Archives for July 2009

{Bookworm Reviews} Neil Gaiman’s “Stardust”

Image by Sasha H. Muradali. All Rights Reserved 2009.

Stardust is a novel by Neil Gaiman about a boy who fell in love with a star…literally.

But be not mistaken, this is not a romance novel. It is rather filled with adventure, lightning pirates, witches, scheming princes, slaved princesses and knowing trees. The story opens in a city not far from [Read more…]

Dear Sprite, Porn Belongs in a Porn Store NOT in an AD

So word on the advertising street is that there is a new German Sprite advertisement that has been banned from televisions. It’s basically about a girl giving oral sex to some dude, except his…parts…happen to be a Sprite bottle.

My main question?

Is it real? Or is it fake?

I’ve been waiting on the news wires for a statement from the Coca-Cola Company to pop out, but [Read more…]

Closer to the Death of Print: Barnes & Noble opens e-book store

Image by John Brock via Panoramio

Barnes and Noble, the happiest place on earth according to me, has finally done it – they’ve opened an e-book store. Move over Kindle, you have competition.

With 700,000 titles and growing, the company is offering 500,000 of those for FREE via a partnership with Google Books.

My biggest concern, which is more like a question – does this mean another [Read more…]

{Tickled Pink} Un bel di, vedremo…

“Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime,
Therefore, we are saved by hope.
Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history;
Therefore, we are saved by faith.
Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone.
Therefore, we are saved by love.
No virtuous act is quite a virtuous from the standpoint of our friend or foe as from our own;
Therefore, we are saved by the final form of love which is forgiveness.”

– Reinhold Niebuhr 

Copyright © 2009 Sasha H. Muradali. All Rights Reserved.

Music Monday – Nirvana vs Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give Your Teen Spirit up

This is your double dose of #MusicMonday this week because we couldn’t help ourselves.

Bubblelgum 80s pop meets 90s Grunge sweat = Kurt Cobain Is Probably (Rick)Rolling in His Grave.  

“It’s eerie just how well [Read more…]

{Rules of PR. no 15} Dear Starbucks, Rebranding, FYI, is NOT the same as Lying

Image by Pierofix via Flickr.

UPDATE: July 24, 2009 9:07 a.m. ET
Funny, how in a more PC-way, ABC News & GMA this morning (as well as Nightline tonight) have said what I said below. With the excpetion of my giving Starbucks credit for their new wine and beer choices, and small menu alterations — FYI, saying “inspired by Starbucks” in your stores, doesn’t mean rebranding. It means you’ve missed the point and the reason you’ve needed to close 600 stores.

I don’t get it, why doesn’t “big coffee” understand? And sneaking into smaller, “mom and pop” shops with a lovely black binder that says “Starbucks” in order to scope out their “scene” — umm, yea. Too obvious.


What a tangled latte we brew…Starbucks, I do heart you, but WTF is wrong with you these days?


Word on the Mocha Latte street is that everyone’s favourite love-to-hate, overpriced, coffee chain — aka Starbucks — is getting a makeover…but, you just wouldn’t know it.

No, I’m not talking about their new snack line to compete with The Hut and McCafe — I’m talking about a real makeover. I promise they won’t look the same; they said so.

Opening this week, that’s right, “Your Neighbourhood Coffeeshop” is about to become  [Read more…]

Music Monday – Heathcliff, It’s Me I’m Cathy…

Love or hate Brontë, it doesn’t matter because you’ll love “Wuthering Heights”…the [Read more…]

{iStyle} Summer Closet Essentials

By: Jenn Ortiz, guest blogger

If you’re going on vacation to somewhere warm {or if like me, you live in a place like Miami}, these are the essentials you’ll need to get you through the summer. When I’m traveling, I try to pack as light as I can. I kept that in mind when compiling this list.

Bikini or One Piece
– J. Crew has some great pieces. Almost their entire collection is mix and match, with nearly every cut you can imagine. I speak from experience in telling you that their swimsuits are well-lined and have quality fabric which makes the suit more forgiving. If you need a swimsuit, start here. [Read more…]

Brüno & the NOT so “Hot PR Twins”


By: Lauren Fernandez, guest blogger

When Brüno hit theaters, PR professionals around the world had every right to cringe: because of the appearance of the “Hot PR Twins.” (You can check out their PR firm here.)

An article appeared that detailed how Sacha Baron Cohen, playing the role of Brüno, appeared in the PR firm’s office asking what the hot charities were nowadays. They said ‘Darfur’ and when asked where that was, they said they didn’t [Read more…]

{Beautirati} More Eco Ethical Tilvee, please

Beautirati logo by Sasha H. Muradali. 2009 All Rights Reserved.

Recently, I had the opportunity to try a new brand of eco-friendly skincare called Tilvee and I must say that I enjoyed it immensely.

Tilvee uses organic and fair trade ingredients with full [Read more…]