Shoe bites: The Best TV Series Quotes You’ll Want to Use

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I’ve been hanging out with a bunch of fun girls who love their TV as much as I do. Quite often we use quotes or think of certain dialogues that we’d love to use when the time is right. While I’m never at a loss for words, I wish I’d use them more wisely, but then again, I don’t think when I talk, I usually just speak my mind (isn’t that better?). The following statements are some of my favourites from their series. I’d like to applaud the script writers for giving us these jewels. Continue reading

Shoe Bites: Charlie Kaufman

Chanced upon this video, oddly enough by trying to get in touch with a friend through FB, saw it on her wall and was immediately drawn to the message. It is pretty self-explanatory once you watch it, Charlie Kaufman puts it well enough and leaves you with a feeling that what he is saying might be philosophical nonsense, but it makes sense.

Take a look, draw up your own conclusions.

Toe Tappers: The xx ‘Chained’

Ten years from now, I can probably still imagine myself listening to this band. The XX are incredibly talented especially considering how young they are. Their new album Coexist is just as good as their previous album. It brings with it the same yearning and numb compassion that the band is known for. Oliver Sim and Romy Madley Croft’s voice are still as elevating as ever and Jamie XX’s touches make every track on this new album something to experience.

Their minimalist contemporary sound is a refreshing change from the EDM and Jazz I’ve been filling in my head with of late. What really makes their music so addictive is their lyrics, each song almost seems tailor made for any (or all) emotion you might be feeling at the moment. Their lack of skill with their instruments have actually helped give their music a sense of simplicity.

Chained is one of the many songs on this album that will speak to you, and whilst it isn’t my favourite on the album, it does have a gorgeous video. The XX don’t make too many videos as they want to steer away from becoming to public or mainstream. Their androgynous and melancholy aesthetic is filmed beautifully and keeps you wanting more.

For more from them:

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Buy Coexist:

Amazing radio performance:

Shoe Bites: Marilyn Monroe for M.A.C


Icons, who can get enough of them? When it comes to beauty products and make up, I find it’s always important to have in mind an icon you aspire to be. This way you can take tips and tricks from them and make it your own. M.A.C’s latest collection that’s in stores now is their Marilyn Monroe collection. A range of cosmetics from eye shadows to lip pencils and nail lacquer. My favourite red lipstick by M.A.C is the Ruby Woo, but this range has a few reds that are worth trying out, namely two shades – Charmed I’m Sure and Love Goddess. Check it out at a store near you.

red lipstick

On a side note: Love the film noir-esque packaging. Also, once you’ve got your products at hand, try our this neat Marilyn Monroe make up tutorial by my favourite beauty gurus Pixiwoo.

Shoe Bites: They Detoured – My night with Swedish House Mafia

My Swedish House Mafia Tour craze started way back in June of 2012, when my friend and EDM enthusiast Leilah Zeenat explained to me over a blissful session of wine tasting, that they were going to perform in India. Since then it’s been an up and down battle of emotions and expectations. December 2012, 10 days before the show to be precise, both Leilah and I tweeted everyday to Submerge/Sunburn/Percept thanking them for bringing the boys down, heck I even introduced my then significant other to the band in the hopes that he would enjoy the concert as much as I would. Then all our dreams came crashing down when, ultimately the show was cancelled due to unfortunate situations. Thankfully, SHM were gracious enough to make it back to India to show their love for us Indian fans.

This is one concert that almost everyone couldn’t wait to FINALLY attend, but as usual there is always some drama. When we got to the venue, one of the ‘people in the know’ informed Leilah that the SHM boys were in fact still in Bangalore, due to their private plane’s technical difficulties. Needless to say, our faces dropped and at that point we would have been happy to even hear a tape recording of them. Luckily the EDM Gods were smiling down on the city of Mumbai and the boys made it to the venue.

What was disappointing was the 30min of limbo before they performed. A big white curtain went up after DJ Shaan and Nawed Khan played, I’m not sure about the rest, but at one point I was thoroughly bored by the ambient slow music and lack of excitement. Finally though what seemed like eternity changed with that iconic Greyhound tune. The boys appeared on stage and the rest was as Barney says legendary.

Two hours of absolute music history. My favourite moment, that in hind sight I should have filmed but was too busy singing along, was when they played Temper Trap’s Sweet Disposition. The lyrics flashed boldly in black and white, on the screen and all 49,000 fans started to sing. The hardest part was listening to Don’t you worry child wishing that the boy was there, but who said closure was easy huh? All in all, it was a concert that Mumbai won’t soon forget. Apparently there was a traffic jam till about 3am, I’m not surprised, maybe these gigs need to happen in Pune!

Toe Tappers: Smoke and Mirrors by Gotye

I heard this song in my absolute favourite TV series – SUITS! Find me a Harvey Specter and I’ll be eternally thankful. There is something about the lyrics and the music delivered by Gotye that makes ‘Smoke and Mirrors’ so addictive. It could also be the fact that in the series, Mike Ross and Harvey are accused of being frauds, and the first lyric are.. You are a fraud and you know it. If you thought season one of Suits was enough to get you hooked you are going to be shocked and amazed at season two. Betrayal, loss, loyalty and all around genius, the writers of this series are on a mission to satisfy every corporate guilty pleasure. So go out there get your hands on the entire two seasons and snuggle up with your heartless Harvey and enjoy the show.

