Urban Society Roundup #1

So here’s a bit of news: I’m the new Deputy Editor at Urban Society! Or, as my email signatures reads, a ‘Well-Worded Woman’.

No longer an intern, I actually get to manage our interns. I want to say to them “I’ve been where you are! It gets better!” but for now will keep my mouth shut (unless of course they stumble onto this blog.) I feel frantic enough in my new role without worrying that hungry vulture-like interns are circling my job, waiting for a sign of weakness.

The best part is that I get to write something every day. It may not be the most thought-provoking piece you’ve ever read, but it’s fun. I’m officially paid to write. I saw the money go into my bank account on Friday and felt giddy with all the dollars.

I also spend my days doing a lot of things that are not writing: editing everybody else’s posts (which, if they’re an inexperienced writer, can take a long long time), sourcing content, scheduling posts, uploading everything to Facebook and liaising with what seems to be half the PR people in Sydney. I’d happily be content sitting in a little bubble for eight hours writing whatever I felt like, but that doesn’t pay the bills unless you are J. K. Rowling a total genius.

The point isn’t that I’m a struggling twenty-something wannabe creative. The point is THAT I’M GETTING PAID. MY PARENTS NO LONGER DISPAIR. I CAN AFFORD TO FILL UP THE CAR WHEN I BORROW IT.

I bought two (two!) ridiculously overpriced cocktails on Saturday, just because I could. And a kebab later in the evening, but that was mostly because I shouldn’t.

I’ve decided to do a weekly roundup where I post up the bits and bobs I’ve written for Urban Society, in case you feel like a looksie. For those who don’t know (and if you don’t live in Sydney, I’ll wager that you don’t know), Urban Society is a young person’s website with pop-culture, local eateries, a what’s on of Sydney, a little bit of travel, and the occassional news piece. It’s a little bit of everything, all rolled into one. (I’M A BITCH, I’M A LOVER… yeah.)

So here we go:

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Urban Society Roundup #1

World’s First Forever Alone Restaurant – This actually looks pretty good. (Check out the image above.)

Patient opens her eyes moments before organ donation – Chilling.

Rebecca Black covers Miley Cyrus’ ‘We Can’t Stop’ – Woah, Rebecca Black can actually sing now?

Daft Punk releases ‘Get Lucky’ condoms – Too. Many. Puns.

Are we taking Instagram selfies too far? – This was actually a hard one to write. It was in response to a Sydney Morning Herald article by a 17-year-old girl, who I thought wrote brilliantly. Everything she said was true and perfectly articulated, yet quite possibly not realised by SMH’s core audience. If I had written the article for me, it would have been called “Every 17 year old girl should look up to this one because she’s got her head straight and is wise beyond her years.” But you have to present a fair and accurate viewpoint, after all.

Gay marriage ad under fire for ‘sexualisation of children’ – I would have called this one ‘Fuck yeah, Queensland’.

Daft punk

 

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The top 10 Aussie celebs to follow on Instagram

Sometimes we all need a little pick me up, and sometimes that involves stalking scrolling though a celebrity Instagram feed. It’s addictive. They invite us in and offer us snippets of a Charmed Life, one well away from student loans, dirty dishes and that feeling that you really ought to go to the gym.

For your viewing pleasure, here are the top 10 Australian celebrities to follow on Instagram. Warning: gratuitous selfies abound, people, but what would an Instagram feed be without them?

You’re not even reading this, are you? You’ve jumped straight to Miranda Kerr’s face – she’s just that damn beautiful, folks.

1. Miranda Kerr

Miranda KerrFollowers: 1, 831, 524

What you will get:
Gratuitous Selfies
Family Time
Editorial
Behind-the-Scenes Photo Shoots
Insta-Arty Shots
Inspirational Quotes

2. Jennifer Hawkins

Jennifer HawkinsInstagram Followers: 241, 865

What you will get:
Gratuitous Selfies
Wedding Shots
Aren’t-You-Jealous-Of-My-Holiday
Inspirational Quotes
Doing Sydney Media-Type-Stuff

3. Kylie Minogue

Kylie MinogueInstagram Followers: 218, 715

What you will get:
Professional Shoots
Promotions For New Release ‘Skirt’
Insta-Artsy Shots
Passion For Fashion

