Kim’s Parisian Nightmare ~ My Thoughts

Read about my thoughts on Kim’s Parisian Nightmare!

Those of you who know me, know that I love the Kardashians and as many times I may be jealous of them or annoyed at how amazing their life is compared to mine, they are still my guilty pleasure and I love them dearly … even though I don’t know them … sounds awkward but you get the idea! Before I get into this I just want to say that I am in no way trying to criticise the situation or glorify the events that took place in any way. I am simply just detailing my thoughts on it.

Anyway as most of you know Kim was robbed at her apartment in Paris early on the morning of October 3rd, 2016. Kim vanished off all social media immediately after the unfortunate event took place (as you would) for months. Slowly as Kim started to re-appear on the social scene, more details about the robbery have come forward. ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ returned for a brand new season recently and this week’s episode detailed exactly what happened in Paris that night from none other than Kim herself. I won’t go into the details of what happened on here as it is a touchy subject and some people simply won’t want to read about all the details.  I just want to give my opinion and say what I think about the whole ordeal.

Initially when I heard of the news, a few things came to my mind. At first I thought maybe it was a publicity stunt, because as you know that’s something celebrities do to boost their profile and receive a storm of media attention. But then I actually thought about it, why on earth would someone fake this? After hearing the details of what actually happened, I myself would never want to experience a situation like that nor would I want anyone else to go through what Kim went through that morning. I guess what gets me the most is that while she is this almost larger than life celebrity, she is still a mother, a wife, a sister and a daughter which rings true to all of us. Imagine if it happened to a loved one of yours? I imagine you would be heartbroken.

However, this unfortunate event that happened to Kim sends a very important message to not only other celebrities, but to regular people like us as this sort of thing can happen to anyone. Your social media presence can have detrimental effects if you aren’t careful and smart about it. It’s now known that the robbery took place as a result of those involved tailing Kim the whole time she was in Paris through her social media activity. They knew where she was and who she was with at all times as a result of all the social media updates on her many social media outlets such as ‘Snapchat’. I mean think about it, we pretty much document our lives through snapchat and it’s not hard at all to find out where someone is and what they are doing these days.

There’s no rules saying you can or can not open up your lives to others through social media. The choice is yours. We just need to remember when we do, people have the potential to gain insight into out lives which won’t always be a good thing. I hope you enjoyed reading this post and what I had to say! What are your thoughts on the situation?

Adele LIVE 2017: ANZ Stadium

Was lucky enough to witness the incomparable vocal stylings of Adele this past weekend in Sydney!

If you haven’t been living under a rock, you would know that Adele has been all over Australia for her most recent tour ‘Adele LIVE’. The Australian leg of the tour has been a whirlwind for Adele. Firstly receiving criticism for a poor choice on venue in Brisbane (The Gabba) and having to start and hour late during her first Sydney show due to public transport errors causing thousands of fans to be late to ANZ Stadium. All issues aside, Adele was simply INCREDIBLE.

This past weekend I hopped on a plane down to Sydney to visit one of my best friends and to attend the Adele show with her. I was not mentally prepared for the amazing show that was to come. I attended the 2nd Sydney show on the 11th of March with my beautiful friend Maria. We were joined by 90,000 other Adele fans. I’m not sure if I will ever get over how amazing her performance was. Right from the moment the stadium lights went off and I heard the first few bars of ‘Hello’ I had chills all over my body. I couldn’t believe I was witnessing someone I have loved for so many years sing right in front of me.

Adele stunned us all in a beautiful couture gown adorned in more than 10,000 Swarovski crystals and while it sure was pleasing to the eye, Adele made sure to tell us all how heavy and hot it was to wear! Even admitting that it probably was not the best choice of dress for the weather that she had encountered on this leg of her tour. Even admitting that before she got on stage she was “shitting herself” and drowning in sweat. It was revealed after the show that she was wheeled to the stage in a stage equipment box so that no one would see her enter. She rolled past an unsuspecting audience while sitting in this black box on wheels “with an iPad” to keep her entertained. This explains the sweat!

