Life Lately: August
It's the end of August, which means spring is here! I've definitely learnt to appreciate winter more over the last couple of years, but there's something about the heat and the bright blue skies that makes me feel more positive and productive. From the disappointment of job rejections, it's something I really need right now too. I've been feeling pretty down and lost lately, and although it's nerve-racking to share such negative feelings and be this vulnerable with you all, I think it's important to be honest and not gloss over things. I'm not going to dwell on it or sit here and whinge because it'll only get me down even more, but I just want to say that if you're job hunting or just generally having a shit time right now, you're not alone. ♡
I got started on my spring cleaning early this month by finally tackling my keepsake box and getting rid of junk that was just taking up space rather than being worthy of remembering. I had to make room for the memories I had collected in Melbourne (my keepsake box was the one thing I left at home) and it was about time I threw out old train tickets, birthday and Christmas cards (I kept the ones that were pretty or had a meaningful message inside), as well as shopping receipts from my travels to Japan and Europe. You know those labels you wrap around your check-in luggage? I'd even kept them too! My keepsake box is organised and something I can actually cherish now, and I love it. I especially love all the gig tickets I've collected over the years and I wish they were still a thing. Anyway, next month, I'm looking forward to getting more odd jobs around the house done. Despite decluttering my makeup, my dressing table drawer is starting to sag (the joys of IKEA furniture!), my wonky wall art also needs fixing and I think it's time for another social media cull. They're such minor things to keep putting off, but I know I'll feel so much better once they're done.
One of my old workmates from Melbourne came to stay with me for a few days in August and it was so lovely to catch up with her again. It felt like we had said goodbye in Melbourne just yesterday, yet it also felt like forever ago. Time is weird like that. I loved being her tour guide and it was fun to explore more of my home city and even visit places I couldn't believe I hadn't been to for years. Now that the weather's warming up, I want to make an effort to see more of Perth as opposed to complaining about it! Also this month, a group of friends and I went to a Friends Quiz Night and it was a lot of fun! Although we didn't win, my friends were still impressed - and maybe even a little freaked out - by my knowledge of the show. Our group name was called The Left Phalange (in hindsight, I think we should've gone with The Divorce Force!) and there were some other great names like Joey Trivia-ni, The Transpondsters, The Moist Maker and Jennifer Answer-ton!
Cut Copy announced their forthcoming album, Haiku from Zero, this month and more than spring, it's the thing I'm most looking forward to in September! Even better, it comes out the week before my birthday, so obviously it's their personal birthday present to me. Their new single, Standing in the Middle of the Field, is a total banger and I'm just so excited for this album. I even pre-ordered it on vinyl! I don't think I've ever pre-ordered anything before. I still don't even own a record player!
August overall was an incredible month in music and there were so many standout new album releases that I listened to. Boo Boo by Toro y Moi, Hug of Thunder by Broken Social Scene and Microclimate by Porcelain Raft were all such solid records, but I think the one that completely blew me away was A Deeper Understanding by The War on Drugs. Up All Night is my favourite track and it's just the most perfect blend between dreamy and dancey. I'm not the best at describing music, but it's a banger and you should listen to it.
Shoegaze is one of my favourite music genres and after reading Pitchfork's The 50 Best Shoegaze Albums of All Time a while ago, I decided to check out the band Lush, who were prominent during the late '80s to the '90s. Needless to say, I absolutely fell in love upon hearing their first album Spooky (which doesn't surprise me because it was produced by Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins who are one of my favourite bands) and ended up listening to their entire discography. The standout song for me has been Sweetness and Light and I've been playing it non-stop this month.
Film and television
Being a makeup enthusiast, I finally got around to watching the Tom Ford directed film, Nocturnal Animals. I did enjoy it, though there were parts that were just way too suspenseful for me! It's by no means a horror, but I'm such a wuss that I can't even handle thrillers. Visually, it's dark, mysterious, hauntingly beautiful and even a little bit unusual, though I wouldn't expect anything less from Tom Ford. I did pay close attention to the makeup and the wardrobe, but was surprised to learn that none of his makeup or fashion were featured as he didn't want the film to come across as an advertisement. I prefer A Single Man, but Nocturnal Animals is still recommended viewing.
I watched Jackie for my love of Natalie Portman and her performance was outstanding, not to mention her stunning '60s wardrobe. Another movie I enjoyed this month was Y Tu Mamá También, a coming-of-age film set in Mexico about two teenage boys and an older woman who embark on a road trip together. As you all know, I love a good coming-of-age and this was no exception. In fact, I'd even consider it one of my favourites now.
In TV, I've been watching the Twin Peaks revival and though I'm enjoying it for the most part, I think it's a little slow at times and not much happens in some episodes. I love seeing the old cast members though and I'm also loving the live music performances within the show. Chromatics and Au Revoir Simone's have been my favourites so far.
Around the web
- Kmart have come through with the cheap homewares goods again with their new collection, Inspired Living, dropping earlier this month.
- Two of my favourite musicians, Grimes and CHVRCHES, show their support for Planned Parenthood.
- Dan Whitford of Cut Copy (aka the love of my life) talks about the making of their music video for Airborne.
- I also enjoyed reading Cut Copy's interview on 16 Years of Thoughtful Dance Music and Beautiful Bangers.
- Mecca Maxima's new beauty collection, Mecca Max, is so pretty!
- Sleep ∞ Over released a new song called Don't Wanna Hide this month and I hope this means a new album is coming soon.
- M83 released a music video for their song, Do It, Try It.
- Melbourne has been named the world's most liveable city for the seventh consecutive year and I can vouch for that. I miss living there so much, but go Perth for making it to #7!
- If Wes Anderson created Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. See if you can tell which "actor" the characters are played by.
- I'm loving Kate of Kate La Vie's dreamy new workspace!
- I'm so into Katie Jane Hughes' effortless makeup style and I loved reading her Top Shelf on Into the Gloss.