blog: whatiluv 14 – #MealForAMeal

Loving the new Instagram initiative from Virgin Mobile & OzHarvest!

 

Hashtag #mealforameal on your food pics and they will provide meals to people in need.

 

Finally, a worthy excuse for all those #foodporn pics! It’s great when big brands and social media come together for a good cause.

 

1 hashtag = 1 meal. Get snapping guys!

 

xx

 

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blog: whatiluv 13 – Peter Pan Syndrome

One time in high school, my friend Chris said I reminded him of Phoebe from Friends. Back then, I kinda took offence.

If you didn’t know already, Phoebe’s character is pretty random, a little ditzy and quite frankly, the downright weirdest of the group.

Chris probably knew me the best, because that’s how I am on the inside. My exterior has ever so slightly been subdued by society – eg: the wearing of pants, bras and combing my hair.

But my inner wacky child still rages true, even coming thru on this blog (which clearly has no clear direction and is a jungle of my sporadic train of thought :p)

I can’t foresee myself ever truly growing up, for the following reasons:

1. My bedroom’s clean, but you’re not allowed to move the Hello Kitty stuffed toys off the bed.

2. I get up at 5.30am when it’s freezing, but turn the heating up so my house becomes a sauna.

3. I go to the gym with my friend Sim, but we end up laughing at the leg machines that work your inner thigh.

4. I try to get some work done on my laptop, but end up on the My Shocking Story channel on youtube.

5. I walk my dog, but also use that time to have long conversations with her, getting her opinion on things.

6. I splash out on external hard drives and USBs, but don’t remember to back anything up.

7. I try to buy practical things online, and end up spending a small fortune on pointless stuff like below.

But hey, at least these things make being a grown up a little more fun 🙂

 

 

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blog: whatiluv 12 – The Peach Box

There’s nothing better than collaborating with people you find inspiring. Especially when they’re fellow Aussies! This week, I’ve been lucky enough to work with the beautiful team behind THE PEACH BOX – a recently-launched jewellery label based in my hometown of Melbourne.

I really believe in their ethos of providing chic & edgy pieces at affordable prices. The twisted nail bangle I’m wearing below is only $34! I’m never a slave to fashion trends, but I’ve been loving the latest looks of layering up delicate pieces, and mixing gold with silver and rose gold (kinda reminds me of the effortlessly stylish Erin Wasson!)

I’m sure I’m not the only one who likes a bargain, so jump to it!

 

Plus, get 20% off your first order and FREE shipping when you sign up @ www.thepeachbox.com.

Follow THE PEACH BOX on instagram, facebook & twitter.

 

Eden xx

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blog: whatiluv 11 – Crazy Body Art

Japanese artist Choo-San started painting realistic artwork on human bodies to rebel against our “photoshop manipulation” era. She wanted to see how far she could go without using modern technologies. I have to say that some people’s imaginative ability is just inspiring! Thanks internets.

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blog: This is What People will Look Like in 2050

I found this photo so powerful because I am a mixed race girl 🙂 While I’ve never been a victim of racial abuse I know what it feels like to be poked fun at for looking different or having parents from another culture. Even passing remarks can be hurtful.

Hopefully “racism” will become a non-existent word in the future, with interracial couples now becoming the norm. We have to remember Love is Love – regardless of skin colour, culture, gender or stupid politics. I’m proud to come from two completely different cultures and I’m more open-minded because of it.

So while some people might be afraid of change or have been brainwashed into thinking racism is ok, have a look at these photos below of mixed-race Americans, taken for National Geographic’s 125th Anniversary. To me, they don’t look like any particular race or nationality, they look like people of the world. And that’s what we are, after all.

 

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Have a great long weekend Edenites!

xx

blog: Pursuing Your Dreams

This is a piece I wrote for orgFORK, a company my friend Suzi started.

While her focus is on health and nutrition, she wanted to acknowledge that living happily and positively also impacts overall wellness.

So I wrote this about pursuing your dreams, because arguably that’s what we’re doing (or want to be doing) every single day. And whatever we choose to do every single day has a direct effect on our health, happiness and general feeling of well-being.

It’s loooong but I hope you find it interesting and relatable! I’d love to hear what you think as well so don’t be shy! Email me anytime at edenking@live.com, use the quick Contact page or message me on facebook. I love hearing from you guys!

xxx

 

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Pursuing your dreams – it’s a strange concept, isn’t it?

