Monday, 31 December 2018

2018 | Year in Review

     Well it's the last day of 2018, so time to look back on the year! I quite like doing these annual reviews, just to pause and take stock of what's been going on in my life, and see if I've maybe achieved anything this year! Compared to the last few years, this one has been slightly less eventful, as there was far less travelling and far less moving than there has been. That could make it a slightly more boring year, but a fair amount has still happened!

Photo collage of my 2018 highlights

Friday, 28 December 2018

Merry Christmas

     Merry Christmas, or Happy Holidays if you celebrate something else! The festive season has come and gone so quickly - although some of you lucky people might still be off work until after the New Year now? Not me!

Christmas Tree

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Outfit - Into the Open Air

      For my final Disneybound outfit, I've chosen a fancy, festive look, in line with my other winter December outfits. This is my second time inspired by Merida from 'Brave', but this teal dress was too perfect for her to not use! It's a fun, party dress that I most often end up wearing at this time of year, and the bronze details are similar to embellishments on her dress too. The black leather jacket was to bring in her tough, warrior spirit, and I considered brown boots but decided the black was a bit smarter for a dressy look. The necklace was chosen because it's a little like some Celtic knot work designs, as is the ring - the Celts were the early inhabitant of Scotland, and my most recent tattoo has another Celtic design worked into it. I chose some sparkly makeup, and kept my hair all natural, as Merida does with her wild mane.

Merida inspired Disneybound outfit of short teal party dress with black leather jacket, tights and ankle boots

Saturday, 22 December 2018

2018: Best Of

     Well, 2018 is nearly over, so it's time for my annual review type posts! I'll be looking back at all the things I've done this year next week, after Christmas. For now though, I'm picking my 'bests' from this year, from the media I consume, to the places I've been and things I've done this year. I'm using most of the same categories as previous years, though there is one I've switched out. Anyways, these are my choices - let me know what your favourites are!

'Best of 2018' text on fireworks background

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Instagram Tag

     I haven't done a tag post in so long! I've been pretty busy this week in the run up to Christmas though, so this was a nice, quick option for a post. Instagram is probably my most used social media account. I have plenty of others (linked in the sidebar there), but it varies how active I am on those, whereas Instagram I keep up with regularly. I think it's partly because you aren't flooded with people posting all the time (Twitter) or sharing content that isn't always relevant or what I'm interested in (Facebook), but I can still use it to keep up with people's lives. I'm also quite a visual person, so photos appeal to me a lot, and my feed is curated to what I want to see regularly. Anyways, I found this set of tag questions online, so here we go!

Instagram logo

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Outfit - Aren't You a Little Short For a Stormtrooper?

     Sticking with my winter themed Disneybound outfits for December with this snowy white look, inspired by Princess Leia / General Organa, from the 'Star Wars' franchise. This look was mostly based on the white dress we see her in during the first film, mine is just a bit shorter! I chose the grey cardigan to mimic the loose, floaty design of hers. I paired these light colours with black tights and these chunky biker boots, partly because they're practical for Scotland in winter! But also because I didn't want a look that was too delicate and feminine, I wanted to bring in a bit of her tough, warrior personality. I chose silver jewellery to match the white, and the starry earrings in particular were a nod to the space setting of the saga! I kept my makeup natural, as hers normally is, and finally, my hair isn't really thick enough for those braided buns she wears, but I did put in these double buns to get as close as I could!

Princess Leia Star Wars Disneybound outfit of white dress, grey cardigan, and black tights & biker boots

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Top Five Edinburgh Hidden Gems

      Edinburgh has so many attractions and locations to visit - for a small city, it's pretty jam packed! Most tourists and visitors will head straight for the Royal Mile and the rest of the Old Town, and while these are excellent historic areas to explore, the crowds can get pretty tiring. If you want to get away from the beaten track and the most touristic parts of the city, here are some suggestions (in no particular order) for the best hidden gems around the city, which are less well-known among visitors!

