Secret Indulgence – Top Model

Well, it’s not so secret anymore. Australia’s Next Top Model has just begun on Foxtel and I have not missed one fabulous episode.

The series follows a group of girls as they try to prove that they have what it takes to become a top model.
Auditions were held around the country earlier this year where 16 wannabe models were chosen to star in the sixth series of Australia’s Next Top Model.
The girls are transformed week-to-week from young girls into potential working models. They are thrown into various challenges, catwalk and fashion and beauty photo shoots.
Supermodel Sarah Murdoch is the host of Cycle 6 and also leads the panel of judges which include fashion designer Alex Perry, fashion identity Charlotte Dawson and fashion photographer Jez Smith.
Each week, the judges deliberate and assess the performance and potential of each model finally narrowing them down until only 1 model remains and becomes Australia’s Next Top Model.
The winner will take home a prize package including:
Representation by Australia’s premiere modelling agency Priscilla’s.
$25,000 contract to appear in a campaign and to be the face of iconic jeans brand Levi’s.
A trip to New York to meet with one of the world’s top agencies, ELITE New York.
 A stunning Ford Fiesta Zetec.
 $20,000 cash thanks to Platinum from U by Kotex
 A cover and eight-page spread for the fashion bible, Harper’s Bazaar Australia.

I love Next Top Model – America’s, Australia’s and even New Zealand’s. I love them all and watch them all. As I am reading this back, my voice has changed into Tyra Banks. If you have watched Tyra on America’s Next Top Model you will understand how I am talking. Think fierce. WHO, will be America’s (Australia’s) Next Top Model? Hola!!!

I always pick my favourites early (Amanda & Kathryn) and I always pick the ones I loathe and can’t stand even earlier (Kimberly & Kelsey). Let’s face it, the model world is cut-throat, vicious, bitchy and full of back-stabbing, so why fight it? If we all liked each other it would be a very boring world.

I love the bitchiness of reality TV. Love it. The drama, the tears and the tantrums. I watch some of these ‘models’ and think – I could totally do that way better! In reality, I probably couldn’t (well ok, no I couldn’t) – but on reality TV, I so could! If you’re on a reality TV show you just have to go for it. Nobody likes the whingy whiny kids, we like the kids that get out there and give it a good go – unless they’re arrogant and cocky about it. This will take them straight to my ‘can’t stand them’ list.

You can even use reality TV in well, reality. You can use it in everyday life. If you find that your acting a little shy, childish, spoilt or frustrated, take a second to think about it. If you were on a reality show, what would you think of yourself and the way that you are acting.

Life’s too short for all the drama in real life. Save it for your reality show!


Op-shopper… I am not

I am a dedicated shopper. I would even say that I am an experienced shopper. I can walk into a store, quickly give it the once over and decide whether or not they will have what I am looking for. If I think they have what I’m looking for, watch out! I can be in there for hours. When I tell my husband that my type of shopping is definitely a form of cardio, he just laughs. It’s true though, shopping is cardio and I’m sure that a lot of you would agree. I have been known to visit more than 4 shopping centres all in one day. I am even lusting over pink license plates at the moment that say SHOPPA. They are still available, so don’t even think about stealing it! This is how committed I am to all things shopping.

The only thing I can’t get into is op-shopping. My sister is an op-shopperaholic. I must have missed this ‘jean’ – see what I did there?! I can’t help but think about who wore these clothes before me. I think of a disgusting pervert that hasn’t showered in… well ever. My sister thinks of someone fabulous and the fact that it has been dry-cleaned anyway. I have tried to get into it and have visited many opportunity shops before. The thing is, when you walk into an op-shop there is no mistaking the smell. They all have the same smell – musty, crusty and ‘pre-loved’. I love to rummage through racks of clothing with the best of them, but at an op-shop I think of the smell and it has to be coming from somewhere. I almost cried when I saw a jacket with sweat patches stained under the arms. I don’t want to breathe in through my nose because it smells so bad, but I also don’t want to breathe in through my mouth in case the germs get in.

I am all for a bargain, but I just can’t get past these issues. I don’t know why. I would have thought that it would be enough when my sister came home with a Review Dress (A$8), MNG Dress (A$6), French Connection dress (A$10), Grip Jeans (A$4), Levi’s jeans (A$6) Jag T-shirt (A$3), Lee Miller Shirt (A$5), Escada Jacket (A$12), Original Nike Air High-Tops (A$4) – All for under $60!!

I’m pretty sure that if you told me a celebrity had worn it before I would make an acceptation. This is where good vintage stores really could take advantage of me. I am extremely gullible and would believe almost anything. Oh, Sarah Jessica Parker wore that? Sold! Then the credit card bill would come through at the end of the month and I would look at how much I actually spent on something that SJP probably never did wear.

So my unfortunate habit of all things having to be hygienic and my over-active imagination will make sure that my shopping and spending habits will not always have a lot to show for themselves like a committed op-shopper would.

Here are some good op-shops if you dare. Keep an eye out when you are out shopping. The little ones and the forgotten ones are the best ones. They always have the best stuff as nobody has found them yet.
You are also helping to support some worthy charities and people less fortunate.

Savers – Supporting Sids and Kids, Diabetes Australia
Dandenong – 210 Lonsdale St Dandenong, Victoria 3175, Australia
Brunswick – 330 Sydney Rd Brunswick, Victoria 3056, Australia

Salvos – The Salvation Army

Vinnies – St Vincent de Paul
Cranbourne – 4/218 High St Cranbourne VIC 3977

If you have any other hidden secrets you would like to share, please feel free to leave a comment.

Love Kirst xx