I can't say anything particularly exciting happened during the month of May, besides seeing alt-J live, treating myself to the stunning Diptyque Le Redouté Candle (that marble tho) and going into work to discover Series 2 of The Simpsons Lego figurines! I had so much fun collecting the first series and can't wait to have all sixteen from the second. Wow, I'm a nerd. June should be a little more fun-filled as my best friend will be here next week before she jet sets off to the UK on a Working Visa and I'm also planning a little trip back home. It terrifies me that we're through with the first half of the year. I'm feeling a little bit down and out as I've been sidetracked from achieving my goals for 2015, so I'll definitely be revisiting those next month.
My beauty social media internship is going well and it feels really rewarding to finally be doing work that I love. The office is a big converted warehouse shared amongst freelancers and other startups, and furnished with a pool table, ping pong table and couches! Oh, and of course, desks. It's a lot of fun. I really don't picture myself as the corporate type wearing proper business attire on a day-to-day basis and I definitely feel more "me" working in a more laid back environment. I get to do what I'd be doing in my free time and while it's not paid, I'm keeping hopeful that it'll lead to exciting job prospects in the future. In the meantime, I'm definitely enjoying the free beauty products! Sometimes I get a little bummed out when I think about how "far ahead" people are over me in their careers (or just life in general!), but I have to remind myself to stop with the comparison and that life isn't a race, nor a competition. Be content with what you have, while working for what you want, as they say.
Like I mentioned above, I saw alt-J live at the beginning of the month and wow, what a mind-blowing show! As a band still relatively new on the scene, I can't believe how huge these guys are now as the venue was absolutely packed, I don't think I'd ever been to a bigger show before. I'm not usually one for big stadium or arena concerts because - without sounding like a hipster (lol) - I guess I'm more into indie artists who play more intimate shows. However, even watching alt-J from afar, it didn't take away from their music at all and I loved hearing all my favourite songs of theirs live for the first time.
In May, I rediscovered my love for Bloc Party and listened to the new releases from Best Coast, Hot Chip, Walls, Passion Pit, Tanlines and the most exciting of all, Jamie freaking xx! With him releasing singles sporadically over the last few years, I feel like I had been waiting what felt like forever for this album and I have to say, In Colours, was so worth the wait. Loud Places is such a God damn sexy tune and if I were living on the other side of the world right now, it would definitely be my summer jam. SO GOOD. Can't even.
Film and television
After Parks and Recreation ended back in February, we said goodbye to another beloved television show this year. I really didn't know what to expect with the Mad Men series finale, however, without giving anything away, it ended so perfectly and so fitting with the entire run of the show. I had that song stuck in my head for days! Having studied Advertising myself back at university, I thoroughly enjoyed this brilliant TV series and I'm now on the hunt for another drama to sink my teeth into. I'm thinking I'll finally give into Breaking Bad. I'm really going to miss having the devilishly handsome Don Draper in my life though.
I watched quite a few movies this month; a few Oscar-nominated films and ones with a lot of buzz surrounding them, including Boyhood, Whiplash, Foxcatcher, Wild, Interstellar and Cake. I definitely enjoyed Boyhood and Whiplash the most, the latter being absolutely incredible and engaging right from start to finish. On the contrary, I found Interstellar a little bit boring at times, but then again, I'm really not into the sci-fi genre, despite everyone saying how amazing it was. In Cake, I was really blown away by Jennifer Aniston's performance. A definite far cry from her usual romantic comedies.
In other movies, I saw Lost River, Ryan Gosling's directorial debut (he wrote the movie too), and I'm not quite sure how I feel about it. It's really strange; I definitely got those David Lynch vibes from his film and I really enjoyed the soundtrack by Johnny Jewel, who also contributed music to Drive. Another actor-directed movie I watched was Argo. This Ben Affleck film was so insanely good and one I didn't expect to enjoy as much as I did. You know those movies that get so intense and so suspenseful, you have to pause it to recompose and remind yourself that it's just a movie? This was one of those films and then my mind further was blown away to learn that it was based on a true story! Highly recommended viewing.
Lastly, I watched a really fascinating documentary called Bert Stern: Original Madman, which I had been trying to track down for literally years. It tells the story of photographer, Bert Stern, and how it was essentially him who began the whole "Mad Men" era of advertising during the late 1950s. It documents his life and his career; photographing celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy, Shelley Winters (she was the actress from Lolita and it was Bert Stern who was responsible for the infamous heart-shaped sunglasses) and even contemporaries such as Kate Moss and Lindsay Lohan. From photography, advertising, fashion and pop culture, I feel like a lot of you would enjoy this.
Around the web
- The 100 All-Time Greatest Quotes About Cats on Thought Catalog. *heart eyes cat emoji*
- Hugh Jackman Teaches Jimmy Fallon How to Really Eat Vegemite. Pfft, foreigners. YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG. It's 20% Vegemite, 80% buttery goodness.
- After putting together my My Favourite YouTube Channels blog post (which was so well-received, by the way! Thank you all so much for the awesome feedback!), I discovered the lovely Lindsey over at Lindseyrem, who I've been binge-watching as of late. Definitely check out her channel!
- In addition to that, one my favourites, SianShutterbug, finally made a return to YouTube! It's really refreshing to see girls just doing their own thing with their channels and not get caught up in the celebrity culture and ~career~ side of it all.
- Tame Impala released the music video for their song, 'Cause I'm A Man, from their upcoming album, Currents, out the 17th of July.
- So much new music! Disclosure shared the first single off their upcoming album, Neon Indian released his new single called Annie, Alpine's new song Come On is so good, I'm actually dying for the new album, Flume debuted the song, Some Minds, and Postiljonen have given us more dreamy synth pop with Wait.
- My friend Brodie is back (or so I hope) on the blogging scene! Check out her May Favourites.
1. Best Coast - California Nights
2. Tanlines - Slipping Away
3. We Have Band - Save Myself
4. Hot Chip - Need You Now
5. Röyksopp - I Had This Thing (featuring Jamie Irrepressible)
6. Jamie xx - Sleep Sound
7. Bloc Party - Obscene
8. Kate Tempest - Circles
9. Jamie xx - Loud Places (ft. Romy)
10. Bloc Party - Montreal
11. alt-J - Something Good
12. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Baby