Melbourne is notorious for its 'four seasons in one day' weather, but never have I truly experienced this madness until this month. I took the extra layers off my bed because I thought the warm weather was well and truly here, only to be freezing cold the next day and leave the house wearing my coat! Nevertheless, mango season and Daylight Savings (aka additional blog photography time) are officially back and that's all I care about.
After spending a lovely week back home in Perth celebrating family birthdays (mine included) and catching up with friends at the beginning of the month, I came back to Melbourne and my babe of a housemate took me to see The Lion King musical, which was just out of this world incredible. We somehow got talking about musicals and when I mentioned I'd never seen one before, she instantly bought tickets for us to go see it! I've been to gigs and I've been to festivals, but musical performances are just in a league of their own. It was so full of joy, my heart was racing during the stampede scene and I left the theatre so overcome with emotion! The day in general was just really lovely - we spent the morning wandering the Camberwell Markets before heading back into the city for dumplings and the musical, and then came home to drink cider and watch the movie. I can't wait to see more musicals and I'd love to see one on Broadway one of these days.
A few days ago, I caught the David Bowie is exhibition at ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) and while I have to admit I don't know David Bowie's work entirely well, I do enjoy a few of his songs and Labyrinth, and was intrigued to learn more about him as an artist. From Surrealism, Pop Art, Japanese culture, androgyny, film and space, it was really fascinating to learn all about his different influences and how he took these things to create something entirely of his own. It can be difficult to create new things from what inspires us, but David Bowie does this so well and isn't afraid of being someone different either. A true artist.
I was blown away by the response to my Cruelty Free Beauty blog post. Thank you so much for the feedback, everyone, and I loved reading all your thoughts and opinions on the topic. Taking nearly an entire month to put together and picking up more hours at work, it didn't leave me much time to blog this month, but it's important to me that I put the time and love into each and every single one of my blog posts. I spent a lot of hours researching and even more hours writing, but the end result was worth it!
Childish Gambino covered Tamia’s, So Into You for Triple J's Like a Version earlier in the month and oh man, it’s sensual. The 2003 version by Fabolous was my freaking jam back in the day and it made me so nostalgic for all those R&B classics I used to listen to back in high school. Mario, Kanye West, Chingy, Nelly, 50 Cent, Pharrell Williams, J.Lo, Ja Rule, Ashanti and the entire Murder Inc crew! I mean, who could forget?! I've made a Spotify playlist called R&B Jamzzz full of my favourite tunes from the early 2000s and it's actually the best thing ever.
While I enjoyed Deerhunter's new album, Fading Frontier and GEMS' debut, Kill the One You Love, I wasn't entirely impressed with October's new music releases, to be honest. After releasing Depression Cherry at the end of August, Beach House surprised us with another album this month called Thank Your Lucky Stars, and I like the former a lot more. Wavves' V, Small Black's Best Blues and Neon Indian's VEGA INTL. Night School had a couple of good tunes, but nothing really stood out to me.
Last night, I saw Chet Faker live at Sidney Myer Music Bowl and it was such a good show! It wasn't as intimate as I prefer my gigs, but even standing from far away, the lighting and sound were spectacular and the performers on stage looked like silhouettes against the coloured lights, which was really cool. The venue overlooks the beautiful city that is Melbourne and I'm excited go back there next week for Tame Impala.
Film and television
I finally got around to watching Mad Max: Fury Road this month and while it was a pretty good film, I wasn't blown away like most people were. I didn't realise the entire movie was a chase sequence and for about the first thirty minutes, I was waiting for an actual storyline to kick in! It's not the kind of film I'd usually watch and I feel like there could've been a little more character development, but having said that, I'd never seen anything from the Mad Max franchise before.
A few other movies I watched in October were Obvious Child, Blow, Never Been Kissed (I can't believe I'd never seen it before!) and Life After Beth, all of which I highly recommend.
Around the web
- Emma Stone stars in Will Butler's, of Arcade Fire fame, music video for his song called Anna. To quote Pretty Much Amazing, "Emma Stooooone!" I have a serious girl-crush on this woman.
- Hot Chip covered the Bruce Springsteen classic, Dancing in the Dark, and it's just as incredible as the original. The music video is super cheesy and '80s (aka amazing), while the live version at T in the Park 2015 looks insane! Loving the LCD Soundsystem thrown in there too. What a tune!
- I couldn't care less about Christmas, but if there's one thing to look forward to, it's Netflix's holiday special, A Very Murray Christmas. Directed by Sofia Coppola, music by Phoenix and starring Bill Murray and many more cool actors I love, this is going to be the actual best.
- From MySpace to Memes, Pedestrian.tv show us how the Internet has changed since 2005. RIP, flip phones and MSN.
- The 21st of October 2015 marked Back to the Future Day and in celebration, Michael J. Fox showed us his self-lacing Nike Mags on Jimmy Kimmel, while Marty and Doc also made a cameo.
- Lisa Eldridge's Marie Antoinette Inspired Makeup Tutorial is beautiful! Is there anything this woman can't do? She's so full of knowledge and I cannot wait to get my hands on Face Paint.
- I've never really cared much for Drake's music, but Hotline Bling has some serious chill vibes and I'm so digging it. I love the neon colours and minimal aesthetic of the music video, and let's not forget about Drake's dancing too. I'm starting to see the hype now!