Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Changing Perspectives Vol. 8 & 9

Once upon a time there were 2 girls, who decided to embark on a photographic journey. Not the kind of Journey with Dragons and Bad Guys, rather the kind of journey that requires them to take 1 photo everyday for a whole year. Thats 365 photos. A challenge? Perhaps, But these girls decided to take it on together, everything is better in pairs right? The rules are simple. 1 Photo every day for 365 days. Starting July 1st 2010 and ending July 1st 2011. They thought they would share their little project on their blogs. A little gallery of sorts. So this is it. A year of photographs. Are you ready to see what their worlds look like through a lens?

Week Eight.
19.08.10 - 25.08.10

Week Nine.
26.08.10 - 01.09.10

Hopefully next week we will be back to weekly installments, hoping that all technology and everything goes with us rather than against us. I was lucky enough this morning to have a little photo shoot with a very adorable little baby boy and his mummy and daddy. So hopefully there will be pictures of that to share soon. Only 16 more sleeps till I move, which is a little scary seeings as I have so much to organise! Ah well, Hopefully it all falls into place and things go according to plan! If you have any moving tips...chuck em my way! Goodness knows I could do with the help!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Make Me A Mixtape Vol.6

Tell it to the Marines are 5 boys from a place called Suffolk, United Kingdom with big dreams and an even bigger future ahead of them. With a fun and catchy sound this atmospheric rock band has alot in store for future, including currently recording their debut album while drinking beer and eating pot noodles while on tour.

To celebrate the return of Make Me A Mix Tape Timi (vocals) and John (guitar) both stop in for a double mixtape! Hope you love it!

Opening Track - You're Theme Song

Timi - Head Rolls Off - Frightened Rabbit. Frightened Rabbit are one of these bands who just seem to write lyrics which sum up everything about my life - this song in particular contains some of my favourite lyrics.

John: Me vs Maradona vs Elvis - Brand New. Brand New are just one of those bands that you can always come back to and listen to their albums in full each time. They are incredible on record and even better live which is refreshing! The album this song is off - Deja Entendu, really changed the way I listened to and wrote music and it will always be one of my favourite albums.

First album you owned
T: Parklife - Blur. I creeped into my Brothers room when i was about 11 & sneaked out that CD & Travis' - Invisible band album. I didn't stop listening to them in our rubbish little CD player that was in my Mum's bedroom.

J: Say It Aint So - Weezer This song had the formula of loud-quiet-loud that I was used to from listening to Nirvana and it had this huge chorus that just hit you so hard.. I can still listen to the blue album from start to finish today without getting bored.

Best Duet
T: Stan - Dido & Eminem. I love both artists ridiculous amounts. I remember hearing 'Stan', falling in love with Dido's voice & being blown away by Eminem's lyrics. Everybody needs to have Eminem in there lives - he's second to none lyrically & his style is so unique.
J: I honestly think that Timi has already listed the only duet worth mentioning.

Karaoke song
T: The Smiths, Anything by The Smiths, they have that on karaoke machines right? Reason being, well, Morrissey is an absolute genius. As a frontman, i'm still yet to find out how the hell he writes lyrics so good. It'd undoubtedly come complete with me throwing around a bunch of flowers with my shirt undone.
180 By Summer - Taking Back Sunday Whenever i'm at a party with my friends we always seem to end up either singing along to Killing In The Name Of by Rage Against The Machine or Nothing Else Matters by Metallica, god knows why! But i'd probably choose 180 By Summer by Taking Back Sunday, mainly because i'd just love to be Adam Lazzara.. If I could have just half the talents and looks of Adam Lazzara I would be very happy!

Love song
T: Crush'd -
Say Anything. Max Bemis is a brilliant lyricist & sums up that realisation of finding that 'perfect girl', which is a feeling i'm very familiar with. It's very tounge in cheek, but so relatable - which is what Bemis is best at. It's so raw and honest, i just love it.
J: First Day Of My Life - Bright Eyes. This is an incredible song, and I personally think that Conor Oberst writes the best love songs. It's rare that a song is written about love without a negative tinge on it and this is one of those rarities. I often play this album on my ipod when we're driving to a show in the van and I want to sleep away the journey, it always relaxes me.

