Monday, 21 May 2018

Outfit - A Pirate's Life

      I feel like this week's outfit is maybe a little less obvious than some of my previous ones? Anyway, I've returned to the villainous side, with a look inspired by Captain Hook, from 'Peter Pan'. I didn't have a red cardigan or jacket (and part of this project is not going out and buying specific items all the time!), nor a white top quite as frilly as his, but I thought the peplum hem of this one, plus the flared skirt made it a bit more flouncy! The colour of the skirt is obviously to match his outfit, and the black boots are pretty close to his too. I went with feathered earrings, since I don't have a feathered cap, and a pirate medallion necklace, which has an inscription about the Jolly Roger! I added a bracelet and ring to one hand, with the silver metal meant to echo his hook. Finally, I have purple tinted makeup, to bring in the purple on his hat, and I'd slept with my hair in braids anyway, which captures some of the volume of his hair!

Captain Hook Disneybound outfit - white peplum top, red flared skirt, black tights & heeled ankle boots

Saturday, 19 May 2018

My Favourite Quotes - Part 3

"Words, like nature, half reveal and half conceal the soul within" (Tennyson)

"And all that's best of dark and bright/ Meet in her aspect and her eyes" (Byron)

"Life is but a day, a fragile dewdrop on its perilous way" (Keats)

"I am not afraid of storms for I'm learning how to sail my ship" (Louisa May Alcott)

Climb that goddam mountain, Jack Kerouac quote

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Pentlands Capital View | Hiking Edinburgh

     We've had some absolutely wonderful weather here in Scotland over the past few weeks, a rare occurrence for us! It's been nice for so long that I'm starting to get wary of how long it can last - surely the rain is due any moment now? But I did take advantage of this lovely warm, sunny weather the other day to go on a hike, in the Pentlands Hills, which are just to the south of Edinburgh. They cover a very large area, so there's hikes of all lengths and ability levels. I only had a few hours, being between tours, so I picked one of the shorter ones, the Capital View Walk.

Capital Hill Walk, Pentland Hills, Edinburgh, Scotland

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Outfit - I Won't Say

     I'm back to classic Disney characters this week, and it's been such good weather here lately, that I had to go with something light and spring-appropriate. I picked Meg, from 'Hercules', this time, and this purple dress seemed perfect for her. I especially like how the thin straps look, it seems right for her style. My sandals were the obvious choice for this Grecian look, and I added the grey cardigan, just for a layered option, and it reminded me of the shawl she has in a couple scenes. She doesn't actually wear much jewellery, but I picked out gold pieces, since her dress brooches are that colour. I then went for a light, shimmery eye shadow, like hers, but with a nude lip rather than her pink one, as I thought it toned better. And finally, it has to be a high ponytail, with loose strands at the front, though I'll never manage the sort of swooping fringe that she has!

Disneybound outfit as Meg from Hercules - short, bright purple, backless dress, silver sandals & gold jewellery

Sunday, 13 May 2018

642 Things - Spring Skies

"The way the sky looks today"

View of blue spring time sky with white clouds out the window, over Edinburgh

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Signs of a Rebel

She's the girl who breaks all the rules.

She's the girl who always speaks her mind.

She's the girl who wears what she likes, not caring whether it's 'on trend'.

She's the girl who seeks out adventure.


Monday, 7 May 2018

Travel Inspiration | Germany

     Germany is a country I've explored a couple of regions of, though of course, I know there are plenty more places I haven't been yet. My first visit included Munich, and countryside areas in the Rhine Valley region, and then I returned last year for a weekend in Berlin. Whenever I look back at photos from different European countries, I like seeing how different the architecture, design, and styles of each country are, and Germany is no different. It's also interesting to see how different Munich and Berlin look, something I didn't realise at first!

