Why don’t you come on over, Valerie?

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I’m a Glee fan, that’s a fact I’ve shared with you all here before. So when the most recent Perth Fringe show I saw contained some variation on “my songs have now been butchered on shows like Glee“, well, it probably wasn’t the best time to bring up the fact that I’d been listening to the Glee cover of Valerie by Amy Winehouse in the car on the way to the show.

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In my defence, I’m a huge fan of shows that make difficult content more available, the ones that share music or film I wouldn’t have experienced otherwise, and do so in a relatable, fun and inspiring way. And like Glee, that is what Ashleigh Kreveld has done with Frankly Winehouse.

I promise I’m done mentioning Glee now.

A self described “all out cabaret”, Frankly Winehouse is a heartfelt and powerful tribute to the late Amy Winehouse, featuring music, stories and a completely unique experience from Kreveld herself – from the iconic beehive hair and make-up, right down to the characteristic sass of Winehouse herself.

Accompanied by a single pianist, it is Kreveld’s voice and passion that genuinely fill the stage and the room. True to her inspiration, Kreveld’s singing voice is powerful, masterfully covering the jazz stylings of Amy Winehouse, while simultaneously providing a raw and emotional biography of the troubled artist, including idiosyncratic quips and repartee with the audience.

As young men are wont to do, however, the usual accompanying pianist obtained a sports related injury mere hours before showtime, but an impromptu replacement allowed the show to go on. With admirable urgency and composure under pressure, this young artist showed not only artistic expertise, but also confidence in precarious circumstances – not assisted in the least by a particularly hot summer evening in a small and crowded venue.

The two artists combined to create an impressive and devastatingly sincere portrayal of Amy Winehouse, a performance which was both comedic and moving. One of the most impressive Fringe performances I have seen to date, I was honestly in sympathetic tears until finally at the end we got to SING ALONG TO VALERIE!

That’s not TECHNICALLY a Glee reference, it’s just me bringing this review full circle.

Unfortunately Frankly Winehouse‘s runs in both Perth and Adelaide are over for the year, but tickets for Melbourne shows are available here, and if you have an opportunity to future to see this show or anything else of Kreveld’s, I would particularly recommend it.

x Casey

Making fa[vourites] while the sun shines – November Favourites!

This blog post is part of a new Monthly Favourites series, where I’ll be recapping not only my Perth favourites and 1001 Project favourites, but also anything that really stands out to me over the month! These will be posted on a Wednesday with a follow-up video on Fridays and you can see previous Monthly Favourites by clicking here!

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It’s summer! And though November is technically still Autumn in Australia, the weather in Perth has been scorching for a few weeks now so I’ve definitely been moving into summer styles and summer products, so the theme of this November Favourites is very much “time to make hay while the sun shines” and get into these cool, refreshing, light and sometimes just pretty items!

~ Health & Beauty Products ~

While I am the first to admit that I probably don’t take an appropriate amount of care for my skin over the summer, or at all, as I mentioned in my December Haul & Anticipation post, I’m definitely trying to work on that currently, mostly to protect the damage from increasing, but also just because I haven’t before and I’m excited to take it a little more seriously – so I have two top favourites from November in this category, the first being Lush’s Ocean Salt face and body scrub.

My mum tells this really terrifying story of scrubbing her face with almond seed based exfoliant in the dark when she was younger, and long story short – a lot of blood. That story, and the knowledge that most exfoliants contain ocean-polluting microbeads, and a potentially irrational aversion to coffee-scrubs because I’m scared of caffeine, has actively persuaded me against exfoliants in the past unless I’m at the beach and sand is readily available. Note: I am not often at the beach.

But Lush’s Ocean Salt SMELLS LIKE MOJITOS. Not that I can confirm this, being anosmic, but trusted sources as well as the ingredients list which contains salt, vodka and lime are all I need to hear as I wash my face and imagine pool-side lounging and sharp, sweet cocktails. It’s also just GOOD. I’ve been using this product for a fortnight now, a few times whenever I feel like a pick-me-up, and it never fails to make me feel better, from the combination of smooth skin and the knowledge that I’m actively helping my skin. I have also luckily never had problems with acne or breakouts, but a good friend assures me that it’s done wonders with her skin over the past year as well.

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It’s also just really cool colours with the mixture of blue and white swirls!

Also in the “health and beauty” category, my NUMBER ONE favourite, and the product I am just suggesting left, right and centre this month is the De Lorenzo Tricho Natural Scalp Therapy – Scalp Balance Cleanser aka De Lorenzo Purple.