She sang a mixture of songs from both her new album and  also fan favourites from past albums. Highlights included hits that got people dancing like ‘I’ll Be Waiting’ and ‘Rumour Has It’ and old fan favourites like ‘Make You Feel My Love’, ‘Chasing Pavements’ and ‘Hometown Glory’. While a lot of beautiful singing took place, she broke the concert up with plenty of audience interaction. I was blown away with how funny she was. She brought me to tears from laughter at several points in the show! Here I was thinking that the majority of my tears would be a result of her powerful lyrics, but a lot came from the banter of the comedic songstress herself, Adele.

Adele would talk about what she had been up to in Australia as well as stories from her personal life. Her audience interaction blew me away, she even wrote a letter that was placed under the seat of one lucky fan, personally thanking them for coming to the concert with a picture of her writing the letter attached. She sang many hits, however my favourite was ‘Set Fire To The Rain’ as the whole crowd stood up and sung along as fireworks launched from the stage. She also launched shirts out of a t-shirt cannon with $20 attached to each so that the those who caught them could go get a drink compliments of Adele. Those interactions definitely made the sold out stadium show feel more intimate. She even sang Happy Birthday to a lucky fan! Adele finished the concert with ‘Someone Like You’ asking everyone to stand up and sing along. As the concert came to end, Adele walked down an aisle of the crowd on her way out thanking fans and even getting quite choked up as she left the floor, which was definitely a tear jerker for me showing how genuinely thankful she was for everyone’s support.

While there were flying t-shirts, confetti drops and fireworks, the thing that blew me away most was her voice. Her vocals are like no one else’s I have ever heard. Seeing everyone sing along to her music made me realise how many hearts she’s touched with her powerful songs and meaningful lyrics. This was the first time Adele has come to Australia and I definitely hope it’s not the last!

Am I Sleepwalking Through Life?

Sleepwalking through life is a real thing! And I didn’t realise I was doing it until I came across an article about it! Have a look at my blog post, you may be doing it too!

I’m not sure if this happens to anyone else, but when I go away for extended periods of time, I seem to return feeling very lost and very unmotivated, almost like a zombie. Returning back from a holiday or from being overseas for an extended period of time is SO HARD. After being in the USA for 6 months I came home and felt like I didn’t belong and that I had to leave again! But life just seemed to turn into complete shit show. I stopped working out, I lost touch with a lot of friends and I just flatlined. Recently I have read some articles on ‘Sleepwalking in Life’ and I was surprised to find out that It was actually a thing and that I myself may be doing it.

I find myself mistaking life for what it should be. To quote the article I read: “You’re not aware of who you are or how you fit into the big picture of life. You don’t know what your purpose is. You’re likely just reacting to life instead of creating the life you want”

And that is exactly how I feel! While I sometimes have my moments of awakening and realisation, I still find myself getting lost in the daily grind. This article talked about some of the signs of ‘sleepwalking’ which include:

  • You wake up, go to work, eat dinner, watch tv, go to bed
  • You eat without thinking about what you are eating
  • You treat your body like shit
  • You don’t make time for yourself
  • You don’t feel in control of your own life
  • You don’t feel empowered
  • You look at celebrities as role models
  • Your goals are mostly financial and material
  • You feel that stress and unease are just normal parts of everyday life
  • You repeat the same patterns of activities every day without awareness
  • You depend on caffeine, alcohol, or other drugs to cope with your pain
  • You habitually look to buy products to solve your problems
  • You shop because it makes you feel better
  • You frequently gripe or complain about other people or circumstances
  • You do things because you “should” not because you want to
  • You tend to be busy but not productive
  • You are mostly unaware of how your thoughts and emotions affect your life
  • You feel uncomfortable being alone with your own thoughts
  • You endlessly scroll through Facebook or social media without awareness
  • You are convinced that sometime in the future you’ll be happy

So how can I get out of this slump? How can I be aware more times than not during the day and be in a more conscious state of being? This definitely got me thinking and is pushing me towards ‘waking up’ both physically and mentally! What do you do to be in the moment and be your most authentic self that gets the most out of life?

Are You Really Who You Portray Online?

Social media consumes us from time to time! Read my blog post about how it can make us portray ourselves in a false way sometimes!

