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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The runway is THE place where people get the latest ideas, trends and purchase clothing they can wear in real life.

That's how it is supposed to go, but the reality is a little different. Courtesy of "Your Beauty Spot" Ninemsn:


Incognito at the beach: How cool am I? I've got three pairs of sunglasses. And big hairy lips...

For meeting the boyfriend's parents: A touch of Cousin It Couture...

For a humid day full of static electricity: I've told you before - don't touch that metal door handle!!

The Big Hairy Um... I'll let you decide for yourself what this may be trying to represent...

Whatever happened to "just a trim thanks!"....?

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I was in a grocery store checking out ginger tea today and I happened to hear the following conversation:

"I would like to apply for an account."

"Did you bring your undies?"

This had me bemused for a moment. Why would someone request underwear for a store account application? Is this some kind of security in case the person in question rushes off without paying their account?

"Ha ha!! You can't go!! I've got your undies!!"

After about a minute of wandering I caught another part of the conversation and finally made the connection. She was saying "Do you have any IDs?".

The tyranny of the English language. I'm glad I don't have to learn it.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Most people are now becoming aware that energy efficient light globes save energy and therefore help the environment. What many people may not realise is that energy efficient light globes contain small quantities of mercury that can be released into the atmosphere if the globe should break.

Safety tips you should know:

  • Energy efficient light bulbs contain around 5 milligrams of mercury
  • A sealed energy efficient light bulb is deemed to be safe for human use
  • If broken, do not touch with bare hands
  • Wear disposable face mask (available from most supermarkets)
  • Do not vacuum parts of broken energy efficient light bulb
  • Clean with a wet cloth
  • Wear gloves
  • Seal in plastic bag and place in household rubbish
  • Do not place in recycling bin - broken CFL globes may contaminate recyclables
  • If globe has blown but remains intact, contact your local council for recycling services
To balance this out, fossil fuel burning contributes to 80% of mercury in the atmosphere, so the energy efficient light globes actually reduce mercury in the atmosphere by reducing energy consumption and reliance on fossil fuels. Compact fluorescent light globes also help to reduce greenhouse gas and carbon emissions.

For energy efficient light globe disposal in your area:

Ikea Energy Efficient Light Bulb Recycling Service
Planet ARK - Search for Energy Efficient Light Bulb Recycling in Your Area


Disposal of Energy Efficient Light Bulbs

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Patrick Swayze has died. It doesn't seem real yet. I loved his movies but most of all I loved Point Break, which to many people was much more than just a film.

To me he will always be "Bodhi".

R.I.P. Brother

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Michael Angel's bright colours and bold designs made a splash at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion week in NY. It's no surprise really, Michael Angel was instrumental in the success of SABA in the 1990s.

I must say it is nice to see an fellow Melburnian making headway in the US fashion industry. To celebrate his achievements, I have added Michael Angel to the growing list of designers on my "let's go shopping" section. Be warned, however - these items can be difficult to find and you need to be quick to find a bargain before it is snapped up.

I will end with a quote from Michael Angel in an interview with The Age newspaper:

"For lots of Australian artists you have to leave Australia to know you're any good."

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Artists Impression of Gilese 581d, photo credit HelloFromEarth

HelloFromEarth was set up to send messages from Earth to a planet named Gliese 581d, a planet that is speculated to possibly contain life. The messages were moderated, approved and sent on the 28th August 2009. The messages were sent from the NASA/CSIRO Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex at Tidbinbilla, Australia.

Here are some of my favourite messages currently on their way to Gilese 581d:

"Greetings strangers. If you need an interpreter for these messages, I'm great at languages. Let me know, got no plans for the next 50 years or so."

"I think that you already know my husband. He is from another planet! Drive carefully and don't speed. See you soon. GM. xxx"

"Hello Neighbour, Please don’t consider these messages as alien-spam! Thanks, Lonely Earth"

"Look forward to working with you skateboarding!And also invite you to eat dumplings!"

"Long live Dave Grohl. Long live Foo Fighters. Long live Czech beer. Let's rock!"

