From gigs to exhibitions, food and to festivals, February was all about soaking up Melbourne's culture and everything this amazing city has to offer. My sister came to visit me to see a couple of bands together and on the day she arrived, Melbourne's annual White Night took place, also. An all-night festival of music, art and culture, the event runs from 7pm to 7am and considering we didn't end up going to bed until 5am that morning, I think we did pretty well! It was so much fun to wander the streets of Melbourne until the wee hours of the morning; grabbing some delicious ramen at midnight, viewing art and catching shows at 2am. During Kym's stay, we also grabbed a bite at some awesome Melbourne eats including Brunswick Flour Mill, Two Little Pigs, Foxtrot Charlie, Hardware Société, Messina, A La Folie, MoVida Bar de Tapas and with my obsession for all things French, my favourite, France-Soir, where we indulged in escargot and steak tartare. Delicious! I'll be eating nothing but salad this week to make up for my recent fine dining.
The ever so lovely Jess, who is a both a friend of mine and my housemate, came to visit us again and it's always so much fun having her over. Watching Dawson's Creek and making fun of how shit everyone is, snacking and chatting away until 3:30am - good times indeed! Jess, you know you are always a welcomed guest at the Giselle, Tenneil and Funky abode! From my previous post, you'll also know that I caught the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition earlier this month and while it's still hard being away from home, last month I was reminded of why I love Melbourne so much and why I moved here. It truly is a beautiful city with always something to do. February was definitely a fun-filled month and the perfect send-off to summer. I am dreading the impending colder months, but I'm looking forward to layering and getting good usage out of my coats that aren't really needed back home in sunny Perth.
I never forget how much I love being a part of this community, but gosh, some of you are just the sweetest little things. If you're not already aware, I started my very own YouTube channel in February and was absolutely humbled by everyone's support. To those of you who subscribed, commented and even linked to my first video in your blogs and favourited my Tweets about it, thank you so much! It'll be an fun, new and exciting platform to play around with and hopefully I can film a little something else for you all later this month! I already have my next video planned, I just need to learn to manage my time a little better!
My housemate and I managed to grab last minute tickets to see Caribou earlier in February and as I mentioned earlier, my sister came to visit me to see Alpine and Real Estate. I've seen Caribou live before, but as I just loved his new album, Our Love, and knew how great a performer he was, I knew I needed to see him live again. Can't Do Without You went off and coming back for the encore with Sun was incredible! Alpine have been pretty quiet this past year or so, but they made a comeback last month with a free show as part of the NGV Summer Sundays at the National Gallery of Victoria. It was an intimate outdoor gig held during the day, super chill and so cute to see little kids at the front of the stage enjoying the music too. For a free show, these guys really gave it their all and I cannot wait for the release of their new album. Real Estate are another band I've seen live, but that's never stopped me from going to shows! Another great performance, I loved hearing their new album live, as well as the older songs such as It's Real, which will probably forever be my favourite song of theirs.
Apart from the gigging, I haven't really listened to all that much lately, so much so, that I've decided to skip my monthly playlist. I did however, rekindle my love for Bat For Lashes, who is just the ultimate babe. I think I've just been waiting for the release of new albums, so my monthly playlist will be back next time as I eagerly anticipate Purity Ring and Twin Shadow's upcoming LPs. I definitely have high hopes.
Film and television
Oh, boy, I watched a lot of movies in February! I still haven't watched all the Oscar-nominated films I want to see, but I managed to watch Gone Girl, Birdman and The Theory of Everything, all of which were excellent and deserving of their nominations.
Twenty years after the release of Dumb and Dumber, a sequel was made in the form of Dumb and Dumber To. I was really excited about this movie as I grew up loving the first and watching it on repeat on VHS or whenever it was on TV, though like most sequels, it was a let down. There was just nothing funny or memorable about it like the first. I didn't really expect much to begin with, I just question why they even bothered! Another sequel I also got around to watching was The Inbetweeners 2, which funnily enough, I actually enjoyed more than the first. I found the first movie too "happily ever after", while the second I found more true to the TV show. Some other movies I enjoyed watching this month include Steel Magnolias, This Is Where I Leave You, Sunshine Cleaning, American Hustle, The Paperboy, As Good as It Gets and The Spectacular Now.
I'm sure most of us here are in mourning over the loss of our beloved TV show, Parks and Recreation. I still haven't even started watching season 7 at all, but I'm just not ready to say goodbye, you guys. Like, I legit haven't been so distraught over a TV show ending since Friends and I just don't know if I can deal. I've avoided Facebook and skimmed quickly through Twitter so as to not spoil the finale for myself, but I think a Parks and Rec marathon is in order this week. PJs, tissues for the tears I no doubt will be weeping and a big tub of ice cream to console myself. Yes.
Around the web
Very Friends-centric, but that's literally my Facebook newsfeed because it's the only thing ever worth liking.
- 17 Valentine's Day Gifts Only Friends Fans Will Appreciate. This TV show is the only thing in life that will have my love always and forever.
- The twins who played Emma on Friends are all grown up. Nothing has ever made me feel more old.
- Jess' blog post, In My Secret Life. BRB, moving to Sydney to go live with her in her beautiful bedroom.
- Jimmy Fallon's recreation of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song.
- If Friends Had Been Set in 2015. #27 is actually the best thing ever.
- Two of my favourite girls here, Jaye and Tamira, collaborated on YouTube bringing us their take on both The '90s Tag and The Me Time Tag.
- Bridie from Maison Ellis made her YouTube debut last month too - exciting stuff! Go check her out here. As a newcomer, I'm already amazed at her editing skills!
- This picture of Jennifer Aniston and Emma Stone at The Oscars. When do I get to hang out with them so we can all be flawless human beings together? Ugh, I just love them. BRB while I fangirl.
- 45 of the Most Underrated Feelings in the Entire World on Thought Catalog.
- After a couple of months off to settle into Melbourne life, I'm back contributing to ALO! In February, I returned with a piece called How to Gig It Alone.