It has been quite a while since I last did a Faves & Finds post, and because of it, I have a giant collection of things for you to feast your eyes and ears on!
So flicking through my previous favourites posts, I realised how absolutely terrible I’ve been with showing you my reading list. I usually read a book every couple of weeks, so I definitely need to up my game in this regard. Anywho, here’s a bunch of beautiful books I’ve read recently.
Minimalism: A Documentary
The True Cost
What the Health
Freaks and Geeks
American Crime Story: The People Vs. OJ Simpson
I feel like I’m slowly getting back into my music groove. I’m discovering new artists again, going to more gigs than ever before, and deeply consumed with my record hunting expeditions. I’ve become really fond of listening to albums front to back. I’ve come to despise the shuffle button, and feel weird when I hear certain songs out of order – it’s messing up the story, don’t you know?
All weirdness aside – if you haven’t listened to the records below then I seriously suggest you do! Each is a little different from the last, but they all make me so happy and are definitely apart of the soundtrack to my life.
After seeing Catfish back in July I became OBSESSED with their first album, The Balcony. I feel like such an idiot for not falling in love with it sooner, because it is an album of GOLD. I bought it the day after the show and haven’t looked back.
Oh. My. Goodness. I didn’t think Gang of Youths could get any more dreamy, but hey – they’ve officially gone above and beyond my wildest dreams. Their new album, Go Farther in Lightness is a beautiful mix of sing-alongs, road trip anthems and haunting instrumental pieces. They also did a killer cover on their Like A Version, of The Middle East’s Blood, which was PHENOMENAL. Do yourself a favour and chuck it on repeat – I just can’t get over how happy they are in the clip! Awh!
I finally got my hands on the soundtrack to one of my favourite TV shows – and boy is it a good one. Aside from the theme song, which is several kinds of amazing, the score is even cooler played out of context. I put it on one night whilst studying and it’s surprisingly relaxing to listen to, all whilst being 100% badass at the same time.
So I literally just discovered these Brisbane boys yesterday when they did Like A Version on Triple J – hello, new favourite band! Not only did they smash their cover of New Radicals’ You Get What You Give, but seeing their original Is It Love made me SO HAPPY. They look so excited and pumped to be there, and the fact that they were having fun made me have fun. I can’t wait to be able to head to one of their gigs with a couple of pals and have a good old-fashioned boogie. Getting their debut album, Tremelow, on vinyl is at the top of my wishlist!
Let’s Hear it Live!
I’ve been lucky enough to have a pretty music-heavy past few months – something that I LOVE. My favourite thing to do is seeing a brilliant band live, with a good friend in tow and some glitter on my face. The last few gigs I went to were marvellous! I always get a tad worried before seeing an act I love for the first time – what if they’re shit, what if the vibe is yuck, etc. etc. – because I have such high expectations and a full heart of love. Luckily, the music always trumps the worry and I leave the venue with the biggest smile on my face and weak at the knees. If you haven’t seen any of these bands live, I highly recommend getting your paws on some tickets and be prepared to sing your little lungs out!
July – Catfish and the Bottlemen
August – Trophy Eyes with stellar support acts Trash Boat + The Heart Aches
September – The Getaway Plan
Donating to homeless shelters – It’s no secret that I love a good spring clean. I find it SO therapeutic being able to rehome things we no longer use. I used to primarily donate such things to op shops, but after seeing how overpriced some of them can be, coupled with how much landfill clothing donations can create, I decided to start giving them to people in genuine need. We recently donated a whole heap of old blankets, pillows, jumpers and bags to our local homeless hub, and it is SUCH a lovely feeling knowing that the items that once sat in my cupboard gathering dust will now be put to good use.
Repotting plants – I don’t know why, but I get this weird satisfaction out of repotting my plants. I find it so fun being able to go to a nursery, pick out some cute plant friends and then buy cute pots for them to live in. I recently repotted a bunch of my succulents with the “help” of my 1-year-old brother, and despite Soren nearly squishing them it was a nice little bonding exercise. And very bloody messy.
Hanging up frames – Again, there’s a weird ‘tick it off the list’ burst of satisfaction that comes with finally framing and hanging up a print. I am SO lazy when it comes to this, mainly because I have a love-hate relationship with where we live and I don’t want to keep decorating in case we move, but I also hate empty walls just a tad more. I’ve found a nice little hack for hanging frames with Command hooks – buy frames with plastic instead of glass and they are way less likely to fall off and hit you on the head in the middle of the night.
Journalling whilst on holidays – As you may have read, I recently jumped back into holiday journalling whilst in Melbourne. I was pretty shit at it, but it sparked my love of mindlessly writing whilst in another city. On my most recent trip to Brisbane, I had a lot of free time and spent the bulk of it cafe hopping, reading and journaling. I always get a good dose of inspiration when I’m away, so I’m now determined to keep a notebook and pen on me at all times to continue to musings.