Life Lately: October
The weather has finally started warming up in Perth and I've been absolutely loving the sunny bright blue skies and eating mangoes everyday for breakfast. Spring and autumn can be such awkward seasons as it's cold one minute and then warm the next, but it's averaging 30 degrees all week this week and I'm so excited! Peonies also come back in season next month and I can't wait to see all the beautiful posies The Little Posy Co. come out with. There really is no time of year that I love more and I'll never understand the hype around autumn/winter in the blogging world. Perhaps it's because I don't live in the Northern Hemisphere and I find they're just such nothing seasons in Australia!
The end of September and early October are always an eventful time because of all the family birthdays (including mine) and my lovely friend, Holly, surprised me with the most incredible bouquet of flowers. Look how pretty they are! I loved how springy they made my bedroom look and there's nothing like florals and greenery to liven up a home. Speaking of which, my home updates post will finally be coming next month and I really can't wait to get working on it! I'm sure I'm not alone when I say that I love seeing the interiors of my favourite bloggers' homes. I kept putting it off because there were a couple of little things I needed to get done and even though it's still not exactly the way I want it, my shelves aren't empty anymore and things are feeling more complete. I didn't want to rush anything and fill up spaces with things I only half love, which is why it's taken longer than expected, but it's coming!
I had belated birthday celebrations with my friends (the older you get, the harder it becomes to organise a catch up when everyone's free) this month and it was so lovely to have all my favourite girls together in the one place. We had pizza and wine at Theo & Co. and then afterwards, some of us ended up on a boozy night out dancing the night away at Amplifier. We unexpectedly stayed out until 4:30am and as much as I love weekends at home, sometimes I forget how much I also love a good night out.
There are some pretty amazing artists and bands touring Australia this spring/summer and just last weekend I saw both Nite Jewel and The Kite String Tangle. I was pretty surprised when I found out Nite Jewel was coming all the way to Perth (she's from the US) because I didn't think she was all that well known and sure enough, it ended up being one of the most intimate gigs I've ever been to. It was just me, my friend Shaun and about 50 other people sitting in the pews of St John's Anglican Church in Fremantle and I'd never been to a gig in a church before. In all the live music I've seen, it was definitely one of the most unique! The Kite String Tangle put on a killer show too and before his set, my brother, sister-in-law and I ate the most delicious meal at Meat Candy. Their Boozy Floats, macaroni cheese and fried chicken were so good.
In music I listened to, I really enjoyed Cults' new album, Offering, and I quite liked the new stuff from Yumi Zouma, Four Tet and Kllo, though I don't think it was as good as their previous work. I'm going to combine my October playlist with November's because this month, I want to share with you my Stranger Things inspired playlist. I haven't started watching the new season just yet because for once, I actually did stuff on the weekend, but I so cannot wait to start! As you all know, I love my '80s synthpop music, so I've featured a lot of tunes that remind me of the show, as well as songs that have actually been featured in episodes from season 1. If you give it a listen, let me know what you think!
Film and television
I love me some '90s Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump is one of the best movies ever) and I watched The Green Mile this month, which I'd never seen before. A three-hour long film, I had a chilled out Saturday night at home with Chinese food while watching it and although I'm always quite put off by long movies (even though I'll happily marathon a TV show for a longer period of time), it was thoroughly engaging and really heartfelt. Next on my list of '90s Tom Hanks films to watch are Philadelphia and Saving Private Ryan.
Speaking of my favourite decade ever, I watched two movies set in the '90s; Kill Your Friends and As You Are. Kill Your Friends takes place during the height of the Britpop music craze and even though it didn't receive amazing reviews, I still quite enjoyed it. It's nihilistic and the characters are completely unlikeable, but if you can get passed that, it's nevertheless entertaining and has a killer soundtrack. As You Are's soundtrack was, however, really disappointing and especially for a movie title inspired by a Nirvana song. A coming-of-age film centred around three teenagers, I suppose a little indie movie wouldn't have the kind of budget for such a high profile band, though I did enjoy the movie overall. Not only does it take place in the '90s, but it also stars Charlie Heaton, who plays Jonathan Byers in Stranger Things.
As I mentioned, I haven't started watching season 2 of Stranger Things (I'll get on that tonight!), but I did start the new Will & Grace this month, which I'm loving. When a TV show you love from long ago makes a comeback, there's always going to be some initial scepticism, but at the same time, I was also excited because I wasn't the biggest fan of the ending (which the creators have chosen to completely ignore and pretend never happened). 11 years later, the gang's all here again and it's as if nothing's changed. Despite the big gap in time, it feels really natural and like the characters have all simply picked up where they left off, plus life is so much better now that the fabulously drunk Karen Walker is back in it. In a time where LGBTIQ rights and social issues are more prevalent now than were during the show's initial run, it's really cool to see Will & Grace address their importance in a warm-hearted and comedic manner. There'll truly never be a greater time in television than the era of the '90s American sitcom.
In other TV shows, I also watched Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later this month. I still think the original film from 2001 is the best, but this second TV series (after Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp) still has some laughs and it was fun to see Amy Poehler and Adam Scott from Parks and Recreation together again. Also, I cannot believe in 16 years, Paul Rudd has not aged a bit.
Around the web
- I used to be quite into the fashion world in the early 2000s and reading Natasha Poly's Top Shelf on Into the Gloss was a blast to the past back to my LiveJournal days. Loved this!
- As a Spice Girls fan, I also really enjoyed Victoria Beckham's Top Shelf this month.
- One of my favourite singers, FKA twigs, created what she calls an "Instagram magazine" entitled AVANTgarden. Not only do I love her music, but her creativity and personal style are just so cool.
- Hans Zimmer and one of my favourite bands, Radiohead, collaborated on a song called ocean (bloom) for the BBC series, Blue Planet II. The song combined with David Attenborough’s narration and beautiful visuals of the ocean is something really epic.
- Lorde covered Phil Collins' In the Air Tonight and she did such a fantastic job. Does anyone else here have flashbacks to the Cadbury ad whenever they hear this song though?
- If you've finished watching season 2 of Stranger Things, now is the time to listen to the new soundtrack! This is the first thing I'll be doing once I'm done.
- I linked this in my previous post, but if you haven't read it already, my girl Jess of Little Henry Lee, wrote an incredible post called On Being a Slow Blogger.
- I loved Cut Copy's music video for their song, Standing in the Middle of the Field, and especially because it was made by one of the members of another Australian indie electronic band I love, Midnight Juggernauts.
- I love UK bloggers and there were three British girls in particular that I loved in the month of October: Imii of Nettle & Blackberry, Faye of La Vie de Faye and Olivia of What Olivia Did.
- Jónsi who is the lead singer of one of my favourite bands, Sigur Rós, met up with Geza Schoen from Escentric Molecules to chat about all things fragrance. This was the best thing ever because it combines the two loves of my life, music and beauty, but even if you're not interested in the same music as me, it's still a fascinating read on the chemistry behind scents and how perfume is made.