Thursday, 19 July 2018

Red | Colour

     It's anger and rage and fury. It's passion and heat and flames. It's violent and visceral and raw.

Close up of red rose

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Outfit - Let Me Put You On Hold

     I've taken a break from classic animated Disney this week, to do an outfit inspired by another Marvel character. I did Captain America a few months ago, and this time I've chosen Black Widow - so obviously, all black items were called for! I tried to put together something that was functional and practical, for a superhero as she is, but still a little bit sexy, so this loose top and comfy leggings are easy to move around in, but the sheer stripes with the bralette underneath, and leather effect are a little more sultry. I chose flat boots rather than heels, again for practicality, and the leather jacket ties in to her whole aesthetic as well. The jewellery is also minimal, so nothing gets in the way, with silver accents to tone in, and I chose the arrow head necklace since she wears something similar in The Winter Soldier, a nod to Hawkeye. My hair is styled after that film too, with the centre parting (yes I know, it's not dead centre or straight!), as was the makeup, with subtle eyeshadow and a nude lip.

Black Widow Disneybound cosplay outfit of black sheer striped top, leather effect leggings & tall black leather boots

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Pentlands Glencorse View | Hiking Edinburgh

     Another sunny day means another day trip to go hiking or walking! To be honest, the weather has gotten cloudier in the last week or so, but there's still been warm, dry days to spend outside. I headed back to the Pentlands again at the weekend (having been a couple of months back), taking a friend with me who hadn't been before. We weren't out to do a huge, tough hike, so I researched a route that was fairly easy, taking just an hour or two to walk, with minimal ascent, but where we could still get some good views, so we settled on the Glencorse Reservoir Walk. You can just explore the Pentlands without following a specific route, but we had time limitations to consider!

Glencorse Reservoir view walk in the Pentland Hills, Edinburgh, Scotland

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Holyrood Palace Garden Party

     Well, it's not every day you get to say you had tea with the Queen, is it? Alright, I didn't actually have tea with the Queen, I didn't meet her at all actually, but I did get to attend the Royal Garden Party at Holyrood Palace this year, which is pretty fancy, right? A few thousand people get invited to it every year, most of them nominated by the 'Lord Lieutenant' for their area, which is basically the Queen's representative there. In our area, that would be one of my parents' neighbours, so others friends of theirs have gone in previous years, and it was my parents, plus another couple in the valley, who got invited this year, and I got to go along with them. I'm not a massive fan of the Royals, but I don't hate them either, so I mostly just wanted to go for the experience, as I likely won't get such a chance again.

Holyrood Palace, Royal Garden Party

Monday, 9 July 2018

Outfit - Down in New Orleans

     Well, I did an outfit based off of Dr Facilier a couple of weeks ago, so it seemed right that I also do one inspired by the heroine of the same movie (The Princess and the Frog), Tiana. I realised she actually wears a lot of different outfits - funny when she spends half the movie in frog form! - so I chose her green princess dress to base this look off, as it's the one she's most often shown wearing in other media too. There's some similarities to my Cinderella look here too, with the white skirt, nude flats, and hair in a bun (tied higher this time for Tiana though), but these seem to be common trends among princesses! I added the green top though, with the lace detailing mimicking her leaf overlay, and I continued the nature theme with the jewellery, including a tree of life necklace, flower patterned jade bracelet, and leaf earrings and ring. The jade bracelet matched the colour scheme, and then I kept the makeup natural too, using earthy brown tones for the eyeshadow, and a nude lipstick.

Princess Tiana Disneybound outfit of pale green lace top, long white skirt, nude flats and nature themed jewellery

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Travel Inspiration | Laos

     I feel like Laos is one of the less well-known countries in South East Asia, often overlooked in favour of its neighbours, such as Thailand and Vietnam, but I was glad that I made time to visit in while I was in that area. It's a country with a fascinating history, having been colonised by the French for a long time, and is now an openly Communist country. It was also caught in the cross-fire during the Vietnam War, so there are still huge areas with unexploded ordnances around the country. It's a largely Buddhist country, and its language (Lao) bears some similarities to Thai, so you could definitely see comparisons between Laos and Thailand. Unfortunately, during my week there, we started with a cruise along the Mekong River, but then there were terrible storms and flooding, meaning that we had to stay longer in Luang Prabang and skip Vang Vieng, going straight to Vientiane instead. This was disappointing, and my trip only covered a small portion of the whole of Laos, but it was still a good introduction to the country.

