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Rachel Oakley

Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. Some of her main passions include philosophy, art, travel, and sarcasm.

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Brush up on your sewing skills at this fashion-obsessed Parisian cafe

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 5 August 2015

If you’re not into sewing, the concept is definitely bizarre: a cafe in the heart of Paris chockablock full of sewing machines. Ok, if you are into sewing, it’s still kind of strange, but Sweat Shop is one of those cutesy little cafes in Paris you just have to see, at least once. Maybe twice if you want to fix that zipper.

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Cabbages & Condoms, a fancy(ish) restaurant in the heart of Bangkok

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 4 August 2015

There’s one restaurant you probably shouldn’t take your grandma to, unless, of course she’s as open minded as you: Bangkok’s Cabbages & Condoms.

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Look through these ‘Windows of the World’ to gain a new perspective

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Tuesday 4 August 2015

Look out your window – what do you see? How does it make you feel? In the ‘Windows of the World‘ series, photographers from 27 countries were given a simple brief: ‘Take two photos of the view from your window – one in the morning and one in the evening. Then write what you see and how it makes you feel’.

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What can you buy for a dollar in different countries around the world?

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By Rachel Oakley in New Illustration on Tuesday 4 August 2015

You can’t get much for a buck these days – perhaps a stick of gum (if you’re lucky) or a couple of stamps. Well, that is if you’re living in New York. But what about other parts of the world? A dollar might not get you too far in NYC but in other countries, it can buy you a bottle of wine, an espresso and even a foot massage.

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World’s best job? This guy paints epic internet memes onto utility boxes in NZ

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Tuesday 4 August 2015

New Zealand looks like the place to go if you want to get your street art noticed. Back in 2013, artist Paul Walsh painted a Grumpy Cat on a wall at his local dog park (after a few beers) but it got painted over. Locals were upset, petitioned the council and low and behold, a local newspaper published what had happened.

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Check out how designers want the elderly people sign to get made over

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 4 August 2015

The British ‘elderly people’ road sign is a little outdated, so a competition was launched to redesign the sign.

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Love land? Stay on a cruise ship that never enters the water

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Tuesday 4 August 2015

You’re keen to travel and you’ve heard wonders about cruises. But being stuck on board a massive ship with tourists 24/7 for an entire week just isn’t your thing. But you still want a cruise experience. Gosh, you’re demanding! But lucky for you, South Korea offers just this.

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Exclusive interview with Australia’s hottest music export: Peking Duk

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By Rachel Oakley in New Music on Tuesday 4 August 2015

Peking Duk first took Australia by storm with the release of their 2012 bootleg remix of Passion Pit’s Take A Walk. Now this Aussie duo – made up of Reuben Styles and Adam Hyde – is taking their music halfway around the world on a global tour that takes them to iconic cities such as Las Vegas, Singapore and Miami.

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Winners of the best aerial photo competition by Dronestagram and Nat Geo

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Tuesday 4 August 2015

More than 5,000 entries were submitted for this year’s Drone Aerial Photography Contest, and the winners were finally announced. The competition was judged on creativity and photographic quality, with the winners displaying all this and more.

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Take a glimpse at the pimped out taxi cabs of Mumbai

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By Rachel Oakley in New Design on Tuesday 4 August 2015

Taxi companies of the world, take note. Designer Sanket Avlani has created ‘Taxi Fabric‘, a Mumbai-based project that reupholsters taxi cab interiors with the work of emerging designers.

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Live to sleep? These illustrations totally get your dreamy lifestyle

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By Rachel Oakley in New Illustration on Monday 3 August 2015

There are two kinds of people in the world: those that LOVE sleep and can’t get enough of it, and those other weirdos. Some people just don’t get the desire to sleep. That desire to nap in the early afternoon or to sleep in until midday on a weekend (or a weekday, who are we kidding?). But that’s ok. There’s someone who does understand the wonders of sleep – artist Landysh Askhmetzyanova.

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Exquisite photographs of the wild horses across North America

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Monday 3 August 2015

Troy Moth has a profound respect and understanding of horses few can match. This 29-year-old drives all over North America searching out wild (and sometimes domesticated) horses for that perfect photograph.

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Kiwi students perform a breathtaking Maori war dance in honour of their late teacher

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Friday 31 July 2015

When a favourite teacher at Palmerston North Boys High School died last week, students of this New Zealand school knew there was only one way to give him the send-off he truly deserved. As Mr. Tamatea’s hearse entered the school grounds, 1,700 students broke into a traditional Maori haka that will send shivers down your spine.

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WTF? Bizarre photos from Russia’s Google Street View

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Websites on Friday 31 July 2015

It’s hard to think that these photos were taken in the age of the Internet, but it’s true. These pics were all taken from Russia’s Google Street View, courtesy of the blog VsePloho. And it’s about as depressing and bizarre as it gets.

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Your pen, Your Majesty! We all need a geeky pen holder just like this one

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Friday 31 July 2015

Isn’t it about time you felt high and mighty when asking for your pen to sign papers or grade assignments? Yes, yes it is. And lucky for you, ThinkGeek has made a pen holder that will give you all those feelings. Introducing the Executive Knight Pen Holder.

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