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TALK ABOUT: S8E12 – FINALE!

24 Sep

OMG. WE’RE HERE!

IT’S THE FINALE!

Who’s sitting in front of their TVs, with their eyes glued to the screen like me?!
Well, if you were… you wouldn’t have Googled ANTM and ended up here… right?

ANYWAY. On with the show!

So the finalists are:

Shanali

16, Victoria

Shanali

Shanali

Melissa

16, Victoria

Melissa

Melissa

Duckie

17, Victoria

Duckie

Duckie

To start off the show, ANTM brought back all the losers – I mean past contestants that were eliminated in order of their elimination.

With giant headpieces and dresses flowing for ages, they were the best accessory for Rudimental’s opening!

And might I just add that Jade is absolutely gorgeous!!
(There was definitely going to bit a plug of my favourite ones…)

Done with the eliminated, the final 3 walk on stage with ridiculous outfits – Duckie in gold, Shanali in white and Melissa in black. Hmmm who will take home the crown tonight?
Either way, I hope it looks better than the ones they’re wearing… they left the worst outfits to last.

Out walks Jen Hawkins in a gorgeous low cut royal blue dress.
Introducing the finalists (just in case we live under a rock and didn’t know who they are), she also introduced the judges of the show.

Judges of ANTM S8

Judges of ANTM S8

Anyone see Didier walk out on the runway? Rather than strut his stuff, he began waving his hands whilst wedging his elbows to his waist, looking like a duck all the way…
Worst entry every. And dude, get rid of the beard and horrible hair – hot factor just dropped dramatically.

Now who’s supporting who?

Alex Perry singled out Shanali.

Didier singled out Duckie.

And who else would Charlotte support? Melissa.

Seeing as they’ve all got one each, I assume they weren’t genuine acts of support.
I wonder who they really think will win?

How Far They’ve Come

With quick clips of how each have dealt with going back to school and “back to normal life”, Jen Hawkins brings the girls back out (of course with a wardrobe change) for a quick Q&A – pageant style.

Notable points – I LOVE Shanali’s dress!
The sunny yellow colour definitely compliments her skin tone.

Meanwhile, Melissa stands there with her arms crossed, legs a part; definitely not holding herself up properly as a model.

*Cut to the clip of their Harper’s Bazaar shoot*

Harper’s Bazaar Photo Shoot

A nice little reel of their Harper’s Bazaar photo shoot, Shanali and Duckie show their true potential with some behind-the-scenes footage and proved themselves with our little preview of the final images. But Melissa fell short of impressing me in her cover preview (because I’m so important and everything). I really hope she doesn’t win. The other girls are much better model quality than Melissa!

Following that lovely snippet, we have all 3 judges and all 3 finalists on stage for another quick Q&A.

Shanali impresses me with her answer of wanting to meet Karl Lagerfeld – head designer of power fashion house Chanel, before she “hits the mark” and knows she’s made of model-gold.

Melissa continues to be standoff-ish with her closed stature and smug expressions.
Not cool.

And Duckie disappointed me with her lack of forward-facing (literally – she was looking sideways) and awkward short answers to Didier’s questions!
Poor Duckie had to receive a helping hand from Didier who kept asking the crowd to cheer, in an attempt to help her cover up….

Up next is RICKI-LEE!

Her performance is accompanied by a catwalk by the eliminated contestants, all wearing 80s-hyper real-candy house pieces by Romance Is Born. Loving the line actually!
And a quick shout out to Ashley for looking like a goddess that fell from the heavens. That girl might be annoying, but DAMN, she’s got a great face!

Quick plug from by Jen Hawkins about RICKI-LEE’s new single on iTunes… we’re whipping into another quick reel of each finalist praising the others.

And before we head over to the first elimination, another quick tear-jerking reel is presented with one of each finalists’ parents sharing some words about their baby.

But without further ado…

FIRST ELIMINATION

And without any more hindrance, Jen Hawkins announces the first girl to go through to the final. With my heart beating a million times an hour, along with those on stage; the girl going through to the finals first is….

SHANALI!!!

That was expected though. But congratulations to her!

And now… between Melissa and Duckie, the next girl going through to the finals is….

MELISSA!

WOW that was definitely unexpected! Who would’ve though little Melissa was going through to the end???
But that means Duckie has been eliminated 😦 Poor thing. She definitely had so much potential. I hope she pursues her career with modelling!

DUCKIE – ELIMINATED

FIRST ELIMINATION: DUCKIE

FIRST ELIMINATION: DUCKIE

A great little fuse of models, Cirque du Soleil and Michael Jackson’s back track follows on stage for a TV first performance!

The girls really didn’t’ have much to do besides fill the background, but it was still great to have them be involved in the performance! Imagine that: “I performed on stage with Cirque du Soleil”. That’s sounds amazing enough.

Oh and of course out struts over-accessorised Melissa and Shanali in AMAZING DRESSES.

*insert shameless plug of Cirque du Soleil’s current tour…*

And now for the FINAL ELIMINATION!

FINAL ELIMINATION!

