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My life is full of magazine tear outs, beautiful printed materials and stuff I’ve basically bower-birded away because I don’t know how not to.
While I was cleaning out my collection of things recently I found a tear out of a magazine article by The Coveteur with an image of this amazing Bernhard Willhelm dress on it. I gasped (again). I love everything about this dress, the pleating the pattern clash, the colours… EVERYTHING. She will be mine, oh yes, she will be mine…
The style of Aunt Flo and this whole concept is awesome. Not a huge fan of the “Niagara Falls” moment, but everything else is just awesome.
An oldie but a goodie from Nike.
Nothing like a clever bait and switch.
Sometimes I like feeling melancholy.
Dear young women,
Be brave, but not too brave.
Be smart, but not too smart.
Be strong, but not too strong.
Be free, but not too free.
BBH London Agency Promo.
Found on adteachings.com – thank you Suzanne.
It’s Australia Day at home right now, but it won’t be the 26th here on the East Coast for an hour and a half. I’m always sure to tune into The Hottest 100 each year and listen longingly to everyone having barbies and hitting the beach. I’ve found that one of the fastest ways to treat a little spot of homesickness is to play one of these 10 classic Aussie tunes (aside from the obvious Peter Allen and John Williamson numbers that were especially designed for people in my situation). These are forever classics, not the flashiest music videos that’s for sure, but they’re home to me.
FROM ST KILDA TO KINGS CROSS – Paul Kelly
1000 MILES AWAY – Hoodoo Gurus
BEAUTIFUL GIRL – INXS
WHEN THE WAR IS OVER – Cold Chisel
FATHER’S DAY – Weddings Parties Anything
COME SAID THE BOY – Mondo Rock
STREETS OF YOUR TOWN – The Go Betweens
THROW YOUR ARMS AROUND ME – Hunters and Collectors
WIDE OPEN ROAD – The Triffids
FRIDAY ON MY MIND – The Easybeats
I love that body confidence and self acceptance are issues being explored in advertising right now, and I have strong opinions about what’s getting below the surface and what’s fluff. My favourite example so far is THIS GIRL CAN from Sport England and FCB Inferno. This was one of my favourite spots of 2015. I believe it changed things, fabulously.
What I love about THIS GIRL CAN, is that it doesn’t isolate women or body types, it manages to bring us together in a celebration of sweaty, unselfconscious expression. And somehow, in all of that, we walk away feeling connected, free to take up space and like team members instead of competitors sizing each other up. Erk, remember those tired storylines you grew up hearing “What’s her secret?” “How DOES she do it?” Erk, erk, double erk!
I also love how subtle the messages transmit in the spot below. It doesn’t hit you over the head with a blunt instrument, it’s smart and sneaks under your skin while you’re contemplating starting Zumba classes or joining an all-girl football team.
It’s great to see more work with this theme being produced, and I hope it goes that step further and creates waves of change. I LOVE boundary pushing advertising, it’s so exciting and such rich territory for lasting brand connection. But so far, the other work I’ve seen feels markety, like it’s tiptoeing around an edgier truth or giving permission. I have so many ideas I’d like to explore in relation to this topic, and I sincerely hope I get the chance. There’s still so much we don’t talk about, which is sad, but boy it makes for an exciting creative future!
I love Toronto!
Was Paolo Sorrentino’s follow-up to the stunning La Grande Bellezza – Youth.
He creates so much drama, colour and grandeur.
To appreciate the glitter, one must be acquainted with the gutter.
But there’s something really off about the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
Sure, the theatre of it is super fun, but it doesn’t feel like we’ve progressed very far from putting bunny ears on grown women and parading them around for approval. I also wonder about the psychology behind the brand’s advertising strategy.
I have nothing against slim, sexy, stunning women. I was raised by one, and am friends with many. Hell, I’ve even encouraged them to buy that smaller size or ‘wear it tight’. I went to Catholic school, but I’m no nun… I just don’t want my niece growing up thinking this is the goal… or even A goal worth striving for.
The email subject line read: “A giant has passed away”.
It was referring to Frank Budgen, who is one of the best commercial directors ever (and who started out as a Copywriter).
Understandably, he liked working with open scripts.
I love the grittiness of his work. I love that it’s not all shiny and perfect. Here are a few of his best:
Today I read that baseball legend Yogi Berra had passed away. Berra was the guy that inspired Yogi Bear, one of my favourite cartoon characters! The longtime Yankee had some pretty cool one-liners and noteworthy puns (you know, the good kind). He even started the whole “it ain’t over till it’s over” thing.
I reckon Berra would have made an awesome Copywriter if he hadn’t been so damn good at catching balls. His lines are smart, succinct and full of insight!
Here are 15 of his classics:
Just a colourful little piece of spec work.
Today I started practicing meditating again after a pretty decent hiatus. Nothing dramatic, just 30 minutes in the morning. My fave app for this is Meditation Timer. It really is the best thing ever as it times, chimes and tracks your sessions. I’m not where I’d like to be, but still pleased with my progress over the last 852 days.
I recently headed outta town for the Civic Holiday with my friend LB. Just a few hours out of the city and I was blown away! The pictures I had seen online did nothing to represent the real deal. If I didn’t know that this was a Lake, I would have sworn it was the ocean, with it’s turquoise freshwater looking like something like I’ve seen in travel blogs about the south of Italy or Greece. Deep as the sea and curling around beautiful rugged black cliff faces, my friend LB and I swam for ages exploring a grotto and doing our best mermaid impressions (before nearly drowning from exhaustion – I find swimming in freshwater is way more tiring than saltwater). Our trip made me super excited to do loads more exploring in Ontario – visa permitting of course!
