Tuesday, 30 January 2018

The Writer's Museum | Edinburgh

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


Thursday, 25 January 2018

Top 5 European Cities

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

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Monday, 22 January 2018

Outfit - Touch the Sky

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

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

Saturday, 20 January 2018

A-Z of My Favourite TV

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

TV screen icon
(source)

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Review - The Greatest Showman

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

The Greatest Showman movie poster
(source)

Monday, 15 January 2018

Outfit - Be Our Guest

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

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


Thursday, 11 January 2018

Writer Tag

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

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

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

White | Colour

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

White snowy forest
(source)

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Travel Inspiration | Vietnam

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

Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Thursday, 4 January 2018

2018 | Looking Forward

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

2018 text on fireworks background

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

2017: Year in Review

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

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