Munich, Germany

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Outfit - Just a Kid from Brooklyn

     So, in honour of the new Avengers: Infinity War movie being released last week, which I went to see yesterday, I've put together an Avengers inspired outfit - after all, Disney owns Marvel, so it still counts as a Disneybound! Specifically, I chose Captain America, my favourite of the Avengers. Red, white, and blue are the clear choices for him, but I chose darker shades to match the tougher looking, less gaudy, versions of his costume, with this dark blue top and burgundy skirt. The boots are also the closest I had, and I added the black cardigan, as it's still chilly in Scotland, and I wanted something dark, to match his style in the new movie. I picked these star earrings as a nod to his iconic logo, and the bracelet since he is often wearing gloves. I didn't have a star necklace, so I chose this pocket watch as it seemed like something he would have used back in the 40s, and kind of resembles his compass from the first movie. I went with the classic eyeliner and red lipstick as another echo of the 1940s - Peggy often wore a red lip!

Just a Kid from Brooklyn | Captain America Marvel/ Disneybound outfit of dark blue top, short red skirt & chunky brown boots

Monday, 30 April 2018

Dean Village | Edinburgh

     One of the quirky things about Edinburgh, is that many of the areas that make up the city were once separate towns and villages, which were amalgamated into the city as it spread out over the centuries. Yet, you can still feel the differences between these areas, with their different styles and atmospheres. A perfect example is the Dean Village, a medieval village that was once home to mill workers, operating water mills along the Water of Leith, the river that traverses Edinburgh. I visited it for the first time last week, when spring finally arrived in the city, and we had some lovely sunny weather.

Dean Village, Edinburgh

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Top 5 Central American Experiences

     So, I posted a couple of top 5 travel themed posts a few months back, featuring cities in Europe and then in Asia. The other continent I've been to is North America, mainly the Central American isthmus, where I spent a month a few years ago. I didn't really think that cities were the best way to do a top five of that trip, since the majority of the time was spent in small towns or more rural locations. So instead, here are my top 5 (in no particular order) experiences there instead...

Turquoise lagoon water around Caye Caulker, Belize

Monday, 23 April 2018

Outfit - That's What Makes the World Go Round

     This week's song title is probably less well-known than some of my previous posts... any ideas? This outfit was inspired by Arthur, from 'The Sword in the Stone'. The bracelet was my starting point, as the owls are just like Archimedes, and the red colour would match Arthur's palette perfectly. The dress was the next obvious choice, being the only red dress I own, and I thought the patterns on it could be fairly medieval. The brown boots are close to Arthur's, and since I don't have a yellow or brown cardigan, this dark, neutral grey was my next best option. The necklace is one I rarely wear, but I thought the rich tones suited the once and future king, while the simple earrings are a nod to his humble, squire origins.

Arthur from The Sword in the Stone Disneybound - outfit of red patterned dress, black tights & brown ankle boots

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Edinburgh Literary Locations

     In 2004, Edinburgh was named the first UNESCO City of Literature, the first in the Creative Cities network, which now spans over 100 cities around the world chosen for various creative pursuits. But it makes sense that Edinburgh was chosen for literature, as the city has been the home and the source of inspiration for many famous authors over the years. Stories are a rich part of Scottish culture and heritage in general, so it was only natural that eventually we'd start writing them down, to form our strong literary heritage. So, when visiting Edinburgh, literature lovers might like to explore some of the notable locations around the city, linked to various writers and their works.

Sir Walter Scott Monument, Princes Street, Edinburgh

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Green | Colour

It's fresh and bright and new. It's wild and natural and energetic. It's wealthy and greedy and jealous.

Green leaves hanging from tree branches, blurred sunlight background

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Blackford Hill | Hiking Edinburgh

     The city of Edinburgh is built across seven hills, so it shouldn't be surprising that there are ample locations for hill walking and hiking, ranging in difficulty. Calton Hill is one of the simplest climbs, while Arthur's Seat is easily the most popular route, especially amongst tourists. Many of the other hills are less well known, and although I do know of them, I haven't climbed many of them before. So, when I had a day off this week with a decent weather forecast, I headed out adventuring, up Blackford Hill.

View from Blackford Hill, Edinburgh

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Outfit - Pull the Lever!

