Windows & Minions

As per usual it’s already Sunday evening and that sad feeling sinks in that another weekend has disappeared with far less completed tasks that my well intending Friday evening self had planned. All in all it’s been another busy full of socialising, sport, good food, entertainment and domestic duties. And Sunday Pancakes of course!¬†Anyway. That’s all standard stuff. There were a few little things I just had to share today…

I was just scrolling through my Facebook feed and was absolutely delighted when I came across this gem of a project. Windows of the World by Andre¬†Vicente¬†Goncalves that Frankie(my favourite magazine of course!) was sharing with their loyal followers. It’s a lovely piece of work where in a typology many different windows in similar places are collated into a gorgeous collection and reflection of the exterior style and character of these particular places. I think it’s just so charming!¬†My favourite image is Evora. I love how every building is white and most windows have gold and this level of consistency yet they’re all so very different. They’re all so beautiful. All of the images are. So inspired! Check it out and tell me which one is your favourite? Maybe you love the bright and blocky style of Burano or that extra dimension that The Alps carries.

I would also like to share my childish excitement that the MINIONS film was released this week and I did in fact go and see it last night. The cinema was packed and I definitely had a good giggle at many a moment indeed. Loved it! Following the history of the Minions featuring the great adventures of Kevin, Stuart and little Bob is just hilarious. Add in Sandra Bullock voicing the baddest villain ever, Scarlet Overkill and her genius husband Herb voiced by Jon Hamm(Mad Men) and you’re set! It’s great light hearted fun entertainment for everyone and anyone who is a Minion fan I believe. 9/10. I’m already anticipating where they’ll take the Despicable/Minion story next! Will we get to watch Gru’s full detailed childhood on the big screen sometime soon?!

I’m so in love with Minions right now though… I can’t even explain why I love the Minions so much. Probably the same reasons everyone else does. Is it there bright yellow and happy colour? Their friendly round shape? Their cute little blue overalls? The cute goggle like glasses that they all wear? The fact that they make so many funny sounds and speak so little English? I don’t know. All of the above and I’m totally obsessed. Confession: I’ve even been getting the special Kinder Surprise‘s for my treat nights so I can collect the little Minion figures! Yep. This is serious! If you happen to see the Minion TicTacs anywhere give me a shout!

Have a great week!

When in Rome! (How original)

The bitter part of life right now is to think this time last year I was overseas on the biggest adventure of my life. I believe I was in Rome at this point. The sweetest part is that feeling of nostalgia and the memories that flood back every time it comes to mind or I see a picture pop up on my feed or go back and look at my own collection… But then again both of those things are bitter and sweet all at the same time.

Such is life.

But if you follow my instagram you probably already realise I really do enjoy getting nostalgic about such things.

Oh the memories!

I think one of the saddest moments of the trip is featured in this image below. The Trevi Fountain had been drained for maintenance the day before we got there!

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Unlucky.

But still. Amazing times!

I’m a Fantastic Wreck!

If you know me, you know I am a bit of a Triple J listener and enjoy the “alternative” side of the music scene. Lately this song has been stuck in my head. I’m a Fantastic Wreck by Montaigne. As soon as those first few notes hit my ears my fingers dart to the volume and it’s only up from here folks. Yes. I definitely belt along with Montaigne as I claim I too am a Fantastic Wreck.¬†I cannot get this song out of my head! Montaigne is onto a winner here. If you haven’t already heard of this gorgeous young lady that is making her mark on triple J’s playlist right now, Montaigne¬†is the stage name of 2012 Unearthed High finalist Jessica Cerro. You can find out more about Jessica/Montaigne¬†here. Also, interestingly ‘Montaigne’ is defined in the dictionary as “Michel¬†Eyquem¬†de¬†1533-1592.¬†French¬†writer¬†noted¬†for¬†developing¬†the¬†essay¬†as¬†a¬†literary¬†form¬†as¬†well¬†as¬†for¬†the¬†lively,¬†personal¬†quality¬†of¬†his¬†prose.”The Free Dictionary

I remember hearing I’m a Fantastic Wreck and instantly feeling connected with¬†the lyrics. A lot of young women and really young people in general would relate to the feelings expressed in the lyrics throughout this sweet tune. Sometimes you do feel like a bit of a Fantastic Wreck. Or maybe always. I’ve been in love with it ever since my first listen. The lyrics are just so relatable and it’s quickly a catchy tune to sing along with. Looking forward to hearing¬†more great things from this young talent! She has a track up on her Triple J Unearthed profile¬†which you can download too. I Am Not an End, which I believe is her original Unearthed High Entry.

I remember totally loving this track she released under her real name, Jessica Cerro in 2012. Anyone But Me. It’s a bit faster in pace than IaFW but it’s also super catchy. I dare you not to get it stuck in your head! She also did Like a Version for Triple J in November last year and did a killer cover of Sia’s 2014 hit, Chandelier.

