Sorry but where did the summer months go? It’s crazy to be writing September already – I mean, that basically means it’s Christmas time! Surely not… While I’ll be sad to say goodbye to summer, I do love the tail end of the year, and the festive season is just 100% me. So I’m not complaining.
Anyway, here we are again, and I have to say I could have made this a lot longer – which probably means I spent a bit too much money and feel the need to justify everything as a favourite – but I do feel like there are so many good things coming out lately that I just can’t choose. But I did cut it right down, and here are my favourite favourites this month…
Fashion: ‘Don’t talk to me’ glasses
I love a pair of oversize glasses, so when I saw these huge sunglasses at a vintage fair a couple of weeks back I just had to get them – and I kind of haven’t taken them off since (oops). But they are just great, for a number of reasons. Not least of all because, when you’re just not in the mood, nothing repels small talk more than a good pair of dark shades.
While I’m on the subject, actually, that’s something people often pick me up on that I just don’t understand – why I wear sunglasses so often. I mean, firstly I wear them when it’s sunny (you know, like the name suggests), but I don’t get why there’s a ‘diva’ label around wearing dark glasses. To be honest, I just wear them because I like them.
I also find – and I don’t know if anyone else is the same – that my eyes water so much if I’m out in the sun without glasses. It’s crazy – I’ve been stopped several times by people who think I’m crying. Maybe it’s because we spend so much time staring at screens? I guess we’re the first generations to experience that. But anyway, regardless of why I wear them, I love these glasses – and I do a mean Deidre Barlow impression too!
TV: The Dark Crystal – Age of Resistance
Before last year, I only knew Jim Henson for the brilliant Labyrinth – which is an undisputed, all-time classic. And yes, David Bowie is just everything. So me being the uneducated movie person that I am was totally taken by surprise when a Jim Henson box set arrived at the door containing several of his movies – including The Dark Crystal.
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The movie is comprised entirely of puppets and tells the story of a human-like Gelfling who is on a quest to save the world of Thra from alien Skeksis – who look kinda like giant turkeys – Skeksis by restoring a powerful broken crystal. Yes, I’m the worst at surmising plots, but go with me… Anyway, Netflix have made a prequel and – get this – it’s by the Jim Henson company too, and also made entirely with puppets. Amazing.
Have to say, I really enjoyed the series. I’m not a huge sci-fi fan, and anyone that knows me knows I have the shortest attention span, but I was totally on board for the ride. Is it slightly long? Maybe – it could have been easily cut from 10 to 8 episodes. But, all in all, its a fun series to get into – especially as it gets into autumn and leaving the house is a chore – and the best part is you don’t need to have seen the movie; so anyone can watch!
Music: Lana Del Rey – Norman F**king Rockwell
I make no secret of the fact I’m a huge Lana Del Rey fan, and she’s just released what could be my favourite album of the year. In fact, I think it is – so far – my favourite album of 2019. It’s stunning, from start to end, and as a body of work is definitely her best to date.
Usually I roll my eyes when people describe music as “organic”, but this record is just that. Piano, guitar and vocals. But it works. And what I think makes it stand out from the rest is she makes no attempt whatsoever to sound even slightly commercial. From the NSFW title to Venice Bitch – the 10 minute psychedelic masterpiece – it really is just brilliant.
I know I’m being very gushy right now, but trust me, I’m not alone. In fact, it’s had a number of 5* reviews and scored 9.7 on Pitchfork – the highest rating for any female solo artist this decade. Here’s the link to stream – check it out, you won’t regret it!
Reading: British Vogue – September issue
Before I go into this, I have to take a second to say RIP Peter Lindbergh who photographed the cover, and who passed away earlier today. He’s such a great photographer, and it feels almost fitting that this was his final work – because it’s message fits his style perfectly.
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Anyway, the September issue is something I look forward to every year, and this year’s certainly didn’t disappoint. It’s a) guest edited by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex b) huge and c) packed with amazing shoots and great interviews – obsessed with Prince Harry and Jane Goodall speaking together. It just feels like such an uplifting, positive issue, and something that we so desperately need when the world just feels like it’s falling apart around us.
I do have to say, I’m loving what Edward Enninful has done with the magazine since he came on board in 2017 – it just feels so fresh, so relevant and so right. I’m a huge vogue devotee and my collection goes back decades, and these recent issues have the same charm as the vintage ones I feel. And that’s what made me love the magazine in the first place.