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Music Review: Jessica Mauboy Accentuates Her Fabulosity

January 20th, 2011

Jessica Mauboy never seems to put a foot wrong. She is sexy, she has matured, she has an awesome voice and she is über cool.

Jessica Mauboy is cool. She has come a long way from being barefoot with flies on her face on Australian Idol. And good on her!

Her latest album Get ‘Em Girls is the product of fine and versatile vocals, superb producing and awesome management. She is the ultimate salable Australian to the world, and I hope to God she conquers the tough American market, which after one listen of the new album, you think you are listening to some of Americas best talents like Fergie, Rihanna, Lil’ Kim or Kelly Rowland.

With a heap of great collaborations featuring artists like Snoop Dogg and Jay Sean, Jess doesn’t rely on them and their star power to sell her records – she could do it all on her own.

The first of fifteen songs to burst through your speakers (and you’re going to need good ones!) shares the album title, Get ‘Em Girls. It is also the first song Jessica released from the album and superbly produced by Mr. Bangladesh. Big bass, Jimmy Choo‘s, great producing, Snoop Dogg and Maseratti‘s make the song sexy, dancey and a hell of a lot of fun to move to!

Handle It is the next track, a fun and perky track with cute rhythm reminds me a little of Mya‘s Case of the Ex, just faster.

One of my favorite track is Accelerate That, for me it’s a standout track. Fast, furious, frantic… Jessica accentuates her “fabulosity”. For some reason, when I drive listening to this song… I “speed up”, it makes me want to drive fast. In her words, “you need to step on the gas!”

Scariest Part, the first track that slows down the pace a little, but turns the high notes up to maximum. A great song, with plenty of feeling and range.

Saturday Night. At first it took me a while to like it, but now I love it. It’s a young, free and fresh song, it almost makes you feel a little liberated. A fine collaboration of lyrics and music with Ludacris.

An international flavor from the first second, Foreign is definately showcasing Jess’ versatility. This song requires great speakers, it’s brutally bassy, busy but freaking amazing! I love this one, it makes me want to crump, do the caterpillar, the robot and then spin on my head Run DMC styles!

Can Anybody Tell Me, a cute girly song, which is very Jordin Sparks, Tattoo. It’s a sweet song, with no particular meaning, it just sounds good. Like many of the tracks on this album.

Fight For You, which has a mix of Cheryl Cole and Pussycat Dolls is a great little tune, but not as great at the song Maze which follows. A boppy girly song, but it’s just so unforgettable – I promise it will be one of the songs that will stick in your head all day! It’s the epitome of ‘pop’, a song too cute to skip.

No album can be complete without an emotional, yet strong song. Here For Me is that song. To finish off the album, Forget Your Name, an up-beat track with fast and snappy lyrics, great vocals and one to definately dance along to. This track has a real Deborah Cox sound and feel to it. Love it.

This is one mega AWESOME album. I love it. I love it. I LOVE it.

My only complaint though… Well two actually. Firstly, when I heard Jess Mauboy was about to release her new album, I was excited. But when I heard the album name Get ‘Em Girls, I was disappointed and thought it was going to be some silly 10 year old girls album. Boy was I wrong. I guess as the saying goes, you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. Speaking of cover, that’s the other thing that irks me. The cover doesn’t match the content, it should be a sleek, sexy and metallic cover – much like TLC did with the single No Scrubs and album Fanmail.

Second, her video clips also don’t match her music. Well for the first two releases anyway. They lack pretty much everything. Her songs are about fabulousness – great shoes, fast cars, great friends, nights out, spending lots of cash and living the good life. This could be reflected in her videos – not cheaply made, poorly lit sets with poor direction. I don’t blame her though, she is still awesome!

I give this album a very special 9 out of 10. It’s brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

www.JessicaMauboy.com

The Gracious, Gorgeous and Giving Carly Crutchfield

October 11th, 2010

Carly Crutchfield is one remarkable person. At the age of 20, she had already done more then what many of us would do in our entire lives. She bought and sold companies, traveled the world and get her self on the track to being one very successful millionaire.

Because of her choices in life and her vaule for life itself, she decided it was time to give back. Recently starring on channel 9‘s The Secret Millionaire, Carly gave away a small fortune to people she didn’t even know, but needed al the help they could get. Watching Carly was truly inspirational and she proves that you can achieve what you want in life.

