Tomorrow marks the first official day of spring and I'm beyond happy to be saying goodbye to winter for another year. Surviving my first winter in Melbourne has been tough, not just weather-wise, and as there's already a little more sunshine during the days now, I can sense some good coming my way. Well, it's at least got me thinking more positively, anyway! September is also my birthday month, which these days, I actually dread more than I look forward to, but any excuse to treat yo'self, right?
In unrelated news, I finally decided to pick up the Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer in Ross and Rachel after an ongoing debate I had in my mind for a fair few months. As you probably already know (and if you don't, get out), I'm a complete and utter fangirl for Friends and Ross and Rachel are my OTP. The bronzer and blush colour just didn't seem like my thing at all and though I may have bought it simply for the name and name only, I actually surprisingly like the product more than I thought! The lovely sales assistant tried it on me and I ended up purchasing the very last one in stock at my local Kit Cosmetics. Just like Ross and Rachel, it was meant to be (lol).
Continuing on from last month, I'm still absolutely obsessed with Slowdive and even managed to find their entire discography online. I've been slowly making my way through it and it's all so, so beautiful. I'd been eagerly anticipating the end of the month because one of my other favourite shoegaze artists, Tamaryn released her new album, Cranekiss a couple of days ago and from start to finish, it is just pure perfection. I haven't even created a monthly playlist for August as it's all I want to listen to right now. Rest assured, it'll be back next month as there's been a lot of good music going around lately, and with new stuff from CHVRCHES, Disclosure, New Order, Peaches and Youth Lagoon set to be released soon too, September is going to be a good one!
Along with Tamaryn, Foals, Beach House and HEALTH's new albums dropped this month too and there was definitely no disappointment here. Foals have come such a long way since Hummer was featured in the Skins Secret Party video and I love how they've evolved into this really epic-sounding rock band. I'm quite picky when it comes to rock music and What Went Down is incredible. Beach House's, Depression Cherry is full of super dreamy pop tunes and a definite step up from their previous release. Panda Bear and FKA twigs surprised us with new EPs in August, both of which I also really enjoyed. To accompany FKA twigs' EP, she directed a short film and it's one of the most enthralling pieces of art I've ever watched. Her talent and creativity are just out of this world and damn, the girl's style is so on point.
Film and Television
In August, I got a good chunk through my never-ending list of films to watch, some of my favourites including Gattaca, Just Before I Go, Dogville, Rain Man, What If, Adaptation., Life of Crime and Teen Witch. If you've ever seen a Lars von Trier film, you'll know what I mean when I say how messed up they are and Dogville most definitely was too. Without giving anything away, the ending was a real twist of events and I sat there watching the whole thing with my mouth ajar because I was just so shocked! Some scenes were a bit too much for me, but it's worth a watch if the human condition interests you.
What If was a really sweet young adult romantic comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver, and a really easy watch too. Sometimes you need a bit of light-hearted fluff. I found the dialogue realistic to how people my age actually speak and overall, it was a thoroughly enjoyable watch. Teen Witch was more or less the same, though super cheesy and so '80s, it actually hurts. Teen movies from the '80s are really just the best though and this scene is the most incredible thing to ever happen to film.
Around the web
With lots of exciting film announcements, music news and blog posts I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in, this month's Around the Web is a big one! I hope you find something here that takes your fancy!
- Natalie of The Only Ones shares her thoughts on being a shy person in her blog post, Why are You So Shy?, which is something I can most definitely relate to and have experienced myself.
- So many new films to look forward to! Check out the trailers for Zoolander 2, About Ray, The Hateful Eight and Kill Your Friends.
- If you're particularly interested in seeing About Ray, you can read up on why the director chose to cast Elle Fanning. With an incredible cast also featuring Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon, I'm so excited to see this movie. I've cried every single time I've watched the trailer.
- Still on the topic of movies, Winona Ryder had confirmed there's going to be a Beetlejuice 2 and Kristen Stewart is set to star in Karl Lagerfeld's upcoming short on Coco Chanel.
- Nutella-stuffed milkshakes have been all the rage here in Australia and I need to book myself a flight to Sydney's Food Craft Espresso to get me one of these monstrosities!
- Lilly of In a Pavilion shared her holiday snaps of her trip to Marrakech and Grace of That Grace Girl also shared hers of her travels around Europe. Absolutely breathtaking photos. Need. Summer. NOW.
- My girl Jess of Little Henry Lee shares what she's been up to lately in her post, In My Secret Life #3. I love getting to know this side of bloggers and she's got me seriously lusting after Jo Malone's Amber & Patchouli Cologne Intense!
- Melbourne has been ranked the world's most liveable city for the fifth time! Adelaide, Sydney and Perth also made the top ten. Australia may be the ass-end of the world and our current government is terrible, but we have lots of sunshine and there really is no country I'd rather call home.
- A couple from Canada have recreated the kitchen from The Simpsons in their home and it's awesome.
- HAIM's slow-jam cover of Tame Impala's, 'Cause I'm a Man is absolutely beautiful, as is Foals' cover of the Mark Ronson and Tame Impala collaboration, Daffodils.
- Foals' Yannis Philippakis and Edwin Congreave sat down with Pedestrian.tv for a little chat and I totally agree with their views on music streaming.
- According to the British Standards Institute, the milk is meant to be poured first when making tea and everything I've ever learnt about life is now all a lie.