GWAS Latte Post

Newsy snippets to digest as you sip your morning latte and munch on a peanut butter and honey crumpet. Mmm...

• As reported earlier, it looks like the proposed Paid Maternity Leave scheme will be shelved. Poor Julia Gillard was given the job of announcing the news. "Paid maternity leave is something we believe is important but we will look at the final Productivity Commission report and we will weigh it in the budget process," Gillard told ABC TV. "Obviously we want to be in the business of looking at paid maternity leave - that's why we have the Productivity Commission report on it - but we will deal with the final priority setting in the budget."

Blah, blah, blah... rhetoric schmetoric – women make up 52% of the Australian population! In the US, women are reportedly sending tubes of lipstick to US NBC boss Ben Silver in protest to Lipstick Jungle’s possible cancellation. Perhaps we can send Kevin Rudd and co. purses packed with pooey nappies, breast pumps and child care bills?

• Move over, Condoleezza: Hillary Clinton is set to fill your killer Secretary of State shoes. Given her handling of her husband’s, ahem, affairs, could there be a better person for the ultimate diplomatic position? Not to sell short her foreign policy credentials, of course. At times like these – and with baby-faced Obama in the top job – the country needs the metaphorical security, stability and versatility of a pantsuit – and we know Clinton can deliver on that front.

• Paris Hilton says she’s still in love with Benji Madden: “He’s an incredible person and we’ll always be very close… I’m still in love with him.” Hilton cites busy schedules and travel as the reason behind the split. Don’t they all?!

Gossip Girl’s lowly status on the US TV ratings totem poll (150) is attributable in part to computer downloads and TiVo, says TV columnist Andrew Mercado. In Australia, the show is Foxtel’s highest rated US drama ever.

Vogue Australia’s Kirstie Clements writes in The Sunday Telegraph: “Somehow, fashion has reached a place where grown women are dressing like little girls and little girls are dressing like the Pussy Cat Dolls, neither of which is pretty or appropriate.”

• Speaking of appropriate, New Zealand model Zippora Seven, who posed in various states of undress (including topless in a bubble bath) for a RUSSH magazine shoot aged 16, has been signed to appear in campaigns for See By Chloe and H&M (apparently, any publicity is good publicity). At just 167.5m, Seven has been compared to Kate Moss and has posed for French, Italian and Australian Vogue. (The Sun-Herald)

• This made me chuckle. From The Fitz Files: “Let me ask – is this Sydney’s cleverest-everest ad? I am told that in the mid-1990s, driving along Parramatta Road… was a gym advertising for new members with the following sign outside: ARE YOU FAT AND UGLY? WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE JUST UGLY…?” (The Sun-Herald)

• Definitely not fat or ugly, hunky Hugh Jackman is on the cover of Vanity Fair’s Italian edition.

• IMG’s Swim Fashion Week will be held at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast from February 25-28, taking its lead from Miami Swim Week. Between the GC’s Metre Maids and Indie Girls, the city is fast becoming the nation’s babes, boobs and bikinis capital. Oh, it already was?

• From bikinis to body-hugging underwear: Spanx creator Sara Blakely tells Sun-Herald fashion editor Glynis Traill-Nash: “I can’t go to a cocktail party without people lifting up their skirts or showing me their bra.” Her company turned over $400 million in sales last year, spank you very much.

• From WWD: MAC Cosmetics has teamed up with Sanrio Global Consumer Products to create a Hello Kitty color cosmetics collection. The line will arrive on MAC’s website Feb. 10, in North American stores on Feb. 12 and into overseas stores in March. “MAC has been mining pop culture since the brand was founded,” said John Demsey, group president of Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. “This is a sexy and innocent fashion line, and a true MAC moment. In these times, everyone can use a little fun — and a little Kitty.”

• Not so innocent is Marc Jacobs, who's been fined $US1 million for bribing an official for the past eight years in order to secure Manhattan’s 69th Regiment Armory Drill Hall for his fashionably late Fashion Week shows.

• David Salter writes in the November 21 edition of The Week: “There is, right now, a curious mood of disengagement in Australia. A sense of vague foreboding about nothing in particular…The danger is that nations tend to become politically unstable when extended periods of economic stress coincide with a pervasive mood of sour introspection. Italy turned to fascism; Germany to the Nazis…”. And Australia turns to Baz Lurhmann…

• But Sun-Herald film critic Rob Lowing doesn’t fancy Australia: “Australia is a big, gloopy mess of a movie: an overlong, overstuffed production and a prime example of egos gone wild… Watching this is like being hit over the head by a giant glitter-coated marshmallow wielded by a director whose concept of epic romance is like a drag queen’s interpretation of what a woman is.” Ouch.