Sometimes dreams are scary. Other times they don’t make sense.
Are dreams an expression of our innermost desires? Or are they a bunch of random events coincidentally put together by our tired minds?
Either way, why would you want to pursue them?
I’m sure you’ve been encouraged to follow your dreams at some stage. So I’m going to write about what happens when you finally do.

 

Life, like a dream, is uncertain. It’s a daunting thought, but you never know when or where either is going to end. So by chasing our dreams, it might seem that we are surely setting ourselves up for failure. We’re running at full speed to a place we don’t even know exists.

 

It didn’t cross my mind that I was pursuing my dream until Suzi asked me to write on the topic. At first, I felt flattered. Society tells us the road to happiness is paved by following our dreams. But then it occurred to me – you never actually know you’re dreaming while you’re dreaming. And that goes for people “living” their dream too. Sometimes you have to be given a little tap on the shoulder, a little acknowledgement, to wake up and realise where you are and what you’ve been doing.

 

At night, my dreams have always been similar to blockbuster films. A mix of drama, action, horror and comedy. I’m thoroughly entertained when I wake up, and often wonder how on earth my brain is capable of putting together such sequences. But by day, I’ve always understood my dream – to be a successful singer and songwriter. But here’s the thing about crystal clear dreams; the clearer they are, the scarier it can be to follow them, because you know the exact steps involved to achieve them, so there’s really no excuse for failure.

 

And that’s been my setback. Until recently, I’d been scared to take the first step. When I was a teenager, I didn’t disclose my dream to anyone. I thought it was a terrible cliche to say you wanted to be a singer (to this day, I prefer ‘recording artist’ as it carries less whimsical connotations). I studied law, criminology, behavioural science, make-up artistry, and worked in retail, hospitality and call centres… but nothing satisfied me. They weren’t bad dreams, but I knew I was traveling in the wrong direction.

 

When I finally admitted my dream (like an addict revealing their addiction), it made everything more real. Slowly, the dream was becoming an active part of my daily life. It was brought up in conversations, and people started asking me about it when we’d catch up. I was studying music at uni, recording songs and rehearsing with a local coverband. I’ll call this stage “light sleep” because I wasn’t deeply immersed in anything in particular.

 

Everything kicked into gear around the same time, but like all good things, it happened ever so gradually. I made a website, started writing a blog, and nervously uploaded my songs onto a facebook page. I still don’t know how people like Rihanna feel when they reach 10 million followers, because for me, every ‘like’ and ‘share’ on facebook felt like a huge hug. Any encouragement did the opposite of inflate my ego – it humbled me and gave me a reason to keep going.

 

Initially, I would read my emails dubiously. Was there really someone from Los Angeles who wanted to collaborate with me? Were people really asking me to post them autographed pictures? I can’t tell you how strange it feels to be let into the lives of others that you might never meet. But like all dreams, you just accept the scenario and roll with it.

 

Of course, even dreams aren’t all fun and games, and there are still bills to pay. When I got a job at Michael Parisi Management, it felt odd informing my friends that I now worked at a record label with connections around the world. Was that really what I was doing every day? Had my boss really worked with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Madonna? I remember physically pinching myself when I got the opportunity, which has since opened so many doors in terms of contacts, as well as provided a crash course into the infamous music industry. With a dark side equally as strong as the bright, I guess I’ll have to tiptoe carefully to avoid falling into a nightmare. But the bright side is just as infectious, and I find myself like a moth to a flame.

 

The road to achieving my dreams is still so long, and full of more twists and turns, I’m sure. But I’ve finally accepted my dream as an unconscious desire that festers within me, and no matter how hard I tried in the past, it just can’t be diminished. I want to be one of those people who never works a day in their life, because their profession fulfills their appetite for work, rest and play. And at least now, I have that little extra confidence knowing that I’m chasing something which truly makes me happy (unlike those tattooed, troubled boys that I unfortunately pursue as well).

 

Everybody’s dream is different. So my advice? Maybe just pinch yourself every day. You might not know that you’re actually dreaming.

 

blog: whatiluv 10 – Albino Animals

As far as random blog posts go, this might be as weird as it gets.

But I can’t apologise for loving all things weird & wonderful!

From deformities to deep sea creatures and aliens, I cannot get enough.

And it reminds me that there’s no such thing as normal. NORMAL IS BORING!

So… here are some albino animals which I think are even more beautiful than their “normal” counterparts.

