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Introducing: WordyMofo

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A friend shared this ridiculously cool e-zine today and I HAD to return the favour to you. I suggest you spread the word, too. The calibre of intelligent, thought-provoking content is right-up-there, and dammit, makes me wish I had me an i-Pad so I could loll around in bed and read this at leisure. It's that good. That's irrelevant though; you'll want to read the stories any way you can.

See the entire magazine right here:


Here's what editor Michael Adams had to say:

"WordyMofo really springs from a love of writing about what you're interested in. Getting to do that in magazines isn't always easy because most have a very defined idea of what their readers and advertisers want. And while the internet is obviously freer, the layout of most sites and all their bells and whistles and pop ups make them less conducive to longer reads. So, this an attempt to do both - the classic style of a mag with the global instant reach of the net. Most digital mags - whether web-based on iPad apps - are at the moment simply slightly retooled versions of what's in newsagents. WordyMofo, on the other hand, has been designed expressly for e-readers and desktop screens, so you don't have to zoom to be able to see the text and photos. It really does look best on an iPad but we felt making it only as an app was a bit exclusive, expensive and weighted to a user-pays experience.

"Our approach to stories is also different: whereas a lot of publications and sites feel they "have" to cover something because their competitors are, we're aiming to write about the things and stuff, people and arts that don't get saturation coverage. Hence in our first issue, we're talking to Weatherbill, a YouTube prophet who predicts calamity in just two days (run to them thar hills), and the women behind the burgeoning sub-culture of E-rotic literature. We make one of our writers subject himself to 24 hour marathon of bad TV and delve deep into why The Killer Inside Me misses the mark as a Jim Thompson adaptation. On the occasions when we will go down the celebrity route, we'll ask different question (indie It Girl Greta Gerwig tells us what's in her Too Hard Basket), or we'll shine the light on the people we consider celebs (the man who made Titanic II surely merits such status!) Then there's the sillier stuff, like our ideas to improve Talk Like A Pirate Day and Banned Books Week.

"So, the upshot is if you can read it elsewhere, you probably won't read in WordyMofo - and vice versa.

"As for how it's gonna work? Well, it's free and we created it with a small and passionate bunch of peeps for next to nothing. As for a business plan, a payment model, all that kinda stuff, well, we haven't a clue. Ideally a lot of people will read it and businesses who serve the world via the net will want to advertise and that'll help. But even if they don't and they don't I'd say we'll keep going because, well, it's fun."

So there you have it, folks. I am all for supporting innovative trail-blazers in publishing - and I think you should too. Share.

GUEST BLOGGER: Montarna McDonald - Sweaty Betty Public Relations

Today's guest blogger is the uber-cool Montarna McDonald from Sweaty Betty PR again. She made such an impact last time on Josie's Juice that her post received loads of hits - in the triple digits and the highest number of hits on my blog. So share this link like mad so she keeps blogging for us, eh?

Here, trend-spotter Montarna talks about cuffs... two of 'em. Yep, count 'em. I am accessories-mad so it will be a cinch to loads up on the cuffs, Wonder Woman-style. I love this trend so much I had to show the black and white Chanel pic twice (and how seriously gorgeous is that feather-y cape?). See, you're starting to see double already.

Double Trouble

The latest fall fashion trend has given a big nod to flaunting not one, but two cuffs.

That’s right, one cuff on each wrist - worn like Superwoman - is here to stay this season.

Seen on the catwalks of Chanel and Celine, the double cuff phenomenon is taking the fashion world by storm and is now starting to creep up on high street.

Wear your wrist armour with pride and double up your cuffs for some serious spring style!

25 Bizarre Coins That Are Legal Tender

A recent Report showed that the people of America hate the dollar coin. This inspired us to do some research into some of the worlds most bizarre legal coinage to see if we could find some inspirational design alternatives for the dollar coin. We’ve compiled a list of of 25 most bizarre coins from all around the world!

Source: advanceloan

Tights Tuesday: All About Snakes

With fall approaching, it'll be interesting to see which of the latest in leg wear trends catch on. I'm starting to see snake patterns everywhere, and I'm guessing it will be a hit. At least I hope it will, because I'm really liking what I'm seeing.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Joan Rivers critiques fashion - every week. Oh yes.

Women who love fashion are guaranteed to enjoy the post-awards fashion post-mortem show on E! called 'Fashion Police'.

Joan Rivers, E!'s Giuliana Rancic, and a couch-full of celebs dissect and critique star's outfits... and often, they're brutal.

Often I agree, sometimes I disagree, but watching women who have made their own red carpet faux pas mishaps (hello, Ms Rivers!) is rather entertaining on a pot-calling-kettle-black level.

And now, E!'s 'Fashion Police' will be screened weekly and hosted by Joan Rivers. And no doubt 'bitch' won't hold back.

Kicking off tonight, Wednesday September 1 at 8.30pm with an hour-long event covering the Primetime Emmy Awards, it will then move to its regular weekly timeslot on Saturday, from September 11 at 7pm on E!

Joan will continue to host 'Fashion Police' specials in the 2011 awards season once again dishing on red carpet fashion at the Oscars, Golden Globes, SAGs and Grammys.

Says Joan of her new regular project, on which daughter Melissa is co-executive producer: "Melissa and I are so excited to bring viewers 'Fashion Police' on a weekly basis. It's great to be on E! where I can speak my mind about celebrity fashion choices, including the hits, misses and everything in between."

A little more about Joan Rivers: she has been hosting E!'s 'Live from the Red Carpet' since 1996. She is an internationally renowned comedienne, Tony-nominated actress, best-selling author, Emmy Award-winning television talk show host, playwright, screenwriter, motion picture director, columnist, lecturer, syndicated radio host, jewellery designer and cosmetic company entrepreneur... oh yeah, and a grandmother - girl is 77. Can you believe it?

The E! channel is available on FOXTEL, OPTUS and AUSTAR on Channel 121.

Hussy and Cointreau Fashion TV wrap event

Monday, August 30, 2010

Saturday night last weekend saw The Ivy host a fabulous event - the Fashion TV wrap party for Hussy and Cointreau, which featured a slew of gorgeous gowns from the fashion label's latest collection. Note to Hussy lovers: each piece is stu-nning. Electric blue and coral and prints all featured, in frocks of varying lengths. VIP guests sipped on Cointreau Blush cocktails – Cointreau, pink grapefruit juice, soda and fresh lime – plus pizzas and Piper, and were entertained by singer Merenia Gilles. Divine.

In other news, I broke in my new Peep Toe 'Miss Soleil' stilettos that night (aka, my 'bondage' shoes) with nary a complaint.

Photos by: Glenn Marsden

Emmy Awards Red Carpet 2010 - Part Six

Images courtesy of luxist.com