The Word for the Week: "The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31:8

Yours truly,
Girl With a Satchel


Anonymous said...

Great snippets, Erica.

Gossip Girl is the first pay TV show I've seen advertised on the back of a bus (although I still download it). I don't know why free to air didn't have the good sense to pick it up.

And love Kirstie Clements' sentiments - got me wondering if I dress like a little girl, what with my penchant for headbands and all (they keep my hair neat...ish!).

Also, great to see your face in the Good Weekend on Saturday!

Jessica Rae said...

Ooh, I love these snippets. I've never had a peanut butter and honey crumpet but they sound very yummy.

I would like to see Hilary Clinton as our Sec of State, I think it just depends on if her and Obama can really be unified.

If Gossip Girl has low ratings I would hope it's because the show just isn't that good :X Sorry to all of the GG lovers, I just don't like it.

Hayden Panettiere is dressing like an older woman :P But a stylish one.

Speaking of crazy ads, I once saw a Church with this on the front billboard: 'Walmart isn't the only place that saves.' Was that the BEST message they could come up with!?

I love the name 'Sanctuary Cove' - ahhh. I always tell people how I want my bedroom to be the most beautiful sanctuary. But that can't happen until I finally pick a paint color/color scheme.

I will always love Hello Kitty. :)

Anonymous said...

Does Kirstie Clements have a column in The Sunday Telegraph? Can we see it online?

Erica Bartle (nee Holburn) said...

Hi Tammi,
Kirstie's column appears on an ad-hoc basis, usually once a month. I don't think you can access it online.

Style On Track said...

Oohh love these little bits of news and gossip as always.

How great does Hugh Jackman look on that cover?! He and Deborah are both regulars at an art store I work at, its so nice to see that genuinely nice down to earth people can be successful :)

Erica Bartle (nee Holburn) said...

Thanks for the feedback, Rachel/OnTrack. I'll keep the lattes coming! :)

Anonymous said...

GOSSIP GIRL lovers unite hehe its on FREE to air on channel 9 from next wed 3rd at 10.30pm. Albeit OZ is like one and half season behind ...........

Anonymous said...

hey , i love your blog but feel sorry for zippora seven... if you pick up any mag... ID, italian vogue, etc, there are boobs out in nearly every shoot and many girls are under 16...but because they're tall noone notices how young they are... because she's such a shortie she looks her real age and people get all horrified... but its her job to portray the feeling of the shoot and she does a good job portraying all different kinds of people...thats why she's a good model!!!

Anonymous said...


I've been holding this in since you started your blog, but i'm afraid i do need to say something, after i've spoken to several people who say the exact same thing about your blog: your latte post headings, e.g "newsy snippets to digest with your latter and toasted banana bread" really give me the you-know-what's. I just find it so lame and irritating that you stereotype everyone that reads your blog, into latte drinkers and crumper eaters. Reading back over this comment, i'm sure you'll think i'm taking the piss/ being ironic, but seriously, it's stupid! For all you know i'm having a can of coke and a piece of pizza, or none at all...please stop stereotyping us.

Again, this is not a joke.

On behalf of myself and 8 people i know....


Erica Bartle (nee Holburn) said...

Point taken, anonymous and friends.

Sorry to irritate you so early in the day/week. To me, 'latte' is simply a synonym for 'morning' and in no way an attempt to stereotype readers into a 'latte sipping set' (and, that said, I'm sure not all latte drinkers would like to be lumped together, either).

The brekky suggestions are just a segue - and some people have commented that it gives them inspiration for the first meal of the day. Sorry if the menu has been overly virtuous.

I'm actually a tea drinker but 'Tea Post' or 'English Breakfast Post' just doesn't have the same ring to it.
Thank you for reading the blog and sorry to give you the shits.


Jessica Rae said...

Just 2 more cents: I personally (as someone who has never had a latte) like the brekky headings and think they add a creative touch.

Unknown said...

Oh wow Miss Anonymous ... this is just a blog, even though I don't drink lattes or have a crumpet in the morning I have never taken offense at what Erica call's it. As she rightly points out, they're just words ... clearly you have issues with stereotypes about yourself to project it onto Erica!

I know Erica and she is far from a latte sipping stereotype snob! She's such a down-to-earth person and is a brilliant writer.

They are just words on a page, you turn it into your fantasy of what you want to be reading your gossip with, who cares if it's coke and a pizza or a latte and crumpet. Latte and crumpet just creates a fun, cosy image than coke and pizza does!

Anonymous said...

I loved these posts!!!!!!!!! please, please, please can you do this again. I miss your "brekk-i-nspiration".