Thursday, January 29, 2009

Smile! You're on Google's Camera.

Caught in the act by Google "Street View"!

Rome: A couple kissing, but what if they're not & have been caught cheating - through street view!

Rome: Someone who doesn't agree with Google's view.

Paris: Busted par la Police.

Paris: A rollerblader had a trip - I couldn't help but giggle! I'm sorry!

U.S: Biiig night out!

U.S: Busted, but for what? Notice bags of (possibly) drugs resting on the back of the car!? Or maybe it's just his laundry...

Images from the Brisbane Times & read this story on the Brisbane Times.

Milf Island:"We no longer want to hit that." **UPDATED

Those of you who watch 30 Rock, will completely 'get' this post title, but those of you who don't, well you'll just think I'm a creepy pervert (here's a clip to explain)...

Anyway the reason I'm posting about this is that I bought P. a "Milf Island" t-shirt from the online NBC store as a surprise for V-day (because he thinks it's hilarious).

I ordered it in a medium - because he's usually that size (however there were no dimensions on the site, so I was taking a wild guess).

When I excitedly tore open the package yesterday, inside was a shirt that would fit me (usually a small)! So now I'm stuck with the dilemma of exchanging it for a larger size...

Not as simple as it sounds. I have to FedEx it back to the U.S. and guess how much that would cost me - $160 Aus (about $100 U.S.) thats about 10 x the price of the shirt!!

But I've been talking with NBC customer service and they will cover the cost... Very annoying though and now it won't be here for V-day - bad when surprises go wrong.

So my question is, does anyone have any effective yet not too pricey V-day solution to surprise my bf with before the shirt gets here?



NBC replied and said they will cover the postage costs to exchange the shirt, but not any "...import taxes or duties imposed on international orders by the shipping carrier," what does THAT mean!? I don't understand NBC-SPEAK.

But I've devised my options, would love your opinion...

Option 1: Buy a new one in a Large for P. and sell the Medium on ebay?
Option 2: Try to exchange the Medium through the post and risk paying more than I did for the t-shirt in import taxes?

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Change Your Desk, Change Your Life

So, I'm changing an in-built cabinet in my room (images below), into a much needed desk.

I hear your fabulously inquisitive mind ponder.

Well okay, I'm not actually doing it, the carpenter came today to take measurements and help draw out plans...

I'm very excited and have been trawling flickr for desk inspiration. Here's what I've found;

(click on the images for the link)

Love the way it's been beautifully cluttered (oxymoron much!?).

Simple, clear cut - yet very quirky.

Love the neutral colours and vintage accents.

It should be done up in a couple of weeks - from then, I shall have a relatively blank canvas to decorate!

I'm open to any simple desk styling ideas... still deciding on what chair to use too... any quirky suggestions?

Audrey's bath chair would be most suitable as an office chair, don't you think?

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Sum of All Tracks = 8

I have a secret site that I'm going to share with you... Like a daughter introducing her new boyfriend to her father - I guarantee you will love it, once you get to know it.

My brother introduced me to music website, 8tracks, about a month ago and since I've slowly fallen for it.

In a nutshell, it's a website where people load up their favourite music, create playlists and share it all with the world.

It's an absolute treasure trove of new music, or old favourites. You can even find inauguration music! Great to queue up and play at parties.

Mix I'm loving this week:

Get on there, search your favourite artist and tell me your favourite mix.

Monday, January 26, 2009

The Love.. on Wheels!

Firstly must apologise for the tardiness in posting... My mum and I have been most busy doing a Spring clean - well I guess a pre,pre,pre-Spring clean, but there's been a bloody lot of cleaning either way you look at it!

Anyway, just wanted to share with you all the car of my dreams... the Citroen DS.

But I feel as though I must premise this by saying I'm not a "car person" - you know, the type that becomes a starry-eyed mess when a semi-decent car drives past?

No, I'm definitely not that person, I'm completely disinterested in cars, as long as it drives = it's a winner as far as I'm concerned.

