Thursday, February 6, 2014

On: Drowning

Not long ago, I finally watched the film 'Submarine'.  I had wanted to see it for a while, and after reading the original novel by Joe Dunthorne, I got my hands on a copy of Richard Ayoade's film adaptation.  I completely adore the style - the cinematography, the setting, the script, and of course, the unforgettable soundtrack by Alex Turner himself.  I also love that the main cast includes Noah Taylor - an amazing Australian actor who has graced the screens with roles such as young David Helfgott in 'Shine'.

Now to my point.  In the film, Taylor's character - the protagonist's father - experiences bouts of depression.  He is also a Marine Biologist and, when his son Oliver asks him what it is like to feel the way he does, he replies with:

"Well, it's a bit like drowning."

Hearing this, I felt like I was experiencing a true revelation, because finally I had found a word to perfectly describe how I've been feeling for such a long time.  Drowning.  Disappearing.  Emotionally deteriorating.  And I don't feel better, or cured, or anything like that, but it's kind of comforting to be able to accurately encapsulate this scary/unbalanced/unpredictable state in some way.

Anyway.  I guess I wanted to write something current and that I won't turn my nose up at in the future.

Trying to keep my head above water,

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Remember Me?

Greetings, peeplings!

It has been quite a few days since my last post, so I thought I should do some kind of bonanza one today.  Since I last spoke, I've been quite busy with the lead-up to block exams, and now the actual exams. BUT!  Prior to this I went to the second-ever Brisbane Collective with Tia, and last weekend I went on a rainy roadtrip to a small town called Kenilworth, nestled around the base of the Glasshouse mountains.  Here are photos from both.


My first ever art-show purchase! A Ghostbusters cross stitch by Suzie Homemaker!
It reads: "who you gonna call?"

It was such a great night - heaps of people turned up, the art was diverse but consistently amazing, the music sets were all super cool... it was rad.
I'm gonna link to TBC's fb page here so y'all can keep up to date with upcoming events :)
eww I just did a smiley face on my blog


Cold weather = jeans

I thought that it was cool to see a good old ice-cream truck again...until we got closer, when we realised there were no colourful images of soft serves on the side, and it was trailing behind a horse carrier trailing behind a truck.
Dodgy?  You decide...

A Glasshouse mountain.  It was ridiculously difficult to get a clear shot. 

At the renowned cheese factory!  They made homemade ice-cream, gelato and sorbet.  I had cherry ice-cream (pictured).  It was friggin delicious and only cost $3!

"Heart of the Mary Valley"

Just one of the many local cheeses we picked up.  This one was my gamble - I had to try it.  Mango cheese!?!?  It proved to be a perfect combination.

So yeah.  I've been having lots of fun, and it's been great to get out of the house for a breather before exams.  I also saw The Great Gatsby (finallyyayomgitwasbeautiful) which has, for a while now, definitely been one of my most favourite books ever.  It's so well written and - man, I can't really do F. Scott Fitzgerald justice with my comparatively crap writing - but I love it.  And as for the movie, some people say "oh man, can't Luhrmann just be normal for once?" Well.  People have adapted the novel for the screen in the past, and in doing so they have stylised it in their own way, which is what filmmakers do and if they didn't, I'm pretty sure having 'creative licence' would lose its value.  Those who have seen other works of Baz Luhrmann would know he has a very definite style: completely over the top, glitzy and visually delicious, which in its own way suits the era and the nature of the lead characters.  So personally, I am very satisfied with the result.

Oh, an just one last thing... I finally started a tumblr blog, where I can eye-candy vom (?)
It's slowly coming together:  l i l y m a r i a


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Why I love Meadham Kirchhoff

Meadham Kirchhoff is most definitely at the top of my list of favourite fashion houses.  I'm not really sure if they are Haute Couture, but I kind of assume they are, purely because I've never seen them do a ready-to-wear range - they instead go all-out with jewels and frills and pastels  and rainbows and flowers (so basically sunshine and dreams) to create these visually amazing outfits that I'm almost convinced I could die for!
Here are a bunch of Meadham Kirchhoff pics (nabbed from Rookie)...

Monday, May 6, 2013

We Are Travellers

My lovely mum just sent me this quote.  It makes me smile and I hope it makes you smile too!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Music I'm Listening To A Lot At The Moment

Hey peeps
I'm going through one of those times right now where I keep craving particular songs.  And I keep YouTubing them so I can watch the videos which is pointless anyways as I always end up dancing in the kitchen ;)

Here are a few!

Lana Del Rey singing Summer Wine

Bruno Mars being poignant

M.I.A being kick-arse

Alex Turner being super sexy

Beyonce being her fabulous self with Jay-Z when they are younger

Yay! Are you all danced out now?  I know the Bruno Mars number wasn't to dancy but whatever, I love it, I think it's beautiful and if it gave you a moment of sadness well that's ok because IT'S OK TO BE SAD, GUYS.
As long as you can follow it up with a bad girlz dance then it's all gonna be otay.

