yeezus

on Friday night Jay & I went to see Kanye West for his Yeezus concert.

we had the BEST seats; two rows behind & slightly to the right of the VIP section, where a few actors, musicians (inc RedFoo) and Kim Kardashian were sitting. I was actually sitting next to Connie from Sneaky Sound System (who told me that I was a good dancer)!

celebrities aside, Kanye was amazing! I’ve been wanting to see him forever so I was super pumped the whole night
(even without alcohol because we’re doing Whole30)!

all about Yeezus

all about Yeezus

Jay, who isn’t a huge fan (and only came with me because he loves me), now has a new found respect for Kanye as an artist. after a while of nonchalant defiance he was up dancing with the rest of us!
to paraphrase The Big Lebowski, Kanye might be an asshole, but he’s not wrong.

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There has been some media coverage saying that Kanye was dissing people in wheel chairs, which is complete bullshit. The video footage and media reports were taken out of context. What actually happened is that Kanye stopped one of his songs and asked the crowd to stand up, that he wouldn’t continue until everyone was standing and dancing UNLESS people were in wheelchairs. He saw some people up in the nosebleed section that weren’t standing and asked if they were in wheelchairs. People around gave thumbs-up to indicate that they were in wheelchairs and he said ok they could rock-out in their chairs and then he went on with the set. I didn’t think it was disrespectful or rude. It’s unbelievable how the media twist actions or events to paint someone in the worst possible light. Tall Poppy syndrome? Controversial headline grabbing? Anyone?

those masks!!!!

those Martin Margiela ‘masks!!!!

Yeezy

Yeezy

I cant remember all his set-list, but it included the following songs:
On Sight
Black Skinhead
I Am a God
New Slaves
Bound2 (which he looked at Kim the whole time!)
All of the Lights
Runaway
Heartless
Love Lockdown
Stronger
Gold Digger
All Falls Down

Kim in white Givenchy (& RedFoo to the left with his giant hair!)

Kim wearing white Givenchy (& RedFoo to the left with his giant hair!)

Kanye is a true artist, his lyrics are brilliant, his stage execution stands apart from other rappers; it’s creative, emotive and groundbreaking.

In concert I’ve seen Snoop Dogg, Naughty by Nature, Dr Dre, Coolio & Eminem; all who use backup dancers, other rappers or video montages to grandstand their acts. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of all of them, but compared with Kanye, who’s performance is just him, ambitious & elegant, giving his audience his rap as art; his history, his love, his stories, his dreams, his blend of fashion and rap (Martin Margiela full-face masks are awesome).
Kanye is by far the bigger artist.

For people who don’t like him, they will always find fault; haters gonna hate! But then why drop a bunch of cash to see him? For everyone else, he is entertainment on steroids.

“Things we see on the screen are not ours,
I know it….
…They say people in your life are seasons,
And anything that happen is for a reason”

 

adventure day

I’m on holidays this week because there comes a point when you just need some downtime off work for no reason other than your own sanity’s sake.

Today Harley & I drove out of the city on an adventure for some ‘earth time’ and here’s what we got up to

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 The Stanwell Tops Lookout wasn’t busy considering it is a week day. A local hang-glider was waiting for some wind so we chatted while his dog Pup the cavoodle and Harley (the cavoodle) had an impromptu play date! I ate my little picnic overlooking the bluest ocean and lay on the grass breathing in the warm salty air.

We continued on into the National Park where the sun was shining, the spring air was warm and scented by wattle trees. We discovered a little river and spotted two water dragons sunning themselves.

Content with a day out of the hustle & bustle of city life, we started the hour and a half long drive back, Harley with his furry little head eternally hanging out the window and me singing my heart out to Coldplay on the stereo.

{bliss}

all about that base | megan covers her song with jimmy fallon & the roots

this song makes me so happy!!
what a awesome, fun rendition Megan Trainor does with Jimmy Fallon & The Roots.
just try NOT to smile!!!

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Happiness is…
soft, velvety, covered in sweet creamy icing and so very very pink.

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// via Call Me Cupcake //

wednesday words

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life is like a cup of tea…
it’s all in how you make it…

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English Tea Shop tea is my new favourite brew and sipping it from my T2 cup & saucer somehow makes the world slow down and everything seem a little bit better…

As Sir Arthur Pinero once said a long time ago;
where there’s tea, there’s hope

happy wednesday peeps!
xox

givenchy glamour

beautiful fashion is a true art form.
it generates emotion & inspires.
these stunning pieces from Givenchy reflect such beauty.
and just a little bit of envy.

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food for the soul (and belly!)

Apologies for being so quiet for the last couple of months; life has been a whirlwind of moving house, weekend project deployments, catching up with family that are moving overseas, friends birthday celebrations, weekend adventures, starting bootcamp, eating sugar & grains (and not feeling bad about it, well maybe a little bad!) and generally just falling into bed exhausted each night with no time for blogging.

I’ve spent this past couple of weeks with some of the people who matter to me most; including a trip to the beautiful Kangaroo Valley in the Southern Highlands, small-bar hopping around my new neighbourhood, celebrating Raya festival and venturing out into the freezing early morning on my reinvigorated fitness regime. It’s made me appreciate winter while still longing for the not-so-distant spring!

