April was a busy month at work and I've been feeling a little guilty that I haven't been blogging as much as I'd like. Don't you just love it when the natural daylight won't cooperate with your photo taking on your day off? Or when you're finally on a roll, but your camera battery dies? I've now learnt my lesson and a second camera battery will be my next payday purchase!
I've come to realise now - and as I've discussed with my good friend Jess - that creating content isn't everything in blogging. To me, it's important that I engage with other bloggers, not only through replying to my own blog comments that you guys leave me, but also commenting on the posts I enjoy reading and resonate with. That in itself can be quite a time consuming task, but it's all worth it because I feel like my connection here within the community is more genuine and intimate. I enjoy having real, proper discussions with you guys and when I look back over the comments on my Current Beauty Favourites post from earlier in the month, for example, it really warms my heart. I guess I just want to say that blogging is so much more to me than simply my own blog and that even though I don't blog as often as I'd like, I'm learning to be okay with that because it's important to take the time to give back to you all. As this is something I merely do for fun, I shouldn't allow myself to get swept up in how fast-paced it can all be and how quickly things shift and change here. I'm allowed to think things over, engage with the wonderful posts you all create and just generally go at my own pace. This is the blogger I want to be.
While most of April was a rather uneventful month, I spent last weekend up in Wodonga visiting my good friend, Jodie. Our friend, Anna, was also in town from Perth, so we took the train from Melbourne to go stay with her and it was a lovely little girls weekend! Wodonga is on the border of Victoria and New South Wales, and as someone who has always lived in the city, it was both fun and weird being able to drive in and out of two states! I've been to Albury/Wodonga (Albury is on the NSW side) before, but it's just something I still can't get over! All of a sudden, everybody's licence plates change, as does the public transport system. It's fascinating!
Our stay at Hotel Jodie was full of super delicious home-cooked meals, though she did wake us up at 5:30am on a Saturday morning to go to boot camp. I was absolutely terrified as I'm not exactly fit, but it was surprisingly a lot of fun! I'm definitely no boot camp or waking up early kind of person, but I need to remind myself that exercise can actually be good and enjoyable. I work out sometimes, but no where near enough. I need to get into a more positive mindset about it all and stop thinking about how much I CBF. We explored the quaint little suburbs of Beechworth and Milawa, stopping for some local cheese, wine and honey, and on the Saturday night, enjoyed a good Thai dinner and night out on the town with (more) wine and cocktails! On our last day, we caught the Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon exhibition at the MAMA (Murray Art Museum Albury), wandered around town soaking up the unseasonal sun, and then came home to chill out in front of the TV all before Anna and I were due to catch our train back to Melbourne. I really do have the best girls in my life.
This month, I also started using Snapchat more. I never really got the hype of it at first; I only downloaded it to watch videos of my best friend's cat (if you also have a cat, please add me), but I'm kind of starting to get it now. It's kind of like vlogging, isn't it? Anyway, if you'd like to add me and see my Snaps when I remember to use it, my username is likeneonlovex and you can also add me by scanning my Snapcode.
I finally got myself some beautiful Smith & Cult nail polishes too! Truly a thing of beauty. I have the shades Doe My Deer and Regret the Moon, and I am in love.
The most exciting music release to come out of April was M83's new album, Junk. I wasn't really expecting all that much because I wasn't a huge fan of the singles, but once I heard the album as a whole, I fell in love. I'm seeing him live next month and I cannot wait!
I was really impressed with Explosions in the Sky's new album, The Wilderness, as I was with Underworld's, Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future. Day Wave also released a new EP called Hard to Read, which I absolutely loved too. I remember hearing his song Come Home Now in Topshop and I immediately had to Shazam it. His music reminds me so much of The Drums, who are one of my favourite bands. Yeasayer's new album, Amen & Goodbye and Miike Snow's, iii, were a little less impressive - I'm a bigger fan of their older stuff - but there's still a couple of gems on their new releases.
I discovered an amazing new band from New York called Sunflower Bean and their song, Easier Said has been on repeat this month. I also rediscovered my love for Cocteau Twins and Decoder Ring. Sometimes I get so caught up in keeping up with new music, I forget to listen to the stuff that's been on my iTunes for years, and one of the best feelings in the world is realising how much you're still so in love with a song since that day you heard it for the very first time. Fractions by Decoder Ring will forever give me chills.
Film and television
Nothing really new here - I'm still so obsessed with Frasier! I honestly can't bring myself to watch anything else until I at least see Niles and Daphne get together and my most favourite time of day has become sitting down with my dinner in the evenings over an episode or two. Is that lame? Probably, but I don't care. It's just SO GOOD. I did however, make time for a few movies earlier in the month. I saw Saint Laurent, Natural Born Killers and Badlands, all of which I highly recommend.
Around the web
- Melbourne band, City Calm Down, covered Foals' Spanish Sahara for Triple J's Like a Version and it's just... wow. Powerful and hauntingly beautiful.
- My girl, Jess, has pimped out her blog, Little Henry Lee, and is now on Squarespace! It looks amazing and I think you should all go show her some love!
- The Vengaboys are touring Australia at the end of the year with the most amazing support acts! My inner-90s child is screaming.
- Xiu Xiu covered the Twin Peaks theme song for Record Store Day, which took place this month. It's absolutely breathtaking.
- Gotye's band, Braille Face, have released a song called Glow and I'm obsessed. Definitely digging those Radiohead vibes.
- These spring smokey eye makeup looks on Into the Gloss are just stunning!
- Things I'm looking forward to watching: Mildred and the Dying Parlor, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later and Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.
- I've really been digging Advaita's blog, Blush Canvas, this month. It's filled with beautiful products and her photography is simply dreamy!