don’t read posts on weddings (except this one)

Originally published on KiKi & Tea

The new craze in wedding gifts – helping to pay for the honeymoon

The new craze in wedding gifts – helping to pay for the honeymoon

As you all know, I got engaged recently. Even though many people expect me to be like Monica from “Friends” with a massive binder filled with every wedding idea I have ever had, I’m not. Surprised? You aren’t alone. I am enjoying filling the amazing wedding binder I bought from kikki k and the “wedding notes” book my lovely sister gave me. You see, while I haven’t planned everything already in my head, I have waited my whole life to plan a wedding.

This may be less impressive to some given the fact that I am only 22, but I have always found the thought of planning a wedding to be incredible. When one of my coworkers told me how relieved she felt when wedding planning was over, I couldn’t understand and thought it would be different for me. Now, I am starting to see what she means.

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a personal engagement


Hello my lovely readers, I am terribly sorry for my absence. I know that I’ve been posting book reviews (and currently running a bit behind, oops) and award show wrap-ups, but I haven’t really been posting much personal content. That seems a bit weird considering it is called “the musings of monique” and I haven’t really been offering many musings lately.

As many of you will know, around three weeks ago, I became engaged to the most amazing man I have ever met and you can read just a little bit about that here. Why just a little bit? Well, sit down my friends, for we have a story. Read More

bullying the bully


I am against bullying. I hate it. On this blog, I will never post comments which are abusive towards others, it’s just not in my nature. That’s not to say I’ve never gone off on a little rant in person, but to put something down in words and then post it online is something I don’t understand. I never have and I never will. You’ll have noticed that in the celebrity posts I’ve done in the past, I talk about what is happening but try to be really careful (and I may have failed) to make sure I’m not saying anything really hurtful or anything that could be classed as bullying. Why? Because celebrities are people as well and people with feelings. Read More

i will remember them, not him


There are a few things in life that I feel as passionate about as the need for proper gun control everywhere, especially in the United States. Every time I wake to news of another shooting, I feel this terrible sinking feeling in my stomach. It’s sinking because it’s a tragedy but I know enough to know that nothing is going to change.

When I heard about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, I was devastated. Every time a new piece of information is released, I am moved to tears. Especially when the names and ages of the children killed were released. They were six and seven. A man stood in front of children who were six and seven and shot them multiple times with a semi-automatic. I can’t even fathom what kind of person is capable of this cruelty. Read More

this has to stop


This morning, I woke up to news that yet ANOTHER school shooting happened in America. But something about this story was different. The shooting took place at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut where a 20-year-old man, Adam Lanza, opened fire, killing 28 people, 20 of them children between the ages of five and 10 (death toll varies on different news reports, no official figure has been released yet). You can read various news stories here, here and hereRead More

the world of interning

The Devil Wears Prada while somewhat realistic, is still far too glamourous

To get a job in the media, you need more than just a degree, in fact, sometimes you don’t need a degree at all, you need experience. Why? Because just like in The Devil Wears Prada “a million girls would kill for this job”, though it’s not exclusive to just women. If you think work experience and interning is “beneath you” and you think you will be fine with just a degree, then good luck, because there are thousands out there willing to work for free for the chance that they may someday land a job in the media. I know, because I was one of them. Read More

bye bye, birdy?

Originally published on KiKi & Tea.


Though I like to think of myself as being informed about politics, the truth is there is quite a lot that I don’t know about our political system and there is even less that I know about US politics. As we draw even closer to the next United States presidential election, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have been filling the news channels and news websites with their pledges and what they will do as President of the United States of America. I don’t know much about what they stand for because, as ignorant as this is, I don’t get a vote, so I feel that it doesn’t REALLY matter who I support as I don’t get a say. But after the first presidential debate last week, even though Romney clearly won, I found myself rooting for Obama. Despite the fact that I once referred to Romney as trustworthy, when I heard that he wants to get rid of PBS, I took issue. Read More

against the violence, not the people

Signs like this will only make things worse

I want to start this post by apologising for my long absence from musings. I’ve been flat out with full time work, writing for KiKi & Tea and have been distracted by a very special new man in my life. I’ve been meaning to write and then something (usually sleep) beckons and unfortunately musings has fallen by the wayside. My apologies and I’ll try my best to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

So what was it that brought me out of silence? I felt prompted to post something about the riots that happened in Sydney over the weekend. Before you click away, this post is not about condemning Islam and Muslims. It will condemn the actions of a few but the underlying message of what I am trying to say is that the actions of a few do not speak for the majority. Read More