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 the 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 it's 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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