I have a lot of hair – trust me – for example while I am certain that hairdressers exaggerate all the time, I am unable to visit one without hearing about how they have never seen such thick hair. Now while that fills me with concern about my hairdresser EVERY TIME I HEAR IT, I have also not met a person with thicker, more annoying hair than mine who is not also related to me, so I understand.

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That explained, it can be very tricky to not only care for but balance what is going on, which means that unable to be avoided by myself, dandruff is an ongoing nuisance and while it still is – I have made peace with that knowledge – it has been much less exhausting and embarrassing since using De Lorenzo Purple. Yet again another manoeuvre to learn and take care of myself, this however was an accident I was manipulated into trying by my hairdresser, but I’m honestly so much happier with how much healthier my hair is since changing from supermarket brand Shampoo (even though I haven’t Conditioned myself to fancy step two yet). If you’re looking for a product to help with scalp control, I have been recommending this to people for weeks. And that annoys them as they usually only come to me for television recommendations.

~ Active Wear & Equipment ~

Now for something a little closer to home for me, an active wear specific recommendation during the warm summer months to keep you cool and protected during the sport of your choice: legionnaire hats are back and better than ever.

If you live in Perth like I do, or anywhere else where fossil fuel pollution has caused a big disgusting hole in the ozone layer, and you participate in outdoor activities, you’ll know the bite of the sun can be uncomfortable and difficult to combat. You also probably remember legionnaire hats from primary school, basically like the mullet of hats: business up front, party in the back. Usually made from gross semi-plastic material and almost always yellow or a weird blue to match your school uniform. All of that makes you sort of unlucky to live where you do, but on the other hand we also have Get Flapped.

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Get Flapped are a Perth small business designing attractive, fun patterned legionnaire hats ready in time for Perth summer. With a range of designs, and made from polyester, these hats are fun and practical, will dry quickly when wet and are light enough to not be a bother on summer days. While I can only confirm their convenience during roller hockey games and not other physical activities however, I can vouch that their elastic “one size fits all” generally do a good job of staying put on your head while you move too.

~ Food and Beverages ~

While I have already posted about MOP Donuts on this blog, they are of course in my November favourite food/beverage section. You can read that review here, but basically as my friend Clinton put it “my review would be: [donuts that] contain booze. 10/10”.

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My beverage related choice for November is the classic T2 Turkish Apple, which is an iced-tea variety which goes perfectly with summer and hot days. You can have it warm too of course, but with chilled water and a lime wedge, this variety makes the perfect summer relaxing drink, well at least when you’re not drinking mojitos inspired by Lush Ocean Salt, that is.

~ The 1001 Project ~

Finally the things I know most about and can provide the most educated recommendations for: television and books, as I only watched terrible movies in November.

My first recommendation is a book from the 1001 Children’s Book List, and it’s a picture book for kids ages 3-6 (possibly younger), called Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. As always with kid’s books I’m not certain how to “review” them, but this one was a really sweet look at how dogs are perfect and had “lift-the-flaps” for younger readers. Definitely one to consider gifting to young ones around Christmas time.

This month I also re-read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams for the Roosevelt Reader’s Club which is to me a perfect summer read. Low investment, quirky humour and a really short read, it’s perfect for days at the beach or road-trips as it won’t give you a headache or weigh you down.

Finally, another item I’ve already blogged about this month is Glee. I know, I know, but as is the argument with Hitchhiker’sGlee is another light, fun show with some pretty sweet #bangers PLUS season three’s episode nine is the only Christmas special I have both rolled my eyes at AND laughed with in several years, and a post I’m going to be making in December is all about how I detest seasonal episodes of television, so stay tuned. Glee is 100% a guilty pleasure show, but if “last fortnight before Christmas shutdown at work” isn’t the time for GP shows, I don’t know what is, so if you’re in the market for a show that’ll make you sigh but not require any effort, Glee is the show for you.

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This is still also my #2 Instagram shot of all time, so that has to say something about bloggers on Instagram.


So that is what I’ve been trying out in November! Maybe there’s something here for you, or maybe you have a recommendation for summer-lovely products, books, tv series or just something that was your favourite this month! I actually really enjoyed making this post, especially the motivation to try new things in order to make it! I’ll definitely be continuing this series.

Let me know in the comments what your recommendations for SUMMER are and maybe you’ll see them in a January haul video sometime soon!

x Casey

December Haul & Anticipation Post

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This post will hopefully eventually be connected with a video when I stop having technical difficulties, but in the meantime you can subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE!

