Greetings from Perth! I'm home for the holidays and while it's only been a little over a month since I moved to Melbourne, it's really nice to be back. There have been family meals with plenty of delicious food, girly hangs with Jennifer and a boozy night out with my girls with far too much wine and staying out past 5am. I can't even remember the last time that happened! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying this festive time off relaxing. For those of you in retail, I don't envy you. It was my first year since I was 16 not working over the holiday period and it's oddly unsettling to not be feeling totally drained out during this time of year. I really do miss that awesome holiday pay though!
Life in Melbourne is going well and I couldn't be happier with the way things have worked out. All my belongings arrived safely, we have awesome Internet where I can watch YouTube videos in 1080p (I can barely watch them in 720p here at home!) and my housemate is pretty awesome too. We had the pleasure of looking after her friend's gorgeous little kitty, Monkey, for a week and I miss her terribly. I want one of my own so badly, but a pet is such a big responsibility that I just don't think I can commit to until I've travelled more. I will fulfil my dream of becoming a crazy cat lady one day. Our lovely friend, Jess, came to stay with us too and I just absolutely love meeting up with my bloggy friends. I've formed some amazing real life friendships this year with girls I've met online and for those of you I haven't, I only hope I one day soon get the chance to.
Things on the job front are a bit slow as it's probably the worst time of year to be looking for one, but that's okay because I've had the time to explore Melbourne, get to know my new surroundings better and even get back into the swing of blogging. Jobs applications are an absolute bitch, but I'm also embracing the free time while I have it! I to and fro from feeling excited to blog, but right now, my excitement is in full swing.
I've been reading Grace's blog, That Grace Girl for a fair few months now and she instantly became one of my favourites. She has a love for the luxurious and she definitely has me lusting after her beauty stash of Byredo, Aesop, Chanel and NARS! She is one sleek and stylish lady. More than that, she truly gained my respect after reading her brilliant post called Blogging Criteria. So eloquently written, we share the same views on blogging and it's really awesome to see like-minded girls go against what blogging has become to focus on staying true to what it's really all about.
As someone who consumes so much music, living in Melbourne is an absolute dream. In the one month I've lived there, I've already been to three gigs - BROODS, Giraffage and The War On Drugs, who were all just absolutely fantastic. A lot of bands don't tour Perth because it's so far away (and therefore, not cost-effective), but living on the east coast means I get to see all my favourite bands now! I've purchased tickets for various live acts next year too and I cannot wait!
Röyksopp and Robyn pulled out of their 2015 Australian tour, which was really, truly the most heartbreaking thing to have happened to me this year, but nevertheless, their album, The Inevitable End, was mind-blowing. They've stated that this is their last album as they're now focusing on less traditional forms of music, so it'll be interesting to hear what they come up with next. My monthly playlist is a long one this month since I didn't do one in November and I've listened to so many new releases. I've fallen in love with Yelle, Tennis, Ariel Pink, The Drums, HAERTS, Caribou, FKA twigs, Thom Yorke and Mr Twin Sister's new stuff, as well as the Palo Alto soundtrack, but the real standouts have been The Preatures and The Kite String Tangle. I swear I'm not being biased just because they're both Australian, but you need to listen to them. 8tracks wouldn't let me upload any tracks from The Kite String Tangle, but check out his Soundcloud. Commotion is just the best.
Film and television
A few films I've really enjoyed recently are White Bird In A Blizzard, Sleepless In Seattle, Venus Beauty, Palo Alto, Wish I Was Here (yay, Zach Braff!), Neighbors, Jerry Maguire, Safety Not Guaranteed (yay, Aubrey Plaza!) and Fantastic Mr. Fox. White Bird In A Blizzard is a dark and twisted film, but if you've ever seen a Gregg Araki film (which I highly recommend you do), it's not surprising. I'm definitely more into his work from the '90s, though this was still such a great watch and his taste in music is still on point even after all these years. Wes Anderson is another director I love and Fantastic Mr. Fox was such a cute little film. Is it just me or was this an animated film for adults?
I unexpectedly loved both Neighbors and Jerry Maguire more than I thought I would. I predicted Neighbors to be that silly college-humour type of movie for bros and while it was, it was a great laugh and pleasantly enjoyable. I loved how Rose Byrne spoke in her Australian accent in the movie, I find Seth Rogan kind of adorable and Lisa Kudrow was hilarious in her small role too. Plus, I'm not going to lie, I'm slowly gaining respect for Zac Efron! I've never been the biggest fan of Tom Cruise, even before the whole crazy jumping on Oprah's couch fiasco, but his performance in Jerry Maguire was brilliant. Everything from the acting, the music, Renée Zellweger's awesome '90s wardrobe and to those classic quotes - "SHOW ME THE MONEY!" and "You had me at hello" - it was all so well done. There was drama, romance and humour in the film and I mean, what more could you ask for? I never, ever thought I'd enjoy a movie about sport.
In television, I finally got around to finishing Full House and while I did enjoy it in small doses, I'm glad to be done with it! It's a great family show, but after eight seasons, I needed something more stimulating. I also finally got around to watching season 3 of Girls, Chris Lilley's latest miniseries, Jonah From Tonga, and the final season of Misfits. As dislikable as the characters can be on Girls, it somehow draws me into them more. I know a few people who can't get into this show, but I'm really looking forward to season 4 next month. I haven't read Lena Dunham's book yet as I'm the slackest reader ever, but I'll get on that in the New Year! Jonah was my favourite character on Summer Heights High, so I was excited when I heard Chris Lilley was doing a show solely based on him. I don't think it was as funny as Summer Heights High, but it was still an entertaining and easy watch in one sitting. I can't wait to see what Chris Lilley will come up with next and hopefully there'll be new characters. I think he is really at his best when he plays multiple characters. Like Full House, I was glad to be done with Misfits because I hated the new characters and the powers just kept getting more and more ridiculous. Alex was definitely the only reason why I stuck through to the end - what a babe.
This is obviously my final post for 2014, so until next year, have a wonderful New Year, everyone! Things will be pretty low-key and chilled out for me as I just intend on gorging out on pizza with the family and relatives over at our place. Fun times!
1. Robert Schwartzman - It's You
2. Disclosure - Help Me Lose My Mind (feat. London Grammar)
3. Giraffage - Moments
4. Shocking Pinks - Swam
5. The Preatures - Ordinary
6. The Drums - Kiss Me Again
7. The War On Drugs - Baby Missiles
8. The Preatures - Somebody's Talking
9. Ariel Pink - Put Your Number In My Phone
10. Soft Walls - Never Come Back Again
11. Tennis - Never Work For Free
12. Yelle - Complètement fou
13. Mr Twin Sister - In The House Of Yes
14. Caribou - Can't Do Without You
15. Thom Yorke - Guess Again!
16. FKA twigs - Breathe
17. Röyksopp - Goodnite Mr. Sweetheart