Saturday, 17 February 2018

Edinburgh Lumen

      Edinburgh is lighting up the dark winter nights just now, with 'Edinburgh Lumen', a series of light and sound installations around the city, which are entirely free to attend. The aim of Lumen is to give people something to enjoy on these cold, winter nights, and to provide calming environments, in contrast to the city's busy festival seasons in summer and in December. Having a rare evening off work the other night, I decided to check it out - and of course, it provides an excellent supply of Instagram worthy photos! The installations are located throughout the New Town, in St Andrew Square, Assembly Rooms Lane, and The Mound, which I visited in that order. The whole route isn't that long, it just depends how long you stay in each location; I spent around 30-40 minutes in total to visit all three.

Serenity Garden, St Andrew Square, Edinburgh Lumen sound & light installations

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Room Tour | Edinburgh Marchmont Flat

     So I moved back to Edinburgh a few months ago, and was staying with a family friend for a while before I found a room to rent in a flat. I moved in at the start of January, but it's taken several weeks to move up most of my belonging from my parents' house, as my mum has been bringing it in small batches, since I rarely take a day off work. It's a slightly strange room still to be honest, as it's far less personalised than most places I've lived over the past few years. I think because I've moved so many times in the last couple years, I've stopped 'settling' as much into each new place, since I know I'll be moving out again sooner or later, and I'm so tired of packing everything up all the time - it's easier if there's less stuff! So while most of the belonging I use regularly are with me in this flat now, the majority of my things are still at my parents. The room is more personalised now than when I first moved in, which is why I'm now doing this room tour post, but compared to likes of my student flat during my final year, it still has far less of my style and my things.

Bedroom in shared Edinburgh flat

Monday, 12 February 2018

Outfit - When Will My Life Begin

     So if you hadn't already guessed from the photos and title, this week I'm trying a Rapunzel inspired look for my Disneybound outfit. Tangled is one of my favourite movies, and Rapunzel one of my favourite princesses, with her sense of adventure, but her stye is quite different to mine - light colours, flouncy sleeves and skirts, and minimal jewellery aren't typically descriptors of my style! I've meshed hers and mine though, choosing this floaty, lavender coloured top to fit her colour palette and loose style, with grey jeans, closer to her palette than blue, and I needed slim trousers to balance the top. I chose these nude ballet flats, since she spends most of her time barefoot (I'd like to point out that this isn't an outfit for this time of year in Scotland - maybe spring!). I chose the necklace and bracelet as a nod to her sunburst motif, as these were the closest things I had, while the leaf ring was to tie in with the flower crown. Because of course, what else could I pick but a flower crown and braid for my hair? Blue wouldn't be my first choice for her, but this is the only crown I have. I chose stud earring too, rare for me, so as not to overwhelm alongside the flowers, and to match the purple and gold colour scheme. Finally, I chose simple, light makeup, since her style is very simple and natural overall.

Rapunzel Disneybound outfit of long lavender tunic top, grey skinny jeans, nude ballet flats, and blue flower crown

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Afternoon Tea at The Witchery

      This last week I got the opportunity to go to The Witchery by the Castle, located just next to Edinburgh Castle, for their afternoon tea. Afternoon tea isn't something I do regularly - the last time would have been at The Peninsula back in Hong Kong, so I don't have a ton of experiences to compare this to! I was there with several members of my family, as we'd all got each other vouchers for our birthday's; my mum and aunt bought them for each other, got one for my grandma and great-aunt, my mum got one for me, and I had given one to a family friend who had let me stay with her while still flat hunting in Edinburgh.

Afternoon tea platter at The Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Top 5 Asian Cities

     So the other week I wrote this post about my five favourite cities in Europe, and the reasons I enjoyed my visits there so much. This time, I thought I'd turn to the other part of the world I've seen the most of, Asia (east and south east), and pick my five favourite cities I've been to there. Asian cities are very, very different to European ones, for a variety of reasons. Some are vast, modern metropolises, with jaw-dropping architecture; others are older, simpler, and sometimes have remnants of colonial times. Many Asian cities (I'm not counting the numerous smaller towns I visited) are much larger than European ones, and therefore require more use of public transport, be it modern subway systems, or traditional tuk tuk rides. And while it's rare to find a European city without a wealth of historic sights, and carefully preserved old town areas, Asian cities often have a mix of both, with their history right alongside their more modern features. So, without further ado, here are my top five Asian cities, in no particular order...

Tokyo skyline from Mori Tower, Japan

Monday, 5 February 2018

Outfit - Drink Up Me Hearties

     Yes, I'm channelling some pirate vibes today, for a Captain Jack Sparrow inspired outfit. As I've mentioned before, I'm trying to do these outfits out of items I already own instead of buying lots of new stuff, so I've had to go with black leather, where Jack tends to have more brown (a colour I rarely use). I thought the leather leggings with these tall boots were a pretty spot on combination, topped off with my leather jacket instead of the brown one he wears. I don't wear many white tops, certainly not shirts like he does, but the light colours in this one are pretty close, and I still thought it was the right sort of style for a female version of his outfit. I pulled out this feathered headband, as a nod to the many items woven in his hair, and added some salt spray to my hair too, and of course, had to go with some heavy, dark eye makeup - the dark lip felt appropriate too! I used a lot of accessories, since Jack has so many trinkets collected during his travels, and the medallion was the perfect finish to this look, since I bought it from the Pirates of the Caribbean gift shop in Tokyo Disneyland!

Drink Up Me Hearties - Jack Sparrow Disneybound outfit of leather jacket, striped blouse, black leather leggings, brown knee high boots

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Musically Inspired - Try to Struggle On

      It's easy to feel like you're being left behind as you navigate adulthood. Friends and acquaintances you've grown up with are buying houses, getting married, starting careers, having children. It's easy to feel jealous of their triumphs, to feel like you are failing at life somehow. We make it worse for ourselves too, by getting stuck inside our own heads and dwelling on the things we don't have, the things we haven't achieved, the thing we've done wrong, and the things we wonder if we will ever get right.

'Sing' single cover artwork by Deaf Havana
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Thursday, 1 February 2018

Ranking Black Mirror Season Four Episodes

     Ok, I know the latest season of Black Mirror came out over a month ago, but I've worked about a million hours this month, so it's taken me a little while to get caught up! I'm obsessed with Black Mirror, as I think the storylines are just fascinating, and it's so creepy and terrifying to consider that these could be our (not so far off) future. It's a very socially conscious series, that really does make you think about the world we live in. I like that the episodes stand alone as well, so you can watch them individually, hence most of us have our favourite episodes, and others we haven't enjoyed as much. I haven't ranked the other series previously, as I only got into the show around season three, so there was little point in going back and writing posts on all of them. I do agree with most people though, that season 4, as a whole, wasn't as strong as earlier episodes. Anyways, here's my thoughts on the latest batch, in reverse order (spoilers ahead!).

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