Scenario: It’s raining. It’s kind of cold, and your 5:30AM alarm has gone off. Stay in bed? Not today! It’s time to stick to that New Year’s resolution and break a sweat!
We joined the gorgeous Mimi Elashiry for an early dance class for the Free People #FPLetsMove event in Sydney.
The 6:45AM check-in saw us greeted by the lovely Free People Australia team as well as our talented dance instructor and insta-babe Mimi Elashiry.
For the event, dancing-ability wasn’t an issue. So whether you’re a natural born dancer or just follow T-Swift’s queue of doing your own thing, no experience was required!
To get into the workout mood (and to wake up) we followed Mimi in a series of yoga-inspired warm ups which had everyone in a sweat and seriously got the class ready to bust a move!
What followed was the class working on a contemporary dance piece with Mimi and choreographing our own steps.
Half an hour later, the class finalised the movement based routine with Mimi’s guidance and the early morning workout was complete!
To celebrate the launch of their latest Movement workout-gear collection, the bohemian label’s health and wellness event saw activities occurring from Sydney, New York, SoCal, Vancover and London.
Mimi, who has been a professional dancer for 13 years, is a self-made Sydney-based model/blogger who has walked the runway for David Jones, New York and LA.
Did we mention that this 19 year old has a hefty following on Instagram with over 597,000 followers? With her carefree Aussie style and mermaid hair, we have a feeling Mimi is going to be the next big thing.
Meanwhile, check out the inspiring collection of workout gear over at Free People. We guarantee that you’ll feel that much more motivated to go for your morning run.
Words: Samantha Stewart. Images: Kat Parker.
1. Your favourite number is 25. Why? BECAUSE THAT’S CHRISTMAS DAY!!!
2. Your second favourite day is December 1 as in, “Put up the Christmas Tree Day”.
3. The worst day of the year? Boxing Day. 364 days until your feel true happiness again.
4. You constantly remind people of how many days are left until Santa arrives. Why you NEED your frenemies.
5. Your favourite colours? Red and green, of course.
6. Your favourite night-time activity during summer? Christmas-light looking.
7. You have Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey’s Christmas albums saved in your Spotify all year round.
8. Your pets start to avoid you because you constantly dress them up in outfits.
9. You can’t sleep on Christmas Eve because SANTA!!! Eight TV shows we NEED back in our lives!
10. That feeling at the end of Christmas day after eating all the food? Bliss.
11. You just don’t understand those people who can’t or won’t get into the Christmas spirit.
12. You ask your fam what they want for Christmas and they’re all, “Um, it’s August.”
13. You shriek in happiness the first time you hear Christmas music playing in supermarkets.
14. Christmas movies fill you up with all of the happy feels.
15. And sure, everyone knows a Christmas Grinch but bugging them is the best feeling in the world because Christmas really is the most magical time of the year and nothing will dampen your spirit.
1. When you go around to your friend's place for dinner and don’t like their mum's cooking.
2. When you can tell your friend is making a story up and you’re not too sure if you should call her out on it or not.
3. When your friend bails on your to hang out with their boyfriend.
4. When your friend asks if you want the rest of your hot chips.
5. When you’ve got a new dress and couldn’t be more proud to wear it. Alli Simpson'a advice for getting over a break-up.
6. When your friend rocks up wearing the same outfit as you.
7. When your mum comments on all your Facebook pics with, “Love you! Love, Mum.”
8. When you see a pic on Insty of your friends doing something without you.
9. When you spot a cute guy at the shops and try to check him out subtly.
10. When you tell a joke and your friend reacts like:
11. When you’re in bed and you hear a weird noise outside.
12. When you’re on the train and you start to fall asleep.
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14. When you make awesome weekend plans with your girlfriends.
15. When you have your phone's camera the wrong way around.
16. When you turn up to a party and your favourite song comes on.
17. When you’re at the beach with the girls and the boys in the grade above you walk past.
18. When you walk into a room and your parents are having a fight.
19. When you don’t understand what you’re teacher is asking you.
20. When your mum buys you a new outfit which you hate.
21. When you can’t find something in your room and blame your mum. And then she finds it.
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My absolute favourite part about Christmas is that when it's that time of the year comes, it’s everywhere you look! Christmas decorations, Christmas carols, Christmas presents, Christmas cards, Christmas trees, Christmas cartoon specials (yes, I still watch cartoons) and best of all Christmas movies (insert heart eyes emoji here)!