Lifestyle bloggers and booktubers alike love their haul posts and as this blog (and my general social media life) have always been a combination between the two, it was inevitable that I make my re-entrance to YouTube with some variation on the haul category. Therefore, it’s probably about time I explain what the new goal for 2017 is going to be, along with an introduction in the form of a December anticipation post.

This post sort of comes in seven parts, but first we’re going to split it into sections related to #the1001project and sections where Best Case[y] Scenario is going to grow.

Step One: #the1001project

For anyone who is following this and me and still doesn’t know what #the1001project is, it’s my project to finish several of the 1001 Before You Die lists, particularly the ones pertaining to travel, books, movies and tv shows. I have ten lists, which actually amount to over 11,500 items when you take updated lists into account, and I’ve been working on the project for almost two years now, very slowly. In 2016 I had a lot of new projects that came and required a lot of my time, so #the1001project has been a little behind, but in 2016 I’m going to focus more on particular aspects, as dictated by a few rules. These rules are listed here and accompanied by my anticipated goals for December.

Part One: Literature

As part of my reading goals for this year and in 2017, I have decided I want to add more non-fiction and current fiction to the two reading 1001 lists (Books and Children’s Books), therefore in months onwards I’m going to read one new fiction novel and one non-fiction novel per month. For December these picks are:

The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth J. Church – released May 3rd 2016

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham – released November 29 2016

In addition to those, I’m going to be reading The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon (1001 Books) and finally working on finishing the A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket ahead of the release of the Netflix original series of the same title (starring Neil Patrick Harris) in January 2017! This is a series I adored but didn’t complete as a child, and I’m glad to be back in the world of the Baudelaire children for a while.

Part Two: Movies

While I haven’t created any solid movie rules for 2017, I would like to be more efficient with this list as it’s the easiest of the ten and always makes me feel better when I can cross items off the list quickly. This month I’d like to work further on completing the Australian titles from the list, so I have Mad Max and The Last Wave, both of which are left over from a time when I had my Facebook friends vote on my Friday night movies, which doesn’t give me much confidence, but I’ll watch them nonetheless. Finally I also have Out of Africa and as Meryl Streep could successfully play Batman, I’m more confident that this will be a great one.

There are also some new films that I would like to check out in December, including a screening of Moana the new Disney film, which I will hopefully visit the Moonlight cinema for (see Perth events section below), as well as catching up and finally seeing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which I have been putting off for weeks until audiences calm down.

Part Three: Television

Once again another category where I feel the need to embellish the list with new, current shows now that I have the means and the Netflix to. I’m currently watching through Glee after having left it behind at season four last time, so I’ll continue to do that and hopefully finish seasons three and four.

In addition to that, I’m going to catch up on New Girl season six which is slightly important to The Douchebag Cast, and I have just started watching Westworld so hopefully I can catch up with it too, although HBO series are slightly more convenient to watch, with their shorter seasons.

Part Four: Travel

This year has been particularly light on the travel, but I’ve been saving the fifteen-ish items I need to reach my target for the year to be travel related. Hopefully historic Melbourne or natural Queensland will be on the list, but this part is still potentially TBA. But there will be some travel blogs in December.

Step Two: Everything else

To move into newer territory, these are the lists and categories that I haven’t covered before on blogs, although I do have some experience with creating Let’s Plays, these are all new ground for me.

Part Five: Video Games

Pokemon Sun and Moon were released recently, and more recently I got my act together and bought the game. It’s been a few generations since I completed a Pokemon game, and I feel iffy about this one already, but for the moment it’s enjoyable and we’ll see how it goes. The Pokemon grind is a great addition to time spent binge watching television shows.

Part Six: Perth Events

It’s finally December, and summer, so all the nice weather, later sunset events are kicking in for Christmas-time. This means that the Floating Bar at Elizabeth Quay, the Under the Bridge Food Trucks at Fremantle and the summer Moonlight and Rooftop Cinemas are in session during the silly season. Local parkruns will also be running their bonus Christmas and New Years Day free, timed 5km events – which usually run at 8am on Saturdays – for a little bit of extra festive fitness for families.

Finally, December means the Street Roller Hockey League Hockeyfest VII Finals will be taking place on Saturday the 10th at Bayswater Bowling and Recreation Club, as well as the biannual North vs South All Star Championships this weekend (Saturday 3rd of December) which I will be not only covering but also playing in the Northern Ladies and Sophomores teams!

