Follow Your Dreams

Although I’ve only recently started taking my own advice, I’ve always done my best to encourage people to do what makes them happy, however crazy it might be. You only get one life, you might as well be deliriously fucking happy.

I’ve only watched a few of Bryan Stars’ videos, but it’s pretty clear that being true to himself, and doing what makes him happy is something that he lives by.

This morning I watched a video of his, announcing that he currently in the middle of making his first album, the Follow Your Dreams EP, and honestly, that shit really sounds like it’s up my alley. I have no idea what the music will sound like, but I think a concept like this is something that people should get behind.

Bryan is also trying to raise a little money for this project, and there will be a , so please check out the links below for more information!

Video link

Indiegogo fundraiser page

Later Rockstars!

 

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Gig Review: Chris Cornell’s Solo Acoustic Tour

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When I heard that Chris Cornell was coming to town, I knew I had to be at the show. Obviously I wasn’t alone in this thought as the Isaac Theatre Royal was completely sold out, and a second show added to the tour!

This weekend Cantabrians of all ages, piled into the Isaac Theatre Royal, which has been recently restored after the Canterbury earthquakes which left the building broken and waterlogged, for his Solo Acoustic Tour and were not disappointed. If you’ve ever heard that soulful voice, you’ll know why. Not only that, but he is an incredibly talented musician, and all-around nice guy. He charmed us with his humour, and sang to our souls.

There was a good mixture old material, including songs from Soundgarden and Audioslave, and new material from his recently released solo album Higher Truth. To get a taste of the show click here.

Later Rockstars,

 

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Learning how to eat Vegan in NZ: Junk Food Edition

As you may, or may not know, November is World Vegan Month. As a vegetarian of almost 4 years, I already eat plenty of healthy vegan meals on a regular basis, but more recently I began to feel the the time was right to start making more of a conscious effort to eat vegan. I conveniently decided this in the last week of October, and I thought it would be awesome to go officially vegan on the first day of World Vegan Month! (1st Nov), and here I am, 21 days in and still happy with my decision.

I couldn’t tell you why, but for some reason I feel lighter and happier. The first week, I found myself walking to work and smiling like an idiot, for no real reason other than I finally feel like I’m walking to the beat of my own drum, but I digress.

Although I already ate healthy vegan meals for the most part, I knew that the things I would struggle with were snacks and treat foods. There’s a good chance that if I’m heading for the junk food that my willpower is already waning, and I will have consumed said item before I think to read the ingredients list, get disappointed with myself and then reach for another to ease my sorrow… Oh feelings, why do you taste so delicious?

Online searches mostly turned up sweets that I’d never heard of, and it was likely most of these weren’t items I could buy in New Zealand. There seem to be soo many incredible options available overseas!?… Almond milk ice cream? pumpkin spice cinnamon rolls?!! are you kidding me! The junk food envy was strong, and I was determined. I’m very serious about my sweet tooth you see…

I put a post in my local vegetarian facebook group looking for a good starting point, then chose a local supermarket to investigate. I’m thinking this might become a bit of a series as I get my “vegan feet”. The result of my first mission is below! I also made a short video, available here.

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Later Rockstars,

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Workplace blues

Image from aromaticwisdominstitute.com
Image from aromaticwisdominstitute.com

Lost the love for your job? wanted to leave for a while but have continued to stay because you kept thinking you saw a light at the end of the tunnel?

I have decided this is quite like a relationship well past its expiry date. You keep thinking it will get better, you remember how it used to be, and you are sure (sort of) that it will get better again and you can go back to skipping into work on a sea of rainbows followed by chirping baby birds… maybe you have been thinking this for months… years even.

Instead you find yourself feeling sick at the thought of returning to work on Monday. There are periods of hope where you don’t have to force that smile, and you may not actually have an issue with doing a few extra hours to help out. After a while, you realise that these hopes are indeed false, and you are disappointed… again. You gradually realise that the promises of change, although well-intentioned and full of hope and sunshine are probably a far cry from what will actually happen, if anything changes at all… and you feel foolish for deciding to stay and ride out the rough patch (after all, fool you once shame on them, fool you twice…).

