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Sep 20, 2010

Bedroom Therapy

It's taken me long enough, but I've finally gotten around to re-decorating my room.

It was turning into an ugly dump. I won't even show you any before pictures. That's how unnatractive it was. But it's also because I don't have any pictures, anyway.

I'm still in the middle of it all, but I do have a crappy picture of the room colour that I took from my phone to show you guys.
There's the colour. And that green dresser in the corner is the colour of two dominant pieces of furniture in my room, so that gives you an idea of how the wall and furniture look together.

Is it really weird to paint your bedroom a dark colour? Most people seemed to think I was a freak of nature for choosing a dark blue. Well, to hell with light colours! Going bold is so much more fun.

I'm still in the process of it all and probably won't be completely finished for another two weeks or so. I've been looking at Apartment Therapy for ideas. See, I don't live in an apartment, but my room is awfully small, which is why I chose to stick to AT for decor ideas.

Here are some of the images I've picked out for inspiration. Enjoy!

Sep 19, 2010

King of Anything

 ...But you expect me to jump up on board with you.
And ride off into your delusional sunset.

Sara Barielles, you minx. The above song is quite catchy, and is already making its way up the charts. Her newest album, Kaleidoscope Heart is number one. Her newest music video, 'King of Anything' is lovely and artistic. I especially love the 'forks-instead-of-piano-keys' look. For someone who was dead off the mainstream music scene for a little, its safe to say that she is definitely back. One of her most popular songs was 'Love Song':

Sound familiar? It was featured in many movie soundtracks... I can see why, questioning and really catchy. Its a rare find, someone who can write music, and perform it. Sara Barielles does both well, especially the writing lyrics part.

Hope your weekend went well,

Any good song recommendations? I really need to update my iPod.

Sep 5, 2010

School Shopping Sex

Summer is coming to an end... and that means SHOPPING.
Shopping, if done and spent well, can get very tiring, but in the end, one is happy with their productivity. If the consumer is happy, then the economy is happy (At least, that's what I tell my mum when trying to convince her to let me buy something expensive...). Hello! this is 2010, if shopping is the only thing keeping the economy booming, then I say... why the hell not? Not only is this time of year the second to Christmas in terms of spending $$, but it's one of the busiest. From last minute purchases, to the swipe of the card that you know you'll eventually have to pay, it's all in good fun... and debt.
Clothes aren't the only thing... I'm not sure if I'm the only one, but the smell of new school supplies leaves me intoxicated. I love buying new ink pens, or writing the first word on a fresh piece of paper. Who needs alchohol when you can have safe eye sex with a new notebook? Who needs romance when you've got a sexy and chic ink pen as a boyfriend?

The one thing that leaves me disappointed every year, is the lack of range and fashion sense that some teens have today. Watching shows like Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars really gets me excited about school fashion, but in the end, its all the same Abercrombie & Fitch tee-ripped jeans-converse kind of style. It's so hard to find someone who's not the perfect teenage stereotype. Seriously, if I could add anything to the walking billboard ways of highschool, it would be REAL FASHION.

The skirts a little short for school rules... but who follows those anyway?
Although this is from a season one episode... I still think about Jenny Humphreys (Taylor Momsen) outfit. LOOK AT THAT JACKET.

Dream Highschool Sweetheart. Goodness, why do guys have to wear over sized t-shirts and fake Ed Hardy shirts.... "to look cool".

Sep 2, 2010

PERHAPS You'll See More Of This.

My art.

I've finally acquired Adobe Photoshop again. I don't even remember how long it's been since I last had it installed on my computer.

I've been reluctant about posting my own artwork because
a) I'm not sure if it's any good half the time and
b) when I do think it's good, I scan it, my scanner fucks up the quality and makes my nice drawing look like crap.

Now, I can edit and fix up my illustrations so they don't look like ugly scribbles when I share them with you guys!

Here's one.

An illustration I did of Anslee from America's Next Top Model (Cycle 14).
I still don't like the way the hair scanned through, but whatever...

That's all for now!


