SUNDAY STUFF | 20.08.17

Hello! It's been a busy week for me - most of the furniture for the nursery has arrived and we've been trying frantically to get everything organised before the baby gets here. I feel so exhausted but I'm trying to keep moving around and not just lay down on the couch watching Supernatural (yeah I'm about ten years late getting into it but it's a good enough show to have on in the background, with enough series on Netflix to keep me entertained waiting for this little beb!). Here's some links I found this week and a playlist of songs I've been loving. Enjoy!

What has happened in Charlottesville and Donald Trump's reaction to these events is nothing short of horrifying. I can't believe that this is still something that's happening in 2017. Kaleah posted a fantastic round-up of links to take action against racism, from places you can donate and support the victims of Charlotesville to articles on what to do if your family member posts something racist on Facebook. Please do take the time to check them out - I know there's still some areas I need to educate myself in and these links are a great place to start.

And sadly yet another terrorist attack took place this week in Barcelona. The world seems like such a horrible and scary place right now and my heart goes out to anyone affected by these senseless attacks. Elite Daily have posted all the ways you can help right now (and if you have any more links about ways to support Barcelona or Charlottesville, please do leave them in the comments or send me an email).
I haven't watched the War on Waste documentary but I read a lot about it when it aired, through Facebook comments and articles and Instagram posts. I was honestly a bit surprised at how much everyone was talking about it, though I think any efforts to cut down on waste are admirable and I think it's great the documentary has opened up such a passionate discussion!! I was really interested in this article on Smaggle, War on Waste: Is It Ruining Your Life?. It discusses the no-waste movement as well as people who have become evangelical about the war on waste. I can't wait to watch it (once I figure out how to watch it from here!).
Strictly Ballroom is one of my favourite Australian movies - my sister and I used to watch it constantly and I believe it led to many hours of begging my mum to send us to ballroom dancing lessons (or at least to provide us with glamorous costumes, which she did). This week the film celebrates its 25th anniversary, and SBS Movies provided this surprisingly thorough 'cheat sheet' about the movie and it's a wonderful little nostalgia trip. Time for a rewatch, I think!

Image by Natala Stuetz (found here)
I've always been intrigued by the idea of French style; as much as I thought it was a cliche (and of course, not everyone here looks like they're an extra in a Jean Luc Godard movie), there is a certain je ne sais quoi about the women here that is impossible to imitate. I think by now we all could name the "basics of French style" as touted by magazines and cinema - trench coat, striped boatneck top, skinny jeans and chic flats, finished with a slightly unkempt chignon and red lipstick - but I loved how this article "How To Sell a Billion Dollar Myth Like a French Girl" explored where this idea came from, how it can be used for a successful marketing campaign and how ubiquitous (and slightly bullshit) the concept is.
Who is she? She’s intellectual, cool, and a bit of a romantic, but she doesn’t give her approval easily or smile too much. She might run around in black-tipped Chanel slingbacks, or barefoot if she’s on vacation. She has a signature perfume. She eats cheese without abandon and nurses a single glass of wine all night because she’s a master of reasonable indulgences. She’s almost always white, hetero, and thin, and you can only conjure her by willfully ignoring the many French women whose daily routines do not involve bicycling along the Seine in mini skirts with baguettes tucked under their arms.
Happy birthday Madonna, she turned 59 this week and is still such an icon. Here's 38 Madonna Quotes and Photos to Empower Your Authentic Self.
Be strong, believe in freedom and in God, love yourself, understand your sexuality, have a sense of humor, masturbate, don't judge people by their religion, color or sexual habits, love life and your family.

I really want to try this felt flower wall hanging DIY (above right, by Essie Ruth, via frankie magazine)! We moved apartments a little while ago but I haven't really had the time or the energy to make it feel more home-y. And once you actually have a baby you have tons of time and energy... right?
I've loved reading Kristabel's blogging series, the ladies featured are all fantastically inspiring and creative and it's given me a lot of great blogs to follow! Here's her latest instalment, an interview with Cynthia of Simply Cyn. I loved reading about how Cynthia balances blogging with working full time as a lawyer and living in New York and it's full of really good advice about growing your audience, approaching and working with brands and how to stay authentic to yourself.
For any London babes reading, my gorgeous sister Valerie Savage is putting on a rad burlesque show on September 13! Check out the details on the poster below and mosey on down for an excellent night full of great performers, jazz, and general cheekiness. 

And finally, here's this week's playlist! I was going for a last days of summer, listening to this while relaxing in the backyard with friends, drinking a gin and tonic kind of vibe. Hope you enjoy it! One of the things I missed a lot about blogging was making my Sunday Songs posts... well this is even more songs and in a much more convenient format (I hope!). Look out for the new playlist next Sunday!

One last super-important thing! If you're in Australia, please make sure your voting details are updated in preparation for the plebiscite on same-sex marriage. Of course, it's completely bloody ridiculous that this is STILL up for debate in Australia and the way the government is handling would be laughable if it wasn't so frustrating. But that's why it's so important to make sure your details are correct, so you can lend your voice to this issue and fight for equality in our country! If you're like me and currently living overseas it's still easy to update your details here. You have until August 24 so get on it pronto!

Have a fantastic week!

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