Sunday, 31 May 2015

San Ignacio | Central American Adventure

     I had to say goodbye to the island paradise of Caye Caulker and head inland this time, to the town of San Ignacio, in the south of Belize. The journey itself was pretty different, as we got our first taste of the public buses in this part of the world. Hot, crowded, and a little chaotic, but it was interesting to see all the various people getting on and off. Experiences like that are why I like group travel, as I'm not sure I'd do them myself.

The bridge over the river on the road into San Ignacio, Belize

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Caye Caulker | Central American Adventure

     Caye Caulker is a slice of paradise! I feel like I've fallen into a Caribbean island postcard - picture perfect beaches, palm trees, and turquoise seas stretching out to the horizon. It's absolutely stunning! The journey was a bit intense - a long bus trip, with the border crossing from Mexico to Belize, then a speedboat to take us from the mainland to the island, about an hour away. It's definitely worth it though! The atmosphere is so laidback and relaxed, like an endless day filled with swimming, snoozing, rum, and dancing! After we arrived and checked in to the aptly named Tropical Paradise hotel, we had a late lunch/early dinner at Enjoy Bar. The coconut curry chicken was delicious, and we tried "panty rippers", the local rum-based drink. We then had a few more drinks at The Split, which is a beach side bar, right on the water, with tables in the ocean, swinging hammock chairs, and great island party music. Later I had more drinks with our guide, first at Barrier Reef sports bar, then a reggae club, I & I, near the hotel, which had a very cool, chilled Caribbean atmosphere inside.

Palm trees at the beach on Caye Caulker, Belize

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Tulum | Central American Adventure

     White sands, palm trees, beautiful rock formations - what more could you ask for? This is what awaits in Tulum. We left Playa behind and took a "collectif" shuttle down the coast to Tulum first thing in the morning. We stayed at Hotel Villa Tulum, not too far from the town centre, but at least a 20-30 minute walk to the coast. It's fairly basic, but there's a good bar, a pool, and most importantly, wifi! The town of Tulum itself didn't seem hugely exciting - the beach is where to go.

Tulum ruins and beach, Mexico

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Playa del Carmen | Central American Adventure

     Hola amigos! So the next few weeks of blog posts won't be within my usual schedule. On Friday I fled the country to spend a month travelling through Central America, so of course, I'm going to share it all with you! I'm aiming to post every few days, for each location I'm at. The formatting may not be perfect (mobile posting!) but I'll try to fix it all once I'm back home.

Welcome sign in Spanish on Playa del Carmen beach, Mexico

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Top Five TV Shows of 2014-15

     I’ll confess something to you: I’m a TV addict. It’s getting kind of ridiculous how many shows I try to keep up with really. I’m well aware of the dangers of too much TV, but when I’m stressed out about deadlines and exams, as I have been for most of this year, TV is my way of unwinding. I also watch far too many American shows, but if nothing else, I like that they’re on for a large chunk of the year, unlike a lot of British shows that only run for 10-12 episodes. Yes, yes, I know you’re all judging me anyway. Still, here are my picks for my favourite shows of the 2014/15 season - the ones I got most excited to catch up on each week.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Outfit - Lazy Days

     Some day we just don't want to try. Some days are for spending inside, doing next to nothing, and therefore, we certainly don't need to get dressed up. I practically live in this hoodie when I'm not going out; are hoodies not just the most comfortable things ever? I've got a couple, but this one is merchandise from one of my favourite bands, Twin Atlantic, so it definitely gets worn the most. Shorts may not seem like the obvious option for lazing around, but these are a really soft denim material, and just feel very relaxed (they're also very versatile, since they were also used in last week's post). The boots are what I slip on if  do need to pop out, but most of the day is spent in my slippers, also very comfy, and I love the fun print. Jewellery is minimal of course, limited to the rings I always wear. The silver knot has been seen on here a lot, but the second is newer, a birthday present from my siblings, with my favourite colours in a 'doodle' design.

Lazy Days outfit | Black Twin Atlantic concert hoodie, black short with tights, short biker boots

Saturday, 16 May 2015

End of an Era: On Finishing University

     This week I had my last ever university exam. I’m not an overly emotional or sentimental person, but this is the end of a pretty important chunk of my life, so I thought I should reflect a little. I’m not going to make exaggerations - the past four years haven’t been perfect and amazing, nor have they been life-changing - but they have been important.