Again another quick reel of Shanali and Melissa’s journey throughout ANTM, we’re now onto the final elimination and announcements of the WINNER OF AUSTRALIA’S NEXT TOP MODEL!

*cue another wardrobe change* – whoa aren’t they tired of all the glitz and glamourous clothing?!
Suppose not.

Now… for the ultimate announcement that we’ve been waiting MONTHS for…

The winner of Australia’s Next Top Model is…..!

MELISSA!!!

WHAT? REALLY. WHOA. NO WAY.

I DID NOT EXPECT THAT!

WINNER: MELISSA

WINNER: MELISSA

Which means Shanali – the judge’s favourite and my bet, was eliminated from the competition.

I’m sure Shanali will already be receiving calls from designers and editors, wanting her to be working on their sets.

ELIMINATED: SHANALI

ELIMINATED: SHANALI

Well that’s all from me! Hope you enjoyed this series 🙂

Let me know if you have any other suggestions for future posts.

Lovelove,

Rean

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TALK ABOUT: Australia’s Next Top Model Season 8, Episode 6! [Lesson: TEAM WORK!]

14 Aug

OK… So I may as well get it out there now.

I am… the BIGGEST FAN of Australia’s Next TOP MODEL!

Not just the Australian version, but the whole entire format!
(<3 Tyra!)

I thought I’d channel this addiction for the show and discuss the episodes as they come – so here goes!

The Challenge

So okay, this episode is all about team work, and if you’ve already seen the show, certain actions are definitely NOT team-work-worthy…

But after watching the episode, I’m a little confused about the challenge that they organised for the girls.
What has painting got to do with team work? To me, that’s a bit of a stretch – seemed like they really wanted to tie in the local landscape with the show, and someone in pre-production just came up with the idea of providing 2 giant canvases that a whole bunch of teenagers can toss paint and dirt on it.

Oh and of course, pick one poor chicky from each team and make them “model” in the same position for 45 minutes. Just to make it more of a “model” challenge.

Overall, challenge was a 6/10. Not interesting and I really didn’t find it was much of a lesson for the models to better themselves. But wait…

20/10 for the scandals that came from it!

Taylah choking Ashley over paint on a shirt? Brilliant! Totally TV worthy.

Tayleh vs Ashley: AusNTM scandal!

Taylah vs Ashley: AusNTM scandal!

Poor Taylah though – getting disqualified and made the ‘bad guy’ on national television. Oh and not to mention all the media that’s come from it – the news articles, the radio interviews and basically a whole stink-up around Australia about reality TV. All because of her.

But it’s definitely made the episode and that boring challenge interesting…!

The Photo-SHOOT! 

[Theme: Girls On The Run!]

Check out the pics here!

I. LOVE. THIS. THEME.

Gosh, the outfits, the make up, the strong looks that they had to portray – it was amazing!
And all in pairs!

This definitely did make up for the dodgy challenge that was set for the episode.

Best outfits? I must say I’m loving Madeline’s wrap pleather skirt and Shanali’s overalls. Those were definitely stand out pieces of the photoshoot, and definitely something that I would rip off their bodies and toss onto my own! – that’s if I could fit a size 6.

TREND ALERT: Wrap Skirt

TREND ALERT: Wrap Skirt

Places to find these skirts:

ASOS Wrapped Leather Skirt with Zipper: $135.90AUD

ASOS Wrapped Leather Skirt with Zipper: $135.90AUD

ATMOS&HERE Dagger Leather Look Mini @ The Iconic $79.95AUD

ATMOS&HERE Dagger Leather Look Mini @ The Iconic: $79.95AUD

I’ve always loved this punk/grunge trend and the lasting obsession with pleather/leather has definitely fuelled the livelihood of this look on the market. It’s also going hand-in-hand with the sudden craze of hair chalk. Great idea, and great look, but I would never be bothered to chalk my hair with a different colour every day.

Not that it’ll show up on pitch black hair.

Smokey Eye + Hair Chalk = Latest Punk Trend!

Smokey Eye + Hair Chalk = Latest Punk Trend!

But personally, I’ve never been attached to cut outs and ‘holes’ in clothing.

That’s always been a bit of a borderline… shall I say trashy look??

Don’t get me wrong – women who having rockin’ bods can pull it off. No dramas.
But when you start introducing your every day size 12 woman into the picture, the picture starts to get a little less appealing for those that need to look at it.

Cut outs and holes. Not a great trend.

Cut outs and holes. Not a great trend.

Alright, wear what to want to the next Stereosonic or equivalent music festival. But when it comes to day to day attire, there shouldn’t be a need for extra holes in your shirt. Or cut outs that reduce the amount of material on our top by 50%.

Back to the photoshoot though – who loved the props?

The car? The dilapidated windmill?
They were definitely the best ones that the models could’ve worked with.

Feeling a little bad for Dajana and Shannon who had the awkward clothing line that caused way to many hanging limbs in the picture. And Shanali and Taylah who had NOTHING.

