snorting the kool-aid

snorting the kool-aid

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The casting, script, timing of this is amazing. I watched it like five times in a row. BTW is it just me or does that little dude at the end remind you of The Man From Another Place from Twin Peaks? Nice one,

June 25, 2016

saint bernhard.

June 25, 2016

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…





love this idea…

April 16, 2016

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.


March 18, 2016

An oldie but a goodie from Nike.
Nothing like a clever bait and switch.

Sometimes I like feeling melancholy.


March 17, 2016

the loud, and the clear.

February 28, 2016

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.

such great writing…

January 29, 2016

BBH London Agency Promo.
Found on – 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.


1000 MILES AWAY – Hoodoo Gurus



FATHER’S DAY – Weddings Parties Anything



THROW YOUR ARMS AROUND ME – Hunters and Collectors

WIDE OPEN ROAD – The Triffids

FRIDAY ON MY MIND – The Easybeats

10 ways to treat the ‘true blues’

January 26, 2016

body confidence and advertising

January 21, 2016

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!

C!C!C! sing goodbye to bowie

January 19, 2016

Was Paolo Sorrentino’s follow-up to the stunning La Grande Bellezza – Youth.
He creates so much drama, colour and grandeur.

first film of 2016

January 3, 2016

To appreciate the glitter, one must be acquainted with the gutter.

December 11, 2015

I love feathers and costumes and beautiful women…

December 9, 2015

But there’s something really off about the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

Something tells me she's not going to space (or the snack table) any time soon...

Something tells me she’s not going to space (or the snack table) any time soon…

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 OG Angel.

I wanna be just like Fred Armisen… the funny parts not the jerky parts… I keep reading he is pretty bloody awful IRL.

when i grow up…

November 22, 2015 1 Comment

2 october 1954 – 2 november 2015

November 7, 2015

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:

Since signing up for the D&AD’s ad filter I keep getting to watch amazing classic ads throughout my day.
Love this one, it’s smart, funny, and beautifully insightful.

the classic silver hand

September 30, 2015

smarter than the average berra

September 23, 2015


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:

  • It’s like deja-vu all over again
  • It ain’t the heat; it’s the humility
  • Baseball is 90% mental – the other half is physical
  • I never said most of the things I said… Take it with a grin of salt
  • If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up some place else
  • You can observe a lot by watching
  • The future ain’t what it used to be
  • Never answer an anonymous letter
  • When you come to a fork in the road, take it
  • I always thought that record would stand until it was broken
  • If the world was perfect, it wouldn’t be
  • Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.
  • Even Napoleon had his Watergate
  • It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.
  • Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t go to yours

Just a colourful little piece of spec work.

something i recently worked on…

September 11, 2015


August 7, 2015

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.IMG_9189 copy

great places to go in ontario

August 7, 2015


A section of the cove where we hung for the day.

 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!

Fellow mermaid.


What a dreamboat.

bless this guy

July 8, 2015

fave N.O.

July 8, 2015

When Marshall was talking Power, Corruption & Lies on insties today, it got me in the mood for this.

someone great is gone

July 7, 2015

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

happy birfday bff

July 2, 2015

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.

anthems for a seventeen year old girl

June 30, 2015

happy pride 2015

June 29, 2015

when i’m sick

June 27, 2015

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.


hello stranger

June 23, 2015

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:


i love my dad

June 23, 2015

dadIt 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.

atbSeverely allergic.
(Except my own of course).

June 21, 2015

Lately I’ve been getting reacquainted with the comedic genius of Chris Lilley via Vine.

If you’ve not yet seen his shows Angry Boys or Summer Heights High, do yourself a fave.

This is one of my fave Mr G moments from SHH. Completely wrong… completely hilarious!


seriously funny

June 20, 2015

indoor gardens

June 20, 2015

I love artists who paint gardens. Until I am settled and ready to create a garden of my own, I hope to keep collecting gardens of various descriptions on canvas.

June 19, 2015

Keep your distance from game players and those who dish out their time, respect and kindness based on status. Though they often look the part and smell the sweetest, they tend to lack character (and spines).

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!

dum dum ooh yeah chickah chickah

June 16, 2015

shiny objects of my affection

June 16, 2015


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.

Imperial Topaz Ring


love this little guy

June 16, 2015

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.



stop mo

June 11, 2015

Tomorrow, I am going to my first stop motion shoot. I’m excited to see how it all works and will report back!
Meantime, here is one of my faves, and if you like it there is plenty more here.

Saw Mad Max Fury Road on the weekend and loved it!
Then I saw this cool project from Lowe Roche today.

dust to dust

June 9, 2015

lilac 8.5/10

May 25, 2015

IMG_8362One 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.

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May 24, 2015

everything is not awesome

May 24, 2015

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.


May 19, 2015


Spotted this gem on Ad Teachings this morning.

The person who came up with this be all like…

um, they invented post-it banner ads.

May 19, 2015

my mother in music

May 11, 2015

  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.

#rg @williamcult

April 30, 2015


Wieden+Kennedy London gave us this beauty!

food porn that’s off the chart.

April 23, 2015

the rocks i don’t got.

April 19, 2015

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.

IMG_6940Then 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.


April 19, 2015

spotted on a bumper on the hana hwy…

April 19, 2015


Harsh (and a little psychotic) but true!

Harsh (and a little psychotic) but true!