Check out the quirky video for I’m a Fantastic Wreck though…

I love it. So simple yet effective with the illustrations interacting with her throughout. Clever but not overdone.

Great things to come from Montaigne I’m sure! If you’re liking her work as much as I am you might even want to go and check out her EP, Life of Montaigne, which is available on iTunes. I’ve just collected it myself and am looking forward to it in my playlist this week! I’ll be keeping my ear out for an opportunity to see her perform live! ... Actually I just found she is touring and nabbed some tickets!

Also I quite fancy the EP Artwork! Quirky combination of a portrait photograph and some sweet textures and effects to create a striking composition complimented by the simple type. Gorgeous!

Life of Montaigne – EP Artwork

Have you checked her out? What did you think? I may be gushing a little bit!

Side Note: Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend. It’s certainly been a warm one. I’ve been pretty quiet on the blogging front lately, busy chasing my tail at the moment! And it’s not slowing down any time soon but I hope to get on top of things a bit more… Always the best of intentions…

Lunge for and Grasp

Happy New Year! And I hope your Christmas and festive season was as warm, loving, enjoyable and safe as my own was. January is flying away like nobodies business! Here we are about to celebrate Australia Triple J’s Hottest 100¬†Day already! The Australian Open is well underway and the shortest month of the year is just around the corner. But January has been a busy month as always. Despite the limbo land that is created coming off the back of the Christmas festivities there have been lots of things to bury my head in between side projects, work and job hunting to say the least it’s keeping me out of trouble! ¬†Hence the lack of posting here. But I thought it was about time I got back on track and updated here with this Bitter Sweet Experience of life. Christmas and New Years was a fantastic affair as usual between spending time with family and friends and catching up with everyone back home as well as taking some seriously chilled time out. As usual I was spoilt with gifts and enjoyed watching on as I handed out my carefully selected presents for other people.¬†All of the warm and fuzzy feels! I actually think possibly my favourite gift was a Pillow Pet of all things! My cousin/house mate selected an Olaf(Frozen Snowman character for those that may have been living under a rock) Pillow Pet for me(You can see the newly happy couple¬†here). He’s¬†the cutest thing and definitely takes pride of place on my bed… perhaps I shouldn’t be confessing such things on here… but it was very sweet.¬†New Years was brought in with some grand fun with a few beverages and a lot of laughs. We didn’t manage to catch any fireworks but we definitely put in a solid performance on a few dance floors! The first week of January I got to see two of my favourite music acts performing live in Melbourne. On the 5th I got to see The Temper Trap at 170 Russell with some friends. We all agreed it was an epic evening. I’ve waited so long to see these guys properly. I went to Groovin’ the Moo in 2013 to see them but unfortunately I became ill(not self inflicted) during the event and of course because they were a headliner they were the last of the day and I just couldn’t stick it out. It was heart breaking to say the least. So I can finally say I’ve seen them properly! And they even played one of my favourites, Rabbit Hole, to open the show! They also played some of their new material which got us all very excited for the new music they will be releasing hopefully in the very near future! Also one of my favourite parts of the show was watching ¬†Jonathon Aherne¬†(far right of second picture below, on the bass guitar), one of the band members, dancing. He has such a funny style and it almost looks like he is dancing to a different beat to the dominating rhythm that the audience hears, but it’s just so cute to watch him!
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Also, possibly still the highlight of my year so far, my sister joined me at the Corner Hotel in Richmond for the eagerly (I was actually practically a hysterical fan girl for this one) anticipated show featuring George Ezra. Just wow. He did not disappoint. It was such a great show. He is just so talented. His banter and stories in between songs was so sweet and he even had a cup of tea with him on stage that he would occasionally sip between songs. Words just can’t describe it. I have a ridiculous kind of big fan love for this artist. And I thought his performance was flawless! I may be biased. But from opening in a striking way with total silence falling across the crowd as he began the vocals of Did You Hear the Rain¬†before the instruments kicked in, to bouncing around to songs like Cassie O’ to the classic well known Budapest and his newer single Listen to the Man(the clip even features George with Ian McKellen), it was brilliant. I’ve just found his album so lovely to listen to. I’ve listened to it so many times on my trips back and forth home to the farm and I just love it. Was beyond excited when I was buying the tickets for this show late last year when they were released. Can’t wait to see him again in Australia hopefully not in the to distant future! Though I’m excited for his further success, I have a feeling this will result in a far less intimate gig next time he comes to visit. He even closed the show with the funnest cover of the Cindy Lauper classic: Girls Just Want to have Fun(See George perform it here)! So lots of awesome live music.
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The last few weeks I’ve also been into the job hunt in a bigger way. Organising myself around my current work, a new voluntary position and making sure I’m still working on the actually getting ideally a full time position somewhere is a bit of a juggling act. But I’m kind of enjoying it in a funny way. Between that and all the ideas I am throwing around my brain, bouncing them from one wall to another to decide on how I’m going to go about their execution is also fun but admittedly slow progress. I did have a bit of fun getting my Linked In profile on track. Having a professional portrait photoshoot and going through the editing process was fun. There are some more photos from this which I will be starting to use in my online presence elsewhere soon so watch this space! You’ll also find I’ve added a picture to my About page! I’ve also nearly got my Rachael Brooks Design¬†website ready to launch so you will be able to check all of that out soon too!
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So in short: lots of stuff going on. Lots of exciting changes also going on! Some of them I will talk about more in the near future. Things like my sister joining me in the “big smoke” soon and the adventures that shall unfold from that. It’s such a crazy and exciting time at the moment as you watch the doors floating past and decide on which handles to lunge for and grasp before they fly away. Exciting times indeed! Hope your January has been a good one and that your year is looking as exciting for you as mine is for me! Looking forward to a year of new Bitter Sweet Experiences.

