Life Lately: June & July
Hi, everyone! Long time, no post! I never intended to go this long without posting, but between adjusting to full time work life, a few busy weekends and the grim winter weather (this one being the main culprit!), I haven't had much of an opportunity to put the same love and care that I always put into my blog. I know I let my perfectionism get the better of me at times, but I'd rather take a little bit longer to get a post up if it means I feel 100% happy and proud of what I do, and I just can't seem to let myself settle for anything less than that. I'm so bloody ready for winter to be over because I all want right now is glorious spring sunshine so I can have more than two seconds to take a decent photo! It's killing me!
June was a relatively busy month and although things have been a little quieter this month, I also went full time at my job (I was being slowly transitioned to see what kind of workload my role required). I work in a really cool office environment that suits me and my personality (it’s not corporate and I get to wear casual clothes!), and it feels really nice to have a steady routine. No more crazy shift work with 6am starts or 12am finishes! All this time I thought my terrible sleeping habits were developed from staying up late doing uni assignments, but retail life definitely played its part in that too. I commend myself for sticking it out as long as I did!
Apart from personal life adjustments, there've been big changes in one of my friendship circles with a close friend moving to Italy and my best friend moving to Sydney. It all feels very bittersweet not having them in Perth anymore, but we're all still in regular contact and I certainly don't believe distance changes friendships. If it does, it's usually for the better. The reason why we choose to move away from our hometowns is to have new experiences, get out of our comfort zones and learn to survive without our security blankets, and when I think back to my time in Melbourne (or even my three months in Sydney), I know I wouldn't trade that for the world, so in a way, it's hard to feel sad and I'm just happy knowing my friends are off doing amazing things with their lives! If anything, I now have somewhere to stay if I ever find myself in Milan (I'm actually hoping to travel to Europe next year) or on the east coast (I'm also hoping to visit both Sydney and Melbourne by the end of the year)!
With my best friend's 30th birthday just gone and her leaving Perth, I combined her birthday and going away present and treated her to dinner and a night out at Nobu. I chose Nobu not only because it's fancy af, but also because it's Japanese cuisine and Japan was the first country we ever travelled to together. Our dinner took place exactly one month ago now and I still can't get over how incredible all the dishes were! April just so happens to be good friends with one of the pastry chefs who works there too and we were surprised with one main dish and three desserts for FREE! Needless to say, we stuffed ourselves and had a good old feast! When dinner ended, we went for a night cap at The Waiting Room (we probably would've stayed out longer if they weren't closing and if we could've fit in more cocktails on top of the ones we already had at Nobu!) and overall, it was such a lovely night!
The following weekend was April's going away party with her family and friends, and that was another great night out too. We were so lucky to have one weekend that didn't end up in torrential rain (Perth's winters are usually mild, but has one has been the absolute worst), so we all cosied up in our big coats and blankets while drinking, snacking and toasting marshmallows on the fire pit - it was so much fun! We also made our own punch and pink lemonade Prosecco, as well as a killer playlist for the night! After the party, we continued on the night at our go-to club and I lasted until 4am before I needed my bed! A pretty solid effort, if I say so myself, though it's something I can only muster the energy for once every few months!
Another exciting thing that has happened over the last two months is that I got my haircut! There's nothing like fresh cut and colour (and head massage!) to give you a little confidence boost and after having gone a year without one, I was definitely long overdue! I'd still like to get my balayage a little lighter, but I suppose that'll take a couple more appointments, since my hair is so dark. I'm also hoping this inspires me to finally update my profile picture soon and I've thought of some makeup looks that I'd like to photograph for my blog too. I'm going to wait until the weather clears up before I even attempt that though because even being behind the camera has been a nightmare this winter!
Speaking of blog stuff, I'm hoping to get things back on track next month. I don't have a lot going on in my calendar for August, so I want to dedicate my time to this little online space that I love so dearly. I've still been here behind the scenes typing away and thinking of new ideas, but I really miss it when I go ages without posting. In saying that, I have noticed that a lot bloggers with separate full time jobs experience a lull in their blog every now and then, and I suppose this is just mine. Due to having less time to blog, I've decided to make some of my Life Lately posts bi-monthly (it will all depend on how I'm going for time and how much I have to say) and I guess we'll see how things go from here on in!
When I wasn't listening to new album releases, music in June and July were all about the wintery vibes. I listened to a lot of dark and moody songs, as well as Cranekiss by Tamaryn as it came out around this time three years ago and always reminds me of chilly cold Melbourne mornings taking the tram to work. I realise that sounds like a rather dull memory to associate an album with, but I actually think it's quite nice, and I love when music can take you back to the most random moments in life, no matter how mundane they are.
In other older music, I rediscovered my love for Neon Indian, Bear in Heaven and Future Unlimited. Psychic Chasms by Neon Indian and I Love You, It's Cool by Bear in Heaven were two albums I listened to on repeat back in 2012 and every so often, I'll come back to them and remember why. I was surprised that Psychic Chasms wasn't even on my 'vinyl to buy' list (it is now!); there are just so many bangers on it, my favourite being Mind, Drips. I'll never forget watching Alan Palomo dancing to that song live on stage - I love his dance moves and it's one of my most cherished gig memories! As for Future Unlimited, listening to their songs will make you feel like you're right in the '80s and that's basically all I ever want from today's music. Speaking of the '80s, while I was at the hairdresser, I also discovered a band called Holy Holy and became obsessed with their song, True Lovers. It's got that synthy '80s sound that I absolutely love and I really enjoyed their album, Paint, as a whole too.