     I've returned to the villainous side this week, with an outfit inspired by Yzma from 'The Emperor's New Groove'. It's pretty easy for me to match her colours, as I have plenty of black and purple in my wardrobe. I'm not 100% sure I totally captured her style, but I like the outfit regardless. I chose this loose, swingy dress, since the black one she wears is long and flowing, and paired it with black leggings, mainly for comfort over anything else. The boots aren't much like her shoes, but they are within the right colours, and I can picture her stomping around quite easily. I added the cardigan for a dash more purple (though it is quite pink), and because going sleeveless doesn't really suit Scotland's weather right now. I didn't have earrings like hers, but this big blue ring is a sort of nod to them, while I chose feather earrings to echo her feathered neckline on her dress. Finally, I chose a purple lip colour, to mimic her skin tone, and put my hair in a high ponytail, as an imitation of the tall headdress thing she wear.

Pull the Lever | Disneybound Yzma outfit of black slouch dress, leggings, and purple combat boots

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Travel Inspiration | South Korea

     So despite the fact that I didn't have the best of times while living in Korea, leading me to cut my year short, I do still think it is an interesting and beautiful country to visit. In the time I lived there, I was based in Busan, and I wasn't able to see as much of the country as I'd initially planned, but still managed to get around a few different places. Korea has a bit of everything, from cosmopolitan cities to stunning natural scenery, from historic traditions to its quirky, modern culture. So, here's my collection of photo highlights from the places I saw there!

Busan, South Korea

Thursday, 5 April 2018

642 Things - The Witch Child

"You are a camp counsellor. Make up a story that will scare the bejeezus out of your eight- to ten-year-old campers."

NB: Apologies for my absence on the blog for the last week, I've been very busy at work, lots of additional shifts plus preparing to actually guide the tours! However, now that I'm working as a ghost tour guide, it's perfect that I happened to open the book on this prompt!

Ghost of little girl dressed in white in the woods

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Musically Inspired - A Different Sort of Life

     Why does everyone's life have to look the same? Why are we all expected to get stable careers and buy houses? Why do we have to get married and have kids? Why do have to fall into the same routine as everyone around us, and every generation before us?

Break away to beat the odds - lyrics from Infinity by Against the Current

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Outfit - You Can Fly

     It's pretty which character I chose this week, right? Of course, this is a look inspired by Tinkerbell, the mischievous little fairy from Peter Pan. Honestly, I wasn't always a big fan of Tink, with the way she acts so bratty at times, but this dress was too perfect not to use for her. Spring also finally arrived here in Edinburgh at the weekend, getting me inspired with my spring/summer wardrobe (though it's definitely still too cold to wear this outfit without tights and a thick jacket!). I added the cardigan, partly just to add some interest, but also to suggest her wings and fairy dust trailing behind. The nude flats are perfect for her, and I chose jewellery with nature interwoven, with my tree of life necklace, and a leaf ring. The earrings and headband were to add more green to the look, and of course, I had to try for a ballet bun to really capture her style, though it's not a hairstyle I particularly like on myself, I made an exception. I also stuck to simple makeup, to go with the natural, carefree look, but with a pop of pink lipstick for her pout.

Tinkerbell Disneybound outfit of bright green dress, long white string cardigan, nude ballet flats, and green headband

Sunday, 25 March 2018

A-Z of Scotland

     I've previously written an A-Z post about Edinburgh, as well as a few other places I've lived, but I thought I'd widen my reach and write one about my home country of Scotland as a whole. Edinburgh has a lot to see and do, but there's even more of the country to explore beyond the capital. And as well as locations and sights to see, this list also includes aspects of culture, and historical figures - in short, all things Scottish are included here! So, let's jump right into it...

Girl holding Scottish saltire flag in front of Highlands mountains

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Top 5 Superhero Movies

     You'd have to be living under a rock to not have noticed the abundance of superhero films that have been released over the last ten years now. These were largely the creation of Marvel Studios, but other companies have joined in on the resurgence, resulting in a massive collection to choose from. I've seen quite a lot of these, though I'm not a comic book reader, so my knowledge of most of these characters is limited to the films, augmented by internet articles. I will confess, that I feel I'm reaching my saturation point for them though, and it gets harder for each new release to really capture my attention, and not be "just another superhero film". So, to weed out my favourites from the crowd, here are my top five from the last few years, in no particular order.

Captain America The Winter Soldier movie poster

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Outfit - Heigh Ho!