But the vintage Citroen DS does something to me. It makes me warm & happy, one day I'd love to own one.

Tell me, what do you think? And what do you bizarrely lust for?

(Photos from Sidco)

Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Question: Brooklyn, NY

Fifty People, One Question: Brooklyn from Crush + Lovely on Vimeo.

I stumbled upon this video the other day and am so glad I did.

Just had to share the happiness and postivity with you all.

Enjoy and have a great weekend...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Inauguration Party: Barockin'

So, a few of you were interested to hear how my Obama Inauguration Party went, answer = excellently!

I had a mismatched mix of guests but they all seemed to mesh... we sat around and watched history play out (well replay out), had a few drinks... overall - great fun, relaxed, basically Barockin'!

I recieved compliments on the decorations too!

Although, I felt as if I was running around the whole night, seeing guests in - out, getting more drinks etc - so I didn't get to chat to everyone too much. Is this the usual feeling as a hostess? (It was my first party).

What an amazing moment: beautifully accompanied by Beyonce. A phenomenal rendition of my favourite song; "At Last" - please take the time out to watch it.

But I guess when it boils down to it, I had my friends together to celebrate a fantastic historic occasion and it was so lovely.

Wasn't the President's speech (it's so wonderful to call him President!) fabulous? So strong and promising... I felt patriotic and I'm not even American! The U.S. deserved this after G.W. Stooooopid!

Am heading to bed now, 9 hours sleep in 48 hours = obamafatigue!

But what I really want to know is, how did you spend inauguration day?

(Fabulous images 1, 2 & 4 stolen from Anne at,
Prêt à Voyager, who was lucky enough to attend the celebrations in Washington! Check out her 'Lessons Learned' on Inauguration day. Image 3 from the Huffpost.)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The First Date: A New Era

(Apt postcard from those folks over at someecards)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Christmas Feeling

Okay, I'm not sure if it's just me - but I'm feeling much excitement and anticipation almost as if I were a child again, with "Santa" coming down my chimney tomorrow!

Because when I go to sleep tonight (it's 11:00pm now) and wake up in the morning - we will have a new world leader - a promising, historic one at that (he's inaugurated 3:30am our time!). I don't know if I'll be able to sleep!! I feel excitedly jittery!

Am I alone in this?

(Adorable image from a35mmlife)

The Clip I Almost Wet My Pants Watching!

Do yourself a favour, and watch this - please!

Guaranteed to make your day :-)

It made me cry of laughter in the chocolate part.



Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Lomography Photo # 4

Evocative... what does it make you feel?

(Lomography photo from Metrix X via the Torontoist)

The Inauguration Party # 2

The venue is set,
final preparations are being made, excitement is mounting....

It's Inuaguration time! And as I mentioned before, I'm having an Inauguration party!

And so far, I've decided what food I'm serving (a lot I know but I'm expecting 20 or so people);
  • Cheese straws,
  • Pretzels,
  • Chips & guacamole,
  • Pizzas,
  • KFC,
  • Brownies,
  • Oreos
how I'm decorating;
  • Obama's memorable quotes,
  • Posters & photos of the President-Elect,
  • Red, white & blue streamers,
  • Candles (it will be night here),
  • Everyone is getting a Hawaiian lai as they arrive,
what everyone will drink;
  • Budweiser beer,
  • Hawaiian punch,
  • And champagne when he is officially inaugurated (ceremony will be replayed),
and what music I'm playing
  • Bruce Springsteen,
  • Bob Dylan,
  • Yo-Yo Mama,
  • Stevie Wonder,
  • etc
However, I still have a few questions and would love to hear your answers/suggestions;

1. Do you know a great recipe for (alcoholic) Hawaiian punch?
2. What is your favourite Obama quote?

(Rally photo from here, Springsteen image from Epiclectic)

"Th-thanks for coming and welcome to the White House.....Thanks for coming."