A beautiful, caring women, a natural on the small screen and an inspiration to many  this is Carly Crutchfield and all the things about her fabulous life…

Carly on Life

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

In terms of development we currently have $250 million in projects under way throughout Australia. We have a new charity initiative, www.secretgiftangels.com.au which we are very passionate about.

We are committed to increasing the level of property and financial education amongst Australians and we are about to launch a new free training program PROPERTY UNIVERSITY, which is very exciting.

Tell us more about your successful company, CCORP…

CCORP was borne out of the fact that I loved what I was doing, but hated doing it alone. I wanted to be a property developer but on a bigger level and with a group behind me.

Our company culture is very unique, its high energy, fast paced and we believe nothing is impossible. We work very hard and we play pretty hard to.

We are Australia’s largest property development education company and one of the fastest growing development groups in Australia.

CCORP also has a property investment division and finance division. We spend a lot of time ensuring our clients are educated. A lot of people are making investment decisions without truly understanding what they are deciding upon. I have seen a lot of self inflicted poverty in Australia – people getting themselves into massive debt and financial pressure because they do not understand money, investments and property. This is something people need to be educated on. The more our clients know, the easier it is to help them achieve their financial goals.

You were recently on The Secret Millionaire, tell us more about this experience and how this experience affected you and your life…

It was such a priviledge to be involved and I loved it! It was a completely unique experience. Although I have done a lot of charity and volunteer work before, this was so different. I was taken out of my comfort zone, as my phone, money, computer etc were confiscated and for that time it was solely about confronting an area, its problems, families, groups and thinking about how I could help.

I was inspired by the resilience and positivity of the people I met. Since the show I have been overwhelmed by the feedback. I have received thousands of emails, letters and messages. I have also received many requests for help, money and jobs. This has made it even more real to me that there are a lot of people out there who need help. It has motivated me to take my life, business and foundation to a whole new level and start making headway in solving some issues in Australia and the world at large.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

It’s hard work. You need to believe in yourself, have persistence and thick skin. You need to be willing to handle risk and experience the highs and the lows. But if you can, it is incredibly rewarding, exciting and fruitful.

If you want to give property development a try, you need to educate yourself. The more you know, the easier it is and the more money you make. The less you know, the more money you are likely to loose. To start learning about property development, come to one of my workshops or order my free DVD. Visit www.ccorp.com.au or call 02 9371 4799.

Is there a charity/cause that is close to you and if so, why?

In terms of a charity organization I would have to say my own foundation, CFOUNDATION. In terms of a cause, there are so many situations in the world that need attention and help. One area I am very passionate about is Human Rights, or the lack of human rights that exists.

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

I might spend a week working 20 hour days and then I’ll take a week off and either travel or relax at home and just do an hour or two of work a day. I schedule in holidays and book flights so nothing else can sneak into the schedule.

My Mother/Father always told me…

Work hard and believe in yourself.

Greatest lesson learnt?

Don’t regret anything. It’s a waste of time and a waste of a learning experience. You can create anything you want to tomorrow as long as you’re not looking back on how you should have done things yesterday.

What is one quality you have, that you hope your children will get and carry through life?

Persistence. I don’t take no for answer, I think impossible is nothing and I don’t give up. You can get through anything and create phenomenal results with that mindset.

Carly on Fashion

What is a fashion trend you hope will never resurface?

Nothing really, bring it all back! It’s hilarious to watch life regurgitated with a new point of view. Who would have thought we would be wearing shoulder pads again!

Your thoughts on Australian fashion in comparison to International fashion?

I think there is a more relaxed and whimsical vibe to Australian fashion, which suits our lifestyle. International fashion tends to be heavier and harder edged.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

Victoria Beckham would have an incredible wardrobe, but again very hard edged – I’d say her bag collection would be phenomenal (although mostly Hermes). Fergie would have a great cross selection and more rocky edge and I hear her shoe closet is amazing.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

At the moment I am obsessed with Chanel earrings, I have about 35 pairs. Clothing wise, a dress I bought from Mackenzie Mode, which is perfectly tailored for my body.

