November was a fun-filled month and also one of milestones. One of my good friends, Jodie and her boyfriend, who now live in country Victoria, drove down to stay with me a couple of nights. We had epic burgers at Grand Taverna Trailer Park, cheap and cheerful dim sum in China Town and saw Tame Impala live, which was a very boozy night and one that rendered me completely hungover the next day. I'm definitely getting too old for this! Jennifer was on holiday for a week here and it was so lovely to chat for hours on end over lunch and chai lattes, do a little shopping and then have a cute sleepover at my place. One of my oldest friends from high school, Ashley, was also here for a weekend in November. We had gnocchi and wine at Kirk's Wine Bar and reminisced about the good old days over some fabulous fruity cocktails at East End Den. As much as I miss home, it's never too long in between going back to see everyone and even catching up with my loved ones here in Melbourne. It's been lovely getting to know new people here in Melbourne too. We had our work Christmas dinner at Spaghetti Tree last week and now I'm craving a big bowl of carbonara again!
As for the milestones, I had my one year anniversary living in Melbourne on the 19th and my blog reached 3,000 followers, which were both really exciting! It's crazy how fast time flies the older you get and I cannot believe I've been in this city one whole year. It definitely hasn't been an easy year, but I'm not ready to go home yet. There's still so much for me to see and do here. As for my blog, all I can is thank you. Everyday, I am so grateful for this wonderful community where I get to express my creativity and be friends with the most awesome people from all around the world. I haven't blogged as much as I'd have liked to this year, but I think that's because I put a lot more time and effort into my posts than I used to. Blogging isn't about the numbers and I would never set myself "follower goals", but there's nothing wrong with acknowledging the milestones and feeling proud for what we've achieved. It's not an easy hobby!
After receiving my quarterly Myer One rewards card, I finally bit the bullet and bought my first ever Byredo fragrance! I had been umm-ing and ahh-ing for so long over what scent to buy and while I initially had Inflorescence in mind, I went with 1996 in the end - a sultry, woody, earthy scent. It's more of a winter fragrance, but that won't stop me from wearing it now. Mecca Cosmetica also have their new Christmas bags out and the pink and gold combination is so dreamy and luxe.
Lastly, the first Sephora store finally opened in Melbourne on the weekend! I went opening day (obviously) and it was so hectic, but also the best. So much better than I imagined, actually. I won't go too much into detail though as I'm saving that for another post (and haul!).
Apart from Grimes' new album, Art Angels, there weren't any other new albums I listened to this month. There was The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's new EP, Hell, but that's about it and I've mostly had Art Angels on repeat this month. There's something just so damn cool about Grimes and REALiTi - oh, man, what a tune!
I discovered two up and coming artists this month. First there was Memoryhouse whose track, Dream Shake is super chill, and then there was Lastlings, a crazy talented young Australian duo, who have a song called Chills that I am absolutely obsessed with and is dreamy AF. Beautiful, ethereal and mysterious, Chills makes me think of the sky and those kinds of songs are my favourite. Do yourself a favour and go listen to it now!
As I mentioned above, I saw Tame Impala live earlier in the month and wow, what a show! They opened with Let It Happen and when they came back for the encore with Feels Like We're Only Going Backwards, everyone lost it! For me, the highlight was 'Cause I'm a Man, for sure. Despite not playing any songs from my favourite album, Innerspeaker, it was such an incredible live performance and with a crowd of 12,000 people, it was the biggest gig I've ever been to and their biggest ever headline show! It's hard to believe this was the same relatively unknown band I saw back in 2008.
Film and television
Taking me almost a year to finish, I finally watched all six seasons of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air! The first few seasons aren't as funny, but it really picks up in season 4. I prefer the original actress who plays Aunt Vivian in the first three seasons, but there are a lot more laughs in the later seasons and Carlton is just the best. Ashley's fashion style is just so cool too and so '90s - I'd be watching the episodes wishing I had her outfits!
After finishing Fresh Prince, I got properly into Arrested Development this month and holy crap, I am addicted. I had ashamedly been neglecting all of life's responsibilities while I marathon-ed season 1 and as much as I so badly want to watch season 2, I'm holding out until I get work done because I know I just won't otherwise! The best TV shows are the ones you can't stop watching and since Parks and Recreation left my life earlier in the year, I've needed a good, addictive comedy. I can understand why it got cancelled and why it's a cult classic because the humour doesn't necessarily appeal to a mass audience the way a show like Friends would, but it's so great and I'm in love with Tobias!
In movies, I watched a few really good ones and one really bad. We'll start with the really bad - Aloha. What even was this garbage? I thought Bill Murray and Emma Stone starring in a movie together would be the best thing ever, but it was SO bad! Like, I can't even comprehend it! The storyline was a bunch of dribble, the ending made no sense and were we really supposed to believe Emma Stone - the whitest girl alive - is a quarter Chinese and Hawaiian?! I can't believe a cast of talented high profile actors (it also stars Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams and Alec Baldwin) chose to be a part of this!
Rant over, I did watch another Bradley Cooper movie I really enjoyed - Wet Hot American Summer. I just love Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd, and I wanted to see the movie before I get into the Netflix TV series. Some parts were a little stupid, but overall, it was pretty funny and authentically 80s, which I loved. A few other movies I really enjoyed watching this month were Dior and I, The Blind Side and Burn After Reading. Dior and I was so visually pleasing and it was incredible to see a haute couture show come together. Everyone always praises the designer for their work, but the seamstresses who work tirelessly are just as equally deserving of recognition. A must-watch!
Around the web
- My friend, Jennifer, has had a blog revamp! Formerly known as 'Beauty by JNFR', she recently changed her blog name to Amour JNFR and even got herself a .com URL (which I helped her set up!). Go check out her blog and in particular, her epic Melbourne haul!
- 45 Things That are So Perth It Hurts on The Urban List. I've never read a list so true and now I feel homesick.
- Jaye of Bed in the Kitchen made a vlog-style video for her best friend, Daphne, and it's the sweetest thing ever! I'm excited for more vlogs, Jaye!
- Chairlift have a new album coming out next year called Moth and I cannot wait! The first single, Ch-Ching, is great and so is the video.
- BANKS has a new album out next year, also. Check out her new song, Better.
- Wafia covered one of my favourite tunes from the early 2000s, Let Me Love You by Mario, and it's so good!
- Here's a behind-the-scenes look at Kirsten Stewart as Coco Chanel for Karl Lagerfeld's 11-minute film, Once and Forever.
- A boy stars in a Barbie commercial for the first time and it's the cutest thing ever.
- Jimmy Fallon and Rashida Jones put a holiday spin on current popular songs and it's hilarious!