     I'm feeling a little Grumpy today... yes, for this week's look I've put together an outfit inspired by Grumpy, from 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'. The main reason I chose Grumpy was because his was the closest colour palette to items in my wardrobe, and so the easiest to put together. I started with the red beanie (my only other one is black), and this deep red top, which I added a belt to, to create a tunic sort of style, like the dwarfs wear. I don't have brown trousers, so I chose these skinny black jeans instead, with brown boots, so I still had some of that colour present, plus the chunky style seemed appropriate for the tough mining work they do! My makeup is pretty natural, but I did use brown eyeshadow to match the colour scheme. The jewellery was also inspired by the dwarfs' mining work, as I thought the small silver discs and the piece of quartz would be things they would potentially dig out of a mountain side! And of course, I had to pull a few grumpy faces while taking these photos!

Heigh Ho - Grumpy inspired Disneybound outfit of red tunic top, black skinny jeans, chunky brown boots, and red beanie hat

Saturday, 17 March 2018

To Spring

     Spring is a time of renewal. A time of rebirth, of reincarnation. It is the season of change and fresh starts. A season when life springs back into the world, and joy and energy burst forth in ourselves. We spring clean for a reason; to start over, to refresh ourselves, and prepare for new beginnings.

Spring flowers in bloom

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Another Year Older | 24

     Last week I turned 24, and I now definitely have to say I'm in my mid-twenties, and I'm definitely considered an adult by the rest of the world. I mean, I've been an 'adult' for several years now, but there's a certain amount of leeway given to folks in their early twenties; the older you get, the more people expect you to have your shit figured out. I'm still working on that one.

Birthday cupcake with candle

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Outfit - Poor Unfortunate Souls

     Turning to a more villainous character for my inspiration this week, with this look being based on Ursula, from 'The Little Mermaid'. The villains may actually prove to be easier to style for me, since I typically wear darker colours more similar to their palettes. Ursula is a prime example, with her purple skin and black tentacles, which I've used a purple top and black leggings to mimic. I liked the leather look of the leggings to echo her slippery, scaly tentacles, but I also mixed and matched by experimenting with the skirt on top for a floaty, underwater effect. I didn't have a necklace quite like her seashell, but I thought this moonstone heart was the right colour, and the heart shape could be appropriate since she tries to capture Prince Eric's heart. The earrings are big and bold, which seemed like the right style for her, and I tried to get some volume in my hair to mimic hers (I suck at doing hair by the way). And of course, I had to finish it with some shimmery purple eyeshadow, and a bold red lip.

Ursula Disneybound outfit of purple lace sleeve top, black leather effect leggings, and black ankle boots

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Great Historic Scottish Women | International Women's Day

     In celebration of today being International Women's Day, I'm sharing some of the greatest women from throughout Scottish history. I learned a lot while researching this post, as much of my knowledge of history prior to this (as a result of my current job, in a tour company) seemed to involve mainly male figures, including heroes, kings, inventors, thinkers, and more, so it was definitely good to read about some of the important women that have shaped and influenced the country. There are probably many more not on my list, but I've just picked out some of my favourites that I learned about.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Grey | Colour

It's solemn and bleak and austere. It's quiet and moody and sad. It's formal and conservative and neutral.

Grey raining street scene

Monday, 26 February 2018

Outfit - Once Upon A Dream

     I'm taking on another princess for my Disneybound outfit this week, with a Sleeping Beauty inspired outfit. Specifically, this look is taken from the outfit she wears while living in the forest, under the name Briar Rose (as I never wear pink to mimic her ballgown!). I chose the black skirt, darker than the one she wears, but with the same floaty style, and within the colour palette. This grey, floral patterned top is the perfect colour too, and I've worn it tucked into the skirt, to emulate her corset style top. I added the grey cardigan on top, for a bit of warmth, and I experimented with the grey scarf, since she often wears a headscarf, though I prefer the outfit without it, overall. When looking for Disneybound inspiration, I noticed some people choosing lilac skirts, though I always thought it was more grey, but I added purple jewellery to pick out this element of her style, and add some colour to an otherwise monochromatic look. The bracelet also features some woodland inspired charms. I also kept my hair loose, like hers, and my makeup light, but added some grey and purple eyeshadow, to keep in with the colour palette.