Water of Leith walkway, Edinburgh hidden gems

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Eco Friendly Gift Ideas

     Ripping into your presents on Christmas morning is so much fun, right? Especially as children, eyes gleaming in wonder at what each gift could contain, hands unable to move fast enough as the excited bursts over. It's a wonderful thing to experience and to watch.

     But what happens afterwards? What happens to all that paper and ribbon and tape? How many of those gifts come with layer upon layer of plastic packaging? And how many of them will be used or played with for a time, before also being thrown away? Christmas is magical, of course, but we should also try to be conscious of the effect it has on our planet. The natural world is suffering from our casually wasteful habits. So how can we do better? Here's a list of suggestions for sustainable, reusable, and environmentally friendly gifts! Also, I haven't included links, because it's better to try to shop local when possible, or only get deliveries from within your country if ordering online, to minimise your carbon footprint!

Fabric wrapping and eco friendly wrapping Christmas gifts

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Outfit - For The First Time In Forever

     For December, I've decided to try and make my Disneybound outfits quite festive and winter themed (and these short winter days in Scotland have resulted in some dodgy lighting this week, sorry!). So with that in mind, my first outfit comes from the film 'Frozen', inspired by Anna. She wears a couple of outfits during the film, but this is the black and blue dress, with pink cape, that she wears most often. I chose the black t-shirt and blue skirt to match the colour palette, and the skirt has glittery threads which feel quite festive. The cardigan is less winter appropriate, but the right colour, and is fine to wear indoors if the heating is on! I recently got these boots refurbished, and they're practical for the winter months. I chose the leaf patterned necklace and ring, as she has flower and leaf detailing on her dress. The blue earrings were to echo the cool colours of winter, and the pink lipstick was to bring out her energetic, vibrant personality. Finally, of course I had to plait my hair!

Anna Frozen Disneybound outfit of black t-shirt, short blue glitter skirt, pink lace cardigan, and tall black leather boots

Saturday, 8 December 2018

642 Things - Everyday Soundtrack

'Write a music review for the sounds of your life - your personal, everyday soundtrack.'

Colourful sound wave on black background, in purple, pink, orange, and yellow

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Holyrood Palace | Edinburgh

     Holyrood Palace is one those places in Edinburgh that all the locals know about, but half of us rarely ever visit it. I've been once before, back when I worked for a summer school, but I was watching the kids more than actually taking in the palace. And of course, I went to the Queen's Garden Party earlier this year, but you don't actually go inside the palace for that. A friend got some free tickets last weekend though - Historic Scotland gives away a bunch every year to several attractions around the country for St Andrew's Day (the patron saint of Scotland) if you register online - so of course, I took her up on the chance to go again.

Palace of Holyrood House, Edinburgh, Scotland

Friday, 30 November 2018

You Me At Six | VI & TOYC Tour

     I can hardly believe that I've been listening to You Me At Six for ten years now. Back when they first started out, both myself and all of them were still teenagers! I've seen them live several times in the past, but the most recent was three years ago, on their arena tour with All Time Low. Three years is far too long, but I was living in Asia, so now that I'm home again and they announced a tour in support of their new album, 'VI', I immediately got a ticket. Then, they announced additional dates when they would be playing their debut, 'Take Off Your Colours', in full, for its ten year anniversary, so I got a ticket for that too!

You Me At Six performing at the Glasgow Barrowlands - Take Off Your Colours tour

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Outfit - Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride

     For this week's Disneybound outfit, I've actually gone for a non-human character for a change (unless we count froggy Naveen!) - Stitch, from 'Lilo and Stitch'. It's a different process I think, as there's not so much a style or specific items to pick, more a colour palette and overall vibe. So of course, it had to be more or less blue everything - even socks! I chose the lighter blue top to break it up, and to match his belly fur, with the darker cardigan and jeans - a more autumnal version of my Jasmine look actually. I didn't have blue shoes, but I thought the grey trainers suited his energetic, yet casual sort of vibe. I added blue jewellery items as well, including this necklace which I got at a beachfront island market - not Hawaii, I haven't been, but as close as I could manage, and I used it in my Moana look as well! And I kept the makeup natural - I doubt he'd know what to do! - and put my hair in these low bunches, for a playful look, and reminiscent of the shape of his ears!

