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some -elements- (because ‘things’ is uninspiring, and a sentence filled with 10 nouns comma after comma is no fun) that inspired me this week:

Brain food

On friendships and how they shape our lives: https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/09/10/maria-mitchell-friendship/

This was linked in the previous post, about how friendship is superior to romantic love: https://www.brainpickings.org/2014/04/23/love-undetectable-andrew-sullivan-friendship/

Ear food

JT’s ‘My Love’ cover by the XX. Will you guys ever do any wrong?

And of course no trip to a foreign country, much less a 10-day solo one to Spain, a country steeped in culture and history, would be complete without finding your senses/tastes/preferences expanded/altered. It has certainly deepened my appreciation for the Spanish language and widened my awareness to its music outside of the cliché that is Despacito. Which to be fair they love too (who doesn’t!), albeit the original version not Bieb’s. The genre is called ‘Reggaeton’/’Regueton’ – think Gasolina, Danza Kuduro – which is “actual music, you know, that you can dance and move to. Not like the trash in UK clubs”. Loosely quoted from my dear friend. Anyway, Kali Uchis’ Nuestro Planeta is an edgy Spanish song. I discovered her via Daniel Caesar’s Get You which has been a firm favourite for months, still is.

Technically I didn’t hear this on Spanish radio so I’ll leave you (lol I’m talking as if there’s someone reading this) with another (i.e. apart from Despacito) hot favourite, Mala Mujer – it means Bad Woman!

And to commemorate the terrific evening I had earlier this week vibin’ out to this new space (Kilo Lounge) with reconnected/new people. P.s. Fkj is very enjoyable live.

Face food

While shopping for a friend’s birthday gift, I chanced upon Hourglass’ new range of lipsticks – Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity. Truly ultra slim, extremely pricey (price to product especially so I’d imagine, it’s $56 for a tiny ULTRA SLIM bullet! Feels weighty and luxe though.) but damn if they’re not pigmented. Extremely easy to apply too. I was swatching practically every single colour. Not sure how well they wear but we’ll see. I like the colour range too. Most of the colours are sold out at ION, bit better availability at Takashimaya but best bet probably online. Got a warm brown – I’ve Been – from Sephora’s website.

Actual food

I’ve been preaching the Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough for the longest time. Haven’t spoken to the team that started it, would love to, but from what I gather (flavour combinations, vibe of the space – unpretentious, rustic (‘ugly’), casual, natural, wholesome, cookbooks stacked on the cooling rack) it seems they’re inspired by some of my favourite feeders e.g. Ottolenghi, Tartine Bakery. I don’t make it a point to go every week but find myself there every week anyway bc the inertia to try new places is too high, and I’d hate to waste a few hours of my precious weekend on a lousy meal.

Another space I’ve fallen in love with is the Glasshouse. It’s a cozy, light-filled space in Chijmes. Lots of green (of course), the warmest, friendliest staff and terrific coffee. Made new friends, another space I’ll return to for sure.

we been together for seven whole freakin’ years, been through way too much, grown a heckuva lot and we’re pretty different people today compared to our 17/18 year old selves, ha! not sure where we’ll be in 7 days, or 7 decades – saying this to qualify that I don’t believe anything lasts forever, not because they can’t but because we can never know ahead of time, but I think having stuck it out the past 7 years was no small feat, we’ve both made a ton of sacrifices – which haven’t been particularly difficult decisions either – so cheers, mate. I’m so grateful you are in my life now. dedicating this cheesyass beautiful song to my big big love

I haven’t felt more at peace with myself and where I am in life than I have been the past few months. coming of age? adulting? self-assurance? I definitely don’t have shit figured out ha, far from it, but I’m completely at peace, ok with surrendering control. completely aware of the privilege of having a supportive, loving family. incredibly grateful for the strong beautiful souls who inspire me and enrich my life. feeling a ton of great positive vibes and want to etch them forever in the interwebz, and pass them on!

ps. fav artistes this year: frank ocean, kendrick lamar, miguel, drizzy, j cole, sampha … just really feelin them rap/r&b vibez

today I recognise the transportive power of music and its effect on me. very grateful for its ability to bring me back in time and allow me to relive and feel certain memories and emotions. also immensely grateful for the massive variety of music made conveniently accessible via tech … this song above brought me back to Hallward, final couple of months in Notts studying for finals

been in a nostalgia-filled funk as the Beeston Buddies gathered on Saturday night for a few hours of what we do best — Resistance and drinks and nonsense until 3am, plus I saw La La Land on Friday evening (date night! ♡). I found it simple, easy to watch, despite the nature of the film (a musical) not filled with tropes and cliches, very well directed, and beautifully shot. I found some parts a little draggy — it’s not as tight as many other critically-acclaimed movies are but perhaps it’s not meant to be? don’t know, not a critic, not knowledgeable enough to comment on the merits/demerits of ‘tightness’, should probably read more — and it’s certainly not a ‘deep’ film with a ‘heavy’ subject matter / commentary on society / humanity, but I do still think it is worth watching, and it’s certainly not vapid as one may expect a of a ~romantic~ film especially one with a title like La La Land. I hardly ever feel inclined to rewatch films and I really want to rewatch it, I think because I want badly to feel again how I felt in the cinema. it was incredibly touching. definitely also helped that it was set in LA, one of my favourite stops in the states, I have such romantic memories of that sprawling, beautiful, hazy, congested, shiny city. music was amazing too, bloody earworms!

so many other films I want to see —

  • Moonlight — Mahershala Ali + Best Picture (that massive blunder tho…)
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • The Salesman —
  • The Lobster — been sitting on my desktop for the longest time…

this weekend I’m going to see Explosions in the Sky for the first time in my life finally after missing them at Glasto and I have a feeling it’s going to drown me in feels. cannot wait

Not sure what to blog about but really wanted to share this song 1998 by Chet Faker so I thought I could do a list of things that made me happy this week ^_^

Firstly, Chet Faker. Found out about him on Laneway 2015’s lineup and I haven’t been able to stop listening the past week! Super chill, makes me wanna stay in my room all day and zone out lelz

TV Show: Parks & Rec. Too adorable!!! So much love for all of them ❤

Burning: Capri Blue’s Volcano / Jo Malone’s Wood Sage & Sea Salt

Volcano’s sweet, fruity while Wood Sage & Sea Salt’s herbaceous, grassy … kind of clean-ish, with a tinge of sweetness. Love them both ALOT. Xr isn’t a huge fan on WS&SS though so I burn it when I’ll be home mostly alone, which makes my alone time so bleeding amazing. Even cleaning the room was enjoyable today HAHA. Good scents have such a huge effect on me!

Ok that is all hehe it’s Friday and I’m looking forward to a good, restful weekend. Have an amazing one whoever’s reading this!

I’m back from an incredible weekend in London. It was exciting (FOALS) and scary (rowdy crowd) and satisfying (liberty shopping) and yummy (shake shack, bone daddies, gelupo, bubbleology, honest burgers) and chill (amazing place we stayed at via Airbnb, madd café)…every minute was just perfect and I really did not want to come back. But when I reached my room my first thought was home sweet home…ahaha. It’s actually really nice to be back, but so not looking forward to school bleargh. Ah well, feeling incredibly recharged.

Anyway, I’m here to share the trailer for The Grand Budapest Hotel. Can’t wait to see it, looks like a huge visual treat! And the cast…I have no words *u*

Photos from my adventure in London under the cut!

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