Summer 2012

THINGS YOU NEED
Sunscreen 30+ Broad Spectrum (Micro Mineral, the thick stuff)
Sunnies
A hat
Facial scrubs (to rid the oil and sweat that’s going to build up in the heat, and to wash off the sunscreen)

TRENDS
Anything; 20’s, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, probably the 80’s… things that suit you and aren’t out of your price range
Vintage-look Swimwear- high waists, boylegs, sweetheart halters
Ruffled, crochet or digital print swimwear.
Round and cat eye glasses
Soft curls or pixie hair cuts
Highwaisted cuts
Floor length dresses and skirts
Blouses and silks
Bright colours (if you are into that kinda thing.. seems to be the same trend every summer)

Pale skin, tans, long hair, short hair…. almost anything goes

THINGS I AM LOVING
70’s wide brimmed hats
Cat eye glasses (I have reading glasses and sunnies) and finally they have caught on!
No fuss hair
The colour black
The Marie Antoinette Diet: Eating too much yummy food these days, and not feeling guilty. “Shorts or food? Shorts or food? Food. ”  Iv’e eaten a lot of chocolate everyday (including now) aswell as other crap… but fuck it, I’m not going to an oscar event anytime soon – having a long term relationship and spending most of your time inside doing homework, food will always seem like a more logical option when there is no reason/or person to look skinny for.   As my dad said: “Extra kilos and a happy disposition is better than a skinny, moody girl. You are more attractive being happy and chubby than grumpy and thin.”  So if I’m happy, I can eat this and look good? awesome.   Girls, if being super skinny doesn’t happen naturally then fuck it, the effort is not worth it. Just be a normal weight. Guys really don’t care.

THINGS I’M NOT SO KEEN ON
Undie-shorts. Seen way too many girls (about 50 in one place, one night, and everyday since then) wearing really short-shorts/underwear and tiny skirts (barely covering their butt), especially paired with platform shoes. It’s like being in a room of bratzdolls.
Deep Tanning or orange fake tans
Anorexia
ALL of the above at once..
Tiny clothes paired with socks and thick boots… If it’s really that hot, boots aren’t the way to go.

PLACES TO BE/THINGS TO DO (according to my own tastes)
Cleaning out your home or room/computer/wardrobe/phone, re freshing it for summer and clearing old mental energy
At home playing the new Zelda game
Parties
The garden, with a book
The pub on a weekend
Alcohol free night in, Watching movies and pigging out in aircon, giving your skin a break from the sunrays and the booze
Alcohol fuelled night in (unless you are a dangerous, crazy person) with a sketchbook or notepad and/or movies and food just to see what you can achieve with your energy whilst at home..
Bike riding or running at the beach when the mood strikes
Champagne during lunch
Beach at night

 

 


Kidney Stones (Nephrolithiasis)

After doing the run-around, iv’e been told that the greatest pain a person can feel is giving birth, and passing a stone. Wanting to know in advance so I can avoid experiencing this kind of pain I sought answers, and now I’m passing on the warnings. Giving birth can be easily avoided (or opted into and planned) but passing a stone isn’t something that you think about, or anticipate happening. A kidney stone will just appear oneday in agonising pain, with you unaware it was even developing. Plus you don’t gain anything from it afterwards.

Obviously I can’t explain the pain because I haven’t had one, but I imagine that squeezing a sharp rock that is larger than your urinal passage, through the passage.. would be beyond all comprehension of pain.Thus I have been avidly increasing my intake of water and even though going to the toilet is inconvenient, at least it’s not a stone I tell myself. Better this than that. Similar to shielding my skin from the sun; sure it can be a pain but getting skin cancer is far worse than spending 5 minutes applying SPF. Simple logic people, it can save lives.
1 in 10 people will get one at least once. The odds are pretty high. Then again 1 in 5 people will die of heart disease and 1 in 7 of cancer. 1 in 91 will die in a car accident. As for smoking.. your chances on dying from smoking are 50 times greater than dying on the road so, very high. Anyway that is no excuse to welcome a stone into your life, living in Australia our chances are far higher due to our climate and diets, so for people who don’t want to squeeze this nasty thing out; this is the lowdown:

