It's been a while again (haha).
Quite a lot has happened since I last spoke to you. I'm so excited to tell you that I landed an awesome internship at ThinkChangeGrow! I'm in my penultimate year of university currently and I have been so anxious about the future. Landing this opportunity has eased my rocky seas for now and I am so grateful to be learning from two lovely, knowledgable Google alumni. I feel so lucky that they really liked my creative ideas and they took me on board with them despite my minimal experience.
March was an exciting and stressful ride. It has been so wild and busy but I love it, I guess. This semester, I'm learning animation and I'm finding it so interesting. I love how passionate my lecturer and tutors are, and I especially love how they encourage creativity. 👼 On that note, I wanted to share with you some of the things that have inspired me and kept me livin' - my muses of March if you will:
Throughout the junior years of high school, my friends and I were avid readers of the famous Rookie Magazine. I adored the way they spoke to my baby teenage heart and made me fall in love with the magic of art. I remember gazing at Petra's photos on Rookie and just feeling so soft. Like I was floating on cotton candy clouds. She makes me feel like I'm in a sparkling, peaceful dream and this is especially evident in her work for Hanatsubaki.
Man, oh man. For a while there, I thought my favourite New Zealander (besides KJ Apa haha) was going off the grid. It had been forever since she released the lovely Pure Heroine and I was like Look, Ella, I know you need to take the time to craft beautiful music but please, please let it be soon. And lo and behold, she made a triumphant return. I admit, I initially did not enjoy Green Light. It was different from what I had expected but then, I poured a glass of water, closed my door and sat down and listened - really listened. What I got was such a bolt of euphoria. I felt like I was there dancing with her on the streets, on the top of the car, shouting the lyrics without a care in the world. Just losing total control in the best way possible.
Charli XCX for Indie Magazine
Charli has been my number one inspiration (and angel) since like, the dawn of time. I have always loved everything she put out and she has no doubt, shaped the person that I am today. I just love how effortless and cool she is, and how versatile she can be especially when it comes to music. When she announced her mixtape, my heart was bursting with excitement. I was ready to be blessed by her cyber-pop twinkling and catchy hooks and oh boy, did she deliver. Particularly, I really love Babygirl. For some reason, I always think of Liv Tyler in her Empire Records era every time that I listen to it and ugh, that just makes me love the song even more. It makes me feel so cute and tbh, in need of my loml to enter my life already :-(
rina sawayama for gucci ; styled by keiko hitotsuyama
I randomly discovered Rina on Instagram. I was having a peek at what other people were liking (please tell me I'm not the only who does this) and from one of the tiny thumbnails, her orange hair caught my eye. And I am so glad that I clicked on her profile because oh my goodness, her heavenly vocals! I felt like an angel was singing to me. I love how Where U Are is so simultaneously modern and old-school. Where U Are is pouring golden honey on a stack of warm waffles. I am buzzing about her upcoming album!
5. Aaaaand just this mesmerising, beautiful gif I found:
Metalmorphosis by Pat McGrath
See you in the next one.