Briar Rose Sleeping Beauty Disneybound outfit - grey cardigan, grey floral top, long black skirt & ballet flats

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Harry Potter Guide to Edinburgh

     As most Harry Potter fans - including myself - will know, Edinburgh is a massively important location in relation to the book series. There are numerous other locations around Scotland and the UK that Potterheads will probably want to visit - the Warner Brothers Studio Tour being one of the best! - but Edinburgh was where J.K. Rowling lived while she was writing the novels, and there are many locations around the city that provided her with inspiration, or have other connections to her and her writing. So, without further ado, here are the locations that every Harry Potter fan visiting the city should check out!

Victoria Street, Edinburgh

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Travel Inspiration | Macau

     Macau is a fascinating country to visit, as it is an unusual mix of China, Portugal, Las Vegas, with a corner of Italy hidden inside one of the casinos too. Although small, this SAR of China contains a diverse landscape of buildings, with typical Chinese buildings alongside the remnants of Portuguese colonial times, and magnificent hotels and casinos towering above everything else. It both resembles other parts of the world, yet is totally unique in its combination of cultures. I spent a day here visiting from Hong Kong (a bit of a dull, grey day as you can see from the photos), as it's just a two hour ferry ride away, and I made that trip a couple of other times for visa runs, but didn't stay for a whole day every time. As it's pretty small, a day or even a weekend is sufficient time to get a taste of the different sides of this country.

Ruins of St Paul's, Macau, SAR of China

Monday, 19 February 2018

Outfit - I See the Light

      So, after last week's Rapunzel inspired look, I'm sticking with the world of Tangled, this time trying a Flynn Rider/ Eugene Fitzherbert outfit (I went with this song title as it's the one he sings most on!). My denim waistcoat was the first, most obvious choice for this, and I picked a plain white t-shirt to go underneath. I've seen other Disneybounds that use button up shirts, but they're not really my style, and as I've mentioned, I'm trying to pick from my existing wardrobe. I also don't wear brown much, so I chose my grey skinny jeans as the closest equivalent, and to avoid a double blue denim look. My tall brown boots finished it off, being similar to the ones he wears, but the heels adding a bit of drama and flair, to suit his personality. I find makeup and jewellery can be a little harder when drawing from male characters; I decided to use browns in my eyeshadow to tone with the blue and brown colour scheme he wears (since the jeans aren't), with eyeliner for his dramatic side. I chose this gold necklace, as the colour suits his aspirations for wealth at the start of the film, but then becomes a nod to Rapunzel and the sunburst motif by the end, since I used it last week too. The bracelets and earrings were mainly to match the blue and brown/gold colour scheme I was aiming for!

Flynn Rider Tangled Disneybound outfit - blue denim waistcoat, white top, grey skinny jeans and brown leather high heeled boots

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Edinburgh Lumen

      Edinburgh is lighting up the dark winter nights just now, with 'Edinburgh Lumen', a series of light and sound installations around the city, which are entirely free to attend. The aim of Lumen is to give people something to enjoy on these cold, winter nights, and to provide calming environments, in contrast to the city's busy festival seasons in summer and in December. Having a rare evening off work the other night, I decided to check it out - and of course, it provides an excellent supply of Instagram worthy photos! The installations are located throughout the New Town, in St Andrew Square, Assembly Rooms Lane, and The Mound, which I visited in that order. The whole route isn't that long, it just depends how long you stay in each location; I spent around 30-40 minutes in total to visit all three.

Serenity Garden, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh Lumen sound & light installations

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Room Tour | Edinburgh Marchmont Flat

     So I moved back to Edinburgh a few months ago, and was staying with a family friend for a while before I found a room to rent in a flat. I moved in at the start of January, but it's taken several weeks to move up most of my belonging from my parents' house, as my mum has been bringing it in small batches, since I rarely take a day off work. It's a slightly strange room still to be honest, as it's far less personalised than most places I've lived over the past few years. I think because I've moved so many times in the last couple years, I've stopped 'settling' as much into each new place, since I know I'll be moving out again sooner or later, and I'm so tired of packing everything up all the time - it's easier if there's less stuff! So while most of the belonging I use regularly are with me in this flat now, the majority of my things are still at my parents. The room is more personalised now than when I first moved in, which is why I'm now doing this room tour post, but compared to likes of my student flat during my final year, it still has far less of my style and my things.