So what is a kidney stone? It’s a rock formation created by minerals in your body, forming in your kidney’s or urinary tract. What you eat and how much water you drink affect the outcome. Some rocks are small, some are huge. The bigger the rock, the higher the risk. Usually it takes 48 hours of hardcore pain to pass a stone, but sometime the rocks are too big to pass naturally and surgery is required. In this procedure, shock waves are used to break up a large stone into smaller pieces that can then pass through the urinary system. The onset of a stone is sudden and includes nausea, vomiting, headaches, blood in the urine and sweating. There is no relief by lying or sitting down; all positions hurt, and no pandadol is going to ease the pain. You just have to sit through it until it’s over, especially if you are passing it. Men are also more likely to develop them.

Dietary factors that increase the risk of stone formation include low fluid intake, high dietary intake of animal protein, sodium, refined sugars, oxalate, grapefruit juice, apple juice, and cola drinks.

Factors predisposing to kidney stones include recent reduction in fluid intake, increased exercise with dehydration, medications that cause hyperuricemia (high uric acid) such as asprin, anti depressants and anti-inflammatories and other medications (so that’s basically everyone, GREAT), and a history of gout.
Dehydration from reduced fluid intake or strenuous exercise without adequate fluid replacement increases the risk of kidney stones. Obstruction to the flow of urine can also lead to stone formation. In this regard, climate may be a risk factor for kidney stone development, since residents of hot and dry areas are more likely to become dehydrated and susceptible to stone formation.
Kidney stones can also result from infection in the urinary tract; these are known as struvite or infection stones.

  • Kidney stones form when there is a decrease in urine volume and/or an excess of stone-forming substances in the urine.
  • Dehydration is a major risk factor for kidney stone formation.

PREVENTATIVE MEASURES:

 

 

  • Avoid too much sodium, under 2000 mg a day. That means packet noodles are a huge no-no, since they usually have 2800mg per packet.
  • Stay Hydrated. Binge drinking also increases the likelihood of stone formation even more so.
  • High Calcium intake poses a risk, among other dietary supplements
  • People with certain medical conditions, such as gout, and those who take certain medications or supplements are at risk for kidney stones

    There is a lot for information (including risk factors, reasons, places they form etc) about kidney stones and the different types, but I am a messenger not a doctor, and to explain all the details would be far too time consuming. Basically just be wary of these buggers and think twice before consuming junk food, too many medicines, or not drinking enough fluid. It’s not just about weight and all the obvious things, it’s the stuff that we can’t see, the thing secretly developing inside us, that we need to watch out for. Your body works in mysterious ways, and is more dangerous than Indiana’s Temple of Doom. So many things can and will go wrong, so try to control it and look after it as best you can. When you get a stone now, at least you’ll know what it is.


I must have it…

Today I saw a pretty young woman around my age wearing a cream colored scarf, I liked the way she looked and thought “I have to get myself a traditional cream colored scarf. Why didn’t I think of it sooner?!”
Then I remembered I already wanted a magenta one, because it’s bright, suits my skin tones and blue eyes and I don’t own anything magenta yet.  I also want a short purple jacket, a long red jacket, a red handbag and a tiny purple handbag, grey lace ups, and red heels, which I haven’t brought yet. Stuff In navy, purple and red, anything will do. Every time I think of wearing these I imagine myself much more confident and content, and therefore can focus more on other things than aquiring more. Cause usually once you have something you want something new, right?
Not so.
Then I remembered all of these past mistakes and thought of everything I already have, including a white scarf, and other similar items that are just as good. While all this extra stuff in other colours would be nice, right now it just seems ridiculous since I want to save up for a car and a holiday. Every item of clothing added up will end up costing nearly 1000 dollars if I spend frugally at best. Clothes aren’t cheap in Perth.

