I didn't do a 'Life Lately' post for the month of May as the months just seem to pass me by too quickly and I can't keep up sometimes! Apart from going on holiday to Sydney, I don't think there was anything else exciting to report that's worth mentioning. Likewise, June has been a pretty quiet month, but things should pick up during the second half of the year. I only have a few hours left of my supervised driving before I get my licence now, I have big plans for my blog as I'll be moving over to Squarespace and in August, I'll be going on holiday with my family to Hong Kong and China, stopping over in Singapore! I'll probably go into detail about that in a later post (expect a wishlist of goodies I can't wait to pick up from Sephora), but for now, bring on ALL the shopping! When I come home, however, things will be getting serious as I attempt to move out of home to Melbourne and find my first full time job. I'm terrified and it's going to be hard work, but it's something that I dream of everyday. I want a job that doesn't make me miserable, I want a wardrobe that'll fit all my clothes, I want to live in a city that makes me excited to leave the house, but most of all, I just really want to get out of my comfort zone and do something different.
In preparation for an upcoming ALO feature, I basically went on a music listening spree and listened to a tonne of new releases. First and foremost, my favourite band (equally tied with Cut Copy), Röyksopp, along with Robyn, released a mini-album called Do It Again and it truly is a thing of beauty. I'm in love with Monument, which is the first song off the tracklist, and to me, there is no other perfect introduction. Röyksopp hold a special place in my heart for being the band to completely change my taste in music and appreciate it on another level I had never experienced before. Almost nine years on since I welcomed them into my life with open arms, they still keep surprising me and I'm still utterly in love with them. Other new releases I loved this month were Lykke Li, Tycho and Glass Animals' new albums. I think my obsession for Glass Animals is pretty well known by this point and I can safely say that their debut album does not disappoint. I'm hoping they tour Australia soon as I imagine these guys would have such an incredible vibe live.
We can't forget those new bands I also discovered. Through my favourite music blogs, I discovered Aussie band, Collarbones, who make some really sweet tunes. Their music is a little hard to describe, but to me, it's a really cool blend of '80s synth pop and hip hop. I'm not normally a hip hop fan, but I think through artists like Flume and Glass Animals, the genre has grown on me. There's also Baths, who's music is super dreamy and calming, and GEMS, who if I were in a band, I'd want my music to sound like. They remind me of HAERTS and I'm patiently waiting for full-length albums from these two!
Film and television
I finally got around to watching The Wolf Of Wall Street this month and while I didn't go into it with any expectations, I was really impressed with the film and for three hours long, it was highly entertaining and kept me engaged. I know it's been a pretty controversial "water cooler" type of film, I know everyone at work was talking about it, and I mean, it was explicit, but it wasn't that bad. I don't know what that says about me and the other types of movies I watch! After reading about it, this film seemed to mean a lot to Leonardo DiCaprio and I'm so bummed that he never won the Oscar. One day, Leo, one day! In other three hour long movies, I also watched Blue Is The Warmest Color, a French film about a teenage girl discovering her sexuality. I found this film to be more explicit, but it was beautifully done, and it was so real and so raw in emotion. One of my best friends introduced me to an amazing documentary called Black Tar Heroin, which looks at the lives of young people addicted to the drug. I love documentaries, especially ones about drug addiction, because it's really fascinating and there's usually always some sort of dark back story to these people's lives as to why they got into drugs in the first place. It was really eye-opening and I highly recommend it. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is however, a movie I would not recommend and was hugely disappointed in. I mean, I guess I shouldn't have expected so much because rarely ever do sequels to such cult comedies live up to the hype, but this movie was just a disaster and it was like no thought even went into it! Some scenes were mildly funny at most, but never laugh out loud funny like the first, and there were a few scenes where I just felt secondhand embarrassment!
While everyone is obsessing over Game Of Thrones and Orange Is The New Black, I'm here still stuck in the '90s watching Full House. I want to get into these new shows as they come highly recommended from my sister, but it's so hard to keep up with current television when there are so many past TV shows I also want to watch! Life is just a constant battle of trying to keep up with movies and TV shows I want to watch and books I want to read. #firstworldproblem indeed. Anyway, I've really been enjoying Full House as it's such a light-hearted, easy watch that I can just chuck on and not have to focus on the storyline too much. I'm not going to lie, this show is sappy and cheesy at times, but I find myself getting so emotional and teary eyed! I am the worst when it comes to crying during TV shows. I can't believe Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were ever that small and I think about how bizarre it must be to have been in the spotlight for literally your entire life. All the girls in the show are so talented and cute and "have mercy", so is Uncle Jesse! My favourite however, is definitely Danny as he's that lame, awkward dad, who I find always makes me laugh the most.
You may have noticed that I've left out the 'Blog' section of my Life Lately post here, but I'm planning a favourite bloggers/my blog BFFs and favourite YouTubers series of blog posts soon and since I missed out on last month, this was getting long enough as it was! As always, I found myself having a lot more to say than I originally intended, but I hope this wasn't too boring for you all!
1. Röyksopp & Robyn - Monument
2. Baths - Ocean Death
3. Glass Animals - Flip
4. Lykke Li - No Rest For The Wicked
5. Local Natives - Breakers (Superhumanoids Remix)
6. Baths - Fade White
7. Tycho - L
8. Collarbones - Burnout
9. GEMS - Scar
10. Craft Spells - Komorebi
11. Blackbird Blackbird - Rare Candy
12. Kevin Drew - You In Your Were