I don't feel like a lot happened during the month of March, but one cool, really exciting thing that I got to do was attend Beauty Expo Melbourne as media last weekend! I'm not going to lie, I felt a bit like an idiot wearing my name badge with 'Like Neon Love' below it (it was all so professional and I only do this as a hobby!) and even though I was a little bit nervous as I was going by myself and didn't know what to expect, I had a really great time. Doing things on my own is never as scary as I initially anticipate, plus I enjoy a good chance to get out of my comfort zone. I have to admit, there weren't a whole lot of exhibitors I was interested in, but I enjoyed the makeup education sessions (I actually did learn some stuff!) and just generally having a wander around. Unfortunately, I didn't get any photos of the event either as it's always hard with crowds around. The weather was beautiful last weekend too, so when it was over, I took a stroll around the city and all in all, I had a really wonderful day in my own company.
Weather wise, it's still been really lovely here in Melbourne. Considering how bloody long last winter was though, it should be! The leaves are starting to fall and the days are slowly getting shorter (Daylight Savings ends this weekend, RIP), but there hasn't been the need for coats just yet! One of my closest friends from Perth was in town this week, so we took a wander around the Melbourne laneways and then made our way to the Royal Botanic Gardens to bask in the sunshine. It was such nice, chilled out day and I'm already counting down the days until spring!
Music in March totally blew me away. I went to see Lastlings live at The Workers Club in Fitzroy and after a long day at work and not starting their set until 11pm, I'm so glad I made myself go because they were absolutely mesmerising. On tour to promote their new EP, Verses, I was so enthralled by the way their new songs came to life and the old ones were just as great too. It was my second time seeing them live and I hope big things happen for this Gold Coast duo. The sheer talent that comes out of this country never ceases to amaze me and I love supporting local artists. My friend Karly is in a band called Polykite and their debut EP, Primordial, is the most ethereal-sounding piece of work. My favourite track is Bones, but Dust is really lovely too. Melbourne band, VHS Dream, were recommended as sounding similar, so while browsing Spotify, I decided to give them a listen and all I can say is wow. I had to immediately stop everything I was doing, I was just so taken by those dreamy soundscapes and atmospheric vocals. Listening to Come Around makes me feel so sad, but in a good way as I love how music can make you feel so many different emotions. I just adore shoegaze music and the fact there are so many Australian musicians influenced by the genre makes me so happy.
In other music I listened to, I really enjoyed Flume's Skin Companion EP, which was the follow up to his sophomore album of the same name. In fact, I liked it more because I think it sounded more like his first album. I wasn't too taken with Skin Companion EP II, however. Tennis' new album, Yours Conditionally was a playful, summery indie pop record and continuing on with the shoegaze, I also loved listening to Curve's album, Cuckoo, this month. I don't know why it took me so long, but another great record I finally gave a listen was Beyoncé's, Lemonade. I know I'm extremely late, but after loving Solange's, A Seat at the Table, I was all for more empowering music by black women! Needless to say, it's incredible, my favourite tracks being Pray You Catch Me, Freedom and Formation.
Film and television
I watched quite a few movies this month. Some of the highlights include Catch Me If You Can (you can never go wrong with Leonardo DiCaprio!), The Good Son, Zootopia and Mother's Day, which was actually surprisingly more enjoyable than I thought it was going to be. There was also Up too, which made me an emotional wreck! As I mentioned, my close friend, Nicole, was in town from Perth, so we caught up to see Beauty and the Beast at the movies and even though it wasn't a movie I was super excited about, I really enjoyed it. It's still a problematic portrayal of an abusive relationship and no matter how feminist you try to make it, something bad can't be "less bad", though I understand that the animated film meant a lot to people growing up. If you'd like further reading, my housemate wrote about it here. I never really cared for Beauty and the Beast myself as a kid, it was The Lion King all the way for me!
In TV, I began watching Daria in March and I'm loving it! I used to watch it here and there on the ABC after school as a kid, but I've been meaning to properly get into the show for about two years now. Her sarcastic nature and cynicism towards the world are so great, and there are little things about the show that I appreciate so much more watching it now as an adult. All the '90s tunes played in the show are a huge nostalgia trip too. I also watched Broad City with my housemate this month and even though it wasn't a show I'd thought about watching, I'm so glad my housemate made me because it's absolutely hilarious. I'd say it's very similar to Girls, only more laugh-out-loud funny and I really can't wait to watch the next season. I always seem to enjoy a good comedy set in New York!
Around the web
- The Drums have a new album coming out in June and I'm loving the first track off it, Blood Under My Belt.
- Lorde's new song, Green Light, has absolutely blown me away. Catchy, upbeat and super, super dancey.
- I immediately had to read Emma Watson's Top Shelf on Into The Gloss as soon as it popped up on Bloglovin'. Although I'm not so into organic products myself, I appreciate her natural approach to beauty.
- Awesome new music videos: HAERTS', Your Love, and The xx's, Say Something Loving.
- I loved Yumi Zouma's dream pop take on Oasis', Champagne Supernova.
- Maddie of Whisky Tango Flat White's post, Bloggers and Designer Handbags - The Debate Rages On, was really thought-provoking and well worth a read.
- Another thought-provoking post was my girl, Jess of Little Henry Lee's, post called On Blogging & Consumerism. I think when you've been around blogging, YouTube and "haul culture" for a long time like I have, you become more aware and more critical of mass consumption.
- One of my all-time favourite bands, Slowdive, are releasing a new album in May and I cannot freaking wait! The latest track off it is Sugar for the Pill and it's beautiful.
- Lisa Kudrow and Victoria Beckham are bffs and I cannot deal. That's right, Phoebe Buffay and Posh Spice! 10 year-old me is screaming.
- This video of makeup being smudged on Into the Gloss is so satisfying. Who knew makeup mess could be so mesmerising?!