Here’s a few pics of my recent adventures (taken from my instagram page, so excuse the low quality). I hope you’ve all been well and your life has been filled with great company, good wine and truffle fries…

New pad:

the building

the building

couch & artwork in the lounge room. plus Harley in a bowtie!

couch & artwork in the lounge room. plus Harley in a bowtie!

couch & dining room

couch & dining room

new bed; concrete grey linen

new bed; concrete grey linen

Kangaroo Valley with Jay, Jared, Pete, Mish & Sue

My good friend Mish is leaving Sydney to move to London. <sob> So we organised a weekend away in luscious Kangaroo Valley in the Southern Highlands; about 2.5 hours south of Sydney. ‘Roo Valley is pure Australian landscape perfection, and the holiday house we rented had a heated pool, wood fireplace, chef’s kitchen and was set on 2 acres with cows, horses, deer & all sorts of other Australian wildlife!

We drank, listened to music, talked, laughed, cooked, danced and made rackets of noise with no neighbours to complain. It was just what a weekend away with friends is all about!

Beautiful Kangaroo Valley

Beautiful Kangaroo Valley

the fields & resident cows

the fields & resident cows

Jay & I

Jay & I

lounge room in the house we rented

lounge room

Our group; Pete & Jay in the back, me in the middle at the back, Michelle on the left, then Sue and Jared

Our group; Pete & Jay in the back, me in the middle at the back, Michelle on the left, then Sue and Jared

Mish & I

Mish & I

family dinner!

Friday family dinner!

Saturday family dinner!

Saturday family dinner!

Pete's flaming zombie cocktails

Pete’s flaming zombie cocktails

my old fashioned cocktails

my old fashioned cocktails

Harley running the fields at dusk

Harley running the fields at dusk

making friends with the horses on the property

making friends with the horses on the property

Celebrating the end of Raya with the Williamsons

My friend Syaz is Malay-Muslim and wanted to introduce the festival of Raya with her new Aussie ‘family’. Think American Thanksgiving, but for Muslims as a weekend ‘open house’ to celebrate the end of Ramadan. It was a beautiful excuse to learn a new cultural holiday and hang out with old friends and make some new ones!

just some of the food Syaz made for Raya

just some of the food Syaz made for Raya

Erika, Syaz & me

Erika, Syaz & me

Small Bar Hopping

Having just relocated OTB (over the bridge) I have been feeling dislocated from my beloved Pyrmont. Although Crows Nest has a more suburban feel than Pyrmont, it still has a village vibe with lots of cute cafes & small bars…so we’ve been making our way through the list!

The Botanist

The Botanist

My new fave place! Located in Kiribilli this is such a cute & trendy bar/restaurant with a fantastic vibe, good cocktails and share food. We’ve been twice in the last month; first with Jared & Pete and then with Syaz & Brendon.

Foxtrot

Foxtrot

When I first walked past Foxtrot I thought it was a brothel!!! I had to google it to find out it was a funky hipster bar. I am in love. And Jay feels right at home.

my hipster husband Jay

my hipster husband Jay

The Small Bar

The Small Bar

Small Bar in Crows Nest is a sister bar to Small Bar in the City on Erskine St. It’s open late and has fairy lights and a good wine list. What more do you need?!

Farewelling my favourite Aunt

My Dad’s sister Lydia is my most favourite aunty. She’s only 10 years older than me and has been my aunty/big-sister/friend/mentor/partner-in-crime for as long as I can remember. We’ve never lived in the same city, but she’s always dropped everything anytime I’ve needed her (she once caught a bus all night, 7 months preggers, from Brisbane to Newcastle to be with me when I told my parents that I got suspended from school for doing something naughty!).

So her and her American molecular-biologist husband have decided to move to The States to be closer to his family for a while and so have been doing the farewell roadtrip to catchup with family and say their goodbyes.

They stayed one Friday night, we had predrinks at our place and then headed over to House of Crabs in Surry Hills. It was loud, it was messy & it was very very fun.

House of Crabs Boil Board

House of Crabs Boil Board

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Girls Night! (“Christmas in July Sleepover” that had nothing to do with Christmas in July)

What happens when 10 grown women get together for a slumber party?  Well, that’s for me to know and you to imagine!!!

lots of drinking & giggling

lots of drinking & giggling

Getting my move on!

I started boot camp. It’s cold. So cold. And painful. I begin Whole30 on the 8th September (no alcohol, grains, processed food, dairy, sugar) for 30 days. My Melbourne friend Narelle is a Whole30 veteran and is going to do it with me to support me for the month!

boot camp starts here 6am

boot camp starts here 6am

but at least I get this view of the city (harbour bridge & tips of the Opera House)!

but at least I get this view of the city (harbour bridge & tips of the Opera House)!

Phew! That seems like an extremely busy couple of months! But now that I’m settled I promise to get my blog on more regularly!

peace! love melly

peace! love melly

signature2 - melly xox