Today marks the last day of summer and I'm feeling pretty bummed about it, but as we're still forecast for weather in the early 30s all week, the season isn't over just yet and I hope it continues to stay for just a little while longer. If the long winter was anything to go by, hopefully coats and boots season won't actually start until April!
I spent February soaking up the last of the summer sun eating mangoes everyday (my favourite fruit ever), going on girly dinner dates, having sleepovers, going out for White Night, celebrating Galentine's Day (we enjoyed a nice pub steak and for dessert, went to the new vegan sweets bar in Fitzroy called Girls & Boys, which was incredible!) as well as a friend's 30th, and even surprisingly thoroughly enjoyed a trip to the beach! As much as I love summer and even as an Australian, I'm so not a beach person. Feeling all sandy and literally baking under the sun is not my idea of fun or relaxation at all. However, I never really take the time to go outside and experience nature (as cheesy as that sounds), and it just felt so nice to be out in the open fresh air while watching the sun as it set for the day. I even remembered to bring my camera out and I took some photos that I'm quite proud of. I now feel inspired to get out into the great outdoors more often and I'd really like to get better at landscape photography too. Hopefully my friend and I will make it to the Dandenong Ranges next month before the weather cools down.
I finally had the chance to put together my blogging bullet journal this month and it was so much fun! I definitely get the appeal of bullet journals now, though having said that, a bullet journal for my whole life was a bit too much for me. I love me some organisation and I still love putting pen to paper. Having it be more creative and personalised, I'm more excited to use my bullet journal than I was my regular blogging notebook and for you nosy folk like me, yes, I will show you a look into it in a future blog post! Sometimes I show snippets of it on my Instagram Stories too, so make sure you're following me. My username is likeneonlove.
As it's still pretty early in the year, there haven't been a whole lot of new albums to listen to, but I did enjoy Teen Daze's new release that came out this month, Themes for Dying Earth. It's very chill, very downtempo and the perfect accompaniment when taking things easy. Another album that was new to me in February was Panda Bear's 2007 release, Person Pitch. I love the tracks, Take Pills and Bros, though I think his 2011 album Tomboy will always be my favourite.
February's playlist is an eclectic one. Two of my favourite Australian music acts, The Kite String Tangle and Lastlings released new singles this month, both of which I've featured along with some other newer stuff. I also spent the month listening to quite a few older albums by Broken Social Scene, Bombay Bicycle Club, Cut Copy and The Horrors, as well as a lot of Spice Girls. There was one afternoon spent blasting Spice Girls while cleaning and organising my room and it was the best fun ever. I listened to a lot of Future Unlimited in February too and I'm absolutely in love with their song Someone Like Me right now. Spotify sucks and doesn't have the track in their catalogue though. iTunes all the way!
Film and television
I finally got around to watching both Hail, Caesar! and Ghostbusters this month and I surprisingly enjoyed the latter more than the former. I guess I had high expectations as I've always enjoyed the Coen brothers' work (Fargo and Burn After Reading being my favourites) and I think I would've appreciated it more had I known the inspiration behind the film beforehand. I think a lot of people were skeptical about the Ghostbusters remake, but it was a fun, lighthearted watch like the '80s classic and I definitely think it did justice to the original.
My sister recommended Frances Ha to me and the movie reminded me of Girls (I need to get on the new season) in a lot of ways; set in New York and centred around a 20-something year-old trying to figure out life. It was released in 2012, but I definitely got 2009 hipster vibes from it! My favourite movie watch of the month has to go to Running on Empty. I love a good '80s film, as well as a good coming-of-age and River Phoenix has been in some really great ones. It was beautifully done and so heartfelt. Highly recommended viewing.
Around the web
- The Stranger Things season 2 trailer has officially dropped and never have I been excited for Halloween!
- I've been loving Emma's blog, Emma Etc, a lot this month. Her blog is a wonderfully eclectic mix of books, music, fashion and beauty, and you should definitely check it out.
- Sofia Coppola is finally back with another film called The Beguiled. Even more exciting that it stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning.
- The Everygirl reviewed La La Land and expresses the exact same sentiments I had towards the film. Don't get me wrong, it was good, just not worthy-of-the-hype good.
- I absolutely adored Auxiliary Beauty's review of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. I'm not too into the palette myself, but I love a bit of art history and it was so refreshing to read about beauty from a completely different perspective. This is why I love long and detailed blog posts so much.
- I haven't been too big a fan of the direction Chaz Bundick has taken his music (bring back chillwave!), but I'm really digging his new track, JBS. Very Tame Impala!
- Foxtel are remaking the cult classic Australian film, Picnic at Hanging Rock, into a TV show and I can't wait to watch it.
- Léa of My Slumbering Heart's latest blog post is a breathtaking look into La rue Crémieux, a street in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. I miss my favourite city so damn much!