Archives for August 2009

{Rules of PR no. 21} When PR offends PR: Porn, Cocaine & Celebrity

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UPDATE February 17, 2010
The new reality show is called SPINdustry (which I find insulting to true PR pros), it’ll be on E! television network and will premiere after the upcoming season finale of Keeping Up With the Kardashians

If all you need is a sex tape filled with some golden showers, a mock radio-drug saddler and a good makeup artist to make yourself famous, proving to the world you are “somebody,” then I guess the Kardashian household is full of “superstars.”

Didn’t you hear? Kimmie wants to produce a reality television show with Command PR about….wait for it….public relations! [Read more…]

Music Monday – But you make me sing like a guitar hummin’

While, you might listen to it and think it’s about some woman of the night, “Cracklin’ Rosie” is actually about a Canadian wine. I’m not a huge fan of 1970s music unless you count ABBA and some random left overs from the 60s, but I do love this song.

Oh, I love my Rosie child —
You got the way to make me happy.
You and me, we go in style …
Cracklin’ Rose, you’re a store bought woman
You make me sing like a guitar hummin’ …

It reminds of the autumn for some reason. This song was Neil Diamond’s first number one hit in the United States in 1970 and it was his breakthrough track into the UK mainstream music market.

Enjoy! 🙂

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

{iStyle} Project Runway: Pregnant Challenge

By: Jenn Ortiz, guest blogger

So this week, the designers got to put together a look for a mystery celebrity guest. A “big” guest. Rebecca Romijn?! Hotness. F* yes, Monique Lhullier! Two models, an editor, and a designer judging? Very good. [Read more…]

Is MTV forgetful of Gen-X & clueless of Gen-Y?

TRL 200o via GoBritney

If video killed the radio star, then MTV killed the video with reality television and mindless fluff.

Their lease will be up in about two months and guess what folks? MTV isn’t renewing their top-shelf spot atop the streets in New York’s Times Square. The windows, that view, the chaos – it’s all finished. Done. Gone.


In a recent interview with John Norris, one of the most memorable MTV veejays, he seemed to think that TRL was “lame” and that the show was overrun by teeny boppers and new wave grunge artists who made crap music post-Nirvana. That, together with, the demise of the music video and the rise of reality television has killed off [Read more…]

{Beautirati} Makeup Skittles & Chinese Delights

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

The great thing about being a makeup artist and having friends come to visit you is that they allow you to play dress up…on them. So come with me and step into Candylandia East Asia!

My college roomie and blogger-amazingness, @ReviewRomance came to visit me this past weekend and I got to play:-

Look 1 “Skittles”


  • Diorshow Blackout Mascara
  • Natural Cosmetics – #14 Aqua Glitter Paint
  • Lumiere Hypnotic eye pigment
  • Collection 2000 Dazzle Me in “Bewitch” and another aqua blue that the label came off of.
  • Cheeky Cosmetics Lemon Twist pigment
  • I Touch Roses 11:11
  • I Touch Roses Automatic
  • I Touch Roses PJM 
  • I Touch Roses Surprise

Makeup Skittles, makeup by ME, model Keira :)Makeup Skittles, makeup by ME, model Keira 🙂

  [Read more…]

8 Seasons & Reasons American Idol Will Fail Without Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul image from Paula-Online.

I bet after my writer’s block last week, you didn’t think I would do it.

But ha! Non-believers, I shun you! Shun, shun, shun!

Idol will fail and we all know it. No Paula, no Idol.

I will NOT be watching, and neither will [Read more…]

Booze, Barack Obama and Social Media

Photo-illustration by James Porto (Photo: From left to right: Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP; Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP; Kristoffer Tripplaar/Sipa Press; Lawrence Jackson/Landov; Joshua Roberts/UPI/Landov; Courtesy of the White House; Lauren Victoria Burke/Courtesy of ABC News)

This week, I read two very different, but two very fascinating, articles that have more in common than you would think: engagement.

No, not the type with rings and vows-to-come, but engagement: the relationship between messengers and receivers.

The first article, from the Miami Herald, interviewed local bartenders here in South Florida about people going out during a recession and how to be a good customer.

The second article, by US News and World Report, was about “Brand Obama.” Basically, what did David Plouffe create (even though they didn’t use his name, we all know who the “brand” stemmed from) that made it so successful? [Read more…]

Sing for me, please, Mr. Spencer-Worthley

By: Sarah Fahey, guest blogger

The newest name on the classical-crossover scene is that of British tenor Thomas Spencer-Wortley.

Born and raised in Derbyshire, this 27-year old singer has impressive background in music. A former member of both the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and the British Concert Singers, he studied at Trinity College of Music for five years gaining a Bmus honours degree before completing his studies at the Royal College of music with a post-graduate diploma and an LRAM certificate. His first professional break came when he was offered the part of Schlomo in the UK Tour of Fame the Musical and he spent a lot of 2007 touring the country with this production.

Feeling equally at home on stage in the West End and in opera [Read more…]

Wonky public relations, an internal flagship holy war and some biscuits

Adil Ray. Image via BBC.

When the flags go down at the flagship, you know something is wrong.

Well, that’s apparently what’s going down at the primer [South] Asian radio station in the UK.

BBC Asian Network’s morning host, Adil Ray, is apparently receiving death threats from Sikhs who believe that he insulted their culture on air. The actual show has since been pulled from the “listen back” feature on the website.

According to the Telegraph in the UK, it went down like this:-

The BBC were forced to remove a show from their website after Adil Ray, a popular Muslim presenter, received threats from Sikh listeners who accused him of denigrating one of their religious symbols.

The row centres around a show broadcast earlier this month in which Ray discussed a Punjabi music concert in Canada where police had banned a number of Sikhs who refused to remove their “kirpan” dagger.

Looks like the BBC Asian Network has a [Read more…]

{Tickled Pink} Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure …

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Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination,

because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise,

gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.

– Joseph Addison

Copyright © 2009 SashaH. Muradali. All Rights Reserved.