once upon a time in the merry land of australia, i met shadi toloui-wallace. not only is shadi the kind of human that effortlessly injects a whole lot of fun and laughter into any given situation, but she is also a very talented singer/songwriter and has recently started a unique accessory line – ‘shhh‘!
shadi has offered to giveaway one of her lovely handmade necklaces on my blog, and all you need to do is complete two simple steps:
- like the ‘shhh’ accessory page on facebook
- leave a comment on this blog post with the link to your favorite piece from the shhh etsy shop
see? easy cakes. the winner (you will win the piece that you link to) will be chosen at random on friday at noon. if you have never won anything cool in your entire life, this is your chance!
here’s a little bit more about shadi:
1. list 5 things shadi is and 5 things shadi isn’t:
- A hoarder- I find it hard to get rid of things like music/sentimental/clothes in particular my vintage shoes and dresses. I blame genetics.
- Fascinated by old people and things.
- Constantly on the hunt for cheap/creative craft ideas.
- Obsessed with tetras.
- Pretty handy with a sewing machine.
- Sure if she should be speaking in third person
- Afraid to speak her mind
- Keen on flying due to an extreme fear of heights.
- Able to solve a rubix cube.
2. what is the one of the most annoying misconceptions about australia?
I think that a lot of the world is still unaware of the amazing creative culture we have here. Australia has a thriving community of musicians, visual artists, designers and creatives who produce unique and original work. It’s a collaborative, tight knit community and I hope that, in time, more people will start becoming aware of the incredible talent down here.
3. what’s the biggest fashion faux pas you committed at one point in your life? please tell me you had a mullet. actually scratch that, mullets are cool again.
Hah, yeah, I totally had a mullet. My sister would cut it and she’d do a really good job, but that was like 6 years ago and my friend Roya wont let me live it down. In all honesty, I could list a bunch of them but they all seemed so right at the time. I think most of my fashion faux pas occurred when I was trying to fit into a trend that physically didn’t work for me. I’m really big on feeling comfortable, so knowing what works with my shape and what I could last a day in is my first priority. That’s not to say I don’t care about how I look, but I’ve done the whole 3-inch zip/hipster/skinny/sass&bide jean thing, and my kidneys will never forgive me.
4. can you describe the exact moment when you realized you wanted to be a songwriter/musician?
It was more like a bunch of contributing factors…
- I started listening to more independent musicians when I was about 14. These guys wrote, composed and produced their own music, I thought it was so much more personal, relatable, rewarding and real. I wanted to be part of this.
- I was noticing that a lot of the more popular and accessible music was lacking substance and meaning.
- Growing up and listening to musicians like Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, Tracey Chapman, Simon & Garfunkel, who were all such great storytellers. They definitely influenced my decision to write and play guitar. Two things I’m constantly trying to improve every day.
- I was 14, and needed a way to vent my mood swings.
5. who would be the members of your ideal band?
I noticed it would probably sound horrid in reality, but this is my dream team…
- Fabrizio Moretti on drums
- Daniel Quine Auerbach on guitar
- Bob Dylan would be our song writing adviser
- Lykki Li would be lead vocalist
- James Mercer would be backup guitar and vocals
- I noticed I’m missing bass, so I’ll get Skrillex in for that
- And I guess that leaves me with the tambourine