Pick N Mix – 3 October 2011

My Absolute favourite thing of moment. Plus all of the My Drunk Kitchen videos. SO GOOD.

Crafty projects

  • Spike comb
  • I am fucking awful at painting nails (and also just have awful nails), but I think I could maybe pull off this fancy little idea for ombre nails. Syl makes it look really easy.
  • Cookie bowls! So simple, so genius. At xmas my brother always fills brandy baskets with mums trifle, maybe he’d like this too.
  • DIY tattoo tights.
  • Super keen to try out chemical apple pie! It has no apples in it. D:
  • Long live the pastry queen. I always love Definatalie’s art. (I think I’d really really like some of her paisley art in my skin.)
  • 365 Days of Ampersands inspired the new ampersand necklaces in my shop.
  • Consequences of gay marriage
  • Draw a stickman and see it come to life. Super cute.
  • Maybe when someone tells you their goals and they’re different to yours they actually mean it.
  • All the kids say “I love you” all the time now.
  • CV writing and applying for jobs is the worst! These “buzz words” for your CV could help though. Especially if you’re like me and have completely forgotten what office managers are looking for in an employee.
  • A fun way to help ensure your camera is returned to you if you leave it somewhere stupid. I always keep a business card in my camera case but this is way more fun.
  • Lamebook: The LA Story. Long, but worth it.
  • I’m not married, so can’t speak to actual experience, but this is definitely why I do think that marriage is still relevant. And why I really want to be married one day.
    “The Fun parts of Being Married come when you accept that this is what marriage is: as well as being a patriarchal hangover and an historical structure of oppression etc, practically it is the institutionalisation of two people as Super Friends. “
  • What the actual fuck. Flying while brown on September 11, 2011.
  • That girl you hate. Do you actually hate her?
    Getting over girl hate:
    “Girl hate is not hating someone who happens to be a girl, it’s hating someone because we’re told that, as girls, we should hate other girls who are as awesome as or more awesome than ourselves. That there can ever only be ONE cool girl, ONE funny girl, ONE smart girl, etc., in a circle of people.”

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett – The Lady is a Tramp (give it a listen even if you don’t like Lady Gaga, her voice is amazing).

‘Being Elmo’ trailer

Proposal by flash mob! I bawled a little.

I used to think that maybe, just maybe, Jugallos were just misunderstood weirdos. Now I know that they’re actually really fucking stupid. But an overarching message of family and good directing make this mini doco well worth the watch.

David Beckham undercover at Target. He’s definitely earned some cred in my book.

Pick N Mix – 8 September 2011

Remember these!? I’ll forgive you if you don’t, it’s nearly been 2 years since I did a Pick N Mix link round up!

  • Ickle and Lardee are finally back! I missed them.
  • Evolving happiness. “They say that you need to be a whole person on your own in order to be part of a successful relationship, and I believe that that’s true, too. But what they don’t tell you – what nobody seems willing to tell you – is that it’s also okay to work this stuff out with someone else by your side.”
  • And another one from Nicole. Because she is better. The 100 lunches project.
  • Brend has almost convinced me to grow something with all the gardening he’s been doing. I think it’s far more likely that I’ll make some succulent terrariums or vertical gardens though.

Remember that one time it snowed in Wellington? This video captures that day perfectly.

  • Feminism, that touchy subject that shouldn’t be touchy because can’t we all agree that women deserve to be treated just as well as men are? I like how Sarah explains that feminism is not about being better than men, or being the same as them, but that we’re all equally as awesome as each other (or have the potential to be) and good at different stuff.
  • Goddamn Sal is a brave woman for putting all of this out in the open. Body hair is one of those things you just. don’t. talk. about. I’m happy for that to change though! We’ve all got it, it’s all different, we all deal with it somehow.
  • Best engagement shoot ever. Ever! Ever ever.
  • ‘You Look Great’ and Other Lies. What to say to someone who’s sick.
  • On the subject of privilege. “What other people are trying to say, and you aren’t really hearing properly, is that the way you have experienced the world has been shaped by a series of factors that you’ve probably never had to think about before.”
  • Absolutely stunning doily lamp.
  • While I’m sure we’re all aware that it’s not up to the victim to prevent sexual assault (a la this list) this video put out in New Zealand is a really great reminder that everyone can help prevent assault. Especially when a victim is not aware what is happening and may not be able to help themselves.
  • If you love Instagram and/or can’t get access to it on a phone then these Instagram Photoshop actions will be right up your alley. Filter all of the photos you can get your hands on.
  • Super simple tutorial for turning an oven rack into a jewellery organiser. Another item to add to the op shop list.
  • Harry Potter Party! Want!


Flash Mob Haka!
Doing a haka at the mall, nek minnit lost my jandal

Can’t stop listening to this song.