Toxic waste only turns your into a superhuman hero in the movies, toxic waste in your gut will just get you an ulcer. Not to mention, everyone around you is probably sick of hearing about it.

Sure, it would be better if you won lotto and quit working all together in favour of seeking out the best Mojito worldwide… but this is reality. So until then, at least find something that doesn’t make you want to blow your f&*king br&%ns out. Life is short, you gotta make it work for you.

Peace out Rockstars,

V

Red my lips – stand against sexual assault this April

#Redmylips

This campaign is soo important. In our modern society we still blame victims of abuse for not reaching out sooner, rape victims are told they should have behaved differently to discourage their attacker, men are told that they should be ‘happy they got laid’ not disgusted that someone took advantage of them in their blackout drunk state, women and very young girls are assaulted as an act of wars that they had no choice in being a part of… I could go on…

I’m really excited about the #RedMyLips campaign. It is a chance to bring these issues to the forefront, not just forget about what we can’t see happening in the privacy of a home that a victim should have felt safe in or a far off country. It is a chance to let victims know that there is a whole world full of people that don’t blame them for what happened, regardless of what they were wearing, whether they drank too much, whether ‘they seemed up for it’ before they passed out.

What I’d like is for this to plant a seed. To start as a gesture of sending a message, and continue this movement to create a new culture. One where people look out for each other, and victims know that they can turn to others for support. See a guy leaving the bar with a drunk girl who doesn’t seem to really know him? go ask her if she needs help finding her friends, ask if she knows this guy and whether there is someone you can call to come pick her up – they are somebody’s daughter, friend, sister, niece, whatever. And maybe she has had too much to drink, so what? you don’t know what is going on in someone else’s life, and how do you know that she wasn’t drugged? it’s much easier to get drugged than you might think, and being assaulted is a high price to pay for maybe being a little naïve.

If we don’t look out for each other, who will?

Check out the campaign’s page http://www.redmylips.org/

or hey, if you’re a Facebook kind of person, join the event page and share away with other like-minded peeps

Later Rockstars,

V

Gig review: Gary Clark Jr

Image from Gary Clarke Jr's official website http://www.garyclarkjr.com
Image from Gary Clarke Jr’s official website http://www.garyclarkjr.com

Last week I had the absolute pleasure of seeing this obviously incredibly talented musician in action! There are not many big names that make the journey all the way to our little city of Christchurch, New Zealand, so for me it was a must-see!

I intended to post the day after the gig but I realised that all the videos and photos I had taken of the performance (including some epic solo’s and fancy finger work by the man himself) appeared to be corrupted, and if I’m honest… I sulked a little…

Nevertheless it was an unforgettable and spine-tingling performance by all of the band, and clearly my partner thought so too as it is the 2ND time I have EVER seen him dance… that’s saying something!

You should definitely check him out! Since I don’t have my own footage, I will leave you with a link to the footage on his official youtube page…

Later Rockstars!

V

Doll on wheels – A quick shoot

So a mate of mine usually photographs cars and such, and has done a bit of modelling herself, but had never actually had a proper go at photographing people… until a while ago, when my partner and I took our bikes out to an area just outside of the city to meet up with her where most of the houses have been demolished (after the earthquakes we had 4 or so years ago now) – the perfect place for a wee practice shoot before the sun really started to pack some heat!

I haven’t modelled in what seems like a VERY long time (and even then I never know what the hell I’m doing!), and she’s learning, but we thought that together we could probably figure something out! Just because you don’t have a clue what you’re doing, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try! 🙂

If the photos below are anything to go by we’ll be seeing some pretty awesome photos from her in the future! I’m definitely curvier than the average model and I wouldn’t have a clue how to “smyze” but who cares?! Apparently she has more ideas to throw at me, so yay! It’s good to have a reason to doll up every now and then 🙂

Check out her new page LH Photos

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Later Rockstars,

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