Nature is amazing ❤ ❤ ❤

 

Zebra

 

Snail

 

Kangaroo

 

Penguin

 

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Tiger

 

Koala

 

Whale

 

Squirrel

 

Dolphin

 

Gorilla

blog: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Music Industry

Here are 10 things I have learnt from working in the music industry so far. I’m a performer and music manager so I guess it’s written from the perspective of both. Enjoy!

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1. It’s a MAKE or BREAK industry – and more often than not, it’s the latter.

Once you’ve come to terms with those odds, you’re ready! Keep in mind that ‘making it’ means different things for different people.

 

2. There’s a difference between hustling and hustling properly.

Talking yourself up to anyone that will listen is stupid! Target those in the industry who can actually help you – and before you say anything, listen to what they have to say. They’re successful for a reason. Once you’re standing in front of them, show them your HUNGER – not your DESPERATION. Shit-talking will get you nowhere. And if by chance it does, make sure you have something to back it up with!!

 

3. It’s not all about ass-kissing

If you’re fake, people will see through you like a pane of glass. What’s the common theme between Rihanna, Kanye & Miley? They are themselves and they are honest. Don’t be afraid of rejection or making the wrong impression. In this industry, all that’s important is that you MAKE an impression full stop. Sounds lame, but being yourself could be the best move you could make.

 

4. You’ll work more after 5pm than in the whole day.

I’m at my desk as I write this, and it’s 6.30pm. We work into the night, but don’t even think about contacting anyone before 10AM, because you will get abused!! Thursday, Friday and Saturday are the busiest due to gigs and tours, so forget about turning your phone off after a long day. And if you’re actually at the gigs, pay close attention to the next point!

 

5. You’ll work whilst drunk. A lot.

I also find myself in a state of constant tipsiness. I’ve worked in retail, hospitality, call centres, you name it – and in every contract I signed was a clause stating you couldn’t come to work intoxicated or high. Well, in this industry it’s kinda expected that you’re never quite sober. But be careful to tread a thin line, only because you want to remember the contacts you meet whilst out, the businesses they run, and any verbal deals you make!

 

6. The most successful people are almost always the nicest.

Don’t be fooled by media reports of divas throwing tantrums to get what they want. Yes, this might be acceptable once you’re a Grammy award-winning artist, but for everyone else trying to carve a career in the industry, being nice pays off. People want to work with you again, they respect you more and will recommend you to others. That’s priceless.

 

7. It’s all about who you know.

Everyone knows someone who works in, or is connected to, the music industry. Take a second and consider it. A drummer? DJ? Aspiring music journalist? Blogger? Photographer? A bartender who works at the pub all the bands play at? If for some reason you don’t, stop freaking out!!! Dive in head-first because once you make some contacts, you won’t be able to stop. Everyone is connected somehow in this industry.

 

8. You’ll do more than make music.

Emails, baby. Expect to send s***loads of emails a day. Tours, accommodation, flights, transfers, album artwork, free clothes, backline, studio time, interviews, photoshoots, brand endorsements (and in some cases, rehab!) don’t book themselves. Whether you’re doing it for yourself or have a manager, this ish has to be sorted with a capital S. Fans think it’s kinda like Christmas – you wake up one morning and everything is awesomely presented with a pretty red bow around it. Nope – having a song ready to roll is only the first step. There’s a lot of legwork involved.

 

9. You’ll be expected to do more than make music.

At a certain point in your career, there will be some people who don’t care about your music at all. Magazines will ask you about what food you eat everyday, media will ask about your relationships, reporters will ask what you’re wearing and why there’s a ring on your finger. While this can be creatively stifling, not being all about the music can be a good thing too. Attending fundraisers, representing charities and visiting children’s hospitals can make you realize that you can have a positive impact on others.

 

10. Finally, the music industry is like no other.

The people you meet are living their dream every single day. I think most would agree that a lot of stuff we do doesn’t feel like work at all (well, definitely not what I thought a “real job” was when I finished school). It’s an industry where dreams and money can be made quickly, so in a way, it can be ruthless. Fame, egos and a little bit of exploitation can get in the way. But it’s also laid back, because most of us come from a musical background (no maths please!). Business meetings are conducted in jeans and a T-shirt via skype, and your boss catching you on social media is a GOOD thing. But everyone loves music, and music makes everyone happy, so in my opinion it’s not a bad industry to be in at all 🙂