When it came to new stuff, I listened to Lykke Li, Florence + the Machine, Ben Browning (one of the band members from Cut Copy), The Presets and Deerhunter. Out of the lot, Lykke Li's so sad, so sexy and Ben Browning's Even Though were my favourites, while The Preset's Hi Viz and Deerhunter's Double Dream of Spring didn't do that much for me. The Presets were one of my favourite bands during the height of Australian mid-2000s indie electro, but they just aren't the same anymore and I don't love them the way I do Cut Copy! As for Florence + the Machine, their new album, High as Hope, was somewhere in the middle for me and like The Presets, I much prefer their older stuff. I mean, it was a solid effort, but I don't think anything could ever live up to Lungs or Ceremonials.
Out of all the new releases I listened to, my favourite was Slowdive's new song, 30th June. A bonus track off the Japanese release of their self-titled album from last year, it's dreamy, beautiful, otherworldly and everything I love about their music. Ever since seeing them live back in February, my love for this band has no bounds and Rachel Goswell truly has the voice of an angel. I love her.
I went along with my sister to see Cosmo's Midnight at Jack Rabbit Slim's a few weekends ago and although I'm not super into them (my sister is the bigger fan), I'm glad I got to hear my favourite song, Polarised, and overall, it was a great gig and I had a good time. The Perth gig scene gets a little quiet during the cooler months (reason #146276473 why I don't like winter!), but I've got tickets to a few upcoming shows in the spring and I can't wait!
Film and television
After not making the time to see a whole lot of films, I started getting back into my movie-watching just this month and saw I, Tonya, Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael and The Shape of Water. To be honest, I didn't love I, Tonya and The Shape of Water; they were enjoyable, but I wasn't completely wowed by them and I think that's because out of all of this year's "Oscar buzz" films, Call Me by Your Name and Lady Bird have set the bar for me. Fantasy isn't the typical movie genre I tend to go for either, but the main reason I was drawn to watching The Shape of Water was because of Octavia Spencer; I've seen a few of her movies now and she's always such a delight on screen. Being the Winona Ryder fan that I am, I really enjoyed Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael. She plays a social outcast who believes a famous actress called Roxy Carmichael is her mother, and although it's by no means my favourite movie of hers, I love a good quirky teenage comedy, especially when it's set in either the '80s or '90s.
In television, I've spent the last two months watching MasterChef Australia and The Office. I'm undecided on whether I want to keep watching MasterChef next year; while I do enjoy watching it with my family, I haven't been as enthusiastic about this season and I feel like the judges play favourites. The finale is on tonight and I'm hoping Sashi wins, though I'm devastated Khanh got eliminated yesterday! Now that I'll have a gap in my nights to fill, I'm looking forward to getting stuck into the new season of Orange is the New Black.
As for The Office, I'm not sure what to think about this show. When it's funny, it's really funny, but the male characters (in particular Michael) are grossly racist and sexist (even homophobic) to the point where it actually makes me feel uncomfortable. I realise that Michael is meant to be this "horrible boss" type and that perhaps I'm missing the whole point of the show, but it still irks me that he never seems to learn or that the other characters never call him out on anything. It also surprises me that I've never heard anyone else share this opinion, but maybe I've just come into it too late and this show really hasn't aged well (or everyone who watches it is white lol). For now, I'll keep watching for Jim and Pam (I love a good will-they-or-won't-they romance!), but if it becomes too unbearable, I may have to switch off. I guess I was expecting it to be more like Parks and Recreation and I feel like I've been let down. You can't compete with that kind of brilliance though.
Around the web
- HAIM fired their agent over a gender pay gap at a festival and good on them, I say.
- Beach House released a music video for their song Black Car, one of my favourites off their new album.
- MTV have announced a Daria reboot and I'll definitely be tuning in! I'm not sure what to think about the potential Frasier reunion though. It wouldn't be the same without John Mahoney.
- Important and powerful words from Lisa Wilkinson and Rosie Waterland in the wake of the rape and murder of Melbourne comedian, Eurydice Dixon.
- Lisa Eldridge was featured on Into the Gloss' The Top Shelf for the second time and I loved it just as much as her first.
- Jodie's wonderful blog post, Why Blogging Isn't My Full Time Job, pretty much sums up why blogging will never be my full time job either.
- One of my favourite Australian YouTubers, Sofie of The Milk Club, created an incredible '90s Inspired Lookbook and I love how scarily accurate it is! The time, effort and research she puts into her videos is unparalleled.
- Childish Gambino has released two summer-themed songs, Summertime Magic and Feels Like Summer. I so can't wait for it to be summer over here again!
- The new Stranger Things season 3 promo is giving me so much life right now. I honestly can't get enough of those '80s vibes!
- Wild Nothing has released two new singles, Letting Go and Partners in Motion, from his forthcoming album, Indigo. I'm so excited for its release next month!
- CHVRCHES covered Kendrick Lamar's LOVE. and it's an absolute banger! To be honest, I only listened to the original after listening to this, but I love the Scottish band's synth pop remake.
- Despite the cringeworthy introduction full of stereotypes, it was nice to see some Australian coverage in this Into the Gloss article. Does this mean Glossier will be shipping here soon? Let's just say I'm a cynic and I'm still not holding my breath!