value and respect them to no end.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Wackness

The nineties was the golden age for music.  For me, it was mainly about Hip Hop, Rock n Roll and the Rave/Drum and Bass scene.  Before Myspace, before Ipods and let's not forget, even before mobile/cell phones.  I'm not sure if it was just because I was a teenager and I was trying to find myself, but music seemed so much better back then.  The old cliche of your high school years being the best years of your life tends to resonate.  Especially when a movie like The Wackness comes along.
Shapiro is a high school graduate just trying to get by in NYC.  Set in the nineties, the music lends itself to appear as another character in the film, using Hip Hop as the important backdrop, with nineties classics such as Biggie Smalls and Tribe Called Quest.  Working as a pot dealer during the Summer, Shapiro begins to face what the rest of his adulthood will hold for him.  The complications of love, self-esteem and what your role in this world is. With co-stars Ben Kingsley, Olivia Thurlby (playing his love interest) and Method Man, this will be a classic for all those who can identify with those awkward years of angst and thinking you knew it all.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

I've been a little distracted...

Woops!  Totally been neglecting my blog and off doing random things like

a) Having fun at my internship and related tasks

b) Stalking other bloggers 

c) Googling various stuff like, what I'm going to wear on my birthday, lacy and body con apparel and Lou Doillon.

d) Organizing my birthday party

e) Reading 

Here are some of the things that might interest you:

Although not an entire fan, or even a tiny fan of L.A, this blog has me thinking that maybe people in L.A are not so unnormal.  A lifestyle blog, that has a lot of focus on pop culture, what's going down in L.A and fashion.  Bear, the author, is fantastic at gathering tidbits of interesting and non offensive information- which is so uncommon lately.  Is it just me growing closer to not being in my twenties, or has everyone decided that sharing your sex life online and misogyny is back in fashion?  Because I'm Addicted won't be taking a photo of you secretly and criticizing you anytime soon.  (hopefully)

An oldie but a goodie, Facehunter has been getting me all hot and bothered of late.  I do feel that our dear FH is bordering on being a little too much like The Sartorialist (I mean, we already have one of him), but never mind.  I remember watching an interview on him and if you haven't figured it out yet by all his postings, he does work seven days a week!!  Worth a click almost every day in my opinion.

Most us have clearly been feeling the revival of nineties clothing, I have been on the fence with most options that have taken center stage.  Until I noticed lacy numbers beyond lingerie making an appearance.  We are not talking the camis of faded colors of the past that Urban Outfitters were selling at three for $1.  More vintage rather than vegan hippie.  More Desperately Seeking Susan rather than peace march protester.

Body Con
Do we go super loose or super tight?  That is the million dollar question. When the term Body Con starting popping up everywhere, I was thinking everyone was in on a secret new label that was so cool, only the hottest people were in the know. But one day, I read somewhere (can't remember where) that it means: Body Conscious.  To put it mildly, you actually have to be pretty hot to pull this one off, or at least think you are.  Some days, I am the latter. (Let me live!)

Also wanted to mentioned have been pleasantly surprised with my new comments! Thank you and keep them coming!

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