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Caro Taylor AKA Fashionista Fail – Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet.

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Caro Taylor AKA Fashionista Fail joins Dan Wilkinson for Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet:

You had me at hello… Our guest today on the Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet podcast is stunning, bubbly and lovely NZ TV Personality, blogger and all around legend, Carolyn Taylor.

Earlier this year Caro launched the Fashionista Fail blog with the goal of giving up her shopaholic tendencies for 1 year and putting every penny saved towards traveling the world.

Over a bottle of bubbly Caro and I chatted about getting paid to eat snails, interviewing Richard Branson, ghost hunting haunted houses… Caro is truly a breath of fresh air and her’s is a life full of rich and interesting stories.  

Enjoy! 

Hot & Delicious: Rocks The Planet is a weekly podcast series where we interview inspiring people and entrepreneurs from around the world across a range of industries including music, film & tv, fashion, comedy, travel and more.

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Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis – Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.

Sunset #805 Pink Bldg. Dubai – Photographic tales of an ex-Emirates flight attendant

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Sunset beers. 803 Pink Building, Dubai.

Hot & Delicious Rocks: The Planet! – photographic travel diary series.

Sunset #805 Pink Bldg. Dubai. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Group).

Sunset. My happy place. Ingrained in my daily ritual. It’s my down-time, recharge, meditation & relaxation all in one.

For me, this ritual began in Dubai days when I lived on Sheikh Zayed Road in “Emirates White Building”, an apartment building next door to the Shangri La Dubai, that can quite clearly in the spectacular ‘Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ footage shot from the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa.

Fortunately my 2nd Dubai apartment faced away from Dubai’s busiest strip of road – a 4 lane freeway on each side. My balcony faced west towards the Persian Gulf overlooking a medium-sized mosque and part of the ritual I had with 2 best mates that I shared our “Club #203” bachelor pad with (yes, I’m serious – there was carved plaque and everything! 🙂 shakes head.. ) and friends in the Pink Palace next door (Emirates Pink Building), was watching the sun go down over long chats out on one of our multiple balconies or to smash a few ice-cold pints at the start of big nights out. Our kitchen had a 2nd full-sized fridge dedicated to the slabs/cartons of beer piled next to it and chock-full of ice-cold bottles of vodka, chilled pint glasses and a vast array of spirit mixers. One serious life of excess.

This shot was captured at one such Pink Building sunset session. We got up to all sorts of mischief in Pink and White buildings. Water-bombing unsuspecting Starbucks patrons from 8 floors up, tequila & Jenga drinking games, Up the River/Down The River, scantily-clad cabin crew packing out themed apartment parties, end of night drinks ’til dawn & beyond after the Dubai bars and clubs closed at 3am.. and let’s not talk about the time the tool-bag in the pic decided to drop an empty Corona off the building straight into one of our mate’s JEEPs from 8 floors up! Damage control in more than one sense of the word!

True story. In case you haven’t been up on my Hot & Delicious Instagram yet and been bombarded with sunset magic, one of THE major factors in me choosing my current Melbourne CBD apartment is it’s stunning views of Melbourne’s Docklands, breathtaking skyporn sunsets and nightscapes.

It is truly my happy place these days and some days I float away to the Middle East. 🙂

DW

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Minibike Madness. Paris, France. Photographic tales of an ex-Emirates flight attendant #travel #photography

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It doesn't have to be big to be cool. Paris, France. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Group).
It doesn’t have to be big to be cool. Paris, France. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Group).

 

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It doesn’t have to be big to be cool. Paris, France. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Group).

I seriously lost my shit when I stumbled across this pimped-out dude lazing, arms draped on the tiniest of mini-bikes at the traffic lights like it was an old school chopper.

A few years back on a work trip to France, I caught up with 2 of my close friends over a few cheeky wheat beers at a cafe on Paris’ backstreets on a balmy, summer’s eve.

Next morning we woke up with dusty heads and wandered down to the local boulangerie to pick-up a clichéd bag of croissants for breakfast to be enjoyed with a kick-ass bowl of café au lait.

Upon leaving my friend’s apartment en route back to the airport I came across this guy chillin’, waiting for the lights to change and chuckled as I raised the SLR to my face. I wear a cheeky smile on my face every time I flash back to this scene and it just makes me happy 🙂

This 24 hours in Paris still brings tingles of joy and these kinds of trips were truly one of the perks of being able to travel to all my favourite destinations around the world for a living.