Carly on her Home

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

Keep it unique, create interesting spaces and focal points. Mix items, textures and colors – don’t try and match everything. I’m not a fan of catalogue houses that look like everything was bought in the one store straight off the floor display. A home should show personality, stories and memories.

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

I have a wall full of sepia photos all in white frames. There are about 60 frames in varying sizes containing pictures of my friends, family and favourite memories. I created the wall about 2 years ago and it’s got a great energy while also being architecturally beautiful.

Who or what influences you most in home décor?

The beach would be my biggest influence in my home and second to that art. I tend to pick a painting for a room and decorate around that. The art has center stage in my home, and so it should. Art’s a powerful thing.

Carly on Food and Drinks

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

I am obsessed with soda water and I love a good glass of French champagne. My wine of the moment is pretty much any Italian Pinot Grigio.

Food, all of it – my personal trainer knows I like food! I had a Wagyu steak in Melbourne recently which was incredible.

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

I travel a lot, which means eating out a lot. If I am home, I eat in about half the time and out half the time.

Though at the moment I am on a full on detox. So I get all my meals prepared for the day.

Signature dish?

I rival anyone to out cook me Mexican-fiesta style! My roast isn’t too bad either.

Carly on Lifestyle

Where is your favourite place to relax in Sydney?

At my home, or the beach.

What car do you drive, best thing about the car and why you bought it?

I have a few cars, but I usually only ever drive my Range Rover Sport. I bought it because it’s big and I can get lots in it! It’s also a really smooth drive. I also have a Prius but interestingly enough the Range Rover is more carbon efficient.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Art. I take a lot of pride in my collection and look forward to growing it. I think art is a powerful thing. It can completely change the vibe of a room. The art in my home is very relaxed. The art in my office is very contemporary and pop. You walk into our offices and feel an intense energy – a lot of that is from the people, but they bounce off and are inspired by the art.

Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?

I am dying to go to Africa and do a full Safari. I am heading to Venice with my boyfriend for New Years which I am really excited about.

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My phone and laptop. I get nervous thinking about it.

What frustrates you most about Sydney?

It’s all good. The frustrating things give Sydney siders something to talk about.

Favourite beach in Sydney and why?

Bronte for breakfast, Camp Cove for family vibe, Coogee rockpool for my dogs, and a secret eastern suburbs hideaway I cant tell you about is my favourite for a day of sunbathing, swimming and reading.

If you could be a fly on the wall of any celebrity home, who’s wall would you like to sit on?

Bono. The way he has “used his power for good” is pretty incredible.

Three pet hates?

1. Being limited to “5 or less” items when going into fitting rooms in stores. I only want to make one trip to the fitting room.

2. The loop strings sewn into the shoulders of women’s dresses, clothes etc. So annoying.

3. People smoking at the exits of buildings so when you walk outside of the building you walk straight into 30 cigarettes being smoked.

The Beautiful Fiona Paxton Creation

June 15th, 2010

With the FIFA World Cup in South Africa dominating pretty much everything at the moment globally, I thought I would display a piece that to me has a little bit of a tribal African twist.

The beautiful Lyon necklace is by Fiona Paxton which is metallic and has a range of metal beads, coral beads, curb chains, rhinestones and draped 18k gold plated chains all on a leather bib. It’s an attractive eye-catching piece which will always get complete attention.

The stunning piece is hand made in the UK and has been worn by some of the biggest celebs like Drew Barrymore, Hilary Duff, Maria Sharapova and Isla Fisher.

This stunning limited edition piece is available for $429 at Trilby Phoenix – Shop 2, 168-174 Oxford Street, Paddington – (02) 9356 3030

CC Skye’s Gold Feathers

April 20th, 2010

CC Skye’s gold feather cuff is a girly and attractive accessory which is perfect for anything from afternoon drinks at Woolloomooloo in a Camilla kaftan to dressing it up with a sexy black Michael Lo Sordo dress and high heels for dinner and drinks at Aria.

The cuff is 18k gold plated and available at Trilby Phoenix in Paddington. Worn by a range of fabulous celebrities like Kim Kardashian (who was seen at the store yesterday!), Lauren Conrad, Rihanna, Hilary Duff, Mary-Kate Olsen, Fergie, the list goes on…

Take this home for $230!

Shop 2, 168-174 Oxford Street, Paddington – (02) 9356 3030