Mekong River, Laos

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Cramond to Queensferry | Hiking Edinburgh

     We've had such beautiful weather in Edinburgh over the last few weeks, so of course I've had to go out and enjoy it as much as possible - this is also when I'm really happy to have a job working outdoors! But on my days off, I've been lying on the beach or in the park, or exploring new walking routes. I chose to do this route, also known as the Dalmeny Shore Walk, from Cramond to South Queensferry, passing through Dalmeny Estate, since it's a coastal path, allowing me to be near the ocean and see some gorgeous beaches along the way. It's part of the John Muir Way, as indicated on some of the signage, but it's not a rigorous hike, as it's mainly level ground, with little to no uphill, so it's really more of a walk, but it does take almost 3 hours, so that's a good workout!

View out to Firth of Forth from Dalmeny Estate Shore Walk in north Edinburgh

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Outfit - Zero to Hero

     This week's Disneybound inspired look comes from the great hero, Hercules! I did a Meg look a couple of weeks back, so there's a few elements that have crossed over into this one - I'm wearing the same strappy sandals, and gold coloured jewellery, which seemed right for a Grecian look. For Hercules though, I chose this bright red top - which is very light for summer, and I really love the high-low hemline on! - with blue jeans, to match his colour scheme, and I picked trousers over a skirt, for a more masculine vibe. I added the cardigan for some shots, to mimic his cape, but it's really been far too warm for that here in Scotland lately! I also added the sunglasses, which would be appropriate in sunny Greek weather, and for his "celebrity" status achieved throughout the titular song. I kept my makeup light and natural, as I typically do for male characters, and wore this headband to replicate the one he wears, though it's not really the right colour!

Zero to Hero, Hercules Disneybound outfit of bright red top, blue skinny jeans, strappy sandals & gold jewellery

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Dear Real Adults

     So, I don't really know who I'm addressing with this letter, because who out there actually thinks of themselves as a "real adult"? I think I'm talking to the people who have their shit together, the people who know what direction their life is heading in, and who, even if they aren't quite there yet, know what they want their life to look like. The people with career paths, the people buying houses and starting families, the people who understand and actually have those adult things like mortgages and credit scores and investments and whatnot. Not people like me, who are making up each day as they go, who are officially adults, but definitely don't feel like it yet.

Quote mug "being an adult is too complicated, time to be a unicorn"

Friday, 29 June 2018

Royal Highland Show | Scotland

     It's been a few years since I've been to the Highland Show - mainly because I've been travelling, or living outside the country! - but I finally went again last week. For anyone unfamiliar with what the Highland Show is, it's basically a huge agricultural show. I come from a farming background, and although I have no interest in making that my career, I still get excited about things like the Highland Show, and this year I was going with my family. However, even if you have nothing do to with agriculture yourself, the Highland Show is still a great day out, with something for everyone, including the food hall, craft tents, beer gardens, and plenty of animal displays and competitions to see. It runs for four days over a weekend in June. If you want to see any specific competitions, you have to make sure you go on the right day, but for just browsing, it doesn't make a big difference when you go.

Main arena at the Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh, Scotland

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Outfit - All in the Golden Afternoon

     So today's outfit was inspired by Alice herself, from the film 'Alice in Wonderland' (1951, not the more recent remake). I inverted Alice's look, by wearing this blue denim dress with a white t-shirt underneath, instead of something on top like her apron. Normally I wear this dress alone, but I thought the top was more her style, to cover the cut-out in the middle. Black ballet flats were the obvious footwear choice, and I didn't have a black bow or anything for my hair, but I thought a half ponytail was her sort of style. The teapot earrings were an easy choice, as a nod to the Mad Hatter's tea party, and I decided on this tree of life necklace, as most of her adventures take place in a woodland setting. Finally, I kept my makeup very light and natural, since she is so youthful and innocent.

