one night, last week, Rei and I went for sushi at Minato off Long Street with some friends. we ate sushi. we laughed. we ate crying rolls. we cried. we lolled at the evil signs on the door (“Forgot to book? Well we are full. HA HA HA.”). Then we all decided to find dessert and strolled off in the direction of the ice cream shop. While walking past the internet cafe, we spotted a nun in the window at a computer. I begged Rei to take a picture of this fascinating anomaly with his Lomo Diana F+ camera. We snuck around trying to get a good shot before we decided that asking her if we could take her picture would be easiest. We tapped her on the shoulder, and she turned out to be a man who was more than happy to have her photo taken. S/he pulled me onto her lap and squeezed my breasts as the flash went off. Turns out her name is Sister Mary James Costello and she does shows (click here to check out her geocities page – soooo retro). S/he added me on facebook there and then, and now we are facebook friends. What a nice story.
Sister Mary and Me. Like Marley and Me. Heartwarming.
Posted in Cape Town, my real life, photography, seen around town
Tagged Cape Town, comedy act, internet cafe, lomo diana F+ camera, long street, musical, my branded life, nun, sister mary james costello
Hey yulz. Been feeling down lately. Been worried that I am ‘stuck in the 90s’. The other day was driving and saw a Calvin Klein orgy billboard and it ‘appealed to my sensibilities’ and ‘spoke to my aspirations of being a liberal individual who is also hot’, which planted the seed of worry.
Then I walked past Ed Hardy at the waterfront and actually considered ‘paying money to look like some trashy slut’ who digs rhinestones and skulls and tattoo-vibes, which is when the warning bells really kicked in.
A picture of class.
Then, as I was perusing this season’s handbags, I almost dropped 1k on a piece of shit Guess handbag, because I momentarily forgot the rules.
How to smell 'rich'.
Then I experienced an urge to ‘push social boundaries’ by being free-spirited and zany and ‘experimenting with social taboos’ by sleeping with all my friends (guys and girls). Was a low point. Might as well drench myself in CK1 and put Nevermind on repeat.
Anyone got a vial of blood I can wear round my neck? Is 4 my image.
Then sat at home and felt crap about myself, and decided that I need bigger boobs, which sent me spiralling, because if anything is soooo last decade, it’s big boobs. Mother of god.
Big Boobs. Not renowned for dating well.
And then came the last straw: I was catching up on the mandatory morning reading and saw that Britney had died her hair dark again, and I wondered if I should exclaim loudly about how much I hate her. Maybe subject a few innocent colleagues to my opinions about ‘how dumb Britney is’. Which was when I realised it: I am stuck in the 90s.
Britney-hating: the ultimate 90s opinion.
Feel very down. Can’t believe I thought I was a child of the new millennium. Thought I was original and intellectual and free-spirited and one-of-a-kind and ‘unique’. Thought that people ‘see something different and special’ in me because I go against the social grain and ‘cannot be controlled’. But now I realised I’m just a retard loser stuck in the 90s. FML.
Posted in accessible premium, advertising, celebrity, personal branding, purchase process, retail, seen around town
Tagged am i, being liberal, big boobs, calvin klein, dated, ed hardy, guess, my branded life, orgy billboard, personal branding, sleeping with your friends, south african, stereotypes, stuck in the 90s, trashy brands
better late than never.
Rei queues patiently, comes prepared with iPod.
Some smug (but peaceful) chick in the queue.
The queue going down Kloof Street.
Signage. Important. Wish they'd had a 'you can go vote at a less busy station even if you registered here' sign.
Lots of fun was had by all. The End.
Posted in Cape Town, SA "street", seen around town, youth politics
Tagged 2009, DA, kloof street, my branded life, queue, south african elections, voting, voting station
If you live or work in town you must have driven past this billboard at least once.
Just. Plain. Wrong.
What do y’all think? My friend Lauren wrote this article over on her blog which sums up exactly how I feel about it. Ew. Gives me shivers every time I look at it.
UPDATE: Looks like Lauren and I aren’t the only ones with shivers. Chris Roper also doesn’t dig it.
Posted in BADvertising, Cape Town, seen around town
Tagged bad advertising, BADvertising, billboard, huggies nappies, huggies south africa, lauren beukes, my branded life, pornography, sexualising children, slutty huggies baby, slutty waittress
thanks to @TalyaGoldberg for sending me a pic of what (winner of the Search for the Levi’s Photographer) Romi Stern’s shots for the winter campaign look like in the windows at V&A Waterfront.
I'll be sure to upload all of them when i'm back from Easter break.
some pics from Reijer’s birthday drinks at Neighbourhood in Long Street on Monday night. Temperature was 32 degrees at 10pm. Sweaty fun.