Stitch Disneybound inspired outfit of light blue top, with dark blue cardigan and skinny jeans

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Travel Inspiration | Taiwan

     Taiwan may be a small country, and perhaps less well known than the big East Asian ones (such as China and Japan), but I think it's one that should absolutely be on travel bucket lists! One of the things that most stood out to me while I was there, was the friendliness of the locals. Where in other places, they may be inclined to avoid tourists, particularly with language barriers, the Taiwanese would always jump in to offer assistance if I looked vaguely confused, whether they spoke English or not, which was amazing! The country itself is also very beautiful. There's the big city life of Taipei - as well as others, such as Kaohsiung, but I didn't have time to visit myself - but also some wonderful country and coastal regions well worth exploring as well. So here's my selection of photographs, to inspire you to travel to Taiwan too!

Chiang Kai Shek Memorial, Taipei, Taiwan

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Black | Colour

It's classic and sophisticated and simple. It's empty and void and sad. It's dark and spooky and ominous.

Black night sky of stars

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Outfit - Part Of Your World

     This week's Disneybound outfit is courtesy of a classic princess, Ariel, from 'The Little Mermaid' - check out my Ursula outfit here. There's a few outfit options for her, since she wears several dresses in human form, but I decided to create a look inspired by her mermaid style. However, I swapped out her normal summery style, for something more winter appropriate, for a different take on her look. I wore this bright green dress, with a thick purple jumper on top, to match her colour scheme. I recently got these burgundy tights too, so I thought they would match the style, though Ariel's shade of purple is slightly different to this. I chose my grey Toms shoes, as they're subtle and simple - since if it were summer, I'd have done sandals or bare feet instead. For jewellery, there's a blue ring and starfish bracelet for her ocean home, and these turquoise earrings, hitting a shade somewhere between her tail and the sea. Finally, I added a tiny bit of shimmer eyeshadow, and a pink lipstick, and kept my hair loose and natural.

Ariel Disneybound outfit from The Little Mermaid - purple wooly jumper, green skirt & burgundy tights

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Top Five Edinburgh Viewpoints

     Edinburgh's skyline is pretty iconic - how many cities can boast that they have a castle built atop an extinct volcano? There are plenty of other stunning buildings too, including the Hub, St Giles' Cathedral, the Balmoral Hotel, and the Scott Monument. So where are the best Edinburgh viewpoints to take in this amazing city? Here are my top 5 picks, all of which are free to access, with something to suit everyone!

Edinburgh viewpoint from the National Museum of Scotland rooftop

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Stop Chasing Perfection | Musically Inspired

     What is perfection? It's something that so many strive for. Perfect job, perfect home, perfect looks, perfect relationship. Somehow we think that having all these things will make us happy. That our lives will be complete.

Perfection quote "It will never be perfect. Make it work. -Life"

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Outfit - God Help the Outcasts

     Back to my usual Disneybound outfits this week, and taking a break from villains after Halloween month! This outfit was inspired by Esmeralda, from 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame', mostly because I wanted to use this skirt! It doesn't match her colour scheme perfectly, but I got it for a costume party years ago and have rarely used it since. I thought the design of it matched her gypsy style, and the colours are still fun and bright. I paired it with this white, off-the-shoulder top, similar to hers as well. I didn't have any sort of blue belt like hers, but the bracelets are gold and blue, and the earrings have purple and blue in them, to tie in to her colour palette. The big, chunkier style of the jewellery also matches hers. I didn't have a pink scarf for my hair either, so this brown braided piece was the closest I could manage, otherwise leaving it loose and natural. And she's normally barefoot, so I went for nude flats instead! Finally, I added a sweep of eyeliner and pink lipstick, to channel a bit of her boldness and vibrancy.