Therapist in a song
Buffalo Gals - Everytime i Die.For some reason, this song always gets me pumped up & motivated. Actually, saying that, any ETID song gets me pumped. Musically they are fucking insane & this song in particular is one of my main 'party songs'

J: This Very Moment - Set Your Goals is a song that really motivates me is. It's a really positive song that always cheers me up and gets me going.

High School Hit
Work - Jimmy Eat World I think the music video does add to it, being in a high school and all but I was huge on Jimmy Eat World when i was about to get out of high school & move on to other parts of my life

J: You Know Who's Seatbelt - The Bled. I was about 13 at the time and used to wear a Bled hoody to school every day which was about 10 sizes too big for me, infact I don't even think it fits me now! I used to walk through the corridors an hour late everyday listening to this song on my shitty mp3 player and at the time it was probably the heaviest thing i'd heard.

Guilty Pleasure
T: Dido or Lily Allen. I personally don't find either of them guilty pleasures, but every time i mention either one, someone says something mean. That kind of stuff is my 'listen to on trains' music.
N-dubz and Jason Derulo. I listen to a lot of modern pop music. The music that they make is actually really good and if you ignore the over-used autotune and all the dollar-flashing it's actually really enjoyable! Another guilty pleasure of mine would be Cyndi Lauper, her songs are literally incredible and even the stuff she puts out now isn't too bad.\

Song that will Always give you Goosebumps
Play crack the sky - Brand New. They played it live when I saw them & it was the most incredible thing i have ever seen. Lacey's voice is one of these distinct voices which can just give you goosebumps very easily.
J: Untitled #1 (Vaka) - Sigur Ros. The song is about 7 minutes long and uses the bands own language 'hopelandic', which means you are totally taken over by the music without any distractions. There is an acoustic version of this song on youtube filmed in between some mountains in
Iceland in which you can literally hear the wind blowing around them, it's very moving and it gives me goosebumps everytime.

Closing Track- The old faithful
T. Human Punk -
Miss Black America. Miss Black America were from our area & made quite a name for themselves a good 10 years ago. If it wasn't for them, none of the Tell it to the Marines would be playing music. When i saw them live, i had never seen anything like it - and from a local band, that is rare. They got named Rollings stones album of the year 2002. I remember seeing the frontman Seymour in a local record shop and being totally winded from the shock. He was a complete idol for me, the reason i picked up my guitar and sang.

J: Closer - Protect The Target. They're a very under-rated local band and very good friends of mine. This song really sums up the past 12 months for me, because everytime Protect The Target play a hometown show, all my best friends and I go down and have the most amazing time. We get drunk, stage dive, grab microphones and just generally ruin venues! You should check them out.

Ya'll should go and check these boys out! And if you are lucky enough to be in the United Kingdom check out their myspace four tour dates near you! Oh yeah and for a free download of the Tell It To the Marines EP Bridges click here. Go on! you will love it I bet!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Pencil vs Camera

being sick is actually the pits. Its been a rough few days at this end. My goodness, I have been all flavours of unwell, but enough about that. I know that today I was meant to have a Changing Perspectives post to share with ya'll but both Jess and I have been having some technical difficulties so next week we are going to have another bumper issue...two weeks of goodness, so you have that too look forward to yes? {YES!!}

Anyway! I wanted to share some more amazing talent with you today {there is just so much of it out there. YAY!} Thanks to a gorgeous friend of mine I was introduced to the wonderful works of Ben Heine the other day. And boy oh boy they are amazing. {that simple!} I really dont have a lot of words to describe his work, especially his body of work Pencil vs Camera... my goodness. Talk about, incredible. Okay, enough words... Have a perve at these!

Isnt it so neat? These are just some of my favourites. But you should check out the rest of this incredbile collection here. I just la la love it.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Alphabet Soup

Oh A little bit about me today... I have seen A-Z quizzes around the place, and they always seem like a bit of fun. I never really do this sorta thing, but I thought today, why the heck not! You might even want to play along too, although, not suprisingly, I am breaking all the rules, and making up my own A-Z... whats new right?
So here is my ABC.... a few of my favourite things.

