I will be typing this entire blog post through blurry vision due to tears of joy because Lana Del Rey’s new song West Coast is finally out! Praise Jebus.

I’m in love with the mellow sound she’s adopted. Sure, she was always quite a slow-paced artist but there’s something about the background of this music that’s more soft and smooth than her previous work.

I think she’s really matured in the two years since the release of Born to Die and I’m a huge fan of it. I’m so so so excited to see what her new baby Ultraviolence will bring to the music world. Here’s hoping it’s going to be just as good as West Coast, if not better.

Yesterday, a little birdy told me that Adelaide’s Birdcage Boutique (who stock beauties like those above) on Rundle Street was having a store-wide sale to die for. So today, in the rain, I trudged through puddles and made my way to the cosy white-walled, floorboarded store to see what goodies I could find. 

The racks were bursting with beautiful clothes from Cameo, Finders Keepers, Keepsake, Tigerlily, you name it. I was so overwhelmed with joy that I hardly even realised the line for the change-rooms was almost out the door. I really should’ve known.

Before I knew it, my arms were tightly cradling at least 10 stunning pieces in fear of losing my precious findings - I foraged so hard. I braved the change-room line and got in a lot quicker than expected which is always a nice feeling.

What’s not so nice is trying on your dream outfits only to realise they make you look like a box, a curtain, a sea urchin - definitely not flattering in any sense. They all looked so perfect on their hangers but not on my body which made me sad because I was so prepared to splurge after a big day at uni. I left without buying anything which is the single worst way to leave a gigantic sale.

But everything was okay in the end. My mum came home from her shopping efforts with a beautiful dress just for me that almost made me glad I didn’t find anything of my own. 

After 19.5 years, I finally lost my Krispy Kreme virginity. Apple custard, raspberry jam, chocolate mousse, cookies and cream, chocolate mud, sprinkles… mmm. I ate my weight in doughnuts and I have no regrets.

I felt like Homer Simpson when he’s banished to hell and strapped to a machine that fills his mouth with a constant stream of doughnuts. I kept finding new flavours on the giant platter sitting in the middle of the kitchen table that I hadn’t laid my hands on. It was like a foodie’s dream come true.

My final verdict is: 10/10, would definitely recommend. But maybe not as big of a quantity as I managed to stomach - I feel like I’m a giant doughnut myself.

Edit: upon looking at this photo for a few minutes straight and realising just how much I ate, I’m beginning to have regrets. So. Much. Glazed. Dough.

I was lucky enough to attend Marvel’s premiere of Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier and I’ve got to say, everything went just as expected… and not in a bad way!

Each and every person who goes to see a Marvel movie is undoubtedly after the following: fiery explosions, an evil villain or two, an absolutely kickass hero, Stan Lee’s cameo, the post-credits scene and of course, Scarlett Johansson. I can confidently say all of which were featured in a huge way.

The Winter Soldier made for an excellent antagonist and really kept Captain America on his feet (when he hadn’t been sent flying through the air, that is). In my mind, there’s nothing better in a superhero movie than seeing the hero actually have to fight with every ounce of power in order to prevail. 

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow was a truly great addition to this sequel and I don’t think another female character could’ve done the sidekick role as much justice. I think I speak for every fan when I say the idea of a Russian female ex-spy who kicks ass (literally) is one of the best ideas Marvel’s ever had.

Finally, the post-credits scene… It can only be adequately described in one word: wow. I don’t think I’d ever had so much anticipation and pure excitement flowing through my body than I did immediately after the credits. If this film was anything to go by, The Avengers 2 is going to blow everyone out of the water. Job well done, Marvel - as always.

I saw a man who had been hit by a car yesterday… in the middle of my first driving lesson. I don’t think I’ve ever had a more confronting experience. 

To see the effects of someone else’s inattention firsthand is so eye-opening that I can hardly convey how it felt. Of course my first concern was the man lying face down, pinned under the wheel of a four wheel drive - Was he alive? But I also felt a deep sinking feeling in my stomach because I was driving through that very intersection only a few minutes ago.

I couldn’t help but imagine what it would’ve been like to be driving the car who hit him. What a terrible thought. 

Once my driving lesson was over, I raced down to the scene just to watch. I stayed until the paramedics wheeled the man into the ambulance and drove off. I’m not sure if it was a morbid curiosity or an overwhelming concern that made me return, but to be honest, I couldn’t stop myself either way.

An unrivalled learning experience. 

Over the weekend I channelled my inner hardcore kid and went to Soundwave, the one and only Australian metal festival. I’ve only just recovered from my sunburn and bruises which has finally allowed me to write about the amazing time I had. 

Between running back and forth from stage to stage, I witnessed people covered in scary amounts of fake blood (thanks, Gwar), crying fangirls, failed crowdsurfs, brutal moshing, people covered in scary amounts of real blood, painfully overpriced food, and bright red skin reminiscent of a lobster/beetroot/tomato sauce lovechild. But that’s what it’s all about, right?

In the ridiculously quick-moving 12 hours I spent exploring Bonython Park with my tiny little legs and big studded boots, I managed to fall in love with new bands (hello Amon Amarth, Mutemath, and The Ghost Inside) and somehow let go of the obsessions once held by 12-year-old me (goodbye Panic at the Disco and Green Day). I welcomed this change with open arms because let’s face it, who wants to be stuck holding onto pre-teen obsessions? Not me. 

As much as $185 seems like an insane amount of money to spend on a ticket, it was completely worth it. Although I had my doubts leading up to it, I couldn’t be happier that I decided to go. Beginning my day witnessing Amon Amarth’s Swedish Viking Metal is something I’ve never done before and I think I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s my favourite thing to have for breakfast.

It was really refreshing to see Mutemath in all their quirky glory with three to a drumkit, keytar solos and countless offbeat dance moves. I don’t think a band has ever made me smile so wide, but hey, I’m not complaining. 

Finally, front row for The Ghost Inside had me enjoying every second regardless of the pushy girl behind me who decided her elbows had a reserved space in front of my face. If I can still enjoy a band as much as I did with occasional jabs to the head, then they’ve surpassed the true test and I can confidently declare that they now have a secure place on my iPhone. Well done!

After the day was done, and although I came home starving, filthy, bruised, tired, and sunburnt, with a broken voice and a dust-filled nose, I can confidently say that it was the best day I’ve had in a very long time. I’ll definitely be seeing the same stages this time next year. Soundwave, you’re my baby. I love you.

Frank Ocean premiered three new songs at a recent concert in Munich and this is one of them - my favourite. I can’t get enough of the incredible pairing of his smooth vocal melodies and the calmly strumming guitar in the background. It’s so simple yet so enchanting and that’s what I love about it. 

If this is anything to go by in regards to his current project, which I’m hoping is a near-future LP, it’s going to feel as though I’ve died and gone to heaven once I get my hands on it. A huge and much deserved ‘well done’ to Mr. Ocean - he’s truly a master. 

The two other songs can be found here and here. Enjoy!