Esmeralda Disneybound outfit of white off the shoulder crop top, long rainbow pattern skirt, nude flats & bold jewellery

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Corstorphine Hill | Hiking Edinburgh

     Just because it's coming into winter time, that doesn't mean I can't continue hiking in Edinburgh! Although, I do have to go earlier, since it gets dark by 4.30pm at this time of year. Anyways, last week I tried a new route, hiking Corstorphine Hill for the first time.

Clermiston Tower on Corstorphine Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

A Fork in the Road

You will never know exactly where each path will take you, you just have to pick one, and keep moving forward.

Sign post marker in the forest with autumn leaves - Corstorphine Hill, Edinburgh, Scotland

Monday, 5 November 2018

What Does 'Volunteering Abroad' Really Mean?

     (Today's post is a guest entry, from an aspiring writer, Astrid Halliday, who reached out to me recently, asking to contribute to my blog. As an aspiring writer myself, I'm always open to guest pitches (my contact details are here for anyone else interested!). This post is based on her experiences and opinions, not my own, but I was happy to publish it, since I regularly feature travel posts on here. Her author bio can be found below as well!)

     If you're looking to get more out of your next visit to a foreign country, volunteering is a great way to inject culture, language, and fun into any trip! From projects lasting a week, to long term projects lasting months, there is something for everyone!

Volunesia definition quote

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Medical Museums | Edinburgh

     During the 19th century, the University of Edinburgh's medical school (first established in 1726) became known as one of the best in the world, and around that time many great pioneering doctors lived and worked in the city, and made many great advancements in the medical field. Their legacy is remembered in the city's medical related museums, both of which I visited for the first time this year. Surgeons' Hall was initially a teaching resource, and is now open to the public as a paid entrance museum, housing an exhibition of the history of surgery, and hundreds of pathology specimens, while the Anatomical Museum is still used by current students in the Old Medical School building, and is only open to the public once a month, for free.

Surgeons' Hall Museums, Edinburgh

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Outfit - Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

     For the fourth and final of my Halloween Disneybound villain looks, I've gone with the original villain herself, the Evil Queen, from 'Snow White' (check out my other look from the film, inspired by Grumpy). Her colour scheme is predominantly black and purple, so I chose this bright dress (see it in a summer look as Meg here), with this cape-like black cardigan for some dramatic, villainous vibes. The heeled boots have been a staple for many dark outfits, and initially I was going to do plain black tights, but I decided to channel even more of a Halloween vibe with these spider web patterns instead. I don't have a red stone necklace like hers, so I chose this purple and gold one, for a similarly chunky pendant, within her colour scheme, as well as purple and gold earrings. You never see her hair, so I went for a semi-loose, very straight look, as I thought that matched the overall look, and finished up with some bright purple eyeshadow, and her signature red lipstick.

Evil Queen Disneybound villain outfit of bright purple dress, black cape cardigan, spider web tights and black ankle boots

Monday, 29 October 2018

My Ancestry DNA Results

     Ok, so these DNA tests to see where your ancestors are from have been circulating the internet for a few years now, so I'm a touch late to the party. I'd thought about doing one for a while, and after watching one too many YouTube videos, and then seeing the kits on sale, I figured I'd give it a go! I used Ancestry for mine (not sponsored), as it was one that offered quite detailed results about which specific regions of a country your DNA was from, which I wanted, since I was pretty confident most of my DNA would be from one country anyway. You also have an account on the website, so if in the future, their research tells them more about DNA and different regions, your results can be updated to be more accurate over time.

Ancestry DNA test kit

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Roslin Day Trip | Scotland

     Autumn is one of my favourite seasons, but only on certain days! We've had a fair bit of wind and rain recently, which is less fun, but the clear, sunny, crisp days are beautiful, with all the stunning colour of the fall foliage. So, of course, the best way to enjoy that is with a trip to the woodlands! Especially since we have to make the most of these sunny days, in amongst all the grey ones. There's plenty of choice around Edinburgh to find some natural scenery, both in and around the city, so I used a recent half-day off with a friend, to get out of town for a few hours with a trip to the nearby village of Roslin.

