Monday, 27 July 2015

Outfit - Printed Patterns

     Look at these trousers! Loose, lightweight, patterned trousers like this seem to have been around a lot this summer, and if you'd asked me a couple of years ago, I'd have never thought they'd be something I'd wear. However, they proved to be a pretty great choice while I was in Central America, as they provided protection against the sun and bugs, but still kept me cool, and looked very fun, all at the same time! Such crazy patterns require a plain top to tone things down a bit, but the necklace has a similar tribal-inspired vibe to it. I tended to choose sandals with these trousers, but the espadrilles (also featured recently) also do the job!

Printed Patterns | outfit of dark blue vest top, blue, purple and pink patterned trousers, and striped espadrilles

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Dear Graduates

     The real world is hard. I could try to be nicer about this, but that's the truth of it at the end of the day. I've only been in it for about a month at this point (a month travelling after finishing university definitely does not count), and I feel like I'm already losing the plot. I'm not saying a university was a walk in the park either - mountains of reading and the stress of deadlines isn't exactly what I call "fun" - but we had the luxury of more free time in our student years than we will probably ever have in our lives again. I certainly didn't love university, but that's one aspect of it I'm missing already!

(source)

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Review - Ant-Man

     Yet another superhero movie. The Marvel universe has been expanding for years, and now other film companies are jumping in on this success and launching more superhero films of their own. I love a good superhero movie, but I'm worried we may all get sick of them in the coming years. So what makes Ant Man worth seeing?

Ant-Man official movie poster, ft. Paul Rudd as Scott Lang

Monday, 20 July 2015

Outfit - Turquoise Tranquility

     First of all, I didn't have time to take any proper outfit photos before we left so these were all snaps from throughout the day. Anyway, this was what I wore to my cousin's wedding at the weekend - some of you may remember I went to a couple of weddings last summer, and my outfit is pretty different this time around! I love blues and greens, and just thought the colours and patterns of this are lovely, and very appropriate for summer. The cut of the dress is not my usual style (nor is floral really), but I'm so glad I gave it a try, as I ended up loving it! It feels more formal than the floaty/skater style I had last year. Many of my accessories were re-used from last year, such as the jacket and shoes, and my black clutch bag, which isn't in these photos but you can see it in last year's post. I also took the chance to wear some of my Guatemalan black jade jewellery, since it matches so well, and the fascinator came courtesy of my aunt's business - I left the dress with her, and this is what she came up with! Though from what I know, fascinators and hats at weddings seems to be a mainly Scottish tradition? I'm certainly nearly always expected to have one!

Turquoise Tranquility - wedding outfit of blue and green floral strapless dress with matching fascinator and black jacket and shoes

Saturday, 18 July 2015

My Most Played Songs

     So anyone who's been around here a while should know that music is pretty important to me - I even have a tattoo about it! But looking at your most listened songs is a fun exercise, because they're not always what you expect them to be. I've had my current iPod for a little over two years now, so naturally more recent songs haven't had time to rack up as many plays, and songs I used to listen to a lot tend to get skipped more. Play counts also get reset sometimes, especially when I've changed iPod or laptop - I wish I could have had a continual counter since my very first iPod, ten years ago. So this list is definitely not an accurate reflection on my favourite music - my two favourite bands (You Me At Six and Twin Atlantic) aren't on here at all! Needless to say, I was pretty surprised by this list, but here it is...

1. Saving Grace - The Maine
2. Somewhere in Neverland - All Time Low
3. American Boys - Halestorm
4. A Daydream Away - All Time Low
5. Be Your Everything - Boys Like Girls
6. Bones - Young Guns
7. Filthy Rotten Scoundrel - Deaf Havana
8. Speeding Cars - Deaf Havana
9. Wrapped in Rainbows - Canterbury
10. Night Drives - Deaf Havana

     Number one was definitely the biggest surprise, I didn't even think The Maine would make the top ten at all! Bands like Halestorm, All Time Low and Deaf Havana are expected, but I didn't think it would be those particular songs. Numbers 2, 6, and 10 probably make the most sense to me. Usually I listen to the same playlist, but it has about 500 songs now as I'm always adding new ones, and there's a lot I tend to skip now (a sign I should probably update it!), depending on my mood. These play counts have also definitely been reset at some point, as I know they used to be higher, and I'm sure this list will change a lot in the future!

