Happy birthday to meeee! 27 wasn't a good age to be for a number of musicians, but let's hope it is for me! Today’s post is coming to you scheduled and I’m currently typing this onboard my flight to Perth. I flew home yesterday and I’m here for a week to spend time with my family and friends. I’m so looking forward to it! Not only is it my birthday today, but it was my dad’s yesterday and my nanna’s is in a few days too, so I’m glad I get to be home with them during all the birthday celebrations.
September has been a whirlwind of a month! It’s gone by so incredibly fast, but so has 2015 in general, really. This month, work's been busy, I was evacuated from my apartment building for three hours when an abandoned factory next door caught on fire, and I’ve been busy attending job interviews, most of which have been unsuccessful. It’s really, really hard and sometimes I feel like I don’t know what to do anymore. A part of me is feeling a little vulnerable sharing this with you all because I only want to share the things that bring me joy here, but after reading Tamira’s post, Friday Shared: Empty, I guess I felt inspired to be a little more real with you guys. I enjoy reading blogs because they kind of feel like escapism, but life isn’t pretty pictures and vulnerability and openness can be a good thing. Maybe one day I’ll look back on this post and be thankful for how it all worked out in the end. It always does.
Onto happier things! Spring has finally arrived and I'm immensely enjoying the sunshine and filling my room with fresh blooms from my local fruit and veggie grocer. I discovered an amazing candle company called Golden Skull Candles thanks to my boss at my internship and as a thank you for all my hard work, she treated me to one, which was so sweet of her! I have the scent Campfire Caramel and it’s not just any regular caramel candle, you can really get that burnt campfire scent coming through, making it a little more complex and warm, which I just love. Diptyque will always be my favourite, though living in a creative city like Melbourne has really opened up my eyes to local, independent brands and I love going to markets and checking out all the different stalls. I’ve got my eyes on a Gascoigne & King candle next.
My phone contract expired this month, so last Friday on the day of the Apple iPhone 6s launch, I headed down to my local Optus store and upgraded! I’m absolutely in love! The bigger screen has totally transformed my Instagram feed and ugh, it’s so sexy. Anyone else here a proud Apple snob?!
September has been a good month music-wise. I saw Yumi Zouma live and with their dreamy music, the gig had a really chilled out vibe. I also have a crush on the lead singer, Christie Simpson, who is a total babe. I always seem to develop crushes on the lead singers of my favourite bands, but they’re just such beautiful people.
There were a lot of exciting new releases this month, the standouts being CHVRCHES’, Every Open Eye and Disclosure’s, Caracal. I just want to dance! I’m not really into house music as much as I used to be when I was younger and actually enjoyed clubbing, but man, those Disclosure brothers are just so damn talented and their hooks, super catchy. I’d love to see them live one day.
I really enjoyed Peaches’ new album, Rub, and I also got into Grimes and Banks. New Order also released a great album in September called Music Complete. I don’t think anything will ever live up to the '80s classics such as Ceremony, Blue Monday and Bizarre Love Triangle, but I’m really digging Restless off the album.
There were a couple of disappointing albums I listened to, which were Youth Lagoon’s, Savage Hills Ballroom and Do You Feel OK? by Superhumanoids. I’m all for bands/artists experimenting with their sound, but sometimes they can take it in a completely different direction to what made you fall in love with their music to begin with.
Film and television
I didn’t watch as much as I usually do this month. I’m still working my way through Fresh Prince, and my housemate and I had a friend come over for cat cuddles, potato gems and cider, and to watch Suddenly 30 and Arrested Development. I’d only ever seen bits and pieces of Suddenly 30 before, but it was a cute movie and “Do whatever you want, Matt. It’s not like I need a play-by-play” is one of the greatest movie quotes of all time. We only watched the first two episodes of Arrested Development, but I can already understand why it’s such a cult classic. Both my sister and housemate have been pestering me to watch it for the longest time and I'm looking forward to getting really into it. I need another good comedy in my life again to full the void Parks and Recreation left because I don’t think Fresh Prince is cutting it. I mean, it’s good, but I’m not obsessed with it like I usually become with sitcoms. If it were, I would have finished watching it by now, but it’s taking me months!
Around the web
- I've always said I'm not much of a vlog watcher, but I guess I'm just really fussy with the ones I actually find enjoyable. I've been totally into Lily Melrose's vlogs since she moved house and l love moving vlogs. It's always so exciting seeing someone's place come together! I've been really impressed with the content on both her vlog and main channel; she's just kind of no bullshit and really genuine and open. I find her lifestyle more relatable in comparison to others and I feel like I'm just watching a friend.
- Chromatics covered Girls Just Wanna Have Fun for the MANGO F/W '15 line campaign, featuring Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne.
- Sali Hughes wrote an eye-opening article on 'When the Cult of "Wellness" Becomes Unhealthy'. I'm all for living a healthy lifestyle, but I do think social media has taken it a bit too far. I love my fruit and veggies, but I also love chocolate and chips, and that's perfectly okay.
- Agostina Gálvez directed a beautiful short film called Lift Up of three gymnasts performing to Tamaryn's song, Cranekiss. I've mentioned this song in the past three Life Lately posts now, but I honestly cannot get enough of this song. The primary colour palette of the cinematography was also apparently inspired by one of my favourite French films, Pierrot le Fou.
- Grown Women Try '90s Beauty Products for Bustle and oh my, the nostalgia!
- I couldn't care less about Halloween, but Sugar & Cloth's Hipster Halloween DIY Couples Costumes are hilarious and so much fun! My favourites are The Grand Budapest Hotel, Lars and the Real Girl and the Pantone Colour Combo costumes.
- 23 Perfectly Sarcastic Chandler Bing Quips to Feed Your Hopeless, Awkward, and Desperate for Love Soul on Thought Catalog. This article is the best. Friends is the best.
- The 2016 St. Jerome's Laneway Festival lineup has been released and I want to go to there. Beach House, CHVRCHES, DIIV, Flume, Grimes, HEALTH, Japanese Wallpaper and Purity Ring! YES, YES, YES.
- CHVRCHES covered Justin Bieber's, What Do You Mean? and it's catchy as hell! Who knew a Bieber song could be listenable?!
- A guy posted on Woolworths' Facebook page regarding the spaghetti he bought and the comment and response from Woolworths are both hilarious. Woolworths > Coles.