Below is a hilarious round-up of David Letterman's great moments in Presidential speeches... thanks for the laughs G.W!

Friday, January 16, 2009

That Doggone B#*ch!

I'm annoyed - as you can see from the post title. I just took my dogs down to our local dog park, as I usually do 2 or 3 times a week.

Oh, I just realised I haven't introduced you to my two dogs. I have two miniature schnauzers, Sam (the father, above - 11 yrs) and Max (his son, below - 10 yrs).

Okay, now you're up to speed, let me tell you the story... I walked into the park with my excited puppies on the lead (as they're supposed to be before entering).

When I got inside the gate, I nelt down undid Sam and went to undo Max when one dog jumped on us viciously, then about 3 others followed!

The "Leader-Bully Dog", as I'll call him - tried biting Max so I was pulling Max up by his lead to get him safe in my arms and the dog starting jumping on me and biting me!!

I was so stunned because three or four dog owners were just standing there, in a semi-circle watching unflinchingly as I struggled in a dust-cloud with these huge dogs!! Then finally a man came and helped out, getting the "Leader-Bully Dog"off us.

As soon as it was safe, I bent down and let Max off the leash. However, as I stood up the "Doggone B#*ch" owner of the "Leader-Bully Dog" said to me, "Maybe you should take him off the leash next time."

It took everything in me not to Jerry-Springer-skank-slam her to the ground, so I snapped back like a chihuahua, "Well I was trying, but some beastly dogs were jumping all over me."

Then she said, "Oh, yeah. Well... sorry."

How horrible was she? I really think dogs reflect their owner's personalities. I was so shocked that everyone was so complacent and just watched as I was jumped all over!

Once, my sister had a bad run in at a dog park in Scotland. She tried to protect the dog she was looking after (a friend's I think) and was bitten on the wrist! She still has a scar from it...

So then, it seems mean dog owners and their beastly dogs are universal, have you ever had a scary encounter?

*Status Report*: As soon as we got home, I gave both the dogs a bone. I am happy to report that they are both in a "contented" condition.

The Non-Political Post

Okay, so I just looked down through my posts and realised that I've had a fair few political posts... so here's a complete change of pace.

I was reading Joanna's blog, Smitten and came accross this great new blog called, "I Love You More Than Blank."

Basically readers are invited to send in who they love more than they love, well ... whatever.

The one that came into my mind was, "I love you more than Tina Fey's impersonation of Sarah Palin," - that's a lotta love!

It also reminded me of one of Tracy Jordan's short quotes on 30 Rock, always makes me laugh.

P.S. I can't believe I didn't post about 30 Rock earlier - I love it! (I think my bf and I are the only ones who watch it here in Aus!)

(Image header of I Love You More Than Blank blog)

The Inugural Kick to the Curb

Madame Tussauds wax museums around the world have already kicked George Bush out of their White House's and replaced him with Barack.

Madame Tussauds, London: Obama in the White House, already!

Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam: Obama watches as Bush is escorted out.

Madame Tussauds, Amsterdam: As his term ends, Bush takes all his "baggage" with him.

Museum spokeperson, Annemick Dolfin said of the Bush haul-out, "We're not taking him back here. He's going in the archive."

The first Obama looks especially life-like don't you think?

(Story and images from the Huffpost)

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Fire!

I'm tired.

It's 3:51am here, "Why are you awake at this crazy time?", you say?

My family and I were just awoken by the fire alarm in our house - first time I've ever heard it go off here in my life!

Thank goodness there was no fire -but I'm awake now!

P.S. You know what was funny though? I always thought in a fire situation I'd grab as many valuables as I could before I left the house - but I didn't, I just ran for the door, to my parents room to make sure they heard it, and then downstairs... strange?

Have any of you faced a closer brush with fire?

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Selby: Melia Marden & Frank Sisti Jr.

I just spotted this adorable couple's East Village home on the Selby.

The words that really come to mind immediately are; unique, vibrant, kitsch, joyous.