If you’ve ever dreamed of exploring exciting, faraway places with disposable income, staying in 5-star hotels and you’re not a model, rockstar or travel blogger.. then I can highly recommend working as cabin crew for an international airline.

The world is your oyster. Go do it!

DW

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Hansel & Gretel. Castro, Chile. Photographic tales of an ex-Emirates flight attendant #travel #photography

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Hansel & Gretel. Chiloé Island, Southern Chile. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Group).

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Hansel & Gretel. Chiloé Island, Southern Chile. Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Group). Chile Part II.

Following on from last week’s Blind old guitarist. Pucón, Chile post, after leaving Pucón, I trekked further south with two Canadians to the little town of Castro (via Valdivia and Puerto Montt).

Situated at the top of Patagonia in Southern Chile, Castro is a small, isolated community on the island of Chiloé, however after the hustle and bustle of jet-setting the globe with Emirates, I found this place and it’s surrounds to be a photographer’s paradise – populated by warm, proud people more than happy to take the time to pose for a photo and wait patiently as a snap-happy, Aussie back-packer struggled with his limited Spanish and green, pocket-sized phrasebook.

On one foray I stumbled across this little old lady chopping wood outside the quaintest of dusty, old houses in the countryside, that set mind alight like the scene out of a long-forgotten fairytale. My eyes shot the image before my Nikon F60 SLR did and if you look closer you can spy a little boy peeking out the window of the tiny house in curiosity. My recall of this split-second moment shot approximately 13 years ago today just makes my face and mind smile 🙂 

DW

Castro, Chile (on the island of Chiloé).
Castro, Chile (on the island of Chiloé).

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Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis – Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.
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Little girl’s curiosity. Jaipur, India. ‪#‎wanderlust‬

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LittleGirlsCuriosityJaipurIndia. Photo credit: D.Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Group).

Welcome to the new series of Hot & Delicious travel short-pieces where I share my photos from around the world and the moments behind them in short form. I’ve traveled the globe and yes, it’s long past time I started sharing some of the wonderful moments I’ve been blessed enough to experience.

When I travel, like everyone else I do love ticking off boxes by seeing the sites like the Eiffel Tower, Vatican City, the Kremlin and more, but my purest travel joy is derived by venturing off the beaten track and being aware enough to capture those moments of inspiration in every day life that just seem to appear at the most unexpected times. This is one of those.

Little girl’s curiosity. Jaipur, India. ‪#‎wanderlust‬ Photo credit: Dan Wilkinson (Hot & Delicious Group).

I was on a 5-day trip to India with 2 friends to visit renowned tourist circuit, The Golden Triangle. The Golden Triangle is so called because of the triangular shape formed by 3 cities in Northern India which each has it’s own wealth of beauty, culture and history – Delhi, Agra (the city of the Taj Mahal) and Jaipur. Whilst driving into Jaipur, also known as The Pink City, we pulled over by the side of the road to determine our bearings and these 3 beautiful little girls wandered out.

…and for just a moment …it was almost as if time stopped. 

DW

The Golden Triangle - India

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Facebook Mentions – Lighting cigars with wads of brand Benjamins.

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Facebook MentionsWell, hai Faceook.. nice shiny news toys.. Facebook Messenger, Slingshot, Paper, Native Video being optimized and now Facebook Mentions… 

In case you haven’t heard of it, Facebook Creative Labs recently dropped their latest tool, the Facebook Mentions app “makes it easy for public figures to talk with their fans and each other on the go.” Hang on, I hear you say.. that’s what Twitter and Reddit are for.. yes, this is the latest in moves designed to keep social media users within the Facebook family.. buy Instagram, Facebook Paper for news, Slingshot to combat Snapchat, optimizing Native Video to draw advertising $$$ away from YouTube. It all makes sense right? I’m not convinced.

Celebrities, market need and the need for Facebook to have their fingers in every pie.

Now I’m not a celebrity (yet 😉 ), but I’ve been around the music industry for years and for me there’s two types of celebrities.. those who like to be seen schmoozing with other celebrities and sharing it with the world and those that like to be left alone or if connecting with other celebs, are not trapped up in making a big deal about it, so to me Facebook Mentions in it’s current format doesn’t make sense.

