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
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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
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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. 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
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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

Monday, 20 August 2018

Outfit - The Second Star to the Right

     Channelling some playful, childlike vibes today, for an outfit inspired by the boy who wouldn't grow up, Peter Pan - I've already done Tinkerbell and Captain Hook too! Obviously green was the colour of choice for this, and this dress was a fairly recent purchase earlier this summer - off the shoulder is a different style for me, but I've got a few pieces featuring it this year! I added the brown belt from a different dress, since he also has one, and brown boots were the closest match to his as well. Green tights might have been overkill, so black seemed safer. I picked these feather earrings, to echo the feather in his cap, and to suit the wild nature of him and the Lost Boys. The wood and leather bracelet and leaf ring also have similar forest vibes. I braided my hair for a youthful effect, and chose fairly natural makeup, with brown tones for the eyeshadow and a playful pink lip.

Peter Pan inspired Disneybound outfit of green off-the-shoulder dress, black tights, brown belt & ankle boots

Saturday, 18 August 2018

The Noise Next Door | Edinburgh Fringe 2018

     I've seen The Noise Next Door at the Fringe multiple times in the past, though since I've been living abroad, it's been a few years, but theirs is a show I always want to go back to year after year. They're an improv group, who do short sketches and songs based off of audience suggestions, which usually result in bizarre and crazy scenarios, but a lot of fun to watch the madness unfold. Their lineup has changed since I last saw them, with two original member departing, and a new addition having joined, so I was curious to see what effect that would have!

The Noise Next Door Comedy Lock In poster for Edinburgh Fringe 2018
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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Musically Inspired - Save Yourself

     How can we help each other if we're broken ourselves? If we rely on someone else for our happiness, what happens when that person is gone? When should we be selfless, and when is it ok to be a bit selfish?

Quote "She needed a hero so that's what she became"
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Monday, 13 August 2018

Outfit - How Far I'll Go

     It's been a while since my last outfit post! Life has just been busy, and I've had other posts I wanted to write in between. Back at it now though, featuring one of my favourite Disney 'princesses', Moana (daughter of the chief, so not technically a princess). I went with the island girl theme for this, channelling some summery vibes with the sandals and the flower clip in my hair. The bright red top is fun and vibrant, albeit less patterned than hers, and I don't have any sort of brown skirt or bottoms, so the white skirt was the closest, and matches the long and loose style of hers. I chose this blue stone necklace, similar to hers, with matching blue earrings to tie in, and both of which remind me of the ocean, which she is so linked to. Finally, I let my hair dry in braids for the waves, and chose light, earth toned makeup for a fairly natural look.

Moana inspired Disneybound outfit of bright red top, long white skirt, silver sandals, blue stone jewellery & island flower clip

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Shit Faced Showtime | Edinburgh Fringe 2018

     The Fringe is back and I'm back in Edinburgh for it, first time in a couple of years I've actually been here! Working as a tour guide on the Royal Mile can be a bit stressful when it's so busy, but I'm trying to make the most of the festival as well, and see as many shows as I can. I saw Shit Faced Shakespeare a couple of years ago, and this year the same company have done a sort of spin off, in the form of Shit Faced Showtime, doing the musical 'Oliver Twist'. The concept of the show is simple; they perform 'Oliver Twist', only one cast member is completely and utterly shit faced!

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Thursday, 9 August 2018

Deaf Havana - Rituals Release Show

    Time for some live music! Last week Deaf Havana released their new album, 'Rituals', and did a couple of release shows for it, one of which was in Glasgow, so I went along. I knew it was going to be a small, stripped back show, quite different from the usual tours I've seen them on in the past, but I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from it. I ended up being delighted I went though!

Deaf Havana release show for 'Rituals', in St Luke's Church, Glasgow

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Stonehaven Day Trip | Scotland

     The other day I wrote the first post about my trip to Dundee a couple of weeks ago, involving a stop in St Andrews on the first day. I was visiting my cousin, who will tell you firsthand that there isn't loads of things to see and do in Dundee itself (though we did wander round town to see some of the main sights, like the Tay Railway Bridge and McManus Galleries). However, for the other full day I had there, we decided to get out of the city again, and take another day trip, this time even further north, to the town of Stonehaven, and the nearby Dunnottar Castle.

Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven, Scotland

Friday, 3 August 2018

St Andrews Day Trip | Scotland

     Firstly, I'm very annoyed at myself for the blogging absence over the last week or so. I've just started a new job (yes, again!), still as a tour guide, but working a lot more, so I've just been busy and tired. However, I am going to find the motivation to get back into writing more again. Anyways, before I started that job, I had a couple of days off so I actually went out of Edinburgh for a few days - as anyone who follows me on Instagram may have spotted. I was mainly in Dundee, visiting my cousin, but on the way up, I actually stopped off in St Andrews for most of the first day, the little beach town on the north east coast of Fife.

Cathedral, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Thursday, 26 July 2018

642 Things - In Favour of Death

"Scientists announce they've discovered the secret to immortality. Write a petition letter to save the event of death."

Headstones in a graveyard - Dean Village, Edinburgh

Monday, 23 July 2018

North Berwick to Gullane | Hiking Scotland

     I'm getting a lot of walking in this summer, aren't I? I ventured a bit further out of Edinburgh this week though, to East Lothian, for a coastal walking route. This isn't exactly a hike, since it's level ground the entire way, but it takes 3-4 hours to complete the route, so I think it counts as a good amount of physical activity! It's not much of a path either, as the majority of it follows the beaches around the coast, from North Berwick to Gullane. There are options of paths behind the sand in many areas, but I did most of it on the beaches themselves, only reverting to the path if it got too rocky or awkward. It is recommended to do this one at low tide too, to be able to access the beaches and rock pools, but the paths are there if your timing is off!

Bass Rock from North Berwick, East Lothian, Scotland

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
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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"
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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"
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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
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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
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