Friday, 6 October 2017

The Monthly Happy List (September)

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Stock photo - this isn't me!
September was a pretty good month overall, despite a couple of down moments. I don't know about you, but I really look forward to this time of year in Australia. It's a new season, the sun starts shining just that bit brighter, I start shelving all my winter clothes & begin getting my arms & legs out....I've made no secret of my love for warmer weather & Spring is no different for me. I do wish the weather gods would give Sydney some rain though; it's so dry here atm!

Weather issues aside, let's have a look at what made me happy during September:


*MY BIRTHDAY! I celebrated my birthday right at the beginning of last month & had a fantastic weekend in the city with the 'rents. We did dinner at Hurricanes in Darling Harbour on the night of my birthday (because I wanted ribs dammit!) & oh lordy they were good (I'm salivating as I type), as was my Game of Thrones inspired cocktail. The hotel we stayed at also kindly sent up a slice of their Mississippi mud cake as a little birthday treat, which was nice. Rest assured, I remembered to take photos:

My GoT themed cocktail - her name is Khaleesi & she was delish.

I shared these - no way in hell can I eat a full rack of ribs!

*Getting my hair cut & coloured just before my birthday. My hair right now is the shortest its been in about 5-6 years but I'm loving the shorter length, especially when straightened. (Soz, no piccys, although you would've seen my new length in the August/September Shopping Cart anyway.) I also liked my new colour too, despite it not being a great deviation from my previous colour; but my grown-out balayage has re-appeared sadly. Still trying to work out how to go lighter but not blonde....I feel like I need a frickin' colour book like hairdressers have!

*Exercising + cutting down on unhealthy foods. As I've mentioned several times now, this year I made it a mission to become fitter & more active until I injured one of my toes back at the end of February, thus halting any plans I had. My toe has now healed sufficiently (thank Christ) & with a combination of shiny new activewear + the weather warming up, I've been able to kickstart a plan of sorts. Since starting this personal regimen a few weeks ago, I've already lost around 1 1/2 kgs & I'm starting to feel better in the clothes that I wear, which is all I wanted in the first place. My health has taken a little bit of a battering this year & I've really realised how much better I feel when I am active & not indulging so damn much. Granted, I am allowing myself some indulgence here & there (because let's face it, deprivation is not fun), but I don't beat myself up about it. I've still got a couple of kgs that I wish to lose (nothing drastic), but seeing these gains already is spurring me on.

*Getting my brows tinted for the first time. It's something I've been thinking of doing for a while now as without colour I have 1/2 brows. Although I was taken aback at how strong my brows looked at first (was feeling quite Cara Delevigne, possibly Groucho Marx tbh), once the colour wore off a bit I began to like it a lot more. I tried taking some before & after photos but they were all shit tbh so sorry, you won't get to see the evidence.


As per usual, I'm gonna spread some blogger love like peanut butter & share with you my favourite posts from others:

*If you're utterly confused by the latest skincare brand taking the world by storm, then check out Jess from Little Henry Lee's review & guide to The Ordinary because it is probably one of (if not the most) comprehensive & detailed guides out there.

*Vix from Vix Meldrew had me nodding throughout her post 7 Conversations You've Had If You're Socially Awkward AF. I can relate to #1, somewhat to #5 (I have called someone the wrong name before, only to find out it wasn't their name after all *cringe*) & #7 (I'm terrible, I know).

*Caroline from Un-Fancy got all confessional in her own Life Lately post & reading about how she was struggling at the time (and is still struggling somewhat) made me kinda reflect on my own struggles as well. Let's just say that the day I read that post was an emotional one for me. I also took the Enneagram test she linked to in her post & I can't say I'm surprised with the results I got.

*Tenneil from Like Neon Love shared the little things that make a big difference in blog photography & whilst visuals are not my thing (I know I've got a lot of work to do in improving my photo game), I do like that she mentioned that visuals are not everything. It made me feel better about being so wordy in my posts....and I doubt that will ever change.

*Rebecca from From Roses shared her thoughts on why getting older is more awesome than you think & I for one agree with her on all these points. Whilst I still struggle a bit with what people think of me, I also know that I'm a lot better on that front than what I was at 18. I also agree with her on the body love point she made & it's something I'm aiming to discuss in my own post later this month.


*My track of the month is a major collaboration between UK DJ's/producers Duke Dumont & Gorgon City with the help of Aussies NAATIONS on their tune Real Life, which if you watch a lot of music TV or even listen to Triple J, you may have heard this track a lot over the last month or so. I'm featuring it here because I'm loving the track atm, plus the video is pretty damn good too. Death by vomited emojis anyone?

*Staying on a UK tip, the rather underrated (Queen) Jessie Ware has returned to the music scene in a big way during September, giving us 3 new cuts from her upcoming 3rd album Glasshouse. Whilst I'm not a fan of Alone & wasn't a huge fan of Midnight until recently, I am absolutely loving the Spanish guitar-flecked Selfish Love. (There's also a Spanish-language version called Egoísta, if you're keen to listen.) Really looking forward to hearing more tunes from Glasshouse when it comes out as I've been a fan of Jessie's ever since her first ever single Running (and her first album Devotion).

*I forgot to mention this in the last Shopping Cart post, but I finally scored a copy of KT Tunstall's last album Kin as a post-birthday present to myself. I don't know why it was never released here & I really should've bought it when I was in America last year, but that aside I've been enjoying listening to it at long last. I'm a huge fan of this Scottish singer-songwriter & I'm quite interested in this "mind, body & soul" theme she's got going on for this album + the next 2 albums she's got in the works (the next one she is currently working on with Franz Ferdinand guitarist Nick McCarthy). This one is all about the soul & reading the lyrics she's definitely spot on with it. Tunes like Hard Girls (with Mel C in the video!), Maybe It's a Good Thing & the brilliantly titled It Took Me So Long To Get Here, But Here I Am (with a self-directed video) encapsulate this theme perfectly.

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What made you happy during September? Were there any tunes that stood out to you? Any other blog posts that stood out to you too?


  1. Oh my, those meal pics have me drooling! The cocktail looks pretty nice, too xx

    Indie// In Search of the Holy Grail

    1. The ribs + the cake were pretty good I have to was the cocktail.

  2. Loved reading this post Shell! I just can't get over how there was a GOT inspired drink, next time I go to Sydney i'm hunting that place down haha. I'm going to go check out those blogs post now, i've already read Vix's and it's hilarious as always.
    Holly x | |

    1. Thanks Holly! If you do come to Sydney, my best advice would be to try & book at Hurricanes - of a Friday & Saturday night it's PACKED (well, at least the one at Darling Harbour always is).

  3. My birthday is at the end of September haha!
    Aleeha xXx

    1. Well then happy belated birthday to you Aleeha! :o)


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