Rosslyn Chapel, Roslin, near Edinburgh, Scotland

Monday, 22 October 2018

Outfit - The Gospel Truth

     Week three of my month of Disneybound villains ahead of Halloween, and this time I'm taking on Hades, the god of the underworld, from 'Hercules' - check out my Meg and Hercules inspired outfits from earlier in the year too! Villainous outfits often lend themselves to these winter months, with more sombre colour palettes, like Hades in his shades of grey and black, so this warm, grey knitted dress worked perfectly for his style and the season, paired with black tights and ankle boots. I liked the cape style of the cardigan as an echo to his flowing robes too. I chose blue jewellery, to tie in his skin tone and fiery hair, and tied my hair up, with a bit of volume at the front, to sort of resemble his style. Finally, I tried to bring in a similarly cool toned makeup look, with icy eyeshadow and this cold purple lip colour, also reminiscent of the dead he rules over!

Hades inspired Disneybound villain outfit of grey striped knit dress, black cape cardigan, black ankle boots & blue stone jewellery

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Edinburgh Cocktail Week

     A Friday night spent in a tent full of twinkly lights and cute decorations, with a choice of a dozen pop-up bars serving their own signature cocktails - what more could you ask for? Edinburgh Cocktail Week has been on this week, and with every drink priced at just £4 (with a wristband), how could I say no? So my flatmate and I headed out last night to see what was on offer.

Edinburgh Cocktail Week sign in the Cocktail Village

Thursday, 18 October 2018

642 Things - The Eruption

'Make a scene with a character exhibiting really bad behaviour'

Woman on fire with anger and rage

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Outfit - Gaston

     Here's the second in my month of Halloween villain Disneybound outfits! This time I've chosen Gaston, from 'Beauty and the Beast' (his song is named after him, so one of my more obvious choices there!) - Belle was actually my first Disneybound on here ever, if you haven't seen it yet! I chose the red t-shirt to match the colour scheme, and it has a slightly longer hemline which means it works well for fastening the belt around, like the tunic type shirt he wears. These black leggings, with the detailing, are similar to his, as are the tall brown boots - and I think Gaston would approve of the high heels, being as dramatic as he is! I kept my makeup fairly neutral, but with plenty of mascara and a bright lip, since I could imagine him doing something like that, being as vain as he is. I tied my hair in a low ponytail like his, and chose these wooden dagger-like earrings, and fang tooth necklace, inspired by his hunter tendencies.

Disneybound Gaston inspired outfit of belted red top, black leggings and tall brown leather boots

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Travel Inspiration | China

     China is such a huge country that you could spend months travelling through it and still not see everything. It's also a country with a very unique culture, and a powerful, complex history. This means providing the 'highlights' for an inspiration post such as this can be a daunting task! However, I'm drawing from my own experiences and the areas I visited during my two trips there. I feel like the places I went were some of the most popular and iconic, but also offer a diverse view on the country, from the historic and cultural Beijing and Xian, to the incredible natural scenery of Zhangjiajie, to the modern, cosmopolitan Shanghai (parts one and two) - check them out below and see if you agree with me!

Forbidden City, Beijing, China

Friday, 12 October 2018

Orange | Colour

     It's vibrant and fun and cheery. It's energetic and joyous and carefree. It's warm and bright and encouraging.

Orange and red coloured autumn/ fall leaves

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Outfit - I'll Have That Drink Now

     Since it's Halloween this month, I've decided to stick with a villains theme for my Disneybounds, starting off with a Marvel character this time. I've tried to put together a Loki-inspired outfit, from the 'Thor' and 'Avengers' movies. The dark green dress was an obvious choice for the colour palette, paired with black accessories, including my leather jacket and black ankle boots, for a strong, slightly edgy take on the dress. I don't have much in the way of gold jewellery, so I opted for black jade pieces instead, but did add a few gold bangles to tie that in. I decided to go with bold, dark makeup, since Loki is a bit of a drama queen at times, with thick eyeliner and a dark lip. Finally, I experimented with pulling my hair into a half ponytail, to mimic his slicked back look, versus leaving it loose and straight, more likely what I would do if wearing this outfit out somewhere.

