Friday, 29 December 2017

2017: Best Of

     Can you believe 2017 is almost over already? Can you believe that kids born in the 00s will start turning 18 next year? This must be a side effect of becoming an adult - or a 'sort of adult' as my 4 year old cousin called me last week - that times flies by so much faster, and you start to feel old! Anyways, the end of the year means it's time for me to reflect on what's been happening. My personal year in review will be coming in a few days, but first, here are some of my favourite things from the last year. I've mostly stuck to the same categories as last year, though I have cut out a couple that I felt didn't really apply  but I'm always open to suggestions, if anyone wants to know anything else!

'Best of 2017' text on fireworks background

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Merry Christmas

     Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, or Happy Holidays, whatever you prefer or celebrate! I hope it has been filled with love, happiness, and family, in whatever form that takes for you. The actual day may be over, but for many people, it's still the holiday season until after the New Year. Unless you're me (or many others in the same boat), and were back at work today already!

Christmas Tree

Saturday, 23 December 2017

7 of Edinburgh's Spookiest Ghost Stories

     Edinburgh is one of the most haunted cities in the world; every other street or building has tales of spirits or presences lurking in the shadows. With such a dark, gruesome, and very colourful history, it should come as no surprise that these spooky characters still roam the city streets. Especially during these winter months, where the sun only shines for about 8 hours each day, exploring the most haunted parts of the city by night can be a very eerie experience. Edinburgh's dark and ghostly goings-on are some of my favourite stories of the city's past - not all of them have any factual evidence to back them up, but there are plenty eyewitness accounts! - so here are 7 of the spookiest locations and stories from around the city...

'Ghosts of Edinburgh' text on background of Edinburgh close at night

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Outfit - Leather Look

     Do you ever see someone else wearing something and think, that looks amazing, but I could never pull it of? I know I have, many times, but today I'm here to tell you that you can pull it off, so give it a go! I used to think that about my leather shorts, but now I'll rock them whenever I can, and I had the same thought about these faux leather leggings - my areas of concern were chunky looking thighs and/or a muffin top. But here I am, having bought them, at that same fashion show as last week's items, and I am obsessed. They look way better than expected! They're a pretty dressy item, so I've balanced it out with this oversized band t-shirt, which I got at that Deaf Havana concert a few weeks ago. I've pulled out my new favourite boots, as featured last week, and topped it off with some black and silver jewellery, to keep within the colour scheme, and a bold lip colour.

Leather Look | outfit of black Deaf Havana t-shirt with skull print, faux black leather leggings, and black high heeled ankle boots

Monday, 18 December 2017

Review - Star Wars: The Last Jedi

     Two years ago, we were gifted with 'The Force Awakens', Episode VII in the Star Wars franchise, and the start of a new sequel trilogy. Now, here we are at Episode VIII, the second instalment of the new trilogy, entitled 'The Last Jedi'. How does it fare alongside its predecessor, and the existing franchise thus far? Some mild spoilers ahead, but no explicit reveals!

Star Wars Episode VIII The Last Jedi movie poster

Saturday, 16 December 2017

A Day in the Life | Juggling Jobs

     So if you read my recent 'Life Update' post, where I filled everyone in on what I've been doing since I moved back to the UK, then you may know that I've been juggling a couple of different jobs recently. Basically, none of them could guarantee a full 40 hour working week, and all are hourly salaries, so I need more than one to sustain myself at the moment. In some ways it's interesting, because no two days are the same for me right now; however, it can also get a bit complicated and frustrating trying to coordinate shifts between the two of them. I can't give one hard-and-fast day in the life, since my shift patterns are constantly changing, but I'm going to give you a couple of examples of different working days for me - these are both busier, double shift days, whereas other times I might be off all day and only work 5-8 hours at night in one shift. Also, days off are kind of at my own discretion now; sometimes my shifts land so I get one off anyway, other times I have to decide myself to not take shifts that day and give myself time off, and other times I end up working like 10 days in a row without anything off!

