What's Your Favourite Smell? Mine Is Petrichor

What’s Your Favourite Smell? Mine Is Petrichor

So basically, the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) in Australia have invented a truckload of good things. Insect repellent was one - out of necessity in  Australia no doubt. Polymer banknotes was another, and so was WiFi. But probably their most esoteric and weird invention was a word to describe a smell. Petrichor.…

Tinder Tales As Told By Puppets

Tinder Tales As Told By Puppets

Tinder is that ruthless app that allows users to swipe left on their device to move to the next potential lover. How simple and yet malevolent! Although around 50 million people are using it worldwide so that's telling. This is a collection of true dating experiences on Tinder, demonstrated by some amazing puppets. Tales from…

Treasures to Love and Adore: Smith Journal

Treasures to Love and Adore: Smith Journal

In the magazine publishing world nowadays, it takes a good deal of creativity and originality to be able to stand out and make revenue.  This Australian magazine is built upon solid foundations of authenticity. From cover to cover it's high quality. What makes it so great is there is a subtle harmony of beautiful design…

Supermodels from the 90's: Nostalgia and Mortality Smack-Down in 5,4,3,2...

Supermodels from the 90’s: Nostalgia and Mortality Smack-Down in 5,4,3,2…

1995 to 2015: Fashion Goes Full Circle When I was a teen in the 90's, the hair was fluorescent, the patterns were dark plaid and the lipstick was dark purple. Large, overexaggerated sunflower prints on shift dresses were in - a nod towards the 60s. All of these trends have reached their zenith yet again…

A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts: Cheeky Fruit and Veg Boxes by Australian Farmers

A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts: Cheeky Fruit and Veg Boxes by Australian Farmers

A word of warning: fruit and vegetable packaging in Australia is bright, risque, cheeky and just plain weird. Some feature cheeky innuendo like the upturned erect bananas on Dicko's Bananas or a box of melons with a buxom 50's babe on the box. Others are verge on hallucinogenic, like Dimbulah's Srhoj Citrus featuring happy-faced citrus fruits…

Wine and Curry Pairing Made Easy

Wine and Curry Pairing Made Easy

One tricky situation which often faces wine drinkers and curry lovers is, which wine goes well with which curry? There is such a kaleidoscope of vibrant flavours in Indian dishes. So it may seem challenging to find a wine to complement rather than destroy the flavour of the food. Here's some practical advice for pairing Indian…

Cruelty Free Product Review: Dermalab's Super Hydrating Moisturiser

Cruelty Free Product Review: Dermalab’s Super Hydrating Moisturiser

Dermalab is a Kiwi-made, Kiwi-owned skincare range that's aimed at the budget end of the market. It has simple and unassuming branding that's pleasing to the eye and functional but not fancy. Simple, straight-forward branding informs the user that they have found a simple 1-2-3-4-5 routine that works for pretty much all skin types including…

Cut The Crap at The Checkout: A Guide to Free Shipping For Australia and New Zealand

Cut The Crap at The Checkout: A Guide to Free Shipping For Australia and New Zealand

After a few months of living in New Zealand, I've found the selection of bricks and mortar clothing stores, book shops and electronics outlets very wanting. Particularly when it comes to men's clothing. My boyfriend, although incredibly fussy – was pretty much unable to locate a plain black, classic fit shirt or plain black t-shirt…

Welcome to Ethical & Cruelty Free Products

Cruelty Free Product Review: Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

Trilogy's brand genesis essentially begun with the discovery by New Zealanders Catherine de Groot and Sarah Gibbs of the marvelous benefits of rosehip oil. In 2002, the two ladies launched the Trilogy brand based on the efficacy of rosehip oil as a natural and effective alternative to synthetic skincare ingredients. As their hero product, certified organic…

Welcome to Ethical & Cruelty Free Products

The Three Step Guide to Buying Cruelty Free

Firstly, The Dodgy List  Although many brands do test on animals or use animal-based ingredients (ie. non-vegan) ingredients, they get around this with some amazing marketing spin. As an self-described spin-doctor for brands myself, I still find this sort of deception repulsive.  Here's some confusing and vague words to watch out for on product packaging:…

Are Sharks A Real Summer Danger in Australia?

Great white sharks are found all over the world and live up to 30 years and grow up to 6 metres in length. Feeding primarily on fish and seals, they are one of the majestic masters of the world's oceans. Sparked by recent spate of fatal shark attacks, Western Australia's Premier recently gave the green…

The Earth Only Lives Once: Climate Change Protests Happening Right Now

The Earth Only Lives Once: Climate Change Protests Happening Right Now

Street protests demanding urgent action on climate change have galvanised hundreds of thousands of people all over the world into action in 2,000 locations worldwide.In NYC, the People's Climate Change March took place on the streets ahead of the UN climate change summit in New York.  Image Source Image Source   In Manhattan, organisers that around…

Total Marketing Australia

On The Look Out For Digital Marketing Talent

Total Marketing Australia is looking for talented people to work with in the coming months, with a view to building long-term relationships. This work will largely be on an ad-hoc basis at first, then will increase as time goes on. We are a highly passionate, professional and collaborative team and all experts in our given fields.…

MSG: What Australian and New Zealand Consumers Should Know

Mono Sodium Glutamate was a buzz word from the 80's and 90's. It seemed that everyone had a story to tell about the after-effects of this flavour enhancing food additive. MSG used to be a dirty word, but it seems that in the past decade, the tide of scientific evidence has turned the other way.…

Samantha Harris: Fashionista and Soulful Sister

Samantha Harris: Fashionista and Soulful Sister

Samantha Harris was discovered as a finalist in a Girlfriend magazine modelling competition at age 13. Her Aboriginal, German, Dutch and Australian mixed ancestry has given her a dramatic and unique kind of beauty. Golden brown skin and perfect bone structure along with huge brown eyes, an impossibly cute nose and lush full lips. Samantha…

The Purgatory of Good and Bad Choices: Vintage Criminal Portraits

The Purgatory of Good and Bad Choices: Vintage Criminal Portraits

These photos of Australian female criminals come from a series taken between 1910 and 1930 by the NSW police. For the benefit of the modern-day reader, a surprising amount of detail remains of the subjects' stories. Unlike a typical mug shot, these women were allowed or perhaps even encouraged, to compose themselves or position themselves in…

Welcome to Melbourne's Rapidly Vanishing World

Welcome to Melbourne’s Rapidly Vanishing World

In just about any city, formerly unfashionable places undergo rapid revamps. Suddenly overnight, these shabby, overlooked places become cool. It's a fickle and inevitable transformation. A sublimination and muting of tastes into the oblivion of current fashion. This is the case in Melbourne's western suburbs: Altona, Seddon, Footscray, Yarraville, Sunshine and Newport. Every city with…

Tony Abbott goes on an orgy of embarrassment

Tony Abbott goes on an orgy of embarrassment

Tony Abbott is the Prime Minister of Australia. He is also known as the Idiot Abroad or Tony No Friends because of his embarrassing behaviour in the US, France and Canada. His gaffes, stupid comments and obvious lack of integrity have become fodder for comedians across the world. Here's a brief run through of his…