I’m going to leave you with the song, while I get ready for lunch, who shall I channel today, Jessica Pearson, Donna Paulson or Rachel Zane? Continue reading

Making Waves: Wal-Mart’s 50 Billion commitment and Aishwarya Rai’s Face

Walmart just announced that they would be putting $50 billion into American made goods over the next 10 years (WWD). Amazing news because whenever I shop at Walmart I hardly ever find anything made in the USA. The only thing I did manage to find was a beige cover up made from synthetic fiber for the pool. I still use it till today, and wish we had more ‘made in the USA’ products.

This news brings two things to my mind. Firstly, this move means that manufacturing goods in the U.S will slowly increase, over the years factories have been boarded up and shut down due to outsourcing to China, India etc. What a great way to increase jobs in the U.S, however with the new norms and regulations, especially with regards to the environment, means that these factories will have to be up and running to a certain code. A feat I’m sure will be tough in this current economic climate, however something I’m sure they will over come in time (10 years time as Walmart’s investment puts it)

In other News..
Do you feel a bit ambushed by Aishwarya Rai’s face on every second billboard? Well this ambassador of L’Oreal will be here for a long time coming due to L’Oreal’s tremendous growth in India. Recently L’Oreal announced the launch of their first Research and Innovation center in India to deal specifically with Indian hair and skin.
According to, Jean Paul Agon the CEO said “With one of the highest growths of the group in Asia Pacific, India is a key contributor to L’Oréal’s objective of reaching one billion new consumers.” This means major investment in the beauty sector and ultimately, better products hitting the shelves due the fierce competition between Indian big-wigs like Hindustan Unilever.

Good news all around, don’t you think?

Shoe Bites: Update on Swedish House Mafia in Mumbai

I’ve been seeing these updates on the Submerge FB page and got very confused. Now however my confusion has been put to rest, so I thought I’d share my ticket issue so those in the same boat know what to do.

I got my tickets off BookMyShow. After which I went to Barista a few days before the show and got proper tickets. However, as I was about to get my bands at the venue the gig was unfortunately called off. Leaving me with two tickets and a heavy heart.

Now though, this SHM fan’s spirits have been lifted because.. wrote to me telling me I had to bring in my original confirmation email printout and the card I used to purchase my tickets. So this Saturday, I shall once again be standing in line to get a fresh pair of tickets.

Unfortunately the person I’d originally intended to go with won’t be with me, so the concert with be bitter sweet, Don’t you worry child will always be associated with the boy. Which is why I’m so excited I’m going with my girl Amruta Khatavkar (it’s her b’day today btw), and a host of other girls who all believe that men just aren’t worth the effort.

Toe Tappers: 50 ways to Say Goodbye by Train

I think the lyrics say it all. A funny and escapist way of approaching a break up. Which of Train’s lyrics would you use? Lyrics below.

My heart is paralyzed
My head was oversized
I’ll take the high road like I should
You said it’s meant to be
That it’s not you, it’s me
You’re leaving now for my own good

That’s cool, but if my friends ask where you are I’m gonna say

She went down in an airplane
Fried getting suntanned
Fell in a cement mixer full of quicksand
Help me, help me, I’m no good at goodbyes!
She met a shark under water
Fell and no one caught her
I returned everything I ever bought her
Help me, help me, I’m all out of lies
And ways to say you died Continue reading

Shoe Bites: Fatih Birol’s interview on BBC HARDtalk

Was flipping through TV channels trying to get away from the soap operas, reality shows and (currently my favourite) crime shows; when I came across this insightful interview with Fatih Birol. Birol is the chief economist and director of Global Energy Economics at the International Energy Agency.

I tried searching for the entire video of this episode of BBC HARDtalk, and fortunately was able to get it. (Got to love youtube). Birol’s practical views on energy from a numbers perspective is refreshing especially when challenged by host Stephen Sackur. I’ve always been enthusiastic to do my small bit for the environment, but this interview with Birol really opened my eyes on how business men who think with their head look at it, and I must admit, I like this approach.

For one, I find his analysis about the US interesting, he said in HARDtalk that the U.S will in 20 years time be self sufficient when it comes to energy consumption due to their developments in domestic oil and fossil fuel harvesting. Apart from that domestic consumption of oil has actually decreased, which was due to Obama’s administration. Just makes you wonder what India could achieve if our brainy minds worked together for a common good.  What I really love about this interview is how fantastic the host Stephen Sackur tackles Birol who called him out on this topic throughout the interview.

The other factor that was very thought provoking was the topic of the Arctic being the saviour to our energy crisis. Personally my short sighted view was that it was definitely a contender to combat the loosing crisis battle. However, Birol raises a fair point, the technology we have currently is still not ideal. Being a complete fashion and lifestyle addict, the issues raised in this interview has certainly given me a lot to think about. So for a new years resolution I’m going to attempt to be more aware of world events from a numbers and analytical perspective; and not my ‘from the heart’ approach.