And what about Facebook’s perceived need for “world-domination” of all social media tools in the broader social media market?

We live in an ever-evolving technological age where consumers are spoilt for choice and each of us have our own little suite of social platforms that we use in varying frequencies depending on what drives and inspires us as an individual. Like my food and travel destinations I crave choice and variety in my social media; I enjoy Twitter for one-on-one connections with influencers, meeting every-day people I come across in the digital world whom I’ve never met who love similar things to me, friends and making new business contacts, Instagram as a photographer for daily inspiration/sharing and yes, even Pinterest has it’s place to occasionally inspire me and make me laugh when I’m struggling to get the day started and coffee just isn’t cutting the mustard. Like most of us. I want to at least “feel” like I have this choice and while Facebook Creative Labs is a cool initiative in theory, some of those smarts would surely be better utilised in improving Facebook’s user experience, as what Mark Zuckerberg & Co seem to fail to realise is you don’t need to own own every single human connection on social media. Sure, it’d be nice ($$$) and social innovation is certainly key, but you can’t be everything to everyone and when spread yourself thin over a 100 different opportunities invariably you open yourself up to falling flat on your face.

Last year I spoke with one of our top guys in Singapore about his philosophy on innovation and for his own personal development he endeavours to focus on 3 big projects a year and to do them well, nay, absolutely nail them. I come from a similar school of thought. In 2010, I burnt myself out working 12-14 hours a day 6 – 7 days a week managing 3 bands/singer-songwriters, working on a snowboard show on TV, building a business and flying around the country running various events, whilst trying to make ends meet. Now translate this to Facebook. For them it’s burning resource. It’s all very well to want to build creations designed to combat competitors and blow them out of the water with innovation, but creation’s just the first step. Once you’ve spent millions of dollars building a viable platform, to stay current and to continue to evolve, it’s necessary to continue pouring money into projects just to keep them relevant and competitive, which leaves two considerations – (a) The aforementioned market need and (b) Where’s this money coming from for development?

So my Advertising Dollars are funding this?

Yes, now comes the “fun” part. “Where’s the money coming from for your shiny new toys Facebook?” – mutter agencies, brand and marketing teams around the world. And yes, pure and simple. Brands are paying for it.

Working in social media I accept that part of my role is explaining to clients that the natural evolution of successful digital technologies into paid channels is nothing new (e.g. Google) and another reason why each brand’s social strategy should remain platform neutral and be tied to business objectives, rather than specific social platforms. But this? Uh uh.. in it’s current format and in an already saturated social media market I fail to see the necessity of Facebook Mentions and sure if it took off there may well be financial benefits in influencer/brand cross-promotions in the future, but they will be affordable for the few and when life’s already been made more challenging with the “death of Facebook Organic Reach” conversations, this is not helping.

I’ve been sitting here thinking you’ve been making some shrewd moves of late, Facebook, with your finger on the pulse and as always I’m happy to be proved wrong, but I’m concerned that this just smacks of an itchy trigger finger and you’re shooting blanks.

DW

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Mark Wilkinson – one of the most captivating musicians of our time #ListenHere

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Mark Wilkinson

Happy Saturday!

Kickin’ at home after a hectic week of early morning calls to Toronto, Chicago and New York. Loving the couch and trackies time and now I’m at my desk with this beautiful Docklands view working on the soon to be launched Hot & Delicious podcast whilst listening to Mark Wilkinson, one of my favourite indie Australian artists of the past few years.

The beauty of his voice and music, means that during Mark’s live shows people are so captivated that you can quite literally hear a pin drop.

Tonight heading down to The Forum II tonight to check it out and I can’t wait!

DW

Mark Wilkinson
Where The Rivers Run II: The Encore Theatre Tour

Sat July 5 The Forum II, Melbourne VIC 18+
Tickets via http://www.ticketmaster.com.au
Sat July 12 Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney NSW Lic-AA
Tickets via http://www.ticketek.com.au
Sat July 19 Fly By Night, Perth WA Lic-AA
Tickets via http://www.flybynight.org
Sat July 26 Old Museum Concert Hall, Brisbane QLD Lic-AA
Tickets via http://www.oldmuseum.org
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Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis – Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.
Dan Wilkinson works as a Manager, Marketing Strategy & Analysis – Social Media at SapientNitro Australia and is founder of music industry biz, Hot & Delicious Group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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