I've been living back in Perth for exactly one month now, but it feels like so much longer. Sometimes it feels as if the last two and a half years in Melbourne never happened and it was all just a dream. Given that Perth is home and everything is all so familiar here, I suppose that's normal, though I am, thankfully, feeling a lot more settled in now. At the beginning of the month, all my belongings arrived and it felt so good having my bed and dressing table back! I was really worried about moving into a smaller space, but once we removed the old furniture and brought in my belongings, it started looking a lot more spacious and there's even enough room for all my clothes in my wardrobe! I'm always doing small declutters here and there, but moving gave me the perfect opportunity to get rid of so much more. As pretty as Diptyque candle boxes are, I don't need them!
Being the real life Monica Geller that I am, it's been so much fun organising my new room and I have hardwood floors again! I definitely don't miss the carpet in my old place. My bedroom is still very white with pops of blush pink and grey, but I want to add some greenery in to brighten things up and feel fresh. I can't even keep succulents alive though, so we'll see how that goes. I still need to get a new shelving unit for my books and knick knacks, and I'm getting an area upstairs to set up my desk as I don't have enough room in my bedroom. It'll probably be good to separate them though. Things are coming along slowly, but surely and I'll keep you all updated on the progress over on Instagram Stories.
Apart from home things and settling back in Perth, it's been so nice seeing the family everyday, as well as catching up with relatives and old friends. There's been lunch and dinner dates, a picnic at King's Park and my old workmates and I took a road trip up to Toodyay, which is about an hour's drive from the city. Now that I'm back in Western Australia, I want to take the time to see parts of my home state that I've never seen before. It's funny how we'll want to travel to new surroundings and new cities, yet forget to make an effort to explore where we live.
Tomorrow marks the first day of winter and while this time of year, you'll normally find me complaining, I think surviving two winters in Melbourne has taught me that there is no such thing as winter in Perth. I mean, it gets cold-ish and rainy, but it's not a real winter by comparison! I haven't even needed to turn on my electric blanket since I've been home! That could also be because I finally replaced my really old quilt. My new bedroom brings in the warm glow from the sun and it's so nice when the sun sets each afternoon. I'm really going to miss winter in Melbourne though, it was all the more sweeter when spring finally came around.
I've been listening to some really good tunes in the month of May and June is gearing up to be an exciting month too. I can't wait for new alt-J, Phoenix, The Drums and Lorde. This month, however, I really enjoyed the new albums from Future Islands, Goldfrapp, Hoops and Nite Jewel, as well as Yumi Zouma, who covered the album, (What's the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis. LCD Soundsystem also released two new songs and I'm so glad they've made a comeback. I'm looking forward to their new album later in the year.
There were two standout LPs from May, which were Slowdive's self-titled album and Pond's, The Weather. Slowdive's new album has probably been my most anticipated of the year and it absolutely exceeded my expectations. Their first album in over twenty years, it's no Souvlaki - no shoegaze album could ever be - but it's nevertheless an amazing comeback and I've had Slomo on constant repeat this month. I'm so in love! As for Pond, I'd never really paid much attention to them, despite some of the band members being in Tame Impala (one of my favourites), but I was intrigued when I heard that their new album was being produced by Kevin Parker, Tame Impala's frontman. Needless to say, I love it and they're from Perth too! You can definitely hear the Tame Impala vibes; it's fun, happy and upbeat, yet so good for chilling out to. My favourite songs are Sweep Me Off My Feet and Colder Than Ice.
Film and television
I didn't watch any movies in May, but I have been watching quite a few TV shows. I've just finished season 3 of Daria; this and season 2 being my favourites so far. I love Daria's wit, but I have a real soft spot for Quinn's ridiculousness too. I binge-watched the final season of Girls in one night and I think the ending was very fitting with the show. It wasn't a happily ever after ending, but I didn't expect it to be and it made sense. I'm looking forward to getting back into Twin Peaks and Orange is the New Black next month!
Every evening, I've been sitting down with my mum over a cup of tea to watch Frasier reruns on TV together and it's so nice to be able to do these little things with my family again. Frasier is also one of those classic '90s sitcoms that just never gets old. My parents also got me into watching MasterChef Australia, so we watch that every night over dinner. I've never been a fan of reality TV, but this is definitely one of the better ones.
Around the web
- I loved Christina Ricci's The Top Shelf on Into the Gloss. Girl has great taste!
- Jon Hopkins covered the Twin Peaks theme song and it's mesmerising.
- Nite Jewel released a banger of an album this month and I'm loving the music video for track, Real High.
- A very fascinating read on the latest trend in the online beauty community, the anti-haul.
- Beach House have released a dreamy new song called Chariot.
- I've been so into makeup decluttering videos and blog posts, my favourites this month being Shaanxo's videos and Jess of Little Henry Lee's posts.
- Local Natives' new song, The Only Heirs, is just beautiful.