You can quote me on that.

Have a fab weekend!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

25 Questions Tag

Heeey guys!!  Since being a part of the cyber world for a while now, I've inevitably noticed this '25 Question Tag' that's been going around.  I really like the idea and I thought I would partake so hopefully you get to know me better and you get encouraged to do it too!

Here goes...

Q1. Do you have any pets?

Yes.  At my mum's house I have two beautiful white baby cats, DeNiro and Pacino, and at my dad's there is a Jack Russell called Petey.

Q2. Name three things that are physically close to you.

Right now... some hat blocks (my mum is a milliner), a very comfy pillow and my pair of Glinda-esque jelly shoes.  They are glittery and lovely!

Q3. What's the weather like right now?

At the moment the weather is calm and relatively warm, however it is also night-time so it is much cooler than what the days have been.

Q4. Do you drive? If so, have you crashed?

I don't have my license yet, but when I was very young I was in a couple of minor car accidents.

Q5. What time did you wake up this morning?

I woke up at about six thirty :(

Q6. When was the last time you showered?

About an hour and a half ago.

Q7. What was the last movie you saw?

At the cinema, Oz the Great and Powerful.  It was visually beautiful, but the actual plot wasn't too engaging.

Q8. What does your last text message say?

'My mum just came home with a bird / I don't even know'
I literally just received that and I don't know how to respond...

Q9. What's your ringtone?

Some kind of built-in one.  It's a ringtone, it's annoying.  It scares the hell out of me when it's not on silent, and it annoys me when it is on silent because I keep missing calls.

Q10. Have you ever been to another country?

Yes! I have been to Cuba, USA, Argentina, France, Wales, Indonesia.  I lived in London for just over a year when I was nine.

Q11. Do you like sushi?

I love sushi!

Q12. Where do you buy your groceries?

Markets, delis (sometimes), Coles, Woolworths, the corner store... wherever.  We do try to get free-range/organic/sustainable foods where possible.

Q13. Have you ever taken medication to help yourself fall asleep faster?

Definitely.  They are the best for long flights.

Q14. How many siblings do you have?

None - I'm an only child.

Q15. Do you have a desktop or a laptop?

Laptop.  I have a lovely white MacBook.  I think this model has been discontinued now...

Q16. How old will you be on your next birthday?

16 years of age.

Q17. Do you wear contacts or glasses?


Q18. Do you colour your hair?

I have never coloured my hair!  My natural hair is a very 'blonde blonde' and pretty much everywhere I go people are all like "NEVER DYE YOUR HAIR GURL OR I WILL HUNT YOU DOWN".  It's a tough life ;)

Q19. Something you are planning to do today?

I'm about to go to sleep, so... dream about butter lettuce parties, I guess.

Q20. When was the last time you cried?

Ooh... normally this would be easy to answer, as I tear-up at almost anything whether I'm laughing, crying, insanely excited, you name it.  But I honestly can't think of the last time!

Q21. What is your perfect pizza topping?

I really like making homemade pizza, usually with anti-pasto toppings, and always with cheese.

Q22. Do you prefer cheeseburgers or hamburgers?

It feels like this question has continued to pop up throughout my life: 'what the hell is the difference between hamburgers and cheeseburgers?!??'.  I know it seems obvious that one has cheese and the other doesn't, but I swear, every time I've ever eaten a hamburger it has had cheese on it.  So I guess, out of the two, I would have to sway towards the cheeseburger, purely because it has cheese in its name.

Q23. Have you ever had an all-nighter?

Yes.  They are always great, but I haven't had one for what feels like ages.  My brain must be going, 'Lily, enough already.  I need to sleeeppppp.'

Q24. What is your eye colour?

The colour is always changing a bit, but usually they will be a grey-blue or green-blue.

Q25. Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke?

YES I CAN.  I'm not much of a soft-drink drinker, but if I want a Coke, then I will make sure it's Coke.          
Pepsi is not nice and I will taste the difference very quickly.

That's me.  You know it.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Suicide in the Trenches

Whilst doing some research for my modern history essay, I came across this famous piece written by Siegfried Sassoon in the 1920s.  I found it awfully striking, and I think it summed up the collected mentality of the 'lost generation' beautifully. It's crushing yet so poetic, and even though there are only three small paragraphs to it, the writer has managed to carefully construct and balance a stark mood contrast. Personally I was feeling confronted and blown away at the same time, but you can decide how you feel about it:

I knew a simple soldier boy
Who grinned at life in empty joy,
Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
And whistled early with the lark.

In winter trenches, cowed and glum, 
With crumps and lice and lack of rum, 
He put a bullet through his brain. 
No one spoke of him again.

You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye 
Who cheer when soldier lads march by, 
Sneak home and pray you'll never know 
The hell where youth and laughter go.

On the note of great writing, someone whom I admire both as a person and as a truly talented writer (and who is probably going to laugh at me for saying that) has written a letter to, and in memory of, a very cool woman who sadly passed away this week...Chrissy Amphlett.