New Zealand Whaka Yeah

PostSecret now has an iPhone app. The trailer for the app is beautiful, and the app is fantastic if you’re a fan of the PostSecret blog.

If I didn’t know better I’d say Cookie Monster and Tom Waits were one in the same.

How long would it have taken to edit this video?! So much dancey clothed fun. (via yesandyes)

Because I’m Awesome and You’re Bored

I thought I’d share some sweet videos I’ve favourited on Youtube.

Neil Patrick Harris is the SHOE FAIRY. Fuck yeah.

Just like all the other movies from your youth you figured that if you watched Little Shop of Horrors again you’d ruin it because it wouldn’t be as good as your remembered right? If this one song is anything to go by I think that hypothesis is wrong!

500 Days of Summer wasn’t too awful, I guess. I mean Joseph Gordon-Levitt starred in it and I’ve loved him since I first saw 3rd Rock from the Sun. But this trailer looks like it’d make a much better movie!

You like True Blood too? Sweet.

Whittakers vs Cadbury

I wanted to include this advert in yesterday’s Pick N Mix but couldn’t find it online anywhere. It has shown up on NZ TV recently after big changes made by one of our major chocolate manufacturers. Cadbury has moved production to Australia, reduced the size of their blocks of chocolate, reduced the amount of cocoa solids in the chocolate and added palm oil to their recipe (which not only negatively affects the taste of the chocolate but also contributes to deforestation in Indonesia).

Whittakers’ is taking a well deserved dig at them here. I think without even trying Whittakers’ has just taken a large chunk of Cadbury’s consumer base, Cadbury basically handed it to them on a platter.

If you would like to protest against Cadbury’s use of palm oil you can join the Facebook group or sign the petition.

I Feel Like This Could Be A Theme Song

A theme song for many (if not most) females. And I don’t think that’s a good thing at all. That said, I can’t help but love Lily’s hair.

The Fear – Lily Allen

If you can’t see the video it’s been sucked out by your reader, click through to the site to view it :]
I want to be rich and I want lots of money
I don’t care about clever I don’t care about funny
I want loads of clothes and fuckloads of diamonds
I heard people die while they are trying to find them

I’ll take my clothes off and it will be shameless
‘Cuz everyone knows that’s how you get famous
I’ll look at the sun and I’ll look in the mirror
I’m on the right track yeah I’m on to a winner

I don’t know what’s right and what’s real anymore
I don’t know how I’m meant to feel anymore
When we think it will all become clear
‘Cuz I’m being taken over by The Fear

Life’s about film stars and less about mothers
It’s all about fast cars and passing each other
But it doesn’t matter cause I’m packing plastic
and that’s what makes my life so fucking fantastic

And I am a weapon of massive consumption
and its not my fault it’s how I’m program to function
I’ll look at the sun and I’ll look in the mirror
I’m on the right track yeah I’m on to a winner


Forget about guns and forget ammunition
Cause I’m killing them all on my own little mission
Now I’m not a saint but I’m not a sinner
Now everything is cool as long as I’m getting thinner


The Latest Apple Dig at Vista

I’m not about to go out and buy an Apple computer, I’m actually waiting for a new Vista laptop to arrive next week.

And these ads are starting to get a bit old (even if we do get to look at Justin Long).

But…selling CUPCAKES(!!) to fix Vista. Hells yes :D

Like a Dog With a Bone

One of my defining characteristics is my constant search for truth. I’m known at work for constantly checking things with Google.

If we receive a group forward that seems dubious my colleagues just say “Kim will find out if it’s real”. And I will. It doesn’t matter how long it takes. I’m determined!

I demonstrated this will power again yesterday when I wanted to find a song. I’ve previously spent hours looking for a music video when all I knew about it was that it was dance-y/techno-y and had two people dancing across a basketball court. I found it after a few hours of searching.

This time I knew the tune of the song, I thought it sounded like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and I took at a guess at remembering some of the lyrics. The first and last time I heard this song was 5 days ago. I’ve never been a big fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers so the task seemed pretty big.

I thought the lyrics were ‘all I wanted was someone to…’. Google kept telling me the lyrics belonged to a group called Hidden In Plain View who are no longer together and don’t seem to exist on the internet apart from some lyrics and a Wikipedia entry. I was still pretty sure it was the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony’s voice is pretty distinctive.

Many many searches, reading of lyrics, and watching of YouTube videos later I decided to listen to the 30 second clips of the hundred or so RHCP songs in the iTunes store. The song I was looking for didn’t have the chorus as part of its clip but I recognised the tune enough when I heard it to look up the lyrics and hope I’d found the right one. I squealed and ran to tell the boy when I realised I had found it!

The song is Hard To Concentrate from the album Stadium Arcadium. The lyric I thought I knew was “all I want is for you to be happy”.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Hard To Concentrate