Part Seven: Lifestyle, Fitness & Dog

Finally we get to the experimental part of the next month. The motivation behind adding more of this in, is personal rather than to create content to discuss. Fitness, food, and branching out when it comes to Gillan are all part of the recent steps of “being an adult” that I have been working on lately. Becoming efficient is easier when you are healthy and focused and the same goes for Gillan, so caring for myself and monster are becoming priorities and since I am motivated to do things when I’m posting about them, this will be an interesting experiment.

I haven’t got any hard and fast rules for this, but anything enjoyable will be included in a favourites post, as a couple of things I have been working on already will be in November faves next week.

tl;dr – Casey does more stuff, hopes she won’t explode even more.

So I’m going to stop spending time planning the things and start doing them, but I hope this is enlightening for anyone who wonders what half of the stuff I get through each month is!

x Casey

Uncle Tom’s Rabbit Proof Fence

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe is on the list of 1001 Books to Read before You Die, and The Rabbit Proof Fence is one of the 1001 Movies. This blog has never been about reviewing a text, but more about a discussion into the emotion they inspire. That’s what this is.


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In the past few years of blogging, in particular the more recent 2015/2016 effort towards completing the 1001 lists, I’ve accepted few reasons to write seriously about what I’ve been experiencing. As my natural preference is towards positive or comedic creations, I tend to figure that life gives you enough lemons as it is, why delve further into the things that make you upset? No one wants to read a post on a lifestyle blog about racism, segregation or the Stolen Generation – they want to see photos of beaches and pancakes, while reading about the time I watched Fantasia with the audio out of sync.

I’m also not often a social warrior – if you want to make me cry about human failures, show me the photo of a koala sitting in a logged field, or remind me that I may get to see the Great Barrier Reef, but I will never see the Great Barrier Reef as it was in its prime. Human struggles don’t often rate on my emotional scale, and it isn’t because I’m not a genuinely kind or feeling person, and it’s not because I don’t feel for, or cry for human misfortune, it’s just because if I’m completely honest, I like to imagine Earth as it would be without us. We’re kind of the worst.

There’s only one memory I have of a serious post in relation to #the1001project, and it’s from last year when I watched Within Our Gates, the 1920s Oscar Micheaux film about slavery and racism in America. I remember at the time thinking “wow, the context of my watching this is so poignant! There are so many horrible things happening lately”, with tasering and shooting of innocent people, and several mass murders, I was upset and I’ll always remember ending that post with:

“It’s not change that we need to be afraid of, though I know there’s a lot of that going around at the moment – we need to be terrified of the ways in which we are still the same.”

I want to write poetically, or eloquently, about how I feel when I see films like Rabbit Proof Fence and read novels like Uncle Tom’s Cabin but more often than not, the reactions are more emotional and forceful. Admittedly I’m not reading as many tales as I was last year, but the aftershocks still exist, and there are still videos of police stopping noticeably shaken African American ladies, convincing them they’ve broken a law and then saying “nahhh it’s a joke! I wanna give you an ice-cream”.  I can’t decide which I hate more, that this lady had the fear of law enforcement ingrained in her, or that the police played on that insecurity to pull a blatant stunt. As ever, the phrase “Check Your Privilege” really needs to be reiterated, and yet again:

Change isn’t the enemy – be concerned about the ways we’re still the same.

Kimmy Schmidt is “Strong as Hell”

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The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Season 1
Available on DVD or Netflix online library.

A while ago at a party I was playing “Who Would Play Me in a TV Series: The I Just Met You Edition” with some new acquaintances as a sort of get to know you exercise. Now I have always fancied myself a less caricatured, less Hollywood Jessica Day [Zooey Deschanel in New Girl] with my bangs and my limitless optimistic enthusiasm so when “John Krasinski” – it was that kind of crowd – made the call that I was “clearly an Ellie Kemper”, “I was like, ‘really’?”.

I mean sure, as “The Other Kelly” in The Office, she flies her adorkable flag with Andy, but while I had always seen myself as more of the Nice Girl with a bit of weird, not to mention being exceeeedingly brunette in all understandings of the word, Ellie Kemper always struck me as playing the slightly unstable, definitely fiery-in-the-good-way, but crazy, ginger lady characters.

That was until I caught up and fell in love with The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

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From creators who between them have credits on 30 Rock, Friends, Mean Girls and of course, Saturday Night Live – Tina Fey and Robert Carlock – comes a show whose basis is so dark, we’ve burst right through the other side where everything is technicolour and we have to laugh because if we think too much about what happened, it’s really super creepy.

