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Burqa? Oui oui.

// Not often do I get outraged by politics. I am the first to admit that I’d rather read about Lindsay Lohan and her SCRAM bracelet than hear about mind-numbing political brap-brap. Watching the news makes me depressed and angry. Give me Perez Hilton over the 7.30 report any day. Bare this in mind before continuing. 

I was reading News.com a few months ago (yeah, not the most reliable news source but it works for me so nuuuh) when I stumbled upon an article about Muslim women being banned in France for wearing burqa’s. Excuse me, but whaaaaat? I know that a lot of people believe that this somehow masquerades as progress for women’s rights, but before placing this ban, did the French government ever stop and remember that these women choose to wear burqa’s and that it’s actually a huge part of their religion? I understand that in some instances Muslim women are forced to wear the garment out of fear of abandoning their religious upbringing (yeah, that gets up my goat), but is it really necessary to completely forbid women to wear it? Why not opt to give women the option instead of threatening them with a monetary fine? What happened to democracy and freedom, maaan.

Burqa’s have been banned in French public schools since 2004. Nicolas Sarkozy (President of France) defended the law by saying it was because ‘France cannot accept that women be prisoners behind a screen, cut off from all social life, deprived of all identity’. Yeah, yeah Sarkozy. The feminist side of me agrees. But depriving people of their religious freedom is just as wrong and I hope to GaGa that other governments don’t follow.

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And Australia’s stance on the issue? Douche-bag Tony Abbott (sorry, slip of the tongue) stated; ‘I think a lot of Australians find the wearing of the burqa quite confronting and I wish it was not widely worn. But the point is we don’t have a policy to ban it and we have always respected people’s rights in this area’. At least he got something right. However inarticulate he chooses to voice it. 

If they are going to ban something, please at least make it the Bieber-religion that some 12 year old twat made up (No I kid, I kid. Love you Biebs.)

// Bear-Z

Nickabocka loves: Tuula

// Vintage clothing can be so damn expensive. I get cheesed off when I stroll into any local vintage store expecting to pick up a bargain or four, only to discover the clothes are often five times the price of what I’d usually pay on a good day at Salvo’s (yes Retro Star, I’m talking to you). I understand and respect that some clothes are genuine one-off’s and deserve the three digit price tag. Heck, many a time I’ve paid an unnecessary amount for vintage because in my own rationalisation, it is worth every cent. However what really grinds my gears are people that buy a dress from Savers for 10 bucks, take the hem up, and then sell it in their hipster store for 100 big ones. No fair.

Just over a month ago, I was recommended by a friend during a ridiculously boring tutorial at Uni to check out an online vintage store by the name of Tuula. Just when I was starting to think vintage ain’t what it used to be, maaan was I pleased to discover this marvelous blog. I was ecstatic to see such a splendid and diverse range of pieces, all hand crafted and modeled by Jessica Stein (who is breathtakingly stunning might I add). The pre-loved and new pieces are all at a ludicrously affordable price, suitable for any Uni student’s poormans budget.

21 year old Jessica Stein, who hails from the Central Coast of NSW, started Tuula when she arrived home from Europe last year with a titanic 75kg’s worth of clothing that she’d collected throughout her European escapades (I get sad trying to guess what Jess’ excess luggage fee was). At the time of writing, Tuula currently has a cult following of 22,198 people on facebook. That many ‘likes’ really speaks for itself. Yeeep – this gurl has some good shit.

Jess is heading back to London shortly, but don’t be alarmed. Tuula will live on from across the globe. Jess has promised that she will continue to update her blog, photograph and hunt for more amazing London-chic pieces, which us kids Down Under will be able to buy online. Feck yeah.

What if vintage isn’t your thang? Well, Jess insists that ‘confidence is always the key, and mixing vintage with up to date basics is my wardrobe staple. I know a lot of girls that love vintage, but seem to admire from a distance as they think they would never suit an all vintage look’. Jess hopes that Tuula inspires girls to find their own style in their everyday outfits. Naww.

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Check it: store / blog 

// Bear-Z

 

Effie is effing brilliant.

// I know, I know, I’m a little slow on the uptake, having only just finished watching the final episode of Skins Season 4 last night (can I say ‘epic’?). While everyone else was too busy crushing on Freddie, I developed a wee girl crush on Effie (Kaya Scodelario). She is perhaps the only person who can make being fucked up look dope and rehab this season’s ‘must do’. Watch your back, Emma Watson. This gurl got style.

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// Bear-Z

J-Mraz gives a damn about equality.

// Singer/songwriter Jason Mraz has spoken out in support of marriage equality for the Give a Damn Campaign. The campaign, which was started by Cyndi Lauper and her True Colours Fund, focuses on encouraging people from all walks of life to raise awareness about the injustice behind lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. Brilliant. It really is important that it’s not just the gays piping up all the time! Watch the video below.

// Bear-Z

Chanel Fall collection very ‘cool’. Minus four, in fact.

// Chanel launched their Fall 2010 ready-to-wear in Paris a few weeks ago, and what a way to kick off the season with none other than iceberg’s transported from Scandinavia.

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The iceberg’s weighed in at 265 tons and stood at 28 feet high.

At the Grand Palais (where the show took place), the room temperature had to be consistently monitored to ensure it was kept at four degrees below Celsius to keep the ice in tact. The iceberg took a total of 6 days and 35 ice sculpters, who were sourced from all over the world. During the show, the models stomped through the shallow puddles around the enormous icebergs, wetting the fur on their boots.

On top of this collection being breathtakingly brilliant, what I loved most is that even though Karl Lagerfeld used an abundance of fur for this season, every single inch was fake. While this issue has been taking flight for quite some time, the number of designers that still refuse to concede to faux-fur is astounding. Seriously, why use real fur when you can fake it?

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// Bear-Z

A little bit of Stroke goodness Down Under.

// So basically all of my wishes came true yesterday when The Strokes announced they will indeed be coming back to Australia this July for two side shows only (and potential Splendour in the Grass head liner). I had just started getting used to the idea that I will be seeing Julian Casablancas’ solo shows, but now I will be counting down the weeks/days/minutes/seconds until I finally get to see The Strokes perform live again. I was beginning to lose hope, that’s for sure.

Please watch below what is perhaps my most favourite ‘Stroke’ performance. Back when The Strokes had so much stage energy, they performed Take it or Leave it from their first record Is This It? on Letterman in 2002. During this performance, Jules gets so immersed in his own musical genius that he manages to fall over the microphone stand (around the 3:30 mark). Only Jules could make face planting into the ground look stylish and cool.

// Bear-Z

The genious that is Julian Casablancas.

// Below are a bunch of outtakes from the artwork session of Julian Casablancas’ solo album Phrazes for the Young. You probably know JC as the frontman of the greatest band in the world The Strokes (yes, very unbiased). However late last year, he decided to treat all of us hungry-for-the-new-Strokes-album fans with a solo record, which was the greatest thing since sliced bread. To say these photos are ‘amazing’ would be an understatement. I swear, the older JC gets, the younger he looks.

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JC will be hitting our shores in May.

Thursday 6 May The Tivoli, Brisbane
Friday 7 May Palace Theatre, Melbourne
Sunday 9 May Metro Theatre, Sydney

Ticketek, 132 849

// Bearsie