McEwan Hall, Bristo Square, Edinburgh University

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Travel Inspiration - Provence, France

     Having spent a year living in France, I managed to get around quite a few areas of the country, so I'm trying to figure out the best way to group posts about it - some places may end up grouped strangely, or have shorter posts. Anyway, this was one of the easiest to sort out - the Provence region in the south east of France. I spent a couple of weeks travelling along the south coast, and these were my last few stops, in Marseille, Aix-en-Provence, Cannes and Nice. I also got to visit Nice again during my Contiki trip through Europe over the summer. This is one of the most popular regions of France, after Paris, and probably my second favourite, after Paris - hopefully these photos will give you a few clues as to why! (On a side note, after the last Travel Inspiration post, I can see the difference in quality between my old and new camera, so I'm definitely looking forward to travelling more with the new one!)

Le Vieux Port / The Old Port in Marseille, France

Monday, 11 May 2015

Outfit - Night Flowers

     I thought I'd start this week's outfit post with a brief word about body confidence, as when editing these photos I was not a fan of how my thighs were looking, but I'm posting them anyway. I used to be pretty insecure about my body, in particular my wobbly areas around my stomach and thighs, and on occasion I still can be. But eventually, I learned to be comfortable in my own skin, and much happier about how I look - there's no magic formula though I'm afraid, it just seemed to happen over time for me. I still wouldn't object to cutting down those areas I don't like as much, but they don't trouble me as much any more, and I'm much more confident about what I wear now (you'd be lucky to get me in anything above the knee when I was younger!) - as you can probably guess from these shorts! This is definitely a dressier outfit, though none of the items were particularly expensive. I tend to revert to black, white and grey, or other dark colours, when going out, as I just find they look smarter. As usual, I stuck to the larger print florals I prefer with this top, which is very loose and floaty (with a black vest underneath), so I felt something tight, like shorts, complemented it well. They're also super comfy soft denim. Skinny jeans would do the job too, but I was feeling summery that day! But of course, with Scotland's unreliable weather, nude tights are usually a good idea!

Night Flowers outfit | loose grey floral top, black denim shorts, black ankle boot high heels

Saturday, 9 May 2015

On Religion & Faith

     I’ve written about a whole host of different topics on this blog in the past. I mostly stick to fun posts, about my interests, from music to fashion to film. It’s only occasionally that I stray into the more serious end of the spectrum, which is what I’m doing today. I recently had a very long, fairly deep (somewhat tipsy) conversation with a friend, that covered a lot of ground, but one thing we hit on that I’ve never really talked much about before was religion. I’ve written about marriage, sexuality, success, the future, and a whole host more, but never religion, though it is still a huge part of our society and history.

Girl sitting by the ocean at night, looking up to the stars and the universe

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

642 Things - Park Bench

“Never underestimate the lives of old men sitting on park benches”

Old man sitting on a park bench
    Every day for the past seven months, I have walked the same route to and from work. I walk through the park, that little green haven in the middle of the chaos that is this city. I see joggers and cyclists, dog walkers and children in prams. It buzzes with life, and I rarely see the same face twice. But every day for the past two months, I have passed the same old man sitting on the same park bench.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Outfit - Distressed Denim

    Is this dress really that short?! I've never really noticed when wearing it, but it certainly looks it in these pictures. Oh well, wouldn't be the first time I've worn something like that anyway. I took these pictures a few weeks ago, when we had great weather and I was in a summery mood - sadly that hasn't lasted in Scotland. I like adding layers to outfits, even in summer, so obviously short sleeves is a good choice when it's warm. This vest is actually much too big, but it was on sale and I quite like the over-sized effect actually. I also love pairing boots with dresses too, and this light shade of brown is good for summer, and I think the whole outfit has a bit of a grunge-festival-hippie type look (if that makes any sense?). The earrings are one of my favourite parts of this though, a birthday present that my mum brought back from Dubai (airport) for me.

Distressed Denim outfit | ripped denim vest, short grey dress, brown studded boots

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Currently Listening - May 15

     I'm sharing another playlist today, of songs that I've been enjoying a lot lately. Any regular readers may have noticed an influx of album and gig reviews over the past few weeks, so several of my choices this time have come from these new, or upcoming, releases, picking out my favourite tracks from the album. I have thrown in a couple of older ones though; I choose these mostly when I've got my music on shuffle and something comes up that I haven't heard in a while, and I'm reminded of how much I like it. There's nothing very out of the ordinary here, in terms of my usual music taste, but there might be one surprise in there; I re-watched Pitch Perfect the other day, since the sequel is due out soon, and remembered just how awesome the soundtrack is! Again, I put some thought into the order, but it's not of huge importance.

     What do you think about my choices? What music have you been listening to lately?

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