• My Feel-Good Playlist

    by Alex | Mar 05, 2014
    Hey girls,

    Do you ever feel a little blah? It's perfectly normal to have those days. I've had one of those today and it has mostly to do with the fact that Mira (my kitten) has been going totally cray-cray at night AND I have a crazy neighbour that likes to chat on the phone REALLY loud and that means I get very little sleep.

    Luckily, I found the cure to getting over the meh and blah days. It's music! Music has the most incredible super power of making you feel almost every and any emotion which is why I made this playlist for you guys. Whenever you're feeling a bit yucky, just click to my blog and pump up these tunes and hopefully you'll feel a little cheerier.


    Remember: sing like no-one's listening, dance like no-one's watching and live like there's no tomorrow! 
    (P.S. Check out more inspirational quotes to make you smile!)

    Psst: if any of these songs don't work on mobile/tablet, try a normal computer!

    Wild Child by Elen Levon

    Let It Go by Demi Lovato (from the FROZEN soundtrack - it just won an Oscar)


    Unconditionally by Katy Perry

    Brave by Sara Barailles

    Let me know what song makes you feel happier.

  • My Chat With Reece Mastin

    by Alex | Feb 27, 2014
    Hey guys,

    Last week I was lucky enough to be one of the lucky VIPs invited to watch Reece Mastin at AMF Bowling in North Strathfield in concert! This amaze concert experience was a prize for the AMF Summer School Holiday comp.

    He rocked out on a stage set up on the bowling lanes to about 160 of his biggest fans. I was lucky to catch him and his band doing a sound check rehearsal. Check out the video:


    Reece Mastin performing at AMF Bowling

    Here's what he had to say about being asked to be AMF Bowling's celeb ambassador,

    "I was really excited, especially when I heard I would get to play some gigs too. I won't say I'm the best bowler but it's still fun! I will only get a strike once a game!" he says.

    Reece Mastin with TG's Alex

    He also gave us some awesome singing tips to share with you guys!

    1. Don't let yourself get scared. The moment you feel that fear is the moment you'll make a mistake.
    2. Sing as loud as you can.
    3. Have as much fun as possible. If you're not having fun then your audience won't either.

    Reece also revealed some top secret info about a new album being in the works. So watch this space for some extra insider news! What do you think Reece's new music will sound like? I hope it's still fun to dance to!

  • Book Club Style Files Update

    by Alex | Feb 19, 2014
    Hi TGs!

    Happy Wednesday! I hope you're having a great day!

    We are nearing the end Total Girl Style Files, what do you think so far?

    I hope you've all been keeping up with your book club reading cause I'm now up to the Could It Be You chapter!

    How are you guys liking the book? I think it's awesome so far. In fact I wish that my primary school gave out cool assignments to make magazines! I would have made a magazine all about animals, what about you guys?

    What would your magazine be about?

    I'm also loving the competition to join the TG team, what a cool comp! I hope that Melody and her besties win the comp!

    Lets read on until we finish the book, there's not much left now!


    P.S. Here's the first chapter for free, if you haven't had a chance to get the book!
  • What Makes An Awesome Performance

    by Alex | Feb 13, 2014
    Hey guys!

    I'm a HUGE fan of seeing bands or musicians live. It's soooo different from listening to their music from my iPod or a CD. The feeling is like no other, you feel like you're part of something bigger, something special and the excitement takes over your whole body!

    Photo: Taylor Swift in concert! Photo: Getty Images

    As TG's Entertainment Writer I've been lucky to see some really amazing performers, One Direction, Taylor Swift, R5, Big Time Rush and even Bridgit Mendler and in my spare time, I've seen Pink, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Fall Out Boy (about a million times), Muse and so many more amazing artists and the truth is, the truly amazing performances really stand out and that's because the stars really commit.

    Not that I'm a performer by any means but here's a little list of what makes a totally awesome concert performance!

    • Costume changes: I am always impressed at how quick the celeb can change a look!

    • A great stage: Katy Perry and Lady Gaga's stages are always bright, sparkly and have so many awesome details that it really converts an average concert into a masterpiece performance!

