Life Lately: January
I hope everyone's had a great start to 2018 so far! I always relish the fresh start a new year brings and January has had me feeling pretty positive and hopeful. I brought in the New Year with my mum and sister eating a nice dinner out and watching the fireworks in the city, and then spent the first few days of the month decluttering and organising my life. I decluttered my makeup, my skincare, my wardrobe and all my social media accounts, which took a lot longer than expected, but was so worth the effort. I'm feeling cleansed and refreshed!
I've thoroughly been enjoying my summer and I thank my lucky stars every day that I was born in a hot climate! I love this time of year so much. January brought about some fun summer activities including a mini road trip up to Pickering Brook for cider and pizza with a view, a sleepover with my primary school friends which involved RuPaul's Drag Race, cat cuddles and delicious homemade vegan food, my mum's birthday, a family barbecue and I even went to my very first 30th birthday party of the year. I'm feeling like Joey right now at the thought of my friends and I entering our thirties this year, but age really is just a number, and I still look young and feel young at heart! In fact, our night ended with my best friend and I leaving the club~ at 5:30am (because it was closing!) and then going for a Macca's run. Even though I'm someone who looks forward to their weekends in more than their weekends out, I love having friends who bring out the extrovert in me. It makes me feel more balanced!
February is gearing up to be a fun month too. I'm starting a social media internship, there's Fringe Festival, St. Jerome's Laneway Festival (Slowdive!!!) and I want to soak up the last of the summer sun and take some pretty photos at the beach. Summer doesn't really end until about April when you live in Perth, but still!
I think I'm going to plan a blog redesign for February too. I've been feeling inspired by other bloggers who have changed up their layouts recently and after looking through the different Squarespace templates, I think I've settled on one I'd like to switch to. I love the branding, design and behind-the-scenes aspects of blogging, and it'll be a fun little day project for me. I'm feeling super excited by the thought of it all and I can't wait to give my blog a new lease of life.
I'm doing pretty well keeping up my goals for 2018 so far; I'm learning French every other day, I've dabbled a bit in Lightroom and I'm learning how to use MailChimp too. Not for anything personal, but for potential job opportunities. Another thing I want to learn is making more time to read books. I've never been much of a book reader, but I've been reading Harry Potter for over two years now and I would like to finish it sometime soon! I'm much more of a film person and I can't read on public transport either because it makes me nauseous, but if you have any tips on how to read more, please let me know! I don't want to be one of those people who just buys books for the pretty covers!
Being the start of the year, there haven't been any new album releases I've been interested in just yet, but it's been really nice to simply listen to my exisiting library and rediscover old favourites. I'm still loving Puro Instinct and Blouse, who I discovered back in December and I've been super into Client Liaison and The Preatures as they've got some really fun songs that I love working out to; Home and Mess It Up by the respective bands have especially been on repeat this month. I absolutely love the Australian music scene and I'm hoping I can catch both Client Liaison and The Preatures live at some point. I've seen The Preatures once before, but I love their new album so much, I want to hear their new material live too!
Beach House's Teen Dream is an album I always go back to; it's one of my favourite records of all time and I had the best blog photography day while listening to it. A lot of my blog photography inspiration comes from the music I listen to and I always try to emulate that visually and make them look dreamy, airy and shimmery. Speaking of dreamy, I listened to a lot of Tamaryn this month too; she's one of my favourite contemporary shoegazers and her album, Cranekiss, fills my heart with so much love. DIIV's Is the Is Are also got a lot of airplay as it's so chill and summery, and perfect for listening to during this time of year.
Film and television
I didn't watch a whole lot of movies this month, but really enjoyed the two that I did end up seeing, which were The Big Sick and Get Out. I didn't go into watching The Big Sick with any expectations - I just wanted to see it because I love Zoe Kazan - but it's a modern and witty romantic comedy that isn't saccharine sweet like the genre tends to be. The majority of romcoms are also really white and boring, but I love how this movie explores the protagonist's Pakistani culture, his family's Muslim faith and how this clashes with his life in America. It was refreshing and gave us something different.
I thought Get Out was really unique for its genre too and although I'm someone who usually stays far away from horror, my mum and sister somehow convinced me to watch it with them. Surprisingly, it wasn't that scary (I'd class it more as a psychological thriller), but the theme of racism was definitely frightening and even though we've become more progressive in today's world, it really opens your eyes to the subtle and nuanced ways in which racism still exists. If you're someone who scares easily like I do, I think if I can handle it, you can too and it's well worth the watch.
In TV shows, I spent January watching a lot of Will & Grace; both old episodes and the latest season. In the age of Netflix, it feels absolutely foreign to have to wait a whole week between new episodes, so I like letting them build up and having a mini marathon. Binge-watching is the best way to watch TV! The Will & Grace revival is definitely one of the best ones I've watched (the Full House revival is more cringe than the original series and the new Twin Peaks was good, but not great) and I love it feels like they've picked up right where they left off. The writing is just as sharp and witty as it was in the '90s and early 2000s, and I love those heartfelt moments in the show too. Plus, I have the fabulous Karen Walker back in my life again and that's all that really matters.