Another month has come and gone and I've only got August to endure now before spring is finally here! The winter has really taken its toll on my motivation and you may have noticed things have been a little more quiet than usual on the blogging front. I suppose it's normal to get into a bit of a funk, but I really want to reevaluate things and set myself some mid-year goals to refocus, reenergise and get things back on track. I always feel so much happier and positive when I'm more productive and feeling creative, and I think it's something that's so easy to forget when it's cold, dreary and the days are shorter. I'm so ready for these winter blues to be over!
I came back to Melbourne earlier in the month after my lovely trip home to Perth and the last couple of weeks in July have been really fun. I've been going to the Splendour sideshows with a mate from back home (because none of the bands ever come to Perth) and as it's tax time and the financial year's come to an end, it's also been a little bit of a spendy month! I've been picking up a few homeware bits and pieces to make my room finally feel complete and I'm excited to show you all snippets of my little happy place soon! I've also spent a lot of money on skincare too. You know those moments when everything just runs out all at once? Such a nightmare! I'm thinking about doing a skincare restock haul, but I'm unsure if that makes for an interesting post or not, so let me know if that's something you'd like to see!
July has been all about the shoegaze and dream pop. Thanks to Pitchfork, I rediscovered my love for Slowdive and since learning more about the band, their music means so much more to me now than ever before. It also got me into listening to a lot of Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine and the more contemporary Tamaryn. I enjoy various different genres of electronic music (and others outside of it too, of course), but I feel like if I were ever in a band (it's something random I sometimes think about!), this is how I'd want my music to sound. Ethereal, beautiful and transcending. Just love.
In new releases, Tame Impala's new album, Currents, came out this month and it's so good! It's a little less psychedelic, more dance and disco, and I'm so proud of this band who have come so far since their humble beginnings in my hometown. I first saw them live in 2008 when they were relatively unknown outside of Australia and now they're headlining festivals all around the world. I definitely do feel a sense of pride for these Perth bogans! I also listened to the new stuff from Japanese Wallpaper (another amazing Aussie artist), Four Tet and MS MR.
8tracks has been giving me grief lately not letting me upload certain songs, so I think from now on, I'll be creating my monthly playlists on Spotify. I know a lot of you use Spotify (I'm more of an iTunes girl myself because Spotify doesn't have everything and I prefer owning copies of music too), so I'm sure this will provide more convenient listening for you all, if you want to check out the music I'm into (which, by the way, you should because it's awesome).
Film and television
I watched all three Back to the Future movies this month and given my love for '80s films, I can't believe it's taken me this long! After my housemate was disgraced I hadn't seen it, I finally gave it a watch and I can definitely see why it has such a cult following. The first of the three films is my favourite because it was a nice mix of action, comedy and romance and I love that it takes place in the '50s and '80s. Back to the Future Part II was funny to watch as it's set in 2015, though I have to say, I'm deeply disappointed hover boards and flying cars don't exist yet! Another movie I watched was Still Alice, which Julianne Moore was just incredible in and so deserving of her Oscar win for Best Actress. So touching and heartbreaking, I teared up quite a bit watching this and Alec Baldwin lends amazing support as her husband in the film. It was great to see two of my favourite actors together again as I really enjoyed Julianne Moore's guest star role in 30 Rock too.
After a slow start getting into The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I'm really starting to enjoy it a lot more now. The first couple of seasons aren't very loud of loud funny, but it's getting so good now and I could actually watch Carlton dance forever. Once I'm half way through the series, I'm finally going to begin watching Orange is the New Black. It better live up the hype! There are so many old TV shows I'm trying to get through before I catch up with the current ones!
Around the web
- The lovely Angeline of Angerawrs interviewed me for her blog in a post called A Date with Like Neon Love.
- My awesome friend Mel of The Oyster Blogger wrote a post on The Power of Makeup. Coming from someone who owns a "normal" amount of makeup, this was such an inspiring read and she's one of the sweetest and most genuine people I've had the pleasure of getting to know since I moved to Melbourne.
- Take a trip down memory lane with FasterLouder's 13 TV Theme Songs from the '90s That Still Rule. This is such a great list, I can almost forgive them for not including Friends. Almost.
- Pitchfork's mini documentary on Slowdive's album, Souvlaki is the most beautiful thing in the world. From the dreamy music and imagery, my heart just filled with love watching this.
- Alex Karpovsky, most famously known as Ray on Girls, has great taste in music. He features in Tanline's music video for Palace and Ben Browning's, Friends of Mine.
- Take a look at this stunning Scandinavian home featured on Oracle Fox. Can I live there now, please?
- Benjamin Puckey's Take on the '70s on Into the Gloss has inspired me to inject a bit of colour into my makeup routine. I particularly love his blue and green eye looks.
- The Truth About Moving Somewhere New By Yourself on Thought Catalog perfectly sums up how I feel since I moved to Melbourne nearly eight months ago.
- I shared my love for Tamaryn's, Cranekiss in my last Life Lately post, and now here's the hauntingly beautiful music video to accompany the even more beautiful song. Still obsessed.
- Melburnians rejoice and praise the makeup gods from above for SEPHORA'S PRESENCE IS ABOUT TO BE GRACED UPON US. Caps lock non-negotiable.