Bedroom in shared Edinburgh flat

Monday, 12 February 2018

Outfit - When Will My Life Begin

     So if you hadn't already guessed from the photos and title, this week I'm trying a Rapunzel inspired look for my Disneybound outfit. Tangled is one of my favourite movies, and Rapunzel one of my favourite princesses, with her sense of adventure, but her stye is quite different to mine - light colours, flouncy sleeves and skirts, and minimal jewellery aren't typically descriptors of my style! I've meshed hers and mine though, choosing this floaty, lavender coloured top to fit her colour palette and loose style, with grey jeans, closer to her palette than blue, and I needed slim trousers to balance the top. I chose these nude ballet flats, since she spends most of her time barefoot (I'd like to point out that this isn't an outfit for this time of year in Scotland - maybe spring!). I chose the necklace and bracelet as a nod to her sunburst motif, as these were the closest things I had, while the leaf ring was to tie in with the flower crown. Because of course, what else could I pick but a flower crown and braid for my hair? Blue wouldn't be my first choice for her, but this is the only crown I have. I chose stud earring too, rare for me, so as not to overwhelm alongside the flowers, and to match the purple and gold colour scheme. Finally, I chose simple, light makeup, since her style is very simple and natural overall.

Rapunzel Disneybound outfit of long lavender tunic top, grey skinny jeans, nude ballet flats, and blue flower crown

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Afternoon Tea at The Witchery

      This last week I got the opportunity to go to The Witchery by the Castle, located just next to Edinburgh Castle, for their afternoon tea. Afternoon tea isn't something I do regularly - the last time would have been at The Peninsula back in Hong Kong, so I don't have a ton of experiences to compare this to! I was there with several members of my family, as we'd all got each other vouchers for our birthday's; my mum and aunt bought them for each other, got one for my grandma and great-aunt, my mum got one for me, and I had given one to a family friend who had let me stay with her while still flat hunting in Edinburgh.

Afternoon tea platter at The Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Top 5 Asian Cities

     So the other week I wrote this post about my five favourite cities in Europe, and the reasons I enjoyed my visits there so much. This time, I thought I'd turn to the other part of the world I've seen the most of, Asia (east and south east), and pick my five favourite cities I've been to there. Asian cities are very, very different to European ones, for a variety of reasons. Some are vast, modern metropolises, with jaw-dropping architecture; others are older, simpler, and sometimes have remnants of colonial times. Many Asian cities (I'm not counting the numerous smaller towns I visited) are much larger than European ones, and therefore require more use of public transport, be it modern subway systems, or traditional tuk tuk rides. And while it's rare to find a European city without a wealth of historic sights, and carefully preserved old town areas, Asian cities often have a mix of both, with their history right alongside their more modern features. So, without further ado, here are my top five Asian cities, in no particular order...

Tokyo skyline from Mori Tower, Japan

Monday, 5 February 2018

Outfit - Drink Up Me Hearties

     Yes, I'm channelling some pirate vibes today, for a Captain Jack Sparrow inspired outfit. As I've mentioned before, I'm trying to do these outfits out of items I already own instead of buying lots of new stuff, so I've had to go with black leather, where Jack tends to have more brown (a colour I rarely use). I thought the leather leggings with these tall boots were a pretty spot on combination, topped off with my leather jacket instead of the brown one he wears. I don't wear many white tops, certainly not shirts like he does, but the light colours in this one are pretty close, and I still thought it was the right sort of style for a female version of his outfit. I pulled out this feathered headband, as a nod to the many items woven in his hair, and added some salt spray to my hair too, and of course, had to go with some heavy, dark eye makeup - the dark lip felt appropriate too! I used a lot of accessories, since Jack has so many trinkets collected during his travels, and the medallion was the perfect finish to this look, since I bought it from the Pirates of the Caribbean gift shop in Tokyo Disneyland!

Drink Up Me Hearties - Jack Sparrow Disneybound outfit of leather jacket, striped blouse, black leather leggings, brown knee high boots

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Musically Inspired - Try to Struggle On

      It's easy to feel like you're being left behind as you navigate adulthood. Friends and acquaintances you've grown up with are buying houses, getting married, starting careers, having children. It's easy to feel jealous of their triumphs, to feel like you are failing at life somehow. We make it worse for ourselves too, by getting stuck inside our own heads and dwelling on the things we don't have, the things we haven't achieved, the thing we've done wrong, and the things we wonder if we will ever get right.