Lets be honest, social media has dominated our lives, or at least we have let it dominate our lives at some point. We are all guilty of being addicted to social media. I even find myself opening Instagram and Snapchat more times than I can count in a single day. I often look at all the different Snapchat stories and Instagram feeds throughout my day, and most of the time I find myself in awe at how cute, hot and beautiful some people are and how perfect their lives are … or at least how they seem. I’m sure you have all heard the quote, “we only see peoples highlights, not their behind the scenes”. I think it definitely rings true to social media. We don’t want people to think we live lame lives, thus we often don’t document social outings unless they are at cool or trendy places or with the company of certain people, and we definitely do not post unflattering photos of ourselves (total social suicide). It’s like when your friend tags you in that one picture where they look perfect and you look like a foot … DELETE IT! Or when you go on a tinder date, and they look completely different to their photos? Slightly awkward right? Okay super awkward! This is a direct result of portraying a fabricated self on social media.We have all been there!

So the question we have to ask ourselves is: Are we really presenting who we are or are we presenting an idealistic version of ourselves? It seems that social media tends to create a false sense of self through the use of likes, fans, comments, posts, etc. For many of us social media users, we use it as an esteem booster. Don’t act like you don’t get super excited when your crush likes your selfie, or when your Facebook status gets a bulk amount of likes. This example can definitely support as to why so many people spend so much time on social media. It provides many individuals (including myself) a false sense of self or even worse, inflate their ego.

I can 100% admit to portraying a slightly idealistic version of myself on social media from time to time. I probably did it to feel good about myself at the time or to impress a certain person. At the time it seemed right, but in reality, I was just creating an unrealistic and inflated version of myself. Lately I have just been staying true to my real self and it has honestly made social media a lot more pleasurable for me. Now when I see those ‘perfect’ Instagram feeds and Snapchat stories, I remind myself not to compare myself to them because in reality, I am comparing myself to a perception of what this person thinks they may be, thus comparing myself to an ideal figure of someone else and not at all a true representation of them (if that makes any sense).

Let’s be honest here, I may not ever get to live the lifestyle some of these people do, but I have my own life and I can do whatever I want with it if I stay authentic and true to myself while following my goals and aspirations. I think everything about our ONLINE life should be reflective of our REAL life. This will further help us live a more genuine life.

Are you really who you portray online?

50 Things That Make Me Happy

Take a look at some of my blogs from this month!

I thought this would be a fun way to spread some happiness! It’s so amazing to step back and see how many different things make you happy. I must admit at first it was hard to list 50 things that make me happy, but once I really started thinking, so many things came to mind!

  1. My family
  2. My dog – she is ALWAYS happy to see me
  3. The smell of clean sheets
  4. Travel – love to travel as much as I can, if the time and funds are available
  5. Movies in bed on a rainy day
  6. Hanging out with my friends – I love just doing simple fun things with friends whether it be shopping, getting food together, going to the movies or just hanging at home
  7. The smell of freshly popped popcorn at the movies
  8. Hugs – nothing beats a warm hug from a friend or family member
  9. My twin sister – we are super close
  10. Organised closet – I HATE it when my clothes/contents of my closet aren’t organised
  11. Romantic comedies
  12. The feeling of a clean face
  13. Spending time alone
  14. Summer rain/storms
  15. Blogging
  16. Music – can’t function without it
  17. My Grandparents – I am so lucky to have the best grandparents in the world that I have so many cherished memories with them.
  18. My cousins – I basically grew up around my cousins I always look up to them being one of the youngest out of the bunch
  19. A clean bedroom
  20. Lady Gaga – she is my everything YASSS Gaga
  21. Roadtrips
  22. Walks on the beach around sunset
  23. Vogue magazine – I’m so in love with fashion
  24. Fashion – i’m not the most stylish person you’ll meet, but I do have an appreciation and love for all types of fashion labels whether it be high fashion or just regular clothing brands
  25. Guacamole
  26. Christmas – who isn’t happy at Christmas?
  27. Watching RuPaul’s Drag Race
  28. Moisturising
  29. Catching Taylor Swift songs
  30. My teddy bear
  31. Giving back – one of the most important things you can do
  32. knowing you’ve made a friend happy
  33. Animals – I just love all animals, except spiders
  34. Sleep – love a good nap
  35. My cousin’s sausage dog frank
  36. Going out for cocktails with friends
  37. Back rubs – even though I’m single and don’t have anyone to give them to me
  38. Disney – anything to do with Disney whether it be the movies or the theme parks
  39. Selfies
  40. Memes
  41. Espresso Martinis
  42. Spontaneous adventures
  43. Watching the Victoria’s Secret Fashion – they are so fabulous
  44. Shopping – need to learn some self control when it comes to this …
  45. Coffee
  46. Listening to music in the car
  47. Kris Jenner – obsessed
  48. My mum’s hugs
  49. Cuddles and kisses from my dog
  50. That feeling when you get in bed after a really long day

As overwhelming as life can get at times and you find yourself down or in a bad mood, we need to step back and think of all the positive in our lives. We have so many reasons to be happy! I challenge all of you to try and list 50 things that make YOU happy!