Out of Luck With Milky Chance!

Hope the blog title didn’t make you cringe. I couldn’t help myself!¬†So a few months ago I got very excited as I indulged in some of my favourite artists announcing shows around Melbourne and found myself pretty much getting to curate my own little music festival in January! The festival begins with The Temper Trap on Monday night, Milky Chance on Tuesday night and completed with George Ezra on the Wednesday night. Needless to say I was nothing short of positively pleased with this customised festival of sorts! But then a few¬†weeks ago there was bad news. George Ezra unfortunately has changed his concert date. And this I would have minded far less except it has been moved forward one day. Just one day! So now I am faced with the total clash of Milky Chance and George playing at the same time. Instantly My decision wasn’t questioned. I have to see George Ezra. I simply cannot miss his show! But I am so disappointed not to be seeing Milky Chance. So in a little dedication to them I would like to share with you some of the chilled tunes that I will no longer be seeing live…

Flash Junked Mind

Down by the River

Running

Becoming

And typically my favourite, Stolen Dance

Or just check out the whole album Sadnecessary

It seems since this little spanner has been thrown into my schedule, Milky Chance comes on the radio 4987970549 times as much just to taunt and haunt me!

Also AJR have recently covered Stolen Dance which is sweet..¬†and √Āsgeir did a great Like A Version not long ago¬†too.

So that was my little frustration of recent times! The dilemmas of so much good music and so many good artists being around all at once! Have you ever had a similar dilemma? A clash of events that forced you to choose? What did you choose to do and why? (These questions may be just me talking to myself as I don’t really know that anyone is reading but gosh I would love a response and to hear your story if there is anyone actually reading this! Would make my year!)

Can’t believe Christmas is pretty much literally around the corner again already. Where on earth does time even go?! Hope you’re more organised than me!

Painfully Independent

Today I did something I do kind of frequently. Actually I do it all of the time. Most of the time. But for some reason today I’m questioning it more than I usually would…

I went for a coffee by myself. Not grabbing a take away but actually sitting down in a coffee shop and having a coffee by myself. Along with a delicious raspberry muffin because I have rituals and today is muffin day. But muffin day aside (though an important thing indeed) I sat down with the newest issue of Frankie fresh from the local newsagent down the road and proceeded to appreciate my own company and enjoy my treats.

As I said, this is far from the first time and it most certainly will not be the last time that I do such things. But I find I am constantly just going off and doing these things that more often one might like and enjoy sharing some company and participation from a second being, but I just go it alone. For example once again tonight I will be off to another event that once again, company to share would be grand, but I shall be on my own.

I guess I’m bringing this up because previously this wouldn’t bother me as much as it could and it probably won’t for the most part into the future, but sometimes I think I’ve become painfully independent. To the point where because I’m happy enough to go it alone I don’t half make an effort to attempt to find company to do some things, perhaps it’s a subconscious mechanism of avoiding spoiling the activity with disappointment of company that fails. Or maybe it’s the ease you acquire on outings without having to compromise on what you want to do to please the other person that has lead me to this habit being so constant. Or maybe I just have no friends!

I do like that I can be independent. I definitely think it’s an important characteristic to be able to do things by yourself and not need to follow or have people follow you to justify and affirm what you’re doing. But I would like to decrease the frequency of my alone time and increase the occurrence of spending time with some quality company…. or maybe I will have to start being a cat lady after all! And nobody wants that. Not me. Not the cats. Nobody!

Cue the Celine Dion classic… All by myself…

Happy Friday Folks! Hope you’re spending it with some quality company even if that is in the office!