Alice in Wonderland Disneybound outfit of blue denim dress, white top & black ballet flats

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Top 5 Asian Travel Experiences

     A few months ago, I shared my five favourite Asian cities that I visited during my time living over there, and then I shared my five favourite experiences while travelling Central America. While exploring Asia, I also had many experiences out in the natural world, in rural locations and such, away from those big, bustling, cosmopolitan cities, so we're combining both of those previous posts to list my five favourite experiences from around Asia!

Elephant sanctuary near Chiang Mai, north Thailand

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Edinburgh Pride 2018

     Happy Pride Month! So, last Saturday was Edinburgh's Pride Parade day, and I went along for the first time. I don't identify as LGBT+, but I was going with a friend who does, and I'd consider myself an ally of the community, so I wanted to go to show support. The beautiful thing about this community is how inclusive it is of everyone, so it doesn't matter how you identify, you can still join in and feel a part of it all. We were amazed with how big the event was too, with the parade filling up almost the whole of the Royal Mile, and every sort of person seemed to be represented.

Edinburgh Pride Parade 2018 on Royal Mile

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Outfit - Friends On The Other Side

     Villains suit my usual colour palette so well, it's very easy for me to put together outfits in shades of purple and black! Anyway, this week I've been inspired by Dr Facilier, the voodoo doctor villain from 'The Princess and the Frog'. The black jeans paired with this purple top were easy choices, and I like the little embellishments on the top, for some added interest (sort of hidden by my hair though!). The black jacket also gives it a slightly more formal effect, like his jacket. In an ideal world, I'd have a top hat and black and white shoes like his, but the fun part of Disneybounding is putting your own twist in things - it doesn't have to be their outfit exactly! So I picked out my black beanie and purple boots, to match the colour palette, but with a more casual style, more like my own. I put in sugar skull earrings, and ideally would have worn this necklace, but it's back at my parents', so I chose the black pocket watch to match the overall vibe, and loaded up on silver rings for a similarly villainous vibe. Finally, purple eyeshadow and lipstick matched the colour scheme, and is as dramatic as villains tend to be!

Dr Facilier Disneybound outfit of purple top, black jeans & jacket, black beanie and purple combat boots

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Musically Inspired - Explore the Options

      Life is full of so many choices. Your path is like a labyrinth, with each twist and turn and decision leading you down another path, away from one thing and towards another. There are so many possibilities, so many options, each one leading to different results. But when you make one choice, what happens to all the other options and outcomes?

Quotation text "better an oops than a what if"

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Cramond Island | Edinburgh

     There's so many parts of Edinburgh I still haven't really explored yet, which is shocking when I've lived here for so long (albeit spread out over the years). So, with the beautiful sunny weather we've had lately, I had to seize the opportunity to go adventuring on one of my days off last week. I decided to get out of the city centre and head to the coast, the sea being somewhere I am often drawn towards; specifically, I went to Cramond Island, in the north west of the city. This is an uninhabited island, off the coast of Cramond Village, which can be reached by a causeway that emerges from the sea at low tide - don't stay too long and get stranded, or the lifeboat has to come fetch you back to the mainland!

Cramond Island, Edinburgh, Scotland

Monday, 11 June 2018

Outfit - A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes

     The most classic of princesses for this week's outfit - Cinderella of course! Did anyone guess correct? This was an interesting one to put together, as most of the blue items in my wardrobe were too dark for her look. The top was an easy choice, for its colour, then I ended up going with a white skirt instead, for that light, floaty princess vibe. And it's even warmer enough in Scotland now to forgo tights most days! I chose all the jewellery for their pale blue tones as well, and tried to stick with small, delicate pieces for the most part (ignore the nail polish, it was left over from the weekend, doesn't really match the rest of the look!). I don't have any glass slippers of course, so I just went with these nude flats, which match the simple, delicate style of this whole thing. I didn't want the bun to look too harsh - which I think it kind of did pulled high in my Tinkerbell outfit - so I ended up doing a low, loose bun instead, and finished up with classic princess makeup, of shimmery eyeshadow and a pink lip.