MFW: Versace A/W17

It’s clear that this collection embodies the strength of women and rallies for unity and sex appeal as well. Creative director Donatella Versace said she had been thinking about “the power of women” ahead of her Milan Fashion Week show, adding: “we need to take pride in all that we have achieved and unify in order to male a better future. It could all end tomorrow”. While she doesn’t mention US president Donald Trump it’s quite possible her latest collection is somewhat of a battle cry on behalf of women everywhere.

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There is evidence throughout the whole collection that Versace is “fighting for freedom” with the words ‘Love’ and ‘Positivity’ splayed across many of the sheer t-shirt and beanies that came down the runway. The collection gave off a street wear vibe, but also showcased sheer cocktail like dresses. A colour palette of citrus yellow and electric blue served to further harness this idea of strong powerful women. Speaking of strong powerful women, Victoria’s Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo (pictured below; right picture) made her runway return just 5 months after giving birth. Talk about girl power!

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While I love these models, it’s starting to feel like during Milan Fashion Week, it is a requirement that you have Kendall Jenner, Gigi and Bella Hadid walk your show. They are killing the game however to me, they are just tired. I don’t get as excited when I see them on a runway because it’s just the norm now. The industry needs to put some attention on fresh new baby supers like Dilone and Alanna Arrington.

Goal Setting

Goal setting is something I was introduced to a few years back by a close family friend! Ever since I attended one of his seminars on living passionately, I was so determined to start setting and achieving my goals. I think it’s so important to have goals. This quote says it all, “Goals are what take us forward in life; they are the oxygen to our dreams”. It is very important that you realise the significance and importance of goal-setting and apply this knowledge in your life. Goals give me long-term vision and short-term motivation. For me, goals help me organise my time and resources so that I can get the most out of my life.

I often get asked “how have you achieved/done so much in your short life?”. Now I’m not writing about this to brag about my accomplishments and experiences, but more to share with you guys on how I stay so focused on working towards and achieving my goals. And you’ll be surprised that it’s something so simple. Writing them down of course. Every goal I have is written down on paper. I write them down in a book called ‘101 Dreams Journal’ which I believe is available at Kikki K. But you most definitely do not need a fancy book to write all your goals down (it’s just more helpful in terms or organising your goals). I used to write goals on sticky notes and would disperse them all over my room. I also remember writing goals down in my school books. I would now love to share with you some of the goals that I always set for myself every year. These are the goals that never go away and always need to be worked towards:

1.) Be spontaneous – you can never be too spontaneous. I used to be so hesitant when it came to social outings or stepping outside my comfort zone, but now I just life such a spontaneous life and I think it’s had such a positive impact on my life thus far.

2.) Be kind – I try my best to be kind and see the good in everyone, which from time to time can be really hard when people say or do nasty things. We don’t know what everyone is battling in their lives which is why you have to try to be kind to everyone. “A smile can hide a thousand words”.

3.) Self love – one of the hardest things for me and I think a large majority of people is trying to develop self-love. I’ve slowly realised that if we don’t love ourselves, it will be even hard to find love or experience love from others. We won’t truly be able to love others until we love ourselves first.

Here are some reasons why I believe setting goals is so important!

  • Goals can help me take control of life. I find myself ‘sleepwalking’ through live sometimes. What I mean by that is that I’m working hard but not getting where I want to be. Goals can help you break out of that zombie mode.
  • Goals give me focus and push me in the right direction and helps me decide on what to focus my time and energy on.
  • Goals motivate me. There is no better feeling than ticking a goal off my list. My goals can help remind me of the things I love and move my focus away from the negatives in life.

I encourage all of you to start setting some goals, you’d be very surprised what you can achieve. You can start with something simple as a vision board or write them down like I suggested in this blog. The world is your oyster my friends. There are millions of things you can do and experience in life. There are endless possibilities of what you can accomplish.