Hunger Games galore (I didn’t mean to)


Favourite Buzz

How To Write Your First Book has 21 authors giving their advice on some of the hardest things about writing. It is definitely well worth a read if you are wanting to write a book one day (like me).  There are a few things that I already relate to in the answers, but also a few tips and ideas I can take away from it in order to get writing.

Some of my favourite quotes include:

I always intended to be a writer from the moment I could read, really. When I married my second husband he gave me the opportunity to stay home and write. I was 28.

– Charlaine Harris

I think not writing for my day job helped to let that muscle relax during the day so that I felt like writing when I came home at night.

– Leigh Bardugo

Even this thing you’re doing, this story, is kind of interesting, but I think in a lot of ways it will be detrimental to people trying to write books. I’m serious. What happens is: They will read this story and they will see these people giving their experience as if that experience is normative. As if the experience they’re describing is how it works. And of course every experience like this is totally unique. Trying to fit your life into someone else’s model is how bad books get created. Everyone wants advice about how to do something but it really only works if you’re only going to plow forward regardless if you know nothing. But then again, that’s how it was for me. So maybe I’m doing the exact same thing I’m complaining about.

– Chuck Klosterman

What I take from this is that 1. Man Piece will hopefully give me the opportunity to stay home and write. (One day. I’m working on him.) 2. Not writing for my day job may help in writing fiction – maybe I need to give up being a journalist and do something else, which leaves me the creative freedom to write fiction. 3. Every piece of advice from established authors is bullshit and you should do what works for you when it comes to your writing.

Favourite Image

I’ve had the 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest article open in my browser for awhile now. Who doesn’t love some amazing nature and animal photos? National Geographic, after all, does it best.

My favourite from all of these has to be the Orta Lake Storm Chasing by Riccardo Criseo as it shows just how far photographers will go for the shot.


Interesting Article

Textual analysis of The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and Twilight revealed some interesting language use by the authors. Somehow The Hunger Games had ‘drunk’ as one of the most distinctive adjectives used. Personally, I think this is because of Haymitch. Twilight had the most common sentence of “I sighed.” Naturally. It is fairly interesting to know which words the authors favoured.

Fashion Love

This dress by Dior worn by Jennifer Lawrence to the Catching Fire premier in LA is amazing. For some reason, I just love it. If it wasn’t a mesh type material and see-through, I would totally wear something like it. Apparently even J-Law herself didn’t like it much. I came across it reading Cosmo’s list on scandalous red carpet outfits. This is definitely one of the tamer ones.

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" - Los Angeles Premiere

Grabby Hands

I really want to get my hands on some of the Capitol Colours collection from Cover Girl. It all looks so amazing. Just not sure who is stocking it. Cover Girl have created 12 looks for the 12 districts.



I have had this ‘sneak peek’ of Veronica Mars sitting open in my browser for awhile. I am so keen to see the movie! It is set for release 14 March. I just hope it will be coming to a cinema down-under and I need to see this on the big screen. (Yes, I backed it in the Kickstarter.)

Veronica Mars: Love Triangle from Veronica Mars on Vimeo.

Jennifer Lawrence is the most amazing person ever.


Favourite Buzz

My favourite buzz this week goes to 37 Things to DIY Instead Of Buy For Your Wedding. It will be two years in January since Man Piece proposed and although we haven’t set a date or even really started thinking about it*, I’m always on the look out for interesting ideas to make the wedding a bit more ‘us’. I have the idea to DIY a few things in order to personalise things, but other than that I want a fairly simple plain non-extravagant wedding.

I really love the idea of ribbons on the back of the chairs.


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Favourite Image

This article from Mashable has 17 Photographs That Display Perfect Symmetry, which was compiled from a Mashable challenge set for people to take photos with symmetry.

I think my favourite is this one of escalators:



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Interesting Article

Reason 818** why I love Jennifer Lawrence:

You look like you look, and be comfortable. What are you going to do be hungry every single day to make other people happy? That’s just dumb.

A-to-the-men, sista. This interview with her as she promotes Hunger Games: Catching Fire is one of the best things ever. She basically tells the haters to go screw themselves. She is fast becoming my new favourite celebrity.

This photo might also play a part:



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Fashion Love

This week’s fashion love has to go to the Swim+ Lookbook put together by Danimezza. I have flicked through it a couple of times now and am loving several of the swimsuits featured. Although I have already purchased new togs this year from Autograph (post to come later this week), I’m contemplating one or two more from this. Especially one of the Robyn Lawley pieces. I hear David Jones stocks them.

Grabby Hands

I’m really wanting a pair of crop black pants which I can wear with a nice heel for work. I’ve been looking around but can’t find too many. I’ve found one pair from Target in the new Bellecurve range and one pair from Autograph. Neither of these really look like what I am after. I think I might have to go try both pairs on because I might change my mind after that. Do you know of anywhere else stocking black crop pants in plus sizes?



I was actually wondering what I would even put in here for the video this week and then I saw in my Facebook timeline the new video for ‘Let It Go’ by Demi Lovato for the new Disney movie Frozen. Done. You get Demi again. Sorry, not sorry.

She is truly amazing and I totally have a girl crush.


*This is a complete and utter lie. I’ve planned the whole thing in my head. Man Piece is the one that hasn’t thought about it.

** I made this number up. Sorry, not sorry.

Fashion of the Oscars.

Ok, so I’m like a week late in doing this post. Seriously, I’ve had the tabs open of what dresses I liked all week.

This isn’t a best dressed and worst dressed post, unlike last year. These are just the dresses that I liked.

Some appeared on best dressed lists and some appeared on worst dressed lists, but that is all relative to your taste and style.

So here is what I liked from the Oscars fashion this year:

Nina Dobrev in a Naeem Khan gown – prints are totally the ‘in’ thing right now.

Jennifer Garner in Gucci – the colour is just amazing.

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta, which she apparently helped to design. LOVING IT.

JLaw in Dior, naturally. Absolutely love this dress. JLaw is flawless. Except, yanno… when she fell over in it.

Zoe Saldana in Alexis Mabille – I love the semi-ombre look and how it is short on one side and a train on the other.

Catherine Zeta Jones in Zuhair Murad. Love the gold.

Naomi Watts in Armani. The neck detail is gorgeous.

Kristen Stewart in Reem Acra. I really love this dress, even though so many said they didn’t. She does need to do something with her hair though. The unbrushed loose look with an evening gown just does not work.

Nicole Kidman in L’Wren Scott. The gold on black just stands out.

I wasn’t going to mention any dresses that I didn’t like, but there was one that I just had to mention.

Melissa McCarthy in David Meister.

I love Melissa McCarthy, she is absolutely superb, but this dress does her absolutely no favours. Firstly, why would David Meister think this dress was actually nice? It’s ghastly. Secondly, why would MC’s stylist dress her in such a thing? Gurrrl, whoever helped dress you, send them packing, if not for the choice in dress, but for the hair.

Images / Perez Hilton