Auckland. Yup, quite simply one of my favourite places in NZ. and only 25 days until I move there! yay!
Bows. Recently I have been making a lot of bows... and wearing them almost everyday.
Colour... I wear alot of black, but I love love love splashes of colour. Red Lips, Bright Jewellery. Just something fun.
Design. Yip. Love it. Even started an etsy with some of my bits and pieces... oh hai!
Exploring. The world, my country, even just my little town. I love to get out and find things, do things, and experience things. Im a bit of gypsy you might say.
Fruit. Pineapple! Mangoes! Apricots! Oh Yum, i freaking love fruit. Cant wait for summer to roll around again! YUM YUM!
Girlfriends. I have the best girls in the world in my life. They are so wonderful, and even though I sometimes get down at the state of girls in this world... my girls ALWAYS make me smile!
Hugs. Seriously dont care who they are from! ahha, I have always loved cuddles. Seriously. When your down get someone to hug you. I promise it will make you feel better.
Inside jokes. Oh how I adore these. Currently my facebook page has been under siege of
Jack. Oh im a sucker for a good Jack Daniels. He is delicious hehe.
Keeping a Journal {it totally counts!} I love looking back on what I was thinking, or doing, or who I had a crush on haha. I guess its like the physical version of blogging. Thats why I love hanging out here so much!
Live Music. Nothing beats a gig, or a large scale concert. I love music, but honestly having it right there infront of you, with other fans. is seriously thee best.
Mail! Duh! I love love love mail. lets be penfriends? hehe
Nicknames. There is something super satisfying about having little nicknames given to you by certain people.
Outrageous Fortune. Good old New Zealand Television. Ah I love this series! Its just quite simply brilliant!
Photography. My true love, and my escape. I just love being able to capture memories. Its kinda very special to my heart.
Quilting. Well, im not sure its a favourite, but ive started one... I wonder if I will be able to finish it any time soon.
Roadtrips. Nuff said really. So much fun, music, the open road, and you and your besties. Nothing beats it.
Singing. Yup. Im definitely not the best singer this world has ever seen, but hey! I love it, and other people dont seem to mind when I get up and belt out a tune or two!
Tattoos. Another no brainer. um, I just kinda love them. infact, im planning my next lot of new additions. So good!
Uganda.... Well. It fits. I promise. Invisible Children is one of my favourite charities, Working with and for the displaced and children soliders in Uganda. To find out more hop along here!
Victoria University Graduate... Maybe not a favourite thing, but something I am really proud of! Yeah whos got a degree? haha.
Whiskey. A double up? Perhaps. But still my favourite. haha.
Xavier and Harvey {ooh sneaky} My adorable little cousins! How can they not be my favourites! I mean, they are so wonderful and always make me feel better.
You. Yip. You make my day everytime you leave a sweet word of encouragement or love. I adore ya'll!
Zzzzzz. {totally not cheating...} I like to sleep in! I stay up late and wake up just as late haha.

That was actually a bunch harder than I thought it was going to be! haha. Oh and before I go, I cant forget to mention... My gorgeous and super rad cousin Jess is having a giveaway... and its of some of my new stuff! So! You should all go and say hello, and enter! Go on, it will be good for you!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

A winner, some promotion, and a welcome back.

Congratulations to the lovely Miss Meghan from The Perfect Compliation Tape. You are the lucky winner of the Miss Sparkle giveaway! YAY! Head on over to the shop and pick out a print for me to send your way, along with a few other sparkley goodies! How fun!

And seeings as we are talking about the shop... heres a bit of shameless self promotion! Woot! Ive put a couple of new prints, a series which Im still working on...

Im working on a couple of others to go in this series... Snow White and Tinkerbelle are on the cards at the moment. And I thought, why not get you guys in on the action. Who were your favourite childhood cartoon characters? Maybe, Ill be able to ink them up too!

