Monday, 30 October 2017

Outfit - Mystical Mischief

     When I was exploring the old clothes in my wardrobe, and planning outfits, I didn't intend this to be a Halloween look - I just wanted to use this Harry Potter top that I haven't worn in forever, over a pair of simple black leggings. However, when I realised it was coming up to Halloween, and I bought this new lipstick recently that I'm obsessed with, it was too good an opportunity to pass up, especially since I'm not doing anything for Halloween, so don't have a costume this year. I decided these knee high suede boots were suitably witchy, as it this cape-like cardigan that I've used many times before. I haven't been paying much heed to the choker trend, but when I rediscovered this one at home - bought way back in my 90s childhood, that's some vintage accessorising there! - it seemed to fit the outfit well, as does my chain ear cuff. The bracelet is also very mystical, as the charms are also Harry Potter themed. And of course, I finished off with some dark eyeshadow, accented eyeliner, and this gorgeous deep purple lip colour. A little witchy, a little mystical, and a little Halloween fun.

Mystical Mischief - Halloween witch inspired outfit of Harry Potter top, with black cardigan, leggings & knee high boots

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Best of Berlin | Part 2

     After ticking of many of the city centre main attractions on my first day in Berlin, and spending the second day doing not very much, the second half of my trip was spent visiting the other attractions that are a little more spread out around the city. Berlin's transport systems, including the buses, U-bahn, and S-bahn, make it a pretty easy city to navigate, so the distances between these sights didn't matter too much. I'd bought a week pass for the transport system too, so I could hop on and off and changes lines as much as needed, without the cost being an issue. Day three was spent on the east side of the city, visiting parts of the Berlin Wall in particular, and day four was a slightly scattered mix of whatever was left that I hadn't seen. It would probably be possible to visit most of these sights in fewer days than I took, or equally, to spend longer in Berlin going inside more locations and museums than I did, for the real history buffs. I felt it was a good amount of time for me though, able to see a lot, without feeling too rushed.

Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin, Germany

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Best of Berlin | Part 1

     I really do have a terrible case of wanderlust, don't I? I arrived back in the UK from my Asian trip about a month ago, and here I am, hopping on another airplane to another country! This time it was only a short break though; five nights in the German capital city of Berlin. There was logic to going sooner rather than later though! One of my best friends, who I used to live with at university, is now living in Berlin, and I haven't seen her in over a year. We're both job hunting at the moment, which is annoying, but does mean we both have plenty of free time, so I figured why not visit her now, while we both have the time? It also meant I only had to pay for my flights, as I was able to get free accommodation by staying with her. I flew in and out of Edinburgh, and with the timings, I had four full days to spend in Berlin, with her acting as my guide (i.e. I was lazy and didn't do much research myself).

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany

Monday, 23 October 2017

Outfit - Lilac Dreams

     I had completely forgotten I owned this top until I found it in my wardrobe again back home. I can't remember when I got it, or how I used to style it, but I quickly realised that the loose, tunic style would be ideal for wearing over leggings (I never used to wear leggings much, which I why I think I styled it differently long ago). I thought the delicate, lavender colour of it would pair best with brown boots, instead of black, and the tall, heeled boots echo the long length of the top. The necklace is one I don't wear often either, as I typically wear pendants, but again, its length suits this top, and the amethyst stones match the colour perfectly. I stuck to purple for the earrings too, though I went a few shades darker with these origami cranes I bought in Japan.

Lilac Dreams | outfit of long, tunic style purple top, black leggings, and tall, high heeled brown leather boots

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Lyrics to Live Your Life To - Part 3

     I'm currently away on another adventure (just a short one this time though!), so I wrote a few posts ahead of time to tide things over until I'm back. I realised the last Lyrics post I did was over three years ago, and I've listened to plenty more new music since then, so here's a new list of lyrics I like (maybe not always the best to live your life to, but I'm not changing the title now), mostly from stuff that's been released in the last few years.

Lyrics, You Me At Six, Take On The World

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

642 Things - The Red Cape

"What a character wearing something red is thinking"

Little girl wearing superhero red cape and eye mask

Monday, 16 October 2017

Outfit - Rock 'n' Roll

      I have missed some of my clothes! I couldn't take everything with me to Hong Kong, so now I've come home to a lot of things I haven't worn in a long time, but still like a lot. I don't wear this waistcoat often, because I prefer it with a short sleeved top underneath, so it's not very appropriate for many months in Scotland, but I love the over-sized, ripped round the edges style of it. Teamed with my purple combat boots, I think it's quite a rock 'n' roll influenced outfit, a side of myself I haven't channelled in a while (as my many band shirts didn't come round the world with me). These trousers I would class as 'jeggings', as they have the detailing of jeans, but are as stretchy as leggings - I actually used to wear these to work, and have now sort of re-purposed them for this look. Finally, to add to the rocker look here, I've gone with pirate influenced jewellery - the necklace actually came from the Pirates area of Disneyland, while the earrings were a Thai purchase, but feathers felt appropriately piratical too.

