July has been a pretty busy and exciting month for me. I've been busily preparing for my upcoming trip to Hong Kong and China (i.e. making wishlists of things I want to buy), which I leave for in five days (!!!), planning and scheduling blog posts, and reformatting my old blog content for my move over to Squarespace. I wasn't originally going to go on holiday with my family as my main priority at the moment is finding a job and moving to Melbourne, but I've never been on a proper overseas holiday with my family before. My trip to Bali with them in 2012 was cut short as I was leaving for Europe a few weeks later and last year, and I didn't go to Malaysia and Singapore with them as I was in Sydney doing my digital marketing internship. Before that, we'd only been on little holidays down south of Western Australia when we were kids, so it's definitely been a long time since we've all been away together as a family. Plus, who am I to say no to an overseas holiday? The last time I travelled overseas was two years ago when I spent the summer in Europe with my best friend and let me tell you, it's been two years too long. Travelling is something that really means a lot to me and once you start, you never want to stop. We're going away for two weeks and I figure this will be my final hurrah before I thrust myself into the world of adulthood and attempt to find a full time job and move out of home. I've started looking and whole process is so overwhelming. I'm constantly worried about it, but I have to stay focused on my goals and remind myself that you don't get anywhere without hard work.
There have been a couple of new blog discoveries in the month of July. First up is More Than Adored, which is run by the lovely Sarah. She's a fellow Aussie residing in Melbourne and there's nothing more I love than finding new Australian blog reads. I really love her blog ethic and for someone who only blogs as a hobby, I am just so impressed by how hard working she is. I'm struggling to schedule three blog posts in August while I'm away as it is! I love those kind blog discoveries where you just know the blogger really loves what they do. A newcomer to the blogging world is Jimmy from Amsterdaily, which you may have guessed from his blog name, is from Amsterdam, which I think is so cool! It's not everyday I come across European bloggers outside of the UK (who write in English for me to understand, anyway) and it's not everyday I come across beauty blogging guys either. I love his minimal approach to skincare and makeup, and I think Jimmy definitely brings something unique and refreshing to the community.
You know those amazing musical discoveries where you hear one song by a band and all of a sudden, you've obtained their whole discography because they're just that good? July has been one of those months for me and I welcomed Baths, How To Dress Well and The War On Drugs into my life. After listening to and loving Baths', Ocean Death EP, last month, I went and downloaded his LPs and upon discovering new releases from How To Dress Well and The War On Drugs on a couple of my favourite music blogs, I just knew I needed to check out the rest of their stuff too. I'm absolutely obsessed with How To Dress Well's song, Repeat Pleasure, which reminds of '90s R&B with elements of electronic music thrown in. It's just so damn catchy! Another amazing band I finally got around to listening to that I'd been meaning to check out for a while is the Swedish dream pop band, Postiljonen. I don't even know how it took me so long because they make me dream of sunsets, and I just want to close my eyes and float on clouds when I listen to their music. Their song, Supreme, has been on repeat and brings such joy into my life. Supreme is one of those where you just have to stop everything you're doing and concentrate on because it'll make you appreciate music that much.
Film and television
I haven't watched too many films this month as I've been busy with blog and travel stuff, but I watched an old classic from the '90s, Good Will Hunting, which definitely lived up to the hype. I watched this film upon the recommendation from a friend and I guess you could say the major theme of the film is going after what you're really worth and not settling, which I feel rings true to me at the moment. I'm almost done with season 3 of Full House and I'm still really enjoying it. There are surprisingly some real laugh-out-loud moments in this show and I just love Uncle Jesse and Becky's relationship. I mean, what is a TV show if I don't have a couple to obsess over?
1. Postiljonen - Help
2. Tycho - Awake (Com Truise Remix)
3. Sleep ∞ Over - Romantic Streams
4. Ulrich Schnauss - I Take Comfort In Your Ignorance (Tycho Remix)
5. Ásgeir - Going Home
6. The War On Drugs - Red Eyes
7. CHVRCHES - The Mother We Share (Errors Remix)
8. Postiljonen - Supreme
9. How To Dress Well - Repeat Pleasure
10. Baths - Rafting Starlit Everglades