Im also really excited to welcome back Make me a mix tape. I have heaps of great new interviews coming your way soon! So... if you, or someone you know, is in an awesome band, that might be interested in being featured, you can get at me at shewaitsforwhispers{at}ymail{dot}com. send me a link to their music and who knows, you might just see their faces, and their mix tapes here soon!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

This. Is. War.

Sometimes, songs come into your life, and you just think, wow. This is pretty much exactly what I am going through right now, or this song was written about/for me.

For a while now, I have followed Thirty Seconds to Mars. Not on a scary front, I don't subscribe to their twitter, I don't have posters of Jared Leto in my house, and I don't have any werid symbols tattooed on me professing my love for the band. {some of their fans are hardcore} But I do have a respect for the epicness that has become Jared, Shannon and Tomo.. Their music is cleverly crafted into a commercially viable sound, but they haven't strayed from where they began. And there is just something, relatable about their music I guess... even if it is on the most epic scale. I recently saw them play at a rather intimate gig at the Logan Campbell centre in Auckland. The show was wonderful. Shannon, Jared and Tomo pulled together a tight and well presented show, it was loud, abrasive, and in your face, much like the band itself. Shannon killed it on the drums, pounding the crap outta his skins. Tomo really is the glue, talented as hell and pulled it all together perfectly with his amazing riffs and rhythm Jared's voice is certainly incredible. He sang from yesterday with his acoustic guitar up the back of the venue on the sound desk {right where i was standing *sigh*} and boy, was it powerful. Yum is one word that I would certainly use. over and over again. haha.

Lately, I have felt really drawn to "Closer to the Edge" The boys newest release of their album This is War. There is something so true in the lyrics, something I guess that I am feeling more and more as each day seems to pass. I have been trying to work out exactly what it is that I get from them... and, the truth is, I'm not entirely sure. But something clicks. Something connects, and not everything has to make sense. I thought I would post the lyrics anyway.. Maybe you might like them. Or maybe you might hate them. And that's totally up to you, But this. This is me. And this makes sense.

I remember one moment, I tried to forget
I lost myself, is it better not said
Now I'm closer to the edge

It was a thousand to one
And a million to two
Time to go down in flames and I'm taking you
Closer to the edge

No, I'm not saying I'm sorry
One day maybe we'll meet again
No, I'm not saying I'm sorry
One day maybe we'll meet again

Can you imagine a time when the truth ran free
The birth of a song and the death of a dream
Closer to the edge

This never ending story
Paid for with pride and fate
We all fall short of glory

No, I'm not saying I'm sorry
One day maybe we'll meet again
No, I'm not saying I'm sorry
One day maybe we'll meet again

I will never forget
I will never regret

I guess it kinda helps that all three of them are quite delicious and fun to look at too. I mean, check them out.

Thirty Seconds To Mars... Thanks for existing.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Changing Perspectives Vol. 6 & 7

Once upon a time there were 2 girls, who decided to embark on a photographic journey. Not the kind of Journey with Dragons and Bad Guys, rather the kind of journey that requires them to take 1 photo everyday for a whole year. Thats 365 photos. A challenge? Perhaps, But these girls decided to take it on together, everything is better in pairs right? The rules are simple. 1 Photo every day for 365 days. Starting July 1st 2010 and ending July 1st 2011. They thought they would share their little project on their blogs. A little gallery of sorts. So this is it. A year of photographs. Are you ready to see what their worlds look like through a lens?

Week Six.
05.08.10 - 11.08.10

Week Seven
12.08.10 - 18.08.10

Its been quite a couple of weeks. I am so jealous of Jess, and her travels to far away tropical islands... though, we did have one beautiful sunny day that I just had to document haha. Last week was a busy one, New Babies born, babysitting my cousins, and getting ready for the big craft show in a few weeks time, not to mention, opening my etsy store! Things are definitely keeping me busy. Oh and its not less than a month till I move. Time to get my butt into gear I think. Do any of you have any awesome tips about packing up your life and moving cities? Haha, I just have so much stuff! I have no idea where to start!

You still have a few days to enter le giveaway! So off ya go...