'Juggling Jobs' text on background of Edinburgh viewed from North Bridge at night

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Outfit - Oversized

     One of the things I was excited about with moving back to the UK was wearing winter clothes again, as Hong Kong gets cool but never that cold. I actually got these items a couple of months ago, at a charity fashion show that took place in my home town, put on by a company called Colours, who sell the clothes after the show at discounted prices. I love the oversized shape of this jumper, with the bell-shaped sleeves and hemline (though the sleeves can get in the way sometimes), and the warm, mossy green colour is a little different for me. I counterbalanced the bagginess of the jumper with these slim leggings, which are thicker than most leggings, and have interesting seam patterns up the front, if you can see it here. This could be a pretty casual outfit overall, but I fancied it up a little with these new ankle boots, which I am absolutely in love with. I stuck to the natural shades of the jumper with the jewellery, all bought back in Central America, and finished it all off with my new go-to daywear lip colour. (Sorry for dodgy lighting again, struggles of staying in different places all the time!)

Oversized - outfit of large, loose green jumper, black t-shirt, black seam detailed leggings, and black heeled ankle boots

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Find Your Sparkle

     It's the most wonderful time of the year... I hope you all read that in a sing-song manner! Yes, Christmas is upon us, a time of merriment and joy and love, of family and friends and gifts, of delicious food and festive decorations. Christmas may mean something slightly different to everyone, but there's little escaping its presence. Edinburgh now is a mass of sparkling lights, bringing a festive atmosphere to the city. Everywhere you look, there is something sparkling, twinkling, glimmering, or shining.

Shining star Christmas lantern decoration

Friday, 8 December 2017

Life Update | 2017

     Ok, let's start off with a very, very brief recap of the last couple years. Graduated university in 2015, moved to Hong Kong for a year, moved to South Korea, didn't enjoy it and moved back to Hong Kong, travelled for 2 months, moved back to the UK. Everyone keep up with that? Good. Now, the moving back to the UK thing happened over 2 months ago, so, what have I been doing since then, I hear you cry? Well, actually no, I don't hear you cry, but I'm going to pretend people might be interested in my life, for my ego's sake!

'Life Update' text on green farm hills background

Monday, 4 December 2017

Outfit - True Blue

     Does anyone else think this counts as a festive jumper, or just me? Firstly, warm, snuggly jumpers are a must at this time of year anyway, but I think it's the sparkly threads running through this one that make it feel a little more festive to me. I've gone monochrome here too, pairing the blue jumper and dress, in slightly different shades - not my usual thing, normally I mix and match my colours a bit more but it's always interesting to try different combinations. I like the jumper-over-dress combo too, as it's so easy to just throw on a couple of items, and not worry about finding a top to match the rest etc. I've kept the jewellery simple too, with just a pair of earrings, in yet another blue-ish shade - these are one of the beaded pairs my homestay mother handmade and sold to me while I was in Guatemala a few years ago!

True Blue | outfit of bright blue sparkly jumper, dark blue lace dress, with black tights and brown ankle boots

Friday, 1 December 2017

A Guide to Edinburgh's Royal Mile

     Just because I'm living in my home country again, doesn't mean I can't still write travel posts! Plenty of people can, and do, come to Scotland as tourists, and as a native of the country, I'm probably even better equipped to write about it than I am in the other destinations I've been to! Edinburgh is one of my favourite cities, because it has so much history and culture and stories in its streets, which fascinate me, and that I love to share. I could write a whole essay of Edinburgh's stories, but today I'm going to confine myself to the most iconic street in the city - the Royal Mile. I took a walk up it to snap some photos, and I'm going to give you a guided tour of it the same way. 

     First of all, the Royal Mile runs along the ridge between 2 extinct volcanoes - Arthur's Seat at the bottom, with its popular walking trail for fantastic views of the city, and Castle Rock at the top, with Edinburgh Castle built on it, funnily enough. The Mile also has 5 other names, splitting it into sections, which are handy to know so you do't get confused about where you are - from bottom to top, they are Abbey Strand, Canongate, High Street, Lawnmarket, and Castlehill. Despite what its name may lead you to believe, it's not actually a mile long. It's 1.12 miles, or 1.8km long, which is known as a Scots Mile. The 'Royal' part refers to the royal residences at either end, Edinburgh Castle at the top, and Holyrood Palace at the bottom - we're going to start with the latter!

Royal Mile, Edinburgh
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