Elimination

So there wasn’t much of an elimination this week.
All the media hype around someone getting disqualified, definitely brought down the level of surprise when the moment aired. And considering they did a double elimination of Brooke and April last week, it wasn’t much of a surprise when they didn’t flick off an extra girl at the end of the episode – especially when it was a battle between Duckie and Melissa. Two of the judges’ favourites!

Looking back at Taylah’s photos right at the end though, it’s not such a bad thing that she got disqualified.
She wasn’t the best out of the bunch, and would’ve eventually left if she kept up the “one-trick-pony”. Same face. Different dress.

Still. There were others that are worse *cough* Abbie *cough*.

Favourite of the Week

Jade. Hands down.

Jade - Favourite of the Week

Jade – Favourite of the Week

Actually, she’s always been a favourite of mine, but this week especially was when she shone!

The outfit fit her perfectly, her poses during the photoshoot, her general attitude? – just top stuff!

Hope she goes through to the end. I really do.
Seems like one good girl who is great at taking direction and mature about criticism.

GOOOOOOOO JADE!

SO.

That’s it for this episode run down.

Love the photo shoot theme. Love the looks and the wardrobe!

Let me know whether this post floats your boat for more critique on Australia’s (and maybe other versions… of) Next Top Model!

Lovelove,

Rean

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HAUL: Warehouse Sale at Ozsale! + Westfield Visit!

17 Feb

Hi guys!

As promised, here’s a post on my latest clothing haul at an Ozsale warehouse sale!

For those of you who don’t know, Ozsale is an online shopping website that hosted limited time sales on all different brands from high end clothes to more affordable cosmetics.
They also feature things like baby clothes and accessories or manchester!

You will need to sign up for a free account, but after that there is no catch. You just shop away!

I think the American equivalent would be Hautelook. So if you’ve been on there, you’ll know what I’m talking about!

Anywho, now for the fun part. See what I purchased at this sale!

SilverJean Grey Top

SilverJean Grey Top

This SilverJean top was really nice to just throw on over jeans when out for a coffee. With the winter months coming (yes I’m in the Southern Hemisphere!) this would be great just for a weekend catch up!

New Look Maroon Cardigan

New Look Maroon Cardigan

Again with the winter months in mind, this maroon cardigan will be able to keep the cold at bay whilst being completely stylish! Thrown over a short dress or jeans, this combo will be smashing!

Oversized Striped T-shirt

Oversized Striped T-shirt

Just another top for the weekend, this oversized tee would be great with leggings for a casual look. Maybe the above New Look Maroon cardi can spice up the outfit in the colour department! But it will be a great basic addition to my wardrobe.

Element Cropped Demin Jacket

Element Cropped Demin Jacket

Now to turn back the clock for an 80s cropped demin jacket.

I must say I was a little sceptical about this number at first. I’m not the world’s smallest girl, so anything ‘cropped’ brings fear to my eyes. But after a friend picked it up and insisted I try it, I have to admit I was looking quite good!

Let’s just hope she doesn’t read this, else her head will blow up to the size of the sun. But it will be of great use with Autumn (or Fall) around the corner.

New Look Brown Cardi

New Look Brown Cardi

And now for another cardi! You can’t go wrong with one in every colour.

This brown/caramel New Look cardi will be a great colour that’ll match everything. My closet leans heavily towards earthy tones of browns, reds and blacks. So this cardi will fit in so well, everyone will be family soon.

Oasics Lycra Tank Top

Oasics Lycra Tank Top

Another addition thanks to my keen-eyed friend. Never really worried about actually wearing sport specific clothing during exercise, my usual attire boils down to a t-shirt and shorts. Sometimes, the oldies come out of the closet so it’s a good thing I don’t know many people at my gym.

But this number will be a great addition when exercising in public so old awkward t-shirts don’t get too much exposure.

Thanks again friend!

Now for some pieces acquired after a quick stroll through my local Westfield.

Westfield is a chain of shopping centres around Australia. It’s pretty much the biggest chain in the country with plenty other competitors far being in the race.

Sportsgirl Metallic Mini

Sportsgirl Metallic Mini

This is a Sportsgirl skirt that I bought, hoping to spruce up my work wear. The sad black skirt has been worn beyond repair and should’ve retired months ago. But now with this gold metallic mini, I’ll be able to flounce around the office and blind my colleagues with it’s sparkle!

Sorry about the picture by the way. There was something weird happening with my camera and this was the best shot I could get. Not sure what happened…
You’ll be able to find a better picture when clicking on the image. It’ll redirect you to the website where professional shots detail the amazing bling this skirt holds.

Jeanswest Basic Tank

Jeanswest Basic Tank

And now for the another 2 striped basics.

This tank and the below tee was from Jeanswest – an old favourite of mine.
They tend to have a constant rack of basic tops that sell 2 for $35 or 3 for $50. Which works out pretty well if you calculate it down to singular price.

Both tops have nice detail out the back and would be great with a pair of leggings for a casual day out with the girls.

Again, funking it up with a maroon cardigan would look great too!

Jeanswest Basic Top

Jeanswest Basic Top

But for now….

Lovelove,

Rean!

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