Kimmy Schmidt is one of the “Indiana Mole Women”, a group of ladies kidnapped by the leader of a doomsday cult and held in an underground bunker for fifteen years where, yes, “weird sex stuff happened”. Determined to escape the stigma of victimisation, and equipped with only her unbreakable enthusiasm, a ninth grade education, her Baby-Sitters Club Murder Mystery  and her $13,000 Mole Woman Fund, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt follows her adjustment to adventures in the real world.

hispanic womanAnd it’s Fey/Carlock exactly as we know and love. From a theme song created by Songify the News‘ Gregory Brothers, a tribute to songified viral videos, to challenging the media on their manipulation of “victims” for ratings and press, S01E01 Kimmy Goes Outside! sets Kimmy up as a hard-hitting reference-comedy piece exactly as we would expect from the alumni of Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock.

Enter Ellie Kemper as Kimmy

After a history of cameos as the naive, quirky girl (The Office, Bridesmaids), the psycho redhead (The Mindy Project) and comedy roles in internet shorts and late night television, Ellie Kemper has finally landed a lead role and it’s great to see that it’s one with a little bit of depth: an underlying horror story.

What doesn’t kill us, can only make us stronger, and in the case of Kimmy, her experiences in an apocalypse cult, sex dungeon has only worked to make her Unbreakable. Through the use of positive reinforcement techniques and pure willpower, Kimmy remains upbeat and positive despite dealing with her demons realistically and in a not entirely sane, way. We still don’t know why Kimmy is afraid of velcro.

Protect me? From what? The worst thing that will ever happen to me happened in my own front yard. Life beats you up, Titus. You can either curl up in a ball and die, like we thought Cyndee did that time, or you can stand up and say “we’re different. We’re the strong ones and you can’t break us!”

In the end, Jess Day is a lot like Kimmy Schmidt, in an albeit more realistic and relatable way, both are optimistic, enthusiastic and a little bit naive, but while New Girl is a show about friends and quirky adventures, Kimmy Schmidt is a show about accepting the worst and being your best anyway. And friends and quirky adventures.

Mondays are what you make of them

If you’re ever in a position in your life, financially and professionally where you can take four day work weeks, I can’t recommend them highly enough. It’s currently Monday pre-lunch, and instead of sitting at my work desk wishing the time would show 12:30, I’m listening to Rocketeer, looking at wall art of Astro Boy defeating Godzilla and helping myself to free soy-sauce in a cute, empty sushi-bar tucked away off Beaufort St and eating surf’n’turf sushi. I say alone thankfully, because my chopstick skills are non-existent.

munchiesFor someone who has become accustomed to packing every minute of life over the past two months with work, extra curricular volunteering, running and roller hockey, having Mondays to myself the past three weeks has proved to be a creative blessing. Writing has been an interest of mine for a long time, but something I never had the energy or time to focus on long enough for the word vomit to form something marketable. I’ve created a lot in the past, I’m no stranger to blogging, or video production and I can finally say I’ve contributed and even led groups to professional publications, but writing and performing has always been a backdoor ambition, something that took a back seat to filling every moment with preparation for the real world, to give myself the best chance of success possible. Without any regrets however, I can say that I’ve set myself up as well as I possibly can for my future and will always continue to do so, because there can be no sushi without perseverance, but time has finally opened up enough to have a stronger work/life balance, even factoring in four games of hockey and two runs a week.

For the most recent examples of my writing, see the Bayswater Barracudas SRHC Facebook page, where graphic designs are Zac Jury, and text is (most often, Casey Causley).

While there is the handicap of living on a lower wage, there are other benefits of the constant three-day weekend. Having the time to prep meals which saves not only money, but time and health springs to mind as a huge advantage. Sleeping in an extra day when parkrun takes over a Saturday morning, spending a day with the dog so she doesn’t think I completely abandon her, using the time to clean the house and most of all to watch Pretty Little Liars in my pyjamas. But most of all, it gives me the extra time I need to get out and do the things I always said I wanted to do, but never had the time for. Not necessarily on Monday, but when I get to live an active life on the other six days of the week, I can save the recharge time for Monday and begin the work week refreshed.

Unfortunately, having a four day work week is not something that everyone can do, or
afford or even wants to do. But life is all about thinking best case[y] scenario now, and therefore all about focusing less on what it means going without, and more on making the most of what there is.

As for the finer points of Mondays, I think trying new places for lunch is going to become a thing, and I’ll be posting a little more about Mr Munchies and their sushi later tonight, but for now I’ve lurked online for too long today and productivity is calling. Welcome to bestcascenario though.

x Casey