    • The talent: Sure there are people that you expect will lip sync but I really love seeing that raw talent on stage, Taylor Swift's performance is amazing because her singing live brings the songs to another level!

    • Crowd interaction: I hate it when the performer doesn't really talk to the crowd or get the audience involved. It kind of feels like you're just playing a CD except you're squished with thousands of people. 1D were amazeballs because they shined spotlights on audience members who had brought awesome posters with them! It makes you feel pretty special and really gets the crowd going!

    • Dancing: You don't have to have back-up dancers or be a world class ballerina as well as a singer but as long as you're not standing in front of your audience like a stunned mullet your crowd should see that you're having a blast performing for them.

    What do you think makes an awesome performance? I'd love to hear!


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  • Book Club: New Book

    by Alex | Feb 06, 2014
    Hi girls,

    Happy Thursday! So I saw your votes and it looks like you voted Total Girl The Style Files as the next book to read for our book club.

    I'm so excited!

    The thing about this book is that it is six books in one! So I thought we could start by reading the first book.

    We have an exclusive sneak peek of the book: read the first chapter for free!

    Style Files
     is about Melody Michaels, a super stylish girl with a passion for writing. I won't give too much away but Melody gets a really awesome assignment to start her own fashion magazine – cool right?!

    Let's start by reading up to the Help Wanted chapter.

    TG's Alex reads: Total Girl The Style Files

     I couldn't help myself but start reading while I was at work. Shhh, don't tell Amanda! Let me know what you guys think of the book so far!

  • Back To School Essentials

    by Alex | Jan 29, 2014
    Hey everyone!

    Thanks sooo much for all your amazeballs comments on my summer playlist! I LOVED hearing all your suggestions. So look out for another playlist in coming weeks.

    So, it's back to school season and I am so sad that I am no longer in school! Sure no-one relishes in getting stacks of science and maths homework but school can actually be pretty cool. The thing I love about this time of year is that (if you're in school) you get to go and buy all your stationery for school and buy a new school bag and pencil case, oh and don't forget a lunchbox!

    I love it sooo much that I've considered pretending that I'm a school student just so I can buy some awesome stationery! Crazy huh?! There's sooo much cool stuff out at the momen that I had to compile a small list of my faves. Check them out below! My fave places to shop at are Typo, Smiggle, Kikki-K, Officeworks and a little secret shop called Daiso where everything and I mean everything is $2.80!

    Back to school must-haves - stationery, drink bottles and more!

    Let me know what your fave places to shop for stationery are, I'd love to find some new shopping places!

  • Alex's Summer Song Playlist

    by Alex | Jan 20, 2014
    Hey girls!

    The summer holidays are drawing to a close but that doesn't mean the end of summer. The days are still hot, it's still daylight until at least 8pm and there's still awesome music to play while you're having a pool party.

    I've put together my favourite songs to pump this summer.

    Happy by Pharrell Williams
    It's hard to not like this song, it's well ... happy!


    Hey Brother by Avicci
    Although this song is overplayed on the radio, it's a pretty good chill-out song to play. I like listening to this in the background while I'm cooling off in the pool.


    Roar by Katy Perry
    You guys know I'm a HUGE KP fan and this song is such a powerful, fun song I can't help but sing along at the top of my lungs while I drive pretty much anywhere. So if you see a crazy person singing and dancing in the car next to you, it's probably me.


    Let It Go by Demi Lovato
    This song is featured in the movie Frozen, which BTW is totes awesome and you should go watch ASAP. Demi is my kinda gal, she's super sweet and has a cool edgy side and most of her music reflects that.


    What are your must-play songs this summer?
  • Book Club: Tilly & Billy

    by Alex | Jan 09, 2014
    Hi TGs!

    Hope you all had an absolutely ah-mazing Xmas and New Year! Can you believe it is already 2014?! Crazy huh?

    Well this year I have vowed to stick to my New Years' resolutions which are the following:
    • To learn how to cook (microwaving meals no longer cuts it)
    • To save some money (I really want to save up to go on a holiday to Hawaii)

    Do you guys have any resolutions for 2014? Share them with me by commenting below!

