Sunday, March 05, 2017

some things cosmic

Have you ever discovered an album that absolutely encapsulates exactly what you are thinking, feeling and experiencing the moment you are actually experiencing it? I recently scrolled through Angel Olsen's past work on Spotify as I was dying for fresh music that still had the same feel of that artists that I absolutely love and I came across her debut album, Strange Cacti, released in 2011. It is honestly one of the most beautiful collections of songs I've listened to.

"Some Things Cosmic" and "Creator, Destroyer" are two songs that I absolutely cannot stop listening to. It's funny too, when I think about what these songs are meant to release in the listener emotionally; when I listen to them now they add to the happiness, dreaminess and dazed feelings I have about life lately, yet I feel they would also provide immense comfort and relevance in moments of sadness and shortcomings, too. I think it's a pretty incredible thing to have achieved as a musical artist: the ability to evoke a whole range of emotions from the listener. It is so hard to explain the impact Angel's music has on me. I just feel so content when I listen to it.

Here's the Spotify direct link for all of you music-fiends that are as obsessed as I am with discovering new jams. Also, if you haven't invested in Spotify premium - what are you waiting for?! 


Friday, February 24, 2017

20 years

Long time, no see! Today is my 20th birthday so I thought it would only be fitting to snap a few photos while out and about with two of my good friends. My roomies surprised me with floating balloons, pancakes and a beautiful new dress this morning and then we went out for a lovely late breakfast in suburban New Farm. It was absolutely the loveliest way to enter a new decade of my life and I take it as a good sign. Tonight we plan on celebrating with karaoke, lots of beverages and of course, dancing. Life has been so busy lately - I have a new room mate, she's hilarious, a wonderful cook and an excellent photographer. Most importantly, I've made a wonderful new friend AND she's French, so I can ask her as many questions about my dream city as I please. Talk soon, hope your February as been lovely! x

Sunday, February 05, 2017

home has my heart

It really does look like Summer here, doesn't it? As much as I complain about the heat and how much it melts away my makeup and turns my hair into a crazy, curly mess, the Sunshine Coast really is a beautiful place and I am lucky to call it home. I thought this dress was wonderfully appropriate for the theme of these pictures... it was definitely my favourite purchase of the summer because it is a) made of cotton, b) has flowers on it and c) costed me less than a large coffee from Starbucks (bad example though because Starbucks coffee is a bit shite, but you get the picture) thanks to the pop up Vinnies in the city last week! 

So, how have you all been? I hope you all had a nice start to the year. In all honestly, I'm glad January is over. It was a weird month for me and I found myself ruminating more than usual. I think when I'm not working very much, or when I'm not at uni I get stuck in this weird limbo of feeling like I'm not achieving anything in life and it makes me question my worth and value. It's disheartening, because I'm the type of person who envisions how life should or is supposed to be, as well as wanting perfection and beauty in all areas, so when bad or unexpected things happen, I never know what to do. Often to remedy these feelings I seek out busyness and solitude because I take comfort in my own company sometimes more than in the company of others, and it makes me wonder if I will ever be able to have a relationship with somebody. I'm not in any sort of rush to "fall in love" as lovely as that would be, because deep down, I know it's a very risky thing and I really am quite afraid of it. I find myself simply ending things with people purely because I don't want to even risk putting my heart on the line. I know I should, because it's character building and it's experience and it's just part of life, but I really am afraid. There is Mum's comforting voice in the back of my mind as reassurance though that no matter what place you're at in life, it's going to be fine. It will work out. It always does. You're where you're supposed to be. You're okay! I was actually thinking the other day how much my Mum and I would have gotten along if she was my age at the moment. Like, if we met at uni or something. I honestly think she would be my best friend, because she is now and there's a 30 year age difference. I'm very lucky and thankful for that. So, Mum, if you're reading this! Thanks for being amazing and helping me through all this weird stuff (I think it's called growing up and developing?? Anyone else not sure who the hell they even are?!??). 


Here's some music I've been listening to lately as well: 
  1. This playlist is my personal favourite lately: "Toe-tapping and skirt ruffling!" It's a mixture of Gatsby-inspired music (as well as a few gems from later decades) and it makes me so happy listening to it. I live for that crackle in between songs on an old record! 
  2. Here's the classic Indie-mix (with a few randoms thrown in too): "January 2017" I made last month with a few more songs since I last shared it. Overall, I was satisfied with the Triple J Hottest 100 Countdown, however there was a few artists I couldn't help but wonder why they didn't place??! Like Julia Jacklin! She was 100% top 10 material. 
  3. And here are the foundations for the February Playlist! It's still a work in progress but give it a listen. Would highly recommend listening to "No Woman" by Whitney and "Brave For You" by the XX. Their new album is absolutely wonderful and perfect. 
Anyway, I hope you all have a lovely week this week. I hope nice things happen to all of you because there is just so much that is wrong about the world at the moment and I just hope some nice things are happening despite it all. Let me know :)