It’s not Christmas until you’ve watched a Christmas movie. So, as my Christmas gift to you I’ve rounded up some of the best Christmas movies to get you in the festive spirit.
In no particular order:
1. The Grinch
3. Home Alone
4. Santa Clause 1, 2 & 3
5. Shrek the Halls
6. Jack Frost
7. Mickey's Christmas Corals
8. Love Actually
9. The Family Stone
10. Four Christmases
11. Polar Express
12. The Nightmare Before Christmas
13. A Garfield Christmas
14. A Muppet Family Christmas
15. Fred Claus
16. Christmas with the Kranks
17. The Holiday
18. All I want for Christmas
19. Disney’s Christmas Carol
20. Miracle on 34th Street
21. It’s a wonderful life
22. A Charlie Brown Christmas
23. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
24. Jingle all the way
25. Arthur Christmas
It’s official: DOLLY HQ has a serious case of Christmas fever. Our managing editor Rosie has been humming Christmas songs left, right and centre for at least a month, while features writer Nat organised our office Kris Kringle dressed up as the big dude himself.
So with yesterday marking the first day of December (as well as the first day I cracked into my choc-filled advent calendar), the team decided to look back at some of the awesome Chrissy carols we have loved since, well, forever.
The DOLLY Christmas playlist
“I love ‘All I Want For Christmas’ because it reminds me of my favourite festive movie, Love Actually. I could listen to it 300 times in a row and never get sick of it.” Digital content manager, Liz
“I always loved the Disney’s Family Christmas Collection album. I had it on tape as a kid and we used to play it until it broke!” Fashion editor, Alissa
“I love ‘It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year’. It just reminds me of being in a big department store Christmas shopping with my mum.” Features editor, Jess B
“I would say it’s the theme tune from Home Alone. Yes, I know, not exactly a carol, but it screams Christmas to me!” Features writer, Dani
“‘Jingle Bells’ makes me feel like I’m sitting in Santa’s sleigh, delivering presents around the world. It just makes me so happy! I LOVE CHRISTMAS!” Features writer, Nat
“I dust off Bublé’s Chrissy album every December. I love each song but a special mention goes to ‘Santa Baby’. It’s smooth and gets me swaying in my seat.” Sub-editor, Jacqui
“While all my friends start whinging in October because the shopping centre is already blasting carols, I can’t stop smiling. My favourite carol is ‘Happy Christmas – War Is Over’, because it has such a great meaning.” Managing editor, Rosie
I still remember the day I bought my first DOLLY mag. The year was 2001 and I was 11 (my mag obsession started early!). My dad had just picked me up from ballet and we went to get hot chips for dinner – extra chicken salt, please – and while we were waiting, I dragged him into the newsagents.
I begged and pleaded and finally got my way. I had my hands on my first issue of DOLLY and little did I know, in 15 years time, I would be working for the coolest thing that had ever come into my life.
While it wasn’t all that long ago (and now, this is where I start to sound old), back in my DOLLY days, things were a little bit different. Here’s what it was like to be a teen in the mid-2000s.
1. Myspace was EVERYTHING.
Think of it like a clunky Facebook where you could decorate it with colourful backgrounds, your favourite song and you’d rank your friends in a Top 8.
2. All your music was burned to a CD.
3. This was the must-have phone.
4. If you didn’t have a Razor, you had a Nokia 3320.
5. Low-riding, flared, ripped jeans were a wardrobe staple.
6. As were Von Dutch hats.
7. Before iTunes existed, we all downloaded our music on Limewire.
8. The TV show we were all obsessed with? Lizzie McGuire.
9. And The Hills because: Lauren Conrad. Why it's GOOD to be called a feminist.
10. Seth Cohen from The O.C was our ultimate crush.
11. And so was Lucas Scott from One Tree Hill.
12. No-one ever admitted it, but afterschool, we all rushed home to watch Arthur.
13. We were all OBSESSED with Harry Potter.
14. You wished you were Lindsay Lohan.
15. Or Britney Spears.
16. Or Marissa Cooper from The O.C.
17. Our lives were changed when Usher released his Confessions album.
18. Impulse body sprays were a staple in every girls' school bag.
19. Ring watches were IT.
20. We all wanted to be cheerleaders after watching Bring It On.
21. Our version of TFIOS was A Walk To Remember.
22. Mean Girls was quoted. All. The Time.
The definition of a “feminist”? Aside from being a total legend, I reckon it’s someone who believes that women should be equal to men. Full stop. End of story. Thanks for coming.