'Sing' single cover artwork by Deaf Havana

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Ranking Black Mirror Season Four Episodes

     Ok, I know the latest season of Black Mirror came out over a month ago, but I've worked about a million hours this month, so it's taken me a little while to get caught up! I'm obsessed with Black Mirror, as I think the storylines are just fascinating, and it's so creepy and terrifying to consider that these could be our (not so far off) future. It's a very socially conscious series, that really does make you think about the world we live in. I like that the episodes stand alone as well, so you can watch them individually, hence most of us have our favourite episodes, and others we haven't enjoyed as much. I haven't ranked the other series previously, as I only got into the show around season three, so there was little point in going back and writing posts on all of them. I do agree with most people though, that season 4, as a whole, wasn't as strong as earlier episodes. Anyways, here's my thoughts on the latest batch, in reverse order (spoilers ahead!).


Tuesday, 30 January 2018

The Writer's Museum | Edinburgh

      Edinburgh is a city with a rich literary history, with many writers having been born here or spending much of their literary careers. The city's eclectic streets and fascinating history have inspired countless tales, to the point where Edinburgh was declared a UNESCO City of Literature in 2004, the first in the world, and the start of the Creative Cities Network, which now includes over 100 cities worldwide. As such, it seems fitting that one of Edinburgh's best free museums would be dedicated to some of its most notable writers. Despite having studied a literature degree while at Edinburgh University, I had never been to the Writer's Museum before, so I finally paid a visit on a spare afternoon off last week.

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Top 5 European Cities

     Most of my travel posts in the last few years have focussed on Asia, since I was living and working there, so I thought today we'd turn back to Europe, since that's where I now find myself again these days. Europe has such a diverse collection of countries, both culturally and geographically. There's an abundance of natural sights to visit, but for this post I'm focussing on European cities; so many of them are fantastic for mini-breaks, with many historic, cultural town centres, with plenty of sights within walking distance of each other. My adventures so far are mainly limited to Western Europe, and there are plenty more countries I've yet to visit, so this is a fairly select list of my favourite European cities so far (in no particular order)!

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Monday, 22 January 2018

Outfit - Touch the Sky

     For my second Disneybound outfit of the year, I'm channelling my Scottish heritage with a look inspired by Merida from 'Brave'. I haven't tried to copy her exact outfit from the film, but instead have put together some of my own clothing items to create a look that I think represents a 21st century version of her. I went with the obvious Scottish tartan with this dress, and paired it with leggings rather than tights, since they're comfy, practical, and ideal for these cold Scottish winters. Merida is very much a heroine, and needs a practical outfit for her rough & ready sort of attitude, so I chose these flat, chunky boots, and this sturdy leather jacket. For jewellery, I thought my double fang necklaces represented her wild side well - the film involves bears rather than wolves, but it's a similar wild animal vibe I was going for! - and this gold ear cuff, with feather and arrow details, definitely felt like something that she would wear. Merida isn't the sort to spend ages on hair and make-up, so I left my hair natural and untamed (and probably in need of a wash), and stuck to my minimal, everyday makeup.

Touch the Sky - outfit of green tartan dress, black leather jacket, and chunky brown boots to Disneybound as Merida from Brave

Saturday, 20 January 2018

A-Z of My Favourite TV

     I've covered books, music, and films before - now I guess it's on to my next form of entertainment; television (naturally, there are a few letters missing, as always). I definitely watch more TV than I probably should, and too much of it is American TV at that. However, I love stories in all their forms, and I like watching how they play out over the longer format of series. There are shows I've binge watched, like Netflix releases or shows I only got into after they'd finished airing, and there are other shows I continue to watch once a week when they air. Some of this list is shows that are still being aired, while others wrapped years ago, but they're all shows I've enjoyed for one reason or another.