Rock 'n' Roll - grunge rock outfit of ripped denim waistcoat, loose grey t-shirt, black skinny jeans, and purple combat boots

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Top Five East & South East Asian Countries

     Over the past two years, I've travelled through 14 countries, covering most of East and South East Asia (promise, I will shut up about it all soon!) - the only major countries I haven't been to are Myanmar, Mongolia, North Korea, and various island nations. So, in the spirit of my many top five posts, I'm choosing my five favourite countries from those travels. It wasn't easy to make these choices, since I enjoyed everywhere I went really and would recommend them all, but these were the places where I saw the most interesting things, or learned a lot, or encountered the nicest locals (I'm mentioning a con for each place too, as nowhere is perfect). I ruled out a couple places that I really enjoyed, but I only saw a tiny portion of, such as Taiwan and Singapore, wonderful as they both were. And of course, this post is littered with links to more detailed posts from my time in each location. So, in no particular order...

Sunrise at Mt Bromo, Java, Indonesia

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Three Stateside Events to Visit in 2017

     Today's post is little different to my usual fare, so I'm starting with a little introduction and disclaimer. This is a guest post submitted to me as part of a collaboration - so thanks to the guest author (bio below) for getting in touch! An extract from myself will be featured in an article elsewhere, in exchange for this post, which contains an advert (disclaimer: I received no other payment) for a company I've used myself in the past, and am happy to recommend. The events featured in this post were all chosen by the guest author, and I haven't been to any of them myself, though they do sound fun! So, without further ado, here we go...

     2017 has been a year of record-setting events in many respects, and it's not over yet. There are definitely events worth visiting before the ball drops on 2017 in Times Square. Following, are three events worth attending before the year is done.

Stock photo - black crow on orange Halloween full moon

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Blue | Colour

     It's calming and refreshing and clear. It's cool and icy and frosty. It's deep and endless and mysterious.

Blue sky with clouds above ocean sea with mountains on horizon

Monday, 9 October 2017

Outfit - Lost Summer Nights

     Oh, it's been a while since the last outfit post! They kind of got pushed aside while I was doing travel posts, but I'm back home now (my childhood room, to be specific - apologies for the not-so-great lighting) and I have a wardrobe full of clothes that never came to HK with me, to make new outfits from! We're actually kicking off again though with an outfit left over from HK, that I never had time to photograph and post there. I've worn this skirt previously, normally paired with tights - which is definitely necessary back in Scotland in October! - but I was able to wear it like this back in Hong Kong's summer heat. I wore a version of this for the kindergarten's graduation, but was required to have a white top - I switched back to red here, as I stained that white top after just one wear (which I why I rarely wear white). I like the red and black pairing though, darker colours being more my usual fare, which I think makes this a dressier, evening outfit for the summer. I've also added some silver jewellery, all of which were newly purchased in Indonesia. The earrings and necklace were from Celuk, the silver village outside of Ubud, while the ring I made myself during a workshop in Yogyakarta. I love having pieces like that, with specific places and memories attached to them.

Lost Summer Nights - outfit of loose red top, sheer layered black skirt, silver sandals & jewellery

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Next Steps | Returning Home

     Alright guys, this might be a bit of a rambling post, as I try to explain what's going on in my head these days. Anyone who's been reading this blog regularly over the last few months will know that I just finished a crazy, two month long trip through Asia, which also closed off my two years living there. So, I assume some of you may be curious as to what I'm up to next. And the answer is, I don't really know. Well, I have plans formulating, but - as I've updated all my online bios to say - I'm still trying to figure the whole 'adulthood' thing out.

View of clouds high in the sky from an airplane window

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Legian | Bali Part 3

   Well, here we are. Nine weeks, seven countries, and this is the twenty-fourth, and final, blog post about my travels - Taiwan seems like such a long time ago now! I was actually in need of a holiday after my holiday at this point, so my top priority for these last few days in Bali was to rest and relax. After the group tour finished in Ubud, I made my way south for the last four nights of my trip. Kuta is one of the most popular destinations in Bali, chock full of hotels, restaurants, and bars. It seemed much too hectic and touristy for my tastes though, so I was staying slightly further up the coast, in Legian. Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak all line the same beach, and it's not clear where each one starts and ends really. They're all busy with tourists, but it's noticeably quieter, and with less partying, the further north you go.

Sunset on Kuta beach, Bali, Indonesia

Monday, 2 October 2017

Ubud | Bali Part 2

     After a peaceful couple of days by the beach in Pemuteran, there was only one night left of my group tour, which concluded in Ubud, in the heart of Bali. Aside from the beaches in the south, this is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the island, known for its art scene, yoga retreats, and its famous rice terraces and temples in the surrounding area. We drove here from Pemuteran, which took just a couple of hours, as traffic was on our side luckily. We made a few stops along the way though, to see as many aspects of Bali's culture and scenery as possible.

Valley & rice terraces in central Bali, Indonesia.

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