I remembered that scene in the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic (and I only watched the first 30 minutes) where the leading protaganist wanted to buy a green scarf she couldn’t afford, and in persuasion she imagined herself making an impact on everyone around her, being the “Girl in the green scarf” which we all do when thinking of buying something; we personalize it. Despite the fact you are wearing a bunch of other things you once loved, you forget they are there and want something else.
The reason we buy things is because we think whatever we have already isn’t good enough.

What about your hair, body, unique face, (wear the clothes you have already) and your personality? That kind of thing is much more important  and leaves a lasting impression. The clothes just frame what’s already there.
If you can afford something and have mastered your body and face and hair and personalty, then go for it, but most of us have too much stuff already, much that is unworn, and are not focusing enough on ourselves, or the bigger problem- so we distract ourselves by shopping (I do) to feel empowered.
We think if we cover up with a piece of clothing we will be more endearing to others, but it’s not true.

Clothes really don’t mean all that much after saying Hi to a person. Most of the time you won’t even think about what someone is wearing after initial contact. It’s probably better to not spend on new boots, and shout a friend lunch or a drink- they will appreciate that more than your new shoes I think, and remember it for longer.
Keep that in mind next time you are shopping- do you need this? I think most of us are pretty attractive just as we are.  Whatever obstacles you face you can do it as you are.


Beauty Can Be Defined By Correct Mathematical Equations?

We all know that trends come and go, and weight, skin colour and hair trends vary across different cultures, but what do those beautiful people around the world all have in common? It’s a curious question that gets you thinking “at the end of the day, can beauty really be measured?” Apparently it can. A beautiful face and even a great body all comes down to mathematics. It’s not even about height or weight, it’s all about proportions.  It’s called the Golden Ratio.
Throughout all of the attempts to determine the rules of facial attractiveness, conclusions have finally been reached. Eric Haseltine claimed that the distance from the chin to the eyebrows in an “ideal” face divides the face in a Golden Ratio. The same claim came from an orthodontist called Lowey. He says the reason we deem certain people as “beautiful” is because their face is closer to the Golden Ratio. So, if a face is in proportion and is symmetrical, we are more likely to find it beautiful.

I should mention that I hate maths. I find it so boring because it requires little to no creativity at all, it’s all about rules- but I wish a teacher had told me long ago that’s also why it is soimportant, and I might of been more interested. Maths is the best way of measuring certainty and therefore truth-  and everything in our world can be reduced to maths, even music.  Every time I hear numbers I just phase out. So it will be tough for me to explain exactly what the measurements of the face and body should be, however because I’m a much much more visually-orientated person I just try to imprint an image of what the measurements looks like.

For the rest of you, Consider this:

1 x8 + 1 = 9

12 x 8 +2 = 98

123 x 8 + 3 = 987

1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876

12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765

123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654

1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543

1234 5678x 8 + 8 = 98765432

123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321

=Beauty of Mathematics.

I might dislike numbers, but lucky other people love them- otherwise we would be in trouble.   Mathematics is the foundation for everything that functions. Furniture, houses, clothes, computers -as we know, but also living organisms, from our limbs and organs to our faces. It makes things function properly and evenly. It was one the groundbreaking human realizations that shaped our future and turned us into a logical and functioning society, and many early philosophers decided that everything in life was made up of Mathematics. They were onto something. 

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So while it came as a pleasant surprise, it was always innately obvious that even aesthetic beauty can be reduced to numbers. That’s right, even though beauty and aesthetics have long been linked to the “creative” side of our brain, it’s wrong. We may create new ‘twists’ on what is already beautiful, but they all come down to simple equations that are locked in our head from birth.
True Beauty is about symmetry and not social conditioning- the more symmetrical a person’s body and face is, the healthier they are on the inside! Even babies know what is beautiful and what is not. They respond positively to well-proportioned faces and revel at ugly ones. Being naturally superficial is our defense mechanism for mating, being able to decipher who will be able to deliver a healthy offspring and who won’t. Just like we have always examined the smell and sight of foods to tell if it is poison, we encounter other humans in the same fashion.