What a dreamboat.
When Marshall was talking Power, Corruption & Lies on insties today, it got me in the mood for this.
Stu ‘Jammer’ James was a kindred spirit and will be missed.
He was the kind of guy people have a lot of time for and who had a lot of time for everyone.
I’ll never forget the fun times he, Ruthie and I had traipsing around SFO together, his thoughtfulness and that wonderful, unforgettable accent. Peace out Stu xo
Today is one of my dearest friends’ birthdays.
And since I can’t seem to reach her on Skype to tell her how much I love her, I’m sending out blog signals.
It’s also Canada Day, which is significant ’cause she was pretty much the reason I ended up living here.
Fireworks are blasting over Toronto tonight and I just bet this city misses her like woah.
I sure do. xo
This sweet Broken Social Scene song was playing again at work today.
When you’re an Aussie expat and you’re feeling under the weather, there are only two things that you crave: 1. Your Mum 2. Vegemite.
Today I was reminded about one of my favourite albums from 2002, Darren Hanlon’s Hello Stranger.
I was living in Sydney with Charlie and Trent when I listened to this one on high rotation.
My faves tracks were 4, 8, 9 and 10.
Here’s Hanlon performing He Misses You Too, You Know:
It was Father’s Day on Sunday, and I got digging around for a good pic of me and my Dad. There are lots of things I like about this guy. He’s strong and steady and Mum calls him her Desert Island Man (’cause he can fix anything). Yep, he’s just your typical skin-tight-wrangler-jeans-wearing, crocodile-skin-cowboy-boot-wearing, machine-fixing, diesel-stinking, vintage-indian-riding, cigarette-smoking rebel heart.
Remember this one from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?
Ferris who? #OhPoorYou
My sister and I used to call it “Dum Dum Ooh Yeah Chickah Chickah Song”
Yeah we were a bit spesh!
I’ve been writing about precious jewels all weekend for a Freelance client in Japan and I’ve seen so many amazingly beautiful rocks in the process, that I’m starting to lust after them. I knew it was bad when I started playing “which would you pick” as I took a break with coffee. Don’t worry though, I may be writing about precious gemstones, but last I checked I’m still, I’m still Sammy From The Block.
Yesterday he was losing his mind over not being able to watch the Octonauts while I was chatting to him on Skype, but today he appears to be back to his adorable self.
These self portraits were in my inbox when I woke up this morning, along with some sage advice that if ever I am feeling sad I should just go watch the Octonauts.
Saw Mad Max Fury Road on the weekend and loved it!
Then I saw this cool project from Lowe Roche today.
One of my favourite Spring activities is rating lilacs. It involves being open to copping a noseful of almost every lilac you pass. My rating system’s like this… 1 = waxy/ frangranceless/ practically shop bought and 10 = perfect/ heady/ sweet-smelling/ someone strap this to my head and let me smell it forever. After a slow start to the season with no lilacs surpassing a 6.5, I chanced upon some pure sweet lilac crack this afternoon in Trinity Bellwoods. 8.5, double rainbow all the way!
…the fact that the weather sucks for half the year means that Torontonians have rich inner creative lives throughout winter’s solitude.
The D&AD awards winners are out! I love looking through these annuals, the judges picks are always amazing. This video was one of my faves from this year and really drives home for me how powerful music can be in a spot. It was created by Don’t Panic London, for Greenpeace (to rally against their Arctic drilling campaign). Due to the video’s success, LEGO was forced to dump Shell as a marketing partner, ending a 50-year-long, £65m deal. Stopping Shell may require something more radical, like reducing our thirst for Texas tea.
Spotted this gem on Ad Teachings this morning.
My Mom has managed passed on many things to me (my face for example. Those pins? God I wish). But I’d have to say that most treasured gift she’s given me, is her love of music. From working as a guitar teacher in the 60s, to miming a song with her best friend in lurex dresses on early television, to waiting outside a hotel as a teenager to grab Keith Richards’ cigarette butt, to hitting the isle of Wight Festival in 1970, she’s always been a serious fan (AND made plenty of her own beautiful sweet music). Since it’s Mother’s Day here in Canada, I thought I’d share a collection of songs that remind me of my Mum (who says she never felt she was cool, but totally is).
She says there were two types of girls Beatles or Stones.
One of her biggest crushes growing up was Billy.
She was there for this at The Isle of Wight in 1970.
I always preferred a lullaby over a story.
We used to sing this song together when I was little, but the Judy Collins version. I thought it was such a sad song and I always imagined she was singing about my Dad.
Her Judy Collins Songbook with hand drawn guitar chords inside got a real workout.
She got right into this song.
And another one of her slightly more recent faves.
Wieden+Kennedy London gave us this beauty!
So an actual watermelon is more realistic with my budget right now, but aren’t these Watermelon Tourmalines stunning?!! Spotted them in the latest issue of Elle US.
Then I saw this shell ring, which is also incredibly beautiful (and kinda outta my league too).
I reckon large, impractical bright precious stone jewellery might just be the ultimate in luxury and frivolity. You just need a gazillion bucks (ok not quite) and a party on a boat in Salina to attend (or something something).
Meanwhile people are starving. #BishGetAGrip
I’m an out-and-out dag and love old folk songs as much as love hip hop tunes.
This is one of my all-time fave Canadian songs by Kate and Anna McGarrigle.
I only just started learning it (evidenced by dodgy edit) and I’m not doing it justice like this talented lot, but who cares… I’m having fun!
SN: I remember seeing Martha Wainwright sing this at one of her Australian shows. She was talking about the loss of her mother beforehand and it turned out to be one of the most moving performances I’ve ever seen.