     What are your most listened to songs, at the moment?

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Dealing With Stress

     Feeling stressed sucks. I don't think I've ever met anyone who enjoys feeling stressed - although yes, sometimes it can be a helpful motivator, especially if you're the sort of person who puts their work off until the last minute, when the fear sets in. Lately I've been dealing with quite a lot of stress. My final year of university was certainly hard, but it was manageable, as I knew everything that I was facing in advance. The job I'm currently working (managing a summer school) causes me stress as I'm constantly dealing with new questions and complaints and problems, which I cannot prepare for or anticipate. They are usually fairly straightforward to solve - but when it's more complicated, or when you get several problems at once, or when people are continually badgering you, it gets very stressful.

Quote about stress - dear stress, let's break up
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Monday, 13 July 2015

Travel Inspiration - Venice

     Oh Venice, you are beautiful! I've only been to the city once, just for a day, but it was probably my favourite stop of the trip, and I'd definitely go back. It's a city to just get lost in; strolling down the canals, finding hidden alleyways to explore, marvelling at the architecture, and perusing the endless shops selling glass and masks. I can't really provide any details about most of these photos, as they were all just snapshots taking while wandering the city, with the exception of the Rialto Bridge, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Piazza San Marco (though sadly the Basilica was covered in scaffolding when I was there). After a while the countless tiny canals start to look the same; yet each one is still unique in some way.

The Grand Canal from the Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Musings from Bristo Square

    The sun beats down hard, as if it were trying to burn through the ground. It’s hot, unusually hot for the city at any time of year, and the population is out in force, soaking up the rays while they last. The square is littered with people, perched on stairs or benches. Most look to be students; some have books lying around them, but most have given up the pretence of doing any work. Some of their eyes follow the skate-boarders lazily wheeling back and forth, occasionally attempting a trick off their makeshift cardboard ramps. The semester is nearly over, with long days of freedom stretching before them all, and the rare weather makes it that much harder to focus on their studies. One panicky fresher goes hurtling through the middle of the square, books and bags flying around her, disrupting the sleepy haze lying over the square - late for an exam perhaps? A second later she’s gone, and the scene returns to its stupor.

Bristo Square, Edinburgh University

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Outfit - Summer Colours

     This was an outfit I wore a few times while travelling last month, and continues to serve me well back home. I love the bright patterns of the top, which seem so appropriate for summer, and it as very light and easy to throw on while abroad. To some, leggings in summer may seem odd, but they were great for rain and mosquitoes in Central America, and are a wise choice in our unpredictable Scottish weather! These espadrilles are also very summer-inspired to me, and are very comfortable to slip into (though less ideal if you're walking a lot). For travelling, I tried to create outfits that were comfortable, but still looked nice, rather than slobbing out too much! The jewellery is more for home though, I didn't wear much while away, for fear of losing it! Finally though, I chose the earrings based on the colours in the top, and, if you haven't seen my holiday haul post, this bracelet is inlaid with real lava from a volcano I hiked in Guatemala!

Summer Colours | outfit of colourful Aztec top, denim shorts, leggings & espadrilles

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Seeking Inspiration

     I’m having a bit of a block at the moment, and sometimes I’ve found one way to deal with that is to write it out. Let’s try. Regular readers will already have spotted that this post is a day late. Yesterday was actually my day off, but I was so tired from my first full week back working at summer school, that I struggled to write anything. It didn’t help that I couldn’t figure out what to write about. I’m concerned that this may continue to be the case over the next few weeks, as this job sucks up a lot of my time.

Creative inspiration quote in hand lettering
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Thursday, 2 July 2015

Review - Young Guns: Ones and Zeros

     I do love it when a band just keeps making better and better albums every time. Ones And Zeros has been a few years in the making for Young Guns, but I’m so glad to see them back. Seeing them live a few months back was a nice sneak preview of some of the other tracks on the album, and they certainly put on a hell of a good show that night!

Album artwork for Young Guns - Ones and Zeros
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