It’s something that you always kinds knew yet didn’t really realize. I certainly had no clue that Mathematical equations helped me decide between what is right and wrong my whole life.
Look around your room now at the objects in it, bottles, your phone, stereo, computer, mirror, fan, bed, hats, skirts, lamps, glasses, hairspray cans, plates, toothbrushes, the vaccumm, Tv, or your clothes, and your body, EVERYTHING!  It’s the same on both sides. I always kind of took that for granted. You could say that Maths wasn’t invented, it was discovered. Lucky we did discover it, because we have used it to build on and create everything in our world.



Dr. Marquaadt developed this map of facial symmetry to measure beauty. Applied to all faces considered beautiful, it fit perfectly. Some beautiful faces didn’t fit perfectly, but no face considered “ugly” fit, if you get what I mean. Amazing huh? You could try it on your own face and see how you measure up.


Be the best YOU you can be (part 3). There is only one of you after all.

This weeks topic on “being true to yourself” is going to be a little rant about our societies rampant Celebrity culture and how surprised I am that at nearly 22, just how many of my peers are STILL openly idolizing celebrities like they are 13. There is a difference between copying someone’s style and then trying to actually BE someone else, as though they are the Pope. Celebrities kind of are the new Religious figures, let’s be honest here. But they are NOT Holier than Thou.

This resonates strongly with me : It’s better to be a first rate version of yourself, rather than a second rate version of someone else.
Living in a world where celebrities culture is heavily drenched on us, it’s easy to get caught up in it. But remember you are not a celebrity, so while Peaches Geldoff, Paris Hilton, Kate Moss, Kim Kardashian, Ke$ha and Kelly Osbourne can fuck up, you don’t have a million dollar empire to fall back on, so us regular-folk should just stick to emulating the brat-packs fashion tastes and not their wild child ways once we reach adult hood. Adult hood is the real world, and the real world is awesome, why pretend to live in Hollywood? or the even more contemporary, Bristol?

On my journey towards full fledged adulthood, I understand there are things I must do to be taken seriously. I believe it is important to draw the line between idolizing a person, and then admiring their attributes. Of course I still admire people for things, but I do realize they are just people and I don’t know them, so why put them on a pedestal? A celebrity may be hot, but to have her hair style you don’t also need to adopt her personality.
When you are a teenager or pre-teen, it’s perfectly normal to idolize celebrities and icons but once you reach the age of 20, you should be past it. By this stage you should of come to terms with who you are and what you like, and have a broad spectrum of all different tastes and interests. Sometimes you admire this celeb for their style, sometimes that one for their achievements. For example I think the Olsen twins have cool style, and I think Michelle Williams seems like a grounded, nice person. I think Amanda Seyfried has gorgeous hair, skin and makeup, and Clemence Poesy is just all round awesome. Then there’s writers, artists and film makers who I admire for everything else- the way they speak, act and their views on life. Christopher Hitchens has the coolest way of speaking ever and can retort anyone on just about anything in a debate. I would love to be as intellectual as him, but in order to do that it doesn’t require I take up smoking too.
I also look to my friends for good qualities I like that I would like to have too. I look everywhere for inspiration, instead of to one person, similar to the way one might look to one religion for all the answers.

Celebrities are not perfect, you need to take some qualities from everywhere and adapt them to suit you.
If I acted like the girls from Jersey Shore (we all know of at least one person who falls victim to this) it would be a tragedy. Those people are tragic anyway- I figure the purpose of the show is to make fun of them, so when you see people emulating them and taking it seriously you have to shake your head. At least the people who imitate the fictional characters from Skins look stylish. It’s still sad though. I thought role-playing stopped in primary school… How wrong I was!