Doesn't it seem as if you could spend years looking at all the strange, original things they have in their home? Amazing!

I wonder if they had a child, would their taste change or become accentuated?

And for the birdseye view...

The end.

The Peanut Butter Question

Okay, so at the moment I have been asking everyone I know one question, and although it's a little bizarre, I'm very curious to hear your responses:

Do you spread butter on your toast before peanut butter?

Or do you have just peanut butter?

I know it's silly, but it's nice to be lighthearted sometimes... I'll tell you what I do in the next post!

**UPDATE: I have just peanut butter - my Nana used to spread butter before peanut butter on my toast, I thought it was so bizarre!
(Funny image from doc18)

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The 10-Year-Old Reporter

I just read an article on the Huffpost about 10-year-old reporter, Damon Weaver.

Aside from the fact that it's amazing a child is reporting, the second most awesome thing is that he's just been given the credentials to interview the President-Elect on Inaugration day!

However, now he just needs to secure the interview.

Watch his video (with basketballer Dwayne Wade cameo-ing):

(Image & video from the Huffpost)

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Quote # 1

For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be.

There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want.

You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing.

We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it.

And I hope you see things that startle you.

I hope you feel things you never felt before.

I hope you meet people with a different point of view.

I hope you live a life you’re proud of.

If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again,”

~ Quote from the Curious Case of Benjamin Button: F.Scott Fitzgerald.

(Lost the image source - but I think it's from the NY Magazine website.)

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The 'Squirm' Factor

After recieving oodles of bad press for her acting in 'Australia', Nicole Kidman has recently come out & told a Sydney radio station that she couldn't watch herself in Baz Luhrmann's epic film without squirming!

Really Kidman? You didn't like yourself in the film, so what hope does that leave for everyone else's opinion of your acting?

I thought she wasn't great at the beginning of the film, but she warmed up as it went on...

Have you seen it? What do you think?

(Photo from MsBlueSky)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The NY Street Beat

The New York Times' Bill Cunningham has a great style blog, 'On the Street', of which I'm a regular listener/reader.

In his post Cunningham explains current fashion trends through audio, while presenting street style images of mostly New Yorkers in a slideshow.

I like his photos & the knowledge he injects into his apt fashion observations - but MOST of all, I love his Boston (I think?) accent... particularly the way he says, "Mawrhh-vellous".

This week, his observations & predictions for fashion in this economic downturn are quite interesting... listen & learn.

(Images from NYTimes)

The Enchanting Case of Benjamin Button

I just saw the Curious Case of Benjamin Button with P. and I have to say it is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time... P. agreed.

As the post's title suggests it was truly enchanting.

It was acted superbly by both Pitt and Blanchett - they took the roles on fully, so much so that I forgot that they lead separate lives outside the film.

But above all, the story was enchantingly written by F.Scott Fitzgerald. I may go so far as to say that he is my favourite novelist - although I have not read this book of his.

However, his other well-known book, my favourite novel the Great Gatsby, gives me the same feeling as this movie does - the feeling of enchantment: as if I am spinning on my head, happily & weightlessly (much like blanchett in the image above).

I don't know why I feel like this because neither of these stories have those stereotypical 'heart-swelling' endings -but they're marvellous and magically romantic.

Have you seen it?

What do you think of F.Scott Fitzgerald?

(Image 1 from LittleDebbie11, Image 2&3 from cottoncandy, )

Friday, January 09, 2009

The MARVEL-lous Obama

Have you read?

To commemorate the Innaugration of President-Elect Obama, Marvel has featured B.O. in the latest Spiderman comic!

Plot: Spiderman decides the President-Elect will need his help in office, so he comes to the rescue - but has to determine the real Obama from an imposter Obama through a basketball game. At the end the real Obama thanks Spidey with his signature 'fist-bump'.

Is he the first President to be featured in a Marvel comic?

I'm not a comic book reader by any means, but if they made one about B.O. I'd be a regular reader!

Images courtesy of Marvel.

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