These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: AUGUST 2017

August, damn girl you hit me full speed! Where did you come and go? This month has been absolutely hectic. Uni has well and truly kicked in, I’ve been working like crazy, and had my weekends booked out all month! It’s kinda terrifying as we head into September… before we know it I’ll be graduating! WTF?! But for the time being, let’s have a look at what August has delivered.

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🇧🇷 Andre!

My amazing Brazilian friend Andre came to visit for a few days. I met Andre 6 years ago, way back when we were in year 11 Earth and Environmental Science class! I remember being completed amazed that he was from Brazil… the other side of the world! As good friends do, we kept in touch, skyped from time to time, and when it came to him planning his trip back to Australia, of course he had to come and visit the beautiful gong! Next time I see you Andre, it’ll be in Brazil I promise!

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HELLOOO ANDRE

🎤 The Last Frost

Wollongong has been delivering the goods lately when it comes to gigs. And this month it held an awesome little festival featuring Violent Soho! So for those of you who know me, they’re one of my fave bands ever and this was the 4th time I’ve seen them. It was so so so much fun! That was until my boyfriend Mitch got whacked across the head with a flying chair (yep – there’s flying chairs in a Violent Soho mosh pit) (and yep, I have a bf, that’s a new thing. But more on that later). Regardless of the blood, sweat and tears (literally), it was an awesome night!

 

 

 

 

🏆 Fitness

I’ve been trying to keep up with my friend Dylan, and have been rock climbing from time to time. As you can clearly see, I’ve got huge guns and am therefore an expert rock climber (hahahaha nervous laugh….).

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This month I also survived the CITY 2 SURF! Considering I did absolutely zero training, I’m pretty proud of my efforts. I ran with my friend Chloe (though she sped ahead Lightning McQueen style) and with my dad and sister. It was such a fun day! This is the second one I’ve done and can honestly say (hopefully) that next year I’ll actually train for it! I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in fitness/wants to enjoy a nice day out in Sydney!

 

 

 

 

🌸 Grounds of Alexandria

Really? Need I say more….

 

 

 

 

🌅 Watching the sun rise

One of the perks of having your boyfriend wake up at 5am everyday (yep, this boyfriend thing is pretty great), is that you’re up and starting your day before the sun has even had a chance to rise. Which means over the past month I’ve seen some pretty beautiful sunrises. I’ve always wanted to be a morning person… much to the disbelief of my Mum… but I think I may be getting there. Just check out these 3 beautiful sunrises I saw this month! Watch this space for more!

 

 

 

 

🎶 Tunes

Tired Lion – Fresh. I first heard this song on Triple J and I desperately tried to Shazam it. Luckily for me, this song is such a great one, that it’s been played multiple times as of late and I’m absolutely in love! They’re kick ass and I have had this song on repeat!

Meg Mac – Low Blows. With the release of her new album and an upcoming Australian tour (which I have tickets for – eep!!!), I’ve been freakin loving Meg Mac! She’s got such an amazing voice and her sound is so unique and fabulous.

Nicky Jam – Hasta el amancer. Because it’s winter and I’m soooo over this cold weather, I’ve been reliving my Central American vibes by listening to Nicky Jam. What tunes he has! Honestly if you want a pick me up and

🎥 Flicks

So I just got Stan (an Australian version of Netflix) and ooh la la there’s some pretty great shows! And one of them is Younger. Um hello Hilary Duff is in this show!! But it’s actually a super cute and funky show that is perfect watching for those of you who have been looking for the modern version of Sex and the City.

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The Other Guy is another show on Stan and it’s some of the best TV I’ve EVER SEEN! If you’re a young Australian, this show will actually make you laugh out loud it’s tragically hilarious.

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📷 Bloggers and Vloggers

My blogger friend Journal by Assia has been producing the goods on her blog. Some of my favourite posts have been from Bulgaria and at the moment she’s in Palestine and I cannot wait to see her content from her travels there.

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📗Books

Bad News – Anjan Sundaram

I borrowed this book from my friend that studies Journalism and damn this book in incredible. It’s about dying journalism in Rwanda, a country that to the Western World, is seen as progressive country. It highlights the incredible importance of free press and high quality journalists to hold governments accountable.

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📝 Quote

This month I’ve really been trying to focus on the positive in life. It’s so easy to get caught up in drama, in negativity and in stuff that just adds pressure, stress and shit to your life. Of course life sometimes gives you a shit hand, but your attitude is a powerful thing you can control. Once you decide to be happy, you will notice that other negative parts of your life tend to slip away and you’ll feel more free and fabulous enough you’ll wanna shake yo booty everywhere.

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Well I have absolutely zero idea where this month disappeared to, and before you know it, I’ll be recapping on the entire year! It’s been a whirlwind and looking at my diary, September won’t be any different! Peace and love.

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: MARCH

March Madness. March really was a bit of a mixed bag. Ups and downs, exciting nights out and boring essays to write. I guess that’s to be expected with uni kicking off, working 30hours a week and trying to maintain some sort of ‘normal’ social life. Overall, it was pretty damn good. However I have to admit, I had a week or two where I was completely flat. It was a good reminder that I need to be taking more time to myself and allowing myself some time off every now and again. (you can read about how to overcome a bad week here). But, over to some good news… this post celebrates 1 year of ‘These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things.’ How exciting! If you’ve missed my previous few, you can read them here. Et voila! Here are my highlights from March!