4. Lara Bingle

Lara BingleInstagram Followers: 216, 530

What you will get:
Gratuitous Selfies
Beach Life
Magazine Editorial
Insta-Artsy Shots
Passion For Fashion
Inspirational Quotes

5. Samara Weaving

Samara WeavingInstagram Followers: 117, 481

What you will get:
Gratuitous Selfies
Beach Life
Hanging With Friends
Insta-Arty Shots

6. Isabelle Cornish

Isabelle CornishInstagram Followers: 106, 158

What you will get:
Gratuitous Selfies
Passion for Fashion
Hanging With Friends
Insta-Arty Shots
Yummy Food

7. Jessica Hart

Jessica HartInstagram Followers: 101, 834

What you will get:
Gratuitous Selfies
Hanging With Friends
Behind The Scenes Photo Shoots
Adventure

8. Ruby Rose

Ruby RoseInstagram Followers: 96, 804

What you will get:
Gratuitous Selfies
Hanging With Friends
Inspirational Quotes
Funny Shit
Cute Animals

9. Stephanie Rice

Stephanie RiceInstagram Followers: 83, 036

What you will get:
Gratuitous Selfies
Hanging With Friends
Inspirational Quotes
Editorial
Just Keep Swimming

10. Delta Goodrem

Delta GoodremInstagram Followers: 73, 899

What you will get:
Gratuitous Selfies
Hanging With Friends
Behind the Scenes (The Voice)
Editorial
Doing Sydney Media-Type Events

Why nobody cares that Cara Delevingne was caught with cocaine.

Goofy Face

Oh, Cara, you saucy little minx you. Miss Delevingne was caught by the paparazzi two weeks ago dropping a ‘packet of mysterious white powder’ outside her Belgravia home.

The giggling Victoria’s Secret model and current face of H&M tried to discreetly cover it with her foot, but London paparazzi caught the moment the (almost empty) packet went flying from her hands on camera.

And then, everybody kind of… forgot about it.

When a certain other Brit super model was caught with cocaine back in 2005, the tabloids had a field day. Kate Moss – who at the time was also the face of H&M – was swiftly dropped by the brand and later made a public apology to “all the people I have let down.”

So why didn’t the same media storm follow Cara?

Cara Instagram

The bisexual babe released this photo on Instagram of her locking lips with equally stunning Sienna Miller, and the internet went bonkers.

Nobody was talking about the drugs. They were far more interested in a little lady on lady action.

It’s a move than even Business Insider called “brilliant”.

Making out with an amazingly sexual babe and Instagramming it to deflect from a bit of bad press has to the most badass way to cover up a scandal to date.

The kiss that I’m tentatively calling the kiss of 2013 occurred at last week’s Met Ball, otherwise known as Anna Wintour’s Cool Kids Club.

In case you’ve been living under a fashion rock, the Met Ball is like the Oscars of fashion. This year’s theme was ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture”, and the beautiful people of Hollywood took to the theme with varying degrees of success (See: Kim Kardashian.)

Every celebrity media hub and blogger worth their salt hones in on the Met Ball like grammar nazis to a YouTube comment section. This means that a) there’s no way a kiss like this would be missed, and b) the Met Ball provides a nice little distraction from pesky things like drugs and butter fingers.

Abbey LeeAs it turned out, Cara’s kiss was second most punk thing to happen all night, trumped only by Abbey Lee Kershaw flashing the cameras in support of gun control.

A spokesman for H&M told The Daily Mail that “Our team will evaluate the evidence over the next few days. If the story is true, then we will take action.” As of yet, they haven’t done a thing.

Even if she is dropped from the brand, history shows that it almost certainly won’t be the end of Cara Delevingne. Kate Moss’s agent Sarah Doukas says that the 2005 cocaine scandal that rocked Miss Moss’s career actually caused the model’s earnings to increase over time.

It just goes to show that people will forgive you anything if you’re beautiful enough.

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This is what Cara wore to the Met Ball. I would have made out with her too given the chance.

What do you think of the whole situation? Do you think she should be punished or are people making a big deal over nothing?

Image Credits

Image 1: Huck Magazine

Image 2: Cara Delevingne’s Instagram

Image 3: Just Jared

Image 4: Huffington Post