Reckon women should be paid as much as guys are? If you immediately thought, “hell yes”, you’re a feminist. Agree that ladies shouldn’t face sexual assault and harassment? Congratulations, my friend, you are a feminist.
It’s the most fabulous and necessary of the F-word variety, but Time magazine has proposed that it should be banned.
I know, we’re as baffled as you are. Time asked readers which word they’d like banished from the English language forever, and “feminist” was one of their suggestions.
Sure, Time aren’t suggesting that there’s something wrong with feminism itself, but that it’s become “a thing that every celebrity had to state their position on whether this word applies to them”.
Oh, we’re so sorry guys (please note sarcastic tone), but we’re not going to ban the F-word because some people are a little tired of hearing about it.
If you ask me, people need to be saying, preaching it, and writing it MORE.
Because in 2014, the gender pay gap has risen to a record high. Translation: when you go out into the work force, you’ll be paid 18.2 percent less than a man simply because you’re a female. Unbelievable, right?
Because, according to White Ribbon Australia, one in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence, one in five have experienced harassment in the workplace and one in five women over 18 have been stalked during their lifetime.
So yeah, there’s still work to be done in the equality department, and we’ll be shouting about feminism till it happens, thank you very much.
And it turns out Beyonce totally agrees with us (surprised? Didn't think you were).
"We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality," Beyoncé wrote in an essay titled, Gender Equality Is A Myth.
"Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters earn more - commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender. Equality will be achieved when men and women are granted equal pay and equal respect.”
"Humanity requires both men and women, and we are equally important and need one another. So why are we viewed as less than equal? These old attitudes are drilled into us from the very beginning. We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life. And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.”
Reach high, DOLLY girls, and if you’re a feminist – don’t be shy to tell the whole world about it. Bey would be proud.
Frenemies: "friends" who are actually kinda mean and hurt your feelings a lot. They’re friendly enough so everyone in your group would think you were weird if you got mad, but mean enough that you leave feeling low after hanging out.
But frenemies are doing you an accidental favour by teaching you lessons on friendship.
In primary school, this happened:
“You’re so lucky, Rikki, I wish I didn’t care about how my hair looked.”
Wrong! I cared a lot, actually - to the point where every morning almost ended like this:
I felt awful. But it wasn’t my hair that was the problem that day - it was this strange new thing that started creeping into conversations with a fairly new friend. Something very confusing was happening: compliments that managed to hurt my feelings. We had been having a lot of LOLs and good times, but when the laughing stopped, BOOM a hurty compliment was sent my way.
A few years later Hurty Compliments changed schools and we didn’t keep in contact. Even when she said she’s really going to miss coming over to my "small house because it was so cute compared to her huge house."
I thought that was the last of it. But I was wrong. Frenemies pop up all through life. See, the ‘friend’ part of frenemies means you don’t see them coming until it’s too late. Comments like this, "You must be so happy hardly anyone follows you on Instagram, it’s way less pressure." Or, "I wish my clothes would fit you, you’d look so cute in this!" tend to be followed by this confusing list of feels:
“Did she actually just say that?”
“No way, she’s totally just kidding with me.”
“WHY am I only just thinking of a good comeback now?”
But here is something the frenemies don’t see coming: they are making YOU a better friend, for two reasons.
1. Weirdly, frenemies actually probably really like you. But, things like jealousy, low self-esteem and even social awkwardness can be why this person is trying to bring you down with their confusing nice/mean words. Drop any need to become defensive and, after you let them know these comments aren’t OK, be the best friend you can find in yourself to be.
2. You know exactly the kind of friend you don’t want to be. Whenever your self-esteem is a little low and you feel like taking it out on a friend, just don’t. Hug it out, remember what it was like to feel all those feels and never let your pals walk away feeling anything but all the love.