Photographer Tyler Shields has started a magazine project called The Printed Blog. I suggest all bloggers click on the link to the website and check it out, because this project is an amazing opportunity for bloggers (and photographers) everywhere!

That's why we now have a huge badge on the side of our blog. If you think our blog should be printed, click the "Vote" button to vote us in. If you don't.....then you should still vote us in anyway. DUH.

Aug 29, 2010

Birth of a Legend

3-year-old Michael in 1961
Today, Michael Jackson would have been 52 if he were still alive.

Michael lived a sad, hard, yet very succesful life. At the age of four, he was thrusted into the Jackson 5. His talent was evident from a young age.
Publicity shot from 1968.
The Jackson brothers practiced for hours every day and won local talent contests before they got signed to a record label. During this time they took regular beatings from their father, Joe; he would strip them down and have them rubbed in oil before he beat them with a whip. Joe was a nasty, strict businessman. He made no effort to hide Michael from adult things; thus ruining his innocence. Michael and his brothers would often perform at nightclubs where strippers were present. Sometimes I get teary-eyed thinking about his childhood.
Finally in 1968, they got signed to Motown records and were now performing as The Jackson 5.
A $250,000 house bought in May 1971 after their triumphant success.
Jackson 5 on Bob Hope TV Special
LOTS more after the jump. This is a picture and info-heavy post, guys.

Aug 25, 2010

Douglas Booth: Eye Candy

"A work of art. Very beautiful art. I don't know what his parents did during their artistic process but they produced a total babe."- Nedda Ebo on Douglas Booth.
Douglas Booth is an English bon bon model turn actor. The 17 year old was acknowledged as an actor when he portrayed Boy George in the drama 'Worried About the Boy' which aired on BBC. Not only does he have an extremely impressive modeling portfolio (with the help of that gorgeous jawline), but he's now going to be thrusted into the spotlight as Miley Cyrus' love interest in the movie LOL: Laughing Out Loud.
Him as Boy George. Lovechild of the real one...that's what I'm thinking.
The movie, LOL, focuses on a teenage girl named Lola (Miley Cyrus) who loses her virginity, smokes marijuana, talks about sex incessantly, stumbles upon bi-curiosity, gets wasted, and accidentally shows her mom (Demi Moore) her Brazilian wax. Ashley Greene also stars in the movie, and plays Lola's arch-nemesis. The film is in production now, and is expected to come out next year......I can't wait to see what the critics will say about THIS one.
In the red for Burberry Sport with Emma Watson
(who we blogged about here)
Mr. Booth has modeled alongside Emma Watson and Lily Donaldson, and has quite a collection of smokin individual shots. And just because we like focusing on good lookin' blokes... I've decided to show you.
Sitting alongside Victoria Beckham, Agyness Deyn, and Twiggy at Burberry Spring 2010 show.
 If you like what you see (I don't see why you wouldn't) click for more eye candy.

Aug 23, 2010

Taylor Momsen: High Class Hooker

“People think pop is rock, and the lines are getting blurred. Now Rihanna’s wearing f-ckin’ leather jackets, and it’s really annoying . . . (My style is) high-class hooker.”
Back in April, we did the first 'Tunes Tuesday (aka, an excuse for missing Music Monday).' The first Tunes Tuesday featured the first single of upcoming singer Taylor Momsen. This (now) 17 year old girl has captured the hate of many Gossip Girl fans out there, portraying the snobby and rude little Jenny Humphrey. But fret not, her role on the show is no longer (for now), and by the time being.... shes singing, and doing a kick ass job.

This is when we first blogged about her featuring her song, Make Me Wanna Die. Her band, The Pretty Reckless, was a headliner in the Warped Tour this year, travelling around North America and jammin with bands like All Time Low, Sum 41, The All American Rejects, and others.