Cinderella Disneybound outfit of pale blue top, floaty white skirt & nude flat shoes

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Summer Drinks Menu

     So, most regular readers will have spotted that my blog doesn't ever contain recipes or many food related posts at all. The reason is simple - I'm a terrible cook. I cook to eat to survive, not for pleasure or anything else like that. But, I was looking for new post ideas and a friend suggested summer drinks, and seeing as I'm a borderline alcoholic (that's a joke, for anyone who may now be concerned about my alcohol consumption levels!), I thought this was a food related post I could manage! We've had so much sunny weather in Edinburgh lately, that all most of us want to do is lounge around outside, having a few drinks. Summer drinks, to me, should be cold and refreshing, above everything else, and I often go for light, fruity options too. Anyways, I've searched the internet for some recipes (linked for credit) and ideas, and compiled a list of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options (credit to Tasha and Bridget for the ideas)!

mai tai

Mai Tai cocktail

Monday, 4 June 2018

Top Five TV Shows of 2017-2018

     For the last few years, I've picked my favourite TV shows of the year at around this time of year, as it's when many shows (particularly American shows) conclude their season. However, that doesn't mean every show on my list is in the 22-24 episode format - this year I've actually found most of my choices are shorter run series, or were released all at once on Netflix, rather than weekly. That wasn't a conscious choice, just something I noticed later on, but maybe it's because shorter runs don't have 'filler' episodes, and I'm less likely to bored halfway through, as they manage to tell a succinct, complete story in the time they have. Maybe! Anyways, here are my favourites from this year, in no particular order, and my reasons why (mild spoilers ahead if you haven't watched earlier seasons!).

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Cliffs of Moher Day Trip | Ireland

     So, if you haven't seen them already, I recently shared the first two posts about my recent trip to Ireland, featuring a few days in Dublin, and a day trip to Blarney. This is the third and final instalment of the trip, featuring the other day trip I did, to the Cliffs of Moher. I used the same company as I did for Blarney (Paddywagon), and was overall pleased with the quality of service on both days, even though it did still feel a bit too tourist-y at times. Some of the commentary on the second day overlapped with the first, about Irish history, but I understand why they all do that, as many people will only go on one trip with them. I still listened, as some people offer up different details on the same stories, so I wasn't bored! It was also a fantastically sunny day, which was perfect for a trip mainly focussed on enjoying the views of the coast and Ireland's natural scenery!

Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

Monday, 28 May 2018

Blarney Day Trip | Ireland

     As much as I did enjoy exploring Dublin while staying there last week, there's far more of Ireland to see outside the city. Since I stayed in the country for five days in total, I had plenty of time to take a couple of day trips to other regions. Many people opt to rent a car to go around more of the country, but as I haven't driven in several years now, I ended up going on coach trips instead (Paddywagon Tours). These aren't always my preference, as they feel just a bit too tourist-y, but they were the best option I had, and it meant that as well as seeing other locations, I also got to listen to the driver's commentary, about Ireland's history, stories, and the regions we were driving through, so I probably learned more than I would have otherwise. Anyways, the first day trip I did was to Blarney Castle, in County Cork, as well as a couple of other places on the way there and back.

Blarney Castle, County Cork, Ireland

Saturday, 26 May 2018

3 Days in Dublin | Ireland

     So, if you follow me on Instagram, then you likely know that I was in Ireland last week - and if you don't, why not? Have a look here! Anyways, I took a few days off work, my first holiday in months, and decided to hop over the water to Ireland for a few days, since I've never actually been before, despite how close it is. I was there for five days, based in Dublin throughout (I would've posted sooner, but then I went to my parents' for a few days, where the wifi is almost non-existent). I went on a few day trips out of the city - more of those to come next week! - and spent three full days exploring the city itself. I had booked early and late flights to maximise my time, and although it, of course, wasn't enough to see absolutely every sight in the city, I felt it was a good amount of time to see what I was most interested in.

Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland

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 Travel 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

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