I look to people and celebrities now and then if I need some inspiration. But I don’t model myself on their behavior and I would never have their photo as my facebook profile picture- I mean how obvious do you need to be? Isn’t it kind of shameful that you are trying to be someone else? It’s announcing that you have no creativity or original ideas at all, you just spend all day asking yourself “What would the Kardashians do?” which is irrelevant.  You are not them after all- you are in a different country, come from a different background and everything you have is perfectly unique to you. So you have to be yourself.  You probably need a real job, for a start.

Being trashy, constantly drunk, referring to yourself as a VIP, and being rude might work for celebrities because they are incredibly rich and respected by suckers, but when a “nobody” starts giving attitude and trying to emulate someone famous- It just doesn’t translate in the real world. To me they just come across like douchebags.  So don’t be a douchebag. Be humble, be realistic and be caring towards others. At least admire the kind, down to earth, natural-looking celebrities if you have to admire someone.


Scarlett Johanson, how to get incredibly shiny hair and nude makeup


Scarlett Johanson’s new dark red hair is gorgeous! I think prefer it over her blonde as it looks striking with her eyes. Sometimes it’s wavy or curly, but it looks good either way on her. I think she dyed it for a new movie, but who cares either way it looks great.   Dark red hair always shines really nicely to, and if you can maintain the colour it’s easy to keep it healthy looking over lighter shades of blonde hair.

Apple cider vinegar works incredibly well as a rinse (you can use white vinegar for blondes), it makes hair clean and shiny, strengthens the hair shaft and gets rid of product build up using the main ingredient Acetic acid, without being harsh like shampoo can be. It also is a great natural cure for dandruff.
WARNING: It can strip hair of colour -apparently- so it works best on non-colour treated hair, but I haven’t had any problems with it myself. Depends how strong your hair colour is, if it’s bright purple I’d suggest against it. besides it’s only advised you use it once a week on average so it wouldn’t strip hair any more than a normal shampoo does. (oh and if you are scared of stripping colour, NEVER use the harsh shampoo head and shoulders, I have made that mistake before and ruined my colour.)

To use it, shampoo your hair lightly using a NON SLS shampoo (like natural instinct, $8) and then pour vinegar over your hair and leave it for about 1 minute. Just be careful not to pour it over your head and then shave your legs because it will get in your eyes and sting like hell. Then condition as normal and presto you have shiny and very clean hair !   Feel free to straighten your hair like Scarletts has been or just dry naturally.
(next is makeup)
To complete this literally fresh look, you will need:
Foundation (yellow based)
Light pink or hot pink blush (MAC or Clinique is good but whatever you have is fine)
Light brown and orange/gold eyeshadow
Liquid eyeliner
Light eyeshadow in a pearly colour
Face powder ..of course
Mascara
Liquid eyeliner
Pink or nude lipstick
Definitely lip pencil and lipgloss.
To look more like Scarlett, have soft, round shaped eyebrows like hers, with no harsh arch.

This is a very basic procedure you can do in under 10 minutes:
1. Cover your face (especially over eyelids and under eyes to cover dark circles) in foundation and powder to set. Your eyeshadow will cling to the powder and have a clean canvas. You look like a ghost now, but that only means your makeup will look good when it’s applied so fear not.
2. Now dust the pearl eyeshadow from lash to eyebrow.
3. Dust the dark brown/brown along the brow bone. If you’re tanned dark brown is good, but if you are fair orangey brown is great. Anything not too harsh, and the orange and gold will make blue and green eyes pop.
4. Put the gold or white colour under the eye.
5. Dust the pearly, white colour on your lid so it’s colour is quite noticeable.
6. Run liquid eyeliner from corner to the outer edge. If you are inexperienced, do not start from the very inner corner, start from where the colour in your eye begins. Use a black kohl liner (rub it on the back of your hand to warm it up first) and then go over it with the liquid. If you only have kohl then just leave it at the kohl.
7. Use LOTS of mascara and wiggle it on, not stroke.
8. Apply Blush from the apples, blending under the cheekbone in a sweeping motion.
9. apply foundation and a pink lipstick to your lips. MYTH by MAC is the best colour, I highly recommend this!!
10. Now apply lipliner in a peachy colour around your lips and finish with clear or light pink lipgloss.