Marvel's Loki inspired Disneybound outfit of dark green lace dress, black leather jacket & black ankle boots

Saturday, 6 October 2018

University Buildings & Dean Gardens | Edinburgh

     If you haven't seen the first part of my Doors Open Day posts, check that out here. Or, to summarise, last weekend Edinburgh opened up a bunch of buildings that you can't normally access for free. Some were only open for one day or the other, so we went to places on both days, to make the most of the weekend, focussing on ones that we couldn't see at any other time (some of them are open the rest of the year, but with an entry fee).

McEwan Hall, Edinburgh University

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Parliament House & Merchants' Hall | Edinburgh

     Every year Edinburgh has a weekend known as 'Doors Open Days', where you get the chance to exclusively access different locations around the city for free. Some are open year round but wave their admission charges for the weekend; others open up different areas on special guided tours beyond what's usually accessible; and others you wouldn't be able to access at all at other times of year. Naturally, we wanted to make the most of this and picked up a few places to check out, mainly focussing on those we wouldn't get to see at any other time. Our options were a bit limited by work and timings, and some venues had a select number of tickets that were already booked up well in advance, but we still got around a few places!

The Merchants' Hall, Edinburgh

Monday, 24 September 2018

Outfit - One Jump Ahead

     Some Disneybounds are closer to the source outfit than others, and I think this one definitley veers to the most literal interpretation - otherwise I probably wouldn't be wearing the hat with the rest of this look! I was inspired by Aladdin this time, having already done Jasmine a few weeks ago, in a more modern interpretation. I chose the purple top to match his colour scheme, with this big white skirt, to echo the flowing harem pants he wears. Rather than ballet flats, which would be closer to the slipper shoes in the film, I went with Toms for a similar style, but a more masculine and practical version of it. The red beanie is to mimic his red fez, and then I went for minimal makeup, since he is a 'street rat' after all - unlike the more glam makeup and jewellery I chose for Jasmine's princess status. I chose a couple of pieces of purple jewellery, again for the colour scheme, but small pieces, since a street kid wouldn't have anything fancy anyways. I feel like the whole look is the closest to the original I could get, but is also focussed on being casual and comfy, plus a little rough and haphazard in places, which felt right for the character.

Aladdin inspired Disneybound outfit of dark purple top, long white skirt, grey Toms shoes and red beanie hat

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Botanic Gardens | Edinburgh

     I've been to the Botanic Gardens half a dozen times over the years, but I've never really thought to write about them until now. It's one of those places that I'll just randomly go for a wander through every now and then, so I've accumulated a good few photos from it, and not really shared them. As well, I think it's the sort of place that you could easily skip over in Edinburgh, in favour of more well-known (and expensive) attractions. It's worth a visit though, especially since it's free, and it's pretty big, so there's plenty to explore.

Victorian Palm Glasshouse at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Live Boldly

     Don't live your life afraid. Don't go into things half heartedly, with one foot always out the door. Don't second guess your choices. Don't dwell on regrets and 'what ifs'. Don't play it safe.

Dare to live quote

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Outfit - Mistress of All Evil

     It's time for a villain for this week's Disneybound, and I was inspired by the iconic Maleficent, from 'Sleeping Beauty' - I already did a Briar Rose look here! Black is obviously the colour she wears most often, so I chose this simple little black dress, with the flared skirt and belted waist. She's a dramatic character too, so I thought high heels for some glamour were appropriate, and I added the cape-like cardigan, for a bit of flair, and to look like her robes. As her robes are lined with purple, I chose this chunky amethyst necklace, with green earrings to echo her ghoulish skin tone. I mimicked her makeup, with purple eyeshadow, winged liner, and bold red lipstick. My hair is modelled after the 2014 'Maleficent' film, where her hair is often loose, hanging long and straight and pinned back from her face - since I was never going to be able to find a way to recreate her horns!

