Monday, 15 January 2018

Outfit - Be Our Guest

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

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

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Writer Tag

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

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

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

White | Colour

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

White snowy forest

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Travel Inspiration | Vietnam

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

Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Thursday, 4 January 2018

2018 | Looking Forward

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

2018 text on fireworks background

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

2017: Year in Review

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

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