Have you ever reached the point where you spend so much money, shopping begins to not even feel good anymore? That's currently how I feel right now. Don't get me wrong, there's still quite a few beauty products I'd love to get my hands on, but for now, I'm taking it easy with the spending. It's only been two weeks since I last bought anything (minus a tea infuser and Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, which were obviously necessities), but for me, that's quite the accomplishment and it's already made a huge difference in my savings. As fun as shopping can be, it's not so fun when all your purchases are quickly followed by guilt. Sometimes you need to step back and realise where you priorities lie and currently for me it's getting out of my shitty retail job and this uninspiring small city that I live in. Moving out and travelling are always things I strive to constantly save for, but I also need a new GHD (my current one that I've had for about seven years has seen better days), a couple of coats I'm lusting after for my autumn/winter wardrobe and a bigger portable external hard drive for all the TV shows, films and music I'm forever downloading. I already feel a lot happier and confident now that I'm saving more as things got a little out of hand during Christmas and the sales. I feel like I'm back on track with working towards my goals and by no means am I imposing a shopping ban on myself, but I'm appreciating what I already have and trying not to be so excessive.
After pestering my good friend, Jennifer, to start blogging again, she finally did so and has a brand new blog called Beauty by Jnfr. I met her online in 2011 back when I first started blogging and after a long hiatus, I'm so glad to have one of my favourite beauty girls back on the scene. We only just met for the first time late last year, but she's quickly become such a good friend of mine and is truly one of the sweetest and most genuine people I know. We can sure do some damage when we shop together! She's a qualified makeup artist, so she knows her stuff and I'd love for all of you to check out her blog.
In other blogging news, I had the pleasure of writing for Blogbranch earlier this month. If you've never heard of them, they're basically an upcoming blog offering tips and advice to bloggers, and it was so exciting and such a huge honour that they asked me to write a blog post for them. Blogging will always only be a hobby for me (apart from it probably being impossible in Australia unless you have a huge following, I don't like ads and I would miss the social interaction of actually leaving the house to go to work) and I'll never be a professional at this, but I like to think I know a thing or two about it! My blog post is called Changing the Name of Your Blog, which was inspired by my name change at the beginning of the year (you can read about that here) and hopefully there will be more blog posts for Blogbranch to come in the near future. I really want to work in social media/digital marketing, so this is something I'll definitely be adding to the résumé too.
I've been obsessed with CHVRCHES this month. Sometimes you can love music, but not realise its full amazingness until you see it live. The entire debut album is just so fun and I may have a little girlcrush on Lauren Mayberry. I had such an amazing time at St. Jerome's Laneway Festival at the beginning of the month seeing CHVRCHES, Youth Lagoon, HAIM, Warpaint, Lorde and The Jezabels live. Unfortunately, I missed out on seeing Jagwar Ma, Jamie xx and Four Tet due to set time clashes, but it wasn't the end of the world as I've already seen all three live. My friend Holly put me on her shoulders when Lorde played Royal and The Jezabels closed with Hurt Me, which is the song that first made me fall in love with them. Incredible! I've also been loving Bombay Bicycle Club's new album, which totally exceeded my expectations. I thought it would be hard to top A Different Kind of Fix, but So Long, See You Tomorrow is so, so good. After listening to a Tourist playlist a couple of weeks ago, I discovered an amazing artist called Games, and through the music blog, Gorilla vs. Bear, Yumi Zouma, whose Wild Nothing remix of A Long Walk Home For Parted Lovers is so dreamy and perfect.
Film and television
Freaks And Geeks. Where has this TV show been my whole life? It's so funny and just so damn cool. I have a little bit of an obsession going on with '90s television as I've finally finished watching The Nanny and after Freaks And Geeks, which sadly only lasted one season, I'm moving onto Full House. As for movies, I only watched one this month and that was The Informers, starring the flawless Winona Ryder. It was a pretty awful movie as Winona didn't even have major role in the film and it just seemed to go nowhere. Despite that, the '80s aesthetic was spot on and I just lurveee the '80s.
Apart from going to Laneway and writing for Blogbranch, Jennifer and I went on a shopping date earlier in the month where we indulged in macarons, chai tea lattes and Japanese for lunch, followed by hand massages at the Jo Malone counter in David Jones. As Valentine's Day presents to ourselves, we bought our very first bottles of Jo Malone Cologne, both of us getting Blackberry & Bay, which has been on my wishlist for months. We were also kindly given two mini bottles of cologne and a generous sample of one of the Body Crèmes, which was so lovely.
Lastly, thank you for the sweetest comments you all left on my Being Proud to Be a Blogger blog post! It's my most popular blog post yet and while I don't reply to comments as I feel like I'd be repeating myself, I do, of course, read each one. It was really heartwarming to read your stories and that you could all relate to what I wrote.
1. Yumi Zouma - A Long Walk Home For Parted Lovers (Wild Nothing Remix)
2. Games - Everything Is Working
3. Warpaint - Undertow
4. Youth Lagoon - Cannons
5. Bombay Bicycle Club - Overdone
6. BROODS - Coattails
7. Sky Ferreira - 24 Hours
8. Jagwar Ma - Man I Need
9. Tennis - Marathon
10. HAIM - If I Could Change Your Mind
11. The Jezabels - Hurt Me
12. CHVRCHES - We Sink