Midweek Recommendations #5


Tessa Violet - Halloway EP

I've been a fan of Tessa for a long time now and truly enjoyed her last album but Halloway is just on a completely different level. The lyrics manage to be poetic but raw and relatable while the melodies set such a wonderful tone throughout this incredible EP.

The very sad truth about goodbyes is that your lips are often the last to know it. See the first goodbye is uttered between 3am bodies, restless in the night, slowly inching apart towards opposite ends of the mattress and your hands never touch – and rather than awakening to find your sleep-covered eyes locked with your lover’s gaze as you always have, you will instead find yourself staring up at ceilings or into crooked shoulder blades with edges crueler than a cliff face. The second comes in those rare moments you now spend alone. Where conversations without ends once flourished fewer words are now spoken– with points sharper than spearheads and phrasing blunter than cement bricks. Searching for words which once came easy will become excruciating and the silence will slowly sour your hearts. There is now no turning back. The third goodbye will appear in those nights out apart, each shaking and strobe light-licked body will become a what-if, and you will hold the stare of a stranger for just a second longer than you should, and even the emptiest of promises will cause your skin to sweat. You will kiss the love out through your mouth and call it a mistake. You will fuck the hurt out of your skin and call it nothing because it is. The morning after you will return to him, and your conscious will hold inside it more guilt than the verdict of an open and shut murder trial. You will ask him to sit and the trembling in your hands will speak the fourth goodbye while your eyes scream the fifth and the ums and ahs will spit the sixth, the seventh, eighth and ninth. And you will find that when your lips at last whisper goodbye it will not pain you like it should, because your heart will have spoken it many times before, it was simply misunderstood. #words @beautaplin #art @joelsossa
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The Thought Catalog Instagram

I enjoy clicking myself through the Thought Catalog website for inspiration and general life advice which always feels like it's been written just for you. BUT. Their instagram feed, especially the captions on their posts, really, really get to me. The photography style is just what my November melancholic heart desires and the little stories, fragments, thoughts they add make me stop in this frenzy of swiping and double-tapping.

Super Supportive Blogging Friends 

I can sing the praise of these ladies loud enough. They have made me smile so so much with their positivity and support and just general amazingness. I have been following Ksenia's and Lauren's blogs for a while now and have fallen in love with their words of wisdom and kindness.
The Life Degree by Ksenia focuses a lot on enjoying life everyday with little things like being grateful, kind and dealing with mistakes (here's one of my favourite posts). Also she is just a brilliant writer.
This Stuff Is Golden is just one of the best blog names ever and the honest way Lauren writes about mental health and so many posts have really resonated with me and have sparked more thoughts (for example this quirky post).
A huge thank you to these two along with so many other kind internet faces *throws kisses and glitter into the air and dances*

Bagels with avocado and fried egg

This is probably the number 1 reason why I get out of bed in the morning. Breakfast, for me, is the single most important meal of the day, so it needs to be a good one and a crunchy whole-wheat bagel with a perfectly smooth avocado and an over easy egg definitely makes me feel like I can conquer the world.


Poetry

It's been on my to do list for a long time and I've only just started but it already fills me with inspiration. Especially modern poetry, with it's raw tones and spine-shivering messages seems like a gift that keeps on giving. At a poetry slam last month which was such a fantastic experience I bought the pamphlet of Deborah Emmanuel, a spoken word poet from Singapur after she completely captured me with not only what but how she spoke. I have now also added the famous "Milk and Honey" by Rupi Kaur to the mix. If you have any recommendations for poetry collections or even poetry bloggers please let me know!

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