Happy last day of winter, everyone! Tomorrow marks the beginning of spring and I am so ready for the warmer weather. I say this every year, but I just can't do cold and although my second winter in Melbourne was a lot more bearable than last year's, I cannot wait for Daylight Savings, mangoes coming back in season and not covering up my cute outfits in coats. Next month is also my birthday month, I'll be flying back home for the first time since Christmas and I'm meeting up with Divya this weekend too. September is going to be a good one!
Last month, I wrote myself a to do list for my blog and I've slowly been working on checking things off said list. The most exciting thing that I checked off was my new blog header, which I'm absolutely in love with! It was designed by Jasmine Dowling (she also did my 'Everything you can imagine is real' print that sits on my desk) and it's just the perfect little refresh my blog needed. I also created my Wishlist page, which I'm loving the look of and now I'm thinking of creating a 'shop my favourites' page too. Expect that in the near future! It's fun doing little bloggy updates like this.
I discovered a Melbourne duo called Kllo this month and I've been listening to their two EPs, Cusp and Well Worn, on repeat. They make slick electronic tunes with R&B vibes and the only way I can describe their music is just really, really cool. Another Melbourne band I got into in August is City Calm Down. After falling in love with their song, Pavement, almost two years ago, I finally got around to listening to their discography and I'm so impressed! They're like the synth pop version of Joy Division - really good stuff.
I caught Tourist and Lastlings live just last weekend and although I went by myself to both gigs, I had a lot of fun and it's really empowering knowing you can enjoy your own company even in a crowd full of strangers. Tourist was really dancey and upbeat, while Lastlings took it down a couple of notches and were really chilled out and dreamy. The Lastlings gig was free too, which is even better! Hearing my favourite songs live is just one of the greatest feelings in the world.
Crystal Castles and Glass Animals released new albums this month, the former being surprisingly more enjoyable than I initially anticipated. I'm not really into that trashy electro kind of music anymore, but even with Alice Glass gone and it not being 2007 anymore, Amnesty (I) is actually really good! I, however, was a little disappointed by the latter. Glass Animals' sophomore album, How to Be a Human Being just wasn't as catchy as their first and nothing really grabbed my attention the way it did on Zaba. I don't know, maybe I need to give it another listen!
Film and television
Melbourne International Film Festival (aka MIFF) took place from late-July to mid-August and I got tickets to see three movies: Kedi, Each Time That... and Bad Girl. Kedi was a really heartwarming documentary about the cats that roam the streets of Istanbul and if you love cats as much as I do, you'll absolutely fall in love with this film. Each Time That... is a Spanish film from the '60s inspired by the French New Wave movement, and though I went in thinking it would be similar to Jean-Luc Godard's work, I have to admit, I was quite disappointed. Set in Barcelona, it was a fun, romantic film about a fashion model who falls in love with a photographer's assistant, but I just felt disengaged at times and was almost falling asleep in the cinema! I loved the fashion in the film, but the storyline was just a little boring to me. Bad Girl on the other hand, definitely kept me awake! It centres around Amy, a rebellious teenager who moves to the countryside and makes friends with her new neighbour, Chloe. Things aren't always what they seem between the two girls and what starts off as a normal trusting friendship, ends up turning into a psychological thriller. I didn't know this prior to going into the cinema, but I ended being at the world premier of the film with the cast and crew that night, which was pretty cool! It was filmed in my home state of Western Australia and has a pretty killer score featuring The Knife and Crystal Castles too.
Well, it took me a good couple of years, but I finally started watching Orange is the New Black this month! I think I put it off for so long because I was mourning Frasier and didn't want to start a new show knowing it would never be as good. I was right, it is no Frasier, but I like having a TV show to watch over dinner and it is brilliant in its own way. I'm really digging the diversity in the show too as I don't think I've ever watched a show (or movie for that matter) with so many ethnicities or even transgender actors. I love the backstories to the womens' lives and how they came into Litchfield Penitentiary, and I'd say so far my favourite characters are Red, Suzanne, Sophia, Taystee and Poussey. I also love the relationship between John and Daya, but don't spoil anything for me! I'm only half way through season 2!
I began watching Stranger Things just last week too, which I was a little hesitant to at first as I don't do scary, but I was assured by friends it wasn't that bad (it isn't, though I do prefer to watch it when it's still light out as I'm a wuss!) and also, '80s vibes and Winona Ryder are like, my dream combo. I'd also heard it was similar to Twin Peaks, one of my favourite TV shows and I was sold on that too. I've only watched two episodes so far, but I'm really loving it and can we talk about the phenomenal music in this show? That theme song is SO DAMN GOOD. I wish it were as long as Orange is the New Black's. I love me some '80s-inspired synth and I need to get on those soundtracks ASAP.
Around the web
- I finally made a Pinterest account and now I don't know what took me so long. Come follow me!
- Cool music videos: Neon Indian's Annie featuring former band mate, Leanne Macomber, and Beach House's video for The Traveller.
- Into the Gloss interviewed Wet's, Kelly Zutrau, for The Top Shelf. Music and makeup = love love love.
- Bobbi Brown's Top Shelf interview is worth a read too. Her marble bathroom is literally what dreams are made of.
- My girl, Jessica of Little Henry Lee, shared her makeup collection on her blog and it's epic, and amazing, and everything I love in life.