I thought I'd mix things up a little with my monthly 'Life lately' posts. I was getting bored of the Instagram photos and if I'm honest, I tend to scroll past Instagram updates on my blogroll because I've most likely already seen the photos on Instagram itself, anyway. Some of the photos that will now feature on my Life lately posts you may see on Instagram, but these will be taken with my DSLR instead. I'd really like to buy a good quality travel friendly camera to take photos on the go, but that probably won't happen for a while as I really need to save more. In the meantime, I'll probably just take photos of pretty things and what I've been loving over the past month. I know a lot of bloggers do these sorts of posts every week, but as sad as it sounds, my life isn't very interesting on a week-to-week basis!
As us Australians celebrated Australia Day last week, I'm going to dedicate this to my fellow Aussie bloggers. I've discovered so many amazing girls and in a community that's generally dominated by the Americans and English, it's nice to see the Aussies putting themselves out there too and perhaps offering something a little more fresh to the beauty blogging community. First up is Brodie who I go way back with to the days of LiveJournal. She's been an online friend of mine for a fair few years and she finally decided to start her own beauty blog, Brodie Jay. Ashley and Lisa are not only Australian, but they're from Perth like me too and I'm sure they can share my sentiments on how depressing it is living in Perth when you're obsessed with shopping. Their blogs are Actually Ash and Style with Lisa respectively, and I'd appreciate if you could out these three ladies. It's been really nice reading blogs that I can relate to a little bit more, though don't get me wrong, I still love dreaming about shopping in Sephora, Boots and Space NK!
Film and television
You won't believe this, but I'm still watching The Nanny as I've really struggled getting through the last two seasons. I've found it quite painful watching a woman so desperate to get married and chasing a guy who so clearly isn't ready for commitment. Don't get me wrong, I love the whole "will they or won't they?" romances, but it just got too ridiculous and now that Fran and Mr Sheffield are married, the show has lost a lot of its charm and the romance is just a little bit too cheesy for my liking. I'm finally on the last season though and hopefully by my next monthly life update, I'll be watching something new! I watched quite a few movies last month and some of my favourites were Play It Again, Sam, We're The Millers, Masculin Féminin and The To Do List. My mum recommended Play It Again, Sam to me as we were talking about Woody Allen movies and I'm looking forward to seeing Blue Jasmine even more so now. I wasn't expecting to enjoy We're The Millers, but that and The To Do List were both really funny watches. As for Masculin Féminin, you can never go wrong with French films from the '60s. I need to get my hair cut into a cute bob again ASAP so I can be a trendy French girl like Madeleine.
I didn't listen to a lot of new music in January, but I will have a playlist at the end of this month as there are a new releases by Warpaint, The Jezabels and Bombay Bicycle Club that I'm looking forward to listening to.
2014 hasn't been off to an amazing start, to tell you the truth. I have all these goals I want to accomplish and to get where I want to be, I need to put in the work, yet I've found it so overwhelming and in turn I haven't had as much motivation as I'd like. There have also been family matters I've had to take on board, but I'm trying my hardest to remain positive and hopeful. As I've grown up and started having faith in myself, I've become a lot more emotionally stronger and while that's not to say I don't ever feel sad and scared, I'm more accepting of life's ups and downs. I've learnt to take the good with the bad and whatever shit life throws at you, you just have to deal with it head on and know that you get can through it. While I do like to be open and honest with you guys, I want to keep what exactly is happening to myself because even though it does still affect me, I'm not the one going through it and there's a time and a place for these sorts of things. I think with social media, you really only ever see the happy moments of a person's life, but it isn't ever only just nice clothes, beauty products, travelling to amazing places and eating good food. I'm not saying these things to be a Debbie downer, but I just want to be a bit more real and despite whatever may be troubling me, I'm still always positive and grateful. I have so many wonderful people in my life and even outside of "real life", the blogging community is something that also brings me a lot of joy, so all you lovely people mean a lot to me too.
On a happier note, I did a little splurging last month and bought way too many things from Mecca Cosmetica and even upgraded my MacBook Pro. Expect a haul coming up soon and I'm just so in love with all my shiny new toys! My new MacBook Pro is so much faster and I can listen to iTunes and run Photoshop at the same time without the fans going off like crazy and overheating. Also, retina display? Fucking beautiful. I can't even look at my old computer screen anymore. Eventually I'd like to buy the Thunderbolt Display and Wireless Keyboard to hook up to my MacBook Pro (I did consider an iMac, but I don't need a whole new machine), but that won't be happening any time soon as my priority with my money is getting out of Perth - both moving to Melbourne and travelling. I really, really miss travelling.
I know my blog posts tend to be tl;dr, I hope you don't mind!