Momsen is currently working on her full length album with Paramore producer Kato Khandwala, and is expected to come out soon. Her EP, came out June 22nd and caught the eye of big radio stations up in the UK. Here she is doing her own rendetion of 'Love The Way You Lie' by Eminem/Rihanna and 'Islands' by The XX at Radio 1's Live Lounge.
Although she runs her mouth a lot for a 17 year old in the music industry, shes got the talent and pipes to back it up. If she wasn't dissing the likes of Rihanna and pop sensation Miley Cyrus, then she'd be a lot more popular. But heck, we still love her here at Mustart!

Heres the Music Video to her single Make Me Wanna Die.

This girl has got attitude, a voice, and one hell of a career ahead of her. What do YOU think? Leave us a comment below!

P.S: If theres a song you want to see featured, let us know xx

Aug 21, 2010

Blake Lively in Interview

Blake Lively is the cover-girl for Interview Magazine's September 2010 issue.

Can I just say that the photoshoot by Craig McDean is...MIND. BLOWING.
Photoshoot video by Craig McDean.
I've always thought of McDean as one of those God-given gifts to photography. Or perhaps even to mankind. The prison-film effect on the photos really did it for me; he could have just left the shots the way they were (with a bit of enhancing in colour and whatnot of course), but why not add a beautiful visual effect to a beautiful photo? And a very fitting one at that, too.

He also did an outstanding, provocative photoshoot with Megan Fox (and her mannequin twin) for the June/July issue of Interview.  Click here to see it.
Gee, this photoshoot is just perfection. Praise for Blake. Praise for Craig. *claps*

Additionally, Blake was interviewed by Ben Affleck for the issue, and it was quite a nice read. They talked about their new upcoming movie The Town among a few other ramblings and a bit of funny dialogue as well. Click here to read it.
Speaking of The's the trailer:
I want to see it just for those nuns with guns.
What do you guys think? Leave a comment and let us know!

Photos from Fashion, Fetish & Fantasy

Aug 18, 2010

Bloody ell, Emma Watson!

HAS GOTTEN A HAIRCUT. I mean, either way, the girl is gorgeous, but still, this haircut....Blimey' it's beautiful!

Emma Watson is the popular bushy-haired (once upon a time ago) girl from the world-wide phenomenon known as Harry Potter. The series, consisting of 7 books, was taken to the big screen back in '02, and since then Emma Watson has been in the spotlight. From cameos in music videos to couture photo shoots, this girl has done mostly everything--she's even attending college in the states (where she happens to have very attractive friends).
At the mere age of 20, this British-born actress has topped the money-makers chart, all while stealing the hearts of pubescent and hormonal teenage boys out there (along with their uber jealous girlfriends).
Here she is with her long hairdo for Burberry last Fall.
With co-star Daniel Radcliffe in Empire Magazine November issue 2009.
With her boyfriend, George Craig, at Glastonbury Music Festival.
Click to see her new hairdo, plus, more photos from magazine spreads!

Aug 16, 2010

Happy Birthday, Madonna

Today is Madonna's 52nd Birthday! We will have a tribute post in her honour and it will double as Music Monday.

I really love Madonna. She is a favourite. For 30 years, this bitch has been kicking ass, winning the hearts of people from many generations. All this from a woman who lost her mother to cancer at the age of 5, had to take care of herself and her siblings, and had to work hard at everything else; she was a straight-A student! And at 19 she made the bravest move of her life: she relocated to New York with no more than $35 in her pocket.
Second best is never enough, you'll do much better baby on your own.
Waiting for you.
When you're around, I don't know who I am.
Gomen nasais.
Mujhe maaf kardo.
Forgive me...
This is a photo from Interview Magazine, which was shot a few months back. I know this image has been photoshopped to hell and back, but those abs are REAL. Her skin is saggy and it's been airbrushed to make it look like it's young and's not. She's still old, no matter what, and age will have an effect on her skin. But the muscles are real! She works hard at her body. At 52, Madonna has abs. I will have a lot of things at 52 but abs won't be one of them.

Songs in this Post: 
Express Yourself
X-Static Process

What's your...
Favourite song? Favourite video? Favourite era? 

Leave a comment below telling us what you love about Madonna.