Best & worst week ending 2 Feb 2014

A round-up of what we're loving this week... and what we're hating.

Best and worst weekly wrap


LIKEEthical fashion.

Karen Walker is no stranger to eclectic eyewear campaigns, but this one takes the cake. Through the United Nations’ ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative, she teamed up with a group of Kenyan artists to design a line of sunglass pouches - and then used the designers to model her sought-after sunnies. Stylish perfection.

LIKETaylor Swift GIF.

We can’t stop watching the moment Taylor Swift thought she’d won album of the year at the Grammy’s for ‘Red’, but it actually went to Daft Punk for ‘Random Access Memories’. These moments don’t come around very often, people - it’s all fake smiles and dutiful applause out there. Enjoy it while you can.

LIKEOld-fashioned dating.

Over swiping through profiles on Tinder? Five in Five is bringing back old-school methodology to dating, where you can only find potential lovers through mutual friends. Five dates, five weeks and it’s all for charity. There’s never been a better time to score a drink with your mate’s attractive sibling.

LIKEYear of the Horse.

Head to George St this Sunday night for a parade celebrating all things equine. The Chinese New Year Twilight Parade is welcoming in the Year of the Horse with a spectacular free show winding through the CBD. Bet you didn’t realise horses come in the winged-and-dragon-scaled variety.

LIKERed Lips.

As seen on the likes of Drew Barrymore, Selena Gomez and Lily Collins at the Hollywood Stand Up To Cancer event. Pair with filled in brows and lashing of mascara, but leave the heavy-handed eyeliner at home.


DISLIKEFashion shoots in inappropriate places.

Just what the world needs - a fashion shoot in a Jewish mausoleum, because fah-shun and also #yolo. Blogger Rachel Nguyen, 23, posted the photos on her blog That’s Chic along with the message that she remembers “what it feels like to genuinely not give a f...”. That might not be entirely true, though, as the post has since been taken down and an apology issued.

DISLIKEThe death of the music festival.

Rumours that the Big Day Out festival will not be returning to Perth next year are the latest in a sea of bad news for Australian music festivals. Last year saw the cancellation of both Sydney’s second Big Day Out 2014 show AND the entire three day Homebake festival. Is this the beginning of the end?

DISLIKEShark massacre.

In 2012, sharks killed 12 people. That same year, humans killed 100 million sharks. The shark culling program in Western Australia has just kicked off, but with 80% of Australians opposed to it, why is it going ahead? Did Bruce from Finding Nemo teach us nothing?

DISLIKEHeavy-handed legislation.

Barry O'Farrell's war against Kings Cross nightlife has reached new lows in the bid to curb alcohol-fuelled violence. Local burger joint Buns & Balls is exactly the type of venue to help prevent violence, but one too many hoops to jump through has forced them to move locations. In order to have a drink at Buns & Balls, you must order a meal… but a burger doesn't count. Confused? Us, too. Let's hope they have better luck in Sydney's Eastern beaches.

DISLIKEJustin Bieber.

Again. This time the downwardly spiraling pop star has been arrested in his native country Canada for apparently "roughing up" a limo driver. Meanwhile, a petition to deport him from the USA has reached 100,000 signatures. Next stop: the White House

Alex Bruce-Smith

Alex Bruce-Smith is a publisher at, taking care of shopping & travel. She funds her addiction to online shopping by hunting coupon codes like a pro, and can usually be found waiting anxiously for a package to arrive. #notevensorry

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