Maleficent inspired Disneybound outfit of little black dress with tights & high heels, and green & purple jewellery

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Musings from the Fringe

     The streets are rammed. Bodies jostling past each other, bumping elbows and shoulders and legs, slowly shuffling their way down the pavements. They squeeze past the stages and roped off corners, where the performers clamour for their attention, and past the gigantic towers, standing high above the crowds, slowly putting on weight as the month progresses, becoming wider and wider with layers of posters hastily taped in place. Coloured birds line corners of buildings, and the air is thick with flags and umbrellas, dancing their way over everyone's heads.

Edinburgh's Royal Mile with the Fringe Festival banners up in August 2018

Thursday, 13 September 2018

A-Z of East & South East Asia

     I've written several travel themed A-Z posts over the last few years, including my current home city Edinburgh, my home country of Scotland, and my temporary home in Asia, Hong Kong. This time I'm widening the scope quite a bit to do an A-Z of Asia, but specifically East & South East Asia, as that was the area I lived and travelled in. Other than Hong Kong, I didn't spend enough time in any single country to feel equipped to write an A-Z for it (without extensive research anyways), so I'm traversing the continent for this one, but also mainly focussing on the places that I went to during my travels there!

     For all my other A-Zs, click here!

Angkor Wat temple near Siem Reap, Cambodia

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Outfit - When We're Human

     This is probably one of my loosest takes on a Disney character, and therefore maybe a little harder to guess at, but I wanted to find an outfit to use this top in, before summer is completely over (I live in Scotland, so it's pretty much done already), since I've been wearing it so much the last few months. I settled on Prince Naveen, from 'The Princess and the Frog', since the green leaf pattern matches his froggy form in the bayou, and the more royal outfit he wears later on. That's the outfit I took inspiration from, since, like Tiana, he wears several outfits throughout the film, but with a much more casual take on it. I chose blue jeans, like his blue leggings, and these checked trainers, for a jazzy touch, easy to dance around New Orleans in! I've got some green jewellery too, to match his colour palette, with some gold in the necklace, for his royal heritage. There's less direct inspiration for hair and makeup for male characters, so I went with something a little flirty and fun, to match his personality, with big waves and bright pink lipstick. That was sort of my whole vibe for the outfit, channelling his bold, confident, and cheeky personality, plus the vibrancy of the New Orleans setting.

Prince Naveen inspired Disneybound outfit of green and white leaf print crop top, high waist blue skinny jeans, and grey checked sneakers

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Jupiter Artland | Edinburgh

     Jupiter Artland is probably one of the lesser well-known attractions to visit in Edinburgh - I hadn't even heard of it until a few months ago! It's actually a little way outside the city, near Wilkieston, which is about half an hour from the city centre on a bus. It's an art installation park, in the grounds of an old manor house. The couple that own the house, Bonnington House, commissioned artists to create a private collection of installations around the grounds, which is now open to the public during the summer months (May - September). I had a sunny afternoon off last week, so a friend and I finally decided it was time to check it out, especially before it closed again for winter.

Jencks Life Mounds, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh

Friday, 7 September 2018

Six | Edinburgh Fringe 2018

     My last Fringe post this year, for the last show I saw this year, on the very last day of the festival! I had seen the posters for Six since the start of August and thought it looked good, but once the five star reviews started rolling in, they were selling out for the latter half of the festival. They ended up adding some additional afternoon matinee shows, and I managed to snag a ticket for one of those. And I was so happy I did, since it certainly lived up to the hype!