     So during the Xmas holidays I got loads of time to read and oops! I might have finished Tilly & Billy Travel The World. It was a pretty interesting story, it's based in one of my favourite places in the world – Los Angeles. It's all about Tilly and her bro Billy, oh and lets not forget their pet meerkat, the trio get to LA and realise that someone has stolen the 'D' from the Hollywood sign so now it only reads Hollywoo! It's up to them to save the day and get the 'D' back before the Academy Awards.  


    Great kids' read: Tilly & Billy Travel The World! Photo: Facebook

    I really liked the funny characters, especially Meeka the meerkat. I also love the illustrations that make the story come to life! Overall I give this book a 4 out of 5.
    What about you? If you haven't read it yet and would like to, enter our competition to win a Tilly & Billy Travel The World book! 

    To enter this comp email with the subject line BOOKCLUB COMP and the following info:

    Full name:
    Tell us in 25 words or less what you like most about book club!

    Keep an eye out for the poll to vote for the next book into the Book Club. If you have any suggestions make sure you let me know by commenting below OR emailing me on

    See you next time!
  • We Miss Taylor!

    by Alex | Jan 07, 2014
    Hey TGs,

    It's been a few days since Taylor left Australia and I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that I miss her already! For those of you that don't know, there's a funny story about how I came to find Taylor Swift's music.

    Taylor Swift's Red Tour

    Years ago my best friend Steph called me out of the blue and told me to drop everything and Google 'Taylor Swift'. I immediately came across her first single Love Story and was blown away! Steph has since that moment proclaimed to one and all, that she was the one to discover Taylor Swift. But after all that who would have thought that soooo many years later I would be working at TG and get the incredible opportunity to go to a Taylor Swift concert.

    Taylor Swift's Red Tour

    Yep it actually happened guys, me and 39,999 people got to experience the MAGIC that was Taylor Swift's RED Tour. Let me tell you TGs, this was no ordinary concert, this truely was the show of a lifetime! There were dancers, amazing costume changes, incredible sets and background and even fireworks!

    But aside from the glitz and glamour, there was Taylor, an incredibly beautiful and talented girl that was sooo excited to share her music with her Aussie fans. Not only did she sing all the best songs (Red, Mean and I Knew You Were Trouble were my faves) she also went on to explain the inspiration behind the songs. She told us about how she wasn't always popular and girls were mean to her and you know what? It really made me feel like she was having a deep and meaningful conversation with me. At one point it looked like she was tearing up a little. CUTE!

    Overall it was totally amazing! So now, I'm going to continue to play T-Swizzle songs whether anyone likes it or not haha!

    Did any of you guys get to go to the concert?

  • Kitten Update and New Book!

    by Alex | Dec 18, 2013

    Happy Tuesday girls!

    I want to thank all of you lovely TGs that have left me comments and advice on how to care for my new kitten. So I wanted to update you guys on how it's going... So far she's doing really well and loving all her new toys. I got her a cool little tunnel to run through and she loves hiding in it and jumping over it and hiding things in it! Sooo cute! 

    Mirabai the Kitten on a present
    Mira loooves Christmas!

    The only thing that's come between us is when she scratches my legs. My legs currently look like I've been running through rose bushes, in other words, they are all scratched up and don't look too great! Does anyone have any advice on how to her to stop doing that? Any and all advice is great advice :)

    Anyways, back to the new book we'll be reading for book club. I'm sooo excited to start this one! It's called Tilly & Billy Travel The World. You guys voted it in so I hope you're excited to read it too!

    You can buy this one at all good bookshops or on

    The exciting thing about this book cub is that five lucky TGs have the chance to win a copy of Tilly & Billy Travel The World!

    To enter this comp email with the subject line BOOKCLUB COMP and the following info:

    Full name:
    Tell us in 25 words or less what you like most about book club.

    So what are you waiting for? Enter now! (Make sure you read the Terms and Conditions!)