Mardi Gras

Ah Mardi Gras – the happiest day of the year. I wasn’t sure I could top the excitement of Mardi Gras 2015, but I have to admit, I had a pretty damn awesome time! You can read all about my experience here!

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My awesome housemates embracing the Mardi-madness

Garden Party

So by now, most of you would probably know how much I love my music. So when I saw the tickets to Garden Party at UOW Unibar were only $30, I bought one straight away. It was such a good night with such a good crowd. Dune Rats were amazing, but I must admit that Mansionair stole the show!!!

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Front and centre for Mansionair.

Home for the long weekend

Because uni’s kicked off again and I’m working ever spare hour I’m not at uni, I usually can’t justify making the 6hour journey home just for a weekend. And then God gave us long weekends (or should I say Jesus?). I had such a lovely weekend at home. Sunrise walks, swimming at the beach, spending time with my friends, playing with my dogs and chilling out watching nature documentaries. It was so good to just switch off for a day or two and relax. Something I’ve really been needing to do for a long time.

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Let Them Stay Rally

A few weeks ago I attended the Let Them Stay Rally. Not only is it about the refugees currently hospitalised on mainland Australia from Nauru, but about all refugees. Letting them know that they’re welcome. That we’re all the same, and we all have the right to live without fear of prosecution or abuse. I’m so glad that I went to the event because I felt apart of a wider community who genuinely cared so much about this massive issue. And then we held the Let The Stay Banner on the beach and there I am holding the banner above the L.

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Let Them Stay: Wollongong

Netball

This session, we’ve started up our awesome KB Banditos team again. We’re only in week 3 and we’ve already won a game! (I’m not the best netball player out there and we’re in it for the fun, so for us to win… that’s a big deal!)

Tunes

I’ve been playing this song on repeat!!! My housemate introduced me to Urthboy’s music and for that, I will always be grateful!

Plus… Violent Soho’s new album came out this month WACO, and I’ve been listening to it on repeat! I’ve been waiting for them to release this album for a long time coming!

Blogs and Vlogs

Tiphaine Marie

I am absolutely loving this girl! She’s a fashion/travel vlogger from Switzerland and has such a cute and chic sense of style! Her videos are short and sweet and I always enjoy watching them of a morning! Definitely one to subscribe to!

You can check out her blog here.

Lives Abroad

I also stumbled across this cool blog. It’s focused around education through travel. I absolutely love the concept and have spent many hours reading through the content!

You can check out her blog here.

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Quote

“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.”

I’ve been loving this quote this month, because I definitely had a few rocky seas to get through. But it’s reassuring knowing that these setbacks, these challenges and these fears are actually helping me become the person I’m supposed to be.

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Fin!

Stuck on Repeat: Top Artists from 2014

Music is my life! I think if my family had to pick a phrase that I’m always saying it would be either ‘awesome’ or ‘ah, this is the best song.’ I listen to music all day everyday, in the shower, before I go to sleep, pre-drinks, cleaning my room, eating dinner, and there’s always a song to get me pumped, relaxed or motivated. This year I’ve been dipping into a few different genres and discovering some awesome artists worth the click over to youtube!

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1- Bastille – One of my all time favourite bands! I’ve been loving them for about two years and have seen them twice in concert (in Munich and Sydney and I cried both times). This year I’ve been loving their mixes and covers of songs, especially No Angels below.

2 – Asgeir – He’s Icelandic! And thus began my love for his smooth smooth voice. His album In the Silence is excellent! Perfect for when you need a good chill sesh! It’s my go to album when I need to relax to go to sleep, taking me to the sweetest dreams. I unfortunately missed out on seeing him due to date clashes, but he’s on my radar to see live! Below is his cover of Milky Chance’s Stolen Dance (which personally I think it on parr if not better than the original).

3- Violent Soho – Rad Aussie rock band who I was lucky enough to see in concert. Their whole album is filled with solid tunes and I love listening to it when cruising around in my car or when I feel like a grungy chill (i.e ‘cleaning’ my room).

4 – Banks – Very cool, fragile and unique voice, combined with a dirty rhythm… LOVE IT! Loving this London lady. I first discovered her EP and can genuinely say, this was the first album I was extremely excited to see be released!

5- George Ezra – Also great to listen to whilst cruising around, belting out tunes and experimenting with how low your voice goes. At first listen, I wasn’t sold, but it definitely grew on me. And hard! Now I absolutely crave hearing his smooth, sexy, deep and husky voice! Not to mention, he’s very cute! His entire album puts me in a great, positive and motivated mood!

6- Miguel – So sometimes, I love to get down and dirty and feel sexy dancing to some smooth rnb. And I was very excited when I learned he released some new music this year!

7- Taylor Swift – I’m admitting this with mixed feelings. I really do not like her song Shake it off, at all. But the rest of her album, pretty damn catchy! This is the one guilty pleasure I’ll allow myself! Her quirkiness is definitely growing on me and it leaves me thinking I too can look kinda cute whilst stumbling around trying to dance!

8- Sticky Fingers – Aussie reggae, rock, chilled band that leaves you wanting to be on a beach with a few beers and your mates! Fun, happy and chilled!

What are some of your picks from 2014? Let me know in the comments below because I’m always ready to discover new music!

xxx A

Happy Listening!