On stage photo of 'SIX' the musical

Monday, 3 September 2018

Outfit - A Whole New World

     A Disneybound princess outfit doesn't always have to be fancy and over the top! I've chosen a very casual look for today's princess, Jasmine, from 'Aladdin'. The blue top was an easy choice to match her colour palette, with the details of the straps being perfect for hot desert weather! I went with blue jeans, for a modern and casual vibe (and I don't own any lighter in colour than these!), finished off with grey Toms, for a lightweight shoe that vaguely resembles her slippers. The earrings were a gift brought back by my parents from Dubai, so they seemed like a great match for her style, plus this chunky blue ring matches the colour palette - both are large pieces, so I skipped adding any other jewellery. My hair is nowhere near as thick as Jasmine's, but I did this low, twisted ponytail to sort of resemble hers, and finally, chose to emphasis the eye makeup, with some shimmery shadow and thick winged eyeliner, to make it a little more glamorous, for her princess status. And I happened to have this nail polish on anyway, which is also a perfect colour match!

Princess Jasmine Disneybound outfit of light blue vest top, dark blue skinny jeans, and grey Toms shoes

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Daniel Sloss: X | Edinburgh Fringe 2018

     The Fringe might be over now, but there's a few more posts about some of the shows I saw that I want to write. I'm not writing about everything I saw, as it was eight different shows in total, so I'm really just picking out some favourites! Daniel Sloss is a stand up comedian and a Fringe veteran, having been performing at it for over a decade, writing a new show each year, and I've seen him a few times in the past and always enjoyed his comedy, so I wanted to go again this time.

Daniel Sloss X 2018 Edinburgh Fringe poster

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Catfish and the Bottlemen | Glasgow Summer Sessions

     No, not one, but two Summers Sessions posts for you! Yes, I went back for another go at it, after seeing Kings of Leon on the first day. There are actually three days of the Summer Sessions, but I won't be attending the third (headlined by Kendrick Lamar). Day two was the one I was most excited about though, as I really enjoy Catfish and the Bottlemen, who I hadn't seen live before, and the main support act was Twin Atlantic, one of my all-time favourites, and who are exceptionally good when performing in Glasgow, their home town.

Catfish and the Bottlemen performing at the 2018 Glasgow Summer Sessions concert

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Outfit - Strangers Like Me

      Can you tell who this outfit was inspired by? I've gone for a more modern take on one of Jane Porter's outfits from 'Tarzan', the white top and red skirt combo she wears out in the jungle. My skirt is the right colour, but obviously shorter than hers, and I chose this white crop top for a summery look, wearable in jungle heat! It has been chilly in Scotland though, hence the tights, and while she is normally barefoot with this outfit, I added brown boots, good for the current weather here and to match the explorer vibe. The elephant necklace was a nod to Tantor, and the wooden earrings look like something jungle related. I kept the makeup natural (where would you find any in the jungle?), and pulled my hair into a half ponytail, similar to hers, and grabbed this leather bound notebook for some shots, like her sketchbook.

Disneybound outfit inspired by Jane Porter from Tarzan, of white lace crop top, burgundy red skater skirt, and brown suede ankle boots

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Kings of Leon | Glasgow Summer Sessions

     A day outside in the park, beer in hand, the smell of food trucks drifting through the air, and a stellar line up of live music on the stage in front. Add some bracing northern winds, and a lot of people wearing wellies and rain jackets, getting progressively drunker as night falls, throwing beer around and chanting "here we fucking go", and that's a music festival in Scotland. Oh, and of course, there's always the obligatory Scottish flag being waved around by someone in the crowd!

Kings of Leon performing at the 2018 Glasgow Summer Sessions, in Bellahouston Park

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Travel Inspiration | Thailand

     Lately, all my Facebook memories keep directing me to photos from Thailand, as I was there this time last year exploring the southern part of the country, and the year before up in the north. So, it seems like a good time to put together my 'Travel Inspiration' post for the country, with some of my favourite images from my trips there. Thailand has a lot to see and do - most people will associate it with beaches, islands, and turquoise waters, but there's plenty of jungles, temples, and cities to see as well. Tourism in Thailand has been a tricky one over the years, with beaches covered in plastic waste, and elephants mistreated for the sake of letting people ride them, so it was still apparent which places have been damaged by excessive tourism. I tried to be conscious about minimising my impact during my time there, and was lucky enough to see some areas that were much better preserved.

Wat Arun temple, Bangkok, Thailand

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