11. brush your eyebrows back with a browbrush or a toothbrush.


Do you ever look around and think… This is so cool it’s not cool?

Apparently the tip to impressing me is an illusive one. Even I couldn’t put my finger on it. Why can I be so cold sometimes? So critical?  A person could superficially tick all these boxes yet something was off. Then other times the most unlikely people will totally charm me.  I now understand why I get so shut off around certain people, or get my acid tongue out in certain situations- to break the cardboard down and see if anyone lives there if I think someone might- or else i’ll just dismiss.
 I tend to like people when they aren’t holding up shutters, cool or not. Someone can be trendy and still have a vunerability about them, something real and personal; but when people don’t have it and they so badly wanna look like an advertisement for what’s hot, I instantly feel tension between us. A character is being played, and no cards are on the table. They might shoot you the joker card, the happy go lucky party animal card, or the melancoly depressed artist card, but you can always tell when it’s part of an image and the real thing. You have been warned.

When I’m in a forced situation and everything is “cool” (meaning straight out of a videoclip or something stupid.. shudder)- the music is trendy, the people’s clothes, the venue, everything is opaque and banal- I suddenly feel really lame. I get this ”oh man what am I doing?” Cloud of thought around me, because I know none of these actions or clothes are originally mine… or theirs. It’s like I’m in a commercial or something and it freaks me out. I don’t mean genuine cool, like when I am at an awesome party or with actual cool- funny, witty, confident, unique, funny people-  I have a lot of those moments where I’m having so much fun my head is bubbling, i’m not thinking about it and so it always flows nicely.

No, I mean the moments when you are bored out of your brains, yet you shouldn’t be, because you are surrounded by Tools that are not being utilized. It’s like a tension buzzing in the air, an energy with no where to flow, because everyone is grasping it- afraid to be themselves, to speak their mind or dress like they don’t give a shit- it’s contrived, therefore it’s just not cool.
I can’t relax, or use these tools;  People that are dressed cool but their personalities are bland as flour. Music that no one really loves but they like it because it’s cool- no vibe. No passionate conversations because everyone is afraid what people will think. I KNOW WHAT PEOPLE THINK. I think it is fucking dull! If I have to ruffle some feathers to make it fun then it’s well worth it, at least I can BREATHE again! Give me some air, give me something I can use, please?

So it turns out that something can be so cool that it implodes in on itself and becomes lame.

The trick is to not care, and that’s how you have fun. I don’t mean not care about anything like you’re meant to not care- yet you still care about being liked by a bunch of zombies- I mean not care about the crowd, and focus your energy on what’s in front of you. Then you move to the next person or room, and feel it out and get absorbed in that- you don’t anxiously stand around looking cool and posing, because you’re not directing yourself to anyone or giving anything real away- that is what bores me, situations like that. That is when shit is contrived, and it’s not cool at all. If other people don’t see this (and i’m sure many don’t, because they fall for it and apply to it) then it makes a whole lot of sense.  I’m sure half of them do know, but are still figuring life out and want to belong somewhere, and half don’t because they are actually that disconnected and shallow (early warning signs of schizophrenia, this is not a joke and is a sad and serious issue).

 I couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t impressed when on so many occasions I *should* be. This is the reason. Something was off. Something was being forced because I was meant to like it, according to what’s cool, but I just didn’t. It takes more than a wicked pair of pants and un kempt hair do to hook me. I have to know what’s going on behind a person’s sunnies before I’ll trust them as a friend, before I feel cool. To feel cool, you have to be relaxed, you have to be real. So uh, keep it real *shrugs*.