Category Archives: Entertainment

Sam Smith – My man of the hour

I have a secret… It’s a mild Youtube obsession that entails me seeking out Stan Walker singing with friends or whanau. I love the way he interprets music, feeling, emotion. And when he is joined by his crew they really create some magic.

Anyway, today I was checking out Stan’s latest and stumbled across this Sam Smith fellow. Oh my goodness, I am a convert. Sam Smith is a British singer songwriter that not only writes amazing lyrics and melodies but also sounds incredible live (from what I’ve seen on Youtube); perhaps better than he sounds on his album.

He found initial success with Latch and his Disclosure colab (great track) and released his studio album In The Lonely Hour this year. I’m so biased, but I honestly rate every song on this album and have had it on repeat all afternoon.

If you’re keen for a listen, here’s a vid of Sam performing Leave Your Lover live. Love love love this!


p.s. I’ve noticed the search terms directing some readers to this post include “lyrics” so I thought I’d post a link to the lyrics just in case, Leave Your Lover lyrics.

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A lesson on Italian hand gestures… from D&G models

I’ve been super busy this week so my posts have been a little bare in terms of content.

Today will be the same but I suspect you will find this video thoroughly enjoyable!

Watch as some of the models from Dolce & Gabbana’s FW15 show, very charmingly, and very handsomely, take you through the intricacies of Italian hand gestures… Who said we needed language anyway! Oooh la la…

I initially stumbled upon this video on I really love this lifestyle website, they cover everything from fashion, art, culture, travel, wine, sport etc. Arrgh. It’s so great! Pop over for a wee look if you’re not familiar with Swide, I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.


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My 2014 Grammy Award Highlights

Oh my golly gosh! I’m just catching up on the 2014 Grammy performances and did anyone else end up looking like an eye popping + smiley teary emoji after the Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert, Madonna (scream!) and Queen Latifah Same Love colab? Holy shit that was a great piece of story telling and showmanship. I blogged about the significance of Macklemore and Lewis’ Same Love creation last year; my brother kept finding me crying after listening to the song. It took about 6 months for the song to stop having this effect on me! The message is so important and the delivery and reach just so powerful. In my opinion this group of people really pulled off a great thing at the Grammys. Very very Cool.

The other performance that saw my mouth agape was courtesy of Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar.Who would’ve thought? I loved the energy, musicality and intensity of their performance. The percussion was fantastic and the theatrics spot on.

Notable mention has to go to Lorde, the wee treasure that is doing her thing the way she wants to do it (and winning 2 Grammy’s in the process). Miss Yelich-O’Connor you looked amazing, sang like you meant business and endeared yourself to everyone! Oh, ahhhh, would you tell me more about your lipstick….? Diggin it. Totally want it. Where can I buy it? Also, your hair, I’d love to have a turn one day.

Lorde shot by Naomi Shon for V Magazine

Lorde shot by Naomi Shon for V Magazine

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American Hustle

Yesterday I had a brainwave and decided it had been too long between visits to the cinema. I popped on my walking shoes, ambled 500m’s to the theatre and bought a ticket to the movie that happened to be starting next. Luckily for me that film was American Hustle.

Nominated for 10 Oscar awards, 10 British Academy Film awards and having already received 3 Golden Globe awards, it is no secret that American Hustle has received a lot of hype… and I was more than curious to find out if that hype was justified.

My verdict re the hype…? Definitely valid!

With a great cast of Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper I found the film addictive, riotously funny (don’t know how many times I lol’ed) and superbly costumed. Set in 1978 Bale and Adams characters are cons who get busted by Coopers FBI character. The Bale and Adams characters are given an out by agreeing to help the FBI make another 4 arrests. The story spirals from there bringing Bale’s wife (Lawrence) and Jeremy Renner’s character (Mayor of New Jersey) into prominence.  There is also a Sheikh, the mafia…. and on it goes.

But don’t read about it, go and see it! Here’s the trailer:

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A Love Story (quick read!)

If you are looking for something to do during your coffee/lunch break take a look at this link that is currently making the rounds on social media. An elderly couple take a photo in the same spot in front of their house every season but click through to find out more about this beautiful love story.



Happy reading.


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40 Days of Dating

I love my job, but it doesn’t quite afford me the creative outlet I have realised my soul needs. Thus, I have vowed (as I did last year) to try to maintain a regular presence on the interweb that extends beyond Instagram and irregular bouts of innocuous tweets. I don’t yet have a principle premise for the blog but I’ll aim to post on a theme specific to every day of the working week. Monday (Entertainment), Tuesday (Home), Wednesday (Shopping), Thursday (Beauty), Friday (Style)…. Weekends (Surprises) etc.

With that said this will be my first post of 2014; may there be many more.

“When an opportunity seems scary… I must take it.”

Last year I read about an experiment whereby two good friends decide to date each other for 40 days to “explore and hopefully overcome their fears and inadequacies” in relationships. Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman complete a survey at the end of every day, openly and honestly describing their feelings and experiences; the website publishes both participants responses in what is a compelling and confronting read.

Oddly enough I am only up to Day 32, despite stumbling upon the website months ago… As usual life gets in the way, but if you need a daily read this could be the website for you. I’m currently working very hard not to fast forward to day 40. It’s that good.

I’m interested to hear your thoughts!

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