March has been a whirlwind of a month! It's been so much fun. My family flew from the west coast to the east to come visit me for ten days and it was so lovely to spend some good, quality time together. Of course, family being family, we argued and got angry with each other almost every day, but at night, we'd all curl up on the couch and stay up until 2am watching Frasier reruns on TV. I wouldn't have it any other way.
My mum found a beautiful apartment on Airbnb close to the city in Docklands, so we hit up the DFOs for some shopping, good food at Crown Casino and even took a few adventures out of the city to explore Great Ocean Road, the Dandenong Ranges and Philip Island. While I'm always dreaming of my next overseas holiday, I have to remind myself that there's still so much to see within this big ol' island I call home. We took a short train ride to Brighton Beach and by the time we'd arrived back into the city, the sun was just starting to set, making for the most perfect view of Melbourne from the top of Eureka Skydeck. My first helicopter ride above The Twelve Apostles was simply breathtaking and the penguins on Philip Island were just the cutest! Although we've been in autumn for a whole month now, the weather was still beautiful and sunny while my family were here and their visit was the perfect sendoff to summer. The air feels chillier now and the clocks go back an hour next weekend, so the dreaded colder months are about to begin.
My good friend, Jared, from back home was visiting Melbourne this month too and though I couldn't even remember the last time I'd seen him, it was like no time had passed at all. It was really nice to catch up over cocktails and afterwards, I was left feeling really grateful for the friends I have in my life. There are friends in Perth who I don't speak to all that often, but when we finally see each other, it's like nothing's changed. As you grow older, people also grow apart, but then there are those friendships that are just effortless. They are the friends who you know will always be a part of your life without actually having to be there.
A few other social highlights from March include: Saturday afternoon hangs at my place watching Babysitter's Club and Sixteen Candles while eating hot cross buns, a night cap at the fancy No35, after-work Macca's runs, epic parmas at The Cornish Arms and awesome burgers at Royal Stacks. Because all good friend catch ups aren't without food.
Another exciting thing that happened to me in March was attending my first beauty blogger event! It was quite a pleasant surprise to receive an email from Elizabeth Arden asking me to come try their new products, and although I was initially a little nervous as I didn't know anyone, it was too good an opportunity to pass up. The event took place at the Elizabeth Arden counter at David Jones, Chadstone, and I got there a little early for a spot of shopping (expect a haul coming soon!). It was a small affair, but nevertheless lovely and so much fun to try out all the lush Elizabeth Arden products. My hands had never felt so soft! We were gifted the most generous goodie bag at the end, but I haven't had a chance to properly trial the products out yet because I think I want to use up some others first. No doubt they'll be featured on the blog soon enough though!
There have been so many new music releases these last two months, I'm still playing catch ups! I managed to listen to the new stuff from Animal Collective, Wild Nothing, Memoryhouse, The Jezabels, Postiljonen, CFCF, Yuck and HAERTS, but can you believe I've still got eight new albums on my computer to listen to?! 2016 is gearing up to be a good one in music. I think my favourite album releases this month were Postiljonen's Reverie and Life of Pause by Wild Nothing just because I'm super into that '80s vibe. So much so, when I haven't been listening to new stuff, I've been listening to '80s music. I love me a good cheesy '80s pop ballad and I've included some of my favourites in my March playlist.
Film and television
I watched two music documentaries this month - Daft Punk Unchained, which tells the story of the French electronic duo's career, and Shut Up and Play the Hits, which is about the lead-up and day after LCD Soundsystem's final show at Madison Square Garden. Although I haven't listened to either of these bands in such a long time, these insightful documentaries made me rediscover my love for them, particularly Daft Punk, who were the first band I ever saw live. I feel so grateful that I got to witness the epic Daft Punk pyramid with my best friend in 2007 and now that LCD Soundsystem are actually touring again, I can only hope they'll make a visit to Australia too!
Another movie I watched was Paper Towns, which made me come to the realisation that I think I've outgrown these "socially awkward boy meets and falls in love with the manic pixie dream girl" kind of stories. I mean, it was a nice, lighthearted watch, but I think I've just seen so many coming-of-age films that have been done so much better.
March has really been all about Frasier though. My favourite time of the day has become the evenings when I watch the show with my dinner and it's always guaranteed to have me in fits of laughter, especially Niles! So witty and intelligent, each character really brings their own to the show - they just don't make sitcoms like they used to in the '90s. The tension between Niles and Daphne is killing me, but my gosh, I love a good will-they-or-won't-they TV couple!
Around the web
- Record Store Day is next month and Foals are releasing a 7" featuring an epic track called Rain. I've bought a record every Record Store Day for the past two years now, so I wonder what this year's will be!
- I don't know why I'm still so obsessed with a TV show that ended literally a hundred years ago, but I tracked down an amazing article from the May 2012 issue of Vanity Fair called An Oral History of Friends. It's long, but it was super sweet to read about the cast not wanting the show to end and how much they all cared about Ross and Rachel getting back together.
- I've also been spending time on the Friends subreddit, How You Doin', because I am actually stuck in 2003 forever.
- Discovering the blog, Auxiliary Beauty, this month has been a breath of fresh air. So eloquently written and thorough in her reviews, she expresses the exact same sentiments I have towards Into the Gloss/Glossier in her post, Glossier Generation G Lipstick in Jam. I feel like so many bloggers shy away from long blog posts, but I just adore the attention to detail and story telling in Auxiliary Beauty.
- Last month, I shared my love for Anna's blog, By Her Mirror, and this month, I've been obsessed with her YouTube channel! Her vlogs are so beautifully edited with A+ music and oh my gosh, her food! I'm not even vegan and I'm always asking for her recipes! We talk a bit on Twitter now too and she's a lovely little lady.
- Awesome movie news: Trainspotting 2 begins filming in May and there's a new Sofia Coppola project starring Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman.
- So many dreamy pretty bras in this Into the Gloss post, Lingerie You'll Want to Wear.