"Alien dude, need tickets to Pearl Jam."

The messages will take around twenty years to reach their destination and will take around twenty years for a reply to come back to earth. A total of 25,880 messages were sent with a file size of 2,845,539 bytes.

I hope they have broadband.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Ted Baker Teardrop Silk Dress

Ted Baker has come to my attention recently and I was so impressed that I have decided to add him to my "Let's go shopping" section on the sidebar.

For the budget conscious (which is most people these days!!) I managed to find it for $130 (normally $325) - InviteOnly

Bumbershoot Designs (Etsy) Rainier Raindrop Rhinestone Earrings


And finally, the best invention since... low carb beer.

These little beauties fold out and rest on the table, while you hang your bag off the coil. I can't remember how many times I have been seated outside, not wanting to put my bag on the ground but then not wanting to sit with my bag in my lap, either.

Here is a purse hook in action. The weight of the bag keeps the purse hook in place and your bag doesn't get covered in dust or dog business, leaving your hands free to do... whatever it is you do.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

I am happy to announce that SaveSaveSave goes mobile today. You will find the link at the top of the menu just to the right of "Home".

Here are the links for direct connection:

For Mobile users:


For iphone users:


Please feel free to contact me re: accessibility and other issues.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

As I briefly stated on Twitter (does anyone read Twitter these days? Hehehe) - I went "beep" at the supermarket again.

For some reason it is my destiny in life to go "beep" (see previous post "I am not a shoplifter I just go "beep") whenever there are security devices or metal detectors. I once travelled from Melbourne to Los Angeles, California to Mexico, from LAX to Seattle, from Seattle to Hawaii, all going beep at every available opportunity. If I didn't look so clueless I probably would have got myself into trouble along the way. Strangely on my way back from Mexico to California, the jolly looking man at the border checkpoint smiled broadly and ushered me AROUND the metal detectors so I didn't have to get checked in any way. It was very nice of him and it's lucky for California that I'm not some kind of arms smuggler.

On returning from this trip I discovered the source of my troubles - a security sticker with a Terminator-style chip on the inside. This security disturber was stuck to the back of my liquid makeup.

Well, you would think that I would have learned by now but no. I bought Revlon New Complexion Makeup (sorry Musq!) and unbeknownst to me, it carried one of these strange stickers on the back of the bottle.

So I nonchalantly walk into the supermarket and hear a deafening beep. People looked at me suspiciously, like I was some kind of criminal. The fact that I was walking IN to the supermarket was lost on them. That had I been apprehended, I would have been found guilty of "shopputting" rather than "shoplifting".

This is an interesting concept. In London a company named TalkTalk hired a bunch of former pickpockets to become "putpockets", distributing anything from 5 - 20 pounds to random strangers without their knowledge. I love this idea. It's nice. It's just that if I catch some dude with his hand in my bag I'm more likely to go Ninja on him rather than ask him whether he is dropping off or picking up. But I digress.

So I've just gone beep. I retreat to a quiet aisle where I can painstakingly remove the offending sticker. The sadists who made these stickers ensured that it was impossible to remove the dang thing without getting your fingernails clogged with brittle silver goo. Finally I found a loose thread and "wound" the whole sticker off. By this time I was sweating slightly and starting to panic at the thought of having to go beep on my way out. I had almost removed all traces of the crap when an announcement comes over the loudspeaker.

"Security check Aisle 5"

Oh yeah, whatever I thought. I remember some friends in retail telling me that people just say that over the speaker randomly to keep people on their toes. So I relaxed a bit.

Then I looked up - I was in Aisle 5.

Then I looked around - there was no-one else in Aisle 5.

My shopping expedition turned into a cloak and dagger game of evasion as I wound my way through aisles, scratching annoying bits of residual silvery sticky crap off the accursed bottle of makeup. And trying to clean my fingernails for fear that they might set off the alarm again.

I grabbed the few items I needed and escaped quite slowly through the checkout.

Receipt in hand, out into the arms of freedom, the fugitive lives to fight another day.