Twit or Twat? Saturday, Feb 27 2010 

So, all the cool kids are using Twitter nowadays. When I first learnt about it, I thought, why would people spend their precious time writing 140 character long messages to each other? I just didn’t get it! Now, Facebook I understood. Adding friends, posting pictures, playing games, writing on each others walls, posting YouTube clips – interactive, unlimited fun. A great way to connect with old friends, create events, see what people are up to; there is just so much you can do on Facebook. But Twitter…? Just didn’t seem a justified use of my time.

Well, recently I had a bit of that elusive thing called time on my hands and so I joined Twitter thinking, I’ll see what it’s really like. You can’t really judge something you don’t know anything about, right? So I joined, created my account LukoiWhim and explored the tweeting army. And you know what? I totally love it! It’s my ultimate guilty pleasure.

Now, one things for sure – it can be is a waste of time. It’s scarily addictive. Sure, if you have friends that are also Twits then you can “Follow” them, see what they are saying, direct message them or mention them in your tweets, and vice versa. Thats fun, but of course you can do that by using Facebook. The real difference with Twitter, in my opinion, is the live drama that is the world. It unfolds before you like a mix of a soap opera, the E! channel and breaking news.

I started to “Follow” a host of celebrities, even the tacky C-grade ones (just for kicks) along with news sites and companies that had created accounts. I made lists for the people/accounts I was most interested in following, so that I could always check in on what they had been saying. The benefits of this were mixed, but not altogether a bad thing.

Now, on an adult, woman of the world kind of way, Twitter has kept me up to date on world events like nothing else. I see posts and links to articles popping up constantly about the Iraq war, natural disasters, financial reports and political happenings. I am able to read reviews on movies, books and CD’s by many unbiased sources. Hell, I even know that Nando’s now has their Salsa selling at Tesco’s in the States! I have been, without actually endeavoring to be, educated. With information so easy to access and in such a simple format, it’s almost effortless to gain knowledge of current events and acquire brand awareness.

Now, that was the mature gain from Twitter. But I certainly didn’t stop there…

As I said previously, I chose to follow certain celebrities. And what I learned? They are as idiotic, crazy and human as the rest of us. They Tweet night and day about every little thing that they do – causing me to laugh, groan or cringe. Since joining, Tila Tequila (of One Shot At Love fame) has lost her lesbian fiance to diabetes complications (really sad, even if this chick is crazy), talked about her bowel movements, talked constantly about her new blog that is going to “Shit on Perez Hilton’s Blog! Pow!”, relaunched her *cough* singing career, reportedly got pregnant (the father changed from being a blonde, blue eyed swedish hottie to an American war hero to an African American rapper, as her lies started to escalate), blamed rapper The Game for knocking her up (he actually had to go live with TMZ to do an interview stating he wasn’t and didn’t even know her) and tweeted constantly about how her baby is making her burp all the time. And that’s only a snippet of the crap she’s been spouting all over her Twitter account. Incredibly sad and pathetic, but scarily riveting. It’s like a car accident, awful, terrible – but you just can’t look away.

Other bizarre celeb tweets have been Lindsay Lohan bitching about her ex (DJ Samantha Ronson), Courtney Love blaming different people for no longer having custody of her daughter while uploading links to pictures of her naked breasts and Perez Hilton slamming EVERYBODY for EVERYTHING. I no longer buy gossip magazines now as I just get my fix on Twitter – straight from the horses mouth! I have even messaged a few celebrities back and forth, including Hugh Grant and THE Perez Hilton. It’s fun, but waaaay too absorbing!

Now, Twitter may or may not be for you. But it certainly wasn’t as stupid as I first thought. Twitter is instant gratification, it’s informative, it’s a social resource like no other. Companies have been able to create whole marketing campaigns using Twitter, while charities are able to spread their message to a larger audience. It is, in a way, brilliant.

But mostly, it’s great fun! ๐Ÿ˜€

Tila Tequila's Tweets When She Fell Off Her Chair

Cinched Tuesday, Feb 23 2010 

When I’m trying to throw together an outfit, and can’t really deicide on anything, I find the easiest thing to do is to wear something simple and add a really funky belt. Sounds silly, but a plain black cotton dress can look absolutely phenomenal with the right belt and pair of heels. Leather (heck, pleather even), twine, metal, plastic – there are so many belts out there in so many designs and made out of more kinds of materials than you could possibly imagine. Have fun, go out and buy a few belts and regress back into being a kid! Find your inner child and play dress up!

Now, you don’t NEED to spend big on an outfit for it to look original these days, and a belt can be both the main focal point and also a great way to show off your curves if you use it to cinch in your waist. A belt can both dress up a plain ensemble, and dress down something that looks too busy on its own. (It’s like magic!)

A belt can also change your look completely. Punk, goth, glitzy – you name it. Check out some great online site’s that sell a fantastic assortment of rockin’ belts! And okay, I’m only talking about belts for women here, but a nice belt on a man with the right pair of jeans can be seexxxyyy, so men, keep that in mind. ๐Ÿ˜‰

There’s the American site 599Fashion where everything is USD$5.99 – the belts are super cute!

Shop online at New Zealand’s The Max Shop;ย the belts here aren’t cheap, but they certainly are classy.

For Punk/Rock type belts, visit Boots’N’All and have a browse – an NZ site.

When all else fails, NZ girls like me head to Glassons… even for belts!

A fantastic fashion site, Red Rat offers quite a range of must-have belts! They don’t deliver outside of New Zealand though.

Find some great bargains at Retail On Sale – a New Zealand site with some pretty funky items.

For those of you in either New Zealand or Australia, check out Supre online. For a younger audience, sure, but some great finds…

For well priced, true Punk and Goth styled belts, visit New Zealand’s Gnarley – they sell through TradeMe, which reminds me – another great place to buy belts! (And the kitchen sink!)

And of course, eBay is a winner when it comes to buying absolutely EVERYTHING these days.

I could go on forever, but I’ll stop here. I’ve given you somewhere to start – go ladies, go!

One Of The Olsen Twins, Jessica Alba and Britney In Their Belts

Beyonce And Her Silver Belt

Sarah Jessica Parker Using A Belt To Make Her Outfit Perfect!

A Gorgeous Range Of Belt Styles

A Designer Belt Can Really Make An Outfit

Metal Belts Are More Style Than Function, But Super Sexy!

A Full-Waist Cinching Belt