Some days you just have to get paid and then drop a bunch of money on an Adore order, ya know? I blame this order on the number of “that girl” routine videos I’ve seen on Tik Tok lately, because a lot of those girls seem to use Olaplex as part of their daily routine. So I picked that up, and a few old favourites and one new skincare item (also a Tik Tok recommendation) as a little mid-week treat. Here’s what I bought –
RuPaul’s Drag Race US [ season 13 ] – Watching this at the same time as the UK season probably did it a disservice, as I didn’t find any of the queens this season as interesting or as charming as the queens from the UK this year. Having said that, Drag Race is always a fun time for me, it’s a great way to escape my life and switch off for an hour every week and I’m guaranteed at least one laugh out loud moment per episode. I was happy with who won this season, and now I say bring on All Stars!
The Sons of Sam [ season 1 ] – This was a True Crime series about Son of Sam, and the events that took place following his arrest. This was a really interesting viewing experience for me, because I knew of Son of Sam but I knew very little about what had taken place, and the killings that occurred. This is definitely worth a watch if you’re interested in learning more. It was well put together, and kept us interested throughout.
Wonder Woman 84 – I remember seeing the trailer for this at the movies and being excited to watch it. Sadly, it was a bit of a flop for me. I felt like the plot had so many holes in it (more than the standard comic book movie standard), and the overall vibe just wasn’t that good. The highlight, as always, was Chris Pine – who can charm his way through any movie, it seems.
Deepwater Horizon – I don’t remember much about this disaster at all, so this movie was a fascinating watch for me. I felt like there was a good balance of build up and action, and although I am a huge fan of disaster movies, knowing that this was a real-life event made this quite a sombre viewing experience.
The Conjuring – This is one of my favourite horror films, and I’ve seen it so many times now that it almost feels like a “comfort” movie. I love this entire universe and most of the films from this franchise, and this is the one that kick-started that obsession for me.
The Conjuring 2 – The third Conjuring movie is coming out this year, so I figured after watching the first film I should probably watch the second to make sure I’m up to date and ready for the next one to come out. I love this movie just as much as the first, and it was a perfect watch for a stormy weekend afternoon.
The Dry – I read this book last year and was keen to watch the movie, so when we were over in Perth visiting my parents I jumped at the chance when they suggested we watch this. I felt like this was a decent adaptation of the book, but as always it’s hard to translate the depth and context of a novel to film and I feel like this movie struggled a bit in that way.
Mulan – Also while we were visiting my parents in Perth we set them up with an Apple TV and got them hooked up to Disney+ and this was one of the first movies my dad wanted to watch. I’ve never seen the cartoon version of Mulan but I adore this live action version. It’s such a beautiful film and of course, a heart-warming story.
Empire Records – This is one of my all-time favourite movies, and I’ve seen it so many times that I can quote it by heart. Re-watching this brought me so much joy, and even though I had “oh Rexy you’re so sexy” stuck in my head for days afterwards I want to watch it all over again.
Almost Famous – I had not watched this movie in years, probably since it first came out, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Kate Hudson is one of those actors who I feel like I don’t like her (?) until I see her on screen in a film and I fall in love with her. She was incredible in this, along with the rest of the cast, and the story is something I feel like I could appreciate a bit more on re-watching it now that I’m older.
Alice in Wonderland – Alice in Wonderland is one of my favourite Disney films, and although this live-action version by Tim Burton is beautiful, it doesn’t quite live up to the original for me. Having said that, it was a bit of fun and I enjoyed it despite re-living the horror of Johnny Depp’s breakdancing scene at the end of the film.
Three To Tango – This was a rom-com from the late 90s and it absolutely did not stand the test of time. There was a lot to be offended by in this movie, I don’t know where to begin. Neve Campbell was as charming as always, and Matthew Perry’s weirdly orange hair will probably haunt me for the rest of my days.
The Guest List by Lucy Foley – I started up a book club at work, and this was the first book we decided to read as a group. I figured a thriller was a good way to ease us all into reading and getting together to discuss a book. This was a decent thriller that had a few twists and turns along the way, which made for an easy and enjoyable read.
Honeybee by Craig Silvey – This was originally one of my April TBR reads that I had not yet gotten around to reading (and I am still finishing off February’s books, fml) but it was nominated for my work book club book of the month in May, so I picked it up. I read this over the course of a couple of days while on holiday back home in Perth, and it was the perfect vacation read. It was engrossing but easy to read, and the characters and their stories will stay with me for a very long time.
The Bluffs by Kyle Perry – This was my second vacation read for our holiday to Perth, (and another cheeky early read, as this was listed as one of my TBR books for March) and it ended up being an excellent choice. This was a moody thriller set in Tasmania that kept me guessing until the end. Definitely worth picking up if you want to read something you can lose yourself in, and you won’t want to put down.