Arctic Monkeys, Adelaide Entertainment Centre 10/5/2014

Six months after purchasing tickets, I finally got to witness The Arctic Monkeys in all their rock god glory and believe me when I say I’ve never seen a more pitch perfect live act. Alex Turner’s vocals induced heart palpitations and made every girl weak at the knees (including me) which is honestly no surprise at all.

I was dressed in a teeny tiny banana-covered crop top (monkeys eat bananas), skinny blue jeans and my go to black Converse - the perfect concert outfit. Waiting in line in the cold, windy, almost-Winter weather with half my belly exposed probably would’ve frozen me solid if it weren’t for my intense blood-rushing excitement. 

When the doors finally shifted, the entire line let out a scream and rushed inside: prime front row real estate had to be secured on the ASAP. I, unfortunately, landed myself in the middle of the middle which dashed all hope of getting close enough to the stage to make out the band’s faces. 

The support act POND, a quirky band from Perth, were a Tame Impala/Radiohead lovechild and they did a great job of warming up the crowd for what was to come. 

Half hour of waiting between acts made the audience restless and as soon as the room filled with smoke and the lights dimmed the room filled with screams, claps, whistles, you name it. Instantly, I was pushed a few metres forward which landed me 4 rows from the front. Lights burst on and there they were: The Arctic Monkeys. I was already even further in love with them than ever before and they hadn’t even started playing yet.

They opened with ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ and the crowd went wild. I’ve never experienced anything like it. It was so exhilarating to be in the midst of a group so full of pure happiness - I loved it!

A few songs in, the suave, charismatic rock god Alex spoke into the microphone… ‘so do you guys like that Brianstorm thing?’ and that was it, everyone went crazy. 

'I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor', 'Fluorescent Adolescent' and 'R U Mine?' received equal amounts of approval from the crowd in the form of absolute recklessness and it was perfect. So little room to move in but I made sure I was able to just let go and enjoy every second of it.

In one night I saw one of my favourite bands in the world, realised they were even better than I’d hoped and danced around enough to work off all the junk food I’ve ever eaten. I walked out with sore, stepped-on feet, raccoon eyes (thanks to copious amounts of mascara), broken vocal chords and an immediate post-concert depression. Undeniable proof that The Arctic Monkeys are absolutely amazing both live and in-studio.

I went to see Wes Anderson’s new film ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ over the weekend and it was just as good as I’d hoped. Rainy weather paired with a cosy cinema and a belly full of food made my Friday night pretty damn perfect. 

A hotel concierge, a lobby boy, a deeply controversial artwork, strictly black-clothed antagonists, and a murder mystery… who would’ve thought they would be the perfect ingredients for a beautifully quirky international success (with the exception of Wes, of course)?

The highlight of the film was definitely the characters themselves, without a doubt. Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, and Jude Law, among many others did an incredible job of bringing the story to life and their on-screen antics had me skating across the spectrum of emotion, from pure amusement to horrific shock - I couldn’t have asked for more. 

In theory, a film about the adventures of a hotel concierge don’t sound all that exciting but I can honestly say it was one of the freshest plot lines I’ve experienced in a very long time. I really didn’t want to end my stay at the Grand Budapest Hotel - 100 minutes just wasn’t enough. 

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.