TV screen icon

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Review - The Greatest Showman

      In 'The Greatest Showman', we are transported into the world of the circus, as we follow the life of P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman), as he rises from lowly origins to bring together people with unique talents, or otherwise shunned by society, to create the circus. A musical biopic, based on real people and events, with some creative license taken of course, spun into an uplifting tale of celebrating what makes you unique.

The Greatest Showman movie poster

Monday, 15 January 2018

Outfit - Be Our Guest

     A few weeks ago I suddenly had the idea to start doing Disneybound outfits, to mix things up a bit on the blog, so I thought since it was so close to the new year anyway, that I'd devote 2018 to them (or at least until I run out of options!). For those that don't know, Disneybounding is when you put together an outfit inspired by a Disney character, but just with regular clothes, not a costume. My goal here is also to only use items I already own, as much as possible, and not go out and buy things specifically for Disneybound outfits, unless it's something I really like that I'd definitely wear again anyway.

     First up, is Belle, with an outfit inspired by her blue and white dress that she wears for the majority of the movie. I don't wear this skirt often, but I thought the loose, floaty style resembles Belle's wide skirt, and the white top replaces her apron. In summer, I'd be wearing this without the tights and cardigan, but it is the middle of winter here in Scotland, so I thought a blue cardigan matched her style well enough, and the black tights and ballet flats work well together - Emma Watson actually wears boots as Belle in the live-action movie, but the animated original is in flats like these. I tried to do my hair and makeup to match her style too, with the low ponytail, and simple, light makeup. Teapot earrings make the perfect ode to Mrs Potts, and while the necklace isn't taken from anything in particular in the movie, I thought the simple pendant in blue would suit Belle (though this is Italian glass, not French!). And of course, she isn't complete without a book in hand!

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Writer Tag

     I was struggling with what to write this week, so I had a search around the internet for some inspiration, and came across this tag. It can be applied to any sort of writer I think, not necessarily just novelists and such, and is not just for people who write as a profession, so I figured I'd give it a go. Hopefully this will reveal a bit more to you all about myself, and why writing and blogging is something I continue to do, and it was also interesting for me to think about my writing process myself - and possibly how to improve it!

'Writer Tag' text on background of pen, paper, and coffee
(source with my text edit)

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

White | Colour

It's pure and fresh and serene. It's bright and light and clear. It's blank and empty and space.

White snowy forest

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Travel Inspiration | Vietnam

     We're travelling back to warmer climates for today's travel inspiration post, as I'm currently freezing back home in Scotland now! As many readers know, I've travelled plenty around Asia, so I'm revisiting Vietnam today. I spent 2 weeks there back in the summer of 2016, on a group trip through the country. Vietnam has a wonderful diversity of scenery and environments there, from the big, bustling streets of Ho Chi Minh City, to the colonial style old town of Hanoi; from the sandy beaches of Nha Trang, to green rice paddies around Hoi An, and of course, the breathtaking islands of Halong Bay. It's a country with a sad history, as the aftermath of the Vietnam War is still quite apparent, and there are memorials and places to visit, like the underground tunnels. But, it's also a country full of life and vibrancy, with colourful lanterns decking the streets, vast arrays of interesting foods for sale in the markets, and boats cruising up and down the country's rivers and oceans. Take a visual tour of Vietnam below, from south to north (following my own journey).

Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Thursday, 4 January 2018

2018 | Looking Forward

     Oh 2018, what will you have in store for me? As I've said in previous years, I don't believe in starting a million resolutions at the beginning of the year that will suddenly transform you into another person, as that's just not feasible. We don't magically change overnight, however, you can commit to a few changes at any time of year, so why not New Year too? Generally though, this is a time for reflection for me; I've already taken stock of last year, so now I'm thinking ahead to what my plans are for this year.

2018 text on fireworks background

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

2017: Year in Review

     Another year over, and here we are in 2018! I was aiming to get this posted on New Year's Eve, as I've done in previous years, but things got a little busy for me this weekend, as I was working long, late shifts, both pub crawl and bartending, from the 30th to the 1st, clocking in about 35 hours in 3 days. It's been a busy year for me to say the least, with plenty of changes taking place, and plenty more countries ticked off my bucket list. I've moved so many times this year as well, barely staying in one place for long, which can get tiring and difficult, but has also given me so many fantastic opportunities along the way.

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