Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Shein + Jadey

A few weekends ago I met up with my wonderful college friends to celebrate Jadey's lovely little bundle of joy. Shein and Jadey met whilst studying nursing and they've basically been inseparable ever since. Jadey is such a loyal and giving friend and she was so nice to allow my sister and I host the event before we moved to London and we thought it'd be fun to arrive with baby bumps of our own.

Jadey loves all things novelty so we picked up anything that was fun or cute. All of our friends were given an item of food to bring or to organise a game and it meant that everyone contributed to a relatively stress free baby shower.




Worn: Thrifted skirt (it was a tiny waisted dress and I chopped it because I wanted it so
badly! Worn with my thrifted floral blouse and a Kmart tee. Probably still in store now.
Also my thrifted vintage earrings found in original package and only 20 cents. WINNING!


Time to put the diapers on!


Pauly was an awesome games host. Guess the baby food flavour?










It was so lovely to catch up with our college friends. Such fun crammed into a few hours and it's something we need to do more of. Lol, so who's having the next baby??

Big love,

Falala Mele

That nu nu London vibe

Damn, guess who's back? Yessir it's your girl Falala. 
I'm celebrating the connection of our home wifi with a blog post. 

HOOOOORAYYYY!

All I can say is I've missed my humble little online space and I've been extremely busy adjusting to the life that is 'living abroad'. I've had some wonderful adventures and some heavy-eyes rolling-in the back of  my head- shoot me now moments, but I've been in London for a month now so I can safely say it's starting to feel more like home, rather than an extended holiday.

We literally spent the first 2 weeks on the hunt for a place to live and doing all the boring things (agency meetings, bank accounts, signing leases etc) and then spent the third week gradually  moving our two suitcases of gear each from Deptford to Leyton.  Amongst all that we started working! We are officially East siders E15 2BX yo' and I'm close to E17 bless. That's where the boys of my fave boy band East 17 were raised. A bloke from church said one of them lived around the corner from his grandma back in the day and he still remembers when the street would be packed with cars and hordes of screaming girls.  "In a west end town and a dead end world, East end boys and west end girls." Still my jam.

Cool things that have happened within the last month.

  • I did like 2 weeks of supply teaching. Got over it, and I now have a class of my own. Yr 2/3 bless them. They are beautiful
  • Internet connected in our awesomely huge 3 bedroom flat 
  • QTS approved
  • Hanging with Rhianon (been too long since we were around each other)
  • Meeting up with Bonnie, my old college friend who is also living abroad
  • Joined a community choir in Notting Hill and it's AWESOME! We are preparing for a Christmas concert, COME if you're in the area. It is going to sound AMAZING and my sister and I may be leading out in one of the songs.
  • Bumped into the gorgeous blogger Callie Thorpe around the Portobello Markets
  • We were asked to chat to Channel 4 crew whilst leaving Camden Markets on our opinions/experiences with tattoos and piercings 
  • Getting around London without City Mapper >.<










I'll sign off now, with the promise of regular posts. Fingers crossed I get some blogging mojo back.

Big Love,

Falala Mele



Monday, August 18, 2014

listen

So in the past 6 months or so I've started listening to whole albums again. I swear for the longest time the airwaves, social media screens and platforms have been bombarded with an endless stream of mind numbingly disgustingly catchy 'hits'. Don't get me wrong, I'm no music snob but man..... I'm pretty sure 'music' hit rock bottom and just decided to dig a grave and die there.

So the whole maybe I'll listen to an album started mid last year during report writing time. Spotify suggested Emeli Sande's Our Version of Events and I listened. I loved that the album represented a body of work. A collection of ideas and emotions and some insight into our life and times. It offered more than a catchy 'yeah yeah yeah' hook and I gobbled that shit up.

Then came The weekend's Trilogy album on Spotify and I guess my ears started to open up to the idea that there is-in-fact real albums out there. Albums that represent ideas and experiences from the artists whom are making the music. There was something heavier than the manufactured hits on offer. Sam Smith's EP (not a whole album but a collection none the less) was rotated heavily and I continued to be delighted in whole servings of Aaradhna, Childish Gambino & Haim. Over and over I listened to these albums as they helped me write reports, pack up my house and drive hundreds of kilometres interstate.


So I thought I'd share my favourite albums on heavy rotation. Some are old and some are new but all of them are tasty. Please....if you've heard of an album that's so good you just have to repeat it, then please tell. I've got my musical appetite back and in the words of Anthony Bourdain I'm hungry for more.

Emeli Sande / Sam Smith / Aaradhna / Haim
Quadron / Lily Allen / Ed Sheeran / La Roux


Like I said, I love the whole albums but if you're not into getting/listening to the whole set then get:

  1. Emeli Sande- My kind of love / Read all about it Pt. 3
  2. Sam Smith- Nirvana / Latch
  3. Aaradhna- Wake up / Back of my mind
  4. Haim- If I could change your mind / Days are gone
  5. Quadron- LFT / Seasalt
  6. Lily Allen- Our time / Hard out here
  7. Ed Sheeran- Thinking out loud / I see fire
  8. La Roux- Kiss and not tell / Sexotheque 



Big love,

Falala Mele